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Wohn-Jenn Leu, Sharada Prasanna Swain, She-Hung Chan, Jui-Ling Hsu, Shih-Ping Liu, Mei-Ling Chan, Chia-Chun Yu, Lih-Ching Hsu, Yen-Lin Chou, Wei-Ling Chang, Duen-Ren Hou, Jih-Hwa Guh
A series of triazole-based small molecules that mimic FTY720-mediated anticancer activity but minimize its immunosuppressive effect have been produced. SPS-7 is the most effective derivative displaying higher activity than FTY720 in anti-proliferation against human hormone-refractory prostate cancer (HRPC). It induced G1 arrest of cell cycle and subsequent apoptosis in thymidine block-mediated synchronization model. The data were supported by a decrease of cyclin D1 expression, a dramatic increase of p21 expression and an associated decrease in RB phosphorylation...
October 19, 2016: Oncotarget
Yu Liu, Wen-Zhu Wan, Yan Li, Guan-Lian Zhou, Xin-Guang Liu
Phosphatidylinostitol-3-kinase (PI3K) is the potential anticancer target in the PI3K/Akt/ mTOR pathway. Here we reviewed the ATP-competitive small molecule PI3K inhibitors in the past few years, including the pan Class I PI3K inhibitors, the isoform-specific PI3K inhibitors and/or the PI3K/mTOR dual inhibitors.
October 18, 2016: Oncotarget
Yanyan Zheng, Li Zhu, Lulu Fan, Wenna Zhao, Jianlong Wang, Xianxiao Hao, Yunhui Zhu, Xiufang Hu, Yaofeng Yuan, Jingwei Shao, Wenfeng Wang
Emodin, a natural anthraquinone derivative isolated from Rheum palmatum L., has been demonstrated to exhibit good anti-cancer effect. In this study, a series of novel quaternary ammonium salts of emodin, anthraquinone and anthrone were synthesized and their anticancer activities were tested in vitro. The effects of emodin quaternary ammonium salts on cell viability, apoptosis, intracellular ROS, and mitochondrial membrane potential were investigated in A375, BGC-823, HepG2 and HELF cells. The results demonstrated that compound 4a induced morphological changes and decreased cell viability...
October 7, 2016: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Marco A Ferraz Nogueira Filho, Cody J Peer, Jeffers Nguyen, Amy McCalla, Lee Helman, William D Figg
The Aurora kinase family facilitates cell division through various processes and is overexpressed in a wide variety of human cancers, leading to aneuploidy. For that reason, these enzymes are currently targets of a rising class of anticancer drugs, with some molecules already in therapeutic use. In this study, a new UHPLC-MS/MS method was developed and validated to quantitate a new pan Aurora kinase inhibitor still in preclinical development, SCH-1473759. This bioanalytical method employed a liquid-liquid extraction from plasma using ethyl acetate before evaporation...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
Wenjing Liu, Rami Al-Oweini, Karen Meadows, Bassem S Bassil, Zhengguo Lin, Jonathan H Christian, Naresh S Dalal, A Martin Bossoh, Israël M Mbomekallé, Pedro de Oliveira, Jamshed Iqbal, Ulrich Kortz
The dichromium(III)-containing heteropoly-16-tungstates [Cr(III)2(B-β-Si(IV)W8O31)2](14-) (1) and [Cr(III)2(B-β-Ge(IV)W8O31)2](14-) (2) were prepared via a one-pot reaction of the composing elements in aqueous, basic medium. Polyanions 1 and 2 represent the first examples of Cr(III)-containing heteropolytungstates comprising the octatungstate unit {XW8O31} (X = Si, Ge). Magnetic studies demonstrated that, in the solid state, the two polyanions exhibit a weak antiferromagnetic interaction between the two Cr(III)centers with J = -3...
October 21, 2016: Inorganic Chemistry
Thidarat Wongpinyochit, Blair F Johnston, F Philipp Seib
Silk is a promising biopolymer for biomedical and pharmaceutical applications due to its outstanding mechanical properties, biocompatibility and biodegradability, as well its ability to protect and subsequently release its payload in response to a trigger. While silk can be formulated into various material formats, silk nanoparticles are emerging as promising drug delivery systems. Therefore, this article covers the procedures for reverse engineering silk cocoons to yield a regenerated silk solution that can be used to generate stable silk nanoparticles...
October 8, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Ronny Peri-Naor, Leila Motiei, David Margulies
Signal transduction pathways, which control the response of cells to various environmental signals, are mediated by the function of signaling proteins that interact with each other and activate one other with high specificity. Synthetic agents that mimic the function of these proteins might therefore be used to generate unnatural signal transduction steps and consequently, alter the cell's function. We present guidelines for designing 'chemical transducers' that can induce artificial communication between native proteins...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Gianluigi Franci, Federica Sarno, Angela Nebbioso, Lucia Altucci
Epigenetic modifications are functionally involved in gene expression regulation. In particular, histone posttranslational modifications play a crucial role in functional chromatin organization. Several drugs able to inhibit or stimulate some families of proteins involved in epigenetic histone regulation have been found, a number of which are FDA-approved for the treatment of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma or are in phase I/II/III clinical trials for solid tumors. Although some protein families, such as histone deacetylases and their inhibitors, are well characterized, our understanding of histone lysine demethylases is still incomplete...
