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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938700/liver-cancers-with-stem-progenitor-cell-features-a-rare-chemotherapy-sensitive-malignancy
#1
Bruno Christian Köhler, Nina Waldburger, Kai Schlamp, Dirk Jäger, Karl Heinz Weiss, Henning Schulze-Bergkamen, Peter Schirmacher, Christoph Springfeld
Primary liver tumors are a heterogeneous group of malignancies. Besides classical hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and cholangiocarcinoma (CC), combined and intermediate forms of liver cancer exist and can express stem-cell markers like nuclear cell adhesion molecule (NCAM-1/CD56), c-kit (CD117) or epithelial cell adhesion molecule (EpCAM) together with high proliferative activity. Liver tumors with progenitor-cell features are associated with an unfavorable prognosis, but the phenotype has not resulted in therapeutic consequences so far...
August 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938623/mifepristone-inhibits-ovarian-cancer-metastasis-by-intervening-in-sdf-1-cxcr4-chemokine-axis
#2
Ning Zheng, Jiahang Chen, Weiqun Liu, Jian Liu, Tao Li, Hongning Chen, Jichuang Wang, Lee Jia
SDF-1/CXCR4 signaling axis determines the proliferative potential and site-specific cancer metastasis. Recent studies suggest involvement of the axis and steroidal hormone in ovarian cancer metastasis. Here we hypothesize that mifepristone (RU486), a well-known progesterone-based abortifacient, might interfere this axis and inhibit ovarian cancer metastasis. Mifepristone at concentrations < IC50 inhibited expression of CXCR4 on cell surface of ovarian cancer SKOV-3 and IGROV-1, and reduced expression of the intracellular CXCR4 protein and its related mRNA activated by SDF-1...
August 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938616/identification-of-potential-cancer-related-pseudogenes-in-lung-adenocarcinoma-based-on-cerna-hypothesis
#3
Yunzhen Wei, Zhiqiang Chang, Cheng Wu, Yinling Zhu, Kun Li, Yan Xu
Pseudogenes are initially regarded as non-functional genomic fossils resulted from inactivating gene mutations during evolution. Far from being silent, pseudogenes are proved to regulate the expression of protein-coding genes through function as microRNA sponge in vivo. The aim of our study was to propose an integrative systems biology approach to identify disease pseudogenes base on competitive endogenous RNA (ceRNA) hypothesis. Here, we applied our method to lung adenocarcinoma (LUAD) RNASeq data from TCGA and identified 33 candidate pseudogenes...
August 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938602/activation-of-cancerous-inhibitor-of-pp2a-cip2a-contributes-to-lapatinib-resistance-through-induction-of-cip2a-akt-feedback-loop-in-erbb2-positive-breast-cancer-cells
#4
Ming Zhao, Erin W Howard, Amanda B Parris, Zhiying Guo, Qingxia Zhao, Zhikun Ma, Ying Xing, Bolin Liu, Susan M Edgerton, Ann D Thor, Xiaohe Yang
Lapatinib, a small molecule ErbB2/EGFR inhibitor, is FDA-approved for the treatment of metastatic ErbB2-overexpressing breast cancer; however, lapatinib resistance is an emerging clinical challenge. Understanding the molecular mechanisms of lapatinib-mediated anti-cancer activities and identifying relevant resistance factors are of pivotal significance. Cancerous inhibitor of protein phosphatase 2A (CIP2A) is a recently identified oncoprotein that is overexpressed in breast cancer. Our study investigated the role of CIP2A in the anti-cancer efficacy of lapatinib in ErbB2-overexpressing breast cancer cells...
August 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938590/ocular-toxicities-associated-with-targeted-anticancer-agents-an-analysis-of-clinical-data-with-management-suggestions
#5
Chen Fu, Dan S Gombos, Jared Lee, Goldy C George, Kenneth Hess, Andrew Whyte, David S Hong
Ocular toxicities are among the most common adverse events resulting from targeted anticancer agents and are becoming increasingly relevant in the management of patients on these agents. The purpose of this study is to provide a framework for management of these challenging toxicities based on objective data from FDA labels and from analysis of the literature. All oncologic drugs approved by the FDA up to March 14, 2015, were screened for inclusion. A total of 16 drugs (12 small-molecule drugs and 4 monoclonal antibodies) were analyzed for ocular toxicity profiles based on evidence of ocular toxicity...
