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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336905/a-nanostructured-matrices-assessment-to-study-drug-distribution-in-solid-tumor-tissues-by-mass-spectrometry-imaging
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Silvia Giordano, Valentina Pifferi, Lavinia Morosi, Melinda Morelli, Luigi Falciola, Giuseppe Cappelletti, Sonja Visentin, Simonetta A Licandro, Roberta Frapolli, Massimo Zucchetti, Roberta Pastorelli, Laura Brunelli, Maurizio D'Incalci, Enrico Davoli
The imaging of drugs inside tissues is pivotal in oncology to assess whether a drug reaches all cells in an adequate enough concentration to eradicate the tumor. Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization Mass Spectrometry Imaging (MALDI-MSI) is one of the most promising imaging techniques that enables the simultaneous visualization of multiple compounds inside tissues. The choice of a suitable matrix constitutes a critical aspect during the development of a MALDI-MSI protocol since the matrix ionization efficiency changes depending on the analyte structure and its physico-chemical properties...
March 21, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329723/analysis-of-synthetic-phenethylamine-street-drugs-using-direct-sample-analysis-coupled-to-accurate-mass-time-of-flight-mass-spectrometry
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Maura K McGonigal, Joshua A Wilhide, Philip B Smith, Noelle M Elliott, Frank L Dorman
Serious health complications and fatal overdoses have brought phenethylamine, otherwise known as 2C, drug abuse to the public's attention. These compounds are 2C-X series analogs of mescaline. The name "2C" results from the two carbons in the ethyl chain. The substituents on these emerging drugs are constantly changed in order to avoid listing as controlled substances. These synthetic drugs are marketed as having affects similar to LSD and MDMA and are typically consumed sublingually via blotter paper. Twenty-six commercially available standards were analyzed using a direct sample analysis technique coupled to accurate mass time of flight mass spectrometry...
March 8, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327498/activity-of-sulfa-drugs-and-their-combinations-against-stationary-phase-b-burgdorferi-in-vitro
#3
Jie Feng, Shuo Zhang, Wanliang Shi, Ying Zhang
Lyme disease is a most common vector-borne disease in the US. Although the majority of Lyme patients can be cured with the standard two- to four-week antibiotic treatment, at least 10%-20% of patients continue to suffer from prolonged post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome (PTLDS). While the cause for this is unclear, one possibility is that persisting organisms are not killed by current Lyme antibiotics. In our previous studies, we screened an FDA drug library and an NCI compound library on B. burgdorferi and found some drug hits including sulfa drugs as having good activity against B...
March 22, 2017: Antibiotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324815/gender-and-race-ethnic-differences-in-the-persistence-of-alcohol-drug-and-poly-substance-use-disorders
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Elizabeth A Evans, Christine E Grella, Donna L Washington, Dawn M Upchurch
AIMS: To examine gender and racial/ethnic differences in the effect of substance use disorder (SUD) type on SUD persistence. METHODS: Data were provided by 1025 women and 1835 men from the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC) to examine whether gender and race/ethnicity (Non-Hispanic White, Black, Hispanic) moderate the effects of DSM-IV defined past-12 month SUD type (alcohol, drug, poly-substance) on SUD persistence at 3-year follow-up, controlling for covariates...
March 7, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322977/assessment-of-penetration-potential-of-ph-responsive-double-walled-biodegradable-nanogels-coated-with-eucalyptus-oil-for-the-controlled-delivery-of-5-fluorouracil-in-vitro-and-ex-vivo-studies
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Prashant Sahu, Sushil K Kashaw, Sanyog Jain, Samaresh Sau, Arun K Iyer
Penetration enhancers coated biodegradable polymeric nanogels loaded with cytotoxic drugs applied via the topical route, can be a promising strategy for improving the chemotherapeutic efficiency of skin cancers. The major objective of proposed research was to investigate the in vitro and ex vivo chemotherapeutic potential of double walled PLGA-chitosan biodegradable nanogel entrapped with 5-fluororuacil (5-FU) coated with eucalyptus oil, topically applied onto the skin. 5-FU was first entrapped in PLGA core by solvent evaporation technique followed by coating with cationic chitosan for ionic interaction with anionic skin cancer cell membrane...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315465/early-preclinical-evaluation-of-dihydropyrimidin-thi-ones-as-potential-anticonvulsant-drug-candidates
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Mariana Matias, Gonçalo Campos, Samuel Silvestre, Amílcar Falcão, Gilberto Alves
Although significant advances are occurring in epilepsy research, about 30% of epileptic patients are still inadequately controlled by standard drug therapy. For this reason, it continues to be important to develop new chemical entities through which epilepsy could be effectively controlled. In this study, the anticonvulsant activity of forty-two dihydropyrimidin(thi)ones was explored and their efficacy was evaluated in rodents against the maximal electroshock seizure (MES) and subcutaneous pentylenetetrazole tests...
