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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645092/examining-effectiveness-of-tailorable-computer-assisted-therapy-programmes-for-substance-misuse-programme-usage-and-clinical-outcomes-data-from-breaking-free-online
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Sarah Elison, Andrew Jones, Jonathan Ward, Glyn Davies, Stephanie Dugdale
RATIONALE: When evaluating complex, tailorable digital behavioural interventions, additional approaches may be required alongside established methodologies such as randomised controlled trials (RCTs). Research evaluating a computer-assisted therapy (CAT) programme for substance misuse, Breaking Free Online (BFO), is informed by Medical Research Council (MRC) guidance recommending examination of 'mechanisms of action' of individual intervention strategies, which is relevant when evaluating digital interventions with content that may evolve over time...
May 23, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645005/application-of-stem-cell-derived-neuronal-cells-to-evaluate-neurotoxic-chemotherapy
#2
Claudia Wing, Masaaki Komatsu, Shannon M Delaney, Matthew Krause, Heather E Wheeler, M Eileen Dolan
The generation of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) and differentiation to cells composing major organs has opened up the possibility for a new model system to study adverse toxicities associated with chemotherapy. Therefore, we used human iPSC-derived neurons to study peripheral neuropathy, one of the most common adverse effects of chemotherapy and cause for dose reduction. To determine the utility of these neurons in investigating the effects of neurotoxic chemotherapy, we measured morphological differences in neurite outgrowth, cell viability as determined by ATP levels and apoptosis through measures of caspase 3/7 activation following treatment with clinically relevant concentrations of platinating agents (cisplatin, oxaliplatin and carboplatin), taxanes (paclitaxel, docetaxel and nab-paclitaxel), a targeted proteasome inhibitor (bortezomib), an antiangiogenic compound (thalidomide), and 5-fluorouracil, a chemotherapeutic that does not cause neuropathy...
June 15, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644886/complex-i-inhibition-augments-dichloroacetate-cytotoxicity-through-enhancing-oxidative-stress-in-vm-m3-glioblastoma-cells
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Nathan P Ward, Angela M Poff, Andrew P Koutnik, Dominic P D'Agostino
The robust glycolytic metabolism of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) has proven them susceptible to increases in oxidative metabolism induced by the pyruvate mimetic dichloroacetate (DCA). Recent reports demonstrate that the anti-diabetic drug metformin enhances the damaging oxidative stress associated with DCA treatment in cancer cells. We sought to elucidate the role of metformin's reported activity as a mitochondrial complex I inhibitor in the enhancement of DCA cytotoxicity in VM-M3 GBM cells. Metformin potentiated DCA-induced superoxide production, which was required for enhanced cytotoxicity towards VM-M3 cells observed with the combination...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644761/effectiveness-of-satir-informed-family-therapy-on-the-codependency-of-drug-dependents-family-members-in-iran-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Fatemeh Karimi Ahmad-Abadi, Masoomeh Maarefvand, Hakimeh Aghaei, Samaneh Hosseinzadeh, Mahboubeh Abbasi, Jagdish Khubchandani
PURPOSE: Social workers in substance abuse treatment settings are responsible for involving families in treatment program to improve family functioning. The effectiveness of available interventions in treating codependency of family members of drug users in Iran is not well explored. We evaluated the effectiveness of the Satir communication family therapy (CFT) in healing codependency of drug dependents' family members in Tehran, Iran. METHODS: The intervention group participants (n = 27) received a seven-session social work intervention with CFT approach and the control group (n = 26) received treatment as usual...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Evidence-informed Social Work
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644704/numerical-analysis-of-time-dependent-inhibition-kinetics-comparison-between-rat-liver-microsomes-and-rat-hepatocyte-data-for-mechanistic-model-fitting
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Chuong Pham, Swati Nagar, Ken Korzekwa
Time dependent inhibition (TDI) may confound drug interaction predictions. Recently, models were generated for an array of TDI kinetic schemes using numerical analysis of microsomal assays. Additionally, a distinct terminal inactivation step was identified for certain mechanism based inhibitors (MBI) following reversible metabolite intermediate complex (MIC) formation. Longer hepatocyte incubations potentially allow analysis of slow TDI and terminal inactivation. In the experiments presented here, we compared the quality of TDI parameterization by numerical analysis between hepatocyte and microsomal data...
