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Prescription Medication Misuse.

Semin Neurol 2018 Dec 6;38(6):654-664. Epub 2018 Dec 6.

Clinical Addiction Research and Education Unit, Section of General Internal Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA.

In the United States, there is a prescription medication misuse crisis including increases in unintentional drug overdose deaths, medications obtained on the illicit market (i.e., diversion), and in the number of individuals seeking treatment for addiction to prescription medications. Read More

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December 2018
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Gliquidone Alleviates Diabetic Nephropathy by Inhibiting Notch/Snail Signaling Pathway.

Cell Physiol Biochem 2018 Dec 6;51(5):2085-2097. Epub 2018 Dec 6.

Background/aims: Diabetic nephropathy is a common complication of diabetes. This study explored the renal protective effect and possible mechanism of gliquidone in mice with diabetic nephropathy.

Methods: Animal model of diabetic nephropathy was established in KKAy mice. Read More

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December 2018
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miR-122 Targets X-Linked Inhibitor of Apoptosis Protein to Sensitize Oxaliplatin-Resistant Colorectal Cancer Cells to Oxaliplatin-Mediated Cytotoxicity.

Cell Physiol Biochem 2018 Dec 6;51(5):2148-2159. Epub 2018 Dec 6.

Minimally Invasive Treatment Center, Fudan University Shanghai Cancer Center, Shanghai,

Background/aims: Although oxaliplatin is one of the most effective chemotherapeutic drugs used to treat colorectal cancer (CRC), long-term administration usually induces acquired drug resistance during the course of treatment. Thus, there is an urgent need to explore novel strategies to improve the efficiency of cancer therapy. The aim of this study was to explore the effect of microRNA-122 (miR-122) on reversing oxaliplatin resistance in CRC. Read More

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December 2018
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miR-202 Enhances the Anti-Tumor Effect of Cisplatin on Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer by Targeting the Ras/MAPK Pathway.

Cell Physiol Biochem 2018 Dec 6;51(5):2160-2171. Epub 2018 Dec 6.

Background/aims: KRas is usually mutated in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The mutated KRas gene is a negative prognostic indicator that promotes tumor proliferation, metastasis, and drug resistance in NSCLC, and thus has become a target for cancer therapy. This study is focused on the effects of the microRNA (miR)-202/KRas axis in regulating chemosensitivity in NSCLC. Read More

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December 2018
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Clinical Drug Response Prediction by Using a Lq Penalized Network-Constrained Logistic Regression Method.

Cell Physiol Biochem 2018 Dec 6;51(5):2073-2084. Epub 2018 Dec 6.

Faculty of Information Technology & State Key Laboratory of Quality Research in Chinese Medicines, Macau University of Science and Technology, Macau, China.

Background/aims: One of the most important impacts of personalized medicine is the connection between patients' genotypes and their drug responses. Despite a series of studies exploring this relationship, the predictive ability of such analyses still needs to be strengthened.

Methods: Here we present the Lq penalized network-constrained logistic regression (Lq-NLR) method to meet this need, in which the predictors are integrated into the gene expression data and biological network knowledge and are combined with a more aggressive penalty function. Read More

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December 2018
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In silico Leishmania proteome mining applied to identify drug target potential to be used to treat against visceral and tegumentary leishmaniasis.

J Mol Graph Model 2018 Nov 29;87:89-97. Epub 2018 Nov 29.

Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ciências da Saúde: Infectologia e Medicina Tropical, Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil; Departamento de Patologia Clínica, COLTEC, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Electronic address:

New therapeutic strategies against leishmaniasis are desirable, since the treatment against disease presents problems, such as the toxicity, high cost and/or parasite resistance. As consequence, new antileishmanial compounds are necessary to be identified, as presenting high activity against Leishmania, but low toxicity in mammalian hosts. In the present study, a Leishmania proteome mining strategy was developed, in order to select new drug targets with low homology to human proteins, but that are considered relevant for the parasite' survival. Read More

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November 2018
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Hot spots for GPCR signaling: lessons from single-molecule microscopy.

Curr Opin Cell Biol 2018 Dec 3;57:57-63. Epub 2018 Dec 3.

