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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212541/analysis-of-variability-in-high-throughput-screening-data-applications-to-melanoma-cell-lines-and-drug-responses
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Kuan-Fu Ding, Darren Finlay, Hongwei Yin, William P D Hendricks, Chris Sereduk, Jeffrey Kiefer, Aleksandar Sekulic, Patricia M LoRusso, Kristiina Vuori, Jeffrey M Trent, Nicholas J Schork
High-throughput screening (HTS) strategies and protocols have undergone significant development in the last decade. It is now possible to screen hundreds of thousands of compounds, each exploring multiple biological phenotypes and parameters, against various cell lines or model systems in a single setting. However, given the vast amount of data such studies generate, the fact that they use multiple reagents, and are often technician-intensive, questions have been raised about the variability, reliability and reproducibility of HTS results...
February 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212532/long-non-coding-rna-ptenp1-functions-as-a-cerna-to-modulate-pten-level-by-decoying-mir-106b-and-mir-93-in-gastric-cancer
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Rupeng Zhang, Yuenan Guo, Zhenchi Ma, Gang Ma, Qiang Xue, Fangxuan Li, Liren Liu
Recent studies have shown that competing endogenous RNAs (ceRNAs) play an important role in the regulation of gene expression, and participate in a wide range of biological processes, including carcinogenesis. Long non-coding RNA PTENP1, the pseudogene of PTEN tumor suppressor, has been reported to exert its tumor suppressive function via modulation of PTEN expression in many malignancies. However, whether a PTENP1~miRNA~PTEN ceRNA network exists and how it functions in gastric cancer (GC) remains elusive. In order to identify and characterize the PTENP1~miRNA~PTEN ceRNA network in GC, we first determined PTENP1 levels in clinical GC samples and found that PTENP1 and PTEN were concurrently downregulated in these samples...
February 13, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212522/taking-up-the-cudgels-for-the-traditional-reactive-oxygen-and-nitrogen-species-detection-assays-and-their-use-in-the-cardiovascular-system
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REVIEW
Andreas Daiber, Matthias Oelze, Sebastian Steven, Swenja Kröller-Schön, Thomas Münzel
Reactive oxygen and nitrogen species (RONS such as H2O2, nitric oxide) confer redox regulation of essential cellular functions (e.g. differentiation, proliferation, migration, apoptosis), initiate and catalyze adaptive stress responses. In contrast, excessive formation of RONS caused by impaired break-down by cellular antioxidant systems and/or insufficient repair of the resulting oxidative damage of biomolecules may lead to appreciable impairment of cellular function and in the worst case to cell death, organ dysfunction and severe disease phenotypes of the entire organism...
February 7, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212450/expression-and-activity-of-multidrug-resistance-proteins-in-mature-endothelial-cells-and-their-precursors-a-challenging-correlation
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Agnieszka Krawczenko, Aleksandra Bielawska-Pohl, Karolina Wojtowicz, Roksana Jura, Maria Paprocka, Elżbieta Wojdat, Urszula Kozłowska, Aleksandra Klimczak, Catherine Grillon, Claudine Kieda, Danuta Duś
Active cellular transporters of harmful agents-multidrug resistance (mdr) proteins-are present in tumor, stem and endothelial cells, among others. While mdr proteins are broadly studied in tumor cells, their role in non-tumor cells and the significance of their action not connected with removal of harmful xenobiotics is less extensively documented. Proper assessment of mdr proteins expression is difficult. Mdr mRNA presence is most often evaluated but that does not necessarily correlate with the protein level...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212432/genetically-encoded-ratiometric-fluorescent-thermometer-with-wide-range-and-rapid-response
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Masahiro Nakano, Yoshiyuki Arai, Ippei Kotera, Kohki Okabe, Yasuhiro Kamei, Takeharu Nagai
Temperature is a fundamental physical parameter that plays an important role in biological reactions and events. Although thermometers developed previously have been used to investigate several important phenomena, such as heterogeneous temperature distribution in a single living cell and heat generation in mitochondria, the development of a thermometer with a sensitivity over a wide temperature range and rapid response is still desired to quantify temperature change in not only homeotherms but also poikilotherms from the cellular level to in vivo...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212372/molecular-biology-of-gastroesophageal-cancers-opportunities-and-challenges
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Shaheer Khan, Sameh Mikhail, Joanne Xiu, Mohamed E Salem
Gastroesophageal (GE) malignancies make up a significant and growing segment of newly diagnosed cancers. Approximately 80% of patients who have GE cancers die within 5 years of diagnosis, which means that effective treatments for these malignancies need to be found. Currently, targeted therapies have a minimal role in this disease group. Intensive study of the molecular biology of GE cancers is a relatively new and ongoing venture, but it has already led to a significant increase in our understanding of these malignancies...
