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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914066/computational-tools-for-allosteric-drug-discovery-site-identification-and-focus-library-design
#1
Wenkang Huang, Ruth Nussinov, Jian Zhang
Allostery is an intrinsic phenomenon of biological macromolecules involving regulation and/or signal transduction induced by a ligand binding to an allosteric site distinct from a molecule's active site. Allosteric drugs are currently receiving increased attention in drug discovery because drugs that target allosteric sites can provide important advantages over the corresponding orthosteric drugs including specific subtype selectivity within receptor families. Consequently, targeting allosteric sites, instead of orthosteric sites, can reduce drug-related side effects and toxicity...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914063/episweep-computationally-driven-reengineering-of-therapeutic-proteins-to-reduce-immunogenicity-while-maintaining-function
#2
Yoonjoo Choi, Deeptak Verma, Karl E Griswold, Chris Bailey-Kellogg
Therapeutic proteins are yielding ever more advanced and efficacious new drugs, but the biological origins of these highly effective therapeutics render them subject to immune surveillance within the patient's body. When recognized by the immune system as a foreign agent, protein drugs elicit a coordinated response that can manifest a range of clinical complications including rapid drug clearance, loss of functionality and efficacy, delayed infusion-like allergic reactions, more serious anaphylactic shock, and even induced auto-immunity...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913936/changes-in-respiratory-function-during-treatment-with-combination-of-analgesic-substances-trimeperidine-and-dexmedetomidine
#3
M A Yudin, N G Vengerovich, G S Sagalov, M S Vahvijanen, V N Bykov, S V Chepur
The effects of analgesic substances trimeperidine and dexmedetomidine and their combinations in different proportions (0.75:0.25, 0.5:0.5, 0.25:0.75 of the medium effective doses of each substance) on respiratory function was studied in experiments on rats. Administration of substances in 1 ED50 by analgesic effect (corresponded to medium therapeutic dose of trimeperidine in humans) was characterized by significantly longer suppression of respiration over 90 min in comparison with combined treatment with these substances...
December 2, 2016: Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913825/hypolipidemic-effect-of-%C3%AE-caryophyllene-to-treat-hyperlipidemic-rats
#4
Matheus D Baldissera, Carine F Souza, Thirssa H Grando, Pedro H Doleski, Aline A Boligon, Lenita M Stefani, Silvia G Monteiro
The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of β-caryophyllene on hypercholesterolemia using a model of hyperlipidemia induced by Triton WR-1339 in rats, as well as its possible effect on hepatic antioxidant enzymes. Thus, total cholesterol, triglycerides, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, and high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol were measured in serum, while reactive oxygen species (ROS), thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS), hepatic 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutayl coenzyme A (HMG-CoA) reductase, superoxide dismutase (SOD), and catalase (CAT) activities were measured in the hepatic tissue...
December 2, 2016: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913821/theobromine-upregulates-osteogenesis-by-human-mesenchymal-stem-cells-in-vitro-and-accelerates-bone-development-in-rats
#5
Bret H Clough, Joni Ylostalo, Elizabeth Browder, Eoin P McNeill, Thomas J Bartosh, H Ralph Rawls, Tetsuo Nakamoto, Carl A Gregory
Theobromine (THB) is one of the major xanthine-like alkaloids found in cacao plant and a variety of other foodstuffs such as tea leaves, guarana and cola nuts. Historically, THB and its derivatives have been utilized to treat cardiac and circulatory disorders, drug-induced nephrotoxicity, proteinuria and as an immune-modulator. Our previous work demonstrated that THB has the capacity to improve the formation of hydroxyl-apatite during tooth development, suggesting that it may also enhance skeletal development...
