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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636885/differential-changes-in-the-pharmacokinetics-of-statins-in-collagen-induced-arthritis-rats
#1
Chun-Han Lin, Ke-Wei Hsu, Chia-Hao Chen, Yow-Shieng Uang, Chun-Jung Lin
The elevated systemic levels of cytokines in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can change the expression of metabolic enzymes and transporters. Given that statins are lipid-lowering agents frequently used in RA patients with concurrent cardiovascular diseases, the objective of the present study was to investigate the impacts of RA on the pharmacokinetics of statins of different disposition properties in rats with collagen-induced arthritis (CIA). The expression of metabolic enzymes and transporters in tissues of CIA rats were analyzed by RT-qPCR...
June 18, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636884/major-achievements-of-evidence-based-traditional-chinese-medicine-in-treating-major-diseases
#2
REVIEW
Jung Chao, Yuntao Dai, Robert Verpoorte, Wing Lam, Yung-Chi Cheng, Li-Heng Pao, Wei Zhang, Shilin Chen
A long history of use and extensive documentation of the clinical practices of traditional Chinese medicine resulted in a considerable number of classical preparations, which are still widely used. This heritage of our ancestors provides a unique resource for drug discovery. Already, a number of important drugs have been developed from traditional medicines, which in fact form the core of Western pharmacotherapy. Therefore, this article discusses the differences in drug development between traditional medicine and Western medicine...
June 18, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625813/neurogenesis-in-the-aging-brain
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Deana M Apple, Rene Solano-Fonseca, Erzsebet Kokovay
Adult neurogenesis is the process of producing new neurons from neural stem cells (NSCs) for integration into the brain circuitry. Neurogenesis occurs throughout life in the ventricular-subventricular zone (V-SVZ) of the lateral ventricle and the subgranular zone (SGZ) of the hippocampal dentate gyrus. However, during aging, NSCs and their progenitors exhibit reduced proliferation and neuron production, which is thought to contribute to age-related cognitive impairment and reduced plasticity that is necessary for some types of brain repair...
June 15, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619258/rho-kinase-dependent-desensitization-of-gpr39-a-unique-mechanism-of-gpcr-downregulation
#4
Yuji Shimizu, Ryokichi Koyama, Tomohiro Kawamoto
GPR39, a G-protein-coupled receptor activated by zinc, reportedly activates multiple intracellular signaling pathways via Gs, Gq, G12/13, and β-arrestin, but little is known about downregulation of the receptor upon its activation. To our knowledge, this is the first report on the mechanism of feedback regulation of GPR39 function determined in GPR39-expressing HEK293 cells (HEK293-GPR39) as a model cell system. In HEK293-GPR39 cells, GPR39-C3, which is a positive allosteric modulator, activated cAMP production (downstream of Gs), IP1 accumulation (downstream of Gq), SRF-RE-dependent transcription (downstream of G12/13), and β-arrestin recruitment...
June 12, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606603/identification-of-enzymes-responsible-for-nitrazepam-metabolism-and-toxicity-in-human
#5
Keigo Konishi, Tatsuki Fukami, Saki Gotoh, Miki Nakajima
Nitrazepam (NZP) is a hypnotic agent that rarely causes liver injuries in humans and teratogenicity in rodents. In humans, NZP is primarily metabolized to 7-aminonitrazepam (ANZP) by reduction and subsequently to 7-acetylamino nitrazepam (AANZP) by acetylation. ANZP can be regenerated from AANZP by hydrolysis in rodents, but it is still unclear whether this reaction occurs in humans. In rodents, AANZP may be associated with teratogenicity, while in humans, it is known that drug-induced liver injuries may be caused by NZP reactive metabolite(s)...
