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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090278/isolation-and-identification-of-phyllospheric-bacteria-possessing-antimicrobial-activity-from-astragalus-obtusifolius-prosopis-juliflora-xanthium-strumarium-and-hippocrepis-unisiliqousa
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Zohreh Mazinani, Marzieh Zamani, Soroush Sardari
BACKGROUND: The widespread utilization of antimicrobial compounds has caused emergence of resistant microorganisms in the world. Hence, the research to probe the products with antimicrobial features has led to finding natural habitats and discovering new pharmaceutical products. METHODS: In this study, an attempt was made to explore the niche of novel habitat to isolate pyllospheric bacteria from the above ground parts (stems and leaves) of Astragalus obtusifolius, Prosopis juliflora, Xanthium strumarium, and Hippocrepis unisiliqousa to evaluate their antimicrobial features...
January 2017: Avicenna Journal of Medical Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088540/multiplexed-site-specific-genome-engineering-for-overproducing-bioactive-secondary-metabolites-in-actinomycetes
#2
Lei Li, Guosong Zheng, Jun Chen, Mei Ge, Weihong Jiang, Yinhua Lu
Actinomycetes produce a large variety of pharmaceutically active compounds, yet production titers often require to be improved for discovery, development and large-scale manufacturing. Here, we describe a new technique, multiplexed site-specific genome engineering (MSGE) via the 'one integrase-multiple attB sites' concept, for the stable integration of secondary metabolite biosynthetic gene clusters (BGCs). Using MSGE, we achieved five-copy chromosomal integration of the pristinamycin II (PII) BGC in Streptomyces pristinaespiralis, resulting in the highest reported PII titers in flask and batch fermentations (2...
January 11, 2017: Metabolic Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078991/vegetable-organosulfur-compounds-and-their-health-promoting-effects
#3
Spyridon A Petropoulos, Francesco Di Gioia, Georgia Ntatsi
BACKGROUND: Trends in modern pharmaceutical science show an increase in demand for new drugs and diet supplements derived from natural products, while during the last decades, great research is conducted regarding the natural compounds and their medicinal and bioactive properties. Organosulfur compounds are present in many plants and their bioactive properties have been used in folk and traditional medicine throughout the centuries. Not until recently, modern science confirmed and revealed the chemical compounds that are responsible for these properties, the chemistry involved in their biosynthesis and the main mechanisms of action...
January 10, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077911/a-decade-of-data-protection-for-innovative-drugs-in-canada-issues-limitations-and-time-for-a-reassessment
#4
Megan Kendall, Declan Hamill
Drug regulators in Canada and in other nations require innovative pharmaceutical companies to submit undisclosed clinical or other data as a condition of approving the marketing of new pharmaceutical products-the origination of which involves considerable effort and investment. Data protection regulations were enacted in Canada in 2006, which-to some extent-closed a loophole in intellectual property law that had previously left innovative companies with no effective data protection for their clinical data. Although the regulations were intended to clarify and effectively implement Canada's international treaty obligations in the spirit of innovation, a review of Canada's first decade of effective data protection shows that Health Canada and Canadian courts have interpreted the scope of data protection for innovative drugs in a narrow manner that undermines and is inconsistent with the intent of the regulations...
December 1, 2016: Biotechnology Law Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076528/the-brief-life-of-norplant%C3%A2-in-brazil-controversies-and-reassemblages-between-science-society-and-state
#5
Ana Cristina de Lima Pimentel, Cláudia Bonan Jannotti, Paula Gaudenzi, Luiz Antonio da Silva Teixeira
Norplant® is the brand name of the world's first registered subdermal hormonal contraceptive implant, developed by the laboratories of the Population Council, an international organisation working in the area of fertility and population growth. The article revisits the trajectory of this contraceptive in Brazil from its arrival through clinical trials to its eventual ban in 1986 by the Brazilian regulatory agency responsible for approving medications at the time. Its circulation generated controversies related to research practices, side effects and political uses of the drug as a birth control method...
