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Antonio J T Machado, Antonia T L Santos, Gioconda M A B Martins, Rafael P Cruz, Maria do S Costa, Fábia F Campina, Maria A Freitas, Camila F Bezerra, Antonio L A B Leal, Joara N P Carneiro, Cathia Coronel, Miriam Rolón, Celeste V Gómez, Henrique D M Coutinho, Maria F B Morais-Braga
In the search for new therapeutic agents against neglected diseases, both aqueous and hydroethanolic extracts from Psidium guajava L. and P. brownianum Mart ex DC leaves were investigated regarding their antiparasitic effect and cytotoxic potential. The extracts were tested at three concentrations (250, 500 and 1000 μg/mL) against Trypanosoma cruzi epimastigote forms (Chagas, 1909), Leishmania braziliensis (Vianna, 1911) and L. infantum promastigotes forms (Nicolle, 1908), as well as against fibroblasts...
March 13, 2018: Food and Chemical Toxicology
Oscar H L Bing
Ammonia plays a central role in the life and death of all living organisms and has been studied for over one hundred years. Ammonia is necessary for growth and development but it is toxic in excess and, as a result, differing methods of ammonia neutralization have evolved. Following physiological and pathological stress to the heart, tissue ammonia levels rise. Local ammonia neutralization may be inadequate and excess ammonia may exert its toxic effects. Phenylbutyrate (PBA), which is FDA approved for the treatment of elevated blood ammonia in urea cycle disorders, provides an accessory pathway for ammonia clearance...
March 16, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Yumao Jiang, Yue Jiao, Yang Liu, Meiyu Zhang, Zhiguo Wang, Yujuan Li, Tao Li, Xiaoliang Zhao, Danqiao Wang
As shown in our previous study, sinomenine hydrochloride (SH), the major bioactive alkaloid isolated from Sinomenium acutum Rehd. et Wils. (Fam. Menispermaceae ), initiates the autophagy-mediated death of human glioblastoma cells by generating reactive oxygen species and activating the autophagy-lysosome pathway. However, its effects on the migration and invasion of human glioblastoma cells have not yet been elucidated. Therefore, human glioblastoma U87 and SF767 cells were treated with SH (0.125 and 0.25 mM) for 24 h, and cell migration and invasion were assessed using scratch wound healing, migration and invasion assays...
March 14, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Seung Un Seo, Seon Min Woo, Kyoung-Jin Min, Taeg Kyu Kwon
Inhibition of cathespsin S not only inhibits invasion and angiogenesis, but also induces apoptosis and autophagy in cancer cells. In present study, we revealed that pharmacological inhibitor [Z-FL-COCHO (ZFL)] of cathepsin S up-regulates pro-apoptotic protein Bim expression at the posttranslational levels. These effects were not associated with MAPKs and AMPK signal pathways. Interestingly, pretreatment with the chemical chaperones (TUDCA and PBA) and knockdown of protein phosphatase 2A (PP2A) markedly inhibited ZFL-induced Bim upregulation...
March 10, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Wenjun Zhan, Yangcui Qu, Ting Wei, Changming Hu, Yue Pan, Qian Yu, Hong Chen
Smart bioactive surfaces that can modulate interactions with biological systems are of great interest. In this work, a surface with switchable bioactivity in response to sugars has been developed. It is based on dynamic covalent bonding between phenylboronic acid (PBA) and secondary hydroxyls on the "wide" rim of β-cyclodextrin. The system reported consists of gold surface modified with PBA-containing polymer brushes and a series of functional β-cyclodextrin derivatives conjugated to diverse bioactive ligands (CD-X)...
March 13, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Fatima Padilla-Cabal, Dietmar Georg, Hermann Fuchs
PURPOSE: The feasibility of Magnetic Resonance Image (MRI) based proton therapy is based, among several other factors, on the implementation of appropriate extensions on current dose calculation methods. This work aims to develop a pencil beam algorithm (PBA) for dose calculation of proton beams within magnetic field regions of up to 3T. METHODS: Monte Carlo (MC) simulations using the GATE 7.1/GEANT4.9.4p02 toolkit were performed to generate calibration and benchmarking data for the PBA...
March 12, 2018: Medical Physics
R Tortelli, S Arcuti, M Copetti, R Barone, C Zecca, R Capozzo, M R Barulli, I L Simone, G Logroscino
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether the presence of pseudobulbar affect (PBA) in an early stage of the disease influences survival in a population-based incident cohort of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). METHODS: Incident ALS cases, diagnosed according to El Escorial criteria, were enrolled from a prospective population-based registry in Puglia, Southern Italy. The Center for Neurologic Study-Lability Scale (CNS-LS), a self-administered questionnaire, was used to evaluate PBA...
