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Biochemical Pharmacology

Shin Ishikane, Fumi Takahashi-Yanaga
Hypertension, which often exists as a comorbid condition in cancer patients, is considered as a factor affecting cancer progression. The renin-angiotensin system (RAS) plays an important role in theregulation of blood pressure, and angiotensin II (Ang II) is a well-known pressor peptide in RAS. There is also accumulated evidence indicating that Ang II plays a critical role in the metastasis of various cancers by modulating adhesion, migration invasion, proliferation, and angiogenesis. Consistent with this, large epidemiological studies have reported the potential beneficial effects of angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors and Ang II type 1 receptor blockers (ARBs) against cancer metastasis; however, some of the results remain controversial...
March 10, 2018: Biochemical Pharmacology
Won Kyung Kim, Woong Sub Byun, Hwa-Jin Chung, Jedo Oh, Hyen Joo Park, Jae Sue Choi, Sang Kook Lee
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the most common malignant disease worldwide due to its metastasis via the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) process. E-cadherin and Wnt signaling are emerging as potential targets for suppressing the EMT. In this context, Axin2 has been recognized as a negative regulator that inhibits glycogen synthase kinase 3β (GSK3β)-mediated degradation of Snail1, a transcriptional repressor of E-cadherin. However, Axin2 can also impede Wnt signaling via β-catenin degradation. Therefore, Axin2 may serve as either a promoter or suppressor of tumors, and the effects of its inhibition on the cell proliferation and metastasis of CRC require further elucidation...
March 10, 2018: Biochemical Pharmacology
Claudia Fumarola, Pier Giorgio Petronini, Roberta Alfieri
Cell metabolic reprogramming is one of the main hallmarks of cancer and many oncogenic pathways that drive the cancer-promoting signals also drive the altered metabolism. This review focuses on recent data on the use of oncogene-targeting agents as potential modulators of deregulated metabolism in different solid cancers. Many drugs, originally designed to inhibit a specific target, then have turned out to have different effects involving also cell metabolism, which may contribute to the mechanisms underlying the growth inhibitory activity of these drugs...
March 9, 2018: Biochemical Pharmacology
Martyna Szpakowska, Max Meyrath, Nathan Reynders, Manuel Counson, Julien Hanson, Jan Steyaert, Andy Chevigné
The atypical chemokine receptor ACKR3/CXCR7 plays crucial roles in numerous physiological processes but also in viral infection and cancer. ACKR3 shows strong propensity for activation and, unlike classical chemokine receptors, can respond to chemokines from both the CXC and CC families as well as to the endogenous peptides BAM22 and adrenomedullin. Moreover, despite belonging to the G protein coupled receptor family, its function appears to be mainly dependent on β-arrestin. ACKR3 has also been shown to continuously cycle between the plasma membrane and the endosomal compartments, suggesting a possible role as a scavenging receptor...
March 9, 2018: Biochemical Pharmacology
Ahsan F Bairam, Mohammed I Rasool, Fatemah A Alherz, Maryam S Abunnaja, Amal A El Daibani, Saud A Gohal, Katsuhisa Kurogi, Yoichi Sakakibara, Masahito Suiko, Ming-Cheh Liu
Previous studies have demonstrated the involvement of sulfoconjugation in the metabolism of catecholamines and serotonin. The current study aimed to clarify the effects of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of human SULT1A3 and SULT1A4 genes on the enzymatic characteristics of the sulfation of dopamine, epinephrine, norepinephrine and serotonin by SULT1A3 allozymes. Following a comprehensive search of different SULT1A3 and SULT1A4 genotypes, twelve non-synonymous (missense) coding SNPs (cSNPs) of SULT1A3/SULT1A4 were identified...
March 7, 2018: Biochemical Pharmacology
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March 7, 2018: Biochemical Pharmacology
Jung Gi Lee, Jae Ha Ryu, Seon-Myung Kim, Moon-Young Park, San-Ho Kim, Young G Shin, Jong-Woo Sohn, Ha Hyung Kim, Zee-Yong Park, Jae Young Seong, Jae Il Kim
Exendin-4, a 39 amino acid peptide isolated from the saliva of the Gila monster, plays an important role in regulating glucose homeostasis, and is used clinically for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. Exendin-4 shares 53% sequence identity with the incretin hormone glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1) but, unlike GLP-1, is highly resistant to proteolytic enzymes such as dipeptidyl peptidase IV (DPP-IV) and neutral endopeptidase 24.11 (NEP 24.11). Herein, we focused on the structure and function of the C-terminal Trp-cage of exendin-4, and suggest that it may be structurally required for resistance to proteolysis by NEP 24...
