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Julian Bejarano, Rainer Detsch, Aldo R Boccaccini, Humberto Palza
Novel multifunctional scaffolds for bone regeneration can be developed by incorporation of bioactive glasses doped with therapeutic and antibacterial metal ions, such as copper (Cu) and zinc (Zn), into a biodegradable polymer. In this context, porous composite materials of biodegradable poly(D, L-lactide) (PDLLA) mixed with sol-gel bioactive glasses (BG) of chemical composition 60SiO2 ; 25CaO; 11Na2 O; and 4P2 O5 (mol.%) doped with either 1 mol% of CuO or ZnO, and with both metals, were prepared. The cytocompatibility of the scaffolds on bone marrow stromal cells (ST-2) depended on both, the amount of glass filler and the concentration of metal ion, as evaluated by lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) activity, cell viability (water-soluble tetrazolium salt (WST-8)), and by cell morphology (scanning electron microscopy (SEM)) tests...
October 26, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
Li Cheng, Jun Zhang, Xin-Yi Li, Li Yuan, Yan-Fang Pan, Xiao-Rong Chen, Tian-Ming Gao, Jian-Tian Qiao, Jin-Shun Qi
Amyloid β protein (Aβ) plays a critical role in pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Our previous studies indicated that the sequence 31-35 in Aβ molecule is an effective active center responsible for Aβ neurotoxicity in vivo and in vitro. In the present study, we prepared a novel antibody specifically targeting the sequence 31-35 of amyloid β protein, and investigated the neuroprotection of the anti-Aβ31-35 antibody against Aβ1-42 -induced impairments in neuronal viability, spatial memory, and hippocampal synaptic plasticity in rats...
October 26, 2016: Hippocampus
Lorena P Suarez-Kelly, Gregory M Kemper, Megan C Duggan, Andrew Stiff, Tiffany C Nole, Joseph Markowitz, Eric A Luedke, Vedat O Yildiz, Lianbo Yu, Alena Cristina Jaime-Ramirez, Volodymyr Karpa, Xiaoli Zhang, William E Carson
The ubiquitin-proteasome signaling pathway is critical for cell cycle regulation and neoplastic growth. Proteasome inhibition can activate apoptotic pathways. Bortezomib, a selective proteasome inhibitor, has anti-melanoma activity. MLN2238 (ixazomib), an oral proteasome inhibitor, has improved pharmacotherapeutic parameters compared to bortezomib. Interferon-alpha (IFN-α), an immune boosting agent, is FDA-approved for treatment of melanoma. In this study in vitro and in vivo evaluation of the antitumor potential of ixazomib and combination treatments with ixazomib and IFN-α were performed...
October 21, 2016: Oncotarget
Min Ma, Fuwei Pi, Jiasheng Wang, Jian Ji, Xiulan Sun
Humans are most likely to be exposed to microcystins (MCs) combined with other water pollutants rather than to individual compounds through the consumption of contaminated drinking water or through recreational activities, such as swimming. However, the combined effects of MC-LR, estradiol (EST), and ractopamine (RAC) have not been extensively researched. The goal of this study was to investigate the combined effects of these compounds. For this purpose, cytotoxicity was evaluated in HepG2 cells treated with single or combined doses of MC-LR, EST, and RAC based on concentration addition (CA), independent action (IA), and Chou-Talalay's combination-index (CI) methods...
October 23, 2016: Chemosphere
Solveig Langsrud, Katrin Steinhauer, Sonja Lüthje, Klaus Weber, Peter Goroncy-Bermes, Askild L Holck
Preservatives are added to cosmetics to protect the consumers from infections and prevent product spoilage. The concentration of preservatives should be kept as low as possible and this can be achieved by adding potentiating agents. The aim of the study was to investigate the mechanisms behind potentiation of the bactericidal effect of a commonly used preservative, 2-phenoxyethanol (PE), by the potentiating agent ethylhexylglycerin (EHG). Sub-lethal concentrations of EHG (0.075%) and PE (0.675%) in combination led to rapid killing of E...
2016: PloS One
Alexandra Sufit, Alisa B Lee-Sherick, Deborah DeRyckere, Manali Rupji, Bhakti Dwivedi, Marileila Varella-Garcia, Angela M Pierce, Jeanne Kowalski, Xiaodong Wang, Stephen V Frye, H Shelton Earp, Amy K Keating, Douglas K Graham
BACKGROUND: MER receptor tyrosine kinase (MERTK) is expressed in a variety of malignancies, including glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). Our previous work demonstrated that inhibition of MERTK using RNA interference induced cell death and chemosensitivity in GBM cells, implicating MERTK as a potential therapeutic target. Here we investigate whether a novel MERTK-selective small molecule tyrosine kinase inhibitor, UNC2025, has similar anti-tumor effects in GBM cell lines. METHODS: Correlations between expression of GAS6, a MERTK ligand, and prognosis were determined using data from the TCGA database...
