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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914369/dna-tetrahedral-scaffolds-based-platform-for-the-construction-of-electrochemiluminescence-biosensor
#1
Qiu-Mei Feng, Zhen Zhou, Mei-Xing Li, Wei Zhao, Jing-Juan Xu, Hong-Yuan Chen
Proximal metallic nanoparticles (NPs) could quench the electrochemiluminescence (ECL) emission of semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) due to Förster energy transfer (FRET), but at a certain distance, the coupling of light-emission with surface plasmon resonance (SPR) result in enhanced ECL. Thus, the modification strategies and distances control between QDs and metallic NPs are critical for the ECL intensity of QDs. In this strategy, a SPR enhanced ECL sensor based on DNA tetrahedral scaffolds modified platform was reported for the detection of telomerase activity...
November 27, 2016: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914347/differential-crosstalk-between-global-dna-methylation-and-metabolomics-associated-with-cell-type-specific-stress-response-by-pristine-and-functionalized-mwcnt
#2
Nivedita Chatterjee, Jisu Yang, Dahye Yoon, Suhkmann Kim, Sang-Woo Joo, Jinhee Choi
The present study endeavored to evaluate the comprehensive mechanisms of MWCNT-induced toxicity with particular emphasis on understanding cell specificity in relation to surface functionalization of MWCNT. Following treatment with differentially functionalized (hydroxylation/carboxylation) MWCNT on human bronchial epithelial (BEAS-2B) and human hepatoma (HepG2) cell lines, intracellular uptake, various toxicological end points, global metabolomics profiling and DNA methylation were evaluated. Herein, the comparative in vitro studies ascertained that surface functionalization diminished the toxic potentiality of MWCNT in respect of their pristine counterpart...
November 9, 2016: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914103/-click-on-the-alkynylated-carbon-quantum-dots-an-efficient-surface-functionalization-for-specific-biosensing-and-bioimaging
#3
Mingxuan Gao, Lin Yang, Yi Zheng, Xiaoxi Yang, Hongyan Zou, Jing Han, Zexi Liu, Yuanfang Li, Cheng Zhi Huang
Surface functionalization is an essential prerequisite for wide and specific applications of nanoparticles such as photoluminescent (PL) carbon quantum dots (CQDs), but still remains as a major challenge. In this report, alkynylated CQDs, which were prepared at first from carboxyl-rich CQDs through amidation with propargylamine in the presence of 1,1'-carbonyldiimidazole, were efficiently modified with azido molecular beacon DNA through copper(I)-catalyzed alkyne-azide cycloaddition reaction (CuAAC). As the proof of concept, the DNA-modified CQDs was then bonded with 5-nm gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) through gold-sulfur bond...
December 3, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913729/qsea-modelling-of-genome-wide-dna-methylation-from-sequencing-enrichment-experiments
#4
Matthias Lienhard, Sabrina Grasse, Jana Rolff, Steffen Frese, Uwe Schirmer, Michael Becker, Stefan Börno, Bernd Timmermann, Lukas Chavez, Holger Sültmann, Gunda Leschber, Iduna Fichtner, Michal R Schweiger, Ralf Herwig
Genome-wide enrichment of methylated DNA followed by sequencing (MeDIP-seq) offers a reasonable compromise between experimental costs and genomic coverage. However, the computational analysis of these experiments is complex, and quantification of the enrichment signals in terms of absolute levels of methylation requires specific transformation. In this work, we present QSEA, Quantitative Sequence Enrichment Analysis, a comprehensive workflow for the modelling and subsequent quantification of MeDIP-seq data...
December 1, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913726/competitive-binding-between-seryl-trna-synthetase-yy1-complex-and-nfkb1-at-the-distal-segment-results-in-differential-regulation-of-human-vegfa-promoter-activity-during-angiogenesis
#5
Chuan-Yang Fu, Po-Chun Wang, Huai-Jen Tsai
Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) plays a pivotal role in angiogenesis. Previous studies focused on transcriptional regulation modulated by proximal upstream cis-regulatory elements (CREs) of the human vegfa promoter. However, we hypothesized that distal upstream CREs may also be involved in controlling vegfa transcription. In this study, we found that the catalytic domain of Seryl-tRNA synthetase (SerRS) interacted with transcription factor Yin Yang 1 (YY1) to form a SerRS/YY1 complex that negatively controls vegfa promoter activity through binding distal CREs at -4654 to -4623 of vegfa Particularly, we demonstrated that the -4654 to -4623 segment, which predominantly controls vegfa promoter activity, is involved in competitive binding between SerRS/YY1 complex and NFKB1...
