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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343017/%C3%AE-lactoglobulin-an-efficient-nanocarrier-for-advanced-delivery-systems
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REVIEW
Zahra Shafaei, Behafarid Ghalandari, Akbar Vaseghi, Adeleh Divsalar, Thomas Haertlé, Ali Akbar Saboury, Lindsay Sawyer
Thanks to the progress of nanotechnology there are several agent-delivery systems that can be selected to achieve rapid and specific delivery of a wide variety of biologically active agents. Consequently, the manipulation and engineering of biopolymers has become one of the most exciting subjects for those who study delivery systems on the nano-scale. In this regard, both nanoparticle formation and a carrier role have been observed in the case of the globular milk whey protein, β-lactoglobulin (β-LG), setting it apart from many other proteins...
March 22, 2017: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342853/thyroid-hormone-promotes-differentiation-of-colon-cancer-stem-cells
#2
Annunziata Gaetana Cicatiello, Raffaele Ambrosio, Monica Dentice
Tumor formation and maintenance depend on a small fraction of cancer stem cells (CSCs) that can self-renew and generate a wide variety of differentiated cells. CSCs are resistant to chemotherapy and radiation, and can represent a reservoir of cancer cells that often cause relapse after treatment. Evidence suggests that CSCs also give rise to metastases. Thyroid hormone (TH) controls a variety of biological processes including the development and functioning of most adult tissues. Recent years has seen the emergence of an intimate link between TH and multiple steps of tumorigenesis...
March 22, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342852/effects-of-sub-culturing-on-genetic-and-physiological-parameters-in-different-beauveria-bassiana-isolates
#3
Naser Eivazian Kary, Zhila Alizadeh
Beauveria bassiana is a fungus which is widely used as a biological insecticide to control a number of economically important insect pests. Knowledge of the genetic diversity of the isolates, understanding the underlying nature of these evolutionary phenomena and finding appropriate and simple screening tools play an important role in developing effective biocontrol agents. Here, we monitored changes of electrophoretic karyotype of small molecules of extrachromosomal DNAs, presumably mitochondrial DNA or plasmids in several individual isolates of B...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342756/photocatalytic-and-antimicrobial-activities-of-chitosan-tio2-nanocomposite
#4
K T Karthikeyan, A Nithya, K Jothivenkatachalam
Chitosan, a natural polysaccharide widely used for various biological applications due to their potential benefits. Incorporation of biomaterials with semiconductor has been exploited for waste water treatment and biological applications due to their nanometric sizes and biocompatibility of chitosan. Chitosan-Titanium dioxide (CS-TiO2) nanocomposite was synthesized and their optical, structural, spectral, thermal, morphological and elemental analyses were carried out by several techniques. The particle size of the synthesized CS-TiO2 nanocomposite was around 90nm and has a crystalline structure with anatase phase of TiO2...
March 22, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342744/synthesis-and-anti-cancer-activity-of-chiral-tetrahydropyrazolo-1-5-a-pyridine-fused-steroids
#5
Susana M M Lopes, Emanuel P Sousa, Luísa Barreira, Cátia Marques, Maria João Rodrigues, Teresa M V D Pinho E Melo
Regio- and stereoselective synthesis of novel chiral 4,5,6,7-tetrahydropyrazolo[1,5-a]pyridine-fused steroids via [8π+2π] cycloaddition of diazafulvenium methides with steroidal scaffolds is reported. The biological evaluation of the new family of hexacyclic steroids as anti-cancer agents was also carried out. Hexacyclic steroids bearing a benzyl group at C-22, derived from 16-dehydropregnenolone and 16-dehydroprogesterone, show considerable cytotoxicity against EL4 (murine T-lymphoma) in contrast with the corresponding C-22-unsubstituted derivatives showing low cytotoxicity...
March 22, 2017: Steroids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342710/emerging-role-of-chemoprotective-agents-in-the-dynamic-shaping-of-plasma-membrane-organization
#6
REVIEW
Natividad R Fuentes, Michael L Salinas, Eunjoo Kim, Robert S Chapkin
In the context of an organism, epithelial cells by nature are designed to be the defining barrier between self and the outside world. This is especially true for the epithelial cells that form the lining of the digestive tract, which absorb nutrients and serve as a barrier against harmful substances. These cells are constantly bathed by a complex mixture of endogenous (bile acids, mucus, microbial metabolites) and exogenous (food, nutrients, drugs) bioactive compounds. From a cell biology perspective, this type of exposure would directly impact the plasma membrane, which consists of a myriad of complex lipids and proteins...
