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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28978633/international-union-of-basic-and-clinical-pharmacology-cii-pharmacological-modulation-of-h2s-levels-h2s-donors-and-h2s-biosynthesis-inhibitors
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Csaba Szabo, Andreas Papapetropoulos
Over the last decade, hydrogen sulfide (H2S) has emerged as an important endogenous gasotransmitter in mammalian cells and tissues. Similar to the previously characterized gasotransmitters nitric oxide and carbon monoxide, H2S is produced by various enzymatic reactions and regulates a host of physiologic and pathophysiological processes in various cells and tissues. H2S levels are decreased in a number of conditions (e.g., diabetes mellitus, ischemia, and aging) and are increased in other states (e.g., inflammation, critical illness, and cancer)...
October 2017: Pharmacological Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931623/small-molecule-screens-a-gateway-to-cancer-therapeutic-agents-with-case-studies-of-food-and-drug-administration-approved-drugs
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Nathan P Coussens, John C Braisted, Tyler Peryea, G Sitta Sittampalam, Anton Simeonov, Matthew D Hall
High-throughput screening (HTS) of small-molecule libraries accelerates the discovery of chemical leads to serve as starting points for probe or therapeutic development. With this approach, thousands of unique small molecules, representing a diverse chemical space, can be rapidly evaluated by biologically and physiologically relevant assays. The origins of numerous United States Food and Drug Administration-approved cancer drugs are linked to HTS, which emphasizes the value in this methodology. The National Institutes of Health Molecular Libraries Program made HTS accessible to the public sector, enabling the development of chemical probes and drug-repurposing initiatives...
October 2017: Pharmacological Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931622/connexins-in-cardiovascular-and-neurovascular-health-and-disease-pharmacological-implications
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Luc Leybaert, Paul D Lampe, Stefan Dhein, Brenda R Kwak, Peter Ferdinandy, Eric C Beyer, Dale W Laird, Christian C Naus, Colin R Green, Rainer Schulz
Connexins are ubiquitous channel forming proteins that assemble as plasma membrane hemichannels and as intercellular gap junction channels that directly connect cells. In the heart, gap junction channels electrically connect myocytes and specialized conductive tissues to coordinate the atrial and ventricular contraction/relaxation cycles and pump function. In blood vessels, these channels facilitate long-distance endothelial cell communication, synchronize smooth muscle cell contraction, and support endothelial-smooth muscle cell communication...
October 2017: Pharmacological Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28878030/the-hyperpolarization-activated-cyclic-nucleotide-gated-channels-from-biophysics-to-pharmacology-of-a-unique-family-of-ion-channels
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Laura Sartiani, Guido Mannaioni, Alessio Masi, Maria Novella Romanelli, Elisabetta Cerbai
Hyperpolarization-activated, cyclic nucleotide-gated (HCN) channels are important members of the voltage-gated pore loop channels family. They show unique features: they open at hyperpolarizing potential, carry a mixed Na/K current, and are regulated by cyclic nucleotides. Four different isoforms have been cloned (HCN1-4) that can assemble to form homo- or heterotetramers, characterized by different biophysical properties. These proteins are widely distributed throughout the body and involved in different physiologic processes, the most important being the generation of spontaneous electrical activity in the heart and the regulation of synaptic transmission in the brain...
October 2017: Pharmacological Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655732/chemical-tools-for-studying-lipid-binding-class-a-g-protein-coupled-receptors
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Anna Cooper, Sameek Singh, Sarah Hook, Joel D A Tyndall, Andrea J Vernall
Cannabinoid, free fatty acid, lysophosphatidic acid, sphingosine 1-phosphate, prostanoid, leukotriene, bile acid, and platelet-activating factor receptor families are class A G protein-coupled receptors with endogenous lipid ligands. Pharmacological tools are crucial for studying these receptors and addressing the many unanswered questions surrounding expression of these receptors in normal and diseased tissues. An inherent challenge for developing tools for these lipid receptors is balancing the often lipophilic requirements of the receptor-binding pharmacophore with favorable physicochemical properties to optimize highly specific binding...
July 2017: Pharmacological Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634286/conjugate-vaccine-immunotherapy-for-substance-use-disorder
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Paul T Bremer, Kim D Janda
Substance use disorder, especially in relation to opioids such as heroin and fentanyl, is a significant public health issue and has intensified in recent years. As a result, substantial interest exists in developing therapeutics to counteract the effects of abused drugs. A promising universal strategy for antagonizing the pharmacology of virtually any drug involves the development of a conjugate vaccine, wherein a hapten structurally similar to the target drug is conjugated to an immunogenic carrier protein...
