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Int J Immunopathol Pharmacol ; 34: 2058738420966078, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33045858

RESUMO

Given the sharp spreading of COVID-19 pandemic all around the world, our attention was brought to consider that that many cationic drugs (i.e. those characterized by the presence, at physiological pH value, of one or more cationic groups, both primary, secondary, tertiary and guanidinic aminic groups) could have any effect in impairing SARS-CoV2 entry in the host cell. This could open to new therapeutic chances against COVID-19.


Assuntos
Antivirais/farmacologia , Betacoronavirus , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Descoberta de Drogas , Reposicionamento de Medicamentos , Inibidores Enzimáticos/farmacologia , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Internalização do Vírus/efeitos dos fármacos , Betacoronavirus/efeitos dos fármacos , Betacoronavirus/fisiologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/epidemiologia , Descoberta de Drogas/métodos , Descoberta de Drogas/tendências , Reposicionamento de Medicamentos/métodos , Reposicionamento de Medicamentos/tendências , Humanos , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/epidemiologia
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Pestic Biochem Physiol ; 170: 104684, 2020 Nov.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32980064

RESUMO

As important chemical pesticides, protoporphyrinogen oxidase (PPO, EC 1.3.3.4) herbicides play a vital role in weed management. Herein, in a search for novel PPO herbicides, a series of phenoxypyridine-2-pyrrolidinone derivatives were synthesized and their herbicidal activities were tested. To confirm the structures of the newly synthesized compounds, a colorless single crystal of compound 9d was obtained and crystallographic data collected. PPO inhibition experiments showed that most compounds have PPO inhibitory effects. The half-maximal inhibitory concentration (IC50) of compound 9d and oxyfluorfen were 0.041 mg/L and 0.043 mg/L, respectively, which showed compound 9d was the most potent compound. Compound 9d reduced the Chlorophyll a (Chl a) and Chlorophyll b (Chl b) contents of Abutilon theophrasti (A. theophrasti), to 0.306 and 0.217 mg/g, respectively. Crop selectivity experiments and field trial indicated that compound 9d can potentially be used to develop post-emergence herbicides for weed control in rice, cotton, and peanut. Molecular docking studies showed that both oxyfluorfen and compound 9d can enter the PPO cavity to occupy the active site and compete with the porphyrin to block the chlorophyll synthesis process, affect photosynthesis, and eventually cause weed death. Compound 9d was found to be a promising lead compound for novel herbicide development.


Assuntos
Clorofila A , Herbicidas/farmacologia , Inibidores Enzimáticos/farmacologia , Simulação de Acoplamento Molecular , Protoporfirinogênio Oxidase , Piridinas/farmacologia , Pirrolidinonas , Relação Estrutura-Atividade
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Anticancer Res ; 40(9): 4843-4856, 2020 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32878772

RESUMO

Aberrant fatty acid (FA) metabolism has long been recognized in colorectal cancer (CRC) cells. Since de novo lipogenesis is required for CRC tumour growth and survival, the inhibition of FA metabolism is a promising potential therapeutic target. Inhibition of the opposite process, ß-oxidation of FAs, has also showed promising results in many CRC models. For patients with CRC, both FA synthesis and ß-oxidation inhibitors are promising potential therapeutic options as monotherapies or as combination therapies with other anticancer agents. In this review, we discuss recent reports concerning inhibitors of FA synthesis and ß-oxidation in various CRC models. The exact mechanisms of action of the selected compounds described in this review remain unknown and require precise evaluation before the development of new successful therapies for CRC is possible.


Assuntos
Antineoplásicos/farmacologia , Neoplasias Colorretais/metabolismo , Inibidores Enzimáticos/farmacologia , Ácidos Graxos/metabolismo , Antineoplásicos/uso terapêutico , Apoptose/efeitos dos fármacos , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Proliferação de Células/efeitos dos fármacos , Neoplasias Colorretais/tratamento farmacológico , Inibidores Enzimáticos/uso terapêutico , Humanos , Metabolismo dos Lipídeos/efeitos dos fármacos , Oxirredução/efeitos dos fármacos
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Yonsei Med J ; 61(9): 762-773, 2020 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32882760

