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Karen Suchanek Hudmon, Robin L Corelli, Carl de Moor, Alan J Zillich, Christine Fenlon, Lyndsay Miles, Alexander V Prokhorov, Susan M Zbikowski
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the long-term impact of 2 promising intervention approaches to engage pharmacy personnel (pharmacists, technicians) in referring patients who want to quit smoking to the tobacco quitline. DESIGN: Randomized trial. SETTING: Community pharmacies in Connecticut (n = 32) and Washington (n = 32). INTERVENTION: Two intervention approaches were evaluated: academic detailing (AD), which involved on-site training for pharmacy staff about the quitline, versus mailed quitline materials (MM)...
May 17, 2018: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
Rhonda Schwindt, Karen Suchanek Hudmon, Mitchell Knisely, Lorie Davis, Caitlin Pike
Persons with mental illness smoke at rates two to four times higher than do persons without mental illness and comprise 30.9% of the U.S. tobacco market. Given the prevalence of mental illness and the known detrimental effects of tobacco, concerted efforts are needed to promote the use of evidence-based treatment options. We conducted a systematic review of studies that examined the impact of tobacco quitline interventions in this population. Results revealed an overall positive impact of cessation services delivered via a tobacco quitline...
March 2017: Journal of Drug Education
Wan-Hung Lee, Li-Li Li, Aarti Chawla, Andy Hudmon, Yvonne Y Lai, Michael J Courtney, Andrea G Hohmann
Elevated N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) activity is linked to central sensitization and chronic pain. However, NMDAR antagonists display limited therapeutic potential because of their adverse side effects. Novel approaches targeting the NR2B-PSD95-nNOS complex to disrupt signaling pathways downstream of NMDARs show efficacy in preclinical pain models. Here, we evaluated the involvement of interactions between neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS) and the nitric oxide synthase 1 adaptor protein (NOS1AP) in pronociceptive signaling and neuropathic pain...
May 2018: Pain
Karen Suchanek Hudmon, Nervana Elkhadragy, Zuzana Kusynová, Luc Besançon, Tina Penick Brock, Robin L Corelli
OBJECTIVE: To estimate the proportion of countries/territories that allow sales of tobacco products and electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) in community pharmacies. METHODS: International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) member organisations were contacted by email and asked to respond to a two-item survey assessing whether their country/territory allowed sales of (a) tobacco products and (b) ENDS in community pharmacies. RESULTS: Of 95 countries/territories contacted, responses were received from 60 (63...
December 2017: Tobacco Control
Mitra Assemi, Jessica Yu, Sum Liu, Robin L Corelli, Karen Suchanek Hudmon
Objective. To characterize educational attainment and experiences of current US pharmacy school deans and chairs. Methods. A cross-sectional study using a publicly available listing of accredited schools and information. Results. Among 134 deans and 301 chairs, 79.9% and 65.5% held a professional degree (BSPharm and/or PharmD), 33.6% and 26.2% completed PGY-1 residencies, 12.7% and 15.6% completed post-PharmD fellowships, 23.1% and 33.9% completed post-doctoral fellowships, and 13.4% and 18.3% held BPS certification, respectively...
September 2017: American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
Donghui Zhou, Maya Z Springer, David Xu, Degang Liu, Andy Hudmon, Kay F Macleod, Samy O Meroueh
Triple-negative breast cancers (TNBCs) lack the signature targets of other breast tumors, such as HER2, estrogen receptor, and progesterone receptor. These aggressive basal-like tumors are driven by a complex array of signaling pathways that are activated by multiple driver mutations. Here we report the discovery of 6 (KIN-281), a small molecule that inhibits multiple kinases including maternal leucine zipper kinase (MELK) and the non-receptor tyrosine kinase bone marrow X-linked (BMX) with single-digit micromolar IC50 s...
June 15, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
David Xu, Liwei Li, Donghui Zhou, Degang Liu, Andy Hudmon, Samy O Meroueh
Target-specific scoring methods are more commonly used to identify small-molecule inhibitors among compounds docked to a target of interest. Top candidates that emerge from these methods have rarely been tested for activity and specificity across a family of proteins. In this study we docked a chemical library into CaMKIIδ, a member of the Ca2+ /calmodulin (CaM)-dependent protein kinase (CaMK) family, and re-scored the resulting protein-compound structures using Support Vector Machine SPecific (SVMSP), a target-specific method that we developed previously...
