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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532053/functionalized-fe3o4-graphene-oxide-nanocomposites-with-hairpin-aptamers-for-the-separation-and-preconcentration-of-trace-pb-2-from-biological-samples-prior-to-determination-by-icp-ms
#1
Mojtaba Shamsipur, Leila Farzin, Mahmoud Amouzadeh Tabrizi, Shahab Sheibani
Lead (Pb) as a topically poisonous metal represents a serious threat to the ecological environment and especially to human beings. Therefore, it is urgent to develop a rapid and reliable monitoring technique for this heavy metal in the environmental samples. In the present study, we have designed a selective and sensitive method for the determination of ultratrace contents of Pb(2+) in biological samples, based on the guanine (G)-quadruplex formed by the aptamer with hairpin structure and Pb(2+). For this purpose, Pb(2+) specific aptamer serving as affinity probe to capture and separate trace amounts of the analyte, was covalently linked to Fe3O4/graphene oxide (GO) surface by using a suitable cross-linking agent...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531997/sustained-release-of-growth-hormone-and-sodium-nitrite-from-biomimetic-collagen-coating-immobilized-on-silicone-tubes-improves-endothelialization
#2
Nasim Salehi-Nik, Zahra Malaie-Balasi, Ghassem Amoabediny, Seyedeh Parnian Banikarimi, Behrouz Zandieh-Doulabi, Jenneke Klein-Nulend
Biocompatibility of biomedical devices can be improved by endothelialization of blood-contacting parts mimicking the vascular endothelium's function. Improved endothelialization might be obtained by using biomimetic coatings that allow local sustained release of biologically active molecules, e.g. anti-thrombotic and growth-inducing agents, from nanoliposomes. We aimed to test whether incorporation of growth-inducing nanoliposomal growth hormone (nGH) and anti-thrombotic nanoliposomal sodium nitrite (nNitrite) into collagen coating of silicone tubes enhances endothelialization by stimulating endothelial cell proliferation and inhibiting platelet adhesion...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531811/synthesis-of-novel-indole-derivatives-as-promising-dna-binding-agents-and-evaluation-of-antitumor-and-antitopoisomerase-i-activities
#3
Elizabeth Almeida Lafayette, Sinara Mônica Vitalino de Almeida, Renata Virginia Cavalcanti Santos, Jamerson Ferreira de Oliveira, Cezar Augusto da Cruz Amorim, Rosali Maria Ferreira da Silva, Maira Galdino da Rocha Pitta, Ivan da Rocha Pitta, Ricardo Olimpio de Moura, Luiz Bezerra de Carvalho Júnior, Moacyr Jesus Barreto de Melo Rêgo, Maria do Carmo Alves de Lima
Molecules bearing indole nucleus present diverse biological properties such as antitumor and anti-inflammatory activities that can be associated both to DNA and protein interactions. This study focused on the synthesis of new indole derivatives with thiazolidines and imidazolidine rings condensed as side chains as well as the evaluation of their ability to interact with the DNA and antitumor and topoisomerase inhibition activities. All derivatives were successfully synthesized and their structures were elucidated by mass spectrometry (MS), infrared (IR), spectroscopy (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR, COSY (1)H-(1)H and HSQC (1)H-(13)C...
May 4, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531554/efficacy-of-bacillus-subtilis-and-bacillus-amyloliquefaciens-in-the-control-of-aspergillus-parasiticus-growth-and-aflatoxins-production-on-pistachio
#4
Fatemeh Siahmoshteh, Ilenia Siciliano, Houda Banani, Zohreh Hamidi-Esfahani, Mehdi Razzaghi-Abyaneh, Maria Lodovica Gullino, Davide Spadaro
Pistachio (Pistacia vera) is an important nut for its economic, nutritional and health aspects but it can be contaminated by aflatoxigenic fungi in the field and during storage. Biological control could be considered as an alternative to chemical treatment. In this study, we evaluated the antifungal and anti-mycotoxigenic capability of two Bacillus spp. both in vitro and on pistachio kernels. In in vitro conditions, both strains were able to reduce the mycelial growth and they were able to degrade the four aflatoxins during the first three days after inoculation...
