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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346731/direct-polymerization-of-the-arsenic-drug-penao-to-obtain-nanoparticles-with-high-thiol-reactivity-and-anti-cancer-efficiency
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Janina-Miriam Noy, Hongxu Lu, Philip Hogg, Jia-Lin Yang, Martina H Stenzel
PENAO (4-(N-(S-penicillaminylacetyl)amino) phenylarsonous acid), which is a mitochondria inhibitor that reacts with adenine nucleotide translocator (ANT), is currently being trialed in patients with solid tumors. To increase the stability of the drug, the formation of nanoparticles has been proposed. Herein, the direct synthesis of polymeric micelles based on the anti-cancer drug PENAO is presented. PENAO is readily available for amidation reaction to form PENAO MA (4-(N-(S-penicillaminylacetyl) amino) phenylarsonous acid methacrylamide) which undergoes RAFT (reversible addition fragmentation chin transfer) polymerization with poly(polyethylene glycol methyl ether methacrylate) (PEGMA) as comonomer and poly(methylmethacrylate) (pMMA) as chain transfer agent, resulting in p(MMA)-b-p(PEG-co-PENAO) block copolymers with 3-15 wt...
January 18, 2018: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346441/a-portable-system-for-processing-donated-whole-blood-into-high-quality-components-without-centrifugation
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Sean C Gifford, Briony C Strachan, Hui Xia, Eszter Vörös, Kian Torabian, Taylor A Tomasino, Gary D Griffin, Benjamin Lichtiger, Fleur M Aung, Sergey S Shevkoplyas
BACKGROUND: The use of centrifugation-based approaches for processing donated blood into components is routine in the industrialized world, as disparate storage conditions require the rapid separation of 'whole blood' into distinct red blood cell (RBC), platelet, and plasma products. However, the logistical complications and potential cellular damage associated with centrifugation/apheresis manufacturing of blood products are well documented. The objective of this study was to evaluate a proof-of-concept system for whole blood processing, which does not employ electromechanical parts, is easily portable, and can be operated immediately after donation with minimal human labor...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345707/synthesis-and-characterization-of-a-photocleavable-collagen-like-peptide
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Alfredo Ornelas, Kaitlyn N Williams, Kevin A Hatch, Aurelio Paez, Angela C Aguilar, Cameron C Ellis, Nishat Tasnim, Supriyo Ray, Carl W Dirk, Thomas Boland, Binata Joddar, Chunqiang Li, Katja Michael
A 34-amino acid long collagen-like peptide rich in proline, hydroxyproline, and glycine, and with four photoreactive N-acyl-7-nitroindoline units incorporated into the peptide backbone was synthesized by on-resin fragment condensation. Its circular dichroism supports a stable triple helix structure. The built-in photochemical function enables the decomposition of the peptide into small peptide fragments by illumination with UV light of 350 nm in aqueous solution. Illumination of a thin film of the peptide, or a thin film of a photoreactive amino acid model compound containing a 5-bromo-7-nitroindoline moiety, with femtosecond laser light at 710 nm allows for the creation of well-resolved micropatterns...
January 18, 2018: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345292/preparation-and-characterization-of-the-antibody-recognizing-amacr-inside-its-catalytic-center
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Boris V Popov, Gleb I Sutula, Nikolay S Petrov, Ximing J Yang
Alpha-methylacyl-CoA racemase (AMACR) catalyzes the β-oxidation of fatty acids and is overexpressed in carcinomas in various organs, while its inactivation results in the inhibition of cancer growth. In the present study, we prepared and characterized 20 different mouse monoclonal antibodies against human AMACR. In the course of biopanning of a phage peptide commercial library against in-house prepared 6H9 and 2A5, and commercial 13H4 antibodies, 10 phage mimotopes recognized by each type of the antibody were selected...
February 2018: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345102/the-mycobiota-of-the-sand-fly-phlebotomus-perniciosus-involvement-of-yeast-symbionts-in-uric-acid-metabolism
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Elena Martin, Ilaria Varotto Boccazzi, Leone De Marco, Gioia Bongiorno, Matteo Montagna, Luciano Sacchi, Priscilla Mensah, Irene Ricci, Luigi Gradoni, Claudio Bandi, Sara Epis
The knowledge of the fungal mycobiota of arthropods, including the vectors of human and animal diseases, is still limited. Here, we investigated the mycobiota associated with the sand fly Phlebotomus perniciosus, the main vector of leishmaniasis in the western Mediterranean area, by a culture-dependent approach (microbiological analyses and sequencing of the 26S rRNA gene), internal transcribed spacer (ITS) rRNA amplicon-based next-generation sequencing, fluorescence in situ hybridisation (FISH), and genome sequencing of the dominant yeast species...
