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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532099/interaction-of-insulin-with-colloidal-zns-quantum-dots-functionalized-by-various-surface-capping-agents
#1
Ghader Hosseinzadeh, Ali Maghari, Seyed Morteza Famil Farniya, Amir Homayoun Keihan, Ali A Moosavi-Movahedi
Interaction of quantum dots (QDs) and proteins strongly influenced by the surface characteristics of the QDs at the protein-QD interface. For a precise control of these surface-related interactions, it is necessary to improve our understanding in this field. In this regard, in the present work, the interaction between the insulin and differently functionalized ZnS quantum dots (QDs) were studied. The ZnS QDs were functionalized with various functional groups of hydroxyl (OH), carboxyl (COOH), amine (NH2), and amino acid (COOH and NH2)...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532064/encapsulation-of-lactobacillus-kefiri-in-alginate-microbeads-using-a-double-novel-aerosol-technique
#2
Christian Demitri, Leonardo Lamanna, Egidio De Benedetto, Fabrizio Damiano, Maria Stella Cappello, Luisa Siculella, Alessandro Sannino
Alginate micro beads containing Lactobacillus kefiri (the principal bacteria present in the kefir probiotic drink) were produced by a novel technique based on dual aerosols spaying of alginate based solution and CaCl2 as cross linking agent. Carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) has been also added to the alginate in order to change the physic-chemical properties (viscosity and permeability) of the microbeads. Calcium alginate and CMC are biopolymers that can be used for developing oral drug-delivery systems. These biopolymers have been reported to show a pH-dependent swelling behaviour...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531968/retention-of-metal-and-sulphate-ions-from-acidic-mining-water-by-anionic-nanofibrillated-cellulose
#3
Salla H Venäläinen, Helinä Hartikainen
We carried out an adsorption experiment to investigate the ability of anionic nanofibrillated cellulose (NFC) to retain metal and SO4(2-) ions from authentic highly acidic (pH3.2) mining water. Anionic NFC gels of different consistencies (1.1-%, 1.4-% and 1.8-% w/w) were allowed to react for 10min with mining water, after which NFC-induced changes in the metal and SO4(2-) concentrations of the mining water were determined. The sorption capacities of the NFC gels were calculated as the difference between the element concentrations in the untreated and NFC-treated mining water samples...
May 18, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531942/target-signalling-pathways-of-natural-plant-derived-radioprotective-agents-from-treatment-to-potential-candidates-a-reverse-thought-on-anti-tumour-drugs
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REVIEW
Ke-Li Yun, Zhen Yu Wang
Radiation damage can occur in nuclear power plant workers when physical protections fail, which results in nuclear leakage through the protective layers. Alternatively, workers may be unable to use physical protection in time (in the case of a sudden nuclear weapons attack). In addition, patients who receive local radiotherapy and are not allowed to adopt local physical protection may experience radiation damage. Thus, protection against chemical radiation has become indispensable. In view of the side effects caused by synthetic radioprotective agents (such as amisfostine), searching for radioprotective agents from plant sources is an alternative strategy...
May 17, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531811/synthesis-of-novel-indole-derivatives-as-promising-dna-binding-agents-and-evaluation-of-antitumor-and-antitopoisomerase-i-activities
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Elizabeth Almeida Lafayette, Sinara Mônica Vitalino de Almeida, Renata Virginia Cavalcanti Santos, Jamerson Ferreira de Oliveira, Cezar Augusto da Cruz Amorim, Rosali Maria Ferreira da Silva, Maira Galdino da Rocha Pitta, Ivan da Rocha Pitta, Ricardo Olimpio de Moura, Luiz Bezerra de Carvalho Júnior, Moacyr Jesus Barreto de Melo Rêgo, Maria do Carmo Alves de Lima
Molecules bearing indole nucleus present diverse biological properties such as antitumor and anti-inflammatory activities that can be associated both to DNA and protein interactions. This study focused on the synthesis of new indole derivatives with thiazolidines and imidazolidine rings condensed as side chains as well as the evaluation of their ability to interact with the DNA and antitumor and topoisomerase inhibition activities. All derivatives were successfully synthesized and their structures were elucidated by mass spectrometry (MS), infrared (IR), spectroscopy (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR, COSY (1)H-(1)H and HSQC (1)H-(13)C...
