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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786899/improved-stable-indocyanine-green-icg-mediated-cancer-optotheranostics-with-naturalized-hepatitis-b-core-particles
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Wenjun Shan, Ronghe Chen, Qiang Zhang, Jie Zhao, Binbin Chen, Xi Zhou, Shefang Ye, Shengli Bi, Liming Nie, Lei Ren
In recent years, hepatitis B core protein virus-like particle (HBc VLP) is an impressive biomaterial, which has attracted considerable attention due to favorable properties such as structural stability, high uptake efficiency, and biocompatibility in biomedical applications. Heretofore, only a few attempts have been made to apply it in physical, chemical, and biological therapy for cancer. In this study, a tumor-targeting RGD-HBc VLP is first fabricated through genetic engineering. For image-guided cancer phototherapy, indocyanine green (ICG) is loaded into RGD-HBc VLP via a disassembly/reassembly pathway and electrostatic attraction with high efficiency...
May 22, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785122/aloperine-executes-antitumor-effects-through-the-induction-of-apoptosis-and-cell-cycle-arrest-in-prostate-cancer-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#2
Zhixin Ling, Han Guan, Zonghao You, Can Wang, Ling Hu, Lei Zhang, Yiduo Wang, Shuqiu Chen, Bin Xu, Ming Chen
Background: Prostate cancer (PCa) is one of the most common malignant diseases among male patients. Although androgen deprivation therapy remains the main treatment for PCa, most patients would inevitably progress to castration-resistant PCa, which is the main cause of cancer-related deaths. Thus, novel antitumor agents are urgently needed. Recent studies demonstrated that aloperine (ALO) as a natural alkaloid showed antitumor effects in other cancer types. However, the biological function and underlying mechanisms of ALO in PCa have not been investigated...
2018: OncoTargets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784973/significance-of-prohibitin-domain-family-in-tumorigenesis-and-its-implication-in-cancer-diagnosis-and-treatment
#3
Jie Yang, Bin Li, Qing-Yu He
Prohibitin (PHB) was originally isolated and characterized as an anti-proliferative gene in rat liver. The evolutionarily conserved PHB gene encodes two human protein isoforms with molecular weights of ~33 kDa, PHB1 and PHB2. PHB1 and PHB2 belong to the prohibitin domain family, and both are widely distributed in different cellular compartments such as the mitochondria, nucleus, and cell membrane. Most studies have confirmed differential expression of PHB1 and PHB2 in cancers compared to corresponding normal tissues...
May 21, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783752/pro-apoptotic-and-anti-cancer-properties-of-diosgenin-a-comprehensive-and-critical-review
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REVIEW
Gautam Sethi, Muthu K Shanmugam, Sudha Warrier, Myriam Merarchi, Frank Arfuso, Alan Prem Kumar, Anupam Bishayee
Novel and alternative options are being adopted to combat the initiation and progression of human cancers. One of the approaches is the use of molecules isolated from traditional medicinal herbs, edible dietary plants and seeds that play a pivotal role in the prevention/treatment of cancer, either alone or in combination with existing chemotherapeutic agents. Compounds that modulate these oncogenic processes are potential candidates for cancer therapy and may eventually make it to clinical applications. Diosgenin is a naturally occurring steroidal sapogenin and is one of the major bioactive compounds found in dietary fenugreek ( Trigonella foenum-graecum ) seeds...
May 19, 2018: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783729/chlorogenic-acid-improves-the-regorafenib-effects-in-human-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells
#5
Maria Grazia Refolo, Catia Lippolis, Nicola Carella, Aldo Cavallini, Caterina Messa, Rosalba D'Alessandro
Chlorogenic acid (CGA) is a polyphenol present in many human dietary foods. Several studies indicated a beneficial role of CGA in the prevention of cancer and an enhancement of chemotherapy when combined with CGA in the treatment of human hepatocarcinoma (HCC). Drug toxicity, resistance and subsequent disease progression represent a problem in HCC management, although treatment with the multikinase inhibitor Regorafenib improved overall survival. This study focused on the evaluation of the effects of combined treatment using both low Regorafenib concentrations and CGA as natural compound in HCC cells...
