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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161592/tumor-suppressor-inactivation-of-gdf11-occurs-by-precursor-sequestration-in-triple-negative-breast-cancer
#1
Sameer S Bajikar, Chun-Chao Wang, Michael A Borten, Elizabeth J Pereira, Kristen A Atkins, Kevin A Janes
Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) is an aggressive and heterogeneous carcinoma in which various tumor-suppressor genes are lost by mutation, deletion, or silencing. Here we report a tumor-suppressive mode of action for growth-differentiation factor 11 (GDF11) and an unusual mechanism of its inactivation in TNBC. GDF11 promotes an epithelial, anti-invasive phenotype in 3D triple-negative cultures and intraductal xenografts by sustaining expression of E-cadherin and inhibitor of differentiation 2 (ID2). Surprisingly, clinical TNBCs retain the GDF11 locus and expression of the protein itself...
November 20, 2017: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161500/a-small-molecule-mimetic-of-the-humanin-peptide-as-a-candidate-for-modulating-nmda-induced-neurotoxicity
#2
Mohammad Parvez Alam, Tina Bilousova, Patricia Spilman, Kanagasabai Vadivel, Dongsheng Bai, Denis Evseenko, Varghese John
Humanin (HN), a 24-amino acid bioactive peptide, has been shown to increase cell survival of neurons after exposure to Aβ and NMDA-induced toxicity and thus could be beneficial in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease (AD). The neuroprotection by HN is reported to be primarily through its agonist binding properties to the gp130 receptor. However, peptidic nature of HN presents challenges in its development as a therapeutic for AD. We report here for the first time the elucidation of the binding site of Humanin (HN) peptide to gp130 receptor extracellular domain through modeling and the synthesis of small molecule mimetics that interact with the HN binding site on the gp130 receptor that provides protection against NMDA-induced neurotoxicity in primary hippocampal neurons...
November 21, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161429/crosstalk-between-the-microbiome-and-epigenome-messages-from-bugs
#3
Yufeng Qin, Paul A Wade
Mammals exist in a complicated symbiotic relationship with their gut microbiome, which is postulated to have broad impacts on host health and disease. As omics-based technologies have matured, the potential mechanisms by which the microbiome affects host physiology are being addressed. The gut microbiome, which provides environmental cues, can modify host cell responses to stimuli through alterations in the host epigenome and, ultimately, gene expression. Increasing evidence highlights microbial generation of bioactive compounds that impact the transcriptional machinery in host cells...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160894/chlorogenic-acids-and-the-acyl-quinic-acids-discovery-biosynthesis-bioavailability-and-bioactivity
#4
REVIEW
Michael N Clifford, Indu B Jaganath, Iziar A Ludwig, Alan Crozier
Covering: 2000 up to late 2017This review is focussed upon the acyl-quinic acids, the most studied group within the ca. 400 chlorogenic acids so far reported. The acyl-quinic acids, the first of which was characterised in 1846, are a diverse group of plant-derived compounds produced principally through esterification of an hydroxycinnamic acid and 1l-(-)-quinic acid. Topics addressed in this review include the confusing nomenclature, quantification and characterisation by NMR and MS, biosynthesis and role in planta, and the occurrence of acyl-quinic acids in coffee, their transformation during roasting and delivery to the beverage...
November 21, 2017: Natural Product Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160857/synergistic-effects-of-danshen-salvia-miltiorrhizae-radix-et-rhizoma-and-sanqi-notoginseng-radix-et-rhizoma-combination-in-angiogenesis-behavior-in-eahy-926-cells
#5
Xian Zhou, Valentina Razmovski-Naumovski, Antony Kam, Dennis Chang, Chunguang Li, Alan Bensoussan, Kelvin Chan
Background: This study investigated the combination effects of the Danshen and Sanqi herb pair on angiogenesis in vitro. Methods: Nine combination ratios of Danshen-Sanqi extracts (DS-SQ) were screened for their angiogenic effects in the human vascular endothelial EAhy 926 cell line via cell proliferation, cell migration and tube formation activities against the damage to the cells exerted by DL-homocysteine (Hcy) and adenosine (Ado). The type of interaction (synergistic, antagonistic, additive) between Danshen and Sanqi was analyzed using combination index (CI) and isobologram models...
