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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103321/derivative-of-extremophilic-50s-ribosomal-protein-l35ae-as-an-alternative-protein-scaffold
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Anna V Lomonosova, Andrei B Ulitin, Alexei S Kazakov, Tajib A Mirzabekov, Eugene A Permyakov, Sergei E Permyakov
Small antibody mimetics, or alternative binding proteins (ABPs), extend and complement antibody functionality with numerous applications in research, diagnostics and therapeutics. Given the superiority of ABPs, the last two decades have witnessed development of dozens of alternative protein scaffolds (APSs) for the design of ABPs. Proteins from extremophiles with their high structural stability are especially favorable for APS design. Here, a 10X mutant of the 50S ribosomal protein L35Ae from hyperthermophilic archaea Pyrococcus horikoshii has been probed as an APS...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103111/oxidative-stress-and-carcinogenesis-potential-of-phytochemicals-in-breast-cancer-therapy
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Gilead Ebiegberi Forcados, Dorcas Bolanle James, Abdullahi Balarabe Sallau, Aliyu Muhammad, Peace Mabeta
Breast cancer remains a burden in both developed and developing countries, with higher mortality in developing countries. Attempts to eradicate cancer have not been successful despite the progress made in the development of more novel chemotherapeutic drugs. Reactive-oxygen-species-mediated oxidative stress is known to play a role in breast cancer pathogenesis via genetic and epigenetic modifications, resulting in uncontrolled cell proliferation. Phytochemicals could provide leads for the development of alternative therapeutic agents due to their antioxidant activity, as well as their ability to induce apoptosis in cancer cells...
January 19, 2017: Nutrition and Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102347/low-level-predation-by-lytic-phage-phiipla-rodi-promotes-biofilm-formation-and-triggers-the-stringent-response-in-staphylococcus-aureus
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Lucía Fernández, Silvia González, Ana Belén Campelo, Beatriz Martínez, Ana Rodríguez, Pilar García
An important lesson from the war on pathogenic bacteria has been the need to understand the physiological responses and evolution of natural microbial communities. Bacterial populations in the environment are generally forming biofilms subject to some level of phage predation. These multicellular communities are notoriously resistant to antimicrobials and, consequently, very difficult to eradicate. This has sparked the search for new therapeutic alternatives, including phage therapy. This study demonstrates that S...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102110/evaluation-of-the-antidepressant-and-anxiolytic-like-effects-of-a-hydrophilic-extract-from-the-green-seaweed-ulva-sp-in-rats
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Nicolas Violle, Pascale Rozan, Hervé Demais, Pi Nyvall Collen, Jean-François Bisson
OBJECTIVES: The green seaweed Ulva sp. contains a large amount of ulvans, a family of sulphated polysaccharides. The present study was designed to investigate in rats the antidepressant- and anxiolytic-like effects of a hydrophilic extract of Ulva sp. (MSP) containing about 45% of ulvans. METHODS: After a 14-day administration of MSP at doses of 10, 20 and 40 mg/kg/day, 48 and 60 male adult Wistar rats were respectively tested in the elevated plus-maze (EPM) and the forced swimming test (FST)...
January 19, 2017: Nutritional Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101836/a-review-of-clinical-outcomes-associated-with-two-meropenem-dosing-strategies
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Kyle John Wilby, Ziad Ghantous Nasr, Shereen Elazzazy, Tim T Y Lau, Anas Hamad
Meropenem is a carbapenem antibiotic that exhibits time-dependent bactericidal activity, traditionally dosed intravenously at 1 g every 8 h. In order to maximize its pharmacodynamic activity and reduce costs, an alternative regimen employed by many institutions is 500 mg every 6 h. The objective of this review was to summarize and evaluate published literature comparing clinical outcomes associated with these two meropenem dosing regimens. The literature was searched up to October 2016 using the MEDLINE, EMBASE, and Google Scholar databases...
