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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449248/betanodavirus-dissection-of-the-viral-life-cycle
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C-F Low, B Syarul Nataqain, H-Y Chee, M Z H Rozaini, M Najiah
Progressive research has been recently made in dissecting the molecular biology of Betanodavirus life cycle, the causative pathogen of viral encephalopathy and retinopathy in economic important marine fish species. Establishment of betanodavirus infectious clone allows the manipulation of virus genome for functional genomic study, which elucidates the biological event of the viral life cycle at molecular level. The betanodavirus strategizes its replication by expressing anti-apoptosis/antinecrotic proteins to maintain the cell viability during early infection...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Fish Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448865/glycolipids-from-spinach-suppress-lps-induced-vascular-inflammation-through-enos-and-nk-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling
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Masakazu Ishii, Tatsuo Nakahara, Daisuke Araho, Juri Murakami, Masahiro Nishimura
Glycolipids are the major constituent of the thylakoid membrane of higher plants and have a variety of biological and pharmacological activities. However, anti-inflammatory effects of glycolipids on vascular endothelial cells have not been elucidated. Here, we investigated the effect of glycolipids extracted from spinach on lipopolysaccharides (LPS)-induced endothelial inflammation and evaluated the underlying molecular mechanisms. Treatment with glycolipids from spinach had no cytotoxic effects on cultured human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) and significantly blocked the expression of LPS-induced interleukin (IL)-6, monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1), vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 (VCAM-1), and intracellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1) in them...
April 24, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448599/simulation-of-the-dynamics-of-primary-immunodeficiencies-in-cd4-t-cells
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Gabriel N Teku, Mauno Vihinen
Primary immunodeficiencies (PIDs) form a large and heterogeneous group of mainly rare disorders that affect the immune system. T-cell deficiencies account for about one-tenth of PIDs, most of them being monogenic. Apart from genetic and clinical information, lots of other data are available for PID proteins and genes, including functions and interactions. Thus, it is possible to perform systems biology studies on the effects of PIDs on T-cell physiology and response. To achieve this, we reconstructed a T-cell network model based on literature mining and TPPIN, a previously published core T-cell network, and performed semi-quantitative dynamic network simulations on both normal and T-cell PID failure modes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448005/open-source-single-particle-analysis-for-super-resolution-microscopy-with-virusmapper
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Robert D M Gray, Jason Mercer, Ricardo Henriques
Super-resolution fluorescence microscopy is currently revolutionizing cell biology research. Its capacity to break the resolution limit of around 300 nm allows for the routine imaging of nanoscale biological complexes and processes. This increase in resolution also means that methods popular in electron microscopy, such as single-particle analysis, can readily be applied to super-resolution fluorescence microscopy. By combining this analytical approach with super-resolution optical imaging, it becomes possible to take advantage of the molecule-specific labeling capacity of fluorescence microscopy to generate structural maps of molecular elements within a metastable structure...
April 9, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447912/targeting-ret-in-patients-with-ret-rearranged-lung-cancers-results-from-the-global-multicenter-ret-registry
