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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510066/the-delta-opioid-receptor-in-pain-control
#1
Khaled Abdallah, Louis Gendron
Nowadays, the delta opioid receptor (DOPr) represents a promising target for the treatment of chronic pain and emotional disorders. Despite the fact that they produce limited antinociceptive effects in healthy animals and in most acute pain models, DOPr agonists have shown efficacy in various chronic pain models. In this chapter, we review the progresses that have been made over the last decades in understanding the role played by DOPr in the control of pain. More specifically, the distribution of DOPr within the central nervous system and along pain pathways is presented...
May 17, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28451824/heart-failure-guidelines-on-pharmacotherapy
#2
Lampros Papadimitriou, Carine E Hamo, Javed Butler
Heart Failure (HF) is a serious emerging Public Health issue mainly in the high-income countries. In the USA, more than 6 million adults are affected. Despite the latest advances in device and pharmacological therapeutics, it still carries a huge burden, partially reflected in the annual healthcare cost of approximately $30 billion (2012) and the 5 year mortality rate of 50%. In this article, we review the medications, proven to significantly reduce mortality and morbidity in HF patients with structural myocardial disease and past or current symptoms, based on the latest North American HF guidelines...
April 28, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432473/vasopressin-and-vasopressin-antagonists-in-heart-failure
#3
Julie K Vishram-Nielsen, Finn Gustafsson
Despite the introduction of multiple new pharmacological agents over the past three decades in the field of heart failure (HF), overall prognosis remains poor. Hyponatremia is prevalent in HF patients and has been suggested as a contributor to poor response to standard therapy. Elevated levels of arginine vasopressin (AVP), a peptide hormone produced in the hypothalamus, play a role in development of hyponatremia, and AVP and its surrogate, copeptin, are related to changes in osmolality, hemodynamics, neuro-hormones as well as in overall outcome in HF patients...
April 22, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432472/anti-infective-and-anti-inflammatory-pharmacotherapies
#4
Mark I Rosenblatt
Ocular infection and inflammation are common and are associated with myriad ocular conditions ranging from mild disease to blinding conditions. There are numerous anti-invectives with spectra against inciting pathogens. Given the potential for ocular infections to rapidly progress initial broad spectrum therapy is usually required, with therapy tailored as microbiological identification and sensitivities become available. The emergence of antibiotic resistance has become a major health problem. Anti-inflammatory therapy can be institutes to prevent ocular symptoms and end-organ damage...
April 22, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405776/immune-mediated-and-hypoxia-regulated-programs-accomplices-in-resistance-to-anti-angiogenic-therapies
#5
Diego O Croci, Santiago P Mendez-Huergo, Juan P Cerliani, Gabriel A Rabinovich
In contrast to mechanisms taking place during resistance to chemotherapies or other targeted therapies, compensatory adaptation to angiogenesis blockade does not imply a mutational alteration of genes encoding drug targets or multidrug resistance mechanisms but instead involves intrinsic or acquired activation of compensatory angiogenic pathways. In this article we highlight hypoxia-regulated and immune-mediated mechanisms that converge in endothelial cell programs and preserve angiogenesis in settings of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) blockade...
April 13, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405775/iron-deficiency-treatment-in-patients-with-heart-failure
#6
Ewa A Jankowska, Marcin Drozd, Piotr Ponikowski
Iron deficiency (ID) is one of the major risk factors for disability and mortality worldwide, and it was identified as a common and ominous comorbidity in patients with heart failure (HF), both with and without anaemia. Based on two clinical trials (FAIR-HF and CONFIRM-HF) and other epidemiological evidence, ID has been recognized as an important therapeutic target in symptomatic patients with HF and LVEF ≤45%.Intravenous iron supplementation has been demonstrated to be safe and effective for iron repletion and related with an improvement in clinical status, exercise capacity, and quality of life...
April 13, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382470/comorbidities-in-heart-failure
#7
Haye H van der Wal, Vincent M van Deursen, Peter van der Meer, Adriaan A Voors
Comorbidities frequently accompany chronic heart failure (HF), contributing to increased morbidity and mortality, and an impaired quality of life. We describe the prevalence of several high-impact comorbidities in chronic HF patients and their impact on morbidity and mortality. Furthermore, we try to explain the underlying pathophysiological processes and the complex interaction between chronic HF and specific comorbidities. Although common risk factors are likely to contribute, it is reasonable to believe that factors associated with HF might cause other comorbidities and vice versa...
