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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245156/selection-and-targeting-of-epcam-protein-by-ssdna-aptamer
#1
Walhan Alshaer, Nida Ababneh, Mamon Hatmal, Heba Izmirli, Moujab Choukeife, Alaa Shraim, Nour Sharar, Aya Abu-Shiekah, Fadwa Odeh, Abeer Al Bawab, Abdalla Awidi, Said Ismail
Aptamers are molecules that reveal highly complex and refined molecular recognition properties. These molecules are capable of binding with high affinity and selectivity to targets, ranging from small molecules to whole living cells. Several aptamers have been selected for targeting cellular proteins and they have also used in developing therapeutics and diagnostic strategies. Epithelial cell adhesion molecule (EpCAM) is considered as a cancer stem cell (CSC) biomarker and one of the most promising targets for aptamer selection against CSCs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245148/hydrological-and-pollution-processes-in-mining-area-of-fenhe-river-basin-in-china
#2
Yonggang Yang, Zhilong Meng, Wentao Jiao
The hydrological and pollution processes are an important science problem for aquatic ecosystem. In this study, the samples of river water, reservoir water, shallow groundwater, deep groundwater, and precipitation in mining area are collected and analyzed. δD and δ18O are used to identify hydrological process. δ15N-NO3- and δ18O-NO3- are used to identify the sources and pollution process of NO3-. The results show that the various water bodies in Fenhe River Basin are slightly alkaline water. The ions in the water mainly come from rock weathering...
December 12, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245134/phosphorus-recovery-and-reuse-by-pyrolysis-applications-for-agriculture-and-environment
#3
REVIEW
Daquan Sun, Lauren Hale, Gourango Kar, Raju Soolanayakanahally, Sina Adl
Phosphorus ore extraction for soil fertilization supports the demand of modern agriculture, but extractable resource limitations, due to scarcity, impose a P reuse and recycling research agenda. Here we propose to integrate biochar production (pyrogenic carbon) with municipal and agricultural waste management systems, to recover and reuse phosphorous that would otherwise be lost from the ecological food web. A meta-analysis and available data on total P in biochar indicated that P-enriched feedstocks include animal manure, human excreta, and plant-biomass collected from P-polluted sites...
December 7, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245132/transcriptome-analysis-reveals-novel-insights-into-the-response-to-pb-exposure-in-phanerochaete-chrysosporium
#4
Chao Huang, Rongzhong Wang, Guangming Zeng, Danlian Huang, Cui Lai, Jiachao Zhang, Zhihua Xiao, Jia Wan, Piao Xu, Xiaomin Gong, Wenjing Xue, Xiaoya Ren
Metals released into the environment continue to be of concern for human health. Using white-rot fungi as biosorbents for heavy metals removal is an attractive alternative owing to its good performance and low cost. However, the molecular mechanism underlying heavy metal tolerance in white-rot fungi has not yet been fully elucidated. This study identified and analyzed the lead (Pb)-induced transcriptional changes in Phanerochaete chrysosporium, a well-known heavy metal hyperaccumulating white-rot fungus. The results confirmed its outstanding ability in Pb tolerance and effective defense system...
December 9, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245120/bioactive-polyoxygenated-seco-cyclohexenes-from-artabotrys-hongkongensis
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Yan-Ping Liu, Jin-Ying Tang, Yan Hua, Liang Lai, Xiu-Lan Luo, Zhi-Jie Zhang, Wen-Qing Yin, Guang-Ying Chen, Yan-Hui Fu
Six new polyoxygenated seco-cyclohexenes, artahongkongenes A-F (1-6), together with six known analogues (7-12) were isolated from the stems and leaves of Artabotrys hongkongensis. Their structures were elucidated by extensive spectroscopic methods. All new compounds were evaluated for their cytotoxicities against five human cancer cell lines: HL-60, SMMC-7721, A-549, MCF-7 and SW480 in vitro. New seco-cyclohexenes 1-6 showed significant inhibitory effects against various human cancer cell lines with IC50 values ranging from 0...
