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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821165/mirna-21-has-effects-to-protect-kidney-injury-induced-by-sepsis
#1
Dian Fu, Jie Dong, Ping Li, Chaopeng Tang, Wen Cheng, Zhenyu Xu, Wenquan Zhou, Jingping Ge, Chen Xia, Zhengyu Zhang
To investigate the miRNA-21 over-expression in the acute kidney injury induced by sepsis, we developed a sepsis induced in vitro model by lip polysaccharide (LPS) and in vovo model by cecal ligation and puncture (CLP) surgery. LPS or CLP surgery induced kidney cell apoptosis increasing. However, the kidney injury indexes of miRNA groups which were transfected with miRNA-21 were significantly suppressed. In further study, the relative proteins expressions were evaluated to explain the miRNA-21 mechanism to improve sepsis induced kidney cell apoptosis...
August 14, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821161/britannin-induces-apoptosis-through-akt-foxo1-pathway-in-human-pancreatic-cancer-cells
#2
Marzieh Moeinifard, Zuhair Mohammad Hassan, Faranak Fallahian, Maryam Hamzeloo-Moghadam, Mohammad Taghikhani
Induction of apoptosis in cancerous cells is considered as a promising treatment option for cancer therapy. The present study was designed to evaluate the anticancer properties of Britannin and its possible mechanisms of action in human pancreatic cancer cells. Apoptosis induction by Britannin was confirmed by annexin V-FITC/PI staining, Hoechst 33258 staining and caspase-3 activity assay in both AsPC-1 and Panc-1 cells. Additionally, by using western blot and Real-time PCR, we observed that Britannin induced apoptosis by decreasing the expression of BCL-2 and increasing the expression of BAX...
August 14, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821160/leuconostoc-mesenteroides-derived-anticancer-pharmaceuticals-hinder-inflammation-and-cell-survival-in-colon-cancer-cells-by-modulating-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-akt-pten-mapk-pathways
#3
Sepideh Zununi Vahed, Abolfazl Barzegari, Yalda Rahbar Saadat, Ali Goreyshi, Yadollah Omidi
Promising results from different studies on the effect of probiotics in cancer prevention and therapy have so far been reported. However, the molecular mechanism of the interaction of probiotics with cancer cells is yet to be fully understood. In the present study, Leuconostoc mesenteroides was isolated from traditional dairy products, and its probiotic characteristics were determined. HT-29 cells were treated with conditioned-medium of designated bacteria and the cell apoptosis was studied at cellular and molecular level using DAPI staining, flow cytometry, DNA ladder assays, and real-time quantitative-PCR (q-PCR)...
August 14, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821155/simultaneous-influence-of-pectin-and-xyloglucan-on-structure-and-mechanical-properties-of-bacterial-cellulose-composites
#4
Monika Szymańska-Chargot, Monika Chylińska, Justyna Cybulska, Arkadiusz Kozioł, Piotr M Pieczywek, Artur Zdunek
The impact of the matrix polysaccharides on the cellulose microfibrils structure as well as on the mechanical properties of cell walls still remains an open question. Therefore, the aim of investigations was to determine the simultaneous influence of (i) different concentrations of pectins with constant concentration of xyloglucan, and (ii) different concentrations of xyloglucan with constant concentration of pectins on cellulose structure. Composites of bacterial cellulose (BC) produced by Komagataeibacter xylinus are considered to mimic natural plant cell walls...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821135/exploring-pullulan-poly-vinyl-alcohol-interpenetrating-network-microspheres-as-controlled-release-drug-delivery-device
#5
Saundray Raj Soni, Animesh Ghosh
In the present study, interpenetrating polymeric network (IPN) microsphere was prepared using glutaraldehyde assisted water-in-oil emulsion crosslinking method for controlled delivery of pirfenidone, the only chemical entity approved by US FDA for the treatment of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF). In our study, the natural biopolymer pullulan was harnessed in combination with synthetic polymer PVA for drug delivery applications. The prepared microspheres were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, solid state (13)C nuclear magnetic resonance and field emission scanning electron microscopy...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821128/biomimetic-composite-scaffolds-based-on-surface-modification-of-polydopamine-on-electrospun-poly-lactic-acid-cellulose-nanofibrils
#6
Zhangqiang Yang, Junhui Si, Zhixiang Cui, Jianhua Ye, Xiaofeng Wang, Qianting Wang, Kaiping Peng, Wenzhe Chen, Shia-Chung Chen
