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The binding site of 7-hydroxystaurosporine (UCN-01) on alpha-acid glycoprotein (AGP) was studied by fluorescence and ultracentrifugation experiments. Three ligands, propranolol, warfarin and progesterone were employed as marker ligands and quinaldine red was employed as a fluorescent probe. The presence of UCN-01, pro- pranolol, warfarin and progesterone resulted in a significant quenching of the fluorescence of quinaldine red, when bound to AGP, depending upon the potency of the binding to AGP. The construction of Klotz plots indicated that the displacement effects of propranolol, warfarin and progesterone on UCN-01-AGP binding were competitive in nature. These data suggest that the binding site of UCN-01 on the AGP partly overlaps the binding site for basic drugs, acidic drugs, as well as steroid hormones.
 
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A comprehensive gene-expression analysis during platelet (PLT) production from megakaryocytes may give important information on genes involved in the PLT production process. However, the low abundance of primary megakaryocytes makes the gene expression analysis difficult. Therefore, we employed MEG-01 cells, a human megakaryocytic cell line, and confirmed that the cell line produces PLT-like particles by treatment with phorbol myristate acetate (PMA). After treatment of MEG-01 cells with PMA for 8 or 24 h, comprehensive gene expression analysis was carried out using a microarray and Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR). From the microarray analysis, 141 genes were up-regulated (>2-fold) and 164 genes were down-regulated (<1/2-fold). However, known PLT-related genes were not included in the up- or down-regulated genes. On the other hand, RT-PCR analysis detected increased expression of beta1-tubulin, CD62P, gpIbalpha and gpIII, which are related to PLT function and megakaryocyte differentiation, following PMA treatment for 24 h. These results indicate that the MEG-01 cell may be an alternative model system to study the process of human PLT production from megakaryocytes. The gene-expression analysis might be a powerful tool for identifying genes related to PLT production, if the experimental conditions are optimized.
 
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A liposomal formulation of UCN-01 was studied to prevent binding of drug to human alpha1-acid glycoprotein (hAGP). The release of drug from liposomes added to various media was investigated by monitoring the concentration of UCN-01 in different fractions. Protein bound UCN-01 was separated from liposomal UCN-01 and free UCN-01 by gel chromatography and the drug content in the fractions was measured by high-performance liquid chromatography. Also, the blood levels of hAGP bound drug and drug retained in liposomes were assessed after intravenous administration to rats of UCN-01 liposomes together with hAGP. In media containing hAGP, but not rat AGP, UCN-01 was released from liposomes. When UCN-01 liposomes were mixed with rat plasma plus hAGP, the UCN-01 in the liposomes was only gradually released so that some drug remained in the liposomes, and therefore not bound to hAGP, for up to 24 h. After the mixture of liposomal UCN-01 and hAGP was injected into rats, some UCN-01 was retained in liposomes for several hours. Encapsulation of UCN-01 into liposomes is an effective method of preventing binding of UCN-01 to hAGP.
 
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A novel sesquiterpene furan compound CJ-01 was isolated from the methanol extract of the whole plant of Chloranthus japonicus SIEB. by monitoring the inhibitory activity of chitin synthase 2 from Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Based on spectroscopic analysis, the structure of compound CJ-01 was determined as 3,4,8a-trimethyl-4a,7,8,8a-tetrahydro-4a-naphto[2,3-b]furan-9-one. The compound inhibited chitin synthase 2 of Saccharomyces cerevisiae in a dose-dependent manner with an IC50 of 39.6 microg/ml, whereas it exhibited no inhibitory activities against chitin synthase 1 and 3 of S. cerevisiae up to 280 microg/ml. CJ-01 has 1.7-fold stronger inhibitory activity than polyoxin D (IC50=70 microg/ml), a well-known chitin synthase inhibitor. These results indicate that the compound is a specific inhibitor of chitin synthase 2 from S. cerevisiae. In addition, CJ-01 showed antifungal activities against various human and phytopathogenic fungi. Therefore, the compound might be an interesting lead to develop effective antifungal agents.
 
