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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100151/renin-inhibition-by-soyasaponin-i-a-potent-native-anti-hypertensive-compound
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Zeinab Tavassoli, Majid Taghdir, Bijan Ranjbar
One way to control hypertension is inactivation of the Renin- Angiotensin- Aldosterone System (RAAS). Inhibition of renin as a rate-limiting step of this system is an effective way to stop up RAAS. It has been proved that soyasaponin I, an herbal compound obtained from soybeans, has anti-hypertensive effect via renin inhibition, so it has the potential of being an anti-hypertensive drug. Herein, some theoretical approaches such as Docking Simulation, Molecular Dynamics (MD) Simulation and MMPBSA analysis have been used to study how soyasaponin I inhibits renin at the structural level...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094441/sex-drugs-and-rock-and-roll-tales-from-preterm-fetal-life
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Laura Bennet
Premature fetuses and babies are at greater risk of mortality and morbidity than their term counterparts. The underlying causes are multifactorial, but include exposure to hypoxia. Immaturity of organs and their functional control may impair the physiological defence responses to hypoxia and the preterm fetal responses, or lack thereof, to moderate hypoxia appear to support this concept. However, as this review demonstrates, despite immaturity, the preterm fetus responds to asphyxia in a qualitatively similar manner to that seen at term...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091965/deformability-of-human-mesenchymal-stem-cells-is-dependent-on-vimentin-intermediate-filaments
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Poonam Sharma, Zachary T Bolten, Diane R Wagner, Adam H Hsieh
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are being studied extensively due to their potential as a therapeutic cell source for many load-bearing tissues. Compression of tissues and the subsequent deformation of cells are just one type physical strain MSCs will need to withstand in vivo. Mechanotransduction by MSCs and their mechanical properties are partially controlled by the cytoskeleton, including vimentin intermediate filaments (IFs). Vimentin IF deficiency has been tied to changes in mechanosensing and mechanical properties of cells in some cell types...
January 13, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081368/smart-metal-organic-framework-coatings-triggered-anti-biofilm-compound-release
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Birgit Claes, Tom Boudewijns, Laurens Muchez, Geert Hooyberghs, Erik V Van der Eycken, Jozef Vanderleyden, Hans P Steenackers, Dirk E De Vos
Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) have a large potential for delivery of active molecules. Here, a MOF coating is investigated as a smart host matrix for triggered release of anti-biofilm compounds. Besides a coating consisting of the regular Fe-terephthalate MIL-88B(Fe), a new hydrophobic MIL-88B(Fe) coating is synthesized in hydrothermal conditions using palmitic acid as a lattice terminating group. These porous materials are used as a host matrix for the anti-biofilm compound 5-(4-chlorophenyl)-N-(2-isobutyl)-2-aminoimidazole, which has a specific biofilm inhibiting effect at concentrations at which no activity against planktonic cells is detected...
January 12, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079299/a-platinum-blue-complex-exerts-its-cytotoxic-activity-via-dna-damage-and-induces-apoptosis-in-cancer-cells
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Zelal Adiguzel, Seniz Ozalp-Yaman, Gokalp Celik, Safia Salem, Tugba Bagci-Onder, Filiz Senbabaoglu, Yüksel Cetin, Ceyda Acilan
Here, we describe the characteristics of a Pt-blue complex [Pt4 (2-atp)8 (H2 O)(OH)] (2-atp: 2-aminothiophenol) as a prodrug for its DNA-binding properties and its use in cancer therapy. The nature of the interaction between the Pt-blue complex and DNA was evaluated based on spectroscopic measurements, the electronic absorption spectra, thermal behavior, viscosity, fluorometric titration and agarose gel electrophoresis. Our results suggested that the compound was able to partially intercalate DNA and appeared to induce both single and double stranded breaks (DBS) on DNA in vitro, but no DSBs in cells...
January 12, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079155/dietary-phytochemical-peitc-restricts-tumor-development-via-modulation-of-epigenetic-writers-and-erasers
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Jung Eun Park, Yang Sun, Sai Kiang Lim, James P Tam, Matthijs Dekker, Hong Chen, Siu Kwan Sze
Dietary intake of bioactive phytochemicals including the cruciferous vegetable derivative phenethyl isothiocyanate (PEITC) can reduce risk of human cancers, but possible epigenetic mechanisms of these effects are yet unknown. We therefore sought to identify the molecular basis of PEITC-mediated epigenetic tumor restriction. Colon cancer cells treated with low-dose PEITC for >1 month exhibited stable alterations in expression profile of epigenetic writers/erasers and chromatin-binding of histone deacetylases (HDACs) and Polycomb-group (PcG) proteins...
January 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078253/effects-of-eicosapentaenoic-acid-and-docosahexaenoic-acid-on-mitochondrial-dna-replication-and-pgc-1%C3%AE-gene-expression-in-c2c12-muscle-cells
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Mak-Soon Lee, Yoonjin Shin, Sohee Moon, Seunghae Kim, Yangha Kim
Mitochondrial biogenesis is a complex process requiring coordinated expression of nuclear and mitochondrial genomes. The peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma co-activator 1-alpha (PGC-1α) is a key regulator of mitochondrial biogenesis, and it controls mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) replication within diverse tissues, including muscle tissue. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) on mtDNA copy number and PGC-1α promoter activity in C2C12 muscle cells...
