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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227910/development-of-a-three-dimensional-lattice-free-multiscale-model-of-the-mammary-terminal-end-bud
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Joseph D Butner, Vittorio Cristini, Zhihui Wang, Joseph D Butner, Vittorio Cristini, Zhihui Wang, Vittorio Cristini, Joseph D Butner, Zhihui Wang
The terminal end bud (TEB) is a bulbous structure composed of highly proliferative cells that is responsible for mammary gland development during the pubertal stage. This is a highly organized process, involving cellular differentiation hierarchies regulated by endocrine and paracrine signaling. Here, we present development of a lattice-free, three dimensional multiscale agent based model of the TEB to study the effects of cellular phenotypic hierarchies, endocrine and paracrine signaling, and proliferation demographics on pubertal mammary gland development...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225210/prophylactic-drug-management-for-febrile-seizures-in-children
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REVIEW
Martin Offringa, Richard Newton, Martinus A Cozijnsen, Sarah J Nevitt
BACKGROUND: Febrile seizures occurring in a child older than one month during an episode of fever affect 2% to 4% of children in Great Britain and the United States and recur in 30%. Rapid-acting antiepileptics and antipyretics given during subsequent fever episodes have been used to avoid the adverse effects of continuous antiepileptic drugs. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate primarily the effectiveness and safety of antiepileptic and antipyretic drugs used prophylactically to treat children with febrile seizures; but also to evaluate any other drug intervention where there was a sound biological rationale for its use...
February 22, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224391/development-and-evaluation-of-a-nanoemulsion-containing-ursolic-acid-a-promising-trypanocidal-agent-nanoemulsion-with-ursolic-acid-against-t-cruzi
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Erika Cristina Vargas de Oliveira, Zumira Aparecida Carneiro, Sérgio de Albuquerque, Juliana Maldonado Marchetti
Over a hundred years after the discovery of Chagas disease, this ailment continues to affect thousands of people. For more than 40 years, only two drugs have been available to treat it. Ursolic acid is a naturally occurring terpene that has shown a good trypanocidal action. However, the hydrophobicity of this compound presents a challenge for the development of proper delivery systems. Nanostructured systems are a prominent in delivering lipophilic drugs. Thus, a nanoemulsion containing ursolic acid was developed and had its trypanocidal activity and cytotoxicity evaluated...
February 21, 2017: AAPS PharmSciTech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223863/design-synthesis-molecular-modeling-and-biological-evaluation-of-novel-diaryl-heterocyclic-analogs-as-potential-selective-cyclooxygenase-2-cox-2-inhibitors
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Deema A Al-Turki, Mohamed A Al-Omar, Laila A Abou-Zeid, Ihsan A Shehata, Mohammed S Al-Awady
New series of 3,4-diaryl-2-thioxoimidazolidin-4-ones and 3-alkylthio-4,5-diaryl-4H-1,2,4-triazoles were designed, synthesized and evaluated for their activity as anti-inflammatory agents. Compounds 20, 21, 23 and 34 are highly selective inhibitors of COX-2 enzyme at a concentration of 100 mM relative to celecoxib, the standard reference. (±)-3-(4-Phenoxy-phenyl)-5-phenyl-2-thioxoimidazolidin-4-ones 23 exhibited the most active anti-inflammatory agent.
January 2017: Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal: SPJ: the Official Publication of the Saudi Pharmaceutical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223859/histatin-peptides-pharmacological-functions-and-their-applications-in-dentistry
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REVIEW
Zohaib Khurshid, Shariq Najeeb, Maria Mali, Syed Faraz Moin, Syed Qasim Raza, Sana Zohaib, Farshid Sefat, Muhammad Sohail Zafar
There are many human oral antimicrobial peptides responsible for playing important roles including maintenance, repairing of oral tissues (hard or soft) and defense against oral microbes. In this review we have highlighted the biochemistry, physiology and proteomics of human oral histatin peptides, secreted from parotid and submandibular salivary glands in human. The significance of these peptides includes capability for ionic binding that can kill fungal Candida albicans. They have histidine rich amino acid sequences (7-12 family members; corresponding to residues 12-24, 13-24, 12-25, 13-25, 5-11, and 5-12, respectively) for Histatin-3...