December 2, 2016: Calcified Tissue International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913816/genetic-ablation-or-pharmacologic-inhibition-of-autophagy-mitigated-nsaid-associated-gastric-damages
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Chan Young Ock, Jong-Min Park, Young-Min Han, Migyeong Jeong, Mi-Young Kim, Ho Jae Lee, Ki Baik Hahm
: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)-associated endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress (a cyclooxygenase-2-independent mechanism) and consequent autophagic cell death are responsible for NSAID-associated gastric damage. Therefore, alleviating cytotoxicity executed via ER stress and autophagy can be a strategy to prevent NSAID-associated gastric damage. Here, we explored whether genetic or pharmacologic inhibition of autophagy can mitigate NSAID-associated gastric damage in in vitro and in vivo models...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Molecular Medicine: Official Organ of the "Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte"
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913699/risk-and-association-of-hla-with-oxcarbazepine-induced-cutaneous-adverse-reactions-in-asians
#7
Chun-Bing Chen, Yi-Hsin Hsiao, Tony Wu, Mo-Song Hsih, Wichittra Tassaneeyakul, Teekayu P Jorns, Chonlaphat Sukasem, Chien-Ning Hsu, Shih-Chi Su, Wan-Chun Chang, Rosaline Chung-Yee Hui, Chia-Yu Chu, Yi-Ju Chen, Ching-Ying Wu, Chao-Kai Hsu, Tsu-Man Chiu, Pei-Lun Sun, Hua-En Lee, Chin-Yi Yang, Pei-Han Kao, Chih-Hsun Yang, Hsin-Chun Ho, Jing-Yi Lin, Ya-Ching Chang, Ming-Jing Chen, Chun-Wei Lu, Chau Yee Ng, Kang-Ling Kuo, Chien-Yio Lin, Ching-Sheng Yang, Ding-Ping Chen, Pi-Yueh Chang, Tsu-Lan Wu, Yu-Jr Lin, Yi-Ching Weng, Tseng-Tong Kuo, Shuen-Iu Hung, Wen-Hung Chung
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the risk and genetic association of oxcarbazepine-induced cutaneous adverse reactions (OXC-cADRs), including Stevens-Johnson syndrome/toxic epidermal necrolysis (SJS/TEN), in Asian populations (Chinese and Thai). METHODS: We prospectively enrolled patients with OXC-cADRs in Taiwan and Thailand from 2006 to 2014, and analyzed the clinical course, latent period, drug dosage, organ involvement, complications, and mortality. We also investigated the carrier rate of HLA-B*15:02 and HLA-A*31:01 of patients with OXC-cADRs and compared to OXC-tolerant controls...
December 2, 2016: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913524/cellular-and-vaccine-immunotherapy-for-multiple-myeloma
#8
Alfred L Garfall, Edward A Stadtmauer
Allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation and donor lymphocyte infusion for multiple myeloma (MM) can induce graft-versus-myeloma immunity and long-term survivorship, but limited efficacy and associated toxicities have prevented its widespread use. Cellular immunotherapies and vaccines seek to induce more specific, reliable, and potent antimyeloma immune responses with less treatment-related risk than is possible with allogeneic transplantation. Advances in molecular biology, and basic and applied immunology, have led to promising approaches such as genetically engineered T cells with chimeric antigen receptors and T-cell receptors targeting myeloma-specific epitopes, vaccine primed ex vivo expanded autologous T cells, expanded marrow-infiltrating lymphocytes, and plasma cell/dendritic cell fusion vaccines...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913223/hepatitis-e-virus-infection-beyond-the-liver
#9
REVIEW
S Pischke, J Hartl, S D Pas, A W Lohse, B C Jacobs, A A van der Eijk
Hepatitis E virus (HEV) infections are not limited to the liver but may also affect other organs. Several diseases, including Guillain-Barré syndrome, neuralgic amyotrophy, glomerulonephritis, cryoglobulinemia, pancreatitis, lymphoma, thrombopenia, meningitis, thyreoiditis and myocarditis have been observed in the context of hepatitis E. To date the definite pathophysiological links between HEV and extrahepatic manifestations are not yet established. However, it is suggested that HEV-infection might be causative based on serological studies, case series, in vitro data and animal models...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913221/role-of-the-inflammasome-in-acetaminophen-induced-liver-injury-and-acute-liver-failure
#10
REVIEW
Benjamin L Woolbright, Hartmut Jaeschke
Drug-induced acute liver failure carries a high morbidity and mortality rate. Acetaminophen overdose is the number one cause of acute liver failure and remains a major problem in Western medicine. Administration of N-acetyl cysteine is an effective antidote when given before the initial rise in toxicity; however, many patients present to the hospital after this stage occurs. As such, treatments which can alleviate late-stage acetaminophen-induced acute liver failure are imperative. While the initial mechanisms of toxicity are well described, a debate has occurred recently in the literature over whether or not there exists a second phase of injury, mediated by inflammatory processes...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913210/trpv4-activation-of-endothelial-nitric-oxide-synthase-resists-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-by-blocking-cyp2e1-mediated-redox-toxicity
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Ratanesh K Seth, Suvarthi Das, Diptadip Dattaroy, Varun Chandrashekaran, Firas Alhasson, Gregory Michelotti, Mitzi Nagarkatti, Prakash Nagarkatti, Anna Mae Diehl, Darwin P Bell, Wolfgang Liedtke, Saurabh Chatterjee
NAFLD is a clinically progressive disease with steatosis, inflammation, endothelial dysfunction and fibrosis being the stages where clinical intervention becomes necessary. Lack of early biomarkers and absence of a FDA approved drug obstructs efforts for effective treatment. NAFLD progression is strongly linked to a balance between liver injury, tissue regeneration and the functioning of endogenous defense mechanisms. The failure of the defense pathways to resist the tissue damage arising from redox stress, one of the "multiple hits" in disease progression, give rise to heightened inflammation and occasional fibrosis...
