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Possible involvement of Fas/FasL-dependent apoptotic pathway in α-bisabolol induced cardiotoxicity in zebrafish embryos.

Chemosphere 2018 Dec 8;219:557-566. Epub 2018 Dec 8.

Biology Institute, Qilu University of Technology (Shandong Academy of Sciences), 28789 East Jingshi Road, Jinan, 250103, Shandong Province, PR China; Key Laboratory for Drug Screening Technology of Shandong Academy of Sciences, 28789 East Jingshi Road, Jinan, 250103, Shandong Province, PR China. Electronic address:

α-Bisabolol, an unsaturated monocyclic sesquiterpene alcohol, is a common ingredient in many pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs). Despite being widely used, little is known about its toxic effects on organisms and aquatic environment. In this study, we investigated the developmental toxicity of α-Bisabolol, especially its effects on the cardiac development using zebrafish embryos as a model. Read More

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December 2018

Functionalized rifampicin-loaded nanostructured lipid carriers enhance macrophages uptake and antimycobacterial activity.

Colloids Surf B Biointerfaces 2018 Dec 4;175:306-313. Epub 2018 Dec 4.

Laboratório de Fitotecnologia, Escola de Farmácia, Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto, Ouro Preto, Brazil. Electronic address:

Tuberculosis is an infectious bacterial disease that causes millions of deaths worldwide. Current treatment recommended by WHO is effective, however it is an extensive and arduous process associated to severe adverse effects, which induces a low patient compliance and the emerging of multidrug resistant tuberculosis. Thus, as a main goal of this study, rifampicin nanoparticles were surface functionalized with a tuftsin-modifed peptide to selectively recognize receptors located on infected alveolar macrophages, enhancing nanoparticles uptake by these cells and improving antimycobacterial activity. Read More

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December 2018

Proteomic analysis for phenanthrene-elicited wheat chloroplast deformation.

Environ Int 2018 Dec 11;123:273-281. Epub 2018 Dec 11.

Stockbridge School of Agriculture, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003, USA.

The exposure of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) can cause wheat leaf chlorosis. Thus, we hypothesize that chloroplast inner structure damage is the reason for leaf chlorosis. This study was conducted with the wheat seedlings exposed to Hoagland nutrient solution containing 1. Read More

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December 2018

Checkpoint-modulating immunotherapies in tumor treatment: Targets, drugs, and mechanisms.

Int Immunopharmacol 2018 Dec 12;67:160-175. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Wuya College of Innovation, Key Laboratory of Structure-Based Drug Design & Discovery, Ministry of Education, Shenyang Pharmaceutical University, Shenyang 110016, China; Hubei Key Laboratory of Natural Medicinal Chemistry and Resource Evaluation, School of Pharmacy, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430030, China. Electronic address:

Tumor immunotherapy, as a new treatment of cancer, has been developing on the basis of tumor immunology. Tumor immunotherapy stimulates and enhances the function of immune system in human bodies, in order to control and kill tumor cells. It is often used as an adjuvant therapy combined with surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and other conventional methods. Read More

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December 2018
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Glycyrrhizin alleviates Con A-induced hepatitis by differentially regulating the production of IL-17 and IL-25.

Biomed Pharmacother 2018 Dec 12;110:692-699. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Department of Immunology, School of Basic Medicine, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China. Electronic address:

Glycyrrhizin, a triterpenoid compound, has been reported to be an anti-inflammatory agent for the treatment of a variety of inflammatory diseases including hepatitis. However, the mechanism by which glycyrrhizin inhibits inflammation is unclear. Using a Con A-induced hepatitis model in mice, we found that administration of glycyrrhizin ameliorates Con A-induced liver injury, which manifests as reduction in the production of inflammatory cytokines IFN-γ, IL-6 and IL-17, as well as serum alanine aminotransferase (ALT). Read More

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December 2018
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Salvanic acid B inhibits myocardial fibrosis through regulating TGF-β1/Smad signaling pathway.

Biomed Pharmacother 2018 Dec 12;110:685-691. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Department of Cardiology, Chongqing Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chongqing 400021, PR China. Electronic address:

Objective: Salvanic Acid B (Sal B) was proved to show significant effect against fibrosis and myocardial injury. This study aimed to investigate the protective effects and the mechanisms of Sal B on myocardial fibrosis.

Methods: The mice were randomly assigned to five groups: control group, model group, positive group, low-dose group, high-dose group. Read More

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December 2018
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Immunophenotypic measurable residual disease (MRD) in acute myeloid leukemia: Is multicentric MRD assessment feasible?

Leuk Res 2018 Nov 27;76:39-47. Epub 2018 Nov 27.

