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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734272/glycosylation-patterns-of-selected-proteins-in-individual-serum-and-cerebrospinal-fluid-samples
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Isabella Karlsson, Lorena Ndreu, Alessandro Quaranta, Gunnar Thorsén
A method we previously developed has been applied to the determination of the glycosylation pattern of specific proteins in biological samples. Six proteins (alpha-1-antitrypsin, transferrin, haptoglobin, C1 inhibitor, alpha-1 acid glycoprotein, and immunoglobulin G) were studied in serum samples from five individuals and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) samples from three individuals, to investigate the expected normal distribution of glycosylation patterns and to assess whether this methodology can be used to discriminate between samples from different individuals...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734245/azaphenothiazines-promising-phenothiazine-derivatives-an-insight-into-nomenclature-synthesis-structure-elucidation-and-biological-properties
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REVIEW
Krystian Pluta, Małgorzata Jeleń, Beata Morak-Młodawska, Michał Zimecki, Jolanta Artym, Maja Kocięba, Ewa Zaczyńska
For the last two decades, classical phenothiazines have attracted attention of researchers, as the hitherto investigations have revealed many significant biological activities within this class of compounds, other than originally discovered neuroleptic ones. Important, new pharmaceutical results on phenothiazines, as 10-substituted dibenzothiazines, were recently highlighted in several reviews. Azaphenothiazines are structurally modified phenothiazines by substitution of one or both benzene rings in the phenothiazine ring system with the azine rings, such as: pyridine, pyridazine, pyrimidine, pyrazine, 1,2,4-triazine, quinoline, quinoxaline, benzoxazine and benzothiazine...
July 8, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734206/theoretical-investigation-of-the-conformational-space-of-baicalin
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Juan J Martínez Medina, Evelina G Ferrer, Patricia A M Williams, Nora B Okulik
Flavonoids are a large group of polyphenolic compounds ubiquitously present in plants. They are important components of human diet. They are recognized as potential drug candidates to be used in the treatment and prevention of a lot of pathological disorders, due to their protective effects. Baicalin (7-glucuronic acid 5, 6-dihydroxyflavone) is one of the main single active constituents isolated from the dried roots of Scutellaria baicalensis Georgi. The great interest on this flavonoid is due to its various pharmacological properties, such as antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anticancer and so on, and its high accumulation in the roots of S...
July 11, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734201/modification-of-chemical-properties-cu-fractionation-and-enzymatic-activities-in-an-acid-vineyard-soil-amended-with-winery-wastes-a-field-study
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Isabel Rodríguez-Salgado, Paula Pérez-Rodríguez, Antía Gómez-Armesto, Montserrat Díaz-Raviña, Juan Carlos Nóvoa-Muñoz, Manuel Arias-Estévez, David Fernández-Calviño
The effects of adding two winery wastes, perlite waste (PW) and bentonite waste (BW), to an acid vineyard soil were assessed using some chemical and biological soil properties in a field study that lasted 18 months. The addition of PW (up to 81 Mg ha(-1)) had neither significant nor permanent effects on soil characteristics such as the pH, organic matter content or nutrient concentrations, the amounts of copper or zinc, or the electrical conductivity. Moreover, no persistent negative effects were found on the enzymatic activities after PW application...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734199/endosulfan-poisoning-an-overview
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REVIEW
Ritesh G Menezes, Tooba Fatima Qadir, Ariba Moin, Huda Fatima, Syed Ather Hussain, Mohammed Madadin, Syed Bilal Pasha, Fatima A Al Rubaish, S Senthilkumaran
Endosulfan, an organochlorine (OC) insecticide, is a widely used agricultural pesticide, despite its life threatening toxic effects. In this review, the pharmacokinetics of endosulfan, mechanism of endosulfan toxicity, clinical presentations and management, histopathological findings, and toxicological analysis are described, in addition to its environmental toxicity. The toxic effects of endosulfan can affect many organs and systems presenting in a wide array of signs and symptoms. Although termed a restricted OC-classed pesticide, it continues to be used, especially in the developing world, owing to its beneficial effects on agriculture...
