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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441076/a-novel-neuroprotective-small-molecule-for-glial-cell-derived-neurotrophic-factor-induction-and-photoreceptor-rescue
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Petr Baranov, Hong Lin, Kathryn McCabe, David Gale, Shenshen Cai, Burke Lieppman, Dwight Morrow, Phoebe Lei, Justin Liao, Michael Young
PURPOSE: Degenerative diseases of the retina, such as retinitis pigmentosa and age-related macular degeneration, are characterized by the irreversible loss of photoreceptors. Several growth factors, including glial cell derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF), have been shown to rescue retinal neurons. An alternative strategy to direct GDNF administration is its induction in host retina by small molecules. Here we studied the ability of a novel small molecule GSK812 to induce GDNF in vitro/in vivo and rescue photoreceptors...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440967/toxicity-of-cisplatin-loaded-poly-butyl-cyanoacrylate-nanoparticles-in-a-brain-cancer-cell-line-anionic-polymerization-results
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Nejad Mohamadi, S Maryam Kazemi, Mahshid Mohammadian, Attabak Toofani Milani, Younes Moradi, Maryam Yasemi, Meysam Ebrahimi far, Maral Mazloumi Tabrizi, Hasan Ebrahimi Shahmabadi, Azim Akbarzadeh Khiyavi
Cancer is one of the most important issues in modern medicine and the most common cause of death after cardiovascular diseases in many countries. Brain cancer is one of the most common causes of cancer death among men and women, ranking third. Chemotherapeutic drugs that aim to prevent uncontrolled proliferation of cells in tissues of the body and induce apoptosis of tumor cells are prominent candidates for development. Since cisplatin has an apoptosisinducing role, it is widely used as an anticancer agent...
March 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440561/anterior-st-elevation-myocardial-infarction-induced-by-rituximab-infusion-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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K Sharif, A Watad, N L Bragazzi, E Asher, A Abu Much, Y Horowitz, M Lidar, Y Shoenfeld, H Amital
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVES: Rituximab is a chimeric monoclonal anti-CD20 antibody approved for the treatment of some lymphoid malignancies as well as for autoimmune diseases including rheumatoid arthritis (RA), idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) and vasculitis. Generally, rituximab is well tolerated; nevertheless, some patients develop adverse effects including infusion reactions. Albeit rare, these reactions may in some cases be life-threatening conditions. Rituximab cardiovascular side effects include more common effects such as hypertension, oedema and rare cases of arrhythmias and myocardial infarction...
June 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440559/a-phase-2-study-of-mocetinostat-a-histone-deacetylase-inhibitor-in-relapsed-or-refractory-lymphoma
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Connie L Batlevi, Michael Crump, Charalambos Andreadis, David Rizzieri, Sarit E Assouline, Susan Fox, Richard H C van der Jagt, Amanda Copeland, Diane Potvin, Richard Chao, Anas Younes
Deregulation of histone deacetylase (HDAC) is important in the pathogenesis of follicular lymphoma (FL) and diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL). Mocetinostat, an isotype-selective HDAC inhibitor, induces accumulation of acetylated histones, cell cycle arrest and apoptosis in several cancers. This phase 2 study evaluated mocetinostat in patients with relapsed/refractory (R/R) DLBCL and FL. Seventy-two patients received mocetinostat (starting doses: 70-110 mg TIW, 4-week cycles). The best overall response rate (95% CI) was 18·9% (7·2, 32·2) for the DLBCL cohort (n = 41), and 11·5% (1·7, 20·7) for the FL cohort (n = 31)...
April 25, 2017: British Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440428/inhibition-of-atr-potentiates-the-cytotoxic-effect-of-gemcitabine-on-pancreatic-cancer-cells-through-enhancement-of-dna-damage-and-abrogation-of-ribonucleotide-reductase-induction-by-gemcitabine
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Shuang Liu, Yubin Ge, Tingting Wang, Holly Edwards, Qihang Ren, Yiqun Jiang, Chengshi Quan, Guan Wang
Pancreatic cancer is a highly malignant disease with a dismal prognosis. Gemcitabine (GEM)-based chemotherapy is the first-line treatment for patients with advanced disease, although its efficacy is very limited, mainly due to drug resistance. Ataxia telangiectasia and Rad3-related (ATR) plays a critical role in the DNA damage response (DDR) which has been implicated in GEM resistance. Thus, targeting ATR represents a promising approach to enhance GEM antitumor activity. In the present study, we tested the antitumor activity of AZ20, a novel ATR-selective inhibitor, alone or combined with GEM in 5 pancreatic cancer cell lines...
