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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107651/one-ring-to-fight-them-all-the-sulfazecin-story
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Daniel Braga, Gerald Lackner
In this issue of Cell Chemical Biology, Li et al. (2017) report on the biosynthesis of the monobactam sulfazecin by Pseudomonas acidophila and hypothesize a novel mechanism of β-lactam ring formation. As monobactam antibiotics are unaffected by some emerging resistance mechanisms (particularly metallo-β-lactamases), this discovery opens prospects to engineer β-lactam antibiotics against multi-drug resistant pathogens.
January 19, 2017: Cell Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107295/healthcare-transformation-and-changing-roles-for-nursing
#2
Susan W Salmond, Mercedes Echevarria
Factors driving healthcare transformation include fragmentation, access problems, unsustainable costs, suboptimal outcomes, and disparities. Cost and quality concerns along with changing social and disease-type demographics created the greatest urgency for the need for change. Caring for and paying for medical treatments for patients suffering from chronic health conditions are a significant concern. The Affordable Care Act includes programs now led by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services aiming to improve quality and control cost...
January 2017: Orthopaedic Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106955/cypate-mediated-thermosensitive-nanoliposome-for-tumor-imaging-and-photothermal-triggered-drug-release
#3
Zhihao Han, Liwei Lv, Yi Ma, Zhaohui Wang, Yuxi Liu, Min Zhang, Siwen Li, Yueqing Gu
It is an emerging focus to explore controlled release drug delivery systems for simultaneous cancer imaging and therapy. Herein, we synthesized a photothermal sensitive multifunctional nano-liposome drug delivery system, with doxorubicin wrapped in the hydropholic layer as the therapeutical agent and cypate doped in the hydrophobic layer as the diagnostic agent. A series of in vitro and in vivo characterization demonstrated the stability of synthesized liposome, as the DL% was 9 ± 1.5 and the EE% was 82.7 ± 2...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Biophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106744/oligonucleotide-therapy-for-obstructive-and-restrictive-respiratory-diseases
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REVIEW
Wupeng Liao, Jinrui Dong, Hong Yong Peh, Lay Hong Tan, Kah Suan Lim, Li Li, Wai-Shiu Fred Wong
Inhaled oligonucleotide is an emerging therapeutic modality for various common respiratory diseases, including obstructive airway diseases like asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and restrictive airway diseases like idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). The advantage of direct accessibility for oligonucleotide molecules to the lung target sites, bypassing systemic administration, makes this therapeutic approach promising with minimized potential systemic side effects. Asthma, COPD, and IPF are common chronic respiratory diseases, characterized by persistent airway inflammation and dysregulated tissue repair and remodeling, although each individual disease has its unique etiology...
January 17, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105849/antiviral-therapy-and-prevention-against-hantavirus-infections
#5
R Szabó
Hantaviruses are emerging zoonoses hosted by small mammals. In humans, they cause two diseases. Hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome is mainly caused by Dobrava-Belgrade virus, Puumala virus, Seoul virus and Hantaan virus in Asia and Europe. On the other hand, the most important causes of hantavirus cardiopulmonary syndrome are Sin Nombre virus and Andes virus in Americas. Ribavirin yet remains the only licensed drug against the hantavirus infections, but its sufficient antiviral activity remains an issue under discussion...
January 19, 2017: Acta Virologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105790/a-qualitative-study-of-patients-knowledge-and-views-of-about-oral-health-and-acceptability-of-related-intervention-in-an-australian-inpatient-alcohol-and-drug-treatment-facility
#6
Alison Li Sun Cheah, Ram Pandey, Mark Daglish, Pauline J Ford, Sue Patterson
Social factors, health behaviours and the direct effects of substances contribute to the poor oral health and restricted access to dental services experienced by people who are dependent on drugs and/or alcohol. Admission for inpatient withdrawal management provides an opportunity for intervention to promote oral health but to be effective it must be acceptable to patients. To support intervention design, we examined patients' views about oral health, practices and treatment access, and appropriateness of health-promoting intervention in this context...