March 14, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293914/a-late-diagnosis-of-primary-aldosteronism
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Francesco Zorzi, Oliviero Olivieri, Paolo Brazzarola, Francesca Pizzolo
We report the case of a 41-year-old male patient with juvenile onset refractory hypertension while taking four drugs including a diuretic. Fourteen years before he underwent a complete investigation for secondary hypertension (including the aldosterone to renin ratio-ARR) that was negative. Since that, hypertension control gradually worsened, hypertensive organ damage aggravated and hypokalemia developed in spite of ACE inhibitor treatment. At the re-evaluation ARR was elevated, and the further workup for primary aldosteronism demonstrated an unilateral aldosterone producing adenoma that was surgically removed, with subsequent optimal blood pressure control with two anti-hypertensive drugs...
March 14, 2017: High Blood Pressure & Cardiovascular Prevention: the Official Journal of the Italian Society of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292320/addition-of-propranolol-in-resistant-arterial-hypertension-treatment-apropriate-study-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-trial
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G R Constantine, P Ranasinghe, P Weeratunga, C Weeraratne, P Galappatthy, S Rajapakse, U Senarath, P Katulanda
BACKGROUND: Resistant hypertension is defined as an uncontrolled blood pressure despite treatment at best-tolerated doses with at least three antihypertensive agents including a diuretic. It is an emerging public health problem. At present clinical trial data on management of resistant hypertension is limited. Management is largely based on observational studies and expert opinions. Propranolol is a nonselective beta blocker. Several studies have confirmed that propranolol has a significant hypotensive action, both when used alone and as an adjuvant therapy...
March 14, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290112/protecting-bone-health-in-pediatric-rheumatic-diseases-pharmacological-considerations
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REVIEW
Yujuan Zhang, Diana Milojevic
Bone health in children with rheumatic conditions may be compromised due to several factors related to the inflammatory disease state, delayed puberty, altered life style, including decreased physical activities, sun avoidance, suboptimal calcium and vitamin D intake, and medical treatments, mainly glucocorticoids and possibly some disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs. Low bone density or even fragility fractures could be asymptomatic; therefore, children with diseases of high inflammatory load, such as systemic onset juvenile idiopathic arthritis, juvenile dermatomyositis, systemic lupus erythematosus, and those requiring chronic glucocorticoids may benefit from routine screening of bone health...
March 13, 2017: Paediatric Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275295/investigation-of-mitigating-effect-of-colon-specific-prodrugs-of-boswellic-acid-on-2-4-6-trinitrobenzene-sulfonic-acid-induced-colitis-in-wistar-rats-design-kinetics-and-biological-evaluation
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Ajinkya Sarkate, Suneela S Dhaneshwar
AIM: To develop a colon-targeting bioreversible delivery system for β-boswellic acid (BBA) and explore utility of its prodrugs in 2,4,6-trinitrobenzene sulfonic acid (TNBS)-induced colitis in rats. METHODS: Synthesis of 4 co-drugs of BBA with essential amino acids was achieved by CDI coupling, followed by their spectral characterization. In vitro kinetics were studied by HPLC in aqueous buffers, homogenates of gastrointestinal tract and fecal matter. In vivo kinetic studies were performed in Wistar rat plasma, urine and feces...
February 21, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273545/prevalence-of-drugs-in-oral-fluid-from-truck-drivers-in-brazilian-highways
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Henrique Silva Bombana, Hallvard Gjerde, Marcelo Filonzi Dos Santos, Ragnhild Elén Gjulem Jamt, Mauricio Yonamine, Waldo José Caram Rohlfs, Daniel Romero Muñoz, Vilma Leyton
Traffic accidents are responsible for 1.25 million deaths worldwide and are the most common cause of death among those aged 15-29 years. In Brazil, traffic accidents caused more than 44,000 deaths in 2014. The use of psychoactive drugs is an important risk factor for being involved in traffic accidents. Previous studies have found that psychoactive substances are commonly used by truck drivers in Brazil to maintain their extensive work schedule and stay awake while driving during nighttime hours. The state of Sao Paulo is one of the most important states regarding goods transportation...
