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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333259/predisposing-factors-and-outcome-of-uncommon-yeast-species-related-fungaemia-based-on-an-exhaustive-surveillance-programme-2002-14
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Stéphane Bretagne, Charlotte Renaudat, Marie Desnos-Ollivier, Karine Sitbon, Olivier Lortholary, Françoise Dromer
Objectives: Using registry data to compare fungaemia caused by uncommon yeast species (UYS; i.e. other than Candida albicans , Candida glabrata , Candida parapsilosis , Candida tropicalis and Candida krusei ) and C. albicans -related fungaemia can reveal specific predisposing factors of UYS with potential impact on treatment strategies. Methods: We analysed 338 episodes of UYS fungaemia prospectively collected from 27 hospitals (Paris, France; 1 October 2002-31 December 2014) and compared these with 1998 single episodes of C...
March 5, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332780/differentiation-of-patented-crystalline-glucosamine-sulfate-from-other-glucosamine-preparations-will-optimize-osteoarthritis-treatment
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REVIEW
Sukit Saengnipanthkul, Saranatra Waikakul, Sattaya Rojanasthien, Kitti Totemchokchyakarn, Attarit Srinkapaibulaya, Tai Cheh Chin, Nguyen Mai Hong, Olivier Bruyère, Cyrus Cooper, Jean-Yves Reginster, Myat Lwin
Symptomatic slow-acting drugs for osteoarthritis (SYSADOAs) are recommended for the medium- to long-term management of knee osteoarthritis (OA) due to their abilities to control pain, improve function and delay joint structural changes. Among SYSADOAs, evidence is greatest for the patented crystalline glucosamine sulfate (pCGS) formulation (Mylan). Glucosamine is widely available as glucosamine sulfate (GS) and glucosamine hydrochloride (GH) preparations that vary substantially in molecular form, pharmaceutical formulation and dose regimen...
March 23, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329446/in-vitro-intrinsic-permeability-a-transporter-independent-measure-of-caco-2-cell-permeability-in-drug-design-and-development
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Linda Fredlund, Susanne Winiwarter, Constanze Hilgendorf
In-vitro permeability data have a central place in absorption risk assessments in drug discovery and development. For compounds where active efflux impacts permeability in vitro, the inherent passive membrane permeability ("intrinsic permeability"), gives a concentration-independent measure of the compound's permeability. This work describes the validation of an in-vitro intrinsic permeability assay and application of the data in a predictive in-silico model. Apparent intrinsic permeability (Papp) across Caco-2 cell monolayers is determined in presence of an optimized cocktail of chemical inhibitors towards the three major efflux transporters ABCB1, ABCC2, and ABCG2...
March 22, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329343/commonly-transmitted-hiv-1-drug-resistance-mutations-in-reverse-transcriptase-and-protease-in-antiretroviral-treatment-na%C3%A3-ve-patients-do-not-affect-response-to-tenofovir-disoproxil-fumarate-or-tenofovir-alafenamide-containing-regimens
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Nicolas A Margot, Pamela Wong, Rima Kulkarni, Kirsten White, Danielle Porter, Michael E Abram, Christian Callebaut, Michael D Miller
Background.: The presence of transmitted drug-resistance mutations (TDRM) in antiretroviral (ARV) treatment-naïve patients can adversely affect the outcome of ARV therapy. Methods.: Resistance testing was conducted in 6704 ARV-naïve subjects predominantly from the U.S. and Europe in 9 Gilead clinical studies from 2000 to 2013. Results.: The presence of TDRM increased during this period (5.2% to 11.4%), primarily driven by non-nucleoside RT inhibitor resistance mutations (NNRTI; 0...
January 30, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329081/a-new-preclinical-paradigm-for-testing-anti-aging-therapeutics
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Warren Ladiges, Jessica M Snyder, Erby Wilkinson, Denise M Imai, Tim Snider, Xuan Ge, Marcia Ciol, Christina Pettan-Brewer, Smitha P S Pillai, John Morton, Ellen Quarles, Peter Rabinovitch, Laura Niedernhofer, Denny Liggitt
Testing drugs for anti-aging effects has historically been conducted in mouse life-span studies, but are costly and time consuming, and more importantly, difficult to recapitulate in humans. In addition, life-span studies in mice are not well suited to testing drug combinations that target multiple factors involved in aging. Additional paradigms for testing therapeutics aimed at slowing aging are needed. A new paradigm, designated as the Geropathology Grading Platform (GGP), is based on a standardized set of guidelines developed to detect the presence or absence of low-impact histopathological lesions and to determine the level of severity of high-impact lesions in organs from aged mice...
