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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449562/longer-telomere-length-of-t-lymphocytes-in-patients-with-early-and-chronic-psychosis
#1
Yin Cui, Vishwanath Vasudev Prabhu, Thong Ba Nguyen, Subramaniam Mohana Devi, Young-Chul Chung
Objective: To investigate pathological conditions that act as sources of pro-inflammatory cytokines and cytotoxic substances to examine telomere length (TL) in patients with either early (duration of illness [DI] ≤5 years) or chronic (DI >5 years) psychosis using T lymphocytes. Methods: Based on these factors and the important role that T lymphocytes play in inflammation, the present study measured the TL of T lymphocytes in patients with either early or chronic psychosis...
May 31, 2017: Clinical Psychopharmacology and Neuroscience: the Official Scientific Journal of the Korean College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449430/poloxamer-surface-modified-trimethyl-chitosan-nanoparticles-for-the-effective-delivery-of-methotrexate-in-osteosarcoma
#2
Shenglong Li, Yuyuan Xiong, Xiaojing Zhang
The present work is an effort to explore the poloxamer-modified trimethyl chitosan (TMC) encapsulated MTX for osteosarcoma treatment in order to improve the therapeutic efficacy and minimize severe toxicity associated with the clinical usage of MTX. The methotrexate-loaded pluronic-chitosan nanoparticles (MTCN) was nanosized and exhibited a controlled release of drug from the carrier system. The MTCN showed higher accumulation in cell cytoplasm region evident by the high red fluorescence indicating its uptake through energy-dependent endocytosis process...
April 23, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449371/relationship-between-cytotoxic-t-lymphocyte-antigen-4-318c-t-rs5742909-gene-polymorphism-and-the-risk-of-acute-rejection-in-renal-transplantation
#3
Chun-Hua Yang, Xue-Xia Chen, Li Chen, Dong-Hua Zheng, Qiong-Shan Liu, Wen-Feng Xie, Tian-Biao Zhou, Gregor P C Drummen
Results on the relationship between CTLA4 -318C/T (rs5742909) gene polymorphism and risk of acute rejection in renal transplantation are still conflicting. This meta-analysis was performed to update the association between CTLA4 -318C/T and risk of acute rejection in renal transplantation. The association investigations were identified from PubMed and Cochrane Library, and eligible studies were included and synthesized using meta-analysis method. Twelve reports were included in this meta-analysis for the association of CTLA4 -318C/T gene polymorphism with acute rejection risk in renal transplantation, consisting of 728 acute rejection patients and 1628 non-acute rejection controls...
April 27, 2017: Pediatric Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449236/discovery-of-lhrh-and-development-of-lhrh-analogs-for-prostate-cancer-treatment
#4
Andrew V Schally, Norman L Block, Ferenc G Rick
The discovery, isolation, elucidation of structure, synthesis, and initial testing of the neuropeptide hypothalamic luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH), which regulates reproduction, is briefly described. The design, synthesis, and experimental and clinical testing of agonistic analogs of LHRH is extensively reviewed focusing on the development of new methods for the treatment of prostate cancer. Subsequent development of antagonistic analogs of LHRH is then faithfully recounted with special emphasis on therapy of prostate cancer and BPH...
