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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637235/monotherapy-with-either-dolutegravir-or-raltegravir-fails-to-durably-suppress-hiv-viraemia-in-humanized-mice
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Alonso Heredia, Said Hassounah, Sandra Medina-Moreno, Juan C Zapata, Nhut M Le, Yingshan Han, James S Foulke, Charles Davis, Joseph Bryant, Robert R Redfield, Mark A Wainberg
Objectives: To compare the effectiveness of HIV integrase inhibitor monotherapy between raltegravir and dolutegravir as an approach to simplify therapy. Methods: We evaluated and compared the efficacy of 20 week monotherapy with dolutegravir or raltegravir in humanized mice (HSC-NSG) infected with HIV BaL . Plasma HIV RNA was measured by quantitative RT-PCR (limit of detection of 150 copies/45 μL of plasma) and drug levels by LC-MS/MS. Escape viruses were genotyped and analysed for replication capacity and drug susceptibility in tissue culture...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637013/akt-can-modulate-the-in-vitro-response-of-hnscc-cells-to-irreversible-egfr-inhibitors
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Renato José Silva-Oliveira, Matias Melendez, Olga Martinho, Maicon F Zanon, Luciano de Souza Viana, André Lopes Carvalho, Rui Manuel Reis
Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) is overexpressed in up to 90% of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) tumors. Cetuximab is the first targeted (anti-EGFR) therapy approved for the treatment of HNSCC patients. However, its efficacy is limited due to primary and secondary resistance, and there is no predict biomarkers of response. New generation of EGFR inhibitors with pan HER targeting and irreversible action, such as afatinib and allitinib, represents a significant therapeutic promise. In this study, we intend to compare the potential cytotoxicity of two anti-EGFR inhibitors (afatinib and allitinib) with cetuximab and to identify potential predictive biomarkers of response in a panel of HNSCC cell lines...
June 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637008/cytotoxic-profiling-of-artesunic-and-betulinic-acids-and-their-synthetic-hybrid-compound-on-neurons-and-gliomas
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Annemarie Ackermann, Aysun Çapcı Karagöz, Ali Ghoochani, Michael Buchfelder, Ilker Eyüpoglu, Svetlana B Tsogoeva, Nicolai Savaskan
Gliomas are brain-born tumors with devastating impact on their brain microenvironment. Novel approaches employ multiple combinations of chemical compounds in synthetic hybrid molecules to target malignant tumors. Here, we report on the chemical hybridization approach exemplified by artesunic acid (ARTA) and naturally occurring triterpene betulinic acid (BETA). Artemisinin derived semisynthetic compound artesunic acid (ARTA) and naturally occurring triterpene BETA were used to synthetically couple to the hybrid compound termed 212A...
June 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636992/acetylsalicylic-acid-inhibits-the-growth-of-melanoma-tumors-via-sox2-dependent-paf-r-independent-signaling-pathway
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Anita Thyagarajan, Jeremiah Saylae, Ravi P Sahu
Acquired resistance to standard therapies remains a serious challenge, requiring novel therapeutic approaches that incorporate potential factors involved in tumor resistance. As cancers including melanoma express inflammatory cyclooxygenases generating prostaglandins implicated in tumor growth, we investigated mechanism of anti-inflammatory drug, acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) which has been shown to inhibit various tumor types, however, its effects against highly aggressive melanoma model are unclear. Given our reports that an activation of platelet-activating factor-receptor (PAF-R) augments the growth and impede efficacies of therapeutic agents in experimental melanoma, we also sought to determine if PAF-R mediates anti-melanoma activity of ASA...
June 1, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636828/pharmacokinetic-drug-evaluation-of-extended-release-lorcaserin-for-the-treatment-of-obesity
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Kathryn Hurren, Marissa W Dunham
Lorcaserin is a serotonin 2C receptor antagonist that was FDA approved in 2012. Lorcaserin is recently available as an extended-release (ER) formulation for the treatment of obesity as an adjunct to lifestyle modification. Areas covered: The pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, efficacy, and safety of lorcaserin ER will be reviewed. Expert opinion: Lorcaserin ER 20mg daily provides drug exposure bioequivalent to lorcaserin immediate release (IR) 10mg twice daily. Lorcaserin IR is associated with 3.3% and 3.0% placebo-subtracted weight loss in patients without and with diabetes, respectively...
