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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156868/a-nationwide-evaluation-of-off-label-drug-utilization-in-turkey
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Emine Nur Özdamar, Ahmet Akıcı, Ali Alkan, Banu Bayar, Hakkı Gürsöz
Background/aim: Off-label drug use (OLDU) is under the control of the Turkish Medicines and Medical Devices Agency (TMMDA) in Turkey. It was aimed to investigate demographic and medical features of patients with OLDU applications in Turkey. Materials and methods: A total of 4426 electronic OLDU application records of the TMMDA were evaluated retrospectively. Information regarding patients? demographic characteristics, diagnoses, requested drugs, institutions, and specialties of the physicians were evaluated...
August 23, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156805/circulating-tumor-dna-shows-variable-clonal-response-of-breast-cancer-during-neoadjuvant-chemotherapy
#2
Ji-Yeon Kim, Donghyun Park, Dae-Soon Son, Seok Jin Nam, Seok Won Kim, Hae Hyun Jung, Yeon Jeong Kim, Gahee Park, Woong-Yang Park, Jeong Eon Lee, Yeon Hee Park
Circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) correlates with tumor burden and provides early detection of treatment response and tumor genetic alterations in breast cancer (BC). In this study, we aimed to identify genetic alterations during the process of tumor clonal evolution and examine if ctDNA level well indicated clinical response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC) and BC recurrence. We performed targeted ultra-deep sequencing of plasma DNAs, matched germline DNAs and tumor DNAs from locally advanced BC patients. Serial plasma DNAs were collected at diagnosis, after the 1(st) cycle of NAC and after curative surgery...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156794/salen-mn-compounds-induces-cell-apoptosis-in-human-prostate-cancer-cells-through-promoting-ampk-activity-and-cell-autophagy
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Xiaoshuang Tang, Jing Jia, Feng Li, Wei Liu, Chao Yang, Bin Jin, Qi Shi, Xinyang Wang, Dalin He, Peng Guo
Currently only docetaxel has been approved to be used in the chemotherapy of prostate cancer and new drugs are urgent need. Salen-Mn is a novel type of synthetic reagent bionic and exerts remarkable anticancer activities. However, the effect of Salen-Mn on human prostate cancer has not been elucidated yet. In this study, we found that treatment of PC-3 and DU145 human prostate cancer cells with Salen-Mn inhibited cell growth in dose and time dependent manner. Moreover, Salen-Mn induced cell apoptosis, and increased the expression of apoptotic proteins, such as cleaved caspase-3, cleaved PARP, and Bax, in PC-3 and DU145 prostate cancer cells...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156785/in-silico-and-in-vitro-identification-of-inhibitory-activities-of-sorafenib-on-histone-deacetylases-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells
#4
Tsang-Pai Liu, Yi-Han Hong, Pei-Ming Yang
Although sorafenib has been approved for treating hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), clinical results are not satisfactory. Polypharmacology (one drug with multiple molecular targets) is viewed as an attractive strategy for identifying novel mechanisms of a drug and then rationally designing more-effective next-generation therapeutic agents. In this study, a polypharmacological study of sorafenib was performed by mining the next-generation Connectivity Map (CMap) database, CLUE (https://clue.io/). We found that sorafenib may act as a histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitor based on similar gene expression profiles...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156772/stat3-and-stat5a-are-potential-therapeutic-targets-in-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer
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Sambit K Mohanty, Kader Yagiz, Dinesh Pradhan, Daniel J Luthringer, Mahul B Amin, Serhan Alkan, Bekir Cinar
Mechanisms of castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) are not well understood, thus hindering rational-based drug design. Activation of STAT3/5A, key components of the JAK/STAT pathway, is implicated in aggressive PC, yet their clinical relevance in CRPC remains elusive. Here, we evaluated the possible role of STAT3/5A in CRPC using immunological, quantitative mRNA expression profiling, and pharmacological methods. We observed a strong nuclear immunoreactivity for STAT3 and STAT5A in 93% (n=14/15) and 80% (n=12/15) of CRPC cases, respectively, compared with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156763/elas1-induces-apoptotic-death-in-adenocarcinoma-du145-and-squamous-cell-carcinoma-sas-cancer-cells-but-not-in-normal-kd-cells
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Toshihiro Uchihashi, Kaori Ota, Yusuke Yabuno, Shouichi Ohno, Kohshiro Fukushima, Yoko Naito, Mikihiko Kogo, Norikazu Yabuta, Hiroshi Nojima
