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D Yuan, X-M Liu, Z Fang, L-L Du, J Chang, S-H Lin
OBJECTIVE: Diabetic nephropathy (DN) can cause chronic renal insufficiency and significantly reduce the life quality of patients with diabetes mellitus, and may eventually lead to death. The study investigated the expression of endoplasmic reticulum stress-related factors, which have important roles in the progress of DN and to explore effects of resveratrol on DN and the possible mechanism. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Specific pathogen free (SPF) grade healthy male Sprague Dawley (SD) rats were divided into different groups for different treatments...
March 2018: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
L-Y Hu, J-B Cui, X-M Xu, Z-H Huang, H-T Jiao
OBJECTIVE: Traumatic lung injury (TLI) can cause inflammation and oxidative stress, or even leads to acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and death. Nuclear factor erythroid-2 related factor 2 (Nrf2)-Kelch-like ECH-associated protein 1 (Keap1)-antioxidant response element (ARE) signal pathway participates in disease occurrence and progression via regulating inflammatory and oxidative stress response, but with its expression and functional roles in TLI largely unknown. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Wistar rats were randomly divided into control group, TLI group by crushing method, and Nrf2 activation group which received Nrf2 specific agonist sulforaphane 30 min before TLI treatment...
March 2018: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Y-M Weng, C-R Ke, J-Z Kong, H Chen, J-J Hong, D-S Zhou
OBJECTIVE: To observe the effects of autophagy-related gene 5 (ATG5) on the proliferation, differentiation, and apoptosis of Mc3T3-E1 osteoblast as well as the effects of ATG5 on apoptosis of osteoblasts under the conditions of non-oxidative stress and oxidative stress. MATERIALS AND METHODS: ATG5 overexpressing and silencing cell lines were established in this experiment with lentiviral vector and transcription activator-like effect or nuclease (Talen) technique, respectively, using Mc3T3-E1 cells...
March 2018: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Yipeng Wang, Liping Guo, Lin Feng, Wen Zhang, Ting Xiao, Xuebing Di, Guoji Chen, Kaitai Zhang
Circulating tumour cell (CTC) behaviours are distinct from those of bulk tissues. Thus, treatments to eliminate CTCs differ from the regimens followed to reduce the primary tumour and its metastases. Accordingly, comprehensively deciphering the single nucleotide variant (SNV) profiles in CTCs, which partially determine CTC behaviours, is a priority. Using viable CTCs isolated with the oHSV1‑hTERT‑GFP virus coupled with fluorescence‑activated cell sorting (FACS), the whole genome was amplified using the multiple annealing and looping‑based amplification cycle (MALBAC) method...
May 2018: Oncology Reports
Nagarjuna Reddy K, Subhadra U, Sridhar B, Subba Reddy B V
A novel one-pot strategy has been developed for the construction of spiro-isoindolinone-benzosultams through a Ru(ii)-catalyzed sequential C-C and C-N bond formation. This method is highly atom-economical and compatible with a wide range of substituents. This is the first report on the spirocyclization of 3-aryl N-sulfonyl ketimines with aryl isocyanates to produce highly rigid and pharmaceutically relevant spirocycles through a C-H bond activation.
March 22, 2018: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
Feng Sun, Chen Li, Chaochao Fu, Xiangbiao Zhou, Jun Luo, Wei Zou, Zhi-Jun Qiu, Dongping Wu
Dopant-segregated source/drain contacts in a p-channel Schottky-barrier metal-oxide semiconductor field-effect transistor (SB-MOSFET) require further hole Schottky barrier height (SBH) regulation toward sub-0.1 eV levels to improve their competitiveness with conventional field-effect transistors. Because of the solubility limits of dopants in silicon, the requirements for effective hole SBH reduction with dopant segregation cannot be satisfied using mono-implantation. In this study, we demonstrate a potential solution for further SBH tuning by implementing the dual implantation of boron (B) and aluminum (Al) in combination with microwave annealing (MWA)...
March 22, 2018: Materials
Mostefa Lefahal, Nabila Zaabat, Radia Ayad, El Hani Makhloufi, Lakhdar Djarri, Merzoug Benahmed, Hocine Laouer, Gema Nieto, Salah Akkal
Background: Capnophyllum peregrinum (L.) Lange (Apiaceae) is the unique taxon of capnophyllum genus in Algerian flora. It has never been investigated in regards to its total phenolic and flavonoid contents and antioxidant and photoprotective activities. Methods: C. peregrinum aerial parts extracted with absolute methanol. The total flavonoid and phenolic contents of the extract were evaluated to determine their correlation with the antioxidant and photoprotective activities of the extract. Results: The methanolic extract demonstrated a significant amount of phenolics and flavonoids (74...
