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Kenji Kuwayama, Hajime Miyaguchi, Yuko T Iwata, Tatsuyuki Kanamori, Kenji Tsujikawa, Tadashi Yamamuro, Hiroki Segawa, Hiroyuki Inoue
Hair and nails are often used to prove drug intake over several months. However, it is impossible to determine the day of drug intake by conventional segmental analysis of bulk samples. To improve this segmental analysis, we prepared accurate 0.4-mm hair and 0.2-mm nail segments, which correspond to their respective growth rates of 1-2 days, using a tissue slicer. The aim of this study was to develop an efficient method to extract drugs from a single sub-millimeter segment of hair and nail. Hair and nails were collected from a subject who was administered a single dose of chlorpheniramine...
December 15, 2016: Analytica Chimica Acta
Eunmi Kim, Yonghoon Park, Hongil Ha, Heesun Chung
The southern area of South Korea consists of three parts; Busan, Ulsan and Gyeongsangnam-do. Busan Institute of National Forensic Service (NFS) performed about 50,000 cases throughout the southern area in 2014, occupying over 15% of total cases covered by NFS. In this study, patterns of drugs and poisons in the southern area of South Korea were investigated. The investigation was carried out by the laboratory information management system of NFS between January and December of 2014. As results, a total of 606 autopsy cases were performed by Busan Institute of NFS in 2014...
November 9, 2016: Forensic Science International
Mizuki Hattori, Mitsuaki Yamazaki, Wakana Ohashi, Satoshi Tanaka, Kohshi Hattori, Kenichiro Todoroki, Toshio Fujimori, Hiroshi Ohtsu, Naoyuki Matsuda, Yuichi Hattori
BACKGROUND: Histamine assumes an important role as a major mediator in various pathologic disorders associated with inflammation and immune reactions. However, the involvement of histamine in the pathological conditions and symptoms of sepsis remains entirely unknown. In this study, we establish that histamine is identified as a contributory mediator to promoting the development of organ injury in sepsis. METHODS: Histidine decarboxylase (HDC) gene knockout (HDC(-/-)) mice, histamine H1-/H2-receptor gene-double knockout (H1R(-/-)/H2R(-/-)) mice, and their littermate wild-type (WT) C57BL/6J mice underwent cecal ligation and puncture (CLP) or sham operation...
December 2016: Intensive Care Medicine Experimental
Ju Wan Kang, Jaechun Lee
Second-generation antihistamines are widely prescribed for the control of symptoms of allergic inflammation such as itchy hives, coryza, and itchy eyes. In rare circumstances, these drugs might provoke allergic inflammation. Hypersensitivity to bepotastine besilate, a second-generation antihistamine has never been reported. A 17-year-old schoolgirl, whose paroxysmal itchy hives had been controlled with bepotastine, experienced aggravation of the hives. An oral provocation test confirmed her hypersensitivity to bepotastine and cross-reactivity to levocetirizine...
October 2016: Asia Pacific Allergy
Altuğ Ösken, Nizamettin Selçuk Yelgeç, Regayip Zehir, Tuğba Kemaloğlu Öz, Selçuk Yaylacı, Ramazan Akdemir, Hüseyin Gündüz
Drug-induced torsades de pointes (TdP) is a rare but potentially fatal adverse effect of commonly prescribed medications including cardiac and noncardiac drugs. Importantly, many drugs have been reported to cause the characteristic Brugada syndrome-linked electrocardiography (ECG) abnormalities and/or (fatal) ventricular tachyarrhythmias. Chlorpheniramine and propranolol have the arrhythmogenic effects reported previously. A review of literature revealed a large number of case reports of chlorpheniramine or propranolol use resulting in QTc prolongation, TdP, or both...
July 2016: Indian Journal of Pharmacology
Eleonora Veglia, Alessandro Pini, Aldo Moggio, Cristina Grange, Federica Premoselli, Gianluca Miglio, Katerina Tiligada, Roberto Fantozzi, Paul L Chazot, Arianna Carolina Rosa
Histamine has been reported to decrease the ultrafiltration coefficient, which inversely correlates with glomerular permselectivity, however the mechanism(s) underling this effect have never been investigated. This study aimed to assess whether histamine could exert a direct detrimental effect on podocyte permeability and the possible involvement of two key proteins for the glomerular slit diaphragm (SD) integrity, zonula occludens-1 (ZO-1) and P-cadherin. The effect of histamine (100 pM-1000nM) on coloured podocytes junctional integrity was evaluated functionally by a transwell assay of monolayer permeability and morphologically by electron microscopy...