Department of Hematology, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Flow-cytometric detection of now termed measurable residual disease (MRD) in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) has proven to have an independent prognostic impact. In a previous multicenter study we developed protocols to accurately define leukemia-associated immunophenotypes (LAIPs) at diagnosis. It has, however, not been demonstrated whether the use of the defined LAIPs in the same multicenter setting results in a high concordance between centers in MRD assessment. Read More

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November 2018

Clinicopathological characteristics of metaplastic breast cancer - analysis of the basic immunohistochemical profile and comparison with other invasive breast cancer types.

Breast 2018 Dec 7;43:135-141. Epub 2018 Dec 7.

Department of Biophysics and Human Physiology, Medical University of Warsaw, Chalubinskiego 5, 02-004 Warsaw, Poland.

Introduction: Metaplastic breast cancer (MpBC) is a rare but aggressive type of breast cancer accounting for 0.25-1% of all diagnosed invasive breast cancers. Morphologically, it is characterized by differentiation of the neoplastic epithelium into squamous cells and/or mesenchymal-looking tissue. Read More

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December 2018

The role of histone deacetylase inhibitors in metastatic breast cancer.

Breast 2018 Dec 6;43:130-134. Epub 2018 Dec 6.

IEO, European Institute of Oncology IRCCS, Milan, Italy; Department of Oncology and Hematology, University of Milano, Milan, Italy. Electronic address:

Histone deacetylase inhibitors (HDACi) are a relatively new class of drug that plays an important role in the epigenetic and non-epigenetic regulation in cancer, inducing death, apoptosis and cell cycle arrest in cancer cells. Although HDACi are approved only for hematologic malignancies, there are several trials in the breast cancer setting with promising results. In this review, we summarize the latest studies with HDACi in breast cancer from the emerging data in the translational research until its possible applicability in the clinical practice. Read More

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December 2018

Primary cultured neuronal networks and type 2 diabetes model mouse fatty liver tissues in aqueous liquid observed by atmospheric SEM (ASEM): Staining preferences of metal solutions.

Micron 2018 Nov 23;118:9-21. Epub 2018 Nov 23.

Biomedical Research Institute, National Institute of Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Higashi 1-1-1, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, 305-8566, Japan. Electronic address:

Neural networking, including axon targeting and synapse formation, is the basis of various brain functions, including memory and learning. Diabetes-mellitus affects peripheral nerves and is known to cause fatty liver disease. Electron microscopy (EM) provides the resolution required to observe changes in fine subcellular structures caused by such physiological and pathological processes, but samples are observed in vacuum. Read More

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November 2018

Antibacterial properties of nanofibers containing chrysanthemum essential oil and their application as beef packaging.

Int J Food Microbiol 2018 Dec 8;292:21-30. Epub 2018 Dec 8.

School of Food and Biological Engineering, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang 212013, China. Electronic address:

This study was aimed to develop novel antibacterial packaging materials in order to reduce the microbial contamination of food surface. Chrysanthemum essential oil (CHEO) was successfully incorporated into chitosan nanofibers (CS/NF) through electrospinning which was demonstrated by SEM and AFM analysis. The antibacterial mechanism of CHEO against Listeria monocytogenes (L. Read More

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December 2018

Mesenchymal stromal cells isolated from human fetal liver release soluble factors with a potential role in liver tissue repair.

Differentiation 2018 Dec 5;105:14-26. Epub 2018 Dec 5.

Department of Research, IRCCS-ISMETT, Palermo, Italy.

We isolated a population of proliferating cells from cultured human fetal hepatocytes of 16-22 weeks gestational age. The cells shared a similar phenotype to that of mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) according to the International Society for Cellular Therapy (ISCT), including plastic adherence, antigen expression profile, and in vitro multilineage differentiation potential. Fetal liver (FL)-MSCs expressed the albumin gene, and harbored a subpopulation of CK18 cells (20-40%), which defined their hepatic origin. Read More

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December 2018
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Molecular alterations in meningiomas: Literature review.

Clin Neurol Neurosurg 2018 Dec 7;176:89-96. Epub 2018 Dec 7.

Departament of Neurology, Laboratory of Molecular and Cellular Biology, LIM15, Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade de São Paulo, SP, Brazil.

Meningiomas, tumors that originate from meningothelial cells, account for approximately 30% of all new diagnoses of central nervous system neoplasms. According to the 2016 WHO classification of central nervous system tumors meningiomas are classified into three grades: I, II, and III. Past studies have shown that the risk of meningiomas recurrence is strongly correlated with the molecular profile of the tumor. Read More

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December 2018
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Acid sphingomyelinase: No potential as a biomarker for multiple sclerosis.

Mult Scler Relat Disord 2018 Nov 30;28:44-49. Epub 2018 Nov 30.

Department of Molecular Cell biology and Immunology, MS Center Amsterdam, Amsterdam Neuroscience, Amsterdam UMC - location VUmc, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Background: Multiple sclerosis (MS) lacks reliable biomarkers that reflect disease activity. Recent evidence suggests that an altered sphingolipid metabolism is associated with MS pathogenesis.

