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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346788/vitamin-d-classic-and-novel-actions
#1
Ángel Gil, Julio Plaza-Diaz, María Dolores Mesa
BACKGROUND: Classically, vitamin D has been implicated in bone health by promoting calcium absorption in the gut and maintenance of serum calcium and phosphate concentrations, as well as by its action on bone growth and reorganization through the action of osteoblasts and osteoclasts cells. However, in the last 2 decades, novel actions of vitamin D have been discovered. The present report summarizes both classic and novel actions of vitamin D. SUMMARY: 1,25(OH)2 vitamin D, the active metabolite of vitamin D, also known as calcitriol, regulates not only calcium and phosphate homeostasis but also cell proliferation and differentiation, and has a key a role to play in the responses of the immune and nervous systems...
January 18, 2018: Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346736/light-activatable-red-blood-cell-membrane-camouflaged-dimeric-prodrug-nanoparticles-for-synergistic-photodynamic-chemotherapy
#2
Qing Pei, Xiuli Hu, Xiaohua Zheng, Shi Liu, Yawei Li, Xiabin Jing, Zhigang Xie
Biomimetic approach offers numerous opportunities to design therapeutic platforms with enhanced antitumor performance and biocompatibility. Herein we report a novel red blood cell membrane-camouflaged nanoparticle (RBC(M(TPC-PTX))) for synergistic chemo- and photodynamic therapy (PDT). Specifically, the inner core is mainly constructed by reactive oxygen species (ROS)-responsive PTX dimer (PTX2-TK) and photosensitizer 5,10,15,20-tetraphenylchlorin (TPC). In vitro experiments show that the prepared RBC(M(TPC-PTX)) is readily taken up into endosomes...
January 18, 2018: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346059/fermented-extraction-of-citrus-unshiu-peel-inhibits-viability-and-migration-of-human-pancreatic-cancers
#3
Jungwhoi Lee, Jungsul Lee, Myungseung Kim, Jae Hoon Kim
Pancreatic cancer is one of the most dangerous cancers with high mortality rates. Despite continuous efforts, there has been limited improvement in its prognosis. In this study, we prepared fermented extract of Citrus unshiu peel (fCUP) from the by-product after juice processing and then examined the anticancer effects of fCUP on human pancreatic cancer cells. Treatment with fCUP inhibited the growth of human pancreatic cancer cells through induction of caspase-3 cleavage both in vitro and in vivo. Treatment with fCUP also blocked the migration of human pancreatic cancer cells through activation of intracellular signaling pathways such as MKK3/6 and P38...
January 2018: Journal of Medicinal Food
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345708/triphenylstannyl-arylimino-methyl-benzoates-with-selective-potency-that-induce-g1-and-g2-m-cell-cycle-arrest-and-trigger-apoptosis-via-ros-in-human-cervical-cancer-cells
#4
Tushar S Basu Baul, Imliwati Longkumer, Andrew Duthie, Priya Singh, Biplob Koch, M Fátima C Guedes da Silva
Metal complexes with organelle specificity and potent but selective cytotoxicity are highly desirable. A novel series of triphenylstannyl 4-((arylimino)methyl)benzoates (2-8) were obtained by the reactions of triphenylstannyl 4-formylbenzoate [Ph3Sn(L1)] 1 with primary aromatic amines. Two representative compounds (10, 11) were also synthesized by reacting aqua-triphenylstannyl 2-formylbenzoate [Ph3Sn(L9)(H2O)] (9) with aniline and p-fluoroaniline, respectively. These compounds were characterized by elemental analysis, IR and 1H, 13C and 119Sn NMR spectroscopy, as well as single-crystal X-ray diffraction for compounds 5, 7-11 and three pro-ligands...
January 18, 2018: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345422/cantharidic-acid-induces-apoptosis-of-human-leukemic-hl-60-cells-via-c-jun-n-terminal-kinase-regulated-caspase-8-9-3-activation-pathway
#5
Shih-Chung Wang, Jyh-Ming Chow, Ming-Hsien Chien, Chiao-Wen Lin, Hui-Yu Chen, Pei-Ching Hsiao, Shun-Fa Yang
Cantharidin, a natural toxin from blister beetles, has shown potent anticancer activities on many solid tumor cells. Recently, cantharidin and its analogue, norcantharidin, were also shown to suppress nonsolid tumors such as chronic myeloid leukemia, acute myeloid leukemia (AML), and leukemic stem cells. However, there is no available information to address the effects of cantharidic acid (CAC), a hydrolysis product of cantharidin, on human AML cells. The present study showed that CAC, at a range of concentrations (0-20 μM), concentration-dependently inhibited cell proliferation in the HL-60 AML cell line...
