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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815045/tumor-derived-exosomes-induce-cd8-t-cell-suppressors
#1
Brian T Maybruck, Lukas W Pfannenstiel, Marcela Diaz-Montero, Brian R Gastman
BACKGROUND: The suppressive nature of immune cells in the tumor microenvironment plays a major role in regulating anti-tumor immune responses. Our previous work demonstrated that a soluble factor from tumor cells is able to induce a suppressor phenotype (SP) in human CD8(+) T cells typified by loss of CD27/CD28 expression and acquisition of a potent suppressor function. The present study hypothesized that the soluble mechanism that is inducing the SP in CD8(+) T cells are tumor-derived exosomes (TDEs)...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808398/mechanism-of-action-of-isolated-caffeic-acid-and-epicatechin-3-gallate-from-euphorbia-hirta-against-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
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Shanmugapriya Perumal, Roziahanim Mahmud, Sabariah Ismail
BACKGROUND: The escalating dominance of resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa strains as infectious pathogen had urged the researchers to look for alternative and complementary drugs. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to address the biological targets and probable mechanisms of action underlying the potent antibacterial effect of the isolated compounds from Euphorbia hirta (L.) against P. aeruginosa. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The action mechanisms of caffeic acid (CA) and epicatechin 3-gallate (ECG) on P...
July 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808388/caesalpinia-crista-linn-induces-protection-against-dna-and-membrane-damage
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R Sunil Kumar, Ramesh Balenahalli Narasingappa, Chandrashekhar G Joshi, Talakatta K Girish, Ananda Danagoudar
BACKGROUND: Caesalpinia crista is a medicinal herb used to cure various ailments in subtropical and tropical regions of Southeast Asia. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this evaluation of C. crista against free radical induced DNA and erythrocyte damage. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The profiles of polyphenol and flavonoid were quantified through reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography. Free radical induced DNA and membrane damage were performed using H2O2 as oxidative agent...
July 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808323/stress-hormone-rapidly-tunes-synaptic-nmda-receptor-through-membrane-dynamics-and-mineralocorticoid-signalling
#4
Lenka Mikasova, Hui Xiong, Amber Kerkhofs, Delphine Bouchet, Harm J Krugers, Laurent Groc
Stress hormones, such as corticosteroids, modulate the transmission of hippocampal glutamatergic synapses and NMDA receptor (NMDAR)-dependent synaptic plasticity, favouring salient behavioural responses to the environment. The corticosterone-induced synaptic adaptations partly rely on changes in NMDAR signalling, although the cellular pathway underlying this effect remains elusive. Here, we demonstrate, using single molecule imaging and electrophysiological approaches in hippocampal neurons, that corticosterone specifically controls GluN2B-NMDAR surface dynamics and synaptic content through mineralocorticoid signalling...
August 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808300/pterostilbene-exerts-anticancer-activity-on-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-via-activating-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress
#5
Zhiqiang Ma, Yang Yang, Shouyin Di, Xiao Feng, Dong Liu, Shuai Jiang, Wei Hu, Zhigang Qin, Yue Li, Jianjun Lv, Chongxi Fan, Xiaolong Yan, Xiaofei Li
Pterostilbene (PT), the natural dimethylated analog of resveratrol (RSV), is a potent anticarcinogen for non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC), but its anti-NSCLC mechanisms remain unclear. In this study, we show that PT treatment time- and dose-dependently enhanced the endoplasmic reticulum stress (ERS) signaling (i.e., p-PERK, IRE1, ATF4, CHOP), thus decreasing the cell viability and inducing apoptosis in human PC9 and A549 NSCLC cell lines. Moreover, the decreased migratory and adhesive abilities, downregulation of intracellular glutathione (GSH) level, enhanced reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation, Caspase 3 activity and mitochondrial membrane depolarization were observed in NSCLC cells treated with PT...
