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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445961/azilsartan-ameliorates-apoptosis-of-dopaminergic%C3%A2-neurons-and-rescues-characteristic-parkinsonian-behaviors-in-a-rat-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
#1
Qing Gao, Zhou Ou, Teng Jiang, You-Yong Tian, Jun-Shan Zhou, Liang Wu, Jian-Quan Shi, Ying-Dong Zhang
Loss of dopaminergic neurons within the substantia nigra (SN) is a pathological hallmark of Parkinson's disease (PD), which leads to the onset of motor symptoms. Previously, our in vitro studies revealed that Angiotensin II (Ang II) induced apoptosis of dopaminergic neurons through its type 1 receptor (AT1R), but these findings needed to be confirmed via animal experiments. Here, using a rotenone-induced rat model of PD, we observed an overactivation of Ang II/AT1R axis in the SN, since Ang II level and AT1R expression were markedly increased...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445830/overexpression-of-heme-oxygenase-1-in-bone-marrow-stromal-cells-promotes-microenvironment-mediated-imatinib-resistance-in-chronic-myeloid-leukemia
#2
Ping Liu, Dan Ma, Zhengyu Yu, Nana Zhe, Mei Ren, Ping Wang, Meisheng Yu, Jun Huang, Qin Fang, Jishi Wang
Neoplasm cells from patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) interact with stromal cells of the surrounding microenvironment. Bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs) represent the main population in CML marrow stroma, which may play a key role in disease support and progression. Heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) is a key enzyme of antioxidative metabolism that is associated with cell proliferation and resistance to apoptosis. We herein up-regulated HO-1 expression of BMSCs and evaluated whether BMSCs influenced K562 cells survival...
April 23, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443507/synthesis-and-biological-activity-of-unnatural-enediynes
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Roberto Romeo, Salvatore V Giofrè, Maria A Chiacchio
The first reports of the natural enediyne anticancer antibiotics date back to the late 1980s; since then, a great deal of interest has been devoted to the chemistry, biology and potential medical applications of this family of compounds. The biological activity of enediynes is linked to the presence of a highly unsaturated hex-1-ene- 1,5-diyne system. The thermally induced transformation of this unit into a benzene  diradical (the Bergman cycloaromatization) is the key step of the antitumor properties of such compounds: 1,4-diaryl radicals are able to abstract H-atoms from the deoxyribose backbone of DNA, thus leading to DNA strand cleavage and ultimately cell death...
April 24, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443351/current-and-future-chemical-therapies-for-treating-anaemia-in-chronic-kidney-disease
#4
Francesco Locatelli, Lucia Del Vecchio, Maria Carmen Luise
Erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs) are not perfect, since they have potential side effects. Iron therapy is also receiving growing attention in recent years. Areas covered: We performed a literature search on PubMed using the following key words: anaemia, chronic kidney disease, HIF stabilisers, sotatercept, actin traps, iron, iron-containing phosphate binders, iron dialysate. We reviewed new drugs that are under clinical development to obtain better safety and activity and/or easier and cheaper manufacturing processes in comparison to available ESAs...