May 4, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531210/judging-time-to-passage-of-looming-sounds-evidence-for-the-use-of-distance-based-information
#6
Rosa Mariana Silva, João Lamas, Carlos César Silva, Yann Coello, Sandra Mouta, Jorge Almeida Santos
Perceptual judgments are an essential mechanism for our everyday interaction with other moving agents or events. For instance, estimation of the time remaining before an object contacts or passes us is essential to act upon or to avoid that object. Previous studies have demonstrated that participants use different cues to estimate the time to contact or the time to passage of approaching visual stimuli. Despite the considerable number of studies on the judgment of approaching auditory stimuli, not much is known about the cues that guide listeners' performance in an auditory Time-to-Passage (TTP) task...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530852/long-term-risk-of-subsequent-malignant-neoplasms-after-treatment-of-childhood-cancer-in-the-dcog-later-study-cohort-role-of-chemotherapy
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Jop C Teepen, Flora E van Leeuwen, Wim J Tissing, Eline van Dulmen-den Broeder, Marry M van den Heuvel-Eibrink, Helena J van der Pal, Jacqueline J Loonen, Dorine Bresters, Birgitta Versluys, Sebastian J C M M Neggers, Monique W M Jaspers, Michael Hauptmann, Margriet van der Heiden-van der Loo, Otto Visser, Leontien C M Kremer, Cécile M Ronckers
Purpose Childhood cancer survivors (CCSs) are at increased risk for subsequent malignant neoplasms (SMNs). We evaluated the long-term risk of SMNs in a well-characterized cohort of 5-year CCSs, with a particular focus on individual chemotherapeutic agents and solid cancer risk. Methods The Dutch Childhood Cancer Oncology Group-Long-Term Effects After Childhood Cancer cohort includes 6,165 5-year CCSs diagnosed between 1963 and 2001 in the Netherlands. SMNs were identified by linkages with the Netherlands Cancer Registry, the Dutch Pathology Registry, and medical chart review...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530540/novel-n-mustard-benzimidazoles-benzothiazoles-hybrids-synthesis-and-anticancer-evaluation
#8
Dilip P Detroja, Tai-Lin Chen, Yi-Wen Lin, Tsai-Yi Yen, Ming-Hsi Wu, Tung-Hu Tsai, Krunal Maheriya, Rajesh Kakadiya, Te-Chang Lee, Anamik Shah, Tsann-Long Su
BACKGROUND: Bendamustine, an N-mustard-benzoimidazole hybrid conjugate, was recently approved for the treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukemia. However, the short half-life of bendamustine may limit its clinical applications. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study is to design and synthesize compounds with a more favorable pharmacokinetic profile. METHODS: We synthesized a series of hybrid molecules comprising a phenyl N-mustard moiety and benzothiazole or benzimidazole scaffold linked via an ureido linker and evaluated their antitumor activity and plasma stability...
May 22, 2017: Anti-cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530407/a-gadolinium-complex-of-1-4-7-10-tetraazacyclododecane-1-4-7-trisacetic-acid-do3a-ethoxybenzyl-eob-conjugate-as-a-new-macrocyclic-hepatobiliary-mri-contrast-agent
#9
Ah Rum Baek, Hee-Kyung Kim, Subin Park, Gang Ho Lee, Hyo Jeung Kang, Jae Chang Jung, Joon-Suk Park, Hun-Kyu Ryeom, Tae-Jeong Kim, Yongmin Chang
We report the synthesis of a macrocyclic Gd chelate based on a 1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane-1,4,7-trisacetic acid (DO3A) coordination cage bearing an ethoxybenzyl (EOB) moiety and discuss its use as a T1 hepatobiliary magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agent. The new macrocyclic liver agent shows high chelation stability and high r1 relaxivity compared with linear-type Gd chelates, which are the current clinically approved liver agents. Our macrocyclic, liver-specific Gd chelate was evaluated in vivo through biodistribution analysis and liver MRI, which demonstrated its high tumor detection sensitivity and suggested that the new Gd complex is a promising contrast agent for liver cancer imaging...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530190/green-synthesis-of-ce2o3-nps-and-determination-of-its-antioxidant-activity
#10
Hayrunnisa Nadaroglu, Hicran Onem, Azize Alayli Gungor
In this study, the authors presented synthesis of ceria nanoparticles (NPs) by the bio-reduction method and their antioxidative activity. Aqueous extract of Euphorbia (Euphorbia amygdaloides) was used as reducing and stabilising agents. They used aqueous extract of Euphorbia (E. amygdaloides) as reducing and stabilising agent. Ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) absorption spectroscopy was used to monitor the quantitative formation of ceria NPs. They also addressed the characteristics of the obtained ceria NPs using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmitting electron microscope (TEM)...
