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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160710/evaporation-dynamics-of-mixed-nanocolloidal-sessile-droplets
#1
Binita Pathak, Sandeep Hatte, Saptarshi Basu
Evaporation dynamics of a particle laden droplet has been a topic of interest in recent times due to its widespread applications, ranging from surface patterning to drug delivery systems. The interplay of evaporation induced internal flow dynamics, contact line dynamics and nanoparticle self-assembly govern the morphologies of the residual structures. Fine tuning of these residual structures is thus possible by controlling the governing parameters. A nanoparticle laden sessile droplet placed on a hydrophobic substrate undergoes buckling phenomenon which results in a dome-like structure with cavity on the surface...
November 21, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160210/exceptional-response-to-brivaracetam-in-a-patient-with-refractory-idiopathic-generalized-epilepsy-and-absence-seizures
#2
Alberto Grande-Martín, David Sopelana-Garay, José Manuel Pardal-Fernández, Rosa María Sánchez-Honrubia, Álvaro Abelardo Sánchez-Larsen
Brivaracetam is currently indicated as adjunctive therapy for patients with focal-onset seizures with or without secondary generalization. However, it has been suggested that it could provide broad-spectrum efficacy given its similarity to levetiracetam and based on the results from preclinical studies and others of patients with generalized epilepsy. We present the case of a woman with refractory idiopathic generalized epilepsy and absence seizures with dramatic response to brivaracetam. Our report supports a consideration of treatment with this new antiepileptic drug on a case-by-case basis in patients with refractory generalized epilepsy, while we await further studies on this topic...
November 21, 2017: Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159693/betahistine-dihydrochloride-transdermal-delivery-via-optimized-thermosensitive-gels-percutaneous-absorption-evaluation-using-rat-growth-as-a-biomarker
#3
Mohammed Hassan Elkomy, Shahira F El-Menshawe, Adel Ahmed Ali, Abdelkhalik Ali Halawa, Ahmed S G Srag El-Din
The aim of this study was to develop and optimize a betahistine dihydrochloride (BH) thermoreversible bioadhesive gel intended for transdermal delivery. The gels were obtained via cold method. A full factorial design was employed to investigate the joint effect of Poloxamer 407 concentration (18 and 20%), adhesive polymer type (Polyvinyl pyrolidone, Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, and Carbopol 934), and adhesive polymer concentration (0.5 and 1.5%) on gelling temperature, viscosity at 37 °C, and adhesion strength...
November 20, 2017: Drug Delivery and Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159691/potential-treatment-of-atopic-dermatitis-tolerability-and-safety-of-cream-containing-nanoparticles-loaded-with-hydrocortisone-and-hydroxytyrosol-in-human-subjects
#4
Muhammad Irfan Siddique, Haliza Katas, Adawiyah Jamil, Mohd Cairul Iqbal Mohd Amin, Shiow-Fern Ng, Mohd Hanif Zulfakar, Syed Maaz Nadeem
Hydrocortisone (HC), topical glucocorticoid along with hydroxytyrosol (HT), and anti-microbial- and anti-oxidant-loaded chitosan nanoparticles (CSNPs) were prepared in large scale and analyzed for their adverse effects on healthy human skin followed by repeated applications. Ten subjects were randomized to receive test (HC-HT CSNPs) and vehicle samples (aqueous (AQ) cream). They were applied on the arms for 28 days, and transepidermal water loss (TEWL), erythema intensity, and irritation score were measured...
November 20, 2017: Drug Delivery and Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159502/antifungal-activity-of-myrtus-communis-against-malassezia-sp-isolated-from-the-skin-of-patients-with-pityriasis-versicolor
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Aleksandra Barac, Matthew Donadu, Donatella Usai, Vesna Tomic Spiric, Vittorio Mazzarello, Stefania Zanetti, Ema Nikolic, Goran Stevanovic, Natasa Popovic, Salvatore Rubino
The increasing incidence of fungal infections and antifungal resistance has prompted the search for novel antifungal drugs and alternative agents. We explored the antifungal activity of Myrtus communis essential oil (EO) against Malassezia sp. isolated from the skin of patients with pityriasis versicolor. These broad-spectrum antimicrobial activities of M. communis EO and its potent inhibiting activity on Malassezia growth deserve further research with aim to considerate this EO as candidate for topical use in treatment of skin diseases...