April 19, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440197/hyperprolactinemia-induced-by-antipsychotics-from-diagnosis-to-treatment-approach
#6
Walter Milano, Chiara Colletti, Anna Capasso
Schizophrenia is one of the most severe psychiatric diseases with a significant impact on the psychosocial functioning of the patients. People with schizophrenia are at risk to die prematurely because of their illness with their poor lifestyle contributing to the excess morbidity and higher mortality rate. In particular, lifestyle (e.g. poor diet, low rates of physical activity and increased likelihood to smoke cigarettes) predisposes them to poor physical health and comorbid medical diseases. In addition, the treatment of schizophrenia usually involves the long-term administration of antipsychotic drugs and some of these medications are implicated in the increased risk of metabolic and cardiovascular effects...
April 23, 2017: Endocrine, Metabolic & Immune Disorders Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439107/e-selectin-ligands-recognised-by-heca452-induce-drug-resistance-in-myeloma-which-is-overcome-by-the-e-selectin-antagonist-gmi-1271
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A Natoni, T A G Smith, N Keane, C McEllistrim, C Connolly, A Jha, M Andrulis, E Ellert, M S Raab, S V Glavey, L Kirkham-McCarthy, S K Kumar, S C Locatelli-Hoops, I Oliva, W E Fogler, J L Magnani, M E O'Dwyer
Multiple Myeloma (MM) is characterized by the clonal expansion and metastatic spread of malignant plasma cells to multiple sites in the bone marrow (BM). Recently, we implicated the sialyltransferase ST3Gal-6, an enzyme critical to the generation of E-selectin ligands, in MM BM homing and resistance to therapy. Since E-selectin is constitutively expressed in the BM microvasculature, we wished to establish the contribution of E-selectin ligands to MM biology. We report that functional E-selectin ligands are restricted to a minor subpopulation of MM cell lines which, upon expansion, demonstrate specific and robust interaction with recombinant E-selectin in vitro...
April 25, 2017: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439019/type-i-interferons-induced-by-endogenous-or-exogenous-viral-infections-promote-metastasis-and-relapse-of-leishmaniasis
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Matteo Rossi, Patrik Castiglioni, Mary-Anne Hartley, Remzi Onur Eren, Florence Prével, Chantal Desponds, Daniel T Utzschneider, Dietmar Zehn, Maria G Cusi, F Matthew Kuhlmann, Stephen M Beverley, Catherine Ronet, Nicolas Fasel
The presence of the endogenous Leishmania RNA virus 1 (LRV1) replicating stably within some parasite species has been associated with the development of more severe forms of leishmaniasis and relapses after drug treatment in humans. Here, we show that the disease-exacerbatory role of LRV1 relies on type I IFN (type I IFNs) production by macrophages and signaling in vivo. Moreover, infecting mice with the LRV1-cured Leishmania guyanensis (LgyLRV1(-) ) strain of parasites followed by type I IFN treatment increased lesion size and parasite burden, quantitatively reproducing the LRV1-bearing (LgyLRV1(+) ) infection phenotype...
April 24, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438834/rankl-cytokine-enhances-tnf-induced-osteoclastogenesis-independently-of-tnf-receptor-associated-factor-traf-6-by-degrading-traf3-in-osteoclast-precursors
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Zhenqiang Yao, Wei Lei, Rong Duan, Yanyun Li, Lu Luo, Brendan F Boyce
Cytokines, including receptor activator of nuclear factor kappa B ligand (RANKL) and TNF, induce increased osteoclast (OC) formation and bone loss in postmenopausal osteoporosis and inflammatory arthritides. RANKL and TNF can independently induce OC formation in vitro from WT OC precursors via TNF receptor-associated factor (TRAF) adaptor proteins, which bind to their receptors. Of these, only TRAF6 is required for RANKL-induced osteoclastogenesis in vitro. However, the molecular mechanisms involved remain incompletely understood...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438569/methylprednisolone-liver-toxicity-a-new-case-and-a-french-regional-pharmacovigilance-survey
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Jérôme Dumortier, Judith Cottin, Caroline Lavie, Olivier Guillaud, Valérie Hervieu, Christine Chambon-Augoyard, Jean-Yves Scoazec, Sandra Vukusic, Thierry Vial
Reported hepatotoxicity induced by corticosteroids is very rare, and the diagnosis is highly challenging in the context of auto-immune disease. We report here a case of high-dose methylprednisolone (MP)-induced acute hepatitis confirmed by liver histology in a patient with multiple sclerosis (MS) and a case series (n=4) notified to the French Pharmacovigilance center of Lyon. In all 5 cases, other common causes of hepatitis were excluded. The causal relationship with MP pulse therapy was supported by the fact that MP was the only culprit drug...
