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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342290/verapamil-treatment-induces-cytoprotective-autophagy-by-modulating-cellular-metabolism
#1
Elzbieta Kania, Beata Pajak, Jim O'Prey, Pablo Sierra Gonzalez, Anna Litwiniuk, Kaja Urbańska, Kevin M Ryan, Arkadiusz Orzechowski
Verapamil, an L-type calcium channel blocker, has been used successfully to treat cardiovascular diseases. Interestingly, we have recently shown that treatment of cancer cells with Verapamil causes an effect on autophagy. As autophagy is known to modulate chemotherapy responses, this prompted us to explore the impact of Verapamil on autophagy and cell viability in greater detail. We report here that Verapamil causes an induction of autophagic flux in a number or tumor cells and immortalized normal cells. Moreover, we found that inhibition of autophagy in COLO 205 cells, via treatment with the chloroquine or by CRISPR/Cas9-mediated disruption of the autophagy genes Atg7 and Atg5, causes an upregulation of apoptotic markers in response to Verapamil...
March 25, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340622/anti-plasmodial-activity-of-norcaesalpin-d-and-extracts-of-four-medicinal-plants-used-traditionally-for-treatment-of-malaria
#2
Ramadhani Selemani Omari Nondo, Mainen Julius Moshi, Paul Erasto, Pax Jessey Masimba, Francis Machumi, Abdul Waziri Kidukuli, Matthias Heydenreich, Denis Zofou
BACKGROUND: Malaria is an old life-threatening parasitic disease that is still affecting many people, mainly children living in sub-Saharan Africa. Availability of effective antimalarial drugs played a significant role in the treatment and control of malaria. However, recent information on the emergence of P. falciparum parasites resistant to one of the artemisinin-based combination therapies suggests the need for discovery of new drug molecules. Therefore, this study aimed to evaluate the antiplasmodial activity of extracts, fractions and isolated compound from medicinal plants traditionally used in the treatment of malaria in Tanzania...
March 24, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337019/apigenin-induced-lysosomal-degradation-of-%C3%AE-catenin-in-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling
#3
Chung-Ming Lin, Hsin-Han Chen, Chun-An Lin, Hui-Chung Wu, Jim Jinn-Chyuan Sheu, Hui-Jye Chen
The bioflavonoid apigenin has been shown to possess cancer-preventive and anti-cancer activities. In a drug screening, we found that apigenin can inhibit Wnt/β-catenin signaling, a pathway that participates in pivotal biological functions, which dis-regulation results in various human diseases including cancers. However, the underlying mechanism of apigenin in this pathway and its link to anti-cancer activities remain largely unknown. Here we showed that apigenin reduced the amount of total, cytoplasmic, and nuclear β-catenin, leading to the suppression in the β-catenin/TCF-mediated transcriptional activity, the expression of Wnt target genes, and cell proliferation of Wnt-stimulated P19 cells and Wnt-driven colorectal cancer cells...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333961/phytochemical-investigation-of-aloe-pulcherrima-roots-and-evaluation-for-its-antibacterial-and-antiplasmodial-activities
#4
Dele Abdissa, Girma Geleta, Ketema Bacha, Negera Abdissa
Medicinal plants with documented traditional uses remain an important source for the treatment of a wide range of ailments. Evidence shows that majority of the Ethiopian population are still dependent on traditional medicine. Aloe pulcherrima Gilbert & Sebsebe is one of the endemic Aloe species traditionally used for the treatment of malaria and wound healing in central, Southern and Northern part of Ethiopia. The aim of the current study was, therefore, to isolate active compounds from roots of A. pulcherrima and evaluate for their antibacterial and antiplasmodial activities using standard test strains...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333717/effect-of-resistance-exercise-on-muscle-metabolism-and-autophagy-in-sibm
#5
Jae-Hoon Jeong, Dae-Seung Yang, Dong-Ju Hwang, Joon-Yong Cho, Eun-Bum Kang
PURPOSE: Sporadic inclusion body myositis (sIBM), a muscular degenerative disease in the elderly, is an inflammatory myopathy characterized by muscle weakness in the wrist flexor, quadriceps, and tibialis anterior muscles. We aimed to identify the therapeutic effect of resistance exercise (RE) in improving sIBM symptoms in an sIBM animal model. METHODS: Six-week-old male Wistar rats were divided into a sham group (sham, n = 12), chloroquine-control group (CQ-con, n = 12), and chloroquine-RE group (CQ-RE, n = 12)...
