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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646760/transparent-gel-composite-films-with-multiple-functionalities-long-lasting-anti-fogging-underwater-superoleophobicity-and-anti-bacterial-activity
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Matt W England, Tomoya Sato, Chihiro Urata, Liming Wang, Atsushi Hozumi
Transparent gel-based composite films with multiple functionalities, showing long-lasting anti-fogging properties, underwater superoleophobicity, and anti-bacterial activity were successfully prepared from polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) and aminopropyl-functionalized clay (AMP-clay). Due to the addition of glutaraldehyde (GA, cross-linker) into the PVP matrices, and AMP-functionalities to the substrate surfaces, both the adhesion properties in water and durability of the anti-fogging properties were significantly improved...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646205/comparative-nanouplc-ms-e-analysis-between-magainin-i-susceptible-and-resistant-escherichia-coli-strains
#2
Marlon H Cardoso, Keyla C de Almeida, Elizabete de S Cândido, André M Murad, Simoni C Dias, Octávio L Franco
In recent years the antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) have been prospected and designed as new alternatives to conventional antibiotics. Indeed, AMPs have presented great potential toward pathogenic bacterial strains by means of complex mechanisms of action. However, reports have increasingly emerged regarding the mechanisms by which bacteria resist AMP administration. In this context, we performed a comparative proteomic study by using the total bacterial lysate of magainin I-susceptible and -resistant E. coli strains...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644886/complex-i-inhibition-augments-dichloroacetate-cytotoxicity-through-enhancing-oxidative-stress-in-vm-m3-glioblastoma-cells
#3
Nathan P Ward, Angela M Poff, Andrew P Koutnik, Dominic P D'Agostino
The robust glycolytic metabolism of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) has proven them susceptible to increases in oxidative metabolism induced by the pyruvate mimetic dichloroacetate (DCA). Recent reports demonstrate that the anti-diabetic drug metformin enhances the damaging oxidative stress associated with DCA treatment in cancer cells. We sought to elucidate the role of metformin's reported activity as a mitochondrial complex I inhibitor in the enhancement of DCA cytotoxicity in VM-M3 GBM cells. Metformin potentiated DCA-induced superoxide production, which was required for enhanced cytotoxicity towards VM-M3 cells observed with the combination...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644858/the-flame-retardant-de-71-a-mixture-of-polybrominated-diphenyl-ethers-inhibits-human-differentiated-thyroid-cell-function-in-vitro
#4
Thit Mynster Kronborg, Juliana Frohnert Hansen, Åse Krogh Rasmussen, Katrin Vorkamp, Claus Henrik Nielsen, Marie Frederiksen, Jacob Hofman-Bang, Christoffer Holst Hahn, Louise Ramhøj, Ulla Feldt-Rasmussen
BACKGROUND: Normal thyroid function is essential for general growth and metabolism, but can be affected by endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) have been used worldwide to reduce flammability in different materials and are suspected to be EDCs. The production of the commercial Penta- and OctaBDE mixtures is banned, but DecaBDEs and existing products may leak PBDEs into the environment. Our aim was to investigate the effect of the PentaBDE mixture DE-71 on human thyroid cells in vitro...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644842/investigation-of-discriminant-metabolites-in-tamoxifen-resistant-and-choline-kinase-alpha-downregulated-breast-cancer-cells-using-1h-nuclear-magnetic-resonance-spectroscopy
#5
Hoe Suk Kim, Lianji Tian, Hyeonjin Kim, Woo Kyung Moon
Metabolites linked to changes in choline kinase-α (CK-α) expression and drug resistance, which contribute to survival and autophagy mechanisms, are attractive targets for breast cancer therapies. We previously reported that autophagy played a causative role in driving tamoxifen (TAM) resistance of breast cancer cells (BCCs) and was also promoted by CK-α knockdown, resulting in the survival of TAM-resistant BCCs. There is no comparative study yet about the metabolites resulting from BCCs with TAM-resistance and CK-α knockdown...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644418/new-mt%C3%A2-melatonin-receptor-selective-ligands-agonists-and-partial-agonists
#6
Jean A Boutin, Anne Bonnaud, Chantal Brasseur, Olivier Bruno, Nolwenn Lepretre, Peter Oosting, Sophie Coumailleau, Philippe Delagrange, Olivier Nosjean, Céline Legros
The search for melatonin receptor agonists and antagonists specific towards one of the receptor subtypes will extend our understanding of the role of this system in relaying circadian information to the body. A series of compounds derived from a hit compound discovered in a screening process led to powerful agonists specific for one of the isoform of the melatonin receptor namely, MT₂. The compounds are based on a poorly explored skeleton in the molecular pharmacology of melatonin. By changing the steric hindrance of one substituent (i...