Institute of Pharmacology and Bio-Imaging Center, University of Würzburg, Germany.

G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are among the best-studied membrane receptors, mainly due to their central role in human physiology, involvement in disease and relevance as drug targets. Although biochemical and pharmacological studies have characterized the main steps in GPCR signaling, how GPCRs produce highly specific responses in our cells remains insufficiently understood. New developments in single-molecule microscopy have made it possible to study the protein-protein interactions at the basis of GPCR signaling in previously inconceivable detail. Read More

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December 2018
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(Pyrrolo-pyridin-5-yl)benzamides: BBB permeable monoamine oxidase B inhibitors with neuroprotective effect on cortical neurons.

Eur J Med Chem 2018 Nov 13;162:793-809. Epub 2018 Nov 13.

Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Organic Chemistry, Centre of Phytochemistry, Acad. G. Bonchev Str., Bl. 9, Sofia, 1113, Bulgaria.

An extensive study was performed to develop a series of (pyrrolo-pyridin-5-yl)benzamides as reversible MAO-B inhibitors. Compounds 14 (NTZ-2020, hMAO-B IC = 1.11 nM, K = 0. Read More

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November 2018
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It can be beautiful or destructive: Street-involved youth's perceptions of their romantic relationships and resilience.

J Adolesc 2018 Dec 3;70:43-52. Epub 2018 Dec 3.

York University, 5022 TEL, 4700 Keele St., Toronto ON, M3J 1P3, Canada. Electronic address:

Introduction: This study examined romantic relationships among street-involved youth through the overlapping perspectives of resilience, attachment and social bonding. The main goal was to assess how youth understand their romantic attachment bonds as supporting or undermining resilience. While there are qualitative reports on how the social relationships of street-involved youth are linked to resilience, romantic relationships have yet to be differentiated with regard to resilience. Read More

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December 2018
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A systematic review of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) in childhood.

Epilepsy Behav 2018 Dec 3;90:99-106. Epub 2018 Dec 3.

Population, Policy and Practice Unit, UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, London, United Kingdom.

Background: Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) is a significant cause of death in childhood epilepsy, and causes considerable concern to patients and their families. Despite this, the condition remains poorly understood. This systematic review investigates the risk factors, pathophysiology, and circumstances associated with childhood SUDEP. Read More

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December 2018
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Long-term seizure outcome in frontal lobe epilepsy surgery.

Epilepsy Behav 2018 Dec 3;90:93-98. Epub 2018 Dec 3.

IRCCS "NEUROMED", Pozzilli, IS, Italy; Department of Neurology and Psychiatry, "Sapienza" University of Rome, Italy.

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to report long-term seizure outcome in patients who underwent frontal lobe epilepsy (FLE) surgery.

Method: This retrospective study included 44 consecutive subjects who underwent resective surgery for intractable FLE at IRCCS NEUROMED (period 2001-2014), followed up for at least 2 years (mean: 8.7 years). Read More

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December 2018
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Discovery and development of small molecule modulators targeting glutamine metabolism.

Eur J Med Chem 2018 Nov 28;163:215-242. Epub 2018 Nov 28.

Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Drug Design and Optimization, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, China Pharmaceutical University, 24 Tongjiaxiang, Nanjing 210009, PR China. Electronic address:

Cancer cells have been confirmed diverge significantly from normal cells on the metabolic properties. Energy production in cancer cells is abnormally dependent on the glycolysis pathway and other atypical metabolic characteristics such as increased fatty acid synthesis and increased rates of glutamine metabolism. Among these metabolic features of cancers, glutamine metabolism has been reported to be the main energy supply for the growth and viability of a potentially large subset of malignant tumors. Read More

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November 2018
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Neuroprotective effects of a novel carnosine-hydrazide derivative on hippocampal CA1 damage after transient cerebral ischemia.

Eur J Med Chem 2018 Nov 28;163:207-214. Epub 2018 Nov 28.

