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Tristan Pascart, Frédéric Lioté
This review article summarizes the relevant English literature on gout from 2010 through April 2017. It emphasizes that the current epidemiology of gout indicates a rising prevalence worldwide, not only in Western countries but also in Southeast Asia, in close relationship with the obesity and metabolic syndrome epidemics. New pathogenic mechanisms of chronic hyperuricaemia focus on the gut (microbiota, ABCG2 expression) after the kidney. Cardiovascular and renal comorbidities are the key points to consider in terms of management...
March 13, 2018: Rheumatology
Tomoya Nakamachi, Eri Kamata, Ayano Tanigawa, Norifumi Konno, Seiji Shioda, Kouhei Matsuda
Pituitary adenylate cyclase-activating polypeptide (PACAP) is a multipotent neuropeptide with an amino acid sequence that is well conserved among vertebrates. In teleosts, including zebrafish, the PACAP gene (adcyap1) has been duplicated to yield adcyap1a (coding PACAP1) and adcyap1b (coding PACAP2). This study aims to determine the distribution of these PACAPs and their mRNAs in zebrafish. We generated a zebrafish PACAP2-specific antibody. Using real-time PCR, we observed that adcyap1b mRNA was primarily localized in the brain, with the highest level in the telencephalon, followed by the diencephalon...
March 10, 2018: Peptides
Karin P S Langenberg-Ververgaert, Ronald M Laxer, Angela S Punnett, L Lee Dupuis, Yaron Finkelstein, Oussama Abla
Familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) has been associated with hematological malignancies but has not been reported in association with Hodgkin lymphoma (HL). We hereby describe the first pediatric patient with FMF and stage IIA nodular sclerosis HL. She was treated with prednisone, doxorubicin, vincristine and etoposide (OEPA) being on therapy with colchicine. However, she suffered more than expected treatment-related toxicity attributed either to chemotherapy (severe neutropenia) or colchicine (Abdominal pains and diarrhoea)...
2018: Mediterranean Journal of Hematology and Infectious Diseases
Kazuki Kimura, Masafumi Mizooka, Kiyoshi Migita, Ryoko Ishida, Masatoshi Matsumoto, Satoshi Yamasaki, Nobusuke Kishikawa, Akihiro Kawahara, Yuka Kikuchi, Yuichiro Otani, Tomoki Kobayashi, Daisuke Miyamori, Takuya Ikuta, Hiroshi Nakamura, Kenichi Yokobayashi, Shuichi Iwamoto, Keishi Kanno, Hiromasa Ohira, Susumu Tazuma
Familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) is the most common genetic autoinflammatory disease, but it has been considered a rare disease in Japan. We herein describe five patients with FMF who were diagnosed both clinically and genetically at a single Japanese institute. A genetic investigation of MEFV detected heterozygosity for the compound mutations L110P/E148Q (n=2) and L110P/148Q/P369S/R406Q (n=1), and heterozygosity for M694I (n=1) and S503C (n=1). Colchicine prevented febrile attacks and accompanying symptoms in four patients...
March 9, 2018: Internal Medicine
S Georgin-Lavialle, V Hentgen, K Stankovic Stojanovic, C Bachmeyer, F Rodrigues, L Savey, S Abbara, P-L Conan, T Fraisse, M Delplanque, A Rouet, N Sbeih, I Koné-Paut, G Grateau
Familial Mediterranean Fever (FMF) is the most frequent monogenic auto-inflammatory disease. FMF is an autosomal recessive disease, which affects populations from Mediterranean origin and is associated with MEFV gene mutations encoding for the protein pyrin. Pyrin activation enhances the secretion of interleukin 1 by myelo-monocytic cells. Main features of the disease are acute attacks of serositis mainly located on the abdomen, less frequently on chest and joints, accompanied by fever and biological inflammatory markers elevation...
March 8, 2018: La Revue de Médecine Interne
Oskía Bueno, Juan Estévez Gallego, Solange Martins, Andrea E Prota, Federico Gago, Asier Gómez-SanJuan, María-José Camarasa, Isabel Barasoain, Michel O Steinmetz, J Fernando Díaz, María-Jesús Pérez-Pérez, Sandra Liekens, Eva-María Priego
Microtubule-targeting agents that bind at the colchicine-site of tubulin are of particular interest in antitumoral therapy due to their dual mechanism of action as antimitotics and vascular disrupting agents. Cyclohexanediones derivatives have been described as a new family of colchicine-domain binders with an association constant to tubulin similar to that of colchicine. Here, the high-resolution structures of tubulin in complex with cyclohexanediones TUB015 and TUB075 were solved by X-ray crystallography...
March 9, 2018: Scientific Reports
M Roriz, I Crassard, S Lechtman, D Saadoun, K Champion, B Wechsler, H Chabriat, D Sène
There is as yet no consensus on the treatment of cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT) in Behçet's disease, and the place of anticoagulation is also still being debated. This report is of a series of seven patients with Behçet's disease (BD)-associated CVT, for which anticoagulation was stopped, and discusses the possibility of stopping anticoagulation during follow-up while receiving optimal treatment for BD. The diagnosis of BD was established during follow-up, which lasted a median of 120 [range: 60-1490] days after CVT diagnosis...