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Inhibitory effects of a newly synthesized 5-HT2 receptor antagonist, AT-1015 (N-[2-[4-(5H-dibenzo[a,d]cyclohepten-5-ylidene)piperidinolethyl ]-1-formyl-4-piperidinecarboxamide monohydrochloride monohydrate) on contraction and relaxation of coronary arteries of pig hearts mediated by 5-HT2 subtypes were evaluated and these results were compared with those of ketanserin. Contraction and relaxation were determined by adding 5-HT or alpha-methylserotonin (alpha-Me-5-HT) as agonists. Although ketanserin induced rightward shifts of contraction, AT-1015 inhibited the maximal response. In addition, ketanserin inhibited relaxation induced by high concentration of agonists, but there were no inhibitory effects of AT-1015 on relaxation. Thus, these results suggest that AT-1015 is a strong non-competitive 5-HT2 antagonist in porcine coronary arteries and that this drug clearly exhibited different effects on the contraction and relaxation of coronary arteries of pig hearts from those of ketanserin.
 
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Triptolide, a purified diterpenoid triepoxide compound derived from a traditional Chinese medicine, Tripterygium wilfordii HOOK. f (TWHf), has been used in the treatment of autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. However, the toxicity of triptolide limits its application to a great extent. In the present study, we treated human normal liver L-02 cells (L-02 cells) with triptolide in vitro and investigated its toxic effects. The cytotoxicity was measured by 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay for cellular viability and by flow cytometry and Hoechst 33258 staining for apoptosis. The mitochondrial membrane potential (delta psi m) was evaluated by flow cytometry with JC-1 as probe. After treatment with triptolide, a decrease in the viability of L-02 cells and increase in apoptosis were observed. Triptolide-induced apoptosis was accompanied by loss of mitochondrial membrane potential and release of cytochrome c (cyt-c) from the mitochondria to the cytosol and down-regulation of anti-apoptotic protein Bcl-2 levels with concurrent up-regulation in pro-apoptotic protein Bax levels and tumor suppressor protein p53 levels. Triptolide-increased activity of caspase 9 and caspase 3 was also observed. These results indicate that triptolide induced cytotoxicity in L-02 cells by apoptosis, which is mediated through mitochondrial pathway.
 
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The pharmacological properties of SWR-0315NA, (E,Z)-[4[[1-[2-[(3-phenoxy-2-hydroxy propyl)]amino]ethyl]-1-propenyl]phenoxy]acetic acid sodium, were compared with those of (-)-isoproterenol. In the radioligand binding studies of [(125)I]iodocyanopindolol with COS-7 cell membranes that transiently expressed human beta-adrenoceptor (beta-AR) subtypes, SWR-0315NA exhibited 1-fold and 2-fold greater binding affinities for beta(3)-AR than those for beta(1)- and beta(2)-ARs, respectively. The maximal stimulatory effects of SWR-0315NA on cAMP accumulation in CHO cells expressing all the beta-AR subtypes were 79%, 3% and 93% for beta(1)-, beta(2)- and beta(3)-ARs of those produced by (-)-isoproterenol, respectively. SWR-0315NA has 26.3-fold and more than 630-fold greater selectivity for beta(3)-AR than those for beta(1)- and beta(2)-ARs in potency, respectively. These results indicate that although SWR-0315NA has lower binding selectivity towards beta-AR subtypes, it is a selective agonist with high intrinsic activity for beta(3)-AR as compared with (-)-isoproterenol.
 
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We investigated the beta-adrenergic receptor (AR) agonistic activities in rats and humans, and the anti-obesity and anti-diabetic activities in KK-Ay mice, of a new beta3-AR agonist, SWR-0342SA ((S)-(Z)-[4-[[1-[2-[(2-hydroxy-3-phenoxypropyl)]amino]ethyl]-1-pro penyl]phenoxy] acetic acid ethanedioic acid). With regards to its beta-AR agonistic activity in rats, SWR-0342SA stimulated the atrial beating rate (beta1-AR activity) and white adipocyte lipolysis (beta3-AR activity), but did not induce uterine muscle relaxation (beta2-AR activity). The beta3-AR agonistic activity of SWR-0342SA was about 20 times stronger than its beta1-AR agonistic activity. Similarly, SWR-0342SA enhanced the accumulation of cAMP in Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells expressing human beta1- and beta3-ARs, while having no effect in CHO cells expressing beta2-ARs. Adenylyl cyclase stimulation by SWR-0342SA in CHO cells expressing beta3-ARs was about 35 times higher than that in CHO cells expressing beta1-ARs. With regards to anti-obesity and anti-diabetic activities, SWR-0342SA had no effect on body weight or food intake, but slightly decreased the fat pads weight in KK-Ay mice, an animal model of obesity and non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM). On the other hand, SWR-0342SA significantly decreased both blood glucose (to about 46% of control) and serum insulin levels (to about 40% of control) in KK-Ay mice. These results indicated that SWR-0342SA is a selective beta3-AR agonist, and possesses potent anti-diabetic activity, and that the anti-obesity activity is inferior to the anti-diabetic activity.
 
