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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711156/towards-a-structural-view-of-drug-binding-to-herg-k-channels
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Jamie I Vandenberg, Eduardo Perozo, Toby W Allen
The human ether-a-go-go-related gene (hERG) K(+) channel is of great medical and pharmaceutical relevance. Inherited mutations in hERG result in congenital long-QT syndrome which is associated with a markedly increased risk of cardiac arrhythmia and sudden death. hERG K(+) channels are also remarkably susceptible to block by a wide range of drugs, which in turn can cause drug-induced long-QT syndrome and an increased risk of sudden death. The recent determination of the near-atomic resolution structure of the hERG K(+) channel, using single-particle cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM), provides tremendous insights into how these channels work...
July 12, 2017: Trends in Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709554/lessons-learned-from-two-decades-of-anticancer-drugs
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Zhichao Liu, Brian Delavan, Ruth Roberts, Weida Tong
Tremendous efforts have been made to elucidate the basis of cancer biology with the aim of promoting anticancer drug development. Especially over the past 20 years, anticancer drug development has developed from conventional cytotoxic agents to target-based and immune-related therapies. Consequently, more than 200 anticancer drugs are available on the market. However, anticancer drug development still suffers high attrition during the later phases of clinical development and is considered to be a difficult and risky therapeutic category within the drug development arena...
July 11, 2017: Trends in Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687272/interstrand-crosslink-repair-as-a-target-for-hdac-inhibition
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Teodora Nikolova, Nicole Kiweler, Oliver H Krämer
DNA interstrand crosslinks (ICLs) covalently connect complementary DNA strands. Consequently, DNA replication and transcription are hampered, DNA damage responses (DDR) are initiated, and cell death is triggered. Therefore, drugs inducing ICLs are effective against rapidly growing cancer cells. However, tumors engage a complicated enzymatic machinery to repair and survive ICLs. Several factors, including the post-translational acetylation/deacetylation of lysine residues within proteins, control this network...
July 4, 2017: Trends in Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28668224/the-future-of-cysteine-cathepsins-in-disease-management
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Lovro Kramer, Dušan Turk, Boris Turk
Since the discovery of the key role of cathepsin K in bone resorption, cysteine cathepsins have been investigated by pharmaceutical companies as drug targets. The first clinical results from targeting cathepsins by activity-based probes and substrates are paving the way for the next generation of molecular diagnostic imaging, whereas the majority of antibody-drug conjugates currently in clinical trials depend on activation by cathepsins. Finally, cathepsins have emerged as suitable vehicles for targeted drug delivery...
June 28, 2017: Trends in Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28668223/an-overview-of-novel-adjuvants-designed-for-improving-vaccine-efficacy
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Srinivasa Reddy Bonam, Charalambos D Partidos, Sampath Kumar M Halmuthur, Sylviane Muller
Adjuvants incorporated in prophylactic and/or therapeutic vaccine formulations impact vaccine efficacy by enhancing, modulating, and/or prolonging the immune response. In addition, they reduce antigen concentration and the number of immunizations required for protective efficacy, therefore contributing to making vaccines more cost effective. Our better understanding of the molecular mechanisms of immune recognition and protection has led research efforts to develop new adjuvants that are currently at various stages of development or clinical evaluation...
June 28, 2017: Trends in Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651847/the-cardiovascular-pharmacology-of-nonsteroidal-anti-inflammatory-drugs
#6
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Tilo Grosser, Emanuela Ricciotti, Garret A FitzGerald
The principal molecular mechanisms underlying the cardiovascular (CV) and renal adverse effects of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as myocardial infarction and hypertension, are understood in more detail than most side effects of drugs. Less is known, however, about differences in the CV safety profile between chemically distinct NSAIDs and their relative predisposition to complications. In review article, we discuss how heterogeneity in the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of distinct NSAIDs may be expected to affect their CV risk profile...
June 23, 2017: Trends in Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648527/targeting-the-thioredoxin-system-for-cancer-therapy
#7
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Junmin Zhang, Xinming Li, Xiao Han, Ruijuan Liu, Jianguo Fang
Thioredoxin (Trx) and thioredoxin reductase (TrxR) are essential components of the Trx system which plays pivotal roles in regulating multiple cellular redox signaling pathways. In recent years TrxR/Trx have been increasingly recognized as an important modulator of tumor development, and hence targeting TrxR/Trx is a promising strategy for cancer treatment. In this review we first discuss the structural details of TrxR, the functions of the Trx system, and the rational of targeting TrxR/Trx for cancer treatment...
