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Nicotinestimulated Dopamine Release From Nigrostriatal Neurons

The findings that the concentration of DA in the striatum is about ten times higher than any other brain area, and the recognition that this area plays a major role in motor function, suggested that nicotine might act to release DA from striatal tissue. The technique of in vitro perfusion of specific brain areas developed in the late 1960s allowed a determination to be made of the concentration and efficacy of drug-induced effects on neurotransmitter systems in living brain tissue. Besson and coworkers (1969) studied the effect of cholinergic stimulation on DA release in rat striatal tissue and found that the application of acetylcholine produced a marked increase in newly synthesized 3H DA release. The first direct evidence of nicotine-stimulated DA release in striatum was reported by Westfall (1974), and this finding was soon confirmed by a number of other investigators (Goodman, 1974 Giorguieff et al. 1977 Arqueros et al., 1978). These initial studies, which employed relatively...

Nicotinestimulated Dopamine Release From Mesolimbic Neurons

A number of studies beginning in the late 1970s demonstrated that increased levels of DA at the terminal fields of mesolimbic neurons, particularly in the NAc, appeared to be a common feature of many reinforcing drugs (Robertson and Mogenson, 1978 Lyness et al., 1979 Singer et al., 1982 Wise and Bozarth, 1985 Smith et al., 1985 Taylor and Robbins, 1986). These studies suggested that nicotine, like the other psychostimulant drugs, might also elevate synaptic levels of DA in this brain area. The first evidence was demonstrated by Imperato and coworkers (1986) using the technique of in vivo microdialysis. They showed that the systemic injection of 0.6 mg kg nicotine caused a 100 increase in DA release from the NAc, and this activity was blocked by the centrally acting nicotinic antagonist, mecamylamine. It was also shown that the NAc was several times more sensitive to the effects of nicotine than was the striatum. In vitro superfusion studies with isolated nucleus accumbens tissue soon...

Dedrosomatic And Terminal Sites Of Nicotines Action

The experiments considered above provide evidence that nicotine can act directly at the terminals of mesocorticolimbic and nigrostriatal neurons to release nicotine, ostensibly by acting upon nicotinic receptors on the presynaptic nerve terminal. FIGURE 3.1 Concentration-response relationship of nicotine in synaptosomes from striatum, nucleus accumbens, frontal cortex, and amygdala. Tissue, prepared and perfused as described, was challenged with 30 second pulses of L-nicotine at the concentrations indicated. The resulting increase in the baseline release (extrapolated from the period preceding the pulse) is presented as the percent increase over baseline at each concentration. FIGURE 3.1 Concentration-response relationship of nicotine in synaptosomes from striatum, nucleus accumbens, frontal cortex, and amygdala. Tissue, prepared and perfused as described, was challenged with 30 second pulses of L-nicotine at the concentrations indicated. The resulting increase in the baseline release...

Nicotineinduced Desensitization Of Da Release

As discussed above, the most tenable explanation to account for the ability of chronic nicotine treatment to produce an upregulation of nAChRs in the brain is that nicotine acts as a functional antagonist by producing long-term nAChR desensitization (Marks et al., 1983 Schwartz and Kellar, 1985 Wonnacott, 1990 Ochoa and FIGURE 3.2 Nicotine-induced desensitization of 3H DA release from rat striatal synaptosomes. Striatal synaptosomes, prepared as described in Figure 3.1 were exposed to 0, 10 or 100-nM nicotine for 20 min followed by a 2 min challenge with 5 jiM nicotine. Samples of the superfusate were collected every 2 min the resulting profile of 3H DA release during this time is presented. FIGURE 3.2 Nicotine-induced desensitization of 3H DA release from rat striatal synaptosomes. Striatal synaptosomes, prepared as described in Figure 3.1 were exposed to 0, 10 or 100-nM nicotine for 20 min followed by a 2 min challenge with 5 jiM nicotine. Samples of the superfusate were collected...

Dysregulation of EGFR in Lung Cancer

From early studies into EGFR function, and the identification of ErbB transforming genes in the avian erythroblastosis virus, there was a clear consensus that aberrant EGFR activity likely contributes to the etiology of a large subset of cancers (1). Focusing on lung cancer in particular, there had been early suggestions that abnormal EGFR gene regulation was a common phenomenon in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), with approximately 50 of such cancers exhibiting EGFR over-expression at the protein level (35,36), with more recent studies placing the number at around 62 (37). In addition, frequent amplifications of the chromosomal 7p12 region, in which the EGFR locus is contained, had been documented (38). The clinical outlook for lung cancer is bleak. Worldwide, deaths due to the disease account for a third of all cancer-related deaths, making it the deadliest of all cancers. Lung cancer encompasses a number of diseases of diverse histological subtypes, the etiologies of which are...

Analgesic Effects Of Nicotine And nAChRs Agonists In Different Pain Models

Abbreviations CFA, complete Freund's adjuvant CYT, cytisine DMPP, dimethylphenylpiperazin-ium EPI, epibatidine EPX, epiboxidine M, mechanical (Randall-Selitto) M-vF, mehcanical (von Frey) META, metanicotine (RJR-2403) NIC, nicotine NMCC, N-methylcarbamylcholine T, thermal (Hargreaves). Another promising avenue of research involves the evaluation of combinatorial antinociceptive effects produced by the coadministration of nicotine and opioids. For example, intrathecal or intracerebroventricular nicotine, at doses which had little effect by themselves, potentiated the antinociception produced by morphine.1920 Similarly, Zarrindast et al.,21 found that doses of nicotine as low as 0.0001 mg kg, which had no antinociceptive effects alone, potentiated morphine-induced antinoci-ception in the tail-flick assay. It is interesting that whereas naloxone predictably reduced the response to morphine in the presence or absence of nicotine, atropine but not mecamylamine blocked the potentiating...

Genetic Models For The Analysis Of The Effects Of Nicotine

Various mouse models that have been used, or can be used in the future, to study the genetic influences on nicotine responses will be discussed in the sections that follow. Specific examples of experimental results will be included. The initial screen for genetic effects almost universally involves the measurement of the effects of nicotine in several inbred mouse strains. Inbred mice can be obtained from several suppliers including Jackson Laboratories, which maintains a large number of inbred strains. Inbred mice are a stable breeding population and, barring mutations leading to genetic drift, maintain a constant genotype over time. Consequently, it is not necessary to measure all phenotypes of interest at once. Comparison of results obtained with inbred mice collected at different times and different places is feasible. However, care must be taken to consider that environmental factors such as housing conditions, season, and experimental differences among laboratories can affect...

Chronic Nicotine Agonist Effects

From a therapeutic point of view, it is crucial for a drug effective in an acute form to remain efficacious with repeated administration. Interestingly, and in contrast to many of the other effects of nicotine, no tolerance is seen to the memory improving effects of chronic nicotine administration. In fact, the memory improvement caused by nicotine seems to become more robust over time. A series of studies has shown that chronic infusion of either a high dose of 12 mg kg day of nicotine38,40,42 or a Chronic Nicotine Infusions and Radial-Arm Maze Accuracy Control Nicotine Control Nicotine FIGURE 7.1 Chronic nicotine effects on radial-arm maze choice accuracy (entries to repeat mean sem). more moderate dose of 5 mg kg day of nicotine for 3-4 weeks significantly improves memory performance on the radial-arm maze in both male and female rats.3035'37'4449 To wit after a standard 18-session training on the radial-arm maze, rats were implanted subcutaneously with an osmotic minipump...

Nicotine As A Cognitive Enhancing Agent In Monkeys

The earliest studies that sought to examine the ability of nicotine to enhance cognitive performance were performed in rodents, and many of these experiments were predicated on the known alerting or nootropic effect of certain CNS stimulant drugs. We entered this area in 19881 and chose to study the potential cognitive-enhancing actions of nicotine in nonhuman primates with the premise that nicotine's actions involved more complex mechanisms than a nonspecific sharpening of attention or arousal. Interest was based largely on two findings. In studying the effects of nicotine in humans 2 years earlier, Wesnes and Warburton2 concluded that nicotine facilitates state-dependent learning and does not affect associative processes. Secondly, the strong relationship between the ability of the centrally acting nicotinic receptor antagonist mecamylamine to impair performance of the retention trial of an inhibitory avoidance task in rats, and its ability to inhibit the biosynthesis of...

Sexually Dimorphic Mnemonic Responses To Nicotine In Aged Monkeys

Nicotinic receptor agonists have been shown to exert sexually dimorphic actions in laboratory animals. These nicotinic effects are as broadly physiological as sensory gating phenomenon,63 tuberoinfundibular dopaminergic neuron activity,64 active avoidance learning,65 and analgesia.66 The same may be said for nicotine's action in Nicotine Optimal Doses Young Monkeys

Subjective Effects of Nicotine in Human Subjects

Nicotine acutely elicits multiple and complex subjective effects, including changes in mood, alertness, and anxiety (Kalman and Smith 2005). These effects depend on a host of factors, such as personality, smoking status, degree of abstinence, situational context (e.g., stress), passive versus self-adminstration, other drug use, and dose. Nicotine has been administered intravenously or via nasal spray in most studies. Stronger subjective responses have been seen in nonsmokers than in smokers. Generally, low to moderate doses tend to improve mood in smokers, especially during abstinence. However, dysphoria is commonly encountered as well, particularly at higher doses. Nicotine increases subjective arousal in smokers but reduces it in subjects who have never smoked it can also make both types of individual feel less relaxed. A number of studies have suggested that nicotine can exert euphoric, head-rush effects resembling cocaine. However, such findings have little relevance to tobacco...

