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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641304/hyperemesis-gravidarum-a-review-of-recent-literature
#1
Viktoriya London, Stephanie Grube, David M Sherer, Ovadia Abulafia
BACKGROUND: In the United States, hyperemesis gravidarum is the most common cause of hospitalization during the first half of pregnancy and is second only to preterm labor for hospitalizations in pregnancy overall. In approximately 0.3-3% of pregnancies, hyperemesis gravidarum is prevalent and this percentage varies on account of different diagnostic criteria and ethnic variation in study populations. Despite extensive research in this field, the mechanism of the disease is largely unknown...
June 23, 2017: Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641287/chrysophanol-suppressed-glutamate-induced-hippocampal-neuronal-cell-death-via-regulation-of-dynamin-related-protein-1-dependent-mitochondrial-fission
#2
Unbin Chae, Ju-Sik Min, Hyun Hee Leem, Hyun-Shik Lee, Hong Jun Lee, Sang-Rae Lee, Dong-Seok Lee
Chrysophanic acid, or chrysophanol, is an anthraquinone found in Rheum palmatum, which was used in the preparation of oriental medicine in ancient China. The hippocampus plays a major role in controlling the activities of the short- and long-term memory. It is one of the major regions affected by excessive cell death in Alzheimer's disease. Therefore, neuronal cell-death modulation in the hippocampus is important for maintaining neuronal function. We investigated chrysophanol's effects on glutamate-induced hippocampal neuronal cell death...
June 23, 2017: Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637045/effects-of-injection-of-gamma-aminobutyric-acid-agonists-into-the-nucleus-accumbens-on-naloxone-induced-morphine-withdrawal
#3
Betilay Topkara, Hasan R Yananli, Eren Sakallı, Mehluge Caferova
AIMS: This study was to investigate the effects of local administration of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) agonists into the nucleus accumbens (NAc) on naloxone-induced morphine withdrawal symptoms. METHODS: Bilateral guide cannulas were stereotaxically implanted in the shell or core regions of the NAc of Sprague-Dawley rats. After a recovery period, 3 morphine pellets, each consisting of 75 mg morphine base, were placed subcutaneously on the first and third days of the study with the rats under mild ether anaesthesia...
June 22, 2017: Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637041/the-effects-of-fungicides-on-human-3%C3%AE-hydroxysteroid-dehydrogenase-1-and-aromatase-in-human-placental-cell-line-jeg-3
#4
Shuyan Cao, Leping Ye, Ying Wu, Baiping Mao, Lanlan Chen, Xiudi Wang, Ping Huang, Ying Su, Ren-Shan Ge
Placenta secretes a large amount of progesterone and estradiol, which are critical for maintaining pregnancy. In human placenta, 3β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase 1 (HSD3B1) catalyzes pregnenolone to form progesterone, and aromatase (CYP19A1) catalyzes testosterone into estradiol. Fungicides display antifungal activities and are widely used to prevent fungal infections in agricultural plants. These chemicals include azoles, such as tebuconazole (TEB), triadimefon (TRI), and vinclozolin (VCZ) or organotins, such as tributyltin (TBT) and tetrabutyltin (TTBT)...
June 22, 2017: Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637049/protecting-oligodendrocytes-by-targeting-non-glutamate-receptors-as-a-new-therapeutic-strategy-for-ischemic-stroke
#5
Pan Luo, Dong Liu, Lianjun Guo
Ischemic stroke has many devastating effects within the brain. At the cellular level, excitotoxicity has been a popular pharmacological target for therapeutics. To date, many clinical trials have been performed with drugs that target excitatory neurotransmitter receptors, such as NMDA receptor agonists. The results, however, have been lackluster. Most efforts to understand the impacts of excitotoxicity on the brain have focused primarily on neurons, and to a lesser degree, on gliocytes as cellular targets. Recent evidence suggests that oligodendrocytes (OLGs), the myelin-forming cells in the central nervous system, are damaged by ischemia in a manner completely different from that in neurons...