February 22, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326542/current-and-future-therapies-for-addressing-the-effects-of-inflammation-on-hdl-cholesterol-metabolism
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REVIEW
Fatima Iqbal, Wendy S Baker, Madiha I Khan, Shwetha Thukuntla, Kevin H McKinney, Nicola Abate, Demidmaa Tuvdendorj
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Inflammatory processes arising from metabolic abnormalities are known to precipitate the development of CVD. Several metabolic and inflammatory markers have been proposed for predicting the progression of CVD, including high density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C). For ~50 years, HDL-C has been considered as the atheroprotective 'good' cholesterol because of its strong inverse association with the progression of CVD. Thus, interventions to increase the concentration of HDL-C have been successfully tested in animals; however, clinical trials were unable to confirm the cardiovascular benefits of pharmaceutical interventions aimed at increasing HDL-C levels...
March 22, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325368/chagas-disease-diagnostic-applications-present-knowledge-and-future-steps
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V Balouz, F Agüero, C A Buscaglia
Chagas disease, caused by the protozoan Trypanosoma cruzi, is a lifelong and debilitating illness of major significance throughout Latin America and an emergent threat to global public health. Being a neglected disease, the vast majority of Chagasic patients have limited access to proper diagnosis and treatment, and there is only a marginal investment into R&D for drug and vaccine development. In this context, identification of novel biomarkers able to transcend the current limits of diagnostic methods surfaces as a main priority in Chagas disease applied research...
2017: Advances in Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323752/impact-of-opioid-substitution-therapy-on-the-hiv-prevention-benefit-of-antiretroviral-therapy-for-people-who-inject-drugs
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Christinah Mukandavire, Andrea Low, Gitau Mburu, Adam Trickey, Margaret T May, Charlotte F Davies, Clare E French, Katharine J Looker, Tim Rhodes, Lucy Platt, Andy Guise, Matthew Hickman, Peter Vickerman
OBJECTIVE: A recent meta-analysis suggested that opioid substitution therapy (OST) increased uptake of anti-retroviral treatment (ART) and HIV viral suppression. We modelled whether OST could improve the HIV prevention benefit achieved by ART amongst people who inject drugs (PWID). METHODS: We modelled how introducing OST could improve the coverage of ART across a PWID population for different baseline ART coverage levels. Using existing data on how yearly HIV-transmission risk is related to HIV plasma viral load, changes in the level of viral suppression across the population were used to project the relative reduction in yearly HIV-transmission risk achieved by ART, with or without OST, compared to if there was no ART - defined here as the prevention effectiveness of ART...
March 18, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323101/mixtures-of-hyaluronic-acid-and-liposomes-for-drug-delivery-phase-behavior-microstructure-and-mobility-of-liposomes
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Naila El Kechai, Sandrine Geiger, Arianna Fallacara, Ingrid Cañero Infante, Valérie Nicolas, Evelyne Ferrary, Nicolas Huang, Amélie Bochot, Florence Agnely
Hyaluronic acid liposomal gels have previously demonstrated in vivo their great potential for drug delivery. Elucidating their phase behavior and structure would provide a better understanding of their use properties. This work evaluates the microstructure and the phase behavior of mixtures of hyaluronic acid (HA) and liposomes and their impact on the vesicle mobility. HA concentration and surface properties of liposomes (positively or negatively charged, neutral, with a polyethylene glycol corona) are varied while the liposome concentration remains constant...