June 23, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643888/combination-of-citrus-polymethoxyflavones-green-tea-polyphenols-and-lychee-extracts-suppresses-obesity-and-hepatic-steatosis-in-high-fat-diet-induced-obese-mice
#7
Min-Hsiung Pan, Guliang Yang, Shiming Li, Ming-Yi Li, Mei-Ling Tsai, Jia-Ching Wu, Vladimir Badmaev, Chi-Tang Ho, Ching-Shu Lai
SCOPE: SlimTrym(®) is a formulated product composed of citrus polymethoxyflavones (PMFs), green tea extract and lychee extract. We investigated the effect of dietary SlimTrym(®) on diet-induced obesity and associated non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in mice. METHODS AND RESULTS: Male C57BL/6 mice were fed a normal diet (ND), high fat diet (HFD) or HFD containing 0.1% or 0.5% SlimTrym(®) for sixteen weeks. Dietary SlimTrym(®) significantly reduced weight gain and relative perigonadal, retroperitoneal, mesenteric fat weight as well as the size of adipocyte in HFD-fed mice...
June 23, 2017: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643453/small-molecule-inhibitors-of-the-tumor-suppressor-fhit
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Andreas Marx, Sandra Lange, Stephan Hacker, Philipp Schmid, Martin Scheffner
The tumor suppressor Fhit and its substrate diadenosine triphosphate (Ap3A) are important factors in cancer development and progression. Fhit has Ap3A hydrolase activity and cleaves Ap3A into adenosine monophosphate (AMP) and adenosine diphosphate (ADP) which is believed to terminate Fhit-mediated signaling. How the catalytic activity of Fhit is regulated and how the Fhit-Ap3A complex exerts its growth-suppressive function remain to be discovered. Small molecule inhibitors of the enzymatic activity of Fhit would provide valuable tools for the elucidation of its tumor-suppressive functions...
June 23, 2017: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643197/ampk-is-activated-early-in-cerebellar-granule-cells-undergoing-apoptosis-and-influences-vadc1-phosphorylation-status-and-activity
#9
A Bobba, E Casalino, G Amadoro, V A Petragallo, A Atlante
The neurodegeneration of cerebellar granule cells, after low potassium induced apoptosis, is known to be temporally divided into an early and a late phase. Voltage-dependent anion channel-1 (VDAC1) protein, changing from the closed inactive state to the active open state, is central to the switch between the early and late phase. It is also known that: (i) VDAC1 can undergo phosphorylation events and (ii) AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK), the sensor of cellular stress, may have a role in neuronal homeostasis...
June 22, 2017: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643099/-beyond-antibiotic-therapy-future-antiinfective-strategies-update-2017
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REVIEW
D Vogt, S Sperling, T Tkhilaishvili, A Trampuz, J-P Pirnay, C Willy
BACKGROUND: The key elements in the therapy of surgical site infections (SSI) are surgical debridement and local and systemic antibiotic therapy; however, due to increasing antibiotic resistance, the development of additional therapeutic measures is of great interest for future trauma and orthopedic surgery. METHOD: Against the background of our own experimental and clinical experiences and on the basis of the current literature, possible future anti-infective strategies were elaborated...
