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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28575066/combined-application-of-arsenic-trioxide-and-lithium-chloride-augments-viability-reduction-and-apoptosis-induction-in-human-rhabdomyosarcoma-cell-lines
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Sabine B Schleicher, Julian J Zaborski, Rosa Riester, Natascha Zenkner, Rupert Handgretinger, Torsten Kluba, Frank Traub, Karen A Boehme
Rhabdomyosarcomas (RMS) are the most prevalent soft tissue sarcomas affecting children and adolescents. Despite intensive treatment consisting of multimodal chemotherapy and surgery RMS patients diagnosed with metastatic disease expect long term survival rates of only 20%. Often multidrug resistance arises upon initial response emphasizing the need for new therapeutic drugs to improve treatment efficiency. Previously, we demonstrated the efficacy of the FDA approved drug arsenic trioxide (ATO) specifically inhibiting viability and clonal growth as well as inducing cell death in human RMS cell lines of different subtypes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525197/-treatment-resistant-depression-actuality-and-perspectives-in-2017
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REVIEW
N Lucas, P Hubain, G Loas, F Jurysta
Major depressive disorder (MDD) affects 3 to 17 % of adults. 15 to 30 % of patients with MDD suffer from treatment resistant depression (TRD). No international consensus defines TRD. The most common definition is " MDD that is not enough improved after two successive and different classes of antidepressant treatments in appropriate dose and duration ". The appropriate dose corresponds to maximal dose accepted by scientific reports and clinical recommendations, while the appropriate duration is around 6 weeks...
2017: Revue Médicale de Bruxelles
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480485/long-term-lithium-treatment-in-bipolar-disorder-effects-on-glomerular-filtration-rate-and-other-metabolic-parameters
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Leonardo Tondo, Maria Abramowicz, Martin Alda, Michael Bauer, Alberto Bocchetta, Lorenza Bolzani, Cynthia V Calkin, Caterina Chillotti, Diego Hidalgo-Mazzei, Mirko Manchia, Bruno Müller-Oerlinghausen, Andrea Murru, Giulio Perugi, Marco Pinna, Giuseppe Quaranta, Daniela Reginaldi, Andreas Reif, Philipp Ritter, Janusz K Rybakowski, David Saiger, Gabriele Sani, Valerio Selle, Thomas Stamm, Gustavo H Vázquez, Julia Veeh, Eduard Vieta, Ross J Baldessarini
BACKGROUND: Concerns about potential adverse effects of long-term exposure to lithium as a mood-stabilizing treatment notably include altered renal function. However, the incidence of severe renal dysfunction; rate of decline over time; effects of lithium dose, serum concentration, and duration of treatment; relative effects of lithium exposure vs. aging; and contributions of sex and other factors all remain unclear. METHODS: Accordingly, we acquired data from 12 collaborating international sites and 312 bipolar disorder patients (6142 person-years, 2669 assays) treated with lithium carbonate for 8-48 (mean 18) years and aged 20-89 (mean 56) years...
December 2017: International Journal of Bipolar Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387136/the-protective-effect-of-aucubin-from-eucommia-ulmoides-against-status-epilepticus-by-inducing-autophagy-and-inhibiting-necroptosis
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Jin Wang, Ying Li, Wei-Hua Huang, Xiang-Chang Zeng, Xiao-Hui Li, Jian Li, Jun Zhou, Jian Xiao, Bo Xiao, Dong-Sheng Ouyang, Kai Hu
Eucommia ulmoides Oliv. is a famous traditional Chinese medicine which exhibits anti-oxidative stress ability and neuro-protective effects. Aucubin is the predominant component of Eucommia ulmoides Oliv. Our present study is intended to investigate aucubin's potential protective effects on neurons against epilepsy in the hippocampus by establishing the lithium-pilocarpine induced status epilepticus (SE) rat model in vivo. Aucubin (at a low dose and a high dose of 5[Formula: see text]mg/kg and 10[Formula: see text]mg/kg, respectively) was administered through gavage for two weeks before lithium-pilocarpine injection...
