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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332160/determination-of-the-critical-micelle-concentration-of-neutral-and-ionic-surfactants-with-fluorometry-conductometry-and-surface-tension-a-method-comparison
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Norman Scholz, Thomas Behnke, Ute Resch-Genger
Micelles are of increasing importance as versatile carriers for hydrophobic substances and nanoprobes for a wide range of pharmaceutical, diagnostic, medical, and therapeutic applications. A key parameter indicating the formation and stability of micelles is the critical micelle concentration (CMC). In this respect, we determined the CMC of common anionic, cationic, and non-ionic surfactants fluorometrically using different fluorescent probes and fluorescence parameters for signal detection and compared the results with conductometric and surface tension measurements...
January 13, 2018: Journal of Fluorescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332148/occurrence-of-pharmaceuticals-and-personal-care-products-and-their-associated-environmental-risks-in-a-large-shallow-lake-in-north-china
#2
Panwei Zhang, Huaidong Zhou, Kun Li, Xiaohui Zhao, Qiaona Liu, Dongjiao Li, Gaofeng Zhao
Eighteen selected pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs), consisting of five non-antibiotic pharmaceuticals (N-APs), four sulfonamides (SAs), four tetracyclines (TCs), four macrolides (MCs), and one quinolone (QN) were detected in water, pore water, and sediment samples from Baiyangdian Lake, China. A total of 31 water samples and 29 sediment samples were collected in March 2017. Caffeine was detected with 100% frequency in surface water, pore water, and sediment samples. Carbamazepine was detected with 100% frequency in surface water and sediment samples...
January 13, 2018: Environmental Geochemistry and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331919/removal-of-pharmaceutical-pollutants-from-synthetic-wastewater-using-chemically-modified-biomass-of-green-alga-scenedesmus-obliquus
#3
Mohamed E M Ali, Azza M Abd El-Aty, Mohamed I Badawy, Rizka K Ali
Pharmaceutical compounds are considered emerging environmental pollutants that have a potential harmful impact on environment and human health. In this study, the biomass of alga (Scenedesmus obliquus) was modified using alkaline solution, and used for the biosorption of tramadol (TRAM) and other pharmaceuticals. The adsorption kinetics and isotherms were investigated. The obtained results reveal high adsorption capacity of tramadol over modified algal biomass (MAB) after 45min with removal percentage of 91%...
January 11, 2018: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331894/pharmaceutical-concentration-variability-at-sewage-treatment-plant-outlets-dominated-by-hydrology-and-other-factors
#4
Andrea F Brunsch, Thomas L Ter Laak, Huub Rijnaarts, Ekkehard Christoffels
A study was conducted in which the effluent at four small to medium sized sewage treatment plants (STP) in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany was monitored for three pharmaceutical compounds (carbamazepine, diclofenac, metoprolol) over a period of four years. Grab sampling and auto sampling campaigns were accomplished with respect to various weather conditions in the catchment area. Flow volumes and hydraulic retention times (HRT) from various sampling dates which provide information on processes causing emission changes were additionally taken into account...
January 11, 2018: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331815/chemometric-simultaneous-determination-of-sofosbuvir-and-ledipasvir-in-pharmaceutical-dosage-form
#5
Mahsa Khalili, Mahmoud Reza Sohrabi, Vahid Mirzabeygi, Nahid Torabi Ziaratgahi
Partial least squares (PLS), different families of continuous wavelet transform (CWT), and first derivative spectrophotometry (DS) techniques were studied for quantification of Sofosbuvir (SFB) and Ledipasvir (LDV) simultaneously without separation step. The components were dissolved in Acetonitrile and the spectral behaviors were evaluated in the range of 200 to 400nm. The ultraviolet (UV) absorbance of LDV exhibits no interferences between 300 and 400nm and it was decided to predict the LDV amount through the classic spectrophotometry (CS) method in this spectral region as well...
January 6, 2018: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331813/comparative-study-of-the-efficiency-of-computed-univariate-and-multivariate-methods-for-the-estimation-of-the-binary-mixture-of-clotrimazole-and-dexamethasone-using-two-different-spectral-regions
#6
Yasmin Mohammed Fayez, Shereen Mostafa Tawakkol, Nesma Mahmoud Fahmy, Hayam Mahmoud Lotfy, Mostafa Abdel-Aty Shehata
Three methods of analysis are conducted that need computational procedures by the Matlab® software. The first is the univariate mean centering method which eliminates the interfering signal of the one component at a selected wave length leaving the amplitude measured to represent the component of interest only. The other two multivariate methods named PLS and PCR depend on a large number of variables that lead to extraction of the maximum amount of information required to determine the component of interest in the presence of the other...
