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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143894/mechanism-of-resistance-in-gastrointestinal-stromal-tumors
#1
E Tamborini
Imatinib has revolutionized the treatment of GIST since this drug is able to inhibit tumoral growth by blocking the activity of receptor tyrosine kinases, KIT or PDGFRA, that in these tumors are constitutively activated because of the presence of mutations that alters their catalytic activity. However, despite this enormous improvement in the RFS and OS and in the quality of life of GIST patients, imatinib is not able to eradicate the disease: recurrences occur and acquired resistance is a common event which develops during targeted treatments...
November 17, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138928/mechanisms-of-drug-binding-to-voltage-gated-sodium-channels
#2
M E O'Leary, M Chahine
Voltage-gated sodium (Na(+)) channels are expressed in virtually all electrically excitable tissues and are essential for muscle contraction and the conduction of impulses within the peripheral and central nervous systems. Genetic disorders that disrupt the function of these channels produce an array of Na(+) channelopathies resulting in neuronal impairment, chronic pain, neuromuscular pathologies, and cardiac arrhythmias. Because of their importance to the conduction of electrical signals, Na(+) channels are the target of a wide variety of local anesthetic, antiarrhythmic, anticonvulsant, and antidepressant drugs...
November 15, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119254/potential-pharmacological-chaperones-for-cystathionine-beta-synthase-deficient-homocystinuria
#3
Tomas Majtan, Angel L Pey, Paula Gimenez-Mascarell, Luis Alfonso Martínez-Cruz, Csaba Szabo, Viktor Kožich, Jan P Kraus
Classical homocystinuria (HCU) is the most common loss-of-function inborn error of sulfur amino acid metabolism. HCU is caused by a deficiency in enzymatic degradation of homocysteine, a toxic intermediate of methionine transformation to cysteine, chiefly due to missense mutations in the cystathionine beta-synthase (CBS) gene. As with many other inherited disorders, the pathogenic mutations do not target key catalytic residues, but rather introduce structural perturbations leading to an enhanced tendency of the mutant CBS to misfold and either to form nonfunctional aggregates or to undergo proteasome-dependent degradation...
November 10, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29094210/evolutionary-history-of-voltage-gated-sodium-channels
#4
Atsuo Nishino, Yasushi Okamura
Every cell within living organisms actively maintains an intracellular Na(+) concentration that is 10-12 times lower than the extracellular concentration. The cells then utilize this transmembrane Na(+) concentration gradient as a driving force to produce electrical signals, sometimes in the form of action potentials. The protein family comprising voltage-gated sodium channels (NaVs) is essential for such signaling and enables cells to change their status in a regenerative manner and to rapidly communicate with one another...
November 2, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29086036/slc6-transporter-folding-diseases-and-pharmacochaperoning
#5
Michael Freissmuth, Thomas Stockner, Sonja Sucic
The human genome encodes 19 genes of the solute carrier 6 (SLC6) family; non-synonymous changes in the coding sequence give rise to mutated transporters, which are misfolded and thus cause diseases in the affected individuals. Prominent examples include mutations in the transporters for dopamine (DAT, SLC6A3), for creatine (CT1, SLC6A8), and for glycine (GlyT2, SLC6A5), which result in infantile dystonia, mental retardation, and hyperekplexia, respectively. Thus, there is an obvious unmet medical need to identify compounds, which can remedy the folding deficit...
October 31, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29071511/folding-defects-leading-to-primary-hyperoxaluria
#6
Elisa Oppici, Mirco Dindo, Carolina Conter, Carla Borri Voltattorni, Barbara Cellini
Protein misfolding is becoming one of the main mechanisms underlying inherited enzymatic deficits. This review is focused on primary hyperoxalurias, a group of disorders of glyoxylate detoxification associated with massive calcium oxalate deposition mainly in the kidneys. The most common and severe form, primary hyperoxaluria Type I, is due to the deficit of liver peroxisomal alanine/glyoxylate aminotransferase (AGT). Various studies performed in the last decade clearly evidence that many pathogenic missense mutations prevent the AGT correct folding, leading to various downstream effects including aggregation, increased degradation or mistargeting to mitochondria...
October 26, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29071510/heritable-skeletal-disorders-arising-from-defects-in-processing-and-transport-of-type-i-procollagen-from-the-er-perspectives-on-possible-therapeutic-approaches
#7
Meritxell B Cutrona, Niamh E Morgan, Jeremy C Simpson
Rare bone disorders are a heterogeneous group of diseases, initially associated with mutations in type I procollagen (PC) genes. Recent developments from dissection at the molecular and cellular level have expanded the list of disease-causing proteins, revealing that disruption of the machinery that handles protein secretion can lead to failure in PC secretion and in several cases result in skeletal dysplasia. In parallel, cell-based in vitro studies of PC trafficking pathways offer clues to the identification of new disease candidate genes...
