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  • 1
    Language: English
    In: Letters in Drug Design & Discovery, 2012, Vol.9(9), p.815-822
    Description: The anticancer drug candidate (1-methyl-3-(p-cyanobenzyl)benzimidazole-2-ylidene)silver(I)acetate (SBC1) was tested in vitro against human neuroblastoma cells, UKF-NB-3 and UKF-NB-6, delivering IC50 values of 29 +/- 5 and 29 +/- 4 μM, while further testing against cisplatin-, carboplatin- and oxaliplatin-resistant UKF-NB-3/6 sub-lines showed no cross-resistance with respect to SBC1. A similar trend was found for SBC1 against the human colon carcinoma cell line HCT8 with an IC50 value of 3.1 +/- 0.9 μM; SBC1 was again able to break cisplatin- and carboplatin-resistance in the corresponding sub-lines. SBC1 was also tested against the prostate cancer cell line PC-3 and its paclitaxel-resistant sub-line, which gave IC50 values of 14.1 +/- 0.9 and 14.5 +/- 0.8 μM, which indicated no cross-resistance with paclitaxel. In order to test the possible transport of SBC1 via albumin the binding of SBC1 against this transport protein was measured using a fluorescence titration, which gave an ΔG value of 28 +/- 3 kJ/mol. In circular dichroism and DNA denaturation assays SBC1 proved to be a strongly DNA-binding drug candidate. SBC1 was then given at 25 and 50 mg/kg/d, in four injections to two cohorts of eight CAKI-1 tumor-bearing NMRI:nu/nu mice, while a further cohort was treated with solvent only. At these two dosages SBC1 showed a borderline toxicity leading to mortality and body weight loss, while no significant tumor growth reduction or influence on blood parameter with respect to the solvent-treated control group was observed. Further in vivo testing against zebrafish larvae revealed significant toxicity of SBC1 at micromolar concentrations; no useable anti-angiogenic dosage was observed.
    Keywords: Anticancer Drug ; Anti-Angiogenic Drug ; Carbene-Silver Complex ; Renal Cell Cancer ; Albumin-Binding Assay ; Dnabinding Assay ; Xenograft Mouse Model ; Zebrafish Intersegmental Vessel Assay
    ISSN: 1570-1808
    E-ISSN: 1875-628X
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  • 2
    Language: English
    In: Current Molecular Medicine, March 2009, Vol.9(2), pp.131-151
    Description: Highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza virus can infect humans and is currently the most deadly influenza virus that has crossed the species barrier. As of December 2007, the spread of H5N1 virus from human to human has been rare. Nobody can predict if H5N1 may cause a pandemic. However, the number of human cases is continuously increasing and changes in virulence and epidemiology have been detected. There are specific pathogenic features of H5N1 infection. In contrast to human-adapted influenza A strains, H5N1 preferentially infects cells of the lower respiratory tract and may spread to tissues outside the respiratory tract in humans. Moreover, H5N1 replication is prolonged in target organs and results in higher viral loads and increased tissue damage. These features will have to be considered for therapeutic protocols for H5N1 infection in humans. Rapid genetic and antigenic changes observed in H5N1 virus isolates represent a challenge for the development of vaccines. In the present review, current knowledge about epidemiology, virulence factors and pathology of H5N1 infections in humans are summarised and discussed. Moreover, the possible roles of antiinfluenza drugs in the pandemic situation as well as the development of effective vaccines are subject of this overview.
    Keywords: Pathogenic H5n1 ; Avian Influenza ; Humans ; Of Chickens ; Epidemiology ; Epidemiology
    ISSN: 1566-5240
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    In: Current Pharmaceutical Design, November 2007, Vol.13(33), pp.3378-3393
    Description: The short chain fatty acid valproic acid (VPA, 2-propylpetanoic acid) is approved for the treatment of epilepsia, bipolar disorders and migraine and clinically used for schizophrenia. In 1999, the first clinical anti-cancer trial using VPA was initiated. Currently, VPA is examined in numerous clinical trials for different leukaemias and solid tumour entities. In addition to clinical assessment, the experimental examination of VPA as anti-cancer drug is ongoing and many questions remain unanswered. Although other mechanisms may also contribute to VPA-induced anti-cancer effects, inhibition of histone deacetylases appears to play a central role. This review focuses on recent developments regarding the anti-cancer activity of VPA.
    Keywords: Hdac ; Differentiation ; Combination Therapy ; Clinical Studies ; Valproic Acid ; Angiogenesis
    ISSN: 1381-6128
    E-ISSN: 18734286
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  • 4
    Language: English
    In: Current medicinal chemistry, August 2002, Vol.9(15), pp.1417-33
    Description: The branched-chain fatty acid valproic acid (VPA) is the most commonly used antiepileptic drug for treating generalized epilepsy. Although originally considered to be of low toxicity, VPA has proved to possess considerable teratogenic potential when applied to the pregnant epileptic women. During the last few years, it has become evident that some of the mechanisms which account for the malformations produced by VPA are related to distinct anti-tumor properties of this compound. This intriguing discovery opens novel aspects for the treatment of tumor patients. In the present review, the biological, biochemical and pharmacological properties of VPA are discussed. Analyses of structure-activity relationships can provide the necessary insight into the molecular structures responsible for the anti-tumor effects.
    Keywords: Antineoplastic Agents -- Pharmacology ; Valproic Acid -- Analogs & Derivatives
    ISSN: 0929-8673
    E-ISSN: 1875533X
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