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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454838/analysis-of-cocaine-adulterants-in-human-brain-in-cases-of-drug-related-death
#1
Marianne Knuth, Oliver Temme, Thomas Daldrup, Evelyn Pawlik
For different reasons, street cocaine is often diluted with pharmacologically active substances, the so-called adulterants such as levamisole or hydroxyzine. A controversial debate exists currently on the uptake of adulterants from cocaine preparations and drug-related death. Previous research convincingly argues that serious adverse side effects that affect the central nervous and cardiovascular systems can be a consequence of adulterated cocaine. AIMS: Having identified the presence of adulterants in lung tissue and blood, the concentrations of these substances in brain, an important target location, was of interest...
February 10, 2018: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29420441/neurosyphilis-knowledge-gaps-and-controversies
#2
Susan Tuddenham, Khalil G Ghanem
After reaching a nadir at the turn of the century, syphilis rates in the United States have increased since 2000. Treponema pallidum may disseminate to the central nervous system within hours to days after inoculation. In this review, we focus on knowledge gaps and areas of controversy in neurosyphilis epidemiology, diagnosis, and management. Modern estimates of the prevalence of neurosyphilis are hindered by the lack of consistent reporting data and are based on relatively small retrospective cohort studies...
March 2018: Sexually Transmitted Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29413537/subarachnoid-anesthesia-in-sedated-calves-undergoing-umbilical-surgery-comparison-of-procaine-2-and-lidocaine-2-associated-with-xylazine-2
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G Touzot-Jourde, A Relun, N Cesbron, R Guatteo
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2017: Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29357198/inactivation-of-nucleus-reuniens-impairs-spatial-working-memory-and-behavioral-flexibility-in-the-rat
#4
Tatiana D Viena, Stephanie B Linley, Robert P Vertes
The hippocampal formation (HF) and medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) play critical roles in spatial working memory (SWM). The nucleus reuniens (RE) of the ventral midline thalamus is an important anatomical link between the HF and mPFC, and as such is crucially involved SWM functions that recruit both structures. Little is known, however, regarding the role of RE in other behaviors mediated by this circuit. In the present study, we examined the role of RE in spatial working memory and executive functioning following reversible inactivation of RE with either muscimol or procaine...
January 22, 2018: Hippocampus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29274583/a-stability-study-of-expired-ampoules-manufactured-more-than-40-years-ago
#5
Markus Zilker, Fritz Sörgel, Ulrike Holzgrabe
Pharmaceutical manufacturers have to study the stability of drug products before marketing according to ICH guideline Q1A(R2); data of those investigations aim to set expiry dates. The expiry date on the container of a remedy assures the physician and the patient a stability of the drug in its formulation i.e. within a specification of 95-105%. Only few studies show that shelf-lives of pharmaceutical products are often longer than expiration dates. The objective of the study presented here was determining the content of nine expired ampoules manufactured in the last century and identifying the impurity profile by means of HPLC-UV and HPLC-MS, respectively...
December 13, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29237391/utility-of-pooled-cryopreserved-human-enterocytes-as-an-in-vitro-model-for-assessing-intestinal-clearance-and-drug-drug-interactions
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Zhengyin Yan, Susan Wong, Jane Kelly, Hoa Le, Ning Liu, Mika Kosaka, Suzanne Tey, Peter Vuong, Albert Li
A recent advancement in isolation and cryopreservation has resulted in commercially available primary human enterocytes that express various drug metabolizing enzymes (DMEs) and transporters. The main objective of this study was to further evaluate the utility of pooled cryopreserved enterocytes, specifically MetMax™ cryopreserved human enterocytes (In Vitro ADMET Laboratories), as an in vitro model for assessing intestinal clearance in comparison to hepatocytes. It was found that, for CYP3A4 substrates such as midazolam, amprenavir and loperamide, in vitro metabolic clearance is generally lower in enterocytes compared to that of hepatocytes, which is consistent with the relative abundance of the enzyme between the intestine and liver...
December 12, 2017: Drug Metabolism Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29203420/compound-action-potential-inhibition-produced-by-various-antidepressants-in-the-frog-sciatic-nerve
#7
Ryo Hirao, Tsugumi Fujita, Aiko Sakai, Eiichi Kumamoto
Although an inhibition of action potential conduction in nerve fibers possibly contributes to at least a part of antinociception produced by analgesics and the adjuvants, it has not been fully examined yet how the conduction inhibition differs in extent among their drugs. We investigated the effects of various antidepressants used as analgesic adjuvants on compound action potentials (CAPs) recorded from the frog sciatic nerve by using the air-gap method. The results were compared with those of the other adjuvants that were reported previously...
