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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319010/exploring-protein-peptide-recognition-pathways-using-a-supervised-molecular-dynamics-approach
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Veronica Salmaso, Mattia Sturlese, Alberto Cuzzolin, Stefano Moro
Peptides have gained increased interest as therapeutic agents during recent years. The high specificity and relatively low toxicity of peptide drugs derive from their extremely tight binding to their targets. Indeed, understanding the molecular mechanism of protein-peptide recognition has important implications in the fields of biology, medicine, and pharmaceutical sciences. Even if crystallography and nuclear magnetic resonance are offering valuable atomic insights into the assembling of the protein-peptide complexes, the mechanism of their recognition and binding events remains largely unclear...
March 10, 2017: Structure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318351/retinoids-a-journey-from-the-molecular-structures-and-mechanisms-of-action-to-clinical-uses-in-dermatology-and-adverse-effects
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Samar Khalil, Tara Bardawil, Carla Stephan, Nadine Darwiche, Ossama Abbas, Abdul Ghani Kibbi, Georges Nemer, Mazen Kurban
Retinoids are a class of compounds derived from vitamin A or have structural and/or functional similarity with vitamin A. They are classified into three generations based on their molecular structures. Inside the body, retinoids bind to several classes of proteins including retinoid-binding proteins and retinoid nuclear receptors. This eventually leads to the activation of specific regulatory regions of DNA - called the retinoic acid response elements - involved in regulating cell growth, differentiation and apoptosis...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Dermatological Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303220/anemone-medicinal-plants-ethnopharmacology-phytochemistry-and-biology
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REVIEW
Da-Cheng Hao, Xiaojie Gu, Peigen Xiao
The Ranunculaceae genus Anemone (order Ranunculales), comprising more than 150 species, mostly herbs, has long been used in folk medicine and worldwide ethnomedicine. Various medicinal compounds have been found in Anemone plants, especially triterpenoid saponins, some of which have shown anti-cancer activities. Some Anemone compounds and extracts display immunomodulatory, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial activities. More than 50 species have ethnopharmacological uses, which provide clues for modern drug discovery...
March 2017: Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300723/nuclear-medicine-for-photodynamic-therapy-in-cancer-planning-monitoring-and-nuclear-pdt
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REVIEW
Dris Kharroubi Lakouas, Damien Huglo, Serge Mordon, Maximilien Vermandel
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a modality with promising results for the treatment of various cancers. PDT is increasingly included in the standard of care for different pathologies. This therapy relies on the effects of light delivered to photosensitized cells. At different stages of delivery, PDT requires imaging to plan, evaluate and monitor treatment. The contribution of molecular imaging in this context is important and continues to increase. In this article, we review the contribution of nuclear medicine imaging in oncology to PDT for planning and therapeutic monitoring purposes...
March 11, 2017: Photodiagnosis and Photodynamic Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289384/theabrownin-inhibits-cell-cycle-progression-and-tumor-growth-of-lung-carcinoma-through-c-myc-related-mechanism
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Li Zhou, Feifei Wu, Wangdong Jin, Bo Yan, Xin Chen, Yingfei He, Weiji Yang, Wenlin Du, Qiang Zhang, Yonghua Guo, Qiang Yuan, Xiaoqiao Dong, Wenhua Yu, Jin Zhang, Luwei Xiao, Peijian Tong, Letian Shan, Thomas Efferth
Green tea, the fresh leaves of Camellia sinensis, is not only a health-promoting beverage but also a traditional Chinese medicine used for prevention or treatment of cancer, such as lung cancer. Theabrownin (TB) is the main fraction responsible for the medicinal effects of green tea, but whether it possesses anti-cancer effect is unknown yet. This study aimed to determine the in vitro and in vivo anti-lung cancer effect of TB and explore the underlying molecular mechanism, by using A549 cell line and Lewis lung carcinoma-bearing mice...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286042/the-therapeutic-effects-of-periploca-forrestii-schltr-stem-extracts-on-collagen-induced-arthritis-by-inhibiting-the-activation-of-src-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling-pathway-in-rats
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Lei Chen, Jinsong Li, Xuan Ke, Wei Qu, Jie Zhang, Feng Feng, Wenyuan Liu
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Periploca forrestii Schltr. is a classical traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) called Heilonggu (HLG) in China. According to the theory of TCM, it possesses the efficacy of eliminating wind and removing dampness. In clinical practice, it is commonly used for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. The present work aimed to evaluate the anti-rheumatism activity of HLG ethanol extract and reveal the underlying molecular mechanism by employing an animal model of collagen-induced rheumatoid arthritis (CIA) in rats...
