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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778048/pathogens-constancy-harbinger-of-nosocomial-infection-cum-identification-of-resistant-genes-and-drug-designing
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Sana Farooq Ahmad, Ibrar Khan, Abdul Wadood, Sadiq Azam, Noor Rehman, Muhammad Waqas, Kashif Bashir, Asaf Ali Khan
Hospitals are the most prominent places for the growth and spread of bacteria which are resistant to the available antibiotics. This antibiotic resistance is due to the over and misuse of antibiotic dosages of a high-density of patient population which are in frequent interaction with inanimate items of the hospitals and the consequent risk of cross infection. Out of 1010 samples of the current study, 510 (50.49%) were culture positive of which 329 (64.5%) were Gram-positive while 181 (35.49%) Gram negative...
April 22, 2018: Computational Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778036/polymeric-nanoparticles-as-a-platform-for-permeability-enhancement-of-class-iii-drug-amikacin
#2
Saman Fatima, Zeenat Iqbal, A K Panda, M Samim, Sushama Talegaonkar, Farhan Jalees Ahmad
Amikacin (A), a water soluble aminoglycoside antibiotic is commercially available for intravenous administration only. Present investigation is aimed at the development of poly-lactic-co-glycolic acid (PLGA) nanoparticles (A-NPs).1 for oral permeability enhancement of amikacin. The pharmaceutical attributes of the A-NPs revealed particle size, 260.3 ± 2.05 nm, zeta potential, -12.9 ± 1.12 mV and drug content, 40.10 ± 1.87 μg/mg with spherical shape and smooth surface. In vitro antibacterial studies showed that the A-NPs were active against P...
May 16, 2018: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778019/phoenix-dactylifera-protects-against-oxidative-stress-and-hepatic-injury-induced-by-paracetamol-intoxication-in-rats
#3
Gamal A Salem, Ahmed Shaban, Hussain A Diab, Wesam A Elsaghayer, Manal D Mjedib, Aomassad M Hnesh, Ravi P Sahu
The current studies were sought to determine effects of antioxidant potential of aqueous and methanolic extracts of Phoenix dactylifera leaves (PLAE and PLME) against the widely-used analgesic paracetamol (PCM) induced hepatotoxicity. Groups of rats were treated with or without PCM (1500 mg/kg), PLAE and PLME (300 mg/kg) and n-acetylcysteine (NAC, 50 mg/kg) followed by assessments of liver function tests, oxidative stress, antioxidant defenses, and hepatotoxicity. We observed that PCM significantly elevated serum liver markers, aspartate aminotransferase (AST), alanine aminotransferase (ALT), alkaline phosphatase (ALP), gamma glutamyl transferase (GGT), and bilirubin compared to control (untreated) group...
May 16, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778018/phytochemistry-and-pharmacology-of-anti-depressant-medicinal-plants-a-review
#4
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Jeanette Martins, Brijesh S
Stress renders an individual to experience mental pressure and exhaustion which brings about feelings of anxiety, depression, anger and/or other negative emotions. Depression affects a person's state of mind, behaviour, health and is often associated with suicide. The use of anti-depressant drugs as therapeutic agents is associated with symptoms such as, delayed onset of action, side-effects, drug-drug and dietary interactions, sexual dysfunction, cardiac toxicity, etc. Thus, there is need to target these issues and improve current treatment options...
May 16, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778017/the-preconception-care-experiences-of-women-with-epilepsy-on-sodium-valproate
#5
Lorna Lawther, Helen Dolk, Marlene Sinclair, Jim Morrow
PURPOSE: To understand the preconception experiences of women with epilepsy who have been taking the teratogenic drug valproate. METHODS: Seven women were recruited, three from a preconception clinic and four from an antenatal clinic in a region of the UK. All had taken valproate preconceptionally. Three preconception clinic encounters were observed and audio-recorded. Interviews with all women were analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA). RESULTS: Women experienced a "trajectory of balance"...