March 18, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322936/the-impact-of-liposomal-formulations-on-the-release-and-brain-delivery-of-methotrexate-a-in-vivo-microdialysis-study
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Yang Hu, Jaap Rip, Pieter J Gaillard, Elizabeth de Lange, Margareta Hammarlund-Udenaes
The impact of liposomal formulations on the in vivo release and brain delivery of methotrexate (MTX) was quantitatively assessed in rats. Two PEGylated liposomal MTX formulations based on hydrogenated soy phosphatidylcholine (HSPC) or egg-yolk phosphatidylcholine (EYPC) were prepared. The drug release and uptake into the brain after intravenous administration of both formulations were compared with unformulated MTX by determining the released, unbound MTX in brain and plasma using microdialysis. Total MTX concentrations in plasma were determined using regular blood sampling...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322141/lessons-learned-from-gemcitabine-impact-of-therapeutic-carrier-systems-and-gemcitabine-s-drug-conjugates-on-cancer-therapy
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REVIEW
Sathish Dyawanapelly, Animesh Kumar, Manish K Chourasia
Currently, drug delivery systems have a high impact in cancer therapy and are receiving more attention than conventional cancer treatment modalities. Compared with current cancer therapies, gemcitabine (2', 2'-difluoro-2'-deoxycytidine) has been proven to be an effective chemotherapeutic agent against pancreatic, colon, bladder, breast, ovarian, non-small-cell lung, and head and neck cancers in combination with other anticancer agents. To improve the safety and efficacy of cytotoxic drugs, several drug delivery systems have been explored...
2017: Critical Reviews in Therapeutic Drug Carrier Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321272/future-of-liver-disease-in-the-era-of-direct-acting-antivirals-for-the-treatment-of-hepatitis-c
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REVIEW
Francesca Romana Ponziani, Francesca Mangiola, Cecilia Binda, Maria Assunta Zocco, Massimo Siciliano, Antonio Grieco, Gian Lodovico Rapaccini, Maurizio Pompili, Antonio Gasbarrini
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection has been a global health problem for decades, due to the high number of infected people and to the lack of effective and well-tolerated therapies. In the last 3 years, the approval of new direct acting antivirals characterized by high rates of virological clearance and excellent tolerability has dramatically improved HCV infection curability, especially for patients with advanced liver disease and for liver transplant recipients. Long-term data about the impact of the new direct acting antivirals on liver fibrosis and liver disease-related outcomes are not yet available, due to their recent introduction...
March 8, 2017: World Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320841/prefrontal-cortex-kca2-channels-regulate-mglu5-dependent-plasticity-and-extinction-of-alcohol-seeking-behavior
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Reginald Cannady, Justin T McGonigal, Ryan J Newsom, John J Woodward, Patrick J Mulholland, Justin T Gass
Identifying novel treatments that facilitate extinction learning could enhance cue-exposure therapy and reduce high relapse rates in alcoholics. Activation of mGlu5 receptors in the infralimbic prefrontal cortex (IL-PFC) facilitates learning during extinction of cue-conditioned alcohol-seeking behavior. Small-conductance calcium-activated potassium (KCa2) channels have also been implicated in extinction learning of fear memories, and mGlu5 receptor activation can reduce KCa2 channel function. Using a combination of electrophysiological, pharmacological, and behavioral approaches, this study examined KCa2 channels as a novel target to facilitate extinction of alcohol-seeking behavior in rats...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320721/a-library-of-seleno-compounds-and-leishmania-species-rising-evidences-towards-novel-agents
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Álvaro Martín-Montes, Daniel Plano, Rubén Martín-Escolano, Verónica Alcolea, Marta Díaz, Silvia Pérez-Silanes, Socorro Espuelas, Esther Moreno, Clotilde Marín, Ramón Gutiérrez-Sánchez, Carmen Sanmartín, Manuel Sánchez-Moreno
In vitro leishmanicidal activity of a series of forty-eight selenium derivatives, recently synthesized, was tested on Leishmania infantum and Leishmania braziliensis parasites, using promastigotes and intracellular amastigote forms. The cytotoxicity of the tested compounds on J774.2 macrophage cells was also measured in order to establish their selectivity. Six of the tested compounds (8, 10, 11, 15, 45 and 48) showed selectivity indexes higher than those of the reference drug Glucantime for both Leishmania species; in the case of L...