RESUMO

PURPOSE: Pharmacological inhibition of mutant isocitrate dehydrogenase (IDH) reduces R-2-hydroxyglutarate (2-HG) levels and restores cellular differentiation in vivo and in vitro. The IDH2 inhibitor enasidenib (AG-221) has been approved by the FDA as a first-in-class inhibitor for the treatment of relapsed or refractory (R/R) IDH2-mutant acute myeloid leukemia (AML). In this study, the effects of a combination of all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA) and AG-221 on AML cell differentiation was explored, along with the mechanisms employed by IDH2-mutant cells in AML. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We treated the human AML cell line, IDH2-mutant-TF-1, and primary human AML cells carrying IDH2 mutation with 30 µM AG-221 and 100 nM ATRA, alone or in combination. RESULTS: Combined treatment with AG-221 and ATRA inhibited 2-HG production and resulted in synergistic effects on differentiation among IDH2-mutant AML cells and primary AML cells expressing IDH2 mutation. Combined treatment with AG-221 and ATRA altered autophagic activity. AG-221 and ATRA treatment-induced differentiation of IDH2-mutant AML cells was associated with autophagy induction, without suppressing autophagy flux at maturation and degradation stages. A RAF-1/MEK/ERK pathway was founded to be associated with AG-221 and ATRA-induced differentiation in IDH2-mutant AML cells. IDH-associated changes in histone methylation markers decreased after AG-221 and ATRA combination treatment. CONCLUSION: Our preliminary evidence indicates that the addition of ATRA to treatments with IDH2 inhibitor may lead to further improvements or increases in response rates in IDH2-mutant AML patients who do not appear to benefit from treatments with IDH2 inhibitor alone.


Assuntos
Aminopiridinas/farmacologia , Antineoplásicos/farmacologia , Diferenciação Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Resistencia a Medicamentos Antineoplásicos/efeitos dos fármacos , Inibidores Enzimáticos/farmacologia , Isocitrato Desidrogenase/genética , Leucemia Mieloide Aguda/tratamento farmacológico , Tretinoína/farmacologia , Triazinas/farmacologia , Resistencia a Medicamentos Antineoplásicos/genética , Humanos , Isocitrato Desidrogenase/antagonistas & inibidores , Isocitrato Desidrogenase/metabolismo , Leucemia Mieloide Aguda/genética , Mutação
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J Environ Pathol Toxicol Oncol ; 39(3): 281-290, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32865918

RESUMO

Objective-To investigate cystathionine ß synthase (CBS)/hydrogen sulfide (H2S) signaling in multiple myeloma (MM) patients and to identify its effect on the proliferation of U266 cells. Methods-Bone marrow samples of 19 MM patients and 23 healthy donors were collected. qRT-PCR was performed to measure the mRNA expression levels of H2S synthases, cystathionine ß synthase, and cystathionine γ lyase. ELISA assays quantified the amount of H2S produced by the two enzymes CBS and CSE. CCK-8 experiment was used to investigate the influence of the CBS inhibitor amino oxyacetic acid and the CSE inhibitor propargylglycine on the proliferation of U266 cells. Flow cytometry and western blotting were performed to determine the effects of AOAA, PAG, and NaHS on cell cycle distribution as well as Caspase-3 and Bcl-2 expression. Results-Patients with MM had higher level of CBS compared with healthy donors. AOAA significantly inhibited cell proliferation in both a time and concentration dependent characteristic, whereas PAG does not. After 24 hours of treatment, AOAA significantly elevated the G0/G1 phase proportion of cells, and reduced the cell distribution in both S and G2/M phases, while NaHS accelerated cell cycle progression by reducing the relative number of cells in G0/G1 phase and increasing the proportion of cells in the G2/M phase. Moreover, AOAA abolished the impact of NaHS on cell cycle progression of U266 cells. AOAA treatment also led to a significant decrease in Bcl-2 expression and dramatic increase in Caspase-3 expression, though NaHS reversed these effects. Conclusion-CBS/H2S system might have a certain effect on the proliferation and apoptosis of MM cells.


Assuntos
Apoptose , Proliferação de Células , Cistationina beta-Sintase/metabolismo , Sulfeto de Hidrogênio/metabolismo , Mieloma Múltiplo/metabolismo , Adulto , Idoso , Alquinos/farmacologia , Ácido Amino-Oxiacético/farmacologia , Apoptose/efeitos dos fármacos , Células da Medula Óssea/efeitos dos fármacos , Células da Medula Óssea/metabolismo , Estudos de Casos e Controles , Ciclo Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Proliferação de Células/efeitos dos fármacos , Cistationina beta-Sintase/antagonistas & inibidores , Cistationina gama-Liase/antagonistas & inibidores , Cistationina gama-Liase/metabolismo , Inibidores Enzimáticos/farmacologia , Feminino , Glicina/análogos & derivados , Glicina/farmacologia , Humanos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Mieloma Múltiplo/patologia , Transdução de Sinais
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PLoS One ; 15(9): e0236081, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32960890

