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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926574/neural-activity-memory-and-dementias-serotonergic-markers
#1
Alfredo Meneses
Dysfunctional memory seems to be a key component of diverse dementias and other neuropsychiatric disorders; unfortunately, no effective treatment exists for this, probably because of the absence of neural biomarkers accompanying it. Diverse neurotransmission systems have been implicated in memory, including serotonin or 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT). There are multiple serotonergic pharmacological tools, well-characterized downstream signaling in mammals' species and neural markers providing new insights into memory functions and dysfunctions...
December 6, 2016: Behavioural Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925347/a-hydrogen-bonded-cyanide-bridged-co2-fe2-square-complex-exhibiting-a-three-step-spin-transition
#2
Masayuki Nihei, Yuta Yanai, I-Jui Hsu, Yoshihiro Sekine, Hiroki Oshio
Co-crystallization of a cyanide-bridged tetranuclear complex [Co2 Fe2 ] with 4-cyanophenol (CP) gave a hydrogen bonding donor-acceptor system, [Co2 Fe2 (bpy*)4 (CN)6 (tp*)2 ](PF6 )2 ⋅2 CP⋅8 BN (1). 1 exhibited a three-step phase transition between HT, IM1, IM2, and LT phases upon temperature variation. Variable temperature magnetic measurements and structural analyses revealed that the three-step spin transition is caused by electron-transfer-coupled spin transitions (ETCSTs) accompanied with alteration of the hydrogen bonding interactions...
December 7, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925242/red-blood-cell-mechanical-fragility-test-for-clinical-research-applications
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Luke A Ziegler, Salim E Olia, Marina V Kameneva
Red blood cell (RBC) susceptibility to mechanically induced hemolysis, or RBC mechanical fragility (MF), is an important parameter in the characterization of erythrocyte membrane health. The rocker bead test (RBT) and associated calculated mechanical fragility index (MFI) is a simple method for the assessment of RBC MF. Requiring a minimum of 15.5 mL of blood and necessitating adjustment of hematocrit (Ht) to a "standard" value (40%), the current RBT is not suitable for use in most studies involving human subjects...
December 7, 2016: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922695/effects-of-five-candidate-laxatives-derived-from-liriope-platyphylla-on-the-5-ht-receptor-signaling-pathway-in-three-cell-types-present-in-the-transverse-colon
#4
Ji Eun Kim, Eun Kyoung Koh, Sung Hwa Song, Ji Eun Sung, Hyun Ah Lee, Hong Gu Lee, Young Whan Choi, Dae Youn Hwang
The laxative effects of aqueous extract of Liriope platyphylla (AEtLP) on loperamide (Lop)‑induced constipation have been reported; however, the key compounds and the mechanism underlying these effects remain unclear. Therefore, the laxative effects of five candidates derived from L. platyphylla: Diosgenin (DG), 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (5-HMF), adenosine (AD), hydroxypropyl cellulose (HPC) and uridine (UD) were investigated by examining the alteration of G protein α (Gα) expression, protein kinase C (PKC) phosphorylation and inositol triphosphate (IP3) concentration levels in the 5-hydroxytryptamine (5‑HT; serotonin) receptor signaling pathway...
December 5, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922541/effects-of-the-5-ht1a-receptor-agonists-buspirone-and-8-oh-dpat-on-pupil-size-in-common-marmosets
#5
Manato Kotani, Naoko Urushino, Itaru Natsutani, Yuji Ogi, Kazuhito Ikeda
As pupil size is affected by psychotropic drugs in all mammals, it has been used as a well-established clinical indicator for the preclinical and clinical development of novel drugs. It has been reported that activation of the serotonin (5-HT)1A receptor differently affects pupil response in rodents (mydriasis) and humans (miosis). Thus, it is important to establish a quantitative system for measuring pupil size using other species, such as nonhuman primates. Common marmosets have recently attracted a great deal of attention as suitable experimental animals in the psychoneurological field because of handling ease compared with other nonhuman primates and the requirement for small amounts of test drugs...