January 18, 2018: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344519/icg-clearance-test-and-99mtc-gsa-spect-ct-fusion-images
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REVIEW
Yuji Iimuro
Preoperative estimation of future remnant liver function is critical for major hepatic surgery to avoid postoperative morbidity and mortality. Among several liver function tests, the indocyanine green (ICG) clearance test is still the most popular dynamic method. The usefulness of ICG clearance test parameters, such as ICGR15, KICG, or PDRICG, has been reported by many investigators. The transcutaneous non-invasive pulse dye densitometry system has made the ICG clearance test more convenient and attractive, even in Western countries...
December 2017: Visceral Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344508/acid-base-and-electrolyte-disorders-in-patients-with-and-without-chronic-kidney-disease-an-update
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REVIEW
Tsering Dhondup, Qi Qian
Kidneys play a pivotal role in the maintenance and regulation of acid-base and electrolyte homeostasis, which is the prerequisite for numerous metabolic processes and organ functions in the human body. Chronic kidney diseases compromise the regulatory functions, resulting in alterations in electrolyte and acid-base balance that can be life-threatening. In this review, we discuss the renal regulations of electrolyte and acid-base balance and several common disorders including metabolic acidosis, alkalosis, dysnatremia, dyskalemia, and dysmagnesemia...
December 2017: Kidney Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343956/essential-oil-loaded-lipid-nanoparticles-for-wound-healing
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Francesca Saporito, Giuseppina Sandri, Maria Cristina Bonferoni, Silvia Rossi, Cinzia Boselli, Antonia Icaro Cornaglia, Barbara Mannucci, Pietro Grisoli, Barbara Vigani, Franca Ferrari
Chronic wounds and severe burns are diseases responsible for severe morbidity and even death. Wound repair is a crucial process and tissue regeneration enhancement and infection prevention are key factors to minimize pain, discomfort, and scar formation. The aim of this work was the development of lipid nanoparticles (solid lipid nanoparticles and nanostructured lipid carriers [NLC]), to be loaded with eucalyptus or rosemary essential oils and to be used, as medical devices, to enhance healing of skin wounds...
2018: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343198/localization-of-felis-catus-papillomavirus-type-2-e6-and-e7-rna-in-feline-cutaneous-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Nathan Hoggard, John S Munday, Jennifer Luff
Findings from polymerase chain reaction-based methods have suggested a role of Felis catus papillomavirus 2 (FcaPV-2) in the development of feline cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). However, because polymerase chain reaction cannot localize deoxyribonucleic acid or ribonucleic acid within the lesion, it is difficult to differentiate a coincidental FcaPV-2 infection and a causative association. Given that a key event in the pathogenesis of human papillomavirus-induced cancer is the expression of viral E6 and E7 oncogenes, localization of FcaPV-2 E6 and E7 transcription within neoplastic cells in feline SCCs would support a causative role for this papillomavirus...
January 1, 2018: Veterinary Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343185/exploring-protein-protein-intermolecular-recognition-between-meprin-%C3%AE-and-endogenous-protease-regulator-cystatinc-coupled-with-pharmacophore-elucidation
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Ankur Chaudhuri, Sampa Biswas, Sibani Chakraborty
Meprins are a group of zinc metalloproteases of the astacin family which play pivotal role in several physiological and pathologocal diseases. The inhibition of the meprins by various inhibitors; macromolecular and small molecules are crucial in the control of several diseases. Human cystatinC, an amyloidogenic protein is reported to be an endogenous inhibitor of meprin-α. In this computational study, we elucidate a rational model for meprinα-cystatinC complex by using protein-protein docking. The complex model as well as the unbound form was evaluated by molecular dynamics simulation...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342854/impact-of-prolonged-blood-incubation-and-extended-serum-storage-at-room-temperature-on-the-human-serum-metabolome
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Beate Kamlage, Sebastian Neuber, Bianca Bethan, Sandra González Maldonado, Antje Wagner-Golbs, Erik Peter, Oliver Schmitz, Philipp Schatz
Metabolomics is a powerful technology with broad applications in life science that, like other -omics approaches, requires high-quality samples to achieve reliable results and ensure reproducibility. Therefore, along with quality assurance, methods to assess sample quality regarding pre-analytical confounders are urgently needed. In this study, we analyzed the response of the human serum metabolome to pre-analytical variations comprising prolonged blood incubation and extended serum storage at room temperature by using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) and liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) -based metabolomics...
