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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738532/genipin-attenuates-cisplatin-induced-nephrotoxicity-by-counteracting-oxidative-stress-inflammation-and-apoptosis
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Eglal Mahgoub, Shanmugam Muthu Kumaraswamy, Kamal Hassan Kader, Balaji Venkataraman, Shreesh Ojha, Ernest Adeghate, Mohanraj Rajesh
Cisplatin (CP) is a potent and widely used chemotherapeutic agent. However, the clinical benefits of CP are compromised because it elicits nephrotoxicity and ototoxicity. In this study, we investigated the nephroprotective effects of the phytochemical genipin (GP) isolated from the gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides) fruit, using a murine model of CP-induced nephropathy. GP pretreatment attenuated the CP-induced renal tissue injury by diminishing the serum blood urea nitrogen, creatinine, and cystatin C levels, as well as those of kidney injury molecule-1...
July 20, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738153/electronic-coupling-for-donor-bridge-acceptor-systems-with-a-bridge-overlap-approach
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Alessandro Biancardi, Seth C Martin, Cameron Liss, Marco Caricato
Understanding the modulation of the electronic coupling in donor-acceptor systems connected through an aliphatic bridge is crucial from a fundamental point of view as well as for the development of organic electronics. In this work, we present a first-principles approach for the calculation of the electronic coupling (or transfer integrals) in such systems via a block-diagonalization of the Fock/Kohn-Sham matrix of the supersystem, followed by a projection on the basis of the fragment orbitals of the donor and acceptor groups...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736996/phytochemical-investigation-antitumor-activity-and-hepatoprotective-effects-of-acrocarpus-fraxinifolius-leaf-extract
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Heba A S El-Nashar, Omayma A Eldahshan, Omama E Elshawi, Abdel Nasser B Singab
Preclinical Research Nine known phenolic compounds were isolated from an aqueous methanolic extract of Acrocarpus fraxinifolius Weight and Arn leaves (AFL) family Fabaceae. This extract of AFL contained approximately 169 mg gallic acid/g as assessed by HPLC. The AFL extract had marginal antitumor activity (IC50  > 200 µL/mL) but showed a concentration-dependent hepatoprotective effect against CCl4 -induced hepatotoxicity in vitro. Cell viability was increased, ALT and AST activity declined and reduced GSH concentration and SOD activity were restored as compared with silymarin...
July 24, 2017: Drug Development Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736927/pituitary-thyroid-axis-development-during-the-larval-juvenile-transition-in-the-pejerrey-odontesthes-bonariensis
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T Chalde, L A Miranda
The morphological development of the thyroid gland of pejerrey Odontesthes bonariensis during larval-juvenile transition was studied and related to whole-body concentrations of thyroxine (T4 ) and tri-iodothyronine (T3 ). A complementary (c)DNA fragment of the thyroid-stimulating hormone β-subunit (tshb) was sequenced and transcript levels quantified during this period. Follicles with eosinophilic and T4 -immunoreactive colloids were detected at hatching together with tshb transcript levels and whole-body concentrations of T4 and T3 hormones...
July 23, 2017: Journal of Fish Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736810/the-effects-of-bacterial-infection-on-human-sperm-nuclear-protamine-p1-p2-ratio-and-dna-integrity
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A Zeyad, M F Hamad, M E Hammadeh
The purpose of this study was to detect the effects of bacterial infection on human sperm nuclear protamines and DNA fragmentation. In this study, 120 semen samples were collected from unselected male partners of couples consulting for infertility in infertility and obstetrics clinic. All the samples were screened bacteriologically according to World Health Organization guidelines, and also sperm parameters and DNA fragmentation were evaluated. The concentrations of protamines P1 and P2 were quantified using acid urea acrylamide gel electrophoresis...
