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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092677/wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-regulates-mitochondrial-activity-to-alter-the-oncogenic-potential-of-melanoma-in-a-pten-dependent-manner
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K Brown, P Yang, D Salvador, R Kulikauskas, H Ruohola-Baker, A M Robitaille, A J Chien, R T Moon, V Sherwood
Aberrant regulation of WNT/β-catenin signaling has a crucial role in the onset and progression of cancers, where the effects are not always predictable depending on tumor context. In melanoma, for example, models of the disease predict differing effects of the WNT/β-catenin pathway on metastatic progression. Understanding the processes that underpin the highly context-dependent nature of WNT/β-catenin signaling in tumors is essential to achieve maximal therapeutic benefit from WNT inhibitory compounds. In this study, we have found that expression of the tumor suppressor, phosphatase and tensin homolog deleted on chromosome 10 (PTEN), alters the invasive potential of melanoma cells in response to WNT/β-catenin signaling, correlating with differing metabolic profiles...
January 16, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088387/sirt2-mediated-antitumour-effects-of-shikonin-on-metastatic-colorectal-cancer
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Li-Li Zhang, Lin Zhan, Yong-Dong Jin, Zhen-Li Min, Can Wei, Qiang Wang, Ya-Jun Chen, Qing-Ming Wu, Xia-Min Hu, Qiong Yuan
SIRT2 is involved in the development of a variety of cancers. Shikonin is a natural compound that is known to have antitumour effects. This study aims to assess the effects of shikonin on the development and metastatic progression of colorectal cancer (CRC) through regulation of SIRT2 expression and whether this effect is related to the phosphorylation of extracellular signal-regulated kinases (ERKs). The results demonstrated that SIRT2 is downregulated in CRC biopsy samples (n = 31) compared with the adjacent non-cancerous tissues (ANCT, n = 26)...
January 11, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087272/synthesis-and-evaluation-of-5-1h-indol-3-yl-n-aryl-1-3-4-oxadiazol-2-amines-as-bcl-2-inhibitory-anticancer-agents
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Rania Hamdy, Noha I Ziedan, Samia Ali, Cinzia Bordoni, Mohamed El-Sadek, Elsaid Lashin, Andrea Brancale, Arwyn T Jones, Andrew D Westwell
A series of 5-(1H-indol-3-yl)-N-aryl-1,3,4-oxadiazol-2-amines 8a-j has been designed, synthesized and tested in vitro as potential pro-apoptotic Bcl-2-inhibitory anticancer agents based on our previous lead compound 8a. Synthesis of the target compounds was readily accomplished through a cyclisation reaction between indole-3-carboxylic acid hydrazide (5) and substituted isothiocyanates 6a-j, followed by oxidative cyclodesulfurization of the corresponding thiosemicarbazide 7a-j using 1,3-dibromo-5,5-dimethylhydantoin...
December 27, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086984/deptor-not-only-a-mtor-inhibitor
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REVIEW
Valeria Catena, Maurizio Fanciulli
Deptor is an important protein that belongs to the mTORC1 and mTORC2 complexes, able to interact with mTOR and to inhibit its kinase activity. As a natural mTOR inhibitor, Deptor is involved in several molecular pathways, such as cell growth, apoptosis, autophagy and ER stress response. For this reason, Deptor seems to play an important role in controlling cellular homeostasis. Despite several recent insights characterizing Deptor functions and regulation, its complete role within cells has not yet been completely clarified...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079299/a-platinum-blue-complex-exerts-its-cytotoxic-activity-via-dna-damage-and-induces-apoptosis-in-cancer-cells
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Zelal Adiguzel, Seniz Ozalp-Yaman, Gokalp Celik, Safia Salem, Tugba Bagci-Onder, Filiz Senbabaoglu, Yüksel Cetin, Ceyda Acilan
Here, we describe the characteristics of a Pt-blue complex [Pt4 (2-atp)8 (H2 O)(OH)] (2-atp: 2-aminothiophenol) as a prodrug for its DNA-binding properties and its use in cancer therapy. The nature of the interaction between the Pt-blue complex and DNA was evaluated based on spectroscopic measurements, the electronic absorption spectra, thermal behavior, viscosity, fluorometric titration and agarose gel electrophoresis. Our results suggested that the compound was able to partially intercalate DNA and appeared to induce both single and double stranded breaks (DBS) on DNA in vitro, but no DSBs in cells...
