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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906037/integrated-therapy-for-hiv-and-cryptococcosis
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Sirawat Srichatrapimuk, Somnuek Sungkanuparph
Cryptococcosis has been one of the most common opportunistic infections and causes of mortality among HIV-infected patients, especially in resource-limited countries. Cryptococcal meningitis is the most common form of cryptococcosis. Laboratory diagnosis of cryptococcosis includes direct microscopic examination, isolation of Cryptococcus from a clinical specimen, and detection of cryptococcal antigen. Without appropriate treatment, cryptococcosis is fatal. Early diagnosis and treatment is the key to treatment success...
November 29, 2016: AIDS Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905916/study-protocol-a-dose-escalating-phase-2-study-of-oral-lisdexamfetamine-in-adults-with-methamphetamine-dependence
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Nadine Ezard, Adrian Dunlop, Brendan Clifford, Raimondo Bruno, Andrew Carr, Alexandra Bissaker, Nicholas Lintzeris
BACKGROUND: The treatment of methamphetamine dependence is a continuing global health problem. Agonist type pharmacotherapies have been used successfully to treat opioid and nicotine dependence and are being studied for the treatment of methamphetamine dependence. One potential candidate is lisdexamfetamine, a pro-drug for dexamphetamine, which has a longer lasting therapeutic action with a lowered abuse potential. The purpose of this study is to determine the safety of lisdexamfetamine in this population at doses higher than those currently approved for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or binge eating disorder...
December 1, 2016: BMC Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905076/improvement-of-time-in-therapeutic-range-with-warfarin-by-pharmaceutical-intervention
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Alvaro Víquez-Jaikel, Victoria Hall-Ramírez, Allan Ramos-Esquivel
Background Anticoagulation therapy with warfarin is highly effective for prevention and treatment of thromboembolic disorders. Nevertheless, its management is challenging especially in developing countries, where the medical access is difficult and patient education is poor. Objective To determine the effect of pharmaceutical intervention (PI) on the time in therapeutic range (TTR) of a group of anticoagulated patients from our referral center. Method A group of consecutive outpatients previously treated by usual medical care underwent PI...
November 30, 2016: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902870/a-thioacetal-photocage-designed-for-dual-release-application-in-the-quantitation-of-therapeutic-release-by-synchronous-reporter-decaging
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Pamela T Wong, Shengzhuang Tang, Jayme Cannon, Jhindan Mukherjee, Danielle Isham, Kristina Gam, Michael Payne, Sean A Yanik, James R Baker, Seok Ki Choi
Despite the immense potential of existing photocaging technology, its application is limited by the paucity of advanced caging tools. Here, we report on the design of a novel thioacetal ortho-nitrobenzaldehyde (TNB) dual arm photocage that enabled control of the simultaneous release of two payloads linked to a single TNB unit. By using this cage, which was prepared in a single step from commercial 6-nitroverataldehyde, three drug-fluorophore conjugates were synthesized: Taxol-TNB-fluorescein, Taxol-TNB-coumarin, and doxorubicin-TNB-coumarin, and long-wavelength UVA light-triggered release experiments demonstrated that dual payload release occurred with rapid decay kinetics for each conjugate...