March 11, 2018: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
Mai Hazekawa, Kazuhiko Ono, Takuya Nishinakagawa, Tomoyo Kawakubo-Yasukochi, Manabu Nakashima
Sodium 4-phenylbutyrate (PBA), which exerts a wide range of anti-inflammatory effects, is rapidly cleared from the body (approximately 98%) by urinary excretion by 24 h after oral treatment in humans. PBA was almost entirely excreted to urine as phenylacetyl glutamine (PAGln). However, no data describe the potential anti-inflammatory effects of PAGln. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the anti-inflammatory effects of PAGln on mouse spleen cells and peritoneal cavity cells, and explore the potential mechanism underlying this effect...
March 10, 2018: Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
Chuanwei Lu, Juan Yu, Chunpeng Wang, Jifu Wang, Fuxiang Chu
Cellulose-rosin based thermoplastic elastomers with UV absorption properties were fabricated by a combination of rosin, poly(butyl acrylate) (PBA) and ethyl cellulose (EC) via "graft from" ATRP with the aid of EC-rosin macroinitiator (EC-g-(DA)-Br) prepared by a simple esterification reaction between EC, dehydroabietic acid (DA, one of rosin's resin acids) and 2-bromoisobutylryl bromide. The introduction of rosin affords these elastomers with UV absorption property. And the glass transition temperature of these EC-rosin grafted copolymers could be tuned by changing the content of PBA...
May 15, 2018: Carbohydrate Polymers
Jihwan Son, Seung Mok Yang, Gawon Yi, Yoon Jin Roh, Hyeji Park, Jae Myung Park, Myung-Gyu Choi, Heebeom Koo
Targeted drug delivery has been an important issue for tumor therapy including photodynamic therapy (PDT). The purpose of our study is to increase the targeting efficiency of photosensitizer (PS) using folate-modified nanoparticles (NPs) to tumor site in vivo. Folate receptor is over-expressed on the surface of many human cancer cells. We prepared poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) NPs containing pheophorbide a (Pba), a PS that is used in PDT and generates free radical for killing cancer cells. The surface of NPs was composed of phospholipids modified with polyethylene glycol (PEG) and folate (FA)...
March 5, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Hongzhang Deng, Kun Song, Jianhua Zhang, Liandong Deng, Anjie Dong, Zhihai Qin
How the rigidity of nanoparticles affects their penetration into tumors is unclear. Core-shell nanoparticles were prepared with amphipathic poly(ethylene glycol)-b-(poly ε-caprolactone-g-poly butyl acrylate) (PEG-(PCL-g-PBA)) so that the mechanical stiffness of their cores could be varied in order to test the relationship between their rigidity and penetration through tumors. The rigidity of the nanoparticles was adjusted by the changeable crystallinity of the core, which was altered by varying the ratio of ε-caprolactone and butyl acrylate...
March 7, 2018: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
X-Q Che, Z-Q Li, Z Chen, D Guo, Q-Y Jia, S-C Jiang, J Cai
OBJECTIVE: Hepatic failure (HF) is a kind of complex disease characterizing with liver dysfunction and a few clinical complications. Artificial liver support system (ALSS) has been applied to HF patients to improve dysfunctional liver in recent years. This study aims to evaluate therapeutic effects of ALSS approaches, including plasma exchange (PE), plasma diafiltration (PDF) and plasma bilirubin adsorption (PBA), on liver function of HF patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This study is a retrospective analysis involving 516 patients diagnosed as HF between February 2014 and February 2015...
February 2018: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Francois Laurens, Maria José Aranzana, Pere Arus, Daniele Bassi, Marco Bink, Joan Bonany, Andrea Caprera, Luca Corelli-Grappadelli, Evelyne Costes, Charles-Eric Durel, Jehan-Baptiste Mauroux, Hélène Muranty, Nelson Nazzicari, Thierry Pascal, Andrea Patocchi, Andreas Peil, Bénédicte Quilot-Turion, Laura Rossini, Alessandra Stella, Michela Troggio, Riccardo Velasco, Eric van de Weg
Despite the availability of whole genome sequences of apple and peach, there has been a considerable gap between genomics and breeding. To bridge the gap, the European Union funded the FruitBreedomics project (March 2011 to August 2015) involving 28 research institutes and private companies. Three complementary approaches were pursued: (i) tool and software development, (ii) deciphering genetic control of main horticultural traits taking into account allelic diversity and (iii) developing plant materials, tools and methodologies for breeders...
