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European Journal of Pharmacology

Rong Lian, Baocai Lu, Lei Jiao, Shaomei Li, Huimin Wang, Wenjie Miao, Wenfa Yu
Increasing evidence indicates that the dysregulation of microRNAs is involved in tumor progression and development. The purpose of the present study was to explore the expression of microRNA-132 (miR-132) and its function in laryngeal squamous cell carcinoma (LSCC). The results showed that miR-132 expression was markedly upregulated in LSCC tissues and cell lines. Functional analyses indicated that overexpression of miR-132 enhanced cell proliferation and tumor growth, which resulted in the downregulation of p27 and p21 and the upregulation of cyclin D1...
October 14, 2016: European Journal of Pharmacology
Weifeng Li, Yu Wang, Xiumei Wang, Zehong He, Fang Liu, Wenbing Zhi, Hailin Zhang, Xiaofeng Niu
Esculin, a coumarin compound derived from the traditional Chinese herbs such as Cortex Fraxini, has long been used for treating inflammatory and vascular diseases. In present study, we analyzed the role of esculin against macrophages and endotoxin shock induced by lipopolysaccharide (LPS) in mice. Here, we demonstrated that esculin suppressed inflammatory reactions in macrophages and protected mice from LPS-induced endotoxin shock. We found that esculin significantly inhibited the production of nitric oxide (NO) production via the inhibition of nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) activation in macrophages...
October 13, 2016: European Journal of Pharmacology
Mohamed Mousslim, Alessandra Pagano, Nicolas Andreotti, Françoise Garrouste, Sylvie Thuault, Vincent Peyrot, Fabrice Parat, José Luis, Marcel Culcasi, Sophie Thétiot-Laurent, Sylvia Pietri, Jean-Marc Sabatier, Hervé Kovacic
The NADPH oxidase proteins catalyse the formation of superoxide anion which act as signalling molecules in physiological and pathological processes. Nox1-dependent NADPH oxidase is expressed in heart, lung, colon, blood vessels and brain. Different strategies involving Nox1 inhibition based on diphenylene iodonium derivatives are currently tested for colorectal cancer therapy. Here, after peptides screening on Nox1-dependent NADPH oxidase assay in HT-29 cells, we identify a peptide (referred to as NF02), cell-active, that potently block Nox1-dependent reactive oxygen species generation...
October 12, 2016: European Journal of Pharmacology
Moritz Flick, Martin Albrecht, Gezina T M L Oei, Renske Steenstra, Raphaela P Kerindongo, Coert J Zuurbier, Hemal H Patel, Markus W Hollmann, Benedikt Preckel, Nina C Weber
Caveolae, lipid enriched invaginations of the plasma membrane, are epicentres of cellular signal transduction. The structural proteins of caveolae, caveolins, regulate effector pathways in anaesthetic-induced cardioprotection, including the RISK pathway. Helium (He) postconditioning (HePoc) is known to mimic anaesthetic conditioning and to prevent damage from myocardial infarction. We hypothesize that HePoc regulates caveolin-1 and caveolin-3 (Cav-1 and Cav-3) expression in the rat heart and activates the RISK pathway...
October 11, 2016: European Journal of Pharmacology
Yo Shinoda, Yui Nakajima, Hirotoshi Iguchi, Satoshi Tatsumi, Motomitsu Kitaoka, Masahiro Nakajima, Tsutomu Takahashi, Yasuyuki Fujiwara, Teiichi Furuichi
Galacto-N-biose (GNB: Galβ1-3GalNAc) is an O-glycan disaccharide core moiety that is a core component of mucin in the gastrointestinal tract; however, the physiological properties of GNB are not well understood. Glutamate excitotoxicity causes neuronal death in acute neurological disorders including stroke, trauma, and neurodegenerative disease. Therefore the discovery of drugs to treat glutamate excitotoxicity is an important goal. Here, we report that GNB is neuroprotective against glutamate-induced excitotoxicity...
