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Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434923/deciphering-the-mechanism-of-huang-lian-jie-du-decoction-on-the-treatment-of-sepsis-by-formula-decomposition-and-metabolomics-enhancement-of-cholinergic-pathways-and-inhibition-of-hmgb-1-tlr4-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling
#1
Dingqiao Xu, Yan Lv, Junsong Wang, Minghua Yang, Lingyi Kong
Sepsis is the major cause of morbidity and mortality in surgical patients. Huang-Lian-Jie-Du-Decoction (HLJDD), a well-known Chinese herb formula, has long been used for the treatment of sepsis. In this investigation, by leaving one herb out each time, the four component herbs of HLJDD were reformulated to four HLJDD variants Form1-4, corresponding to the removal of Phellodendri Chinensis Cortex, Scutellariae Radix, Gardeniae Fructu and Coptidis Rhizoma, respectively. Metabolomics approach combined with histological inspection, biochemical measurement and molecular biology was used to investigate the treatment effects of HLJDD and its four variants on cecal ligation and puncture (CLP) model of sepsis, which were compared to decipher the formulating principles of HLJDD...
April 20, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433484/corrigendum-to-biological-characterization-of-pm226-a-chromenoisoxazole-as-a-selective-cb2-receptor-agonist-with-neuroprotective-profile-pharmacol-res-110-august-2016-2016-205-215
#2
M Gómez-Cañas, P Morales, L García-Toscano, C Navarrete, E Muñoz, N Jagerovic, J Fernández-Ruiz, M García-Arencibia, M R Pazos
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 19, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428116/cycloastragenol-improves-hepatic-steatosis-by-activating-farnesoid-x-receptor-signalling
#3
Ming Gu, Shiying Zhang, Yuanyuan Zhao, Jinwen Huang, Yahui Wang, Yin Li, Shengjie Fan, Li Yang, Guang Ji, Qingchun Tong, Cheng Huang
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) has become a global health problem. However, there is no approved therapy for NAFLD. Farnesoid X receptor (FXR) is a potential drug target for treatment of NAFLD. In an attempt to screen FXR agonists, we found that cycloastragenol (CAG), a natural occurring compound in Astragali Radix, stimulated FXR transcription activity. In animal studies, we demonstrated that CAG treatment resulted in obvious reduction of high-fat diet induced lipid accumulation in liver accompanied by lowered blood glucose, serum triglyceride levels and hepatic bile acid pool size...
April 17, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428115/p300-and-c-ebp%C3%AE-regulated-ikk%C3%AE-expression-are-involved-in-thrombin-induced-il-8-cxcl8-expression-in-human-lung-epithelial-cells
#4
Zheng-Wei Huang, Gi-Shih Lien, Chien-Huang Lin, Chun-Ping Jiang, Bing-Chang Chen
Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are common chronic lung inflammatory diseases. Thrombin and interleukin (IL)-8/C-X-C chemokine ligand 8 (CXCL8) play critical roles in lung inflammation. Our previous study showed that c-Src-dependent IκB kinase (IKK)/IκBα/nuclear factor (NF)-κB and mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase kinase 1 (MEKK1)/extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK)/ribosomal S6 protein kinase (RSK)-dependent CAAT/enhancer-binding protein β (C/EBPβ) activation are involved in thrombin-induced IL-8/CXCL8 expression in human lung epithelial cells...
April 17, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428114/epigenetics-the-third-pillar-of-nitric-oxide-signaling
#5
REVIEW
Samantha Socco, Rhea C Bovee, Marianne B Palczewski, Jason R Hickok, Douglas D Thomas
Nitric oxide (NO), the endogenously produced free radical signaling molecule, is generally thought to function via its interactions with heme-containing proteins, such as soluble guanylyl cyclase (sGC), or by the formation of protein adducts containing nitrogen oxide functional groups (such as S-nitrosothiols, 3-nitrotyrosine, and dinitrosyliron complexes). These two types of interactions result in a multitude of down-stream effects that regulate numerous functions in physiology and disease. Of the numerous purported NO signaling mechanisms, epigenetic regulation has gained considerable interest in recent years...
