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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436509/covering-the-optical-spectrum-through-collective-rare-earth-doping-of-nagdf4-nanoparticles-806-and-980-nm-excitation-routes
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A Skripka, R Marin, A Benayas, P Canton, E Hemmer, F Vetrone
Today, at the frontier of biomedical research, the need has been clearly established for integrating disease detection and therapeutic function in one single theranostic system. Light-emitting nanoparticles are being intensively investigated to fulfil this demand, by continuously developing nanoparticle systems simultaneously emitting in both the UV/visible (light-triggered release and activation of drugs) and the near-infrared (imaging and tracking) spectral regions. In this work, rare-earth (RE) doped nanoparticles (RENPs) were synthesized via a thermal decomposition process and spectroscopically investigated as potential candidates as all-in-one optical imaging, diagnostic and therapeutic agents...
April 24, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436453/functional-thermodynamics-structural-and-biological-studies-of-in-silico-identified-inhibitors-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-enoyl-acp-coa-reductase-enzyme
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Leonardo K B Martinelli, Mariane Rotta, Anne D Villela, Valnês S Rodrigues-Junior, Bruno L Abbadi, Rogério V Trindade, Guilherme O Petersen, Giuliano M Danesi, Laura R Nery, Ivani Pauli, Maria M Campos, Carla D Bonan, Osmar Norberto de Souza, Luiz A Basso, Diogenes S Santos
Novel chemotherapeutics agents are needed to kill Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the main causative agent of tuberculosis (TB). The M. tuberculosis 2-trans-enoyl-ACP(CoA) reductase enzyme (MtInhA) is the druggable bona fide target of isoniazid. New chemotypes were previously identified by two in silico approaches as potential ligands to MtInhA. The inhibition mode was determined by steady-state kinetics for seven compounds that inhibited MtInhA activity. Dissociation constant values at different temperatures were determined by protein fluorescence spectroscopy...
April 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435526/rita-mimics-synthesis-and-mechanistic-evaluation-of-asymmetric-linked-trithiazoles
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Adrian L Pietkiewicz, Yuqi Zhang, Marwa N Rahimi, Michael Stramandinoli, Matthew Teusner, Shelli R McAlpine
The established cytotoxic agent RITA contains a thiophene-furan-thiophene backbone and two terminal alcohol groups. Herein we investigate the effect of using thiazoles as the backbone in RITA-like molecules and modifying the terminal groups of these trithiazoles, thereby generating 41 unique structures. Incorporating side chains with varied steric bulk allowed us to investigate how size and a stereocenter impacted biological activity. Subjecting compounds to growth inhibition assays on HCT-116 cells showed that the most potent compounds 7d, 7e, and 7h had GI50 values of 4...
April 13, 2017: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435525/development-and-biological-evaluation-of-a-photoactivatable-small-molecule-microtubule-targeting-agent
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Alexander Döbber, Athena F Phoa, Ramzi H Abbassi, Brett W Stringer, Bryan W Day, Terrance G Johns, Mohammed Abadleh, Christian Peifer, Lenka Munoz
Photoremovable protecting groups added to bioactive molecules provide spatial and temporal control of the biological effects. We present synthesis and characterization of the first photoactivatable small-molecule tubulin inhibitor. By blocking the pharmacophoric OH group on compound 1 with photoremovable 4,5-dimethoxy-2-nitrobenzyl moiety we developed the photocaged prodrug 2 that had no effect in biological assays. Short UV light exposure of the derivative 2 or UV-irradiation of cells treated with 2 resulted in fast and potent inhibition of tubulin polymerization, attenuation of cell viability, and apoptotic cell death, implicating release of the parent active compound...
April 13, 2017: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435427/novel-4-thiazolidinone-derivatives-as-agonists-of-benzodiazepine-receptors-design-synthesis-and-pharmacological-evaluation
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Mehrdad Faizi, Reza Jahani, Seyed Abbas Ebadi, Sayyed Abbas Tabatabai, Elham Rezaee, Mehrnaz Lotfaliei, Mohsen Amini, Ali Almasirad
A new series of 4-chloro-N-(2-(substitutedphenyl)-4-oxothiazolidin-3-yl)-2-phenoxybenzamide derivatives were designed, synthesized and biologically evaluated as anticonvulsant agents. The designed compounds have the main essential functional groups for binding to the benzodiazepine receptors and 4-thiazolidinone ring as an anticonvulsant pharmacophore. Some of the new synthesized compounds showed considerable anticonvulsant activity in electroshock and pentylenetetrazole-induced lethal convulsion tests. Compound 5i, 4-chloro-N-(2-(4-methoxyphenyl)-4-oxothiazolidin-3-yl)-2-phenoxybenzamide, with the best activity was selected for evaluation of other benzodiazepine pharmacological effects...
