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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713981/neuroendocrine-factors-the-missing-link-in-non%C3%A2-melanoma-skin-cancer-review
#1
Mihai Lupu, Ana Caruntu, Constantin Caruntu, Laura Maria Lucia Papagheorghe, Mihaela Adriana Ilie, Vlad Voiculescu, Daniel Boda, Constantin Carolina, Cristiana Tanase, Maria Sifaki, Nikolaos Drakoulis, Charalampos Mamoulakis, George Tzanakakis, Monica Neagu, Demetrios A Spandidos, Boris N Izotov, Aristides M Tsatsakis
Non‑melanoma skin cancer (NMSC) is the most common form of cancer worldwide, comprising 95% of all cutaneous malignancies and approximately 40% of all cancers. In spite of intensive efforts aimed towards awareness campaigns and sun‑protective measures, epidemiological data indicate an increase in the incidence of NMSC. This category of skin cancers has many common environmental triggers. Arising primarily on sun‑exposed skin, it has been shown that ultraviolet radiation is, in the majority of cases, the main trigger involved in the pathogenesis of NMSC...
July 13, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713957/soyasaponin%C3%A2-ag-inhibits-%C3%AE-%C3%A2-msh%C3%A2-induced-melanogenesis-in-b16f10-melanoma-cells-via-the-downregulation-of-trp%C3%A2-2
#2
Seung Hwan Yang, Aristides M Tsatsakis, George Tzanakakis, Hong-Suk Kim, Bao Le, Maria Sifaki, Demetrios A Spandidos, Chigen Tsukamoto, Kirill S Golokhvast, Boris N Izotov, Gyuhwa Chung
Saponins, which are glycosylated, represent a diverse group of biologically functional products in plants. In the present study, we investigated the effects of soyasaponin Ag, a secondary metabolite extracted from soybean, on α‑melanocyte-stimulating hormone (α‑MSH)‑induced melanin synthesis in B16F10 mouse melanoma cells and the underlying molecular mechanisms. To elucidate the mechanisms through which soyasaponin Ag inhibits melanin synthesis, we performed cellular tyrosinase activity assays and analyzed the expression of the melanogenesis‑related genes, tyrosinase, tyrosinase‑related protein (TRP)‑1 and TRP‑2...
July 10, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677813/anticancer-and-apoptosis%C3%A2-inducing-effects-of-quercetin-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
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Mahmoud Hashemzaei, Amin Delarami Far, Arezoo Yari, Reza Entezari Heravi, Kaveh Tabrizian, Seyed Mohammad Taghdisi, Sarvenaz Ekhtiari Sadegh, Konstantinos Tsarouhas, Dimitrios Kouretas, George Tzanakakis, Dragana Nikitovic, Nikita Yurevich Anisimov, Demetrios A Spandidos, Aristides M Tsatsakis, Ramin Rezaee
The present study focused on the elucidation of the putative anticancer potential of quercetin. The anticancer activity of quercetin at 10, 20, 40, 80 and 120 µM was assessed in vitro by MMT assay in 9 tumor cell lines (colon carcinoma CT‑26 cells, prostate adenocarcinoma LNCaP cells, human prostate PC3 cells, pheocromocytoma PC12 cells, estrogen receptor‑positive breast cancer MCF‑7 cells, acute lymphoblastic leukemia MOLT‑4 T‑cells, human myeloma U266B1 cells, human lymphoid Raji cells and ovarian cancer CHO cells)...
June 28, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643945/athens-based-meeting-to-discuss-the-paediatric-virology-crossroad-in-october-2017
#4
Ioannis N Mammas, Demetrios A Spandidos
Viral infections are common diseases and they are well-described in the Ancient Greek Hippocratic Corpus (1), together with a limited spectrum of diagnostic and treatment options. However, over the past two decades, several exciting developments in the fields of clinical virology and molecular medicine have expanded our knowledge on the pathogenesis of viral infections in neonates and children (2,3). Since 2015, the workshop on paediatric virology has tried enthusiastically to explore these advances and to investigate recent challenges in the prevention strategies, molecular diagnostics, multimodality imaging and therapeutics of paediatric viral infections (2-5)...