March 22, 2018: Medicines (Basel, Switzerland)
Frits H M van Osch, Sylvia H J Jochems, Anke Wesselius, Frederik J van Schooten, Richard T Bryan, Maurice P Zeegers
Background : Active smoking is a major risk factor for urothelial bladder cancer (UBC). However, the evidence that exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) either in childhood or adult life is also associated with UBC risk is ambiguous. With this meta-analysis, we aim to summarise how exposure to ETS is associated with UBC risk. Methods : In total, 11 studies (3 cohort studies, 8 case-control studies) were included in this meta-analysis and summary odds ratios (SORs) for UBC risk were calculated for never smokers who were exposed to ETS during childhood at home, during adulthood at home, or during adulthood in a work environment compared to never smokers who were never exposed to ETS...
March 22, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Kyoung In Jung, Yong Chan Kim, Chan Kee Park
Glaucoma is a leading cause of loss of sight. High intraocular pressure (IOP) is the most critical risk factor. However, glaucoma develops even within a normal IOP range. Normal tension glaucoma (NTG) is more common in Asia, whereas high tension glaucoma is more common in Western countries. The pathogenesis of glaucoma, especially NTG, is poorly understood. We evaluated the correlation between dietary nutrient intake and glaucoma using data from subjects ≥40 years old from the ongoing, nationwide, population-based study, the Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey V (2008-2012)...
March 22, 2018: Nutrients
Delphine Adam, Marta Maciejewska, Aymeric Naômé, Loïc Martinet, Wouter Coppieters, Latifa Karim, Denis Baurain, Sébastien Rigali
Cave moonmilk deposits host an abundant and diverse actinobacterial population that has a great potential for producing novel natural bioactive compounds. In our previous attempt to isolate culturable moonmilk-dwelling Actinobacteria, only Streptomyces species were recovered, whereas a metagenetic study of the same deposits revealed a complex actinobacterial community including 46 actinobacterial genera in addition to streptomycetes. In this work, we applied the rehydration-centrifugation method to lessen the occurrence of filamentous species and tested a series of strategies to achieve the isolation of hard-to-culture and rare Actinobacteria from the moonmilk deposits of the cave "Grotte des Collemboles"...
March 22, 2018: Antibiotics
Betul Yilmaz, Arzu Zeynep Karabay
NaB, the metabolite of cinnamon and sodium salt of benzoic acid is a commonly used food and beverage preservative. Various studies have investigated NaB for its effects on different cellular models. However, the effects of NaB on cancer cell viability signaling is substantially unknown. In this study, the effects of NaB on viability parameters and NFκB, one of the most important regulators in apoptosis, were examined in HCT116 colon cancer cells. Cell culture, light microscopy, spectrophotometry, flow cytometry, and western blot were used as methods to determine cell viability, caspase-3 activity, NFκB, Bcl-xl, Bim, and PARP proteins, respectively...
March 22, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Preeti Pandey, Mahfoozur Rahman, Prakash Chandra Bhatt, Sarwar Beg, Basudev Paul, Abdul Hafeez, Fahad A Al-Abbasi, Muhammad Shahid Nadeem, Othman Baothman, Firoz Anwar, Vikas Kumar
AIM: The present work describes the development of poly(lactic co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) nanoparticles (NPs) of rutin (RT) for the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma in rats. MATERIALS & METHODS: RT-loaded PLGA NPs (RT-PLGA-NPs) were prepared by double emulsion evaporation method. Further these are optimized by Box-Behnken design. PLGA NPs were evaluated for size, polydispersity index, drug-loading capacity, entrapment, gastric stability, in vitro drug release, in vivo preclinical studies and biochemical studies...
March 22, 2018: Nanomedicine
Zahra Fakhroueian, Rouhollah Vahabpour, Mehdi Assmar, Alireza Massiha, Afshin Zahedi, Pegah Esmaeilzadeh, Fatemeh Katouzian, Sara Rezaei, Peyman Keyhanvar, Alireza Mozafari Dehshiri
Nanoformulations derived from fine porous ZnO quantum dot nanoparticles (QD NPs) can offer strong potential medical applications; especially in cancer therapy. ZnO QD NPs was synthesized by sol-gel hydrothermal process, fast cold quenching and further smart surface functionalization methods to obtain ultrasmall size (1-4 nm) NPs. ZnO nanopolymer, a wetting agent, PEG co-solvent and water/oil emulsion stabilizer were considered in our nanofluid formulation. The resulting nanofluid was characterized by SEM, FTIR, photoluminescence, band gap energy, zeta potential and UV-Vis spectroscopy...
March 22, 2018: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
Ernestina Hernández García, Norma Osnaya Brizuela, Armando Valenzuela Peraza, David Calderón Guzmán, Maribel Ortiz Herrera, Hugo Juárez Olguín, Gerardo Barragán Mejía, Daniel Santamaría Del Ángel, Alberto Rojas Ochoa
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of splenda and stevia on dopamine and 5-HIAA levels, and some biomarkers of oxidative stress in the presence of cytarabine. METHODS: Forty-eight young male Wistar rats each with a weight of 80 g (four weeks of age), distributed in six groups of eight animals each, were treated as follows: group 1, control (NaCl 0.9% vehicle); group 2, cytarabine (0.6 g/kg); group 3, stevia (0.6 g/kg); group 4, cytarabine + stevia; group 5, splenda; and group 6, cytarabine + splenda...