July 2017: Pharmacological Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626043/the-diverse-roles-of-arrestin-scaffolds-in-g-protein-coupled-receptor-signaling
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Yuri K Peterson, Louis M Luttrell
The visual/β-arrestins, a small family of proteins originally described for their role in the desensitization and intracellular trafficking of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), have emerged as key regulators of multiple signaling pathways. Evolutionarily related to a larger group of regulatory scaffolds that share a common arrestin fold, the visual/β-arrestins acquired the capacity to detect and bind activated GPCRs on the plasma membrane, which enables them to control GPCR desensitization, internalization, and intracellular trafficking...
July 2017: Pharmacological Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420719/emotional-modulation-of-learning-and-memory-pharmacological-implications
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Ryan T LaLumiere, James L McGaugh, Christa K McIntyre
Memory consolidation involves the process by which newly acquired information becomes stored in a long-lasting fashion. Evidence acquired over the past several decades, especially from studies using post-training drug administration, indicates that emotional arousal during the consolidation period influences and enhances the strength of the memory and that multiple different chemical signaling systems participate in this process. The mechanisms underlying the emotional influences on memory involve the release of stress hormones and activation of the basolateral amygdala, which work together to modulate memory consolidation...
July 2017: Pharmacological Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28356439/botulinum-neurotoxins-biology-pharmacology-and-toxicology
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Marco Pirazzini, Ornella Rossetto, Roberto Eleopra, Cesare Montecucco
The study of botulinum neurotoxins (BoNT) is rapidly progressing in many aspects. Novel BoNTs are being discovered owing to next generation sequencing, but their biologic and pharmacological properties remain largely unknown. The molecular structure of the large protein complexes that the toxin forms with accessory proteins, which are included in some BoNT type A1 and B1 pharmacological preparations, have been determined. By far the largest effort has been dedicated to the testing and validation of BoNTs as therapeutic agents in an ever increasing number of applications, including pain therapy...
April 2017: Pharmacological Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351863/systems-chronotherapeutics
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Annabelle Ballesta, Pasquale F Innominato, Robert Dallmann, David A Rand, Francis A Lévi
Chronotherapeutics aim at treating illnesses according to the endogenous biologic rhythms, which moderate xenobiotic metabolism and cellular drug response. The molecular clocks present in individual cells involve approximately fifteen clock genes interconnected in regulatory feedback loops. They are coordinated by the suprachiasmatic nuclei, a hypothalamic pacemaker, which also adjusts the circadian rhythms to environmental cycles. As a result, many mechanisms of diseases and drug effects are controlled by the circadian timing system...
April 2017: Pharmacological Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265000/synaptic-vesicle-recycling-machinery-components-as-potential-therapeutic-targets
#11
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Ying C Li, Ege T Kavalali
Presynaptic nerve terminals are highly specialized vesicle-trafficking machines. Neurotransmitter release from these terminals is sustained by constant local recycling of synaptic vesicles independent from the neuronal cell body. This independence places significant constraints on maintenance of synaptic protein complexes and scaffolds. Key events during the synaptic vesicle cycle-such as exocytosis and endocytosis-require formation and disassembly of protein complexes. This extremely dynamic environment poses unique challenges for proteostasis at synaptic terminals...
April 2017: Pharmacological Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255005/international-union-of-basic-and-clinical-pharmacology-ci-structures-and-small-molecule-modulators-of-mammalian-adenylyl-cyclases
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Carmen W Dessauer, Val J Watts, Rennolds S Ostrom, Marco Conti, Stefan Dove, Roland Seifert
Adenylyl cyclases (ACs) generate the second messenger cAMP from ATP. Mammalian cells express nine transmembrane AC (mAC) isoforms (AC1-9) and a soluble AC (sAC, also referred to as AC10). This review will largely focus on mACs. mACs are activated by the G-protein Gαs and regulated by multiple mechanisms. mACs are differentially expressed in tissues and regulate numerous and diverse cell functions. mACs localize in distinct membrane compartments and form signaling complexes. sAC is activated by bicarbonate with physiologic roles first described in testis...
April 2017: Pharmacological Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202503/vitamin-d-and-depression-cellular-and-regulatory-mechanisms
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Michael J Berridge
Depression is caused by a change in neural activity resulting from an increase in glutamate that drives excitatory neurons and may be responsible for the decline in the activity and number of the GABAergic inhibitory neurons. This imbalance between the excitatory and inhibitory neurons may contribute to the onset of depression. At the cellular level there is an increase in the concentration of intracellular Ca(2+) within the inhibitory neurons that is driven by an increase in entry through the NMDA receptors (NMDARs) and through activation of the phosphoinositide signaling pathway that generates inositol trisphosphate (InsP3) that releases Ca(2+) from the internal stores...
