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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738657/a-new-strategy-for-fabrication-of-water-dispersible-and-biodegradable-fluorescent-organic-nanoparticles-with-aie-and-esipt-characteristics-and-their-utilization-for-bioimaging
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Dazhuang Xu, Meiying Liu, Hui Zou, Jianwen Tian, Hongye Huang, Qing Wan, Yanfeng Dai, Yuanqing Wen, Xiaoyong Zhang, Yen Wei
Fluorescence probes play a crucial role in optical imaging for visualization of complex biological processes. As compared with conventional organic fluorogens, the probes with aggregation-induced emission (AIE) and excited-state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT) characteristics show significant advantages in high quantum yield at concentrated and aggregated state, large Stokes shift and low cytotoxicity. However, the synthesis of AIE-active fluorescent probes through the ESIPT mechanism has received only very limited attention...
November 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738499/aqueous-extract-of-codium-fragile-suppressed-inflammatory-responses-in-lipopolysaccharide-stimulated-raw264-7-cells-and-carrageenan-induced-rats
#2
Seul Ah Lee, Sung-Min Moon, Yun Hee Choi, Seul Hee Han, Bo-Ram Park, Mi Suk Choi, Jae-Sung Kim, Yong Hwan Kim, Do Kyung Kim, Chun Sung Kim
Codium fragile (Suringar) Hariot has been used in Oriental medicine for the treatment of enterobiasis, dropsy, and dysuria and has been shown to have various biological effects. In this study, we evaluated the anti-inflammatory effects of aqueous extract of C. fragile (AECF) using in vitro and in vivo models. Nitric oxide (NO), prostaglandin E2 (PGE2), inflammatory-related mRNAs, and proteins were determined using the Griess assay, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), and western blotting, respectively...
July 18, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738439/terpenoids-from-the-oleo-gum-resin-of-boswellia-serrata-and-their-antiplasmodial-effects-in-vitro
#3
Hippolyt L Greve, Marcel Kaiser, Reto Brun, Thomas J Schmidt
In the course of our ongoing search for new natural products as leads against protozoal diseases, the dichloromethane extract of Indian frankincense, the oleo-gum-resin obtained from Boswellia serrata, showed in vitro activity against Plasmodium falciparum. Bioactivity-guided fractionation led to the isolation of eight diterpenes: (1S,3E,7E,11R)-verticilla-3,7,12(18)-triene (1), cembrene A (2), serratol (3), 1S,3E,7R,8R,11E-7,8-epoxy-cembra-3,11-dien-1-ol (4), incensole oxide (5), rel (1S,3R,7E,11S,12R)-1,12-epoxy-4-methylenecembr-7-ene-3, 11-diol (6), isoincensole oxide (7), and isodecaryiol (8)...
July 24, 2017: Planta Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738425/preparation-and-characterization-of-pegylated-iron-oxide-gold-nanoparticles-for-delivery-of-sulforaphane-and-curcumin
#4
Hossein Danafar, Ali Sharafi, Sonia Askarlou, Hamidreza Kheiri Manjili
Natural products have been used for the treatment of various diseases such as cancer. Curcumin (CUR) and sulforaphane (SF) have anti-cancer effects, but their application is restricted because of their low water solubility and poor oral bioavailability. To improve the bioavailability and solubility of SF and CUR, we performed an advanced delivery of SF and CUR with PEGylated gold coated Fe3O4 magnetic nanoparticles (PEGylated Fe3O4@Au NPs) to endorse SF and CUR maintenance as an effective and promising antitumor drugs...
July 24, 2017: Drug Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738417/a-pharmacodynamic-analysis-of-choroidal-neovascularization-in-a-porcine-model-using-three-targeted-drugs
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Jeffrey Tran, Caroline Craven, Kathy Wabner, Jenn Schmit, Brock Matter, Uday Kompella, Hans E Grossniklaus, Timothy W Olsen
Purpose: To compare the efficacy of microneedle-delivered suprachoroidal (SC) pazopanib to intravitreal (Ivit) delivery of pazopanib, bevacizumab, or a fusion protein hI-con1 versus vehicle controls on choroidal neovascularization (CNV) growth in a pig model. Methods: Forty-one pigs were injected on the day of CNV induction (hI-con1 on postinduction day 14) with either 2.5 mg Ivit bevacizumab (n = 9), 1 mg Ivit pazopanib (n = 9), 300 Ivit μg hI-con1 (n = 4), or 1 mg SC pazopanib (n = 9), vs...