January 2017: Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal: SPJ: the Official Publication of the Saudi Pharmaceutical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223857/erythrocyte-nanovesicles-biogenesis-biological-roles-and-therapeutic-approach-erythrocyte-nanovesicles
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REVIEW
Gamaleldin I Harisa, Mohamed M Badran, Fars K Alanazi
Nanovesicles (NVs) represent a novel transporter for cell signals to modify functions of target cells. Therefore, NVs play many roles in both physiological and pathological processes. This report highlights biogenesis, composition and biological roles of erythrocytes derived nanovesicles (EDNVs). Furthermore, we address utilization of EDNVs as novel drug delivery cargo as well as therapeutic target. EDNVs are lipid bilayer vesicles rich in phospholipids, proteins, lipid raft, and hemoglobin. In vivo EDNVs biogenesis is triggered by an increase of intracellular calcium levels, ATP depletion and under effect of oxidative stress conditions...
January 2017: Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal: SPJ: the Official Publication of the Saudi Pharmaceutical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223802/fe3o4-based-plga-nanoparticles-as-mr-contrast-agents-for-the-detection-of-thrombosis
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Jia Liu, Jie Xu, Jun Zhou, Yu Zhang, Dajing Guo, Zhigang Wang
Thrombotic disease is a great threat to human health, and early detection is particularly important. Magnetic resonance (MR) molecular imaging provides noninvasive imaging with the potential for early disease diagnosis. In this study, we developed Fe3O4-based poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) nanoparticles (NPs) surface-modified with a cyclic Arg-Gly-Asp (cRGD) peptide as an MR contrast agent for the detection of thrombosis. The physical and chemical characteristics, biological toxicity, ability to target thrombi, and biodistribution of the NPs were studied...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223691/cellular-glycosylation-affects-herceptin-binding-and-sensitivity-of-breast-cancer-cells-to-doxorubicin-and-growth-factors
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Diluka Peiris, Alexander F Spector, Hannah Lomax-Browne, Tayebeh Azimi, Bala Ramesh, Marilena Loizidou, Hazel Welch, Miriam V Dwek
Alterations in protein glycosylation are a key feature of oncogenesis and have been shown to affect cancer cell behaviour perturbing cell adhesion, favouring cell migration and metastasis. This study investigated the effect of N-linked glycosylation on the binding of Herceptin to HER2 protein in breast cancer and on the sensitivity of cancer cells to the chemotherapeutic agent doxorubicin (DXR) and growth factors (EGF and IGF-1). The interaction between Herceptin and recombinant HER2 protein and cancer cell surfaces (on-rate/off-rate) was assessed using a quartz crystal microbalance biosensor revealing an increase in the accessibility of HER2 to Herceptin following deglycosylation of cell membrane proteins (deglycosylated cells Bmax: 6...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223335/cooperation-of-musashi-2-numb-mdm2-and-p53-in-drug-resistance-and-malignant-biology-of-pancreatic-cancer
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Weiwei Sheng, Ming Dong, Chuanping Chen, Zixin Wang, Yunwei Li, Kewei Wang, Yuji Li, Jianping Zhou
Our earlier work showed that Musashi (MSI)-2 promoted the development of pancreatic cancer (PC) by down-regulating Numb, which prevented murine double-minute (MDM)-2-mediated p53 ubiquitin degradation. Thus, we investigate the relationship among MSI2, Numb, MDM2, and p53 in PC in vitro and invivo, an association that has not been reported to our knowledge. MSI2 had no relationship with mutant p53 (mtp53) and wild-type p53 (wtp53) in normal PC cells. However, in response to gemcitabine or cisplatin treatment, MSI2 silencing simultaneously down-regulated MDM2 and up-regulated Numb and wtp53 protein levels...
February 21, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223233/unravelling-the-pharmacologic-opportunities-and-future-directions-for-targeted-therapies-in-gastro-intestinal-cancers-part-1-gi-carcinomas
#10
REVIEW
Cindy Neuzillet, Benoît Rousseau, Hemant Kocher, Philippe Bourget, Christophe Tournigand
Until the 1990s, cytotoxic chemotherapy has been the cornerstone of medical therapy for gastrointestinal (GI) cancers. Better understanding of the molecular biology of cancer cell has led to the therapeutic revolution of targeted therapies, i.e. monoclonal antibodies or small molecule inhibitors directed against proteins that are specifically overexpressed or mutated in cancer cells. These agents being more specific to cancer cells were expected to be less toxic than cytotoxic agents. Targeted agents have provided clinical benefit in many GI cancer types...