RESUMO

Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), one of the most common metabolic diseases, is characterized by insulin resistance and inadequate insulin secretion of ß cells. Glycogen phosphorylase (GP) is the key enzyme in glycogen breakdown, and contributes to hepatic glucose production during fasting or during insulin resistance. Pharmacological GP inhibitors are potential glucose lowering agents, which may be used in T2DM therapy. A natural product isolated from the cultured broth of the fungal strain No. 138354, called 2,3-bis(4-hydroxycinnamoyloxy)glutaric acid (FR258900), was discovered a decade ago. In vivo studies showed that FR258900 significantly reduced blood glucose levels in diabetic mice. We previously showed that GP inhibitors can potently enhance the function of ß cells. The purpose of this study was to assess whether an analogue of FR258900 can influence ß cell function. BF142 (Meso-Dimethyl 2,3-bis[(E)-3-(4-acetoxyphenyl)prop-2-enamido]butanedioate) treatment activated the glucose-stimulated insulin secretion pathway, as indicated by enhanced glycolysis, increased mitochondrial oxidation, significantly increased ATP production, and elevated calcium influx in MIN6 cells. Furthermore, BF142 induced mTORC1-specific phosphorylation of S6K, increased levels of PDX1 and insulin protein, and increased insulin secretion. Our data suggest that BF142 can influence ß cell function and can support the insulin producing ability of ß cells.


Assuntos
Cinamatos/farmacologia , Inibidores Enzimáticos/farmacologia , Glutaratos/farmacologia , Glicogênio Fosforilase/antagonistas & inibidores , Secreção de Insulina/efeitos dos fármacos , Células Secretoras de Insulina/efeitos dos fármacos , Ácido Succínico/farmacologia , Animais , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Cinamatos/química , Inibidores Enzimáticos/química , Glucose/metabolismo , Glutaratos/química , Glicogênio Fosforilase/metabolismo , Glicólise/efeitos dos fármacos , Insulina/metabolismo , Células Secretoras de Insulina/metabolismo , Metilação , Camundongos , Ácido Succínico/química
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Emerg Microbes Infect ; 9(1): 2245-2255, 2020 Dec.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32975484

RESUMO

The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic caused by the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Related Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is a global health emergency. As only very limited therapeutic options are clinically available, there is an urgent need for the rapid development of safe, effective, and globally available pharmaceuticals that inhibit SARS-CoV-2 entry and ameliorate COVID-19 severity. In this study, we explored the use of small compounds acting on the homeostasis of the endolysosomal host-pathogen interface, to fight SARS-CoV-2 infection. We find that fluoxetine, a widely used antidepressant and a functional inhibitor of acid sphingomyelinase (FIASMA), efficiently inhibited the entry and propagation of SARS-CoV-2 in the cell culture model without cytotoxic effects and also exerted potent antiviral activity against two currently circulating influenza A virus subtypes, an effect which was also observed upon treatment with the FIASMAs amiodarone and imipramine. Mechanistically, fluoxetine induced both impaired endolysosomal acidification and the accumulation of cholesterol within the endosomes. As the FIASMA group consists of a large number of small compounds that are well-tolerated and widely used for a broad range of clinical applications, exploring these licensed pharmaceuticals may offer a variety of promising antivirals for host-directed therapy to counteract enveloped viruses, including SARS-CoV-2.


Assuntos
Antidepressivos/farmacologia , Antivirais/farmacologia , Betacoronavirus/efeitos dos fármacos , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Inibidores Enzimáticos/farmacologia , Fluoxetina/farmacologia , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Betacoronavirus/fisiologia , Linhagem Celular , Endossomos/virologia , Humanos , Pandemias , Esfingomielina Fosfodiesterase/antagonistas & inibidores , Replicação Viral/efeitos dos fármacos
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PLoS One ; 15(8): e0235319, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32810173

RESUMO

Aberrant activation of the Wnt signalling pathway is required for tumour initiation and survival in the majority of colorectal cancers. The development of inhibitors of Wnt signalling has been the focus of multiple drug discovery programs targeting colorectal cancer and other malignancies associated with aberrant pathway activation. However, progression of new clinical entities targeting the Wnt pathway has been slow. One challenge lies with the limited predictive power of 2D cancer cell lines because they fail to fully recapitulate intratumoural phenotypic heterogeneity. In particular, the relationship between 2D cancer cell biology and cancer stem cell function is poorly understood. By contrast, 3D tumour organoids provide a platform in which complex cell-cell interactions can be studied. However, complex 3D models provide a challenging platform for the quantitative analysis of drug responses of therapies that have differential effects on tumour cell subpopulations. Here, we generated tumour organoids from colorectal cancer patients and tested their responses to inhibitors of Tankyrase (TNKSi) which are known to modulate Wnt signalling. Using compounds with 3 orders of magnitude difference in cellular mechanistic potency together with image-based assays, we demonstrate that morphometric analyses can capture subtle alterations in organoid responses to Wnt inhibitors that are consistent with activity against a cancer stem cell subpopulation. Overall our study highlights the value of phenotypic readouts as a quantitative method to asses drug-induced effects in a relevant preclinical model.