March 7, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28278765/antimycobacterial-docking-and-molecular-dynamic-studies-of-pentacyclic-triterpenes-from-buddleja-saligna-leaves
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Alveera Singh, Katharigatta N Venugopala, Mohammed A Khedr, Mellendran Pillay, Kenneth U Nwaeze, Yacoob Coovadia, Francis Shode, Bharti Odhav
Buddleja saligna (family Buddlejaceae) is a medicinal plant endemic to South Africa. Two isomeric pentacyclic triterpenes, oleanolic acid and ursolic acid, were isolated from the leaves of B. saligna using silica gel column chromatography. Compounds oleanolic acid and ursolic acid were subjected to derivatization with acetic anhydride in the presence of pyridine to obtain oleanolic acid-3-acetate and ursolic acid-3-acetate, respectively. The structures of these compounds were fully characterized by detailed nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) investigations, which included (1)H and (13)C NMR...
September 22, 2016: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274893/akt-targeted-anti-inflammatory-activity-of-the-methanol-extract-of-chrysanthemum-indicum-var-albescens
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Woo Seok Yang, Donghyun Kim, Young-Su Yi, Ji Hye Kim, Hye Yoon Jeong, Kyeonghwan Hwang, Jong-Hoon Kim, Junseong Park, Jae Youl Cho
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Wild chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum indicum) is one of well-known medicinal plants traditionally used in Korea and China. As a variant of wild chrysanthemum, white wild chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum indicum var. albescens) is also ethnopharmacologically applied to treat various symptoms such as inflammatory diseases. AIM OF STUDY: Although the anti-inflammatory activity of Chrysanthemum indicum has been reported, the anti-inflammatory activity and underlying molecular mechanism of white wild chrysanthemum are poorly understood...
March 5, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257661/alisol-b-23-acetate-from-the-rhizomes-of-alisma-orientale-is-a-natural-agonist-of-the-human-pregnane-x-receptor
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Yuichiro Kanno, Tomofumi Yatsu, Naoya Yamashita, Shuai Zhao, Wei Li, Miyuki Imai, Manami Kashima, Yoshio Inouye, Kiyomitsu Nemoto, Kazuo Koike
BACKGROUND: Pregnane X receptor (PXR) is a key regulator of the induction of drug metabolizing enzymes. PXR has been studied for its importance in drug-drug or herb-drug interactions, and it is also a molecular target for the treatment of inflammatory and metabolic diseases. PURPOSE: This study aims to determine new natural PXR-ligands from traditional plant medicines. METHODS: The PXR activation activity was measured by a mammalian one hybrid assay of PXR...