June 21, 2017: Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614821/thromboxane-formation-assay-to-identify-high-on-treatment-platelet-reactivity-to-aspirin
#6
Annemarie Mohring, Kerstin Piayda, Lisa Dannenberg, Saif Zako, Theresa Schneider, Kirsten Bartkowski, Bodo Levkau, Tobias Zeus, Malte Kelm, Thomas Hohlfeld, Amin Polzin
Platelet inhibition by aspirin is indispensable in the secondary prevention of cardiovascular events. Nevertheless, impaired aspirin antiplatelet effects (high on-treatment platelet reactivity [HTPR]) are frequent. This is associated with an enhanced risk of cardiovascular events. The current gold standard to evaluate platelet hyper-reactivity despite aspirin intake is the light-transmittance aggregometry (LTA). However, pharmacologically, the most specific test is the measurement of arachidonic acid (AA)-induced thromboxane (TX) B2 formation...
June 15, 2017: Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28554169/neohesperidin-exerts-lipid-regulating-effects-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-via-fibroblast-growth-factor-21-and-amp-activated-protein-kinase-sirtuin-type-1-peroxisome-proliferator-activated-receptor-gamma-coactivator-1%C3%AE-signaling-axis
#7
Haoshu Wu, Yunxi Liu, Xiaobing Chen, Difeng Zhu, Jian Ma, Youyou Yan, Meimei Si, Xian Li, Chongde Sun, Bo Yang, Qiaojun He, Kunsong Chen
The purpose of this study is to prove the lipid-regulating effects of neohesperidin (NHP) and explore the potential mechanisms related to fibroblast growth factor 21 (FGF21) and AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK). Free fatty acids (FFAs)-induced lipid-accumulated HepG2 cells, acutely egg yolk-induced dyslipidemia and chronically diet-induced obese (DIO) model mice were treated with NHP. Biochemical analyses were carried out to determine the lipid profiles. Western blotting and real-time PCR were employed to analyze FGF21, AMPK and the related proteins or mRNA expressions...
May 30, 2017: Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521325/effect-of-high-salt-diet-on-age-related-high-blood-pressure-and-hypothalamic-redox-signaling
#8
Bilgen Basgut, Melissa A Whidden, Nataliya Kirichenko, Mary Woods, Benedek Erdos, Philip J Scarpace, Nihal Tümer
AIM: The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of a high salt (HS) diet on age-related changes in blood pressure (BP) and the possible role played by regulatory central mechanisms. METHODS: Young (5 months) and old (27 months) male Fischer 344 × Brown Norway (F344/BN) rats were fed standard chow or 8% HS diet for 12 days. BP and heart rate (HR) were measured by telemetry. RESULTS: Mean arterial BP (MAP) was significantly elevated in old rats during the day and night when compared with young animals...
May 19, 2017: Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501872/a-mechanism-study-underlying-the-protective-effects-of-cyclosporine-a-on-lung-ischemia-reperfusion-injury
#9
Jian''an Li, Zhongya Yan, Qianjin Fang
AIM: This study is aimed at validating the hypothesis that administration of cyclosporine-A (CsA) would be protective in lung ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) injury and in exploring the underlying mechanism. METHODS: Rabbits were divided into 4 groups: the control, sham operation, I/R, and I/R with CsA treatment. Flow cytometry was used to measure the mitochondrial membrane potential. Laser scanning confocal microscope was used to analyze mitochondrion permeability transition pore (MPTP)...
2017: Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494454/acceleration-of-apoptosis-by-extracellular-basic-ph-in-a-3d-human-skin-equivalent-system
#10
Gunhyuk Park, Dal-Seok Oh, Yong-Ung Kim, Moon Ki Park
Previously, we have shown that extracellular basic pH plays a significant role in both the direct and indirect regulation of cellular processes in a wound; this in turn affects the wound-healing process. Several studies have demonstrated the importance of apoptosis modulation in the wound-healing process, especially in removing inflammatory cells and in inhibiting scar formation. However, the effects of extracellular basic pH on wound healing-related skin damage are yet to be examined. Therefore, we investigated the induction of accelerated apoptosis by extracellular basic pH in skin...