April 2017: Pharmacological Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267676/contrasting-regulation-of-catecholamine-neurotransmission-in-the-behaving-brain-pharmacological-insights-from-an-electrochemical-perspective
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Megan E Fox, R Mark Wightman
Catecholamine neurotransmission plays a key role in regulating a variety of behavioral and physiologic processes, and its dysregulation is implicated in both neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric disorders. Over the last four decades, in vivo electrochemistry has enabled the discovery of contrasting catecholamine regulation in the brain. These rapid and spatially resolved measurements have been conducted in brain slices, and in anesthetized and freely behaving animals. In this review, we describe the methods enabling in vivo measurements of dopamine and norepinephrine, and subsequent findings regarding their release and regulation in intact animals...
January 2017: Pharmacological Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267675/international-union-of-basic-and-clinical-pharmacology-c-nomenclature-and-properties-of-calcium-activated-and-sodium-activated-potassium-channels
#15
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Leonard K Kaczmarek, Richard W Aldrich, K George Chandy, Stephan Grissmer, Aguan D Wei, Heike Wulff
A subset of potassium channels is regulated primarily by changes in the cytoplasmic concentration of ions, including calcium, sodium, chloride, and protons. The eight members of this subfamily were originally all designated as calcium-activated channels. More recent studies have clarified the gating mechanisms for these channels and have documented that not all members are sensitive to calcium. This article describes the molecular relationships between these channels and provides an introduction to their functional properties...
January 2017: Pharmacological Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28034912/pharmacology-of-modulators-of-alternative-splicing
#16
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David O Bates, Jonathan C Morris, Sebastian Oltean, Lucy F Donaldson
More than 95% of genes in the human genome are alternatively spliced to form multiple transcripts, often encoding proteins with differing or opposing function. The control of alternative splicing is now being elucidated, and with this comes the opportunity to develop modulators of alternative splicing that can control cellular function. A number of approaches have been taken to develop compounds that can experimentally, and sometimes clinically, affect splicing control, resulting in potential novel therapeutics...
January 2017: Pharmacological Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011746/the-pharmacology-of-autonomic-failure-from-hypotension-to-hypertension
#17
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Italo Biaggioni
Primary neurodegenerative autonomic disorders are characterized clinically by loss of autonomic regulation of blood pressure. The clinical picture is dominated by orthostatic hypotension, but supine hypertension is also a significant problem. Autonomic failure can result from impairment of central autonomic pathways (multiple system atrophy) or neurodegeneration of peripheral postganglionic autonomic fibers (pure autonomic failure, Parkinson's disease). Pharmacologic probes such as the ganglionic blocker trimethaphan can help us in the understanding of the underlying pathophysiology and diagnosis of these disorders...
January 2017: Pharmacological Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920219/the-proprotein-convertases-in-hypercholesterolemia-and-cardiovascular-diseases-emphasis-on-proprotein-convertase-subtilisin-kexin-9
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Nabil G Seidah, Marianne Abifadel, Stefan Prost, Catherine Boileau, Annik Prat
The secretory proprotein convertase (PC) family comprises nine members, as follows: PC1/3, PC2, furin, PC4, PC5/6, paired basic amino acid cleaving enzyme 4, PC7, subtilisin kexin isozyme 1/site 1 protease (SKI-1/S1P), and PC subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9). The first seven PCs cleave their substrates at single/paired basic residues and exhibit specific and often essential functions during development and/or in adulthood. The essential SKI-1/S1P cleaves membrane-bound transcription factors at nonbasic residues...
January 2017: Pharmacological Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27677721/proteinases-their-extracellular-targets-and-inflammatory-signaling
#19
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Rithwik Ramachandran, Christophe Altier, Katerina Oikonomopoulou, Morley D Hollenberg
Given that over 2% of the human genome codes for proteolytic enzymes and their inhibitors, it is not surprising that proteinases serve many physiologic-pathophysiological roles. In this context, we provide an overview of proteolytic mechanisms regulating inflammation, with a focus on cell signaling stimulated by the generation of inflammatory peptides; activation of the proteinase-activated receptor (PAR) family of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCR), with a mechanism in common with adhesion-triggered GPCRs (ADGRs); and by proteolytic ion channel regulation...
October 2016: Pharmacological Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27677720/adolescent-alcohol-exposure-persistently-impacts-adult-neurobiology-and-behavior
#20
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Fulton T Crews, Ryan P Vetreno, Margaret A Broadwater, Donita L Robinson
Adolescence is a developmental period when physical and cognitive abilities are optimized, when social skills are consolidated, and when sexuality, adolescent behaviors, and frontal cortical functions mature to adult levels. Adolescents also have unique responses to alcohol compared with adults, being less sensitive to ethanol sedative-motor responses that most likely contribute to binge drinking and blackouts. Population studies find that an early age of drinking onset correlates with increased lifetime risks for the development of alcohol dependence, violence, and injuries...
October 2016: Pharmacological Reviews
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