Assuntos
Antineoplásicos/farmacologia , Neoplasias Colorretais/tratamento farmacológico , Inibidores Enzimáticos/farmacologia , Organoides/efeitos dos fármacos , Tanquirases/antagonistas & inibidores , Adulto , Animais , Antineoplásicos/uso terapêutico , Neoplasias Colorretais/patologia , Inibidores Enzimáticos/uso terapêutico , Feminino , Humanos , Imageamento Tridimensional , Masculino , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos NOD , Camundongos SCID , Células-Tronco Neoplásicas/efeitos dos fármacos , Organoides/patologia
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 3862, 2020 07 31.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32737291

RESUMO

Allostery in proteins influences various biological processes such as regulation of gene transcription and activities of enzymes and cell signaling. Computational approaches for analysis of allosteric coupling provide inexpensive opportunities to predict mutations and to design small-molecule agents to control protein function and cellular activity. We develop a computationally efficient network-based method, Ohm, to identify and characterize allosteric communication networks within proteins. Unlike previously developed simulation-based approaches, Ohm relies solely on the structure of the protein of interest. We use Ohm to map allosteric networks in a dataset composed of 20 proteins experimentally identified to be allosterically regulated. Further, the Ohm allostery prediction for the protein CheY correlates well with NMR CHESCA studies. Our webserver, Ohm.dokhlab.org, automatically determines allosteric network architecture and identifies critical coupled residues within this network.


Assuntos
Algoritmos , Proteínas Quimiotáticas Aceptoras de Metil/química , Mapeamento de Interação de Proteínas/estatística & dados numéricos , Software , Regulação Alostérica , Sítio Alostérico , Animais , Inibidores Enzimáticos/química , Inibidores Enzimáticos/farmacologia , Escherichia coli/enzimologia , Escherichia coli/genética , Humanos , Internet , Proteínas Quimiotáticas Aceptoras de Metil/antagonistas & inibidores , Proteínas Quimiotáticas Aceptoras de Metil/metabolismo , Simulação de Dinâmica Molecular , Estrutura Secundária de Proteína
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Gene ; 759: 145001, 2020 Oct 30.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32738420

RESUMO

BACKROUND: CSCs having the common features of high telomerase activity and high migration and invasion capabilities play a vital role as the initiators of metastasis. Small molecule BIBR1532 has been shown to target cancer cells by inhibiting telomerase. Recent studies have suggested that telomerase activity is associated with epithelial mesenchymal transition (EMT). EMT program, which causes epithelial cells to acquire a mesenchymal morphology, is known to play a significant role in cancer metastasis. METHODS: The hypothesis of our study was that suppression of telomerase in breast cancer and cancer stem cells would interrupt EMT mechanism. Cytotoxicity of BIBR1532 was evaluated using WST-1 assay in all cell lines and the effects of BIBR1532 on apoptosis were investigated with Annexin V. Migration rate of the cells was examined by wound healing assay and sphere forming capacities were observed by hanging drop test. Finally, the expression of 84 EMT-related genes was analyzed by real-time qPCR. RESULTS: The IC50 values for the MDA-MB-231 and breast epithelial stem cells of BIBR1532 were analyzed as 18.04 and 38.71 µl at 72 h, respectively. Interestingly, apoptosis was only induced in stem cells. In hanging drop test, sphere areas were reduced in stem cells treated with BIBR1532. In wound healing assay, BIBR1532 decreased the migration rate of stem cells. Together with this, expression of EMT-related genes were regulated in stem cells towards a epithelial phenotype. CONCLUSION: Our obtained results indicated that telomerase inhibition affects the EMT mechanism. The targeted elimination of breast cancer stem cells by a telomerase inhibitor in cancer treatment may limit the mobility and stemness of cancer cells interrupting the EMT mechanism, thus may prevent metastasis.


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Aminobenzoatos/farmacologia , Neoplasias da Mama/metabolismo , Inibidores Enzimáticos/farmacologia , Transição Epitelial-Mesenquimal , Naftalenos/farmacologia , Células-Tronco Neoplásicas/efeitos dos fármacos , Movimento Celular , Proliferação de Células , Feminino , Humanos , Células MCF-7 , Células-Tronco Neoplásicas/fisiologia , Telomerase/antagonistas & inibidores
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Gene ; 763: 144997, 2020 Dec 30.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32783992

RESUMO

The CRISPR-Cas system currently stands as one of the best multifaceted tools for site-specific genome engineering in mammals. An important aspect of research in this field focusses on improving the specificity and efficacy of precise genome editing in multiple model systems. The cornerstone of this mini-review is one of the extensively investigated small molecule inhibitor, SCR7, which abrogates NHEJ, a Ligase IV-dependent DSB repair pathway, thus guiding integration of the foreign DNA fragment via the more precise homology directed repair during genome editing. One of our recent studies sheds light on properties of different forms of SCR7. Here, we give a succinct account on the use of SCR7 and its different forms in CRISPR-Cas system, highlighting their chemical properties and biological relevance as potent efficiency-enhancing CRISPR tools.