2017: Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494448/effects-of-cyp2c19-variants-on-fluoxetine-metabolism-in-vitro
#11
Ping Fang, Jia-Yang He, Ai-Xia Han, Tian Lan, Da-Peng Dai, Jian-Ping Cai, Guo-Xin Hu
AIMS: CYP2C19 is an important member of the cytochrome P450 enzyme superfamily. We recently identified 31 CYP2C19 alleles in the Han Chinese population. The aim of this study was to assess the catalytic activities of these allelic isoforms and their effects on the metabolism of fluoxetine in vitro. METHODS: The wild-type and 30 CYP2C19 variants were expressed in insect cells and each variant was characterized using fluoxetine as the substrate. Reactions were performed at 37°C with 20-1,000 µmol/L substrate for 30 min...
2017: Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486232/osthole-a-coumadin-analog-from-cnidium-monnieri-l-cusson-ameliorates-nucleus-pulposus-induced-radicular-inflammatory-pain-by-inhibiting-the-activation-of-extracellular-signal-regulated-kinase-in-rats
#12
Hai-Xuan Wu, Yi-Min Wang, Hui Xu, Ming Wei, Qiu-Lan He, Mei-Na Li, Lai-Bao Sun, Ming-Hui Cao
AIM: This study was aimed at assessing the role of extracellular signal regulated kinase (ERK) in mechanical allodynia resulting from lumbar disc herniation (LDH) and exploring the osthole's anti-nociceptive effect on ERK activation. METHODS: Radicular pain was generated by applying nucleus pulposus (NP) to the L5 dorsal root ganglion (DRG). Allodynia was measured using Von Frey filaments to calculate the mechanical pain threshold. Phosphorylated ERK and total ERK protein in the lumbar spinal dorsal horn was detected by using the Western blot technique...
2017: Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482342/pioglitazone-attenuates-injury-induced-neointima-formation-in-mouse-femoral-artery-partially-through-the-activation-of-amp-activated-protein-kinase
#13
Islam Osman, Arwa Fairaq, Lakshman Segar
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Pioglitazone (PIO), an antidiabetic drug, has been shown to attenuate vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) proliferation, which is a major event in atherosclerosis and restenosis after angioplasty. Till date, the likely contributory role of AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) toward PIO inhibition of VSMC proliferation has not been examined in vivo. This study is aimed at determining whether pharmacological inhibition of AMPK would prevent the inhibitory effect of PIO on neointima formation in a mouse model of arterial injury...
2017: Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28467994/making-the-case-for-power-abuse-disorder-as-a-nosologic-entity
#14
Gerald Zernig, Christoph Hiemke
The development of societies and cultures arguably is based on the ability of human primates to form hierarchies in which some individuals acquire and wield power, that is, control resources and influence and control the behavior of their conspecifics. In the following, we focus on the type of human primate power wielding that (a) harms and (b) produces excessive negative emotions in (1) the victim(s) of the power wielder and (2) the power wielder her/himself. If such a harmful behavior of the power wielder is not accompanied by an ethically justifiable benefit for the involved human primate groups, it can be considered "power abuse...
2017: Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28467992/rutin-attenuates-oxidative-stress-and-proinflammatory-cytokine-level-in-adjuvant-induced-rheumatoid-arthritis-via-inhibition-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb
#15
Chong-Ling Sun, Jun Wei, Li-Qi Bi
The present study was intended to elucidate the effect of rutin, a flavonoid, on arthritis in complete Freund's adjuvant-induced arthritic rats. The present study showed that more pronounced effect has been observed in the case of 15 mg/kg dose of rutin, with significant reduction in paw diameter together with positive modulation of hematological parameters as compared to 2 other tested doses. A significant upsurge in the level of superoxide dismutase, glutathione peroxidase and glutathione were observed together with decrease in the level of malondialdehyde after treatment with rutin in a dose-dependent manner...
