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A Robust Narrow Bandgap Vanadium Tetrasulfide Sonosensitizer Optimized by Charge Separation Engineering for Enhanced Sonodynamic Cancer Therapy.

Adv Mater 2021 Jul 23:e2101467. Epub 2021 Jul 23.

State Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Resource Utilization, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun, 130022, China.

The development and optimization of sonosensitizers for elevating intratumoral reactive oxygen species (ROS) are definitely appealing in current sonodynamic therapy (SDT). Given this, branched vanadium tetrasulfide (VS ) nanodendrites with a narrower bandgap (compared with the most extensively explored sonosensitizers) are presented as a new source of sonosensitizer, which allows a more effortless separation of sono-triggered electron-hole pairs for ROS generation. Specifically, platinum (Pt) nanoparticles and endogenous high levels of glutathione (GSH) are rationally engineered to further optimize its sono-sensitized performance. Read More

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ubtor Mutation Causes Motor Hyperactivity by Activating mTOR Signaling in Zebrafish.

Neurosci Bull 2021 Jul 26. Epub 2021 Jul 26.

State Key Laboratory of Medical Neurobiology, Ministry of Education Frontiers Center for Brain Science, and Institutes of Brain Science, Fudan University, Shanghai, 200032, China.

Mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) signaling governs important physiological and pathological processes key to cellular life. Loss of mTOR negative regulators and subsequent over-activation of mTOR signaling are major causes underlying epileptic encephalopathy. Our previous studies showed that UBTOR/KIAA1024/MINAR1 acts as a negative regulator of mTOR signaling, but whether UBTOR plays a role in neurological diseases remains largely unknown. Read More

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MSX2 inhibits the growth and migration of osteosarcoma cells by repressing SOX2.

Am J Transl Res 2021 15;13(6):5851-5865. Epub 2021 Jun 15.

Department of Trauma Orthopedics, The First Affiliated Hospital of South China University Hengyang 421001, Hunan, China.

SRY (sex determining region Y)-box 2 (SOX2) plays a key role in the maintenance of stemness and resistance to drugs, whereas tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α is essential for maintaining cancer cell proliferation and metastasis. Accumulation of muscle segment homeobox 2 (MSX2) leads to downregulation of SOX2 expression. Here, we explored the MSX2-SOX2-TNF-α signaling axis and its function in the tumor phenotypes of osteosarcoma cells. Read More

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Fascinating regulatory mechanism of silicon for alleviating drought stress in plants.

Plant Physiol Biochem 2021 Jul 7;166:1044-1053. Epub 2021 Jul 7.

Department of Botany, School of Bioengineering and Biosciences, Lovely Professional University, Delhi-Jalandhar Highway, Phagwara, 144411, Punjab, India. Electronic address:

Plants confront several environmental stresses that are crucial in defining plant productivity. Among these environmental stresses, drought stress is recognized as the foremost abiotic factor which affects the food security around the globe due to its negative impact on the plant development, and quality of plant products. Because of this, drought stress has gained an imperative appearance in the field of plant sciences in recent years. Read More

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Synergy of alanine and gentamicin to reduce nitric oxide for elevating killing efficacy to antibiotic-resistant .

Virulence 2021 12;12(1):1737-1753

State Key Laboratory of Bio-Control and the Third Affiliated Hospital, School of Life Sciences, Southern Marine Science and Engineering Guangdong Laboratory Zhuhai, Sun Yat-sen University, University City, Guangzhou, China.

The present study explored the cooperative effect of both alanine (Ala) and gentamicin (Gent) on metabolic mechanisms by which exogenous Ala potentiates Gent to kill antibiotic-resistant . To test this, GC-MS-based metabolomics was used to characterize Ala-, Gent- and both-induced metabolic profiles, identifying nitric oxide (NO) production pathway as the most key clue to understand metabolic mechanisms. Gent, Ala and both led to low, lower and lowest activity of total nitric oxide synthase (tNOS) and level of NO, respectively. Read More

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December 2021

Targeting liquid-liquid phase separation of SARS-CoV-2 nucleocapsid protein promotes innate antiviral immunity by elevating MAVS activity.

Nat Cell Biol 2021 07 8;23(7):718-732. Epub 2021 Jul 8.

Institutes of Biology and Medical Science, Soochow University, Suzhou, China.

