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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339349/is-triclosan-a-neurotoxic-agent
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Joanna A Ruszkiewicz, Shaojun Li, Maliya B Rodriguez, Michael Aschner
Triclosan (TCS) is an antibacterial agent that has been used in many products since 1960s. Given its broad usage as an antiseptic TCS is present ubiquitously in the environment. Trace levels of TCS continue to be detected in many organisms, and it has been shown to be particularly toxic to aquatic species. The mechanisms underlying TCS-mediated toxicity include hormone dyshomeostasis, induction of oxidative stress, apoptosis and inflammation. Although TCS has been considered to be non-toxic to mammals, the adverse effects of continuous, long-term and low concentration exposure remain unknown...
2017: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part B, Critical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339024/effects-of-berberine-on-a-rat-model-of-chronic-stress-and-depression-via-gastrointestinal-tract-pathology-and-gastrointestinal-flora-profile-assays
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Xiaohui Zhu, Yangdong Sun, Chenggang Zhang, Haifeng Liu
Chronic stress and depression are challenging conditions to treat, owing to their complexity and lack of clinically available and effective therapeutic agents. The aim of the present study was to investigate the mechanism by which berberine acts, by examining alterations to gastrointestinal tract histopathology and flora profile in a rat model, following the induction of stress. Research associating gastrointestinal flora and depression has increased, thus, the present study hypothesized that stress induces depression and changes in the gastrointestinal system...
March 22, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338672/posttransplant-maintenance-therapy-in-multiple-myeloma-the-changing-landscape
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S Sengsayadeth, F Malard, B N Savani, L Garderet, M Mohty
Transplant-eligible patients with multiple myeloma (MM) now have extended survival after diagnosis owing to effective modern treatment strategies that include new agents in induction therapy, autologous stem cell transplant (ASCT), consolidation therapy and posttransplant maintenance therapy. Standard of care for newly diagnosed, fit patients includes ASCT and, often nowadays, posttransplant maintenance. Several large studies have shown the efficacy of maintenance with thalidomide, lenalidomide and bortezomib in the treatment scheme of MM with regards to prolonging progression-free survival and, to a lesser degree, overall survival...
March 24, 2017: Blood Cancer Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338065/prospects-for-combining-targeted-and-conventional-cancer-therapy-with-immunotherapy
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Philip Gotwals, Scott Cameron, Daniela Cipolletta, Viviana Cremasco, Adam Crystal, Becker Hewes, Britta Mueller, Sonia Quaratino, Catherine Sabatos-Peyton, Lilli Petruzzelli, Jeffrey A Engelman, Glenn Dranoff
Over the past 25 years, research in cancer therapeutics has largely focused on two distinct lines of enquiry. In one approach, efforts to understand the underlying cell-autonomous, genetic drivers of tumorigenesis have led to the development of clinically important targeted agents that result in profound, but often not durable, tumour responses in genetically defined patient populations. In the second parallel approach, exploration of the mechanisms of protective tumour immunity has provided several therapeutic strategies - most notably the 'immune checkpoint' antibodies that reverse the negative regulators of T cell function - that accomplish durable clinical responses in subsets of patients with various tumour types...
March 24, 2017: Nature Reviews. Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337805/defining-the-anti-cancer-activity-of-tricarbonyl-rhenium-complexes-induction-of-g2-m-cell-cycle-arrest-and-blockade-of-aurora-a-kinase-phosphorylation
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Peter V Simpson, Ilaria Casari, Silvano Paternoster, Brian W Skelton, Marco Falasca, Massimiliano Massi
Rhenium and ruthenium complexes containing N-heterocylic carbene (NHC) ligands and conjugated to indomethacin were prepared. The anticancer properties were probed against pancreatic cell lines, revealing a remarkable activity of the rhenium fragment as anticancer agent. The ruthenium complexes were found to be inactive against the same pancreatic cancer cell lines, either alone or in conjugation with indomethacin. An in depth biological study revealed the origin of the anticancer properties of the rhenium tricarbonyl fragment, of which a complete elucidation had yet to be achieved...
