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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319176/insight-into-the-mechanism-of-action-of-temporin-sha-a-new-broad-spectrum-antiparasitic-and-antibacterial-agent
#1
Zahid Raja, Sonia André, Feten Abbassi, Vincent Humblot, Olivier Lequin, Tahar Bouceba, Isabelle Correia, Sandra Casale, Thierry Foulon, Denis Sereno, Bruno Oury, Ali Ladram
Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are promising drugs to kill resistant pathogens. In contrast to bacteria, protozoan parasites, such as Leishmania, were little studied. Therefore, the antiparasitic mechanism of AMPs is still unclear. In this study, we sought to get further insight into this mechanism by focusing our attention on temporin-SHa (SHa), a small broad-spectrum AMP previously shown to be active against Leishmania infantum. To improve activity, we designed analogs of SHa and compared the antibacterial and antiparasitic mechanisms...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318698/stochastic-modeling-of-phosphorus-transport-in-the-three-gorges-reservoir-by-incorporating-variability-associated-with-the-phosphorus-partition-coefficient
#2
Lei Huang, Hongwei Fang, Xingya Xu, Guojian He, Xuesong Zhang, Danny Reible
Phosphorus (P) fate and transport plays a crucial role in the ecology of rivers and reservoirs in which eutrophication is limited by P. A key uncertainty in models used to help manage P in such systems is the partitioning of P to suspended and bed sediments. By analyzing data from field and laboratory experiments, we stochastically characterize the variability of the partition coefficient (Kd) and derive spatio-temporal solutions for P transport in the Three Gorges Reservoir (TGR). We formulate a set of stochastic partial different equations (SPDEs) to simulate P transport by randomly sampling Kd from the measured distributions, to obtain statistical descriptions of the P concentration and retention in the TGR...
March 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318643/cxcl10-alters-the-tumour-immune-microenvironment-and-disease-progression-in-a-syngeneic-murine-model-of-high-grade-serous-ovarian-cancer
#3
Katrina K Au, Nichole Peterson, Peter Truesdell, Gillian Reid-Schachter, Kasra Khalaj, Runhan Ren, Julie-Ann Francis, Charles H Graham, Andrew W Craig, Madhuri Koti
OBJECTIVE: We recently established that high STAT1 expression and associated T helper type I tumour immune microenvironment (TME) are prognostic and chemotherapy response predictive biomarkers in high-grade serous ovarian cancer (HGSC). STAT1 induced chemokine CXCL10 is key to the recruitment of lymphocytes in the TME and is significantly highly expressed in the tumours from patients with longer survival. In the current study we therefore aimed to elucidate the role CXCL10 in disease progression and tumour immune transcriptomic alterations using the ID8 syngeneic murine model of HGSC...
March 16, 2017: Gynecologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318079/design-and-synthesis-of-galactosylated-bifurcated-ligands-with-nanomolar-affinity-for-lectin-leca-from-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
#4
Anthony Angeli, Muchen Li, Lucie Dupin, Gerard Vergoten, Mathieu Noel, Mimouna Madaoui, Shuai Wang, Albert Meyer, Thomas Gehin, Sebastien Vidal, Jean-Jacques Vasseur, Yann Chevolot, Francois Morvan
Lectin LecA of Pseudomonas aeruginosa is established as a virulent factor. Glycoclusters targeting LecA able to compete with human glycoconjugates present on epithelial cells are promising candidates to treat P. aeruginosa infection. A family of 32 glycodendrimers of generation 0 and 1 displaying bifurcated bis-galactosides has been designed to interact with LecA. The influence of both the central multivalent core and the aglycon of these glycodendrimers on their affinity toward LecA has been evaluated using a microarray technology both qualitatively for a rapid screening of the binding properties but also quantitatively (Kd) leading to high affinity LecA ligands with Kd values in the low nanomolar range (Kd = 22 nM for the best one)...
