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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719912/crocin-protects-podocytes-against-oxidative-stress-and-inflammation-induced-by-high-glucose-through-inhibition-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb
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Sutong Li, Xiaoxia Liu, Jie Lei, Junle Yang, Puxun Tian, Yi Gao
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Diabetic nephropathy (DN) is a microangiopathic disease characterized by excessive urinary albumin excretion, which occurs in 30% of patients with diabetes mellitus. It is the second leading cause of end-stage renal diseases in China. Nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-κB) is reported to be closely correlated with the inflammation underlying diabetes-associated renal damage. Crocin, a plant-derived compound, has antioxidant properties that may inhibit NF-κB. METHODS: In the present study, we used a conditionally immortalized mouse podocyte cell line to explore whether crocin could effectively block albuminuria...
July 18, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719807/evaluation-of-a-novel-radiotracer-for-positron-emission-tomography-imaging-of-reactive-oxygen-species-in-the-central-nervous-system
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Alan A Wilson, Oleg Sadovski, José N Nobrega, Roger J Raymond, Francis R Bambico, Mina G Nashed, Armando Garcia, Peter M Bloomfield, Sylvain Houle, Romina Mizrahi, Junchao Tong
INTRODUCTION: Few, if any, radiotracers are available for the in vivo imaging of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in the central nervous system. ROS play a critical role in normal cell processes such as signaling and homeostasis but overproduction of ROS is implicated in several disorders. We describe here the radiosynthesis and initial ex vivo and in vivo evaluation of [(11)C]hydromethidine ([(11)C]HM) as a radiotracer to image ROS using positron emission tomography (PET). METHODS: [(11)C]HM and its deuterated isotopologue [(11)C](4) were produced using [(11)C]methyl triflate in a one-pot, two-step reaction and purified by high performance liquid chromatography...
June 1, 2017: Nuclear Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719204/norditerpenoids-and-dinorditerpenoids-from-the-seeds-of-podocarpus-nagi-as-cytotoxic-agents-and-autophagy-inducers
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Zhe-Ling Feng, Le-Le Zhang, Yuan-Dong Zheng, Qian-Yu Liu, Jing-Xin Liu, Lu Feng, Li Huang, Qing-Wen Zhang, Jin-Jian Lu, Li-Gen Lin
Nine new norditerpenoids and dinorditerpenoids, 2-oxonagilactone A (1), 7β-hydroxynagilactone D (2), nagilactones K and L (3 and 4), 3β-hydroxynagilactone L (5), 2β-hydroxynagilactone L (6), 3-epi-15-hydroxynagilactone D (7), 1α-chloro-2β,3β,15-trihydroxynagilactone L (8), and 15-hydroxynagilactone L (9), were isolated from the seeds of Podocarpus nagi, along with eight known analogues. The structures of the new compounds were established based on detailed NMR and HRESIMS analysis, as well as from their ECD spectra...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Natural Products
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719152/a-first-in-human-phase-i-multicenter-open-label-dose-escalation-study-of-the-oral-raf-vegfr-2-inhibitor-raf265-in-locally-advanced-or-metastatic-melanoma-independent-from-braf-mutation-status
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Benjamin Izar, William Sharfman, F Stephen Hodi, Donald Lawrence, Keith T Flaherty, Ravi Amaravadi, Kevin B Kim, Igor Puzanov, Jeffrey Sosman, Reinhard Dummer, Simone M Goldinger, Lyhping Lam, Shefali Kakar, Zhongwen Tang, Oliver Krieter, David F McDermott, Michael B Atkins
To establish the maximum tolerated dose (MTD), dose-limiting toxicities (DLT), safety profile, and anti-tumor efficacy of RAF265. We conducted a multicenter, open-label, phase-I, dose-escalation trial of RAF265, an orally available RAF kinase/VEGFR-2 inhibitor, in patients with advanced or metastatic melanoma. Pharmacokinetic (PK) analysis, pharmacodynamics (PD) and tumor response assessment were conducted. We evaluated metabolic tumor response by 18[F]-fluorodeoxyglucose-positron-emission tomography (FDG-PET), tissue biomarkers using immunohistochemistry (IHC), and modulators of angiogenesis...