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The affinities for beta-adrenoceptors, the subtype-selectivity and the agonistic effectiveness of T-0509 (a catechol derivative of denopamine) and colterol (N-tert-butylnoradrenaline; Col) were compared with those of other beta-agonists using a binding assay method. Specific binding of [3H]dihydroalprenolol (3H-DHA) to guinea pig left ventricular and lung membranes was saturable, and Scatchard and Hill analyses suggested that 3H-DHA bound to both membranes with a single population of binding sites with no binding site cooperativity. Addition of 5'-guanylylimidodiphosphate (GppNHp, 30 microM) led to a rightward shift of the 3H-DHA binding displacement curves of T-0509 and Col in both membranes, and the degree of shift was similar to that of full agonists such as isoproterenol (Iso), adrenaline (Adr) and noradrenaline (NA). Both T-0509 and Col were thus considered to be full agonists at both beta 1- and beta 2-adrenoceptors, respectively, unlike denopamine and procaterol. T-0509 and Col showed considerably high affinity for both beta 1- and beta 2-adrenoceptors, and T-0509, like denopamine, was as selective for the beta 1-subtype as NA (4.5-fold compared with Iso as a non-selective agonist), whereas Col was more selective for the beta 2-subtype than Adr (4.5-fold compared with Iso).
 
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Eubacterium sp. GLH with Ruminococcus sp. PO1-3 and Clostridium innocuum ES24-06 possessing enzymes involved in the metabolism of glycyrrhizin (GL) was cultured in GAM medium with and without 1.0 mM GL or 1.0 mM glycyrrhetic acid (GA). GL (1.0 mM) enhanced 3alpha-hydroxyglycyrrhetinate (3alpha-hydroxyGA) dehydrogenase activity, GA (1.0 mm) suppressed 3alpha-hydroxyGA dehydrogenase activity, GL beta-D-glucuronidase activity and the mixed bacterial growth, and GL and GA showed almost no change in a lower level of 3beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase (3beta-HSD) activity during 5 d of culture. GL (1.0 mM) and GA (1.0 mM) were metabolized to a small amount of GA and a negligible amount of 3-oxo-glycyrrhetic acid (3-oxo-GA) and 3alpha-hydroxyGA, and to a negligible amount of 3-oxo-GA, respectively, by these mixed bacteria. These amounts coincided with those of metabolites produced from 1.0 mM GL and 1.0 mM GA added to these mixed bacteria after 24 h culture. Whole bacteria and sonicated bacteria derived from the collection of these mixed bacteria reached a maximal stage and metabolized GL to a relatively large amount of GA and 3-oxo-GA, and a negligible amount of 3alpha-hydroxyGA and GA to a small amount of 3-oxo-GA and 3alpha-hydroxyGA within 180 min. GL beta-D-glucuronidase with 3beta-HSD and 3alpha-hydroxyGA dehydrogenase partially purified from each bacterium was converted GL to 3alpha-hydroxyGA, producing metabolites of about 60% after 10 min of incubation. These mixed bacteria possessed high enzyme activities could produce the metabolites of GL in under one hour under conditions.
 
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The Candida glabrata IFO 0622 strain cells obtained after cultivation at 27 degrees C and at 37 degrees C and then at 27 degrees C (37-27 degrees C) for 48 h in yeast extract-added Sabouraud liquid medium (YSLM) showed the same agglutination patterns against factor sera 1, 4, 6, and 34 in the commercially available factor serum kit 'Candida Check'. On the other hand, the cells of the strain cultured at 37 degrees C had completely lost its reactivity against the factor serum 6. The enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) of the cell wall mannans obtained from the strain cells showed the same reactivity with the agglutination patterns against the factor sera. The 1H-nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) pattern of the mannan obtained from the strain cells cultured at 37 degrees C showed that the mannan had completely lost the non-reducing beta-1,2-linked mannopyranose unit in the mannotetraose Manbeta1-2Manalpha1-2Manalpha1-2Man, corresponding to the serum factor 6.
 
