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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545188/clinacanthus-nutans-hexane-extracts-induce-apoptosis-through-a-caspase-dependent-pathway-in-human-cancer-cell-lines
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Pei Ying Ng, Soi Moi Chye, Chew Hee Ng, Rhun Yian Koh, Yee Lian Tiong, Liew Phing Pui, Yong Hui Tan, Crystale Siew Ying Lim, Khuen Yen Ng
Background: Clinacanthus nutans (C.nutans) is a plant consumed as a cancer treatment in tropical Asia. Despite the availability of numerous anecdotal reports, evaluation of active anticancer effects has remained elusive. Therefore we here examined antiproliferative, reactive oxygen species (ROS)-inducing and apoptosis mechanisms of whole plant extracts in different cancer cell lines. Methods: Antiproliferative actions of five solvent extracts (hexane, chloroform, ethyl acetate, methanol and water) of C.nutans were tested on non-small cell lung cancer (A549), nasopharygeal cancer (CNE1) and liver cancer (HepG2) cells using MTT assay...
April 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543171/phenolic-compounds-and-antioxidant-properties-of-arabinoxylan-hydrolyzates-from-defatted-rice-bran
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Prachit Yuwang, Ira Sulaeva, Ute Henniges, Stefan Böhmdorfer, Thomas Rosenau, Benjamart Chitsomboon, Sunanta Tongta
BACKGROUND: The water unextractable arabinoxylans (WUAX) contain beneficial phenolic compounds that can be used for food rather than for animal feed. The antioxidant activities of defatted rice bran obtained by xylanase-aided extraction is reported herein. The chemical and molecular characteristics of extracted fractions were investigated. RESULTS: The WUAX hydrolyzate precipitated by 0-60% ethanol (F60), 60-90% ethanol (F6090), and more than 90% ethanol (F90) had the decreased molar masses with increasing ethanol concentration...
May 25, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537317/a-benzimidazole-based-chemodosimeter-for-the-fluorometric-detection-of-zn-and-cu-via-1-5-proton-shifts-and-c-n-bond-cleavage
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Sohini Basu Roy, Chandraday Prodhan, Keya Chaudhuri, Kajal Krishna Rajak
Here, we report the design and synthesis of the fluorescent probe APBHN, which was derived from 2-(1H-benzo[d]imidazol-2-yl)benzenamine and is capable of detecting intracellular Zn and Cu ions in the micromolar range. Single-crystal X-ray analysis revealed that the structure of the ligand comprises a fused cyclic system with a pendent naphthol moiety. With the addition of Zn and Cu ions the inherent fluorescence behaviour of the ligand APBHN is perturbed via a chemodosimetric change that involves a 1,5 proton shift followed by C-N bond cleavage...
May 24, 2017: Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535031/tunichrome-inspired-gold-enrichment-dispersion-matrix-and-its-application-in-water-treatment-a-proof-of-concept-investigation
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Amarendra Dhar Dwivedi, Rega Permana, Jitendra Pal Singh, Hakwon Yoon, Keun Hwa Chae, Yoon-Seok Chang, Dong Soo Hwang
Tunicate, a filter-feeder in seawater, is able to accumulate high amount of metals using intracellular polymer matrices. The woven pyrogallol structures of tunichrome, a small peptide contained in tunicate's blood cells, is believed to be responsible for selective metal sequestration in tunicates from seawater. However, the intriguing tunichrome matrix is difficult to harvest from the tunicate nor to synthesize massively due to the extreme oxidation sensitivity of the pyrogallol moiety which limits the study scope...
May 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530202/effect-of-age-and-blood-pressure-on-determination-of-normal-fluid-status-in-a-general-population-using-whole-body-and-calf-bioimpedance-techniques
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Fansan Zhu, Samer R Abbas, Peter Kotanko, Nathan W Levin
Normal fluid status (dry weight) can be identified by hydration markers established in the healthy population. The general population average could be influenced by age with its accompanying physiological changes and/or illness. The aims of this study were (1) to evaluate the effect of age and systolic blood pressure (SBP) on these markers; (2) to compare mean values of hydration markers as assessed by different bioimpedance techniques. Subjects from the general population (n  =  212, males 105, 57...
