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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334312/targeting-of-phospho-eif4e-by-homoharringtonine-eradicates-a-distinct-subset-of-human-acute-myeloid-leukemia
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Hong Zhou, Rong Zhen Xu, Ying Gu, Peng Fei Shi, Shenxian Qian
More than half of the patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) fail to achieve long-term disease-free survival with current therapies and novel therapeutic strategies are urgently needed. The effects of homoharringtonine (HHT) on the growth of AML cell lines and primary leukemia cells were examined using MTT, colony formation assay. The effects of HHT on both eukaryotic translation initiation factor 4E (eIF4E) and phospho-eIF4E(p-eIF4E) were examined through western blot and immunofluorescence staining. HHT selectively reduced levels of p-eIF4E and its downstream oncoprotein Mcl-1, and potently inhibited in vitro and in vivo the growth of a distinct subset of AML cells and primary leukemia cells expressing high level of p-eIF4E through apoptosis...
January 15, 2018: Leukemia & Lymphoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333051/therapeutic-significance-of-loligo-vulgaris-lamarck-1798-ink-extract-a-biomedical-approach
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Sri Kumaran Nadarajah, Radha Vijayaraj, Jayaprakashvel Mani
Background: The squid ink extract is well known for its biomedical properties. Objective: In this study, squid Loligo vulgaris was collected from Tuticorin costal water, Bay of Bengal, India. Materials and Methods: Proximate composition of the crude squid ink was studied and found to have protein as the major component over lipid and carbohydrates. Further, bioactive fractions of squid ink were extracted with ethanol, and therapeutic applications such as hemolytic, antioxidant, antimicrobial, and in vitro anti-inflammatory properties were analyzed using standard methods...
December 2017: Pharmacognosy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332283/markers-of-developmentally-regulated-programmed-cell-death-and-their-analysis-in-cereal-seeds
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Fernando Domínguez, Francisco Javier Cejudo
Programmed cell death (PCD) is a key process for the development and differentiation of multicellular organisms, which is characterized by well-defined morphological and biochemical features. These include chromatin condensation, DNA degradation and nuclear fragmentation, with nucleases and proteases playing a relevant function in these processes. In this chapter we describe methods routinely used for the analysis of hallmarks of developmentally regulated PCD in cereal seed tissues, which are based on agarose and polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, in situ staining of DNA fragmentation, and cell-free assays of relevant enzymatic activities...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331901/an-ultrasensitive-detection-of-mirna-155-in-breast-cancer-via-direct-hybridization-assay-using-two-dimensional-molybdenum-disulfide-field-effect-transistor-biosensor
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Samira Mansouri Majd, Abdollah Salimi, Foad Ghasemi
MicroRNAs (miRNAs), critical biomarkers of acute and chronic diseases, play key regulatory roles in many biological processes. As a result, robust assay platforms to enable an accurate and efficient detection of low-level miRNAs in complex biological samples are of great significance. In this work, a label-free and direct hybridization assay using molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) field-effect transistor (FET) biosensor has been developed for ultrasensitive detection of miRNA-155 as a breast cancer biomarker in human serum and cell-line samples...
January 6, 2018: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330207/early-assessment-of-lung-cancer-immunotherapy-response-via-circulating-tumor-dna
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Sarah B Goldberg, Azeet Narayan, Adam J Kole, Roy H Decker, Jimmitti Teysir, Nicholas J Carriero, Angela Lee, Roxanne Nemati, Sameer K Nath, Shrikant M Mane, Yanhong Deng, Nitin Sukumar, Daniel Zelterman, Daniel J Boffa, Katerina Politi, Scott Gettinger, Lynn D Wilson, Roy S Herbst, Abhijit A Patel
PURPOSE: Decisions to continue or suspend therapy with immune checkpoint inhibitors are commonly guided by tumor dynamics seen on serial imaging.  However, immunotherapy responses are uniquely challenging to interpret because tumors often shrink slowly or can appear transiently enlarged due to inflammation.  We hypothesized that monitoring tumor cell death in real-time by quantifying changes in circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) levels could enable early assessment of immunotherapy efficacy...
