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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785613/neuroinfections-caused-by-fungi
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REVIEW
Katarzyna Góralska, Joanna Blaszkowska, Magdalena Dzikowiec
BACKGROUND: Fungal infections of the central nervous system (FIs-CNS) have become significantly more common over the past 2 decades. Invasion of the CNS largely depends on the immune status of the host and the virulence of the fungal strain. Infections with fungi cause a significant morbidity in immunocompromised hosts, and the involvement of the CNS may lead to fatal consequences. METHODS: One hundred and thirty-five articles on fungal neuroinfection in PubMed, Google Scholar, and Cochrane databases were selected for review using the following search words: "fungi and CNS mycoses", CNS fungal infections", "fungal brain infections", " fungal cerebritis", fungal meningitis", "diagnostics of fungal infections", and "treatment of CNS fungal infections"...
May 21, 2018: Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785574/in-situ-nanostructured-hydrogel-of-resveratrol-for-brain-targeting-in-vitro-in-vivo-characterization
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Amarjitsing Rajput, Aditi Bariya, Ahmed Allam, Sarah Othman, Shital B Butani
The purpose of conducting the present research work was to develop resveratrol nanostructured in situ gel for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. Resveratrol loaded lipid carrier was prepared by melt emulsification-probe sonication method, and the final product was evaluated for particle size (132 ± 11.90 nm), polydispersity index (0.209 ± 0.005), zeta potential (- 23 ± 3.79 mV), drug loading (9.26 ± 3.79%), and entrapment efficiency (74 ± 11.40%). Following incorporation of the resveratrol nanostructured lipid carrier in gellan gum and xanthan gum, in situ gel was formulated and characterized...
May 21, 2018: Drug Delivery and Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785484/challenges-in-malaria-management-and-a-glimpse-at-some-nanotechnological-approaches
#3
Adrian Najer, Cornelia G Palivan, Hans-Peter Beck, Wolfgang Meier
Malaria is a devastating infectious disease transmitted by mosquitoes, affecting millions of people and killing about half a million children each year. Despite tremendous progress in the control and elimination of malaria within the past years, there are still considerable challenges to be solved. To name a few, drug-resistant parasites, insecticide-resistant mosquitoes and the difficulty to formulate a potent malaria vaccine need to be addressed with new strategies to achieve the final goal of malaria eradication...
2018: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785482/characterization-and-antimicrobial-property-of-some-heavy-metals-containing-ayurvedic-drugs
#4
Prasamsha Panta, Tika Ram Bhandari, Bidit Lamsal, Rameshwar Adhikari
Ayurvedic medicines are often used in different formulations, the heavy metals, which are generally referred to as being toxic. In this work, we report on the physicochemical characterization and biological activity of some typical Ayurvedic drugs available in the market that contain arsenic, mercury and lead with the emphasis on their antibacterial performance. Among the formulations studied, some of the drugs with 'amorphous' texture (and higher solubility) were found quite active against some bacterial strains whereas the formulations possessing crystalline texture (and low solubility) were found practically ineffective...
2018: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785318/role-of-nanotechnology-in-cosmeceuticals-a-review-of-recent-advances
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Shreya Kaul, Neha Gulati, Deepali Verma, Siddhartha Mukherjee, Upendra Nagaich
Nanotechnology manifests the progression in the arena of research and development, by increasing the efficacy of the product through delivery of innovative solutions. To overcome certain drawbacks associated with the traditional products, application of nanotechnology is escalating in the area of cosmeceuticals. Cosmeceuticals are regarded as the fastest growing segment of the personal care industry and the use has risen drastically over the years. Nanocosmeceuticals used for skin, hair, nail, and lip care, for conditions like wrinkles, photoaging, hyperpigmentation, dandruff, and hair damage, have come into widespread use...
