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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735524/characterization-of-cytoskeleton-features-and-maturation-status-of-cultured-human-ipsc-derived-cardiomyocytes
#1
Christian Zuppinger, George Gibbons, Priyanka Dutta-Passecker, Adrian Segiser, Henriette Most, Thomas M Suter
Recent innovations in stem cell technologies and the availability of human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (hiPSC-CMs) have opened new possibilities for studies and drug testing on human cardiomyocytes in vitro. Still, there are concerns about the precise nature of such 'reprogrammed' cells. We have performed an investigation using immunocytochemistry and confocal microscopy on several cellular features using commercially available hiPSC-CMs. For some selected developmentally regulated or cardiac chamber-specific proteins, we have compared the results from hiPSC-derived cardiomyocytes with freshly isolated, ventricular cardiomyocytes from adult rats...
June 21, 2017: European Journal of Histochemistry: EJH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735523/histochemistry-and-immunolocalisation-of-glucokinin-in-antidiabetic-plants-used-in-traditional-mexican-medicine
#2
Guillermo Laguna-Hernández, Carlos A Rio-Zamorano, Itzel G Meneses-Ochoa, Alicia E Brechú-Franco
Mexico is a megadiverse country that has 3,600 to 4,000 species of medicinal plants, of which approximately 800 are used to treat conditions related to diabetes mellitus (DM). DM is a chronic degenerative disease of energy metabolism that exists as two types: type 1 (DM1) and type 2 (DM2). DM is considered a public health problem that affects 7% of the Mexican population older than 20 years. DM is clinically controlled with hypoglycaemic drugs, alpha-glucosidase inhibitors, insulin secretion stimulants or the direct application of insulin...
June 21, 2017: European Journal of Histochemistry: EJH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735520/gemst-a-taylor-made-combination-that-reverts-neuroanatomical-changes-in-stroke
#3
Arturo Mangas, Javier Yajeya, Noelia González, Isabel Ruiz, Marianny Pernìa, Michel Geffard, Rafael Coveñas
In a single transient middle cerebral artery occlusion model of stroke and using immunohistochemical techniques, the effects of a new therapeutic approach named Gemst (a member of the Poly-L-Lysine innovative therapies) have been studied in the rat brain. The expression of inflammatory (CD45, CD11b), oxidative (NO-tryptophan, NO2-tyrosine) and indoleamine 2, 3-dioxygenase pathway (kynurenic acid, 3-hydroxy anthranilic acid) markers has been evaluated in early and late phases of stroke. For this purpose, we have developed eight highly specific monoclonal antibodies directed against some of these markers...
May 25, 2017: European Journal of Histochemistry: EJH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735494/trends-in-use-of-warfarin-and-direct-oral-anticoagulants-in-atrial-fibrillation-in-norway-2010-to-2015
#4
Lars J Kjerpeseth, Hanne Ellekjær, Randi Selmer, Inger Ariansen, Kari Furu, Eva Skovlund
PURPOSE: Since 2011, several direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs; dabigatran, rivaroxaban, apixaban) have been introduced as alternatives to warfarin for stroke prophylaxis in atrial fibrillation. We wanted to investigate changes in utilization of oral anticoagulants for atrial fibrillation in Norway following the introduction of DOACs. METHODS: Using nationwide registries, we identified all adults with pharmacy dispensings for warfarin or DOACs between January 2010 and December 2015 in Norway, and used ambulatory reimbursement codes to identify atrial fibrillation as indication...
July 22, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735481/single-cell-mass-cytometry-of-acute-myeloid-leukemia-and-leukemia-stem-progenitor-cells
#5
Zhihong Zeng, Marina Konopleva, Michael Andreeff
Mass cytometry time-of-flight (CyTOF) empowers us to understand acute myeloid leukemia (AML) biology at the single-cell level. This technology, combined with advanced data-analysis methods, enables identification and characterization of the rare AML stem/progenitor cells that play key roles in drug resistance and AML relapse. Here we provide a protocol for AML sample preparation for CyTOF and keynotes emphasizing critical steps in and troubleshooting strategies for this procedure.
