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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646022/nf1-hematopoietic-cells-accelerate-malignant-peripheral-nerve-sheath-tumor-development-without-altering-chemotherapy-response
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Rebecca D Dodd, Chang-Lung Lee, Tess Overton, Wesley Huang, William C Eward, Lixia Luo, Yan Ma, Davis R Ingram, Keila E Torres, Diana M Cardona, Alexander Lazar, David G Kirsch
Haploinsufficiency in the tumor suppressor NF1 contributes to the pathobiology of type 1 neurofibromatosis, but a related role has not been established in malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors (MPNST) where NF1 mutations also occur. Patients with NF1-associated MPNST appear to have worse outcomes than patients with sporadic MPNST, but the mechanism underlying this correlation is not understood. To define the impact of stromal genetics on the biology of this malignancy, we developed unique mouse models that reflect the genetics of patient-associated MPNST...
June 23, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645481/subcellular-localization-of-glycolytic-enzymes-and-characterization-of-intermediary-metabolism-of-trypanosoma-rangeli
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Rocío Rondón-Mercado, Héctor Acosta, Ana J Cáceres, Wilfredo Quiñones, Juan Luis Concepción
Trypanosoma rangeli is a hemoflagellate protist that infects wild and domestic mammals as well as humans in Central and South America. Although this parasite is not pathogenic for human, it is being studied because it shares with Trypanosoma cruzi, the etiological agent of Chagas' disease, biological characteristics, geographic distribution, vectors and vertebrate hosts. Several metabolic studies have been performed with T. cruzi epimastigotes, however little is known about the metabolism of T. rangeli. In this work we present the subcellular distribution of the T...
June 20, 2017: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645378/preparation-of-stable-nitrogen-mustard-dna-interstrand-cross-link-analogs-for-biochemical-and-cell-biological-studies
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Alejandra Castaño, Upasana Roy, Orlando D Schärer
Nitrogen mustards (NMs) react with two bases on opposite strands of a DNA duplex to form a covalent linkage, yielding adducts called DNA interstrand cross-links (ICLs). This prevents helix unwinding, blocking essential processes such as replication and transcription. Accumulation of ICLs causes cell death in rapidly dividing cells, especially cancer cells, making ICL-forming agents like NMs valuable in chemotherapy. However, the repair of ICLs can contribute to chemoresistance through a number of pathways that remain poorly understood...
2017: Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645238/new-world-arenavirus-biology
#4
Nicolás Sarute, Susan R Ross
Hemorrhagic fevers caused by viruses were identified in the late 1950s in South America. These viruses have existed in their hosts, the New World rodents, for millions of years. Their emergence as infectious agents in humans coincided with changes in the environment and farming practices that caused explosions in their host rodent populations. Zoonosis into humans likely occurs because the pathogenic New World arenaviruses use human transferrin receptor 1 to enter cells. The mortality rate after infection with these viruses is high, but the mechanism by which disease is induced is still not clear...
June 23, 2017: Annual Review of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645183/in-defense-of-bacillus-thuringiensis-the-safest-and-most-successful-microbial-insecticide-available-to-humanity-a-response-to-efsa
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Ben Raymond, Brian A Federici
The Bacillus cereus group contains vertebrate pathogens such as Bacillus anthracis and Bacillus cereus and the invertebrate pathogen Bacillus thuringiensis. Microbial biopesticides based on B. thuringiensis (Bt) are widely recognized as being among the safest and least environmentally damaging insecticidal products available. Nevertheless, a recent food poisoning incident prompted a European Food Safety Authority review which argued that B. thuringiensis poses a health risk equivalent to B. cereus, a causative agent of diarrhoea...
June 22, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645177/mobile-genetic-elements-in-neisseria-gonorrhoeae-movement-for-change
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Ana Cehovin, Steven B Lewis
Neisseria gonorrhoeae, the causative agent of the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhoeae, possesses several mobile genetic elements (MGEs). The MGEs such as transposable elements mediate intra-chromosomal rearrangements, while plasmids and the gonococcal genetic island are involved in inter-chromosomal gene transfer. Additionally, gonococcal MGEs serve as hotspots for recombination and integration of other genetic elements such as bacteriophages, contribute to gene regulation or spread genes through gonococcal populations by horizontal gene transfer...
June 22, 2017: Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644849/rapid-development-of-cyanobacterial-crust-in-the-field-for-combating-desertification
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Chan-Ho Park, Xin Rong Li, Yang Zhao, Rong Liang Jia, Jae-Seoun Hur
Desertification is currently a major concern, and vast regions have already been devastated in the arid zones of many countries. Combined application of cyanobacteria with soil fixing chemicals is a novel method of restoring desertified areas. Three cyanobacteria, Nostoc sp. Vaucher ex Bornet & Flahault, Phormidium sp. Kützing ex Gomont and Scytonema arcangeli Bornet ex Flahault were isolated and tested in this study. Tacki-SprayTM (TKS7), which consists of bio-polysaccharides and tackifiers, was used as a soil fixing agent...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644732/lipophilicity-and-biomimetic-properties-to-support-drug-discovery
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Fotios Tsopelas, Constantinos Giaginis, Anna Tsantili-Kakoulidou
Lipophilicity, expressed as the octanol-water partition coefficient, constitutes the most important property in drug action, influencing both pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics processes as well as drug toxicity. On the other hand, biomimetic properties defined as the retention outcome on HPLC columns containing a biological relevant agent, provide a considerable advance for rapid experimental -based estimation of ADME properties in early drug discovery stages. Areas covered: This review highlights the paramount importance of lipophilicity in almost all aspects of drug action and safety...