December 2, 2016: Behavioural Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922057/antiproliferative-activities-of-amaryllidaceae-alkaloids-from-lycoris-radiata-targeting-dna-topoisomerase-i
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Gui-Lin Chen, Yong-Qiang Tian, Jian-Lin Wu, Na Li, Ming-Quan Guo
Crude Amaryllidaceae alkaloids (AAs) extracted from Lycoris radiata are reported to exhibit significant anti-cancer activity. However, the specific alkaloids responsible for the pharmacodynamic activity and their targets still remain elusive. In this context, we strived to combine affinity ultrafiltration with topoisomerase I (Top I) as a target enzyme aiming to fish out specific bioactive AAs from Lycoris radiata. 11 AAs from Lycoris radiata were thus screened out, among which hippeastrine (peak 5) with the highest Enrichment factor (EF) against Top I exhibited good dose-dependent inhibition with IC50 at 7...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920817/pharmacological-characterization-of-liquiritigenin-a-chiral-flavonoid-in-licorice
#7
Samaa Alrushaid, Neal M Davies, Stephanie E Martinez, Casey L Sayre
Liquiritigenin is a chiral flavonoid present in plant based food, nutraceuticals, and traditional medicines. It is also an important ingredient present in licorice. The purpose of this study is to explore the pharmacological activity of racemic liquiritigenin utilizing several in vitro assays with relevant roles in colon cancer and diabetes. Where possible, the pure enantiomers were tested to identify the stereospecific contribution to the activity. In vitro antioxidant, anticancer, anti-inflammatory activities (cyclooxygenase inhibition), antidiabetic activities (alpha-amylase and alpha-glucosidase inhibition) as well as cytochrome P450 (CYP450) inhibitory activities were assessed...
October 2016: Research in Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920782/acclimation-of-biochemical-and-diffusive-components-of-photosynthesis-in-rice-wheat-and-maize-to-heat-and-water-deficit-implications-for-modeling-photosynthesis
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Juan A Perdomo, Elizabete Carmo-Silva, Carmen Hermida-Carrera, Jaume Flexas, Jeroni Galmés
The impact of the combined effects of heat stress, increased vapor pressure deficit (VPD) and water deficit on the physiology of major crops needs to be better understood to help identifying the expected negative consequences of climate change and heat waves on global agricultural productivity. To address this issue, rice, wheat, and maize plants were grown under control temperature (CT, 25°C, VPD 1.8 kPa), and a high temperature (HT, 38°C, VPD 3.5 kPa), both under well-watered (WW) and water deficit (WD) conditions...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920511/relationships-between-fto-rs9939609-mc4r-rs17782313-and-ppar%C3%AE-rs1801282-polymorphisms-and-the-occurrence-of-selected-metabolic-and-hormonal-disorders-in-middle-aged-and-elderly-men-a-preliminary-study
#9
Iwona Rotter, Karolina Skonieczna-Żydecka, Danuta Kosik-Bogacka, Grażyna Adler, Aleksandra Rył, Maria Laszczyńska
PURPOSE: Metabolic disorders, including MetS, obesity, and lipid disorders, may be related to genetic factors. Metabolic disorders are associated with decreased TS levels in aging men. The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between FTO rs9939609, MC4R rs17782313, and PPARγ rs1801282 polymorphisms and the presence of MetS and its components, the concurrent lipid disorders, as well as sex hormone concentrations. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: This study involved 272 men of Caucasian descent aged 50-75 years...
2016: Clinical Interventions in Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920278/a-meta-analysis-of-the-association-of-serum-ischemia-modified-albumin-levels-with%C3%A2-human-hypothyroidism-and-hyperthyroidism
#10
Varikasuvu Seshadri Reddy, Suman Bukke, Khageshwar Mahato, Vinod Kumar, Netala Vasudeva Reddy, Manne Munikumar
BACKGROUND: Serum levels of ischemia-modified albumin (IMA) have been studied as a novel and simple measure of oxidative stress (OXS) in different thyroid pathologies. However, results of available studies in the literature were not consistent. This meta-analysis was attempted to quantify the overall effect size for serum IMA levels in human hypothyroidism (HT) and hyperthyroidism (HYT) and to study its associations with the thyroid profile. METHODS: Databases of PubMed/Medline, EMBASE, Google Scholar, Web of Science and Science Direct were searched for articles...