November 29, 2016: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913204/the-selective-bcl-2-inhibitor-venetoclax-a-bh3-mimetic-does-not-dysregulate-intracellular-ca-2-signaling
#12
Tamara Vervloessem, Hristina Ivanova, Tomas Luyten, Jan B Parys, Geert Bultynck
Anti-apoptotic B cell-lymphoma-2 (Bcl-2) proteins are emerging as therapeutic targets in a variety of cancers for precision medicines, like the BH3-mimetic drug venetoclax (ABT-199), which antagonizes the hydrophobic cleft of Bcl-2. However, the impact of venetoclax on intracellular Ca(2+) homeostasis and dynamics in cell systems has not been characterized in detail. Here, we show that venetoclax did not affect Ca(2+)-transport systems from the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) in permeabilized cell systems. Venetoclax (1μM) did neither trigger Ca(2+) release by itself nor affect agonist-induced Ca(2+) release in a variety of intact cell models...
November 29, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913197/doxorubicin-induced-mitophagy-contributes-to-drug-resistance-in-cancer-stem-cells-from-hct8-human-colorectal-cancer-cells
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Chen Yan, Lan Luo, Chang-Ying Guo, Shinji Goto, Yoshishige Urata, Jiang-Hua Shao, Tao-Sheng Li
Cancer stem cells (CSCs) are known to be drug resistant. Mitophagy selectively degrades unnecessary or damaged mitochondria by autophagy during cellular stress. To investigate the potential role of mitophagy in drug resistance in CSCs, we purified CD133(+)/CD44(+) CSCs from HCT8 human colorectal cancer cells and then exposed to doxorubicin (DXR). Compared with parental cells, CSCs were more resistant to DXR treatment. Although DXR treatment enhanced autophagy levels in both cell types, the inhibition of autophagy by ATG7 silencing significantly increased the toxicity of DXR only in parental cells, not in CSCs...
November 29, 2016: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913127/co-assembly-of-doxorubicin-and-curcumin-targeted-micelles-for-synergistic-delivery-and-improving-anti-tumor-efficacy
#14
Wenzhuan Ma, Qiang Guo, Ying Li, Xiaohui Wang, Jinling Wang, Pengfei Tu
Chemotherapeutic drugs have a series of limitations in anti-tumor treatment, mainly including multidrug resistance (MDR) and serious adverse reactions. Co-delivery system with two or more synergistic therapeutic drugs is an effective strategy to settle these limitations. In this study, active tumor-targeted co-delivery micelles (DOX+Cur)-PMs, with two synergistic drugs of a therapeutic drug of doxorubicin (DOX) and a chemosensitizer of curcumin (Cur) co-encapsulated into hyaluronic acid-vitamin E succinate (HA-VES) graft copolymer, were prepared and delivered simultaneously into tumor cells for improving therapeutic effects of DOX...
November 29, 2016: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913104/d-ala2-gip-glu-pal-is-neuroprotective-in-a-chronic-parkinson-s-disease-mouse-model-and-increases-bndf-expression-while-reducing-neuroinflammation-and-lipid-peroxidation
#15
Yanwei Li, WeiZhen Liu, Lin Li, Christian Hölscher
Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is a risk factor for Parkinson's disease (PD). Therefore, treatment to improve insulin resistance in T2DM may be useful for PD patients. Glucose dependent insulinotropic polypeptide (GIP) is a member of the incretin hormone family that can promote insulin release and improve insulin resistance. Several GIP analogues have been developed as potential treatments for T2DM. We had shown previously that D-Ala2-GIP-glu-PAL, a novel long-acting GIP analogue, can play a neuroprotective role in the PD mouse model induced by acute MPTP injection...
November 29, 2016: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913030/confounding-variables-and-the-performance-of-triggers-in-detecting-unreported-adverse-drug-reactions
#16
Fabiana Rossi Varallo, Carolina Dagli-Hernandez, Caroline Pagotto, Tales Rubens de Nadai, Maria Teresa Herdeiro, Patricia de Carvalho Mastroianni
PURPOSE: This study explored the performance of trigger in detecting adverse drug reactions (ADRs), the confounding variables impairing the causal association of the ADRs, and the underreporting rate by hospital health professionals. METHODS: A 6-month cross-sectional study was conducted in a public general hospital. Data collection was conducted in 2 stages: (1) screening of patient hospitalizations to identify suspected ADRs with 9 triggers developed by the Institute of Healthcare Improvement; and (2) chart review to perform the causality assessment of the suspected ADRs identified, to describe the confounding variables associated with detection of suspected ADRs that were not drug induced, and to analyze the positive predictive value of triggers in recognizing ADRs...
