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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098886/novel-zinc-phthalocyanine-as-a-promising-photosensitizer-for-photodynamic-treatment-of-esophageal-cancer
#1
Weronika Kuzyniak, Jacob Schmidt, Wojciech Glac, Janine Berkholz, Gustav Steinemann, Björn Hoffmann, Eugeny A Ermilov, Ayşe Gül Gürek, Vefa Ahsen, Bianca Nitzsche, Michael Höpfner
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) has gathered much attention in the field of cancer treatment and is increasingly used as an alternative solution for esophageal cancer therapy. However, there is a constant need for improving the effectiveness and tolerability of the applied photosensitizers (PS). Here, we propose tetra-triethyleneoxysulfonyl substituted zinc phthalocyanine (ZnPc) as a promising PS for photodynamic treatment of esophageal cancer. ZnPc-induced phototoxicity was studied in two human esophageal cancer cell lines: OE-33 (adenocarcinoma) and Kyse-140 (squamous cell carcinoma)...
January 17, 2017: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098878/early-growth-response-3-inhibits-growth-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells-via-upregulation-of-fas-ligand
#2
Shujuan Zhang, Chao Xia, Cong Xu, Jing Liu, Han Zhu, Ya Yang, Fei Xu, Juanfeng Zhao, Ying Chang, Qiu Zhao
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a prevalent malignancy with aggressive biological behavior and poor prognosis. Early growth response 3 (EGR3) is a zinc finger transcription factor, and has been studied primarily in the context of neurodevelopment, autoimmunity, inflammation and angiogenesis. Accumulating evidence indicates that EGR3 is a novel suppressor gene of tumor initiation and progression in certain cancer events, but little work has been carried out in exploring the relationship between EGR3 and HCC growth...
January 18, 2017: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098862/rhein-suppresses-matrix-metalloproteinase-production-by-regulating-the-rac1-ros-mapk-ap-1-pathway-in-human-ovarian-carcinoma-cells
#3
Guomei Zhou, Fenghui Peng, Yanping Zhong, Yanhua Chen, Min Tang, Danrong Li
Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are a family of calcium-dependent zinc-containing endopeptidases, which play an integral role in migration and invasion of ovarian cancer. Rac1 proteins might mostly influence cell migration and invasion by generating endogenous reactive oxygen species. Therefore, inhibiting MMPs and regulating the Rac1/ROS/MAPK/AP-1 pathway may be a new therapeutic strategy for ovarian cancer. In this study, we found that rhein could suppress the invasion and migration of SKOV3-PM4 cells with characteristics of directional highly lymphatic metastasis...
January 17, 2017: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098812/novel-aflatoxin-degrading-enzyme-from-bacillus-shackletonii-l7
#4
Liang Xu, Mohamed Farah Eisa Ahmed, Lancine Sangare, Yueju Zhao, Jonathan Nimal Selvaraj, Fuguo Xing, Yan Wang, Hongping Yang, Yang Liu
Food and feed contamination by aflatoxin (AF)B₁ has adverse economic and health consequences. AFB₁ degradation by microorganisms or microbial enzymes provides a promising preventive measure. To this end, the present study tested 43 bacterial isolates collected from maize, rice, and soil samples for AFB₁-reducing activity. The higher activity was detected in isolate L7, which was identified as Bacillus shackletonii. L7 reduced AFB₁, AFB₂, and AFM₁ levels by 92.1%, 84.1%, and 90.4%, respectively, after 72 h at 37 °C...
January 14, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098443/fe-cluster-pushing-electrons-to-n-doped-graphitic-layers-with-fe3c-fe-hybrid-nanostructure-to-enhance-o2-reduction-catalysis-of-zn-air-batteries
#5
Jie Yang, Jiangtao Hu, Mouyi Weng, Rui Tan, Lei-Lei Tian, Jinlong Yang, Joseph Amine, Jia-Xin Zheng, Haibiao Chen, Feng Pan
Non-noble metal catalysts with oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) performance comparable or even superior to that of Pt are extremely important for metal-air batteries and fuel cells. Here we report a simple and controllable strategy to synthesize Fe-cluster embedded in Fe3C nanoparticles (designated as Fe3C(Fe)) encased in nitrogen-doped Graphitic Layers (NDGL) with graphitic shells as a novel hybrid nanostructure as an effective ORR catalyst by directly pyrolyzing a mixture of Prussian blue (PB) and glucose...