2017: EXCLI journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435302/in-situ-detection-of-chlamydia-pneumoniae-c-trachomatis-and-cytokines-among-cardiovascular-diseased-patients-from-the-amazon-region-of-brazil
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Larissa S Freitas, Núbia Caroline C Almeida, Maria Alice Freitas Queiroz, Marcelo M Zaninotto, Hellen T Fuzii, Alfredo Ribeiro-Silva, Antonio Cr Vallinoto, Marluísa Og Ishak, Juarez As Quaresma, Ricardo Ishak
BACKGROUND: Chronic coronary artery disease has been associated, as a consequence of the local inflammatory reaction with previous or persistent infection with Chlamydia pneumoniae, which led to the investigation of the association of cardiovascular disease and previous infection with C. trachomatis and the role of cytokine profile (in situ) markers in the vascular system tissues. METHODS: Sixty-nine biopsies were collected for immunohistochemical analysis for the presence of IL-6, IL-8, TNF-α, IFN-γ, TGF-β, and IL-10, in 16 fragments from atheromatous plaques, 32 aorta fragments, and 21 valve fragments, using a tissue microarray technique for paraffin embedded tissues...
2017: Infection and Drug Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435250/sl2b-aptamer-and-folic-acid-dual-targeting-dna-nanostructures-for-synergic-biological-effect-with-chemotherapy-to-combat-colorectal-cancer
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Pengchao Sun, Nan Zhang, Yafang Tang, Yanan Yang, Xiao Chu, Yongxing Zhao
DNA nanostructures prepared by self-assembly possess good stability, high biocompatibility, and low immunogenicity as drug delivery vehicles. In this work, DNA tetrahedron (TD) was constructed and modified with SL2B aptamer (S) and folic acid (F). TD possessed a small diameter (~6 nm) and entered into the nucleus quickly. SL2B aptamer can inhibit cancer cell growth by disturbing vascular endothelial growth factor/Notch signaling pathways. To explore the effect of SL2B number on colorectal cancer inhibition, SL2B multimers (dimer, trimer, and tetramer) were constructed by functionalization of TD with different numbers of SL2B...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434927/impact-of-autologous-stem-cell-transplantation-on-the-incidence-and-outcome-of-oligoclonal-bands-in-patients-with-light-chain-amyloidosis
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Luis Gerardo Rodríguez-Lobato, Carlos Fernández de Larrea, M Teresa Cibeira, Natalia Tovar, Juan I Aróstegui, Laura Rosiñol, Tania Díaz, Ester Lozano, Montserrat Elena, Jordi Yagüe, Joan Bladé
The emergence of oligoclonal bands (OB) in patients with multiple myeloma achieving a complete remission (CR) after autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT) and the use of novel agents is a well-recognized event. The presence of OB is associated with favorable outcome. However, the emergence of OB in light-chain (AL) amyloidosis has never been investigated. The aim of the study was to determine the incidence, natural history and prognostic impact of OB in 50 patients with AL amyloidosis who achieved at least a partial response (PR) either after up-front ASCT (20 patients [40%]) or after conventional treatment in patients ineligible for transplant (30 patients [60%])...
April 18, 2017: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434766/stereoselective-synthesis-of-enantiopure-n-substituted-pyrrolidin-2-5-dione-derivatives-by-1-3-dipolar-cycloaddition-and-assessment-of-their-in-vitro-antioxidant-and-antibacterial-activities
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Siwar Ghannay, Sana Bakari, Ameni Ghabi, Adel Kadri, Moncef Msaddek, Kaïss Aouadi
1,3-Dipolar cycloaddition between a chiral nitrone and N-substituted maleimides afforded unprecedented enantiopure spiro-fused heterocycles in good yields with a high enantio- and diastereoselectivity. The reaction was taking place on the less hindered face of the nitrone. The obtaining heterocycles were screened for their in vitro antioxidant properties and the results revealed that the potent antioxidant activity was generally recorded to compounds (3g) and (3e). The in vitro antibacterial activities of these two compounds were also investigated and the results demonstrated the strongest potential of compound (3g) against all the tested bacteria...
