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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431163/an-evaluation-of-the-human-relevance-of-the-lung-tumors-observed-in-female-mice-treated-with-permethrin-based-on-mode-of-action
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Tomoya Yamada, Miwa Kondo, Kaori Miyata, Keiko Ogata, Masahiko Kushida, Kayo Sumida, Satoshi Kawamura, Thomas G Osimitz, Brian G Lake, Samuel M Cohen
Permethrin increased the incidence of bronchiolo-alveolar adenomas in female mice but not male mice or female or male rats. Studies were conducted to determine whether permethrin has mitogenic activity in Club cells in mouse lung as the basis for the mode of action (MOA) for the lung adenoma induction. Several short term experiments focusing on time-course, dose-response, reversibility, sex difference, strain difference, and species difference were evaluated for Club cell proliferation and morphology. The findings demonstrated that permethrin slightly and continuously enhanced Club cell proliferation at tumor-associated dose levels in female mice, but did not increase proliferation in male mice or in female rats...
April 18, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430864/the-gnih-lpxrfa-system-s-regulation-of-reproduction-in-the-brain-pituitary-axis-of-the-zebrafish-danio-rerio
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Olivia Smith Spicer, Nilli Zmora, Ten-Tsao Wong, Matan Golan, Berta Levavi-Sivan, Yoav Gothilf, Yonathan Zohar
Gonadotropin-inhibitory hormone (GNIH) was discovered in quail with the ability to reduce gonadotropin expression/secretion in the pituitary. There have been few studies on GNIH orthologs in teleosts (Lpxrfa peptides), which have provided inconsistent results. Therefore, the goal of this study was to determine the roles and modes of action by which Lpxrfa exerts its functions in the brain-pituitary axis of zebrafish (Danio rerio). We localized Lpxrfa soma to the ventral hypothalamus, with fibers extending throughout the brain and to the pituitary...
April 18, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430245/operation-of-ho-yag-ultrafast-laser-inscribed-waveguide-lasers
#3
Sean McDaniel, Fiona Thorburn, Adam Lancaster, Ronald Stites, Gary Cook, Ajoy Kar
We report fabrication and operation of multi-watt level waveguide lasers utilizing holmium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet (Ho:YAG). The waveguides were fabricated using ultrafast laser inscription, which relies on a chirped pulse ytterbium fiber laser to create depressed cladding structures inside the material. A variety of waveguides were created inside the Ho:YAG samples. We demonstrate output powers of ∼2  W from both a single-mode 50 μm waveguide laser and a multimode 80 μm waveguide laser. In addition, laser action from a co-doped Yb:Ho:YAG sample under in-band pumping conditions was demonstrated...
April 20, 2017: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430238/microsensors-based-on-a-whispering-gallery-mode-in-algan-microdisks-undercut-by-hydrogen-environment-thermal-etching
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Tetsuya Kouno, Masaru Sakai, Hoshi Takeshima, Sho Suzuki, Akihiko Kikuchi, Katsumi Kishino, Kazuhiko Hara
AlGaN microdisks were fabricated via a top-down process using electron-beam lithography, inductively coupled plasma reactive-ion etching, and hydrogen-environment thermal etching from commercial epitaxial wafers with a 100-300 nm thick AlGaN layer grown on a c-plane GaN layer by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition. The hydrogen-environment thermal etching performed well in undercutting the AlGaN microdisks owing to the selective etching for the GaN layer. The AlGaN microdisks acted as the whispering gallery mode (WGM) optical microresonators, exhibiting sharp resonant peaks in room temperature photoluminescence spectra...
April 20, 2017: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429930/enzymatically-debranched-xylans-in-graft-copolymerization
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Kuisma Littunen, Galina Mai-Gisondi, Jukka Seppälä, Emma R Master
Wheat arabinoxylan was treated with two α-arabinofuranosidases exhibiting different mode of action to create three different polymeric substrates. These three substrate preparations were characterized by xylopyranose backbone sugars that are (1) singly substituted by arabinose at C2 or C3, (2) doubly substituted by arabinose at C2 and C3, and (3) largely unsubstituted. All xylan preparations were grafted with glycidyl methacrylate using cerium ammonium nitrate and then evaluated in terms of graft yield and adsorption to cellulose surfaces...