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The role of leukotriene B4 (LTB4) in leukocyte infiltration in zymosan-induced rat pleurisy was investigated by studying the effects of 5-lipoxygenase inhibitors, T-0757 and AA-861, and a cyclooxygenase inhibitor, indomethacin, on leukocyte infiltration and LTB4 levels in the inflammatory exudate of rat pleurisy induced by intrapleural injection of zymosan (20 mg/rat). T-0757 and AA-861 inhibited the infiltration of leukocytes, mainly neutrophils, 3 h after injection of zymosan at a dose of 100 mg/kg, p.o., but indomethacin did not do so at a dose of 5 mg/kg, p.o. LTB4 was detected in the exudate 1 h after zymosan injection, and its level peaked at 3 h (45.4 +/- 8.6 ng/rat) and decreased thereafter. These LTB4 levels were depressed by T-0757 and AA-861 in a dose-dependent manner. T-0757 completely prevented LTB4 production at a dose of 100 mg/kg. These observations suggest that the inhibition of leukocyte infiltration is mediated by the inhibition of LTB4 production, and that LTB4 is one of the main chemical mediators of leukocyte infiltration in zymosan-induced rat pleurisy.
 
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Anti-ataxic effects of TA-0910, a novel thyrotropin-releasing hormone analog, in mice of the ataxic mutant mouse strain Rolling mouse Nagoya (RMN) are sustained beyond its 2-week oral administration period (Kinoshita et al., Eur. J. Pharmacol., 274, 65-72, 1995). We examined the concentration of TA-0910 in the central nervous system (CNS) of RMN after repeated administration in an attempt to clarify the mechanism of the sustained effect of the drug. Repeated administration of TA-0910 (3 mg/kg/d, i.p.) for 2 weeks produced a long-lasting ameliorating effect on ataxia in RMN, and this effect was maintained until 3 weeks after drug withdrawal. The concentrations of TA-0910 in the cerebrum and brain stem 24 h after the final administration were twice the concentration observed 24h after single administration. The cerebellum cencentration of TA-0910 was more than 4 times that observed 24 h after final administration. After repeated administrations, the drug concentrations in the brain tissues gradually decreased, but the drug was still detectable in the cerebrum and brain stem 3 weeks after withdrawal. However, these concentrations of TA-0910 3 weeks after withdrawal were as low those observed 24 h after single administration when there were no anti-ataxic effects. These observations suggest that the long-lasting ameliorating effect on the ataxia during and after repeated administration of TA-0910 is not ascribable to the drug remaining in the CNS of RMN.
 
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The effect of 3,9-bis(N,N-dimethylcarbamoyloxy)-5H-benzofuro[3,2-c]quinoli ne-6-one designated as KCA-098) on the bone mineral metabolism of chick embryonic bone was examined. KCA-098 dose-dependently inhibited bone resorption of cultured chick embryonic femora and calvariae. It increased the length, dry weight, and calcium and phosphorus contents of 9-d-old chick embryonic femurs cultivated for 6 d, indicating that it stimulated bone formation. These results show that KCA-098 has the unique effects of inhibiting bone resorption and stimulating bone formation of chick embryo. In addition, in an in vivo experiment, oral administration of KCA-098 (3.0 mg/kg/d) for 16 weeks led to an increase in calcium and phosphorus content as well as an increase in the amount of force required to break the femur from ovariectomized rats, suggesting that it may be useful for the treatment of bone diseases.
 
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Stoichiometric evaluation of the radical scavenging activity of O-substituted derivatives at the C-2 position of ascorbic acid (AA) was conducted. Their reaction with a stable radical, 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH), under an acidic condition was assessed by the colorimetric method. 2-O-alpha-D-Glucopyranosyl-L-ascorbic acid (AA-2G) and a series of 6-O-acyl-2-O-alpha-D-glucopyranosyl-L-ascorbic acids (6-Acyl-AA-2G) had long-term radical scavenging activity against DPPH. The reaction of AA-2G or 6-Acyl-AA-2G with DPPH was very slow when compared with AA. However, one molecule of these derivatives consumed approximately three molecules of DPPH radicals at the end of the experiment (2 h). In contrast, one molecule of AA scavenged two molecules of DPPH radicals, and the reaction ended in the short time (<10 min). The quantity of radicals quenched by AA-2G and 6-Acyl-AA-2G was superior to that of AA in a long-term reaction.
 