January 9, 2018: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331640/recent-advances-in-application-of-uv-light-emitting-diodes-for-degrading-organic-pollutants-in-water-through-advanced-oxidation-processes-a-review
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REVIEW
Galina Matafonova, Valeriy Batoev
Over the last decade, ultraviolet light-emitting diodes (UV LEDs) have attracted considerable attention as alternative mercury-free UV sources for water treatment purposes. This review is a comprehensive analysis of data reported in recent years (mostly, post 2014) on the application of UV LED-induced advanced oxidation processes (AOPs) to degrade organic pollutants, primarily dyes, phenols, pharmaceuticals, insecticides, estrogens and cyanotoxins, in aqueous media. Heterogeneous TiO2-based photocatalysis in lab grade water using UVA LEDs is the most frequently applied method for treating organic contaminants...
January 4, 2018: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331224/centrifugal-partition-chromatography-enables-selective-enrichment-of-trimeric-and-tetrameric-proanthocyanidins-for-biomaterial-development
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Rasika S Phansalkar, Joo-Won Nam, Shao-Nong Chen, James B McAlpine, Ariene A Leme, Berdan Aydin, Ana-Karina Bedran-Russo, Guido F Pauli
Proanthocyanidins (PACs) find wide applications for human use including food, cosmetics, dietary supplements, and pharmaceuticals. The chemical complexity associated with PACs has triggered the development of various chromatographic techniques, with countercurrent separation (CCS) gaining in popularity. This study applied the recently developed DESIGNER (Depletion and Enrichment of Select Ingredients Generating Normalized Extract Resources) approach for the selective enrichment of trimeric and tetrameric PACs using centrifugal partition chromatography (CPC)...
December 21, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331201/impact-of-polymer-geometry-on-the-interactions-of-protein-peg-conjugates
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Jonathan Zarzar, Whitney Shatz, Nikhil Peer, Rosalynn Taing, Brian McGarry, Yun Liu, Daniel G Greene, Isidro E Zarraga
The conjugation of high molecular weight polyethylene glycol (PEG) to an active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) is an attractive strategy for the modification of biophysical and biodistribution properties of the API. Indeed, several therapeutic proteins conjugated to PEG have been safely administered in the clinic. While there have been studies on the configuration of these conjugates in solution, investigations on the impact of PEG geometry on protein-PEG conjugate interactions is limited. In this study, we use dynamic light scattering (DLS), rheology, and small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) to investigate the biophysical solution and interaction behavior of a 50kDa Fab protein attached to either a linear or tetrameric (branched) 40kDa PEG molecule...
November 8, 2017: Biophysical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330644/hydrocarbon-stapled-antimicrobial-peptides
#10
Dorian Migoń, Damian Neubauer, Wojciech Kamysz
Antimicrobial peptides are promising candidates for anti-infective pharmaceuticals. Unfortunately, because of their low proteolytic and chemical stability, their usage is generally narrowed down to topical formulations. Until now, numerous approaches to increase peptide stability have been proposed. One of them, peptide hydrocarbon stapling, a modification based on stabilizing peptide secondary structure with a side-chain covalent hydrocarbon bridge, have been successfully applied to many peptides. Moreover, constraining secondary structure of peptides have also been proven to increase their biological activity...
January 12, 2018: Protein Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330642/meta-analysis-of-randomized-clinical-trials-in-the-era-of-individual-patient-data-sharing
#11
Takuya Kawahara, Musashi Fukuda, Koji Oba, Junichi Sakamoto, Marc Buyse
BACKGROUND: Individual patient data (IPD) meta-analysis is considered to be a gold standard when the results of several randomized trials are combined. Recent initiatives on sharing IPD from clinical trials offer unprecedented opportunities for using such data in IPD meta-analyses. METHODS: First, we discuss the evidence generated and the benefits obtained by a long-established prospective IPD meta-analysis in early breast cancer. Next, we discuss a data-sharing system that has been adopted by several pharmaceutical sponsors...
January 12, 2018: International Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330501/novel-endogenous-simian-retroviral-integrations-in-vero-cells-implications-for-quality-control-of-a-human-vaccine-cell-substrate
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Chisato Sakuma, Tsuyoshi Sekizuka, Makoto Kuroda, Fumio Kasai, Kyoko Saito, Masaki Ikeda, Toshiyuki Yamaji, Naoki Osada, Kentaro Hanada
African green monkey (AGM)-derived Vero cells have been utilized to produce various human vaccines. The Vero cell genome harbors a variety of simian endogenous type D retrovirus (SERV) sequences. In this study, a transcriptome analysis showed that DNA hypomethylation released the epigenetic repression of SERVs in Vero cells. Moreover, comparative genomic analysis of three Vero cell sublines and an AGM reference revealed that the genomes of the sublines have ~80 SERV integrations. Among them, ~60 integrations are present within all three cell sublines and absent from the reference sequence...
January 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330441/pathway-design-using-de-novo-steps-through-uncharted-biochemical-spaces
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Akhil Kumar, Lin Wang, Chiam Yu Ng, Costas D Maranas
Existing retrosynthesis tools generally traverse production routes from a source to a sink metabolite using known enzymes or de novo steps. Generally, important considerations such as blending known transformations with putative steps, complexity of pathway topology, mass conservation, cofactor balance, thermodynamic feasibility, microbial chassis selection, and cost are largely dealt with in a posteriori fashion. The computational procedure we present here designs bioconversion routes while simultaneously considering any combination of the aforementioned design criteria...