Nicotine as a Contributor to Tobacco Addiction

In many individuals, cigarette smoking represents an addiction it is a compulsive behavior, unaided quitting is rare, and relapse is common. Nicotine has been accorded a leading role in tobacco addiction, mostly notably in the 1988 US Surgeon General's Report. This document concluded that nicotine is the drug in tobacco that causes addiction ( Nicotine Dependence and its Treatment). The main arguments that have been forwarded in support of this conclusion are as follows. Nicotine is consumed in ways that avoid the many pyrolysis products found in tobacco smoke (e.g., snuff, chewing tobacco). The tobacco withdrawal syndrome can largely be attributed to nicotine withdrawal, since most symptoms are countered by nicotine replacement therapy, and a nicotine withdrawal syndrome can be produced reliably in animals. Nicotine replacement therapy doubles the chance of quitting. In the absence of tobacco, nicotine can serve as a positive reinforcer in human and animal self-administration...

Animal Models Related to Nicotine Reward

Reward is a multifaceted concept, and the rewarding effects of nicotine are commonly operationalized as intravenous self-administration, conditioned place preference, or facilitation of intracranial-self-stimulation. Most animal studies have been performed using rats. Intravenous self-administration ( Self-administration of Drugs). It is well-established that intravenous infusions of nicotine can serve as a primary reinforcer in several mammalian species including humans (Le Foll and Goldberg 2008). However, the great majority of studies have employed rates of drug delivery and doses outside the range experienced by smokers. In particular, nicotine has been virtually always given as a rapid (e.g., 1-s) bolus, whereas after a cigarette puff, the drug is released only slowly into the circulation, with arterial levels peaking after some 20-25 s. In addition, most animal and human studies have used doses of 15-30 mg kg per infusion, whereas smokers receive only 1-2 mg kg per puff (Matta...

Nicotine or Nicotineplus

Nicotine is only mildly rewarding in standard animal models (intravenous self-administration and conditioned place preference), although it does reliably increase the reinforcing strength of electrical brain stimulation. How, then, might it be critical to tobacco addiction Several explanations have been proposed. First, standard behavioral procedures may not capture the full reinforcing potential of this drug. For example, animal studies tend to be of short duration, lasting at most a few weeks. This limitation may be important because it is known that in the case of cocaine, rats become much more motivated to seek the drug after they have had several months of drug exposure. Equally, if cigarette smokers use nicotine as a cognitive tool or for emotional support, these aspects would not be modeled in standard self-administration and place preference animal tests. A second possibility is that nicotine simply serves as a stronger reinforcer in humans, or perhaps primates in general,...

Medications Nicotine Replacement Products

There are several places to find reviews of medications for smoking cessation (Fiore et al. 2008 Foulds et al. 2006 Le Foll and George 2007 Nides 2008). The first medications approved for smoking cessation were the nicotine replacement products (NRT). These products come in five different forms patch, gum, lozenge, inhaler, and nasal spray. All the products deliver pure nicotine to the body to provide a short-term substitute for cigarettes when the smoker is trying to quit, and these can lower the intensity of withdrawal symptoms and cravings. Further, all the NRT improve smoking cessation outcomes, approximately doubling the chances of a successful quit when compared with placebo medication. The NRT products differ primarily in the route and speed at which nicotine is absorbed, as well as in their convenience and ease of use (see Table 1). Nicotine delivered in medications is much safer than nicotine delivered by smoking tobacco. This is because all the toxins and carcinogens...

Cigarette Smoking and Pulmonary Antioxidants

Cigarette smoking is a major risk factor for the development of pulmonary disease, including emphysema, chronic bronchitis and lung cancer. Amongst its many toxic components, cigarette smoke contains substantial quantities of free radicals in both gas and particulate tar phases (Churg and Cherukupalli, 1993). These include superoxide and nitric oxide, which may combine to produce peroxynitrites, the highly damaging hydroxyl radical (Zang et al., 1995), tar semiquinone-free radicals and various xenobiotic electrophiles (Pryor, 1992). In addition, cigarette smokers have increased numbers of pulmonary inflammatory cells which will provide a secondary source of increased free radical production (MacNee et al., 1989), and circulating leukocytes have an increased oxidative burst (Ludwig and Hoidal, 1982), which will make a significant contribution to oxidative damage in the airways (Fig. 24.3). Smoking is associated with increased levels of lipid peroxidation products in plasma, exhaled...

Nicotineresponsive Elementary Phenotypes In Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a complex genetic disorder i.e., the illness does not have a pattern of inheritance resulting from a single genetic abnormality.10 Two nicotine-responsive neurophysiological abnormalities, one in auditory sensory gating and the other in smooth pursuit eye movements, are currently under investigation as potential elementary phenotypes representing gene effects that, in combination with other specific gene effects, may result in the development of schizophrenic illness.1112 These neurophysiological abnormalities appear to be transmitted as autosomal dominant characteristics in some families with high occurrence rates for schizophrenia, and they are both normalized by nicotine administration. The subjective experience of this normalization may contribute to the drive to smoke among patients with schizophrenia. In nearly all neuronal systems, when stimuli are repeated, the electroencephalo-graphic response to the second stimulus is less than that to the first. The first...

Oxidative Profile of Cigarette Smoke and Lung Cancer

While smoking constitutes a major cause of carcinogenesis, our knowledge concerning the acquired genetic changes caused by smoking which lead to lung cancer, still remain both elementary and unclear. The creation of a malignant phe-notype needs, as a prerequisite, the creation of a large number of mutations in oncogenes. In lung cancer cells as well as in the nearby normal cells, an overexpression of growth factors and of a large number of regulatory peptides along with their receptors, is observed 1 . It is believed today that lung cancer is caused by a series of pathological alterations (preneoplastic) in the pulmonary epithelium they are extensive and multi-focal, covering the whole pulmonary tissue and they are related to both lungs (cancerization field) 2 . During a prolonged exposure to cigarette smoke, oxidation product aggregates of nuclear DNA are formed on the cells of the bronchial epithelium (aggregates such as 8-hyrdroxy-diguanosine (8-OHdG)), the aggregation importance...

Why Did PCarotene Supplementation Increase Lung Cancer Risk in the ATBC and Caret Studies

It is not yet known why high-dose p-carotene supplementation significantly increased the risk of lung cancer in smokers and other high-risk individuals, but a number of in vitro and in vivo studies published since those surprising results were made public offer some insight into possible mechanisms. In humans, p-carotene from supplements is much more readily absorbed than p-carotene from fruits and vegetables, resulting in plasma and tissue p-carotene levels many times higher than could be achieved by a carotenoid-rich diet.207 The ferret, unlike most rodents, is an appropriate species for modeling the effects of p-carotene supplementation and cigarette smoke exposure because tissue accumulation of p-carotene and lung pathology in response to tobacco exposure in ferrets is similar to that of humans.208 In ferrets, the presence of high concentrations of p-carotene in lung tissue results in increased formation of oxidative metabolites of p-carotene.209 These oxidative metabolites could...

Smoking and Lung Cancer

Tobacco smoke has been classified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as being among the carcinogens which damage human health. Different substances present in both the gas- and solid-phase of tobacco smoke may cause apoptosis to the broncho-epithelial cells and certain forms of cancer (Table 16.1). Special emphasis is being given to the fact that tobacco smoke is a rich source of the reactive oxygen species (ROS), as well as of ROS products. The ROS synthesis differs in the two tobacco smoke phases (gas- and solid-phase or tar). The solid phase contains large quantities of stable radicals, such as the quinone complex (quinone, semi- quinone, hydroquinone) and catechols, two compounds that can damage nuclear DNA 1, 2 . On the contrary, the gas phase components contain very active molecules which have a short half life these enter the lung by inhalation and are quickly distributed among the major organs. Their toxic activity on the cells begins immediately, with the first...

Caffeine and nicotine

Like caffeine, nicotine is classed as a stimulant. Its behavioral effects are due to a number of actions, including agonist activity at central nicotinic cholin-ergic receptors.1 At moderate doses, nicotine can increase rates of schedule-controlled responding, an effect that is blocked by the nicotinic receptor antagonist mecamylamine.2 Nicotine is administered in the form of tobacco smoke, other tobacco products, nicotine chewing gum, and transdermal patches. Studies of coffee drinking and cigarette smoking have shown a moderately strong positive relationship between the two.3 This could be explained by individual factors, such as a predisposition to use stimulants, but may possibly reflect an interaction of some kind between the two drugs. In a study of schedule-controlled behavior in rats, White4 showed that a dose of caffeine that moderately increased response rate (3.0 mg kg) had an additive effect with nicotine. Thus, the rate-increasing effects of caffeine and nicotine were...

Behavioral Effects of Nicotine in Humans and Animals

Nicotine exerts a plethora of acute behavioral effects, which is unsurprising given that nAChRs are very widely expressed in the brain and elsewhere. Certain behavioral effects depend not only on the dose administered, but also on recent or remote drug history some effects undergo transient or persistent tolerance, whereas others show sensitiza-tion or else remain largely stable across repeated tests. Comparison of behavioral effects in humans versus animals is hindered by several factors. First, behavioral procedures are usually quite different. Second, most human studies are conducted with tobacco smokers these individuals often have many years of drug experience. Third, very few animal studies have attempted to mimic the complex pharmacokinetics associated with tobacco smoking. Instead, nicotine is typically administered as an acute subcutaneous or intraperitoneal depot injection, in doses providing plasma levels higher than those found in most habitual smokers (Matta et al. 2007)....

The Protracted Mnemonic Response To Nicotine

As more experience working with nicotine in primates developed, it was noted that, when animals were tested on the day following nicotine pretreatment (in the absence of further drug or vehicle treatment), significant enhancement of performance efficiency continued to be maintained.23 Performance levels returned to prenicotine levels on the following day (i.e., within 36 hours after injection). This protracted feature of nicotine's beneficial mnemonic actions was unexpected, particularly in view of the short plasma half-life of the drug in rhesus monkeys.24 Levin and colleagues10 reported similar findings in rats. In fact, they demonstrated that this protracted effect of nicotine was not dependent upon the presence of the drug at the time of behavioral training. The improvement in task efficiency measured on the day after nicotine administration generally occurred for trials associated with long delay intervals, as they had for the previous day's session. This pattern (of retention...