March 1, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263759/diagnostic-and-vaccine-strategies-to-prevent-infections-in-patients-with-inflammatory-bowel-disease
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REVIEW
Giovanni Mazzola, Fabio Salvatore Macaluso, Lucia Adamoli, Sara Renna, Antonio Cascio, Ambrogio Orlando
OBJECTIVES: The treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) has been revolutionized by the use of immunomodulatory agents. Although these potent drugs are effective in controlling disease activity, they also cause an increased risk of new infections or reactivation of latent infections. On these premises, we aimed to provide guidance on the definitions of immunocompromised patients, opportunistic infections and the risk factors associated with their occurrence in an IBD context, and to suggest the proper screening tests for infectious diseases and the vaccination schedules to perform before and/or during therapy with immunomodulators...
March 2, 2017: Journal of Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28252637/hepatitis-c-virus-infection
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REVIEW
Michael P Manns, Maria Buti, Ed Gane, Jean-Michel Pawlotsky, Homie Razavi, Norah Terrault, Zobair Younossi
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a hepatotropic RNA virus that causes progressive liver damage, which might result in liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. Globally, between 64 and 103 million people are chronically infected. Major risk factors for this blood-borne virus infection are unsafe injection drug use and unsterile medical procedures (iatrogenic infections) in countries with high HCV prevalence. Diagnostic procedures include serum HCV antibody testing, HCV RNA measurement, viral genotype and subtype determination and, lately, assessment of resistance-associated substitutions...
March 2, 2017: Nature Reviews. Disease Primers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28242384/analgesic-and-anti-inflammatory-activities-of-80-methanol-root-extract-of-jasminum-abyssinicum-hochst-ex-dc-oleaceae-in-mice
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Yohannes Tadiwos, Teshome Nedi, Ephrem Engidawork
BACKGROUND: Pain and inflammation are associated with the pathophysiology of various clinical conditions. Most analgesic and anti-inflammatory drugs available in the market present a wide range of problems. The current study was aimed at investigating the analgesic and anti-inflammatory activity of 80% methanol extract of J.abyssinicum root. METHODS: The analgesic activity was determined using tail-flick test and acetic acid induced writhing, whereas anti-inflammatory activity was determined by carrageenan induced paw edema and formalin induced pedal edema, carried out in vivo...
February 24, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239995/a-randomized-controlled-trial-of-a-brief-intervention-for-alcohol-and-drugs-linked-to-the-alcohol-smoking-and-substance-involvement-screening-test-assist-in-primary-health-care-in-chile
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Fernando Poblete, Nicolas A Barticevic, M Soledad Zuzulic, Rodrigo Portilla, Alvaro Castillo-Carniglia, Jaime C Sapag, Luis Villarroel, Brena F Sena, Magdalena Galarce
AIM: To study the effectiveness of a Brief Intervention (BI) associated with the ASSIST (Alcohol Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening Test) for alcohol and illicit drug use as part of a systematic screening program implemented in primary care. DESIGN: A multi-center randomized open-label trial stratified using the ASSIST-specific substance involvement score (for alcohol, scores ranged from 11 to 15 and 16 to 20; and for the other substances, from 4 to 12 and 13 to 20)...
February 27, 2017: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238947/identification-of-novel-mrp3-inhibitors-based-on-computational-models-and-validation-using-an-in-vitro-membrane-vesicle-assay
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Izna Ali, Matthew A Welch, Yang Lu, Peter W Swaan, Kim L R Brouwer
INTRODUCTION: Multidrug resistance-associated protein 3 (MRP3), an efflux transporter on the hepatic basolateral membrane, may function as a compensatory mechanism to prevent the accumulation of anionic substrates (e.g., bile acids) in hepatocytes. Inhibition of MRP3 may disrupt bile acid homeostasis and is one hypothesized risk factor for the development of drug-induced liver injury (DILI). Therefore, identifying potential MRP3 inhibitors could help mitigate the occurrence of DILI. METHODS: Bayesian models were developed using MRP3 transporter inhibition data for 86 structurally diverse drugs...
