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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433934/amino-acid-functionalized-gadofullerene-nanoparticles-with-superior-antitumor-activity-via-destruction-of-tumor-vasculature-in%C3%A2-vivo
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Yue Zhou, Ruijun Deng, Mingming Zhen, Jie Li, Mirong Guan, Wang Jia, Xue Li, Ying Zhang, Tong Yu, Toujun Zou, Zhigao Lu, Jun Guo, Lei Sun, Chunying Shu, Chunru Wang
Researchers have been puzzled of the therapy of malignant tumors and the current therapeutic strategies are always accompanied by toxicity or side effects. Developing efficient nanodrugs could reduce the dosage and greatly improve the therapeutic effects in cancer treatments. Here we initially reported a novel kind of gadofullerene nanoparticles functionalized with amino acid (β-alanine), which exhibited a superior antitumor activity in hepatoma H22 models via a novel therapeutic mechanism. The involvement of β-alanine improved the tumor inhibition rate up to 76...
April 14, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428116/cycloastragenol-improves-hepatic-steatosis-by-activating-farnesoid-x-receptor-signalling
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Ming Gu, Shiying Zhang, Yuanyuan Zhao, Jinwen Huang, Yahui Wang, Yin Li, Shengjie Fan, Li Yang, Guang Ji, Qingchun Tong, Cheng Huang
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) has become a global health problem. However, there is no approved therapy for NAFLD. Farnesoid X receptor (FXR) is a potential drug target for treatment of NAFLD. In an attempt to screen FXR agonists, we found that cycloastragenol (CAG), a natural occurring compound in Astragali Radix, stimulated FXR transcription activity. In animal studies, we demonstrated that CAG treatment resulted in obvious reduction of high-fat diet induced lipid accumulation in liver accompanied by lowered blood glucose, serum triglyceride levels and hepatic bile acid pool size...
April 17, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427886/identification-of-excipients-for-stabilizing-fiberless-adenovirus-as-biopharmaceuticals
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Grit Kupgan, Shyamal P Choudhari, Nicholas H Flynn, Adane Nigatu, Sravanthi Vupputuri, William D Picking, Wendy L Picking, Joshua D Ramsey
Reducing the promiscuous tropism of native adenovirus by using fiberless adenovirus is advantageous towards its use as a gene therapy vector or vaccine component. The removal of the fiber protein on native adenovirus abrogates several undesirable interactions; however, this approach decreases the particle's physical stability. In order to create stable fiberless adenovirus for pharmaceutical use, the effects of temperature and pH on the particle's stability profile must be addressed. Our results indicate that the stability of fiberless adenovirus is increased when it is stored in mildly acidic conditions around pH 6...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427307/molecular-dynamics-thermodynamic-and-mutational-binding-studies-for-tumor-specific-lyp-1-in-complex-with-p32
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Selin Seda Timur, Gözde Yalçın, Özge Çevik, Cenk Andaç, R Neslihan Gürsoy
Recent studies in tumor homing peptides have shown the specificity of LyP-1 (CGNKRTRGC) to tumor lymphatics. In this present work, we evaluated the possible interactions between cyclic LyP-1 and its receptor, p32, with molecular dynamics and docking studies in order to lead the design of novel LyP-1 derivatives, which could bind to p32 more effectively and perform enhanced antitumor effect. The total binding enthalpy energies have been obtained by MM-PBSA thermodynamic computations and the favorability of p32...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424564/new-developments-in-the-management-of-narcolepsy
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REVIEW
Vivien C Abad, Christian Guilleminault
Narcolepsy is a life-long, underrecognized sleep disorder that affects 0.02%-0.18% of the US and Western European populations. Genetic predisposition is suspected because of narcolepsy's strong association with HLA DQB1*06-02, and genome-wide association studies have identified polymorphisms in T-cell receptor loci. Narcolepsy pathophysiology is linked to loss of signaling by hypocretin-producing neurons; an autoimmune etiology possibly triggered by some environmental agent may precipitate hypocretin neuronal loss...
