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Flavia da Cunha Vasconcelos, Marcos Antonio Mauricio Scheiner, Arthur Moellman-Coelho, André Luiz Mencalha, Ilana Zalcberg Renault, Vivian Mary Rumjanek, Raquel Ciuvalschi Maia
Despite the favorable clinical evolution of patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), resistance or intolerance to imatinib is present in approximately 35% of patients. Sokal score is a widely used risk factor, however efflux and influx transporters are provisional risk factors implicated in imatinib resistance. This study analyzed Sokal score, ABCB1, ABCG2 and OCT1 mRNA transporter expression levels as well as P-glycoprotein expression and efflux transporters activity to seek a possible correlation between these factors and the molecular response at 12 months from imatinib start as well as 8-year overall survival (OS)...
October 12, 2016: Leukemia Research
Marilucia Santos Ludovico, Luciano Moura Martins, Juares Ednaldo Romero Bianco, Célia Guadalupe Tardelli de Jesus Andrade, Rosabel Falcon, Paulo Pinto Joazeiro, Maria Silvia Viccari Gatti, Tomomasa Yano
Plesiomonas shigelloides isolated from water in Brazil was previously described as a hemorrhagic heat-labile cytotoxic-enterotoxin producer. We purified this toxin from culture supernatants using ion metallic affinity chromatography (IMAC) followed by molecular exclusion chromatography. The pure toxin presented molecular mass of 50kDa and isoelectric point (pI) around 6.9 by 2D electrophoresis. When injected intravenously, the purified cytotoxic-enterotoxin induced also severe spasms followed by sudden death of mice...
October 19, 2016: Brazilian Journal of Infectious Diseases
Glenn R Johnson, Heather R Luckarift
Effective entrapment of enzymes in solid phase materials is critical to their practical application. The entrapment generally stabilizes biological activity compared to soluble molecules and the material simplifies catalyst integration compared to other methods. A silica sol-gel process based upon biological mechanisms of inorganic material formation (biomineralization) supports protein immobilization reactions within minutes. The material has high protein binding capacity and the catalytic activity of the enzyme is retained...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Pat Whitworth, Peter Beitsch, Angela Mislowsky, James V Pellicane, Charles Nash, Mary Murray, Laura A Lee, Carrie L Dul, Michael Rotkis, Paul Baron, Lisette Stork-Sloots, Femke A de Snoo, Jennifer Beatty
PURPOSE: Hormone receptor-positive (HR+) tumors have heterogeneous biology and present a challenge for determining optimal treatment. In the Neoadjuvant Breast Registry Symphony Trial (NBRST) patients were classified according to MammaPrint/BluePrint subtyping to provide insight into the response to neoadjuvant endocrine therapy (NET) or neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NCT). OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this predefined substudy was to compare MammaPrint/BluePrint with conventional 'clinical' immunohistochemistry/fluorescence in situ hybridization (IHC/FISH) subtyping in 'clinical luminal' [HR+/human epidermal growth factor receptor 2-negative (HER2-)] breast cancer patients to predict treatment sensitivity...
October 21, 2016: Annals of Surgical Oncology
Masayuki Onishi, John R Pringle
The unicellular green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii is a model organism that provides an opportunity to understand the evolution and functional biology of the lineage that includes the land plants, as well as aspects of the fundamental core biology conserved throughout the eukaryotic phylogeny. Although many tools are available to facilitate genetic, molecular biological, biochemical, and cell biological studies in Chlamydomonas, expression of unselected transgenes of interest (GOIs) has been challenging. In most methods used previously, the GOI and a selectable marker are expressed from two separate mRNAs, so that their concomitant expression is not guaranteed...
October 21, 2016: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
William R Pitchers, Savvas J Constantinou, Mauricio Losilla, Jason R Gallant
Electric fish have served as a model system in biology since the 18th century, providing deep insight into the nature of bioelectrogenesis, the molecular structure of the synapse, and brain circuitry underlying complex behavior. Neuroethologists have collected extensive phenotypic data that span biological levels of analysis from molecules to ecosystems. This phenotypic data, together with genomic resources obtained over the past decades, have motivated new and exciting hypotheses that position the weakly electric fish model to address fundamental 21(st) century biological questions...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Physiology, Paris
James P Solomon, Brett M Lowenthal, A Karim Kader, J Kellogg Parsons, Thomas W Flaig, Arlene O Siefker-Radtke, Lars Dyrskjøt, Donna E Hansel
Urothelial carcinoma can exhibit a wide variety of histopathological phenotypes or variant morphologies, classifications of which have recently been revised in the 2016 WHO Classification of Tumours of the Urinary System and Male Genital Organs. Many of these variants not only present diagnostic challenges, but also have clinical implications that affect patient prognosis and treatment strategies. This review will discuss these variant morphologies and their relationship to current understanding of the underlying biology of urothelial carcinoma and molecular classification paradigms...