June 23, 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644609/galnac-tyrosine-is-a-ligand-of-plant-lectins-antibodies-and-human-and-murine-macrophage-galactose-type-lectins
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Ruslan Gibadullin, David Wayne Farnsworth, Joseph J Barchi, Jeffrey C Gildersleeve
In 2011, a new type of protein O-glycosylation was discovered in which N-acetylgalactosamine is attached to the side chain of tyrosine (GalNAc-Tyr). While present on dozens of proteins, the biological roles of GalNAc-Tyr are unknown. To gain insight into this new type of modification, we synthesized a group of GalNAc-Tyr glycopeptides, constructed microarrays, and evaluated potential recognition of GalNAc-Tyr by a series of glycan-binding proteins. Through a series of >150 microarray experiments, we assessed binding properties of a variety of plant lectins, monoclonal antibodies, and endogenous lectins...
June 23, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644051/brief-overview-of-nanoparticulate-therapy-in-cancer
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Rajesh R Wakaskar
Nanoparticles govern an all-important role, in this day and age, in determining the tissue distribution of either hydrophobic or hydrophilic anti-cancer drugs by encapsulating them or by covalent attachment. The whole purpose is to systematically improve upon the existing anti-tumor efficacy of these drugs. Selective delivery of these chemotherapeutic agents to the compromised or diseased tissue is the key to avoid any potential toxicity problems. Certain types of nanoparticles, through various mechanisms such as active targeting or reversing multi-drug resistance, display immense potential in adding to the existing anti-tumor efficacy profile...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Drug Targeting
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644025/a-mitochondria-targeted-cryptocyanine-based-photothermogenic-photosensitizer
#11
Hyo Sung Jung, Jae Hong Lee, Kyutae Kim, Seyoung Koo, Peter Verwilst, Jonathan L Sessler, Chulhun Kang, Jong Seung Kim
Cryptocyanine-based probes exhibit highly efficient photothermal conversion and represent a new class of photothermal agents for use in photothermal therapy (PTT). With the thermal susceptibility of mitochondria in mind, we have prepared a mitochondria-targeted, NIR-absorbing cryptocyanine probe (Mito-CCy) and evaluated its photophysical properties, photothermal conversion efficiency, biological compatibility, cytotoxicity, and mitochondrial localization in HeLa cells. Upon subjecting 0.5 mL of a PBS buffer solution (10 mM, pH 7...
June 23, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644007/cyclotides-as-tools-in-chemical-biology
#12
Simon J de Veer, Joachim Weidmann, David J Craik
Among the various molecules that plants produce for defense against pests and pathogens, cyclotides stand out as exceptionally stable and structurally unique. These ribosomally synthesized peptides are around 30 amino acids in size, and are stabilized by a head-to-tail cyclic peptide backbone and three disulfide bonds that form a cystine knot. They occur in certain plants of the Rubiaceae, Violaceae, Cucurbitaceae, Fabaceae, and Solanaceae families, with an individual plant producing up to hundreds of different cyclotides...
June 23, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643382/synthesis-and-biological-evaluation-of-arginyl-diosgenin-conjugate-as-a-potential-bone-tissue-engineering-agent
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Ai-Mei Liao, Hana Jung, Ji Won Yu, Dong Hee Lee, Sang-Soo Park, Bangrong Cai, ChangJu Chun
Water-soluble arginyl-diosgenin (Arg-DG) conjugate was designed, synthesized, and evaluated for a biological activity. The Arg-DG conjugate was characterized using FT-IR, (1) H NMR, (13) C NMR, and HPLC-MS analyses, followed by a biological activity evaluation. Compared with DG, the Arg-DG conjugate showed a decreased cytotoxicity against L929 cells and an increased anti-proliferative activity against hepatocellular cells. The safety of the Arg-DG conjugate was confirmed using the highly sensitive Alamar Blue assay, which indicated that it increased the cellular metabolic activity at suitable concentrations...
June 23, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643230/crosstalk-between-m2-macrophages-and-glioma-stem-cells
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Leora M Nusblat, Molly J Carroll, Charles M Roth
PURPOSE: Given its extremely poor prognosis, there is a pressing need for an improved understanding of the biology of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), including the roles of tumor subpopulations that may contribute to their growth rate and therapy resistance. The most malignant phenotypes of GBM have been ascribed to the presence of subpopulations of cancer stem cells (CSCs), which are resistant to chemotherapeutic drugs and ionizing radiation and which promote invasiveness and metastasis...
