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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545378/piperine-as-a-potential-anti-cancer-agent-a-review-on-preclinical-studies
#1
Azadeh Manayi, Seyed Mohammad Nabavi, William N Setzer, Samineh Jafari
Recently many studies showed anticancer activities of piperine, a pungent alkaloid found in black pepper and some other Piper species. We attempted to summarize acquired data that support anticancer potential of this natural agent. Piperine has been reported to possess effective chemopreventive activity. It has been studied to affect several mechanisms of action, in brief enhancing antioxidant system, increasing level and activity of detoxifying enzymes and suppressing stem cell self-renewal. Moreover, piperine has been found to inhibit proliferation and survival of various cancerous cell lines via modulating cell cycle progression and exhibiting anti-apoptotic activity, respectively...
May 23, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545377/phenolic-compounds-from-edible-algae-bioactivity-and-health-benefits
#2
Lidia Montero, Andrea Del Pilar Sánchez-Camargo, Elena Ibáñez, Bienvenida Gilbert-López
Algae have been consumed for many years in Asian countries; at present, its consumption around the world either as food ingredient or directly as food commodity has increased considerably mainly due to the Asian influence and its cuisine, but also because the growing interest on the beneficial health effects of algae. Although several biological activities have been attributed to different algae compounds such as pigments, lipids, polysaccharides, fiber, proteins or vitamins, in the present review we will highlight the different phenolic compounds present on seaweeds and their important role in the functional and health effects, paying special attention to the antioxidant, antiproliferative, anti-obesity and antidiabetic activities...
May 23, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545376/nutrition-as-a-health-determinant-in-elderly-patients
#3
Ignazio Grattagliano, Tecla Mastronuzzi
An adequate caloric intake is a major determinant for the health status especially when degenerative conditions become a predominant risk for difficult-to-treat diseases as in aging. The maintenance of the nutritional status is the best measure to counteract the risk of protein-caloric malnutrition and its complications which often sneakily affects elderly population and in particular frail patients. Both organic and social risk factors [economic hardship, loneliness, institutionalization] are important as determining causes...
May 23, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545375/natural-product-gossypol-and-its-derivatives-in-precision-cancer-medicine
#4
Yun Zeng, Jingwen Ma, Liang Xu, Daocheng Wu
Gossypol, a natural product extracted from the seed, roots, and stem of cotton, was initially used as a male contraceptive but was subsequently investigated as a novel antitumor agent. This review depicts the current status of gossypol and its derivatives as novel antitumor agents as well as presents their preparation and characteristics, especially of some gossypol Schiff bases, through quantitative and structural analyses. The main attractive target sites of gossypol and its derivatives are Bcl-2 family proteins containing the anti-apoptosis proteins Bcl-2 and Bcl-XL...
May 23, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545373/modulation-of-aquaporins-by-dietary-patterns-and-plant-bioactive-compounds
#5
Piero Portincasa, Ilaria Cataldo, Anna Maggio, Patrizia Gena, Ornella de Bari, Grazia Tamma, Piero Portincasa, Calamita Giuseppe
Healthful dietary patterns and bioactive compounds supplementation can be adopted as simple and easy intervention to prevent, attenuate or cure clinical disorders, especially when it comes degenerative and chronic diseases. In the recent years, a growing body of evidence indicates Aquaporins (AQPs), a family of membrane channel proteins widely expressed in the human body, among the targets underlying the beneficial action played by some food nutrients and phytochemical compounds. Here, we provide an overview of what is known regarding the AQP modulation exerted by healthful dietary patterns and plant polyphenols...
May 23, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545371/if-rodents-could-speak-a-psycho-behavioral-perspective-on-modelling-obsessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd-in-animals-the-role-of-context
#6
De Wet Wolmarans, Dan J Stein, Brian H Harvey
Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a heterogeneous and debilitating condition, characterized by intrusive thoughts and compulsive repetition over several domains of human functioning. Animal models of OCD are important instruments that have the potential to contribute significantly to our understanding of the condition. However, although there is consensus that pre-clinical models are valuable to elucidate the underlying neurobiology in psychiatric disease, the current paper attempts to prompt ideas on how interpretation of animal behavior can be expanded upon to more effectively converge with the human disorder...
May 23, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545370/a-systematic-analysis-of-physicochemical-and-adme-properties-of-all-small-molecule-kinase-inhibitors-approved-by-us-fda-from-january-2001-to-october-2015
#7
Zhihong O'Brien, Mehran F Moghaddam
BACKGROUND: During lead identification and optimization, the advancement criteria may be driven based on scientific principles, prior experiences, and/or by examining the path paved by approved drugs. Accessing the discovery data on physicochemical and ADME properties of the approved kinase inhibitors is a monumental task as these are either scattered in the literature or have not been published. OBJECTIVE: Our goals were, 1) to compile the relevant data on all kinase inhibitors approved prior to 2016 for easy access by the biopharmaceutical community, 2) to provide a retrospective analysis to highlight trends and attributes which may have contributed to the "developability" of these drugs, and 3) to ignite focused debates on what constitutes "actionable", "nice-to-have", and unnecessary data...