December 7, 2017: Bioorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245116/human-lung-epithelial-cells-a549-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-induced-by-pva-collagen-nanofiber
#6
Xiuchun Li, Shanshan Yan, Jing Dai, Yi Lu, Yiqun Wang, Man Sun, Jinkang Gong, Yuan Yao
Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is a process by which epithelial cells lose their cell-cell contact to become mesenchymal stem cells, which is important on development and embryogenesis, wound healing, and cancer metastasis. This research aims to investigate the effect of topological cue as modulating factor on the EMT by tuning the diameter of electrospinning nanofiber. The cell-nanofiber interaction between human lung epithelial cell A549 and electrospinning nanofibers composed of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and type I collagen were investigated...
December 11, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245098/the-pit-bull-attack-causing-limb-threatening-vascular-trauma-a-case-series
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Patrick Harnarayan, Shariful Islam, Christi Ramsingh, Vijay Naraynsingh
INTRODUCTION: Non-fatal human dog bites are commonplace amongst animal attacks on human beings and these present with mainly skin and soft tissue injuries. However, they can also present with life threatening head and neck injuries, massive soft tissue trauma, as well as combined orthopedic and vascular extremity injuries where a high possibility of limb loss exists. PRESENTATION OF CASES: We present two adult dog bite victims with multiple bites inflicted by large canines identified as Pit-Bull Terriers...
December 8, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245089/metabolic-analysis-of-panax-notoginseng-saponins-with-gut-microbiota-mediated-biotransformation-by-hplc-dad-q-tof-ms-ms
#8
Man-Yun Chen, Li Shao, Wei Zhang, Chong-Zhi Wang, Hong-Hao Zhou, Wei-Hua Huang, Chun-Su Yuan
Saponins such as notoginsenosides and ginsenosides from Panax notoginseng are responsible for the herb's clinical applications. Unfortunately, there is poor oral bioavailability of saponins. However, gut microbiota can transform saponins to yield the metabolites that are potential bioactive substances. In this study, we aimed to characterize the metabolic profiles of P. notoginseng saponins (PNS) by incubating them with human gut microbiota. The notoginsenosides, ginsenosides and related metabolites were separated and identified using a highly sensitive and selective high-performance liquid chromatography coupled with diode array detection/quadrupole tandem time-of-flight mass spectrometry (HPLC-DAD-Q-TOF-MS/MS)...
December 7, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245068/overexpression-of-microrna-375-impedes-platelet-derived-growth-factor-induced-proliferation-and-migration-of-human-fetal-airway-smooth-muscle-cells-by-targeting-janus-kinase-2
#9
Yamei Ji, Xin Yang, Huixia Su
The abnormal proliferation and migration of airway smooth muscle (ASM) cells play a critical role in airway remodeling during the development of asthma. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) have emerged as critical regulators of ASM cell proliferation and migration in airway remodeling. In this study, we aimed to investigate the potential role of miR-375 in the regulation of platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF)-induced fetal ASM cell proliferation and migration. Our results showed that miR-375 expression was significantly decreased in fetal ASM cells that were treated with PDGF...
December 12, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245066/immuno-biological-comparison-of-hepatic-stellate-cells-in-a-reverted-and-activated-state
#10
Mehdi Najar, Hussein Fayyad-Kazan, Wissam H Faour, Adil El Taghdouini, Gordana Raicevic, Leo A van Grunsven, Mustapha Najimi, Etienne Sokal, Laurence Lagneaux
Human hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) demonstrated great immunological plasticity with important consequences for liver cell therapy. Activated HSCs (aHSCs) are in vitro reverted (rHSCs) to a quiescent-like phenotype with potential benefit to reduce liver fibrosis. The goal of this study is to establish and compare the immunological profile of activated and in vitro reverted HSCs and to investigate the impact of inflammatory priming on the immunobiology of both HSCs populations. The distribution of inflammatory primed activated and reverted HSCs across the different phases of the cell cycle is assessed by flow cytometry...
December 12, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245062/comparative-studies-on-dna-binding-and-in-vitro-antitumor-activity-of-enantiomeric-ruthenium-ii-complexes
#11
Wen-Xu Hong, Fengwen Huang, Tianwen Huan, Xu Xu, Qingguo Han, Gaofeng Wang, Hong Xu, Shan Duan, Yongheng Duan, Xun Long, Ying Liu, Zhangli Hu
A pair of ruthenium(II) complex enantiomers, Δ- and Λ-[Ru(bpy)2PBIP]2+ {bpy=2,2'-bipyridine, PBIP=2-(4-bromophenyl)imidazo[4,5-f]1,10-phenanthroline} have been synthesized and characterized. The systematic comparative studies between two enantiomers on their DNA binding-behaviors with calf thymus DNA (CT DNA) were carried out by viscosity measurements, spectrophotometric methods and molecular simulation technology. Additional assays were performed to explore the cytotoxicity of the ruthenium(II) enantiomers against tumor cell lines...
