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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786907/simulation-of-the-degradation-of-cyclic-ketene-acetal-and-vinyl-based-copolymers-synthesized-via-a-radical-process-influence-of-the-reactivity-ratios-on-the-degradability-properties
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Didier Gigmes, Paul H M Van Steenberge, Didier Siri, Dagmar R D'hooge, Yohann Guillaneuf, Catherine Lefay
The radical copolymerization of vinyl and cyclic ketene acetal (CKA) monomers is a promising way to prepare degradable vinyl polymers. The reactivity of the comonomer pair is known to be dependent of the vinyl monomer structure that requires to play with experimental conditions (feed ratio, overall monomer conversion, etc.) to target a desired cumulative (average) copolymer composition. Even if the materials are completely degradable, there is no information about the homogeneity of the degraded products. This theoretical study, using kinetic Monte Carlo simulations, allows simulating degradation at the molecular level...
May 22, 2018: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786763/mir-124-promotes-proliferation-and-neural-differentiation-of-neural-stem-cells-through-targeting-dact1-and-activating-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-pathways
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Shujie Jiao, Yaling Liu, Yaobing Yao, Junfang Teng
Neural stem cells (NSCs) are multipotent and undifferentiated cells with the potential to differentiate into neuronal lineages and gliocytes. NSCs have the ability to generate and regenerate the brain, indicating the possibility of cell-based therapies for neurological disorders. miR-124 has been demonstrated as a modulator in the survival, expansion, and differentiation of NSCs. However, the underlying molecular mechanisms of miR-124 in NSC development are still far from being understood. The expressions of miR-124, dishevelled binding antagonist of beta-catenin 1 (DACT1), ki-67, Nestin, β-tubulin III, glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP), β-catenin, cyclinD1, and glycogen synthase kinase-3β (GSK-3β) were examined by qRT-PCR or western blot...
May 21, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786761/engineering-terpenoid-production-through-transient-expression-in-nicotiana-benthamiana
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REVIEW
James Reed, Anne Osbourn
Terpenoids are the most structurally diverse class of plant natural products with a huge range of commercial and medical applications. Exploiting this enormous potential has historically been hindered due to low levels of these compounds in their natural sources, making isolation difficult, while their structural complexity frequently makes synthetic chemistry approaches uneconomical. Engineering terpenoid biosynthesis in heterologous host production platforms provides a means to overcome these obstacles. In particular, plant-based production systems are attractive as they provide the compartmentalisation and cofactors necessary for the transfer of functional pathways from other plants...
May 21, 2018: Plant Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786747/microrna-137-dysregulation-predisposes-to-osteoporotic-fracture-by-impeding-alp-activity-and-expression-via-suppression-of-leucine-rich-repeat-containing-g-protein-coupled-receptor-4-expression
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Xiangjun Liu, Xiaohui Xu
Osteoporosis is defined as a loss of bone mass and deterioration of its architecture resulting in bone weakness, which becomes prone to fracture. The objective of this study was to investigate the molecular mechanism by which miR-137 can reduce the risk of fracture in patients with osteoporosis. An online miRNA database and a luciferase reporter assay system were used to confirm that leucine-rich repeat-containing G-protein-coupled receptor 4 (LGR4) was the target of miR-137. Real-time PCR and western blot analysis were used to study miR-137 mRNA, the expression of LGR4 mRNA and protein among different groups or cells transfected with a scrambled miRNA control, miR-137 mimic, LGR4 siRNA and miR-137 inhibitor...
May 17, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786671/mechanisms-of-action-and-cell-death-associated-with-clostridium-perfringens-toxins
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REVIEW
Mauricio A Navarro, Bruce A McClane, Francisco A Uzal
Clostridium perfringens uses its large arsenal of protein toxins to produce histotoxic, neurologic and intestinal infections in humans and animals. The major toxins involved in diseases are alpha (CPA), beta (CPB), epsilon (ETX), iota (ITX), enterotoxin (CPE), and necrotic B-like (NetB) toxins. CPA is the main virulence factor involved in gas gangrene in humans, whereas its role in animal diseases is limited and controversial. CPB is responsible for necrotizing enteritis and enterotoxemia, mostly in neonatal individuals of many animal species, including humans...
