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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528519/il-6-blockade-in-the-management-of-non-infectious-uveitis
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Giuseppe Lopalco, Claudia Fabiani, Jurgen Sota, Orso Maria Lucherini, Gian Marco Tosi, Bruno Frediani, Florenzo Iannone, Mauro Galeazzi, Rossella Franceschini, Donato Rigante, Luca Cantarini
Several pathogenetic studies have paved the way for a newer more rational therapeutic approach to non-infectious uveitis, and treatment of different forms of immune-driven uveitis has drastically evolved in recent years after the advent of biotechnological drugs. Tumor necrosis factor-α targeted therapies, the first-line recommended biologics in uveitis, have certainly led to remarkable results in patients with non-infectious uveitis. Nevertheless, the decision-making process turns out to be extremely difficult in anti-tumor necrosis factor or multidrug-resistant cases...
May 20, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528285/comparison-of-the-pharmacological-and-biological-properties-of-hpma-copolymer-pirarubicin-conjugates-a-single-chain-copolymer-conjugate-and-its-biodegradable-tandem-diblock-copolymer-conjugate
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Tomas Etrych, Kenji Tsukigawa, Hideaki Nakamura, Petr Chytil, Jun Fang, Karel Ulbrich, Masaki Otagiri, Hiroshi Maeda
In this study, we compared the enhanced permeability and retention (EPR) effect, toxicity, and therapeutic effect of the conjugate of the linear polymer poly(N-(2-hydroxypropyl)methacrylamide) (HPMA) with pirarubicin with an Mw below the renal threshold (39g/mol) (named LINEAR) and the disulfide-linked tandem-polymeric dimer of the poly(HPMA)-pirarubicin conjugate with an Mw above the renal threshold (93g/mol) (named DIBLOCK). The DIBLOCK conjugate, which was susceptible to reductive degradation, showed both a better EPR effect (tumor delivery) (2...
May 17, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528234/enzymatic-synthesis-of-novel-corylifol-a-glucosides-via-a-udp-glycosyltransferase
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Nan Li, Jian Miao, Jing Li, Yu-Ru Zhao, Hong-Mei Li, Yi-Qun Dai, Qiang Huo, Cheng-Zhu Wu, Tao Ma
Corylifol A, a member of the isoflavone subclass of isoflavonoids, has long been considered to have various biological activities. Here, we sought to synthesize corylifol A glucosides by the in vitro glucosylation reaction using the UDP-glycosyltransferase YjiC from Bacillus licheniformis DSM 13, and obtained two novel glucosides: corylifol A-4',7-di-O-beta-d-glucopyranoside (1) and corylifol A-4'-O-beta-d-glucopyranoside (2). To improve the yield of the products, the reaction time, concentration of UDP-glucose, and pH of the buffer were optimized...
May 11, 2017: Carbohydrate Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528181/overexpression-of-long-noncoding-rna-h19-indicates-a-poor-prognosis-for-cholangiocarcinoma-and-promotes-cell-migration-and-invasion-by-affecting-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition
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Yi Xu, Zhidong Wang, Xingming Jiang, Yunfu Cui
Cholangiocarcinoma (CCA) is a deadly disease that poorly responds to chemotherapy and radiotherapy and whose incidence has increased worldwide. Furthermore, long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) play important roles in multiple biological processes, including tumorigenesis. Specifically, H19, the first discovered lncRNA, has been reported to be overexpressed in diverse human carcinomas, but the overall biological role and clinical significance of H19 in CCA remains unknown. In the present study, expression levels of H19 were investigated in CCA tissues and cell lines and were correlated with clinicopathological features...
May 18, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528116/ph-controllable-cell-penetrating-polypeptide-possessing-cancer-targeting
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DaeYong Lee, IlKoo Noh, Jisang Yoo, N Sanoj Rejinold, Yeu-Chun Kim
Helical peptides were naturally-occurring ordered conformations that mediated various biological functions essential for biotechnology. However, it was difficult for natural helical polypeptides to be applied in biomedical fields due to low bioavailability. To avoid these problems, synthetic alpha-helical polypeptides have recently been introduced by further modifying pendants in the side chain. In spite of an attractive biomimetic helical motif, these systems could not be tailored for targeted delivery mainly due to nonspecific binding events...