July 23, 2017: Andrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735741/apigenin-prevents-ultraviolet-b-radiation-induced-cyclobutane-pyrimidine-dimers-formation-in-human-dermal-fibroblasts
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S Mary Britto, D Shanthakumari, B Agilan, T Radhiga, G Kanimozhi, N Rajendra Prasad
Exposure to solar ultraviolet-B (UVB) radiation leads to the formation of cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers (CPDs). We investigated the protective effect of apigenin against UVB-induced CPDs formation in human dermal fibroblasts cells (HDFa). For this purpose, HDFa cells were treated with apigenin (15μM) prior to UVB irradiation (20mJ/cm(2)); DNA damage and subsequent molecular end points were observed. Exposure to UVB radiation increased significant CPDs formation in HDFa cells and the frequencies of CPDs were reduced by treatment with apigenin (15μM)...
September 2017: Mutation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735484/microsphere-based-assessment-of-dna-methylation-for-aml-prognosis
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Gerald B W Wertheim, Marlise R Luskin, Martin Carroll, Stephen R Master
Epigenetic dysregulation, including aberrant methylation of cytosine residues in DNA, is a hallmark of cancer and clearly results in oncogenic cellular alterations such as transcriptional attenuation of tumor suppressors and genomic instability. A number of studies have examined DNA methylation alterations in patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and have shown that analysis of multilocus methylation patterns can identify biologically distinct AML subclasses and can predict patient prognosis. In order to utilize the prognostic capability of methylation analysis in a clinical setting, we have developed a microsphere-based HpaII tiny fragment enrichment by ligation-mediated PCR (xMELP) assay to interrogate the methylation state of genomic multiple loci along with a random forest-based classification algorithm that correlates DNA methylation status with patient prognosis...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735394/detection-of-differential-dna-methylation-under-stress-conditions-using-bisulfite-sequence-analysis
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Ibtisam Al Harrasi, Rashid Al-Yahyai, Mahmoud W Yaish
DNA methylation is the most important epigenetic change affecting gene expression in plants grown under normal as well as under stress conditions. Therefore, researchers study differential DNA methylation under distinct environmental conditions and their relationship with transcriptome abundance. Up to date, more than 25 methods and techniques are available to detect DNA methylation based on different principles. Bisulfite sequencing method is considered as a gold standard since it is able to distinguish 5-methylcytosine from cytosine using the bisulfite treatment...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735303/acid-fast-bacterium-detection-and-identification-from-paraffin-embedded-tissues-using-a-pcr-pyrosequencing-method
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Jian R Bao, Richard B Clark, Ronald N Master, Kileen L Shier, Lynn L Eklund
AIMS: Acid-fast bacterium (AFB) identification from formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissues is challenging and may not be readily available to the clinical laboratory. A method to detect and identify AFB from FFPE tissues using PCR and pyrosequencing (PCR-Seq) was developed and evaluated. METHODS: The method was validated using spiked cell-clotted paraffin blocks before use with patients' specimens. DNA was extracted from tissue sections, and a 16S rRNA gene fragment was amplified and a signature sequence was produced on a PyroMark ID system...
July 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734695/response-of-the-bacterial-community-in-an-on-farm-biopurification-system-to-which-diverse-pesticides-are-introduced-over-an-agricultural-season
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Peter N Holmsgaard, Simone Dealtry, Vincent Dunon, Holger Heuer, Lars H Hansen, Dirk Springael, Kornelia Smalla, Leise Riber, Søren J Sørensen
A biopurification system (BPS) is used on-farm to clean pesticide-contaminated wastewater. Due to high pesticide loads, a BPS represents a hot spot for the proliferation and selection as well as the genetic adaptation of discrete pesticide degrading microorganisms. However, while considerable knowledge exists on the biodegradation of specific pesticides in BPSs, the bacterial community composition of these systems has hardly been explored. In this work, the Shannon diversity, the richness and the composition of the bacterial community within an operational BPS receiving wastewater contaminated with various pesticides was, for the first time, elucidated over the course of an agricultural season, using DGGE profiling and pyrosequencing of 16S rRNA gene fragments amplified from total community DNA...