October 14, 2016: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
Selvakumar Palanisamy, Balamurugan Thirumalraj, Shen-Ming Chen, Yi-Ting Wang, Vijayalakshmi Velusamy, Sayee Kannan Ramaraj
We report a novel and sensitive amperometric sensor for chlorpromazine (CPZ) based on reduced graphene oxide (RGO) and polydopamine (PDA) composite modified glassy carbon electrode. The RGO@PDA composite was prepared by electrochemical reduction of graphene oxide (GO) with PDA. The RGO@PDA composite modified electrode shows an excellent electro-oxidation behavior to CPZ when compared with other modified electrodes such as GO, RGO and GO@PDA. Amperometric i-t method was used for the determination of CPZ. Amperometry result shows that the RGO@PDA composite detects CPZ in a linear range from 0...
2016: Scientific Reports
Shinichi Otani, Taiji Nagaoka, Tsuneaki Omae, Ichiro Tanano, Takayuki Kamiya, Shinji Ono, Travis W Hein, Lih Kuo, Akitoshi Yoshida
PURPOSE: Although endothelium-dependent nitric oxide (NO)-mediated dilation of retinal arterioles has been well described, the role of endothelium-derived hyperpolarizing factor (EDHF) in the retinal arteriolar response remains unclear. In the current study, we examined the contribution of EDHF to the retinal arteriolar dilation to the inflammatory agent histamine and investigated the signaling mechanisms underlying this vasomotor activity. METHODS: Porcine retinal arterioles were isolated, cannulated, and pressurized without flow for functional study by using video microscopic techniques...
September 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
Jacek C Szepietowski, Radomir Reszke
Pruritus is a bothersome and prevalent symptom reported by patients suffering from both cutaneous and extracutaneous diseases. Psychogenic pruritus, also referred to as functional itch disorder, is a distinct clinical entity. According to the definition proposed by the French Psychodermatology Group (FPDG) in 2007, the disorder is characterized by pruritus which is the chief complaint and psychologic factors that contribute to eliciting, worsening, and sustaining the symptoms. Specific diagnostic criteria were proposed, including 3 compulsory and 7 optional, of which 3 have to be met in order to establish the diagnosis...
2016: Current Problems in Dermatology
C E M Fernandes, K R Serafim, A C L Gianlorenço, R Mattioli
This study investigated the effects of bilateral intraamygdalar microinjections of PNU-282987, a nicotinic cholinergic agonist, on anxiety and the reversal of amnesia induced by chlorpheniramine (CPA), an H1 histaminergic antagonist, in mice subjected to the elevated plusmaze (EPM). Two experiments were performed with seventy-nine adult male Swiss mice. The isolated microinjections of PNU-282987 did not produce effects on emotional memory; however, the combined microinjections of PNU-282987 and CPA were able to reverse the deficit in memory induced by CPA (ANOVA, p<0...
January 4, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
Ali Safavi Naini, Jahangir Ghorbani, Ebrahim Mazloom
There are limited numbers of articles, studying combined use of antihistamines. In this study, we compare single therapy of Apo-Cetirizine with a new regimen of intermittent sequential therapy with cetirizine, loratadine and chlorpheniramine in treatment of seasonal allergic rhinitis. This randomized clinical trial was performed between April and September at the peak prevalence of seasonal allergic rhinitis. Fifty-four eligible patients diagnosed clinically to have seasonal allergic rhinitis were randomized in two groups: 24 cases in single therapy arm, received Apo-Cetirizine 10 mg tablet daily and in other arm, 30 patients received sequential regimen of cetirizine 10 mg tablet, loratadine 10 mg tablet and chlorpheniramine 4 mg tablet, one tablet each day...
September 2016: Indian Journal of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery
Kent Sakai, Kristen M Sanders, Marina R Youssef, Kevin M Yanushefski, Liselotte Jensen, Gil Yosipovitch, Tasuku Akiyama
Itch is a major indicator of psoriasis, but the underlying mechanisms behind this symptom are largely unknown. To investigate the neuronal mechanisms of psoriatic itch, we tested whether mice subjected to the imiquimod-induced psoriasis model exhibit itch-associated behaviors. Mice received daily topical applications of imiquimod to the rostral back skin for 7 days. Imiquimod-treated mice exhibited a significant increase in spontaneous scratching behavior directed to the treated area as well as touch-evoked scratching (alloknesis)...
November 2016: Pain
Francesca Bartoli, Cosimo Bruni, Laura Cometi, Jelena Blagojevic, Ginevra Fiori, Lorenzo Tofani, Felice Galluccio, Daniel E Furst, Marco Matucci Cerinic
Infliximab (IFX) is an anti-tumor necrosis factor-alpha antibody used to treat inflammatory joint diseases. Infusion reactions (IR) can occur during and after intravenous administration and often require discontinuation of IFX therapy. This retrospective study aimed at evaluating the incidence of IR in patients with joint inflammatory diseases receiving IFX with and without premedication. Clinical charts of rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis patients receiving IFX from January 2002 to December 2014 were reviewed...