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Sistemas CRISPR-Cas , Inibidores Enzimáticos/farmacologia , Edição de Genes/métodos , Pirimidinas/farmacologia , Reparo de DNA por Recombinação/efeitos dos fármacos , Bases de Schiff/farmacologia , Animais , DNA Ligase Dependente de ATP/antagonistas & inibidores , Inibidores Enzimáticos/química , Humanos , Pirimidinas/química , Bases de Schiff/química
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Parasitol Res ; 119(9): 2991-3003, 2020 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32748038

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Visceral leishmaniasis (VL, also known as kala-azar) is a vector borne disease caused by obligate intracellular protozoan parasite Leishmania donovani. To overcome the limitations of currently available drugs for VL, molecular target-based study is a promising tool to develop new drugs to treat this neglected tropical disease. One such target we recently identified from L. donovani (Ld) genome (WGS, clinical Indian isolate; BHU 1220, AVPQ01000001) is a small GTP-binding protein, Rab6 protein. We now report a specific inhibitor of the GTPase activity of Rab6 protein of L. donovani (LdRab6) without restricting host enzyme activity. First, to understand the nature of LdRab6 protein, we generated recombinant LdRab6 mutant proteins (rLdRab6) by systematically introducing deletion (two cysteine residues at C-terminal) and mutations [single amino acid substitutions in the conserved region of GTP (Q84L)/GDP(T38N) coding sequence]. The GTPase activity of rLdRab6:GTP and rLdRab6:GDP locked mutant proteins showed ~ 8-fold and ~ 1.5-fold decreases in enzyme activity, respectively, compared to the wild type enzyme activity. The mutant protein rLdRab6:ΔC inhibited the GTPase activity. Sequence alignment analysis of Rab6 protein of L. donovani with Homo sapiens showed identical amino acids in the G conserved region (GTP/GDP-binding sites) but it differed in the C-terminal region. We then evaluated the inhibitory activity of trans-dibenzalacetone (DBA, a synthetic analog of curcumin with strong antileishmanial activity reported earlier by us) in the GTPase activity of LdRab6 protein. Comparative molecular docking analysis of DBA and specific inhibitors of Rab proteins (Lovastatin, BFA, Zoledronate, and NE10790) indicated that DBA had optimum binding affinity with LdRab6 protein. This was further confirmed by the GTPase activity of DBA-treated LdRab6 which showed a basal GTP level significantly lower than that of the wild-type rLdRab6. The results confirm that DBA inhibits the GTPase activity of LdRab6 protein from L. donovani (LdRab6), a potential target for its antileishmanial effect.


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Antiprotozoários/farmacologia , Inibidores Enzimáticos/farmacologia , Leishmania donovani/efeitos dos fármacos , Leishmaniose Visceral/parasitologia , Pentanonas/farmacologia , Proteínas de Protozoários/antagonistas & inibidores , Proteínas rab de Ligação ao GTP/antagonistas & inibidores , Sequência de Aminoácidos , Sítios de Ligação , Curcumina/farmacologia , Humanos , Leishmania donovani/química , Leishmania donovani/enzimologia , Leishmania donovani/genética , Leishmaniose Visceral/tratamento farmacológico , Simulação de Acoplamento Molecular , Pentanonas/química , Proteínas de Protozoários/química , Proteínas de Protozoários/genética , Proteínas de Protozoários/metabolismo , Alinhamento de Sequência , Proteínas rab de Ligação ao GTP/química , Proteínas rab de Ligação ao GTP/genética , Proteínas rab de Ligação ao GTP/metabolismo
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Life Sci ; 259: 118169, 2020 Oct 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32738360

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AIMS: The recent outbreak of pandemic severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) has led the world towards a global health emergency. Currently, no proper medicine or effective treatment strategies are available; therefore, repurposing of FDA approved drugs may play an important role in overcoming the situation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The SARS-CoV-2 genome encodes for 2-O-methyltransferase (2'OMTase), which plays a key role in methylation of viral RNA for evading host immune system. In the present study, the protein sequence of 2'OMTase of SARS-CoV-2 was analyzed, and its structure was modeled by a comparative modeling approach and validated. The library of 3000 drugs was screened against the active site of 2'OMTase followed by re-docking analysis. The apo and ligand-bound 2'OMTase were further validated and analyzed by using molecular dynamics simulation. KEY FINDINGS: The modeled structure displayed the conserved characteristic fold of class I MTase family. The quality assessment analysis by SAVES server reveals that the modeled structure follows protein folding rules and of excellent quality. The docking analysis displayed that the active site of 2'OMTase accommodates an array of drugs, which includes alkaloids, antivirals, cardiac glycosides, anticancer, steroids, and other drugs. The redocking and MD simulation analysis of the best 5 FDA approved drugs reveals that these drugs form a stable conformation with the 2'OMTase. SIGNIFICANCE: The results suggested that these drugs may be used as potential inhibitors for 2'OMTase for combating the SARS-CoV-2 infection.


