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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346835/two-citrate-transporters-coordinately-regulate-citrate-secretion-from-rice-bean-root-tip-under-aluminum-stress
#1
Mei Ya Liu, He Qiang Lou, Wei Wei Chen, Miguel A Piñeros, Jia Meng Xu, Wei Fan, Leon V Kochian, Shao Jian Zheng, Jian Li Yang
Al-induced organic acid secretion from the root apex is an important Al resistance mechanism. However, it remains unclear how plants fine-tune root organic acid secretion which can contribute significantly to the loss of fixed carbon from the plant. Here, we demonstrate that Al-induced citrate secretion from the rice bean root apex is biphasic, consisting of an early phase with low secretion and a later phase of large citrate secretion. We isolated and characterized VuMATE2 as a possible second citrate transporter in rice bean functioning in tandem with VuMATE1, which we previously identified...
January 18, 2018: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346773/dual-role-for-dsba-in-attacking-and-targeted-bacterial-cells-during-type-vi-secretion-system-mediated-competition
#2
Giuseppina Mariano, Laura Monlezun, Sarah J Coulthurst
Incorporation of disulfide bonds into proteins can be critical for function or stability. In bacterial cells, the periplasmic enzyme DsbA is responsible for disulfide incorporation into many extra-cytoplasmic proteins. The type VI secretion system (T6SS) is a widely occurring nanomachine that delivers toxic effector proteins directly into rival bacterial cells, playing a key role in inter-bacterial competition. We report that two redundant DsbA proteins are required for virulence and for proper deployment of the T6SS in the opportunistic pathogen Serratia marcescens, with several T6SS components being subject to the action of DsbA in secreting cells...
January 16, 2018: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346757/p53-suppresses-metabolic-stress-induced-ferroptosis-in-cancer-cells
#3
Amy Tarangelo, Leslie Magtanong, Kathryn T Bieging-Rolett, Yang Li, Jiangbin Ye, Laura D Attardi, Scott J Dixon
How cancer cells respond to nutrient deprivation remains poorly understood. In certain cancer cells, deprivation of cystine induces a non-apoptotic, iron-dependent form of cell death termed ferroptosis. Recent evidence suggests that ferroptosis sensitivity may be modulated by the stress-responsive transcription factor and canonical tumor suppressor protein p53. Using CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing, small-molecule probes, and high-resolution, time-lapse imaging, we find that stabilization of wild-type p53 delays the onset of ferroptosis in response to cystine deprivation...
January 16, 2018: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346736/light-activatable-red-blood-cell-membrane-camouflaged-dimeric-prodrug-nanoparticles-for-synergistic-photodynamic-chemotherapy
#4
Qing Pei, Xiuli Hu, Xiaohua Zheng, Shi Liu, Yawei Li, Xiabin Jing, Zhigang Xie
Biomimetic approach offers numerous opportunities to design therapeutic platforms with enhanced antitumor performance and biocompatibility. Herein we report a novel red blood cell membrane-camouflaged nanoparticle (RBC(M(TPC-PTX))) for synergistic chemo- and photodynamic therapy (PDT). Specifically, the inner core is mainly constructed by reactive oxygen species (ROS)-responsive PTX dimer (PTX2-TK) and photosensitizer 5,10,15,20-tetraphenylchlorin (TPC). In vitro experiments show that the prepared RBC(M(TPC-PTX)) is readily taken up into endosomes...
January 18, 2018: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346630/vitamin-d-toxicity-a-16-year-retrospective-study-at-an-academic-medical-center
#5
John P Lee, Michael Tansey, Jennifer G Jetton, Matthew D Krasowski
Background: Interest in vitamin D has increased during the past 2 decades, with a corresponding increase in laboratory testing of 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D]. The vast majority of specimens tested display normal or deficient levels of 25(OH)D; concentrations rarely fall in the potentially toxic range. Methods: We performed a retrospective investigation of elevated 25(OH)D levels during a 16-year period at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC), a 734-bed tertiary-/quaternary-care academic medical center in the midwestern United States...
