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Adv Exp Med Biol ; 1287: 201-222, 2021.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33034034

RESUMO

Notch is a key evolutionary conserved pathway, which has fascinated and engaged the work of investigators in an uncountable number of biological fields, from development of metazoans to immunotherapy for cancer. The study of Notch has greatly contributed to the understanding of cancer biology and a substantial effort has been spent in designing Notch-targeting therapies. Due to its broad involvement in cancer, targeting Notch would allow to virtually modulate any aspect of the disease. However, this means that Notch-based therapies must be highly specific to avoid off-target effects. This review will present the newest mechanistic and therapeutic advances in the Notch field and discuss the promises and challenges of this constantly evolving field.


Assuntos
Imunoterapia , Terapia de Alvo Molecular , Neoplasias/terapia , Receptores Notch/antagonistas & inibidores , Humanos , Neoplasias/imunologia , Fenótipo , Receptores Notch/metabolismo
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Yakugaku Zasshi ; 140(10): 1235-1242, 2020.
Artigo em Japonês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32999202

RESUMO

The central nervous system (CNS) is segregated from the circulating blood and peripheral tissues by endothelial and epithelial barriers. To overcome refractory CNS diseases, it is important to understand the membrane transport systems of drugs and the endogenous compounds that relate to the pathogenesis of CNS diseases at these barriers. The endothelial barrier in the brain is the blood-brain barrier (BBB). Our studies clarified the efflux transport of prostaglandin E2 (PGE2), a modulator of neural excitation and inflammatory responses, across the BBB via plasma membrane transporters such as organic anion transporter 3 (Oat3) and multidrug resistance-associated protein 4 (Mrp4). This efflux transport was attenuated by peripheral inflammation or cerebral treatment with neuroexcitatory l-glutamate, suggesting that BBB-mediated PGE2 elimination was altered under several pathological conditions. We also examined excitatory amino acid transporter (EAAT) 1 and 3 as l-glutamate efflux transporters of the inner blood-retinal barrier (BRB) and blood-cerebrospinal barrier. It was considered that these efflux membrane transporters participated in the homeostasis of neuroexcitatory and neuroinflammatory responses in the brain and retina. Moreover, we identified connexin 43 (Cx43) hemichannels as a new membrane transport system that is activated under pathological conditions and recognizes several monocarboxylate drugs, such as valproate. As it is expected that the action of these membrane transporters across the CNS barriers is of great importance in understanding the pathology of various neuroexcitatory diseases, our studies should contribute to the establishment of therapeutic strategies for refractory CNS diseases.


Assuntos
Transporte Biológico , Barreira Hematoencefálica/metabolismo , Barreira Hematorretiniana/metabolismo , Encéfalo/metabolismo , Doenças do Sistema Nervoso Central/etiologia , Doenças do Sistema Nervoso Central/metabolismo , Desenvolvimento de Medicamentos , Proteínas de Membrana Transportadoras/metabolismo , Retina/metabolismo , Animais , Doenças do Sistema Nervoso Central/tratamento farmacológico , Conexina 43/metabolismo , Dinoprostona/metabolismo , Transportador 1 de Aminoácido Excitatório/metabolismo , Ácido Glutâmico/metabolismo , Humanos , Camundongos , Terapia de Alvo Molecular , Proteínas Associadas à Resistência a Múltiplos Medicamentos/metabolismo , Transportadores de Ânions Orgânicos Sódio-Independentes/metabolismo
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Yakugaku Zasshi ; 140(10): 1243-1249, 2020.
Artigo em Japonês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32999203