April 21, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428863/switching-among-natal-and-auxiliary-hosts-increases-vulnerability-of-spodoptera-exigua-h%C3%A3-bner-lepidoptera-noctuidae-to-insecticides
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Qamar Saeed, Shafqat Saeed, Faheem Ahmad
The role of insecticidal application and host plant resistance in managing Spodoptera exigua has been well documented, but the effect of different host plants, on which the pest cycles its population in the field, has seldom been investigated. Therefore, we have studied the vulnerability of S. exigua against commonly used insecticides (cypermethrin, chlorpyrifos, lufenuron, and emamectin benzoate) with different mode of actions when it switches its generations from natal to auxiliary hosts and vice versa. Different field populations being established on different host plants including castor, cauliflower, cotton, okra, and spinach were collected and reared in the laboratory before insecticidal bioassays...
April 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428751/identification-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-as-determinant-of-posttraumatic-stress-disorder-and-its-inhibition-by-the-chinese-herbal-remedy-free-and-easy-wanderer
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Chunlan Hong, Anja Schüffler, Ulrich Kauhl, Jingming Cao, Ching-Fen Wu, Till Opatz, Eckhard Thines, Thomas Efferth
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental disorder developing after exposure to traumatic events. Although psychotherapy reveals some therapeutic effectiveness, clinically sustainable cure is still uncertain. Some Chinese herbal formulae are reported to work well clinically against mental diseases in Asian countries, but the safety and their mode of action are still unclear. In this study, we investigated the mechanisms of Chinese remedy free and easy wanderer (FAEW) on PTSD. We used a reverse pharmacology approach combining clinical data to search for mechanisms of PTSD with subsequent in vitro verification and bioinformatics techniques as follows: (1) by analyzing microarray-based transcriptome-wide mRNA expression profiling of PTSD patients; (2) by investigating the effect of FAEW and the antidepressant control drug fluoxetine on the transcription factor NF-κB using reporter cell assays and western blotting; (3) by performing molecular docking and literature data mining based on phytochemical constituents of FAEW...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428046/cryoprotectants-a-review-of-the-actions-and-applications-of-cryoprotective-solutes-that-modulate-cell-recovery-from-ultra-low-temperatures
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REVIEW
Gloria D Elliott, Shangping Wang, Barry J Fuller
Cryopreservation has become a central technology in many areas of clinical medicine, biotechnology, and species conservation within both plant and animal biology. Cryoprotective agents (CPAs) invariably play key roles in allowing cells to be processed for storage at deep cryogenic Temperatures and to be recovered with high levels of appropriate functionality. As such, these CPA solutes possess a wide range of metabolic and biophysical effects that are both necessary for their modes of action, and potentially complicating for cell biological function...
April 18, 2017: Cryobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428039/antimicrobial-mechanism-of-epigallocatechin-gallate-and-gallocatechin-gallate-they-target-1-deoxy-d-xylulose-5-phosphate-reductoisomerase-the-key-enzyme-of-the-mep-terpenoid-biosynthetic-pathway
#9
Xian Hui, Shui-Hong Hua, Qian-Qian Wu, Heng Li, Wen-Yun Gao
The catechins EGCG and GCG show a variety of pharmacological activities, especially an antibacterial capacity, but their modes of antimicrobial action have not been fully elucidated. 1-Deoxy-d-xylulose 5-phosphate reductoisomerase (DXR), the first key enzyme in the MEP pathway for terpenoid biosynthesis, is a recently validated antimicrobial target. In order to disclose the antibacterial mechanism of EGCG and GCG, the DXR inhibitory activity of them was investigated in this study. The data show that EGCG and GCG both could specifically suppress the activity of DXR, with EGCG exhibiting relatively low effect against DXR (IC50 about 210 μM) and GCG displaying strong activity (IC50 27...
April 17, 2017: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426995/antibacterial-activity-of-n-methylbenzofuro-3-2-b-quinoline-and-n-methylbenzoindolo-3-2-b-quinoline-derivatives-and-study-of-their-mode-of-action
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Ning Sun, Ruo-Lan Du, Yuan-Yuan Zheng, Bao-Hua Huang, Qi Guo, Rui-Fang Zhang, Kwok-Yin Wong, Yu-Jing Lu
The emergence of multidrug-resistant bacteria causes an urgent need for new generation of antibiotics, which may have a different mechanism of inhibition or killing action from the existing. Targeting at the inhibition of bacterial cell division via the control of FtsZ function is one of the effective and promising approaches. Some natural extracts from plants such as sanguinarine and berberine (analogs of pyridinium compounds) are known to alter FtsZ function. In this study, a series of novel quaternary pyridinium compounds was constructed based on the N-methylbenzofuro[3,2-b]quinoline and N-methylbenzoindolo[3,2-b]-quinoline derivatives and their antibacterial activity against nine significant pathogens was investigated using broth microdilution method...