August 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808258/hexahydroquinolines-are-antimalarial-candidates-with-potent-blood-stage-and-transmission-blocking-activity
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Manu Vanaerschot, Leonardo Lucantoni, Tao Li, Jill M Combrinck, Andrea Ruecker, T R Santha Kumar, Kelly Rubiano, Pedro E Ferreira, Giulia Siciliano, Sonia Gulati, Philipp P Henrich, Caroline L Ng, James M Murithi, Victoria C Corey, Sandra Duffy, Ori J Lieberman, M Isabel Veiga, Robert E Sinden, Pietro Alano, Michael J Delves, Kim Lee Sim, Elizabeth A Winzeler, Timothy J Egan, Stephen L Hoffman, Vicky M Avery, David A Fidock
Antimalarial compounds with dual therapeutic and transmission-blocking activity are desired as high-value partners for combination therapies. Here, we report the identification and characterization of hexahydroquinolines (HHQs) that show low nanomolar potency against both pathogenic and transmissible intra-erythrocytic forms of the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum. This activity translates into potent transmission-blocking potential, as shown by in vitro male gamete formation assays and reduced oocyst infection and prevalence in Anopheles mosquitoes...
August 14, 2017: Nature Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806909/tumor-derived-exosomes-induce-cd8-t-cell-suppressors
#7
Brian T Maybruck, Lukas W Pfannenstiel, Marcela Diaz-Montero, Brian R Gastman
BACKGROUND: The suppressive nature of immune cells in the tumor microenvironment plays a major role in regulating anti-tumor immune responses. Our previous work demonstrated that a soluble factor from tumor cells is able to induce a suppressor phenotype (SP) in human CD8(+) T cells typified by loss of CD27/CD28 expression and acquisition of a potent suppressor function. The present study hypothesized that the soluble mechanism that is inducing the SP in CD8(+) T cells are tumor-derived exosomes (TDEs)...
August 15, 2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805978/obeticholic-acid-a-selective-farnesoid-x-receptor-agonist-regulates-bile-acid-homeostasis-in-sandwich-cultured-human-hepatocytes
#8
Yuanyuan Zhang, Jonathan P Jackson, Robert L St Claire, Kimberly Freeman, Kenneth R Brouwer, Jeffrey E Edwards
Farnesoid X receptor (FXR) is a master regulator of bile acid homeostasis through transcriptional regulation of genes involved in bile acid synthesis and cellular membrane transport. Impairment of bile acid efflux due to cholangiopathies results in chronic cholestasis leading to abnormal elevation of intrahepatic and systemic bile acid levels. Obeticholic acid (OCA) is a potent and selective FXR agonist that is 100-fold more potent than the endogenous ligand chenodeoxycholic acid (CDCA). The effects of OCA on genes involved in bile acid homeostasis were investigated using sandwich-cultured human hepatocytes...
August 2017: Pharmacology Research & Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805117/fungal-fatal-attraction-a-mechanistic-review-on-targeting-liposomal-amphotericin-b-ambisome-%C3%A2-to-the-fungal-membrane
#9
Linda Soo Hoo
Liposomal amphotericin B (AmBisome(®)) is a lipid-based nanotherapeutic that is used successfully worldwide to treat a broad range of life-threatening invasive fungal infections. In subtropical regions, AmBisome is emerging as the treatment of choice for human parasitic protozoan pathogens such as those from the genus Leishmania. The key to the remarkable efficacy of AmBisome is attributed to its liposome based formulation to deliver a potent drug at high dosage with significantly reduced toxicity in patients with immunocompromised systems...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Liposome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803999/growth-arrest-and-morphological-changes-triggered-by-emodin-on-trypanosoma-cruzi-epimastigotes-cultivated-in-axenic-medium
#10
Ana R De Lima, Karem Noris-Suárez, Antonio Bretaña, Victor T Contreras, Maria C Navarro, Luis Pérez-Ybarra, José Bubis
Emodin is an anthraquinone obtained from Rheum palmatum rootstocks. Here we tested the cytotoxic effects of emodin on Trypanosoma cruzi epimastigotes, as well as the morphological changes that were induced by this compound in the parasite. Emodin was permeable and blocked in vitro cell division of T. cruzi epimastigotes in axenic medium, causing growth arrest in a dose-dependent but reversible manner. Emodin-exposed epimastigotes underwent duplication of organelles, such as the nucleus, kinetoplast and flagellum, but were incapable of completing cytokinesis...