June 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528793/comparison-of-dual-energy-x-ray-absorptiometry-and-bioimpedance-in-assessing-body-composition-and-nutrition-in-peritoneal-dialysis-patients
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Velena Popovic, Bo Zerahn, James Goya Heaf
OBJECTIVE: Peritoneal dialysis (PD) patients are characterized by protein malnutrition and muscle wasting. Reliable, easy, and cheap methods for evaluating nutrition are desirable. Three methods are commonly available: dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA), bioimpedance (BI), and subjective global assessment (SGA).The objective of the study was to compare the previously mentioned methods for assessment of body composition and nutritional status in PD patients. DESIGN: The study is cross-sectional and consisted of 72 PD patients from a single center PD ambulatorium...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Renal Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525259/biodegradable-smart-polyphosphazenes-with-intrinsic-multi-functionality-as-intracellular-protein-delivery-vehicles
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Andre P Martinez, Bareera Qamar, Thomas R Fuerst, Silvia Muro, Alexander K Andrianov
A series of biodegradable drug delivery polymers with intrinsic multifunctionality have been designed and synthesized utilizing polyphosphazene macromolecular engineering approach. Novel water-soluble polymers, which contain carboxylic acid and pyrrolidone moieties attached to inorganic phosphorus-nitrogen backbone, were characterized by a suite of physico-chemical methods to confirm their structure, composition, and molecular sizes. All synthesized polyphosphazenes displayed composition dependent hydrolytic degradability in aqueous solutions at neutral pH...
May 19, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524849/structural-basis-for-conductance-through-tric-cation-channels
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Min Su, Feng Gao, Qi Yuan, Yang Mao, De-Lin Li, Youzhong Guo, Cheng Yang, Xiao-Hui Wang, Renato Bruni, Brian Kloss, Hong Zhao, Yang Zeng, Fa-Ben Zhang, Andrew R Marks, Wayne A Hendrickson, Yu-Hang Chen
Mammalian TRICs function as K(+)-permeable cation channels that provide counter ions for Ca(2+) handling in intracellular stores. Here we describe the structures of two prokaryotic homologues, archaeal SaTRIC and bacterial CpTRIC, showing that TRIC channels are symmetrical trimers with transmembrane pores through each protomer. Each pore holds a string of water molecules centred at kinked helices in two inverted-repeat triple-helix bundles (THBs). The pores are locked in a closed state by a hydrogen bond network at the C terminus of the THBs, which is lost when the pores assume an open conformation...
May 19, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524774/cytotoxicity-and-anti-leishmania-amazonensis-activity-of-citrus-sinensis-leaf-extracts
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Andreza R Garcia, Ana Claudia F Amaral, Mariana M B Azevedo, Suzana Corte-Real, Rosana C Lopes, Celuta S Alviano, Anderson S Pinheiro, Alane B Vermelho, Igor A Rodrigues
CONTEXT: Leishmania amazonensis is the main agent of diffuse cutaneous leishmaniasis, a disease characterized by lesional polymorphism and the commitment of skin surface. Previous reports demonstrated that the Citrus genus possess antimicrobial activity. OBJECTIVE: This study evaluated the anti-L. amazonensis activity of Citrus sinensis (L.) Osbeck (Rutaceae) extracts. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Citrus sinensis dried leaves were subjected to maceration with hexane (CH), ethyl acetate (CEA), dichloromethane/ethanol (CD/Et - 1:1) or ethanol/water (CEt/W - 7:3)...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523110/photodynamic-activities-of-porphyrin-derivative-cyclodextrin-complexes-by-photoirradiation
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Atsushi Ikeda, Shuhei Satake, Tomoya Mae, Masafumi Ueda, Kouta Sugikawa, Hajime Shigeto, Hisakage Funabashi, Akio Kuroda
Water-soluble cyclodextrin (CyD) complexed with porphyrin derivatives with different substituents in the meso-positions showed different photodynamic activities toward cancer cells under illumination at wavelengths over 600 nm, the most suitable wavelengths for photodynamic therapy (PDT). In particular, aniline- and phenol-substituted derivatives had high photodynamic activity because of the efficient intracellular uptake of the complexes by tumor cells. These complexes showed greater photodynamic activity than photofrin, currently the main drug in clinical use as a photosensitizer...