2018: Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785109/development-and-characterization-of-a-nanoemulsion-containing-propranolol-for-topical-delivery
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Tatiana Zanela da Silva Marques, Ralph Santos-Oliveira, Luciana Betzler de Oliveira de Siqueira, Verônica da Silva Cardoso, Zaida Maria Faria de Freitas, Rita de Cássia da Silva Ascenção Barros, Ana Lúcia Vazquez Villa, Mariana Sato de Souza de Bustamante Monteiro, Elisabete Pereira Dos Santos, Eduardo Ricci-Junior
Background: Propranolol (PPN) is a therapeutic option for the treatment of infantile hemangiomas. This study aimed at the development of nanoemulsion (NE) containing 1% PPN, characterization of the system, and safety studies based on ex vivo permeation, cytotoxicity, and biodistribution in vivo. Methods: The formulation was developed and characterized in relation to the droplet size, polydispersity index (PDI), pH, zeta potential, and electronic microscopy. Ex vivo permeation studies were used to evaluate the cutaneous retention of PPN in the epidermis and dermis...
2018: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783757/a-repurposed-drug-for-brain-cancer-enhanced-atovaquone-amorphous-solid-dispersion-by-combining-a-spontaneously-emulsifying-component-with-a-polymer-carrier
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Hiroyuki Takabe, Zachary N Warnken, Yajie Zhang, Daniel A Davis, Hugh D C Smyth, John G Kuhn, Steve Weitman, Robert O Williams Iii
Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is the most common and lethal central nervous system tumor. Recently, atovaquone has shown inhibition of signal transducer and activator transcription 3, a promising target for GBM therapy. However, it is currently unable to achieve therapeutic drug concentrations in the brain with the currently reported and marketed formulations. The present study sought to explore the efficacy of atovaquone against GBM as well as develop a formulation of atovaquone that would improve oral bioavailability, resulting in higher amounts of drug delivered to the brain...
May 19, 2018: Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783752/pro-apoptotic-and-anti-cancer-properties-of-diosgenin-a-comprehensive-and-critical-review
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REVIEW
Gautam Sethi, Muthu K Shanmugam, Sudha Warrier, Myriam Merarchi, Frank Arfuso, Alan Prem Kumar, Anupam Bishayee
Novel and alternative options are being adopted to combat the initiation and progression of human cancers. One of the approaches is the use of molecules isolated from traditional medicinal herbs, edible dietary plants and seeds that play a pivotal role in the prevention/treatment of cancer, either alone or in combination with existing chemotherapeutic agents. Compounds that modulate these oncogenic processes are potential candidates for cancer therapy and may eventually make it to clinical applications. Diosgenin is a naturally occurring steroidal sapogenin and is one of the major bioactive compounds found in dietary fenugreek ( Trigonella foenum-graecum ) seeds...
May 19, 2018: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783687/impact-of-particle-size-and-polydispersity-index-on-the-clinical-applications-of-lipidic-nanocarrier-systems
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REVIEW
M Danaei, M Dehghankhold, S Ataei, F Hasanzadeh Davarani, R Javanmard, A Dokhani, S Khorasani, M R Mozafari
Lipid-based drug delivery systems, or lipidic carriers, are being extensively employed to enhance the bioavailability of poorly-soluble drugs. They have the ability to incorporate both lipophilic and hydrophilic molecules and protecting them against degradation in vitro and in vivo. There is a number of physical attributes of lipid-based nanocarriers that determine their safety, stability, efficacy, as well as their in vitro and in vivo behaviour. These include average particle size/diameter and the polydispersity index (PDI), which is an indication of their quality with respect to the size distribution...
May 18, 2018: Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783634/novel-structural-insight-into-inhibitors-of-heme-oxygenase-1-ho-1-by-new-imidazole-based-compounds-biochemical-and-in-vitro-anticancer-activity-evaluation
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Khaled F Greish, Loredana Salerno, Reem Al Zahrani, Emanuele Amata, Maria N Modica, Giuseppe Romeo, Agostino Marrazzo, Orazio Prezzavento, Valeria Sorrenti, Antonio Rescifina, Giuseppe Floresta, Sebastiano Intagliata, Valeria Pittalà
In this paper, the design, synthesis, and molecular modeling of a new azole-based HO-1 inhibitors was reported, using compound 1 as a lead compound, in which an imidazole moiety is linked to a hydrophobic group by means of an ethanolic spacer. The tested compounds showed a good inhibitor activity and possessed IC50 values in the micromolar range. These results were obtained by targeting the hydrophobic western region. Molecular modeling studies confirmed a consolidated binding mode in which the nitrogen of the imidazolyl moiety coordinated the heme ferrous iron, meanwhile the hydrophobic groups were located in the western region of HO-1 binding pocket...