August 10, 2017: Biochimie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801228/identification-of-the-first-cathelicidin-gene-from-skin-of-chinese-giant-salamanders-andrias-davidianus-with-its-potent-antimicrobial-activity
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Hui Yang, Baoyue Lu, Dandan Zhou, Lin Zhao, Weijia Song, Lixin Wang
Cathelicidins, as effector molecules, play important roles against infections and represent a crucial component of the innate immune system in vertebrates. They are widely studied in mammals, but little is known in amphibians. In the present study, we report the identification and characterization of a novel cathelicidin from Chinese giant salamander Andrias davidianus, which is the first study in Caudata amphibian. The cDNA sequence encodes a predicted 148-amino-acid polypeptide, which composed of a 20-residue signal peptide, a 94-residue conserved cathelin domain and a 34-residue mature peptide...
August 9, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800456/synthesis-and-anticancer-properties-of-ruthenium-ii-complexes-as-potent-apoptosis-inducers-through-mitochondrial-disruption
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Dan Wan, Bing Tang, Yang-Jie Wang, Bo-Hong Guo, Hui Yin, Qiao-Yan Yi, Yun-Jun Liu
A new ligand MHPIP (MHPIP = 2-(1-methyl-1H-pyrazol-4-yl)-1H-imidazo[4,5-f][1,10]phenanthroline) and its three ruthenium (II) complexes [Ru(N-N)2(MHPIP)](ClO4)2 (N-N = phen: 1,10-phenanthroline 1; dmp = 2,9-dimethyl-1,10-phenanthroline 2; ttbpy = 4,4'-ditertiarybutyl-2,2'-bipyridine 3) were synthesized and characterized. The cytotoxic activity in vitro was studied by MTT method. The complexes 1-3 show moderate cytotoxic effects on the cell growth in HepG2 cells with an IC50 value of 25.5 ± 3.5, 35...
July 28, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799789/naphtho-1-2-b-furan-4-5-dione-is-a-potent-anti-mrsa-agent-against-planktonic-biofilm-and-intracellular-bacteria
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Shih-Chun Yang, Feng-Lin Yen, Pei-Wen Wang, Ibrahim A Aljuffali, Yi-Han Weng, Chih-Hua Tseng, Jia-You Fang
AIM: Naphtho[1,2-b]furan-4,5-dione (N12D) and naphtho[2,3-b]furan-4,9-dione (N23D) are furanonaphthoquinone derivatives from natural resources. We examined the antimicrobial activity of N12D and N23D against drug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. MATERIALS & METHODS: Minimum inhibitory concentration, minimum bactericidal concentration, bacterial viability and agar diffusion assay were conducted against methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) and clinical isolates of vancomycin-resistant S...
August 11, 2017: Future Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799166/the-molecular-mechanism-underlying-unconventional-secretion-of-fibroblast-growth-factor-2-from-tumor-cells
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Julia P Steringer, Walter Nickel
Fibroblast Growth Factor 2 (FGF2) is a potent cell survival factor involved in tumor induced angiogenesis. FGF2 is secreted from cells through an unconventional secretory mechanism based upon direct translocation across the plasma membrane. The molecular mechanism underlying this process depends on a surprisingly small set of trans-acting factors that are physically associated with the plasma membrane. FGF2 membrane translocation is mediated by the ability of FGF2 to oligomerize and to insert into the plasma membrane in a PI(4,5)P2 dependent manner...
August 10, 2017: Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799110/alteration-of-membrane-integrity-and-respiratory-function-of-brain-mitochondria-in-the-rats-chronically-exposed-to-a-low-dose-of-acetamiprid
#15
Salim Gasmi, Mohammed Kebieche, Rachid Rouabhi, Chouaib Touahria, Asma Lahouel, Zohra Lakroun, Sara Henine, Rachid Soulimani
The pesticides are used in several fields of agriculture and farms to protect crops against harmful insects and herbs. The increased and uncontrolled use of these pollutants is very hazardous for the population health. Consumption of contaminated food matrices with these pesticides could impair the cell integrity and its molecular function. The main aim of this present study was to evaluate the alteration of the integrity of mitochondrial membranes and respiratory chain potential in the brain of rats exposed during 90 days to acetamiprid (AC), organochlorine of the new generation...
