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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428749/deep-brain-stimulation-improves-the-symptoms-and-sensory-signs-of-persistent-central-neuropathic-pain-from-spinal-cord-injury-a-case-report
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Walter J Jermakowicz, Ian D Hentall, Jonathan R Jagid, Corneliu C Luca, James Adcock, Alberto Martinez-Arizala, Eva Widerström-Noga
Central neuropathic pain (CNP) is a significant problem after spinal cord injury (SCI). Pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches may reduce the severity, but relief is rarely substantial. While deep brain stimulation (DBS) has been used to treat various chronic pain types, the technique has rarely been used to attenuate CNP after SCI. Here we present the case of a 54-year-old female with incomplete paraplegia who had severe CNP in the lower limbs and buttock areas since her injury 30 years prior. She was treated with bilateral DBS of the midbrain periaqueductal gray (PAG)...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420580/comparative-pharmacodynamic-analysis-of-imidazoline-compounds-using-rat-model-of-ocular-mydriasis-with-a-test-of-quantitative-structure-activity-relationships
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Joanna Raczak-Gutknecht, Antoni Nasal, Teresa Frąckowiak, Anita Kornicka, Franciszek Sączewski, Renata Wawrzyniak, Łukasz Kubik, Roman Kaliszan
Imidazol(in)e derivatives, having the chemical structure similar to clonidine, exert diverse pharmacological activities connected with their interactions with alpha2-adrenergic receptors, e.g. hypotension, bradycardia, sedation as well as antinociceptive, anxiolytic, antiarrhythmic, muscle relaxant and mydriatic effects. The mechanism of pupillary dilation observed after systemic administration of imidazol(in)es to rats, mice and cats depends on the stimulation of postsynaptic alpha2-adrenoceptors within the brain...
April 6, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418603/towards-quantitative-systems-pharmacology-models-of-chemotherapy-induced-neutropenia
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REVIEW
M Craig
Neutropenia is a serious toxic complication of chemotherapeutic treatment. For years, mathematical models have been developed to better predict hematological outcomes during chemotherapy in both the traditional pharmaceutical sciences and mathematical biology disciplines. An increasing number of quantitative systems pharmacology (QSP) models that combine systems approaches, physiology, and pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics have been successfully developed. Here, I detail the shift towards QSP efforts, emphasizing the importance of incorporating systems-level physiological considerations in pharmacometrics...
April 18, 2017: CPT: Pharmacometrics & Systems Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411279/characterization-and-interspecies-scaling-of-rhtnf-%C3%AE-pharmacokinetics-with-minimal-physiologically-based-pharmacokinetic-mpbpk-models
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Xi Chen, Debra C DuBois, Richard R Almon, William J Jusko
Tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) is a soluble cytokine and target of specific monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) and other biological agents used for the treatment of inflammatory diseases. These biologics exert their pharmacological effects through binding and neutralizing TNF-α, and thus prevent TNF-α from interacting with its cell surface receptors. The magnitude of pharmacological effects is governed not only by the pharmacokinetics of mAbs, but also the kinetic fate of TNF-α. We have examined the pharmacokinetics of rhTNF-α in rats at low doses and quantitatively characterized its pharmacokinetic features with a minimal physiologically-based pharmacokinetic (mPBPK) model...
April 14, 2017: Drug Metabolism and Disposition: the Biological Fate of Chemicals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403290/non-pharmacological-measures-in-preterm-newborns-submitted-to-arterial-puncture
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Gleicia Martins de Melo, Maria Vera Lúcia Moreira Leitão Cardoso
OBJECTIVE: to assess pain in preterm newborns and to compare the neonatal and therapeutic variables with the total scores of the Neonatal Facial Coding System of preterm newborns submitted to arterial puncture exposed to music and 25% oral glucose. METHOD: a comparative study with 48 recordings of preterm newborns - Group 1, music (26); Group 2, glucose 25% (22) - individually analyzed by three trained nurses, after Kappa of at least 80%. RESULTS: the variables and the pain scores of the groups did not present statistical significance (p < 0...
April 2017: Revista Brasileira de Enfermagem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395669/single-swim-sessions-in-c-elegans-induce-key-features-of-mammalian-exercise
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Ricardo Laranjeiro, Girish Harinath, Daniel Burke, Bart P Braeckman, Monica Driscoll
BACKGROUND: Exercise exerts remarkably powerful effects on metabolism and health, with anti-disease and anti-aging outcomes. Pharmacological manipulation of exercise benefit circuits might improve the health of the sedentary and the aging populations. Still, how exercised muscle signals to induce system-wide health improvement remains poorly understood. With a long-term interest in interventions that promote animal-wide health improvement, we sought to define exercise options for Caenorhabditis elegans...
