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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107775/beta-caryophyllene-protects-against-alcoholic-steatohepatitis-by-attenuating-inflammation-and-metabolic-dysregulation-in-mice
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Zoltan V Varga, Csaba Matyas, Katalin Erdelyi, Resat Cinar, Daniela Nieri, Andrea Chicca, Balazs Tamas Nemeth, Janos Paloczi, Tamas Lajtos, Lukas Corey, Gyorgy Hasko, Bin Gao, George Kunos, Jürg Gertsch, Pal Pacher
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Beta-caryophyllene (BCP) is a plant-derived FDA approved food additive with anti-inflammatory properties. Some of its beneficial effects in vivo reported to involve activation of cannabinoid 2 receptors (CB2) that are predominantly expressed in immune cells. Herein, we evaluated the translational potential of BCP using a well-established model of chronic and binge alcohol-induced liver injury. METHODS: In this study we investigated the effects of BCP on liver injury induced by chronic plus binge alcohol feeding in mice in vivo by using biochemical assays, real-time PCR and histology analyses...
January 20, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107696/a-mini-review-of-c-met-as-a-potential-therapeutic-target-in-melanoma
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REVIEW
Doa'a G F Al-U'datt, Belal A A Al-Husein, Ghazi Raji Qasaimeh
Melanoma is the third highest rated cancer in prevalence. Surgery, radiotherapy and targeted/biological therapies in addition to chemotherapy are available options for management of this cancer. Met is an appealing target for management of this type of cancer, since it targets many cancer vital processors, such as angiogenesis, cell growth, scattering and differentiation. In this review, we provide an overview about pathway abnormalities associated with melanoma. We also provide a summary about the events involved in Met signaling and related signaling molecules...
January 17, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107662/a-simple-and-powerful-co-delivery-system-based-on-ph-responsive-metal-organic-frameworks-for-enhanced-cancer-immunotherapy
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Fei Duan, Xiaochen Feng, Xinjian Yang, Wentong Sun, Yi Jin, Huifang Liu, Kun Ge, Zhenhua Li, Jinchao Zhang
Tumor-associated antigens (TAAs)-loaded nanoparticles are able to be actively internalized by antigen-presenting cells (APCs) and have shown promising potential in cancer immunotherapy. However, current TAAs delivery strategy exhibits limitations of complicated synthesis process, low loading efficiency and inefficient CD8(+) cytotoxic T lymphocyte activation leading to unsatisfactory therapeutic effect. Thus, the construction of novel TAAs-delivery systems for enhanced cancer therapy is highly desirable. In this work, we fabricated a very simple yet powerful antigens-delivery system for cancer immunotherapy based-on pH-responsive metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) with size about 30 nm...
January 11, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107635/atomic-number-dependent-structural-transitions-in-ordered-lanthanide-monolayers-role-of-the-hydration-shell
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Mitchell Miller, Miaoqi Chu, Binhua Lin, Wei Bu, Pulak Dutta
When lanthanide ions are present in the aqueous subphase of a floating monolayer (Langmuir film), the ions attracted to the interface will in many cases form commensurate and/or incommensurate two-dimensional structures. These lattices depend not only on the molecules forming the monolayer, but also on the atomic number of the lanthanide, with a sudden change between the lattice formed by lighter ions and that formed by heavier ions under a given monolayer. Since there are few other relevant differences between the lanthanides, we attribute the Z-dependent 'transition' to the number of water molecules associated with each ion...
January 20, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107634/electrolyte-gradient-based-modulation-of-molecular-transport-through-nanoporous-gold-membranes
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Daniel A McCurry, Ryan C Bailey
Nanopores, and nanoporous materials in general, are interesting for applications in chemical and biomolecular transport as pore sizes are on the same scale as the dimension of many (bio)chemical species. Many studies have focused on either single pores or small arrays of cylindrical pores, which are convenient in terms of their amenability towards computational modeling of transport phenomenon. However, the limited overall porosity may inhibit transport flux as well as the eventual implementation of these materials as active separation elements...
