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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812922/a-circulating-micro-rna-signature-serves-as-a-diagnostic-and-prognostic-indicator-in-sarcoidosis
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Christian Ascoli, Yue Huang, Cody Schott, Benjamin A Turturice, Ahmed Metwally, David L Perkins, Patricia W Finn
Micro-RNAs (miRNAs) act as post-transcriptional regulators of gene expression. In sarcoidosis, aberrant miRNA expression may enhance immune responses mounted against an unknown antigenic agent. We tested whether a distinct miRNA signature functions as a diagnostic biomarker and explored its role as an immune modulator in sarcoidosis. Expression of miRNAs from peripheral blood mononuclear cells from subjects that met clinical and histopathologic criteria for sarcoidosis were compared to those from matched controls in the ACCESS study...
August 16, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811896/effect-of-achillea-wilhelmsii-extract-on-expression-of-the-human-telomerase-reverse-transcriptase-mrna-in-the-pc3-prostate-cancer-cell-line
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Mojtaba Ashtiani, Fariba Nabatchian, Hamid Reza Galavi, Ramin Saravani, Farzaneh Farajian-Mashhadi, Saeedeh Salimi
Evidence has indicated that human telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT) was overexpressed in prostate cancer (PCa). Achillea wilhelmsii (AW) is a plant that has been traditionally used for its medicinal properties. The aim of current study was to evaluate the effects of AW extract on a PCa cell line. The cytotoxic activity of the hydroalcoholic extract of AW was studied on the PCa PC3 cell line using MTT assay. Flow cytometry was used to evaluate the effects of the extract on the apoptosis. The expression of hTERT mRNA was analyzed by the reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction method...
September 2017: Biomedical Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811227/the-chemotherapeutic-agent-paclitaxel-selectively-impairs-reversal-learning-while-sparing-prior-learning-new-learning-and-episodic-memory
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Danielle Panoz-Brown, Lawrence M Carey, Alexandra E Smith, Meredith Gentry, Christina M Sluka, Hannah E Corbin, Jie-En Wu, Andrea G Hohmann, Jonathon D Crystal
Chemotherapy is widely used to treat patients with systemic cancer. The efficacy of cancer therapies is frequently undermined by adverse side effects that have a negative impact on the quality of life of cancer survivors. Cancer patients who receive chemotherapy often experience chemotherapy-induced cognitive impairment across a variety of domains including memory, learning, and attention. In the current study, the impact of paclitaxel, a taxane derived chemotherapeutic agent, on episodic memory, prior learning, new learning, and reversal learning were evaluated in rats...
August 12, 2017: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811128/a-newly-synthesized-ligustrazine-stilbene-derivative-inhibits-pdgf-bb-induced-vascular-smooth-muscle-cell-phenotypic-switch-and-proliferation-via-delaying-cell-cycle-progression
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Chunlian Peng, Siming Zhang, Haixin Liu, Yanxiao Jiao, Guifa Su, Yan Zhu
Vascular Smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) possess remarkable phenotype plasticity that allows it to rapidly adapt to fluctuating environmental cues, including the period of development and progression of vascular diseases such as atherosclerosis and restenosis subsequent to vein grafting or coronary intervention. Although VSMC phenotypic switch is an attractive target, there is no effective drug so far. Using rat aortic VSMCs, we investigate the effects of Ligustrazine and its synthetic derivatives on platelet-derived growth factor-BB (PDGF-BB) induced proliferation and phenotypic switch by a cell image-based screening of 60 Ligustrazine stilbene derivatives...
August 12, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811009/the-feasibility-of-sugammadex-for-general-anesthesia-and-facial-nerve-monitoring-in-patients-undergoing-parotid-surgery
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I-Cheng Lu, Pi-Ying Chang, Miao-Pei Su, Po-Nien Chen, Hsiu-Ya Chen, Feng-Yu Chiang, Che-Wei Wu
The use of neuromuscular blocking agent (NMBA) during anesthesia may interfere with facial nerve monitoring (FNM) during parotid surgery. Sugammadex has been reported to be an effective and safe reversal of rocuronium-induced neuromuscular block (NMB) during surgery. This study investigated the feasibility and clinical effectiveness of sugammadex for NMB reversal during FNM in Parotid surgery. Fifty patients undergoing parotid surgery were randomized allocated into conventional anesthesia group (Group C, n = 25) and sugammadex group (Group S, n = 25)...
