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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821193/therapeutic-plasma-exchange-and-its-impact-on-drug-levels-an-aclps-critical-review
#1
Caleb W Cheng, Jeanne E Hendrickson, Christopher A Tormey, Davinder Sidhu
Objectives: To examine and summarize the current literature on the effects of therapeutic plasma exchange on medication levels. Methods: Literature review was performed via searches of the Cochrane Database and PubMed-MEDLINE (1996 to August 2016) looking for all case reports, case series, and human randomized controlled trials involving therapeutic plasma exchange (TPE)-associated drug removal. Results: Approximately 60 peer-reviewed articles were identified with the majority being case reports; no randomized controlled trials were identified...
September 1, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821147/uv-crosslinkable-and-thermo-responsive-chitosan-hybrid-hydrogel-for-nir-triggered-localized-on-demand-drug-delivery
#2
Lei Wang, Baoqiang Li, Feng Xu, Zheheng Xu, Daqing Wei, Yujie Feng, Yaming Wang, Dechang Jia, Yu Zhou
Innovative drug delivery technologies based on smart hydrogels for localized on-demand drug delivery had aroused great interest. To acquire smart UV-crosslinkable chitosan hydrogel for NIR-triggered localized on-demanded drug release, a novel UV-crosslinkable and thermo-responsive chitosan was first designed and synthesized by grafting with poly N-isopropylacrylamide, acetylation of methacryloyl groups and embedding with photothermal carbon. The UV-crosslinkable unit (methacryloyl groups) endowed chitosan with gelation via UV irradiation...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821122/-click-hyaluronan-based-nanohydrogels-as-multifunctionalizable-carriers-for-hydrophobic-drugs
#3
Giuliana Manzi, Nicole Zoratto, Silvia Matano, Rocchina Sabia, Claudio Villani, Tommasina Coviello, Pietro Matricardi, Chiara Di Meo
Highly hydrophilic and biocompatible nanocarriers based on polysaccharide hydrogels (nanohydrogels, NHs) were shown to be promising systems for drug delivery applications. Following the idea of these emerging drug carriers, the aim of the present work was to develop self-assembled hydrogel nanoparticles based on amphiphilic derivatives of hyaluronic acid (HA) and riboflavin (Rfv), synthesized by "click" Copper(I)-catalyzed Azide-Alkyne Cycloaddition (CuAAC) reaction. The obtained amphiphilic product (HA-c-Rfv) was able to form nanohydrogels in aqueous environments, in particular by applying an innovative autoclave-based method...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821079/highly-monodisperse-colloidal-coacervates-based-on-a-bioactive-lactose-modified-chitosan-from-synthesis-to-characterization
#4
Franco Furlani, Pasquale Sacco, Eleonora Marsich, Ivan Donati, Sergio Paoletti
The present contribution aims at describing the fabrication of coacervates in the nano-size range starting from a 1-deoxylactit-1-yl chitosan (in this manuscript termed as CTL60) and the multivalent anion tripolyphosphate (TPP). Colloidal coacervates have been obtained for precise values of the molar ratio of TPP to CTL60 repeating unit. Coacervation is ensured only at pH 4.5 and not at 7.4, thus demonstrating the key role of electrostatic interactions in the stabilization of the coacervates. At a variance with chitosan, CTL60 favors the formation of highly homogeneous coacervates with very low values of the polydispersity index (PDI)...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821060/construction-and-characterization-of-nanosized-curdlan-sulfate-chitosan-polyelectrolyte-complex-toward-drug-release-of-zidovudine
#5
Jing-Kun Yan, Yao-Yao Wang, Wen-Yi Qiu, Jian-Yong Wu