June 22, 2017: Trends in Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648526/applying-structure-based-drug-design-approaches-to-allosteric-modulators-of-gpcrs
#8
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Miles Congreve, Christine Oswald, Fiona H Marshall
Structural insights have been revealed from X-ray co-complexes of a range of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) and their allosteric ligands. The understanding of how small molecules can modulate the function of this important class of receptors by binding to a diverse range of pockets on and inside the proteins has had a profound impact on the structure-based drug design (SBDD) of new classes of therapeutic agents. The types of allosteric pockets and the mode of modulation as well as the advantages and disadvantages of targeting allosteric pockets (as opposed to the natural orthosteric site) are considered in the context of these new structural findings...
June 22, 2017: Trends in Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645833/binding-kinetics-and-pathways-of-ligands-to-gpcrs
#9
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Andrea Strasser, Hans-Joachim Wittmann, Roland Seifert
Previously, drugs were developed focusing on target affinity and selectivity. However, it is becoming evident that the drug-target residence time, related to the off-rate, is an important parameter for successful drug development. The residence time influences both the on-rate and overall effectiveness of drugs. Furthermore, ligand binding is now appreciated to be a multistep process because metastable and/or intermediate binding sites in the extracellular region have been identified. In this review, we summarize experimental ligand-binding data for G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), and their binding pathways, analyzed by molecular dynamics (MD)...
June 20, 2017: Trends in Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629580/folding-underlies-bidirectional-role-of-gpr37-pael-r-in-parkinson-disease
#10
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Lina Leinartaité, Per Svenningsson
Since conformational flexibility, which is required for the function of a protein, comes at the expense of structural stability, many proteins, including G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), are under constant risk of misfolding and aggregation. In this regard GPR37 (also named PAEL-R and ETBR-LP-1) takes a prominent role, particularly in relation to Parkinson disease (PD). GPR37 is a substrate for parkin and accumulates abnormally in autosomal recessive juvenile parkinsonism, contributing to endoplasmic reticulum stress and death of dopaminergic neurons...
June 16, 2017: Trends in Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625497/pitfalls-and-opportunities-for-epigenomic-analyses-focused-on-disease-diagnosis-prognosis-and-therapy
#11
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Volker M Lauschke, Maxim Ivanov, Magnus Ingelman-Sundberg
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 15, 2017: Trends in Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606480/sphingosine-kinase-2-in-autoimmune-inflammatory-disease-and-the-development-of-sphingosine-kinase-2-inhibitors
#12
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Nigel J Pyne, David R Adams, Susan Pyne
The purpose of this Opinion is to present a case for targeting sphingosine kinase 2 (SK2) in autoimmune/inflammatory disease. Data obtained using Sphk2(-/-) mice suggest that SK2 is an anti-inflammatory enzyme, although this might be misleading because of a compensatory increase in the expression of a second isoform, sphingosine kinase 1 (SK1), which functions as a proinflammatory enzyme. SK2 is involved in regulating interleukin (IL)-12/interferon gamma (IFN-γ) and histone deacetylase-1/2 (HDAC-1/2) signalling and, potentially, retinoid-related orphan receptor gamma t (ROR-γt) stability linked with T helper (Th) 17 cell polarisation...
June 9, 2017: Trends in Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606479/therapeutic-potential-of-ranibizumab-in-corneal-neovascularization
#13
Marianne L Shahsuvaryan
Ranibizumab is a humanized, affinity-matured vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) antibody fragment that neutralizes all isoforms of VEGF and is FDA approved for use in ophthalmology. Recently it was suggested that ranibizumab may be useful in the treatment of corneal neovascularization, but in reality this therapy is not yet evidence based.
June 9, 2017: Trends in Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602395/reprogramming-of-the-tumor-in-the-hypoxic-niche-the-emerging-concept-and-associated-therapeutic-strategies
#14
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Guan-Zhong Qiu, Ming-Zhu Jin, Jin-Xiang Dai, Wei Sun, Ji-Hong Feng, Wei-Lin Jin
Hypoxia exerts a profound impact on diverse aspects of cancer biology. Increasing evidence has revealed novel functions of hypoxia in cancer cell epigenomics, epitranscriptomics, metabolism, and intercellular communication, all hotspots of cancer research. Several drugs have been developed to target intratumoral hypoxia and have entered clinical trials to treat refractory tumors. However, direct targeting of hypoxia signaling still has limitations in the clinic with regard to cancer progression and resistance to therapy...