May 9, 2017: ChemMedChem
Aarti R Chawla, Derrick E Johnson, Agnes S Zybura, Benjamin P Leeds, Ross M Nelson, Andy Hudmon
Glutamate clearance by astrocytes is an essential part of normal excitatory neurotransmission. Failure to adapt or maintain low levels of glutamate in the central nervous system is associated with multiple acute and chronic neurodegenerative diseases. The primary excitatory amino acid transporters in human astrocytes are EAAT1 and EAAT2 (GLAST and GLT-1, respectively, in rodents). While the inhibition of calcium/calmodulin-dependent kinase (CaMKII), a ubiquitously expressed serine/threonine protein kinase, results in diminished glutamate uptake in cultured primary rodent astrocytes (Ashpole et al...
February 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
Ramy Habashy Malty, Andy Hudmon, Jill C Fehrenbacher, Michael R Vasko
BACKGROUND: Acute exposure to prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) activates EP receptors in sensory neurons which triggers the cAMP-dependent protein kinase A (PKA) signaling cascade resulting in enhanced excitability of the neurons. With long-term exposure to PGE2, however, the activation of PKA does not appear to mediate persistent PGE2-induced sensitization. Consequently, we examined whether homologous desensitization of PGE2-mediated PKA activation occurs after long-term exposure of isolated sensory neurons to the eicosanoid...
July 11, 2016: Journal of Neuroinflammation
Zifan Pei, Yucheng Xiao, Jingwei Meng, Andy Hudmon, Theodore R Cummins
Cardiac voltage-gated sodium channels (Nav1.5) play an essential role in regulating cardiac electric activity by initiating and propagating action potentials in the heart. Altered Nav1.5 function is associated with multiple cardiac diseases including long-QT3 and Brugada syndrome. Here, we show that Nav1.5 is subject to palmitoylation, a reversible post-translational lipid modification. Palmitoylation increases channel availability and late sodium current activity, leading to enhanced cardiac excitability and prolonged action potential duration...
June 23, 2016: Nature Communications
Mitra Assemi, Karen Suchanek Hudmon, Kevin M Sowinski, Robin L Corelli
Objective. To characterize the educational background and academic rank of faculty members in US schools of pharmacy, estimate the extent to which they are employed by institutions where they received previous training, and determine whether differences in degree origin and rank exist between faculty members in established (≤1995) vs newer programs. Methods. A cross-sectional study was conducted using the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) faculty database and demographic information from the public domain...
May 25, 2016: American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
Jose L Barboza, Radha Patel, Pooja Patel, Karen Suchanek Hudmon
INTRODUCTION: Cigarette smoking can damage every organ in the body and is the leading known preventable cause of death globally. It is estimated that 70% of patients want to quit, and about 50% report a quit attempt in the past year, yet only 4-7% are successful. These low quit rates represent the importance of appropriate treatment for smoking cessation through behavioral and pharmacotherapeutic means. AREAS COVERED: Pharmacotherapy approximately doubles patients' chances of quitting, and the first-line approved pharmacotherapetuic options include nicotine gum, lozenge, patch, nasal spray, and inhaler, sustained-release bupropion, and varenicline...
August 2016: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
Chaoming Zhou, Swarna S Ramaswamy, Derrick E Johnson, Dario A Vitturi, Franciso J Schopfer, Bruce A Freeman, Andy Hudmon, Edwin S Levitan
Ca(2+)/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII) oxidation controls excitability and viability. While hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) affects Ca(2+)-activated CaMKII in vitro, Angiotensin II (Ang II)-induced CaMKIIδ signaling in cardiomyocytes is Ca(2+) independent and requires NADPH oxidase-derived superoxide, but not its dismutation product H2O2. To better define the biological regulation of CaMKII activation and signaling by Ang II, we evaluated the potential for peroxynitrite (ONOO(-)) to mediate CaMKII activation and downstream Kv4...
April 15, 2016: Scientific Reports
Robin L Corelli, Michael A Muchnik, Ryan J Beechinor, Gary Fong, Eleanor M Vogt, Jennifer M Cocohoba, Candy Tsourounis, Karen Suchanek Hudmon
OBJECTIVE: To improve the quality of admissions interviews for a doctor of pharmacy program, using a multiple mini-interview (MMI) in place of the standard interview. METHODS: Stakeholders completed an anonymous web-based survey. This study characterized perceptions of the MMI format across 3 major stakeholders (candidates, interviewers, admissions committee members) and included comparative cost estimates.Costs were estimated using human and facility resources from the 2012 cycle (standard format) and the 2013 cycle (MMI format)...