June 2017: IET Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529994/rapamycin-increases-length-and-mechanosensory-function-of-primary-cilia-in-renal-epithelial-and-vascular-endothelial-cells
#11
Rinzhin T Sherpa, Kimberly F Atkinson, Viviana P Ferreira, Surya M Nauli
Primary cilia arebiophysically-sensitive organelles responsible for sensing fluid-flow and transducing this stimulus into intracellular responses. Previous studies have shown that the primary cilia mediate flow-induced calcium influx, and sensitivity of cilia function to flow is correlated to cilia length. Cells with abnormal cilia length or function can lead to a host of diseases that are collectively termed as ciliopathies. Rapamycin, a potent inhibitor of mTOR (mammalian target of rapamycin), has been demonstrated to be a potential pharmacological agent against the aberrant mTOR signaling seen in ciliopathies such as polycystic kidney disease (PKD) and tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC)...
December 2016: Int Educ Res J
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529640/lung-cancer-targeting-peptides-with-multi-subtype-indication-for-combinational-drug-delivery-and-molecular-imaging
#12
Yi-Hsuan Chi, Jong-Kai Hsiao, Ming-Huang Lin, Chen Chang, Chun-Hsin Lan, Han-Chung Wu
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death worldwide. Most targeted drugs approved for lung cancer treatment are tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) directed against EGFR or ALK, and are used mainly for adenocarcinoma. At present, there is no effective or tailored targeting agent for large cell carcinoma (LCC) or small cell lung cancer (SCLC). Therefore, we aimed to identify targeting peptides with diagnostic and therapeutic utility that possess broad subtype specificity for SCLC and non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528687/molecular-mechanisms-underlying-human-papillomavirus-e6-and-e7-oncoprotein-induced-cell-transformation
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REVIEW
Suruchi Mittal, Lawrence Banks
Human papillomaviruses (HPVs) are the causative agents of 5% of all human cancers, with cervical cancer being the most important. Two viral oncoproteins, E6 and E7, are essential for the development and maintenance of malignancy. Both proteins function by targeting critical pathways that are essential for maintaining cellular homeostasis. As a consequence of these activities, this produces an environment that is favourable for the normal viral life cycle, but when perturbed, can result in the initiation of changes to the host cell, which ultimately results in the development of a malignancy...
April 2017: Mutation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528571/induction-effect-to-apoptosis-by-maitake-polysaccharide
#14
Lei Duan, Xiao-Lu Wu, Fei Zhao, Rong Zeng, Ke-Hu Yang
Polysaccharide extracted from the Maitake mushroom (MP) is considered as a potential anticancer agent. The present study was performed to investigate the cytotoxic effects of MP and vitamin C (VC) alone and in combination on the viability of human neuroglioma M059 K cells in vitro. A combination of MP (1.0 mg/mL) and VC (0.4 mmol/L) led to a 53.10% reduction in cell viability and this treatment induced cell cycle arrest at the G2/M phase, and apoptosis occurred in 38.54% of the cells. Results of Hoechst 33258 staining and Western blot showed apoptotic cells appeared and changes in the expression of apoptosis-related proteins (upregulation of Bax and caspase-3, downregulation of Bcl-2, and activation of poly-(ADP-ribose)-polymerase)...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Evidence-based Complementary & Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528458/cardiac-amyloidosis-diagnosis-and-treatment-strategies
#15
REVIEW
Mirela Tuzovic, Eric H Yang, Arnold S Baas, Eugene C Depasquale, Mario C Deng, Daniel Cruz, Gabriel Vorobiof
Cardiac amyloidosis in the United States is most often due to myocardial infiltration by immunoglobulin protein, such as in AL amyloidosis, or by the protein transthyretin, such as in hereditary and senile amyloidosis. Cardiac amyloidosis often portends a poor prognosis especially in patients with systemic AL amyloidosis. Despite better understanding of the pathophysiology of amyloid, many patients are still diagnosed late in the disease course. This review investigates the current understanding and new research on the diagnosis and treatment strategies in patients with cardiac amyloidosis...