March 7, 2018: Revue Neurologique
Simon Menanteau-Ledouble, Mark L Lawrence, Mansour El-Matbouli
BACKGROUND: Like many members of the Enterobacteriaceae family, Yersinia ruckeri has the ability to invade non professional phagocytic cells. Intracellular location is advantageous for the bacterium because it shields it from the immune system and can help it cross epithelial membranes and gain entry into the host. In the present manuscript, we report on our investigation regarding the mechanisms of Y. ruckeri's invasion of host cells. RESULTS: A gentamycin assay was applied to two isolates, belonging to both the biotype 1 (ATCC 29473) and biotype 2 (A7959-11) and using several cell culture types: Atlantic Salmon Kidney, Salmon Head Kidney and, Chinook salmon embryos cells at both low and high passage numbers...
March 9, 2018: BMC Veterinary Research
Cüneyt Asım Aral, Kübra Aral, Arzu Yay, Özge Özçoban, Afig Berdeli, Recep Saraymen
BACKGROUND: The aim of the study was to investigate the effects of colchicine on cytokine production, apoptosis, alveolar bone loss, and oxidative stress in an experimental model of periodontitis in rats. METHODS: Forty-eight rats were divided equally into four groups: healthy (H); periodontitis (P); periodontitis+colchicine low dose (CL, 30 μg/kg/day), and periodontitis+colchicine high dose (CH, 100 μg/kg/day). After 11 days, interleukin (IL) -1β, IL-8, and IL-10 were analyzed in gingival samples using Enzyme-Linked ImmunoSorbent Assay...
February 22, 2018: Journal of Periodontology
Shubhandra Tripathi, Gaurava Srivastava, Aastha Singh, A P Prakasham, Arvind S Negi, Ashok Sharma
Colchicine site inhibitors are microtubule destabilizers having promising role in cancer therapeutics. In the current study, four such indanone derivatives (t1, t9, t14 and t17) with 3,4,5-trimethoxyphenyl fragment (ring A) and showing significant microtubule destabilization property have been explored. The interaction mechanism and conformational modes triggered by binding of these indanone derivatives and combretastatin at colchicine binding site (CBS) of αβ-tubulin dimer were studied using molecular dynamics (MD) simulation, principle component analysis and free energy landscape analysis...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Computer-aided Molecular Design
Jim Endersby
In 1924, the British biologist J.B.S. Haldane acknowledged that anyone who tried to predict where science was taking us was obliged to mention H.G. Wells, since '[t]he very mention of the future suggests him'. Nevertheless, Haldane complained that Wells was 'a generation behind the time', having been raised when flying and radiotelegraphy were genuinely scientific questions, but they were now mere 'commercial problems', Haldane asserted, and 'I believe that the centre of scientific interest lies in biology'...
March 2018: British Journal for the History of Science
Lichun Sun, Quanyong He, Cheguo Tsai, Jun Lei, Jing Chen, Lily Vienna Makcey, David H Coy
Small cell lung cancer (SCLC) is a malignant human cancer and patients have very limited benefit from traditional anticancer treatments, with a poor five-year survival rate being 10% less. In present study, we observed that Notch signalling activation induced SCLC cell growth suppression via overexpressing Notch active fragments (ICN1, ICN2, ICN3 and ICN4), implying its tumor suppressive role. The histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors also displayed their suppressive effects. Valproic acid (VPA) as a HDAC inhibitor was found to suppress SCLC cell growth and cell cycle arrest at phase G1, and observed to decrease HDAC4 and increase acetylation of histone H4 (AcH4) while activating Notch signalling with an increase of Notch1, Notch target gene HES1 and p21...
2018: American Journal of Translational Research
Alessandro Capucci, Laura Cipolletta, Federico Guerra, Irene Giannini
The main aim of current research on the field of atrial fibrillation (AF) treatment is to find new antiarrhythmic drugs with less side effects. Areas covered: Dronedarone and vernakalant showed promising result in term of efficacy and safety in selected patients. Ranolazine and colchicine are obtaining a role as a potential antiarrhythmic drug. Ivabradine is used in experimental studies for the rate control of AF. Moreover, new compounds (vanoxerine, moxonidine, budiodarone) are still under investigation. Monoclonal antibodies or selective antagonist of potassium channel are under investigation for long term maintenance of sinus rhythm...
