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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789034/pharmacological-properties-of-cannabidiol-in-the-treatment-of-psychiatric-disorders-a-critical-overview
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G M Mandolini, M Lazzaretti, A Pigoni, L Oldani, G Delvecchio, P Brambilla
Cannabidiol (CBD) represents a new promising drug due to a wide spectrum of pharmacological actions. In order to relate CBD clinical efficacy to its pharmacological mechanisms of action, we performed a bibliographic search on PUBMED about all clinical studies investigating the use of CBD as a treatment of psychiatric symptoms. Findings to date suggest that (a) CBD may exert antipsychotic effects in schizophrenia mainly through facilitation of endocannabinoid signalling and cannabinoid receptor type 1 antagonism; (b) CBD administration may exhibit acute anxiolytic effects in patients with generalised social anxiety disorder through modification of cerebral blood flow in specific brain sites and serotonin 1A receptor agonism; (c) CBD may reduce withdrawal symptoms and cannabis/tobacco dependence through modulation of endocannabinoid, serotoninergic and glutamatergic systems; (d) the preclinical pro-cognitive effects of CBD still lack significant results in psychiatric disorders...
May 23, 2018: Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788802/acute-effects-of-inhaled-menthol-on-the-rewarding-effects-of-intravenous-nicotine-in-smokers
#2
Gerald W Valentine, Elise E DeVito, Peter I Jatlow, Ralitza Gueorguieva, Mehmet Sofuoglu
OBJECTIVE: This double-blind, placebo controlled study examined whether menthol inhaled from an electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) would change subjective and withdrawal alleviating effects of intravenous nicotine in young adult smokers. METHODS: A total of 32 menthol-preferring smokers and 25 non-menthol-preferring smokers participated in the study that consisted of a random sequence of three different inhaled menthol conditions (0.0%, 0.5%, and 3.2%) across three test sessions (a single menthol condition per session)...
May 1, 2018: Journal of Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786560/microfabrication-of-liver-and-heart-tissues-for-drug-development
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REVIEW
Grace E Brown, Salman R Khetani
Drug-induced liver- and cardiotoxicity remain among the leading causes of preclinical and clinical drug attrition, marketplace drug withdrawals and black-box warnings on marketed drugs. Unfortunately, animal testing has proven to be insufficient for accurately predicting drug-induced liver- and cardiotoxicity across many drug classes, likely due to significant differences in tissue functions across species. Thus, the field of in vitro human tissue engineering has gained increasing importance over the last 10 years...
July 5, 2018: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785853/engineering-of-porphyrin-molecules-for-use-as-effective-cathode-interfacial-modifiers-in-organic-solar-cells-of-enhanced-efficiency-and-stability
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Marinos Tountas, Apostolis Verykios, Ermioni Polydorou, Andreas Kaltzoglou, Anastasia Soultati, Nikolaos Balis, Panagiotis A Angaridis, Michael Papadakis, Vasilis Nikolaou, Florian Auras, Leonidas C Palilis, Dimitris Tsikritzis, Evangelos Evangelou, Spyros Gardelis, Matroni Koutsoureli, George Papaioannou, Ioannis D Petsalakis, Stella Kennou, Dimitris Davazoglou, Panagiotis Argitis, Polycarpos Falaras, Athanassios G Coutsolelos, Maria Vasilopoulou
In the present work, we effectively modify the TiO2 electron transport layer of organic solar cells with an inverted architecture by using appropriately engineered porphyrin molecules. The results show that the optimized porphyrin modifier bearing two carboxylic acids as the anchoring groups and a triazine electron-withdrawing spacer significantly reduces the work function of TiO2 thereby reducing the electron extraction barrier. Moreover, the lower surface energy of the porphyrin-modified substrate results in better physical compatibility between the latter and the photoactive blend...
May 22, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785554/interactions-between-kappa-and-mu-opioid-receptor-agonists-effects-of-the-ratio-of-drugs-in-mixtures
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Vanessa Minervini, Hannah Y Lu, Jahnavi Padarti, Daniela C Osteicoechea, Charles P France
RATIONALE: Pain is the leading reason for seeking health care, and mu opioid receptor agonists continue to be prescribed despite well-documented adverse effects. Kappa opioid receptor agonists have antinociceptive effects with little to no abuse liability and might be useful for treating pain in mixtures. Kappa:mu opioid mixtures might be useful if therapeutic effects of each drug can be selectively increased while reducing or avoiding the adverse effects that occur with larger doses of each drug alone...
