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Pi3kinase inhibitor

Sofie Ellebæk Pollmann, Valerie S Calvert, Shruti Rao, Simina M Boca, Subha Madhavan, Ivan D Horak, Andreas Kjaer, Emanuel F Petricoin, Michael Kragh, Thomas Tuxen Poulsen
Failure of clinical trials due to development of resistance to MET-targeting therapeutic agents is an emerging problem. Mechanisms of acquired resistance to MET tyrosine kinase inhibitors are well described, whereas characterization of mechanisms of resistance toward MET-targeting antibodies is limited. This study investigated mechanisms underlying in vivo resistance to two antibody therapeutics currently in clinical development: an analogue of the MET-targeting antibody emibetuzumab and Sym015, a mixture of two antibodies targeting non-overlapping epitopes of MET...
March 15, 2018: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
Shima Gholizadeh, Jan A A M Kamps, Wim E Hennink, Robbert J Kok
Dactolisib (NVP-BEZ235, also referred to as: 'BEZ235' or 'BEZ') is a dual mTOR/PI3K inhibitor that is of potential interest in the treatment of inflammatory disorders. This work focuses on formulation of BEZ-loaded polymeric nanoparticles composed of a blend of poly(D,L-lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) and poly(D,L-lactide-co-glycolide)-poly(ethylene glycol)-2000 (PLGA-PEG). The nanoparticles were prepared by an oil/water emulsion solvent evaporation method, and were subsequently characterized for yield, encapsulation efficiency, morphology, particle size, drug-polymer interaction and in vitro drug release profiles...
October 16, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
Katherine E Reeder-Hayes, Megan C Roberts, Gail E Henderson, Elizabeth C Dees
BACKGROUND: Although phase I clinical trials are the gateway to progress in cancer therapies, this setting poses ethical challenges to ensure that patients provide consent free from misunderstandings of therapeutic intent or unrealistic expectations of benefit. The design of phase I oncology trials has evolved rapidly over time and today includes more targeted agents and combinations of experimental drugs with standard drugs, which may further complicate how patients understand phase I research participation...
October 2017: Journal of Oncology Practice
Aleksandra Divac Rankov, Mila Ljujić, Marija Petrić, Dragica Radojković, Milica Pešić, Jelena Dinić
Autophagy is linked to multiple cancer-related signaling pathways, and represents a defense mechanism for cancer cells under therapeutic stress. The crosstalk between apoptosis and autophagy is essential for both tumorigenesis and embryonic development. We studied the influence of autophagy on cell survival in pro-apoptotic conditions induced by anticancer drugs in three model systems: human cancer cells (NCI-H460, COR-L23 and U87), human normal cells (HaCaT and MRC-5) and zebrafish embryos (Danio rerio). Autophagy induction with AZD2014 and tamoxifen antagonized the pro-apoptotic effect of chemotherapeutics doxorubicin and cisplatin in cell lines, while autophagy inhibition by wortmannin and chloroquine synergized the action of both anticancer agents...
November 2017: Histochemistry and Cell Biology
Kenneth D'Souza, Daniel A Kane, Mohamed Touaibia, Erin E Kershaw, Thomas Pulinilkunnil, Petra C Kienesberger
Autotaxin (ATX) is an adipokine that generates the bioactive lipid, lysophosphatidic acid. Despite recent studies implicating adipose-derived ATX in metabolic disorders including obesity and insulin resistance, the nutritional and hormonal regulation of ATX in adipocytes remains unclear. The current study examined the regulation of ATX in adipocytes by glucose and insulin and the role of ATX in adipocyte metabolism. Induction of insulin resistance in adipocytes with high glucose and insulin concentrations increased ATX secretion, whereas coincubation with the insulin sensitizer, rosiglitazone, prevented this response...
April 1, 2017: Endocrinology
Youssef Aissouni, Abderrahim El Guerrab, Al Mahdy Hamieh, Jérémy Ferrier, Maryse Chalus, Diane Lemaire, Stéphanie Grégoire, Monique Etienne, Alain Eschalier, Denis Ardid, Eric Lingueglia, Fabien Marchand
Chronic pain is associated with anxiety and depression episodes. The amygdala plays a key role in the relationship between emotional responses and chronic pain. Here, we investigated the role of Acid-Sensing Ion Channels 1a within the basolateral amygdala (BLA), in pain and associated anxiety in a rat model of monoarthritis (MoAr). Administration within the BLA of PcTx1 or mambalgin-1, two specific inhibitors of ASIC1a-containing channels significantly inhibited pain and anxiety-related behaviours in MoAr rats...
March 2, 2017: Scientific Reports
U A Matulonis, G M Wulf, W T Barry, M Birrer, S N Westin, S Farooq, K M Bell-McGuinn, E Obermayer, C Whalen, T Spagnoletti, W Luo, H Liu, R C Hok, C Aghajanian, D B Solit, G B Mills, B S Taylor, H Won, M F Berger, S Palakurthi, J Liu, L C Cantley, E Winer
Background: Based upon preclinical synergy in murine models, we carried out a phase I trial to determine the maximum tolerated dose (MTD), toxicities, pharmacokinetics, and biomarkers of response for the combination of BKM120, a PI3K inhibitor, and olaparib, a PARP inhibitor. Patients and methods: Olaparib was administered twice daily (tablet formulation) and BKM120 daily on a 28-day cycle, both orally. A 3 + 3 dose-escalation design was employed with the primary objective of defining the combination MTD, and secondary objectives were to define toxicities, activity, and pharmacokinetic profiles...
