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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092440/molecular-interactions-between-graphene-and-biological-molecules
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Xingquan Zou, Shuai Wei, Joshua Jasensky, Minyu Xiao, Qiuming Wang, Charles L Brooks, Zhan Chen
Applications of graphene have extended into areas of nanobio-technology such as nanobio-medicine, nanobio-sensing, as well as nanoelectronics with biomolecules. These applications involve interactions between proteins, peptides, DNA, RNA etc. and graphene, therefore understanding such molecular interactions is essential. For example, many applications based on using graphene and peptides require peptides to interact with (e.g., noncovalently bind to) graphene at one end, while simultaneously exposing the other end to the surrounding medium (e...
January 16, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091410/molecular-mechanisms-of-increased-heart-rate-in-shenxianshengmai-treated-bradycardia-rabbits
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Zhou-Ying Liu, Jian Huang, Na-Na Liu, Min Zheng, Tao Zhao, Bu-Chang Zhao, Yi-Min Wang, Jie-Lin Pu
BACKGROUND: The molecular mechanisms of Shenxianshengmai (SXSM), a traditional Chinese medicine, on bradycardia have been incompletely understood. The study tried to investigate the gene expression profile and proteomics of bradycardia rabbits' hearts after SXSM treatment. METHODS: Twenty-four adult rabbits were randomly assigned in four groups: sham, model, model plus SXSM treatment, and sham plus SXSM treatment groups. Heart rate was recorded in all rabbits. Then, total RNA of atria and proteins of ventricle were isolated and quantified, respectively...
2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090068/relationship-between-physicochemical-properties-of-medical-supplies-and-serious-adverse-drug-reactions-listed-in-the-package-inserts
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Reiko Yano, Fumiko Ohtsu, Nobuyuki Goto
<bibitem lang="en">  We sought to clarify the relationship between the physicochemical properties of each medical supply and serious adverse drug reactions listed in the package inserts, by reviewing new information. We investigated 1) 1,078 medicines currently available on the domestic Japanese market by using physicochemical data, such as cLogD, molecular weight (MW), and pKa and 2) the serious adverse drug reactions stated in the package inserts and the presence or absence of serious renal and liver disorders, as well as mental, extrapyramidal, and skin disorders...
January 13, 2017: Yakugaku Zasshi: Journal of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088905/update-on-recent-developments-in-small-molecular-hiv-1-rnase-h-inhibitors-2013-2016-opportunities-and-challenges
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Xueshun Wang, Ping Gao, Luis Menéndez-Arias, Xinyong Liu, Peng Zhan
Combinations of antiretroviral drugs are successfully used to treat HIV-infected patients. However, drug resistance is a major problem that makes discovery of new antiretroviral drugs an ongoing priority. The ribonuclease H (RNase H) activity of the HIV-1 reverse transcriptase catalyzes the selective hydrolysis of the RNA strand of RNA:DNA heteroduplex replication intermediates, and represents an attractive unexploited target for drug development. This review reports on recent progress in the characterization of HIV-1 RNase H inhibitors from 2013 to 2016, describing their chemical structures, structure-activity relationship and binding modes...
January 13, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088493/apoptosis-induced-by-the-methanol-extract-of-salvia-miltiorrhiza-bunge-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-through-pten-mediated-inhibition-of-pi3k-akt-pathway
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Yin-Tao Ye, Wei Zhong, Pei Sun, Dong Wang, Chen Wang, Li-Min Hu, Jun-Qiang Qian
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Salvia miltiorrhiza Bunge, a well-known traditional Chinese medicinal (TCM) plant, has been used to treat cardiovascular diseases since thousands of years. Many studies have reported that the active component tanshinones displayed a variety of biological activities: antithrombous, antiplatelet aggregation, antioxidant and antitumor promoting. But the mechanism of how the active components working still need to be clarified. The anti-tumor effect of compounds of tanshinone (CTN), the methanol extract of Salvia miltiorrhiza Bunge roots, was investigated...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088445/synthesis-and-exploration-of-novel-radiolabeled-bombesin-peptides-for-targeting-receptor-positive-tumor
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Kakali De, Indranil Banerjee, Samarendu Sinha, Shantanu Ganguly
Increasing evidence of peptide receptor overexpression in various cancer cells, warrant the development of receptor specific radiolabeled peptides for molecular imaging and therapy in nuclear medicine. Gastrin-releasing-peptide (GRP) receptor, are overexpressed in a variety of human cancer cells. The present study report the synthesis and biological evaluation of new bombesin (BBN) analogs, HYNIC-Asp-[Phe(13)]BBN(7-13)-NH-CH2-CH2-CH3:BA1, HYNIC-Pro-[Tyr(13)Met(14)]BBN(7-14)NH2:BA2 as prospective tumor imaging agent with compare to BBN(7-14)NH2:BS as standard...