March 20, 2017: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317872/preclinical-evaluation-of-the-efficacy-pharmacokinetics-and-immunogenicity-of-js-001-a-programmed-cell-death-protein-1-pd-1-monoclonal-antibody
#5
Jie Fu, Fang Wang, Li-Hou Dong, Jing Zhang, Cheng-Lian Deng, Xue-Li Wang, Xin-Yao Xie, Jing Zhang, Ruo-Xian Deng, Li-Bo Zhang, Hai Wu, Hui Feng, Bo Chen, Hai-Feng Song
JS-001 is the first monoclonal antibody (mAb) against programmed cell death protein-1 (PD-1) approved by the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) into the clinical trails. To date, however, no pre-clinical pharmacological and pharmacokinetic (PK) data are available. In this study, we investigated the efficacy of JS-001 and conducted a preclinical PK study, including the monitoring of anti-drug antibodies (ADAs). We found that JS-001 specifically bound to PD-1 antigen with an EC50 of 21 nmol/L, and competently blocked the binding of PD-1 antigen to PD-L1 and PD-L2 with IC50 of 3...
March 20, 2017: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317854/sets-of-serum-exosomal-micrornas-as-candidate-diagnostic-biomarkers-for-kawasaki-disease
#6
Hong-Ling Jia, Chao-Wu Liu, Li Zhang, Wei-Jun Xu, Xue-Juan Gao, Jun Bai, Yu-Fen Xu, Ming-Guo Xu, Gong Zhang
Although Kawasaki disease is the main cause of acquired heart disease in children, no diagnostic biomarkers are available. We aimed to identify candidate biomarkers for diagnosing Kawasaki disease using serum exosomal microRNAs (miRNAs). Using frozen serum samples from a biobank, high-throughput microarray technologies, two-stage real-time quantitative PCR, and a self-referencing strategy for data normalization, we narrowed down the list of biomarker candidates to a set of 4 miRNAs. We further validated the diagnostic capabilities of the identified miRNAs (namely, CT(miR-1246)-CT(miR-4436b-5p) and CT(miR-197-3p)-CT(miR-671-5p)) in 79 samples from two hospitals...
March 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317766/first-evidences-of-interaction-between-pyranoanthocyanins-and-salivary-proline-rich-proteins
#7
Ignacio García-Estévez, Luís Cruz, Joana Oliveira, Nuno Mateus, Victor de Freitas, Susana Soares
The contribution of other classes of polyphenol compounds besides tannins to the overall perception of astringency is still poorly understood. So, this work aimed to study the interaction between a family of salivary proline-rich proteins (aPRPs) and representative pyranoanthocyanins in red wines [pyranomalvidin-3-glucoside (vitisin B), pyranomalvidin-3-glucoside-catechol, and pyranomalvidin-3-glucoside-epicatechin] using saturation transfer difference-NMR and MALDI-TOF. For vitisin B KD was of 1.74mM; for pyranomalvidin-3-glucoside-catechol was 1...
August 1, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317308/afebrile-kawasaki-disease-with-coronary-artery-dilatation
#8
Atsunori Yoshino, Risa Tanaka, Tadamasa Takano, Tsutomu Oishi
Herein we describe the cases of two afebrile patients who were thought to have Kawasaki disease (KD). Patient 1 was a 7-month-old-Japanese girl. She presented with bulbar conjunctival injection, diarrhea, skin erythema, and redness around the bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) inoculation site. Thirteen days after the first symptoms, ultrasonic cardiogram (UCG) showed dilatations of the bilateral coronary arteries (CA). The dilatations had completely resolved 5 months later. Patient 2 was a 13-month-old Japanese boy...
March 2017: Pediatrics International: Official Journal of the Japan Pediatric Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317076/an-experimental-tool-to-estimate-the-probability-of-a-nucleotide-presence-in-the-crystal-structures-of-the-nucleotide-protein-complexes
#9
Maria Nemchinova, Vitaly Balobanov, Ekaterina Nikonova, Natalia Lekontseva, Alisa Mikhaylina, Svetlana Tishchenko, Alexey Nikulin
A correlation between the ligand-protein affinity and the identification of the ligand in the experimental electron density maps obtained by X-ray crystallography has been tested for a number of RNA-binding proteins. Bacterial translation regulators ProQ, TRAP, Rop, and Hfq together with their archaeal homologues SmAP have been used. The equilibrium dissociation constants for the N-methyl-anthraniloyl-labelled adenosine and guanosine monophosphates titrated by the proteins have been determined by the fluorescent anisotropy measurements...