May 22, 2018: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784079/analgesic-efficacy-and-safety-of-hydromorphone-in-chinchillas-chinchilla-lanigera
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Emily A Evenson, Christoph Mans
Limited information is available regarding the efficacy of opioid analgesics in chinchillas. Here we sought to evaluate the analgesic efficacy and safety of hydromorphone in chinchillas. In a randomized, controlled, blind, complete crossover design, hydromorphone was administered at 0.5, 1, and 2 mg/kg SC to 16 chinchillas. Analgesic efficacy was determined by measuring hindlimb withdrawal latencies after a thermal noxious stimulus (Hargreaves method) at 0, 1, 2, 4, and 8 h after drug administration. Changes in daily food intake and fecal output after hydromorphone administration were recorded...
May 1, 2018: Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science: JAALAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782979/chondroitin-sulfate-from-sturgeon-bone-ameliorates-pain-of-osteoarthritis-induced-by-monosodium-iodoacetate-in-rats
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Yingjiao Sun, Guozhuan Zhang, Qian Liu, Xudong Liu, Lei Wang, Jianfeng Wang, Lishuang Liang
Chondroitin sulfate (CS) is an important component of the extracellular matrix of cartilage and has been widely used as one of the main drugs for the treatment of joint pain-related nutraceuticals and medicines. Sturgeon bone (SB) is the main waste during deep processing of sturgeons in fishery production. The present study was evaluated the therapeutic effect of CS from SB (CSSB) on monosodium iodoacetate (MIA)-induced osteoarthritis (OA) pain and further explored the potential medicinal value of CSSB. The OA pain model was induced by intra-articular injection of MIA and then treated with CSSB...
May 18, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781328/characteristics-of-right-sided-colonic-neoplasia-and-colonoscopy-barriers-limiting-their-early-detection-and-prognosis-a-review-of-the-literature
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Wolfgang Fischbach, Rory Elsome, Bharat Amlani
Colonoscopy provides less protection from colorectal cancer in the right colon than the left. Areas Covered: This review examines patient outcomes and colonoscopy success rates to identify factors that limit the protective effect of colonoscopy in the right colon. The MEDLINE and Embase databases were searched for literature from 2000 onwards, on the long-term outcomes and differences in screening practice between the right and left colon. In total, 12 systematic reviews (including nine meta-analyses) and 44 primary data records were included...
May 21, 2018: Expert Review of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779420/regression-of-atherosclerotic-plaques-of-cholesterol-fed-rabbits-by-combined-chemotherapy-with-paclitaxel-and-methotrexate-carried-in-lipid-core-nanoparticles
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Fernando L T Gomes, Raul C Maranhão, Elaine R Tavares, Priscila O Carvalho, Maria L Higuchi, Fernando R Mattos, Fabio G Pitta, Sergio A Hatab, Roberto Kalil-Filho, Carlos V Serrano
In previous studies, it was demonstrated that lipid core nanoparticles (LDE) resemble the low-density lipoprotein structure and carrying the antiproliferative agent paclitaxel (PTX) strongly reduced atherosclerosis lesions induced in rabbits by cholesterol feeding. Currently, the aim was to verify whether combining LDE-PTX treatment with methotrexate (MTX) associated with LDE (LDE-MTX) could accelerate the atherosclerosis regression attained with single LDE-PTX treatment, after withdrawing the cholesterol feeding...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777527/limiting-motor-skill-knowledge-via-incidental-training-protects-against-choking-under-pressure
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Taraz G Lee, Daniel E Acuña, Konrad P Kording, Scott T Grafton
The paradoxical harmful effects of motivation and incentives on skilled performance ("choking under pressure") are observed in a wide variety of motor tasks. Two theories of this phenomenon suggest that choking under pressure occurs due to maladaptive attention and top-down control, either through distraction away from the task or interference via an overreliance on controlled processing of a skilled task. A third theory, overmotivation (or overarousal), suggests that under pressure, "instinctive" or Pavlovian approach/withdrawal responses compete with the desired response...