November 29, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245060/activation-of-human-eosinophils-with-palladium-nanoparticles-pd-nps-importance-of-the-actin-cytoskeleton-in-pd-nps-induced-cellular-adhesion
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P Chhay, M Murphy-Marion, Y Samson, D Girard
Palladium (Pd) is known to be released into the environment in the fine and ultrafine (at the nanoscale) airborne particle fractions mainly from automobile catalytic converters leading to an increase human exposure to this noble metal. It was reported that Pd can induce allergic reactions in individuals exposed to it via different ways. Some studies reported an increased number of eosinophils into airways following NP exposure in vivo in rodent models of allergies and inflammation. Knowing the importance of eosinophils in allergies, asthma and other lung diseases, it is surprising to observe that the direct effect of Pd at the nanoscale in eosinophils has been poorly documented...
December 11, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245055/high-proportion-of-abnormal-pap-smear-tests-and-cervical-dysplasia-in-women-with-cystic-fibrosis
#13
Christine Rousset-Jablonski, Quitterie Reynaud, Raphaëlle Nove-Josserand, Isabelle Ray-Coquard, Yahia Mekki, François Golfier, Isabelle Durieu
OBJECTIVES: Insufficient gynecological follow-up and cervical screening has been reported in women with cystic fibrosis (CF). Some of these patients will require a pulmonary transplantation, known to be associated with a higher risk of cervical dysplasia. The aim of this study was to explore the results of cervical screening in adult women with CF, and to report the prevalence of abnormal pap smear tests in this population. STUDY DESIGN: We retrospectively analyzed medical records of sexually active women with CF who attended a gynecological consultation in Lyon University CF referral center between June 2014 and December 2015...
December 9, 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245051/magnesium-phosphate-ceramics-incorporating-a-novel-indene-compound-promote-osteoblast-differentiation-in%C3%A2-vitro-and-bone-regeneration-in%C3%A2-vivo
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Ju Ang Kim, Hui-Suk Yun, Young-Ae Choi, Jung-Eun Kim, So-Young Choi, Tae-Geon Kwon, Young Kyung Kim, Tae-Yub Kwon, Myung Ae Bae, Nak Jeong Kim, Yong Chul Bae, Hong-In Shin, Eui Kyun Park
Incorporating bioactive molecules into synthetic ceramic scaffolds is challenging. In this study, to enhance bone regeneration, a magnesium phosphate (MgP) ceramic scaffold was incorporated with a novel indene compound, KR-34893. KR-34893 induced the deposition of minerals and expression of osteoblast marker genes in primary human bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) and a mouse osteoblastic MC3T3-E1 cell line. Analysis of the mode of action showed that KR-34893 induced the phosphorylation of MAPK/extracellular signal-regulated kinase and extracellular signal-regulated kinase, and subsequently the expression of bone morphogenetic protein 7, accompanied by SMAD1/5/8 phosphorylation...
December 7, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245047/polyriboinosinic-polyribocytidylic-acid-facilitates-interleukin-6-and-interleukin-8-secretion-in-human-dermal-fibroblasts-via-the-jak-stat3-and-p38-mapk-signal-transduction-pathways
#15
Zhang Ying Zhu, Cong Zhuo Jia, Jian Min Luo, Li Wang
Polyriboinosinic-polyribocytidylic acid (polyI:C) is a viral dsRNA analoguethat promotes wounds healing, accelerates re-epithelialization, granulation and neovascularization, and induces pro-inflammatory cytokine release. Little is known about polyI:C mediated induction of inflammatory mediators in human dermal fibroblast (HDFs), which form the primary scaffold for epithelial cells covering the wound. Here, we found that polyI:C enhances IL-6 and IL-8 mRNA expression and induces of IL-6 and IL-8 production in a concentration-dependent and time-dependent manner in HDFs...