March 23, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337797/standardized-sophora-pachycarpa-root-extract-enhances-osteogenic-differentiation-in-adipose-derived-human-mesenchymal-stem-cells
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Samaneh Mollazadeh, Vajiheh Neshati, Bibi Sedigheh Fazly Bazzaz, Mehrdad Iranshahi, Majid Mojarrad, Hojjat Naderi-Meshkin, Mohammad Amin Kerachian
Bone defect is an important topic in public health. Novel therapies are based on osteogenic induction by natural antiosteoporotic compounds including plant-derived estrogens. In the current study, the osteogenic potential of Sophora pachycarpa root extract (SPRE) was explored on human adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells. Herein, adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells were osteoinducted in the presence of increased concentrations of the extract for 21 days. Then, cell viability was evaluated by MTT assay, and the differentiated cells were stained by Alizarin Red S for calcium deposition and subjected to alkaline phosphatase (ALP) assay for enzymatic activity...
March 24, 2017: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337376/curcumin-derivative-wz35-efficiently-suppresses-colon-cancer-progression-through-inducing-ros-production-and-er-stress-dependent-apoptosis
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Junru Zhang, Zhiguo Feng, Chunhua Wang, Huiping Zhou, Weidong Liu, Karvannan Kanchana, Xuanxuan Dai, Peng Zou, Junlian Gu, Lu Cai, Guang Liang
Colon cancer is characterized by its fast progression and poor prognosis, and novel agents of treating colon cancer are urgently needed. WZ35, a synthetic curcumin derivative, has been reported to exhibit promising antitumor activity. Here, we investigated the in vitro and in vivo activities of WZ35 and explored the underlying mechanisms in colon cancer cell lines. WZ35 treatment significantly decreased the cell viability associated with G2/M cell cycle arrest and apoptosis induction in colon cancer cell lines...
2017: American Journal of Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337236/adalimumab-for-endoscopic-and-histopathological-mucosal-healing-in-paediatric-patients-with-moderate-to-severe-crohn-s-disease
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Edyta Szymanska, Maciej Dadalski, Wieslawa Grajkowska, Sylwia Szymanska, Maciej Pronicki, Jaroslaw Kierkus
INTRODUCTION: Deep remission, defined as clinical remission with mucosal healing (MH), with anti-tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α agents is a new target for therapy in Crohn's disease (CD). Provided that the efficacy of infliximab (IFX) for induction of MH in CD has been demonstrated, there are much less data for adalimumab (ADA), and none concerning MH on histopathological examination. AIM: To assess the impact of biological therapy with ADA on both endoscopic and histopathological MH in paediatric patients with CD...
2017: Przegla̜d Gastroenterologiczny
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335434/induction-of-g2m-arrest-by-flavokawain-a-a-kava-chalcone-increases-the-responsiveness-of-her2-overexpressing-breast-cancer-cells-to-herceptin
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Danielle D Jandial, Lauren S Krill, Lixia Chen, Chunli Wu, Yu Ke, Jun Xie, Bang H Hoang, Xiaolin Zi
HER2/neu positive breast tumors predict a high mortality and comprise 25%-30% of breast cancer. We have shown that Flavokawain A (FKA) preferentially reduces the viabilities of HER2-overexpressing breast cancer cell lines (i.e., SKBR3 and MCF7/HER2) versus those with less HER2 expression (i.e., MCF7 and MDA-MB-468). FKA at cytotoxic concentrations to breast cancer cell lines also has a minimal effect on the growth of non-malignant breast epithelial MCF10A cells. FKA induces G2M arrest in cell cycle progression of HER2-overexpressing breast cancer cell lines through inhibition of Cdc2 and Cdc25C phosphorylation and downregulation of expression of Myt1 and Wee1 leading to increased Cdc2 kinase activities...
March 14, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335307/zinc-oxide-nanorods-decorated-graphene-nanoplatelets-a-promising-antimicrobial-agent-against-the-cariogenic-bacterium-streptococcus-mutans
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Elena Zanni, Chandrakanth Reddy Chandraiahgari, Giovanni De Bellis, Maria Rita Montereali, Giovanna Armiento, Paolo Ballirano, Antonella Polimeni, Maria Sabrina Sarto, Daniela Uccelletti
Nanomaterials are revolutionizing the field of medicine to improve the quality of life due to the myriad of applications stemming from their unique properties, including the antimicrobial activity against pathogens. In this study, the antimicrobial and antibiofilm properties of a novel nanomaterial composed by zinc oxide nanorods-decorated graphene nanoplatelets (ZNGs) are investigated. ZNGs were produced by hydrothermal method and characterized through field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) techniques...
