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  • 1
    Language: English
    In: Antiviral Research, 2005, Vol.66(2), pp.81-97
    Description: A new disease, the severe acute respiratory distress syndrome (SARS), caused by the SARS coronavirus (SARS-CoV), emerged at the beginning of 2003 and rapidly spread throughout the world. Although the disease had disappeared in June 2003 its re-emergence cannot be excluded. The development of vaccines against SARS-CoV may take years. Therefore, the availability of effective antiviral drugs against SARS-CoV may be crucial for the control of future SARS outbreaks. In this review, experimental and clinical data about potential anti-SARS drugs is summarised and discussed. Animal model studies will be needed to help to determine which interventions warrant controlled clinical testing.
    Keywords: Anti-Viral Therapy ; Sars-Cov ; Ribavirin ; Medicine ; Biology
    ISSN: 0166-3542
    E-ISSN: 1872-9096
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  • 2
    Language: English
    In: Journal of medicinal chemistry, 24 February 2005, Vol.48(4), pp.1256-9
    Description: Glycyrrhizin (GL) was shown to inhibit SARS-coronavirus (SARS-CoV) replication in vitro. Here the anti-SARS-CoV activity of 15 GL derivatives was tested. The introduction of 2-acetamido-beta-d-glucopyranosylamine into the glycoside chain of GL resulted in 10-fold increased anti-SARS-CoV activity compared to GL. Amides of GL and conjugates of GL with two amino acid residues and a free 30-COOH function presented up to 70-fold increased activity against SARS-CoV but also increased cytotoxicity resulting in decreased selectivity index.
    Keywords: Antiviral Agents -- Chemical Synthesis ; Glycyrrhizic Acid -- Analogs & Derivatives ; Sars Virus -- Drug Effects
    ISSN: 0022-2623
    E-ISSN: 15204804
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  • 3
    Language: English
    In: Medicinal Research Reviews, May 2005, Vol.25(3), pp.331-342
    Description: Systemically applied agents to modulate the Fas/FasL system, e.g., by stimulation of Fas on activated leukocytes or tumor cells failed as strategies in immune therapy due to severe toxic effects in the host. Recently, a novel strategy has been developed by using immobilized immune active biologicals in a medical device that may allow immune management without expensive systemic therapy. This review reports on the potential role of Fas/FasL in immune therapy and summarizes current experimental and clinical data with the leukocyte inhibition module (LIM), an immobilized anti‐Fas antibody containing device yet used in extracorporeal blood circulation. This proof of principal may stimulate the development of other devices based on the regulation of Fas/FasL or other targets relevant for immune disorders. © 2004 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
    Keywords: Novel Therapeutic Strategies ; Immune Management ; Apoptosis
    ISSN: 0198-6325
    E-ISSN: 1098-1128
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  • 4
    Language: English
    In: Oncology Reports, January 2005, Vol.13(1), pp.157-160
    Description: Aphidicolin, a tetracyclic diterpene antibiotic produced by Cephalosporium aphidicola, is under investigation as anti-cancer drug. Because of its poor solubility in water, it cannot be administered directly in vivo. Systemic application of aphidicolin glycinate or aphidicolin γ-cyclodextrin complexes resulted in tumour growth inhibition but not in cures. To improve the pharmacokinetics, a liposomal preparation of aphidicolin was developed and tested in neuroblastoma-bearing (UKF-NB-3) mice. The loading capacity of these liposomes was limited. Therefore, 4.5 mg aphidicolin/kg body weight was the maximum aphidicolin dose that could be applied as liposomal preparation in this approach. Comparison of effects on tumour growth exhibited by aphidicolin liposomes (4.5 mg aphidicolin/kg) given for 15 consecutive days to those of γ-cyclodextrin inclusion complexes (15 mg aphidicolin/kg) revealed comparable tumour growth inhibition, although aphidicolin concentrations were approximately 3-fold lower. This shows that liposomal encapsulation is a promising strategy for the improvement of systemic anti-cancer activity of aphidicolin.
