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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635645/cembrene-diterpenoids-with-ether-linkages-from-sarcophyton-ehrenbergi-an-anti-proliferation-and-molecular-docking-assessment
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Mohamed-Elamir F Hegazy, Abdelsamed I Elshamy, Tarik A Mohamed, Ahmed R Hamed, Mahmoud A A Ibrahim, Shinji Ohta, Paul W Paré
Three new cembrene diterpenoids, sarcoehrenbergilid A-C (1-3), along with four known diterpenoids, sarcophine (4), (+)-7α,8β-dihydroxydeepoxysarcophine (5), sinulolide A (6), and sinulolide B (7), and one steroid, sardisterol (8), were isolated and characterized from a solvent extract of the Red Sea soft coral Sarcophyton ehrenbergi. Chemical structures were elucidated by NMR and MS analyses with absolute stereochemistry determined by X-ray analysis. Since these isolated cembrene diterpenes contained 10 or more carbons in a large flexible ring, conformer stabilities were examined based on density functional theory calculations...
June 21, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635548/th-17-regulatory-cytokines-il-21-il-23-and-il-6-enhance-neutrophil-production-of-il-17-cytokines-during-asthma
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Rabih Halwani, Asma Sultana, Alejandro Vazquez-Tello, Amer Jamhawi, Abeer A Al-Masri, Saleh Al-Muhsen
BACKGROUND: In a subset of severe asthma patients, chronic airway inflammation is associated with infiltration of neutrophils, Th-17 cells and elevated expression of Th-17-derived cytokines (e.g., interleukin [IL]-17, IL-21, IL-22). Peripheral neutrophils from allergic asthmatics are known to express higher IL-17 cytokine levels than those from healthy subjects, but the regulatory mechanisms involved are not well understood. We hypothesize that Th-17 regulatory cytokines could modulate IL-17 expression in neutrophils...
March 2, 2017: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634241/psl-produced-by-mucoid-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-contributes-to-the-establishment-of-biofilms-and-immune-evasion
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Christopher J Jones, Daniel J Wozniak
Despite years of research and clinical advances, chronic pulmonary infections with mucoid Pseudomonas aeruginosa remain the primary concern for cystic fibrosis patients. Much of the research on these strains has focused on the contributions of the polysaccharide alginate; however, it is becoming evident that the neutral polysaccharide Psl also contributes to biofilm formation and the maintenance of chronic infections. Here, we demonstrate that Psl produced by mucoid strains has significant roles in biofilm structure and evasion of immune effectors...
June 20, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633901/patient-ethnicity-and-causative-species-determine-the-manifestations-of-anti-interferon-gamma-autoantibody-associated-nontuberculous-mycobacterial-disease-a-review
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Isano Hase, Kozo Morimoto, Takuro Sakagami, Yoshiki Ishii, Jakko van Ingen
Nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) infections involving anti-interferon-gamma (IFN-γ)-neutralizing autoantibodies have been described in previously immunocompetent adults. To investigate the factors underlying various disease manifestations, we reviewed 35 articles published between January 2004 and November 2016 and identified 111 NTM patients with anti-IFN-γ autoantibodies. Rapidly growing mycobacteria (RGM) accounted for 53% of the isolated species. RGM were predominant among the NTM species isolated from Thai (73%), Chinese (58%) and Filipino (56%) patients, whereas M...
May 18, 2017: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631653/hodgkin-s-lymphoma-with-unusual-pulmonary-presentations-reporting-two-cases
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Brett Matthew Lowenthal, Xiangdong Xu, Meera Subash, Lily J Jih
Classical Hodgkin's lymphoma (CHL) presenting with exclusively pulmonary symptoms is very unusual. We report two cases of CHL with atypical clinical presentations mimicking pulmonary infections. The first case represents a stage IV CHL with secondary lung involvement, and the second case demonstrates a very rare case of CHL with isolated lung involvement, also known as primary pulmonary Hodgkin's lymphoma. The second patient was initially misdiagnosed and treated with six months of antibiotics before the correct diagnosis was made by a lung biopsy...
April 2017: Indian Journal of Pathology & Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630242/tumour-necrosis-factor-tnf-inhibitor-induced-isolated-pleural-granulomas-a-rare-adverse-effect
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Muhammad Sajawal Ali, Rose Franco, Dheeraj Dhotre, Nagarjun Rao
A 53-year-old man with a history of Crohn's disease on infliximab, presented with several weeks of cough and dyspnoea. He had a right-sided pleural effusion, found to be exudative with lymphocytic predominance. He underwent right-sided video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) with biopsies and pleurodesis. Histopathology showed pleural-based non-caseating granulomas with unremarkable lung parenchyma. Cultures were only positive for Propionibacterium acnes 8 months later, he was found to have a left-sided exudative, lymphocytic predominant pleural effusion...