Lung Cancer

It has been shown that all class I HDACs (HDAC1, 2, 3, and 8) are upregulated in lung cancer tissues in comparison with noncancerous samples (Nakagawa et al. 2007). In vitro studies using HDAC inhibitors have revealed that elevated HDAC activity contributes to the transcriptional repression of the RhoB gene (Mazieres et al. 2007) as well as silencing of Notch1 signaling (Platta et al. 2008) in lung tumor cells. Moreover, the decreased expression of class II HDACs has been correlated with poor prognosis of lung cancer patients (Osada et al. 2004).

Nicotine

The pharmacological actions and physiological effects of nicotine are complex. It is widely accepted that the reinforcing effects of nicotine are mediated in part by interactions between nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs), GABA, glutamate, and DA in the VTA (for reviews, see Markou 2008 Di Matteo et al. 2007). A major neurochemical event that is involved in the behavioral effects of nicotine, including locomotor activity and reinforcement, is indirect activation of mesolimbic DA neurons (Clarke et al. 1988 Di Chiara 2000 Corrigall et al. 1994). The critical importance of the VTA as a substrate for the acute reinforcing effect of nicotine (as well as other drugs of abuse) provided us with a rationale to examine the effects of Ro60-0175 on the motor stimulant and reinforcing effects of nicotine and cocaine (Grottick et al. 2000, 2001 Higgins and Fletcher 2003b). In rats previously exposed to nicotine, Ro60-0175 blocked the hyperactivity induced by an acute challenge injection of...

Cigarette Smokers

This experimental model related to cigarette smokers compared with non-smokers (Hulea et al., 1995). Smokers generally had a higher plasma lipid peroxide concentration (TBAR) but a lower total antioxidant capacity (Table 14.5). This was significant at ages 46-80 (groups C and D). These subjects had smoked at least 12 cigarettes per day for more than 2 years. Non-smokers Smokers

Cmet Receptor Tyrosine Kinase

Met receptor is initially synthesized as a partially glycosylated 170-kDa single-chain intracellular precursor. After additional glycosylation, it is cleaved, yielding a mature, cell surface-associated disulfide-linked heterodimer of 190kDa. This dimer consists of an entirely extracellular a-chain (50kDa) and a membrane-spanning p-chain (140kDa) that possesses intrinsic, ligand-activated tyrosine kinase activity in its intracellular C-terminal domain. Receptor activation triggers a unique process of differentiation, which is known as branching morphogenesis, that activates cell growth, inhibits apoptosis, controls cell dissociation, and also migrates into the extracellular matrix.6'7 Met activation mediates invasive growth, which eventually leads to systemic metastases.813 HGF binding to Met phosphorylates tyrosine kinase514 at a unique docking site located in the Met carboxyl terminal tail, which contains the sequence Y1349VHVY1356VNV.15 Thus the two phosphorylated tyrosines within...

Egfr Receptor Tyrosine Kinase

EGFR is expressed on the cell membrane of a variety of malignant cells.40'41 Under various physiological conditions, EGF exerts its main action of growth stimulation and initiation of DNA by binding to the corresponding high-affinity cell surface receptor, EGFR, which leads to receptor tyrosine kinase activity, triggering a complex cascade of events that generally leads to cell proliferation. This process is enhanced by anti-apoptotic effects.4243 Both EGFR and c-erbB 2 are the members of the type I family of tyrosine kinase cell surface receptors, and activation of EGFR promotes cell proliferation or differentiation.44 Upon binding with the ligand, the EGFR homodimerizes with the other member of the family.45 Receptor dimerization leads to activation of the EGFR and, subsequently, to cross-phosphorylation of tyrosine residues in the cytoplasmic tail of the receptor. Phosphotyrosine residues in the carboxy-terminus of the receptor serve as high-affinity sites for proteins that, in...

Receptor Tyrosine Kinases As Target For Anticancer Therapy

As mentioned earlier, 70 of SCLC express the kit receptor tyrosine kinase and its ligand, stem cell factor (SCF). Several studies determined that inhibitors of kit tyrosine kinase activity could have therapeutic efficacy in this disease. SCF-induced c-kit phosphorylation was found to be inhibited by PP2 (4-chlorophenyl-7-t-butyl-pyrazolo 3,4-d-pyrimidine) and STI571. When a small-cell lung cancer cell line (H526) was treated with STI571, SCF-mediated c-Kit activation was inhibited, as measured by decreased receptor tyrosine phosphorylation.71 This drug can inhibit the kinase activity of c-kit, but it has no effect on the related receptor tyrosine kinases c-Fms and Flk2 Flt3. Based on these investigations, clinical trials are underway for the role of STI571 in SCLC.

Exposure To Freeradical Generating Systems And Environmental Carcinogens

To be elucidated, several cohort studies have shown that high intake of food rich in carotenoids and a tocopherol was associated significantly with reduced lung cancer risk.117-119 However, in other similar studies, results have varied from low association, to no association, to inverse association between cancer and antioxidant intake.

Prevention Of Dna Damage

DNA contains reactive groups in its bases that are highly susceptible to attack by ROS and RNS. It has been proposed that oxidative damage to DNA occurs in vivo at a rate of 104 oxidative hits per cell per day.30 Some carcinogens generate free radicals during their metabolism, which may damage DNA and predispose cells to malignant changes. Inflammatory cells also generate ROS and RNS, and chronic inflammation has been associated with the development of cancer in a number of tissues.31 Most oxidative lesions are repaired, e.g., by specific DNA glycosylases, but repair is not 100 efficient, and oxidative lesions to DNA accumulate with age.32 If not repaired, oxidative DNA damage may lead to mutations. Such mutations increase the risk of cancer if they occur in critical genes, such as those encoding tumor suppressor proteins or growth factors. A direct link between cancer and oxidative DNA damage is still lacking.33 However, increased levels of oxidized DNA bases have been observed at...

Biomarkers of DNA Damage

There is some evidence that antioxidant supplementation decreases oxidative DNA damage in vivo (Table 21.1). Sperm concentrations of 8-oxodG were significantly increased in men who were depleted of vitamin C, while repletion with 60mg d brought sperm 8-oxodG concentrations back to baseline.43 A small placebo-controlled intervention trial in 12 male smokers examined the effect of supplementation with 500mg d of vitamin C, 200 IU d of vitamin E, or 9mg d of p-carotene for 4 weeks.49 Only vitamin E supplementation significantly decreased lymphocyte 8-oxodG levels compared with the baseline. In contrast, a crossover trial in 9 male smokers and 12 male nonsmokers supplemented with 250mg d of vitamin C, 250mg d of a-tocopherol, 60mg d of p-carotene, or a combination of vitamin C and a-tocopherol (250mg d of each) for 4-week periods found that p-carotene supplementation decreased leukocyte 8-oxodG levels in nonsmokers compared with placebo, but increased them in smokers.50 In a small...

Prospective Cohort Studies

Different sites.96 Although case-control studies are useful in identifying differences in nutrient intake between individuals who develop cancer and matched cancer-free controls, they may be biased if those with cancer differ from controls in the accuracy of their dietary recall or if the disease affects serum micronutrient levels. Prospective cohort and nested case-control studies avoid many of the limitations of retrospective case-control studies and provide stronger support for relationships between nutrient intake and disease. The following discussion will review the results of prospective cohort and case-control studies examining the association of measures of vitamin C, vitamin E, and p-carotene intake with cancer incidence published since 1990. Some earlier studies may not have effectively controlled for smoking exposures since smokers tend to eat fewer fruits and vegetables, this could bias findings with respect to micronutrient intake and cancer risk.127 128 The reader is...

Colorectal Adenomas and Colorectal Epithelial Cell Proliferation

Several intervention trials have examined the effect of antioxidant supplementation on colorectal adenomas (precancerous polyps) and colorectal epithelial cell proliferation as biomarkers of colorectal cancer risk. Although four out of five familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) patients who took 3g d of vitamin C for 4 months experienced regression of rectal adenomas,243 a placebo-controlled trial of 3g d of vitamin C for 18 months in 36 FAP patients did not find a significant difference in the regression of rectal adenomas between vitamin C and placebo treatment.244 Other intervention trials aimed at decreasing the growth or recurrence of colorectal adenomas have employed combinations of antioxidant supplements. While one preliminary trial suggested marked beneficial effects of a combination of vitamins C, E, and A given for 18 months,245 a large randomized controlled trial in 751 patients with previous colorectal adenomas did not find 30mg d of P-carotene or a combination of 400mg d...

Helicobacter pylori Infection and Precancerous Lesions of Gastric Mucosa

Chronic infection with H. pylori is associated with an increased risk of gastric cancer, and it also appears to inhibit secretion of vitamin C into the gastric juice. Consequently, less vitamin C is available to scavenge RNS and prevent the formation of potentially carcinogenic A-nitroso compounds.254 Helicobacter pylori infection and low serum levels of vitamin C have been associated with increased risk of progression of precancerous conditions of the gastric mucosa, such as atrophic gastritis or intestinal metaplasia and dysplasia, to gastric cancer in high-risk populations.255 256 Additionally, gastric mucosal concentrations of a-tocopherol and p-carotene are decreased in the presence of gastric atrophy and intestinal metaplasia.257 In order to assess the effect of a-tocopherol (50mg d) and p-carotene (20mg d) supplementation on the occurrence of precancerous or cancerous lesions in the ATBC cancer prevention study, serum levels of pepsinogen I were determined at baseline.258 The...

