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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214198/tumor-derived-cd4-cd25-regulatory-t-cells-inhibit-dendritic-cells-function-by-ctla-4
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Xin Chen, Yong Du, Qingqing Hu, ZhiMing Huang
PURPOSE: CD4+CD25+regulatoryT cells (Tregs) play an important role in anti-tumor immune responses. Poor prognosis and declining survival rates have intimate connection with high Treg expression in cancer patients. Cytotoxic T Lymphocyte-associated protein (CTLA-4) is one of the most prominent molecules on Treg. In our previous research, we have demonstrated that HCC-derived Tregs can interfere with Dendritic cells (DCs) function and down-modulate CD80/CD86 on DCs in vitro in a cell-contact dependent way...
December 21, 2016: Pathology, Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214059/pharmacokinetic-alterations-of-rhubarb-anthraquinones-in-experimental-colitis-induced-by-dextran-sulfate-sodium-in-the-rat
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Wen-Jin Wu, Ru Yan, Ting Li, Ya-Ping Li, Rui-Na Zhou, Yi-Tao Wang
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Rhubarb (Rhei Rhizoma et Radix) is used for the treatment of digestive diseases in traditional medicinal practice in China. Recent studies also support its beneficial activities in alleviating ulcerative colitis (UC). AIM OF THE STUDY: This study aimed to characterize the oral pharmacokinetics of rhubarb anthraquinones, the main bioactive components of this herb, in the experimental chronic colitis rat model induced by dextran sulfate sodium (DSS) and to identify the factors causing the pharmacokinetic alterations...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213978/estrogens-and-androgens-inhibit-association-of-rankl-with-the-pre-osteoblast-membrane-through-post-translational-mechanisms
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Anthony Martin, Jiali Yu, Jian Xiong, Aysha B Khalid, Benita Katzenellenbogen, Sung Hoon Kim, John A Katzenellenbogen, Suchinda Malaivijitnond, Yankel Gabet, Susan A Krum, Baruch Frenkel
We have recently demonstrated that RUNX2 promoted, and 17-β-Estradiol (E2) diminished, association of RANKL with the cell membrane in pre-osteoblast cultures. Here we show that, similar to E2, dihydrotestosterone (DHT) diminishes association of RANKL and transiently transfected GFP-RANKL with the pre-osteoblast membrane without decreasing total RANKL mRNA or protein levels. Diminution of membrane-associated RANKL was accompanied with marked suppression of osteoclast differentiation from co-cultured pre-osteoclasts, even though DHT increased, not decreased, RANKL concentrations in pre-osteoblast conditioned media...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213328/an-integrated-dual-functional-recognition-amplification-bio-label-for-the-one-step-impedimetric-detection-of-micro-rna-21
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Sawsen Azzouzi, Wing Cheung Mak, Kamalodin Kor, Anthony P F Turner, Mounir Ben Ali, Valerio Beni
Alteration in expression of miRNAs has been correlated with different cancer types, tumour stage and response to treatments. In this context, a structurally responsive oligonucleotide-based electrochemical impedimetric biosensor has been developed for the simple and sensitive detection of miRNA-21. A highly specific biotinylated DNA/LNA molecular beacon (MB) probe was conjugated with gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) to create an integrated, dual function bio-label (biotin-MB-AuNPs) for both biorecognition and signal generation...
February 10, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213274/differentially-cleaving-peptides-as-a-strategy-for-controlled-drug-release-in-human-retinal-pigment-epithelial-cells
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Madhushree Bhattacharya, Sanjay Sarkhel, Jonne Peltoniemi, Robert Broadbridge, Marjo Tuomainen, Seppo Auriola, Arto Urtti
Currently, drug delivery to the posterior eye segment relies on intravitreal injections of therapeutics. This approach requires frequent injections and does not guarantee drug delivery to intracellular targets. Controlled release systems and nanoparticles are being investigated to mitigate these challenges but most of these approaches lack translational success to the clinics. In our present study, we report a peptide based delivery system that utilizes enzyme assisted cleavable linkers to release conjugated cargo within the retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213222/development-of-a-qcm-d-biosensor-for-ochratoxin-a-detection-in-red-wine
#6
Aleksandra Karczmarczyk, Karsten Haupt, Karl-Heinz Feller
Ochratoxin A (OTA), a highly toxic compound, is one of the most widely spread mycotoxins that contaminates a large variety of agricultural commodities. Due to its presence in the food chain, it imposes a hazard on both human and animal health. Therefore, there is a need for precise, fast and simple methods for toxin quantification. Herein, a novel sensor based on a quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring (QCM-D) and antibodies for specific analyte recognition was developed for rapid and sensitive detection of OTA in red wine...
