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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098756/detection-of-the-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-with-a-novel-bioluminescence-resonance-energy-transfer-pair-using-a-two-component-system
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Tobias Wimmer, Eva Schroeter, Birgit Lorenz, Knut Stieger
In this paper we describe a two-component BRET (bioluminescence resonance energy transfer)-based method to detect vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) molecules in unknown samples as the basis for subsequent in vivo use. A luminescent VEGF binding molecule, which binds in the receptor binding motif of VEGF, is used as the energy donor, transferred to a fluorophore-coupled VEGF binding molecule (acceptor), which binds to the neuropilin binding motif of VEGF, thus enabling energy transfer from the donor to the acceptor molecule...
January 13, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096461/differential-contribution-of-transmembrane-domains-iv-v-vi-and-vii-to-human-angiotensin-ii-type-1-receptor-homomer-formation
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Brent M Young, Elaine Nguyen, Matthew A J Chedrawe, Jan K Rainey, Denis J Dupré
G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) play an important role in drug therapy, and represent one of the largest families of drug targets. The angiotensin II type 1 receptor (AT1R) is notable as it has a central role in the treatment of cardiovascular disease. Blockade of AT1R signaling has been shown to alleviate hypertension and improve outcomes in patients with heart failure. Despite this, it has become apparent that our initial understanding of AT1R signaling is over-simplified. There is considerable evidence to suggest that AT1R signaling is highly modified in the presence of receptor-receptor interactions, but there is very little structural data available to explain this phenomenon even with the recent elucidation of the AT1R crystal structure...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096323/pyoderma-gangrenosum-following-complex-reconstruction-of-a-large-scale-lower-limb-defect-by-combined-parascapular-and-latissimus-dorsi-flap
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Tomke Cordts, Amir K Bigdeli, Leila Harhaus, Christoph Hirche, Thomas Kremer, Ulrich Kneser, Volker J Schmidt
A female patient with a critical soft tissue defect after elective knee replacement surgery was transferred to our department for reconstruction. As wounds were rapidly progressing, necrotizing fasciitis was initially suspected but eventually ruled out by histopathological analysis. A 50 × 15 cm defect was then reconstructed by means of a combined Parascapular and latissimus dorsi flap before, a couple days later, the patient developed tender pustules and ulcers involving the flap as well as the donor site...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Surgical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095177/integrated-colony-imaging-analysis-and-selection-device-for-regenerative-medicine
#4
Edward Kwee, Edward E Herderick, Thomas Adams, James Dunn, Robert Germanowski, Frank Krakosh, Cynthia Boehm, James Monnich, Kimerly Powell, George Muschler
Stem and progenitor cells derived from human tissues are being developed as cell sources for cell-based assays and therapies. However, tissue-derived stem and progenitor cells are heterogeneous. Differences in observed clones of stem cells likely reflect important aspects of the underlying state of the source cells, as well as future potency for cell therapies. This paper describes a colony analysis and picking device that provides quantitative analysis of heterogeneous cell populations and precise tools for cell picking for research or biomanufacturing applications...
November 1, 2016: Journal of Laboratory Automation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094956/radiolabeled-r954-derivatives-for-imaging-bradykinin-b1-receptor-expression-with-positron-emission-tomography
#5
Hsiou-Ting Kuo, Jinhe Pan, Joseph Lau, Chengcheng Zhang, Jutta Zeisler, Nadine Colpo, Francois Benard, Kuo-Shyan Lin
Peptide receptors have emerged as promising targets for diagnosis and therapy. The aberrant overexpression of these receptors in different cancer subtypes allows for the adoption of new treatment strategies that complement conventional chemotherapies. Bradykinin B1 receptor (B1R) is a G protein-coupled receptor that is overexpressed in many cancers, with limited expression in healthy tissues. Previously, we developed 68Ga- and 18F-labeled derivatives of B1R antagonist peptides B9858 and B9958, and successfully targeted B1R-expressing tumor xenografts in vivo...
