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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793073/bubble-generating-polymersomes-loaded-with-both-indocyanine-green-and-doxorubicin-for-effective-chemotherapy-combined-with-photothermal-therapy
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Dunwan Zhu, Fan Fan, Chenlu Huang, Zhiming Zhang, Yu Qin, Li Lu, Hai Wang, Xu Jin, Hanxue Zhao, Hu Yang, Chao Zhang, Jun Yang, Zhipeng Liu, Hongfan Sun, Xigang Leng, Deling Kong, Linhua Zhang
The combination of chemotherapy and photothermaltherapy (PTT) via stimuli-responsive nanovesicles has great potential in tumor treatment. In the present study, bubble-generating polymersomes, which can generate bubbles in response to low pH or hyperthermia, were fabricated to simultaneously encapsulate chemotherapeutic drug and photosensitizing agent for the synergistic chemo-photothermal tumor therapy. Photosensitizer indocyanine green (ICG) was encapsulated into the bilayer of polymersomes formed by amphiphilic triblock copolymer PCL8000 -PEG8000 -PCL8000 through thin film re-hydration method, while chemotherapeutic doxorubicin (DOX) was loaded into the hydrophilic lumen using a transmembrane ammonium bicarbonate gradient loading procedure...
May 21, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793032/phosphorylated-and-non-phosphorylated-hck-kinase-domains-produced-by-cell-free-protein-expression
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Kazushige Katsura, Yuri Tomabechi, Takayoshi Matsuda, Mayumi Yonemochi, Junko Mikuni, Noboru Ohsawa, Takaho Terada, Shigeyuki Yokoyama, Mutsuko Kukimoto-Niino, Chie Takemoto, Mikako Shirouzu
Since phosphorylation is involved in various physiological events, kinases and interacting factors can be potential targets for drug discovery. For the development and improvement of inhibitors from the point of view of mechanistic enzymology, a cell-free protein synthesis system would be advantageous, since it could prepare mutant proteins easily. However, especially in the case of protein kinase, product solubility remains one of the major challenges. To overcome this problem, we prepared a chaperone-supplemented extract from Escherichia coli BL21 cells harboring a plasmid encoding a set of chaperone genes, dnaK, dnaJ, and grpE...
May 21, 2018: Protein Expression and Purification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792200/wedge-shaped-microfluidic-chip-for-circulating-tumor-cells-isolation-and-its-clinical-significance-in-gastric-cancer
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Chaogang Yang, Nangang Zhang, Shuyi Wang, Dongdong Shi, Chunxiao Zhang, Kan Liu, Bin Xiong
BACKGROUND: Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) have great potential in both basic research and clinical application for the managements of cancer. However, the complicated fabrication processes and expensive materials of the existing CTCs isolation devices, to a large extent, limit their clinical translation and CTCs' clinical value. Therefore, it remains to be urgently needed to develop a new platform for achieving CTCs detection with low-cost, mass-producible but high performance. METHODS: In the present study, we introduced a novel wedge-shaped microfluidic chip (named CTC-ΔChip) fabricated by two pieces of glass through wet etching and thermal bonding technique for CTCs isolation, which achieved CTCs enrichment by different size without cell surface expression markers and CTCs identification with three-color immunocytochemistry method (CK+/CD45-/Nucleus+)...
May 23, 2018: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792199/nanoparticle-delivery-of-grape-seed-derived-proanthocyanidins-to-airway-epithelial-cells-dampens-oxidative-stress-and-inflammation
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S Castellani, A Trapani, A Spagnoletta, L di Toma, T Magrone, S Di Gioia, D Mandracchia, G Trapani, E Jirillo, M Conese
BACKGROUND: Chronic respiratory diseases, whose one of the hallmarks is oxidative stress, are still incurable and need novel therapeutic tools and pharmaceutical agents. The phenolic compounds contained in grape are endowed with well-recognized anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and anti-aging activities. Considering that natural anti-oxidants, such as proanthocyanidins, have poor water solubility and oral bioavailability, we have developed a drug delivery system based on solid lipid nanoparticles (SLN), apt to encapsulate grape seed extract (GSE), containing proanthocyanidins...
