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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150823/metabolic-dynamics-and-physiological-adaptation-of-panax-ginseng-during-development
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Yu-Jin Kim, Sung Chul Joo, Jianxin Shi, Chaoyang Hu, Sheng Quan, Jianping Hu, Johan Sukweenadhi, Padmanaban Mohanan, Deok-Chun Yang, Dabing Zhang
The dynamics of metabolites from leaves to roots of Panax ginseng during development has revealed the tissue-specific and year-specific metabolic networks. Being an essential Oriental medicinal plant, ginseng (Panax ginseng Meyer) is a slow-growing perennial herb-accumulating pharmaceutically active metabolites such as ginsenosides in roots during growth. However, little is known about how ginseng plants survive in the harsh environments such as winter cold and summer heat for a longer period and accumulates those active metabolites as the plant grows...
November 17, 2017: Plant Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150539/ros-and-glutathionylation-balance-cytoskeletal-dynamics-in-neutrophil-extracellular-trap-formation
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Darko Stojkov, Poorya Amini, Kevin Oberson, Christiane Sokollik, Andrea Duppenthaler, Hans-Uwe Simon, Shida Yousefi
The antimicrobial defense activity of neutrophils partly depends on their ability to form neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs), but the underlying mechanism controlling NET formation remains unclear. We demonstrate that inhibiting cytoskeletal dynamics with pharmacological agents or by genetic manipulation prevents the degranulation of neutrophils and mitochondrial DNA release required for NET formation. Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome protein-deficient neutrophils are unable to polymerize actin and exhibit a block in both degranulation and DNA release...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150198/comparative-effectiveness-of-extended-release-naltrexone-versus-buprenorphine-naloxone-for-opioid-relapse-prevention-x-bot-a-multicentre-open-label-randomised-controlled-trial
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Joshua D Lee, Edward V Nunes, Patricia Novo, Ken Bachrach, Genie L Bailey, Snehal Bhatt, Sarah Farkas, Marc Fishman, Phoebe Gauthier, Candace C Hodgkins, Jacquie King, Robert Lindblad, David Liu, Abigail G Matthews, Jeanine May, K Michelle Peavy, Stephen Ross, Dagmar Salazar, Paul Schkolnik, Dikla Shmueli-Blumberg, Don Stablein, Geetha Subramaniam, John Rotrosen
BACKGROUND: Extended-release naltrexone (XR-NTX), an opioid antagonist, and sublingual buprenorphine-naloxone (BUP-NX), a partial opioid agonist, are pharmacologically and conceptually distinct interventions to prevent opioid relapse. We aimed to estimate the difference in opioid relapse-free survival between XR-NTX and BUP-NX. METHODS: We initiated this 24 week, open-label, randomised controlled, comparative effectiveness trial at eight US community-based inpatient services and followed up participants as outpatients...
November 14, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148236/emerging-roles-of-er-stress-in-the-aetiology-and-pathogenesis-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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Yannis Gerakis, Claudio Hetz
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease characterized by synaptic dysfunction and accumulation of abnormal aggregates formed by amyloid-β peptides or phophorylated Tau proteins. Accumulating evidence suggests that alterations in the buffering capacity of the proteostasis network is a salient feature of AD. The endoplasmic reticulum (ER) is the main compartment involved in protein folding and secretion and is drastically affected in AD neurons. ER stress triggers the activation of the Unfolded Protein Response (UPR), a signal transduction pathway that enforces adaptive programs to recover homeostasis or trigger apoptosis of irreversibly damaged cells...
November 17, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146949/a-microfluidic-platform-for-the-characterisation-of-cns-active-compounds
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Christopher MacKerron, Graham Robertson, Michele Zagnoni, Trevor J Bushell
New in vitro technologies that assess neuronal excitability and the derived synaptic activity within a controlled microenvironment would be beneficial for the characterisation of compounds proposed to affect central nervous system (CNS) function. Here, a microfluidic system with computer controlled compound perfusion is presented that offers a novel methodology for the pharmacological profiling of CNS acting compounds based on calcium imaging readouts. Using this system, multiple applications of the excitatory amino acid glutamate (10 nM-1 mM) elicited reproducible and reversible transient increases in intracellular calcium, allowing the generation of a concentration response curve...