2017: Nature and Science of Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423529/pif-promotes-brain-re-myelination-locally-while-regulating-systemic-inflammation-clinically-relevant-multiple-sclerosis-m-smegmatis-model
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Giuseppe Migliara, Martin Mueller, Alessia Piermattei, Chaya Brodie, Michael J Paidas, Eytan R Barnea, Francesco Ria
Neurologic disease diagnosis and treatment is challenging. Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a demyelinating autoimmune disease with few clinical forms and uncertain etiology. Current studies suggest that it is likely caused by infection(s) triggering a systemic immune response resulting in antigen/non-antigen-related autoimmune response in central nervous system (CNS). New therapeutic approaches are needed. Secreted by viable embryos, PreImplantation Factor (PIF) possesses a local and systemic immunity regulatory role...
March 28, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422869/effects-of-jianpi-qingchang-decoction-on-the-quality-of-life-of-patients-with-ulcerative-colitis-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Yan-Cheng Dai, Lie Zheng, Ya-Li Zhang, Xuan Chen, De-Liang Chen, Zhi-Peng Tang
This study aims to determine the effects of the Jianpi Qingchang decoction (JQD) on the quality of life (QOL) of patients with spleen deficiency and dampness-heat syndrome ulcerative colitis (UC).A total of 120 active UC patients with spleen deficiency and dampness-heat syndrome were enrolled into this study. These patients were randomly divided into 2 groups: test group and control group (n = 60, each group). Patients in the test group were treated with JQD, while patients in control group were treated with 5-amino salicylic acid...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422839/unexpected-side-effect-in-mcrc-a-care-compliant-case-report-of-regorafenib-induced-hyperammonemic-encephalopathy
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Michela Quirino, Sabrina Rossi, Giovanni Schinzari, Michele Basso, Antonia Strippoli, Alessandra Cassano, Carlo Barone
RATIONALE: Regorafenib represents a treatment option in heavily pretreated patients affected by metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC). Its safety profile is typical of small-molecule tyrosine-kinase inhibitors (TKIs) and most adverse events are manageable. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 56 years-old Caucasian man affected by mCRC with normal hepatic reserve was treated with regorafenib as second-line treatment. After only 2 days of therapy, the patient presented to the emergency department due to impairment of both spatial and temporal orientation and motor function with bradylalia...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421069/engineering-chimeric-antigen-receptor-t-cells-for-racing-in-solid-tumors-don-t-forget-the-fuel
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REVIEW
Melita Irving, Romain Vuillefroy de Silly, Kirsten Scholten, Nahzli Dilek, George Coukos
T-cells play a critical role in tumor immunity. Indeed, the presence of tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes is a predictor of favorable patient prognosis for many indications and is a requirement for responsiveness to immune checkpoint blockade therapy targeting programmed cell death 1. For tumors lacking immune infiltrate, or for which antigen processing and/or presentation has been downregulated, a promising immunotherapeutic approach is chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy. CARs are hybrid receptors that link the tumor antigen specificity and affinity of an antibody-derived single-chain variable fragment with signaling endodomains associated with T-cell activation...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420478/-research-progress-on-metabolism-of-monocytes-and-macrophages-in-sepsis
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Changli Wang, Lulong Bo, Xiaoming Deng
During sepsis, circulating leukocytes are in a hyper inflammatory state, and with the progress of the inflammation, immune cells may become tolerated. Glycolysis and pentose phosphate pathway are up-regulated but oxidative phosphorylation is suppressed in hyper inflammatory cells, whereas during immune tolerance, glycolysis is often down-regulated. In this review, we will summarize the changes of cellular metabolic pathways in monocytes and macrophages during sepsis. We also review how the metabolism of glucose, amino acids, and fatty acids affect the function of monocytes and macrophages in sepsis...
April 2017: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417590/calcitonin-gene-related-peptide-cgrp-a-novel-target-for-alzheimer-s-disease
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REVIEW
Yogendra Singh, Gaurav Gupta, Birendra Shrivastava, Rajiv Dahiya, Juhi Tiwari, Madhu Ashwathanarayana, Rakesh Kumar Sharma, Mohit Agrawal, Anurag Mishra, Kamal Dua
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is leading cause of death among older characterized by neurofibrillary tangles, oxidative stress, progressive neuronal deficits, and increased levels of amyloid-β (Aβ) peptides. Cholinergic treatment could be the best suitable physiological therapy for AD. Calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) is a thirty-seven-amino acid regulatory neuropeptide resulting from different merging of the CGRP gene, which also includes adrenomedullin, amylin, calcitonin, intermedin, and calcitonin receptor-stimulating peptide...
