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Lee Ena, Jong Seung Lim, Ji Yeon Son, Yu Jin Park, Yong Hee Lee, Ji Yeong Kim, Seung Jun Kwack, Byung Mu Lee, Mee-Young Ahn, Hyung Sik Kim
Triclosan (TCS), a common antimicrobial ingredient, is present in many consumer products, including soaps, shampoos, and toothpaste. Owing to its widespread use, potential adverse effects on animals and humans may arise from lifetime exposure, but data on chronic prepubertal exposure of TCS are still lacking. The aim of the present study was to investigate the influence of subchronic TCS exposure (0.25, 25, 250, or 750 mg/kg) on target organ toxicity in prepubertal male rats. After daily administration of TCS to rats by oral gavage for 60 d, a significant reduction in body weight and relative weights of liver, kidneys, testes, and adrenal glands was observed in the 750-mg/kg (high dose) group...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part A
Xiaoying Li, Yu Cao, Mu Li, Feng Jin
HES1 is a transcriptional repressor involved in cell differentiation and proliferation as well as in various cancer developments, but its expression pattern and biological roles in breast cancer have not been examined. In this study, we assessed HES1 expression in breast cancer tissues using immunohistochemistry and Western blot analyses and investigated HES1 function using MTT and Matrigel invasion assays. Significant relationships were observed between HES1 upregulation and advanced TNM stage (p=0.011), node metastasis (p=0...
2018: Journal of Cancer
Rola M Labib, Radhakrishnan Srivedavyasasri, Fadia S Youssef, Samir A Ross
Pinus roxburghii is highly popular as a potent analgesic and anti-inflammatory agent; however its exact mechanism of action was not fully elucidated. We aimed to interpret the analgesic and anti-inflammatory activity of the total ethanol extract of Pinus roxburghii bark (PRE) and its isolated compounds by both in silico molecular modelling and in-vitro cannabinoid and opioid binding activities evaluation for the first time. Comprehensive phytochemical investigation of PRE resulted in the isolation of sixteen compounds that were fully elucidated using1 H NMR and13 C NMR...
March 2018: Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal: SPJ: the Official Publication of the Saudi Pharmaceutical Society
Hongchen Hua, Xuemei Zhang, Hongjie Mu, Qingqing Meng, Ying Jiang, Yiyun Wang, Xiaoyan Lu, Aiping Wang, Sha Liu, Yaping Zhang, Zhihui Wan, Kaoxiang Sun
Gliomas are the most common malignant brain tumor, but treatment is limited by the blood-brain barrier (BBB), especially for chemotherapeutic drugs. Although some chemotherapy drugs can pass through the BBB, many of these agents are toxic to normal brain tissue. To maximize therapeutic effects, chemotherapeutic drugs must accumulate at the glioma site. In this study, a specific ligand (the RVG29 peptide) that can combine with acetylcholine receptors was conjugated to polyethylene glycol-modified poly-(D,L-lactide-co-glycolide) (PEG-PLGA) to develop a targeted carrier; preparation of the targeted docetaxel nanoparticles (DTX-NPs) was performed by the nanoprecipitation method...
March 16, 2018: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
Sonia Torres-Sanchez, Gisela Borges, Juan A Mico, Esther Berrocoso
Tapentadol is an analgesic that acts as an agonist of mu-opioid receptors (MOR) and that inhibits noradrenaline reuptake. Data from healthy rats show that tapentadol inhibits neuronal activity in the locus coeruleus (LC), a nucleus regulated by both the noradrenergic and opioid systems. Thus, we set out to investigate the effect of tapentadol on LC activity in streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetic rats, a model of diabetic polyneuropathy, by analyzing single-unit extracellular recordings of LC neurons. Four weeks after inducing diabetes, tapentadol dose-response curves were obtained from animals pre-treated with RX821002 or naloxone (alpha2-adrenoceptors and opioid receptors antagonists, respectively)...
March 15, 2018: Neuropharmacology
Rita Turnaturi, Carmela Parenti, Orazio Prezzavento, Agostino Marrazzo, Paschalina Pallaki, Zafiroula Georgoussi, Emanuele Amata, Lorella Pasquinucci
The opioid pharmacological profile of cis -(-)- N -normetazocine derivatives is deeply affected by the nature of their N -substituents. Here, our efforts were focused on the synthesis and pharmacological evaluation of novel derivatives of the lead LP1, a multitarget opioid analgesic compound featuring an N -phenylpropanamido substituent. LP1 derivatives 5a - d and 6a - d were characterized by flexible groups at the N -substituent that allow them to reposition themselves relative to cis -(-)- N -normetazocine nucleus, thus producing different pharmacological profiles at the mu, delta and kappa opioid receptors (MOR, DOR and KOR) in in vitro and in vivo assays...
