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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151054/the-effect-of-organic-shock-loads-on-the-stability-of-anaerobic-granular-sludge
#1
Yangcheng Ding, Huajun Feng, Dongsheng Shen, Na Li, Meizhen Wang, Yuyang Zhou
This study investigated the effect of organic shock loads on the stability of anaerobic granular sludge (AnGS). At double and triple shock intensity (8 and 12 kg COD/m(3)d organic loading rate [OLR], respectively), the accumulation of VFAs resulted in the decreasing pH of the reactors. The unstable performances of AnGS also appeared in the macroscopic properties, including the decreasing contents of relative hydrophobicity (RH), granular strength and diameter, and the fluctuation of EPS production. Noteworthy, the contents of loosely bound and tightly bound polysaccharide increased obviously and were higher than that in the control under double and triple OLR shock load...
February 2, 2017: Environmental Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143565/disulfiram-overcomes-bortezomib-and-cytarabine-resistance-in-down-syndrome-associated-acute-myeloid-leukemia-cells
#2
Ranjan Bista, David W Lee, Oliver B Pepper, David O Azorsa, Robert J Arceci, Eiman Aleem
BACKGROUND: Children with Down syndrome (DS) have increased risk for developing AML (DS-AMKL), and they usually experience severe therapy-related toxicities compared to non DS-AMKL. Refractory/relapsed disease has very poor outcome, and patients would benefit from novel, less toxic, therapeutic strategies that overcome resistance. Relapse/resistance are linked to cancer stem cells with high aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) activity. The purpose of the present work was to study less toxic alternative therapeutic agents for relapsed/refractory DS-AMKL...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126305/hypofractionated-regional-nodal-irradiation-for-women-with-node-positive-breast-cancer
#3
Sara Bellefqih, Sanaa Elmajjaoui, Jihan Aarab, Jihane Khalil, Mohamed Afif, Amine Lachgar, Hanan El Kacemi, Tayeb Kebdani, Noureddine Benjaafar
PURPOSE: To evaluate the effect of hypofractionated radiation therapy (HFRT) of the breast/chest wall and regional nodes on overall survival (OS), disease-free survival (DFS), locoregional control and on treatment-related toxicity in patients with breast cancer and nodal involvement. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Two hundred fifty-seven patients treated between October 2009 and June 2011 with hypofractionated locoregional radiation therapy (42 Gy in 15 fractions) were retrospectively reviewed, 51 (19...
March 1, 2017: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28111334/the-selective-cytotoxicity-of-dsf-cu-attributes-to-the-biomechanical-properties-and-cytoskeleton-rearrangements-in-the-normal-and-cancerous-nasopharyngeal-epithelial-cells
#4
Yaping Yang, Mengjia Li, Xiaoxue Sun, Congran Zhou, Yawei Wang, Liwei Wang, Lixin Chen, Zhihong Liang, Linyan Zhu, Haifeng Yang
Cancer initiation and progression follow complex changes of cellular architecture and biomechanical property. Cancer cells with more submissive (or "softer") than their healthy counterparts attributed to the reorganization of the complex cytoskeleton structure, may be considered as a potential anti-tumor therapeutic target. In this study, atomic force microscopy (AFM) was carried out to detect the topographical and biophysical changes of nasopharyngeal carcinoma CNE-2Z cells and normal nasopharyngeal epithelial cells NP69-SV40T by treating the Disulfiram chelated with Cu(2+) (DSF-Cu)...
January 19, 2017: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28111304/split-luciferase-based-biosensors-for-characterizing-eed-binders
#5
Ling Li, Lijian Feng, Minlong Shi, Jue Zeng, Zijun Chen, Li Zhong, Li Huang, Weihui Guo, Ying Huang, Wei Qi, Chris Lu, En Li, Kehao Zhao, Justin Gu
The EED (embryonic ectoderm development) subunit of the Polycomb repressive complex 2 (PRC2) plays an important role in the feed forward regulation of the PRC2 enzymatic activity. We recently identified a new class of allosteric PRC2 inhibitors that bind to the H3K27me3 pocket of EED. Multiple assays were developed and used to identify and characterize this type of PRC2 inhibitors. One of them is a genetically encoded EED biosensor based on the EED[G255D] mutant and the split firefly luciferase. This EED biosensor can detect the compound binding in the transfected cells and in the in vitro biochemical assays...