January 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098254/nanoscale-measurement-of-trace-element-distributions-in-spartina-alterniflora-root-tissue-during-dormancy
#6
Huan Feng, Yu Qian, J Kirk Cochran, Qingzhi Zhu, Wen Hu, Hanfei Yan, Li Li, Xiaojing Huang, Yong S Chu, Houjun Liu, Shinjae Yoo, Chang-Jun Liu
This paper reports a nanometer-scale investigation of trace element (As, Ca, Cr, Cu, Fe, Mn, Ni, S and Zn) distributions in the root system Spartina alterniflora during dormancy. The sample was collected on a salt marsh island in Jamaica Bay, New York, in April 2015 and the root was cross-sectioned with 10 μm resolution. Synchrotron X-ray nanofluorescence was applied to map the trace element distributions in selected areas of the root epidermis and endodermis. The sampling resolution was 60 nm to increase the measurement accuracy and reduce the uncertainty...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097775/breaking-the-tetra-coordinated-framework-rule-new-clathrate-ba8-m24-p28-%C3%AE-m-cu-zn
#7
Juli-Anna Dolyniuk, Julia V Zaikina, Derrick C Kaseman, Sabyasachi Sen, Kirill Kovnir
A new clathrate type has been discovered in the Ba/Cu/Zn/P system. The crystal structure of the Ba8 M24 P28+δ (M=Cu/Zn) clathrate is composed of the pentagonal dodecahedra common to clathrates along with a unique 22-vertex polyhedron with two hexagonal faces capped by additional partially occupied phosphorus sites. This is the first example of a clathrate compound where the framework atoms are not in tetrahedral or trigonal-pyramidal coordination. In Ba8 M24 P28+δ a majority of the framework atoms are five- and six-coordinated, a feature more common to electron-rich intermetallics...
January 18, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097714/photoantimicrobial-biohybrids-by-supramolecular-immobilization-of-cationic-phthalocyanines-onto-cellulose-nanocrystals
#8
Eduardo Anaya-Plaza, Eveline van de Winckel, Joona Mikkilä, Jani-Markus Malho, Olli Ikkala, Oscar Gulías, Roger Bresolí-Obach, Montserrat Agut, Santi Nonell, Tomás Torres, Mauri A Kostiainen, Andrés de la Escosura
The development of photoactive and biocompatible nanostructures is a highly desirable goal to address the current threat of antibiotic resistance. Here, we describe a novel supramolecular biohybrid nanostructure based on the non-covalent immobilization of cationic zinc phthalocyanine (ZnPc) derivatives onto unmodified cellulose nanocrystals (CNC), following an easy and straightforward protocol, in which binding is driven by electrostatic interactions. These non-covalent biohybrids show strong photodynamic activity against S...
January 18, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097482/heavy-metal-stabilization-in-contaminated-soil-by-treatment-with-calcined-cockle-shell
#9
Mohammad Nazrul Islam, Golam Taki, Xuan Phuc Nguyen, Young-Tae Jo, Jun Kim, Jeong-Hun Park
In several previous studies, the efficacy of various liming waste materials on the immobilization of heavy metals has been tested and it was found that soils contaminated with heavy metals can be stabilized using this technique. Since lime (CaO) has been identified as the main phase of calcined cockle shell (CCS), it was hypothesized that CCS could be used as a soil amendment to immobilize heavy metals in soil. However, to date, no studies have been conducted using CCS. In this study, the effectiveness of CCS powder on the immobilization of Cd, Pb, and Zn in mine tailing soil was evaluated...