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A reactive oxygen species has been implicated in a range of human pathological diseases such as atherosclerosis and certain cancers. Flavonoids are reported to exhibit various biological activities, including antioxidative and free radical scavenging activities. Several flavonoids obtained from barley leaves, soybean and some medicinal plants, Silybum marianum, Sophorae Flos, Cinnamon, Ephedrae Herba and Scutellariae Radix, were tested for their DPPH (1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl) radical scavenging activity. The structure-activity relationships suggested that not only the numbers of hydroxy group but also the position of hydroxy group might be important for mediating potent activity.
 
Seedling Growth of the Three Dendrobium Species on Full Strength MS Basal Medium Supplemented with 8% Each of Banana Homogenate, Potato Homogenate, Coconut Milk, 1.5% Sucrose and 0.9% Difco Agar a) 
Effect of Culture Medium Composition on ex Vitro Establishment of Seed-Derived Dendrobium tosaense Plantlets a) 
Effect of Methanolic Extracts Obtained from Three in Vitro Prop- agated Species of Dendrobium on Hydroxyl Radical Generation 
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A simple and efficient plant propagation system has been developed by asymbiotic germination of seeds in three medicinally important Dendrobium species, namely, Dendrobium tosaense, Dendrobium moniliforme, and Dendrobium linawianum. Plants obtained from natural habitats were grown in the greenhouse. The flowers were hand pollinated. Seeds of the capsules derived after 12 weeks of hand-pollination germinated asymbiotically (50-74%) on half strength Murashige and Skoog's (MS) basal medium with 3% sucrose and solidified with 0.9% Difco agar. Active growth in the germinated seedlings was achieved by re-culturing on full strength MS basal medium supplemented with 8% banana homogenate, 8% potato homogenate, 8% coconut water, 1.5% sucrose and 0.9% Difco agar. Healthy plantlets, transferred to plastic trays containing moss or moss and tree fern, successfully acclimatized (84-100%) in the greenhouse. A marked varied response was observed in the free radical scavenging activity of methanolic extracts of in vitro propagated plants, on 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) radical using a UV spectrophotometer assay. Methanolic extracts were prepared by dissolving the powdered plant material, obtained from six months old in vitro propagated plants, each about 5 g, in boiling methanol. The percentage of scavenging effect of D. tosaense extract was 95.9% at 0.4 mg/ml concentration, whereas D. monoliforme, and D. linawianum extracts scavenged 83.4% and 92.3%, respectively, at a concentration of 0.4 mg/ml. All the extracts scavenged DPPH radical significantly in a concentration dependent manner.
 
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The aim of this work was to investigate the antioxidant property of honeybee products and their constituents using an ESR method. Antioxidative activity was evaluated as the scavenging activity of 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) radical. The DPPH radical scavenging activities, in descending order, were: ethanol extract of Chinese red propolis>ethanol extract of Brazilian green propolis>water extract of Brazilian green propolis>ethanol extract of bee pollen. Many natural compounds are included in Brazilian green propolis, such as caffeoylquinic acid derivatives [3,4-di-caffeoylquinic acid (3,4-CQA), 3,5-di-caffeoylquinic acid (3,5-CQA), and chlorogenic acid (ChA)] and cinnamic acid derivatives [artepillin C, baccharin, rho-coumaric acid, and drupanin]. Caffeoylquinic acid derivatives exhibited DPPH radical scavenging activity as strong as that of ascorbic acid and trolox. Among the cinnamic acid derivatives, artepillin C exhibited relatively strong DPPH radical scavenging activity. Caffeic acid phenethyl ester (CAPE), a constituent of Chinese red propolis, exhibited potent DPPH radical scavenging activity, stronger than that of ascorbic acid and trolox. Caffeic acid, a metabolite of caffeoylquinic acid, exhibited powerful DPPH radical scavenging activity, while quinic acid, another metabolite of caffeoylquinic acid, had no such activity. Both Brazilian and Chinese propolis and their constituents (caffeoylquinic acid derivatives and CAPE) therefore appear to be powerful scavengers of DPPH radical, and the effects may be partly dependent on the nature of their caffeoyl groups.
 