November 2016: Clinical Rheumatology
Matthew S Robbins, Amaal J Starling, Tamara M Pringsheim, Werner J Becker, Todd J Schwedt
BACKGROUND: Cluster headache (CH), the most common trigeminal autonomic cephalalgia, is an extremely debilitating primary headache disorder that is often not optimally treated. New evidence-based treatment guidelines for CH will assist clinicians with identifying and choosing among current treatment options. OBJECTIVES: In this systematic review we appraise the available evidence for the acute and prophylactic treatment of CH, and provide an update of the 2010 American Academy of Neurology (AAN) endorsed systematic review...
July 2016: Headache
Burcin Altinbas, Gokcen Guvenc, Leman G Erkan, Tuncay Ilhan, Nasir Niaz, Murat Yalcin
The purpose of the current study is to investigate the functional connections between the central histaminergic and cholinergic systems at NTS level in hypotensive condition. Experiments were carried out in male Wistar Albino rats. The hypotension was achieved by withdrawing a total volume of 1.5ml blood/100g bodyweight over a period of 10min. A microdialysis study was performed in NTS area to measure extracellular ACh and Ch levels. The hemorrhage produced a severe and long-lasting decrease in mean arterial blood pressure (MAP) and increase in extracellular ACh and Ch levels in NTS...
July 1, 2016: Brain Research
K R Serafim, P S T Russo, C E M Fernandes, A C L Gianlorenço, R Mattioli
H1 receptor histaminergic antagonist, chlorpheniramine (CPA) participates in cognitive performance in various animal models. However, little is known regarding the effects of CPA microinjection into the amygdala on emotional behavior. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether CPA microinjection into the amygdala has the same effect on two models, one anxiety- and the other fear-mediated, in various memory stages using the elevated plus maze (EPM) and the inhibitory avoidance task (IAT) tests. Two experiments were performed with seventy-two adult male Swiss mice...
July 2016: Brain Research Bulletin
Akwasi Acheampong, Wilfred Owusu Gyasi, Godfred Darko, Joseph Apau, Sylvester Addai-Arhin
Chlorpheniramine maleate-paracetamol-caffeine tablet formulation is one of the common over-the-counter drugs used for the treatment of cold and cough. A reversed-phase high-performance liquid-chromatography method has been successfully developed for the simultaneous determination of chlorpheniramine maleate, paracetamol and caffeine in a drug formulation. The RP-HPLC method employed a Phenomenex C18 reversed phase column (Luna 5µ, 250 × 4.6 mm) with an isocratic mixture of methanol and 0.05 M dibasic phosphate buffer pH 4...
2016: SpringerPlus
Mebae Takahashi, Kazuhiro Shima, Masahiro Tsuchiya, Yoshihiro Hagiwara, Hirokazu Mizoguchi, Shinobu Sakurada, Shunji Sugawara, Takuo Fujita, Takeshi Tadano, Makoto Watanabe, Satoshi Fukumoto, Yasuo Endo
Pain is sensed, transmitted, and modified by a variety of mediators and receptors. Histamine is a well-known mediator of pain. In addition to their anti-histaminic effects, the classical, or 1st generation, anti-histamines (1st AHs) possess, to various degrees, anti-muscarinic, anti-serotonergic, anti-adrenergic, and other pharmacologic effects. Although there have been attempts to use 1st AHs as analgesics and/or analgesic adjuvants, the advent of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) discouraged such trials...
2016: Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
Eunmi Kim, Sanggil Choe, Juseon Lee, Moonhee Jang, Hyeyoung Choi, Heesun Chung
Since driving under the influence of drugs (DUID) is as dangerous as drink-driving, many countries regulate DUID by law. However, laws against the use of drugs while driving are not yet established in Korea. In order to investigate the type and frequency of drugs used by drivers in Korea, we analyzed controlled and non-controlled drugs in alcohol-positive blood samples. Total 275 blood samples were taken from Korean drivers, which were positive in roadside alcohol testing. The following analyses were performed: blood alcohol concentrations by GC; screening for controlled drugs by immunoassay and confirmation for positive samples by GC-MS...
August 2016: Forensic Science International
J Jochem, B Altinbas, M Yalcin, A Ottani, D Giuliani, V Savci, A Kasperska-Zajac, S Guarini
Leptin, acting centrally as a neuromodulator, induces the activation of the sympathetic nervous system, which may lead to a pressor action in normotensive animals. In haemorrhagic shock, leptin administered intracerebroventricularly (icv.) evokes the resuscitating effect, with long-lasting rises in mean arterial pressure (MAP) and heart rate (HR), subsequent increase in peripheral blood flows, and a 100% survival at 2 h. Since leptin is able to activate histaminergic neurons, and centrally acting histamine also induces the resuscitating effect with the activation of the sympathetic nervous system, in the present study, we investigated an involvement of the histaminergic system in leptin-evoked cardiovascular effects in haemorrhagic shock...
February 2016: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
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