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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149693/near-infrared-spectroscopy-based-monitoring-of-extraction-processes-of-raw-material-with-the-help-of-dynamic-predictive%C3%A2-modeling
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Haixia Wang, Tongchuan Suo, Xiaolin Wu, Yue Zhang, Chunhua Wang, Heshui Yu, Zheng Li
The control of batch-to-batch quality variations remains a challenging task for pharmaceutical industries, e.g., traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) manufacturing. One difficult problem is to produce pharmaceutical products with consistent quality from raw material of large quality variations. In this paper, an integrated methodology combining the near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) and dynamic predictive modeling is developed for the monitoring and control of the batch extraction process of licorice. With the spectra data in hand, the initial state of the process is firstly estimated with a state-space model to construct a process monitoring strategy for the early detection of variations induced by the initial process inputs such as raw materials...
November 10, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149556/evaluating-force-field-london-dispersion-coefficients-using-the-exchange-hole-dipole-moment-model
#2
Mohamad Mohebifar, Erin R Johnson, Christopher N Rowley
London dispersion interactions play an integral role in materials science and biophysics. Force fields for atomistic molecular simulations typically represent dispersion interactions by the 12-6 Lennard-Jones potential, using empirically-determined parameters. These parameters are generally underdetermined and there is no straightforward way to test if they are physically realistic. Alternatively, the exchange-hole dipole moment (XDM) model from density-functional theory predicts atomic and molecular London dispersion coefficients from first principles, providing an innovative strategy to validate the dispersion terms of molecular-mechanical force fields...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149514/isolation-and-characterization-of-high-protein-and-phycocyanin-producing-mutants-of-arthrospira-platensis
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Geeta G Shirnalli, Manish S Kaushik, Ajay Kumar, Gerard Abraham, Pawan K Singh
Cyanobacteria are known to exhibit their efficiency in producing high concentrations of compounds of commercial value. Arthrospira is one such cyanobacterium which is considered as important source of protein (65%) and other nutrients. In present study, chemical mutagenesis using N-methyl-Ń-Nitro-nitrosoguanidine (NTG), a proven potent mutagen for cyanobacteria was used to bring stable and desirable alteration in Arthrospira platensis ARM 730. Three morphological mutants (G-1, G-2, and SF) were selected and characterized...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Basic Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149474/interventions-for-old-world-cutaneous-leishmaniasis
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Julio Heras-Mosteiro, Begoña Monge-Maillo, Mariona Pinart, Patricia Lopez Pereira, Emely Garcia-Carrasco, Pedro Campuzano Cuadrado, Ana Royuela, Irene Mendez Roman, Rogelio López-Vélez
BACKGROUND: Cutaneous leishmaniasis, caused by a parasitic infection, is considered one of the most serious skin diseases in many low- and middle-income countries. Old World cutaneous leishmaniasis (OWCL) is caused by species found in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, the Mediterranean, and India. The most commonly prescribed treatments are antimonials, but other drugs have been used with varying success. As OWCL tends to heal spontaneously, it is necessary to justify the use of systemic and topical treatments...
November 17, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149437/a-blinded-randomized-placebo-controlled-study-to-investigate-the-efficacy-and-safety-of-ferric-carboxymaltose-in-iron-deficient-patients-with-fibromyalgia
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Chad S Boomershine, Todd A Koch, David Morris
INTRODUCTION: This study sought to compare efficacy and safety of ferric carboxymaltose vs. placebo in iron-deficient patients with fibromyalgia. METHODS: This blinded, placebo-controlled, phase 2 study randomized adults with fibromyalgia and Revised Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQR) scores ≥ 60, ferritin levels < 0.05 µg/ml, and transferrin saturation < 20% (1:1) to receive ferric carboxymaltose [15 mg/kg (up to 750 mg)], or placebo (15 cc normal saline) intravenously on study days 0 and 5...
November 17, 2017: Rheumatology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149366/prescribing-of-noacs-has-outnumbered-warfarin-exploring-how-physicians-choose-anticoagulant-treatments
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Anne Katrine Eek, Erik Øie, Anne Gerd Granas
PURPOSE: The development of non-vitamin K-dependent oral anticoagulants (NOACs) is a new alternative to treatment with warfarin. The purpose of this study was to explore drug prescription decisions of NOACs or warfarin from hospital physicians in cardiovascular departments. METHODS: A qualitative study with focus group interviews was conducted in three different hospitals. The interview guide explored the background of prescribing anticoagulants (warfarin, dabigatran, rivaroxaban, and apixaban) and experiences with effect and side-effects they had observed in patients...