April 21, 2017: Clinics and Research in Hepatology and Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438436/effects-of-dextran-sulfate-sodium-induced-experimental-colitis-on-cytochrome-p450-activity-in-rat-liver-kidney-and-intestine
#11
Nan Hu, Yanjuan Huang, Xuejiao Gao, Sai Li, Zhixiang Yan, Bin Wei, Ru Yan
Dextran sulfate sodium (DSS) induced experimental colitis presents a histologic resemblance to human ulcerative colitis (UC). Altered cytochrome P450s (CYPs) have been reported in this model and patients with UC. In this study, six CYPs activities were quantitatively determined in microsomes of liver (RLMs), kidney (RRMs) and intestine (RIMs) from rats with colitis at acute (5% DSS for 7 days, UCA) and remission (7-day DSS treatment followed by 7-day cessation, UCR) phases and compared with normal rats. Generally, CYPs activities varied with isoform, organ, and disease status...
April 21, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438176/the-pink1-p-i368n-mutation-affects-protein-stability-and-ubiquitin-kinase-activity
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Maya Ando, Fabienne C Fiesel, Roman Hudec, Thomas R Caulfield, Kotaro Ogaki, Paulina Górka-Skoczylas, Dariusz Koziorowski, Andrzej Friedman, Li Chen, Valina L Dawson, Ted M Dawson, Guojun Bu, Owen A Ross, Zbigniew K Wszolek, Wolfdieter Springer
BACKGROUND: Mutations in PINK1 and PARKIN are the most common causes of recessive early-onset Parkinson's disease (EOPD). Together, the mitochondrial ubiquitin (Ub) kinase PINK1 and the cytosolic E3 Ub ligase PARKIN direct a complex regulated, sequential mitochondrial quality control. Thereby, damaged mitochondria are identified and targeted to degradation in order to prevent their accumulation and eventually cell death. Homozygous or compound heterozygous loss of either gene function disrupts this protective pathway, though at different steps and by distinct mechanisms...
April 24, 2017: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437887/influence-of-sinomenine-upon-mesenchymal-stem-cells-in-osteoclastogenesis
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Biao Zhou, Xiaolong Lu, Zhi Tang, Dan Liu, Youliang Zhou, Peng Zeng, Hui Xiong
With the advent of aging, the morbidity rates of such diseases as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoporosis has witnessed a significant increase. As a common rattan drug, sinomenine (SIN) has been widely applied for the treatment of various arthritic diseases in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) clinics. Given that SIN has been reported to inhibit the expression of Prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) in several types of cells, in this study, the influence of SIN treatment on PGE2 expression in mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), thereby changing the osteoprotegerin (OPG) receptor/activator for the nuclear factor-κ B ligand (RANKL) ratio, was investigated...
April 19, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437805/anti-inflammatory-antipyretic-and-antinociceptive-effects-of-a-cressa-cretica-aqueous-extract
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Heba Mohammed Ibrahim Abdallah, Abdelsamed Ibrahim Elshamy, Abd El-Nasser Gaber El Gendy, Ahmed Mohamed Abd El-Gawad, Elsayed Abouelfotowh Omer, Marinella De Leo, Luisa Pistelli
Cressa cretica is a widely grown halophytic plant traditionally used for the treatment of different ailments. Previous investigations reported its biological activity on a wide spectrum of diseases. In this study, in vivo antinociceptive, anti-inflammatory, and antipyretic activities of C. cretica aqueous extract whole plant were evaluated. In addition, the total polyphenol content, the total flavonoid content, and the chemical characterization of the extract were performed. C. cretica showed writhing inhibition in acetic acid-induced peripheral nociception of 43 and 48 % at doses of 50 and 100 mg/kg, respectively...
April 24, 2017: Planta Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437586/pathogenesis-of-vascular-leak-in-dengue-virus-infection
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Gathsaurie Neelika Malavige, Graham S Ogg
Endothelial dysfunction leading to vascular leak is the hallmark of severe dengue. Vascular leak typically becomes clinically evident during 3-6 days since the onset of illness, which is known as the critical phase. This critical phase follows the period of peak viraemia, and lasts for 24 to 48 hours and usually shows rapid and complete reversal, suggesting it is likely to occur as a result of inflammatory mediators, rather than infection of the endothelium. Cytokines such as TNFα, which are known to be elevated in the critical phase of dengue, are likely to be contributing factors...