December 1, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913190/synthesis-and-label-free-characterization-of-a-bimolecular-pna-homo-quadruplex
#6
Brunella Pinto, Giulia Rusciano, Stefano D'Errico, Nicola Borbone, Antonio Sasso, Vincenzo Piccialli, Luciano Mayol, Giorgia Oliviero, Gennaro Piccialli
BACKGROUND: G-quadruplex DNA is involved in many physiological and pathological processes. Both clinical and experimental studies on DNA G-quadruplexes are slowed down by their enzymatic instability. In this frame, more stable chemically modified analogs are needed. METHODS: The bis-end-linked-(gggt)2 PNA molecule (BEL-PNA) was synthesized using in solution and solid phase synthetic approaches. Quadruplex formation was assessed by circular dichroism (CD) and surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS)...
November 29, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912985/immunogenicity-and-malaria-transmission-reducing-potency-of-pfs48-45-and-pfs25-encoded-by-dna-vaccines-administered-by-intramuscular-electroporation
#7
Dibyadyuti Datta, Geetha P Bansal, Dietlind L Gerloff, Barry Ellefsen, Drew Hannaman, Nirbhay Kumar
Pfs48/45 and Pfs25 are leading candidates for the development of Plasmodium falciparum transmission blocking vaccines (TBV). Expression of Pfs48/45 in the erythrocytic sexual stages and presentation to the immune system during infection in the human host also makes it ideal for natural boosting. However, it has been challenging to produce a fully folded, functionally active Pfs48/45, using various protein expression platforms. In this study, we demonstrate that full-length Pfs48/45 encoded by DNA plasmids is able to induce significant transmission reducing immune responses...
November 29, 2016: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912880/combination-of-baicalein-and-10-hydroxy-camptothecin-exerts-remarkable-synergetic-anti-cancer-effects
#8
Qin Tang, Fangling Ji, Wenhui Sun, Jingyun Wang, Jianli Guo, Lianying Guo, Yachen Li, Yongming Bao
BACKGROUND: 10-Hydroxy camptothecin (HCPT), a naturally occurring alkaloid, is a clinical drug for cancer chemotherapy. Baicalein (BA) is a flavonoid extracted from the root of Scutellaria baicalensis. The synergistic anti-cancer effect of BA and HCPT has not been reported. PURPOSE: To explore whether and how BA enhances the anti-cancer effect of HCPT in BGC823 cells. METHODS: Cell viability was measured by MTT assay. Apoptosis and cell cycle were analyzed through flow cytometry and western blotting analysis...
December 15, 2016: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912750/fermented-barley-and-soybean-bs-mixture-enhances-intestinal-barrier-function-in-dextran-sulfate-sodium-dss-induced-colitis-mouse-model
#9
Jong Kyu Woo, Seungho Choi, Ju-Hee Kang, Dae Eung Kim, Byung-Serk Hurh, Jong-Eun Jeon, Sun Yeou Kim, Seung Hyun Oh
BACKGROUND: Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is characterized by chronic or relapsing immune system activation and inflammation within the gastrointestinal tract. The lack of safety and efficacy of standard therapies, the use of food supplements for managing IBD is increasing, and many studies have reported that various food supplements provide many beneficial effects for the IBD. METHODS: This study aimed to evaluate the anti-colitis effects of dietary supplementation with a fermented barley and soybean mixture (BS) on intestinal inflammation using a murine model of IBD...
December 3, 2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911873/interleukin-8-holds-promise-to-serve-as-a-molecular-adjuvant-in-dna-vaccination-model-against-streptococcus-iniae-infection-in-fish
#10
Erlong Wang, Bo Long, Kaiyu Wang, Jun Wang, Yang He, Xingli Wang, Qian Yang, Tao Liu, Defang Chen, Yi Geng, Xiaoli Huang, Ping Ouyang, Weimin Lai
DNA vaccines had been widely used in animal models against various viral infections, while it was not so convincing for many infectious diseases especially bacterial disease in aquaculture. Interleukin-8(IL-8) as one of the CXC chemokines, its immunological role and adjuvant potential which had been proved in mammals were rarely reported in fish species. In this study, recombination plasmid pcDNA3.1/IL-8(pcIL-8) was conducted and the capacity of IL-8 as molecular adjuvant was explored from several aspects by co-injecting with a DNA vaccine encoding α-enolase(pcENO) against Streptococcus iniae infection in channel catfish...