June 23, 2017: Acta Paediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642116/contrast-induced-nephropathy-basic-concepts-pathophysiological-implications-and-prevention-strategies
#5
REVIEW
Charalampos Mamoulakis, Konstantinos Tsarouhas, Irini Fragkiadoulaki, Ioannis Heretis, Martin F Wilks, Demetrios A Spandidos, Christina Tsitsimpikou, Aristides Tsatsakis
Contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN) is reversible acute renal failure observed following administration of iodinated contrast media (CM) during angiographic or other medical procedures such as urography. There are various mechanisms through which CM develop their nephrotoxic effects, including oxidative stress and apoptosis. CIN is a real-life, albeit not very rare, entity. Exact pathophysiology remains obscure and no standard diagnostic criteria apply. The Acute Kidney Injury Network criteria was recently employed but its incidence/clinical significance warrants further clarification based on recent methodological advancements, because most published studies to date were contaminated by bias...
June 19, 2017: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621673/the-mir-200-family-in-ovarian-cancer
#6
REVIEW
Maria Koutsaki, Massimo Libra, Demetrios A Spandidos, Apostolos Zaravinos
Ovarian cancer (OC) is the most lethal gynecological malignancy. Its insidious nature, manifesting with little to no symptoms until the disease progresses to metastasis, along with a wide diversity of histological subtypes and corresponding clinical behavior, poses significant therapeutic challenges. The genetic profiling of this aggressive tumor and its subtypes has led to the identification of various molecular markers of prognosis. Among these, the miR-200 family of miRNAs appears to play an important role...
June 2, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587367/seasonal-trends-in-the-prevalence-of-hypospadias-aetiological-implications
#7
C Mamoulakis, G Avgenakis, C Gkatzoudi, G Duyker, I E Zisis, I Heretis, S Antypas, N Sofikitis, D A Spandidos, A M Tsatsakis, A Tzonou
The aim of the present study was to examine the seasonality of hypospadias in Greece in an attempt to elucidate the aetiology. All boys born between 1991-1998, who underwent hypospadias repair at 'Aghia Sophia' Children's Hospital, Athens (n=542) were analysed. All Greek live-born males during the same period (population at risk; m=421,175) served as the controls. Seasonality by month of birth was evaluated with specific statistical tools. Meteorological parameters were also analysed. All tests yielded significant results, suggesting a simple harmonic prevalence pattern (highest/lowest: autumn, peak in October/spring, trough in April)...
June 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28565852/oxidation-of-human-serum-albumin-exhibits-inter-individual-variability-after-an-ultra-marathon-mountain-race
#8
Ypatios Spanidis, Alexandros Priftis, Dimitrios Stagos, George A Stravodimos, Demetres D Leonidas, Demetrios A Spandidos, Aristides M Tsatsakis, Demetrios Kouretas
The aim of this study was to examine the oxidation of human serum albumin (HSA) caused by oxidative stress following exhaustive and demanding exercise, such as an ultra-marathon race. For this purpose, blood samples from 12 adult runners who underwent a 103 km mountain ultra-marathon race were collected before the race, and also at 24, 48 and 72 h post-race. HSA was partially purified using affinity chromatography and consequently subjected to western blot analysis in order to determine the levels of disulfide dimers indicating oxidation...
May 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28565851/pharmacological-management-of-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-atorvastatin-versus-pentoxifylline
#9
Ramona Cioboată, Alice Găman, Diana Traşcă, Anca Ungureanu, Anca Oana Docea, Paul Tomescu, Florin Gherghina, Andreea Letitia Arsene, Corin Badiu, Aristides M Tsatsakis, Demetrios A Spandidos, Nikolaos Drakoulis, Daniela Călina
In this study, we aimed to evaluate the efficacy of pentoxifylline and atorvastatin in the treatment of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). The study included 98 patients with histologically confirmed NAFLD divided into 2 groups as follows: group I (57 dyslipidemic patients, receiving atorvastatin 20 mg/day and group II (41 non-dyslipidemic patients, treated with pentoxifylline, 800 mg/day). The present study was conducted for a mean of 32.8±3.4 weeks. For all patients, we determined the body mass index, a liver biopsy was performed, and we measured the serum levels of alanine aminotransferase (ALT), aspartate aminotransferase (AST), gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase (GGT), alkaline phosphatase (ALP), total cholesterol (TC) and triglycerides (TG) at the beginning and at the end of the study period...
May 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535001/standardization-of-a375-human-melanoma-models-on-chicken-embryo-chorioallantoic-membrane-and-balb-c-nude-mice
#10
Stefana Avram, Dorina-Elena Coricovac, Ioana Zinuca Pavel, Iulia Pinzaru, Roxana Ghiulai, Flavia Baderca, Codruta Soica, Danina Muntean, Daciana E Branisteanu, Demetrios A Spandidos, Aristides M Tsatsakis, Cristina Adriana Dehelean
Cutaneous melanoma is a metastatic disease characterized by high resistance to treatment, the incidence of which has alarmingly increased worldwide over the past years. A thorough characterization of tumor onset, progression and metastasis is compulsory to overcome the gaps existent in melanoma biology. The present study suggests a well‑established protocol and a detailed histological description of human melanoma models in ovo and in vivo obtained by the inoculation of A375 cells to chick embryo chorioallantoic membrane (CAM) and Balb/c nude mice...
