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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458212/programmed-drug-delivery-system-based-on-optimized-size-decrease-and-hydrophilicity-hydrophobicity-transformation-for-enhanced-hepatocellular-carcinoma-therapy-of-doxorubicin
#1
Yuanyuan Liu, Lian Li, Lijia Li, Zhou Zhou, Fengling Wang, Xiaofeng Xiong, Rui Zhou, Yuan Huang
Requirements on drug delivery systems to surmount a complex series of pathophysiological barriers bear "cascading contradictions", especially size and hydrophilicity/hydrophobicity contradiction. Herein, a programmed drug delivery system (GNPs-Dox-Lac) based on optimized "size decrease and hydrophilicity/hydrophobicity transformation" was developed by combination the gelatin nanoparticle (GNPs) and prodrug Doxorubicin-Lactose (Dox-Lac). The results showed that GNPs-Dox-Lac (133.3 nm) were kinetically stable in blood circulation and inclined to accumulate at the tumor site...
February 16, 2018: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458203/precision-pharmacology-for-alzheimer-s-disease
#2
REVIEW
Harald Hampel, Andrea Vergallo, Lisi Flores Aguilar, Norbert Benda, Karl Broich, A Claudio Cuello, Jeffrey Cummings, Bruno Dubois, Howard J Federoff, Massimo Fiandaca, Remy Genthon, Marion Haberkamp, Eric Karran, Mark Mapstone, George Perry, Lon S Schneider, Lindsay A Welikovitch, Janet Woodcock, Filippo Baldacci, Simone Lista
The complex multifactorial nature of polygenic Alzheimer's disease (AD) presents significant challenges for drug development. AD pathophysiology is progressing in a non-linear dynamic fashion across multiple systems levels - from molecules to organ systems - and through adaptation, to compensation, and decompensation to systems failure. Adaptation and compensation maintain homeostasis: a dynamic equilibrium resulting from the dynamic non-linear interaction between genome, epigenome, and environment. An individual vulnerability to stressors exists on the basis of individual triggers, drivers, and thresholds accounting for the initiation and failure of adaptive and compensatory responses...
February 16, 2018: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458180/feature-guided-attentional-capture-cannot-be-prevented-by-spatial-filtering
#3
Nick Berggren, Martin Eimer
Feature-based control processes guide attention towards objects with target features in visual search. While these processes are assumed to operate globally across the entire visual field, it remains controversial whether target-matching objects at task-irrelevant locations can be excluded from attentional selection, especially when spatial attention is already narrowly focused elsewhere. We investigated whether probe stimuli at irrelevant lateral locations capture attention when they precede search displays where targets are defined either by a specific feature (colour or orientation) or by a colour/orientation conjunction by measuring N2pc components (an electrophysiological marker of attentional target selection) to these probes...
February 16, 2018: Biological Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458160/gambogic-acid-sensitizes-breast-cancer-cells-to-trail-induced-apoptosis-by-promoting-the-crosstalk-of-extrinsic-and-intrinsic-apoptotic-signalings
#4
Shengpeng Wang, Yingqi Xu, Chenyang Li, Hongxun Tao, Anqi Wang, Chenyu Sun, Zhangfeng Zhong, Xu Wu, Peng Li, Yitao Wang
Due to the ability of tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) to induce cancer cell apoptosis selectively, TRAIL has attracted significant interest in the treatment of cancer. However, although TRAIL triggers apoptosis in a broad range of cancer cells, most primary cancers are often intrinsically TRAIL-resistant, or acquire resistance after TRAIL treatment, evocating new strategies to overcome TRAIL resistance. Gambogic acid (GA), an active constituent of Garcinia Hanburyi (Teng Huang in Chinese), has been applied for thousands of years for medicinal uses, however, the potential effect of GA in combating cancer resistance remains poorly investigated...