RESUMO

Here the author describes the tumor-selective delivery of a fluorescence photosensitizing agent and an antitumor agent, based on the polymer effect of an N-(2-hydroxypropyl)methacrylamide (HPMA) based copolymer, by utilizing the enhanced permeability and retention (EPR) effect seen in solid tumors. Firstly, the tumor distribution of the photosensitizer, zinc-protoporphyrin IX (ZnPP), was significantly increased by conjugation with the HPMA polymer (P-ZnPP). The P-ZnPP suppressed tumor growth by local generation of cytotoxic singlet oxygen, and the tumor tissue was visualized by fluorescence upon light irradiation. Subsequently, a two-step mechanism for tumor selectivity was observed for the cytotoxic anthracycline, pirarubicin (THP), which conjugated the HPMA-based copolymer via a hydrazone bond (P-THP). The EPR-dependent accumulation of P-THP and the tumor-selective release of THP in the tumor tissues led to highly tumor-selective toxicity. Rapid cell uptake of THP compared to other anthracyclines, and deeper P-THP penetration of the tumor cell spheroid were attributed to the superior antitumor activity of P-THP. The molecular weight of P-THP affected its antitumor activity; oligomeric P-THP derivatives with higher molecular weights, DP-THP and SP-THP, showed even higher antitumor activity. P-THP was effective for both implanted tumor and autochthonous tumor models. These results indicate that nano-sized anticancer drugs based on polymer effect are promising clinical therapeutics.


Assuntos
Antineoplásicos , Sistemas de Liberação de Medicamentos , Desenvolvimento de Medicamentos/métodos , Neoplasias/tratamento farmacológico , Neoplasias/metabolismo , Fármacos Fotossensibilizantes , Polímeros , Protoporfirinas , Animais , Antraciclinas/química , Antraciclinas/metabolismo , Antineoplásicos/química , Antineoplásicos/metabolismo , Doxorrubicina/análogos & derivados , Doxorrubicina/química , Doxorrubicina/metabolismo , Humanos , Concentração de Íons de Hidrogênio , Metacrilatos/química , Terapia de Alvo Molecular , Peso Molecular , Neoplasias/patologia , Fármacos Fotossensibilizantes/química , Fármacos Fotossensibilizantes/metabolismo , Protoporfirinas/química , Protoporfirinas/metabolismo
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Urol Clin North Am ; 47(4): 433-442, 2020 Nov.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33008494

RESUMO

Natural killer (NK) cells are potently cytolytic innate lymphocytes involved in the immune surveillance of tumors and virally infected cells. Although much progress has been made in manipulating the ability of T cells to recognize and eliminate tumors, a comprehensive understanding of NK-cell infiltration into solid tumors, and their amenability to immunomodulation, remains incomplete. This article discusses recent studies showing that urologic tumors are infiltrated by NK cells and that these NK cells are often dysfunctional, but that strategies interfering with inhibitory axes have significant potential to alleviate this dysfunction.


Assuntos
Imunoterapia/métodos , Células Matadoras Naturais/efeitos dos fármacos , Células Matadoras Naturais/imunologia , Terapia de Alvo Molecular/métodos , Neoplasias Urogenitais/terapia , Terapia Biológica/métodos , Feminino , Humanos , Imunidade Inata/efeitos dos fármacos , Imunidade Inata/imunologia , Neoplasias Renais/imunologia , Neoplasias Renais/terapia , Masculino , Neoplasias da Próstata/imunologia , Neoplasias da Próstata/terapia , Medição de Risco , Resultado do Tratamento , Neoplasias da Bexiga Urinária/imunologia , Neoplasias da Bexiga Urinária/terapia , Neoplasias Urogenitais/imunologia
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Urol Clin North Am ; 47(4): 475-485, 2020 Nov.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33008498

RESUMO

Cancer is a highly complex and heterogeneous disease and immunotherapy has shown promise as a therapeutic approach. The increased resolution afforded by single-cell analysis offers the hope of finding and characterizing previously underappreciated populations of cells that could prove useful in understanding cancer progression and treatment. Urologic and prostate cancers are inherently heterogeneous diseases, and the potential for single-cell analysis to help understand and develop immunotherapeutic approaches to treat these diseases is very exciting. In this review, we view cancer immunotherapy through a single-cell lens and discuss the state-of-the-art technologies that enable advances in this field.


