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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088112/a-current-perspective-on-the-oncopreventive-and-oncolytic-properties-of-selective-serotonin-reuptake-inhibitors
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REVIEW
Daniel P Radin, Parth Patel
Current cancer research strongly focuses on identifying novel pathways that can be selectively exploited in the clinic and identifying drugs capable of exploiting cancer vulnerabilities. Occasionally, drugs identified to exploit a cancer-specific vulnerability are on the market for clinical indications in another disease area. Rebranding them as anti-cancer drugs is a process commonly referred to as drug repurposing and is typically a faster method than bringing a novel drug to market. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are primarily used for treating several types of depression, but over the past two decades mounting evidence suggests that drugs in this class have oncolytic properties and reduce the risk of certain cancers...
January 11, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088077/rhoa-knockdown-by-cationic-amphiphilic-copolymer-sirhoa-polyplexes-enhances-axonal-regeneration-in-rat-spinal-cord-injury-model
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So-Jung Gwak, Christian Macks, Da Un Jeong, Mark Kindy, Michael Lynn, Ken Webb, Jeoung Soo Lee
Spinal cord injury (SCI) results in permanent loss of motor and sensory function due to developmentally-related and injured-induced changes in the extrinsic microenvironment and intrinsic neuronal biochemistry that limit plasticity and axonal regeneration. Our long term goal is to develop cationic, amphiphilic copolymers (poly (lactide-co-glycolide)-g-polyethylenimine, PgP) for combinatorial delivery of therapeutic nucleic acids (TNAs) and drugs targeting these different barriers. In this study, we evaluated the ability of PgP to deliver siRNA targeting RhoA, a critical signaling pathway activated by multiple extracellular inhibitors of axonal regeneration...
January 3, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087910/-progress-on-anti-tumor-molecular-mechanisms-of-dihydroartemisinin
#3
Peng Cao, Dongjin Leng, Ying Li, Ziwei Zhang, Lei Liu, Xiaoyan Li
Artemisinin is an anti-malarial drug with poor water solubility and oral absorption; so a variety of derivatives based on the parent nucleus have been developed. Compared with artemisinin, dihydroartemisinin (DHA) has a stronger anti-malaria activity, and has the advantages of high metabolic rate and better water solubility. Recent studies have discovered that DHA has a good inhibitory effect on tumor cells, which is closely related to the peroxide bridge in its molecular structure. Since tumor cells need more Fe(3+) than normal cells, there are a large number of transferrin receptors on the tumor cell membrane...
May 25, 2016: Zhejiang da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Zhejiang University. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087908/-berberine-regulates-glycemia-via-local-inhibition-of-intestinal-dipeptidyl-peptidase-%C3%A2
#4
Jiesheng Wang, Guanhai Dai, Weijia Li
Objective: To investigate the effect of berberine on glycemia regulation in rats with diabetes and the related mechanisms. Methods: Diabetic-like rat model was successfully induced by intraperitoneal injection of streptozotocin in 50 out of 60 male SD rats, which were then randomly divided into 5 groups with 10 rats in each:control group (received vehicle only), positive drug control group (sitagliptin 10 mg·kg(-1)·d(-1)), low-dose berberine group (30 mg·kg(-1)·d(-1)), moderate-dose berberine group (60 mg·kg(-1)·d(-1)), and high-dose berberine group (120 mg·kg(-1)·d(-1))...
May 25, 2016: Zhejiang da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Zhejiang University. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087907/-effect-of-methyleugenol-on-expression-of-muc5ac-in-nasal-mucosa-of-rats-with-allergic-rhinitis
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Nannan Meng, Yun Hou, Yan Gui, Kehu Xi, Youhu Wang, Jing Yang, Hong Chen, Xiaobing Zhang
Objective: To investigate the effect of methyleugenol on expression of MUC5AC in nasal mucosa of rats with allergic rhinitis (AR). Methods: Seventy-two Wistar rats were randomly divided into 6 groups:normal control group, AR group, loratadine group, low-dose methyleugenol group, middle-dose methyleugenol group and high-dose methyleugenol group with 12 rats in each group. AR was induced by intraperitoneal injection of ovalbumin in latter 5 groups. 10 mg loratadine q.d was given to rats in loratadine group by gavage; and 10 mg/kg, 20 mg/kg and 40 mg/kg methyleugenol were given by gavege q...