March 6, 2018: Expert Opinion on Emerging Drugs
Kensuke Asakura, Shunichi Yanai, Shotaro Nakamura, Keisuke Kawaski, Makoto Eizuka, Kazuyuki Ishida, Masaki Endo, Tamotsu Sugai, Kiyoshi Migita, Takayuki Matsumoto
RATIONALE: Familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) is the most common form of autoinflammatory disease. We report a rare case of FMF with gastrointestinal lesions mimicking Crohn disease. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 21-year-old Japanese man was referred to our institution, complaining of refractory diarrhea and weight loss of 14 kg during the past two years. He had presented with recurrent fever, abdominal pain, anal fistula and stomatitis. His father and one of his brothers had ulcerative colitis...
January 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Devi Amujuri, Bandi Siva, B Poornima, Katukuri Sirisha, A V S Sarma, V Lakshma Nayak, Ashok K Tiwari, U Purushotham, K Suresh Babu
A new series of Schizandrin (1) derivatives were synthesized utilizing the C-9 position of the Schizandrin core and evaluated for their cytotoxic activities against HeLa (cervical cancer), A549 (lung cancer), MCF-7 (breast cancer) and DU-145 (prostate cancer) cell lines. Among the synthesized series, 4e, 4f, 4g and 5 showed potent activities against tested cell lines. More significantly, compound 5 exhibited most potent cytotoxic activity against DU-145 with an IC50 value of 1.38 μM which is comparable to the standard agent, doxorubicin...
February 24, 2018: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Haitao Sun, Guanxin Chen, Bin Wen, Jialing Sun, Haiyan An, Jie Pang, Wei Xu, Xuemei Yang, Songqi He
Oligo-peptide I-C-F-6 is a Carapax trionycis extract component that has an effect on hepatic fibrosis, however, its mechanism of action is still unclear. This study investigated whether oligo-peptide I-C-F-6 could inhibit liver fibrosis by suppressing NF-κB and Wnt/β-catenin signaling, which are important in liver fibrosis. HSC-T6 cells were treated with oligo-peptide I-C-F-6, and rats were divided randomly into five groups: control (saline), CCl4 , CCl4 plus oligo-peptide I-C-F-6 (0.12 and 0.24 mg/kg), and CCl4 plus colchicine (0...
February 2, 2018: Journal of Pharmacological Sciences
Susmita Sil, Tusharkanti Ghosh
The present study was designed to investigate the effectiveness of etoricoxib induced inhibition of neuroinflammation by studying the peripheral inflammatory markers and select immune parameters in intracerebroventricular colchicine injected rats (ICIR). Results showed time dependent upregulation of the inflammatory markers in the serum along with alterations of peripheral immune parameters in ICIR and dose-dependent recovery was observed upon administration of etoricoxib to ICIR; most of these effects were greater with the longer duration of study...
April 15, 2018: Journal of Neuroimmunology
Zhaoshi Bai, Meiqi Gao, Xiaobo Xu, Huijuan Zhang, Jingwen Xu, Qi Guan, Qing Wang, Jianan Du, Zhengqiang Li, Daiying Zuo, Weige Zhang, Yingliang Wu
OBJECTIVES: Our previous in vitro study showed that 5-(3, 4, 5-trimethoxybenzoyl)-4-methyl-2-(p-tolyl) imidazol (BZML) is a novel colchicine binding site inhibitor with potent anti-cancer activity against apoptosis resistance in A549/Taxol cells through mitotic catastrophe (MC). However, the mechanisms underlying apoptosis resistance in A549/Taxol cells remain unknown. To clarify these mechanisms, in the present study, we investigated the molecular mechanisms of apoptosis and autophagy, which are closely associated with MC in BZML-treated A549 and A549/Taxol cells...
March 1, 2018: Cell Proliferation
Sameer Lakha, C Y Maximilian Png, Kevin Chun, Windsor Ting
OBJECTIVE: Vascular manifestations including pulmonary artery aneurysms and venous thrombosis are seen in up to 14% of patients with Behcet's Disease. We report a patient who had recurrent deep vein thrombosis (DVT) as the presenting symptom of Behcet's Disease. METHODS: A 19-year-old male who presented with acute iliofemoral DVT, confirmed by intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) and venogram. May-Thurner syndrome was also observed. Repeated catheter-based pharmaco-mechanical thrombolysis, thrombectomy and subsequent iliac vein stenting were performed...
February 23, 2018: Annals of Vascular Surgery
Oskía Bueno, Gloria Tobajas, Ernesto Quesada, Juan Estévez-Gallego, Sam Noppen, María-José Camarasa, José-Fernando Díaz, Sandra Liekens, Eva-María Priego, María-Jesús Pérez-Pérez
Based on the conformation of the α-methyl chalcone TUB091 in its complex with tubulin, a series of conformational mimetics have been designed and synthesized where the methyl group of the chalcone has been fused to phenyl ring B resulting in 1,2,3,4-tetrahydronaphthalen-2-yl aryl ketones. Among the synthesized compounds, the 5-amino-6-methoxy derivative, with a similar substitution pattern to that of TUB091, showed antiproliferative activity around 20 nM against tumor and endothelial cells. Tubulin binding experiments confirmed its binding to tubulin at the colchicine site with a Kb of 2...
February 10, 2018: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
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