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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340506/neuromedin-u-alters-bioenergetics-and-expands-the-cancer-stem-cell-phenotype-in-her2-positive-breast-cancer
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Vanesa G Martinez, John Crown, Richard K Porter, Lorraine O'Driscoll
Neuromedin U (NmU) is a neuropeptide belonging to the neuromedin family. Recently, we reported a significant association between NmU and breast cancer, particularly correlating with increased aggressiveness, resistance to HER2-targeted therapies and overall significantly poorer outcome for patients, although the mechanism through which it exerts this effect remained unexplained. Investigating this, here we found that ectopic over-expression of NmU in HER2-positive breast cancer cells induced aberrant metabolism, with increased glycolysis, likely due to enhanced pyruvate dehydrogenase kinase activity...
March 24, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340497/p450-inhibitor-ketoconazole-increased-the-intratumor-drug-levels-and-antitumor-activity-of-fenretinide-in-human-neuroblastoma-xenograft-models
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Lluis Lopez-Barcons, Barry J Maurer, Min H Kang, C Patrick Reynolds
We previously reported that concurrent ketoconazole, an oral anti-fungal agent and P450 enzyme inhibitor, increased plasma levels of the cytotoxic retinoid, fenretinide (4-HPR) in mice. We have now determined the effects of concurrent ketoconazole on 4-HPR cytotoxic dose-response in four neuroblastoma (NB) cell lines in vitro and on 4-HPR activity against two cell line-derived, subcutaneous NB xenografts (CDX) and three patient-derived NB xenografts (PDX). Cytotoxicity in vitro was assessed by DIMSCAN assay...
March 24, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340451/the-role-of-drug-drug-interactions-in-prostate-cancer-treatment-focus-on-abiraterone-acetate-prednisone-and-enzalutamide
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Marzia Del Re, Stefano Fogli, Lisa Derosa, Francesco Massari, Paul De Souza, Stefania Crucitta, Sergio Bracarda, Daniele Santini, Romano Danesi
Elderly patients with cancer may have comorbidities, each requiring additional pharmacologic treatment. Therefore, the occurrence of pharmacokinetic (PK) and pharmacodynamic (PD) interactions is very likely, and the risk of adverse reactions (ADRs), due to the narrow therapeutic window of anticancer drugs, is increased. Drug-drug interactions (DDIs) may occur in prostate cancer patients due to inhibition by abiraterone of liver cytochrome P450 (CYP)-dependent enzymes CYP2C8 and 2D6, which are involved in the metabolism of approximately 25% of all drugs, and induction by enzalutamide of CYP3A4, 2C9 and 2C19, which metabolize up to 50% of medications...
March 9, 2017: Cancer Treatment Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340400/pharmacoinformatics-exploration-of-polyphenol-oxidases-leading-to-novel-inhibitors-by-virtual-screening-and-molecular-dynamic-simulation-study
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Mubashir Hassan, Qamar Abbas, Zaman Ashraf, Ahmed A Moustafa, Sung-Yum Seo
Polyphenol oxidases (PPOs)/tyrosinases are metal-dependent enzymes and known as important targets for melanogenesis. Although considerable attempts have been conducted to control the melanin-associated diseases by using various inhibitors. However, the exploration of the best anti-melanin inhibitor without side effect still remains a challenge in drug discovery. In present study, protein structure prediction, ligand-based pharmacophore modeling, virtual screening, molecular docking and dynamic simulation study were used to screen the strong novel inhibitor to cure melanogenesis...
March 15, 2017: Computational Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340138/a-life-without-worms
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Richard E Sanya, Gyaviira Nkurunungi, Irene Andia Biraro, Harriet Mpairwe, Alison M Elliott
Worms have co-evolved with humans over millions of years. To survive, they manipulate host systems by modulating immune responses so that they cause (in the majority of hosts) relatively subtle harm. Anthelminthic treatment has been promoted as a measure for averting worm specific pathology and to mitigate subtle morbidities which may include effects on anaemia, growth, cognitive function and economic activity. With our changing environment marked by rapid population growth, urbanisation, better hygiene practices and anthelminthic treatment, there has been a decline in worm infections and other infectious diseases and a rise in non-communicable diseases such as allergy, diabetes and cardiovascular disease...
