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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641164/protective-effects-of-flavonoids-against-alzheimer-s-disease-related-neural-dysfunctions
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REVIEW
Mahsa Bakhtiari, Yunes Panahi, Javad Ameli, Behrad Darvishi
Senile ages of human life is mostly associated with developmental of several neurological complicated conditions including decreased cognition and reasoning, increased memory loss and impaired language performance. Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most prevalent neural disorder associated with dementia, consisting of about 70% of dementia reported cases. Failure of currently approved chemical anti-AD therapeutic agents has once again brought up the idea of administering naturally occurring compounds as effective alternative and/or complementary regimens in AD treatment...
June 19, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641051/beneficial-role-of-citrus-fruit-polyphenols-against-hepatic-dysfunctions-a-review
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Md Mohabbulla Mohib, Kazi Afnan, Tasfiq Zaman Paran, Salma Khan, Juthika Sarker, Nahid Hasan, Istiaque Hasan, Md Abu Taher Sagor
Alcoholic liver diseases and virus-induced hepatic dysfunctions are prevalent in western countries. Evidence also suggests that hyperglycemia and insulin resistance are key players in the development of hepatic diseases and their complications. Since the comorbid diseases like obesity, diabetes and vascular dysfunctions primarily affect liver, the modern therapies against other hepatic dysfunctions are becoming a major challenge to treat. In addition to these, polypharmacy and adverse drug reactions (ADRs) are further aggravating the phenomenon...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Dietary Supplements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641048/updates-and-current-challenges-in-microrna-research-for-personalized-medicine-in-ovarian-cancer
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Victoria Mandilaras, Mégane Vernon, Matthieu Meryet-Figuière, Katherine Karakasis, Bernard Lambert, Laurent Poulain, Amit Oza, Christophe Denoyelle, Stephanie Lheureux
Ovarian cancer (OC) is the second most common and the most lethal of the gynecological malignancies. Currently, there exists no effective screening tool for OC. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are endogenous 18-23 nucleotide non-coding RNAs that refine gene expression. MiRNAs have been found to be aberrantly expressed in OC tumor tissue as well as detectable in biological fluids such as the blood, urine, and ascites and have been proposed as biomarkers and therapeutic targets for OC. Areas covered: This review summarizes the current knowledge regarding the application of miRNAs as diagnostic, prognostic, and predictive biomarkers in OC...
June 22, 2017: Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641005/electron-crystallography-reveals-atomic-structures-of-metal-organic-nanoplates-with-m12-%C3%AE-3-o-8-%C3%AE-3-oh-8-%C3%AE-2-oh-6-m-zr-hf-secondary-building-units
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Ruihan Dai, Fei Peng, Pengfei Ji, Kuangda Lu, Cheng Wang, Junliang Sun, Wenbin Lin
Nanoscale metal-organic frameworks (nMOFs) have shown tremendous potential in cancer therapy and biomedical imaging. However, their small dimensions present a significant challenge in structure determination by single-crystal X-ray crystallography. We report here the structural determination of nMOFs by rotation electron diffraction (RED). Two isostructural Zr- and Hf-based nMOFs with linear biphenyldicarboxylate (BPDC) or bipyridinedicarboxylate (BPYDC) linkers are stable under intense electron beams to allow the collection of high-quality RED data, which reveal a MOF structure with M12(μ3-O)8(μ3-OH)8(μ2-OH)6 (M = Zr, Hf) secondary building units (SBUs)...
June 22, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640929/modulation-of-tumor-microenvironment-by-chemopreventive-natural-products
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REVIEW
Sin-Aye Park, Young-Joon Surh
The tumor microenvironment provides a niche in which cancer cells and their surrounding stromal cells reside and in which their interactions occur. The cross talk between cancer and stromal cells in the tumor microenvironment promotes many biological processes to support cancer cell growth, invasion, angiogenesis, and metastasis. Recently, not only cancer cells but also multiple types of surrounding stromal cells, including endothelial cells, immune cells, and fibroblasts in the tumor microenvironment, have been recognized to be attractive targets for reducing resistance to anticancer therapy and tumor recurrence...
