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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502980/w2476-ameliorates-%C3%AE-cell-dysfunction-and-exerts-therapeutic-effects-in-mouse-models-of-diabetes-via-modulation-of-the-thioredoxin-interacting-protein-signaling-pathway
#1
Ting Li, Guang-Yao Lin, Li Zhong, Yan Zhou, Jia Wang, Yue Zhu, Yang Feng, Xiao-Qing Cai, Qing Liu, Olivier Nosjean, Jean A Boutin, Pierre Renard, De-Hua Yang, Ming-Wei Wang
Recent evidence shows that high glucose levels recruit carbohydrate response element-binding protein, which binds the promoter of thioredoxin-interacting protein (txnip), thereby regulating its expression in β-cells. Overexpression of txnip not only induces β-cell apoptosis but also reduces insulin production. Thus, the discovery of compounds that either inhibit TXNIP activity or suppress its expression was the focus of the present study. INS-1E cells stably transfected with either a txnip proximal glucose response element connected to a luciferase reporter plasmid (BG73) or full-length txnip promoter connected to a luciferase reporter plasmid (CL108) were used in primary and secondary high-throughput screening campaigns, respectively...
May 15, 2017: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502979/chrysin-ameliorates-podocyte-injury-and-slit-diaphragm-protein-loss-via-inhibition-of-the-perk-eif2%C3%AE-atf-chop-pathway-in-diabetic-mice
#2
Min-Kyung Kang, Sin-Hye Park, Yun-Ho Kim, Eun-Jung Lee, Lucia Dwi Antika, Dong Yeon Kim, Yean-Jung Choi, Young-Hee Kang
Glomerular epithelial podocytes are highly specialized cells that play a crucial role in maintaining normal function of the glomerular filtration barrier via their foot processes. Chrysin (5,7-dihydroxyflavone) is a natural flavonoid found in propolis and mushrooms that has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anticancer properties. This study aimed to evaluate the renoprotective effects of chrysin on podocyte apoptotic loss and slit diaphragm protein deficiency in high glucose-exposed podocytes and in db/db mouse kidneys...
May 15, 2017: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502978/the-opioid-receptor-triple-agonist-dpi-125-produces-analgesia-with-less-respiratory-depression-and-reduced-abuse-liability
#3
Shou-Pu Yi, Qing-Hong Kong, Yu-Lei Li, Chen-Ling Pan, Jie Yu, Ben-Qiang Cui, Ying-Fei Wang, Guan-Lin Wang, Pei-Lan Zhou, Li-Li Wang, Ze-Hui Gong, Rui-Bin Su, Yue-Hai Shen, Gang Yu, Kwen-Jen Chang
Opioid analgesics remain the first choice for the treatment of moderate to severe pain, but they are also notorious for their respiratory depression and addictive effects. This study focused on the pharmacology of a novel opioid receptor mixed agonist DPI-125 and attempted to elucidate the relationship between the δ-, μ- and κ-receptor potency ratio and respiratory depression and abuse liability. Five diarylmethylpiperazine compounds (DPI-125, DPI-3290, DPI-130, KUST202 and KUST13T02) were selected for this study...
May 15, 2017: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504251/programmable-co-delivery-of-the-immune-checkpoint-inhibitor-nlg919-and-chemotherapeutic-doxorubicin-via-a-redox-responsive-immunostimulatory-polymeric-prodrug-carrier
#4
Jing-Jing Sun, Yi-Chao Chen, Yi-Xian Huang, Wen-Chen Zhao, Yan-Hua Liu, Raman Venkataramanan, Bin-Feng Lu, Song Li
To achieve synergistic therapeutic efficacy and prevent cancer relapse, chemotherapy and immunotherapy have been combined as a new modality for tumor treatment. In this work, we designed a redox-responsive immunostimulatory polymeric prodrug carrier, PSSN10, for programmable co-delivery of an immune checkpoint inhibitor NLG919 (NLG) and a chemotherapeutic doxorubicin (DOX). NLG-containing PSSN10 prodrug polymers were self-assembled into nano-sized micelles that served as a carrier to load DOX (DOX/PSSN10 micelles)...
