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Nuclear and Molecular Medicine

Zhaomeng Wu, Qingyi Zhu, Yingying Yin, Dan Kang, Runyi Cao, Qian Tian, Yu Zhang, Shan Lu, Ping Liu
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has a combined therapeutic result in cancer treatment by integrating holistic and local therapeutical effects, by which TCM can enhance the curative effect and reduce the side effect. In this study, we analyzed the effect of CFF-1 (alcohol extract from an anticancer compound Chinese medicine) on prostate cancer (PCa) cell lines and studied in detail the mechanism of cell death induced by CFF-1 in vitro and in vivo. From our data, we found for the first time that CFF-1 obviously arrested cell cycle in G1 phase, decreased cell viability and then increased nuclear rupture in a dose-dependent manner and finally resulted in apoptosis in prostate cancer cells...
March 13, 2018: Cancer Medicine
Vincenzo Mirabello, Fernando Cortezon-Tamarit, Sofia I Pascu
Hypoxia has been identified as one of the hallmarks of tumor environments and a prognosis factor in many cancers. The development of ideal chemical probes for imaging and sensing of hypoxia remains elusive. Crucial characteristics would include a measurable response to subtle variations of pO2 in living systems and an ability to accumulate only in the areas of interest (e.g., targeting hypoxia tissues) whilst exhibiting kinetic stabilities in vitro and in vivo . A sensitive probe would comprise platforms for applications in imaging and therapy for non-communicable diseases (NCDs) relying on sensitive detection of pO2 ...
2018: Frontiers in Chemistry
Mikako Ogawa, Hideo Takakura
In vivo molecular imaging is a powerful tool to analyze the human body. Precision medicine is receiving high attention these days, and molecular imaging plays an important role as companion diagnostics in precision medicine. Nuclear imaging with PET or SPECT and optical imaging technologies are used for in vivo molecular imaging. Nuclear imaging is superior for quantitative imaging, and whole-body analysis is possible even for humans. Optical imaging is superior due to its ease of use, and highly targeted specific imaging is possible with activatable agents...
2018: Analytical Sciences: the International Journal of the Japan Society for Analytical Chemistry
Francesco Ceci, Paolo Castellucci, Stefano Fanti
As precision medicine evolves, the contribution of molecular imaging to the management of prostate cancer (PCa) patients, especially for Positron Emission Tomography (PET) imaging, is gaining importance. Highly successful approaches to measure the expression of the prostate specific membrane antigen (PSMA) have been introduced recently. PSMA, the glutamate carboxypeptidase II (GCP-II), is a membrane bound metallo-peptidase that is overexpressed in 90-100% of PCa cells. Due to its selective over-expression, PSMA is a reliable tissue marker for prostate cancer and is considered an ideal target for tumor specific imaging and therapy...
March 8, 2018: Quarterly Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
Kwan-Woo Kim, Tran Hong Quang, Wonmin Ko, Dong-Cheol Kim, Chi-Su Yoon, Hyuncheol Oh, Youn-Chul Kim
CONTEXT: Cudrania tricuspidata Bureau (Moraceae) is an important source of traditional Korean and Chinese medicines used to treat neuritis and inflammation. OBJECTIVE: The anti-neuroinflammatory effects of cudraflavanone A isolated from a chloroform fraction of C. tricuspidata were investigated in LPS-induced BV2 cells. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Cudraflavanone A was isolated from the root of C. tricuspidata, and its structure was determined by MS and NMR data...
December 2018: Pharmaceutical Biology
Silvia Migliari, Antonino Sammartano, Maura Scarlattei, Giulio Serreli, Caterina Ghetti, Carla Cidda, Giorgio Baldari, Ornella Ortenzia, Livia Ruffini
Background : Prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) has gained high attention as a useful biomarker in the imaging evaluation of prostate cancer with positron emission tomography (PET) during recent years. [68 Ga]-labeled Glu-urea-Lys(Ahx)-HBED-CC ([68 Ga]-PSMA-HBED-CC) is a novel PSMA inhibitor radiotracer which has demonstrated its suitability in detecting prostate cancer. Preparation conditions may influence the quality and in vivo behavior of this tracer, and no standard procedure for the quality control (QC) is available...
October 31, 2017: ACS Omega
Zhenjie Yang, Shigao Zhu, Shihai Liu, Xue Wang, Bing Han, Bingyuan Zhang, Xiao Hu, Ruyong Yao, Chuandong Sun, Chengzhan Zhu
Chinese herbal medicine utilizes clinically effective adjuvants that can potentiate the effects of hepatectomy and molecule-targeted drugs for the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). The aim of this study was to investigate the possible molecular mechanisms underlying the antitumor effect of fufang yiliu yin (FYY) on HCC cells. We investigated the effects of FYY on the proliferation, migration, invasion, and apoptosis of SMMC-7721 cells in vitro and in mouse subcutaneous xenograft models in vivo . FYY significantly inhibited the proliferation of SMMC-7721 cells compared to that of normal hepatocytes; cell proliferation was blocked at the G2 /M phase in accordance with reduced expression of proliferating cell nuclear antigen...