Department of Neurosurgery, Kurume University, School of Medicine, Fukuoka, Japan. Electronic address:

Ischemia-reperfusion injuries produce reactive oxygen species that promote the peroxide lipid oxidation process resulting in the production of an endogenic lipid peroxide, 4-hydroxy-trans-2-nonenal (4-HNE), a highly cytotoxic aldehyde that induces cell death. We synthesized a novel 4-HNE scavenger - a carnosine-hydrazide derivative, l-carnosine hydrazide (CNN) - and examined its neuroprotective effect in a model of transient ischemia. PC-12 cells were pre-incubated with various doses (0-50 mmol/L) of CNN for 30 min, followed by incubation with 4-HNE (250 μM). Read More

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November 2018
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Incidence of future arrests in adults involved in the criminal justice system with opioid use disorder receiving extended release naltrexone compared to treatment as usual.

Drug Alcohol Depend 2018 Dec 3;194:482-486. Epub 2018 Dec 3.

Department of Academic Affairs, Baystate Medical Center, 3601 Main St., Springfield, MA 01199, United States. Electronic address:

Background: Criminal justice involved (CJS) populations with opioid use disorder (OUD) have high rates of relapse, future arrests, and death upon release. While medication for OUD (MOUD) reduces opioid relapse, concerns regarding diversion and stigma limit treatment in CJS populations. Extended release naltrexone (XR-NTX), as an opioid antagonist, may be more acceptable to CJS administrators. Read More

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December 2018
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Chitosan microparticles embedded with multi-responsive poly(N-vinylcaprolactam-co-itaconic acid-co-ethylene-glycol dimethacrylate)-based hydrogel nanoparticles as a new carrier for delivery of hydrophobic drugs.

Colloids Surf B Biointerfaces 2018 Nov 22;175:73-83. Epub 2018 Nov 22.

Laboratory of Polymers, Department of Chemical Engineering, Engineering School of Lorena, University of São Paulo, EEL-USP, Estrada Municipal do Campinho, s/n, 12602-810, Lorena, SP, Brazil. Electronic address:

In this paper, chitosan was used as protective agent for dual temperature-/pH-sensitive poly(N-vinylcaprolactam-co-itaconic acid-co-ethylene- glycol dimethacrylate)- based hydrogel nanoparticles (poly(NVCL-co-IA-co-EGDMA)) aiming avoid their undesirable colloidal destabilization at different conditions of body human tissues. Thus, poly(NVCL-co-IA-co-EGDMA) was embedded into chitosan and a new solid dispersion was prepared via spray-drying and ketoprofen was used as carrier. Two different sizes of hydrogel nanoparticles (120. Read More

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November 2018
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A dual-sensitive mesoporous silica nanoparticle based drug carrier for cancer synergetic therapy.

Colloids Surf B Biointerfaces 2018 Nov 28;175:65-72. Epub 2018 Nov 28.

College of Materials Science & Engineering, Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou 310014, China. Electronic address:

A multifunctional envelope-type mesoporous silica nanoparticle (MSN) was delicately designed for subcellular co-delivery of drug and therapeutic peptide to tumor cells. Firstly, a kind of cell apoptosis peptide (KLAKLAK) (KLA) was anchored on surface of MSN via disulfide bond to obtain MSN-SS-KLA. Subsequently, anticancer drug doxorubicin hydrochloride (DOX) was loaded into the pores of MSN-SS-KLA. Read More

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November 2018
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Food up-take and reproduction performance of Daphnia magna under the exposure of Bisphenols.

Ecotoxicol Environ Saf 2018 Dec 3;170:47-54. Epub 2018 Dec 3.

Key laboratory of Drug Quality Control and Pharmacovigilance (Ministry of Education) & School of Engineering, China Pharmaceutical University, Nanjing 211198, China. Electronic address:

Because the application of Bisphenol A (BPA) was restricted, many substitutes, such as Bisphenol F (BPF) and Bisphenol S (BPS), were developed as BPA substitutes. Therefore, environmental impacts of BPA and its substitutes on aquatic organisms should be concerned, especially their combined toxicity. In this study, the impacts of BPA, BPF, BPS and their mixture on the feeding behavior, reproduction and physiological function of daphnids were synthetically evaluated, involving the duration and mode of exposure. Read More

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December 2018
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A multifunctional compound ebselen reverses memory impairment, apoptosis and oxidative stress in a mouse model of sporadic Alzheimer's disease.

