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Aleksandar Antanasijevic, Nicholas J Hafeman, Smanla Tundup, Carolyn Kingsley, Rama K Mishra, Lijun Rong, Balaji Manicassamy, Duncan Wardrop, Michael Caffrey
The viral envelope protein hemagglutinin (HA) plays a critical role in influenza entry and thus is an attractive target for novel therapeutics. The small molecule tert-butylhydroquinone (TBHQ) has previously been shown to bind to HA and inhibit HA-mediated entry with low micromolar potency. However, enthusiasm for the use of TBHQ has diminished due to the compound's antioxidant properties. In this work we show that the antioxidant properties of TBHQ are not responsible for the inhibition of HA-mediated entry...
September 9, 2016: ACS Infectious Diseases
Jeganathan Manivannan, Manjunath Prashanth, Venkatesan Saravana Kumar, Manickaraj Shairam, Jayachandran Subburaj
Since there is no precise therapy for treating vascular calcification by directly targeting the vascular wall, we aim to unveil novel drug targets through mining the molecular effect of a high phosphate environment on vascular cells through computational methods. Here, we hypothesize that manipulation of the vascular pathogenic network by small molecule therapeutics predicted from prior knowledge might offer great promise. With this, we intend to understand the publicly available transcriptomic data of vascular smooth muscle cells and endothelial cells exposed to the high phosphate induced vascular calcification milieu and to re-examine the above published experiments for reasons different from those examined in the previous studies through multilevel systems biological understanding...
October 18, 2016: Molecular BioSystems
Lidia Araújo-Bazán, Laura B Ruiz-Avila, David Andreu, Sonia Huecas, José M Andreu
Cell division protein FtsZ is the organizer of the cytokinetic ring in almost all bacteria and a target for the discovery of new antibacterial agents that are needed to counter widespread antibiotic resistance. Bacterial cytological profiling, using quantitative microscopy, is a powerful approach for identifying the mechanism of action of antibacterial molecules affecting different cellular pathways. We have determined the cytological profile on Bacillus subtilis cells of a selection of small molecule inhibitors targeting FtsZ on different binding sites...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
Claire Guerrier, David Holcman
Binding of molecules, ions or proteins to small target sites is a generic step of cell activation. This process relies on rare stochastic events where a particle located in a large bulk has to find small and often hidden targets. We present here a hybrid discrete-continuum model that takes into account a stochastic regime governed by rare events and a continuous regime in the bulk. The rare discrete binding events are modeled by a Markov chain for the encounter of small targets by few Brownian particles, for which the arrival time is Poissonian...
October 18, 2016: Scientific Reports
Jin Cai, Gengze Wu, Pedro A Jose, Chunyu Zeng
Extracellular vesicles (EVs) are small membrane vesicles including exosomes and shedding vesicles that mediated a cell-to-cell communication. EVs are released from almost all cell types under both physiological and pathological conditions and incorporate nuclear and cytoplasmic molecules for intercellular delivery. Besides protein, mRNA, and microRNA of these molecules, as recent studies show, specific DNA are prominently packaged into EVs. It appears likely that some of exosomes or shedding vesicles, bearing nuclear molecules are released upon bubble-like blebs...
October 14, 2016: Experimental Cell Research
Yang Tan, Xingxin Wu, Jing Sun, Wenjie Guo, Fangyuan Gong, Fenli Shao, Tao Tan, Yi Cao, Bingfeng Zheng, Yanhong Gu, Yang Sun, Qiang Xu
Interferon gamma (IFN-γ) signaling in T cells plays an important role in developing T helper 1 (Th1)-mediated inflammation. Selective regulation of IFN-γ signaling is an attractive strategy for treating Th1-mediated immune diseases. In this study, we aimed to explore possible means of targeting IFN-γ signaling by using small molecule compound. A synthetic small molecule FC9 was identified as it selectively inhibited IFN-γ signaling in T cells without suppressing interleukin 4 (IL-4) signaling. Furthermore, FC9 inhibited IFN-γ-induced Janus kinase 2 (JAK2) activation via competing with IFN-γ for binding to IFN-γ receptor 1 (IFN-γ R1)...
October 14, 2016: Biochemical Pharmacology
Rane A Harrison, Jia Lu, Martin Carrasco, John Hunter, Anuj Manandhar, Sudershan Gondi, Kenneth D Westover, John R Engen
Structural dynamics of Ras proteins contribute to their activity in signal transduction cascades. Directly targeting Ras proteins with small molecules may rely on movement of a conserved structural motif, switch II. To understand Ras signaling and advance Ras targeting strategies, experimental methods to measure Ras dynamics are required. Here we demonstrate the utility of hydrogen-deuterium exchange mass spectrometry to measure Ras dynamics by studying representatives from two branches of the Ras superfamily, Ras and Rho...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Molecular Biology
Jessica J Gruskos, Guangqian Zhang, Daniela Buccella
The study of intracellular metal ion compartmentalization and trafficking involved in cellular processes demands sensors with controllable localization for the measurement of organelle-specific levels of cations with sub-cellular resolution. We introduce herein a new two-step strategy for in situ anchoring and activation of a fluorescent Mg(2+) sensor within an organelle of choice, using a fast fluorogenic reaction between a tetrazine-functionalized pro-sensor, Mag-S-Tz, and a strained bicyclononyne conjugated to a genetically encoded HaloTag fusion protein of known cellular localization...