February 13, 2017: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223232/the-versatility-and-paradox-of-gdf-11
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REVIEW
A Jamaiyar, W Wan, D M Janota, M K Enrick, W M Chilian, L Yin
In addition to its roles in embryonic development, Growth and Differentiation Factor 11 (GDF 11) has recently drawn much interest about its roles in other processes, such as aging. GDF 11 has been shown to play pivotal roles in the rescue of the proliferative and regenerative capabilities of skeletal muscle, neural stem cells and cardiomyocytes. We would be remiss not to point that some controversy exists regarding the role of GDF 11 in biological processes and whether it will serve as a therapeutic agent. The latest studies have shown that the level of circulating GDF 11 correlates with the outcomes of patients with cardiovascular diseases, cancer and uremia...
February 13, 2017: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223142/glucose-capped-silver-nanoparticles-induce-cell-cycle-arrest-in-hela-cells
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Elisa Panzarini, Stefania Mariano, Cristian Vergallo, Elisabetta Carata, Gian Maria Fimia, Francesco Mura, Marco Rossi, Viviana Vergaro, Giuseppe Ciccarella, Marco Corazzari, Luciana Dini
This study aims to determine the interaction (uptake and biological effects on cell viability and cell cycle progression) of glucose capped silver nanoparticles (AgNPs-G) on human epithelioid cervix carcinoma (HeLa) cells, in relation to amount, 2×10(3) or 2×10(4) NPs/cell, and exposure time, up to 48h. The spherical and well dispersed AgNPs (30±5nm) were obtained by using glucose as reducing agent in a green synthesis method that ensures to stabilize AgNPs avoiding cytotoxic soluble silver ions Ag(+) release...
February 18, 2017: Toxicology in Vitro: An International Journal Published in Association with BIBRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223048/vegetative-insecticidal-protein-of-bacillus-thuringiensis-blb459-and-its-efficiency-against-lepidoptera
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Hanen Boukedi, Saoussen Ben Khedher, Rania Hadhri, Samir Jaoua, Slim Tounsi, Lobna Abdelkefi-Mesrati
Bacillus thuringiensis strain BLB459 supernatant showed a promising activity against Lepidopteran pests with extremely damages in the larvae midgut. Investigations of the genes that encode secreted toxin demonstrated that this strain harbored a vip3-type gene named vip3(459). Based on its original nucleotide and amino acid sequences, this gene was cloned into pET-14b vector and overexpressed in Escherichia coli. The expressed protein was purified and tested against different insects and interestingly the novel toxin demonstrated a remarkable activity against the stored products pest Ephestia kuehniella and the polyphagous insects Spodoptera littoralis and Agrotis segetum...
February 18, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222785/tcd4-pos-lymphocytosis-in-rheumatoid-and-psoriatic-arthritis-patients-following-tnf%C3%AE-blocking-agents
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Andrea Picchianti Diamanti, Bruno Laganà, Maria Christina Cox, Emanuela Pilozzi, Rachele Amodeo, Maurizio Bove, Milica Markovic, Roberta Di Rosa, Simonetta Salemi, Maria Laura Sorgi, Maria Manuela Rosado, Raffaele D'Amelio
BACKGROUND: Lymphocyte expansion and true lymphocytosis are commonly observed in the everyday clinical practice. The meaning of such phenomenon is often poorly understood so that discrimination between benign and malignant lymphocytosis remains difficult to establish. This is mainly true when lymphocytosis rises in patients affected by immune-mediated chronic inflammatory diseases under immunosuppressive treatment, conditions potentially associated with lymphomagenesis. In this brief report the development of mild T CD4(pos) lymphocytosis in a group of patients with chronic arthritis under anti-TNF-α treatment is described...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222667/curcumin-inhibits-cancer-progression-through-regulating-expression-of-micrornas
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Siying Zhou, Sijie Zhang, Hongyu Shen, Wei Chen, Hanzi Xu, Xiu Chen, Dawei Sun, Shanliang Zhong, Jianhua Zhao, Jinhai Tang
Curcumin, a major yellow pigment and spice in turmeric and curry, is a powerful anti-cancer agent. The anti-tumor activities of curcumin include inhibition of tumor proliferation, angiogenesis, invasion and metastasis, induction of tumor apoptosis, increase of chemotherapy sensitivity, and regulation of cell cycle and cancer stem cell, indicating that curcumin maybe a strong therapeutic potential through modulating various cancer progression. It has been reported that microRNAs as small noncoding RNA molecules are related to cancer progression, which can be regulated by curcumin...