June 18, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630215/mechanisms-of-primary-drug-resistance-in-fgfr1-amplified-lung-cancer
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Florian Malchers, Meryem Seda Ercanoglu, Daniel Schütte, Roberta Castiglione, Verena Tischler, Sebastian Michels, Ilona Dahmen, Johannes Brägelmann, Roopika Menon, Johannes M Heuckmann, Julie George, Sascha Ansén, Martin L Sos, Alex Soltermann, Martin Peifer, Jurgen Wolf, Reinhard Büttner, Roman K Thomas
<br />The 8p12-p11 locus is frequently amplified in squamous cell lung cancer (SQLC); the receptor tyrosine kinase fibroblast growth factor receptor 1 (FGFR1) being one of the most prominent targets of this amplification. Thus, small molecules inhibiting FGFRs have been employed to treat FGFR1-amplified SQLC. However, only about 11% of such FGFR1-amplified tumors respond to single agent FGFR inhibition and several tumors exhibited insufficient tumor shrinkage, compatible with the existence of drug-resistant tumor cells...
June 19, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630204/a-low-molecular-weight-alginate-oligosaccharide-disrupts-pseudomonal-microcolony-formation-and-enhances-antibiotic-effectiveness
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Manon F Pritchard, Lydia C Powell, Alison A Jack, Kate Powell, Konrad Beck, Hannah Florance, Julian Forton, Philip D Rye, Arne Dessen, Katja E Hill, David W Thomas
In chronic respiratory disease the formation of dense, 3-dimensional 'micro colonies' by Pseudomonas aeruginosa within the airway plays an important role in contributing to resistance to treatment. An in vitro biofilm model of pseudomonal microcolony formation using artificial sputum (AS) medium was established to study the effects of low molecular weight alginate oligomers (OligoG CF-5/20) on pseudomonal growth, microcolony formation and the efficacy of colistin. The studies employed clinical cystic fibrosis (CF) isolates (n=3) and reference non-mucoid and mucoid multi-drug resistant (MDR) CF isolates (n=7)...
June 19, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630178/efficacy-of-cefiderocol-against-carbapenem-resistant-gram-negative-bacilli-in-immunocompetent-rat-respiratory-tract-infection-models-recreating-human-plasma-pharmacokinetics
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Shuhei Matsumoto, Christine M Singley, Jennifer Hoover, Rio Nakamura, Roger Echols, Stephen Rittenhouse, Masakatsu Tsuji, Yoshinori Yamano
Cefiderocol (S-649266), a novel siderophore cephalosporin, shows potent activity against carbapenem-resistant Gram-negative bacilli. In this study, we evaluated the efficacy of cefiderocol against carbapenem-resistant Gram-negative bacilli (Pseudomonas aeruginosa,Acinetobacter baumannii and Klebsiella pneumoniae) in immunocompetent rat respiratory tract infection models recreating plasma pharmacokinetics (PK) profiles in healthy human subjects. A total of 6 clinical isolates (1 cephalosporin-susceptible P. aeruginosa, 1 multidrug-resistant P...
June 19, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629532/hypaconitine-inhibits-tgf-%C3%AE-1-induced-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-and-suppresses-adhesion-migration-and-invasion-of-lung-cancer-a549-cells
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Hai-Tao Feng, Wen-Wen Zhao, Jin-Jian Lu, Yi-Tao Wang, Xiu-Ping Chen
Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) has been implicated in tumor invasion and metastasis and provides novel strategies for cancer therapy. Hypaconitine (HpA), a diester-diterpenoid alkaloid isolated from the root of the Aconitum species, exhibits anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and especially, cardiotoxic activities. Here, we reported the anti-metastatic potentials of HpA in transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1)-induced EMT in lung cancer A549 cells. The cytotoxic effect of HpA was determined by MTT assay...