September 29, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335206/cytotoxic-induction-and-photoacoustic-imaging-of-breast-cancer-cells-using-astaxanthin-reduced-gold-nanoparticles
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Subramaniyan Bharathiraja, Panchanathan Manivasagan, Nhat Quang Bui, Yun-Ok Oh, In Gweon Lim, Suhyun Park, Junghwan Oh
Astaxanthin, a kind of photosynthetic pigment, was employed for gold nanoparticle formation. Nanoparticles were characterized using Ulteraviolet-Visible (UV-Vis) spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and X-ray diffraction, and the possible presence of astaxanthin functional groups were analyzed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). The cytotoxic effect of synthesized nanoparticles was evaluated against MDA-MB-231 (human breast cancer cells) using a tetrazolium-based assay, and synthesized nanoparticles exhibited dose-dependent toxicity...
April 20, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334919/antibiotics-trigger-initiation-of-sccmec-transfer-by-inducing-sos-responses
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Pilong Liu, Zhaowei Wu, Huping Xue, Xin Zhao
The rise of antimicrobial resistance limits therapeutic options for infections by methicillin-resistant staphylococci. The staphylococcal cassette chromosome mec (SCCmec) is a mobile genetic element as the only carrier of the methicillin-resistance determinants, the mecA or mecC gene. The use of antibiotics increases the spread of antibiotic resistance, but the mechanism by which antibiotics promote horizontal dissemination of SCCmec is largely unknown. In this study, we demonstrate that many antibiotics, including β-lactams, can induce the expression of ccrC1 and SCCmec excision from the bacterial chromosome...
March 3, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334655/morpholine-or-methylpiperazine-and-salicylaldimine-based-heteroleptic-square-planner-platinum-ii-complexes-in%C3%A2-vitro-anticancer-study-and-growth-retardation-effect-on-e-%C3%A2-coli
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Faiz-Ur Rahman, Amjad Ali, Inam Ullah Khan, Hong-Quan Duong, Shang-Bo Yu, Yue-Jian Lin, Hui Wang, Zhan-Ting Li, Dan-Wei Zhang
Morpholine and methylpiperazine are among the most important structural parts of different drugs including organic chemotherapeutic agents. In the current study we incorporated these entities as co-ligand and a series of structurally related mono- and di-metallic square planner Pt(II) complexes (Pt(II)(salicylaldimine)(morpholine)Cl C1a-C3a, Pt(II)(salicylaldimine) (methylpiperazine)Cl C1b-C3b, di-metallic Pt(II)2(bis-salicylaldimine)(morpholine)2Cl2C4a and Pt(II)2(bis-salicylaldimine)(methylpiperazine)2Cl2C4b were prepared...
March 18, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334137/geographic-variation-of-diapause-induction-rates-in-trichogramma-drendrolimi-hymenoptera-trichogrammatidae-in-china
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Jun-Jie Zhang, Nicolas Desneux, Giovanni Benelli, Lian-Sheng Zang, Wen-Mei Du, Chang-Chun Ruan
Diapause variation is a key factor affecting the development and success of parasitoids employed as biological control agents. Trichogramma dendrolimi Matsumura is mass-reared for biocontrol purposes in several countries around the world. Here we investigated the rate of diapause induction in three populations of T. dendrolimi from different regions in China: Heilongjiang (44° 55' N, 128° 26' E; HLJ), Liaoning (40° 18' N, 123° 22' E; LN), and Jiangsu province (32° 30' N, 120° 09' E; JS). We measured the rates of diapause induction for populations from each region when exposed to temperatures of 8, 10, 12, and 14 °C, for periods ranging from 5 to 35 d...
