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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641293/measuring-concurrent-polydrug-use-in-general-populations-a-critical-assessment
#1
Karoliina Karjalainen, Kristiina Kuussaari, Kati Kataja, Christoffer Tigerstedt, Pekka Hakkarainen
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Polydrug use is a complicated phenomenon that is measured in a wide variety of different ways. Using Finland as an example, we aimed to demonstrate how the prevalence and prevalence trends of concurrent polydrug use (CPU) varied in the general population based on the different measurements used. METHODS: Population-based Drug Surveys conducted every 4 years during 1998-2014 were used. CPU was measured with different measurements: strict, medial and loose definition of CPU, which were based on different combinations of alcohol, illicit drugs, pharmaceutical drugs and cigarettes used during the last 12 months/30 days...
June 23, 2017: European Addiction Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641219/comparison-of-brand-versus-generic-antiepileptic-drug-adverse-event-reporting-rates-in-the-u-s-food-and-drug-administration-adverse-event-reporting-system-faers
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Md Motiur Rahman, Yasser Alatawi, Ning Cheng, Jingjing Qian, Annya V Plotkina, Peggy L Peissig, Richard L Berg, David Page, Richard A Hansen
OBJECTIVE: Despite the cost saving role of generic anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs), debate exists as to whether generic substitution of branded AEDs may lead to therapeutic failure and increased toxicity. This study compared adverse event (AE) reporting rates for brand vs. authorized generic (AG) vs. generic AEDs. Since AGs are pharmaceutically identical to brand but perceived as generics, the generic vs. AG comparison minimized potential bias against generics. METHODS: Events reported to the U...
June 13, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640897/impact-of-selected-non-steroidal-anti-inflammatory-pharmaceuticals-on-microbial-community-assembly-and-activity-in-sequencing-batch-reactors
#3
Cong Jiang, Jinju Geng, Haidong Hu, Haijun Ma, Xingsheng Gao, Hongqiang Ren
This study covers three widely detected non-steroidal anti-inflammatory pharmaceuticals (NSAIDs), diclofenac (DCF), ibuprofen (IBP) and naproxen (NPX), as NSAIDs pollutants. The objective is to evaluate the impact of NSAIDs at their environmental concentrations on microbial community assembly and activity. The exposure experiments were conducted under three conditions (5 μg L-1 DCF, 5 μg L-1 DCF+5 μg L-1 IBP and 5 μg L-1 DCF+5 μg L-1 IBP+ 5 μg L-1 NPX) in sequencing batch reactors (SBRs) for 130 days...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640846/endothelial-angiogenesis-is-directed-by-runx1t1-regulated-vegfa-bmp4-and-tgf-%C3%AE-2-expression
#4
Ko-Hsun Liao, Shing-Jyh Chang, Hsin-Chuan Chang, Chen-Li Chien, Tse-Shun Huang, Te-Chia Feng, Wen-Wei Lin, Chuan-Chi Shih, Muh-Hwa Yang, Shung-Haur Yang, Chi-Hung Lin, Wei-Lun Hwang, Oscar K Lee
Tissue angiogenesis is intimately regulated during embryogenesis and postnatal development. Defected angiogenesis contributes to aberrant development and is the main complication associated with ischemia-related diseases. We previously identified the increased expression of RUNX1T1 in umbilical cord blood-derived endothelial colony-forming cells (ECFCs) by gene expression microarray. However, the biological relevance of RUNX1T1 in endothelial lineage is not defined clearly. Here, we demonstrate RUNX1T1 regulates the survival, motility and tube forming capability of ECFCs and EA...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640808/transmembrane-helical-interactions-in-the-cftr-channel-pore
#5
Jhuma Das, Andrei A Aleksandrov, Liying Cui, Lihua He, John R Riordan, Nikolay V Dokholyan
Mutations in the Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Conductance Regulator (CFTR) gene affect CFTR protein biogenesis or its function as a chloride channel, resulting in dysregulation of epithelial fluid transport in the lung, pancreas and other organs in cystic fibrosis (CF). Development of pharmaceutical strategies to treat CF requires understanding of the mechanisms underlying channel function. However, incomplete 3D structural information on the unique ABC ion channel, CFTR, hinders elucidation of its functional mechanism and correction of cystic fibrosis causing mutants...
