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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732161/an-elegant-ph-responsive-nanovehicle-for-drug-delivery-based-on-triazine-dendrimer-modified-magnetic-nanoparticles
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Amir Landarani-Isfahani, Majid Moghadam, Shima Mohammadi, Maryam Royvaran, Naimeh Moshtael-Arani, Saghar Rezaei, Shahram Tangestaninejad, Valiollah Mirkhani, Iraj Mohammadpoor-Baltork
Owing to properties of magnetic nanoparticles and elegant three-dimensional macromolecule architectural features, dendrimeric structures have been investigated as nanoscale drug delivery systems. In this paper, a novel magnetic nanocarrier, generation two (G2) triazine dendrimer modified Fe3O4@SiO2 magnetic nanoparticles (MNP-G2), was designed, fabricated and characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR), thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA), vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and dynamic light scattering (DLS)...
July 21, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730338/jagged1-promotes-aromatase-inhibitor-resistance-by-modulating-tumor-associated-macrophage-differentiation-in-breast-cancer-patients
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Hang Liu, Jingxuan Wang, Minghui Zhang, Qijia Xuan, Zhipeng Wang, Xin Lian, Qingyuan Zhang
PURPOSE: Endocrine resistance limits the efficacy of anti-estrogen therapies. Notch signaling is involved in modulating tumor-associated macrophage (TAM) differentiation and is upregulated in endocrine-resistant breast cancer cells. Here, we analyzed the role of Jagged1 in the regulation of TAM polarization to investigate whether the Jagged1-Notch pathway promotes the acquisition of aromatase inhibitor (AI) resistance by upregulating TAM infiltration. METHODS: The Jagged1 expression levels and M2 TAM infiltration density, in 203 tumor samples from ER-positive postmenopausal patients, who received AI treatment, were evaluated by immunohistochemical staining and the results were compared with clincopathological parameters and survival...
July 20, 2017: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730101/comparative-analysis-of-different-feeder-layers-with-3t3-fibroblasts-for-culturing-rabbits-limbal-stem-cells
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Hui-Xian Wang, Xiao-Wei Gao, Bing Ren, Yan Cai, Wen-Jing Li, Yu-Li Yang, Yi-Jian Li
AIM: To explore the possibility of human umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells (hUCMSCs), human umbilical vein endothelial cells (hUVECs), human dental pulp stem cells (hDPSCs) and human periodontal ligament stem cells (hPDLSCs) serving as feeder cells in co-culture systems for the cultivation of limbal stem cells. METHODS: Different feeder layers were cultured in Dulbecco's modified Eagle's medium (DMEM)/F12 and were treated with mitomycin C. Rabbits limbal stem cells (LSCs) were co-cultured on hUCMSCs, hUVECs, hDPSCs, hPDLSCs and NIH-3T3, and then comparative analysis were made between each group to see their respective colony-forming efficiency (CFE) assay and immunofluorescence (IPO13,CK3/12)...
2017: International Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729359/the-%C3%AE-defensin-retrocyclin-101-inhibits-tlr4-and-tlr2-dependent-signaling-and-protects-mice-against-influenza-infection
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Daniel Prantner, Kari Ann Shirey, Wendy Lai, Wuyuan Lu, Alexander M Cole, Stefanie N Vogel, Alfredo Garzino-Demo
Despite widespread use of annual influenza vaccines, seasonal influenza-associated deaths number in the thousands each year, in part because of exacerbating bacterial superinfections. Therefore, discovering additional therapeutic options would be a valuable aid to public health. Recently, TLR4 inhibition has emerged as a possible mechanism for protection against influenza-associated lethality and acute lung injury. Based on recent data showing that rhesus macaque θ-defensins could inhibit TLR4-dependent gene expression, we tested the hypothesis that a novel θ-defensin, retrocyclin (RC)-101, could disrupt TLR4-dependent signaling and protect against viral infection...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729020/purification-of-cell-culture-derived-influenza-a-virus-via-continuous-anion-exchange-chromatography-on-monoliths
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Laura M Fischer, Michael W Wolff, Udo Reichl
The continuously increasing demand for potent and safe vaccines and the intensifying economic pressure on health care systems underlines the need for further optimization of vaccine manufacturing. Here, we focus on downstream processing of human influenza vaccines, investigating the purification of serum-free cell culture-derived influenza virus (A/PR/8/34 H1N1) using continuous chromatography. Therefore, quaternary amine anion exchange monoliths (CIM® QA) were characterized for their capacity to capture virus particles from animal cells cultivated in different media and their ability to separate virions from contaminating host cell proteins and DNA...
