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Sini M Kinnunen, Marja Tölli, Mika J Välimäki, Erhe Gao, Zoltan Szabo, Jaana Rysä, Mónica P A Ferreira, Pauli Ohukainen, Raisa Serpi, Alexandra Correia, Ermei Mäkilä, Jarno Salonen, Jouni Hirvonen, Hélder A Santos, Heikki Ruskoaho
Transcription factors are fundamental regulators of gene transcription, and many diseases, such as heart diseases, are associated with deregulation of transcriptional networks. In the adult heart, zinc-finger transcription factor GATA4 is a critical regulator of cardiac repair and remodelling. Previous studies also suggest that NKX2-5 plays function role as a cofactor of GATA4. We have recently reported the identification of small molecules that either inhibit or enhance the GATA4-NKX2-5 transcriptional synergy...
March 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
Lianbin Yao, Sten Ohlson, Brian W Dymock
Inhibition of multiple signaling pathways in a cancer cell with a single molecule could result in better therapies that are simpler to administer. Efficacy may be achieved with reduced potency against individual targets if there is synergy through multiple pathway inhibition. To achieve this, it is necessary to be able to build multi-component ligands by joining together key pharmacophores in a way which maintains sufficient activity against the individual pathways. In this work, designed triple inhibiting ligands are explored aiming to block three completely different target types: a kinase (JAK2), an epigenetic target (HDAC) and a chaperone (HSP90)...
March 3, 2018: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
Ciqiong Chen, Li Long, Fusheng Zhang, Qin Chen, Cheng Chen, Xiaorui Yu, Qingya Liu, Jinku Bao, Zhangfu Long
Curcuma longa possesses powerful antifungal activity, as demonstrated in many studies. In this study, the antifungal spectrum of Curcuma longa alcohol extract was determined, and the resulting EC50 values (mg/mL) of its extract on eleven fungi, including Fusarium graminearum, Fusarium chlamydosporum, Alternaria alternate, Fusarium tricinctum, Sclerotinia sclerotiorum, Botrytis cinerea, Fusarium culmorum, Rhizopus oryzae, Cladosporium cladosporioides, Fusarium oxysporum and Colletotrichum higginsianum, were 0...
2018: PloS One
Giuseppe La Torre, Rosella Saulle, Francesca Di Murro, Roberta Siliquini, Alberto Firenze, Massimo Maurici, Alice Mannocci, Vittoria Colamesta, Francesco Barillà, Fabio Ferrante, Luciano Agati
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular diseases are the leading causes of mortality and morbidity in Western countries. The possible synergistic effect of poor adherence to a Mediterranean diet (MD) and other risk factors for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) such as hypertension, cholesterol, ever smoker, BMI> 25, diabetes, has not been deeply studied. DESIGN: Case-control study. METHODS: Patients with first AMI and controls from four tertiary referral Italian centers were screened for enrolment...
2018: PloS One
Norelle Sherry, Benjamin Howden
Multidrug-resistant (MDR) and extensively-drug-resistant (XDR) Gram-negative bacteria have emerged as a major threat to human health globally. This has resulted in the "re-discovery" of some older antimicrobials and development of new agents, however resistance has also rapidly emerged to these agents. Areas Covered: Here we describe recent developments in resistance to three of the most important last-line antimicrobials for treatment of MDR and XDR Gram negatives: fosfomycin, colistin and ceftazidime-avibactam...
March 15, 2018: Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy
Martina Gobec, Tihomir Tomašič, Adela Štimac, Ruža Frkanec, Jurij Trontelj, Marko Anderluh, Irena Mlinaric-Rascan, Žiga Jakopin
Muramyl dipeptide (MDP), a fragment of bacterial peptidoglycan, has long been known as the smallest fragment possessing adjuvant activity, on the basis of its agonistic action on the nucleotide-binding oligomerization domain-containing protein 2 (NOD2). There is a pressing need for novel adjuvants and NOD2 agonists provide an untapped source of potential candidates. Here, we report the design, synthesis and characterization of a series of novel acyl tripeptides. A pivotal structural element for molecular recognition by NOD2 has been identified, culminating in the discovery of compound 9, the most potent desmuramylpeptide NOD2 agonist to date...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Jing Ruan, Ying Wang, Fang Li, Renbing Jia, Guangming Zhou, Chunlin Shao, Liqi Zhu, Malin Cui, Da-Peng Yang, Shengfang Ge
Combination of drug chemotherapy and ray radiation is the main solution for treating patients with advanced colorectal carcinoma, but the toxicity and adverse effects caused in the surrounding normal tissues and the radio resistance in tumor site will severely influence its therapeutic effect. Nano radiosensitizer is an ideal choice for improving the tumor radiotherapy effects thanks to its high degree of tumor tissue uptake and secondary electrons productivity. Graphene quantum dots (GQDs) have good oxidative stress response and significantly high phototoxicity, and are regarded as a potential nano radiosensitizer...