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Acyl CoA:diacylglycerol acyltransferase (DGAT) 1 is an enzyme that catalyzes the final step in triglyceride (TG) synthesis. This enzyme is considered to be a potential therapeutic target for obesity and diabetes. Here, results of an investigation of the pharmacological effects of JTT-553 [trans-5'-(4-amino-7,7-dimethyl-2-trifluoromethyl-7H-pyrimido[4,5-b][1,4]oxazin-6-yl)-2',3'-dihydrospiro(cyclohexane-1,1'-inden)-4-yl]acetic acid monobenzenesulfonate, a novel DGAT1 inhibitor, are reported. To measure the inhibitory activity of JTT-553 against DGAT1, TG synthesis using [(14)C]-labeled oleoyl-CoA was evaluated. Similarly, the inhibitory activity of JTT-553 against DGAT2, an isozyme of DGAT1, and acyl-CoA cholesterol acyltransferase (ACAT) 1, which is highly homologous to DGAT1, were evaluated. JTT-553 selectively inhibited human DGAT1 and showed comparable inhibitory effects on the activity of human, rat, and mouse DGAT. In vivo, JTT-553 suppressed plasma TG and chylomicron TG levels after olive oil loading in Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats. JTT-553 also inhibited TG synthesis in epididymal fat after [(14)C] oleic acid injection in C57BL/6J mice. Food intake was evaluated in SD rats fed 3.1%, 13%, or 35% (w/w) fat diets. In rats fed the 35% fat diet, JTT-553 reduced food intake. This reduction of food intake was observed 2 h after feeding, lasted for 24 h, and correlated with dietary fat content. Furthermore, JTT-553 reduced daily food intake and body weight gain in diet-induced obese rats after 4-week repeated administration. JTT-553 exerted multiple effects on intestinal fat absorption, adipose fat synthesis, and food intake, and consequently induced body weight reduction. Therefore, JTT-553 is expected to be an effective novel therapeutic agent for the treatment of obesity.
 
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The reactions of malondialdehyde (MDA) with n-hexylamine (HA) in the presence of alkanals at a neutral pH were investigated. Two new compounds, 1,1,1 adduct (4a) and fluorescent compound (3a), were isolated from the reaction of MDA, HA and acetaldehyde. Compounds 4a and 3a were identified as 2-formyl-3-hexylamino-3-methylpropanal and 1-hexyl-5-hexyliminomethylene-4-methyl-1,4-dihydropyridine-3-carba ldehyde, respectively. Similar compounds (4b and 3b) were obtained from the reaction of MDA, HA and propanal. Compound 4 was obtained in a high yield. In addition, the reactivity of MDA towards phenylethylamine (PEA) in the presence or absence of alkanals was investigated. The results indicated that MDA was of low reactivity in the absence of alkanals at neutral pH. However, when alkanals coexisted, MDA showed high reactivity towards PEA.
 
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MSI-78 is a peptide analog of naturally occurring magainin 2 isolated from the skin of Xenopus laevis. The peptide is known to have one of the strongest antibacterial activities in magainin 2 analogs against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). To find novel compounds superior to MSI-78, we have further designed, synthesizing 1,1-di(4-aminobutyl)-6-benzylindane (PM4) and 1,1-dibenzyl-6-(4-aminobutyl) indane (PM5), and tested their inhibitory ability of the growth of S. aureus. In an in vitro assay, PM4 showed the same antibacterial activity against the bacterium as MSI-78, and non-hemolytic activity against human red blood cells (RBCs) at the MIC (minimum inhibitory concentration) value, in contrast to the latter. On the other hand, PM5 showed stronger antibacterial activity than MSI-78, but being still accompanied with hemolysis at the MIC value. Otherwise, stronger decarboxylase activity for oxaloacetate was observed in PM5, rather than magainin 2 analogs or Oxaldie 1 as a control peptide, but not in PM4.
 
