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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798156/phosphodiesterase-4-inhibitor-and-phosphodiesterase-5-inhibitor-combination-therapy-has-antifibrotic-and-anti-inflammatory-effects-in-mdx-mice-with-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy
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Yasunori Nio, Masayuki Tanaka, Yoshihiko Hirozane, Yo Muraki, Mitsugi Okawara, Masatoshi Hazama, Takanori Matsuo
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is the most common inherited muscular dystrophy. Patients experience DMD in their 20s from cardiac or respiratory failure related to progressive muscle wasting. Currently, the only treatments for the symptoms of DMD are available. Muscle fibrosis, a DMD feature, leads to reduced muscle function and muscle mass, and hampers pharmaceutical therapeutic efficacy. Although antifibrotic agents may be useful, none is currently approved. Phosphodiesterase (PDE)-4 inhibitors have exhibited antifibrotic effects in human and animal models...
August 10, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28773212/production-of-high-value-nanoparticles-via-biogenic-processes-using-aquacultural-and-horticultural-food-waste
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REVIEW
Purabi R Ghosh, Derek Fawcett, Shashi B Sharma, Gerrard E J Poinern
The quantities of organic waste produced globally by aquacultural and horticulture are extremely large and offer an attractive renewable source of biomolecules and bioactive compounds. The availability of such large and diverse sources of waste materials creates a unique opportunity to develop new recycling and food waste utilisation strategies. The aim of this review is to report the current status of research in the emerging field of producing high-value nanoparticles from food waste. Eco-friendly biogenic processes are quite rapid, and are usually carried out at normal room temperature and pressure...
July 25, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762048/pharmaceuticals-and-personal-care-products-ppcps-in-arctic-environments-indicator-contaminants-for-assessing-local-and-remote-anthropogenic-sources-in-a-pristine-ecosystem-in-change
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Roland Kallenborn, Eva Brorström-Lundén, Lars-Otto Reiersen, Simon Wilson
A first review on occurrence and distribution of pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) is presented. The literature survey conducted here was initiated by the current Assessment of the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP). This first review on the occurrence and environmental profile of PPCPs in the Arctic identified the presence of 110 related substances in the Arctic environment based on the reports from scientific publications, national and regional assessments and surveys, as well as academic research studies (i...
July 31, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755925/a-flow-imaging-microscopy-based-method-using-mass-to-volume-ratio-to-derive-the-porosity-of-plga-microparticles
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A S Sediq, S K D Waasdorp, M R Nejadnik, M M C van Beers, J Meulenaar, R Verrijk, W Jiskoot
The release of drugs from poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) microparticles depends to a large extent on the porosity of the particles. Therefore, porosity determination of PLGA microparticles is extremely important during pharmaceutical product development. Currently, mercury intrusion porosimetry (MIP) is widely used despite its disadvantages, such as the need for a large amount of sample (several hundreds of milligrams) and residual toxic waste. Here, we present a method based on estimation of the volume of a known mass (a few milligrams) of particles using Micro-Flow Imaging (MFI) to determine microparticle batch porosity...
July 26, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750288/combining-stable-isotopes-with-contamination-indicators-a-method-for-improved-investigation-of-nitrate-sources-and-dynamics-in-aquifers-with-mixed-nitrogen-inputs
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E P Minet, R Goodhue, W Meier-Augenstein, R M Kalin, O Fenton, K G Richards, C E Coxon
Excessive nitrate (NO3(-)) concentration in groundwater raises health and environmental issues that must be addressed by all European Union (EU) member states under the Nitrates Directive and the Water Framework Directive. The identification of NO3(-) sources is critical to efficiently control or reverse NO3(-) contamination that affects many aquifers. In that respect, the use of stable isotope ratios (15)N/(14)N and (18)O/(16)O in NO3(-) (expressed as δ(15)N-NO3(-) and δ(18)O-NO3(-), respectively) has long shown its value...
