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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812892/designer-extracts-as-tools-to-balance-estrogenic-and-chemopreventive-activities-of-botanicals-for-women-s-health
#1
Birgit M Dietz, Shao-Nong Chen, René F Ramos Alvarenga, Huali Dong, Dejan Nikolić, Martin Biendl, Richard B van Breemen, Judy L Bolton, Guido F Pauli
Botanical dietary supplements contain multiple bioactive compounds that target numerous biological pathways. The lack of uniform standardization requirements is one reason that inconsistent clinical effects are reported frequently. The multifaceted biological interactions of active principles can be disentangled by a coupled pharmacological/phytochemical approach using specialized ("knock-out") extracts. This is demonstrated for hops, a botanical for menopausal symptom management. Employing targeted, adsorbent-free countercurrent separation, Humulus lupulus extracts were designed for pre- and postmenopausal women by containing various amounts of the phytoestrogen 8-prenylnaringenin (8-PN) and the chemopreventive constituent xanthohumol (XH)...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Natural Products
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812686/interactions-of-microplastic-debris-throughout-the-marine-ecosystem
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REVIEW
Tamara S Galloway, Matthew Cole, Ceri Lewis
Marine microscopic plastic (microplastic) debris is a modern societal issue, illustrating the challenge of balancing the convenience of plastic in daily life with the prospect of causing ecological harm by careless disposal. Here we develop the concept of microplastic as a complex, dynamic mixture of polymers and additives, to which organic material and contaminants can successively bind to form an 'ecocorona', increasing the density and surface charge of particles and changing their bioavailability and toxicity...
April 20, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812434/-pemetrexed-sildenafil-via-autophagy-dependent-hdac-down-regulation-enhances-the-immunotherapy-response-of-nsclc-cells
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Laurence Booth, Jane L Roberts, Andrew Poklepovic, Paul Dent
Pemetrexed is an approved therapeutic in NSCLC and ovarian cancer. Our studies focused on the ability of [pemetrexed + sildenafil] exposure to alter the immunogenicity of lung and ovarian cancer cells. Treatment of lung and ovarian cancer cells with [pemetrexed + sildenafil] in vitro rapidly reduced the expression of PD-L1, PD-L2 and ornithine decarboxylase (ODC), and increased the expression of Class I MHCA. In a cell-specific fashion, some cells also released the immunogenic nuclear protein HMGB1 into the extracellular environment...
August 16, 2017: Cancer Biology & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812237/pharmacological-effects-on-ceroid-lipofuscin-and-neuronal-structure-in-cln3-%C3%A2-ex7-8-mouse-brain-cultures
#4
Douglas E Brenneman, David A Pearce, Attila Kovacs, Shawn DeFrees
Juvenile Batten disease (JBD) is an inherited disorder that is characterized by the development of blindness, seizures, and progressive motor, psychiatric, and cognitive impairment. A model of JBD expressing the predominant human mutation (Cln3 (∆ex7/8) ) has been explored. Dissociated brain cultures from Cln3 (∆ex7/8) knock-in mice were compared to wild type (WT) for effects on granules of ceroid lipofuscin (CL) and neuronal structure. Utilizing high content image analysis of CL granules identified with antibodies to mitochondrial ATP synthase subunit c or tripeptidyl peptidase-1, significant increases in the areas for both immunoreactive granules were observed in Cln3 (∆ex7/8) cultures in comparison to WT...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811710/single-amino-acid-mutation-of-sr-bi-decreases-infectivity-of-hepatitis-c-virus-derived-from-cell-culture-in-a-cell-culture-model
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Rong Gao, Wei Gao, Gang Xu, Jie Xu, Hao Ren
AIM: To investigate the effect of a single amino acid mutation in human class B scavenger receptor I (SR-BI) on the infectivity of cell culture-derived hepatitis C virus (HCVcc) in SR-BI knock-down Huh7-siSR-BI cells. METHODS: Site-directed mutagenesis was used to construct the SR-BI S112F mutation, and the mutation was confirmed by nucleotide sequencing. SR-BI knock-down Huh7-siSR-BI cells were transfected with SR-BI S112F, SR-BI wild type (WT) and control plasmids, and then infected with HCVpp (HCV pseudoparticles) and hepatitis C virus derived from cell culture (HCVcc)...
