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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927250/gut-microbiota-and-the-liver
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Alessandro Federico, Marcello Dallio, Giuseppe G Caprio, Vittorio M Ormando, Carmela Loguercio
Nowadays liver diseases represent one of major healthy problems in the world in terms of morbidity and mortality. The high prevalence of liver pathologies represents the key point to understand the necessity to identify the pathogenetic mechanisms that support these disorders in order to nurse them. Alterations of intestinal microbiota seem to play an important role in induction and promotion of liver damage progression, in addition to direct injury resulting from different causal agents. Gut microbiota is considered both as a promoting factor and as a potential therapeutic target of a large number of liver pathologies due to the connection between intestine and liver: the gut-liver axis...
December 2017: Minerva Gastroenterologica e Dietologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927053/synthesis-biological-evaluation-and-mechanism-studies-of-matrine-derivatives-as-anticancer-agents
#2
Lihe Jiang, Lichuan Wu, Fangfang Yang, Nadin Almosnid, Xu Liu, Jun Jiang, Elliot Altman, Lisheng Wang, Ying Gao
A total of five matrine derivatives were synthesized and evaluated for their anti-proliferation activity using a panel of four human cancer cell lines, including A549 lung, BT20 breast, MCF-7 breast and U2OS osteosarcoma cells. The YF3-5, YF3-7 and YF3-9, three novel compounds, demonstrated increased anti-proliferation activity compared with matrine, of which YF3-5 revealed the strongest anti-proliferation activity with a half-maximal inhibitory concentration value of 15.49-16.67 µM against the four human cancer cell lines...
September 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927025/repurposing-itraconazole-for-the-treatment-of-cancer
#3
Rachel Pounds, Sarah Leonard, Christopher Dawson, Sean Kehoe
The repurposing of drugs is becoming increasingly attractive as it avoids the lengthy process and cost implications associated with bringing a novel drug to market. Itraconazole is a broad-spectrum anti-fungal agent. An emerging body of in vivo, in vitro and clinical evidence have confirmed that it also possesses antineoplastic activities and has a synergistic action when combined with other chemotherapeutic agents. It acts via several mechanisms to prevent tumour growth, including inhibition of the Hedgehog pathway, prevention of angiogenesis, decreased endothelial cell proliferation, cell cycle arrest and induction of auto-phagocytosis...
September 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926566/guidelines-for-the-management-of-a-brain-death-donor-in-the-rhesus-macaque-a-translational-transplant-model
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Tiffany J Zens, Juan S Danobeitia, Peter J Chlebeck, Laura J Zitur, Scott Odorico, Kevin Brunner, Jennifer Coonen, Saverio Capuano, Anthony M D'Alessandro, Kristina Matkowskyj, Weixiong Zhong, Jose Torrealba, Luis Fernandez
INTRODUCTION: The development of a translatable brain death animal model has significant potential to advance not only transplant research, but also the understanding of the pathophysiologic changes that occur in brain death and severe traumatic brain injury. The aim of this paper is to describe a rhesus macaque model of brain death designed to simulate the average time and medical management described in the human literature. METHODS: Following approval by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, a brain death model was developed...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926357/first-in-human-treatment-with-a-dendritic-cell-targeting-lentiviral-vector-expressing-ny-eso-1-lv305-induces-deep-durable-response-in-refractory-metastatic-synovial-sarcoma-patient
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Seth M Pollack, Hailing Lu, Sacha Gnjatic, Neeta Somaiah, Ryan B O'Malley, Robin L Jones, Frank J Hsu, Jan Ter Meulen
Effective induction of antitumor T cells is a pivotal goal of cancer immunotherapy. To this end, lentiviral vectors (LV) are uniquely poised to directly prime CD8 T-cell responses via transduction of dendritic cells in vivo and have shown promise as active cancer therapeutics in preclinical tumor models. However, until now, significant barriers related to production and regulation have prevented their widespread use in the clinic. We developed LV305, a dendritic cell-targeting, integration-deficient, replication incompetent LV from the ZVex platform, encoding the full-length cancer-testis antigen NY-ESO-1...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Immunotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924081/comparative-antileukemic-activity-of-a-tetranorditerpene-isolated-from-polyalthia-longifolia-leaves-and-the-derivative-against-human-leukemia-hl-60-cells