June 22, 2017: Der Unfallchirurg
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642707/tetrandrine-an-activator-of-autophagy-induces-autophagic-cell-death-via-pkc-%C3%AE-inhibition-and-mtor-dependent-mechanisms
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Vincent Kam Wai Wong, Wu Zeng, Juan Chen, Xiao Jun Yao, Elaine Lai Han Leung, Qian Qian Wang, Pauline Chiu, Ben C B Ko, Betty Yuen Kwan Law
Emerging evidence suggests the therapeutic role of autophagic modulators in cancer therapy. This study aims to identify novel traditional Chinese medicinal herbs as potential anti-tumor agents through autophagic induction, which finally lead to autophagy mediated-cell death in apoptosis-resistant cancer cells. Using bioactivity-guided purification, we identified tetrandrine (Tet) from herbal plant, Radix stephaniae tetrandrae, as an inducer of autophagy. Across a number of cancer cell lines, we found that breast cancer cells treated with tetrandrine show an increase autophagic flux and formation of autophagosomes...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642704/quercetin-a-lead-compound-against-type-2-diabetes-ameliorates-glucose-uptake-via-ampk-pathway-in-skeletal-muscle-cell-line
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R Dhanya, A D Arya, P Nisha, P Jayamurthy
Herein we investigated the molecular mechanism of action of the citrus flavonoid, quercetin in skeletal muscle cells (L6 myotubes). Taking advantage of protein kinase inhibitors, we proved that the effect of quercetin on 2-NBDG uptake in L6 myotubes was not through insulin signaling pathway, but through adenosine monophosphate kinase (AMPK) pathway and its downstream target p38 MAPK. An increase in the cellular AMP to ATP ratio on pretreatment may account for AMPK activation which was coupled with a transient change in mitochondrial membrane potential...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642614/ultrasound-mediated-piezoelectric-differentiation-of-neuron-like-pc12-cells-on-pvdf-membranes
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Marcus Hoop, Xiang-Zhong Chen, Aldo Ferrari, Fajer Mushtaq, Gagik Ghazaryan, Theo Tervoort, Dimos Poulikakos, Bradley Nelson, Salvador Pané
Electrical and/or electromechanical stimulation has been shown to play a significant role in regenerating various functionalities in soft tissues, such as tendons, muscles, and nerves. In this work, we investigate the piezoelectric polymer polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) as a potential substrate for wireless neuronal differentiation. Piezoelectric PVDF enables generation of electrical charges on its surface upon acoustic stimulation, inducing neuritogenesis of PC12 cells. We demonstrate that the effect of pure piezoelectric stimulation on neurite generation in PC12 cells is comparable to the ones induced by neuronal growth factor (NGF)...
June 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640671/regulation-of-a-muralytic-enzyme-encoding-gene-by-two-non-coding-rnas
#14
Renée J St-Onge, Marie A Elliot
Non-coding regulatory RNAs fine-tune gene expression post-transcriptionally. In the streptomycetes, rpfA - encoding a muralytic enzyme required for establishing and exiting dormancy - is flanked by non-coding regulatory RNA elements both upstream (riboswitch) and downstream [antisense small RNA (sRNA)]. In Streptomyces coelicolor, the upstream riboswitch decreases rpfA transcript abundance in response to the second messenger cyclic di-AMP, itself involved in cell wall metabolism and dormancy. There is, however, no obvious expression platform associated with this riboswitch and consequently, its mechanism of action is entirely unknown...
June 22, 2017: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640441/adipose-tissue-derived-omentin-1-function-and-regulation
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Takuya Watanabe, Kaho Watanabe-Kominato, Yui Takahashi, Miho Kojima, Rena Watanabe
Omentin-1, also known as intelectin-1, is a recently identified novel adipocytokine of 313 amino acids, which is expressed in visceral (omental and epicardial) fat as well as mesothelial cells, vascular cells, airway goblet cells, small intestine, colon, ovary, and plasma. The level of omentin-1 expression in (pre)adipocytes is decreased by glucose/insulin and stimulated by fibroblast growth factor-21 and dexamethasone. Several lines of experimental evidence have shown that omentin-1 plays crucial roles in the maintenance of body metabolism and insulin sensitivity, and has anti-inflammatory, anti-atherosclerotic, and cardiovascular protective effects via AMP-activated protein kinase/Akt/nuclear factor-κB/mitogen-activated protein kinase (ERK, JNK, and p38) signaling...
