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A Tiwari, H Luo, X Chen, P Singh, I Bhattacharya, P Jasper, J E Tolsma, H M Jones, A Zutshi, A K Abraham
Understanding pharmacological target coverage is fundamental in drug discovery and development as it helps establish a sequence of research activities, from laboratory objectives to clinical doses. To this end, we evaluated the impact of tissue target concentration data on the level of confidence in tissue coverage predictions using a site of action (SoA) model for antibodies. By fitting the model to increasing amounts of synthetic tissue data and comparing the uncertainty in SoA coverage predictions, we confirmed that, in general, uncertainty decreases with longitudinal tissue data...
October 22, 2016: CPT: Pharmacometrics & Systems Pharmacology
A D B Vliegenthart, R A Kimmitt, J H Seymour, N Z Homer, J I Clarke, M Eddleston, A Gray, D M Wood, P I Dargan, J G Cooper, D J Antoine, D J Webb, S C Lewis, D N Bateman, J W Dear
: Acetaminophen (paracetamol-APAP) is the commonest cause of drug-induced liver injury in the Western world. Reactive metabolite production by cytochrome P450 enzymes (CYP-metabolites) causes hepatotoxicity. We explored the toxicokinetics of human circulating APAP metabolites following overdose. Plasma from patients treated with acetylcysteine (NAC) for a single APAP overdose was analysed from discovery (N=116) and validation (N=150) patient cohorts. In the discovery cohort, patients who developed acute liver injury (ALI) had higher CYP-metabolites than those without ALI...
October 22, 2016: Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Alan P Brown, Philip Drew, Brian Knight, Philippe Marc, Sean Troth, Kuno Wuersch, Joyce Zandee
Histopathology data comprise a critical component of pharmaceutical toxicology studies and are typically presented as finding incidence counts and severity scores per organ, tabulated on multiple pages which can be challenging for review and aggregation of results. However, the SEND (Standard for Exchange of Nonclinical Data) standard provides a means for collecting and managing histopathology data in a uniform fashion which can allow informatics systems to archive, display and analyze data in novel ways. Various software applications have become available to convert histopathology data into graphical displays for analyses...
October 18, 2016: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology: RTP
Florian Graef, Branko Vukosavljevic, Jean-Philippe Michel, Marius Wirth, Oliver Ries, Chiara De Rossi, Maike Windbergs, Véronique Rosilio, Christian Ducho, Sarah Gordon, Claus-Michael Lehr
Gram-negative bacteria possess a unique and complex cell envelope, composed of an inner and outer membrane separated by an intermediate cell wall-containing periplasm. This tripartite structure acts intrinsically as a significant biological barrier, often limiting the permeation of anti-infectives, and so preventing such drugs from reaching their target. Furthermore, identification of the specific permeation-limiting envelope component proves difficult in the case of many anti-infectives, due to the challenges associated with isolation of individual cell envelope structures in bacterial culture...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
Sanjib K Shrestha, Liliia M Kril, Keith D Green, Stefan Kwiatkowski, Vitaliy M Sviripa, Justin R Nickell, Linda P Dwoskin, David S Watt, Sylvie Garneau-Tsodikova
The emergence of multidrug-resistant bacterial and fungal strains poses a threat to human health that requires the design and synthesis of new classes of antimicrobial agents. We evaluated bis(N-amidinohydrazones) and N-(amidino)-N'-aryl-bishydrazones for their antibacterial and antifungal activities against panels of Gram-positive/Gram-negative bacteria as well as fungi. We investigated their potential to develop resistance against both bacteria and fungi by a multi-step resistance-selection method, explored their potential to induce the production of reactive oxygen species, and assessed their toxicity...
October 10, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
Qin Wang, Hongjun Chen, Yong Li, Huixia Wang, Zhou Nie, Yufang Hu, Shouzhou Yao
We report here a label-free and sensitive electrochemical method for probing Citrate synthase (CS) activity based on detailed investigations into the nucleic acid-mimicking coordination polymer (CP) formed from the coenzyme A (CoA)-Ag(I) repeat units. Our biosensing approach provides an especial and significant detection mechanism: CS can catalyze the essential condensation reaction between acetyl-coenzyme A (Ac-CoA) and oxaloacetate (OAA) to form citrate and CoA; then, in the presence of Ag(I), CoA-Ag(I) CP can be in situ formed because of the strong complexation ability of thiol groups of CoA toward Ag(I)...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Bini Mathew, Judith Varady Hobrath, Larry Ross, Michele C Connelly, Hava Lofton, Malini Rajagopalan, R Kiplin Guy, Robert C Reynolds
A variety of commercial analogs and a newer series of Sulindac derivatives were screened for inhibition of M. tuberculosis (Mtb) in vitro and specifically as inhibitors of the essential mycobacterial tubulin homolog, FtsZ. Due to the ease of preparing diverse analogs and a favorable in vivo pharmacokinetic and toxicity profile of a representative analog, the Sulindac scaffold may be useful for further development against Mtb with respect to in vitro bacterial growth inhibition and selective activity for Mtb FtsZ versus mammalian tubulin...
