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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641524/the-bio-psycho-social-dimension-in-women-s-sexual-desire-argumentum-ad-novitatem
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Nur Syazwani Roslan, Nik Ruzyanei Nik Jaafar, Hatta Sidi, Najwa Baharuddin, Jaya Kumar, Srijit Das, Nik Hazlina Nik Hussein
Sexual desire includes complex motivation and drive. In the context of biological and cognitive-emotive state art of science, it is often a neglected field in medicine. With regard to the treatment, study on women's sexual function received less attention compared to the men's sexuality. In the past, this endeavor was relatively not well disseminated in the scientific community. Recently, there was a revolutionized surge of drug targets available to treat women with low sexual desire. It is timely to review the relevant biological approach, especially in the context of pharmacotherapy to understand this interesting clinical entity which was modulated by numerous interactive psychosocial inter-play and factors...
June 21, 2017: Current Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641523/radiosensitizing-effect-of-electrochemotherapy-a-systematic-review-of-protocols-and-efficiency
#2
Zohre Rezaee, Ali Yadollahpour, Samaneh Rashidi, Pramod S Kunwar
OBJECTIVE: Electrochemotherapy (ECT) is a combination of electroporation (EP) and chemotherapy and has been reported as a potential radiosensitizing agent for radiation therapy. The main objective of this study was to systematically review of the literature to evaluate the effectiveness of ECT in sensitization of tumors to ionization radiation. In addition, the clinical considerations and mechanisms of action of radiosensitizing effect are discussed. METHODS: The databases of Medline (PubMed), Embase, Scopus, Cochrane library, Web of Science, Biomed central, Science Direct, and Google scholar up to March 30th 2017 were explored...
June 21, 2017: Current Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641522/advances-on-ppar%C3%AE-research-in-the-emerging-era-of-precision-medicine
#3
Pinyi Lu, Zhongming Zhao
BACKGROUND: Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPARγ) is a member of the nuclear receptor superfamily that functions as a ligand-inducible transcription factor. It regulates glucose and lipid metabolism, immunity, and cellular growth and differentiation. Thiazolidinediones (TZDs) are potent insulin sensitizers that function by activating PPARs, with a high specificity for PPARγ. Due to their ability to preserve pancreatic beta cell function and reduce insulin resistance, TZDs have become one of the most prescribed classes of medications for type 2 diabetes (T2D) since their approval by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and initial use in 1997...
June 21, 2017: Current Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641521/lncrna-hotair-polymorphisms-association-with-cancer-susceptibility-in-different-tumor-types
#4
Gerardo Botti, Francesca Collina, Giosuè Scognamiglio, Gabriella Aquino, Margherita Cerrone, Giuseppina Liguori, Vincenzo Gigantino, Maria Gabriella Malzone, Monica Cantile
Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in non coding RNAs (ncRNA) molecules affect gene and protein expression and generate genetic variability influencing the risk of tumor diseases. HOTAIR is locates at the heart of the cell memory gene program and represents a prototype of long non coding RNA (LncRNA) due to its capacity to regulate in-trans a distant chromosome landscape. Aberrant expression of HOTAIR is frequently associated with pathogenesis and mostly with metastatic progression of several human cancers...
June 21, 2017: Current Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641520/try-to-remember-interplay-between-memory-and-substance-use-disorder
#5
Rashidi Mohamed Pakri Mohamed, Jaya Kumar, Ernie Yap, Isa Naina Mohamed, Hatta Sidi, Raja Lope Adam, Srijit Das
Memories associated with substance use disorders, or substance-associated cues increase the likelihood of craving and relapse during abstinence. There is growing consensus that manipulation of synaptic plasticity may reduce the strength of substance abuse-related memories. On the biological front, there are new insights that suggest memories associated with substance use disorder may follow unique neurobiological pathways that render them more accessible to pharmacological intervention. In parallel to this, research in neurochemistry has identified several potential candidate molecules that could influence the formation and maintenance of long-term memory...
June 21, 2017: Current Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625139/targeting-cholinergic-system-to-modulate-liver-injury
#6
Ravirajsinh N Jadeja, Vikrant P Rachakonda, Sandeep Khurana
Over the past few decades, evidence accumulated to indicate that parasympathetic innervation regulates liver injury and regeneration. Liver derives its parasympathetic input via vagus nerve. In animal models, vagus nerve stimulation and transection are frequently used to determine the impact of parasympathetic input on liver injury responses. Such strategies provide limited understanding of post-neuronal mechanisms involved in regulation of liver injury. The hepatic branch of vagus nerve releases acetylcholine (ACh), which activates muscarinic and nicotinic receptors in hepatocytes as well as non-parenchymal cells to modulate cellular functions...
June 18, 2017: Current Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641518/grp78-influences-chemoresistance-and-prognosis-in-cancer
#7
Jenifer B Gifford, Reginald Hill
Resistance to therapy is a major hindrance to patient survival in cancer, underscoring a critical need to elucidate the underlying mechanisms responsible for chemoresistance. Research has demonstrated that endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress plays a significant role in allowing cells to survive conditions that would normally elicit cell death. Specifically, elevated expression of GRP78, the master regulator of the unfolded protein response (UPR), has been shown to induce chemoresistance and serves as a indictor of poor prognosis in patients...