In this study, as-synthesized curdlan sulfate (CRDS) with a flexible random coil chain was selected as a polyanion to construct nanosized polyelectrolyte complexes (PECs) with a polycation, chitosan (CS), via electrostatic interactions. Nanosized PECs were formed simply by mixing CRDS (0.5mg/mL) and CS (0.5mg/mL) at a mass ratio of 2:1 at pH 3.5. The CRDS/CS PECs exhibited a spherical morphology with a Z-average diameter of around 180nm and a zeta potential value of about -38mV. Subsequently, zidovudine (AZT) as a model antiviral drug was successfully encapsulated into the nanosized PECs with a favorable drug loading efficiency...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821031/surface-deacetylated-chitin-nanofibers-reinforced-with-a-sulfobutyl-ether-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin-gel-loaded-with-prednisolone-as-potential-therapy-for-inflammatory-bowel-disease
#6
Ryo Tabuchi, Makoto Anraku, Daisuke Iohara, Takako Ishiguro, Shinsuke Ifuku, Tomone Nagae, Kaneto Uekama, Shoko Okazaki, Keizo Takeshita, Masaki Otagiri, Fumitoshi Hirayama
Surface-deacetylated chitin nanofibers (SDACNFs) reinforced with a sulfobutyl ether β-cyclodextrin (SBE-β-CD) (NFs-CDs) gel were developed to obtain a controlled release carrier of prednisolone (PD) for the treatment of colitis. PD was released slowly from the gel at both pH 1.2 and 6.8. The in vitro slow release of PD from the NFs-CDs gel was reflected in the in vivo absorption of the drug after oral administration to rats. These results suggest that a simple gel composed of a mixture of SDACNFs and SBE-β-CD has the potential for use in the controlled release of PD...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821011/the-photodynamic-action-of-pheophorbide-a-induces-cell-death-through-oxidative-stress-in-leishmania-amazonensis
#7
Nathielle Miranda, Hélito Volpato, Jean Henrique da Silva Rodrigues, Wilker Caetano, Tânia Ueda-Nakamura, Sueli de Oliveira Silva, Celso Vataru Nakamura
Leishmaniasis is a disease caused by hemoflagellate protozoa, affecting millions of people worldwide. The difficulties of treating patients with this parasitosis include the limited efficacy and many side effects of the currently available drugs. Therefore, the search for new compounds with leishmanicidal action is necessary. Photodynamic therapy has been studied in the medical field because of its selectivity, utilizing a combination of visible light, a photosensitizer compound, and singlet oxygen to reach the area of treatment...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820985/human-bone-marrow-as-a-tissue-in-post-mortem-identification-and-determination-of-psychoactive-substances-screening-methodology
#8
Renata Wietecha-Posłuszny, Sofia Lendor, Magdalena Garnysz, Marcin Zawadzki, Paweł Kościelniak
The aim of this study was to apply a new instrumental approach to the analysis of human bone marrow for forensic purposes. A new screening method for the detection of more than 30 psychoactive drugs in bone marrow was developed and applied to case samples. The drugs used in this study belonged to the following groups: benzodiazepines (BZDs, n=16), tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs, n=5), selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI, n=4), serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (n=1), anticonvulsants (n=1), imidazopyridines (n=1) and piperazines (n=3)...
August 7, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820953/a-fluorescence-based-high-throughput-assay-for-the-identification-of-anticancer-reagents-targeting-fructose-1-6-bisphosphate-aldolase
#9
Eun Jeong Cho, Ashwini K Devkota, Gabriel Stancu, Ramakrishna Edupunganti, Garth Powis, Kevin N Dalby
A high rate of glycolysis, which supplies energy and materials for anabolism, is observed in a wide range of tumor cells, making it a potential pathway to control cancer growth. ALDOA is a multifunctional enzyme in the glycolytic pathway and also promotes HIF-1α, which is of importance in hypoxic solid tumors. The current method for assaying ALDOA activity involves monitoring the consumption of NADH in vitro using absorbance or intrinsic fluorescence via a coupled enzymatic reaction. Here, we report the development of a homogeneous biochemical assay that can overcome limitations of current methods, in particular for the application of high-throughput drug screening...
