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    Description: PURPOSE: The clinically approved oncogenic BRAF inhibitor PLX4032 (vemurafenib) was shown to be a substrate of the ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporter ABCB1. Here, we compared PLX4032 and its structurally closely related precursor compound PLX4720 for their interference with ABCB1 and the ABCB1-mediated compound transport using docking and cell culture experiments.METHODS: For the docking study of PLX4032 and PLX4720 with ABCB1, we analysed binding of both compounds to mouse Abcb1a and to human ABCB1 using a homology model of human ABCB1 based on the 3D structure of Abcb1a. Naturally ABCB1 expressing cells including V600E BRAF-mutated and BRAF wild-type melanoma cells and cells transduced with a lentiviral vector encoding for ABCB1 were used as cell culture models. ABCB1 expression and function were studied by the use of fluorescent and cytotoxic ABCB1 substrates in combination with ABCB1 inhibitors.RESULTS: Docking experiments predicted PLX4032 to interact stronger with ABCB1 than PLX4720. Experimental studies using different cellular models and structurally different ABCB1 substrates confirmed that PLX4032 interfered stronger with ABCB1 function than PLX4720. For example, PLX4032 (20 µM) induced a 4-fold enhanced rhodamine 123 accumulation compared to PLX4720 (20 µM) in ABCB1-transduced UKF-NB-3 cells and reduced the IC₅₀ for the cytotoxic ABCB1 substrate vincristine in this model by 21-fold in contrast to a 9-fold decrease induced by PLX4720.CONCLUSIONS: PLX4032 exerted stronger effects on ABCB1-mediated drug transport than PLX4720. This indicates that small changes in a molecule can substantially modify its interaction with ABCB1, a promiscuous transporter that transports structurally different compounds.
    Keywords: Pharmacy, Therapeutics, & Pharmacology;
    ISSN: 14821826
    E-ISSN: 14821826
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    Language: English
    In: PLoS ONE, 2012, Vol.7(5), p.e36506
    Description: Oncolytic influenza A viruses with deleted NS1 gene (delNS1) replicate selectively in tumour cells with defective interferon response and/or activated Ras/Raf/MEK/ERK signalling pathway. To develop a delNS1 virus with specific immunostimulatory properties, we used an optimised technology to insert the interleukin-15 (IL-15) coding sequence into the viral NS gene segment (delNS1-IL-15). DelNS1 and delNS1-IL-15 exerted similar oncolytic effects. Both viruses replicated and caused caspase-dependent apoptosis in interferon-defective melanoma cells. Virus replication was required for their oncolytic activity. Cisplatin enhanced the oncolytic activity of delNS1 viruses. The cytotoxic drug increased delNS1 replication and delNS1-induced caspase-dependent apoptosis. Interference with MEK/ERK signalling by RNAi-mediated depletion or the MEK inhibitor U0126 did not affect the oncolytic effects of the delNS1 viruses. In oncolysis sensitive melanoma cells, delNS1-IL-15 (but not delNS1) infection resulted in the production of IL-15 levels ranging from 70 to 1140 pg/mL in the cell culture supernatants. The supernatants of delNS1-IL-15-infected (but not of delNS1-infected) melanoma cells induced primary human natural killer cell-mediated lysis of non-infected tumour cells. In conclusion, we constructed a novel oncolytic influenza virus that combines the oncolytic activity of delNS1 viruses with immunostimulatory properties through production of functional IL-15. Moreover, we showed that the oncolytic activity of delNS1 viruses can be enhanced in combination with cytotoxic anti-cancer drugs.
