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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454468/ethanolic-extract-of-thevetia-peruviana-flowers-enhances-tnf-%C3%AE-and-trail-induced-apoptosis-of-human-cervical-cancer-cells-via-intrinsic-and-extrinsic-pathways
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Chittima Managit, Hiroaki Sakurai, Ikuo Saiki
Tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) and TNF-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) are promising candidates for cancer treatment due to their ability to induce apoptosis through death receptor stimulation. However, their usage may be limited due to the resistance of cancer cells to TNF-α- and TRAIL-induced apoptosis. Currently, there is interest in screening for natural products that can sensitize cancer cells to TNF-α- and TRAIL-induced apoptosis for their use in combination with TNF-α or TRAIL. It was previously reported that the bark extract of Thevetia peruviana showed a reversal effect on TRAIL-resistance in human gastric adenocarcinoma cell lines...
April 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454057/application-of-2d-nmr-with-room-temperature-nmr-probes-for-the-assessment-of-the-higher-order-structure-of-filgrastim
#2
Robert G Brinson, Houman Ghasriani, Derek J Hodgson, Kristie M Adams, Ian McEwen, Darón I Freedberg, Kang Chen, David A Keire, Yves Aubin, John P Marino
The higher order structure (HOS) of biotherapeutics is a critical quality attribute that can be evaluated by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy at atomic resolution. NMR spectral mapping of HOS can be used to establish HOS consistency of a biologic across manufacturing changes or to compare a biosimilar to an innovator reference product. A previous inter-laboratory study performed using filgrastim drug products demonstrated that two-dimensional (2D)-NMR (1)H(N)-(15)N(H) heteronuclear correlation spectroscopy is a highly robust and precise method for mapping the HOS of biologic drugs at natural abundance using high sensitivity NMR 'cold probes...
April 4, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454019/adsorption-of-carbon-dots-onto-al2o3-in-aqueous-experimental-and-theoretical-studies
#3
Xia Liu, Jiaxing Li, Xiaohua Wu, Zhi Zeng, Xianlong Wang, Tasawar Hayat, Xiaodong Zhang
Increasing interests in carbon dots (CDs) research resulted in the increased production of CDs and the risk to be released into the environment, including surface water and groundwater. To assess the environmental behavior of CDs, the stability of CDs in aqueous solutions were first examined by different environmental conditions, followed by the systematic investigation of the adsorption behaviors of CDs onto Al2O3 surface. Electrostatic interactions were considered as the dominant forces in CDs adsorption onto Al2O3 process, which were further confirmed by controlling experiments as compared with other minerals or oxides, such as montmorillonite, kaolinite and SiO2...
April 25, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453964/degradation-of-sulfadimethoxine-catalyzed-by-laccase-with-soybean-meal-extract-as-natural-mediator-mechanism-and-reaction-pathway
#4
Shangtao Liang, Qi Luo, Qingguo Huang
Natural laccase-mediator systems have been well recognized as an eco-friendly and energy-saving approach in environmental remediation, whose further application is however limited by the high cost of natural mediators and relatively long treatment time span. This study evaluated the water extract of soybean meal, a low-cost compound system, in mediating the laccase catalyzed degradation of a model contaminant of emerging concern, sulfadimethoxine (SDM), and demonstrated it as a promising alternative mediator for soil and water remediation...
April 23, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453782/sempi-a-genome-based-secondary-metabolite-prediction-and-identification-web-server
#5
Paul F Zierep, Natàlia Padilla, Dimitar G Yonchev, Kiran K Telukunta, Dennis Klementz, Stefan Günther
The secondary metabolism of bacteria, fungi and plants yields a vast number of bioactive substances. The constantly increasing amount of published genomic data provides the opportunity for an efficient identification of gene clusters by genome mining. Conversely, for many natural products with resolved structures, the encoding gene clusters have not been identified yet. Even though genome mining tools have become significantly more efficient in the identification of biosynthetic gene clusters, structural elucidation of the actual secondary metabolite is still challenging, especially due to as yet unpredictable post-modifications...
April 27, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453650/plantismash-automated-identification-annotation-and-expression-analysis-of-plant-biosynthetic-gene-clusters
#6
Satria A Kautsar, Hernando G Suarez Duran, Kai Blin, Anne Osbourn, Marnix H Medema
Plant specialized metabolites are chemically highly diverse, play key roles in host-microbe interactions, have important nutritional value in crops and are frequently applied as medicines. It has recently become clear that plant biosynthetic pathway-encoding genes are sometimes densely clustered in specific genomic loci: biosynthetic gene clusters (BGCs). Here, we introduce plantiSMASH, a versatile online analysis platform that automates the identification of candidate plant BGCs. Moreover, it allows integration of transcriptomic data to prioritize candidate BGCs based on the coexpression patterns of predicted biosynthetic enzyme-coding genes, and facilitates comparative genomic analysis to study the evolutionary conservation of each cluster...