August 1, 2017: SLAS Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820936/elucidating-substrate-promiscuity-within-the-fabi-enzyme-family
#10
Gabriel S Freund, Terrence E O'Brien, Logan Vinson, Dylan Alexander Carlin, Andrew Yao, Wai Shun Mak, Ilias Tagkopoulos, Marc T Facciotti, Dean J Tantillo, Justin B Siegel
The rapidly growing appreciation of enzymes' catalytic and substrate promiscuity may lead to their expanded use in the fields of chemical synthesis and industrial biotechnology. Here we explore the substrate promiscuity of enoyl-acyl carrier protein reductases (commonly known as FabI), and how that promiscuity is a function of inherent reactivity and the geometric demands of the enzyme's active site. We demonstrate that these enzymes catalyze the reduction of a wide range of substrates, particularly α,β-unsaturated aldehydes...
August 18, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820934/supramolecular-sensors-for-opiates-and-their-metabolites
#11
Elena G Shcherbakova, Ben Zhang, Samer Gozem, Tsuyoshi Minami, Peter Y Zavalij, Mariia Pushina, Lyle Isaacs, Pavel Anzenbacher
The present work develops a sensing approach for opiates using acyclic cucurbituril (aCBs) sensors comprising four glycouril units terminated on both ends with naphthalene fluorophore walls. The connectivity between the glycourils and the naphthalene rings largely defines the opening size of the cucurbituril cavity and its diameter. The large hydrophobic binding cavity is flexible and is able to adapt to guests of various size and topology. The recognition event between the aCBs and guests results in modification of the fluorescence of the terminal walls, a fluorescence response that can be used to sense the drugs of abuse morphine, heroin and oxycodone as well as their metabolites...
August 18, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820893/a-computational-method-for-the-identification-of-candidate-drugs-for-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
#12
Lei Chen, Jing Lu, Tao Huang, Yu-Dong Cai
Lung cancer causes a large number of deaths per year. Until now, a cure for this disease has not been found or developed. Finding an effective drug through traditional experimental methods invariably costs millions of dollars and takes several years. It is imperative that computational methods be developed to integrate several types of existing information to identify candidate drugs for further study, which could reduce the cost and time of development. In this study, we tried to advance this effort by proposing a computational method to identify candidate drugs for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), a major type of lung cancer...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820877/drug-development-locking-down-metabolism
#13
William R Bishai
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 18, 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820706/high-prevalence-of-treponema-pallidum-infection-in-brazilian-prisoners
#14
Maisa Estopa Correa, Julio Croda, Ana Rita Coimbra Motta de Castro, Sandra Maria do Valle Leone de Oliveira, Maurício Antonio Pompilio, Ronaldo Omizolo de Souza, Júlio Henrique Ferreira de Sá Queiroz, Kesia Esther da Silva, Albert L Ko, Simone Simionatto
The number of new syphilis cases in Brazil has risen alarmingly in recent years. However, there is limited data regarding syphilis prevalence in the Brazilian prison population. To facilitate the development of effective interventions, a cross-sectional study was undertaken to determine the prevalence of Treponema pallidum infection, active syphilis, and associated risk factors among Brazilian prisoners. We administered a questionnaire to a population-based sample of prisoners from 12 prisons in Central-West Brazil and collected sera for syphilis testing, from January to December 2013...
July 31, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820691/field-trial-of-the-carestart-biosensor-analyzer-for-the-determination-of-glucose-6-phosphate-dehydrogenase-activity-in-haiti
#15
Thomas A Weppelmann, Michael E von Fricken, Tara D Wilfong, Elisa Aguenza, Taina T Philippe, Bernard A Okech
Throughout many developing and tropical countries around the world, malaria remains a significant threat to human health. One barrier to malaria elimination is the ability to safely administer primaquine chemotherapy for the radical cure of malaria infections in populations with a high prevalence of glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency. In the current study, a field trial of the world's first quantitative, point-of-care assay for measuring G6PD activity was conducted in Haiti. The performance of the CareStart Biosensor Analyzer was compared with the gold standard spectrophotometric assay and genotyping of the G6PD allele in schoolchildren (N = 343) from the Ouest Department of Haiti...