June 21, 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Metabolism & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636718/trends-and-outcomes-of-off-label-use-of-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement-insights-from-the-ncdr-sts-acc-tvt-registry
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Ravi S Hira, Sreekanth Vemulapalli, Zhuokai Li, James M McCabe, John S Rumsfeld, Samir R Kapadia, Mahboob Alam, Hani Jneid, Creighton Don, Mark Reisman, Salim S Virani, Neal S Kleiman
Importance: Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for severe aortic stenosis in patients who cannot undergo surgery and for patients at high operative risk. Use of TAVR for off-label indications has not been previously reported. Objective: To evaluate patterns and adverse outcomes of off-label use of TAVR in US clinical practice. Design, Setting and Participants: Patients receiving commercially funded TAVR in the United States are included in the Transcatheter Valve Therapy Registry...
June 21, 2017: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636382/development-of-efficient-chemistry-to-generate-site-specific-disulfide-linked-protein-and-peptide-payload-conjugates-application-to-thiomab%C3%A2-antibody-drug-conjugates
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Jack David Sadowsky, Thomas H Pillow, Jinhua Chen, Fang Fan, Changrong He, Yanli Wang, Gang Yan, Hui Yao, Zijin Xu, Shanique Martin, Donglu Zhang, Phillip Chu, Josefa Dela Cruz-Chuh, Aimee O'Donohue, Guangmin Li, Geoffrey Del Rosario, Jintang He, Luna Liu, Carl K Ng, Dian Su, Gail D Lewis Phillips, Katherine Ruth Kozak, Shang-Fan Yu, Keyang Xu, Douglas Leipold, John S Wai
Conjugation of small molecule payloads to specific cysteine residues on proteins via a disulfide bond represents an attractive strategy to generate redox-sensitive bioconjugates, which have value as potential diagnostic reagents or therapeutics. Advancement of such "direct-disulfide" bioconjugates to the clinic necessitates chemical methods to form disulfide connections efficiently, without byproducts. The disulfide connection must also be resistant to premature cleavage by thiols prior to arrival at the targeted tissue...
June 21, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636355/semisynthetic-flavone-derived-antimicrobials-with-therapeutic-potential-against-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-mrsa
#8
Shuimu Lin, Jun-Jie Koh, Thet Tun Aung, Wan Ling Wendy Sin, Fanghui Lim, Lin Wang, Rajamani Lakshminarayanan, Lei Zhou, Donald T H Tan, Derong Cao, Roger W Beuerman, Li Ren, Shouping Liu
A new series of semisynthetic flavone-based small molecules mimicking antimicrobial peptides has been designed from natural icaritin to combat drug-resistant Gram-positive bacterial infections. Compound 6 containing two arginine residues exhibited excellent antibacterial activity against Gram-positive bacteria, including MRSA, and very low toxicity to mammalian cells, resulting in a high selectivity of more than 511, comparable to that of several membrane-active antibiotics in clinical trials. Our data show for the first time that icaritin derivatives effectively kill bacteria...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636311/insights-into-integrated-lead-generation-and-target-identification-in-malaria-and-tuberculosis-drug-discovery
#9
John Okombo, Kelly Chibale
New, safe and effective drugs are urgently needed to treat and control malaria and tuberculosis, which affect millions of people annually. However, financial return on investment in the poor settings where these diseases are mostly prevalent is very minimal to support market-driven drug discovery and development. Moreover, the imminent loss of therapeutic lifespan of existing therapies due to evolution and spread of drug resistance further compounds the urgency to identify novel effective drugs. However, the advent of new public-private partnerships focused on tropical diseases and the recent release of large data sets by pharmaceutical companies on antimalarial and antituberculosis compounds derived from phenotypic whole cell high throughput screening have spurred renewed interest and opened new frontiers in malaria and tuberculosis drug discovery...