October 17, 2016: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Jeremy L Yap, Lijia Chen, Maryanna E Lanning, Steven Fletcher
A hallmark of cancer is the evasion of apoptosis, which is often associated with the upregulation of the anti-apoptotic members of the Bcl-2 family of proteins. The prosurvival function of the anti-apoptotic Bcl-2 proteins is manifested by capturing the pro-apoptotic Bcl-2 proteins through their BH3 death domains. Accordingly, strategies to antagonize the anti-apoptotic Bcl-2 proteins have largely focused on the development of low-molecular-weight, synthetic and selective BH3 mimetics ("magic bullets") to disrupt the protein-protein interactions between anti- and pro-apoptotic Bcl-2 proteins...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Qin Wang, Katherine J Franz
Metal ions are essential for a wide range of physiological processes, but they can also be toxic if not appropriately regulated by a complex network of metal trafficking proteins. Intervention in cellular metal distribution with small-molecule or peptide chelating agents has promising therapeutic potential to harness metals to fight disease. Molecular outcomes associated with forming metal-chelate interactions in situ include altering the concentration and subcellular metal distribution, inhibiting metalloenzymes, enhancing the reactivity of a metal species to elicit a favorable biological response, or passivating the reactivity of a metal species to prevent deleterious reactivity...
October 17, 2016: Accounts of Chemical Research
Sankar N Maity, Mark A Titus, Revekka Gyftaki, Guanglin Wu, Jing-Fang Lu, S Ramachandran, Elsa M Li-Ning-Tapia, Christopher J Logothetis, John C Araujo, Eleni Efstathiou
Cytochrome P450 17α-hydroxylase/17,20-lyase (CYP17A1) is a validated treatment target for the treatment of metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC). Abiraterone acetate (AA) inhibits both 17α-hydroxylase (hydroxylase) and 17,20-lyase (lyase) reactions catalyzed by CYP17A1 and thus depletes androgen biosynthesis. However, coadministration of prednisone is required to suppress the mineralocorticoid excess and cortisol depletion that result from hydroxylase inhibition. VT-464, a nonsteroidal small molecule, selectively inhibits CYP17A1 lyase and therefore does not require prednisone supplementation...
October 17, 2016: Scientific Reports
Kan Xing Wu, Patchara Phuektes, Pankaj Kumar, Germaine Yen Lin Goh, Dimitri Moreau, Vincent Tak Kwong Chow, Frederic Bard, Justin Jang Hann Chu
Enterovirus 71 (EV71) is a neurotropic enterovirus without antivirals or vaccine, and its host-pathogen interactions remain poorly understood. Here we use a human genome-wide RNAi screen to identify 256 host factors involved in EV71 replication in human rhabdomyosarcoma cells. Enrichment analyses reveal overrepresentation in processes like mitotic cell cycle and transcriptional regulation. We have carried out orthogonal experiments to characterize the roles of selected factors involved in cell cycle regulation and endoplasmatic reticulum-associated degradation...
October 17, 2016: Nature Communications
Elizabeth Thomas, Vidya Gopalakrishnan, Mahesh Hegde, Sujeet Kumar, Subhas S Karki, Sathees C Raghavan, Bibha Choudhary
Resveratrol is one of the most widely studied bioactive plant polyphenols which possesses anticancer properties. Previously we have reported synthesis, characterization and identification of a novel resveratrol analog, SS28. In the present study, we show that SS28 induced cytotoxicity in several cancer cell lines ex vivo with an IC50 value of 3-5 μM. Mechanistic evaluation of effect of SS28 in non-small cell lung cancer cell line (A549) and T-cell leukemic cell line (CEM) showed that it inhibited Tubulin polymerization during cell division to cause cell cycle arrest at G2/M phase of the cell cycle at 12-18 h time period...
October 17, 2016: Scientific Reports
Anna Ngo, Ann Koay, Christian Pecquet, Carmen C Diaconu, Yasmine Ould-Amer, Qiwei Huang, Congbao Kang, Anders Poulsen, May Ann Lee, David Jenkins, Andrew Shiau, Stefan N Constantinescu, Meng Ling Choo
BACKGROUND: Rather than a Janus Kinase 2 inhibitor (ruxolitinib), a specific thrombopoietin receptor (TpoR) inhibitor would be more specific for the treatment of myeloproliferative neoplasms due to TpoR mutations. OBJECTIVE: A cell-based phenotypic approach to identify specific TpoR inhibitors was implemented and a library of 505,483 small molecules was screened for inhibitory effects on cells transformed by TpoR mutants. RESULTS: Among the identified hits are two analogs of 3-(4-piperidinyl) indole...