November 21, 2017: Medicines (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160846/a-triphenylphosphonium-functionalized-mitochondriotropic-nanocarrier-for-efficient-co-delivery-of-doxorubicin-and-chloroquine-and-enhanced-antineoplastic-activity
#6
Katerina N Panagiotaki, Zili Sideratou, Spiros A Vlahopoulos, Maria Paravatou-Petsotas, Michael Zachariadis, Nikolas Khoury, Vassilis Zoumpourlis, Dimitris Tsiourvas
Drug delivery systems that target subcellular organelles and, in particular, mitochondria are considered to have great potential in treating disorders that are associated with mitochondrial dysfunction, including cancer or neurodegenerative diseases. To this end, a novel hyperbranched mitochondriotropic nanocarrier was developed for the efficient co-delivery of two different (both in chemical and pharmacological terms) bioactive compounds. The carrier is based on hyperbranched poly(ethyleneimine) functionalized with triphenylphosphonium groups that forms ~100 nm diameter nanoparticles in aqueous media and can encapsulate doxorubicin (DOX), a well-known anti-cancer drug, and chloroquine (CQ), a known chemosensitizer with arising potential in anticancer medication...
November 21, 2017: Pharmaceuticals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160402/effect-of-a-bioactive-glass-ceramic-on-the-control-of-enamel-and-dentin-erosion-lesions
#7
Michelle Alexandra Chinelatti, Camila Tirapelli, Silmara Aparecida Milori Corona, Renato Goulart Jasinevicius, Oscar Peitl, Edgar Dutra Zanotto, Fernanda de Carvalho Panzeri Pires-de-Souza
This study evaluated the effect of a bioactive glass ceramic for the control of erosion and caries lesions. Fragments (n=10) of bovine enamel and root dentin received daily application of different treatments (Biosilicate; Acidulated Phosphate Fluoride- APF; Untreated - control) during the performance of erosive cycles. Surfaces were analyzed with 3D optical profilometry to quantify the superficial loss in four periods (1, 7, 14 and 21 days), as well as the lesion depth with confocal laser scanning microscopy...
July 2017: Brazilian Dental Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159895/proliferation-and-differentiation-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-on-scaffolds-containing-chitosan-calcium-polyphosphate-and-pigeonite-for-bone-tissue-engineering
#8
S Dhivya, A Keshav Narayan, R Logith Kumar, S Viji Chandran, M Vairamani, N Selvamurugan
OBJECTIVES: Treatment of critical-sized bone defects with cells and biomaterials offers an efficient alternative to traditional bone grafts. Chitosan (CS) is a natural biopolymer that acts as a scaffold in bone tissue engineering (BTE). Polyphosphate (PolyP), recently identified as an inorganic polymer, acts as a potential bone morphogenetic material, whereas pigeonite (Pg) is a novel iron-containing ceramic. In this study, we prepared and characterized scaffolds containing CS, calcium polyphosphate (CaPP) and Pg particles for bone formation in vitro and in vivo...
November 21, 2017: Cell Proliferation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159692/germacrone-and-sesquiterpene-enriched-extracts-from%C3%A2-curcuma-aeruginosa-roxb-increase-skin-penetration-of-minoxidil-a-hair-growth-promoter
#9
Jukkarin Srivilai, Neti Waranuch, Anothai Tangsumranjit, Nantaka Khorana, Kornkanok Ingkaninan
Minoxidil is approved for topical treatment of androgenic alopecia but hampered by poor cutaneous absorption. Recently, the randomized control trial showed that hair loss treatment of minoxidil was improved by co-application of the anti-androgen, Curcuma aeruginosa Roxb. extract. Here, we aimed to show that the apparent synergism arises from improved cutaneous penetration of minoxidil by bioactive compound, germacrone or C. aeruginosa (as an n-hexane extract, or essential oil). The partition coefficient of germacrone was determined by HPLC...
November 20, 2017: Drug Delivery and Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159484/correction-to-laminin-derived-ile-lys-val-ala-val-a-promising-bioactive-peptide-in-neural-tissue-engineering-in-traumatic-brain-injury
#10
Sajad Sahab Negah, Alireza Khooei, Fariborz Samini, Ali Gorji
There is only one problem with Table 3. The references mentioned in this table were wrong in the final proof.
