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Journal Cover Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B
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   ISSN (Print) 2211-3843 - ISSN (Online) 2211-3835
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  • Editorial for biomimetic nanoparticles for drug delivery

    • Authors: Jianxin Wang
      Pages: 2 - 3
      Abstract: Publication date: January 2018
      Source:Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B, Volume 8, Issue 1
      Author(s): Jianxin Wang

      PubDate: 2018-02-07T16:43:24Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.apsb.2018.01.003
  • Targeting ERK, an Achilles' Heel of the MAPK pathway, in cancer therapy

    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 16 February 2018
      Source:Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B
      Author(s): Feifei Liu, Xiaotong Yang, Meiyu Geng, Min Huang
      The mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPK) pathway, often known as the RAS-RAF-MEK-ERK signal cascade, functions to transmit upstream signals to its downstream effectors to regulate physiological process such as cell proliferation, differentiation, survival and death. As the most frequently mutated signaling pathway in human cancer, targeting the MAPK pathway has long been considered a promising strategy for cancer therapy. Substantial efforts in the past decades have led to the clinical success of BRAF and MEK inhibitors. However, the clinical benefits of these inhibitors are compromised by the frequently occurring acquired resistance due to cancer heterogeneity and genomic instability. This review briefly introduces the key protein kinases involved in this pathway as well as their activation mechanisms. We also generalize the correlations between mutations of MAPK members and human cancers, followed by a summarization of progress made on the development of small molecule MAPK kinases inhibitors. In particular, this review highlights the potential advantages of ERK inhibitors in overcoming resistance to upstream targets and proposes that targeting ERK kinase may hold a promising prospect for cancer therapy.
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      PubDate: 2018-02-18T18:31:58Z
  • Rhizospheric microbial communities are driven by Panax ginseng at
           different growth stages and biocontrol bacteria alleviates replanting

    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 13 February 2018
      Source:Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B
      Author(s): Linlin Dong, Jiang Xu, Lianjuan Zhang, Ruiyang Cheng, Guangfei Wei, He Su, Juan Yang, Jun Qian, Ran Xu, Shilin Chen
      The cultivation of Panax plants is hindered by replanting problems, which may be caused by plant-driven changes in the soil microbial community. Inoculation with microbial antagonists may efficiently alleviate replanting issues. Through high-throughput sequencing, this study revealed that bacterial diversity decreased, whereas fungal diversity increased, in the rhizosphere soils of adult ginseng plants at the root growth stage under different ages. Few microbial community, such as Luteolibacter, Cytophagaceae, Luteibacter, Sphingomonas, Sphingomonadaceae, and Zygomycota, were observed; the relative abundance of microorganisms, namely, Brevundimonas, Enterobacteriaceae, Pandoraea, Cantharellales, Dendryphion, Fusarium, and Chytridiomycota, increased in the soils of adult ginseng plants compared with those in the soils of 2-year-old seedlings. Bacillus subtilis 50-1, a microbial antagonist against the pathogenic Fusarium oxysporum, was isolated through a dual culture technique. These bacteria acted with a biocontrol efficacy of 67.8%. The ginseng death rate and Fusarium abundance decreased by 63.3% and 46.1%, respectively, after inoculation with B. subtilis 50-1. Data revealed that microecological degradation could result from ginseng-driven changes in rhizospheric microbial communities; these changes are associated with the different ages and developmental stages of ginseng plants. Biocontrol using microbial antagonists alleviated the replanting problem.
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      PubDate: 2018-02-18T18:31:58Z
  • Mesoporous silica nanoparticles for drug and gene delivery

    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 12 February 2018
      Source:Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B
      Author(s): Yixian Zhou, Guilan Quan, Qiaoli Wu, Xiaoxu Zhang, Boyi Niu, Biyuan Wu, Ying Huang, Xin Pan, Chuanbin Wu
      Mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) are attracting increasing interest for potential biomedical applications. With tailored mesoporous structure, huge surface area and pore volume, selective surface functionality, as well as morphology control, MSNs exhibit high loading capacity for therapeutic agents and controlled release properties if modified with stimuli-responsive groups, polymers or proteins. In this review article, the applications of MSNs in pharmaceutics to improve drug bioavailability, reduce drug toxicity, and deliver with cellular targetability are summarized. Particularly, the exciting progress in the development of MSNs-based effective delivery systems for poorly soluble drugs, anticancer agents, and therapeutic genes are highlighted.
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      PubDate: 2018-02-18T18:31:58Z
  • Activation of an unconventional meroterpenoid gene cluster in Neosartorya
           glabra leads to the production of new berkeleyacetals

    • Authors: Tao Zhang; Jun Wan; Zhajun Zhan; Jian Bai; Bingyu Liu; Youcai Hu
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 3 February 2018
      Source:Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B
      Author(s): Tao Zhang, Jun Wan, Zhajun Zhan, Jian Bai, Bingyu Liu, Youcai Hu
      Fungal genomes carry many gene clusters seemingly capable of natural products biosynthesis, yet most clusters remain cryptic or down-regulated. Genome mining revealed an unconventional paraherquonin-like meroterpenoid biosynthetic gene cluster in the chromosome of Neosartorya glabra. The cryptic or down-regulated pathway was activated by constitutive expression of pathway-specific regulator gene berA encoded within ber biosynthetic gene cluster. Chemical analysis of mutant Ng-OE: berA extracts enabled the isolation of four berkeleyacetal congeners, in which two of them are new. On the basis of careful bioinformatic analysis of the coding enzymes in the ber gene cluster, the biosynthetic pathway of berkeleyacetals was proposed. These results indicate that this approach would be valuable for discovery of novel natural products and will accelerate the exploitation of prodigious natural products in filamentous fungi.
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      PubDate: 2018-02-07T16:43:24Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.apsb.2017.12.005
  • Integrated metabolomic and transcriptomic analyses revealed the
           distribution of saponins in Panax notoginseng

    • Authors: Guangfei Wei; Linlin Dong; Juan Yang; Lianjuan Zhang; Jiang Xu; Feng Yang; Ruiyang Cheng; Ran Xu; Shilin Chen
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 3 February 2018
      Source:Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B
      Author(s): Guangfei Wei, Linlin Dong, Juan Yang, Lianjuan Zhang, Jiang Xu, Feng Yang, Ruiyang Cheng, Ran Xu, Shilin Chen
      Panax notoginseng is famous for its important therapeutic effects. Saponins are bioactive compounds found in different parts and developmental stages of P. notoginseng plants. Thus, it is urgently to study saponins distribution in different parts and growth ages of P. notoginseng plants. In this study, potential biomarkers were found, and their chemical characteristic differences were revealed through metabolomic analysis. High-performance liquid chromatography data indicated the higher content of saponins (i.e., Rg1, Re, Rd, and Rb1) in the underground parts than that in the aerial parts. 20(S)-Protopanaxadiol saponins were mainly distributed in the aerial parts. Additionally, the total saponin content in the 3-year-old P. notoginseng plant (188.0mg/g) was 1.4-fold higher than that in 2-year-old plant (130.5mg/g). The transcriptomic analysis indicated the tissue-specific transcription expression of genes, namely, PnFPS, PnSS, PnSE1, PnSE2, and PnDS, which encoded critical synthases in saponin biosyntheses. These genes showed similar expression patterns among the parts of P. notoginseng plants. The expression levels of these genes in the flowers and leaves were 5.2fold higher than that in the roots and fibrils. These results suggested that saponins might be actively synthesized in the aerial parts and transformed to the underground parts. This study provides insights into the chemical and genetic characteristics of P. notoginseng to facilitate the synthesis of its secondary metabolites and a scientific basis for appropriate collection and rational use of this plant.
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      PubDate: 2018-02-07T16:43:24Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.apsb.2017.12.010
  • Plastome-wide comparison reveals new SNV resources for the authentication
           of Dendrobium huoshanense and its corresponding medicinal slice (Huoshan

    • Authors: Zhitao Niu; Jiajia Pan; Qingyun Xue; Shuying Zhu; Wei Liu; Xiaoyu Ding
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 1 February 2018
      Source:Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B
      Author(s): Zhitao Niu, Jiajia Pan, Qingyun Xue, Shuying Zhu, Wei Liu, Xiaoyu Ding
      Dendrobium species and their corresponding medicinal slices have been extensively used as traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in many Asian countries. However, it is extremely difficult to identify Dendrobium species based on their morphological and chemical features. In this study, the plastomes of D. huoshanense were used as a model system to investigate the hypothesis that plastomic mutational hotspot regions could provide a useful single nucleotide variants (SNVs) resource for authentication studies. We surveyed the plastomes of 17 Dendrobium species, including the newly sequenced plastome of D. huoshanense. A total of 19 SNVs that could be used for the authentication of D. huoshanense were detected. On the basis of this comprehensive comparison, we identified the four most informative hotspot regions in the Dendrobium plastome that encompass ccsA to ndhF, matK to 3′trnG, rpoB to psbD, and trnT to rbcL. Furthermore, to established a simple and accurate method for the authentication of D. huoshanense and its medicinal slices, a total of 127 samples from 20 Dendrobium species including their corresponding medicinal slices (Fengdous) were used in this study. Our results suggest that D. huoshanense and its medicinal slices can be rapidly and unequivocally identified using this method that combines real-time PCR with the amplification refractory mutation system (ARMS).
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      PubDate: 2018-02-07T16:43:24Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.apsb.2017.12.004
  • Synergistic immunoreaction of acupuncture-like dissolving microneedles
           containing thymopentin at acupoints in immune-suppressed rats

