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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535415/dual-hypopigmentary-effects-of-punicalagin-via-the-erk-and-akt-pathways
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Jun Seob Shin, Jun Hee Cho, Hana Lee, Hyo-Soon Jeong, Myo-Kyoung Kim, Hye-Young Yun, Nyoun Soo Kwon, Dong-Seok Kim
Punicalagin is a phenolic compound with antioxidant properties. However, the effects of punicalagin on melanin synthesis have been poorly evaluated. Therefore, we investigated the effects of punicalagin on melanogenesis in Mel-Ab cells. Punicalagin significantly inhibited melanin synthesis in a dose-dependent manner. In accordance with the melanin content, punicalagin also dose-dependently decreased tyrosinase activity. Punicalagin did not directly inhibit tyrosinase in a cell-free system but did downregulate the expression of microphthalmia-associated transcription factor (MITF) and tyrosinase...
May 20, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535337/overall-structural-model-of-ns5a-protein-from-hepatitis-c-virus-and-modulation-by-mutations-confering-resistance-of-virus-replication-to-cyclosporin-a
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Aurelie Badillo, Veronique Brechot, Stephane Sarrazin, François-Xavier Cantrelle, Frederic Delolme, Marie-Laure Fogeron, Jennifer Molle, Roland Montserret, Anja Bockmann, Ralf Bartenschlager, Volker Lohmann, Guy Lippens, Sylvie Ricard-Blum, Xavier Hanoulle, Francois Penin
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) nonstructural protein 5A (NS5A) is a RNA-binding phosphoprotein composed of a N-terminal membrane anchor (AH), a structured domain 1 (D1) and two intrinsically disordered domains (D2 and D3). The knowledge of the functional architecture of this multifunctional protein remains limited. We report here that NS5A-D1D2D3 produced in a wheat germ cell-free system is obtained under a highly phosphorylated state. Its NMR analysis revealed that these phosphorylations do not change the disordered nature of D2 and D3 domains but increase the number of conformers due to partial phosphorylations...
May 23, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535148/stochastic-gene-expression-conditioned-on-large-deviations
#3
Jordan M Horowitz, Rahul V Kulkarni
The intrinsic stochasticity of gene expression can give rise to large fluctuations and rare events that drive phenotypic variation in a population of genetically identical cells. Characterizing the fluctuations that give rise to such rare events motivates the analysis of large deviations in stochastic models of gene expression. Recent developments in non-equilibrium statistical mechanics have led to a framework for analyzing Markovian processes conditioned on rare events and for representing such processes by conditioning-free driven Markovian processes...
May 23, 2017: Physical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534372/serum-expression-level-of-mir-504-can-differentiate-between-glioblastoma-multiforme-and-solitary-brain-metastasis-of-non-small-cell-lung-carcinoma
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Zheng Jin, Ri-Hua Jin, Chi Ma, Hai-Song Li, Hai-Yang Xu
PURPOSE: Gliomas are the most common primary intracranial tumors of the central nervous system (CNS), accounting for about one third of all brain tumors. Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is the aggressive grade IV glioma with survival as low as 2-5% in the second year post-diagnosis, hence necessitating efficient diagnostic markers. More than 50% of the non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) brain metastases are solitary lesions, often difficult to differentiate from gliomas by conventional imaging diagnostics...
March 2017: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533751/docetaxel-loaded-nanoparticles-assembled-from-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin-calixarene-giant-surfactants-physicochemical-properties-and-cytotoxic-effect-in-prostate-cancer-and-glioblastoma-cells
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Laura Gallego-Yerga, Inmaculada Posadas, Cristina de la Torre, Jesús Ruiz-Almansa, Francesco Sansone, Carmen Ortiz Mellet, Alessandro Casnati, José M García Fernández, Valentín Ceña
Giant amphiphiles encompassing a hydrophilic β-cyclodextrin (βCD) component and a hydrophobic calix[4]arene (CA4) module undergo self-assembly in aqueous media to afford core-shell nanospheres or nanocapsules, depending on the nanoprecipitation protocol, with high docetaxel (DTX) loading capacity. The blank and loaded nanoparticles have been fully characterized by dynamic light scattering (DLS), ζ-potential measurements and cryo-transmission electron microscopy (cryo-TEM). The data are compatible with the distribution of the drug between the nanoparticle core and the shell, where it is probably anchored by inclusion of the DTX aromatic moieties in βCD cavities...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533555/scopolin-ameliorates-high-fat-diet-induced-hepatic-steatosis-in-mice-potential-involvement-of-sirt1-mediated-signaling-cascades-in-the-liver
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Ahyoung Yoo, Vikram P Narayan, Eun Young Hong, Wan Kyunn Whang, Taesun Park
The present study aimed to investigate whether scopolin exhibits beneficial effects on high-fat diet (HFD)-induced hepatic steatosis in mice. The involvement of sirtuin 1 (SIRT1) as a molecular target for scopolin was also explored. Scopolin decreased the Km of SIRT1 for p53 and nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide without altering Vmax in a cell-free system. Scopolin alleviated oleic acid-induced lipid accumulation and downregulation of SIRT1 activity in HepG2 cells, and these beneficial effects of scopolin were abolished in the presence of SIRT1 inhibitor...