March 20, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320219/monitoring-of-argatroban-and-lepirudin
#15
Holger Seidel, Hans-Jürgen Kolde
Monitoring of direct thrombin inhibitors (DTIs) in patients with heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT) is primarily performed using the activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT). This assay is poorly standardized, reagent dependent, and not DTI specific. We compared aPTT, thrombin time (TT), and prothrombin time (PT) to drug levels obtained by the ecarin chromogenic assay (ECA). We analyzed 495 samples of patients with confirmed or suspected HIT on treatment with either argatroban (n = 37) or lepirudin (n = 80)...
January 1, 2017: Clinical and Applied Thrombosis/hemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320043/effects-of-ranolazine-in-a-model-of-doxorubicin-induced-left-ventricle-diastolic-dysfunction
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Donato Cappetta, Grazia Esposito, Raffaele Coppini, Elena Piegari, Rosa Russo, Loreta Pia Ciuffreda, Alessia Rivellino, Lorenzo Santini, Concetta Rafaniello, Cristina Scavone, Francesco Rossi, Liberato Berrino, Konrad Urbanek, Antonella De Angelis
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Doxorubicin (DOXO) is a highly effective anticancer drug but its clinical application is impeded by cardiotoxicity. Asymptomatic diastolic dysfunction can be the earliest manifestation of DOXO cardiotoxicity. Therefore, a search for therapeutic intervention that can interfere with early manifestations and possibly prevent late cardiotoxicity is warranted. Increased DOXO-dependent reactive oxygen species may explain, in part, Ca(2+) and Na(+) overload that contributes to diastolic dysfunction and development of heart failure...
March 20, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319617/biosimilars-in-psoriasis-the-future-or-not
#17
Roselyn Kellen, Gary Goldenberg
As patents for the biologic agents reach their expiration dates, dermatologists must prepare for the coming of biosimilars. These agents have been deemed "highly similar" to their reference products in a process outlined by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In 2016, the FDA approved 3 biosimilars for various indications including plaque psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. However, biosimilars are not the same as small-molecule generics because they have a complex manufacturing process that makes it impossible to produce identical products to their reference products...
February 2017: Cutis; Cutaneous Medicine for the Practitioner
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317082/current-review-on-high-risk-multiple-myeloma
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REVIEW
Henry S H Chan, Christine I Chen, Donna E Reece
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: New risk stratification systems and treatment strategies have been introduced in recent years. We aim to provide an overview of these recent changes and summarise these data in a concise article that would be useful for clinicians. RECENT FINDINGS: Apart from clinical stage, disease genetics are now recognised as important prognostic risk factors, and various new cytogenetic changes with negative prognostic impact have been identified. New technologies such as minimal residual disease detection are also playing an important role in prognostic assessment...
March 20, 2017: Current Hematologic Malignancy Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315716/critical-material-attributes-cmas-of-strip-films-loaded-with-poorly-water-soluble-drug-nanoparticles-iii-impact-of-drug-nanoparticle-loading
#19
Scott M Krull, Jacqueline Moreno, Meng Li, Ecevit Bilgili, Rajesh N Davé
Polymer strip films have emerged as a robust platform for poorly water-soluble drug delivery. However, the common conception is that films cannot exceed low drug loadings, mainly due to poor drug stability, slow release, and film brittleness. This study explores the ability to achieve high loadings of poorly water-soluble drug nanoparticles in strip films while retaining good mechanical properties and enhanced dissolution rate. Aqueous suspensions containing up to 30wt% griseofulvin nanoparticles were prepared via wet stirred media milling and incorporated into hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) films...
March 16, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314462/neuroscience-inspired-behavioral-change-program-for-university-students
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REVIEW
James J Hudziak, Gesa L Tiemeier
It is clear that environmental influences impact the structure and function of the human brain, and thus, thoughts, actions, and behaviors. These in turn influence whether an individual engages in high-risk (drugs, alcohol, violence) or health-promoting (exercise, meditation, music) activities. The developmental mismatch between cortical and subcortical maturation of the transitional age brain places college students at risk for negative outcomes. This article argues that the prescription of incentive-based behavioral change and brain-building activities simply make good scientific, programmatic, and financial sense for colleges and universities...
April 2017: Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America
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