August 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938587/transcriptomic-profiles-of-human-foreskin-fibroblast-cells-in-response-to-orf-virus
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Daxiang Chen, Mingjian Long, Bin Xiao, Yufeng Xiong, Huiqin Chen, Yu Chen, Zhenzhan Kuang, Ming Li, Yingsong Wu, Daniel L Rock, Daoyuan Gong, Yong Wang, Haijian He, Fang Liu, Shuhong Luo, Wenbo Hao
Orf virus has been utilized as a safe and efficient viral vector against not only diverse infectious diseases, but also against tumors. However, the nature of the genes triggered by the vector in human cells is poorly characterized. Using RNA sequencing technology, we compared specific changes in the transcriptomic profiles in human foreskin fibroblast cells following infection by the orf virus. The results indicated that orf virus upregulates or downregulates expression of a variety of genes, including genes involved in antiviral immune response, apoptosis, cell cycle and a series of signaling pathways, such as the IFN and p53-signaling pathways...
August 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938558/human-menstrual-blood-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-as-a-cellular-vehicle-for-malignant-glioma-gene-therapy
#7
Xiao-Jun Wang, Bing-Yu Xiang, Ya-Hui Ding, Lu Chen, Hai Zou, Xiao-Zhou Mou, Charlie Xiang
Despite many advances in conventional treatment strategies, there is no effective treatment modality for malignant gliomas. Gene therapy may offer a promising option for gliomas and several gene therapy approaches have shown anti-tumor efficiency in previous studies. Mesenchymal stem cell-based gene therapies, in which stem cells are genetically engineered to express therapeutic molecules, have shown tremendous potential because of their innate homing ability. In this study, human menstrual blood-derived MSCs (MenSC), a novel type of multipotential MSCs displays tropism for human malignant glioma when used as a gene delivery vehicle for therapeutics...
August 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938542/the-immune-checkpoint-molecule-v-set-ig-domain-containing-4-is-an-independent-prognostic-factor-for-multiple-myeloma
#8
Jin Roh, Youkyoung Jeon, A-Neum Lee, Sang Min Lee, YeonMee Kim, Chang Ohk Sung, Chan-Jeoung Park, Jung Yong Hong, Dok Hyun Yoon, Cheolwon Suh, Jooryung Huh, Inhak Choi, Chan-Sik Park
Multiple myeloma (MM) remains as an incurable disease, despite recent substantial improvements in treatment. Therefore, development of novel biomarkers for risk stratification and new therapeutic targets are imperative. One of the emerging treatments for MM is the immune checkpoint blockades. V-set Ig domain-containing 4 (VSIG4) is a lately studied B7-related immune checkpoint modulator. We assessed the VSIG4 expression in patients with MM and its prognostic impact. We analyzed 81 bone marrow and 66 extramedullary biopsy samples of MM patients using immunohistochemistry...
August 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938518/antimicrobial-peptides-amps-the-quintessential-offense-and-defense-molecules-are-more-than-antimicrobials
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REVIEW
Seema Patel, Nadeem Akhtar
Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are cationic amphiphilic molecules with α-helix or β-sheet linear motifs and linear or cyclic configurations. For their role in 'defense and offense', they are present in all living organisms. AMPs are named so, as they inhibit a wide array of microbes by membrane pore formation and subsequent perturbation of mitochondrial membrane ionic balance. However, their functional repertoire is expanding with validated roles in cytotoxicity, wound healing, angiogenesis, apoptosis, and chemotaxis [1]...
September 18, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938517/green-tea-camellia-sinensis-and-l-theanine-medicinal-values-and-beneficial-applications-in-humans-a-comprehensive-review
#10
REVIEW
Muhammad Saeed, Muhammad Naveed, Muhammad Arif, Mohib Ullah Kakar, Robina Manzoor, Mohamed Ezzat Abd El-Hack, Mahmoud Alagawany, Ruchi Tiwari, Rekha Khandia, Ashok Munjal, Kumaragurubaran Karthik, Kuldeep Dhama, Hafiz M N Iqbal, Maryam Dadar, Chao Sun
Green tea (Camellia sinensis) is a famous herb, and its extract has been extensively used in traditional Chinese medicinal system. In this context, several studies have revealed its health benefits and medicinal potentialities for several ailments. With ever increasing scientific knowledge, search for safer, potential and novel type of health-related supplements quest, scientists are re-directing their research interests to explore natural resources i.e. medicinal herbs/plant derived compounds. Green tea consumption has gained a special attention and popularity in the modern era of changing lifestyle...