October 10, 2016: Combinatorial Chemistry & High Throughput Screening
Joachim R Kalden
Diverse strategies to develop novel treatments for rheumatoid arthritis which specifically target those patients who do not respond to available medications, including biologics, are currently being explored. New potential therapeutic approaches which may become available as part of standard therapeutic regimens include the propagation of regulatory T cells and-in the future-of regulatory B cells. New biologic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (b-DMARDs) against interleukin-17 and -6, granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor, and complement component 5 are now standard components of clinical treatment programs...
June 2016: Rheumatol Ther
José E Belizário, Beatriz A Sangiuliano, Marcela Perez-Sosa, Jennifer M Neyra, Dayson F Moreira
With multiple omics strategies being applied to several cancer genomics projects, researchers have the opportunity to develop a rational planning of targeted cancer therapy. The investigation of such numerous and diverse pharmacogenomic datasets is a complex task. It requires biological knowledge and skills on a set of tools to accurately predict signaling network and clinical outcomes. Herein, we describe Web-based in silico approaches user friendly for exploring integrative studies on cancer biology and pharmacogenomics...
2016: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Kelsey M Boyle, Jacqueline K Barton
DNA has been exploited as a biological target of chemotherapeutics since the 1940s. Traditional chemotherapeutics, such as cisplatin and DNA-alkylating agents, rely primarily on increased uptake by rapidly proliferating cancer cells for therapeutic effects, but this strategy can result in off-target toxicity in healthy tissue. Recently, research interests have shifted towards targeted chemotherapeutics, in which a drug targets a specific biological signature of cancer, resulting in selective toxicity towards cancerous cells...
October 1, 2016: Inorganica Chimica Acta
Jeovanis Gil, Alberto Ramírez-Torres, Sergio Encarnación-Guevara
Lysine acetylation is a reversible modification controlled by two groups of enzymes: lysine acetyltransferases (KATs) and lysine deacetylases (KDACs). Acetylated lysine residues are recognized by bromodomains, a family of evolutionarily conserved domains. The use of high-resolution mass spectrometry-based proteomics, in combination with the enrichment of acetylated peptides through immunoprecipitation with anti-acetyl-lysine antibodies, has expanded the number of acetylated proteins from histones and a few nuclear proteins to more than 2000 human proteins...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Proteomics
Genaro R Villa, Jonathan J Hulce, Ciro Zanca, Junfeng Bi, Shiro Ikegami, Gabrielle L Cahill, Yuchao Gu, Kenneth M Lum, Kenta Masui, Huijun Yang, Xin Rong, Cynthia Hong, Kristen M Turner, Feng Liu, Gary C Hon, David Jenkins, Michael Martini, Aaron M Armando, Oswald Quehenberger, Timothy F Cloughesy, Frank B Furnari, Webster K Cavenee, Peter Tontonoz, Timothy C Gahman, Andrew K Shiau, Benjamin F Cravatt, Paul S Mischel
Small-molecule inhibitors targeting growth factor receptors have failed to show efficacy for brain cancers, potentially due to their inability to achieve sufficient drug levels in the CNS. Targeting non-oncogene tumor co-dependencies provides an alternative approach, particularly if drugs with high brain penetration can be identified. Here we demonstrate that the highly lethal brain cancer glioblastoma (GBM) is remarkably dependent on cholesterol for survival, rendering these tumors sensitive to Liver X receptor (LXR) agonist-dependent cell death...
October 13, 2016: Cancer Cell
Donna N Petersen, Julie Hawkins, Wanida Ruangsiriluk, Kimberly A Stevens, Bruce A Maguire, Thomas N O'Connell, Benjamin N Rocke, Markus Boehm, Roger B Ruggeri, Tim Rolph, David Hepworth, Paula M Loria, Philip A Carpino
Proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) is a secreted protein that downregulates low-density lipoprotein (LDL) receptor (LDL-R) levels on the surface of hepatocytes, resulting in decreased clearance of LDL-cholesterol (LDL-C). Phenotypic screening of a small-molecule compound collection was used to identify an inhibitor of PCSK9 secretion, (R)-N-(isoquinolin-1-yl)-3-(4-methoxyphenyl)-N-(piperidin-3-yl)propanamide (R-IMPP), which was shown to stimulate uptake of LDL-C in hepatoma cells by increasing LDL-R levels, without altering levels of secreted transferrin...
October 13, 2016: Cell Chemical Biology
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