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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922827/gold-nanoparticles-as-scaffolds-for-poor-water-soluble-and-difficult-to-vehiculate-antiparkinson-codrugs
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A Di Crescenzo, I Cacciatore, M Petrini, M D'Alessandro, N Petragnani, P Del Boccio, P Di Profio, S Boncompagni, G Spoto, H Turkez, P Ballerini, A Di Stefano, A Fontana
We report the facile and non-covalent preparation of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) stabilized by an antiparkinson codrug based on lipoic acid (LA). The obtained AuNPs appear stable in both dimethyl sulfoxide and fetal bovine serum and able to load an amount of codrug double the weight of gold. These NPs were demonstrated to be safe and biocompatible towards primary human blood cells and human neuroblastoma cells, one of the most widely used cellular models to study dopaminergic neural cells, therefore are ideal drug carriers for difficult to solubilize molecules...
December 6, 2016: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922726/bichromophoric-compounds-with-orthogonally-and-parallelly-arranged-chromophores-separated-by-rigid-spacers
#2
Dirk N H Meineke, Mariano L Bossi, Haisen Ta, Vladimir N Belov, Stefan W Hell
Electronic energy transfer (EET) between chromophores is of fundamental importance for many biological processes and optoelectronic devices. However, common models fall short in fully describing the process, especially in bichromophoric model systems with a donor and acceptor connected by a rigid linker providing perpendicular geometries. Herein, we report a novel strategy to prepare bichromophores containing adamantane or 2-(2-adamantylidene)-adamantane as rigid spacers, providing a fixed distance between chromophores, and their parallel or perpendicular arrangement without chromophore rotation...
December 6, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922061/thermo-sensitive-hydrogels-combined-with-decellularised-matrix-deliver-bfgf-for-the-functional-recovery-of-rats-after-a-spinal-cord-injury
#3
He-Lin Xu, Fu-Rong Tian, Cui-Tao Lu, Jie Xu, Zi-Liang Fan, Jing-Jing Yang, Pian-Pian Chen, Ya-Dong Huang, Jian Xiao, Ying-Zheng Zhao
Because of the short half-life, either systemic or local administration of bFGF shows significant drawbacks to spinal injury. In this study, an acellular spinal cord scaffold (ASC) was encapsulated in a thermo-sensitive hydrogel to overcome these limitations. The ASC was firstly prepared from the spinal cord of healthy rats and characterized by scanning electronic microscopy and immunohistochemical staining. bFGF could specifically complex with the ASC scaffold via electrostatic or receptor-mediated interactions...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921386/cytotoxicity-of-a-series-of-norcantharidin-inspired-tetrahydroepoxyisoindole-carboxamides
#4
Christopher Peter Gordon, Lawson K Spare, Pasquale Falsetta, Jayne Gilbert, David G Harman, Mark A Baker, Feng Li, Adam McCluskey, Jack K Clegg, Jennette A Sakoff, Janice R Aldrich-Wright
A series of 28 norcantharidin (NorC) inspired analogues were accessed via a robust two-step Ugi intramolecular Diels-Alder (IMDA) sequence. Four analogues displayed equipotent whole cell cytotoxicity to NorC and cisplatin against a number of cancer cell lines and a normal breast cell line (MCF10A). Notably (3S,3aS,6R)-2-benzyl-7-methyl-N-(naphthalen-2-yl)-1-oxo-1,2,3,6-tetrahydro-3a,6-epoxyisoindole-3-carboxamide (trans-27) displayed superior whole cell activity against breast (MCF-7, GI50 = 2.9 µM) and colon (HT29, GI50 = 6...
