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Publication Title: 
Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics

The emergence of bacterial multidrug resistance is an increasing problem in treatment of infectious diseases. An important cause for the multidrug resistance of bacteria is the expression of multidrug efflux transporters. The multidrug and toxic compound extrusion (MATE) transporters are most recently recognized as unique efflux system for extrusion of antimicrobials and therapeutic drugs due to energy stored in either Na(+) or H(+) electrochemical gradient.

Author(s): 
Kesherwani, Manish
Michael Gromiha, M.
Fukui, Kazuhiko
Velmurugan, Devadasan
Publication Title: 
Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research

PURPOSE: To test ribozymes targeting mouse telomerase RNA (mTER) for suppression of the progression of B16-F10 murine melanoma metastases in vivo. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: Hammerhead ribozymes were designed to target mTER. The ribozyme sequences were cloned into a plasmid expression vector containing EBV genomic elements that substantially prolong expression of genes delivered in vivo. The activity of various antitelomerase ribozymes or control constructs was examined after i.v. injection of cationic liposome:DNA complexes containing control or ribozyme constructs.

Author(s): 
Nosrati, Mehdi
Li, Shang
Bagheri, Sepideh
Ginzinger, David
Blackburn, Elizabeth H.
Debs, Robert J.
Kashani-Sabet, Mohammed
Publication Title: 
Journal of Cosmetic Science

A series of new high charge density Polyquaternium-67(1) (PQ-67) polymers have been prepared and evaluated in shampoo formulations. These new compositions represent an addition to the family of high-viscosity quaternized hydroxyethylcellulose (HEC) polymers with cationic substitution of trimethyl ammonium and dimethyldodecyl ammonium(2) (Figure 1A) described in (1) and (2). The evaluation protocol included objective lab methods and subjective panel studies on different hair types.

Author(s): 
Drovetskaya, T. V.
Diantonio, E. F.
Kreeger, R. L.
Amos, J. L.
Frank, D. P.
Publication Title: 
PloS One

BACKGROUND: Recent studies have demonstrated that several mineral products sold for medicinal purposes demonstrate antimicrobial activity, but little is known about the physicochemical properties involved in antibacterial activity. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Using in vitro mineral suspension testing, we have identified two natural mineral mixtures, arbitrarily designated BY07 and CB07, with antibacterial activity against a broad-spectrum of bacterial pathogens.

Author(s): 
Cunningham, Tanya M.
Koehl, Jennifer L.
Summers, Jack S.
Haydel, Shelley E.
Publication Title: 
BMC complementary and alternative medicine

BACKGROUND: With a traditional medical use for treatment of various ailments, herbal preparations of Echinacea are now popularly used to improve immune responses. One likely mode of action is that alkamides from Echinacea bind to cannabinoid type 2 (CB2) receptors and induce a transient increase in intracellular Ca2+. Here, we show that unidentified compounds from Echinacea purpurea induce cytosolic Ca2+ elevation in non-immune-related cells, which lack CB2 receptors and that the Ca2+ elevation is not influenced by alkamides.

Author(s): 
Wu, Lankun
Rowe, Eric W.
Jeftinija, Ksenija
Jeftinija, Srdija
Rizshsky, Ludmila
Nikolau, Basil J.
McKay, Jodi
Kohut, Marian
Wurtele, Eve Syrkin
Publication Title: 
PloS One

We have identified a natural clay mixture that exhibits in vitro antibacterial activity against a broad spectrum of bacterial pathogens. We collected four samples from the same source and demonstrated through antibacterial susceptibility testing that these clay mixtures have markedly different antibacterial activity against Escherichia coli and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

Author(s): 
Otto, Caitlin C.
Haydel, Shelley E.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Animal Science

Six experiments were conducted to evaluate dietary cation-anion difference (DCAD) in concentrate diets on urinary pH, feedlot performance, and N mass balance. In Exp. 1, 15 wether lambs (33.5 ± 3.0 kg) in five 3 × 3 Latin squares were fed a basal diet of 82.5% dry-rolled corn (DRC), 7.5% alfalfa hay, 5% molasses, and 5% supplement with different proportions of anionic and cationic salts. The DCAD was -45, -24, -16, -8, 0, +8, +16, +24, +32, and +40 mEq per 100 g of DM with the control basal diet (DCAD = +8) included in each square.

Author(s): 
Luebbe, M. K.
Erickson, G. E.
Klopfenstein, T. J.
Greenquist, M. A.
Benton, J. R.
Publication Title: 
The Biochemical Journal

Indy is a gene in Drosophila melanogaster which, when made dysfunctional, leads to an extension of the average adult life span of the organism. The present study was undertaken to clone the Indy gene-product and to establish its functional identity. We isolated a full-length Indy cDNA from a D. melanogaster cDNA library. The cDNA codes for a protein of 572 amino acids [( Drosophila Indy (drIndy)]. In its amino acid sequence, drIndy exhibits comparable similarity to the two known Na(+)-coupled dicarboxylate transporters in mammals; namely, NaDC1 (35% identity) and NaDC3 (34% identity).

Author(s): 
Inoue, Katsuhisa
Fei, You-Jun
Huang, Wei
Zhuang, Lina
Chen, Zhong
Ganapathy, Vadivel
Publication Title: 
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

Caloric restriction extends life span in a variety of species, highlighting the importance of energy balance in aging. A new longevity gene, Indy (for I'm not dead yet), which doubles the average life span of flies without a loss of fertility or physical activity, was postulated to extend life by affecting intermediary metabolism.

Author(s): 
Knauf, Felix
Rogina, Blanka
Jiang, Zhirong
Aronson, Peter S.
Helfand, Stephen L.
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