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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106168/visceral-hyperalgesia-caused-by-peptide-yy-deletion-and-y2-receptor-antagonism
#1
Ahmed M Hassan, Piyush Jain, Raphaela Mayerhofer, Esther E Fröhlich, Aitak Farzi, Florian Reichmann, Herbert Herzog, Peter Holzer
Altered levels of colonic peptide YY (PYY) have been reported in patients suffering from functional and inflammatory bowel disorders. While the involvement of neuropeptide Y (NPY) and Y receptors in the regulation of nociception is well established, the physiological role of PYY in somatic and visceral pain is poorly understood. In this work, the role of PYY in pain sensitivity was evaluated using PYY knockout (PYY((-/-))) mice and Y2 receptor ligands. PYY((-/-)) mice were more sensitive to somatic thermal pain compared to wild type (WT) mice...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105237/xanthohumol-inhibits-proliferation-of-laryngeal-squamous-cell-carcinoma
#2
Yan Li, Kai Wang, Shankai Yin, Hongliang Zheng, Daliu Min
Xanthohumol is a flavonoid compound that exhibits antioxidant and anticancer effects, and is used to treat atherosclerosis. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of xanthohumol on the cell proliferation of laryngeal squamous cell carcinoma and to understand the mechanism of its action. The effects of xanthohumol on the cell viability and apoptosis rate of laryngeal squamous cell carcinoma SCC4 cells were assessed by Annexin V-fluorescein isothiocyanate/propidium iodide staining. In addition, the expression levels of pro-apoptotic proteins, caspase-3, caspase-8, caspase-9, poly ADP ribose polymerase (PARP) p53 and apoptosis-inducing factor (AIF), as well as anti-apoptotic markers, B-cell lymphoma 2 (Bcl-2) and myeloid cell leukemia 1 (Mcl-1), were analyzed by western blotting...
December 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105106/oxidized-low-density-lipoprotein-decreases-vegfr2-expression-in-huvecs-and-impairs-angiogenesis
#3
Min Zhang, Li Jiang
Atherosclerosis (AS), which is triggered by endothelial cell injury, evolves into a chronic inflammatory disease. Oxidized low-density lipoprotein (ox-LDL) is an important risk factor for the development of atherosclerosis; ox-LDL induces atherosclerotic plaque formation via scavenging receptors. The present study used ox-LDL-treated human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) to investigate the effect of ox-LDL on angiogenesis. ox-LDL decreased HUVEC proliferation by MTT, induced apoptosis by Annexin V-fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC) staining and markedly suppressed HUVEC tube formation by the Matrigel assay in a dose-dependent manner...
December 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101239/naphthazarin-suppresses-cell-proliferation-and-induces-apoptosis-in-human-colorectal-cancer-cells-via-the-b-cell-lymphoma-2-b-cell-associated-x-protein-signaling-pathway
#4
Ai-Dong Chen, Hui Li, Yong-Chun Li, Hai Zeng
Colorectal cancer is the most common gastrointestinal cancer in the USA. Naphthazarin, one of the naturally available 1,4-naphthoquinone derivatives, is a natural bioactive molecule that exhibits an antitumor effect. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study to investigate the anticancer effect of naphthazarin on cell proliferation and apoptosis in human SW480 colorectal cancer cells. In the present study, 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide and lactate dehydrogenase assays were performed to assess the effect of napthazarin on cell proliferation and cytotoxicity of SW430 cells, respectively...
December 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101215/rottlerin-induced-autophagy-leads-to-apoptosis-in-bladder-cancer-cells
#5
Ping Qi, Zhenhua He, Lixiu Zhang, Yuan Fan, Zhiping Wang
It has been well-established that apoptosis contributes to cancer cell death; however, the role of autophagy in cancer cell death remains unclear. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of rottlerin, a traditional Indian medicine, on cell growth inhibition and autophagy in EJ human bladder carcinoma cells in vitro. Cell viability, measured by MTT assay, was found to be suppressed in a dose- and time-dependent manner. In addition, apoptosis was significantly increased in cells treated with rottlerin, as indicated by increased annexin V-fluorescein isothiocyanate/propidium iodide staining and changes in the cell cycle distribution that indicated blockage at G1 phase...