2016: PloS One
Claudia Wultsch, Anthony Caragiulo, Isabela Dias-Freedman, Howard Quigley, Salisa Rabinowitz, George Amato
Mesoamerican jaguars (Panthera onca) have been extirpated from over 77% of their historic range, inhabiting fragmented landscapes at potentially reduced population sizes. Maintaining and restoring genetic diversity and connectivity across human-altered landscapes has become a major conservation priority; nonetheless large-scale genetic monitoring of natural populations is rare. This is the first regional conservation genetic study of jaguars to primarily use fecal samples collected in the wild across five Mesoamerican countries: Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico...
2016: PloS One
Prerak Gupta, Mimi Adhikary, Joseph Christakiran M, Manishekhar Kumar, Nandana Bhardwaj, Biman B Mandal
Composite biomaterials as artificial bone graft materials are pushing the present frontiers of bioengineering. In this study, a biomimetic, osteoconductive tricomposite scaffold made of hydroxyapatite (HA) embedded in non-mulberry Antheraea assama (A. assama) silk fibroin fibers and its fibroin solution is explored for osteogenic potential. Scaffolds were physico-chemically characterized for morphology, porosity, secondary structure conformation, water retention ability, biodegradability and mechanical property...
October 26, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Gleyce Moreno Barbosa, Eldio Gonçalves Dos Santos, Francielle Neves Carvalho Capella, Fortune Homsani, Carina de Pointis Marçal, Roberta Dos Santos Valle, Érika de Araújo Abi-Chacra, Lys Adriana Braga-Silva, Marcelo Henrique de Oliveira Sales, Inácio Domingos da Silva Neto, Venicio Feo da Veiga, André Luis Souza Dos Santos, Carla Holandino
Available treatments against human fungal pathogens present high levels of resistance, motivating the development of new antifungal therapies. In this context, the present work aimed to analyze direct electric current (DC) antifungal action, using an in vitro apparatus equipped with platinum electrodes. Candida albicans yeast cells were submitted to three distinct conditions of DC treatment (anodic flow-AF; electroionic flow-EIF; and cathodic flow-CF), as well as different charges, ranging from 0.03 to 2.40 C...
October 26, 2016: Bioelectromagnetics
Kit Man Wong, Lindsey N Micel, Heather M Selby, Aik Choon Tan, Todd M Pitts, Stacey M Bagby, Anna Spreafico, Peter J Klauck, Stephen J Blakemore, Peter F Smith, Alice McDonald, Allison Berger, John J Tentler, S Gail Eckhardt
Background The neddylation pathway conjugates NEDD8 to cullin-RING ligases and controls the proteasomal degradation of specific proteins involved in essential cell processes. Pevonedistat (MLN4924) is a selective small molecule targeting the NEDD8-activating enzyme (NAE) and inhibits an early step in neddylation, resulting in DNA re-replication, cell cycle arrest and death. We investigated the anti-tumor potential of pevonedistat in preclinical models of melanoma. Methods Melanoma cell lines and patient-derived tumor xenografts (PDTX) treated with pevonedistat were assessed for viability/apoptosis and tumor growth, respectively, to identify sensitive/resistant models...
October 25, 2016: Investigational New Drugs
Giuseppe Ianiri, Kylie J Boyce, Alexander Idnurm
Discovering the genes underlying fundamental processes that enable cells to live and reproduce is a technical challenge, because loss of gene function in mutants results in organisms that cannot survive. This study describes a forward genetics method to identify essential genes in fungi, based on the propensity for Agrobacterium tumefaciens to insert T-DNA molecules into the promoters or 5' untranslated regions of genes and by placing a conditional promoter within the T-DNA. Insertions of the promoter of the GAL7 gene were made in the human pathogen Cryptococcus neoformans...
October 25, 2016: Current Genetics
D L Misner, M A Kauss, J Singh, H Uppal, A Bruening-Wright, B M Liederer, T Lin, B McCray, N La, T Nguyen, D Sampath, P S Dragovich, T O'Brien, T S Zabka
Nicotinamide phosphoribosyltransferase (NAMPT) is a pleiotropic protein that functions as an enzyme, cytokine, growth factor and hormone. As a target for oncology, NAMPT is particularly attractive, because it catalyzes the rate-limiting step in the salvage pathway to generate nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD), a universal energy- and signal-carrying molecule involved in cellular energy metabolism and many homeostatic functions. Inhibition of NAMPT generally results in NAD depletion, followed by ATP reduction and loss of cell viability...
October 25, 2016: Cardiovascular Toxicology
Tanja Stachon, Krasimir Kolev, Zsuzsa Flaskó, Berthold Seitz, Achim Langenbucher, Nóra Szentmáry
PURPOSE: Keratoconus (KC) is a disease characterized by thinning and deformation of the cornea, but its etiology remains unknown. Seventy percent of the corneal stroma consists of collagen, which is composed of three intertwined polypeptide chains with glycine-hydroxyproline-proline repeats along their sequence. Arginase is a cytoplasmatic enzyme and catalyzes the conversion of arginine to urea and ornithine, which serves as a precursor for the endogenous synthesis of proline and hydroxyproline...
