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Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods

Beth Williamson, Claire Wilson, Gayle Dagnell, Robert J Riley
INTRODUCTION: Prediction of human pharmacokinetics from in vitro assays and pre-clinical data is an integral part of drug discovery. In vitro stability metabolic studies can provide an estimate of in vivo hepatic intrinsic clearance through inclusion of biological scaling factors. Many labs have personalised stability protocols including marker compounds and have adopted QC criteria and assay limits to ensure data integrity. Contract research organisations (CRO's) provide integrated drug discovery support to academic and pharmaceutical/biotechnology institutions to progress their in-house projects...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods
Sayantan Nath, Sankar Kumar Ghosh, Yashmin Choudhury
INTRODUCTION: A murine model of type 2 diabetes mellitus was used to compare the antidiabetic effects of the dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP4) inhibitor vildagliptin and biguanide, metformin. METHODS: Swiss albino mice (n=20 males; n=25 females) were given high fat diet (HFD) ad libitum for 3weeks followed by low dose (40mgkg(-1) body weight, bw daily) of streptozotocin (STZ) intraperitoneally five times from the 22nd day of treatment onwards, with HFD continued up to 26th day...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods
Oksana N Khokhlova, Elena A Tukhovskaya, Irina N Kravchenko, Elena S Sadovnikova, Irina A Pakhomova, Elena A Kalabina, Alexander V Lobanov, Elvira R Shaykhutdinova, Alina M Ismailova, Arkady N Murashev
INTRODUCTION: It is important that the method of anesthesia of mice does not considerably alter the animal's physiological and metabolic status before terminal blood sampling taken in order to analyze clinical pathology parameters. METHODS: Hematology, hemostasis, and clinical chemistry parameters were compared in male and female BALB/c mice exposed to either tiletamine-zolazepam-xylazine (TZX) anesthesia or euthanasia in carbon dioxide (CO2) chamber to reveal an alternative method of anesthesia vs...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods
Tomomichi Ishizaka, Yu Yoshimatsu, Yu Maeda, Wataru Takasaki, Katsuyoshi Chiba, Kazuhiko Mori
INTRODUCTION: Load-independent cardiac parameters obtained from the ventricular pressure-volume relationship are recognized as gold standard indexes for evaluating cardiac inotropy.In this study, for better analyses of cardiac risks, load-independent pressure-volume loop parameters were assessed in addition to load-dependent inotropic, hemodynamic and electrocardiographic changes in isoflurane-anesthetized monkeys. METHODS: The animals were given milrinone (a PDE 3 inhibitor), metoprolol (a β-blocker), or dl-sotalol (a β+IKr blocker) intravenously over 10min at two dose levels including clinically relevant doses (n=5/drug)...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods
Cinzia Nasuti, Gloria Brunori, Piera Eusepi, Lisa Marinelli, Roberto Ciccocioppo, Rosita Gabbianelli
INTRODUCTION: Oxidative stress, alpha-synuclein changes, mitochondrial complex I defects and dopamine loss, observed in the striatum of rats exposed to the pesticide permethrin in early life, could represent neuropathological hallmarks of Parkinson's disease (PD). Nevertheless, an animal model of PD should also fulfill criteria of face and predictive validities. This study was designed to: 1) verify dopaminergic status in the striatum and substantia nigra pars compacta; 2) recognize non-motor symptoms; 3) investigate the time-course development of motor disabilities; 4) assess L-Dopa effectiveness on motor symptoms in rats previously exposed to permethrin in early life...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods
Naser Amini, Nasim Vousooghi, Mansoureh Soleimani, Ali Samadikuchaksaraei, Mehdi Akbari, Hosein Safakheil, Pezhman Atafimanesh, Ali Shahbazi, Peiman Brouki Milan, Sara Ramezani, Masoud Mozafari, Mohammad Taghi Joghataei
INTRODUCTION: Hemolytic kernicterus, an indirect bilirubin-induced brain dysfunction, is associated with hyper-bilirubinemia in mammalian neonates. In this study, a new model of kernicterus has been developed using intra-peritoneal injections of phenyl hydrazine and subcutaneous injections of sulfisoxazole. These drugs can potentially induce kernicterus in neonatal through changes in hemolysis and hypo-albumin. METHODS: For this purpose, 7-day-old male Wistar rats (n=72; mean weight 11±1 g) were used...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods
Ana Paula Terrasso, Ana Carina Silva, Augusto Filipe, Pedro Pedroso, Ana Lúcia Ferreira, Paula Marques Alves, Catarina Brito
INTRODUCTION: Central nervous system drug development has registered high attrition rates, mainly due to the lack of efficacy of drug candidates, highlighting the low reliability of the models used in early-stage drug development and the need for new in vitro human cell-based models and assays to accurately identify and validate drug candidates. 3D human cell models can include different tissue cell types and represent the spatiotemporal context of the original tissue (co-cultures), allowing the establishment of biologically-relevant cell-cell and cell-extracellular matrix interactions...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods
Frederick J Ehlert, Richard Sl Stein
We describe a method for estimating the affinities of ligands for active and inactive states of a G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR). Our protocol involves measuring agonist-induced signaling responses of a wild type GPCR and a constitutively active mutant of it under control conditions and after partial receptor inactivation or reduced receptor expression. Our subsequent analysis is based on the assumption that the activating mutation increases receptor isomerization into the active state without affecting the affinities of ligands for receptor states...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods
Laura E M Scullion Hall, Sally Robinson, John Finch, Hannah M Buchanan-Smith
We have an ethical and scientific obligation to Refine all aspects of the life of the laboratory-housed dog. Across industry there are many differences amongst facilities, home pen design and husbandry, as well as differences in features of the dogs such as strain, sex and scientific protocols. Understanding how these influence welfare, and hence scientific output is therefore critical. A significant proportion of dogs' lives are spent in the home pen and as such, the design can have a considerable impact on welfare...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods
Luisa C Domingos, Matheus Vilardo L Moreira, Kelly M Keller, Fernando Antônio B Viana, Marília M Melo, Benito Soto-Blanco
The fourth-generation fluoroquinolones are widely used as ophthalmic antimicrobials. This study aimed to validate a new analytical technique for simultaneous quantification of gatifloxacin, moxifloxacin, and besifloxacin concentrations in the cornea and aqueous humor by liquid chromatography (LC) coupled to quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry (QTOF/MS) at 10min and 1h after instillation of topical ophthalmic antimicrobial suspensions. It was used twenty-two male dogs without ocular lesions verified by ophthalmic and histologic examinations...
September 23, 2016: Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods
Icilio Cavero, Henry Holzgrefe
INTRODUCTION: This report summarizes and comments key talks on the five traditional senses (ear, vestibular system, vision, taste, olfaction, and touch) which were delivered during the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Safety Pharmacology (SP) Society. AREAS COVERED: The functional observational battery (FOB) can detect major candidate drug liabilities only on ear, touch and vision. Anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, and pathology notions on each sensory system introduce speaker talks...
September 19, 2016: Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods
Kiyoshi Takasuna, Keiichi Asakura, Seiichi Araki, Hiroyuki Ando, Katsuyuki Kazusa, Takashi Kitaguchi, Takeshi Kunimatsu, Shinobu Suzuki, Norimasa Miyamoto
Recent increasing evidence suggests that the currently-used platforms in vitro IKr and APD, and/or in vivo QT assays are not fully predictive for TdP, and do not address potential arrhythmia (VT and/or VF) induced by diverse mechanisms of action. In addition, other cardiac safety liabilities such as functional dysfunction of excitation-contraction coupling (contractility) and structural damage (morphological damage to cardiomyocytes) are also major causes of drug attrition, but current in vitro assays do not cover all these liabilities...
September 17, 2016: Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods
Abhay Joshi, Hiren Patel, Amit Joshi, Grazia Stagni
INTRODUCTION: Microdialysis is a technique that allows interstitial-fluid sampling with minimal tissue-damage. In a microdialysis study, samples are collected serially (continuous microdialysis, CMD) and participant's movements are reduced for the entire study. Intermittent Cutaneous Microdialysis (IMD) is a modified version of CMD, which allows for unrestrained periods in between samples. However, in separate experiments, pharmacokinetic parameters estimated with IMD showed higher variability than with CMD...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods
Najah Abi-Gerges, Amy Pointon, Karen L Oldman, Martin R Brown, Mark A Pilling, Clare E Sefton, Helen Garside, Christopher E Pollard
Cardiovascular toxicity is a prominent reason for failures in drug development, resulting in the demand for assays that can predict this liability in early drug discovery. We investigated whether iCell® cardiomyocytes have utility as an early QT/TdP screen. Thirty clinical drugs with known QT/TdP outcomes were evaluated blind using label-free microelectrode array (parameters measured were beating period (BP), field potential duration (FPD), fast Na(+) amplitude and slope) and live cell, fast kinetic fluorescent Ca(2+) transient FLIPR® Tetra (parameters measured were peak count, width, amplitude) systems...