April 27, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453309/combination-of-cyclodextrin-and-ionic-liquid-in-analytical-chemistry-current-and-future-perspectives
#7
Y H Boon, M Raoov, N N M Zain, S Mohamad, H Osman
The growth in driving force and popularity of cyclodextrin (CDs) and ionic liquids (ILs) as promising materials in the field of analytical chemistry has resulted in an exponentially increase of their exploitation and production in analytical chemistry field. Cyclodextrins belong to the family of cyclic oligosaccharides composing of α-(1,4) linked glucopyranose subunits and possess a cage-like supramolecular structure. This structure enables chemical reactions to proceed between interacting ions, radical or molecules in the absence of covalent bonds...
April 28, 2017: Critical Reviews in Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453261/comparison-of-metabolomics-approaches-for-evaluating-the-variability-of-complex-botanical-preparations-green-tea-camellia-sinensis-as-a-case-study
#8
Joshua J Kellogg, Tyler N Graf, Mary F Paine, Jeannine S McCune, Olav M Kvalheim, Nicholas H Oberlies, Nadja B Cech
A challenge that must be addressed when conducting studies with complex natural products is how to evaluate their complexity and variability. Traditional methods of quantifying a single or a small range of metabolites may not capture the full chemical complexity of multiple samples. Different metabolomics approaches were evaluated to discern how they facilitated comparison of the chemical composition of commercial green tea [Camellia sinensis (L.) Kuntze] products, with the goal of capturing the variability of commercially used products and selecting representative products for in vitro or clinical evaluation...
April 28, 2017: Journal of Natural Products
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449548/vibration-induced-property-change-in-the-melting-and-solidifying-process-of-metallic-nanoparticles
#9
Yonggang Zheng, Liquan Ding, Hongfei Ye, Zhen Chen
Tuning material properties in the 3-D printing process of metallic parts is a challenging task of current interests. Much research has been conducted to understand the effects of controlling parameters such as the particle geometry (size and shape), heating, and cooling ways on the outcome of the printing process. However, nothing has been done to explore the system vibration effect. This letter reports our findings on the vibration-induced property change in the melting and solidifying process of silver nanoparticles with the use of molecular dynamics simulation...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449398/feeding-induced-phenol-production-in-capsicum-annuum-l-influences-spodoptera-litura-f-larval-growth-and-physiology
#10
Vijaya Movva, Usha Rani Pathipati
We studied the role of induced plant phenols as a defense response to insect herbivory. Phenolic compounds were induced in Capsicum annuum L., the source of many culinary peppers, after feeding by different stages of the insect pest, Spodoptera litura F. The phenols were identified and quantified using high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and effects produced by these phenols on larval development were studied. Vanillic acid was identified in plants challenged by second, fourth, and fifth instar larvae, but not in plants challenged by third instar nor unchallenged plants...
May 2017: Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449191/perceived-harms-and-benefits-of-tobacco-marijuana-and-electronic-vaporizers-among-young-adults-in-colorado-implications-for-health-education-and-research
#11
Lucy Popova, Emily Anne McDonald, Sohrab Sidhu, Rachel Barry, Tracey A Richers Maruyama, Nicolas M Sheon, Pamela M Ling
AIMS: To evaluate how young adults perceive and compare harms and benefits of marijuana and tobacco products in the context of a legal marijuana market in Colorado. DESIGN: Semi-structured qualitative interviews. SETTING: Denver, Colorado, USA. PARTICIPANTS: Thirty-two young adults (18-26 years old) who used tobacco/marijuana/vaporizers. Semi-structured interviews addressed perceived harms and benefits of various tobacco and marijuana products and personal experiences with these products...
April 27, 2017: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449190/consensus-statement-on-prevention-and-management-of-adverse-effects-following-rejuvenation-procedures-with-hyaluronic-acid-based-fillers
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REVIEW
W G Philipp-Dormston, D Bergfeld, B M Sommer, G Sattler, S Cotofana, P Snozzi, U Wollina, K P J Hoffmann, C Salavastru, K Fritz
Facial fillers play an important role in the correction of facial changes associated with ageing. They offer quick treatments in the outpatient setting with minimal subsequent downtime that provide predictable, natural-looking, long-lasting results. Hyaluronic acid soft tissue injectables have established their role as the fillers of choice for patients over the last 2 decades. Hyaluronic acid fillers are rarely associated with adverse reactions, and those that do occur tend to be mild and temporary. However, as with all injected or implanted biomaterials, adverse events can occur and patients must be fully informed of potential risks prior to undergoing treatment...