August 10, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798159/as-cath1-6-novel-cathelicidins-with-potent-antimicrobial-and-immunomodulatory-properties-from-alligator-sinensis-play-pivotal-roles-in-host-antimicrobial-immune-responses
#16
Yan Chen, Shasha Cai, Xue Qiao, Mali Wu, Zhilai Guo, Renping Wang, Yi-Qun Kuang, Haining Yu, Yipeng Wang
Crocodilians are regarded as possessing a powerful immune system. However, the composition and action of the crocodilian immune system have remained unclear until now. Cathelicidins, the principal family of host defense peptides, play pivotal roles in vertebrate immune defense against microbial invasions. However, cathelicidins from crocodilians have not been extensively studied to date. In the present study, six novel cathelicidins (As-CATH1-6) were identified and characterized from the endangered Chinese alligator (Alligator sinensis)...
August 10, 2017: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798145/tnf-induces-neutrophil-adhesion-via-formin-dependent-cytoskeletal-reorganization-and-activation-of-%C3%AE-integrin-function
#17
Angélica Aparecida Antoniellis Silveira, Venina Marcela Dominical, Camila Bononi Almeida, Hanan Chweih, Wilson Alves Ferreira, Cristina Pontes Vicente, Fabio Trindade Maranhão Costa, Claudio C Werneck, Fernando Ferreira Costa, Nicola Conran
Although essential for inflammatory responses, leukocyte recruitment to blood vessel walls in response to inflammatory stimuli, such as TNF-α, can contribute to vascular occlusion in inflammatory diseases, including atherosclerosis. We aimed to further characterize the mechanisms by which TNF stimulates adhesive and morphologic alterations in neutrophils. Microfluidic and intravital assays confirmed the potent effect that TNF has on human and murine neutrophil adhesion and recruitment in vitro and in vivo, respectively...
August 10, 2017: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797068/virulence-profiles-and-innate-immune-responses-against-highly-lethal-multidrug-resistant-nosocomial-isolates-of-acinetobacter-baumannii-from-a-tertiary-care-hospital-in-mexico
#18
Roberto Rosales-Reyes, Catalina Gayosso-Vázquez, José Luis Fernández-Vázquez, Ma Dolores Jarillo-Quijada, César Rivera-Benítez, José Ignacio Santos-Preciado, María Dolores Alcántar-Curiel
Virulence profiles and innate immune responses were studied in Acinetobacter baumannii from nosocomial infections collected over one year in a tertiary care hospital in Mexico. A. baumannii were identified by VITEK 2 System followed by susceptibility tests. Carbapenemase genes, active efflux mechanism to imipenem and meropenem and outer membrane proteins profile were analyzed to evaluate their role on the activity of carbapenem resistance. All isolates were genotyped by pulsed field gel electrophoresis. The ability to form biofilm was determined on a polystyrene surface...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795878/effects-of-prisma%C3%A2-skin-dermal-regeneration-device-containing-glycosaminoglycans-on-human-keratinocytes-and-fibroblasts
#19
Raffaella Belvedere, Valentina Bizzarro, Luca Parente, Francesco Petrella, Antonello Petrella
Prisma® Skin is a new pharmaceutical device developed by Mediolanum Farmaceutici S.p.a. It includes alginates, hyaluronic acid and mainly mesoglycan. The latter is a natural glycosaminoglycan preparation containing chondroitin sulfate, dermatan sulfate, heparan sulfate and heparin and it is used in the treatment of vascular disease. Glycosaminoglycans may contribute to the re-epithelialization in the skin wound healing, as components of the extracellular matrix. Here we describe, for the first time, the effects of Prisma® Skin in in vitro cultures of adult epidermal keratinocytes and dermal fibroblasts...
August 10, 2017: Cell Adhesion & Migration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792756/design-synthesis-and-biological-evaluation-of-novel-selenium-containing-isocombretastatins-and-phenstatins-as-antitumor-agents
#20
Yanqing Pang, Baijiao An, Lanlan Lou, Junsheng Zhang, Jun Yan, Ling Huang, Xingshu Li, Sheng Yin
Two series of structurally-related organoselenium compounds designed by fusing the anticancer agent methyl(phenyl)selane into the tubulin polymerization inhibitors isocombretastatins or phenstatins were synthesized and evaluated for antiproliferative activity. Most of these selenium containing hybrids exhibited potent cytotoxicity against a panel of cancel cell lines, with IC50 values in the submicromolar concentration range. Among them, 11a, the 3-methylseleno derivative of isocombretastatin A-4 (isoCA-4), represented the most active compound with IC50 values of 2-34 nM against twelve cancer cell lines, including two drug-resistant cell lines...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
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