September 10, 2016: Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods
Jesal Amin, Karthik Ramachandran, S Janette Williams, Annie Lee, Lesya Novikova, Lisa Stehno-Bittel
Early screens for new diabetes drugs rely on monolayers of β-cells, which are known to be poor predictors of the in vivo response. Previously, we developed a method to create uniform islet spheroids from freshly-dispersed human donor tissue for drug screening. While the human engineered islets worked well to reduce donor-to-donor variability, it is difficult and expensive to obtain sufficient high-quality human islets for drug testing. Thus, this study utilized a genetically-modified β-cell culture line (INS-1832/13) in 2D and as 3D spheroids and compared the results to human islet tissue formed into spheroids using a high-throughput 384-well format...
August 20, 2016: Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods
Taeko Kubo, Takashi Ashihara, Tadashi Tsubouchi, Minoru Horie
INTRODUCTION: To evaluate the usefulness of in silico assay in predicting drug-induced QTc prolongation and ventricular proarrhythmia, we describe in this study 2-dimensional transmural ventricular wedge preparation model (2D model) of non-failing (non-FH) and failing hearts (FH) based on O'Hara-Rudy dynamic model of human ventricular myocytes. METHODS: Using the prepared 2D model, we simulated ventricular action potential and recorded electrocardiogram for the non-FH and FH...
August 18, 2016: Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods
Nina Y Yuan, Michael M Poe, Christopher Witzigmann, James M Cook, Douglas Stafford, Leggy A Arnold
INTRODUCTION: Automated patch clamp is a recent but widely used technology to assess pre-clinical drug safety. With the availability of human neurons derived from pluripotent stem cells, this technology can be extended to determine CNS effects of drug candidates, especially those acting on the GABAA receptor. METHODS: iCell Neurons (Cellular Dynamics International, A Fujifilm Company) were cultured for ten days and analyzed by patch clamp in the presence of agonist GABA or in combination with positive allosteric GABAA receptor modulators...
August 18, 2016: Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods
David V Gauvin, Joshua D Yoder, David L Holdsworth, Marci L Harter, Jonelle R May, Noelle Cotey, Jill A Dalton, Theodore J Baird
The International Conference on Harmonisation's (ICH) Tripartite Guideline on Safety Pharmacology Studies for Human Pharmaceuticals has adopted the requirement that each new test substance must be tested for effects on the central nervous system prior to "first dose in man". This assessment is required to measure, at a minimum, the effects of the substance on general motor activity, behavioral changes, coordination, sensory/motor reflex responses, and body temperatures. To achieve this goal, ICH S7A recommends a neurobehavioral assessment (usually a functional observational battery (FOB) or modified Irwin test), which is generally undertaken in the rat...
August 14, 2016: Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods
Carla Brigagão Pacheco da Silva, Isabelle Prado Julio, Giuliano Engler Donadel, Isarita Martins
INTRODUCTION: There is certainly a great benefit to treatment with antineoplastic drugs for cancer patients with a life-threatening disease. However, for the workers who are exposed to these agents as part of their work practice, precautions should be taken to eliminate or reduce exposure as much as possible. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to develop and validate a wipe sampling procedure followed by liquid chromatographic separation with electrospray ionization and a tandem mass spectrometric detection method for the simultaneous determination of cyclophosphamide (CP), docetaxel (DOC), doxorubicin (DOXO) and 5-fluorouracil (5-FU)...
August 9, 2016: Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods
Georg Rast, Udo Kraushaar, Sandra Buckenmaier, Carina Ittrich, Brian D Guth
INTRODUCTION: Field potential duration in human pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC)-derived cardiomyocytes is discussed as parameter for the assessment of drug-induced delayed repolarization. In spontaneously beating hiPSC-derived cardiomyocytes field potential duration varies depending on beating rate but beating rate can also be influenced by field potential duration. This interdependence is not fully understood and therefore mandates careful data analysis and cautious interpretation of the results...
August 9, 2016: Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods
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