May 23, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545369/impact-of-diabetes-on-cardiac-and-vascular-disease-role-of-calcium-signaling
#8
Tarik Smani, Isabel Gallardo-Castillo, Javier Ávila-Médina, Manuel F Jimenez-Navarro, Antonio Ordoñez, Abdelkrim Hmadcha
The pathophysiology linking diabetes and cardiovascular disease (CVD) is complex and multifactorial. The specific type of cardiomyopathy associated with diabetes, known as diabetic cardiomyopathy (DCM), is recognized as asymptomatic progression of structural and functional remodeling in the heart of diabetic patients in the absence of coronary atherosclerosis and hypertension. In other words, the presence of heart disease specifically in diabetic patients is also known as diabetic heart disease. This article reviews the impact of diabetes in heart and vascular beds focusing on molecular mechanisms involving the oxidative stress, the inflammation, the endothelium dysfunction and the alteration of the homeostasis of calcium, among others mechanisms...
May 23, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545368/improving-metabolic-control-through-functional-foods
#9
John G Jones, Joao C P Silva
Functional foods are designed to have physiological benefits and/or reduce the risk of chronic disease beyond basic nutritional functions. This review will discuss the scientific literature on the effects and mechanisms by which functional food components influence metabolic control. Given the high and increasing incidence of glucose intolerance and Type 2 diabetes related to over-nutrition in Westernized societies and the potentially significant role of diet and food awareness in preventing or reversing this condition, this review will focus on those food components or supplements that specifically improve glycemic control...
May 23, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545366/role-of-positron-emission-tomography-for-central-nervous-system-involvement-in-systemic-autoimmune-diseases-status-and-perspectives
#10
Daniele Mauro, Gaetano Barbagallo, Salvatore D'Angelo, Sannino Pasqualina, Saverio Naty, Caterina Bruno, Ignazio Olivieri, Rosa Daniela Grembiale, Francesco Ursini
In the last years, an increasing interest in molecular imaging has been raised by the extending potential of positron emission tomography (PET). The role of PET imaging, originally confined to the oncology setting, is continuously extending thanks to the development of novel radiopharmaceutical and to the implementation of hybrid imaging techniques, where PET scans are combined with computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging(MRI) in order to improve spatial resolution. Early preclinical studies suggested that 18F-FDG PET can detect neuroinflammation; new developing radiopharmaceuticals targeting more specifically inflammation-related molecules are moving in this direction...
May 23, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545365/role-of-infrared-spectroscopy-and-imaging-in-cancer-diagnosis
#11
Saroj Kumar, Alagiri Srinivasan, Fredrik Nikolajeff
FTIR imaging has been used to diagnose and differentiate the molecular differences between normal and diseased tissues. The differences correspond to the distribution and structure of lipids, proteins, nucleic acids as well as other metabolites. These differences depended on the type and the grade of cancer. The sensitivity of chemotherapy drugs on individual specific was also discussed. Here, we emphasize that FTIR spectroscopy and imaging can be considered as a promising technique and will find its place on the detection of this dreadful disease because of high sensitivity, accuracy and inexpensive technique...
May 23, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545374/modulators-of-the-efflux-pump-cdr1p-of-candida-albicans-mechanisms-of-action-and-chemical-features
#12
Viet-Khoa Tran-Nguyen, Rajendra Prasad, Pierre Falson, Ahcène Boumendjel
The multicomponent primary active ATP-binding cassette transporter Cdr1p in the structure of the pathogenic yeast Candida albicans is among the culprits of antifungal agent resistance reported in recent decades. So far, various potential novel inhibitors/ modulators of this protein have been purified, synthesized, and biologically tested, with results showing their ability to effectively reverse CaCdr1p-mediated drug resistance phenomenon. These compounds are of diverse origins, possess non-identical structural features and adopt different mechanisms of action...
May 22, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545372/lectin-carbohydrate-interactions-implications-for-the-development-of-new-anticancer-agents
#13
Evellyne de Oliveira Figueirôa, Cassia Regina Albuquerque da Cunha, Priscilla B S Albuquerque, Raiana Apolinário de Paula, Mary Ângela Aranda-Souza, Matheus Alves da Silva, Adrielle Zagmignan, Maria G Carneiro-da-Cunha, Luís Cláudio Nascimento da Silva, Maria Tereza Dos Santos Correia
Lectins are a large group of proteins found in animals, plants, fungi, and bacteria that recognize specific carbohydrate targets and play an important role in cell recognition and communication, host-pathogen interactions, embryogenesis, and tissue development. Recently, lectins have emerged as important biomedical tools that have been used in the development of immunomodulatory, antipathogenic, and anticancer agents. Several lectins have been shown to have the ability to discriminate between normal cells and tumor cells as a result of their different glycosylation patterns...