May 16, 2018: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778006/environmentally-relevant-concentrations-of-tramadol-and-citalopram-alter-behaviour-of-an-aquatic-invertebrate
#6
M Buřič, K Grabicová, J Kubec, A Kouba, I Kuklina, P Kozák, R Grabic, T Randák
Environmental pollution by pharmaceutically active compounds, used in quantities similar to those of pesticides and other organic micropollutants, is increasingly recognized as a major threat to the aquatic environment. These compounds are only partly removed from wastewaters and, despite their low concentrations, directly and indirectly affect behaviour of freshwater organisms in natural habitats. The aim of this study was to behaviourally assess the effects of an opioid painkiller (tramadol) and antidepressant drug (citalopram) on behaviour patterns of a clonal model species, marbled crayfish...
May 14, 2018: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777999/targeted-delivery-of-cd44s-sirna-by-scfv-overcomes-de-novo-resistance-to-cetuximab-in-triple-negative-breast-cancer
#7
Wenyan Fu, Hefen Sun, Yang Zhao, Mengting Chen, Lipeng Yang, Xueli Yang, Wei Jin
The overexpression of EGFR often occurs in TNBC, and the anti-EGFR receptor antibody cetuximab is used widely to treat metastatic cancer in the clinic. However, EGFR-targeted therapies have been developed for TNBC without clinical success. In this study, we show that impaired EGFR degradation is crucial for resistance to cetuximab, which depends on the cell surface molecule CD44. To further investigate the role of CD44 in EGFR signaling and its treatment potential, we developed a targeting fusion protein composed of an anti-EGFR scFv generated from cetuximab and truncated protamine, called Ce-tP...
May 16, 2018: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777987/phthalocyanine-sulfonamide-conjugates-synthesis-and-photodynamic-inactivation-of-gram-negative-and-gram-positive-bacteria
#8
Raquel Nunes da Silva, Ângela Cunha, Augusto C Tomé
Phthalocyanines bearing four or eight sulfonamide units were synthesized and their efficiency in the photodynamic inactivation of Gram-negative (Escherichia coli) and Gram-positive (Staphylococcus aureus) bacteria was evaluated. Conjugates with simpler sulfonamide units (N,N-diethylbenzenesulfonamide, N-isopropylbenzenesulfonamide and N-(4-methoxyphenyl)benzenesulfonamide) caused stronger inactivation than those with heterocyclic groups (N-(thiazol-2-yl)benzenesulfonamide) or long alkyl chains (N-dodecylbenzenesulfonamide) in both bacteria...
May 9, 2018: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777962/field-evaluation-of-anticoccidial-efficacy-a-novel-approach-demonstrates-reduced-efficacy-of-toltrazuril-against-ovine-eimeria-spp-in-norway
#9
Ane Odden, Matthew J Denwood, Snorre Stuen, Lucy J Robertson, Antonio Ruiz, Inger Sofie Hamnes, Lisbeth Hektoen, Heidi L Enemark
Ovine Eimeria spp. infections cause reduced welfare, increased mortality, and substantial economic losses, and anticoccidials are crucial for their control. Recent reports of toltrazuril resistance in pigs, and anecdotal reports of reduced anticoccidial efficacy in lambs, necessitate evaluation of anticoccidial efficacy. Due to the substantial lifecycle differences between nematodes and coccidia, current WAAVP methods for assessing anthelmintic efficacy are not suitable for such evaluations. Faecal samples were collected from 8 pairs of twin lambs from 36 Norwegian sheep farms 6-8 days after turnout...
May 16, 2018: International Journal for Parasitology, Drugs and Drug Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777946/screening-method-for-rapid-classification-of-psychoactive-substances-in-illicit-tablets-using-mid-infrared-spectroscopy-and-pls-da
#10
Leandro S A Pereira, Fernanda L C Lisboa, José Coelho Neto, Frederico N Valladão, Marcelo M Sena
Several new psychoactive substances (NPS) have reached the illegal drug market in recent years, and ecstasy-like tablets are one of the forms affected by this change. Cathinones and tryptamines have increasingly been found in ecstasy-like seized samples as well as other amphetamine type stimulants. A presumptive method for identifying different drugs in seized ecstasy tablets (n=92) using ATR-FTIR (attenuated total reflectance - Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy) and PLS-DA (partial least squares discriminant analysis) was developed...