January 2017: Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069351/evaluation-of-automated-wes-system-as-an-analytical-and-characterization-tool-to-support-monoclonal-antibody-drug-product-development
#6
Jinyu Wang, Anulfo Valdez, Yingchen Chen
Monitoring and evaluation of critical quality attributes (cQA) in monoclonal antibodies (mAb) are a regulatory requirement in pharmaceutical industry. High molecular weight (HMW) species are of critical importance due to the potential risk associated with immunogenicity. HMW species are typically monitored by size exclusion chromatography (SEC). Although low molecular weight (LMW) species are also detected by SEC, low-resolution separation of LMW limits its capability to monitor mAb fragmentation. Recently, we have developed new methods for LMW characterization and evaluation based on the Wes instrument from ProteinSimple...
December 21, 2016: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064353/who-is-a-healthy-subject-consensus-results-on-pivotal-eligibility-criteria-for-clinical-trials
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REVIEW
Kerstin Breithaupt-Groegler, Christoph Coch, Martin Coenen, Frank Donath, Katharina Erb-Zohar, Klaus Francke, Karin Goehler, Mario Iovino, Klaus Peter Kammerer, Gerd Mikus, Jens Rengelshausen, Hildegard Sourgens, Reinhard Schinzel, Thomas Sudhop, Georg Wensing
INTRODUCTION/METHODS: A discussion forum was hosted by the German not-for-profit Association for Applied Human Pharmacology (AGAH e.V.) to critically review key eligibility criteria and stopping rules for clinical trials with healthy subjects, enrolling stakeholders from the pharmaceutical industry, contract research organisations, academia, ethics committees and competent authority. RESULTS: Pivotal eligibility criteria were defined for trials with new investigational medicinal products (IMPs) or with clinically established IMPs...
January 7, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063142/tuning-the-synthesis-of-manganese-oxides%C3%A2-nanoparticles-for-efficient-oxidation-of-benzyl-alcohol
#8
Jingyuan Fei, Lixian Sun, Cuifeng Zhou, Huajuan Ling, Feng Yan, Xia Zhong, Yuxiang Lu, Jeffrey Shi, Jun Huang, Zongwen Liu
The liquid phase oxidation of benzyl alcohol is an important reaction for generating benzaldehyde and benzoic acid that are largely required in the perfumery and pharmaceutical industries. The current production systems suffer from either low conversion or over oxidation. From the viewpoint of economy efficiency and environmental demand, we are aiming to develop new high-performance and cost-effective catalysts based on manganese oxides that can allow the green aerobic oxidation of benzyl alcohol under mild conditions...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059043/natural-products-as-anticancerous-therapeutic-molecules-with-special-reference-to-enzymatic-targets-topoisomerase-cox-lox-and-aromatase
#9
Swati Singh, Manika Awasthi, Veda P Pandey, Upendra Dwivedi
Cancer, characterized by uncontrolled growth and proliferation of cells, is affecting millions of people every year and estimated as the second leading cause of death. Its successful treatment yet remains a challenge due to the lack of selectivity, toxicity and the development of multi-drug resistant cells to the currently available drugs. Plant derived natural products hold great promise for discovery and development of new pharmaceuticals against cancer as evident by the fact that out of 121 drugs prescribed for cancer treatment till date, 90 are derived from plant sources...
January 5, 2017: Current Protein & Peptide Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057547/intracellular-signaling-modifications-involved-in-the-anti-inflammatory-effect-of-4-alkoxy-6-9-dichloro-1-2-4-triazolo-4-3-a-quinoxalines-on-macrophages
#10
Antonio J Ruiz-Alcaraz, María Tristán-Manzano, Antonio Guirado, Jesús Gálvez, María Martínez-Esparza, Pilar García-Peñarrubia
Inflammation is part of a complex biological response directed by the immune system to fight pathogens and maintain homeostasis. Dysregulation of the inflammatory process leads to development of chronic inflammatory or autoimmune diseases. Several cell types, such as macrophages, and cytokines such as interleukin 6 (IL-6) and tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) are involved in the regulation of inflammation. The important role played by these cytokines as mediators of the inflammatory process and the side effects of current therapies have promoted the search of new therapeutic alternatives...