July 19, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733530/presence-of-embryonic-dna-in-culture-medium
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Linlin Yang, Qiaoying Lv, Wei Chen, Jian Sun, Yu Wu, Yiying Wang, Xiong Chen, Xiaojun Chen, Zhenbo Zhang
Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) has successfully assisted couples with genetic diseases to conceive healthy babies during the past decades. However, biopsy of the blastomere has potential lesion to the embryos which commonly results in abortion. Thus, a noninvasive PGD is needed. In the past, the presence of genetic materials in maternal plasma or serum has triggered a great innovation of noninvasive prenatal diagnosis. Nevertheless, it is not clear whether embryonic DNA is also present in embryonic culture medium...
June 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733403/transformation-of-schizosaccharomyces-japonicus
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Keita Aoki, Hironori Niki
This protocol describes the use of electroporation to transform Schizosaccharomyces japonicus with plasmids or linear DNA. Plasmids are helpful for the complementation testing of mutations and for the expression of specific genes. Linear DNA fragments integrated into chromosomal DNA by homologous recombination are useful for gene deletion or to fuse a gene with a tag sequence (e.g., encoding a fluorescent protein). To introduce DNA into S. japonicus, electroporation methods are recommended because S. japonicus is sensitive to lithium acetate (LiOAc)...
July 21, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733329/the-antifungal-activity-of-the-peptide-periplanetasin-2-derived-from-american-cockroach-periplaneta-americana
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JiEun Yun, Jae-Sam Hwang, Dong Gun Lee
The cockroach, which is a household insect, is an established model organism in research. Periplanetasin-2, derived from the American cockroach Periplaneta americana, exerted potent antifungal effect against pathogenic fungi without causing hemolysis. Periplanetasin-2 induced oxidative stress by generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and lipid peroxidation. Periplanetasin-2 also caused apoptosis by exposure of phosphatidylserine and fragmentation of DNA, exerted in a concentration-dependent manner. Hence, we investigated the mitochondrial apoptotic mechanism of periplanetasin-2 in Candida albicans After treatment with periplanetasin-2, we observed mitochondrial depolarization and calcium accumulation...
July 21, 2017: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732520/characterization-of-background-noise-in-capture-based-targeted-sequencing-data
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Gahee Park, Joo Kyung Park, Seung-Ho Shin, Hyo-Jeong Jeon, Nayoung K D Kim, Yeon Jeong Kim, Hyun-Tae Shin, Eunjin Lee, Kwang Hyuck Lee, Dae-Soon Son, Woong-Yang Park, Donghyun Park
BACKGROUND: Targeted deep sequencing is increasingly used to detect low-allelic fraction variants; it is therefore essential that errors that constitute baseline noise and impose a practical limit on detection are characterized. In the present study, we systematically evaluate the extent to which errors are incurred during specific steps of the capture-based targeted sequencing process. RESULTS: We removed most sequencing artifacts by filtering out low-quality bases and then analyze the remaining background noise...
July 21, 2017: Genome Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732216/development-of-hla-b-57-01-genotyping-real-time-pcr-with-optimized-hydrolysis-probe-design
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Hou-Sung Jung, Gregory J Tsongalis, Joel A Lefferts
HLA-B*57:01 genotyping before abacavir (ABC) administration is a standard of care to avoid ABC-driven hypersensitivity reactions. Several HLA-B*57:01 tests have been developed, each with advantages and disadvantages. Some have limited accuracy, require special instrumentation, and/or are labor intensive and expensive. We developed a novel hydrolysis probe-based real-time PCR method of HLA-B*57:01 genotyping. Primer and probes were designed based on published sequence variations in exon 3 of HLA-B that distinguish HLA-B*57:01 from ABC-insensitive alleles such as HLA-B*57:03 and HLA-B*58:01...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Molecular Diagnostics: JMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732213/comparison-of-blood-collection-tubes-from-three-different-manufacturers-for-the-collection-of-cell-free-dna-for-liquid-biopsy-mutation-testing