October 21, 2016: Epigenetics: Official Journal of the DNA Methylation Society
Nadia G Kandile, Mansoura I Mohamed, Hind M Ismaeel
New compounds based on oxindole moiety were synthesized via the reaction of 5-substitued isatins 1a-e with different nucleophiles such as benzidine, 3,3'-dimethoxybenzidine 2a,b and 2,6-diaminopyridine 3 to afford three different classes of bis-Schiff bases 4a-e, 5a-e and 6a-e, respectively. The structures of the new compounds were elucidated on the basis of their FTIR, (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR, GC/MS spectral data and elemental analysis. The in vitro antimicrobial activity of the new compounds was evaluated using a broth dilution technique in terms of minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC) against four bacterial and two fungal pathogens and anticancer activities against HELA cervix...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Enzyme Inhibition and Medicinal Chemistry
Koji Kono, Wei-Peng Yong, Hirokazu Okayama, Asim Shabbir, Tomoyuki Momma, Shinji Ohki, Seiichi Takenoshita, Jimmy So
Among advanced gastric cancer cases, peritoneal dissemination is a life-threatening mode of metastasis, and any strategy to control peritoneal metastasis will significantly improve treatment outcomes. Since intraperitoneal administration of anticancer drugs can induce an extremely high concentration of drugs in the peritoneal cavity, intraperitoneal chemotherapy would appear to be a reasonable and promising strategy to control the peritoneal dissemination. However, it has been reported in the past that intraperitoneal administration of mitomycin C or cisplatin resulted in no significant clinical effects against peritoneal metastasis of gastric cancer...
October 20, 2016: Gastric Cancer
Ziyou Wang, Hua Zhang, Jiahui Zhou, Xiangning Zhang, Liyong Chen, Kangxing Chen, Zunnan Huang
Hepatocellular carcinoma is a lethal cancer with high recurrence ratio and lacks effective therapeutics. In the past few years, it has been reported that increased intake of vegetables and fruits could reduce the cancer incidence, which suggests dietary agents might possess anticancer effects. Eriocitrin is a flavonoid isolated from lemon, which is known as a strong antioxidant agent. We here for the first time demonstrated that eriocitrin could inhibit the proliferation of hepatocellular carcinoma cell lines by arresting cell cycle in S phase through up-regulation of p53, cyclin A, cyclin D3 and CDK6...
October 20, 2016: Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology
Sara Zahedi, Karim Shamsasenjan, Aliakbar Movassaghpour, Parvin Akbarzadehlaleh
Purpose: Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs) are one of the essential members of Bone Marrow (BM) microenvironment and the cells affect normal and malignant cells in BM milieu. One of the most important hematological malignancies is Multiple Myeloma (MM). Numerous studies reported various effects of MSCs on myeloma cells. MSCs initiate various signaling pathways in myeloma cells, particularly NF-kβ. NF-kβ signaling pathway plays pivotal role in the survival, proliferation and resistance of myeloma cells to the anticancer drugs, therefore this pathway can be said to be a vital target for cancer therapy...
September 2016: Advanced Pharmaceutical Bulletin
Ming Yang, Haiyong Wang, Mo Zhou, Weilin Liu, Pengqun Kuang, Hao Liang, Qipeng Yuan
Lung cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer death worldwide. Isothiocyanates from cruciferous vegetables been shown to possess anticarcinogenic activities in lung malignances. We previously found sulforaphene (4-methylsufinyl-3-butenyl isothiocyanate, SFE), one new kind of isothiocyanates, existing in a relative high abundance in radish seeds. An efficient methodology based on macroporous resin and preparative high-performance liquid chromatography was developed to isolate SFE in reasonably large quantities, high purity and low cost...
September 28, 2016: Oncotarget
Guangxian Zhang, Xiancheng Zeng, Ren Zhang, Juan Liu, Weici Zhang, Yujun Zhao, Xiaoyuan Zhang, Zhixue Wu, Yuhui Tan, Yingya Wu, Biaoyan Du
BACKGROUND: Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the most commonly diagnosed malignancy of the liver, occurs frequently in the setting of chronic liver injury. Although multiple therapeutic approaches are available, the prognosis of patients with HCC remains poor. Dioscin is a natural steroid saponin that presents in various plants. The anti-cancer and anti-fibrotic effects have been extensively reported. However, the effect of dioscin on HCC remains unclear. We aimed to investigate the anti-HCC properties of dioscin in vitro and in vivo...