January 12, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079286/design-synthesis-biological-evaluation-and-3d-qsar-analysis-of-podophyllotoxin-dioxazole-combination-as-tubulin-targeting-anticancer-agents
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Zi-Zhen Wang, Wen-Xue Sun, Xue Wang, Ya-Han Zhang, Han-Yue Qiu, Jin-Liang Qi, Yan-Jun Pang, Gui-Hua Lu, Xiao-Ming Wang, Fu-Gen Yu, Yong-Hua Yang
The advancement of cancer fighting drugs has never been a simple linear process. Those drugs design professionals begin to find inspiration from the nature after failing to find the ideal products by creative drugs design and high-throughput screening. To obtain new molecules for inhibiting tubulin, podophyllotoxin was adopted as the leading compound and 1,3,4-oxadiazole was brought in to the C-4 site of podophyllotoxin in this research. A series of seventeen podophyllotoxin derived esters have been achieved and then evaluated their antitumor activities against four different cancer cell lines: A549, MCF-7, HepG2 and HeLa...
January 12, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079010/discovery-of-natural-product-proteasome-inhibitors-as-novel-anticancer-therapeutics-current-status-and-perspectives
#7
Hui Wang, Qingzhu Yang, Ping Dou, Huanjie Yang
Natural products serve as a main resource for drug discovery. The ubiquitin-proteasome system (UPS) is one of the primary intracellular protein degradation systems, which is responsible for the degradation of most short-lived, mis-folded and aged proteins. The proteasome is a validated target for cancer treatment, since cancer cells are more reliant on high levels of proteasome activity to maintain the dynamic protein homeostasis required for enhanced metabolism and unrestricted proliferation inherent in cancer cells...
January 11, 2017: Current Protein & Peptide Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075592/total-syntheses-and-biological-activities-of-vinylamycin-analogs
#8
Jinghan Wang, Beijia Kuang, Xiaoqian Guo, Jianwei Liu, Yahui Ding, Jiangnan Li, Shende Jiang, Ying Liu, Fang Bai, Luyuan Li, Quan Zhang, Xiao-Yu Zhu, Bo Xia, Chun-Qi Li, Liang Wang, Guang Yang, Yue Chen
Natural depsipeptide vinylamycin was reported to be an antibiotic previously. Herein, we report vinylamycin to be active against K562 leukemia cells (IC50 = 4.86 μM), and be unstable in plasma (t1/2 = 0.54 h). A total of 24 vinylamycin analogs with modification of the OH group and chiral centers were generated via a combinatorial approach. The lead compound 1a was subsequently characterized as having: no anti-microbial activity, significantly higher plasma stability (t1/2 = 14.3 h), improved activity against K562 leukemia cells (IC50 = 0...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075477/escin-induces-apoptosis-in-human-renal-cancer-cells-through-g2-m-arrest-and-reactive-oxygen-species-modulated-mitochondrial-pathways
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Sheau-Yun Yuan, Chen-Li Cheng, Shian-Shiang Wang, Hao-Chung Ho, Kun-Yuan Chiu, Chuan-Shu Chen, Cheng-Che Chen, Ming-Yuh Shiau, Yen-Chuan Ou
Escin, a natural pentacyclic triterpenoid compound, exhibits antitumor effects on various types of human cancer cells, but its effect on human renal cancer cells has not been fully elucidated. In the present study, we demonstrated that escin elicits cytotoxic effects on human renal cancer cells (786-O and Caki-1) in a dose-dependent manner, as determined by MTT assay. Escin induced G2/M arrest, and then increased the sub-G1 population, Annexin V binding, activation of caspase-9/-3, cleavage of poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) and Bax protein...