February 13, 2018: Nutrición Hospitalaria: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Nutrición Parenteral y Enteral
Vania Mattoso Ribeiro, Teresa Palmisciano Bede, Gabrielle S Rocha, Sergio Barroso, Samuel Valença, Vilma Blondet de Azeredo
BACKGROUND: High fat diets have been implicated in the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS). Polyphenols from grapes may reduce ROS and restore oxidative balance. The aim of this study is to investigate the antioxidant properties of high polyphenols beverages associated with a high fat diet in enzymatic and non-enzymatic antioxidant activity. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Fifty female rats were divided into five groups: a) control group (CG) - control diet (4% fat); b) high fat diet group (HFD) - high fat diet (20% fat); c) grape juice group (GJ) - grape juice (15 ml/day) + high fat diet; d) red wine group (RW) - red wine (10 ml/day) + high fat diet; and e) resveratrol solution group (RS) - resveratrol solution (15 ml/day) + high fat diet...
November 24, 2017: Nutrición Hospitalaria: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Nutrición Parenteral y Enteral
Elise Cornelis, Ellen Gorus, Karen Van Weverbergh, Ingo Beyer, Patricia De Vriendt
BACKGROUND: Several methods have been developed to evaluate activities of daily living (ADLs) in mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and mild dementia. This study evaluated the convergent and concurrent validity between (1) two report-based methods (the advanced (a)- and instrumental (i)-ADL tools) and (2) a performance-based method (the Naturalistic Action Test (NAT)) to check if their ability to differentiate between cognitively healthy comparisons (HCs), persons with MCI, and persons with mild Alzheimer's disease (AD) are comparable to each other...
March 22, 2018: International Psychogeriatrics
Madhusudhanan Gogul Ramnath, Ramaraj Thirugnanasampandan, Nagarajan NagaSundaram, Gunasekaran Bhuvaneswari
BACKGROUND: Genus Isodon (Lamiaceae) is a prolific source for bioactive terpenoids. Nowadays, people move towards natural products because of undesirable effects of chemotherapeutic drugs. OBJECTIVE: In silico and in vitro approach were attempted to screen bioactive terpenoids isolated from Isodon wightii with acetylcholinesterase and histone deacetylase3 receptors, Methods: Terpenoids such as abietic acid, oleanolic acid, α-amyrin acetate, β-amyrin acetate were docked with AchE and HDAC3 receptors using AutoDock Vina (version 1...
March 20, 2018: Current Computer-aided Drug Design
José Luis Martínez-Rodríguez, Rosalinda Gutiérrez-Hernández, Claudia Araceli Reyes-Estrada, Angelica Judith Granados-López, Tatiana Arcos-Ortega, Jesús Adrián López
The metabolism of aromatic hydrocarbons by the organism forms products that cause cell death depending on the type of exposure. Benzene exposure has been linked to oxidative stress, hepatic damage, aplastic anemia and hematopoietic cancer as lymphoid and myeloid leukemia. However, there are not fast methods to evaluate chronically benzene exposure in human blood. The objective of this work was the evaluation of the correlation between oxidative damage with benzene exposure and the level of Cellular Plasma Membrane Stability (CPMS) in erythrocytes to use it as a future indicator to determine the grade of benzene intoxications...
March 22, 2018: Toxicology Mechanisms and Methods
Jannette Maree Blennerhassett, Karen Nancy Borschmann, Ruby Adelaide Lipson-Smith, Julie Bernhardt
AIM: To explore the use of a rehabilitation-focused behavioral mapping method to identify changes in patient physical activity, location, and social interaction following the relocation of a rehabilitation ward. BACKGROUND: Rehabilitation wards are unique healthcare environments where patient activity is encouraged to improve recovery. Little is known about the impact of building design on patient behavior within a rehabilitation setting. We examined this issue when a rehabilitation ward was relocated without altering other aspects of the healthcare service...
January 1, 2018: HERD
Xiaozhao Wang, Zun Chen, Beibei Zhou, Xiyue Duan, Wen-Jian Weng, Kui Cheng, Huiming Wang, Jun Lin
Extracellular matrix (ECM) provides a dynamic and complex environment to determine the fate of stem cells. In this work, in vitro cultured cell sheets were treated with paraformaldehyde or ethanol and eventually become ECM. Such ECM was then immobilized on titanium substrates via polydopamine chemistry. Their effects on bone marrow mesenchymal stromal cells (BMSCs) behaviors were investigated. It was found that paraformaldehyde treated ECM coatings (PT-ECM) showed well-maintained microstructure, whereas that of ethanol treated (ET-ECM) were completely changed...
March 22, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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