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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441481/best-practices-of-computer-aided-drug-discovery-cadd-lessons-learned-from-the-development-of-a-preclinical-candidate-for-prostate-cancer-with-a-new-mechanism-of-action
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Fuqiang Ban, Kush Dalal, Huifang Li, Eric LeBlanc, Paul S Rennie, Artem Cherkasov
Small-molecule drug design is a complex and iterative decision-making process relying on pre-existing knowledge and driven by experimental data. Low molecular weight chemicals represent an attractive therapeutic option as they are readily accessible to organic synthesis and can easily be characterized.1 Their potency, as well as pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic properties can be systematically and rationally investigated, and ultimately optimized via expert science behind medicinal chemistry and methods of computer-aided drug design (CADD)...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440819/amphiphilic-carbon-dots-as-versatile-vectors-for-nucleic-acid-and-drug-delivery
#2
Hai-Jiao Wang, Xi He, Tian-Ying Luo, Ji Zhang, Yan-Hong Liu, Xiao-Qi Yu
Carbon dot (CD)-based multifunctional delivery systems have shown great potential in both drug/gene delivery and bio-imaging. In this work, we present a strategy to simply construct amphiphilic CDs (ACDs) by conjugating hydrophobic alkyl epoxide to the surface amino groups of PEI 600-derived CDs. ACDs could well dissolve in water or organic solvents and emit bright fluorescence both in solutions and cells. (1)HNMR also suggested that ACDs may form micelle-like structures in water, and their CMC could be determined...
April 25, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440814/depletion-of-adult-neurogenesis-using-the-chemotherapy-drug-temozolomide-in-mice-induces-behavioural-and-biological-changes-relevant-to-depression
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M Egeland, C Guinaudie, A Du Preez, K Musaelyan, P A Zunszain, C Fernandes, C M Pariante, S Thuret
Numerous studies have examined links between postnatal neurogenesis and depression using a range of experimental methods to deplete neurogenesis. The antimitotic drug temozolomide (TMZ) has previously been used successfully as an experimental tool in animals to deplete adult neurogenesis and is used regularly on human patients as a standard chemotherapy for brain cancer. In this study, we wanted to evaluate whether TMZ as a model for chemotherapy treatment could affect parameters related to depression in an animal model...
April 25, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440502/marine-actinomycete-crude-extracts-with-potent-trail-resistance-overcoming-activity-against-breast-cancer-cells
#4
Mohammed I Y Elmallah, Olivier Micheau, Mennat Allah G Eid, Ali M S Hebishy, Mohamed S Abdelfattah
Tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) is a promising anticancer agent, as it can kill tumor cells selectively. In our search of bioactive natural products to overcome TRAIL-resistance, we isolated 47 actinomycete strains from different sediments and seawater samples collected from the Red Sea coast in Egypt and found four crude extracts (EGY1, EGY3, EGY24 and EGY34) displaying TRAIL sensitizing activity in the resistant breast cancer cell line MDA-MB-231. None of these crude extracts exhibited cytotoxic effect on normal mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEF), with the exception of EGY34...
April 21, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440434/preclinical-studies-for-the-combination-of-paclitaxel-and-curcumin-in-cancer-therapy-review
#5
Yumeng Wei, Xinlin Pu, Ling Zhao
Cancer is one of the most common causes of death and remains the first in China and the second in the US. The common treatments for cancer include surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, targeted therapy and immunotherapy, while chemotherapy remains one of the most important treatments. However, the efficacy of chemotherapy is limited due to drug induced-toxicities and resistance, particularly multiple drug resistance (MDR). Therefore, discovery and development of novel therapeutic drugs and/or combination therapy are urgently needed to reduce toxicity and improve efficacy...