January 3, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054464/economic-improvement-of-continuous-pharmaceutical-production-via-the-optimal-control-of-a-multi-feed-bioreactor
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Jonathan P Raftery, Melanie R DeSessa, M Nazmul Karim
Projections on the profitability of the pharmaceutical industry predict a large amount of growth in the coming years. Stagnation over the last 20 years in product development has led to the search for new processing methods leading to improvements in profitability by the reduction of operating costs or the improvement of process productivity. This work proposes a novel multi-feed bioreactor system composed of independently controlled feeds for substrate(s) and media used as a supplement and allows for the free manipulation of the bioreactor supply rate and substrate concentrations to maximize bioreactor productivity and substrate utilization while reducing operating costs...
January 5, 2017: Biotechnology Progress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053076/opportunities-to-apply-the-3rs-in-safety-assessment-programs
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Fiona Sewell, Joanna Edwards, Helen Prior, Sally Robinson
Before a potential new medicine can be administered to humans it is essential that its safety is adequately assessed. Safety assessment in animals forms an integral part of this process, from early drug discovery and initial candidate selection to the program of recommended regulatory tests in animals. The 3Rs (replacement, reduction, and refinement of animals in research) are integrated in the current regulatory requirements and expectations and, in the EU, provide a legal and ethical framework for in vivo research to ensure the scientific objectives are met whilst minimizing animal use and maintaining high animal welfare standards...
December 2016: ILAR Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053064/scientific-knowledge-and-technology-animal-experimentation-and-pharmaceutical-development
#13
Lewis B Kinter, Joseph J DeGeorge
Human discovery of pharmacologically active substances is arguably the oldest of the biomedical sciences with origins >3500 years ago. Since ancient times, four major transformations have dramatically impacted pharmaceutical development, each driven by advances in scientific knowledge, technology, and/or regulation: (1) anesthesia, analgesia, and antisepsis; (2) medicinal chemistry; (3) regulatory toxicology; and (4) targeted drug discovery. Animal experimentation in pharmaceutical development is a modern phenomenon dating from the 20th century and enabling several of the four transformations...
December 2016: ILAR Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049530/metabolic-engineering-of-indole-pyruvic-acid-biosynthesis-in-escherichia-coli-with-tdid
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Yelin Zhu, Yan Hua, Biao Zhang, Lianhong Sun, Wenjie Li, Xin Kong, Jiong Hong
BACKGROUND: Indole pyruvic acid (IPA) is a versatile platform intermediate and building block for a number of high-value products in the pharmaceutical and food industries. It also has a wide range of applications, such as drugs for the nervous system, cosmetics, and luminophores. Chemical synthesis of IPA is a complicated and costly process. Moreover, through the biosynthesis route employing L-amino acid oxidase, the byproduct hydrogen peroxide leads the degradation of IPA. TdiD, identified as a specific tryptophan aminotransferase, could be an alternative solution for efficient IPA biosynthesis...
January 3, 2017: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049469/discontools-a-database-to-identify-research-gaps-on-vaccines-pharmaceuticals-and-diagnostics-for-the-control-of-infectious-diseases-of-animals
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Declan O'Brien, Jim Scudamore, Johannes Charlier, Morgane Delavergne
BACKGROUND: The public and private sector in the EU spend around €800 million per year on animal health and welfare related research. An objective process to identify critical gaps in knowledge and available control tools should aid the prioritisation of research in order to speed up the development of new or improved diagnostics, vaccines and pharmaceuticals and reduce the burden of animal diseases. METHOD: Here, we describe the construction of a database based on expert consultation for 52 infectious diseases of animals...
