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Rania R Abdelaziz, Wagdi F Elkashef, Eman Said
Silicosis is a crippling respiratory disorder characterized by massive lung inflammation and fibrosis. The current study provides evidence on the protective potential of tadalafil; a specific phosphodiesterase-5 (PDE-5) inhibitor against experimentally-induced pulmonary silicosis in rats. Silicosis was induced by intranasal instillation of crystalline silica (50mg/rat). Halofuginone hydrobromide; a standard collagen-1 synthesis inhibitor was selected as a reference anti-fibrotic. Daily oral administration of tadalafil (1mg/kg) for 8weeks significantly ameliorated silica-induced pulmonary damage...
October 18, 2016: International Immunopharmacology
Szczepan Mogilski, Monika Kubacka, Dorota Łażewska, Małgorzata Więcek, Monika Głuch-Lutwin, Małgorzata Tyszka-Czochara, Karolina Bukowska-Strakova, Barbara Filipek, Katarzyna Kieć-Kononowicz
OBJECTIVE AND DESIGN: Histamine H4 receptor (H4R) offers a great potential for new therapeutic strategies for the treatment of inflammation-based diseases. The aim of this study is to present the pharmacological profile of two recently synthesized ligands of H4R with particular reference to their anti-inflammatory and analgesic activity. MATERIALS AND SUBJECTS: We used mice and rats in the in vivo tests. We also used murine RAW 264.7 cells and isolated guinea-pig ileum in in vitro test...
October 20, 2016: Inflammation Research: Official Journal of the European Histamine Research Society ... [et Al.]
Tomomichi Ishizaka, Yu Yoshimatsu, Yu Maeda, Wataru Takasaki, Katsuyoshi Chiba, Kazuhiko Mori
INTRODUCTION: Load-independent cardiac parameters obtained from the ventricular pressure-volume relationship are recognized as gold standard indexes for evaluating cardiac inotropy.In this study, for better analyses of cardiac risks, load-independent pressure-volume loop parameters were assessed in addition to load-dependent inotropic, hemodynamic and electrocardiographic changes in isoflurane-anesthetized monkeys. METHODS: The animals were given milrinone (a PDE 3 inhibitor), metoprolol (a β-blocker), or dl-sotalol (a β+IKr blocker) intravenously over 10min at two dose levels including clinically relevant doses (n=5/drug)...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods
Eduardo Fernández-Martínez, Héctor Ponce-Monter, Luis E Soria-Jasso, Mario I Ortiz, José-Antonio Arias-Montaño, Guillermo Barragán-Ramírez, Cynthia Mayén-García
Uterine relaxation is crucial during preterm labor. Phosphodiesterase-4 (PDE-4) inhibitors have been proposed as tocolytics. Some thalidomide analogs are PDE-4 inhibitors. The aim of this study was to assess the uterus-relaxant properties of two thalidomide analogs, methyl 3-(4-nitrophthalimido)-3-(3,4-dimethoxyphenyl)-propanoate (4NO2PDPMe) and methyl 3-(4-aminophthalimido)-3-(3,4-dimethoxyphenyl)-propanoate (4APDPMe) and were compared to rolipram in functional studies of spontaneous phasic, K⁺-induced tonic, and Ca(2+)-induced contractions in isolated pregnant human myometrial tissues...
October 7, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Zoltan Patai, Andras Guttman, Endre G Mikus
Drotaverine is considered to evoke a spasmolytic effect through the inhibition of cyclic-3',5'-nucleotide-phophodiesterase (PDE) enzymes. However, published receptor binding data supports the potential L-type Voltage Operated Calcium Channel (L-VOCC) blocking effect of drotaverine as well. Hence, in this work we are focusing on the potential L-VOCC blocking effect of drotaverine using L-VOCC associated functional in vitro models. Accordingly, drotaverine and reference agents were tested on KCl-induced guinea pig tracheal contraction...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
A Heratizadeh, T Werfel
The pathogenesis of atopic dermatitis (AD) is multi-factorial and complex. Consequently, clinical signs and symptoms vary strongly depending on individually relevant trigger factors and the stage of the disease. So far, treatment of AD was commonly limited to topical treatment or, in more severe cases, to systemic drugs mostly approved for other indications than AD. However, emerging data on new anti-inflammatory agents have been published in the recent years. As these new substances specifically focus on immune responses in AD, these are partially considered as possible "break-through" in the treatment of AD...
October 13, 2016: Allergy
Kristen Kokkonen, David A Kass
Cyclic nucleotide phosphodiesterases (PDEs) form an 11-member superfamily comprising 100 different isoforms that regulate the second messengers cyclic adenosine or guanosine 3',5'-monophosphate (cAMP or cGMP). These PDE isoforms differ with respect to substrate selectivity and their localized control of cAMP and cGMP within nanodomains that target specific cellular pools and synthesis pathways for the cyclic nucleotides. Seven PDE family members are physiologically relevant to regulating cardiac function, disease remodeling of the heart, or both: PDE1 and PDE2, both dual-substrate (cAMP and cGMP) esterases; PDE3, PDE4, and PDE8, which principally hydrolyze cAMP; and PDE5A and PDE9A, which target cGMP...