November 29, 2016: Clinical Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912880/combination-of-baicalein-and-10-hydroxy-camptothecin-exerts-remarkable-synergetic-anti-cancer-effects
#17
Qin Tang, Fangling Ji, Wenhui Sun, Jingyun Wang, Jianli Guo, Lianying Guo, Yachen Li, Yongming Bao
BACKGROUND: 10-Hydroxy camptothecin (HCPT), a naturally occurring alkaloid, is a clinical drug for cancer chemotherapy. Baicalein (BA) is a flavonoid extracted from the root of Scutellaria baicalensis. The synergistic anti-cancer effect of BA and HCPT has not been reported. PURPOSE: To explore whether and how BA enhances the anti-cancer effect of HCPT in BGC823 cells. METHODS: Cell viability was measured by MTT assay. Apoptosis and cell cycle were analyzed through flow cytometry and western blotting analysis...
December 15, 2016: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912840/the-semaphorins-and-their-receptors-as-modulators-of-tumor-progression
#18
Gera Neufeld, Yelena Mumblat, Tanya Smolkin, Shira Toledano, Inbal Nir-Zvi, Keren Ziv, Ofra Kessler
The semaphorins were initially characterized as repulsive axon guidance factors. However, they are currently also recognized as important regulators of diverse biological processes which include regulation of immune responses, angiogenesis, organogenesis, and a variety of additional physiological and developmental functions. The semaphorin family consists of more than 20 genes divided into seven subfamilies, all of which contain the sema domain signature. They usually transduce signals by activation of receptors belonging to the plexin family, either directly, or indirectly following the binding of some semaphorins to receptors of the neuropilin family which subsequently associate with plexins...
November 2016: Drug Resistance Updates: Reviews and Commentaries in Antimicrobial and Anticancer Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912146/inosine-acedoben-dimepranol-promotes-an-early-and-sustained-increase-in-the-natural-killer-cell-component-of-circulating-lymphocytes-a-clinical-trial-supporting-anti-viral-indications
#19
S Rumel Ahmed, Amy S Newman, James O'Daly, Sean Duffy, Gillian Grafton, Catherine A Brady, S John Curnow, Nicholas M Barnes, John Gordon
Inosine Acedoben Dimepranol (IAD), licensed for the treatment of cell-mediated immune deficiencies associated with viral infections, has been reported to impact a variety of immune parameters both in vitro and in vivo. Here we report the results from a clinical trial where multiple lymphocyte subsets - CD19+ B cells, CD3+ T cells, CD4+ T-helper cells, FoxP3(hi)/CD25(hi)/CD127(lo) regulatory T cells (Tregs), CD3-/CD56+ NK cells, and CD3+/CD56+ NKT cells - were, together with serum immunoglobulins and IgG subclasses, followed during 14days of IAD administration to ten healthy volunteers; these selected from 27 individuals pre-screened in vitro for their capacity to respond to IAD as gauged by increases in the percentage of Treg and/or NKT cells arising in PHA-stimulated cultures...
November 29, 2016: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912145/chloroquine-cq-exerts-anti-breast-cancer-through-modulating-microenvironment-and-inducing-apoptosis
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Yanjun Zhang, Yu Cao, Xiaodan Sun, Yonghui Feng, Yunting Du, Fei Liu, Chunyun Yu, Feng Jin
CQ is an anti-malaria drug, which has been used for years. However, there are published articles about its activity in anti-cancers. The aim of this approach was to look at possibility and related mechanisms of anti-breast cancer (mouse breast cancer cell line 4T1) by CQ alone. The studies of anti 4T1 in vitro and in vivo by CQ were performed. The growth of 4T1 in vitro and in vivo, survival of mice post treatment with CQ, changes of immune parameters and microenvironment in mice were evaluated. Our results demonstrate that CQ could markedly inhibit growth of 4T1 in vitro through inducing apoptosis of cells, inhibiting secretion of TGF-β and prolong the mice survival in vivo through boosting immune system by upregulating CD8+ T cell, and through down-regulating tumor associated macrophages (TAM), myeloid derived suppressing cells (MDSC) and Tregs, in microenvironment of mice bearing tumor...
November 29, 2016: International Immunopharmacology
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