May 8, 2017: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479604/codelivery-of-dihydroartemisinin-and-doxorubicin-in-mannosylated-liposomes-for-drug-resistant-colon-cancer-therapy
#5
Xue-Jia Kang, Hui-Yuan Wang, Hui-Ge Peng, Bin-Fan Chen, Wen-Yuan Zhang, Ai-Hua Wu, Qin Xu, Yong-Zhuo Huang
Multidrug resistance (MDR) is a major hurdle in cancer chemotherapy and makes the treatment benefits unsustainable. Combination therapy is a commonly used method for overcoming MDR. In this study we investigated the anti-MDR effect of dihydroartemisinin (DHA), a derivative of artemisinin, in combination with doxorubicin (Dox) in drug-resistant human colon tumor HCT8/ADR cells. We developed a tumor-targeting codelivery system, in which the two drugs were co-encapsulated into the mannosylated liposomes (Man-liposomes)...
May 8, 2017: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504252/pulmonary-delivery-of-nanoparticle-chemotherapy-for-the-treatment-of-lung-cancers-challenges-and-opportunities
#6
REVIEW
Sharad Mangal, Wei Gao, Tonglei Li, Qi Tony Zhou
Lung cancer is the second most prevalent and the deadliest among all cancer types. Chemotherapy is recommended for lung cancers to control tumor growth and to prolong patient survival. Systemic chemotherapy typically has very limited efficacy as well as severe systemic adverse effects, which are often attributed to the distribution of anticancer drugs to non-targeted sites. In contrast, inhalation routes permit the delivery of drugs directly to the lungs providing high local concentrations that may enhance the anti-tumor effect while alleviating systemic adverse effects...
May 1, 2017: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504250/curcumin-enhances-vascular-contractility-via-induction-of-myocardin-in-mouse-smooth-muscle-cells
#7
Shao-Wei Sun, Wen-Juan Tong, Zi-Fen Guo, Qin-Hui Tuo, Xiao-Yong Lei, Cai-Ping Zhang, Duan-Fang Liao, Jian-Xiong Chen
A variety of cardiovascular diseases is accompanied by the loss of vascular contractility. This study sought to investigate the effects of curcumin, a natural polyphenolic compound present in turmeric, on mouse vascular contractility and the underlying mechanisms. After mice were administered curcumin (100 mg·kg-1·d-1, ig) for 6 weeks, the contractile responses of the thoracic aorta to KCl and phenylephrine were significantly enhanced compared with the control group. Furthermore, the contractility of vascular smooth muscle (SM) was significantly enhanced after incubation in curcumin (25 μmol/L) for 4 days, which was accompanied by upregulated expression of SM marker contractile proteins SM22α and SM α-actin...
May 1, 2017: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504249/treating-breast-cancer-metastasis-with-cabazitaxel-loaded-polymeric-micelles
#8
Tao Zhong, Bin He, Hai-Qiang Cao, Tao Tan, Hai-Yan Hu, Ya-Ping Li, Zhi-Wen Zhang
Cancer metastasis is the primary cause of high mortality in breast cancer patients. In this study, we loaded an anti-cancer drug, cabazitaxel (CTX), into polymeric micelles (CTX-loaded polymeric micelles, PCMs), and explored their therapeutic efficacy in breast cancer metastasis. The characteristics of PCMs were investigated, and their anti-metastatic efficacy was assessed using in vitro and in vivo evaluations. PCMs had an average diameter of 50.13±11.96 nm with a CTX encapsulation efficiency of 97.02%±0...
May 1, 2017: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504248/the-flavonoid-tl-2-8-induces-cell-death-and-immature-mitophagy-in-breast-cancer-cells-via-abrogating-the-function-of-the-aha1-hsp90-complex
#9
Hui-Juan Liu, Xiao-Xiao Jiang, Yi-Zhen Guo, Fang-Hui Sun, Xin-Hui Kou, Yong Bao, Zhu-Qing Zhang, Zhao-Hu Lin, Ting-Bo Ding, Lan Jiang, Xin-Sheng Lei, Yong-Hua Yang
The flavonoid quercetin exhibits significant anticancer activities with few side effects. In the current study, we characterized TL-2-8, a quercetin derivative, as a novel anticancer agent in vitro and in vivo. Cell proliferation and viability were assessed using Cell Counting Kit-8 and CellTiter-Blue assay, respectively. Cell death was examined using PI staining or a TUNEL assay. Mitophagy was determined by measuring autophagic flux and by confocal imaging. Protein expression was examined by Western blotting...
