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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346731/direct-polymerization-of-the-arsenic-drug-penao-to-obtain-nanoparticles-with-high-thiol-reactivity-and-anti-cancer-efficiency
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Janina-Miriam Noy, Hongxu Lu, Philip Hogg, Jia-Lin Yang, Martina H Stenzel
PENAO (4-(N-(S-penicillaminylacetyl)amino) phenylarsonous acid), which is a mitochondria inhibitor that reacts with adenine nucleotide translocator (ANT), is currently being trialed in patients with solid tumors. To increase the stability of the drug, the formation of nanoparticles has been proposed. Herein, the direct synthesis of polymeric micelles based on the anti-cancer drug PENAO is presented. PENAO is readily available for amidation reaction to form PENAO MA (4-(N-(S-penicillaminylacetyl) amino) phenylarsonous acid methacrylamide) which undergoes RAFT (reversible addition fragmentation chin transfer) polymerization with poly(polyethylene glycol methyl ether methacrylate) (PEGMA) as comonomer and poly(methylmethacrylate) (pMMA) as chain transfer agent, resulting in p(MMA)-b-p(PEG-co-PENAO) block copolymers with 3-15 wt...
January 18, 2018: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346072/synthesis-biological-evaluation-and-molecular-docking-studies-of-novel-benzimidazole-derivatives
#2
Gagandeep Singh, Amanjot Singh, Raman K Verma, Rajiv Mall, Uzma Azeem
A novel series of N-substituted-benzimidazolyl linked para substituted benzylidene based molecules containing three pharmacologically potent hydrogen bonding parts namely; 2,4-thiazolidinedione (TZD: a 2,4-dicarbonyl), diethyl malonate (DEM: a 1,3-diester and an isooxazolidinedione analog) and methyl acetoacetate (MAA: a β-ketoester) (6a-11b) were synthesized and evaluated for in vitro α-glucosidase inhibition. The structure of the novel synthesized compounds was confirmed through the spectral studies (LC-MS, 1H NMR, 13C NMR, FT-IR)...
December 30, 2017: Computational Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346035/determination-of-105-antibiotic-anti-inflammatory-antiparasitic-agents-and-tranquilizers-by-lc-ms-ms-based-on-an-acidic-quechers-like-extraction
#3
Aurélien Desmarchelier, Kaïli Fan, Mai Minh Tien, Marie-Claude Savoy, Adrienne Tarres, Denis Fuger, Alexandre Goyon, Thomas Bessaire, Pascal Mottier
A procedure for screening 105 veterinary drugs in foods by liquid chromatography tandem mass-spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) is presented. Its scope encompasses raw materials of animal origin (milk, meat, fish, egg and fat) but also related processed ingredients and finished products commonly used and manufactured by food business operators. Due to the complexity of the matrices considered and to efficiently deal with losses during extraction and matrix effects during MS source ionisation, each sample was analyzed twice, that is "unspiked" and "spiked at the screening target concentration" using a QuEChERS-like extraction...
January 18, 2018: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part A, Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure & Risk Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345185/drugging-trna-aminoacylation
#4
Joanne M Ho, Erol Bakkalbasi, Dieter Söll, Corwin A Miller
Inhibition of tRNA aminoacylation has proven to be an effective antimicrobial strategy, impeding an essential step of protein synthesis. Mupirocin, the well-known selective inhibitor of bacterial isoleucyl-tRNA synthetase, is one of three aminoacylation inhibitors now approved for human or animal use. However, design of novel aminoacylation inhibitors is complicated by the steadfast requirement to avoid off-target inhibition of protein synthesis in human cells. Here we review available data regarding known aminoacylation inhibitors as well as key amino-acid residues in aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases (aaRSs) and nucleotides in tRNA that determine the specificity and strength of the aaRS-tRNA interaction...