May 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213046/splenectomy-as-a-destination-improving-quality-of-care-among-asplenic-veterans-through-a-travel-clinic
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Aaron P Mitchell, Joel C Boggan, Karen Lau, David L Simel
BACKGROUND: Asplenic patients are at risk for severe infections, but adherence to recommended preventive education and vaccination is poor. The goal of this study was to demonstrate that a targeted intervention can improve vaccination rates in a population of asplenic veterans. METHODS: Surgically asplenic patients actively receiving care in our health care system were identified via a database search. Patients were contacted via mailed letters and encouraged to attend an existing travel clinic with a new process designed for asplenic patients...
February 14, 2017: American Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212596/site-specific-dual-functionalization-of-cysteine-residue-in-peptides-and-proteins-with-2-azidoacrylates
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Shinya Ariyasu, Hirohito Hayashi, Bengang Xing, Shunsuke Chiba
Herein, we report use of 2-azidoacrylates to perform site-specific dual functionalization of the cysteine residue of peptides and native protein. The sulfhydryl group of the cysteine residue could be conjugated with 2-azidoacrylates bearing various functionality such as fluorescent dyes under physiological aqueous buffer conditions to afford peptide/protein conjugates anchoring an azide moiety. Successive azide-alkyne cycloaddition enables installation of the 2nd functionality, thus affording dual functionalized peptide/protein based materials...
February 17, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212584/hyaluronic-acid-serum-albumin-conjugate-based-nanoparticles-for-targeted-cancer-therapy
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Ravit Edelman, Yehuda G Assaraf, Inna Levitzky, Tal Shahar, Yoav D Livney
Multiple carcinomas including breast, ovarian, colon, lung and stomach cancer, overexpress the hyaluronic acid (HA) receptor, CD44. Overexpression of CD44 contributes to key cancer processes including tumor invasion, metastasis, recurrence, and chemoresistance. Herein, we devised novel targeted nanoparticles (NPs) for delivery of anticancer chemotherapeutics, comprised of self-assembling Maillard reaction-based conjugates of HA and bovine serum albumin (BSA). HA served as the hydrophilic block, and as the ligand for actively targeting cancer cells overexpressing CD44...
February 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212575/upregulation-of-mucin-glycoprotein-muc1-in-the-progression-to-esophageal-adenocarcinoma-and-therapeutic-potential-with-a-targeted-photoactive-antibody-drug-conjugate
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Mohammed Adil Butt, Hayley Pye, Rehan J Haidry, Dahmane Oukrif, Saif-U-Rehman Khan, Ignazio Puccio, Michael Gandy, Halla W Reinert, Ellie Bloom, Mohammed Rashid, Gokhan Yahioglu, Mahendra P Deonarain, Rifat Hamoudi, Manuel Rodriguez-Justo, Marco R Novelli, Laurence B Lovat
BACKGROUND: Mucin glycoprotein 1 (MUC1) is a glycosylated transmembrane protein on epithelial cells. We investigate MUC1 as a therapeutic target in Barrett's epithelium (BE) and esophageal adenocarcinoma (EA) and provide proof of concept for a light based therapy targeting MUC1. RESULTS: MUC1 was present in 21% and 30% of significantly enriched pathways comparing BE and EA to squamous epithelium respectively. MUC1 gene expression was x2.3 and x2.2 higher in BE (p=<0...
