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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054420/selenium-and-cancer-stem-cells
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Giuseppe Murdolo, Desirée Bartolini, Cristina Tortoioli, Marta Piroddi, Pierangelo Torquato, Francesco Galli
Selenium (Se) is an essential micronutrient that functions as "redox gatekeeper" and homeostasis factor of normal and cancer cells. Epidemiology and experimental studies, in the last years suggested that both inorganic and organic forms of Se may have favorable health effects. In this regard, a protective action of Se on cellular systems that may help preventing cancer cell differentiation has been demonstrated, while the hypothesis that Se compounds may cure cancer and its metastatic diffusion appears speculative and is still a matter of investigation...
2017: Advances in Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054266/circulating-peptidome-and-tumor-resident-proteolysis
#2
Jia Fan, Bo Ning, Christopher J Lyon, Tony Y Hu
Mammalian proteases segregate into several distinct protein families that employ different functional domains to hydrolyze peptides bonds with different specificities and affinities. These enzymes play central roles in critical cellular and systemic processes, including regulation of cell growth, differentiation, homeostasis, and apoptosis; and cancer initiation, progression, and metastasis. Human proteases segregate into five distinct catalytic classes; the metalloprotease, serine protease, and cysteine protease families have the most members, while the aspartic and threonine peptidase families have relatively few examples...
2017: Enzymes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053679/measuring-the-effect-of-chemicals-on-the-growth-and-reproduction-of-caenorhabditis-elegans
#3
So Young Lee, Kyungsu Kang
Toxicological evaluation is crucial for understanding the effects of chemicals on living organisms in basic and applied biological science fields. A non-mammalian soil round worm, Caenorhabditis elegans, is a valuable model organism for toxicology studies due to its convenience and lack of animal ethics issues compared with mammalian animal systems. In this protocol, a detailed procedure of toxicological evaluation of chemicals in C. elegans is described. A clinical anticancer drug, etoposide, which targets human topoisomerase II and inhibits DNA replication of human cancer cells, was selected as a model testing chemical...
October 5, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053152/heart-in-space-effect-of-the-extraterrestrial-environment-on-the-cardiovascular-system
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REVIEW
Richard L Hughson, Alexander Helm, Marco Durante
National space agencies and private corporations aim at an extended presence of humans in space in the medium to long term. Together with currently suboptimal technology, microgravity and cosmic rays raise health concerns about deep-space exploration missions. Both of these physical factors affect the cardiovascular system, whose gravity-dependence is pronounced. Heart and vascular function are, therefore, susceptible to substantial changes in weightlessness. The altered cardiovascular function in space causes physiological problems in the postflight period...
October 20, 2017: Nature Reviews. Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052539/engineering-diagnostic-and-therapeutic-gut-bacteria
#5
Brian P Landry, Jeffrey J Tabor
Genetically engineered bacteria have the potential to diagnose and treat a wide range of diseases linked to the gastrointestinal tract, or gut. Such engineered microbes will be less expensive and invasive than current diagnostics and more effective and safe than current therapeutics. Recent advances in synthetic biology have dramatically improved the reliability with which bacteria can be engineered with the sensors, genetic circuits, and output (actuator) genes necessary for diagnostic and therapeutic functions...
October 2017: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29051533/microtome-integrated-microscope-system-for-high-sensitivity-tracking-of-in-resin-fluorescence-in-blocks-and-ultrathin-sections-for-correlative-microscopy
#6
Nicolas Lemercier, Volker Middel, Didier Hentsch, Serge Taubert, Masanari Takamiya, Tanja Beil, Jean-Luc Vonesch, Tilo Baumbach, Patrick Schultz, Claude Antony, Uwe Strähle
Many areas of biological research demand the combined use of different imaging modalities to cover a wide range of magnifications and measurements or to place fluorescent patterns into an ultrastructural context. A technically difficult problem is the efficient specimen transfer between different imaging modalities without losing the coordinates of the regions-of-interest (ROI). Here, we report a new and highly sensitive integrated system that combines a custom designed microscope with an ultramicrotome for in-resin-fluorescence detection in blocks, ribbons and sections on EM-grids...
October 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29050588/sequential-one-pot-multienzyme-synthesis-of-hyaluronan-and-its-derivative
#7
Shuang Li, Shuaishuai Wang, Xuan Fu, Xian-Wei Liu, Peng George Wang, Junqiang Fang
Hyaluronan (HA) is a linear polysaccharide composed of repeating disaccharide units. It has been well documented to play an array of biological functions in cancer events. Here, we reported a sequential one-pot multienzyme (OPME) strategy for in vitro synthesis of HA and its derivatives. The strategy, which combined in situ sugar nucleotides generation with HA chain polymerization, could convert cheap monosaccharides into HA polymers without consuming exogenous sugar nucleotide donors. HA polymers (number-average molecular weight ranged from 1...