    • Authors: Qian Zhang; Chuncao Xu; Shiqi Lin; Huanbin Zhou; Gangtao Yao; Hu Liu; Lili Wang; Xin Pan; Guilan Quan; Chuanbin Wu
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 1 February 2018
      Source:Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B
      Author(s): Qian Zhang, Chuncao Xu, Shiqi Lin, Huanbin Zhou, Gangtao Yao, Hu Liu, Lili Wang, Xin Pan, Guilan Quan, Chuanbin Wu
      Dissolving microneedles carried drug molecules can effectively penetrate the stratum corneum of skin to improve the transdermal drug delivery. The traditional Chinese medicine acupuncture is based on the needle stimulation at a specific location (acupoint) to generate and transmit biochemical and physiological signals which alter the pathophysiological state of patients. However, the pain associated with conventional acupuncture needles and the requirement of highly trained professionals limit the development of acupuncture in non-Asian countries. The purpose of this study is to investigate whether the dissolving microneedles can be utilized as a self-administered painless replacement for acupuncture and locally released drug molecules can achieve expected therapeutic outcomes. Immunosuppressive rats were treated with acupuncture at Zusanli (ST36) acupoint using microneedles containing thymopentin. The immune functions and psychological mood of the immunosuppressed animals were examined. The proliferation of splenocytes was examined by CCK-8 assay. CD4 and CD8 expression patterns in spleen cells were detected by flow cytometry. The current study showed that use of either microneedles containing thymopentin or conventional acupuncture both resulted in immune cell proliferation, which was confirmed by flow cytometry. Furthermore, either conventional acupuncture or microneedles were able to effectively mitigate the anxiety caused by immune-suppression when applied on the ST36.
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      PubDate: 2018-02-07T16:43:24Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.apsb.2017.12.006
  • Limonoids from seeds of Azadirachta indica A. Juss. and their cytotoxic

    • Authors: Jian Chen; Xiaona Fan; Jianhua Zhu; Liyan Song; Zhiwei Li; Fei Lin; Rongmin Yu; Hanhong Xu; Jiachen Zi
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 1 February 2018
      Source:Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B
      Author(s): Jian Chen, Xiaona Fan, Jianhua Zhu, Liyan Song, Zhiwei Li, Fei Lin, Rongmin Yu, Hanhong Xu, Jiachen Zi
      Four new limonoid-type nortriterpenoids, 1-detigloyl-1-O-methacryloylsalannin (1), 28-deoxo-2,3-dihydronimbolide (2), 12-acetoxy-3-O-acetyl-7-O-tigloylvilasinin (3) and 12-acetoxy-3-O-acetyl-7-O-methacryloylvilasinin (4), along with five known ones, were isolated from seeds of Azadirachta indica A. Juss. Their structures were elucidated by various spectroscopic methods, including UV, IR, MS, NMR, X-ray crystallography, quantum chemical calculation, as well as by comparison of their spectroscopic data with those reported. In the in vitro cytotoxic assay, 2 showed inhibitory activity against human breast cancer MDA-MB-231 cell line with IC50 value of 7.68±1.74μmol/L, and 5 inhibited growth of human cervical cancer Hela cell line, melanoma A375 cell line and promyelocytic leukemia HL-60 cell line, with IC50 12.00±2.0817.44±2.1113.95±5.74μmol/L, respectively.
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      PubDate: 2018-02-07T16:43:24Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.apsb.2017.12.009
  • 1,25-Dihydroxyvitamin D3 protects obese rats from metabolic syndrome via
           promoting regulatory T cell-mediated resolution of inflammation

    • Authors: Wen Jin; Bing Cui; Pingping Li; Fang Hua; Xiaoxi Lv; Jichao Zhou; Zhuowei Hu; Xiaowei Zhang
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 1 February 2018
      Source:Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B
      Author(s): Wen Jin, Bing Cui, Pingping Li, Fang Hua, Xiaoxi Lv, Jichao Zhou, Zhuowei Hu, Xiaowei Zhang
      Vitamin D3 has been found to produce therapeutic effects on obesity-associated insulin resistance and dyslipidemia through its potent anti-inflammatory activity, but the precise immunomodulatory mechanism remains poorly understood. In the present study we found that 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 [1,25(OH)2D3], the biologically active form of vitamin D3, significantly attenuated monosodium glutamate (MSG)-induced obesity and insulin resistance as indicated by body weight reduction, oral glucose tolerance improvement, and a glucose infusion rate increase as detected with hyperinsulinemic-euglycemic clamp. Moreover, 1,25(OH)2D3 not only restored pancreatic islet functions but also improved lipid metabolism in insulin-targeted tissues. The protective effects of 1,25(OH)2D3 on glycolipid metabolism were attributed to its ability to inhibit an obesity-activated inflammatory response in insulin secretory and targeted tissues, as indicated by reduced infiltration of macrophages in pancreas islets and adipose tissue while enhancing the expression of Tgf-β1 in liver tissue, which was accompanied by increased infiltration of Treg cells in immune organs such as spleen and lymph node as well as in insulin-targeted tissues such as liver, adipose, and muscle. Together, our findings suggest that 1,25(OH)2D3 serves as a beneficial immunomodulator for the prevention and treatment of obesity or metabolic syndrome through its anti-inflammatory effects.

      PubDate: 2018-02-07T16:43:24Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.apsb.2018.01.001
  • Editor Profile: Guest Editor of Special Issue on Biomimetic Nanoparticles
           for Drug Delivery

    • Abstract: Publication date: January 2018
      Source:Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B, Volume 8, Issue 1

      PubDate: 2018-02-07T16:43:24Z
  • Letter to the editor: Comment on the Regulatios of the Simplified
           Registration and Approval Management for Compound Recipe of Classical
           Prescription of Traditional Chinese Medicine

    • Authors: Shilin Chen; Aihua Liang; Boli Zhang
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 19 January 2018
      Source:Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B
      Author(s): Shilin Chen, Aihua Liang, Boli Zhang

      PubDate: 2018-01-27T14:16:08Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.apsb.2017.12.003
  • Leukocyte-derived biomimetic nanoparticulate drug delivery systems for
           cancer therapy

    • Authors: Yukun Huang; Xiaoling Gao; Jun Chen
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 10 January 2018
      Source:Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B
      Author(s): Yukun Huang, Xiaoling Gao, Jun Chen
      Precise drug delivery to tumors with low system toxicity is one of the most important and challenging tasks for pharmaceutical researchers. Despite progress in the field of nanotherapeutics, the use of artificially synthesized nanocarriers still faces several challenges, including rapid clearance from blood circulation and limited capability of overcoming multiple physiological barriers, which hamper the clinical application of nanoparticle-based therapies. Since leukocytes (including monocytes/macrophages, neutrophils, dendritic cells and lymphocytes) target tumors and can migrate across physiological barriers, leukocytes are increasing utilized as carriers to transfer nanoparticles to tumors. In this review we specifically focus on the molecular and cellular mechanisms of leukocytes that can be exploited as a vehicle to deliver nanoparticles to tumors and summarize the latest research on how leukocytes can be harnessed to improve therapeutic end-points. We also discuss the challenges and opportunities of this leukocyte-derived nanoparticle drug delivery system.
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      PubDate: 2018-01-10T09:01:22Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.apsb.2017.12.001
  • Enhanced glioma-targeting and stability of LGICP peptide coupled with
           stabilized peptide DA7R

    • Authors: Mingfei Zhang; Weiyue Lu
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 3 January 2018
      Source:Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B
      Author(s): Mingfei Zhang, Weiyue Lu
      Malignant glioma is usually accompanied by vigorous angiogenesis to provide essential nutrients. An effective glioma targeting moiety should include excellent tumor-cell homing ability as well as good neovasculature-targeting efficiency, and should be highly resistant to enzyme degradation in the bloodstream. The phage display-selected heptapeptide, the glioma-initiating cell peptide (GICP), was previously reported as a ligand for the VAV3 protein (a Rho-GTPase guanine nucleotide exchange factor), which is mainly expressed on glioma cells; the stabilized heptapeptide DA7R has been shown to be the ligand of both vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 2 (VEGFR2) and neuropilin-1 (NRP-1), and has demonstrated good neovasculature-targeting ability. By linking DA7R and GICP, a multi-receptor targeting molecule was obtained. The stability of these three peptides was evaluated and their targeting efficiency on tumor-related cells and models was compared. The ability of these peptides to cross the blood--tumor barrier (BTB) was also determined. The results indicate that the coupled Y-shaped peptide DA7R–GICP exhibited improved tumor and neovasculature targeting ability and had higher efficiency in crossing the BTB than either individual peptide.
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      PubDate: 2018-01-05T08:47:32Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.apsb.2017.11.004
  • A pilot study of the modulation of sirtuins on arylamine
           N-acetyltransferase 1 and 2 enzymatic activity