May 17, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527894/hfe-genotype-affects-exosome-phenotype-in-cancer
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Oliver D Mrowczynski, A B Madhankumar, Becky Slagle-Webb, Sang Y Lee, Brad E Zacharia, James R Connor
Neuroblastoma is the third most common childhood cancer, and timely diagnosis and sensitive therapeutic monitoring remain major challenges. Tumor progression and recurrence is common with little understanding of mechanisms. A major recent focus in cancer biology is the impact of exosomes on metastatic behavior and the tumor microenvironment. Exosomes have been demonstrated to contribute to the oncogenic effect on the surrounding tumor environment and also mediate resistance to therapy. The effect of genotype on exosomal phenotype has not yet been explored...
May 17, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527736/the-effects-of-non-invasive-radiofrequency-electric-field-hyperthermia-on-biotransport-and-biodistribution-of-fluorescent-60-fullerene-derivative-in-a-murine-orthotopic-model-of-breast-adenocarcinoma
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Norman A Lapin, Martyna Krzykawska-Serda, Sean Dilliard, Yuri Mackeyev, Maciej Serda, Lon J Wilson, Steven A Curley, Stuart J Corr
The aim of this study is to understand the combined and differential biokinetic effects of radiofrequency (RF) electric-field hyperthermia as an adjunctive therapy to [60]fullerene nanoparticle-based drug delivery systems in targeting the micro-vasculature and micro-environments of breast cancer tumors. Intravital microscopy (IVM) is an ideal tool to provide the spatial and temporal resolution needed for quantification in this investigation. The water-soluble and fluorescent [60]fullerene derivative (C60-serPF) was designed to be an amphiphilic nanostructure, which is able to cross several biological membranes and accumulate in tumor tissues by passing through abnormally leaky tumor blood vessels...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527288/-partial-purification-of-peptides-present-in-the-tityus-macrochirus-buthidae-scorpion-venom-and-preliminary-assessment-of-their-cytotoxicity
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Clara Andrea Rincón-Cortés, Edgar Antonio Reyes-Montaño, Nohora Angélica Vega-Castro
INTRODUCTION: Scorpion venom contains peptides with neurotoxic action primarily active on ion channels in the nervous system of insects and mammals. They are also characterized as cytolytic and anticancer, biological characteristics that have not yet been reported for the Tityus macrochirus venom. OBJECTIVE: To assess if the total T. macrochirus venom and the fraction of partially purified peptides decrease the viability of various tumor-derived cell lines. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The scorpion venom was collected by electrical stimulation and, subsequently, subjected to chromatography, electrophoresis, and ultrafiltration with Amicon Ultra 0...
June 1, 2017: Biomédica: Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527256/-stat3-activation-by-hypoxia-in-in-vitro-models-of-cervix-cancer-and-endothelial-cells
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Óscar Ortega, Alejandro Ondo-Méndez, Ruth Garzón
INTRODUCTION: The biological behavior of cancer cells is influenced by the tumor microenvironment in which they develop. In this context, stressor stimuli such as hypoxia are considered critical for tumor development and therapeutic management. Cellular response to various stimuli is evidenced in the activation of intracellular signaling pathways such as JAK/STAT, which is one of the most important for its effects in differentiation and cell proliferation. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the condition of the JAK/STAT pathway through the expression/activation of the STAT3 protein in cervix cancer cells (HeLa) and endothelial cells (EA...
January 24, 2017: Biomédica: Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527094/circulating-tumor-dna-measurement-by-picoliter-droplet-based-digital-pcr-and-vemurafenib-plasma-concentrations-in-patients-with-advanced-braf-mutated-melanoma
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Fanny Garlan, Benoit Blanchet, Nora Kramkimel, Alicja Puszkiel, Jean-Louis Golmard, Gaelle Noe, Nicolas Dupin, Pierre Laurent-Puig, Michel Vidal, Valerie Taly, Audrey Thomas-Schoemann
BACKGROUND: Circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) has been reported as a prognostic marker in melanoma. In BRAF V600-mutant melanoma, a plasma under-exposure to vemurafenib could favor emerging resistance but no biological data are available to support this hypothesis. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to investigate the relationship between vemurafenib plasma concentrations and the ctDNA plasma concentration during follow-up of BRAF-mutated melanoma patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Eleven patients treated with single-agent vemurafenib for advanced BRAF V600-mutant melanoma were analyzed in an exploratory monocentric study...