Objective: To explore acid sphingomyelinase (ASM) activity and altered sphingolipid metabolism as potential biomarkers in serum of MS patients, to predict active and progressive disease, and response to disease modifying therapy (DMT). Read More

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November 2018
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Cerebrospinal fluid biomarkers link toxic astrogliosis and microglial activation to multiple sclerosis severity.

Mult Scler Relat Disord 2018 Dec 5;28:34-43. Epub 2018 Dec 5.

Neuroimmunological Diseases Section (NDS), National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Building 10, Room 5N248, 10 Center Drive, MSC1444, Bethesda, MD 20892, United States. Electronic address:

Background: Once multiple sclerosis (MS) reaches the progressive stage, immunomodulatory treatments have limited efficacy. This suggests that processes other than activation of innate immunity may at least partially underlie disability progression during late stages of MS. Pathology identified these alternative processes as aberrant activation of astrocytes and microglia, and subsequent degeneration of oligodendrocytes and neurons. Read More

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December 2018

Topographical distribution of sentinel nodes and metastases from T1-T2 oral squamous cell carcinomas.

Eur J Cancer 2018 Dec 12;107:86-92. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Odense University Hospital, Denmark.

Objective: The objective is to investigate the topographical distribution of sentinel nodes (SNs) and lymph node metastases in T1-2cN0 oral squamous cell carcinomas (OSCCs).

Methods: The study entailed a prospective enrolment of 220 patients with clinical T1-2N0 OSCCs who underwent preoperative lymphoscintigraphy (LSG) followed by gamma probe-guided sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB). Patients with positive SNs were treated with completion neck dissection. Read More

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December 2018

Two coumarin-based turn-on fluorescent probes based on for hypochlorous acid detection and imaging in living cells.

Spectrochim Acta A Mol Biomol Spectrosc 2018 Dec 10;211:239-245. Epub 2018 Dec 10.

School of Pharmacy, Jiangsu Provincial Key Laboratory of Coastal Wetland Bioresources and Environmental Protection, Yancheng Teachers' University, Yancheng, Jiangsu 224051, People's Republic of China.

This work, two turn-on fluorescent probes (3-acetyl-2H-chromen-2-one (ACO) & (1E)-1-(1-(2-oxo-2H-chromen-3-yl)ethylidene)thiosemicarbazide (CETC)) based on coumarin have been designed and synthesized, which could selectively and sensitively recognize ClO with fast response time. ACO &CETC were almost non fluorescent possibly due to both the lacton form of coumarin and unbridged CN bonds which can undergo a nonradiative decay process in the excited state. Upon the addition of ClO, ACO &CETC were oxidized to ring - opened by cleavage the CO and CN and the fluorescence intensity were increased considerably. Read More

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December 2018

Synthesis of new chalcone-based homoserine lactones and their antiproliferative activity evaluation.

Eur J Med Chem 2018 Dec 7;163:500-511. Epub 2018 Dec 7.

School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou, 450001, PR China. Electronic address:

Three series of new homoserine lactone analogs were efficiently synthesized starting from methionine and further evaluated for their antiproliferative activity against different cancer cell lines. Among these compounds, some of the chalcone containing compounds 6a-n showed acceptable antiproliferative activity against prostate cancer cells DU145 and PC-3 with the IC values less than 10 μM. Compounds 6c, 6e and 6h inhibited growth of DU145 and PC-3 cells at low micromolar levels with the IC values ranging from 3. Read More

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December 2018
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Delivery of miR-212 by chimeric peptide-condensed supramolecular nanoparticles enhances the sensitivity of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma to doxorubicin.

Biomaterials 2018 Nov 30;192:590-600. Epub 2018 Nov 30.

Department of Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery, the Second Affiliated Hospital, Zhejiang University School of Medicine, Hangzhou, China. Electronic address:

Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is a destructive cancer with poor prognosis. Both novel therapeutic targets and approaches are needed to improve the overall survival of PDAC patients. MicroRNA-212 (miR-212) has been reported as a tumor suppressor in multiple cancers, but its definitive role and exact mechanism in the progression of pancreatic cancer is unclear. Read More

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November 2018
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Cladophora glomerata methanolic extract decreases oxidative stress and improves viability and mitochondrial potential in equine adipose derived mesenchymal stem cells (ASCs).