    Keywords: Antibiotics, Antineoplastic -- Administration & Dosage ; Aphidicolin -- Administration & Dosage ; Neuroblastoma -- Drug Therapy;
    ISSN: 1021-335X
    E-ISSN: 17912431
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  • 5
    Language: English
    In: Medicinal Research Reviews, July 2005, Vol.25(4), pp.383-397
    Description: The short chain fatty acid valproic acid (VPA) and VPA‐analogs modulate the biology of diverse tumor cell entities by inducing differentiation, inhibiting proliferation, increasing apoptosis, and immunogenicity and by decreasing metastatic and angiogenetic potential. This review updates an earlier one in 2002, reflecting the interest in VPA as a potent anticancer drug. A number of studies show that the types of known tumor cells susceptible to VPA is steadily increasing. Of special note is the strong antineoplastic activity of VPA in chemoresistant cancer cells. A novel and promising approach is combining VPA with other drugs to achieve a broad therapeutic index. Clinical studies are underway and the preliminary results indicate that VPA alone or in combination offers a promising avenue of treatment, both in solid and hematopoetic malignancies. © 2005 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
    Keywords: Valproic Acid ; Hdac ; Differentiation ; Angiogenesis ; Combination Therapy ; Clinical Studies
    ISSN: 0198-6325
    E-ISSN: 1098-1128
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  • 6
    Language: English
    In: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, 2005, Vol.326(4), pp.905-908
    Description: Initial in vitro investigations demonstrated type I interferons (IFNs: IFN-α, IFN-β) to inhibit replication of SARS coronavirus (SARS-CoV), but found the nucleoside analogue ribavirin ineffective in Vero cells. In this report, ribavirin was shown to inhibit SARS-CoV replication in five different cell types of animal or human origin at therapeutically achievable concentrations. Since clinical anti-SARS-CoV activity of type I interferons or ribavirin is limited, we investigated the combination of IFN-β and ribavirin. Determination of the virus yield indicated highly synergistic anti-SARS-CoV action of the combination suggesting the consideration of ribavirin plus IFN-β for the treatment of SARS.
    Keywords: Human Primary Epithelial Kidney Cells ; Caco2 ; Cl14 ; Ma104 ; Vero ; Biology ; Chemistry ; Anatomy & Physiology
    ISSN: 0006-291X
    E-ISSN: 1090-2104
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  • 7
    Language: English
    In: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, 2005, Vol.326(2), pp.395-401
    Description: In a model of human neuroblastoma (NB) cell lines persistently infected with human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) we previously showed that persistent HCMV infection is associated with an increased malignant phenotype, enhanced drug resistance, and invasive properties. To gain insights into the mechanisms of increased malignancy we analyzed the global changes in cellular gene expression induced by persistent HCMV infection of human neuroblastoma cells by use of high-density oligonucleotide microarrays (HG-U133A, Affymetrix) and RT-PCR. Comparing the gene expression of different NB cell lines with persistently infected cell sub-lines revealed 11 host cell genes regulated in a similar manner throughout all infected samples. Nine of these 11 genes may contribute to the previously observed changes in malignant phenotype of persistently HCMV infected NB cells by influencing invasive growth, apoptosis, angiogenesis, and proliferation. Thus, this work provides the basis for further functional studies.
    Keywords: Neuroblastoma ; Human Cytomegalovirus ; Microarray Analysis ; Oncomodulation ; Biology ; Chemistry ; Anatomy & Physiology
    ISSN: 0006-291X
    E-ISSN: 1090-2104
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  • 8
    Language: English
    In: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, 2005, Vol.329(2), pp.616-623
    Description: The adhesion of highly activated neutrophils to cerebral microvascular endothelial cells (MVECs) may contribute to disruption and hyperpermeability of the blood–brain barrier (BBB) after cardiac surgery with prolonged cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB). A correlation between CPB duration and neutrophil-mediated BBB damage has not been investigated on the cellular level yet. Therefore, we studied the effects of neutrophils from cardiac surgery patients with CPB time 〈80 min (group I; = 8) and 〉80 min (group II; = 8) on the integrity of cultured porcine MVEC. Ex vivo, neutrophils of group II but not of group I significantly degraded the molecule β-catenin whereas VE-cadherin and occludin were not modified. The transendothelial electric resistance as a measure for the integrity of the endothelial monolayers was reduced over time in both groups. In conclusion, prolonged CPB time entails neutrophil-mediated decrease in MVEC β-catenin expression, and thus may be an important trigger for BBB disruption.
