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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914034/identification-of-oxidized-phosphatidylinositols-present-in-oxldl-and-human-atherosclerotic-plaque
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Devin Hasanally, Andrea Edel, Rakesh Chaudhary, Amir Ravandi
Oxidized low-density lipoprotein (OxLDL) plays an important role in initiation and progression of atherosclerosis. Proatherogenic effects of OxLDL have been attributed to bioactive phospholipids generated during LDL oxidation. It is unknown what effect oxidation has on the phosphatidylinositol (PtdIns) molecules in LDL, even though PtdIns is 6% of the total LDL phospholipid pool. We sought to identify and quantitate oxidized phosphatidylinositol (OxPtdIns) species in OxLDL and human atherosclerotic plaque. Bovine liver PtdIns was subjected to non-enzymatic and lipoxygenase-catalyzed oxidation...
December 2, 2016: Lipids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913954/the-anti-inflammatory-activities-of-two-major-withanolides-from-physalis-minima-via-acting-on-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-stat3-and-ho-1-in-lps-stimulated-raw264-7-cells
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Rui-Jun Li, Cai-Yun Gao, Chao Guo, Miao-Miao Zhou, Jun Luo, Ling-Yi Kong
Physalis minima has been traditionally used as a folk herbal medicine in China for the treatment of many inflammatory diseases. However, little is known about its anti-inflammatory constituents and associated molecular mechanisms. In our study, withaphysalin A (WA) and 2, 3-dihydro-withaphysalin C (WC), two major withanolide-type compounds, were obtained from the anti-inflammatory fraction of P. minima. Both WA and WC significantly inhibited the production of nitrite oxide (NO), prostaglandin E2 (PGE2), and several pro-inflammatory cytokines, such as interleukin-1β (IL-1β), IL-6, and tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-activated RAW264...
December 2, 2016: Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913879/termitarium-inhabiting-bacillus-spp-enhanced-plant-growth-and-bioactive-component-in-turmeric-curcuma-longa-l
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Ankit Kumar Chauhan, Dinesh Kumar Maheshwari, Shrivardhan Dheeman, Vivek K Bajpai
Curcumin (diferuloyl methane) is the main bioactive component of turmeric (Curcuma longa L.) having remarkable multipotent medicinal and therapeutic applications. Two Bacilli isolated from termitarium soil and identified as Bacillus endophyticus TSH42 and Bacillus cereus TSH77 were used for bacterization of rhizome for raising C. longa ver. suguna for growth and enhancement. Both the strains showed remarkable PGP activities and also chemotactic in nature with high chemotactic index. Turmeric plants bacterized with strains B...
December 2, 2016: Current Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913752/expression-and-bioactivity-of-human-alpha-fetoprotein-in-a-bac-to-bac-system
#4
Bo Lin, Kun Liu, Wenting Wang, Wei Li, Xu Dong, Yi Chen, Yan Lu, Junli Guo, Mingyue Zhu, Mengsen Li
Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) is an early serum growth factor in fetal embryonic development and hepatic oncogenesis. A growing number of investigations of AFP as a tumor-specific biomarker have concluded that AFP is an important target for cancer treatment. AFP also plays an immunomodulatory role in the treatment of several autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, and thyroiditis. In an effort to support biochemical screening and drug design and discovery, we attempted to express and purify human AFP in a Bac-to-Bac system...
December 2, 2016: Bioscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913437/surface-expression-of-tgf%C3%AE-docking-receptor-garp-promotes-oncogenesis-and-immune-tolerance-in-breast-cancer
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Alessandra Metelli, Bill X Wu, Caroline W Fugle, Saleh Rachidi, Shaoli Sun, Yongliang Zhang, Jennifer Wu, Stephen Tomlinson, Philip H Howe, Yi Yang, Elizabeth Garrett-Mayer, Bei Liu, Zihai Li
GARP encoded by the Lrrc32 gene is the cell surface docking receptor for latent TGFβ, which is expressed naturally by platelets and regulatory T cells (Treg). Although Lrrc32 is amplified frequently in breast cancer, the expression and relevant functions of GARP in cancer have not been explored. Here, we report that GARP exerts oncogenic effects, promoting immune tolerance by enriching and activating latent TGFβ in the tumor microenvironment. We found that human breast, lung, and colon cancers expressed GARP aberrantly...
