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Thomas Tängdén, Pier Giorgio Cojutti, Jason A Roberts, Federico Pea
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Valganciclovir is used as oral prophylaxis for cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection in kidney transplant recipients. However, limited pharmacokinetic data exist to guide dosing in this patient group. This study aimed to describe the population pharmacokinetics of valganciclovir in a large sample of kidney transplant recipients and predict optimal dosing based on Monte Carlo simulations. METHODS: Therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) data from adult kidney transplant recipients who received valganciclovir prophylaxis during a 10-year study period were collected retrospectively...
March 15, 2018: Clinical Pharmacokinetics
Hancheng Li, Chan Li, Yuting Zhou, Chaohua Luo, Jingying Ou, Jing Li, Zhixian Mo
Drug abuse is a public health and social problem. A number of studies have reported that drug addiction is associated with microRNAs (miRNAs). By comparing the expression of miRNAs in the serum exosomes of methamphetamine-dependent and ketamine-dependent rats, the aim of the present study was to provide insights into the miRNA-mediated associations between the two groups. Published results on conditioned place preference (CPP) in rats conditioned by methamphetamine and ketamine were replicated. The expression of miRNAs in serum exosomes were determined by gene-chip sequencing...
April 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Guillermo de Anda-Jáuregui, Kai Guo, Brett A McGregor, Junguk Hur
The quintessential biological response to disease is inflammation. It is a driver and an important element in a wide range of pathological states. Pharmacological management of inflammation is therefore central in the clinical setting. Anti-inflammatory drugs modulate specific molecules involved in the inflammatory response; these drugs are traditionally classified as steroidal and non-steroidal drugs. However, the effects of these drugs are rarely limited to their canonical targets, affecting other molecules and altering biological functions with system-wide effects that can lead to the emergence of secondary therapeutic applications or adverse drug reactions (ADRs)...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
John K Fallon, Nicole Houvig, Catherine L Booth-Genthe, Philip C Smith
Information is needed on the expression of transporters in lung to inform drug development and therapeutic decisions. Much of the information currently available is from semiquantitative gene expression or immunometric densitometry studies reported in the literature. NanoLC-MS/MS (MRM mode) isotope dilution targeted quantitative proteomics was used here to quantify twelve selected transporters in fresh human lung membrane fraction samples and in the membrane fraction of selected immortalized human lung epithelial cell line samples...
February 22, 2018: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
Jitendrakumar Patel, Jitendra Amrutiya, Priyanka Bhatt, Ankit Javia, Mukul Jain, Ambikanandan Misra
Aim of this study was to develop anti EGFR antibody conjugated poly (lactide-co-glycolide) nanoparticles (NPs) to target epidermal growth factor receptor, highly expressed on non-small cell lung cancer cells to improve cytotoxicity and site specificity. Cetuximab was conjugated to Docetaxel loaded PLGA NPs by known EDC/NHS chemistry and characterized for size, zeta potential, conjugation efficiency and results were 128.4 ±3.6 nm, -31.0 ± 0.8 mV and 39.77 ± 3.4% respectively. In-vitro release study demonstrated sustained release of drug from NPs with 25% release at pH 5...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Microencapsulation
Ziwei Wang, Feng Ji
MicroRNAs (miRNAs/miRs) are endogenous small non-coding RNAs that post-transcriptionally regulate the expression of genes and serve crucial roles in diverse biological processes. The present study aimed to examine the miRNA expression profile and drug resistance in the SGC7901 cell line and its isogenic drug-resistant counterpart, SGC7901/cisplatin (DDP) cell line. The potential role of miR-17-5p in modulating drug resistance in gastric cancer cells was investigated. Different levels of miRNA expression between SGC7901/DDP and SGC7901 cells were analyzed by miRNA microarray and validated by quantitative polymerase chain reaction...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Ning Zhan, Bin Li, Xiangying Xu, Jianyu Xu, Songliu Hu
Fatty acid synthase (FASN) is the key enzyme required for the de novo synthesis of long-chain fatty acids. FASN has been observed to be overexpressed in the majority of cancer tissues, and its expression is associated with a poor prognosis, potentially mediated by resistance to drug or radiation. The present study investigated whether the downregulation of FASN in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) may increase radiosensitivity. A lentiviral vector containing short hairpin RNA targeted to FASN (pSIH-H1-Puro-shFASN) was successfully constructed and transfected into A549 cells to knockdown the gene by RNA interference...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Adrian H Heald, Mark Livingston, Zuzanna Bien, Gabriela Y C Moreno, Ian Laing, Mike Stedman
BACKGROUND: In the financial year 2016/17 there were 52.0 million items prescribed for diabetes at a total net ingredient cost of £983.7 million - up from 28.9 million prescription items and £572.4 million in 2006/07. Anti-diabetes drugs (British National Formulary section 6.1.2) make up 45.1 per cent of the total £983.7 million net ingredient cost of drugs used in diabetes and account for 72.0 per cent of prescription items for all diabetes prescribing. METHODS: We examined the way that agents licensed to treat type 2 diabetes were used across GP practices in England in the year 2016/2017...
