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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245122/reduction-of-cancer-cell-viability-by-synergistic-combination-of-photodynamic-treatment-with-the-inhibition-of-the-id-protein-family
#1
Cornelia Roschger, Thomas Verwanger, Barbara Krammer, Chiara Cabrele
The inhibitor of DNA binding and cell differentiation (Id) proteins are dominant negative regulators of the helix-loop-helix transcription factor family and play a key role during development as well as in vascular disorders and cancer. In fact, impairing the Id-protein activity in cancer cells reduces cell growth and even chemoresistance. Recently, we have shown that a synthetic Id-protein ligand (1Y) consisting of a cyclic nonapeptide can reduce the viability of the two breast cancer cell lines MCF-7 and T47D and of the bladder cancer cells T24 to about 50% at concentrations ≥100μM...
December 5, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245087/genotyping-of-common-egfr-mutations-in-lung-cancer-patients-by-electrochemical-biosensor
#2
Xiu-Hua Weng, Xiong-Wei Xu, Chang-Lian Wang, Wei-Wei Lin, Ai-Lin Liu, Wei Chen, Xin-Hua Lin
In this study, we constructed a sandwich-type biosensor to identify six common types of mutations in exon 19 of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) gene, and tested them using tissue samples from patients with non-small cell lung carcinomas. Considering the characteristics that different locations of non-complementary in DNA probes resulting in different hybridization efficiency, we investigated the design of DNA capture probes with varying non-complementary sequence locations in an effort to optimize the selectivity of the biosensor...
December 9, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245072/phloretin-attenuates-mucus-hypersecretion-and-airway-inflammation-induced-by-cigarette-smoke
#3
Hao Wang, Ting Yang, Tao Wang, Nanya Hao, Yongchun Shen, Yanqiu Wu, Zhicheng Yuan, Lei Chen, Fuqiang Wen
BACKGROUNDS: Cigarette smoke (CS)-induced airway mucus hypersecretion and inflammation are the prominent features of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). As an anti-inflammatory flavonoid, phloretin was found to be involved in various inflammatory disorders such as sepsis. In this study, the effects of phloretin on CS-induced airway mucin secretion and inflammation were investigated in vivo and in vitro. METHODS: Phloretin dissolved in 1% DMSO was daily injected intraperitoneally to mice, which were then exposed to CS for four weeks...
December 12, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245068/overexpression-of-microrna-375-impedes-platelet-derived-growth-factor-induced-proliferation-and-migration-of-human-fetal-airway-smooth-muscle-cells-by-targeting-janus-kinase-2
#4
Yamei Ji, Xin Yang, Huixia Su
The abnormal proliferation and migration of airway smooth muscle (ASM) cells play a critical role in airway remodeling during the development of asthma. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) have emerged as critical regulators of ASM cell proliferation and migration in airway remodeling. In this study, we aimed to investigate the potential role of miR-375 in the regulation of platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF)-induced fetal ASM cell proliferation and migration. Our results showed that miR-375 expression was significantly decreased in fetal ASM cells that were treated with PDGF...
December 12, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245016/preferential-myofibroblast-differentiation-of-cardiac-mesenchymal-progenitor-cells-in-the-presence-of-atrial-fibrillation
#5
Elisa Gambini, Gianluca Lorenzo Perrucci, Beatrice Bassetti, Gabriella Spaltro, Giulia Campostrini, Maria Chiara Lionetti, Alberto Pilozzi, Federico Martinelli, Andrea Faruggia, Dario DiFrancesco, Andrea Barbuti, Giulio Pompilio
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is characterized by electrical, contractile, and structural remodeling mediated by interstitial fibrosis. It has been shown that human cardiac mesenchymal progenitor cells (CMPCs) can be differentiated into endothelial, smooth muscle, and fibroblast cells. Here, we have investigated, for the first time, the contribution of CMPCs in the fibrotic process occurring in AF. As expected, right auricolae samples displayed significantly higher fibrosis in AF vs control (CTR) patients. In tissue samples of AF patients only, double staining for c-kit and the myofibroblast marker α-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA) was detected...