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735472/assessment-of-soils-contamination-with-veterinary-antibiotic-residues-in-northern-poland-using-developed-mae-spe-lc-ms-ms-methods
#6
Paulina Łukaszewicz, Jolanta Kumirska, Anna Białk-Bielińska, Joanna Dołżonek, Piotr Stepnowski
Among the wide range of compounds reaching the soil are the veterinary antimicrobials. Since no regulations regarding acceptable levels of drug concentrations in the environment exist, monitoring tests, particularly concerning soils, are carried out very rarely. This study presents a preliminary assessment of the contamination of agricultural soils in Northern Poland with seven antimicrobial veterinary medicines which has never been carried out before. Veterinary drugs were detected in 54% of the examined soil samples; the most commonly detected drugs were sulfonamides and trimethoprim...
July 22, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735450/prescription-drug-price-paradox-cost-analysis-of-canadian-online-pharmacies-versus-us-medicare-beneficiaries-for-the-top-100-drugs
#7
Sean Hyungwoo Kim, Young Joo Ryu, Na-Eun Cho, Andy Eunwoo Kim, Jongwha Chang
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Despite the introduction of Medicare Part D (MPD) and 2012 Affordable Care Act (ACA), patients have a cost burden due to increases in drug prices. To overcome cost barriers, some patients purchase their medications from Canadian online pharmacies as Canadian prescription drug prices are believed to be lower than US prescription drug prices. The objective of this study was to determine which top 100 Medicare drugs can be imported to the USA legally, and to determine which type of prescription drug would be more beneficial to be purchased from Canadian online pharmacies...
July 22, 2017: Clinical Drug Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735448/inhibitory-effects-of-andrographolide-on-activated-macrophages-and-adjuvant-induced-arthritis
#8
Swati Gupta, Kamla Prasad Mishra, Shashi Bala Singh, Lilly Ganju
Andrographolide, a diterpenoid lactone obtained from plant Andrographis paniculata, is used in South Asian countries to relieve various inflammatory symptoms. To study the effects of this agent, the impact of andrographolide on production of inflammatory mediators were delineated in mouse peritoneal macrophages (PMϕ). Inflammatory mediators like nitric oxide (NO), tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α, interleukin-6 and related molecular mechanisms of andrographolide-mediated inhibition of enzymes/transcription factors were studied...
July 22, 2017: Inflammopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735432/eucalyptol-sabinene-and-cinnamaldehyde-potent-inhibitors-of-salmonella-target-protein-l-asparaginase
#9
Archana Vimal, Dharm Pal, Timir Tripathi, Awanish Kumar
Salmonella typhimurium is a severe threat to human life. The treatment became more difficult with the emergence of multidrug resistance. In the present in silico study, a novel drug target L-asparaginase was tested against three ligands eucalyptol, sabinene, and cinnamaldehyde, major components of cardamom, nutmeg, and cinnamon, respectively. The lowest docking score was obtained for sabinene followed by eucalyptol and cinnamaldehyde i.e. -5.648, -3.939 and -3.469. The docking score of sabinene is also better than the standard drug, Ciprofloxacin (-4...
August 2017: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735423/the-anticoagulant-effect-of-heparin-during-radiofrequency-ablation-rfa-in-patients-taking-apixaban-or-rivaroxaban
#10
L C Brendel, F Dobler, G Hessling, J Michel, S L Braun, A L Steinsiek, P Groha, R Eckl, I Deisenhofer, A Hyseni, M Roest, I Ott, B Steppich
PURPOSE: Measuring the anticoagulant effect of heparin during radiofrequency ablation (RFA) in patients taking apixaban and rivaroxaban is challenging, since the activated coagulation time (ACT) does not seem to reflect the true anticoagulant activity of these drugs. We therefore evaluated coagulation properties of apixaban and rivaroxaban during RFA by different coagulation assays to better monitor periprocedural hemostasis. METHODS: The study included 90 patients (61 ± 12 years) with atrial fibrillation who underwent RFA procedures...