    • Authors: Turiján-Espinoza Eneida; Salazar-González Raul Alejandro; Uresti-Rivera Edith Elena; Ortega-Juarez Montserrat; Hernandez-Hernandez Estela; Milán-Segovia Rosa del Carmen; Portales-Pérez Diana Patricia
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 30 December 2017
      Source:Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B
      Author(s): Turiján-Espinoza Eneida, Salazar-González Raul Alejandro, Uresti-Rivera Edith Elena, Ortega-Juarez Montserrat, Hernandez-Hernandez Estela, Milán-Segovia Rosa del Carmen, Portales-Pérez Diana Patricia
      Arylamine N-acetyltransferase (NAT; E.C. enzymes are responsible for the biotransformation of several arylamine and hydrazine drugs by acetylation. In this process, the acetyl group transferred to the acceptor substrate produces NAT deacetylation and, in consequence, it is susceptible of degradation. Sirtuins are protein deacetylases, dependent on nicotine adenine dinucleotide, which perform post-translational modifications on cytosolic proteins. To explore possible sirtuin participation in the enzymatic activity of arylamine NATs, the expression levels of NAT1, NAT2, SIRT1 and SIRT6 in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) from healthy subjects were examined by flow cytometry and Western blot. The in situ activity of the sirtuins on NAT enzymatic activity was analyzed by HPLC, in the presence or absence of an agonist (resveratrol) and inhibitor (nicotinamide) of sirtuins. We detected a higher percentage of positive cells for NAT2 in comparison with NAT1, and higher numbers of SIRT1+ cells compared to SIRT6 in lymphocytes. In situ NAT2 activity in the presence of NAM inhibitors was higher than in the presence of its substrate, but not in the presence of resveratrol. In contrast, the activity of NAT1 was not affected by sirtuins. These results showed that NAT2 activity might be modified by sirtuins.
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      PubDate: 2018-01-05T08:47:32Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.apsb.2017.11.008
  • Surface modification of PGP for a neutrophil–nanoparticle co-vehicle to
           enhance the anti-depressant effect of baicalein

    • Authors: Baoyu Chen; Man Luo; Jianming Liang; Chun Zhang; Caifang Gao; Jue Wang; Jianxin Wang; Yongji Li; Desheng Xu; Lina Liu; Ning Zhang; Huijun Chen; Jing Qin
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 29 December 2017
      Source:Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B
      Author(s): Baoyu Chen, Man Luo, Jianming Liang, Chun Zhang, Caifang Gao, Jue Wang, Jianxin Wang, Yongji Li, Desheng Xu, Lina Liu, Ning Zhang, Huijun Chen, Jing Qin
      Exploiting cells as vehicles for nanoparticles combined with therapy has attracted increasing attention in the world recently. Red blood cells, leukocytes and stem cells have been used for tumor immunotherapy, tissue regeneration and inflammatory disorders, and it is known that neutrophils can accumulate in brain lesions in many brain diseases including depression. N-Acetyl Pro–Gly–Pro (PGP) peptide shows high specific binding affinity to neutrophils through the CXCR2 receptor. In this study, PGP was used to modify baicalein-loaded solid lipid nanoparticles (PGP-SLNs) to facilitate binding to neutrophils in vivo. Brain-targeted delivery to the basolateral amygdala (BLA) was demonstrated by enhanced concentration of baicalein in the BLA. An enhanced anti-depressant effect was observed in vitro and in vivo. The mechanism involved inhibition of apoptosis and a decrease in lactate dehydrogenase release. Behavioral evaluation carried out with rats demonstrated that anti-depression outcomes were achieved. The results indicate that PGP-SLNs decrease immobility time, increase swimming time and climbing time and attenuate locomotion in olfactory-bulbectomized (OB) rats. In conclusion, PGP modification is a strategy for targeting the brain with a cell–nanoparticle delivery system for depression therapy.
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      PubDate: 2018-01-05T08:47:32Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.apsb.2017.11.012
  • Genomic survey of bZIP transcription factor genes related to tanshinone
           biosynthesis in Salvia miltiorrhiza

    • Authors: Yu Zhang; Zhichao Xu; Aijia Ji; Hongmei Luo; Jingyuan Song
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 5 October 2017
      Source:Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B
      Author(s): Yu Zhang, Zhichao Xu, Aijia Ji, Hongmei Luo, Jingyuan Song
      Tanshinones are a class of bioactive components in the traditional Chinese medicine Salvia miltiorrhiza, and their biosynthesis and regulation have been widely studied. Current studies show that basic leucine zipper (bZIP) proteins regulate plant secondary metabolism, growth and developmental processes. However, the bZIP transcription factors involved in tanshinone biosynthesis are unknown. Here, we conducted the first genome-wide survey of the bZIP gene family and analyzed the phylogeny, gene structure, additional conserved motifs and alternative splicing events in S. miltiorrhiza. A total of 70 SmbZIP transcription factors were identified and categorized into 11 subgroups based on their phylogenetic relationships with those in Arabidopsis. Moreover, seventeen SmbZIP genes underwent alternative splicing events. According to the transcriptomic data, the SmbZIP genes that were highly expressed in the Danshen root and periderm were selected. Based on the prediction of bZIP binding sites in the promoters and the co-expression analysis and co-induction patterns in response to Ag+ treatment via quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR), we concluded that SmbZIP7 and SmbZIP20 potentially participate in the regulation of tanshinone biosynthesis. These results provide a foundation for further functional characterization of the candidate SmbZIP genes, which have the potential to increase tanshinone production.
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      PubDate: 2018-01-05T08:47:32Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.apsb.2017.09.002
  • Establishment of pseudovirus infection mouse models for in vivo
           pharmacodynamics evaluation of filovirus entry inhibitors

    • Authors: Qing Chen; Ke Tang; Xiaoyu Zhang; Panpan Chen; Ying Guo
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 22 September 2017
      Source:Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B
      Author(s): Qing Chen, Ke Tang, Xiaoyu Zhang, Panpan Chen, Ying Guo
      Filoviruses cause severe and fatal viral hemorrhagic fever in humans. Filovirus research has been extensive since the 2014 Ebola outbreak. Due to their high pathogenicity and mortality, live filoviruses require Biosafety Level-4 (BSL-4) facilities, which have restricted the development of anti-filovirus vaccines and drugs. An HIV-based pseudovirus cell infection assay is widely used for viral entry studies in BSL-2 conditions. Here, we successfully constructed nine in vitro pseudo-filovirus models covering all filovirus genera and three in vivo pseudo-filovirus-infection mouse models using Ebola virus, Marburg virus, and Lloviu virus as representative viruses. The pseudo-filovirus-infected mice showed visualizing bioluminescence in a dose-dependent manner. A bioluminescence peak in mice was reached on day 5 post-infection for Ebola virus and Marburg virus and on day 4 post-infection for Lloviu virus. Two known filovirus entry inhibitors, clomiphene and toremiphene, were used to validate the model. Collectively, our study shows that all genera of filoviruses can be well-pseudotyped and are infectious in vitro. The pseudo-filovirus-infection mouse models can be used for in vivo activity evaluation of anti-filovirus drugs. This sequential in vitro and in vivo evaluation system of filovirus entry inhibitors provides a secure and efficient platform for screening and assessing anti-filovirus agents in BSL-2 facilities.
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      PubDate: 2018-01-05T08:47:32Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.apsb.2017.08.003
  • The current agonists and positive allosteric modulators of α7 nAChR for
           CNS indications in clinical trials

    • Authors: Taoyi Yang; Ting Xiao; Qi Sun; Kewei Wang
      Pages: 611 - 622
      Abstract: Publication date: November 2017
      Source:Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B, Volume 7, Issue 6
      Author(s): Taoyi Yang, Ting Xiao, Qi Sun, Kewei Wang
      The alpha-7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (α7 nAChR), consisting of homomeric α7 subunits, is a ligand-gated Ca2+-permeable ion channel implicated in cognition and neuropsychiatric disorders. Enhancement of α7 nAChR function is considered to be a potential therapeutic strategy aiming at ameliorating cognitive deficits of neuropsychiatric disorders such as Alzheimer's disease (AD) and schizophrenia. Currently, a number of α7 nAChR modulators have been reported and several of them have advanced into clinical trials. In this brief review, we outline recent progress made in understanding the role of the α7 nAChR in multiple neuropsychiatric disorders and the pharmacological effects of α7 nAChR modulators used in clinical trials.
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      PubDate: 2017-11-25T06:39:40Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.apsb.2017.09.001
  • 8,4′-Oxyneolignane glucosides from an aqueous extract of “ban lan
           gen” (Isatis indigotica root) and their absolute configurations