2016: PloS One
Stephanie Heinzlmeir, Denis Kudlinzki, Sridhar Sreeramulu, Susan Klaeger, Santosh Lakshmi Gande, Verena Linhard, Mathias Wilhelm, Huichao Qiao, Dominic Helm, Benjamin Ruprecht, Krishna Saxena, Guillaume Médard, Harald Schwalbe, Bernhard Kuster
The receptor tyrosine kinase EPHA2 (Ephrin type-A receptor 2) plays important roles in oncogenesis, metastasis and treatment resistance yet therapeutic targeting, drug discovery or investigation of EPHA2 biology is hampered by the lack of appropriate inhibitors and structural information. Here, we used chemical proteomics to survey 235 clinical kinase inhibitors for their kinase selectivity and identified 24 drugs with sub-micromolar affinities for EPHA2. NMR-based conformational dynamics together with nine new co-crystal structures delineated drug-EPHA2 interactions in full detail...
October 21, 2016: ACS Chemical Biology
Stacey Bagby, Wells A Messersmith, Todd M Pitts, Anna Capasso, Marileila Varella-Garcia, Peter J Klauck, Jihye Kim, Aik-Choon Tan, S Gail Eckhardt, John J Tentler, John Arcaroli
Patient derived tumor xenograft (PDTX) models provide a necessary platform in facilitating anti-cancer drug development prior to human trials. Human tumor pieces are injected subcutaneously into athymic nude mice (immunocompromised, T cell deficient) to create a bank of tumors and subsequently are passaged into different generations of mice in order to maintain these tumors from patients. Importantly, cellular heterogeneity of the original tumor is closely emulated in this model, which provides a more clinically relevant model for evaluation of drug efficacy studies (single agent and combination), biomarker analysis, resistant pathways and cancer stem cell biology...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Marco Giardiello, Neill J Liptrott, Tom O McDonald, Darren Moss, Marco Siccardi, Phil Martin, Darren Smith, Rohan Gurjar, Steve P Rannard, Andrew Owen
Considerable scope exists to vary the physical and chemical properties of nanoparticles, with subsequent impact on biological interactions; however, no accelerated process to access large nanoparticle material space is currently available, hampering the development of new nanomedicines. In particular, no clinically available nanotherapies exist for HIV populations and conventional paediatric HIV medicines are poorly available; one current paediatric formulation utilizes high ethanol concentrations to solubilize lopinavir, a poorly soluble antiretroviral...
October 21, 2016: Nature Communications
Mikael Persson, Jorrit J Hornberg
High content screening enables parallel acquisition of multiple molecular and cellular readouts. In particular the predictive toxicology field has progressed from the advances in high content screening, as more refined end points that report on cellular health can be studied in combination, at the single cell level, and in relatively high throughput. Here, we discuss how high content screening has become an essential tool for Discovery Safety, the discipline that integrates safety and toxicology in the drug discovery process to identify and mitigate safety concerns with the aim to design drug candidates with a superior safety profile...
October 21, 2016: Chemical Research in Toxicology
Mengjie Lu, Beili Wu
G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) comprise the largest membrane protein family. These receptors sense a variety of signaling molecules, activate multiple intracellular signal pathways, and act as the targets of over 40% of marketed drugs. Recent progress on GPCR structural studies provides invaluable insights into the structure-function relationship of the GPCR superfamily, deepening our understanding about the molecular mechanisms of GPCR signal transduction. Here, we review recent breakthroughs on GPCR structure determination and the structural features of GPCRs, and take the structures of chemokine receptor CCR5 and purinergic receptors P2Y1 R and P2Y12 R as examples to discuss the importance of GPCR structures on functional studies and drug discovery...
October 20, 2016: IUBMB Life
David F Tough, Paul P Tak, Alexander Tarakhovsky, Rab K Prinjha
Immune-mediated diseases are clinically heterogeneous but they share genetic and pathogenic mechanisms. These diseases may develop from the interplay of genetic factors and environmental or lifestyle factors. Exposure to such factors, including infectious agents, is associated with coordinated changes in gene transcription owing to epigenetic alterations. A growing understanding of how epigenetic mechanisms control gene expression patterns and cell function has been aided by the development of small-molecule inhibitors that target these processes...