October 12, 2016: Annual Review of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Seigo Sugimachi, Yukihisa Matsumoto, Makoto Mizunami, Jiro Okada
Caffeine is a plant-derived alkaloid that is generally known as a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant. In order to examine the effects of caffeine on higher CNS functions in insects, we used an appetitive olfactory learning paradigm for the cricket Gryllus bimaculatus. Crickets can form significant long-term memories (LTMs) after repetitive training sessions, during which they associate a conditioned stimulus (CS: odor) with an unconditioned stimulus (US: reward). Administration of hemolymphal injections of caffeine established LTM after only single-trial conditioning over a wide range of caffeine dosages (1...
October 2016: Zoological Science
Hui Liu, Hongjun Jin, Xuyi Yue, Junbin Han, Hao Yang, Hubert Flores, Yi Su, David Alagille, Joel S Perlmutter, Gilles Tamagnan, Zhude Tu
Phosphodiesterase 10A (PDE10A) inhibitors show therapeutic effects for diseases with striatal pathology. PET radiotracers have been developed to quantify in vivo PDE10A levels and target engagement for therapeutic interventions. The aim of this study was to compare two potent and selective PDE10A radiotracers, [(11)C]TZ1964B and [(18)F]MNI659 in the nonhuman primate (NHP) brain. Double scans in the same cynomolgus monkey on the same day were performed after injection of [(11)C]TZ1964B and [(18)F]MNI659. Specific uptake was determined in two ways: nondisplaceable binding potential (BPND) was calculated using cerebellum as the reference region and the PDE-10A enriched striatum as the target region of interest (ROI); the area under the time-activity curve (AUC) for the striatum to cerebellum ratio was also calculated...
October 2016: Pharmacology Research & Perspectives
Gopalan Balasubramanian, Sukunath Narayanan, Lavanya Andiappan, Thirunavukkarasu Sappanimuthu, Saravanan Thirunavukkarasu, Shamundeeswari Sundaram, Saravanakumar Natarajan, Naresh Sivaraman, Sridharan Rajagopal, Fakrudeen Ali Ahamed Nazumudeen, Sanjeev Saxena, Santosh L Vishwakarma, Shridhar Narayanan, Ganapavarapu V R Sharma, Chidambaram V Srinivasan, Narasimhan Kilambi
Herein we report the synthesis, PDE-4B and TNF-α inhibitory activities of a few dibenzo[b,d]furan-1-yl-thiazole derivatives. The hydroxycyclohexanol amide derivatives 14, 18, 24, 29, 31 and 33 exhibited promising in vitro PDE-4B and TNF-α inhibitory activities. Compound 24 showed good systemic availability in preclinical animal models and was also found to be non-toxic (exploratory mutagenicity test). Further it exhibited promising results in in vivo asthma/COPD and Uveitis models.
September 9, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
Clément Roux, Alain Duperray, Valérie M Laurent, Richard Michel, Valentina Peschetola, Claude Verdier, Jocelyn Étienne
When crawling on a flat substrate, living cells exert forces on it via adhesive contacts, enabling them to build up tension within their cytoskeleton and to change shape. The measurement of these forces has been made possible by traction force microscopy (TFM), a technique which has allowed us to obtain time-resolved traction force maps during cell migration. This cell 'footprint' is, however, not sufficient to understand the details of the mechanics of migration, that is how cytoskeletal elements (respectively, adhesion complexes) are put under tension and reinforce or deform (respectively, mature and/or unbind) as a result...
October 6, 2016: Interface Focus
Marcella Brescia, Manuela Zaccolo
Cyclic nucleotide phosphodiesterases (PDEs) are the only enzymes that degrade the cyclic nucleotides cAMP and cGMP, and play a key role in modulating the amplitude and duration of the signal delivered by these two key intracellular second messengers. Defects in cyclic nucleotide signalling are known to be involved in several pathologies. As a consequence, PDEs have long been recognized as potential drug targets, and they have been the focus of intense research for the development of therapeutic agents. A number of PDE inhibitors are currently available for the treatment of disease, including obstructive pulmonary disease, erectile dysfunction, and heart failure...
October 2, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Yujie Xiao, Hailing Nie, Huizhong Liu, Wenli Chen, Qiaoyun Huang
Cyclic di-GMP (c-di-GMP), a ubiquitous bacterial second messenger that regulates diverse cellular processes, is synthesized by diguanylate cyclase (DGC) and degraded by phosphodiesterase (PDE). GcbA is a well conserved DGC among Pseudomonas species, and has been reported to influence biofilm formation and flagellar motility in Pseudomonas fluorescens and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Here we confirm the function of GcbA in Pseudomonas putida and reveal that expression of GcbA is regulated by FleQ in response to c-di-GMP...