April 13, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434412/molecular-characterization-and-transcriptional-analysis-of-the-female-enriched-chondroitin-proteoglycan-2-of-toxocara-canis
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G X Ma, R Q Zhou, L Hu, Y L Luo, Y F Luo, H H Zhu
Toxocara canis is an important but neglected zoonotic parasite, and is the causative agent of human toxocariasis. Chondroitin proteoglycans are biological macromolecules, widely distributed in extracellular matrices, with a great diversity of functions in mammals. However, there is limited information regarding chondroitin proteoglycans in nematode parasites. In the present study, a female-enriched chondroitin proteoglycan 2 gene of T. canis (Tc-cpg-2) was cloned and characterized. Quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) was employed to measure the transcription levels of Tc-cpg-2 among tissues of male and female adult worms...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Helminthology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434286/degradation-of-triclosan-and-its-main-intermediates-during-the-combined-irradiation-and-biological-treatment
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Shizong Wang, Jianlong Wang
Triclosan is an extensively applied antimicrobial agent which has been frequently detected in the environment. In this paper, the degradation of triclosan and its main intermediates was investigated during the combined irradiation and biological treatment. The results showed that triclosan degradation increased with increase of absorbed dose, the removal efficiency of triclosan was 62%, 77%, 87%, 91% and 94%, respectively at 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 kGy. The final removal efficiency of triclosan after the combined irradiation and biological process were 81%, 86%, 90%, 92% and 95%, respectively...
April 24, 2017: Environmental Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434262/the-emergence-of-acid-ceramidase-as-a-therapeutic-target-for-acute-myeloid-leukemia
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Su-Fern Tan, Jennifer M Pearson, David J Feith, Thomas P Loughran
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is the most common adult leukemia. Only a fraction of AML patients will survive with existing chemotherapy regimens. Hence, there is an urgent and unmet need to identify novel targets and develop better therapeutics in AML. In the past decade, the field of sphingolipid metabolism has emerged into the forefront of cancer biology due to its importance in cancer cell proliferation and survival. In particular, acid ceramidase (AC) has emerged as a promising therapeutic target due to its role in neutralizing the pro-death effects of ceramide...
April 24, 2017: Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434032/diabetes-bone-and-glucose-lowering-agents-basic-biology
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REVIEW
Beata Lecka-Czernik
Skeletal fragility often accompanies diabetes and does not appear to correlate with low bone mass or trauma severity in individuals with diabetes. Instead (and in contrast to those with osteoporotic bone disease), bone remodelling and bone turnover are compromised in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, contributing to defective bone material quality. This review is one of a pair discussing the relationship between diabetes, bone and glucose-lowering agents; an accompanying review is provided in this issue of Diabetologia by Ann Schwartz (DOI: 10...
April 22, 2017: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433944/evaluation-of-vaccinal-effectiveness-of-preparations-containing-membrane-antigens-of-leishmania-l-amazonensis-in-experimental-cutaneous-leishmaniasis-model
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João G Ribeiro, Amália S Ferreira, Sharon R A Macedo, Norton R D L P Rossi, Mayara C P da Silva, Rosane N M Guerra, Neuza B de Barros, Roberto Nicolete
American tegumentary leishmaniasis (ATL) is considered a neglected disease, for which an effective vaccine or an efficient diagnosis is not yet available and whose chemotherapeutic arsenal is threatened by the emergence of resistance by etiological agents such as Leishmania amazonensis. ATL is endemic in poor countries and has a high incidence in Brazil. Vaccines developed from native parasite fractions have led to the identification of defined antigenic subunits and the development of vaccine adjuvant technology...
April 20, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433779/identification-of-new-anti-inflammatory-agents-based-on-nitrosporeusine-natural-products-of-marine-origin
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Satish Chandra Philkhana, Abhishek Kumar Verma, Gorakhnath R Jachak, Bibhabasu Hazra, Anirban Basu, D Srinivasa Reddy
Nitrosporeusines A and B are two recently isolated marine natural products with novel skeleton and exceptional biological profile. Interesting antiviral activity of nitrosporeusines and promising potential in curing various diseases, evident from positive data from various animal models, led us to investigate their anti-inflammatory potential. Accordingly, we planned and synthesized nitrosporeusines A and B in racemic as well as enantiopure forms. The natural product synthesis was followed by preparation of several analogues, and all the synthesized compounds were evaluated for in vitro and in vivo anti-inflammatory potential...