October 21, 2016: Nature Reviews. Drug Discovery
Çiğdem Yılmaz, Gülay Özcengiz
The discovery of penicillin followed by streptomycin, tetracycline, cephalosporins and other natural, semi-synthetic and synthetic antimicrobials completely revolutionized medicine by reducing human morbidity and mortality from most of the common infections. However, shortly after they were introduced to clinical practice, the development of resistance was emerged. The decreasing interest from antibiotic industry in spite of rapid global emergence of antibiotic resistance is a tough dilemma from the pointview of public health...
October 17, 2016: Biochemical Pharmacology
Mariana Matias, Samuel Silvestre, Amílcar Falcão, Gilberto Alves
BACKGROUND: Gastrodia elata Blume (G. elata) is a traditional Chinese herb used for centuries in folk medicine. Due to the claimed anticonvulsant properties of G. elata, it is expected that this herb continues to be a target of research, aiming to deepen the available knowledge on its biological activity and safety. PURPOSE: The current review aims to discuss the most recent advances on the elucidation of the phytochemical composition and anticonvulsant potential of G...
November 15, 2016: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
Fadia S Youssef, Mohamed L Ashour, Mansour Sobeh, Hesham A El-Beshbishy, Abdel Nasser Singab, Michael Wink
BACKGROUND: The Australian plant Eremophila maculata F. Muell (Scrophulariaceae) is cultivated worldwide as an ornamental plant. PURPOSE: This study was designed to assess the antioxidant and hepatoprotective activities of a methanol extract from E. maculata leaves (EMM) both in vitro and in vivo (rats) experiments. Detailed phytochemical study was done on the extract followed by molecular docking experiments on TNF-α ascertain the efficacy of the isolated compounds...
November 15, 2016: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
Yan Wang, Jian-Shu Hu, Huang-Quan Lin, Tsz-Ming Ip, David Chi-Cheong Wan
BACKGROUND: Traditionally, molecular docking is primarily employed to screen pure compounds; the top-ranking chemicals are subsequently selected for experimental validation. Unlike synthetic chemicals, most natural products are commercially unavailable. The isolation and purification of each natural product is extremely time-consuming, which has restricted the screening of lead compounds from natural products. PURPOSE: We developed a protocol, Herbalog, to facilitate the identification of bioactive phytochemicals through molecular docking...
November 15, 2016: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
Alexander N Shikov, Olga N Pozharitskaya, Valery G Makarov
PURPOSE: Aralia elata var. mandshurica (Rupr. & Maxim.) J.Wen syn. A. mandshurica Rupr. & Maxim is evaluated for its medicinal application. The aim of this study is to analyze pharmacological studies on A. elata var. mandshurica published until December 2015. METHODS: The information regarding the chemistry, safety, effectiveness, and pharmacological and clinical effects of A. elata was systematically collected from the scientific literature through library catalogs; online services such as E-library...
November 15, 2016: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
Tushar Tomar, Steven de Jong, Nicolette G Alkema, Rieks L Hoekman, Gert Jan Meersma, Harry G Klip, Ate Gj van der Zee, G Bea A Wisman
BACKGROUND: In high-grade serous ovarian cancer (HGSOC), intrinsic and/or acquired resistance against platinum-containing chemotherapy is a major obstacle for successful treatment. A low frequency of somatic mutations but frequent epigenetic alterations, including DNA methylation in HGSOC tumors, presents the cancer epigenome as a relevant target for innovative therapy. Patient-derived xenografts (PDXs) supposedly are good preclinical models for identifying novel drug targets. However, the representativeness of global methylation status of HGSOC PDXs compared to their original tumors has not been evaluated so far...
October 20, 2016: Genome Medicine
Jeffrey J Widrick, Matthew Alexander, Benjamin Sanchez, Devin Gibbs, Genri Kawahara, Alan Beggs, Louis Kunkel
Sapje zebrafish lack the protein dystrophin and are the smallest vertebrate model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). Their small size makes them ideal for large-scale drug discovery screens. However, the extent that sapje mimic the muscle dysfunction of higher vertebrate models of DMD is unclear. We used an optical birefringence assay to differentiate affected dystrophic sapje larvae from their unaffected siblings and then studied trunk muscle contractility at 4-7 days post fertilization. Preparation cross-sectional area (CSA) was similar for affected and unaffected larvae, yet tetanic forces of affected preparations were only 30-60% of normal...
October 7, 2016: Physiological Genomics
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