April 20, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440085/actinomycin-d-synergistically-enhances-the-cytotoxicity-of-cddp-on-kb-cells-by-activating-p53-via-decreasing-p53-mdm2-complex
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Lin Wang, Xiao-Cong Pang, Zi-Ru Yu, Sheng-Qian Yang, Ai-Lin Liu, Jin-Hua Wang, Guan-Hua Du
The aim of this study is to investigate the synergism of low dose of actinomycin D (LDActD) to the cytotoxicity of cisplatin (CDDP) on KB cells. The role of P53 reactivation by LDActD in the synergism and its mechanism were further studied. Cell viability was determined by MTT assay. Apoptosis was determined by AnnexinV-FITC/PI staining. Mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP) was detected by JC-1 staining. Expression of proteins was detected by Western blotting (WB) and/or immunofluorescence (IF). Molecular docking of actinomycin D (ACTD) to Mouse double minute 2 homolog (MDM2) and Mouse double minute 2 homolog X (MDMX)...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Asian Natural Products Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439866/mapping-protein-protein-interaction-using-high-throughput-yeast-2-hybrid
#7
Jessica Lopez, M Shahid Mukhtar
A tremendous asset to the analysis of protein-protein interactions is the yeast-2-hybrid (Y2H) method. The Y2H assay is a heterologous system that is expanding network biology knowledge via in vivo investigations of binary protein-protein interactions. Traditionally, the Y2H protocol entails the mating or co-transformation of yeast in solid agar media followed by visual analysis for diploid selection. Having played a key role in identifying protein-protein interactions for nearly three decades in a wide range of biological systems, the Y2H system assays the interaction between two proteins of interest which results in a reconstituted and/or activation of transcription factor allowing a reporter gene to be transcribed...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439515/endogenous-retroviruses-with-us-and-against-us
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Thomas J Meyer, Jimi L Rosenkrantz, Lucia Carbone, Shawn L Chavez
Mammalian genomes are scattered with thousands of copies of endogenous retroviruses (ERVs), mobile genetic elements that are relics of ancient retroviral infections. After inserting copies into the germ line of a host, most ERVs accumulate mutations that prevent the normal assembly of infectious viral particles, becoming trapped in host genomes and unable to leave to infect other cells. While most copies of ERVs are inactive, some are transcribed and encode the proteins needed to generate new insertions at novel loci...
2017: Frontiers in Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439316/epigenetic-assays-for-chemical-biology-and-drug-discovery
#9
REVIEW
Sheraz Gul
The implication of epigenetic abnormalities in many diseases and the approval of a number of compounds that modulate specific epigenetic targets in a therapeutically relevant manner in cancer specifically confirms that some of these targets are druggable by small molecules. Furthermore, a number of compounds are currently in clinical trials for other diseases including cardiovascular, neurological and metabolic disorders. Despite these advances, the approved treatments for cancer only extend progression-free survival for a relatively short time and being associated with significant side effects...
2017: Clinical Epigenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439266/a-novel-regulator-of-activation-induced-cytidine-deaminase-apobecs-in-immunity-and-cancer-schr%C3%A3-dinger-s-catalytic-pocket
#10
REVIEW
Justin J King, Mani Larijani
Activation-induced cytidine deaminase (AID) and its relative APOBEC3 cytidine deaminases boost immune response by mutating immune or viral genes. Because of their genome-mutating activities, AID/APOBECs are also drivers of tumorigenesis. Due to highly charged surfaces, extensive non-specific protein-protein/nucleic acid interactions, formation of polydisperse oligomers, and general insolubility, structure elucidation of these proteins by X-ray crystallography and NMR has been challenging. Hence, almost all available AID/APOBEC structures are of mutated and/or truncated versions...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439087/3d-microfluidic-model-for-evaluating-immunotherapy-efficacy-by-tracking-dendritic-cell-behaviour-toward-tumor-cells
#11
Stefania Parlato, Adele De Ninno, Rosa Molfetta, Elena Toschi, Debora Salerno, Arianna Mencattini, Giulia Romagnoli, Alessandra Fragale, Lorenzo Roccazzello, Maria Buoncervello, Irene Canini, Enrico Bentivegna, Mario Falchi, Francesca Romana Bertani, Annamaria Gerardino, Eugenio Martinelli, Corrado Natale, Rossella Paolini, Luca Businaro, Lucia Gabriele
Immunotherapy efficacy relies on the crosstalk within the tumor microenvironment between cancer and dendritic cells (DCs) resulting in the induction of a potent and effective antitumor response. DCs have the specific role of recognizing cancer cells, taking up tumor antigens (Ags) and then migrating to lymph nodes for Ag (cross)-presentation to naïve T cells. Interferon-α-conditioned DCs (IFN-DCs) exhibit marked phagocytic activity and the special ability of inducing Ag-specific T-cell response. Here, we have developed a novel microfluidic platform recreating tightly interconnected cancer and immune systems with specific 3D environmental properties, for tracking human DC behaviour toward tumor cells...