August 14, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820683/malaria-in-the-guangxi-zhuang-autonomous-region-in-china-a-twelve-year-surveillance-data-study
#16
Kangming Lin, Haiyan Wei, Weikang Jiang, Jun Li, Weiwei Zhang, Shujiao Wei, Yichao Yang, Yaming Huang, Xiangyang Feng, Hong Tu, Jun Feng
The incidence of an indigenous malaria, defined as malaria acquired by a local mosquito transmission, declined from 2004 to 2015 in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. However, imported malaria, defined as malaria acquired from other endemic regions outside of China, has been increasing in the region, as in the rest of the country, particularly the disease caused by Plasmodium falciparum. A retrospective study was conducted to explore malaria-endemic characteristics in Guangxi during the 2004-2015 timeframe; a total of 2,726 confirmed malaria cases were reported, and the majority (90...
August 7, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820646/consequences-of-puberty-on-efficacy-of-intraocular-pressure-lowering-drugs-in-male-dutch-belted-rabbits
#17
Cassandra L Hays, Kingsley C Okafor, Shan Fan, Robin High, Dhirendra P Singh, Carol B Toris
PURPOSE: To investigate the changes in intraocular pressure (IOP), aqueous flow, and outflow facility, as well as efficacy of IOP-lowering drugs before and after sexual development in rabbits. METHODS: Male Dutch-belted rabbits were studied at night between the ages of 8 and 44 weeks. During these times, body weight, testicular volume, and serum testosterone were measured to monitor sexual maturity. Ocular measurements included anterior chamber depth, central corneal thickness, IOP, aqueous flow, and outflow facility...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820580/enhanced-fluorescence-emission-and-singlet-oxygen-generation-of-photosensitizers-embedded-in-injectable-hydrogels-for-imaging-guided-photodynamic-cancer-therapy
#18
Liu-Yuan Xia, Xiaodong Zhang, Meng Cao, Zhan Chen, Fu-Gen Wu
Benefiting from their inherent localized and controlled release properties, hydrogels are ideal delivery systems for therapeutic drugs or nanoparticles. In particular, the applications of hydrogels for the delivery and release of photo-responsive drugs or nanoparticles are receiving increasing attention. However, the effect of the hydrogel matrix on the fluorescence emission and singlet oxygen generation efficiency of the embedded photosensitizers (PSs) has not been clarified. Herein, meso-tetrakis (1-methylpyridinium-4-yl) porphyrin (TMPyP) as a water-soluble PS is encapsulated into an injectable hydrogel formed by glycol chitosan and dibenzaldehyde-terminated telechelic poly(ethylene glycol)...
August 18, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820568/enhanced-drug-delivery-into-cell-cytosol-via-glycoprotein-h-derived-peptide-conjugated-nanoemulsions
#19
Teresa Fotticchia, Raffaele Vecchione, Pasqualina Liana Scognamiglio, Daniela Guarnieri, Vincenzo Calcagno, Concetta Di Natale, Chiara Attanasio, Maria De Gregorio, Chiara Di Cicco, Vincenzo Quagliariello, Nicola Maurea, Antonio Barbieri, Luca Raiola, Rosario Vincenzo Iaffaioli, Paolo Antonio Netti
The key role of nanocarriers in improving the pharmacological properties of commonly used drugs is recognized worldwide. It is also known that in the development of new effective nanocarriers the use of targeting moieties integrated on their surface is essential. Herein, we propose a nanocarrier based on an oil in water nanoemulsion coated with a membranotropic peptide derived from the glycoprotein H of Herpes simplex virus 1, known as gH625, in order to reduce endo-lysosomal accumulation and to enhance cytosolic localization...
August 18, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820564/telepharmacy-rules-and-statutes-a-50-state-survey
#20
George Tzanetakos, Fred Ullrich, Keith Meuller
Purpose and Introduction. The purpose of this policy brief is to identify rules and laws enacted by states authorizing the use of community telepharmacy initiatives within their respective jurisdictions. Though telepharmacy exists in several forms, telepharmacy in this brief is defined as the delivery of pharmaceutical care to outpatients at a distance through the use of telecommunication and other advanced technologies. Pharmaceutical care includes, but is not limited to, drug review and monitoring, dispensing of medications, medication therapy management, and patient counseling...
April 2017: Rural Policy Brief
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