May 22, 2018: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786660/molecular-targets-of-active-anticancer-compounds-derived-from-marine-sources
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REVIEW
Xiaoping Song, Ying Xiong, Xin Qi, Wei Tang, Jiajia Dai, Qianqun Gu, Jing Li
Over the past decades, a number of novel compounds, which are produced in the marine environment, have been found to exhibit the anticancer effects. This review focuses on molecular targets of marine-derived anticancer candidates in clinical and preclinical studies. They are kinases, transcription factors, histone deacetylase, the ubiquitin-proteasome system, and so on. Specific emphasis of this review paper is to provide information on the optimization of new target compounds for future research and development of anticancer drugs, based on the identification of structures of these target molecules and parallel compounds...
May 22, 2018: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786517/estrogen-receptor-%C3%AE-potential-target-for-therapy-in-adult-granulosa-cell-tumors
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Alessandra Ciucci, Gabriella Ferrandina, Floriana Mascilini, Flavia Filippetti, Giovanni Scambia, Gian Franco Zannoni, Daniela Gallo
OBJECTIVE: Adult granulosa cell tumor (AGCT) is a rare form of sex-cord stromal ovarian tumors. Due to their origin, AGCTs secrete estrogens, and thus, estrogen receptor (ER)-mediated signaling has been considered as a possible target for therapy. The aim of the present study was to get insights into estrogen receptor status and activity in AGCTs, as a strategy to provide molecular support for personalized hormonal treatments. METHODS: We evaluated by immunohistochemistry the expression of ERα, ERβ isoforms (i...
May 18, 2018: Gynecologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786107/e3-ubiquitin-ligase-hakai-regulates-cell-growth-and-invasion-and-increases-the-chemosensitivity-to-cisplatin-in-non%C3%A2-small%C3%A2-cell-lung-cancer-cells
#8
Zi Liu, Yuqing Wu, Zijian Tao, Liang Ma
Hakai was originally identified as an E3 ubiquitin ligase of the E‑cadherin complex implicated in cell adhesion and invasion. Recently, emerging evidence has strongly suggested that Hakai serves a pivotal role in the tumorigenesis of certain tumors. However, the role of Hakai in non‑small‑cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and its underlying molecular mechanism have not been clarified. In the present study, it was observed that Hakai was highly expressed in NSCLC cell lines compared with human normal bronchial epithelial cells, and transfection with Hakai small interfering RNA significantly inhibited the growth of A549 and NCI‑H460 NSCLC cells...
May 17, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786069/ve-cadherin-promotes-vasculogenic-mimicry-by-modulating-kaiso-dependent-gene-expression
#9
Daniel Delgado-Bellido, Mónica Fernández-Cortés, María Isabel Rodríguez, Santiago Serrano-Sáenz, Arkaitz Carracedo, Angel Garcia-Diaz, F Javier Oliver
Aberrant extra-vascular expression of VE-cadherin (VEC) has been observed in metastasis associated with vasculogenic mimicry (VM); however, the ultimate reason why non-endothelial VEC favors the acquisition of this phenotype is not established. In this study, we show that human malignant melanoma cells have a constitutively high expression of phoshoVEC (pVEC) at Y658; pVEC is a target of focal adhesion kinase (FAK) and forms a complex with p120-catenin and the transcriptional repressor kaiso in the nucleus...
May 21, 2018: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785943/-roles-and-molecular-mechanisms-of-hypoxia-inducible-factors-in-renal-cell-carcinoma
#10
Jun Xia Zou, Ke Chen
Renal cancer is a common urologic malignancy. However, the therapeutic options for metastatic renal cancer patients are limited. Hypoxia (low oxygen) is a fundamental microenvironmental determinant of solid tumor pathophysiology. Recent data from molecular and clinical studies indicate that hypoxia-inducible factors (HIFs) play critical roles in the development and progress of renal cell carcinoma (RCC). The HIF transcription factor family is a type of heterodimeric transcription factor consisting of HIF-α and HIF-β subunits and can transcriptionally activate genes that mediate the hypoxic response...