Assuntos
Imunoterapia/métodos , Terapia de Alvo Molecular/métodos , Neoplasias da Próstata/genética , Neoplasias da Próstata/terapia , Microambiente Tumoral/efeitos dos fármacos , Feminino , Previsões , Humanos , Masculino , Terapia de Alvo Molecular/tendências , Prognóstico , Neoplasias da Próstata/patologia , Medição de Risco , Análise de Sequência de DNA , Análise de Sequência de RNA , Análise de Célula Única , Resultado do Tratamento , Microambiente Tumoral/genética , Neoplasias Urológicas/genética , Neoplasias Urológicas/patologia , Neoplasias Urológicas/terapia
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Urol Clin North Am ; 47(4): 487-510, 2020 Nov.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33008499

RESUMO

The advent of immunotherapy has revolutionized cancer treatment. Prostate cancer has an immunosuppressive microenvironment and a low tumor mutation burden, resulting in low neoantigen expression. The consensus was that immunotherapy would be less effective in prostate cancer. However, recent studies have reported that prostate cancer does have a high number of DNA damage and repair gene defects. Immunotherapies that have been tested in prostate cancer so far have been mainly vaccines and checkpoint inhibitors. A combination of genomically targeted therapies, with approaches to alleviate immune response and thereby make the tumor microenvironment immunologically hot, is promising.


Assuntos
Produtos Biológicos/administração & dosagem , Vacinas Anticâncer/administração & dosagem , Imunoterapia/métodos , Neoplasias da Próstata/patologia , Neoplasias da Próstata/terapia , Microambiente Tumoral/efeitos dos fármacos , Idoso , Animais , Antígenos de Neoplasias/efeitos dos fármacos , Antígenos de Neoplasias/imunologia , Previsões , Humanos , Masculino , Camundongos , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Terapia de Alvo Molecular/métodos , Invasividade Neoplásica/patologia , Metástase Neoplásica/genética , Metástase Neoplásica/imunologia , Estadiamento de Neoplasias , Neoplasias da Próstata/genética , Resultado do Tratamento , Microambiente Tumoral/genética
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BMC Pharmacol Toxicol ; 21(1): 65, 2020 09 03.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32883368

RESUMO

BACKGROUND: Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), an emerging Betacoronavirus, is the causative agent of COVID-19. Angiotensin converting enzyme 2 (ACE2), being the main cell receptor of SARS-CoV-2, plays a role in the entry of the virus into the cell. Currently, there are neither specific antiviral drugs for the treatment or preventive drugs such as vaccines. METHODS: We proposed a bioinformatics analysis to test in silico existing drugs as a fast way to identify an efficient therapy. We performed a differential expression analysis in order to identify differentially expressed genes in COVID-19 patients correlated with ACE-2 and we explored their direct relations with a network approach integrating also drug-gene interactions. The drugs with a central role in the network were also investigated with a molecular docking analysis. RESULTS: We found 825 differentially expressed genes correlated with ACE2. The protein-protein interactions among differentially expressed genes identified a network of 474 genes and 1130 interactions. CONCLUSIONS: The integration of drug-gene interactions in the network and molecular docking analysis allows us to obtain several drugs with antiviral activity that, alone or in combination with other treatment options, could be considered as therapeutic approaches against COVID-19.


Assuntos
Antivirais/análise , Antivirais/farmacologia , Betacoronavirus/efeitos dos fármacos , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Infecções por Coronavirus/genética , Reposicionamento de Medicamentos , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Pneumonia Viral/genética , Mapas de Interação de Proteínas/genética , Antivirais/uso terapêutico , Infecções por Coronavirus/prevenção & controle , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Regulação da Expressão Gênica , Humanos , Simulação de Acoplamento Molecular , Terapia de Alvo Molecular , Pandemias/prevenção & controle , Peptidil Dipeptidase A/genética , Pneumonia Viral/prevenção & controle , Pneumonia Viral/virologia
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Vasc Health Risk Manag ; 16: 353-365, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32982263

RESUMO

Among the vast number of noncommunicable diseases encountered worldwide, cardiovascular diseases accounted for about 17.8 million deaths in 2017 and ischemic heart disease (IHD) remains the single-largest cause of death in countries across all income groups. Because conventional medications are not without shortcomings and patients still refractory to these medications, scientific investigation is ongoing to advance the management of IHD, and shows a great promise for better treatment modalities, but additional research can warrant improvement in terms of the quality of life of patients. Metabolic modulation is one promising strategy for the treatment of IHD, because alterations in energy metabolism are involved in progression of the disease. Therefore, the purpose of this review was to strengthen attention toward the use of metabolic modulators and to review the current level of knowledge on cardiac energy metabolic pathways.