April 13, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433679/part-i-design-synthesis-and-biological-evaluation-of-novel-pyrazole-benzimidazole-conjugates-as-checkpoint-kinase-2-chk2-inhibitors-with-studying-their-activities-alone-and-in-combination-with-genotoxic-drugs
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Shadia A Galal, Ahmed S Abdelsamie, Samia A Shouman, Yasmin M Attia, Hamed I Ali, Ashraf Tabll, Reem El-Shenawy, Yasmine S El Abd, Mamdouh M Ali, Abeer E Mahmoud, Abeer H Abdel-Halim, Amal A Fyiad, Adel S Girgis, Hoda I El-Diwani
Activated checkpoint kinase 2 (Chk2) is a tumor suppressor as one of the main enzymes that affect the cell cycle. 2-Biarylbenzimidazoles are potent selective class of Chk2 inhibitors; the structure-based design was applied to synthesize a new series of this class with replacing the lateral aryl group by substituted pyrazoles. Ten pyrazole-benzimidazole conjugates from the best fifty candidates according to docking programs have been subjected to chemical synthesis in this study. The activities of the conjugates 5-14 as checkpoint kinase inhibitors and as antitumor alone and in combination with genotoxic drugs were evaluated...
April 14, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433629/a-novel-strategy-to-dissect-endogenous-gene-transcriptional-regulation-in-live-cells
#17
Wenqing Yang, Siliang Zhang, Yi Zhang, Xin Huang
Gene transcription is a central tenet of biology, traditionally measured by RT-PCR, microarray, or more recently, RNA sequencing. However, these measurements only provide a snapshot of the state of gene transcription and only represent an overall readout of complex transcriptional networks that regulate gene expression. In this report, we describe a novel strategy to dissect endogenous gene transcription regulation in live cells by knocking in a reporter gene, EGFP, under the control of the endogenous gene promoter, using the ARID1A gene as an example...
April 19, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433513/ortho-group-activation-of-a-bromopyrrole-ester-in-suzuki-miyaura-cross-coupling-reactions-application-to-the-synthesis-of-new-microtubule-depolymerizing-agents-with-potent-cytotoxic-activities
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John T Gupton, Scott Yeudall, Nakul Telang, Megan Hoerrner, Ellis Huff, Evan Crawford, Katie Lounsbury, Michael Kimmel, William Curry, Andrew Harrison, Wen Juekun, Alex Shimozono, Joe Ortolani, Kristin Lescalleet, Jon Patteson, Veronica Moore-Stoll, Cristina C Rohena, Susan L Mooberry, Ahmad J Obaidullah, Glen E Kellogg, James A Sikorski
New microtubule depolymerizing agents with potent cytotoxic activities have been prepared with a 5-cyano or 5-oximino group attached to a pyrrole core. The utilization of ortho activation of a bromopyrrole ester to facilitate successful Suzuki-Miyaura cross-coupling reactions was a key aspect of the synthetic methodology. This strategy allows for control of regiochemistry with the attachment of four completely different groups at the 2, 3, 4 and 5 positions of the pyrrole scaffold. Biological evaluations and molecular modeling studies are reported for these examples...
April 11, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433188/metabolic-engineering-of-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-for-production-of-spermidine-under-optimal-culture-conditions
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Sun-Ki Kim, Jung-Hyun Jo, Yong-Cheol Park, Yong-Su Jin, Jin-Ho Seo
Spermidine is a polyamine compound exhibiting important biological activities, such as increasing lifespan, inflammation reduction, and plant growth control. As such, many applications of spermidine as a bio-modulating agent are anticipated. However, sustainable and scalable production of spermidine has not been achieved yet. Therefore, construction of a spermidine production system using Saccharomyces cerevisiae was attempted in this study. In order to secrete spermidine into fermentation broth, TPO1 coding for the polyamine transporter was overexpressed in an engineered S...
June 2017: Enzyme and Microbial Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432946/design-and-synthesis-of-sulfonamide-substituted-diphenylpyrimidines-sfa-dppys-as-potent-bruton-s-tyrosine-kinase-btk-inhibitors-with-improved-activity-toward-b-cell-lymphoblastic-leukemia
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He Liu, Menghua Qu, Lina Xu, Xu Han, Changyuan Wang, Xiaohong Shu, Jihong Yao, Kexin Liu, Jinyong Peng, Yanxia Li, Xiaodong Ma
A new series of diphenylpyrimidine derivatives (SFA-DPPYs) were synthesized by introducing a functional sulfonamide into the C-2 aniline moiety of pyrimidine template, and then were biologically evaluated as potent Bruton's tyrosine kinase (BTK) inhibitors. Among these molecules, inhibitors 10c, 10i, 10j and 10k displayed high potency against the BTK enzyme, with IC50 values of 1.18 nM, 0.92 nM, 0.42 nM and 1.05 nM, respectively. In particular, compound 10c could remarkably inhibit the proliferation of the B lymphoma cell lines at concentrations of 6...
April 14, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
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