February 24, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238803/discovery-and-characterization-of-eiib-a-new-%C3%AE-conotoxin-from-conus-ermineus-venom-by-nachrs-affinity-capture-monitored-by-maldi-tof-tof-mass-spectrometry
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Julien Echterbille, Nicolas Gilles, Romulo Araóz, Gilles Mourier, Muriel Amar, Denis Servent, Edwin De Pauw, Loic Quinton
Animal toxins are peptides that often bind with remarkable affinity and selectivity to membrane receptors such as nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs). The latter are, for example, targeted by α-conotoxins, a family of peptide toxins produced by venomous cone snails. nAChRs are implicated in numerous physiological processes explaining why the design of new pharmacological tools and the discovery of potential innovative drugs targeting these receptor channels appear so important. This work describes a methodology developed to discover new ligands of nAChRs from complex mixtures of peptides...
February 24, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226334/prescription-opioid-abuse-in-chronic-pain-an-updated-review-of-opioid-abuse-predictors-and-strategies-to-curb-opioid-abuse-part-2
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Alan D Kaye, Mark R Jones, Adam M Kaye, Juan G Ripoll, Donald E Jones, Vincent Galan, Burton D Beakley, Frank Calixto, Jamie L Bolden, Richard D Urman, Laxmaiah Manchikanti
Chronic pain and prescription opioid abuse are extremely prevalent in the United States and worldwide. The consequences of opioid misuse can be life-threatening with significant morbidity and mortality, exacting a heavy toll on patients, physicians, and society. The risk for misuse of prescribed opioids is much higher in patients with chronic pain, especially those with concurrent substance use and /or mental health disorders. Several reasons can account for the occurrence of opioid abuse and misuse, including self-medication, use for reward, compulsive use related to addiction, and diversion for profit...
February 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226333/prescription-opioid-abuse-in-chronic-pain-an-updated-review-of-opioid-abuse-predictors-and-strategies-to-curb-opioid-abuse-part-1
#19
Alan D Kaye, Mark R Jones, Adam M Kaye, Juan G Ripoll, Vincent Galan, Burton D Beakley, Frank Calixto, Jamie L Bolden, Richard D Urman, Laxmaiah Manchikanti
Chronic pain and prescription opioid abuse are extremely prevalent both in this country and worldwide. Consequences of opioid misuse can be life-threatening with significant morbidity and mortality, exacting a heavy toll on patients, physicians, and society. Individuals with chronic pain and co-occurring substance use disorders and/or mental health disorders, are at a higher risk for misuse of prescribed opioids. Opioid abuse and misuse occurs for a variety of reasons, including self-medication, use for reward, compulsive use because of addiction, and diversion for profit...
February 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226332/responsible-safe-and-effective-prescription-of-opioids-for-chronic-non-cancer-pain-american-society-of-interventional-pain-physicians-asipp-guidelines
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Laxmaiah Manchikanti, Adam M Kaye, Nebojsa Nick Knezevic, Heath McAnally, Konstantin Slavin, Andrea M Trescot, Susan Blank, Vidyasagar Pampati, Salahadin Abdi, Jay S Grider, Alan D Kaye, Kavita N Manchikanti, Harold Cordner, Christopher G Gharibo, Michael E Harned, Sheri L Albers, Sairam Atluri, Steve M Aydin, Sanjay Bakshi, Robert L Barkin, Ramsin M Benyamin, Mark V Boswell, Ricardo M Buenaventura, Aaron K Calodney, David L Cedeno, Sukdeb Datta, Timothy R Deer, Bert Fellows, Vincent Galan, Vahid Grami, Hans Hansen, Standiford Helm Ii, Rafael Justiz, Dhanalakshmi Koyyalagunta, Yogesh Malla, Annu Navani, Kent H Nouri, Ramarao Pasupuleti, Nalini Sehgal, Sanford M Silverman, Thomas T Simopoulos, Vijay Singh, Daneshvari R Solanki, Peter S Staats, Ricardo Vallejo, Bradley W Wargo, Arthur Watanabe, Joshua A Hirsch
BACKGROUND: Opioid use, abuse, and adverse consequences, including death, have escalated at an alarming rate since the 1990s. In an attempt to control opioid abuse, numerous regulations and guidelines for responsible opioid prescribing have been developed by various organizations. However, the US opioid epidemic is continuing and drug dose deaths tripled during 1999 to 2015. Recent data show a continuing increase in deaths due to natural and semisynthetic opioids, a decline in methadone deaths, and an explosive increase in the rates of deaths involving other opioids, specifically heroin and illicit synthetic fentanyl...
February 2017: Pain Physician
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