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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223069/evaluation-of-antibacterial-potential-and-toxicity-of-plant-volatile-compounds-using-new-broth-microdilution-volatilization-method-and-modified-mtt-assay
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Marketa Houdkova, Johana Rondevaldova, Ivo Doskocil, Ladislav Kokoska
With aim to develop effective proof-of-concept approach which can be used in a development of new preparations for the inhalation therapy, we designed a new screening method for simple and rapid simultaneous determination of antibacterial potential of plant volatiles in the liquid and the vapour phase at different concentrations. In addition, EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate) capmat™ as vapour barrier cover was used as reliable modification of thiazolyl blue tetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay for cytotoxicity testing of volatiles on microtiter plates...
February 18, 2017: Fitoterapia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203673/amphipathic-guanidine-embedded-glyoxamide-based-peptidomimetics-as-novel-antibacterial-agents-and-biofilm-disruptors
#2
Shashidhar Nizalapur, Onder Kimyon, Eugene Yee, Kitty Ho, Thomas Berry, Mike Manefield, Charles G Cranfield, Mark Willcox, David StC Black, Naresh Kumar
Antimicrobial resistance in bacteria is becoming increasingly prevalent, posing a critical challenge to global health. Bacterial biofilm formation is a common resistance mechanism that reduces the effectiveness of antibiotics. Thus, the development of compounds that can disrupt bacterial biofilms is a potential strategy to combat antimicrobial resistance. We report herein the synthesis of amphipathic guanidine-embedded glyoxamide-based peptidomimetics via ring-opening reactions of N-naphthoylisatins with amines and amino acids...
February 16, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192961/raman-and-infrared-spectroscopy-distinguish-replicative-senescent-from-proliferating-primary-human-fibroblast-cells-by-detecting-spectral-differences-mainly-due-to-biomolecular-alterations
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Katharina Eberhardt, Claudia Beleites, Shiva Marthandan, Christian Matthäus, Stephan Diekmann, Juergen Popp
Cellular senescence is a terminal cell cycle arrested state, assumed to be involved in tumor suppression. We studied four human fibroblast cell strains (BJ, MRC 5, IMR 90 and WI 38) from proliferation into senescence. Cells were investigated by label-free vibrational Raman and infrared spectroscopy, following their transition into replicative senescence. During the transition into senescence, we observed rather similar biomolecular abundances in all four cell strains and between proliferating and senescent cells; however, in the four aging cell strains we found common molecular differences dominated by protein and lipid modifications...
January 27, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173977/identification-of-a-candidate-standard-strain-of-severe-fever-with-thrombocytopenia-syndrome-virus-for-vaccine-quality-control-in-china-using-a-cross-neutralization-assay
#4
Zheng Jia, Xiaohong Wu, Ling Wang, Xiuling Li, Xinxian Dai, Mifang Liang, Shouchun Cao, Yan Kong, Jingjing Liu, Yuhua Li, Junzhi Wang
Severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome (SFTS) is caused by a phlebovirus of the Bunyaviridae family, which is designated as SFTS virus (SFTSV). To our knowledge, no efficient SFTSV vaccine exists. Here, we report the identification of a standard virus strain for the eight major SFTSV strains circulating in China for use in evaluating the SFTSV vaccine. Rabbits were immunized with the SFTSV strains and the cross-neutralization capacities of SFTSV anti-sera were determined in microculture cytopathic effect (CPE)-inhibition assays...
February 4, 2017: Biologicals: Journal of the International Association of Biological Standardization
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161627/temperature-and-ph-sensors-based-on-graphenic-materials
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P Salvo, N Calisi, B Melai, B Cortigiani, M Mannini, A Caneschi, G Lorenzetti, C Paoletti, T Lomonaco, A Paolicchi, I Scataglini, V Dini, M Romanelli, R Fuoco, F Di Francesco
Point-of-care applications and patients' real-time monitoring outside a clinical setting would require disposable and durable sensors to provide better therapies and quality of life for patients. This paper describes the fabrication and performances of a temperature and a pH sensor on a biocompatible and wearable board for healthcare applications. The temperature sensor was based on a reduced graphene oxide (rGO) layer that changed its electrical resistivity with the temperature. When tested in a human serum sample between 25 and 43°C, the sensor had a sensitivity of 110±10Ω/°C and an error of 0...