June 23, 2017: Xenobiotica; the Fate of Foreign Compounds in Biological Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644085/pharmacokinetics-of-a-sustained-release-formulation-of-buprenorphine-after-intramuscular-and-subcutaneous-administration-to-american-kestrels-falco-sparverius
#6
David Sanchez-Migallon Guzman, Heather K Knych, Glenn H Olsen, Joanne R Paul-Murphy
Previous studies have validated the clinical use of opioids with μ-receptor affinities for pain management in raptors. Buprenorphine appears to have a longer duration of action and minimal adverse effects when compared to other opioids in American kestrels ( Falco sparverius ). To determine the pharmacokinetics of a sustained release formulation of buprenorphine in kestrels, we administered a commercially available product (Buprenorphine SR-LAB; Wildlife Pharmaceuticals, Windsor, CO, USA) intramuscularly and subcutaneously to adult kestrels in a partial-crossover experimental design study...
June 2017: Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643758/effects-of-ef-24-rad001-and-paclitaxel-on-the-expression-profiles-of-apoptotic-and-anti-apoptotic-genes
#7
Ebru Alp, Akin Yilmaz, Hacer Ilke Onen, Emine Sevda Menevse
CONTEXT: Cancer cells exert differential responses to chemotherapeutics and inhibitors. To the best of our knowledge, a few or no research has been performed until now to determine the effect of EF-24 and RAD001 on MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells with regard to mRNA expression of apoptotic and anti-apoptotic genes. AIMS: In this study, we aimed to investigate the mRNA expression levels of apoptotic (caspase 2 [CASP2], CASP8, and CASP9) and anti-apoptotic (B-cell lymphoma 2 [BCL2] and BCL2-like protein 1 [BCL2L1]) genes after exposure to paclitaxel, EF-24, and RAD001 in MDA-MB-231 cells...
April 2017: Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643392/retroviruses-and-microtubule-associated-motor-proteins
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REVIEW
Gloria Arriagada
Retroviruses are obligate intracellular parasites of eukaryotic cells. After reverse transcription, the viral DNA contained in the preintegration complex (PIC) is delivered to the nucleus of the host cell, where it integrates. Before reaching the nucleus, the incoming particle and the PIC must travel throughout the cytoplasm. Likewise the newly synthesized viral proteins and viral particles must transit the cytoplasm during exit. The cytoplasm is a crowded environment and simple diffusion is difficult. Therefore, viruses have evolved to utilize the cellular mechanisms of movement through the cytoplasm, where microtubules are the roads, and the ATP dependent motors dynein and kinesin are the vehicles for retrograde and anterograde trafficking...
June 22, 2017: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643165/molecularly-targeted-therapies-for-p53-mutant-cancers
#9
REVIEW
Dekuang Zhao, William M Tahaney, Abhijit Mazumdar, Michelle I Savage, Powel H Brown
The tumor suppressor p53 is lost or mutated in approximately half of human cancers. Mutant p53 not only loses its anti-tumor transcriptional activity, but also often acquires oncogenic functions to promote tumor proliferation, invasion, and drug resistance. Traditional strategies have been taken to directly target p53 mutants through identifying small molecular compounds to deplete mutant p53, or to restore its tumor suppressive function. Accumulating evidence suggest that cancer cells with mutated p53 often exhibit specific functional dependencies on secondary genes or pathways to survive, providing alternative targets to indirectly treat p53-mutant cancers...
