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Nawel Haïli, Julien Louap, Michel Canonge, Franjo Jagic, Christelle Louis-Mondésir, Thierry Chardot, Pierre Briozzo
The membrane proteins acyl-CoA:diacylglycerol acyltransferases (DGAT) are essential actors for triglycerides (TG) biosynthesis in eukaryotic organisms. Microbial production of TG is of interest for producing biofuel and value-added novel oils. In the oleaginous yeast Yarrowia lipolytica, Dga1p enzyme from the DGAT2 family plays a major role in TG biosynthesis. Producing recombinant DGAT enzymes pure and catalytically active is difficult, hampering their detailed functional characterization. In this report, we expressed in Escherichia coli and purified two soluble and active forms of Y...
2016: PloS One
Alena Vanduchova, Veronika Tomankova, Pavel Anzenbacher, Eva Anzenbacherova
The influence of metabolites of sulforaphane, natural compounds present in broccoli (Brassica oleracea var. botrytis italica) and in other cruciferous vegetables, on drug-metabolizing cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes in human liver microsomes and possible entry of sulforaphane into human hepatic cells were investigated. Metabolites studied are compounds derived from sulforaphane by the mercapturic acid pathway (conjugation with glutathione and by following reactions), namely sulforaphane glutathione and sulforaphane cysteine conjugates and sulforaphane-N-acetylcysteine...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Medicinal Food
Brian F Kiesel, Robert A Parise, Jianxia Guo, Donna M Huryn, Paul A Johnston, Raffaele Colombo, Malabika Sen, Jennifer R Grandis, Jan H Beumer, Julie L Eiseman
PURPOSE: The oncogenic transcription factor signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) promotes gene transcription involved in cancer, and its activation by IL-6 is found in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. Four triazolothiadizine STAT3 pathway inhibitors were evaluated to prioritize a single compound for in vivo examination. METHODS: Metabolic stability in mouse liver microsome incubation was used to evaluate four triazolothiadizine analogues, and UPCDC-10205 was administered to mice IV as single or multiple doses to evaluate toxicity...
October 24, 2016: Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology
Zoe Daniel, Angelina Swali, Richard Emes, Simon C Langley-Evans
BACKGROUND: Fetal exposure to a maternal low protein diet during rat pregnancy is associated with hypertension, renal dysfunction and metabolic disturbance in adult life. These effects are present when dietary manipulations target only the first half of pregnancy. It was hypothesised that early gestation protein restriction would impact upon placental gene expression and that this may give clues to the mechanism which links maternal diet to later consequences. METHODS: Pregnant rats were fed control or a low protein diet from conception to day 13 gestation...
2016: Genes & Nutrition
Zhi-Xia Qiu, Wen-Chao Gao, Yu Dai, Su-Feng Zhou, Jie Zhao, Yang Lu, Xi-Jing Chen, Ning Li
Previously we have found vicagrel, a new acetate derivative of clopidogrel, underwent hydrolysis to 2-oxo-clopidogrel and subsequent conversions to its pharmacological active metabolite (AM) and inactive carboxylic acid metabolite (CAM). This study demonstrated the interspecies differences of the vicagrel bioactivation by comparing the critical vicagrel metabolites formation in rats, dogs and human. The pharmacokinetic studies with rats and dogs were conducted after intragastric administration of vicagrel, followed by in vitro metabolism investigation in venous system, intestinal/hepatic microsomes from rats, dogs and human...
2016: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Beth Williamson, Claire Wilson, Gayle Dagnell, Robert J Riley
INTRODUCTION: Prediction of human pharmacokinetics from in vitro assays and pre-clinical data is an integral part of drug discovery. In vitro stability metabolic studies can provide an estimate of in vivo hepatic intrinsic clearance through inclusion of biological scaling factors. Many labs have personalised stability protocols including marker compounds and have adopted QC criteria and assay limits to ensure data integrity. Contract research organisations (CRO's) provide integrated drug discovery support to academic and pharmaceutical/biotechnology institutions to progress their in-house projects...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods
Lin-Hu Ye, Ling-Ti Kong, Ming-Zhu Yan, Fang-Rui Cao, Li-Sha Wang, Yong-Hong Liao, Rui-Le Pan, Qi Chang
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: The Chinese herbal medicine He-Ye, the leaves of the lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) plant, is traditionally used in China for the treatment of sunstroke, thirst, diarrhea, and fever. Currently, the leaf is used not only as an herbal tea to reduce lipid level and control body weight, but also as a major ingredient in some lipid-lowering Chinese patented medicines. Our previous study demonstrated that the alkaloid fraction (AF) of the herb has a strong inhibitory effect on CYP2D6 isoenzyme activity in vitro...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
S Zappavigna, M Scuotto, A M Cossu, D Ingrosso, M De Rosa, C Schiraldi, R Filosa, M Caraglia
BACKGROUND: Embelin is a potent dual inhibitor of 5-lipoxigenase (5-LOX) and microsomal prostaglandin E2 synthase (mPGES)-1 that suppresses proliferation of human glioma cells and induces apoptosis by inhibiting XIAP and NF-κB signaling pathway. Synthetic structural modification yielded the derivative 3-((decahydronaphthalen-6-yl)methyl)-2,5-dihydroxycyclohexa-2,5-diene-1,4-dione (RF-Id), an embelin constrained analogue, with improved efficiency against 5-LOX in human neutrophils and anti-inflammatory activity in vivo...