Role Of Cmet Ckit And Egfr

C-Met signaling (Met-HGF SF) has been well studied in various forms of human cancers. c-Met has been found to have a number of biological effects related to the cytoskeleton, for example scattering, cell motility, invasion, migration, and finally metastasis. HGF SF-Met signaling plays an important role in lung cancer (solid tumor) and can invade and metastasize using this signaling pathway (Figure 5.2).24 SCF HGF-Met signaling significantly increases the motility of epithelial cells, which play a key role in physiology and various disease processes.23 FIGURE 5.2 Mechanism of c-Met signaling and metastasis in a solid tumor. The role of c-Me HGF and integrins signaling in the transformation and metastasis in solidtumor lung cancer cells is shown here schematically. Increased motility, scattering, and migration allow tumor cells (such as lung cancer) to proceed eventually to invasion of the ECM (extracellular matrix). Metastasis of the circulating tumor cells to various FIGURE 5.2...

Preparation Of Smokeless Tobacco Extract

Standardized smokeless tobacco (chewing tobacco) was purchased from the University of Kentucky, Tobacco and Health Research Institute (Lexington, KY).29 Quantities of smokeless tobacco were mixed with 5 volumes (5ml g) of 0.10M phosphate buffer, pH 7.0, and stirred at room temperature for 24h. The pH of the extracts was readjusted as needed to pH 7.0 after 1h of stirring to ensure a physiological pH, and the extracts were centrifuged at 40,000g for 1h. The extracts were reconstituted in phosphate buffer at a concentration of 1.0 mg freeze-dried material per milliliter. The STE was standardized from batch to batch by quantitating the nicotine content in a Perkin Elmer 200 gas chromatograph (Perkin Elmer Corp., Norwalk, CT) equipped with a hydrogen flame ionization detector and a 15-*0.32-mm inside-diameter fused silica capillary column. The instrument was operated in a split mode, and the injector and detector temperatures were 225 and 227 C, respectively. Helium was used as the...

Asbestos Activates NfkB

Accumulating evidence suggests that NF-KB-dependent cytokine induction is one of the key events in asbestos-induced lung cancer and mesothelioma.121 The cellular sources of asbestos-induced NF-KB-dependent cytokines include alveolar macrophages and type II epithelial cells. In asbestos-exposed individuals, alveolar macrophages produce increased levels of TNFa.168 Biochemical studies indicate an involvement of iron-catalyzed ROS generation in asbestos-induced NF-kB activation and cytokine gene expression.169 Both ROS scavengers and iron chelators blocked TNFa mRNA induction in rat alveolar macrophages stimulated with asbestos. TNFa itself is not only a cytokine whose expression is dependent on NF-kB, but also a potent NF-kB activator. Thus, activation of NF-kB by asbestos initiates a positive cytokine feedback loop, leading to the amplification of inflammation or carcinogenesis. Indeed, a report by Driscoll et al.170 indicates that increased release of TNFa from macrophages was...

What Is Cancer

Cancer can arise in many sites and behaves differently depending on its organ of origin. For example, breast cancer has different characteristics than lung cancer, and breast cancer that spreads to the lungs should not be confused with lung cancer. Even in the lungs, breast cancer continues to behave like breast cancer and, under the microscope, continues to look like breast cancer.

Cancer Worldwide

All the data presented above pertain to the U.S., but cancer is certainly not only a problem in our country. Indeed, cancer is a global problem, and while some cancers pose a greater risk in our country, other cancers pose a much greater risk in other countries. Table 1.4 shows the incidence and mortality of the four most common types of cancer worldwide4 for several countries around the world. Worldwide, lung cancer is the most commonly diagnosed and the most common cause of cancer death over 1.2 million people were diagnosed with lung cancer in 2000, and over 900,000 died from the disease. Women in the U.S. lead the worid in lung cancer incidence and mortality. The incidence and mortality rates for men in the U.S. are almost twice that of women. However, men in many other countries have much greater incidence and mortality rates. Hungary has the highest rates, and these are approximately 60 greater than those in the U.S. Breast cancer is the leading type of cancer among women...

Arsenic

Arsenic is the most potent of the metals, both as a carcinogen and as a chemotherapy. Chronic exposure to arsenic has been associated with cancers of the lung, skin, and other organs. Lung cancers are most common in arsenic smelter workers and are typically adenocarcinomas.19 One of the unique characteristics of arsenic carcinogenesis relative to other carcinogenic metals is that either respiration or ingestion can result in lung cancer. Skin cancers resulting from arsenic exposure may be of either basal- or squamous-cell origin and are unrelated to sun exposure. Other cancers, including lymphoma, leukemia, kidney, bladder, and liver cancer, have also been linked to arsenic exposure. Prior to the advent of radiation and other forms of chemotherapy, arsenic was used as a cancer treatment. Studies in China during the 1970s renewed interest in the use of arsenic to treat specific forms of cancer. Today, arsenic trioxide (III) is considered one of the most effective treatments for...

Beryllium

There is some disagreement concerning the carcinogenicity of beryllium in humans. Groups including the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the National Toxicology Program consider beryllium a confirmed human carcinogen. Other organizations, such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, list it as a probable carcinogen, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer reasonably anticipates that beryllium is a carcinogen.11'13'21'22 The greatest anthropogenic source of beryllium results from the burning of fossil fuels, particularly coal. Beryllium exposure can result from respiration of dust or ingestion in food or water. Occupational exposure has been reported to increase lung cancer risk.2324 Environmental exposure does not appear to significantly increase cancer risk, however.25

Cadmium

Relative to other metals described in this chapter, cadmium has come into use only recently, during the second half of the 20th century. It is used in galvanizing applications (because of its resistance to corrosion) and forms the positive pole of nickel cadmium and zinc cadmium batteries. Cadmium (II) is produced as a by-product of zinc and lead refining. In areas where soil is contaminated with cadmium, plant foods such as rice are a major source of exposure. Divalent cadmium is also present in seafood and in cigarettes.16 At normal exposure levels, cadmium is rendered harmless by binding to metallothionein, although it may be stored in the body for more than two decades. Excessive exposure to cadmium overwhelms the ability of metallothionein to bind cadmium, and organ damage occurs, mainly in the kidneys and liver.26 Curiously, the organ sites most commonly associated with cadmium-induced cancer are the lung and prostate. Workers in nickel cadmium battery factories were found to...

Chromium

Hexavalent forms of chromium are the most important for industrial applications. Chromium (VI) is associated with an increased risk of lung cancer. It is primarily utilized by the steel industry for the production of ferrochrome, which is, in turn, used for the production of stainless steel. Unlike trivalent chromium, hexavalent chromium easily

Cobalt

Cobalt is a by-product of copper refining. Its industrial applications include uses in alloys, magnets, and pigments. Radioactive forms of cobalt, including cobalt-57 and cobalt-60, have been used for over 30 years as chemotherapy agents. Cobalt (II) is associated with human lung cancer. According to the most recent epidemiological data, it is the weakest of the metal carcinogens.14 Like trivalent chromium, cobalt is an essential nutrient. Indeed, it forms the center of the vitamin B-12 molecule.2

Antioxidants

Radiation appears to have much in common with responses to a range of chronic physical, chemical, or biological damaging agents, including UV radiation, bleomycin, ethanol, and viral infections. However, there may be mechanisms that relate more closely to tissue lesions caused by radiotherapy. For example, reactive oxygen species may drive the obliterative endarteritis, as suggested by elevated levels of oxidized tissue methionine and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in bronchial lavage fluid in patients given combined chemoradiotherapy for non-small-cell lung cancer.64 Downstream in the fibrogenic pathway, oxidant-induced hydrolysis of matrix-bound TGF-p1 latent complex with release of active TGF-p1 may contribute to up-regulated collagen synthesis.29

Resveratrol

Resveratrol, 3,4',5-trihydroxystilbene, is a phytoalexin that is found in abundant quantities in grape skins and stems. It is now thought to be nature's fungicide against molds that attack grapes. However it has a number of properties that make it an attractive cancer-preventive agent. Among these properties are inhibition of cyclooxygenase, aromatase, and free radicals. In assays measuring induction of DMB A hyperplastic alveolar nodules in organ cultures of mouse mammary gland, resveratrol greatly reduced the percentage of glands that were affected by the carcinogen.33 In that same report, the authors present evidence that mouse skin cancers were inhibited by this natural phytoalexin. Resveratrol also inhibited benzo a pyrene-induced morphologically transformed rat tracheal epithelial cells in culture.34 In the same paper, it is reported that resveratrol inhibited anchorage-independent growth of human A427 lung cancer cells by over 60 . In further studies using azoxymethane-treated...

Prostate Cancer

The results of recent prospective studies do not support a relationship between vitamin C intake and prostate cancer risk.133 137 181 182 Only two out of eight prospective studies found a measure of vitamin E intake to be inversely associated with prostate cancer risk.133-137 182-187 Serum vitamin E levels were inversely associated with prostate cancer mortality in smokers but not nonsmokers in a cohort of Swiss men followed over 17

Summary of Findings

Dietary vitamin C intakes > 100mg d were associated with decreased lung cancer risk compared with < 60mg d in men148-151 Further research on women is needed. Supplementation of smokers with p-carotene for 6 years and of smokers and former asbestos workers with p- carotene +retinol for 4 years increased lung cancer risk by 16 and 36 , respectively.213-214 Supplementation of a lower risk population (11 smokers) with P-carotene for 12 years did not affect lung cancer incidence.205 Supplementation with a-tocopherol for 6 years decreased prostate cancer incidence in smokers by 34 .5 Supplementation with P-carotene, a-tocopherol, and selenium in a malnourished population at high risk of gastric cancer in Linxian, China, was associated with a 21 decrease in mortality from gastric cancer.4 In contrast, supplementation of well-nourished populations with vitamin C, a-tocopherol, and P-carotene, individually or in combinations, has not been found to decrease overall cancer incidence or...