December 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101183/protective-effect-of-berberine-against-oxidative-stress-induced-apoptosis-in-rat-bone-marrow-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells
#6
Wangyang Li, Yamei Liu, Bin Wang, Yiwen Luo, Nianhong Hu, Dongfeng Chen, Xunchao Zhang, Yunpu Xiong
Bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) have the potential to be used for the treatment of delayed union, nonunion or persistent bone defects in MSC-based cell therapy. However, implantation of BMSCs into the fracture site is confronted with apoptosis on account of harsh conditions and oxidative stress. In the present study, the anti-apoptotic effects of berberine (BBR) on BMSCs subjected to hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) are investigated, and the potential underlying mechanisms are explored. Oxidative injury was induced by exposure to H2O2, and cell viability was assessed using a cell counting kit-8 assay...
December 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101142/exploring-accessibility-of-pretreated-poplar-cell-walls-by-measuring-dynamics-of-fluorescent-probes
#7
Gabriel Paës, Anouck Habrant, Jordane Ossemond, Brigitte Chabbert
BACKGROUND: The lignocellulosic cell wall network is resistant to enzymatic degradation due to the complex chemical and structural features. Pretreatments are thus commonly used to overcome natural recalcitrance of lignocellulose. Characterization of their impact on architecture requires combinatory approaches. However, the accessibility of the lignocellulosic cell walls still needs further insights to provide relevant information. RESULTS: Poplar specimens were pretreated using different conditions...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098320/versatile-tissue-lasers-based-on-high-q-fabry-p%C3%A3-rot-microcavities
#8
Yu-Cheng Chen, Qiushu Chen, Tingting Zhang, Wenjie Wang, Xudong Fan
Biolasers are an emerging technology for next generation biochemical detection and clinical applications. Progress has recently been made to achieve lasing from biomolecules and single living cells. Tissues, which consist of cells embedded in an extracellular matrix, mimic more closely the actual complex biological environment in a living body and therefore are of more practical significance. Here, we developed a highly versatile tissue laser platform, in which tissues stained with fluorophores are sandwiched in a high-Q Fabry-Pérot microcavity...
January 18, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094342/optimizing-isothiocyanate-formation-during-enzymatic-glucosinolate-breakdown-by-adjusting-ph-value-temperature-and-dilution-in-brassica-vegetables-and-arabidopsis-thaliana
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Franziska S Hanschen, Rebecca Klopsch, Teresa Oliviero, Monika Schreiner, Ruud Verkerk, Matthijs Dekker
Consumption of glucosinolate-rich Brassicales vegetables is associated with a decreased risk of cancer with enzymatic hydrolysis of glucosinolates playing a key role. However, formation of health-promoting isothiocyanates is inhibited by the epithiospecifier protein in favour of nitriles and epithionitriles. Domestic processing conditions, such as changes in pH value, temperature or dilution, might also affect isothiocyanate formation. Therefore, the influences of these three factors were evaluated in accessions of Brassica rapa, Brassica oleracea, and Arabidopsis thaliana...