    • Authors: Lingjie Meng; Qinglan Guo; Yufeng Liu; Jiangong Shi
      Pages: 638 - 646
      Abstract: Publication date: November 2017
      Source:Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B, Volume 7, Issue 6
      Author(s): Lingjie Meng, Qinglan Guo, Yufeng Liu, Jiangong Shi
      Three pairs of glycosidic 8,4′-oxyneolignane diastereoisomers, named isatioxyneolignosides A−F (1–6), were isolated from an aqueous extract of Isatis indigotica roots. Their structures and absolute configurations were elucidated by comprehensive spectroscopic data analysis and enzyme hydrolysis. The validity of Δδ C8-C7 values to distinguish threo and erythro aryl glycerol units and Cotton effects at 235±5nm to determine absolute configurations at C-8 in 1–6 and their aglycones (1a–6a) are discussed.
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      PubDate: 2017-11-25T06:39:40Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.apsb.2017.09.006
  • Highlights for the 6th International Ion Channel Conference: ion channel
           structure, function, disease and therapeutics

    • Authors: Limei Wang; Kewei Wang
      Pages: 665 - 669
      Abstract: Publication date: November 2017
      Source:Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B, Volume 7, Issue 6
      Author(s): Limei Wang, Kewei Wang
      To foster communication and interactions amongst international scholars and scientists in the field of ion channel research, the 6th International Ion Channel Conference (IICC-2017) was held between June 23–27, 2017 in the eastern coastal city of Qingdao, China. The meeting consisted of 450 attendees and 130 speakers and poster presenters. The program consisted of research progress, new findings and ongoing studies that were focused on (1) Ion channel structure and function; (2) Ion channel physiology and human diseases; (3) Ion channels as targets for drug discovery; (4) Technological advances in ion channel research. An insightful overview was presented on the structure and function of the mechanotransduction channel Drosophila NOMPC (No mechanoreceptor potential C), a member of the transient receptor potential (TRP) channel family. Recent studies on Transmembrane protein 16 or Anoctamin-1 (TMEM16A, a member of the calcium-activated chloride channel [CaCC] family) were summarized as well. In addition, topics for ion channel regulation, homeostatic feedback and brain disorders were thoroughly discussed. The presentations at the IICC-2017 offer new insights into our understanding of ion channel structures and functions, and ion channels as targets for drug discovery.
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      PubDate: 2017-11-25T06:39:40Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.apsb.2017.09.007
  • Reconstituted high-density lipoproteins: novel biomimetic nanocarriers for
           drug delivery

    • Authors: Xinyi Ma; Qingxiang Song; Xiaoling Gao
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 24 December 2017
      Source:Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B
      Author(s): Xinyi Ma, Qingxiang Song, Xiaoling Gao
      High-density lipoproteins (HDL) are naturally-occurring nanoparticles that are biocompatible, non-immunogenic and completely biodegradable. These endogenous particles can circulate for an extended period of time and transport lipids, proteins and microRNA from donor cells to recipient cells. Based on their intrinsic targeting properties, HDL are regarded as promising drug delivery systems. In order to produce on a large scale and to avoid blood borne pollution, reconstituted high-density lipoproteins (rHDL) possessing the biological properties of HDL have been developed. This review summarizes the biological properties and biomedical applications of rHDL as drug delivery platforms. It focuses on the emerging approaches that have been developed for the generation of biomimetic nanoparticles rHDL to overcome the biological barriers to drug delivery, aiming to provide an alternative, promising avenue for efficient targeting transport of nanomedicine.
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      PubDate: 2017-12-27T06:25:11Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.apsb.2017.11.006
  • Biomimetic nanoparticles for inflammation targeting

    • Authors: Kai Jin; Zimiao Luo; Bo Zhang; Zhiqing Pang
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 24 December 2017
      Source:Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B
      Author(s): Kai Jin, Zimiao Luo, Bo Zhang, Zhiqing Pang
      There have been many recent exciting developments in biomimetic nanoparticles for biomedical applications. Inflammation, a protective response involving immune cells, blood vessels, and molecular mediators directed against harmful stimuli, is closely associated with many human diseases. As a result, biomimetic nanoparticles mimicking immune cells can help achieve molecular imaging and precise drug delivery to these inflammatory sites. This review is focused on inflammation-targeting biomimetic nanoparticles and will provide an in-depth look at the design of these nanoparticles to maximize their benefits for disease diagnosis and treatment.
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      PubDate: 2017-12-27T06:25:11Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.apsb.2017.12.002
  • Biomimetic thiamine- and niacin-decorated liposomes for enhanced oral
           delivery of insulin

    • Authors: Haisheng He; Yi Lu; Jianping Qi; Weili Zhao; Xiaochun Dong; Wei Wu
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 23 December 2017
      Source:Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B
      Author(s): Haisheng He, Yi Lu, Jianping Qi, Weili Zhao, Xiaochun Dong, Wei Wu
      Biomimetic nanocarriers are emerging as efficient vehicles to facilitate dietary absorption of biomacromolecules. In this study, two vitamins, thiamine and niacin, are employed to decorate liposomes loaded with insulin, thus facilitating oral absorption via vitamin ligand–receptor interactions. Both vitamins are conjugated with stearamine, which works to anchor the ligands to the surface of liposomes. Liposomes prepared under optimum conditions have a mean particle size of 125–150nm and an insulin entrapment efficiency of approximately 30%–36%. Encapsulation into liposomes helps to stabilize insulin due to improved resistance against enzymatic disruption, with 60% and 80% of the insulin left after 4h when incubated in simulated gastric and intestinal fluids, respectively, whereas non-encapsulated insulin is broken down completely at 0.5h. Preservation of insulin bioactivity against preparative stresses is validated by intra-peritoneal injection of insulin after release from various liposomes using the surfactant Triton X-100. In a diabetic rat model chemically induced by streptozotocin, both thiamine- and niacin-decorated liposomes showed a comparable and sustained mild hypoglycemic effect. The superiority of decorated liposomes over conventional liposomes highlights the contribution of vitamin ligands. It is concluded that decoration of liposomes with thiamine or niacin facilitates interactions with gastrointestinal vitamin receptors and thereby facilitates oral absorption of insulin-loaded liposomes.
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      PubDate: 2017-12-27T06:25:11Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.apsb.2017.11.007
  • Cell membrane-based nanoparticles: a new biomimetic platform for tumor
           diagnosis and treatment

    • Authors: Ruixiang Li; Yuwei He; Shuya Zhang; Jing Qin; Jianxin Wang
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 23 December 2017
      Source:Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B
      Author(s): Ruixiang Li, Yuwei He, Shuya Zhang, Jing Qin, Jianxin Wang
      Taking inspiration from nature, the biomimetic concept has been integrated into drug delivery systems in cancer therapy. Disguised with cell membranes, the nanoparticles can acquire various functions of natural cells. The cell membrane-coating technology has pushed the limits of common nano-systems (fast elimination in circulation) to more effectively navigate within the body. Moreover, because of the various functional molecules on the surface, cell membrane-based nanoparticles (CMBNPs) are capable of interacting with the complex biological microenvironment of the tumor. Various sources of cell membranes have been explored to camouflage CMBNPs and different tumor-targeting strategies have been developed to enhance the anti-tumor drug delivery therapy. In this review article we highlight the most recent advances in CMBNP-based cancer targeting systems and address the challenges and opportunities in this field.
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      PubDate: 2017-12-27T06:25:11Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.apsb.2017.11.009
  • Improved method for synthesis of low molecular weight
           protamine–siRNA conjugate

    • Authors: Zhili Yu; Junxiao Ye; Xing Pei; Lu Sun; Ergang Liu; Jianxin Wang; Yongzhuo Huang; Seung Jin Lee; Huining He
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 19 December 2017
      Source:Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B
      Author(s): Zhili Yu, Junxiao Ye, Xing Pei, Lu Sun, Ergang Liu, Jianxin Wang, Yongzhuo Huang, Seung Jin Lee, Huining He
      RNAi technology has aroused wide public interest due to its high efficiency and specificity to treat multiple types of diseases. However, the effective delivery of siRNA remains a challenge due to its large molecular weight and strong anionic charge. Considering their remarkable functions in vivo and features that are often desired in drug delivery carriers, biomimetic systems for siRNA delivery become an effective and promising strategy. Based on this, covalent attachment of synthetic cell penetrating peptides (CPP) to siRNA has become of great interest. We developed a monomeric covalent conjugate of low molecular weight protamine (LMWP, a well-established CPP) and siRNA via a cytosol-cleavable disulfide linkage using PEG as a crosslinker. Results showed that the conjugates didn't generate coagulation, and exhibited much better RNAi potency and intracellular delivery compared with the conventional charge-complexed CPP/siRNA aggregates. Three different synthetic and purification methods were compared in order to optimize synthesis efficiency and product yield. The methodology using hetero-bifunctional NHS–PEG–OPSS as a crosslinker to synthesize LMWP–siRNA simplified the synthesis and purification process and produced the highest yield. These results pave the way towards siRNA biomimetic delivery and future clinical translation.