Patients with Coronavirus disease 2019 exhibit low expression of interferon-stimulated genes, contributing to a limited antiviral response. Uncovering the underlying mechanism of innate immune suppression and rescuing the innate antiviral response remain urgent issues in the current pandemic. Here we identified that the dimerization domain of the SARS-CoV-2 nucleocapsid protein (SARS2-NP) is required for SARS2-NP to undergo liquid-liquid phase separation with RNA, which inhibits Lys63-linked poly-ubiquitination and aggregation of MAVS and thereby suppresses the innate antiviral immune response. Read More

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Adeno-associated virus vector gene delivery elevates Factor I levels and down-regulates the complement alternative pathway .

Hum Gene Ther 2021 Jul 9. Epub 2021 Jul 9.

Children's Medical Research Institute, 58454, Gene Therapy Research Unit, Westmead, New South Wales, Australia.

The complement system is a key component of innate immunity but impaired regulation influences disease susceptibility, including age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and some kidney diseases. Whilst complete complement inhibition has been used successfully to treat acute kidney disease, key unresolved challenges include strategies to modulate rather than completely inhibit the system and to deliver therapy potentially over decades. Elevating concentrations of complement regulator factor I (CFI) restricts complement activation and this approach was extended in the current study to modulate complement activation . Read More

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New Polyketides With Anti-Inflammatory Activity From the Fungus .

Front Pharmacol 2021 21;12:700573. Epub 2021 Jun 21.

Hubei Key Laboratory of Natural Medicinal Chemistry and Resource Evaluation, School of Pharmacy, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China.

Two new polyketide compounds, asperulosins A and B (-), and one new prenylated small molecule, asperulosin C (), along with nine known compounds (-), were isolated and identified from a fungus . Their structures were extensively elucidated HRESIMS, 1D, and 2D NMR analysis. The absolute configurations of the new compounds were determined by the comparison of their electronic circular dichroism (ECD), calculated ECD spectra, and the detailed discussion with those in previous reports. Read More

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Splicing factor SRSF1 is indispensable for regulatory T cell homeostasis and function.

Cell Rep 2021 Jul;36(1):109339

Division of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology, Department of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA. Electronic address:

The ability of regulatory T (Treg) cells to control the immune response and limit the development of autoimmune diseases is determined by distinct molecular processes, which are not fully understood. We show here that serine/arginine-rich splicing factor 1 (SRSF1), which is decreased in T cells from patients with systemic lupus erythematosus, is necessary for the homeostasis and proper function of Treg cells, because its conditional absence in these cells leads to profound autoimmunity and organ inflammation by elevating the glycolytic metabolism and mTORC1 activity and the production of proinflammatory cytokines. Our data reveal a molecular mechanism that controls Treg cell plasticity and offer insights into the pathogenesis of autoimmune disease. Read More

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Tanshinone IIA Stimulates Cystathionine γ-Lyase Expression and Protects Endothelial Cells from Oxidative Injury.

Antioxidants (Basel) 2021 Jun 23;10(7). Epub 2021 Jun 23.

Division of Molecular Signaling, Department of the Advanced Biomedical Research, Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Medicine, University of Yamanashi, Chuo 409-3898, Japan.

Tanshinone IIA (Tan IIA), an active ingredient of Danshen, is a well-used drug to treat cardiovascular diseases. Currently, the mechanisms involved remain poorly understood. Given that many actions of Tan IIA could be similarly achieved by hydrogen sulfide (HS), we speculated that Tan IIA might work through the induction of endogenous HS. Read More

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Proteomic Analysis and Studies Reveal the Potential Gastroprotective Effects of CHCl and Aqueous Extracts of .

Evid Based Complement Alternat Med 2021 30;2021:6613140. Epub 2021 May 30.

Riphah Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Riphah International University, Islamabad, Pakistan.

is rich in several phytochemicals such as chromone, isoflavones, terpenes, lignans, coumarins, glycosides, and furanocoumarins and have been traditionally used for the management of different gastrointestinal disorders. This research reveals the effects of fruit extracts- chloroform (Fp.CHCl) and aqueous (Fp. Read More

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Antidepressant-like effect of dehydrozingerone from Zingiber officinale by elevating monoamines in brain: in silico and in vivo studies.

Pharmacol Rep 2021 Jun 28. Epub 2021 Jun 28.

Department of Pharmacology, Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, Karnataka, 576104, India.

Background: Dehydrozingerone (DHZ) is an active ingredient of Zingiber officinale and structural half analogue of curcumin. In the present study, DHZ was evaluated for monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitory activity in silico and antidepressant activity in vivo.