May 22, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545367/targeting-dna-minor-groove-by-hybrid-molecules-as-anticancer-agents
#14
Shalini Nekkanti, Ramya Tokala, Nagula Shankaraiah
Agents which can recognize and bind specific sequences of DNA offer selective therapy through the modulation of specific transcription factors or genes. Recently, there has been renewed interest in the field of anticancer minor groove binders. This may be attributed to the fact that many compounds of this class have demonstrated significant antitumor activity against a wide variety of cancers in recent clinical trials. This review will discuss the recent efforts to overcome the drawbacks of existing minor groove binding anticancer agents through rational drug design based on scaffolds with known antitumor activity...
May 22, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521687/diet-and-contaminants-driving-the-rise-to-obesity-epidemics
#15
Agostino Di Ciaula, Piero Portincasa
The obesity epidemic is spreading worldwide without reversal trend and despite specific policies oriented to dietary habits and lifestyle, which seem to have modest effects. Genetic factors only partly explain the rise, whereas environmental factors seem to play a key role, mainly by gene-environment interactions through epigenetic mechanisms. A number of animal and human studies point to maternal diet, intestinal microbiota and chemicals introduced as contaminants with food, all factors able to increase the risk of obesity...
May 17, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521686/prothymosin-alpha-an-alarmin-and-more
#16
Pinelopi Samara, Chrysoula-Evangelia Karachaliou, Kyriaki Ioannou, Nikos E Papaioannou, Ioannis F Voutsas, Christos Zikos, Ioannis Pirmettis, Minas Papadopoulos, Hubert Kalbacher, Evangelia Livaniou, Ourania E Tsitsilonis, Wolfgang Voelter
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVE: Prothymosin alpha (proTα) is a ubiquitous polypeptide first isolated by Haritos in 1984, whose role still remains partly elusive. We know that proTα acts both, intracellularly, as an anti-apoptotic and proliferation mediator, and extracellularly, as a biologic response modifier mediating immune responses similarly to molecules termed "alarmins". Our research team pioneered the elucidation of the mechanisms underlying the observed activities of proTα. RESULTS: We were the first to demonstrate that proTα levels increase during normal and abnormal cell proliferation...
May 17, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521685/weighing-the-impact-of-diet-and-lifestyle-on-female-reproductive-function
#17
Gabriella Garruti, Raffaella De Palo, Maria De Angelisc
In the last years several scientific societies and expert groups focused on the role played by nutritional factors, lifestyle and excess of body fat in interfering with female reproduction and fertility. In many studies a confounding factor is represented by polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) which is one of the major causes of infertility where genetic and family factors are certainly playing a role, together with lifestyle and nutritional factors. In an attempt to define "the optimal fertility diet", we will consider the role played by Mediterranean lifestyle and some macronutrients (animal and vegetable proteins) on ovulatory disorders and female fertility also considering some new visions derived from randomized trials of Lifestyle programs in obese Infertile women asking for in vitro fertilization or alternative assisted reproduction technologies...
May 17, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521684/the-role-of-diet-in-patients-with-metabolic-syndrome
#18
Paloma Almeda-Valdes, Roberto J Herrera-Mercadillo, Carlos A Aguilar-Salinas, Misael Uribe, Nahum Méndez-Sánchez
Metabolic syndrome is a frequent metabolic disorder characterized by obesity and insulin resistance seems to be the main pathophysiological alteration. The goal of treating metabolic syndrome is to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and the development of type 2 diabetes. The lifestyle modification therapy combines specific recommendations on diet alone or combined with other strategies. In this review, we address the following topics: 1) the importance of the high prevalence of metabolic syndrome and obesity, and 2) the role of lifestyle modification focusing on dietary fat intake in the management of MS...
May 17, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521683/impact-of-red-wine-consumption-on-cardiovascular-health
#19
Luca Liberale, Aldo Bonaventura, Fabrizio Montecucco, Franco Dallegri, Federico Carbone
The devastating effects of heavy alcohol drinking have been long time recognized. In the last decades, potential benefits of modest red wine drinking were suggested. In European countries in which red wide intake is not negligible (such as France), the association between cholesterol and cardiovascular (CV) risk was less evident, suggesting the action of some protective molecules in red wine or other foods and drinks. Epidemiological and mechanistic evidence of a J-shaped relationship between red wine intake and CV risk further supported the "French paradox"...
May 17, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521682/repurposing-of-copper-ii-chelating-drugs-for-the-treatment-of-neurodegenerative-diseases
#20
Valeria Lanza, Danilo Milardi, Giuseppe Di Natale, Giuseppe Pappalardo
BACKGROUND: There is mounting urgency to find new drugs for the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders. A large number of reviews has exhaustively described either the molecular or clinical aspects of neurodegenerative diseases as Alzheimer's (AD) and Parkinson's (PD). Conversely, reports outlining how known drugs in use for other diseases can be also effective as therapeutic agents in neurodegenerative diseases are less reported. This review focuses on the current uses of some copper(II) interacting molecules as potential drug candidates in neurodegeneration...
May 17, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
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