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Liv Weichien Chen, Feng-Cheng Liu, Li-Feng Hung, Chuan-Yueh Huang, Shiu-Bii Lien, Leou-Chyr Lin, Jenn-Haung Lai, Ling-Jun Ho
Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common joint disorder and primarily affects older people. The ideal anti-OA drug should have a modest anti-inflammatory effect and only limited or no toxicity for long-term use. Because the antitussive medication dextromethorphan (DXM) is protective in atherosclerosis and neurological diseases, two common disorders in aged people, we examined whether DXM can be protective in pro-inflammatory cytokine-stimulated chondrocytes and in a collagen-induced arthritis (CIA) animal model in this study...
March 12, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Flora M Hammond, William Sauve, Fred Ledon, Charles Davis, Andrea E Formella
BACKGROUND: Dextromethorphan 20mg /quinidine 10mg (DM/Q) was approved to treat pseudobulbar affect (PBA) based upon phase 3 trials conducted in participants with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or multiple sclerosis. PRISM II evaluated DM/Q effectiveness, safety and tolerability for PBA following stroke, dementia or traumatic brain injury (TBI). OBJECTIVE: To report results from the TBI cohort of PRISM II, including a TBI-specific functional scale. DESIGN: Open-label trial evaluating twice daily DM/Q over 90 days...
February 22, 2018: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
Regina R Berkovich, Alexey Y Sokolov, Daniel M Togasaki, Aida A Yakupova, Paul-Henry Cesar, Soma Sahai-Srivastava
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to assess potential efficacy and safety of dextromethorphan/quinidine (DMQ) in prophylactic treatment of migraine in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) with superimposed pseudobulbar affect (PBA). METHODS: Multiple sclerosis patients with superimposed PBA and comorbid migraine were enrolled into this open-label observational study at the University of Southern California Comprehensive MS Center. The baseline characteristics included, among other data, frequency and severity of acute migraine attacks and use of migraine relievers...
February 22, 2018: Clinical Neuropharmacology
Hai-Quyen Tran, Youngho Lee, Eun-Joo Shin, Choon-Gon Jang, Ji Hoon Jeong, Akihiro Mouri, Kuniaki Saito, Toshitaka Nabeshima, Hyoung-Chun Kim
We investigated whether a specific serotonin (5-HT) receptor-mediated mechanism was involved in dextromethorphan (DM)-induced serotonergic behaviors. We firstly observed that the activation of 5-HT1A receptor, but not 5-HT2A receptor, contributed to DM-induced serotonergic behaviors in mice. We aimed to determine whether the upregulation of 5-HT1A receptor induced by DM facilitates the specific induction of certain PKC isoform, because previous reports suggested that 5-HT1A receptor activates protein kinase C (PKC)...
February 22, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
Ioline D Henter, Rafael Teixeira de Sousa, Carlos A Zarate
Both preclinical and clinical studies have implicated glutamatergic system dysfunction in the pathophysiology of mood disorders such as bipolar depression and major depressive disorder. In particular, rapid reductions in depressive symptoms have been noted in response to subanesthetic doses of the glutamatergic modulator ketamine in subjects with major depressive disorder or bipolar depression. These results have prompted the repurposing or development of other glutamatergic modulators, both as monotherapy or adjunctive to other therapies...
February 20, 2018: Harvard Review of Psychiatry
Jennifer P Pascali, Paolo Fais, Fabio Vaiano, Nicola Pigaiani, Stefano D'Errico, Sandra Furlanetto, Diego Palumbo, Elisabetta Bertol
Drug tampering practices, with the aim to increase availability of drug delivery and/or enhance drug effects, are accessible on Internet and are practiced by some portion of recreational drug users. Not rarely, recreational misuse may result in toxic and even fatal results. The aim of the present study was to assess the tampering risk of medicaments containing different formulations of an opioid in combination with paracetamol or dexketoprofen, following the procedures reported in dedicated forums on the web...
February 10, 2018: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
Sophie Gravel, Jean-Louis Chiasson, Suzanne Dallaire, Jacques Turgeon, Veronique Michaud
INTRODUCTION: Diabetes affects more than 9% of the adult population worldwide. Patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) show variable responses to some drugs which may be due, in part, to variability in the functional activity of drug-metabolising enzymes including cytochromes P450 (CYP450s). CYP450 is a superfamily of enzymes responsible for xenobiotic metabolism. Knowledge must be gained on the impact of T2DM and related inflammatory processes on drug metabolism and its consequences on drug response...