February 2017: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222400/antiprotozoal-antimycobacterial-and-anti-inflammatory-evaluation-of-cnidoscolus-chayamansa-mc-vaugh-extract-and-the-isolated-compounds
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Mariana Z Pérez-González, Gabriel A Gutiérrez-Rebolledo, Lilián Yépez-Mulia, Irma S Rojas-Tomé, Julieta Luna-Herrera, María A Jiménez-Arellanes
Cnidoscolus chayamansa is a medicinal and edible plant known as Chaya, is commonly used as an anti-inflammatory, antiprotozoal, antibacterial agent and as a remedy for respiratory illness, gastrointestinal disorders, and vaginal infections related with the inflammation process. In this paper, we describe the plant's phytochemical analysis and biological activities (antimycobacterial, antibacterial, antiprotozoal, and anti-inflammatory properties) of the CHCl3:MeOH (1:1) leaves extract and isolated compounds, as well as the acute and sub-acute toxic effects...
February 18, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222318/design-synthesis-biological-evaluation-and-molecular-modeling-study-of-novel-macrocyclic-bisbibenzyl-analogues-as-antitubulin-agents
#17
Bin Sun, Lin Li, Qing-Wen Hu, Hong-Bo Zheng, Hui Tang, Huan-Min Niu, Hui-Qing Yuan, Hong-Xiang Lou
A series of macrocyclic bisbibenzyls with novel skeletons was designed, synthesized, and evaluated for antiproliferative activity against five anthropic cancer cell lines. Among these novel molecules, compound 47 displayed excellent anticancer activity against HeLa, k562, HCC1428, HT29 and PC-3/Doc cell lines, with IC50 values ranging from of 1.51 μM-5.51 μM, which were more potent than the parent compound, marchantin C. Compounds 44 and 55 with novel bisbibenzyl skeletons also exhibited significantly improved antiproliferative potency...
February 10, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222230/evaluation-of-adherence-predictors-for-the-treatment-of-moderate-to-severe-psoriasis-with-biologics-the-importance-of-physician-patient-interaction-and-communication
#18
I Zschocke, C Ortland, K Reich
BACKGROUND: Treatment efficacy of biologic agents in moderate to severe psoriasis is regarded as high with patient adherence being higher than for traditional therapies. However, use of biologics is connected to high discontinuation rates. The current investigator-initiated study was conducted to improve the understanding of adherence. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study was designed as non-interventional retrospective multicentre trial in Germany. Questionnaires were developed based on the adherence dimensions identified by the World Health Organisation, WHO...
February 21, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221841/tetracycline-resistance-patterns-of-lactobacillus-buchneri-group-strains
#19
Marlies Feichtinger, Sigrid Mayrhofer, Wolfgang Kneifel, Konrad J Domig
Lactobacilli are applied as starter cultures for controlled fermentation in the production of food and feed. Among other lactobacilli, members of the Lactobacillus buchneri group are used in fermented milk, wine, and silage. Most of the L. buchneri species used for the manufacturing of food or feed are already on the list for qualified presumption of safety status and are recommended as biological agents by the European Food Safety Authority. Consequently, new strains intended as food or feed additives do not require any additional safety check than confirming the absence of transferable antibiotic resistance determinants...
October 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220727/effects-of-cold-storage-on-the-biological-characteristics-of-microplitis-prodeniae-hymenoptera-braconidae
#20
Z Yan, J J Yue, C Bai, Z Q Peng, C H Zhang
The endoparasitoid Microplitis prodeniae Rao and Chandry is an important potential augmentative biological control agent for lepidopteran pests of vegetables and tobacco. However, cold storage of pupae is required to ensure that sufficient parasitoids are available when they are needed in the field. In this study, pupae were maintained at 0, 4 or 10°C for 5-50 days after which the adults were evaluated for emergence, pre-emergence period, sex ratio, female longevity, oviposition period, and fecundity. Cold storage did not affect the pre-emergence period or proportion of females; however, there was a significant reduction in emergence, female longevity, oviposition period, and fecundity with increased exposure to cold...
February 21, 2017: Bulletin of Entomological Research
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