February 16, 2018: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458146/enhanced-anticancer-effects-of-scutellaria-barbata-d-don-in-combination-with-traditional-chinese-medicine-components-on-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-cells
#5
Qian Wang, Narayan Acharya, Zhongwei Liu, Xianmei Zhou, Meghan Cromie, Jia Zhu, Weimin Gao
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Experience-based herbal medicine as a complementary to modern western medicine has triggered an array of studies in quest of novel anticancer drugs. Scutellaria barbata D. Don (SB) is commonly used to treat different types of cancers, but its molecular mechanism of action is not clearly understood. In this study, we attempted to elucidate the mode of action of a traditional Chinese medicine prescription with a total of 14 components, named Lian-Jia-San-Jie-Fang (LJSJF, in Chinese), where SB works as the "principle" against non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cells...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458135/porcine-heart-interatrial-septum-anatomy
#6
Mateusz K Hołda, Mateusz Koziej, Katarzyna Piątek, Wiesława Klimek-Piotrowska
BACKGROUND: The left-sided atrial septal pouch (SP), a recently re-discovered anatomical structure within the human interatrial septum, has emerged as a possible source of thrombi formation and a trigger for atrial fibrillation, thereby potentially increasing the risk for ischemic stroke. In many studies, the swine interatrial septum has been used as model of the human heart. Also, possible new strategies and devices for management of the SPs may first be tested in this pig model. Therefore, in this study, we aimed to evaluate swine interatrial septum morphology and to compare it with the human analog, especially in the light of SP occurrence...
February 16, 2018: Annals of Anatomy, Anatomischer Anzeiger: Official Organ of the Anatomische Gesellschaft
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458120/major-role-for-trpv1-and-insp3r-in-par-2-elicited-inflammatory-mediator-production-in-differentiated-human-keratinocytes
#7
Olivier Gouin, Killian L'Herondelle, Paul Buscaglia, Christelle Le Gall-Ianotto, Réginald Philippe, Nelig Legoux, Olivier Mignen, Virginie Buhé, Raphael Leschiera, Mehdi Sakka, Nathalie Kerfant, Jean-Luc Carré, Raphaele Le Garrec, Luc Lefeuvre, Nicolas Lebonvallet, Laurent Misery
Proteinase-activated receptor-2 (PAR-2) activation in basal keratinocytes stimulates inflammation via the Ca2+ -dependent production of mediators such as interleukin (IL)-1β, tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α and thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP). In this study, we investigated PAR-2 calcium signaling and the consequent production of inflammatory mediators in differentiated human primary keratinocytes (DhPKs). Stimulation with the PAR-2 activating peptide SLIGKV promoted Ca2+ store depletion in both undifferentiated human primary keratinocytes (UhPKs) and DhPKs...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458077/reciprocal-regulation-of-the-cadherin-11-stat3-axis-by-caveolin-1-in-mouse-fibroblasts-and-lung-carcinoma-cells
#8
M Geletu, R Mohan, R Arulanandam, A Berger-Becvar, I R Nabi, P T Gunning, L Raptis
Caveolin-1 (Cav1) is an integral plasma membrane protein and a complex regulator of signal transduction. The Signal Transducer and Activator of Transcription-3 (Stat3) is activated by a number of receptor and non-receptor tyrosine kinases and is positively implicated in cancer. Despite extensive efforts, the relationship between Cav1 and Stat3 has been a matter of controversy. We previously demonstrated that engagement of E- or N-cadherin or cadherin-11 cell to cell adhesion molecules, as occurs with confluence of cultured cells, triggers a dramatic increase in the levels of tyr705 phosphorylated ie activated Stat3, by a mechanism requiring the cRac1 small GTPase...
February 16, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458041/role-of-superoxide-ion-formation-in-hypothermia-rewarming-induced-contractile-dysfunction-in-cardiomyocytes
#9
Niccole Schaible, Young Soo Han, Torkjel Tveita, Gary C Sieck
Rewarming following accidental hypothermia is associated with circulatory collapse due primarily to impaired cardiac contractile (systolic) function. Previously, we found that reduced myofilament Ca2+ sensitivity underlies hypothermia/rewarming (H/R)-induced cardiac contractile dysfunction. This reduced Ca2+ sensitivity is associated with troponin I (cTnI) phosphorylation. We hypothesize that H/R induces reactive oxygen species (ROS) formation in cardiomyocytes, which leads to cTnI phosphorylation and reduced myofilament Ca2+ sensitivity...
February 16, 2018: Cryobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457787/alternative-macrophages-in-atherosclerosis-not-always-protective
#10
Benoit Pourcet, Bart Staels
Atherosclerosis is a chronic inflammatory disease of the vasculature that is initiated by cholesterol deposition into the arterial wall, which triggers the infiltration of immune and inflammatory cells, including monocytes and macrophages. As atherosclerotic plaques progress, localized hypoxia promotes compensatory angiogenesis from the vasa vasorum. Immature neovessels are prone to leakage, thus destabilizing the plaque and leading to intraplaque hemorrhage. Macrophages with different phenotypes, ranging from classical inflammatory subtypes to alternatively activated antiinflammatory macrophages, have been identified in atherosclerotic lesions...