May 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532492/innate-immune-responses-induced-by-the-saponin-adjuvant-matrix-m-in-specific-pathogen-free-pigs
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Viktor Ahlberg, Bernt Hjertner, Per Wallgren, Stina Hellman, Karin Lövgren Bengtsson, Caroline Fossum
Saponin-based adjuvants have been widely used to enhance humoral and cellular immune responses in many species, but their mode of action is not fully understood. A characterization of the porcine transcriptional response to Matrix-M was performed in vitro using lymphocytes, monocytes or monocyte-derived dendritic cells (MoDCs) and in vivo. The effect of Matrix-M was also evaluated in specific pathogen free (SPF) pigs exposed to conventionally reared pigs. The pro-inflammatory cytokine genes IL1B and CXCL8 were up-regulated in monocytes and lymphocytes after Matrix-M exposure...
May 22, 2017: Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532129/-131-i-traced-plga-lipid-nanoparticles-as-drug-delivery-carriers-for-the-targeted-chemotherapeutic-treatment-of-melanoma
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Haiyan Wang, Weizhong Sheng
Herein, folic acid (FA) conjugated Poly(d,l-lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA)-lipid composites (FA-PL) were developed as nanocarriers for the targeted delivery of insoluble anti-cancer drug paclitaxel (PTX), resulting FA-PLP nanoparticles. Furthermore, (131)I, as a radioactive tracer, was used to label FA-PLP nanoparticles (FA-PLP-(131)I) to evaluate their cell uptake activity, in vivo blood circulation, and biodistribution. The FA-PLP-(131)I nanoparticles had a spherical morphology with great stability, a narrow size distribution (165...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532109/lactoferrin-modified-graphene-oxide-iron-oxide-nanocomposite-for-glioma-targeted-drug-delivery
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Meng-Meng Song, Huai-Liang Xu, Jun-Xing Liang, Hui-Hui Xiang, Rui Liu, Yu-Xian Shen
Targeting delivery of drugs in a specific manner represents a potential powerful technology in gliomas. Herein, we prepared a multifunctional targeted delivery system based on graphene oxide (GO) that contains a molecular bio-targeting ligand and superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles on the surface of GO for magnetic targeting. Superparamagnetic Fe3O4 nanoparticles was loaded on the surface of GO via chemical precipitation method to form GO@Fe3O4 nanocomposites. Lactoferrin (Lf), an iron-transporting serum glycoprotein that binds to receptors overexpressed at the surface of glioma cells and vascular endothelial cell of the blood brain barrier, was chosen as the targeted ligand to construct the targeted delivery system Lf@GO@Fe3O4 through EDC/NHS chemistry...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531877/folate-n-acetyl-glucosamine-conjugated-mesoporous-silica-nanoparticles-for-targeting-breast-cancer-cells-a-comparative-study
#10
Pramod Kumar, Prajakta Tambe, Kishore M Paknikar, Virendra Gajbhiye
Folate receptors (FR) have been well recognized as a marker to target nano-sized carriers for cancer diagnosis and therapy. In contrast, influx transport systems (e.g. GLUT transporters) that transport essential amino acids and nutrients to cancer cells have not been exploited much for targeted delivery. In this study, folic acid- or n-acetyl glucosamine- functionalized mesoporous silica nanoparticles loaded with doxorubicin (DOX-FA-MSNPs or DOX-NAG-MSNPs) were prepared, characterized and compared for targeting along with cytotoxicity towards MCF-7 and MDA-MB-231 human breast cancer cells...