April 17, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419848/toll-like-receptor-activation-vascular-endothelial-function-and-hypertensive-disorders-of-pregnancy
#6
REVIEW
Dakshnapriya Balasubbramanian, Catalina A Lopez Gelston, Brett M Mitchell, Piyali Chatterjee
Aberrant innate immune system activation in the mother contributes greatly to the development of hypertension during pregnancy. Numerous groups have elicited vascular inflammation, endothelial dysfunction, and hypertension in animals during gestation by directly activating Toll-like receptors. Additionally, several experimental therapies that reduce pro-inflammatory immune cells and cytokines restore vascular endothelial function and normalize blood pressure. This review will summarize the research demonstrating that an excessive maternal innate immune response is sufficient to cause vascular inflammation and endothelial dysfunction, which contributes to the development of hypertension during pregnancy...
April 15, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416463/glucocorticoids-activate-a-synapse-weakening-pathway-culminating-in-tau-phosphorylation-in-the-hippocampus
#7
Jee Hyun Yi, Christopher Brown, Garry Whitehead, Thomas Piers, Young Seok Lee, Celia Martinez Perez, Philip Regan, Daniel J Whitcomb, Kwangwook Cho
Evidence suggests that the stress hormones glucocorticoids (GCs) can cause cognitive deficits and neurodegeneration. Previous studies have found GCs facilitate physiological synapse weakening, termed long-term depression (LTD), though the precise mechanisms underlying this are poorly understood. Here we show that GCs activate glycogen synthase kinase-3 (GSK-3), a kinase crucial to synapse weakening signals. Critically, this ultimately leads to phosphorylation of the microtubule associated protein tau, specifically at the serine 396 residue, and this is a causal factor in the GC-mediated impairment of synaptic function...
April 14, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414178/short-and-long-term-effects-of-risperidone-on-catalepsy-sensitisation-and-acquisition-of-conditioned-avoidance-response-adolescent-vs-adult-rats
#8
Aung Aung Kywe Moe, Gregory A Medely, Timothy Reeks, Thomas H J Burne, Darryl W Eyles
The effects of antipsychotic drugs (APDs) on the adolescent brain are poorly understood despite a dramatic increase in prescription of these drugs in adolescents over the past twenty years. Neuronal systems continue to be remodeled during adolescence. Therefore, when given in adolescence, antipsychotic drugs (APDs) have the potential to affect this remodeling. In this study we investigated the effects of chronic 22-day risperidone treatment (1.3mg/kg/day) in both adolescent and adult rats. We examined short- and long-term changes in behaviour (catalepsy, locomotion and conditioned avoidance response (CAR)), and dopaminergic and serotonergic neurochemistry in the striatum and the nucleus accumbens...
April 13, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414177/the-acitretin-and-methotrexate-combination-therapy-for-psoriasis-vulgaris-achieves-higher-effectiveness-and-less-liver-fibrosis
#9
Jingang An, Dingwei Zhang, Jiawen Wu, Jiong Li, Xiu Teng, Xiaomin Gao, Ruilian Li, Xiuying Wang, Linlin Xia, Yumin Xia
Both acitretin and methotrexate are effective in ameliorating psoriatic lesion. However, their combination has been seldom reported in the treatment of psoriasis because of the warning regarding the potential hepatotoxicity of the drug interactions. This study was designed to investigate the effectiveness of such combination therapy for psoriasis vulgaris, and the potential benefit as well as side effect during the treatment. Thirty-nine patients with psoriasis vulgaris were treated with acitretin, methotrexate or their combination or as control...