January 18, 2018: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343833/dopamine-d3-receptor-antagonist-reveals-a-cryptic-pocket-in-aminergic-gpcrs
#5
Noelia Ferruz, Stefan Doerr, Michelle A Vanase-Frawley, Yaozhong Zou, Xiaomin Chen, Eric S Marr, Robin T Nelson, Bethany L Kormos, Travis T Wager, Xinjun Hou, Anabella Villalobos, Simone Sciabola, Gianni De Fabritiis
The recent increase in the number of X-ray crystal structures of G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) has been enabling for structure-based drug design (SBDD) efforts. These structures have revealed that GPCRs are highly dynamic macromolecules whose function is dependent on their intrinsic flexibility. Unfortunately, the use of static structures to understand ligand binding can potentially be misleading, especially in systems with an inherently high degree of conformational flexibility. Here, we show that docking a set of dopamine D3 receptor compounds into the existing eticlopride-bound dopamine D3 receptor (D3R) X-ray crystal structure resulted in poses that were not consistent with results obtained from site-directed mutagenesis experiments...
January 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343701/alanine-mutation-of-the-catalytic-sites-of-pantothenate-synthetase-causes-distinct-conformational-changes-in-the-atp-binding-region
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Bharati Pandey, Sonam Grover, Sukriti Goyal, Anchala Kumari, Aditi Singh, Salma Jamal, Jagdeep Kaur, Abhinav Grover
The enzyme Pantothenate synthetase (PS) represents a potential drug target in Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Its X-ray crystallographic structure has demonstrated the significance and importance of conserved active site residues including His44, His47, Asn69, Gln72, Lys160 and Gln164 in substrate binding and formation of pantoyl adenylate intermediate. In the current study, molecular mechanism of decreased affinity of the enzyme for ATP caused by alanine mutations was investigated using molecular dynamics (MD) simulations and free energy calculations...
January 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343553/molecular-mechanisms-of-biased-and-probe-dependent-signaling-at-cxcr3-induced-by-negative-allosteric-modulators
#7
Regine Brox, Lampros Milanos, Noureldin Saleh, Paul Baumeister, Armin Buschauer, Dagmar Hofmann, Markus R Heinrich, Timothy Clark, Nuska Tschammer
Our recent explorations of allosteric modulators (AMs) with improved properties resulted in the identification of two biased negative AMs, N-1-{[3-(4-Ethoxyphenyl)-4-oxo-3,4-dihydropyrido[2,3-d]pyrimi-din2yl]ethyl}-4-(4-fluorobutoxy)-N-[(1-methylpiperidin-4-yl)me-thyl}]butanamide (BD103) and {5-[(N-{1-[3-(4-ethoxyphenyl)-4-oxo-3,4-dihydropyrido[2,3-d]pyrimidin-2-yl]ethyl-2-[4-fluoro-3-(trifluoromethyl)phenyl]acetamido)methyl]-2-fluorophenyl}boronic acid (BD064), that exhibited probe-dependent inhibition of the chemokine receptor CXCR3 signaling...
January 17, 2018: Molecular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341887/molecular-basis-of-substrate-polyspecificity-of-the-candida-albicans-mdr1p-multidrug-h-antiporter
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Archana Kumari Redhu, Atanu Banerjee, Abdul Haseeb Shah, Alexis Moreno, Manpreet Kaur Rawal, Remya Nair, Pierre Falson, Rajendra Prasad
The molecular basis of polyspecificity of Mdr1p, a major drug/H+ antiporter of Candida albicans, is not elucidated. We have probed the nature of the drug-binding pocket by performing systematic mutagenesis of the 12 transmembrane segments. Replacement of the 252 amino acid residues with alanine or glycine yielded 2/3 neutral mutations while 1/3 led to the complete or selective lost of resistance to drugs or substrates transported by the pump. Using the GlpT-based 3D-model of Mdr1p, we roughly categorized these critical residues depending on their type and localization 1°/ main structural impact ("S" group), 2°/ exposure to the lipid interface ("L" group), 3°/ buried but not facing the main central pocket, inferred as critical for the overall H+/drug antiport mechanism ("M" group) and finally 4°/ buried and facing the main central pocket ("B" group)...