February 8, 2018: BMJ Open
Ying Zhang, Lan Miao, Li Lin, Chang-Ying Ren, Jian-Xun Liu, Yi-Min Cui
BACKGROUND: Sailuotong (SLT) is a standard Chinese preparation made from extracts of Panax ginseng (ginseng), Ginkgo biloba (ginkgo), and Crocus sativus (saffron). Preliminary clinical trials and animal experiments have demonstrated that SLT could improve cognition of vascular dementia (VD). PURPOSE: To avoid incident drug-drug interaction which is easily encountered in patients of VD, the potential influence of SLT on main drug-metabolic cytochromes P450 enzymes (CYP450) was investigated...
January 1, 2018: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
Edward D Levin, Corrine Wells Susan Slade, Amir H Rezvani
A variety of nicotinic drug treatments have been found to decrease nicotine self-administration. However, interactions of drugs affecting different nicotinic receptor subtypes have not been much investigated. This study investigated the interactions between dextromethorphan, which blocks nicotinic α3β2 receptors as well as a variety of other receptors with sazetidine-A which is a potent and selective α4β2 nicotinic receptor partial agonist with desensitizing properties. This interaction was compared with dextromethorphan combination treatment with mecamylamine, which is a nonspecific nicotinic channel blocker...
January 30, 2018: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
Matteo Caloro, Giuseppa Calabrò, Eleonora de Pisa, Enrico Rosini, Georgios D Kotzalidis, Davide Lonati, Carlo Alessandro Locatelli, Pietro Papa, Fabrizio Schifano, Paolo Girardi
: Novel psychoactive substance use is a major social concern. Their use may elicit or uncover unpredictably as yet undescribed clinical pictures. We aimed to illustrate a multisubstance use case indistinguishable from paranoid schizophrenia, so to alert clinicians on possibly misdiagnosing substance-induced psychotic disorders. CASE REPORT: We describe a case of a 32-year-old man who started at 18 years with cannabinoids and ketamine, and is currently using N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) antagonists...
February 2, 2018: Journal of Addiction Medicine
Mohaddese Mahboubi
Cough, as a defensive reflux mechanism, removes foreign objects and secretions from bronchi and bronchioles of airways. Zataria multiflora is a popular plant for treatment of cough in Iranian traditional medicine. The aim of this review was to evaluate the potency of Z. multiflora as an alternative treatment in management of acute cough and its possible mechanisms of action. Here the authors compiled information about Z. multiflora in the treatment of cough from all accessible resources and books. The results of this investigation showed that there were five clinical studies that evaluated the efficacy of Z...
January 2018: Journal of Integrative Medicine
Bernhard Wünsch, Louisa Temme, Dirk Schepmann, Julian A Schreiber, Bastian Frehland
Since only a few studies investigated the affinity and functional activity of NMDA receptor open channel blockers under same assay conditions, a comparative study of common open channel blockers is of major interest. The pharmacological activity of MK-801, phencyclidine, dexoxadrol, etoxadrol, (S)- and (R)-ketamine, dextromethorphan, memantine and amantadine was analyzed under same uniform assay conditions. The affinity towards the PCP and ifenprodil binding sites was recorded in radioligand binding assays...
January 27, 2018: ChemMedChem
Kun Liu, Appalaraju Jaggupilli, Dhanaraj Premnath, Prashen Chelikani
Bitter taste receptors (T2Rs) are a group of 25 G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) in humans. The cognate agonists and the mechanism of ligand binding to the majority of the T2Rs remain unknown. Here we report the first structure-function analysis of T2R7 and study the ability of this receptor to bind to different agonists by site-directed mutagenesis. Screening of ligands for T2R7 in calcium based assays lead to the identification of novel compounds that activate this receptor. Quinine, diphenidol, dextromethorphan and diphenhydramine showed substantial activation of T2R7...
January 18, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Lazara Karelia Montané Jaime, Jeffrey Paul, Anthony Lalla, George Legall, Andrea Gaedigk
AIM: This study aimed to assess the impact of CYP2D6 and CYP2C19 variation on venlafaxine (VEN) at steady state in patients from Trinidad and Tobago of Indian and African descent with major depressive disorder. PATIENTS & METHODS: Patients were phenotyped with dextromethorphan, genotyped for CYP2D6 and CYP2C19, and metabolic ratios for VEN obtained at 2-week intervals. RESULTS: Of 61 patients, 55 were genotyped and phenotyped and 47 completed 8 weeks of VEN treatment...
