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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549350/an-anti-cancer-wxxxe-containing-azurin-polypeptide-inhibits-rac1-dependent-stat3-and-erk-gsk-3%C3%AE-signaling-in-breast-cancer-cells
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Zhe Zhang, Zhiyong Luo, Wenpu Min, Lin Zhang, Yaqun Wu, Xiaopeng Hu
In our previous study, we characterized a mycoplasmal small GTPase-like polypeptide of 240 amino acids that possesses an N-terminal WVLGE sequence. The N-terminal WVLGE sequence promotes activation of Rac1 and subsequent host cancer cell proliferation. To investigate the function of the WxxxE motif in the interaction with Rac1 and host tumor progression, we synthesized a 35-amino acid WVLGE-containing polypeptide derived from a cell-penetrating peptide derived from the azurin protein. We verified that the WVLGE-containing polypeptide targeted MCF-7 cells rather than MCF-10A cells...
May 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549340/a-critical-assessment-of-the-in-vitro-measurement-of-cortical-bone-stiffness-with-ultrasound
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L Peralta, X Cai, P Laugier, Q Grimal
Elasticity assessment based on bulk wave velocity (BWV) measurements is the most popular technique to characterize the anisotropic stiffness tensor in cortical bone. Typically, a cuboid bone specimen is cut with its sides along the different anatomical directions. Then, the velocity of shear and longitudinal waves propagating along different directions are assessed, from which stiffness coefficients are calculated. Despite the importance of obtaining accurate elasticity values for bone research, there is no generally accepted protocol to measure BWV and the precision of the technique has been seldom investigated...
May 19, 2017: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549300/evaluation-of-the-in-vitro-effect-of-boldo-and-meadowsweet-plant-extracts-on-the-expression-of-antimicrobial-peptides-and-inflammatory-markers-in-canine-keratinocytes
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Domenico Santoro, Kim Ahrens, Ryan Vesny, Christelle Navarro, Hugues Gatto, Rosanna Marsella
Dogs with allergies are prone to skin infections and treatments/preventatives to boost innate immune-defenses are beneficial. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of Boldo and Meadowsweet extracts on the expression of β-defensins (cBD), cathelicidin (cCath), and pro-inflammatory cytokines in canine keratinocyte. This study had two phases. Phase I evaluated mRNA expression of cBD103 and cCath, and secretion of cCath, IL-8 and TNF-α by keratinocytes harvested from healthy (n=5) and atopic (n=5) age-matched beagles exposed to Boldo (2% to 0...
May 17, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549290/anti-inflammatory-potential-of-hentriacontane-in-lps-stimulated-raw-264-7-cells-and-mice-model
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Vidushi Khajuria, Shilpa Gupta, Neha Sharma, Ashok Kumar, Nazir A Lone, Mowkshi Khullar, Prabhu Dutt, Parduman Raj Sharma, Asha Bhagat, Zabeer Ahmed
Hentriacontane, has various pharmacological effects including anti-inflammatory, antitumor and antimicrobial activities. Its anti-inflammatory potential has been demonstrated in peritoneal macrophages. However detailed studies on other models elucidating the mechanistic description of the mode of action has not been done. Hence, the aim of the present study is to evaluate the anti-inflammatory potential of hentriacontane both in-vivo (Balb/c mice) and in-vitro (RAW 264.7 cells). Cytokine inhibition of both pro-inflammatory (TNF-α, IL-6, MCP-1 and IL-1β) and anti-inflammatory (IL-10) cytokines was studied in RAW 264...
May 23, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549259/purinergic-2x7-receptor-activation-regulates-wnt-signaling-in-human-mandibular-derived-osteoblasts
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Pimrumpai Rochanakit Sindhavajiva, Panunn Sastravaha, Mansuang Arksornnukit, Prasit Pavasant
OBJECTIVE: Purinergic 2X7 receptor (P2X7R) activation modulates in vitro mineralization by primary rat and human osteoblasts. However, the detailed mechanism of how P2X7R activation affects primary human osteoblasts remains unclear. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of P2X7R activation on human mandibular-derived osteoblast (hMOB) differentiation. DESIGN: Primary human osteoblasts were obtained from non-pathologic mandibular bone from healthy patients...
