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Siham Bibi, Yanyan Zhang, Caroline Hugonin, Mallorie Depond Mangean, Liang He, Ghaith Wedeh, Jean-Marie Launay, Sjoerd Van Rijn, Thomas Würdinger, Fawzia Louache, Michel Arock
Systemic mastocytosis are rare neoplasms characterized by accumulation of mast cells in at least one internal organ. The majority of systemic mastocytosis patients carry KIT D816V mutation, which activates constitutively the KIT receptor. Patient with advanced forms of systemic mastocytosis, such as aggressive systemic mastocytosis or mast cell leukemia, are poorly treated to date. Unfortunately, the lack of in vivo models reflecting KIT D816V+ advanced disease hampers pathophysiological studies and preclinical development of new therapies for such patients...
October 22, 2016: Oncotarget
Chen-Xu Ni, Yang Qi, Jin Zhang, Ying Liu, Wei-Heng Xu, Jing Xu, Hong-Gang Hu, Qiu-Ye Wu, Yan Wang, Jun-Ping Zhang
The eradication of cancer stem cells (CSCs) is significant for cancer therapy and prevention. In this study, we evaluated WM130, a novel derivative of matrine, for its effect on CSCs using human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cell lines, their sphere cells, and sorted EpCAM+ cells. We revealed that WM130 could not only inhibit proliferation and colony formation of HCC cells, but also suppress the expression of some stemness-related genes and up-regulate some mature hepatocyte marker genes, indicating a promotion of differentiation from CSCs to hepatocytes...
October 22, 2016: Oncotarget
Shanshan Li, Wenda Zhang, Yanwei Yang, Ting Ma, Jianpeng Guo, Shanshan Wang, Wenying Yu, Lingyi Kong
Constitutive activation of STAT3 has been found in a wide variety of cancers and demonstrated as a very attractive therapeutic target. Disrupting both acetylation and phosphorylation of STAT3 protein was hypothesized to greatly deactivate STAT3, therefore, treating cancers. To demonstrate the hypothesis, two series of novel resveratrol-caffeic acid hybrids were designed aiming to regulate both acetylation and phosphorylation of STAT3 protein, which is also the first report of the synthetic inhibitors simultaneously regulating two biological reactions of STAT3 to our knowledge...
October 15, 2016: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Min Ma, Fuwei Pi, Jiasheng Wang, Jian Ji, Xiulan Sun
Humans are most likely to be exposed to microcystins (MCs) combined with other water pollutants rather than to individual compounds through the consumption of contaminated drinking water or through recreational activities, such as swimming. However, the combined effects of MC-LR, estradiol (EST), and ractopamine (RAC) have not been extensively researched. The goal of this study was to investigate the combined effects of these compounds. For this purpose, cytotoxicity was evaluated in HepG2 cells treated with single or combined doses of MC-LR, EST, and RAC based on concentration addition (CA), independent action (IA), and Chou-Talalay's combination-index (CI) methods...
October 23, 2016: Chemosphere
Tina Bernadette Angerer, Ylva Magnusson, Goran Landberg, John Stephen Fletcher
Breast cancer is an umbrella term used to describe a collection of different diseases with broad inter- and intra-tumor heterogeneity. Understanding this variation is critical in order to develop, and precisely prescribe, new treatments. Changes in the lipid metabolism of cancerous cells can provide important indications as to the metabolic state of the cells but are difficult to investigate with conventional histological methods. Due to the introduction of new higher energy (40 kV) gas cluster ion beams (GCIBs) time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS) imaging is now capable of providing information on the distribution of hundreds of molecular species simultaneously on a cellular to sub-cellular scale...
October 26, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Rene Daer, Josh P Cutts, David A Brafman, Karmella A Haynes
In order to efficiently edit eukaryotic genomes, it is critical to test the impact of chromatin dynamics on CRISPR/Cas9 function and develop strategies to adapt the system to eukaryotic contexts. So far, research has extensively characterized the relationship between the CRISPR endonuclease Cas9 and the composition of the RNA-DNA duplex that mediates the system's precision. Evidence suggests that chromatin modifications and DNA packaging can block eukaryotic genome editing by custom-built DNA endonucleases like Cas9; however, the underlying mechanism of Cas9 inhibition is unclear...
October 26, 2016: ACS Synthetic Biology
Daniella Kovacsics, Izabel Patik, Csilla Özvegy-Laczka
The in vivo fate and effectiveness of a drug depends highly on its absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion and toxicity (ADME-Tox). Organic anion transporting polypeptides (OATPs) are membrane proteins involved in the cellular uptake of various organic compounds, including clinically used drugs. Since OATPs are significant players in drug absorption and distribution, modulation of OATP function via pharmacotherapy with OATP substrates/inhibitors, or modulation of their expression, affects drug pharmacokinetics...