January 20, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107632/structural-changes-in-acetophenone-fluid-films-as-a-function-of-nano-scale-thickness
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Samantha L Nania, Scott K Shaw
We report experimental observations of a developing fluid-solid interface by examining acetophenone films of varying thicknesses, supported on solid silver substrates. A dynamic wetting technique provides experimental control of fluid film thickness as a function of rotational velocity. Ellipsometry and infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy data are analyzed to provide absolute film thickness and details of the changing chemical environment for varying film thickness. This data is compared to theoretical models that predict fluid film thicknesses based on physical-chemical properties of the acetophenone/silver pair...
January 20, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107631/overcoming-the-heat-endurance-of-tumor-cells-by-interfering-the-anaerobic-glycolysis-metabolism-for-improved-photothermal-therapy
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Wei-Hai Chen, Guo-Feng Luo, Qi Lei, Sheng Hong, Wen-Xiu Qiu, Li-Han Liu, Si-Xue Cheng, Xian-Zheng Zhang
In this study, we developed a general method to decorate plasmonic gold nanorods (GNRs) with a CD44-targeting functional polymer, containing hyaluronic acid (HA) targeting moiety and a small molecule Glut1 inhibitor of diclofenac (DC), to obtain GNR/HA-DC. This nanosystem exhibited the superiority of selectively sensitizing tumor cells for photothermal therapy (PTT) by inhibiting the unique anaerobic glycolysis. Upon specifically targeting CD44, sequentially time-dependent DC release could be achieved by the trigger of hyaluronidase (HAase), which abundantly existed in tumor tissue...
January 20, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107627/use-of-tissue-metabolite-analysis-and-enzyme-kinetics-to-discriminate-between-alternate-pathways-for-hydrogen-sulfide-metabolism
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Kristie D Cox Augustyn, Michael R Jackson, Marilyn Schuman Jorns
Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is an endogenously synthesized signaling molecule that is enzymatically metabolized in mitochondria. The metabolism of H2S maintains optimal concentrations of the gasotransmitter and produces sulfane sulfur (S(0))-containing metabolites that may be functionally important in signaling. Sulfide:quinone oxidoreductase (SQOR) catalyzes the initial 2-electron oxidation of H2S to S(0) using coenzyme Q as electron acceptor in a reaction that requires a third substrate to act as the acceptor of S(0)...
January 20, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107617/fabrication-of-nanostructured-mesoporous-germanium-for-applications-in-laser-desorption-ionization-mass-spectrometry
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Hazem H Abdelmaksoud, Taryn M Guinan, Nicolas H Voelcker
Surface-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry (SALDI-MS) is a high-throughput analytical technique ideally suited for small molecule detection from different bodily fluids (e.g. saliva, urine, and blood plasma). Many SALDI-MS substrates require complex fabrication processes and further surface modifications. Furthermore, some substrates show instability upon exposure to ambient conditions and need to be kept under special inert conditions. We have successfully optimized mesoporous germanium (meso-pGe) using bipolar electrochemical etching (BEE) and efficiently applied meso-pGe as a SALDI-MS substrate for the detection of cocaine in the context of workplace, roadside, and anti-addictive drug compliance...
January 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107581/mir-9-plays-a-role-in-il-10-mediated-expression-of-e-cadherin-in-acute-myelogenous-leukemia-cells
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Chie Nishioka, Takayuki Ikezoe, Bin Pan, Kailin Xu, Akihito Yokoyama
We previously showed that the CD82/STAT5/IL-10 axis is activated in CD34(+) /CD38(-) acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) cells which favor bone marrow microenvironment. The present study explored the novel biological function of IL-10 in regulation of expression of adhesion molecules in AML cells and found that exposing AML cells to IL-10 induced expression of E-cadherin, but not other adhesion molecules including VLA4, CD29, and LFA1. Downregulation of E-cadherin with a small interfering RNA (siRNA) suppressed the adhesion of leukemia cells to bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells and enhanced the anti-leukemia effect of cytarabine (AraC)...
