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Warintra Pitsawong, Vanessa Buosi, Renee Otten, Roman V Agafonov, Adelajda Zorba, Nadja Kern, Steffen Kutter, Gunther Kern, Ricardo Ap Pádua, Xavier Meniche, Dorothee Kern
Protein kinases are major drug targets, but the development of highly-selective inhibitors has been challenging due to the similarity of their active sites. The observation of distinct structural states of the fully-conserved Asp-Phe-Gly (DFG) loop has put the concept of conformational selection for the DFG-state at the center of kinase drug discovery. Recently, it was shown that Gleevec selectivity for the Tyr-kinases Abl was instead rooted in conformational changes after drug binding. Here, we investigate whether protein dynamics after binding is a more general paradigm for drug selectivity by characterizing the binding of several approved drugs to the Ser/Thr-kinase Aurora A...
June 14, 2018: ELife
Sarine Markossian, Kenny K Ang, Christopher G Wilson, Michelle R Arkin
The genetic determinants of many diseases, including monogenic diseases and cancers, have been identified; nevertheless, targeted therapy remains elusive for most. High-throughput screening (HTS) of small molecules, including high-content analysis (HCA), has been an important technology for the discovery of molecular tools and new therapeutics. HTS can be based on modulation of a known disease target (called reverse chemical genetics) or modulation of a disease-associated mechanism or phenotype (forward chemical genetics)...
May 23, 2018: Annual Review of Genomics and Human Genetics
Lokesh Dalasanur Nagaprashantha, Jyotsana Singhal, Hongzhi Li, Charles Warden, Xueli Liu, David Horne, Sanjay Awasthi, Ravi Salgia, Sharad S Singhal
Breast cancer (BC) is the most common cancer in women. Estrogen, epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (ERBB2, HER2), and oxidative stress represent critical mechanistic nodes associated with BC. RLIP76 is a major mercapturic acid pathway transporter whose expression is increased in BC. In the quest of a novel molecule with chemopreventive and chemotherapeutic potential, we evaluated the effects of 2'-Hydroxyflavanone (2HF) in BC. 2HF enhanced the inhibitory effects of RLIP76 depletion and also inhibited RLIP76-mediated doxorubicin transport in BC cells...
April 6, 2018: Oncotarget
Jimok Yoon, Jonathan R Terman
MICAL Redox enzymes have recently emerged as direct regulators of cell shape and motility - working through specific reversible post-translational oxidation of actin to disassemble and remodel the cytoskeleton. Links are also now emerging between MICALs and cancer, including our recent results that regulation of MICAL sensitizes cancer cells to the cancer drug Gleevec. Targeting this new actin regulatory enzyme system may thus provide new therapeutic options for cancer treatment.
2018: Molecular & Cellular Oncology
Paul Labute
We present a number of techniques to analyze protein-ligand interactions in the context of medicinal chemistry: crystal Contract Preferences, Electrostatic Maps and pharmacophore screening using Hückel Theory. Contact Preferences is a statistical technique to predict hydrophobic and hydrophilic geometry in receptor active sites. Electrostatic Maps use the Poisson-Boltzmann Equation to model solvation effects and are particularly useful for predicting hydrophobic regions. Pharmacophore annotation with Hückel Theory provides finer detail of hydrogen bonding interactions, including CH...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
J Chuck Harrell, Thomas M Shroka, Britta M Jacobsen
Among the molecular subtypes of breast cancer are luminal (A or B) estrogen receptor positive (ER+), HER2+, and triple negative (basal-like). In addition to the molecular subtypes, there are 18 histologic breast cancer subtypes classified on appearance, including invasive lobular breast carcinoma (ILC), which are 8-15% of all breast cancers and are largely ER+ tumors. We used a new model of ER+ ILC, called BCK4. To determine the estrogen regulated genes in our ILC model, we examined BCK4 xenograft tumors from mice supplemented with or without estrogen using gene expression arrays...
November 27, 2017: Oncogenesis
H Jiang, L T Zhi, M Hou, J X Wang, D P Wu, X J Huang
Objective: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of generic imatinib (Genike, Chiatai Tianqing Pharmaceutical Group Co., Ltd.) and imatinib (Glevic, Novartis, Switzerland) in newly diagnosed patients with chronic myeloid leukemia in chronic phase (CML-CP) . Methods: A retrospective study of 323 CML-CP patients (205 in Glivec treatment group and 118 in Genike group) who were ≥ 18 years old receiving imatinib monotherapy over the period of June 2013 to March 2016 was done to compare the differences of cytogenetics, molecular curative effect, survival, and adverse reactions between the two groups...
