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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775923/determination-of-hydroxy-metabolites-of-cocaine-from-hair-samples-and-comparison-with-street-cocaine-samples
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Thomas Franz, Frank Scheufler, Klaus Stein, Michael Uhl, Torsten Dame, Gerlinde Schwarz, Hans Sachs, Gisela Skopp, Frank Musshoff
Drugs which are commonly smoked or sniffed (e.g. cocaine), can contaminate hair through smoke or dust; therefore testing for metabolites, especially hydroxy metabolites, is highly recommended. The presence of hydroxy metabolites in street-cocaine (COC) has been discussed. To check if detection of hydroxy metabolites definitely proves ingestion, the presence of these metabolites in street COC samples has to be checked. It is expected that the more hydrophilic hydroxy metabolites of COC are incorporated into the hair-matrix to a lesser extent...
April 12, 2018: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775921/toxicological-investigation-in-blood-samples-from-suspected-impaired-driving-cases-in-the-milan-area-possible-loss-of-evidence-due-to-late-blood-sampling
#2
Davide Ferrari, Monica Manca, Simone Premaschi, Giuseppe Banfi, Massimo Locatelli
Driving under the influence of illicit drugs (DUID) represents a significant menace to public safety and is therefore sanctioned with severe fines and penalties such as driving disqualification or even arrest in case the accident has caused serious injury or death. In Italy, DUID is regulated by the article 187 of the National Street Code, however, the list of the substances to be searched and their threshold concentrations are left to the 20 Italian regional authorities. A further lack of legislative standardization concerns the type of detection methods and moreover the time gap between the car accident and blood sampling...
May 1, 2018: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775777/antidepressant-potential-of-novel-flavonoids-derivatives-from-sweet-violet-viola-odorata-l-pharmacological-biochemical-and-computational-evidences-for-possible-involvement-of-serotonergic-mechanism
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Nasiara Karim, Imran Khan, Abeer Abdelhalim, Ajmal Khan, Sobia Ahsan Halim
Plant-derived natural constituents are of great interest in modern drug discovery due to their natural diversity. Viola odorata L has been traditionally used for the treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders. The present study was undertaken to isolate phytoconstituents including three flavonoids 5,7-Dihydroxy-3,6-dimethoxyflavone[1] 5,7,4'-trihydroxy-3',5'dimethoxyflavone [2] and 5,7,4'-trihydroxy-3'-methoxyflavone [3] from the whole plant of Viola odorata L and to investigate the antidepressant-like effects of these compounds and their possible mechanism of action using antagonists of the serotonergic, dopaminergic and adrenergic system...
May 15, 2018: Fitoterapia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775731/targeted-and-controlled-drug-delivery-by-multifunctional-mesoporous-silica-nanoparticles-with-internal-fluorescent-conjugates-and-external-polydopamine-and-graphene-oxide-layers
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Anh-Vy Tran, KyuHwan Shim, Thu-Thao Vo Thi, Jeong-Keun Kook, Seong Soo A An, Sang-Wha Lee
This study demonstrated the targeted delivery and controlled release of cisplatin drug molecules from doubly decorated mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs), which were internally grafted with fluorescent conjugates and externally coated with polydopamine (PDA) and graphene oxide (GO) layers. The brush-like internal conjugates conferred fluorescent functionality and high capacity of cisplatin loading into MSNs, as well as contributing to a sustained release of the cisplatin through a porous channel with the assistance of external PDA layer...
May 15, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775723/a-scale-out-approach-towards-neural-induction-of-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-for-neurodevelopmental-toxicity-studies
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Cláudia C Miranda, Tiago G Fernandes, Sandra N Pinto, Manuel Prieto, M Margarida Diogo, Joaquim M S Cabral
Stem cell's unique properties confer them a multitude of potential applications in the fields of cellular therapy, disease modelling and drug screening fields. In particular, the ability to differentiate neural progenitors (NP) from human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) using chemically-defined conditions provides an opportunity to create a simple and straightforward culture platform for application in these fields. Here, we demonstrated that hiPSCs are capable of undergoing neural commitment inside microwells, forming characteristic neural structures resembling neural rosettes and further give rise to glial and neuronal cells...