October 20, 2016: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913287/ganoderma-atrum-polysaccharide-ameliorates-ros-generation-and-apoptosis-in-spleen-and-thymus-of-immunosuppressed-mice
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Wen-Juan Li, Lu Li, Weng-Ya Zhen, Le-Feng Wang, Meng Pan, Jia-Qian Lv, Fan Wang, Yu-Fei Yao, Shao-Ping Nie, Ming-Yong Xie
Ganoderma atrum polysaccharide (PSG-1) is a bioactive compound with antioxidant and immunomodulatory activities. The aim of this study was to determine the effect of PSG-1 on reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation and apoptosis in spleen and thymus of cyclophosphamide (CTX)-induced immunosuppressed mice. The results showed that PSG-1 protected mice against CTX-mediated immunosuppression, as evidenced by enhancing the ratios of thymus and spleen weights to body weight, promoting T cell and B cell survival, and increasing levels of TNF-α and IL-2...
November 29, 2016: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913179/phytochemical-and-cytotoxic-studies-on-the-roots-of-euphorbia-fischeriana
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Qun Shi, Yi-Wei Sun, Dali Meng
With the aim of supporting the folk applications of Euphorbia fischeriana, a phytochemical study was performed, which led to the discovery of 9 compounds, including three new ones (1-3) and six known ones (4-9). Their structures were determined by 1D, 2D NMR, and HRESIMS analysis. In the cytotoxic assays on Hep-3B cell line, 2 showed stronger inhibitory effects (IC50 8.1μmol/L) than that of positive control, and 1, 8 and 9 also gave inhibitory effects in a certain degree with IC50 values of 12.5, 12.0 and 18...
November 23, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913146/effects-of-high-fat-diet-on-plasma-profiles-of-eicosanoid-metabolites-in-mice
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Weicang Wang, Jun Yang, Haixia Yang, Katherine Z Sanidad, Bruce D Hammock, Daeyoung Kim, Guodong Zhang
Obesity is a serious health problem in the US and is associated with increased risks of various human diseases. To date, the mechanisms by which obesity increases the risks of a wide range of human diseases are not well understood. Here we used a LC-MS/MS-based lipidomics, which can analyze >100 bioactive lipid mediators produced by cyclooxygenase, lipoxygenase, and cytochrome P450 enzymes, to analyze plasma profiles of lipid mediators in high-fat diet induced obesity in C57BL/6 mice. Our results showed that the plasma concentrations of epoxyoctadecenoic acids (EpOMEs, also termed as leukotoxins) were significantly increased in plasma of high-fat diet-fed mice, in addition, EpOMEs are among the most abundant lipid mediators detected in mouse plasma...
November 29, 2016: Prostaglandins & Other Lipid Mediators
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913115/computer-design-synthesis-and-bioactivity-analyses-of-drugs-like-fingolimod-used-in-the-treatment-of-multiple-sclerosis
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Gurbet Çelik Turgut, Doğukan Doyduk, Yılmaz Yıldırır, Serkan Yavuz, Atilla Akdemir, Ali Dişli, Alaattin Şen
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a very common disease of vital importance. In the MS treatment, some drugs such as fingolimod which help to protect nerves from damage are used. The main goal of the drug therapy in MS is to take control of the inflammation which leads to the destruction of myelin and axons in nerve cell and thus prevent and stop the progression of the disease. Fingolimod (FTY720) is an orally active immunomodulatory drug that has been used for the treatment of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis...
November 18, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912907/bioactivity-guided-isolation-of-anti-inflammatory-triterpenoids-from-the-sclerotia-of-poria-cocos-using-lps-stimulated-raw264-7-cells
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Seoung Rak Lee, Seulah Lee, Eunjung Moon, Hye-Jin Park, Hyun Bong Park, Ki Hyun Kim
Poria cocos Wolf (Polyporaceae) has been used as a medicinal fungus to treat various diseases since ancient times. This study aimed to investigate the anti-inflammatory chemical constituents of the sclerotia of P. cocos. Based on bioassay-guided fractionation using lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-stimulated Raw264.7 cells, chemical investigation of the EtOH extract of the sclerotia of P. cocos resulted in the isolation and identification of eight compounds including six triterpenoids, namely poricoic acid A (1), 3-O-acetyl-16α-hydroxydehydrotrametenolic acid (2), polyporenic acid C (3), 3β-hydroxylanosta-7,9(11),24-trien-21-oic acid (4), trametenolic acid (5), and dehydroeburicoic acid (6), as well as (-)-pinoresinol (7) and protocatechualdehyde (8)...
