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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813681/uncoupling-the-mitogenic-and-metabolic-functions-of-fgf1-by-tuning-fgf1-fgf-receptor-dimer-stability
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Zhifeng Huang, Yi Tan, Junlian Gu, Yang Liu, Lintao Song, Jianlou Niu, Longwei Zhao, Lakshmi Srinivasan, Qian Lin, Jingjing Deng, Yang Li, Daniel J Conklin, Thomas A Neubert, Lu Cai, Xiaokun Li, Moosa Mohammadi
The recent discovery of metabolic roles for fibroblast growth factor 1 (FGF1) in glucose homeostasis has expanded the functions of this classically known mitogen. To dissect the molecular basis for this functional pleiotropy, we engineered an FGF1 partial agonist carrying triple mutations (FGF1(ΔHBS)) that diminished its ability to induce heparan sulfate (HS)-assisted FGF receptor (FGFR) dimerization and activation. FGF1(ΔHBS) exhibited a severely reduced proliferative potential, while preserving the full metabolic activity of wild-type FGF1 in vitro and in vivo...
August 15, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813680/antibiotics-disrupt-coordination-between-transcriptional-and-phenotypic-stress-responses-in-pathogenic-bacteria
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Paul A Jensen, Zeyu Zhu, Tim van Opijnen
Bacterial genes that change in expression upon environmental disturbance have commonly been seen as those that must also phenotypically matter. However, several studies suggest that differentially expressed genes are rarely phenotypically important. We demonstrate, for Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, that these seemingly uncoordinated gene sets are involved in responses that can be linked through topological network analysis. However, the level of coordination is stress dependent. While a well-coordinated response is triggered in response to nutrient stress, antibiotics trigger an uncoordinated response in which transcriptionally and phenotypically important genes are neither linked spatially nor in their magnitude...
August 15, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813639/exploitation-of-gene-expression-and-cancer-biomarkers-in-paving-the-path-to-era-of-personalized-medicine
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REVIEW
Hala Fawzy Mohamed Kamel, Hiba Saeed A Bagader Al-Amodi
Cancer therapy agents have been used extensively as cytotoxic drugs against tissue or organ of a specific type of cancer. With the better understanding of molecular mechanisms underlying carcinogenesis and cellular events during cancer progression and metastasis, it is now possible to use targeted therapy for these molecular events. Targeted therapy is able to identify cancer patients with dissimilar genetic defects at cellular level for the same cancer type and consequently requires individualized approach for treatment...
August 13, 2017: Genomics, Proteomics & Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813625/detection-of-first-line-drug-resistance-mutations-and-drug-protein-interaction-dynamics-from-tuberculosis-patients-in-south-india
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Somanna Ajjamada Nachappa, Sumana M Neelambike, Chokkanna Amruthavalli, Nallur B Ramachandra
Diagnosis of drug-resistant tuberculosis predominantly relies on culture-based drug susceptibility testing, which take weeks to produce a result and a more time-efficient alternative method is multiplex allele-specific PCR (MAS-PCR). Also, understanding the role of mutations in causing resistance helps better drug designing. AIMS: To evaluate the ability of MAS-PCR in the detection of drug resistance and to understand the mechanism of interaction of drugs with mutant proteins in Mycobacterium tuberculosis...
August 16, 2017: Microbial Drug Resistance: MDR: Mechanisms, Epidemiology, and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813596/molecular-imaging-of-p-glycoprotein-in-chemoresistant-tumors-using-a-dual-modality-pet-fluorescence-probe
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Mengzhe Wang, Chengqiong Mao, Hui Wang, Xueying Ling, Zhanhong Wu, Zi-Bo Li, Xin Ming
Overexpression of P-glycoprotein (Pgp) has been considered a primary cause for multidrug resistance in a variety of cancers for three decades. However, clinical translation of Pgp targeted therapeutics has been hindered by lack of patient preselection based on the Pgp presence in tumors. We aim to develop a molecularly targeted probe for imaging tumoral Pgp in vivo with positron emission tomography (PET) and fluorescence, and to provide a tool for preselecting the patients with tumoral Pgp expression. Thus, a Pgp monoclonal antibody 15D3 was chemically modified with IRDye800 (IR800) and DOTA chelator...
August 16, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813188/cannabis-related-problems-and-social-anxiety-the-mediational-role-of-post-event-processing
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Anthony H Ecker, Julia D Buckner
BACKGROUND: Cannabis is the most commonly used illicit drug in the US, and is associated with a range of psychological, social, and physical health-related problems. Individuals who endorse elevated levels of social anxiety are especially at risk for experiencing cannabis-related problems, including cannabis use disorder, despite not using cannabis more often than those with more normative social anxiety. Identification of mechanisms that underlie the relationship between social anxiety and cannabis-related problems may inform treatment and prevention efforts...