June 22, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640624/synthesis-of-4-acylpyrazoles-from-saturated-ketones-and-hydrazones-featured-with-multiple-c-sp3-h-bond-functionalization-c-c-bond-cleavage-and-re-organization
#6
Miaomiao Tian, Xiaonan Shi, Xinying Zhang, Xuesen Fan
In this paper, an efficient and convenient one-pot synthesis of diversely substituted 4-acylpyrazole derivatives via copper-catalyzed one pot cascade reactions of saturated ketones with hydrazones is reported. Mechanistically, the formation of the title compounds involves the in situ formation of an enone intermediate through the dehydrogenation of saturated ketone, and the [2+3] cyclization of enone with hydrazone followed by an aromatization-driven C-C bond cleavage and re-organization. To our knowledge, this should be the first example in which the biologically and pharmaceutically important yet otherwise difficult-to-obtain 4-acylpyrazole derivatives were directly prepared from saturated ketones and hydrazones featured with multiple aliphatic C-H bond functionalization, C-C bond cleavage and re-organization...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637316/incorporating-comparative-genomics-into-the-design-test-learn-cycle-of-microbial-strain-engineering
#7
Maria Sardi, Audrey P Gasch
Engineering microbes with new properties is an important goal in industrial engineering, to establish biological factories for production of biofuels, commodity chemicals, and pharmaceutics. But engineering microbes to produce new compounds with high yield remains a major challenge toward economically viable production. Incorporating several modern approaches, including synthetic and systems biology, metabolic modeling, and regulatory rewiring have proven to significantly advance industrial strain engineering...
June 16, 2017: FEMS Yeast Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636672/metabolomic-profile-and-nucleoside-composition-of-cordyceps-nidus-sp-nov-cordycipitaceae-a-new-source-of-active-compounds
#8
Juan Chiriví, Giovanna Danies, Rocio Sierra, Nicolas Schauer, Sandra Trenkamp, Silvia Restrepo, Tatiana Sanjuan
Cordyceps sensu lato is a genus of arthropod-pathogenic fungi, which have been used traditionally as medicinal in Asia. Within the genus, Ophiocordyceps sinensis is the most coveted and expensive species in China. Nevertheless, harvesting wild specimens has become a challenge given that natural populations of the fungus are decreasing and because large-scale culture of it has not yet been achieved. The worldwide demand for products derived from cultivable fungal species with medicinal properties has increased recently...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636605/catalytic-allylic-oxidation-of-internal-alkenes-to-a-multifunctional-chiral-building-block
#9
Liela Bayeh, Phong Q Le, Uttam K Tambar
The stereoselective oxidation of hydrocarbons is one of the most notable advances in synthetic chemistry over the past fifty years. Inspired by nature, enantioselective dihydroxylations, epoxidations and other oxidations of unsaturated hydrocarbons have been developed. More recently, the catalytic enantioselective allylic carbon-hydrogen oxidation of alkenes has streamlined the production of pharmaceuticals, natural products, fine chemicals and other functional materials. Allylic functionalization provides a direct path to chiral building blocks with a newly formed stereocentre from petrochemical feedstocks while preserving the olefin functionality as a handle for further chemical elaboration...
June 21, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636596/selective-sp-3-c-h-alkylation-via-polarity-match-based-cross-coupling
#10
Chip Le, Yufan Liang, Ryan W Evans, Ximing Li, David W C MacMillan
The functionalization of carbon-hydrogen (C-H) bonds is one of the most attractive strategies for molecular construction in organic chemistry. The hydrogen atom is considered to be an ideal coupling handle, owing to its relative abundance in organic molecules and its availability for functionalization at almost any stage in a synthetic sequence. Although many C-H functionalization reactions involve C(sp(3))-C(sp(2)) coupling, there is a growing demand for C-H alkylation reactions, wherein sp(3) C-H bonds are replaced with sp(3) C-alkyl groups...