October 8, 2016: European Journal of Pharmacology
Renan B Ferreira, Mariana G de Oliveira, Edson Antunes, Wanda P Almeida, Badr M Ibrahim, Abdel A Abdel-Rahman
2-Aminothiazolines share an isosteric relationship with imidazolines and oxazolines with antihypertensive activity mainly mediated by the imidazoline I1-receptor. In the present work, we have prepared five aminothiazolines, following a previously described synthetic pathway. Aminothiazolines derived from dicyclopropylmethylamine (ATZ1) and cyclohexylamine (3) are unprecedented in the literature. Competitive radioligand assay was carried out with all synthetic compounds, and the I1 receptor affinity in comparison to rilmenidine in PC12 cells was determined...
October 8, 2016: European Journal of Pharmacology
Islam Osman, Ninu Poulose, Vadivel Ganapathy, Lakshman Segar
Insulin resistance is associated with accelerated atherosclerosis. Although high fructose is known to induce insulin resistance, it remains unclear as to how fructose regulates insulin receptor signaling and proliferative phenotype in vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs), which play a major role in atherosclerosis. Using human aortic VSMCs, we investigated the effects of high fructose treatment on insulin receptor substrate-1 (IRS-1) serine phosphorylation, insulin versus platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF)-induced phosphorylation of Akt, S6 ribosomal protein, and extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK), and cell cycle proteins...
October 8, 2016: European Journal of Pharmacology
Harry Z E Greenberg, Kazi S Jahan, Jian Shi, W-S Vanessa Ho, Anthony P Albert
The present study investigates the effect of commonly used negative and positive allosteric modulators of the calcium-sensing receptor (CaSR) on vascular reactivity. In wire myography studies, increasing [Ca(2+)]o from 1mM to 6mM induced concentration-dependent relaxations of methoxamine-induced pre-contracted rabbit mesenteric arteries, with 6mM [Ca(2+)]o producing almost complete relaxation. [Ca(2+)]o-induced relaxations were attenuated in the presence of the calcilytics Calhex-231 and NPS 2143, and abolished by the removal of the endothelium...
October 8, 2016: European Journal of Pharmacology
Yanhui Liu, Zhenghao Sun, Dandan Xu, Junda Liu, Xiaofeng Li, Xiaoqin Wu, Yilong Zhang, Qianqian Wang, Cheng Huang, Xiaoming Meng, Jun Li
Hesperidin (HDN), a flavanone glycoside derived from the citrus cultivation, has a multitude of pharmacological properties, which include antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, hypolipidaemic and anti-carcinogenic actions, but the underlying mechanisms by which treatment of HDN attenuates Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) remain elusive. Here we engaged to determine whether Hesperidin derivative-11(HDND-11), a HDN derivative with enhanced water-solubility and bioavailability, is effective on treating arthritis in rats. In this study, results of 3-(4, 5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2, 5-diphenyltetra-zolium bromide (MTT) assay and Flow cytometry indicated that administration of HDND-11 inhibited proliferation of fibroblast-like synoviocytes (FLS)...
October 6, 2016: European Journal of Pharmacology
Marta Mendel, Magdalena Chłopecka, Natalia Dziekan, Wojciech Karlik
Citrus flavonoids are acknowledged for numerous pharmacological activities, including the myorelaxant effect on various smooth muscles. However, there is no data on their effect on jejunum contractility. Therefore, the aim of the study at hand was to evaluate the impact of hesperetin and diosmetin along with their glycosides on the motoric activity of intestine and to verify the possible mechanism of hesperetin-induced effect. The experiments were performed on rat isolated jejunum strips and were conducted under isometric conditions...