June 9, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599850/tobacco-and-alcohol-use-during-adolescence-interactive-mechanisms-in-animal-models
#6
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Yael Abreu-Villaça, Alex C Manhães, Thomas E Krahe, Claudio C Filgueiras, Anderson Ribeiro-Carvalho
There is a strong association between tobacco smoking and the consumption of alcoholic beverages. When compared to the effects of either drug on its own, the combined use may lead to worsened outcomes, such as less successful quitting attempts and increased likelihood of developing mood disorders. Co-consumption most frequently begins during adolescence, a developmental period that is characterized by an increased risk for substance use disorders. However, to date, most studies that have contributed to the current state of knowledge on the mechanisms that underlie tobacco or alcohol use/abuse, and their consequences, adopted adult animal models...
June 6, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595877/lipoxygenase-inhibitors-protect-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-cells-from-ferroptotic-cell-death
#7
Lukas Probst, Jasmin Dächert, Barbara Schenk, Simone Fulda
Ferroptosis has recently been identified as a mode of programmed cell death. However, little is yet known about the signaling mechanisms. Here, we report that lipoxygenases (LOX) contribute to the regulation of RSL3-induced ferroptosis in acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) cells. We show that the glutathione (GSH) peroxidase 4 (GPX4) inhibitor RSL3 triggers lipid peroxidation, production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and cell death in ALL cells. All these events are impeded in the presence of Ferrostatin-1 (Fer-1), a small-molecule inhibitor of lipid peroxidation...
June 5, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583845/cav1-2-channel-current-block-by-the-pka-inhibitor-h-89-in-rat-tail-artery-myocytes-via-a-pka-independent-mechanism-electrophysiological-functional-and-molecular-docking-studies
#8
Fabio Fusi, Alfonso Trezza, Ottavia Spiga, Giampietro Sgaragli, Sergio Bova
To characterize the role of cAMP-dependent protein kinase (PKA) in regulating vascular Ca(2+) current through Cav1.2 channels [ICa1.2], we have documented a marked capacity of the isoquinoline H-89, widely used as a PKA inhibitor, to reduce current amplitude. We hypothesized that the ICa1.2 inhibitory activity of H-89 was mediated by mechanisms unrelated to PKA inhibition. To support this, an in-depth analysis of H-89 vascular effects on both ICa1.2 and contractility was undertaken by performing whole-cell patch-clamp recordings and functional experiments in rat tail main artery single myocytes and rings, respectively...
June 2, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583844/nociceptin-orphanin-fq-antagonizes-lipopolysaccharide-stimulated-proliferation-migration-and-inflammatory-signaling-in-human-glioblastoma-u87-cells
#9
Andrea Bedini, Monica Baiula, Gabriele Vincelli, Francesco Formaggio, Sara Lombardi, Marco Caprini, Santi Spampinato
Glioblastoma is among the most aggressive brain tumors and has an exceedingly poor prognosis. Recently, the importance of the tumor microenvironment in glioblastoma cell growth and progression has been emphasized. Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) recognizes bacterial lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and endogenous ligands originating from dying cells or the extracellular matrix involved in host defense and in inflammation. G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) have gained interest in anti-tumor drug discovery due to the role that they directly or indirectly play by transactivating other receptors, causing cell migration and proliferation...
June 2, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28571999/sex-steroids-and-neurogenesis
#10
REVIEW
Christine Heberden
The brain has long been known as a dimorphic organ and as a target of sex steroids. It is also a site for their synthesis. Sex steroids in numerous ways can modify cerebral physiology, and along with many processes adult neurogenesis is also modulated by sex steroids. This review will focus on the effects of the main steroids, estrogens, androgens and progestogens, and unveil some aspects of their partly disclosed mechanisms of actions. Gonadal steroids act on different steps of neurogenesis: cell proliferation seems to be increased by estrogens only, while androgens and progestogens favor neuronal renewal by increasing cell survival; differentiation is a common target...