December 1, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150635/one-pot-synthesis-of-trifunctional-chitosan-edta-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin-polymer-for-simultaneous-removal-of-metals-and-organic-micropollutants
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Feiping Zhao, Eveliina Repo, Dulin Yin, Li Chen, Simo Kalliola, Juntao Tang, Evgenia Iakovleva, Kam Chiu Tam, Mika Sillanpää
The global contamination of water resources with inorganic and organic micropollutants, such as metals and pharmaceuticals, poses a critical threat to the environment and human health. Herein, we report on a bio-derived chitosan-EDTA-β-cyclodextrin (CS-ED-CD) trifunctional adsorbent fabricated via a facile and green one-pot synthesis method using EDTA as a cross-linker, for the adsorption of toxic metals and organic micropollutants from wastewater. In this system, chitosan chain is considered as the backbone, and the immobilized cyclodextrin cavities capture the organic compounds via host-guest inclusion complexation, while EDTA-groups complex metals...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29115948/evaluation-of-intravenous-regional-anaesthesia-and-four-point-nerve-block-efficacy-in-the-distal-hind-limb-of-dairy-cows
#9
S Yavari, N Khraim, G Szura, A Starke, E Engelke, C Pfarrer, K Hopster, M Schmicke, W Kehler, M Heppelmann, S B R Kästner, J Rehage
BACKGROUND: Intravenous regional anaesthesia (IVRA) and hindfoot four-point nerve block anaesthesia (NBA) are recommended for local anaesthesia (LA) in the distal limb of dairy cows. Two studies were conducted to compare the efficacy, time until onset and stress responses to IVRA and NBA in dairy cows. In the first cross-over designed study, eight healthy unsedated German Holstein cows, restrained in lateral recumbency (LR) on a surgical tipping table, were treated with IVRA and NBA using procaine 2% as a local anaesthetic...
November 7, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28981180/characterization-of-extracellular-ca-2-dependent-full-type-hyperactivation-in-ejaculated-boar-spermatozoa-preincubated-with-a-camp-analog
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Nagisa Otsuka, Hiroshi Harayama
Ejaculated boar spermatozoa exhibit two types of hyperactivation: full and non-full. Full-type hyperactivation is characterized by the asymmetrical bending of the entire middle piece-principal piece and a twisting/figure-eight-like trajectory, and can be induced by simple incubation with CaCl2 after preincubation with a cAMP analog (Sp-5,6-dichloro-1-β-D-ribofuranosyl-benzimidazole-3',5'-cyclic monophosphorothioate [cBiMPS]). Here, we compared the sperm flagellar motility after treatments with elevators of [Ca(2+) ]i (cBiMPS/CaCl2 , thimerosal, procaine, and 4-aminopyridine) to characterize the regulatory mechanism of extracellular Ca(2+) -dependent, full-type hyperactivation in ejaculated boar spermatozoa, and examined the possible involvement of Transient receptor potential cation channel subfamily C member 3 (TRPC3) in this event using the specific inhibitor Pyr3...
October 5, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28966098/difference-in-substrate-specificity-of-carboxylesterase-and-arylacetamide-deacetylase-between-dogs-and-humans
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Tomohiro Yoshida, Tatsuki Fukami, Takaya Kurokawa, Saki Gotoh, Akifumi Oda, Miki Nakajima
Carboxylesterase (CES) and arylacetamide deacetylase (AADAC) are the major enzymes responsible for the hydrolysis of various clinical drugs. Our recent study demonstrated that the identity of the responsible hydrolase can be roughly surmised based on the chemical structures of compounds in humans. Dogs are used for preclinical studies in drug development, but the substrate specificities of dog CES and AADAC remain to be clarified. The purpose of this study is to characterize their substrate specificities. We prepared recombinant dog CES1, CES2, and AADAC...
January 1, 2018: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28953509/procaine-and-local-anesthetic-toxicity-a-collaboration-between-the-clinical-and-basic-sciences
#12
James Seth Jacob, Anthony L Kovac
In 1924, the Therapeutic Research Committee of the American Medical Association appointed a special committee to investigate deaths following the administration of local anesthetics. The Committee for the Study of Toxic Effects of Local Anesthetics found procaine, although a safer clinical alternative to cocaine, was capable of causing death when large doses were injected into tissues and advised that it should be used with caution. This article describes a collaboration beginning in 1928 between Dr John Lundy of the Mayo Clinic and Dr Robert Isenberger of the University of Kansas, which arose from a controversy surrounding systemic adverse reactions to procaine...
November 2017: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932686/a-positive-rapid-strep-test-in-a-young-adult-with-acute-pharyngitis-be-careful-what-you-wish-for
#13
Burke A Cunha
In young adults with acute pharyngitis, the main differential diagnosis is between GAS pharyngitis, EBV infectious mononucleosis, or other causes of viral pharyngitis. A positive RST does not differentiate GAS colonization from infection as is well illustrated by this case. Laboratory test results must be interpreted in the appropriate clinical context to be diagnostically meaningful. The RST only detects group A streptococci, but does not, of itself, implicate a causative role in the patient's pharyngitis...