January 2017: Clinical Advances in Hematology & Oncology: H&O
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212334/transfer-of-anti-rotavirus-antibodies-during-pregnancy-and-in-milk-following-maternal-vaccination-with-a-herpes-simplex-virus-type-1-amplicon-vector
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Anita F Meier, Mark Suter, Elisabeth M Schraner, Bruno M Humbel, Kurt Tobler, Mathias Ackermann, Andrea S Laimbacher
Rotaviruses (RVs) are important enteric pathogens of newborn humans and animals, causing diarrhea and in rare cases death, especially in very young individuals. Rotavirus vaccines presently used are modified live vaccines that lack complete biological safety. Previous work from our laboratory suggested that vaccines based on in situ produced, non-infectious rotavirus-like particles (RVLPs) are efficient while being entirely safe. However, using either vaccine, active mucosal immunization cannot induce protective immunity in newborns due to their immature immune system...
February 16, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212278/the-effect-of-the-human-peptide-ghk-on-gene-expression-relevant-to-nervous-system-function-and-cognitive-decline
#8
Loren Pickart, Jessica Michelle Vasquez-Soltero, Anna Margolina
Neurodegeneration, the progressive death of neurons, loss of brain function, and cognitive decline is an increasing problem for senior populations. Its causes are poorly understood and therapies are largely ineffective. Neurons, with high energy and oxygen requirements, are especially vulnerable to detrimental factors, including age-related dysregulation of biochemical pathways caused by altered expression of multiple genes. GHK (glycyl-l-histidyl-l-lysine) is a human copper-binding peptide with biological actions that appear to counter aging-associated diseases and conditions...
February 15, 2017: Brain Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212273/oxidative-stress-in-copd-sources-markers-and-potential-mechanisms
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REVIEW
Adam John Anthony McGuinness, Elizabeth Sapey
Markers of oxidative stress are increased in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and reactive oxygen species (ROS) are able to alter biological molecules, signaling pathways and antioxidant molecule function, many of which have been implicated in the pathogenesis of COPD. However, the involvement of ROS in the development and progression of COPD is not proven. Here, we discuss the sources of ROS, and the defences that have evolved to protect against their harmful effects. We address the role that ROS may have in the development and progression of COPD, as well as current therapeutic attempts at limiting the damage they cause...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Clinical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212192/genetic-control-of-erythropoiesis
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Laxminath Tumburu, Swee Lay Thein
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The discovery of several genetic variants associated with erythroid traits and subsequent elucidation of their functional mechanisms are exemplars of the power of the new genetic and genomic technology. The present review highlights findings from recent genetic studies related to the control of erythropoiesis and dyserythropoiesis, and fetal hemoglobin, an erythroid-related trait. RECENT FINDINGS: Identification of the genetic modulators of erythropoiesis involved two approaches: genome-wide association studies (GWASs) using single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) arrays that revealed the common genetic variants associated with erythroid phenotypes (hemoglobin, red cell count, MCV, MCH) and fetal hemoglobin; and massive parallel sequencing such as whole genome sequencing (WGS) and whole exome sequencing (WES) that led to the discovery of the rarer variants (GFI1B, SBDS, RPS19, PKLR, EPO, EPOR, KLF1, GATA1)...