May 18, 2017: Archives of Oral Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549257/human-somatic-cells-deficient-for-rad52-are-impaired-for-viral-integration-and-compromised-for-most-aspects-of-homology-directed-repair
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Yinan Kan, Nizar N Batada, Eric A Hendrickson
Homology-directed repair (HDR) maintains genomic integrity by eliminating lesions such as DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs), interstrand crosslinks (ICLs) and stalled replication forks and thus a deficiency in HDR is associated with genomic instability and cancer predisposition. The mechanism of HDR is best understood and most rigorously characterized in yeast. The inactivation of the fungal radiation sensitive 52 (RAD52) gene, which has both recombination mediator and single-strand annealing (SSA) activities in vitro, leads to severe HDR defects in vivo...
May 10, 2017: DNA Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549219/design-synthesis-and-properties-of-a-potent-inhibitor-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-deacetylase-lpxc
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Grazia Piizzi, David T Parker, Yunshan Peng, Markus Rolf Dobler, Anup Patnaik, Som Wattanasin, Eugene Liu, Francois Lenoir, Jill Nunez, John Kerrigan, David McKenney, Colin S Osborne, Donghui Yu, Leanne Lanieri, Jade Bojkovic, JoAnne Dzink-Fox, Maria-Dawn Lilly, Elizabeth R Sprague, Yipin Lu, Hongming Wang, Srijan Ranjitkar, Bing Wang, Meir Glick, Lawrence G Hamann, Ruben Tommasi, Xia Yang, Charles R Dean
Over the past several decades the frequency of antibacterial resistance in hospitals, including multi-drug resistance (MDR) and its association with serious infectious diseases, has increased at alarming rates. Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a leading cause of nosocomial infections, and resistance to virtually all approved antibacterial agents is emerging in this pathogen. To address the need for new agents to treat MDR P. aeruginosa, we focused on inhibiting the first committed step in the biosynthesis of lipid A, the deacetylation of uridyldiphospho-3-O-(R-hydroxydecanoyl)-N-acetylglucosamine by the enzyme LpxC...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549217/surface-enhanced-raman-scattering-active-gold-nanoparticles-with-enzyme-mimicking-activities-for-measuring-glucose-and-lactate-in-living-tissues
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Yihui Hu, Hanjun Cheng, Xiaozhi Zhao, Jiangjiexing Wu, Faheem Muhammad, Shichao Lin, Jian He, Liqi Zhou, Chengping Zhang, Yu Deng, Peng Wang, Zhengyang Zhou, Shuming Nie, Hui Wei
Gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) with simultaneous plasmonic and biocatalytic properties provide a promising approach to developing versatile bioassays. However, the combination of AuNPs' intrinsic enzyme mimicking properties with their surface-enhanced Ra-man scattering (SERS) activities has yet to be explored. Here we designed a peroxidase mimicking nanozyme by in situ growing AuNPs into a highly porous and thermally stable metal-organic framework (MOF) called MIL-101. The obtained AuNPs@MIL-101 nanozymes acted as the peroxidase mimics to oxidize Raman inactive reporter leucomalachite green (LMG) into the active malachite green (MG) with hydrogen peroxide, and simultaneously as the SERS substrates to enhance the Raman signals of the as-produced MG...
May 26, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549205/genetic-divergence-among-corn-hybrids-and-combining-ability-for-agronomic-and-bromatological-traits-of-silage
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E Gralak, M V Faria, A S T Figueiredo, D A Rizzardi, M Neumann, M C Mendes, C A Scapim, S Galbeiro
We assessed the impact of genetic divergence and the ability to combine corn hybrids used for the production of silage on the agronomic and bromatological traits of silage quality. We evaluated 18 corn hybrids used as genitors in a circulant diallel scheme in which each genitor hybrid participated in 9 hybrid combinations, and evaluated 100 treatments [18 genitor hybrids, 81 diallelic hybrids, and a commercial check hybrid (DKB330)] in a triple lattice 10 x 10 experimental design in two environments in Brazil...
May 25, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549199/effect-of-1-25-oh2d3-on-the-proliferation-of-human-mesangial-cells-and-their-expression-of-ki67
#10
D Zhao, C-J Zhang, R Yang, J-P Chen, L Ma, G Liu, X-P Yang
Previous studies have found that 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 [1,25(OH)2D3 or VD3] exerts many biological effects, including the inhibition of cell proliferation and induction of apoptosis, but its mechanism of action remains unclear. The goal of our investigation was to explore the effects of 1,25(OH)2D3 on the proliferation of cultured human mesangial cells and their expression of Ki67 in vitro, and to establish its mechanism of action. Cultured human mesangial cells were randomly divided into the following four groups: normal control (N group; administered Dulbecco's modified Eagle's medium containing 5% fetal bovine serum), proliferation [epidermal growth factor (EGF) group; administered 10 μg/L EGF], VD3 intervention [administered 10(-8) M 1,25(OH)2D3], and proliferation and intervention [EGF+VD3 group; administered 10 μg/L EGF and 10(-8) M 1,25(OH)2D3]...