November 20, 2017: Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159075/enzyme-replacement-therapy-in-perinatal-hypophosphatasia-case-report-of-a-negative-outcome-and-lessons-for-clinical-practice
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Gregory Costain, Aideen M Moore, Lauren Munroe, Alison Williams, Randi Zlotnik Shaul, Cheryl Rockman-Greenberg, Martin Offringa, Peter Kannu
Enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) is a newly approved disease-modifying treatment for hypophosphatasia (HPP), a rare metabolic bone disorder. With an orphan drug and ultra-rare disease, sharing information about responders and non-responders is particularly important, as any one centre's familiarity with its use will be limited. Nearly all published data in infants and very young children with life-threatening HPP are from three small clinical trials that have reported generally positive outcomes. We describe in detail a patient with perinatal HPP for whom treatment with ERT was not successful...
March 2018: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159026/highlights-for-the-6th-international-ion-channel-conference-ion-channel-structure-function-disease-and-therapeutics
#7
Limei Wang, Kewei Wang
To foster communication and interactions amongst international scholars and scientists in the field of ion channel research, the 6th International Ion Channel Conference (IICC-2017) was held between June 23-27, 2017 in the eastern coastal city of Qingdao, China. The meeting consisted of 450 attendees and 130 speakers and poster presenters. The program consisted of research progress, new findings and ongoing studies that were focused on (1) Ion channel structure and function; (2) Ion channel physiology and human diseases; (3) Ion channels as targets for drug discovery; (4) Technological advances in ion channel research...
November 2017: Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158265/topical-mevastatin-promotes-wound-healing-by-inhibiting-the-transcription-factor-c-myc-via-the-glucocorticoid-receptor-and-the-long-noncoding-rna-gas5
#8
Andrew P Sawaya, Irena Pastar, Olivera Stojadinovic, Sonja Lazovic, Stephen C Davis, Joel Gil, Robert S Kirsner, Marjana Tomic-Canic
Diabetic foot ulcers (DFU), a life-threatening complication of diabetes mellitus, have limited treatment options, often resulting in amputations. HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors such as statins are cholesterol-reducing agents that may provide a new therapeutic option. Statins target the cholesterol pathway and block the synthesis of the wound-healing inhibitors farnesyl pyrophosphate (FPP) and cortisol, ligands for the glucocorticoid receptor (GR). Here we demonstrate that the naturally occurring statin, mevastatin, reverses FPP's effects and promotes healing by using in vitro wound healing assays, human ex vivo and porcine in vivo wound models, and DFU tissue...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156646/inhibition-of-bcl-2-and-cox-2-protein-expression-after-local-application-of-a-new-carmustine-loaded-clinoptilolite-based-delivery-system-in-a-chemically-induced-skin-cancer-model-in-mice
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Cristina Mihaela Ghiciuc, Aurel Lulu Strat, Lacramioara Ochiuz, Catalina Elena Lupusoru, Maria Ignat, Aurelia Vasile, Alexandru Grigorovici, Iulian Stoleriu, Carmen Solcan
Our research has focused on in vitro and in vivo evaluations of a new Carmustine (BCNU)-loaded clinoptilolite-based delivery system. Two clinoptilolite ionic forms-hydrogen form (HCLI) and sodium form (NaCLI)-were prepared, allowing a loading degree of about 5-6 mg BCNU/g of zeolite matrix due to the dual porous feature of clinoptilolite. Clinoptilolite-based delivery systems released 35.23% of the load in 12 h for the BCNU@HCLI system and only 10.82% for the BCNU@NaCLI system. The BCNU@HCLI system was chosen to develop gel and cream semisolid dosage forms...
November 20, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156348/development-of-photoprotective-antiphototoxic-and-antiphotogenotoxic-formulations-of-ocular-drugs-with-fluoroquinolones
#10
Anna Zgadzaj, Joanna Kornacka, Anita Jastrzębska, Andrzej Parzonko, Sylwester Sommer, Grzegorz Nałęcz-Jawecki
The development of innovative solutions in photosafety of photolabile pharmaceutical products may help to reduce the adverse effects of these products, caused by light exposure. Providing new data in this area of study is particularly important in case of drugs applied topically on sensitive organs such as eyes. The main goal of this research is to investigate whether two potential excipients, namely: p-coumaric acid and benzophenone-4, affect the photodegradation, phototoxicity and photogenotoxicity of water solutions of four fluoroquinolones: ciprofloxacin, lomefloxacin, fleroxacin and clinafloxacin...