April 17, 2017: CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416685/snat7-is-the-primary-lysosomal-glutamine-exporter-required-for-extracellular-protein-dependent-growth-of-cancer-cells
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Quentin Verdon, Marielle Boonen, Christopher Ribes, Michel Jadot, Bruno Gasnier, Corinne Sagné
Lysosomes degrade cellular components sequestered by autophagy or extracellular material internalized by endocytosis and phagocytosis. The macromolecule building blocks released by lysosomal hydrolysis are then exported to the cytosol by lysosomal transporters, which remain undercharacterized. In this study, we designed an in situ assay of lysosomal amino acid export based on the transcription factor EB (TFEB), a master regulator of lysosomal biogenesis that detects lysosomal storage. This assay was used to screen candidate lysosomal transporters, leading to the identification of sodium-coupled neutral amino acid transporter 7 (SNAT7), encoded by the SLC38A7 gene, as a lysosomal transporter highly selective for glutamine and asparagine...
April 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416557/terbinafine-resistance-of-trichophyton-clinical-isolates-caused-by-specific-point-mutations-in-the-squalene-epoxidase-gene
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Tsuyoshi Yamada, Mari Maeda, Mohamed Mahdi Alshahni, Reiko Tanaka, Takashi Yaguchi, Olympia Bontems, Karine Salamin, Marina Fratti, Michel Monod
Terbinafine is one of the allylamine antifungal agents, whose target is squalene epoxidase (SQLE). This agent has been extensively used in the therapy of dermatophyte infections. The incidence of patients with tinea pedis or unguium tolerant to terbinafine treatment prompted us to screen terbinafine resistance of all Trichophyton clinical isolates from the laboratory of Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois collected over a three-year period, and to identify their mechanism of resistance. Among 2056 tested isolates, 17 (≈ 1%) showed reduced terbinafine susceptibility, all of which were found to harbor SQLE gene alleles with different single point mutations, leading to single amino acid substitutions at one of four positions (Leu(393), Phe(397), Phe(415) and His(440)) of the SQLE protein...
April 17, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413467/calcitonin-gene-related-peptide-protects-type-ii-alveolar-epithelial-cells-from-hyperoxia-induced-dna-damage-and-cell-death
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Hongmin Fu, Tiesong Zhang, Rongwei Huang, Zhen Yang, Chunming Liu, Ming Li, Fang Fang, Feng Xu
Hyperoxia therapy for acute lung injury (ALI) may unexpectedly lead to reactive oxygen species (ROS) production and cause additional ALI. Calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) is a 37 amino acid neuropeptide that regulates inflammasome activation. However, the role of CGRP in DNA damage during hyperoxia is unclear. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of CGRP on DNA damage and the cell death of alveolar epithelial type II cells (AEC II) exposed to 60% oxygen. AEC II were isolated from 19-20 gestational day fetal rat lungs and were exposed to air or to 60% oxygen during treatment with CGRP or the specific CGRP receptor antagonist CGRP8-37...
April 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400733/optimization-of-huang-lian-jie-du-decoction-for-ischemic-stroke-treatment-and-mechanistic-study-by-metabolomic-profiling-and-network-analysis
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Qian Zhang, Junsong Wang, Shanting Liao, Pei Li, Dingqiao Xu, Yan Lv, Minghua Yang, Lingyi Kong
Optimal drug proportions and mechanism deciphering of multicomponent drugs are critical for developing novel therapies to cope with complex diseases, such as stroke. In the present study, orthogonal experimental design was applied to explore the optimal proportion of the four component herbs in Huang-Lian-Jie-Du-Decoction (HLJDD) on the treatment of ischemic stroke. The treatment efficacies and mechanisms were assessed using global and amino acids (AAs) targeted metabolomics, as well as correlation network analysis...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400581/rational-development-of-stafib-2-a-selective-nanomolar-inhibitor-of-the-transcription-factor-stat5b
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Nagarajan Elumalai, Angela Berg, Stefan Rubner, Linda Blechschmidt, Chen Song, Kalaiselvi Natarajan, Jörg Matysik, Thorsten Berg
The transcription factor STAT5b is a target for tumour therapy. We recently reported catechol bisphosphate and derivatives such as Stafib-1 as the first selective inhibitors of the STAT5b SH2 domain. Here, we demonstrate STAT5b binding of catechol bisphosphate by solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance, and report on rational optimization of Stafib-1 (Ki = 44 nM) to Stafib-2 (Ki = 9 nM). The binding site of Stafib-2 was validated using combined isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC) and protein point mutant analysis, representing the first time that functional comparison of wild-type versus mutant protein by ITC has been used to characterize the binding site of a small-molecule ligand of a STAT protein with amino acid resolution...