July 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498405/application-of-metabolomics-focus-on-the-quantification-of-organic-acids-in-healthy-adults
#11
Dimitris Tsoukalas, Athanasios Alegakis, Persefoni Fragkiadaki, Evangelos Papakonstantinou, Dragana Nikitovic, Aikaterini Karataraki, Alexander E Nosyrev, Emmanouel G Papadakis, Demetrios A Spandidos, Nikolaos Drakoulis, Aristides M Tsatsakis
Metabolomics, a 'budding' discipline, may accurately reflect a specific phenotype which is sensitive to genetic and epigenetic interactions. This rapidly evolving field in science has been proposed as a tool for the evaluation of the effects of epigenetic factors, such as nutrition, environment, drug and lifestyle on phenotype. Urine, being sterile, is easy to obtain and as it contains metabolized or non‑metabolized products, is a favored study material in the field of metabolomics. Urine organic acids (OAs) reflect the activity of main metabolic pathways and have been used to assess health status, nutritional status, vitamin deficiencies and response to xenobiotics...
July 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352339/determination-of-dna-damage-and-telomerase-activity-in-stanozolol-treated-rats
#12
Mehtap Kara, Eren Ozcagli, Persefoni Fragkiadaki, Tugba Kotil, Polychronis D Stivaktakis, Demetrios A Spandidos, Aristides M Tsatsakis, Buket Alpertunga
Anabolic androgenic steroids (AAS) are performance-enhancing drugs commonly abused by atheletes. Stanozolol is a synthetic testosterone-derived anabolic steroid. Although it is well known that AAS have several side-effects, there are only few toxicological studies available on the toxic effects and mechanisms of action of stanozolol. The aim of this study was to investigate the genotoxic effects of stanozolol and to determine its effects on telomerase activity in Sprague-Dawley male rats. For this purpose, 34 male rats were divided into 5 groups as follows: i) the control group (n=5); ii) the propylene glycol (PG)-treated group (n=5); iii) the stanozolol-treated group (n=8); iv) the PG-treated group subjected to exercise (n=8); and v) the stanozolol-treated group subjected to exercise (n=8)...
February 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352303/paediatric-virology-a-rapidly-increasing-educational-challenge
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Ioannis N Mammas, Maria Theodoridou, Anna Kramvis, Prakash Thiagarajan, Sharryn Gardner, Georgia Papaioannou, Angeliki Melidou, Maria Koutsaki, Georgia Kostagianni, Vassilis Achtsidis, Chryssie Koutsaftiki, Marcos Calachanis, Apostolos Zaravinos, Anne Greenough, Demetrios A Spandidos
The '2nd Workshop on Paediatric Virology', which took place on Saturday the 8th of October 2016 in Athens, Greece, provided an overview on recent views and advances on Paediatric Virology. Emphasis was given to HIV-1 management in Greece, a country under continuous financial crisis, hepatitis B vaccination in Africa, treatment options for hepatitis C virus in childhood, Zika virus in pregnancy and infancy, the burden of influenza on childhood, hand-foot-mouth disease and myocarditis associated with Coxsackie viruses...
February 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352302/the-development-of-the-paediatric-virology-study-group-ten-years-in-the-making
#14
EDITORIAL
Ioannis N Mammas, Maria Theodoridou, Demetrios A Spandidos
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350123/design-synthesis-and-pharmaco-toxicological-assessment-of-5-mercapto-1-2-4-triazole-derivatives-with-antibacterial-and-antiproliferative-activity
#15
Marius Mioc, Codruta Soica, Vasile Bercean, Sorin Avram, Mihaela Balan-Porcarasu, Dorina Coricovac, Roxana Ghiulai, Delia Muntean, Florina Andrica, Cristina Dehelean, Demetrios A Spandidos, Aristides M Tsatsakis, Ludovic Kurunczi
The extensive biochemical research of multiple types of cancer has revealed important enzymatic signaling pathways responsible for tumor occurrence and progression, thus compelling the need for the discovery of new means with which to block these signaling cascades. The phosphoinositide 3-kinase/ protein kinase B (PI3K/AKT) pathway, which plays an important role in maintaining relevant cellular functions, exhibits various alterations in common human cancers, thus representing a suitable target in cancer treatment...