July 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738383/hydralazine-is-a-suitable-mimetic-agent-of-hypoxia-to-study-the-impact-of-hypoxic-stress-on-in-vitro-blood-brain-barrier-model
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Morgane Chatard, Clémentine Puech, Nathalie Perek, Frédéric Roche
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Understanding cellular mechanisms induced by hypoxia is fundamental to reduce blood-brain barrier (BBB) disruption. Nevertheless, the investigation of hypoxia on cellular pathways is complex with true hypoxia because HIF-1α has a short lifetime and rapidly reverts back to a normoxic state. To overcome this difficulty, mimetic agents of the hypoxia pathway have been developed, including the gold standard CoCl2. In this study, we proposed to compare CoCl2 and hydralazine in order to determine a suitable mimetic agent of hypoxia for the study on the BBB...
July 24, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738291/inflammation-responsive-self-regulated-drug-release-from-ultrathin-hydrogel-coating
#7
Min He, Qian Wang, Zhenqiang Shi, Yi Xie, Weifeng Zhao, Changsheng Zhao
Heterotopic ossification(HO) is a potential severe complication after many biomaterial implanting surgeries, and the inflammation environment caused by the implanting-associated infections is considered as the main nosogenesis. Herein, an inflammation-responsive drug release system was designed by chemically conjugating indometacin (via ester group) onto hydrogel coating to realize local self-regulated drug release to prevent HO. In our strategy, poly(3-mercaptopropyl)trimethoxysilane-co-acrylic acrylate and polyvinyl alcohol (providing anchoring sites for drug molecules) were firstly synthesized and functionalized with ene-groups, then a hydrogel layer was formed and covalently attached onto thiol-modified substrate via thiol-ene click chemistry, followed by grafting indometacin...
July 18, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738290/cell-targeting-peptides-as-smart-ligands-for-targeting-of-therapeutic-or-diagnostic-agents-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Ali Mousavizadeh, Ali Jabbari, Mohammad Akrami, Hassan Bardania
Cell targeting peptides (CTP) are small peptides which have high affinity and specificity to a cell or tissue targets. They are typically identified by using phage display and chemical synthetic peptide library methods. CTPs have attracted considerable attention as a new class of ligands to delivery specifically therapeutic and diagnostic agents, because of the fact they have several advantages including easy synthesis, smaller physical sizes, lower immunogenicity and cytotoxicity and their simple and better conjugation to nano-carriers and therapeutic or diagnostic agents compared to conventional antibodies...
July 13, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738277/new-ruthenium-compounds-bearing-semicarbazone-2-formylopyridine-moiety-playing-with-auxiliary-ligands-for-tuning-the-mechanism-of-biological-activity
#9
Michał Łomzik, Olga Mazuryk, Dorota Rutkowska-Zbik, Grażyna Stochel, Philippe C Gros, Małgorzata Brindell
Two ruthenium(II) complexes Ru1 and Ru2 bearing as a one ligand 2,2'-bipyridine substituted by a semicarbazone 2-formylopyridine moiety (bpySC: 5-(4-{4'-methyl-[2,2'-bipyridine]-4-yl}but-1-yn-1-yl)pyridine-2-carbaldehyde semicarbazone) and as the others 2,2'-bipyridine (bpy) and 4,7-diphenyl-1,10-phenanthroline (dip), respectively, as auxiliary ligands have been prepared. Their biological activity has been studied on murine colon carcinoma (CT26) and human lung adenocarcinoma (A549) cell lines. The anti-proliferative activity was dependent on the presence of bpy or dip in the complex, with one order of magnitude higher cytotoxicity for Ru2 (dip ligands)...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738256/p53-and-mitf-bcl-2-identified-as-key-pathways-in-the-acquired-resistance-of-nras-mutant-melanoma-to-mek-inhibition
#10
Ahmad Najem, Mohammad Krayem, François Salès, Nader Hussein, Bassam Badran, Caroline Robert, Ahmad Awada, Fabrice Journe, Ghanem E Ghanem
Activating mutations in Neuroblastoma RAS viral oncogene homolog (NRAS) are found in 15-30% of melanomas and are associated with a poor prognosis. Although MAP kinase kinase (MEK) inhibitors used as single agents showed a limited clinical benefit in patients with NRAS-mutant melanoma due to their rather cytostatic effect and high toxicity, their combination with other inhibitors of pathways known to cooperate with MEK inhibition may maximise their antitumour activity. Similarly, in a context where p53 is largely inactivated in melanoma, hyperexpression of Microphthalmia associated transcription factor (MITF) and its downstream anti-apoptotic targets may be the cause of the restraint cytotoxic effects of MEK inhibitors...