November 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146905/pericytes-regulate-vegf-induced-endothelial-sprouting-through-vegfr1
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Hanna M Eilken, Rodrigo Diéguez-Hurtado, Inga Schmidt, Masanori Nakayama, Hyun-Woo Jeong, Hendrik Arf, Susanne Adams, Napoleone Ferrara, Ralf H Adams
Pericytes adhere to the abluminal surface of endothelial tubules and are required for the formation of stable vascular networks. Defective endothelial cell-pericyte interactions are frequently observed in diseases characterized by compromised vascular integrity such as diabetic retinopathy. Many functional properties of pericytes and their exact role in the regulation of angiogenic blood vessel growth remain elusive. Here we show that pericytes promote endothelial sprouting in the postnatal retinal vasculature...
November 17, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145845/network-pharmacological-mechanisms-of-vernonia-anthelmintica-l-in-the-treatment-of-vitiligo-isorhamnetin-induction-of-melanogenesis-via-up-regulation-of-melanin-biosynthetic-genes
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Ji Ye Wang, Hong Chen, Yin Yin Wang, Xiao Qin Wang, Han Ying Chen, Mei Zhang, Yun Tang, Bo Zhang
BACKGROUND: Vitiligo is a long-term skin disease characterized by the loss of pigment in the skin. The current therapeutic approaches are limited. Although the anti-vitiligo mechanisms of Vernonia anthelmintica (L.) remain ambiguous, the herb has been broadly used in Uyghur hospitals to treat vitiligo. The overall objective of the present study aims to identify the potential lead compounds from Vernonia anthelmintica (L.) in the treatment of vitiligo via an oral route as well as the melanogenic mechanisms in the systematic approaches in silico of admetSAR and substructure-drug-target network-based inference (SDTNBI)...
November 16, 2017: BMC Systems Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141886/pd-l1-genetic-overexpression-or-pharmacological-restoration-in-hematopoietic-stem-and-progenitor-cells-reverses-autoimmune-diabetes
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Moufida Ben Nasr, Sara Tezza, Francesca D'Addio, Chiara Mameli, Vera Usuelli, Anna Maestroni, Domenico Corradi, Silvana Belletti, Luca Albarello, Gabriella Becchi, Gian Paolo Fadini, Christian Schuetz, James Markmann, Clive Wasserfall, Leonard Zon, Gian Vincenzo Zuccotti, Paolo Fiorina
Immunologically based clinical trials performed thus far have failed to cure type 1 diabetes (T1D), in part because these approaches were nonspecific. Because the disease is driven by autoreactive CD4 T cells, which destroy β cells, transplantation of hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPCs) has been recently offered as a therapy for T1D. Our transcriptomic profiling of HSPCs revealed that these cells are deficient in programmed death ligand 1 (PD-L1), an important immune checkpoint, in the T1D nonobese diabetic (NOD) mouse model...
November 15, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141532/seizures-and-antiepileptic-drugs-from-pathophysiology-to-clinical-practice
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Nihan CarCaka, Cigdem Ozkara
Recurrent, spontaneous seizure activity caused by abnormal neuronal firing in the brain is a hallmark of epilepsy, a common chronic neurological disorder. Recent research that has expanded the knowledge of the cellular and molecular mechanisms that modulate neuronal excitability and network activity in the brain provides the development and discovery of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs). AED therapy starts with the selection of the most appropriate drug for individual patient on the basis of strategic decision of the risk-benefit ratio...
