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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335344/a-targeted-nanoprobe-based-on-carbon-nanotubes-natural-biopolymer-chitosan-composites
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Baoyan Wu, Na Zhao
A novel targeting theranostic nanoprobe based on single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs)-natural biopolymer chitosan composites was developed for cancer cell targeting imaging and fluorescence imaging-guided photodynamic therapy. First, chitosan was respectively conjugated with a tumor-homing molecule folic acid, or a photosensitizing drug pyropheophorbide a using a water-soluble carbodiimide coupling chemistry. Chitosan was fluorescently labeled by fluorescein isothiocyanate via the covalently linkage of the isothiocyanate group with the amino group...
November 17, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335307/zinc-oxide-nanorods-decorated-graphene-nanoplatelets-a-promising-antimicrobial-agent-against-the-cariogenic-bacterium-streptococcus-mutans
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Elena Zanni, Chandrakanth Reddy Chandraiahgari, Giovanni De Bellis, Maria Rita Montereali, Giovanna Armiento, Paolo Ballirano, Antonella Polimeni, Maria Sabrina Sarto, Daniela Uccelletti
Nanomaterials are revolutionizing the field of medicine to improve the quality of life due to the myriad of applications stemming from their unique properties, including the antimicrobial activity against pathogens. In this study, the antimicrobial and antibiofilm properties of a novel nanomaterial composed by zinc oxide nanorods-decorated graphene nanoplatelets (ZNGs) are investigated. ZNGs were produced by hydrothermal method and characterized through field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) techniques...
September 29, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335242/targeting-and-photodynamic-killing-of-cancer-cell-by-nitrogen-doped-titanium-dioxide-coupled-with-folic-acid
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Jin Xie, Xiaobo Pan, Mengyan Wang, Longfang Yao, Xinyue Liang, Jiong Ma, Yiyan Fei, Pei-Nan Wang, Lan Mi
Titanium dioxide (TiO₂) has attracted wide attention as a potential photosensitizer (PS) in photodynamic therapy (PDT). However, bare TiO₂ can only be excited by ultraviolet illumination, and it lacks specific targeting ligands, which largely impede its application. In our study, we produced nitrogen-doped TiO₂ and linked it with an effective cancer cell targeting agent, folic acid (FA), to obtain N-TiO₂-FA nanoconjugates. Characterization of N-TiO₂-FA included Zeta potential, absorption spectra and thermogravimetric analysis...
June 14, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335206/cytotoxic-induction-and-photoacoustic-imaging-of-breast-cancer-cells-using-astaxanthin-reduced-gold-nanoparticles
#4
Subramaniyan Bharathiraja, Panchanathan Manivasagan, Nhat Quang Bui, Yun-Ok Oh, In Gweon Lim, Suhyun Park, Junghwan Oh
Astaxanthin, a kind of photosynthetic pigment, was employed for gold nanoparticle formation. Nanoparticles were characterized using Ulteraviolet-Visible (UV-Vis) spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and X-ray diffraction, and the possible presence of astaxanthin functional groups were analyzed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). The cytotoxic effect of synthesized nanoparticles was evaluated against MDA-MB-231 (human breast cancer cells) using a tetrazolium-based assay, and synthesized nanoparticles exhibited dose-dependent toxicity...
April 20, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333533/a-randomized-clinical-trial-of-behavioral-couples-therapy-versus-individually-based-treatment-for-drug-abusing-women
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Timothy J O'Farrell, Jeremiah A Schumm, Marie M Murphy, Patrice M Muchowski
OBJECTIVE: Behavioral couples therapy (BCT) is more efficacious than individually-based therapy (IBT) for substance and relationship outcomes among substance use disorder patients. This study compared BCT with IBT for drug-abusing women. METHOD: Sixty-one women, mostly White, late 30s, with primary substance use disorder other than alcohol (74% opioid), and male partners were randomized to 26 sessions over 13 weeks of BCT plus 12-step-oriented IBT (i.e., BCT + IBT) or IBT...