May 19, 2017: Targeted Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526992/epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-emt-in-metastatic-breast-cancer-in-omani-women
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Ritu Lakhtakia, Adil Aljarrah, Muhammad Furrukh, Shyam S Ganguly
Breast cancer (BC) in Oman affects younger women and has a more aggressive course. Clinical and biological variables like age, pregnancy, tumor size, type, grade, receptor expression and proliferation predict disease aggression but there is no direct predictor of metastasis except lymphovascular invasion. Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is characterized by epithelial cells losing epithelial and acquiring mesenchymal morpho-immunophenotypic characteristics. In tumors, EMT-like transitions may signify a metastatic phenotype and have features in common with cancer stem cells (CSC) which show resistance to chemotherapy...
May 19, 2017: Cancer Microenvironment: Official Journal of the International Cancer Microenvironment Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526832/identification-of-a-novel-chalcone-derivative-that-inhibits-notch-signaling-in-t-cell-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
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Mattia Mori, Luca Tottone, Deborah Quaglio, Nadezda Zhdanovskaya, Cinzia Ingallina, Marisa Fusto, Francesca Ghirga, Giovanna Peruzzi, Maria Elisa Crestoni, Fabrizio Simeoni, Francesca Giulimondi, Claudio Talora, Bruno Botta, Isabella Screpanti, Rocco Palermo
Notch signaling is considered a rational target in the therapy of several cancers, particularly those harbouring Notch gain of function mutations, including T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL). Although currently available Notch-blocking agents are showing anti-tumor activity in preclinical studies, they are not effective in all the patients and often cause severe side-effects, limiting their widespread therapeutic use. Here, by functional and biological analysis of the most representative molecules of an in house library of natural products, we have designed and synthetized the chalcone-derivative 8 possessing Notch inhibitory activity at low micro molar concentration in T-ALL cell lines...
May 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526769/tam-receptor-tyrosine-kinases-in-cancer-drug-resistance
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Mikaella Vouri, Sassan Hafizi
Receptor tyrosine kinases (RTK) are major regulators of key biological processes, including cell growth, survival, and differentiation, and were established early on as proto-oncogenes, with aberrant expression linked to tumor progression in many cancers. Therefore, RTKs have emerged as major targets for selective therapy with small-molecule inhibitors. However, despite improvements in survival rates, it is now apparent that the targeting of RTKs with selective inhibitors is only transiently effective, as the majority of patients eventually become resistant to therapy...
May 19, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526689/long-non-coding-rna-neat1-promotes-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cell-proliferation-through-the-regulation-of-mir-129-5p-vcp-i%C3%AE%C2%BAb
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Luo Fang, Jiao Sun, Zongfu Pan, Yu Song, Like Zhong, Yiwen Zhang, Yujia Liu, Xiaowei Zheng, Ping Huang
BACKGROUND: Long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) nuclear-enriched abundant transcript 1 (NEAT1) plays an important role in the pathogenesis and development of several types of cancer. However, the functional mechanism of NEAT1 in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) remains unclear. METHODS: The NEAT1 and miR-129-5p expression in HCC tissues and cell lines were quantified by means of qPCR. The effects of NEAT1 expression inhibition or up-regulation in HCC cell lines were analyzed in terms of cell viability and apoptosis...
May 19, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526240/endocrine-actions-of-vitamin-d-in-skin-relevance-for-photocarcinogenesis-of-non-melanoma-skin-cancer-and-beyond
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REVIEW
Jörg Reichrath, Roman Saternus, Thomas Vogt
The skin represents a pivotal organ for the human body's vitamin D endocrine system, being both the site of ultraviolet (UV)-B-induced vitamin D synthesis and a target tissue for the pluripotent effects of 1,25(OH)2D3 and other biologically active vitamin D metabolites. As many other steroid hormones, 1,25(OH)2D3 exerts its effects via two independent signal transduction pathways: the classical genomic and the non-genomic pathway. While non-genomic effects of 1,25(OH)2D3 are in part exerted via effects on intracellular calcium, genomic effects are mediated by the vitamin D receptor (VDR)...