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Betacoronavirus/efeitos dos fármacos , Betacoronavirus/enzimologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Metiltransferases/antagonistas & inibidores , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Antivirais/química , Antivirais/farmacologia , Biologia Computacional/métodos , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Reposicionamento de Medicamentos/métodos , Inibidores Enzimáticos/química , Inibidores Enzimáticos/farmacologia , Humanos , Metilação/efeitos dos fármacos , Metiltransferases/química , Metiltransferases/metabolismo , Metiltransferases/ultraestrutura , Simulação de Acoplamento Molecular , Simulação de Dinâmica Molecular , Terapia de Alvo Molecular , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Homologia de Sequência de Aminoácidos
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PLoS One ; 15(8): e0238039, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32853284

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Sepsis is a global economic and health burden. Dipeptidyl peptidase 3 (DPP3) is elevated in the plasma of septic patients. The highest levels of circulating DPP3 (cDPP3) are found in non-survivor septic shock patients. The aim of this study was to evaluate the benefits of inhibiting cDPP3 by a specific antibody, Procizumab (PCZ), on cardiac function in an experimental model of sepsis, the caecal ligature and puncture (CLP) model. Rats were monitored by invasive blood pressure and echocardiography. Results are presented as mean ± SD, with p <0.05 considered significant. PCZ rapidly restored left ventricular shortening fraction (from 39 ± 4% to 51 ± 2% before and 30 min after PCZ administration (p = 0.004)). Cardiac output and stroke volume were higher in the CLP + PCZ group when compared to the CLP + PBS group (152 ± 33 mL/min vs 97 ± 25 mL/min (p = 0.0079), and 0.5 ± 0.1 mL vs 0.3 ± 1.0 mL (p = 0.009), respectively) with a markedly reduced plasma DPP3 activity (138 ± 70 U/L in CLP + PCZ group versus 735 ± 255 U/L (p = 0.048) in the CLP + PBS group). Of note, PCZ rapidly reduced oxidative stress in the heart of the CLP + PCZ group when compared to those of the CLP + PBS group (13.3 ± 8.2 vs 6.2 ± 2.5 UI, p = 0.005, 120 min after administration, respectively). Our study demonstrates that inhibition of cDPP3 by PCZ restored altered cardiac function during sepsis in rats.


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Dipeptidil Peptidases e Tripeptidil Peptidases/antagonistas & inibidores , Dipeptidil Peptidases e Tripeptidil Peptidases/sangue , Inibidores Enzimáticos/farmacologia , Coração/efeitos dos fármacos , Coração/fisiopatologia , Sepse/sangue , Sepse/fisiopatologia , Animais , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Hemodinâmica/efeitos dos fármacos , Masculino , Estudo de Prova de Conceito , Ratos , Ratos Wistar , Sepse/enzimologia , Sístole/efeitos dos fármacos , Sístole/fisiologia
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Life Sci ; 259: 118148, 2020 Oct 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32721465

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Pancreatic cancer is a malignant cancer with poor prognosis. This study aimed to explore how O6-methylguanine-DNA methyltransferase (MGMT) affects the gemcitabine resistance of pancreatic cancer cells by the regulatory role of SHH/GLI signaling pathway. MGMT inhibition induced by lomeguatrib (LM) suppressed the proliferation, invasion, migration and autophagy, promoted the apoptosis of PanC-1/GEM cells and up-regulated the GEM inhibition rates for PanC-1/GEM cells. Moreover, MGMT inhibition increased the expression of Caspase-3 and Bax and decreased the expression of Bcl-2, Beclin1 and Atg5 in PanC-1/GEM cells. PVT1 silencing could also produce the similar effects of MGMT inhibition induced by LM on PanC-1/GEM cells. And, PVT1 silencing could inhibit the SHH/GLI signaling pathway in PanC-1/GEM cells by regulating the MGMT expression. miR-409 was demonstrated to be a potential target of PVT1 and SHH was demonstrated to be a potential target of miR-409. Furthermore, GLI overexpression could reverse the effects of PVT1 silencing. In the xenograft model of pancreatic cancer, nude mice were treated with GEM. MGMT inhibition suppressed the tumor growth and autophagy and promoted the apoptosis in tumor tissues. And, PVT1 silencing could inhibit the SHH/GLI signaling pathway in tumor tissues. In conclusion, MGMT inhibition could suppress the proliferation, invasion, migration and autophagy and promote the apoptosis of PanC-1/GEM cells in vitro and in vivo. PVT1 silencing may affect the PanC-1/GEM cells through changing the MGMT expression by inhibiting the SHH/GLI signaling pathway.