May 20, 2018: Yi Chuan, Hereditas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785894/developmental-and-molecular-responses-of-buffalo-bubalus-bubalis-cumulus-oocyte-complex-matured-in-vitro-under-heat-shock-conditions
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Ashraf El-Sayed, Rehab Nagy, Amal K El-Asheeri, Liala N Eid
SummaryTo investigate the effects of physiologically relevant heat shock during oocyte maturation, buffalo cumulus-oocyte complexes (COCs) were cultured at 38.5°C (control) or were exposed to 39.5°C (T1) or 40.5°C (T2) for the first 6 h of in vitro maturation (IVM), followed by 38.5°C through the next 18 h/IVM and early embryonic development up to the blastocyst stage. Gene expression analysis was performed on selected target genes (HSF-1, HSF-2, HSP-70, HSP-90, BAX, p53, SOD1, COX1, MAPK14) in denuded oocytes and their isolated cumulus cells resulting from control COCs as well as from COCs exposed to a temperature of 39...
May 22, 2018: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785773/molecular-tension-probes-to-investigate-the-mechanopharmacology-of-single-cells-a-step-toward-personalized-mechanomedicine
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Kornelia Galior, Victor Pui-Yan Ma, Yang Liu, Hanquan Su, Nusaiba Baker, Reynold A Panettieri, Cherry Wongtrakool, Khalid Salaita
Given that dysregulation of mechanics contributes to diseases ranging from cancer metastasis to lung disease, it is important to develop methods for screening the efficacy of drugs that target cellular forces. Here, nanoparticle-based tension sensors are used to quantify the mechanical response of individual cells upon drug treatment. As a proof-of-concept, the activity of bronchodilators is tested on human airway smooth muscle cells derived from seven donors, four of which are asthmatic. It is revealed that airway smooth muscle cells isolated from asthmatic donors exhibit greater traction forces compared to the control donors...
May 22, 2018: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785740/expression-levels-of-breast-cancer-related-gas5-and-lsinct5-lncrnas-in-cancer-free-breast-tissue-molecular-associations-with-age-at-menarche-and-obesity
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Yaser Mansoori, Mohammad Bagher Tabei, Alireza Askari, Pantea Izadi, Abdolreza Daraei, Milad Bastami, Mohammad Mehdi Naghizadeh, Ziba Nariman-Saleh-Fam, Behnam Mansoori, Javad Tavakkoly-Bazzaz
Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) constitute a major class of the human transcriptome which play crucial roles in the key biological processes of both normal and malignant breast cells. Although the aberrant expression of lncRNAs has been well-documented in breast cancer (BC), little is currently known about the association between their expression levels in the breast tissue of healthy women and BC risk factors, especially the reproductive or demographic characteristics that are among the most well-known BC risk modifiers...
May 21, 2018: Breast Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785561/reptb-a-gene-ontology-based-drug-repurposing-approach-for-tuberculosis
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Anurag Passi, Neeraj Kumar Rajput, David J Wild, Anshu Bhardwaj
Tuberculosis (TB) is the world's leading infectious killer with 1.8 million deaths in 2015 as reported by WHO. It is therefore imperative that alternate routes of identification of novel anti-TB compounds are explored given the time and costs involved in new drug discovery process. Towards this, we have developed RepTB. This is a unique drug repurposing approach for TB that uses molecular function correlations among known drug-target pairs to predict novel drug-target interactions. In this study, we have created a Gene Ontology based network containing 26,404 edges, 6630 drug and 4083 target nodes...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Cheminformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785488/mir-155-inhibits-the-formation-of-hypertrophic-scar-fibroblasts-by-targeting-hif-1%C3%AE-via-pi3k-akt-pathway
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Xue Wu, Jun Li, Xuekang Yang, Xiaozhi Bai, Jihong Shi, Jianxin Gao, Yan Li, Shichao Han, Yijie Zhang, Fu Han, Yang Liu, Xiaoqiang Li, Kejia Wang, Julei Zhang, Zheng Wang, Ke Tao, Dahai Hu
Hypertrophic scar (HS) is a serious skin fibrotic disease characterized by the excessive proliferation of fibroblasts and often considered as a kind of benign skin tumor. microRNA-155 (miR-155) is usually served as a promising marker in antitumor therapy. In view of the similarities of hypertrophic scar and tumor, it is predicted that miR-155 may be a novel therapeutic target in clinical trials. Here we found the expression levels of miR-155 was gradually down regulated and HIF-1α was upregulated in HS tissue and HS derived fibroblasts (HFs)...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Molecular Histology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785339/identification-of-potential-crucial-genes-and-pathways-associated-with-vein-graft-restenosis-based-on-gene-expression-analysis-in-experimental-rabbits
#16
Qiang Liu, Xiujie Yin, Mingzhu Li, Li Wan, Liqiao Liu, Xiang Zhong, Zhuoqi Liu, Qun Wang
Occlusive artery disease (CAD) is the leading cause of death worldwide. Bypass graft surgery remains the most prevalently performed treatment for occlusive arterial disease, and veins are the most frequently used conduits for surgical revascularization. However, the clinical efficacy of bypass graft surgery is highly affected by the long-term potency rates of vein grafts, and no optimal treatments are available for the prevention of vein graft restenosis (VGR) at present. Hence, there is an urgent need to improve our understanding of the molecular mechanisms involved in mediating VGR...