March 14, 2017: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350110/glutamate%C3%A2-mediated-effects-of-caffeine-and-interferon%C3%A2-%C3%AE-on-mercury-induced-toxicity
#16
Ayse Basak Engin, Evren Doruk Engin, Kirill Golokhvast, Demetrios A Spandidos, Aristides M Tsatsakis
The molecular mechanisms mediating mercury‑induced neurotoxicity are not yet completely understood. Thus, the aim of this study was to investigate whether the severity of MeHg‑ and HgCl2‑mediated cytotoxicity to SH‑SY5Y human dopaminergic neurons can be attenuated by regulating glutamate‑mediated signal‑transmission through caffeine and interferon‑γ (IFN‑γ). The SH‑SY5Y cells were exposed to 1, 2 and 5 µM of either MeHgCl2 or HgCl2 in the presence or absence of L‑glutamine. To examine the effect of adenosine receptor antagonist, the cells were treated with 10 and 20 µM caffeine...
May 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339065/the-risk-of-hcv-infection-among-health-care-workers-and-its-association-with-extrahepatic-manifestations-review
#17
Adriana Garozzo, Luca Falzone, Venerando Rapisarda, Andrea Marconi, Diana Cinà, Concettina Fenga, Demetrios A Spandidos, Massimo Libra
Health care workers (HCWs) are frequently exposed to different biological agents during their activities and are frequently monitored. Among these infectious agents, human hepatitis C (HCV) can infect HCWs. In this review article, the risk of HCV infection among HCWs is discussed along with extrahepatic HCV-related malignancies, such as non‑Hodgkin lymphoma. Accidental contamination, represented by percutaneous and mucocutaneous infections is the main risk factor for such infection. The compliance of the protection procedures, included in the current regulation for HCWs, is the most important issue to reduce the risk of pathogen infections that in turn may produce reduction of infection‑associated malignancies...
May 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292651/human-exposure-to-endocrine-disrupting-chemicals-effects-on-the-male-and-female-reproductive-systems
#18
REVIEW
Stavros Sifakis, Vasilis P Androutsopoulos, Aristeidis M Tsatsakis, Demetrios A Spandidos
Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) comprise a group of chemical compounds that have been examined extensively due to the potential harmful effects in the health of human populations. During the past decades, particular focus has been given to the harmful effects of EDCs to the reproductive system. The estimation of human exposure to EDCs can be broadly categorized into occupational and environmental exposure, and has been a major challenge due to the structural diversity of the chemicals that are derived by many different sources at doses below the limit of detection used by conventional methodologies...
March 6, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28260086/development-of-an-assay-to-assess-genotoxicity-by-particulate-matter-extract
#19
Alexandros Priftis, Konstantinos Papikinos, Marina Koukoulanaki, Efthalia Kerasioti, Dimitrios Stagos, Konstantinos Konstantinopoulos, Demetrios A Spandidos, Marianthi Kermenidou, Spyros Karakitsios, Dimosthenis Sarigiannis, Aristides M Tsatsakis, Demetrios Kouretas
The current study describes a method for assessing the oxidative potential of common environmental stressors (ambient air particulate matter), using a plasmid relaxation assay where the extract caused single-strand breaks, easily visualised through electrophoresis. This assay utilises a miniscule amount (11 µg) of particulate matter (PM) extract compared to other, cell‑based methods (~3,000 µg). The negative impact of air pollution on human health has been extensively recognised. Among the air pollutants, PM plays an eminent role, as reflected in the broad scientific interest...
April 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28260009/molecular-profile-of-major-growth-factors-in-lumbar-intervertebral-disc-herniation-correlation-with-patient-clinical-and-epidemiological-characteristics
#20
Alexandros Tsarouhas, Giannoula Soufla, Konstantinos Tsarouhas, Pavlos Katonis, Dritan Pasku, Antonis Vakis, Aristides M Tsatsakis, Demetrios A Spandidos
The involvement of growth factors (GFs) in the pathogenesis of lumbar intervertebral disc (ID) herniation and the spontaneous resorption of herniated ID fragments remains only partially elucidated. A simultaneous assessment of the transcript levels of numerous GFs and their association with clinical and epidemiological profiles of human ID herniation would provide valuable insight into the biology and clinical course of the disease. In the present study, we examined simultaneously the transcript levels of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), transforming growth factor β1 (TGF‑β1), basic fibroblast growth factor 2 (bFGF2), platelet derived growth factor (PDGF) isoforms and receptors, epidermal growth factor (EGF) and insulin growth factor‑1 (IGF‑1) in herniated and control ID specimens and investigated their correlation with the clinicopathological profiles of patients suffering from symptomatic lumbar ID herniation...
April 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
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