July 21, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738148/biofunctional-polymer-lipid-hybrid-high-density-lipoprotein-mimicking-nanoparticles-loading-anti-mir155-for-combined-antiatherogenic-effects-on-macrophages
#11
Jing Lu, Yi Zhao, Xiaoju Zhou, Jian Hua He, Yun Yang, Cuiping Jiang, Zitong Qi, Wenli Zhang, Jianping Liu
A biofunctional polymer-lipid hybrid high density lipoprotein-mimicking nanoparticle (HNP) loading anti-miR155 was constructed for combined antiatherogenic effects on macrophages. The HNP consisted of an anti-miR155 core condensed by acid-labile polyethylenimine (acid-labile PEI) polymers and a lipid bilayer coat that was decorated with apolipoprotein A-1, termed acid-labile PEI/HNP. The acid-labile PEI was synthesized with low molecular weight PEI and glutaraldehyde to reduce the cytotoxicity and facilitate nucleic acids escaping from acidic endolysosomes...
July 24, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737916/the-conjugated-double-bond-of-coniferyl-aldehyde-is-essential-for-heat-shock-factor-1-mediated-cytotoprotection
#12
Seul-Ki Choi, Gil-Im Mun, Eun Choi, Seo-Young Kim, Youngjoo Kwon, Younghwa Na, Yun-Sil Lee
Coniferyl aldehyde (1) is previously reported as a potent inducer of heat shock factor 1 (HSF1). Here, we further examined the active pharmacophore of 1 for activation of HSF1 using the derivatives coniferyl alcohol (2), 4-hydroxy-3-methoxyphenylpropanal (3), and 4-hydroxy-3-methoxyphenylpropanol (4). Both 1 and 2 resulted in increased survival days after a lethal radiation (IR) dose. The decrease in bone marrow (BM) cellularity and Ki67-positive BM cells by IR was also significantly restored by 1 or 2 in mice...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Natural Products
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737828/taz-inhibition-restores-sensitivity-of-cisplatin-via-akt-mtor-signaling-in-lung-adenocarcinoma
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Wei Xu, Yunyan Wei, Yue Li, Yuan Yin, Weiwei Yuan, Yan Yang, Weihong Zhao, Jianqing Wu
The cisplatin-based doublet remains the foundation of treatment for the majority of patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), however, many patients exhibit acquired drug resistance. Transcriptional co-activator with PDZ binding motif (TAZ) is an oncogene in lung cancer, important for lung tumorigenesis and metastasis. Recently, it was revealed that TAZ upregulation confers resistance against a diverse range of cytotoxic agents. The present study aimed to investigate whether TAZ is involved in cisplatin sensitivity in lung adenocarcinoma...
July 24, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737827/cytotoxic-and-chemosensitization-effects-of-scutellarin-from-traditional-chinese-herb-scutellaria%C3%A2-altissima%C3%A2-l-in-human-prostate-cancer-cells
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Chen Gao, Yinglu Zhou, Zhongling Jiang, Yuan Zhao, Dongjun Zhang, Xia Cong, Rongfeng Cao, Huatao Li, Wenru Tian
Scutellaria altissima L. is a common traditional Chinese medicine used to treat inflammation in some countries. Scutellarin, an active major flavone glycoside isolated from the traditional Chinese medicine Scutellaria altissima L., has been shown to offer various beneficial biochemical effects on cerebrovascular diseases and inflammation. However, the antiproliferative effects of Scutellarin in prostate cancer and the underlying mechanism are not fully elucidated. In the present study, we aimed to ascertain whether Scutellarin inhibits cancer cell growth and to further explore the molecular mechanism...