May 15, 2017: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531347/stacked-gold-nanodisks-for-bimodal-photoacoustic-and-optical-coherence-imaging
#5
Jung-Sub Wi, Jisoo Park, Heesung Kang, Donggeun Jung, Sang-Won Lee, Tae Geol Lee
Herein, we report on biological imaging nanoprobes: physically-synthesized gold nanodisks that have inherent optical advantages-a wide range of resonant wavelengths, tunable ratio of light absorption-to-scattering, and responsiveness to random incident light-due to their two-dimensional circular nanostructure. Based on our proposed physical synthesis where gold is vacuum-deposited onto a pre-patterned polymer template and released from the substrate in the form of a nanodisk, monodisperse two-dimensional gold nanodisks were prepared with independent control of their diameter and thickness...
May 22, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531344/citation-classics-in-neuro-oncology-assessment-of-historical-trends-and-scientific-progress
#6
Laureen D Hachem, Alireza Mansouri, Kyle Juraschka, Shervin Taslimi, Farhad Pirouzmand, Gelareh Zadeh
Background.: Citation classics represent the highest cited works in a field and are often regarded as the most influential literature. Analyzing thematic trends in citation classics across eras enables recognition of important historical advances within a field. We present the first analysis of the citation classics in neuro-oncology. Methods.: The Web of Science database was searched using terms relevant to "neuro-oncology." Articles with >400 citations were identified and the top 100 cited articles were evaluated...
May 20, 2017: Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530742/a-survey-of-the-different-roles-of-polyoxometalates-in-their-interaction-with-amino-acids-peptides-and-proteins
#7
Mina Arefian, Masoud Mirzaei, Hossein Eshtiagh-Hosseini, Antonio Frontera
One of the most attractive areas in inorganic chemistry is the synthesis of polyoxometalates (POMs) exhibiting new properties and applications. Since the impact of POMs in biochemistry and related fields of research has increased in the last few years, there has been a special interest in this topic. Significant progress in biological applications has been made where the interaction of POMs with amino acids, peptides and proteins is relevant. Versatile POMs play a series of different roles in the interaction with these biomolecules as described in this review...
May 22, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530545/synthesis-and-biological-evaluation-of-curcumin-nitroxide-based-molecular-hybrids-as-antioxidant-and-anti-proliferative-agents
#8
Balázs Bognár, Muthulakshmi Kuppusamy, Esha Madan, Tamás Kálai, Mária Balog, József Jekő, Periannan Kuppusamy, Kálmán Hideg
BACKGROUND: Natural products and their derivatives are widely used to treat cancer and other diseases associated with ROS- and RNS-induced damages. METHODS: A series of paramagnetic modified curcumin analogues and 3,5-diarylidene-piperidones (DAP) have been designed, synthesized, and characterized on their anti-proliferative and antioxidant activity. RESULTS: Biological characterization of the new compounds supported the earlier results that incorporation of a nitroxide moiety or its precursor into curcumin or diarylidenylpiperidone (DAP) scaffolds resulted in anti-proliferative effect toward cancerous cell-lines in case of aryl hydroxy and/or methoxy substituent containing derivatives suggesting their potential for targeted therapeutic applications...
May 22, 2017: Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530534/biological-evaluation-of-99mtc-hynic-edda-tricine-ser-3-d4-peptide-for-tumor-targeting
#9
Ziba Kazemi, Mona Haddad Zahmatkesh, Seyed Mohammad Abedi, Seyed Jalal Hosseinimehr
BACKGROUND: D4 small peptide (Leu-Ala-Arg-Leu-Leu-Thr) was selected as an appropriate agent for specific targeting of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR). OBJECTIVE: The aim of study was to investigate the 99mTc-labeled D4 peptide for non small cell lung tumor targeting. METHOD: HYNIC-(Ser)3-D4 peptide was labeled with 99mTc using mixture of tricine and ethylenediamine diacetic acid (EDDA) as co-ligands. The in vitro cellular uptake of radiolabebled peptide was evaluated by blocking test on human non small lung cancer (A-549) cell line and its biodistribution was evaluated in A-549 xenografted nude mice...