August 2017: Kaohsiung Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810585/glutamine-promotes-hsp70-and-inhibits-%C3%AE-synuclein-accumulation-in-pheochromocytoma-pc12-cells
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Haiyang Wang, Chongyang Tang, Zhenfeng Jiang, Xiao Zhou, Jianhang Chen, Meng Na, Hong Shen, Zhiguo Lin
Hsp70 regulates α-Synuclein (α-Syn) degeneration in Parkinson's disease (PD), indicating that Hsp70 promotion may be able to prevent or reverse α-Syn-induced toxicity in PD. Additionally, it has been demonstrated that glutamine (Gln) enhances Hsp70 expression. In the present study, Gln-induced Hsp70 promotion in pheochromocytoma was investigated with reverse transcription- quantitative polymerase chain reaction and western blotting methods. Then it was observed whether heat shock factor (HSF)-1 was required for this phenomenon with an RNA interference strategy...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809545/plasmonic-nanoprobe-of-gold-triangular-nanoprism-core-polyaniline-shell-for-real-time-three-dimensional-ph-imaging-of-anterior-chamber
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Peijun Tang, Xueqin Jiang, Yangyang Wang, Huanjun Chen, Yu Shrike Zhang, Panpan Gao, Hao Wang, Xuemeng Li, Jianhua Zhou
Three-dimensional (3D) molecular imaging enables the study of biological processes in both living and nonviable systems at the molecular level and has a high potential on early diagnosis. In conjunction with specific molecular probes, optical coherent tomography (OCT) is a promising imaging modality to provide 3D molecular features at the tissue level. In this study, we introduced (gold-triangular-nanoprism-core)/(polyaniline-shell nanoparticles) (GTNPs@PANI) as an OCT contrast agent and pH-responsive nanoprobe for 3D imaging of pH distribution...
August 15, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809539/polymersomes-with-endosomal-ph-induced-vesicle-to-micelle-morphology-transition-and-a-potential-application-for-controlled-doxorubicin-delivery
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Turgay Yildirim, Anja Traeger, Pelin Sungur, Stephanie Hoeppener, Carolin Kellner, Ilknur Yildirim, David Pretzel, Stephanie Schubert, Ulrich S Schubert
A series of pH responsive block copolymers were synthesized via the reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization of 3,4-dihydro-2H-pyran (DHP) protected 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) (2-((tetrahydro-2H-pyran-2-yl)oxy)ethyl methacrylate (THP-HEMA)) and 2-(dimethylamino) ethyl methacrylate (DMAEMA) using p(THP-HEMA) as a macro chain transfer agent (mCTA). The degree of polymerization (DP) of the p(THP-HEMA) block was fixed to 35, whereas the DP of the p(DMAEMA) block was systematically varied from 21 to 50...
August 15, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808482/the-chinese-herb-prunella-vulgaris-promotes-apoptosis-in-human-well-differentiated-thyroid-carcinoma-cells-via-the-b-cell-lymphoma-2-bcl-2-associated-x-protein-caspase-3-signaling-pathway
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De-Tao Yin, Mengyuan Lei, Jianhui Xu, Hongqiang Li, Yongfei Wang, Zhen Liu, Runsheng Ma, Kun Yu, Xianghua Li
Prunella vulgaris (PV), a traditional Chinese herb, has been shown to be rich in bioactive chemicals and possess anti-proliferative and pro-apoptotic effects on tumor cells. The effect of PV on human well-differentiated thyroid carcinoma (WDTC), which accounts for the majority of common endocrine malignancies, remains to be elucidated. The present study aimed to investigate the function of PV on WDTC cell lines and apoptosis-associated signaling pathway activity. Additional studies demonstrated that PV may induce apoptosis in WDTC TPC-1 and FTC-133 cell lines, using the Cell Counting Kit-8 assay...
August 2017: Oncology Letters
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/28808385/anti-inflammatory-effect-of-etlingera-pavieana-pierre-ex-gagnep-r-m-sm-rhizomal-extract-and-its-phenolic-compounds-in-lipopolysaccharide-stimulated-macrophages
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Ekaruth Srisook, Mullika Palachot, Sakulrat Mankhong, Klaokwan Srisook
BACKGROUND: In our continuing search for anti-inflammatory agents from Thai herbs, Etlingera pavieana (Pierre ex Gagnep.) R.M.Sm. showed potent inhibition on nitric oxide (NO) production in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced macrophages. However, the mechanism behind its inhibitory effect has not been yet explored, and little is known regarding its bioactive compounds responsible for the anti-inflammatory effect. OBJECTIVE: In the present study, anti-inflammatory effect of hexane, ethyl acetate, and water fractions of rhizomal ethanol extracts of E...