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Christina Alidousty, Danielle Brandes, Carina Heydt, Svenja Wagener, Maike Wittersheim, Stephan Christian Schäfer, Barbara Holz, Sabine Merkelbach-Bruse, Reinhard Büttner, Jana Fassunke, Anne Maria Schultheis
The improvement in sensitive techniques has allowed the detection of tumor-specific aberrations in circulating tumor (ct) DNA. Amplification-refractory mutation system PCR has been used for the analysis of ctDNA to detect resistance-causing mutations in the epidermal growth factor receptor gene (eg, EGFR T790M) in lung cancer patients. So far, Streck tubes have been widely used as standard blood collection tubes. Here, we compared blood collection tubes manufactured by Streck with tubes from Roche and Qiagen regarding their utility in stabilizing ctDNA in plasma samples...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Molecular Diagnostics: JMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731233/integration-of-cellular-and-molecular-endpoints-to-assess-the-toxicity-of-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-in-hepg2-cell-line
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Patrícia I Morgado, Sílvia Jose, Riccardo Wanke, Alexandra M M Antunes, Ana Sofia Cardoso, Luisa Jordao
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are persistent pollutants present in the environment with known mutagenic and carcinogenic properties. In the present study the effect of exposure to single or multiple doses of benzo[a]anthracene (BaA), pyrene (Pyr) and three halogenated derivatives of these compounds (1-ClPyr; 1-BrPyr and 7-ClBaA) were evaluated in a liver-derived human cell line (HepG2). Cytotoxicity as assessed by the classic MTT and neutral red assays showed a mild toxic effect in response to single or multiple dose exposure for up to 72h; except for multiple dose exposure to BaA and 7-ClBaA (1μM per day during 4 days) and single exposure to 10 μM BaA...
July 21, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731097/dba-induced-caspase-3-dependent-apoptosis-occurs-through-mitochondrial-translocation-of-cyt-c-in-the-rat-hippocampus
#18
Wenbo Jiang, Yingying Chen, Bai Li, Shuying Gao
Dibromoacetic acid (DBA), a by-product of disinfection, develops in drinking water during chlorination or ozonation processes. Water intake is the main source of DBA exposure in humans, which is potentially neurotoxic. The present study investigated the neurotoxic effects of DBA by assessing the behavioral and biochemical characteristics of Sprague Dawley rats intragastrically treated with DBA at concentrations of 20, 50 and 125 mg kg(-1) body weight for 28 consecutive days. The results indicated that animal weight gain and food consumption were not significantly affected by DBA...
July 21, 2017: Molecular BioSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730954/evaluation-of-in-vitro-anti-psoriatic-activity-of-a-novel-polyherbal-formulation-by-multiparametric-analysis
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Nadav Shraibom, Alka Madaan, Vidushi Joshi, Ritu Verma, Anika Chaudhary, Gautam Mishra, Anshumali Awasthi, Anu Taneja Singh, Manu Jaggi
The beneficial role of traditional herbal medicines in the treatment of inflammatory skin disorders has been widely reported. Psoriasis is characterized by uncontrolled hyper-proliferation of keratinocytes, disturbed apoptosis, over-secretion of inflammatory cytokines and angiogenic factors. We have developed a novel aqueous polyherbal formulation (SIRB-001) consisting of 3 herbs; Rheum palmatum L., Rehmannia glutinosa Libosch and Lonicera Japonica in the ratio 1:1:3. SIRB-001 has demonstrated efficacious effects in psoriasis patients...
July 20, 2017: Anti-inflammatory & Anti-allergy Agents in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730739/effect-of-the-age-of-broodstock-males-on-sperm-function-during-cold-storage-in-the-trout-oncorhynchus-mykiss
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J Risopatrón, O Merino, C Cheuquemán, E Figueroa, R Sánchez, J G Farías, I Valdebenito
The knowledge of sperm quality in the broodstock males of different ages is a prerequisite to identify the reproductive ability of cultivated fish for the hatchery management. Thus, in this work, we analysed sperm function of the semen stored of broodstock males of rainbow trout (Oncorhychus mykiss) in different reproductive ages (2, 3 and 4 years old). Sperm samples of each reproductive age were stored in Storfish(®) during 10 days at 4°C, and then, motility, viability, mitochondrial function (MMP), superoxide anion (O2-) level and DNA fragmentation (DNAfrag ) were assessed...
July 21, 2017: Andrologia
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