November 20, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158964/ginsenoside-rk1-bioactivity-a-systematic-review
#11
Abdelrahman Elshafay, Ngo Xuan Tinh, Samar Salman, Yara Saber Shaheen, Eman Bashir Othman, Mohamed Tamer Elhady, Aswin Ratna Kansakar, Linh Tran, Le Van, Kenji Hirayama, Nguyen Tien Huy
Ginsenoside Rk1 (G-Rk1) is a unique component created by processing the ginseng plant (mainly Sung Ginseng (SG)) at high temperatures. The aim of our study was to systematically review the pharmacological effects of G-Rk1. We utilized and manually searched eight databases to select in vivo and in vitro original studies that provided information about biological, pharmaceutical effects of G-Rk1 and were published up to July 2017 with no restriction on language or study design. Out of the 156 papers identified, we retrieved 28 eligible papers in the first skimming phase of research...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158873/contribution-and-interactions-of-hydroxycinnamic-acids-found-in-bran-and-wholegrain-sorghum-sorghum-bicolor-l-moench-effects-on-the-antioxidant-capacity-and-inhibition-of-human-erythrocyte-hemolysis
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Norma Julieta Salazar-López, Gustavo A González-Aguilar, Guadalupe Loarca-Piña, Francisco J Cinco-Moroyoqui, Ofelia Rouzaud-Sández, J Abraham Domínguez-Avila, Maribel Robles-Sánchez
An imbalance between free radicals and antioxidants is known as oxidative stress, and it promotes cellular aging and the development of chronic noncommunicable diseases. The bioactive compounds present in food play an important role in preventing oxidative stress. The aim of this study was to determine the contributions and interactions of the hydroxycinnamic acids found in the bran and whole grain of sorghum and to evaluate their effects on the antioxidant capacity and inhibition of the hemolysis of human erythrocytes...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158845/in-tether-chiral-center-induced-helical-peptide-modulators-target-p53-mdm2-mdmx-and-inhibit-tumor-growth-in-stem-like-cancer-cell
#13
Kuan Hu, Feng Yin, Mengyin Yu, Chengjie Sun, Jingxu Li, Yujie Liang, Wenjun Li, Mingsheng Xie, Yuanzhi Lao, Wei Liang, Zi-Gang Li
Inhibition of the interaction between p53 and MDM2/MDMX has attracted significant attention in anticancer therapy development. We designed a series of in-tether chiral center-induced helical stabilized peptides, among which MeR/PhR effectively reactivated p53. The activation of p53 inhibits cell proliferation and induces apoptosis in both the MCF-7 normal tumor cell line and the PA-1 pluripotent cancer cell line with only minimal cellular toxicity towards normal cells or cancer cell lines with p53 mutations...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158817/extracellular-vesicles-in-cardiovascular-theranostics
#14
REVIEW
Yihua Bei, Saumya Das, Rodosthenis S Rodosthenous, Paul Holvoet, Maarten Vanhaverbeke, Marta Chagas Monteiro, Valter Vinicius Silva Monteiro, Jana Radosinska, Monika Bartekova, Felix Jansen, Qian Li, Johnson Rajasingh, Junjie Xiao
Extracellular vesicles (EVs) are small bilayer lipid membrane vesicles that can be released by most cell types and detected in most body fluids. EVs exert key functions for intercellular communication via transferring their bioactive cargos to recipient cells or activating signaling pathways in target cells. Increasing evidence has shown the important regulatory effects of EVs in cardiovascular diseases (CVDs). EVs secreted by cardiomyocytes, endothelial cells, fibroblasts, and stem cells play essential roles in pathophysiological processes such as cardiac hypertrophy, cardiomyocyte survival and apoptosis, cardiac fibrosis, and angiogenesis in relation to CVDs...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158560/field-sampling-marine-plankton-for-biodiscovery
#15
Richard Andre Ingebrigtsen, Espen Hansen, Jeanette Hammer Andersen, Hans Christian Eilertsen
Microalgae and plankton can be a rich source of bioactivity. However, induction of secondary metabolite production in lab conditions can be difficult. One simple way of bypassing this issue is to collect biomass in the field and screen for bioactivity. Therefore, bulk net samples from three areas along the coast of northern Norway and Spitsbergen were collected, extracted and fractionated. Biomass samples from a strain of a mass-cultivated diatom Porosira glacialis were used as a reference for comparison to field samples...