May 19, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781503/cancer-stem-cells-a-new-target-for-cancer-therapy
#6
REVIEW
Qianhui Li, Jiayu Wu, Shuo Chen, Yang Zhao
The introduction of the theory of cancer stem cells (CSCs) has provided a new direction and perspective for our understanding of the nature and origin of tumors. Cancer stem cells are believed to be responsible for the treatment failure, drug tolerance, metastasis, and recurrence of tumors. However, it remains a challenge to identify or isolate tumor stem cells and determine their regulatory mechanisms. Therefore, further understanding of the biological characteristics and functions of CSCs is of great practical significance and value to develop new methods of tumor diagnosis and treatment, and may bring new hope patients with cancer...
May 21, 2018: Histology and Histopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778902/perspectives-on-the-past-present-and-future-of-cancer-nanomedicine
#7
Yu Seok Youn, You Han Bae
The justification of cancer nanomedicine relies on enhanced permeation (EP) and retention (R) effect and the capability of intracellular targeting due primarily to size after internalization (endocytosis) into the individual target cells. The EPR effect implies improved efficacy. Affinity targeting for solid tumors only occur after delivery to individual cells, which help internalization and/or retention. The design principles have been supported by animal results in numerous publications, but hardly translated...
May 17, 2018: Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777274/the-natural-agent-4-vinylphenol-targets-metastasis-and-stemness-features-in-breast-cancer-stem-like-cells
#8
Hoi-Wing Leung, Chun-Hay Ko, Grace Gar-Lee Yue, Ingrid Herr, Clara Bik-San Lau
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Cancer stem-like cells (CSC) are regarded as the source of tumour origins, metastasis and drug resistance, and limits current treatment regimens. Previously, we reported the first study of the anti-angiogenic and anti-tumour activities of 4-vinylphenol. To further examine the therapeutic role of 4-vinylphenol, the inhibitory effects of 4-vinylphenol on cancer stemness, drug resistance and metastasis in breast cancer were investigated in the present study. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: We enriched parental MDA-MB-231 cells with CSCs in serum-free medium to give spheroids...
May 18, 2018: Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776594/gearing-up-t-cell-immunotherapy-in-cervical-cancer
#9
REVIEW
Shilpa Raghuvanshi Chauhan, Mausumi Bharadwaj
The World Health Organization estimates more than 270,000 deaths annually by cervical cancer. Present vaccines are prophylactic in nature which cannot treat huge bulk of cervical cancer patients worldwide. Available therapies like radiotherapy, chemotherapy, or surgery are not effective in high-grade lesion, and hence, there is an unmet medical need for an effective form of therapy. T cells play a significant role in cervical cancer pathogenesis as human papilloma virus uses multiple mechanisms that dodge host T-cell immune-surveillance aiding in persistence of infection and establishment of cancer...
April 22, 2018: Current Problems in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775573/indole-3-carbinol-i3c-enhances-the-sensitivity-of-murine-breast-adenocarcinoma-cells-to-doxorubicin-dox-through-inhibition-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BA%C3%AE-blocking-angiogenesis-and-regulation-of-mitochondrial-apoptotic-pathway
#10
Subhadip Hajra, Arup Ranjan Patra, Abhishek Basu, Prosenjit Saha, Sudin Bhattacharya
Various epidemiological and preclinical studies have already established the cancer chemopreventive potential of naturally occurring glucosinolate breakdown product Indole-3-Carbinol (I3C) as well as its abilities to induce selective cell death towards malignant cell. Therefore, the objective of the present study is to improve the therapeutic efficacy and prevention of doxorubicin (DOX)-induced toxicity, by the concurrent use of Indole-3-Carbinol (I3C). In this study, I3C was administered (20 mg/kg b.w., p...
May 15, 2018: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774608/virion-like-membrane-breaking-nanoparticles-with-tumor-activated-cell-and-tissue-dual-penetration-conquer-impermeable-cancer
#11
Xiao Zhang, Xianghui Xu, Yachao Li, Cheng Hu, Zhijun Zhang, Zhongwei Gu
Poor drug penetration into tumor cells and tissues is a worldwide difficulty in cancer therapy. A strategy is developed for virion-like membrane-breaking nanoparticles (MBNs) to smoothly accomplish tumor-activated cell-and-tissue dual-penetration for surmounting impermeable drug-resistant cancer. Tailor-made dendritic arginine-rich peptide prodrugs are designed to mimic viral protein transduction domains and globular protein architectures. Attractively, these protein mimics self-assemble into virion-like nanoparticles in aqueous solution, having highly ordered secondary structure...