February 19, 2018: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457613/on-the-photocatalytic-cycle-of-water-splitting-with-small-manganese-oxides-and-the-roles-of-water-clusters-as-direct-sources-of-oxygen-molecules
#11
Kentaro Yamamoto, Kazuo Takatsuka
We theoretically studied the chemical principles behind the photodynamics of water splitting: 2H2 O + 4hν + M → 4H+ + 4e- + O2 + M. To comprehend this simple looking but very complicated reaction, the mechanisms of at least three crucial phenomena, among others, need to be clarified, each of which is supposed to constitute the foundation of chemistry: (i) charge separation (4H+ + 4e- ), (ii) the catalytic cycle for essentially the same reactions to be repeated by each of four photon absorptions with a catalyst M, and (iii) the generation of oxygen molecules of spin triplet...
February 19, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457379/levels-of-cytokines-and-micrornas-in-individuals-with-asymptomatic-hyperuricemia-and-ultrasonographic-findings-of-gout-a-bench-to-bedside-approach
#12
Irving O Estevez-Garcia, Selma Gallegos-Nava, Erika Vera-Pérez, Luis H Silveira, Lucio Ventura-Ríos, Gonzalo Vancini, Cristina Hernández-Díaz, Fausto Sánchez-Muñoz, Martha A Ballinas-Verdugo, Marwin Gutierrez, Carlos Pineda, Pedro Rodriguez-Henriquez, Diana Castillo-Martínez, Luis M Amezcua-Guerra
OBJECTIVE: To assess potential associations among serum cytokines and microRNA (miR) levels with ultrasound (US) findings suggestive of urate deposits in chronic asymptomatic hyperuricemia and gout. METHODS: All participants underwent musculoskeletal US and measurements of serum IL-1β, IL-2, IL-4, IL-5, IL-6, IL-8, IL-10, IL-12, IL-13, IFN-γ, TNF, MCP-1, and ENA-78, as well as miR-146a, miR-155, and miR-223 levels. RESULTS: Thirty individuals with asymptomatic hyperuricemia, 31 normouricemic controls, and 30 gouty patients were included...
February 18, 2018: Arthritis Care & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457208/children-deserve-smoke-free-world
#13
REVIEW
R Remesh Kumar, P R Jayakumar, R Krishna Mohan
Tobacco smoke, active or passive exposure was the major cause of preventable morbidity and mortality in the world during twentieth century and will continue to be the same in the twenty-first century also if the current trends continue. Both active and passive smoking are having significance in relation to child health. Exposure starts antenatally from placenta to the fetus and later phases through passive exposure to experimental and regular smoking and ultimately addiction and habitual smoking. Evidences are in favour of causal relationship with intrauterine growth restriction, sudden infant death syndrome, decreased pulmonary function, increased risk for respiratory tract infection, otitis media, wheeze, asthma, neurobehavioral disorders, cleft palate and triggering pathogenesis of fetal and childhood onset of adult diseases, especially pulmonary and cardio vascular diseases...
February 19, 2018: Indian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457046/acute-on-chronic-liver-failure-a-portuguese-single-center-reference-review
#14
Miguel Verdelho, Rui Perdigoto, João Machado, Élia Mateus, Paulo Marcelino, Rui Pereira, Philip Fortuna, Luís Bagulho, Luís Bento, Francisco Ribeiro, Fernando Nolasco, Américo Martins, Eduardo Barroso
Acute-on-chronic liver failure (ACLF) is a syndrome characterized by an acute deterioration of a patient with cirrhosis, frequently associated with multi-organ failure and a high short-term mortality rate. We present a retrospective study that aims to characterize the presentation, evolution, and outcome of patients diagnosed with ACLF at our center over the last 3 years, with a comparative analysis between the group of patients that had ACLF precipitated by infectious insults of bacterial origin and the group of those with ACLF triggered by a nonbacterial infectious insult; the incidence of acute kidney injury and its impact on the prognosis of ACLF was also analyzed...