June 22, 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640894/characterization-and-analysis-of-long-non-coding-rna-lncrna-in-in-vitro-and-ex-vivo-derived-cardiac-progenitor-cells
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Baron Arnone, Jake Y Chen, Gangjian Qin
Recent advancements in cell-based therapies for the treatment of cardiovascular disease (CVD) show continuing promise for the use of transplanted stem and cardiac progenitor cells (CPCs) to promote cardiac restitution. However, a detailed understanding of the molecular mechanisms that control the development of these cells remains incomplete and is critical for optimizing their use in such therapy. Long non-coding (lnc) RNA has recently emerged as a crucial class of regulatory molecules involved in directing a variety of critical biological processes including development, homeostasis and disease...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640708/medulloblastoma-from-myth-to-molecular
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Vijay Ramaswamy, Michael D Taylor
Current therapies for medulloblastoma were introduced primarily in the 1980s and consist of predominantly cytotoxic, nontargeted approaches. Mortality from medulloblastoma remains significant. In addition, many survivors suffer from severe treatment-related effects of radiation and cytotoxic chemotherapy. Further intensification of nonspecific therapy is unlikely to offer additional benefits, because survival rates have reached a plateau. Recent publications in medulloblastoma have revolved largely around the recognition that medulloblastoma per se does not exist, but rather, that there are a group of histologically similar but clinically and molecularly distinct entities that have been grouped under that rubric...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640705/genomic-analysis-of-childhood-brain-tumors-methods-for-genome-wide-discovery-and-precision-medicine-become-mainstream
#8
Stephen C Mack, Paul A Northcott
Recent breakthroughs in next-generation sequencing technology and complementary genomic platforms have transformed our capacity to interrogate the molecular landscapes of human cancers, including childhood brain tumors. Numerous high-throughput genomic studies have been reported for the major histologic brain tumor entities diagnosed in children, including interrogations at the level of the genome, epigenome, and transcriptome, many of which have yielded essential new insights into disease biology. The nature of these discoveries has been largely platform dependent, exemplifying the usefulness of applying different genomic and computational strategies, or integrative approaches, to address specific biologic and/or clinical questions...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640697/current-clinical-challenges-in-childhood-ependymoma-a-focused-review
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Thomas E Merchant
Ependymoma is a locally aggressive tumor with metastatic potential that arises in diverse locations throughout the brain and spine in children. Tumor and treatment may result in significant morbidity. Cure remains elusive for many patients owing to diverse biology and resistance to conventional therapy. The implementation of systematic postoperative irradiation in clinical trials during the past 20 years has increased the proportion of patients achieving durable disease control with excellent results, as measured by objective functional outcome measures...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637048/use-of-light-therapy-by-office-based-physicians
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Edda Winkler-Pjrek, Marie Spies, Pia Baldinger-Melich, Lisa Perkmann, Siegfried Kasper, Dietmar Winkler
BACKGROUND: Light therapy (LT) is a non-pharmacological biological treatment that has been used in psychiatry since the 1980s. Previous research has investigated the usage of LT in hospitals. The aim of this study was to examine the pattern of use of LT by office-based physicians. METHODS: A questionnaire was sent by mail to 400 randomly selected doctors in Austria. We made sure that the sample was equally representative of general practitioners (GPs) and psychiatrists, public health service doctors and private doctors, physicians in cities and in the country as well as male and female doctors...
June 22, 2017: Neuropsychobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637027/phospho-axl-is-widely-expressed-in-glioblastoma-and-associated-with-significant-shorter-overall-survival
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Julia Onken, Peter Vajkoczy, Robert Torka, Claudia Hempt, Victor Patsouris, Frank L Heppner, Josefine Radke
Receptor tyrosine kinase AXL (RTK-AXL) is regarded as a suitable target in glioblastoma (GBM) therapy. Since AXL kinase inhibitors are about to get approval for clinical use, patients with a potential benefit from therapy targeting AXL need to be identified. We therefore assessed the expression pattern of Phospho-AXL (P-AXL), the biologically active form of AXL, in 90 patients with newly diagnosed GBM, which was found to be detectable in 67 patients (corresponding to 74%). We identified three main P-AXL expression patterns: i) exclusively in the tumor vasculature (13%), ii) in areas of hypercellularity (35%), or iii) both, in the tumor vasculature and in hypercellular areas of the tumor tissue (52%)...