March 6, 2018: Biochemical Pharmacology
Takayuki Amano, Tatsuki Fukami, Takuo Ogiso, Daisuke Hirose, Jeffrey P Jones, Tsuyoshi Taniguchi, Miki Nakajima
Dantrolene is used for malignant hyperthermia during anesthesia, and it sometimes causes severe liver injury as a side effect. Dantrolene is metabolized to acetylaminodantrolene, which is formed via the reduction of dantrolene to aminodantrolene and subsequent acetylation. Formation of hydroxylamine during the metabolic process may be associated with liver injury. We identified the enzymes responsible for dantrolene metabolism in humans to elucidate the mechanism of liver injury. Dantrolene reductase activity was not detected in human liver microsomes, but it was detected in cytosol...
March 6, 2018: Biochemical Pharmacology
Yasmin S Mohamed, Lamiaa A Ahmed, Hesham A Salem, Azza M Agha
Liver Fibrosis is one of the most serious conditions affecting patients worldwide. In the present study, the role of nitric oxide and KATP channel was investigated for the first time in the possible protection mediated by nicorandil in bile duct ligation-induced liver fibrosis in rats. Nicorandil (3mg/kg/day) was given orally 24 h after bile duct ligation for 14 days till the end of the experiment. Nicorandil group showed marked improvement in liver function tests, hepatic oxidative stress and inflammatory markers as well as inducible and endothelial nitric oxide synthase protein expression...
March 6, 2018: Biochemical Pharmacology
Chris Schiering, Anne Vonk, Srustidhar Das, Brigitta Stockinger, Emma Wincent
The aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR)controls interleukin 22 production by T helper 17 cells (Th17). IL-22contributes to intestinalhomeostasis but has also been implicated inchronic inflammatory disorders and colorectal cancer, highlighting the need for appropriate regulation of IL-22 production. Upon activation, the AHR induces expression of cytochrome P4501 (CYP1) enzymes that in turn play an important feedback role that curtails the duration of AHR signaling by metabolizingAHRligands. Recently we described how agents that inhibit CYP1 function potentiate AHR signalingby disruptingmetabolic clearance of the endogenous ligand 6-formylindolo[3,2-b]carbazole (FICZ)...
February 28, 2018: Biochemical Pharmacology
Azusa Majikina, Kenji Takahashi, Shigeru Saito, Makoto Tominaga, Toshio Ohta
Pulegone, one of avian repellents, is used to prevent the economic loss caused by birds. Chemical repellents often evoke unpleasant sensations and sensory irritation resulting in avoidance under some circumstances. It is recognized that some TRP channels expressing sensory neurons are related to nociception. Here we determined the molecular mechanisms of the repellent action of pulegone using isolated chicken sensory neurons and heterologous expression system. Pulegone increased the intracellular Ca2+ concentration ([Ca2+ ]i ) in chicken sensory neurons...
February 28, 2018: Biochemical Pharmacology
Khosrow Kashfi
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February 28, 2018: Biochemical Pharmacology
Chih-Ming Weng, Meng-Jung Lee, Jung-Re He, Ming-Wei Chao, Chun-Hua Wang, Han-Pin Kuo
IL-17A is implicated in many aspects of pathogenesis of severe asthma, including inducing neutrophilic inflammation, airway hyperresponsiveness, steroid insensitivity and airway remodeling. Diesel exhaust particles (DEP) emission from vehicles has been shown to expand Th17 cells to increase IL-17A release that contributes to DEP-mediated exacerbation of asthma severity. It is not known whether non-immune cells in airways may also release IL-17A in response to DEP exposure. In this study, We found IL-17A expression was upregulated in the epithelium of severe allergic asthma patients from high road traffic pollution areas compared to those in low...
February 27, 2018: Biochemical Pharmacology
Berta Anuncibay-Soto, Diego Pérez-Rodriguez, María Santos-Galdiano, Enrique Font-Belmonte, Irene F Ugidos, Paloma Gonzalez-Rodriguez, Marta Regueiro-Purriños, Arsenio Fernández-López
BACKGROUND: Blood reperfusion of the ischemic tissue after stroke promotes increases in the inflammatory response as well as accumulation of unfolded/misfolded proteins in the cell, leading to endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress. Both Inflammation and ER stress are critical processes in the delayed death of the cells damaged after ischemia. The aim of this study is to check the putative synergic neuroprotective effect by combining anti-inflammatory and anti-ER stress agents after ischemia...
