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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822858/comparison-of-genome-engineering-using-the-crispr-cas9-system-in-c-glabrata-wild-type-and-lig4-strains
#1
Yuke Cen, Bea Timmermans, Ben Souffriau, Johan M Thevelein, Patrick Van Dijck
Candida glabrata is reported as the second most prevalent human opportunistic fungal pathogen in North America and is threatening patients all over the world. Its incidence is rising, while it has developed resistance to the most widely used antifungal drugs, necessitating new approaches based on better insight into the biology of the organism. Despite its close phylogenetic relationship with Saccharomyces cerevisiae, generating precise genomic alterations in this species is problematic. Previously we have shown that deletion of LIG4, which encodes an enzyme involved in Non-Homologous End Joining (NHEJ), strongly enhances the probability of obtaining correctly modified transformants...
August 16, 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822846/islet-g-protein-coupled-receptors-therapeutic-potential-for-diabetes
#2
REVIEW
Shanta J Persaud
The incidence of type 2 diabetes (T2D) is increasing at an alarming rate, which is imposing substantial healthcare and economic burdens worldwide. T2D can be treated by a range of drugs, but there is a need to identify additional therapeutic options. Human islets express nearly three hundred G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), which could be targeted for the treatment of T2D. However, to date, the GLP-1 receptor is the only islet GPCR for which agonists are in current clinical use. This review explores pharmaceutical development of drugs that activate individual or multiple β-cell GPCRs and explains how our knowledge of GPCR expression by human islets may inform direction on novel GPCR targets...
August 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822813/reinforcement-learning-based-control-of-drug-dosing-for-cancer-chemotherapy-treatment
#3
Regina Padmanabhan, Nader Meskin, Wassim M Haddad
The increasing threat of cancer to human life and the improvement in survival rate of this disease due to effective treatment has promoted research in various related fields. This research has shaped clinical trials and emphasized the necessity to properly schedule cancer chemotherapy to ensure effective and safe treatment. Most of the control methodologies proposed for cancer chemotherapy scheduling treatment are model-based. In this paper, a reinforcement learning (RL)-based, model-free method is proposed for the closed-loop control of cancer chemotherapy drug dosing...
August 16, 2017: Mathematical Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822783/the-expression-induction-and-pharmacological-activity-of-cyp1a2-are-post-transcriptionally-regulated-by-microrna-hsa-mir-132-5p
#4
Yinting Chen, Linjuan Zeng, Yong Wang, William H Tolleson, Bridgett Knox, Si Chen, Zhen Ren, Lei Guo, Nan Mei, Feng Qian, Kaihong Huang, David Liu, Weida Tong, Dianke Yu, Baitang Ning
Cytochrome P450 1A2 (CYP1A2) is one of the most abundant and important drug metabolizing enzymes in human liver. However, little is known about the post-transcriptional regulation of CYP1A2, especially the mechanisms involving microRNAs (miRNAs). This study applied a systematic approach to investigate the post-transcriptional regulation of CYP1A2 by miRNAs. Candidate miRNAs targeting the 3'-untranslated region (3'-UTR) of CYP1A2 were screened in silico, resulting in the selection of sixty-two potential miRNAs for further analysis...
August 16, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822705/anti-dermatophyte-activity-of-leguminosae-plants-from-southern-brazil-with-emphasis-on-mimosa-pigra-leguminosae
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C B de Morais, M Scopel, G P R Pedrazza, F K da Silva, D F Dalla Lana, M L Tonello, S T S Miotto, M M Machado, L F S De Oliveira, A M Fuentefria, J A S Zuanazzi
BACKGROUND: Intensive prophylactic use of antifungals leads to the increase of drug resistance and the need for new and more effective treatments are real. Plants from Leguminosae family are rich in flavonoids, for which numerous biological activities have been described, including antifungal effects. PURPOSE: To screen methanolic extracts from Leguminosae species looking for alternative sources for antifungal agents (anti-dermatophyte and anti-Candida) and their innocuity...