July 14, 2017: Zhonghua Xue Ye Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Xueyexue Zazhi
Min Zhang, Yunjian Wang, Qiong Li, Qingjun Li, Nanmu Yang, Guohua You, Li Wang
Objective To study the correlation between the expressions of stem cell factor (SCF) and hypoxia inducible factor 1 alpha (HIF-1α) in pancreatic cancer, and investigate the mechanism by which SCF regulates the expression of HIF-1α. Methods Immunohistochemistry was used to detect the expressions of SCF and HIF-1α in pancreatic cancer specimens and to analyze the correlation between SCF and HIF-1α expressions. Pancreatic cancer PANC-1 cells were treated with different doses of SCF (0, 1, 10, 100 ng/mL) alone or combined with c-KIT inhibitor Gleevec (5 μmol/L)...
July 2017: Xi Bao Yu Fen Zi Mian Yi Xue za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Cellular and Molecular Immunology
Madhav Danthala, Sadashivudu Gundeti, Siva Prasad Kuruva, Krishna Chaitanya Puligundla, Praveen Adusumilli, Ashok Pillai Karnam, Stalin Bala, Meher Lakshmi Konatam, Lakshmi Srinivas Maddali, Raghunadha Rao Digumarti
INTRODUCTION: The patent expiration of imatinib mesylate (Gleevec; Novartis) on February 1, 2016, has brought the focus back on generic versions of the drug, and an opportunity to provide a safe and cost-effective alternative. The objective of our study was to determine the molecular and cytogenetic responses, survival endpoints (event-free survival, failure-free survival, transformation-free survival, overall survival), and safety of innovator and generic brands of imatinib. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this retrospective analysis, data from 1812 patients with chronic myeloid leukemia treated with frontline imatinib mesylate (innovator/generic) at a single institution between 2008 and 2014 is included...
July 2017: Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma & Leukemia
Gábor Somlyai, T Que Collins, Emmanuelle J Meuillet, Patel Hitendra, Dominic P D'Agostino, László G Boros
Phenformin's recently demonstrated efficacy in melanoma and Gleevec's demonstrated anti-proliferative action in chronic myeloid leukemia may lie within these drugs' significant pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and structural homologies, which are reviewed herein. Gleevec's success in turning a fatal leukemia into a manageable chronic disease has been trumpeted in medical, economic, political and social circles because it is considered the first successful targeted therapy. Investments have been immense in omics analyses and while in some cases they greatly helped the management of patients, in others targeted therapies failed to achieve clinically stable recurrence-free disease course or to substantially extend survival...
July 25, 2017: Oncotarget
William J Netzer, Karima Bettayeb, Subhash C Sinha, Marc Flajolet, Paul Greengard, Victor Bustos
Neurotoxic amyloid-β peptides (Aβ) are major drivers of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and are formed by sequential cleavage of the amyloid precursor protein (APP) by β-secretase (BACE) and γ-secretase. Our previous study showed that the anticancer drug Gleevec lowers Aβ levels through indirect inhibition of γ-secretase activity. Here we report that Gleevec also achieves its Aβ-lowering effects through an additional cellular mechanism. It renders APP less susceptible to proteolysis by BACE without inhibiting BACE enzymatic activity or the processing of other BACE substrates...
February 7, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Young-Lai Cho, Young-Pil Kim, Jin Gyeong Son, Miyoung Son, Tae Geol Lee
Protein kinases are enzymes that are important targets for drug discovery because of their involvement in regulating the essential cellular processes. For this reason, the changes in protein kinase activity induced by each drug candidate (the inhibitor in this case) need to be accurately determined. Here, an on-chip secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) imaging technique of the peptides was developed for determining protein kinase activity and inhibitor screening without a matrix. In our method, cysteine-tethered peptides adsorbed onto a gold surface produced changes in the relative peak intensities of the phosphorylated and unphosphorylated substrate peptides, which were quantitatively dependent on protein kinase activity...
December 16, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Komal Wasif, Nawal Wasif, Muhammad W Saif
Imatinib (Gleevec) is a biological agent that is approved for the treatment of chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) as well as gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST). The most frequently seen adverse effects in patients treated with imatinib include superficial edema, muscle cramps, musculoskeletal pain, rash, fatigue, headache, abdominal pain, and joint pain. Ototoxicity has rarely been reported except in two cases. We report a case of bilateral irreversible sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) caused by imatinib in a patient receiving this agent in the adjuvant setting...