June 13, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636835/use-of-bacteriophages-to-control-escherichia-coli-o157-h7-in-domestic-ruminants-meat-products-and-fruits-and-vegetables
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Lili Wang, Kunli Qu, Xiaoyu Li, Zhenhui Cao, Xitao Wang, Zhen Li, Yaxiong Song, Yongping Xu
Escherichia coli O157:H7 is an important foodborne pathogen that causes severe bloody diarrhea, hemorrhagic colitis, and hemolytic uremic syndrome. Ruminant manure is a primary source of E. coli O157:H7 contaminating the environment and food sources. Therefore, effective interventions targeted at reducing the prevalence of fecal excretion of E. coli O157:H7 by cattle and sheep and the elimination of E. coli O157:H7 contamination of meat products as well as fruits and vegetables are required. Bacteriophages offer the prospect of sustainable alternative approaches against bacterial pathogens with the flexibility of being applied therapeutically or for biological control purposes...
June 21, 2017: Foodborne Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636781/discovery-of-two-bombinin-peptides-with-antimicrobial-and-anticancer-activities-from-the-skin-secretion-of-oriental-fire-bellied-toad-bombina-orientalis
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Chang Zhou, Zhengming Wang, Xin Peng, Yao Liu, Yangjun Lin, Zhe Zhang, Yuling Qiu, Meihua Jin, Ran Wang, Dexin Kong
Amphibian skin secretions are known to contain numerous peptides with a large array of biological activities. Bombinins are a group of amphibian derived peptides with broad spectrum antimicrobial activities that have been only identified from the ancient toad species, Bombina. In this study, we described the identification and characterization of a novel bombinin precursor which encoded a bombinin like peptide (BLP-7) and a novel bombinin H type peptide (named as Bombinin H-BO) from the skin secretion of Oriental fire-bellied toad, Bombina orientalis...
June 21, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636311/insights-into-integrated-lead-generation-and-target-identification-in-malaria-and-tuberculosis-drug-discovery
#14
John Okombo, Kelly Chibale
New, safe and effective drugs are urgently needed to treat and control malaria and tuberculosis, which affect millions of people annually. However, financial return on investment in the poor settings where these diseases are mostly prevalent is very minimal to support market-driven drug discovery and development. Moreover, the imminent loss of therapeutic lifespan of existing therapies due to evolution and spread of drug resistance further compounds the urgency to identify novel effective drugs. However, the advent of new public-private partnerships focused on tropical diseases and the recent release of large data sets by pharmaceutical companies on antimalarial and antituberculosis compounds derived from phenotypic whole cell high throughput screening have spurred renewed interest and opened new frontiers in malaria and tuberculosis drug discovery...
June 21, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636294/-selective-therapeutic-de-escalation-in-early-stage-breast-cancer
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Aikaterini Liapi, Apostolos Sarivalasis, Wendy Jeanneret Sozzi, Loïc Lelièvre, Khalil Zaman
The survival of patients with breast cancer has improved considerably thanks to adjuvant radiotherapy and systemic treatments. Due to the potential adverse events associated with these treatments, a de-escalation effort was undertaken concerning surgery and more recently the adjuvant treatments. Conservative breast surgery and the avoidance of axillary dissection were possible for the majority of the patients without detrimental effect on survival. New radiotherapy techniques and the consideration of cancer biology allowed to better protect the peripheral organs and even to avoid treatment in certain low-risk patients...