April 7, 2017: American Journal of Chinese Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28371296/population-exposure-to-phthalate-containing-drugs
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Anne Broe, Zandra Nymand Ennis, Anton Pottegård, Jesper Hallas, Thomas Ahern, Per Damkier
Phthalates are known endocrine disruptors. Not commonly recognized, phthalates are used as excipients in a number of drug formulations. We aimed to describe the sale of phthalate-containing drugs in Denmark from 2004 to 2015. National data on annual sale of medications (tablets only) were accessed from medstat.dk. Data from the Danish Medicines Agency on phthalate content per tablet were merged with data on total sale for each active substance and drug formulation. We used the 'defined daily dose' (DDD) as the unit of sale and calculated the total amount of phthalate (mg) dispensed per 1000 inhabitants...
March 29, 2017: Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359080/lithium-enhances-the-antitumour-effect-of-temozolomide-against-tp53-wild-type-glioblastoma-cells-via-nfat1-fasl-signalling
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Sheng Han, Lingxuan Meng, Yang Jiang, Wen Cheng, Xinxin Tie, Junzhe Xia, Anhua Wu
BACKGROUND: We previously showed that activation of the nuclear factor of activated T cells (NFAT)1/Fas ligand (FasL) pathway induces glioma cell death. Lithium (Li) is an inhibitor of glycogen synthase kinase (GSK)-3 that activates NFAT1/FasL signalling. Temozolomide (TMZ) inhibits GSK-3 and activates Fas in tumour protein (TP)53 wild-type (TP53wt) glioma cells. The present study investigated the combinational effects of TMZ and low-dose Li on TP53wt glioma cells. METHODS: The combined effect of TMZ and Li was examined in TP53wt U87 and primary glioma cells and a mouse xenograft model...
May 9, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28357647/-impact-of-natural-lithium-ressources-on-suicide-mortality-in-chile-2000-2009-a%C3%A2-geographical-analysis
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Daniel König, Josef Baumgartner, Victor Blüml, Andrés Heerlein, Carlos Téllez, Nicole Baus, Nestor D Kapusta
BACKGROUND: There is increasing evidence for the hypothesis that lithium salts at naturally occurring levels in drinking water may have a moderating effect on suicide rates of the exposed population. The aim of this study was to examine whether the lithium rich Atacama region in Chile is associated with lower suicide mortality in comparison to other regions. METHODS: Suicide data was acquired from the Chilean Ministry of Health. Socio-economic variables (rate of unemployment, urbanity, median household income, percentage of indeginous population) were obtained for all regions of Chile from the national statistical institute...
June 2017: Neuropsychiatrie: Klinik, Diagnostik, Therapie und Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237543/hyper-and-hypocortisolism-in-bipolar-disorder-a-beneficial-influence-of-lithium-on-the-hpa-axis
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Martin Maripuu, Mikael Wikgren, Pontus Karling, Rolf Adolfsson, Karl-Fredrik Norrback
BACKGROUND: A hyperactive hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA-axis) is a well-known phenomenon in bipolar disorder (BD). However, hypocortisolism has also been described and found associated with depression, low quality of life and cardiovascular risk factors in BD patients. Although the pathophysiology related to hypocortisolism in BD is largely unknown, hypocortisolism is associated with chronic stress exposure and after inducing an initial rise in cortisol long-term stress may result in a transition to hypocortisolism...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209015/boron-neutron-capture-therapy-a-literature-review
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REVIEW
Kavitaa Nedunchezhian, Nalini Aswath, Manigandan Thiruppathy, Sarumathi Thirugnanamurthy
Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (BNCT) is a radiation science which is emerging as a hopeful tool in treating cancer, by selectively concentrating boron compounds in tumour cells and then subjecting the tumour cells to epithermal neutron beam radiation. BNCT bestows upon the nuclear reaction that occurs when Boron-10, a stable isotope, is irradiated with low-energy thermal neutrons to yield α particles (Helium-4) and recoiling lithium-7 nuclei. A large number of 10 Boron (10B) atoms have to be localized on or within neoplastic cells for BNCT to be effective, and an adequate number of thermal neutrons have to be absorbed by the 10B atoms to maintain a lethal 10B (n, α) lithium-7 reaction...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168632/long-term-use-of-lurasidone-in-patients-with-bipolar-disorder-safety-and-effectiveness-over-2%C3%A2-years-of-treatment
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Andrei Pikalov, Joyce Tsai, Yongcai Mao, Robert Silva, Josephine Cucchiaro, Antony Loebel
BACKGROUND: Bipolar disorder is a chronic illness with a 2-year recurrence rate of approximately 50% among individuals receiving treatment in the community. The aim of this 18-month, open-label, continuation study was to evaluate the long-term safety and effectiveness of lurasidone in patients who initially presented with a major depressive episode associated with bipolar disorder, and who had completed at least 6 months of initial treatment with lurasidone. METHODS: Patients with bipolar I depression were enrolled in one of three 6-week, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials (monotherapy with lurasidone, 1 study; adjunctive therapy with lurasidone; and lithium or valproate, 2 studies)...
