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  • Systematic Quantification of Population Cell Death Kinetics in Mammalian Cells. Cell systems Forcina, G. C., Conlon, M. n., Wells, A. n., Cao, J. Y., Dixon, S. J. 2017; 4 (6): 600–610.e6


    Cytotoxic compounds are important drugs and research tools. Here, we introduce a method, scalable time-lapse analysis of cell death kinetics (STACK), to quantify the kinetics of compound-induced cell death in mammalian cells at the population level. STACK uses live and dead cell markers, high-throughput time-lapse imaging, and mathematical modeling to determine the kinetics of population cell death over time. We used STACK to profile the effects of over 1,800 bioactive compounds on cell death in two human cancer cell lines, resulting in a large and freely available dataset. 79 potent lethal compounds common to both cell lines caused cell death with widely divergent kinetics. 13 compounds triggered cell death within hours, including the metallophore zinc pyrithione. Mechanistic studies demonstrated that this rapid onset lethal phenotype was caused in human cancer cells by metabolic disruption and ATP depletion. These results provide the first comprehensive survey of cell death kinetics and analysis of rapid-onset lethal compounds.

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  • Biatriospora (Ascomycota: Pleosporales) is an ecologically diverse genus including facultative marine fungi and endophytes with biotechnological potential PLANT SYSTEMATICS AND EVOLUTION Kolarik, M., Spakowicz, D. J., Gazis, R., Shaw, J., Kubatova, A., Novakova, A., Chudickova, M., Forcina, G. C., Kang, K. W., Kelnarova, I., Skaltsas, D., Portero, C. E., Strobel, S. A., Narvaez-Trujillo, A. 2017; 303 (1): 35-50
  • Stelliosphaerols A and B, Sesquiterpene-Polyol Conjugates from an Ecuadorian Fungal Endophyte JOURNAL OF NATURAL PRODUCTS Forcina, G. C., Castro, A., Bokesch, H. R., Spakowicz, D. J., Legaspi, M. E., Kucera, K., Villota, S., Narvaez-Trujillo, A., McMahon, J. B., Gustafson, K. R., Strobelt, S. A. 2015; 78 (12): 3005-3010


    Endophytic fungi are plant tissue-associated fungi that represent a rich resource of unexplored biological and chemical diversity. As part of an ongoing effort to characterize Amazon rainforest-derived endophytes, numerous fungi were isolated and cultured from plants collected in the Yasuní National Park in Ecuador. Of these samples, phylogenetic and morphological data revealed a previously undescribed fungus in the order Pleosporales that was cultured from the tropical tree Duroia hirsuta. Extracts from this fungal isolate displayed activity against Staphylococcus aureus and were thus subjected to detailed chemical studies. Two compounds with modest antibacterial activity were isolated, and their structures were elucidated using a combination of NMR spectroscopic analysis, LC-MS studies, and chemical degradation. These efforts led to the identification of stelliosphaerols A (1) and B (2), new sesquiterpene-polyol conjugates that are responsible, at least in part, for the S. aureus inhibitory activity of the fungal extract.

    View details for DOI 10.1021/acs.jnatprod.5b00749

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