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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351455/thrombosis-systemic-and-cardiac-oxidative-stress-and-dna-damage-induced-by-pulmonary-exposure-to-diesel-exhaust-particles-and-the-effect-of-nootkatone-thereon
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Abderrahim Nemmar, Suhail Al-Salam, Sumaya Beegam, Priya Yuvaraju, Badreldin H Ali
Adverse cardiovascular effects of particulate air pollution persist even at lower concentrations than those of the current air quality limit. Therefore, identification of safe and effective measures against particles-induced cardiovascular toxicity is needed. Nootkatone is a sesquiterpenoid in grapefruit with diverse bioactivities including anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. However, its protective effect on the cardiovascular injury induced by diesel exhaust particles (DEP) has not been studied before...
January 5, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351433/%C3%AE-nitrostyrene-derivatives-attenuate-lps-mediated-acute-lung-injury-via-the-inhibition-of-neutrophil-platelet-interactions-and-net-release
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Yao-Wen Chang, Ching-Ping Tseng, Chih-Hsun Lee, Tsong-Long Hwang, Yu-Li Chen, Mei-Tzu Su, Kowit-Yu Chong, Ying-Wei Lan, Chin-Chung Wu, Kung-Ju Chen, Fen-Hua Lu, Hsiang-Ruei Liao, Chuen Hsueh, Pei-Wen Hsieh
Acute lung injury (ALI) and the acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) are high-mortality and life-threatening diseases that are associated with neutrophil activation and accumulation within lung tissue. Emerging evidence indicates that neutrophil-platelet aggregates (NPAs) at sites of injury increases acute inflammation and contributes to the development of ALI. Even though numerous studies have increased our understanding of the pathophysiology of ALI, there is still a lack of innovative and useful treatments that reduce mortality, emphasizing that there is an urgent need for novel treatment strategies...
January 11, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351315/large-scale-mapping-of-bioactive-peptides-in-structural-and-sequence-space
#3
Agustina E Nardo, M Cristina Añón, Gustavo Parisi
Health-enhancing potential bioactive peptide (BP) has driven an interest in food proteins as well as in the development of predictive methods. Research in this area has been especially active to use them as components in functional foods. Apparently, BPs do not have a given biological function in the containing proteins and they do not evolve under independent evolutionary constraints. In this work we performed a large-scale mapping of BPs in sequence and structural space. Using well curated BP deposited in BIOPEP database, we searched for exact matches in non-redundant sequences databases...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351247/b-type-and-complex-a-b-type-epicatechin-trimers-isolated-from-litchi-pericarp-aqueous-extract-show-high-antioxidant-and-anticancer-activity
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Yihui Gong, Fang Fang, Xin Zhang, Bin Liu, Honghui Luo, Zhen Li, Xuelian Zhang, Zhaoqi Zhang, Xuequn Pang
Litchi (Litchi chinensis Sonn.) fruit is known for its rich source of phenolics. Litchi pericarp contains high levels of epicatechin that may form oligomers of various lengths. Except for several A or B type epicatechin dimers, other soluble oligomers have rarely been identified in the pericarp. Here, bioassay-guided column fractionation was applied to isolate bioactive phenolics from aqueous pericarp extract. A fraction (S3) was obtained by two rounds of Sephadex LH-20 column chromatography, and showed higher antioxidant activity and inhibition on the proliferation of human lung cancer cells (A549) than Litchi anthocyanins...
January 19, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351237/bioengineering-of-rfviia-biopharmaceutical-and-structure-characterization-for-biosimilarity-assessment
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Othman Montacir, Houda Montacir, Murat Eravci, Andreas Springer, Stephan Hinderlich, Fereidoun Mahboudi, Amirhossein Saadati, Maria Kristina Parr
Eptacog alfa (NovoSeven®) is a vitamin K-dependent recombinant Factor VIIa produced by genetic engineering from baby hamster kidney (BHK) cells as a single peptide chain of 406 residues. After activation, it consists of a light chain (LC) of 152 amino and a heavy chain (HC) of 254 amino acids. Recombinant FVIIa undergoes many post-translational modifications (PTMs). The first ten glutamic acids of the N-terminal moiety are γ-carboxylated, Asn145 and Asn322 are N-glycosylated, and Ser52 and Ser60 are O-glycosylated...