March 15, 2017: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255355/hybrid-imaging-labels-providing-the-link-between-mass-spectrometry-based-molecular-pathology-and-theranostics
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Tessa Buckle, Steffen van der Wal, Stijn J M van Malderen, Larissa Müller, Joeri Kuil, Vincent van Unen, Ruud J B Peters, Margaretha E M van Bemmel, Liam A McDonnell, Aldrik H Velders, Frits Koning, Frank Vanhaeke, Fijs W B van Leeuwen
BACKGROUND: Development of theranostic concepts that include inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) and laser ablation ICP-MS (LA-ICP-MS) imaging can be hindered by the lack of a direct comparison to more standardly used methods for in vitro and in vivo evaluation; e.g. fluorescence or nuclear medicine. In this study a bimodal (or rather, hybrid) tracer that contains both a fluorescent dye and a chelate was used to evaluate the existence of a direct link between mass spectrometry (MS) and in vitro and in vivo molecular imaging findings using fluorescence and radioisotopes...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243136/mitochondrial-diseases-advances-and-issues
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REVIEW
Mauro Scarpelli, Alice Todeschini, Irene Volonghi, Alessandro Padovani, Massimiliano Filosto
Mitochondrial diseases (MDs) are a clinically heterogeneous group of disorders caused by a dysfunction of the mitochondrial respiratory chain. They can be related to mutation of genes encoded using either nuclear DNA or mitochondrial DNA. The advent of next generation sequencing and whole exome sequencing in studying the molecular bases of MDs will bring about a revolution in the field of mitochondrial medicine, also opening the possibility of better defining pathogenic mechanisms and developing novel therapeutic approaches for these devastating disorders...
2017: Application of Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237122/a-new-era-for-nuclear-medicine-neuroimaging-in-spain-where-do-we-start-from-in-spain
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M A Balsa, V Camacho, P Garrastachu, D García-Solís, M Gómez-Río, S Rubí, X Setoain, J Arbizu
OBJECTIVE: To determine the status of neuroimaging studies of Nuclear Medicine in Spain during 2013 and first quarter of 2014, in order to define the activities of the neuroimaging group of the Spanish Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SEMNIM). MATERIAL AND METHODS: A questionnaire of 14 questions was designed, divided into 3 parts: characteristics of the departments (equipment and professionals involved); type of scans and clinical indications; and evaluation methods...
February 22, 2017: Revista Española de Medicina Nuclear e Imagen Molecular
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237000/dose-estimation-in-pediatric-nuclear-medicine
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REVIEW
Frederic H Fahey, Alison B Goodkind, Donika Plyku, Kitiwat Khamwan, Shannon E O'Reilly, Xinhua Cao, Eric C Frey, Ye Li, Wesley E Bolch, George Sgouros, S Ted Treves
The practice of nuclear medicine in children is well established for imaging practically all physiologic systems but particularly in the fields of oncology, neurology, urology, and orthopedics. Pediatric nuclear medicine yields images of physiologic and molecular processes that can provide essential diagnostic information to the clinician. However, nuclear medicine involves the administration of radiopharmaceuticals that expose the patient to ionizing radiation and children are thought to be at a higher risk for adverse effects from radiation exposure than adults...
March 2017: Seminars in Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236763/palmatine-inhibits-trif-dependent-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway-against-inflammation-induced-by-lps-in-goat-endometrial-epithelial-cells
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Baoqi Yan, Dongsheng Wang, Shuwei Dong, Zhangrui Cheng, Lidong Na, Mengqi Sang, Hongzao Yang, Zhiqiang Yang, Shidong Zhang, Zuoting Yan
Palmatine, a natural pharmaceutical drug, possesses many biological activities. But its clinical application is rarely reported in the veterinary medicine. The aim of this study was to investigate the anti-inflammatory effects of palmatine on lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced inflammation in goat endometrial epithelial cells (gEECs), and the possible molecular mechanisms. Palmatine cell toxicity was determined by MTT assay, and the production of inflammatory cytokine in the cultured medium was measured with ELISA, qRT-PCR and Western blotting...
February 21, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215159/the-potential-roles-of-radionanomedicine-and-radioexosomic-in-prostate-cancer-research-and-treatment
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Martin K Bakht, So Won Oh, Do Won Hwang, Yun-Sang Lee, Hyewon Youn, Lisa A Porter, Gi Jeong Cheon, Cheol Kwak, Dong Soo Lee, Keon Wook Kang
The artificial nanostructures such as nanoparticles and natural nanostructures such as secreted nano-sized extracellular vesicles known as exosomes are promising tools for the realization of personalized medicine. Radionanomedicine is a recently coined term for the simultaneous application of either radiation technology or nuclear medicine with nanomedicine. In addition, radioexosomics is our suggested term for the study of exosomes functions, cytotoxicity, cancerogenicity, and biodistribution using radiation technology and nuclear medicine tracing technology...