May 1, 2017: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414207/defining-the-minimum-substrate-and-charge-recognition-model-of-gamma-secretase
#10
Yan Yan, Ting-Hai Xu, Karsten Melcher, H Eric Xu
γ-Secretase is an intramembrane aspartyl protease that cleaves the C99 fragment of amyloid precursor protein to generate extracellular Aβ peptides. These peptides can oligomerize and aggregate to form amyloid plaques, processes that are widely believed to be causal for Alzheimer's disease. In spite of this critical function, it remains unknown how γ-secretase recognizes C99 and its other substrates, including Notch. In this study we determined E22-K55 as the minimal C99 fragment that was sufficient and required for initial cleavage...
April 17, 2017: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414206/wenshen-zhuanggu-formula-effectively-suppresses-breast-cancer-bone-metastases-in-a-mouse-xenograft-model
#11
Jia-Jia Li, Wei-Ling Chen, Jian-Yi Wang, Qian-Wen Hu, Zhen-Ping Sun, Shuai Zhang, Sheng Liu, Xiang-Hui Han
Wenshen Zhuanggu formula (WSZG) is a traditional Chinese medicine used as an adjuvant for the prevention of bone metastases in breast cancer patients. In this study we investigated the efficacy of WSZG in preventing bone metastases and the potential mechanisms in a mouse xenograft model of breast cancer bone metastases. This model was established by injection of human MDA-MB-231BO-Luc breast cancer cells alone or a mixture of the cancer cells with bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) into left ventricle of the heart in female nude mice...
April 17, 2017: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414205/molecular-tumor-targeting-of-gelonin-by-fusion-with-f3-peptide
#12
Song-Hee Ham, Kyoung Ah Min, Meong Cheol Shin
Therapeutically potent macromolecular drugs have shown great promise for overcoming the limitations of small-molecule anti-cancer drugs. But tumor cell-selective intracellular delivery of the macromolecules remains a major hurdle for their successful clinical application. To overcome this challenge, we engineered a novel genetic fusion protein (F3-Gel) that composed of F3 peptide, a tumor-homing peptide, and gelonin, a plant-derived ribosome-inactivating protein (RIP), and then evaluated its anti-cancer activity in vitro and in vivo...
April 17, 2017: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414204/docking-based-structural-splicing-and-reassembly-strategy-to-develop-novel-deazapurine-derivatives-as-potent-b-raf-v600e-inhibitors
#13
Gui-Min Wang, Xiang Wang, Jian-Ming Zhu, Bin-Bin Guo, Zhuo Yang, Zhi-Jian Xu, Bo Li, He-Yao Wang, Ling-Hua Meng, Wei-Liang Zhu, Jian Ding
The mutation of B-Raf(V600E) is widespread in a variety of human cancers. Its inhibitors vemurafenib and dabrafenib have been launched as drugs for treating unresectable melanoma, demonstrating that B-Raf(V600E) is an ideal drug target. This study focused on developing novel B-Raf(V600E) inhibitors as drug leads against various cancers with B-Raf(V600E) mutation. Using molecular modeling approaches, 200 blockbuster drugs were spliced to generate 283 fragments followed by molecular docking to identify potent fragments...
April 17, 2017: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414203/self-assembled-nanocomplex-between-polymerized-phenylboronic-acid-and-doxorubicin-for-efficient-tumor-targeted-chemotherapy
#14
Junseok Lee, Jinhwan Kim, Yeong Mi Lee, Dongsik Park, Sooseok Im, Eun Ho Song, Hansoo Park, Won Jong Kim
Since the discovery that nano-scaled particulates can easily be incorporated into tumors via the enhanced permeability and retention (EPR) effect, such nanostructures have been exploited as therapeutic small molecule delivery systems. However, the convoluted synthetic process of conventional nanostructures has impeded their feasibility and reproducibility in clinical applications. Herein, we report an easily prepared formulation of self-assembled nanostructures for systemic delivery of the anti-cancer drug doxorubicin (DOX)...
April 17, 2017: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414202/recent-advances-in-peptide-nucleic-acid-for-cancer-bionanotechnology
#15
REVIEW
Jun-Chen Wu, Qing-Chun Meng, Hong-Mei Ren, Hong-Tao Wang, Jie Wu, Qi Wang
Peptide nucleic acid (PNA) is an oligomer, in which the phosphate backbone has been replaced by a pseudopeptide backbone that is meant to mimic DNA. Peptide nucleic acids are of the utmost importance in the biomedical field because of their ability to hybridize with neutral nucleic acids and their special chemical and biological properties. In recent years, PNAs have emerged in nanobiotechnology for cancer diagnosis and therapy due to their high affinity and sequence selectivity toward corresponding DNA and RNA...