We previously reported that an ELAS1 peptide containing 29 amino acids induces apoptotic death in U2OS human osteosarcoma cells following DNA double-strand break insults. Here, we show that ELAS1 also caused apoptosis in prostate adenocarcinoma DU145 cells and tongue squamous-cell carcinoma SAS cells. ELAS1 appears to be safe because it induced apoptosis only in cancer cells, not in normal KD cells. Because the effect of ELAS1 is dependent on increased stability of p53 and enhanced phosphorylation of p53-S46, we exogenously expressed wild-type p53 protein to fully promote ELAS1-mediated induction of apoptosis in SAS cells...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156752/early-and-late-effects-of-aspirin-and-naproxen-on-micrornas-in-the-lung-and-blood-of-mice-either-unexposed-or-exposed-to-cigarette-smoke
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Alberto Izzotti, Roumen Balansky, Gancho Ganchev, Marietta Iltcheva, Mariagrazia Longobardi, Alessandra Pulliero, Anna Camoirano, Francesco D'Agostini, Marta Geretto, Rosanna T Micale, Sebastiano La Maestra, Mark Steven Miller, Vernon E Steele, Silvio De Flora
We recently showed that nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are able to inhibit the lung tumors induced by cigarette smoke, either mainstream (MCS) or environmental (ECS), in female mice. We used subsets of mice to analyze the expression of 1135 microRNAs in both lung and blood serum, as related to the whole-body exposure to smoke and/or oral administration of either aspirin or naproxen. In a first study, we evaluated early microRNA alterations in A/J mice exposed to ECS for 10 weeks, starting at birth, and/or treated with NSAIDs for 6 weeks, starting after weaning...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156737/combination-treatment-with-recombinant-methioninase-enables-temozolomide-to-arrest-a-braf-v600e-melanoma-in-a-patient-derived-orthotopic-xenograft-pdox-mouse-model
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Kei Kawaguchi, Kentaro Igarashi, Shukuan Li, Qinghong Han, Yuying Tan, Tasuku Kiyuna, Kentaro Miyake, Takashi Murakami, Bartosz Chmielowski, Scott D Nelson, Tara A Russell, Sarah M Dry, Yunfeng Li, Michiaki Unno, Fritz C Eilber, Robert M Hoffman
An excessive requirement for methionine termed methionine dependence, appears to be a general metabolic defect in cancer. We have previously shown that cancer-cell growth can be selectively arrested by methionine deprivation such as with recombinant methioninase (rMETase). The present study used a previously-established patient-derived orthotopic xenograft (PDOX) nude mouse model of BRAF V600E-mutant melanoma to determine the efficacy of rMETase in combination with a first-line melanoma drug, temozolomide (TEM)...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156730/generation-of-patient-specific-human-neural-stem-cells-from-niemann-pick-disease-type-c-patient-derived-fibroblasts
#9
Eun-Ah Sung, Kyung-Rok Yu, Ji-Hee Shin, Yoojin Seo, Hyung-Sik Kim, Myung Guen Koog, Insung Kang, Jae-Jun Kim, Byung-Chul Lee, Tae-Hoon Shin, Jin Young Lee, Seunghee Lee, Tae-Wook Kang, Soon Won Choi, Kyung-Sun Kang
Niemann-Pick disease type C (NPC) is a neurodegenerative and lysosomal lipid storage disorder, characterized by the abnormal accumulation of unesterified cholesterol and glycolipids, which is caused by mutations in the NPC1 genes. Here, we report the generation of human induced neural stem cells from NPC patient-derived fibroblasts (NPC-iNSCs) using only two reprogramming factors SOX2 and HMGA2 without going through the pluripotent state. NPC-iNSCs were stably expandable and differentiated into neurons, astrocytes, and oligodendrocytes...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156716/using-droplet-digital-pcr-to-analyze-mycn-and-alk-copy-number-in-plasma-from-patients-with-neuroblastoma
#10
Marco Lodrini, Annika Sprüssel, Kathy Astrahantseff, Daniela Tiburtius, Robert Konschak, Holger N Lode, Matthias Fischer, Ulrich Keilholz, Angelika Eggert, Hedwig E Deubzer
The invasive nature of surgical biopsies deters sequential application, and single biopsies often fail to reflect tumor dynamics, intratumor heterogeneity and drug sensitivities likely to change during tumor evolution and treatment. Implementing molecular characterization of cell-free neuroblastoma-derived DNA isolated from blood plasma could improve disease assessment for treatment selection and monitoring of patients with high-risk neuroblastoma. We established droplet digital PCR (ddPCR) protocols for MYCN and ALK copy number status in plasma from neuroblastoma patients...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156708/a-preclinical-evaluation-of-the-mek-inhibitor-refametinib-in-her2-positive-breast-cancer-cell-lines-including-those-with-acquired-resistance-to-trastuzumab-or-lapatinib
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John O'Shea, Mattia Cremona, Clare Morgan, Malgorzata Milewska, Frankie Holmes, Virginia Espina, Lance Liotta, Joyce O'Shaughnessy, Sinead Toomey, Stephen F Madden, Aoife Carr, Naomi Elster, Bryan T Hennessy, Alex J Eustace
Purpose: The MEK/MAPK pathway is commonly activated in HER2-positive breast cancer, but little investigation of targeting this pathway has been undertaken. Here we present the results of an in vitro preclinical evaluation of refametinib, an allosteric MEK1/2 inhibitor, in HER2-positive breast cancer cell lines including models of acquired resistance to trastuzumab or lapatinib. Methods: A panel of HER2-positive breast cancer cells were profiled for mutational status and also for anti-proliferative response to refametinib alone and in combination with the PI3K inhibitor (PI3Ki) copanlisib and the HER2-targeted therapies trastuzumab and lapatinib...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156703/preclinical-efficacy-of-the-novel-competitive-nampt-inhibitor-stf-118804-in-pancreatic-cancer