January 19, 2018: Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351216/in-silico-and-in-vitro-study-of-the-bromelain-phytochemical-complex-inhibition-of-phospholipase-a2-pla2
#6
Fatahiya Mohamed Tap, Fadzilah Adibah Abd Majid, Hassan Fahmi Ismail, Tet Soon Wong, Kamyar Shameli, Mikio Miyake, Nurul Bahiyah Ahmad Khairudin
Phospholipase A2 (Pla2) is an enzyme that induces inflammation, making Pla2 activity an effective approach to reduce inflammation. Therefore, investigating natural compounds for this Pla2 inhibitory activity has important therapeutic potential. The objective of this study was to investigate the potential in bromelain-phytochemical complex inhibitors via a combination of in silico and in vitro methods. Bromelain-amenthoflavone displays antagonistic effects on Pla2. Bromelian-asiaticoside and bromelain-diosgenin displayed synergistic effects at high concentrations of the combined compounds, with inhibition percentages of more than 70% and 90%, respectively, and antagonistic effects at low concentrations...
January 19, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350786/multiple-biological-defects-caused-by-calycosin-7-o-%C3%AE-d-glucoside-in-the-nematode-caenorhabditis-elegans-are-associated-with-the-activation-of-oxidative-damage
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Jianqin Zhang, Xiaoli Xue, Yang Yang, Wen Ma, Yan Han, Xuemei Qin
Calycosin-7-O-β-d-glucoside (CG) is an important active isoflavone compound in Radix Astragali that has many bioactivities. However, the toxicological effects and related toxicological mechanism of CG have been rarely documented. The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the toxicity effects of CG on the model organism Caenorhabditis elegans. Some characteristics of the nematode, including lifespan, movement behavior and reproductive capacity, were used to detect the toxic effects of CG on C. elegans...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Applied Toxicology: JAT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350299/mutagenicity-cytotoxic-and-antioxidant-activities-of-ricinus-communis-different-parts
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Mazhar Abbas, Abid Ali, Muhammad Arshad, Asia Atta, Zahed Mehmood, Imtiaz Mahmood Tahir, Munawar Iqbal
Ricinus communis (castor plant) is a potent medicinal plant, which is commonly used in the treatment of various ailments. The present study was conducted to appraise the cytotoxicity and mutagenicity of R. communis along with antioxidant and antimicrobial activities. Cytotoxicity was evaluated by hemolytic and brine shrimp assays, whereas Ames test (TA98 and TA100) was used for mutagenicity evaluation. Plant different parts were extracted in methanol by shaking, sonication and Soxhlet extraction methods. The R...
January 19, 2018: Chemistry Central Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350255/nuclear-magnetic-resonance-and-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-techniques-for-the-characterization-of-bioactive-compounds-from-humulus-lupulus-l-hop
#9
Davide Bertelli, Virginia Brighenti, Lucia Marchetti, Anna Reik, Federica Pellati
Humulus lupulus L. (hop) represents one of the most cultivated crops, it being a key ingredient in the brewing process. Many health-related properties have been described for hop extracts, making this plant gain more interest in the field of pharmaceutical and nutraceutical research. Among the analytical tools available for the phytochemical characterization of plant extracts, quantitative nuclear magnetic resonance (qNMR) represents a new and powerful technique. In this ambit, the present study was aimed at the development of a new, simple, and efficient qNMR method for the metabolite fingerprinting of bioactive compounds in hop cones, taking advantage of the novel ERETIC 2 tool...
January 19, 2018: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350159/clinical-and-molecular-epidemiology-of-staphylococcal-toxic-shock-syndrome-in-the-united-kingdom
#10
Hema Sharma, Debra Smith, Claire E Turner, Laurence Game, Bruno Pichon, Russell Hope, Robert Hill, Angela Kearns, Shiranee Sriskandan
Staphylococcal toxic shock syndrome (TSS) was originally described in menstruating women and linked to TSS toxin 1 (TSST-1)-producing Staphylococcus aureus. Using UK national surveillance data, we ascertained clinical, molecular and superantigenic characteristics of TSS cases. Average annual TSS incidence was 0.07/100,000 population. Patients with nonmenstrual TSS were younger than those with menstrual TSS but had the same mortality rate. Children <16 years of age accounted for 39% of TSS cases, most caused by burns and skin and soft tissue infections...