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Oliver Gautschi, Julie Milia, Thomas Filleron, Juergen Wolf, David P Carbone, Dwight Owen, Ross Camidge, Vignhesh Narayanan, Robert C Doebele, Benjamin Besse, Jordi Remon-Masip, Pasi A Janne, Mark M Awad, Nir Peled, Chul-Cho Byoung, Daniel D Karp, Michael Van Den Heuvel, Heather A Wakelee, Joel W Neal, Tony S K Mok, James C H Yang, Sai-Hong Ignatius Ou, Georg Pall, Patrizia Froesch, Gérard Zalcman, David R Gandara, Jonathan W Riess, Vamsidhar Velcheti, Kristin Zeidler, Joachim Diebold, Martin Früh, Sebastian Michels, Isabelle Monnet, Sanjay Popat, Rafael Rosell, Niki Karachaliou, Sacha I Rothschild, Jin-Yuan Shih, Arne Warth, Thomas Muley, Florian Cabillic, Julien Mazières, Alexander Drilon
Purpose In addition to prospective trials for non-small-cell lung cancers (NSCLCs) that are driven by less common genomic alterations, registries provide complementary information on patient response to targeted therapies. Here, we present the results of an international registry of patients with RET-rearranged NSCLCs, providing the largest data set, to our knowledge, on outcomes of RET-directed therapy thus far. Methods A global, multicenter network of thoracic oncologists identified patients with pathologically confirmed NSCLC that harbored a RET rearrangement...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447543/human-egf-derived-direct-and-reverse-short-linear-motifs-conformational-dynamics-insight-into-the-receptor-binding-residues
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Nurbubu T Moldogazieva, Konstantin V Shaitan, Mikhail Yu Antonov, Innokenty M Mokhosoev, Olga V Levtsova, Аlexander A Terentiev
Short linear motifs (SLiMs) have been recognized to perform diverse functions in a variety of regulatory proteins through the involvement in protein-protein interactions, signal transduction, cell cycle regulation, protein secretion, etc. However, detailed molecular mechanisms underlying their functions including roles of definite amino acid residues remain obscure. In our previous studies, we demonstrated that conformational dynamics of amino acid residues in oligopeptides derived from regulatory proteins such as alpha-fetoprotein (AFP), carcino-embryonic antigen (CEA) and pregnancy specific β1-glycoproteins (PSGs) contributes greatly to their biological activities...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447449/molecular-simulations-of-mixed-lipid-bilayers-with-sphingomyelin-glycerophospholipids-and-cholesterol
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Indrani Bera, Jeffery B Klauda
The highly-diversified composition of lipid bilayers across living cells is crucial for many biological processes. Lipid bilayers mainly consist of phosphatidylcholines (PC), phosphatidylethanolamines (PE), sphingomyelin (SM) and cholesterol, with eukaryotic membranes containing high percentage of sphingomyelin and cholesterol. In this study, we have modeled bilayers with different concentration of PC, PE and SM to understand the changes in bilayer properties with varied SM concentrations. In addition, membrane models with 33% cholesterol have been simulated to understand the influence of cholesterol...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446964/strategies-for-the-acquisition-of-transcriptional-and-epigenetic-information-in-single-cells
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REVIEW
Guang Li, Elda Dzilic, Nick Flores, Alice Shieh, Sean M Wu
As the basic unit of living organisms, each single cell has unique molecular signatures and functions. Our ability to uncover the transcriptional and epigenetic signature of single cells has been hampered by the lack of tools to explore this area of research. The advent of microfluidic single cell technology along with single cell genome-wide DNA amplification methods had greatly improved our understanding of the expression variation in single cells. Transcriptional expression profile by multiplex qPCR or genome-wide RNA sequencing has enabled us to examine genes expression in single cells in different tissues...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446202/analyzing-the-genes-related-to-alzheimer-s-disease-via-a-network-and-pathway-based-approach
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Yan-Shi Hu, Juncai Xin, Ying Hu, Lei Zhang, Ju Wang
BACKGROUND: Our understanding of the molecular mechanisms underlying Alzheimer's disease (AD) remains incomplete. Previous studies have revealed that genetic factors provide a significant contribution to the pathogenesis and development of AD. In the past years, numerous genes implicated in this disease have been identified via genetic association studies on candidate genes or at the genome-wide level. However, in many cases, the roles of these genes and their interactions in AD are still unclear...