July 22, 2017: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735415/cfd-simulation-of-aerosol-delivery-to-a-human-lung-via-surface-acoustic-wave-nebulization
#11
Morteza Yousefi, Oveis Pourmehran, Mofid Gorji-Bandpy, Kiao Inthavong, Leslie Yeo, Jiyuan Tu
Administration of drug in the form of particles through inhalation is generally preferable in the treatment of respiratory disorders. Conventional inhalation therapy devices such as inhalers and nebulizers, nevertheless, suffer from low delivery efficiencies, wherein only a small fraction of the inhaled drug reaches the lower respiratory tract. This is primarily because these devices are not able to produce a sufficiently fine drug mist that has aerodynamic diameters on the order of a few microns. This study employs computational fluid dynamics to investigate the transport and deposition of the drug particles produced by a new aerosolization technique driven by surface acoustic waves (SAWs) into an in silico lung model geometrically reconstructed using computed tomography scanning...
July 22, 2017: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735382/combined-medication-of-antiretroviral-drugs-tenofovir-disoproxil-fumarate-emtricitabine-and-raltegravir-reduces-neural-progenitor-cell-proliferation-in-vivo-and-in-vitro
#12
Peipei Xu, Yingchun Wang, Zhao Qin, Lisha Qiu, Min Zhang, Yunlong Huang, Jialin C Zheng
The application of combination antiretroviral therapy has greatly reduced the death rate from AIDS. However, up to 50% of patients on combination antiretroviral therapy develop HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND), which is associated with residual neuroinflammation and oxidative injury in the brain. Neural stem cells (NSCs) and progenitors play a vital role in repairing neuronal injuries. Therefore, we hypothesize that combination antiretroviral therapy may adversely affect NSCs/progenitors, contributing to the increasing prevalence of HAND...
July 22, 2017: Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology: the Official Journal of the Society on NeuroImmune Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735378/a-phase-i-ii-trial-and-pharmacokinetic-study-of-mithramycin-in-children-and-adults-with-refractory-ewing-sarcoma-and-ews-fli1-fusion-transcript
#13
Patrick J Grohar, John Glod, Cody J Peer, Tristan M Sissung, Fernanda I Arnaldez, Lauren Long, William D Figg, Patricia Whitcomb, Lee J Helman, Brigitte C Widemann
PURPOSE: In a preclinical drug screen, mithramycin was identified as a potent inhibitor of the Ewing sarcoma EWS-FLI1 transcription factor. We conducted a phase I/II trial to determine the dose-limiting toxicities (DLT), maximum tolerated dose (MTD), and pharmacokinetics (PK) of mithramycin in children with refractory solid tumors, and the activity in children and adults with refractory Ewing sarcoma. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Mithramycin was administered intravenously over 6 h once daily for 7 days for 28 day cycles...
July 22, 2017: Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735376/the-socio-economic-impact-of-bariatric-surgery
#14
Arendse Tange Larsen, Betina Højgaard, Rikke Ibsen, Jakob Kjellberg
INTRODUCTION: A recurring argument for bariatric surgery is cost savings due to sustained weight loss and reductions in comorbidities. However, studies prompting this argument tend to focus only on health care costs, and in some of them, cost changes after surgery have been modelled. The aim of this study was to generate real-world evidence on the socio-economic impact of bariatric surgery, by evaluating the effect on both direct and indirect costs. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Using real-world data from national registries, predictions of health care costs, social transfer payments and income were performed for a surgically treated individual and compared to those for a similar but non-surgically treated individual 3 years before and after surgery...
July 22, 2017: Obesity Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735367/short-term-and-long-term-effects-of-diazepam-on-the-memory-for-discrimination-and-generalization-of-scopolamine
#15
C Casasola-Castro, L Weissmann-Sánchez, E Calixto-González, A Aguayo-Del Castillo, D N Velázquez-Martínez
Benzodiazepines are among the most widely prescribed and misused psychopharmaceutical drugs. Although they are well-tolerated, they are also capable of producing amnestic effects similar to those observed after pharmacological or organic cholinergic dysfunction. To date, the effect of benzodiazepine diazepam on the memory for discrimination of anticholinergic drugs has not been reported. The aim of the present study was to analyze the immediate and long-term effects of diazepam on a drug discrimination task with scopolamine...