April 17, 2017: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414201/intrinsic-radiolabeling-of-titanium-45-using-mesoporous-silica-nanoparticles
#16
Feng Chen, Hector F Valdovinos, Reinier Hernandez, Shreya Goel, Todd E Barnhart, Weibo Cai
Titanium-45 ((45)Ti) with a three-hour half-life (t1/2=3.08 h), low maximum positron energy and high positron emission branching ratio, is a suitable positron emission tomography (PET) isotope whose potential has not yet been fully explored. Complicated radiochemistry and rapid hydrolysis continue to be major challenges to the development of (45)Ti compounds based on a traditional chelator-based radiolabeling strategy. In this study we introduced an intrinsic (or chelator-free) radiolabeling technique for the successful labeling of (45)Ti using mesoporous silica nanoparticle (MSN)...
April 17, 2017: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414200/combining-53bp1-with-brca1-as-a-biomarker-to-predict-the-sensitivity-of-poly-adp-ribose-polymerase-parp-inhibitors
#17
Zhong-Min Yang, Xue-Mei Liao, Yi Chen, Yan-Yan Shen, Xin-Ying Yang, Yi Su, Yi-Ming Sun, Ying-Lei Gao, Jian Ding, Ao Zhang, Jin-Xue He, Ze-Hong Miao
Over half of patients with BRCA1-deficient cancers do not respond to treatment with poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) inhibitors. In this study, we report that a combination of 53BP1 and BRCA1 may serve as a biomarker of PARP inhibitor sensitivity. Based on the mRNA levels of four homologous recombination repair (HR) genes and PARP inhibitor sensitivity, we selected BRCA1-deficient MDA-MB-436 cells to conduct RNA interference. Reducing expression of 53BP1, but not the other three HR genes, was found to lower simmiparib sensitivity...
April 17, 2017: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414199/structure-of-the-prc2-complex-and-application-to-drug-discovery
#18
REVIEW
Yi Shi, Xiao-Xi Wang, You-Wen Zhuang, Yi Jiang, Karsten Melcher, H Eric Xu
The polycomb repressive complexes 2 (PRC2) complex catalyzes tri-methylation of histone H3 lysine 27 (H3K27), a repressive chromatin marker associated with gene silencing. Overexpression and mutations of PRC2 are found in a wide variety of cancers, making the catalytic activity of PRC2 an important target of cancer therapy. This review highlights recent structural breakthroughs of the human PRC2 complex bound to the H3K27 peptide and a small molecule inhibitor, which provide critically needed insight into PRC2-targeted drug discovery...
April 17, 2017: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414198/ly333531-a-pkc%C3%AE-inhibitor-attenuates-glomerular-endothelial-cell-apoptosis-in-the-early-stage-of-mouse-diabetic-nephropathy-via-down-regulating-swiprosin-1
#19
Zhi-Bin Wang, Su Zhang, Ya Li, Rong-Mei Wang, Ling-Chang Tong, Yue Wang, Wei-Ye Liu, Ding-Feng Su, Ye Tu, Li-Chao Zhang, Ling Li
Glomerular endothelial cell (GEC) injury plays an important role in the early stage of diabetic nephropathy (DN). Previous studies show that a PKCβ inhibitor is effective for treating DN. In the current study we further explored the effects and molecular mechanisms of PKCβ inhibitors on GEC apoptosis in DN in streptozotocin-induced diabetic mice in vivo and high glucose- or PMA-treated human renal glomerular endothelial cells (HRGECs) in vitro. In the diabetic mice, hyperglycemia caused aggravated nephropathy and GEC apoptosis accompanied by significantly increased expression of swiprosin-1, a potentally pro-apoptotic protein...
April 17, 2017: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414197/engineering-of-a-self-adjuvanted-itep-delivered-ctl-vaccine
#20
Shuyun Dong, Tiefeng Xu, Peng Wang, Peng Zhao, Mingnan Chen
Cytotoxic T lymphocyte (CTL) epitope peptide-based vaccines are widely used in cancer and infectious disease therapy. We previously generated an immune-tolerant elastin-like polypeptides (iTEPs)-based carrier to deliver a peptide CTL vaccine and enhance the efficiency of the vaccine. To further optimize the vaccine carrier, we intended to potentiate its function by designing an iTEP-based carrier that was able to deliver adjuvant and a vaccine epitope as one molecule. Thus, we fused a 9-mer H100, a peptide derived from the high-mobility group box 1 protein (HMGB1) that could induce activation of dendritic cells (DCs), with an iTEP polymer to generate a new iTEP polymer named H100-iTEP...
April 17, 2017: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
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