February 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212490/vitamin-e-succinate-grafted-chitosan-oligosaccharide-rgd-conjugated-tpgs-mixed-micelles-loaded-with-paclitaxel-for-u87mg-tumor-therapy
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Yanzuo Chen, Shu Feng, Wenchao Liu, Zeting Yuan, Peihao Yin, Feng Gao
The poor therapeutic efficacy of hydrophobic chemotherapeutic drugs is an intrinsic limitation to successful chemotherapy. In the present study, a multi-task delivery system based on arginine-glycine-aspartic acid peptide (RGD) decorated vitamin E succinate (VES)-grafted-chitosan oligosaccharide (CSO)/RGD-conjugated D-alpha-tocopheryl polyethylene glycol 1000 succinate (TPGS-RGD) mixed micelles (VeC/T-RGD MM) was first prepared for targeted delivery of paclitaxel (PTX), a hydrophobic anticancer drug, to improve the efficacy of U87MG tumor therapy...
February 17, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212484/on-surface-site-selective-cyclization-of-corrole-radicals
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Stefano Tebi, Mateusz Paszkiewicz, Hazem Aldahhak, Francesco Allegretti, Sabrina Gonglach, Michael Haas, Mario Waser, Peter S Deimel, Pablo Casado Aguilar, Yi-Qi Zhang, Anthoula C Papageorgiou, David Andrew Duncan, Johannes V Barth, Wolf Gero Schmidt, Reinhold Koch, Uwe Gerstmann, Eva Rauls, Florian Klappenberger, Wolfgang Schöfberger, Stefan Müllegger
Radical cyclization is among the most powerful and versatile reactions for constructing mono- and polycyclic systems, but has, to date, remained unexplored in the context of on-surface synthesis. We report the controlled on-surface synthesis of stable corrole radicals on Ag(111) via site-specific dehydrogenation of a pyrrole N H bond in the 5,10,15-tris(pentafluoro-phenyl)-corrole triggered by annealing at 330 K under ultra-high vacuum conditions. We reveal a thermally-induced regioselective cyclization reaction mediated by a radical cascade and resolve the reaction mechanism of the pertaining cyclodefluorination reaction at the single-molecule level...
February 17, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212453/bone-morphogenetic-protein-2-hybridized-with-nano-anchored-oligonucleotides-on-titanium-implants-enhances-osteogenic-differentiation-in-vivo
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Florian Böhrnsen, Jennifer Rublack, Nelia Aeckerle, Anne Foerster, Bernd Schwenzer, Judith Reichert, Dieter Scharnweber, Henning Schliephake
PURPOSE: Previous in vitro studies have shown that DNA oligonucleotides (ODN) can be successfully used as anchor strands for the binding and retarded release of biologically active recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein 2 (rhBMP-2). The aim of the present study was to test the hypothesis that rhBMP-2 bound to the surface of titanium implants through hybridization with nano-anchored ODN strands is biologically active and can enhance the induction of osteogenic markers in peri-implant bone in vivo...
February 17, 2017: International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212444/sumo-modification-of-a-heterochromatin-histone-demethylase-jmjd2a-enables-viral-gene-transactivation-and-viral-replication
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Wan-Shan Yang, Mel Campbell, Pei-Ching Chang
Small ubiquitin-like modifier (SUMO) modification of chromatin has profound effects on transcription regulation. By using Kaposi's sarcoma associated herpesvirus (KSHV) as a model, we recently demonstrated that epigenetic modification of viral chromatin by SUMO-2/3 is involved in regulating gene expression and viral reactivation. However, how this modification orchestrates transcription reprogramming through targeting histone modifying enzymes remains largely unknown. Here we show that JMJD2A, the first identified Jumonji C domain-containing histone demethylase, is the histone demethylase responsible for SUMO-2/3 enrichment on the KSHV genome during viral reactivation...