October 26, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29071509/toxins-that-affect-voltage-gated-sodium-channels
#8
Yonghua Ji
Voltage-gated sodium channels (VGSCs) are critical in generation and conduction of electrical signals in multiple excitable tissues. Natural toxins, produced by animal, plant, and microorganisms, target VGSCs through diverse strategies developed over millions of years of evolutions. Studying of the diverse interaction between VGSC and VGSC-targeting toxins has been contributing to the increasing understanding of molecular structure and function, pharmacology, and drug development potential of VGSCs. This chapter aims to summarize some of the current views on the VGSC-toxin interaction based on the established receptor sites of VGSC for natural toxins...
October 26, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29071508/pharmacological-chaperones-beyond-conformational-disorders
#9
Nancy J Leidenheimer
Pharmacological chaperones (PCs) are small molecules that bind to nascent protein targets to facilitate their biogenesis. The ability of PCs to assist in the folding and subsequent forward trafficking of disease-causative protein misfolding mutants has opened new avenues for the treatment of conformational diseases such as cystic fibrosis and lysosomal storage disorders. In this chapter, an overview of the use of PCs for the treatment of conformational disorders is provided. Beyond the therapeutic application of PCs for the treatment of these disorders, pharmacological chaperoning of wild-type integral membrane proteins is discussed...
October 26, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29071507/posttranslational-modification-of-sodium-channels
#10
Zifan Pei, Yanling Pan, Theodore R Cummins
Voltage-gated sodium channels (VGSCs) are critical determinants of excitability. The properties of VGSCs are thought to be tightly controlled. However, VGSCs are also subjected to extensive modifications. Multiple posttranslational modifications that covalently modify VGSCs in neurons and muscle have been identified. These include, but are not limited to, phosphorylation, ubiquitination, palmitoylation, nitrosylation, glycosylation, and SUMOylation. Posttranslational modifications of VGSCs can have profound impact on cellular excitability, contributing to normal and abnormal physiology...
October 26, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29063274/conserved-oligomeric-golgi-and-neuronal-vesicular-trafficking
#11
Leslie K Climer, Rachel D Hendrix, Vladimir V Lupashin
The conserved oligomeric Golgi (COG) complex is an evolutionary conserved multi-subunit vesicle tethering complex essential for the majority of Golgi apparatus functions: protein and lipid glycosylation and protein sorting. COG is present in neuronal cells, but the repertoire of COG function in different Golgi-like compartments is an enigma. Defects in COG subunits cause alteration of Golgi morphology, protein trafficking, and glycosylation resulting in human congenital disorders of glycosylation (CDG) type II...
October 21, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29043505/structural-and-functional-analysis-of-sodium-channels-viewed-from-an-evolutionary-perspective
#12
Tamer M Gamal El-Din, Michael J Lenaeus, William A Catterall
Voltage-gated sodium channels initiate and propagate action potentials in excitable cells. They respond to membrane depolarization through opening, followed by fast inactivation that terminates the sodium current. This ON-OFF behavior of voltage-gated sodium channels underlays the coding of information and its transmission from one location in the nervous system to another. In this review, we explore and compare structural and functional data from prokaryotic and eukaryotic channels to infer the effects of evolution on sodium channel structure and function...
October 18, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29043504/the-molecular-physiopathogenesis-of-islet-amyloidosis
#13
Diti Chatterjee Bhowmick, Sanghamitra Singh, Saurabh Trikha, Aleksandar M Jeremic
Human islet amyloid polypeptide or amylin (hA) is a 37-amino acid peptide hormone produced and co-secreted with insulin by pancreatic β-cells. Under physiological conditions, hA regulates a broad range of biological processes including insulin release and slowing of gastric emptying, thereby maintaining glucose homeostasis. However, under the pathological conditions associated with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), hA undergoes a conformational transition from soluble random coil monomers to alpha-helical oligomers and insoluble β-sheet amyloid fibrils or amyloid plaques...