May 25, 2016: Zhejiang da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Zhejiang University. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087864/drug-induced-weight-gain-rethinking-our-choices
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REVIEW
Katherine H Saunders, Leon I Igel, Alpana P Shukla, Louis J Aronne
Weight gain secondary to medications is a potentially modifiable risk. Here's how to optimize drug choices for patients with several common conditions.
November 2016: Journal of Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087740/bone-microenvironment-changes-in-latexin-expression-promote-chemoresistance
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Mi Zhang, Mary Osisami, Jinlu Dai, Jill M Keller, June Escara-Wilke, Atsushi Mizokami, Evan T Keller
: Although docetaxel (DOX) is the standard of care for advanced prostate cancer (PCa), most patients develop resistance to DOX. Therefore, elucidating the mechanism that underlies resistance to DOX is critical to enhance therapeutic intervention. Mining cDNA microarray from the PC-3 PCa cell line and its DOX-resistant derivative (PC3-TxR) revealed decreased latexin (LXN) expression in the resistant cells. LXN expression was inversely correlated with taxane resistance in a panel of PCa cell lines...
January 13, 2017: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087739/tnf-signaling-through-rip1-kinase-enhances-sn38-induced-death-in-colon-adenocarcinoma
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Lucia Cabal-Hierro, Peter J O'Dwyer
: Elucidation of tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-directed mechanisms for cell death induction and maintenance of tumor growth has revealed a role for receptor-interacting protein kinases 1 and 3 (RIPK1/RIP1 and RIPK3/RIP3), components of the necrosome complex, as determinants of cell fate. Here the participation of TNF signaling was analyzed with regard to the cytotoxic action of different DNA damaging agents in a panel of colon cancer cells. While most of these cell lines were insensitive to TNF, combination with these drugs increased sensitivity by inducing cell death and DNA damage, especially in the case of the topoisomerase inhibitor SN38...
January 13, 2017: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087699/activation-of-c-abl-kinase-potentiates-the-anti-myeloma-drug-lenalidomide-by-promoting-dda1-recruitment-to-the-crl4-ubiquitin-ligase
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Shaobing Gao, Chenlu Geng, Tianyu Song, Xuanru Lin, Jiye Liu, Zhen Cai, Yong Cang
Cullin Ring Ligase 4 (CRL4), a complex of Cul4 and DDB1, regulates cell cycle, DNA damage repair, and chromatin replication by targeting a variety of substrates for ubiquitination. CRL4 is also hijacked by viral proteins or thalidomide-derived compounds to degrade host restriction factors. Here we report that the c-Abl non-receptor kinase phosphorylates DDB1 at residue Y316 to recruit a small regulatory protein DDA1, leading to increased substrate ubiquitination. Pharmacological inhibition or genetic ablation of the Abl-DDB1-DDA1 axis decreases the ubiquitination of CRL4 substrates, including IKZF1 and IKZF3 in lenalidomide-treated multiple myeloma cells...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087597/membrane-depolarizing-channel-blockers-induce-selective-glioma-cell-death-by-impairing-nutrient-transport-and-unfolded-protein-amino-acid-responses
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Mia Niklasson, Gianluca Maddalo, Zuzana Sramkova, Ercan Mutlu, Shimei Wee, Petra Sekyrova, Linnéa Schmidt, Nicolas Fritz, Ivar Dehnisch, Gregorios Kyriatzis, Michaela Krafcikova, Brittany B Carson, Jennifer Feenstra, Voichita D Marinescu, Anna Segerman, Martin Haraldsson, Anna-Lena Gustavsson, Lars Gj Hammarström, Annika Jenmalm-Jensen, Lene Uhrbom, A F Maarten Altelaar, Sten Linnarsson, Per Uhlén, Lukas Trantirek, C Theresa Vincent, Sven Nelander, Per Øyvind Enger, Michael Andäng
Glioma-initiating cells (GIC) are considered the underlying cause of recurrences of aggressive glioblastomas, replenishing the tumor population and undermining the efficacy of conventional chemotherapy. Here we report the discovery that inhibiting T-type voltage-gated Ca2+ and KCa channels can effectively induce selective cell death of GIC and increase host survival in an orthotopic mouse model of human glioma. At present, the precise cellular pathways affected by the drugs affecting these channels are unknown...
