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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515770/high-level-expression-of-recombinant-human-growth-hormone-in-escherichia-coli-crucial-role-of-translation-initiation-region
#1
Mahsa Ghavim, Khalil Abnous, Fatemeh Arasteh, Sahar Taghavi, Maryam Sadat Nabavinia, Mona Alibolandi, Mohammad Ramezani
For high-throughput production of recombinant protein in Escherichia coli (E. coli), besides important parameters such as efficient vector with strong promoter and compatible host, other important issues including codon usage, rare codons, and GC content specially at N-terminal region should be considered. In the current study, the effect of decreasing the percentage of GC nucleotides and optimizing codon usage at N-terminal region of human growth hormone (hGH) cDNA on the level of its expression in E. coli were investigated...
April 2017: Research in Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515769/inhibitory-effects-of-different-fractions-of-nepeta-satureioides-on-melanin-synthesis-through-reducing-oxidative-stress
#2
Seyed Ahmad Emami, Rezvan Yazdian-Robati, Mohammad Sadeghi, Javad Baharara, Elaheh Amini, Farzaneh Salek, Zahra Tayarani-Najaran
Nepeta satureioides Boiss. has been used in traditional medicine of eastern countries and is famous for its medicinal properties. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of methanol (MeOH), n-hexane and dichloromethane (CH2Cl2) fractions of the extract on melanin synthesis and oxidative stress in B16F10 melanoma cell line. The B16F10 cell line viability after treatment with increasing concentrations of different fractions of the plant (5-60 μg/mL) was measured using MTT assay. The inhibitory effect on synthesis of melanin, mushroom tyrosinase activity, cellular tyrosinase and oxidative stress were determined by the colorimetric and fluorometric methods...
April 2017: Research in Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515768/effect-of-acute-and-long-term-potassium-bromide-administration-on-spatial-working-memory-in-rat
#3
Faezeh Safdari, Mohammad Rabbani, Ali Hosseini-Sharifabad
Potassium bromide (KBr), an old antiepileptic agent, is illegally used in pharmaceutical or food industries to improve the product appearance. KBr has been proven to influence several pathways which are important in memory formation. Therefore, the present study aimed to evaluate the effect of KBr on spatial working memory using object recognition task (ORT). Rats received a single dose of KBr (50, 100 or 150 mg/kg), per oral, in acute treatment. KBr long term effects were also studied in animals receiving 50 mg/kg/day of KBr for 28 consecutive days...
April 2017: Research in Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515767/cost-effectiveness-evaluation-of-aspirin-in-primary-prevention-of-myocardial-infarction-amongst-males-with-average-cardiovascular-risk-in-iran
#4
Mohammadreza Amirsadri, Mohammad Javad Sedighi
Aspirin is one of the certified medicines commonly used for the secondary prevention of myocardial infarction (MI). Aspirin side effects and gastrointestinal bleeding, in particular, have arisen debates on its use for the primary prevention of MI. The present research evaluates the cost-effectiveness of the use of aspirin in the primary prevention of MI among Iranian men with average cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk, using Markov modeling technique. The incremental cost-effectiveness ratios (ICERs) estimated to be 864 USA dollars (USD) per quality-adjusted life years (QALY) gained and 782 USD per life years gained (LYG) for each patient in the base-case scenario (public tariffs and no discounting)...
April 2017: Research in Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515766/pancreatic-protective-and-hypoglycemic-effects-of-vitex-agnus-castus-l-fruit-hydroalcoholic-extract-in-d-galactose-induced-aging-mouse-model
#5
Akram Ahangarpour, Ali Akbar Oroojan, Layasadat Khorsandi, Seyedeh Asma Najimi
D-galactose induces pancreatic disorder along with aging mouse model. Vitex agnus-castus (VAC) has potential pancreatic protective effect. Hence, this study was designed to evaluate the hypoglycemic and pancreas protective effects of VAC hydroalcoholic extract in D-galactose-induced aging female mice. In the present experimental study, 72 adult female Naval Medical Research Institute (NMRI) mice (weighing 30-35 g) were divided into 6 groups of control, VAC hydroalcoholic extract, D-galactose, D-galactose + VAC hydroalcoholic extract, aged, aged + VAC hydroalcoholic extract...