March 18, 2017: Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339967/placental-transporter-localization-and-expression-in-the-human-the-importance-of-species-sex-and-gestational-age-differences1
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Natasha Walker, Panagiotis Filis, Ugo Soffientini, Michelle Bellingham, Peter J O'Shaughnessy, Paul A Fowler
The placenta is a critical organ during pregnancy, essential for the provision of an optimal intrauterine environment, with fetal survival, growth and development relying on correct placental function. It must allow nutritional compounds and relevant hormones to pass into the fetal bloodstream and metabolic waste products to be cleared. It also acts as a semi-permeable barrier to potentially harmful chemicals both endogenous and exogenous. Transporter proteins allow for bidirectional transport and are found in the syncytiotrophoblast of the placenta and endothelium of fetal capillaries...
March 7, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339833/vdac1-is-a-molecular-target-in-glioblastoma-with-its-depletion-leading-to-reprogrammed-metabolism-and-reversed-oncogenic-properties
#7
Tasleem Arif, Yakov Kerlin, Itay Nakdimon, Daniel Benharroch, Avijit Paul, Daniela Dadon-Klein, Varda Shoshan-Barmatz
Background.: Glioblastoma (GBM), an aggressive brain tumor with frequent relapses and a high mortality, still awaits an effective treatment. Like many cancers, GBM cells acquire oncogenic properties, including metabolic reprogramming, vital for growth. As such, tumor metabolism is an emerging avenue for cancer therapy. One relevant target is the voltage-dependent anion channel 1 (VDAC1), a mitochondrial protein controlling cell energy and metabolic homeostasis. Methods...
February 28, 2017: Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339489/human-subtilisin-kexin-isozyme-1-ski-1-site-1-protease-s1p-regulates-cytoplasmic-lipid-droplet-abundance-a-potential-target-for-indirect-acting-anti-dengue-virus-agents
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Anastasia Hyrina, Fanrui Meng, Steven J McArthur, Sharlene Eivemark, Ivan R Nabi, François Jean
Viral hijacking and manipulation of host-cell biosynthetic pathways by human enveloped viruses are shared molecular events essential for the viral lifecycle. For Flaviviridae members such as hepatitis C virus and dengue virus (DENV), one of the key subsets of cellular pathways that undergo manipulation is the lipid metabolic pathways, underlining the importance of cellular lipids and, in particular, lipid droplets (LDs) in viral infection. Here, we hypothesize that targeting cellular enzymes that act as key regulators of lipid homeostasis and LD formation could represent a powerful approach to developing a novel class of broad-spectrum antivirals against infection associated with all DENV serotypes (1-4) circulating around the world...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339283/development-optimization-and-implementation-of-a-centralized-metabolic-soft-spot-assay
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Anthony A Paiva, Cheryl Klakouski, Shu Li, Benjamin M Johnson, Yue-Zhong Shu, Jonathan Josephs, Tatyana Zvyaga, Ismael Zamora, Wilson Z Shou
AIM: High clearance is a commonly encountered issue in drug discovery. Here we present a centralized metabolic soft spot identification assay with adequate capacity and turnaround time to support the metabolic optimization needs of an entire discovery organization. METHODOLOGY: An integrated quan/qual approach utilizing both an orthogonal sample-pooling methodology and software-assisted structure elucidation was developed to enable the assay. Major metabolic soft spots in liver microsomes (rodent and human) were generated in a batch mode, along with kinetics of parent disappearance and metabolite formation, typically within 1 week of incubation...
March 24, 2017: Bioanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339191/allosteric-activation-of-cytochrome-p450-3a4-via-progesterone-bioconjugation
#10
Vanja Polic, Karine Auclair
Human cytochrome P450 3A4 (CYP3A4) is responsible for the metabolism of the majority of drugs. As such, it is implicated in many adverse drug-drug and food-drug interactions, and is of significant interest to the pharmaceutical industry. This enzyme is known to simultaneously bind multiple ligands and display atypical enzyme kinetics, suggestive of allostery and cooperativity. As well, evidence of a postulated peripheral allosteric binding site has provoked debate around its significance and location. We report the use of bioconjugation to study the significance of substrate binding at the proposed allosteric site and its effect on CYP3A4 activity...