January 12, 2018: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329944/use-of-superarms-egfr-mutation-detection-kit-to-detect-egfr-in-plasma-cell-free-dna-of-patients-with-lung-adenocarcinoma
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Shaohua Cui, Lin Ye, Huimin Wang, Tianqing Chu, Yizhuo Zhao, Aiqin Gu, Liwen Xiong, Chunlei Shi, Liyan Jiang
BACKGROUND: The SuperARMS EGFR Mutation Detection Kit (SuperARMS) is highly selective and sensitive and able to detect 41 of the most common somatic mutations in exons 18 to 21 of the epidermal growth factor receptor gene (EGFR). It allows for the detection of 0.2% to 0.8% mutant DNA in a background of 99.8% to 99.2% normal DNA. The present study assessed the performance of SuperARMS in detecting EGFR mutations in cell-free DNA (cfDNA) samples derived from plasma in patients with advanced lung adenocarcinoma...
December 21, 2017: Clinical Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329925/phenotypic-and-molecular-characterisation-of-a-serum-free-miniature-erythroid-differentiation-system-suitable-for-high-throughput-screening-and-single-cell-assays
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Sachith Mettananda, Kevin Clark, Chris A Fisher, Jackie A Sloane-Stanley, Richard J Gibbons, Douglas R Higgs
In vitro erythroid differentiation systems are used to study the mechanisms underlying normal and abnormal erythropoiesis and to test the effects of various extracellular factors on erythropoiesis. The use of serum or conditioned medium in liquid cultures, and seeding cultures with heterogeneous peripheral blood mononuclear cells confound the reproducibility of these systems. Newer erythroid differentiation culture systems have overcome some of these limitations by using a fully defined, serum-free, medium and initiating cultures using purified CD34+ cells...
January 9, 2018: Experimental Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328426/relaxant-and-vasoprotective-effects-of-ginger-extracts-on-porcine-coronary-arteries
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Hsing-Chen Wu, Chi-Ting Horng, Shih-Chang Tsai, You-Li Lee, Shou-Cheng Hsu, Yi-Jen Tsai, Fuu-Jen Tsai, Jo-Hua Chiang, Daih-Huang Kuo, Jai-Sing Yang
Ginger (Zingiber officinale Roscoe) is a popular Chinese herbal medicine, which is considered to warm the stomach and dispel cold in traditional Chinese medicine. Ginger is widely used to treat stomach disorders, and it has been reported to exhibit antithrombotic activity via the inhibition of platelet aggregation and thromboxane B2 production in vitro. Cardiovascular disease is associated with the aberrant functioning of the heart and circulatory system; the relatively narrow vessels of the circulation are commonly affected and blocked by atherosclerosis, which may result in angina or heart attack...
January 11, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328407/estrogen-receptor-%C3%AE-1-activation-accelerates-resistance-to-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-tyrosine-kinase-inhibitors-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Shengling Fu, Changyu Liu, Quanfu Huang, Sheng Fan, Hexiao Tang, Xiangning Fu, Bo Ai, Yongde Liao, Qian Chu
Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths worldwide. Epidermal growth factor receptor-tyrosine kinase inhibitors (EGFR‑TKIs) have revolutionized the treatment of patients with advanced EGFR-mutant NSCLC. However, drug resistance eventually develops in the majority of patients despite an excellent initial response. The present study aimed to investigate the mechanism of acquired resistance to EGFR-TKIs and to explore strategies to overcome the resistance to EGFR-TKIs from a gender perspective...
January 4, 2018: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327939/blockade-of-the-complement-c5a-c5ar1-axis-impairs-lung-cancer-bone-metastasis-by-cxcl16-mediated-effects
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Daniel Ajona, Carolina Zandueta, Leticia Corrales, Haritz Moreno, María J Pajares, Sergio Ortiz-Espinosa, Elena Martínez-Terroba, Naiara Perurena, Fernando J de Miguel, Eloisa Jantus-Lewintre, Carlos Camps, Silvestre Vicent, Jackeline Agorreta, Luis M Montuenga, Ruben Pio, Fernando Lecanda
RATIONALE: C5aR1(CD88), a receptor for complement anaphylatoxin C5a, is a potent immune mediator. Its impact on malignant growth and dissemination of NSCLC cells is poorly understood. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the contribution of the C5a/C5aR1 axis to the malignant phenotype of NSCLC cells, particularly in skeletal colonization, a preferential lung metastasis site. METHODS: Association between C5aR1 expression and clinical outcome was assessed in silico and validated by immunohistochemistry...
