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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239773/high-resolution-solid-state-nmr-spectroscopy-of-the-yersinia-pestis-outer-membrane-protein-ail-in-lipid-membranes
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Yong Yao, Samit Kumar Dutta, Sang Ho Park, Ratan Rai, L Miya Fujimoto, Andrey A Bobkov, Stanley J Opella, Francesca M Marassi
The outer membrane protein Ail (Adhesion invasion locus) is one of the most abundant proteins on the cell surface of Yersinia pestis during human infection. Its functions are expressed through interactions with a variety of human host proteins, and are essential for microbial virulence. Structures of Ail have been determined by X-ray diffraction and solution NMR spectroscopy, but those samples contained detergents that interfere with functionality, thus, precluding analysis of the structural basis for Ail's biological activity...
February 26, 2017: Journal of Biomolecular NMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239766/up-regulation-of-gbp2-is-associated-with-neuronal-apoptosis-in-rat-brain-cortex-following-traumatic-brain-injury
#2
Qi Miao, Meihong Ge, Lili Huang
Guanylate binding protein 2 (GBP2) is one member of GBP family. Recently, GBP2 has been proposed to be a novel target of anti-cancer drugs. However, the role of GBP2 in the traumatic brain injury (TBI) is very limited. In this study, we sought to define GBP2's role in brain injury. GBP2 protein levels were significantly increased in the brain 3 days after injury, suggesting a functional role for GBP2 in TBI. Neuronal cells overexpressing GBP2 exhibited up-regulation of co-location of GBP2 and NeuN following TBI, suggesting that GBP2 potentiates the neuron apoptosis...
February 27, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239160/insights-into-the-molecular-mechanisms-of-polygonum-multiflorum-thunb-induced-liver-injury-a-computational-systems-toxicology-approach
#3
Yin-Yin Wang, Jie Li, Zeng-Rui Wu, Bo Zhang, Hong-Bin Yang, Qin Wang, Ying-Chun Cai, Gui-Xia Liu, Wei-Hua Li, Yun Tang
An increasing number of cases of herb-induced liver injury (HILI) have been reported, presenting new clinical challenges. In this study, taking Polygonum multiflorum Thunb (PmT) as an example, we proposed a computational systems toxicology approach to explore the molecular mechanisms of HILI. First, the chemical components of PmT were extracted from 3 main TCM databases as well as the literature related to natural products. Then, the known targets were collected through data integration, and the potential compound-target interactions (CTIs) were predicted using our substructure-drug-target network-based inference (SDTNBI) method...
February 27, 2017: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238947/identification-of-novel-mrp3-inhibitors-based-on-computational-models-and-validation-using-an-in-vitro-membrane-vesicle-assay
#4
Izna Ali, Matthew A Welch, Yang Lu, Peter W Swaan, Kim L R Brouwer
INTRODUCTION: Multidrug resistance-associated protein 3 (MRP3), an efflux transporter on the hepatic basolateral membrane, may function as a compensatory mechanism to prevent the accumulation of anionic substrates (e.g., bile acids) in hepatocytes. Inhibition of MRP3 may disrupt bile acid homeostasis and is one hypothesized risk factor for the development of drug-induced liver injury (DILI). Therefore, identifying potential MRP3 inhibitors could help mitigate the occurrence of DILI. METHODS: Bayesian models were developed using MRP3 transporter inhibition data for 86 structurally diverse drugs...
February 23, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238946/involvement-of-pregnane-x-receptor-in-the-suppression-of-carboxylesterases-by-metformin-in-vivo-and-in-vitro-mediated-by-the-activation-of-ampk-and-jnk-signaling-pathway
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Enfang Shan, Zhu Zhu, Shuangcheng He, Dongbao Chu, Dinghao Ge, Yunran Zhan, Wei Liu, Jian Yang, Jing Xiong
Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2D) is a complex metabolic disorder requiring polypharmacy treatment in clinic, with metformin being widely used antihyperglycemic drug. However, the mechanisms of metformin as a perpetrator inducing potential drug-drug interactions and adverse drug reactions are scarcely known to date. Carboxylesterases (CESs) are major hydrolytic enzymes highly expressed in the liver, including mouse carboxylesterase 1d (Ces1d) and Ces1e. In the present study, experiments are designed to investigate the effects and mechanisms of metformin on Ces1d and Ces1e in vivo and in vitro...