April 6, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382469/mesenchymal-stem-cell-therapy-for-the-treatment-of-heart-failure-caused-by-ischemic-or-non-ischemic-cardiomyopathy-immunosuppression-and-its-implications
#8
Michael J Lipinski, Dror Luger, Stephen E Epstein
HF patients with signs and symptoms of worsening heart failure (HF), despite optimal medical therapy, have a poor prognosis. The pathways contributing to HF are multiple, probably accounting, in part, for current treatment approaches not being more effective. Stem cells, particularly mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), have a broad range of activities, making them particularly interesting candidates for a new HF therapeutic. This review presents an overview of the studies examining the efficacy of stem cell studies administered to HF patients, focusing mainly on MSCs...
April 6, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382468/role-of-hyperkalemia-in-heart-failure-and-the-therapeutic-use-of-potassium-binders
#9
Chaudhry M S Sarwar, Aditi A Bhagat, Stefan D Anker, Javed Butler
Hyperkalemia can be a life-threatening disorder, especially for at-risk patients with heart failure, chronic kidney disease, with diabetes, and patients on certain drugs like renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system antagonists and mineralocorticoid receptor antagonists. There are limited therapeutic options available for hyperkalemia, and they have narrow effectiveness because of their unfavorable side effects profile in long-term and high cost utilization requiring inpatient care. Patiromersorbitex calcium and sodium zirconium cyclosilicate are novel potassium-lowering compounds for the treatment and prevention of hyperkalemia in at-risk population...
April 6, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382467/plasticity-of-resistance-and-sensitivity-to-anti-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-inhibitors-in-metastatic-colorectal-cancer
#10
Andrea Sartore-Bianchi, Salvatore Siena
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is one of the most prevalent cancers and the second leading cause of cancer mortality worldwide. Survival in the metastatic setting has been gradually improved by the addition to cytotoxic chemotherapy of agents targeting the vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR). Considerable heterogeneity exists within CRC due to the varied genetic and epigenetic mechanisms involved in differing pathways of carcinogenesis. The knowledge of molecular abnormalities underlying colorectal tumourigenesis and the progression of dysplastic precursors to invasive and ultimately metastatic lesions has advanced in recent years by comprehensive sequencing studies...
April 6, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28353036/resistance-to-hormonal-therapy-in-prostate-cancer
#11
Alfredo Berruti, Alberto Dalla Volta
Several therapeutic strategies are actually available in the management of prostate cancer: Targeting the androgen receptor (AR) is the goal both for initial androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) and second-generation androgen ablative agents (abiraterone and enzalutamide). Chemotherapy with taxanes, administered upon progression or as first line approach in association with ADT, is another therapeutic option. Unfortunately, none of these therapies is curative and patients are destined to develop a resistant phenotype...
March 29, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28353035/the-roles-of-opioid-receptors-in-cutaneous-wound-healing
#12
Mei Bigliardi-Qi, Paul Bigliardi
The process of recovery from skin wounding can be protracted and painful, and scarring may lead to weakness of the tissue, unpleasant sensations such as pain or itch, and unfavorable cosmetic outcomes. Moreover, some wounds simply fail to heal and become a chronic burden for the sufferer. Understanding the mechanisms underlying wound healing and the concomitant sensory disorders and how they might be manipulated for therapeutic benefit has attracted much interest in recent years, and here we discuss the latest developments in the field, focusing on the emergent roles of the peripheral opioid receptor (OPr) system...
March 29, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332049/molecular-and-pharmacological-mechanisms-of-drug-resistance-an-evolving-paradigm
#13
Benedetta Colmegna, Lavinia Morosi, Maurizio D'Incalci
The high heterogeneity and genomic instability of malignant tumors explains why even responsive tumors contain cell clones that are resistant for many possible mechanisms involving intracellular drug inactivation, low uptake or high efflux of anticancer drugs from cancer cells, qualitative or quantitative changes in the drug target. Many tumors, however, are resistant because of insufficient exposure to anticancer drugs, due to pharmacokinetic reasons and inefficient and heterogeneous tumor drug distribution, related to a deficient vascularization and high interstitial pressure...
March 23, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332048/histamine-release-from-mast-cells-and-basophils
#14
Francesco Borriello, Raffaella Iannone, Gianni Marone
Mast cells and basophils represent the most relevant source of histamine in the immune system. Histamine is stored in cytoplasmic granules along with other amines (e.g., serotonin), proteases, proteoglycans, cytokines/chemokines, and angiogenic factors and rapidly released upon triggering with a variety of stimuli. Moreover, mast cell and basophil histamine release is regulated by several activating and inhibitory receptors. The engagement of different receptors can trigger different modalities of histamine release and degranulation...