August 16, 2017: Journal de Mycologie Médicale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822691/fatal-meningitis-in-swine-after-intrathecal-administration-of-adeno-associated-virus-expressing-syngeneic-interleukin-10
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Mark D Unger, Josef Pleticha, James E Collins, Anibal G Armien, Jennifer L Brazzell, Laura K Newman, Lukas F Heilmann, Jodi A Scholz, Timothy P Maus, Andreas S Beutler
Interleukin-10 (IL-10) delivered by intrathecal (i.t.) gene vectors is a candidate investigational new drug (IND) for several chronic neurological disorders such as neuropathic pain. We performed a preclinical safety study of IL-10. A syngeneic large animal model was used delivering porcine IL-10 (pIL-10) to the i.t. space in swine by adeno-associated virus serotype 8 (AAV8), a gene vector that was previously found to be nontoxic in the i.t. space. Unexpectedly, animals became ill, developing ataxia, seizures, and an inability to feed and drink, and required euthanasia...
August 1, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822631/clinical-evaluation-of-ebola-virus-disease-therapeutics
#7
REVIEW
Guodong Liu, Gary Wong, Shuo Su, Yuhai Bi, Frank Plummer, George F Gao, Gary Kobinger, Xiangguo Qiu
Ebola virus disease (EVD) was first described over 40 years ago, but no treatment has been approved for humans. The 2013-2016 EVD outbreak in West Africa has expedited the clinical evaluation of several candidate therapeutics that act through different mechanisms, but with mixed results. Nevertheless, these studies are important because the accumulation of clinical data and valuable experience in conducting efficacy trials under emergency circumstances will lead to better implementation of similar studies in the future...
August 16, 2017: Trends in Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822107/successful-treatment-and-fdg-pet-ct-monitoring-of-hhv-6-encephalitis-in-a-non-neutropenic-patient-case-report-and-literature-review
#8
Elda Righi, Alessia Carnelutti, Daniele Muser, Francesco Zaja, Elisa Lucchini, Federico Pea, Fernando Di Gregorio, Abass Alavi, Matteo Bassetti
Human herpesvirus (HHV)-6 reactivation is associated with severe forms of encephalitis among patients undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Cases in non-neutropenic patients are uncommon. The efficacy of ganciclovir and other compounds that are used for the treatment of HHV-6 encephalitis remains suboptimal and linked to toxicity. Valganciclovir, the oral prodrug of ganciclovir, could be practical to treat outpatients, but it is not commonly used for severe cases. We report a case of HHV-6 encephalitis in a non-neutropenic patient successfully treated with valganciclovir and undergoing therapeutic drug monitoring in plasma and in the cerebrospinal fluid...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Neurovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821986/comparative-analysis-of-the-effects-of-co2-fractional-laser-and-sonophoresis-on-human-skin-penetration-with-5-aminolevulinic-acid
#9
J H Choi, E J Shin, K H Jeong, M K Shin
Successful delivery of a photosensitizer into the skin is an important factor for effective photodynamic therapy (PDT). The effective method to increase drug penetration within short incubation time overcoming skin barrier have been investigated. This study was performed to analyze and compare the effectiveness of ablative fractional laser (FXL) pretreatment and/or sonophoresis for enhancing the penetration of 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA) into human skin in vivo. Twenty-four identical 1 × 1 cm(2) treatment areas were mapped on the backs of ten healthy male subjects...
August 19, 2017: Lasers in Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821882/identification-of-a-short-sequence-in-the-hcmv-terminase-pul56-essential-for-interaction-with-pul89-subunit
#10
G Ligat, C Jacquet, S Chou, A Couvreux, S Alain, S Hantz
The human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) terminase complex consists of several components acting together to cleave viral DNA into unit length genomes and translocate them into capsids, a critical process in the production of infectious virions subsequent to DNA replication. Previous studies suggest that the carboxyl-terminal portion of the pUL56 subunit interacts with the pUL89 subunit. However, the specific interacting residues of pUL56 remain unknown. We identified a conserved sequence in the C-terminal moiety of pUL56 (671WMVVKYMGFF680)...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821804/nos2-deficient-mice-with-hypoxic-necrotizing-lung-lesions-predict-outcomes-of-tuberculosis-chemotherapy-in-humans
