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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550305/dynamics-and-ligand-induced-conformational-changes-in-human-prolyl-oligopeptidase-analyzed-by-hydrogen-deuterium-exchange-mass-spectrometry
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Alexandra Tsirigotaki, Roos Van Elzen, Pieter Van Der Veken, Anne-Marie Lambeir, Anastassios Economou
Prolyl oligopeptidase (PREP) is conserved in many organisms across life. It is involved in numerous processes including brain function and neuropathology, that require more than its strict proteolytic role. It consists of a seven-bladed β-propeller juxtaposed to a catalytic α/β-hydrolase domain. The conformational dynamics of PREP involved in domain motions and the gating mechanism that allows substrate accessibility remain elusive. Here we used Hydrogen Deuterium eXchange Mass Spectrometry (HDX-MS) to derive the first near-residue resolution analysis of global PREP dynamics in the presence or absence of inhibitor bound in the active site...
May 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548925/immunological-consequences-of-ageing-microvascular-hemodynamic-changes-in-view-of-cancer-development-and-treatment
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REVIEW
Jinhyuk Fred Chung, Sang Joon Lee, Anil K Sood
Risk factors of cardiovascular diseases have long been implicated as risk factors for carcinogenesis, but clear explanations for their association have not been presented. In this article, fundamental concepts from carcinogenesis, microvascular hemodynamics, and immunity are collectively reviewed and analyzed in context of the known features of vascular ageing effects, in formulating a theory that suggests reduced microvascular immunity as an important driving factor for carcinogenesis. Furthermore, scientific, preclinical, and clinical evidence that support this new theory are presented in an interdisciplinary manner, offering new explanations to previously unanswered factors that impact cancer risks and its treatment outcome such as chronic drug use, temperature, stress and exercise effects among others...
May 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548833/structure-activity-relationship-for-small-molecule-inhibitors-of-nicotinamide-n-methyltransferase
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Harshini Neelakantan, Hua-Yu Wang, Virginia Vance, Jonathan D Hommel, Stanton F McHardy, Stanley J Watowich
Nicotinamide N-methyltransferase (NNMT) is a fundamental cytosolic biotransforming enzyme that catalyzes the N-methylation of endogenous and exogenous xenobiotics. We have identified small molecule inhibitors of NNMT with >1000-fold range of activity and developed comprehensive structure-activity relationships (SARs) for NNMT inhibitors. Screening of N-methylated quinolinium, isoquinolinium, pyrididium, and benzimidazolium/benzothiazolium analogs resulted in the identification of quinoliniums as a promising scaffold with very low micromolar (IC50 ~1 μM) NNMT inhibition...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548464/control-of-cell-death-and-mitochondrial-fission-by-erk1-2-map-kinase-signalling
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Simon J Cook, Kate Stuart, Rebecca Gilley, Matthew J Sale
The ERK1/2 signalling pathway is best known for its role in connecting activated growth factor receptors to changes in gene expression due to activated ERK1/2 entering the nucleus and phosphorylating transcription factors. However, active ERK1/2 also translocate to a variety of other organelles including the endoplasmic reticulum, endosomes, golgi and mitochondria to access specific substrates and influence cell physiology. In this article we review two aspects of ERK1/2 signalling at the mitochondria that are involved in regulating cell fate decisions...
May 26, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544151/the-emt-spectrum-and-therapeutic-opportunities
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Dominic Chih-Cheng Voon, Ruby Yun-Ju Huang, Rebecca A Jackson, Jean Paul Thiery
Carcinomas are phenotypically arrayed along an EMT spectrum, a developmental program currently exploited to understand the acquisition of drug resistance through a re-routing of growth factor signalling. This review collates the current approaches employed in developing therapeutics against cancer-associated EMT, and provides an assessment of their respective strengths and drawbacks. We reflect on the close relationship between EMT and chemoresistance against current targeted therapeutics, with a special focus on the epigenetic mechanisms that links these processes...