March 14, 2018: International Journal of Clinical Practice
Nirmesh Patel, Daniel Weekes, Konstantinos Drosopoulos, Patrycja Gazinska, Elodie Noel, Mamun Rashid, Hasan Mirza, Jelmar Quist, Fara Brasó-Maristany, Sumi Mathew, Riccardo Ferro, Ana Mendes Pereira, Cynthia Prince, Farzana Noor, Erika Francesch-Domenech, Rebecca Marlow, Emanuele de Rinaldis, Anita Grigoriadis, Spiros Linardopoulos, Pierfrancesco Marra, Andrew N J Tutt
Triple negative breast cancers (TNBCs) lack recurrent targetable driver mutations but demonstrate frequent copy number aberrations (CNAs). Here, we describe an integrative genomic and RNAi-based approach that identifies and validates gene addictions in TNBCs. CNAs and gene expression alterations are integrated and genes scored for pre-specified target features revealing 130 candidate genes. We test functional dependence on each of these genes using RNAi in breast cancer and non-malignant cells, validating malignant cell selective dependence upon 37 of 130 genes...
March 13, 2018: Nature Communications
Eduardo Méndez, Cristina P Rodriguez, Micheal Kao, Sharat C Raju, Ahmed Diab, Richard A Harbison, Eric Q Konnick, Ganesh Mugundu, Rafael Santana-Davila, Renato Martins, Neal D Futran, Laura Q M Chow
PURPOSE: The WEE1 tyrosine kinase regulates G2/M transition and maintains genomic stability, particularly in p53-deficient tumors which require DNA repair after genotoxic therapy. There is a need to exploit the role of WEE1 inhibition in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) mostly driven by tumor-suppressor loss. This completed phase I clinical trial represents the first published clinical experience using the WEE1 inhibitor, AZD1775, with cisplatin and docetaxel. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: We implemented an open-label phase I clinical trial using a 3+3 dose-escalation design for patients with Stage III/IVB HNSCC with borderline-resectable or unresectable disease, who were candidates for definitive chemoradiation...
March 13, 2018: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Azam Peyvandipour, Nafiseh Saberian, Adib Shafi, Michele Donato, Sorin Draghici
Motivation: Identification of novel therapeutic effects for existing U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved drugs, drug repurposing, is an approach aimed to dramatically shorten the drug discovery process, which is costly, slow and risky. Several computational approaches use transcriptional data to find potential repurposing candidates. The main hypothesis of such approaches is that if gene expression signature of a particular drug is opposite to the gene expression signature of a disease, that drug may have a potential therapeutic effect on the disease...
March 9, 2018: Bioinformatics
Yubo Xiao, Min Feng, Haiying Ran, Xiao Han, Xuegang Li
Increasing evidence has indicated that the abnormal expressions of certain genes serve important roles in tumorigenesis, progression and metastasis. The aim of the present study was to explore the key differentially expressed genes (DEGs) between non‑small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and matched normal lung tissues by analyzing 4 different mRNA microarray datasets downloaded from the Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO) database. In improving the reliability of the bioinformatics analysis, the DEGs in each dataset that met the cut‑off criteria (adjust P‑value <0...
March 9, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
Caleb J P Economou, Jan T Kielstein, David Czock, Jiao Xie, Jonathan Field, Brent Richards, Mandy Tallot, Adam Visser, Christina Koenig, Carsten Hafer, Julius J Schmidt, Jeffrey Lipman, Jason A Roberts
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to describe the population pharmacokinetics of vancomycin during prolonged intermittent renal replacement therapy (PIRRT) in critically ill patients with acute kidney injury. METHODS: Critically ill patients prescribed vancomycin across two sites had blood samples collected during 1-3 dosing intervals during which PIRRT was performed. Plasma samples were assayed with a validated immunoassay method. Population pharmacokinetic analysis and Monte Carlo simulations were performed using Pmetrics® ...