May 19, 2017: Current Radiopharmaceuticals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530191/green-synthesis-of-silver-nanoparticles-using-bovine-skin-gelatin-and-its-antibacterial-effect-on-clinical-bacterial-isolates
#10
Hosam I Salaheldin, Meshal H K Almalki, Gamal E H Osman
Nanoparticles are being increasingly used in day-to-day life. Therefore, concerns have been raised regarding their interactions with the surrounding environment. This study focused on a simple green method for synthesizing silver nanoparticles (Ag-NPs) in an autoclave at 15 psi (103 kPa) and 121°C. An aqueous solution of AgNO3 as a precursor of Ag-NPs and gelatin (type B) reducing and/or stabilizing (capping) agent were used. The effect of various AgNO3 concentrations of certain gelatin concentration and various gelatin concentrations at constant AgNO3 concentration, and autoclaving time, was studied...
June 2017: IET Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529635/synthesis-of-5-18-f-fluoro-%C3%AE-methyl-tryptophan-new-trp-based-pet-agents
#11
Benjamin C Giglio, Haiyang Fei, Mengzhe Wang, Hui Wang, Liu He, Huijuan Feng, Zhanhong Wu, Hongjian Lu, Zibo Li
Indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO1) plays a special role in the biology of various cancer types, because it breaks down the essential amino acid tryptophan for immune cell activation. Upregulation of IDO1 significantly correlates with the number of various T cell types in tumor tissues in melanoma and other cancers, suggesting that IDO expression is linked with effective and ineffective ('exhausted') immune response in cancer. Based on the reported IDO inhibitors (α-Methylated and indole-N-methylated tryptophan (Trp)), here we report the synthesis of potential IDO1 imaging agents through direct introduction of (18)F into the tryptophan aromatic ring...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529081/sysfinder-a-customized-platform-for-search-comparison-and-assisted-design-of-appropriate-animal-models-based-on-systematic-similarity
#12
Shuang Yang, Guoqing Zhang, Wan Liu, Zhen Wang, Jifeng Zhang, Dongshan Yang, Y Eugene Chen, Hong Sun, Yixue Li
Animal models are increasingly gaining values by cross-comparisons of response or resistance to clinical agents used for patients. However, many disease mechanisms and drug effects generated from animal models are not transferable to human. To address these issues, we developed SysFinder (http://lifecenter.sgst.cn/SysFinder), a platform for scientists to find appropriate animal models for translational research. SysFinder offers a "topic-centered" approach for systematic comparisons of human genes, whose functions are involved in a specific scientific topic, to the corresponding homologous genes of animal models...
May 4, 2017: Journal of Genetics and Genomics, Yi Chuan Xue Bao
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529042/optimization-and-biological-evaluation-of-2-aminobenzothiazole-derivatives-as-aurora-b-kinase-inhibitors
#13
Eun Lee, Ying An, Junhee Kwon, Keun Il Kim, Raok Jeon
A strong relationship between abnormal functions of Aurora kinases and tumorigenesis has been reported for decades. Consequently, Aurora kinases serve as potential targets for anticancer agents. Here, we identified aminobenzothiazole derivatives as novel inhibitors of Aurora B kinase through bioisosteric replacement of the previous inhibitors, aminobenzoxazole derivatives. Most of the urea-linked aminobenzothiazole derivatives showed potent and selective inhibitory activity against Aurora B kinase over Aurora A kinase...
April 6, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528949/synthesis-and-characterization-of-cellulose-silver-nanocomposites-from-bioflocculant-reducing-agent
#14
L Muthulakshmi, N Rajini, A Varada Rajalu, Suchart Siengchin, T Kathiresan
Microbial secreted polymers have high molecular weight due to the presence of repeated units of macromolecules. Some of the polymers are derived from natural resources, including marine and soil microorganisms. In nano-biotechnology people are using different biological agents in the preparation of metal nanoparticles. In this study, the microbial bioflocculant polymer was used as an agent in preparation of silver nanoparticles. The prepared nanoparticles were immobilized into the cellulose matrix. The presence of silver nanoparticles inside the cellulose matrix was confirmed by Scanning Electron Microscopic (SEM) and Transmission Electron Microscopic (TEM) analyses...