April 27, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449122/up-regulation-of-nced3-and-aba-biosynthesis-occur-within-minutes-of-a-decrease-in-leaf-turgor-but-ahk1-is-not-required
#13
Frances C Sussmilch, Timothy J Brodribb, Scott A M McAdam
A major environmental signal influencing day-time stomatal aperture is the vapour pressure deficit between the leaf and atmosphere (VPD). In angiosperms, increased VPD triggers biosynthesis of abscisic acid (ABA), prompting rapid stomatal closure. Altered cell turgor has been proposed as the trigger for ABA biosynthesis, but the timing and nature of the genetic signals linking these processes have remained uncertain. We investigated this in Arabidopsis by examining changes induced by a decrease in leaf turgor, simulating a natural increase in VPD...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449101/synthetic-biology-approaches-for-the-production-of-plant-metabolites-in-unicellular-organisms
#14
Tessa Moses, Payam Mehrshahi, Alison G Smith, Alain Goossens
Synthetic biology is the repurposing of biological systems for novel objectives and applications. Through the co-ordinated and balanced expression of genes, both native and those introduced from other organisms, resources within an industrial chassis can be siphoned for the commercial production of high-value commodities. This developing interdisciplinary field has the potential to revolutionize natural product discovery from higher plants, by providing a diverse array of tools, technologies, and strategies for exploring the large chemically complex space of plant natural products using unicellular organisms...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448746/pharmaceutical-chemicals-steroids-and-xenoestrogens-in-water-sediments-and-fish-from-the-tidal-freshwater-potomac-river-virginia-usa
#15
Golala Arya, Sara Tadayon, James Sadighian, Jennifer Jones, Kim de Mutsert, Thomas B Huff, Gregory D Foster
Selected pharmaceutical chemicals, steroids and xenoestrogens (PCSXs) consisting of 29 endocrine modulators, therapeutic drugs, pesticides, detergents, plastics, and active ingredients in household products were measured in water, riverbed sediments and fish collected in a tributary embayment of the Potomac River (Hunting Creek, Alexandria, VA, USA) in the vicinity of wastewater discharge. A total of 17 PCSXs were found in the Hunting Creek samples, with steroid hormones (e.g., progesterone and 17α-ethinylestradiol), triclosan, dextromethorphan and bisphenol A being the most prominent micropollutants detected...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part A, Toxic/hazardous Substances & Environmental Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448635/excited-state-dynamics-of-bis-dehydroxycurcumin-tert-butyl-ester-a-diketo-shifted-derivative-of-the-photosensitizer-curcumin
#16
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/28448594/novel-in-natural-infection-subdominant-hiv-1-cd8-t-cell-epitopes-revealed-in-human-recipients-of-conserved-region-t-cell-vaccines
#17
Nicola Borthwick, Zhansong Lin, Tomohiro Akahoshi, Anuska Llano, Sandra Silva-Arrieta, Tina Ahmed, Lucy Dorrell, Christian Brander, Hayato Murakoshi, Masafumi Takiguchi, Tomáš Hanke
BACKGROUND: Fine definition of targeted CD8+ T-cell epitopes and their human leucocyte antigen (HLA) class I restriction informs iterative improvements of HIV-1 T-cell vaccine designs and may predict early vaccine success or failure. Here, lymphocytes from volunteers, who had received candidate HIVconsv vaccines expressing conserved sub-protein regions of HIV-1, were used to define the optimum-length target epitopes and their HLA restriction. In HIV-1-positive patients, CD8+ T-cell responses predominantly recognize immunodominant, but hypervariable and therefore less protective epitopes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448516/natural-variation-of-pirna-expression-affects-immunity-to-transposable-elements
#18
Sergei Ryazansky, Elizaveta Radion, Anastasia Mironova, Natalia Akulenko, Yuri Abramov, Valeriya Morgunova, Maria Y Kordyukova, Ivan Olovnikov, Alla Kalmykova
In the Drosophila germline, transposable elements (TEs) are silenced by PIWI-interacting RNA (piRNA) that originate from distinct genomic regions termed piRNA clusters and are processed by PIWI-subfamily Argonaute proteins. Here, we explore the variation in the ability to restrain an alien TE in different Drosophila strains. The I-element is a retrotransposon involved in the phenomenon of I-R hybrid dysgenesis in Drosophila melanogaster. Genomes of R strains do not contain active I-elements, but harbour remnants of ancestral I-related elements...
April 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448476/special-issue-structure-activity-relationship-of-natural-products
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EDITORIAL
Jean-Marc Sabatier
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April 27, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448468/transcriptome-analysis-of-core-dinoflagellates-reveals-a-universal-bias-towards-gc-rich-codons
#20
Ernest Williams, Allen Place, Tsvetan Bachvaroff
Although dinoflagellates are a potential source of pharmaceuticals and natural products, the mechanisms for regulating and producing these compounds are largely unknown because of extensive post-transcriptional control of gene expression. One well-documented mechanism for controlling gene expression during translation is codon bias, whereby specific codons slow or even terminate protein synthesis. Approximately 10,000 annotatable genes from fifteen "core" dinoflagellate transcriptomes along a range of overall guanine and cytosine (GC) content were used for codonW analysis to determine the relative synonymous codon usage (RSCU) and the GC content at each codon position...
April 27, 2017: Marine Drugs
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