December 6, 2016: ChemMedChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921235/transplantation-of-collagen-scaffold-with-autologous-bone-marrow-mononuclear-cells-promotes-functional-endometrium-reconstruction-via-downregulating-%C3%AE-np63-expression-in-asherman-s-syndrome
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Guangfeng Zhao, Yun Cao, Xianghong Zhu, Xiaoqiu Tang, Lijun Ding, Haixiang Sun, Juan Li, Xinan Li, Chenyan Dai, Tong Ru, Hui Zhu, Jingjie Lu, Caimei Lin, Jingmei Wang, Guijun Yan, Huiyan Wang, Lei Wang, Yimin Dai, Bin Wang, Ruotian Li, Jianwu Dai, Yan Zhou, Yali Hu
Asherman's syndrome (AS) is a common disease that presents endometrial regeneration disorder. However, little is known about its molecular features of this aregenerative endometrium in AS and how to reconstruct the functioning endometrium for the patients with AS. Here, we report that ΔNp63 is significantly upregulated in residual epithelial cells of the impaired endometrium in AS; the upregulated-ΔNp63 induces endometrial quiescence and alteration of stemness. Importantly, we demonstrate that engrafting high density of autologous bone marrow mononuclear cells (BMNCs) loaded in collagen scaffold onto the uterine lining of patients with AS downregulates ΔNp63 expression, reverses ΔNp63-induced pathological changes, normalizes the stemness alterations and restores endometrial regeneration...
December 1, 2016: Science China. Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920898/quantum-dots-dna-bioconjugates-synthesis-to-applications
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REVIEW
Anusuya Banerjee, Thomas Pons, Nicolas Lequeux, Benoit Dubertret
Semiconductor nanoparticles particularly quantum dots (QDs) are interesting alternatives to organic fluorophores for a range of applications such as biosensing, imaging and therapeutics. Addition of a programmable scaffold such as DNA to QDs further expands the scope and applicability of these hybrid nanomaterials in biology. In this review, the most important stages of preparation of QD-DNA conjugates for specific applications in biology are discussed. Special emphasis is laid on (i) the most successful strategies to disperse QDs in aqueous media, (ii) the range of different conjugation with detailed discussion about specific merits and demerits in each case, and (iii) typical applications of these conjugates in the context of biology...
December 6, 2016: Interface Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920698/a-case-of-en-bloc-excision-of-a-chest-wall-leiomyosarcoma-and-closure-of-the-defect-with-non-cross-linked-collagen-matrix-egis-%C3%A2
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Marco Rastrelli, Saveria Tropea, Romina Spina, Alessandra Costa, Roberto Stramare, Simone Mocellin, Maria Giuseppina Bonavina, Carlo Riccardo Rossi
Sarcomas arising from the chest wall account for less than 20% of all soft tissue sarcomas, and at this site, primitive tumors are the most frequent to occur. Leiomyosarcoma is a malignant smooth muscle tumor and the best outcomes are achieved with wide surgical excision. Although advancements have been made in treatment protocols, leiomyosarcoma remains one of the more difficult soft tissue sarcoma to treat. Currently, general local control is obtained with surgical treatment with wide negative margins. We describe the case of a 50-year-old man who underwent a chest wall resection involving a wide portion of the pectoralis major and minor muscle, the serratus and part of the second, third and fourth ribs of the left side...
September 2016: Case Reports in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920525/fabrication-and-characterization-of-drug-loaded-nano-hydroxyapatite-polyamide-66-scaffolds-modified-with-carbon-nanotubes-and-silk-fibroin
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Meng-Zhu Yao, Ming-Yi Huang-Fu, Hui-Na Liu, Xia-Rong Wang, Xiaoxia Sheng, Jian-Qing Gao
Nano-hydroxyapatite/polyamide 66 (nHA/PA66) porous scaffolds were fabricated by a phase inversion method. Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and silk fibroin (SF) were used to modify the surface of the nHA/PA66 scaffolds by freeze-drying and cross-linking. Dexamethasone was absorbed to the CNTs to promote the osteogenic differentiation of bone mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs). The cell viability of BMSCs was investigated by changing the concentration of the CNT dispersion, and the most biocompatible scaffold was selected...
2016: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920426/crystal-structure-based-discovery-of-a-novel-synthesized-parp1-inhibitor-ol-1-with-apoptosis-inducing-mechanisms-in-triple-negative-breast-cancer
#9
Leilei Fu, Shuya Wang, Xuan Wang, Peiqi Wang, Yaxin Zheng, Dahong Yao, Mingrui Guo, Lan Zhang, Liang Ouyang
Poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase-1 (PARP1) is a highly conserved enzyme focused on the self-repair of cellular DNA damage. Until now, numbers of PARP inhibitors have been reported and used for breast cancer therapy in recent years, especially in TNBC. However, developing a new type PARP inhibitor with distinctive skeleton is alternatively promising strategy for TNBC therapy. In this study, based on co-crystallization studies and pharmacophore-docking-based virtual screening, we discovered a series of dihydrodibenzo[b,e]-oxepin compounds as PARP1 inhibitors...