July 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808205/farnesol-inhibits-development-of-caries-by-augmenting-oxygen-sensitivity-and-suppressing-virulence-associated-gene-expression-instreptococcus-mutans
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Li Cao, Zhen-Zhen Zhang, Shuang-Bo Xu, Ming Ma, Xin Wei
Streptococcus mutans is a primary etiological agent of dental caries. Farnesol, as a potential antimicrobial agent, inhibits the development ofS. mutans biofilm. In this study, we hypothesized that farnesol inhibits caries development in vitro and interferes with biofilm formation by regulating virulence-associated gene expression. The inhibitory effects of farnesol to S. mutans biofilms on enamel surfaces were investigated by determining micro-hardness and calcium measurements. Additionally, the morphological changes ofS...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807850/anti-hiv-activity-of-southern-african-plants-current-developments-phytochemistry-and-future-research
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REVIEW
Gerhard Prinsloo, Cynthia K Marokane, Renée A Street
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: The African continent is home to a large number of higher plant species used over centuries for many applications, which include treating and managing diseases such as HIV. Due to the overwhelming prevalence and incidence rates of HIV, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, it is necessary to develop new and affordable treatments. AIM OF THE STUDY: The article provides an extensive overview of the status on investigation of plants from the southern African region with ethnobotanical use for treating HIV or HIV-related symptoms, or the management of HIV...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807678/metformin-lowers-%C3%AE-synuclein-phosphorylation-and-upregulates-neurotrophic-factor-in-the-mptp-mouse-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Nikita Katila, Sunil Bhurtel, Sina Shadfar, Sunil Srivastav, Sabita Neupane, Uttam Ojha, Gil-Saeng Jeong, Dong-Young Choi
In spite of the massive research for the identification of neurorestorative or neuroprotective intervention for curing Parkinson's disease (PD), there is still lack of clinically proven neuroprotective agents. Metformin, a common anti-hyperglycemic drug has been known to possess neuroprotective properties. However, specific mechanisms by which metformin protects neurons from 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP) neurotoxicity remain to be elucidated. In this study, we assessed the neuroprotective effects of metformin in the subchronic MPTP model of PD, and explored its feasible mechanisms for neuroprotection...
August 11, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807675/substantial-protection-against-mptp-associated-parkinson-s-neurotoxicity-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-by-anti-cancer-agent-su4312-via-activation-of-mef2d-and-inhibition-of-mao-b
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Baojian Guo, Shengquan Hu, Chengyou Zheng, Hongyu Wang, Fangcheng Luo, Haitao Li, Wei Cui, Xifei Yang, Guozhen Cui, Shinghung Mak, Tony Chung-Lit Choi, Edmond Dik-Lung Ma, Yuqiang Wang, Simon Ming Yuen Lee, Zaijun Zhang, Yifan Han
We have previously demonstrated the unexpected neuroprotection of the anti-cancer agent SU4312 in cellular models associated with Parkinson's disease (PD). However, the precise mechanisms underlying its neuroprotection are still unknown, and the effects of SU4312 on rodent models of PD have not been characterized. In the current study, we found that the protection of SU4312 against 1-methyl-4-phenylpyridinium ion (MPP(+))-induced neurotoxicity in PC12 cells was achieved through the activation of transcription factor myocyte enhancer factor 2D (MEF2D), as evidenced by the fact that SU4312 stimulated myocyte enhancer factor 2 (MEF2) transcriptional activity and prevented the inhibition of MEF2D protein expression caused by MPP(+), and that short hairpin RNA (ShRNA)-mediated knockdown of MEF2D significantly abolished the neuroprotection of SU4312...