February 17, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212404/the-pineal-gland-a-model-for-adrenergic-modulation-of-ubiquitin-ligases
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Jerry Vriend, Wenjun Liu, Russel J Reiter
INTRODUCTION: A recent study of the pineal gland of the rat found that the expression of more than 3000 genes showed significant day/night variations (The Hartley dataset). The investigators of this report made available a supplemental table in which they tabulated the expression of many genes that they did not discuss, including those coding for components of the ubiquitin proteasome system. Herein we identify the genes of the ubiquitin proteasome system whose expression were significantly influenced by environmental lighting in the Hartley dataset, those that were stimulated by DBcAMP in pineal glands in culture, and those that were stimulated by norepinephrine...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212282/collagen-gold-nanoparticle-conjugates-for-versatile-biosensing
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Sarah Unser, Samuel Holcomb, ReJeana Cary, Laura Sagle
Integration of noble metal nanoparticles with proteins offers promising potential to create a wide variety of biosensors that possess both improved selectivity and versatility. The multitude of functionalities that proteins offer coupled with the unique optical properties of noble metal nanoparticles can allow for the realization of simple, colorimetric sensors for a significantly larger range of targets. Herein, we integrate the structural protein collagen with 10 nm gold nanoparticles to develop a protein-nanoparticle conjugate which possess the functionality of the protein with the desired colorimetric properties of the nanoparticles...
February 15, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212041/simultaneous-cyclization-and-derivatization-of-peptides-using-cyclopentenediones
#17
Omar Brun, Lewis J Archibald, Jordi Agramunt, Enrique Pedroso, Anna Grandas
Unprotected linear peptides containing N-terminal cysteines and another cysteine residue can be simultaneously cyclized and derivatized using 2,2-disubstituted cyclopentenediones. High yields of cyclic peptide conjugates may be obtained in short reaction times using only a slight excess of the cyclopentenedione moiety under TEMPO catalysis and in the presence of LiCl.
February 17, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212011/a-fluorescent-anionic-mof-with-zn4-trz-2-chain-for-highly-selective-visual-sensing-of-contaminants-cr-iii-ion-and-tnp
#18
Xiao-Xia Jia, Ru-Xin Yao, Fu-Qiang Zhang, Xian-Ming Zhang
Heavy-metal ions and nitroaromatic substances are highly toxic and harmful to human health and the ecological environment. It is an urgent issue to selectively detect and capture these toxic substances. By introducing the triazole ligand to the π-conjugated aromatic carboxylate system and borrowing the organic template open framework idea, a stable fluorescent framework [Me2NH2]4[Zn6(qptc)3(trz)4]·6H2O (1) (H4qptc = terphenyl-2,5,2'5'-tetracarboxylic acid, trz = 1,2,4-triazole) has been successfully synthesized, which features Zn4(trz)2 chain-based 3D anionic structure with channels filled by [Me2NH2](+) cations...
February 17, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211965/first-synthesis-of-an-oridonin-conjugated-iridium-iii-complex-for-the-intracellular-tracking-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-in-living-cells
#19
Wanhe Wang, Chao Yang, Sheng Lin, Kasipandi Vellaisamy, Guodong Li, Weihong Tan, Chung-Hang Leung, Dik-Lung Ma
NF-κB is a critical transcription factor that plays an important role in mediating inflammation, the immune response, and cell proliferation. The activation of NF-κB leads to an enhancement of proinflammatory mediator expression, which is implicated in the pathogenesis of a variety of diseases. Therefore, methods that allow the intracellular tracking of NF-κB are particularly attractive as they can provide information regarding the pathways or stimulation responses that are involved in the activation of NF-κB...
February 17, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211933/enhanced-bone-tissue-regeneration-using-a-3d-printed-microstructure-incorporated-with-a-hybrid-nano-hydrogel
#20
Dong Nyoung Heo, Nathan J Castro, Se-Jun Lee, Hanaul Noh, Wei Zhu, Lijie Grace Zhang
Three-dimensional (3D) functional constructs with biomimetic mechanical and chemical properties are ideal for various regenerative medicine applications. These properties of 3D fabricated constructs mainly depend on the intrinsic characteristics of the materials and fabrication method. In this respect, the current use of hydrogels for musculoskeletal tissue repair is not ideal due to the lack of suitable mechanical properties, as well as the high biomimetic requirement for success. To overcome this limitation, we developed a novel functionalized hydrogel with bioactive gold nanoparticles (GNPs), reinforcing a 3D printed microstructure via fused deposition modeling (FDM) for bone tissue regeneration...
February 17, 2017: Nanoscale
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