December 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920040/regulation-of-tgf-%C3%AE-family-signaling-by-inhibitory-smads
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Keiji Miyazawa, Kohei Miyazono
Inhibitory Smads (I-Smads) have conserved carboxy-terminal MH2 domains but highly divergent amino-terminal regions when compared with receptor-regulated Smads (R-Smads) and common-partner Smads (co-Smads). Smad6 preferentially inhibits Smad signaling initiated by the bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) type I receptors ALK-3 and ALK-6, whereas Smad7 inhibits both transforming growth factor β (TGF-β)- and BMP-induced Smad signaling. I-Smads also regulate some non-Smad signaling pathways. Here, we discuss the vertebrate I-Smads, their roles as inhibitors of Smad activation and regulators of receptor stability, as scaffolds for non-Smad signaling, and their possible roles in the nucleus...
December 5, 2016: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919891/structure-activity-relationships-of-a-series-of-echinocandins-and-the-discovery-of-cd101-a-highly-stable-and-soluble-echinocandin-with-distinctive-pharmacokinetic-properties
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Kenneth D James, Christopher P Laudeman, Navdeep B Malkar, Radha Krishnan, Karen Polowy
Echinocandins are first-line therapy for candidemia and invasive candidiasis. They are generally safe with few drug interactions, but the stability and pharmacokinetic properties of currently approved echinocandins are such that each was developed for daily intravenous infusion. We sought to discover a novel echinocandin with properties that would enable more flexible dosing regimens, alternate routes of delivery, and expanded utility. Derivatives of known echinocandin scaffolds were generated, and an iterative process of design and screening led to the discovery of CD101, a novel echinocandin that has since demonstrated improved chemical stability and pharmacokinetics...
December 5, 2016: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919788/ectopic-overexpression-of-filamin-c-scaffolds-mek1-2-and-erk1-2-to-promote-the-progression-of-human-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Baicai Yang, Yun Liu, Jie Zhao, Kaiwen Hei, Hao Zhuang, Qiang Li, Wen Wei, Ruibing Chen, Ning Zhang, Yongmei Li
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) invasion and metastasis are mediated by a complicated signal transduction network and downstream cytoskeletal and adhesion molecules. In this study, a microarray-based analysis revealed a dramatic increase in filamin C (FLNC), which is commonly expressed in muscle rather than in liver cells, in the two metastatic HCC cell lines MHCC97L and HCCLM3. Clinicopathological studies showed that increased FLNC expression was associated with microvascular invasion and poor prognosis. Specific hypomethylation was identified within the FLNC promoter region in HCC cell lines and patient tumor samples, which might contribute to the ectopic overexpression of FLNC...
December 2, 2016: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919658/quinolizinium-as-a-new-fluorescent-lysosomotropic-probe
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Emmanouil Zacharioudakis, Tatiana Cañeque, Raúl Custodio, Sebastian Müller, Ana M Cuadro, Juan J Vaquero, Raphaël Rodriguez
We have synthesized a collection of quinolizinium fluorescent dyes for the purpose of cell imaging. Preliminary biological studies in human U2OS osteosarcoma cancer cells have shown that different functional groups appended to the cationic quinolizinium scaffold efficiently modulate photophysical properties but also cellular distribution. While quinolizinium probes are known nuclear staining reagents, we have identified a particular quinolizinium derivative salt that targets the lysosomal compartment. This finding raises the question of predictability of specific organelle targeting from structural features of small molecules...