May 24, 2017: Molecular Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543738/crispr-editing-in-biological-and-biomedical-investigation
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Xing-Da Ju, Jing Xu, Zhong Sheng Sun
The CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat)-Cas (CRISPR--associated protein) system, a prokaryotic RNA-based adaptive immune system against viral infection, is emerging as a powerful genome editing tool in broad research areas. To further improve and expand its functionality, various CRISPR delivery strategies have been tested and optimized, and key CRISPR system components such as Cas protein have been engineered with different purposes. Benefiting from more in-depth understanding and further development of CRISPR, versatile CRISPR-based platforms for genome editing have been rapidly developed to advance investigations in biology and biomedicine...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542563/evaluation-of-somatostatin-and-nucleolin-receptors-for-therapeutic-delivery-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-stem-cells-applying-the-somatostatin-analog-dotatate-and-the-nucleolin-targeting-aptamer-as1411
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Sif Holmboe, Pernille Lund Hansen, Helge Thisgaard, Ines Block, Carolin Müller, Niels Langkjær, Poul Flemming Høilund-Carlsen, Birgitte Brinkmann Olsen, Jan Mollenhauer
Cancer stem cells represent the putative tumor-driving subpopulation thought to account for drug resistance, relapse, and metastatic spread of epithelial and other cancer types. Accordingly, cell surface markers for therapeutic delivery to cancer stem cells are subject of intense research. Somatostatin receptor 2 and nucleolin are known to be overexpressed by various cancer types, which have elicited comprehensive efforts to explore their therapeutic utilization. Here, we evaluated somatostatin receptor 2 targeting and nucleolin targeting for therapeutic delivery to cancer stem cells from lung cancer...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542306/gene-signature-associated-with-benign-neurofibroma-transformation-to-malignant-peripheral-nerve-sheath-tumors
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Marta Martínez, Carlos O S Sorzano, Alberto Pascual-Montano, Jose M Carazo
Benign neurofibromas, the main phenotypic manifestations of the rare neurological disorder neurofibromatosis type 1, degenerate to malignant tumors associated to poor prognosis in about 10% of patients. Despite efforts in the field of (epi)genomics, the lack of prognostic biomarkers with which to predict disease evolution frustrates the adoption of appropriate early therapeutic measures. To identify potential biomarkers of malignant neurofibroma transformation, we integrated four human experimental studies and one for mouse, using a gene score-based meta-analysis method, from which we obtained a score-ranked signature of 579 genes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541542/reducing-stock-outs-of-essential-tuberculosis-medicines-a-system-dynamics-modelling-approach-to-supply-chain-management
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L Bam, Z M McLaren, E Coetzee, K H von Leipzig
The under-performance of supply chains presents a significant hindrance to disease control in developing countries. Stock-outs of essential medicines lead to treatment interruption which can force changes in patient drug regimens, drive drug resistance and increase mortality. This study is one of few to quantitatively evaluate the effectiveness of supply chain policies in reducing shortages and costs. This study develops a systems dynamics simulation model of the downstream supply chain for amikacin, a second-line tuberculosis drug using 10 years of South African data...