April 15, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426671/effect-of-mitochondrially-targeted-carboxy-proxyl-nitroxide-on-akt-mediated-survival-in-daudi-cells-significance-of-a-dual-mode-of-action
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Gokul Variar, Tarun Pant, Apoorva Singh, Abinaya Ravichandran, Sushant Swami, Balaraman Kalyanaraman, Anuradha Dhanasekaran
Vicious cycles of mutations and reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation contribute to cancer progression. The use of antioxidants to inhibit ROS generation promotes cytostasis by affecting the mutation cycle and ROS-dependent survival signaling. However, cancer cells select mutations to elevate ROS albeit maintaining mitochondrial hyperpolarization (Δψm), even under hypoxia. From this perspective, the use of drugs that disrupt both ROS generation and Δψm is a viable anticancer strategy. Hence, we studied the effects of mitochondrially targeted carboxy proxyl nitroxide (Mito-CP) and a control ten carbon TPP moiety (Dec-TPP+) in the human Burkitt lymphoma cell line (Daudi) and normal peripheral blood mononuclear cells under hypoxia and normoxia...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425344/20-years-of-fish-immunotoxicology-what-we-know-and-where-we-are
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Kristina Rehberger, Inge Werner, Bettina Hitzfeld, Helmut Segner, Lisa Baumann
Despite frequent field observations of impaired immune response and increased disease incidence in contaminant-exposed wildlife populations, immunotoxic effects are rarely considered in ecotoxicological risk assessment. The aim of this study was to review the literature on immunotoxic effects of chemicals in fish to quantitatively evaluate (i) which experimental approaches were used to assess immunotoxic effects, (ii) whether immune markers exist to screen for potential immunotoxic activities of chemicals, and (iii) how predictive those parameters are for adverse alterations of fish immunocompetence and disease resistance...
April 20, 2017: Critical Reviews in Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425208/nitrogenase-cofactor-inspiration-for-model-chemistry
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Ivana Djurdjevic, Oliver Einsle, Laure Decamps
The cofactor of nitrogenase is the largest and most intricate metal cluster known in nature. Its reactivity, mode of action and even the precise binding site of substrate remain a matter of debate. For decades, synthetic chemists have taken inspiration from the exceptional structural, electronic and catalytic features of the cofactor and have tried to either mimic the unique topology of the entire site, or to extract its functional principles and build them into novel catalysts that achieve the same - or very similar - astounding transformations...
April 20, 2017: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424660/ccl2-monocyte-chemoattractant-protein-1-and-parathyroid-hormone-action-on-bone
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REVIEW
Jawed Akhtar Siddiqui, Nicola C Partridge
Chemokines are small molecules that play a crucial role as chemoattractants for several cell types, and their components are associated with host immune responses and repair mechanisms. Chemokines selectively recruit monocytes, neutrophils, and lymphocytes and induce chemotaxis through the activation of G protein-coupled receptors. Two well-described chemokine families (CXC and CC) are known to regulate the localization and trafficking of immune cells in cases of injury, infection, and tumors. Monocyte chemoattractant protein 1 (MCP-1/CCL2) is one of the important chemokines from the CC family that controls migration and infiltration of monocytes/macrophages during inflammation...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423595/dutpase-inhibition-augments-replication-defects-of-5-fluorouracil
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Anna Hagenkort, Cynthia B J Paulin, Matthieu Desroses, Antonio Sarno, Elisée Wiita, Oliver Mortusewicz, Tobias Koolmeister, Olga Loseva, Ann-Sofie Jemth, Ingrid Almlöf, Evert Homan, Thomas Lundbäck, Anna-Lena Gustavsson, Martin Scobie, Thomas Helleday
The antimetabolite 5-Fluorouracil (5-FU) is used in the treatment of various forms of cancer and has a complex mode of action. Despite 6 decades in clinical application the contribution of 5-FdUTP and dUTP [(5-F)dUTP] and 5-FUTP misincorporation into DNA and RNA respectively, for 5-FU-induced toxicity is still under debate.This study investigates DNA replication defects induced by 5-FU treatment and how (5-F)dUTP accumulation contributes to this effect. We reveal that 5-FU treatment leads to extensive problems in DNA replication fork progression, causing accumulation of cells in S-phase, DNA damage and ultimately cell death...