October 26, 2016: Expert Opinion on Drug Metabolism & Toxicology
Svenja Winzen, James Ciro Schwabacher, Julius Mueller, Katharina Landfester, Kristin Mohr
Surfactants, even in miniscule amounts, are often used for the synthesis and especially the stabilization of nanomaterials, which is essential for in vivo applications. In this study, we show that the interaction between nanoparticles and proteins strongly depends on the type of stabilizing surfactants and their (small) concentration changes. The reaction between human serum albumin (HSA) and polystyrene nanoparticles (PS-NPs) stabilized by an ionic or nonionic surfactant - sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) or Lutensol AT50, respectively - was monitored using isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC)...
October 26, 2016: Biomacromolecules
Luis Sendra Gisbert, Antonio Miguel Matas, Luis Sabater Ortí, María José Herrero Cervera, Laura Sabater Olivas, Eva María Montalvá Orón, Matteo Frasson, Rafael Abargues López, Rafael López-Andújar, Eduardo García-Granero Ximénez, Salvador Francisco Aliño Pellicer
: Different diseases lead, during their advanced stages, to chronic or acute liver failure, whose unique treatment consists in organ transplantation. The success of intervention is limited by host immune response and graft rejection. Immunosuppressant drugs permitted improving organ transplantation but they cannot completely solve the problem and their management is delicate, especially during the early stages of treatment. Thus, new tools to set an efficient modulation of immune response are required...
October 26, 2016: Liver Transplantation
Martin Skov, Frank V de Paoli, Ole B Nielsen, Thomas H Pedersen
INTRODUCTION: In myotonia congenita, loss of ClC-1 Cl(-) -channel function results in skeletal muscle hyperexcitability and myotonia. Anti-myotonic treatment has typically targeted the voltage gated sodium channel in skeletal muscle (Nav1.4). This study explored whether 3 sodium channel modulating anti-epileptics can reduce myotonia in isolated rat and human muscle. METHODS: Dissected muscles were rendered myotonic by ClC-1 channel inhibition. The ability of the drugs to suppress myotonia was then assessed from sub-clinical to maximal clinical concentrations...
October 26, 2016: Muscle & Nerve
Binh Thanh Nguyen, Min Park, Jae-Chul Pyun, Young Sook Yoo, Min-Jung Kang
An assay for protein kinase C delta (PKCδ) activity based on the quantification of a synthetic substrate using capillary electrophoresis with laser-induced fluorescence detection was developed. The peptides labeled with fluorescein isothiocyanate F-ERK (where ERK is extracellular signal-regulated kinase) and the phosphorylated form, P-F-ERK, were utilized for the method development and validation. The migration time of F-ERK and P-F-ERK were 6.3 ± 0.1 and 8.7 ± 0.2 min, respectively. LOD and LOQ values of F-ERK were 2 and 6 ng/mL and those of P-F-ERK were 4 and 12 ng/mL...
October 26, 2016: Electrophoresis
Ping Zhan, Weida Liu
Dermatophytes evolve along with the geography and socioeconomic conditions. Epidermophyton floccosum, Microsporum audouinii and Trichophyton schoenleinii acted as the major pathogens of superficial fungal diseases 100 years ago, but their frequency decreased dramatically since the middle of the twentieth century and they are limited to some less-developed countries nowadays; meanwhile, frequency of Trichophyton rubrum, Trichophyton interdigitale, Trichophyton tonsurans and Microsporum canis increased gradually, and these fungi have become the major species globally...
October 25, 2016: Mycopathologia
F G A Silva, M F S F de Moura, N Dourado, J Xavier, F A M Pereira, J J L Morais, M I R Dias, P J Lourenço, F M Judas
Fracture characterization of human cortical bone under mode II loading was analyzed using a miniaturized version of the end-notched flexure test. A data reduction scheme based on crack equivalent concept was employed to overcome uncertainties on crack length monitoring during the test. The crack tip shear displacement was experimentally measured using digital image correlation technique to determine the cohesive law that mimics bone fracture behavior under mode II loading. The developed procedure was validated by finite element analysis using cohesive zone modeling considering a trapezoidal with bilinear softening relationship...
October 25, 2016: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
Dalei Wu, Xiaoyu Su, Nalini Potluri, Youngchang Kim, Fraydoon Rastinejad
The neuronal PAS domain proteins NPAS1 and NPAS3 are members of the basic helix-loop-helix-PER-ARNT-SIM (bHLH-PAS) family, and their genetic deficiencies are linked to a variety of human psychiatric disorders including schizophrenia, autism spectrum disorders and bipolar disease. NPAS1 and NPAS3 must each heterodimerize with the aryl hydrocarbon receptor nuclear translocator (ARNT), to form functional transcription complexes capable of DNA binding and gene regulation. Here we examined the crystal structures of multi-domain NPAS1-ARNT and NPAS3-ARNT-DNA complexes, discovering each to contain four putative ligand-binding pockets...