January 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093296/inhibition-of-cd44v3-and-cd44v6-function-blocks-tumor-invasion-and-metastatic-colonization
#10
Michal Zaiden, Valeria Feinshtein, Ayelet David
The prevention of cancer cell dissemination and secondary tumor formation are major goals of cancer therapy. Here, we report on the development of a new CD44-targeted copolymer carrying multiple copies of the A5G27 peptide, known for its ability to bind specifically to CD44v3 and CD44v6 on cancer cells and inhibit tumor cell migration, invasion, and angiogenesis. We hypothesized that conjugation of A5G27 to N-(2-hydroxypropyl)methacrylamide (HPMA) copolymer would enhance tumor tissue accumulation, promote selective binding to cancer cells, with concomitant increased inhibition of cancer cell invasiveness and migration...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091953/fullerene-c60-penetration-into-leukemic-cells-and-its-photoinduced-cytotoxic-effects
#11
D Franskevych, K Palyvoda, D Petukhov, S Prylutska, I Grynyuk, C Schuetze, L Drobot, O Matyshevska, U Ritter
Fullerene C60 as a representative of carbon nanocompounds is suggested to be promising agent for application in photodynamic therapy due to its unique physicochemical properties. The goal of this study was to estimate the accumulation of fullerene C60 in leukemic cells and to investigate its phototoxic effect on parental and resistant to cisplatin leukemic cells. Stable homogeneous water colloid solution of pristine C60 with average 50-nm diameter of nanoparticles was used in experiments. Fluorescent labeled C60 was synthesized by covalent conjugation of C60 with rhodamine B isothiocyanate...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091820/depression-of-home-cage-wheel-running-a-reliable-and-clinically-relevant-method-to-assess-migraine-pain-in-rats
#12
Ram Kandasamy, Andrea T Lee, Michael M Morgan
BACKGROUND: The development of new anti-migraine treatments is limited by the difficulty inassessing migraine pain in laboratory animals. Depression of activity is one of the few diagnostic criteria formigraine that can be mimicked in rats. The goal of the present study was to test the hypothesis thatdepression of home cage wheel running is a reliable and clinically relevant method to assess migraine painin rats. METHODS: Adult female rats were implanted with a cannula to inject allyl isothiocyanate (AITC) onto the dura to induce migraine pain, as has been shown before...
December 2017: Journal of Headache and Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091645/yogurt-inhibits-intestinal-barrier-dysfunction-in-caco-2-cells-by-increasing-tight-junctions
#13
Kelley K Putt, Ruisong Pei, Heather M White, Bradley W Bolling
Chronic inflammation disrupts intestinal barrier function and may contribute to the pathology of obesity and other diseases. The goal of this study was to determine the mechanism by which yogurt improves intestinal barrier function. Caco-2 cells were differentiated on Transwell inserts and used as a model of intestinal barrier permeability. Transepithelial electrical resistance (TEER) and flux of 4 kDa fluorescein isothiocyanate-dextran (FD) and lucifer yellow (LY) were used as indicators of monolayer integrity and paracellular permeability...
January 16, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090769/synthesis-of-1-thio-substituted-isoquinoline-derivatives-by-tandem-cyclization-of-isothiocyanates
#14
Li-Rong Wen, Qian Dou, Yuan-Chao Wang, Jinwei Zhang, Wei-Si Guo, Ming Li
A copper-catalyzed tandem arylation-cyclization process to access 1-(arylthio)isoquinolines from isothiocyanates and diaryliodonium salts is described. It is the first general method to construct the potentially useful 1-(arylthio)isoquinoline derivatives. Moreover, 1-(methylthio)isoquinolines were also achieved successfully with MeOTf instead of diaryliodonium salts under metal-free conditions. Mechanistic studies reveal that these two processes proceed in different routes. This method has been successfully applied to the synthesis of quinazolinone alkaloid rutaecarpine...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089914/arachidonic-acid-with-taurine-enhances-pulmonary-absorption-of-macromolecules-without-any-serious-histopathological-damages
#15
Masateru Miyake, Takanori Minami, Hiroyuki Yamazaki, Chie Emoto, Tadashi Mukai, Hajime Toguchi
Therapeutic peptides and protein are being used in several indications; however, their poor permeability still remains to be solved. This study focused on the pulmonary route of macromolecules. First, the effects of arachidonic acid (AA) as an absorption enhancer on drug serum concentration, after intratracheal administration, were investigated in rats. Second, the safety of AA was assessed in rats in an acute toxicity study for 7 days. AA enhanced the exposure of both interferon-α (IFN-α) and fluorescein isothiocyanate 4000 (FD-4)...