February 16, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212929/structural-analysis-of-a-homogeneous-polysaccharide-from-achatina-fulica
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Jie Liu, Feineng Shang, Zengming Yang, Mingyi Wu, Jinhua Zhao
Edible snails have been widely used as a health food and medicine in many countries. In our study, a water-soluble polysaccharide (AF-1) was isolated and purified from Achatina fulica by papain enzymolysis, alcohol precipitation and strong anion exchange chromatography. Structureof the polysaccharide was analyzed and characterized by chemical and instrumental methods, such as Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, high performance liquid chromatography, analysis of monosaccharide composition, methylation analysis, and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy ((1)H, (13)C, COSY, TOCSY, NOESY, HSQC and HMBC)...
February 15, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212313/chemoprevention-of-rat-mammary-carcinogenesis-by-apiaceae-spices
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Farrukh Aqil, Jeyaprakash Jeyabalan, Radha Munagala, Srivani Ravoori, Manicka V Vadhanam, David J Schultz, Ramesh C Gupta
Scientific evidence suggests that many herbs and spices have medicinal properties that alleviate symptoms or prevent disease. In this study, we examined the chemopreventive effects of the Apiaceae spices, anise, caraway, and celery seeds against 17β-estrogen (E2)-mediated mammary tumorigenesis in an ACI (August-Copenhagen Irish) rat model. Female ACI rats were given either control diet (AIN 93M) or diet supplemented with 7.5% (w/w) of anise, caraway, or celery seed powder. Two weeks later, one half of the animals in each group received subcutaneous silastic implants of E2...
February 16, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190465/butein-in-health-and-disease-a-comprehensive-review
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REVIEW
Ganesan Padmavathi, Nand Kishor Roy, Devivasha Bordoloi, Frank Arfuso, Srishti Mishra, Gautam Sethi, Anupam Bishayee, Ajaikumar B Kunnumakkara
BACKGROUND: The risk of suffering from many chronic diseases seems to have made no improvement despite the advancement in medications available in the modern world. Moreover, the use of synthetic chemicals as medications has proved to worsen the scenario due to the various adverse side effects associated with them. PURPOSE: Extensive research on natural medicines provides ample evidence on the safety and efficacy of phytochemicals and nutraceuticals against diverse chronic ailments...
February 15, 2017: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161640/gastrodin-inhibits-osteoclastogenesis-via-down-regulating-the-nfatc1-signaling-pathway-and-stimulates-osseointegration-in%C3%A2-vitro
#19
Feng Zhou, Yi Shen, Bo Liu, Xia Chen, Lu Wan, Dan Peng
Bone is a rigid yet dynamic organ, and this dynamism is mediated by the delicate balance between osteoclastic bone resorption and osteoblastic bone formation. However, excessive activation of osteoclasts is responsible for many bone diseases such as osteoporosis, Paget disease, and tumor bone metastasis. Agents that could inhibit osteoclast formation or function are regarded as promising alternatives to treat osteoclast-related diseases. Recently, traditional Chinese medicine has attracted attention because of its multiple activities in bone metabolism...
February 2, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160867/fargesin-exerts-anti-inflammatory-effects-in-thp-1-monocytes-by-suppressing-pkc-dependent-ap-1-and-nf-%C3%A4-b-signaling
#20
Thu-Huyen Pham, Man-Sub Kim, Minh-Quan Le, Yong-Seok Song, Yesol Bak, Hyung-Won Ryu, Sei-Ryang Oh, Do-Young Yoon
BACKGROUND: Fargesin is a lignan from Magnolia fargesii, an oriental medicine used in the treatment of nasal congestion and sinusitis. The anti-inflammatory properties of this compound have not been fully elucidated yet. PURPOSE: This study focused on assessing the anti-inflammatory effects of fargesin on phorbal ester (PMA)-stimulated THP-1 human monocytes, and the molecular mechanisms underlying them. METHODS: Cell viability was evaluated by MTS assay...
January 15, 2017: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
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