January 12, 2018: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325460/targeted-delivery-of-melittin-to-cancer-cells-by-as1411-anti-nucleolin-aptamer
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Seyed Hossein Rajabnejad, Ahad Mokhtarzadeh, Khalil Abnous, Seyed Mohammad Taghdisi, Mohammad Ramezani, Bibi Marjan Razavi
Melittin, a small water-soluble cationic amphipathic α-helical linear peptide, consisted of 26 amino acids, is the honeybee venom major constituent. Several reports have proved the lytic and apoptotic effects of melittin in several cancerous cell lines. In this study, we aimed to fabricate an AS1411 aptamer-melittin to specifically deliver melittin to nucleolin positive cells (A549). Melittin was covalently attached to antinucleolin aptamer (AS1411) and its toxicity in A549 (Nucleolin positive) and L929 (Nucleolin negative) was studied using MTT and Annexin V flow cytometry methods...
January 12, 2018: Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325098/high-level-of-neutrophil-extracellular-traps-correlates-with-poor-prognosis-of-severe-influenza-a-infection
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Liuluan Zhu, Lu Liu, Yue Zhang, Lin Pu, Jingyuan Liu, Xingwang Li, Zhihai Chen, Yu Hao, Beibei Wang, Junyan Han, Guoli Li, Shuntao Liang, Haofeng Xiong, Hong Zheng, Ang Li, Jianqing Xu, Hui Zeng
Background: Most patients with severe infection with influenza A virus (IAV) progress to acute respiratory distress syndrome and even multiple organ dysfunction syndrome (MODS). Neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) can be induced by pathogens and are responsible for immune tissue damage. We conducted a prospective study on the production and effects of NETs in H7N9 and H1N1 patients. Methods: We investigated NET production in plasma and supernatant of cultured neutrophils by measuring cell-free deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) and myeloperoxidase (MPO)-DNA complexes with PicoGreen dye and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay methods, respectively...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325035/amplicon-based-next-generation-sequencing-of-plasma-cell-free-dna-for-detection-of-driver-and-resistance-mutations-in-advanced-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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N Guibert, Y Hu, N Feeney, Y Kuang, V Plagnol, G Jones, K Howarth, J F Beeler, C P Paweletz, G R Oxnard
Background: Genomic analysis of plasma cell-free DNA is transforming lung cancer care, however available assays are limited by cost, turnaround time, and imperfect accuracy. Here we study amplicon-based plasma next-generation sequencing (NGS), rather than hybrid-capture-based plasma NGS, hypothesizing this would allow sensitive detection and monitoring of driver and resistance mutations in advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Methods: Plasma samples from patients with NSCLC and a known targetable genotype (EGFR, ALK/ROS1 and other rare genotypes) were collected while on therapy and analyzed, blinded to tumor genotype...
January 9, 2018: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324237/dna-induction-of-mdm2-promotes-proliferation-of-human-renal-mesangial-cells-and-alters-peripheral-b-cells-subsets-in-pediatric-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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Chen-Xing Zhang, Ji Chen, Li Cai, Jing Wu, Jia-Yuan Wang, Lan-Fang Cao, Wei Zhou, Tong-Xin Chen
The study is aimed to investigate the role of MDM2 in the pathogenesis of lupus nephritis (LN) in pediatric SLE (pSLE). We confirmed that MDM2 expression was increased in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) as well as renal specimen of SLE compared with that of controls by western blot and immunofluorescence staining. Percentage of apoptotic and necrotic CD4+T, CD8+T and B cells were detected by flow cytometry respectively and levels of plasma cell free DNA (cfDNA) were quantified in SLE and healthy controls (HC)...
January 8, 2018: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323879/malaria-derived-gpi-anchor-enhances-anti-pfs25-functional-antibodies-that-block-malaria-transmission
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Neeraj Kapoor, Ivana Vanjak, James Rozzelle, Aym Berges, Wei Chan, Gang Yin, Cuong Tran, Aaron K Sato, Alexander R Steiner, Thao P Pham, Ashley J Birkett, Carole Long, Jeff Fairman, Kazutoyo Miura
Malaria, one of the most common vector borne human diseas-es, is a major world health issue. In 2015 alone, more than 200 million people were infected with malaria, out of which, 429,000 died. Even though artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACT) are highly effective at treating malaria infections, novel efforts towards development of vaccines to prevent transmission are still needed. Pfs25, a post-fertilization stage parasite surface antigen, is a leading transmission-blocking vaccine (TBV) candidate. It is postulated that Pfs25 anchors to the cell membrane using a glycosylphosphatidyl-inositol (GPI) linker, which itself possesses proinflammatory properties...
