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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645561/boris-up-regulates-oct4-via-histone-methylation-to-promote-cancer-stem-cell-like-properties-in-human-liver-cancer-cells
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Qiuying Liu, Kefei Chen, Zhongjian Liu, Yuan Huang, Rongce Zhao, Ling Wei, Xiaoqin Yu, Jingyang He, Jun Liu, Jianguo Qi, Yang Qin, Bo Li
Accumulating evidence has revealed the importance of cancer stem cells (CSCs) in chemoresistance and recurrence. BORIS, a testes-specific CTCF paralog, has been shown to be associated with stemness traits of embryonic cancer cells and epithelial CSCs. We previously reported that BORIS is correlated with the expression of the CSC marker CD90 in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). These results encourage us to wonder whether BORIS exerts functions on CSC-like traits of human liver cancer cells. Here, we report that BORIS was enriched in HCC tissues...
June 20, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645072/association-of-the-serum-myeloperoxidase-high-density-lipoprotein-particle-ratio-and-incident-cardiovascular-events-in-a-multi-ethnic-population-observations-from-the-dallas-heart-study
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Htet W Khine, John F Teiber, Robert W Haley, Amit Khera, Colby R Ayers, Anand Rohatgi
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Myeloperoxidase (MPO), a product of systemic inflammation, promotes oxidation of lipoproteins; whereas, high-density lipoprotein (HDL) exerts anti-oxidative effects in part via paraoxonase-1 (PON1). MPO induces dysfunctional HDL particles; however, the interaction of circulating levels of these measures in cardiovascular disease (CVD) has not been studied in humans. We tested whether serum levels of MPO indexed to HDL particle concentration (MPO/HDLp) are associated with increased CVD risk in a large multiethnic population sample, free of CVD at baseline...
June 3, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644090/transdermal-administration-of-melatonin-coupled-to-cryopass-laser-treatment-as-noninvasive-therapy-for-prostate-cancer
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Laura Terraneo, Paola Bianciardi, Eleonora Virgili, Elena Finati, Michele Samaja, Rita Paroni
Melatonin, a pineal gland hormone, exerts oncostatic activity in several types of human cancer, including prostate, the most common neoplasia and the third most frequent cause of male cancer death in the developed world. The growth of androgen-sensitive LNCaP prostate cancer cells in mice is inhibited by 3 mg/kg/week melatonin (0.09 mg/mouse/week) delivered by i.p. injections, which is equivalent to a dose of 210 mg/week in humans. The aim of this study is to test an alternative noninvasive delivery route based on transdermal administration of melatonin onto the tumor area followed by cryopass-laser treatment...
November 2017: Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643827/anti-oxidant-and-immune-modulatory-properties-of-sulfated-alginate-derivatives-on-human-chondrocytes-and-macrophages
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Anne Kerschenmeyer, Øystein Arlov, Vera Malheiro, Matthias Steinwachs, Markus Rottmar, Katharina Maniura-Weber, Gemma Palazzolo, Marcy Zenobi-Wong
Degeneration of articular cartilage represents one of the most common causes of pain and disability in our aging society. Current treatments only address the symptoms of joint disease, but not their underlying causes which include oxidative stress and inflammation in cartilage and surrounding tissues. Sulfated biopolymers that mimic aspects of the native extracellular environment of cartilage are recently gaining interest as a means to slow the inflammatory events responsible for tissue degeneration. Here we show that the natural polysaccharide alginate and particularly its sulfated derivatives have potent anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-immunogenic properties in vitro...
June 23, 2017: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643477/red-wine-polyphenols-do-not-improve-obesity-associated-insulin-resistance-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Jorn Woerdeman, Daniele Del Rio, Luca Calani, Etto C Eringa, Yvo M Smulders, Erik H Serné
Preclinical studies have suggested that polyphenols extracted from red wine (RWPs) favorably affect insulin sensitivity, but controversy exists on whether RWPs exert similar effects in humans. This study aimed to determine whether RWPs improve insulin sensitivity in obese volunteers. Obese (BMI>30) volunteers were randomly allocated to RWPs 600 mg/day (n = 14) or matched placebo (n = 15) in a double-blind fashion (parallel-arm) for 8 weeks. Subjects were investigated at baseline and at the end of the study (EOS)...