January 19, 2017: Analytical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107189/docosahexaenoic-acid-and-disulfiram-act-in-concert-to-kill-cancer-cells-a-mutual-enhancement-of-their-anticancer-actions
#6
Yang Jiao, Bethany N Hannafon, Roy R Zhang, Kar-Ming Fung, Wei-Qun Ding
We previously reported a synergistic anticancer action of clioquinol and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in human cancer cells. However, clioquinol has been banned from the clinic due to its neurotoxicity. This study identified disulfiram (DSF) as a substitute compound to clioquinol, acting in concert with DHA to more effectively kill cancer cells and suppress tumor growth. Treatment with DSF and DHA induced greater apoptotic cell death and suppression of tumor growth in vitro and in vivo, as compared to DSF and DHA used alone...
January 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102089/disulfiram-moderately-restores-impaired-hepatic-redox-status-of-rats-subchronically-exposed-to-cadmium
#7
Aida Begic, Ana Djuric, Milica Ninkovic, Ivana Stevanovic, Dragan Djurdjevic, Milos Pavlovic, Katarina Jelic, Ana Pantelic, Goran Zebic, Bratislav Dejanovic, Ivan Stanojevic, Danilo Vojvodic, Petar Milosavljevic, Mirjana Djukic, Luciano Saso
Examination of cadmium (Cd) toxicity and disulfiram (DSF) effect on liver was focused on oxidative stress (OS), bioelements status, morphological and functional changes. Male Wistar rats were intraperitoneally treated with 1 mg CdCl2/kg BW/day; orally with 178.5 mg DSF/kg BW/day for 1, 3, 10 and 21 days; and co-exposed from 22nd to 42nd day. The co-exposure nearly restored previously suppressed total superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT) and increased glutathione peroxidase (GPx) activities; increased previously reduced glutathione reductase (GR) and total glutathione-S-transferase (GST) activities; reduced previously increased superoxide anion radical (O2(·-)) and malondialdehyde (MDA) levels; increased zinc (Zn) and iron (Fe), and decreased copper (Cu) (yet above control value), while magnesium (Mg) was not affected; and decreased serum alanine aminotransferases (ALT) levels...
December 2017: Journal of Enzyme Inhibition and Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088457/preformulation-characterization-stabilization-and-formulation-design-for-the-acrylodan-labeled-glucose-binding-protein-sm4-ac
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Neha Sahni, Rajoshi Chaudhuri, John M Hickey, Prakash Manikwar, Ajit D'Souza, Andrew Metters, Sangeeta B Joshi, C Russell Middaugh, David B Volkin
This study describes the physicochemical characterization, stabilization, and formulation design of SM4-AC, an acrylodan-labeled glucose/galactose-binding protein for use in a continuous glucose monitoring device. The physical stability profile of SM4-AC as a function of pH and temperature was monitored using a combination of biophysical techniques and the resulting physical stability profile was visualized using an empirical phase diagram. Forced degradation chemical stability studies (Asn deamidation, Met oxidation) of SM4-AC were performed using a combination of capillary isoelectric focusing, peptide mapping, and reversed-phase HPLC...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079887/drp-1-is-required-for-bh3-mimetic-mediated-mitochondrial-fragmentation-and-apoptosis
#9
Mateus Milani, Dominic P Byrne, Georgia Greaves, Michael Butterworth, Gerald M Cohen, Patrick A Eyers, Shankar Varadarajan
The concept of using BH3 mimetics as anticancer agents has been substantiated by the efficacy of selective drugs, such as Navitoclax and Venetoclax, in treating BCL-2-dependent haematological malignancies. However, most solid tumours depend on MCL-1 for survival, which is highly amplified in multiple cancers and a major factor determining chemoresistance. Most MCL-1 inhibitors that have been generated so far, while demonstrating early promise in vitro, fail to exhibit specificity and potency in a cellular context...