May 15, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28145721/isolation-and-total-synthesis-of-hoshinolactam-an-antitrypanosomal-lactam-from-a-marine-cyanobacterium
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Hidetoshi Ogawa, Arihiro Iwasaki, Shimpei Sumimoto, Masato Iwatsuki, Aki Ishiyama, Rei Hokari, Kazuhiko Otoguro, Satoshi O Mura, Kiyotake Suenaga
In the search for new antiprotozoal substances, hoshinolactam, an antitrypanosomal lactam, was isolated from a marine cyanobacterium. The gross structure was elucidated by spectroscopic analyses, and the absolute configuration was determined by the first total synthesis. Hoshinolactam showed potent antitrypanosomal activity with an IC50 value of 3.9 nM without cytotoxicity against human fetal lung fibroblast MRC-5 cells (IC50 > 25 μM).
February 1, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28135634/design-synthesis-and-in%C3%A2-vitro-antitumour-activity-of-new-goniofufurone-and-7-epi-goniofufurone-mimics-with-halogen-or-azido-groups-at-the-c-7-position
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Jovana Francuz, Ivana Kovačević, Mirjana Popsavin, Goran Benedeković, Bojana Srećo Zelenović, Vesna Kojić, Dimitar Jakimov, Lidija Aleksić, Gordana Bogdanović, Tatjana Srdić-Rajić, Eva Lončar, Marko V Rodić, Vladimir Divjaković, Velimir Popsavin
A series of new antitumour lactones containing the [3.3.0] bicyclic furano-lactone core and the halogen or azido group at the C-7 position have been designed, synthesized, and evaluated for their in vitro antitumour activity against a panel of human tumour cell lines. Some of the analogues displayed powerful antiproliferative effects to certain human tumour cells, but all of them were devoid of any cytotoxicity towards the normal foetal lung fibroblasts (MRC-5). A SAR study reveals the structural features of these lactones that may affect their antiproliferative activity...
January 17, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28124843/improved-antioxidative-and-cytotoxic-activities-of-chamomile-matricaria-chamomilla-florets-fermented-by-lactobacillus-plantarum-kccm-11613p
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Eun-Hye Park, Won-Young Bae, Su-Jin Eom, Kee-Tae Kim, Hyun-Dong Paik
Antioxidative and cytotoxic effects of chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) fermented by Lactobacillus plantarum were investigated to improve their biofunctional activities. Total polyphenol (TP) content was measured by the Folin-Denis method, and the antioxidant activities were assessed by the 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) method and β-carotene bleaching method. AGS, HeLa, LoVo, MCF-7, and MRC-5 (normal) cells were used to examine the cytotoxic effects by 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium (MTT) assay...
2017: Journal of Zhejiang University. Science. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122968/phosphoprotein-profiles-of-candidate-markers-for-early-cellular-responses-to-low-dose-%C3%AE-radiation-in-normal-human-fibroblast-cells
#9
Ji-Hye Yim, Jung Mi Yun, Ji Young Kim, In Kyung Lee, Seon Young Nam, Cha Soon Kim
Ionizing radiation causes biological damage that leads to severe health effects. However, the effects and subsequent health implications caused by exposure to low-dose radiation are unclear. The objective of this study was to determine phosphoprotein profiles in normal human fibroblast cell lines in response to low-dose and high-dose γ-radiation. We examined the cellular response in MRC-5 cells 0.5 h after exposure to 0.05 or 2 Gy. Using 1318 antibodies by antibody array, we observed ≥1.3-fold increases in a number of identified phosphoproteins in cells subjected to low-dose (0...
January 24, 2017: Journal of Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122543/lung-cells-support-osteosarcoma-cell-migration-and-survival
#10
Shibing Yu, Mitchell Stephen Fourman, Adel Mahjoub, Jonathan Brendan Mandell, Jared Anthony Crasto, Nicholas Giuseppe Greco, Kurt Richard Weiss
BACKGROUND: Osteosarcoma (OS) is the most common primary bone tumor, with a propensity to metastasize to the lungs. Five-year survival for metastatic OS is below 30%, and has not improved for several decades despite the introduction of multi-agent chemotherapy. Understanding OS cell migration to the lungs requires an evaluation of the lung microenvironment. Here we utilized an in vitro lung cell and OS cell co-culture model to explore the interactions between OS and lung cells, hypothesizing that lung cells would promote OS cell migration and survival...