February 15, 2017: Current Opinion in Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212151/antibody-mediated-rejection-in-the-cardiac-allograft-diagnosis-treatment-and-future-considerations
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M Elizabeth H Hammond, Abdallah G Kfoury
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review summarizes the latest publications dealing with antibody-mediated rejection (AMR) and defines areas of controversy and future steps that may improve the outcome for patients with this virulent form of rejection. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent progress includes publication of standardized pathologic criteria for acute AMR by the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT) and guidelines for treatment of acute AMR by the American Heart Association, endorsed by ISHLT as well...
February 15, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212091/multistability-and-bifurcation-analysis-of-inhibitory-coupled-cyclic-genetic-regulatory-networks-with-delays
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Guang Ling, Zhi-Hong Guan, Bin Hu, Qiang Lai, Yonghong Wu
Many biological systems have the conspicuous property to present more than one stable state and diverse rhythmic behaviors. A closed relationship between these complex dynamic behaviors and cyclic genetic structures has been witnessed by pioneering works. In this paper, a typical structure of inhibitory coupled cyclic genetic networks is introduced to further enlighten this mechanism of stability and biological rhythms of living cells. The coupled networks consist two identical cyclic genetic subnetworks, which inhibit each other directly...
February 14, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Nanobioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211993/recent-lab-on-chip-developments-for-novel-drug-discovery
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REVIEW
Nauman Khalid, Isao Kobayashi, Mitsutoshi Nakajima
Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and micro total analysis systems (μTAS) revolutionized the biochemical and electronic industries, and this miniaturization process became a key driver for many markets. Now, it is a driving force for innovations in life sciences, diagnostics, analytical sciences, and chemistry, which are called 'lab-on-a-chip, (LOC)' devices. The use of these devices allows the development of fast, portable, and easy-to-use systems with a high level of functional integration for applications such as point-of-care diagnostics, forensics, the analysis of biomolecules, environmental or food analysis, and drug development...
February 17, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Systems Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211932/nanostructured-material-based-biofuel-cells-recent-advances-and-future-prospects
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REVIEW
Cui-E Zhao, Panpan Gai, Rongbin Song, Ying Chen, Jianrong Zhang, Jun-Jie Zhu
During the past decade, biofuel cells (BFCs) have emerged as an emerging technology on account of their ability to directly generate electricity from biologically renewable catalysts and fuels. Due to the boost in nanotechnology, significant advances have been accomplished in BFCs. Although it is still challenging to promote the performance of BFCs, adopting nanostructured materials for BFC construction has been extensively proposed as an effective and promising strategy to achieve high energy production. In this review, we presented the major novel nanostructured materials applied for BFCs and highlighted the breakthroughs in this field...
February 17, 2017: Chemical Society Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211929/calcium-phosphate-nanoparticles-prepared-from-infusion-fluids-for-stem-cell-transfection-process-optimization-and-cytotoxicity-analysis
#15
Quazi T H Shubhra, Ayako Oyane, Hiroko Araki, Maki Nakamura, Hideo Tsurushima
This is the first study to report the use of infusion fluids for particle-mediated gene delivery with DNA-immobilized calcium phosphate (CaP) nanoparticles (NPs). In conventional CaP systems, CaP NPs are fabricated in labile supersaturated CaP solutions which are prepared from chemical reagents. In the present study, we fabricated CaP NPs via coprecipitation in labile supersaturated CaP solutions that were prepared from infusion fluids (even the water used was of injectable quality) instead of chemical reagents and demonstrated their gene delivery capabilities for the hard to transfect pluripotent stem cell (C3H10T1/2) along with the easy to transfect CHO-K1 cell...