April 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400185/purification-and-characterization-of-cc-lec-c-type-lactose-binding-lectin-a-platelet-aggregation-and-blood-clotting-inhibitor-from-cerastes-cerastes-venom
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Saoud Samah, Chérifi Fatah, Berjeaud Jean-Marc, Kellou-Taîri Safia, Laraba-Djebari Fatima
In this study, we reported for the first time the biochemical and structural characterization of Cc-Lec, a C-type lectin purified from Cerastes cerastes venom by affinity chromatography. This lectin was homogeneous by SDS-PAGE, and was shown to be a 34 271.59Da polypeptide by Electrospray mass spectrometry MS-ES-TOF. Its identified sequence of 160 amino acids corresponding to one subunit, revealed a high identity with other related proteins. Cc-Lec modeled 3D structure appeared as homodimer cross-linked by one disulfide bridge...
April 8, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397127/a-novel-strategy-to-enhance-angiogenesis-in-vivo-using-the-small-vegf-binding-peptide-pr1p
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Avner Adini, Irit Adini, Zai-Long Chi, Ratmir Derda, Amy E Birsner, Benjamin D Matthews, Robert J D'Amato
Therapeutic angiogenesis is an experimental frontier in vascular biology that seeks to deliver angiogenic growth factors to ischemic or injured tissues to promote targeted formation of new blood vessels as an alternative approach to surgical revascularization procedures. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is a potent angiogenic signal protein that is locally upregulated at sites of tissue injury. However, therapies aimed at increasing VEGF levels experimentally by injecting VEGF gene or protein failed to improve outcomes in human trials in part due to its short half-life and systemic toxicity...
April 10, 2017: Angiogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393563/lipid-nanoparticle-based-co-delivery-of-epirubicin-and-bcl-2-sirna-for-enhanced-intracellular-drug-release-and-reversing-multidrug-resistance
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Miao Yu, Shangcong Han, Zhongai Kou, Jialing Dai, Jiao Liu, Chen Wei, Yitong Li, Lutao Jiang, Yong Sun
At present, combined therapy has become an effective strategy for the treatment of cancer. Co-delivery of the chemotherapeutic drugs and siRNA can more effectively inhibit tumor growth by nano drug delivery systems (NDDSs). Here, we prepared and evaluated a multifunctional envelope-type nano device (MEND). This MEND was a kind of composite lipid-nanoparticles possessing both the properties of liposomes and nanoparticles. In this study, an acid-cleavable ketal containing poly (β-amino ester) (KPAE) was used to bind siBCL-2 and the KPAE/siBCL-2 complexes were further coated by epirubicin (EPI) containing lipid to form EPI/siBCL-2 dual loaded lipid-nanoparticles...
April 10, 2017: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392631/roles-of-dietary-amino-acids-and-their-metabolites-in-pathogenesis-of-inflammatory-bowel-disease
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REVIEW
Xianying Bao, Zemeng Feng, Jiming Yao, Tiejun Li, Yulong Yin
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a kind of chronic inflammation, which has increasing incidence and prevalence in recent years. IBD mainly divides into Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC). It is hard to cure IBD completely, and novel therapies are urgently needed. Amino acids (AAs) and their metabolites are regarded as important nutrients for humans and animals and also play an important role in IBD amelioration. In the present study, the potential protective effects of AAs and their metabolites on IBD had been summarized with the objective to provide insights into IBD moderating using dietary AAs and their metabolites as a potential adjuvant therapy...
2017: Mediators of Inflammation
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