January 11, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087425/variations-of-metabolites-and-proteome-in-lonicera-japonica-thunb-buds-and-flowers-under-uv-radiation
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Wei Zhu, Wen Zheng, Xingjiang Hu, Xiaobao Xu, Lin Zhang, Jingkui Tian
Lonicera japonica Thunb., also known as Jin Yin Hua and Japanese honeysuckle, is used as a herbal medicine in Asian countries. Its flowers have been used in folk medicine in the clinic and in making food or healthy beverages for over 1500years in China. To investigate the molecular processes involved in L. japonica development from buds to flowers exposed to UV radiation, a comparative proteomics analysis was performed. Fifty-four proteins were identified as differentially expressed, including 42 that had increased expression and 12 that had decreased expression...
January 10, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087422/nano-qsar-in-cell-biology-model-of-cell-viability-as-a-mathematical-function-of-available-eclectic-data
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Alla P Toropova, Andrey A Toropov
The prediction of biochemical endpoints is an important task of the modern medicinal chemistry, cell biology, and nanotechnology. Simplified molecular input-line entry system (SMILES) is a tool for representation of the molecular structure. In particular, SMILES can be used to build up the quantitative structure - property / activity relationships (QSPRs/QSARs). The QSPR/QSAR is a tool to predict an endpoint for a new substance, which has not been examined in experiment. Quasi-SMILES are representation of eclectic data related to an endpoint...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087007/manipulating-the-microbiome
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Tammy L Sirich, Timothy W Meyer
The application of molecular methods has provided a new picture of the colon microbial flora, or microbiome. The microbiome has been found to be a complex ecosystem with multiple influences on its human host. In renal medicine, interest has focused on the microbiome as a source of toxic waste chemicals and a stimulant to unwanted systemic inflammation. Early attempts to manipulate the microbiome have yielded limited benefit, but further research is strongly motivated.
February 2017: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086773/pleurotus-giganteus-berk-karun-hyde-the-giant-oyster-mushroom-inhibits-no-production-in-lps-h2o2-stimulated-raw-264-7-cells-via-stat-3-and-cox-2-pathways
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Asweni Baskaran, Kek Heng Chua, Vikineswary Sabaratnam, Mani Ravishankar Ram, Umah Rani Kuppusamy
BACKGROUND: Pleurotus giganteus (Berk. Karunarathna and K.D. Hyde), has been used as a culinary mushroom and is known to have medicinal properties but its potential as an anti-inflammatory agent to mitigate inflammation triggered diseases is untapped. In this study, the molecular mechanism underlying the protective effect of ethanol extract of P. giganteus (EPG) against lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and combination of LPS and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2)-induced inflammation on RAW 264.7 macrophages was investigated...
January 13, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081198/molecular-analysis-of-chinese-celastrus-and-tripterygium-and-implications-in-medicinal-and-pharmacological-studies
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Xian-Yun Mu, Liang-Cheng Zhao, Zhi-Xiang Zhang
Celastrus and Tripterygium species, which are used in traditional Chinese medicine, have attracted much attention due to their anti-tumor promoting and neuroprotective activities, in addition to their applications in autoimmune disorders. However, systematic relationships between them and among species are unclear, and it may disturb their further medicinal utilization. In the present study, the molecular analysis of combined chloroplast and nuclear markers of all Chinese Celastrus and Tripterygium was performed, and clear inter- and intra-genus relationships were presented...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081156/generation-of-a-stable-transgenic-swine-model-expressing-a-porcine-histone-2b-egfp-fusion-protein-for-cell-tracking-and-chromosome-dynamics-studies
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Renan B Sper, Sehwon Koh, Xia Zhang, Sean Simpson, Bruce Collins, Jeff Sommer, Robert M Petters, Ignacio Caballero, Jeff L Platt, Jorge A Piedrahita
Transgenic pigs have become an attractive research model in the field of translational research, regenerative medicine, and stem cell therapy due to their anatomic, genetic and physiological similarities with humans. The development of fluorescent proteins as molecular tags has allowed investigators to track cell migration and engraftment levels after transplantation. Here we describe the development of two transgenic pig models via SCNT expressing a fusion protein composed of eGFP and porcine Histone 2B (pH2B)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080221/molecular-mechanisms-of-antisense-oligonucleotides
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Stanley T Crooke
In 1987, when I became interested in the notion of antisense technology, I returned to my roots in RNA biochemistry and began work to understand how oligonucleotides behave in biological systems. Since 1989, my research has focused primarily on this topic, although I have been involved in most areas of research in antisense technology. I believe that the art of excellent science is to frame large important questions that are perhaps not immediately answerable with existing knowledge and methods, and then conceive a long-term (multiyear) research strategy that begins by answering the most pressing answerable questions on the path to the long-term goals...