June 22, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643139/cysteamine-revisited-repair-of-arginine-to-cysteine-mutations
#10
REVIEW
L Gallego-Villar, L Hannibal, J Häberle, B Thöny, T Ben-Omran, G K Nasrallah, Al-N Dewik, W D Kruger, H J Blom
Cysteamine is a small aminothiol endogenously derived from coenzyme A degradation. For some decades, synthetic cysteamine has been employed for the treatment of cystinosis, and new uses of the drug continue to emerge. In this review, we discuss the role of cysteamine in cellular and extracellular homeostasis and focus on the potential use of aminothiols to reconstitute the function of proteins harboring arginine (Arg) to cysteine (Cys) mutations, via repair of the Cys residue into a moiety that introduces an amino group, as seen in basic amino acid residues Lys and Arg...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643108/integrated-tk-td-modeling-for-drug-induced-concurrent-tachycardia-and-qt-changes-in-beagle-dogs
#11
Fan Wu, Tycho Heimbach, Panos Hatsis, Hai-Ming Tang, Raviprakash Dugyala, Qin Yue, Tao Wang, Handan He
Drug-induced cardiotoxicity, including tachycardia and QT prolongation, remains a major safety concern that needs to be identified and its risk mitigated in early stages of drug development. In the present study, an integrated toxicokinetic-toxicodynamic (TK-TD) modeling approach within a nonlinear mixed-effect modeling framework is applied to investigate concurrent abnormal heart rate and QT changes in three beagle dogs, using a Novartis internal compound (NVS001) as the case example. By accounting for saturable drug absorption, circadian rhythms, drug-effect tolerance, and nonlinear rate-dependency of QT interval, the dynamic TK-TD model captures the experimentally observed drug effects on heart rate and QT interval across a wide dosing range of NVS001 in beagle dogs...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643022/androgen-receptor-expression-and-breast-cancer-mortality-in-a-population-based-prospective-cohort
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Karin Elebro, Pär-Ola Bendahl, Helena Jernström, Signe Borgquist
PURPOSE: The increase in clinical trials with androgen receptor (AR)-targeting drugs emphasizes the need of clarifying the role of AR expression in different breast cancer subtypes. AR confers good prognosis in estrogen receptor positive (ER+) breast cancer, but its role in ER-negative (ER-) breast cancer is unclear. The aim of this study was to elaborate on previous findings of a differential prognostic role for AR depending on ER status, using breast cancer mortality (BCM) as endpoint, in a population-based cohort from the Malmö Diet and Cancer Study...
June 22, 2017: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642632/mcl-plays-an-anti-inflammatory-role-in-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-induced-immune-response-by-inhibiting-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-nlrp3-inflammasome-activation
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Qingwen Zhang, Xinru Jiang, Weigang He, Kailin Wei, Jinxia Sun, Xiangyang Qin, Yuejuan Zheng, Xin Jiang
Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) remains a significant menace to global health as it induces granulomatous lung lesions and systemic inflammatory responses during active tuberculosis (TB). Micheliolide (MCL), a sesquiterpene lactone, was recently reported to have a function of relieving LPS-induced inflammatory response, but the regulative role of MCL on the immunopathology of TB still remains unknown. In this experiment, we examined the inhibitory effect of MCL on Mtb-induced inflammatory response in mouse macrophage-like cell line Raw264...
2017: Mediators of Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642232/a-single-amino-acid-residue-at-transmembrane-domain-4-of-the-alpha-subunit-influences-carisoprodol-direct-gating-efficacy-at-gabaa-receptors
#14
Manoj Kumar, Manish Kumar, John Freund, Glenn H Dillon
The muscle relaxant carisoprodol (CSP, trade name Soma) has recently been controlled at the federal level as a Schedule IV drug due to its high abuse potential and consequences of misuse, such as withdrawal syndrome, delusions, seizures and even death. Recent work has shown that carisoprodol can directly gate and allosterically modulate the GABAA receptor. These actions are subunit-dependent; compared to other GABAA receptors, carisoprodol has nominal direct gating effects in α3β2γ2receptors. Here, using site-directed-mutagenesis and whole cell patch clamp electrophysiology in transiently transfected HEK293 cells, we examined the role of GABAA receptor α subunit transmembrane domain 4 (TM4) amino acids in direct gating and allosteric modulatory actions of carisoprodol...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642210/rationale-and-design-for-a-randomized-comparison-of-efficacy-and-safety-between-aspirin-and-clopidogrel-in-atrial-fibrillation-patients-with-low-stroke-risk-cesac-af-trial
#15
Sang Min Park, Haemin Jeong, Mi-Hyang Jung, Kyung Soon Hong, Myeong-Ki Hong, Chang Seok Bang, Christopher Y Kim
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) increases the risk of thromboembolic stroke. An oral anticoagulant should be administrated to prevent stroke in patients with moderate stroke risk (ie, CHA2DS2-VASc score>2). If the stroke risk is low (i.e. the score=1), however, antiplatelet agent such as aspirin is widely used. Aspirin can cause peptic ulcer disease (PUD) while its alternative, clopidogrel, theoretically does not. OBJECTIVE: To elucidate the efficacy and safety between aspirin and clopidogrel, a multicenter randomized controlled trial was designed in AF patients with low stroke risk...