July 18, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747007/ozone-pretreatment-of-process-waste-water-generated-in-course-of-fluoroquinolone-production
#6
Fares Daoud, David Pelzer, Sebastian Zuehlke, Michael Spiteller, Oliver Kayser
During production of active pharmaceutical ingredients, process waste water is generated at several stages of manufacturing. Whenever possible, the resulting waste water will be processed by conventional waste water treatment plants. Currently, incineration of the process waste water is the method to eliminate compounds with high biological activity. Thus, ozone treatment followed by biological waste water treatment was tested as an alternative method. Two prominent representatives of the large group of fluoroquinolone antibiotics (ciprofloxacin and moxifloxacin) were investigated, focussing on waste water of the bulk production...
October 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743564/evolving-biocatalysis-to-meet-bioeconomy-challenges-and-opportunities
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REVIEW
Alessandro Pellis, Sara Cantone, Cynthia Ebert, Lucia Gardossi
The unique selectivity of enzymes, along with their remarkable catalytic activity, constitute powerful tools for transforming renewable feedstock and also for adding value to an array of building blocks and monomers produced by the emerging bio-based chemistry sector. Although some relevant biotransformations run at the ton scale demonstrate the success of biocatalysis in industry, there is still a huge untapped potential of catalytic activities available for targeted valorization of new raw materials, such as waste streams and CO2...
July 22, 2017: New Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734610/towards-integral-utilization-of-grape-pomace-from-winemaking-process-a-review
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REVIEW
Carolina Beres, Gislaine N S Costa, Ignacio Cabezudo, Nina K da Silva-James, Aline S C Teles, Ana P G Cruz, Caroline Mellinger-Silva, Renata V Tonon, Lourdes M C Cabral, Suely P Freitas
Grape is the main fruit crop in several countries. Although many grape-based food products can be found in the market, studies have shown that around 75% of the world grape production is destined for the wine industry. Grape pomace is an abundant by-product from the wine industry, which consists of the remaining skin, seeds and stalks and represents around 25% of total grape weight used in the winemaking process. In countries such as Italy, France and Spain, where wine production is more relevant, the annual grape pomace generation can reach nearly 1200 tonnes per year...
July 19, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728086/nanostructured-lipid-systems-modified-with-waste-material-of-propolis-for-wound-healing-design-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-evaluation
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Hélen Cássia Rosseto, Lucas de Alcântara Sica de Toledo, Lizziane Maria Belloto de Francisco, Elisabetta Esposito, Yunsook Lim, Giuseppe Valacchi, Rita Cortesi, Marcos Luciano Bruschi
Propolis, a natural compound that can accelerate the wound healing process, is mainly used as ethanolic extract. The extractive solution may also be obtained from the propolis by-product (BP), transforming this waste material into a pharmaceutical active ingredient. Even if propolis does not show toxicity, when used as an extract over harmed skin or mucosa, the present ethanol content may be harmful to the tissue recovering, besides hindering the drug release. This study describes the development of solid lipid nanoparticles (SLN) and nanostructured lipid carriers (NLC) as topical propolis delivery systems and the investigation of their in vitro and in vivo activities...
July 10, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720419/isolation-of-two-ochrobactrum-sp-strains-capable-of-degrading-the-nootropic-drug-piracetam
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Marta Woźniak-Karczewska, Monika Čvančarová, Łukasz Chrzanowski, Boris Kolvenbach, Philippe F-X Corvini, Danuta Cichocka
Piracetam (2-oxo-1-pyrrolidine acetamide) is a popular cognitive enhancer, which has recently been detected in waste and drinking water. Nootropic drugs are designed to affect human metabolism and act on the nervous system, but their environmental effects have yet to be the subject of detailed studies. In this report, we present the efficient biodegradation of the cognitive enhancer, piracetam. Two bacterial strains capable of using this compound as the sole carbon source were isolated and later identified as Ochrobactrum anthropi strain MW6 and Ochrobactrum intermedium strain MW7...