June 21, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636254/pirfenidone-reduces-subchondral-bone-loss-and-fibrosis-after-murine-knee-cartilage-injury
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Deva D Chan, Jun Li, Wei Luo, Dan N Predescu, Brian J Cole, Anna Plaas
Pirfenidone is an anti-inflammatory and anti-fibrotic drug that has shown efficacy in lung and kidney fibrosis. Because inflammation and fibrosis have been linked to the progression of osteoarthritis, we investigated the effects of oral Pirfenidone in a mouse model of cartilage injury, which results in chronic inflammation and joint-wide fibrosis in mice that lack hyaluronan synthase 1 (Has1(-/-) ) in comparison to wild-type. Femoral cartilage was surgically injured in wild-type and Has1(-/-) mice, and Pirfenidone was administered in food starting after 3 days...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636222/recent-progress-in-immunotherapy-for-urological-cancer
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REVIEW
Wataru Obara, Renpei Kato, Yoichiro Kato, Mitsugu Kanehira, Ryo Takata
Cancer immunotherapy for urological tumors had made progress for several decades, but recent advances in immunotherapy, as therapeutic vaccines or immune checkpoint inhibitors, have drastically changed the present treatment strategy. Recently, nivolumab and atezolizumab have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for treatment of urological cancers. Additional immune checkpoint inhibitors and vaccines are being tested in clinical trials. Despite advances in these therapeutic modalities, benefits are limited to a subset of patients...
June 21, 2017: International Journal of Urology: Official Journal of the Japanese Urological Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636189/discovery-of-alkyl-bis-oxy-dibenzimidamide-derivatives-as-novel-protein-arginine-methyltransferase-1-prmt1-inhibitors
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Wei-Yao Zhang, Wen-Chao Lu, Hao Jiang, Zheng-Bing Lv, Yi-Qian Xie, Fu-Lin Lian, Zhong-Jie Liang, Yu-Xi Jiang, Da-Jin Wang, Cheng Luo, Jia Jin, Fei Ye
Protein arginine methylation, a post-translational modification critical for a variety of biological processes, is catalyzed by protein arginine N-methyltransferases (PRMTs). In particular, PRMT1 is responsible for over 85% of the arginine methylation in mammalian cells. Dysregulation of PRMT1 is involved in diverse pathological diseases including cancers. However, most current PRMT1inhibitors are lack of specificity, efficacy, and bioavailability. Herein, a series of alkyl bis(oxy)dibenzimidamide derivatives were identified as selective PRMT1 inhibitors...
June 21, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635679/the-role-of-angiogenesis-in-cancer-treatment
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REVIEW
Mehdi Rajabi, Shaker A Mousa
A number of anti-angiogenesis drugs have been FDA-approved and are being used in cancer treatment, and a number of other agents are in different stages of clinical development or in preclinical evaluation. However, pharmacologic anti-angiogenesis strategies that arrest tumor progression might not be enough to eradicate tumors. Decreased anti-angiogenesis activity in single mechanism-based anti-angiogenic strategies is due to the redundancy, multiplicity, and development of compensatory mechanism by which blood vessels are remodeled...
June 21, 2017: Biomedicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635560/sorafenib-in-japanese-patients-with-locally-advanced-or-metastatic-medullary-thyroid-carcinoma-and-anaplastic-thyroid-carcinoma
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Yasuhiro Ito, Naoyoshi Onoda, Ken-Ichi Ito, Iwao Sugitani, Shunji Takahashi, Iku Yamaguchi, Koki Kabu, Katsuya Tsukada
BACKGROUND: Therapeutic options for treating advanced or metastatic medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) and anaplastic thyroid carcinoma (ATC) are still limited in Japan even though vandetanib for MTC, and lenvatinib for MTC and ATC have been approved. Sorafenib is an oral multikinase inhibitor approved for the treatment of patients with radioactive iodine-refractory (RAI-R) differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC). We conducted an uncontrolled, open-label, multicenter, single-arm, phase 2 clinical study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of sorafenib in Japanese patients with MTC and ATC...
June 21, 2017: Thyroid: Official Journal of the American Thyroid Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635550/peptide-grafted-and-self-assembled-poly-%C3%AE-glutamic-acid-phenylalanine-nanoparticles-targeting-camptothecin-to-glioma
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Hitesh Kulhari, Srinivasa R Telukutla, Deep Pooja, Ravi Shukla, Ramakrishna Sistla, Vipul Bansal, David J Adams
AIM: To synthesize cRGDfK peptide conjugated poly(γ-glutamic acid)-phenylalanine nanoparticles to improve the therapeutic efficacy of camptothecin (CPT) against glioblastoma multiforme. METHODS: Peptide-conjugated, drug-loaded nanoparticles (cRGDfK-conjugated camptothecin-loaded PGA-PA nanoparticles [RCPN]) were prepared and physico-chemically characterized using different techniques. Nanoparticles were evaluated for in vitro anticancer activity, cellular uptake, induction of apoptosis and wound healing cell migration against U87MG human glioblastoma cells...