March 15, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Jinlong Liu, Yao Zheng, Yan Jiao, Zhenyu Wang, Zhouguang Lu, Anthony Vasileff, Shi-Zhang Qiao
Conventional development of nanomaterials for efficient electrocatalysis is largely based on performance-oriented trial-and-error/iterative approaches, while a rational design approach at the atomic/molecular level is yet to be found. Here, inspired by a fundamental understanding of the mechanism for both oxygen and hydrogen evolution half reactions (OER/HER), a unique strategy is presented to engineer RuO2 for superior alkaline water electrolysis through coupling with NiO as an efficient bifunctional promoter...
March 15, 2018: Small
Lin Cao, Jizheng Chen, Yaxin Wang, Yuting Yang, Jie Qing, Zihe Rao, Xinwen Chen, Zhiyong Lou
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a leading cause of liver disease worldwide. Although several HCV protease/polymerase inhibitors were recently approved by U.S. FDA, the combination of antivirals targeting multiple processes of HCV lifecycle would optimize anti-HCV therapy and against potential drug-resistance. Viral entry is an essential target step for antiviral development, but FDA-approved HCV entry inhibitor remains exclusive. Here we identify serotonin 2A receptor (5-HT2A R) is a HCV entry factor amendable to therapeutic intervention by a chemical biology strategy...
March 14, 2018: Protein & Cell
Michelle Brault, Tayla M Olsen, Jennifer Martinez, Daniel B Stetson, Andrew Oberst
The sensing of viral nucleic acids within the cytosol is essential for the induction of innate immune responses following infection. However, this sensing occurs within cells that have already been infected. The death of infected cells can be beneficial to the host by eliminating the virus's replicative niche and facilitating the release of inflammatory mediators. In this study, we show that sensing of intracellular DNA or RNA by cGAS-STING or RIG-I-MAVS, respectively, leads to activation of RIPK3 and necroptosis in bone marrow-derived macrophages...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Elizabeth J Lawrence, Göker Arpağ, Stephen R Norris, Marija Zanic
Cytoplasmic Linker-Associated Proteins (CLASPs) are microtubule-associated proteins essential for microtubule regulation in many cellular processes. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying CLASP activity are not understood. Here, we use purified protein components and Total Internal Reflection Fluorescence (TIRF) microscopy to investigate the effects of human CLASP2 on microtubule dynamics in vitro We demonstrate that CLASP2 suppresses microtubule catastrophe and promotes rescue without affecting the rates of microtubule growth or shrinkage...
March 14, 2018: Molecular Biology of the Cell
Neal Bhatia, Leon Kircik
Optimizing combinations for psoriasis means asking patients to take control of their disease. It means balancing potency of steroids for the short-run to put out the fire and bring relief and maintaining the clearance for the long-run to reduce recurrence potential. Successful combinations are built on tolerability, ease of application, and the efficacy demonstrated by the synergy of the sum of the parts over being used separately. <p><em>J Drugs Dermatol. 2018;17(3):342-346.</em></p>...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: JDD
C Yuan, Q Wang
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to determine whether different radiotherapy (RT) fractionation schemes induce disparate effects on lymphocyte and its subsets in breast cancer patients. METHODS: 60 female patients diagnosed with breast cancer were recruited in this study after receiving modified radical mastectomy and were randomly divided into two groups. One group received irradiation at a standard dose of 50 Gy in 25 fractions and the other at a dose of 40...
March 13, 2018: Clinical & Translational Oncology
Xuanwei Zhang, Gabriele Niedermann
PURPOSE: Hypofractionated radiation therapy (hRT) combined with immune checkpoint blockade can induce T-cell-mediated local and abscopal antitumor effects. We had previously observed peak levels of tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) between days 5 and 8 after hRT. Because TILs are regarded as radiosensitive, hRT schedules extending into this period might be less immunogenic, prompting us to compare clinically relevant, short and extended schedules with equivalent biologically effective doses combined with anti-programmed cell death 1 (PD1) antibody treatment...
February 3, 2018: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
Serge Mignani, Nabil El Brahmi, Thierry Cresteil, Jean-Pierre Majoral
The metallo-phosphorus dendrimer 1G3-Cu (generation 3 dendrimer bearing 48 conjugated copper(II) on its surface) has antiproliferative activity related to its capacity to activate Bax translocation. In the present study, we evaluate the activity of an association of 1G3-Cu with 5 cytotoxic agents used in chemotherapy having different modes of action. Data show no additive effect with camptothecin and cisplatin, additivity with paclitaxel and MG132, and synergy with doxorubicin. Results suggest that the multivalent Cu-conjugated dendrimer 1G3-Cu (activator of Bax translocation) plays an important role in boosting the clinical impact of Bax accumulation stimulated by the proteasome inhibitor MG132, antimitotic taxanes, and the topo II inhibitor doxorubicin...