October 18, 2016: Urology
Isaac Garrido-Benavent, Sergio Pérez-Ortega, Asunción de Los Ríos
Symbiotic associations between green algae (Chlorophyta) and fungi give rise to morphologically and eco-physiologically distinct entities, or so-called, lichens. In one of the most peculiar of these associations, the partners are species of the macroscopic genus Prasiola (Trebouxiophyceae) and the ascomycete Mastodia tessellata (Verrucariaceae). This is the only known case of a lichen symbiosis involving a foliose green alga. Despite intense research targeted at understanding the biology of this particular association, little is known about the genetic variability of its symbionts...
October 18, 2016: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
Angélica Rossana Castro de Souza, Daiana Bortoluzzi Baldoni, Jessica Lima, Vitória Porto, Camila Marcuz, Carolina Machado, Rafael Camargo Ferraz, Raquel C Kuhn, Rodrigo J S Jacques, Jerson V C Guedes, Marcio A Mazutti
Production of a bioherbicide for biological control of weeds requires a series of steps, from selection of a suitable microbial strain to final formulation. Thus, this study aimed to select fungi for production of secondary metabolites with herbicidal activity using biological resources of the Brazilian Pampa biome. Phytopathogenic fungi were isolated from infected tissues of weeds in the Pampa biome. A liquid synthetic culture medium was used for production of metabolites. The phytotoxicity of fungal metabolites was assessed via biological tests using the plant Cucumis sativus L...
October 4, 2016: Brazilian Journal of Microbiology: [publication of the Brazilian Society for Microbiology]
Jie Gao, Narasimha Midde, Jun Zhu, Alvin V Terry, Campbell McInnes, James M Chapman
Using molecular modeling and rationally designed structural modifications, the multi-target structure-activity relationship for a series of ranitidine analogs has been investigated. Incorporation of a variety of isosteric groups indicated that appropriate aromatic moieties provide optimal interactions with the hydrophobic and π-π interactions with the peripheral anionic site of the AChE active site. The SAR of a series of cyclic imides demonstrated that AChE inhibition is increased by additional aromatic rings, where 1,8-naphthalimide derivatives were the most potent analogs and other key determinants were revealed...
October 6, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
Ramu Guda, Sirassu Narsimha, Ramavath Babu, Srujana Muthadi, Harikiran Lingabathula, Rambabu Palabindela, Narsimha Reddy Yellu, Girijesh Kumar, Mamatha Kasula
A series of novel substituted hydrazono indolo[2,1-b]quinazoline-6,12-dione analogues have been synthesized and screened for their in vitro cytotoxic and antimicrobial activities. Among all the target compounds, 3c exhibited the most potent inhibitory activity against three cancer cell lines MCF-7, A549, HeLa with IC50 values 07.14±1.285μM, 09.18±0.968μM and 10.57±0.581μM respectively, while maintaining low toxicity towards non-cancer originated cell line, HEK-293. The detailed studies about molecular interactions with probable target protein indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO1) were done by using docking simulations...
October 5, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
Yangyang Gan, Quanqing Zhang, Yajing Chen, Yiman Zhao, Zhichao Xiong, Lingyi Zhang, Weibing Zhang
Highly sensitive and selective enrichment of endogenous peptides or proteins from complex bio-system takes a significant important place to the proteomic. In this work, a unique Fe3O4@2SiO2@mSiO2-C nanomaterial was synthesized, contributing to the separation and enrichment of low concentration peptides from complex mixture. The highly ordered mesoporous carbon structure render the nanospheres with unique properties of strongly connected pore channels, strong hydrophobic properties, high specific surface area (254...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Jiankun Cao, Hongyuan Yan, Shigang Shen, Ligai Bai, Haiyan Liu, Fengxia Qiao
New hydrophilic molecularly imprinted melamine-urea-formaldehyde monolithic resin (MIMR) is synthesized using dopamine hydrochloride as a dummy template via in-situ polymerization directly within pipette tips and it presents special molecular recognition to plant growth regulators in aqueous matrices. Hydrophilic groups (such as hydroxyl groups, imino groups, and amino groups) can be introduced into MIMR by melamine- urea-formaldehyde resin, which make MIMR materials compatible with aqueous media and show their specific molecular recognition in aqueous sample solutions...