October 22, 2016: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
Marilia N Siebert, Jacó J Mattos, Clei E Piazza, Daína de Lima, Carlos Henrique A M Gomes, Cláudio M R de Melo, Afonso C D Bainy
Cytochrome P450 family 1 (CYP1) is involved in polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) biotransformation. PAHs can induce CYP1 protein expression and enzyme activity, the latter being usually quantified as 7-ethoxyresorufin O-deethylase activity (EROD). The aim of this study was to characterize EROD activity in the bivalve mollusk Crassostrea brasiliana. EROD activity was evaluated in cytosolic and microsomal fractions of gills, digestive gland and mantle of C. brasiliana. No EROD activity was detected in mantle, but it was present in microsomal fraction of gills and digestive gland with NADPH as coenzyme...
October 18, 2016: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part B, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Jiaming Chen, Ying Peng, Jiang Zheng
Saracatinib, is a highly selective Src kinase inhibitor against all Src kinase family members and has demonstrated anti-cancer effects in preclinical models. Unfortunately, it has shown multiple adverse effects during its clinical trials, along with time-dependent inhibition of P450 enzymes. The major objective of this study was to identify reactive metabolites of saracatinib in vitro and in vivo. Four oxidative metabolites (M1-M4) were detected in rat and human liver microsomal incubation systems after exposure to saracatinib...
October 21, 2016: Chemical Research in Toxicology
Kaitlin Mock, Sundus Lateef, Vagner A Benedito, Janet C Tou
High-fructose corn syrup-55 (HFCS-55) has been suggested to be more lipogenic than sucrose, which increases the risk for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and dyslipidemia. The study objectives were to determine the effects of drinking different sugar-sweetened solutions on hepatic gene expression in relation to liver fatty acid composition and risk of NAFLD. Female rats were randomly assigned (n=7 rats/group) to drink water or water sweetened with 13% (w/v) HFCS-55, sucrose or fructose for 8 weeks. Rats drinking HFCS-55 solution had the highest (P=...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
Chantal Cossette, Shishir Chourey, Qiuji Ye, Chintam Nagendra Reddy, Vivek Gore, Sylvie Gravel, Irina Slobodchikova, Dajana Vuckovic, Joshua Rokach, William S Powell
The potent eosinophil chemoattractant 5-oxo-6,8,11,14-eicosatetraenoic acid (5-oxo-ETE) is a 5-lipoxygenase product that acts via the selective OXE receptor, which is present in many species, but not rodents. We previously reported that the indole 230 is a potent human OXE receptor antagonist. The objective of the present study was to determine whether the monkey would be a suitable animal model to investigate its pharmaceutical potential. We found that monkey leukocytes synthesize and respond to 5-oxo-ETE, and that 230 is a potent antagonist of the OXE receptor in monkey eosinophils...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Muhammad Rafehi, Joachim C Burbiel, Isaac Y Attah, Aliaa Abdelrahman, Christa E Müller
The Gq protein-coupled, ATP- and UTP-activated P2Y2 receptor is a potential drug target for a range of different disorders, including tumor metastasis, inflammation, atherosclerosis, kidney disorders, and osteoporosis, but pharmacological studies are impeded by the limited availability of suitable antagonists. One of the most potent and selective antagonists is the thiouracil derivative AR-C118925. However, this compound was until recently not commercially available and little is known about its properties...
October 20, 2016: Purinergic Signalling
Edson Hideaki Yoshida, Natália Tribuiani, Giovana Sabadim, Débora Antunes Neto Moreno, Eliana Aparecida Varanda, Yoko Oshima-Franco
Purpose: Betulin is a pentacyclic triterpene found in the outer barks of innumerous plants. This secondary metabolite is easily isolated from plants with the major interest in converting it to betulinic acid, which pharmacological properties were much more exploited than betulin. But, investments in the own betulin have been grown since no chemical step is necessary. In this study we focused the precursor betulin in order to evaluate its mutagenicity by Salmonella/microsome assay (Ames test). Methods: The Ames test was carried out using a commercial betulin exposed to Salmonella typhimurium strains TA98, TA100, TA102, and TA97a, in experiments with (+S9) and without (-S9) metabolic activation...