June 8, 2017: Trends in Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601256/aurora-a-kinase-is-a-priority-pharmaceutical-target-for-the-treatment-of-cancers
#15
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Arun Prasath Damodaran, Lucie Vaufrey, Olivia Gavard, Claude Prigent
Aurora kinases control multiple events during cell cycle progression and are essential for mitotic and meiotic bipolar spindle assembly and function. There are three Aurora kinases in mammals, some of which have oncogenic properties and all of which are overexpressed in multiple cancers. Pharmaceutical companies quickly made these kinases priority targets for the development of inhibitors to be used as cancer treatments. In this review, we focus on Aurora A, against which several inhibiting compounds have been discovered and made available; however, even though some of these compounds underwent clinical trials, none have yet gone beyond Phase III trials...
June 7, 2017: Trends in Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28558960/targeting-par1-now-what
#16
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Robert Flaumenhaft, Karen De Ceunynck
Protease-activated receptors (PARs) are a ubiquitously expressed class of G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) that enable cells to respond to proteases in the extracellular environment in a nuanced and dynamic manner. PAR1 is the archetypal family member and has been the object of large-scale drug development programs since the 1990s. Vorapaxar and drotrecogin-alfa are approved PAR1-targeted therapeutics, but safety concerns have limited the clinical use of vorapaxar and questions regarding the efficacy of drotrecogin-alfa led to its withdrawal from the market...
May 27, 2017: Trends in Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551354/targeting-free-radicals-in-oxidative-stress-related-human-diseases
#17
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Patrik Poprac, Klaudia Jomova, Miriama Simunkova, Vojtech Kollar, Christopher J Rhodes, Marian Valko
Cancer and Alzheimer's disease (AD) are characterized by (i) opposing biological mechanisms, (ii) an inverse correlation between their incidences, and (iii) oxidative stress being a common denominator of both diseases. Increased formation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in cancer cells from oncogenic signaling and/or metabolic disturbances leads to upregulation of cellular antioxidant capacity to maintain ROS levels below a toxic threshold. Combining drugs that induce high levels of ROS with compounds that suppress cellular antioxidant capacity by depleting antioxidant systems [glutathione (GSH), superoxide dismutase (SOD), and thioredoxin (TRX)] and/or targeting glucose metabolism represents a potential anticancer strategy...
May 24, 2017: Trends in Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478994/emerging-paradigms-of-g-protein-coupled-receptor-dephosphorylation
#18
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Andrea Kliewer, Rainer K Reinscheid, Stefan Schulz
Elucidation of the molecular mechanisms underlying G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) dephosphorylation remains a major challenge. While specific GPCR phosphatases (GRPs) have eluded identification, prevailing models propose that receptors must first internalize into acidic endosomes to become dephosphorylated in a housekeeping-like process. Recently, phosphosite-specific antibodies, combined with siRNAs targeting specific phosphatase transcripts, have facilitated the identification of distinct protein phosphatase 1 (PP1) and PP2 catalytic subunits as bona fide GRPs...
May 4, 2017: Trends in Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473165/unpacking-artemisinin-resistance
#19
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Jigang Wang, Chengchao Xu, Zhao-Rong Lun, Steven R Meshnick
Artemisinin and its derivatives, in combination with partner drugs, are currently the most effective treatments for malaria parasite infection. Even though artemisinin has been widely used for decades, its mechanism of action had remained controversial until recently. Artemisinin combination therapies (ACTs) have recently been found to be losing efficacy in Southeast Asia. This 'artemisinin resistance', defined by a delayed parasite clearance time, has been associated with several genetic mutations. As with any other drug resistance phenotype, resistance can best be understood based on its mechanism of action...
May 1, 2017: Trends in Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28450072/contribution-of-clinical-neuroimaging-to-the-understanding-of-the-pharmacology-of-methylphenidate
#20
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Luc Zimmer
Methylphenidate (MPH) is currently the most widely used molecule in the pharmacologic treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Although experience of its application now extends over several decades, its psychotropic nature, prolonged use in children, and chemical relation to amphetamines still raise doubts in the minds of prescribers and the families of the patients. Brain imaging has shed considerable light on the neuropharmacology of MPH. The two main in vivo neuroimaging techniques are positron-emission tomography (PET) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and these can be applied in both animal models and humans...
April 24, 2017: Trends in Pharmacological Sciences
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