November 14, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138546/prediction-models-for-exacerbations-in-different-copd-patient-populations-comparing-results-of-five-large-data-sources
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Martine Hoogendoorn, Talitha L Feenstra, Melinde Boland, Andrew H Briggs, Sixten Borg, Sven-Arne Jansson, Nancy A Risebrough, Julia F Slejko, Maureen Pmh Rutten-van Mölken
Background and objectives: Exacerbations are important outcomes in COPD both from a clinical and an economic perspective. Most studies investigating predictors of exacerbations were performed in COPD patients participating in pharmacological clinical trials who usually have moderate to severe airflow obstruction. This study was aimed to investigate whether predictors of COPD exacerbations depend on the COPD population studied. Methods: A network of COPD health economic modelers used data from five COPD data sources - two population-based studies (COPDGene(®) and The Obstructive Lung Disease in Norrbotten), one primary care study (RECODE), and two studies in secondary care (Evaluation of COPD Longitudinally to Identify Predictive Surrogate Endpoint and UPLIFT) - to estimate and validate several prediction models for total and severe exacerbations (= hospitalization)...
2017: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138518/predicted-molecular-targets-and-pathways-for-germacrone-curdione-and-furanodiene-in-the-treatment-of-breast-cancer-using-a-bioinformatics-approach
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Qi Kong, Yong Ma, Jie Yu, Xiuping Chen
Germacrone, curdione, and furanodiene have been shown to be useful in the treatment of breast cancer but the pharmacological mechanism of action is unclear. In this paper, we explored a new method to study the molecular network and function of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) herbs and their corresponding ingredients with bioinformatics tools, including PubChem Compound Database, BATMAN-TCM, SystemsDock, Coremine Medical, Gene ontology, and KEGG. Eleven targeted genes/proteins, 4 key pathways, and 10 biological processes were identified to participate in the mechanism of action in treating breast cancer with germacrone, curdione, and furanodiene...
November 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135273/-neuroscience-of-mental-flexibility
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Zoltán Janka
Mental flexibility enabling shifts from the usual prepotent behaviour to new strategies and solutions is a significant factor in the successful adaptation to the changing environment. Components of mental flexibility comprise attention, salience detection, inhibition, working memory and switch processes which can be measured by neurocognitive tests. Data derived from examinations by the methods of cognitive neuroscience can be compared to the features, observed under resting state and during task performance, of brain structures and functions...
November 2017: Orvosi Hetilap
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133952/engaging-homeostatic-plasticity-to-treat-depression
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E R Workman, F Niere, K F Raab-Graham
Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a complex and heterogeneous mood disorder, making it difficult to develop a generalized, pharmacological therapy that is effective for all who suffer from MDD. Through the fortuitous discovery of N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) antagonists as effective antidepressants, we have gained key insights into how antidepressant effects can be produced at the circuit and molecular levels. NMDAR antagonists act as rapid-acting antidepressants such that relief from depressive symptoms occurs within hours of a single injection...
November 14, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133791/network-pharmacology-exploration-reveals-endothelial-inflammation-as-a-common-mechanism-for-stroke-and-coronary-artery-disease-treatment-of-danhong-injection
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Ming Lyu, Chun-Lin Yan, Hai-Xin Liu, Tai-Yi Wang, Xin-Hui Shi, Jin-Ping Liu, John Orgah, Guan-Wei Fan, Ji-Hong Han, Xiao-Ying Wang, Yan Zhu
Although Danhong injection (DHI) is the most widely prescribed Chinese medicine for both stroke and coronary artery disease (CAD), its underlying common molecular mechanisms remain unclear. An integrated network pharmacology and experimental verification approach was used to decipher common pharmacological mechanisms of DHI on stroke and CAD treatment. A compound-target-disease & function-pathway network was constructed and analyzed, indicating that 37 ingredients derived from DH (Salvia miltiorrhiza Bge., Flos Carthami tinctorii and DHI) modulated 68 common targets shared by stroke and CAD...
November 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133212/quantitative-and-systems-pharmacology-2-in-silico-polypharmacology-of-g-protein-coupled-receptor-ligands-via-network-based-approaches
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Zengrui Wu, Weiqiang Lu, Weiwei Yu, Tianduanyi Wang, Weihua Li, Guixia Liu, Hankun Zhang, Xiufeng Pang, Jin Huang, Mingyao Liu, Feixiong Cheng, Yun Tang
G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are the largest super family with more than 800 membrane receptors. Currently, over 30% of the approved drugs target human GPCRs. However, only approximately 30 human GPCRs have been resolved three-dimensional crystal structures, which limits traditional structure-based drug discovery. Recent advances in network-based systems pharmacology approaches have demonstrated powerful strategies for identifying new targets of GPCR ligands. In this study, we proposed a network-based systems pharmacology framework for comprehensive identification of new drug-target interactions on GPCRs...