January 20, 2017: Cancer Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107568/oral-immunoglobulin-treatment-improved-intestinal-permeability-in-children-with-active-crohn-s-disease
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Tommy Sundqvist, Lars Stenhammar, Bo Tjellström, Karl-Eric Magnusson, Tony Forslund, Lotta Högberg
AIM: Crohn's disease (CD) is a chronic mucosal inflammation that affects the intestinal barrier function, for example by altering the intestinal permeability. This pilot clinical study investigated the impact of oral human immunoglobulin (OHIG) treatment on permeability characteristics in children with active luminal Crohn's disease. METHODS: The study was performed at the Department of Paediatrics, Norrköping Hospital, Sweden. Intestinal permeability was studied in three boys aged 13, 15 and 18 years with active CD, before and after a six-week treatment programme with OHIG, using different-sized polyethylene glycols the test molecules...
January 20, 2017: Acta Paediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107512/nonstructural-5a-protein-of-hepatitis-c-virus-interferes-with-toll-like-receptor-signaling-and-suppresses-the-interferon-response-in-mouse-liver
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Takeya Tsutsumi, Kazuya Okushin, Kenichiro Enooku, Hidetaka Fujinaga, Kyoji Moriya, Hiroshi Yotsuyanagi, Hideki Aizaki, Tetsuro Suzuki, Yoshiharu Matsuura, Kazuhiko Koike
The hepatitis C virus nonstructural protein NS5A is involved in resistance to the host immune response, as well as the viral lifecycle such as replication and maturation. Here, we established transgenic mice expressing NS5A protein in the liver and examined innate immune responses against lipopolysaccharide (LPS) in vivo. Intrahepatic gene expression levels of cytokines such as interleukin-6, tumor necrosis factor-α, and interferon-γ were significantly suppressed after LPS injection in the transgenic mouse liver...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107481/bet-inhibitors-disrupt-rad21-dependent-conformational-control-of-kshv-latency
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Horng-Shen Chen, Alessandra De Leo, Zhuo Wang, Andrew Kerekovic, Robert Hills, Paul M Lieberman
Kaposi's Sarcoma-associated Herpesvirus (KSHV) establishes stable latent infection in B-lymphocytes and pleural effusion lymphomas (PELs). During latency, the viral genome persists as an epigenetically constrained episome with restricted gene expression programs. To identify epigenetic regulators of KSHV latency, we screened a focused small molecule library containing known inhibitors of epigenetic factors. We identified JQ1, a Bromodomain and Extended Terminal (BET) protein inhibitor, as a potent activator of KSHV lytic reactivation from B-cells carrying episomal KSHV...
January 20, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107215/metabolic-cardiac-and-renal-effects-of-the-slow-hydrogen-sulfide-releasing-molecule-gyy4137-during-resuscitated-septic-shock-in-swine-with-pre-existing-coronary-artery-disease
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Benedikt L Nubaum, Josef Vogt, Ulrich Wachter, Oscar McCook, Martin Wepler, José Matallo, Enrico Calzia, Michael Gröger, Michael Georgieff, Mark E Wood, Matthew Whiteman, Peter Radermacher, Sebastian Hafner
Decreased levels of endogenous hydrogen sulfide (H2S) contribute to atherosclerosis, whereas equivocal data are available on H2S effects during sepsis. Moreover, H2S improved glucose utilization in anaesthetized, ventilated, hypothermic mice, but normothermia and/or sepsis blunted this effect. The metabolic effects of H2S in large animals are controversial. Therefore, we investigated the effects of the H2S donor GYY4137 during resuscitated, fecal peritonitis-induced septic shock in swine with genetically and diet-induced coronary artery disease (CAD)...
January 19, 2017: Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107195/a-new-hdac-inhibitor-cinnamoylphenazine-shows-antitumor-activity-in-association-with-intensive-macropinocytosis
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Bing-Yan Zhu, Bo-Yang Shang, Yue Du, Yi Li, Liang Li, Xian-Dong Xu, Yong-Su Zhen
Previous studies have shown that intensive macropinocytosis occurs in cancer cells and neutral red (NR) is noted for its capability to enter into the cell massively through a process mimetic to macropinocytosis. In addition, trans-cinnamic acid (tCA) has been found to be an inhibitor of histone deacetylase (HDAC). In the present study, cinnamoylphenazine (CA-PZ) that consists of NR and tCA moieties was synthesized and evaluated. As shown, CA-PZ massively entered into colon carcinoma HT-29 cells and pancreatic carcinoma MIA PaCa-2 cells and this entry was blocked by 5-(N-ethyl-N-isopropyl) amiloride (EIPA, an inhibitor of macropinocytosis), indicating a macropinocytosis-mediated uptake...