November 17, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149186/cell-cycle-time-series-gene-expression-data-encoded-as-cyclic-attractors-in-hopfield-systems
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Anthony Szedlak, Spencer Sims, Nicholas Smith, Giovanni Paternostro, Carlo Piermarocchi
Modern time series gene expression and other omics data sets have enabled unprecedented resolution of the dynamics of cellular processes such as cell cycle and response to pharmaceutical compounds. In anticipation of the proliferation of time series data sets in the near future, we use the Hopfield model, a recurrent neural network based on spin glasses, to model the dynamics of cell cycle in HeLa (human cervical cancer) and S. cerevisiae cells. We study some of the rich dynamical properties of these cyclic Hopfield systems, including the ability of populations of simulated cells to recreate experimental expression data and the effects of noise on the dynamics...
November 17, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149162/-switching-from-one-drug-therapy-to-another-with-the-same-therapeutic-indication-without-harms
#8
Valeria Belleudi, Antonio Addis
The loss of exclusivity from several drug therapies largely used bring new attention the issues of safety, efficacy and following the switch from one drug to another (i.e., biosimilar and/or generics) with the same indication. This is not a problem that can be related to regulatory or economical factors. The increase of patients exposed to chronic conditions and the introductions or more pharmaceutical alternatives with same therapeutic indications yield for studies able to verify the effectiveness and safety even when switch from more drugs is considered by practitioners...
November 2017: Recenti Progressi in Medicina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149148/current-impact-and-application-of-abuse-deterrent-opioid-formulations-in-clinical-practice
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Ya-Han Lee, Daniel L Brown, Hsiang-Yin Chen
BACKGROUND: Abuse-deterrent formulations (ADFs) represent one novel strategy for curbing the potential of opioid abuse. OBJECTIVE: We aim to compare and contrast the characteristics and applications of current abuse-deterrent opioid products in clinical practice. METHODS: Literature searches were conducted in databases (Pubmed Medline, International Pharmaceutical Abstracts, Google Scholar) and official reports. Relevant data were screened and organized into: 1) epidemiology of opioid abuse, 2) mitigation strategies for reducing opioid abuse, 3) development of ADFs, and 4) clinical experience with these formulations...
November 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148917/evaluation-of-antibacterial-activity-and-toxic-metal-removal-of-chemically-synthesized-magnetic-iron-oxide-titanium-coated-nanoparticles-and-application-in-bacterial-treatment
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Yasser A M Abdulhady, Mona M El-Shazly, Reham F El-Kased
Co-precipitation method was used for preparation of two types of iron oxide nanoparticles coated by titanium dioxide according to divalent salts used. The average size of iron oxide nanoparticles coated by titanium dioxide measured by particle size analyzer, ranged approximately between 20 nm and 100 nm with mean particle size of 60 nm. Characterization of the prepared nanoparticles was done by X-ray diffraction analysis and scanning electron microscope indicating the sole existence of inverse cubic spinel phase of magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part A, Toxic/hazardous Substances & Environmental Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148835/2017-white-paper-on-recent-issues-in-bioanalysis-aren-t-bmv-guidance-guidelines-scientific-part-1-lcms-small-molecules-peptides-and-small-molecule-biomarkers
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Jan Welink, Eric Yang, Nicola Hughes, Brian Rago, Eric Woolf, Jens Sydor, Laura Coppola, Brad Ackermann, Wenkui Li, Stephen C Alley, Mark Arnold, Isabella Berger, Chad Briscoe, Michael Buonarati, Mark Bustard, Mark Cancilla, Seongeun Julia Cho, Jeff Duggan, Daniela Fraier, Fabio Garofolo, Rachel Green, Sam Haidar, Lucinda Hittle, Akiko Ishii-Watabe, Rafiq Islam, Rand Jenkins, Barry Jones, John Kadavil, Sean Kassim, Olga Kavetska, Olivier Le Blaye, Anita Lee, Hanlan Liu, John Mehl, Gustavo Mendes Lima Santos, Adrien Musuku, Ragu Ramanathan, Yoshiro Saito, Natasha Savoie, Scott Summerfield, Sekhar Surapaneni, Matthew Szapacs, Nilufer Tampal, Tom Verhaeghe, Stephen Vinter, Emma Whale
The 2017 11th Workshop on Recent Issues in Bioanalysis (11th WRIB) took place in Los Angeles/Universal City, California from 3 April 2017 to 7 April 2017 with participation of close to 750 professionals from pharmaceutical/biopharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, contract research organizations and regulatory agencies worldwide. WRIB was once again a 5-day, weeklong event - A Full Immersion Week of Bioanalysis, Biomarkers and Immunogenicity. As usual, it was specifically designed to facilitate sharing, reviewing, discussing and agreeing on approaches to address the most current issues of interest including both small and large molecule analysis involving LCMS, hybrid LBA/LCMS and ligand-binding assay (LBA) approaches...