Assuntos
Fármacos Cardiovasculares/uso terapêutico , Metabolismo Energético/efeitos dos fármacos , Mitocôndrias Cardíacas/efeitos dos fármacos , Isquemia Miocárdica/tratamento farmacológico , Miócitos Cardíacos/efeitos dos fármacos , Animais , Humanos , Mitocôndrias Cardíacas/metabolismo , Terapia de Alvo Molecular , Isquemia Miocárdica/metabolismo , Isquemia Miocárdica/fisiopatologia , Miócitos Cardíacos/metabolismo
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Adv Exp Med Biol ; 1274: 71-99, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32894508

RESUMO

Bioactive lipid mediators resulting from the metabolism of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) are controlled by many pathways that regulate the levels of these mediators and maintain homeostasis to prevent disease. PUFA metabolism is driven primarily through three pathways. Two pathways, the cyclooxygenase (COX) and lipoxygenase (LO) enzymatic pathways, form metabolites that are mostly inflammatory, while the third route of metabolism results from the oxidation by the cytochrome P450 enzymes to form hydroxylated PUFA and epoxide metabolites. These epoxygenated fatty acids (EpFA) demonstrate largely anti-inflammatory and beneficial properties, in contrast to the other metabolites formed from the degradation of PUFA. Dysregulation of these systems often leads to chronic disease. Pharmaceutical targets of disease focus on preventing the formation of inflammatory metabolites from the COX and LO pathways, while maintaining the EpFA and increasing their concentration in the body is seen as beneficial to treating and preventing disease. The soluble epoxide hydrolase (sEH) is the major route of metabolism of EpFA. Inhibiting its activity increases concentrations of beneficial EpFA, and often disease states correlate to mutations in the sEH enzyme that increase its activity and decrease the concentrations of EpFA in the body. Recent approaches to increasing EpFA include synthetic mimics that replicate biological activity of EpFA while preventing their metabolism, while other approaches focus on developing small molecule inhibitors to the sEH. Increasing EpFA concentrations in the body has demonstrated multiple beneficial effects in treating many diseases, including inflammatory and painful conditions, cardiovascular disease, neurological and disease of the central nervous system. Demonstration of efficacy in so many disease states can be explained by the fundamental mechanism that EpFA have of maintaining healthy microvasculature and preventing mitochondrial and endoplasmic reticulum stress. While there are no FDA approved methods that target the sEH or other enzymes responsible for metabolizing EpFA, current clinical efforts to test for efficacy by increasing EpFA that include inhibiting the sEH or administration of EpFA mimics that block metabolism are in progress.


Assuntos
Doenças Cardiovasculares/tratamento farmacológico , Estresse do Retículo Endoplasmático , Ácidos Graxos/metabolismo , Inflamação/tratamento farmacológico , Mitocôndrias/patologia , Terapia de Alvo Molecular , Manejo da Dor , Doenças Cardiovasculares/metabolismo , Estresse do Retículo Endoplasmático/efeitos dos fármacos , Humanos , Inflamação/patologia , Mitocôndrias/efeitos dos fármacos , Mitocôndrias/metabolismo , Dor
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Adv Exp Med Biol ; 1274: 101-135, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32894509

RESUMO

Intensive research in the field of sphingolipids has revealed diverse roles in cell biological responses and human health and disease. This immense molecular family is primarily represented by the bioactive molecules ceramide, sphingosine, and sphingosine 1-phosphate (S1P). The flux of sphingolipid metabolism at both the subcellular and extracellular levels provides multiple opportunities for pharmacological intervention. The caveat is that perturbation of any single node of this highly regulated flux may have effects that propagate throughout the metabolic network in a dramatic and sometimes unexpected manner. Beginning with S1P, the receptors for which have thus far been the most clinically tractable pharmacological targets, this review will describe recent advances in therapeutic modulators targeting sphingolipids, their chaperones, transporters, and metabolic enzymes.