January 18, 2018: Environmental Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345296/vitamin%C3%A2-d-derivatives-potentiate-the-anticancer-and-anti-angiogenic-activity-of-tyrosine-kinase-inhibitors-in-combination-with-cytostatic-drugs-in-an-a549-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-model
#6
Ewa Maj, Beata Filip-Psurska, Magdalena Milczarek, Mateusz Psurski, Andrzej Kutner, Joanna Wietrzyk
Numerous in vitro and in vivo studies have demonstrated that calcitriol [1,25(OH)2D3] and different vitamin D analogs possess antineoplastic activity, regulating proliferation, differentiation and apoptosis, as well as angiogenesis. Vitamin D compounds have been shown to exert synergistic effects when used in combination with different agents used in anticancer therapies in different cancer models. The aim of this study was to evaluate the mechanisms of the cooperation of the vitamin D compounds [1,24(OH)2D3 (PRI‑2191) and 1,25(OH)2D3] with tyrosine kinase inhibitors (imatinib and sunitinib) together with cytostatics (cisplatin and docetaxel) in an A549 non-small cell lung cancer model...
February 2018: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345292/preparation-and-characterization-of-the-antibody-recognizing-amacr-inside-its-catalytic-center
#7
Boris V Popov, Gleb I Sutula, Nikolay S Petrov, Ximing J Yang
Alpha-methylacyl-CoA racemase (AMACR) catalyzes the β-oxidation of fatty acids and is overexpressed in carcinomas in various organs, while its inactivation results in the inhibition of cancer growth. In the present study, we prepared and characterized 20 different mouse monoclonal antibodies against human AMACR. In the course of biopanning of a phage peptide commercial library against in-house prepared 6H9 and 2A5, and commercial 13H4 antibodies, 10 phage mimotopes recognized by each type of the antibody were selected...
February 2018: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345285/the-epitranscriptome-m6a-writer-mettl3-promotes-chemo-and-radioresistance-in-pancreatic-cancer-cells
#8
Kosuke Taketo, Masamitsu Konno, Ayumu Asai, Jun Koseki, Masayasu Toratani, Taroh Satoh, Yuichiro Doki, Masaki Mori, Hideshi Ishii, Kazuhiko Ogawa
N6-methyladenosine (m6A) is the most abundant epitranscriptome modification in mammalian mRNA. Recent years have seen substantial progress in m6A epitranscriptomics, indicating its crucial roles in the initiation and progression of cancer through regulation of RNA stabilities, mRNA splicing, microRNA processing and mRNA translation. However, by what means m6A is dynamically regulated or written by enzymatic components represented by methyltransferase-like 3 (METTL3) and how m6A is significant for each of the numerous genes remain unclear...
February 2018: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345262/copper-i-complexes-with-phosphine-derived-from-sparfloxacin-part-iii-multifaceted-cell-death-and-preliminary-study-of-liposomal-formulation-of-selected-copper-i-complexes
#9
A Kyzioł, A Cierniak, J Gubernator, A Markowski, M Jeżowska-Bojczuk, U K Komarnicka
The cytotoxic effect of iodide or thiocyanate copper(i) complexes (1-PSf, 2-PSf, 3-PSf, 4-PSf) with phosphine derived from sparfloxacin (HSf) and 2,9-dimethyl-1,10-phenanthroline (dmp) or 2,2'-biquinoline (bq) as diimine auxiliary ligands was proved in vitro on somatic (MRC-5) and neoplastic (MCF7) human cell lines. Differences in mode of action were investigated in-depth for the selected dmp and bq complexes (1-PSf, 3-PSf, respectively) by elucidation of the following: (i) the efficiency to produce reactive oxygen species (ROS) in biological systems (cyclic voltammetry); (ii) their impact on mitochondrial membrane potential; (iii) potency for the activation of caspases 3 and 9; (iv) influence on the degree of DNA degradation (comet assay)...