February 27, 2018: Biochemical Pharmacology
Edmund Cheung So, Yingwei Wang, Li Qun Yang, Kenny Hsu So, Yi-Ching Lo, Sheng-Nan Wu
GMQ (2-guanidine-4-methylquinazoline or N-(4-methyl-2-quinazolinyl)-guanidine hydrochloride), an agonist of acid-sensing ion channel type 3, has been increasingly used for in vivo studies of alternations in nociceptic behavior. In this study, we tried to investigate whether GMQ has any possible effect on other types of ion channels. Addition of GMQ to pituitary GH3 cells raised the amplitude of Ca2+ -activated K+ currents (IK(Ca) ), which was reversed by verruculogen or PF1022A, but not by TRAM-39. Under inside-out current recordings, addition of GMQ into bath enhanced the probability of large-conductance Ca2+ -activated K+ (BKCa ) channels with an EC50 value of 0...
February 22, 2018: Biochemical Pharmacology
Lin Li, Bin Sun, Yun Gao, Huanmin Niu, Huiqing Yuan, Hongxiang Lou
RDD648, a novel derivative of a natural molecule riccardin D, exhibited potent anticancer activity by targeting lysosomes in vitro and in vivo. Mechanistic studies revealed that RDD648 facilitated STAT3 translocation into the nucleus, and this activity was involved in lysosome-mediated cell death as evidenced by our finding that inhibition of STAT3 alleviated lysosomal membrane permeabilization. Further investigation indicated that nuclear STAT3 directly interacted with transcription factor TFEB, leading to the partial loss of function of TFEB which is essential for lysosome turnover...
February 21, 2018: Biochemical Pharmacology
Jun Gu, Yu-Qi Fan, Hui-Li Zhang, Jian-An Pan, Jian-Ying Yu, Jun-Feng Zhang, Chang-Qian Wang
The clinical use of doxorubicin (DOX) is limited by cardiotoxicity, involving the dysregulation of autophagy and apoptosis in the myocardium, which were partly reversed by resveratrol (RSV) supplement. However, a definitive mechanisms accounting for DOX's cardiotoxicity and the protective role of RSV remain poorly defined. The aim of the present study was to clarify the specific role of E2F transcription factor 1(E2F1) in regulating autophagy and apoptosis in DOX-induced cardiotoxicity as well as the protective effects of RSV...
February 20, 2018: Biochemical Pharmacology
Paradorn Muangnil, Saravut Satitsri, Kwanruthai Tadpetch, Patchreenart Saparpakorn, Varanuj Chatsudthipong, Supa Hannongbua, Vatcharin Rukachaisirikul, Chatchai Muanprasat
Overstimulation of CFTR-mediated Cl- secretion plays an important role in the pathogenesis of secretory diarrheas, which remain an important global health problem. This study aimed to identify inhibitors of CFTR-mediated Cl- secretion from a library of fungus-derived compounds and to evaluate their pharmacological properties and anti-diarrheal utility. We identified zearalenone, 7'-dehydrozearalenone and 8'-hydroxyzearalenone isolated from the seagrass-derived fungus Fusarium sp. PSU-ES123 as inhibitors of CFTR-mediated Cl- secretion in human intestinal epithelial (T84) cells...
February 20, 2018: Biochemical Pharmacology
Yudong Hu, Kaikai Yu, Gang Wang, Depeng Zhang, Chaoji Shi, Yunhe Ding, Duo Hong, Dan Zhang, Huiqiong He, Lei Sun, Jun-Nian Zheng, Shuyang Sun, Feng Qian
Gastric cancer is the third common cause of cancer mortality in the world with poor prognosis and high recurrence due to lack of effective medicines. Our studies revealed that lanatoside C, a FDA-approved cardiac glycoside, had an anti-proliferation effect on different human cancer cell lines (MKN-45; SGC-7901; HN4; MCF-7; HepG2) and gastric cell lines MKN-45 and SGC-7901 were the most sensitive cell lines to lanatoside C. MKN-45 cells treated with lanatoside C showed cell cycle arrest at G2/M phase and inhibition of cell migration...
February 20, 2018: Biochemical Pharmacology
Marco A Gianfrancesco, Nicolas Paquot, Jacques Piette, Sylvie Legrand-Poels
The maintenance of the characteristic lipid compositions and physicochemical properties of biological membranes is essential for their proper function. Mechanisms allowing to sense and restore membrane homeostasis have been identified in prokaryotes for a long time and more recently in eukaryotes. A membrane remodeling can result from aberrant metabolism as seen in obesity. In this review, we describe how such lipid bilayer stress can account for the modulation of membrane proteins involved in the pathogenesis of obesity-linked inflammatory and metabolic disorders...
February 17, 2018: Biochemical Pharmacology
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