June 21, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636480/the-emerging-role-of-pimavanserin-in-the-management-of-parkinson-s-disease-psychosis
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Neal Hermanowicz, Gustavo Alva, Fernando Pagan, Alberto J Espay, Amita Patel, Katya Cruz Madrid, Daniel Kremens, Jim Kenney, Sheila Arquette, Gary Tereso, Maria Lopes, Carolyn Farnum
A panel of experts drawn from neurology, psychiatry, geropsychiatry, geriatrics, and pharmacy representatives of 3 health plans convened in New York City on July 30, 2016, with the objective of sharing opinions, ideas, and information regarding the optimal management of Parkinson's disease psychosis (PDP). Three key points emerged from the discussion: (1) Because of the nature of Parkinson's disease and PDP, finding appropriate treatment can prove challenging; (2) emerging therapies may present an opportunity for effective disease management; and (3) moving forward, provider and patient education regarding PDP and available treatment options is essential for well-managed symptoms and better quality of life...
June 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636443/personal-protective-equipment-supply-chain-lessons-learned-from-recent-public-health-emergency-responses
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Anita Patel, Maryann M D'Alessandro, Karen J Ireland, W Greg Burel, Elaine B Wencil, Sonja A Rasmussen
Personal protective equipment (PPE) that protects healthcare workers from infection is a critical component of infection control strategies in healthcare settings. During a public health emergency response, protecting healthcare workers from infectious disease is essential, given that they provide clinical care to those who fall ill, have a high risk of exposure, and need to be assured of occupational safety. Like most goods in the United States, the PPE market supply is based on demand. The US PPE supply chain has minimal ability to rapidly surge production, resulting in challenges to meeting large unexpected increases in demand that might occur during a public health emergency...
May 2017: Health Security
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636436/signal-on-fluorescent-sensor-based-on-n-cqds-for-the-detection-of-glutathione-in-human-serum-and-pharmaceutic-preparation
#13
Chengfei Zhao, Kangying Wang, Qihong Cai, Haijian Tu, Linghong Pan, Liumin Yu
Nitrogen-doped carbon quantum dots (N-CQDs) with citric acid and ethylenediamine as raw materials were synthesized by an efficient one-step strategy. The N-CQDs showed a special property that the fluorescence was quenched by Fe(3+). The quenched fluorescence of N-CQDs could be recovered by glutathione (GSH). Therefore, a "signal-on" fluorescent sensor was developed to detect GSH. The fluorescent sensor could favorably avoid the interference of ascorbic acid, dopamine, glucose, oxidized glutathione and other amino acids in the detecting process of GSH...
June 21, 2017: Preparative Biochemistry & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636372/surface-desorption-dielectric-barrier-discharge-ionization-mass-spectrometry
#14
Hong Zhang, Jie Jiang, Na Li, Ming Li, Yingying Wang, Jing He, Hong You
A variant of dielectric-barrier discharge named surface desorption dielectric-barrier discharge ionization (SDDBDI) mass spectrometry was developed for high-efficiency ion transmission and high spatial resolution imaging. In SDDBDI, a tungsten nanotip and the inlet of the mass spectrometer are used as electrodes, and a piece of cover slip is used as a sample plate as well as an insulating dielectric barrier, which simplifies the configuration of instrument and thus the operation. Different from volume dielectric-barrier discharge (VDBD), the microdischarges are generated on the surface at SDDBDI, and therefore the plasma density is extremely high...
June 21, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636367/cobalt-catalyzed-regioselective-ortho-c-sp2-h-bond-nitration-of-aromatics-through-proton-coupled-electron-transfer-pcet-assistance
#15
Desaboini Nageswar Rao, Sk Rasheed, Gaurav Raina, Qazi Naveed Ahmed, Chaitanya Kumar Jaladanki, Prasad V Bharatam, Parthasarathi Das
A cobalt-catalyzed proton-coupled electron transfer (PCET) mediated regioselective ortho-specific nitration of aromatic C(sp2)-H bonds using chelation assisted removable vicinal diamine directing groups has been developed. The reaction proceeded under mild conditions in the presence of Co(OAc)2•4H2O as the catalyst and AgNO2 utilized as nitro source as well as terminal oxidant in the presence of O2 as a external oxidant, no external base and additives were required for this process. By doing controlled experiments and mechanistic investigations with DFT calculations revealed that the reaction proceeds through PCET promoted nitro functional group transfer pathway...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636362/corey-chaykovsky-reactions-of-nitro-styrenes-enable-cis-configured-trifluoromethyl-cyclopropanes
#16
Katharina J Hock, Renè Hommelsheim, Lucas Mertens, Junming Ho, Thanh Vinh Nguyen, Rene M Koenigs
Trifluoromethyl-substituted cyclopropanes are an attractive family of building blocks for the construction of pharmaceutical and agrochemical agents. This work demonstrated the utilization of fluorinated sulfur ylides as versatile reagents for Corey-Chaykovsky cyclopropanation reactions of nitro styrenes. This protocol favored the synthesis of cis-configured trifluoromethyl cyclopropanes on a broad range of substrates with excellent yields and good diastereoselectivity.