October 18, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29043503/pharmacoperones-for-misfolded-gonadotropin-receptors
#14
Claire L Newton, Ross C Anderson
The gonadotropin receptors (luteinising hormone receptor; LHR and follicle-stimulating hormone receptor; FSHR) are G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) that play an important role in the endocrine control of reproduction. Thus genetic mutations that cause impaired function of these receptors have been implicated in a number of reproductive disorders. Disease-causing genetic mutations in GPCRs frequently result in intracellular retention and degradation of the nascent protein through misfolding and subsequent recognition by cellular quality control machinery...
October 18, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29032483/regulation-of-cardiac-voltage-gated-sodium-channel-by-kinases-roles-of-protein-kinases-a-and-c
#15
Ademuyiwa S Aromolaran, Mohamed Chahine, Mohamed Boutjdir
In the heart, voltage-gated sodium (Nav) channel (Nav1.5) is defined by its pore-forming α-subunit and its auxiliary β-subunits, both of which are important for its critical contribution to the initiation and maintenance of the cardiac action potential (AP) that underlie normal heart rhythm. The physiological relevance of Nav1.5 is further marked by the fact that inherited or congenital mutations in Nav1.5 channel gene SCN5A lead to altered functional expression (including expression, trafficking, and current density), and are generally manifested in the form of distinct cardiac arrhythmic events, epilepsy, neuropathic pain, migraine, and neuromuscular disorders...
October 15, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29030712/calculating-the-consequences-of-left-shifted-nav-channel-activity-in-sick-excitable-cells
#16
Bela Joos, Benjamin M Barlow, Catherine E Morris
Two features common to diverse sick excitable cells are "leaky" Nav channels and bleb damage-damaged membranes. The bleb damage, we have argued, causes a channel kinetics based "leakiness." Recombinant (node of Ranvier type) Nav1.6 channels voltage-clamped in mechanically-blebbed cell-attached patches undergo a damage intensity dependent kinetic change. Specifically, they experience a coupled hyperpolarizing (left) shift of the activation and inactivation processes. The biophysical observations on Nav1.6 currents formed the basis of Nav-Coupled Left Shift (Nav-CLS) theory...
October 14, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29018878/investigating-internalization-and-intracellular-trafficking-of-gpcrs-new-techniques-and-real-time-experimental-approaches
#17
Simon R Foster, Hans Bräuner-Osborne
The ability to regulate the interaction between cells and their extracellular environment is essential for the maintenance of appropriate physiological function. For G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), this regulation occurs through multiple mechanisms that provide spatial and temporal control for signal transduction. One of the major mechanisms for GPCR regulation involves their endocytic trafficking, which serves to internalize the receptors from the plasma membrane and thereby attenuate G protein-dependent signaling...
October 11, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28993838/delta-opioid-receptor-expression-and-function-in-primary-afferent-somatosensory-neurons
#18
Amaury François, Grégory Scherrer
The functional diversity of primary afferent neurons of the dorsal root ganglia (DRG) generates a variety of qualitatively and quantitatively distinct somatosensory experiences, from shooting pain to pleasant touch. In recent years, the identification of dozens of genetic markers specifically expressed by subpopulations of DRG neurons has dramatically improved our understanding of this diversity and provided the tools to manipulate their activity and uncover their molecular identity and function. Opioid receptors have long been known to be expressed by discrete populations of DRG neurons, in which they regulate cell excitability and neurotransmitter release...
October 10, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28993837/gaba-receptors-and-the-pharmacology-of-sleep
#19
W Wisden, X Yu, N P Franks
Current GABAergic sleep-promoting medications were developed pragmatically, without making use of the immense diversity of GABAA receptors. Pharmacogenetic experiments are leading to an understanding of the circuit mechanisms in the hypothalamus by which zolpidem and similar compounds induce sleep at α2βγ2-type GABAA receptors. Drugs acting at more selective receptor types, for example, at receptors containing the α2 and/or α3 subunits expressed in hypothalamic and brain stem areas, could in principle be useful as hypnotics/anxiolytics...
October 10, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28993836/natural-and-unnatural-small-molecules-as-pharmacological-chaperones-and-inhibitors-in-cancer
#20
Isabel Betancor-Fernández, David J Timson, Eduardo Salido, Angel L Pey
Mutations causing single amino acid exchanges can dramatically affect protein stability and function, leading to disease. In this chapter, we will focus on several representative cases in which such mutations affect protein stability and function leading to cancer. Mutations in BRAF and p53 have been extensively characterized as paradigms of loss-of-function/gain-of-function mechanisms found in a remarkably large fraction of tumours. Loss of RB1 is strongly associated with cancer progression, although the molecular mechanisms by which missense mutations affect protein function and stability are not well known...
October 10, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
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