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Jair Machado Espindola-Netto, Claudia C S Chini, Mariana Tarragó, Enfeng Wang, Shamit Dutta, Krishnendu Pal, Debabrata Mukhopadhyay, Mauro Sola-Penna, Eduardo N Chini
NAD salvage is one of the pathways used to generate NAD in mammals. Nicotinamide phosphoribosyltransferase (NAMPT), the rate-limiting enzyme in this pathway, uses nicotinamide (NAM) to generate nicotinamide mononucleotide (NMN). NMN is one of the main precursors of NAD synthesis in cells. Our previous study showed the importance of NAMPT in maintaining NAD levels in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma cells (PDAC), and that the NAMPT inhibitor FK866 decreased pancreatic cancer growth. We now tested the effect of STF-118804, a new highly specific NAMPT inhibitor, in models of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156682/pharmacologic-inhibition-of-pi3k-p110%C3%AE-in-mutant-shp2e76k-expressing-mice
#13
Lisa Deng, Elizabeth L Virts, Reuben Kapur, Rebecca J Chan
Juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia is a childhood malignancy that lacks effective chemotherapies and thus has poor patient outcomes. PI3K p110δ has been found to promote hyperproliferation of cells expressing mutant Shp2. In this study, we tested the efficacy of a PI3Kδ inhibitor in mice expressing the Shp2 gain-of-function mutation, E76K. We found that in vivo treatment of mice led to significantly decreased splenomegaly, reduced frequency of bone marrow progenitor cells, and increased terminally differentiated peripheral blood myeloid cells...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156680/vemurafenib-resistance-via-de-novo-rbm-genes-mutations-and-chromosome-5-aberrations-is-overcome-by-combined-therapy-with-palbociclib-in-thyroid-carcinoma-with-braf-v600e
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Zeus A Antonello, Nancy Hsu, Manoj Bhasin, Giovanni Roti, Mukta Joshi, Paul Van Hummelen, Emily Ye, Agnes S Lo, S Ananth Karumanchi, Christine R Bryke, Carmelo Nucera
Purpose: Papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) is the most frequent endocrine tumor. BRAF(V600E) represents the PTC hallmark and is targeted with selective inhibitors (e.g. vemurafenib). Although there have been promising results in clinical trials using these inhibitors, most patients develop resistance and progress. Tumor clonal diversity is proposed as one mechanism underlying drug resistance. Here we have investigated mechanisms of primary and secondary resistance to vemurafenib in BRAF(WT/V600E)-positive PTC patient-derived cells with P16(-/-) (CDKN2A(-/-))...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156677/overcoming-resistance-to-single-agent-therapy-for-oncogenic-braf-gene-fusions-via-combinatorial-targeting-of-mapk-and-pi3k-mtor-signaling-pathways
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Payal Jain, Amanda Silva, Harry J Han, Shih-Shan Lang, Yuankun Zhu, Katie Boucher, Tiffany E Smith, Aesha Vakil, Patrick Diviney, Namrata Choudhari, Pichai Raman, Christine M Busch, Tim Delaney, Xiaodong Yang, Aleksandra K Olow, Sabine Mueller, Daphne Haas-Kogan, Elizabeth Fox, Phillip B Storm, Adam C Resnick, Angela J Waanders
Pediatric low-grade gliomas (PLGGs) are frequently associated with activating BRAF gene fusions, such as KIAA1549-BRAF, that aberrantly drive the mitogen activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathway. Although RAF inhibitors (RAFi) have been proven effective in BRAF-V600E mutant tumors, we have previously shown how the KIAA1549-BRAF fusion can be paradoxically activated by RAFi. While newer classes of RAFi, such as PLX8394, have now been shown to inhibit MAPK activation by KIAA1549-BRAF, we sought to identify alternative MAPK pathway targeting strategies using clinically relevant MEK inhibitors (MEKi), along with potential escape mechanisms of acquired resistance to single-agent MAPK pathway therapies...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156646/inhibition-of-bcl-2-and-cox-2-protein-expression-after-local-application-of-a-new-carmustine-loaded-clinoptilolite-based-delivery-system-in-a-chemically-induced-skin-cancer-model-in-mice
#16
Cristina Mihaela Ghiciuc, Aurel Lulu Strat, Lacramioara Ochiuz, Catalina Elena Lupusoru, Maria Ignat, Aurelia Vasile, Alexandru Grigorovici, Iulian Stoleriu, Carmen Solcan
Our research has focused on in vitro and in vivo evaluations of a new Carmustine (BCNU)-loaded clinoptilolite-based delivery system. Two clinoptilolite ionic forms-hydrogen form (HCLI) and sodium form (NaCLI)-were prepared, allowing a loading degree of about 5-6 mg BCNU/g of zeolite matrix due to the dual porous feature of clinoptilolite. Clinoptilolite-based delivery systems released 35.23% of the load in 12 h for the BCNU@HCLI system and only 10.82% for the BCNU@NaCLI system. The BCNU@HCLI system was chosen to develop gel and cream semisolid dosage forms...