January 18, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107017/cooperative-binding-in-a-phosphine-oxide-based-halogen-bonded-dimer-drives-supramolecular-oligomerization
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Leonardo Maugeri, Tomas Lebl, David B Cordes, Alexandra M Z Slawin, Douglas Philp
Triphenylphosphine oxide forms halogen-bonded (XB) complexes with pentafluoroiodobenzene and a 1,4-diaryl-5-iodotriazole. The stability of these complexes is assessed computationally and by 31P NMR spectroscopy in d8-toluene solution, where they are both complexes are weakly associated. This knowledge is applied to the design and synthesis of two self-complementary phosphine oxide-iodotriazole hybrids that incorporate a phosphine oxide XB acceptor and a 1,4-diphenyl-5-iodotriazole XB donor within the same molecule...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107013/quaternary-n-2-pyridyl-dabco-salts-one-pot-in-situ-formation-from-pyridine-n-oxides-and-reactions-with-nucleophiles-a-mild-and-selective-route-to-substituted-n-2-pyridyl-n-ethylpiperazines
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Dmitry I Bugaenko, Marina A Yurovskaya, Alexander V Karchava
The N-(2-pyridyl)-N'-ethylpiperazines are important structural motifs in several medicinally relevant compounds. Known synthetic methods toward these structures are multistep and generally based on the SNAr-chemistry; their applicability is significantly limited to substrates containing electron-withdrawing groups. Here we describe a new methodology for a rapid and modular access to this privileged scaffold. Importantly, the developed protocol proved to be very general and efficient for the substrates containing substituents of different electronic nature...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107012/anion-caffeine-interactions-studied-by-13-c-and-1-h-nmr-and-atr-ftir-spectroscopy
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Nicolas O Johnson, Taylor Patrick Light, Gina MacDonald, Yanjie Zhang
This work investigates the interactions of a series of 11 anions with caffeine by utilizing (13)C and (1)H NMR and attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) spectroscopy. The aim of this study is to elucidate the molecular mechanisms of ion interactions with caffeine and to study how these interactions affect caffeine aggregation in aqueous solution. The chemical shift changes of caffeine (13)C and (1)H in the presence of salts provide a measure for anions' salting-out/salting-in abilities on individual carbon and hydrogen atoms in caffeine...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107006/facilitated-diffusion-of-transcription-factor-proteins-with-anomalous-bulk-diffusion
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Lin Liu, Andrey G Cherstvy, Ralf Metzler
What are the physical laws of the diffusive search of proteins for their specific binding sites on DNA in the presence of the macromolecular crowding in cells? We performed extensive computer simulations to elucidate the protein target search on DNA. The novel feature is the viscoelastic non-Brownian protein bulk diffusion recently observed experimentally. We examine the influence of the protein-DNA binding affinity and the anomalous diffusion exponent on the target search time. In all cases an optimal search time is found...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107000/benchmark-of-bethe-salpeter-for-triplet-excited-states
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Denis Jacquemin, Ivan Duchemin, Aymeric Blondel, Xavier Blase
We have evaluated the accuracy of the Bethe-Salpeter singlet-triplet transition energies as well as singlet-triplet and triplet-triplet splittings for twenty organic molecules, using as reference the CC3 values determined by Thiel and coworkers with both the TZVP and aug-cc-pVTZ atomic basis sets. Our excitation energies are obtained on the basis of GW quasiparticle energy levels that are self-consistently converged with respect to the starting DFT eigenvalues. In its current form, BSE/GW is often unable to provide a balanced description of both singlet and triplet excited-states...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
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