December 5, 2016: Bioscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919824/melatonin-s-role-as-a-co-adjuvant-treatment-in-colonic-diseases-a-review
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Eduardo Esteban-Zubero, Laura López-Pingarrón, Moisés Alejandro Alatorre-Jiménez, Purificación Ochoa-Moneo, Celia Buisac-Ramón, Miguel Rivas-Jiménez, Silvia Castán-Ruiz, Ángel Antoñanzas-Lombarte, Dun-Xian Tan, José Joaquín García, Russel J Reiter
Melatonin is produced in the pineal gland as well as many other organs, including the enterochromaffin cells of the digestive mucosa. Melatonin is a powerful antioxidant that resists oxidative stress due to its capacity to directly scavenge reactive species, to modulate the antioxidant defense system by increasing the activities of antioxidant enzymes, and to stimulate the innate immune response through its direct and indirect actions. In addition, the dysregulation of the circadian system is observed to be related with alterations in colonic motility and cell disruptions due to the modifications of clock genes expression...
December 2, 2016: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919747/h19-mediates-methotrexate-resistance-in-colorectal-cancer-through-activating-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-pathway
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Ke-Feng Wu, Wei-Cheng Liang, Lu Feng, Jian-Xin Pang, Mary Miu-Yee Waye, Jin-Fang Zhang, Wei-Ming Fu
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a common malignancy, most of which remain unresponsive to chemotherapy. As one of the earliest cytotoxic drugs, methotrexate (MTX) serves as an anti-metabolite and anti-folate chemotherapy for various cancers. Unfortunately, MTX resistance prevents its clinical application in cancer therapy. Thereby, overcoming the drug resistance is an alternative strategy to maximize the therapeutic efficacy of MTX in clinics. Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) have gained widespread attention in recent years...
December 2, 2016: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918447/enhanced-antimicrobial-and-anticancer-activity-of-silver-and-gold-nanoparticles-synthesised-using-sargassum-incisifolium-aqueous-extracts
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Mokone Mmola, Marilize Le Roes-Hill, Kim Durrell, John J Bolton, Nicole Sibuyi, Mervin E Meyer, Denzil R Beukes, Edith Antunes
A detailed, methodical approach was used to synthesise silver and gold nanoparticles using two differently prepared aqueous extracts of the brown algae Sargassum incisifolium. The efficiency of the extracts in producing nanoparticles were compared to commercially available brown algal fucoidans, a major constituent of brown algal aqueous extracts. The nanoparticles were characterised using TEM, XRD and UV/Vis spectroscopy and zeta potential measurements. The rate of nanoparticle formation was assessed using UV/Vis spectroscopy and related to the size, shape and morphology of the nanoparticles as revealed by TEM...
December 2, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918061/serotonin-modifies-the-spontaneous-spiking-activity-of-gracile-nucleus-neurons-in-rats-role-of-5-ht1a-and-5-ht2-receptors
#14
C Grasso, G Li Volsi, M Barresi
We tested the effects of microiontophoretic application of serotonin (5-HT) on the firing rate of neurons located in the gracile nucleus (GN) of rats. Application of 5-HT1A and 5-HT2 agonists and antagonists respectively mimicked/ modulated and blocked the effects produced by the amine, respectively. Among the tested neurons, 88.2% modified their background firing activity in the presence of 5-HT. Responsive neurons decreased their mean firing activity (MFA) in 56.7% of cases and increased it in the remaining 43...
June 1, 2016: Archives Italiennes de Biologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917709/synthesis-of-some-steroidal-derivatives-with-side-chain-of-20-and-22-hydrazone-aromatic-heterocycles-and-their-antiproliferative-acitivity
#15
Chunfang Gan, Liang Liu, Jianguo Cui, Zhiping Liu, Haixin Shi, Qifu Lin, Haibing Sheng, Chunhui Yang, Yanmin Huang
BACKGROUND: The modification of steroidal structure is commonly used to change the biological activity of steroids in medicinal chemistry. Some steroids containing heterocycles exhibit distinct cytotoxicity against various cancer cell lines and have been gotten wide attention over the years by medicinal chemists for drug discovery. METHODS: Using pregnenolone and stigmasterol as starting materials, via different chemical reaction, two series of heterosteroids with side chain of 20- and 22-hydrazone aromatic cycles or heterocycles in their structures were synthesized and characterized by IR, NMR and HRMS...
