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Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology

Riccardo Bientinesi, Cesare Mancuso, Maria Martire, Pier Francesco Bassi, Emilio Sacco, Diego Currò
Voltage-gated type 7 K(+) (KV7 or KCNQ) channels regulate the contractility of various smooth muscles. With this study, we aimed to assess the role of KV7 channels in the regulation of human detrusor contractility, as well as the gene and protein expression of KV7 channels in this tissue. For these purposes, the isolated organ technique, RT-qPCR, and Western blot were used, respectively. XE-991, a selective KV7 channel blocker, concentration-dependently contracted the human detrusor; mean EC50 and Emax of XE-991-induced concentration-response curve were 14...
October 19, 2016: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
Puneet Kaur Randhawa, Amteshwar Singh Jaggi
Remote ischemic preconditioning (RIPC) treatment strategy is a breakthrough in the field of cardiovascular pharmacology as it has the potential to attenuate myocardial ischemia-reperfusion injury. However, the underlying intracellular pathways have not been widely explored. The present study intends to explore the possible role of TRPV1 channels in mediating remote hind limb preconditioning-induced cardioprotection. Remote hind limb preconditioning stimulus (4 cycles in succession) was delivered by tying the blood pressure cuff at the inguinal level of the rat...
October 17, 2016: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
Manuel Sánchez, Lorena Suárez, Begoña Cantabrana, Javier Bordallo
Estrogens facilitate prolactin (PRL) secretion acting on pituitary cells. In GH3 cells, estradiol induces acute action potentials and oscillations of intracellular Ca(2+) associated with the secretagogue function. Estradiol modulates several ion channels which may affect the action potential rate and the release of PRL in lactotroph cells, which might depend on its concentration. The aims were to characterize the acute effect of supraphysiological concentrations of estradiol on Ca(2+) and noninactivating K(+) currents and measure the effect on the spontaneous action potentials and PRL release in the somatolactotroph cell line, GH3...
October 17, 2016: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
K Kramkowski, A Leszczynska, K Przyborowski, B Proniewski, N Marcinczyk, U Rykaczewska, D Jarmoc, E Chabielska, S Chlopicki
In humans, short-term supplementation with nitrate is hypotensive and inhibits platelet aggregation via an nitric oxide (NO)-dependent mechanism. In the present work, we analyzed whether short-term treatment with nitrate induces antithrombotic effects in rats and mice. Arterial thrombosis was evoked electrically in a rat model in which renovascular hypertension was induced by partial ligation of the left renal artery. In mice expressing green fluorescent protein, laser-induced thrombosis was analyzed intravitally by using confocal microscope...
October 14, 2016: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
Hao Zhou, Wu-Shuang Yang, Ying Li, Tong Ren, Lu Peng, Han Guo, Jin-Feng Liu, Yu Zhou, Yun Zhao, Li-Chao Yang, Xin Jin
This study was carried out to investigate the exact mechanisms behind the neuroprotective effects of oleoylethanolamide (OEA) after acute cerebral ischemic injury. Transient focal cerebral ischemia was induced by middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) for 90 min followed by reperfusion. OEA (40 mg/kg, ip) was administered with a single injection upon reperfusion. The number of apoptotic cells was detected by TUNEL staining. The expression of Bax, Bcl-2, and TLR4, as well as the activities of NF-κB, Akt, and ERK1/2 were analyzed by western blot...
October 13, 2016: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
Mohamed Abd-Elbaset, El-Shaimaa A Arafa, Gamal A El Sherbiny, Mohamed S Abdel-Bakky, Abdel Nasser A M Elgendy
Oxidative and nitrosative stress-induced endothelial cell damage play an essential role in the pathogenesis of hepatic ischemia-reperfusion (IR) injury. IR is associated with reduced eNOS expression and exacerbated by superimposed stress. NOSTRIN induces intracellular endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) translocation and inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) increases nitric oxide (NO) production. Our aim was to assess hepatic expression of iNOS, eNOS, and NOSTRIN in IR with or without N-acetylcysteine (NAC) or thymoquinone (TQ) pretreatment and to compare their hepatoprotective effects...
October 7, 2016: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
M Y Al-Shorbagy, Noha N Nassar
In the present study, the role of octreotide (OCT) in pentylenetetrazole (PTZ) kindling as well as in acute convulsion models was evaluated. Mice were allocated in groups as (1) control saline; (2) acute PTZ (PTZ-a; 60 mg/kg, i.p.), as a single convulsive dose; and (3) kindled (PTZ-k) receiving nine subconvulsive doses of PTZ (40 mg/kg, i.p.) for 17 days. Groups 4-7 received either valproic acid (VPA) 50 mg/kg or OCT (50 μg/kg, Sandostatin®) 30 min by oral gavage before PTZ-a or PTZ-k. The median seizure stage, latency onset of first stage 4/5 seizures, and incidence of convulsing animals were recorded...