June 15, 2017: Current Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641517/the-case-for-cannabinoid-cb1-receptors-as-a-target-for-bronchodilator-therapy-for-%C3%AE-agonist-resistant-asthma
#8
John Ashton, Robert J Hancox
Although b2-receceptor agonists are powerful bronchodilators and are at the forefront of asthma symptom relief, patients who use them frequently develop partial resistance to them. This can be a particularly serious problem during severe attacks, where high dose b2-agonist treatment is the front line therapy. Alternative bronchodilators are urgently needed. In this article we review the evidence for the bronchodilator effects of the cannabinoid CB1 receptor tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and suggest that the mechanism of action for these effects are sufficiently independent of the mechanisms of standard bronchodilators to warrant clinical investigation...
June 15, 2017: Current Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606049/the-blood-brain-barrier-and-its-role-in-alzheimer-s-therapy-an-overview
#9
Satya Lavanya Jakki, V Senthil, Venkata Ramesh Yasam, Mjn Chandrasekar, C Vijayaraghavan
Alzheimer`s disease (AD) is the most frequent age related neurodegenerative disorder. It represents 70% of all dementia. Millions of people have been affected by AD worldwide. It is a complex illness characterized pathologically by accumulation of protein aggregates of amyloid and neurofibrillary tangles containing hyperphosphorylated neuronal tau protein. AD requires drugs that can circumvent the blood-brain barrier (BBB) which is not a simple physical barrier between blood and brain, but acts as an iron curtain, allowing only selective molecules to enter the brain...
June 12, 2017: Current Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606032/metformin-a-new-era-for-an-old-drug-in-the-treatment-of-immune-mediated-disease
#10
Mark Schuiveling, Nadia Vazirpanah, Timothy R D J Radstake, Maili Zimmermann, Jasper C A Broen
Metformin, a widely prescribed blood glucose normalizing antidiabetic drug, is now beginning to receive increasing attention due to its potential anti-inflammatory properties. Metformin suppresses immune responses mainly through its direct effect on the cellular functions of various immune cell types by induction of AMPK and subsequent inhibition of mTORC1, and by inhibition of mitochondrial ROS production. Among key immune events, this results in inhibited monocyte to macrophage differentiation and restrained inflammatory capacity of activated macrophages...
June 12, 2017: Current Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606050/insights-into-the-targeting-potential-of-thymoquinone-for-therapeutic-intervention-against-triple-negative-breast-cancer
#11
Md Abul Barkat, Harshita Abul, Javed Ahmad, Mohammad Ahmed Khan, Sarwar Beg, Farhan Jalees Ahmad
BACKGROUND: Thymoquinone (TQ) is a bioactive phytoconstituent obtained from Nigella sativa (black seeds). It has promising potential in cancer prevention. OBJECTIVE: Previous studies have shown that TQ can modulate signaling pathways responsible for cancer progression, thus enhances the efficacy and improve safety profile of clinically used anticancer drugs. METHOD: TQ acts on cell cycle and inhibits progression from G1 to S phase by targeting various proteins (cyclin D1, cyclin E, and p27)...
June 11, 2017: Current Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595536/neuroprotective-effects-of-drug-induced-therapeutic-hypothermia-in-central-nervous-system-diseases
#12
Junwei Ma, Yibin Wang, Zhong Wang, Haiying Li, Zhimin Wang, Gang Chen
Cerebrovascular diseases often cause neurological deficits. Experimental studies have shown that drug-induced hypothermia alleviates brain damage and plays a neuroprotective role, thereby reducing mortality and ameliorating neurological deficits. Therefore, drug-induced hypothermia has an important research value and is further considered in the clinical setting. However, drug-induced hypothermia is also associated with side effects, such as ventricular tachycardia, ventricular fibrillation, suppressed immune function, infection, electrolyte imbalance, glucose metabolism disorders, and skeletal muscle tremor...
June 6, 2017: Current Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28571536/amp-activated-protein-kinase-as-a-drug-target-in-chronic-kidney-disease
#13
Soumaya Allouch, Shankar Munusamy
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a condition increasingly affecting millions of individuals worldwide and is ranked as the ninth leading cause of death in the United States. AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) is an energy sensor that plays a pivotal role in cellular homoeostasis. Deficiency in AMPK activity and autophagic signaling, and sustained activation of mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) and endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress have been shown to promote epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and renal cell apoptosis and contribute to CKD...
June 1, 2017: Current Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545382/optimization-of-drug-safety-profile-in-inflammatory-bowel-disease-through-a-personalized-approach
#14
Parambir S Dulai, Corey A Siegel
Treatment strategies and treatment options have changed considerably over the past decade for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Alongside this shift in therapeutic options has come an opportunity to personalize treatment decisions based on individual patient profiles and preferences. One of the most important aspects of therapy in IBD is treatment related risk, and an opportunity exists to personalize therapy through optimization of drug safety profiles in individual patients. In this review we discuss the potential risks of therapy in IBD, opportunities to mitigate those risks, and a personalized approach to consider when using these agents in clinical practice...