April 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438385/small-molecules-inhibit-stat3-activation-autophagy-and-cancer-cell-anchorage-independent-growth
#12
Donghui Zhou, Maya Z Springer, David Xu, Degang Liu, Andy Hudmon, Kay F Macleod, Samy O Meroueh
Triple-negative breast cancers (TNBCs) lack the signature targets of other breast tumors, such as HER2, estrogen receptor, and progesterone receptor. These aggressive basal-like tumors are driven by a complex array of signaling pathways that are activated by multiple driver mutations. Here we report the discovery of 6 (KIN-281), a small molecule that inhibits multiple kinases including maternal leucine zipper kinase (MELK) and the non-receptor tyrosine kinase bone marrow X-linked (BMX) with single-digit micromolar IC50s...
March 23, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437628/advanced-biomaterials-and-microengineering-technologies-to-recapitulate-the-stepwise-process-of-cancer-metastasis
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REVIEW
Nitish Peela, Danh Truong, Harpinder Saini, Hunghao Chu, Samaneh Mashaghi, Stephanie L Ham, Sunil Singh, Hossein Tavana, Bobak Mosadegh, Mehdi Nikkhah
Cancer is one of the leading causes of death globally according to the World Health Organization. Although improved treatments and early diagnoses have reduced cancer related mortalities, metastatic disease remains a major clinical challenge. The local tumor microenvironment plays a significant role in cancer metastasis, where tumor cells respond and adapt to a plethora of biochemical and biophysical signals from stromal cells and extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins. Due to these complexities, there is a critical need to understand molecular mechanisms underlying cancer metastasis to facilitate the discovery of more effective therapies...
April 21, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437394/selective-degradation-of-splicing-factor-caper%C3%AE-by-anticancer-sulfonamides
#14
Taisuke Uehara, Yukinori Minoshima, Koji Sagane, Naoko Hata Sugi, Kaoru Ogawa Mitsuhashi, Noboru Yamamoto, Hiroshi Kamiyama, Kentaro Takahashi, Yoshihiko Kotake, Mai Uesugi, Akira Yokoi, Atsushi Inoue, Taku Yoshida, Miyuki Mabuchi, Akito Tanaka, Takashi Owa
Target-protein degradation is an emerging field in drug discovery and development. In particular, the substrate-receptor proteins of the cullin-ubiquitin ligase system play a key role in selective protein degradation, which is an essential component of the anti-myeloma activity of immunomodulatory drugs (IMiDs), such as lenalidomide. Here, we demonstrate that a series of anticancer sulfonamides NSC 719239 (E7820), indisulam, and NSC 339004 (chloroquinoxaline sulfonamide, CQS) induce proteasomal degradation of the U2AF-related splicing factor coactivator of activating protein-1 and estrogen receptors (CAPERα) via CRL4(DCAF15) mediated ubiquitination in human cancer cell lines...
April 24, 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437091/speeding-up-early-drug-discovery-in-antiviral-research-a-fragment-based-in-silico-approach-for-the-design-of-virtual-anti-hepatitis-c-leads
#15
Alejandro Speck-Planche, M Natalia Dias Soeiro Cordeiro
Hepatitis C constitutes an unresolved global health problem. This infectious disease is caused by the hepatotropic hepatitis C virus (HCV), and it can lead to the occurrence of life-threatening medical conditions such as cirrhosis and liver cancer. Nowadays, major clinical concerns have arisen due to the appearance of multidrug resistance (MDR), and the side effects especially associated with long-term treatments. In this work, we report the first multitasking model for quantitative structure-biological effect relationships (mtk-QSBER), focused on the simultaneous exploration of anti-HCV activity and in vitro safety profiles related to the absorption, distribution, metabolism, elimination, and toxicity (ADMET)...