June 2017: Chinese Journal of Natural Medicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629240/foetoscopic-endotracheal-occlusion-feto-for-severe-isolated-left-sided-congenital-diaphragmatic-hernia-single-centre-polish-experience
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Przemyslaw Kosinski, Miroslaw Wielgos
OBJECTIVE: To present early experience with foetoscopic endotracheal occlusion (FETO) for congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) in a new centre in Poland. METHODS: This was a prospective study in singleton pregnancies with CDH treated by FETO between 2014 and 2016 in the Medical University of Warsaw, Poland. FETO was carried out at 25.6-30.1 (median 27.7) weeks' gestation in 28 consecutive cases of isolated left-sided CDH with observed over expected lung area to head circumference ratio (o/e LHR) of 20...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627629/reducing-autophagy-and-inducing-g1-phase-arrest-by-aloperine-enhances-radio-sensitivity-in-lung-cancer-cells
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Zhijie Xu, Yuanliang Yan, Shuangshuang Zeng, Long Qian, Shuang Dai, Lingfang Xiao, Lin Wang, Xue Yang, Yi Xiao, Zhicheng Gong
Aloperine (ALO), an isolated alkaloid from the leaves of Sophora alopecuroides (S. alopecuroides), has been suggested to exhibit anti-inflammatory and antitumor properties, and has been traditionally used to treat various diseases, including cancers. However, little is known about the effects of ALO on the radio-sensitivity of lung cancer cells. In the present study, we confirmed that agent ALO inhibits cell growth, promotes cell aopotosis and induces G1 phase arrest and consequently enhanced the radio-sensitivity in radio-resistant lung cancer cells A549/IR...
June 19, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627620/protective-effect-of-human-serum-amyloid-p-on-ccl4-induced-acute-liver-injury-in-mice
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Min Cong, Weihua Zhao, Tianhui Liu, Ping Wang, Xu Fan, Qingling Zhai, Xiaoli Bao, Dong Zhang, Hong You, Tatiana Kisseleva, David A Brenner, Jidong Jia, Hui Zhuang
Human serum amyloid P (hSAP), a member of the pentraxin family, inhibits the activation of fibrocytes in culture and inhibits experimental renal, lung, skin and cardiac fibrosis. As hepatic inflammation is one of the causes of liver fibrosis, in the present study, we investigated the hepatoprotective effects of hSAP against carbon tetrachloride (CCl4)-induced liver injury. Our data indicated that hSAP attenuated hepatic histopathological abnormalities and significantly decreased inflammatory cell infiltration and pro-inflammatory factor expression...
June 14, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625888/combined-venom-profiling-and-cytotoxicity-screening-of-the-radde-s-mountain-viper-montivipera-raddei-and-mount-bulgar-viper-montivipera-bulgardaghica-with-potent-cytotoxicity-against-human-a549-lung-carcinoma-cells
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Ayse Nalbantsoy, Benjamin-Florian Hempel, Daniel Petras, Paul Heiss, Bayram Göçmen, Nasit Iğci, Mehmet Zülfü Yildiz, Roderich D Süssmuth
Here we report the first characterization of the endemic Mount Bulgar Viper (Montivipera bulgardaghica) and Radde's mountain viper (Montivipera raddei) venom by a combined approach using intact mass profiling and bottom-up proteomics. The cytotoxicity screening of crude venom as well as isolated serine proteases revealed a high activity against A549 human lung carcinoma cells. By means of intact mass profiling of native and reduced venom we observed basic and acidic phospholipases type A2. Moreover, the analysis revealed snake venom metalloproteases, cysteine-rich secretory proteins, disintegrins, snake venom serine proteases, C-type lectins, a vascular endothelial growth factor and an L-amino acid oxidase...
June 15, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625639/longitudinal-monitoring-of-ctdna-egfr-mutation-burden-from-urine-correlates-with-patient-response-to-egfr-tkis-a-case-series
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Nishan Tchekmedyian, Raja Mudad, Fernando F Blanco, Victoria M Raymond, Jordan Garst, Mark G Erlander, Eric Haura, David Berz
Targetable, somatic EGFR mutations are highly prevalent in patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), making them eligible for tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) therapy. Circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA), isolated from blood or urine, has been demonstrated to reliably identify somatic tumor associated EGFR mutations, specifically in patients with inconclusive biopsy. When conventional imaging modalities are inconclusive, quantitative assessment of systemic ctDNA burden has the potential to assess therapeutic response...