November 17, 2017: Bioanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148739/uv-peracetic-acid-for-degradation-of-pharmaceuticals-and-reactive-species-evaluation
#12
Meiquan Cai, Peizhe Sun, Liqiu Zhang, Ching-Hua Huang
Peracetic acid (PAA) is a widely used disinfectant, and combined UV light with PAA (i.e. UV/PAA) can be a novel advanced oxidation process for elimination of water contaminants. This study is among the first to evaluate the photolysis of PAA under UV irradiation (254 nm) and degradation of pharmaceuticals by UV/PAA. PAA exhibited high quantum yields (Φ254nm = 1.20 and 2.09 mol·Einstein-1 for the neutral (PAA0) and anionic (PAA-) species, respectively) and also showed scavenging effects on hydroxyl radicals (k•OH/PAA0 = (9...
November 17, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148735/stereoselective-stabilization-of-polymeric-vitamin-e-conjugate-micelles
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Min Gao, Jian Deng, Huiying Chu, Yu Tang, Zheng Wang, Yanjun Zhao, Guohui Li
Vitamin E (α-tocopherol) (TPGS) micelle is a robust nanocarrier in delivering hydrophobic active pharmaceutical ingredients, but is suffering from poor stability that is essential in terms of pharmaceutical and biomedical applications. Taking advantage of the chirality of vitamin E, this work reports the stereoselective stabilization of polymer-vitamin E conjugate micelles. Vitamin E was covalently linked to multivalent methoxy poly(ethylene glycol)-co-poly(glutamic acid), generating amphiphilic conjugates that could self-assemble into micelles...
November 17, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148723/dna-microviscosity-characterization-with-particle-diffusometry-for-downstream-dna-detection-applications
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Katherine Noel Clayton, Gregory D Berglund, Jacqueline C Linnes, Tamara L Kinzer-Ursem, Steven T Wereley
Analytical characterization of DNA microviscosity provides critical biophysical insights into nuclear crowding, nucleic acid-based pharmaceutical development, and nucleic acid-based biosensor device design. However, most viscosity characterization methods require large sample volumes and destructive testing. In contrast, particle diffusometry, permits in situ analysis of DNA microviscosity with short measurement times (8 seconds) using small volumes (< 3L) which are compatible with DNA preparatory procedures...
November 17, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148357/cuts-and-the-cutting-edge-british-science-funding-and-the-making-of-animal-biotechnology-in-1980s-edinburgh
#15
Dmitriy Myelnikov
The Animal Breeding Research Organisation in Edinburgh (ABRO, founded in 1945) was a direct ancestor of the Roslin Institute, celebrated for the cloning of Dolly the sheep. After a period of sustained growth as an institute of the Agricultural Research Council (ARC), ABRO was to lose most of its funding in 1981. This decision has been absorbed into the narrative of the Thatcherite attack on science, but in this article I show that the choice to restructure ABRO pre-dated major government cuts to agricultural research, and stemmed from the ARC's wish to prioritize biotechnology in its portfolio...