May 17, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774202/loss-of-the-cyclin-dependent-kinase-inhibitor-1-in-the-context-of-brachyury-mediated-phenotypic-plasticity-drives-tumor-resistance-to-immune-attack
#12
Duane H Hamilton, Kristen K McCampbell, Claudia Palena
The acquisition of mesenchymal features by carcinoma cells is now recognized as a driver of metastasis and tumor resistance to a range of anticancer therapeutics, including chemotherapy, radiation, and certain small-molecule targeted therapies. With the recent successful implementation of immunotherapies for the treatment of various types of cancer, there is growing interest in understanding whether an immunological approach could be effective at eradicating carcinoma cells bearing mesenchymal features. Recent studies, however, demonstrated that carcinoma cells that have acquired mesenchymal features may also exhibit decreased susceptibility to lysis mediated by immune effector cells, including antigen-specific CD8+ T cells, innate natural killer (NK), and lymphokine-activated killer (LAK) cells...
2018: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774132/natural-products-a-hope-for-glioblastoma-patients
#13
REVIEW
Raghupathy Vengoji, Muzafar A Macha, Surinder K Batra, Nicole A Shonka
Glioblastoma (GBM) is one of the most aggressive malignant tumors with an overall dismal survival averaging one year despite multimodality therapeutic interventions including surgery, radiotherapy and concomitant and adjuvant chemotherapy. Few drugs are FDA approved for GBM, and the addition of temozolomide (TMZ) to standard therapy increases the median survival by only 2.5 months. Targeted therapy appeared promising in in vitro monolayer cultures, but disappointed in preclinical and clinical trials, partly due to the poor penetration of drugs through the blood brain barrier (BBB)...
April 24, 2018: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771474/neurocog-fx-study-a-multicenter-cohort-study-on-cognitive-dysfunction-in-patients-with-early-breast-cancer
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Oliver Rick, Monika Reuß-Borst, Timm Dauelsberg, Holger Hass, Volker König, Reiner Caspari, Gabriele Götz-Keil, Jürgen Pfitzner, Christa Kerschgens, Klaus Fliessbach, Christian Hoppe
OBJECTIVE: Complaints about cognitive dysfunction (CD) reportedly persist in approximately one third of breast cancer patients but the nature of CD and possible risk factors are unknown. METHODS: A cross-sectional, multicenter study was set-up at 9 German oncological rehabilitation centers. Objective cognitive performance was assessed by the NeuroCog FX test, a short computerized screening (duration <30 min) which assesses working memory, alertness, verbal/figural memory and language/executive...
May 17, 2018: Psycho-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770817/the-dietary-compound-luteolin-inhibits-pancreatic-cancer-growth-by-targeting-bcl-2
#15
Zhimei Li, Yiyuan Zhang, Lixia Chen, Hua Li
Overexpression of the prosurvival protein BCL-2 contributes to malignant cell initiation, progression and resistance to treatment. Agents that function as its natural antagonists targeting BCL-2 must provide therapeutic benefit. In SW1990 pancreatic cancer cells, amplified BCL-2 was observed, which was believed to offer advantages for malignant cell survival and lead to poor patient outcome. Using structure-based virtual ligand screening, luteolin was found to be a natural small-molecule inhibitor of BCL-2, which exhibited dose-response proapoptosis activity in a BCL-2 dependent manner in vitro...
May 17, 2018: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770305/the-prostate-cancer-focal-therapy
#16
REVIEW
Filippo Pesapane, Francesca Patella, Enrico Maria Fumarola, Edoardo Zanchetta, Chiara Floridi, Gianpaolo Carrafiello, Chloë Standaert
Despite prostate cancer (PCa) is the leading form of non-cutaneous cancer in men, most patients with PCa die with disease rather than of the disease. Therefore, the risk of overtreatment should be considered by clinicians who have to distinguish between patients with high risk PCa (who would benefit from radical treatment) and patients who may be managed more conservatively, such as through active surveillance or emerging focal therapy (FT). The aim of FT is to eradicate clinically significant disease while protecting key genito-urinary structures and function from injury...