January 13, 2018: Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346573/the-addition-of-bevacizumab-to-oxaliplatin-based-chemotherapy-impact-upon-hepatic-sinusoidal-injury-and-thrombocytopenia
#6
Michael J Overman, Renata Ferrarotto, Kanwal Raghav, Binsah George, Wei Qiao, Karime K Machado, Leonard B Saltz, Thibault Mazard, J N Vauthey, Paulo M Hoff, Brian Hobbs, Evelyn M Loyer, Scott Kopetz
Background: Oxaliplatin-based chemotherapy can cause hepatic sinusoidal injury (HSI), portal hypertension, and splenic sequestration of platelets. Evidence suggests that bevacizumab may protect against HSI. Methods: Two cohorts of metastatic colorectal cancer (CRC) were analyzed: a nonrandomized exploratory cohort of 184 patients treated at a single institution from 2003 to 2010 and a confirmatory cohort of 200 patients from a multi-institutional randomized trial (NO16966)...
January 15, 2018: Journal of the National Cancer Institute
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346519/final-results-of-a-multi-institutional-phase-ii-trial-of-re-irradiation-with-concurrent-weekly-cisplatin-and-cetuximab-for-recurrent-or-second-primary-squamous-cell-carcinoma-of-the-head-and-neck
#7
M J Awan, L Nedzi, D Wang, V Tumati, B Sumer, X-J Xie, I Smith, J Truelson, R Hughes, L L Myers, P Lavertu, S Wong, M Yao
Background: The optimal regimen of chemotherapy and re-irradiation (re-XRT) for recurrent head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) is controversial. We report the final outcomes of a multi-center Phase II trial evaluating cetuximab and cisplatin-based chemotherapy concurrent with re-XRT for patients with recurrent HNSCC. Methods and Materials: Patients with unresectable recurrent disease or positive margins after salvage surgery arising within a previously irradiated field with KPS≥70 were eligible for this trial...
January 15, 2018: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346507/activity-and-safety-of-afatinib-in-a-window-pre-operative-eortc-study-in-patients-with-squamous-cell-carcinoma-of-the-head-and-neck-scchn
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J P Machiels, P Bossi, J Menis, M Lia, C Fortpied, Y Liu, R Lhommel, M Lemort, S Schmitz, S Canevari, L De Cecco, M Guzzo, R Bianchi, P Quattrone, F Crippa, T Duprez, Y Lalami, M Quiriny, N de Saint Aubain, P M Clement, R Coropciuc, E Hauben, L F Licitra
Background: To investigate the activity and safety of afatinib in the pre-operative treatment of squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN). Patients and methods: This study was an open-label, randomized, multicenter, phase II window of opportunity trial. Treatment-naïve SCCHN patients selected for primary curative surgery were randomized (5:1 ratio) to receive afatinib during 14 days (day -15 until day -1) before surgery (day 0) or no treatment. Tumor biopsies, 2-[fluorine-18]-fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) were performed at diagnosis and just before surgery...
January 15, 2018: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346412/a-comparative-analysis-of-preservation-techniques-for-the-optimal-molecular-detection-of-hookworm-dna-in-a-human-fecal-specimen
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Marina Papaiakovou, Nils Pilotte, Ben Baumer, Jessica Grant, Kristjana Asbjornsdottir, Fabian Schaer, Yan Hu, Raffi Aroian, Judd Walson, Steven A Williams
BACKGROUND: Proper collection and storage of fecal samples is necessary to guarantee the subsequent reliability of DNA-based soil-transmitted helminth diagnostic procedures. Previous research has examined various methods to preserve fecal samples for subsequent microscopic analysis or for subsequent determination of overall DNA yields obtained following DNA extraction. However, only limited research has focused on the preservation of soil-transmitted helminth DNA in stool samples stored at ambient temperature or maintained in a cold chain for extended periods of time...
January 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346371/identification-of-novel-leishmanicidal-molecules-by-virtual-and-biochemical-screenings-targeting-leishmania-eukaryotic-initiation-factor-4a
#10
Emna Harigua-Souiai, Yosser Zina Abdelkrim, Imen Bassoumi-Jamoussi, Ons Zakraoui, Guillaume Bouvier, Khadija Essafi-Benkhadir, Josette Banroques, Nathan Desdouits, Hélène Munier-Lehmann, Mourad Barhoumi, N Kyle Tanner, Michael Nilges, Arnaud Blondel, Ikram Guizani
Leishmaniases are neglected parasitic diseases in spite of the major burden they inflict on public health. The identification of novel drugs and targets constitutes a research priority. For that purpose we used Leishmania infantum initiation factor 4A (LieIF), an essential translation initiation factor that belongs to the DEAD-box proteins family, as a potential drug target. We modeled its structure and identified two potential binding sites. A virtual screening of a diverse chemical library was performed for both sites...
