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Gurkamaljit Kaur, Bharati Pandey, Arbind Kumar, Naina Garewal, Abhinav Grover, Jagdeep Kaur
The lipolytic protein LipU was conserved in mycobacterium sp. including M. tuberculosis (MTB LipU) and M. leprae (MLP LipU). The MTB LipU was identified in extracellular fraction and was reported to be essential for the survival of mycobacterium. Therefore to address the problem of drug resistance in pathogen, LipU was selected as a drug target and the viability of finding out some FDA approved drugs as LipU inhibitors in both the cases was explored. Three dimensional (3D) model structures of MTB LipU and MLP LipU were generated and stabilized through molecular dynamics (MD)...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
Feng Yang, Yonggen Jiang, Lihua Yang, Juanxiu Qin, Mingquan Guo, Yuxia Lu, Hongyou Chen, Yuan Zhuang, Jinghao Zhang, Hong Zhang, Zhaoyun Dai, Min Li, Changqing Yang, Min Chen, Yanmei Zhang, Hu Zhao
Objective: To investigate prevalence of acute diarrhea in Shanghai and analyze virulence associated-genes and antibiotic resistance of major enteropathogens using combination of conventional and molecular epidemiology methods. Method: The 412 stool specimens were obtained by systematic sampling from diarrhea patients throughout entire year 2016. Bacterial and viral pathogens were identified and bacterial isolates were cultured and screened for antibiotic resistance profiles. Two most prevalent bacteria, Vibrio parahaemolyticus and Salmonella were further typed by multi-locus sequence typing (MLST) and analyzed for presence of virulence-associated genes...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Amer Jamalpoor, Rolf W Sparidans, Carla Pou Casellas, Johannes J M Rood, Mansi Joshi, Rosalinde Masereeuw, Manoe J Janssen
Nephropathic cystinosis is characterized by abnormal intralysosomal accumulation of cystine throughout the body causing irreversible damage to various organs, particularly the kidneys. Cysteamine, the currently available treatment, can reduce lysosomal cystine and postpone disease progression. However, cysteamine poses serious side effects and does not address all symptoms of cystinosis. To screen for new treatment options, a rapid and reliable high-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (HPLC-MS/MS) method was developed to quantify cystine in conditionally immortalized human proximal tubular epithelial cells (ciPTEC)...
March 8, 2018: Biomedical Chromatography: BMC
Jakob W Buecheler, Matthias Winzer, Christian Weber, Henning Gieseler
OBJECTIVES: Oxidation of protein therapeutics is a major chemical degradation pathway which may impact bioactivity, serum half-life and stability. Therefore, oxidation is a relevant parameter which has to be monitored throughout formulation development. Methods such as HIC, RPLC and LC/MS achieve a separation of oxidized and non-oxidized species by differences in hydrophobicity. Antibody-drug conjugates (ADC) although are highly more complex due to the heterogeneity in linker, drug, drug-to-antibody ratio (DAR) and conjugation site...
January 30, 2018: Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
Chandana H Mallawarachchi, T G A Nilmini Chandrasena, Ranjan Premaratna, S M N S M Mallawarachchi, Nilanthi R de Silva
BACKGROUND: Post-mass drug administration (MDA) surveillance during the lymphatic filariasis (LF) elimination program in Sri Lanka, revealed the re-emergence of brugian filariasis after four decades. This study was done with the objectives of investigating the epidemiology and age-specific vulnerability to infection. Surveillance was done using night blood smears (NBS) and the Brugia rapid test (BRT), to detect microfilaria (MF) and anti-Brugia IgG4 antibodies in blood samples collected from an age-stratified population enrolled from two high-risk study areas (SA)s, Pubudugama and Wedamulla in the Gampaha District...
January 29, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
Uzma Saleem, Saba Riaz, Bashir Ahmad, Mohammad Saleem
Background: Mortality rate is increasing due to cardiovascular problems throughout the world. These cardiac problems are directly associated with dyslipidemia. Aim: The aim of this study was to evaluate the antihyperlipidemic effect of aqueous extract and methanol extract of Trachyspermum ammi at 1 g/kg, 3 g/kg, and 5 g/kg dose levels in rats. Materials and Methods: For this purpose, 45 male albino rats were used and randomly divided into nine equal groups (n = 5)...