April 2017: Research in Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515765/preparation-and-in-vitro-in-vivo-evaluation-of-acyclovir-floating-tablets
#6
Rahim Bahri-Najafi, Abolfazl Mostafavi, Naser Tavakoli, Somayeh Taymouri, Mohammad-Mehdi Shahraki
In the current study, floating dosage form containing acyclovir was developed to increase its oral bioavailability. Effervescent floating tablets containing 200 mg acyclovir were prepared by direct compression method with three different rate controlling polymers including Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose K4M, Carbapol 934, and Polyvinylpyrrolidone. Optimized formulation showed good floating properties and in vitro drug release characteristics with mean dissolution time and dissolution efficacy of about 4.76 h and 54...
April 2017: Research in Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515764/the-effect-of-epicatechin-on-oxidative-stress-and-mitochondrial-damage-induced-by-homocycteine-using-isolated-rat-hippocampus-mitochondria
#7
Fatemeh Shaki, Yaghoub Shayeste, Mohammad Karami, Esmaeil Akbari, Mahdi Rezaei, Ramin Ataee
Oxidative stress and mitochondrial dysfunction are the main suggested mechanisms for neurodegenerative diseases. In this study, we have evaluated the effects of epicatechin (EC) on mitochondrial damage induced by homocycteine (Hcy) using isolated rat hippocampus mitochondria in vivo. EC (50 mg/kg) was gavaged daily for a period of 10 days, starting 5 days prior to Hcy (0.5 μmol/μL) intra hippocampus injection in rats. Mitochondria were isolated from brain by different centrifuge techniques. Mitochondrial function was assayed by MTT test...
April 2017: Research in Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515763/poly-ethylene-co-vinyl-alcohol-based-polymeric-thermo-responsive-nanocarriers-for-controlled-delivery-of-epirubicin-to-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#8
Farshid Hassanzadeh, Maryam Farzan, Jaleh Varshosaz, Ghadam Ali Khodarahmi, Sahar Maaleki, Mahboubeh Rostami
In this study, poly(ethylene-co-vinyl alcohol) (EVOH) as a novel biocompatible polymeric scaffold was surface modified by succinylation to get EVOHS and further pegylated to improve structural properties using methoxypolyethylene glycol (5000 Da) succinate (PEGS) along with targeting with retinoic acid (RA) to get final modified active and passive targeted conjugate (PEGS-EVOHS-RA) to evaluate its ability in carrying and delivery of epirubicin to hepatocellular carcinoma cell lines in response to varying temperatures...
April 2017: Research in Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515762/biochemical-and-histopathological-effects-of-green-tea-nanoparticles-in-ironized-mouse-model
#9
Hidayat Sulistyo, Dhadhang Wahyu Kurniawan, Lantip Rujito
Transfusion in the treatment of thalassemia gives rise to iron deposits in many organs. Since there are many obstacles in the use of deferoxamin (DFO) as an iron chelating agent, it is important to find another alternative therapy that can act as iron chelation. The study aims to compare the histopathological pictures of the heart and spleen in iron-induced rats after administration of DFO and nanoparticles of green tea extract. The research used experimental research design with a post-test only control group...
April 2017: Research in Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515761/oligonucleotide-aptamers-potential-novel-molecules-against-viral-hepatitis
#10
REVIEW
Mina Mirian, Hossein Khanahmad, Leila Darzi, Mansour Salehi, Hojjat Sadeghi-Aliabadi
Viral hepatitis, as an international public health concern, seriously affects communities and health system. In recent years, great strides have been taken for development of new potential tools against viral hepatitis. Among these efforts, a valuable strategy introduced new molecules called "aptamers". Aptamers as potential alternatives for antibodies could be directed against any protein in infected cells and any components of viral particles. In this review, we will focus on recent advances in the diagnosis and treatment of viral hepatitis based on aptamer technology...