May 25, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549089/development-of-a-sustained-release-voriconazole-containing-thermogel-for-subconjunctival-injection-in-horses
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Rosemary S Cuming, Eva M Abarca, Sue Duran, Anne A Wooldridge, Allison J Stewart, William Ravis, R Jayachandra Babu, Yuh-Jing Lin, Terri Hathcock
Purpose: To determine in vitro release profiles, transcorneal permeation, and ocular injection characteristics of a voriconazole-containing thermogel suitable for injection into the subconjunctival space (SCS). Methods: In vitro release rate of voriconazole (0.3% and 1.5%) from poly (DL-lactide-co-glycolide-b-ethylene glycol-b-DL-lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA-PEG-PLGA) thermogel was determined for 28 days. A Franz cell diffusion chamber was used to evaluate equine transcorneal and transscleral permeation of voriconazole (1...
May 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548956/dalbinol-a-rotenoid-from-amorpha-fruticosa-l-exerts-anti-proliferative-activity-by-facilitating-%C3%AE-catenin-degradation-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells
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Xiaohui Zhu, Xin Wu, Jing Cheng, Hongbo Liao, Xiaoqing Di, Lili Li, Rong Li, Yanfang Zhou, Xiangning Zhang
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a highly malignant tumor, and the main cause of treatment failure is malignant proliferation. Aberrations in Wnt/β-catenin signaling are associated with HCC development. Despite the improvements in overall survival made over the past decade from the advent of molecularly targeted therapies, these treatments do not have efficacy in all patients with different pathogeneses. Therefore, there is a demand for novel chemotherapeutic agents for HCC. To this end, we built a natural compound library and screened out a rotenoid named dalbinol from the seeds of Amorpha fruticosa L...
May 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548955/exploring-brusatol-as-a-new-anti-pancreatic-cancer-adjuvant-biological-evaluation-and-mechanistic-studies
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Zheng Lu, Zheng-Quan Lai, Albert W N Leung, Po Sing Leung, Zhao-Shen Li, Zhi-Xiu Lin
Pancreatic cancer is highly resistant to chemotherapeutic agents and is known to have a poor prognosis. The development of new therapeutic entities is badly needed for this deadly malignancy. In this study, we demonstrated for the first time that brusatol, a natural quassinoid isolated from a Chinese herbal medicine named Bruceae Fructus, possessed potent cytotoxic effect against different pancreatic adenocarcinoma cell lines. Its anti-pancreatic cancer effect was comparable to that of the first-line chemotherapeutic agents such as gemcitabine and 5-fluorouracil, with a more favorable safety profile...
May 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548936/mir-650-represses-high-risk-non-metastatic-colorectal-cancer-progression-via-inhibition-of-akt2-gsk3%C3%AE-e-cadherin-pathway
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Chunxian Zhou, Fengyun Cui, Jiali Li, Diyi Wang, Yingze Wei, Ying Wu, Jiping Wang, Hongguang Zhu, Shuyang Wang
Although 5-year survival rate of non-metastatic colorectal cancer (CRC) is high, about 10% of patients in stage I and II still develop into metastatic CRC and eventually die after resection. Currently, there is no effective biomarker for predicting the prognosis of non-metastatic CRC in clinical practice. In this study, we identified miR-650 as a biomarker for prognosis prediction. We observed that the expression of miR-650 in tumor tissues had a positive association with overall survival. MiR-650 inhibited cell growth and invasion in vitro and in vivo...
May 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548935/hdac4-stimulates-mrtf-a-expression-and-drives-fibrogenesis-in-hepatic-stellate-cells-by-targeting-mir-206
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Xinrui Han, Chenzhi Hao, Luyang Li, Jianfei Li, Mingming Fang, Yuanlin Zheng, Jun Lu, Ping Li, Yong Xu
Activation of hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) is a hallmark event during liver fibrogenesis. We have previously shown that the transcriptional modulator MRTF-A contributes to liver fibrosis by programming epigenetic activation of HSCs. In the present study we investigated the mechanism whereby MRTF-A expression is regulated in this process. We report here that MRTF-A protein levels, but not mRNA levels, were up-regulated in vivo in the livers of mice induced to develop hepatic fibrosis. Pro-fibrogenic stimuli (TGF-β and PDGF-BB) also activated MRTF-A expression post-transcriptionally in vitro in cultured HSCs...