July 18, 2017: Cancer Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718992/melatonin-impedes-tet1-dependent-mglur5-promoter-demethylation-to-relieve-pain
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Ming-Chun Hsieh, Yu-Cheng Ho, Cheng-Yuan Lai, Dylan Chou, Hsueh-Hsiao Wang, Gin-Den Chen, Tzer-Bin Lin, Hsien-Yu Peng
Melatonin (N-acetyl-5-methoxytryptamine)/MT2 receptor-dependent epigenetic modification represents a novel pathway in the treatment of neuropathic pain. Because spinal ten-eleven translocation methylcytosine dioxygenase 1 (Tet1)-dependent epigenetic demethylation has recently been linked to pain hypersensitivity, we hypothesized that melatonin/MT2-dependent analgesia involves spinal Tet1-dependent demethylation. Here, we showed that spinal Tet1 gene transfer by intrathecal delivery of Tet1-encoding vectors to naïve rats produced profound and long-lasting nociceptive hypersensitivity...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718976/low-density-lipopolyprotein-inhibits-flavivirus-acquisition-in-aedes-aegypti
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Z L Wagar, M O Tree, M C Mpoy, M J Conway
Aedes aegypti is the primary vector of a number of human pathogens including dengue virus (DENV) and Zika virus (ZIKV). Ae. aegypti acquires these viruses during the processing of bloodmeals obtained from an infected vertebrate host. Vertebrate blood contains a number of factors that have the potential to modify virus acquisition in the mosquito. Interestingly, low density lipopolyprotein (LDL) levels are decreased during severe DENV infection. Accordingly, we hypothesized that LDL is a modifiable factor that can influence flavivirus acquisition in the mosquito...
July 18, 2017: Insect Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718847/effect-of-pretreatment-severity-on-the-cellulose-and-lignin-isolated-from-salix-using-ionosolv-pretreatment
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Lisa Weigand, Shahrokh Mostame, Agnieszka Brandt-Talbot, Tom Welton, Jason P Hallett
The ionoSolv pretreatment is a new technique employing protic low-cost ionic liquids and has previously been applied to successfully fractionate switchgrass and the grass Miscanthus giganteus. This study investigates the effect of using the protic ionic liquid solution [N2220][HSO4]80% with two different acid/base ratios (1.02 and 0.98) at 120, 150 and 170 °C on the pretreatment outcome of the hardwood willow. The ionic liquid solution was able to fractionate willow, and a pulp and lignin fraction were recovered after treatment...
July 18, 2017: Faraday Discussions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718802/ouabain-protects-human-renal-cells-against-the-cytotoxic-effects-of-shiga-toxin-type-2-and-subtilase-cytotoxin
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María M Amaral, Magalí C Girard, Romina S Álvarez, Adrienne W Paton, James C Paton, Horacio A Repetto, Flavia Sacerdoti, Cristina A Ibarra
Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) is one of the most common causes of acute renal failure in children. The majority of cases are associated with Shiga toxin (Stx)-producing Escherichia coli (STEC). In Argentina, HUS is endemic and presents the highest incidence rate in the world. STEC strains expressing Stx type 2 (Stx2) are responsible for the most severe cases of this pathology. Subtilase cytotoxin (SubAB) is another STEC virulence factor that may contribute to HUS pathogenesis. To date, neither a licensed vaccine nor effective therapy for HUS is available for humans...
July 18, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718673/ameliorative-effect-of-gallic-acid-in-doxorubicin-induced-hepatotoxicity-in-wistar-rats-through-antioxidant-defense-system
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Temidayo Olutayo Omobowale, Ademola Adetokunbo Oyagbemi, Uchechukwu Enwiwe Ajufo, Olumuyima Abiola Adejumobi, Olufunke Eunice Ola-Davies, Adeolu Alex Adedapo, Momoh Audu Yakubu
Hepatotoxicity has been found to be one of the main side effects associated with doxorubicin (Dox) administration in cancer therapy. The aim of the present study was to examine the ameliorative effect of gallic acid (GA) in Dox-induced hepatotoxicity. Sixty male Wistar rats of 10 rats per group were used in this study and were randomly divided into 6 experimental groups (A-F). Rats in Group A served as the control group and received distilled water orally for 7 days; Group B was given Dox at 15 mg/kg body weight intraperitoneally (IP) on Day 8...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Dietary Supplements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718348/thalidomide-has-a-significant-effect-in-patients-with-thalassemia-intermedia
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YunShuan Li, Quan Ren, Yali Zhou, Pingping Li, Wanhua Lin, Xiaolin Yin
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of thalidomide in patients with thalassemia intermedia. METHODS: We observed the effect of thalidomide in seven patients with thalassemia intermedia requiring blood transfusion. Four of the patients were transfusion-independent, and three patients were transfusion-dependent. RESULTS: For the four transfusion-independent patients, hemoglobin concentration increased significantly (≥2 g/dl) in three and moderately (1-2 g/dl) in one...