Assuntos
Redes e Vias Metabólicas/efeitos dos fármacos , Modelos Biológicos , Terapia de Alvo Molecular , Esfingolipídeos/metabolismo , Ceramidas/metabolismo , Humanos , Lisofosfolipídeos/metabolismo , Esfingosina/análogos & derivados , Esfingosina/metabolismo
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Adv Exp Med Biol ; 1274: 137-176, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32894510

RESUMO

Lysophosphatidic acid (LPA) has major roles as a bioactive signaling molecule, with multiple physiological and pathological roles being described in almost every major organ system. In this review we discuss LPA signaling pathways as emerging drug targets for multiple conditions relevant to human health and disease. LPA signals through the six G protein-coupled receptors LPA1-6, and several of these receptors along with the LPA-producing enzyme including autotaxin (ATX) are now established as therapeutic targets with potential to treat various human diseases as exemplified by several LPA signaling targeting compounds now in clinical trials for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and systemic sclerosis. Several crystal structures of LPA receptors and ATX have been solved, which will accelerate development of highly selective and effective LPA signaling targeting compounds. We also review additional bioactive lysophospholipid (LPL) signaling molecules including lysophosphatidylserine and lysophosphatidylinositol, which represent the next wave of LPL druggable targets. An emerging theme in bioactive LPL signaling is that where the ligand is produced and how it is delivered to the cognate receptor are critical determinants of the biological responses. We will also discuss how connecting the production and function of bioactive LPLs will identify new therapeutic strategies to effectively target LPL signaling pathways.


Assuntos
Lisofosfolipídeos/metabolismo , Terapia de Alvo Molecular , Transdução de Sinais/efeitos dos fármacos , Humanos , Fibrose Pulmonar Idiopática/tratamento farmacológico , Fibrose Pulmonar Idiopática/metabolismo , Receptores de Ácidos Lisofosfatídicos/química , Receptores de Ácidos Lisofosfatídicos/metabolismo , Escleroderma Sistêmico/tratamento farmacológico , Escleroderma Sistêmico/metabolismo
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Adv Exp Med Biol ; 1274: 177-201, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32894511

RESUMO

Cannabis and cannabinoid-based extracts have long been utilized for their perceived therapeutic value, and support for the legalization of cannabis for medicinal purposes continues to increase worldwide. Since the discovery of Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) as the primary psychoactive component of cannabis over 50 years ago, substantial effort has been directed toward detection of endogenous mediators of cannabinoid activity. The discovery of anandamide and 2-arachidonoylglycerol as two endogenous lipid mediators of cannabinoid-like effects (endocannabinoids) has inspired exponential growth in our understanding of this essential pathway, as well as the pathological conditions that result from dysregulated endocannabinoid signaling. This review examines current knowledge of the endocannabinoid system including metabolic enzymes involved in biosynthesis and degradation and their receptors, and evaluates potential druggable targets for therapeutic intervention.


Assuntos
Endocanabinoides/metabolismo , Terapia de Alvo Molecular , Transdução de Sinais/efeitos dos fármacos , Canabinoides/antagonistas & inibidores , Canabinoides/metabolismo , Cannabis/química , Dronabinol/antagonistas & inibidores , Dronabinol/metabolismo , Endocanabinoides/antagonistas & inibidores , Humanos
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Front Immunol ; 11: 2069, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32973815

RESUMO

COVID-19 disease have become so far the most important sanitary crisis in the XXI century. In light of the events, any clinical resource should be considered to alleviate this crisis. Severe COVID-19 cases present a so-called cytokine storm as the most life-threatening symptom accompanied by lung fibrosis. Galectin-3 has been widely described as regulator of both processes. Hereby, we present compelling evidences on the potential role of galectin-3 in COVID-19 in the regulation of the inflammatory response, fibrosis and infection progression. Moreover, we provide a strong rationale of the utility of measuring plasma galectin-3 as a prognosis biomarker for COVID-19 patients and propose that inhibition of galectin-3 represents a feasible and promising new therapeutical approach.