January 11, 2018: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322544/role-of-bisphenol-a-as-environmental-factor-in-the-promotion-of-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-in%C3%A2-vitro-and-clinical-study
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M Dallio, M Masarone, S Errico, A G Gravina, C Nicolucci, R Di Sarno, L Gionti, C Tuccillo, M Persico, P Stiuso, N Diano, C Loguercio, A Federico
BACKGROUND: Bisphenol A is an endocrine disrupting chemical associated with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), cardiovascular disease and liver enzyme abnormalities. AIM: To evaluate bisphenol A plasma and urine levels in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) patients compared to healthy subjects. Furthermore, we evaluated, in human HepG2 cells, the effects of exposure to different concentrations of bisphenol A on both oxidative stress induction and cell proliferation...
January 11, 2018: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321569/xeno-free-pre-vascularized-spheroids-for-therapeutic-applications
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E Bauman, T Feijão, D T O Carvalho, P L Granja, C C Barrias
Spheroid culture has gained increasing popularity, arising as a promising tool for regenerative medicine applications. Importantly, spheroids may present advantages over single-cell suspensions in cell-based therapies (CT). Unfortunately, most growth media used for spheroid culture contain animal origin-components, such as fetal bovine serum (FBS). The presence of FBS compromises the safety of CT and presents economic and ethical constraints. SCC (supplement for cell culture) is a novel xeno-free (XF) industrial cell culture supplement, derived from well-controlled pooled human plasma and processed under good manufacturing practice rules...
January 10, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321280/analysis-of-mitotic-checkpoint-function-in-xenopus-egg-extracts
#18
Yinghui Mao
Accurate sister chromatid segregation is pivotal in the faithful transmission of genetic information during each cell division. To ensure accurate segregation, eukaryotic organisms have evolved a "mitotic (or spindle assembly) checkpoint" to prevent premature advance to anaphase before successful attachment of every chromosome to the microtubules of the mitotic spindle. An unattached kinetochore generates a diffusible signal that inhibits ubiquitination of substrates such as cyclin B and securins. This protocol presents an in vitro assay for studying the mitotic checkpoint using Xenopus laevis egg extracts...
January 10, 2018: Cold Spring Harbor Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320951/glutathione-conjugated-polyethylenimine-on-the-surface-of-fe3o4-magnetic-nanoparticles-as-a-theranostic-agent-for-targeted-and-controlled-curcumin-delivery
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Navid Aeineh, Fahimeh Salehi, Mohammad Akrami, Firouzeh Nemati, Masoumeh Alipour, Milad Ghorbani, Banafsheh Nikfar, Fatemeh Salehian, Nader Riyahi Alam, Seyed Esmaeil Sadat Ebrahimi, Alireza Foroumadi, Mehdi Khoobi, Mohammadreza Rouini, Maryam Dibaei, Ismaeil Haririan, Mohammad Reza Ganjali, Saeed Safaei
Theranostics with the ability to simultaneous monitoring of treatment progress and controlled delivery of therapeutic agents has become as an emerging therapeutic paradigm in cancer therapy. In this study, we have developed a novel surface functionalized iron oxide nanoparticle using polyethyleneimine (PEI) and glutathione (GSH) for targeted curcumin (CUR) delivery and acceptable pH sensitive character. The developed magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) were physicochemically characterized by FT-IR, XRD, FE-SEM and TEM...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Biomaterials Science. Polymer Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318970/physicochemical-characterization-and-skin-permeation-of-cationic-transfersomes-containing-the-synthetic-peptide-pnpp-19
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Flavia De Marco Almeida, Carolina Nunes Silva, Savia Caldeira de Araujo Lopes, Daniel Moreira Santos, Fernanda Silva Torres, Felipe Lima Cardoso, Patricia Massara Martinelli, Elizabeth Ribeiro da Silva, Maria Elena de Lima, Lucas Antonio Ferreira Miranda, Monica Cristina Oliveira
BACKGROUND: PnPP-19 is a 19-amino-acid synthetic peptide previously described as a novel drug for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this work was to evaluate the physicochemical properties of cationic transfersomes containing PnPP-19 and the skin permeation of free PnPP-19 and PnPP-19-loaded transfersomes. METHOD: Three different liposomal preparation methods were evaluated. Cationic transfersomes contained egg phosphatidyl choline: stearylamine (9:1 w/w) and Tween 20 (84...
January 8, 2018: Current Drug Delivery
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