March 22, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342399/design-synthesis-and-biological-evaluation-of-pegylated-xenopus-glucagon-like-peptide-1-derivatives-as-long-acting-hypoglycemic-agents
#7
Jing Han, Yiyun Wang, Qinghua Meng, Guangchao Li, Fangmin Huang, Su Wu, Yingying Fei, Feng Zhou, Junjie Fu
In order to develop novel long-acting GLP-1 derivatives, a peptide hybrid (1a) from human GLP-1 and Xenopus GLP-1 discovered in our previous research was selected as the lead compound. Exendin-4 inspired modification resulted in peptide 1b with enhanced glucose-lowering activity. Cysteine mutated 1b derivatives with reserved bioactivity were further site-specifically connected with mPEG2000-MAL to provide conjugates 3a-h, among which 3d and 3e were found to have significantly improved hypoglycemic activity and insulinotropic ability than GLP-1...
March 18, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342366/discovery-of-new-dual-ppar%C3%AE-gpr40-agonists-with-robust-antidiabetic-activity-design-synthesis-and-in-combo-drug-evaluation
#8
Sergio Hidalgo-Figueroa, Gabriel Navarrete-Vázquez, Samuel Estrada-Soto, Diana Giles-Rivas, Francisco J Alarcón-Aguilar, Ismael León-Rivera, Abraham Giacoman-Martínez, Elizabeth Miranda Pérez, Julio C Almanza-Pérez
The design of compounds 1 and 2 was based on the similar scaffold of pharmacophoric groups for PPARγ and GPR40 agonists. In order to find new compounds with improved biological activity, the current manuscript describes a new dual PPARγ-GPR40 agonist. We synthesized two compounds, which were prepared following a multistep synthetic route, and the relative mRNA expression levels of PPARγ, GLUT4, and GPR40 were quantified in cell culture, as well as insulin secretion and [Ca(2+)] intracellular levels. Compound 1 showed a 7-times increase in the mRNA expression of PPARγ, which in turn enhanced the expression levels of GLUT4 respect to control and pioglitazone...
March 22, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342308/shape-selective-catalysis-and-surface-enhanced-raman-scattering-studies-using-ag-nanocubes-nanospheres-and-aggregated-anisotropic-nanostructures
#9
Subrata Kundu, Wei Dai, Yunyun Chen, Lian Ma, Yuan Yue, Alexander M Sinyukov, Hong Liang
Three morphologies of silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) such as nanocubes, aggregated anisotropic Ag NPs, and nanospheres were prepared using polystyrene sulfonate (PSS) and citrate as stabilizing agents utilizing a simple wet-chemical and microwave heating route respectively. Ag nanocubes were prepared within one min through microwave heating whereas anisotropic Ag NPs and spherical Ag NPs via 5 and 30min of normal stirring at room temperature (RT) respectively. The shape effect of three different morphologies of Ag NPs were examined in catalysis reaction and in surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) studies...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340413/design-synthesis-and-biological-evaluation-of-novel-coumarin-based-benzamides-as-potent-histone-deacetylase-inhibitors-and-anticancer-agents
#10
Tooba Abdizadeh, Mohammad Reza Kalani, Khalil Abnous, Zahra Tayarani-Najaran, Bibi Zahra Khashyarmanesh, Rahman Abdizadeh, Razieh Ghodsi, Farzin Hadizadeh
Histone deacetylases (HDACs) are attractive therapeutic targets for the treatment of cancer and other diseases. It has four classes (I-IV), among them especially class I isozyme are involved in promoting tumor cells proliferation, angiogenesis, differentiation, invasion and metastasis and also viable targets for cancer therapeutics. A novel series of coumarin-based benzamides was designed and synthesized as HDAC inhibitors. The cytotoxic activity of the synthesized compounds (8a-u) was evaluated against six human cancer cell lines including HCT116, A2780, MCF7, PC3, HL60 and A549 and a single normal cell line (Huvec)...