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Betacoronavirus/imunologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Galectina 3/antagonistas & inibidores , Galectina 3/sangue , Terapia de Alvo Molecular/métodos , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Fibrose Pulmonar/tratamento farmacológico , Índice de Gravidade de Doença , Animais , Betacoronavirus/química , Biomarcadores/sangue , Infecções por Coronavirus/imunologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Citocinas/antagonistas & inibidores , Citocinas/metabolismo , Progressão da Doença , Interações Hospedeiro-Patógeno/imunologia , Humanos , Inflamação/tratamento farmacológico , Inflamação/imunologia , Pandemias , Peptidil Dipeptidase A/metabolismo , Pneumonia Viral/imunologia , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Prognóstico , Fibrose Pulmonar/imunologia , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/metabolismo
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Front Immunol ; 11: 2094, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32973818

RESUMO

The spread of the novel human respiratory coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) is a global public health emergency. There is no known successful treatment as of this time, and there is a need for medical options to mitigate this current epidemic. SARS-CoV-2 uses the angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) receptor and is primarily trophic for the lower and upper respiratory tract. A number of current studies on COVID-19 have demonstrated the substantial increase in pro-inflammatory factors in the lungs during infection. The virus is also documented in the central nervous system and, particularly in the brainstem, which plays a key role in respiratory and cardiovascular function. Currently, there are few antiviral approaches, and several alternative drugs are under investigation. Two of these are Idelalisib and Ebastine, already proposed as preventive strategies in airways and allergic diseases. The interesting and evolving potential of phosphoinositide 3-kinase δ (PI3Kδ) inhibitors, together with Ebastine, lies in their ability to suppress the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines, such as IL-1ß, IL-8, IL-6, and TNF-α, by T cells. This may represent an optional therapeutic choice for COVID-19 to reduce inflammatory reactions and mortality, enabling patients to recover faster. This concise communication aims to provide new potential therapeutic targets capable of mitigating and alleviating SARS-CoV-2 pandemic infection.


Assuntos
Betacoronavirus , Classe I de Fosfatidilinositol 3-Quinases/antagonistas & inibidores , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Reposicionamento de Medicamentos/métodos , Terapia de Alvo Molecular/métodos , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Inibidores da Enzima Conversora de Angiotensina/uso terapêutico , Anti-Inflamatórios/uso terapêutico , Antirreumáticos/uso terapêutico , Antivirais/uso terapêutico , Butirofenonas/farmacologia , Butirofenonas/uso terapêutico , Classe I de Fosfatidilinositol 3-Quinases/metabolismo , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Humanos , Inflamação/tratamento farmacológico , Inflamação/imunologia , Interleucina-6/antagonistas & inibidores , Interleucina-6/sangue , Pandemias , Peptidil Dipeptidase A/metabolismo , Piperidinas/farmacologia , Piperidinas/uso terapêutico , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Purinas/farmacologia , Purinas/uso terapêutico , Quinazolinonas/farmacologia , Quinazolinonas/uso terapêutico
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Lancet Respir Med ; 8(10): 1045-1056, 2020 10.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32910899

RESUMO

Asthma is an inflammatory airway disease that is estimated to affect 339 million people globally. The symptoms of about 5-10% of patients with asthma are not adequately controlled with current therapy, and little success has been achieved in developing drugs that target the underlying mechanisms of asthma rather than suppressing symptoms. Over the past 3 years, well powered genetic studies of asthma have increased the number of independent asthma-associated genetic loci to 128. In this Series paper, we describe the immense progress in asthma genetics over the past 13 years and link asthma genetic variants to possible drug targets. Further studies are needed to establish the functional significance of gene variants associated with asthma in subgroups of patients and to describe the biological networks within which they function. The genomics-guided discovery of plausible drug targets for asthma could pave the way for the repurposing of existing drugs for asthma and the development of new treatments.