January 18, 2017: Drugs in R&D
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101766/crossing-the-blood-brain-barrier-recent-advances-in-drug-delivery-to-the-brain
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Mayur M Patel, Bhoomika M Patel
CNS disorders are on the rise despite advancements in our understanding of their pathophysiological mechanisms. A major hurdle to the treatment of these disorders is the blood-brain barrier (BBB), which serves as an arduous janitor to protect the brain. Many drugs are being discovered for CNS disorders, which, however fail to enter the market because of their inability to cross the BBB. This is a pronounced challenge for the pharmaceutical fraternity. Hence, in addition to the discovery of novel entities and drug candidates, scientists are also developing new formulations of existing drugs for brain targeting...
January 18, 2017: CNS Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101160/facile-mechanical-shaking-method-is-an-improved-isolation-approach-for-islet-preparation-and-transplantation
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Nina Yin, Tao Chen, Yuling Yu, Yongming Han, Fei Yan, Zhou Zheng, Zebin Chen
Successful islet isolation is crucial for islet transplantation and cell treatment for type 1 diabetes. Current isolation methods are able to obtain 500-1,000 islets per rat, which results in a waste of ≥50% of total islets. In the present study, a facile mechanical shaking method for improving islet yield (up to 1,500 per rat) was developed and summarized, which was demonstrated to be more effective than the existing well-established stationary method. The present results showed that isolated islets have a maximum yield of 1,326±152 when shaking for 15 min for the fully-cannulated pancreas...
December 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100610/the-measles-virus-receptor-slamf1-can-mediate-particle-endocytosis
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Daniel Gonçalves-Carneiro, Jane A McKeating, Dalan Bailey
: The signalling lymphocyte activation molecule F1 (SLAMF1) is both a microbial sensor and entry receptor for Measles virus (MeV). Herein, we describe a new role for SLAMF1 to mediate MeV endocytosis that is in contrast with the alternative, and generally accepted, model that MeV genome enters cells only after fusion at the cell surface. We demonstrated that MeV engagement of SLAMF1 induces dramatic but transient morphological changes, most prominently in the formation of membrane blebs, which were shown to co-localise with incoming viral particles, and rearrangement of the actin cytoskeleton in infected cells...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099449/the-use-of-functional-data-analysis-to-evaluate-activity-in-a-spontaneous-model-of-degenerative-joint-disease-associated-pain-in-cats
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Margaret E Gruen, Marcela Alfaro-Córdoba, Andrea E Thomson, Alicia C Worth, Ana-Maria Staicu, B Duncan X Lascelles
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: Accelerometry is used as an objective measure of physical activity in humans and veterinary species. In cats, one important use of accelerometry is in the study of therapeutics designed to treat degenerative joint disease (DJD) associated pain, where it serves as the most widely applied objective outcome measure. These analyses have commonly used summary measures, calculating the mean activity per-minute over days and comparing between treatment periods. While this technique has been effective, information about the pattern of activity in cats is lost...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099273/making-the-most-of-hypomethylating-agents-in-myelodysplastic-syndrome
#10
Geetika Bhatt, William Blum
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Hypomethylating agents (HMA) are the preferred therapy for patients with higher risk myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) and an alternative therapeutic strategy for older patients with acute myeloid leukemia. These agents have improved both survival and quality of life, but results overall remain poor. The purpose of this review is to highlight recent developments in clinical research with HMA in MDS/acute myeloid leukemia over the last year. RECENT FINDINGS: Combination of HMA with B-cell lymphoma-2 inhibitors, hedgehog inhibitors, and a variety of other agents are underway, as are further studies with reformulated HMA that have more favorable pharmacokinetics (including oral bioavailability)...
January 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099120/the-clinical-significance-of-platelet-microparticle-associated-micrornas
#11
Patrick Provost
Circulating blood platelets play a central role in the maintenance of hemostasis. They adhere to subendothelial extracellular matrix proteins that become exposed upon vessel wall damage, which is followed by platelet activation, further platelet recruitment, platelet aggregation and formation of an occlusive, or non-occlusive, platelet thrombus. Platelets host a surprisingly diverse transcriptome, which is comprised of ~9500 messenger RNAs (mRNAs) and different classes of non-coding RNAs, including microRNAs, as well as a significant repertoire of proteins that contribute to their primary (adhesion, aggregation, granule secretion) and alternative (RNA transfer, mRNA translation, immune regulation) functions...