July 18, 2017: Hematology (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718316/predictors-of-complications-and-readmission-following-spinal-stereotactic-radiosurgery
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Daniel Lubelski, Joseph E Tanenbaum, Taylor E Purvis, Thomas T Bomberger, Courtney Rory Goodwin, Ilya Laufer, Daniel M Sciubba
AIM: to identify preoperative factors associated with morbidity/mortality, hospital length of stay (LOS), 30-day readmission and operation rates following spinal stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) for spinal tumors. METHODS: The American College of Surgeons National Quality Improvement Program was queried from 2012 to 2014 to identify patients undergoing SRS for spinal tumors. Logistic regression was performed to identify predictors. RESULTS: 2714 patients were identified; 6...
July 18, 2017: CNS Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718017/occurrence-and-transformations-of-carbon-nitrogen-and-phosphorus-related-to-particle-size-fraction-of-sweet-potato-starch-wastewater-during-hydrolytic-acidification-processes
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Haixiao Zhu, Long Qin, Yue Hu, Dongyang Wei, Zibin Hai, Aimin Li, Xianchuan Xie, Chao Han
Sweet potato starch wastewater (SPSW) is an industrial food-processing waste product, which is a significant pollution source due to its high chemical oxygen demand (COD), nitrogen, and phosphorus loads. The influence of hydrolytic acidification (HA) process on C, N, and P as well as other main parameters were evaluated. It is essential to treat these wastewaters with effective methods such as HA, a general pretreatment application. In this study, we investigate the scientific link between the changes of different fractions of C, N, and P with particle size distribution in response to the newly introduced HA process...
July 17, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717379/hepatoprotective-effect-of-citral-on-acetaminophen-induced-liver-toxicity-in-mice
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Nancy Sayuri Uchida, Saulo Euclides Silva-Filho, Gabriel Fernando Esteves Cardia, Edivaldo Cremer, Francielli Maria de Souza Silva-Comar, Expedito Leite Silva, Ciomar Aparecida Bersani-Amado, Roberto Kenji Nakamura Cuman
High doses of acetaminophen (APAP) lead to acute liver damage. In this study, we evaluated the effects of citral in a murine model of hepatotoxicity induced by APAP. The liver function markers alanine aminotransferase (ALT), aspartate aminotransferase (AST), alkaline phosphatase (ALP), and gamma-glutamyl transferase (γGT) were determined to evaluate the hepatoprotective effects of citral. The livers were used to determine myeloperoxidase (MPO) activity and nitric oxide (NO) production and in histological analysis...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717276/testosterone-versus-clomiphene-citrate-in-managing-symptoms-of-hypogonadism-in-men
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Pranav Dadhich, Ranjith Ramasamy, Jason Scovell, Nathan Wilken, Larry Lipshultz
INTRODUCTION: Both clomiphene citrate (CC) and testosterone supplementation therapy (TST) are effective treatments for men with hypogonadism. We sought to compare changes in symptoms and treatment efficacy in hypogonadal men before and after receiving CC and TST. PATIENTS AND METHODS: 52 men who received TST and 23 men who received CC for symptomatic hypogonadism were prospectively followed for change in hormone levels and symptoms after treatment. These men were also compared to eugonadal men who were not on CC or TST during the same period...
July 2017: Indian Journal of Urology: IJU: Journal of the Urological Society of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716525/peri-tumor-associated-fibroblasts-promote-intrahepatic-metastasis-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-by-recruiting-cancer-stem-cells
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Jinghua Jiang, Fei Ye, Xue Yang, Chen Zong, Lu Gao, Yang Yang, Qiudong Zhao, Zhipeng Han, Lixin Wei
Fibroblasts have been reported to play an important role in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). However, the role of fibroblasts have not been fully understood. Conditioned medium collected from human peri-tumor tissue-derived fibroblasts (CM-pTAFs) showed high metastasis ability than human HCC tissues-derived fibroblasts (CM-TAFs). To determine what component was secreted from fibroblasts, we used Bio-Plex analysis system and compared the factors secreted from CM-pTAFs and CM-TAFs, found a series of up-regulated cytokines in the CM-pTAFs, including IL-6, CCL2, CXCL1, CXCL8, SCGF-β, HGF and VEGF...