November 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158361/prochemerin-cleavage-by-factor-xia-links-coagulation-and-inflammation
#16
Xiaomei Ge, Yasuto Yamaguchi, Lei Zhao, Loredana Bury, Paolo Gresele, Caroline Berube, Lawrence L Leung, John Morser
Chemerin is a chemoattractant and adipokine that circulates in blood as inactive prochemerin (chem163S). Chem163S is activated by a series of C-terminal proteolytic cleavages resulting in diverse chemerin forms with different levels of activity. We screened a panel of proteases in the coagulation, fibrinolytic and inflammatory cascades to identify those that process prochemerin in plasma. Factor XIa (FXIa) cleaved chem163S, generating a novel chemerin form, chem162R, as an intermediate product, and chem158K, as the final product...
November 20, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158266/stilbenoid-prenyltransferases-define-key-steps-in-the-diversification-of-peanut-phytoalexins
#17
Tianhong Yang, Lingling Fang, Sheri Sanders, Srinivas Jayanthi, Gayathri Rajan, Ram Podicheti, Suresh Kumar Thallapuranam, Keithanne Mockaitis, Fabricio Medina-Bolivar
Defense responses of peanut (Arachis hypogaea) to biotic and abiotic stresses include the synthesis of prenylated stilbenoids. Members of this compound class show several protective activities in human disease studies, and the list of potential therapeutic targets continues to expand. Despite their medical and biological importance, the biosynthetic pathways of prenylated stilbenoids remain to be elucidated, and the genes encoding stilbenoid-specific prenyltransferases have yet to be identified in any plant species...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158025/oligomycins-a-and-e-major-bioactive-secondary-metabolites-produced-by-streptomyces-sp-strain-hg29-isolated-from-a-saharan-soil
#18
N Khebizi, H Boudjella, C Bijani, N Bouras, H-P Klenk, F Pont, F Mathieu, N Sabaou
An actinobacterial strain, HG29, with potent activity against pathogenic, toxigenic and phytopathogenic fungi was isolated from a Saharan soil sample of Algeria. On the basis of morphological and chemotaxonomic characteristics, the strain was classified in the genus Streptomyces. Analysis of the 16S rRNA gene sequence showed a similarity level of 99.3% with Streptomyces gancidicus NBRC 15412(T). The comparison of its cultural and physiological characteristics with this species revealed significant differences...
November 17, 2017: Journal de Mycologie Médicale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157913/evaluation-of-optimum-conditions-for-achyranthes-bidentata-polysaccharides-encapsulated-in-cubosomes-and-immunological-activity-in-vitro
#19
Ning Ou, Yaqing Sun, Shuzhen Zhou, Pengfei Gu, Zhengguang Liu, Ruonan Bo, Yuanlaing Hu, Jiaguo Liu, Deyun Wang
Cubosomes, as biocompatible carriers in drug delivery systems, consist of curved bicontinuous lipid bilayers. With a honeycombed structure divided into two internal aqueous channels, cubosomes could be used for many bioactive ingredients. Achyranthes bidentata polysaccharides (ABPs) are isolated from the roots of Achyranthes bidentata, used in Chinese herbal medicine, and present a noticeable effect as an immunomodulator. This study investigates the optimal preparation of combined cubosome-ABP (Cub-ABP) nanoparticles using response surface methodology and explores their characteristics and stability...
November 17, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157824/fraxetin-and-ethyl-acetate-extract-from-lawsonia-inermis-l-ameliorate-oxidative-stress-in-p-berghei-infected-mice-by-augmenting-antioxidant-defence-system
#20
Dhananjay Kumar Singh, Harveer Singh Cheema, Archana Saxena, Jyotshana, Shilpi Singh, Mahendra P Darokar, Dnyaneshwar U Bawankule, Karuna Shanker, Suaib Luqman
BACKGROUND: Lawsonia inermis L. is a well-documented plant for cosmetic as well as medicinal properties. It is used by local communities in India and Nigeria for the treatment of many parasitic diseases, including malaria. HYPOTHESIS/PURPOSE: Earlier studies on the plant's antiplasmodial activity were not assigned to any phytochemical with no quality assurance data. In this report, a recent chemically characterized extract and it's major constituent were investigated for in vitro antiplasmodial activity on chloroquine sensitive NF-54 strain...
December 1, 2017: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
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