January 20, 2017: Health & Social Care in the Community
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105725/antifungal-peptides-a-potential-new-class-of-antifungals-for-treating-vulvovaginal-candidiasis-caused-by-fluconazole-resistant-candida-albicans
#7
Siew Mei Samantha Ng, Yi Yong Alvin Yap, Jin Wei Darryl Cheong, Fui Mee Ng, Qiu Ying Lau, Timothy Barkham, Jeanette Woon Pei Teo, Jeffrey Hill, Cheng San Brian Chia
Vulvovaginal candidiasis/candidosis is a common fungal infection afflicting approximately 75% of women globally caused primarily by the yeast Candida albicans. Fluconazole is widely regarded as the antifungal drug of choice since its introduction in 1990 due to its high oral bioavailability, convenient dosing regimen and favourable safety profile. However, its widespread use has led to the emergence of fluconazole-resistant C. albicans, posing a universal clinical concern. Coupled to the dearth of new antifungal drugs entering the market, it is imperative to introduce new drug classes to counter this threat...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Peptide Science: An Official Publication of the European Peptide Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105389/chemophototherapy-an-emerging-treatment-option-for-solid-tumors
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REVIEW
Dandan Luo, Kevin A Carter, Dyego Miranda, Jonathan F Lovell
Near infrared (NIR) light penetrates human tissues with limited depth, thereby providing a method to safely deliver non-ionizing radiation to well-defined target tissue volumes. Light-based therapies including photodynamic therapy (PDT) and laser-induced thermal therapy have been validated clinically for curative and palliative treatment of solid tumors. However, these monotherapies can suffer from incomplete tumor killing and have not displaced existing ablative modalities. The combination of phototherapy and chemotherapy (chemophototherapy, CPT), when carefully planned, has been shown to be an effective tumor treatment option preclinically and clinically...
January 2017: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105287/systematic-study-of-effects-of-structural-modifications-on-the-aqueous-solubility-of-drug-like-molecules
#9
José A Cisneros, Michael J Robertson, Brandon Q Mercado, William L Jorgensen
Aqueous solubilities and activities have been measured for 17 members of the quinolinyltriazole series of inhibitors of human macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF). Systematic variation of a solvent-exposed substituent provided increases in solubility from 2 μg/mL for the parent compound 3a up to 867 μg/mL. The low solubility of 3a results from its near-planar structure and an intermolecular hydrogen bond, as revealed in a small-molecule X-ray structure. Removal of the hydrogen bond yields a 3-fold increase in solubility, but a 7-fold drop in activity...
January 12, 2017: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105197/mitochondria-targeting-nano-agents-in-cancer-therapeutics
#10
Xiao-Ying Zhang, Pei-Ying Zhang
Mitochondria have emerged as noteworthy therapeutic targets as their physiological functions are often altered in pathological conditions such as cancer. The electronic databases of MEDLINE, EMBASE and PubMed were searched for recent studies reporting the importance of mitochondria targeting nanoagents in cancer therapeutics. The concluding remarks of the above papers mostly confirmed the growing potential of these novel nanoagents in the area of anticancer research. Furthermore, numerous studies demonstrated the immense potential of nanocarriers in delivering mitochondria-acting compounds to their target site...