January 25, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28117761/phloretin-exerts-anti-tuberculosis-activity-and-suppresses-lung-inflammation
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Dasom Jeon, Min-Cheol Jeong, Hum Nath Jnawali, Chulhee Kwak, Sungwon Ryoo, In Duk Jung, Yangmee Kim
An increase in the prevalence of the drug-resistant Mycobacteria tuberculosis necessitates developing new types of anti-tuberculosis drugs. Here, we found that phloretin, a naturally-occurring flavonoid, has anti-mycobacterial effects on H37Rv, multi-drug-, and extensively drug-resistant clinical isolates, with minimum inhibitory concentrations of 182 and 364 μM, respectively. Since Mycobacteria cause lung inflammation that contributes to tuberculosis pathogenesis, anti-inflammatory effects of phloretin in interferon-γ-stimulated MRC-5 human lung fibroblasts and lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-stimulated dendritic cells were investigated...
January 22, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069192/acoustic-cavitation-induced-generation-of-stabilizer-free-extremely-stable-reduced-graphene-oxide-nanodispersion-for-efficient-delivery-of-paclitaxel-in-cancer-cells
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Renu Geetha Bai, Kasturi Muthoosamy, Fiona Natalia Shipton, Sivakumar Manickam
Graphene is one of the highly explored nanomaterials due to its unique and extraordinary properties. In this study, by utilizing a hydrothermal reduction method, graphene oxide (GO) was successfully converted to reduced graphene oxide (RGO) without using any toxic reducing agents. Following this, with the use of ultrasonic cavitation, profoundly stable few layer thick RGO nanodispersion was generated without employing any stabilizers or surfactants. During ultrasonication, shockwaves from the collapse of bubbles cause a higher dispersing energy to the graphene nanosheets which surpass the forces of Van der Waal's and π-π stacking and thus pave the way to form a stable aqueous nanodispersion of graphene...
May 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069023/in-vitro-biological-responses-to-nanofibrillated-cellulose-by-human-dermal-lung-and-immune-cells-surface-chemistry-aspect
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Viviana R Lopes, Carla Sanchez-Martinez, Maria Strømme, Natalia Ferraz
BACKGROUND: Nanocellulose, and particularly nanofibrillated cellulose (NFC), has been proposed for a diversity of applications in industry and in the biomedical field. Its unique physicochemical and structural features distinguish nanocellulose from traditional materials and enable its use as an advance nanomaterial. However, its nanoscale features may induce unknown biological responses. Limited studies with NFC are available and the biological impacts of its use have not been thoroughly explored...
10, 2017: Particle and Fibre Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056952/litchi-seed-extract-inhibits-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-signaling-and-growth-of-two-non-small-cell-lung-carcinoma-cells
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Yuan-Chiang Chung, Chin-Hui Chen, Yu-Ting Tsai, Chih-Cheng Lin, Jyh-Ching Chou, Ting-Yu Kao, Chiu-Chen Huang, Chi-Hsuan Cheng, Chih-Ping Hsu
BACKGROUND: Litchi seeds possess rich amounts of phenolics and have been shown to inhibit proliferation of several types of cancer cells. However, the suppression of EGFR signaling in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) by litchi seed extract (LCSE) has not been fully understood. METHODS: In this study, the effects of LCSE on EGFR signaling, cell proliferation, the cell cycle and apoptosis in A549 adenocarcinoma cells and NCI- H661 large-cell carcinoma cells were examined...
January 5, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052265/transforming-activity-of-murine-herpesvirus-68-putative-growth-factor-is-related-to-the-ability-to-change-cytoskeletal-structure
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Veronika Lachová, Darina Svetlíková, František Golais, Miroslava Šupolíková, Lucia Turianová, Tatiana Betáková
Murine herpesvirus 68 (MHV-68) can transform cells in vitro and in vivo. We investigated putative murine herpesvirus growth factors (MHGFs) obtained by the separation of cell-free media from MHV-68-transformed cells on an FPLC Sephadex G15 column. The transforming activity of the MHGFA fraction was related to depolymerization of actin, disruption of the microtubule network, and punctate-reticular changes of the Golgi. The MHGFW fraction had only repressing activity on the transformed phenotype. Incubation of MRC-5 cells with MHGFW resulted in reticular changes of the Golgi apparatus, minor depolymerization of actin filaments, and no detectable changes of the microtubule network...