May 15, 2018: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775476/maternal-asthma-is-associated-with-increased-risk-of-perinatal-mortality
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Mari Kemppainen, Anna-Maria Lahesmaa-Korpinen, Paula Kauppi, Martti Virtanen, Suvi M Virtanen, Riitta Karikoski, Mika Gissler, Turkka Kirjavainen
BACKGROUND: Asthma is the most common chronic disease during pregnancy and it may have influence on pregnancy outcome. OBJECTIVES: Our goal was to assess the association between maternal asthma and the perinatal risks as well as possible effects of asthma medication. METHODS: The study was based on a nationwide Finnish register-based cohort between the years 1996 and 2012 in the Drug and Pregnancy Database. The register data comprised 962 405 singleton live and stillbirths, 898 333 (93...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775322/prediction-of-human-cytochrome-p450-inhibition-using-a-multi-task-deep-autoencoder-neural-network
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Xiang Li, Youjun Xu, Luhua Lai, Jianfeng Pei
Adverse side effects of drug-drug interactions induced by human cytochrome P450 (CYP450) inhibition is an important consideration in drug discovery. It is highly desirable to develop computational models that can predict the inhibitive effect of a compound against a specific CYP450 isoform. In this study, we developed a multi-task model for concurrent inhibition prediction of five major CYP450 isoforms, namely 1A2, 2C9, 2C19, 2D6, and 3A4. The model was built by training multi-task autoencoder deep neural network (DNN) on a large dataset containing more than 13000 compounds, extracted from PubChem BioAssay Database...
May 18, 2018: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775296/incorporation-of-a-theranostic-two-tone-luminescent-silver-complex-into-biocompatible-agar-hydrogel-composite-for-the-eradication-of-eskape-pathogens-in-a-skin-and-soft-tissue-infection-model
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Miguel N Pinto, Jorge Martinez-Gonzalez, Indranil Chakraborty, Pradip K Mascharak
Microbial invasion and colonization of the skin and underlying soft tissues are among the most common types of infections, becoming increasingly prevalent in hospital settings. Systemic antibiotic chemotherapies are now extremely limited due to emergence of drug-resistant Gram-positive and multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacterial strains. Topical administration of antimicrobials provides an effective route for the treatment of skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs). Therefore, the development of new and effective materials for the delivery of these agents is of paramount importance...
May 18, 2018: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774835/bioclinical-test-to-predict-nephropathia-epidemica-severity-at-hospital-admission
#9
Maxime Hentzien, Stéphanie Mestrallet, Pascale Halin, Laure-Anne Pannet, Delphine Lebrun, Moustapha Dramé, Firouzé Bani-Sadr, Jean-Marc Galempoix, Christophe Strady, Jean-Marc Reynes, Christian Penalba, Amélie Servettaz
We conducted a multicenter, retrospective cohort study of hospitalized patients with serologically proven nephropathia epidemica (NE) living in Ardennes Department, France, during 2000-2014 to develop a bioclinical test predictive of severe disease. Among 205 patients, 45 (22.0%) had severe NE. We found the following factors predictive of severe NE: nephrotoxic drug exposure (p = 0.005, point value 10); visual disorders (p = 0.02, point value 8); microscopic or macroscopic hematuria (p = 0.04, point value 7); leukocyte count >10 × 109 cells/L (p = 0...
June 2018: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774521/patient-reported-outcomes-of-multiple-myeloma-patients-treated-with-panobinostat-after-%C3%A2-2-lines-of-therapy-based-on-the-international-phase-3-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-panorama-1-trial
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Paul G Richardson, Robert L Schlossman, Anuja N Roy, Ashok Panneerselvam, Suddhasatta Acharyya, Monika Sopala, Sagar Lonial
The phase 3 PANORAMA-1 trial led to regulatory approvals of panobinostat (PAN) in combination with bortezomib (BTZ) and dexamethasone (DEX) for the treatment of multiple myeloma after ≥2 prior regimens, including BTZ and an immunomodulatory drug. Patient-reported outcomes (PROs) were assessed in PANORAMA-1, with data available for 73 patients in the PAN + BTZ + DEX arm and 74 patients in the placebo (PBO) + BTZ + DEX arm. Per the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Questionnaire-Core 30 (EORTC QLQ-C30), global health status/quality of life (QoL) scores initially declined with PAN + BTZ + DEX during the first 24 weeks before approaching baseline scores and remaining steady during the next 24 weeks, with no difference between arms at Week 48...