July 5, 2017: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734161/evaluation-of-the-effect-of-extraction-solvent-and-organ-selection-on-the-chemical-profile-of-astragalus-spinosus-using-hptlc-multivariate-image-analysis
#6
Eman Shawky, Dina A Selim
The evaluation of extraction protocols for untargeted and targeted metabolomics was implemented for root and aerial organs of Astragalus spinosus in this work. The efficiency and complementarity of commonly used extraction solvents, namely petroleum ether, methylene chloride, ethyl acetate and n-butanol were considered for method evaluation using chemometric techniques in conjunction with new, simple, and fast high performance thin layer chromatography (HPTLC) method for fingerprint analysis by extracting information from a digitalized HPTLC plate using ImageJ software...
July 15, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734143/cortical-thickness-changes-in-adult-moyamoya-disease-assessed-by-structural-magnetic-resonance-imaging
#7
Peng-Gang Qiao, Zhi-Wei Zuo, Cong Han, Juan Zhou, Hong-Tao Zhang, Lian Duan, Tianyi Qian, Gong-Jie Li
PURPOSE: To characterize the changes in cortical thickness of adult patients with moyamoya disease (MMD). METHODS: 60 patients with MMD and 60 age and sex-matched healthy volunteers were recruited. Structural images were acquired by MRI. Freesurfer was used to measure cortical thickness in patients and controls, and this was compared with MRA scores and cerebrovascular accident (CVA) scores. RESULTS: Compared with controls, the average cortical thickness of both cerebral hemispheres was lower in patients than in controls and symmetrical differences were seen in the regional cortex: bilateral precentral gyri were thinner, bilateral postcentral gyri and posterior cingulate gyri were thicker, and thinning and thickening were both found in the insula...
July 11, 2017: Clinical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734135/folding-while-bound-to-chaperones
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REVIEW
Scott Horowitz, Philipp Koldewey, Frederick Stull, James Ca Bardwell
Chaperones are important in preventing protein aggregation and aiding protein folding. How chaperones aid protein folding remains a key question in understanding their mechanism. The possibility of proteins folding while bound to chaperones was reintroduced recently with the chaperone Spy, many years after the phenomenon was first reported with the chaperones GroEL and SecB. In this review, we discuss the salient features of folding while bound in the cases for which it has been observed and speculate about its biological importance and possible occurrence in other chaperones...
July 19, 2017: Current Opinion in Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734132/high-dimensional-single-cell-mapping-of-cerium-distribution-in-the-lung-immune-microenvironment-of-an-active-smoker
#9
Adeeb H Rahman, Yonit Lavin, Soma Kobayashi, Andrew Leader, Miriam Merad
BACKGROUND: Mass cytometry leverages inductively coupled mass spectrometry to perform high dimensional single cell analyses using antibodies tagged with rare earth isotopes that are considered to be largely absent in biological samples. We have recently noted an unusual exception to this rule while analyzing tissue samples from patients undergoing surgical resection for early stage lung cancer, and here we present a detailed cytometric characterization of cerium in a clinical patient sample...
July 22, 2017: Cytometry. Part B, Clinical Cytometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732430/bee-pollen-flavonoids-as-a-therapeutic-agent-in-allergic-and-immunological-disorders
#10
Masoomeh Jannesar, Maryam Sharif Shoushtari, Ahmad Majd, Zahra Pourpak
Bee pollen grains, as the male reproductive part of seed-bearing plants contain considerable concentrations of various phytochemicals and nutrients. Since antiquity, people throughout the world used pollens to cure colds, flu, ulcers, premature aging, anemia and colitis. It is now well-documented that some bee pollen secondary metabolites (e.g. flavonoid) may have positive health effects. In recent years, the flavonoids have attracted much interest because of their wide range of biological properties and their beneficial effects on human health...