February 23, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238916/antiresorptive-and-anti-angiogenetic-octacalcium-phosphate-functionalized-with-bisphosphonates-an-in-vitro-tri-culture-study
#6
Lucia Forte, Paola Torricelli, Elisa Boanini, Massimo Gazzano, Milena Fini, Adriana Bigi
: Development of new materials for the local administration of bisphosphonates (BPs) is aimed to avoid the negative side effects of prolonged systemic use of these potent drugs. In this work, we synthesized octacalcium phosphate (OCP) in the presence of two potent BPs and obtained a single crystalline phase up to a zoledronate and alendronate content of 3.5 wt% and 5.2 wt%, respectively. Both BPs provoke minor structural modifications and a reduction of the crystal dimensions of OCP, which suggests a preferential interaction of the BPs with the structure of the calcium phosphate...
February 23, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238907/carboxymethylation-of-lepidium-sativum-polyuronide-its-characterization-and-evaluation-as-a-nanometric-carrier
#7
Deepika Rani, Munish Ahuja
Carboxymethylation of Lepidium sativum polyuronide was carried out to improve its functionality. Carboxymethyl modification was accomplished by reacting it with monochloroacetic acid under alkaline conditions, which yielded a product with degree of carboxymethyl substitution of 1.75. The results of characterization studies revealed that carboxymethylation of Lepidium sativum polyuronide improves its flow property, changes compression behaviour from elastic to plastic, diminishes its viscosity and swelling, and increases its crystallinity...
February 23, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238899/estimation-of-the-contribution-of-cyp2c8-and-cyp3a4-in-repaglinide-metabolism-by-human-liver-microsomes-under-various-buffer-conditions
#8
Toshiyuki Kudo, Hitomi Goda, Yuki Yokosuka, Ryo Tanaka, Seina Komatsu, Kiyomi Ito
We have previously reported that the microsomal activities of CYP2C8 and CYP3A4 largely depend on the buffer condition used in in vitro metabolic studies, with different patterns observed between the two isozymes. In the present study, therefore, the possibility of buffer condition dependence of the fraction metabolized by CYP2C8 (fm2C8) for repaglinide, a dual substrate of CYP2C8 and CYP3A4, was estimated using human liver microsomes under various buffer conditions. Montelukast and ketoconazole showed a potent and concentration-dependent inhibition of CYP2C8-mediated paclitaxel 6α-hydroxylation and CYP3A4-mediated triazolam α-hydroxylation, respectively, without dependence on the buffer condition...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238898/smart-carriers-for-controlled-drug-delivery-thermosensitive-polymers-embedded-in-ordered-mesoporous-carbon
#9
Meisam V Kiamahalleh, Amir Mellati, S Amirhossein Madani, Phillip Pendleton, Hu Zhang, S Hadi Madani
An efficient drug delivery system was introduced. The carrier was synthesized by combination of an ordered mesoporous carbon (CMK3) and a thermosensitive polymer, Poly(N-isopropylacrylamide), known as PNIPAAm. The polymers with two different chain lengths (PNIPAAMm-100n and PNIPAAm 400n) were synthesized and each of the polymers was embedded in CMK3 to form composite materials. Nitrogen adsorption isotherm and scanning electron microscopy of the samples showed a uniform embedding of PNIPAAMm-100n but a non-uniform embedding of PNIPAAMm-400n...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238840/study-of-the-effect-of-ulipristal-acetate-on-human-sperm-ability-to-interact-with-tubal-tissue-and-cumulus-oocyte-complexes
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Carlos Zumoffen, Matías D Gómez-Elías, Adriana M Caille, Luis Bahamondes, Patricia S Cuasnicú, Débora J Cohen, María José Munuce
OBJECTIVE: Ulispristal acetate (UPA) is a selective progesterone receptor modulator widely used for emergency contraception (EC). The described main mechanism of action is by inhibiting or delaying ovulation; however, the postovulatory effects of the drug are still on debate. Therefore, the aim of this study was to determine whether UPA could interfere with human sperm fertilizing ability. STUDY DESIGN: Human motile spermatozoa were incubated under capacitating conditions with or without UPA, and then used to inseminate human tubal explants, mouse cumulus-oocyte complexes and zona-free hamster eggs...