May 23, 2018: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791796/tracking-of-engineered-bacteria-in-vivo-using-non-standard-amino-acid-incorporation
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Pichet Praveschotinunt, Noemie-Manuelle Dorval Courchesne, Ilona den Hartog, Chaochen Lu, Jessica J Kim, Peter Q Nguyen, Neel S Joshi
The rapidly growing field of microbiome research presents a need for better methods of monitoring gut microbes in vivo with high spatial and temporal resolution. We report a method of tracking microbes in vivo within the gastrointestinal tract by programming them to incorporate non-standard amino acids (NSAA) and labeling them via click chemistry. Using established machinery constituting an orthogonal translation system (OTS), we engineered Escherichia coli to incorporate p-azido-L-phenylalanine (pAzF) in place of the UAG (amber) stop codon...
May 23, 2018: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791133/design-construction-and-validation-of-histone-binding-effectors-in-vitro-and-in-cells
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Stefan J Tekel, Cassandra M Barrett, Daniel A Vargas, Karmella A Haynes
Chromatin is a system of nuclear proteins and nucleic acids that plays a pivotal role in gene expression and cell behavior, and is therefore the subject of intense study for cell development and cancer research. Biochemistry, crystallography, and reverse genetics have elucidated the macromolecular interactions that drive chromatin regulation. One of the central mechanisms is the recognition of post translational modifications (PTMs) on histone proteins by a family of nuclear proteins known as "readers...
May 23, 2018: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790797/curcumin-loaded-redox-responsive-mesoporous-silica-nanoparticles-for-targeted-breast-cancer-therapy
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Nana Li, Zhi Wang, Yongtai Zhang, Kai Zhang, Jianxu Xie, Ying Liu, Wansi Li, Nianping Feng
HYPOTHESIS: The antitumor applications of curcumin (CUR) are limited because of its low water solubility, poor stability, and low bioavailability. We developed novel nanocarrier systems for tumour targeting and controlled CUR release and evaluated their therapeutic efficacy. EXPERIMENTS: The surface of mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSN) was modified with hyaluronan (HA) or polyethyleneimine-folic acid (PEI-FA) via disulfide bonds. The capacity of the resultant nanocarriers (MSN-HA and MSN-PEI-FA, respectively) for CUR delivery was evaluated in a breast cancer cell line and a mouse xenograft model...
May 23, 2018: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790795/octa-arginine-modified-poly-amidoamine-dendrimers-for-improved-delivery-and-cytotoxic-effect-of-paclitaxel-in-cancer
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Sri Vishnu Kiran Rompicharla, Preeti Kumari, Balaram Ghosh, Swati Biswas
Cell penetrating peptides (CPP) have the ability to penetrate the cell membrane and have been associated with various cargos for their facile intracellular translocation. The current study involves the synthesis of a CPP, octa-arginine (R8)-modified poly(amidoamine) dendrimer of generation 4 (G4), which has additionally been PEGylated and conjugated to the poorly soluble anticancer drug, paclitaxel (PTX). The synthesized dendrimer conjugates were characterized by proton nuclear magnetic resonance (1H-NMR) Spectroscopy and zeta potential measurements and evaluated in vitro in cell monolayers and 3D spheroids...
May 23, 2018: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788877/contribution-of-nrf2-in-gastrointestinal-protection-from-oxidative-injury
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Akinori Yanaka
The human gastrointestinal tract is exposed to a variety of toxic agents, such as Helicobacter pylori (H.pylori), nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), gastric acid, enteric pathogenic bacteria, excessive auto immune reactions, and chronic mental stresses. These stressors generate free radicals within the gastrointestinal tissues, causing chronic inflammatory diseases, ulcers, cancers, and functional disturbances. Recent studies have demonstrated that some natural food compounds upregulate the nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2-mediated antioxidant system, ameliorating or preventing these disorders...