December 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104906/interrogating-open-issues-in-cancer-precision-medicine-with-patient-derived-xenografts
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Annette T Byrne, Denis G Alférez, Frédéric Amant, Daniela Annibali, Joaquín Arribas, Andrew V Biankin, Alejandra Bruna, Eva Budinská, Carlos Caldas, David K Chang, Robert B Clarke, Hans Clevers, George Coukos, Virginie Dangles-Marie, S Gail Eckhardt, Eva Gonzalez-Suarez, Els Hermans, Manuel Hidalgo, Monika A Jarzabek, Steven de Jong, Jos Jonkers, Kristel Kemper, Luisa Lanfrancone, Gunhild Mari Mælandsmo, Elisabetta Marangoni, Jean-Christophe Marine, Enzo Medico, Jens Henrik Norum, Héctor G Palmer, Daniel S Peeper, Pier Giuseppe Pelicci, Alejandro Piris-Gimenez, Sergio Roman-Roman, Oscar M Rueda, Joan Seoane, Violeta Serra, Laura Soucek, Dominique Vanhecke, Alberto Villanueva, Emilie Vinolo, Andrea Bertotti, Livio Trusolino
Patient-derived xenografts (PDXs) have emerged as an important platform to elucidate new treatments and biomarkers in oncology. PDX models are used to address clinically relevant questions, including the contribution of tumour heterogeneity to therapeutic responsiveness, the patterns of cancer evolutionary dynamics during tumour progression and under drug pressure, and the mechanisms of resistance to treatment. The ability of PDX models to predict clinical outcomes is being improved through mouse humanization strategies and the implementation of co-clinical trials, within which patients and PDXs reciprocally inform therapeutic decisions...
January 20, 2017: Nature Reviews. Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104833/idiosyncratic-drug-induced-liver-injury-is-drug-cytokine-interaction-the-linchpin
#12
Robert A Roth, Ashley R Maiuri, Patricia E Ganey
Idiosyncratic drug-induced liver injury continues to be a human health problem in part because drugs that cause these reactions are not identified in current preclinical testing and because progress in prevention is hampered by incomplete knowledge of mechanisms that underlie these adverse responses. Several hypotheses involving adaptive immune responses, inflammatory stress, inability to adapt to stress, and multiple, concurrent factors have been proposed. Yet much remains unknown about how drugs interact with the liver to effect death of hepatocytes...
February 2017: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104535/immune-mediated-processes-implicated-in-chemotherapy-induced-peripheral-neuropathy
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REVIEW
Justin G Lees, Preet G S Makker, Ryan S Tonkin, Munawwar Abdulla, Susanna B Park, David Goldstein, Gila Moalem-Taylor
Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) and associated neuropathic pain are challenging complications of cancer treatment. Many of the major classes of chemotherapeutics can cause neurotoxicity and significantly modulate the immune system. There is ongoing investigation regarding whether reciprocal crosstalk between the nervous and immune systems occurs and, indeed, contributes to neuropathic pain during treatment with chemotherapeutics. An emerging concept is that neuroinflammation is one of the major mechanisms underlying CIPN...
January 16, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104136/acute-calcineurin-inhibitor-nephrotoxicity-secondary-to-turmeric-intake-a-case-report
#14
A Nayeri, S Wu, E Adams, C Tanner, J Meshman, I Saini, W Reid
Tacrolimus, also known as FK-506, is a potent immunosuppressant agent with a host of drug-drug and food-drug interactions. We present the first case of a probable food-drug interaction between the herb turmeric and tacrolimus leading to acute calcineurin inhibitor nephrotoxicity. A 56-year-old man with a history of orthotopic liver transplantation presented to the emergency department from the clinic with worsening edema in the setting of an elevated creatinine level of 4.2 mg/dL. Before the current presentation, the patient had been recently discharged on a previously tolerated low-dose regimen of tacrolimus with a whole-blood tacrolimus level within the desired range...
January 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103771/structure-based-study-of-natural-products-with-anti-schistosoma-activity
#15
Ibezim Akachukwu, Olujide Oludayo Olubiyi, Ata Kosisochukwu, Mbah Chika John, Nwodo Ngozi Justina
: Background Schistosomiasis is a parasitic protozoal disease caused by flatworms of the genus Schistosoma. Although the disease threatens millions of lives, it is still at the top list of neglected tropical diseases and praziquantel, the only common schistosocidal drug in use, has records of decreasing efficiency and cases of resistance. Also, reports revealed that people in the rural areas, who are most affected, rely mostly on traditional herbal medicines because of limited access to modern healthcare...