May 17, 2018: British Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774400/cost-effectiveness-of-osteoporosis-screening-strategies-for-hip-fracture-prevention-in-older-chinese-people-a-decision-tree-modeling-study-in-the-mr-os-and-ms-os-cohort-in-hong-kong
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Y Su, F T T Lai, B H K Yip, J C S Leung, T C Y Kwok
Despite the high costs of hip fracture, many governments provide limited support for osteoporosis screening. We demonstrated that osteoporosis screening by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) with or without pre-screening by Fracture Risk Assessment Tool (FRAX) or calcaneal ultrasound are more cost-effective than no screening in Chinese people aged 65 or over in Hong Kong. INTRODUCTION: To examine the cost-effective potential osteoporosis screening strategies for hip fracture prevention in Hong Kong...
May 17, 2018: Osteoporosis International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774301/-mansonella-perstans-onchocerca-volvulus-and-strongyloides-stercoralis-infections-in-rural-populations-in-central-and-southern-togo
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Francois Korbmacher, Kossi Komlan, Richard G Gantin, Wiyao P Poutouli, Koffi Padjoudoum, Potchoziou Karabou, Peter T Soboslay, Carsten Köhler
Background: Mansonella perstans , Onchocerca volvulus and Strongyloides stercoralis are widespread helminth parasites in the tropics. Their distribution remains difficult to determine as it may change during national disease control programs and with regional mass drug administration (MDA). Epidemiological surveys are of importance to evaluate the geographical distribution of these helminth parasites and the diseases they may cause, however, up to date epidemiological evaluations on M...
May 2018: Parasite Epidemiology and Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774296/integrated-risk-mapping-and-landscape-characterisation-of-lymphatic-filariasis-and-loiasis-in-south-west-nigeria
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Tara A Brant, Patricia N Okorie, Olushola Ogunmola, Nureni Bolaji Ojeyode, S B Fatunade, Emmanuel Davies, Yisa Saka, Michelle C Stanton, David H Molyneux, J Russell Stothard, Louise A Kelly-Hope
Nigeria has the heaviest burden of lymphatic filariasis (LF) in sub-Saharan Africa, which is caused by the parasite Wuchereria bancrofti and transmitted by Anopheles mosquitoes. LF is targeted for elimination and the national programme is scaling up mass drug administration (MDA) across the country to interrupt transmission. However, in some regions the co-endemicity of the filarial parasite Loa loa (loiasis) is an impediment due to the risk of severe adverse events (SAEs) associated with the drug ivermectin...
February 2018: Parasite Epidemiology and Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774213/a-rapid-growth-independent-antibiotic-resistance-detection-test-by-sybr-green-propidium-iodide-viability-assay
#14
Jie Feng, Rebecca Yee, Shuo Zhang, Lili Tian, Wanliang Shi, Wen-Hong Zhang, Ying Zhang
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria have caused huge concerns and demand innovative approaches for their prompt detection. Current antimicrobial susceptibility tests (AST) rely on the growth of the organisms which takes 1-2 days for fast-growing organisms and several weeks for slow growing organisms. Here, we show for the first time the utility of the SYBR Green I/propidium iodide (PI) viability assay for rapidly identifying antibiotic resistance in less than 30 min for major, antibiotic-resistant, fast-growing bacteria, such as Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae , and Acinetobacter baumannii for bactericidal and bacteriostatic agents and in 16 h for extremely rapid detection of drug resistance for isoniazid and pyrazinamide in slow-growing Mycobacterium tuberculosis ...
2018: Frontiers in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774113/ezh2-inhibitors-sensitize-myeloma-cell-lines-to-panobinostat-resulting-in-unique-combinatorial-transcriptomic-changes
#15
Taylor Harding, Jessica Swanson, Brian Van Ness
Multiple myeloma (MM) remains a largely incurable hematologic cancer due to an inability to broadly target inevitable drug-resistant relapse. Epigenetic abnormalities are abundantly present in multiple myeloma and have increasingly demonstrated critical roles for tumor development and relapse to standard therapies. Accumulating evidence suggests that the histone methyltransferase EZH2 is aberrantly active in MM. We tested the efficacy of EZH2 specific inhibitors in a large panel of human MM cell lines (HMCLs) and found that only a subset of HMCLs demonstrate single agent sensitivity despite ubiquitous global H3K27 demethylation...