April 2017: Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332160/robust-motion-tracking-in-liver-from-2d-ultrasound-images-using-supporters
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Ece Ozkan, Christine Tanner, Matej Kastelic, Oliver Mattausch, Maxim Makhinya, Orcun Goksel
PURPOSE: Effectiveness of image-guided radiation therapy with precise dose delivery depends highly on accurate target localization, which may involve motion during treatment due to, e.g., breathing and drift. Therefore, it is important to track the motion and adjust the radiation delivery accordingly. Tracking generally requires reliable target appearance and image features, whereas in ultrasound imaging acoustic shadowing and other artifacts may degrade the visibility of a target, leading to substantial tracking errors...
March 22, 2017: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331977/role-of-plasma-membrane-associated-akaps-for-the-regulation-of-cardiac-ik1-current-by-protein-kinase-a
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Claudia Seyler, Daniel Scherer, Christoph Köpple, Martin Kulzer, Sevil Korkmaz, Panagiotis Xynogalos, Dierk Thomas, Ziya Kaya, Eberhard Scholz, Johannes Backs, Christoph Karle, Hugo A Katus, Edgar Zitron
The cardiac IK1 current stabilizes the resting membrane potential of cardiomyocytes. Protein kinase A (PKA) induces an inhibition of IK1 current which strongly promotes focal arrhythmogenesis. The molecular mechanisms underlying this regulation have only partially been elucidated yet. Furthermore, the role of A-kinase anchoring proteins (AKAPs) in this regulation has not been examined to date. The objective of this project was to elucidate the molecular mechanisms underlying the inhibition of IK1 by PKA and to identify novel molecular targets for antiarrhythmic therapy downstream β-adrenoreceptors...
March 22, 2017: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331807/transmission-of-hepatitis-d-virus-between-spouses-a-longitudinal-study-of-the-first-reported-canadian-case
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Carla Osiowy, Anton Andonov, Kevin Fonseca, Ken Swidinsky, Elizabeth Giles, Andrew Mason, Carla S Coffin
In chronic hepatitis B (CHB), hepatitis D virus (HDV) superinfection can lead to acute liver failure. The incidence of HDV superinfection is unknown, but is often detected in immigrants from HDV endemic countries. In this report, we characterize long-term clinical and virological outcomes in a hepatitis B virus (HBV) infected carrier before and after HDV superinfection, acquired from their spouse having HBV/HDV co-infection. A 38 year-old Mongolian male with CHB on anti-HBV therapy developed acute liver failure following HDV superinfection...
2017: IDCases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331304/does-urinary-peptide-content-differ-between-copd-patients-with-and-without-inherited-alpha-1-antitrypsin-deficiency
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Alfonso Carleo, Joanna Chorostowska-Wynimko, Thomas Koeck, Harald Mischak, Małgorzata Czajkowska-Malinowska, Adriana Rozy, Tobias Welte, Sabina Janciauskiene
Differentiating between chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients with normal (PiMM) or deficient (PiZZ) genetic variants of alpha-1 antitrypsin (A1AT) is important not only for understanding the pathobiology of disease progression but also for improving personalized therapies. This pilot study aimed to investigate whether urinary peptides reflect the A1AT-related phenotypes of COPD. Urine samples from 19 clinically stable COPD cases (7 PiMM and 12 PiZZ A1AT) were analyzed by capillary electrophoresis coupled to mass spectrometry...
2017: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327183/modeling-multi-mutation-and-drug-resistance-analysis-of-some-case-studies
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Mitra Shojania Feizabadi
BACKGROUND: Drug-induced resistance is one the major obstacles that may lead to therapeutic failure during cancer treatment. Different genetic alterations occur when tumor cells divide. Among new generations of tumor cells, some may express intrinsic resistance to a specific chemotherapeutic agent. Also, some tumor cells may carry a gene that can develop resistance induced by the therapeutic drug. The methods by which the therapeutic approaches need to be revised in the occurrence of drug induced resistance is still being explored...