January 12, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067526/extraction-of-thermodynamic-parameters-of-protein-unfolding-using-parallelized-differential-scanning-fluorimetry
#10
Thaiesha A Wright, Jamie M Stewart, Richard C Page, Dominik Konkolewicz
Thermodynamic properties of protein unfolding have been extensively studied; however, the methods used have typically required significant preparation time and high protein concentrations. Here we present a facile, simple, and parallelized differential scanning fluorimetry (DSF) method that enables thermodynamic parameters of protein unfolding to be extracted. This method assumes a two-state, reversible protein unfolding mechanism and provides the capacity to quickly analyze the biophysical mechanisms of changes in protein stability and to more thoroughly characterize the effect of mutations, additives, inhibitors, or pH...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064151/supervised-disulfiram-s-superior-effectiveness-in-alcoholism-treatment-ethical-methodological-and-psychological-aspects
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REVIEW
Colin Brewer, Emmanuel Streel, Marilyn Skinner
Disulfiram (DSF) causes the ALDH-mediated deterrence of alcohol consumption. We review recent meta-analyses showing the superior effectiveness of supervised disulfiram (SD) in alcoholism treatment compared with oral naltrexone or acamprosate (ACP). The success of SD is also consistent with the almost complete absence of alcoholism in Japanese homozygotes for 'inefficient' ALDH. However, SD is an underused treatment and some clinicians have ethical objections to DSF. We examine these objections and argue that they are based on a misunderstanding of how DSF works...
January 7, 2017: Alcohol and Alcoholism: International Journal of the Medical Council on Alcoholism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057017/the-brain-penetrating-cxcr4-antagonist-prx177561-increases-the-antitumor-effects-of-bevacizumab-and-sunitinib-in-preclinical-models-of-human-glioblastoma
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Giovanni Luca Gravina, Andrea Mancini, Francesco Marampon, Alessandro Colapietro, Simona Delle Monache, Roberta Sferra, Flora Vitale, Peter J Richardson, Lee Patient, Stephen Burbidge, Claudio Festuccia
BACKGROUND: Glioblastoma recurrence after treatment with the anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) antibody bevacizumab is characterized by a highly infiltrative and malignant behavior that renders surgical excision and chemotherapy ineffective. It has been demonstrated that anti-VEGF/VEGFR therapies control the invasive phenotype and that relapse occurs through the increased activity of CXCR4. We therefore hypothesized that combining bevacizumab or sunitinib with the novel CXCR4 antagonist, PRX177561, would have superior antitumor activity...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052684/discordance-between-clinical-and-pathological-tnm-classification-influence-on-results-of-treatment-and-prognosis-in-patients-with-laryngeal-cancer
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P Celakovsky, D Kalfert, K Smatanova, P Kordac, J Laco, V Chrobok
The goals of this retrospective cohort study were to compare the results of clinical and pathological TNM staging in patients with laryngeal squamous cell carcinoma and to determine the impact of the discordance on prognosis and treatment results. A total of 124 patients with laryngeal cancer, primarily indicated for surgical treatment, were enrolled. The concordance or discordance between the clinical and pathological staging was compared with the frequency of cancer relapse and disease-specific survival. Other potential prognostic factors, like age, the stage and location of the primary tumor, the status of neck lymph nodes, histological margins, and an indication for postoperative radiotherapy, were also evaluated...
January 5, 2017: Neoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28003428/evaluation-of-compound-selectivity-of-aldo-keto-reductases-using-differential-scanning-fluorimetry
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Aurangazeb Kabir, Satoshi Endo, Naoki Toyooka, Mayuko Fukuoka, Kazuo Kuwata, Yuji O Kamatari
Inhibitors of AKR1B10 belonging to the aldo-keto reductase (AKR) superfamily are considered promising candidates for anti-cancer drugs. AKR1B1, a structurally similar isoform of AKR1B10, is involved in glucose metabolism. Thus, selective inhibition of AKR1B10 is required for the development of anti-cancer drugs. In this study, we first compared correlations between melting temperature and the 50% inhibition concentration obtained from differential scanning fluorimetry (DSF) and an enzyme inhibitory experiment, respectively, and a good correlation was found, except for compounds with low solubility...
December 21, 2016: Journal of Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27987908/oriented-cellulose-nanopaper-ocnp-based-on-bagasse-cellulose-nanofibrils
#15
Seyed Rahman Djafari Petroudy, Esmaeil Rasooly Garmaroody, Hamidreza Rudi
The purpose of this study is to explore the suitability of bagasse fiber for production of Cellulose Nanofiber (CNF) and Oriented Cellulose Nanopaper (OCNP) for the first time. Different types of CNF were thus produced either mechanically by homogenization or with enzymatic pre-treatment followed by homogenization. The CNF was thereafter used for the production of nanopapers through two approaches; i) Dispersion Casting (DC) and ii) Dynamic Sheet Former (DSF). Then, the prepared nanopapers were characterized in terms of surface, structural, morphological and mechanical properties...