January 17, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094938/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-evaluation-of-fully-substituted-5-3-ethoxy-3-oxopropynyl-4-ethoxycarbonyl-1-2-3-triazolyl-glycosides-as-original-nucleoside-analogs-to-circumvent-resistance-in-myeloid-malignancies
#6
Hella Amdouni, Guillaume Robert, Mohsine Driowya, Nathan Furstoss, Camille Métier, Alix Dubois, Maeva Dufies, Marwa Zerhouni, François Orange, Sandra Lacas-Gervais, Khalid Bougrin, Anthony R Martin, Patrick Auberger, Rachid Benhida
A series of nucleoside analogs bearing a 1,4,5-trisubstituted-1,2,3-triazole aglycone was synthesized using a straightforward click/electrophilic addition or click/oxidative coupling tandem procedures. SAR analysis, using cell culture assays, led to the discovery of a series of compounds belonging to the 5-alkynyl-1,2,3-triazole family that exhibits potent antileukemic effects on several hematologic malignancies including chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) and myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) either sensitive or resistant to their respective therapy...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092656/influence-of-node-abundance-on-signaling-network-state-and-dynamics-analyzed-by-mass-cytometry
#7
Xiao-Kang Lun, Vito R T Zanotelli, James D Wade, Denis Schapiro, Marco Tognetti, Nadine Dobberstein, Bernd Bodenmiller
Signaling networks are key regulators of cellular function. Although the concentrations of signaling proteins are perturbed in disease states, such as cancer, and are modulated by drug therapies, our understanding of how such changes shape the properties of signaling networks is limited. Here we couple mass-cytometry-based single-cell analysis with overexpression of tagged signaling proteins to study the dependence of signaling relationships and dynamics on protein node abundance. Focusing on the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) signaling network in HEK293T cells, we analyze 20 signaling proteins during a 1-h EGF stimulation time course using a panel of 35 antibodies...
January 16, 2017: Nature Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091362/epicutaneous-immunotherapy-for-the-treatment-of-peanut-allergy-in-children-and-young-adults
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Stacie M Jones, Scott H Sicherer, A Wesley Burks, Donald Y M Leung, Robert W Lindblad, Peter Dawson, Alice K Henning, M Cecilia Berin, David Chiang, Brian P Vickery, Robbie D Pesek, Christine B Cho, Wendy F Davidson, Marshall Plaut, Hugh A Sampson, Robert A Wood
BACKGROUND: Peanut allergy is common, life-threatening, and without therapeutic options. We evaluated peanut epicutaneous immunotherapy (EPIT) by using Viaskin Peanut for peanut allergy treatment. OBJECTIVE: We sought to evaluate the clinical, safety, and immunologic effects of EPIT for the treatment of peanut allergy. METHODS: In this multicenter, double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study, 74 participants with peanut allergy (ages 4-25 years) were treated with placebo (n = 25), Viaskin Peanut 100 μg (VP100; n = 24) or Viaskin Peanut 250 μg (VP250; n = 25; DBV Technologies, Montrouge, France)...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090599/mas-related-g-protein-coupled-receptor-x2-a-potential-new-target-for-modulating-mast-cell-mediated-allergic-and-inflammatory-diseases
#9
Hydar Ali
Mast cells (MCs) are tissue resident immune cells that are best known for their roles in allergic and inflammatory diseases. In addition to the high affinity IgE receptor (FcεRI), MCs express numerous G protein coupled receptors (GPCRs), which are the most common targets of drug therapy. Neurokinin 1 receptor (NK-1R) is expressed on MCs and contributes to IgE and non-IgE-mediated responses in mice. Although NK-1R antagonists are highly effective in modulating experimental allergic and inflammatory responses in mice they lack efficacy in humans...
December 2016: Journal of Immunobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089829/resveratrol-and-capsaicin-used-together-as-food-complements-reduce-tumor-growth-and-rescue-full-efficiency-of-low-dose-gemcitabine-in-a-pancreatic-cancer-model
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Véronique Vendrely, Evelyne Peuchant, Etienne Buscail, Isabelle Moranvillier, Benoit Rousseau, Aurélie Bedel, Aurélia Brillac, Hubert de Verneuil, François Moreau-Gaudry, Sandrine Dabernat
Pancreatic adenocarcinoma, highly resistant to all current anti-cancer treatments, necessitates new approaches promoting cell death. We hypothesized that combined actions of several Bioactive Food Components (BFCs) might provide specific lethal effect towards tumor cells, sparing healthy cells. Human tumor pancreatic cell lines were tested in vitro for sensitivity to resveratrol, capsaicin, piceatannol, and sulforaphane cytotoxic effects. Combination of two or three components showed striking synergetic effect with gemcitabine in vitro...