    Keywords: Blood–Brain Barrier ; Junction Molecule Complexes ; Cardiac Surgery ; Neutrophils ; Biology ; Chemistry ; Anatomy & Physiology
    ISSN: 0006-291X
    E-ISSN: 1090-2104
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  • 9
    Language: English
    In: International Journal of Oncology, October 2005, Vol.27(4), pp.1029-1037
    Description: Acquisition of P-gp-mediated multidrug-resistance does not always correlate with observed malignant behavior of NB. To characterize alterations accompanying development of multidrug-resistance in NB we established two neuroblastoma cell sublines resistant to vincristine (UKF-NB-3rVCR10) and doxorubicin (UKF-NB-3rDOX20). UKF-NB-3rVCR10 and UKF-NB-3rDOX20 overexpressed functional P-gp and developed an increased malignant phenotype: presented constitutive phosphorylation of AKT, resistance to γ-irradiation, and had increased survival in serum-free medium. Inhibition of P-gp restored chemosensitivity but did not affect increased survival in serum-free medium and sensitivity to γ-irradiation. Inhibition of AKT had no influence on chemoresistance but restored sensitivity to serum starvation. Both resistant cell lines acquired additional chromosomal changes. UKF-NB-3rVCR10 cells acquired a missense P53 mutation in exon 5, an increased MYCN amplification, an enhanced adhesion to endothelium, a decreased NCAM expression, a distinctly higher clonogenicity, and an increased in vivo tumorigenicity. We conclude that acquisition of increased malignant behavior in neuroblastoma occurs concomitantly with multidrug-resistance and is P-gp-independent.
    Keywords: Drug Resistance, Multiple ; Drug Resistance, Neoplasm ; ATP Binding Cassette Transporter, Subfamily B, Member 1 -- Metabolism ; Neuroblastoma -- Pathology;
    ISSN: 1019-6439
    E-ISSN: 17912423
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  • 10
    Language: English
    In: International Journal of Oncology, November 2005, Vol.27(5), pp.1433-1440
    Description: Malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors (MPNSTs) are aggressive soft tissue tumors arising sporadically although more frequently in patients with Neurofibromatosis type 1. Prognosis remains dismal as chemo- and radiotherapy have not been shown to be successful. The heparin-binding growth factor, Midkine (MK), is implicated in the tumorigenesis of benign and plexiform neurofibromas, and thereof arising MPNSTs. MK is mitogenic, anti-apoptotic, angiogenic and can promote tumorigenicity in several cell types. Thus, we investigated the role of MK in malignant biology and tumorigenicity in MPNSTs by stable transfection into MPNST cell lines. Overexpression of MK in the MPNST cell line, S462, increased cell viability and protected cells from apoptosis under serum deprivation, but did not induce proliferation. In addition, MK-transfected S462 cells were partially protected from vincristine-induced cell death. Conditioned medium of MK-transfected S462 cells was a potent mitogen for human umbilical venous endothelial cells. Furthermore, MK overexpression in S462 cells was accompanied by higher levels of VEGF mRNA. Yet, stable overexpression of MK in S462 as well as in ST88-14 cells was not sufficient to promote xenograft tumor growth in nude mice. However, increasing survival and enhanced angiogenic potency of MK-transfected S462 cells highlight the importance of developing specific inhibitors for MK as part of new therapeutic concepts against MPNSTs.
    Keywords: Apoptosis -- Physiology ; Cytokines -- Biosynthesis ; Neovascularization, Pathologic -- Pathology ; Nerve Sheath Neoplasms -- Genetics;
    ISSN: 1019-6439
    E-ISSN: 17912423
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