March 23, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332047/mechanisms-of-resistance-to-target-therapies-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
#15
Francesco Facchinetti, Claudia Proto, Roberta Minari, Marina Garassino, Marcello Tiseo
Targeted therapies are revolutionizing the treatment of advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The discovery of key oncogenic events mainly in lung adenocarcinoma, like EGFR mutations or ALK rearrangements, has changed the treatment landscape while improving the prognosis of lung cancer patients. Inevitably, virtually all patients initially treated with targeted therapies develop resistance because of the emergence of an insensitive cellular population, selected by pharmacologic pressure. Diverse mechanisms of resistance, in particular to EGFR, ALK and ROS1 tyrosine-kinase inhibitors (TKIs), have now been discovered and may be classified in three different groups: (1) alterations in the target (such as EGFR T790M and ALK or ROS1 mutations); (2) activation of alternative pathways (i...
March 23, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321587/analytical-methods-for-the-quantification-of-histamine-and-histamine-metabolites
#16
Heike Bähre, Volkhard Kaever
The endogenous metabolite histamine (HA) is synthesized in various mammalian cells but can also be ingested from exogenous sources. It is involved in a plethora of physiological and pathophysiological processes. So far, four different HA receptors (H1R-H4R) have been described and numerous HAR antagonists have been developed. Contemporary investigations regarding the various roles of HA and its main metabolites have been hampered by the lack of highly specific and sensitive analytic methods for all of these analytes...
March 21, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315073/mechanisms-of-resistance-to-immune-checkpoint-antibodies
#17
Rodrigo N Ramos, Eliane Piaggio, Emanuela Romano
Immunotherapy using checkpoint inhibitors has changed the way we treat several aggressive cancers such as melanoma, non-small cell lung and head & neck cancers, among others, with durable responses achieved in the metastatic setting. However, unfortunately, the vast majority of patients do not respond to checkpoint inhibition therapy and a minority of patients, who do respond to treatment, develop secondary resistance and experience relapse by mechanisms still inadequately understood. Emerging evidence shows that alterations in multiple signaling pathways are involved in primary and/or secondary resistance to checkpoint inhibition...
March 18, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315072/direct-myosin-activation-by-omecamtiv-mecarbil-for-heart-failure-with-reduced-ejection-fraction
#18
Mitchell A Psotka, John R Teerlink
Myosin is the indispensable molecular motor that utilizes chemical energy to produce force for contraction within the cardiac myocyte. Myosin activity is gated by intracellular calcium levels which are regulated by multiple upstream signaling cascades that can be altered for clinical utility using inotropic medications. In contrast to clinically available cardiac inotropes, omecamtiv mecarbil is a novel direct myosin activator developed to augment left ventricular systolic function without the undesirable secondary effects of altered calcium homeostasis...
March 18, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315071/delta-opioid-receptor-and-peptide-a-dynamic-therapy-for-stroke-and-other-neurological-disorders
#19
M Grant Liska, Marci G Crowley, Trenton Lippert, Sydney Corey, Cesar V Borlongan
Research of the opioid system and its composite receptors and ligands has revealed its promise as a potential therapy for neurodegenerative diseases such as stroke and Parkinson's Disease. In particular, delta opioid receptors (DORs) have been elucidated as a therapeutically distinguished subset of opioid receptors and a compelling target for novel intervention techniques. Research is progressively shedding light on the underlying mechanism of DORs and has revealed two mechanisms of DOR neuroprotection; DORs function to maintain ionic homeostasis and also to trigger endogenous neuroprotective pathways...
March 18, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315070/mechanisms-of-resistance-in-multiple-myeloma
#20
Athanasios Papadas, Fotis Asimakopoulos
Multiple myeloma (MM) is an incurable hematopoietic cancer that is characterized by malignant plasma cell infiltration of the bone marrow and/or extramedullary sites. Multi-modality approaches including "novel agents," traditional chemotherapy, and/or stem cell transplantation are used in MM therapy. Drug resistance, however, ultimately develops and the disease remains incurable for the vast majority of patients. In this chapter, we review both tumor cell-autonomous and non-autonomous (microenvironment-dependent) mechanisms of drug resistance...
March 18, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
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