December 5, 2016: Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916958/catalytic-performance-of-a-new-1d-cu-ii-coordination-polymer-cu-no%C3%A2-h%C3%A2-o-htae-4-4-bpy-for-knoevenagel-condensation
#16
Edurne S Larrea, Roberto Fernández de Luis, María I Arriortua
The {Cu(NO₃)(H₂O)}(HTae)(4,4'-Bpy) (H₂Tae = 1,1,2,2-tetraacetylethane, 4,4'-Bpy = 4,4'-Dipyridyl) 1D coordination polymer has been obtained by slow evaporation. The crystal structure consists of parallel and oblique {Cu(HTae)(4,4'-Bpy)} zig-zag metal-organic chains stacked along the [100] crystallographic direction. Copper(II) ions are in octahedral coordination environment linked to two nitrogen atoms of two bridging 4,4'-Bpy and to two oxygen atoms of one HTae molecule in the equatorial plane. The occupation of the axial positions varies from one copper atom to another, with different combinations of water molecules and nitrate anions, giving rise to a commensurate super-structure...
December 1, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916355/enhanced-serotonin-signaling-increases-intestinal-neuroplasticity
#17
Chasen J Greig, Neeru Gandotra, John J Tackett, Michaela C Bamdad, Robert A Cowles
BACKGROUND: The intestinal mucosa recovers from injury by accelerating enterocyte proliferation resulting in villus growth. A similar phenomenon is seen after massive bowel resection. Serotonin (5-HT) has been implicated as an important regulator of mucosal homeostasis by promoting growth in the epithelium. The impact of 5-HT on other components of growing villi is not known. We hypothesized that 5-HT-stimulated growth in the intestinal epithelium would be associated with growth in other components of the villus such as enteric neural axonal processes...
November 2016: Journal of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915185/anti-inflammatory-analgesic-and-anti-tumor-properties-of-gold-nanoparticles
#18
Raimundo Fernandes de Araújo, Aurigena Antunes de Araújo, Jonas Bispo Pessoa, Franscisco Paulo Freire Neto, Gisele Ribeiro da Silva, Ana Luiza C S Leitão Oliveira, Thaís Gomes de Carvalho, Heloiza F O Silva, Mateus Eugênio, Celso Sant'Anna, Luiz H S Gasparotto
BACKGROUND: Gold nanoparticles (GNPs) are regarded as potential platforms for drug delivery. However, their interaction with live organisms must be understood prior to their utilization as drug carriers. The present study reports the anti-inflammatory, analgesic and anti-tumor effects of GNPs. The biodistribution of GNPs and their effect on various tissues have also been studied. METHODS: GNPs were synthesized through an environmentally friendly route and characterized with TEM and UV-vis...
September 21, 2016: Pharmacological Reports: PR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915168/interactions-of-long-chain-homologues-of-colchicine-with-tubulin
#19
Ana Marzo-Mas, Pascale Barbier, Gilles Breuzard, Diane Allegro, Eva Falomir, Juan Murga, Miguel Carda, Vincent Peyrot, J Alberto Marco
Several colchicine analogues in which the N-acetyl residue has been replaced by aliphatic, straight-chain acyl moieties, have been synthesized. These compounds show high cytotoxic activity at the nanomolar level against the tumoral cell lines HT-29, MCF-7 and A549. Some of them exhibit activities in the picomolar range against the HT-29 line and are thus two to three orders of magnitude more cytotoxic than colchicine. In this specific cell line, the activities were found to be closely related to the length of the acyl carbon chain, an increase in the latter giving rise to an increase in the cytotoxicity with a maximum in the range of 10-12 carbon atoms, followed by a decrease in activity with still longer chains...
November 23, 2016: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914878/hydroxytyrosol-modulates-the-levels-of-microrna-9-and-its-target-sirtuin-1-thereby-counteracting-oxidative-stress-induced-chondrocyte-death
#20
Stefania D'Adamo, Silvia Cetrullo, Serena Guidotti, Rosa Maria Borzì, Flavio Flamigni
OBJECTIVE: Nutraceutical compounds, such as hydroxytyrosol (HT), have been found to exert protective effects in osteoarthritis (OA) by affecting a variety of key molecular and cellular processes in chondrocytes. However, to our knowledge, no relationship has been reported between nutraceuticals and microRNA (miR) network in OA models. Here, we identified a miR that is implicated in hydroxytyrosol (HT)-mediated chondroprotection following oxidative stress condition by targeting sirtuin-1 (SIRT-1)...
November 30, 2016: Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
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