January 17, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097461/sonoelectrochemical-synthesis-of-nano-zinc-ii-complex-with-2-methyl-8-hydroxyquinoline-ligand-a-precursor-to-produce-pure-phase-nano-sized-zinc-ii-oxide
#10
Vida Jodaian, Akram Shahrjerdi, Pari Mirahmadpour
A new zinc complex, [Zn(mq)2], (mq = 2-methyl-8-hydroxyquinoline) was prepared via an electrochemical route from the oxidation of zinc metal in the presence of 2-methyl-8-hydroxyquinoline in a fast and facile process. The complex was fully characterized by means of NMR and IR spectra and elemental analysis. The nanostructure of the prepared compound was obtained by sonoelectrochemical process and studied by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray powder diffraction, IR spectroscopy and elemental analysis. Thermal stability of crystalline bulk and nano-size samples of the prepared compound was studied by thermal gravimetric and differential thermal analysis...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Fluorescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097455/leptin-npy-melatonin-and-zinc-levels-in-experimental-hypothyroidism-and-hyperthyroidism-the-relation-to-zinc
#11
Abdulkerim Kasım Baltaci, Rasim Mogulkoc
Since zinc mediates the effects of many hormones or is found in the structure of numerous hormone receptors, zinc deficiency leads to various functional impairments in the hormone balance. And also thyroid hormones have important activity on metabolism and feeding. NPY and leptin are affective on food intake and regulation of appetite. The present study is conducted to determine how zinc supplementation and deficiency affect thyroid hormones (free and total T3 and T4), melatonin, leptin, and NPY levels in thyroid dysfunction in rats...
January 17, 2017: Biochemical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097211/new-generation-small-animal-positron-emission-tomography-system-for-molecular-imaging
#12
Shiva Abbaszadeh, Craig S Levin
The next generation of discoveries in molecular imaging requires positron emission tomography (PET) systems with high spatial resolution and high sensitivity to visualize and quantify low concentrations of molecular probes. The goal of this work is to assemble and explore such a system. We use cadmium zinc telluride (CZT) to achieve high spatial resolution, three-dimensional interaction positioning, and excellent energy resolution. The CZT crystals are arranged in an edge-on configuration with a minimum gap of [Formula: see text] in a four-sided panel geometry to achieve superior photon sensitivity...
January 2017: Journal of Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096675/the-role-of-heme-oxygenase-1-ho-1-in-the-regulation-of-inflammatory-reaction-neuronal-cell-proliferation-and-apoptosis-in-rats-after-intracerebral-hemorrhage-ich
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Xuezheng Fan, Linshen Mu
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the role of heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) in the regulation of inflammatory reaction, neuronal cell proliferation and apoptosis in rats after intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH). METHODS: Thirty-six adult Sprague Dawley (SD) male rats were randomly divided into sham operation, ICH and zinc protoporphyrin (ZPP) group. Rats (except for the sham operation group) were given 50 μL stereotactic injection of autologous blood from the femoral artery into the caudate nucleus, to establish an ICH model...
2017: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096460/occupancy-of-the-zinc-binding-site-by-transition-metals-decreases-the-substrate-affinity-of-the-human-dopamine-transporter-by-an-allosteric-mechanism
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Yang Li, Felix P Mayer, Peter S Hasenhuetl, Verena Burtscher, Klaus Schicker, Harald H Sitte, Michael Freissmuth, Walter Sandtner
The human dopamine transporter (DAT) has a tetrahedral Zn(2+)-binding site. Zn(2+)-binding sites are also recognized by other first row transition metals. Excessive accumulation of manganese or of copper can lead to Parkinsonism due to dopamine deficiency. Accordingly, we examined the effect of Mn(2+), Co(2+), Ni(2+) and Cu(2+)on transport-associated currents through DAT and DAT-H193K, a mutant with a disrupted Zn(2+)-binding site. All transition metals - but Mn(2+) - modulated the transport cycle of wild type DAT with affinities in the low µM range...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096459/zinc-and-copper-differentially-modulate-amyloid-precursor-protein-processing-by-%C3%AE-secretase-and-amyloid-%C3%AE-peptide-production
#15
Hermeto Gerber, Fang Wu, Mitko Dimitrov, Guillermo M Garcia Osuna, Patrick C Fraering
Recent evidence suggests involvement of biometal homeostasis in the pathological mechanisms in Alzheimer's disease (AD). For example, increased intracellular copper or zinc has been linked to a reduction in secreted levels of the AD-causing amyloid-β peptide (Aβ). However, little is known about whether these biometals modulate the generation of Aβ. In the present study, we demonstrate in both cell-free and cell-based assays that zinc and copper regulate Aβ production by distinct molecular mechanisms affecting the processing by γ-secretase of its Aβ precursor protein substrate APP-C99...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096233/role-of-the-constant-region-domain-in-the-structural-diversity-of-human-antibody-light-chains
#16
Emi Hifumi, Hiroaki Taguchi, Ryuichi Kato, Taizo Uda
Issues regarding the structural diversity (heterogeneity) of an antibody molecule have been the subject of discussion along with the development of antibody drugs. Research on heterogeneity has been extensive in recent years, but no clear solution has been reached. Heterogeneity is also observed in catalytic antibody κ light chains (CLs). In this study, we investigated how the constant region domain of CLs concerns structural diversity because it is a simple and good example for elucidating heterogeneity. By means of cation-exchange chromatography, SDS-PAGE, and 2-dimensional electrophoresis for the CL, multimolecular forms consisting of different electrical charges and molecular sizes coexisted in the solution, resulting in the similar heterogeneity of the full length of CLs...