October 6, 2016: European Journal of Pharmacology
Massimo Vaia, Stefania Petrosino, Daniele De Filippis, Luana Negro, Andrea Guarino, Rosa Carnuccio, Vincenzo Di Marzo, Teresa Iuvone
In mice, 2,4-dinitrofluorobenzene (DNFB) induces contact allergic dermatitis (CAD), which, in a late phase, is characterized by mast cell (MC) infiltration and angiogenesis. Palmitoylethanolamide (PEA), an endogenous anti-inflammatory molecule, acts by down-modulating MCs following activation of the cannabinoid CB2 receptor and peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-α (PPAR-α). We have previously reported the anti-inflammatory effect of PEA in the early stage of CAD. Here, we examined whether PEA reduces the features of the late stage of CAD including MC activation, angiogenesis and itching...
October 5, 2016: European Journal of Pharmacology
Sen Li, Sai-Jie Zuo, Lei Cao, Dong-Zheng Liu, San-Qi Zhang, Yong-Xiao Cao
A novel 3-benzylquinazolin-4(3H)-one derivative Z32, namely 6,7-dimethoxy-3-(3-chloro-4-(4-fluorobenzyloxy)benzyl)quinazolin-4(3H)-one was synthesized. The vasorelaxant and antihypertensive effects of Z32 and its underlying mechanisms were investigated. The following methods were used. The isometric tension of artery ring segments was recorded using an in vitro myography system. Changes in the calcium influx in mesenteric arteries were surveyed using a real-time confocal microscopy. The arterial pressure of spontaneously hypertensive rats was measured in vivo using a non-invasive tail cuff blood pressure system...
October 5, 2016: European Journal of Pharmacology
Deepika Aggarwal, Diksha Gautam, Minu Sharma, S K Singla
Bergenin, isolated from Bergenia ligulata is a potent antioxidant and antilithiatic agent. Present work was designed to establish the biochemical role of bergenin on mitochondrial dysfunction in the ethylene glycol induced hyperoxaluric rat model. Bergenin was administrated at a dose of 10mg/kg body wt i.p. from 14th day of establishing the 28 days hyperoxaluria rat model. α-Tocopherol was given as positive control at a dose of 100mg/kg body wt i.p. Mitochondrial dysfunction was studied by evaluating the activities of respiratory chain complexes, mitochondrial membrane potential and reactive oxygen species...
October 5, 2016: European Journal of Pharmacology
Diego Soares Carvalho, Marilia Melo Diniz, André Abour Haidar, Maria de Fátima Cavanal, Eduardo da Silva Alves, Angelo Rafael Carpinelli, Frida Zaladek Gil, Aparecida Emiko Hirata
Maternal hyperglycemia can result in defects in glucose metabolism and pancreatic β-cell function in offspring. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of maternal diabetes mellitus on pancreatic islets, muscle and adipose tissue of the offspring, with or without oral l-Arginine supplementation. The induction of diabetes was performed using streptozotocin (60mg/kg). Animals were studied at 3 months of age and treatment (sucrose or l-Arginine) was administered from weaning. We observed that l-Arg improved insulin sensitivity in the offspring of diabetic mothers (DA), reflected by higher insulin-induced phosphorylation of Akt in muscle and adipose tissue...
October 4, 2016: European Journal of Pharmacology
Christine Spröte, Franziska Richter, Anne Bauer, Julia Gerstenberger, Angelika Richter
Dystonia is a movement disorder, characterized by involuntary muscle contractions resulting in abnormal movements and/or postures. Antidystonic effects of benzodiazepines in patients with different types of dystonia could be replicated in the dt(sz) mutant hamster, a phenotypic model of paroxysmal dystonia. Compounds with preferred binding at specific subunits of the gamma aminobutyric acid type A (GABAA) receptor may provide a more beneficial spectrum of effects in comparison with benzodiazepines. We therefore examined the effects of the α1β3γ2 GABAA receptor preferring compound zolpidem (2...