November 10, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132948/extending-the-structural-view-of-class-b-gpcrs
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REVIEW
Chris de Graaf, Gaojie Song, Can Cao, Qiang Zhao, Ming-Wei Wang, Beili Wu, Raymond C Stevens
The secretin-like class B family of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are key players in hormonal homeostasis. Recent structures of various receptors in complex with a variety of orthosteric and allosteric ligands provide fundamental new insights into the function and mechanism of class B GPCRs, including: (i) ligand-induced changes in the relative orientation of the extracellular and transmembrane receptor domains; (ii) intramolecular interaction networks that stabilize conformational changes to accommodate intracellular G protein binding; and (iii) allosteric modulation of receptor activation...
November 10, 2017: Trends in Biochemical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131445/airyscan-super-resolution-microscopy-of-mitochondrial-morphology-and-dynamics-in-living-tumor-cells
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Vladimir L Kolossov, Mayandi Sivaguru, Joseph Huff, Katherine Luby, Kaviamuthan Kanakaraju, H Rex Gaskins
Mitochondrial morphology is regulated by continuous fusion-and-fission events that are essential for maintaining normal function. Despite the prominence of mitochondrial function in energy generation and cell signaling, understanding of processes of fusion and fission dynamics has been hampered by the lack of high-resolution optical systems that accommodate live-cell imaging. We have examined different confocal modalities in terms of resolution and signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) in a point scanning confocal microscope with Airyscan super-resolution (AS-SR)...
November 13, 2017: Microscopy Research and Technique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128622/efficacy-and-tolerability-of-pharmacological-interventions-for-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-a-network-meta-analysis
#18
Hongjing Lin, Mupeng Wang, Ying Yu, Zeyu Qin, Xin Zhong, Jiahui Ma, Fangbo Zhao, Xueli Zhang
PURPOSE: This network meta-analysis (NMA) is designed to compare the efficacy and tolerability of various therapies and combinations for pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). METHOD: We conducted a systematic search in databases PubMed, Embase, and Cochrane Library. Treatment efficacy and tolerability were compared by synthesizing direct and indirect evidence. The surface under the curve ranking area was utilized to rank multiple interventions. RESULT: A total of 43 randomized clinical trials were included in our NMA...
November 8, 2017: Pulmonary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128144/the-antipsychotic-drug-brexpiprazole-reverses-phencyclidine-induced-disruptions-of-thalamocortical-networks
#19
Hanna E van den Munkhof, Jørn Arnt, Pau Celada, Francesc Artigas
Brexpiprazole (BREX), a recently approved antipsychotic drug in the US and Canada, improves cognitive dysfunction in animal models, by still largely unknown mechanisms. BREX is a partial agonist at 5-HT1A and D2 receptors and antagonist at α1B- and α2C-adrenergic and 5-HT2A receptors all with a similar potency. The NMDA receptor antagonist phencyclidine (PCP), used as pharmacological model of schizophrenia, activates thalamocortical networks and decreases low frequency oscillations (LFO; <4 Hz). These effects are reversed by antipsychotics...
November 8, 2017: European Neuropsychopharmacology: the Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123945/the-anatomical-basis-for-dystonia-the-motor-network-model
#20
REVIEW
H A Jinnah, Vladimir Neychev, Ellen J Hess
Background: The dystonias include a clinically and etiologically very diverse group of disorders. There are both degenerative and non-degenerative subtypes resulting from genetic or acquired causes. Traditionally, all dystonias have been viewed as disorders of the basal ganglia. However, there has been increasing appreciation for involvement of other brain regions including the cerebellum, thalamus, midbrain, and cortex. Much of the early evidence for these other brain regions has come from studies of animals, but multiple recent studies have been done with humans, in an effort to confirm or refute involvement of these other regions...
2017: Tremor and Other Hyperkinetic Movements
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