J Psychiatr Res 2018 Nov 27;109:107-117. Epub 2018 Nov 27.

Laboratório de Síntese, Reatividade e Avaliação Farmacológica e Toxicológica de Organocalcogênios, Departamento de Bioquímica e Biologia Molecular, Centro de Ciências Naturais e Exatas, Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, CEP 97105-900, Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Electronic address:

Alzheimer 's disease (AD) is characterized by progressive cognitive decline including memory impairment, cortical dysfunction, and neuropsychiatric disturbances. The drug discovery to treat AD consists to develop compounds able to act in multiple molecular targets involved in the pathogenesis of the disease and the repositioning of old drugs for new application. This way, the intracerebroventricular (icv) injection of streptozotocin (STZ) has been used as a metabolic model of sporadic AD. Read More

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November 2018
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Dirhodium (II) complex interferes with iron-transport system to exert antibacterial action against Streptococcus pneumoniae.

J Proteomics 2018 Dec 3. Epub 2018 Dec 3.

Key Laboratory of Functional Protein Research of Guangdong Higher Education Institutes, Institute of Life and Health Engineering, College of Life Science and Technology, Jinan University, Guangzhou 510632, China. Electronic address:

Drug resistance in bacteria is becoming a significant threat to global public health, and the development of novel and efficient antibacterial compounds is urgently needed. Recently, rhodium complexes have attracted attention as antimicrobial agents, yet their antibacterial mechanism remains unknown. In this study, we observed that the dirhodium (II) complex RhAc inhibited Streptococcus. Read More

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December 2018
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An integrated quantitative proteomic and metabolomics approach to reveal the negative regulation mechanism of LamB in antibiotics resistance.

J Proteomics 2018 Dec 3. Epub 2018 Dec 3.

Fujian Provincial Key Laboratory of Agroecological Processing and Safety Monitoring (School of Life Sciences), Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, Fuzhou 350002, PR China; Key Laboratory of Crop Ecology and Molecular Physiology (Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University), Fujian Province University, Fuzhou 350002, PR China. Electronic address:

Previously, a maltose-specific channel porin, LamB was found to be associate with multi-drug resistance in a lamB deleted strain, but the exact mechanisms require further elucidation. Herein, differential protein expression between the Escherichia coli mutant strain ΔlamB and the wild type strain BW25113, with and without ciprofloxacin (CFLX), was identified using iTRAQ based liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS); while differential metabolite expression was examined using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). Further Gene ontology and Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes (KEGG) analyses showed that lamB deletion leads to a decrease in several key metabolic pathways such as tricarboxylic acid (TCA) cycle, pentose phosphate pathway and glycolysis/gluconeogenesis. Read More

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December 2018

Interstitial Lung Disease Onset and Its Risk Factors in Japanese Patients with ALK-positive NSCLC Following Treatment with Crizotinib.

J Thorac Oncol 2018 Dec 3. Epub 2018 Dec 3.

Tokyo Medical University Hospital, 6-7-1 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0023, Japan.

Introduction: The study objective was to determine the incidence and characteristics of drug-induced interstitial lung disease (ILD) associated with an orally available small-molecule tyrosine kinase inhibitor, crizotinib in the real-world clinical setting.

Methods: Post-marketing surveillance was performed in Japan to obtain information on the safety and efficacy of crizotinib. Target patients included all patients with anaplastic lymphoma kinase-positive non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who received crizotinib, during the enrollment period between May 2012 and December 2014. Read More

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December 2018
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Ivabradine abrogates TNF-α-induced degradation of articular cartilage matrix.

Int Immunopharmacol 2018 Dec 3;66:347-353. Epub 2018 Dec 3.

Department of orthopedics, Affiliated Zhongshan Hospital of Dalian University, Dalian 116001, China. Electronic address:

Ivabradine is most commonly used for the treatment of worsening cardiac failure in patients who cannot tolerate the maximum dose of β-blockers or in whom treatment with β-blockers is contraindicated. While ivabradine is regarded as a highly selective "funny current" (I) inhibitor, the molecular mechanism behind the effect of this drug remains poorly understood. In the present study, we applied ivabradine in the context of osteoarthritis by treating primary human chondrocytes with tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) and measuring degradation of the articular cartilage matrix as well as the expression of various enzymes and pro-inflammatory cytokines. Read More

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December 2018
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Behavior, experience, skill, and training: a four-pillar framework and tool for career development in science.