June 18, 2017: Comprehensive Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639644/differential-detection-and-quantification-of-cyclic-amp-and-other-adenosine-phosphates-in-live-cells
#16
Sujoy Das, Himadri Sekhar Sarkar, Md Raihan Uddin, Kari Rissanen, Sukhendu Mandal, Prithidipa Sahoo
A new naphthol-based rhodamine derivative (NpRD) has been developed for the selective and differential detection of adenosine 3',5'-cyclic monophosphate (cAMP) and adenosine phosphates (APs) (ATP, ADP, and AMP) from other nucleotides. The simple detection and quantification of cAMP in human blood cells and in other samples based on the 'turn on' fluorescence properties of this chemosensor through colorimetry or fluorometry makes it unique for probable application in high throughput screening.
June 22, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638339/nutritional-and-pharmacological-strategies-to-regulate-microglial-polarization-in-cognitive-aging-and-alzheimer-s-disease
#17
REVIEW
Emiliano Peña-Altamira, Sabrina Petralla, Francesca Massenzio, Marco Virgili, Maria L Bolognesi, Barbara Monti
The study of microglia, the immune cells of the brain, has experienced a renaissance after the discovery of microglia polarization. In fact, the concept that activated microglia can shift into the M1 pro-inflammatory or M2 neuroprotective phenotypes, depending on brain microenvironment, has completely changed the understanding of microglia in brain aging and neurodegenerative diseases. Microglia polarization is particularly important in aging since an increased inflammatory status of body compartments, including the brain, has been reported in elderly people...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638220/green-tea-polyphenols-ameliorate-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-through-upregulating-ampk-activation-in-high-fat-fed-zucker-fatty-rats
#18
Yi Tan, Jane Kim, Jing Cheng, Madeleine Ong, Wei-Guo Lao, Xing-Liang Jin, Yi-Guang Lin, Linda Xiao, Xue-Qiong Zhu, Xian-Qin Qu
AIM: To investigate protective effects and molecular mechanisms of green tea polyphenols (GTP) on non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in Zucker fatty (ZF) rats. METHODS: Male ZF rats were fed a high-fat diet (HFD) for 2 wk then treated with GTP (200 mg/kg) or saline (5 mL/kg) for 8 wk, with Zucker lean rat as their control. At the end of experiment, serum and liver tissue were collected for measurement of metabolic parameters, alanine aminotransferase (ALT) and aspartate aminotransferase (AST), inflammatory cytokines and hepatic triglyceride and liver histology...
June 7, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637927/-amp-k-ed-up-recovery-from-ischemia-reperfusion-injury
#19
Benjamin Levi
Aging decreases tolerance to ischemia-reperfusion injury, which is mitigated by sestrin2-driven substrate metabolism.
June 21, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637875/coupled-feedback-loops-control-the-stimulus-dependent-dynamics-of-the-yeast-transcription-factor-msn2
#20
Yanfei Jiang, Zohreh AkhavanAghdam, Lev S Tsimring, Nan Hao
Information about environmental stimuli often can be encoded by the dynamics of signaling molecules or transcription factors. In the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, different types of stresses induce distinct nuclear translocation dynamics of the general stress-responsive transcription factor Msn2, but the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. Using deterministic and stochastic modeling, we reproduced in silico the different dynamic responses of Msn2 to glucose limitation and osmotic stress observed in vivo and found that a positive feedback loop on protein kinase A mediated by the AMP-activated protein kinase Snf1 is coupled with a negative feedback loop to generate the characteristic pulsatile dynamics of Msn2...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
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