February 10, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27979499/the-dsf-family-of-quorum-sensing-signals-diversity-biosynthesis-and-turnover
#16
REVIEW
Lian Zhou, Lian-Hui Zhang, Miguel Cámara, Ya-Wen He
The diffusible signaling factor (DSF)-based quorum sensing (QS) system has emerged as a widely conserved cell-cell communication mechanism in Gram-negative bacteria. Typically, signals from the DSF family are cis-2-unsaturated fatty acids which regulate diverse biological functions. Recently, substantial progress has been made on the characterization of new members of this family of signals. There have also been new developments in the understanding of the biosynthesis of these molecules where dual enzymatic activities of the DSF synthase and the use of various substrates have been described...
December 12, 2016: Trends in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915005/development-and-characterisation-of-disulfiram-loaded-plga-nanoparticles-for-the-treatment-of-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
#17
Mohammad Najlah, Zahima Ahmed, Mohammed Iqbal, Zhipeng Wang, Patrica Tawari, Weiguang Wang, Christopher McConville
Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) is the most common type of lung cancer in both men and women. A recent phase IIb study demonstrated that disulfiram (DSF) in combination with cisplatin and vinorelbine was well tolerated and prolonged the survival of patients with newly diagnosed NSCLC. However, DSF is rapidly (4min) metabolised in the bloodstream and it is this issue which is limiting its anticancer application in the clinic. We have recently demonstrated that a low dose of DSF-loaded poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) nanoparticles supplemented with oral Cu inhibited tumour growth and reduced metastasis in a xenograft mouse lung cancer model...
November 30, 2016: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895076/mesothelial-cells-create-a-novel-tissue-niche-that-facilitates-gastric-cancer-invasion
#18
Masamitsu Tanaka, Sei Kuriyama, Go Itoh, Daichi Maeda, Akiteru Goto, Yutaro Tamiya, Kazuyoshi Yanagihara, Masakazu Yashiro, Namiko Aiba
Peritoneal mesothelial cells (PMC) cover organ surfaces in the abdominal cavity. In this study, lineage tracing revealed that the PMCs guide cancer cell invasion in the gastric wall and in peritoneal metastatic lesions. Serosal PMCs covering the stomach surface entered the gastric wall to create a novel niche that favored gastric cancer cell invasion. PMC infiltration was induced by incorporation of cancer cell-derived, Wnt3a-containing extracellular vesicles. Infiltrated PMCs in turn promoted subserosal invasion of cancer cells...
November 28, 2016: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894956/disulfiram-induces-anoikis-and-suppresses-lung-colonization-in-triple-negative-breast-cancer-via-calpain-activation
#19
Ji Young Kim, Nahyun Lee, Yoon-Jae Kim, Youngkwan Cho, Hyunsook An, Eunhye Oh, Tae-Min Cho, Daeil Sung, Jae Hong Seo
Triple-negative breast cancers (TNBC) often exhibit an aggressive phenotype. Disulfiram (DSF) is an approved drug for the treatment of alcohol dependence, but has also been shown to kill TNBC cells in a copper (Cu)-dependent manner. Exactly how this occurs has not been clearly elucidated. We sought to investigate the mechanisms responsible for DSF/Cu-dependent induction of apoptosis and suppression of lung colonization by TNBC cells. DSF/Cu induced anoikis and significantly suppressed cell migration and invasion with negative effects on focal adhesions, coinciding with vimentin breakdown and calpain activation in TNBC cells...
February 1, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882330/aldh2-inhibition-potentiates-high-glucose-stress-induced-injury-in-cultured-cardiomyocytes
#20
Guodong Pan, Mandar Deshpande, Rajarajan A Thandavarayan, Suresh Selvaraj Palaniyandi
Aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) gene superfamily consists of 19 isozymes. They are present in various organs and involved in metabolizing aldehydes that are biologically generated. For instance, ALDH2, a cardiac mitochondrial ALDH isozyme, is known to detoxify 4-hydroxy-2-nonenal, a reactive aldehyde produced upon lipid peroxidation in diabetic conditions. We hypothesized that inhibition of ALDH leads to the accumulation of unmetabolized 4HNE and consequently exacerbates injury in cells subjected to high glucose stress...
2016: Journal of Diabetes Research
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