December 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29050358/state-of-the-art-considerations-in-small-cell-lung-cancer-brain-metastases
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REVIEW
Rimas V Lukas, Vinai Gondi, David O Kamson, Priya Kumthekar, Ravi Salgia
BACKGROUND: Small cell lung cancer (SCLC) frequently leads to development of brain metastases. These unfortunately continue to be associated with short survival. Substantial advances have been made in our understanding of the underlying biology of disease. This understanding on the background of previously evaluated and currently utilized therapeutic treatments can help guide the next steps in investigations into this disease with the potential to influence future treatments. DESIGN: A comprehensive review of the literature covering epidemiology, pathophysiology, imaging characteristics, prognosis, and therapeutic management of SCLC brain metastases was performed...
September 19, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29050332/survival-outcomes-based-on-systemic-agent-used-concurrently-with-radiation-in-human-papillomavirus-associated-oropharyngeal-cancer
#9
Vikas Mehta, Tara Moore-Medlin, Jose M Flores, Xiaohui Ma, Oleksandr Ekshyyan, Cherie-Ann O Nathan
PURPOSE: To investigate survival outcomes of patients treated with concurrent cetuximab and radiotherapy for primary management of both HPV positive and negative OPSCC, and compare the results to traditional platinum-based therapy. We hypothesize that the use of cetuximab in the HPV positive OPSCC patients will result in inferior survival based on tumor biological differences. STUDY DESIGN: A single institution retrospective analysis of 304 patients. The primary outcomes of interest were 1) overall survival and 2) relapse free survival...
September 19, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29050243/cancer-specific-evaluation-system-canes-a-high-accuracy-platform-for-preclinical-single-multi-biomarker-discovery
#10
Min-Seok Kwon, Seungyoon Nam, Sungyoung Lee, Young Zoo Ahn, Hae Ryung Chang, Yon Hui Kim, Taesung Park
The recent creation of enormous, cancer-related "Big Data" public depositories represents a powerful means for understanding tumorigenesis. However, a consistently accurate system for clinically evaluating single/multi-biomarkers remains lacking, and it has been asserted that oft-failed clinical advancement of biomarkers occurs within the very early stages of biomarker assessment. To address these challenges, we developed a clinically testable, web-based tool, CANcer-specific single/multi-biomarker Evaluation System (CANES), to evaluate biomarker effectiveness, across 2,134 whole transcriptome datasets, from 94,147 biological samples (from 18 tumor types)...
September 19, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049870/dendrimers-breaking-the-paradigm-of-current-musculoskeletal-autoimmune-therapies
#11
REVIEW
Daniel B Rodrigues, Joaquim M Oliveira, Tírcia C Santos, Rui L Reis
The advances achieved by cell-based therapies to treat autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and multiple sclerosis (MS), despite promising, are still insufficient for the current demands. RA and MS therapeutic approaches follow world guidelines to use disease modifying drugs and biological agents which, regardless of some good results in clinical outcomes, are well known for several systemic secondary side effects. Dendrimers are custom-made nanoparticles with proved clinical potential, displaying proper size, chemistries, immunomodulatory and anti-inflammatory properties...
October 19, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049841/predictive-value-of-the-8th-edition-american-joint-commission-cancer-ajcc-nodal-staging-system-for-patients-with-cutaneous-squamous-cell-carcinoma-of-the-head-and-neck
#12
Jessica Liu, Ardalan Ebrahimi, Tsu-Hui Hubert Low, Kan Gao, Carsten E Palme, Ch'ng Sydney, Bruce G Ashford, N Gopalakrishna Iyer, Jonathan R Clark, Ruta Gupta
BACKGROUND: The 8th edition American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC8) provides the same nodal staging system for mucosal and cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (HNcSCC) and includes extranodal extension (ENE) as an adverse prognostic criterion. This study evaluates the prognostic efficacy of the AJCC8 pathologic nodal staging system (pN) for HNcSCC. METHODS: Univariate analysis of 382 patients with metastatic HNcSCC staged according to both the 7th (AJCC7) and the 8th edition staging systems...
October 19, 2017: Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049091/tumor-microenvironment-and-models-of-ovarian-cancer-the-11th-biennial-rivkin-center-ovarian-cancer-research-symposium
#13
Karen McLean, Geeta Mehta
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to review the latest research advances on the topics of the ovarian cancer tumor microenvironment and models of ovarian cancer. METHODS: In September 2016, a symposium of the leaders in the field of ovarian cancer research was convened to present and discuss current advances and future directions in ovarian cancer research. RESULTS: One session was dedicated to Tumor Microenvironment and Models of Ovarian Cancer, and included a keynote presentation from Anil Sood, MD, and an invited oral presentation from David Huntsman, MD...
October 18, 2017: International Journal of Gynecological Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29046030/-immunopathology-of-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
#14
Nora Ernestina Martínez-Aguilar, María Eugenia Vargas-Camaño, Rogelio Ramsés Hernández-Pliego, Genny Margarita Chaia-Semerena, María Rosario Pérez-Chavira
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a common, preventable and treatable condition that has a complex pathophysiology and an even more complex immunopathological process. The purpose of this review was to analyze COPD immunopathological aspects, which was addressed by undertaking a literature search for the most relevant documents indexed in the PubMed database over the last 10 years. Different conclusions could be drawn: in COPD immunopathology there are immune and non-immune inflammatory changes with oxidative stress imbalance, there are alterations in the protease/anti-protease ratio caused by direct and indirect genetic and epigenetic-environmental defects; COPD produces irreversible tissue damage and chronic inflammation with tissue repair alteration, which induces chronic obstruction of the airway, bronchitis and systemic damage...