May 16, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526063/targeting-the-cxcr4-pathway-using-a-novel-anti-cxcr4-igg1-antibody-pf-06747143-in-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia
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Manoj K Kashyap, Carlos I Amaya-Chanaga, Deepak Kumar, Brett Simmons, Nanni Huser, Yin Gu, Max Hallin, Kevin Lindquist, Rolla Yafawi, Michael Y Choi, Ale-Ali Amine, Laura Z Rassenti, Cathy Zhang, Shu-Hui Liu, Tod Smeal, Valeria R Fantin, Thomas J Kipps, Flavia Pernasetti, Januario E Castro
BACKGROUND: The CXCR4-CXCL12 axis plays an important role in the chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)-microenvironment interaction. Overexpression of CXCR4 has been reported in different hematological malignancies including CLL. Binding of the pro-survival chemokine CXCL12 with its cognate receptor CXCR4 induces cell migration. CXCL12/CXCR4 signaling axis promotes cell survival and proliferation and may contribute to the tropism of leukemia cells towards lymphoid tissues and bone marrow...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525389/biological-and-clinical-evidence-for-somatic-mutations-in-brca1-and-brca2-as-predictive-markers-for-olaparib-response-in-high-grade-serous-ovarian-cancers-in-the-maintenance-setting
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Brian A Dougherty, Zhongwu Lai, Darren R Hodgson, Maria C M Orr, Matthew Hawryluk, James Sun, Roman Yelensky, Stuart K Spencer, Jane D Robertson, Tony W Ho, Anitra Fielding, Jonathan A Ledermann, J Carl Barrett
To gain a better understanding of the role of somatic mutations in olaparib response, next-generation sequencing (NGS) of BRCA1 and BRCA2 was performed as part of a planned retrospective analysis of tumors from a randomized, double-blind, Phase II trial (Study 19; D0810C00019; NCT00753545) in 265 patients with platinum-sensitive high-grade serous ovarian cancer. BRCA1/2 loss-of-function mutations were found in 55% (114/209) of tumors, were mutually exclusive, and demonstrated high concordance with Sanger-sequenced germline mutations in matched blood samples, confirming the accuracy (97%) of tumor BRCA1/2 NGS testing...
May 4, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524737/utilizing-next-generation-sequencing-in-the-management-of-multiple-myeloma
#18
Marta Lionetti, Antonino Neri
Multiple myeloma (MM) is a bone marrow plasma cell malignancy characterized by wide clinical presentation and heterogeneous genetic background. Despite the recent advances in patient outcome, new markers are needed for improving risk prediction and choice of a more appropriate therapy. In this perspective, the genetic makeup of MM cells is being better characterized by means of next-generation sequencing (NGS) technologies. Areas covered: The authors discuss how the application of NGS has improved our knowledge of MM biology by discovering its mutational landscape, identifying the operating mutational processes, and revealing the clonal composition of tumors and the dynamics of its evolution; and how this can have important clinical implications in terms of prognostication, therapeutic choices, and response assessment...
May 19, 2017: Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524273/synthesis-and-biological-evaluation-of-novel-peptides-based-on-antimicrobial-peptides-as-potential-agents-with-anti-tumor-and-multidrug-resistance-reversing-activities
#19
Bo Zhang, Wei Shi, Jieming Li, Chen Liao, Limei Yang, Wenlong Huang, Hai Qian
Tumor chemotherapy, which plays an important role in the clinical treatment of metastatic cancer, is limited by low selectivity and drug resistance in clinical application. In our study, we selected antimicrobial peptide BP100 as a lead peptide, designed and synthesized a series of novel antineoplastic peptides through solid-phase synthesis. Amongst them, B4 and B8 showed excellent anti-cancer activity. As revealed by further investigations, these peptides could disrupt the cell membrane, trigger the cytochrome C release into cytoplasm and ultimately lead to apoptosis...
May 19, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524153/transcriptome-analysis-of-mirna-lncrna-mrna-interactions-in-the-malignant-transformation-process-of-gastric-cancer-initiation
#20
Y Mao, R Liu, H Zhou, S Yin, Q Zhao, X Ding, H Wang
Gastric cancer is a common heterogeneous malignancy that is pathologically characterized by the development of chronic atrophic gastritis and dysplasia of the epithelium. The pathogenic mechanisms at the molecular level are completely unclear. In the present study, we first address the expression network and miRNA-lncRNA-mRNA interaction in the malignant transformation process from normal mucosa and atrophic gastritis to a tumor. First, the long non-coding RNA (lncRNA), micro RNA (miRNA) and messenger RNA (mRNA) expression profiles of normal gastric mucosa, atrophic gastritis, gastric cancer and the peri-tumor tissues were analyzed using microarrays...
May 19, 2017: Cancer Gene Therapy
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