Method: The binding affinity of DHZ with MAO-A (PDB ID: 2Z5Y) was assessed using Schrodinger's Maestro followed by free energy calculation, pharmacokinetic property prediction using Qikprop and Molecular dynamics simulation using Desmond. Read More

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Sildenafil in ophthalmology: An update.

Surv Ophthalmol 2021 Jun 25. Epub 2021 Jun 25.

University of Pittsburgh, UPMC Eye Center, Pittsburgh, PA, USA. Electronic address:

Sildenafil citrate, a selective oral phosphodiesterase 5 inhibitor, is a widely used drug for erectile dysfunction that acts by elevating cGMP levels and causing smooth muscle relaxation. It also has 10% activity against PDE6, a key enzyme in phototransduction cascade in the retina. Recent ocular imaging developments have further revealed the influence of sildenafil on ocular hemodynamics, particularly choroidal perfusion. Read More

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A High-Content Screening Assay for Small Molecules That Stabilize Mutant Triose Phosphate Isomerase (TPI) as Treatments for TPI Deficiency.

SLAS Discov 2021 Jun 24:24725552211018198. Epub 2021 Jun 24.

Department of Pharmacology & Chemical Biology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.

Triose phosphate isomerase deficiency (TPI Df) is an untreatable, childhood-onset glycolytic enzymopathy. Patients typically present with frequent infections, anemia, and muscle weakness that quickly progresses with severe neuromusclar dysfunction requiring aided mobility and often respiratory support. Life expectancy after diagnosis is typically ~5 years. Read More

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[Spontaneous fibrinolysis and possibilities of its acceleration in pulmonary embolism].

Angiol Sosud Khir 2021 ;27(2):25-31

Laboratory of Physiology of Visceral Systems named after Academician K.M. Bykov, Institute of Experimental Medicine, Saint Petersburg, Russia.

This review contains the data concerning the mechanisms of spontaneous fibrinolysis in pulmonary vessels and possibilities of its acceleration in pulmonary embolism. The spontaneous fibrinolysis system is known to be sequential and multifactorial, with the interaction of accelerators (t-PA and u-PA) and inhibitors (alpha-2-antiplasmin, PAI-1, TAFI). The fibrinolytic processes take place in case of prevailing reactions of accelerating factors over inhibiting ones. Read More

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Experimental Manipulation of Corticosterone Does Not Affect Venom Composition or Functional Activity in Free-Ranging Rattlesnakes.

Physiol Biochem Zool 2021 Sep-Oct;94(5):286-301

AbstractVenom is an integral feeding trait in many animal species. Although venom often varies ontogenetically, little is known about the proximate physiological mediators of venom variation within individuals. The glucocorticoid hormone corticosterone (CORT) can alter the transcription and activation of proteins, including homologues of snake venom components such as snake venom metalloproteinases (SVMPs) and phospholipase A (PLA). Read More

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Elevating the charge separation of MgFeO nanostructures by Zn ions for enhanced photocatalytic and photoelectrochemical water splitting.

Chemosphere 2021 Jun 9;283:131134. Epub 2021 Jun 9.

Quantum-Functional Semiconductor Research Center (QSRC), Institute of Future Technology, Dongguk University, Seoul, South Korea.

Magnesium ferrites (MgFeO) are important class of ferrites that have been receiving greater attention as promising excellent photocatalyst due to its low cost, wide light spectrum response and environment-friendly nature. However, its poor electronic conductivity and fast charge carrier recombination hinders its electrocatalytical applications. Hence, accelerating charge carriers separation efficiency is important to modify the photoelectrochemical performance of MgFeO. Read More

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Booster Effect of a Natural Extract of (Fernblock®) That Improves the UV Barrier Function and Immune Protection Capability of Sunscreen Formulations.

Front Med (Lausanne) 2021 2;8:684665. Epub 2021 Jun 2.

Department of Medicine and Medical Specialties, Alcalá de Henares University, Madrid, Spain.

Novel approaches to photoprotection must go beyond classical MED measurements, as discoveries on the effect of UV radiation on skin paints a more complex and multi-pronged scenario with multitude of skin cell types involved. Of these, photoimmunoprotection emerges as a crucial factor that protects against skin cancer and photoaging. A novel immune parameter is enabled by the precise knowledge of the wavelength and dose of solar radiation that induces photoimmunosupression. Read More

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The Mechanisms of Yu Ping Feng San in Tracking the Cisplatin-Resistance by Regulating ATP-Binding Cassette Transporter and Glutathione S-Transferase in Lung Cancer Cells.

Front Pharmacol 2021 28;12:678126. Epub 2021 May 28.