April 13, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412461/effects-of-low-dose-aspirin-on-maternal-blood-pressure-and-vascular-function-in-an-experimental-model-of-gestational-hypertension
#10
Oluwatobiloba Osikoya, Paresh A Jaini, An Nguyen, Melissa Valdes, Styliani Goulopoulou
Daily intake of low-dose aspirin after 12weeks of gestation is currently recommended as a preventative intervention in pregnancies in high risk of developing preeclampsia. This recommendation is based on epidemiological evidence, whereas experimental studies investigating the exact mechanisms of aspirin action during pregnancy are lacking. We previously showed that treating pregnant rats with a synthetic mimetic of unmethylated CpG DNA (bacterial DNA) caused preeclampsia-like characteristics such as maternal hypertension and increased cyclooxygenase (COX) expression and activity...
April 12, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411001/interstitial-lung-disease-induced-by-fluoxetine-systematic-review-of-literature-and-analysis-of-vigiaccess-eudravigilance-and-a-national-pharmacovigilance-database
#11
REVIEW
Arianna Deidda, Claudia Pisanu, Laura Micheletto, Alberto Bocchetta, Maria Del Zompo, Maria Erminia Stochino
We investigated a pulmonary adverse drug reaction possibly induced by fluoxetine, the Interstitial Lung Disease, by performing a systematic review of published case reports on this subject, a review of the World Health Organization VigiAccess database, of the European EudraVigilance database and of a national Pharmacovigilance database (Italian Pharmacovigilance Network). The research found a total of seven cases linking fluoxetine to Interstitial Lung Disease in the literature. 36 cases of interstitial lung disease related to fluoxetine were retrieved from the VigiAccess database (updated to July 2016), and 36 reports were found in EudraVigilance database (updated to June 2016)...
April 12, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411002/p-gp-abcb1-exerts-differential-impacts-on-brain-and-fetal-exposure-to-norbuprenorphine-response-to-letter-to-the-editor
#12
LETTER
Michael Z Liao, Danny D Shen, Qingcheng Mao
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 11, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408314/targeting-endothelial-metaflammation-to-counteract-diabesity-cardiovascular-risk-current-and-perspective-therapeutic-options
#13
REVIEW
Maria Assunta Potenza, Carmela Nacci, Maria Antonietta De Salvia, Luca Sgarra, Massimo Collino, Monica Montagnani
The association of obesity and diabetes, termed "diabesity", defines a combination of primarily metabolic disorders with insulin resistance as the underlying common pathophysiology. Cardiovascular disorders associated with diabesity represent the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the Western world. This makes diabesity, with its rising impacts on both health and economics, one of the most challenging biomedical and social threats of present century. The emerging comprehension of the genes whose alteration confers inter-individual differences on risk factors for diabetes or obesity, together with the potential role of genetically determined variants on mechanisms controlling responsiveness, effectiveness and safety of anti-diabetic therapy underlines the need of additional knowledge on molecular mechanisms involved in the pathophysiology of diabesity...
April 10, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408313/preventing-cardiovascular-heart-disease-promising-nutraceutical-and-non-nutraceutical-treatments-for-cholesterol-management
#14
REVIEW
T P Johnston, T A Korolenko, M Pirro, A Sahebkar
Hypercholesterolemia is one of the major risk factors for the development of cardiovascular disease. Atherosclerosis resulting from hypercholesterolemia causes many serious cardiovascular diseases. Statins are generally accepted as a treatment of choice for lowering low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, which reduces coronary heart disease morbidity and mortality. Since statin use can be associated with muscle problems and other adverse symptoms, non-adherence and discontinuation of statin therapy often leads to inadequate control of plasma cholesterol levels and increased cardiovascular risk...
April 10, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400152/anti-cd3-antibody-therapy-attenuates-the-progression-of-hypertension-in-female-mice-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
#15
Keisa W Mathis, Erin B Taylor, Michael J Ryan
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disorder with prevalent hypertension that significantly contributes to the mortality in this patient population. Pre-clinical and clinical evidence suggests that anti-CD3 antibody therapy may attenuate the development of autoimmune diseases like SLE. However, it is unclear whether this treatment impacts the development of the prevalent hypertension associated with SLE. The present study was designed to determine whether anti-CD3 antibody treatment attenuates the progression of hypertension in female SLE mice with already established renal disease (albuminuria ≥100mg/dL)...