January 18, 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346358/rates-of-unsuspected-thyroid-cancer-in-multinodular-thyroid-disease
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Miriam Karalus, Jade Au Tamatea, Helen M Conaglen, Goswin Y Meyer-Rochow, John V Conaglen, Marianne S Elston
BACKGROUND: Previously the risk of concomitant thyroid cancer in multinodular goitre (MNG) has been reported as approximately 4%. Cancer risk in toxic MNG was often considered lower than for non-toxic MNG, due to a possible protective effect of TSH suppression. However, recent American data suggest an approximately 18% risk of occult malignancy in both toxic and non-toxic MNG. AIMS: To assess malignancy risk in a New Zealand population undergoing thyroidectomy for MNG...
January 19, 2018: New Zealand Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346330/formulation-of-poloxamers-for-drug-delivery
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Andrew M Bodratti, Paschalis Alexandridis
Poloxamers, also known as Pluronics®, are block copolymers of poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) and poly(propylene oxide) (PPO), which have an amphiphilic character and useful association and adsorption properties emanating from this. Poloxamers find use in many applications that require solubilization or stabilization of compounds and also have notable physiological properties, including low toxicity. Accordingly, poloxamers serve well as excipients for pharmaceuticals. Current challenges facing nanomedicine revolve around the transport of typically water-insoluble drugs throughout the body, followed by targeted delivery...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Functional Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346325/synthesis-and-antimicrobial-activity-of-4-substituted-1-2-3-triazole-coumarin-derivatives
#13
Priscila López-Rojas, Monika Janeczko, Konrad Kubiński, Ángel Amesty, Maciej Masłyk, Ana Estévez-Braun
A new series of coumarin-1,2,3-triazole conjugates with varied alkyl, phenyl and heterocycle moieties at C-4 of the triazole nucleus were synthesized using a copper(I)-catalysed Huisgen 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition reaction of corresponding O-propargylated coumarin (3) or N-propargylated coumarin (6) with alkyl or aryl azides. Based on their minimal inhibitory concentrations (MICs) against selected microorganisms, six out of twenty-six compounds showed significant antibacterial activity towards Enterococcus faecalis (MIC = 12...
January 18, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346308/tissue-engineering-to-improve-immature-testicular-tissue-and-cell-transplantation-outcomes-one-step-closer-to-fertility-restoration-for-prepubertal-boys-exposed-to-gonadotoxic-treatments
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REVIEW
Federico Del Vento, Maxime Vermeulen, Francesca de Michele, Maria Grazia Giudice, Jonathan Poels, Anne des Rieux, Christine Wyns
Despite their important contribution to the cure of both oncological and benign diseases, gonadotoxic therapies present the risk of a severe impairment of fertility. Sperm cryopreservation is not an option to preserve prepubertal boys' reproductive potential, as their seminiferous tubules only contain spermatogonial stem cells (as diploid precursors of spermatozoa). Cryobanking of human immature testicular tissue (ITT) prior to gonadotoxic therapies is an accepted practice. Evaluation of cryopreserved ITT using xenotransplantation in nude mice showed the survival of a limited proportion of spermatogonia and their ability to proliferate and initiate differentiation...
January 18, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346131/toxicological-profile-and-safety-pharmacology-of-a-single-dose-of-fibroblast-activation-protein-%C3%AE-based-doxorubicin-prodrug-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-evaluation
#15
Sichao Huang, Yuchen Zhang, Jinsong Zhong, Ying Pan, Shaohui Cai, Jun Xu
Fibroblast activation protein-α (FAPα) is a promising tumor-associated target expressed by reactive stromal fibroblasts in tumor tissue. FAPα has a postprolyl peptidase activity and can specifically cleave N-terminal benzyloxycarbonyl (Z)-blocked peptides, such as the substrate Z-Gly-Pro-AMC. Doxorubicin (DOX) is an effective antitumor drug, but its application is greatly limited by toxic adverse effects owing to poor tumor selectivity. Based on these facts, we previously designed a FAPα-targeting prodrug of doxorubicin (FTPD) which can be selectively hydrolyzed by FAPα...
