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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431428/computational-and-in-vitro-experimental-investigation-of-intrathecal-drug-distribution-parametric-study-of-the-effect-of-injection-volume-cerebrospinal-fluid-pulsatility-and-drug-uptake
#1
Kevin M Tangen, Roxanne Leval, Ankit I Mehta, Andreas A Linninger
BACKGROUND: Intrathecal drug delivery is an attractive option to circumvent the blood-brain barrier for pain management through its increased efficacy of pain relief, reduction in adverse side effects, and cost-effectiveness. Unfortunately, there are limited guidelines for physicians to choose infusion or drug pump settings to administer therapeutic doses to specific regions of the spine or the brain. Although empiric trialing of intrathecal drugs is critical to determine the sustained side effects, currently there is no inexpensive in vitro method to guide the selection of spinal drug delivery parameters...
May 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431329/stealth-recombinant-human-serum-albumin-nanoparticles-conjugating-5-fluorouracil-augmented-drug-delivery-and-cytotoxicity-in-human-colon-cancer-ht-29-cells
#2
Ankita Sharma, Amanpreet Kaur, Upendra Kumar Jain, Ramesh Chandra, Jitender Madan
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: 5-Fluorouracil (5-FU) is a first-line chemotherapeutic drug in colorectal cancer. However, intravenous administration of 5-FU at the dose of 7-12mg/kg exhibits curbs like short half-life (20min) and toxic side-effects on bone marrow cells. Therefore, in present investigation, 5-FU was conjugated to poly (ethylene glycol) anchored recombinant human serum albumin nanoparticles (5-FU-rHSA-PEG-NPs) to improve the pharmacokinetic and therapeutic profiles. METHODS AND RESULTS: The mean particle size of 5-FU-rHSA-NPs was measured to be 44...
April 12, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431328/effects-of-quantum-dots-on-the-ros-amount-of-liver-cancer-stem-cells
#3
Kunmeng Li, Chunhui Xia, Baiqi Wang, Hetao Chen, Tong Wang, Qian He, Hailong Cao, Yu Wang
Liver cancer (LC) is a serious disease that threatens human lives. LC has a high recurrence rate and poor prognosis. LC stem cells (LCSCs) play critical roles in these processes. However, the mechanism remains unclear. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) can be used to determine cell apoptosis and proliferation. However, studies of the effects of exogenous nanomaterials on LCSC ROS changes are rarely reported. In this work, quantum dots (QDs) were prepared using a hydrothermal method, and QDs were further modified with polyethylene glycol (PEG) and bovine serum albumin (BSA) using a chemical approach...
April 12, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431244/bacterial-metabolism-affects-the-c-%C3%A2-elegans-response-to-cancer-chemotherapeutics
#4
Aurian P García-González, Ashlyn D Ritter, Shaleen Shrestha, Erik C Andersen, L Safak Yilmaz, Albertha J M Walhout
The human microbiota greatly affects physiology and disease; however, the contribution of bacteria to the response to chemotherapeutic drugs remains poorly understood. Caenorhabditis elegans and its bacterial diet provide a powerful system to study host-bacteria interactions. Here, we use this system to study how bacteria affect the C. elegans response to chemotherapeutics. We find that different bacterial species can increase the response to one drug yet decrease the effect of another. We perform genetic screens in two bacterial species using three chemotherapeutic drugs: 5-fluorouracil (5-FU), 5-fluoro-2'-deoxyuridine (FUDR), and camptothecin (CPT)...
April 20, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431243/cryo-em-structure-of-the-open-human-ether-%C3%A3-go-go-related-k-channel-herg
#5
Weiwei Wang, Roderick MacKinnon
The human ether-à-go-go-related potassium channel (hERG, Kv11.1) is a voltage-dependent channel known for its role in repolarizing the cardiac action potential. hERG alteration by mutation or pharmacological inhibition produces Long QT syndrome and the lethal cardiac arrhythmia torsade de pointes. We have determined the molecular structure of hERG to 3.8 Å using cryo-electron microscopy. In this structure, the voltage sensors adopt a depolarized conformation, and the pore is open. The central cavity has an atypically small central volume surrounded by four deep hydrophobic pockets, which may explain hERG's unusual sensitivity to many drugs...