February 2018: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350101/biomimetic-composite-scaffold-sis-mbg-exhibits-high-osteogenic-and-angiogenic-capacity
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Tingfang Sun, Man Liu, Sheng Yao, Yanhui Ji, Zekang Xiong, Kai Tang, Kaifang Chen, Hu Yang, Xiao-Dong Guo
Biomaterials with excellent osteogenic and angiogenic activities are desirable to repair massive bone defects. Decellularized matrix from porcine small intestinal submucosa (SIS) has attracted particular attention for tissue regeneration because it has strong angiogenic effects and retains plentiful bioactive components. However, it has inferior osteoinductivity and osteoconductivity. In this study, we developed porous composite of SIS combined with mesoporous bioactive glass (SIS/MBG) with the goal of improving the mechanical and biological properties...
January 19, 2018: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350052/protective-mechanisms-of-6-gingerol-in-dextran-sulfate-sodium-induced-chronic-ulcerative-colitis-in-mice
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B O Ajayi, I A Adedara, E O Farombi
Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a relapsing and remitting inflammatory disease of the colon, with an increasing incidence worldwide. 6-Gingerol (6G) is a bioactive constituent of Zingiber officinale, which has been reported to possess various biological activities. This study was designed to evaluate the role of 6G in chronic UC. Chronic UC was induced in mice by three cycles of 2.5% dextran sulfate sodium (DSS) in drinking water. Each cycle consisted of 7 days of 2.5% DSS followed by 14 days of normal drinking water...
January 1, 2018: Human & Experimental Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349835/optimization-of-aqueous-extraction-from-kalanchoe-pinnata-leaves-to-obtain-the-highest-content-of-an-anti-inflammatory-flavonoid-using-a-response-surface-model
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Luana Beatriz Dos Santos Nascimento, Paula Fernandes de Aguiar, Marcos Vinicius Leal-Costa, Marcela Araújo Soares Coutinho, Maria Paula Gonçalves Borsodi, Bartira Rossi-Bergmann, Eliana Schwartz Tavares, Sônia Soares Costa
INTRODUCTION: The medicinal plant Kalanchoe pinnata is a phenolic-rich species used worldwide. The reports on its pharmacological uses have increased by 70% in the last 10 years. The leaves of this plant are the main source of an unusual quercetin-diglycosyl flavonoid (QAR, quercetin arabinopyranosyl rhamnopyranoside), which can be easily extracted using water. QAR possess a strong in vivo anti-inflammatory activity. OBJECTIVE: To optimize the aqueous extraction of QAR from K...
January 19, 2018: Phytochemical Analysis: PCA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349676/environment-friendly-synthesis-of-trace-element-zn-sr-and-f-codoping-hydroxyapatite-with-non-cytotoxicity-and-improved-osteoblast-proliferation-and-differentiation
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Shengjie Xiao, Ming Wang, Liping Wang, Yingchun Zhu
Hydroxyapatite (HAp, Ca10[PO4]6[OH]2) doped with numerous trace elements possesses sensational biochemical effects in natural bones. To study the biochemical function of Zn, Sr, and F elements, a series of neoteric HAp biomaterials with Zn, Sr, and F concentrations close to natural bones are firstly synthesized by one-pot hydrothermal method. These materials are characterized through powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and scanning electron microscope (SEM). All the synthesized materials are HAp phase...