July 2017: Current Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527987/studies-of-chitosan-pectin-complexes-exposed-to-uv-radiation
#16
Jolanta Kowalonek
Chitosan and pectin form complexes owing to electrostatic interactions between positively charged amino groups in chitosan and negatively charged carboxylate groups in pectin, which was confirmed by ATR-FTIR spectroscopy and contact angle measurements. Moreover, the formation of these complexes might be associated with the loss of the biopolymers ordering, which resulted in higher surface roughness and lower thermal stability of the complexes in comparison to those of homopolymers. UV rays, used as a sterilizing agent, caused a moderate increase in the surface polarity of the complexes...
May 17, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527920/emerging-bronchoscopic-treatments-for-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
#17
REVIEW
Wouter H van Geffen, Huib A M Kerstjens, Dirk-Jan Slebos
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive lung disease characterized by pathophysiological factors including airflow limitation, hyperinflation and reduced gas exchange. Treatment consists of lifestyle changes, lung rehabilitation and pharmacological therapies such as long acting beta-2-agonists (LABA) and long acting muscarinic antagonists (LAMA). More recently bronchoscopic treatments are emerging for COPD. Among them endobronchial valves(EBV) and endobronchial coils (EBC), next to endobronchial stents, sclerosing agents, targeted lung denervation and liquid nitrogen metered cryospray...
May 17, 2017: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527764/differential-stress-response-of-saccharomyces-hybrids-revealed-by-monitoring-hsp104-aggregation-and-disaggregation
#18
Claudia Kempf, Klaus Lengeler, Jürgen Wendland
Proteotoxic stress may occur upon exposure of yeast cells to different stress conditions. The induction of stress response mechanisms is important for cells to adapt to changes in the environment and ensure survival. For example, during exposure to elevated temperatures the expression of heat shock proteins such as Hsp104 is induced in yeast. Hsp104 extracts misfolded proteins from aggregates to promote their refolding. We used an Hsp104-GFP reporter to analyze the stress profiles of Saccharomyces species hybrids...
July 2017: Microbiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527708/cortical-cytoskeleton-dynamics-regulates-plasma-membrane-calcium-atpase-isoform-2-pmca2-activity
#19
Marianela G Dalghi, Mariela Ferreira-Gomes, Nicolás Montalbetti, Alexandre Simonin, Emanuel E Strehler, Matthias A Hediger, Juan Pablo Rossi
We have previously shown that purified actin can directly bind to human plasma membrane Ca(2+) ATPase 4b (hPMCA4b) and exert a dual modulation on its Ca(2+)-ATPase activity: F-actin inhibits PMCA while short actin oligomers may contribute to PMCA activation. These studies had to be performed with purified proteins given the nature of the biophysical and biochemical approaches used. To assess whether a functional interaction between the PMCAs and the cortical cytoskeleton is of physiological relevance, we characterized this phenomenon in the context of a living cell by monitoring in real-time the changes in the cytosolic calcium levels ([Ca(2+)]CYT)...
May 17, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527377/fishing-for-leadership-the-role-diversification-plays-in-facilitating-change-agents
#20
Joshua S Stoll
Leadership is often viewed as being critical to successful natural resource management. This research focuses on a set of leaders identified through a social network analysis of fishers in a rural coastal region. Leaders' connections to different fisheries are evaluated, and these actors are found to be significantly more diversified than other fishers in the area. Drawing on theory related to institutional entrepreneurship and a series of in-depth interviews with these actors, this paper puts forward several hypotheses to explain how diverse social-ecological connections facilitate leadership...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
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