November 9, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155053/alpha-tocopherol-loaded-chitosan-oleate-nanoemulsions-for-wound-healing-evaluation-on-cell-lines-and-ex-vivo-human-biopsies-and-stabilization-in-spray-dried-trojan-microparticles
#11
M C Bonferoni, F Riva, A Invernizzi, E Dellera, G Sandri, S Rossi, G Marrubini, G Bruni, B Vigani, C Caramella, F Ferrari
An amphiphilic chitosan salt, chitosan oleate (CS-OA), was previously proposed for the physical stabilization of lemongrass antimicrobial nanoemulsions (NE) through a mild spontaneous emulsification process. As both chitosan and oleic acid are described in the literature for their positive effects in wound healing, in the present study CS-OA has been proposed to encapsulate alpha tocopherol (αTph) in NEs aimed to skin wounds. A NE formulation was developed showing about 220 nm dimensions, 36% drug loading, and αTph concentration up to 1 mg/ml...
November 15, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154501/challenges-to-laser-assisted-drug-delivery-applying-theory-to-clinical-practice
#12
Omer Ibrahim, Emily Wenande, Sara Hogan, Kenneth A Arndt, Merete Haedersdal, Jeffrey S Dover
BACKGROUND: The percutaneous penetration of topically applied compounds can be enhanced using external chemical or physical sources and thus laser-assisted drug delivery is a burgeoning area of interest within the field of dermatology. OBJECTIVES: This article briefly discusses the mechanism of laser-assisted drug delivery and expands upon the challenges and safety issues that may arise in the clinical implementation of this modality. RESULTS: The existing literature demonstrates that investigators and clinicians in dermatology have successfully delivered anti-inflammatory, anti-neoplastic, and anti-oxidative medications transdermally for the treatment of a variety of conditions including scarring, photoageing, and cutaneous neoplasia...
November 20, 2017: Lasers in Surgery and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152562/fast-dissolving-dendrimer-nanofiber-mats-as-alternative-to-eye-drops-for-more-efficient-antiglaucoma-drug-delivery
#13
Michael G Lancina, Sudha Singh, Uday B Kompella, Shahid Husain, Hu Yang
Polyamidoamine (PAMAM) dendrimers have been investigated as a potential platform for a number of ocular drugs, but only in aqueous solution. In this work we have developed fast dissolving dendrimer-based nanofibers (DNF) as a topical delivery vehicle for the glaucoma drug brimonidine tartrate (BT). The safety and drug release kinetics of these nanofiber mats were evaluated in vitro and in vivo. DNF caused no toxicity at therapeutic levels in cultured cells or ocular irritation in animal tests using a normotensive rat model...
August 14, 2017: ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152232/recent-therapeutic-advances-in-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia
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REVIEW
Prithviraj Bose, Varsha Gandhi
The last several years have witnessed a paradigm shift in the management of patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). The course of this very heterogeneous disease, traditionally treated with chemotherapeutic agents usually in combination with rituximab, typically has been characterized by remissions and relapses, and survival times vary greatly, depending on intrinsic biological attributes of the leukemia. The developments of the last few years have been transformative, ushering in an era of novel, molecularly targeted therapies, made possible by extensive efforts to elucidate the biology of the disease that predated the new targeted drugs...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151650/molecular-modeling-of-cloned-bacillus-subtilis-keratinase-and-its-insinuation-in-psoriasis-treatment-using-docking-studies
#15
Sonali Gupta, Parul Tewatia, Jyoti Misri, Rajni Singh
Present study demonstrated the expression of cloned Bacillus subtilis RSE163 keratinase gene and in silico binding affinities of deduced protein with psoriasis topical drugs for systemic absorption and permeation through skin. The ker gene expressed in E. coli showed significantly higher keratinase activity 450 ± 10.43 U representing 1342 bp nucleotides encoding 447 amino acids with molecular weight of 46 kDa. The modeled structure was validated using ramachandran's plot showing 305 residues (84.3%) in most favoured region...