September 2016: Advanced Pharmaceutical Bulletin
Matías Hernández, Susana Wicz, Ricardo S Corral
BACKGROUND: Diverse cardiovascular signaling routes have been considered critical for Chagas cardiomyopathy caused by the protozoan parasite Trypanosoma cruzi. Along this line, T. cruzi infection and endothelin-1 (ET-1) have been shown to cooperatively activate the Ca(2+)/NFAT cascade in cardiomyocytes, leading to cyclooxygenase type 2 (COX-2) induction and increased release of prostanoids and prohypertrophic peptides. PURPOSE: To determine whether the well-known cardioprotective and anti-inflammatory effects of curcumin (Cur) could be helpful to interfere with this key machinery for pathogenesis of Chagas myocarditis...
November 15, 2016: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
Adnan A Kadi, Hany W Darwish, Mohamed W Attwa, Sawsan M Amer
In the current work, a rapid, specific, sensitive and validated liquid chromatography tandem mass-spectrometric method was developed for the quantification of ponatinib (PNT) in human plasma and rat liver microsomes (RLMs) with its application to metabolic stability. Chromatographic separation of PNT and vandetanib (IS) were accomplished on Agilent eclipse plus C18 analytical column (50 mm × 2.1 mm, 1.8 μm particle size) maintained at 21±2°C. Flow rate was 0.25 mLmin-1 with run time of 4 min. Mobile phase consisted of solvent A (10 mM ammonium formate, pH adjusted to 4...
2016: PloS One
Lesley K Rao, Alicia M Flaker, Christina C Friedel, Evan D Kharasch
BACKGROUND: At therapeutic concentrations, cytochrome P4502B6 (CYP2B6) is the major P450 isoform catalyzing hepatic ketamine N-demethylation to norketamine in vitro. The CYP2B6 gene is highly polymorphic. The most common variant allele, CYP2B6*6, is associated with diminished hepatic CYP2B6 expression and catalytic activity compared with wild-type CYP2B6*1/*1. CYP2B6.6, the protein encoded by the CYP2B6*6 allele, and liver microsomes from CYP2B6*6 carriers had diminished ketamine metabolism in vitro...
October 20, 2016: Anesthesiology
Bera Rammohan, Karmakar Samit, Das Chinmoy, Saha Arup, Kundu Amit, Sarkar Ratul, Karmakar Sanmoy, Adhikari Dipan, Sen Tuhinadri
BACKGROUND: Traditionally GS is used to treat diabetes mellitus. Drug-herb interaction of GS via cytochrome P450 enzyme system by substrate cocktail method using HLM has not been reported. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the in-vitro modulatory effects of GS extracts (aqueous, methanol, ethyl acetate, chloroform and n-hexane) and deacylgymnemic acid (DGA) on human CYP1A2, 2C8, 2C9, 2D6 and 3A4 activities in HLM. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Probe substrate-based LCMS/MS method was established for all CYPs...
July 2016: Pharmacognosy Magazine
Joan Raouf, Fariborz Mobarrez, Karin Larsson, Per-Johan Jakobsson, Marina Korotkova
Microsomal prostaglandin E2 synthase-1 (mPGES-1) constitutes an essential player of inflammation and is involved in the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Platelets participate in the regulation of inflammatory processes by the release of pro-inflammatory mediators and platelet-derived microparticles (PMPs). However, the role of the inducible mPGES-1/PGE2 pathway on platelet functions has not been investigated. Here we report a significant impact of mPGES-1 on platelet functions during inflammation...
October 7, 2016: Clinical Science (1979-)
Vicente Andreu-Fernandez, Maria J García-Murria, Manuel Bañó-Polo, Juliette Martin, Luca Monticelli, Mar Orzáez, Ismael Mingarro
Changes in the equilibrium of pro- and anti-apoptotic members of the B-cell lymphoma-2 (Bcl-2) protein family in the mitochondrial outer membrane (MOM) induce structural changes that commit cells to apoptosis. Bcl-2 homology-3 (BH3)-only proteins participate in this process by either activating pro-apoptotic effectors or inhibiting anti-apoptotic components and by promoting MOM permeabilization. The association of BH3-only proteins with MOMs is necessary for the activation and amplification of death signals; however, the nature of this association remains controversial, as these proteins lack a canonical transmembrane sequence...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
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