May 18, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783233/-multisemic-atrophy-a-description-of-the-clinical-case-of-olivopontocerebellar-atrophy-against-the-background-of-stenosing-atherosclerotic-vascular-lesions
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Kateryna A Tarianyk, Nataliya V Lytvynenko, Tetiana I Purdenko, Viсtoria M Gladka, Tatyana V Pluzhnikova, Elena N Zyablenko
Features of the onset, the course of the disease causes difficulties in the early diagnosis and formulation of the correct diagnosis. Olivopontocerebellar atrophy is characterized by a broad polymorphism of clinical manifestations. There is a need to develop new methods of symptomatic and neuroprotective treatment, as well as the optimization of non-drug therapy.
2018: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782971/pharmaceutical-grade-oral-films-as-substrates-for-printed-medicine
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M Wimmer-Teubenbacher, C Planchette, H Pichler, D Markl, W K Hsiao, A Paudel, S Stegemann
In contact-less printing, such as piezo-electric drop on demand printing used in the study, the drop formation process is independent of the substrate. This means that having developed a printable formulation, printed pharmaceutical dosage forms can be obtained on any pharmaceutical grade substrate, such as polymer-based films. In this work we evaluated eight different oral films based on their suitability as printing substrates for sodium picosulfate. The different polymer films were compared regarding printed spot morphology, chemical stability and dissolution profile...
May 18, 2018: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782944/a-comprehensive-review-on-contact-lens-for-ophthalmic-drug-delivery
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REVIEW
Jiawen Xu, Yingyan Xue, Gaoyong Hu, Tianyu Lin, Jingxin Gou, Tian Yin, Haibing He, Yu Zhang, Xing Tang
With the prevalence of electronic devices and an aging population, the number of people affected with eye disease is increasing year by year. In spite of a large number of eye drops on the market, most of them do not perform sufficiently, due to rapid clearance mechanisms and ocular barriers. To enhance drug delivery to the eye, a number of novel formulations for ocular diseases have been investigated over recent decades, aiming to increase drug retention and permeation while also allowing for sustained drug release over prolonged periods...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782910/comparison-of-dissolution-time-profiles-no-similarity-but-where-is-the-difference
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Stefan Horkovics-Kovats
The similarity of the dissolution time profiles is routinely determined by various statistical methods, e.g. by calculating the f2 similarity factor, by calculating the multivariate statistical distance or determining the confidence interval of f2 metrics using the bootstrapping method. If the similarity of the dissolution profiles is not achieved, these methods provide no information about the possible causes of the differences in the final dosage forms. In this article it is shown that after introduction of summary parameters into the disintegration-dissolution model (DDM), such as intrinsic lifetime distribution of particles, saturation state function, drug load of the system and applying population data analysis, differences on the level of intrinsic lifetime distributions of particles of active pharmaceutical ingredient in immediately release formulations are identified...
May 18, 2018: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782805/maintaining-supersaturation-of-nimodipine-by-pvp-with-or-without-the-presence-of-sodium-lauryl-sulfate-and-sodium-taurocholate
#15
Yipshu Pui, Yuejie Chen, Huijun Chen, Shan Wang, Chengyu Liu, Wouter Tonnis, Linc Chen, Peter Serno, Stefan Bracht, Feng Qian
Amorphous solid dispersion (ASD) is one of the most versatile supersaturating drug delivery system to improve the dissolution rate and oral bioavailability of poorly water soluble drugs. PVP based ASD formulation of nimodipine (NMD) has been marketed and effectively used in clinic for nearly 30 years, yet the mechanism by which PVP maintains the supersaturation and subsequently improves the bioavailability of NMD was rarely investigated. In this research, we first studied the molecular interactions between NMD and PVP by solution NMR using CDCl3 as the solvent, and drug-polymer Flory-Huggins interaction parameter...