April 27, 2017: Prostate
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448884/antiproliferative-hydroxy-fatty-acids-from-the-fodder-legume-stylosanthes-guianensis
#5
Marco Clericuzio, Bruno Burlando, Barbara Borghesi, Annalisa Salis, Gianluca Damonte, Stefania Ribulla, Laura Cornara
Stylosanthes guianensis is a fodder legume native from South America and widely grown worldwide. Dried plant material was purchased on the web and taxonomically identified by light and SEM microscopy, and morphological analysis of plants germinated from seeds. The plant was extracted with dichloromethane:2-propanol (9:1). Bioguided fractionation using calcein-AM cytotoxicity assay on HeLa and A431 tumor cells allowed to isolate a lipophilic fraction, endowed with strong cytotoxicity. By means of 1- and 2-D NMR, HPLC-MS, and HR-ESIMS it could be seen that the fraction was an inseparable mixture of complex lipids, mainly consisting of esterified 3-hydroxy fatty acids...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448877/synthesis-structure-and-cytotoxicity-of-a-series-of-dioxidomolybdenum-vi-complexes-featuring-salan-ligands
#6
Satabdi Roy, Monalisa Mohanty, Sagarika Pasayat, Sudarshana Majumder, Kulanthaivel Senthilguru, Indranil Banerjee, Martin Reichelt, Hans Reuter, Ekkehard Sinn, Rupam Dinda
Seven hexacoordinated cis-dioxidomolybdenum(VI) complexes [MoO2L(1-7)] (1-7) derived from various tetradentate diamino bis(phenolato) "salan" ligands, N,N'-dimethyl-N,N'-bis-(2-hydroxy-3-X-5-Y-6-Z-benzyl)-1,2-diaminoethane {(X=Br, Y=Me, Z=H (H2L(1)); X=Me, YCl, Z=H (H2L(2)); X=(i)Pr, Y=Cl, Z=Me (H2L(3))} and N,N'-bis-(2-hydroxy-3-X-5-Y-6-Z-benzyl)-1,2-diaminopropane {(X=Y=(t)Bu, Z=H (H2L(4)); X=Y=Me, Z=H (H2L(5)); X=(i)Pr, YCl, Z=Me (H2L(6)); X=Y=Br, Z=H (H2L(7))} containing O-N donor atoms, have been isolated and structurally characterized...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448865/glycolipids-from-spinach-suppress-lps-induced-vascular-inflammation-through-enos-and-nk-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling
#7
Masakazu Ishii, Tatsuo Nakahara, Daisuke Araho, Juri Murakami, Masahiro Nishimura
Glycolipids are the major constituent of the thylakoid membrane of higher plants and have a variety of biological and pharmacological activities. However, anti-inflammatory effects of glycolipids on vascular endothelial cells have not been elucidated. Here, we investigated the effect of glycolipids extracted from spinach on lipopolysaccharides (LPS)-induced endothelial inflammation and evaluated the underlying molecular mechanisms. Treatment with glycolipids from spinach had no cytotoxic effects on cultured human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) and significantly blocked the expression of LPS-induced interleukin (IL)-6, monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1), vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 (VCAM-1), and intracellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1) in them...
April 24, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448799/isolation-of-antioxidant-phenolics-from-schinopsis-brasiliensis-based-on-a-preliminary-lc-ms-profiling
#8
Clisiane Carla de Souza Santos, Milena Masullo, Antonietta Cerulli, Angela Mari, Charles Dos Santos Estevam, Cosimo Pizza, Sonia Piacente
The phenolic content of the ethanol extract of the stem bark of the Brazilian plant Schinopsis brasiliensis Engl. (Anacardiaceae) has been evaluated together with the antioxidant activity. The good antioxidant activity exhibited in the Trolox Equivalent Antioxidant Capacity (TEAC) assay (TEAC value = 3.04 mg/mL) encouraged us to investigate its constituents. An analytical approach based on LC-ESIMS(n) was applied to rapidly obtain a metabolite profile of the ethanol extract of the stem bark of S. brasiliensis...
April 24, 2017: Phytochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448635/excited-state-dynamics-of-bis-dehydroxycurcumin-tert-butyl-ester-a-diketo-shifted-derivative-of-the-photosensitizer-curcumin
#9
Luca Nardo, Angelo Maspero, Andrea Penoni, Giovanni Palmisano, Erika Ferrari, Monica Saladini
Bis-dehydroxycurcumin tert-butyl ester (K2T23) is a derivative of the natural spice curcumin. Curcumin is widely studied for its multiple therapeutic properties, including photosensitized cytotoxicity. However, the full exploitation of curcumin phototoxic potential is hindered by the extreme instability of its excited state, caused by very efficient non radiative decay by means of transfer of the enolic proton to the nearby keto oxygen. K2T23 is designed to exhibit a tautomeric equilibrium shifted toward the diketo conformers with respect to natural curcumin...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448574/fusion-expression-of-occludin-extracellular-loops-and-an-%C3%AE-helical-bundle-a-new-research-model-for-tight-junction
#10
Xiaojing Chi, Xia Zhao, Wei Wang, Yuqiang Niu, Min Cheng, Xiuying Liu, Sheng Cui, Wei Yang
Tight junctions (TJs) are the outermost structures of intercellular junctions and are highly specialized membrane domains involved in many important cellular processes. However, most TJ proteins are four-time transmembrane proteins and are difficult to express in their correct soluble form, which limits their functional study and therapeutic application. Human occludin (OCLN) is a major component of TJs and an essential co-receptor for hepatitis C virus (HCV) cell entry. To explore expression strategy for recombinant TJ proteins possessing integrated and functional extracellular loops, OCLN was here used as a model molecule, and several prokaryotic fusion constructs were designed by docking OCLN extracellular loops (ECLs) to HIV-1 gp41 NHR and CHR six-helical bundle (6HV1); then their biophysical features and anti-HCV activity were evaluated...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448438/antiplatelet-activity-of-a-newly-synthesized-novel-ruthenium-ii-a-potential-role-for-akt-jnk-signaling
#11
Themmila Khamrang, Kuo-Chen Hung, Chih-Hsuan Hsia, Cheng-Ying Hsieh, Marappan Velusamy, Thanasekaran Jayakumar, Joen-Rong Sheu
In oncotherapy, ruthenium complexes are considered as potential alternatives for platinum compounds, and have been proved as promising anticancer drugs with high efficacy and lesser side effects. Platelet activation plays a major role in cancer metastasis and progression. Hence, this study explored the effect of a newly synthesized ruthenium complex, [Ru(η⁶-cymene)(L)Cl]BF₄(TQ5), where L = 4-phenyl-2-pyridin-2-yl-quinazoline), on human platelet activation. TQ5 (3-5 µM) inhibited concentration-dependent collagen-induced platelet aggregation in washed human platelets...