July 14, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716398/serotonin-depletion-increases-seizure-susceptibility-and-worsens-neuropathological-outcomes-in-kainate-model-of-epilepsy
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Gisela H Maia, Cátia S Brazete, Joana I Soares, Liliana L Luz, Nikolai V Lukoyanov
Serotonin is implicated in the regulation of seizures, but whether or not it can potentiate the effects of epileptogenic factors is not fully established. Using the kainic acid model of epilepsy in rats, we tested the effects of serotonin depletion on (1) susceptibility to acute seizures, (2) development of spontaneous recurrent seizures and (3) behavioral and neuroanatomical sequelae of kainic acid treatment. Serotonin was depleted by pretreating rats with p-chlorophenylalanine. In different groups, kainic acid was injected at 3 different doses: 6...
July 14, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716085/the-protective-effect-of-fermented-curcuma-longa-l-on-memory-dysfunction-in-oxidative-stress-induced-c6-gliomal-cells-proinflammatory-activated-bv2-microglial-cells-and-scopolamine-induced-amnesia-model-in-mice
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Cheong-Su Eun, Jong-Soon Lim, Jihye Lee, Sam-Pin Lee, Seun-Ah Yang
BACKGROUND: Curcuma longa L. is a well-known medicinal plant that has been used for its anti-cancer, neuroprotective, and hepatoprotective effects. However, the neuroprotective effect of fermented C. longa (FCL) has not been reported. Therefore, in this study, the effectiveness of FCL for the regulation of memory dysfunction was investigated in two brain cell lines (rat glioma C6 and murine microglia BV2) and scopolamine-treated mice. METHODS: C. longa powder was fermented by 5% Lactobacillus plantarum K154 containing 2% (w/v) yeast extract at 30 °C for 72 h followed by sterilization at 121 °C for 15 min...
July 17, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716080/pretreatment-antigen-specific-immunity-and-regulation-association-with-subsequent-immune-response-to-anti-tumor-dna-vaccination
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Laura E Johnson, Brian M Olson, Douglas G McNeel
BACKGROUND: Immunotherapies have demonstrated clinical benefit for many types of cancers, however many patients do not respond, and treatment-related adverse effects can be severe. Hence many efforts are underway to identify treatment predictive biomarkers. We have reported the results of two phase I trials using a DNA vaccine encoding prostatic acid phosphatase (PAP) in patients with biochemically recurrent prostate cancer. In both trials, persistent PAP-specific Th1 immunity developed in some patients, and this was associated with favorable changes in serum PSA kinetics...
July 18, 2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716054/combined-biotic-stresses-trigger-similar-transcriptomic-responses-but-contrasting-resistance-against-a-chewing-herbivore-in-brassica-nigra
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Christelle Bonnet, Steve Lassueur, Camille Ponzio, Rieta Gols, Marcel Dicke, Philippe Reymond
BACKGROUND: In nature, plants are frequently exposed to simultaneous biotic stresses that activate distinct and often antagonistic defense signaling pathways. How plants integrate this information and whether they prioritize one stress over the other is not well understood. RESULTS: We investigated the transcriptome signature of the wild annual crucifer, Brassica nigra, in response to eggs and caterpillars of Pieris brassicae butterflies, Brevicoryne brassicae aphids and the bacterial phytopathogen Xanthomonas campestris pv...
July 17, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715870/neuroprotective-effect-of-trans-n-caffeoyltyramine-from-lycium-chinense-against-h2o2-induced-cytotoxicity-in-pc12-cells-by-attenuating-oxidative-stress
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Opeyemi J Olatunji, Hongxia Chen, Yifeng Zhou
Natural products play a critical role in the promotion of good health as regards the prevention and management of oxidative stress related and neurodegenerative disorders. Oxidative stress has been implicated in several apoptotic pathways associated with cell damages in neuronal disorders. The aim of this study was to investigate the antioxidant effect of trans-N-caffeoyltyramine (TNC) isolated from Cortex lycii against hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) induced cell damages in PC12 cells as well as its mechanism of action...
July 13, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
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