October 26, 2016: Curēus
Jacob Carlson, Wilson Alobuia, Jason Mizell
We report the case of a 51-year-old gentleman with previously diagnosed gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST) of the rectum with metastasis to the penis. The patient underwent abdominoperineal resection of the primary tumor with negative margins and completed a three-year course of imatinib mesylate (Gleevec). Forty months after resection of his rectal tumor, the patient presented to his urologist with worsening testicular pain, mild lower urinary tract obstructive symptoms, and nocturia. A pelvic MRI revealed the presence of an ill-defined mass in the right perineum extending from the base of the penis to the penoscrotal junction...
2016: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Stuart D Dowall, Kevin Bewley, Robert J Watson, Seshadri S Vasan, Chandradhish Ghosh, Mohini M Konai, Gro Gausdal, James B Lorens, Jason Long, Wendy Barclay, Isabel Garcia-Dorival, Julian Hiscox, Andrew Bosworth, Irene Taylor, Linda Easterbrook, James Pitman, Sian Summers, Jenny Chan-Pensley, Simon Funnell, Julia Vipond, Sue Charlton, Jayanta Haldar, Roger Hewson, Miles W Carroll
In light of the recent outbreak of Ebola virus (EBOV) disease in West Africa, there have been renewed efforts to search for effective antiviral countermeasures. A range of compounds currently available with broad antimicrobial activity have been tested for activity against EBOV. Using live EBOV, eighteen candidate compounds were screened for antiviral activity in vitro. The compounds were selected on a rational basis because their mechanisms of action suggested that they had the potential to disrupt EBOV entry, replication or exit from cells or because they had displayed some antiviral activity against EBOV in previous tests...
October 27, 2016: Viruses
Robert Callahan, Barry A Chestnut, Ahmed Raafat
Wap-Int3 transgenic females expressing the Notch4 intracellular domain (designated Int3) from the whey acidic protein promoter exhibit two phenotypes in the mammary gland: blockage of lobuloalveolar development and lactation, and tumor development with 100% penetrance. Previously, we have shown that treatment of Wap-Int3 tumor bearing mice with Imatinib mesylate (Gleevec) is associated with complete regression of the tumor. In the present study, we show that treatment of Wap-Int3 mice during day 1 through day 6 of pregnancy with Gleevec leads to the restoration of their lobuloalveolar development and ability to lactate in subsequent pregnancies in absence of Gleevec treatment...
January 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
John Q Le, Puneet S Braich, Vikram S Brar
We report a case of a 59-year-old man with a history of atypical chronic myelogenous leukemia who presented with a several-week history of decreased vision in both eyes. His clinical examination revealed bilateral foveal infiltration, which was also demonstrated on optical coherence tomography. After a failed induction with imatinib (Gleevec(®)), he was treated with omacetaxine (Synribo(®)) with an appropriate hematologic response. As his leukemia improved with chemotherapy, his retinal lesions regressed as demonstrated by serial optical coherence tomography and fundus photographs, with near complete restoration of foveal architecture...
2016: International Medical Case Reports Journal
Richard T Thornbury, F Dean Toste
The palladium-catalyzed defluorinative coupling of 1-aryl-2,2-difluoroalkenes with boronic acids is described. Broad functional-group tolerance arises from a redox-neutral process by a palladium(II) active species which is proposed to undergo a β-fluoride elimination to afford the products. The monofluorostilbene products were formed with excellent diastereoselectivity (≥50:1) in all cases, and it is critical, as traditional chromatographic techniques often fail to separate monofluoroalkene isomers. As a demonstration of this method's unique combination of reactivity and functional-group tolerance, a Gleevec® analogue, using a monofluorostilbene as an amide isostere, was synthesized...
September 12, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
Najla El Jurdi, Mark Bankoff, Andreas Klein, Muhammad W Saif
Imatinib (Gleevec; STI-571) is a tyrosine-kinase inhibitor (TKI) used in the treatment of multiple cancers, most notably Philadelphia chromosome-positive (Ph+) chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) as well as gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST). The most common adverse effects with imatinib include superficial edema, muscle cramps, musculoskeletal pain, rash, fatigue, headache, and gastrointestinal side effects. Less frequent side effects include pancytopenia, febrile neutropenia, flushing, and liver function test abnormalities...
2016: Curēus
Linda M Krisch, Gernot Posselt, Peter Hammerl, Silja Wessler
CagA is one of the most important virulence factors of the human pathogen Helicobacter pylori CagA expression can be associated with the induction of severe gastric disorders such as gastritis, ulceration, gastric cancer, or mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT) lymphoma. After translocation through a type IV secretion system into epithelial cells, CagA is tyrosine phosphorylated by kinases of the Src and Abl families, leading to drastic cell elongation and motility. While the functional role of CagA in epithelial cells is well investigated, knowledge about CagA phosphorylation and its associated signal transduction pathways in B cells is only marginal...
September 2016: Infection and Immunity
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