    Keywords: Research Article ; Biology ; Medicine ; Virology ; Infectious Diseases ; Molecular Biology ; Oncology ; Dermatology
    E-ISSN: 1932-6203
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  • 3
    Language: English
    In: Medical Microbiology and Immunology, 2010, Vol.199(2), pp.93-101
    Description: Tumor resistance to lysis by resting natural killer (NK) cells may be overcome by priming of NK cells with cytokines or by binding of NK activating receptors to ligands expressed on target cells. In this study, major histocompatibility complex class I (MHC-I)-negative LNCaP and MHC-I-positive DU145 cells were infected with genetically modified influenza A virus lacking the non-structural gene 1 (∆NS1 IAV). The cells were used to investigate the influence of ∆NS1 IAV infection on NK cell lysis of tumor cells as well as to prime NK cells for lysis of LNCaP and DU145 cells. While LNCaP cells infected with ΔNS1 IAV showed enhanced lysis when compared with mock-infected cells (93% ± 1.47 vs. 52% ± 0.74), both mock-infected and ΔNS1 IAV-infected DU145 cells were resistant to NK cell lysis. Moreover, NK cells primed with ΔNS1 IAV-infected LNCaP/DU145 cells effectively lysed resistant DU145 and sensitive LNCaP cells to a greater extent than NK cells primed with mock-infected LNCaP/DU145 or non-primed NK cells. Also, NK cell priming with ΔNS1 IAV-infected tumor cells enhanced extracellular signal-regulated kinase phosphorylation and increased granule release in NK cells. The increased granule release was specifically mediated by NKp46, which eventually potentiated NK cells primed with ΔNS1 IAV-infected tumor cells to overcome the inhibitory effects posed by MHC-I expression on DU145 cells. These findings show that in addition to direct lytic activity of NK cells, ΔNS1 IAV may influence anti-tumoral responses by priming NK cells.
    Keywords: Cytotoxicity ; NK cell priming ; Major histocompatibility complex class I ; Degranulation ; Oncolytic influenza A virus
    ISSN: 0300-8584
    E-ISSN: 1432-1831
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  • 4
    Language: English
    In: BMC Research Notes, Oct 10, 2014, Vol.7(1)
    Description: Background Various kinase inhibitors are known to be ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporter substrates and resistance acquisition to kinase inhibitors has been associated to increased ABC transporter expression. Here, we investigated the role of the ABC transporters ABCB1, ABCC1, and ABCG2 during melanoma cell resistance acquisition to the V600-mutant BRAF inhibitors PLX4032 (vemurafenib) and PLX4720. PLX4032 had previously been shown to interfere with ABCB1 and ABCG2. PLX4720 had been demonstrated to interact with ABCB1 but to a lower extent than PLX4032. Findings PLX4032 and PLX4720 affected ABCC1- and ABCG2-mediated drug transport in a similar fashion. In a panel of 16 V600E BRAF-mutated melanoma cell lines consisting of four parental cell lines and their sub-lines with acquired resistance to PLX4032, PLX4720, vincristine (cytotoxic ABCB1 and ABCC1 substrate), or mitoxantrone (cytotoxic ABCG2 substrate), we detected enhanced ABC transporter expression in 4/4 cytotoxic ABC transporter substrate-resistant, 3/4 PLX4720-resistant, and 1/4 PLX4032-resistant melanoma cell lines. Conclusion PLX4032 has the potential to induce ABC transporter expression but this potential is lower than that of PLX4720 or cytotoxic ABC transporter substrates. Since ABC transporters confer multi-drug resistance, this is of relevance for the design of next-line therapies. Keywords: Vemurafenib, PLX4032, PLX4720, Acquired drug resistance, Melanoma, Mitoxantrone, Vincristine, ABCB1, ABCC1, ABCG2
    Keywords: ABC Transporters ; Kinases ; Colleges & Universities ; Cancer ; Flow Cytometry ; Cytotoxicity ; Melanoma ; University of Bonn;
    ISSN: 1756-0500
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  • 5
    Language: English
    In: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, 02 December 2016, Vol.481(1-2), pp.13-18
    Description: MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are key regulators of gene expression and are involved in the pathomechanisms of epilepsy. MiRNAs may also serve as peripheral biomarkers of epilepsy. We investigated the miRNA profile in the blood serum of patients suffering from mesial temporal lobe epilepsy (mTLE) following a single focal seizure evolving to a bilateral convulsive seizure (BCS) during video-EEG monitoring. Data of 15 patients were included in the final analysis. MiRNA expression was determined using Real Time-PCR followed by thorough bioinformatical analysis of expression levels. We found that more than 200 miRNAs were differentially expressed in the serum of patients within 30 min after a single seizure. Validation of the 20 top miRNA candidates confirmed that 4 miRNAs (miR-143, miR-145, miR-532, miR-365a) were significantly deregulated. Interestingly, in a sub-group of patients with seizures occurring during sleep, we found 10 miRNAs to be deregulated up to 20–28 h after the seizure. In this group of patients, miR-663b was significantly deregulated. We conclude that single seizures are associated with detectable transient miRNA alterations in blood serum in the early postictal phase. The significant upregulation of miR-663b following BCS arising during sleep indicates potential suitability of this miRNA as a potential biomarker for seizure diagnostics.