March 16, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Qingqing Wei, Ruiqi Li, Liang Zhong, Haiyuan Mu, Shaopeng Zhang, Liang Yue, Jinzhu Xiang, Enhong Li, Minglei Zhi, Suying Cao, Jianyong Han
After zygotic genome activation and lineage specification, zygotes develop into late blastocysts comprising three distinct cell types. The molecular mechanisms underlying this progress are largely unknown in pigs. Here, we intended to analyze an extensive set of regulators at the single-cell level to define the events involved in the development of the porcine blastocysts. Using a quantitative microfluidics approach in single cells, we detected mRNA levels of 96 genes known to function in early embryonic development and maintenance of stem cell pluripotency simultaneously in 480 individual cells derived from porcine preimplantation embryos...
March 13, 2018: Biology of Reproduction
Xin Mu, Emily Greenwald, Sadeem Ahmad, Sun Hur
The emergence of RNA-based therapeutics demands robust and economical methods to produce RNA with few byproducts from aberrant activity. While in vitro transcription using the bacteriophage T7 RNA polymerase is one such popular method, its transcripts are known to display an immune-stimulatory activity that is often undesirable and uncontrollable. We here showed that the immune-stimulatory activity of T7 transcript is contributed by its aberrant activity to initiate transcription from a promoter-less DNA end...
March 9, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
Guan Yun Frances Wang, Xiang Qun Shi, Wenjia Wu, Maria Gueorguieva, Mu Yang, Ji Zhang
Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) is a set of heterogeneous musculoskeletal conditions involving the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and/or the masticatory muscles. Up to 33% of the population has had at least one symptom of TMD with 5-10% of them requiring treatment. Common symptoms include limited jaw movement, joint sound, and pain in the orofacial area. Once TMD becomes chronic, it can be debilitating with comorbidities that greatly reduce one's overall quality of life. However, the underlying mechanism of TMD is unclear due to the multicausative nature of the disease...
March 12, 2018: Pain
Samuel Obeng, Yunyun Yuan, Abdulmajeed Jali, Dana E Selley, Yan Zhang
Evidence has shown that downstream signaling by mu opioid receptor (MOR) agonists that recruit β-arrestin2 may lead to the development of tolerance. Also, it has been suggested that opioid receptor desensitization and cyclic AMP overshoot contributes to the development of tolerance and occurrence of withdrawal, respectively. Therefore, studies were conducted with 17-cyclopropylmethyl-3,14β-dihydroxy-4,5α-epoxy-6α-(isoquinoline-3-carboxamido)morphinan (NAQ), a MOR selective partial agonist discovered in our laboratory, to characterize its effect on β-arrestin2 recruitment and precipitation of a cyclic AMP overshoot...
March 9, 2018: European Journal of Pharmacology
Meritxell Llorca-Torralba, Juan A Mico, Esther Berrocoso
The persistent activation of N-methyl-d-aspartate acid receptors (NMDARs) seems to be responsible for a series of changes in neurons associated with neuropathic pain, including the failure of opioids that act through mu-opioid receptors (MORs) to provide efficacious pain relief. As the noradrenergic locus coeruleus (LC) forms part of the endogenous analgesic system, we explored how intra-LC administration of morphine, a MORs agonist, alone or in combination with MK-801, a NMDARs antagonist, affects the sensorial and affective dimension of pain in a rat model of neuropathic pain; chronic constriction injury (CCI)...
March 7, 2018: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
N Dietis, H Niwa, R Tose, J McDonald, V Ruggieri, M Filaferro, G Vitale, L Micheli, C Ghelardini, S Salvadori, G Calo, R Guerrini, D J Rowbotham, D G Lambert
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Targeting more than one opioid receptor type simultaneously may have analgesic advantages in reduced side effect profile. We have evaluated the mixed MOP (μ, mu) agonist/DOP (δ, delta) antagonist UFP-505 in vitro and in vivo. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: We measured receptor density and function in single MOP, DOP and MOP/DOP double expression systems. GTPγ35 S binding, cAMP formation and arrestin recruitment were measured. Antinociceptive activity was measured in vivo using tail withdrawal and paw pressure tests following acute and chronic treatment...
March 10, 2018: British Journal of Pharmacology
Lianwei Mu, Dong Dong Xia, Teresa Michalkiewicz, Matthew Hodges, Gary Mouradian, Girija G Konduri, Margaret T T Wong-Riley
We have identified a critical period of respiratory development in rats at postnatal days P12-13, when inhibitory influence dominates and when the response to hypoxia is at its weakest. This critical period has significant implications for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), the cause of which remains elusive. One of the known risk factors for SIDS is prematurity. A common intervention used in premature infants is hyperoxic therapy, which, if prolonged, can alter the ventilatory response to hypoxia and induce sustained inhibition of lung alveolar growth and pulmonary remodeling...