May 24, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541406/cost-benefit-analysis-of-case-management-policies-in-a-dui-lab
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Nicholas B Tiscione, Russell Miller, Xiaoqin Shan, Dustin Tate Yeatman
A study was previously conducted and published describing the magnitude of the under-reporting of drugs in driving under the influence (DUI) cases by using a blood drug screen (BDS) case management protocol and to determine whether not reporting those drugs would have a meaningful impact on the DUI cases. A follow-up study presented herein was conducted to generate a larger dataset for evaluation and to compare the results to the original study. For this follow-up study of 576 cases, the laboratory BDS protocol was modified so that a BDS was performed for all felony cases and all misdemeanor cases with a BAC < 0...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Analytical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541037/phase-behavior-of-salt-free-polyelectrolyte-gel-surfactant-systems
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Martin Andersson, Per Hansson
Ionic surfactants tend to collapse the outer parts of polyelectrolyte gels, forming shells that can be used to encapsulate other species including protein and peptide drugs. In this paper the aqueous phase behaviour of covalently crosslinked polyacrylate networks containing sodium ions and dodecyltrimethylammonium ions as counterions is investigated by means of swelling isotherms, dye staining, small-angle x-ray scattering and confocal Raman spectroscopy. The equilibrium state is approached by letting the networks absorb pure water...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537688/prevalence-of-alcohol-and-other-drugs-in-injured-drivers-and-their-association-with-clinical-outcomes
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F Cittadini, N De Giovanni, L Caradonna, G Vetrugno, A Oliva, N Fucci, C Zuppi, V L Pascali, M Covino
OBJECTIVE: Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a risk factor for motor vehicle accidents (MVAs). This issue has become an increasing concern for the governments of many European and North American countries, thereby encouraging the adoption of preventive policies. The aim of this study was to investigate the associations between major clinical outcomes and alcohol or drug abuse among drivers involved in MVAs who were referred to an Italian Emergency Department. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The study population consisted of consecutive injured drivers who were admitted to the Emergency Department following an MVA during a period of one year...
May 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536277/3d-mathematical-modeling-of-glioblastoma-suggests-that-transdifferentiated-vascular-endothelial-cells-mediate-resistance-to-current-standard-of-care-therapy
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Huaming Yan, Mónica Romero-López, Lesly I Benitez, Kaijun Di, Hermann B Frieboes, Christopher C W Hughes, Daniela A Bota, John S Lowengrub
Glioblastoma (GBM), the most aggressive brain tumor in human patients, is decidedly heterogeneous and highly vascularized. Glioma stem/initiating cells (GSC) are found to play a crucial role by increasing cancer aggressiveness and promoting resistance to therapy. Recently, crosstalk between GSC and vascular endothelial cells has been shown to significantly promote GSC self-renewal and tumor progression. Further, GSC also transdifferentiate into bona-fide vascular endothelial cells (GEC), which inherit mutations present in GSC and are resistant to traditional anti-angiogenic therapies...
May 23, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534531/unravelling-the-biology-of-sclc-implications-for-therapy
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REVIEW
Joshua K Sabari, Benjamin H Lok, James H Laird, John T Poirier, Charles M Rudin
Small-cell lung cancer (SCLC) is an aggressive malignancy associated with a poor prognosis. First-line treatment has remained unchanged for decades, and a paucity of effective treatment options exists for recurrent disease. Nonetheless, advances in our understanding of SCLC biology have led to the development of novel experimental therapies. Poly [ADP-ribose] polymerase (PARP) inhibitors have shown promise in preclinical models, and are under clinical investigation in combination with cytotoxic therapies and inhibitors of cell-cycle checkpoints...
May 23, 2017: Nature Reviews. Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533307/sox11-promotes-tumor-protective-microenvironment-interactions-through-cxcr4-and-fak-regulation-in-mantle-cell-lymphoma
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Patricia Balsas, Jara Palomero, Álvaro Eguileor, Marta Leonor Rodriguez, Maria Carmela Vegliante, Ester Planas-Rigol, Marta Sureda-Gómez, Maria C Cid, Elias Campo, Virginia Amador
SOX11 overexpression in Mantle Cell Lymphoma (MCL) has been associated with more aggresive behavior and worse outcome. However, SOX11 oncogenic pathways driving MCL tumor progression are poorly known. Here, we demonstrate that SOX11 binds to regulatory regions of two important genes for microenvironment-signals in cancer, (C-X-C motif) chemokine receptor 4 (CXCR4) and PTK2 (encoding for focal adhesion kinase (FAK)). Moreover, SOX11-positive xenograft and human primary MCL tumors overexpress cell migration and stromal stimulation gene signatures compared to their SOX11-negative counterparts...