May 11, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531156/molecular-techniques-for-the-detection-of-organisms-in-aquatic-environments-with-emphasis-on-harmful-algal-bloom-species
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Linda K Medlin, Jahir Orozco
Molecular techniques to detect organisms in aquatic ecosystems are being gradually considered as an attractive alternative to standard laboratory methods. They offer faster and more accurate means of detecting and monitoring species, with respect to their traditional homologues based on culture and microscopic counting. Molecular techniques are particularly attractive when multiple species need to be detected and/or are in very low abundance. This paper reviews molecular techniques based on whole cells, such as microscope-based enumeration and Fluorescence In-Situ Hybridization (FISH) and molecular cell-free formats, such as sandwich hybridization assay (SHA), biosensors, microarrays, quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) and real time PCR (RT-PCR)...
May 22, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529967/data-in-support-of-a-harmine-derived-beta-carboline-in-vitro-effects-in-cancer-cells-through-protein-synthesis
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Annelise Carvalho, Jennifer Chu, Céline Meinguet, Robert Kiss, Guy Vandenbussche, Bernard Masereel, Johan Wouters, Alexander Kornienko, Jerry Pelletier, Véronique Mathieu
A harmine-derived beta-carboline, CM16, inhibits cancer cells growth through its effects on protein synthesis, as described in "A harmine-derived beta-carboline displays anti-cancer effects in vitro by targeting protein synthesis" (Carvalho et al., 2017)[1]. This data article provides accompanying data on CM16 cytostatic evaluation in cancer cells as well as data related to its effects on transcription and translation. After confirming the cytostatic effect of CM16, we investigated its ability to arrest the cell cycle in the glioma Hs683 and SKMEL-28 melanoma cell lines but no modification was evidenced...
June 2017: Data in Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529673/on-chip-two-photon-metabolic-imaging-for-drug-toxicity-testing
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Fang Yu, Shuangmu Zhuo, Yinghua Qu, Deepak Choudhury, Zhiping Wang, Ciprian Iliescu, Hanry Yu
We have developed a microfluidic system suitable to be incorporated with a metabolic imaging method to monitor the drug response of cells cultured on a chip. The cells were perfusion-cultured to mimic the blood flow in vivo. Label-free optical measurements and imaging of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide and flavin adenine dinucleotide fluorescence intensity and morphological changes were evaluated non-invasively. Drug responses calculated using redox ratio imaging were compared with the drug toxicity testing results obtained with a traditional well-plate system...
May 2017: Biomicrofluidics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529647/redox-responsive-hyaluronic-acid-nanogels-for-treating-rhamm-cd168-over-expressive-cancer-both-primary-and-metastatic-tumors
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Chenchen Yang, Cheng Li, Peng Zhang, Wei Wu, Xiqun Jiang
It remains a substantial challenge to targetedly deliver drug to both primary tumors and metastatic lesions employing a single nanoparticle delivery system. Here aiming at the receptor for hyaluronic acid mediated motility (RHAMM or CD168), a specific receptor for hyaluronic acid (HA), the bioreductive responsive HA nanogels loaded doxorubicin were prepared. The targeting effects of HA nanogels in high RHAMM-expressed cancer cells, primary and metastatic tumors were investigated. It was found that HA nanogels show a strong in vitro and in vivo RHAMM-mediated cellular uptake and drug delivery...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529305/folic-acid-targeted-etoposide-cubosomes-for-theranostic-application-of-cancer-cell-imaging-and-therapy
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Yong Tian, Jian-Chun Li, Jin-Xiu Zhu, Na Zhu, Hong-Min Zhang, Lili Liang, Lingyi Sun
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to develop a novel Poloxamer-based drug delivery system featuring a tumor-targeting folate moiety, which was expected to provide better targeting properties and therapeutic effects compared with the traditional cubosomes (Cubs). MATERIAL AND METHODS Both folate-modified Cubs containing etoposide (ETP-Cubs-FA) and normal cubic nanoparticles loaded with etoposide (ETP-Cubs) were prepared through the fragmentation of bulk gels under the homogenization condition of 1500 bar, and a mean particle size of around 180 nm was obtained with a narrow size distribution...