March 2018: Physiological Reports
Shi-Tong Yu, Qian Zhong, Ren-Hui Chen, Ping Han, Shi-Bing Li, Hua Zhang, Li Yuan, Tian-Liang Xia, Mu-Sheng Zeng, Xiao-Ming Huang
Papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) is the one of the most common types of endocrine cancer and has a heterogeneous prognosis. Tumors from patients with poor prognosis may differentially express specific genes. Therefore, an analysis of The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) database was performed and revealed that cytokine receptor-like factor 1 (CRLF1) may be a potential novel target for PTC treatment. The objective of the current study was to explore the expression of CRLF1 in PTC and to investigate the main functions and mechanisms of CRLF1 in PTC...
March 7, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Pei Li, Yiwei Shan, Wangliang Zheng, Xiuyuan Ou, Dan Mi, Zhixia Mu, Kathryn V Holmes, Zhaohui Qian
The spike glycoprotein (S) of murine coronavirus mouse hepatitis virus (MHV) strain A59 uses murine carcinoembryonic antigen-related cell adhesion molecule 1a as its receptor for cell entry, but S protein can also be triggered in the absence of receptor by pH 8.0 alone at 37°C. The mechanism by which conformational changes of this S glycoprotein can be triggered by pH 8.0 has not yet been determined. Here we show that MHV-A59 S protein is triggered by pH 8.0 at 37°C to induce receptor-independent syncytium (RIS) formation on 293T cells, and that the conformational changes in S proteins triggered by pH 8...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Virology
Edward F Domino, Mika Hirasawa-Fujita
Introduction: The effects of smoking denicotinized (denic) and average nicotine (avnic) tobacco cigarettes were studied on brain mu opioid receptor binding by positron emission tomography with 11C carfentanil. The results indicated the importance of physiological and psychological effects induced by denic smoking. Methods: Regional mu opioid binding potential (non-displaceable binding potential, BPND) was measured in 20 adult male overnight abstinent chronic tobacco smokers...
March 5, 2018: Nicotine & Tobacco Research: Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
Justyna Piekielna-Ciesielska, Adriano Mollica, Stefano Pieretti, Jakub Fichna, Agata Szymaszkiewicz, Marta Zielińska, Radzisław Kordek, Anna Janecka
Opioid peptides and opiate drugs such as morphine, mediate their analgesic effects, but also undesired side effects, mostly through activation of the mu opioid receptor. However, delta- and kappa-opioid receptors can also contribute to the analgesic effects of opioids. Recent findings showed that simultaneous activation of multiple opioid receptors may result in additional analgesia with fewer side effects. Here, we evaluated the pharmacological profile of our formerly developed mixed mu/kappa-opioid receptor ligands, Dmt-c[D-Lys-Phe-Phe-Asp]NH2 (C-36) and Dmt-c[D-Lys-Phe-p-CF3 -Phe-Asp]NH2 (F-81)...
December 2018: Journal of Enzyme Inhibition and Medicinal Chemistry
Qing Mu, Weidong Yu, Shuying Zheng, Hongxia Shi, Mei Li, Jie Sun, Di Wang, Xiaoli Hou, Ling Liu, Xinjuan Wang, Zhuran Zhao, Rong Liang, Xue Zhang, Wei Dong, Chaomei Zeng, Jingzhu Guo
Vitamin A deficiency and mitochondrial dysfunction are both associated with neural differentiation-related disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease (AD) and Down syndrome (DS). The mechanism of vitamin A-induced neural differentiation and the notion that vitamin A can regulate the morphology and function of mitochondria in its induction of neural differentiation through the RIP140/PGC-1α axis are unclear. The aim of this study was to investigate the roles and underlying mechanisms of RIP140/PGC-1α axis in vitamin A-induced neural differentiation...
March 7, 2018: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
Nan Xie, Nicholas Matigian, Tharindu D Vithanage, Kye Gregory, Zeyad D Nassar, Peter J Cabot, Paul Nicholas Shaw, Carl Mj Kirkpatrick, Kim-Anh Lê Cao, David Sturgess, Marie-Odile Parat
PURPOSE: To investigate the potential interplay between opioid analgesia and tumour metastasis through modulation of μ opioid receptor (MOR), Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) activation, and matrix degradation potential. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: Plasma samples were collected from 60 patients undergoing elective lower limb joint replacement pre-operatively and at 3, 6 and 24 h after surgery; pain scores were documented at the same time points. Opioid administration was recorded and converted into morphine IV equivalents...
March 6, 2018: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Xiaona Zhang, Junkai Lu, Changkao Mu, Ronghua Li, Weiwei Song, Yangfang Ye, Ce Shi, Lei Liu, Chunlin Wang
C-type lectin plays an important role in the innate immune response of crustaceans including Portunus trituberculatus which is an important marine species. In the present study, we cloned the full length of a C-type lectin (designated as PtCTL4) from P. trituberculatus via 3'RACE. The full length of the nucleic acid sequence had a length of 654 bp including an open reading frame (ORF) of 480 bp. PtCTL4 possesses conserved CTL features, while containing a CRD domain with Ca2+ binding site 2 and six conserved cysteine residues...
March 1, 2018: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
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