Biomed Pharmacother 2018 Dec 12;111:6-18. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Department of Experimental Biology, Faculty of Biology and Animal Science, Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences, Norwida 27B, 50-375 Wrocław, Poland; Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Equine Clinic - Equine Surgery, Justus-Liebig-University, 35392 Gießen, Germany. Electronic address:

Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are key mediators of several cellular damage and thus associated with equine diseases such as inflammation and metabolic syndrome. This study aimed to evaluate the protective and antioxidant activities of methanolic extract prepared from Cladophora glomerata (C. glomerata) biomass, on equine adipose derived mesenchymal stem cells (EqASCs), under experimental oxidative stress induced by HO. Read More

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December 2018

Anti-depressive effect of Shuangxinfang on rats with acute myocardial infarction: Promoting bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells mobilization and alleviating inflammatory response.

Biomed Pharmacother 2018 Dec 12;111:19-30. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

The Third Affiliate Hospital of Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing 100029, China. Electronic address:

Bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BM-MSCs) are recruited to injured site for cardiac self-repairing in acute myocardial infarction (AMI), but the spontaneous mobilization of BM-MSCs is insufficient for self-repairing. Inflammation initiated by necrosis cardiomyocytes induced cardiac remodeling and depression. Given the anti-inflammatory effects of BM-MSCs and the inextricably relationship among inflammation, ventricular remodeling and depression following AMI, methods focused on enhancing BM-MSCs mobilization are promising. Read More

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December 2018

Successful genetic modification of porcine spermatogonial stem cells via an electrically responsive Au nanowire injector.

Biomaterials 2018 Dec 10;193:22-29. Epub 2018 Dec 10.

Department of Animal Life Science, Kangwon National University, Chuncheon, 24341, South Korea; Department of Applied Animal Science, Kangwon National University, Chuncheon, 24341, South Korea. Electronic address:

Transgenic pigs are quite useful in many biomedical fields, such as xenotransplantation research and the production of biopharmaceutical materials. The genetic transformation of porcine spermatogonial stem cells (pSSCs) followed by differentiation into mature spermatozoa enables the effective production of transgenic pigs. Improving the transfection efficiency of pSSCs, however, has been much desired. Read More

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December 2018

Phylogenomics of Thecamoebida (Discosea, Amoebozoa) with the Description of Stratorugosa tubuloviscum gen. nov. sp. nov., a Freshwater Amoeba with a Perinuclear MTOC.

Protist 2018 Oct 16;170(1):8-20. Epub 2018 Oct 16.

Spelman College, 350 Spelman Lane Southwest, Atlanta, GA 30314, USA.

Thecamoebida Smirnov and Cavalier-Smith, 2011 (Discosea, Amoebozoa) has been molecularly understudied. The group until recently consisted of three genera containing species that live in terrestrial or aquatic environments. Here, we describe a fourth genus, Stratorugosa tubuloviscum gen. Read More

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October 2018

An enzyme-based electrochemical biosensor probe with sensitivity to detect astrocytic versus glioma uptake of glutamate in real time in vitro.

Biosens Bioelectron 2018 Nov 16;126:751-757. Epub 2018 Nov 16.

Biomedical Engineering, PO Box 10157, Ruston, LA 71272, USA; Center for Biomedical Engineering and Rehabilitation Sciences, Louisiana Tech University, PO Box 10157, Ruston, LA 71272, USA. Electronic address:

Glutamate, a major excitatory neurotransmitter in the central nervous system, is essential for regulation of thought, movement, memory, and other higher functions controlled by the brain. Dysregulation of glutamate signaling is associated with severe neuropathological conditions, such as epilepsy, and glioma, a form of brain cancer. Glutamate signals are currently detected by several types of neurochemical probes ranging from microdialysis-based to enzyme-based carbon fiber microsensors. Read More

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November 2018
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Color-sensitive and spectrometer-free plasmonic sensor for biosensing applications.

Biosens Bioelectron 2018 Dec 7;126:743-750. Epub 2018 Dec 7.

Department of Information and Communication Engineering, Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science & Technology (DGIST), Daegu 42988, Republic of Korea. Electronic address:

A color-sensitive and spectrometer-free sensing method using plasmonic nanohole arrays and the color components, L* , a* , and b* , of the CIELAB defined by the international commission on illumination (CIE) is introduced for the analysis of optically transparent materials in the visible range. Spectral analysis based on plasmonic nanoparticles or nanostructures can be applied to real-time bio-detection, but complex optical instrumentations and low spatial resolution have limited the sensing ability. Therefore, we take an advantage of color image processing instead of spectral analysis which induces the distinctive color information of plasmonic nanohole arrays with different transparent materials. Read More

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December 2018

Two-dimensional porphyrin-based covalent organic framework: A novel platform for sensitive epidermal growth factor receptor and living cancer cell detection.

Biosens Bioelectron 2018 Dec 7;126:734-742. Epub 2018 Dec 7.