March 23, 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332319/piperazine-linked-4-aminoquinoline-chalcone-ferrocenyl-chalcone-conjugates-synthesis-and-anti-plasmodial-evaluation
#6
Amandeep Singh, Anu Rani, Jiri Gut, Philip J Rosenthal, Vipan Kumar
A series of piperazine-linked 4-aminoquinoline-chalcone/ferrocenyl-chalcone conjugates were prepared with a view to evaluate their activities against Plasmodium falciparum. The synthesized conjugates had in vitro IC50 values from 0.41-2.38 μM against chloroquine-resistant and mefloquine sensitive W2 strain of P. falciparum. The sub-micromolar activities of most of the synthesized conjugates suggest that such molecular frameworks can act as therapeutic templates for the design and synthesis of new antimalarials...
March 23, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329063/lysosomal-proteolysis-is-associated-with-exercise-induced-improvement-of-mitochondrial-quality-control-in-aged-hippocampus
#7
Li Luo, Jia-Ru Dai, Shan-Shan Guo, A-Ming Lu, Xiao-Fang Gao, Yan-Rong Gu, Xiao-Fei Zhang, Hai-Dong Xu, Yan Wang, Zhou Zhu, Lisa J Wood, Zheng-Hong Qin
Exercise improves cognitive function in older adults, but the underlying mechanism is largely unknown. Both lysosomal degradation and mitochondrial quality control decline with age. We hypothesized that exercise ameliorates age-related cognitive decline through the improvement of mitochondrial quality control in aged hippocampus, and this effect is associated with lysosomal proteolysis. Sixteen to eighteen-month old male Sprague Dawley rats underwent swim exercise training for 10 weeks. The exercise regimen prevented cognitive decline in aged rats, reduced oxidative stress, and rejuvenated mitochondria in the aged hippocampus...
January 19, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323983/autophagic-degradation-of-collagen-1a1-by-cortisol-in-human-amnion-fibroblasts
#8
Yabing Mi, Wangsheng Wang, Chuyue Zhang, Chao Liu, Jiangwen Lu, Wenjiao Li, Rujuan Zuo, Leslie Myatt, Kang Sun
Rupture of fetal membranes can initiate parturition at both term and preterm. Collagen is the crucial factor determining the tensile strength of the membranes. Toward the end of gestation, a feed-forward regeneration of cortisol via 11β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase 1 exists in fetal membranes. It remains undetermined whether cortisol contributes to collagen reduction in fetal membranes. Here we have examined whether cortisol accumulation is a causative factor for collagen reduction in human amnion fibroblasts, the major source of collagens in the membranes...
January 17, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323964/dysregulated-autophagy-in-hepatocytes-promotes-bisphenol-a-bpa-induced-hepatic-lipid-accumulation-in-male-mice
#9
Shumin Yang, Ting Li, Aipin Zhang, Rufei Gao, Chuan Peng, Lulu Liu, Qingfeng Cheng, Mei Mei, Ying Song, Xiaojiao Xiang, Chaodong Wu, Xiaoqiu Xiao, Qifu Li
Context: Accumulating evidence suggests that bisphenol A (BPA) exposure is associated with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Disruption of autophagy causes lipid accumulation in hepatocytes. Whether and how BPA regulates autophagy remains to be explored. Objective: We investigated the effect of BPA on autophagy in hepatocytes and examined the influence of BPA-regulated autophagy on hepatic lipid accumulation. Design: Male CD1 mice were treated with BPA for eight weeks, followed by histological and biochemical evaluation of liver lipids and autophagy...