March 18, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340411/synthesis-and-biological-evaluation-of-novel-chalcone-derivatives-as-a-new-class-of-microtubule-destabilizing-agents
#11
Xiaochao Huang, Rizhen Huang, Lingxue Li, Shaohua Gou, Hengshan Wang
A series of novel chalcone derivatives were designed and synthesized as potential antitumor agents. Structures of target molecules were confirmed by (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR and HR-MS, and evaluated for their in vitro anti-proliferative activities using MTT assay. Among them, compound 12k displayed potent activity against the test tumor cell lines including multidrug resistant human cancer lines, with the IC50 values ranged from 3.75 to 8.42 μM. In addition, compound 12k was found to induce apoptosis in NCI-H460 cells via the mitochondrial pathway, including an increase of the ROS level, loss of mitochondrial membrane potential, release of cytochrome c, down-regulation of Bcl-2, up-regulation of Bax, activation of caspase-9 and caspase-3, respectively...
March 18, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340377/possible-protective-effect-of-royal-jelly-against-cyclophosphamide-induced-prostatic-damage-in-male-albino-rats-a-biochemical-histological-and-immuno-histo-chemical-study
#12
Sara Mohammed Naguib Abdel-Hafez, Rehab Ahmed Rifaai, Walaa Yehia Abdelzaher
Almost all the chemotherapy treat many cancer types effectively, but it leads to severe side effects. Chemotherapy like cyclophosphamide (CP) not works only on the active cells, such as cancer cells, but also acts on the healthy cells. Royal jelly (RJ) was reported to have a lot of therapeutic effects besides being an anti-oxidant and anti-cancer agent. The purpose of this study was to assess the possible protective role of RJ in ameliorating the toxic effects of CP overdose in the rat prostatic tissue. The rats were separated into 4 groups; control group, RJ group, CP group and RJ with CP group...
March 21, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339315/identification-of-asymptomatic-prosthetic-joint-infection-microbiologic-and-operative-treatment-outcomes
#13
Przemysław L Bereza, Alicja Ekiel, Aleksandra Auguściak-Duma, Małgorzata Aptekorz, Iwona Wilk, Piotr Wojciechowski, Damian J Kusz, Gayane Martirosian
BACKGROUND: This prospective study investigated the role of mechanical and biological factors in aseptic implant loosening or presumed silent prosthetic joint infection (PJI). METHODS: Thirty-seven patients were investigated. Microbiologic and molecular methods were used to detect bacteria on the surface of the failed implants removed during revision arthroplasty. Histopathologic analysis was performed. The influence of body mass index (BMI) and various co-morbidities on implant failure also was determined...
March 24, 2017: Surgical Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339065/the-risk-of-hcv-infection-among-health-care-workers-and-its-association-with-extrahepatic-manifestations-review
#14
Adriana Garozzo, Luca Falzone, Venerando Rapisarda, Andrea Marconi, Diana Cinà, Concettina Fenga, Demetrios A Spandidos, Massimo Libra
Health care workers (HCWs) are frequently exposed to different biological agents during their activities and are frequently monitored. Among these infectious agents, human hepatitis C (HCV) can infect HCWs. In this review article, the risk of HCV infection among HCWs is discussed along with extrahepatic HCV-related malignancies, such as non‑Hodgkin lymphoma. Accidental contamination, represented by percutaneous and mucocutaneous infections is the main risk factor for such infection. The compliance of the protection procedures, included in the current regulation for HCWs, is the most important issue to reduce the risk of pathogen infections that in turn may produce reduction of infection‑associated malignancies...
March 24, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338634/construction-of-an-acetylcholinesterase-sensor-based-on-synthesized-paramagnetic-nanoparticles-a-simple-tool-for-neurotoxic-compounds-assay
#15
Adam Kostelnik, Pavel Kopel, Alexander Cegan, Miroslav Pohanka
Magnetic particles (MPs) have been widely used in biological applications in recent years as a carrier for various molecules. Their big advantage is in repeated use of immobilized molecules including enzymes. Acetylcholinesterase (AChE) is an enzyme playing crucial role in neurotransmission and the enzyme is targeted by various molecules like Alzheimer's drugs, pesticides and warfare agents. In this work, an electrochemical biosensor having AChE immobilized onto MPs and stabilized through glutaraldehyde (GA) molecule was proposed for assay of the neurotoxic compounds...