December 2017: International Journal of Bipolar Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28123400/six-psychotropics-for-pre-symptomatic-early-alzheimer-s-mci-parkinson-s-and-huntington-s-disease-modification
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REVIEW
Edward C Lauterbach
The quest for neuroprotective drugs to slow the progression of neurodegenerative diseases (NDDs), including Alzheimer's disease (AD), Parkinson's disease (PD), and Huntington's disease (HD), has been largely unrewarding. Preclinical evidence suggests that repurposing quetiapine, lithium, valproate, fluoxetine, donepezil, and memantine for early and pre-symptomatic disease-modification in NDDs may be promising and can spare regulatory barriers. The literature of these psychotropics in early stage and pre-symptomatic AD, PD, and HD is reviewed and propitious findings follow...
November 2016: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28115595/effect-of-lithium-on-ventricular-remodeling-in-infarcted-rats-via-the-akt-mtor-signaling-pathways
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Tsung-Ming Lee, Shinn-Zong Lin, Nen-Chung Chang
Activation of phosphoinositide 3-kinase/Akt signaling is the molecular pathway driving physiological hypertrophy. As lithium, a phosphoinositide 3-kinase agonist, is highly toxic at regular doses, we assessed the effect of lithium at a low dose on ventricular hypertrophy after myocardial infarction.  Male Wistar rats after induction of myocardial infarction were randomized to either vehicle or lithium (1 mmol/kg per day) for 4 weeks. The dose of lithium led to a mean serum level of 0.39 mM, substantially lower than therapeutic concentrations (0...
January 23, 2017: Bioscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088383/evaluating-the-role-of-astrocytes-on-%C3%AE-estradiol-effect-on-seizures-of-pilocarpine-epileptic-model
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Masoumeh Sarfi, Mahmoud Elahdadi Salmani, Iran Goudarzi, Taghi Lashkar Boluki, Kataneh Abrari
Epilepsy with periodic and unpredictable seizures is associated with hippocampal glutamate toxicity and tissue reorganization. Astrocytes play an important role in mediating the neuroprotective effects of estradiol and reducing seizure severity. Accordingly, the protective effects of low and high doses of estradiol on behavioral, astrocytic involvement and neuronal survival aspects of Pilocarpine-induced epilepsy were investigated. Lithium- Pilocarpine (30mg/kg) model was used to provoke epilepsy. Βeta-estradiol (2,40μg/µl) was injected subcutaneously from 48 before to 48h after seizure induction...
February 15, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054457/doping-control-analysis-of-lithium-in-horse-urine-and-plasma-by-inductively-coupled-plasma-mass-spectrometry
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Timmy L S Choi, Jenny K Y Wong, Emmie N M Ho, Wai Him Kwok, Gary N W Leung, Peter Curl, Terence S M Wan
Lithium salts are commonly prescribed to treat bipolar disorder in humans. They are effective for the treatment of acute mania and the prophylaxis of manic relapses through long-term use. Although there is no reported legitimate therapeutic use of lithium in horses, its potential mood-stabilizing effect, low cost, and ready availability make lithium salt a potential agent of abuse in equine sports, especially for equestrian competition horses. Lithium can be found in soil, plants, and water, as such it is naturally present in the equine body, thus a threshold is necessary to control its misuse in horses...