June 23, 2017: Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641565/d-amino-acid-analogues-of-the-antimicrobial-peptide-cdt-exhibit-anti-cancer-properties-in-a549-a-human-lung-adenocarcinoma-cell-line
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Deborah L Heyl, Hedeel Guy Evans, Jeff Guthrie, Murali Jujjavarapu, Nathan Hendrickson, Anna Eitel, Yeji Park, Jennifer Garvey, Rebecca Newman, Daniel Esckilsen
The importance of the antitumor activity of some antimicrobial peptides is being increasingly recognized. The antimicrobial peptide, tachyplesin, has been shown to exhibit anticancer properties and a linear, cysteine deleted analogue (CDT), was found to retain its antibacterial function. We used sequence reversal and D-amino acids to synthesize four CDT analogues. We found that D-CDT exhibited the best bactericidal properties with the highest selectivity index. While the MIC was found to improve only modestly against S...
June 20, 2017: Protein and Peptide Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637865/an-evolutionarily-distinct-family-of-polysaccharide-lyases-removes-rhamnose-capping-of-complex-arabinogalactan-proteins
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José Munoz-Munoz, Alan Cartmell, Nicolas Terrapon, Arnaud Baslé, Bernard Henrissat, Harry J Gilbert
The human gut microbiota utilizes complex carbohydrates as major nutrients. The requirement for efficient glycan degrading systems exerts a major selective selection pressure on this microbial community. Thus, we propose that this microbial ecosystem represents a substantial resource for discovering novel carbohydrate active enzymes. To test this hypothesis we screened the potential enzymatic functions of hypothetical proteins encoded by genes of Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron that were upregulated by arabinogalactan arabinogalactan proteins or AGPs...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637813/contribution-of-blood-oxygen-and-carbon-dioxide-sensing-to-the-energetic-optimization-of-human-walking
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Jeremy D Wong, Shawn M O'Connor, Jessica C Selinger, J Maxwell Donelan
People can adapt their gait to minimize energetic cost, indicating that walking's neural control has access to ongoing measurements of the body's energy use. Here we test the hypothesis that an important source of energetic cost measurements arises from blood gas receptors that are sensitive to oxygen and carbon dioxide concentrations. These receptors are known to play a role in regulating other physiological processes related to energy consumption, such as ventilation rate. And due to the role of oxygen and carbon dioxide in oxidative metabolism, sensing their levels can provide an accurate estimate of the body's total energy use...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635651/effects-of-tetrodotoxin-in-mouse-models-of-visceral-pain
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Rafael González-Cano, Miguel Ángel Tejada, Antonia Artacho-Cordón, Francisco Rafael Nieto, José Manuel Entrena, John N Wood, Cruz Miguel Cendán
Visceral pain is very common and represents a major unmet clinical need for which current pharmacological treatments are often insufficient. Tetrodotoxin (TTX) is a potent neurotoxin that exerts analgesic actions in both humans and rodents under different somatic pain conditions, but its effect has been unexplored in visceral pain. Therefore, we tested the effects of systemic TTX in viscero-specific mouse models of chemical stimulation of the colon (intracolonic instillation of capsaicin and mustard oil) and intraperitoneal cyclophosphamide-induced cystitis...