April 2017: Research in Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255318/celecoxib-mitigates-genotoxicity-induced-by-ionizing-radiation-in-human-blood-lymphocytes
#11
Seyed Jalal Hosseinimehr, Mahdieh Fathi, Arash Ghasemi, Seyedeh Nesa Rezaeian Shiadeh, Tayyeb Allahverdi Pourfallah
Ionizing radiation causes DNA damage and chromosome abbreviations on normal cells. The radioprotective effect of celecoxib (CLX) was investigated against genotoxicity induced by ionizing radiation in cultured human blood lymphocytes. Peripheral blood samples were collected from human volunteers and were incubated at different concentrations at 1, 5, 10 and 50 μM of CLX for two hours. At each dose point, the whole blood was exposed in vitro to 150 cGy of X-ray, and then the lymphocytes were cultured with mitogenic stimulation to determine the micronucleus frequency in cytokinesis blocked binucleated lymphocytes...
February 2017: Research in Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255317/the-effect-of-nigella-sativa-on-inflammation-induced-myocardial-fibrosis-in-male-rats
#12
Fatemeh Norouzi, Azam Abareshi, Fereshteh Asgharzadeh, Farimah Beheshti, Mahmoud Hosseini, Mehdi Farzadnia, Majid Khazaei
Nigella sativa (NS) (Ranunculaceae) used as a protective and therapeutic traditional medicine. This study evaluates the effect of NS on inflammation-induced myocardial fibrosis, serum and tissue inflammatory markers, and oxidative stress status in male rats. Fifty male Wistar rats were divided into five groups: (1) control; (2) lipopolysaccharide (LPS), 1 mg/kg/day; (3) LPS + NS (hydroalcoholic extract), 100 mg/kg/day; (4) LPS + NS, 200 mg/kg/day; (5) LPS + NS, 400 mg/kg/day (n = 10 in each group). The duration of LPS administration was two weeks...
February 2017: Research in Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255316/imatinib-and-its-combination-with-2-5-dimethyl-celecoxibinduces-apoptosis-of-human-ht-29-colorectal-cancer-cells
#13
Somayeh Atari-Hajipirloo, Saba Nikanfar, Amir Heydari, Fatemeh Kheradmand
Mono-targeting by imatinib as a main antitumor agent does not always accomplish complete cancer suppression. 2,5-dimethyl-celecoxib (DMC) is a close structural analog of the selective cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) inhibitor, celecoxib, that lacks COX-2 inhibitory function. In this study, we aimed to show the apoptotic effects of imatinib in combination with DMC in human HT-29 colorectal cancer (CRC) cells. HT-29 CRC cells were treated with IC50 dose of imatinib (6.60 μM), DMC (23.45 μM), and their combination (half dose of IC50) for 24 h...
February 2017: Research in Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255315/in-silico-designing-of-a-new-cysteine-analogue-of-hirudin-variant-3-for-site-specific-pegylation
#14
Seyed Mehdi Sajjadi, Hamzeh Rahimi, Saeed Mohammadi, Mohammad Faranoush, Hasan Mirzahoseini, Gholamreza Toogeh
Hirudin is an anticoagulant agent of the salivary glands of the medicinal leech. Recombinant hirudin (r-Hir) displays certain drawbacks including bleeding and immunogenicity. To solve these problems, cysteine-specific PEGylation has been proposed as a successful technique. However, proper selection of the appropriate cysteine residue for substitution is a critical step. This study has, for the first time, used a computational approach aimed at identifying a single potential PEGylation site for replacement by cysteine residue in the hirudin variant 3 (HV3)...
February 2017: Research in Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255314/anticonvulsant-activity-of-dorema-ammoniacum-gum-evidence-for-the-involvement-of-benzodiazepines-and-opioid-receptors
#15
Manijeh Motevalian, Saeed Mehrzadi, Samira Ahadi, Asie Shojaii
This study investigated the anticonvulsant activity and possible mechanism of action of an aqueous solution of Dorema ammoniacum gum (DAG) which has been used traditionally in the treatment of convulsions. In this study, the anticonvulsant activity of DAG was examined using the pentylentetrazole (PTZ) model in mice. Thirty male albino mice were divided randomly and equally to 5 groups, and pretreated with normal saline, diazepam, or various doses of DAG (500, 700, and 1000 mg/kg, i.p.), prior to the injection of PTZ (60 mg/kg, i...