January 17, 2018: Anti-cancer Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346115/mitochondrial-dysfunction-a-key-player-in-the-pathogenesis-of-cardiovascular-diseases-linked-to-air-pollution
#16
REVIEW
Sri Rahavi Boovarahan, Gino A Kurian
Air pollution has become an environmental burden with regard to non-communicable diseases, particularly heart disease. It has been reported that air pollution can accelerate the development of heart failure and atrial fibrillation. Air pollutants encompass various particulate matters (PMs), which change the blood composition and heart rate and eventually leads to cardiac failure by triggering atherosclerotic plaque ruptures or by developing irreversible ischemia. A series of major epidemiological and observational studies have established the noxious effect of air pollutants on cardiovascular diseases (CVD), but the underlying molecular mechanisms of its susceptibility and the pathological disease events remain largely elusive and are predicted to be initiated in the cell organelle...
January 18, 2018: Reviews on Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346110/a-three-dimensional-arrayed-microfluidic-blood-brain-barrier-model-with-integrated-electrical-sensor-array
#17
Sehoon Jeong, Sunja Kim, John Buonocore, Jaewon Park, C Jane Welsh, Jianrong Li, Arum Han
OBJECTIVE: The blood-brain barrier (BBB) poses a unique challenge to the development of therapeutics against neurological disorders due to its impermeabi-lity to most of the chemical compounds. Most in vitro BBB models have limitations in mimicking in vivo conditions and functions. Here, we show a co-culture microfluidic BBB-on-a-chip that provides interactions between neurovascular endothelial cells and neuronal cells across a porous polycarbonate membrane, which better mimics the in vivo conditions, as well as allows in vivo level shear stress to be applied...
February 2018: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346076/ultrasensitive-electrochemical-immuno-sensing-platform-based-on-gold-nanoparticles-triggering-chlorpyrifos-detection-in-fruits-and-vegetables
#18
Anita Talan, Annu Mishra, Sergei A Eremin, Jagriti Narang, Ashok Kumar, Sonu Gandhi
Chlorpyrifos (chl) is an organophosphate pesticide extensively used in agriculture and highly toxic for human health. Fluorine doped tin-oxide (FTO) based electrochemical nanosensor was developed for chlorpyrifos detection with gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) and anti-chlorpyrifos antibodies (chl-Ab). AuNPs provides high electrical conductivity and specific resistivity, thus increases the sensitivity of immunoassay. High electrical conductivity of AuNPs reveals that it promotes the redox reaction for better cyclic voltammetry...
January 9, 2018: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346015/treatment-of-a-textile-effluent-by-adsorption-with-cork-granules-and-titanium-dioxide-nanomaterial
#19
Margarida Castro, Verónica Nogueira, Isabel Lopes, Maria N Vieira, Teresa Rocha-Santos, Ruth Pereira
This study aimed to explore the efficiency of two adsorbents, cork granules with different granulometry and titanium dioxide nanomaterial, in the removal of chemical oxygen demand (COD), colour and toxicity from a textile effluent. The adsorption assays with cork were unsatisfactory in the removal of chemical parameters however they eliminated the acute toxicity of the raw effluent to Daphnia magna. The assay with TiO2 NM did not prove to be efficient in the removal of colour and COD even after 240 min of contact; nevertheless it also reduced the raw effluent toxicity...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part A, Toxic/hazardous Substances & Environmental Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345934/zein-nanoparticles-as-eco-friendly-carrier-systems-for-botanical-repellents-aiming-sustainable-agriculture
#20
Jhones Luiz Oliveira, Estefania Vangelie Ramos Campos, Anderson do Espirito Santo Pereira, Tatiane Pasquoto, Renata Lima, Renato Grillo, Daniel Junior de Andrade, Fabiano Aparecido Dos Santos, Leonardo F Fraceto
Botanical repellents represent one of the main ways of reducing the use of synthetic pesticides and the contamination of soil and hydric resources. However, the poor stability and rapid degradation of these compounds in the environment hinders their effective application in the field. Zein nanoparticles can be used as eco-friendly carrier systems to protect these substances against premature degradation, provide desirable release characteristics, and reduce toxicity in the environment and to humans. In this study, we describe the preparation and characterization of zein nanoparticles loaded with the main constituents of the essential oil of citronella (geraniol and R-citronellal)...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
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