March 13, 2018: Oncology
Marguerite L Monogue, George Sakoulas, Victor Nizet, David P Nicolau
β-lactam-β-lactamase inhibitors (BLIs) have previously demonstrated antimicrobial activity against Acinetobacter baumannii (AB). Colistin retains the highest susceptibility rate against A. baumannii, and has demonstrated synergy with other antimicrobials, including β-lactam-BLIs. Therefore, we assessed the potential individual activity and synergistic combinations in vivo against carbapenem-susceptible (CS) and multidrug-resistant (MDR) A. baumannii isolates in neutropenic thigh and lung infection models...
March 13, 2018: Pharmacology
Tanmoy Mondal, Prasanna Kumar Juvvuna, Agnete Kirkeby, Sanhita Mitra, Subazini Thankaswamy Kosalai, Larissa Traxler, Falk Hertwig, Sara Wernig-Zorc, Caroline Miranda, Lily Deland, Ruth Volland, Christoph Bartenhagen, Deniz Bartsch, Sashidhar Bandaru, Anne Engesser, Santhilal Subhash, Tommy Martinsson, Helena Carén, Levent M Akyürek, Leo Kurian, Meena Kanduri, Maite Huarte, Per Kogner, Matthias Fischer, Chandrasekhar Kanduri
Trait-associated loci often map to genomic regions encoding long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs), but the role of these lncRNAs in disease etiology is largely unexplored. We show that a pair of sense/antisense lncRNA (6p22lncRNAs) encoded by CASC15 and NBAT1 located at the neuroblastoma (NB) risk-associated 6p22.3 locus are tumor suppressors and show reduced expression in high-risk NBs. Loss of functional synergy between 6p22lncRNAs results in an undifferentiated state that is maintained by a gene-regulatory network, including SOX9 located on 17q, a region frequently gained in NB...
March 12, 2018: Cancer Cell
Xiaomeng Wan, Yuanzeng Min, Herdis Bludau, Andrew Keith, Sergei S Sheiko, Rainer Jordan, Andrew Z Wang, Marina Sokolsky-Papkov, Alexander V Kabanov
Nanoparticle-based systems for concurrent delivery of multiple drugs can improve outcomes of cancer treatments, but face challenges because of differential solubility and fairly low threshold for incorporation of many drugs. Here we demonstrate that this approach can be used to greatly improve the treatment outcomes of etoposide (ETO) and platinum drug combination ("EP/PE") therapy that is the backbone for treatment of prevalent and deadly small cell lung cancer (SCLC). A polymeric micelle system based on amphiphilic block copolymer poly(2-oxazoline)s (POx) poly(2-methyl-2-oxazoline-block-2-butyl-2-oxazoline-block-2-methyl-2-oxazoline) (P(MeOx-b-BuOx-b-MeOx) is used along with an alkylated cisplatin prodrug to enable co-formulation of EP/PE in a single high-capacity vehicle...
March 13, 2018: ACS Nano
Tandra R Chakraborty, Victoria Gomez, Debasis Adhikari, Sanjoy Chakraborty
OBJECTIVE: To determine the hormonal changes that occur as a result of the long-term intake of a very-high-fat diet (VHFD) that leads to simultaneous changes in the islets of Langerhans and adipocyte cell size. METHODS: Male mice were fed with a normal chow diet (ND, n = 15) and a VHFD (n = 30) for 2, 12, and 24 weeks. Body weight, food intake, caloric intake (fat [saturated and unsaturated], protein, and carbohydrate), hormone levels (leptin and insulin), and islet of Langerhans/adipocyte size were quantitatively recorded...
March 13, 2018: Journal of the American College of Nutrition
N Khodaie, N Tajuddin, R M Mitchell, E J Neafsey, M A Collins
Preconditioning brain cultures with moderate concentrations of ethanol (EtOH) or trans-resveratrol (RES), key red wine constituents, can prevent amyloid-β (Aβ) neurotoxicity. Past studies have indicated that moderate EtOH activates synaptic N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors (NMDAR) that, in part, signal via protein kinase C (PKC) to increase protective antioxidant proteins such as peroxiredoxin-2 (Prx2). RES preconditioning also is reported to involve NMDAR and PKC. However, although moderate, the EtOH and RES concentrations used have been noticeably above circulating levels from two glasses of wine, a daily intake linked to reduced risk of cognitive decline among older social drinkers...
March 12, 2018: Neurotoxicity Research
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