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Resorufin - a lead for a new protein kinase CK2 inhibitor
Iben Skjøth Sandholt1, Birgitte Brinkmann Olsen1, Barbara Guerra1, Olaf-Georg Issinger1, Brigitte Boldyreff2

Screening of a natural compound library led to the identification of resorufin, as a highly selective and potent inhibitor for protein kinase CK2. Out of 52 kinases tested only CK2 was inhibited. The IC50 values determined for the CK2 holoenzymes were 1.5 µM and for the free catalytic subunits ca. 4 µM. In different cancer cell lines treatment with resorufin led to cell death and endogenous CK2 was inhibited.

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Experimental Determination of ADMET Parameters in High Throughput, Using Colloidal Gold Composites and a Conductive Polymer as Reporting Reagents
Roberto Martinez-Neira, Patricia De Pril, Anne Van Hoonacker, Patrick Englebienne

We developed and validated a high throughput in vitro setting to experimentally determine hSA and Orosomucoid affinities, fraction absorbed, Log BBB and Redox potential of NCEs using gold nanoparticles functionalized with proteins, lipids or conductive polymers. Such automated ADME assays provide means for more objective decisions in early drug discovery.

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Production of prostanoids in the plant Arabidopsis thaliana
Maged E. Mohamed and Colin M. Lazarus.

Prostanoids originate from PGHS action on the 20-carbon polyunsaturated fatty acid: DGLA, AA and EPA. We used cDNA expression in Saccharomyces cerevisiae and enzyme immunoassays to compare the activities of two mouse PGHS isoforms and cDNAs encoding mouse prostaglandin I synthase and thromboxane A synthase and genomic DNA encoding Trypanosoma brucei prostaglandin F synthase. All genes were active and were put in Transgenic Arabidopsis thaliana plants producing DGLA.

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Analysis of in silico stereoelectronic properties of PMD (p-menthane-3-8-diols) and its derivatives to develop a pharmacophore for insect repellent activity
Bhattacharjee AK, Chauhan K, Bathini N, Greico J, Achee N, Lawrence K, Benante JP and Gupta RK

PMD, an insect repellent that can be derived from steam distillate residue of leaves of lemon eucalyptus. No QSAR studies are known in literature. We performed ab initio (RHF/6-31G**) study of PMD derivatives. A 3D pharmacophore for repellent activity was also developed. Results indicate lipophilicity, MEP separation and localized negative MEP by oxygen atom have roles for repellency. The pharmacophore is consistent and allowed design of more effective insect repellents.

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DOCKING STUDIES OF A NEW HETEROCYCLIC METHYLTHIOMORPHOLIN PHENOLS DERIVATIVES AS ANTIHYPERTENSIVE DRUGS WITH ACE TARGET.CASE FESCDIPINE II
1V. Vázquez,1O. Vázquez, 1,2M.A.Balboa, 1A. Ma. Velázquez, 1V.H. Abrego, 1B.Camacho, 1L. Martínez, 1L.A. Torres, 1A. Ramírez, 1I.Martínez, 3R.López-Castañares, 1S.Díaz-Barriga, 4J. Bocanegra, 4Froylan Gómez-Laguna, 1F. Olvera, 1E.Angeles.

As part of the Drug Design in Medicinal Chemistry Program of the UNAM, new methylthiomorpholinphenol compounds with cardiovascular effect, were studied. One of them, FESCDIPINE II, was an excellent antihypertensive drug, that has low toxicity and preliminary studies indicate that the Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) system is the biological target of this compound.

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Involvement of enkephalins and delta-opioid receptors in the expression of levodopa-induced dyskinesia in a model of hemiparkinsonian rat
Fabrice Billet, Jean Costentin & Nathalie Dourmap

This study was performed to test the involvement of d-opioid receptors in dyskinesia induced by L-DOPA in hemiparkinsonian rats. Our results indicate that endogenous enkephakins modulate the expression of L-DOPA-induced dyskinesia. It also appears that d-opioid receptors located on corticostriatal terminals could be involved in the development of these dyskinesia. These results confer on d-opioid antagonists interesting properties in the improvement of Parkinson’s disease therapy.