May 9, 2018: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777923/diagnosis-and-management-of-pulmonary-infection-due-to-rhodococcus-equi
#11
REVIEW
Weijie V Lin, Robert L Kruse, Katharine Yang, Daniel M Musher
BACKGROUND: Rhodococcus equi is a recognized cause of disease in humans, especially in patients who are immunocompromised. Because diphtheroids are regarded as part of normal respiratory flora, the importance of R. equi as a pulmonary pathogen may not be fully appreciated and its prevalence underestimated. Most treatment recommendations for R. equi infection were established before antiretroviral drugs became available for HIV/AIDS therapy, and therapeutic strategies may need to be updated...
May 16, 2018: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777875/switching-cell-penetrating-and-cxcr4-binding-activities-of-nanoscale-organized-arginine-rich-peptides
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Marianna Teixeira de Pinho Favaro, Naroa Serna, Laura Sánchez-García, Rafael Cubarsi, Mónica Roldán, Alejandro Sánchez-Chardi, Ugutz Unzueta, Ramón Mangues, Neus Ferrer-Miralles, Adriano Rodrigues Azzoni, Esther Vázquez, Antonio Villaverde
Arginine-rich protein motifs have been described as potent cell-penetrating peptides (CPPs) but also as rather specific ligands of the cell surface chemokine receptor CXCR4, involved in the infection by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Polyarginines are commonly used to functionalize nanoscale vehicles for gene therapy and drug delivery, aimed to enhance cell penetrability of the therapeutic cargo. However, under which conditions these peptides do act as either unspecific or specific ligands is unknown...
May 16, 2018: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777869/subconjunctival-dendrimer-drug-therapy-for-the-treatment-of-dry-eye-in-rabbits-with-induced-autoimmune-dacryoadenitis
#13
Hui Lin, Ying Liu, Siva P Kambhampati, Chih-Chien Hsu, Rangaramanujam M Kannan, Samuel C Yiu
PURPOSE: To investigate the efficacy of a single subconjunctival injection of dendrimer-dexamethasone to treat dry eye in a rabbit model of induced autoimmune dacryoadenitis (AID). METHOD: Dendrimer biodistribution after subconjuntival injection in AID animals was evaluated using Cy5-labelled dendrimer (D-Cy5) and confocal microscopy. Diseased animals were treated with free dexamethasone (Free-Dex), dendrimer-dexamethasone (D-Dex), or saline via a single subconjunctival injection...
May 16, 2018: Ocular Surface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777865/a-prospective-non-interventional-registry-study-of-patients-initiating-a-course-of-drug-therapy-for-overactive-bladder-perspective-rationale-design-and-methodology
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Eric S Rovner, Kevin V Carlson, Anna S Deal, Kavita V Nair, Eva E Oakkar, Julie Park, Eric Gemmen, Rita M Kristy, Katherine L Gooch, Carol R Schermer
INTRODUCTION: Pharmacotherapy of overactive bladder (OAB) typically involves treatment with an antimuscarinic or mirabegron, a β3-adrenoceptor agonist, but real-world evidence on their use, including treatment access, persistence, and switching, is limited. Here, we describe the design of a prospective, multicenter, non-interventional registry of patients beginning a new course of OAB pharmacological therapy in routine clinical practice. METHODS: Adults with an OAB diagnosis for at least 3 months who either initiated a new course of mirabegron or antimuscarinic, or who switched therapy were enrolled into PERSPECTIVE (A Prospective, Non-intErventional Registry Study of Patients Initiating a Course of Drug Therapy for OveractIVE Bladder)...
May 16, 2018: Contemporary Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777858/cd44-targeted-plga-nanomedicines-for-cancer-chemotherapy
#15
REVIEW
Ankit Saneja, Divya Arora, Robin Kumar, Ravindra Dhar Dubey, Amulya K Panda, Prem N Gupta
In recent years scientific community has drawn a great deal of attention towards understanding the enigma of cluster of differentiation-44 (CD44) in order to deliver therapeutic agents more selectively towards tumor tissues. Moreover, its over-expression in variety of solid tumors has attracted drug delivery researchers to target this receptor with nanomedicines. Conventional nanomedicines based on biodegradable polymers such as poly(lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) are often associated with insufficient cellular uptake by cancer cells, due to lack of active targeting moiety on their surface...
