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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454283/targeting-of-growth-factors-in-the-treatment-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-the-potentials-of-polysaccharides
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Xuan Wang, Jieyu Ding, Yuanyuan Feng, Lingling Weng, Guangqiang Zhao, Jianfeng Xiang, Minguang Zhang, Dongwei Xing
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) has become a leading cause of cancer-associated mortality worldwide and is thus of great concern. Although various chemotherapeutic drugs are currently used for the treatment of HCC, severe side effects associated with these treatments have prompted interest in novel therapies, including the use of certain biological macromolecules such as polysaccharides. Several studies have shown that polysaccharides have anticancer and antiproliferative effects on HCC. Vascular endothelial growth factor, transforming growth factor β, epidermal growth factor and fibroblast growth factor may be effective targets for polysaccharides and may modulate tumor growth and immunity through increasing the expression levels of cytokines...
March 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454046/preliminary-investigation-of-catalytic-antioxidant-anticancer-and-bactericidal-activity-of-green-synthesized-silver-and-gold-nanoparticles-using-actinidia-deliciosa
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Saraschandra Naraginti, Yi Li
Herein we report a rapid low cost one step green synthetic method using Actinidia deliciosa fruit extract for preparation of stable and multifunctional silver and gold nanoparticles. The synthesized nanoparticles were successfully used as green catalysts for the reduction of 4-nitrophenol (4-NP) and methylene blue (MB). The enhanced biological activity of the prepared nanoparticles was investigated based on its highly stable antioxidant, anticancer and bactericidal effects. TEM micrographs showed that the silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) formed were predominantly spherical in shape having diameters ranging from 25 to 40nm, while gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) shown particle size ranges from 7 to 20nm...
March 30, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449101/synthetic-biology-approaches-for-the-production-of-plant-metabolites-in-unicellular-organisms
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Tessa Moses, Payam Mehrshahi, Alison G Smith, Alain Goossens
Synthetic biology is the repurposing of biological systems for novel objectives and applications. Through the co-ordinated and balanced expression of genes, both native and those introduced from other organisms, resources within an industrial chassis can be siphoned for the commercial production of high-value commodities. This developing interdisciplinary field has the potential to revolutionize natural product discovery from higher plants, by providing a diverse array of tools, technologies, and strategies for exploring the large chemically complex space of plant natural products using unicellular organisms...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449031/rnablueprint-flexible-multiple-target-nucleic-acid-sequence-design
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Stefan Hammer, Birgit Tschiatschek, Christoph Flamm, Ivo L Hofacker, Sven Findeiß
Motivation: Realizing the value of synthetic biology in biotechnology and medicine requires the design of molecules with specialized functions. Due to its close structure to function relationship, and the availability of good structure prediction methods and energy models, RNA is perfectly suited to be synthetically engineered with predefined properties. However, currently available RNA design tools cannot be easily adapted to accommodate new design specifications. Furthermore, complicated sampling and optimization methods are often developed to suit a specific RNA design goal, adding to their inflexibility...
April 25, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448795/what-is-the-role-of-circuit-design-in-the-advancement-of-synthetic-biology-part-1
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Enabling real-world applications and therapeutics.
April 26, 2017: Cell Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448195/design-characteristics-of-the-corrona-japan-rheumatoid-arthritis-registry
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Hisashi Yamanaka, Mitsumasa Kishimoto, Dimitrios A Pappas, Jeffrey D Greenberg, Joel M Kremer, Yoshiya Tanaka
OBJECTIVES: The primary objective is to prospectively study the comparative safety and effectiveness of older and newer classes of nonbiologic DMARDs (Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs), biologic DMARDs and targeted synthetic therapies approved for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in a real-world patient population in Japan. METHODS: Prospective, multicenter, noninterventional, observational study across geographic distribution of both private and public institutions for patients with RA who are newly prescribed one of the following medications: (1) methotrexate; (2) anti-TNF biologic DMARDs; (3) non-TNF biologic DMARDs; and (4) approved JAK inhibitors at the time of enrollment into the registry...
April 27, 2017: Modern Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448135/total-synthesis-of-%C3%A2-lycojaponicumin-d-and-lycodoline-type-lycopodium-alkaloids
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Xian-He Zhao, Qing Zhang, Ji-Yuan Du, Xin-Yun Lu, Ye-Xing Cao, Yu-Hua Deng, Chun-An Fan
Lycopodium alkaloids with structural diversity and biological significance have been stimulating an increasing interest in synthetic and medicinal communities, in which inspiration and exploration of their related biogenetic relationship generally comprises one of the major concerns. Driven by the plausible biogenetic entry to lycojaponicumin D as the first member of Lycopodium alkaloids having structurally unusual C(3)-C(13) linked scaffold, a new connection with lycodoline has been proposed and discovered on the basis of the design of an unprecedented bioinspired tandem fragmentation/Mannich reaction...