September 30, 2016: European Journal of Pharmacology
Jun Feng, Shusheng Li, Huawen Chen
Tanshinone IIA (Tan) exerts potential protective effects against cardiovascular diseases. Oxidative stress and inflammation are involved in cardiac hypertrophy. Activation of silent information regulator 1 (SIRT1) signaling has been suggested to attenuate cardiac hypertrophy. This study aims to evaluate the antioxidative and anti-inflammatory effects of Tan treatment in pressure overload-induced myocardial remodeling and elucidated its potential mechanisms. Sprague-Dawley rats were treated with Tan in the absence or presence of the SIRT1 inhibitor sirtinol (Snl) and then subjected to transverse aortic constriction (TAC)...
September 30, 2016: European Journal of Pharmacology
B Udhaya Lavinya, Ishita Bardhan, Sabina Evan Prince
Gout is a type of arthritis, which could result from the deposition of monosodium urate crystals in joints. It can cause redness, burning pain, inflammation of joints especially in big toe. In this study, we have looked for anti-arthritic effect of coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) on monosodium urate crystal-induced inflammation in rats and compared it with that of the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, indomethacin. The evaluation was done by measuring the paw volume, antioxidant status, lipid peroxidation, lysosomal enzymes (β-glcuronidase, β-galactosidase, N-acetyl-β-d-glucosaminidase, acid phosphatase) activities and histopathological studies...
September 29, 2016: European Journal of Pharmacology
Keisuke Mori, Yoshio Yamashita, Noriyoshi Teramoto
The effects of ZD0947, a novel ATP-sensitive K(+) channel (KATP channel) opener, on the activity of reconstituted KATP channels were investigated using cell-attached recordings. KATP channels were studied in HEK 293 cells by co-expression of inwardly rectifying-6 family K(+) channel subunits (Kir6.x: Kir6.1 and Kir6.2) with 3 different types of sulphonylurea receptors (SUR.x: SUR1, SUR2A and SUR2B). ZD0947 (100 µM) activated SUR2B/Kir6.2 channels in a concentration-dependent manner, but caused only weak activation of SUR1/Kir6...
September 29, 2016: European Journal of Pharmacology
Amanda Karolina Soares E Silva, Fabiana Oliveira Dos Santos Gomes, Bruna Dos Santos Silva, Edlene Lima Ribeiro, Amanda Costa Oliveira, Shyrlene Meyre da Rocha Araújo, Ingrid Tavares de Lima, Anne Gabrielle Vasconcelos Oliveira, Martina Rudnicki, Dulcineia S P Abdalla, Maria do Carmo Alves de Lima, Ivan da Rocha Pitta, Christina Alves Peixoto
BACKGROUND: Atherosclerosis is a complex disorder with a multifactorial pathogenesis. We previously indicated that the new TZD LPSF/GQ-02 inhibits hepatic steatosis and inflammation, which are reported as risk factors for atherosclerosis development. Here, we explored the effects of LPSF/GQ-02 on atherosclerosis in LDLr-/- mice comparing two treatment periods. METHODS AND RESULTS: LDLr(-/-) mice were fed a high-fat diet for 10 and 12 weeks and received oral treatment with LPSF/GQ-02 (30mg/kg/day) or pioglitazone (20mg/kg/day) for 15 and 30 days, respectively...
September 29, 2016: European Journal of Pharmacology
Esmaeal Tamaddonfard, Amir Erfanparast, Hamid Ghasemi, Farzin Henareh-Chareh, Mansoor Hadidi, Navideh Mirzakhani, Sahar Seyedin, Mina Taati, Reza Salighedar, Sara Salimi, Farshad Safaei
Histamine receptors are involved in supraspinal modulation of pain. In the present study, we investigated the effects of microinjection of histamine H1, H2 and H3 receptor antagonists and agonists into the ventral posteromedial (VPM) nucleus of the thalamus on two models of trigeminal pain. Right and left sides of VPM were implanted with two guide cannulas. Corneal pain was induced by local corneal surface application of hypertonic saline and the number of eye wipes was recorded. The duration of face rubbing, as an orofacial pain measure, was recorded after subcutaneous (s...
September 29, 2016: European Journal of Pharmacology
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