April 27, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448110/heavy-metals-induce-decline-of-derivatives-of-5-methycytosine-in-both-dna-and-rna-of-stem-cells
#12
Jun Xiong, Xiaona Liu, Qing-Yun Cheng, Shan Xiao, Lai-Xin Xia, Bifeng Yuan, Yu-Qi Feng
Toxic heavy metals have been considered to be harmful environmental contaminations. The molecular mechanisms of heavy metals-induced cytotoxicity and carcinogenicity are still not well elucidated. Previous reports showed exposures to toxic heavy metals can cause change of DNA cytosine methylation (5-methylcytosine, 5-mC). However, it is still not clear whether heavy metals have effects on the recently identified new epigenetic marks in both DNA and RNA, i.e., 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5-hmC), 5-formylcytosine (5-foC), and 5-carboxylcytosine (5-caC)...
April 27, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448028/system-for-efficacy-and-cytotoxicity-screening-of-inhibitors-targeting-intracellular-mycobacterium-tuberculosis
#13
Xingji Zheng, Yossef Av-Gay
Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the causative agent of tuberculosis (TB), is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. With the increased spread of multi drug-resistant TB (MDR-TB), there is a real urgency to develop new therapeutic strategies against M. tuberculosis infections. Traditionally, compounds are evaluated based on their antibacterial activity under in vitro growth conditions in broth; however, results are often misleading for intracellular pathogens like M. tuberculosis since in-broth phenotypic screening conditions are significantly different from the actual disease conditions within the human body...
April 5, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447927/unexpected-positive-prospective-crossmatches-in-organ-transplant
#14
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Judith Desoutter, Marie-Joelle Apithy, Nicolas Guillaume
Preformed donor-specific antibodies against human leukocyte antigen can induce antibody-mediated rejection after organ transplant. Hence, future transplant recipients undergo pretransplant screening for preformed antibodies (ie, virtual crossmatch). Subsequently, prospective (analytic) crossmatching is performed using conventional, complement-dependent cytotoxicity assays and/or flow cytometry-based methods. The present article reviews factors that must be considered when unexpected, positive, prospective crossmatches are observed...
April 27, 2017: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447925/luminex-solid-phase-crossmatch-for-de-novo-donor-specific-antibodies-in-living-donor-related-transplants
#15
Sonia Mehrotra, Raj Kumar Sharma, Mahabaleshwar Mayya, Amit Gupta, Narayan Prasad, Anupma Kaul, Dharmendra Singh Bhadauria
OBJECTIVES: There are no reports of de novo donor-specific antibody monitoring by a low-cost solid-phase crossmatch assay using donor lysate after renal transplant. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We prospectively evaluated 121 complement-dependant cytotoxicity crossmatch-negative living-donor kidney transplant recipients for development of de novo donor-specific antibodies (class I and II HLA) by solid-phase crossmatch Luminex assay after transplant. RESULTS: Of 121 recipients in our study group, 26 (21...