2018: Horticulture Research
Neepa Patel, Hannah Combs, Michele York, Cecile Phan, Joohi Jimenez-Shahed
Pseudobulbar affect (PBA) is a syndrome of affective disturbance associated with inappropriate laughter and crying, independent of mood. PBA is common in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and increasingly recognized in Parkinson's disease (PD) and atypical parkinsonism (aP). Correlates of PBA have not been systematically studied. The purpose of this study was to determine whether cognitive and psychiatric comorbidities correlated with patient-reported symptoms of PBA by using the Center for Neurological Study-Lability Scale among patients with ALS, PD, and aP...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences
Daqian Yang, Huijie Jiang, Jingjing Lu, Yueying Lv, Ruiqi Baiyun, Siyu Li, Biying Liu, Zhanjun Lv, Zhigang Zhang
Lead, a pervasive environmental hazard worldwide, causes a wide range of physiological and biochemical destruction, including metabolic dysfunction. Grape seed proanthocyanidin extract (GSPE) is a natural production with potential metabolic regulation in liver. This study was performed to investigate the protective role of GSPE against lead-induced metabolic dysfunction in liver and elucidate the potential molecular mechanism of this event. Wistar rats received GSPE (200 mg/kg) daily with or without lead acetate (PbA, 0...
March 1, 2018: Environmental Pollution
S Krawczyk, A Nawrocka, A Zdyb
The electronic structure of excited photosensitizer adsorbed at the surface of a solid is the key factor in the electron transfer processes that underlie the efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells and photocatalysts. In this work, Stark effect (electroabsorption) spectroscopy has been used to measure the polarizability and dipole moment changes in electronic transitions of pyrene-1-carboxylic (PCA), -acetic (PAA) and -butyric (PBA) acids in ethanol, both free and adsorbed on colloidal TiO2 , in glassy ethanol at low temperature...
February 24, 2018: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
Ruvanthi N Kularatne, Katherine E Washington, Chandima Bulumulla, Erika L Calubaquib, Michael C Biewer, David Oupicky, Mihaela C Stefan
The short chain fatty acid, 4-phenylbutyric acid (PBA), is used for the treatment of urea cycle disorders and sickle cell disease as an endoplasmic reticulum stress inhibitor. PBA is also known as a histone deacetylase inhibitor (HDACi). We report here the effect of combination therapy on HeLa cancer cells using PBA as the HDACi together with the anticancer drug, doxorubicin (DOX). We synthesized γ-4-phenylbutyrate-ε-caprolactone monomer which was polymerized to form poly(γ-4-phenylbutyrate-ε-caprolactone) (PPBCL) homopolymer using NdCl3 ·3TEP/TIBA (TEP = triethyl phosphate, TIBA = triisobutylaluminum) catalytic system...
February 27, 2018: Biomacromolecules
Satomi Tani, Carlos Piñeiro, Yuzo Koketsu
Background: The objectives of our study were 1) to characterize culling and retention patterns in parities 0 to 6 in served females and farrowed sows in two herd groups, and 2) to quantify the factors associated with by-parity culling risks for both groups in commercial herds. Lifetime data from first-service to removal included 465,947 service records of 94,691 females served between 2008 and 2013 in 98 Spanish herds. Herds were categorized into two groups based on the upper 25th percentile of the herd means of annualized lifetime pigs weaned per sow: high-performing (> 24...
2018: Porcine Health Management
Flora M Hammond, William Sauve, Fred Ledon, Charles Davis, Andrea E Formella
BACKGROUND: Dextromethorphan 20mg /quinidine 10mg (DM/Q) was approved to treat pseudobulbar affect (PBA) based upon phase 3 trials conducted in participants with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or multiple sclerosis. PRISM II evaluated DM/Q effectiveness, safety and tolerability for PBA following stroke, dementia or traumatic brain injury (TBI). OBJECTIVE: To report results from the TBI cohort of PRISM II, including a TBI-specific functional scale. DESIGN: Open-label trial evaluating twice daily DM/Q over 90 days...
February 22, 2018: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
Regina R Berkovich, Alexey Y Sokolov, Daniel M Togasaki, Aida A Yakupova, Paul-Henry Cesar, Soma Sahai-Srivastava
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to assess potential efficacy and safety of dextromethorphan/quinidine (DMQ) in prophylactic treatment of migraine in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) with superimposed pseudobulbar affect (PBA). METHODS: Multiple sclerosis patients with superimposed PBA and comorbid migraine were enrolled into this open-label observational study at the University of Southern California Comprehensive MS Center. The baseline characteristics included, among other data, frequency and severity of acute migraine attacks and use of migraine relievers...
February 22, 2018: Clinical Neuropharmacology
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