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Saheed Afolabi, Olufunke Olorundare, Masayuki Ninomiya, Abiola Babatunde, Hasan Mukhtar, Mamoru Koketsu
The discovery of potent cytotoxic isolates from botanicals provides an opportunity to explore this viable tool for cancer chemoprevention. The antileukemic potential of clerodane diterpene from Polyalthia longifolia leaves has already been established. However, in this present study, utilizing chromatographic techniques we report for the first time, the isolation of a rare tetranorditerpene (compound 1) from P. longifolia. The structure of compound 1 was elucidated and confirmed by spectrophotometric data. UPLC-MS analysis was conducted on the methanolic extract, ethyl acetate fraction, and isolated tetranorditerpene showed that the tetranorditerpene is one of the major constituents of the plant with a retention time of 30...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Oleo Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923836/dna-pk-plays-a-central-role-in-transformation-of-breast-epithelial-cells-following-alkylation-damage
#7
Libi Anandi, Vaishali Chakravarty, K A Ashiq, Satish Bodakuntla, Mayurika Lahiri
DNA alkylating agents form the first line of cancer chemotherapy. They not only kill cells but also behave as potential carcinogens. MNU, a DNA methylating agent is well known to induce mammary tumours in rodents. However, the mechanism of tumorigenesis is not well understood. Our study reports a novel role played by DNA-PK in methylation damage-induced transformation using three dimensional breast acinar cultures. Here, we report that exposure of breast epithelial cells to MNU led to their inhibition to polarise at the basolateral domain, increased dispersal of Golgi at the apical domain, induction of EMT-like phenotype as well as invasion...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923702/zinc-oxide-nanoparticles-synthesis-antiseptic-activity-and-toxicity-mechanism
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REVIEW
A Król, P Pomastowski, K Rafińska, V Railean-Plugaru, B Buszewski
Zinc oxide (ZnO), as a material with attractive properties, has attracted great interest worldwide, particularly owing to the implementation of the synthesis of nano-sized particles. High luminescent efficiency, a wide band gap (3.36eV), and a large exciton binding energy (60meV) has triggered intense research on the production of nanoparticles using different synthesis methods and on their future applications. ZnO nanomaterials can be used in industry as nano-optical and nano-electrical devices, in food packaging and in medicine as antimicrobial and antitumor agents...
August 26, 2017: Advances in Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923567/a-water-soluble-polysaccharide-from-the-roots-of-polygala-tenuifolia-suppresses-ovarian-tumor-growth-and-angiogenesis-in-vivo
#9
Hua Yao, Ping Cui, Dan Xu, Yunduo Liu, Qinghua Tian, Fubin Zhang
PTP, one polysaccharide extracted from the roots of Polygala tenuifolia, has displayed anti-cancer activity in several types of ovarian cancer cells. This study aims to elucidate the structure of PTP and investigate its anticancer effects against SKOV3 xenograft tumor growth in BALB/c mice, as well as the underlying mechanisms involved. GC-MS and NMR data indicate that PTP has a backbone composed of 1,4,6-linked-β-Galp, 1,4-linked-β-Galp and 1,4-linked-β-Glcp, with non-reducing terminal 1-linked-α-Glcp attached to O-6 of 1,4,6-linked-β-Galp...
September 15, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923544/modulation-of-oncogenic-transcription-factors-by-bioactive-natural-products-in-breast-cancer
#10
REVIEW
Mohadeseh Hasanpourghadi, Ashok Kumar Pandurangan, Mohd Rais Mustafa
Carcinogenesis, a multi-step phenomenon, characterized by alterations at genetic level and affecting the main intracellular pathways controlling cell growth and development. There are growing number of evidences linking oncogenes to the induction of malignancies, especially breast cancer. Modulations of oncogenes lead to gain-of-function signals in the cells and contribute to the tumorigenic phenotype. These signals yield a large number of proteins that cause cell growth and inhibit apoptosis. Transcription factors such as STAT, p53, NF-κB, c-JUN and FOXM1, are proteins that are conserved among species, accumulate in the nucleus, bind to DNA and regulate the specific genes targets...