February 24, 2017: Contraception
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238838/polyphenols-in-combination-with-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin-can-inhibit-and-disaggregate-%C3%AE-synuclein-amyloids-under-cell-mimicking-conditions-a-promising-therapeutic-alternative
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Saurabh Gautam, Sandip Karmakar, Radhika Batra, Pankaj Sharma, Prashant Pradhan, Jasdeep Singh, Bishwajit Kundu, Pramit K Chowdhury
Parkinson's disease is characterized by the presence of insoluble and neurotoxic aggregates (amyloid fibrils) of an intrinsically disordered protein α-synuclein. In this study we have examined the effects of four naturally occurring polyphenols in combination with β-cyclodextrin (β-CD) on the aggregation of α-synuclein in the presence of macromolecular crowding agents. Our results reveal that even at sub-stoichiometric concentrations of the individual components, the polyphenol-β-CD combination(s) not only inhibited the aggregation of the proteins but was also effective in disaggregating preformed fibrils...
February 23, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238819/alkylphospholipids-an-update-on-molecular-mechanisms-and-clinical-relevance
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REVIEW
Pablo Ríos-Marco, Carmen Marco, Xiomara Gálvez, Jose M Jiménez-López, María P Carrasco
Alkylphospholipid (APL) represent a new class of drugs which do not interact directly with DNA but act on the cell membrane where they accumulate and interfere with lipid metabolism and signalling pathways. This review summarizes the mode of action at the molecular level of these compounds. In this sense, a diversity of mechanisms has been suggested to explain the actions of clinically-relevant APLs, in particular, in cancer treatment. One consistently reported finding is that APLs reduce the biosynthesis of phosphatidylcholine (PC) by inhibiting the rate-limiting enzyme CTP:phosphocholine cytidylyltransferase (CT)...
February 23, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238727/testosterone-metabolism-of-equine-single-cyps-of-the-3a-subfamily-compared-to-the-human-cyp3a4
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S Vimercati, M Büchi, J Zielinski, N Peduto, M Mevissen
Cytochrome P450 enzymes (CYPs) are responsible for the phase I metabolism of drugs, xenobiotics and endogenous substances. Knowledge of single CYPs and their substrates is important for drug metabolism, helps to predict adverse effects and may prevent reduced drug efficacy in polypharmacy. In this study, three equine isoenzymes of the 3A subfamily, the equine flavoprotein NADPH-P450 oxidoreductase (POR), and the cytochrome b5 (CYB5) were cloned, sequenced and heterologously expressed in a baculovirus expression system...
February 23, 2017: Toxicology in Vitro: An International Journal Published in Association with BIBRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238555/prediction-of-five-year-all-cause-mortality-in-chinese-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-a-population-based-retrospective-cohort-study
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Eric Yuk Fai Wan, Daniel Yee Tak Fong, Colman Siu Cheung Fung, Esther Yee Tak Yu, Weng Yee Chin, Anca Ka Chun Chan, Cindy Lo Kuen Lam
AIMS: This study aimed to develop and validate an all-cause mortality risk prediction model for Chinese primary care patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus(T2DM) in Hong Kong. METHODS: A population-based retrospective cohort study was conducted on 132,462 Chinese patients who had received public primary care services during 2010. Each gender sample was randomly split on a 2:1 basis into derivation and validation cohorts and was followed-up for a median period of 5years...
February 2, 2017: Journal of Diabetes and its Complications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238262/a-cell-free-protein-synthesis-approach-to-biosensing-htrb-specific-endocrine-disruptors
#15
Amin S M Salehi, Miriam J Shakalli Tang, Mark Thomas Smith, Jeremy M Hunt, Robert A Law, David W Wood, Bradley Charles Bundy
Here we introduce a Rapid Adaptable Portable In-vitro Detection biosensor platform (RAPID) for detecting ligands that interact with NHRs. The RAPID platform can be adapted for field use, allowing rapid evaluation of EDC presence or absence in environmental samples, and could also be applied for drug screening. The biosensor is based on an engineered, allosterically-activated fusion protein, which contains the ligand-binding domain (LBD) from a target NHR (human thyroid receptor in this work). In vitro expression of this protein using cell-free protein synthesis (CFPS) technology in the presence of an EDC leads to activation of a reporter enzyme, reported through a straightforward colorimetric assay output...