January 5, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27999548/low-dose-lithium-stabilizes-human-endothelial-barrier-by-decreasing-mlc-phosphorylation-and-universally-augments-cholinergic-vasorelaxation-capacity-in-a-direct-manner
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Bert Bosche, Marek Molcanyi, Soham Rej, Thorsten R Doeppner, Mark Obermann, Daniel J Müller, Anupam Das, Jürgen Hescheler, R Loch Macdonald, Thomas Noll, Frauke V Härtel
Lithium at serum concentrations up to 1 mmol/L has been used in patients suffering from bipolar disorder for decades and has recently been shown to reduce the risk for ischemic stroke in these patients. The risk for stroke and thromboembolism depend not only on cerebral but also on general endothelial function and health; the entire endothelium as an organ is therefore pathophysiologically relevant. Regardless, the knowledge about the direct impact of lithium on endothelial function remains poor. We conducted an experimental study using lithium as pharmacologic pretreatment for murine, porcine and human vascular endothelium...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27958667/thermoluminescence-characterization-of-ag-doped-li2-b4-o7-single-crystal-materials
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D Kuralı, E Ekdal Karalı, A Kelemen, V Holovey, N Can, T Karalı
In this study, the thermoluminescence (TL) characteristics of Ag-doped and undoped lithium tetraborate (Li2 B4 O7 , LTB) materials, grown using the Czochralski method, were reported. The TL properties of LTB:Ag, such as glow curve structure, dose response, fading and reproducibility, were investigated. The glow curve of the Li2 B4 O7 :Ag single crystal consists of four peaks located at approximately 75, 130, 190 and 275°C; in undoped LTB, the single crystal shows a broad glow curve with peaks at 65, 90, 125, 160 and 190°C using a heating rate of 5°C/s in the 50-350°C temperature region...
December 13, 2016: Luminescence: the Journal of Biological and Chemical Luminescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917448/lithium-reversibly-inhibits-schwann-cell-proliferation-and-differentiation-without-inducing-myelin-loss
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Gonzalo Piñero, Randall Berg, Natalia Denise Andersen, Patricia Setton-Avruj, Paula Virginia Monje
This study was undertaken to examine the bioactivity, specificity, and reversibility of lithium's action on the growth, survival, proliferation, and differentiation of cultured Schwann cells (SCs). In isolated SCs, lithium promoted a state of cell cycle arrest that featured extensive cell enlargement and c-Jun downregulation in the absence of increased expression of myelin-associated markers. In addition, lithium effectively prevented mitogen-induced S-phase entry without impairing cell viability. When lithium was administered together with differentiating concentrations of cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) analogs, a dramatic inhibition of the expression of the master regulator of myelination Krox-20 was observed...
December 5, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882645/long-term-lithium-treatment-increases-intracellular-and-extracellular-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-bdnf-in-cortical-and-hippocampal-neurons-at-subtherapeutic-concentrations
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Vanessa J De-Paula, Wagner F Gattaz, Orestes V Forlenza
OBJECTIVES: The putative neuroprotective effects of lithium treatment rely on the fact that it modulates several homeostatic mechanisms involved in the neurotrophic response, autophagy, oxidative stress, inflammation, and mitochondrial function. Lithium is a well-established therapeutic option for the acute and long-term management of bipolar disorder and major depression. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of subtherapeutic and therapeutic concentrations of chronic lithium treatment on brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) synthesis and secretion...
December 2016: Bipolar Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871720/-guidelines-for-the-prescription-of-mood-stabilizers-for-adolescents-a-literature-review
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G Munch, N Godart
INTRODUCTION: Adolescence is a unique phase of the human developmental process. In adolescents, psychotropic medications may have different efficacy and tolerance profiles compared to those at other stages of the lifespan. Mood stabilizers are a complex pharmacological category including lithium, some anticonvulsants, and some second generation antipsychotics. Focusing on this class of pharmacological agents, we aim to answer the following questions: in which indications and according to which modalities should mood stabilizers be prescribed during adolescence? METHODS: Information was sought from the websites of the French Haute Autorité de santé (HAS) and Agence nationale de sécurité du médicament et des produits de santé (ANSM), the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the British National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)...
November 18, 2016: L'Encéphale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27861379/moderate-to-severe-hiv-associated-neurocognitive-impairment-a-randomized-placebo-controlled-trial-of-lithium
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Eric H Decloedt, Carla Freeman, Fleur Howells, Martine Casson-Crook, Maia Lesosky, Eleni Koutsilieri, Simon Lovestone, Gary Maartens, John A Joska
BACKGROUND: HIV-associated neurocognitive disorder (HAND) remains highly prevalent despite effective anti-retroviral therapy (ART). A number of adjunctive pharmacotherapies for HAND have been studied with disappointing results, but preliminary data suggest that lithium may provide clinical benefit. In addition, the low cost of lithium would facilitate access in low- and middle-income countries which carry the greatest burden of HIV. METHODS: Our objective was to evaluate the 24-week efficacy and safety of lithium in patients with moderate to severe HAND...
November 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
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