Drug Discov Today 2018 Dec 3. Epub 2018 Dec 3.

Pfizer, Pfizer Essential Health, US Medical Affairs Women's s Health. Electronic address:

Technical expertise and a spirit of inquiry serve as cornerstones for a career in science. Within that career, there are multiple pathways across disciplines, therapeutic areas, and sectors. To optimize career planning, I showcase here a career development framework that integrates four pillars: behavior, experience, skill, and training (BEST). Read More

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December 2018
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Pharmaceutical cocrystals: from serendipity to design to application.

Drug Discov Today 2018 Dec 3. Epub 2018 Dec 3.

Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre (SSPC), Bernal Institute, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland. Electronic address:

The field of pharmaceutical cocrystals has reached a tipping point, particularly because cocrystals can improve the physicochemical properties of drugs without compromising their therapeutic benefit. Accounts of cocrystal investigations in the literature started in earnest in 2003 and patent applications soon followed. The frequency of both has steadily accelerated, demonstrating an enhanced understanding of the design, characterisation, and manufacture of cocrystals and heightened interest from industry. Read More

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December 2018
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Preparation and optimization of poly (lactic acid) nanoparticles loaded with fisetin to improve anti-cancer therapy.

Int J Biol Macromol 2018 Dec 3. Epub 2018 Dec 3.

Department of Pharmaceutics, School of Pharmacy, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang 212013, PR China. Electronic address:

Fisetin is a natural flavonoid with promising antitumor activity, whereas its clinical application is limited by its hydrophobic property. In this study, we aimed to load fisetin into poly(lactic acid) (PLA) nanoparticles to increase fisetin's solubility and therapeutic efficacy. Based on spontaneous emulsification solvent diffusion (SESD) method, the formulation of PLA nanoparticles was optimized by two successive experimental designs. Read More

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December 2018
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Polyethylene glycol-decorated doxorubicin/carboxymethyl chitosan/gold nanocomplex for reducing drug efflux in cancer cells and extending circulation in blood stream.

Int J Biol Macromol 2018 Dec 3. Epub 2018 Dec 3.

College of Pharmacy, Gachon University, Incheon 21936, Republic of Korea. Electronic address:

Polyethylene glycol (PEG)-decorated doxorubicin (Dox)/carboxymethyl chitosan (CMC)/gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) have been developed for cancer therapy. CMC was used as a reducing and stabilizing agent for the fabrication of AuNPs and Dox was loaded onto AuNPs as a chemotherapeutic agent. Dox-loaded CMC-stabilized AuNPs (Dox/CMC-AuNPs) with a mean diameter of 104. Read More

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December 2018
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Tuning the ring strain effect in acridine derivatives on binding affinity with G-quadruplex-DNA: A computational and experimental study.

Int J Biol Macromol 2018 Dec 3. Epub 2018 Dec 3.

Computation and Simulation Unit (Analytical and Environmental Science Division and Centralized Instrument Facility), CSIR-Central Salt & Marine Chemicals Research Institute, India; Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research, CSIR-CSMCRI, Bhavnagar, Gujarat 364 002, India. Electronic address:

Search for inhibitors to stabilize the telomeric G-quadruplex in order to deter telomerase activity is an active area of research. Inhibitors play an important role to initiate the tumor cell mortalization process. This work reports for the first time of acridine derivative with four membered ammonium rings at the side chain to surpass the binding ability against BRACO-19 with G-quadruplex-DNA. Read More

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December 2018
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Development of methotrexate loaded fucoidan/chitosan nanoparticles with anti-inflammatory potential and enhanced skin permeation.

Int J Biol Macromol 2018 Dec 3. Epub 2018 Dec 3.

LAQV-REQUIMTE, Departamento de Ciências Químicas, Faculdade de Farmácia, Universidade do Porto, Portugal, Rua de Jorge Viterbo Ferreira, 228, 4050-313 Porto, Portugal.