July 17, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728978/anticancer-drug-loaded-quantum-dots-engineered-polymeric-nanoparticles-diagnosis-therapy-combined-approach
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D Belletti, G Riva, M Luppi, G Tosi, F Forni, M A Vandelli, B Ruozi, F Pederzoli
Primary Effusion Lymphoma (PEL) is an HHV-8-related non Hodgkin lymphoma localized in body cavities (as pleural, peritoneal and pericardial) presenting lymphomatous effusion that, until now, lack of an effective therapy. Curcumin was reported to display pro-apoptotic effect via the inhibition of the JAK/STAT pathway, that is overexpressed in PEL cells, as consequence of virus infection. The administration of curcumin is severely restricted by its physicochemical properties, mainly its low solubility in biological fluid and consequently low bioavailability...
July 17, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728936/cell-free-pipeline-for-discovery-of-thermotolerant-xylanases-and-endo-1-4-%C3%AE-glucanases
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Dejan Gagoski, Zhenyu Shi, Lars Keld Nielsen, Claudia E Vickers, Stephen Mahler, Robert Speight, Wayne A Johnston, Kirill Alexandrov
The rapid expansion in the number of sequenced genomes and metagenomes provides an exceptional resource for mining of the enzymes with biotechnologically relevant properties. However, the majority of protein production and analysis methods are not sufficiently cost-efficient and scalable to experimentally verify the results of computational genomic mining. Here, we present a pipeline based on Leishmania tarentolae cell-free system that was used to characterise 30 putative thermostable endo-1,4-β-glucanases and xylanases identified in public genomic databases...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728156/predicting-the-risk-to-develop-preeclampsia-in-the-first-trimester-combining-promoter-variant-98a-c-of-lgals13-placental-protein-13-black-ethnicity-previous-preeclampsia-obesity-and-maternal-age
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Liora Madar-Shapiro, Ido Karady, Alla Trahtenherts, Argryo Syngelaki, Ranjit Akolekar, Liona Poon, Ruth Cohen, Adi Sharabi-Nov, Berthold Huppertz, Marei Sammar, Kata Juhasz, Nandor Gabor Than, Zoltan Papp, Roberto Romero, Kypros H Nicolaides, Hamutal Meiri
BACKGROUND: LGALS13 (placental protein 13 [PP13]) promoter DNA polymorphisms was evaluated in predicting preeclampsia (PE), given PP13's effects on hypotension, angiogenesis, and immune tolerance. METHODS: First-trimester plasma samples (49 term and 18 intermediate) of PE cases matched with 196 controls were collected from King's College Hospital, London, repository. Cell-free DNA was extracted and the LGALS13 exons were sequenced after PCR amplification. Expression of LGALS13 promoter reporter constructs was determined in BeWo trophoblast-like cells with luciferase assays...
July 21, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727291/proteomic-analysis-and-bioluminescent-reporter-gene-assays-to-investigate-effects-of-simulated-microgravity-on-caco-2-cells
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Giorgia La Barbera, Anna Laura Capriotti, Elisa Michelini, Susy Piovesana, Maria Maddalena Calabretta, Riccardo Zenezini Chiozzi, Aldo Roda, Aldo Laganà
Microgravity is one of the most important features in spaceflight. Previous evidence from in-vitro studies has shown that significant changes occur under simulated microgravity. For this reason, human colon adenocarcinoma Caco-2 cells were selected as cell model of intestinal epithelial barrier and their response to altered gravity conditions was investigated, especially on the protein level. In this study, we combined label-free shotgun proteomics and bioluminescent reporter gene assays to identify key proteins and pathways involved in the response of Caco-2 cells under reference and microgravity conditions...
July 20, 2017: Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726576/recent-developments-in-thiolated-polymeric-hydrogels-for-tissue-engineering-applications
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Mani Gajendiran, Jae-Sung Rhee, Kyobum Kim
This review focuses on the recent strategy in the preparation of thiolated polymers and fabrication of their hydrogel matrices. The mechanism involved in the synthesis of thiolated polymers and fabrication of thiolated polymer hydrogels is exemplified with suitable schematic representations reported in the recent literature. The 2-iminothiolane namely "Traut's reagent" has been widely employed for effectively thiolating the natural polymers such as collagen and gelatin which contain free amino group in their back bone...