April 20, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430976/acute-and-chronic-noradrenergic-effects-on-cortical-excitability-in-healthy-humans
#6
Hsiao-I Kuo, Walter Paulus, Giorgi Batsikadze, Asif Jamil, Min-Fang Kuo, Michael A Nitsche
Background: Noradrenaline is a major neuromodulator in the central nervous system, and it is involved in the pathophysiology of diverse neuropsychiatric diseases. Previous transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) studies suggested that acute application of selective noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors (NRI) enhances cortical excitability in the human brain. However, other, such like clinical effects, usually require prolonged NRI treatment, which might go along with different physiological effects...
April 19, 2017: International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430938/characterization-of-yjjj-toxin-of-escherichia-coli
#7
Yuki Maeda, Chun-Yi Lin, Yojiro Ishida, Masayori Inouye, Yoshihiro Yamaguchi, Sangita Phadtare
Reminiscent of eukaryotic apoptotic programmed cell death, bacteria also contain a large number of suicide genes, which are in general co-expressed with their cognate antitoxic genes. These systems called the toxin-antitoxin (TA) systems are associated with cellular dormancy, and play major roles in biofilm formation and persistent multi-drug resistance of many human pathogens. In recent years, the study on TA system toxins has become a hot topic due to the health implications of these toxins by virtue of their role in bacterial pathogenicity...
April 19, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430919/non-coding-rnas-in-cardiovascular-diseases-diagnostic-and-therapeutic-perspectives
#8
Wolfgang Poller, Stefanie Dimmeler, Stephane Heymans, Tanja Zeller, Jan Haas, Mahir Karakas, David-Manuel Leistner, Philipp Jakob, Shinichi Nakagawa, Stefan Blankenberg, Stefan Engelhardt, Thomas Thum, Christian Weber, Benjamin Meder, Roger Hajjar, Ulf Landmesser
Recent research has demonstrated that the non-coding genome plays a key role in genetic programming and gene regulation during development as well as in health and cardiovascular disease. About 99% of the human genome do not encode proteins, but are transcriptionally active representing a broad spectrum of non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs) with important regulatory and structural functions. Non-coding RNAs have been identified as critical novel regulators of cardiovascular risk factors and cell functions and are thus important candidates to improve diagnostics and prognosis assessment...
April 18, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430857/repurposed-drugs-targeting-eif2%C3%AE-p-mediated-translational-repression-prevent-neurodegeneration-in-mice
#9
Mark Halliday, Helois Radford, Karlijn A M Zents, Collin Molloy, Julie A Moreno, Nicholas C Verity, Ewan Smith, Catharine A Ortori, David A Barrett, Martin Bushell, Giovanna R Mallucci
Signalling through the PERK/eIF2α-P branch of the unfolded protein response plays a critical role in controlling protein synthesis rates in cells. This pathway is overactivated in brains of patients with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders and has recently emerged as a promising therapeutic target for these currently untreatable conditions. Thus, in mouse models of neurodegenerative disease, prolonged overactivation of PERK/eIF2α-P signalling causes sustained attenuation of protein synthesis, leading to memory impairment and neuronal loss...
April 19, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430854/dynamic-modeling-and-network-approaches-for-omics-time-course-data-overview-of-computational-approaches-and-applications
#10
Yulan Liang, Arpad Kelemen
Inferring networks and dynamics of genes, proteins, cells and other biological entities from high-throughput biological omics data is a central and challenging issue in computational and systems biology. This is essential for understanding the complexity of human health, disease susceptibility and pathogenesis for Predictive, Preventive, Personalized and Participatory (P4) system and precision medicine. The delineation of the possible interactions of all genes/proteins in a genome/proteome is a task for which conventional experimental techniques are ill suited...
April 18, 2017: Briefings in Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430642/immunocompetent-mouse-allograft-models-for-development-of-therapies-to-target-breast-cancer-metastasis
#11
Yuan Yang, Howard H Yang, Ying Hu, Peter H Watson, Huaitian Liu, Thomas R Geiger, Miriam R Anver, Diana C Haines, Philip Martin, Jeffrey E Green, Maxwell P Lee, Kent W Hunter, Lalage M Wakefield
Effective drug development to combat metastatic disease in breast cancer would be aided by the availability of well-characterized preclinical animal models that (a) metastasize with high efficiency, (b) metastasize in a reasonable time-frame, (c) have an intact immune system, and (d) capture some of the heterogeneity of the human disease. To address these issues, we have assembled a panel of twelve mouse mammary cancer cell lines that can metastasize efficiently on implantation into syngeneic immunocompetent hosts...