November 25, 2015: American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
Rajshekhar Y Gaji, Derrick E Johnson, Moritz Treeck, Mu Wang, Andy Hudmon, Gustavo Arrizabalaga
Members of the family of calcium dependent protein kinases (CDPK's) are abundant in certain pathogenic parasites and absent in mammalian cells making them strong drug target candidates. In the obligate intracellular parasite Toxoplasma gondii TgCDPK3 is important for calcium dependent egress from the host cell. Nonetheless, the specific substrate through which TgCDPK3 exerts its function during egress remains unknown. To close this knowledge gap we applied the proximity-based protein interaction trap BioID and identified 13 proteins that are either near neighbors or direct interactors of TgCDPK3...
2015: PLoS Pathogens
Hongwei Yu, Bin Pan, Andy Weyer, Hsiang-En Wu, Jingwei Meng, Gregory Fischer, Daniel Vilceanu, Alan R Light, Cheryl Stucky, Frank L Rice, Andy Hudmon, Quinn Hogan
UNLABELLED: The sensation of touch is initiated when fast conducting low-threshold mechanoreceptors (Aβ-LTMRs) generate impulses at their terminals in the skin. Plasticity in this system is evident in the process of adaption, in which a period of diminished sensitivity follows prior stimulation. CaMKII is an ideal candidate for mediating activity-dependent plasticity in touch because it shifts into an enhanced activation state after neuronal depolarizations and can thereby reflect past firing history...
October 21, 2015: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
Katherine Rider, Hatice Kaya, Vinayak Jha, Karen Suchanek Hudmon
OBJECTIVES: Accreditation guidelines in the USA suggest that experiential sites for pharmacy students should demonstrate 'a strong commitment to health promotion and illness prevention'; however, most community pharmacies sell tobacco products. This study aimed to determine the proportion of students rotating through advanced pharmacy practice experience (APPE) sites where tobacco is sold and experiential education directors' perception regarding the sales of tobacco in APPE sites. METHODS: A brief survey was distributed by mail to experiential education directors at US pharmacy schools...
April 2016: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Alicia A Bergman, Heather A Jaynes, Jasmine D Gonzalvo, Karen Suchanek Hudmon, Richard M Frankel, Amanda L Kobylinski, Alan J Zillich
Expanded clinical pharmacist professional roles in the team-based patient-centered medical home (PCMH) primary care environment require cooperative and collaborative relationships among pharmacists and primary care physicians (PCPs), but many PCPs have not previously worked in such a direct fashion with pharmacists. Additional roles, including formulary control, add further elements of complexity to the clinical pharmacist-PCP relationship that are not well described. Our objective was to characterize the nature of clinical pharmacist-PCP interprofessional collaboration across seven federally funded hospitals and associated primary care clinics, following pharmacist placement in primary care clinics and incorporation of expanded pharmacist roles...
2016: Health Communication
Joaquin Barnoya, Linda Jin, Karen Suchanek Hudmon, Mario Schootman
OBJECTIVES: To compare availability of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), tobacco products, and electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) in pharmacies in St. Louis, MO. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study, on-site store audits of 322 pharmacies. SETTING: St. Louis, MO. PARTICIPANTS: 242 eligible community pharmacies located in the study area. INTERVENTION: Pharmacies were visited by trained research assistants who conducted a 5- to 10-minute store audit using a paper-based data collection tool...
July 2015: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
Wan-Hung Lee, Zhili Xu, Nicole M Ashpole, Andy Hudmon, Pushkar M Kulkarni, Ganesh A Thakur, Yvonne Y Lai, Andrea G Hohmann
Aberrant increases in NMDA receptor (NMDAR) signaling contributes to central nervous system sensitization and chronic pain by activating neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS) and generating nitric oxide (NO). Because the scaffolding protein postsynaptic density 95kDA (PSD95) tethers nNOS to NMDARs, the PSD95-nNOS complex represents a therapeutic target. Small molecule inhibitors IC87201 (EC5O: 23.94 μM) and ZL006 (EC50: 12.88 μM) directly inhibited binding of purified PSD95 and nNOS proteins in AlphaScreen without altering binding of PSD95 to ErbB4...
October 2015: Neuropharmacology
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