March 8, 2018: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
Johannes Breyer, Ralph M Wirtz, Philipp Erben, Thomas S Worst, Robert Stoehr, Markus Eckstein, Simone Bertz, Danijel Sikic, Stefan Denzinger, Maximilian Burger, Arndt Hartmann, Wolfgang Otto
BACKGROUND: A recent study on the comprehensive genomic profile of advanced urothelial bladder cancer (UBC) showed cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor 2A (CDKN2A) and fibroblast growth factor receptor 3 (FGFR3) as the most often clinically relevant genomic alterations. Therefore, the prognostic role of FGFR3 and CDKN2A/p16 for pT1 UBC was studied. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Clinical data and formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissues of pT1 UBC treated with an organ-preserving approach was analyzed retrospectively...
February 2, 2018: Clinical Genitourinary Cancer
W Masson, M Lobo, D Siniawski, M Huerín, G Molinero, R Valéro, J P Nogueira
BACKGROUND: Cholesteryl ester transfer protein (CETP) inhibitors are a class of drugs that targets the CETP enzyme to significantly increase serum high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) and decrease low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) levels. As HDL-C has potential antidiabetic properties, and the beneficial effects of CETP drugs on glucose homoeostasis have not been sufficiently studied, the aims of this study were: (1) to evaluate the effect of CETP inhibitors on the incidence of diabetes; and (2) to assess the association between CETP inhibitor-induced changes in HDL-C levels and incidence of diabetes...
February 20, 2018: Diabetes & Metabolism
Rohit Shukla, Harish Shukla, Timir Tripathi
Mycobacterium tuberculosis isocitrate lyase (MtbICL) is a crucial enzyme of the glyoxylate cycle and is a validated anti-tuberculosis drug target. Structurally distant, non-active site mutation (H46A) in MtbICL has been found to cause loss of enzyme activity. The aim of the present work was to explore the structural alterations induced by H46A mutation that caused the loss of enzyme activity. The structural and dynamic consequences of H46A mutation were studied using multiple computational methods such as docking, molecular dynamics simulation and residue interaction network analysis (RIN)...
January 2018: Tuberculosis
Nesreen A Safwat, Mona T Kashef, Ramy K Aziz, Khadiga F Amer, Mohammed A Ramadan
Tuberculosis remains a major health problem accentuated by the rise of resistance to all available drugs. Therefore, this study was launched to discover a novel antituberculosis agent from wild Egyptian Sahara plants. Twelve such plants were screened, in vitro, for their activity against various Mycobacterium species. The most active plant, Euphorbia paralias, was further fractionated with different organic solvents, and the activity of the obtained fractions was determined by the agar diffusion and broth microdilution methods...
January 2018: Tuberculosis
Merve Ertas, Zafer Sahin, Barkin Berk, Leyla Yurttas, Sevde N Biltekin, Seref Demirayak
Drugs used in breast cancer treatments target the suppression of estrogen biosynthesis. During this suppression, the main goal is to inhibit the aromatase enzyme that is responsible for the cyclization and structuring of estrogens either with steroid or non-steroidal-type inhibitors. Non-steroidal derivatives generally have a planar aromatic structure attached to the triazole ring system in their structures, which inhibits hydroxylation reactions during aromatization by coordinating the heme group. Bioisosteric replacement of the triazole ring system and development of aromatic/cyclic structures of the side chain can increase the selectivity for aromatase enzyme inhibition...
March 9, 2018: Archiv der Pharmazie
Jeannet C Bos, Jan M Prins, Mabor C Mistício, Ginto Nunguiane, Cláudia N Lang, José C Beirão, Ron A A Mathôt, Reinier M van Hest
Background: In sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), the highly albumin-bound β-lactam ceftriaxone is frequently used for the empirical treatment of severe bacterial infections. Systemic drug exposure of β-lactams can be altered in critically ill ICU patients, but pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic data for non-ICU SSA populations are lacking. Methods: We performed a population pharmacokinetic study in an adult hospital population in Mozambique, treated with ceftriaxone for presumptive severe bacterial infection from October 2014 to November 2015...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
Xuemei Zhao, Chengcai Xia, Xiaodan Wang, Hao Wang, Ming Xin, Long Yu, Yulong Liang
Cyclophilin J (CyPJ), also called peptidylprolyl isomerase like 3, has been identified as a novel member of the cyclophilin family. Our previous research has resolved the three-dimensional structure of CyPJ and demonstrated the peptidylprolyl cis - trans isomerase (PPIase) activity of CyPJ, which can be inhibited by the common immunosuppressive drug cyclosporine A (CsA). Importantly, CyPJ is upregulated in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and promotes tumor growth; CyPJ inhibition by CsA- or siRNA-based knockdown results in a remarkable suppression of HCC...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
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