February 17, 2017: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211922/applying-phasor-approach-analysis-of-multiphoton-flim-measurements-to-probe-the-metabolic-activity-of-three-dimensional-in-vitro-cell-culture-models
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Pirmin H Lakner, Michael G Monaghan, Yvonne Möller, Monilola A Olayioye, Katja Schenke-Layland
Fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy (FLIM) can measure and discriminate endogenous fluorophores present in biological samples. This study seeks to identify FLIM as a suitable method to non-invasively detect a shift in cellular metabolic activity towards glycolysis or oxidative phosphorylation in 3D Caco-2 models of colorectal carcinoma. These models were treated with potassium cyanide or hydrogen peroxide as controls, and epidermal growth factor (EGF) as a physiologically-relevant influencer of cell metabolic behaviour...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211912/dna-methylation-map-in-circulating-leukocytes-mirrors-subcutaneous-adipose-tissue-methylation-pattern-a-genome-wide-analysis-from-non-obese-and-obese-patients
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A B Crujeiras, A Diaz-Lagares, J Sandoval, F I Milagro, S Navas-Carretero, M C Carreira, A Gomez, D Hervas, M P Monteiro, F F Casanueva, M Esteller, J A Martinez
The characterization of the epigenetic changes within the obesity-related adipose tissue will provide new insights to understand this metabolic disorder, but adipose tissue is not easy to sample in population-based studies. We aimed to evaluate the capacity of circulating leukocytes to reflect the adipose tissue-specific DNA methylation status of obesity susceptibility. DNA samples isolated from subcutaneous adipose tissue and circulating leukocytes were hybridized in the Infinium HumanMethylation 450 BeadChip...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211907/identification-of-extracellular-segments-by-mass-spectrometry-improves-topology-prediction-of-transmembrane-proteins
#18
Tamás Langó, Gergely Róna, Éva Hunyadi-Gulyás, Lilla Turiák, Julia Varga, László Dobson, György Várady, László Drahos, Beáta G Vértessy, Katalin F Medzihradszky, Gergely Szakács, Gábor E Tusnády
Transmembrane proteins play crucial role in signaling, ion transport, nutrient uptake, as well as in maintaining the dynamic equilibrium between the internal and external environment of cells. Despite their important biological functions and abundance, less than 2% of all determined structures are transmembrane proteins. Given the persisting technical difficulties associated with high resolution structure determination of transmembrane proteins, additional methods, including computational and experimental techniques remain vital in promoting our understanding of their topologies, 3D structures, functions and interactions...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211642/biomechanical-strain-exacerbates-inflammation-on-a-progeria-on-a-chip-model
#19
João Ribas, Yu Shrike Zhang, Patrícia R Pitrez, Jeroen Leijten, Mario Miscuglio, Jeroen Rouwkema, Mehmet Remzi Dokmeci, Xavier Nissan, Lino Ferreira, Ali Khademhosseini
Organ-on-a-chip platforms seek to recapitulate the complex microenvironment of human organs using miniaturized microfluidic devices. Besides modeling healthy organs, these devices have been used to model diseases, yielding new insights into pathophysiology. Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome (HGPS) is a premature aging disease showing accelerated vascular aging, leading to the death of patients due to cardiovascular diseases. HGPS targets primarily vascular cells, which reside in mechanically active tissues...
February 17, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211640/complexation-of-oxethazaine-with-2-hydroxypropyl-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin-increased-drug-solubility-decreased-cytotoxicity-and-analgesia-at-inflamed-tissues
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Andressa R Prado, Fabiano Yokaichiya, Margareth Kazuyo Kobayashi Dias Franco, Camila Morais Gonçalves da Silva, Laura Oliveira-Nascimento, Michelle Franz-Montan, Maria C Volpato, Luís F Cabeça, Eneida de Paula
OBJECTIVES: Oxethazaine (OXZ) is one of the few local anaesthetics that provides analgesia at low pH, but presents poor solubility, cytotoxicity and no parenteral formulations. To address these issues, we aimed to prepare OXZ host-guest inclusion complex with hydroxypropyl-beta-cyclodextrin (HP-β-CD). METHODS: The inclusion complex was formed by co-solubilization, followed by a job plot analysis to determine stoichiometry of complexation and dialysis equilibrium analysis (based on UV/VIS absorption and fluorescence profiles of OXZ)...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
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