March 21, 2017: Theoretical Biology & Medical Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326803/when-is-an-alveolar-type-2-cell-an-alveolar-type-2-cell-a-conundrum-for-lung-stem-cell-biology-and-regenerative-medicine
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Michael F Beers, Yuben Moodley
Generating mature, differentiated, adult lung cells from pluripotent cells such as induced pluripotent cells (iPS) and embryonic stem cells (ES) offers the hope of both generating disease specific in vitro models and creating definitive and personalized therapies for a host of debilitating lung parenchymal and airway diseases. With the goal of advancing lung regenerative medicine, several groups have developed and reported on protocols utilizing either defined media, co-culture with mesenchymal components, or sequential treatments mimicking lung development, to obtain distal lung epithelial cells from stem cell precursors...
March 22, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326039/estrone-sulfate-transport-and-steroid-sulfatase-activity-in-colorectal-cancer-implications-for-hormone-replacement-therapy
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Lorna C Gilligan, Ali Gondal, Vivien Tang, Maryam T Hussain, Anastasia Arvaniti, Anne-Marie Hewitt, Paul A Foster
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) affects the incidence and potential progression of colorectal cancer (CRC). As HRT primarily consists of estrone sulfate (E1S), understanding whether this conjugated estrogen is transported and metabolized in CRC will define its potential effect in this malignancy. Here, we show that a panel of CRC cell lines (Colo205, Caco2, HCT116, HT-29) have steroid sulfatase (STS) activity, and thus can hydrolyze E1S. STS activity is significantly higher in CRC cell lysate, suggesting the importance of E1S transport in intracellular STS substrate availability...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325301/increased-expression-of-laminin-subunit-alpha-1-chain-by-dcas9-vp160
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Arnaud Perrin, Joël Rousseau, Jacques P Tremblay
Laminin-111 protein complex links the extracellular matrix to integrin α7β1 in sarcolemma, thus replacing in dystrophic muscles links normally insured by the dystrophin complex. Laminin-111 injection in mdx mouse stabilized sarcolemma, restored serum creatine kinase to wild-type levels, and protected muscles from exercised-induced damages. These results suggested that increased laminin-111 is a potential therapy for DMD. Laminin subunit beta 1 and laminin subunit gamma 1 are expressed in adult human muscle, but laminin subunit alpha 1 (LAMA1) gene is expressed only during embryogenesis...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325291/systemic-rala-inos-nanoparticles-a-potent-gene-therapy-for-metastatic-breast-cancer-coupled-as-a-biomarker-of-treatment
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Cian M McCrudden, John W McBride, Joanne McCaffrey, Ahlam A Ali, Nicholas J Dunne, Vicky L Kett, Jonathan A Coulter, Tracy Robson, Helen O McCarthy
This study aimed to determine the therapeutic benefit of a nanoparticular formulation for the delivery of inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) gene therapy in a model of breast cancer metastasis. Nanoparticles comprising a cationic peptide vector, RALA, and plasmid DNA were formulated and characterized using a range of physiochemical analyses. Nanoparticles complexed using iNOS plasmids and RALA approximated 60 nm in diameter with a charge of 25 mV. A vector neutralization assay, performed to determine the immunogenicity of nanoparticles in immunocompetent C57BL/6 mice, revealed that no vector neutralization was evident...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322181/epithelial-mesenchymal-and-hybrid-epithelial-mesenchymal-phenotypes-and-their-clinical-relevance-in-cancer-metastasis
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Minal Garg
Cancer metastasis occurs through local invasion of circulating tumour cells (CTCs), intravasation, transportation to distant sites, and their extravasation followed by colonisation at secondary sites. Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is a normal developmental phenomenon, but its aberrant activation confers tumour cells with enhanced cell motility, metastatic properties, resistant to therapies and cancer stem cell (CSC) phenotype in epithelium-derived carcinoma. Experimental studies from various research papers have been reviewed to determine the factors, which interlink cancer stemness and cellular plasticity with EMT...