College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou 450000, PR China. Electronic address:

A porphyrin-based covalent organic framework (denoted as p-COF) was synthesized by a simple oil-bath method and exploited as a novel sensing layer for immobilizing epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR)-targeting aptamer strands to detect trace EGFR and living michigan cancer foundation-7 (MCF-7) cells for the first time. p-COF presented a nanosheet-like structure, large cavities, rich nitrogen-bearing groups, high electrochemical activity, excellent bioaffinity, low toxicity, and good stability in aqueous solution; the microstructural features of this material enabled strong immobilization of the aptamer strands. Interactions between the aptamer strands and EGFR significantly changed the electrochemical signals of the modified electrode due to the formation of an aptamer-EGFR complex. Read More

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December 2018

A bifunctional conjugated polyelectrolyte for the interfacial engineering of polymer solar cells.

J Colloid Interface Sci 2018 Dec 7;538:611-619. Epub 2018 Dec 7.

Istituto per lo Studio delle Macromolecole (ISMac - CNR), Via Bassini 15, 20133 Milano, Italy. Electronic address:

In this work a novel combination of side chain functionalities, alkyl-phosphonate (EP) and alkyl-ammonium bromide (NBr) groups, on a polyfluorene backbone (PF-NBr-EP) was studied as cathode interfacial material (CIM) in polymer-based solar cells. The devices were made with a conventional geometry, with PTB7:PC BM as active layer and aluminum as metal electrode. The CIM showed good solubility in ethanol and film forming ability onto the active layer so that its deposition could be finely tuned. Read More

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December 2018

Meditation, stress processes, and telomere biology.

Curr Opin Psychol 2018 Nov 19;28:92-101. Epub 2018 Nov 19.

University of California, San Francisco, United States. Electronic address:

Both theoretical and empirical work support the notion that meditation training can improve telomere regulation, which may ultimately contribute to healthy aging. Yet, the psychological and biological mechanisms underlying these changes remain underspecified, as do the contexts and boundary conditions in which these changes occur. Here we summarize studies investigating the effects of various meditation-based interventions on telomere biology, making suggestions for future research. Read More

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November 2018

Triphenyltin(IV) acylhydrazone compounds: Synthesis, structure and bioactivity.

J Inorg Biochem 2018 Nov 24;191:194-202. Epub 2018 Nov 24.

Institute of Anticancer Agents Development and Theranostic Application, The Key Laboratory of Life-Organic Analysis and Key Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Intermediates and Analysis of Natural Medicine, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Qufu Normal University, Qufu 273165, China. Electronic address:

Four new triphenyltin(IV) acylhydrazone compounds of the type PhSnCHCHCONHN=R (where Ph = phenyl; R = isopropyl, isobutyl, cyclopentyl and cyclooctyl) were synthesized and characterized by elemental analysis, infrared spectrum (IR), nuclear magnetic resonance spectrum (NMR) and mass spectrum (MS). The crystal structures were determined and showed that tin atoms were four-coordinated and adopted a pseudo-tetrahedron configuration. Tin(IV) compounds show excellent bovine serum albumin (BSA) binding properties, and can oxidize nicotinamide-adenine dinucleotid (NADH) to generate reactive oxygen species (ROS), which inducing apoptosis effectively. Read More

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November 2018

A decade of Nucleic Acid Programmable Protein Arrays (NAPPA) availability: News, actors, progress, prospects and access.

J Proteomics 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Proteomics Unit, Cancer Research Centre (IBMCC/CSIC/USAL/IBSAL), 37007 Salamanca, Spain; Department of Medicine and General Cytometry Service-Nucleus, Cancer Research Centre (IBMCC/CSIC/USAL/IBSAL), 37007 Salamanca, Spain. Electronic address:

Understanding the dynamic of the proteome is a critical challenge because it requires high sensitive methodologies in high-throughput formats in order to decipher its modifications and complexity. While molecular biology provides relevant information about cell physiology that may be reflected in post-translational changes, High-Throughput (HT) experimental proteomic techniques are essential to provide valuable functional information of the proteins, peptides and the interconnections between them. Hence, many methodological developments and innovations have been reported during the last decade. Read More

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December 2018

Improved SILAC method for double labeling of bacterial proteome.

J Proteomics 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Key Laboratory of Functional Protein Research of Guangdong Higher Education Institutes, Institute of Life and Health Engineering, College of Life Science and Technology, Jinan University, Guangzhou 510632, China. Electronic address:

Stable isotope labeling with amino acids in cell culture (SILAC) is a robust proteomics method with advantages such as reproducibility and easy handling. This method is popular for the analysis of mammalian cells. However, amino acid conversion in bacteria decreases the labeling efficiency and quantification accuracy, limiting the application of SILAC in bacterial proteomics to auxotrophic bacteria or to single labeling with lysine. Read More

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December 2018

Early response of C2C12 myotubes to a sub-cytotoxic dose of hemorrhagic metalloproteinase HF3 from Bothrops jararaca venom.