February 25, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430635/unsuccessful-mitosis-in-multicellular-tumour-spheroids
#12
Annie Molla, Morgane Couvet, Jean-Luc Coll
Multicellular spheroids are very attractive models in oncology because they mimic the 3D organization of the tumour cells with their microenvironment. We show here using 3 different cell types (mammary TSA/pc, embryonic kidney Hek293 and cervical cancer HeLa), that when the cells are growing as spheroids the frequency of binucleated cells is augmented as occurs in some human tumours.We therefore describe mitosis in multicellular spheroids by following mitotic markers and by time-lapse experiments. Chromosomes alignment appears to be correct on the metaphasic plate and the passenger complex is well localized on centromere...
February 24, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430601/growth-suppressive-activity-of-raloxifene-on-liver-cancer-cells-by-targeting-il-6-gp130-signaling
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Yina Wang, Haiyan Ma, Chongqiang Zhao, Tianshu Liu, Dan Yan, David Jou, Huameng Li, Cuntai Zhang, Jiagao Lü, Chenglong Li, Jiayuh Lin, Sheng Li, Li Lin
BACKGROUND: Interleukin-6 (IL-6) is a multifunctional cytokine, which is involved in the regulation of differentiation and growth of certain types of tumor cells. Constitutive activation of Signal Transducer and Activator of Transcription 3 (STAT3) induced by IL-6 is frequently detected in liver cancer and has emerged as a viable molecular target for liver cancer treatment. However, few inhibitors targeting up-streams of STAT3 are available for the therapy of liver cancer. We reported the discovery of EVISTA (Raloxifene HCl) as novel inhibitor of IL-6/GP130 protein-protein interactions (PPIs) using multiple ligand simultaneous docking (MLSD) and drug repositioning...
April 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430578/involvement-of-polo-like-kinase-1-plk1-in-quiescence-regulation-of-cancer-stem-like-cells-of-the-gastric-cancer-cell-lines
#14
Lin Zhu, Sheng Xing, Li Zhang, Jian-Min Yu, Cheng Lin, Wei-Jun Yang
Cancer stem cells (CSCs) have been hypothesized to initiate tumor growth and be resistant to chemoradiotherapy, and these processes appear to be closely related to CSC quiescence. Here, a CSC-like cell population with a high level of CD44 expression was obtained from the human gastric cancer cell lines MKN45 and MKN74. Using a PKH26-labeling retention assay, quiescent CSC-like cells with low levels of Ki67 and PCNA expression were found in spheres formed in serum-free medium, and exhibited resistance to drug and radiation treatments...
April 5, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430437/discovery-of-an-hcv-ns5b-replicase-palm-site-allosteric-inhibitor-bms-929075-advanced-to-phase-1-clinical-studies
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Kap-Sun Yeung, Brett R Beno, Kyle Parcella, John A Bender, Katherine A Grant-Young, Andrew Nickel, Prashantha Gunaga, Prakash Anjanappa, Rajesh Onkardas Bora, Kumaravel Selvakumar, Karen Rigat, Ying-Kai Wang, Mengping Liu, Julie A Lemm, Kathy Mosure, Steven Sheriff, Changhong Wan, Mark Witmer, Kevin Kish, Umesh M Hanumegowda, Xiaoliang Zhuo, Yue-Zhong Shu, Dawn Parker, Roy Haskell, Alicia Ng, Qi Gao, Elizabeth Colston, Joseph Raybon, Dennis M Grasela, Kenneth S Santone, Min Gao, Nicholas A Meanwell, Michael W Sinz, Matthew G Soars, Jay O Knipe, Susan B Roberts, John F Kadow
The hepatitis C virus NS5B replicase is a prime target for the development of direct-acting antiviral drugs for the treatment of chronic HCV infection. Inspired by the overlay of bound structures of three structurally distinct NS5B palm site allosteric inhibitors, the high throughput screening hit anthranilic acid 4, the known benzofuran analog 5 and the benzothiadiazine derivative 6, an optimization process utilizing the simple benzofuran template 7 as a starting point for a fragment growing approach was pursued...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430301/towards-a-bioengineered-kidney-recellularization-strategies-for-decellularized-native-kidney-scaffolds
#16
Michele Fedecostante, Oana G Onciu, Koen G C Westphal, Rosalinde Masereeuw
Patients with end-stage renal disease often undergo dialysis as a partial substitute for kidney function while waiting for their only treatment option: a kidney transplant. Several research directions emerged for alternatives in support of the ever-growing numbers of patients. Recent years brought big steps forward in the field, with researchers questioning and improving the current dialysis devices as well as moving towards the design of a bioengineered kidney. Whole-organ engineering is also being explored as a possibility, making use of animal or human kidney scaffolds for engineering a transplantable organ...