Oral Leukoplakia

Oral leukoplakia is a white lesion of the mouth that has the potential to develop into squamous cell carcinoma. The rate of malignant transformation is highly variable in different populations and ranges from less than 1 to approximately 20 in 1 to 30 years.230 A number of small uncontrolled trials have reported some degree of clinical improvement in 44 to 71 of those treated after supplementation with P-carotene (30 to 90mg d)231232 or combinations of P-carotene and other antioxidants233 234 for 3 to 6 months. However, these trials may be too short to provide information about the actual benefit of P-carotene therapy, since less than half of all leukoplakias undergo malignant transformation within 2 years of diagnosis. In a longer trial, 50 men and women with oral leukoplakia were treated with 60mg d of P-carotene for 6 months.235 In the 23 participants who consented to biopsies, 39 improved by at least one grade of dysplasia. After 6 months, those who were judged to have had a...

Mayapple

Inspired by mayapple's traditional application and its action against warts, Hartwell and coworkers at the U.S. National Cancer Institute explored its potential as a possible cure in cancer treatment. They identified the correct structure for the major toxin, podophyllotoxin. Podophyllotoxin exhibited anticancer activity in animal studies and human studies, but clinical trials were abandoned when the substance was found to be too toxic. Later, Sandoz Ltd. in Basel, Switzerland, picked up the podophyllotoxin research in the 1960s and developed several new analogs by incorporating subtle changes in the general structure. Two of the semisynthetic analogs, teniposide (VM-26) and etoposide (VP-16), were found to be very active yet relatively safe to human consumption and were approved by the FDA. These two compounds have been widely used to treat non-Hodgkin's lymphomas, leukemias, small-cell lung cancer, and testicular cancer. Teniposide is also being prescribed to treat brain tumors and...

Risk Factors

In the U.S. and other developed countries, the major cause for SCC of the esophagus is smoking and alcohol consumption. The risk of developing cancer was influenced most by the amount of alcohol consumed per day, the lifetime duration of cigarette smoking, the type of tobacco smoked (black tobacco had two-fold higher risk than blond or mixed tobacco), and time since quitting either habit. Recent data suggests that only after abstinence from drinking for 10 years does cancer risk decrease to levels of those who did not drink. After abstinence from smoking for five years, the risk of cancer is cut by 50 .2 The cause for the increase in the incidence of EAC is unclear. Several risk factors for the development of adenocarcinoma of the esophagus have been proposed, including tobacco use, ethanol use, dietary factors, medications, Helicobacter pylori infection, Barrett's esophagus, and gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD). Further research into the causes of this malignancy as well as...

Immune Results In Depression

Receptor in depression is consistent with prior observations from our laboratory (Rapaport & Irwin, 1996). In addition, none of these measures of immune activation correlated with severity of depressive symptoms as measured by HDRS scores. However, correlations were found between cigarette smoking and increases in haptoglobin, al-acid glycoprotein, and al-antitypsin, suggesting the importance of assessing tobacco consumption in future immunological studies of depressed- and other psychiatric populations, as will be discussed below.

General Considerations

Because clinical proteomics rely heavily on the patient specimens, three important factors need to be considered before the selection and preparation of clinical specimens (1) selection of the correct clinical samples according to the type of research, (2) isolation of the appropriate component from the clinical samples, and (3) establishment of optimal experimental conditions for each sample (5,6,7,8). For the selection of correct clinical samples, the relationship between clinical samples and the specific disease should also be considered. For example, although cancer tissue represents a specific cancer, several types of body fluids from patients may also have a relationship to the cancer. If the selected clinical samples specifically represent the disease, the next step is to evaluate what components are related to the specific disease. That is, tumor cells in cancerous tissues are surrounded by many types of stromal cells, inflammatory cells, and connective tissues that are...

Does PET Hypoxia Imaging Detect Hypoxia and Regions of Radiation Resistance in Human Cancers

With regard to the correlation between hypoxia PET imaging tracers and other approaches for hypoxia assessment, such as the expression of intrinsic tissue hypoxia markers (i.e., tumor expression of hypoxia-regulated proteins or genes), the published data for human tumors are even more meager Grigsby et al. 23 compared 64Cu-ATSM-PET to several hypoxia-related biomarkers, including vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), cyclooxygenase 2 (COX2), epithelial growth factor receptor (EGFR), carbonic anhydrase IX (CAIX), and the apoptotic index in 15 patients with cervical cancer. They found that the only significant correlation was with tumoral CAIX and the apoptosis level, at P < 0.05. Hu et al. 24 reported that the maximum intratumoral standardized uptake value (SUVmax) of pretreatment 18FETNIM in 19 patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)

Characteristic Properties Of Cancers And Cancer Cells

Altered differentiation Many cancers consist of cells which resemble precursor cells of their tissue of origin and have not embarked on the normal course of differentiation, whereas others show properties of cells at intermediate stages of differentiation. Some cancers, however, do consist of cells with markers of full differentiation, with the crucial difference that they continue to proliferate. In these cancers, it is not difficult to identify the cell of origin, which is important for diagnosis. Many cancers, however, express markers that do not occur in their tissue of origin ( 12.5). Frequently, cancer cells express proteins which are otherwise only found in fetal cells. Such proteins, e.g. carcinoembryonic antigen in colon carcinoma or alpha-fetoprotein in liver cancer are called 'oncofetal' markers. Other proteins expressed in cancers are never synthesized in the original cell type, e.g. 'cancer testis antigens' in melanoma and various peptide hormones in small cell lung...

Biomarker Discovery and Clinical Proteomics

Since biomarker candidate proteins could come from many different cellular processes, they could be either in low abundance or high abundance, which would directly or indirectly reflect the physiological condition of the body. Perhaps they are present in different concentrations depending on the disease stage or tissue type. For example, common proteins such as Hsp 27 (64, 65), 14-3-3 proteins (66,67), apoA-I (68,69), and serum amyloid precursor A (70) appear in most of disease samples from lung cancer, gastric cancer, pancreatic cancer, prostate cancer, neuroblastoma and, inflammation. A number of questions then arise should they be treated as disease-specific or disease nonspecific proteins What would be the criterion to make this decision Is this due to the fact that the number and type of proteins secreted from a specific

Radioligand Binding Assays

Pharmacological characterization of nAChR can be assessed based on specific binding of radiolabeled nicotinic ligands and on competition by unlabeled compounds for specific radioligand binding. Central to this approach is identification of a suitable radioligand acting with reasonable selectivity (binding with much lower affinity to other nAChR subtypes) or specificity (showing no binding to other nAChR subtypes) at a given nAChR subtype(s). Most radioligands for nAChR are agonists (e.g., 3H-labeled epibatidine, nicotine, acetylcholine, or cytisine) or competitive antagonists (e.g., 125I-labeled a-bungarotoxin or a-cobratoxin 3H-labeled methyllycaconitine) interacting at overlapping sites on the extracellular face of nAChR. However, high For 125I-labeled a-bungarotoxin binding assays conducted in the laboratory, radiolabeled toxin stocks are supplemented with 1 mg ml of bovine serum albumin, and reaction mixtures contain at least 0.1 mg ml of bovine serum albumin. This precaution...

Cholinergic Receptors

From a clinical standpoint, Freedman et al. (1997) demonstrated that in a cohort of patients with schizophrenia, abnormal P50 auditory evoked potentials were linked to a susceptibility locus for this disease on chromosome 15. Notably, this is where a nicotinic receptor subunit is found, providing indirect support for the long-standing contention that the high rates of cigarette smoking in patients with schizophrenia may represent (at least in part) an attempt to correct an underlying nicotinic receptor defect.

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Acetylcholine (ACh) is a phospholipid-derived neurotransmitter. It is produced from the precursors, choline and acetyl coenzyme A (CoA), by a reaction with the enzyme choline acetyltransferase (ChAT). It is broken down in the synapse by acetylcholinesterase (AchE), and choline is taken back up into the neuron for reuse. The drug hemicholinium inhibits uptake of choline, and several drugs, including physostigmine, prevent breakdown of ACh by inhibiting AChE. ACh has both ionotropic and metabotropic receptors. Nicotinic ACh receptors are ionotropic, for which the drug nicotine is an agonist and mecamylamine is an antagonist. The nicotinic channel is cation selective and its activation results in depolarization. The muscarinic ACh receptors are metabotropic, and are subdivided into five subtypes (M1 to M5). Muscarinic agonists include muscarine and pilocarpine, and antagonists include atropine and scopolamine.

Summary And Conclusions

Several moderating factors may explain and account for the heterogeneity that has been found in the depression-immune results. Future immunologic studies in depressed subjects are needed to clarify the effects of gender and reproductive hormones on the relation between depression and immunity. Severity of melancholic symptoms and sleep disturbance appear to moderate the immune changes in depression but the biological mechanisms that account for the link between these neurovegetative symptoms and depression are not yet known. Finally, assessment of co-morbidity in depressed subjects deserves an increased focus. Data generated from our laboratory clearly show that assessment of alcohol- and tobacco dependence is critical in the interpretation of immune changes in depressed subjects.

Free Radicals As A Cause Or Consequence Of Cell Damage

Oxidative stress, rather than being the primary cause of disease, is a secondary complication, but in some cases it has a significant role in the pathophysiology. For instance, oxidative stress arising from exposure to environmental stressors such as irradiation or chemicals can be a major source of pathophysiological change leading to disease initiation and progression. Examples are diseases of the lung, eye, and skin where significant involvement of free radical-mediated tissue injury is indicated. Such environmental diseases comprise, e.g., UV-induced cataract, toxic dermatitis caused by oxidizing chemicals, asbestosis, silicosis, and tobacco smoke- and diesel exhaust particle-associated health problems 19 . It is clearly evident that many genetic diseases, such as thalassemias, hereditary hemochromatosis, and cystic fibrosis, are also accompanied by an imbalance in the cellular redox state (oxidative stress), which may have an influence on the disease phenotype. Research in this...