October 26, 2016: ELife
Eun-Sang Cho, Jin-Mu Yi, Jong-Shik Park, You Jin Lee, Chae Jun Lim, Ok-Sun Bang, No Soo Kim
BACKGROUND: Oxaliplatin can induce peripheral neuropathy (OXIPN) as an adverse side effect in cancer patients. Until now, no effective preventive or therapeutic drug has been developed; therefore, the dose-limiting factor of OXIPN is still an obstacle in the use of oxaliplatin to treat cancer patients. In the present study, we report for the first time that the aqueous extract of Lithospermi radix (WLR) can attenuate the OXIPN in both in vitro and in vivo neuropathic models. METHODS: The protective effect of WLR on OXIPN was evaluated in vitro by quantifying nerve growth factor (NGF)-stimulated neurite outgrowth in PC12 cells treated with a combination of oxaliplatin and WLR...
October 26, 2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Subhajit Ghosh, Saswat Mohapatra, Anisha Thomas, Debmalya Bhunia, Abhijit Saha, Gaurav Das, Batakrishna Jana, Surajit Ghosh
An ideal nano drug delivery agent must be potent enough to carry high dose of therapeutics, competent enough in targeting specific cell of interest, having adequate optimized physiochemical properties and biocompatibility. Carrying differentially polar therapeutics simultaneously will make them superior in their class. However, it is of enormous challenge to the researchers to find out such a unique nanocarrier and engineer all the above-mentioned features into it. In this manuscript, we have shown for the first time that Apoferritin (Apf) can carry and deliver high dose of doxorubicin (Dox), docetaxel (Doc) and combination of both Dox and Doc specifically into the cancer cell and enhances killing compared to free drug without any functionalization or property modulation...
October 26, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Heidi Barth, Morgane Solis, Wallys Kack-Kack, Eric Soulier, Aurélie Velay, Samira Fafi-Kremer
Developments of genome amplification techniques have rapidly expanded the family of human polyomaviruses (PyV). Following infection early in life, PyV persist in their hosts and are generally of no clinical consequence. High-level replication of PyV can occur in patients under immunosuppressive or immunomodulatory therapy and causes severe clinical entities, such as progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy, polyomavirus-associated nephropathy or Merkel cell carcinoma. The characterization of known and newly-discovered human PyV, their relationship to human health, and the mechanisms underlying pathogenesis remain to be elucidated...
October 22, 2016: Viruses
M Drozdzik, S Oswald
Orally administered drugs must pass through the intestinal wall and then through the liver before reaching systemic circulation. During this process drugs are subjected to different processes that may determine the therapeutic value. The intestinal barrier with active drug metabolizing enzymes and drug transporters in enterocytes plays an important role in the determination of drug bioavailability. Accumulating information demonstrates variable distribution of drug metabolizing enzymes and transporters along the human gastrointestinal tract (GI), that creates specific barrier characteristics in different segments of the GI...
October 24, 2016: Current Medicinal Chemistry
Scott Edmonds, Alessia Volpe, Hilary Shmeeda, Ana C Parente-Pereira, Riya Radia, Julia Baguña-Torres, Istvan Szanda, Gregory W Severin, Lefteris Livieratos, Philip J Blower, John Maher, Gilbert O Fruhwirth, Alberto Gabizon, Rafael T M de Rosales
The clinical value of current and future nanomedicines can be improved by introducing patient selection strategies based on noninvasive sensitive whole-body imaging techniques such as positron emission tomography (PET). Thus, a broad method to radiolabel and track preformed nanomedicines such as liposomal drugs with PET radionuclides will have a wide impact in nanomedicine. Here, we introduce a simple and efficient PET radiolabeling method that exploits the metal-chelating properties of certain drugs (e.g., bisphosphonates such as alendronate and anthracyclines such as doxorubicin) and widely used ionophores to achieve excellent radiolabeling yields, purities, and stabilities with (89)Zr, (52)Mn, and (64)Cu, and without the requirement of modification of the nanomedicine components...
October 26, 2016: ACS Nano
Rui Feng, Xiaotian Zhang, Sheng Yang
With the deeper research of the proliferation, invasion and metastasis mechanisms of the gastric cancer, targeted therapy has become a hot spot in this field. The exploration of targeted agents for gastric cancer is mainly concentrated upon the drugs that target human epidermal growth factor receptor (HER) family, the vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase-protein kinase/mammalian target of rapamycin (PI3K/mTOR) and the NF-κB signaling pathways. The targeted drugs relevant to HER family include the Cetuximab, Nimotuzumab, Matuzumab, Panitumumab and Erlotinib which are aimed at HER-1, the Trastuzumab, Pertuzumab and T-DM1 (trastuzumab emtansine) which are aimed at HER-2, and the Lapatinib and Afatinib which are the multi-target agents of HER...
October 25, 2016: Zhonghua Wei Chang Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
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