January 3, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049346/genoproteomics-assisted-improvement-of-andrographis-paniculata-toward-a-promising-molecular-and-conventional-breeding-platform-for-autogamous-plants-affecting-the-pharmaceutical-industry
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Alireza Valdiani, Daryush Talei, Surrinder K Lattoo, Rodomiro Ortiz, Søren Kjærsgaard Rasmussen, Jacqueline Batley, Mohd Yusop Rafii, Mahmood Maziah, Kallevettankuzhy K Sabu, Rambod Abiri, Suchirat Sakuanrungsirikul, Soon Guan Tan
Andrographis paniculata (Burm. f.) Wall. ex Nees. (AP) is a hermaphroditic, self-compatible, and habitual inbreeding plant. Its main bioactive component is andrographolide, which is capable of inducing autophagic cell death in some human cancer cells and helps fight HIV/AIDS. Increasing the andrographolide content by investigating the genetic mechanisms controlling its biosynthesis in order to improve and develop high-yielding cultivars are the main breeding targets for AP. However, there might exist some limitations or barriers for crossability within AP accessions...
January 3, 2017: Critical Reviews in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28036089/chemical-composition-and-antioxidant-activity-of-euterpe-oleracea-roots-and-leaflets
#17
Christel Brunschwig, Louis-Jérôme Leba, Mona Saout, Karine Martial, Didier Bereau, Jean-Charles Robinson
Euterpe oleracea (açaí) is a palm tree well known for the high antioxidant activity of its berries used as dietary supplements. Little is known about the biological activity and the composition of its vegetative organs. The objective of this study was to investigate the antioxidant activity of root and leaflet extracts of Euterpe oleracea (E. oleracea) and characterize their phytochemicals. E. oleracea roots and leaflets extracts were screened in different chemical antioxidant assays (DPPH-2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl, FRAP-ferric feducing antioxidant power, and ORAC-oxygen radical absorbance capacity), in a DNA nicking assay and in a cellular antioxidant activity assay...
December 29, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28036010/structure-based-design-and-synthesis-of-a-new-phenylboronic-modified-affinity-medium-for-metalloprotease-purification
#18
Shangyong Li, Linna Wang, Ximing Xu, Shengxiang Lin, Yuejun Wang, Jianhua Hao, Mi Sun
Metalloproteases are emerging as useful agents in the treatment of many diseases including arthritis, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and fibrosis. Studies that could shed light on the metalloprotease pharmaceutical applications require the pure enzyme. Here, we reported the structure-based design and synthesis of the affinity medium for the efficient purification of metalloprotease using the 4-aminophenylboronic acid (4-APBA) as affinity ligand, which was coupled with Sepharose 6B via cyanuric chloride as spacer...
December 27, 2016: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035786/from-palladium-to-br%C3%A3-nsted-acid-catalysis-highly-enantioselective-regiodivergent-addition-of-alkoxyallenes-to-pyrazolones
#19
Hui Zhou, Zhao Wei, Jinlong Zhang, Huameng Yang, Chungu Xia, Gaoxi Jiang
A highly enantioselective regiodivergent addition of alkoxyallenes to pyrazolones was developed to afford multiply functionalized alkylated products bearing a quaternary carbon stereocenter in high yields with excellent stereoselectivities. One approach is enabled by palladium catalysis, thus leading to branched allylic pyrazol-5-ones under mild reaction conditions. The other is catalyzed by a chiral Brønsted acid to give linear products exclusively. Moreover, the usefulness of this new method was highlighted by converting the allylic products into other interesting multifunctionalized pyrazolone derivatives which would be of great potential for the exploitation of pharmaceutically important molecules...
December 30, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035436/six-year-activity-on-approval-of-compassionate-use-of-medicines-by-the-ethics-committee-of-the-university-hospital-of-bologna-italy-time-to-update-rules-and-recommendations
#20
Nicola Montanaro, Mauro Melis, Stefania Proni, Giacomo Chiabrando, Domenico Motola
PURPOSE: Compassionate use of forthcoming drugs has become an increasing pathway through which patients can take advantage of promising medicines. We aimed to analyse the main features of the requests of compassionate use submitted to the Independent Ethics Committee (IEC) of the University Hospital of Bologna in the period 2010-2015. METHODS: The present analysis concerns the requests of compassionate use received by the IEC in the period 2010-2015. For each requested drug, we paired the date of the first request to our IEC with the date(s) of (a) submission to EMA, (b) CHMP positive opinion, and (c) European marketing authorization (if issued)...
December 29, 2016: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
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