In Vitro Neurochemical Techniques 221 Superfusion

Transmitter release from brain preparations (synaptosomes or slices) in vitro is typically measured by superfusion (Figure 2.1). The term superfusion was coined by H.E. Gaddum in 1953,6 although the principle had been applied in earlier studies. It refers to the flow of liquid, typically physiological buffer, over tissue (as opposed to perfusion in which liquid flows through the tissue). Usually several samples are superfused in parallel, and serial fractions of superfusate are collected for analysis of released transmitter. After establishing a stable baseline, transmitter release can be evoked by drug application or electrical stimulation in the presence or absence of antagonists or other drugs. Automated superfusion systems, designed for brain slices, are produced commercially. A customized system, with subsecond time resolution, has been developed7 but there have been no published reports yet of nicotine-evoked transmitter release measured over such brief timescales. Recently a...

Comparisons of Steroid Hormonal Factors in Nested Case Control Studies

Dorgan et al. 167 reported results from population-based nested case-control study from a cohort of Finnish men from the Alpha-Tocopherol, Beta-Carotene Cancer Prevention Study of cigarette smokers with a follow-up of 58 years. There were no significant differences between cases and controls or associations with risk for base-line serum testosterone, free testosterone, SHBG, DHT, DHEA sulfate, 3a,17f-androstanediol glucuronide, androstenedione, estrone, or 17f-estradiol. There was a non-significant trend towards a higher ratio of testosterone to DHT in cases than controls and a non-significant positive association with risk for this ratio. These finding perhaps suggest an inverse relation between 5a-reductase activity and prostate cancer risk.

In Vivo Neurochemical Methods

In vivo microdialysis has been widely used to measure transmitter release with respect to nicotine, the majority of studies has focused on monitoring dopamine overflow. This technique has the benefit that it can provide results from the functioning brain in conscious, freely moving animals. It has high anatomical precision, enabling small, adjacent structures (such as the core and the shell of the accumbens) to be examined independently. On the negative side, in vivo microdialysis has poor temporal resolution (in vivo voltametry offers higher temporal resolution50) and it is impractical for detailed dose-response relationships. Moreover, drug concentrations reaching the nAChR can only be estimated. Most applications of in vivo microdialysis to study nicotinic mechanisms in the brain have employed systemic administration of nicotine. However, local delivery of antagonists (into cell body areas via a cannula, or into terminal fields via the dialysis probe) can define the site of action...

Induction Of Aox Enzymes

However, it is important also to have an index of total DNA damage in the human body (i.e., the input side of the steady-state equation). The most common approach has been to assess the output side (i.e., trying to estimate the rate of repair of oxidized DNA). This is usually achieved by measuring urinary excretion of DNA base damage products. Several DNA base damage products are excreted in human urine, including 80HdG, 8-hydroxyguanine, 8-hydroxyadenine, and 7-methyl-8-hydroxy-guanine (39,41,42), but the one most exploited is 80HdG, usually measured by a method involving highperformance liquid chromatography (HPLC) with electrochemical detection (38). For example, in one study of 169 humans, the average 80HdG excretion was 200-300 pmol kg per 24 h, corresponding to 140-200 oxidative modifications of guanine per cell per day (42,43). Furthermore, smokers excrete 50 more 80HdG than nonsmokers on average, suggestive of a mean 50 increased rate of oxidative DNA damage from smoking (42)....

Other Routes Of Administration

When a compound is administered by topical application, the target is normally, but not always (e.g. a nicotine patch), local as with local anaesthetics. There is a fatty protective barrier on the skin that the substance has to traverse. The substance may therefore be applied in a solvent or as a cream that helps it to cross this barrier. A fat-solubilizing group such as ester may be chemically attached to the drug. This group may be removed subsequently by esterases within the body to reveal the active drug once it has crossed the barrier. The esterification of cortical steroids that are used in creams to alleviate skin conditions such as psoriasis, exemplifies this.

Skins Circulatory System

The veins of skin are organized along the same lines as the arteries in that there are both subpapillary and subdermal plexuses (10). The main arteriole communication to these is the capillary bed. Copious blood is passed through capillaries when the core body is either feverish or overheated, far more than needed to sustain the life force of the epidermis, and this rich perfusion lends a red coloration to fair skin. The vascular surface available for exchange of substances between the blood and the local tissue has been estimated to be of the same magnitude as that of the skin, that is, 1 to 2 cm2 per square centimeter of skin. At room temperature, about 0.05 mL of blood flows through the skin per minute per gram of tissue. This perfusion increases considerably when the skin is warmed (3,11). Sufficient blood courses to within 150 im of the skin's surface to efficiently draw chemicals into the body that have percutaneously gained access to this depth (6). Blood circulation at this...

Delta Receptors and Chronic Drugs of Abuse

Mu receptor knockout mice showed no reponse to morphine 76 , confirming definitely that mu receptors are the primary target for abused opiates and are critical in mediating opioid addiction. Interestingly also the MOR mutants showed no alcohol 75 , THC 77 , and nicotine 78 reward, suggesting that mu receptors are more generally key players in responses to drugs of abuse, presumably because of their prominent role in modulating neural circuits of reward and addiction. The implication of delta receptors in adaptations to chronic drug use is more complex, and responses of delta receptor knockout mice to drugs of abuse have been variable.

Nigrostriatal And Mesolimbic Dopaminergic Systems

Dopamine's role as a major central neurotransmitter, and its involvement in motor activity, were confirmed when it was found that one area of the brain in particular, the caudate nucleus, contained the highest concentration of DA of any tissue in the body (Bertler and Rosengren, 1959 Sano et al., 1959). This brain area was already known to mediate the extrapyramidal side effects of several drugs, and the experiments of Vander Eecken et al. (1960) and Adams et al. (1964) showed that patients with movement disorders had loss of tissue in the caudate nucleus. It was also discovered from post-mortem samples that there were much lower levels of DA in the caudate putamen (striatum) as well as the cell bodies of the substantia nigra (SN) in Parkinson's patients than in these same brain areas from normal individuals (Ehringer and Hornykiewicz, 1960). Within two years the efficacy of using L-DOPA to alleviate the symptoms of Parkinson's disease was reported by Birkmayer and Hornykiewicz (1961)...

The Importance of Monoamine Transporters in the Development of Psychopharmacology

In addition monoamine uptake inhibitors are used in the treatment of obesity (sibutramine) smoking cessation (bupropion) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) (atomoxetine). The amphetamines exert their psychostimulant effects by acting as selective ligands for norepinephrine and dopamine uptake, subsequently displacing dopamine and norepinephrine. Amphetamine and the analog methyl phenidate (Ritalin) are widely used in the treatment of ADHD. The psychostimulant drug cocaine also acts by virtue of its ability to inhibit the dopamine transporter.

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Nicotinic receptors are widely distributed in the brain and are involved in a number of physiological processes. The prefrontal cortex is a major site for the cognitive effects of nicotine (Vidal 1996). Some of the cognitive benefits of nicotine may occur after chronic treatment, resulting in part from nicotinic receptor up-regulation in frontal, entorhinal, and dorsal hippocampal regions (Abdulla et al. 1996). Chronic nicotine treatment also increases the sensitivity of muscarinic receptors (Wang et al. 1996). Indirect mechanisms Nicotine has indirect effects on monoamine systems. A considerable amount of research has examined the relationships between nicotine and dopamine activity in the brain, in light of dopamine's role in reinforcement and nicotine's addictive properties. Nicotine increases dopamine turnover in the striatum and cerebral cortex (Clarke and Reuben 1996 Tani et al. 1997 Nanri et al. 1998). It also increases burst activity in dopamine...

Materials and Methods

CVD, including end points likely to be affected by antioxidant mechanisms (e.g., ischemic heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, sudden death, and diseases of arterioles). Adjustment for potential confounders in multivariate analyses from all three studies were generally comparable however, the first two studies used smoking status (i.e., current, past, never) whereas the last study used average number of cigarettes smoked per day. Five studies examined the relation between vitamin C intake and fatal CHD only one found a significant association although another tended to be significant. Dietary vitamin C intake was significantly associated with CHD mortality (ICD-8, codes 410-414) among Finnish women but not Finnish men (22). Women in the middle (< 61 mg d) and highest (61-85 mg d) tertile had a 50 lower risk of CHD mortality than women in the lowest tertile (< 60-61 mg d) (22). Middle-aged men in Chicago followed for 24 y who had intakes between 113 and 393 mg d compared with...

Dynamics Of Da Release

Although the studies cited above suggest that the nicotine-evoked release of DA from terminals of mesocorticolimbic and nigrostriatal neurons is primarily a direct result of the stimulation of postsynaptic receptors in the VTA and NA, respectively, the evidence indicates that nicotine's effect at the nerve terminals is modulated by the firing pattern of dopaminergic neurons which, in turn, is affected by amino acid neurotransmitter actions. In the early 1980s, electrophysiological measurements of the activity of dopaminergic neurons in the SN found that, in addition to spontaneous single depolarizations, characteristic bursting patterns of multiple spikes were also observed (Grace and Bunney, 1983, 1984). It was soon discovered that neurons in the VTA had higher burst firing activity than those in the SN (Grenhoff et al., 1986, 1988 Clark and Chiodo, 1988) and the administration of nicotine to animals More direct measurements of glutamatergic modulation of nigrostriatal and mesolimbic...

Vitamin E Supplement

In an elderly cohort (n 11,178), vitamin E supplementation alone reduced all-cause mortality risk 20 independently of other factors (7), and risk for coronary disease mortality and cancer mortality were reduced 36 and 28 , respectively, in vitamin E users (7). In the American Cancer Society cohort, short- or long-term vitamin E supplement use was not associated with reduced risk of colorectal cancer however, long-term vitamin E use was associated with decreased risk of colorectal cancer mortality in participants who were current cigarette smokers (-40 ) (6). Two large, prospective populations studies showed a reduced risk for all-cause mortality in men ingesting > 113 mg vitamin E daily (-28 , P 0.06) (10) and trends toward a reduction in the risk of all-cause mortality (-13 ) and cardiovascular mortality (-42 ) in women ingesting > 45 mg vitamin E d (11). The prospective, randomized, placebo-controlled Alpha-Tocopherol, Beta Carotene Cancer Prevention Study (n 29,133 876 new lung...