January 12, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088061/galectins-emerging-regulatory-checkpoints-linking-tumor-immunity-and-angiogenesis
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REVIEW
Santiago P Méndez-Huergo, Ada G Blidner, Gabriel A Rabinovich
Immune checkpoints, a plethora of inhibitory pathways aimed at maintaining immune cell homeostasis, may be co-opted by cancer cells to evade immune destruction. Therapies targeting immune checkpoints have reached a momentum yielding significant clinical benefits in patients with various malignancies by unleashing anti-tumor immunity. Galectins, a family of glycan-binding proteins, have emerged as novel regulatory checkpoints that promote immune evasive programs by inducing T-cell exhaustion, limiting T-cell survival, favoring expansion of regulatory T cells, de-activating natural killer cells and polarizing myeloid cells toward an immunosuppressive phenotype...
January 11, 2017: Current Opinion in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087125/hydroxy-carboxylic-acid-receptor-actions-in-metabolism
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REVIEW
Stefan Offermanns
Lactic acid, the ketone body 3-hydroxy-butyric acid, also known as β-hydroxybutyrate, and the β-oxidation intermediate 3-hydroxy-octanoic acid are hydroxy-carboxylic acids (HCAs) that serve as intermediates of energy metabolism. However, they also regulate cellular functions, in part by directly activating the G protein-coupled receptors HCA1/GPR81, HCA2/GPR109A, and HCA3/GPR109B. During the past decade, it has become clear that HCA receptors help to maintain homeostasis under changing metabolic and dietary conditions, by controlling metabolic, immune, and other body functions...
January 10, 2017: Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism: TEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081246/nitrosothiol-trapping-based-proteomic-analysis-of-s-nitrosylation-in-human-lung-carcinoma-cells
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Shani Ben-Lulu, Tamar Ziv, Pnina Weisman-Shomer, Moran Benhar
Nitrosylation of cysteines residues (S-nitrosylation) mediates many of the cellular effects of nitric oxide in normal and diseased cells. Recent research indicates that S-nitrosylation of certain proteins could play a role in tumor progression and responsiveness to therapy. However, the protein targets of S-nitrosylation in cancer cells remain largely unidentified. In this study, we used our recently developed nitrosothiol trapping approach to explore the nitrosoproteome of human A549 lung carcinoma cells treated with S-nitrosocysteine or pro-inflammatory cytokines...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081158/-i-do-not-take-my-medicine-while-hiding-a-longitudinal-qualitative-assessment-of-hiv-discordant-couples-beliefs-in-discordance-and-art-as-prevention-in-uganda
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Rachel King, Jiho Kim, Mastula Nanfuka, Murisho Shafic, Maureen Nyonyitono, Florence Galenda, David Moore
BACKGROUND: HIV negative members of serostatus discordant couples are at high risk for HIV acquisition, but few interventions are in place to target them in sub-Saharan Africa. METHODS: In this study, we interviewed 28 couples, 3 times over a period of one year to understand their perceptions and attitudes around discordance, their relationship dynamics, their HIV risk behaviour, their beliefs and attitudes about antiretroviral therapy (ART) and their views of the community perceptions of discordance and treatment for HIV...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080136/isoniazid-a-review-of-characteristics-properties-and-analytical-methods
#15
Guilherme Felipe Dos Santos Fernandes, Hérida Regina Nunes Salgado, Jean Leandro Dos Santos
Isoniazid is a synthetic antimicrobial and one of the most important first-line drugs used in the treatment of tuberculosis. Since it was introduced in the therapy in 1952, the drug remains at the front line of the antituberculosis treatment mainly due to its potency and high selectivity against Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Pharmaceutical analysis and therapeutic drug monitoring of isoniazid in both, pharmaceuticals and biological samples, plays an important role to comprehend aspects regarding to bioavailability, bioequivalence and therapeutic monitoring during patients following-up...