An appropriate surface chemical property is crucial in tissue engineering scaffolds, which promotes cell attachment and proliferation. A biomimetic composite scaffold with a polydopamine (PDA) coating layer on electrospun poly(lactic acid) (PLA)/cellulose nanofibrils (CNF) composite nanofiber was developed in this study. PLA/CNF composite nanofibers were fabricated and then coated via treatment with a dopamine solution. The PDA coating layer was successfully formed on the surface of the PLA/CNF composite nanofiber by using a simple, environment-friendly, and effective procedure...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821104/modulation-of-binding-to-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-and-receptor-by-heparin-derived-oligosaccharide
#7
Jie-Ru Liu, Hui-Fang Wang, Dan-Feng Yu, Xiao-Yu Chen, Shu-Ying He
We investigated the mechanism of heparin-derived oligosaccharide on the proliferation of vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) induced by vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). Expression levels of VEGFR 1 and VEGFR 2 were examined by RT-PCR, and the corresponding protein expression levels were detected by Western blotting and immunocytochemistry. Western blotting was taken to identify the expression levels of mechanism proteins. The binding of VEGF and VEGFR 2 was measured by co-IP. Besides, HS competition assay was to detect the ability of HDO to compete with Heparin for VEGF165...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821055/improvement-of-silicate-cement-properties-with-bacterial-cellulose-powder-addition-for-applications-in-dentistry
#8
Georgeta Voicu, Sorin-Ion Jinga, Bogdan-Gabriel Drosu, Cristina Busuioc
The goal of this paper was to synthesize a new family of composites starting from mineral binder powders and biocellulose membranes, with applications in endodontics. An important achievement consisted in the crushing of biocellulose 3D structure in a polygranular powder via an hydrothermal treatment. Afterwards, the polymer powder was mixed with silicate cement powders synthesized through the sol-gel technique. The resulting hybrid materials were investigated by thermal analysis, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and mechanical measurements...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821038/the-inhibition-of-lps-induced-inflammation-in-raw264-7-macrophages-via-the-pi3k-akt-pathway-by-highly-n-acetylated-chitooligosaccharide
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Qingsong Xu, Meisi Liu, Qishun Liu, Wenxia Wang, Yuguang Du, Heng Yin
Chitooligosaccharide (COS) has been shown to regulate many biological functions, such as antimicrobial effect and antitumor activity. In the present study, highly N-acetylated chitooligosaccharide (NACOS) was prepared by N-acetylation of COS, and the anti-inflammatory activity of NACOS in macrophages were evaluated. The results indicated NACOS significantly suppressed the LPS-induced pro-inflammatory cytokines interleukin-6 (IL-6) and tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) expression. Furthermore, the increased levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and nitric oxide (NO) were repressed by NACOS in a dose dependent manner...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821028/targeted-gene-delivery-of-polyethyleneimine-grafted-chitosan-with-rgd-dendrimer-peptide-in-%C3%AE-v%C3%AE-3-integrin-overexpressing-tumor-cells
#10
Young-Min Kim, Seong-Cheol Park, Mi-Kyeong Jang
The safe and effective delivery of genetic material into cells is a necessary factor for gene therapy. Although a wide range of materials, methods, and combinations have been reported, successful gene therapy has been limited. In the present study, a targeted gene carrier for αvβ3 integrin-overexpressing tumor cells was designed using widely applied materials containing water soluble chitosan (WSC), RGD peptide, and polyethyleneimine (PEI). The physiological characteristics, in vitro targeted gene transfection, cytotoxicity, blood-compatibility, and cellular distributions were investigated...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821013/rictor-positively-regulates-b-cell-receptor-signaling-by-modulating-actin-reorganization-via-ezrin
#11
Lu Huang, Yongjie Zhang, Chenguang Xu, Xiaomei Gu, Linlin Niu, Jinzhi Wang, Xiaoyu Sun, Xiaoming Bai, Xingtian Xuan, Qubei Li, Chunwei Shi, Bing Yu, Heather Miller, Gangyi Yang, Lisa S Westerberg, Wanli Liu, Wenxia Song, Xiaodong Zhao, Chaohong Liu
As the central hub of the metabolism machinery, the mammalian target of rapamycin complex 2 (mTORC2) has been well studied in lymphocytes. As an obligatory component of mTORC2, the role of Rictor in T cells is well established. However, the role of Rictor in B cells still remains elusive. Rictor is involved in B cell development, especially the peripheral development. However, the role of Rictor on B cell receptor (BCR) signaling as well as the underlying cellular and molecular mechanism is still unknown. This study used B cell-specfic Rictor knockout (KO) mice to investigate how Rictor regulates BCR signaling...