2017: IDCases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926119/procaine-is-a-specific-dna-methylation-inhibitor-with-anti-tumor-effect-for-human-gastric-cancer
#14
Yong-Chao Li, Yun Wang, Dan-Dan Li, Ying Zhang, Tian-Cheng Zhao, Chang-Feng Li
DNA hypermethylation and the silencing of tumor suppressor genes caused by DNA hypermethylation is considered as a molecular hallmark of many kinds of cancers. Procaine, a local anesthetic, has been shown as a potential DNA methylation inhibitor in some types of cancers. However, the influence of procaine on DNA methylation regulation as well as the biological function in gastric cancer is still unknown. We report here that procaine represses the DNA-methylation level and promotes the proliferation arrest and apoptosis of gastric cancer cells...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893972/cross-sectional-study-of-antimicrobials-used-for-surgical-prophylaxis-by-bovine-veterinary-practitioners-in-australia
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Laura Y Hardefeldt, Glenn F Browning, Karin A Thursky, James R Gilkerson, Helen Billman-Jacobe, Mark A Stevenson, Kirsten E Bailey
Antimicrobials are widely used in veterinary practices, but there has been no investigation of antimicrobial classes used or the appropriateness of their use in bovine practice. This study investigated antimicrobial use for surgical prophylaxis in bovine practice in Australia. A cross-sectional study of veterinarian antimicrobial usage patterns was conducted using an online questionnaire. Information solicited included respondent's details, the frequency with which antimicrobials were used for specific surgical conditions (including the dose, timing and duration of therapy) and details of practice antimicrobial use policies and sources of information about antimicrobials...
October 21, 2017: Veterinary Record
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28844761/the-effect-of-pharmacological-inactivation-of-the-mammillary-body-and-anterior-thalamic-nuclei-on-hippocampal-theta-rhythm-in-urethane-anesthetized-rats
#16
Witold Żakowski, Piotr Zawistowski, Łukasz Braszka, Edyta Jurkowlaniec
The mammillary body (MB) and the anterior thalamic nuclei (ATN) are closely related structures, which take part in learning and memory processes. However, the exact role of these structures has remained unclear. In both structures neurons firing according to hippocampal theta rhythm have been found, mainly in the medial mammillary nucleus (MM) and anteroventral thalamic nucleus (AV). These neurons are driven by descending projections from the hippocampal formation and are thought to convey theta rhythm back to the hippocampus (HP)...
August 24, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28829094/amphiphilic-carbosilane-dendrons-as-a-novel-synthetic-platform-toward-micelle-formation
#17
Carlos E Gutierrez-Ulloa, Marina Yu Buyanova, Evgeny K Apartsin, Alya G Venyaminova, F Javier de la Mata, Mercedes Valiente, Rafael Gómez
A novel family of amphiphilic ionic carbosilane dendrons containing fatty acids at the focal point were synthesized and characterized. They spontaneously self-assembled in aqueous solution into micelles both in the absence and presence of salt, as confirmed by surface tension, conductivity, and DLS measurements. Dendron based micelles have spherical shapes and increase in size on decreasing dendron generation. These dendritic micelles have been demonstrated to be able to form complexes with therapeutic macromolecules such as siRNA and show a high loading capacity for drugs such as procaine, suggesting their potential use as nanocarriers for therapeutics...
September 13, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614439/residual-volume-in-vials-of-antibiotics-used-in-pediatrics
#18
Caroline Magna Pessoa Chaves, Carolina Martins Bezerra, Francisca Elisângela Teixeira Lima, Maria Vera Lúcia Moreira Leitão Cardoso, Said Gonçalves da Cruz Fonseca, Viviane Martins da Silva
OBJECTIVE: Quantifying residual volume contained in vials of antibiotics used in pediatrics. METHOD: This is an experiment involving samples from vials of antibiotics used in a pediatric hospital. Residual volume was identified by calculating the difference in weight measurement before and after the vials were washed. Evaluation of the residual volume difference in the vials was determined by the Wilcoxon non-parametric test for a sample and established at a significance level of 5%...
June 12, 2017: Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da U S P
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611605/different-roles-for-honey-bee-mushroom-bodies-and-central-complex-in-visual-learning-of-colored-lights-in-an-aversive-conditioning-assay
#19
Jenny A Plath, Brian V Entler, Nicholas H Kirkerud, Ulrike Schlegel, C Giovanni Galizia, Andrew B Barron
The honey bee is an excellent visual learner, but we know little about how and why it performs so well, or how visual information is learned by the bee brain. Here we examined the different roles of two key integrative regions of the brain in visual learning: the mushroom bodies and the central complex. We tested bees' learning performance in a new assay of color learning that used electric shock as punishment. In this assay a light field was paired with electric shock. The other half of the conditioning chamber was illuminated with light of a different wavelength and not paired with shocks...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608525/antimicrobials-used-for-surgical-prophylaxis-by-equine-veterinary-practitioners-in-australia
#20
L Y Hardefeldt, G F Browning, K Thursky, J R Gilkerson, H Billman-Jacobe, M A Stevenson, K E Bailey
BACKGROUND: Antimicrobials are widely used in Australian veterinary practices, but no investigation into the classes of antimicrobials used or the appropriateness of use in horses has been conducted. OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to describe antimicrobial use for surgical prophylaxis in equine practice in Australia. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional questionnaire survey. METHODS: An online questionnaire was used to document antimicrobial usage patterns...
June 13, 2017: Equine Veterinary Journal
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