September 18, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938455/bile-acid-alterations-are-associated-with-insulin-resistance-but-not-with-nash-in-obese-subjects
#11
Vanessa Legry, Sven Francque, Joel T Haas, An Verrijken, Sandrine Caron, Oscar Chávez-Talavera, Emmanuelle Vallez, Luisa Vonghia, Eveline Dirinck, Ann Verhaegen, Mostafa Kouach, Sophie Lestavel, Philippe Lefebvre, Luc Van Gaal, Anne Tailleux, Réjane Paumelle, Bart Staels
Context: Bile acids (BA) are signalling molecules controlling energy homeostasis which can be both toxic and protective for the liver. BA alterations have been reported in obesity, insulin resistance (IR) and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). However whether BA alterations contribute to NASH independently of the metabolic status is unclear. Objective: To assess BA alterations associated with NASH independently of BMI and IR. Design & Setting: Patients visiting the obesity clinic of the Antwerp University Hospital (a tertiary referral facility) were recruited from 2006 to 2014...
August 4, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938397/regulation-of-orbital-fibrosis-and-adipogenesis-by-pathogenic-th17-cells-in-graves-orbitopathy
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Sijie Fang, Yazhuo Huang, Sisi Zhong, Yangyang Li, Yidan Zhang, Yinwei Li, Jing Sun, Xingtong Liu, Yang Wang, Shuo Zhang, Tianle Xu, Xiaodong Sun, Ping Gu, Dan Li, Huifang Zhou, Bin Li, Xianqun Fan
Context: Th17 cells are correlated with many human autoimmune disorders including Graves' disease, and may play key roles in the pathogenesis of Graves' orbitopathy (GO). Objective: To study the phenotype of Th17 cells in patients with GO and healthy subjects, investigate the fibrosis and adipogenesis in orbital fibroblasts (OFs) modulated by IL-17A, and determine the interaction between Th17 cells and OFs. Design/Setting/Participants: Blood samples and orbital tissues from GO patients and healthy controls were collected...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938388/biological-facet-of-segmental-bone-loss-reconstruction
#13
Theodoros H Tosounidis, Peter V Giannoudis
The management of long bone defects continues to be associated with significant challenges for optimum and timely bone repair. When bone grafting is needed, essential parameters to be addressed include adequate volume, optimum density, and structural capacity as well as potent biological properties. Although the autologous iliac crest bone graft remains the gold standard, its reduced availability and donor site morbidity have made the clinicians to seek for other alternative options. Reamer irrigator aspirator graft with materials used as graft expanders along with inductive molecules and cellular augmentation constitute the current trend for optimum bone regeneration...
October 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938336/arterial-stiffness-induced-by-carotid-calcification-leads-to-cerebral-gliosis-mediated-by-oxidative-stress
#14
Nataliya Sadekova, M Florencia Iulita, Diane Vallerand, Gervais Muhire, Mohamed Bourmoum, Audrey Claing, Hélène Girouard
BACKGROUND: Arterial stiffness is a risk factor for cognitive decline and dementia. However, its precise effects on the brain remain unexplored. Using a mouse model of carotid stiffness, we investigated its effect on glial activation and oxidative stress. METHODS: Arterial stiffness was induced by the application of calcium chloride to the adventitial region of the right carotid. Superoxide anion production, NADPH activity and levels, as well as glial activation were examined with immunohistochemical and biochemical approaches, 2-week postcalcification...
September 21, 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938189/the-potent-suppressive-effect-of-%C3%AE-d-mannuronic-acid-m2000-on-molecular-expression-of-the-tlr-nf-kb-signaling-pathway-in-ankylosing-spondylitis-patients
#15
Maryam Roozbehkia, Mahdi Mahmoudi, Somaye Aletaha, Nima Rezaei, Mohammad Javad Fattahi, Fahimeh Jafarnezhad-Ansariha, Anis Barati, Abbas Mirshafiey
Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a chronic inflammatory rheumatic disease characterized by the inflammation of sacroiliac joints and axial skeleton. A combination of genetic, environmental and immunological factors are involved in AS's pathogenesis. TLRs are type I transmembrane glycoproteins that play a crucial role in the innate immune responses against invading pathogens. Observational studies have demonstrated a possible association between TLR dysregulation and AS. The β-d-mannuronic acid (M2000), as a novel NSAID with immunosuppressive property, has shown an inhibitory effect on Toll-like receptor (TLR) 2, 4 signaling in HEK293 cells...