April 10, 2017: BMC Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386997/the-transformation-in-biomarker-detection-and-management-of-drug-induced-liver-injury
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REVIEW
Rachel J Church, Paul B Watkins
Drug-induced liver injury (DILI) is a major concern for patients, care givers and the pharmaceutical industry. Interpretation of the serum biomarkers routinely used to detect and monitor DILI, which have not changed in almost 50 years, can be improved with recently proposed models employing quantitative systems pharmacology. In addition, several newer serum biomarkers are showing great promise. Studies in rodents indicate that the ratio of the caspase cleaved fragment of cytokeratin 18 to total K18 in serum (termed the "apoptotic index") estimates the relative proportions of apoptosis vs necrosis during drug-induced liver injury...
April 7, 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375883/withdrawn-improving-the-treatment-of-infant-pain
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Fiona Moultrie, Rebeccah Slater, Caroline Hartley
Ahead of Print article withdrawn by publisher.
April 1, 2017: Current Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28362398/automatic-detection-of-highly-organized-theta-oscillations-in-the-murine-eeg
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Ralf Müller, Anna Papazoglou, Julien Soos, Andreas Lundt, Carola Wormuth, Christina Henseler, Dan Ehninger, Karl Broich, Marco Weiergräber
Theta activity is generated in the septohippocampal system and can be recorded using deep intrahippocampal electrodes and implantable electroencephalography (EEG) radiotelemetry or tether system approaches. Pharmacologically, hippocampal theta is heterogeneous (see dualistic theory) and can be differentiated into type I and type II theta. These individual EEG subtypes are related to specific cognitive and behavioral states, such as arousal, exploration, learning and memory, higher integrative functions, etc...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359679/activation-of-wnt-signaling-increases-numbers-of-enteric-neurons-derived-from-neonatal-mouse-and-human-progenitors-cells
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Ying Zhang, Karin Seid, Florian Obermayr, Lothar Just, Peter H Neckel
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Neural stem and progenitor cells from the enteric nervous system (ENS) might serve as a source of cells for treatment of neurogastrointestinal disorders. Before we can use these cells, we must increase our understanding of the signaling mechanisms that regulate proliferation and differentiation. We systematically evaluated the effects of canonical Wnt signaling on proliferation and differentiation of cultured ENS progenitor cells from neonatal mice and humans. METHODS: We isolated ENS progenitors from tunica muscularis of the small intestine of new-born (P0) wild-type C57BL/6 mice as well as from Wnt1-Cre2 reporter mice...
March 27, 2017: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28347832/the-genus-achyranthes-a-review-on-traditional-uses-phytochemistry-and-pharmacological-activities
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REVIEW
Xirui He, Xiaoxiao Wang, Jiacheng Fang, Yu Chang, Ning Ning, Hao Guo, Linhong Huang, Xiaoqiang Huang
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Achyranthes L. (Amaranthaceae), also known as Chaff Flower and Niuxi/, mainly includes two famous medicinal species namely A. bidentata and A. aspera. A. bidentata has been widely used as blood-activating and stasis-resolving medicine for the treatment of various diseases including amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, lumbago, gonalgia, paraplegia, edema, stranguria, headache, dizziness, odontalgia, oral ulcer, hematemesis, and epistaxis. A. aspera has been widely used to treat various diseases, including gynecological disorder, asthma, ophthalmia, odontalgia, haemorrhoids, and abdominal tumor, and has been applied to difficult labour, wound healing, insect and snake bites...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340576/polysaccharides-from-ganoderma-lucidum-attenuate-microglia-mediated-neuroinflammation-and-modulate-microglial-phagocytosis-and-behavioural-response
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Qing Cai, Yuanyuan Li, Gang Pei
BACKGROUND: Ganoderma lucidum (GL) has been widely used in Asian countries for hundreds of years to promote health and longevity. The pharmacological functions of which had been classified, including the activation of innate immune responses, suppression of tumour and modulation of cell proliferations. Effective fractions of Ganoderma lucidum polysaccharides (GLP) had already been reported to regulate the immune system. Nevertheless, the role of GLP in the microglia-mediated neuroinflammation has not been sufficiently elucidated...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316633/medicinal-plants-from-northeastern-brazil-against-alzheimer-s-disease
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Alexandre Batista Penido, Selene Maia De Morais, Alan Bezerra Ribeiro, Daniela Ribeiro Alves, Ana Livya Moreira Rodrigues, Leonardo Hunaldo Dos Santos, Jane Eire Silva Alencar de Menezes
Alzheimer's disease (AD) has been linked with oxidative stress, acetylcholine deficiency in the brain, and inflammatory processes. In the northeast region of Brazil, various plants are used to treat several diseases associated with these processes; then an antioxidant test was performed with those plants in a previous work and twelve species with higher antioxidant activity were selected for AChE inhibition evaluation. The phenolic compounds content was determined by Folin-Ciocalteu test and flavonoid content with AlCl3 reagent using UV-visible spectrophotometry...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296985/a-review-of-quantitative-structure-property-relationships-for-the-fate-of-ionizable-organic-chemicals-in-water-matrices-and-identification-of-knowledge-gaps
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REVIEW
Tom M Nolte, Ad M J Ragas
Many organic chemicals are ionizable by nature. After use and release into the environment, various fate processes determine their concentrations, and hence exposure to aquatic organisms. In the absence of suitable data, such fate processes can be estimated using Quantitative Structure-Property Relationships (QSPRs). In this review we compiled available QSPRs from the open literature and assessed their applicability towards ionizable organic chemicals. Using quantitative and qualitative criteria we selected the 'best' QSPRs for sorption, (a)biotic degradation, and bioconcentration...