November 27, 2017: Translational Research: the Journal of Laboratory and Clinical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244905/posttraumatic-stress-symptoms-and-posttraumatic-growth-in-children-and-adolescents-following-an-earthquake-a-latent-transition-analysis
#6
Jieling Chen, Xinchun Wu
This study examined the transitions in classes of posttraumatic stress symptoms and posttraumatic growth in a sample of children and adolescents (N = 757), between 8 and 20 months after the 2013 Ya'an earthquake in China. Using latent profile analysis, three classes of symptoms (resilient, thriving, and struggling) were identified at 8 and 20 months after the earthquake. Latent transition analysis indicated that the majority of survivors remained in the same class during the period, while others showed a transition between different classes over time...
December 2017: Journal of Traumatic Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244844/diagnostic-markers-for-the-detection-of-ovarian-cancer-in-brca1-mutation-carriers
#7
Daphne Gschwantler-Kaulich, Sigrid Weingartshofer, Christine Rappaport-Fürhauser, Robert Zeilinger, Dietmar Pils, Daniela Muhr, Elena I Braicu, Marie-Therese Kastner, Yen Y Tan, Lorenz Semmler, Jalid Sehouli, Christian F Singer
BACKGROUND: Screening for ovarian cancer (OC) in women at high risk consists of a combination of carbohydrate antigen 125 (CA125) and transvaginal ultrasound, despite their low sensitivity and specificity. This could be improved by the combination of several biomarkers, which has been shown in average risk patients but has not been investigated until now in female BRCA mutation carriers. METHODS: Using a multiplex, bead-based, immunoassay system, we analyzed the concentrations of leptin, prolactin, osteopontin, insulin-like growth factor II, macrophage inhibitory factor, CA125 and human epididymis antigen 4 in 26 healthy wild type women, 26 healthy BRCA1 mutation carriers, 28 wildtype OC patients and 26 OC patients with BRCA1 mutation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244816/treatment-with-albumin-hydroxyoleic-acid-complex-restores-sensorimotor-function-in-rats-with-spinal-cord-injury-efficacy-and-gene-expression-regulation
#8
Gerardo Avila-Martin, Manuel Mata-Roig, Iriana Galán-Arriero, Julian S Taylor, Xavier Busquets, Pablo V Escribá
Sensorimotor dysfunction following incomplete spinal cord injury (SCI) is often characterized by paralysis, spasticity and pain. Previously, we showed that intrathecal (i.t.) administration of the albumin-oleic acid (A-OA) complex in rats with SCI produced partial improvement of these symptoms and that oral 2-hydroxyoleic acid (HOA, a non-hydrolyzable OA analogue), was efficacious in the modulation and treatment of nociception and pain-related anxiety, respectively. Here we observed that intrathecal treatment with the complex albumin-HOA (A-HOA) every 3 days following T9 spinal contusion injury improved locomotor function assessed with the Rotarod and inhibited TA noxious reflex activity in Wistar rats...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244789/pigment-epithelium-derived-factor-from-arpe19-promotes-proliferation-and-inhibits-apoptosis-of-human-umbilical-mesenchymal-stem-cells-in-serum-free-medium
#9
Dah-Ching Ding, Yao-Tseng Wen, Rong-Kung Tsai
Clinical expansion of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) is hampered by the lack of knowledge regarding how to prevent MSC apoptosis and promote their proliferation in serum-free medium. Our in vitro studies demonstrated that human umbilical cord MSCs (HUCMSCs) underwent apoptosis in the serum-free medium. When HUCMSCs were co-cultured with retinal pigment epithelial cells (ARPE19), however, HUCMSCs exhibited normal growth and morphology in serum-free medium. Their colony formation was promoted by the conditioned medium (CM) of ARPE19 cells on Matrigel...
December 15, 2017: Experimental & Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244768/identification-and-expression-profiling-of-the-auxin-response-factors-in-capsicum-annuum-l-under-abiotic-stress-and-hormone-treatments
#10
Chenliang Yu, Yihua Zhan, Xuping Feng, Zong-An Huang, Chendong Sun
Auxin response factors (ARFs) play important roles in regulating plant growth and development and response to environmental stress. An exhaustive analysis of the CaARF family was performed using the latest publicly available genome for pepper (Capsicum annuum L.). In total, 22 non-redundant CaARF gene family members in six classes were analyzed, including chromosome locations, gene structures, conserved motifs of proteins, phylogenetic relationships and Subcellular localization. Phylogenetic analysis of the ARFs from pepper (Capsicum annuum L...