November 20, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156634/an-overview-of-chitosan-nanoparticles-and-its-application-in-non-parenteral-drug-delivery
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Munawar A Mohammed, Jaweria T M Syeda, Kishor M Wasan, Ellen K Wasan
The focus of this review is to provide an overview of the chitosan based nanoparticles for various non-parenteral applications and also to put a spotlight on current research including sustained release and mucoadhesive chitosan dosage forms. Chitosan is a biodegradable, biocompatible polymer regarded as safe for human dietary use and approved for wound dressing applications. Chitosan has been used as a carrier in polymeric nanoparticles for drug delivery through various routes of administration. Chitosan has chemical functional groups that can be modified to achieve specific goals, making it a polymer with a tremendous range of potential applications...
November 20, 2017: Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156624/evaluation-of-posaconazole-pharmacokinetics-in-adult-patients-with-invasive-fungal-infection
#18
Sarah Allegra, Giovanna Fatiguso, Silvia De Francia, Fabio Favata, Elisa Pirro, Chiara Carcieri, Amedeo De Nicolò, Jessica Cusato, Giovanni Di Perri, Antonio D'Avolio
Mortality and morbidity due to invasive fungal infections have increased over the years. Posaconazole is a second-generation triazole agent with an extended spectrum of activity, which shows a high interindividual variability in its plasma levels, rendering dosing in many patients inconsistent or inadequate. Hence, posaconazole therapeutic drug monitoring, which is easily available in clinical practice, may improve treatment success and safety. The aim of the study was to describe posaconazole pharmacokinetics, and to evaluate the utility of therapeutic drug monitoring for therapy and prophylaxis in a cohort of adult patients...
November 20, 2017: Biomedicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156621/influence-of-shenxiong-glucose-injection-on-the-activities-of-six-cyp-isozymes-and-metabolism-of-warfarin-in-rats-assessed-using-probe-cocktail-and-pharmacokinetic-approaches
#19
Jia Sun, Yuan Lu, Yueting Li, Jie Pan, Chunhua Liu, Zipeng Gong, Jing Huang, Jiang Zheng, Lin Zheng, Yongjun Li, Ting Liu, Yonglin Wang
Shenxiong glucose injection (SGI), a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) preparation, has been widely used for the treatment of various cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases for many years. We assessed the potential influences of SGI on the activities of six CYP enzymes (CYP1A2, CYP2C11, CYP2C19, CYP2D4, CYP2E1, and CYP3A2) and on the pharmacokinetics of warfarin in rats. We compared plasma pharmacokinetics of six probe drugs (caffeine/CYP1A2, tolbutamide/CYP2C11, omeprazole/CYP2C19, metoprolol/CYP2D4, chlorzoxazone/CYP2E1, and midazolam/CYP3A2) and of warfarin between control and SGI-pretreated groups, to estimate the effect on the relative activities of the six isozymes and warfarin metabolism...
November 20, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156613/synthesis-and-swelling-behavior-of-ph-sensitive-semi-ipn-superabsorbent-hydrogels-based-on-poly-acrylic-acid-reinforced-with-cellulose-nanocrystals
#20
Lim Sze Lim, Noor Afizah Rosli, Ishak Ahmad, Azwan Mat Lazim, Mohd Cairul Iqbal Mohd Amin
pH-sensitive poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) hydrogel reinforced with cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) was prepared. Acrylic acid (AA) was subjected to chemical cross-linking using the cross-linking agent MBA (N,N-methylenebisacrylamide) with CNC entrapped in the PAA matrix. The quantity of CNC was varied between 0, 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25 wt %. X-ray diffraction (XRD) data showed an increase in crystallinity with the addition of CNC, while rheology tests demonstrated a significant increase in the storage modulus of the hydrogel with an increase in CNC content...
November 20, 2017: Nanomaterials
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