February 26, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238223/glucose-lowering-agents-for-treating-pre-existing-and-new-onset-diabetes-in-kidney-transplant-recipients
#16
REVIEW
Clement Lo, Min Jun, Sunil V Badve, Helen Pilmore, Sarah L White, Carmel Hawley, Alan Cass, Vlado Perkovic, Sophia Zoungas
BACKGROUND: Kidney transplantation is the preferred form of kidney replacement therapy for patients with end-stage kidney disease (ESKD) and is often complicated by worsening or new-onset diabetes. Management of hyperglycaemia is important to reduce post-transplant and diabetes-related complications. The safety and efficacy of glucose-lowering agents after kidney transplantation is largely unknown. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of pharmacological interventions for lowering glucose levels in patients who have undergone kidney transplantation and have diabetes...
February 27, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238155/safety-of-herbal-medicine-use-during-chemotherapy-in-patients-with-ovarian-cancer-a-bedside-to-bench-approach
#17
Eran Ben-Arye, Ofer Lavie, Noah Samuels, Hazem Khamaisie, Elad Schiff, Orit Gressel Raz, Jamal Mahajna
In this study, we explored herbal supplements used by patients during chemotherapy and test for herb-drug interactions and response of cancer cells to treatment. Patients with gynecological cancer referred to a complementary and integrative medicine (CIM) service were asked about their use of herbal medicine during chemotherapy. The leading five clinically relevant herbs selected for cytotoxicity analysis included the following: wheatgrass (Triticum aestivum), European mistletoe (Viscum album), ginger (Zingiber officinale), Ephedra (Ephedra campylopoda), and Oriental mistletoe (Viscum cruciatum)...
April 2017: Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238145/high-accuracy-determination-of-cytotoxic-responses-from-graphene-oxide-exposure-using-imaging-flow-cytometry
#18
Sandra Vranic, Kostas Kostarelos
Graphene and other 2D materials have received increased attention in the biomedical field due to their unique properties and potential use as carriers for targeted drug delivery or in regenerative medicine. Before the exploitation of graphene-based materials in biomedicine becomes a reality, it is necessary to establish the full toxicological profile and better understand how the material interacts with cells and tissues. Because specific properties, such as flake size and surface chemistry, might determine whether graphene can achieve therapeutic efficacy without causing toxicity, it is important to develop highly accurate and reliable screening techniques to accurately assess the biocompatibility of different types of graphene-based materials...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238134/evaluating-nanoparticle-binding-to-blood-compartment-immune-cells-in-high-throughput-with-flow-cytometry
#19
Shann S Yu
Nanoparticles are increasingly being utilized for in vivo applications, where they are implemented as carriers for drugs, contrast agents for noninvasive medical imaging, or delivery vehicles for macromolecular agents such as DNA or proteins. However, they possess many physical and chemical properties that cause them to become rapidly recognized by the immune system as a foreign body, leading to their clearance and elimination, even before they may accumulate to critical concentrations at anatomic and cellular sites of action...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238102/prevalence-of-drug-interactions-in-elderly-patients-with-multimorbidity-in-primary-care
#20
Susana Sánchez-Fidalgo, Maria Isabel Guzmán-Ramos, Mercedes Galván-Banqueri, Máximo Bernabeu-Wittel, Bernardo Santos-Ramos
Background Drug interactions (DIs) are a significant cause of medication-related problems. The aging population, high chronic diseases prevalence and polypharmacy are closely associated factors. Aim of the review To study the prevalence, types and associated factors of DIs in multimorbidity patients of over 65 years of age in primary care. Methods Relevant studies on DI prevalence in this population were reviewed in PubMed, Cochrane Library and EMBASE (January 2000-December 2015). Independent variables (duration, target population, age, sex, mean of drugs and diseases, geographical localization, DI databases used and study designs) and dependent variables (prevalence, number of DIs per 100 patients and per patient, number of clinically-relevant DIs per 100 patients, most common DI and associated factors) were classified for each article...
February 25, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
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