      PubDate: 2017-12-27T06:25:11Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.apsb.2017.11.011
  • Rapid and sensitive liquid chromatography–tandem mass spectrometric
           method for the quantitative determination of potentially harmful substance
           5,5′-oxydimethylenebis (2-furfural) in traditional Chinese medicine

    • Authors: Qingce Zang; Yang Gao; Luojiao Huang; Jiuming He; Sheng Lin; Hongtao Jin; Ruiping Zhang; Zeper Abliz
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 18 December 2017
      Source:Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B
      Author(s): Qingce Zang, Yang Gao, Luojiao Huang, Jiuming He, Sheng Lin, Hongtao Jin, Ruiping Zhang, Zeper Abliz
      With the rapid development and wide application of traditional Chinese medicine injection (TCMI), a number of adverse events of some TCMIs have incessantly been reported and have drawn broad attention in recent years. Establishing effective and practical analytical methods for safety evaluation and quality control of TCMI can help to improve the safety of TCMIs in clinical applications. In this study, a sensitive and rapid high-performance liquid chromatography–tandem mass spectrometry (HPLC–MS/MS) method has been developed and validated for the quantitative determination of potentially harmful substance 5,5′-oxydimethylenebis (2-furfural, OMBF) in TCMI samples. Chromatographic separation was performed on a C18 reversed-phase column (150mm×2.1mm, 5µm) by gradient elution, using methanol–water containing 0.1% formic acid as mobile phase at the flow rate of 0.3mL/min. MS/MS detection was performed on a triple quadrupole mass spectrometer with positive electrospray ionization in the multiple reaction-monitoring mode. The method was sensitive with a limit of quantification of 0.3ng/mL and linear over the range of 0.3–30ng/mL (r=0.9998). Intra- and inter-day precision for analyte was <9.52% RSD with recoveries in the range 88.0–109.67% at three concentration levels. The validated method was successfully applied to quantitatively determine the compound OMBF in TCMIs and glucose injections. Our study indicates that this method is simple, sensitive, practicable and reliable, and could be applied for safety evaluation and quality control of TCMIs and glucose injections.
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      PubDate: 2017-12-27T06:25:11Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.apsb.2017.11.002
  • Development of polyvinylpyrrolidone/paclitaxel self-assemblies for breast

    • Authors: Pallabita Chowdhury; Prashanth K.B. Nagesh Sheema Khan Bilal Hafeez Subhash
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 10 December 2017
      Source:Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B
      Author(s): Pallabita Chowdhury, Prashanth K.B. Nagesh, Sheema Khan, Bilal B. Hafeez, Subhash C. Chauhan, Meena Jaggi, Murali M. Yallapu
      The goal of this investigation was to develop and demonstrate a polymer/paclitaxel self-assembly (PTX-SA) formulation. Polymer/PTX-SAs were screened based on smaller size of formulation using dynamic light scattering analysis. Additionally, fluorescence microscopy and flow cytometry studies exhibited that polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP)-based PTX-SAs (PVP/PTX-SAs) had superior cellular internalization capability in MCF7 and MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells. The optimized PVP/PTX-SAs exhibited less toxicity to human red blood cells indicating a suitable formulation for reducing systemic toxicity. The formation of PVP and PTX self-assemblies was confirmed using fluorescence quenching and transmission electron microscopy which indicated that the PVP/PTX-SAs were spherical in shape with an average size range of 53.81nm as detected by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). FTIR spectral analysis demonstrates incorporation of polymer and paclitaxel functional groups in PVP/PTX-SAs. Both proliferation (MTS) and clonogenic (colony formation) assays were used to validate superior anticancer activity of PVP/PTX-SAs in breast cancer cells over paclitaxel. Such superior anticancer activity was also demonstrated by downregulation of the expression of pro-survival protein (Bcl-xL), upregulation of apoptosis-associated proteins (Bid, Bax, cleaved caspase 7, and cleaved PARP) and β-tubulin stabilization. These results support the hypothesis that PVP/PTX-SAs improved paclitaxel delivery to cancer cells.
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      PubDate: 2017-12-18T03:37:25Z
  • Biomacromolecules as carriers in drug delivery and tissue engineering

    • Authors: Yujie Zhang; Tao Sun; Chen Jiang
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 9 December 2017
      Source:Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B
      Author(s): Yujie Zhang, Tao Sun, Chen Jiang
      Natural biomacromolecules have attracted increased attention as carriers in biomedicine in recent years because of their inherent biochemical and biophysical properties including renewability, nontoxicity, biocompatibility, biodegradability, long blood circulation time and targeting ability. Recent advances in our understanding of the biological functions of natural-origin biomacromolecules and the progress in the study of biological drug carriers indicate that such carriers may have advantages over synthetic material-based carriers in terms of half-life, stability, safety and ease of manufacture. In this review, we give a brief introduction to the biochemical properties of the widely used biomacromolecule-based carriers such as albumin, lipoproteins and polysaccharides. Then examples from the clinic and in recent laboratory development are summarized. Finally the current challenges and future prospects of present biological carriers are discussed.
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      PubDate: 2017-12-18T03:37:25Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.apsb.2017.11.005
  • Beneficial effects of Houttuynia cordata polysaccharides on “two-hit”
           acute lung injury and endotoxic fever in rats associated with
           anti-complementary activities

    • Authors: Yan Lu; Yun Jiang; Lijun Ling; Yunyi Zhang; Hong Li; Daofeng Chen
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 8 December 2017
      Source:Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B
      Author(s): Yan Lu, Yun Jiang, Lijun Ling, Yunyi Zhang, Hong Li, Daofeng Chen
      Houttuynia cordata Thunb. is a traditional herb used for clearing heat and eliminating toxins, and has also been used for the treatment of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). In vitro, the crude H. cordata polysaccharides (CHCP) exhibited potent anti-complementary activity through both the classical and alternative pathways by acting on components C3 and C4 of the complement system without interfering with the coagulation system. This study was to investigate the preventive effects of CHCP on acute lung injury (ALI) induced by hemorrhagic shock plus lipopolysaccharide (LPS) instillation (two-hit) and LPS-induced fever in rats. CHCP significantly attenuated pulmonary injury in the “two-hit” ALI model by reducing pulmonary edema and protein exudation in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF). In addition, it reduced the deposit of complement activation products in the lung and improved oxidant-antioxidant imbalance. Moreover, CHCP administration inhibited fever in rats, reduced the number of leukocytes and restored serum complement levels. The inhibition on the inappropriate activation of complement system by CHCP may play an important role in its beneficial effects on inflammatory diseases. The anti-complementary polysaccharides are likely to be among the key substances for the heat-clearing function of H. cordata.
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      PubDate: 2017-12-18T03:37:25Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.apsb.2017.11.003
  • A novel nitroreductase-enhanced MRI contrast agent and its potential
           application in bacterial imaging

    • Authors: Yun Liu; Leilei Zhang; Marc Nazare; Qingqiang Yao; Hai-Yu Hu
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 6 December 2017
      Source:Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B
      Author(s): Yun Liu, Leilei Zhang, Marc Nazare, Qingqiang Yao, Hai-Yu Hu
      Nitroreductases (NTRs) are known to be able to metabolize nitro-substituted compounds in the presence of reduced nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH) as an electron donor. NTRs are present in a wide range of bacterial genera and, to a lesser extent, in eukaryotes hypoxic tumour cells and tumorous tissues, which makes it an appropriate biomarker for an imaging target to detect the hypoxic status of cancer cells and potential bacterial infections. To evaluate the specific activation level of NTR, great efforts have been devoted to the development of fluorescent probes to detect NTR activities using fluorogenic methods to probe its behaviour in a cellular context; however, NTR-responsive MRI contrast agents are still by far underexplored. In this study, para-nitrobenzyl substituted T 1-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agent Gd-DOTA-PNB (probe 1) has been designed and explored for the possible detection of NTR. Our experimental results show that probe 1 could serve as an MRI-enhanced contrast agent for monitoring NTR activity. The in vitro response and mechanism of the NTR catalysed reduction of probe 1 have been investigated through LC–MS and MRI. Para-nitrobenzyl substituted probe 1 was catalytically reduced by NTR to the intermediate para-aminobenzyl substituted probe which then underwent a rearrangement elimination reaction to Gd-DOTA, generating the enhanced T 1-weighted MR imaging. Further, LC–MS and MRI studies of living Escherichia coli have confirmed the NTR activity detection ability of probe 1 at a cellular level. This method may potentially be used for the diagnosis of bacterial infections.
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      PubDate: 2017-12-18T03:37:25Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.apsb.2017.11.001
  • Garlic-derived compound S-allylmercaptocysteine inhibits
           hepatocarcinogenesis through targeting LRP6/Wnt pathway