July 20, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part B, Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725315/oligoclonal-pattern-abnormal-protein-bands-in-post-treatment-plasma-cell-myeloma-patients-implications-for-protein-electrophoresis-and-serum-free-light-chain-assay-results
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Gurmukh Singh
BACKGROUND: The impact of autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT) in plasma cell myeloma patients on the frequency, quality, and timing of oligoclonal pattern in serum protein electrophoresis/immunofixation electrophoresis (SPEP/SIFE) and serum free light chain assay (SFLCA) was evaluated. METHODS: Laboratory results and clinical data for 251 patients with plasma cell myeloma, who had SPEP/SIFE and/or SFLCA performed between January 2010 and December 2016 were reviewed...
August 2017: Journal of Clinical Medicine Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724314/developing-combination-of-artesunate-with-paclitaxel-loaded-into-poly-d-l-lactic-co-glycolic-acid-nanoparticle-for-systemic-delivery-to-exhibit-synergic-chemotherapeutic-response
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Bao Ngoc Tran, Hanh Thuy Nguyen, Jong Oh Kim, Chul Soon Yong, Chien Ngoc Nguyen
OBJECTIVES: Paclitaxel (PTX) has been indicated for treatment of a variety of solid tumors, while artesunate (ART) has been reported to have the potential for use in combination chemotherapy. In this study, the combination of ART and PTX was prepared in nanoparticle to induce the synergic effect and improve therapeutic efficiency in treatment of breast cancer Methods: Dual anti-cancer agents (PTX and ART) were loaded into Poly-D,L-lactic-co-glycolic acid (PLGA) nanoparticle (NP) by solvent evaporation technique from oil in water emulsion, stabilized with Tween 80...
July 20, 2017: Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723898/fructose-1-6-bisphosphate-and-aldolase-mediate-glucose-sensing-by-ampk
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Chen-Song Zhang, Simon A Hawley, Yue Zong, Mengqi Li, Zhichao Wang, Alexander Gray, Teng Ma, Jiwen Cui, Jin-Wei Feng, Mingjiang Zhu, Yu-Qing Wu, Terytty Yang Li, Zhiyun Ye, Shu-Yong Lin, Huiyong Yin, Hai-Long Piao, D Grahame Hardie, Sheng-Cai Lin
The major energy source for most cells is glucose, from which ATP is generated via glycolysis and/or oxidative metabolism. Glucose deprivation activates AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK), but it is unclear whether this activation occurs solely via changes in AMP or ADP, the classical activators of AMPK. Here, we describe an AMP/ADP-independent mechanism that triggers AMPK activation by sensing the absence of fructose-1,6-bisphosphate (FBP), with AMPK being progressively activated as extracellular glucose and intracellular FBP decrease...
July 19, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723877/human-spinal-bone-dust-as-a-potential-local-autograft-in-vitro-potent-anabolic-effect-on-human-osteoblasts
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Ryan Gao, Matthew Street, Mei Lin Tay, Karen E Callon, Dorit Naot, Alistair Lock, Jacob T Munro, Jillian Cornish, John Ferguson, David Musson
STUDY DESIGN: In Vitro Study. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect that factors released from human posterior spinal bone dust have on primary human osteoblast growth and maturation. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Bone dust, created during spinal fusion surgeries has the potential to be used as an autologous bone graft by providing a source of viable autologous osteoblasts and mesenchymal stem cells with osteogenic potential. To date, no information is available on whether bone dust also provides a source of anabolic factors with the potential to enhance osteoblast proliferation and maturation, which would enhance its therapeutic potential...
July 18, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723763/the-diagnostic-value-of-assays-for-circulating-tumor-cells-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-a-meta-analysis
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Chi Sun, Wenjun Liao, Zefu Deng, Enliang Li, Qian Feng, Jun Lei, Rongfa Yuan, Shubing Zou, Yilei Mao, Jianghua Shao, Linquan Wu, Chao Zhang
PURPOSE: Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) are considered potential biomarkers for the detection of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Many studies have attempted to explore this role, but the results are variable. We conducted the first comprehensive meta-analysis to evaluate the diagnostic value of CTC assay for HCC patients. Additional prognostic value was also assessed. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: All articles included in our study were assessed using QUADAS guidelines after a literature search...