April 24, 2017: ACS Combinatorial Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436987/genomic-consequences-of-aberrant-dna-repair-mechanisms-stratify-ovarian-cancer-histotypes
#16
Yi Kan Wang, Ali Bashashati, Michael S Anglesio, Dawn R Cochrane, Diljot S Grewal, Gavin Ha, Andrew McPherson, Hugo M Horlings, Janine Senz, Leah M Prentice, Anthony N Karnezis, Daniel Lai, Mohamed R Aniba, Allen W Zhang, Karey Shumansky, Celia Siu, Adrian Wan, Melissa K McConechy, Hector Li-Chang, Alicia Tone, Diane Provencher, Manon de Ladurantaye, Hubert Fleury, Aikou Okamoto, Satoshi Yanagida, Nozomu Yanaihara, Misato Saito, Andrew J Mungall, Richard Moore, Marco A Marra, C Blake Gilks, Anne-Marie Mes-Masson, Jessica N McAlpine, Samuel Aparicio, David G Huntsman, Sohrab P Shah
We studied the whole-genome point mutation and structural variation patterns of 133 tumors (59 high-grade serous (HGSC), 35 clear cell (CCOC), 29 endometrioid (ENOC), and 10 adult granulosa cell (GCT)) as a substrate for class discovery in ovarian cancer. Ab initio clustering of integrated point mutation and structural variation signatures identified seven subgroups both between and within histotypes. Prevalence of foldback inversions identified a prognostically significant HGSC group associated with inferior survival...
April 24, 2017: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435523/discovery-of-1-2-3-triazolo-4-5-d-pyrimidine-derivatives-as-novel-lsd1-inhibitors
#17
Zhong-Hua Li, Xue-Qi Liu, Peng-Fei Geng, Feng-Zhi Suo, Jin-Lian Ma, Bin Yu, Tao-Qian Zhao, Zhao-Qing Zhou, Chen-Xi Huang, Yi-Chao Zheng, Hong-Min Liu
Lysine specific demethylase 1 (LSD1) plays a pivotal role in regulating the lysine methylation. The aberrant overexpression of LSD1 has been reported to be involved in the progression of certain human malignant tumors. Abrogation of LSD1 with RNAi or small molecule inhibitors may lead to the inhibition of cancer proliferation and migration. Herein, a series of [1,2,3]triazolo[4,5-d]pyrimidine derivatives were synthesized and evaluated for their LSD1 inhibitory effects. The structure-activity relationship studies (SARs) were conducted by exploring three regions of this scaffold, leading to the discovery of compound 27 as potent LSD1 inhibitor (IC50 = 0...
April 13, 2017: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433698/adipose-crosstalk-with-other-cell-types-in-health-and-disease
#18
REVIEW
Chan Hee J Choi, Paul Cohen
In addition to storing and mobilizing energy, adipocytes secrete circulating factors to signal to other tissues and coordinate energy metabolism. These functions can become disrupted in the setting of obesity, contributing to the development of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. Since the discovery of leptin and adiponectin, an increasing number of adipokines have been identified and their functions elucidated. More recent studies have highlighted other modes by which adipose tissue can participate in crosstalk with other cell types and tissues...
April 19, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432840/detection-of-egfr-mutations-in-patients-with-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-by-high-resolution-melting-comparison-with-other-methods
#19
Carlos Martínez-Carretero, Fernando Iguaz Pascual, Antonio Rus, Ivan Bernardo
BACKGROUND: The discovery of mutations in the epidermal growth factor receptor gene (EGFR) related to the clinical response to tyrosine kinase inhibitors, has transformed the management of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Several methods have been developed for determination of mutations in EGFR, with different sensitivity and potential ability to detect a different number of mutations. METHODS: We developed a screening method by high resolution melting (HRM) to detect EGFR mutations, and compared the results of 123 fixed in formalin and paraffin embedded (FFPE) tumor tissue samples with the detection of mutations by allele-specific PCR...
April 22, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432774/comprehensive-two-dimensional-pc-3-prostate-cancer-cell-membrane-chromatography-for-screening-anti-tumor-components-from-radix-sophorae-flavescentis
#20
Qiang Wang, Junnan Xu, Xiang Li, Dawei Zhang, Yong Han, Xu Zhang
Radix Sophorae flavescentis is generally used for the treatments of different stages of prostate cancer in China. It has ideal effects when combined with surgical treatment and chemotherapy. However, its active components are still ambiguous. We devised a comprehensive two-dimensional PC-3 prostate cancer cell membrane chromatography system for screening anti-prostate cancer components in Radix Sophorae flavescentis. Gefitinib and dexamethasone were chosen as positive and negative drugs respectively for validation and optimization the selectivity and suitability of the comprehensive two-dimensional chromatographic system...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Separation Science
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