April 24, 2018: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774094/selumetinib-based-therapy-in-uveal-melanoma-patient-derived-xenografts
#16
Didier Decaudin, Rania El Botty, Béré Diallo, Gerald Massonnet, Justine Fleury, Adnan Naguez, Chloé Raymondie, Emma Davies, Aaron Smith, Joanne Wilson, Colin Howes, Paul D Smith, Nathalie Cassoux, Sophie Piperno-Neumann, Sergio Roman-Roman, Fariba Némati
The prognosis of metastatic uveal melanoma (UM) is among the worst of all human cancers. The identification of near-ubiquitous GNAQ/GNA11 mutations and the activation of MAPK signaling in UM have raised hopes of more effective, targeted therapies, based on MEK inhibition, for example. We evaluated the potential of drug combinations to increase the efficacy of the MEK inhibitor selumetinib (AZD6244, ARRY-142886), in UM cell lines and Patient-Derived Xenografts. We first evaluated the combination of selumetinib and DTIC...
April 24, 2018: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774093/distribution-of-virulence-associated-genes-and-antimicrobial-susceptibility-in-clinical-acinetobacter-baumannii-isolates
#17
Chao Liu, Yaowen Chang, Ying Xu, Yun Luo, Linrong Wu, Zhanjun Mei, Shigang Li, Rui Wang, Xu Jia
Acinetobacter baumannii is undoubtedly one of the most clinically significant pathogens. The multidrug resistance and virulence potential of A. baumannii are responsible for hospital-acquired nosocomial infections. Unlike numerous investigations on the drug-resistant epidemiology of A. baumanni , virulence molecular epidemiology is less studied. Here, we collected 88 A. baumannii clinical isolates, tested their antimicrobial susceptibility to 10 commonly used antibiotics and analyzed the distribution of 9 selected virulence-associated genes, aims to investigate the primary characteristics of the virulence-associated genes that exist in clinically multidrug resistant (MDR) and non-MDR isolates of A...
April 24, 2018: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774074/placenta-specific-drug-delivery-by-trophoblast-targeted-nanoparticles-in-mice
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Baozhen Zhang, Lunbo Tan, Yan Yu, Baobei Wang, Zhilong Chen, Jinyu Han, Mengxia Li, Jie Chen, Tianxia Xiao, Balamurali K Ambati, Lintao Cai, Qing Yang, Nihar R Nayak, Jian Zhang, Xiujun Fan
Rationale: The availability of therapeutics to treat pregnancy complications is severely lacking, mainly due to the risk of harm to the fetus. In placental malaria, Plasmodium falciparum- infected erythrocytes (IEs) accumulate in the placenta by adhering to chondroitin sulfate A (CSA) on the surfaces of trophoblasts. Based on this principle, we have developed a method for targeted delivery of payloads to the placenta using a synthetic placental CSA-binding peptide (plCSA-BP) derived from VAR2CSA, a CSA-binding protein expressed on IEs...
2018: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774064/tumour-homing-chimeric-polypeptide-conjugated-polypyrrole-nanoparticles-for-imaging-guided-synergistic-photothermal-and-chemical-therapy-of-cancer
#19
Mengmeng Sun, Jianwen Guo, Hanjun Hao, Tong Tong, Kun Wang, Weiping Gao
Near-infrared (NIR)-absorbing conjugated polymer nanoparticles are interesting for imaging-guided combination therapy, especially for synergistic photothermal therapy and chemotherapy; however, most of them target tumours passively through the enhanced permeability and retention (EPR) effect, leading to low utilization efficiency. To address this problem, we report an active tumour-targeting strategy of tumour-homing chimeric polypeptide-conjugated NIR-absorbing conjugated-polymer nanoparticles as a new class of drug nanocarriers for imaging-guided combination therapy of cancer...
2018: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774009/signaling-pathways-and-cellular-mechanisms-regulating-mossy-fiber-sprouting-in-the-development-of-epilepsy
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Christin M Godale, Steve C Danzer
The sprouting of hippocampal dentate granule cell axons, termed mossy fibers, into the dentate inner molecular layer is one of the most consistent findings in tissue from patients with mesial temporal lobe epilepsy. Decades of research in animal models have revealed that mossy fiber sprouting creates de novo recurrent excitatory connections in the hippocampus, fueling speculation that the pathology may drive temporal lobe epileptogenesis. Conducting definitive experiments to test this hypothesis, however, has been challenging due to the difficulty of dissociating this sprouting from the many other changes occurring during epileptogenesis...
2018: Frontiers in Neurology
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