February 21, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323050/antiplasmodial-activity-of-mezoneuron-benthamianum-leaves-and-identification-of-its-active-constituents
#10
Olivia Jansen, Alembert T Tchinda, Jean Loua, Virginie Esters, Ewa Cieckiewicz, Allison Ledoux, Paul D Toukam, Luc Angenot, Monique Tits, Aliou M Balde, Michel Frédérich
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Decoctions of the leaves of M. benthamianum Baill. are used by traditional healers in Guinea to treat malaria and this use was validated by a preliminary clinical assay. AIM OF THE STUDY: To evaluate the in vitro antiplasmodial activity and to identify active compounds from extracts of M. benthamianum leaves. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Antiplasmodial activity of extracts, fractions and pure compounds was evaluated in vitro against a chloroquine-sensitive strain of Plasmodium falciparum (3D7) using the measurement of the plasmodial lactate dehydrogenase activity...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321151/the-antimalarial-chloroquine-suppresses-lps-induced-nlrp3-inflammasome-activation-and-confers-protection-against-murine-endotoxic-shock
#11
Xiaoli Chen, Ning Wang, Yuanfeng Zhu, Yongling Lu, Xin Liu, Jiang Zheng
Activation of the NLRP3 inflammasome, which catalyzes maturation of proinflammatory cytokines like IL-1β and IL-18, is implicated and essentially involved in many kinds of inflammatory disorders. Chloroquine (CQ) is a traditional antimalarial drug and also possesses an anti-inflammatory property. In this study, we investigated whether CQ suppresses NLRP3 inflammasome activation and thereby confers protection against murine endotoxic shock. CQ attenuated NF-κB and MAPK activation and prohibited expression of IL-1β, IL-18, and Nlrp3 in LPS treated murine bone marrow-derived macrophages (BMDMs), demonstrating its inhibitory effect on the priming signal of NLRP3 activation...
2017: Mediators of Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320515/hmgcs2-promotes-autophagic-degradation-of-the-amyloid-%C3%AE-precursor-protein-through-ketone-body-mediated-mechanisms
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Li-Tian Hu, Bing-Lin Zhu, Yu-Jie Lai, Yan Long, Jing-Si Zha, Xiao-Tong Hu, John H Zhang, Guo-Jun Chen
HMGCS2 (mitochondrial 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-COA synthase 2) is a control enzyme in ketogenesis. The mitochondrial localization and interaction with APP (β-amyloid precursor protein) suggest that HMGCS2 may play a role in the pathophysiology of AD (Alzheimer's disease). Here we report that overexpression of HMGCS2 decreased levels of APP and related CTFs (carboxy-terminal fragments), which was largely prevented by an autophagic inhibitor chloroquine. In addition, HMGCS2 enhancement of autophagic marker LC3II was diminished by rapamycin, an inhibitor of mechanistic target of rapamycin...
March 17, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320254/antimalarial-and-antiplasmodial-activity-of-husk-extract-and-fractions-of-zea-mays
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Jude E Okokon, Bassey S Antia, Dinesh Mohanakrishnan, Dinkar Sahal
CONTEXT: Zea mays L. (Poacae) husk decoctions are traditionally used in the treatment of malaria by various tribes in Nigeria. OBJECTIVE: To assess the antimalarial and antiplasmodial potentials of the husk extract and fractions on malaria parasites using in vivo and in vitro models. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The ethanol husk extract and fractions (187-748 mg/kg, p.o.) of Zea mays were investigated for antimalarial activity against Plasmodium berghei using rodent (mice) malaria models and in vitro activity against chloroquine sensitive (Pf 3D7) and resistant (Pf INDO) strains of Plasmodium falciparum using the SRBR green assay method...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319724/interactions-between-tafenoquine-and-artemisinin-combination-therapy-partner-drug-in-asexual-and-sexual-stage-plasmodium-falciparum
#14
Karen Kemirembe, Mynthia Cabrera, Liwang Cui
The 8-aminoquinoline tafenoquine (TFQ), a primaquine derivative, is currently in late-stage clinical development for the radical cure of P. vivax. Here drug interactions between TFQ and chloroquine and six artemisinin-combination therapy (ACT) partner drugs in P. falciparum asexual stages and gametocytes were investigated. TFQ was mostly synergistic with the ACT-partner drugs in asexual parasites regardless of genetic backgrounds. However, at fixed ratios of 1:3, 1:1 and 3:1, TFQ only interacted synergistically with naphthoquine, pyronaridine and piperaquine in gametocytes...
March 11, 2017: International Journal for Parasitology, Drugs and Drug Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318947/docking-synthesis-and-antimalarial-activity-of-novel-4-anilinoquinoline-derivatives
#15
Shilpa Vijayaraghavan, Supriya Mahajan
A series of 4-anilinoquinoline triazine derivatives were designed, synthesized and screened for in vivo antimalarial activity against a chloroquine-sensitive strain of Plasmodium berghei. The compounds were further subjected to in vitro antimalarial activity against chloroquine-resistant W2 strain of Plasmodium falciparum and β-haematin inhibition studies. All the compounds exhibited in vivo antimalarial activity better than that shown by the standard drug, chloroquine. Twelve out of fifteen compounds showed better inhibition than that of chloroquine against chloroquine-resistant W2 strain of Plasmodium falciparum...