November 23, 2016: Bioorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912884/synergism-of-coumarins-from-the-chinese-drug-zanthoxylum-nitidum-with-antibacterial-agents-against-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-mrsa
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Guo-Ying Zuo, Chun-Juan Wang, Jun Han, Yu-Qing Li, Gen-Chun Wang
BACKGROUND: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) poses a serious therapeutic challenge in current clinic and new drug development. Natural coumarins have diverse bioactivities and the potential of resistance modifying effects. PURPOSE: This study is to present in-depth evaluations of in vitro antimicrobial activities of four natural coumarins 5-geranyloxy-7-methoxycoumarin (Gm, 1), (5,7-dimethoxy-8-prenyloxycoumarin (artanin, Ar, 2)), isopimpinellin (Is, 3) and phellopterin (Ph, 4) from Zanthoxylum nitidum (Roxb...
December 15, 2016: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912193/comparative-tissue-distribution-and-excretion-study-of-alkaloids-from-herba-ephedrae-radix-aconiti-lateralis-extracts-in-rats
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Mengyue Ren, Shuai Song, Dedong Liang, Weiting Hou, Xiaomei Tan, Jiabo Luo
Herba Ephedrae-Radix Aconiti Lateralis, composed of Ephedrae (Mahuang in Chinese) and Radix Aconiti Lateralis (Fuzi in Chinese), is a classical herbal combination proven to be effective in treating common cold, asthma, and rheumatoid arthritis. Alkaloids, bioactive components of the herbal extract, have been associated with many side effects. Nine alkaloids, including norephedrine, norpseudoephedrine, ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, methylephedrine, hypaconitine, benzoylaconine, benzoylmesaconine and benzoylhypaconine, were simultaneously quantified within 14...
November 13, 2016: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912082/low-dimensional-compounds-containing-bioactive-ligands-part-viii-dna-interaction-antimicrobial-and-antitumor-activities-of-ionic-5-7-dihalo-8-quinolinolato-palladium-ii-complexes-with-k-and-cs-cations
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Veronika Farkasová, Sayed Ali Drweesh, Andrea Lüköová, Danica Sabolová, Ivana D Radojević, Ljiljana R Čomić, Sava M Vasić, Helena Paulíková, Stanislav Fečko, Tatiana Balašková, Mária Vilková, Ján Imrich, Ivan Potočňák
Starting from well-defined NH2(CH3)2[PdCl2(XQ)] complexes, coordination compounds of general formula Cat[PdCl2(XQ)] have been prepared by cationic exchange of NH2(CH3)2(+) and Cat cations, where XQ are biologically active halogen derivatives of quinolin-8-ol (5-chloro-7-iodo-quinolin-8-ol (CQ), 5,7-dibromo-quinolin-8-ol (dBrQ) and 5,7-dichloro-quinolin-8-ol (dClQ)) and Cat is K(+) or Cs(+). The cation exchange of all prepared complexes, K[PdCl2(CQ)] (1), K[PdCl2(dClQ)] (2), K[PdCl2(dBrQ)] (3), Cs[PdCl2(CQ)] (4), Cs[PdCl2(dClQ)] (5) and Cs[PdCl2(dBrQ)] (6) was approved using IR spectroscopy, their structures in DMSO solution were elucidated by one- and two-dimensional NMR experiments, whereas their stability in solution was verified by UV-VIS spectroscopy...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911977/selective-inactivation-of-enzymes-conjugated-to-nanoparticles-using-tuned-laser-illumination
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Asaf Ilovitsh, Pazit Polak, Zeev Zalevsky, Orit Shefi
We report a novel method for specific deactivation of conjugated enzymes using laser-heated gold nanoparticles. Current methods involve treatment of the entire solution, thereby inactivating all bioactive components. Our method enables inactivation of only a single or subset of targeted enzymes. The selected enzyme is pre-conjugated to gold nanoparticles, which are specifically heated by a laser tuned to their surface plasmon resonance. We demonstrate inactivation of a selected enzyme, glucose oxidase, within a mixture of biomolecules...