J Proteomics 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Laboratório Especial de Toxinologia Aplicada, Center of Toxins, Immune-Response and Cell Signaling (CeTICS), Instituto Butantan, São Paulo, Brazil. Electronic address:

Manifestations of local tissue damage, such as hemorrhage and myonecrosis, are among the most dramatic effects of envenomation by viperid snakes. Snake venom metalloproteinases (SVMPs) of the P-III class are main players of the hemorrhagic effect due to their activities in promoting blood vessel disruption. Hemorrhagic Factor 3 (HF3), a P-III class SVMP from Bothrops jararaca, shows a minimum hemorrhagic dose of 240 fmol on rabbit skin. Read More

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December 2018
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Nanocrystalline solid dispersions (NSD) of hesperetin (HRN) for prevention of 7, 12-dimethylbenz[a]anthracene (DMBA)-induced breast cancer in Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats.

Eur J Pharm Sci 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Department of Pharmaceutics, National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), S.A.S. Nagar, Mohali, Punjab 160 062, India. Electronic address:

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and the leading cause of cancer death in females as per the global cancer project (GLOBOCAN 2018) estimates of breast cancer incidence and mortality produced by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). In 2018, there will be 2,088,849 new cases of breast cancer and 626,679 cases of deaths due to breast cancer in 5 regions (Americas, Africa, Europe, Asia and Oceania) at 20 sites of the world. Epidemiologic studies on diet and cancer have guided the search for some nutraceuticals acting as anti-cancer agents. Read More

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December 2018

Anti-inflammatory action of HO-1/CO in human bronchial epithelium in response to cationic polypeptide challenge.

Mol Immunol 2018 Dec 12;105:205-212. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

School of Biomedical Sciences, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China. Electronic address:

Carbon monoxide (CO) is an anti-inflammatory gaseous molecule produced endogenously by heme oxygenases (HOs) HO-1 and HO-2. However, the mechanisms underlying the anti-inflammatory effects of CO in the human bronchial epithelium are still not fully understood. In this study, the cationic peptide poly-l-arginine (PLA) was utilized to induce bronchial epithelial damage and subsequent pro-inflammatory cytokine release in the human bronchial epithelial cell line 16HBE14o-. Read More

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December 2018

Ergosterol reduction impairs mitochondrial DNA maintenance in S. cerevisiae.

Biochim Biophys Acta Mol Cell Biol Lipids 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Department of Biology and Biotechnology "Charles Darwin", La Sapienza University of Rome, Piazzale A. Moro 5, 00185 Rome, Italy.; Pasteur Institute-Cenci Bolognetti Foundation, Viale Regina Elena, 291, 00100 Rome, Italy.. Electronic address:

Sterols are essential lipids, involved in many biological processes. In Saccharomyces cerevisiae, the enzymes of the ergosterol biosynthetic pathway (Erg proteins) are localized in different cellular compartments. With the aim of studying organelle interactions, we discovered that Erg27p resides mainly in Lipid Droplets (LDs) in respiratory competent cells, while in absence of respiration, is found mostly in the ER. Read More

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December 2018

Caffeine-stimulated muscle IL-6 mediates alleviation of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

Biochim Biophys Acta Mol Cell Biol Lipids 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Key Laboratory of Pu-erh Tea Science, the Ministry of Education, Yunnan Agricultural University, Kunming 650201, China; State Key Laboratory for Conservation and Utilization of Bio-Resources in Yunnan, Kunming, China; Pu'erh Tea Research Institute, Pu'erh, China. Electronic address:

Caffeine intake is associated with a reduced risk developing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), but the underlying molecular mechanisms remain to be fully elucidated. We report here that caffeine markedly improved high fat diet-induced NAFLD in mice resulting in a 10-fold increase in circulating IL-6 levels, leading to STAT3 activation in the liver. Interestingly, the expression of IL-6 mRNA was not increased in the liver, but increased substantially in the muscles of caffeine-treated mice. Read More

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December 2018
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High-fat diet induces aberrant hepatic lipid secretion in blunt snout bream by activating endoplasmic reticulum stress-associated IRE1/XBP1 pathway.

Biochim Biophys Acta Mol Cell Biol Lipids 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Key Laboratory of Aquatic Nutrition and Feed Science of Jiangsu Province, College of Animal Science and Technology, Nanjing Agricultural University, No. 1 Weigang Road, Nanjing 210095, People's Republic of China. Electronic address:

This study was conducted to understand the effect of high-fat diet challenge on lipid transport and endoplasmic reticulum stress in blunt snout bream. Ninety fish (average weight: 41.84 ± 0. Read More

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December 2018
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A generative model of realistic brain cells with application to numerical simulation of the diffusion-weighted MR signal.

Neuroimage 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Centre for Medical Image Computing and Dept of Computer Science, University College London, London, UK.