January 18, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098904/identification-of-biomarkers-of-intrahepatic-cholangiocarcinoma-via-integrated-analysis-of-mrna-and-mirna-microarray-data
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Yaqing Chen, Dan Liu, Pengfei Liu, Yajing Chen, Huiling Yu, Quan Zhang
The present study aimed to identify potential therapeutic targets of intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (ICC) via integrated analysis of gene (transcript version) and microRNA (miRNA/miR) expression. The miRNA microarray dataset GSE32957 contained miRNA expression data from 16 ICC, 7 mixed type of combined hepatocellular‑cholangiocarcinoma (CHC), 2 hepatic adenoma, 3 focal nodular hyperplasia (FNH) and 5 healthy liver tissue samples, and 2 cholangiocarcinoma cell lines. In addition, the mRNA microarray dataset GSE32879 contained mRNA expression data from 16 ICC, 7 CHC, 2 hepatic adenoma, 5 FNH and 7 healthy liver tissue samples...
January 16, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098432/a-multi-mitochondrial-anticancer-agent-that-selectively-kills-cancer-cells-and-overcomes-drug-resistance
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Yong Bo Peng, Zi Long Zhao, Teng Liu, Guo Jian Xie, Cheng Jin, Tang Gang Deng, Yang Sun, Xiong Li, Xiao Xiao Hu, Xiao Bing Zhang, Mao Ye, Wei Hong Tan
Mitochondria are double-membrane-bound organelles involved mainly in supplying cellular energy, but also play roles in signaling, cell differentiation, and cell death. Mitochondria are implicated in carcinogenesis, and therefore dozens of lethal signal transduction pathways converge on these organelles. Accordingly, mitochondria provide an alternative target for cancer management. In this study, F16, a drug that targets mitochondria, and chlorambucil (CBL), which is indicated for the treatment of selected human neoplastic diseases, were covalently linked, resulting in the synthesis of a multi-mitochondrial anticancer agent, FCBL...
January 18, 2017: ChemMedChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098235/molecular-characterization-of-pediatric-restrictive-cardiomyopathy-from-integrative-genomics
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Tara N Rindler, Robert B Hinton, Nathan Salomonis, Stephanie M Ware
Pediatric restrictive cardiomyopathy (RCM) is a genetically heterogeneous heart disease with limited therapeutic options. RCM cases are largely idiopathic; however, even within families with a known genetic cause for cardiomyopathy, there is striking variability in disease severity. Although accumulating evidence implicates both gene expression and alternative splicing in development of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), there have been no detailed molecular characterizations of underlying pathways dysregulated in RCM...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097538/the-role-of-glutamine-synthetase-in-energy-production-and-glutamine-metabolism-during-oxidative-stress
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Nohaiah Aldarini, Azhar A Alhasawi, Sean C Thomas, Vasu D Appanna
Oxidative stress is known to severely impede aerobic adenosine triphosphate (ATP) synthesis. However, the metabolically-versatile Pseudomonas fluorescens survives this challenge by invoking alternative ATP-generating networks. When grown in a medium with glutamine as the sole organic nutrient in the presence of H2O2, the microbe utilizes glutamine synthetase (GS) to modulate its energy budget. The activity of this enzyme that mediates the release of energy stored in glutamine was sharply increased in the stressed cells compared to the controls...
January 17, 2017: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096826/pol-tavi-polish-registry-of-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation-simple-tool-great-value-rationale-and-design
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Joanna Zembala-John, Krzysztof Wilczek, Zdzisław Tobota, Piotr Chodór, Daniel Cieśla, Tomasz Jaźwiec, Waldemar Banasiak, Janina Stępińska, Zbigniew Kalarus, Grzegorz Opolski, Marian Zembala
Aortic stenosis (AS) is the most common valvular heart disease in adults in Europe and North America. Management of AS patients depends on accurate diagnosis of the cause and stage of the disease process: the first and definitive therapeutic choice for a growing number of elderly patients with symptomatic AS is surgical treatment. In patients not eligible for surgery, transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) constitutes a safe and effective alternative. As an innovative, costly method of treatment, it requires however careful monitoring of its course, documenting its early and long-term results, and assessment of its safety and medical-economic cost-effectiveness...