Assuntos
Asma/genética , Asma/terapia , Terapia de Alvo Molecular , Descoberta de Drogas , Estudo de Associação Genômica Ampla , Humanos
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Adv Exp Med Biol ; 1268: 171-191, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32918219

RESUMO

The prevalent keratinocyte-derived neoplasms of the skin are basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Both so-called non-melanoma skin cancers comprise the most common cancers in humans by far. Common risk factors for both tumor entities include sun exposure, DNA repair deficiencies leading to chromosomal instability, or immunosuppression. Yet, fundamental differences in the development of the two different entities have been and are currently unveiled. The constitutive activation of the sonic hedgehog signaling pathway by acquired mutations in the PTCH and SMO genes appears to represent the early basal cell carcinoma developmental determinant. Although other signaling pathways are also affected, small hedgehog inhibitory molecules evolve as the most promising basal cell carcinoma treatment options systemically as well as topically in current clinical trials. For squamous cell carcinoma development, mutations in the p53 gene, especially UV-induced mutations, have been identified as early events. Yet, other signaling pathways including epidermal growth factor receptor, RAS, Fyn, or p16INK4a signaling may play significant roles in squamous cell carcinoma development. The improved understanding of the molecular events leading to different tumor entities by de-differentiation of the same cell type has begun to pave the way for modulating new molecular targets therapeutically with small molecules.


Assuntos
Carcinoma Basocelular , Carcinoma de Células Escamosas , Neoplasias Cutâneas , Carcinoma Basocelular/metabolismo , Carcinoma de Células Escamosas/metabolismo , Proteínas Hedgehog/metabolismo , Humanos , Terapia de Alvo Molecular , Transdução de Sinais , Neoplasias Cutâneas/metabolismo
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4634, 2020 09 14.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32929078

RESUMO

The current opioid epidemic necessitates a better understanding of human addiction neurobiology to develop efficacious treatment approaches. Here, we perform genome-wide assessment of chromatin accessibility of the human striatum in heroin users and matched controls. Our study reveals distinct neuronal and non-neuronal epigenetic signatures, and identifies a locus in the proximity of the gene encoding tyrosine kinase FYN as the most affected region in neurons. FYN expression, kinase activity and the phosphorylation of its target Tau are increased by heroin use in the post-mortem human striatum, as well as in rats trained to self-administer heroin and primary striatal neurons treated with chronic morphine in vitro. Pharmacological or genetic manipulation of FYN activity significantly attenuates heroin self-administration and responding for drug-paired cues in rodents. Our findings suggest that striatal FYN is an important driver of heroin-related neurodegenerative-like pathology and drug-taking behavior, making FYN a promising therapeutic target for heroin use disorder.


Assuntos
Cromatina/metabolismo , Corpo Estriado/enzimologia , Dependência de Heroína/enzimologia , Terapia de Alvo Molecular , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas c-fyn/metabolismo , Animais , Sequência de Bases , Comportamento Animal/efeitos dos fármacos , Sinais (Psicologia) , Genoma , Células HEK293 , Heroína/efeitos adversos , Humanos , Masculino , Neurônios/metabolismo , Fosforilação/efeitos dos fármacos , Regiões Promotoras Genéticas/genética , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas c-fyn/antagonistas & inibidores , Ratos Long-Evans , Autoadministração , Transcrição Genética/efeitos dos fármacos , Proteínas tau/metabolismo
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Int J Nanomedicine ; 15: 5767-5781, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32821100

RESUMO

Mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) is a master regulator of cell growth and metabolism, which is activated in response to intra- and extracellular signals, including nutrients, growth factors, and cellular energy levels. The frequent dysregulation of mTOR signaling in cancer makes it an attractive therapeutic target, and several types of mTOR inhibitors have been developed. Nanoparticle-based mTOR modulators are predicted to target various cancers and deliver as well as release drugs in a controlled manner, resulting in enhanced bioavailability and reduced side effects. This mini-review is focused on the molecular mechanism of nanoparticle-based mTOR modulator action as well as the current development of mTOR inhibitors using nanoparticles. Understanding the biological function of nanoparticle-based mTOR modulators will contribute to the development of efficient nano-therapeutics for the treatment of cancers.


Assuntos
Terapia de Alvo Molecular , Nanotecnologia , Neoplasias/tratamento farmacológico , Neoplasias/metabolismo , Transdução de Sinais , Serina-Treonina Quinases TOR/metabolismo , Autofagia , Humanos , Neoplasias/patologia
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