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Antimetabólitos Antineoplásicos/farmacologia , Metilases de Modificação do DNA/biossíntese , Metilases de Modificação do DNA/genética , Enzimas Reparadoras do DNA/biossíntese , Enzimas Reparadoras do DNA/genética , Desoxicitidina/análogos & derivados , Resistencia a Medicamentos Antineoplásicos/genética , Neoplasias Pancreáticas/tratamento farmacológico , Proteínas Supressoras de Tumor/biossíntese , Proteínas Supressoras de Tumor/genética , Animais , Autofagia/efeitos dos fármacos , Movimento Celular , Proliferação de Células/efeitos dos fármacos , Metilases de Modificação do DNA/antagonistas & inibidores , Enzimas Reparadoras do DNA/antagonistas & inibidores , Desoxicitidina/farmacologia , Ensaios de Seleção de Medicamentos Antitumorais , Inibidores Enzimáticos/farmacologia , Regulação Neoplásica da Expressão Gênica/efeitos dos fármacos , Humanos , Masculino , Camundongos , Camundongos Nus , Invasividade Neoplásica , Neoplasias Pancreáticas/patologia , Purinas/farmacologia , Purinas/uso terapêutico , Proteínas Supressoras de Tumor/antagonistas & inibidores , Ensaios Antitumorais Modelo de Xenoenxerto
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Parasitol Res ; 119(9): 2897-2905, 2020 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32677001

RESUMO

The central nervous system of the intermediate host plays a central role in lifelong persistence of Toxoplasma gondii as well as the pathogenesis of congenital toxoplasmosis and reactivated infection in immunocompromised individuals. The purinergic system has been implicated in a wide range of immunological pathways for controlling intracellular responses to pathogens, including T. gondii. In the present study, we investigated the effect of resveratrol (RSV) on ectonucleotidases, adenosine deaminase (ADA), and purinergic receptors during chronic infection by T. gondii. For this study, Swiss mice were divided into control (CTL), resveratrol (RSV), infected (INF), and INF+RSV groups. The animals were orally infected with the VEG strain and treated with RSV (100 mg/kg, orally). Ectonucleotidase activities, P2X7, P2Y1, A1, and A2A purinergic receptor density, ROS, and thiobarbituric acid reactive substances levels were measured in the cerebral cortex of mice. T. gondii infection increased NTPDase and reduced ADA activities. Treatment with RSV also affected enzymes hydrolysing extracellular nucleotides and nucleosides. Finally, RSV affected P1 and P2 purinergic receptor expression during T. gondii infection. Overall, RSV-mediated beneficial changes in purinergic signalling and oxidative stress, possibly improving cerebral cortex homeostasis in T. gondii infection.


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Córtex Cerebral/parasitologia , Inibidores Enzimáticos/farmacologia , Fármacos Neuroprotetores/farmacologia , Resveratrol/farmacologia , Toxoplasmose Animal/tratamento farmacológico , Adenosina Desaminase/metabolismo , Animais , Camundongos , Receptores Purinérgicos/metabolismo , Transdução de Sinais , Toxoplasma/imunologia
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PLoS One ; 15(7): e0236159, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32702053

RESUMO

Asthma is a common chronic inflammatory disease. Although effective asthma therapies are available, part of asthmatic population do not respond to these treatment options. In this work we present the result of development of CPL302-253 molecule, a selective PI3Kδ inhibitor. This molecule is intended to be a preclinical candidate for dry powder inhalation in asthma treatment. Studies we performed showed that this molecule is safe and effective PI3Kδ inhibitor that can impact many immune functions. We developed a short, 15-day HDM induced asthma mouse model, in which we showed that CPL302-253 is able to block inflammatory processes leading to asthma development in vivo.


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Antiasmáticos/administração & dosagem , Antiasmáticos/farmacologia , Asma/tratamento farmacológico , Asma/prevenção & controle , Classe I de Fosfatidilinositol 3-Quinases/antagonistas & inibidores , Inibidores Enzimáticos/administração & dosagem , Inibidores Enzimáticos/farmacologia , Administração por Inalação , Animais , Antiasmáticos/uso terapêutico , Linhagem Celular , Inaladores de Pó Seco , Inibidores Enzimáticos/uso terapêutico , Feminino , Humanos , Camundongos
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PLoS Negl Trop Dis ; 14(7): e0008332, 2020 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32609727

RESUMO

Treatment and control of schistosomiasis still rely on only one effective drug, praziquantel (PZQ) and, due to mass treatment, the increasing risk of selecting for schistosome strains that are resistant to PZQ has alerted investigators to the urgent need to develop novel therapeutic strategies. The histone-modifying enzymes (HMEs) represent promising targets for the development of epigenetic drugs against Schistosoma mansoni. In the present study, we targeted the S. mansoni lysine-specific demethylase 1 (SmLSD1), a transcriptional corepressor, using a novel and selective synthetic inhibitor, MC3935, which was used to treat schistosomula and adult worms in vitro. By using cell viability assays and optical and electron microscopy, we showed that treatment with MC3935 affected parasite motility, egg-laying, tegument, and cellular organelle structures, culminating in the death of schistosomula and adult worms. In silico molecular modeling and docking analysis suggested that MC3935 binds to the catalytic pocket of SmLSD1. Western blot analysis revealed that MC3935 inhibited SmLSD1 demethylation activity of H3K4me1/2. Knockdown of SmLSD1 by RNAi recapitulated MC3935 phenotypes in adult worms. RNA-Seq analysis of MC3935-treated parasites revealed significant differences in gene expression related to critical biological processes. Collectively, our findings show that SmLSD1 is a promising drug target for the treatment of schistosomiasis and strongly support the further development and in vivo testing of selective schistosome LSD1 inhibitors.