March 24, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339092/macc1-decreases-the-chemosensitivity-of-gastric-cancer-cells-to-oxaliplatin-by-regulating-fasn-expression
#11
Jiangman Duan, Lishan Chen, Minyu Zhou, Jingwen Zhang, Li Sun, Na Huang, Jianping Bin, Yulin Liao, Wangjun Liao
The effect of chemotherapeutic agents is limited as a result of drug resistance, which demands prompt solutions provided by clinical studies. To date, the underlying mechanisms of chemotherapy resistance are relatively unknown. Metastasis-associated in colon cancer 1 (MACC1) is an oncogene associated with the progression and prognosis of gastric cancer (GC). Bioinformatic analysis revealed that MACC1 is positively associated with fatty acid synthase (FASN), a major enzyme of lipogenesis, and drives chemoresistance to oxaliplatin in GC...
March 22, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338897/specialized-information-processing-deficits-and-distinct-metabolomic-profiles-following-tm-domain-disruption-of-nrg1
#12
Colm M P O'Tuathaigh, Naina Mathur, Matthew J O'Callaghan, Lynsey MacIntyre, Richard Harvey, Donna Lai, John L Waddington, Benjamin S Pickard, David G Watson, Paula M Moran
Although there is considerable genetic and pathologic evidence for an association between neuregulin 1 (NRG1) dysregulation and schizophrenia, the underlying molecular and cellular mechanisms remain unclear. Mutant mice containing disruption of the transmembrane (TM) domain of the NRG1 gene constitute a heuristic model for dysregulation of NRG1-ErbB4 signaling in schizophrenia. The present study focused on hitherto uncharacterized information processing phenotypes in this mutant line. Using a mass spectrometry-based metabolomics approach, we also quantified levels of unique metabolites in brain...
March 11, 2017: Schizophrenia Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338641/nerolidol-and-farnesol-inhibit-some-cytochrome-p450-activities-but-did-not-affect-other-xenobiotic-metabolizing-enzymes-in-rat-and-human-hepatic-subcellular-fractions
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Alena Špičáková, Barbora Szotáková, Diana Dimunová, Zuzana Myslivečková, Vladimír Kubíček, Martin Ambrož, Kateřina Lněničková, Kristýna Krasulová, Pavel Anzenbacher, Lenka Skálová
Sesquiterpenes, 15-carbon compounds formed from three isoprenoid units, are the main components of plant essential oils. Sesquiterpenes occur in human food, but they are principally taken as components of many folk medicines and dietary supplements. The aim of our study was to test and compare the potential inhibitory effect of acyclic sesquiterpenes, trans-nerolidol, cis-nerolidol and farnesol, on the activities of the main xenobiotic-metabolizing enzymes in rat and human liver in vitro. Rat and human subcellular fractions, relatively specific substrates, corresponding coenzymes and HPLC, spectrophotometric or spectrofluorometric analysis of product formation were used...
March 24, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338413/human-tissue-engineered-skeletal-muscle-myobundles-to-measure-oxygen-uptake-and-assess-mitochondrial-toxicity
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Brittany N J Davis, Jeffrey W Santoso, Michaela J Walker, Cindy S Cheng, Timothy R Koves, William E Kraus, George A Truskey
Mitochondrial dysfunction is responsible for the toxicity of a number of drugs. Current isolated mitochondria or cellular monoculture mitochondrial respiration measurement systems lack physiological relevance. Using a tissue engineering rather than cell- or mitochondria-based approach enables a more physiologically relevant detection of drug-induced mitochondrial impairment. To probe oxygen consumption and mitochondrial health, we assayed the bioenergetic profile of engineered three-dimensional human skeletal muscle myobundles derived from primary myoblasts...
March 24, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part C, Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338409/self-emulsifying-preconcentrates-of-daidzein-phospholipid-complex-design-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-appraisal
#15
Yosra Sr Elnaggar, Eman Mm Shehata, Sally Galal, Ossama Y Abdallah
AIM: Self-emulsifying phospholipid-complex preconcentrates (SEPPs) were fabricated to improve oral bioavailability of daidzein (DAI), an anticancer drug with challenging amphiphobic nature and extensive presystemic metabolism. METHODS: DAI-phosphatidylcholine complex was prepared to enhance DAI lipophilicity and loading in SEPPs. The physicochemical characteristics and the pharmacokinetic behavior in rats were studied. RESULTS: Surfactant-free SEPP (plain DAI:Phosal(®) 53MCT complex) was monodisperse upon aqueous dilution with nanorange globule size (485 ± 15 nm)...