January 12, 2017: Nucleic Acid Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079984/medical-application-of-glycosaminoglycans-a-review
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Alexander Köwitsch, Guoying Zhou, Thomas Groth
The characteristic molecular composition of the different glycosaminoglycans (GAG) is related to their role as structural components and regulators of a multitude of functions of proteins, cells and tissues in the human body. Therefore, it is not surprising that GAG are widely used as coating materials for implants, components of 3D-constructs like tissue engineering scaffolds and hydrogels, but also as diagnostic devices like biosensors and in controlled release applications. Beside a physisorption or encapsulation of GAG, these applications often require their chemical modification to allow a stable covalent attachment on surfaces or cross-linking reactions with other molecules...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078311/common-variant-rs356182-near-snca-defines-a-parkinson-s-disease-endophenotype
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Christine A Cooper, Nimansha Jain, Michael D Gallagher, Daniel Weintraub, Sharon X Xie, Yosef Berlyand, Alberto J Espay, Joseph Quinn, Karen L Edwards, Thomas Montine, Vivianna M Van Deerlin, John Trojanowski, Cyrus P Zabetian, Alice S Chen-Plotkin
OBJECTIVE: Parkinson's disease (PD) presents clinically with several motor subtypes that exhibit variable treatment response and prognosis. Here, we investigated genetic variants for their potential association with PD motor phenotype and progression. METHODS: We screened 10 SNPs, previously associated with PD risk, for association with tremor-dominant (TD) versus postural-instability gait disorder (PIGD) motor subtypes. SNPs that correlated with the TD/PIGD ratio in a discovery cohort of 251 PD patients were then evaluated in a multi-site replication cohort of 559 PD patients...
January 2017: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075593/formation-of-nickel-clusters-wrapped-in-carbon-cages-towards-new-endohedral-metallofullerene-synthesis
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Alexander S Sinitsa, Thomas W Chamberlain, Thilo Zoberbier, Irina V Lebedeva, Andrey M Popov, Andrey A Knizhnik, Robert L McSweeney, Johannes Biskupek, Ute Kaiser, Andrei N Khlobystov
In spite of the high potential of endohedral metallofullerenes (EMFs) for application in biology, medicine and molecular electronics and recent efforts in EMF synthesis, the variety of EMFs accessible by conventional synthetic methods remains limited and does not include, for example, EMFs of late transition metals. We propose a method in which EMF formation is initiated by electron irradiation in aberration-corrected high-resolution transmission electron spectroscopy (AC-HRTEM) of a metal cluster surrounded by amorphous carbon inside a carbon nanotube serving as a nano-reactor and apply this method for synthesis of nickel EMFs...