    • Authors: Jia Xiao; Feiyue Xing; Yingxia Liu; Yi Lv; Xiaogang Wang; Ming-Tat Ling; Hao Gao; Songying Ouyang; Min Yang; Jiang Zhu; Yu Xia; Kwok-Fai So; George L. Tipoe
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 10 November 2017
      Source:Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B
      Author(s): Jia Xiao, Feiyue Xing, Yingxia Liu, Yi Lv, Xiaogang Wang, Ming-Tat Ling, Hao Gao, Songying Ouyang, Min Yang, Jiang Zhu, Yu Xia, Kwok-Fai So, George L. Tipoe
      Whether and how garlic-derived S-allylmercaptocysteine (SAMC) inhibits hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is largely unknown. In the current study, the role of low-density lipoprotein receptor (LDLR)-related protein 6 (LRP6) in HCC progression and the anti-HCC mechanism of SAMC was examined in clinical sample, cell model and xenograft/orthotopic mouse models. We demonstrated that SAMC inhibited cell proliferation and tumorigenesis, while induced apoptosis of human HCC cells without influencing normal hepatocytes. SAMC directly interacted with Wnt-pathway co-receptor LRP6 on the cell membrane. LRP6 was frequently over-expressed in the tumor tissue of human HCC patients (66.7% of 48 patients) and its over-expression only correlated with the over-expression of β-catenin, but not with age, gender, tumor size, stage and metastasis. Deficiency or over-expression of LRP6 in hepatoma cells could partly mimic or counteract the anti-tumor properties of SAMC, respectively. In vivo administration of SAMC significantly suppressed the growth of Huh-7 xenograft/orthotopic HCC tumor without causing undesirable side effects. In addition, stable down-regulation of LRP6 in Huh-7 facilitated the anti-HCC effects of SAMC. In conclusion, LRP6 can be a potential therapeutic target of HCC. SAMC is a promising specific anti-tumor agent for treating HCC subtypes with Wnt activation at the hepatoma cell surface.
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      PubDate: 2017-11-25T06:39:40Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.apsb.2017.10.003
  • Biomonitoring for traditional herbal medicinal products using DNA
           metabarcoding and single molecule, real-time sequencing

    • Authors: Tianyi Xin; Zhichao Xu; Jing Jia; Christine Leon; Songnian Hu; Yulin Lin; Subramanyam Ragupathy; Jingyuan Song; Steven G. Newmaster
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 6 November 2017
      Source:Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B
      Author(s): Tianyi Xin, Zhichao Xu, Jing Jia, Christine Leon, Songnian Hu, Yulin Lin, Subramanyam Ragupathy, Jingyuan Song, Steven G. Newmaster
      Global concerns have been paid to the potential hazard of traditional herbal medicinal products (THMPs). Substandard and counterfeit THMPs, including traditional Chinese patent medicine, health foods, dietary supplements, etc. are potential threats to public health. Recent marketplace studies using DNA barcoding have determined that the current quality control methods are not sufficient for ensuring the presence of authentic herbal ingredients and detection of contaminants/adulterants. An efficient biomonitoring method for THMPs is of great needed. Herein, metabarcoding and single-molecule, real-time (SMRT) sequencing were used to detect the multiple ingredients in Jiuwei Qianghuo Wan (JWQHW), a classical herbal prescription widely used in China for the last 800 years. Reference experimental mixtures and commercial JWQHW products from the marketplace were used to confirm the method. Successful SMRT sequencing results recovered 5416 and 4342 circular-consensus sequencing (CCS) reads belonging to the ITS2 and psbA-trnH regions. The results suggest that with the combination of metabarcoding and SMRT sequencing, it is repeatable, reliable, and sensitive enough to detect species in the THMPs, and the error in SMRT sequencing did not affect the ability to identify multiple prescribed species and several adulterants/contaminants. It has the potential for becoming a valuable tool for the biomonitoring of multi-ingredient THMPs.
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      PubDate: 2017-11-25T06:39:40Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.apsb.2017.10.001
  • Substance P-modified human serum albumin nanoparticles loaded with
           paclitaxel for targeted therapy of glioma

    • Authors: Chunhui Ruan; Lisha Liu; Yifei Lu; Yu Zhang; Xi He; Xinli Chen; Yujie Zhang; Qinjun Chen; Qin Guo; Tao Sun; Chen Jiang
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 6 November 2017
      Source:Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B
      Author(s): Chunhui Ruan, Lisha Liu, Yifei Lu, Yu Zhang, Xi He, Xinli Chen, Yujie Zhang, Qinjun Chen, Qin Guo, Tao Sun, Chen Jiang
      The blood–brain barrier (BBB) and the poor ability of many drugs to cross that barrier greatly limits the efficacy of chemotherapies for glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). The present study exploits albumin as drug delivery vehicle to promote the chemotherapeutic efficacy of paclitaxel (PTX) by improving the stability and targeting efficiency of PTX/albumin nanoparticles (NPs). Here we characterize PTX-loaded human serum albumin (HSA) NPs stabilized with intramolecular disulfide bonds and modified with substance P (SP) peptide as the targeting ligand. The fabricated SP-HSA-PTX NPs exhibited satisfactory drug-loading content (7.89%) and entrapment efficiency (85.7%) with a spherical structure (about 150nm) and zeta potential of −12.0mV. The in vitro drug release from SP-HSA-PTX NPs occurred in a redox-responsive manner. Due to the targeting effect of the SP peptide, cellular uptake of SP-HSA-PTX NPs into brain capillary endothelial cells (BCECs) and U87 cells was greatly improved. The low IC50, prolonged survival period and the obvious pro-apoptotic effect shown by TUNEL analysis all demonstrated that the fabricated SP-HSA-PTX NPs showed a satisfactory anti-tumor effect and could serve as a novel strategy for GBM treatment.
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      PubDate: 2017-11-25T06:39:40Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.apsb.2017.09.008
  • Comparative untargeted proteomic analysis of ADME proteins and tumor
           antigens for tumor cell lines

    • Authors: Xiaomei Gu; Qing Xiao; Qian Ruan; Yuezhong Shu; Ashok Dongre; Ramaswamy Iyer; W. Griffith Humphreys; Yurong Lai
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 4 November 2017
      Source:Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B
      Author(s): Xiaomei Gu, Qing Xiao, Qian Ruan, Yuezhong Shu, Ashok Dongre, Ramaswamy Iyer, W. Griffith Humphreys, Yurong Lai
      In the present study, total membrane proteins from tumor cell lines including HepG2, Hep3B2, H226, Ovcar3 and N87 were extracted and digested with γLysC and trypsin. The resulting peptide lysate were pre-fractionated and subjected to untargeted quantitative proteomics analysis using a high resolution mass spectrometer. The mass spectra were processed by the MaxQuant and the protein abundances were estimated using total peak area (TPA) method. A total of 6037 proteins were identified, and the analysis resulted in the identification of 2647 membrane proteins. Of those, tumor antigens and absorption, metabolism, disposition and elimination (ADME) proteins including UDP-glucuronosyltransferase, cytochrome P450, solute carriers and ATP-binding cassette transporters were detected and disclosed significant variations among the cell lines. The principal component analysis was performed for the cluster of cell lines. The results demonstrated that H226 is closely related with N87, while Hep3B2 aligned with HepG2. The protein cluster of Ovcar3 was apart from that of other cell lines investigated. By providing for the first time quantitative untargeted proteomics analysis, the results delineated the expression profiles of membrane proteins. These findings provided a useful resource for selecting targets of choice for anticancer therapy through advancing data obtained from preclinical tumor cell line models to clinical outcomes.
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      PubDate: 2017-11-25T06:39:40Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.apsb.2017.10.002
  • Biomimetic albumin-modified gold nanorods for photothermo-chemotherapy and
           macrophage polarization modulation

    • Authors: Dongdong Meng; Zhang Fan Yingzhi Chen Binfan Chen Chang Huihai
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 10 October 2017
      Source:Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B
      Author(s): Dongdong Li, Meng Zhang, Fan Xu, Yingzhi Chen, Binfan Chen, Ya Chang, Huihai Zhong, Hongyue Jin, Yongzhuo Huang
      Nanotechnology-based photothermal therapy has attracted great attention in the past decade. Nevertheless, photothermal therapy has some inherent drawbacks, such as the uneven heat production and limited laser penetration, often leading to insufficient treatment outcomes. Here, we developed a combination strategy to improve cancer therapy. The biomimetic albumin-modified gold nanorods (AuNRs) were prepared with incorporation of paclitaxel (PTX). This therapeutic system was characterized by several features. First, the albumin modification enhanced the biocompatibility and colloidal stability. Second, the surface-coated albumin promoted cellular uptake via the albumin-binding protein pathway. Third, PTX was incorporated via hydrophobic interaction between PTX and the albumin lipophilic domain. Fourth, the system can be used for combined photothermo-chemotherapy for yielding synergistic effects. The antitumor activity of the system was evaluated both in vitro and in vivo using the HCT116 colon cancer cell and tumor model. The combination therapy was found with an enhanced treatment efficiency and no obvious side effect. Most importantly, the thermal effect was also discovered with the ability to modulate the tumor microenvironments and suppress the macrophages polarization towards the M2 pro-tumor phenotype. It could be a mechanism for photothermal immunotherapy. The combination strategy and the system provide a potential method for cancer therapy.
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      PubDate: 2017-10-10T21:45:19Z
  • Correlation analysis between the chemical contents and bioactivity for the
           quality control of Alismatis Rhizoma