May 16, 2018: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777856/ocular-irritation-and-cyclosporine-a-distribution-in-the-eye-tissues-after-administration-of-solid-lipid-microparticles-in-the-rabbit-model
#16
Eliza Wolska, Małgorzata Sznitowska, Juliusz Chorążewicz, Oliwia Szerkus, Aleksandra Radwańska, Michał J Markuszewski, Roman Kaliszan, Krystyna Raczyńska
The aim of this study was to investigate the in vivo effect of Solid Lipid Microparticles (SLM), proposed for topical ocular administration of cyclosporine, on the rabbit eye. SLM carrier is an aqueous dispersion of lipid microparticles (20% w/w) with a size up to 15 μm. Cyclosporine was dissolved in the formulation in the concentration of 0.5 or 2.0% (w/w). Ocular tolerance of microsphere dispersion was assessed in rabbit model by the Draize eye test (SLM was compared with emulsion and oily solution), and cyclosporine distribution in ocular tissues was evaluated after multiple application of tested formulations (SLM dispersions, emulsions and oily solution) for 7 days...
May 16, 2018: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777855/polymer-lipid-hybrid-nanoparticles-as-enhanced-indomethacin-delivery-systems
#17
Annalisa Dalmoro, Sabrina Bochicchio, Shamil F Nasibullin, Paolo Bertoncin, Gaetano Lamberti, Anna Angela Barba, Rouslan I Moustafine
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), i.e. indomethacin used for rheumatoid arthritis and non-rheumatoid inflammatory diseases, are known for their injurious actions on the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Mucosal damage can be avoided by using nanoscale systems composed by a combination of liposomes and biodegradable natural polymer, i.e. chitosan, for enhancing drug activity. Aim of this study was to prepare chitosan-lipid hybrid delivery systems for indomethacin dosage through a novel continuous method based on microfluidic principles...
May 16, 2018: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777854/dissolving-polymeric-microneedle-arrays-for-enhanced-site-specific-acyclovir-delivery
#18
Boonnada Pamornpathomkul, Tanasait Ngawhirunpat, Ismaiel A Tekko, Lalitkumar Vora, Helen O McCarthy, Ryan F Donnelly
Acyclovir is widely indicated for the treatment of herpes labialis (cold sores), typically caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1). However, topical acyclovir has poor efficacy, due to its low skin permeability. The purpose of this study was, therefore, to evaluate the ability of dissolving polymeric microneedle (MN) arrays to improve the local delivery of acyclovir. Acyclovir-loaded dissolving MN arrays (0.49 cm2 ) were formulated from aqueous blends of Gantrez® S-97 with 361 needles per array (589 ± 9...
May 16, 2018: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777808/preparation-and-applications-of-glyconanoparticles
#19
Qilin Tang, Gangliang Huang
The glyconanoparticle can be used to construct biological cell models that are similar to the expression of carbohydrates on the surface of cells, and it has become excellent research tools in glycobiology, biopharmaceuticals, and materials science. With the deepening of research, glyconanoparticle has broad application prospects in drug delivery, biomedical imaging, diagnosis and treatment because its preparation is simple, and it has the unique physical, chemical and biological properties. The preparation of glyconanoparticles and their applications were summarized and discussed here...
May 16, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777799/title-studies-on-drug-switchability-showed-heterogeneity-in-methodological-approaches-a-scoping-review
#20
REVIEW
Valeria Belleudi, Francesco Trotta, Simona Vecchi, Laura Amato, Antonio Addis, Marina Davoli
BACKGROUND: Several drugs share the same therapeutic indication, including those undergoing patent expiration. Concerns on the interchangeability are frequent in clinical practice, challenging the evaluation of switchability through observational research. AIM: To conduct a scoping review of observational studies on drug switchability to identify methodological strategies adopted to deal with bias and confounding. METHODS: We searched PubMed, EMBASE, and Web of Science (updated 1/31/2017) to identify studies evaluating switchability in terms of effectiveness/safety outcomes or compliance...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
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