July 28, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811546/serum-derived-extracellular-vesicles-evs-impact-on-vascular-remodeling-and-prevent-muscle-damage-in-acute-hind-limb-ischemia
#6
Claudia Cavallari, Andrea Ranghino, Marta Tapparo, Massimo Cedrino, Federico Figliolini, Cristina Grange, Valentina Giannachi, Paolo Garneri, Maria Chiara Deregibus, Federica Collino, Pietro Rispoli, Giovanni Camussi, Maria Felice Brizzi
Serum is an abundant and accessible source of circulating extracellular vesicles (EVs). Serum-EV (sEV) pro-angiogenic capability and mechanisms are herein analyzed using an in vitro assay which predicts sEV angiogenic potential in vivo. Effective sEVs (e-sEVs) also improved vascular remodeling and prevented muscle damage in a mouse model of acute hind limb ischemia. e-sEV angiogenic proteomic and transcriptomic analyses show a positive correlation with matrix-metalloproteinase activation and extracellular matrix organization, cytokine and chemokine signaling pathways, Insulin-like Growth Factor and platelet pathways, and Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor signaling...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811312/myosin-ii-is-not-required-for-drosophila-tracheal-branch-elongation-and-cell-intercalation
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Amanda Ochoa-Espinosa, Stefan Harmansa, Emmanuel Caussinus, Markus Affolter
The Drosophila tracheal system consists of an interconnected network of monolayered epithelial tubes that ensures oxygen transport in the larval and adult body. During tracheal dorsal branch (DB) development, individual DBs elongate as a cluster of cells, led by tip cells at the front and trailing cells in the rear. Branch elongation is accompanied by extensive cell intercalation and cell lengthening of the trailing stalk cells. Although cell intercalation is governed by Myosin II (MyoII)-dependent forces during tissue elongation in the Drosophila embryo that lead to germ-band extension, it remained unclear whether MyoII plays a similar active role during tracheal branch elongation and intercalation...
August 15, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811136/determination-of-ghb-and-ghb-%C3%AE-o-glucuronide-in-hair-of-three-narcoleptic-patients-comparison-between-single-and-chronic-ghb-exposure
#8
Lena-Maria Mehling, Xin Wang, Sys-Stybe Johansen, Annika Spottke, Anna Heidbreder, Peter Young, Burkhard Madea, Cornelius Hess
Gamma-hydroxybutyric acid (GHB) can be used as a knock-out drug in drug facilitated crime (DFC). Due to its rapid metabolism and resulting narrow detection window, uncovering GHB use in DFC still constitutes a problem. In this experiment we determined the GHB and GHB-β-O-glucuronide (GHB-Gluc) concentrations in hair samples after single and chronic GHB exposures. Hair samples of three narcoleptic patients therapeutically taking sodium oxybate (GHB-sodium-salt) were collected. Patients 1 (P1) and 2 (P2) took the medication for nine and six years, respectively...
July 31, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810880/nlrp7-contributes-to-in-vitro-decidualization-of-endometrial-stromal-cells
#9
Jyun-Yuan Huang, Pei-Hsiu Yu, Yueh-Chun Li, Pao-Lin Kuo
BACKGROUND: Nucleotide-binding oligomerization domain (NACHT), leucine rich repeat (LRR) and pyrin domain (PYD) 7 containing protein, NLRP7, is a member of the NLR family which serves as innate immune sensors. Mutations and genetic variants of NLRP7 have been found in women with infertility associated conditions, such as recurrent hydatidiform mole, recurrent miscarriage, and preeclampsia. Decidualization of endometrial stromal cells is a hallmark of tissue remodeling to support embryo implantation and proper placental development...
August 15, 2017: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810866/the-development-of-an-ivermectin-based-attractive-toxic-sugar-bait-atsb-to-target-anopheles-arabiensis
#10
Frank Chelestino Tenywa, Athumani Kambagha, Adam Saddler, Marta Ferreira Maia
BACKGROUND: An increasing number of countries in sub-Saharan Africa are moving towards malaria-elimination, mostly thanks to successful vector control campaigns. However, elimination has proven challenging, resulting in the persistence of malaria transmission. It is now accepted that in order to eliminate malaria, new complementary vector control approaches must be developed. This study describes the development of a sugar-baited resting place containing a toxic dose of ivermectin for the control of Anopheles arabiensis...