April 26, 2017: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442538/peripheral-tumor-necrosis-factor-alpha-tnf-%C3%AE-modulates-amyloid-pathology-by-regulating-blood-derived-immune-cells-and-glial-response-in-the-brain-of-ad-tnf-transgenic-mice
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Evi Paouri, Ourania Tzara, Georgia-Ioanna Kartalou, Sofia Zenelak, Spiros Georgopoulos
Increasing evidence has suggested that systemic inflammation along with local brain inflammation can play a significant role in Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathogenesis. Identifying key molecules that regulate the crosstalk between the immune and the central nervous system can provide potential therapeutic targets. TNF-α is a pro-inflammatory cytokine implicated in the pathogenesis of systemic inflammatory and neurodegenerative diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and AD. Recent studies have reported that anti-TNF-α therapy or RA itself can modulate AD pathology, although the underlying mechanism is unclear...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442507/protein-kinase-stk25-aggravates-the-severity-of-non-alcoholic-fatty-pancreas-disease-in-mice
#6
Esther Nunez Duran, Belen Chanclon, Silva Sütt, Joana Real, Hanns-Ulrich Marschall, Ingrid Wernstedt-Asterholm, Emelie Cansby, Margit Mahlapuu
Characterising the molecular networks that negatively regulate pancreatic β-cell function is essential for understanding the underlying pathogenesis and developing new treatment strategies for type 2 diabetes. We recently identified serine/threonine protein kinase 25 (STK25) as a critical regulator of ectopic fat storage, meta-inflammation, and fibrosis in liver and skeletal muscle. Here, we assessed the role of STK25 in control of progression of non-alcoholic fatty pancreas disease in the context of chronic exposure to dietary lipids in mice...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442406/anti-amnesic-effect-of-extract-and-alkaloid-fraction-from-aerial-parts-of-peganum-harmala-on-scopolamine-induced-memory-deficits-in-mice
#7
Wei Liu, Yudan Zhu, Yongli Wang, Shenglan Qi, Yuwen Wang, Chao Ma, Shuping Li, Bo Jiang, Xuemei Cheng, Zhengtao Wang, Zhenyu Xuan, Changhong Wang
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Aerial parts of Peganum harmala Linn (APP) is used as traditional medical herb for treatment of forgetfulness in Uighur medicine in China. But, the active ingredients and underlying mechanisms are unclear. AIM OF THE STUDY: The present study was undertaken to investigate the improvement effects of extract and alkaloid fraction from APP on scopolamine-induced cognitive dysfunction and to elucidate their underlying mechanisms of action, and to support its folk use with scientific evidence, and lay a foundation for its further researches...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442167/tipping-points-and-endogenous-determinants-of-nigrostriatal-degeneration-by-mptp
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REVIEW
Stefan Schildknecht, Donato A Di Monte, Regina Pape, Kim Tieu, Marcel Leist
The neurotoxicant 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP) causes a Parkinson's disease (PD)-like syndrome by inducing degeneration of nigrostriatal dopaminergic neurons. Studies of the MPTP model have revealed the pathomechanisms underlying dopaminergic neurodegeneration and facilitated the development of drug treatments for PD. In this review, we provide an update on MPTP bioactivation and biodistribution, reconcile the distinct views on energetic failure versus reactive oxygen species (ROS) formation as main drivers of MPTP-induced neurodegeneration, and describe recently identified intrinsic features of the nigrostriatal system that make it particularly vulnerable to MPTP...
April 23, 2017: Trends in Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441986/medical-therapy-versus-dietary-avoidance-in-eosinophilic-esophagitis-which-approach-is-better
#9
Mirna Chehade, Ellen Sher
BACKGROUND: Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) is a chronic immune-mediated esophageal disease characterized by esophageal symptoms and esophageal eosinophilia. It is induced by food triggers and by environmental allergens in some patients. No U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved therapies exist for patients with EoE. Common therapies include topical corticosteroids (TCS) and dietary restriction. METHODS: This article reviewed the pros and cons of a medical versus dietary approach in treating EoE in children and adults...
May 1, 2017: Allergy and Asthma Proceedings:
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441076/a-novel-neuroprotective-small-molecule-for-glial-cell-derived-neurotrophic-factor-induction-and-photoreceptor-rescue
#10
Petr Baranov, Hong Lin, Kathryn McCabe, David Gale, Shenshen Cai, Burke Lieppman, Dwight Morrow, Phoebe Lei, Justin Liao, Michael Young
PURPOSE: Degenerative diseases of the retina, such as retinitis pigmentosa and age-related macular degeneration, are characterized by the irreversible loss of photoreceptors. Several growth factors, including glial cell derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF), have been shown to rescue retinal neurons. An alternative strategy to direct GDNF administration is its induction in host retina by small molecules. Here we studied the ability of a novel small molecule GSK812 to induce GDNF in vitro/in vivo and rescue photoreceptors...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440967/toxicity-of-cisplatin-loaded-poly-butyl-cyanoacrylate-nanoparticles-in-a-brain-cancer-cell-line-anionic-polymerization-results
#11
Nejad Mohamadi, S Maryam Kazemi, Mahshid Mohammadian, Attabak Toofani Milani, Younes Moradi, Maryam Yasemi, Meysam Ebrahimi far, Maral Mazloumi Tabrizi, Hasan Ebrahimi Shahmabadi, Azim Akbarzadeh Khiyavi
Cancer is one of the most important issues in modern medicine and the most common cause of death after cardiovascular diseases in many countries. Brain cancer is one of the most common causes of cancer death among men and women, ranking third. Chemotherapeutic drugs that aim to prevent uncontrolled proliferation of cells in tissues of the body and induce apoptosis of tumor cells are prominent candidates for development. Since cisplatin has an apoptosisinducing role, it is widely used as an anticancer agent...