February 19, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332637/evaluation-of-the-immunomodulatory-activity-of-the-chicken-nk-lysin-derived-peptide-cnk-2
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Woo H Kim, Hyun S Lillehoj, Wongi Min
Chicken NK-lysin (cNK-lysin), the chicken homologue of human granulysin, is a cationic amphiphilic antimicrobial peptide (AMP) that is produced by cytotoxic T cells and natural killer cells. We previously demonstrated that cNK-lysin and cNK-2, a synthetic peptide incorporating the core α-helical region of cNK-lysin, have antimicrobial activity against apicomplexan parasites such as Eimeria spp., via membrane disruption. In addition to the antimicrobial activity of AMPs, the immunomodulatory activity of AMPs mediated by their interactions with host cells is increasingly recognized...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331287/does-remifentanil-attenuate-renal-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-better-than-dexmedetomidine-in-rat-kidney
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E Erkılıç, E Kesimci, F Alaybeyoğlu, I Kılınç, R Tural, A Yazgan, T Gümüş, A Sepici Dinçel, E G Dumlu, O Kanbak
BACKGROUND: Ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) injury is a common cause of patient morbidity and mortality in the perioperative period. Patients undergoing long-lasting, abdominal, and urogenital surgeries with risk factors such as advanced age, peripheral artery disease, diabetes mellitus, renovascular disease, and congestive heart failure are candidates for acute kidney injury (AKI) due to impaired renal perfusion and decreased functional renal reserve. Pharmacological agents with multiple functions and anti-oxidative and anti-inflammation properties may be promising preventative strategies for AKI...
2017: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331099/interferon-inducible-oligoadenylate-synthetase-like-protein-acts-as-an-antiviral-effector-against-classical-swine-fever-virus-via-the-mda5-mediated-type-i-interferon-signaling-pathway
#17
Lian-Feng Li, Jiahui Yu, Yuexiu Zhang, Qian Yang, Yongfeng Li, Lingkai Zhang, Jinghan Wang, Su Li, Yuzi Luo, Yuan Sun, Hua-Ji Qiu
Classical swine fever virus (CSFV) is the causative agent of classical swine fever (CSF), which poses a serious threat to the global pig industry. Interferons (IFNs) and IFN-stimulated genes (ISGs) play a key role in host antiviral defense. We have previously screened the porcine 2' -5' -oligoadenylate synthase-like protein (pOASL) as a potential anti-CSFV ISG using a reporter CSFV. This study aimed to clarify the underlying antiviral mechanism of pOASL against CSFV. We confirmed that CSFV replication was significantly suppressed in lentivirus-delivered, pOASL-overexpressing PK-15 cells, whereas silencing the expression of endogenous pOASL by small interfering RNAs markedly enhanced CSFV growth...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330689/evaluation-of-methohexital-as-an-alternative-to-propofol-in-a-high-volume-outpatient-pediatric-sedation-service
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Nicholas E Jones, Michael S Kelleman, Harold K Simon, Jana A Stockwell, Courtney McCracken, Michael D Mallory, Pradip P Kamat
BACKGROUND: Propofol is a preferred agent for many pediatric sedation providers because of its rapid onset and short duration of action. It allows for quick turn around times and enhanced throughput. Occasionally, intravenous (IV) methohexital (MHX), an ultra-short acting barbiturate is utilized instead of propofol. OBJECTIVE: Describe the experience with MHX in a primarily propofol driven outpatient sedation program and to see if it serves as an acceptable alternative when propofol is not the preferred pharmacologic option...
March 8, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329820/hepatocellular-toxicity-of-imidazole-and-triazole-antimycotic-agents
#19
Patrizia Haegler, Lorenz Joerin, Stephan Krähenbühl, Jamal Bouitbir
Hepatotoxicity has been described for all antimycotic azoles currently marketed. A possible mechanism involving mitochondrial dysfunction has been postulated for ketoconazole, but not for the other azoles. The aim of the current investigations was to study the toxicity of different azoles in human cell models and to find out mechanisms of their toxicity. In HepG2 cells, posaconazole and ketoconazole were cytotoxic starting at 20 and 50 µM and decreased the cellular ATP content starting at 5 and 10 µM, respectively...
January 27, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326566/systematic-review-with-meta-analysis-comparative-efficacy-of-biologics-for-induction-and-maintenance-of-mucosal-healing-in-crohn-s-disease-and-ulcerative-colitis-controlled-trials
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REVIEW
A Cholapranee, G S Hazlewood, G G Kaplan, L Peyrin-Biroulet, A N Ananthakrishnan
BACKGROUND: Mucosal healing is an important therapeutic endpoint in the management of Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC). Limited data exist regarding the comparative efficacy of various therapies in achieving this outcome. AIM: To perform a systematic review and meta-analysis of biologics for induction and maintenance of mucosal healing in Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. METHODS: We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials (RCT) examining mucosal healing as an endpoint of immunosuppressives, anti-tumour necrosis factor α (anti-TNF) or anti-integrin monoclonal antibody therapy for moderate-to-severe CD or UC...
March 22, 2017: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
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