April 8, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400151/p-gp-abcb1-exerts-differential-impacts-on-brain-and-fetal-exposure-to-norbuprenorphine-significance-of-zeitgeber-time-on-pharmacokinetics
#16
LETTER
Ranjeet Prasad Dash, Rana Rais
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 8, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396094/ym155-induces-apoptosis-through-proteasome-dependent-degradation-of-mcl-1-in-primary-effusion-lymphoma
#17
Yuki Kojima, Fumihiko Hayakawa, Takanobu Morishita, Keiki Sugimoto, Yuka Minamikawa, Mizuho Iwase, Hideyuki Yamamoto, Daiki Hirano, Naoto Imoto, Kazuyuki Shimada, Seiji Okada, Hitoshi Kiyoi
Primary effusion lymphoma (PEL) is a lymphoma that shows malignant effusion in body cavities without contiguous tumor masses and has a very poor prognosis. We recently developed a novel drug screening system using patient-derived xenograft (PDX) cells that maintained the primary cell phenotype better than cell lines. This screening is expected to discover anti-tumor drugs that have been overlooked by conventional screening using cell lines. We herein performed this screening to identify new therapeutic agents for PEL...
April 8, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396093/what-s-new-about-oral-treatments-in-multiple-sclerosis-immunogenetics-still-under-question
#18
REVIEW
Cristiana Pistono, Cecilia Osera, Chiara Boiocchi, Giulia Mallucci, Mariaclara Cuccia, Roberto Bergamaschi, Alessia Pascale
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic pathology affecting the Central Nervous System characterized by inflammatory processes that lead to demyelination and neurodegeneration. In MS treatment, disease modifying therapies (DMTs) are essential to reduce disease progression by suppressing the inflammatory response responsible for promoting lesion formation. Recently, in addition to the classical injectable DMTs like Interferons and Glatiramer acetate, new orally administered drugs have been approved for MS therapy: dimethyl fumarate, teriflunomide and fingolimod...
April 8, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396092/targeting-the-unfolded-protein-response-in-cancer
#19
REVIEW
Rani Ojha, Ravi K Amaravadi
Cancer cells are exposed to various intrinsic and extrinsic factors that disrupt protein homeostasis, producing endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress. To cope with these situations, cancer cells evoke a highly conserved adaptive mechanism called the unfolded protein response (UPR) to restore the ER homeostasis. Recently, several pharmacological agents have been found to exhibit anti-tumor activity by targeting the UPR components. The development of potent and specific compounds that target the UPR components has not only shed light on the regulation of the UPR in cancer cells, but also brought the field closer to clinical drug candidates...
April 8, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392461/recombinant-egfr-mmp-2-bi-targeted-fusion-protein-markedly-binding-to-non-small-cell-lung-carcinoma-and-exerting-potent-therapeutic-efficacy
#20
Jian Xu, Yue Du, Xiu-Jun Liu, Bing-Yan Zhu, Sheng-Hua Zhang, Liang Li, Yi Li, Xiao-Fei Wang, Chuan-Kun Shan, Rui-Qi Wang, Yong-Su Zhen
Overexpression of EGFR and MMP-2 plays an essential role in the initiation and progression of non-small-cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC). In this study, a novel format of EGFR/MMP-2 bi-targeted fusion protein Ec-LDP-TIMP2 and its enediyne-integrated analogue Ec-LDP(AE)-TIMP2 have been prepared by genetic engineering and molecular reconstitution. The Ec-LDP(AE)-TIMP2 comprises endogenous inhibitor of matrix metalloproteinase 2 (TIMP2), EGF-derived oligopeptide (Ec), lidamycin apoprotein (LDP), and the extremely potent cytotoxic enediyne (AE)...
April 6, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
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