October 25, 2016: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
Alberto Bertolini, Elisa Petrussa, Sonia Patui, Marco Zancani, Carlo Peresson, Valentino Casolo, Angelo Vianello, Enrico Braidot
BACKGROUND: Senescence is a key developmental process occurring during the life cycle of plants that can be induced also by environmental conditions, such as starvation and/or darkness. During senescence, strict control of genes regulates ordered degradation and dismantling events, the most remarkable of which are genetically programmed cell death (PCD) and, in most cases, an upregulation of flavonoid biosynthesis in the presence of light. Flavonoids are secondary metabolites that play multiple essential roles in development, reproduction and defence of plants, partly due to their well-known antioxidant properties, which could affect also the same cell death machinery...
October 26, 2016: BMC Plant Biology
Sepidar Sayyar, Miina Bjorninen, Suvi Haimi, Susanna Miettinen, Kerry Gilmore, Dirk W Grijpma, Gordon G Wallace
Conductive, flexible graphene/poly(trimethylene carbonate)(PTMC) composites (PTMC-CCG) were prepared. Addition of just 3 wt.% graphene to PTMC oligomers functionalized with methacrylate end-groups followed by UV-crosslinking results in more than 100% improvement in tensile strength and enhanced electrical conductivity by orders of magnitude without altering the processability of the host material. The addition of graphene also enhances mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) attachment and proliferation. When electrical stimulation via the composite material is applied, MSC viability is not compromised and osteogenic markers are upregulated...
October 26, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Paola Campagnolo, Adam J Gormley, Lesley W Chow, Anne Géraldine Guex, Paresh A Parmar, Jennifer L Puetzer, Joseph A M Steele, Alexandre Breant, Paolo Madeddu, Molly M Stevens
The development of synthetic vascular grafts for coronary artery bypass is challenged by insufficient endothelialization, which increases the risk of thrombosis, and the lack of native cellular constituents, which favors pathological remodeling. Here, a bifunctional electrospun poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) scaffold with potential for synthetic vascular graft applications is presented. This scaffold incorporates two tethered peptides: the osteopontin-derived peptide (Adh) on the "luminal" side and a heparin-binding peptide (Hep) on the "abluminal" side...
October 26, 2016: Advanced Healthcare Materials
Yoshiya Horimoto, Takuo Hayashi, Atsushi Arakawa
Several aspects of the article by Morita et al. (Cancer Medicine 5:1607-18, 2016), examining the spontaneous healing phenomenon with reference to tumor infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs), require clarification. The concept of "healing", which can perhaps be more accurately termed "regressive change", remains controversial due to a lack of concrete evidence. Since regressive change is characterized by fibrosis and lymphocytes, a cancer nest that appears to lack a distinct basement membrane, surrounded only by lymphocytes, as in Morita et al's Figure 2F, should be meticulously examined because the appearance may correspond to a tumor having just completed the process of invasion...
October 26, 2016: Cancer Medicine
Fisseha Bekele Legesse, Sandro Heuke, Kerstin Galler, Patrick Hoffmann, Michael Schmitt, Ute Neugebauer, Michael Bauer, Jürgen Popp
Standard techniques for examining the distribution of vitamin A in liver either require staining or lead to rapid photobleaching of the molecule. A potentially better alternative approach is to use coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) microscopy; a fast, label-free, non-disruptive imaging method that provides contrast based on molecular vibrations. This contribution evaluates the viability of CARS microscopy for imaging vitamin A within thick hepatic tissue under physiological conditions by tuning into its characteristic vibrational band in the fingerprint region...
October 26, 2016: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
Martin Pumera
Transition metal Group V vanadium dichalcogenides have shown promising properties for many energy applications such as batteries, capacitors and electrocatalysts for hydrogen production. However, their toxicological effects have not yet been well understood. Here, we studied the cytotoxicity of exfoliated VS2, VSe2, VTe2 by incubating various concentrations of the materials with human lung carcinoma (A549) cells for 24 h and measuring the remaining cell viabilities after the treatment. We found that these vanadium dichalcogenides are relatively more toxic compared to Group VI transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) namely MoS2, WS2 and WSe2...
October 26, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
Hongsheng Tang, Xiangliang Zhang, Shuzhong Cui, Jin Wang, Qiang Ruan, Yonghong Huang, Dinghua Yang
: To study the role and molecular mechanism of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) in reversing drug-resistance to 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) in gastric cancer drug-resistant cell line SGC-7901/5-FU. METHODS: Drug-resistance gastric cancer cell line (SGC-7901/5-FU) was established by high doses of repeated impact joint drug concentration increment methods. The cell viability of the parent cell line and the drug-resistance cell line were determined by standard MTT assay. Cell survival rate of drug-resistance was calculated by the formula [(A490 of the treatment group / A490 of the control group) × 100%]...
October 25, 2016: Zhonghua Wei Chang Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
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