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S-(1,2-Dicarboxyethyl)glutathione (DCE-GS) in addition to being present in the liver, lens, and heart, also inhibited platelet aggregation. To clarify these inhibitory effects, the role of DCE-GS in the release of ATP and serotonin from platelets was studied, as was thromoboxane A2 formation, cyclic AMP level and adenylate cyclase activity in human platelets. The results are as follows: DCE-GS at a concentration of 1.3 mM inhibited ATP and serotonin release from platelets induced by collagen, by 77.4 +/- 4.3 and 78.7 +/- 6.3%, respectively. At 1.5 mM DCE-GS also inhibited the formation of thromboxane B2 by 79.6 +/- 4.1%. Incubation of human platelet rich plasma with 2 mM of DCE-GS for 10 min increased the cyclic AMP level and the activity of adenylate cyclase by 204 +/- 28 and 211 +/- 11.7%, respectively. These results suggest that the inhibitory effect of DCE-GS on the platelet aggregation induced by collagen is due to an increase in the cyclic AMP level in platelets, which in turn may be due to enhancement of the activity of adenylate cyclase.
 
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The administration of acetaminophen (APAP, 500 mg/kg, i.p.) produced liver necrosis and increased aspartate aminotransaminase (AST) activity in serum. The pretreatment of S-(1,2-diethoxycarbonyl)glutathione isopropyl ester (DCE-Et-GS iPr, 0.5 mmol/kg, p.o.) prevented hepatic necrosis and the elevation of serum AST activity by 99.9%. DCE-Et-GS iPr inhibited APAP-induced hepatotoxicity much more strongly than reduced glutathione (GSH), DCE-GS and other esters of DCE-GS. To clarify this protective effect, the hepatic GSH concentration was determined 2h after APAP administration. It was found that the DCE-Et-GS iPr administration significantly inhibited the GSH depletion caused by APAP, suggesting that the protective effect of DCE-Et-GS iPr on APAP-induced hepatotoxicity was due, at least in part, to the retention of hepatic GSH level.
 
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Shikunshito-Kamiho (SKTK) is a traditional Chinese medicine composed of eight crude drugs (Ginseng Radix, Hoelen, Atractylodis Rhizoma, Glycyrrhizae Radix, Prunellae Spica, Ostreae Testa, Laminaria Thallus, Sargassum). We investigated the effects of SKTK on pH, ammonia, fecal enzymes such as beta-glucuronidase, tryptophanase, urease, and formation aberrant crypt foci in the colon carcinogenesis model induced by 1,2-dimethylhydrazine (DMH). Water extract of SKTK was administered orally for 5 weeks to DMH-treated mice as 0.5% and 1.5% of the diet. Beta-glucuronidase, pH and tryptophanase were significantly inhibited after treatment of 0.5% and 1.5% SKTK, while urease was significantly reduced only during and after treatment of 1.5% SKTK as compared with control data. However, the ammonia concentration wasn't different in SKTK treated groups from control group. The incidence number of aberrant crypts foci (ACF) and aberrant crypts/focus in colon was significantly decreased by 0.5% and 1.5% SKTK mixed diets compared with that in rats treated with DMH alone. These results suggest that SKTK exterts anticarcinogenic activity on experimental murine colorectal cancer.
 
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SM-11355, cis[((1R,2R)-1,2-cyclohexanediamine-N,N')bis(myristato)] platinum(II) is a lipophilic platinum complex. SM-11355 suspended in Lipiodol (SM-11355/Lipiodol) was previously shown to have antitumor effects against rat hepatic tumors after intra-arterial administration. In the present study, the in vitro release of platinum compounds from SM-11355/Lipiodol was examined. A test tube containing 10 ml of saline and 1 ml of SM-11355/Lipiodol was rotated at 5 rpm in a vertical orientation. The platinum concentration in saline gradually increased for 28 d. From HPLC analysis, cyclohexane-1,2-diamineplatinum(II) dichloride (DPC) and cyclohexane-1,2-diamineplatinum(II) chloroiodide (DPCI) were detected in the saline, and the sum of these two compounds was equivalent to the total platinum amount in the saline determined by atomic absorption spectrophotometry at days 21 and 28. DPC showed significant growth inhibitory activities, with IC50 values of 0.1-0.7 nmol/ml in rat hepatoma AH-109A cells and 5 human tumor cell lines, as effective as cisplatin. These findings suggest that SM-11355/Lipiodol exerts antitumor effects by releasing active platinum compounds, and that DPC is one of the candidates of the active compounds.
 