September 15, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923397/the-two-novel-dll4-targeting-antibody-drug-conjugates-mvm03-and-mgd03-show-potent-anti-tumour-activity-in-breast-cancer-xenograft-models
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Shijing Wang, Rihong Zhou, Fumou Sun, Renjie Li, Min Wang, Min Wu
The anti-human Delta-like 4 (DLL4) monoclonal antibody MMGZ01 has a high affinity to hrDLL4 and arrests the DLL4-mediated human umbilical vein endothelial cell (HUVEC) phenotype, promotes immature vessels, and effectively reduces breast cancer cell growth in vivo. To develop a much more effective therapy, we conjugated MMGZ01 with two small-molecule cytotoxic agents, i.e., monomethyl auristatin E (MMAE) and doxorubicin (DOX), with different linkers to generate antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs), i.e., MMGZ01-vc-MMAE (named MvM03) and MMGZ01-GMBS-DOX (named MGD03), that are more potent therapeutic agents than naked antibody therapeutic agents...
September 15, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922629/new-indole-based-chalconoids-as-tubulin-targeting-antiproliferative-agents
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Hassan Mirzaei, Mohammad Shokrzadeh, Mona Modanloo, Ali Ziar, Gholam Hossein Riazi, Saeed Emami
Tubulin-targeting compounds have a broad anticancer spectrum and are an important class of chemotherapeutic agents. Due to the importance of 3-bromo-3,5-dimethoxyphenyl scaffold in the anticancer activity of microtubule inhibitors such as crolibulin (EPC2407), we introduced this functionality into the indole-derived chalcones. Thus, we describe here the synthesis and biological evaluation of new indole-based chalconoids as tubulin-targeting antiproliferative agents. The best result was obtained by compound 9b against A549 cell with IC50 of 4...
September 7, 2017: Bioorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922542/a-diphenyldiselenide-derivative-induces-autophagy-via-jnk-in-htb-54-lung-cancer-cells
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Marta Díaz, Roncesvalles González, Daniel Plano, Juan Antonio Palop, Carmen Sanmartín, Ignacio Encío
Symmetric aromatic diselenides are potential anticancer agents with strong cytotoxic activity. In this study, the in vitro anticancer activities of a novel series of diarylseleno derivatives from the diphenyldiselenide (DPDS) scaffold were evaluated. Most of the compounds exhibited high efficacy for inducing cytotoxicity against different human cancer cell lines. DPDS 2, the compound with the lowest mean GI50 value, induced both caspase-dependent apoptosis and arrest at the G0 /G1 phase in acute lymphoblastic leucemia CCRF-CEM cells...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920157/mechanisms-of-cancer-cell-killing-by-sea-cucumber-derived-compounds
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REVIEW
Teresa Liliana Wargasetia, Widodo
The aim of cancer therapy is to specifically eradicate tumor cells while causing minimal damage to normal tissues and minimal side-effects. Because of this, the use of natural substances with low toxicity is a good option. Sea cucumbers are one of many potential marine animals that contain valuable nutrients and medicinal properties. The medicinal value of sea cucumbers is attributed to the presence of bioactive agents with promising biological and pharmacological properties that include cytotoxic activity, induction of apoptosis, cell cycle arrest, inhibition of tumor growth, anti-metastatic and anti-angiogenic properties, and inhibition of drug resistance...
September 18, 2017: Investigational New Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919526/chemical-crosslinking-of-biopolymeric-scaffolds-current-knowledge-and-future-directions-of-crosslinked-engineered-bone-scaffolds
#15
REVIEW
Ahmad Oryan, Amir Kamali, Ali Moshiri, Hossien Baharvand, Hamed Daemi
Bone tissue scaffolds made from either natural or synthetic polymers are employed to promote bone healing. However, lack of sufficient or poor mechanical properties such as low integrity and stability reduces their medical applications. Crosslinking, defined as induction of chemical or physical links among polymer chains, is a simple method generally used to modify mechanical, biological and degradation properties of hydrogels. Although crosslinking through chemical reactions improves the mechanical properties of bone substitutes, most of the reagents used for this aim demonstrate undesirable effects and may exert toxic reactions...