December 2016: Preventive Nutrition and Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071030/the-effect-of-replacing-pork-fat-of-inulin-on-the-physicochemical-and-sensory-quality-of-guinea-fowl-pate
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Agnieszka Latoch, Paweł Glibowski, Justyna Libera
BACKGROUND: Potentially, pâtés could be a functional food and are an important source of proteins, vitamin A, B complex vitamins and iron. Unfortunately, one problem in pâtés is the high level of animal fat, about 30%. Pâté with low-fat guinea fowl meat and animal fat replaced with inulin can result in this product being classified as a pro-health food. The objective of the present study was to determine the effect on pâté with guinea fowl meat of reducing its pork back fat content (about 1/3, 2/3 and 100%) and the adding inulin as a partial fat substitute...
July 2016: Acta Scientiarum Polonorum. Technologia Alimentaria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066107/anxiolytic-activity-of-aqueous-extract-of-camellia-sinensis-in-rats
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Rajeshwari Shastry, Sheetal Dinkar Ullal, Shreyas Karkala, Seema Rai, Akash Gadgade
OBJECTIVES: The present study was undertaken to evaluate anxiolytic effect of Camellia sinensis (CS) and possible mechanism on acute and chronic administration in rats. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Eight groups of rats with six in each group were used. Group I served as control. Group II received diazepam (1 mg/kg). Groups III, IV, and V received CS in doses of 3.3, 16.5, and 33 mg/kg, respectively. Three pharmacologically validated experimental models - elevated plus maze (EPM), light and dark box (LDB), and open field tests (OFT) - were employed...
November 2016: Indian Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063520/zeta-potential-of-artificial-and-natural-calcite-in-aqueous-solution
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REVIEW
Dawoud Al Mahrouqi, Jan Vinogradov, Matthew D Jackson
Despite the broad range of interest and applications, controls on calcite surface charge in aqueous solution, especially at conditions relevant to natural systems, remain poorly understood. The primary data source to understand calcite surface charge comprises measurements of zeta potential. Here we collate and review previous measurements of zeta potential on natural and artificial calcite and carbonate as a resource for future studies, compare and contrast the results of these studies to determine key controls on zeta potential and where uncertainties remain, and report new measurements of zeta potential relevant to natural subsurface systems...
December 26, 2016: Advances in Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062855/expression-of-the-erf1-translation-termination-factor-is-controlled-by-an-autoregulatory-circuit-involving-readthrough-and-nonsense-mediated-decay-in-plants
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Tünde Nyikó, Andor Auber, Levente Szabadkai, Anna Benkovics, Mariann Auth, Zsuzsanna Mérai, Zoltán Kerényi, Andrea Dinnyés, Ferenc Nagy, Dániel Silhavy
When a ribosome reaches a stop codon, the eukaryotic Release Factor 1 (eRF1) binds to the A site of the ribosome and terminates translation. In yeasts and plants, both over- and underexpression of eRF1 lead to altered phenotype indicating that eRF1 expression should be strictly controlled. However, regulation of eRF1 level is still poorly understood. Here we show that expression of plant eRF1 is controlled by a complex negative autoregulatory circuit, which is based on the unique features of the 3'untranslated region (3'UTR) of the eRF1-1 transcript...
January 6, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049845/rest-corepressors-rcor1-and-rcor2-and-the-repressor-insm1-regulate-the-proliferation-differentiation-balance-in-the-developing-brain
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Caitlin E Monaghan, Tamilla Nechiporuk, Sophia Jeng, Shannon K McWeeney, Jianxun Wang, Michael G Rosenfeld, Gail Mandel
The transcriptional events that lead to the cessation of neural proliferation, and therefore enable the production of proper numbers of differentiated neurons and glia, are still largely uncharacterized. Here, we report that the transcription factor Insulinoma-associated 1 (INSM1) forms complexes with RE1 Silencing Transcription factor (REST) corepressors RCOR1 and RCOR2 in progenitors in embryonic mouse brain. Mice lacking both RCOR1 and RCOR2 in developing brain die perinatally and generate an abnormally high number of neural progenitors at the expense of differentiated neurons and oligodendrocyte precursor cells...
January 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049773/crosstalk-between-alternatively-spliced-ugt1a-isoforms-and-colon-cancer-cell-metabolism
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Yannick Audet-Delage, Michele Rouleau, Melanie Rouleau, Joannie Roberge, Stephanie Miard, Frederic Picard, Bernard Tetu, Chantal Guillemette
Alternative splicing at the human glucuronosyltransferase 1 gene locus (UGT1) produces alternate isoforms UGT1A_i2s that control glucuronidation activity through protein-protein interactions. Here, we hypothesized that UGT1A_i2s function into a complex protein network connecting other metabolic pathways with influence on cancer cell metabolism. This is based on a pathway enrichment analysis of proteomic data that identified several high-confidence candidate interaction proteins of UGT1A_i2 proteins in human tissues, namely the rate-limiting enzyme of glycolysis pyruvate kinase (PKM), which plays a critical role in cancer cell metabolism and tumor growth...