May 29, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552654/microrna-hsa-mir-370-3p-suppresses-the-expression-and-induction-of-cyp2d6-by-facilitating-mrna-degradation
#11
Linjuan Zeng, Yinting Chen, Yong Wang, Li-Rong Yu, Bridgett Knox, Jiwei Chen, Tieliu Shi, Si Chen, Zhen Ren, Lei Guo, Yuanfeng Wu, David Liu, Kaihong Huang, Weida Tong, Dianke Yu, Baitang Ning
Cytochrome P450 2D6 (CYP2D6) participates in the metabolism of approximately 20-25% of prescribed drugs. Genetic polymorphisms influence the expression and/or activity of CYP2D6, and inter-individual differences in drug activation and elimination caused by CYP2D6 genetic variants were reported. However, little is known about the potential modulation of CYP2D6 expression by microRNAs (miRNAs). In the current study, by using in silico prediction of the stabilities of miRNA/mRNA complexes, we screened 38 miRNA candidates that may interact with the transcript of CYP2D6...
May 25, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551099/wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-plays-an-essential-role-in-%C3%AE-7-nicotinic-receptor-mediated-neuroprotection-of-dopaminergic-neurons-in-a-mouse-parkinson-s-disease-model
#12
Yuan Liu, Shuai Hao, Beibei Yang, Yi Fan, Xiaodong Qin, Yun Chen, Jun Hu
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder with an incidence second only to Alzheimer's disease. The main pathological feature of PD is the death of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta. Nicotinic receptor agonists are neuroprotective in several PD models and there is considerable evidence that α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (α7-nAChRs) are important therapeutic targets for neurodegenerative diseases. However, the involvement of α7-nAChRs and underlying signaling mechanisms in PD pathogenesis are unclear...
May 24, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539264/op16-a-novel-ent-kaurene-diterpenoid-potentiates-the-antitumor-effect-of-rapamycin-by-inhibiting-rapamycin-induced-feedback-activation-of-akt-signaling-in-esophageal-squamous-cell-carcinoma
#13
Ke-Zheng Peng, Yu Ke, Qi Zhao, Fei Tian, Hong-Min Liu, Guiqin Hou, Zhaoming Lu
Hyperactivation of mTOR signaling pathway has been viewed as a significant molecular pathogenesis of cancer. However, inhibition of mTOR by rapamycin and its analogs could induce numerous negative feedback loops to attenuate their therapeutic efficacy. As a traditional Chinese herbal medicine, Rabdosia rubescens has been used to treat esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) for hundreds of years, and its major effective component is oridonin. Here we reported that OP16, a novel analog of oridonin, showed potent inhibition of cell proliferation and Akt phosphorylation in ESCC cells...
May 21, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539263/nutrients-neurogenesis-and-brain-ageing-from-disease-mechanisms-to-therapeutic-opportunities
#14
REVIEW
Marco Fidaleo, Virve Cavallucci, Giovambattista Pani
Appreciation of the physiological relevance of mammalian adult neurogenesis has in recent years rapidly expanded from a phenomenon of homeostatic cell replacement and brain repair to the current view of a complex process involved in high order cognitive functions. In parallel, an array of endogenous or exogenous triggers of neurogenesis have also been identified, among which metabolic and nutritional cues have drawn significant attention. Converging evidence from animal and in vitro studies point to nutrient sensing and energy metabolism as major physiological determinants of neural stem cell fate, and modulators of the whole neurogenic process...
May 21, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539262/synthetic-anti-endotoxin-peptides-inhibit-cytoplasmic-lps-mediated-responses
#15
Anja Pfalzgraff, Lena Heinbockel, Qi Su, Klaus Brandenburg, Günther Weindl
Toll-like receptor (TLR) 4-independent recognition of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) in the cytosol by inflammatory caspases leads to non-canonical inflammasome activation and induction of IL-1 secretion and pyroptosis. The discovery of this novel mechanism has potential implications for the development of effective drugs to treat sepsis since LPS-mediated hyperactivation of caspases is critically involved in endotoxic shock. Previously, we demonstrated that Pep19-2.5, a synthetic anti-endotoxin peptide, efficiently neutralises pathogenicity factors of Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria and protects against sepsis in vivo...