October 4, 2016: Environmental Microbiology Reports
Isabelle Karine da Costa Nunes, Everton Tenório de Souza, Suzana Vanessa S Cardozo, Vinicius de Frias Carvalho, Nelilma Correia Romeiro, Patrícia Machado Rodrigues E Silva, Marco Aurélio Martins, Eliezer J Barreiro, Lídia Moreira Lima
Prior investigations showed that increased levels of cyclic AMP down-regulate lung inflammatory changes, stimulating the interest in phosphodiesterase (PDE)4 as therapeutic target. Here, we described the synthesis, pharmacological profile and docking properties of a novel sulfonamide series (5 and 6a-k) designed as PDE4 inhibitors. Compounds were screened for their selectivity against the four isoforms of human PDE4 using an IMAP fluorescence polarized protocol. The effect on allergen- or LPS-induced lung inflammation and airway hyper-reactivity (AHR) was studied in A/J mice, while the xylazine/ketamine-induced anesthesia test was employed as a behavioral correlate of emesis in rodents...
2016: PloS One
Kang Jun Cho, Kyu-Sung Lee, Myung-Soo Choo, Ju Tae Seo, Jang Hwan Kim, Jong Bo Choi, Seung-June Oh, Joon Chul Kim
INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: The objective was to investigate the expression of endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) and phosphodiesterase (PDE) 5 in vaginal tissue of premenopausal women experiencing stress urinary incontinence (SUI) with and without sexual dysfunction. METHODS: Women presenting for treatment of SUI were screened using the Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI) and 10 were selected who met the criteria for female sexual dysfunction (FSD) and 10 asymptomatic controls...
September 29, 2016: International Urogynecology Journal
Mario Vincenzo La Rocca, Malvina Rutkowski, Stéphanie Ringeissen, Jérôme Gomar, Marie-Céline Frantz, Saliou Ngom, Carlo Adamo
The overall objective was to identify an accurate computational electronic method to virtually screen phenolic compounds through their antioxidant and free-radical scavenging activity. The impact of a key parameter of the density functional theory (DFT) approach was studied. Performances of the 21 most commonly used exchange-correlation functionals are thus detailed in the evaluation of the main energetic parameters related to the activities of two prototype antioxidants, namely quercetin and edaravone, is reported...
October 2016: Journal of Molecular Modeling
Eva Degerman, Rene In 't Zandt, Annki Pålbrink, Lena Eliasson, Per Cayé-Thomasen, Måns Magnusson
CONCLUSION: The data indicate important roles for phosphodiesterase (PDE) 3, 4, 5, and related cAMP and cGMP pools in the regulation of inner ear fluid homeostasis. Thus, dysfunction of these enzymes might contribute to pathologies of the inner ear. OBJECTIVE: The mechanisms underlying endolymphatic hydrops, a hallmark of inner ear dysfunction, are not known in detail; however, altered balance in cAMP and cGMP signaling systems appears to be involved. Key components of these systems are PDEs, enzymes that modulate the amplitude, duration, termination, and specificity of cAMP and cGMP signaling...
August 15, 2016: Acta Oto-laryngologica
Nava Raj Paudel, Diana Shvydka, E Ishmael Parsai
Presence of interfaces between high and low atomic number (Z) materials, often encountered in diagnostic imaging and radiation therapy, leads to radiation dose perturbation. It is characterized by a very narrow region of sharp dose enhancement at the interface. A rapid falloff of dose enhancement over a very short distance from the interface makes the experimental dosimetry nontrivial. We use an in-house-built inexpensive thin-film Cadmium Telluride (CdTe) photodetector to study this effect at the gold-tissue interface and verify our experimental results with Monte Carlo (MC) modeling...
2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
Yichen Lu, Mei Yan Lee, Shu Zhu, Talid Sinno, Scott L Diamond
During clotting under flow, platelets bind and activate on collagen and release autocrinic factors such as ADP and thromboxane, while tissue factor (TF) on the damaged wall leads to localized thrombin generation. Towards patient-specific simulation of thrombosis, a multiscale approach was developed to account for: platelet signalling [neural network (NN) trained by pairwise agonist scanning (PAS), PAS-NN], platelet positions (lattice kinetic Monte Carlo, LKMC), wall-generated thrombin and platelet-released ADP/thromboxane convection-diffusion (partial differential equation, PDE) and flow over a growing clot (lattice Boltzmann)...
September 25, 2016: Mathematical Medicine and Biology: a Journal of the IMA
Regine Hengge
The bacterial second messenger c-di-GMP controls bacterial biofilm formation, motility, cell cycle progression, development and virulence. It is synthesized by diguanylate cyclases (with GGDEF domains), degraded by specific phosphodiesterases (PDEs, with EAL of HD-GYP domains) and sensed by a wide variety of c-di-GMP-binding effectors that control diverse targets. c-di-GMP-binding effectors can be riboswitches as well as proteins with highly diverse structures and functions. The latter include 'degenerate' GGDEF/EAL domain proteins that are enzymatically inactive but still able to bind c-di-GMP...
November 5, 2016: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
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