January 18, 2018: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344898/methods-for-high-throughput-drug-combination-screening-and-synergy-scoring
#10
Liye He, Evgeny Kulesskiy, Jani Saarela, Laura Turunen, Krister Wennerberg, Tero Aittokallio, Jing Tang
Gene products or pathways that are aberrantly activated in cancer but not in normal tissue hold great promises for being effective and safe anticancer therapeutic targets. Many targeted drugs have entered clinical trials but so far showed limited efficacy mostly due to variability in treatment responses and often rapidly emerging resistance. Toward more effective treatment options, we will need multi-targeted drugs or drug combinations, which selectively inhibit the viability and growth of cancer cells and block distinct escape mechanisms for the cells to become resistant...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344837/evaluation-of-the-profile-and-mechanism-of-neurotoxicity-of-water-soluble-cu-p-4-pf6-and-au-p-4-pf6-p-thp-or-pta-anticancer-complexes
#11
C Ceresa, G Nicolini, S Semperboni, V Gandin, M Monfrini, F Avezza, P Alberti, A Bravin, M Pellei, C Santini, Guido Cavaletti
[Cu(thp)4]PF6, [Cu(PTA)4]PF6, [Au(thp)4]PF6 and [Au(PTA)4]PF6 are phosphane (thp = tris(hydroxymethyl)phosphane; PTA = 1,3,5-triaza-7-phosphaadamantane) copper(I) and gold(I) water-soluble complexes characterized by high anticancer activity in a wide range of solid tumors, often able to overcome drug resistance of platinum-based compounds. For these reasons, they have been proposed as a valid alternative to platinum-based chemotherapeutic drugs (e.g., cisplatin and oxaliplatin). In vitro experiments performed on organotypic cultures of dorsal root ganglia (DRG) from 15-day-old rat embryos revealed that copper-based compounds were not neurotoxic even at concentrations higher than the IC50 obtained in human cancer cells while [Au(PTA)4]PF6 was neurotoxic at lower concentration than IC50 in cancer cell lines...
January 17, 2018: Neurotoxicity Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344672/histone-deacetylase-inhibitor-trichostatin-a-and-autophagy-inhibitor-chloroquine-synergistically-exert-anti-tumor-activity-in-h-ras-transformed-breast-epithelial-cells
#12
Liang Gao, Xin Sun, Qi Zhang, Xiaochen Chen, Tongwei Zhao, Liqing Lu, Jianbin Zhang, Yupeng Hong
Histone deacetylase inhibitors (HDACIs) cause oncogene‑transformed mammalian cell death. Our previous study indicated that HDACIs activate forkhead box O1 (FOXO1) and induce autophagy in liver and colon cancer cells. However, whether FOXO1 is involved in HDACI‑mediated oncogene‑transformed mammalian cell death remains unclear. In the present study, H‑ras transformed MCF10A cells were used to investigate the role of FOXO1 in this pathway. Results showed that trichostatin A (TSA), a HDACI, activated apoptosis in MCF10A‑ras cells, but not in MCF10A cells...
January 17, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344655/protective-effects-of-osthole-against-inflammation-induced-by-lipopolysaccharide-in-bv2-cells
#13
Yuxin Bao, Xiaolin Meng, Fangning Liu, Fei Wang, Jinhui Yang, Haiyu Wang, Guanghong Xie
Inflammation and oxidative stress are implicated in the development of neurodegenerative diseases. Osthole is a compound that is extracted from She Chuang Zi, which is a type of traditional Chinese medicine. Osthole has previously been demonstrated to exhibit anticancer activities and has a low toxicity. However, to the best of our knowledge, the anti‑inflammatory effects of osthole in microglial cells have not been investigated extensively. The aim of the present study was to investigate the potential protective effects of osthole against inflammation induced by lipopolysaccharide (LPS) in microglial cells...
January 17, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344640/over-regulation-of-microrna-133b-inhibits-cell-proliferation-of-cisplatin-induced-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-cells-through-pi3k-akt-and-jak2-stat3-signaling-pathway-by-targeting-egfr
#14
Bin Li, Cui-Min Ding, Yan-Xiao Li, Jing-Cui Peng, Nan Geng, Wen-Wen Qin
The present study determined the anticancer activity and its mechanism of microRNA‑133b on cell proliferation of cisplatin-induced non-small cell lung cancer cells. The expression of microRNA-133b cisplatin‑induced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) tissue was lower than that of para-carcinoma tissue in patients. Overall survival of higher expression in cisplatin-induced NSCLC patients was higher than that of lower expression in cisplatin‑induced NSCLC patients. Over-regulation of microRNA-133b inhibited cell proliferation and LDH activity, induced apoptosis and caspase-3 activity, suppressed the protein expression of EGFR, PI3K, p-Akt, p-JAK2 and p-STAT3, decreased cyclin D1 and increased Bax protein expression in cisplatin‑induced A549 cells...
January 15, 2018: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344421/anti-aging-implications-of-astragalus-membranaceus-huangqi-a-well-known-chinese-tonic
#15
REVIEW
Ping Liu, Haiping Zhao, Yumin Luo
Owing to a dramatic increase in average life expectancy and the Family Planning program of the 1970s - 1990s, China is rapidly becoming an aging society. Therefore, the investigation of healthspan-extending drugs becomes more urgent. Astragalus membranaceus (Huangqi) is a major medicinal herb that has been commonly used in many herbal formulations in the practice of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) to treat a wide variety of diseases and body disorders, or marketed as life-prolonging extracts for human use in China, for more than 2000 years...