January 11, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075132/discovery-of-imidazo-1-2-a-pyridine-ethers-and-squaramides-as-selective-and-potent-inhibitors-of-mycobacterial-adenosine-triphosphate-atp-synthesis
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Subramanyam J Tantry, Shankar D Markad, Vikas Shinde, Jyothi Bhat, Gayathri Balakrishnan, Amit K Gupta, Anisha Ambady, Anandkumar V Raichurkar, Chaitanyakumar Kedari, Sreevalli Sharma, Naina V Mudugal, Ashwini Narayan, C N Naveen Kumar, Robert Nanduri, Sowmya Bharath, Jitendar Reddy, Vijender Panduga, Prabhakar K R, Karthikeyan Kandaswamy, Ramanatha Saralaya, Parvinder Kaur, Neela Dinesh, Supreeth Guptha, Kirsty Rich, David Murray, Helen Plant, Marian Preston, Helen Ashton, Darren Plant, Jarrod Walsh, Peter Alcock, Kathryn Naylor, Matthew Collier, James Whiteaker, Robert E McLaughlin, Meenakshi Mallya, Manoranjan Panda, Suresh Rudrapatna, Vasanthi Ramachandran, Radha K Shandil, Vasan K Sambandamurthy, Khisimuzi Mdluli, Christopher B Cooper, Harvey Rubin, Takahiro Yano, Pravin S Iyer, Shridhar Narayanan, Stefan Kavanagh, Kakoli Mukherjee, V Balasubramanian, Vinayak P Hosagrahara, Suresh Solapure, Sudha Ravishankar, Shahul Hameed P
The approval of bedaquiline to treat tuberculosis has validated adenosine triphosphate (ATP) synthase as an attractive target to kill Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Herein, we report the discovery of two diverse lead series imidazo[1,2-a]pyridine ethers (IPE) and squaramides (SQA) as inhibitors of mycobacterial ATP-synthesis. Through medicinal chemistry exploration, we established a robust structure activity relationship of these two scaffolds resulting in nanomolar potencies in an ATP-synthesis inhibition assay...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074433/partial-contribution-of-rho-kinase-inhibition-to-the-bioactivity-of-ganoderma-lingzhi-and-its-isolated-compounds-insights-on-discovery-of-natural-rho-kinase-inhibitors
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Yhiya Amen, Qinchang Zhu, Hai-Bang Tran, Mohamed S Afifi, Ahmed F Halim, Ahmed Ashour, Kuniyoshi Shimizu
Recent studies identified Rho-kinase enzymes (ROCK-I and ROCK-II) as important targets that are involved in a variety of diseases. Synthetic Rho-kinase inhibitors have emerged as potential therapeutic agents to treat disorders such as hypertension, stroke, cancer, diabetes, glaucoma, etc. Our study is the first to screen the total ethanol extract of the medicinal mushroom Ganoderma lingzhi with thirty-five compounds for Rho-kinase inhibitory activity. Moreover, a molecular binding experiment was designed to investigate the binding affinity of the compounds at the active sites of Rho-kinase enzymes...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Natural Medicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072853/terrestrial-macrofungal-diversity-from-the-tropical-dry-evergreen-biome-of-southern-india-and-its-potential-role-in-aerobiology
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Hema Priyamvada, M Akila, Raj Kamal Singh, R Ravikrishna, R S Verma, Ligy Philip, R R Marathe, L K Sahu, K P Sudheer, S S Gunthe
Macrofungi have long been investigated for various scientific purposes including their food and medicinal characteristics. Their role in aerobiology as a fraction of the primary biological aerosol particles (PBAPs), however, has been poorly studied. In this study, we present a source of macrofungi with two different but interdependent objectives: (i) to characterize the macrofungi from a tropical dry evergreen biome in southern India using advanced molecular techniques to enrich the database from this region, and (ii) to assess whether identified species of macrofungi are a potential source of atmospheric PBAPs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071986/evaluation-of-a-two-year-routine-application-of-molecular-testing-of-thyroid-fine-needle-aspirations-fna-using-a-7-gene-panel-in-a-primary-referral-setting-in-germany
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Markus Eszlinger, Katharina Böhme, Maha Ullmann, Fabian Görke, Udo Siebolts, Anna Neumann, Christiane Franzius, Sabine Adam, Thomas Molwitz, Christian Landvogt, Bassam Amro, Anja Hach, Berit Feldmann, Dieter Graf, Antje Wefer, Rainer Niemann, Catharina Bullmann, Günther Klaushenke, Reinhard Santen, Gregor Tönshoff, Velimir Ivancevic, Andreas Kögler, Eberhard Bell, Bernd Lorenz, Gerald Kluge, Christoph Hartenstein, Ilka Ruschenburg, Ralf Paschke
BACKGROUND: Major differences with respect to the diagnostic performance of a "ruling in" approach in the pre-surgical diagnosis of indeterminate thyroid fine needle aspirations (FNAs) have been reported. Therefore, the aim of this prospective multicenter study was to investigate the specific diagnostic impact of mutation testing using a 7-gene-panel in a routine primary referral setting analyzing FNAs from endocrinology and nuclear medicine practices in Germany. METHODS: RNA and DNA was extracted from 564 routine air-dried FNA smears obtained from 64 physicians and cytologically graded by one experienced cytopathologist...
January 10, 2017: Thyroid: Official Journal of the American Thyroid Association
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