June 2017: Lung Cancer: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625525/recombinant-lactobacillus-casei-expressing-clostridium-perfringens-toxoids-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-2-%C3%AE%C2%B5-and-%C3%AE-1-gives-protection-against-clostridium-perfringens-in-rabbits
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Li Zhao, Zhihou Guo, Jiali Liu, Zi Wang, Ruichong Wang, Yijing Li, Li Wang, Yigang Xu, Lijie Tang, Xinyuan Qiao
The present study used Lactobacillus casei ATCC 393 as antigen delivery system to express C. perfringens toxoids α-β2-ε-β1 to construct the recombination Lactobacillus casei pPG-2-α-β2-ε-β1/L. casei 393. After being induced by 1% xylose, the specificity and integrity of recombinant strain were determined by Western-blotting. Rabbits as native animal model were immunized orally with pPG-2-α-β2-ε-β1/L. casei 393 and the titers of specific IgG and sIgA were determined by ELISA. The result showed that oral administration with the recombinants could elicit both local mucosal and systemic immune responses...
June 15, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625094/a-new-indole-alkaloid-from-the-traditional-chinese-medicine-chansu
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Ying-Hui Dai, An-Dong Wang, Yu-Lin Chen, Ming-Yu Xia, Xin-Yi Shao, Dong-Chun Liu, Dong Wang
A new indole alkaloid N'-formylserotonin (1), along with five known indole alkaloids N'-methylserotonin (2), 5-hydroxy-1H-indole-3-carbaldehyde (3), N-acetylserotonin (4), 6-hydroxy-1-oxo-3,4-dihydro-β-carboline (5), and bufoserotoin C (6), were isolated from the water extract of traditional Chinese medicine Chansu. Their structures were elucidated on the basis of spectral analyses. The cytotoxicities of 1-6 against human lung adenocarcinoma epithelial cells A549 were tested using the MTT method. Compound 6 exhibited stronger cytotoxic effect than 5-FU, and 1-5 showed no cytotoxic effects...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Asian Natural Products Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624377/evaluation-of-a-biomimetic-3d-substrate-based-on-the-human-elastin-like-polypeptides-helps-model-system-for-elastolytic-activity-detection
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Lucia Corich, Marina Busetti, Vincenzo Petix, Sabina Passamonti, Antonella Bandiera
Elastin is a fibrous protein that confers elasticity to tissues such as skin, arteries and lung. It is extensively cross-linked, highly hydrophobic and insoluble. Nevertheless, elastin can be hydrolysed by bacterial proteases in infectious diseases, resulting in more or less severe tissue damage. Thus, development of substrates able to reliably and specifically detect pathogen-secreted elastolytic activity is needed to improve the in vitro evaluation of the injury that bacterial proteases may provoke. In this work, two human biomimetic elastin polypeptides, HELP and HELP1, as well as the matrices derived from HELP, have been probed as substrates for elastolytic activity detection...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623738/iridoids-from-the-roots-of-valeriana-jatamansi-jones
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Ru-Jing Wang, Hai-Mei Chen, Fan Yang, Yun Deng, Hui Ao, Xiao-Fang Xie, Hong-Xiang Li, Hai Zhang, Zhi-Xing Cao, Li-Xia Zhu, Yin Chen, Cheng Peng, Yu-Zhu Tan
Five iridoids, named as chlorovaltrate P-T, together with six known analogues, (4β,8β)-8-methoxy-3-methoxy-10-methylene-2,9-dioxatricyclo[4.3.1.0(3,7)]decan-4-ol, chlorovaltrate A, (1R,3R,5R,7S,8R,9S)-3,8-epoxy-1-O-ethyl-5-hydroxyvalechlorine, 8-methoxy-4-acetoxy-3-chlormethyl-10-methylen-2,9-dioxa-tricyclo[4.3.1.0(3,7)]decan, (1S,3R,5R,7S,8R,9S)-3,8-epoxy-1-O-ethyl-5-hydroxyvalechlorine, (1R,3R,5R,7S,8R,9S)-3,8-epoxy-1-O-methyl-5-hydroxyvalechlorine were isolated from the roots of Valeriana jatamansi (syn...
June 14, 2017: Phytochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623135/serum-long-non-coding-rna-malat-1-protected-by-exosomes-is-up-regulated-and-promotes-cell-proliferation-and-migration-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
#20
Rui Zhang, Yuhong Xia, Zhixin Wang, Jie Zheng, Yafei Chen, Xiaoli Li, Yu Wang, Huaikun Ming
Circulating lncRNAs have been defined as a novel biomarker for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), MALAT-1 was first identified lncRNA that was related to lung cancer metastasis. However, the relationship between exosomal lncRNAs and the diagnosis and prognosis of NSCLC was poorly understood. The aim of this study is to evaluate the clinical significance of serum exosomal MALAT-1 as a biomarker in the metastasis of NSCLC. In this study, we firstly isolated the exosomes from healthy subjects and NSCLC patients...
June 13, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
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