December 2017: Indian Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150490/gut-roundtable-meeting-paper-selected-recent-advances-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#16
REVIEW
Alexander Gerbes, Fabien Zoulim, Herbert Tilg, Jean-François Dufour, Jordi Bruix, Valérie Paradis, Riad Salem, Markus Peck-Radosavljevic, Peter R Galle, Tim F Greten, Jean-Charles Nault, Matias A Avila
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) ranks number three among the most frequent causes of death from solid tumors worldwide. With obesity and fatty liver diseases as risk factors on the rise, HCC represents an ever increasing challenge. While there is still no curative treatment for most patients numerous novel drugs have been proposed, but most ultimately failed in phase III trials. This manuscript targets therapeutic advances and most burning issues. Expert key point summaries and urgent research agenda are provided regarding risk factors, including microbiota, need for prognostic and predictive biomarkers and the equivocal role of liver biopsy...
November 17, 2017: Gut
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150291/ruxolitinib-conjugated-gold-nanoparticles-for-topical-administration-an-alternative-for-treating-alopecia
#17
Sanda Boca, Cristian Berce, Ancuta Jurj, Bobe Petrushev, Laura Pop, Grigore-Aristide Gafencu, Sonia Selicean, Vlad Moisoiu, Daiana Temian, Wilhelm-Thomas Micu, Simion Astilean, Cornelia Braicu, Ciprian Tomuleasa, Ioana Berindan-Neagoe
Alopecia is a dermatological condition for which Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitors have recently emerged as potential therapy options, but with limited practical use because of the systemic side effects. The topical use of Ruxolitinib in alopecia universalis has been demonstrated, but little is known about the pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of this way of administration. Nanomedicine provides improved therapeutics. In the current paper we present preliminary data regarding the potential use of Ruxolitinib-conjugated gold nanoparticles (GNPs) in dermatological conditions, as GNPs have been proven to have a reduced absorption rate into the systemic blood flow for cutaneous administration...
November 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149574/transscleral-passive-and-iontophoretic-transport-theory-and-analysis
#18
S Kevin Li, Jinsong Hao
INTRODUCTION: The sclera is considered the "static barrier," a main barrier for transscleral drug delivery. The characterization of passive and iontophoretic transport across the sclera in vitro is the first step towards our ability to predict transscleral drug delivery. Although previous studies have investigated this topic, the quantitative structure permeation relationships (QSPR) for passive and iontophoretic transscleral transport are not available. AREAS COVERED: This review evaluated previous passive permeation and iontophoresis results of transscleral transport in vitro and examined QSPR for transscleral permeation of small permeants and macromolecules...
November 17, 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149474/interventions-for-old-world-cutaneous-leishmaniasis
#19
REVIEW
Julio Heras-Mosteiro, Begoña Monge-Maillo, Mariona Pinart, Patricia Lopez Pereira, Emely Garcia-Carrasco, Pedro Campuzano Cuadrado, Ana Royuela, Irene Mendez Roman, Rogelio López-Vélez
BACKGROUND: Cutaneous leishmaniasis, caused by a parasitic infection, is considered one of the most serious skin diseases in many low- and middle-income countries. Old World cutaneous leishmaniasis (OWCL) is caused by species found in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, the Mediterranean, and India. The most commonly prescribed treatments are antimonials, but other drugs have been used with varying success. As OWCL tends to heal spontaneously, it is necessary to justify the use of systemic and topical treatments...
November 17, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147785/qt-interval-and-dispersion-in-drug-free-anorexia-nervosa-adolescents-a-case-control-study
#20
Monica Bomba, Lucio Tremolizzo, Fabiola Corbetta, Franco Nicosia, Francesca Lanfranconi, Gianni Poggioli, Karine Goulene, Marco Stramba-Badiale, Elisa Conti, Francesca Neri, Renata Nacinovich
Long QT values have been reported in patients with anorexia nervosa of the restricting type (ANr) potentially increasing the risk of fatal arrhythmia, especially if psychotropic drug treatment is required. Nevertheless, the previous studies on this topic are biased by drug exposure, long disease durations, and small sample sizes. This study is aimed at assessing QTc and QTcd values in ANr adolescents with recent onset and drug free, as compared to subjects affected by psychiatric disorders other than ANr. We evaluated QTc and its dispersion (QTcd) in a population of 77 drug-free ANr female adolescents and compared to an equal number of healthy controls (H-CTRL) and pathological controls (P-CTRL, mixed psychiatric disorders)...
November 16, 2017: European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
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