March 20, 2017: Protein Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316325/silencing-of-the-small-gtpase-diras3-induces-cellular-senescence-in-human-white-adipose-stromal-progenitor-cells
#10
Asim Ejaz, Monika Mattesich, Werner Zwerschke
Inhibition of Akt-mTOR signaling protects from obesity and extends life span in animals. In the present study, we analyse the impact of the small GTPase, GTP-binding RAS-like 3 (DIRAS3), a recently identified weight-loss target gene, on cellular senescence in adipose stromal/progenitor cells (ASCs) derived from human subcutaneous white adipose tissue (sWAT). We demonstrate that DIRAS3 knock-down (KD) in ASCs induces activation of Akt-mTOR signaling and proliferation arrest. DIRAS3 KD ASCs lose the potential to form colonies and are negative for Ki-67...
March 17, 2017: Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315327/discovery-of-a-kelch-like-ech-associated-protein-1-inhibitory-tetrapeptide-and-its-structural-characterization
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Satoshi Sogabe, Kotaro Sakamoto, Yusuke Kamada, Akito Kadotani, Yasunori Fukuda, Jun-Ichi Sakamoto
Keap1 constitutively binds to the transcription factor Nrf2 to promote its degradation, resulting in negative modulation of genes involved in cellular protection against oxidative stress. Keap1 is increasingly recognized as an attractive target for treating diseases involving oxidative stress, including cancer, atherosclerosis, diabetes, arthritis, and neurodegeneration. We used phage-display peptide screening to identify a tetrapeptide showing moderate binding affinity, which inhibits the interaction between Nrf2 and Keap1...
March 14, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314283/stable-shrna-silencing-of-lactate-dehydrogenase-a-ldha-in-human-mda-mb-231-breast-cancer-cells-fails-to-alter-lactic-acid-production-glycolytic-activity-atp-or-survival
#12
Nzinga Mack, Elizabeth A Mazzio, David Bauer, Hernan Flores-Rozas, Karam F A Soliman
BACKGROUND: In the US, African Americans have a high death rate from triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC), characterized by lack of hormone receptors (ER, PR, HER2/ERRB2) which are otherwise valuable targets of chemotherapy. There is a need to identify novel targets that negatively impact TNBC tumorigenesis. TNBCs release an abundance of lactic acid, under normoxic, hypoxic and hyperoxic conditions; this referred to as the Warburg effect. Accumulated lactic acid sustains peri-cellular acidity which propels metastatic invasion and malignant aggressive transformation...
March 2017: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304138/rapid-and-efficient-one-step-purification-of-a-serralysin-family-protease-by-using-a-p-aminobenzamidine-modified-affinity-medium
#13
Shangyong Li, Linna Wang, Shengxiang Lin, Juan Yang, Zibin Ma, Yuejun Wang, Junzhong Liu, Jianhua Hao, Mi Sun
The metalloproteinase MP belongs to the serralysin family, which is involved in important functions such as nutrient acquisition and infection pathogenesis. Serralysin proteases in highly purified form are commonly used at the industrial level with several purposes. In this study, we set up an efficient and rapid purification protocol for MP using a p-aminobenzamidine-modified affinity chromatography. The affinity medium was synthesized by using p-aminobenzamidine as affinity ligand immobilized via cyanuric chloride spacer to Sepharose 6B sorbent carrier...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Separation Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303405/synthesis-and-degradation-of-long-chain-base-phosphates-affect-fumonisin-b1-induced-cell-death-in-arabidopsis-thaliana
#14
Daiki Yanagawa, Toshiki Ishikawa, Hiroyuki Imai
Fumonisin B1 (FB1), an inducer of cell death, disrupts sphingolipid metabolism; large accumulations of de novo synthesized free long-chain bases (LCBs) are observed. However, it remains unclear whether tolerance to FB1 toxicity in plants is connected with preventing the accumulation of free LCBs through their phosphorylation. Here a workflow for the extraction, detection and quantification of LCB phosphates (LCBPs) in Arabidopsis thaliana was developed. We studied the effect of expression of genes for three enzymes involved in the synthesis and degradation of LCBPs, LCB kinase (LCBK1), LCBP phosphatase (SPP1) and lyase (DPL1) on FB1-induced cell death...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Plant Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297651/glycan-determinants-of-heparin-tau-interaction
#15
Jing Zhao, Isabelle Huvent, Guy Lippens, David Eliezer, Anqiang Zhang, Quanhong Li, Peter Tessier, Robert J Linhardt, Fuming Zhang, Chunyu Wang
Tau aggregates into paired helical filaments within neurons, a pathological hallmark of Alzheimer's disease. Heparin promotes tau aggregation and recently has been shown to be involved in the cellular uptake of tau aggregates. Although the tau-heparin interaction has been extensively studied, little is known about the glycan determinants of this interaction. Here, we used surface plasmon resonance (SPR) and NMR spectroscopy to characterize the interaction between two tau fragments, K18 and K19, and several polysaccharides, including heparin, heparin oligosaccharides, chemically modified heparin, and related glycans...