July 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721850/amphotericin-b-induces-apoptosis-like-programmed-cell-death-in-naegleria-fowleri-and-naegleria-gruberi
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Roberto Cárdenas-Zúñiga, Angélica Silva-Olivares, José D' Artagnan Villalba-Magdaleno, Virginia Sánchez-Monroy, Jesús Serrano-Luna, Mineko Shibayama
Naegleria fowleri and Naegleria gruberi belong to the free-living amoebae group. It is widely known that the non-pathogenic species N. gruberi is usually employed as a model to describe molecular pathways in this genus, mainly because its genome has been recently described. However, N. fowleri is an aetiological agent of primary amoebic meningoencephalitis, an acute and fatal disease. Currently, the most widely used drug for its treatment is amphotericin B (AmB). It was previously reported that AmB has an amoebicidal effect in both N...
July 18, 2017: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721737/a-new-water-soluble-nano-micelle-through-self-assembly-pectin-curcumin-conjugates-preparation-characterization-and-anti-cancer-activity-evaluation
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Feng Bai, Jiajing Diao, Ying Wang, Shixin Sun, Hongmei Zhang, Yunyun Liu, Yanqing Wang, Jian Cao
Curcumin is a dominating active component of curcuma longa and has been studied widely because of its prominent biological activities. Extremely low aqueous solubility, stability and bioavailability of curcumin limits its application in the field of medicine. In this study, we developed pectin-curcumin (PEC-CCM) conjugates which could self-assemble water-soluble nano-micelles in aqueous solution. The structure of PEC-CCM conjugates was characterized by ultraviolet and visible spectra (UV-Vis), fluorescence spectra, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and 1H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721651/in-vitro-anti-inflammatory-and-antioxidant-activities-of-3-5-4-trihydroxy-6-7-methylenedioxyflavone-o-glycosides-and-their-aglycone-from-leaves-of-polygonum-tinctorium-lour
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Shota Tokuyama-Nakai, Hideto Kimura, Tomoe Ishihara, Mitsuo Jisaka, Kazushige Yokota
Polygonum tinctorium Lour (indigo plant) has been regarded as a useful medicinal plant for traditional herbal medicine. The polyphenolic fraction of indigo leaves exhibited anti-inflammatory activities as determined by the suppressed synthesis of nitric oxide (NO) in cultured RAW264 macrophage cells. The acid hydrolysate of the fraction showed much more potent effect than the unhydrolyzed one. In sharp contrast, those fractions of indigo stems had almost no effect. 3,5,4'-Trihydroxy-6,7-methylenedioxyflavone (TMF)-O-glycosides and tryptanthrin were detected exclusively in the extracts of the leaves...
July 18, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721035/intracellular-interactions-of-umeclidinium-and-vilanterol-in-human-airway-smooth-muscle
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Nooreen Shaikh, Malcolm Johnson, David A Hall, Kian Fan Chung, John H Riley, Sally Worsley, Pankaj K Bhavsar
BACKGROUND: Intracellular mechanisms of action of umeclidinium (UMEC), a long-acting muscarinic receptor antagonist, and vilanterol (VI), a long-acting β2-adrenoceptor (β2R) agonist, were investigated in target cells: human airway smooth-muscle cells (ASMCs). MATERIALS AND METHODS: ASMCs from tracheas of healthy lung-transplant donors were treated with VI, UMEC, UMEC and VI combined, or control compounds (salmeterol, propranolol, ICI 118.551, or methacholine [MCh])...
2017: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720487/pdms-b-pmoxa-polymersomes-for-hepatocyte-targeting-and-assessment-of-toxicity
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Klara Kiene, Susanne H Schenk, Fabiola Porta, Alexandra Ernst, Dominik Witzigmann, Philip Grossen, Jörg Huwyler
Nanoparticles, such as polymersomes, can be directed to the hepatic asialoglycoprotein receptor to achieve targeted drug delivery. In this study, we prepared asialofetuin conjugated polymersomes based on the amphiphilic di-block copolymer poly(dimethylsiloxane)-b-poly(2-methyloxazoline) (PDMS-b-PMOXA). They had an average diameter of 150nm and formed monodisperse vesicles. Drug encapsulation and sustained release was monitored using the hydrophilic model compound carboxyfluorescein. Asialoglycoprotein receptor specific uptake by HepG2 cells in vitro was energy dependent and could be competitively inhibited by the free targeting ligand...
July 15, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
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