March 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440561/anterior-st-elevation-myocardial-infarction-induced-by-rituximab-infusion-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#12
K Sharif, A Watad, N L Bragazzi, E Asher, A Abu Much, Y Horowitz, M Lidar, Y Shoenfeld, H Amital
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVES: Rituximab is a chimeric monoclonal anti-CD20 antibody approved for the treatment of some lymphoid malignancies as well as for autoimmune diseases including rheumatoid arthritis (RA), idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) and vasculitis. Generally, rituximab is well tolerated; nevertheless, some patients develop adverse effects including infusion reactions. Albeit rare, these reactions may in some cases be life-threatening conditions. Rituximab cardiovascular side effects include more common effects such as hypertension, oedema and rare cases of arrhythmias and myocardial infarction...
June 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440559/a-phase-2-study-of-mocetinostat-a-histone-deacetylase-inhibitor-in-relapsed-or-refractory-lymphoma
#13
Connie L Batlevi, Michael Crump, Charalambos Andreadis, David Rizzieri, Sarit E Assouline, Susan Fox, Richard H C van der Jagt, Amanda Copeland, Diane Potvin, Richard Chao, Anas Younes
Deregulation of histone deacetylase (HDAC) is important in the pathogenesis of follicular lymphoma (FL) and diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL). Mocetinostat, an isotype-selective HDAC inhibitor, induces accumulation of acetylated histones, cell cycle arrest and apoptosis in several cancers. This phase 2 study evaluated mocetinostat in patients with relapsed/refractory (R/R) DLBCL and FL. Seventy-two patients received mocetinostat (starting doses: 70-110 mg TIW, 4-week cycles). The best overall response rate (95% CI) was 18·9% (7·2, 32·2) for the DLBCL cohort (n = 41), and 11·5% (1·7, 20·7) for the FL cohort (n = 31)...
April 25, 2017: British Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440428/inhibition-of-atr-potentiates-the-cytotoxic-effect-of-gemcitabine-on-pancreatic-cancer-cells-through-enhancement-of-dna-damage-and-abrogation-of-ribonucleotide-reductase-induction-by-gemcitabine
#14
Shuang Liu, Yubin Ge, Tingting Wang, Holly Edwards, Qihang Ren, Yiqun Jiang, Chengshi Quan, Guan Wang
Pancreatic cancer is a highly malignant disease with a dismal prognosis. Gemcitabine (GEM)-based chemotherapy is the first-line treatment for patients with advanced disease, although its efficacy is very limited, mainly due to drug resistance. Ataxia telangiectasia and Rad3-related (ATR) plays a critical role in the DNA damage response (DDR) which has been implicated in GEM resistance. Thus, targeting ATR represents a promising approach to enhance GEM antitumor activity. In the present study, we tested the antitumor activity of AZ20, a novel ATR-selective inhibitor, alone or combined with GEM in 5 pancreatic cancer cell lines...
April 19, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440197/hyperprolactinemia-induced-by-antipsychotics-from-diagnosis-to-treatment-approach
#15
Walter Milano, Chiara Colletti, Anna Capasso
Schizophrenia is one of the most severe psychiatric diseases with a significant impact on the psychosocial functioning of the patients. People with schizophrenia are at risk to die prematurely because of their illness with their poor lifestyle contributing to the excess morbidity and higher mortality rate. In particular, lifestyle (e.g. poor diet, low rates of physical activity and increased likelihood to smoke cigarettes) predisposes them to poor physical health and comorbid medical diseases. In addition, the treatment of schizophrenia usually involves the long-term administration of antipsychotic drugs and some of these medications are implicated in the increased risk of metabolic and cardiovascular effects...