    • Authors: Xiaoxv Gao; Chengpeng Sun; Zhenlong Yu; Jian Cang; Xiangge Tian; Xiaokui Huo; Lei Feng; Xinguang Liu; Chao Wang; Baojing Zhang; Xiaochi Ma
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 30 September 2017
      Source:Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B
      Author(s): Xiaoxv Gao, Chengpeng Sun, Zhenlong Yu, Jian Cang, Xiangge Tian, Xiaokui Huo, Lei Feng, Xinguang Liu, Chao Wang, Baojing Zhang, Xiaochi Ma
      In order to clarify regions of production and to discriminate processing methods, quantitative and qualitative analyses for saccharides and terpenes in 35 batches of Alismatis Rhizoma were performed. Methodologies included HPLCPDA, HPLCVWD and UHPLCMS n , combined with principal component analysis (PCA) and partial least squares regression techniques (PLSR). The inhibitory effects of triterpenes and Alismatis Rhizoma extracts on lipase activity were evaluated in vitro. PLSR analysis revealed significant positive correlations (R 2 = 0.5795) between the contents of triterpenes 10, 14, 15, 18 and 22 and the inhibitory effects of Alismatis Rhizoma. The present study establishes an effective method for simultaneous determination of multiple components, and identifies key bioactive triterpenes. These results can be used for systematic and novel analytical strategies for the quality control of Alismatis Rhizoma production.
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      PubDate: 2017-10-01T20:57:38Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.apsb.2017.09.004
  • An updated overview on the development of new photosensitizers for
           anticancer photodynamic therapy

    • Authors: Juan Zhang; Chengshi Jiang; João Paulo Figueiró Longo; Ricardo Bentes Azevedo; Hua Zhang; Luis Alexandre Muehlmann
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 22 September 2017
      Source:Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B
      Author(s): Juan Zhang, Chengshi Jiang, João Paulo Figueiró Longo, Ricardo Bentes Azevedo, Hua Zhang, Luis Alexandre Muehlmann
      Photodynamic therapy (PDT), based on the photoactivation of photosensitizers (PSs), has become a well-studied therapy for cancer. Photofrin®, belonging to the first generation of PS, is still widely used for the treatment of different kinds of cancers; however, it has several drawbacks that significantly limit its general clinical use. Consequently, there has been extensive research on the design of PS molecules with optimized pharmaceutical properties, with aiming of overcoming the disadvantages of traditional PS, such as poor chemical purity, long half-life, excessive accumulation into the skin, and low attenuation coefficients. The rational design of novel PS with desirable properties has attracted considerable research in the pharmaceutical field. This review presents an overview on the classical photosensitizers and the most significant recent advances in the development of PS with regard to their potential application in oncology.
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      PubDate: 2017-09-24T20:15:49Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.apsb.2017.09.003
  • 131I-Evans blue: evaluation of necrosis targeting property and preliminary
           assessment of the mechanism in animal models

    • Authors: Qiaomei Jin; Xin Shan; Qi Luo; Dong Jian Zhang; Yuanyu Zhao; Nan Yao; Fei Peng; Dejian Huang; Zhiqi Yin; Wei Liu; Jian Zhang
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 19 September 2017
      Source:Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B
      Author(s): Qiaomei Jin, Xin Shan, Qi Luo, Dong Jian Zhang, Yuanyu Zhao, Nan Yao, Fei Peng, Dejian Huang, Zhiqi Yin, Wei Liu, Jian Zhang
      Necrosis is a form of cell death, which is related to various serious diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, and neurodegeneration. Necrosis-avid agents (NAAs) selectively accumulated in the necrotic tissues can be used for imaging and/or therapy of related diseases. The aim of this study was to preliminarily investigate necrosis avidity of 131I-evans blue (131I-EB) and its mechanism. The biodistribution of 131I-EB at 24h after intravenous administration showed that the radioactivity ratio of necrotic to viable tissue was 3.41 in the liver and 11.82 in the muscle as determined by γ counting in model rats. Autoradiography and histological staining displayed preferential uptake of 131I-EB in necrotic tissues. In vitro nuclear extracts from necrotic cells exhibited 82.3% of the uptake in nuclei at 15min, as well as 79.2% of the uptake at 2h after 131I-EB incubation. The DNA binding study demonstrated that evans blue (EB) has strong binding affinity with calf-thymus DNA (CT-DNA) (K sv=5.08×105 L/(mol/L)). Furthermore, the accumulation of 131I-EB in necrotic muscle was efficiently blocked by an excess amount of unlabeled EB. In conclusion, 131I-EB can not only detect necrosis by binding the DNA released from necrotic cells, but also image necrotic tissues generated from the disease clinically.
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      PubDate: 2017-09-24T20:15:49Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.apsb.2017.08.002
  • A novel quantified bitterness evaluation model for traditional Chinese
           herbs based on an animal ethology principle

    • Authors: Xue Han; Hong Jiang; Li Han; Xi Xiong; Yanan He; Chaomei Fu; Runchun Xu; Dingkun Zhang; Junzhi Lin; Ming Yang
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 13 September 2017
      Source:Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B
      Author(s): Xue Han, Hong Jiang, Li Han, Xi Xiong, Yanan He, Chaomei Fu, Runchun Xu, Dingkun Zhang, Junzhi Lin, Ming Yang
      Traditional Chinese herbs (TCH) are currently gaining attention in disease prevention and health care plans. However, their general bitter taste hinders their use. Despite the development of a variety of taste evaluation methods, it is still a major challenge to establish a quantitative detection technique that is objective, authentic and sensitive. Based on the two-bottle preference test (TBP), we proposed a novel quantitative strategy using a standardized animal test and a unified quantitative benchmark. To reduce the difference of results, the methodology of TBP was optimized. The relationship between the concentration of quinine and animal preference index (PI) was obtained. Then the PI of TCH was measured through TBP, and bitterness results were converted into a unified numerical system using the relationship of concentration and PI. To verify the authenticity and sensitivity of quantified results, human sensory testing and electronic tongue testing were applied. The quantified results showed a good discrimination ability. For example, the bitterness of Coptidis Rhizoma was equal to 0.0579mg/mL quinine, and Nelumbinis Folium was equal to 0.0001mg/mL. The validation results proved that the new assessment method for TCH was objective and reliable. In conclusion, this study provides an option for the quantification of bitterness and the evaluation of taste masking effects.
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      PubDate: 2017-09-18T19:40:01Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.apsb.2017.08.001
  • Remodeling the blood–brain barrier microenvironment by natural products
           for brain tumor therapy

    • Authors: Xiao Zhao; Rujing Chen; Mei Liu; Jianfang Feng; Jun Chen; Kaili Hu
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 1 September 2017
      Source:Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B
      Author(s): Xiao Zhao, Rujing Chen, Mei Liu, Jianfang Feng, Jun Chen, Kaili Hu
      Brain tumor incidence shows an upward trend in recent years; brain tumors account for 5% of adult tumors, while in children, this figure has increased to 70%. Moreover, 20%–30% of malignant tumors will eventually metastasize into the brain. Both benign and malignant tumors can cause an increase in intracranial pressure and brain tissue compression, leading to central nervous system (CNS) damage which endangers the patients' lives. Despite the many approaches to treating brain tumors and the progress that has been made, only modest gains in survival time of brain tumor patients have been achieved. At present, chemotherapy is the treatment of choice for many cancers, but the special structure of the blood–brain barrier (BBB) limits most chemotherapeutic agents from passing through the BBB and penetrating into tumors in the brain. The BBB microenvironment contains numerous cell types, including endothelial cells, astrocytes, peripheral cells and microglia, and extracellular matrix (ECM). Many chemical components of natural products are reported to regulate the BBB microenvironment near brain tumors and assist in their treatment. This review focuses on the composition and function of the BBB microenvironment under both physiological and pathological conditions, and the current research progress in regulating the BBB microenvironment by natural products to promote the treatment of brain tumors.
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      PubDate: 2017-09-06T16:55:12Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.apsb.2017.07.002
  • Comparison of the inhibition potentials of icotinib and erlotinib against
           human UDP-glucuronosyltransferase 1A1

    • Authors: Xuewei Cheng; Xia Lv; Hengyan Qu; Dandan Li; Mengmeng Hu; Wenzhi Guo; Guangbo Ge; Ruihua Dong
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 1 September 2017
      Source:Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B
      Author(s): Xuewei Cheng, Xia Lv, Hengyan Qu, Dandan Li, Mengmeng Hu, Wenzhi Guo, Guangbo Ge, Ruihua Dong
      UDP-glucuronosyltransferase 1A1 (UGT1A1) plays a key role in detoxification of many potentially harmful compounds and drugs. UGT1A1 inhibition may bring risks of drug–drug interactions (DDIs), hyperbilirubinemia and drug-induced liver injury. This study aimed to investigate and compare the inhibitory effects of icotinib and erlotinib against UGT1A1, as well as to evaluate their potential DDI risks via UGT1A1 inhibition. The results demonstrated that both icotinib and erlotinib are UGT1A1 inhibitors, but the inhibitory effect of icotinib on UGT1A1 is weaker than that of erlotinib. The IC50 values of icotinib and erlotinib against UGT1A1-mediated NCHN-O-glucuronidation in human liver microsomes (HLMs) were 5.15 and 0.68 μmol/L, respectively. Inhibition kinetic analyses demonstrated that both icotinib and erlotinib were non-competitive inhibitors against UGT1A1-mediated glucuronidation of NCHN in HLMs, with the K i values of 8.55 and 1.23 μmol/L, respectively. Furthermore, their potential DDI risks via UGT1A1 inhibition were quantitatively predicted by the ratio of the areas under the concentration–time curve (AUC) of NCHN. These findings are helpful for the medicinal chemists to design and develop next generation tyrosine kinase inhibitors with improved safety, as well as to guide reasonable applications of icotinib and erlotinib in clinic, especially for avoiding their potential DDI risks via UGT1A1 inhibition.
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      PubDate: 2017-09-06T16:55:12Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.apsb.2017.07.004
  • Application of 1H NMR-based metabolomics for discrimination of different
           parts and development of a new processing workflow for Cistanche deserti