August 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821011/the-photodynamic-action-of-pheophorbide-a-induces-cell-death-through-oxidative-stress-in-leishmania-amazonensis
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Nathielle Miranda, Hélito Volpato, Jean Henrique da Silva Rodrigues, Wilker Caetano, Tânia Ueda-Nakamura, Sueli de Oliveira Silva, Celso Vataru Nakamura
Leishmaniasis is a disease caused by hemoflagellate protozoa, affecting millions of people worldwide. The difficulties of treating patients with this parasitosis include the limited efficacy and many side effects of the currently available drugs. Therefore, the search for new compounds with leishmanicidal action is necessary. Photodynamic therapy has been studied in the medical field because of its selectivity, utilizing a combination of visible light, a photosensitizer compound, and singlet oxygen to reach the area of treatment...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820993/changing-profiles-of-bound-water-content-and-distribution-in-the-activated-sludge-treatment-by-nacl-addition-and-ph-modification
#13
Dong-Qin He, Ying-Jie Zhang, Chuan-Shu He, Han-Qing Yu
Currently the dewatering of activated sludge from wastewater treatment plants is a problem not well solved. Extracellular polymeric substances (EPS), including loosely bound EPS (LB-EPS) and tightly bound EPS (TB-EPS), are highly hydrated biopolymers and play important roles in sludge dewatering. In the present work, two types of treatments, i.e., salt addition and pH modification, were proposed to evaluate the effects of bound water content and its distribution on the dewatering performance of activated sludge...
August 10, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820989/permanganate-bisulfite-pm-bs-conditioning-horizontal-electro-dewatering-hed-of-activated-sludge-effect-of-reactive-mn-iii-species
#14
Xinxin Guo, Yili Wang, Dongsheng Wang
A novel activated sludge (AS) conditioning method through permanganate/bisulfate (PM/BS) process was proposed. The method involved a new conditioner of reactive Mn(III) intermediate. Moreover, a Mn(III) conditioning-horizontal electro-dewatering (Mn(III) C-HED) process was established to improve AS dewatering performance. Underlying mechanisms were unraveled by investigating changes in physicochemical characteristics, scanning electron microscope (SEM) morphology, and transformation of water and organic matters...
August 11, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820941/a-photoactivatable-probe-for-super-resolution-imaging-of-enzymatic-activity-in-live-cells
#15
Elias A Halabi, Zacharias Thiel, Nils Trapp, Dorothea Pinotsi, Pablo Rivera-Fuentes
A dual-activatable, fluorogenic probe was developed to sense esterase activity with single-molecule resolution. Without enzymatic pre-activation, the diazoindanone-based probe has an electron poor core and, upon irradiation, undergoes Wolff rearrangement to give a ring-expanded xanthene core that is non-emissive. If the probe is pre-activated by carboxylesterases, the tricyclic core becomes electron-rich and the photoinduced Wolff rearrangement produces a highly emissive rhodol dye. Live-cell and solution studies confirmed the selectivity of the probe and revealed that the photoactivated dye does not diffuse away from the original location of activation because the intermediate ketene forms a covalent bond with surrounding macromolecules...