December 15, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244755/doped-halloysite-nanotubes-for-use-in-the-3d-printing-of-medical-devices
#11
Jeffery A Weisman, Udayabhanu Jammalamadaka, Karthik Tappa, David K Mills
Previous studies have established halloysite nanotubes (HNTs) as viable nanocontainers capable of sustained release of a variety of antibiotics, corrosion agents, chemotherapeutics and growth factors either from their lumen or in outer surface coatings. Accordingly, halloysite nanotubes (HNTs) hold great promise as drug delivery carriers in the fields of pharmaceutical science and regenerative medicine. This study explored the potential of 3D printing drug doped HNT constructs. We used a model drug, gentamicin (GS) and polylactic acid (PLA) to fabricate GS releasing disks, beads, and pellets...
December 15, 2017: Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244678/oncogenic-osteomalacia-secondary-to-a-metastatic-phosphaturic-mesenchymal-tumor-in-the-talus-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#12
Keith T Aziz, Edward F McCarthy, Carol D Morris
CASE: We report the case of a 50-year-old woman with oncogenic osteomalacia secondary to a metastatic phosphaturic mesenchymal tumor (PMT) that presented, to our knowledge, with the first reported lesion in the talus. CONCLUSION: Oncogenic osteomalacia is a rare condition with a unique serum biochemical profile that requires a high index of suspicion for diagnosis. A PMT is a rare neoplasm that can lead to oncogenic osteomalacia through secretion of fibroblast growth factor 23...
April 2017: JBJS Case Connector
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244610/inhibition-of-exosome-release-by-ketotifen-enhances-sensitivity-of-cancer-cells-to-doxorubicin
#13
Farman Matloob Khan, Ekram Saleh, Hussain Alawadhi, Rania Harati, Wolfram-Hubertus Zimmermann, Raafat El-Awady
Exosomes released from cancer cells support metastasis and growth of recipient cells and increase their resistance to chemotherapy. Therapeutic targeting of exosomes is a promising area in cancer research. Our aim is to test the effect of the mast cell stabilizer ketotifen on exosomes release from cancer cells and how this can modify their response to doxorubicin. Exosomes release from three cancer cell lines (MCF7, HeLa and BT549) was assessed by scan electron microscope and exosomes quantification kit. Doxorubicin export within exosomes was monitored flurometrically and cellular sensitivity to doxorubicin ± ketotifen was measured by sulphorhodamine-B and colony formation assays...
December 15, 2017: Cancer Biology & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244558/loss-of-color-pigmentation-is-maintained-at-high-frequency-in-a-monkey-flower-population
#14
Alex D Twyford, Aaron M Caola, Pratibha Choudhary, Ramesh Raina, Jannice Friedman
Color polymorphisms have long been of evolutionary interest for their diverse roles, including mate choice, predator avoidance, and pollinator attraction. While color variation is often under strong selection, some taxa demonstrate unexpectedly high frequencies of presumed deleterious color forms. Here we show that a genetic variant underlying complete loss of anthocyanin pigmentation has risen to an unexpectedly high frequency of >0.2 in a natural population of the plant Mimulus guttatus. Decreased expression of MYB5 transcription factor is associated with unpigmented morphs...
January 2018: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244528/phase-iii-randomized-study-of-dual-human-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-2-her2-blockade-with-lapatinib-plus-trastuzumab-in-combination-with-an-aromatase-inhibitor-in-postmenopausal-women-with-her2-positive-hormone-receptor-positive-metastatic-breast-cancer
#15
Stephen R D Johnston, Roberto Hegg, Seock-Ah Im, In Hae Park, Olga Burdaeva, Galina Kurteva, Michael F Press, Sergei Tjulandin, Hiroji Iwata, Sergio D Simon, Sarah Kenny, Severine Sarp, Miguel A Izquierdo, Lisa S Williams, William J Gradishar
Purpose Human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) targeting plus endocrine therapy (ET) improved clinical benefit in HER2-positive, hormone receptor (HR)-positive metastatic breast cancer (MBC) versus ET alone. Dual HER2 blockade enhances clinical benefit versus single HER2 blockade. The ALTERNATIVE study evaluated the efficacy and safety of dual HER2 blockade plus aromatase inhibitor (AI) in postmenopausal women with HER2-positive/HR-positive MBC who received prior ET and prior neo(adjuvant)/first-line trastuzumab (TRAS) plus chemotherapy...