December 2016: Kardiochirurgia i Torakochirurgia Polska, Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096718/diffuse-large-b-cell-lymphoma-in-the-era-of-precision-oncology-how-imaging-is-helpful
#17
REVIEW
Hina J Shah, Abhishek R Keraliya, Jyothi P Jagannathan, Sree Harsha Tirumani, Vikram R Lele, Pamela J DiPiro
Diffuse large B cell lymphoma (DLBCL) is the most common histological subtype of Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. As treatments continues to evolve, so do imaging strategies, and positron emission tomography (PET) has emerged as the most important imaging tool to guide oncologists in the diagnosis, staging, response assessment, relapse/recurrence detection,and therapeutic decision making of DLBCL. Other imaging modalities including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), ultrasound, and conventional radiography are also used in the evaluation of lymphoma...
January 2017: Korean Journal of Radiology: Official Journal of the Korean Radiological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096194/autologous-cell-therapy-for-peripheral-arterial-disease-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomized-non-randomized-and-non-controlled-studies
#18
Mauro Rigato, Matteo Monami, Gian Paolo Fadini
RATIONALE: Critical limb ischemia (CLI) is a life-threatening complication of peripheral arterial disease (PAD). In patients who are ineligible for revascularization procedures, there are few therapeutic alternatives, leading to amputations and death. OBJECTIVE: To provide a systematic review of the literature and a meta-analysis of studies evaluating safety and efficacy of autologous cell therapy for intractable PAD/CLI. METHODS AND RESULTS: We retrieved 19 randomized controlled trials (RCTs; 837 patients), 7 non-randomized trials (338 patients), and 41 non-controlled studies (1,177 patients)...
January 17, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095910/profile-of-bioactive-compounds-in-nymphaea-alba-l-leaves-growing-in-egypt-hepatoprotective-antioxidant-and-anti-inflammatory-activity
#19
Riham Omar Bakr, Mona Mohamed El-Naa, Soumaya Saad Zaghloul, Mahmoud Mohamed Omar
BACKGROUND: Nymphaea alba L. represents an interesting field of study. Flowers have antioxidant and hepatoprotective effects, rhizomes constituents showed cytotoxic activity against liver cell carcinoma, while several Nymphaea species have been reported for their hepatoprotective effects. Leaves of N. alba have not been studied before. Therefore, in this study, in-depth characterization of the leaf phytoconstituents as well as its antioxidant and hepatoprotective activities have been performed where N...
January 17, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095880/high-throughput-expression-of-animal-venom-toxins-in-escherichia-coli-to-generate-a-large-library-of-oxidized-disulphide-reticulated-peptides-for-drug-discovery
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Jeremy Turchetto, Ana Filipa Sequeira, Laurie Ramond, Fanny Peysson, Joana L A Brás, Natalie J Saez, Yoan Duhoo, Marilyne Blémont, Catarina I P D Guerreiro, Loic Quinton, Edwin De Pauw, Nicolas Gilles, Hervé Darbon, Carlos M G A Fontes, Renaud Vincentelli
BACKGROUND: Animal venoms are complex molecular cocktails containing a wide range of biologically active disulphide-reticulated peptides that target, with high selectivity and efficacy, a variety of membrane receptors. Disulphide-reticulated peptides have evolved to display improved specificity, low immunogenicity and to show much higher resistance to degradation than linear peptides. These properties make venom peptides attractive candidates for drug development. However, recombinant expression of reticulated peptides containing disulphide bonds is challenging, especially when associated with the production of large libraries of bioactive molecules for drug screening...
January 17, 2017: Microbial Cell Factories
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