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S-(1,2-Dicarboxyethyl)glutathione (DCE-GS) was found in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, but not in bacterial species nor in a unicellular alga (Acetabularia acetabulum). The enzyme that catalyzes condensation of L-malate and glutathione (GSH) to form DCE-GS was partially purified from baker's yeast. It had a molecular mass of 49 kDa and was monomeric and the Km values were 2.2 and 1.4 mM for L-malate and GSH, respectively. The enzyme had a pH optimum of 7.5. DCE-GS levels in yeast cells were significantly higher in aerobic cultures than in anaerobic ones. DCE-GS was synthesized in cells cultured between 20 and 35 degrees C.
 
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The antitumor activity of a nucleotide derivative, 5'-(1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phospho)-5-fluorouridine (TJ14026), was confirmed following both intraperitoneal and oral administration against a number of murine experimental tumor systems in vivo, which included Meth A fibrosarcoma, B16 melanoma, 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) resistant P388 leukemia, P815 mastocytoma and L5178Y-ML lymphoma. Successive i.p. injections of a small dose (10 mg/kg/d x 10) or intermittent i.p. injections of a larger dose (50 mg/kg/d x 3) were equally effective against the solid form of Meth A fibrosarcoma. Intraperitoneal injection of TJ14026 prolonged the life of mice with 5-FU resistant P388 leukemia. Oral administration of TJ14026 was also effective against P815 mastocytoma and L-5178Y-ML lymphoma in the liver, an P388 leukemia metastasized to the lymph nodes. Glutamate oxaloacetate transaminase (GOT) and glutamate pyruvate transaminase (GPT) levels were elevated in the serum of un-treated mice bearing P815 mastocytoma but not in mice treated with TJ14026.
 
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Effect of BFP on DAT Expression in Different Brain Regions of MPTP-Treated Mice Upper panel: representative RT-PCR results. Lower panel: DAT-to-GAPDH mRNA ratio in the striatum, midbrain, cortex and cerebellum of the control, MPTP-treated and BFP- MPTP-treated mice. Mice were fed with BFP (3 g/kg) or vehicle for two weeks before MPTP (15 mg/kg4) administration. Figures are meanS.E.M. n5—7. *** p0.001 versus the control; # p0.05, ### p0.001 versus the MPTP group (ANOVA).  
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Effect of BFP on TH Expression in Different Brain Regions of MPTP-Treated Mice Upper panel: representative RT-PCR results. Lower panel: TH-to-GAPDH mRNA ratio in the striatum, midbrain, cortex and cerebellum of the control, MPTP-treated and BFP- MPTP-treated mice. Mice were fed with BFP (3 g/kg) or vehicle for two weeks before MPTP (15 mg/kg4) administration. Figures are meanS.E.M. n5—7. * p0.05, ** p0.01, *** p0.001 versus the control; # p0.05, ## p0.01 versus the MPTP group (ANOVA).  
Effect of Estradiol on DAT Expression in Different Brain Regions of MPTP-Treated Mice Upper panel: representative RT-PCR results. Lower panel: DAT-to-GAPDH mRNA ratio in the striatum, midbrain, cortex and cerebellum of the control, MPTP-treated and estradiol-MPTP-treated mice. Mice were injected with 17b-estradiol (50 mg/kg, i.p.) or vehicle for two weeks before MPTP (15 mg/kg4) administration. Figures are meanS.E.M. n5-7. * p0.05, *** p0.001 versus the control; # p0.05, ## p0.01 versus the MPTP group (ANOVA).
Effect of Estradiol on TH Expression in Different Brain Regions of MPTP-Treated Mice Upper panel: representative RT-PCR results. Lower panel: TH-to-GAPDH mRNA ratio in the striatum, midbrain, cortex and cerebellum of the control, MPTP-treated and estradiol-MPTP-treated mice. Mice were injected with 17b-estradiol (50 mg/kg, i.p.) or vehicle for two weeks before MPTP (15 mg/kg4) administration. Figures are meanS.E.M. n5-6. *** p0.001 versus the control.
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