April 20, 2017: International Journal of Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430165/treatments-for-latrodectism-a-systematic-review-on-their-clinical-effectiveness
#17
REVIEW
Nicole M Ryan, Nicholas A Buckley, Andis Graudins
Latrodectism or envenomation by widow-spiders is common and clinically significant worldwide. Alpha-latrotoxin is the mammalian-specific toxin in the venom that results in toxic effects observed in humans. Symptoms may be incapacitating and include severe pain that can persist for days. The management of mild to moderate latrodectism is primarily supportive while severe cases have variously been treated with intravenous calcium, muscle relaxants, widow-spider antivenom and analgesic opioids. The object of this systematic review is to examine the literature on the clinical effectiveness of past and current treatments for latrodectism...
April 21, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430160/subverting-host-cell-p21-activated-kinase-a-case-of-convergent-evolution-across-pathogens
#18
REVIEW
Simona John Von Freyend, Terry Kwok-Schuelein, Hans Netter, Gholamreza Haqshenas, Jean-Philippe Semblat, Christian Doerig
Intracellular pathogens have evolved a wide range of strategies to not only escape from the immune systems of their hosts, but also to directly exploit a variety of host factors to facilitate the infection process. One such strategy is to subvert host cell signalling pathways to the advantage of the pathogen. Recent research has highlighted that the human serine/threonine kinase PAK, or p21-activated kinase, is a central component of host-pathogen interactions in many infection systems involving viruses, bacteria, and eukaryotic pathogens...
April 21, 2017: Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430129/curcumin-inhibits-apoptosis-of-chondrocytes-through-activation-erk1-2-signaling-pathways-induced-autophagy
#19
Xiaodong Li, Kai Feng, Jiang Li, Degang Yu, Qiming Fan, Tingting Tang, Xiao Yao, Xiaoqing Wang
Osteoarthritis (OA) is an inflammatory disease of load-bearing synovial joints that is currently treated with drugs that exhibit numerous side effects and are only temporarily effective in treating pain, the main symptom of the disease. Consequently, there is an acute need for novel, safe, and more effective chemotherapeutic agents for the treatment of osteoarthritis and related arthritic diseases. Curcumin, the principal curcuminoid and the most active component in turmeric, is a biologically active phytochemical...
April 21, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429726/verteporfin-induced-formation-of-protein-cross-linked-oligomers-and-high-molecular-weight-complexes-is-mediated-by-light-and-leads-to-cell-toxicity
#20
Eleni K Konstantinou, Shoji Notomi, Cassandra Kosmidou, Katarzyna Brodowska, Ahmad Al-Moujahed, Fotini Nicolaou, Pavlina Tsoka, Evangelos Gragoudas, Joan W Miller, Lucy H Young, Demetrios G Vavvas
Verteporfin (VP) was first used in Photodynamic therapy, where a non-thermal laser light (689 nm) in the presence of oxygen activates the drug to produce highly reactive oxygen radicals, resulting in local cell and tissue damage. However, it has also been shown that Verteporfin can have non-photoactivated effects such as interference with the YAP-TEAD complex of the HIPPO pathway, resulting in growth inhibition of several neoplasias. More recently, it was proposed that, another non-light mediated effect of VP is the formation of cross-linked oligomers and high molecular weight protein complexes (HMWC) that are hypothesized to interfere with autophagy and cell growth...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
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