July 24, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737731/study-on-chemical-profile-and-neuroprotective-activity-of-myrica-rubra-leaf-extract
#15
Pinghong Chen, Xianzong Lin, Ching-Hsu Yang, Xu Tang, Yu-Wei Chang, Weibing Zheng, Lianzhong Luo, Changan Xu, Yung-Husan Chen
The chemical profile of Myrica rubra (a native species in China) leaf extract was investigated by UPLC-PDA-HRMS, and the neuroprotective activity of two characteristic constituents, myricanol and myricetrin, was evaluated with N2a cells using H₂O₂-inducedoxidative challenge through a series of methods, e.g., MTT assay, ROS assay and [Ca(2+)]i assay. Among the 188 constituents detected in the extract of Myrica rubra leaf, 116 were identified definitely or tentatively by the comprehensive utilization of precise molecular weight and abundant multistage fragmentation information obtained by quadrupole orbitrap mass spectrometry...
July 24, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737726/synthesis-and-biological-evaluation-of-ginsenoside-compound-k-derivatives-as-a-novel-class-of-lxr%C3%AE-activator
#16
Yan Huang, Hongmei Liu, Yingxian Zhang, Jin Li, Chenping Wang, Li Zhou, Yi Jia, Xiaohui Li
Compound K is one of the active metabolites of Panaxnotoginseng saponins, which could attenuate the formation of atherosclerosis in mice modelsvia activating LXRα. We synthesized and evaluated a series of ginsenoside compound K derivatives modified with short chain fatty acids. All of the structures of this class of ginsenoside compound K derivative exhibited comparable or better biological activity than ginsenoside compound K. Especially structure 1 exhibited the best potency (cholesteryl ester content: 41...
July 24, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737725/optimization-of-the-silver-nanoparticles-peald-process-on-the-surface-of-1-d-titania-coatings
#17
Aleksandra Radtke, Tomasz Jędrzejewski, Wiesław Kozak, Beata Sadowska, Marzena Więckowska-Szakiel, Ewa Talik, Maarit Mäkelä, Markku Leskelä, Piotr Piszczek
Plasma enhanced atomic layer deposition (PEALD) of silver nanoparticles on the surface of 1-D titania coatings, such as nanotubes (TNT) and nanoneedles (TNN), has been carried out. The formation of TNT and TNN layers enriched with dispersed silver particles of strictly defined sizes and the estimation of their bioactivity was the aim of our investigations. The structure and the morphology of produced materials were determined using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and scanning electron miscroscopy (SEM)...
July 24, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737711/the-effects-of-artemisinin-on-the-cytolytic-activity-of-natural-killer-nk-cells
#18
Youn Kyung Houh, Kyung Eun Kim, Sunyoung Park, Dae Young Hur, Seonghan Kim, Daejin Kim, Sa Ik Bang, Yoolhee Yang, Hyun Jeong Park, Daeho Cho
Artemisinin, a chemical compound used for the treatment of malaria, has been known to show anti-cancer activity. However, the effect of this chemical on natural killer (NK) cells, which are involved in tumor killing, remains unknown. Here, we demonstrate that artemisinin exerts a potent anti-cancer effect by activating NK cells. NK-92MI cells pre-treated with artemisinin were subjected to a cytotoxicity assay using K562 cells. The results showed that artemisinin significantly enhances the cytolytic activity of NK cells in a dose-dependent manner...
July 24, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737700/a-novel-brominated-alkaloid-securidine-a-isolated-from-the-marine-bryozoan-securiflustra-securifrons
#19
Priyanka Michael, Kine Ø Hansen, Johan Isaksson, Jeanette H Andersen, Espen Hansen
A novel brominated alkaloid, Securidine A, was isolated from the cold water marine bryozoan Securiflustra securifrons. Securidine A was isolated using semi-preparative HPLC, and the structure was elucidated by spectroscopic methods. The isolated Securidine A was tested for cytotoxic, antibacterial, and anti-diabetic activities as well as for its potential for inhibition of biofilm formation. No significant biological activity was observed in the applied bioassays, thus expanded bioactivity profiling is required, in order to reveal any potential applications for Securidine A...
July 23, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737696/targeting-platelets-for-the-treatment-of-cancer
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REVIEW
Omar Elaskalani, Michael C Berndt, Marco Falasca, Pat Metharom
The majority of cancer-associated mortality results from the ability of tumour cells to metastasise leading to multifunctional organ failure and death. Disseminated tumour cells in the blood circulation are faced with major challenges such as rheological shear stresses and cell-mediated cytotoxicity mediated by natural killer cells. Nevertheless, circulating tumour cells with metastatic ability appear equipped to exploit host cells to aid their survival. Despite the long interest in targeting tumour-associated host cells such as platelets for cancer treatment, the clinical benefit of this strategy is still under question...
July 22, 2017: Cancers
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