April 23, 2017: Endocrine, Metabolic & Immune Disorders Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439107/e-selectin-ligands-recognised-by-heca452-induce-drug-resistance-in-myeloma-which-is-overcome-by-the-e-selectin-antagonist-gmi-1271
#16
A Natoni, T A G Smith, N Keane, C McEllistrim, C Connolly, A Jha, M Andrulis, E Ellert, M S Raab, S V Glavey, L Kirkham-McCarthy, S K Kumar, S C Locatelli-Hoops, I Oliva, W E Fogler, J L Magnani, M E O'Dwyer
Multiple Myeloma (MM) is characterized by the clonal expansion and metastatic spread of malignant plasma cells to multiple sites in the bone marrow (BM). Recently, we implicated the sialyltransferase ST3Gal-6, an enzyme critical to the generation of E-selectin ligands, in MM BM homing and resistance to therapy. Since E-selectin is constitutively expressed in the BM microvasculature, we wished to establish the contribution of E-selectin ligands to MM biology. We report that functional E-selectin ligands are restricted to a minor subpopulation of MM cell lines which, upon expansion, demonstrate specific and robust interaction with recombinant E-selectin in vitro...
April 25, 2017: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439019/type-i-interferons-induced-by-endogenous-or-exogenous-viral-infections-promote-metastasis-and-relapse-of-leishmaniasis
#17
Matteo Rossi, Patrik Castiglioni, Mary-Anne Hartley, Remzi Onur Eren, Florence Prével, Chantal Desponds, Daniel T Utzschneider, Dietmar Zehn, Maria G Cusi, F Matthew Kuhlmann, Stephen M Beverley, Catherine Ronet, Nicolas Fasel
The presence of the endogenous Leishmania RNA virus 1 (LRV1) replicating stably within some parasite species has been associated with the development of more severe forms of leishmaniasis and relapses after drug treatment in humans. Here, we show that the disease-exacerbatory role of LRV1 relies on type I IFN (type I IFNs) production by macrophages and signaling in vivo. Moreover, infecting mice with the LRV1-cured Leishmania guyanensis (LgyLRV1(-) ) strain of parasites followed by type I IFN treatment increased lesion size and parasite burden, quantitatively reproducing the LRV1-bearing (LgyLRV1(+) ) infection phenotype...
April 24, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438834/rankl-cytokine-enhances-tnf-induced-osteoclastogenesis-independently-of-tnf-receptor-associated-factor-traf-6-by-degrading-traf3-in-osteoclast-precursors
#18
Zhenqiang Yao, Wei Lei, Rong Duan, Yanyun Li, Lu Luo, Brendan F Boyce
Cytokines, including receptor activator of nuclear factor kappa B ligand (RANKL) and TNF, induce increased osteoclast (OC) formation and bone loss in postmenopausal osteoporosis and inflammatory arthritides. RANKL and TNF can independently induce OC formation in vitro from WT OC precursors via TNF receptor-associated factor (TRAF) adaptor proteins, which bind to their receptors. Of these, only TRAF6 is required for RANKL-induced osteoclastogenesis in vitro. However, the molecular mechanisms involved remain incompletely understood...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438569/methylprednisolone-liver-toxicity-a-new-case-and-a-french-regional-pharmacovigilance-survey
#19
Jérôme Dumortier, Judith Cottin, Caroline Lavie, Olivier Guillaud, Valérie Hervieu, Christine Chambon-Augoyard, Jean-Yves Scoazec, Sandra Vukusic, Thierry Vial
Reported hepatotoxicity induced by corticosteroids is very rare, and the diagnosis is highly challenging in the context of auto-immune disease. We report here a case of high-dose methylprednisolone (MP)-induced acute hepatitis confirmed by liver histology in a patient with multiple sclerosis (MS) and a case series (n=4) notified to the French Pharmacovigilance center of Lyon. In all 5 cases, other common causes of hepatitis were excluded. The causal relationship with MP pulse therapy was supported by the fact that MP was the only culprit drug...
April 21, 2017: Clinics and Research in Hepatology and Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438436/effects-of-dextran-sulfate-sodium-induced-experimental-colitis-on-cytochrome-p450-activity-in-rat-liver-kidney-and-intestine
#20
Nan Hu, Yanjuan Huang, Xuejiao Gao, Sai Li, Zhixiang Yan, Bin Wei, Ru Yan
Dextran sulfate sodium (DSS) induced experimental colitis presents a histologic resemblance to human ulcerative colitis (UC). Altered cytochrome P450s (CYPs) have been reported in this model and patients with UC. In this study, six CYPs activities were quantitatively determined in microsomes of liver (RLMs), kidney (RRMs) and intestine (RIMs) from rats with colitis at acute (5% DSS for 7 days, UCA) and remission (7-day DSS treatment followed by 7-day cessation, UCR) phases and compared with normal rats. Generally, CYPs activities varied with isoform, organ, and disease status...
April 21, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
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