July 15, 2017: New Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709127/chemometrically-assisted-development-and-validation-of-lc-ms-ms-method-for-the-analysis-of-potential-genotoxic-impurities-in-meropenem-active-pharmaceutical-ingredient
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Katerina Grigori, Yannis L Loukas, Anđelija Malenović, Vicky Samara, Anastasia Kalaskani, Efi Dimovasili, Magda Kalovidouri, Yannis Dotsikas
A sensitive Liquid Chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method was developed and validated for the quantitative analysis of three potential genotoxic impurities (318BP, M9, S5) in meropenem Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API). Due to the requirement for LOD values in ppb range, a high concentration of meropenem API (30mg/mL) had to be injected. Therefore, efficient determination of meropenem from its impurities became a critical aim of this study, in order to divert meropenem to waste, via a switching valve...
June 29, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701021/apple-pomace-as-potential-source-of-natural-active-compounds
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Katharina Waldbauer, Ruxandra McKinnon, Brigitte Kopp
Apple pomace is a waste product of the apple manufacturing industry that has been in the focus of life sciences as it represents a low-cost source of fruit-derived compounds. High fruit consumption is associated with beneficial health effects, and therefore, apple pomace and its constituents raise therapeutic interest. The present work reviews (i) the chemical constituents of apple pomace, (ii) optimized extraction methods of apple pomace compounds, and (iii) biological activities of apple pomace. Current evidence of apple pomace influence on digestion and metabolism, cholesterol and triglyceride homeostasis, diabetes, and sex hormones is summarized...
August 2017: Planta Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692897/fate-and-impacts-of-pharmaceuticals-and-personal-care-products-after-repeated-applications-of-organic-waste-products-in-long-term-field-experiments
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Marjolaine Bourdat-Deschamps, Sabrina Ferhi, Nathalie Bernet, Fréderic Feder, Olivier Crouzet, Dominique Patureau, Denis Montenach, Géraud D Moussard, Vincent Mercier, Pierre Benoit, Sabine Houot
Recycling organic waste products in agriculture is a potential route for the dispersion of pharmaceutical residues in the environment. In this study, the concentrations of thirteen pharmaceuticals and the personal care product triclosan (PPCPs) were determined in different environmental matrices from long-term experimental fields amended with different organic waste products (OWPs), including sludge, composted sludge with green wastes, livestock effluents and composted urban wastes applied at usual agricultural rates...
July 7, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687152/valorisation-of-chicken-feathers-characterisation-of-chemical-properties
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Tamrat Tesfaye, Bruce Sithole, Deresh Ramjugernath, Viren Chunilall
The characterisation of the chemical properties of the whole chicken feather and its fractions (barb and rachis), was undertaken to identify opportunities for valorizing this waste product. The authors have described the physical, morphological, mechanical, electrical and thermal properties of the chicken feathers and related them to potential valorisation routes of the waste. However, identification of their chemical properties is necessary to complete a comprehensive description of chicken feather fractions...
July 4, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680802/lobster-processing-by-products-as-valuable-bioresource-of-marine-functional-ingredients-nutraceuticals-and-pharmaceuticals
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REVIEW
Trung T Nguyen, Andrew R Barber, Kendall Corbin, Wei Zhang
The worldwide annual production of lobster was 165,367 tons valued over $3.32 billion in 2004, but this figure rose up to 304,000 tons in 2012. Over half the volume of the worldwide lobster production has been processed to meet the rising global demand in diversified lobster products. Lobster processing generates a large amount of by-products (heads, shells, livers, and eggs) which account for 50-70% of the starting material. Continued production of these lobster processing by-products (LPBs) without corresponding process development for efficient utilization has led to disposal issues associated with costs and pollutions...