March 1, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
M Fonteneau, D Filliol, P Anglard, K Befort, P Romieu, J Zwiller
DNA methylation is a major epigenetic process which regulates the accessibility of genes to the transcriptional machinery. In the present study, we investigated whether modifying the global DNA methylation pattern in the brain would alter cocaine intake by rats, using the cocaine self-administration test. The data indicate that treatment of rats with the DNA methyltransferase inhibitors 5-aza-2'-deoxycytidine (dAZA) and zebularine enhanced the reinforcing properties of cocaine. To obtain some insights about the underlying neurobiological mechanisms, a genome-wide methylation analysis was undertaken in the prefrontal cortex of rats self-administering cocaine and treated with or without dAZA...
March 2017: Genes, Brain, and Behavior
L Zhang, M Kolaj, L P Renaud
In rat paraventricular thalamic nucleus (PVT) neurons, activation of low-threshold calcium (Ca(2+)) channels triggers a low-threshold spike (LTS) which may be followed by slow afterpotentials that can dramatically influence action potential patterning. Using gluconate-based internal recording solutions, we investigated the properties of a LTS-induced slow afterdepolarization (sADP) observed in a subpopulation of PVT neurons recorded in brain slice preparations. This LTS-induced sADP required T-type Ca(2+) channel opening, exhibited variable magnitudes between neurons and a voltage dependency with a maximum near -50 mV...
May 13, 2016: Neuroscience
Sally E Dickinson, Jaroslav Janda, Jane Criswell, Karen Blohm-Mangone, Erik R Olson, Zhonglin Liu, Christy Barber, Emanuel F Petricoin, Valerie S Calvert, Janine Einspahr, Jesse E Dickinson, Steven P Stratton, Clara Curiel-Lewandrowski, Kathylynn Saboda, Chengcheng Hu, Ann M Bode, Zigang Dong, David S Alberts, G Timothy Bowden
The PI3Kinase/Akt/mTOR pathway has important roles in cancer development for multiple tumor types, including UV-induced nonmelanoma skin cancer. Immunosuppressed populations are at increased risk of aggressive cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). Individuals who are treated with rapamycin (sirolimus, a classical mTOR inhibitor) have significantly decreased rates of developing new cutaneous SCCs compared with those that receive traditional immunosuppression. However, systemic rapamycin use can lead to significant adverse events...
March 2016: Cancer Prevention Research
Augusto Carducci, Gaia Scafetta, Camilla Siciliano, Roberto Carnevale, Paolo Rosa, Andrea Coccia, Giorgio Mangino, Antonella Bordin, Enzo Maria Vingolo, Luca Pierelli, Eugenio Lendaro, Giuseppe Ragona, Giacomo Frati, Elena De Falco
Tenon's fibroblasts (TFs), widely employed as in vitro model for many ophthalmological studies, are routinely cultured with FBS. Platelet Lysate (PL), a hemoderivate enriched with growth factors and cytokines has been largely tested in several clinical applications and as substitute of FBS in culture. Here, we investigate whether PL can exert biological effects on TF populations similarly to other cell types. Results show that PL significantly enhances cell proliferation and migration vs. FBS, without influencing cell size/granularity...
2016: Frontiers in Bioscience (Elite Edition)
Erin Zekas, Eric R Prossnitz
BACKGROUND: Estrogen (17β-estradiol) promotes the survival and proliferation of breast cancer cells and its receptors represent important therapeutic targets. The cellular actions of estrogen are mediated by the nuclear estrogen receptors ERα and ERβ as well as the 7-transmembrane spanning G protein-coupled estrogen receptor (GPER). We previously reported that estrogen activates the phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3Kinase) pathway via GPER, resulting in phosphatidylinositol (3,4,5)-trisphosphate (PIP3) production within the nucleus of breast cancer cells; however, the mechanisms and consequences of this activity remained unclear...
October 15, 2015: BMC Cancer
Haihua Zhang, Robrecht Thoonen, Vincent Yao, Emmanuel S Buys, John Popovich, Yan Ru Su, Thomas J Wang, Marielle Scherrer-Crosbie
Human studies suggest that insulin resistance and obesity are associated with a decrease in B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) plasma concentrations. The objective of the study was to gain insights into the mechanisms involved in the association between insulin resistance and decreased BNP plasma concentrations. Mice fed a high-fat, high-fructose (HFHF) diet for 4 weeks developed mild obesity and systemic insulin resistance. Elevated plasma concentrations of insulin, glucose and triglycerides were noted. The HFHF diet was also associated with myocardial insulin resistance, characterized by an impaired response of the phosphoinositide 3-kinase-AKT (PI3K-AKT) pathway to insulin in the left ventricle...