August 11, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807673/gpr55-a-therapeutic-target-for-parkinson-s-disease
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Marta Celorrio, Estefanía Rojo-Bustamante, Diana Fernández-Suárez, Elena Sáez, Ander Estella-Hermoso de Mendoza, Christa E Müller, María J Ramírez, Julen Oyarzábal, Rafael Franco, María S Aymerich
The GPR55 receptor is expressed abundantly in the brain, especially in the striatum, suggesting it might fulfill a role in motor function. Indeed, motor behavior is impaired in mice lacking GPR55, which also display dampened inflammatory responses. Abnormal-cannabidiol (Abn-CBD), a synthetic cannabidiol (CBD) isomer, is a GPR55 agonist that may serve as a therapeutic agent in the treatment of inflammatory diseases. In this study, we explored whether modulating GPR55 could also represent a therapeutic approach for the treatment of Parkinson's disease (PD)...
August 11, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807671/selective-inhibition-of-extra-synaptic-%C3%AE-5-gabaa-receptors-by-s44819-a-new-therapeutic-agent
#17
Lori-An Etherington, Balázs Mihalik, Adrienn Pálvölgyi, István Ling, Katalin Pallagi, Szabolcs Kertész, Péter Varga, Ben G Gunn, Adam R Brown, Matthew R Livesey, Olivia Monteiro, Delia Belelli, József Barkóczy, Michael Spedding, István Gacsályi, Ferenc A Antoni, Jeremy J Lambert
In the mammalian central nervous system (CNS) GABAA receptors (GABAARs) mediate neuronal inhibition and are important therapeutic targets. GABAARs are composed of 5 subunits, drawn from 19 proteins, underpinning expression of 20-30 GABAAR subtypes. In the CNS these isoforms are heterogeneously expressed and exhibit distinct physiological and pharmacological properties. We report the discovery of S44819, a novel tricyclic oxazolo-2,3-benzodiazepine-derivative, that selectively inhibits α5-subunit-containing GABAARs (α5-GABAARs)...
August 11, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806470/efficacy-and-safety-of-sugammadex-versus-neostigmine-in-reversing-neuromuscular-blockade-in-adults
#18
REVIEW
Ana-Marija Hristovska, Patricia Duch, Mikkel Allingstrup, Arash Afshari
BACKGROUND: Acetylcholinesterase inhibitors, such as neostigmine, have traditionally been used for reversal of non-depolarizing neuromuscular blocking agents. However, these drugs have significant limitations, such as indirect mechanisms of reversal, limited and unpredictable efficacy, and undesirable autonomic responses. Sugammadex is a selective relaxant-binding agent specifically developed for rapid reversal of non-depolarizing neuromuscular blockade induced by rocuronium. Its potential clinical benefits include fast and predictable reversal of any degree of block, increased patient safety, reduced incidence of residual block on recovery, and more efficient use of healthcare resources...
August 14, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806299/the-dynamic-and-transient-immune-microenvironment-in-locally-advanced-esophageal-adenocarcinoma-post-chemoradiation
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Ronan J Kelly, Ali H Zaidi, Matthew A Smith, Ashten N Omstead, Juliann E Kosovec, Daisuke Matsui, Samantha A Martin, Christina DiCarlo, E Day Werts, Jan F Silverman, David H Wang, Blair A Jobe
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess the impact of chemoradiation on the immune microenvironment to influence and optimally design future neoadjuvant clinical trials. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA: Programmed death (PD)-1 inhibitors in metastatic gastroesophageal cancer have demonstrated response rates of approximately 25% in programmed death ligand-1 (PD-L1+) tumors. Unfortunately, the majority of patients do not respond. Therefore, a rationale strategy of combining immunotherapeutic agents with chemoradiation in earlier stage esophageal cancer may prevent metastatic disease in patients...
August 10, 2017: Annals of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805733/first-detection-of-rotavirus-group-c-in-asymptomatic-pigs-of-smallholder-farms-in-east-africa
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Joshua Oluoch Amimo, Eunice Magoma Machuka, Edward Okoth
Abstract: Group C rotavirus (RVC) has been described to be a causative agent of gastroenteritis in humans and animals including pigs, cows, and dogs. Fecal samples collected from asymptomatic pigs in smallholder swine farms in Kenya and Uganda were screened for the presence of group C rotaviruses (RVC) using a reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction assay. A total of 446 samples were tested and 37 were positive (8.3%). A significantly larger (p < 0.05) number of RVC-positive samples was detected in groups of older pigs (5-6 months) than in younger piglets (1-2 months)...
August 14, 2017: Pathogens
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