Division of Life Science, Center for Chinese Medicine, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Kowloon, China.

Cisplatin is one of the first line anti-cancer drugs prescribed for treatment of solid tumors; however, the chemotherapeutic drug resistance is still a major obstacle of cisplatin in treating cancers. Yu Ping Feng San (YPFS), a well-known ancient Chinese herbal combination formula consisting of Astragali Radix, Atractylodis Macrocephalae Rhizoma and Saposhnikoviae Radix, is prescribed as a herbal decoction to treat immune disorders in clinic. To understand the fast-onset action of YPFS as an anti-cancer drug to fight against the drug resistance of cisplatin, we provided detailed analyses of intracellular cisplatin accumulation, cell viability, and expressions and activities of ATP-binding cassette transporters and glutathione S-transferases (GSTs) in YPFS-treated lung cancer cell lines. Read More

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Afraid of the dark: Light acutely suppresses activity in the human amygdala.

PLoS One 2021 16;16(6):e0252350. Epub 2021 Jun 16.

School of Psychological Sciences and Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Light improves mood. The amygdala plays a critical role in regulating emotion, including fear-related responses. In rodents the amygdala receives direct light input from the retina, and light may play a role in fear-related learning. Read More

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Inflammation and apoptosis, two key events induced by hyperglycemia mediated reactive nitrogen species in RGC-5 cells.

Life Sci 2021 Aug 7;279:119693. Epub 2021 Jun 7.

School of Biotechnology, Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology, Bhubaneswar 751024, India; Department of Zoology, School of Life Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi Central University, Motihari 845401, India. Electronic address:

Nitrosative stress plays a critical role in retinal injury in high glucose (HG) environment of eye, but the mechanisms remain poorly understood. Here we tested the hypothesis that HG induced reactive nitrogen species (RNS) production acts as a key functional mediator of antioxidant depletion, mitochondrial dysfunction, biomolecule damage, inflammation and apoptosis. Our findings illustrated that exposure of cultured RGC-5 cells to HG significantly disrupts the antioxidant defense mechanism and mitochondrial machineries by increasing the loss of mitochondrial membrane potential (ΔѰM) and elevating mitochondrial mass. Read More

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Inhibition of Pim-2 kinase by LT-171-861 promotes DNA damage and exhibits enhanced lethal effects with PARP inhibitor in multiple myeloma.

Biochem Pharmacol 2021 Aug 7;190:114648. Epub 2021 Jun 7.

State Key Laboratory of Natural Medicines, Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Carcinogenesis and Intervention, Department of Physiology, School of Basic Medicine and Clinical Pharmacy, China Pharmaceutical University, 24 Tongjiaxiang, Nanjing 210009, People's Republic of China. Electronic address:

Multiple myeloma (MM) is a malignancy of antibody-producing plasma cells with genomic instability and genetic abnormality as its two hallmarks. Therefore, DNA damage is pervasive in MM cells, which indicates irregular DNA damage response (DDR) pathway. In this study, we demonstrated that LT-171-861, a multiple kinase inhibitor, could inhibit proliferation and induce apoptosis in MM cells. Read More

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Resveratrol and its derivative pterostilbene ameliorate intestine injury in intrauterine growth-retarded weanling piglets by modulating redox status and gut microbiota.

J Anim Sci Biotechnol 2021 Jun 10;12(1):70. Epub 2021 Jun 10.

College of Animal Science and Technology, Nanjing Agricultural University, No.1 Weigang Street, Nanjing, Jiangsu, 210095, People's Republic of China.

Background: Intestinal disorder is an important factor contributing to growth lag and high rates of morbidity and mortality of piglets with intrauterine growth retardation (IUGR). Resveratrol (RSV) and its derivative pterostilbene (PT) are natural stilbenes possessing various bioactivities, such as antioxidative and anti-inflammatory effects. This study compared the protective potential of RSV and PT on the intestinal redox status and gut microbiota in weanling piglets with IUGR. Read More

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The H3K9 histone methyltransferase G9a modulates renal ischemia reperfusion injury by targeting Sirt1.

Free Radic Biol Med 2021 Jun 5;172:123-135. Epub 2021 Jun 5.

Department of Urology, Renmin Hospital of Wuhan University, Wuhan, 430060, Hubei, China. Electronic address:

Ischemia reperfusion (IR) injury dampens renal function and usually confers a great risk of renal failure. Aberrant expression of G9a, a H3K9 methyltransferase of mammalian histone, has been implicated as a driving event in various kidney diseases. However, the role of G9a plays in renal IR injury is required to be clarified. Read More

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Localization matters: nuclear-trapped Survivin sensitizes glioblastoma cells to temozolomide by elevating cellular senescence and impairing homologous recombination.