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A Novel Design of Artificial Membrane for Improving the PAMPA Model
Xiaoxi (Kevin) Chen, Ph.D., Anthony Murawski, Linda Hladik, and Charles L. Crespi, Ph.D.

The Parallel Artificial Membrane Permeability Assay (PAMPA) is a well-accepted screening assay for ADME properties (membrane permeability).

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Validation of Time-Dependent Cytochrome P450 Inhibition assays: Use of Stable - Labeled Isotope Internal Standards for Optimal Quantitation
Elke S. Perloff, Andrew Mason, Shangara S. Dehal, Andrew P. Blanchard, Ling Morgan, Andre Dandeneau, Thuy Ho, Ronell M. Crocker, Catherine M. Chandler, Nathalie Boily, Charles L. Crespi, and David M. Stresser

Time-dependent inhibition of cytochrome P450 (CYP) metabolism can lead to nonlinear pharmacokinetics and drug-drug interactions. Recent guidance from the USFDA and drug failures attributable to toxicity that may have a basis in time-dependent inhibition, have elevated interest in this long-known undesirable property of drug candidates.

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Applications of Inside-Out Vesicle Uptake Assay to Assess the Inhibitory Effects of Various Drugs on Human MRP2 and Rat Mrp2 Transporters
Vina Ketty, Eric Sands, Joanne Bourgea, Chris J. Patten, Charles L. Crespi, Ph.D., and Guangqing Xiao

Human MRP2 and rat Mrp2 inside-out vesicles were prepared from Spodoptera frugiperda (Sf9) insect cells expressing the corresponding transporters. MRP2 mediated and ATP dependent uptake of 3H-LTC4 was conducted using the rapid filtration system in the absence or presence of MgATP.

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Keeping Tumor Growth at Bay
Engineers at Washington University in St. Louis found a way to keep a cancerous tumor from growing by using nanoparticles of the main ingredient in common antacid tablets.
Cancer Cells Kill Off Healthy Neighbours
Cancer cells create space to grow by killing off surrounding healthy cells, according to UK researchers working with fruit flies.
Future of Medicine Could be Found in a Tiny Crystal Ball
A Drexel University materials scientist has discovered a way to grow a crystal ball in a lab. Not the kind that soothsayers use to predict the future, but a microscopic version that could be used to encapsulate medication in a way that would allow it to deliver its curative payload more effectively inside the body.
Bile Acid Supports Production of Blood Stem Cells
A research group at Lund University has been able to show that bile acid is transferred from the mother to the foetus via the placenta to enable the foetus to produce blood stem cells.
Chemical Used to Replace BPA is Potentially Toxic
This study is the first to examine the effects of BPA and BPS on brain cells and genes that control the growth and function of organs involved in reproduction.
A Better Model for Parkinson's
Scientists at EPFL solve a longstanding problem with modeling Parkinson’s disease in animals. Using newfound insights, they improve both cell and animal models for the disease, which can propel research and drug development.
Improving Delivery of Poorly Soluble Drugs Using Nanoparticles
A technology that could forever change the delivery of drugs is undergoing evaluation by the Technology Evaluation Consortium™ (TEC). Developed by researchers at Northeastern University, the technology is capable of creating nanoparticle structures that could deliver drugs into the bloodstream orally – despite the fact that they are normally poorly soluble.
Toxicity Testing With Cultured Liver Cells
Microreactor replaces animal testing.
Neural Networks Adapt to the Presence of a Toxic HIV Protein
HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND) afflict approximately half of HIV infected patients.
Faster Drug Discovery?
Startup develops more cost-effective test for assessing how cells respond to chemicals.
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