June 21, 2017: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636311/insights-into-integrated-lead-generation-and-target-identification-in-malaria-and-tuberculosis-drug-discovery
#17
John Okombo, Kelly Chibale
New, safe and effective drugs are urgently needed to treat and control malaria and tuberculosis, which affect millions of people annually. However, financial return on investment in the poor settings where these diseases are mostly prevalent is very minimal to support market-driven drug discovery and development. Moreover, the imminent loss of therapeutic lifespan of existing therapies due to evolution and spread of drug resistance further compounds the urgency to identify novel effective drugs. However, the advent of new public-private partnerships focused on tropical diseases and the recent release of large data sets by pharmaceutical companies on antimalarial and antituberculosis compounds derived from phenotypic whole cell high throughput screening have spurred renewed interest and opened new frontiers in malaria and tuberculosis drug discovery...
June 21, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636199/widespread-occurrence-and-potential-for-biodegradation-of-bioactive-contaminants-in-congaree-national-park-usa
#18
Paul M Bradley, William A Battaglin, Jimmy M Clark, Frank Henning, Michelle L Hladik, Luke R Iwanowicz, Celeste A Journey, Jeffrey W Riley, Kristin M Romanok
Organic contaminants with designed molecular bioactivity, such as pesticides and pharmaceuticals, originate from human and agricultural sources, occur frequently in surface waters, and threaten the structure and function of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. Congaree National Park in South Carolina (USA) is a vulnerable park unit due to its location downstream of multiple urban and agricultural contaminant sources and its hydrologic setting, being composed almost entirely of floodplain and aquatic environments...
June 21, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636128/phosphonium-salts-as-pseudohalides-regioselective-ni-catalyzed-cross-coupling-of-complex-pyridines-and-diazines
#19
Andrew McNally, Xuan Zhang
Heterobiaryls are important pharmacophores that are challenging to prepare by traditional cross-coupling methods. An alternative approach is presented where pyridines and diazines are converted to heteroaryl phosphonium salts and coupled with arylboronic acids. Nickel catalysts are unique for selective heteroaryl transfer, and the reaction has a broad substrate scope that includes complex pharmaceuticals. Phosphonium ions also display orthogonal reactivity in cross-couplings compared to halides enabling chemoselective palladium and nickel-catalyzed coupling sequences...
June 21, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634712/site-directed-mutagenesis-under-the-direction-of-in-silico-protein-docking-modeling-reveals-the-active-site-residues-of-3-ketosteroid-%C3%AE-1-dehydrogenase-from-mycobacterium-neoaurum
#20
Ning Qin, Yanbing Shen, Xu Yang, Liqiu Su, Rui Tang, Wei Li, Min Wang
3-Ketosteroid-Δ(1)-dehydrogenases (KsdD) from Mycobacterium neoaurum could transform androst-4-ene-3,17-dione (AD) to androst-1,4-diene-3,17-dione. This reaction has a significant effect on the product of pharmaceutical steroid. The crystal structure and active site residues information of KsdD from Mycobacterium is not yet available, which result in the engineering of KsdD is tedious. In this study, by the way of protein modeling and site-directed mutagenesis, we find that, Y122, Y125, S138, E140 and Y541 from the FAD-binding domain and Y365 from the catalytic domain play a key role in this transformation...
July 2017: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
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