June 22, 2017: Cellular Oncology (Dordrecht)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643153/a-3e8-scfv-cys-ir800-conjugate-targeting-tag-72-in-an-orthotopic-colorectal-cancer-model
#15
Li Gong, Haiming Ding, Nicholas E Long, Brandon J Sullivan, Edward W Martin, Thomas J Magliery, Michael F Tweedle
PURPOSE: Optical surgical navigation (OSN) will be a potent tool to help surgeons more accurately and efficiently remove tumors. The purpose of this study was to evaluate a novel humanized 3E8 antibody (3E8 MAb) fragment site-specifically conjugated with IR800, 3E8.scFv.Cys-IR800, as a potential OSN agent to target colorectal adenocarcinoma. PROCEDURES: An engineered single-chain variable fragment of 3E8 MAb (targeted to TAG-72), appending a C-terminal cysteine residue (3E8...
June 22, 2017: Molecular Imaging and Biology: MIB: the Official Publication of the Academy of Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642115/anti-tnf%C3%AE-therapy-in-inflammatory-lung-diseases-bn
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Rama Malaviya, Jeffrey D Laskin, Debra L Laskin
Increased levels of tumor necrosis factor (TNF) α have been linked to a number of pulmonary inflammatory diseases including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), acute lung injury (ALI)/acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), sarcoidosis, and interstitial pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). TNFα plays multiple roles in disease pathology by inducing an accumulation of inflammatory cells, stimulating the generation of inflammatory mediators, and causing oxidative and nitrosative stress, airway hyperresponsiveness and tissue remodeling...
June 19, 2017: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641809/re-emerging-infectious-diseases-from-the-past-hysteria-or-real-risk
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Charlier Philippe, Claverie Jean-Michel, Sansonetti Philippe, Coppens Yves, Augias Anaïs, Jacqueline Sophie, Rengot Fanny, Deo Saudamini
BACKGROUND: Work on human remains and old biological samples is a potential source of contamination by conventional or atypical infectious agents. Similarly, current and future environmental changes are a source of resurgence of ancient epidemic diseases. To what extent are anthropologists sorcerer apprentices (especially those working on ancient samples, i.e. paleo-anthropologists)? Are ancient skeletons, palaeosols and museum objects with a biological component at risk for current populations? Unless there are unfounded fears and undue risk… What can be learned from the recent scientific literature and the common sense of the researchers? METHODS: We have attempted to compile data from the literature and from our personal experience in the fields of anthropology, clinical medicine and epidemiology, in order to grasp the reality of the risk to the human population...
June 19, 2017: European Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641558/bis-2-aminoimidazolines-and-bisguanidines-synthetic-approaches-antiparasitic-activity-and-dna-binding-properties
#18
Christophe Dardonville, J Jonathan Nué Martínez
BACKGROUND: Parasitic diseases caused by protozoan parasites of the genus Trypanosoma and Plasmodium cause some of the deadliest and disabling human infections in tropical and subtropical areas. Diphenyl-based bis(2-phenylimino)imidazolidines and bisguanidines are extremely potent antiparasitic agents against Trypanosoma brucei (etiological agent of African trypanosomiasis) and Plasmodium falciparum (etiological agent of severe malaria). Many of these compounds are also curative in mouse models of stage 1 African trypanosomiasis representing promising leads for the development of antitrypanosomal drugs...
June 22, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641527/design-synthesis-and-biological-evaluation-of-c-2-substituted-3h-thieno-2-3-d-pyrimidin-4-one-derivatives-as-novel-fgfr1-inhibitors
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Ping Guo, Faqing Ye, Zixin Xie, Huan Zhang, Zaikui Zhang, Chao Han, Donghua Cheng, Dan Lin, Yuan Zhang, Xuebao Wang, Xin Guo
BACKGROUND: Thienopyrimidinone is a newly designed, selective fibroblast growth factor receptor 1 (FGFR1) inhibitor with an excellent anticancer effect. OBJECTIVE: The goal of the present study was to design and synthesize better FGFR1 inhibitors through modifications of the lead compound thienopyrimidinone. METHODS: In the present study, a series of C-2 substituted derivatives of thienopyrimidinone, namely L1-L16, were synthesized, and their inhibitory effects on FGFR1 were evaluated...
June 22, 2017: Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641524/the-bio-psycho-social-dimension-in-women-s-sexual-desire-argumentum-ad-novitatem
#20
Nur Syazwani Roslan, Nik Ruzyanei Nik Jaafar, Hatta Sidi, Najwa Baharuddin, Jaya Kumar, Srijit Das, Nik Hazlina Nik Hussein
Sexual desire includes complex motivation and drive. In the context of biological and cognitive-emotive state art of science, it is often a neglected field in medicine. With regard to the treatment, study on women's sexual function received less attention compared to the men's sexuality. In the past, this endeavor was relatively not well disseminated in the scientific community. Recently, there was a revolutionized surge of drug targets available to treat women with low sexual desire. It is timely to review the relevant biological approach, especially in the context of pharmacotherapy to understand this interesting clinical entity which was modulated by numerous interactive psychosocial inter-play and factors...
June 21, 2017: Current Drug Targets
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