April 27, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448116/quantitative-examination-of-the-active-targeting-effect%C3%AF-the-key-factor-for-maximal-tumor-accumulation-and-retention-of-short-circulated-biopolymeric-nanocarriers
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Jianquan Wang, Gee Young Lee, Qian Lu, Xianghong Peng, Jiangxiao Wu, Siyuan Wu, Brad A Kairdolf, Shuming Nie, Yiqing Wang, Lucas A Lane
Targeted and non-targeted biopolymeric nanoparticles with identical hydrodynamic sizes and surface charges were quantitatively examined in terms of the pharmacokinetic and biodistribution differences in detail. In adding cancer cell targeting folate molecules to the surface of the heparin nanocarriers, the amount of drug delivered to the tumor is doubled and tumor growth inhibition is significantly enhanced. The folate-targeted heparin particles offered similar therapeutic potentials compared to their synthetic long-circulating analogues, thus presenting a viable alternative for drug delivery vehicle construction using biological polymers which are easier for the body to eliminate...
April 27, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447487/tissue-engineered-vascular-grafts-current-state-of-the-field
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Chin Siang Ong, Xun Zhou, Chen Yu Huang, Takuma Fukunishi, Huaitao Zhang, Narutoshi Hibino
Conventional synthetic vascular grafts are limited by the inability to remodel, as well as issues of patency at smaller diameters. Tissue-engineered vascular grafts (TEVGs), constructed from biologically active cells and biodegradable scaffolds have the potential to overcome these limitations, and provide growth capacity and self-repair. Areas covered: This article outlines the TEVG design, biodegradable scaffolds, TEVG fabrication methods, cell seeding, drug delivery, strategies to reduce wait times, clinical trials, as well as a 5-year view with expert commentary...
April 27, 2017: Expert Review of Medical Devices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447479/autotaxin-inhibitors-a-patent-review-2012-2016
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Aikaterini Nikolaou, Maroula G Kokotou, Dimitris Limnios, Anastasia Psarra, George Kokotos
Autotaxin (ATX) is a secreted enzyme that hydrolyzes lysophosphatidylcholine to lysophosphatidic acid (LPA) and choline. The ATX/LPA axis has received increasing interest in recent years because both the enzyme ATX and the bioactive lipid LPA are involved in various pathological conditions such as tumor progression and metastasis, fibrotic diseases, autoimmune diseases, arthritis, chronic hepatitis, obesity and impaired glucose homeostasis. Thus, a great effort has been devoted in developing synthetic ATX inhibitors as new agents to treat various diseases including cancer and fibrotic diseases...
April 27, 2017: Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Patents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446682/smartphone-controlled-optogenetically-engineered-cells-enable-semiautomatic-glucose-homeostasis-in-diabetic-mice
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REVIEW
Jiawei Shao, Shuai Xue, Guiling Yu, Yuanhuan Yu, Xueping Yang, Yu Bai, Sucheng Zhu, Linfeng Yang, Jianli Yin, Yidan Wang, Shuyong Liao, Sanwei Guo, Mingqi Xie, Martin Fussenegger, Haifeng Ye
With the increasingly dominant role of smartphones in our lives, mobile health care systems integrating advanced point-of-care technologies to manage chronic diseases are gaining attention. Using a multidisciplinary design principle coupling electrical engineering, software development, and synthetic biology, we have engineered a technological infrastructure enabling the smartphone-assisted semiautomatic treatment of diabetes in mice. A custom-designed home server SmartController was programmed to process wireless signals, enabling a smartphone to regulate hormone production by optically engineered cells implanted in diabetic mice via a far-red light (FRL)-responsive optogenetic interface...
April 26, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446336/towards-cellular-activation-of-an-artificial-metalloenzyme-development-of-an-artificial-zymogen
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Vincent Lebrun
Regulation of enzymatic activity is essential for living organisms. Nowadays, with the emergence of synthetic biology, there is a rising interest in placing the activity of synthetic catalysts under the control of a cell. This short review aims at summarizing the regulation strategies developed to date, and at presenting the development of an artificial zymogen, which is upregulated by a natural protease. In our view, this constitutes a first step towards the cellular control of the activity of an artificial metalloenzyme...
April 26, 2017: Chimia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446063/synthetic-immunology-hacking-immune-cells-to-expand-their-therapeutic-capabilities
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Kole T Roybal, Wendell A Lim
The ability of immune cells to survey tissues and sense pathologic insults and deviations makes them a unique platform for interfacing with the body and disease. With the rapid advancement of synthetic biology, we can now engineer and equip immune cells with new sensors and controllable therapeutic response programs to sense and treat diseases that our natural immune system cannot normally handle. Here we review the current state of engineered immune cell therapeutics and their unique capabilities compared to small molecules and biologics...