April 27, 2017: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447909/cholic-acid-based-novel-micellar-nanoplatform-for-delivering-fda-approved-taxanes
#16
Gaurav Bharadwaj, Viet Nhan, ShanChao Yang, Xiaocen Li, Anand Narayanan, Ana Carolina Macarenco, Yu Shi, Darrion Yang, Letícia Salvador Vieira, Wenwu Xiao, Yuanpei Li, Kit S Lam
AIM: To structurally modify our existing cholic acid (CA)-based telodendrimer (TD; PEG(5K)-CA8) for effective micellar nanoencapsulation and delivery of the US FDA-approved members of taxane family. MATERIALS & METHODS: Generation of hybrid TDs was achieved by replacing four of the eight CAs with biocompatible organic moieties using solution-phase peptide synthesis. Drug loading was done using the standard evaporation method. RESULTS: Hybrid TDs can generate micelles with narrow size distributions, low critical micelle concentration values (1-6 μM), better hematocompatibility and lack of in vitro cytotoxicity...
April 27, 2017: Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447887/cyclopiazonic-acid-is-a-pathogenicity-factor-for-aspergillus-flavus-and-a-promising-target-for-screening-germplasm-for-ear-rot-resistance
#17
Subbaiah C Chalivendra, Catherine DeRobertis, Perng-Kuang Chang, Kenneth E Damann
Aspergillus flavus, an opportunistic pathogen, contaminates maize and other key crops with carcinogenic aflatoxins (AFs). Besides AFs, A. flavus makes many more secondary metabolites (SMs) whose toxicity in insects or vertebrates has been studied. However, the role of SMs in the invasion of plant hosts by A. flavus remains to be investigated. Cyclopiazonic acid (CPA), a neurotoxic SM made by A. flavus, is a nanomolar inhibitor of endoplasmic reticulum calcium ATPases (ECAs) and a potent inducer of cell death in plants...
April 24, 2017: Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions: MPMI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447724/effects-of-gap-junction-intercellular-communication-on-the-docetaxel-induced-cytotoxicity-in-rat-hepatocytes
#18
Nan Tang, Jinghua Liu, Bo Chen, Yuan Zhang, Meiling Yu, Ziqing Cai, Hongpeng Chen
The effect of gap junction intercellular communication (GJIC) on docetaxel-induced hepatotoxicity and its underlying mechanisms are largely unknown. The present study involved investigating the effect of downregulating GJs derived from connexin (Cx) 32 in BRL-3A cells by three different mechanisms: Using a low-density culture; suppression of Cx32 using small interfering RNA; and use of the chemical inhibitor 2‑aminoethoxydiphenyl borate (2‑APB), all of which led to attenuated docetaxel hepatotoxicity. In order to investigate the relevant mechanisms involved, apoptosis and caspase activities of BRL‑3A cells were determined...
March 7, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447602/spatial-computation-of-intratumoral-t-cells-correlates-with-survival-of-patients-with-pancreatic-cancer
#19
Julienne L Carstens, Pedro Correa de Sampaio, Dalu Yang, Souptik Barua, Huamin Wang, Arvind Rao, James P Allison, Valerie S LeBleu, Raghu Kalluri
The exact nature and dynamics of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) immune composition remains largely unknown. Desmoplasia is suggested to polarize PDAC immunity. Therefore, a comprehensive evaluation of the composition and distribution of desmoplastic elements and T-cell infiltration is necessary to delineate their roles. Here we develop a novel computational imaging technology for the simultaneous evaluation of eight distinct markers, allowing for spatial analysis of distinct populations within the same section...
April 27, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447465/transferrin-dressed-virus-like-ternary-nanoparticles-with-aggregation-induced-emission-for-targeted-delivery-and-rapid-cytosolic-release-of-sirna
#20
Tingbin Zhang, Weisheng Guo, Chunqiu Zhang, Jing Yu, Jing Xu, Shuyi Li, Jian-Hua Tian, Paul C Wang, Jinfeng Xing, Xing-Jie Liang
Viruses have evolved to be outstandingly efficient at gene delivery, but their use as vectors is limited by safety risks. Inspired by the structure of viruses, we constructed a virus-mimicking vector (denoted as TR4@siRNA@Tf NCs) with virus-like architecture and infection properties. Composed of a hydrophilic peptide, an AIEgen and a lipophilic tail, TR4 imitates the viral capsid and endows the vector with aggregation-induced emission (AIE) properties as well as efficient siRNA compaction. The outer glycoprotein transferrin (Tf) mimics the viral envelope protein, and endows the vector with reduced cytotoxicity as well as enhanced targeting capability...
April 27, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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