December 2017: Pharmacognosy Research
Kyoungyeul Lee, Minho Lee, Dongsup Kim
BACKGROUND: The identification of target molecules is important for understanding the mechanism of "target deconvolution" in phenotypic screening and "polypharmacology" of drugs. Because conventional methods of identifying targets require time and cost, in-silico target identification has been considered an alternative solution. One of the well-known in-silico methods of identifying targets involves structure activity relationships (SARs). SARs have advantages such as low computational cost and high feasibility; however, the data dependency in the SAR approach causes imbalance of active data and ambiguity of inactive data throughout targets...
December 28, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
Daniel Turner, Peer Briken
BACKGROUND: Different pharmacologic agents are used in the treatment of paraphilic disorders in sexual offenders or men with a risk of sexual offending, with luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH) agonists being the agents introduced more recently to treatment regimens. AIM: To summarize the relevant literature concerning LHRH agonist treatment of paraphilic disorders in sexual offenders and update the previously published systematic review by Briken et al (J Clin Psychiatry 2003;64:890-897)...
January 2018: Journal of Sexual Medicine
Michael B Wallace
In the United States, colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths. The most effective strategy for prevention of CRC is to screen for and remove precancerous polyps. There are various ways to screen for CRC. In the United States, the most common method is colonoscopy. Polyps are classified primarily through pathology. Size is the primary risk factor for malignancy. In general, the bigger the polyp, the greater the risk for malignancy. There are 3 basic options for removal: standard polypectomy; advanced resection techniques, known as endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) and endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD); and surgical removal...
October 2017: Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Tamar Kikvidze, Niklas Luhmann, Elisabeth Avril, Maia Butsashvili, Konstantine Labartkava, Aurélie Etienne, Diane Le Pluart, Ina Inaridze, Ana Gamezardashvili, David Kharshiladze, Julie Bouscaillou
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February 2018: International Journal on Drug Policy
Feng Shan, David A Close, Daniel P Camarco, Paul A Johnston
High cancer drug development attrition rates have provoked considerable debate about whether the two-dimensional tumor growth inhibition high-throughput screening assays used in pre-clinical lead discovery adequately reflect solid tumor complexity. We used automated high-content screening image acquisition and analysis methods to compare fluorescent drug uptake, accumulation, and distribution in Cal33 and FaDu head and neck cancer (HNC) monolayer and multicellular tumor spheroid (MCTS) models. Ellipticine, idarubicin, daunorubicin, and doxorubicin were studied because of their fluorescent properties and broad anti-tumor activities...
January 2018: Assay and Drug Development Technologies
William Lee, Monique J Windley, Jamie I Vandenberg, Adam P Hill
Acquired long QT syndrome, mostly as a result of drug block of the Kv11. 1 potassium channel in the heart, is characterized by delayed cardiac myocyte repolarization, prolongation of the T interval on the ECG, syncope and sudden cardiac death due to the polymorphic ventricular arrhythmia Torsade de Pointes (TdP). In recent years, efforts are underway through the Comprehensive in vitro proarrhythmic assay (CiPA) initiative, to develop better tests for this drug induced arrhythmia based in part on in silico simulations of pharmacological disruption of repolarization...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
J-H Lee, J-J Park, J-H Choi, S-Y Kang, Y-J Kang, K H Park
Scuticociliatosis is a devastating and intractable protozoal disease in olive flounder, leading to a significant loss throughout the year. This study aimed to investigate a systemically effective antiscuticociliatosis agent for olive flounder for better absorption into the infected internal organs. The in vitro and in vivo antiscuticociliatosis effects of clioquinol (CQ) were examined after screening 30 biocidal agents against the highly pathogenic scuticociliate Miamiensis avidus. CQ was the most potent in vitro drug of those tested against cultured M...