April 26, 2017: Annual Review of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445767/the-visualized-macrocycles-chemistry-and-application-of-fluorophore-tagged-cyclodextrins
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Gábor Benkovics, Milo Malanga, Éva Fenyvesi
Cyclodextrins are macrocyclic molecules able to form host-guest complexes due to their hydrophobic cavity. Because of their carbohydrate nature they do not absorb light in the UV-vis region (200-800nm), but they can be converted into spectroscopically active compounds via modification with a chromophore unit. Among the chromophores, the group of fluorophores can provide high sensitivity in analytical applications (chemosensing) and low detection limit in optical imaging methods (fluorescent microscopy). Fluorophore-tagged cyclodextrins therefore combine interesting spectroscopic properties with promising supramolecular features which make these conjugates widely applicable in various pharmaceutical fields...
April 23, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445033/c-h-functionalization-of-azines
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Kei Murakami, Shuya Yamada, Takeshi Kaneda, Kenichiro Itami
Azines, which are six-membered aromatic compounds containing one or more nitrogen atoms, serve as ubiquitous structural cores of aromatic species with important applications in biological and materials sciences. Among a variety of synthetic approaches toward azines, C-H functionalization represents the most rapid and atom-economical transformation, and it is advantageous for the late-stage functionalization of azine-containing functional molecules. Since azines have several C-H bonds with different reactivities, the development of new reactions that allow for the functionalization of azines in a regioselective fashion has comprised a central issue...
April 26, 2017: Chemical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444630/new-synthetic-methods-for-phosphate-labeling
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REVIEW
Amit K Dutta, Ilya Captain, Henning Jacob Jessen
The complexity of phosphorylation pathways and their downstream effects is vast. Synthetic chemistry has been working side by side with biology to develop phosphate labels for biological processes involving phosphorylated compounds. This chapter discusses recently employed methods for the preparation of several phosphate labels. Synthesis of biomolecules and their analogs and other useful or potentially useful phosphate derivatives is discussed.
June 2017: Topics in Current Chemistry (Journal)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444619/the-reference-cube-a-new-ballistic-model-to-generate-staining-in-firearm-barrels
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Christian Schyma, Kristina Bauer, Julia Brünig
After contact shots to the head biological traces can be found inside firearm barrels. So far silicone coated, gelatin filled box models were used to generate such staining according to the triple contrast method (mixture of acrylic paint, barium sulfate and blood sealed in a thin foil bag). This study was conducted to develop a transparent ballistic model allowing contact shots. Gelatin filled polyethylene bottles with and without a silicone coat were tested in comparison to non-covered gelatin blocks. Finally, thin foil bags of 5 cm × 5 cm dimension were glued on a synthetic absorbent kitchen wipe on top of which 1 L 10% gelatin solution was molded to create blocks of 8...
April 25, 2017: Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444543/cost-analysis-of-incisional-hernia-repair-with-synthetic-mesh-and-biological-mesh-an-italian-study
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Sabrina Rampado, Andrea Geron, Giovanni Pirozzolo, Angelica Ganss, Elisa Pizzolato, Romeo Bardini
Repair of an incisional hernia (IH) generates costs on several levels and domains of society. The aim of this study was to make a complete cost analysis of incisional hernia repair (IHR) with synthetic and biological mesh and to compare it with financial reimbursement. Patients were grouped into three levels to determine the complexity of their care, and hence, the costs involved. Group 1 included patients without comorbidities, who underwent a "standard" incisional hernia repair (SIHR), with synthetic mesh...
April 25, 2017: Updates in Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444399/development-of-a-multipurpose-scaffold-for-the-display-of-peptide-loops
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Maxim Rossmann, Sandra J Greive, Tommaso Moschetti, Michael Dinan, Marko Hyvönen
Protein-protein interactions (PPIs) determine a wide range of biological processes and analysis of these dynamic networks is increasingly becoming a mandatory tool for studying protein function. Using the globular ATPase domain of recombinase RadA as a scaffold, we have developed a peptide display system (RAD display), which allows for the presentation of target peptides, protein domains or full-length proteins and their rapid recombinant production in bacteria. The design of the RAD display system includes differently tagged versions of the scaffold, which allows for flexibility in the protein purification method, and chemical coupling for small molecule labeling or surface immobilization...
April 24, 2017: Protein Engineering, Design & Selection: PEDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443845/passive-and-active-colloidal-chemotaxis-in-a-microfluidic-channel-mesoscopic-and-stochastic-models
#20
Laurens Deprez, Pierre de Buyl
Chemotaxis is the response of a particle to a gradient in the chemical composition of the environment. While it was originally observed for biological organisms, it is of great interest in the context of synthetic active particles such as nanomotors. Experimental demonstration of chemotaxis for chemically-powered colloidal nanomotors was reported in the literature in the context of chemo-attraction in a still fluid or in a microfluidic channel where the gradient is sustained by a specific inlet geometry. In this work, we use mesoscopic particle-based simulations of the colloid and solvent to demonstrate chemotaxis in a microfluidic channel...
April 26, 2017: Soft Matter
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