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Martin Gengenbacher, Maria A Duque-Correa, Peggy Kaiser, Stefanie Schuerer, Doris Lazar, Ulrike Zedler, Stephen T Reece, Amit Nayyar, Stewart T Cole, Vadim Makarov, Clifton E Barry Iii, Véronique Dartois, Stefan H E Kaufmann
During active TB in humans a spectrum of pulmonary granulomas with central necrosis and hypoxia exists. BALB/c mice, predominantly used in TB drug development, do not reproduce this complex pathology thereby inaccurately predicting clinical outcome. We found that Nos2 (-/-) mice incapable of NO-production in immune cells as microbial defence uniformly develop hypoxic necrotizing lung lesions, widely observed in human TB. To study the impact of hypoxic necrosis on the efficacy of antimycobacterials and drug candidates, we subjected Nos2 (-/-) mice with TB to monotherapy before or after establishment of human-like pathology...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821798/unconventional-mapk-gsk-3%C3%AE-pathway-behind-atypical-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#12
Sana Parveen, Dhiviya Vedagiri, Hitha Gopalan Nair, Haripriya Parthasarathy, Krishnan Harinivas Harshan
We recently reported an atypical epithelial mesenchymal transition (EMT) in human hepatoma cell culture Huh7.5, which was non-responsive to the canonical EMT-transcription factors. Here we characterize major pathways regulating this atypical EMT through whole genome transcriptome profiling and molecular analysis, and identify a unique regulation of EMT by GSK-3β. Our analysis reveals remarkable suppression of several key liver-specific markers in Huh7.5M cells indicating that EMT not only changes the epithelial properties, but alters the characteristics associated with hepatocytes as well...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821762/multi-tissue-interactions-in-an-integrated-three-tissue-organ-on-a-chip-platform
#13
Aleksander Skardal, Sean V Murphy, Mahesh Devarasetty, Ivy Mead, Hyun-Wook Kang, Young-Joon Seol, Yu Shrike Zhang, Su-Ryon Shin, Liang Zhao, Julio Aleman, Adam R Hall, Thomas D Shupe, Andre Kleensang, Mehmet R Dokmeci, Sang Jin Lee, John D Jackson, James J Yoo, Thomas Hartung, Ali Khademhosseini, Shay Soker, Colin E Bishop, Anthony Atala
Many drugs have progressed through preclinical and clinical trials and have been available - for years in some cases - before being recalled by the FDA for unanticipated toxicity in humans. One reason for such poor translation from drug candidate to successful use is a lack of model systems that accurately recapitulate normal tissue function of human organs and their response to drug compounds. Moreover, tissues in the body do not exist in isolation, but reside in a highly integrated and dynamically interactive environment, in which actions in one tissue can affect other downstream tissues...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821631/6-methoxyethylamino-numonafide-inhibits-hepatocellular-carcinoma-xenograft-growth-as-a-single-agent-and-in-combination-with-sorafenib
#14
Yanning Liu, Guohua Lou, John T Norton, Chen Wang, Irawati Kandela, Shuai Tang, Nathaniel I Shank, Pankaj Gupta, Min Huang, Michael J Avram, Richard Green, Andrew Mazar, Daniel Appella, Zhi Chen, Sui Huang
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the third leading form of cancer worldwide, and its incidence is increasing rapidly in the United States, tripling over the past 3 decades. The current chemotherapeutic strategies against localized and metastatic HCC are ineffective. Here we report that 6-methoxyethylamino-numonafide (MEAN) is a potent growth inhibitor of murine xenografts of 2 human HCC cell lines. At the same dose and with the same treatment strategies, MEAN was more efficacious in inhibiting tumor growth in mice than sorafenib, the only approved drug for HCC...
August 17, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821485/simple-evaluation-method-for-cyp3a4-induction-from-human-hepatocytes-the-relative-factor-approach-with-an-induction-detection-limit-concentration-based-on-the-emax-model
#15
Shino Kuramoto, Motohiro Kato, Hidetoshi Shindoh, Akihisa Kaneko, Masaki Ishigai, Seiji Miyauchi
We investigated the robustness and utility of the relative factor (RF) approach based on the Emax model, which was reported by Kaneko, using mRNA induction data of 10 typical CYP3A4 inducers in cryopreserved human hepatocytes. The RF value is designated as the ratio of the induction detection limit concentration (IDLC) for a standard inducer, such as rifampicin (RIF) or phenobarbital (PB), to that for the compound (RFRIF is IDLCRIF/IDLCcpd; RFPB is IDLCPB/IDLCcpd). An important feature of the RF approach is that the profiles of the induction response curves on the logarithmic scale remain unchanged irrespective of inducers but are shifted parallel depending on the EC50 values...