August 15, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810656/hypoxia-inducible-factor-1%C3%AE-participates-in-hypoxia-induced-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-via-response-gene-to-complement-32
#11
Liang Zhu, Qiu Zhao
The aim of the present study was to explore the function of response gene to complement 32 (RGC-32) in hypoxia-induced epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in pancreatic cancer. Three kinds of hypoxia-inducible factor 1α (HIF-1α) small interfering (si)RNA were synthesized and the different effects on the expression of HIF-1α were detected by western blotting. In human pancreatic cancer BxPC-3 cells, HIF-1α levels were diminished using siRNA transfection or HIF-1α inhibitor pretreatment, and the expression levels of RGC-32 and EMT-associated proteins were analyzed using reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction and western blotting...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810650/glutathione-s-transferase-a1-mediates-nicotine-induced-lung-cancer-cell-metastasis-by-promoting-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition
#12
Wei Wang, Feiyu Liu, Chaoyang Wang, Chengde Wang, Yijun Tang, Zhongmin Jiang
The present study aimed to investigate the effect of glutathione S-transferase A1 (GSTA1) on lung cancer cell viability, invasion and adhesion in the presence of nicotine in vitro. Furthermore, the effect of GSTA1 on the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT), a process strongly associated with lung cancer metastasis, was examined. Human lung carcinoma A549 cells were treated with various concentrations of nicotine (0.01, 0.1, 1 and 10 µM) and levels of GSTA1 mRNA and protein were measured by reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction and western blot analysis, respectively...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810332/-study-on-the-expression-of-trip13-mrna-in-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia-b-lymphocyte-and-the-molecular-mechanism-of-trip13-mediated-jvm-2-cell-proliferation-and-apoptosis
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K S Zhou, Q Zhang, W T Zhang, Y Y Liu, S S Wu, J Zhou, X D Wei, Y P Song
Objective: To investigate the clinical significance of expression level of thyroid hormone receptor interactors 13 (TRIP13) gene to probe its function and downstream molecular mechanism in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) . Methods: Real-time quantitative PCR method was used to detect the expression levels of TRIP13 mRNA of CD19(+) B lymphocytes in 30 cases of patients with CLL and 12 cases of peripheral blood hematopoietic stem cell donors (normal control group) . Lentivirus mediated shRNA was used to interference the mRNA and TRIP13 protein in CLL cells JVM-2...
July 14, 2017: Zhonghua Xue Ye Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Xueyexue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810330/-the-function-of-nlrp1-in-noninfectious-pulmonary-injury-following-allogeneic-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation
#14
M F Li, W Li, L Ding, Y L Wu, L Liu, W Ju, J L Qiao, K L Xu, L Y Zeng
Objective: To explore the function of NLRP1 in noninfectious pulmonary injury (nonIPI) after allogeneic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT) . Methods: In this study, we established the model of allo-HSCT with C57BL/6 and NLRP(-/-) mouse as recipients. Chimera rate was measured by flow cytometry. The HE staining was used to observe the pathology changes in the lungs. NLRP1 and relevant inflammatory proteins were measured by Western Blot. Results: On the day 14 after allo-HSCT, the chimera rate was more than 96%, HSCs of donors had been successfully transplanted into recipients...
July 14, 2017: Zhonghua Xue Ye Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Xueyexue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807483/the-potential-efficacy-of-gabab-antagonists-in-depression
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REVIEW
Robert C Alexander
Evidence for the potential utility of GABAB antagonists has been assembled from a variety of sources, including clinical experience with the GABAB agonist baclofen, murine genetic GABAB knock-outs, rodent studies of GABAB receptor expression and function following treatment with antidepressant therapies, animal models of depression, and some functional and post mortem data from human subjects. Definitive testing of GABAB antagonists in depression, however, still awaits the development of potent, selective and brain-penetrant compounds for human testing...