May 21, 2018: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788107/n2-lung-cancer-is-not-all-the-same-an-analysis-of-different-prognostic-groups
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Pietro Bertoglio, Sara Ricciardi, Greta Alì, Vittorio Aprile, Stylianos Korasidis, Gerardo Palmiero, Gabriella Fontanini, Alfredo Mussi, Marco Lucchi
OBJECTIVES: The International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) recently proposed a change in the staging system for N2, based on the metastatic station number: N2a1 (a single metastatic station with no hilar involvement), N2a2 (a single metastatic station with hilar involvement) and N2b (multiple metastatic stations). The aim of our study was to validate the IASLC proposal in a cohort of patients with pathological N2 disease. METHODS: All patients with pathological T1-T2 N2 non-small-cell lung cancer who were operated on between 2006 and 2010 in our department were enrolled...
May 19, 2018: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788086/prognostic-ability-of-new-t1-descriptors-in-the-tumour-node-and-metastasis-classification-of-surgically-treated-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Tomoyoshi Takenaka, Koji Yamazaki, Naoko Miura, Sadanori Takeo
OBJECTIVES: In the tumour, node and metastasis (TNM) classification (8th edition) of non-small-cell lung cancer, T (tumour size) is determined solely according to the size of the solid component determined using computed tomography (CT). However, it is unclear whether tumours of equal size but with differing solid and part-solid components should be similarly treated. Herein, we assessed the prognostic significance of the newly proposed T1 descriptors with respect to the size of the solid component...
May 19, 2018: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787277/targeting-of-egfr-vegfr2-and-akt-by-engineered-dual-drug-encapsulated-mesoporous-silica-gold-nanoclusters-sensitizes-tamoxifen-resistant-breast-cancer
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Bn Prashanth Kumar, Nagaprasad Puvvada, Shashi Rajput, Siddik Sarkar, Madhusudan Kr Mahto, Murali M Yallapu, Amita Pathak, Luni Emdad, Swadesh K Das, Rui L Reis, Subhas C Kundu, Paul B Fisher, Mahitosh Mandal
Tamoxifen has improved overall disease-free survival and reduced mortality rates in cancer patients. However, breast cancer patients often fail to respond to tamoxifen therapy due to the development of a drug-resistant phenotype. Functional analysis and molecular studies suggest that protein mutation and dysregulation of survival signaling molecules such as epidermal growth factor receptor, vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 2 and Akt contribute to tamoxifen resistance. Various strategies, including combinatorial therapies, show to chemo-sensitize tamoxifen-resistant cancers...
May 22, 2018: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786613/biophysics-of-membrane-curvature-remodeling-at-molecular-and-mesoscopic-lengthscales
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Natesan Ramakrishnan, Ryan P Bradley, Richard W Tourdot, Ravi Radhakrishnan
At the micron scale, where cell organelles display an amazing complexity in their shape and organization, the physical properties of a biological membrane can be better-understood using continuum models subject to thermal (stochastic) undulations. Yet, the chief orchestrators of these complex and intriguing shapes are a specialized class of membrane associating often peripheral proteins called curvature remodeling proteins (CRPs) that operate at the molecular level through specific protein-lipid interactions...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786548/designer-human-tissue-coming-to-a-lab-near-you
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David C Hay, Cliona O'Farrelly
Human pluripotent stem cells (PSCs) offer a scalable alternative to primary and transformed human tissue. PSCs include human embryonic stem cells, derived from the inner cell mass of blastocysts unsuitable for human implantation; and induced PSCs, generated by the reprogramming of somatic cells. Both cell types display the ability to self-renew and retain pluripotency, promising an unlimited supply of human somatic cells for biomedical application. A distinct advantage of using PSCs is the ability to select for genetic background, promising personalized modelling of human biology 'in a dish' or immune-matched cell-based therapies for the clinic...