March 21, 2017: Expert Reviews in Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320896/estrogen-maintains-mitochondrial-content-and-function-in-the-right-ventricle-of-rats-with-pulmonary-hypertension
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Aiping Liu, Jennifer Philip, Kalyan C Vinnakota, Francoise Van den Bergh, Diana M Tabima, Timothy Hacker, Daniel A Beard, Naomi C Chesler
The typical cause of death in pulmonary hypertension (PH) is right ventricular (RV) failure, with females showing better survival rates than males. Recently, metabolic shift and mitochondrial dysfunction have been demonstrated in RV failure secondary to PH In light of evidence showing that estrogen protects mitochondrial function and biogenesis in noncardiovascular systems, we hypothesized that the mechanism by which estrogen preserves RV function is via protection of mitochondrial content and oxidative capacity in PH We used a well-established model of PH (Sugen+Hypoxia) in ovariectomized female rats with/without estrogen treatment...
March 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319113/combinatorial-crispr-cas9-screens-for-de-novo-mapping-of-genetic-interactions
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John Paul Shen, Dongxin Zhao, Roman Sasik, Jens Luebeck, Amanda Birmingham, Ana Bojorquez-Gomez, Katherine Licon, Kristin Klepper, Daniel Pekin, Alex N Beckett, Kyle Salinas Sanchez, Alex Thomas, Chih-Chung Kuo, Dan Du, Assen Roguev, Nathan E Lewis, Aaron N Chang, Jason F Kreisberg, Nevan Krogan, Lei Qi, Trey Ideker, Prashant Mali
We developed a systematic approach to map human genetic networks by combinatorial CRISPR-Cas9 perturbations coupled to robust analysis of growth kinetics. We targeted all pairs of 73 cancer genes with dual guide RNAs in three cell lines, comprising 141,912 tests of interaction. Numerous therapeutically relevant interactions were identified, and these patterns replicated with combinatorial drugs at 75% precision. From these results, we anticipate that cellular context will be critical to synthetic-lethal therapies...
March 20, 2017: Nature Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319041/practical-use-of-a-plastic-scintillator-for-quality-assurance-of-electron-beam-therapy
#18
Katsunori Yogo, Yuya Tatsuno, Masato Tsuneda, Yuki Aono, Daiki Mochizuki, Yoshiki Fujisawa, Akihiro Matsushita, Minoru Ishigami, Hiromichi Ishiyama, Kazushige Hayakawa
Quality assurance (QA) of the clinical electron beam is essential for performing accurate and safe radiation therapy. However, with advances in radiation therapy, QA tends to be labor-intensive and time consuming. Here, we propose the practical use of a tissue-equivalent plastic scintillator for quick and easy QA of clinical electron beams. This tool enabled us to verify simultaneously the constancy of output, beam quality, depth and lateral dose profiles during monthly QAs at lower doses of irradiation (small MUs)...
March 20, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318761/the-bone-marrow-microenvironment-home-of-the-leukemic-blasts
#19
REVIEW
Manar S Shafat, Bruno Gnaneswaran, Kristian M Bowles, Stuart A Rushworth
Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML) is a genetically, biologically and clinically heterogeneous set of diseases, which are characterised by an increased growth of abnormal myeloid progenitor cells within the bone marrow (BM). Ex-vivo AML exhibits a high level of spontaneous apoptosis. Furthermore, relapse for patients achieving remission occurs from minimal residual disease harboured within the BM microenvironment. Taken together, these observations illustrate the importance of the BM microenvironment in sustaining AML...
March 12, 2017: Blood Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318287/findings-from-a-couple-based-open-trial-for-adult-anorexia-nervosa
#20
Donald H Baucom, Jennifer S Kirby, Melanie S Fischer, Brian R Baucom, Robert Hamer, Cynthia M Bulik
Adult anorexia nervosa (AN) often is persistent, significantly erodes quality of life for both the patient and loved ones, and carries high medical and psychiatric comorbidity. Whereas individual psychotherapy for adult AN leads to improvement in some patients, recent findings indicate that the magnitude of improvement is limited: Only a small percentage of individuals fully recover and dropout rates are high. Thus, it is important to build upon current interventions to improve treatment response. We present results from an open trial of a couple-based intervention for adult anorexia nervosa as an adjunct treatment to standard multidisciplinary care...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Family Psychology: JFP
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