January 13, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087488/cathepsin-k-targeted-sub-micron-particles-for-regenerative-repair-of-vascular-elastic-matrix
#11
Brenton Jennewine, Jonathan Fox, Anand Ramamurthi
: Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms (AAA) involve slow dilation and weakening of the aortic wall due to breakdown of structural matrix components, such as elastic fibers by chronically overexpressed matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), primarily, MMPs-2 and -9. Auto-regenerative repair of disrupted elastic fibers by smooth muscle cells (SMCs) at the AAA site is intrinsically poor and together with chronic proteolysis prevents restoration of elastin homeostasis, necessary to enable AAA growth arrest or regression to a healthy state...
January 10, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087374/what-stoichiometries-determined-by-mass-spectrometry-reveal-about-the-ligand-binding-mode-to-g-quadruplex-nucleic-acids
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Michael J Lecours, Adrien Marchand, Ahdia Anwar, Corinne Guetta, W Scott Hopkins, Valérie Gabelica
G-quadruplexes (G4s) have become important drug targets to regulate gene expression and telomere maintenance. Many studies on G4 ligand binding focus on determining the ligand binding affinities and selectivities. Ligands, however, can also affect the G4 conformation. Here we explain how to use electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) to monitor simultaneously ligand binding and cation binding stoichiometries. The changes in potassium binding stoichiometry upon ligand binding hint at ligand-induced conformational changes involving a modification of the number of G-quartets...
January 10, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087362/clinical-phenotypes-and-outcomes-of-heritable-and-sporadic-pulmonary-veno-occlusive-disease-a-population-based-study
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David Montani, Barbara Girerd, Xavier Jaïs, Marilyne Levy, David Amar, Laurent Savale, Peter Dorfmüller, Andrei Seferian, Edmund M Lau, Mélanie Eyries, Jérôme Le Pavec, Florence Parent, Damien Bonnet, Florent Soubrier, Elie Fadel, Olivier Sitbon, Gérald Simonneau, Marc Humbert
BACKGROUND: Bi-allelic mutations of the EIF2AK4 gene cause heritable pulmonary veno-occlusive disease and/or pulmonary capillary haemangiomatosis (PVOD/PCH). We aimed to assess the effect of EIF2AK4 mutations on the clinical phenotypes and outcomes of PVOD/PCH. METHODS: We did a population-based study using clinical, functional, and haemodynamic data from the registry of the French Pulmonary Hypertension Network. We reviewed the clinical data and outcomes from all patients referred to the French Referral Centre (Pulmonary Department, Hospital Kremlin-Bicêtre, University Paris-Sud) with either confirmed or highly probable PVOD/PCH with DNA available for mutation screening (excluding patients with other risk factors of pulmonary hypertension, such as chronic respiratory diseases)...
January 10, 2017: Lancet Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087360/the-synthetic-peptide-pnpp-19-induces-peripheral-antinociception-via-activation-of-no-cgmp-katp-pathway-role-of-enos-and-nnos
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A C N Freitas, G Silva, D F Pacheco, V Lemos, I D G Duarte, M E de Lima
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The peptide PnPP-19, derived from the spider toxin PnTx2-6, potentiates erectile function by activating the nitrergic system. Since NO has been studied as an antinociceptive molecule and PnPP-19 is known to induce peripheral antinociception, we intended to evaluate whether PnPP-19 could induce peripheral antinociception through activation of this pathway. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: Nociceptive thresholds were measured by paw pressure test. PGE2 (2 μg/paw) was administered intraplantarly together with PnPP-19 and inhibitors/blockers of NOS, guanylyl cyclase and KATP channels...
January 10, 2017: Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087359/the-effect-of-nmda-r-antagonism-on-simultaneously-acquired-local-field-potentials-and-tissue-oxygen-levels-in-the-brains-of-freely-moving-rats
#15
John Kealy, Sean Commins, John P Lowry
Non-competitive NMDA receptor antagonists are known to induce psychosis-like symptoms in rodents. Administration of such compounds cause behavioural effects such as memory impairment and hyperlocomotion. Additionally, drugs such as phencyclidine (PCP), ketamine and MK-801 all cause distinctive increases in striatal local field potential (LFP) in the high frequency oscillation (HFO) band in the power spectrum (140-180 Hz). Amperometric sensors provide a means to measure tissue oxygen (tO2; a BOLD-like signal) in the brains of freely-moving rats while simultaneously acquiring LFP using the same electrode...