December 15, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244527/motivations-for-extradyadic-infidelity-revisited
#16
Dylan Selterman, Justin R Garcia, Irene Tsapelas
Relationship infidelities are motivated by many distinct factors, with previous research indicating motivations of dissatisfaction, neglect, anger, and sexual desire (Barta & Kiene, 2005). We expand on this by demonstrating additional, empirically distinct motivations for infidelity. Using an Internet-based questionnaire, participants (N = 495), most of whom were young adults, self-reported their infidelities. In addition to evidence for previously studied motivations, our data demonstrate additional factors, including lack of love ("I had 'fallen out of love with' my primary partner"), low commitment ("I was not very committed to my primary partner"), esteem ("I wanted to enhance my popularity"), gaining sexual variety ("I wanted a greater variety of sexual partners"), and situational factors ("I was drunk and not thinking clearly")...
December 15, 2017: Journal of Sex Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244222/diffusion-weighted-imaging-features-of-breast-tumours-and-the-surrounding-stroma-reflect-intrinsic-heterogeneous-characteristics-of-molecular-subtypes-in-breast-cancer
#17
Ming Fan, Ting He, Peng Zhang, Hu Cheng, Juan Zhang, Xin Gao, Lihua Li
Breast cancer heterogeneity is the main obstacle preventing the identification of patients with breast cancer with poor prognoses and treatment responses; however, such heterogeneity has not been well characterized. The purpose of this retrospective study was to reveal heterogeneous patterns in the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) signals in tumours and the surrounding stroma to predict molecular subtypes of breast cancer. A dataset of 126 patients with breast cancer, who underwent preoperative diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) on a 3...
December 15, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244172/human-in-vitro-spermatogenesis-from-pluripotent-stem-cells-in-need-of-a-stepwise-differentiation-protocol
#18
C Rombaut, H Mertes, B Heindryckx, E Goossens
Recently, complete in-vitro generation of male gametes starting from pluripotent stem cells was obtained in a mouse model with live offspring as a result. This breakthrough was probably due to the use of a stepwise differentiation protocol taking the tightly regulated in-vivo situation into account. As shown previously, factors of the TGFβ superfamily, metabolites of vitamin A, growth hormones, sex steroids and, most importantly, somatic cell support are major regulators of the development, survival, proliferation and differentiation of male gametes...
December 13, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244171/arabidopsis-mkk10-mpk6-mediates-red-light-regulated-opening-of-seedling-cotyledons-through-phosphorylation-of-pif3
#19
Xiaoyun Xin, Wenhao Chen, Bo Wang, Fan Zhu, Yuan Li, Hailian Yang, Jigang Li, Dongtao Ren
Photomorphogenesis is an important process in which seedlings emerge from soil and begin autotrophic growth. Mechanisms of photomorphogenesis include light signal perception, signal transduction, and the modulation of expression of light-responsive genes, ultimately leading to cellular and developmental changes. Phytochrome-interacting factors (PIFs) play negative regulatory roles in photomorphogenesis. Light-induced activation of phytochromes triggers rapid phosphorylation and degradation of PIFs, but the kinases responsible for the phosphorylation of PIFs are largely unknown...
December 13, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244122/la-related-protein-1-larp1-repression-of-top-mrna-translation-is-mediated-through-its-cap-binding-domain-and-controlled-by-an-adjacent-regulatory-region
#20
Lucas Philippe, Jean-Jacques Vasseur, Françoise Debart, Carson C Thoreen
Cell growth is a complex process shaped by extensive and coordinated changes in gene expression. Among these is the tightly regulated translation of a family of growth-related mRNAs defined by a 5' terminal oligopyrimidine (TOP) motif. TOP mRNA translation is partly controlled via the eukaryotic initiation factor 4F (eIF4F), a translation factor that recognizes the mRNA 5' cap structure. Recent studies have also implicated La-related protein 1 (LARP1), which competes with eIF4F for binding to mRNA 5' ends. However, it has remained controversial whether LARP1 represses TOP mRNA translation directly and, if so, what features define its mRNA targets...
December 13, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
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