May 21, 2018: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781344/design-and-development-of-vitamin-c-encapsulated-proliposome-with-improved-in-vitro-and-ex-vivo-antioxidant-efficacy
#16
Elahehnaz Parhizkar, Marzieh Rashedinia, Maryam Karimi, Shohreh Alipour
Vitamin C, as an antioxidant additive in pharmaceutical and food products, is susceptible to environmental conditions, and new design strategies are needed to enhance its stability. The aim of this study is to prepare vitamin C proliposome using film deposition on the carrier by applying different factors, and optimize the characteristics of the obtained powder using the design expert® software. The optimized formulation demonstrated acceptable flowability with 20% vitamin C loading. This formulation released about 90% vitamin C within two hours and showed higher (1...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Microencapsulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781114/potential-of-continuous-manufacturing-for-liposomal-drug-products
#17
REVIEW
Robert D Worsham, Vaughan Thomas, Suzanne S Farid
Over the last several years, continuous manufacturing of pharmaceuticals has evolved from bulk APIs and solid oral dosages into the more complex realm of biologics. The development of continuous downstream processing techniques has allowed biologics manufacturing to realize the benefits (e.g. improved economics, more consistent quality) that come with continuous processing. If relevant processing techniques and principles are selected, the opportunity arises to develop continuous manufacturing designs for additional pharmaceutical products including liposomal drug formulations...
May 21, 2018: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780379/point-mutation-of-a-non-elastase-binding-site-in-human-%C3%AE-1-antitrypsin-alters-its-anti-inflammatory-properties
#18
Yotam Lior, Mariana Zaretsky, David E Ochayon, Diana Lotysh, Boris M Baranovski, Ronen Schuster, Ofer Guttman, Amir Aharoni, Eli C Lewis
Introduction: Human α1-antitrypsin (hAAT) is a 394-amino acid long anti-inflammatory, neutrophil elastase inhibitor, which binds elastase via a sequence-specific molecular protrusion (reactive center loop, RCL; positions 357-366). hAAT formulations that lack protease inhibition were shown to maintain their anti-inflammatory activities, suggesting that some attributes of the molecule may reside in extra-RCL segments. Here, we compare the protease-inhibitory and anti-inflammatory profiles of an extra-RCL mutation (cys232pro) and two intra-RCL mutations (pro357cys, pro357ala), to naïve [wild-type (WT)] recombinant hAAT, in vitro , and in vivo ...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780245/protein-delivery-nanosystem-of-six-arm-copolymer-poly-%C3%AE%C2%B5-caprolactone-poly-ethylene-glycol-for-long-term-sustained-release
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Jianwei Duan, Chao Liu, Xiaoyu Liang, Xuanling Li, Youlu Chen, Zuoguan Chen, Xiaoli Wang, Deling Kong, Yongjun Li, Jing Yang
Background: To address the issue of delivery of proteins, a six-arm copolymer, six-arm poly (ε-caprolactone)-poly(ethylene glycol) (6S-PCL-PEG), was synthesized by a simple two-step reaction. Thereafter, the application of 6S-PCL-PEG as a protein carrier was evaluated. Materials and methods: A six-arm copolymer, six-arm poly(ε-caprolactone) (6S-PCL), was synthesized by ring-opening polymerization, with stannous octoate as a catalyst and inositol as an initiator...
2018: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780236/pharmacokinetic-comparison-of-a-fixed-dose-combination-versus-concomitant-administration-of-fimasartan-amlodipine-and-rosuvastatin-using-partial-replicated-design-in-healthy-adult-subjects
#20
Minkyung Oh, Jong-Lyul Ghim, Sung-Eun Park, Eun-Young Kim, Jae-Gook Shin
Objective: The aim of this study was to compare the pharmacokinetics (PK) and safety profiles of a fixed-dose combination (FDC) formulation of fimasartan, amlodipine, and rosuvastatin with the co-administration of the two products by using a replicated crossover study design in healthy male subjects. Results: This was an open-label, randomized, three-sequence, three-period replicated crossover study in healthy male subjects. The replicated crossover design was done because of high coefficient of variation of PK parameter for fimasartan, that is, >30%...
2018: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
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