April 2018: Gland Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769742/modified-citrus-pectin-inhibited-bladder-tumor-growth-through-downregulation-of-galectin-3
#17
Tian Fang, Dan-Dan Liu, He-Ming Ning, Dan Liu, Jing-Ya Sun, Xiao-Jing Huang, Yu Dong, Mei-Yu Geng, Shi-Feng Yun, Jun Yan, Rui-Min Huang
Modified citrus pectin (MCP) is a carbohydrate enriched complex, which has been implicated in cancer treatment and prevention. However, the effects of MCP on urinary bladder cancer (UBC) are unknown. In this study, MCP was first tested in T24 and J82 human UBC cells and showed the inhibition of cell viability by the sulforhodamine B (SRB) assay. The MCP-treated UBC cells exhibited G2 /M phase arrest with the decrease of Cyclin B1 and phosphorylated Cdc2. Caspase-3 was also activated, leading to the cleavage of Caspase-3 and PARP...
May 16, 2018: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769573/discovery-of-a-novel-il-15-based-protein-with-improved-developability-and-efficacy-for-cancer-immunotherapy
#18
Qiyue Hu, Xin Ye, Xiangdong Qu, Dongbing Cui, Lei Zhang, Zhibin Xu, Hong Wan, Lianshan Zhang, Weikang Tao
Interleukin-15 (IL-15) can promote both innate and adaptive immune reactions by stimulating CD8+ /CD4+ T cells and natural killer cells (NK) while showing no effect in activating T-regulatory (Treg) cells or inducing activation-associated death among effector T cells and NK cells. Thus, IL-15 is considered as one of the most promising molecules for antitumor immune therapy. To improve the drug-like properties of natural IL-15, we create an IL-15-based molecule, named P22339, with the following characteristics: 1) building a complex of IL-15 and the Sushi domain of IL-15 receptor α chain to enhance the agonist activity of IL-15 via transpresentation; 2) through a rational structure-based design, creating a disulfide bond linking the IL-15/Sushi domain complex with an IgG1 Fc to augment its half-life...
May 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768255/asiatic-acid-aa-sensitizes-multidrug-resistant-human-lung-adenocarcinoma-a549-ddp-cells-to-cisplatin-ddp-via-downregulation-of-p-glycoprotein-mdr1-and-its-targets
#19
Qilai Cheng, Meixiang Liao, Haibo Hu, Hongliang Li, Longhuo Wu
BACKGROUND/AIMS: P-glycoprotein (P-gp, i.e., MDR1) is associated with the phenotype of multidrug resistance (MDR) and causes chemotherapy failure in the management of cancers. Searching for effective MDR modulators and combining them with anticancer drugs is a promising strategy against MDR. Asiatic acid (AA), a natural triterpene isolated from the plant Centella asiatica, may have an antitumor activity. The present study assessed the reversing effect of AA on MDR and possible molecular mechanisms of AA action in MDR1-overexpressing cisplatin (DDP)-resistant lung cancer cells, A549/DDP...
May 11, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767296/evaluating-the-antimicrobial-apoptotic-and-cancer-cell-gene-delivery-properties-of-protein-capped-gold-nanoparticles-synthesized-from-the-edible-mycorrhizal-fungus-tricholoma-crassum
#20
Arpita Basu, Sarmishtha Ray, Supriyo Chowdhury, Arnab Sarkar, Deba Prasad Mandal, Shamee Bhattacharjee, Surekha Kundu
Biosynthesis of gold nanoparticles of distinct geometric shapes with highly functional protein coats without additional capping steps is rarely reported. This study describes green synthesis of protein-coated gold nanoparticles for the first time from the edible, mycorrhizal fungus Tricholoma crassum (Berk.) Sacc. The nanoparticles were of the size range 5-25 nm and of different shapes. Spectroscopic analysis showed red shift of the absorption maxima with longer reaction period during production and blue shift with increase in pH...
May 16, 2018: Nanoscale Research Letters
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