January 3, 2017: Molecular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049560/a-recombinant-fusion-protein-displaying-murine-and-human-mhc-class-i-and-ii-specific-epitopes-protects-against-leishmania-amazonensis-infection
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Vívian T Martins, Daniela P Lage, Mariana C Duarte, Ana Maria R S Carvalho, Lourena E Costa, Tiago A O Mendes, Danniele L Vale, Daniel Menezes-Souza, Bruno M Roatt, Carlos A P Tavares, Manuel Soto, Eduardo A F Coelho
Tegumentary leishmaniasis (TL) constitutes a major public health problem with significant morbidity worldwide. Synthetic peptide-based vaccines are attractive candidates to protect against leishmaniasis, since T cell-specific epitopes can be delivery to antigen-presenting cells, leading to the generation of a Th1 cell-mediated immunity. In this context, the present study aims to evaluate the immunogenicity and protective efficacy of a vaccine composed of major histocompatibility complex class I and II-restricted epitopes derived from four Leishmania infantum proteins to protect mice against Leishmania amazonensis infection...
December 28, 2016: Cellular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048969/on-the-developmental-self-regulatory-dynamics-and-evolution-of-individuated-multicellular-organisms
#15
Felipe A Veloso
Changes in gene expression are thought to regulate the cell differentiation process intrinsically through complex epigenetic mechanisms. In fundamental terms, however, this assumed regulation refers only to the intricate propagation of changes in gene expression or else leads to non-explanatory regresses. The developmental self-regulatory dynamics and evolution of individuated multicellular organisms also lack a unified and falsifiable description. To fill this gap, I computationally analyzed publicly available high-throughput data of histone H3 post-translational modifications and mRNA abundance for different Homo sapiens, Mus musculus, and Drosophila melanogaster cell-type/developmental-period samples...
December 31, 2016: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048582/th-ab-brb-03-4n-radiotherapy
#16
K Sheng
: Current state-of-the art digital C-arm medical linear accelerators are capable of delivering radiation treatments with high level of automation, which affords coordinated motions of gantry, couch, and multileaf collimator (MLC) with dose rate modulations. The new machine capacity has shown the potential to bring substantially improved radiation dosimetry and/or delivery efficiency to many challenging diseases. Combining an integrated beam orientation optimization algorithm with automated machine navigation, markedly improved dose conformity has been achieved using 4ρ therapy...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047855/th-ab-brb-00-research-opportunities-with-digital-linear-accelerators
#17
Ke Sheng
: Current state-of-the art digital C-arm medical linear accelerators are capable of delivering radiation treatments with high level of automation, which affords coordinated motions of gantry, couch, and multileaf collimator (MLC) with dose rate modulations. The new machine capacity has shown the potential to bring substantially improved radiation dosimetry and/or delivery efficiency to many challenging diseases. Combining an integrated beam orientation optimization algorithm with automated machine navigation, markedly improved dose conformity has been achieved using 4ρ therapy...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047193/th-ab-brb-01-trajectory-modulated-arc-therapy-application-to-partial-breast-irradiation
#18
D Hristov
: Current state-of-the art digital C-arm medical linear accelerators are capable of delivering radiation treatments with high level of automation, which affords coordinated motions of gantry, couch, and multileaf collimator (MLC) with dose rate modulations. The new machine capacity has shown the potential to bring substantially improved radiation dosimetry and/or delivery efficiency to many challenging diseases. Combining an integrated beam orientation optimization algorithm with automated machine navigation, markedly improved dose conformity has been achieved using 4ρ therapy...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047019/th-ab-brb-04-quality-assurance-for-advanced-digital-linac-implementations
#19
V Yu
: Current state-of-the art digital C-arm medical linear accelerators are capable of delivering radiation treatments with high level of automation, which affords coordinated motions of gantry, couch, and multileaf collimator (MLC) with dose rate modulations. The new machine capacity has shown the potential to bring substantially improved radiation dosimetry and/or delivery efficiency to many challenging diseases. Combining an integrated beam orientation optimization algorithm with automated machine navigation, markedly improved dose conformity has been achieved using 4ρ therapy...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046523/th-ab-brb-02-et-reloaded
#20
Q Wu
: Current state-of-the art digital C-arm medical linear accelerators are capable of delivering radiation treatments with high level of automation, which affords coordinated motions of gantry, couch, and multileaf collimator (MLC) with dose rate modulations. The new machine capacity has shown the potential to bring substantially improved radiation dosimetry and/or delivery efficiency to many challenging diseases. Combining an integrated beam orientation optimization algorithm with automated machine navigation, markedly improved dose conformity has been achieved using 4ρ therapy...
June 2016: Medical Physics
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