January 13, 2018: Metabolites
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342096/high-resolution-lipidomics-of-the-early-life-stages-of-the-red-seaweed-porphyra-dioica
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Elisabete da Costa, Vitor Azevedo, Tânia Melo, Andreia M Rego, Dmitry V Evtuguin, Pedro Domingues, Ricardo Calado, Rui Pereira, Maria H Abreu, Maria R Domingues
Porphyra dioica is a commercial seaweed consumed all over the world, mostly in the shape of nori sheets used for "sushi" preparation. It is a well-known part of the Asian diet with health benefits, which have been associated, among others, to the high levels of n-3 and n-6 fatty acids in this red alga. However, other highly valued lipids of Porphyra are polar lipids that remain largely undescribed and can have both nutritional value and bioactivity, thus could contribute to the valorization of this seaweed...
January 17, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340222/direct-molecular-fishing-of-new-protein-partners-for-human-thromboxane-synthase
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A V Svirid, P V Ershov, E O Yablokov, L A Kaluzhskiy, Yu V Mezentsev, A V Florinskaya, T A Sushko, N V Strushkevich, A A Gilep, S A Usanov, A E Medvedev, A S Ivanov
Thromboxane synthase (TBXAS1) catalyzes the isomerization reaction of prostaglandin H2 producing thromboxane A2, the autocrine and paracrine factor in many cell types. A high activity and metastability by these arachidonic acid derivatives suggests the existence of supramolecular structures that are involved in the regulation of the biosynthesis and directed translocation of thromboxane to the receptor. The objective of this study was to identify TBXAS1 protein partners from human liver tissue lysate using a complex approach based on the direct molecular fishing technique, LC-MS/MS protein identification, and protein-protein interaction validation by surface plasmon resonance (SPR)...
October 2017: Acta Naturae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339972/evaluation-of-green-tea-extract-as-a-safe-personal-hygiene-against-viral-infections
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Yun Ha Lee, Yo Han Jang, Young-Seok Kim, Jinku Kim, Baik Lin Seong
Background: Viral infections often pose tremendous public health concerns as well as economic burdens. Despite the availability of vaccines or antiviral drugs, personal hygiene is considered as effective means as the first-hand measure against viral infections. The green tea catechins, in particular, epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), are known to exert potent antiviral activity. In this study, we evaluated the green tea extract as a safe personal hygiene against viral infections. Results: Using the influenza virus A/Puerto Rico/8/34 (H1N1) as a model, we examined the duration of the viral inactivating activity of green tea extract (GTE) under prolonged storage at various temperature conditions...
2018: Journal of Biological Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339283/hydroxyethyl-cellulose-hydrogel-for-wound-dressing-fabrication-characterization-and-in-vitro-evaluation
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Gomaa F El Fawal, Marwa M Abu-Serie, Mohamed A Hassan, Mohamed S Elnouby
In this study, new hydrogel membranes were developed based on hydroxyethyl cellulose (HEC) supplemented with tungsten oxide for further implementing in wound treatment. HEC hydrogel membranes were fabricated and crosslinked using citric acid (CA). Various tests were carried out including FTIR, XRD, porosity measurements, swelling, mechanical properties, gel fraction, and thermal gravimetric analysis to evaluate the efficiency of the prepared membranes as wound dressing material. In addition, wound healing activity of the examined membranes for human dermal fibroblast cell line was investigated employing in vitro scratching model...