November 15, 2016: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
Keun-Wook Lee, Bum Jun Kim, Mi-Jung Kim, Hye Sook Han, Jin Won Kim, Young Iee Park, Sook Ryun Park
Purpose: This study evaluated the re-challenge of S-1 or cisplatin in combination with docetaxel in metastatic gastric cancer (MGC) that had progressed on a cisplatin plus either S-1 or capecitabine regimen. Materials and Methods: Patients with progressive disease after first-line cisplatin plus S-1 or capecitabine were randomized to receive 3-week cycles of docetaxel 75 mg/m² intravenously (IV) on D1 (D), docetaxel 60 mg/m² IV plus cisplatin 60 mg/m² IV on D1 (DC), or docetaxel 60 mg/m² IV D1 plus oral S-1 30 mg/m² b...
October 18, 2016: Cancer Research and Treatment: Official Journal of Korean Cancer Association
Yuyin Li, Yuejun Sun, Lifang Jing, Jianjun Wang, Yali Yan, Yajuan Feng, Yueying Zhang, Zhenxing Liu, Long Ma, Aipo Diao
The lysosome inhibitors bafilomycin A1 and chloroquine have both lysosomotropic properties and autophagy inhibition ability, and are promising clinical agents to be used in combination with anticancer drugs. In order to investigate this combination effect, HepG2 cells were treated with bafilomycin A1, chloroquine, or/and doxorubicin, and their proliferative ability, induction of apoptosis, and the changes of lysosomal membrane permeabilization and mitochondrial membrane potential were studied. The results demonstrate that treatment with bafilomycin A1 or chloroquine alone at a relatively low concentration promotes the inhibitory effect of doxorubicin on cell growth and apoptosis...
October 21, 2016: Chemotherapy
Naoshi Nishida, Masatoshi Kudo
Despite recent advances in the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the prognosis of patients with advanced stage of disease remains unfavorable. Several immune therapies have been applied to HCC, and their responses have not been satisfactory. The immune response to cancer is determined by the balance between the antigenicity of the tumor and the microenvironment of cancer tissues. Generally, accumulated genetic mutations are observed in HCC, which may lead to increased neoantigens on cancer cells with high antigenicity...
October 21, 2016: Oncology
Yanfen Fang, Yannan Kong, Jianbei Xi, Mengli Zhu, Tong Zhu, Tongtong Jiang, Wenhao Hu, Mingliang Ma, Xiongwen Zhang
NEK2 is a conserved mitotic regulator critical for cell cycle progression. Aberrant expression of NEK2 has been found in a variety of human cancers, making it an attractive molecular target for the design of novel anticancer therapeutics. In the present study, we have identified a novel compound MBM-5, which was found to bind to NEK2 with high affinity by docking simulations study. MBM-5 potently inhibited NEK2 kinase activity in vitro in a concentration-dependent manner. MBM-5 also suppressed cellular NEK2 kinase activity, as evidenced by the decreased phosphorylation of its substrate Hec1 on S165 in a concentration- and time-dependent manner...
October 15, 2016: Oncotarget
Pei Y Liu, Nicholas Sokolowski, Su T Guo, Faraz Siddiqi, Bernard Atmadibrata, Thomas J Telfer, Yuting Sun, Lihong Zhang, Denise Yu, Joshua Mccarroll, Bing Liu, Rui H Yang, Xiang Y Guo, Andrew E Tee, Ken Itoh, Jenny Wang, Maria Kavallaris, Michelle Haber, Murray D Norris, Belamy B Cheung, Jennifer A Byrne, David S Ziegler, Glenn M Marshall, Marcel E Dinger, Rachel Codd, Xu D Zhang, Tao Liu
BET bromodomain inhibitors are very promising novel anticancer agents, however, single therapy does not cause tumor regression in mice, suggesting the need for combination therapy. After screening a library of 2697 small molecule compounds, we found that two classes of compounds, the quinone-containing compounds such as nanaomycin and anti-microtubule drugs such as vincristine, exerted the best synergistic anticancer effects with the BET bromodomain inhibitor JQ1 in neuroblastoma cells. Mechanistically, the quinone-containing compound nanaomycin induced neuroblastoma cell death but also activated the Nrf2-antioxidant signaling pathway, and the BET bromodomain proteins BRD3 and BRD4 formed a protein complex with Nrf2...
October 13, 2016: Oncotarget
Shufang Dong, Xin Zhou, Jiying Yang
BACKGROUND: Co-delivery of anticancer drugs and gene is promising to generate synergistic anticancer effects. Surface modification of nanocarriers with specific ligands could further assist in targeting and internalization of the nanocarriers into specific cell populations, such as cancers and disease organs. PURPOSE: The aim of the study reported here is to develop Cell-penetrating peptides (CPPs) modified lipid - PEI hybrid nanoparticles (LPNs) for effective co-delivery of docetaxel (DTX) and plasmid DNA (pDNA) for combination chemotherapy...
October 17, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
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