October 1, 2016: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
Aneta Doricakova, Dirk Theile, Johanna Weiss, Radim Vrzal
The pregnane X receptor (PXR) is a transcription factor regulating P-glycoprotein (P-gp; ABCB1)-mediated transport and cytochrome P450 3A4 (CYP3A4)-mediated metabolism of xenobiotics thereby affecting the pharmacokinetics of many drugs and potentially modulating clinical efficacy. Thus, pharmacokinetic drug-drug interactions can arise from PXR activation. Here, we examined whether the selective α1-adrenoreceptor blocker tamsulosin or the antagonist of muscarinic receptors tolterodine affect PXR-mediated regulation of CYP3A4 and of P-gp at the messenger RNA (mRNA) and protein level in an enantiomer-specific way...
September 27, 2016: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
Ulf Lützen, Yi Zhao, Katja Lucht, Maaz Zuhayra, Marlies Marx, Ingolf Cascorbi, Juraj Culman
The peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ (PPARγ) agonists, thiazolidinediones, including pioglitazone (PIO) exhibit anti-tumour activities in cancer cells. The present study investigates the effects of PIO on cell proliferation and apoptosis in SK-UT-1 cells, a human uterine leiomyosarcoma cell line, and human uterine smooth muscle cells (HUtSMC). The proliferation and viability of SK-UT-1 cells treated with vehicle or PIO were assessed by cell counting and WST-1 assay. The activity of MEK/ERK and p38 MAPK signalling pathways and the expression of p53, the cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor, p21, Bax, Bad and Bim proteins and cleaved caspase-3 were analysed by Western blotting...
September 23, 2016: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
Emilia Grzęda, Eberhard Schlicker, Marek Toczek, Iwona Zalewska, Marta Baranowska-Kuczko, Barbara Malinowska
We have shown previously that the cannabinoid receptor agonist CP55940 microinjected into the paraventricular nucleus of the hypothalamus (PVN) of urethane-anaesthetized rats induces depressor and pressor cardiovascular effects in the absence and presence of the CB1 antagonist AM251, respectively. The aim of our study was to examine whether the hypotension and/or hypertension induced by CP55940 given into the PVN results from its influence on glutamatergic and GABAergic neurotransmission. CP55940 was microinjected into the PVN of urethane-anaesthetized rats twice (S1 and S2, 20 min apart)...
September 22, 2016: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
Jakob A Shimshoni, Ilan Winkler, Ezekiel Golan, David Nutt
3,4-Methylenedioxy-N-methylamphetamine (MDMA) has been shown to be effective in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in numerous clinical trials. In the present study, we have characterized the neurochemical binding profiles of three MDMA-benzofuran analogues (1-(benzofuran-5-yl)-propan-2-amine, 5-APB; 1-(benzofuran-6-yl)-N-methylpropan-2-amine, 6-MAPB; 1-(benzofuran-5-yl)-N-methylpropan-2-amine, 5-MAPB) and one MDMA-indole analogue (1-(1H-indol-5-yl)-2-methylamino-propan-1-ol, 5-IT). These compounds were screened as potential second-generation anti-PTSD drugs, against a battery of human and non-human receptors, transporters, and enzymes, and their potencies as 5-HT2 receptor agonist and monoamine uptake inhibitors determined...
September 20, 2016: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
Stefanie Klenke, Kristina Renckhoff, Andrea Engler, Jürgen Peters, Ulrich H Frey
Real-time PCR is an indispensable technique for mRNA expression analysis but conclusions depend on appropriate reference gene selection. However, while reference gene selection has been a topic of publications, this issue is often disregarded when measuring target mRNA expression. Therefore, we (1) evaluated the frequency of appropriate reference gene selection, (2) suggest an easy-to-use tool for least variability reference gene selection, (3) demonstrate application of this tool, and (4) show effects on target gene expression profiles...
September 20, 2016: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
Nagla A El-Sherbeeny, Manar A Nader, Ghalia M Attia, Hayam Ateyya
Tobacco smoking with its various forms is a global problem with proved hazardous effects to human health. The present work was planned to study the defending role of agmatine (AGM) on hepatic oxidative stress and damage induced by nicotine in rats. Thirty-two rats divided into four groups were employed: control group, nicotine-only group, AGM group, and AGM-nicotine group. Measurements of serum hepatic biochemical markers, lipid profile, and vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 were done. In addition, malondialdehyde (MDA), superoxide dismutase (SOD), glutathione (GSH) activity, and nitrate/nitrite (NOx) levels were estimated in the liver homogenates...