June 2017: Iranian Journal of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732370/silibinin-an-old-drug-for-hematological-disorders
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REVIEW
Hai Zou, Xing-Xing Zhu, Guo-Bing Zhang, Yuan Ma, Yi Wu, Dong-Sheng Huang
Silibinin (silybin), a non-toxic natural polyphenolic flavonoid, is the principal and the most biologically active component of silymarin. It is efficient in the treatment of acute and chronic liver disorders caused by toxins, drug, alcohol, hepatitis, and gall bladder disorders. Further, in our previous studies, we explored the anti-cancer efficacy in common cancers, such as lung, prostatic, colon, breast, bladder, as well as, hepatocellular carcinoma. Interestingly, silibinin is still not solely limited to the treatment of these diseases...
July 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732366/rassf6-downregulation-promotes-the-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-and-predicts-poor-prognosis-in-colorectal-cancer
#12
Rui Zhou, Lin Qiu, Xiaolong Liu, Lijuan Ling, Ninglei Li, Kun Zhou, Jingbo Sun, Jian Yan, Canliang Tan, Xiaoping Huang, Luzhe Han, Liangchun Yin, Gang Xiao, Lixin Liu
Distant metastasis is the primary barrier for the successful treatment of patients with colorectal cancer, and thus, searching for new therapeutic targets by further exploring the molecular mechanisms of colorectal cancer metastasis is important. In this study, we investigated the biological and clinical significance of RASSF6 in colorectal cancer as well as the underlying molecular mechanisms. We found that low RASSF6 expression corresponds to a poor prognosis in colorectal cancer patients, and low RASSF6 expression is distinctly associated with tumour progression...
July 12, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732361/morusin-inhibits-cell-proliferation-and-tumor-growth-by-downregulating-c-myc-in-human-gastric-cancer
#13
Feng Wang, Dunke Zhang, Jingxin Mao, Xiao-Xue Ke, Rui Zhang, Chao Yin, Ning Gao, Hongjuan Cui
Morusin is a pure extract from the root bark of Morus australis (Moraceae). In recent years, morusin has been reported to exhibit anti-tumor biological activity in some types of human cancers through different mechanisms. Here, we attempted to investigate the inhibitory effect and mechanism of morusin on gastric cancer. Morusin markedly inhibited gastric cancer cell proliferation by down-regulating CDKs and Cyclins, such as CDK2, CDK4, Cyclin D1 and Cyclin E1. Additionally, morusin suppressed tumor growth in vitro and in vivo...
July 14, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732343/an-ultrasensitive-electrochemical-biosensor-for-polynucleotide-kinase-assay-based-on-gold-nanoparticle-mediated-lambda-exonuclease-cleavage-induced-signal-amplification
#14
Lin Cui, Yueying Li, Mengfei Lu, Bo Tang, Chun-Yang Zhang
Polynucleotide kinase (PNK) plays an essential role in cellular nucleic acid metabolism and the cellular response to DNA damage. However, conventional methods for PNK assay suffer from low sensitivity and involve multiple steps. Herein, we develop a simply electrochemical method for sensitive detection of PNK activity on the basis of Au nanoparticle (AuNP)-mediated lambda exonuclease cleavage-induced signal amplification. We use [Ru(NH3)6](3+) as the electrochemically active indicator and design two DNA strands (i...
July 13, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732334/does-laser-phototherapy-influence-the-proliferation-of-myoepithelial-cells-in-the-salivary-gland-of-hypothyroid-rats
#15
Virgínia Dias Uzêda-E-Silva, Tania Tavares Rodriguez, Luciana Maria Pedreira Ramalho, Flávia Calo Aquino Xavier, Isabele Cardoso Vieira de Castro, Antônio Luiz Barbosa Pinheiro, Jean Nunes Dos Santos
Thyroid hormones influence both development and growth of organs and tissues and guarantee metabolic demands that interfere with the quality of digestive secretions, including those of the salivary glands. Laser phototherapy - LPT can modulate various biological phenomena and its diverse effects permit the action on different cell types. The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of laser phototherapy on myoepithelial cells of salivary glands of hypothyroid rats. Forty-two albino Wistar rats were divided into two main groups: euthyroid (EU) and hypothyroid (HYPO)...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732328/spectroscopic-descriptors-for-dynamic-changes-of-soluble-microbial-products-from-activated-sludge-at-different-biomass-growth-phases-under-prolonged-starvation
#16
Tahir Maqbool, Jinwoo Cho, Jin Hur
In this study, the spectroscopic indices of soluble microbial products (SMP) were explored using absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy to identify different distinctive biomass growth phases (i.e., exponential phase, pseudo-endogenous phase, and endogenous phase) and to describe the microbial activity of activated sludge in a batch type bioreactor under prolonged starvation. The optical descriptors, including UV absorption at 254 nm (UVA254), spectral slope, absorbance slope index (ASI), biological index (BIX), humification index (HIX), and the ratio of tryptophan-like to humic-like components (C1/C2), were examined to describe the dynamic changes in SMP...