January 12, 2018: Pharmacogenomics
Alice Varghese, Prachi Saboo, Sarika Wairkar
Terminalia arjuna (T. arjuna) is an Indian medicinal plant belonging to the family combretaceae and possesses numerous therapeutic activities including its immense cardio protective activity. In the present work, methanolic bark extract of T. arjuna was evaluated for the CYP3A and CYP2D inhibition potential in rat liver microsomes (RLM). Further, the methanolic bark extract was fractionated successively using increasing polarity solvents starting with petroleum ether, chloroform, ethyl acetate and n-butanol...
January 12, 2018: Biopharmaceutics & Drug Disposition
Tamami Haraguchi, Takahiro Uchida, Miyako Yoshida, Honami Kojima, Masaaki Habara, Hidekazu Ikezaki
The purpose of this study was to examine the ability of the artificial taste sensor to evaluate the bitterness of drugs by comparing the responses of the taste sensor with documented responses of human TASTE2 receptors (hTAS2Rs). For this purpose 22 bitter compounds, used as ingredients of pharmaceutical medicines in Japan and known ligands of hTAS2Rs, were selected for testing. Their solutions (0.01, 0.03, 0.1 mM) were evaluated by five different taste sensors (AC0, AN0, BT0, C00, AE1). Correlations between physicochemical parameters of the compounds and the responses of the taste sensors and hTAS2Rs were evaluated...
2018: Chemical & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
M Soichot, S Julliand, J Filatriau, A Hurbain, E Bourgogne, A Mihoubi, H Gourlain, B Delhotal-Landes
Toxicological investigations are often required by clinicians in comatose patients with suspected poisoning. However, the usefulness of toxicological analyses to support a diagnosis of acute poisoning is debated among clinicians and the interpretation of laboratory tests is challenging given the wide diversity of analytical techniques available. We report the case of an 8-year-old boy who was admitted to an intensive care unit with severe respiratory depression and neurological impairment. In order to formulate appropriate hypothesizes about the diagnosis and circumstances of intoxication, clinicians consulted toxicologists for a comprehensive toxicological screening...
December 28, 2017: Journal of Analytical Toxicology
Bridgette Martinak, Ramy A Bolis, Jeffrey Ryne Black, Rachel E Fargason, Badari Birur
Dextromethorphan (3-methoxy-N-methylmorphinan), also known as "DXM" and "the poor man's PCP," is a synthetically produced drug that is available in more than 140 over-the-counter cough and cold preparations. Dextromethorphan (DXM) has overtaken codeine as the most widely used cough suppressant due to its availability, efficacy, and safety profile at directed doses. However, DXM is subject to abuse. When consumed at inappropriately high doses (over 1500 mg/day), DXM can induce a state of psychosis characterized by Phencyclidine (PCP)-like psychological symptoms, including delusions, hallucinations, and paranoia...
September 15, 2017: Psychopharmacology Bulletin
Sara Karami, Jacqueline M Major, Silvia Calderon, Jana K McAninch
CONTEXT: Recent restrictions in access to and availability of dextromethorphan (DXM) cough and cold medications may correlate with changes in abuse exposures. OBJECTIVE: To extend and update existing knowledge about DXM abuse, we describe recent trends and patterns of calls to poison control centers involving DXM abuse, by demographics, geography, common brands, and medical outcomes. METHODS: We utilized data from the National Poison Data System (NPDS) maintained by the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC), which captures data on calls to U...
December 20, 2017: Clinical Toxicology
Sandra Ortega Ugalde, Rosa A Luirink, Daan P Geerke, Nico P E Vermeulen, Wilbert Bitter, Jan N M Commandeur
CYP130 belongs to the subset of cytochrome P450s from Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) that have been structurally characterized. Despite several efforts for its functional characterization, CYP130 is still considered an orphan enzyme for which no endogenous or exogenous substrate has been identified. In addition, functional redox-partners for CYP130 have not been clearly established yet, hampering the elucidation of its physiological role. In the present study, a catalytically active fusion protein involving CYP130 and the NADPH reductase-domain of CYP102A1 from Bacillus megaterium was created...
December 7, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
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