August 18, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820933/surface-chemistry-of-la0-99sr0-01nbo4-d-and-its-implication-for-proton-conduction
#16
Cheng Li, Stevin S Pramana, Na Ni, John A Kilner, Stephen J Skinner
Acceptor doped LaNbO4 is a promising electrolyte material for proton conducting fuel cell (PCFC) applications. As charge transfer processes govern device performance, the outermost surface of acceptor doped LaNbO4 will play an important role in determining the overall cell performance. However, the surface composition is poorly characterized, and the understanding of its impact on the proton exchange process is rudimentary. In this work, the surface chemistry of 1 at% Sr doped LaNbO4 (La0.99Sr0.01NbO4-d, denoted as LSNO) proton conductor is characterized using LEIS and SIMS...
August 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820907/positive-regulatory-interactions-between-yap-and-hedgehog-signalling-in-skin-homeostasis-and-bcc-development-in-mouse-skin-in-vivo
#17
Bassem Akladios, Veronica Mendoza Reinoso, Jason E Cain, Taopeng Wang, Duncan L Lambie, D Neil Watkins, Annemiek Beverdam
Skin is a highly plastic tissue that undergoes tissue turnover throughout life, but also in response to injury. YAP and Hedgehog signalling play a central role in the control of epidermal stem/progenitor cells in the skin during embryonic development, in postnatal tissue homeostasis and in skin carcinogenesis. However, the genetic contexts in which they act to control tissue homeostasis remain mostly unresolved. We provide compelling evidence that epidermal YAP and Hedgehog/GLI2 signalling undergo positive regulatory interactions in the control of normal epidermal homeostasis and in basal cell carcinoma (BCC) development, which in the large majority of cases is caused by aberrant Hedgehog signalling activity...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820897/persistent-infection-due-to-a-small-colony-variant-of-burkholderia-pseudomallei-leads-to-pd-1-upregulation-on-circulating-immune-cells-and-mononuclear-infiltration-in-viscera-of-experimental-balb-c-mice
#18
Jia-Xiang See, Samudi Chandramathi, Mahmood Ameen Abdulla, Jamuna Vadivelu, Esaki M Shankar
BACKGROUND: Melioidosis is a neglected tropical disease endemic across South East Asia and Northern Australia. The etiological agent, Burkholderia pseudomallei (B.pseudomallei), is a Gram-negative, rod-shaped, motile bacterium residing in the soil and muddy water across endemic regions of the tropical world. The bacterium is known to cause persistent infections by remaining latent within host cells for prolonged duration. Reactivation of the recrudescent disease often occurs in elders whose immunity wanes...
August 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820585/chemo-enzymatic-assembly-of-isotopically-labeled-folates
#19
Antonio Angelastro, William Michael Dawson, Louis Y P Luk, E Joel Loveridge, Rudolf K Allemann
Pterin-containing natural products have diverse functions in life but an efficient and easy scheme for their in vitro synthesis is not available. Here, we report a chemo-enzymatic 14-step, one-pot synthesis that can be used to generate 13C- and 15N-labeled dihydrofolates (H2F) from glucose, guanine and p-aminobenzoyl-L-glutamic acid. This synthesis stands out from previous approaches to produce H2F in that the average yield of each step is >91% and it requires only one single purification step. The use of a one-pot reaction allowed us to overcome potential problems with individual steps during the synthesis...
August 18, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820575/mbg-modified-%C3%AE-tcp-scaffold-promotes-mesenchymal-stem-cells-adhesion-and-osteogenic-differentiation-via-fak-mapk-signaling-pathway
#20
Yutong Liu, Yifan Ma, Jing Zhang, Qing Xie, Zi Wang, Shuang Yu, Yuan Yuan, Changsheng Liu
β-TCP scaffold has been widely used as bone graft substitutes, but traditional PMMA molding method-induced undesirable mechanical strength and poor interconnectivity still have not addressed till now. In this study, a MBG-based PU foam templating method was developed to fabricate β-TCP scaffolds with desirable microtopography. The MBG gel, as both binder and modifier, prepared by modified sol-gel method with controlled viscosity is incorporated with β-TCP powder and thereafter is impregnated into PU foam...
August 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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