April 27, 2017: Alzheimer's Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445958/repressing-cd147-is-a-novel-therapeutic-strategy-for-malignant-melanoma
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REVIEW
Xing Hu, Juan Su, Youyou Zhou, Xiaoyun Xie, Cong Peng, Zhimin Yuan, Xiang Chen
CD147/basigin, a transmembrane protein, is a member of the immunoglobulin super family. Accumulating evidence has revealed the role of CD147 in the development and progression of various cancers, including malignant melanoma (MM). MM is a malignancy of pigment-producing cells that causes the greatest number of skin cancer-related deaths worldwide. CD147 is overexpressed in MM and plays an important role in cell viability, apoptosis, proliferation, invasion, and metastasis, probably by mediating vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) production, glycolysis, and multi-drug resistance (MDR)...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445950/the-discovery-of-a-novel-compound-with-potent-antitumor-activity-virtual-screening-synthesis-biological-evaluation-and-preliminary-mechanism-study
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Yuanyuan Jin, Linhu Li, Zhaoyong Yang, Mingliang Liu, Huiyuan Guo, Weiyi Shen
Farnesyltransferase has been regarded as a promising drug target against cancer as it is critical for membrane association of several signal transduction proteins. In this study, a novel farnesyltransferase inhibitor (IMB-1406) was identified through virtual screening. It exhibits stronger potency (IC50s: 6.92-8.99 μM) than Sunitinib against all of the tested cancer cell lines. Preliminary studies on mechanism reveal that IMB-1406 induces apoptosis in HepG2 cells by arresting the cell cycle at the S phase, altering anti- and pro-apoptotic proteins leading to mitochondrial dysfunction and activation of caspase-3...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445936/increased-expression-of-zeb1-as1-correlates-with-higher-histopathological-grade-and-promotes-tumorigenesis-in-bladder-cancer
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Junhao Lin, Yonghao Zhan, Yuchen Liu, Zhicong Chen, Jianbo Liang, Wei Li, Anbang He, Liqun Zhou, Hongbin Mei, Feng Wang, Weiren Huang
Bladder cancer is one of the most common urinary cancers worldwide. Emerging studies indicated that long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) play crucial roles in cancer biology. In this study, we found that a novel lncRNA Zinc finger E-box-binding homeebox1 (ZEB1) antisense RNA (ZEB1-AS1) was overexpressed in bladder cancer tissues compared to paired noncancerous tissues. Moreover, the expression of ZEB1-AS1 was positive correlated with higher histological grade and TNM stage in bladder cancer. Furthermore, Loss-of-function experiments showed that down-regulation of ZEB1-AS1 not only can suppress cell growth but also can inhibit migration and induce apoptosis in bladder cancer cell lines 5637 and SW780...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445622/thiocarbohydrates-on-gold-nanoparticles-strong-influences-of-stereocenters-on-binding-affinitiy-and-interparticle-forces
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Torsten Linker, Prashant Pavashe, Werner Fudickar
Carbohydrates carrying thiol groups at the C-2 position have been attached to gold nanoparticles (AuNP) with stereocenters in close proximity to the surface for the first time. Their configurations can be clearly distinguished by the tendency of particle aggregation. AuNP surface plasmon resonance (SPR), x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and IR spectroscopy indicate that the thiocarbohydrates replace citrate molecules at different rates causing aggregation and eventually precipitation. A quantitative formulation of this aggregation process shows that reactivities can vary by several magnitudes...
April 26, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445005/proteomic-based-investigations-on-the-mode-of-action-of-the-marine-anticancer-compound-rhizochalinin
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Sergey A Dyshlovoy, Katharina Otte, Simone Venz, Jessica Hauschild, Heike Junker, Tatyana N Makarieva, Stefan Balabanov, Winfried H Alsdorf, Ramin Madanchi, Friedemann Honecker, Carsten Bokemeyer, Valentin A Stonik, Gunhild von Amsberg
Rhizochalinin (Rhiz) is a novel marine natural sphingolipid-like compound which shows promising in vitro and in vivo activity in human castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC). In the present study, a global proteome screening approach was applied to investigate molecular targets and biological processes affected by Rhiz in CRPC. Bioinformatical analysis of the data predicted an anti-migratory effect of Rhiz on cancer cells. Validation of proteins involved in the cancer-associated processes, including cell migration and invasion, revealed down-regulation of specific isoforms of stathmin and LASP1, as well as up-regulation of Grp75, keratin 81, and precursor IL-1β by Rhiz...
April 26, 2017: Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444639/metformin-and-prostate-cancer-a-new-role-for-an-old-drug
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REVIEW
Jessica Whitburn, Claire M Edwards, Prasanna Sooriakumaran
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Since epidemiological studies first demonstrated a potential positive effect of metformin in reducing cancer incidence and mortality, there has been an increased interest in not only better understanding metformin's mechanisms of action but also in exploring its potential anti-cancer effects. In this review, we aim to summarise the current evidence exploring a role for metformin in prostate cancer therapy. RECENT FINDINGS: Preclinical studies have demonstrated a number of antineoplastic biological effects via a range of molecular mechanisms...