March 6, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315598/n-piperonyl-substitution-on-aminoquinoline-pyrimidine-hybrids-effect-on-the-antiplasmodial-potency
#16
Rohit Kholiya, Shabana I Khan, Aparna Bahuguna, Mohit Tripathi, Diwan S Rawat
A series of 4-aminoquinoline-piperonyl-pyrimidine hybrids were synthesized with the aim of identifying compounds with enhanced antimalarial activity. All the synthesized molecules were evaluated in vitro against cultured Plasmodium falciparum W2 and D6 strains and exhibited potent antiplasmodial activities with IC50 values in the range of 0.02-5.16 μM. Out of the 22 synthesised hybrids, 12 were found to be better (up to eight-fold more active) than chloroquine (CQ), particularly against the CQ-resistant W2 strain of P...
March 11, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302108/confirmation-of-plasmodium-falciparum-in-vitro-resistance-to-monodesethylamodiaquine-and-chloroquine-in-dakar-senegal-in-2015
#17
Silman Diawara, Marylin Madamet, Mame Bou Kounta, Gora Lo, Khalifa Ababacar Wade, Aminata Nakoulima, Raymond Bercion, Rémy Amalvict, Mamadou Wague Gueye, Bécaye Fall, Bakary Diatta, Bruno Pradines
BACKGROUND: In response to increasing resistance to anti-malarial drugs, Senegal adopted artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) as the first-line treatment for uncomplicated malaria in 2006. However, resistance of Plasmodium falciparum parasites to artemisinin derivatives, characterized by delayed parasite clearance after treatment with ACT or artesunate monotherapy, has recently emerged and rapidly spread in Southeast Asia. After 10 years of stability with rates ranging from 5.6 to 11...
March 16, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301876/autophagy-inhibitor-chloroquine-increases-sensitivity-to-cisplatin-in-qbc939-cholangiocarcinoma-cells-by-mitochondrial-ros
#18
Xianzhi Qu, Jiyao Sheng, Luyan Shen, Jing Su, Yunjie Xu, Qi Xie, Yao Wu, Xuewen Zhang, Liankun Sun
The tumor cells have some metabolic characteristics of the original tissues, and the metabolism of the tumor cells is closely related to autophagy. However, the mechanism of autophagy and metabolism in chemotherapeutic drug resistance is still poorly understood. In this study, we investigated the role and mechanism of autophagy and glucose metabolism in chemotherapeutic drug resistance by using cholangiocarcinoma QBC939 cells with primary cisplatin resistance and hepatocellular carcinoma HepG2 cells. We found that QBC939 cells with cisplatin resistance had a higher capacity for glucose uptake, consumption, and lactic acid generation, and higher activity of the pentose phosphate pathway compared with HepG2 cells, and the activity of PPP was further increased after cisplatin treatment in QBC939 cells...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300903/extensive-bullous-lichen-sclerosus-et-atrophicus
#19
Jelica Vukicevic
Lichen sclerosus et atrophicus is a chronic disease of unknown etiology characterized by atrophic and sclerotic plaques in both genital and extragenital regions. Extensive bullous lichen sclerosus et atrophicus (BLSA) is a severe variant of the disease with no widely accepted treatment. We present a 63-year-old woman with extensive extragenital, ivory-colored, atrophic plaques on her trunk and extremities and disseminated hemorrhagic bullae. The patient was unsuccessfully treated with standard topical corticosteroid therapy, doxycycline and chloroquine...
September 2016: Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300558/therapeutic-efficacy-of-chloroquine-for-the-treatment-of-plasmodium-vivax-malaria-among-outpatients-at-shawa-robit-health-care-center-north-east-ethiopia
#20
Seble Seifu, Ahmed Zeynudin, Endalew Zemene, Sultan Suleman, Abdissa Biruksew
Nearly 40% of all malaria infection in Ethiopia is caused by Plasmodium vivax (P. vivax). Chloroquine (CQ) is the first line treatment for confirmed P. vivax malaria in the country. However, the efficacy of this drug has been compromised by CQ resistant P. vivax (CRPv) strains. Therefore, the present study was aimed at assessing the therapeutic efficacy of CQ for treatment of P. vivax malaria at Shawa Robit Health Care Centre, North-Ease Ethiopia. A one-arm, 28-day follow-up, in vivo therapeutic efficacy study was conducted from October 2013 to February 2014...
March 11, 2017: Acta Tropica
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