January 10, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087003/in%C3%A2-vitro-generation-of-renal-tubular-epithelial-cells-from-fibroblasts-implications-for-precision-and-regenerative-medicine-in-nephrology
#16
Christina M Wyatt, Nicole Dubois
Prior efforts to generate renal epithelial cells in vitro have relied on pluripotent or bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells. A recent publication in Nature Cell Biology describes the generation of induced tubular epithelial cells from fibroblasts, potentially offering a novel platform for personalized drug toxicity screening and in vitro disease modeling. This report serves as a promising proof of principle study and opens future research directions, including the optimization of the reprogramming process, efficient translation to adult human fibroblasts, and the generation of highly specific functional renal cell types...
February 2017: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086980/inflammation-in-epileptogenesis-after-traumatic-brain-injury
#17
REVIEW
Kyria M Webster, Mujun Sun, Peter Crack, Terence J O'Brien, Sandy R Shultz, Bridgette D Semple
BACKGROUND: Epilepsy is a common and debilitating consequence of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Seizures contribute to progressive neurodegeneration and poor functional and psychosocial outcomes for TBI survivors, and epilepsy after TBI is often resistant to existing anti-epileptic drugs. The development of post-traumatic epilepsy (PTE) occurs in a complex neurobiological environment characterized by ongoing TBI-induced secondary injury processes. Neuroinflammation is an important secondary injury process, though how it contributes to epileptogenesis, and the development of chronic, spontaneous seizure activity, remains poorly understood...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086956/differential-expression-of-e-type-prostanoid-receptors-2-and-4-in-microglia-stimulated-with-lipopolysaccharide
#18
Ester Bonfill-Teixidor, Amaia Otxoa-de-Amezaga, Miriam Font-Nieves, M Glòria Sans-Fons, Anna M Planas
BACKGROUND: Cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) is induced under inflammatory conditions, and prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) is one of the products of COX activity. PGE2 has pleiotropic actions depending on the activation of specific E-type prostanoid EP1-4 receptors. We investigated the involvement of PGE2 and EP receptors in glial activation in response to an inflammatory challenge induced by LPS. METHODS: Cultures of mouse microglia or astroglia cells were treated with LPS in the presence or absence of COX-2 inhibitors, and the production of PGE2 was measured by ELISA...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086832/norcantharidin-inhibits-cell-growth-by-suppressing-the-expression-and-phosphorylation-of-both-egfr-and-c-met-in-human-colon-cancer-cells
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Peiju Qiu, Siwen Wang, Ming Liu, He Ma, Xuan Zeng, Meng Zhang, Lingling Xu, Yidi Cui, Huixin Xu, Yang Tang, Yanli He, Lijuan Zhang
BACKGROUND: Norcantharidin (NCTD) is a Chinese FDA approved, chemically synthesized drug for cancer treatment. The effect of NCTD on signaling proteins of EGFR and c-Met was systematically elucidated in current study. METHODS: Two human colon cancer cell lines, HCT116 and HT29, were used as model systems to investigate the anti-cancer molecular mechanism of NCTD. Cell cycle arrest and early/late apoptosis were analyzed by flow cytometry. The levels of EGFR, phospho-EGFR, c-Met, phospho-c-Met and other related proteins were quantified by western blot analysis...
January 13, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086831/evaluation-of-the-cytotoxicity-of-the-bithionol-cisplatin-combination-in-a-panel-of-human-ovarian-cancer-cell-lines
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Vijayalakshmi N Ayyagari, Tsung-Han Jeff Hsieh, Paula L Diaz-Sylvester, Laurent Brard
BACKGROUND: Combination drug therapy appears a promising approach to overcome drug resistance and reduce drug-related toxicities in ovarian cancer treatments. In this in vitro study, we evaluated the antitumor efficacy of cisplatin in combination with Bithionol (BT) against a panel of ovarian cancer cell lines with special focus on cisplatin-sensitive and cisplatin-resistant cell lines. The primary objectives of this study are to determine the nature of the interactions between BT and cisplatin and to understand the mechanism(s) of action of BT-cisplatin combination...
January 13, 2017: BMC Cancer
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