To date, numerical simulations of the brain tissue have been limited by their lack of realism and flexibility. The purpose of this work is to propose a controlled and flexible generative model for brain cell morphology and an efficient computational pipeline for the reliable and robust simulation of realistic cellular structures with application to numerical simulation of intra-cellular diffusion-weighted MR (DW-MR) signal features. Inspired by the advances in computational neuroscience for modelling brain cells, we propose a generative model that enables users to simulate molecular diffusion within realistic digital brain cells, such as neurons, in a completely controlled and flexible fashion. Read More

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December 2018

Physical exercise enhances adult cortical plasticity in a neonatal rat model of hypoxic-ischemic injury: Evidence from BOLD-fMRI and electrophysiological recordings.

Neuroimage 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Department of Health Sciences and Technology, SAIHST, Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, 06351, South Korea; Department of Radiology, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, 06351, South Korea; Center for Neuroscience Imaging Research, Institute for Basic Science (IBS), Suwon, South Korea; Animal Research and Molecular Imaging, Samsung Biomedical Research Institute, Samsung Medical Center, Seoul, 06351, South Korea; Department of Global Biomedical Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon, Republic of Korea. Electronic address:

Neuroplasticity is considered essential for recovery from brain injury in developing brains. Recent studies indicate that it is especially effective during early postnatal development and during the critical period. The current study used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and local field potential (LFP) electrophysiological recordings in rats that experienced neonatal hypoxic-ischemic (HI) injury during the critical period to demonstrate that physical exercise (PE) can improve cortical plasticity even when performed during adulthood, after the critical period. Read More

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December 2018

Variety matters: Diverse functions of monocyte subtypes in vascular inflammation and atherogenesis.

Vascul Pharmacol 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Cardiology and Angiology, Philipps-University Marburg, Marburg, Germany. Electronic address:

Monocytes are important mediators of the innate immunity by recognizing and attacking especially bacterial pathogens but also play crucial roles in various inflammatory diseases, including vascular inflammation and atherosclerosis. Maturation, differentiation and function of monocytes have been intensively explored for a long time in innumerable experimental and clinical studies. Monocytes do not represent a uniform cell type but could be further subdivided into subpopulations with distinct features and functions. Read More

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December 2018

Glucocorticoid receptor (NR3C1) gene polymorphisms are associated with age and blood parameters in Polish Caucasian nonagenarians and centenarians.

Exp Gerontol 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Mossakowski Medical Research Centre, PAS, Pawinskiego 5, 02-106 Warsaw, Poland; Medical Centre of Postgraduate Education, Marymoncka 99/103, 01-813 Warsaw, Poland. Electronic address:

Introduction: Polymorphism of the glucocorticoid receptor gene (NR3C1) may modify protein abundance or function and therefore disturb human homeostasis.

Methods: Variant frequencies of the three NR3C1 polymorphisms, rs2963154, rs10515522 and rs2918418, selected in silico as associated with longevity, was analyzed in 552 DNA samples from 95 to 106-year-old individuals and in 284 samples of cord blood DNA from newborns.

Results: Frequencies of the TT genotypes of rs2963154 and rs10515522, and of the rs291841 CC genotype, were higher in the long-lived study subjects (p = 0. Read More

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December 2018

Biology of preeclampsia: Combined actions of angiogenic factors, their receptors and placental proteins.

Biochim Biophys Acta Mol Basis Dis 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Division of Cell Biology, Histology and Embryology, Gottfried Schatz Research Center, Medical University of Graz, Graz, Austria. Electronic address:

Although massive efforts have been undertaken to elucidate the etiology of the pregnancy syndrome preeclampsia, its developmental origin remains a mystery. Most efforts of the last decade have focused on biomarkers to predict and/or diagnose preeclampsia, including the anti-angiogenic factor sFlt-1 (soluble fms-like tyrosin kinase-1), the angiogenic factor PGF (placental growth factor) and PP13 (placental protein 13). The origins of these marker proteins are still under debate, and so far their actions have only been describe separate from each other. Read More

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December 2018

Bioengineered bladder patches constructed from multilayered adipose-derived stem cell sheets for bladder regeneration.

Acta Biomater 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Department of Urology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University Affiliated Sixth People's Hospital, Shanghai Eastern Institute of Urologic Reconstruction, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 200233 Shanghai, China. Electronic address:

Cell-seeded scaffolds are a common route of cell transplantation for bladder repair and reconstruction. However, when cell suspensions are harvested, proteolytic enzymes often cause extracellular matrix damage and loss of intercellular junctions. To overcome this problem, we developed a bioengineered three-dimensional bladder patch comprising porous scaffolds and multilayered adipose-derived stem cell (ASC) sheets, and evaluated its feasibility for bladder regeneration in a rat model. Read More

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December 2018
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Composite nanofibrous membranes of PLGA/Aloe vera containing lipid nanoparticles for wound dressing applications.