January 12, 2017: Critical Reviews in Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079912/intravenous-immunoglobulin-in-the-treatment-of-primary-immunodeficiency-diseases
#16
Deirdre De Ranieri, Nana Sarkoah Fenny
Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) has been used as antibody replacement therapy in primary immunodeficiency diseases (PIDDs) for more than 50 years. Its role as a therapeutic agent has expanded over the past couple of decades as its anti-inflammatory and immune-modulatory mechanisms of action have been elucidated. It is now used "off-label" to treat other autoimmune diseases. This article focuses on the role of IVIG in the treatment of PIDDs characterized by absent or deficient antibody production. Replacement doses are given on a monthly basis in these conditions as a prophylactic measure to prevent acute and serious bacterial infections...
January 1, 2017: Pediatric Annals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079003/colorectal-cancer-chemotherapy-the-evolution-of-treatment-and-new-approaches
#17
Rachel M McQuade, Vanesa Stojanovska, Joel C Bornstein, Kulmira Nurgali
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is one the greatest contributors to cancer related mortality. Although 5 year survival rate for patients at the early stage of CRC (stages I and II) is above 60%, more than 50% of patients are diagnosed at or beyond stage III when distant metastasis has already occurred, in which case 5 year survival rate drops to 10%. Chemotherapeutic intervention coupled with surgery is the backbone of metastatic CRC treatment and the only means of enhanced survival. For decades following its discovery, an antimetabolite 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) was the only chemotherapeutic agent available to successfully improve 12 month survival in CRC patients...
January 11, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075383/soluble-fibre-meal-challenge-reduces-airway-inflammation-and-expression-of-gpr43-and-gpr41-in-asthma
#18
Isabel Halnes, Katherine J Baines, Bronwyn S Berthon, Lesley K MacDonald-Wicks, Peter G Gibson, Lisa G Wood
Short chain fatty acids (SCFAs) are produced following the fermentation of soluble fibre by gut bacteria. In animal models, both dietary fibre and SCFAs have demonstrated anti-inflammatory effects via the activation of free fatty acid receptors, such as G protein-coupled receptor 41 and 43 (GPR41 and GPR43). This pilot study examined the acute effect of a single dose of soluble fibre on airway inflammation-including changes in gene expression of free fatty acid receptors-in asthma. Adults with stable asthma consumed a soluble fibre meal (n = 17) containing 3...
January 10, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073063/self-assembled-micelles-based-on-chondroitin-sulfate-poly-d-l-lactideco-glycolide-block-copolymers-for-doxorubicin-delivery
#19
Hui Zhang, Jiangkang Xu, Liang Xing, Jianbo Ji, Aihua Yu, Guangxi Zhai
Doxorubicin (DOX) is one of the most common chemotherapeutic agents for the treatment of various cancers, but its clinical usage is limited by dose-dependent cardiotoxicity. We have recently synthesized a series of Chondroitin sulfate/poly (d,l-lactideco-glycolide) block copolymers (Chs-b-PLGA) with different length of hydrophobic block by an end-to-end coupling strategy. The structure of the amphiphilic block copolymers with low critical micelle concentration (∼28mg/L) were confirmed by (1)H NMR. The copolymers could self-assemble into stable micelles in aqueous environment with homogeneous size distribution and negative zeta potential...
December 23, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070819/inducing-polyclonal-eag1-specific-antibodies-by-vaccination-with-a-linear-epitope-immunogen-and-its-relation-to-breast-tumorigenesis
#20
Zhandong Li, Ketong Zhu, Xin Gong, Steven Vasilescu, Yu Sun, Kaiqing Hong, Hao Li, Lin Li, Yaming Shan
Ether à-go-go 1 (KCNH1, Kv10.1) (Eag1) is a voltage-gated potassium channel, which is commonly overexpressed in tested breast cancer patients. This occurrence makes it a potential molecular marker and a promising tool for breast cancer diagnosis and therapy. In order to explore protective or specific polyclonal antibodies for further research, potential linear epitopes from Eag1 were collected by sequence alignment. The sequence was synthesized and then coupled to the carrier protein keyhole limpet hemocyanin (KLH) for animal immunization...
January 9, 2017: Pathology Oncology Research: POR
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