March 14, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297441/comprehensive-dosimetric-planning-comparison-for-early-stage-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-with-sabr-fixed-beam-imrt-versus-vmat-versus-tomotherapy
#16
Ilma Xhaferllari, Omar El-Sherif, Stewart Gaede
Volumetric-modulated arc therapy (VMAT) is emerging as a leading technology in treating early-stage, non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR). However, two other modalities capable of delivering intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) include fixed-beam and helical TomoTherapy (HT). This study aims to provide an extensive dosimetric comparison among these various IMRT techniques for treating early-stage NSCLC with SABR. Ten early-stage NSCLC patients were retrospectively optimized using three fixed-beam techniques via nine to eleven beams (high and low modulation step-and-shoot (SS), and sliding window (SW)), two VMAT techniques via two partial arcs (SmartArc (SA) and RapidArc (RA)), and three HT techniques via three different fan beam widths (1 cm, 2...
September 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297358/evaluation-of-the-eclipse-emc-algorithm-for-bolus-electron-conformal-therapy-using-a-standard-verification-dataset
#17
Robert L Carver, Conrad P Sprunger, Kenneth R Hogstrom, Richard A Popple, John A Antolak
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the accuracy and calculation speed of electron dose distributions calculated by the Eclipse electron Monte Carlo (eMC) algorithm for use with bolus electron conformal therapy (ECT). The recent commercial availability of bolus ECT technology requires further validation of the eMC dose calculation algorithm. eMC-calculated electron dose distributions for bolus ECT have been compared to previously measured TLD-dose points throughout patient-based cylindrical phantoms (retromolar trigone and nose), whose axial cross sections were based on the mid-PTV (planning treatment volume) CT anatomy...
May 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297335/on-the-accuracy-of-dose-prediction-near-metal-fixation-devices-for-spine-sbrt
#18
Zhangkai J Cheng, Regina M Bromley, Brad Oborn, Martin Carolan, Jeremy T Booth
The metallic fixations used in surgical procedures to support the spine mechanically usually consist of high-density materials. Radiation therapy to palliate spinal cord compression can include prophylactic inclusion of potential tumor around the site of such fixation devices. Determination of the correct density and shape of the spine fixation device has a direct effect on the dose calculation of the radiation field. Even with the application of modern computed tomography (CT), under- or overestimation of dose, both immediately next to the device and in the surrounding tissues, can occur due to inaccuracies in the dose prediction algorithm...
May 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297297/investigation-of-dosimetric-differences-between-the-tmr-10-and-convolution-algorithm-for-gamma-knife-stereotactic-radiosurgery
#19
Alvaro Rojas-Villabona, Neil Kitchen, Ian Paddick
Since its inception, doses applied using Gamma Knife Radiosurgery (GKR) have been calculated using a simple TMR algorithm, which assumes the patient's head is of even density, the same as water. This results in a significant approximation of the dose delivered by the Gamma Knife. We investigated how GKR dose calculations varied when using a new convolution algorithm clinically available for GKR planning that takes into account density variations in the head compared with the established calculation algorithm...
November 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297277/application-programming-in-c-environment-with-recorded-user-software-interactions-and-its-application-in-autopilot-of-vmat-imrt-treatment-planning
#20
Henry Wang, Lei Xing
An autopilot scheme of volumetric-modulated arc therapy (VMAT)/intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) planning with the guidance of prior knowledge is established with recorded interactions between a planner and a commercial treatment planning system (TPS). Microsoft (MS) Visual Studio Coded UI is applied to record some common planner-TPS interactions as subroutines. The TPS used in this study is a Windows-based Eclipse system. The interactions of our application program with Eclipse TPS are realized through a series of subroutines obtained by prerecording the mouse clicks or keyboard strokes of a planner in operating the TPS...
November 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
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