June 21, 2017: Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635540/reduced-serum-vgf-levels-were-reversed-by-antidepressant-treatment-in-depressed-patients
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Haitang Jiang, Suzhen Chen, Na Lu, Yingying Yue, Yingying Yin, Yuqun Zhang, Wenhao Jiang, Jinfeng Liang, Yonggui Yuan
OBJECTIVES: VGF, a non-acronymic neuropeptide, is important in the pathogenesis of major depressive disorder (MDD) and in the functioning and efficacy of some antidepressant drugs. In this study we assessed whether serum VGF levels change in MDD patients and if antidepressant treatments can restore these changes. METHODS: We measured serum VGF concentrations using sandwich ELISA in drug-free MDD patients before treatment began (n = 26) and at 8 weeks after antidepressant treatment (n = 26) with escitalopram and duloxetine, two common antidepressants...
September 22, 2016: World Journal of Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635366/redox-biology-of-leishmania-and-macrophage-targeted-nanoparticles-for-therapy
#17
Hafiz Shoaib Sarwar, Sohail Akhtar, Muhammad Farhan Sohail, Zaeema Naveed, Muhammad Rafay, Akhtar Nadhman, Masoom Yasinzai, Gul Shahnaz
Intramacrophage parasite 'Leishmania' has developed various mechanisms for proficient uptake into macrophages and phagosome regulation to avoid macrophage's oxidative burst induced by peroxide, hydroxyl radical, hypochlorous acid and peroxynitrite production. One major barrier for impairing the accession of old fashioned anti-Leishmanial drugs is intrinsic incapability to pass through cell membranes and limiting their abilities to ultimately destroy intracellular pathogens. Receptor-mediated targeted drug delivery to the macrophages by using nanoparticles emerges as promising strategy to improve therapeutic efficacy of old-fashioned drug...
June 21, 2017: Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635289/exploring-the-drug-resistance-of-hcv-protease
#18
Garima Jindal, Dibyendu Mondal, Arieh Warshel
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) currently affects several million people across the globe. One of the major classes of drugs inhibits the NS3/4A protease of the polyprotein chain. Efficacy of these drugs is severely limited due to the high mutation rate that results in several genetically related quasispecies. The molecular mechanism of drug resistance is generally based on structural studies and binding free energies. However, prediction of new mutations requires a quantity that can define both binding free energy of the drug as well as the parameters (kcat and KM) for the natural substrate...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635183/cetuximab-conjugated-nanodiamonds-drug-delivery-system-for-enhanced-targeting-therapy-and-3d-raman-imaging
#19
Dandan Li, Xin Chen, Hong Wang, Jie Liu, Meiling Zheng, Yang Fu, Yuan Yu, Jinfang Zhi
In this study, a multicomponent nanodiamonds (NDs)-based targeting drug delivery system, cetuximab-NDs-cisplatin bioconjugate, combining both specific targeting and enhanced therapeutic efficacy capabilities, is developed and characterized. The specific targeting ability of cetuximab-NDs-cisplatin system on human liver hepatocellular carcinoma (HepG2) cells is evaluated through epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) blocking experiments, since EGFR is over-expressed on HepG2 cell membrane. Besides, cytotoxic evaluation confirms that cetuximab-NDs-cisplatin system could significantly inhibit the growth of HepG2 cells, and the therapeutic activity of this system is proven to be better than that of both nonspecific NDs-cisplatin conjugate and specific EGF-NDs-cisplatin conjugate...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Biophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635172/doxorubicin-kinetics-and-effects-on-lung-cancer-cell-lines-using-in-vitro-raman-micro-spectroscopy-binding-signatures-drug-resistance-and-dna-repair
#20
Zeineb Farhane, Franck Bonnier, Orla Howe, Alan Casey, Hugh J Byrne
Raman micro-spectroscopy is a non-invasive analytical tool, whose potential in cellular analysis and monitoring drug mechanisms of action has already been demonstrated, and which can potentially be used in pre-clinical and clinical applications for the prediction of chemotherapeutic efficacy. To further investigate such potential clinical application, it is important to demonstrate its capability to differentiate drug mechanisms of action and cellular resistances. Using the example of Doxorubicin (DOX), in this study, it was used to probe the cellular uptake, signatures of chemical binding and subsequent cellular responses, of the chemotherapeutic drug in two lung cancer cell lines, A549 and Calu-1...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Biophotonics
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