July 15, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732325/epidemiology-and-pathophysiology-of-pregnancy-associated-breast-cancer-a-review
#17
REVIEW
Rossana Ruiz, Carmen Herrero, Kathrin Strasser-Weippl, Diego Touya, Jessica St Louis, Alexandra Bukowski, Paul E Goss
The interactions between pregnancy and breast cancer (BC) are complex. Overall, parity is associated with long-term protective effects against BC, however in a small group of susceptible patients, pregnancy can lead to the development of a form of BC with a particularly poor prognosis. Pregnancy-associated breast cancer (PABC) remains an under-studied but important and growing clinical problem worldwide. Several aspects of PABC, including risk factors and mechanisms involved in its occurrence and aggressiveness, are incompletely understood...
July 18, 2017: Breast: Official Journal of the European Society of Mastology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732322/effects-of-environmental-pollutants-on-signaling-pathways-in-rat-pituitary-gh3-adenoma-cells
#18
Nicoletta Fortunati, Federica Guaraldi, Valentina Zunino, Federica Penner, Valentina D'Angelo, Francesco Zenga, Francesca Pecori Giraldi, Maria Graziella Catalano, Emanuela Arvat
An increased rate of acromegaly was reported in industrialized areas, suggesting an involvement of environmental pollutants in the pathogenesis and behavior of GH-secreting pituitary adenomas. Based on these premises, the aim of the study was to evaluate the effects of some widely diffused pollutants (i.e. benzene, BZ; bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate, DEHP and polychlorinated biphenyls, PCB) on growth hormone secretion, the somatostatin and estrogenic pathways, viability and proliferation of rat GH-producing pituitary adenoma (GH3) cells...
July 18, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732313/biomechanics-of-cell-rearrangements-in-drosophila
#19
REVIEW
Boris Guirao, Yohanns Bellaïche
To acquire their adequate size and shape, living tissues grow and substantially deform as they develop. To do so, the cells making up the tissue can grow and deform as well, but they can also divide, intercalate and die. Among those cell behaviors, cell intercalation, also named cell rearrangement, is a major contributor to the morphogenesis of many cohesive tissues since it enables tissues to drastically deform as they develop while keeping their cohesiveness and avoiding extreme deformation of their cells...
July 18, 2017: Current Opinion in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732311/solid-and-aqueous-magnetoliposomes-as-nanocarriers-for-a-new-potential-drug-active-against-breast-cancer
#20
Ana Rita O Rodrigues, Pedro M F Mendes, Pedro M L Silva, V A Machado, Bernardo G Almeida, J P Araújo, Maria-João R P Queiroz, Elisabete M S Castanheira, Paulo J G Coutinho
Iron oxide nanoparticles, with diameters around 12nm, were synthesized by coprecipitation method. The magnetic properties indicate a superparamagnetic behavior with a coercive field of 9.7Oe and a blocking temperature of 118K. Both aqueous and solid magnetoliposomes containing magnetite nanoparticles have sizes below 150nm, suitable for biomedical applications. Interaction between both types of magnetoliposomes and models of biological membranes was proven. A new antitumor compound, a diarylurea derivative of thienopyridine, active against breast cancer, was incorporated in both aqueous and solid magnetoliposomes, being mainly located in the lipid membrane...
July 8, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
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