September 14, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919267/post-carotid-endarterectomy-hypertension-part-2-association-with-peri-operative-clinical-anaesthetic-and-transcranial-doppler-derived-parameters
#16
Jeremy E Newman, Mathew J Bown, Robert D Sayers, Jonathan P Thompson, Thompson G Robinson, Bryan Williams, Ronney Panerai, Peter Lacy, A Ross Naylor
OBJECTIVE/BACKGROUND: The first paper in this series observed that pre-operative baroreceptor dysfunction and poorly controlled hypertension were independently predictive for identifying patients who went on to require treatment for post-endarterectomy hypertension (PEH). The second paper examines the influence of intra-operative patient, transcranial Doppler (TCD) ultrasound, and anaesthetic variables on the incidence of PEH. METHODS: In total, 106 patients underwent carotid endarterectomy (CEA) under general anaesthesia...
September 14, 2017: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916465/corrosive-effects-of-fluoride-on-titanium-under-artificial-biofilm
#17
Azusa Fukushima, Gen Mayanagi, Keiichi Sasaki, Nobuhiro Takahashi
PURPOSE: This study aimed to investigate the effect of sodium fluoride (NaF) on titanium corrosion using a biofilm model, taking environmental pH into account. METHODS: Streptococcus mutans cells were used as the artificial biofilm, and pH at the bacteria-titanium interface was monitored after the addition of 1% glucose with NaF (0, 225 or 900ppmF) at 37°C for 90min. In an immersion test, the titanium samples were immersed in the NaF solution (0, 225 or 900ppm F; pH 4...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Prosthodontic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916191/%C3%AE-the-hydro-alcoholic-extracts-of-sardinian-wild-thistles-onopordum-spp-inhibit-tnf%C3%AE-induced-il-8-secretion-and-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway-in-human-gastric-epithelial-ags-cells
#18
Arianna Marengo, Marco Fumagalli, Cinzia Sanna, Andrea Maxia, Stefano Piazza, Cecilia Cagliero, Patrizia Rubiolo, Enrico Sangiovanni, Mario Dell'Agli
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Thistles species (Family: Compositae) are traditionally used in the Mediterranean area, particularly in Sardinia. They are usually gathered from the wild and used for both food and therapeutic purposes, including gastrointestinal disorders. AIM OF THE STUDY: This work aims to evaluate the anti-inflammatory activity of eight wild thistles from Sardinia, in an in vitro model of gastric inflammation, and to identify the major active compounds in the extracts...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916158/pyrrolizines-design-synthesis-anticancer-evaluation-and-investigation-of-the-potential-mechanism-of-action
#19
Ahmed M Gouda, Ahmed H Abdelazeem, Hany A Omar, Ashraf N Abdalla, Mohammed A S Abourehab, Hamed I Ali
A novel set of pyrrolizine-5-carboxamides has been synthesized and evaluated for their anticancer potential against human breast MCF-7, lung carcinoma A549 and hepatoma Hep3B cancer cell lines. Compound 10c was the most active against MCF-7 with IC50 value of 4.72µM, while compound 12b was the most active against A549 and Hep3B cell lines. Moreover, kinases/COXs inhibition and apoptosis induction were suggested as potential molecular mechanisms for the anticancer activity of the novel pyrrolizines based on their structural features...
August 24, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915162/the-effect-of-perinatal-gadolinium-based-contrast-agents-on-adult-mice-behavior
#20
Miski Aghnia Khairinisa, Yusuke Takatsuru, Izuki Amano, Khongorzul Erdene, Takahito Nakajima, Satomi Kameo, Hiroshi Koyama, Yoshito Tsushima, Noriyuki Koibuchi
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to examine the effects of perinatal exposure to gadolinium (Gd)-based contrast agents (GBCAs) on the behavior of adulthood offspring. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Pregnant Balb/C mice (n = 5 per group) were intravenously injected with gadoterate meglumine (Magnescope, macrocyclic GBCA), gadodiamide (Omniscan, linear GBCA), or vehicle from pregnancy day 15 to 19, corresponding to embryonic day 15 to 19 of the fetus, at 2 mmol/kg body weight per day...
September 14, 2017: Investigative Radiology
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