January 12, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330175/development-and-validation-of-an-instrument-for-measuring-the-burden-of-medicine-on-functioning-and-well-being-the-medication-related-burden-quality-of-life-mrb-qol-tool
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Mohammed A Mohammed, Rebekah J Moles, Sarah N Hilmer, Lisa Kouladjian O'Donnel, Timothy F Chen
OBJECTIVE: Medication-related burden (MRB) is a negative experience with medicine, which may impact on psychological, social, physical and financial well-being of an individual. This study describes the development and initial validation of an instrument specifically designed to measure MRB on functioning and well-being-the Medication-Related Burden Quality of Life (MRB-QoL) tool. METHODS: An initial pool of 76-items for MRB-QoL was generated. The link to MRB-QoL survey was sent to a sample of consumers living with at least one chronic medical condition and taking ≥3 prescription medicines on a regular basis...
January 11, 2018: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330149/voluntary-exercise-and-depression-like-behavior-in-rodents-are-we-running-in-the-right-direction
#15
Joram D Mul
Acute or chronic exposure to stress can increase the risk to develop major depressive disorder, a severe, recurrent and common psychiatric condition. Depression places an enormous social and financial burden on modern society. Although many depressed patients are treated with antidepressants, their efficacy is only modest, underscoring the necessity to develop clinically-effective pharmaceutical or behavioral treatments. Exercise training produces beneficial effects on stress-related mental disorders, indicative of clinical potential...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Molecular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330127/present-drug-likeness-filters-in-medicinal-chemistry-during-the-hit-and-lead-optimization-process-how-far-can-they-be-simplified
#16
REVIEW
Serge Mignani, João Rodrigues, Helena Tomas, Rachid Jalal, Parvinder Pal Singh, Jean-Pierre Majoral, Ram A Vishwakarma
During the past decade, decreasing the attrition rate of drug development candidates reaching the market has become one of the major challenges in pharmaceutical research and drug development (R&D). To facilitate the decision-making process, and to increase the probability of rapidly finding and developing high-quality compounds, a variety of multiparametric guidelines, also known as rules and ligand efficiency (LE) metrics, have been developed. However, what are the 'best' descriptors and how far can we simplify these drug-likeness prediction tools in terms of the numerous, complex properties that they relate to?...
January 9, 2018: Drug Discovery Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330121/using-network-based-expert-engagement-to-advance-pharmaceutical-research-and-development
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EDITORIAL
Rebecca Ashkenazy
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 9, 2018: Drug Discovery Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330068/engineering-of-hydroxymandelate-synthases-and-the-aromatic-amino-pathway-enables-de-novo-biosynthesis-of-mandelic-and-4-hydroxymandelic-acid-with-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
#18
Mara Reifenrath, Eckhard Boles
Mandelic acid (MA) and 4-hydroxymandelic acid (HMA) are valuable specialty chemicals used as precursors for flavors as well as for cosmetic and pharmaceutical purposes. Today they are mainly synthesized chemically. Their synthesis through microbial fermentation would allow for environmentally sustainable production. In this work, we engineered the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae for high-level production of MA and HMA. Expressing the hydroxymandelate synthase from Amycolatopsis orientalis in a yeast wild type strain resulted in the production of 119mg/L HMA from glucose...
January 9, 2018: Metabolic Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329941/analysis-of-refuse-to-file-policy-for-generic-drug-application-in-taiwan
#19
I-Chen Sun, Churn-Shiouh Gau
Generic drugs are accounted for majority of medicinal products. To reduce the unnecessary review for incomplete dossiers of generic drugs, Taiwanese government launched a refuse-to-file (RTF) procedure since 2017. The present study aimed to examine the outcome of RTF procedure by analyzing application characteristic, RTF rate and deficiencies found in the submitted dossiers. Descriptions of administrative information, chemistry, manufacturing and controls, bioequivalence study, and comparative dissolution testing were presented during the first 6 months after the implementation of RTF policy...
January 9, 2018: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology: RTP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329884/impurity-profiling-of-drug-candidates-analytical-strategies-using-reversed-phase-and-mixed-mode-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-methods
#20
Elise Lemasson, Sophie Bertin, Philippe Hennig, Eric Lesellier, Caroline West
The development of new active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) requires accurate impurity profiling. Nowadays, reversed-phase HPLC (RPLC) on C18 stationary phase is the method of first choice for this task and usually employed in generic screening methods. However, this method sometimes fails, especially when the target analyte is not sufficiently retained, making impurity analysis difficult or even impossible. In such cases, a second method must be available. In the present paper, we compare the merits of RPLC on C18 phase to those of previously optimized alternative methods, based on the analysis of a large and diverse set of small-molecule drug candidates...
January 8, 2018: Journal of Chromatography. A
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