August 18, 2017: Drug Metabolism and Disposition: the Biological Fate of Chemicals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821394/activation-of-ampk-to-the-neuroprotection-in-the-oxidative-stress-by-advanced-glycosylation-end-products-in-human-neural-stem-cells
#16
Chien-Hung Lin, Yi-Chuan Cheng, Christopher J Nicol, Kuan-Hung Lin, Chia-Hui Yen, Ming-Chang Chiang
Advanced glycosylation end products (AGEs) formation is correlated with the pathogenesis of diabetic neuronal damage, but its links with oxidative stress are still not well understood. Metformin, one of the most widely used anti-diabetic drugs, exerts its effects in part by activation of AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK). Once activated, AMPK regulates many pathways central to metabolism and energy balance including, glucose uptake, glycolysis and fatty acid oxidation. AMPK is also present in neurons, but its role remains unclear...
August 15, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821193/therapeutic-plasma-exchange-and-its-impact-on-drug-levels-an-aclps-critical-review
#17
Caleb W Cheng, Jeanne E Hendrickson, Christopher A Tormey, Davinder Sidhu
Objectives: To examine and summarize the current literature on the effects of therapeutic plasma exchange on medication levels. Methods: Literature review was performed via searches of the Cochrane Database and PubMed-MEDLINE (1996 to August 2016) looking for all case reports, case series, and human randomized controlled trials involving therapeutic plasma exchange (TPE)-associated drug removal. Results: Approximately 60 peer-reviewed articles were identified with the majority being case reports; no randomized controlled trials were identified...
September 1, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821097/thiolated-pectin-doxorubicin-conjugates-synthesis-characterization-and-anticancer-activity-studies
#18
Kamonrak Cheewatanakornkool, Sathit Niratisai, Somkamol Manchun, Crispin R Dass, Pornsak Sriamornsak
In this paper, pectin was cross-linked by a coupling reaction with either thioglycolic acid or cystamine dihydrochloride to form thiolated pectins. The thiolated pectins were then coupled with doxorubicin (DOX) derivative to obtain thiolated pectin-DOX conjugates by two different methods, disulfide bond formation and disulfide bond exchange. The disulfide bond exchange method provided a simple, fast, and efficient approach for synthesis of thiolated pectin-DOX conjugates, compared to the disulfide bond formation...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820985/human-bone-marrow-as-a-tissue-in-post-mortem-identification-and-determination-of-psychoactive-substances-screening-methodology
#19
Renata Wietecha-Posłuszny, Sofia Lendor, Magdalena Garnysz, Marcin Zawadzki, Paweł Kościelniak
The aim of this study was to apply a new instrumental approach to the analysis of human bone marrow for forensic purposes. A new screening method for the detection of more than 30 psychoactive drugs in bone marrow was developed and applied to case samples. The drugs used in this study belonged to the following groups: benzodiazepines (BZDs, n=16), tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs, n=5), selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI, n=4), serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (n=1), anticonvulsants (n=1), imidazopyridines (n=1) and piperazines (n=3)...
August 7, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820965/systematic-identification-of-mcu-modulators-by-orthogonal-interspecies-chemical-screening
#20
Daniela M Arduino, Jennifer Wettmarshausen, Horia Vais, Paloma Navas-Navarro, Yiming Cheng, Anja Leimpek, Zhongming Ma, Alba Delrio-Lorenzo, Andrea Giordano, Cecilia Garcia-Perez, Guillaume Médard, Bernhard Kuster, Javier García-Sancho, Dejana Mokranjac, J Kevin Foskett, M Teresa Alonso, Fabiana Perocchi
The mitochondrial calcium uniporter complex is essential for calcium (Ca(2+)) uptake into mitochondria of all mammalian tissues, where it regulates bioenergetics, cell death, and Ca(2+) signal transduction. Despite its involvement in several human diseases, we currently lack pharmacological agents for targeting uniporter activity. Here we introduce a high-throughput assay that selects for human MCU-specific small-molecule modulators in primary drug screens. Using isolated yeast mitochondria, reconstituted with human MCU, its essential regulator EMRE, and aequorin, and exploiting a D-lactate- and mannitol/sucrose-based bioenergetic shunt that greatly minimizes false-positive hits, we identify mitoxantrone out of more than 600 clinically approved drugs as a direct selective inhibitor of human MCU...
August 17, 2017: Molecular Cell
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