April 4, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422728/antimicrobial-peptides-with-selective-antitumor-mechanisms-prospect-for-anticancer-applications
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REVIEW
Berthony Deslouches, Y Peter Di
In the last several decades, there have been significant advances in anticancer therapy. However, the development of resistance to cancer drugs and the lack of specificity related to actively dividing cells leading to toxic side effects have undermined these achievements. As a result, there is considerable interest in alternative drugs with novel antitumor mechanisms. In addition to the recent approach using immunotherapy, an effective but much cheaper therapeutic option of pharmaceutical drugs would still provide the best choice for cancer patients as the first line treatment...
March 31, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422055/c-myc-making-liver-sick-role-of-c-myc-in-hepatic-cell-function-homeostasis-and-disease
#17
REVIEW
Kang Zheng, Francisco Javier Cubero, Yulia A Nevzorova
Over 35 years ago, c-MYC, a highly pleiotropic transcription factor that regulates hepatic cell function, was identified. In recent years, a considerable increment in the number of publications has significantly shifted the way that the c-MYC function is perceived. Overexpression of c-MYC alters a wide range of roles including cell proliferation, growth, metabolism, DNA replication, cell cycle progression, cell adhesion and differentiation. The purpose of this review is to broaden the understanding of the general functions of c-MYC, to focus on c-MYC-driven pathogenesis in the liver, explain its mode of action under basal conditions and during disease, and discuss efforts to target c-MYC as a plausible therapy for liver disease...
April 19, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421744/a-mini-hip-hop-assay-uncovers-a-central-role-for-copper-and-zinc-in-the-antifungal-mode-of-action-of-allicin
#18
Thomas A K Prescott, Barry Panaretou
Garlic contains the organosulfur compound allicin which exhibits potent antifungal activity. Here we demonstrate the use of a highly simplified yeast chemical genetic screen to characterize its mode of action. By screening 24 validated yeast gene deletion "signature" strains for which hypersensitivity is characteristic for common antifungal modes of action, yeast lacking the high affinity Cu2+ transporter Ctr1 was found to be hypersensitive to allicin. Focusing on transition metal related genes identified two more hypersensitive strains lacking the Cu2+ and Zn2+ transcription factors Mac1 and Zap1...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420092/analysis-of-sub-lethal-toxicity-of-perfluorooctane-sulfonate-pfos-to-daphnia-magna-using-%C3%A2-h-nuclear-magnetic-resonance-based-metabolomics
#19
Martha N Kariuki, Edward G Nagato, Brian P Lankadurai, André J Simpson, Myrna J Simpson
¹H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)-based metabolomics was used to characterize the response of Daphnia magna after sub-lethal exposure to perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), a commonly found environmental pollutant in freshwater ecosystems. Principal component analysis (PCA) scores plots showed significant separation in the exposed samples relative to the controls. Partial least squares (PLS) regression analysis revealed a strong linear correlation between the overall metabolic response and PFOS exposure concentration...
April 14, 2017: Metabolites
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419624/the-effect-of-single-oral-doses-of-duloxetine-reboxetine-and-midodrine-on-the-urethral-pressure-in-healthy-female-subjects-using-urethral-pressure-reflectometry
#20
Niels Klarskov, Dirk Cerneus, William Sawyer, Donald Newgreen, Olivier van Till, Gunnar Lose
AIMS: To evaluate the effect on urethral pressure of reference drugs known to reduce stress urinary incontinence symptoms by different effect size and mechanisms of action on urethral musculature under four test conditions in healthy female subjects using urethral pressure reflectometry. METHODS: Healthy females aged 18-55 years were recruited by advertising for this phase 1, single site, placebo-controlled, randomized, four-period, crossover study. The interventions were single oral doses of 10 mg Midodrine, 80 mg Duloxetine, 12 mg Reboxetine, and placebo...
April 18, 2017: Neurourology and Urodynamics
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