May 18, 2018: Psychonomic Bulletin & Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775959/adolescent-smokers-response-to-reducing-the-nicotine-content-of-cigarettes-acute-effects-on-withdrawal-symptoms-and-subjective-evaluations
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Rachel N Cassidy, Suzanne M Colby, Jennifer W Tidey, Kristina M Jackson, Patricia A Cioe, Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin, Dorothy Hatsukami
BACKGROUND: Mandating a reduction in the nicotine content of cigarettes to a minimally addictive level could dramatically reduce smoking rates in the US. However, little is known about the effects of reduced nicotine content cigarettes in adolescents. METHODS: Following overnight abstinence, adolescent daily smokers (ages 15-19, n = 50) reported on their craving, withdrawal, and positive and negative affect pre- and post- ad lib smoking of one cigarette containing varying nicotine content (15...
May 15, 2018: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775679/identification-and-validation-of-midbrain-kcnq4-regulation-of-heavy-alcohol-consumption-in-rodents
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Natalie S McGuier, Jennifer A Rinker, Reginald Cannady, Diana B Fulmer, Sara R Jones, Michaela Hoffman, Patrick J Mulholland
Currently available pharmacotherapies for treating alcohol use disorder (AUD) suffer from deleterious side effects and are not efficacious in diverse populations. Clinical and preclinical studies provide evidence that the Kcnq family of genes that encode KV 7 channels influence alcohol intake and dependence. KV 7 channels are a class of slowly activating voltage-dependent K+ channels that regulate neuronal excitability. Studies indicate that the KV 7 channel positive modulator retigabine can decrease dopaminergic neuron firing, alter dopamine (DA) release, and reduce alcohol intake in heavy drinking rodents...
May 15, 2018: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775538/discovery-of-potent-and-centrally-active-6-substituted-5-fluoro-1-3-dihydro-oxazine-%C3%AE-secretase-bace1-inhibitors-via-active-conformation-stabilization
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Kenji Nakahara, Kouki Fuchino, Kazuo Komano, Naoya Asada, Genta Tadano, Tsuyoshi Hasegawa, Takahiko Yamamoto, Yusuke Sako, Masayoshi Ogawa, Chie Unemura, Motoko Hosono, Hisanori Ito, Gaku Sakaguchi, Shigeru Ando, Shuichi Ohnishi, Yasuto Kido, Tamio Fukushima, Deborah Dhuyvetter, Herman Borghys, Harrie J M Gijsen, Yoshinori Yamano, Yasuyoshi Iso, Ken-Ichi Kusakabe
β-Secretase (BACE1) has an essential role in the production of amyloid β peptides that accumulate in patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD). Thus, inhibition of BACE1 is considered to be a disease-modifying approach for the treatment of AD. Our hit-to-lead efforts led to a cellular potent 1,3-dihydro-oxazine 6, which however inhibited hERG and showed high P-gp efflux. The close analog of 5-fluoro-oxazine 8 reduced P-gp efflux; further introduction of electron withdrawing groups at the 6-position improved potency and also mitigated P-gp efflux and hERG inhibition...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775280/fluorine-meets-amine-reducing-microenvironment-induced-amino-activatable-nanoprobes-for-19f-magnetic-resonance-imaging-of-bio-thiols
#14
Pingsheng Huang, Weisheng Guo, Guang Yang, Huijuan Song, Yuqing Wang, Chun Wang, Deling Kong, Weiwei Wang
19F MRI is of great significance for non-invasive imaging and detection of various diseases. However, the main obstacle in the application of 19F MRI agents stems from the unmet signal sensitivity, due to the poor water-solubility and restricted mobility of segments with high numbers of fluorine atoms. Herein, we report a kind of intracellular reducing microenvironment-induced amino-activatable 19F MRI nanoprobe, which can be used for specific imaging of bio-thiols. In principle, the nanoprobe has an initial architecture of hydrophobic core, where the trifluoromethyl-containing segments are compactly packed and 19F NMR/MRI signals are quenched ("OFF" state)...