June 2017: Current Urology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444624/targeting-ntrk-fusion-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-rationale-and-clinical-evidence
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REVIEW
Biagio Ricciuti, Marta Brambilla, Giulio Metro, Sara Baglivo, Roberta Matocci, Matteo Pirro, Rita Chiari
In the era of personalized medicine, the identification of targetable genetic alterations represented a major step forward in anticancer therapy. NTRK rearrangements represent the molecular driver of a subset of solid tumors, including 3% of non-small-cell lung cancers (NSCLCs). Preliminary data indicate that molecularly selected NSCLC patients harboring NTRK fusions derive an unprecedented clinical benefit from Trk-directed targeted therapies. The aim of this review is to describe the molecular biology of NTRK signaling pathway and to summarize the preclinical data on novel Trk inhibitors, touching upon the clinical development of these inhibitors for the treatment of advanced NSCLC, which have already shown encouraging anticancer activity and acceptable safety profile in early phase I clinical trials...
June 2017: Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444500/metastatic-follicular-thyroid-carcinoma-and-the-primary-thyroid-gross-examination-institutional-review-of-cases-from-1990-to-2015
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Krzysztof Glomski, Vania Nosé, William C Faquin, Peter M Sadow
The diagnosis of follicular-patterned carcinomas, including follicular thyroid carcinoma, oncocytic (Hürthle cell) carcinoma, and the encapsulated follicular variant of papillary thyroid carcinoma, requires evidence of capsular and/or vascular invasion. With minimally invasive carcinomas classified often within less than a millimeter of tissue segregating them from adenomas and non-invasive follicular thyroid neoplasms with papillary-like nuclear features, opinions vary internationally over how much of the capsule to submit in order to deem it well enough represented, considering that even if grossly entirely submitted in microcassettes, without leveling through each tissue block, the capsule is truly never entirely examined microscopically...
April 25, 2017: Endocrine Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443507/synthesis-and-biological-activity-of-unnatural-enediynes
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Roberto Romeo, Salvatore V Giofrè, Maria A Chiacchio
The first reports of the natural enediyne anticancer antibiotics date back to the late 1980s; since then, a great deal of interest has been devoted to the chemistry, biology and potential medical applications of this family of compounds. The biological activity of enediynes is linked to the presence of a highly unsaturated hex-1-ene- 1,5-diyne system. The thermally induced transformation of this unit into a benzene  diradical (the Bergman cycloaromatization) is the key step of the antitumor properties of such compounds: 1,4-diaryl radicals are able to abstract H-atoms from the deoxyribose backbone of DNA, thus leading to DNA strand cleavage and ultimately cell death...
April 24, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442907/synthesis-of-magnetic-molecularly-imprinted-polymers-with-excellent-biocompatibility-for-the-selective-separation-and-inhibition-of-testosterone-in-prostate-cancer-cells
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Xiaoshuang Tang, Feng Li, Jing Jia, Chao Yang, Wei Liu, Ben Jin, Xinyang Wang, Ruixia Gao, Dalin He, Peng Guo
PURPOSE: Androgen plays an important role in the progression of prostate cancer. In the present study, novel magnetic molecularly imprinted polymers (MMIPs) with good biocompatibility were produced for the selective separation and inhibition of testosterone in prostate cancer cells. MATERIALS AND METHODS: MMIPs were prepared by using magnetic nanospheres, gelatin, and testosterone as the supporting materials, functional monomer, and the template molecule, respectively...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442602/molecular-basis-of-metabolism-mediated-conversion-of-pk11195-from-an-antagonist-to-an-agonist-of-the-constitutive-androstane-receptor
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Bryan Mackowiak, Linhao Li, Matthew A Welch, Daochuan Li, Jace W Jones, Scott Heyward, Maureen A Kane, Peter W Swaan, Hongbing Wang
The constitutive androstane receptor (CAR) plays an important role in xenobiotic metabolism, energy homeostasis, and cell proliferation. Antagonism of CAR represents a key strategy for studying its function and may have potential clinical applications. However, specific human CAR (hCAR) antagonists are limited and conflicting data on the activity of these compounds have been reported. PK11195, a typical peripheral benzodiazepine receptor ligand, has been established as a potent hCAR deactivator in immortalized cells; whether it inhibits hCAR activity under physiologically-relevant conditions remains unclear...
April 25, 2017: Molecular Pharmacology
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