January 3, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074433/partial-contribution-of-rho-kinase-inhibition-to-the-bioactivity-of-ganoderma-lingzhi-and-its-isolated-compounds-insights-on-discovery-of-natural-rho-kinase-inhibitors
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Yhiya Amen, Qinchang Zhu, Hai-Bang Tran, Mohamed S Afifi, Ahmed F Halim, Ahmed Ashour, Kuniyoshi Shimizu
Recent studies identified Rho-kinase enzymes (ROCK-I and ROCK-II) as important targets that are involved in a variety of diseases. Synthetic Rho-kinase inhibitors have emerged as potential therapeutic agents to treat disorders such as hypertension, stroke, cancer, diabetes, glaucoma, etc. Our study is the first to screen the total ethanol extract of the medicinal mushroom Ganoderma lingzhi with thirty-five compounds for Rho-kinase inhibitory activity. Moreover, a molecular binding experiment was designed to investigate the binding affinity of the compounds at the active sites of Rho-kinase enzymes...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Natural Medicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071013/the-industrial-potential-of-herbs-and-spices-a-mini-review
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Katarzyna B Leja, Katarzyna Czaczyk
Herbs and spices have been used for food and medicinal purposes for centuries - the first recorded evidence of their use dates back to 1500BC and the Ebers Papyrus, which mentioned spices such as anise, mustard, saffron, cinnamon, and cassia. Now, in the 21st century, a variety of secondary compounds produced by plants are used in many fields of industry, such as food production (to improve taste, to provide vitamins and macro- and microelements, and also to inhibit food spoilage caused by foodborne bacteria), in medicine (in the treatment of various diseases; in chemoprevention and cancer therapy; as a source of natural antimicrobials for the treatment of infectious disease), and in pharmacology and cosmetology (in dietary supplements, and as a result of the demand for preservative-free cosmetics, to reduce the risk of methylparaben allergies)...
October 2016: Acta Scientiarum Polonorum. Technologia Alimentaria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070575/network-pharmacology-based-virtual-screening-of-natural-products-from-clerodendrum-species-for-identification-of-novel-anti-cancer-therapeutics
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Barbi Gogoi, Dhrubajyoti Gogoi, Yumnam Silla, Bibhuti Bhushan Kakoti, Brijmohan Singh Bhau
Plant-derived natural products (NPs) play a vital role in the discovery of new drug molecules and these are used for development of novel therapeutic drugs for a specific disease target. Literature review suggests that natural products possess strong inhibitory efficacy against various types of cancer cells. Clerodendrum indicum and Clerodendrum serratum are reported to have anticancer activity; therefore a study was carried out to identify selective anticancer agents from these plants species. In this report, we employed a docking weighted network pharmacological approach to understand the multi-therapeutics potentiality of C...
January 10, 2017: Molecular BioSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068637/assembling-of-multifunctional-latex-based-hybrid-nanocarriers-from-calotropis-gigantea-for-sustained-doxorubicin-dox-releases
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Periyakaruppan Pradeepkumar, Dharman Govindaraj, Murugaraj Jeyaraj, Murugan A Munusamy, Mariappan Rajan
Natural rubber Latex (Lax) is a colloidal dispersion of polymer particles in liquid and shows good biodegradable, biocompatibility, and non-toxicity. Natural polymers are the most important materials used in food packaging, micro/nano-drug delivery, tissue engineering, agriculture, and coating. In the present study, natural compounds extracted from plant Lax were designed to function as drug carriers using various surfactants via emulation and solvent evaporation method. Calotropis gigantea belongs to the family Apocynaceae and has received considerable attention in modern medicine, ayurvedeic, siddha, and traditional medicine...
January 6, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067817/resveratrol-potential-therapeutic-interest-in-joint-disorders-a-critical-narrative-review
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REVIEW
Christelle Nguyen, Jean-François Savouret, Magdalena Widerak, Marie-Thérèse Corvol, François Rannou
Trans-resveratrol (t-Res) is a natural compound of a family of hydroxystilbenes found in a variety of spermatophyte plants. Because of its effects on lipids and arachidonic acid metabolisms, and its antioxidant activity, t-Res is considered as the major cardioprotective component of red wine, leading to the "French Paradox" health concept. In the past decade, research on the effects of resveratrol on human health has developed considerably in diverse fields such as cancer, neurodegenerative and cardiovascular diseases, and metabolic disorders...
January 6, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067791/ligands-of-therapeutic-utility-for-the-liver-x-receptors
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REVIEW
Rajesh Komati, Dominick Spadoni, Shilong Zheng, Jayalakshmi Sridhar, Kevin E Riley, Guangdi Wang
Liver X receptors (LXRs) have been increasingly recognized as a potential therapeutic target to treat pathological conditions ranging from vascular and metabolic diseases, neurological degeneration, to cancers that are driven by lipid metabolism. Amidst intensifying efforts to discover ligands that act through LXRs to achieve the sought-after pharmacological outcomes, several lead compounds are already being tested in clinical trials for a variety of disease interventions. While more potent and selective LXR ligands continue to emerge from screening of small molecule libraries, rational design, and empirical medicinal chemistry approaches, challenges remain in minimizing undesirable effects of LXR activation on lipid metabolism...