March 15, 2017: Environmental Science. Processes & Impacts
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275342/prefrontal-dopaminergic-mechanisms-of-extinction-in-adolescence-compared-to-adulthood-in-rats
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Isabel C Zbukvic, Chun Hui J Park, Despina E Ganella, Andrew J Lawrence, Jee Hyun Kim
Adolescents with anxiety disorders attain poorer outcomes following extinction-based treatment compared to adults. Extinction deficit during adolescence has been identified to involve immaturity in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC). Findings from adult rodents suggest extinction involves dopamine signaling in the mPFC. This system changes dramatically during adolescence, but its role in adolescent extinction is unknown. Therefore, we investigated the role of prefrontal dopamine in extinction using Pavlovian fear conditioning in adolescent and adult rats...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272351/methyl-gallate-inhibits-osteoclast-formation-and-function-by-suppressing-akt-and-btk-plc%C3%AE-2-ca-2-signaling-and-prevents-lipopolysaccharide-induced-bone-loss
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Jong Min Baek, Ju-Young Kim, Chang Hoon Lee, Kwon-Ha Yoon, Myeung Su Lee
In the field of bone research, various natural derivatives have emerged as candidates for osteoporosis treatment by targeting abnormally elevated osteoclastic activity. Methyl gallate, a plant-derived phenolic compound, is known to have numerous pharmacological effects against inflammation, oxidation, and cancer. Our purpose was to explore the relation between methyl gallate and bone metabolism. Herein, we performed screening using methyl gallate by tartrate resistant acid phosphatase (TRAP) staining and revealed intracellular mechanisms responsible for methyl gallate-mediated regulation of osteoclastogenesis by Western blotting and quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR)...
March 7, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264454/an-investigation-on-the-quantitative-structure-activity-relationships-of-the-anti-inflammatory-activity-of-diterpenoid-alkaloids
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Xiao Li, Ning Li, Zhenyu Sui, Kaishun Bi, Zuojing Li
Diterpenoid alkaloids are extracted from plants. These compounds have broad biological activities, including effects on the cardiovascular system, anti-inflammatory and analgesic actions, and anti-tumor activity. The anti-inflammatory activity was determined by carrageenan-induced rat paw edema and experimental trauma in rats. The number of studies focused on the determination, quantitation and pharmacological properties of these alkaloids has increased dramatically during the past few years. In this work we built a dataset composed of 15 diterpenoid alkaloid compounds with diverse structures, of which 11 compounds were included in the training set and the remaining compounds were included in the test set...
February 27, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254357/rad-adapt-software-for-modelling-clonogenic-assay-data-in-radiation-biology
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Yaping Zhang, Kaiqiang Hu, Jan H Beumer, Christopher J Bakkenist, David Z D'Argenio
We present a comprehensive software program, RAD-ADAPT, for the quantitative analysis of clonogenic assays in radiation biology. Two commonly used models for clonogenic assay analysis, the linear-quadratic model and single-hit multi-target model, are included in the software. RAD-ADAPT uses maximum likelihood estimation method to obtain parameter estimates with the assumption that cell colony count data follow a Poisson distribution. The program has an intuitive interface, generates model prediction plots, tabulates model parameter estimates, and allows automatic statistical comparison of parameters between different groups...
April 2017: DNA Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236988/-what-can-we-expect-from-clinical-trials-in-psychiatry
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A Marsot, Q Boucherie, F Kheloufi, C Riff, D Braunstein, J Dupouey, R Guilhaumou, X Zendjidjian, S Bonin-Guillaume, E Fakra, M Guye, V Jirsa, J-M Azorin, R Belzeaux, M Adida, J Micallef, O Blin
Clinical trials in psychiatry allow to build the regulatory dossiers for market authorization but also to document the mechanism of action of new drugs, to build pharmacodynamics models, evaluate the treatment effects, propose prognosis, efficacy or tolerability biomarkers and altogether to assess the impact of drugs for patient, caregiver and society. However, clinical trials have shown some limitations. Number of recent dossiers failed to convince the regulators. The clinical and biological heterogeneity of psychiatric disorders, the pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics properties of the compounds, the lack of translatable biomarkers possibly explain these difficulties...
December 2016: L'Encéphale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236794/pharmaceutical-care-practice-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease
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Dadier Antonio Arroyo Monterroza, José Francisco Castro Bolivar
INTRODUCTION: The impact of chronic kidney disease in health is no longer just a patient-physician issue, not only in terms of the increase in the number of patients diagnosed, but also regarding the human and economic cost for health systems. That is why Pharmaceutical Care should include SOPs structured by criteria reached by consensus to conduct Pharmaceutical Care Practice, which will enable to prevent, identify and solve any negative outcomes in patients that are associated with medication...
March 1, 2017: Farmacia Hospitalaria
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