May 22, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528861/mechanism-of-melatonin-protection-against-copper-ascorbate-induced-oxidative-damage-in-vitro-through-isothermal-titration-calorimetry
#16
Arnab K Ghosh, Shamreen Naaz, Bharati Bhattacharjee, Nirajan Ghosal, Aindrila Chattopadhyay, Souvik Roy, Russel J Reiter, Debasish Bandyopadhyay
AIMS: Involvement of oxidative stress in cardiovascular diseases is well established. Melatonin's role as an antioxidant and free radical scavenger via its receptor dependent and receptor independent pathways is well known. The aim of this study is to identify and elaborate upon a third mechanism by which melatonin is able to abrogate oxidative stress. MAIN METHODS: Oxidative stress was induced in vitro, by copper (0.2mM)-ascorbate (1mM) in isolated goat heart mitochondria, cytosol and peroxisomes and they were co-incubated with graded doses of melatonin...
May 18, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528701/expansion-and-purification-are-critical-for-the-therapeutic-application-of-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-myogenic-progenitors
#17
Jaemin Kim, Alessandro Magli, Sunny S K Chan, Vanessa K P Oliveira, Jianbo Wu, Radbod Darabi, Michael Kyba, Rita C R Perlingeiro
Recent reports have documented the differentiation of human pluripotent stem cells toward the skeletal myogenic lineage using transgene- and cell purification-free approaches. Although these protocols generate myocytes, they have not demonstrated scalability, safety, and in vivo engraftment, which are key aspects for their future clinical application. Here we recapitulate one prominent protocol, and show that it gives rise to a heterogeneous cell population containing myocytes and other cell types. Upon transplantation, the majority of human donor cells could not contribute to myofiber formation...
May 18, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528299/selective-targeting-and-therapy-of-metastatic-and-multidrug-resistant-tumors-using-a-long-circulating-podophyllotoxin-nanoparticle
#18
Aniruddha Roy, Yucheng Zhao, Yang Yang, Andras Szeitz, Tara Klassen, Shyh-Dar Li
Treatment options for metastatic and multidrug resistant (MDR) tumors are limited, and most of the chemotherapeutic drugs exhibit low efficacy against MDR cancers. An anti-tubulin agent podophyllotoxin (PPT) displays high potency against MDR tumor cells. However, due to its poor solubility and non-specificity, PPT cannot be used systemically. We have developed a self-assembling nanoparticle dosage form for PPT (named Celludo) by covalently conjugating PPT and polyethylene glycol (PEG) to acetylated carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC-Ac) via ester linkages...
May 11, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528101/functional-characterizations-of-%C3%AE-glucosidases-involved-in-aroma-compound-formation-in-tea-camellia-sinensis
#19
Ying Zhou, Lanting Zeng, Jiadong Gui, Yinyin Liao, Jianlong Li, Jingchi Tang, Qing Meng, Fang Dong, Ziyin Yang
Tea (Camellia sinensis) aroma is an important factor affecting tea quality. Many tea aroma compounds are present as glycosidically conjugated forms in tea leaves, and can be hydrolyzed by β-glucosidase (β-Glu) and β-primeverosidase to release free tea aromas. β-Primeverosidase has been identified and functionally characterized, while β-Glu has not been identified in tea leaves. In the present study, we established a yeast expression system to recombine CsGH1BG1, CsGH3BG1, and CsGH5BG1, which belonged to GH1, GH3, and GH5 families in plants, respectively...
June 2017: Food Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527491/development-of-live-attenuated-bacterial-vaccines-targeting-escherichia-coli-heat-labile-and-heat-stable-enterotoxins
#20
Chengru Zhu, Prashanth Setty, Edgar C Boedeker
Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC), defined by the production of heat labile (LT) and/or heat stable (ST) toxins, are major causes of diarrhea in animals, children in developing countries and to travelers. No broadly protective ETEC vaccine is available, largely because of the difficulty in inducing immunity to the small ST molecule. To take advantage of the demonstration (Liu et al., 2011; Zhang et al., 2013, 2010) that genetically produced fusions of mutant ST with LT subunits can induce effective immunity against both toxins, we engineered a live attenuated vaccine vector strain of E...
April 2017: Veterinary Microbiology
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