May 18, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528945/the-chemical-profile-and-pharmacodynamic-properties-of-extracellular-wollea-saccata-biopolymer
#15
Martina Šutovská, Michaela Kočmálová, Lenka Pappová, Soňa Fraňová, Andrej Chyba, Jiří Kopecký, Jaromír Lukavský, Vladislav Cepák, Peter Capek
Microalgae organisms are of interest for many biotechnology applications due to the production of a wide range of biologically active compounds. Incubation of W. saccata in a large scale afforded a mucilaginous, high molecular weight biopolymer composed of carbohydrate, protein and phenolic compounds. Sugar moiety was rich in hexoses (60%) and 6-deoxyhexoses (31%), while only 9% of pentoses was identified. Methylation analysis revealed about 40 types of methylated sugar derivatives, suggesting a very complex structure of Wollea biopolymer...
May 18, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528940/macromolecular-agents-with-antimicrobial-potentialities-a-drive-to-combat-antimicrobial-resistance
#16
REVIEW
Muhammad Bilal, Tahir Rasheed, Hafiz M N Iqbal, Hongbo Hu, Wei Wang, Xuehong Zhang
In recent years, the antimicrobial resistance (AMR) or multidrug resistance (MDR) has become a serious health concern and major challenging issue, worldwide. After decades of negligence, the AMR has now captured global attention. The increasing number of antibiotic-resistant strains has threatened the achievements of science and medicine since it inactivates conventional antimicrobial therapeutics. Scientists are trying to respond to AMR/MDR threat by exploring innovative platforms and new therapeutic strategies to tackle infections from these resistant strains and bypass treatment limitations related to these pathologies...
May 18, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528688/human-papillomavirus-molecular-biology
#17
REVIEW
Mallory E Harden, Karl Munger
Human papillomaviruses are small DNA viruses with a tropism for squamous epithelia. A unique aspect of human papillomavirus molecular biology involves dependence on the differentiation status of the host epithelial cell to complete the viral lifecycle. A small group of these viruses are the etiologic agents of several types of human cancers, including oral and anogenital tract carcinomas. This review focuses on the basic molecular biology of human papillomaviruses.
April 2017: Mutation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528297/biogenic-aldehydes-as-therapeutic-targets-for-cardiovascular-disease
#18
REVIEW
Margaret-Ann M Nelson, Shahid P Baba, Ethan J Andersonc
Aldehydes are continuously formed in biological systems through enzyme-dependent and spontaneous oxidation of lipids, glucose, and primary amines. These highly reactive, biogenic electrophiles can become toxic via covalent modification of proteins, lipids and DNA. Thus, agents that scavenge aldehydes through conjugation have therapeutic value for a number of major cardiovascular diseases. Several commonly-prescribed drugs (e.g., hydralazine) have been shown to have potent aldehyde-conjugating properties which may contribute to their beneficial effects...
May 18, 2017: Current Opinion in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528007/luteolin-as-a-potential-preventive-and-therapeutic-candidate-for-alzheimer-s-disease
#19
Youngjoo Kwon
Amyloid cascade hypothesis is the main theoretical framework describing the development of Alzheimer's disease (AD). However, most clinical trials of therapy targeting amyloid-β peptide (Aβ) are unsuccessful because AD is a complex disease involving many genetic and environmental factors. Among various factors, inflammation within the brain in particular has been implicated in the pathogenesis and progression of AD. Furthermore, it has been shown that systemic inflammation can initiate AD. Therefore, anti-inflammatory agents might be beneficial for prevention and/or treatment of AD...
May 17, 2017: Experimental Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527822/synthesis-and-biological-evaluation-of-new-c-12-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-n-sulfamoyl-phenylamino-14-deoxy-andrographolide-derivatives-as-potent-anti-cancer-agents
#20
Sai Giridhar Sarma Kandanur, Srinivas Nanduri, Nageswara Rao Golakoti
Andrographolide, the major diterpenoidal constituent of Andrographis paniculata (Acanthaceae) and its derivatives have been reported to possess plethora of biological properties including potent anti-cancer activity. In this work, synthesis and in-vitro anti-cancer evaluation of new C-12-substituted aryl amino 14-deoxy-andrographolide derivatives (III a-f) are reported. The substitutions include various sulfonamide moieties -SO2-NH-R(1). The new derivatives (III a-e) exhibited improved cytotoxicity (GI50, TGI and LC50) compared to andrographolide (I) and the corresponding 3,14,19-O-triacetyl andrographolide (II) when evaluated against 60 NCI cell line panel...
April 13, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
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