August 16, 2017: Substance Use & Misuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813144/stimulated-raman-imaging-reveals-aberrant-lipogenesis-as-a-meta-bolic-marker-for-azole-resistant-candida-albicans
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Caroline W Karanja, Weili Hong, Waleed Younis, Hassan E Eldesouky, Mohamed N Seleem, Ji-Xin Cheng
Candida albicans (C. albicans) is the single most prevalent cause of fungal bloodstream infections worldwide causing significant mortality as high as fifty percent. This high mortality rate is, in part, due to the inability to initiate an effective antifungal therapy early in the disease process. Mortality rates significantly increase after twelve hours of delay in initiating the appropriate antifungal therapy following a positive blood culture. Early administration of appropriate antifungal therapy is hampered by the slow turnovers of the conventional antimicrobial testing techniques, which require days of incubation...
August 16, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813136/targeting-of-cellular-organelles-by-fluorescent-plasmid-dna-nanoparticles
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Diana Costa, Carolina Costa, Margarida Vaz Caldeira, Luisa Maria Cortes, João A Queiroz, Carla Cruz
The development of a suitable delivery system and the targeting of intracellular organelles are both essential for the success of drug and gene therapies. The conception of fluorescent ligands, displaying targeting specificity together with low toxicity, is an emerging and reliable tool to develop innovative delivery systems. Biocompatible BSA or pDNA/ligand nanoparticles were synthesized by a co-precipitation method and were shown to display adequate sizes and morphology for delivery purposes, and positive surface charges...
August 16, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813000/an-ameliorated-prediction-of-drug-target-interactions-based-on-multi-scale-discrete-wavelet-transform-and-network-features
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Cong Shen, Yijie Ding, Jijun Tang, Xinying Xu, Fei Guo
The prediction of drug-target interactions (DTIs) via computational technology plays a crucial role in reducing the experimental cost. A variety of state-of-the-art methods have been proposed to improve the accuracy of DTI predictions. In this paper, we propose a kind of drug-target interactions predictor adopting multi-scale discrete wavelet transform and network features (named as DAWN) in order to solve the DTIs prediction problem. We encode the drug molecule by a substructure fingerprint with a dictionary of substructure patterns...
August 16, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812983/a-microfluidic-platform-for-modeling-metastatic-cancer-cell-matrix-invasion
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Laura Blaha, Chentian Zhang, Mario Cabodi, Joyce Y Wong
Invasion of the extracellular matrix is a critical step in the colonization of metastatic tumors. The invasion process is thought to be driven by both chemokine signaling and interactions between invading cancer cells and physical components of the metastatic niche, including endothelial cells that line capillary walls and serve as a barrier to both diffusion and invasion of the underlying tissue. Transwell chambers, a tool for generating artificial chemokine gradients to induce cell migration, have facilitated recent work to investigate the chemokine contributions to matrix invasion...
August 16, 2017: Biofabrication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812944/binding-forces-between-a-novel-schiff-base-palladium-ii-complex-and-two-carrier-proteins-human-serum-albumi-and%C3%AE-lactoglobulin
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Somaye Shahraki, Ali Heydari
Ligand binding studies on carrier proteins are crucial in determining the pharmacological properties of drug candidates. Here, a new palladium(II) complex was synthesized and characterized. The in vitro binding studies of this complexwith two carrier proteins, human serum albumin (HSA) and β-lactoglobulin (βLG) was investigated by employing biophysical techniques as well as computational modeling. The experimental results showed thatthe Pd(II) complex interacted with two carrier proteins with moderate binding affinity (Kb ~̴ 0...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812437/autophagy-induced-kdr-vegfr-2-activation-promotes-the-formation-of-vasculogenic-mimicry-by-glioma-stem-cells
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Hai-Bo Wu, Shuai Yang, Hai-Yan Weng, Qian Chen, Xi-Long Zhao, Wen-Juan Fu, Qin Niu, Yi-Fang Ping, Ji Ming Wang, Xia Zhang, Xiao-Hong Yao, Xiu-Wu Bian
Antiangiogenesis with bevacizumab, an antibody against vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), has been used for devascularization to limit the growth of malignant glioma. However, the benefits are transient due to elusive mechanisms underlying resistance to the antiangiogenic therapy. Glioma stem cells (GSCs) are capable of forming vasculogenic mimicry (VM), an alternative microvascular circulation independent of VEGF-driven angiogenesis. Herein, we report that the formation of VM was promoted by bevacizumab-induced macroautophagy/autophagy in GSCs, which was associated with tumor resistance to antiangiogenic therapy...
August 16, 2017: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812389/evolocumab-for-the-treatment-of-hypercholesterolemia
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Brian Tomlinson, Miao Hu, Yuzhen Zhang, Paul Chan, Zhong-Min Liu
Evolocumab is a fully human monoclonal immunoglobulin G2 directed against human proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9). It is administered by subcutaneous injection every 2 weeks or once monthly. Area covered: Herein, the authors discuss the rationale for inhibiting PCSK9 and describe the pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics and clinical trials with evolocumab. Evolocumab reduces low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) levels by 50 to 60% in most patients with and without background treatment with statins or other lipid lowering agents...