May 17, 2017: Revue Médicale Suisse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635653/virtual-screening-against-phosphoglycerate-kinase-1-in-quest-of-novel-apoptosis-inhibitors
#16
Jie Xia, Bo Feng, Qianhang Shao, Yuhe Yuan, Xiang Simon Wang, Naihong Chen, Song Wu
Inhibition of apoptosis is a potential therapy to treat human diseases such as neurodegenerative disorders (e.g., Parkinson's disease), stroke, and sepsis. Due to the lack of druggable targets, it remains a major challenge to discover apoptosis inhibitors. The recent repositioning of a marketed drug (i.e., terazosin) as an anti-apoptotic agent uncovered a novel target (i.e., human phosphoglycerate kinase 1 (hPgk1)). In this study, we developed a virtual screening (VS) pipeline based on the X-ray structure of Pgk1/terazosin complex and applied it to a screening campaign for potential anti-apoptotic agents...
June 21, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635637/a-short-term-biological-indicator-for-long-term-kidney-damage-after-radionuclide-therapy-in-mice
#17
Giovanni Pellegrini, Klaudia Siwowska, Stephanie Haller, Daniel J Antoine, Roger Schibli, Anja Kipar, Cristina Müller
Folate receptor (FR)-targeted radionuclide therapy using folate radioconjugates is of interest due to the expression of the FR in a variety of tumor types. The high renal accumulation of radiofolates presents, however, a risk of radionephropathy. A potential option to address this challenge would be to use radioprotectants, such as amifostine. Methods for early detection of kidney damage that-in this case-cannot be predicted based on dose estimations, would facilitate the development of novel therapies. The aim of this study was, therefore, to assess potentially changing levels of plasma and urine biomarkers and to determine DNA damage at an early stage after radiofolate application...
June 21, 2017: Pharmaceuticals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635366/redox-biology-of-leishmania-and-macrophage-targeted-nanoparticles-for-therapy
#18
Hafiz Shoaib Sarwar, Sohail Akhtar, Muhammad Farhan Sohail, Zaeema Naveed, Muhammad Rafay, Akhtar Nadhman, Masoom Yasinzai, Gul Shahnaz
Intramacrophage parasite 'Leishmania' has developed various mechanisms for proficient uptake into macrophages and phagosome regulation to avoid macrophage's oxidative burst induced by peroxide, hydroxyl radical, hypochlorous acid and peroxynitrite production. One major barrier for impairing the accession of old fashioned anti-Leishmanial drugs is intrinsic incapability to pass through cell membranes and limiting their abilities to ultimately destroy intracellular pathogens. Receptor-mediated targeted drug delivery to the macrophages by using nanoparticles emerges as promising strategy to improve therapeutic efficacy of old-fashioned drug...
June 21, 2017: Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635336/new-advances-in-focal-therapy-for-early-stage-prostate-cancer
#19
Kae Jack Tay, Ariel A Schulman, Christina Sze, Efrat Tsivian, Thomas J Polascik
Prostate focal therapy offers men the opportunity to achieve oncological control while preserving sexual and urinary function. The prerequisites for successful focal therapy are to accurately identify, localize and completely ablate the clinically significant cancer(s) within the prostate. We aim to evaluate the evidence for current and upcoming technologies that could shape the future of prostate cancer focal therapy in the next five years. Areas Covered: Current literature on advances in patient selection using imaging, biopsy and biomarkers, ablation techniques and adjuvant treatments for focal therapy are summarized...
June 21, 2017: Expert Review of Anticancer Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635300/pyridine-dinucleotides-from-molecules-to-man
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Joshua P Fessel, William M Oldham
SIGNIFICANCE: Pyridine dinucleotides, NAD and NADP, were discovered over 100 years ago as necessary cofactors for fermentation in yeast extracts. Since that time, these molecules have been recognized as fundamental players in a variety of cellular processes, including energy metabolism, redox homeostasis, cellular signaling, and gene transcription, among many others. Given their critical role as mediators of cellular responses to metabolic perturbations, it is unsurprising that dysregulation of NAD and NADP metabolism has been associated with the pathobiology of many chronic human diseases...
June 21, 2017: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
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