2018: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785244/more-than-just-an-immunosuppressant-the-emerging-role-of-fty720-as-a-novel-inducer-of-ros-and-apoptosis
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REVIEW
Teruaki Takasaki, Kanako Hagihara, Ryosuke Satoh, Reiko Sugiura
Fingolimod hydrochloride (FTY720) is a first-in-class of sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) receptor modulator approved to treat multiple sclerosis by its phosphorylated form (FTY720-P). Recently, a novel role of FTY720 as a potential anticancer drug has emerged. One of the anticancer mechanisms of FTY720 involves the induction of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and subsequent apoptosis, which is largely independent of its property as an S1P modulator. ROS have been considered as a double-edged sword in tumor initiation/progression...
2018: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785216/-staphylococcus-aureus-surface-protein-g-is-an-immunodominant-protein-and-a-possible-target-in-an-anti-biofilm-drug-development
#18
Yury Belyi, Ivan Rybolovlev, Nikita Polyakov, Alena Chernikova, Irina Tabakova, Alexandre Gintsburg
Background: Staphylococcus aureus is a Gram-positive bacterium that causes severe illnesses in the human population. The capacity of S. aureus strains to form biofilms on biotic and abiotic surfaces creates serious problems for treatment of hospital infections and has stimulated efforts to develop new means of specific protection or immunotherapy. Material and Methods: We found that rabbit serum raised against crude concentrated S. aureus liquid culture significantly decreased the development of staphylococcal biofilm in vitro ...
2018: Open Microbiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785196/a-computational-approach-using-bioinformatics-to-screening-drug-targets-for-leishmania-infantum-species
#19
Miguel Angel Chávez-Fumagalli, Mônica Santos Schneider, Daniela Pagliara Lage, Grasiele de Sousa Vieira Tavares, Débora Vasconcelos Costa Mendonça, Thaís Teodoro de Oliveira Santos, Rodrigo Maia Pádua, Ricardo Andrez Machado-de-Ávila, João Paulo Viana Leite, Eduardo Antonio Ferraz Coelho
Background: The development of new therapeutic strategies to treat patients for leishmaniasis has become a priority. The antileishmanial activity of the strychnobiflavone flavonoid was recently demonstrated against Leishmania amazonensis and Leishmania infantum amastigotes and promastigotes. The biological effect of this molecule was identified due to its capacity to interfere in the parasite mitochondrial membrane; however, the underlying molecular mechanism remains unclear. Methods and Results: In this study, a computational approach using bioinformatics was performed to screen biological targets of strychnobiflavone in L...
2018: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785179/nanoformulation-of-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-with-target-receptor-triggered-release-in-the-central-nervous-system
#20
Yuhang Jiang, James M Fay, Chi-Duen Poon, Natasha Vinod, Yuling Zhao, Kristin Bullock, Si Qin, Devika S Manickam, Xiang Yi, William A Banks, Alexander V Kabanov
Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is identified as a potent neuroprotective and neuroregenerative agent for many neurological diseases. Regrettably, its delivery to the brain is hampered by poor serum stability and rapid brain clearance. Here, a novel nanoformulation is reported composed of a bio-compatible polymer, poly(ethylene glycol)- b -poly(L-glutamic acid) (PEG-PLE), that hosts the BDNF molecule in a nanoscale complex, termed here Nano-BDNF. Upon simple mixture, Nano-BDNF spontaneously forms uniform spherical particles with a core-shell structure...
February 7, 2018: Advanced Functional Materials
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