January 12, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339254/design-synthesis-biological-evaluation-and-docking-studies-of-new-3-4-5-dihydro-1h-pyrazol-isoxazol-5-yl-2-phenyl-1h-indole-derivatives-as-potent-antioxidants-and-15-lipoxygenase-inhibitors
#16
Haydi Saher ElBordiny, Mostafa Mahmoud El-Miligy, Shaymaa Emam Kassab, Hoda Daabees, Soad Abdelhamid Mohamed El-Hawash, Waleed Ali Mohamed Ali
New candidates of 3-(4,5-dihydro-1H-pyrazol/isoxazol-5-yl)-2-phenyl-1H-indole derivatives (4-7) were designed combining the pyrazoline/isoxazoline heterocycles and 2-phenylindole to explore its potential as 15-lipoxygenase (15-LOX) inhibitors. The design of the new derivatives was based on utilizing the antioxidant properties of pyrazoline, 2-phenylindole and the good 15-LOX inhibition properties of indolylpyrazoline. The derivatives were synthesized adopting simple and laboratory friendly reaction conditions to give the target compounds in quantitative yields...
January 10, 2018: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338666/boosted-tca-cycle-enhances-survival-of-zebrafish-to-vibrio-alginolyticus-infection
#17
Man-Jun Yang, Zhi-Xue Cheng, Ming Jiang, Zao-Hai Zeng, Bo Peng, Xuan-Xian Peng, Hui Li
Vibrio alginolyticus is a waterborne pathogen that infects a wide variety of hosts including fish and human, and the outbreak of this pathogen can cause a huge economic loss in aquaculture. Thus, enhancing host's capability to survive from V. alginolyticus infection is key to fighting infection and this remains still unexplored. In the present study, we established a V. alginolyticus-zebrafish interaction model by which we explored how zebrafish survived from V. alginolyticus infection. We used GC-MS based metabolomic approaches to characterize differential metabolomes between survival and dying zebrafish upon infection...
January 17, 2018: Virulence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338479/graphene-oxide-regulates-cox2-in-human-embryonic-kidney-293t-cells-via-epigenetic-mechanisms-dynamic-chromosomal-interactions
#18
Yuxiang Sun, Hui Dai, Shaopeng Chen, Ming Xu, Xuanyu Wang, Yajun Zhang, Shengmin Xu, An Xu, Jian Weng, Sijin Liu, Lijun Wu
To extend the applications of engineered nanomaterials, such as graphene oxide (GO), it is necessary to minimize cytotoxicity. However, the mechanisms underlying this cytotoxicity are unclear. Dynamic chromosomal interactions have been used to illustrate the molecular bases of gene expression, which offers a more sensitive and cutting-edge technology to elucidate complex biological processes associated with epigenetic regulations. In this study, the role of GO-triggered chromatin interactions in the activation of cox2, a hallmark of inflammation, was investigated in normal human cells...
January 16, 2018: Nanotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337866/crispr-cas-targeting-of-host-genes-as-an-antiviral-strategy
#19
REVIEW
Shuliang Chen, Xiao Yu, Deyin Guo
Currently, a new gene editing tool-the Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats (CRISPR) associated (Cas) system-is becoming a promising approach for genetic manipulation at the genomic level. This simple method, originating from the adaptive immune defense system in prokaryotes, has been developed and applied to antiviral research in humans. Based on the characteristics of virus-host interactions and the basic rules of nucleic acid cleavage or gene activation of the CRISPR-Cas system, it can be used to target both the virus genome and host factors to clear viral reservoirs and prohibit virus infection or replication...
January 16, 2018: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337857/low-molecular-weight-chitosan-insulin-complexes-solubilized-in-a-mixture-of-self-assembled-labrosol-and-plurol-oleaque-and-their-glucose-reduction-activity-in-rats
#20
Amani M Elsayed, Aseel H Khaled, Mayyas M Al Remawi, Nidal A Qinna, Hussam Abu Farsakh, Adnan A Badwan
Oral insulin delivery that better mimics physiological pathways is a necessity as it ensures patient comfort and compliance. A system which is based on a vehicle of nano order where positively charged chitosan interacts with negatively charged insulin and forms a polyelectrolyte complex (PEC) solubilizate, which is then solubilized into an oily phase of oleic acid, labrasol, and plurol oleaque-protects insulin against enzymatic gastrointestinal reduction. The use of an anionic fatty acid in the oily phase, such as oleic acid, is thought to allow an interaction with cationic chitosan, hence reducing particle size...
January 16, 2018: Marine Drugs
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