May 24, 2017: Current Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545381/prevalence-and-clinical-significance-of-visible-oral-lesions-in-patients-with-fanconi-anemia-at-risk-for-head-and-neck-cancer
#15
Eunike Velleuer, Ralf Dietrich, Amy Frohnmayer, Natalia Pomjanski, Laura E Hays, Stefan Biesterfeld
Fanconi anemia is a genetic bone marrow failure syndrome, variably associated with congenital anomalies and a sharply increased risk for epithelial malignancies. During the past 20 years, hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) has dramatically improved survival. However, compared to the general population, FA patients are at greatly increased risk, and at a much younger age, for squamous cell carcinomas (SCC) of the oral cavity, esophagus and the anogenital region. The relative risk and age of onset appears to negatively correlate with HSCT in FA patients...
May 24, 2017: Current Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494749/alcohol-addiction-metabotropic-glutamate-receptor-subtype-5-and-its-ligands-how-they-all-come-together
#16
Jaya Kumar, Zalina Ismail, Nurul Hazwani Hatta, Najwa Baharuddin, Hermizi Hapidin, Yvonne-Tee Get Bee, Ernie Yap, Rashidi Mohamed Pakri Mohamed
In the past decade, many studies have highlighted the role of metabotropic glutamate receptor subtype 5 (mGlu5) modulators in attenuating alcohol-related biological effects such as alcohol consumption, alcohol-seeking and relapse-like behaviors. Taken together, these findings suggest that pharmacological agents acting at mGlu5 could be promising tools in curbing inebriation. mGlu5s are present abundantly in brain regions known to be involved in emotion regulation, motivation and drug administration. On a cellular level, they are primarily located at the postsynaptic part of the neuron where the receptor is functionally linked to various downstream proteins that are involved in cell signaling and gene transcription that mediate the alcohol-induced neuroplasticity...
May 11, 2017: Current Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494748/the-novelty-of-bupropion-as-a-dopaminergic-antidepressant-for-the-treatment-of-adult-attention-deficit-hyperactive-disorder
#17
Kanit Tha Deang, Hatta Sidi, Hazli Zakaria, Raja Lope Adam, Srijit Das, Nurul Hazwani Hatta, Muhammad Hatta, Kok Wei Wee
Attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), a hyperactivity disorder that is prevalent among children may continue as an adulthood attention deficit. To date, treating an individual with an adult ADHD may be an arduous task as it involved numerous challenges, such as a need for high index of suspicion to diagnose this medical condition. Many psychiatric disorders masquerade as ADHD and delayed the necessary assessment and proper treatment for the debilitating medical condition. Adult ADHD would also be misdiagnosed (or under diagnosed) due to the facts that this medical condition is being masked by his or her high level of intellectuality achievement...
May 11, 2017: Current Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482783/nano-phytosome-a-developing-platform-for-herbal-anti-cancer-agents-in-cancer-therapy
#18
Afshin Babazadeh, Mahdi Zeinali, Hamed Hamishehkar
Cancer is one of the main cause of death in the world and remains a major challenge for current chemotherapy that has not yet been cured in an efficient manner. Nanotechnology opened a pioneer field in cancer therapy by modifying significant properties of drugs and their carriers. Nanotechnology utilizes various nanostructures to transport anti-cancer agents to the interest site of action. The greater stability of nanophytosomes is due to formation of a chemical links between phospholipid molecules and phytoactive agents...
May 7, 2017: Current Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464774/personalizing-psychological-treatment-along-the-ibd-journey-from-diagnosis-to-surgery
#19
Julia Menichetti, Gionata Fiorino, Elena Vegni
Personalized medicine is becoming a widespread effort to provide the right treatment to the right patient at the right time. However, it lacks of consideration for nonmedical factors, such as patient preferences and psychosocial factors, that should not be avoided. The present study summarizes the psychosocial difficulties experienced by patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) during different phases of the disease in order to identify methods to assess psychosocial risk factors and personalize treatment strategies...
May 2, 2017: Current Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464773/the-role-of-atypical-antipsychotics-in-sexuality-road-to-recovery-in-schizophrenia
#20
Raja Lope Adam, Hatta Sidi, Marhani Midin, Hazli Zakaria, Srijit Das, Khairi Che Mat
Sexuality is an important dimension in human beings as a form of expression of individuality. For many decades, sexual functioning has been a neglected area among patients suffering from schizophrenia. It was a presumption that patients with schizophrenia could be asexual and this could be secondary to overwhelming situations of delusion, hallucination, hostility and negative symptoms among others. The deficient in sexual functioning are due to innate factors, i.e. negative symptoms (apathy, avolition and amotivation) and also as a result of prefrontal dysfunction, i...
May 2, 2017: Current Drug Targets
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