August 11, 2017: Current Opinion in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806762/a-becn1-mutation-mediates-hyperactive-autophagic-sequestration-of-amyloid-oligomers-and-improved-cognition-in-alzheimer-s-disease
#16
Altea Rocchi, Soh Yamamoto, Tabitha Ting, Yuying Fan, Katherine Sadleir, Yigang Wang, Weiran Zhang, Sui Huang, Beth Levine, Robert Vassar, Congcong He
Impairment of the autophagy pathway has been observed during the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD), a neurodegenerative disorder characterized by abnormal deposition of extracellular and intracellular amyloid β (Aβ) peptides. Yet the role of autophagy in Aβ production and AD progression is complex. To study whether increased basal autophagy plays a beneficial role in Aβ clearance and cognitive improvement, we developed a novel genetic model to hyperactivate autophagy in vivo. We found that knock-in of a point mutation F121A in the essential autophagy gene Beclin 1/Becn1 in mice significantly reduces the interaction of BECN1 with its inhibitor BCL2, and thus leads to constitutively active autophagy even under non-autophagy-inducing conditions in multiple tissues, including brain...
August 14, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805803/bisphosphoglycerate-mutase-controls-serine-pathway-flux-via-3-phosphoglycerate
#17
Rob C Oslund, Xiaoyang Su, Michael Haugbro, Jung-Min Kee, Mark Esposito, Yael David, Boyuan Wang, Eva Ge, David H Perlman, Yibin Kang, Tom W Muir, Joshua D Rabinowitz
Lower glycolysis involves a series of reversible reactions, which interconvert intermediates that also feed anabolic pathways. 3-phosphoglycerate (3-PG) is an abundant lower glycolytic intermediate that feeds serine biosynthesis via the enzyme phosphoglycerate dehydrogenase, which is genomically amplified in several cancers. Phosphoglycerate mutase 1 (PGAM1) catalyzes the isomerization of 3-PG into the downstream glycolytic intermediate 2-phosphoglycerate (2-PG). PGAM1 needs to be histidine phosphorylated to become catalytically active...
August 7, 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805296/basidiomycete-specific-pscamkl1-encoding-a-camk-like-protein-kinase-is-required-for-full-virulence-of-puccinia-striiformis-f-sp-tritici
#18
Min Jiao, Dan Yu, Chenglong Tan, Jia Guo, Dingyun Lan, Ershang Han, Tuo Qi, Ralf Thomas Voegele, Zhensheng Kang, Jun Guo
Calcium/calmodulin-dependent kinases (CaMKs) are Ser/Thr protein kinases (PKs) that respond to changes in cytosolic free Ca(2+) and play diverse roles in eukaryotes. In fungi, CAMKs are generally classified into four families CAMK1, CAMKL, RAD53, and CAMK-Unique. Among these, CAMKL constitutes the largest family. In some fungal plant pathogens members of the CaMKL family have been shown to be responsible for pathogenesis. However, little is known about their role(s) in rust fungi. In this study, we functionally characterized a novel PK gene, PsCaMKL1, from Puccinia striiformis f...
August 14, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805232/the-protective-effect-of-heme-oxygenase-1-against-intestinal-barrier-dysfunction-in-cholestatic-liver-injury-is-associated-with-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-inhibition
#19
Lijing Zhang, Zhenling Zhang, Bojia Liu, Yanling Jin, Yan Tian, Yi Xin, Zhijun Duan
Heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) is reported to protect against liver injury, but little is known about its effect on the intestinal barrier in cholestatic liver injury. In this study, we investigated the effects of HO-1 and its enzymatic by-product on intestinal barrier dysfunction in bile duct ligation (BDL) rats and explored the possible mechanism. The HO-1 inducer cobalt protoporphyrin (CoPP) and carbon monoxide-releasing molecule-2 (CORM-2) were used; the expression levels of tight junction (TJ) proteins, intestinal inflammation and NF-κB p65 were measured...
August 9, 2017: Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805158/pp2a-regulatory-subunit-b55%C3%AE-is-a-gatekeeper-of-osteoblast-maturation-and-lineage-maintenance
#20
Anastassia Serguienko, Robert Hanes, Iwona Grad, Meng-Yu Wang, Ola Myklebost, Else Munthe
Bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BM MSCs) mediate skeletal remodeling by differentiating into osteoblasts. However, this remodeling is impaired with aging as well as following long-term glucocorticoid treatment, resulting in osteoporosis. Here we report a novel factor of osteoblast differentiation - PP2A regulatory subunit B55γ. We show that B55γ is induced by glucocorticoid receptor (GR) in human primary BM MSCs during differentiation to osteoblast, but not to adipocytes, and is required for osteoblast morphogenesis and mineralization...
August 12, 2017: Stem Cells and Development
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