December 2017: Aging and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344419/dendrobium-sources-of-active-ingredients-to-treat-age-related-pathologies
#16
REVIEW
Veronika Cakova, Frederic Bonte, Annelise Lobstein
Dendrobium represents one of the most important orchid genera, ornamentally and medicinally. Dendrobiums are sympodial epiphytic plants, which is a name they are worthy of, the name coming from Greek origin: "dendros", tree, and "bios", life. Dendrobium species have been used for a thousand years as first-rate herbs in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). They are source of tonic, astringent, analgesic, antipyretic, and anti-inflammatory substances, and have been traditionally used as medicinal herbs in the treatment of a variety of disorders, such as, nourishing the stomach, enhancing production of body fluids or nourishing Yin...
December 2017: Aging and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344310/drug-repurposing-screening-identifies-tioconazole-as-an-atg4-inhibitor-that-suppresses-autophagy-and-sensitizes-cancer-cells-to-chemotherapy
#17
Pei-Feng Liu, Kun-Lin Tsai, Chien-Jen Hsu, Wei-Lun Tsai, Jin-Shiung Cheng, Hsueh-Wei Chang, Chung-Wai Shiau, Yih-Gang Goan, Ho-Hsing Tseng, Chih-Hsuan Wu, John C Reed, Lee-Wei Yang, Chih-Wen Shu
Background: Tumor cells require proficient autophagy to meet high metabolic demands and resist chemotherapy, which suggests that reducing autophagic flux might be an attractive route for cancer therapy. However, this theory in clinical cancer research remains controversial due to the limited number of drugs that specifically inhibit autophagy-related (ATG) proteins. Methods: We screened FDA-approved drugs using a novel platform that integrates computational docking and simulations as well as biochemical and cellular reporter assays to identify potential drugs that inhibit autophagy-required cysteine proteases of the ATG4 family...
2018: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344260/dr2-blocker-thioridazine-a-promising-drug-for-ovarian-cancer-therapy
#18
Min Yong, Tinghe Yu, Si Tian, Shuaibin Liu, Jiao Xu, Jianguo Hu, Lina Hu
Dopamine receptor 2 (DR2) may be a biomarker for various types of cancer. Ovarian cancer cells overexpress DR2; therefore, blocking DR2 may be a novel treatment strategy for ovarian cancer. Thioridazine, a DR2 blocker, has antineoplastic activity in a variety of cancer cells. In view of the requirement for novel therapeutic agents in ovarian cancer, the present study aimed to determine the potential effects of thioridazine in vitro and in vivo. It was revealed that the DR2 blocker thioridazine induced cell death in a dose-dependent manner in ovarian cancer cells...
December 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344202/metformin-in-combination-with-cisplatin-inhibits-cell-viability-and-induces-apoptosis-of-human-ovarian-cancer-cells-by-inactivating-erk-1-2
#19
Jian-Hong Dang, Zhi-Jun Jin, Xiao-Jun Liu, Dian Hu, Jing Wang, Yan Luo, Ling-Ling Li
Metformin protects against insulin resistance by restoring insulin sensitivity and may also possess anticancer activity. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of metformin alone or combined with cisplatin (DDP) on the cell viability and apoptosis of HO-8910 human ovarian cancer cells, and to investigate metformin as a potential novel therapeutic for treating ovarian cancer. The viability of HO-8910 cells was assessed using a cell proliferation and cytotoxicity assay following treatment with different concentrations of metformin (0...
December 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344112/zgdhu-1-for-cancer-therapy
#20
Jinlin Liu, Liannv Qiu, Jun Xia, Sufeng Chen, Xiping Yu, Yonglie Zhou
N,N'-di-(m-methylphenyl)-3,6-dimethyl-1,4-dihydro-1,2,4,5-tetrazine-1,4-dicarboamide (ZGDHu-1) is a novel tetrazine derivative that was initially designed and produced by Professor W.X. Hu, and which has been reported by our group to exhibit antitumor activity. Accumulating evidence suggests that the anticancer mechanisms of ZGDHu-1 may be involved indifferent biological activities, particularly in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) cells. At a high concentration, ZGDHu-1 has been demonstrated to inhibit the proliferation of the leukemia cells by arresting the cell cycle at the G2/M phase, and by inducing cell apoptosis via inducing the accumulation of reactive oxygen species, the translocation of phosphatidylserine across the plasma membrane and the loss of mitochondrial membrane potential...
December 2017: Oncology Letters
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