November 24, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919089/everolimus-eluting-bioresorbable-scaffold-versus-everolimus-eluting-metallic-stents
#14
Rahman Shah
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 6, 2016: Annals of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919088/everolimus-eluting-bioresorbable-scaffold-versus-everolimus-eluting-metallic-stents
#15
Xin-Lin Zhang, Biao Xu
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 6, 2016: Annals of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919079/receptor-usage-dictates-hiv-1-restriction-by-human-trim5%C3%AE-in-dendritic-cell-subsets
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Carla M S Ribeiro, Ramin Sarrami-Forooshani, Laurentia C Setiawan, Esther M Zijlstra-Willems, John L van Hamme, Wikky Tigchelaar, Nicole N van der Wel, Neeltje A Kootstra, Sonja I Gringhuis, Teunis B H Geijtenbeek
The most prevalent route of HIV-1 infection is across mucosal tissues after sexual contact. Langerhans cells (LCs) belong to the subset of dendritic cells (DCs) that line the mucosal epithelia of vagina and foreskin and have the ability to sense and induce immunity to invading pathogens. Anatomical and functional characteristics make LCs one of the primary targets of HIV-1 infection. Notably, LCs form a protective barrier against HIV-1 infection and transmission. LCs restrict HIV-1 infection through the capture of HIV-1 by the C-type lectin receptor Langerin and subsequent internalization into Birbeck granules...
December 7, 2016: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919066/designed-proteins-induce-the-formation-of-nanocage-containing-extracellular-vesicles
#17
Jörg Votteler, Cassandra Ogohara, Sue Yi, Yang Hsia, Una Nattermann, David M Belnap, Neil P King, Wesley I Sundquist
Complex biological processes are often performed by self-organizing nanostructures comprising multiple classes of macromolecules, such as ribosomes (proteins and RNA) or enveloped viruses (proteins, nucleic acids and lipids). Approaches have been developed for designing self-assembling structures consisting of either nucleic acids or proteins, but strategies for engineering hybrid biological materials are only beginning to emerge. Here we describe the design of self-assembling protein nanocages that direct their own release from human cells inside small vesicles in a manner that resembles some viruses...
November 30, 2016: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918967/nanoencapsulation-an-efficient-and-promising-approach-to-maximize-wound-healing-efficacy-of-curcumin-a-review-of-new-trends-and-state-of-the-art
#18
REVIEW
Zahid Hussain, Hnin Ei Thu, Shiow-Fern Ng, Shahzeb Khan, Haliza Katas
Wound healing is a multifarious and vibrant process of replacing devitalized and damaged cellular structures, leading to restoration of the skin's barrier function, re-establishment of tissue integrity, and maintenance of the internal homeostasis. Curcumin (CUR) and its analogs have gained widespread recognition due to their remarkable anti-inflammatory, anti-infective, anticancer, immunomodulatory, antioxidant, and wound healing activities. However, their pharmaceutical significance is limited due to inherent hydrophobic nature, poor water solubility, low bioavailability, chemical instability, rapid metabolism and short half-life...
November 30, 2016: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918559/mutations-along-a-tet2-active-site-scaffold-stall-oxidation-at-5-hydroxymethylcytosine
#19
Monica Yun Liu, Hedieh Torabifard, Daniel J Crawford, Jamie E DeNizio, Xing-Jun Cao, Benjamin A Garcia, G Andrés Cisneros, Rahul M Kohli
Ten-eleven translocation (TET) enzymes catalyze stepwise oxidation of 5-methylcytosine (mC) to yield 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (hmC) and the rarer bases 5-formylcytosine (fC) and 5-carboxylcytosine (caC). Stepwise oxidation obscures how each individual base forms and functions in epigenetic regulation, and prompts the question of whether TET enzymes primarily serve to generate hmC or are adapted to produce fC and caC as well. By mutating a single, conserved active site residue in human TET2, Thr1372, we uncovered enzyme variants that permit oxidation to hmC but largely eliminate fC and caC...
December 5, 2016: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918539/rapidly-evolving-homing-crispr-barcodes
#20
Reza Kalhor, Prashant Mali, George M Church
We present an approach for engineering evolving DNA barcodes in living cells. A homing guide RNA (hgRNA) scaffold directs the Cas9-hgRNA complex to the DNA locus of the hgRNA itself. We show that this homing CRISPR-Cas9 system acts as an expressed genetic barcode that diversifies its sequence and that the rate of diversification can be controlled in cultured cells. We further evaluate these barcodes in cell populations and show that they can be used to record lineage history and that the barcode RNA can be amplified in situ, a prerequisite for in situ sequencing...
December 5, 2016: Nature Methods
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