September 19, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938170/aromatic-hydrazones-derived-from-nicotinic-acid-hydrazide-as-fluorimetric-ph-sensing-molecules-structural-analysis-by-computational-and-spectroscopic-methods-in-solid-phase-and-in-solution
#16
T Benković, A Kenđel, J Parlov-Vuković, D Kontrec, V Chiş, S Miljanić, N Galić
Structural analyses of aroylhydrazones were performed by computational and spectroscopic methods (solid state NMR, 1 and 2D NMR spectroscopy, FT-IR (ATR) spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, UV-Vis spectrometry and spectrofluorimetry) in solid state and in solution. The studied compounds were N'-(2,3-dihydroxyphenylmethylidene)-3-pyridinecarbohydrazide (1), N'-(2,5-dihydroxyphenylmethylidene)-3-pyridinecarbohydrazide (2), N'-(3-chloro-2-hydroxy-phenylmethylidene)-3-pyridinecarbohydrazide (3), and N'-(2-hydroxy-4-methoxyphenyl-methylidene)-3-pyridinecarbohydrazide (4)...
September 15, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938155/nickel-accumulation-by-the-green-algae-like-euglena-gracilis
#17
J D García-García, K A Peña-Sanabria, R Sánchez-Thomas, R Moreno-Sánchez
Nickel accumulation and nickel effects on cellular growth, respiration, photosynthesis, ascorbate peroxidase (APX) activity, and levels of thiols, histidine and phosphate-molecules were determined in Euglena gracilis. Cells incubated with 0.5-1mM NiCl2 showed impairment of O2 consumption, photosynthesis, Chl a+b content and APX activity whereas cellular integrity and viability were unaltered. Nickel accumulation was depressed by Mg(2+) and Cu(2+), while Ca(2+), Co(2+), Mn(2+) and Zn(2+) were innocuous. The growth half-inhibitory concentrations for Ni(2+) in the culture medium supplemented with 2 or 0...
September 7, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938134/long-lived-states-detect-interactions-between-small-molecules-and-diamagnetic-metal-ions
#18
Cristina Stavarache, Anamaria Hanganu, Anca Paun, Codruta Paraschivescu, Mihaela Matache, Paul R Vasos
Long-lived states of nuclear spin order were used for the first time to probe interactions between molecules and diamagnetic metal ions. Proton spin states with lifetimes twice as long as the spin-lattice relaxation time constants of the same nuclei were promoted on the methoxyphenyl and tolyl substituents of a 1,3,4-oxadiazole derivative. The transient interaction of this oxadiazole derivative with silver(I) ions significantly speeds up the relaxation rate constants of proton long-lived states. The interactions between silver and organic compounds lead to the formation of coordination polymers that can be used for the preparation of bio-compatible materials...
September 6, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938109/investigating-mutation-specific-biological-activities-of-small-molecules-using-quantitative-structure-activity-relationship-for-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-in-cancer
#19
P Anoosha, R Sakthivel, M Michael Gromiha
Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor (EGFR) is a potential drug target in cancer therapy. Missense mutations play major roles in influencing the protein function, leading to abnormal cell proliferation and tumorigenesis. A number of EGFR inhibitor molecules targeting ATP binding domain were developed for the past two decades. Unfortunately, they become inactive due to resistance caused by new mutations in patients, and previous studies have also reported noticeable differences in inhibitor binding to distinct known driver mutants as well...
August 26, 2017: Mutation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938092/ctcf-mediated-enhancer-promoter-interaction-is-a-critical-regulator-of-cell-to-cell-variation-of-gene-expression
#20
Gang Ren, Wenfei Jin, Kairong Cui, Joseph Rodrigez, Gangqing Hu, Zhiying Zhang, Daniel R Larson, Keji Zhao
Recent studies indicate that even a homogeneous population of cells display heterogeneity in gene expression and response to environmental stimuli. Although promoter structure critically influences the cell-to-cell variation of gene expression in bacteria and lower eukaryotes, it remains unclear what controls the gene expression noise in mammals. Here we report that CTCF decreases cell-to-cell variation of expression by stabilizing enhancer-promoter interaction. We show that CTCF binding sites are interwoven with enhancers within topologically associated domains (TADs) and a positive correlation is found between CTCF binding and the activity of the associated enhancers...
September 21, 2017: Molecular Cell
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