April 24, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437319/quality-of-antiepileptic-treatment-among-older-medicare-beneficiaries-with-epilepsy-a-retrospective-claims-data-analysis
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Maria Pisu, Joshua Richman, Kendra Piper, Roy Martin, Ellen Funkhouser, Chen Dai, Lucia Juarez, Jerzy P Szaflarski, Edward Faught
BACKGROUND: Enzyme-inducing antiepileptic drugs (EI-AEDs) are not recommended for older adults with epilepsy. Quality Indicator for Epilepsy Treatment 9 (QUIET-9) states that new patients should not receive EI-AEDs as first line of treatment. In light of reported racial/ethnic disparities in epilepsy care, we investigated EI-AED use and QUIET-9 concordance across major racial/ethnic groups of Medicare beneficiaries. RESEARCH DESIGN: Retrospective analyses of 2008-2010 Medicare claims for a 5% random sample of beneficiaries 67 years old and above in 2009 augmented for minority representation...
April 21, 2017: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437016/electromechanical-nanogenerator-cell-interaction-modulates-cell-activity
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Gonzalo Murillo, Andreu Blanquer, Carolina Vargas-Estevez, Lleonard Barrios, Elena Ibáñez, Carme Nogués, Jaume Esteve
Noninvasive methods for in situ electrical stimulation of human cells open new frontiers to future bioelectronic therapies, where controlled electrical impulses could replace the use of chemical drugs for disease treatment. Here, this study demonstrates that the interaction of living cells with piezoelectric nanogenerators (NGs) induces a local electric field that self-stimulates and modulates their cell activity, without applying an additional chemical or physical external stimulation. When cells are cultured on top of the NGs, based on 2D ZnO nanosheets, the electromechanical NG-cell interactions stimulate the motility of macrophages and trigger the opening of ion channels present in the plasma membrane of osteoblast-like cells (Saos-2) inducing intracellular calcium transients...
April 24, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436446/opioid-self-administration-is-attenuated-by-early-life-experience-and-gene-therapy-for-anti-inflammatory-il-10-in-the-nucleus-accumbens-of-male-rats
#18
Michael J Lacagnina, Ashley M Kopec, Stewart S Cox, Richa Hanamsagar, Corinne Wells, Susan Slade, Peter M Grace, Linda R Watkins, Edward D Levin, Staci D Bilbo
Early-life conditions can contribute to the propensity for developing neuropsychiatric disease, including substance abuse disorders. However, the long-lasting mechanisms that shape risk or resilience for drug addiction remain unclear. Previous work has shown that a neonatal handling procedure in rats (which promotes enriched maternal care) attenuates morphine conditioning, reduces morphine-induced glial activation, and increases microglial expression of the anti-inflammatory cytokine interleukin-10 (IL-10)...
April 24, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436443/curcumol-allosterically-modulates-gaba-a-receptors-in-a-manner-distinct-from-benzodiazepines
#19
Yan-Mei Liu, Hui-Ran Fan, Jing Ding, Chen Huang, Shining Deng, Tailin Zhu, Tian-Le Xu, Wei-Hong Ge, Wei-Guang Li, Fei Li
Inhibitory A type γ-aminobutyric acid receptors (GABAARs) play a pivotal role in orchestrating various brain functions and represent an important molecular target in neurological and psychiatric diseases, necessitating the need for the discovery and development of novel modulators. Here, we show that a natural compound curcumol, acts as an allosteric enhancer of GABAARs in a manner distinct from benzodiazepines. Curcumol markedly facilitated GABA-activated currents and shifted the GABA concentration-response curve to the left in cultured hippocampal neurons...
April 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435679/targeting-the-pro-inflammatory-factor-ccl2-mcp-1-with-bindarit-for-influenza-a-h7n9-treatment
#20
Stefan Wolf, Scott Johnson, Olivia Perwitasari, Suresh Mahalingam, Ralph A Tripp
Influenza A viruses are important human and animal pathogens. Seasonal influenza viruses cause infections every year, and occasionally zoonotic viruses emerge to cause pandemics with significantly higher morbidity and mortality rates. Three cases of laboratory confirmed human infection with avian influenza A (H7N9) virus were reported in 2013, and there have been several cases reported across South East Asia, and recently in North America. Most patients experience severe respiratory illness, with mortality rates approaching 40%...
March 2017: Clinical & Translational Immunology
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