Naphthalenes

Publication Title: 
International Journal of Oncology

Telomeres are nucleoprotein structures at the ends of chromosomes that are composed of a repetitive G rich sequence and telomeric binding proteins. Telomeres prevent the degradation of chromosomal ends and protect against inappropriate recombination. Telomere attrition involves a tumor suppressor pathway that limits the replication of premalignant cells. The loss of telomeric DNA with each round of replication leads to growth arrest accompanied by senescence or apoptosis. Many tumor cells activate the telomerase gene to bypass senescence.

Author(s): 
Bojovic, Bojana
Crowe, David L.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Medicinal Chemistry

With the aim of up-regulating antitumor efficacy and down-regulating adverse effects, three types of aromatic imide and diimides were designed to couple with different polyamines. The in vitro assays revealed that two naphthalene diimide-polyamine conjugates could inhibit the growth of multiple cancer cell lines more potently than amonafide. 9f, the most potent compound, was verified to efficiently induce apoptosis via a ROS mediated mitochondrial pathway in a preliminary mechanistic study.

Author(s): 
Wang, Yuxia
Zhang, Xingbo
Zhao, Jin
Xie, Songqiang
Wang, Chaojie
Publication Title: 
Neurobiology of Disease

An increasing body of evidence indicates a role for oligomers of the amyloid-? peptide (A?) in the neurotoxicity of this peptide and the pathology of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Several neurotoxic oligomeric forms of A? have been noted ranging from the larger Amyloid ?-Derived Diffusible Ligands (ADDLs) to smaller trimers and dimers of A?. More recently a dodecameric form of A? with a 56 kDa molecular weight, denoted A?*56, was shown to cause memory impairment in AD model mice.

Author(s): 
Scherzer-Attali, R.
Farfara, D.
Cooper, I.
Levin, A.
Ben-Romano, T.
Trudler, D.
Vientrov, M.
Shaltiel-Karyo, R.
Shalev, D. E.
Segev-Amzaleg, N.
Gazit, E.
Segal, D.
Frenkel, D.
Publication Title: 
Molecular Cancer Therapeutics

Sirtuins (SIRT1-7) are a highly conserved family of NAD(+)-dependent enzymes that control the activity of histone and nonhistone regulatory proteins. SIRT1 is purposed to promote longevity and to suppress the initiation of some cancers. Nevertheless, SIRT1 is reported to function as a tumor suppressor as well as an oncogenic protein. Our data show that compared with normal liver or surrounding tumor tissue, SIRT1 is strongly overexpressed in human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).

Author(s): 
Portmann, Simone
Fahrner, RenÈ
Lechleiter, Antje
Keogh, Adrian
Overney, Sarah
Laemmle, Alexander
Mikami, Kei
Montani, Matteo
Tschan, Mario P.
Candinas, Daniel
Stroka, Deborah
Publication Title: 
Chemical & Pharmaceutical Bulletin

The methanol extract of Huira-Huira (Culcitium canescens) showed analgesic effects in acetic acid-induced writhing and tail pressure tests, and it also produced potent prolongation of hypnosis induced by pentobarbital. The latter activity was used as an isolation-guide to determine the active components which were identified as dehydrocacalohastine, cacalohastine and cacalonol.

Author(s): 
Okuyama, E.
Umeyama, K.
Ohmori, S.
Yamazaki, M.
Satake, M.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Medicinal Chemistry

The 1,2,4-trioxolanes are a new class of synthetic peroxidic antimalarials currently in human clinical trials. The well-known reactivity of the 1,2,4-trioxolane ring toward inorganic ferrous iron and ferrous iron heme is proposed to play a role in the antimalarial action of this class of compounds. We have designed structurally relevant fluorescent chemical probes to study the subcellular localization of 1,2,4-trioxolanes in cultured Plasmodium falciparum parasites.

Author(s): 
Hartwig, Carmony L.
Lauterwasser, Erica M. W.
Mahajan, Sumit S.
Hoke, Jonathan M.
Cooper, Roland A.
Renslo, Adam R.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Renal Nutrition: The Official Journal of the Council on Renal Nutrition of the National Kidney Foundation

OBJECTIVE: Insulin resistance (IR) is associated with increased cardiovascular risk in multiple patient populations, including those undergoing chronic hemodialysis (CHD). Active vitamin D deficiency has been proposed to play a role in the extent of IR observed in patients with CHD. We postulated that administration of paracalcitol, an active vitamin D medication, influences IR in patients with CHD. DESIGN AND METHODS: This was a pilot randomized controlled trial. Ten prevalent CHD patients receiving a stable dose of paracalcitol were recruited.

Author(s): 
Hung, Adriana M.
Sundell, Mary B.
Plotnikova, Natalia E.
Bian, Aihua
Shintani, Ayumi
Ellis, Charles D.
Siew, Edward D.
Ikizler, T. Alp
Publication Title: 
Zhurnal Nevrologii I Psikhiatrii Imeni S.S. Korsakova / Ministerstvo Zdravookhraneniia I Meditsinskoĭ Promyshlennosti Rossiĭskoĭ Federatsii, Vserossiĭskoe Obshchestvo Nevrologov [i] Vserossiĭskoe Obshchestvo Psikhiatrov

The data of the Azerbaijan Neurosurgical Center, including 2618 case-reports of patients operated on for low back discal hernia between 1997 and 2002, have been analyzed. The retrospective analysis of the data reveals that 26,4% of patients need further restorative treatment due to the presence of various neurological disturbances: pain syndromes of different intensity, motor deficits (pareses), sensory disorders and functional disorders of pelvic organs.

Author(s): 
Musaev, A. V.
Guseĭnova, S. G.
Musaeva, I. R.
Publication Title: 
PloS One

Averrhoa carambola L. (Oxalidaceae) root (ACLR) has a long history of use in traditional Chinese medicine for treating diabetes and diabetic nephropathy (DN). (±)-Lyoniresinol 3α-O-β-D-glucopyranoside (LGP1, LGP2) were two chiral lignan glucosides that were isolated from the ACLR. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of LGP1 and LGP2-mediated hypoglycaemia on renal injury in streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetic mice. STZ-induced diabetic mice were administrated LGP1 and LGP2 orally (20, 40, 80 mg/kg body weight/d) for 14 days.

Author(s): 
Wen, Qingwei
Liang, Tao
Qin, Feizhang
Wei, Jinbin
He, Qiaoling
Luo, Xiu
Chen, Xiaoyu
Zheng, Ni
Huang, Renbin
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