November 7, 2016: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902528/increased-brain-lactate-during-depressive-episodes-and-reversal-effects-by-lithium-monotherapy-in-drug-naive-bipolar-disorder-a-3-t-1h-mrs-study
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Rodrigo Machado-Vieira, Marcus V Zanetti, Maria C Otaduy, Rafael T De Sousa, Marcio G Soeiro-de-Souza, Alana C Costa, Andre F Carvalho, Claudia C Leite, Geraldo F Busatto, Carlos A Zarate, Wagner F Gattaz
OBJECTIVE: Mitochondrial dysfunction and energy metabolism impairment are key components in the pathophysiology of bipolar disorder (BD) and may involve a shift from aerobic to anaerobic metabolism. Measurement of brain lactate in vivo using proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (H-MRS) represents an important tool to evaluate mitochondrial and metabolic dysfunction during mood episodes, as well as to monitor treatment response. To date, very few studies have quantified brain lactate in BD...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900402/effects-of-ugt1a9-genetic-polymorphisms-on-monohydroxylated-derivative-of-oxcarbazepine-concentrations-and-oxcarbazepine-monotherapeutic-efficacy-in-chinese-patients-with-epilepsy
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Yao Lu, Youxin Fang, Xunyi Wu, Chunlai Ma, Yue Wang, Lan Xu
AIM: The human UDP-glucuronosyltransferase which is genetically polymorphic catalyzes glucuronidations of various drugs. The interactions among UGT1A4, UGT1A6, UGT1A9, and UGT2B15 genetic polymorphisms, monohydroxylated derivative (MHD) of oxcarbazepine (OXC) plasma concentrations, and OXC monotherapeutic efficacy were explored in 124 Chinese patients with epilepsy receiving OXC monotherapy. METHOD: MHD is the major active metabolite of OXC, and its plasma concentration was measured using high-performance liquid chromatography when patients reached their maintenance dose of OXC...
November 29, 2016: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897119/glaucoma-hot-topics-in-pharmacology
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Shiama I Balendra, Parth Arvind Shah, Mishank Jain, Andrzej Grzybowski, Francesca M Cordeiro
BACKGROUND: Glaucoma comprises a group of neurodegenerative diseases resulting in retinal ganglion cell death within the optic nerve head. It is projected to affect almost 80 million people worldwide by 2020. The condition's asymptomatic nature translates to over half of glaucoma sufferers being unaware of their condition. By the time of diagnosis, irreversible blindness is likely to have occurred. Prime areas of glaucoma research therefore include identification and optimization of risk factors for the disease, accurate and early diagnostic tools and novel therapeutic methods...
November 29, 2016: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892760/microbubble-mediated-ultrasound-drug-delivery-and-therapeutic-monitoring
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Charles A Sennoga, Emma Kanbar, Laurent Auboire, Paul-Armand Dujardin, Damien Fouan, Jean-Michel Escoffre, Ayache Bouakaz
Recent developments in ultrasound imaging and ultrasound contrast agents (UCAs) improved diagnostic confidence in echography and set into motion their combined use as a tool for drug delivery and therapeutic monitoring. Non-invasive, precise and targeted delivery of drug molecules to pathological tissues by employing different mechanisms of drug release is becoming feasible. Areas covered: We sought to describe: the nature and features of UCAs; outline current contrast-specific imaging modes; before describing a variety of strategies for using ultrasound and microbubbles as a drug delivery system...
November 28, 2016: Expert Opinion on Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889834/antiepileptic-drug-use-in-italian-children-over-a-decade
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Daria Putignano, Antonio Clavenna, Rita Campi, Angela Bortolotti, Ida Fortino, Luca Merlino, Aglaia Vignoli, Maria Paola Canevini, Maurizio Bonati
PURPOSE: The aim of the study was to evaluate prescription profiles of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) and to assess hospitalizations and specialist visits in pediatric patients with epilepsy. METHODS: The data sources were administrative health databases of Italy's Lombardy Region, which collect prescriptions for drugs, diagnostic tests, specialist visits, and hospital discharge forms. All patients aged 0-16 years with at least seven AED (group N03A of the International Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical Classification) prescriptions over two consecutive years between 2003 and 2010 were identified and classified as prevalent or incident cases (no prescriptions in two previous years)...
November 26, 2016: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889808/pharmacodynamic-evaluation-of-lys-5-meleu-9-nle-10-nka-4-10-prokinetic-effects-on-bladder-and-colon-activity-in-acute-spinal-cord-transected-and-spinally-intact-rats
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F Aura Kullmann, M Katofiasc, K B Thor, Lesley Marson
The purpose of this study was to determine feasibility of a novel therapeutic approach to drug-induced voiding after spinal cord injury (SCI) using a well-characterized, peptide, neurokinin 2 receptor (NK2 receptor) agonist, Lys(5), MeLeu(9), Nle(10)-NKA(4-10) (LMN-NKA). Cystometry and colorectal pressure measurements were performed in urethane-anesthetized, intact, and acutely spinalized female rats. Bladder pressure and voiding were monitored in response to intravenous LMN-NKA given with the bladder filled to 70% capacity...