2018: American Journal of Translational Research
Shaohua Sun, Jing Cai, Wenjing Tao, Limin Wu, Chakraborty Tapas, Linyan Zhou, Deshou Wang
17α, 20β-dihydroxypregn-4-en-3-one (17α, 20β-DP, DHP), a teleost specific biologically active progestin, has been proved to play a critical role in oocytes maturation, ovulation and spermiation. RU486 (Mifepristone, an antagonist of progestin receptor) has been applied in contraceptives, abortion and hormone therapy in clinical medicine. To get further insights into the molecular mechanisms of nuclear progestin receptor (Pgr) activated ovarian differentiation and maintenance, we conducted comparative gonadal transcriptome analysis, and investigated histological and transcriptional differences using 4 mah (month after hatching) RU486-treated XX and control XX/XY Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus)...
March 3, 2018: General and Comparative Endocrinology
Antonio Cuadrado, Gina Manda, Ahmed Hassan, María José Alcaraz, Coral Barbas, Andreas Daiber, Pietro Ghezzi, Rafael León, Manuela G López, Baldo Oliva, Marta Pajares, Ana I Rojo, Natalia Robledinos-Antón, Angela M Valverde, Emre Guney, Harald H H W Schmidt
Systems medicine has a mechanism-based rather than a symptom- or organ-based approach to disease and identifies therapeutic targets in a nonhypothesis-driven manner. In this work, we apply this to transcription factor nuclear factor (erythroid-derived 2)-like 2 (NRF2) by cross-validating its position in a protein-protein interaction network (the NRF2 interactome) functionally linked to cytoprotection in low-grade stress, chronic inflammation, metabolic alterations, and reactive oxygen species formation. Multiscale network analysis of these molecular profiles suggests alterations of NRF2 expression and activity as a common mechanism in a subnetwork of diseases (the NRF2 diseasome)...
April 2018: Pharmacological Reviews
Anqiang Zhang, Jiaying Deng, Xiaoqing Liu, Pengfei He, Liang He, Fuming Zhang, Robert J Linhardt, Peilong Sun
Agaricus blazei Murill is an edible and medicinal mushroom favored in many countries, by virtue of both its delicious taste and its potential health benefits such as its purported anticancer activity. A neutral α-glucan (ABM40-1) with a carbohydrate content of 96% was purified from the high-speed shearing homogenization extracts of A. Blazei Murill by ethanol precipitation and column chromatography. Methylation analysis along with nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy revealed that ABM40-1 was an α-(1 → 4)-d-glucopyranan with O-6 position occasionally occupied with α-Glcp-(1 → or α-Glcp-(1 → 6)-β-Glcp-(1 → side chains...
March 1, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Qiang Wang, Yongjian Zhao, Nannan Sha, Yan Zhang, Chenguang Li, Hao Zhang, Dezhi Tang, Sheng Lu, Qi Shi, Yongjun Wang, Bing Shu, Dongfeng Zhao
Primary osteoporosis (POP), which is caused by unbalanced bone remodeling, leads to significant economic and societal burdens globally. Gushukang (GSK) granule serves as one commonly used prescription for POP in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The present study aimed to clarify the exact roles of GSK in bone remodeling with in vivo and in vitro assays. Here we showed that GSK prevented bone loss and the alternations of osteoporotic bone parameters as well as the decreased density of osteoclast in ovariectomized (OVX) mice...
February 10, 2018: Journal of Pharmacological Sciences
Jong Hyun Lee, Chulwon Kim, Seok-Geun Lee, Woong Mo Yang, Jae-Young Um, Gautam Sethi, Kwang Seok Ahn
BACKGROUND: Ophiopogonin D (OP-D), a steroidal glycoside obtained from the Chinese medicinal plant Ophiopogonin japonicas (the root portion), has been traditionally used to treat fever, inflammation, cough, sputum etc. However, the detailed molecular mechanism(s) underlying its therapeutic actions is still unknown. HYPOTHESIS: Because nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB), PI3K/AKT, and activator protein-1 (AP-1) signaling cascades have significant functions in cell proliferation, inflammation, and angiogenesis in tumor cells, we hypothesized that OP-D may disrupt these signaling cascades to exert its anticancer effects in human lung-cancer cells...