November 30, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911860/id4-regulates-transcriptional-activity-of-wild-type-and-mutant-p53-via-k373-acetylation
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Derrick J Morton, Divya Patel, Jugal Joshi, Aisha Hunt, Ashley E Knowell, Jaideep Chaudhary
Given that mutated p53 (50% of all human cancers) is over-expressed in many cancers, restoration of mutant p53 to its wild type biological function has been sought after as cancer therapy. The conformational flexibility has allowed to restore the normal biological function of mutant p53 by short peptides and small molecule compounds. Recently, studies have focused on physiological mechanisms such as acetylation of lysine residues to rescue the wild type activity of mutant p53. Using p53 null prostate cancer cell line we show that ID4 dependent acetylation promotes mutant p53 DNA-binding capabilities to its wild type consensus sequence, thus regulating p53-dependent target genes leading to subsequent cell cycle arrest and apoptosis...
November 29, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910775/hepatoprotective-effects-and-mechanisms-of-action-of-triterpenoids-from-lingzhi-or-reishi-medicinal-mushroom-ganoderma-lucidum-agaricomycetes-on-%C3%AE-amanitin-induced-liver-injury-in-mice
#12
Huihui Wu, Shanshan Tang, Zhaoqin Huang, Qian Zhou, Ping Zhang, Zuohong Chen
Most fatal mushroom poisonings are caused by species of the genus Amanita; the amatoxins are responsible for acute liver failure and death in humans. Ganoderma lucidum is a well-known traditional medicinal mushroom that has been shown to have obvious hepatoprotective effects. This study evaluated the hepatoprotective effects of triterpenoids from G. lucidum on liver injury induced by a-amanitin (α-AMA) in mice and the mechanisms of action of these triterpenoids, including radical scavenging and antiapoptosis activities...
2016: International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910051/ultrasound-targeted-microbubble-destruction-for-cardiac-gene-delivery
#13
Shuyuan Chen, Paul A Grayburn
Ultrasound targeted microbubble destruction (UTMD) is a novel technique that is used to deliver a gene or other bioactive substance to organs of living animals in a noninvasive manner. Plasmid DNA binding with cationic liposome into nanoparticles are assembled into the shell of microbubbles, which are circulated by intravenous injection. Intermittent bursts of ultrasound with low frequency and high mechanical index destroys the microbubbles and releases the nanoparticles into targeted organ to transfect local organ cells...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910016/applications-of-fluorescence-in-situ-hybridization-technology-in-malignancies
#14
Montakarn Tansatit
The molecular characterization of nonrandom recurrent cytogenetic abnormalities has identified numerous disease-related genes involved in hematologic and lymphoid malignancies. Cytogenetic analysis has become essential for disease diagnosis, classification, prognostic stratification, and treatment guidance. Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) has greatly enhanced the field and enabled a more precise determination of the presence and frequency of genetic abnormalities. The advantages of FISH compared to standard cytogenetic analysis are that FISH can be used to identify genetic changes that are too small to be detected under a microscope, does not require cell culture, and can be applied directly on fresh or paraffin-embedded tissues for rapid evaluation of interphase nuclei...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910009/cancer-cytogenetics-an-introduction
#15
Thomas S K Wan
The Philadelphia chromosome was the first chromosomal abnormality discovered in cancer using the cytogenetics technique in 1960, and was consistently associated with chronic myeloid leukemia. Over the past five decades, innovative technical advances in the field of cancer cytogenetics have greatly enhanced the detection ability of chromosomal alterations, and have facilitated the research and diagnostic potential of chromosomal studies in neoplasms. These developments notwithstanding, chromosome analysis of a single cell is still the easiest way to delineate and understand the relationship between clonal evolution and disease progression of cancer cells...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909791/immunological-evaluation-of-a-dna-cocktail-vaccine-with-co-delivery-of-calcium-phosphate-nanoparticles-capns-against-the-toxoplasma-gondii-rh-strain-in-balb-c-mice
#16
Mohammad Taghi Rahimi, Shahabeddin Sarvi, Mahdi Sharif, Saeid Abediankenari, Ehsan Ahmadpour, Reza Valadan, Mahdi Fasihi- Ramandie, Seyed-Abdollah Hosseini, Ahmad Daryani
Many recent studies have been conducted to evaluate protective immunity mediated by DNA vaccines against toxoplasmosis. Cocktail DNA vaccines showed better immune responses compared to single vaccines. The objective of the current study was to evaluate the protective efficacy of rhomboid 4 (ROM4) and cocktail DNA vaccines (ROM4 + GRA14) of the Toxoplasma gondii RH strain with or without coated calcium phosphate nanoparticles (CaPNs) as the adjuvant to improve the immunogenicity against the T. gondii RH strain in BALB/c mice...