January 19, 2017: Current Computer-aided Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103751/3d-bioprinting-towards-the-era-of-manufacturing-human-organs-as-spare-parts-for-healthcare-and-medicine
#16
Tanveer Ahmad Mir, Makoto Nakamura
3D printing technology has been used in industrial worlds for decades. 3D bioprinting has recently received an increasing attention across the globe among researchers, academicians, students and even the ordinary people. This emerging technique has a great potential to engineer highly organized functional bioconstructs with complex geometries and tailored components for engineering bio-artificial tissues/organs for widespread applications, including transplantation, therapeutic investigation, drug development, bioassay and disease modelling...
January 19, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part B, Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103691/sudemycin-k-a-synthetic-antitumor-splicing-inhibitor-variant-with-improved-activity-and-versatile-chemistry
#17
Kamil Makowski, Luisa Vigevani, Fernando Albericio, Juan Valcárcel, Mercedes Álvarez
Important links exist between the process of pre-mRNA splicing and cancer, as illustrated by the frequent mutation of splicing factors in tumors and the emergence of various families of antitumor drugs that target components of the splicing machinery, notably SF3B1, a protein subunit of spliceosomal U2 small nuclear ribonucleoprotein particle (snRNP). Sudemycins are synthetic compounds that harbor a pharmacophore common to various classes of splicing inhibitors. Here, we describe the synthesis and functional characterization of novel sudemycin analogues that functionally probe key chemical groups within this pharmacophore...
January 20, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103530/an-anti-oxidant-%C3%AE-lipoic-acid-conjugated-oleoyl-sn-phosphatidylcholineas-a-helper-lipid-in-cationic-liposomal-formulations
#18
Priya Dharmalingam, Balakrishna Marrapu, Chandrashekhar Voshavar, Rasagna Nadella, Vignesh Kumar Rangasami, R V Shaji, Salar Abbas, R B N Prasad, Shiva Shanker Kaki, Srujan Marepally
Development of safe non-viral carrier systems for efficient intra-cellular delivery of drugs and genes hold promise in the area of translational research. Liposome based delivery systems have emerged as one of the attractive strategies for efficient delivery of drugs and nucleic acids. To this end, number of investigations was carried on liposomal formulations using lipids for achieving higher efficiency in transfection with lower cytotoxicities. In our efforts to develop safer and efficient liposomal delivery systems, we synthesized a novel anti-oxidant lipid, α-lipoyl, oleyl-sn-phosphatidylcholine (LOPC) and used as a helper lipid in combination with a cationic amphiphile, Di-Stearyl Dihydroxy Ethyl Ammonium Chloride (DSDEAC) and 1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DOPC) at varying concentrations of LOPC...
January 10, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103180/fluoroquinolone-macrolide-and-ketolide-resistance-in-haemophilus-parainfluenzae-from-south-africa
#19
Regina Esinam Abotsi, Usha Govinden, Krishnee Moodley, Sabiha Essack
Fluoroquinolones and ketolides are among the drugs of choice for the treatment of Haemophilus parainfluenzae infections. There has been a report of an emerging fluoroquinolone and telithromycin resistance in H. parainfluenzae isolates from the private sector of KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa that necessitates molecular investigation. The aim of this study is to characterize these resistance delineating mutations in genes commonly associated with reduced susceptibility. Ten H. parainfluenzae isolates retrieved from the sputum of 10 patients with H...
January 19, 2017: Microbial Drug Resistance: MDR: Mechanisms, Epidemiology, and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102869/design-considerations-to-minimize-the-impact-of-drug-absorption-in-polymer-based-organ-on-a-chip-platforms
#20
V S Shirure, S C George
Biocompatible polymers, such as polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), are the materials of choice for creating organ-on-a-chip microfluidic platforms. Desirable qualities include ease of fabrication, optical clarity, and hydrophobicity, the latter of which facilitates oxygen transport to encased cells. An emerging and important application of organ-on-a-chip technology is drug discovery; however, a potential issue for polymer-based microfluidic devices has been highlighted by recent studies with PDMS, which have demonstrated absorption (and thus loss) of hydrophobic drugs into PDMS under certain experimental conditions...
January 19, 2017: Lab on a Chip
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