November 26, 2016: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889192/evolving-concepts-in-the-treatment-of-relapsing-multiple-sclerosis
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REVIEW
Giancarlo Comi, Marta Radaelli, Per Soelberg Sørensen
In the past 20 years the treatment scenario of multiple sclerosis has radically changed. The increasing availability of effective disease-modifying therapies has shifted the aim of therapeutic interventions from a reduction in relapses and disability accrual, to the absence of any sign of clinical or MRI activity. The choice for therapy is increasingly complex and should be driven by an appropriate knowledge of the mechanisms of action of the different drugs and of their risk-benefit profile. Because the relapsing phase of the disease is characterised by inflammation, treatment should be started as early as possible and aim to re-establish the normal complex interactions in the immune system...
November 23, 2016: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888525/breaking-sad-unleashing-the-breakthrough-potential-of-ketamine-s-rapid-antidepressant-effects
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David Feifel
Preclinical Research The surprising results of a small clinical trial on the effects of low dose ketamine, a 65-year old anesthetic drug that is also used off-label for chronic pain and recreationally as a club drug, in eight depressed subjects unleashed the most significant advance in antidepressant drug development in decades. That study and subsequent ones have demonstrated that low dose, infused ketamine is able to induce a remission of depression in patients who have failed conventional medications, within 24 h...
November 26, 2016: Drug Development Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886759/capillary-electrophoresis-tandem-mass-spectrometry-combined-with-molecularly-imprinted-solid-phase-extraction-as-useful-tool-for-the-monitoring-of-5-nitroimidazoles-and-their-metabolites-in-urine-samples
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Maykel Hernández-Mesa, Carmen Cruces-Blanco, Ana M García-Campaña
A novel capillary electrophoresis-tandem mass spectrometry approach is proposed for the determination of eleven 5-nitroimidazoles in urine samples for therapeutical drug monitoring purposes. A comparison between two separation modes, namely micellar electrokinetic chromatography and capillary zone electrophoresis was carried out, obtaining higher selectivity when 1M formic acid (pH 1.8) was selected as background electrolyte. 5-Nitroimidazoles were hydrodynamically injected in water for 40s at 50mbar and their separation was performed at 28kV and 25°C...
January 15, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886183/fingolimod-therapeutic-mechanisms-and-ocular-adverse-effects
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REVIEW
P Mandal, A Gupta, W Fusi-Rubiano, P A Keane, Y Yang
Fingolimod is an oral immunomodulating drug used in the management of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS). We aim to review the published literature on ocular manifestations of fingolimod therapy and their possible underlying mechanisms. The therapeutic effects of fingolimod are mediated via sphingosine receptors, which are found ubiquitously in various organs, including lymphoid cells, central nervous system, cardiac myocytes, and smooth muscle cells. Fingolimod-associated macular oedema (FAME) is the most common ocular side effect but retinal haemorrhages and retinal vein occlusion can occur...
November 25, 2016: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882887/field-assisted-paper-spray-mass-spectrometry-for-the-quantitative-evaluation-of-imatinib-levels-in-plasma
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Sara D'Aronco, Eleonora Calandra, Sara Crotti, Giuseppe Toffoli, Elena Marangon, Bianca Posocco, Pietro Traldi, Marco Agostini
Drug levels in patients' bloodstreams vary among individuals and consequently therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) is fundamental to controlling the effective therapeutic range. For TDM purposes, different analytical approaches have been used, mainly based on immunoassay, liquid chromatography- ultraviolet, liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry and liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) methods. More recently a matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionisation method has been proposed for the determination of irinotecan levels in the plasma of subjects under therapy and this method has been cross- validated by comparison with data achieved by LC-MS/MS...