January 13, 2018: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341608/molecular-dynamics-pinpoint-the-global-fluorine-effect-in-balanoids-binding-to-pkc%C3%AE%C2%B5-and-pka
#9
Ari Hardianto, Fei Liu, Shoba Ranganathan
(-)-Balanol is an ATP mimic that inhibits protein kinase C (PKC) isozymes and cAMP-dependent protein kinase (PKA) with little selectivity. While PKA is known as a tumour promoter, PKC isozymes can be tumour promoters or suppressors. In particular, PKCε is frequently involved in tumorigenesis and a potential target for anticancer drugs. We recently reported that stereospecific fluorination of balanol yielded a balanoid with enhanced selectivity for PKCε over other PKC isozymes and PKA, although the global fluorine effect behind the selectivity enhancement is not fully understood...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340980/facile-synthesis-of-chitosan-capped-mesoporous-silica-nanoparticles-a-ph-responsive-smart-delivery-platform-for-raloxifene-hydrochloride
#10
Priya V Shah, Sadhana J Rajput
An encapsulation of model drug raloxifene hydrochloride (RAL) inside the chitosan decorated pH responsive mesoporous system has a greater potential for accumulating in the tumor cells. The present study involves synthesis of surface modified mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSN) with the aim of achieving pH sensitive drug delivery system. A silanol skeleton of MSN has been productively modified to amine intermediate which served as a firm platform to adapt chitosan grafted assembly and systematically evaluated...
January 16, 2018: AAPS PharmSciTech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340866/-in-silico-study-of-the-binding-of-two-novel-antagonists-to-the-nociceptin-receptor
#11
Stefano Della Longa, Alessandro Arcovito
Antagonists of the nociceptin receptor (NOP) are raising interest for their possible clinical use as antidepressant drugs. Recently, the structure of NOP in complex with some piperidine-based antagonists has been revealed by X-ray crystallography. In this study, a multi-flexible docking (MF-docking) procedure, i.e. docking to multiple receptor conformations extracted by preliminary molecular dynamics trajectories, together with hybrid quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics (QM/MM) simulations have been carried out to provide the binding mode of two novel NOP antagonists, one of them selective (BTRX-246040, formerly named LY-2940094) and one non selective (AT-076), i...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Computer-aided Molecular Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338603/emerging-roles-of-inositol-pyrophosphates-as-key-modulators-of-fungal-pathogenicity
#12
Hyun Ah Kang
Inositol pyrophosphates (PP-IPs) are energy-rich small molecules that are omnipresent in eukaryotic cells, from yeast to mammals, playing central roles in overall cellular homeostasis as a diverse and multifaceted class of intracellular messengers. Recent studies of the metabolic pathways and physiological roles of PP-IPs in the human pathogenic fungus Cryptococcus neoformans have revealed that the PP-IP5 (IP7) is a key metabolite essential for fungal metabolic adaptation to the host environment, immune recognition, and pathogenicity...
January 17, 2018: Virulence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337656/a-review-of-methodology-for-the-analysis-of-pyrethrin-and-pyrethroid-residues-in-food-of-animal-origin
#13
S Tuck, A Furey, S R H Crooks, M Danaher
Pyrethrin and pyrethroid pesticides are commonly used in crop protection and animal health, to control pests. As a result, they can potentially transfer into food if good agricultural practice is not followed or even due to accidental contamination. The analysis of these compounds has been widely reported in crops and the environment. However, the analysis of pyrethrin and pyrethroids has not been reported frequently in foods of animal origin, particularly animal tissues. The focus of this review is to report on pyrethrin and pyrethroid analysis including key aspects such as chemistry, choice of target matrix, sample preparation, chemical analysis, legislation and method validation...
January 16, 2018: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part A, Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure & Risk Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336374/radiotherapy-for-gastrointestinal-stromal-tumors
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REVIEW
Emine Elif Ozkan
OBJECTIVE: Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) are rare mesenchymal tumors of the gastrointestinal tract, which frequently cause intraabdominal metastases. The current standard of care is surgery for localized cases, and adjuvant imatinib is recommended for tumors with a high risk of recurrence. To date, radiotherapy has not been commonly accepted as a part of multimodality treatment approach other than palliation. However, recently published case reports and some small series suggest that radiotherapy is a valuable option for controlling locally progressive, drug-resistant disease...
January 20, 2018: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336305/inferring-joint-sequence-structural-determinants-of-protein-functional-specificity
#15
Andrew F Neuwald, L Aravind, Stephen F Altschul
Residues responsible for allostery, cooperativity, and other subtle but functionally important interactions remain difficult to detect. To aid such detection, we employ statistical inference based on the assumption that residues distinguishing a protein subgroup from evolutionarily divergent subgroups often constitute an interacting functional network. We identify such networks with the aid of two measures of statistical significance. One measure aids identification of divergent subgroups based on distinguishing residue patterns...