December 12, 2017: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245038/spatiotemporal-influence-of-temperature-air-quality-and-urban-environment-on-cause-specific-mortality-during-hazy-days
#16
Hung Chak Ho, Man Sing Wong, Lin Yang, Wenzhong Shi, Jinxin Yang, Muhammad Bilal, Ta-Chien Chan
Haze is an extreme weather event that can severely increase air pollution exposure, resulting in higher burdens on human health. Few studies have explored the health effects of haze, and none have investigated the spatiotemporal interaction between temperature, air quality and urban environment that may exacerbate the adverse health effects of haze. We investigated the spatiotemporal pattern of haze effects and explored the additional effects of temperature, air pollution and urban environment on the short-term mortality risk during hazy days...
December 12, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245016/preferential-myofibroblast-differentiation-of-cardiac-mesenchymal-progenitor-cells-in-the-presence-of-atrial-fibrillation
#17
Elisa Gambini, Gianluca Lorenzo Perrucci, Beatrice Bassetti, Gabriella Spaltro, Giulia Campostrini, Maria Chiara Lionetti, Alberto Pilozzi, Federico Martinelli, Andrea Faruggia, Dario DiFrancesco, Andrea Barbuti, Giulio Pompilio
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is characterized by electrical, contractile, and structural remodeling mediated by interstitial fibrosis. It has been shown that human cardiac mesenchymal progenitor cells (CMPCs) can be differentiated into endothelial, smooth muscle, and fibroblast cells. Here, we have investigated, for the first time, the contribution of CMPCs in the fibrotic process occurring in AF. As expected, right auricolae samples displayed significantly higher fibrosis in AF vs control (CTR) patients. In tissue samples of AF patients only, double staining for c-kit and the myofibroblast marker α-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA) was detected...
November 27, 2017: Translational Research: the Journal of Laboratory and Clinical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245011/oncogenic-role-of-thor-a-conserved-cancer-testis-long-non-coding-rna
#18
Yasuyuki Hosono, Yashar S Niknafs, John R Prensner, Matthew K Iyer, Saravana M Dhanasekaran, Rohit Mehra, Sethuramasundaram Pitchiaya, Jean Tien, June Escara-Wilke, Anton Poliakov, Shih-Chun Chu, Sahal Saleh, Keerthana Sankar, Fengyun Su, Shuling Guo, Yuanyuan Qiao, Susan M Freier, Huynh-Hoa Bui, Xuhong Cao, Rohit Malik, Timothy M Johnson, David G Beer, Felix Y Feng, Weibin Zhou, Arul M Chinnaiyan
Large-scale transcriptome sequencing efforts have vastly expanded the catalog of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) with varying evolutionary conservation, lineage expression, and cancer specificity. Here, we functionally characterize a novel ultraconserved lncRNA, THOR (ENSG00000226856), which exhibits expression exclusively in testis and a broad range of human cancers. THOR knockdown and overexpression in multiple cell lines and animal models alters cell or tumor growth supporting an oncogenic role. We discovered a conserved interaction of THOR with IGF2BP1 and show that THOR contributes to the mRNA stabilization activities of IGF2BP1...
December 14, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245010/our-gut-microbiome-the-evolving-inner-self
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REVIEW
Parag Kundu, Eran Blacher, Eran Elinav, Sven Pettersson
The "holobiont" concept, defined as the collective contribution of the eukaryotic and prokaryotic counterparts to the multicellular organism, introduces a complex definition of individuality enabling a new comprehensive view of human evolution and personalized characteristics. Here, we provide snapshots of the evolving microbial-host associations and relations during distinct milestones across the lifespan of a human being. We discuss the current knowledge of biological symbiosis between the microbiome and its host and portray the challenges in understanding these interactions and their potential effects on human physiology, including microbiome-nervous system inter-relationship and its relevance to human variation and individuality...
December 14, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245008/on-the-design-of-combination-cancer-therapy
#20
James H Doroshow, Richard M Simon
Combination therapy programs are the hallmark of the successful treatment of all forms of human malignancies. In this issue of Cell, Palmer and Sorger present data suggesting that cell culture results indicative of synergistic anticancer drug interactions rarely translate clinically and that the results of combination therapies in mouse models or human clinical trials, even if successful, are best explained by the independent activities of the individually administered drugs.
December 14, 2017: Cell
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