2016: European Journal of Mass Spectrometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881236/deferasirox-pharmacokinetics-evaluation-in-a-woman-with-hereditary-haemochromatosis-and-heterozygous-%C3%AE-thalassaemia
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Sarah Allegra, Silvia De Francia, Filomena Longo, Davide Massano, Jessica Cusato, Arianna Arduino, Elisa Pirro, Antonio Piga, Antonio D'Avolio
We present the deferasirox pharmacokinetics evaluation of a female patient on iron chelation, for the interesting findings from her genetic background (hereditary haemochromatosis and heterozygous β-thalassaemia) and clinical history (ileostomy; iron overload from transfusions). Drug plasma concentrations were measured by an HPLC-UV validated method, before and after ileum resection. Area under deferasirox concentration curve over 24h (AUC) values were determined by the mixed log-linear rule, using Kinetica software...
November 20, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876175/-anti-hmg-coa-reductase-necrotizing-myopathy-a-report-of-4-cases
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J Marti, I Kolev, A Lorleac'h, S Besnard, M Pihan, P Marcorelles
INTRODUCTION: Anti-3-hydroxy-3-méthylglutaryl-coenzyme A reductase antibody-associated necrotizing autoimmune myopathy has been recently described (2011). This myopathy is distinct from statin toxic myopathy. Our objective is to report on the clinical and para-clinical characteristics of this myopathy and to show the difficulties of therapeutic care. CASE REPORTS: We describe 4 cases of patients followed-up in Brittany, France. All data have been analyzed retrospectively...
November 18, 2016: La Revue de Médecine Interne
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876150/coupling-hybridization-chain-reaction-with-dnazyme-recycling-for-enzyme-free-and-dual-amplified-sensitive-fluorescent-detection-of-methyltransferase-activity
#18
Bingying Jiang, Yulian Wei, Junqiang Xu, Ruo Yuan, Yun Xiang
Aberrant DNA methylation originated from changes in DNA methyltransferase activity can lead to many genetic diseases and tumor types, and the monitoring of methyltransferase activity is thus of great importance in disease diagnosis and drug screening. In this work, by combing hybridization chain reaction (HCR) and metal ion-dependent DNAzyme recycling, we have developed a convenient enzyme-free signal amplification strategy for highly sensitive detection of DNA adenine methyltransferase (Dam MTase) activity and its inhibitors...
January 1, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876146/vertical-flow-paper-sers-system-for-therapeutic-drug-monitoring-of-flucytosine-in-serum
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Adam G Berger, Stephen M Restaino, Ian M White
A number of life-saving drugs require therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) for safe and effective use. Currently, however, TDM is performed using sophisticated analytical techniques relegated to central labs, increasing the cost per test and time to answer. Here, using a novel vertical flow membrane system with inkjet-printed surface enhanced Raman sensors, along with a portable spectrometer, we demonstrate a low cost and easy to use device to quantify levels of flucytosine, an antifungal that requires TDM for effective patient care, from undiluted human serum...
January 1, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876058/a-novel-non-hodgkin-lymphoma-murine-model-closer-to-the-standard-clinical-scenario
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Thais Bascuas, María Moreno, Amy Mónaco, Laura Reyes, Andrea Paolino, Patricia Oliver, María G Kramer, Henry Engler, José P Pacheco, Sofía Grille, José A Chabalgoity
BACKGROUND: Non-Hodgkin lymphomas (NHL) are the most frequent hemato-oncological malignancies. Despite recent major advances in treatment, a substantial proportion of patients relapses highlighting the need for new therapeutic modalities. Promissory results obtained in pre-clinical studies are usually not translated when moving into clinical trials. Pre-clinical studies are mainly conducted in animals with high tumor burden; instead patients undergo chemotherapy as first line of treatment and most likely are under remission when immunotherapies are applied...
November 22, 2016: Journal of Translational Medicine
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