January 16, 2018: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335563/visualization-and-analysis-of-non-covalent-contacts-using-the-protein-contacts-atlas
#16
Melis Kayikci, A J Venkatakrishnan, James Scott-Brown, Charles N J Ravarani, Tilman Flock, M Madan Babu
Visualizations of biomolecular structures empower us to gain insights into biological functions, generate testable hypotheses, and communicate biological concepts. Typical visualizations (such as ball and stick) primarily depict covalent bonds. In contrast, non-covalent contacts between atoms, which govern normal physiology, pathogenesis, and drug action, are seldom visualized. We present the Protein Contacts Atlas, an interactive resource of non-covalent contacts from over 100,000 PDB crystal structures. We developed multiple representations for visualization and analysis of non-covalent contacts at different scales of organization: atoms, residues, secondary structure, subunits, and entire complexes...
January 15, 2018: Nature Structural & Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335344/can-ultrasound-be-used-to-predict-loss-of-remission-in-patients-with-ra-in-a-real-life-setting-a-multicenter-cohort-study
#17
Pascal Zufferey, Almut Scherer, Michael J Nissen, Adrian Ciurea, Giorgio Tamborrini, Laure Brulhart, Sandra Blumhardt, Martin Toniolo, Burkhard Möller, Hans-Ruedi Ziswiler
OBJECTIVE: Several studies have suggested that patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) presenting with ultrasound (US) synovitis despite clinical remission have more subsequent flares than those who show both clinical and sonographic remission. The objective of our study was to investigate whether these results could be translated to a real-life setting. METHODS: We compared the time from the first US performed in clinical remission to loss of remission (defined by a DAS28 > 2...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335209/chameleon-like-behavior-of-indolylpiperidines-in-complex-with-cholinesterases-targets-potent-butyrylcholinesterase-inhibitors
#18
Talita P C Chierrito, Susimaire Pedersoli-Mantoani, Carlos Roca, Victor Sebastian-Pérez, Loreto Martínez-Gonzalez, Daniel I Pérez, Concepción Perez, Angeles Canales, F Javier Cañada, Nuria E Campillo, Ivone Carvalho, Ana Martinez
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common form of dementia worldwide with an increasing prevalence for the next years. The multifactorial nature of AD precludes the design of new drugs directed to a single target being probably one of the reasons for recent failures. Therefore, dual binding site acetylcholinesterase (AChE) inhibitors have been revealed as cognitive enhancers and β-amyloid modulators offering an alternative in AD therapy field. Based on the dual ligands NP61 and donepezil, the present study reports the synthesis of a series of indolylpiperidines hybrids to optimize the NP61 structure preserving the indole nucleus, but replacing the tacrine moiety of NP61 by benzyl piperidine core found in donepezil...
January 5, 2018: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334949/flaxseed-enriched-diets-change-milk-concentration-of-the-antimicrobial-danofloxacin-in-sheep
#19
Jon Andoni Otero, Dafne García-Mateos, Indira Alvarez-Fernández, Rocío García-Villalba, Juan Carlos Espín, Ana Isabel Álvarez, Gracia Merino
BACKGROUND: Flaxseed is the most common and rich dietary source of lignans and is an acceptable supply of energy for livestock. Flaxseed lignans are precursors of enterolignans, mainly enterolactone and enterodiol, produced by the rumen and intestinal microbiota of mammals and have many important biological properties as phytoestrogens. Potential food-drug interactions involving flaxseed may be relevant for veterinary therapy, and for the quality and safety of milk and dairy products...
January 15, 2018: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334682/body-mass-index-and-plasma-p-selectin-before-coronary-stenting-predict-high-residual-platelet-reactivity-at-6-months-on-dual-antiplatelet-therapy
#20
Elena Z Golukhova, Marina V Grigoryan, Mariya N Ryabinina, Naida I Bulaeva, Victor L Serebruany
BACKGROUND: High residual platelet reactivity (HRPR) during dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) may impact clinical outcomes following percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI). However, whether any biomarkers assessed before PCI at DAPT loading may predict delayed maintenance HRPR is not clear. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine whether conventional clinical or laboratory indices at loading before stenting may predict HRPR at 6 months of maintenance DAPT...
January 16, 2018: Cardiology
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