November 2, 2016: Analytica Chimica Acta
Sayed-Rzgar Hosseini, Andreas Wagner
BACKGROUND: Biological systems are rife with examples of pre-adaptations or exaptations. They range from the molecular scale - lens crystallins, which originated from metabolic enzymes - to the macroscopic scale, such as feathers used in flying, which originally served thermal insulation or waterproofing. An important class of exaptations are novel and useful traits with non-adaptive origins. Whether such origins could be frequent cannot be answered with individual examples, because it is a question about a biological system's potential for exaptation...
October 21, 2016: BMC Systems Biology
Jianjun Niu, Yong Lin, Pingguo Liu, Yiwen Yu, Chenghao Su, Xiaomin Wang
Long non-coding RNAs are involved with development and progression of cancer, and the advance of microarray technology allows the researchers to investigate the complete expression profile of lncRNA in various kinds of sample. We enrolled 5 male primary HCC cases with chronic HBV infection and the HCC and normal tissues have been obtained during the resection surgery. After total RNA extraction, the lncRNA microarray analysis was conducted to determine the lncRNA and mRNA expression signals. 612 lncRNAs and 1,064 mRNAs were significantly up-regulated in HCC tissue while 656 lncRNAs and 1,532 mRNAs were down-regulated in HCC tissues...
October 18, 2016: Oncotarget
Mingdi Zhang, Wei Gong, Bin Zuo, Bingfeng Chu, Zhaohui Tang, Yong Zhang, Yong Yang, Di Zhou, Mingzhe Weng, Yiyu Qin, Mingzhe Ma, Alex Jiang, Fei Ma, Zhiwei Quan
Cytokine is a key molecular link between chronic inflammation and gallbladder cancer (GBC) progression. The potential mechanism of cytokine-associated modulation of microRNAs (miRNAs) expression in GBC progression is not fully understood. In this study, we investigated the biological effects and prognostic significance of interleukin-6 (IL-6) -induced miRNAs in the development of GBC. We identify that inflammatory cytokine, IL-6 promotes proliferation, migration, invasion and epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) of GBC both in vitro and in vivo...
October 15, 2016: Oncotarget
Bin Tang, Yanmei Huang, Hongqin Yang, Peixiao Tang, Hui Li
As a natural dietary polyphenol, 3,4,5-tri-O-caffeoylquinic acid (3,4,5-triCQA) exhibits numerous stronger pharmacological activities than that of its analogues. Studies on interaction between 3,4,5-triCQA and protein are very helpful for understanding the mechanism of these enhanced biological functions. In this study, (1)H saturation transfer difference NMR ((1)H STD-NMR) combined with multi-spectroscopy were used to probe the interaction of 3,4,5-triCQA with human serum albumin (HSA). Both qualitative and quantitative (1)H STD-NMR indicated that 3,4,5-triCQA can specifically bind to HSA at the favored Sudlow's site II with caffeoyl groups as the main recognizable moiety...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
Sarah Fernandes Teixeira, Ricardo Alexandre de Azevedo, Arthur Carvalho Silva, Rodolpho Campos Braga, Salomão Dória Jorge, José Alexandre Marzagão Barbuto, Carolina Horta Andrade, Adilson Kleber Ferreira
Even with all improvements in both diagnostic and therapeutic techniques, lung cancer remains as the most lethal and prevalent cancer in the world. Therefore, new therapeutic drugs and new strategies of drug combination are necessary to provide treatments that are more efficient. Currently, standard therapy regimen for lung cancer includes platinum drugs, such as cisplatin, oxaliplatin, and carboplatin. Besides of the better toxicity profile of oxaliplatin when compared with cisplatin, peripheral neuropathy remains as a limitation of oxaliplatin dose...
October 18, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Ana Rita Araujo, Lendert Gelens, Rahuman S M Sheriff, Silvia D M Santos
Cell division is characterized by a sequence of events by which a cell gives rise to two daughter cells. Quantitative measurements of cell-cycle dynamics in single cells showed that despite variability in G1-, S-, and G2 phases, duration of mitosis is short and remarkably constant. Surprisingly, there is no correlation between cell-cycle length and mitotic duration, suggesting that mitosis is temporally insulated from variability in earlier cell-cycle phases. By combining live cell imaging and computational modeling, we showed that positive feedback is the molecular mechanism underlying the temporal insulation of mitosis...
October 20, 2016: Molecular Cell
Ariadne Vlahakis, Jayanta Debnath
In this issue of Molecular Cell, Torggler et al. (2016) leverage innovative synthetic biology approaches to dissect the spatiotemporal activation of Atg1 kinase during selective autophagy, revealing two distinct pathways that coordinately initiate autophagosome formation at the yeast vacuole.
October 20, 2016: Molecular Cell
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