February 1, 2018: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
Mandy M Liu, Kevin M Huang, Li Qian, Payal Chatterjee, Suhui Zhang, Rui Li, Su Zhou, Zhijun Wang, Yun Luo, Ying Huang
BACKGROUND: The nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) is a potential molecular target for cancer chemoprevention. Si-Wu-Tang (SWT), a popular traditional Chinese medicine for women's health, was reported with a novel activity of cancer prevention. PURPOSE: The present study was aimed to identify the bioactive constituents in SWT responsible for the Nrf2 activating and cancer preventive activity and explore the pharmacological mechanisms. METHODS: Nine compounds detectable from various batches of SWT were ranked using in silico molecular docking based on their ability to interfere the forming of Nrf2-Keap1 complex...
February 1, 2018: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
Ranjith Ambili, Presanthila Janam
Periodontal disease is initiated by microorganisms in dental plaque, and host immunoinflammatory response to the microbial challenge helps in disease progression. Conventional periodontal therapy was mainly targeted on the elimination of microbial component. However, a better understanding of molecular aspects in host response will enable the clinicians to formulate effective host modulation therapy (HMT) for the periodontal management. Inflammatory mediators were the main targets for HMT in the past. Transcription factors can regulate the production of multiple mediators simultaneously, and inhibition of these factors will be more beneficial than blocking individual molecule...
September 2017: Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology
James R Ballinger
Although use of the term "theranostic" is relatively recent, the concept goes back to the earliest days of nuclear medicine, with the use of radioiodine for diagnosis and therapy of benign and malignant thyroid disease being arguably the most successful molecular radiotherapy in history. A diagnostic scan with123 I-,124 I-, or a low activity of131 I-iodide is followed by therapy with high activity131 I-iodide. Similarly, adrenergic tumours such as phaeochromocytoma and neuroblastoma can be imaged with123 I-metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) and treated with131 I-MIBG...
February 23, 2018: British Journal of Radiology
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2018: Kaku Igaku. the Japanese Journal of Nuclear Medicine
Woo Seok Yang, Eunju Yang, Min-Jeong Kim, Deok Jeong, Deok Hyo Yoon, Gi-Ho Sung, Seungihm Lee, Byong Chul Yoo, Seung-Gu Yeo, Jae Youl Cho
Momordica charantia known as bitter melon is a representative medicinal plant reported to exhibit numerous pharmacological activities such as antibacterial, antidiabetic, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, antitumor, and hypoglycemic actions. Although this plant has high ethnopharmacological value for treating inflammatory diseases, the molecular mechanisms by which it inhibits the inflammatory response are not fully understood. In this study, we aim to identify the anti-inflammatory mechanism of this plant. To this end, we studied the effects of its methanol extract (Mc-ME) on lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-stimulated RAW264...
February 20, 2018: American Journal of Chinese Medicine
Md Rashedunnabi Akanda, In-Shik Kim, Dongchoon Ahn, Hyun-Jin Tae, Hyeon-Hwa Nam, Byung-Kil Choo, Kyunghwa Kim, Byung-Yong Park
Globally, gastric ulcer is a vital health hazard for a human. Rabdosia inflexa (RI) has been used in traditional medicine for inflammatory diseases. The present study aimed to investigate the protective effect and related molecular mechanism of RI using lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced inflammation in RAW 246.7 cells and HCl/EtOH-induced gastric ulcer in mice. We applied 3-(4,5-dimethyl-thiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT), nitric oxide (NO), reactive oxygen species (ROS), histopathology, malondialdehyde (MDA), quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qPCR), immunohistochemistry (IHC), and Western blot analyses to evaluate the protective role of RI...
February 16, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Young-Ho Ha, Changkyun Kim, Kyung Choi, Joo-Hwan Kim
Tribe Forsythieae (Oleaceae), containing two genera ( Abeliophyllum and Forsythia ) and 13 species, is economically important plants used as ornamentals and in traditional medicine. This tribe species occur primarily in mountainous regions of Eurasia with the highest species diversity in East Asia. Here, we examine 11 complete chloroplast genome and nuclear cycloidea2 ( cyc2 ) DNA sequences of 10 Forsythia species and Abeliophyllum distichum using Illumina platform to provide the phylogeny and biogeographic history of the tribe...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
Tiffinee Swanson, Thuy D Tran, Lacey Ellingson, Michael K O'Connor, Deborah J Rhodes, Katie N Hunt, Amy L Conners, Carrie B Hruska
Molecular breast imaging (MBI) technologists are required to possess a combination of nuclear medicine skills and mammographic positioning techniques. Currently, no formal programs offer this type of hybrid technologist training. The purpose of this perspective is to provide a best practices guide for technologists performing MBI. Familiarity with best practices may aid in obtaining high-quality MBI examinations by decreasing the likelihood of image artifacts, positioning problems and other factors that contribute to false negative or false positive findings...
February 2, 2018: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology
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