May 18, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773170/iron-and-innate-antimicrobial-immunity-depriving-the-pathogen-defending-the-host
#15
REVIEW
Manfred Nairz, Stefanie Dichtl, Andrea Schroll, David Haschka, Piotr Tymoszuk, Igor Theurl, Günter Weiss
The acute-phase response is triggered by the presence of infectious agents and danger signals which indicate hazards for the integrity of the mammalian body. One central feature of this response is the sequestration of iron into storage compartments including macrophages. This limits the availability of this essential nutrient for circulating pathogens, a host defence strategy known as 'nutritional immunity'. Iron metabolism and the immune response are intimately linked. In infections, the availability of iron affects both the efficacy of antimicrobial immune pathways and pathogen proliferation...
July 2018: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772245/ape1-ref-1-redox-function-contributes-to-inflammatory-pain-sensitization
#16
Amira Zaky, Rabia Bouali-Benazzouz, Alexandre Favereaux, Gianluca Tell, Marc Landry
Inflammatory pain is a complex and multifactorial disorder. Apurinic/apyrimidinic endonuclease 1 (APE1), also called Redox Factor-1 (Ref-1), is constitutively expressed in the central nervous system and regulates various cellular functions including oxidative stress. In the present study, we investigated APE1 modulation and associated pain behavior changes in the complete Freund's adjuvant (CFA) model of inflammatory pain in rats. In addition we tested the anti-inflammatory effects of E3330, a selective inhibitor of APE1-redox activity, in CFA pain condition...
May 14, 2018: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771560/khat-withdrawal-symptoms-among-chronic-khat-users-following-a-quit-attempt-an-ecological-momentary-assessment-study
#17
Samson W Duresso, Raimondo Bruno, Allison J Matthews, Stuart G Ferguson
Research reports show increased prevalence of habitual khat chewing among various parts of the community in Ethiopia. Some users experience problems controlling their use; withdrawal symptoms may be adding to difficulties with reducing or ceasing use. We aimed to describe the nature and the time course of any withdrawal syndrome in relation to the cessation of khat use over the first 2 weeks of a quit attempt. Fifty-nine participants between the ages of 18 and 35 and who have already chewed ≥1 bundle of khat in their life with a chewing frequency of ≥3 days per week were recruited from Adama Science and Technology University campus...
May 2018: Psychology of Addictive Behaviors: Journal of the Society of Psychologists in Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771096/-patient-physician-relation-a-grounded-theory-of-the-experience-of-hiv-treatment-side-effects
#18
Caroline Dufour, Marilou Gagnon
Antivirals induce many significant side effects and reduce the quality of life for People Living with HIV (PLWHIV). The management of side effects is crucial to maintain the patient's quality of life and adherence to treatments. The patient-physician relation is essential when managing side effects as it influences the experience for the PLWHIV. This grounded theory analyzes the patient-physician relationship in context with side effects. In the greater Ottawa/Gatineau area, 50 PLWHIV have participated in a semi-structured interview to share their experience with side effects...
March 2018: Recherche en Soins Infirmiers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769132/toots-tastes-and-tester-shots-user-accounts-of-drug-sampling-methods-for-gauging-heroin-potency
#19
Sarah G Mars, Jeff Ondocsin, Daniel Ciccarone
BACKGROUND: Internationally, overdose is the primary cause of death among people injecting drugs. However, since 2001, heroin-related overdose deaths in the United States (US) have risen sixfold, paralleled by a rise in the death rate attributed to synthetic opioids, particularly the fentanyls. This paper considers the adaptations some US heroin injectors are making to protect themselves from these risks. METHODS: Between 2015 and 2016, a team of ethnographers collected data through semi-structured interviews and observation captured in field notes and video recording of heroin preparation/consumption...
May 16, 2018: Harm Reduction Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768440/transcriptome-analysis-reveals-a-stress-response-of-shewanella-oneidensis-deprived-of-background-levels-of-ionizing-radiation
#20
Hugo Castillo, Xiaoping Li, Faye Schilkey, Geoffrey B Smith
Natural ionizing background radiation has exerted a constant pressure on organisms since the first forms of life appeared on Earth, so that cells have developed molecular mechanisms to avoid or repair damages caused directly by radiation or indirectly by radiation-induced reactive oxygen species (ROS). In the present study, we investigated the transcriptional effect of depriving Shewanella oneidensis cultures of background levels of radiation by growing the cells in a mine 655 m underground, thus reducing the dose rate from 72...
2018: PloS One
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