August 16, 2017: Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812388/silk-nanoparticles-proof-of-lysosomotropic-anticancer-drug-delivery-at-single-cell-resolution
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John D Totten, Thidarat Wongpinyochit, F Philipp Seib
Silk nanoparticles are expected to improve chemotherapeutic drug targeting to solid tumours by exploiting tumour pathophysiology, modifying the cellular pharmacokinetics of the payload and ultimately resulting in trafficking to lysosomes and triggering drug release. However, experimental proof for lysosomotropic drug delivery by silk nanoparticles in live cells is lacking and the importance of lysosomal pH and enzymes controlling drug release is currently unknown. Here, we demonstrate, in live single human breast cancer cells, the role of the lysosomal environment in determining silk nanoparticle-mediated drug release...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Drug Targeting
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812378/bevacizumab-in-advanced-lung-cancer-state-of-the-art
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Sandra Assoun, Solenn Brosseau, Christelle Steinmetz, Valérie Gounant, Gérard Zalcman
Despite recent advances in metastatic lung cancer treatment with the advent of immune checkpoint inhibitors and molecules targeting addictive genomic abnormalities, prognosis of most of the patients remains unfavorable. Combination approaches with older drugs, such as bevacizumab, should be thus envisioned. Bevacizumab is a monoclonal anti-VEGF antibody, approved by the US FDA and the EMA in first-line and maintenance settings of advanced nonsquamous non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) treatment, in association with platinum-based chemotherapy...
August 16, 2017: Future Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812361/ultrasensitive-and-accurate-assay-of-human-methyltransferase-activity-at-the-single-cell-level-based-on-a-single-integrated-magnetic-microprobe
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Haiyan Zhao, Lei Wang, Weiqi Li, Shumei Zhai, Wei Jiang
Human DNA methyltransferase (MTase) activity expression patterns and inhibition response are linked to related cancer initiation, progression and therapeutic responses. Sensitive and accurate human MTase activity assay in cancer cells, especially at the single-cell level, is essential for biological study, clinical diagnosis and therapy. Here, we developed an ultrasensitive and accurate DNA (cytosine-5)-methyltransferase 1 (Dnmt1) activity assay at the single-cell level based on a single integrated magnetic microprobe of functionalized double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) anchored to a single magnetic microbead surface...
August 16, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812273/a-precision-medicine-approach-to-oxytocin%C3%A2-trials
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Elissar Andari, Rene Hurlemann, Larry J Young
In this chapter, we introduce a new area of social pharmacology that encompasses the study of the role of neuromodulators in modulating a wide range of social behaviors and brain function, with the interplay of genetic and epigenetic factors. There are increasing evidences for the role of the neuropeptide oxytocin in modulating a wide range of social behaviors, in reducing anxiety, and in impacting the social brain network. Oxytocin also promotes social functions in patients with neuropsychiatric disorders, such as autism and reduces anxiety and fear in anxiety disorders...
August 16, 2017: Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812256/the-potential-for-emerging-microbiome-mediated-therapeutics-in-asthma
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REVIEW
Ayse Bilge Ozturk, Benjamin Arthur Turturice, David L Perkins, Patricia W Finn
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: In terms of immune regulating functions, analysis of the microbiome has led the development of therapeutic strategies that may be applicable to asthma management. This review summarizes the current literature on the gut and lung microbiota in asthma pathogenesis with a focus on the roles of innate molecules and new microbiome-mediated therapeutics. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent clinical and basic studies to date have identified several possible therapeutics that can target innate immunity and the microbiota in asthma...
August 10, 2017: Current Allergy and Asthma Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812246/dna-tetrahedron-delivery-enhances-doxorubicin-induced-apoptosis-of-ht-29-colon-cancer-cells
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Guiyu Zhang, Zhiyong Zhang, Junen Yang
As a nano-sized drug carrier with the advantage of modifiability and proper biocompatibility, DNA tetrahedron (DNA tetra) delivery is hopeful to enhance the inhibitory efficiency of nontargeted anticancer drugs. In this investigation, doxorubicin (Dox) was assembled to a folic acid-modified DNA tetra via click chemistry to prepare a targeted antitumor agent. Cellular uptake efficiency was measured via fluorescent imaging. Cytotoxicity, inhibition efficiency, and corresponding mechanism on colon cancer cell line HT-29 were evaluated by MTT assay, cell proliferation curve, western blot, and flow cytometry...
August 15, 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812060/reolysin-and-histone-deacetylase-inhibition-in-the-treatment-of-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma
#20
Alena C Jaime-Ramirez, Jun-Ge Yu, Enrico Caserta, Ji Young Yoo, Jianying Zhang, Tae Jin Lee, Craig Hofmeister, John H Lee, Bhavna Kumar, Quintin Pan, Pawan Kumar, Robert Baiocchi, Theodoros Teknos, Flavia Pichiorri, Balveen Kaur, Matthew Old
Oncolytic viruses (OVs) are emerging as powerful anti-cancer agents and are currently being tested for their safety and efficacy in patients. Reovirus (Reolysin), a naturally occurring non-pathogenic, double-stranded RNA virus, has natural oncolytic activity and is being tested in phase I-III clinical trials in a variety of tumor types. With its recent US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) orphan drug designation for several tumor types, Reolysin is a potential therapeutic agent for various cancers, including head and neck squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCCs), which have a 5-year survival of ∼55%...
June 16, 2017: Molecular Therapy Oncolytics
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