January 2018: GE Portuguese Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456969/mutation-of-agr-is-associated-with-the-adaptation-of-staphylococcus-aureus-to-the-host-during-chronic-osteomyelitis
#15
Carlos M Suligoy, Santiago M Lattar, Mariángeles Noto Llana, Cintia D González, Lucía P Alvarez, D Ashley Robinson, Marisa I Gómez, Fernanda R Buzzola, Daniel O Sordelli
Selection pressures exerted on Staphylococcus aureus by host factors may lead to the emergence of mutants better adapted to the evolving conditions at the infection site. This study was aimed at identifying the changes that occur in S. aureus exposed to the host defense mechanisms during chronic osteomyelitis and evaluating whether these changes affect the virulence of the organism. Genome assessment of two S. aureus isolates collected 13 months apart (HU-85a and HU-85c) from a host with chronic osteomyelitis was made by whole genome sequencing...
2018: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456868/-cinnamomum-zeylanicum-bark-essential-oil-induces-cell-wall-remodelling-and-spindle-defects-in-candida-albicans
#16
Zinnat Shahina, Amira M El-Ganiny, Jessica Minion, Malcolm Whiteway, Taranum Sultana, Tanya E S Dahms
Background: Cinnamon ( Cinnamomum zeylanicum) bark extract exhibits potent inhibitory activity against Candida albicans but the antifungal mechanisms of this essential oil remain largely unexplored. Results: We analyzed the impact of cinnamon bark oil on C. albicans RSY150, and clinical strains isolated from patients with candidemia and candidiasis. The viability of RSY150 was significantly compromised in a dose dependent manner when exposed to cinnamon bark oil, with extensive cell surface remodelling at sub inhibitory levels (62...
2018: Fungal Biology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456722/fucosterol-exhibits-selective-antitumor-anticancer-activity-against-hela-human-cervical-cell-line-by-inducing-mitochondrial-mediated-apoptosis-cell-cycle-migration-inhibition-and-downregulation-of-m-tor-pi3k-akt-signalling-pathway
#17
Hongye Jiang, Jie Li, Aiyue Chen, Yinguang Li, Meng Xia, Peng Guo, Shuzhong Yao, Shuqin Chen
Cervical cancer greatly contributes to cancer-associated mortalities worldwide. The growing incidence of cervical cancer is of primary concern, and has signaled the need for multiple treatment options. Despite preliminary responses to chemotherapy and/or surgical interventions, the tumors consistently relapse. Previously, natural products gained attention for their diverse bioactivities, which include however are not limited to, neuroprotective, antimicrobial and anticancer effects. The present study evaluated the anticancer activity of fucosterol against a panel of human cancer cell lines...
March 2018: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456707/resveratrol-induces-autophagic-apoptosis-via-the-lysosomal-cathepsin-d-pathway-in-human-drug-resistant-k562-adm-leukemia-cells
#18
Zhewen Zhang, Zhuan Liu, Jing Chen, Juan Yi, Juan Cheng, Wangqing Dun, Hulai Wei
The aim of the present study was to investigate the crosstalk between resveratrol (Res)-induced autophagy and apoptosis, and the molecular pathway by which autophagy leads to apoptotic death in drug-resistant K562/ADM leukemia cells. The viability of K562/ADM cells was determined using the MTT assay. The formation of autophagic vacuoles was detected using transmission electron microscopy and monodansylcadaverine (MDC) staining. Cell apoptosis was evaluated using flow cytometry. The expression of apoptosis- or autophagy-associated proteins was measured using western blotting...
March 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456686/biochanin-a-extirpates-the-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-in-a-human-lung-cancer
#19
Yan Wang, Jiao-Jiao Li, Yu-Min Chen
The natural iso-flavonoid, biochanin A, is categorized as a phytoestrogen and has been demonstrated to exhibit various pharmacological properties. However, no effects of biochanin A on lung cancer cell lines have been reported. Therefore, the present study aimed to demonstrate whether biochanin A has the ability to reduce lung cancer triggered pro-inflammatory effects from leukemic monocytes. We studied the release of cytokines, tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α and interleukin (IL)-6, from the cocultured cells of A427:AML-193...
March 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456668/fpoa-induces-the-apoptosis-of-hepg2-cells
#20
Mingjie Song, Haiying Bao, Tolgor Bau
The triterpenoid 3-acetoxylanosta-8,24-dien-21-oic acid (FPOA) is isolated from the fruiting body of Fomitopsis pinicola . The present study reports that FPOA exerts cytotoxic activity and describes the molecular mechanism of FPOA-induced apoptosis on human HepG2 hepatoma cells. FPOA exhibited significant cytotoxic effects against HepG2, MCF-7 and HeLa cells. However, FPOA was particularly cytotoxic towards HepG2 cells, with a half maximal inhibitory concentration value of 42.10 µM, thus these cells were taken forward for further analysis...
March 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
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