    Keywords: Microrna ; Temporal Lobe Epilepsy ; Biomarker ; Generalized Convulsive Seizures ; Biology ; Chemistry ; Anatomy & Physiology
    ISSN: 0006-291X
    E-ISSN: 1090-2104
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  • 6
    Language: English
    In: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience, 2015, Vol.55(2), pp.466-479
    Description: Epilepsy affects around 50 million people worldwide, and in about 65 % of patients, the etiology of disease is unknown. MicroRNAs are small non-coding RNAs that have been suggested to play a role in the pathophysiology of epilepsy. Here, we compared microRNA expression patterns in the hippocampus using two chronic models of epilepsy characterised by recurrent spontaneous seizures (pilocarpine and self-sustained status epilepticus (SSSE)) and an acute 6-Hz seizure model. The vast majority of microRNAs deregulated in the acute model exhibited increased expression with 146 microRNAs up-regulated within 6 h after a single seizure. In contrast, in the chronic models, the number of up-regulated microRNAs was similar to the number of down-regulated microRNAs. Three microRNAs—miR-142-5p, miR-331-3p and miR-30a-5p—were commonly deregulated in all three models. However, there is a clear overlap of differentially expressed microRNAs within the chronic models with 36 and 15 microRNAs co-regulated at 24 h and at 28 days following status epilepticus, respectively. Pathway analysis revealed that the altered microRNAs are associated with inflammation, innate immunity and cell cycle regulation. Taken together, the identified microRNAs and the pathways they modulate might represent candidates for novel molecular approaches for the treatment of patients with epilepsy.
    Keywords: Epilepsy ; miRNA ; Status epilepticus ; Microarray ; Hippocampus
    ISSN: 0895-8696
    E-ISSN: 1559-1166
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    In: Scientific Reports, 2016, Vol.6
    Description: Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological disorders characterized by recurrent seizures due to neuronal hyperexcitability. Here we compared miRNA expression patterns in mesial temporal lobe epilepsy with and without hippocampal sclerosis (mTLE + HS and mTLE −HS) to investigate the regulatory mechanisms differentiating both patient groups. Whole genome miRNA sequencing in surgically resected hippocampi did not reveal obvious differences in expression profiles between the two groups of patients. However, one microRNA (miR-184) was significantly dysregulated, which was confirmed by qPCR. We observed that overexpression of miR-184 inhibited cytokine release after LPS stimulation in primary microglial cells, while it did not affect the viability of murine primary neurons and primary astrocytes. Pathway analysis revealed that miR-184 is potentially involved in the regulation of inflammatory signal transduction and apoptosis. Dysregulation of some the potential miR-184 target genes was confirmed by qPCR and 3′UTR luciferase reporter assay. The reduced expression of miR-184 observed in patients with mTLE + HS together with its anti-inflammatory effects indicate that miR-184 might be involved in the modulation of inflammatory processes associated with hippocampal sclerosis which warrants further studies elucidating the role of miR-184 in the pathophysiology of mTLE.
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    E-ISSN: 2045-2322
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