May 11, 2017: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521399/acetonitrile-extract-of-salvia-miltiorrhiza-radix-exhibits-growth-inhibitory-effects-on-prostate-cancer-cells-through-the-induction-of-cell-cycle-arrest-and-apoptosis
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June Lee, Bu Young Choi, Young-Sam Keum
In the present study, the effects of the acetonitrile or water extracts from 400 selected traditional medicinal plants on the growth of PC-3 cells were investigated, and it was demonstrated that an acetonitrile extract of Salvia miltiorrhiza Radix exhibited the most marked cytotoxic effects on PC-3 cells. It was observed that the acetonitrile extract of S. miltiorrhiza Radix induced marked cell cycle arrest and apoptosis in PC-3 cells through the generation of intracellular reactive oxygen species. It was also demonstrated that oral administration of the acetonitrile extract of S...
May 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515221/regulation-of-cerebral-arterial-bkca-channels-by-angiotensin-ii-signaling-in-adult-offspring-exposed-to-prenatal-high-sucrose-diets
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Xiuxia Gu, Axin He, Xiaorong Fan, Ruixiu Shi, Xueqin Feng, Le Bo, Lin Jiang, Na Li, Jue Wu, Yuxian Yang, Qinqin Gao, Zhice Xu
Prenatal insults have been shown to affect vascular functions, leading to increased risks of cardiovascular diseases in offspring. The present study determined whether high sucrose intake in pregnancy affected central vascular functions in middle cerebral artery (MCA) of offspring. Sprague-Dawley rats were fed a standard food and tap water with normal or high (20%) sucrose content during pregnancy. Offspring were maintained with normal diets and tap water. Central vascular functions and related ion channels were assessed in male offspring at 5 months old...
May 17, 2017: Bioscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514233/energy-balance-over-one-athletic-season
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Analiza M Silva, Catarina N Matias, Diana A Santos, Diana Thomas, Anja Bosy-Westphal, Manfred J Müller, Steven B Heymsfield, Luís B Sardinha
INTRODUCTION: Magnitude and variation in energy balance (EB) components over an athletic season are largely unknown. PURPOSE: We investigated the longitudinal changes in EB over one season and explored the association between EB variation and the change in the main fat-free mass (FFM) components in highly trained athletes. METHODS: Eighty athletes (54 males; handball, volleyball, basketball, triathlete, and swimming) were evaluated from the beginning of the season to the main competition stage...
March 22, 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511875/visible-light-switched-cytosol-release-of-sirna-by-amphiphilic-fullerene-derivative-to-enhance-rnai-efficacy-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
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Jing Wang, Lifei Xie, Tao Wang, Fengxin Wu, Jie Meng, Jian Liu, Haiyan Xu
Cationic macromolecules are attractive for use as small interfering RNA (siRNA) carriers due to their performance in non-immunological reactions, customization during synthesis, and low costs compared to viral carriers. However, their low transfection efficiency substantially hinders their application in both clinical practices and academic research, which is mostly attributable to the low capacity of siRNA/cationic macromolecule complexes to escape lysosomes. To address this challenge, we designed an amphiphilic fullerene derivative (C60-Dex-NH2) for efficient and controllable siRNA delivery...
May 13, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508923/biomarkers-of-oxidative-damage-in-bacteria-for-the-assessment-of-sanitation-efficacy-in-lettuce-wash-water
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Andrea Cossu, Fang Dou, Glenn M Young, Nitin Nitin
In the fresh produce industry, validation of sanitation efficacy is critical to prevent cross-contamination of produce. The current validation approaches are either based on time-consuming plate counting assays or indirect measurements of chemical properties of wash water. In the study, the focus was to identify biomarkers that can provide direct assessment of oxidative damage in bacteria upon exposure to sanitizers in the presence of fresh produce and correlation of these oxidative biomarkers with logarithmic inactivation of bacteria...