January 2016: Experimental Physiology
Vijaya Lakshmi Bodiga, Sandhya Thokala, Praveen Kumar Vemuri, Sreedhar Bodiga
Heart tissue becomes zinc-depleted and the capacity to mobilize labile zinc is diminished, indicating zinc dyshomeostasis during ischemia/reperfusion (I/R). Apparently, zinc pyrithione restores the basal zinc levels during I/R and prevents apoptosis by activating phosphatidyl inositol-3-kinase/Akt and targeting mitochondrial permeability transition. Receptor tyrosine kinases of the ErbB family (ErbB1 to ErbB4) are cell surface proteins that can regulate cell growth, proliferation and survival. Previous studies have shown that zinc pyrithione-induced activation of PI3kinase/Akt requires ErbB2 expression...
December 2015: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
Yan Xu, Leslie R Morse, Raquel Assed Bezerra da Silva, Dianhua Wang, Ricardo A Battaglino
Reactive oxygen species (ROS) play a central role in estrogen deficiency-induced bone loss. We previously identified and characterized a novel member of the Peroxiredoxin (PRX) like 2 family that we called PAMM: Peroxiredoxin Activated in M-CSF stimulated Monocytes, a redox regulatory protein that modulates osteoclast differentiation in vitro. In this study, we report increased PAMM expression in H2O2-treated cells and in bones from ovariectomized (OVX) mice 4 weeks after surgery, models for oxidative stress in vitro and in vivo, respectively...
December 2015: Redox Biology
Peter J Barnes
There is an urgent need to develop more effective therapies for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) that target the underlying inflammatory disease process. Current therapies with long-acting bronchodilators and inhaled corticosteroids fail to prevent either disease progression or mortality, as they do not suppress the underlying inflammation. With better understanding of the inflammatory and destructive process in the pathophysiology of COPD, several new therapeutic targets have been identified. Several mediator antagonists or inhibitors tested in COPD have so far been disappointing...
August 2015: Seminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Tetsuya Yoshimoto, Tsuyoshi Fujita, Mikihito Kajiya, Shinji Matsuda, Kazuhisa Ouhara, Hideki Shiba, Hidemi Kurihara
Periodontitis is the most prevalent infectious disease caused by periodontopathic bacteria and is also a chronic inflammatory disease. Gingival crevicular fluid (GCF) is an inflammatory exudate that seeps into the gingival crevices or periodontal pockets around teeth with inflamed gingiva, and contains various materials including leukocytes and cytokines. Since gingival epithelial cells, which form a barrier against bacterial challenges, are affected by GCF, cytokines or other materials contained within GCF are engaged in the maintenance and disruption of the epithelial barrier...
September 2015: Cytokine
S Moulder, T Helgason, F Janku, J Wheler, J Moroney, D Booser, C Albarracin, P K Morrow, J Atkins, K Koenig, M Gilcrease, R Kurzrock
BACKGROUND: Mesenchymal/metaplastic breast cancers (MpBCs) are often triple-negative (TNBC), and chemo-refractory, and can harbor phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3kinase) alterations; thus, therapy with mTor inhibitors may demonstrate activity. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients with mesenchymal/MpBC treated with temsirolimus-based regimens were evaluated. Mutational analyses [polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based DNA sequencing method, mass spectrometric detection (Sequenom MassARRAY), or next-generation sequencing] as well as loss of phosphatase and tensin homolog (PTEN) (immunohistochemistry) were performed (archived tissue when available)...
July 2015: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
Natalia Calvo, María Julia Martín, Ana Russo de Boland, Claudia Gentili
Parathyroid hormone-related peptide (PTHrP) is distributed in most fetal and adult tissues, and its expression correlates with the severity of colon carcinoma. Recently we obtained evidence that in Caco-2 cells, a cell line from human colorectal adenocarcinoma, exogenous PTHrP increases the number of live cells, via ERK1/2, p38 MAPK, and PI3-kinase and induces the expression of cyclin D1, a cell cycle regulatory protein. In this study, we further investigated the role of PTHrP in the regulation of the cell cycle progression in these intestinal cells...
August 2014: Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Biochimie et Biologie Cellulaire
Mikihito Kajiya, Kei Takeshita, Mizuho Kittaka, Shinji Matsuda, Kazuhisa Ouhara, Katsuhiro Takeda, Takashi Takata, Masae Kitagawa, Tsuyoshi Fujita, Hideki Shiba, Hidemi Kurihara
Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) activates its receptor TrkB, and promotes neuronal survival, differentiation, and synaptic functions. Furthermore, we have revealed that BDNF can also regulate cementoblast differentiation and cellular survival via TrkB-ERK/Akt signaling cascade, which, in turn, results in the induction of periodontal tissue regeneration. Recently, using in silico screening with a BDNF loop-domain pharmacophore, a small molecule BDNF mimetic, called LM22A-4 that can facilitate TrkB signaling in hippocampal neurons to prevent cell death, was identified...
April 2014: International Immunopharmacology
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