Cell Mol Life Sci 2021 Jul 8;78(14):5587-5604. Epub 2021 Jun 8.

Department of Toxicology, University Medical Center, Mainz, Germany.

To clarify whether differential compartmentalization of Survivin impacts temozolomide (TMZ)-triggered end points, we established a well-defined glioblastoma cell model in vitro (LN229 and A172) and in vivo, distinguishing between its nuclear and cytoplasmic localization. Expression of nuclear export sequence (NES)-mutated Survivin (SurvNESmut-GFP) led to impaired colony formation upon TMZ. This was not due to enhanced cell death but rather due to increased senescence. Read More

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Potentiation of flutamide-induced hepatotoxicity in mice by Xian-Ling-Gu-Bao through induction of CYP1A2.

J Ethnopharmacol 2021 Oct 4;278:114299. Epub 2021 Jun 4.

Key Laboratory of Basic Pharmacology of Ministry of Education, Joint International Research Laboratory of Ethnomedicine of Ministry of Education, Zunyi Medical University, Zunyi, 563003, China. Electronic address:

Ethnopharmacological Relevance: Xian-Ling-Gu-Bao (XLGB) Fufang is herbal formula widely used to treat osteoporosis and other bone disorders. Because of its commonality in the clinical use, there is a safety concern over the use of XLGB combined with other androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) drugs such as flutamide (FLU) that is associated with reduced bone density. To date, there have been no evaluations on the side effects of the drug-drug interaction between XLGB and FLU. Read More

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October 2021

Nano-Sized Hydroxyapatite Induces Apoptosis and Osteogenic Differentiation of Vascular Smooth Muscle Cells via JNK/c-JUN Pathway.

Int J Nanomedicine 2021 27;16:3633-3648. Epub 2021 May 27.

Department of Cardiology, Cardiovascular Key Laboratory of Zhejiang Province, The Second Affiliated Hospital, Zhejiang University School of Medicine, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, 310009, People's Republic of China.

Purpose: The deposition of hydroxyapatite (HAp) crystals plays an important role in the development of vascular calcification (VC). This study aimed to demonstrate the effects of nanosized HAp (nHAp) on vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) and VC progression.

Methods: Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) was used to examine cellular uptake of nHAp. Read More

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[Update on treatment resistant hypertension and secondary hypertension].

Dtsch Med Wochenschr 2021 Jun 1;146(11):742-746. Epub 2021 Jun 1.

Medizinische Klinik und Poliklinik I, Lehrstuhl Endokrinologie und Diabetologie, Universitätsklinikum Würzburg.

Resistant hypertension (RH) is defined in patients who do not meet their blood pressure targets despite the daily intake of three antihypertensive drugs in maximally tolerated dosages. This triple treatment should comprise (1) an angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor (ACE-I) or angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB), (2) a calcium channel blocker and (3) a diuretic. RH should also be diagnosed in patients on four or more antihypertensive drug classes. Read More

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Phelligridin D from Inonotus obliquus attenuates oxidative stress and accumulation of ECM in mesangial cells under high glucose via activating Nrf2.

J Nat Med 2021 May 29. Epub 2021 May 29.

School of Pharmacy and Jiangsu Key Laboratory of New Drug Research and Clinical Pharmacy, Xuzhou Medical University, No. 209 Tongshan Road, Xuzhou, 221004, Jiangsu, China.

Diabetic nephropathy (DN) is one of the most common microvascular complications of diabetes mellitus and becomes the financial burden and health problem. Pathogenesis of DN has revealed that high glucose has resulted in the oxidative stress and accumulation of extracellular matrix (ECM). Nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) is a transcription factor regulating the expression of anti-oxidant enzymes. Read More

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Elevating CDCA3 levels in non-small cell lung cancer enhances sensitivity to platinum-based chemotherapy.

Commun Biol 2021 May 28;4(1):638. Epub 2021 May 28.

Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, School of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Health, Queensland University of Technology, Translational Research Institute, Woolloongabba, QLD, Australia.

Platinum-based chemotherapy remains the cornerstone of treatment for most non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cases either as maintenance therapy or in combination with immunotherapy. However, resistance remains a primary issue. Our findings point to the possibility of exploiting levels of cell division cycle associated protein-3 (CDCA3) to improve response of NSCLC tumours to therapy. Read More

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