December 2, 2016: Cytometry. Part A: the Journal of the International Society for Analytical Cytology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910955/pgc-1%C3%AE-dictates-endothelial-function-through-regulation-of-enos-expression
#15
Siobhan M Craige, Swenja Kröller-Schön, Chunying Li, Shashi Kant, Shenghe Cai, Kai Chen, Mayur M Contractor, Yongmei Pei, Eberhard Schulz, John F Keaney
Endothelial dysfunction is a characteristic of many vascular related diseases such as hypertension. Peroxisome proliferator activated receptor gamma, coactivator 1α (PGC-1α) is a unique stress sensor that largely acts to promote adaptive responses. Therefore, we sought to define the role of endothelial PGC-1α in vascular function using mice with endothelial specific loss of function (PGC-1α EC KO) and endothelial specific gain of function (PGC-1α EC TG). Here we report that endothelial PGC-1α is suppressed in angiotensin-II (ATII)-induced hypertension...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910952/protective-effects-of-ginsenoside-rg1-on-intestinal-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-induced-oxidative-stress-and-apoptosis-via-activation-of-the-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-pathway
#16
Guo Zu, Jing Guo, Ningwei Che, Tingting Zhou, Xiangwen Zhang
Ginsenoside Rg1 (Rg1) is one of the major bioactive ingredients in Panax ginseng, and it attenuates inflammation and apoptosis. The aims of our study were to explore the potential of Rg1 for the treatment of intestinal I/R injury and to determine whether the protective effects of Rg1 were exerted through the Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway. In this study, Rg1 treatment ameliorated inflammatory factors, ROS and apoptosis that were induced by intestinal I/R injury. Cell viability was increased and cell apoptosis was decreased with Rg1 pretreatment following hypoxia/reoxygenation (H/R) in the in vitro study...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910877/a-comprehensive-map-of-molecular-drug-targets
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Rita Santos, Oleg Ursu, Anna Gaulton, A Patrícia Bento, Ramesh S Donadi, Cristian G Bologa, Anneli Karlsson, Bissan Al-Lazikani, Anne Hersey, Tudor I Oprea, John P Overington
The success of mechanism-based drug discovery depends on the definition of the drug target. This definition becomes even more important as we try to link drug response to genetic variation, understand stratified clinical efficacy and safety, rationalize the differences between drugs in the same therapeutic class and predict drug utility in patient subgroups. However, drug targets are often poorly defined in the literature, both for launched drugs and for potential therapeutic agents in discovery and development...
December 2, 2016: Nature Reviews. Drug Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910791/effects-of-ethyl-acetate-extracts-from-the-polycephalomyces-nipponicus-isolate-cod-mk1201-ascomycetes-against-human-pathogenic-bacteria-and-a-breast-cancer-cell-line
#18
Kusavadee Sangdee, Prapairat Seephonkai, Benjaporn Buranrat, Nilawan Surapong, Aphidech Sangdee
This study aimed to identify a suitable organic solvent for extracting bioactive compounds from Polycephalomyces nipponicus and to evaluate the antibacterial and anticancer activities of the extracts obtained. Only extracts obtained with ethyl acetate exhibited antibacterial activity, so ethyl acetate was chosen for large-scale extraction. The minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) and minimum bactericidal concentration (MBC) against Gram-positive and Gram-negative human pathogenic bacteria of the 3 ethyl acetate-derived extracts-ethyl acetate extract from P...
2016: International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910789/methoxyflavones-from-new-lingzhi-medicinal-mushroom-ganoderma-lingzhi-agaricomycetes
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Kuniyoshi Shimizu, Yhiya M Amen, Satoru Kaifuchi
Ganoderma lingzhi is one of the most famous medicinal fungi in the world. It has been used in folk medicine, especially in East Asian countries. It is also a white-rot fungus with strong wood degradation ability, especially against lignin. Different classes of bioactive natural products have been reported in Ganoderma, including triterpenes, polysaccharides, sterols, and peptides. The triterpenes and polysaccharides are the primary bioactive compounds of Ganoderma. We report for the first time the presence of 3 methoxyflavones as minor constituents in G...
2016: International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910785/characterization-of-cross-flow-ultrafiltration-fractions-from-maitake-medicinal-mushroom-grifoia-frondosa-agaricomycetes-reveals-distinct-cytotoxicity-in-tumor-cells
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Miriam Sari, Reinhard Hambitzer, Jan I Lelley, Katharina Toepler, Nicole Teusch, Anna Nickisch-Hartfiel
β-glucans from Basidiomycetes like Grifola frondosa (the maitake mushroom) are well known for their health benefits. Polysaccharide preparations from medicinal mushrooms such as G. frondosa have been successfully tested in a vast number of studies. Many mushroom extracts have been developed and today are merchandized for use medicinally and commercially. Studies could show that, in particular, chemical structural features such as the molecular size of β-glucans significantly influence their bioactivity. Thus it is highly important to explore the composition and structural properties of β-glucans extracted from medicinal mushrooms and their effects on human tumor cell viability...
2016: International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms
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