May 21, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535906/the-effects-of-curcumin-on-proliferation-apoptosis-invasion-and-nedd4-expression-in-pancreatic-cancer
#16
Jingna Su, Xiuxia Zhou, Xuyuan Yin, Lixia Wang, Zhe Zhao, Yingying Hou, Nana Zheng, Jun Xia, Zhiwei Wang
Pancreatic cancer (PC) is one of the most fatal cancers worldwide. The incidence and death rates are still increasing for PC. Curcumin is the biologically active diarylheptanoid constituent of the spice turmeric, which exerts its anticancer properties in various human cancers including PC. In particular, accumulating evidence has proved that curcumin targets numerous therapeutically important proteins in cell signaling pathways. The neural precursor cell expressed developmentally down-regulated protein 4 (NEDD4) is an E3 HECT ubiquitin ligase and is frequently over-expressed in various cancers...
May 20, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532626/single-nucleotide-polymorphisms-of-abcc2-modulate-renal-secretion-of-endogenous-organic-anions
#17
Kienana Muhrez, Bérenger Largeau, Patrick Emond, Frédéric Montigny, Jean-Michel Halimi, Patrick Trouillas, Chantal Barin-Le Guellec
The ATP-binding cassette family transporter MRP2 (multidrug resistance-associated protein 2), encoded by the ABCC2 gene, is involved in the renal excretion of numerous xenobiotics and it is likely that it also transports many endogenous molecules arising from not only normal essential metabolic processes but also from environmental toxins or food intake. We used a targeted gas chromatography-mass spectrometry metabolomics analysis to study whether endogenous organic anions are differentially excreted in urines of healthy volunteers according to their genotype for three functional single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in ABCC2...
May 19, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528695/protein-phosphatase-5-promotes-hepatocarcinogenesis-through-interaction-with-amp-activated-protein-kinase
#18
Yao-Li Chen, Man-Hsin Hung, Pei-Yi Chu, Tzu-I Chao, Ming-Hsien Tsai, Li-Ju Chen, Yung-Jen Hsiao, Chih-Ting Shih, Feng-Shu Hsieh, Kuen-Feng Chen
The serine-threonine protein phosphatase family members are known as critical regulators of various cellular functions, such as survival and transformation. Growing evidence suggests that pharmacological manipulation of phosphatase activity exhibits therapeutic benefits. Ser/Thr protein phosphatase 5 (PP5) is known to participate in glucocorticoid receptor (GR) and stress-induced signaling cascades that regulate cell growth and apoptosis, and has been shown to be overexpressed in various human malignant diseases...
May 18, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522408/multipotency-and-therapeutic-potential-of-ng2-cells
#19
REVIEW
Martin Valny, Pavel Honsa, Jan Kriska, Miroslava Anderova
NG2 cells represent one of the most proliferative glial cell populations in the intact mammalian central nervous system (CNS). They are well-known for their ability to renew themselves or to generate new oligodendrocytes during development as well as in adulthood, therefore also being termed oligodendrocyte progenitor cells. Following CNS injuries, such as demyelination, trauma or ischemia, the proliferative capacity of NG2 cells rapidly increases and moreover, their differentiation potential broadens, as documented by numerous reports also describing their differentiation into astrocytes or even neurons...
May 15, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522407/high-throughput-screening-and-bioinformatic-analysis-to-ascertain-compounds-that-prevent-saturated-fatty-acid-induced-%C3%AE-cell-apoptosis
#20
Seung-Hee Lee, Daniel Cunha, Carlo Piermarocchi, Giovanni Paternostro, Anthony Pinkerton, Laurence Ladriere, Piero Marchetti, Decio L Eizirik, Miriam Cnop, Fred Levine
Pancreatic β-cell lipotoxicity is a central feature of the pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes. To study the mechanism by which fatty acids cause β-cell death and develop novel approaches to prevent it, a high-throughput screen on the β-cell line INS1 was carried out. The cells were exposed to palmitate to induce cell death and compounds that reversed palmitate-induced cytotoxicity were ascertained. Hits from the screen were analyzed by an increasingly more stringent testing funnel, ending with studies on primary human islets treated with palmitate...
May 15, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
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