January 17, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096126/the-age-related-eye-disease-2-study-micronutrients-in-the-treatment-of-macular-degeneration
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REVIEW
Aruna Gorusupudi, Kelly Nelson, Paul S Bernstein
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is one of the leading causes of vision loss in the elderly. With an increasingly aged population worldwide, the need for the prevention of AMD is rising. Multiple studies investigating AMD with the use of animal models and cell culture have identified oxidative stress-related retinal damage as an important contributing factor. In general, diet is an excellent source of the antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals necessary for healthy living; moreover, the general public is often receptive to recommendations made by physicians and health care workers regarding diet and supplements as a means of empowering themselves to avoid common and worrisome ailments such as AMD, which has made epidemiologists and clinicians enthusiastic about dietary intervention studies...
January 2017: Advances in Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096125/dietary-supplements-and-risk-of-cause-specific-death-cardiovascular-disease-and-cancer-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-primary-prevention-trials
#18
REVIEW
Lukas Schwingshackl, Heiner Boeing, Marta Stelmach-Mardas, Marion Gottschald, Stefan Dietrich, Georg Hoffmann, Anna Chaimani
Our aim was to assess the efficacy of dietary supplements in the primary prevention of cause-specific death, cardiovascular disease (CVD), and cancer by using meta-analytical approaches. Electronic and hand searches were performed until August 2016. Inclusion criteria were as follows: 1) minimum intervention period of 12 mo; 2) primary prevention trials; 3) mean age ≥18 y; 4) interventions included vitamins, fatty acids, minerals, supplements containing combinations of vitamins and minerals, protein, fiber, prebiotics, and probiotics; and 5) primary outcome of all-cause mortality and secondary outcomes of mortality or incidence from CVD or cancer...
January 2017: Advances in Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095864/microrna-141-enhances-anoikis-resistance-in-metastatic-progression-of-ovarian-cancer-through-targeting-klf12-sp1-survivin-axis
#19
Celia S L Mak, Mingo M H Yung, Lynn M N Hui, Leanne L Leung, Rui Liang, Kangmei Chen, Stephanie S Liu, Yiming Qin, Thomas H Y Leung, Kai-Fai Lee, Karen K L Chan, Hextan Y S Ngan, David W Chan
BACKGROUND: Cancer metastasis is determined by the formation of the metastatic niche and the ability of cancer cells to adapt to microenvironmental stresses. Anoikis resistance is a fundamental feature of metastatic cancer cell survival during metastatic cancer progression. However, the mechanisms underlying anoikis resistance in ovarian cancer are still unclear. METHODS: Expressions of miRNA-141 and its downstream targets were evaluated by qPCR, Western blotting, Immunohistochemical (IHC) and in situ hybridization (ISH) assays...
January 17, 2017: Molecular Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095793/genetic-variation-underlying-renal-uric-acid-excretion-in-hispanic-children-the-viva-la-familia-study
#20
Geetha Chittoor, Karin Haack, Nitesh R Mehta, Sandra Laston, Shelley A Cole, Anthony G Comuzzie, Nancy F Butte, V Saroja Voruganti
BACKGROUND: Reduced renal excretion of uric acid plays a significant role in the development of hyperuricemia and gout in adults. Hyperuricemia has been associated with chronic kidney disease and cardiovascular disease in children and adults. There are limited genome-wide association studies associating genetic polymorphisms with renal urate excretion measures. Therefore, we investigated the genetic factors that influence the excretion of uric acid and related indices in 768 Hispanic children of the Viva La Familia Study...
January 17, 2017: BMC Medical Genetics
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