2017: Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441657/involvement-of-the-multidrug-and-toxic-compound-extrusion-transporter-in-testosterone-release-from-cultured-pig-leydig-cells
#16
Mitsuhiro Goda, Kana Oda, Atsuko Oda, Naoki Kobayashi, Masato Otsuka
Testosterone is considered to be released from Leydig cells via passive diffusion because of its hydrophobicity; however, the exact mechanism underlying testosterone secretion and the transporter involved are both unknown. Multidrug and toxic compound extrusion (MATE) transporters are predominantly found in the kidneys and liver and are thought to function in the elimination of metabolic organic cations during the final step of excretion in the kidney. In contrast, mMATE2 has been shown to be predominantly expressed in testicular Leydig cells...
2017: Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346918/5-ht1a-receptors-mediate-analgesia-induced-by-emulsified-sevoflurane-in-thermal-nociception-but-have-little-effect-on-chemical-nociception
#17
Chen Yan, Dai Ti-Jun, Li Xin, Cao Gao, Jiang Shen, Tao Hong, Meng Zhi-Xiu
OBJECTIVE: The study aimed to investigate the relationship between the analgesic effect of sevoflurane and 5-serotonin receptor 1A (5-HT1A R) in the spinal cords of mice. METHODS: Analgesic mouse models were established by intraperitoneal injection of emulsified sevoflurane, and the influence of p-MPPF (a specific antagonist of 5-HT1A Rs) intrathecal injection on the changes in tail-flick latency in tail-withdrawal test, pain threshold in hot-plate test (HPPT), and writhing times in acetic acid-induced writhing test were recorded...
2017: Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334726/preparation-characterization-and-anti-ulcer-efficacy-of-sanguinarine-loaded-solid-lipid-nanoparticles
#18
Qing Sun, Weifeng Li, Huani Li, Xiumei Wang, Yu Wang, Xiaofeng Niu
AIM: This study was designed to develop sanguinarine-loaded solid lipid nanoparticles (SG-SLNs) and investigate its gastroprotective effect on ethanol-induced gastric mucosal lesions in mice. METHODS: SG-SLNs were prepared by high temperature melt-cool solidification method using glycerol monostearate as the lipid and a combination of lecithin with poloxamer 188 as the surfactants. Solid lipid nanoparticles (SLNs) were designed at varying lipid concentrations (5, 10, 15, and 20 mg/mL), surfactant mixture concentrations (6, 12, and 18 mg/mL), and drug contents (5, 10, 15, and 20 mg/mL) in "one factor at a time" fashion...
2017: Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329747/influence-of-dipeptidyl-peptidase-iv-inhibitor-sitagliptin-on-extracellular-signal-regulated-kinases-1-2-signaling-in-rats-with-diabetic-nephropathy
#19
Xiaojun Ren, Gaohong Liu, Yanhong Wang, Wan Zhang, Fuping Xue, Rongshan Li, Weimin Yu
The protective effects of sitagliptin on the kidneys of rats with diabetic nephropathy (DN) and its influence on extracellular signal-regulated kinases 1/2 (ERK1/2) signaling were investigated. Male Wistar rats (n = 40) were randomly assigned to normal control, DN, low-dose sitagliptin intervention (ST1), or high-dose sitagliptin intervention (ST2) groups. Animals were euthanized after a 16-week treatment, and blood glucose (BG), glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c), urinary albumin excretion rate (AER), serum creatinine (Scr), creatinine clearance rate (Ccr), active glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) levels, kidney hypertrophy index, and renal pathohistology were determined...
2017: Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268217/a-phenanthrene-derivative-5-7-dimethoxy-1-4-phenanthrenequinone-inhibits-cell-adhesion-molecule-expression-and-migration-in-vascular-endothelial-and-smooth-muscle-cells
#20
Huey-Ming Lo, Tsong-Long Hwang, Wen-Bin Wu
The activation of endothelial cells (ECs) and migration of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) have played a crucial role in monocyte chemotaxis/adhesion and intima thickening during vascular injury and atherosclerosis, respectively. Several phenanthrenes isolated from plants and natural products have been shown to possess different bioactivities such as anti-platelet aggregation and anti-inflammation. The current study was designated to investigate the effects of a phenanthrene derivative, 5,7-dimethoxy-1,4-phenanthrenequinone (DMPQ), on cell adhesion molecule (CAM) expression in vascular ECs and migration in VSMCs...
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