July 2017: Revista Alergia Mexico: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Mexicana de Alergia e Inmunología, A.C
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29045549/emerging-treatment-paradigms-in-brain-metastasis-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-an-overview-of-the-current-landscape-and-challenges-ahead
#15
D Ulahannan, J Khalifa, C Faivre-Finn, S M Lee
Advances in the last decade in genomic profiling and the identification of druggable targets amenable to biological agents, has transformed the management and survival of a subgroup of patients with brain metastasis in non-small cell lung cancer. In parallel, clinicians have re-evaluated the role of whole brain radiotherapy in selected patients with brain metastases to reduce neurocognitive toxicity. Continual progress in this understudied field is required: optimisation of the sequence of schedules for therapies in patients with brain metastases of differing genomic profiles, focusing on new strategies to overcome mechanisms of biological resistance and increasing drug penetrability into the central nervous system...
October 17, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29044933/cross-tissue-identification-of-somatic-stem-and-progenitor-cells-using-a-single-cell-rna-seq-derived-gene-signature
#16
Petra C Schwalie, Paloma Ordonez Moran, Joerg Huelsken, Bart Deplancke
A long-standing question in biology is whether multipotent somatic stem and progenitor cells (SSPCs) feature molecular properties that could guide their system-independent identification. Population-based transcriptomic studies have so far not been able to provide a definite answer, given the rarity and heterogeneous nature of these cells. Here, we exploited the resolving power of single-cell RNA-sequencing to develop a computational model that is able to accurately distinguish SSPCs from differentiated cells across tissues...
October 16, 2017: Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29044127/engineered-in-vitro-cell-line-mixtures-and-robust-evaluation-of-computational-methods-for-clonal-decomposition-and-longitudinal-dynamics-in-cancer
#17
Hossein Farahani, Camila P E de Souza, Raewyn Billings, Damian Yap, Karey Shumansky, Adrian Wan, Daniel Lai, Anne-Marie Mes-Masson, Samuel Aparicio, Sohrab P Shah
Characterization and quantification of tumour clonal populations over time via longitudinal sampling are essential components in understanding and predicting the response to therapeutic interventions. Computational methods for inferring tumour clonal composition from deep-targeted sequencing data are ubiquitous, however due to the lack of a ground truth biological data, evaluating their performance is difficult. In this work, we generate a benchmark data set that simulates tumour longitudinal growth and heterogeneity by in vitro mixing of cancer cell lines with known proportions...
October 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040875/biomechanical-regulation-of-drug-sensitivity-in-an-engineered-model-of-human-tumor
#18
A Marturano-Kruik, A Villasante, K Yaeger, S R Ambati, A Chramiec, M T Raimondi, G Vunjak-Novakovic
Predictive testing of anticancer drugs remains a challenge. Bioengineered systems, designed to mimic key aspects of the human tumor microenvironment, are now improving our understanding of cancer biology and facilitating clinical translation. We show that mechanical signals have major effects on cancer drug sensitivity, using a bioengineered model of human bone sarcoma. Ewing sarcoma (ES) cells were studied within a three-dimensional (3D) matrix in a bioreactor providing mechanical loadings. Mimicking bone-like mechanical signals within the 3D model, we rescued the ERK1/2-RUNX2 signaling pathways leading to drug resistance...
October 10, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29039812/molecular-aspects-of-circadian-pharmacology-and-relevance-for-cancer-chronotherapy
#19
REVIEW
Narin Ozturk, Dilek Ozturk, Ibrahim Halil Kavakli, Alper Okyar
The circadian timing system (CTS) controls various biological functions in mammals including xenobiotic metabolism and detoxification, immune functions, cell cycle events, apoptosis and angiogenesis. Although the importance of the CTS is well known in the pharmacology of drugs, it is less appreciated at the clinical level. Genome-wide studies highlighted that the majority of drug target genes are controlled by CTS. This suggests that chronotherapeutic approaches should be taken for many drugs to enhance their effectiveness...
October 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29039718/current-status-of-proteomics-of-soft-tissue-sarcomas
#20
Tadashi Kondo
Proteomics has been used in soft tissue sarcoma (STS) research in the attempts to improve the understanding of the disease background and develop novel clinical applications. Using various proteomics modalities, aberrant regulations of numerous intriguing proteins were identified in STSs, and the possible utilities of identified proteins as biomarkers or therapeutic targets have been explored. STS is an exceptionally diverse group of malignant diseases with highly complex molecular backgrounds and, therefore, an overview of the achievements and prospects of STS proteomics could enhance our knowledge of the possibilities and limitations of cancer proteomics...
October 17, 2017: Expert Review of Proteomics
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