2016: Intervirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049063/activity-of-pericampylus-glaucus-and-periglaucine-a-in-vitro-against-nasopharangeal-carcinoma-and-anti-inflammatory-activity
#16
Fiona Natalia Shipton, Teng-Jin Khoo, Md Shahadat Hossan, Christophe Wiart
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: P. glaucus is a climbing plant found across Asia and used in traditional medicine to treat a number of conditions including splenomegaly, fever, cough, laryngitis, pulmonary disease, asthma, headache, hair loss, snake bite, boar bite, factures, boils, tumours, tetanus, rheumatic pain, itches and eclampsia. AIM OF THE STUDY: To test extracts of P. glaucus in a number of bioassays and determine the legitimacy of its traditional use...
December 31, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28029459/real-time-monitoring-of-cytotoxic-effects-of-electroporation-on-breast-and-colon-cancer-cell-lines
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Danijela M Cvetković, Marko N Živanović, Milena G Milutinović, Tijana R Djukić, Miloš D Radović, Aleksandar M Cvetković, Nenad D Filipović, Nebojša D Zdravković
PURPOSE: To study the effects of electroporation on different cell lines. MATERIAL: The effects of electroporation on human breast cancer (MDA-MB-231), human colon cancer (SW-480 and HCT-116), human fibroblast cell line (MRC-5), primary human aortic smooth muscle cells (hAoSMC) and human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC) were studied. Real-time technology was used for cell viability monitoring. Acridine orange/ethidium bromide assay was applied for cell death type determination...
October 22, 2016: Bioelectrochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28009867/essential-oils-of-three-cow-parsnips-composition-and-activity-against-nosocomial-and-foodborne-pathogens-and-food-contaminants
#18
Ljuboš Ušjak, Silvana Petrović, Milica Drobac, Marina Soković, Tatjana Stanojković, Ana Ćirić, Marjan Niketić
Although some widespread, native cow parsnips (Heracleum L. spp., Apiaceae) had broad medicinal and culinary applications throughout history, the knowledge about their volatile constituents is insufficient. This work investigates the composition and bioactivities of H. sphondylium L. (HSPH), H. sibiricum L. (HSIB) and H. montanum Schleich. ex Gaudin (HMON) essential oils. The composition was tested by GC and GC-MS. (Z)-β-Ocimene was the most abundant in HSPH (28.9%) and HMON (20.4%) root oils, while in HSIB root oil, β-pinene (26...
December 23, 2016: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27993635/the-potential-of-aqueous-extracts-of-bellucia-dichotoma-cogn-melastomataceae-to-inhibit-the-biological-activities-of-bothrops-atrox-venom-a-comparison-of-specimens-collected-in-the-states-of-par%C3%A3-and-amazonas-brazil
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Valéria Mourão de Moura, Luana Yamille Andrade de Souza, Noranathan da Costa Guimarães, Ilia Gilmara Carvalho Dos Santos, Patrícia Danielle Oliveira de Almeida, Ricardo Bezerra de Oliveira, Rosa Helena Veras Mourão, Maria Cristina Dos-Santos
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL IMPORTANCE: The effectiveness of aqueous extract of Bellucia dichotoma Cogn. (Melastomataceae) specimems collected in Santarém, PA, against some biological activities of Bothrops atrox venom (BaV) has been scientifically proven. Here, we analyzed the components and assessed the anti-snakebite potential of aqueous extracts of bark of B. dichotoma collected in Manaus, AM, (AEBd-MAO) and Santarém, PA, (AEBd-STM), both in Brazil. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The phytochemical profiles of the aqueous extracts were identified using thin layer chromatography (TLC), and the concentrations of phenolics were determined by colorimetric assay...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27986976/selective-susceptibility-to-nanosecond-pulsed-electric-field-nspef-across-different-human-cell-types
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Elena C Gianulis, Chantelle Labib, Gintautas Saulis, Vitalij Novickij, Olga N Pakhomova, Andrei G Pakhomov
Tumor ablation by nanosecond pulsed electric fields (nsPEF) is an emerging therapeutic modality. We compared nsPEF cytotoxicity for human cell lines of cancerous (IMR-32, Hep G2, HT-1080, and HPAF-II) and non-cancerous origin (BJ and MRC-5) under strictly controlled and identical conditions. Adherent cells were uniformly treated by 300-ns PEF (0-2000 pulses, 1.8 kV/cm, 50 Hz) on indium tin oxide-covered glass coverslips, using the same media and serum. Cell survival plotted against the number of pulses displayed three distinct regions (initial resistivity, logarithmic survival decline, and residual resistivity) for all tested cell types, but with differences in LD50 spanning as much as nearly 80-fold...
December 16, 2016: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
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