May 16, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505508/phosphatase-activities-of-a-microepiphytic-community-during-a-bloom-of-ostreopsis-cf-ovata-in-the-northern-adriatic-sea
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Stefano Accoroni, Cecilia Totti, Emanuela Razza, Roberta Congestri, Alessandra Campanelli, Mauro Marini, Neil Thomas William Ellwood
It is becoming more apparent that increased organic nutrient loads deriving from anthropogenic activities and natural processes frequently cause the eutrophication of coastal waters. Concurrently, an increasing number of phototrophs have been shown to make use of organic nutrients, mainly through indirect studies of surface enzyme activities or through direct studies of growth in media containing organic-only nutrients. The potential utilization of dissolved organic phosphorus (DOP) by microepiphytic-mats associated with frequently problematic, toxic dinoflagellate Ostreopsis cf...
May 8, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503167/the-impact-of-space-flight-on-survival-and-interaction-of-cupriavidus-metallidurans-ch34-with-basalt-a-volcanic-moon-analog-rock
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Bo Byloos, Ilse Coninx, Olivier Van Hoey, Charles Cockell, Natasha Nicholson, Vyacheslav Ilyin, Rob Van Houdt, Nico Boon, Natalie Leys
Microbe-mineral interactions have become of interest for space exploration as microorganisms could be used to biomine from extra-terrestrial material and extract elements useful as micronutrients in life support systems. This research aimed to identify the impact of space flight on the long-term survival of Cupriavidus metallidurans CH34 in mineral water and the interaction with basalt, a lunar-type rock in preparation for the ESA spaceflight experiment, BIOROCK. Therefore, C. metallidurans CH34 cells were suspended in mineral water supplemented with or without crushed basalt and send for 3 months on board the Russian FOTON-M4 capsule...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501188/a-hemicyanine-based-colorimetric-and-ratiometric-fluorescent-probe-for-selective-detection-of-cysteine-and-bioimaging-in-living-cell
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Guotao Liu, Dan Liu, Xie Han, Xiaole Sheng, Zhiqiang Xu, Sheng Hua Liu, Lintao Zeng, Jun Yin
A new ratiometric fluorescent probe based on a hemicyanine dye was synthesized. Investigation on the response behavior towards amino acids showed that the probe had a capability of rapidly and selectively detecting cysteine over other biothiols such as glutathione and homocysteine with similar structure and reactivity, and it also displayed a high selectivity and rapid response. Moreover, the probe had good water solubility, which authorized it could be applied in fluorescent bioimaging. The laser confocal fluorescence images indicated that the probe could visualize the intracellular cysteine...
August 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498409/demonstration-of-a-potent-ret-transcriptional-inhibitor-for-the-treatment-of-medullary-thyroid-carcinoma-based-on-an-ellipticine-derivative
#19
Vishnu Muthuraj Kumarasamy, Daekyu Sun
Dominant-activating mutations in the RET (rearranged during transfection) proto-oncogene, which encodes a receptor tyrosine kinase, is often associated with the development of medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC). The proximal promoter region of the RET gene consists of a guanine-rich sequence containing five runs of three consecutive guanine residues that serve as the binding site for transcriptional factors. As we have recently shown, this stretch of nucleotides in the promoter region is highly dynamic in nature and tend to form non-B DNA secondary structures called G-quadruplexes, which suppress the transcription of the RET gene...
May 11, 2017: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495635/can-we-detect-the-effect-of-spines-and-leaflets-on-the-diffusion-of-brain-intracellular-metabolites
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Palombo Marco, Ligneul Clemence, Hernandez-Garzon Edwin, Valette Julien
Prior models used to clarify which aspects of tissue microstructure mostly affect intracellular diffusion and corresponding diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance (DW-MR) signal have focused on relatively simple geometrical descriptions of the cellular microenvironment (spheres, randomly oriented cylinders, etc…), neglecting finer morphological details which may have an important role. Some types of neurons present high density of spines; and astrocytes and macroglial cells processes present leaflets, which may all impact the diffusion process...
May 8, 2017: NeuroImage
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