January 5, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067673/a-novel-stat3-inhibitor-ho-3867-induces-cell-apoptosis-by-reactive-oxygen-species-dependent-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-in-human-pancreatic-cancer-cells
#16
Yan Hu, Chengguang Zhao, Hailun Zheng, Kongqin Lu, Dengjian Shi, Zhiguo Liu, Xuanxuan Dai, Yi Zhang, Xiuhua Zhang, Wanle Hu, Guang Liang
Pancreatic cancer is the most commonly diagnosed malignancy among solid tumors and has shown an increasing trend year by year. Thus, there is an urgent need for the discovery of new anticancer drugs for the treatment of pancreatic cancer. In recent years, it has been reported that the compound HO-3867, a novel analog of the natural product curcumin, showed antitumor activity with low toxicity. However, the underlying mechanism of this compound's attack on cancer cells is not very clear. In the present study, it was found that HO-3867 showed good antitumor activity at the concentration of 2 μmol/l in PANC-1 and BXPC-3 cells...
January 6, 2017: Anti-cancer Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065501/synthesis-docking-cytotoxicity-and-lta4h-inhibitory-activity-of-new-gingerol-derivatives-as-potential-colorectal-cancer-therapy
#17
Mai H El-Naggar, Amira Mira, Fatma M Abdel Bar, Kuniyoshi Shimizu, Mohamed M Amer, Farid A Badria
Leukotriene A4 hydrolase (LTA4H) is a proinflammatory enzyme that generates the inflammatory mediator leukotriene which may play an important role in chronic inflammation associated carcinogenesis. [6]-gingerol, the major bioactive compound of Zingiber officinale, is a potential inhibitor of LTA4H, a highly expressed enzyme in colorectal carcinoma. Eighteen compounds; seven of natural origin (including [4]-, [6]-, [8]-, and [10]-gingerol), five new and six known semi-synthesized [6]-gingerol derivatives were examined using docking, in vitro cytotoxicity against human colon cancer cells (HCT-116) and LTA4H aminopeptidase and epoxide hydrolase inhibitory studies...
December 29, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064082/novel-flavonol-analogues-as-potential-inhibitors-of-jmjd3-histone-demethylase-a-study-based-on-molecular-modelling
#18
Sanchari Basu Mallik, Aravinda Pai, Rekha R Shenoy, B S Jayashree
Epigenetic modulation of gene expression has drawn enormous attention among researchers globally in the present scenario. Since their discovery, Jmj-C histone demethylases were identified as useful markers in understanding the role of epigenetics in inflammatory conditions and in cancer as well. This has created arousal of interest in search of suitable candidates. Potential inhibitors from various other scaffolds such as hydroxyquinolines, hydroxamic acids and triazolopyridines have already been identified and reported...
December 13, 2016: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061797/natural-compounds-targeting-major-cell-signaling-pathways-a-novel-paradigm-for-osteosarcoma-therapy
#19
REVIEW
Pablo Angulo, Gaurav Kaushik, Dharmalingam Subramaniam, Prasad Dandawate, Kathleen Neville, Katherine Chastain, Shrikant Anant
Osteosarcoma is the most common primary bone cancer affecting children and adolescents worldwide. Despite an incidence of three cases per million annually, it accounts for an inordinate amount of morbidity and mortality. While the use of chemotherapy (cisplatin, doxorubicin, and methotrexate) in the last century initially resulted in marginal improvement in survival over surgery alone, survival has not improved further in the past four decades. Patients with metastatic osteosarcoma have an especially poor prognosis, with only 30% overall survival...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060735/the-natural-compound-fucoidan-from-new-zealand-undaria-pinnatifida-synergizes-with-the-erbb-inhibitor-lapatinib-enhancing-melanoma-growth-inhibition
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Varsha Thakur, Jun Lu, Giuseppe Roscilli, Luigi Aurisicchio, Manuela Cappelletti, Emiliano Pavoni, William Lindsey White, Barbara Bedogni
Melanoma remains one of the most aggressive and therapy-resistant cancers. Finding new treatments to improve patient outcomes is an ongoing effort. We previously demonstrated that melanoma relies on the activation of ERBB signaling, specifically of the ERBB3/ERBB2 cascade. Here we show that melanoma tumor growth is inhibited by 60% over controls when treated with lapatinib, a clinically approved inhibitor of ERBB2/EGFR. Importantly, tumor growth is further inhibited to 85% when the natural compound fucoidan from New Zealand U...
January 2, 2017: Oncotarget
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