Functional Activity Of Upregulated nAChRs On Dopaminergic Neurons

As indicated above, by the late 1970s it was clear that nicotine could stimulate the release of DA by acting on nAChRs in the brain. At this time, the ligand most often used to characterize nAChR binding sites was 125I alpha-bungarotoxin (aBTX), and it had been demonstrated in dozens of studies that aBTX binding sites were present in a number of brain areas (see reviews by Morley et al., 1979 Oswald and Freeman, 1981). Although the chronic treatment of nicotine had been shown to result in tolerance to a number of the behavioral and neurochemical effects of nicotine, no studies at that time indicated that chronic nicotine treatment produced changes in 125I aBTX binding sites in the brain. In 1983, Schwartz and Kellar (using 3H acetylcholine) and Marks and coworkers (using 3H nicotine) independently discovered that the chronic treatment of animals with nicotine produced an increase in binding sites in the rat cortex (Schwartz and Kellar, 1983) and several mouse brain areas (Marks et...

Redox Biology and Life

Many internal processes, influenced by lifestyle choices, can affect radical levels. Cigarette smoking and excessive consumption of alcohol result in measurably increased levels of radicals. Exogenous sources and environmental conditions can create radicals from ionizing radiation (sun exposure, cosmic rays, medical X-rays, or industrial processes), environmental toxins, and atmospheric pollution (ozone or nitric oxide produced from motor exhaust) as well. Biological systems have evolved to control or sequester these radicals and still other systems have evolved to repair cell damage once it occurs. But before we can explore them further, some additional definitions are necessary.

Pharmacodynamic Variation

The ability to manufacture neurotransmitters or their receptors is a common feature of developing cells. During development, receptor stimulation uniquely communicates with the genes that control cell differentiation, changing the ultimate fate of the cell, so that there are permanent alterations in responsiveness. In a series of elegant experiments employing nicotine as a tool to disrupt the natural flow of events in developing tissue, Slotkin and his associates have demonstrated that nicotine targets specific neurotransmitter receptors in the fetal brain, eliciting abnormalities of cell proliferation and differentiation, leading to shortfalls in the number of cells and eventually to altered synaptic activity. Apart from demonstrating the adverse effects of nicotine, Slotkin's studies have revealed the close regulatory association of cholinergic and catecholaminergic systems. They also show that disruption of multiple transmitter pathways may have immediate developmental consequences...

Overview Of Peripheral Neuronal nAChRS

Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) belong to the ligand-gated ion channel receptor superfamily nAChRs are composed of 5 subunits arranged to form an integral ion channel that can open upon binding the neurotransmitter, ACh, or exogenous ligands, such as nicotine. Muscle type nAChRs are found at the neuromuscular junction and in the electric organs of fish. The muscle nAChRs are very well-characterized and will be noted but not discussed in this chapter. More recently, neuronal type nAChRs were identified in neurons in the central and peripheral nervous systems and also in epithelia. The nAChR family is found throughout the central nervous system (CNS), in the peripheral autonomic nervous system, in adrenal chromaffin cells, and also in skin, the cornea, cochlear, and bronchial epithelial cells (Nguyen et al., 2000b). Their functions, which are just beginning to be elucidated, are a subject of intense investigation (Cordero-Erausquin et al., 2000 Wessler et al., 1999).

Adverse Reactions to Supplemental Vitamin E

Meydani et al. (66) demonstrated the safety of vitamin E supplementation (27-360 mg d for 4 mo) using numerous toxicity indices including nutrient status, liver enzyme function, serum autoantibodies, plasma lipoprotein concentrations, bleeding time, and neutrophil cytotoxicity. Other large intervention trials reported no significant adverse events related to vitamin E supplementation (180-360 mg d) compared with placebo, providing reassurance for the conduct of large, long-term trials to address the efficacy of vitamin E supplementation (14,15). It is clear, however, that there are a few populations in which caution should be employed regarding vitamin E supplementation, mainly populations at risk of clinically important bleeding (67). Regular cigarette smoking has been associated with aneurysm formation and hemorrhage (17,68), possibly due to reduced levels of serum a1-antitrypsin with increased arterial collagen catabolism, a situation exacerbated by reduced platelet activity...

Clinical Trial Findings

Phase 3 trials have demonstrated the beneficial effect of Filgrastim on neutropenia after standard-dose chemotherapy. Two randomised, placebo-controlled, double-blind studies involving more than 300 patients with small-cell lung cancer receiving cyclophosphamide, adriamycin, etoposide (CAE) chemotherapy showed that Filgrastim significantly decreased the incidence, severity, and duration of severe neutropenia (43,44). In other randomised, placebo-controlled, double-blind trials, Filgrastim allowed increases in dose

Prooxidant Activity

Brown et al. (85) examined the effect of a wide range of supplemental vitamin E (0, 70, 140, 560, or 1050 mg d for 20 wk) on lipid peroxidation in male smokers and in men who had never smoked. Red blood cell vitamin E concentrations were significantly elevated in all groups ingesting vitamin E. The susceptibility of red blood cells to hydrogen peroxide-induced lipid peroxidation in vitro was reduced substantially (-63 to -73 , P < 0.05) in smokers ingesting 70-1050 mg vitamin E. In the non-smokers, lipid peroxidation was decreased in those ingesting 70, 140, or 560 mg vitamin E however, lipid peroxidation was significantly elevated (+36 ) in nonsmokers consuming the highest dosage of vitamin E, 1050 mg d. Moreover, the erythrocyte vitamin E plasma vitamin C ratio was highest in this group, indicating the highest degree of antioxidant imbalance of all groups. Thus, the increased susceptibility to red blood cell peroxidation in this group may reflect a decrease in vitamin C...

Gastrooesophageal reflux disease

Patients with gastro-oesophageal reflux disease should be advised about lifestyle changes (avoidance of excess alcohol and of aggravating foods such as fats) other measures include weight reduction, smoking cessation, and raising the head of the bed. For mild symptoms of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, initial management may include the use of antacids and alginates. Alginate-containing antacids can form a 'raft' that floats on the surface of the stomach contents to reduce reflux and protect the oesophageal mucosa. Histamine H2-receptor antagonists (section 1.3.1) may relieve symptoms and permit reduction in antacid consumption. However, proton pump inhibitors (section 1.3.5) provide more effective relief of symptoms than H2-receptor antagonists. When symptoms abate, treatment is titrated down to a level which maintains remission (e.g. by giving treatment intermittently).

In vitro cytotoxicity

The relationship between the rate of IT internalization and cell intoxication was investigated by Wargalla and Reisfeld (1989) who examined the relationship between the cellular internalization of an anti-ganglioside GD2 mAb and the toxic effects of its RTA-IT. The capacity for ligand uptake correlated with the cytotoxic activity of the IT against melanoma and small cell lung cancer (SCLC) cell lines. The authors demonstrated that the consequence of internalization of the IT is the intracellular release of undegraded RTA from the mAb. They concluded that the rate of internalization is a quantitative parameter that plays a key role in predicting the cytotoxic potency of an IT. Using the F(ab')2-T101-RTA-IT, directed against the CD5 Ag expressed on CEM leukemic T cells Ravel and Casellas (1990) found that during the first hours of cell intoxication internaliza-tion is not the rate limiting step of IT cytotoxicity. Internalization becomes limiting in cell intoxication only when the entry...

Rb PET Endothelial Function Measurements

We have reported coronary endothelial dysfunction in smokers using 15O water PET 34, 35 and we also evaluated therapeutic interventions 19, 35 . 13N ammonia PET has been widely applied for the measurement of coronary endothelial function 8, 36, 37 . However, there have been limited data on MBF quantification using compartment models with 82Rb, 15, 16 and there are no previous data evaluating the MBF response during the cold pressor test (CPT) for the measurement of coronary endothelial function. In the current study, the non-RPP corrected 82Rb MBF was significantly increased during CPT. This finding agreed with previous reports using 15O-labeled water 22, 34 . After the RPP correction, this significant change disappeared, this result being similar to that in a previous study by Furuyama et al. 22 . Thus, the present data have further extended the previous studies regarding 82Rb MBF measurements in normal subjects and demonstrate the potential of the new endothelial function testing...

Antisecretory drugs and mucosal protectants

Peptic ulceration commonly involves the stomach, duodenum, and lower oesophagus after gastric surgery it involves the gastro-enterostomy stoma. Healing can be promoted by general measures, stopping smoking and taking antacids and by antisecretory drug treatment, but relapse is common when treatment ceases. Nearly all duodenal ulcers and most gastric ulcers not associated with NSAIDs are caused by Helicobacter pylori.

Dietary Sources Supplements and Recommended Intake of Vitamin E

As an upper limit for supplemental vitamin E intake, the FNB published a dose for adults of 1 g d a-tocopherol (i.e., 1500 iu RRR- or 1100 iu all-rac-a-tocopherol) this dose is considered safe, showing no apparent side effects (6). In human intervention studies, various doses of vitamin E up to 3600 iu d have been used (21). Nevertheless, conclusive evidence from long-term studies regarding biological effects and safety of chronic intake of pharmacologic doses of vitamin E are lacking. In the Alpha-Tocopherol, Beta Carotene (ATBC) Cancer Prevention Study (22) with Finnish smokers consuming 50 iu d vitamin E for 6 y, an increase in mortality from hemorrhagic stroke was observed however, other intervention studies did not report such an adverse effect (23,24). It was suggested that pharmacologic doses of vitamin E are contraindicated in persons with blood coagulation disorders because vitamin E might exacerbate defects in the blood coagulation system due to its inhibitory effects on...