May 22, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533287/trv0109101-a-g-protein-biased-agonist-of-the-%C3%A2%C2%B5-opioid-receptor-does-not-promote-opioid-induced-mechanical-allodynia-following-chronic-administration
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Michael Koblish, Richard Carr, Edward R Siuda, David H Rominger, William Gowen-MacDonald, Conrad L Cowan, Aimee L Crombie, Jonathan D Violin, Michael W Lark
Prescription opioids are a mainstay in the treatment of acute moderate to severe pain. However, chronic use leads to a host of adverse consequences including tolerance and opioid-induced hyperalgesia (OIH), leading to more complex treatment regimens and diminished patient compliance. Patients experiencing OIH paradoxically experience exaggerated nociceptive responses instead of pain reduction after chronic opioid usage. The development of OIH and tolerance tend to occur simultaneously and, thus, present a challenge when studying the molecular mechanisms driving each phenomenon...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530641/the-many-ways-of-osteoclast-activation
#17
Joseph Lorenzo
Osteoclasts are the cells responsible for bone resorption, a process that is essential for the maintenance of healthy bones. Bone diseases, such as osteoporosis, which are characterized by high rates of bone resorption and loss of bone mass, may benefit from treatments that inhibit osteoclast formation and/or function. The RANKL/RANK pathway is critical for both osteoclast formation and function, and these effects are thought to be mediated by the transcription factor nuclear factor of activated T cells, cytoplasmic 1 (NFATc1)...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530128/in-vivo-endocrine-secretion-of-prostacyclin-following-expression-of-a-cox-1-pgis-fusion-protein-in-the-salivary-glands-of-rats-via-non-viral-gene-therapy
#18
Zhimin Wang, Raymond L Benza, Lee Zourelias, Angela Sanguino, Ramaz Geguchadze, Kelly J Shields, Changgong Wu, Kristin B Highland, Michael J Passineau
Pulmonary arterial hypertension is a progressive disease that culminates in right heart failure and death. Prostacyclin(PGI2) and its derivatives are effective treatments for PAH when administered as continuous parenteral infusions. This treatment paradigm requires medical sophistication, and patients are at risk for complications from an indewelling catheter; drug interruptions may result in rebound pulmonary hypertension and death. We hypothesized that the salivary gland can be repurposed into an endogenous production site for circulating PGI2 through the expression of a fusion protein embodying cyclooxygenase-1(Cox1) and prostacyclin synthase(PGIS) domains...
May 20, 2017: Human Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529554/novel-drugs-in-pediatric-gliomas
#19
Dongli Zhang, Xiaoming Liu, Conghai Fan, Jiao Chen
Astrocytomas (gliomas) are the most common primary brain tumors among adults and second most frequent neoplasm among children. New ideas and novel approaches are being explored world over with aim to devise better management strategeies for this deadly pathological state. We searched the electronic database PubMed for pre-clinical as well as clinical controlled trials reporting importance of various therapeutic drugs against gliomas. It was observed clearly that this approach of using therapeutic drugs is clearly evolving and has been observed to be promising future therapeutic avenue against gliomas...
May 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528666/role-of-nonneuronal-trpv4-signaling-in-inflammatory-processes
#20
Pradeep Rajasekhar, Daniel P Poole, Nicholas A Veldhuis
Transient receptor potential (TRP) ion channels are important signaling components in nociceptive and inflammatory pathways. This is attributed to their ability to function as polymodal sensors of environmental stimuli (chemical and mechanical) and as effector molecules in receptor signaling pathways. TRP vanilloid 4 (TRPV4) is a nonselective cation channel that is activated by multiple endogenous stimuli including shear stress, membrane stretch, and arachidonic acid metabolites. TRPV4 contributes to many important physiological processes and dysregulation of its activity is associated with chronic conditions of metabolism, inflammation, peripheral neuropathies, musculoskeletal development, and cardiovascular regulation...
2017: Advances in Pharmacology
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