June 21, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629056/antimicrobial-and-antioxidant-potentials-of-biosynthesized-colloidal-zinc-oxide-nanoparticles-for-a-fortified-cold-cream-formulation-a-potent-nanocosmeceutical-application
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Sonia S, Linda Jeeva Kumari H, Ruckmani K, Sivakumar M
Nanocosmeceuticals are promising applications of nanotechnology in personal care industries. Zinc oxide is an inorganic material that is non-toxic and skin compatible with self-cleansing and microbicidal properties. Herein, exploitation of colloidal zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnONps) as potent biomaterial for a topical formulation of cosmetic and dermatological significance is employed. ZnONps were green synthesized using environmentally benign Adhatoda vasica leaf extract and characterized by UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), dynamic light scattering (DLS), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM) and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX)...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627461/8-methoxypsoralen-reduces-akt-phosphorylation-induces-intrinsic-and-extrinsic-apoptotic-pathways-and-suppresses-cell-growth-of-sk-n-as-neuroblastoma-and-sw620-metastatic-colon-cancer-cells
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Magdalena Bartnik, Adrianna Sławińska-Brych, Aleksandra Żurek, Martyna Kandefer-Szerszeń, Barbara Zdzisińska
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: 8-methoxypsoralen (8-MOP) is a furanocoumarin and an active compound of a traditional Egyptian medicinal plant Ammi majus L, whose juice/fruit has been used for many years in folk phototherapy for the treatment of vitiligo or a hyperproliferative skin disorder, psoriasis. 8-MOP together with UVA light is also used as an anticancer drug for the treatment of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. However, furanocoumarins exert anticancer activity even without UV irradiation...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626727/mast-cell-infiltration-in-human-brain-metastases-modulates-the-microenvironment-and-contributes-to-the-metastatic-potential
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Ananya Roy, Sylwia Libard, Holger Weishaupt, Ida Gustavsson, Lene Uhrbom, Göran Hesselager, Fredrik J Swartling, Fredrik Pontén, Irina Alafuzoff, Elena Tchougounova
Metastatic brain tumors continue to be a clinical problem, despite new therapeutic advances in cancer treatment. Brain metastases (BMs) are among the most common mass lesions in the brain that are resistant to chemotherapies, have a very poor prognosis, and currently lack any efficient diagnostic tests. Predictions estimate that about 40% of lung and breast cancer patients will develop BM. Despite this, very little is known about the immunological and genetic aberrations that drive tumorigenesis in BM. In this study, we demonstrate the infiltration of mast cells (MCs) in a large cohort of human BM samples with different tissues of origin for primary cancer...
2017: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626143/effect-of-conjugated-linoleic-acid-intake-on-endurance-exercise-performance-and-anti-fatigue-in-student-athletes
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Naoko Terasawa, Ken Okamoto, Kenta Nakada, Kazumi Masuda
Conjugated linoleic acids (CLA) intake has been reported to reduce body fat mass or increase lean body mass and to improve exercise outcome by modulating testosterone in humans. These reports have studied mostly overweight subjects; few were athletes. Therefore, in this study, the effect of CLA intake on endurance performance and anti-fatigue in student athletes was investigated. A double-blind, crossover study was conducted with 10 male student athletes. Each subject was administered with either CLA (net 0...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Oleo Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620626/tobacco-smoke-constituents-trigger-cytoplasmic-calcium-release
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M Flori Sassano, Arunava Ghosh, Robert Tarran
Cytosolic Ca(2+) is a universal second messenger that is involved in many processes throughout the body, including the regulation of cell growth/cell division, apoptosis, and the secretion of both ions, and macromolecules. Tobacco smoke exerts multiple effects on airway epithelia and we have previously shown that Kentucky reference cigarette smoke exposure elevated the second messenger Ca(2+), leading to dysfunctional ion secretion. In this study, we tested whether little cigar and commercial cigarette smoke exposure exerts similar effects on intracellular Ca(2+) levels...
June 1, 2017: Applied in Vitro Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613978/increased-humoral-immunity-by-dna-vaccination-using-an-%C3%AE-tocopherol-based-adjuvant
#15
Ingrid Karlsson, Marie Borggren, Jens Nielsen, Dennis Christensen, Jim Williams, Anders Fomsgaard
DNA vaccines induce broad immunity, which involves both humoral and strong cellular immunity, and can be rapidly designed for novel or evolving pathogens such as influenza. However, the humoral immunogenicity in humans and higher animals has been suboptimal compared with that of traditional vaccine approaches. We tested whether the emulsion-based and α-tocopherol containing adjuvant Diluvac Forte® has the ability to enhance the immunogenicity of a naked DNA vaccine (i.e., plasmid DNA). As a model vaccine, we used plasmids encoding both a surface-exposed viral glycoprotein (hemagglutinin) and an internal non-glycosylated nucleoprotein in the Th1/Th2 balanced CB6F1 mouse model...