March 24, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338135/detection-of-chemical-warfare-agent-simulants-and-hydrolysis-products-in-biological-samples-by-paper-spray-mass-spectrometry
#16
Josiah McKenna, Elizabeth S Dhummakupt, Theresa Connell, Paul S Demond, Dennis B Miller, J Michael Nilles, Nicholas E Manicke, Trevor Glaros
Paper spray ionization coupled to a high resolution tandem mass spectrometer (a quadrupole orbitrap) was used to identify and quantitate chemical warfare agent (CWA) simulants and their hydrolysis products in blood and urine. Three CWA simulants, dimethyl methylphosphonate (DMMP), trimethyl phosphate (TMP), and diisopropyl methylphosphonate (DIMP), and their isotopically labeled standards were analyzed in human whole blood and urine. Calibration curves were generated and tested with continuing calibration verification standards...
March 24, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337805/defining-the-anti-cancer-activity-of-tricarbonyl-rhenium-complexes-induction-of-g2-m-cell-cycle-arrest-and-blockade-of-aurora-a-kinase-phosphorylation
#17
Peter V Simpson, Ilaria Casari, Silvano Paternoster, Brian W Skelton, Marco Falasca, Massimiliano Massi
Rhenium and ruthenium complexes containing N-heterocylic carbene (NHC) ligands and conjugated to indomethacin were prepared. The anticancer properties were probed against pancreatic cell lines, revealing a remarkable activity of the rhenium fragment as anticancer agent. The ruthenium complexes were found to be inactive against the same pancreatic cancer cell lines, either alone or in conjugation with indomethacin. An in depth biological study revealed the origin of the anticancer properties of the rhenium tricarbonyl fragment, of which a complete elucidation had yet to be achieved...
March 23, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337770/hypoglycemic-effect-of-hawthorn-in-type-ii-diabetes-mellitus-rat-model
#18
Aili Aierken, Tina Buchholz, Chen Chen, Xiaoying Zhang, Matthias F Melzig
BACKGROUND: Hawthorn is one of the popular herbs in many different traditional medicine systems including in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), where it has long been used for the treatment of hyperglycemia. However, most of its varied biological activities are still remaining unexplored. This study investigated the hypoglycemic effect of hawthorn extracts in type II diabetic (T2DM) rat model. A total of 54 rats were randomly divided into six groups. Normal control group (NC), type II diabetic model group (T2DM, T2DM rats were induced by high fat diet and streptozotocin), high, middle and low concentrations of hawthorn treat groups (HTH , HTM and HTL , T2DM rats were given hawthorn extract at the dose of 50, 100 and 200 mg kg ^-1...
March 23, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337322/platinum-ii-ring-fused-chlorins-as-near-infrared-emitting-oxygen-sensors-and-photodynamic-agents
#19
Nelson A M Pereira, Mafalda Laranjo, João Casalta-Lopes, Arménio C Serra, Marta Piñeiro, João Pina, J Sérgio Seixas de Melo, Mathias O Senge, M Filomena Botelho, Liliana Martelo, Hugh D Burrows, Teresa M V D Pinho E Melo
Novel near-infrared luminescent compounds based on platinum(II) 4,5,6,7-tetrahydropyrazolo[1,5-a]pyridine-fused chlorins are described. These compounds have high photostability and display light emission, in particular simultaneous fluorescence and phosphorescence emission in solution at room temperature, in the biologically relevant 700-850 nm red and near-infrared (NIR) spectral region, making them excellent materials for biological imaging. The simultaneous presence of fluorescence and phosphorescence emission at room temperature, with the phosphorescence strongly quenched by oxygen whereas fluorescence remains unaffected, allows these compounds to be used as ratiometric oxygen sensors in chemical and biological media...
March 9, 2017: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337236/adalimumab-for-endoscopic-and-histopathological-mucosal-healing-in-paediatric-patients-with-moderate-to-severe-crohn-s-disease
#20
Edyta Szymanska, Maciej Dadalski, Wieslawa Grajkowska, Sylwia Szymanska, Maciej Pronicki, Jaroslaw Kierkus
INTRODUCTION: Deep remission, defined as clinical remission with mucosal healing (MH), with anti-tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α agents is a new target for therapy in Crohn's disease (CD). Provided that the efficacy of infliximab (IFX) for induction of MH in CD has been demonstrated, there are much less data for adalimumab (ADA), and none concerning MH on histopathological examination. AIM: To assess the impact of biological therapy with ADA on both endoscopic and histopathological MH in paediatric patients with CD...
2017: Przegla̜d Gastroenterologiczny
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