January 18, 2018: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349513/3d-qsar-study-of-steroidal-and-azaheterocyclic-human-aromatase-inhibitors-using-quantitative-profile-of-protein-ligand-interactions
#15
Sehan Lee, Mace G Barron
Aromatase is a member of the cytochrome P450 superfamily responsible for a key step in the biosynthesis of estrogens. As estrogens are involved in the control of important reproduction-related processes, including sexual differentiation and maturation, aromatase is a potential target for endocrine disrupting chemicals as well as breast cancer therapy. In this work, 3D-QSAR combined with quantitative profile of protein-ligand interactions was employed in the identification and characterization of critical steric and electronic features of aromatase-inhibitor complexes and the estimation of their quantitative contribution to inhibition potency...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Cheminformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349463/stability-and-digestibility-of-one-or-bi-layered-medium-chain-triglyceride-emulsions-with-gum-arabic-and-whey-protein-isolates-by-pancreatic-lipase-in-vitro
#16
Xiaolin Yao, Yu Chen, Meng Shu, Kun Zhang, Zhiming Gao, Ying Kuang, Yapeng Fang, Katsuyoshi Nishinari, Glyn O Phillips, Fatang Jiang
Interfacial engineering approaches have been used to design functional foods so as to control lipase-induced digestion of emulsified lipids and release of bioactive lipophilic components in the gastrointestinal tract. In this study, emulsion droplets with the interface stabilized with gum Arabic (GA) and whey protein isolate (WPI) were prepared by mixing or sequential adsorption. WPI/GA intramolecular soluble complexes (ISCs) have superior emulsifying properties in stabilizing oil-in-water emulsions. The impact of the interfaces for WPI/GA ISC-layered (one-layered) and double-layered emulsions formed by sequential deposition of WPI or GA on the lipolysis of emulsions was investigated using an in vitro simulated gastrointestinal model...
January 19, 2018: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348826/interaction-of-macrophages-with-apoptotic-cells-inhibits-transdifferentiation-and-invasion-of-lung-fibroblasts
#17
Yong-Bae Kim, Young-So Yoon, Youn-Hee Choi, Eun-Mi Park, Jihee Lee Kang
The invasion of activated fibroblasts is a key mechanism of tissue fibrosis pathology. The recognition and uptake of apoptotic cells can induce the anti-fibrogenic programming of macrophages. We demonstrate that after interacting with apoptotic cells, macrophages secrete bioactive molecules that antagonize TGF-β1-induced increases in myofibroblast (fibroproliferative) phenotypic markers and reduce the enhanced invasive capacity of TGF-β1- or EGF-treated mouse lung fibroblasts (MLg). Furthermore, numerous treatment strategies prevented the anti-fibrotic effects of conditioned media, including transfection of macrophages with COX-2 or RhoA siRNAs or treatment of MLg cells with receptor antagonists for prostaglandin E2 (PGE2), PGD2, or hepatocyte growth factor (HGF)...
December 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348256/flavonoids-dairy-foods-and-cardiovascular-and-metabolic-health-a-review-of-emerging-biologic-pathways
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REVIEW
Dariush Mozaffarian, Jason H Y Wu
A growing body of nutritional science highlights the complex mechanisms and pleiotropic pathways of cardiometabolic effects of different foods. Among these, some of the most exciting advances are occurring in the area of flavonoids, bioactive phytochemicals found in plant foods; and in the area of dairy, including milk, yogurt, and cheese. Many of the relevant ingredients and mechanistic pathways are now being clarified, shedding new light on both the ingredients and the pathways for how diet influences health and well-being...
January 19, 2018: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348201/solution-structure-of-sperm-lysin-yields-novel-insights-into-molecular-dynamics-of-rapid-protein-evolution
#19
Damien B Wilburn, Lisa M Tuttle, Rachel E Klevit, Willie J Swanson
Protein evolution is driven by the sum of different physiochemical and genetic processes that usually results in strong purifying selection to maintain biochemical functions. However, proteins that are part of systems under arms race dynamics often evolve at unparalleled rates that can produce atypical biochemical properties. In the marine mollusk abalone, lysin and vitelline envelope receptor for lysin (VERL) are a pair of rapidly coevolving proteins that are essential for species-specific interactions between sperm and egg...
January 18, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348081/evaluation-of-antioxidant-and-antimicrobial-activities-of-bergenia-ciliata-sternb-rhizome-crude-extract-and-fractions
#20
Aman Khan, Gul Jan, Afsar Khan, Farzana Gul Jan, Muhammad Danish
Biologically, screening of medicinal plants extracts have been since pre-historic to determine the antioxidants and antimicrobial profile. The present study was aimed to investigate and evaluate crude extract and different fractions of Bergenia ciliata Sternb (rhizome) for bioactivity which is most considerable medicinal plants. The chloroform fraction was found to be highly anti-oxidative with the IC50 value (4.15±0.82) as compare to ethyl acetate and n-hexane fraction. In addition, neither crude extract nor any fraction showed inhibition against fungal strains, i...
January 2018: Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
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