July 5, 2018: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786143/impact-of-commensal-flora-on-periodontal-immune-response-to-lipopolysaccharide
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Daiki Fukuhara, Koichiro Irie, Yoko Uchida, Kota Kataoka, Kentaro Akiyama, Daisuke Ekuni, Takaaki Tomofuji, Manabu Morita
BACKGROUND: Commensal flora are involved in the appropriate development of the mature immune system. However, it is unclear how commensal flora contribute to immune responses against periodontal pathogens, including the response to lipopolysaccharide (LPS). The purpose of this study was to evaluate the expression of immune responses after topical application of LPS in germ-free (GF) and specific-pathogen-free (SPF) mice. METHODS: GF and SPF mice at 8 weeks of age were randomly divided into four groups each: a baseline group (n = 4/group) and three experimental groups (n = 6/group)...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Periodontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785498/survival-of-planktonic-and-sessile-cells-of-lactobacillus-rhamnosus-and-lactobacillus-reuteri-upon-exposure-to-simulated-fasting-state-gastrointestinal-conditions
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Kyle B Klopper, Elanna Bester, Shelly M Deane, Gideon M Wolfaardt, Leon M T Dicks
In this study, we report on the formation and resilience of Lactobacillus reuteri HFI-LD5 and Lactobacillus rhamnosus HFI-K2 biofilms cultivated in a CO2 evolution measurement system (CEMS) and exposed to biologically relevant, fasting-state gastrointestinal fluids under continuous flow conditions. For comparative purposes, planktonic and sessile populations of L. reuteri HFI-LD5 and L. rhamnosus HFI-K2 were each exposed to fasting-state gastric fluid (FSGF, pH 2.0) for 2 h, fasting-state intestinal fluid (FSIF, pH 7...
May 21, 2018: Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785106/sn38-loaded-100-nm-targeted-liposomes-for-improving-poor-solubility-and-minimizing-burst-release-and-toxicity-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-study
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Yi-Ping Fang, Chih-Hung Chuang, Yi-Jhun Wu, Hsin-Che Lin, Yun-Chi Lu
Background: SN38 (7-ethyl-10-hydroxycamptothecin) is a camptothecin derivative acts against various tumors. However, SN38 is hydrolyzed in the physiological environment (pH 7.4), and this instability interferes with its potential therapeutic effect. Our objective was to investigate SN38-loaded liposomes to overcome the poor solubility of SN38 and its biodistribution, which further diminish its toxicity. Materials and methods: The sub-100 nm targeted liposomes was employed to deliver SN-38 and evaluate the characterization, release behaviors, cytotoxicity, in vivo pharmacokinetics and biochemical assay...
2018: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785073/scale-free-networks-in-metabolomics
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Hema Sekhar Reddy Rajula, Matteo Mauri, Vassilios Fanos
Metabolomics is an expanding discipline in biology. It is the process of portraying the phenotype of a cell, tissue or species organism using a comprehensive set of metabolites. Therefore, it is of interest to understand complex systems such as metabolomics using a scale-free topology. Genetic networks and the World Wide Web (WWW) are described as networks with complex topology. Several large networks have vertex connectivity that goes beyond a scale-free power-law distribution. It is observed that (a) networks expand constantly by the addition of recent vertices, and (b) recent vertices attach preferentially to sites that are already well connected...
2018: Bioinformation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783033/coordination-of-symbiosis-and-cell-cycle-functions-in-sinorhizobium-meliloti
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Shuanghong Xue, Emanuele G Biondi
The symbiotic nitrogen fixing species Sinorhizobium meliloti represents a remarkable model system for the class Alphaproteobacteria, which includes genera such as Caulobacter, Agrobacterium and Brucella. It is capable of living free in the soil, and is also able to establish a complex symbiosis with leguminous plants, during which its cell cycle program is completely rewired presumably due, at least in part, to the action of peptides secreted by the plant. Here we will discuss how the cell cycle regulation works in S...
May 18, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782540/monte-carlo-simulations-of-microtubule-arrays-the-critical-roles-of-rescue-transitions-the-cell-boundary-and-tubulin-concentration-in-shaping-microtubule-distributions
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Lynne Cassimeris, Jessica C Leung, David J Odde
Microtubules are dynamic polymers required for a number of processes, including chromosome movement in mitosis. While regulators of microtubule dynamics have been well characterized, we lack a convenient way to predict how the measured dynamic parameters shape the entire microtubule system within a cell, or how the system responds when specific parameters change in response to internal or external signals. Here we describe a Monte Carlo model to simulate an array of dynamic microtubules from parameters including the cell radius, total tubulin concentration, microtubule nucleation rate from the centrosome, and plus end dynamic instability...
2018: PloS One
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