December 2, 2016: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909289/hyperthermia-enhances-17-dmag-efficacy-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells-with-aggravated-dna-damage-and-impaired-g2-m-transition
#17
Zhizhou Huang, Xueqiong Zhou, Yangfan He, Xiangyu Ke, Ying Wen, Fei Zou, Xuemei Chen
Due to the lack of effective treatment, hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the malignancies with low survival rates worldwide. Combination of hyperthermia and chemotherapy has shown promising results in several abdominal tumours, but high expression of HSP90 in tumours attenuated the efficacy of hyperthermia. Thus a combination of hyperthermia and inhibition of HSP90 might be a feasible therapeutic strategy for HCC. One hepatic cell line (L02) and two HCC cell lines (Huh7 and HepG2) were heated at 42 °C for 0, 0...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909050/notch-pathway-is-activated-via-genetic-and-epigenetic-alterations-and-is-a-therapeutic-target-in-clear-cell-renal-cancer
#18
Tushar D Bhagat, Yiyu Zou, Shizeng Huang, Jihwan Park, Matthew B Palmer, Caroline Hu, Wejuan Li, Niraj Shenoy, Orsolya Giricz, Gaurav Choudhary, Yiting Yu, Yi-An Ko, Maria C Izquierdo, Ae Seo Deok Park, Nishanth Vallumsetla, Remi Laurence, Robert Lopez, Masako Suzuki, James Pullman, Justin Kaner, Benjamin Gartrell, A Ari Hakimi, John M Greally, Bharvin Patel, Karim Benhadji, Kith Pradhan, Amit Verma, Katalin Susztak
Clear cell renal cell carcinoma (CCRCC) is an incurable malignancy in advanced stages and needs newer therapeutic targets. Transcriptomic analysis of CCRCCs and matched microdissected renal tubular controls revealed overexpression of NOTCH ligands and receptors in tumor tissues. Examination of the TCGA RNA-seq dataset also revealed widespread activation of NOTCH pathway in a large cohort of CCRCC samples. Samples with NOTCH pathway activation were also clinically distinct and were associated with better overall survival...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908782/adaptive-responses-of-neuronal-mitochondria-to-bioenergetic-challenges-roles-in-neuroplasticity-and-disease-resistance
#19
REVIEW
Sophia M Raefsky, Mark P Mattson
An important concept in neurobiology is "neurons that fire together, wire together" which means that the formation and maintenance of synapses is promoted by activation of those synapses. Very similar to the effects of the stress of exercise on muscle cells, emerging findings suggest that neurons respond to activity by activating signaling pathways (e.g., Ca(2+), CREB, PGC-1α, NF-κB) that stimulate mitochondrial biogenesis and cellular stress resistance. These pathways are also activated by aerobic exercise and food deprivation, two bioenergetic challenges of fundamental importance in the evolution of the brains of all mammals, including humans...
November 28, 2016: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908629/evaluation-of-the-cytotoxicity-genotoxicity-and-mucus-permeation-capacity-of-several-surface-modified-poly-anhydride-nanoparticles-designed-for-oral-drug-delivery
#20
T Iglesias, A López de Cerain, Juan Manuel Irache, N Martín-Arbella, M Wilcox, J Pearson, A Azqueta
The main concerns with drugs designed for oral administration are their inactivation or degradation in the harsh conditions of the gastrointestinal tract, their poor solubility through the gastrointestinal mucus gel layer, the poor intestinal epithelium permeability that limits their absorption, and their toxicity. In this context, poly(anhydride) nanoparticles are capable of protecting the drug from the harsh environment, reduce the drug's toxicity and, by virtue of surface modification, to enhance or reduce their mucus permeability and the bioadhesion to specific target cells...
November 28, 2016: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
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