September 16, 2016: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
Xiao Ying, Guan Kai-Pan, Long Wei-Qing, Peng Long-Yun, Wu De-Xi, Huang Zhi-Bin
To investigate the effects of PD123319, an antagonist of angiotensin II subtype-2 receptor (AT2R), on the electrophysiological characteristics of the left ventricular hypertrophic myocardium in spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR). A total of twenty-four 10-week-old male SHR were divided into two groups: PD123319 and non-PD123319 groups (n = 12 in each). Twelve 10-week-old Wistar-Kyoto rats served as the control group. Systolic blood pressure, left ventricular mass index (LVMI), ventricular effective refractory period, and ventricular fibrillation threshold were also measured after 8 weeks...
September 14, 2016: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
Jose Sergio Possomato-Vieira, Victor Hugo Gonçalves-Rizzi, Tamiris Uracs Sales Graça, Regina Aparecida Nascimento, Carlos A Dias-Junior
Sodium hydrosulfide (NaHS) has presented antihypertensive and antioxidant effects and may reduce circulating soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase-1 (sFlt-1). We examined whether NaHS prevents maternal and fetal detrimental changes in a model of hypertension in pregnancy induced by N(G)-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester (L-NAME). Forty pregnant rats were divided into four groups (n = 10 per group): Norm-Preg, Preg + NaHS, HTN-Preg, or HTN-Preg + NaHS. Systolic blood pressure (SBP), number of viable fetuses, litter size, pups, and placentae weights were recorded...
September 12, 2016: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
Amal M Mahfoz, Hekma A Abd El-Latif, Lamiaa A Ahmed, Nahed M Hassanein, Afaf A Shoka
Since chronic kidney disease due to diabetic nephropathy (DN) is becoming an ever larger health burden worldwide, more effective therapies are desperately needed. In the present study, the anti-diabetic and renoprotective effects of aliskiren have been evaluated in streptozotocin (STZ)-induced DN in rats. DN was induced by a single intraperitoneal injection of STZ (65 mg/kg). Three weeks after STZ, rats were divided into four groups; normal, diabetic, diabetic treated with gliclazide (10 mg/kg/day) for 1 month, and diabetic treated with aliskiren (50 mg/kg/day) for 1 month...
September 9, 2016: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
Raffaela Zaffini, Rosanna Di Paola, Salvatore Cuzzocrea, Marta Menegazzi
Allergic asthma is an immunological disease that occurs as a consequence of aeroallergen exposure. Inhibition of poly(ADP-ribose) polymerases (PARPs) in conventional models of asthma-like reaction has emerged as an effective anti-inflammatory and airway remodeling intervention. In a house dust mite (HDM) exposure mouse model, we investigated the impact of PARP inhibition on allergic airway inflammation, sensitization, and remodeling. Mice were intranasally exposed to a HDM extract for 5 days per week for up to 5 weeks...
September 7, 2016: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
Barbora Melkes, Lucie Hejnova, Jiri Novotny
There are some indications that biased μ-opioid ligands may diversely affect μ-opioid receptor (MOR) properties. Here, we used confocal fluorescence recovery after photobleaching (FRAP) to study the regulation by different MOR agonists of receptor movement within the plasma membrane of HEK293 cells stably expressing a functional yellow fluorescent protein (YFP)-tagged μ-opioid receptor (MOR-YFP). We found that the lateral mobility of MOR-YFP was increased by (D-Ala(2),N-MePhe(4),Gly(5)-ol)-enkephalin (DAMGO) and to a lesser extent also by morphine but decreased by endomorphin-2...
September 6, 2016: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
Lilian Areal Marques, Simone Cristine Semprebon, Andressa Megumi Niwa, Gláucia Fernanda Rocha D'Epiro, Daniele Sartori, Ângelo de Fátima, Lúcia Regina Ribeiro, Mário Sérgio Mantovani
Monastrol is an allosteric inhibitor of the mitotic kinesin Eg5 that exhibits an antiproliferative effect against several cell lines. We investigated the antiproliferative effect of monastrol on human breast adenocarcinoma cells (MCF-7) and mammary epithelial cells (HB4a, non-tumoral). Monastrol treatment decreased cell viability only in MCF-7 tumor cells. Real-time cell growth kinetic analysis showed a decrease in the proliferation of MCF-7 cells exposed to monastrol, while in the HB4a cells, only a concentration of 100 μM was able to induce this effect...
September 3, 2016: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
Yoon Jeong Nam, Arum Kim, Dong Suep Sohn, Chung Soo Lee
Microbial product lipopolysaccharide has been shown to be involved in the pathogenesis of inflammatory skin diseases. Apocynin has demonstrated to have an anti-inflammatory effect. However, the effect of apocynin on the Toll-like receptor-4-dependent activation of Akt, mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR), and nuclear factor (NF)-κB pathway, which is involved in productions of inflammatory mediators in keratinocytes, has not been studied. Using human keratinocytes, we investigated the effect of apocynin on the inflammatory mediator production in relation to the Toll-like receptor-4-mediated-Akt/mTOR and NF-κB pathways, which regulates the transcription genes involved in immune and inflammatory responses...
September 2, 2016: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
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