January 13, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087272/synthesis-and-evaluation-of-5-1h-indol-3-yl-n-aryl-1-3-4-oxadiazol-2-amines-as-bcl-2-inhibitory-anticancer-agents
#16
Rania Hamdy, Noha I Ziedan, Samia Ali, Cinzia Bordoni, Mohamed El-Sadek, Elsaid Lashin, Andrea Brancale, Arwyn T Jones, Andrew D Westwell
A series of 5-(1H-indol-3-yl)-N-aryl-1,3,4-oxadiazol-2-amines 8a-j has been designed, synthesized and tested in vitro as potential pro-apoptotic Bcl-2-inhibitory anticancer agents based on our previous lead compound 8a. Synthesis of the target compounds was readily accomplished through a cyclisation reaction between indole-3-carboxylic acid hydrazide (5) and substituted isothiocyanates 6a-j, followed by oxidative cyclodesulfurization of the corresponding thiosemicarbazide 7a-j using 1,3-dibromo-5,5-dimethylhydantoin...
December 27, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079155/dietary-phytochemical-peitc-restricts-tumor-development-via-modulation-of-epigenetic-writers-and-erasers
#17
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/28077760/effective-delivery-of-volatile-biocides-employing-mesoporous-silicates-for-treating-biofilms
#18
Andrea C Chan, Marimar Bravo Cadena, Helen E Townley, Mark D Fricker, Ian P Thompson
Nanoparticulate delivery of biocides has the potential to decrease levels of exposure to non-target organisms, and miminize long-term exposure that can promote the development of resistance. Silica nanoparticles are an ideal vehicle since they are inert, biocompatible, biodegradable, and thermally and chemically stable. Encapsulation of biocides within nanoparticulates can improve their stability and longevity and maximize the biocidal potential of hydrophobic volatile compounds. Herein, we have shown that the plant secondary metabolites allyl isothiocyanate and cinnamaldehyde demonstrated increased antimicrobial activity against Escherichia coli in planktonic form, when packaged into mesoporous silica nanoparticles...
January 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077580/peptide-from-sea-anemone-metridium-senile-affects-transient-receptor-potential-ankyrin-repeat-1-trpa1-function-and-produces-analgesic-effect
#19
Yulia A Logashina, Irina V Mosharova, Yulia V Korolkova, Irina V Shelukhina, Igor A Dyachenko, Victor A Palikov, Yulia A Palikova, Arkadii N Murashev, Sergey A Kozlov, Klara Stensvåg, Yaroslav A Andreev
The transient receptor potential ankyrin-repeat 1 (TRPA1) is an important player in pain and inflammatory pathways. It is a promising target for novel drug development for the treatment of a number of pathological states. A novel peptide producing a significant potentiating effect on allyl isothiocyanate (AITC)- and diclofenac-induced currents of TRPA1 was isolated from the venom of sea anemone Metridium senile. It is a 35-amino-acid peptide cross-linked by two disulfide bridges, named τ-AnmTX Ms 9a-1 (short name Ms 9a-1) according to a structure similar to other sea anemone peptides belonging to structural group 9a...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076424/sensitization-of-trpa1-by-protein-kinase-a
#20
Jannis E Meents, Michael J M Fischer, Peter A McNaughton
The TRPA1 ion channel is expressed in nociceptive (pain-sensitive) somatosensory neurons and is activated by a wide variety of chemical irritants, such as acrolein in smoke or isothiocyanates in mustard. Here, we investigate the enhancement of TRPA1 function caused by inflammatory mediators, which is thought to be important in lung conditions such as asthma and COPD. Protein kinase A is an important kinase acting downstream of inflammatory mediators to cause sensitization of TRPA1. By using site-directed mutagenesis, patch-clamp electrophysiology and calcium imaging we identify four amino acid residues, S86, S317, S428, and S972, as the principal targets of PKA-mediated phosphorylation and sensitization of TRPA1...
2017: PloS One
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