Int J Pharm 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

NanoBioCel Group, Laboratory of Pharmaceutics, School of Pharmacy, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Spain; Biomedical Research Networking Centre in Bioengineering, Biomaterials and Nanomedicine (CIBER-BBN), Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. Electronic address:

Electrospun nanofibrous dressings present suitable characteristics to be used in wound healing, such as high porosity and high surface area-to-volume ratio. In this study, a wound dressing based on PLGA and Aloe vera containing lipid nanoparticles (NLCs) was developed. NLCs were added in order to add a lipid component that could avoid the adhesion of the dressing to the wound and improve its handling. Read More

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December 2018

Clinical signs of meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) are associated with changes in meibum sphingolipid composition.

Ocul Surf 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Department of Ophthalmology, Anatomy and Neurobiology, University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, Hamilton Eye Institute, 930 Madison Avenue, Memphis, TN, 38163, USA. Electronic address:

Purpose: Sphingolipids (SPL) play roles in cell signaling, inflammation, and apoptosis. Changes in SPL composition have been reported in individuals with MGD, but associations between clinical signs of MGD and compositional changes in meibum SPLs have not been examined.

Methods: Forty-three individuals underwent a tear film assessment. Read More

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December 2018
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Immuno-Spin Trapping of Macromolecules Free Radicals In Vitro and In Vivo - One Stop Shopping for Free Radical Detection.

Free Radic Biol Med 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Inflammation, Immunity and Disease Laboratory, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health, 111 T.W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709, USA. Electronic address:

The only general technique that allows the unambiguous detection of free radicals is electron spin resonance (ESR). However, ESR spin trapping has severe limitations especially in biological systems. The greatest limitation of ESR is poor sensitivity relative to the low steady-state concentration of free radical adducts, which in cells and in vivo is much lower than the best sensitivity of ESR. Read More

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December 2018

Defective repair capacity of variant proteins of the DNA glycosylase NTHL1 for 5-hydroxyuracil, an oxidation product of cytosine.

Free Radic Biol Med 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Department of Tumor Pathology, Hamamatsu University School of Medicine, Hamamatsu, Japan.

The NTHL1 gene encodes DNA glycosylase, which is involved in base excision repair, and biallelic mutations of this gene result in NTHL1-associated polyposis (NAP), a hereditary disease characterized by colorectal polyposis and multiple types of carcinomas. However, no proper functional characterization of variant NTHL1 proteins has been done so far. Herein, we report functional evaluation of variant NTHL1 proteins to aid in the accurate diagnosis of NAP. Read More

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December 2018

Detection of engraftment of donor-derived antibody producing cells in a lung transplant recipient by anti-cytomegalovirus IgG avidity test.

Transpl Immunol 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Department of Microbiology, Fukushima Medical University School of Medicine, 1 Hikarigaoka, Fukushima, Fukushima 960-1295, Japan.

Transplant recipients become immunocompromised through the use of immunosuppressive therapy to prevent allograft rejection. These recipients readily experience human cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection or reactivation. Therefore, CMV represents a life-threatening pathogen in transplant recipients. Read More

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December 2018

Effects of cellular differentiation in human primary bronchial epithelial cells: Metabolism of 4-(methylnitrosamine)-1-(3-pyridyl)-1-butanone.

Toxicol In Vitro 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Division of Genetic and Molecular Toxicology, Division of Biochemical Toxicology, National Center for Toxicological Research, U.S Food and Drug Administration, Jefferson, AR 72079, United States. Electronic address:

Many of the toxicants in tobacco smoke undergo biotransformation in the lungs of smokers, both to reactive and to detoxified derivatives. Human air-liquid-interface (ALI) airway tissue models have emerged as an advanced in vitro model for evaluating the toxicity of inhaled substances; however, the metabolic potential of these cultures has not been evaluated extensively. In this study, we compared the metabolic activities of an ALI tissue model to the undifferentiated normal human primary bronchial epithelial (NHBE) cells from which it was derived. Read More

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December 2018
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Paris saponin VII reverses chemoresistance in breast MCF-7/ADR cells.

J Ethnopharmacol 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Laboratory of Oncological Pharmacology, Department of Pharmacology, School of Pharmacy, Southwest Medical University, Luzhou, 646000, Sichuan, PR China; Key Laboratory of Gastrointestinal Pharmacology of Chinese Materia Medica of the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Department of Pharmacology, School of Pharmacy, The Fourth Military Medical University, Xi'an 710032, Shaanxi, PR China. Electronic address:

Ethnopharmacological Relevance: The development of a multidrug-resistant (MDR) phenotype is a main obstacle to the successful treatment of breast cancer. Saponins of several herbs are considered as promising candidates for drug resistance treatment. We extracted Paris saponin VII (PS VII) from Trillium tschonoskii Maxim. Read More

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December 2018
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