May 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548934/ikbke-regulates-cell-proliferation-and-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-of-human-malignant-glioma-via-the-hippo-pathway
#16
Jie Lu, Yi Yang, Gaochao Guo, Yang Liu, Zhimeng Zhang, Shicai Dong, Yang Nan, Zhenyi Zhao, Yue Zhong, Qiang Huang
IKBKE is increased in several types of cancers and is associated with tumour malignancy. In this study, we confirmed that IKBKE promoted glioma proliferation, migration and invasion in vitro. Then, we further discovered that IKBKE increased Yes-associated protein 1 (YAP1) and TEA domain family member 2 (TEAD2), two important Hippo pathway downstream factors, to induce an epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT), thus contributing to tumour invasion and metastasis. We also testified that YAP1 and TEAD2 promoted epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in malignant glioma...
May 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548928/crosstalk-between-tongue-carcinoma-cells-extracellular-vesicles-and-immune-cells-in-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-models
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Ahmed Al-Samadi, Shady Adnan Awad, Katja Tuomainen, Yue Zhao, Abdelhakim Salem, Mataleena Parikka, Tuula Salo
The crosstalk between immune cells, cancer cells, and extracellular vesicles (EVs) secreted by cancer cells remains poorly understood. We created three-dimensional (3D) cell culture models using human leiomyoma discs and Myogel to study the effects of immune cells on highly (HSC-3) and less (SCC-25) invasive oral tongue squamous cell carcinoma (OTSCC) cell lines. Additionally, we studied the effects of EVs isolated from these cell lines on the cytotoxicity of CD8+ T and NK cells isolated from three healthy donors...
May 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548877/role-of-osgin1-in-mediating-smoking-induced-autophagy-in-the-human-airway-epithelium
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Guoqing Wang, Haixia Zhou, Yael Strulovici-Barel, Mohammed Al-Hijji, Xuemei Ou, Jacqueline Salit, Matthew S Walters, Michelle R Staudt, Robert J Kaner, Ronald G Crystal
Enhanced macroautophagy/autophagy is recognized as a component of the pathogenesis of smoking-induced airway disease. Based on the knowledge that enhanced autophagy is linked to oxidative stress and the DNA damage response, both of which are linked to smoking, we used microarray analysis of the airway epithelium to identify smoking upregulated genes known to respond to oxidative stress and the DNA damage response. This analysis identified OSGIN1 (oxidative stress induced growth inhibitor 1) as significantly upregulated by smoking, in both the large and small airway epithelium, an observation confirmed by an independent small airway microarray cohort, TaqMan PCR of large and small airway samples and RNA-Seq of small airway samples...
May 26, 2017: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548869/neurotransmitter-receptor-availability-in-the-rat-brain-is-constant-in-a-24-hour-period
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A Oskamp, F Wedekind, T Kroll, D Elmenhorst, A Bauer
Wakefulness and sleep are fundamental characteristics of the brain. We, therefore, hypothesized that transmitter systems contribute to their regulation and will exhibit circadian alterations. We assessed the concentration of various neurotransmitter receptors and transporters including adenosinergic (A1AR, A2AAR, and ENT1), dopaminergic (D1R, D2R, and DAT), and serotonergic (5-HT2AR) target proteins. Adult male Sprague Dawley rats were used and maintained in a 12 h light: 12 h dark cycle (lights on from 07:00 h to 19:00 h)...
May 26, 2017: Chronobiology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548845/a-new-analytical-framework-for-verification-of-biomarkers-of-exposure-to-chemicals-combining-human-biomonitoring-and-water-fingerprinting
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Luigi Lopardo, Andrew Cummins, Axel Rydevik, Barbara Kasprzyk-Hordern
Molecular epidemiology approaches in human biomonitoring are powerful tools that allow for verification of public exposure to chemical substances. Unfortunately, due to logistical difficulties and high cost, they tend to evaluate small study groups and as a result might not provide comprehensive large scale community-wide exposure data. Urban water fingerprinting provides a timely alternative to traditional approaches. It can revolutionise the human exposure studies as urban water represents collective community-wide exposure...
May 26, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
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