February 2017: Research in Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255313/effect-of-concomitant-administration-of-three-different-antidepressants-with-vitamin-b6-on-depression-and-obsessive-compulsive-disorder-in-mice-models
#16
Azadeh Mesripour, Valiollah Hajhashemi, Athar Kuchak
Vitamin B6 is a cofactor of various enzymes influencing numerous neurotransmitters in the brain such as norepinephrin, and serotonin. Since these neurotransmitters influence mood, the aim the present work to evaluate the effect of vitamin B6 on depression and obsessive compulsive behavior when coadministred with clomipramine, fluoxetine, or venlafaxine. Male mice weighing 25-30 g were used. The immobility time and latency to immobility was measured in the forced swimming test as a model of despair and the number of marbles buried (MB) in an open field was used as the model of obsessive compulsive behavior in mice...
February 2017: Research in Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255312/radioprotective-effects-of-lentil-sprouts-against-x-ray-radiation
#17
Abbas Haghparast, Kamran Mansouri, Samane Moradi, Fatemeh Dadashi, Saeed Eliasi, Mahdi Sobhani, Kambiz Varmira
The present study investigated the radioprotective efficacy of lentil (Lens culinaris) sprouts against X-ray radiation-induced cellular damage. Lentil seeds were dark germinated at low temperature and the sprout extract was prepared in PBS. Free radical scavenging of extract was evaluated using 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) assay and then the radioprotective potency of extract (0 to 1000 μg/mL) on the lymphocyte cells was determined by lactate dehydrogenases assay. Moreover, micronuclei assay was assessed using the cytokinesis-block technique...
February 2017: Research in Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255311/in-vitro-antioxidant-and-cytotoxic-potential-of-different-parts-of-tephrosia-purpurea
#18
Ramamoorthy Padmapriya, Sankar Ashwini, Ramasamy Raveendran
The antioxidant and cytotoxic properties of four major parts of methanolic extracts of Tephrosia purpurea including leaves, root, stem and seed were investigated and compared. In vitro antioxidant activity of T. purpurea extracts was evaluated using 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH), ferric reducing antioxidant power (FRAP), reducing power assay and antihemolytic assay. In vitro cytotoxic effect of T. purpurea extracts on SW620 colorectal cancer cell line was studied using 3-(4, 5-dimethylthiazolyl -2,5-diphenyl-tetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay...
February 2017: Research in Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255310/binding-mode-of-triazole-derivatives-as-aromatase-inhibitors-based-on-docking-protein-ligand-interaction-fingerprinting-and-molecular-dynamics-simulation-studies
#19
Ayyub Mojaddami, Amirhossein Sakhteman, Masood Fereidoonnezhad, Zeinab Faghih, Atena Najdian, Soghra Khabnadideh, Hossein Sadeghpour, Zahra Rezaei
Aromatase inhibitors (AIs) as effective candidates have been used in the treatment of hormone-dependent breast cancer. In this study, we have proposed 300 structures as potential AIs and filtered them by Lipinski's rule of five using DrugLito software. Subsequently, they were subjected to docking simulation studies to select the top 20 compounds based on their Gibbs free energy changes and also to perform more studies on the protein-ligand interaction fingerprint by AuposSOM software. In this stage, anastrozole and letrozole were used as positive control to compare their interaction fingerprint patterns with our proposed structures...
February 2017: Research in Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255309/effects-of-doxepin-on-gene-expressions-of-bcl-2-family-tnf-%C3%AE-map-kinase-14-and-akt1-in-the-hippocampus-of-rats-exposed-to-stress
#20
Parham Reisi, Nastaran Eidelkhani, Laleh Rafiee, Mohammad Kazemi, Maryam Radahmadi, Hojjatallah Alaei
Stress is one of the effective factors in the development of depressive disorders that performs some parts of its effects by affecting hippocampus. Since doxepin has been shown to have neuroprotective effects, in this study, we focused on the effects of doxepin on the expression of involved genes in neuronal survival and plasticity in the rat hippocampus following chronic stress. Male Wistar rats were divided into four groups, the control, the stress, the stress-doxepin 1 mg/kg and the stress-doxepin 5 mg/kg, respectively...
February 2017: Research in Pharmaceutical Sciences
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