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Inibidores Enzimáticos/farmacologia , Histona Desmetilases/antagonistas & inibidores , Schistosoma mansoni/efeitos dos fármacos , Schistosoma mansoni/ultraestrutura , Esquistossomose mansoni/tratamento farmacológico , Animais , Anti-Helmínticos/farmacologia , Resistência a Medicamentos , Microscopia Eletrônica de Varredura , Oviposição/efeitos dos fármacos , Praziquantel/farmacologia , Esquistossomose mansoni/parasitologia , Esquistossomose mansoni/patologia
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Biomolecules ; 10(7)2020 07 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32679775

RESUMO

Therapeutic strategies for the treatment of any severe disease are based on the discovery and validation of druggable targets. The human genome encodes only 600-1500 targets for small-molecule drugs, but posttranslational modifications lead to a considerably larger druggable proteome. The spontaneous conversion of asparagine (Asn) residues to aspartic acid or isoaspartic acid is a frequent modification in proteins as part of the process called deamidation. Triosephosphate isomerase (TIM) is a glycolytic enzyme whose deamidation has been thoroughly studied, but the prospects of exploiting this phenomenon for drug design remain poorly understood. The purpose of this study is to demonstrate the properties of deamidated human TIM (HsTIM) as a selective molecular target. Using in silico prediction, in vitro analyses, and a bacterial model lacking the tim gene, this study analyzed the structural and functional differences between deamidated and nondeamidated HsTIM, which account for the efficacy of this protein as a druggable target. The highly increased permeability and loss of noncovalent interactions of deamidated TIM were found to play a central role in the process of selective enzyme inactivation and methylglyoxal production. This study elucidates the properties of deamidated HsTIM regarding its selective inhibition by thiol-reactive drugs and how these drugs can contribute to the development of cell-specific therapeutic strategies for a variety of diseases, such as COVID-19 and cancer.


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Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Inibidores Enzimáticos/farmacologia , Neoplasias/tratamento farmacológico , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Bibliotecas de Moléculas Pequenas/farmacologia , Triose-Fosfato Isomerase/antagonistas & inibidores , Amidas/antagonistas & inibidores , Amidas/metabolismo , Cristalografia por Raios X , Inibidores Enzimáticos/química , Humanos , Modelos Moleculares , Mutação , Pandemias , Proteoma/antagonistas & inibidores , Proteoma/genética , Proteoma/metabolismo , Proteínas Recombinantes/química , Proteínas Recombinantes/isolamento & purificação , Proteínas Recombinantes/metabolismo , Bibliotecas de Moléculas Pequenas/química , Triose-Fosfato Isomerase/química , Triose-Fosfato Isomerase/metabolismo
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J Struct Biol ; 211(3): 107575, 2020 09 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32653646

RESUMO

COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. SARS-CoV-2 has many similarities with SARS-CoV. Both viruses rely on a protease called the main protease, or Mpro, for replication. Therefore, inhibiting Mpro may be a successful strategy for treating COVID-19. Structures of the main proteases of SARS-CoV and SARS-CoV-2 with and without inhibitor N3 are available in the Protein Data Bank. Comparing these structures revealed residue interaction network changes associated with N3 inhibition. Comparing network clustering with and without inhibitor N3 identified the formation of a cluster of residues 17, 18, 30-33, 70, 95, 98, 103, 117, 122, and 177 as a network change in both viral proteases when bound to inhibitor N3. Betweenness and stress centrality differences as well as differences in bond energies and relative B-factors when comparing free Mpro to inhibitor-bound Mpro identified residues 131, 175, 182, and 185 as possibly conformationally relevant when bound to the inhibitor N3. Taken together, these results provide insight into conformational changes of betacoronavirus Mpros when bound to an inhibitor.


Assuntos
Antivirais/farmacologia , Betacoronavirus/enzimologia , Inibidores Enzimáticos/farmacologia , Vírus da SARS/enzimologia , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/antagonistas & inibidores , Proteínas Virais/antagonistas & inibidores , Domínio Catalítico , Análise por Conglomerados , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Cisteína Endopeptidases , Desenho de Fármacos , Humanos , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Ligação Proteica
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