    • Authors: Pingping Zou; Yuelin Song; Wei Lei; Jun Li; Pengfei Tu; Yong Jiang
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 26 August 2017
      Source:Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B
      Author(s): Pingping Zou, Yuelin Song, Wei Lei, Jun Li, Pengfei Tu, Yong Jiang
      Cistanche deserticola (CD) is one of the two authoritative source plants of Cistanches Herba, a well-known medicinal plant. Herein, 1H NMR spectroscopy was employed to characterize the chemical profile and to distinguish the different parts, as well as to propose a new processing workflow for CD. Signal assignment was achieved by multiple one and two dimensional NMR spectroscopic techniques in combination with available databases and authentic compounds. The upper parts of the plant were distinguished from the lower parts by combining 1H NMR spectroscopic dataset with multivariate statistical analysis. A new processing method that hyphenated steaming with freeze-drying, was demonstrated to be superior to either steaming coupled with oven-drying or direct freeze-drying via holistic 1H NMR-based metabolomic characterization. Phenylethanoid glycosides, mainly echinacoside and acteoside, were screened out and confirmed as the chemical markers responsible for exhibiting the superiority of the new processing workflow, whereas serial primary metabolites, especially carbohydrates and tricarboxylic acid cycle metabolites, were found as the primary molecules governing the discrimination between the upper and lower parts of the plant. Collectively, 1H NMR spectroscopy was demonstrated as a versatile analytical tool to characterize the chemical profile and to guide the in-depth exploitation of CD by providing comprehensive qualitative and quantitative information.
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      PubDate: 2017-08-31T16:17:57Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.apsb.2017.07.003
  • Potassium 2-(1-hydroxypentyl)-benzoate attenuates neuronal apoptosis in
           neuron–astrocyte co-culture system through neurotrophy and
           neuroinflammation pathway

    • Authors: Dongmei Liu; Man Zhang; Xianfang Rong; Jiang Li; Xiaoliang Wang
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 15 July 2017
      Source:Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B
      Author(s): Dongmei Liu, Man Zhang, Xianfang Rong, Jiang Li, Xiaoliang Wang
      Potassium 2-(1-hydroxypentyl)-benzoate (d,l-PHPB), a new drug candidate for ischemic stroke at the phase II clinic trial, has been shown to protect neurons by inhibiting oxidative injury and reducing neuron apoptosis in previous studies. But the mechanisms of d,l-PHPB remain to be studied. In this study, a neuron–astrocytes co-culture system was used to elucidate the roles of astrocytes in neuroprotection of d,l-PHPB under oxygen-glucose deprivation/reoxygenation (OGD/R) condition. Our data showed that d,l-PHPB reduced neuronal apoptosis in mono-culture system and this effect was enhanced in neuron–astrocyte co-culture system under the OGD/R condition. Meanwhile, d,l-PHPB obviously increased the levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and nerve growth factor (NGF), which were mainly secreted from astrocytes, in the co-culture system after OGD/R. The PI3K/AKT and ERK signaling pathways as well as the p-TRKA/B receptors were involved in the process. In addition, the levels of TNF-α and IL-1β secreted from astrocytes after OGD/R were markedly reduced after d,l-PHPB treatment, which was mainly due to the suppression of phosphorylated p38. In conclusion, the present study demonstrates that the neuroprotective effects of d,l-PHPB were improved by astrocytes, mainly mediated by increasing the release of BDNF/NGF and attenuating inflammatory cytokines.
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      PubDate: 2017-07-23T18:27:18Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.apsb.2017.06.006
  • Chinese herbal medicine compound Yi-Zhi-Hao pellet inhibits replication of
           influenza virus infection through activation of heme oxygenase-1

    • Authors: Jinqiu Yin; Linlin Ma; Huiqiang Wang; Haiyan Yan; Jin Hu; Wen Jiang; Yuhuan Li
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 20 June 2017
      Source:Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B
      Author(s): Jinqiu Yin, Linlin Ma, Huiqiang Wang, Haiyan Yan, Jin Hu, Wen Jiang, Yuhuan Li
      As a leading cause of respiratory disease, influenza A virus (IAV) presents a pandemic threat in annual seasonal outbreaks. Given the limitation of existing anti-influenza therapies, there remains to be a requirement for new drugs. Compound Yi-Zhi-Hao pellet (CYZH) is a famous traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) used in the clinic, whose formula has been recorded in Complication of National Standard for Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat common cold. In this study, we found that CYZH exhibited a broad-spectrum anti-influenza activity and inhibited the expression of viral RNA and proteins in vitro. Mechanistically, CYZH had no inhibitory activities against viral protein hemagglutinin and IAV RNA-dependent RNA polymerase. Instead, it induced activation of erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) and nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB), which subsequently upregulated heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) expression. Also, CYZH protected cells from oxidative damage induced by reactive oxygen series. In conclusions, CYZH inhibits IAV replication in vitro, at least partly by activating expression of the Nrf2/HO-1 pathway.
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      PubDate: 2017-06-22T16:57:59Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.apsb.2017.05.006
  • Mitochondrial uncoupler triclosan induces vasorelaxation of rat arteries

    • Authors: Xiyue Zhang; Xinzi Zhang; Yanqiu Zhang; Mingyu Liu; Jing Jin; Jie Yan; Xin Shen; Nan Hu; Deli Dong
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 16 June 2017
      Source:Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B
      Author(s): Xiyue Zhang, Xinzi Zhang, Yanqiu Zhang, Mingyu Liu, Jing Jin, Jie Yan, Xin Shen, Nan Hu, Deli Dong
      Our previous studies found that mitochondrial uncouplers induced vasodilation. Triclosan, the broad spectrum antibacterial agent, is the active ingredient in soaps and toothpastes. It was reported that triclosan induced mitochondrial uncoupling, so we aim to investigate the effects of triclosan on vascular function of rat mesenteric arteries and aorta. The isometric tension of rat mesenteric artery and thoracic aorta was recorded by multi-wire myograph system. The cytosolic [Ca2+]i, mitochondrial reactive oxygen species (mitoROS), and mitochondrial membrane potential of smooth muscle cells (A10 cells) were measured using laser scanning confocal microscopy. Triclosan treatment relaxed phenylephrine (PE)- and high K+ (KPSS)-induced constriction, and pre-treatment with triclosan inhibited PE- and KPSS-induced constriction of rat mesenteric arteries. In rat thoracic aorta, triclosan also relaxed PE- and KPSS-induced constriction. Triclosan induces vasorelaxation without involving KATP channel activation in smooth muscle cells of arteries. Triclosan treatment increased cytosolic [Ca2+]i, mitochondrial ROS production and depolarized mitochondrial membrane potential in A10 cells. In conclusion, triclosan induces mitochondrial uncoupling in vascular smooth muscle cells and relaxes the constricted rat mesenteric arteries and aorta of rats. The present results suggest that triclosan would indicate vasodilation effect if absorbed excessively in vivo.
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      PubDate: 2017-06-17T16:32:29Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.apsb.2017.06.001
  • Establishment and characterization of arsenic trioxide resistant KB/ATO

    • Authors: Yun-Kai Zhang; Chunling Dai; Chun-gang Yuan; Hsiang-Chun Wu; Zhijie Xiao; Zi-Ning Lei; Dong-Hua Yang; X. Chris Le; Liwu Fu; Zhe-Sheng Chen
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 28 April 2017
      Source:Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B
      Author(s): Yun-Kai Zhang, Chunling Dai, Chun-gang Yuan, Hsiang-Chun Wu, Zhijie Xiao, Zi-Ning Lei, Dong-Hua Yang, X. Chris Le, Liwu Fu, Zhe-Sheng Chen
      Arsenic trioxide (ATO) is used as a chemotherapeutic agent for the treatment of acute promyelocytic leukemia. However, increasing drug resistance is reducing its efficacy. Therefore, a better understanding of ATO resistance mechanism is required. In this study, we established an ATO-resistant human epidermoid carcinoma cell line, KB/ATO, from its parental KB-3-1 cells. In addition to ATO, KB/ATO cells also exhibited cross-resistance to other anticancer drugs such as cisplatin, antimony potassium tartrate, and 6-mercaptopurine. The arsenic accumulation in KB/ATO cells was significantly lower than that in KB-3-1 cells. Further analysis indicated that neither application of P-glycoprotein inhibitor, breast cancer resistant protein (BCRP) inhibitor, or multidrug resistance protein 1 (MRP1) inhibitor could eliminate ATO resistance. We found that the expression level of ABCB6 was increased in KB/ATO cells. In conclusion, ABCB6 could be an important factor for ATO resistance in KB/ATO cells. The ABCB6 level may serve as a predictive biomarker for the effectiveness of ATO therapy.
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      PubDate: 2017-05-03T14:06:15Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.apsb.2017.04.001
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