June 19, 2017: Contemporary Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642068/chloramphenicol-decreases-cb1-receptor-expression-in-the-nucleus-accumbens-and-prefrontal-cortex-and-prevents-amphetamine-induced-conditioned-place-preference-in-rats
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Octavio Amancio-Belmont, Diego Pérez-Vázquez, Alejandra E Ruiz-Contreras, Miguel Pérez de la Mora, Pavel E Rueda-Orozco, Mónica Méndez-Díaz, Oscar E Prospero-Garcia
Drug dependence seems to involve a learning and memory process. Since learning and memory depend on protein synthesis, drug dependence may depend on protein synthesis, too. Drug-induced reward is a crucial effect for the development of drug-dependence. We used chloramphenicol (CAP, a protein synthesis inhibitor), to evaluate its effects on amphetamine (amph)-seeking behavior, on CB1R expression and on protein synthesis in general, in specific areas of the brain. Two groups of Wistar adult male rats were subjected to amph-induced conditioned place preference (CPP)...
June 19, 2017: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642041/interaction-of-polyhedral-oligomeric-silsesquioxanes-and-dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine-at-the-air-water-interface-thermodynamic-and-rheological-study
#17
M Skrzypiec, G As Georgiev, M Rojewska, K Prochaska
Polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes (POSS) derivatives containing open silsesquioxane cage bear great potential for biomedical applications and therefore their lateral interactions with phospholipids, major biomembranes and drug vehicles constituent, should be studied in detail. That is why the properties of surface films by two POSS-derivatives, POSS-polyethylene glycol (POSS-PEG) and POSS-perfluoroalkyl (POSS-OFP), pure and in presence of 1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycerol-3-phosphocholine (DPPC) were studied using Langmuir surface balance...
June 19, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642036/transcription-factor-decoy-technology-a-therapeutic-update
#18
REVIEW
Markus Hecker, Andreas H Wagner
Targeting transcription factors represents one possibility to interfere with a known activated regulatory pathway that promotes disease. Double-stranded transcription factor decoy (TFD) oligodeoxynucleotides (ODN) are therapeutic drug candidates, which are able to specifically target and neutralize key transcription factors involved in the pathogenesis of a given disease. These short double-stranded TFD molecules mimic the consensus DNA binding site of a specific transcription factor in the promoter region of its target genes...
June 19, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642033/atg4b-inhibitors-with-a-benzotropolone-core-structure-block-autophagy-and-augment-efficiency-of-chemotherapy-in-mice
#19
Ammar Kurdi, Matthias Cleenewerck, Christel Vangestel, Sophie Lyssens, Wim Declercq, Jean-Pierre Timmermans, Sigrid Stroobants, Koen Augustyns, Guido R Y De Meyer, Pieter Van Der Veken, Wim Martinet
Autophagy is a cell survival mechanism hijacked by advanced tumors to endure a rough microenvironment. Late autophagy inhibitors such as (hydroxy)chloroquine have been used clinically to halt tumor progression with modest success. However, given the toxic nature of these compounds and their lack of specificity, novel targets should be considered. We recently identified a benzotropolone derivative that significantly inhibited the essential autophagy protein ATG4B. Therefore, we synthesized and tested additional benzotropolone compounds to identify a promising ATG4B inhibitor that impairs autophagy both in vitro and in vivo...
June 19, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642028/discovery-of-novel-5-oxa-2-6-diazaspiro-3-4-oct-6-ene-derivatives-as-potent-selective-and-orally-available-somatostatin-receptor-subtype-5-sstr5-antagonists-for-treatment-of-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
#20
Hideki Hirose, Takeshi Yamasaki, Masaki Ogino, Ryo Mizojiri, Yumiko Tamura-Okano, Hiroaki Yashiro, Yo Muraki, Yoshihide Nakano, Jun Sugama, Akito Hata, Shinji Iwasaki, Masanori Watanabe, Tsuyoshi Maekawa, Shizuo Kasai
Somatostatin receptor subtype 5 (SSTR5) has emerged as a novel attractive drug target for type 2 diabetes mellitus. Starting from N-benzyl azetidine derivatives 1 and 2 as in-house hit compounds, we explored the introduction of a carboxyl group into the terminal benzene of 1 to enhance SSTR5 antagonistic activity by the combination of the substituents at the 3-position of the isoxazoline. Incorporation of a carboxyl group at the 4-position of the benzene ring resulted in a significant enhancement in potency, however, the 4-benzoic acid derivative 10c exhibited moderate human ether-a-go-go related gene (hERG) inhibitory activity...
June 9, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
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