2017: Bioresources and Bioprocessing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28671222/automation-of-route-identification-and-optimisation-based-on-data-mining-and-chemical-intuition
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A A Lapkin, P K Heer, P-M Jacob, M Hutchby, W Cunningham, S D Bull, M G Davidson
Data-mining of Reaxys and network analysis of the combined literature and in-house reactions set were used to generate multiple possible reaction routes to convert a bio-waste feedstock, limonene, into a pharmaceutical API, paracetamol. The network analysis of data provides a rich knowledge-base for generation of the initial reaction screening and development programme. Based on the literature and the in-house data, an overall flowsheet for the conversion of limonene to paracetamol was proposed. Each individual reaction-separation step in the sequence was simulated as a combination of the continuous flow and batch steps...
July 3, 2017: Faraday Discussions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647879/disposal-of-household-pharmaceuticals-in-insular-communities-social-attitude-behaviour-evaluation-and-prevention-activities
#17
Antonis A Zorpas, Maria Dimitriou, Irene Voukkali
The increase in medicine and drug consumption have resulted in identifying these emerging pollutants in all aquatic compartments, ranging from surface water and groundwater resources to the marine environment. Pharmaceuticals are an indispensable part of life today. A large number of pharmaceuticals are used in a daily basis in the treatment, prevention, cure or diagnosis of diseases or to otherwise enhance people's physical or mental well-being. This paper focuses on the evaluation of the attitude of citizens in Cyprus regarding the disposal of pharmaceuticals as well as to identify the main reasons why pharmaceutical wastes are produced...
June 25, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598770/review-of-the-ecotoxicological-effects-of-emerging-contaminants-on-soil-biota
#18
Ana R Gomes, Celine Justino, Teresa Rocha-Santos, Ana C Freitas, Armando C Duarte, Ruth Pereira
In recent years, emerging contaminants (e.g. pesticides and their metabolites, pharmaceuticals, personal and house care products, life-style compounds, food additives, industrial products and wastes, as well as nanomaterials) have become a problem to the environment. In fact, the cumulative use of a panoply of chemical substances in agriculture, industrial activities, in our homes and in health care services has led to their recent appearance in detectable levels in soils, surface, and groundwater resources, with unpredictable consequences for these ecosystems...
June 9, 2017: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part A, Toxic/hazardous Substances & Environmental Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587908/elevating-4-hydroxycoumarin-production-through-alleviating-thioesterase-mediated-salicoyl-coa-degradation
#19
Xiaolin Shen, Monika Mahajani, Jia Wang, Yaping Yang, Qipeng Yuan, Yajun Yan, Yuheng Lin
Acyl-CoAs are essential intermediates in the biosynthetic pathways of a number of industrially and pharmaceutically important molecules. When these pathways are reconstituted in a heterologous microbial host for metabolic engineering purposes, the acyl-CoAs may be subject to undesirable hydrolysis by the host's native thioesterases, resulting in a waste of cellular energy and decreased intermediate availability, thus impairing bioconversion efficiency. 4-hydroxycoumarin (4HC) is a direct synthetic precursor to the commonly used oral anticoagulants (e...
July 2017: Metabolic Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586753/ozonation-as-a-pretreatment-process-for-nanofiltration-brines-monitoring-of-transformation-products-and-toxicity-evaluation
#20
Antonin Azaïs, Julie Mendret, Guillaume Cazals, Eddy Petit, Stephan Brosillon
Considerable interest has been given to using nanofiltration (NF) in lieu of reverse osmosis for water reclamation schemes due to lower energy consumption, higher flux rates while ensuring good micropollutants rejection. The application NF results in the generation of a large concentrated waste stream. Treatment of the concentrate is a major hurdle for the implementation of membrane technologies since the concentrate is usually unusable due to a large pollutants content. This work focuses on the application of ozonation as pretreatment of urban NF concentrates, the generation of transformation products and their relative toxicity...
May 30, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
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