Photodynamic Therapy Of Cancer

Initial preparations of hematoporphyrin were complex mixtures of porphyrin oligomers, which were later replaced by photophrin (porfimer sodium oligomer), which has a more regular composition.1 3 The semisynthetic derivative talapor-phin (mono-l-aspartylchlorin e6) has been approved for early stage lung cancer and, compared with other photosensitizers, it has the advantage of its high aqueous solubility and of being associated with minimum cutaneous photosensitivity. It has a long activation wavelength of 664 nm (in the red part of the visible spectrum), allowing deeper tissue penetration (Fig. 4.46).104

Dynamic Aspects in Drug Release

Rectly or indirectly by the variable monitored, the factors involved in the production of pulsatile oscillations have been studied thoroughly. One of the most studied means for driving the periodic delivery of drugs is the utilization of chemical pH oscillators 96,98,99 . It was demonstrated that periodic drug delivery could be achieved as a result of the effect of pH on the permeability of acidic or basic drugs through lipophilic membranes. The model system of Gi-annos et al. 98 comprises a thin ethylene vinyl-acetate copolymer membrane separating a sink from an iodate-thiosulfate-sulfite pH oscillator compartment into which drugs like nicotine or benzoic acid are introduced. In the work of Misra and Siegel 96,99 a model system consisting of the bromate-sulfite-marble pH oscillator in a continuously stirred tank reactor is used, along with acidic drugs of varying concentration. Figure 4.16 provides a schematic for the periodic flux of a drug through the membrane according to the pH...

Cell Signaling and the Peroxiredoxin Based System Regulation of Transcription Factors Cell Cycle and Apoptosis

Molecules of the Prdx-based system also influence a number of other cell signaling pathways, most of which are less well understood. For instance, decrease of Prdx 1 expression was associated with decreased VEGF expression in Prdx 1 antisense transfected lung cancer cells 179 . Trx 1 activates hypoxia-inducible factor a (HIF-a, see Chapter 9), and this in turn leads to elevated VEGF expression 180 . C-terminal modification of TR 1 by an electrophile leads to the disruption of p53 conformation and triggers apoptosis 181 .

Site Directed Mutagenesis

The a2 nicotinic subunit contains a proline at position 198, whereas a3 contains a glutamine residue. When site-directed mutagenesis was used to substitute the proline residue in a2 by glutamine, the resultant mutant a2b2 combination showed an increased sensitivity to neuronal bungarotoxin, but a reduced relative potency for nicotine, properties of the normal a3b2 (41).

Testing for Genetic Association of Human Drug Response

At times, it may be of interest to examine the statistical association between a disorder and genetically determined phenotypes (or genotypes) in a series of studies. The approach of Woolf 40 as modified by Haldane41 is suitable for this purpose. Evans and colleagues applied this approach to test the association of urinary bladder cancer to slow acetylator phenotype and found about 39 more cancer in slow than rapid acetylators.42 Bladder cancer is known to occur at a higher rate in subjects exposed to carcinogenic arylamines, in tobacco smoke, and especially among workers in the aniline dye industry.43 Carcinogenic ar-ylamines are, like isoniazid, substrates for acetylation polymorphism. The data from several human studies of urban and occupationally exposed persons are shown in Table 5.13. Statistical analysis of a series of studies somewhat larger than that of Evans et al. shows the slow acetylator phenotype is significantly associated with about 36 more with bladder cancer than the...

Postsynaptic Receptors

An example of the usefulness of the thin brain slice technique is shown in a recent study on native nicotinic receptors in the medial habenula (65). The medial habenula contains high-affinity binding sites for nicotine (66), and excitatory nicotinic responses have been recorded in this brain region using intracellular recording in the intact slice (67) and patch clamp techniques in dissociated cells (68-71). Which nicotinic receptor(s) mediate these responses is unclear as in situ hybridization studies show that numerous nicotinic receptor subunits are expressed (5,33,72,73). The neuronal a7, a4, b2, and b3 genes are transcribed throughout the rat medial habenula, but the a3 and b4 genes are transcribed only in the ventral areas. Both a3 and a4, combined with either b2 or b4 subunits (but not b3), have been functionally expressed (in pairs) in Xenopus oocytes, while a7 expresses as a homo-oligomer (73,74). Thus, in expression systems, several different functional combinations of...

Extracellular Recording

In some instances it is desirable to record nerve cell activity without disturbing the cell membrane integrity. This can be achieved with extracellular recording. For example, this can be used to monitor the rate at which a cell fires action potentials. In the rat substantia nigra reticulata and ventral palladium, nicotine-induced increases in neuronal action potential firing rate were enhanced by alcohol (79). However, in the rat locus coeruleus, alcohol inhibited the excitatory effects of nicotine, kainate, and NMDA (80). Thus, the effects of ethanol on nicotinic receptors are not uniform in Extracellular recording can also monitor field potentials from an entire group of neurons. In an electroencephalogram, electrodes placed on the surface of the scalp can detect transient coordinated potential differences as waves of activity of thousands of neurons sweep through pathways in the brain. If a control individual is presented with an unexpected auditory stimulus, the wave of activity...

Intraindividual Biokinetic Comparisons of d3RRR and d6allrac

(15) and to elucidate the sites of biodiscrimination between vitamin E homologues and stereoisomers. Using this approach, intraindividual comparisons were made of plasma and tissue kinetics (8,16) including plasma kinetics in smokers and nonsmok-ers (17), hepatic VLDL secretion (6), metabolic breakdown to a-CEHC (18), maternal-fetal transfer (19), and of biodiscrimination between vitamin E homologues and stereoisomers (20). Studies measuring the plasma response to differentially labeled RRR-a-tocopherol, SRR-a-tocopherol (one of the eight stereoisomers of all-rac), and y-tocopherol have led to the hypothesis that absorption takes place with roughly equal efficiencies indicating little or no discrimination among isomers in the digestive tract (6). In contrast, biodiscrimination occurs in the liver, resulting in preferential resecre-tion of RRR via nascent very low density lipoproteins (VLDL) into blood (6), and this Traber, M., Winklhofer-Roob, B.M., Roob, J.M., Khoschsorur, G.,...

The Discovery Of Oncogenic Egfr Mutations

The role of growth factor signaling in the pathophysiology of cancer progression is underscored by the notion that transformed cells in culture exhibit a reduced requirement for serum-borne growth factors in media, which is due to autocrine or paracrine secretion of high levels of various growth factor molecules (30, 31). Many of these factors are ligands for EGFR, such as transforming growth factor-alpha (TGF-a), implicating EGFR as a key regulator of cancer cell growth and proliferation. In addition, both EGF and TGF-a have been found to be expressed at high levels in a number of lung cancer cell lines and tumor samples (32,33). These paracrine signaling loops provided a rationale for the design of monoclonal antibodies that target the extracellular ligand-binding domain of EGFR, preventing receptor dimerization and activation (34).

Potentiation Of Opioidbased Anesthesia

In order to prevent a possible persistence of respiratory depression, and avoid the potential side effect such as nausea and emesis in the postoperative period, however, at the same time maintain a sufficient depth of anesthesia there are several possibilities how to potentiate opioid-related analgesia. Also, a particular patient population has to be recognized, which demonstrates an opioid resistance. Medical history reveals an abuse of narcotics, of alcohol, shows a heavy nicotine dependency, or a regular benzodiazepine intake. Different techniques are capable to potentiate an opioid-based anesthesia Use of Hypnotics

In Vivo Efficacy Evaluations

The MTD and tumour growth delay (TGD) in Lewis lung cancer (LL 2) 13 and B16 melanoma syngeneic tumours in female C57BL 6 mice19 after a single IP injection were used to evaluate the biological consistency of CT-2103. In these studies the paclitaxel-equivalent MTD varied between 160 and 240 mg kg, and the mean SD range for TGD to 500 mm3 was 3.8 1.8 range 0.4 - 9.8 days for Lewis lung tumours and 6.2 3.2 range 1.3 - 13.2 for B16 tumors13,19. The TGD to 500 mm3 for paclitaxel in Cremophor-ethanol at its MTD of 80 mg kg was 2.0 + -0.9 range 0.4-3.5 days (n 16) in mice bearing the LL 2 and 2.0 + - 1.1 range 0.7-4.3 days (n 10) in B-16 model (p< 0.01 compared to CT-2103 for both models).

Secondary Stroke Prevention

Include the identification and modification of risk factors. In most instances, data on the potential benefits of risk-factor management for secondary stroke prevention have been extrapolated from studies focused on primary prevention. In the last few years, however, a body of evidence has shown that antihypertensive therapy decreases recurrences by one-third among subjects who have already suffered a first stroke.99-101 Cigarette smoking increases the risk of stroke 1.5-fold and should be intensely discouraged.102 Although specific evidence regarding the benefits of secondary stroke prevention is still lacking, it has been suggested that statins may reduce the incidence of first stroke by 30 in patients with symptomatic coronary artery disease or hypercholesterolaemia, and a similar efficacy might be expected to occur in patients with prior stroke.103 Nevertheless, there is still a large gap between the benefits of risk-factor control in reducing recurrences as reported by several...

Flavonoids and Cancer

A dozen prospective and case-control studies in Finland, the Netherlands, and the United States have found no consistent trend and association between flavonoids and cancer risk for any forms of cancer or for total cancers.66 However, the twenty-four-year follow-up data from the Finnish Mobile Clinic Health Examination Survey of 9,959 people showed high flavonol and flavone intakes reduce risk for lung cancer for men and for women.67 As mentioned earlier, the ATBC Cancer Prevention Study of 27,110 Finnish men, shows a significant reduction in lung cancer risk after a 6.1-year follow-up among those with the highest flavonol and flavone intake. The Iowa Women's Health Study, observing 34,651 subjects, found a decline in rectal cancer with flavanol intake that did not extend to colon cancer.68

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