December 2017: British Journal for the History of Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147836/effects-of-saffron%C3%A2-and-its-constituents-%C3%A2-crocin-1-crocin-2-and-crocetin-on-%C3%AE-synuclein-fibrils
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Eiji Inoue, Yasuharu Shimizu, Ryo Masui, Tomomi Hayakawa, Tomoe Tsubonoya, Satoko Hori, Keiichi Sudoh
Saffron, the stigma of Crocus sativus Linné (Iridaceae family), has been known to inhibit aggregation of β-amyloid, a nerve tissue protein. α-Synuclein (αS) is a 140-amino acid protein found abundantly in various regions of the brain. Its abnormal aggregation and accumulation in nerve tissue are said to cause neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's disease, Lewy body dementia, and multiple-system atrophy. This study (part of this study was presented at the 137th Annual Meeting of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan) examined the effects of saffron, its constituents (crocin-1, crocin-2, crocetin, and safranal), and crocetin structural analogs (hexadecanedioic acid, norbixin, and trans, trans-muconic acid) on αS aggregation, and αS fibril dissociation...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Natural Medicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147770/-infantile-hemangioma-of-the-eyelid
#17
F Lang, U P Press
Hemangiomas are one of the most common vascular tumors in infancy. In most cases no therapy is necessary and spontaneous regression is observed; however, if they arise in the periocular region, immediate action is required as rapid growth frequently leads to obstruction of the visual field with the risk of developing amblyopia and orbital suppression up to permanent disfigurement and stigmatization of those affected. Novel pharmaceutical treatment options led to a significant paradigm shift in the treatment of pediatric hemangiomas...
November 16, 2017: Der Ophthalmologe: Zeitschrift der Deutschen Ophthalmologischen Gesellschaft
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147469/non-pharmacologic-interventions-to-improve-sleep-of-medicine-inpatients-a-controlled-study
#18
Selina Dobing, Anita Dey, Finlay McAlister, Jennifer Ringrose
Background: Sleep quality in hospitalized medicine patients is poor, with environmental factors among the most frequently cited reasons. Objective: We tested the efficacy of a non-pharmacologic intervention on the sleep quality of medicine inpatients. Design/Methods: A controlled study to evaluate our non-pharmacologic multidisciplinary 'TUCK-in' protocol (which includes timed lights-off periods, minimizing night-time noise, distribution of earplugs at bedtime, cued toileting before bedtime, and identification and reduction of modifiable interruptions) was deployed on two of five identical medicine wards...
2017: Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147097/characterization-of-paenibacillus-sp-mbt213-isolated-from-raw-milk-and-its-ability-to-convert-ginsenoside-rb1-into-ginsenoside-rd-from-panax-ginseng
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Gereltuya Renchinkhand, Soo Hyun Cho, Magsar Urgamal, Young W Park, Joong Hyeon Nam, Hyung Churl Bae, Gyu Yong Song, Myoung Soo Nam
This study was conducted to isolate and characterize Paenibacillus sp. MBT213 possessing β-glucosidase activity from raw milk, and examine the enzymatic capacity on the hydrolysis of a major ginsenoside (Rb1). Strain MBT213 was found to have a high hydrolytic ability on ginsenoside Rb1 by Esculin Iron Agar test. 16S rDNA analysis revealed that MBT213 was Paenibacillu sp. Crude enzyme of MBT213 strain exhibited high conversion capacity on ginsenoside Rb1 into ginsenoside Rd proven by TLC and HPLC analyses. The API ZYM kit confirmed that Paenibacillu sp...
2017: Korean Journal for Food Science of Animal Resources
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146927/preparation-and-functional-evaluation-of-collagen-oligopeptide-rich-hydrolysate-from-fish-skin-with-the-serine-collagenolytic-protease-from-pseudoalteromonas-sp-sm9913
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Xiu-Lan Chen, Ming Peng, Jing Li, Bai-Lu Tang, Xuan Shao, Fang Zhao, Chang Liu, Xi-Ying Zhang, Ping-Yi Li, Mei Shi, Yu-Zhong Zhang, Xiao-Yan Song
Although several serine collagenolytic proteases from bacteria were reported, none has been used to prepare bioactive collagen peptides. MCP-01 is the most abundant extracellular protease of deep-sea Pseudoalteromonas sp. SM9913 and is a serine collagenolytic protease with high efficiency on fish collagen hydrolysis. Here, we set up a pilot scale process to ferment SM9913 for extracellular protease production. With SM9913 extracellular protease as a tool, a process to prepare collagen oligopeptide-rich hydrolysate from codfish skin was set up, which was further scaled up to pilot (100 L) and plant (2000 L) levels with yields >66%...
November 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
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