June 14, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612103/dihydromyricetin-protects-human-umbilical-vein-endothelial-cells-from-injury-through-erk-and-akt-mediated-nrf2-ho-1-signaling-pathway
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Yun Luo, Shan Lu, Xi Dong, Lijia Xu, Guibo Sun, Xiaobo Sun
Atherosclerosis-related cardiovascular disease is the predominant cause of death worldwide. Ox-LDL-induced vascular endothelial cell injury is a major factor in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis. Dihydromyricetin (DMY) is a flavonoid extracted from vine tea that exerts multiple pharmacological activities, including cardio-protective, anti-tumor, and anti-oxidative effects. However, it is unreported that DMY shows protective effects on ox-LDL-induced endothelial cell injury. In this study, we used an ox-LDL injured human umbilical vein endothelial cell (HUVEC) in vitro model to explore the protective effects and mechanism of DMY...
June 13, 2017: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610718/echinacea-purpurea-derived-alkylamides-exhibit-potent-anti-inflammatory-effects-and-alleviate-clinical-symptoms-of-atopic-eczema
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Attila Oláh, Judit Szabó-Papp, Michael Soeberdt, Ulrich Knie, Stephan Dähnhardt-Pfeiffer, Christoph Abels, Tamás Bíró
BACKGROUND: Atopic eczema (AE) is a chronic inflammatory and pruritic skin disease. There is still an unmet need for topical anti-inflammatory and anti-pruritic substances exhibiting an excellent safety profile. The endocannabinoid system is known to regulate various aspects of cutaneous barrier and immune functions, thus targeting it may be a valid approach for alleviating the symptoms of AE. OBJECTIVE: To assess the putative efficacy of Echinacea purpurea-derived alkylamides (Ec...
May 27, 2017: Journal of Dermatological Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609327/fluoxetine-induces-paradoxical-effects-in-c57bl6-j-mice-comparison-with-balb-c-mice
#18
Thomas Gosselin, Anne-Marie Le Guisquet, Bruno Brizard, Caroline Hommet, Frédéric Minier, Catherine Belzung
The C57BL6/J mouse is the most commonly used strain in genetic investigations and behavioural tests. However, only a few studies have used C57BL6/J mice to assess the effects of antidepressant compounds. We carried out a study to compare the behavioural effects of fluoxetine (FLX) in a model of depression in two mice strains: C57BL6/J and BALB/c. We used an 8-week unpredictable chronic mild stress (UCMS) protocol during which FLX was administered (15 mg/kg, oral) from the third week to the end of the protocol...
June 12, 2017: Behavioural Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609218/lung-function-measures-following-simulated-wildland-firefighter-exposures
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Matthew D Ferguson, Erin O Semmens, Emily Weiler, Joe Domitrovich, Mary French, Christopher Migliaccio, Charles Palmer, Charles Dumke, Tony Ward
Across the world, biomass smoke is a major source of air pollution and is linked with a variety of adverse health effects. This is particularly true in the western US where wood smoke from wildland forest fires are a significant source of PM2.5. Wildland firefighters are impacted as they experience elevated PM2.5 concentrations over extended periods of time, often occurring during physical exertion. Various epidemiological studies have investigated wood smoke impacts on human health, including occupational field exposures experienced by wildland firefighters...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606090/comparative-efficacy-analysis-of-anti-microbial-peptides-ll-37-and-indolicidin-upon-conjugation-with-cnt-in-human-monocytes
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Biswaranjan Pradhan, Dipanjan Guha, Krushna Chandra Murmu, Abhinav Sur, Pratikshya Ray, Debashmita Das, Palok Aich
BACKGROUND: Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) have the potential to serve as an alternative to antibiotic. AMPs usually exert bactericidal activity via direct killing of microbial pathogens. Reports have proposed that by harnessing innate immune activation, AMPs can regulate pathogen invasion and may control infection. It has been reported that AMPs could be utilized to activate the innate mucosal immune response in order to eliminate pathogenic infections. This way of controlling pathogen infection, by activating host immunity, confers the potential to the select AMPs to alleviate the problem of antibiotic resistance...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Nanobiotechnology
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