October 17, 2017: Journal of Fish Diseases
Bradley P Loren, Michael Wleklinski, Andy Koswara, Kathryn Yammine, Yanyang Hu, Zoltan K Nagy, David H Thompson, R Graham Cooks
A highly integrated approach to the development of a process for the continuous synthesis and purification of diphenhydramine is reported. Mass spectrometry (MS) is utilized throughout the system for on-line reaction monitoring, off-line yield quantitation, and as a reaction screening module that exploits reaction acceleration in charged microdroplets for high throughput route screening. This effort has enabled the discovery and optimization of multiple routes to diphenhydramine in glass microreactors using MS as a process analytical tool (PAT)...
June 1, 2017: Chemical Science
Ingo B Leibiger, Per-Olof Berggren
BACKGROUND: Diabetes mellitus has reached epidemic proportions and requires new strategies for treatment. Unfortunately, the efficacy of treatment regimens on maintaining/re-gaining functional beta cell mass can, at the present, only be determined indirectly. Direct monitoring of beta cell mass is complicated by the anatomy of the endocrine pancreas, which consists of thousands to a million of discrete micro-organs, i.e. islets of Langerhans, which are scattered throughout the pancreas...
September 2017: Molecular Metabolism
Takahiro Yoshida, Hiroaki Okuyama, Hiroko Endo, Masahiro Inoue
Increasingly, it has been recognized that studying cancer samples from individual patients is important for the development of effective therapeutic strategies and in endeavors to overcome therapy resistance. Primary cultures of cancer cells acutely dissected from individual patients can provide a platform that enables the study and characterization of individual tumors. To that end, we have developed a method for preparing cancer cells in the form of multi-cellular spheroids. The cells can be derived from patient tumors (primary cells), from patient-derived xenografts, or from genetically- or chemically induced animal tumors...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Asad U Khan, Abid Ali, Danishuddin, Gaurava Srivastava, Ashok Sharma
NDM-1 and its variants are the most prevalent types of metallo-β-lactamases, hydrolyze almost all antibiotics of β-lactam group leading to multiple-drug resistance in bacteria. No inhibitor has yet been obtained for NDM-1 or other class of metallo-β-lactamases. Therefore, strategies to identify novel anti-β-lactamase agents with specific mechanisms of action are the need of an hour. In this study, we have reported the discovery of novel non-β-lactam inhibitors against NDM-1 by multi-step virtual screening approach...
August 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
Hélène Tournu, Arturo Luna-Tapia, Brian M Peters, Glen E Palmer
Environmental or chemically induced stresses often trigger physiological responses that regulate intracellular pH. As such, the capacity to detect pH changes in real time and within live cells is of fundamental importance to essentially all aspects of biology. In this respect, pHluorin, a pH-sensitive variant of green fluorescent protein, has provided an invaluable tool to detect such responses. Here, we report the adaptation of pHluorin2 (PHL2), a substantially brighter variant of pHluorin, for use with the human fungal pathogen Candida albicans...
July 2017: MSphere
Gary Tresadern, Frederik J R Rombouts, Daniel Oehlrich, Gregor Macdonald, Andres A Trabanco
The role of medicinal chemistry has changed over the past 10 years. Chemistry had become one step in a process; funneling the output of high-throughput screening (HTS) on to the next stage. The goal to identify the ideal clinical compound remains, but the means to achieve this have changed. Modern medicinal chemistry is responsible for integrating innovation throughout early drug discovery, including new screening paradigms, computational approaches, novel synthetic chemistry, gene-family screening, investigating routes of delivery, and so on...
June 29, 2017: Drug Discovery Today
Jan Gryczynski, Courtney D Nordeck, Shannon Gwin Mitchell, Kathleen R Page, Luke L Johnsen, Kevin E O'Grady, Robert P Schwartz
BACKGROUND: Sexually transmitted disease (STD) clinics provide critical public health services for screening and treatment of sexually transmitted infections throughout the United States. These settings serve high-risk populations, often on a walk-in basis, and may be promising venues for integrating substance use disorder (SUD) services. METHODS: We report findings from 2 pilot studies conducted at Baltimore City Health Department's STD clinics. The screening study characterized rates of SUDs among STD clinic patients...
September 2017: Journal of Addiction Medicine
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