March 24, 2017: Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338354/functional-oligopeptide-as-a-novel-strategy-for-drug-delivery
#16
Yujie Ji, Hongzhi Qiao, Jiayu He, Weidong Li, Rui Chen, Jingjing Wang, Li Wu, Rongfeng Hu, Jinao Duan, Zhipeng Chen
Oligopeptides, a type of short peptide, which consist of two to twenty amino acids, exhibit a variety of biological functions in drug delivery systems, such as specific targeting, cell penetration, self-assembled capacity and responsiveness to the environment. In this review, we aim to highlight the importance of functional oligopeptides for nanomedical applications and put forward the views on the future development direction of oligopeptide medicines. Oligopeptides have gained wide attentions due to their inherent properties, but the lack of understanding the mechanisms of in vivo transport behavior is the biggest problem and challenge at the present stage...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Drug Targeting
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337589/colonization-by-non-pathogenic-bacteria-alters-mrna-expression-of-cytochromes-p450-in-originally-germ-free-mice
#17
L Jourová, P Anzenbacher, B Lišková, Z Matušková, P Hermanová, T Hudcovic, H Kozáková, L Hrnčířová, E Anzenbacherová
Gut microbiota provides a wide range of beneficial function for the host and has an immense effect on the host's health state. It has also been shown that gut microbiome is often involved in the biotransformation of xenobiotics; however, the molecular mechanisms of the interaction between the gut bacteria and the metabolism of drugs by the host are still unclear. To investigate the effect of microbial colonization on messenger RNA (mRNA) expression of liver cytochromes P450 (CYPs), the main drug-metabolizing enzymes, we used germ-free (GF) mice, lacking the intestinal flora and mice monocolonized by non-pathogenic bacteria Lactobacillus plantarum (NIZO2877) or probiotic bacteria Escherichia coli Nissle 1917 compared to specific pathogen-free (SPF) mice...
March 23, 2017: Folia Microbiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337504/biotransformation-of-2-4-toluenediamine-in-human-skin-and-reconstructed-tissues
#18
Lisa Grohmann, Daniel Becker, Jörg Rademann, Nan Ma, Monika Schäfer-Korting, Günther Weindl
Reconstructed human epidermis (RHE) is used for risk assessment of chemicals and cosmetics and RHE as well as reconstructed human full-thickness skin (RHS) become important for e.g., the pre-clinical development of drugs. Yet, the knowledge regarding their biotransformation capacity is still limited, although the metabolic activity is highly relevant for skin sensitization, genotoxicity, and the efficacy of topical dermatics. The biotransformation of the aromatic amine 2,4-toluenediamine (2,4-TDA) has been compared in two commercially available RHS to normal human skin ex vivo, and in primary epidermal keratinocytes and dermal fibroblasts as well as in vitro generated epidermal Langerhans cells and dermal dendritic cells...
March 23, 2017: Archives of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337330/antimalarial-properties-of-simplified-kalihinol-analogues
#19
Mary Elisabeth Daub, Jacques Prudhomme, Choukri Ben Mamoun, Karine G Le Roch, Christopher D Vanderwal
Several kalihinol natural products, members of the broader isocyanoterpene family of antimalarial agents, are potent inhibitors of Plasmodium falciparum, the agent of the most severe form of human malaria. Our previous total synthesis of kalihinol B provided a blueprint to generate many analogues within this family, some as complex as the natural product and some much simplified and easier to access. Each analogue was tested for blood-stage antimalarial activity using both drug-sensitive and -resistant P. falciparum strains...
March 9, 2017: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336302/-vasopressors-and-inotropes-use-in-pediatrics
#20
Adrián García-Canales, Rocío Alejandra Peña-Juárez, Luz de María Sandoval-Franco
The cardiovascular system is a dynamic system whose function is to ensure adequate delivery of oxygen, nutrients and hormones to the tissues, necessary for cell metabolism, also synthesizes and modifies vasoactive components to regulate vascular tone and myocardial function. These components have become critical in the management of pediatric patients in critical condition with heart failure and shock which has proven its beneficial effects, however its use and abuse brings harmful effects, increase mortality, associated with arrhythmias and increase myocardial oxygen consumption favoring the presence of ischemia, therefore is necessary to know the mechanism of action and indications of these drugs to minimize the harmful effects...
March 20, 2017: Archivos de Cardiología de México
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