July 22, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735366/further-validation-of-the-affective-bias-test-for-predicting-antidepressant-and-pro-depressant-risk-effects-of-pharmacological-and-social-manipulations-in-male-and-female-rats
#16
Justyna K Hinchcliffe, Sarah A Stuart, Michael Mendl, Emma S J Robinson
RATIONALE: Affective biases are hypothesised to contribute to the cause and treatment of mood disorders. We have previously found that affective biases, associated with learning and memory, are observed following acute treatments with a range of antidepressant and pro-depressant manipulations. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to test if similar biases are observed in male and female Sprague Dawley (SD) rats. We also test whether the stress hormone, corticosterone, induces a negative bias in the affective bias test (ABT) consistent with its putative role in the development of depression...
July 22, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735360/navigating-the-future-of-cardiovascular-drug-development-leveraging-novel-approaches-to-drive-innovation-and-drug-discovery-summary-of-findings-from-the-novel-cardiovascular-therapeutics-conference
#17
REVIEW
Thomas J Povsic, Rob Scott, Kenneth W Mahaffey, Robert Blaustein, Jay M Edelberg, Martin P Lefkowitz, Scott D Solomon, Jonathan C Fox, Kevin E Healy, Aarif Y Khakoo, Douglas W Losordo, Fady I Malik, Brett P Monia, Rusty L Montgomery, Jeffrey Riesmeyer, Gregory G Schwartz, Steven L Zelenkofske, Joseph C Wu, Scott M Wasserman, Matthew T Roe
PURPOSE: The need for novel approaches to cardiovascular drug development served as the impetus to convene an open meeting of experts from the pharmaceutical industry and academia to assess the challenges and develop solutions for drug discovery in cardiovascular disease. METHODS: The Novel Cardiovascular Therapeutics Summit first reviewed recent examples of ongoing or recently completed programs translating basic science observations to targeted drug development, highlighting successes (protein convertase sutilisin/kexin type 9 [PCSK9] and neprilysin inhibition) and targets still under evaluation (cholesteryl ester transfer protein [CETP] inhibition), with the hope of gleaning key lessons to successful drug development in the current era...
July 22, 2017: Cardiovascular Drugs and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735357/promoting-and-protecting-public-health-how-the-european-union-pharmacovigilance-system-works
#18
Aniello Santoro, Georgy Genov, Almath Spooner, June Raine, Peter Arlett
This article provides an overview of the European Union pharmacovigilance system resulting from the rationalisation and strengthening delivered through the implementation of the revised pharmacovigilance legislation. It outlines the system aims, underlying principles, components and drivers for future change. At its core, the Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee is responsible for assessing all aspects of the risk management of medicinal products, thus ensuring that medicines approved for the European Union market are optimally used by maximising their benefits and minimising risks...
July 22, 2017: Drug Safety: An International Journal of Medical Toxicology and Drug Experience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735350/inflammatory-joint-disorders-and-neutrophilic-dermatoses-a-comprehensive-review
#19
REVIEW
Massimo Cugno, Roberta Gualtierotti, Pier Luigi Meroni, Angelo Valerio Marzano
Rheumatoid arthritis and spondyloarthritis are inflammatory joint disorders with an autoimmune pathogenesis and systemic involvement. The skin is one of the most frequently affected extraarticular sites with a number of manifestations or distinct diseases, including common conditions, such as rheumatoid nodules and psoriasis, and rare diseases like neutrophilic dermatoses. The latter are clinically characterised by polymorphic lesions, including pustules, bullae, abscesses, papules, nodules, plaques and ulcers, and histologically by neutrophil-rich inflammatory infiltrates...
July 22, 2017: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735341/the-effect-of-nanosecond-high-voltage-electric-pulses-on-the-shape-and-permeability-of-polymersome-guvs
#20
Tina Batista Napotnik, Gianluca Bello, Eva-Kathrin Sinner, Damijan Miklavčič
Polymersomes, vesicles composed of block copolymers, are promising candidates as membrane alternatives and functional containers, e.g., as potential carriers for functional molecules because of their stability and tunable membrane properties. In the scope of possible use for membrane protein delivery to cells by electrofusion, we investigated the cytotoxicity of such polymersomes as well as the effects of nanosecond electric pulses with variable repetition rate on the shape and permeability of polymersomes in buffers with different conductivities...
July 22, 2017: Journal of Membrane Biology
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