In this study, fucoidan/chitosan nanoparticles were developed for the topical delivery of methotrexate towards the treatment of skin-related inflammatory diseases. Based on the fucoidan/chitosan (F/C) weight ratio, three different nanoparticles (1F/1C; 3F/1C; 5F/1C) were produced and characterized. Methotrexate was loaded in these polymeric nanoparticles achieving a drug loading of ca. Read More

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December 2018
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RNA Therapy: Are we using the right Molecules?

Pharmacol Ther 2018 Dec 3. Epub 2018 Dec 3.

Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Medicine, UC Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento, CA 95817, USA.

Small-molecule and protein/antibody drugs mainly act on genome-derived proteins to exert pharmacological effects. RNA based therapies hold the promise to expand the range of druggable targets from proteins to RNAs and the genome, as evidenced by several RNA drugs approved for clinical practice and many others under active trials. While chemo-engineered RNA mimics have found their success in marketed drugs and continue dominating basic research and drug development, these molecules are usually conjugated with extensive and various modifications. Read More

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December 2018
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Body composition and sarcopenia: the next-generation of personalized oncology and pharmacology?

Pharmacol Ther 2018 Dec 3. Epub 2018 Dec 3.

Department of Medical Oncology, CAncer Research for PErsonalized Medicine (CARPEM), Paris Centre Teaching Hospitals, Paris Descartes University, USPC, Paris, France.

Body composition has gained increasing attention in oncology in recent years due to fact that sarcopenia has been revealed to be a strong prognostic indicator for survival across multiple stages and cancer types and a predictive factor for toxicity and surgery complications. Accumulating evidence over the last decade has unraveled the "pharmacology" of sarcopenia. Lean body mass may be more relevant to define drug dosing than the "classical" body surface area or flat-fixed dosing in patients with cancer. Read More

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December 2018
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Violence and aggression in young women: The importance of psychopathy and neurobiological function.

Physiol Behav 2018 Dec 3. Epub 2018 Dec 3.

Institute for Drug and Alcohol Studies, Departments of Psychiatry, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA 23298, United States.

Psychopathy is one of the most researched risk factors for violence. Yet, research in women is sparse. The present study aimed to test if the link between the four-facet structure of psychopathy and interpersonal violence and aggression was moderated by neurobiological function (indexed by resting respiratory sinus arrhythmia; RSA). Read More

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December 2018

Biased perspectives on formyl peptide receptors.

Biochim Biophys Acta Mol Cell Res 2018 Dec 3. Epub 2018 Dec 3.

Institute of Medical Biochemistry, Center for Molecular Biology of Inflammation, University of Muenster, Von-Esmarch-Str. 56, D-48149 Muenster, Germany; Cluster of Excellence "Cells in Motion", University of Muenster, D-48149 Muenster, Germany. Electronic address:

The innate immune system is the first line of defense against pathogenic threats. For the early pathogen recognition and activation of cell protective mechanisms, germline-encoded pattern recognition receptors (PRRs) detect characteristic and evolutionary conserved pathogen-associated molecular patterns (PAMPs). PRRs are therefore key elements in the innate immune response; in addition, they sense danger-associated molecular patterns (DAMPs) that are released by host cell molecules under pathophysiological conditions. Read More

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December 2018
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Differentiation between persistent infection/colonization and re-infection/re-colonization of Mycobacterium abscessus isolated from patients in Northeast Thailand.

Infect Genet Evol 2018 Dec 3. Epub 2018 Dec 3.

Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen, Thailand; Research and Diagnostic Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen, Thailand. Electronic address:

Mycobacterium abscessus can cause true infection or be present in the host as a harmless colonist. The ability of M. abscessus to cause disease and develop drug resistance is known to have a genetic basis. Read More

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December 2018
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Recombinant Staphylococcal Antigen-F (r-ScaF), a novel vaccine candidate against methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection: Potency and efficacy studies.

Microb Pathog 2018 Dec 3. Epub 2018 Dec 3.

Department of Pathobiology, School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran. Electronic address:

Staphylococcus aureus is a human commensal and pathogen, its clinical importance is exacerbated by the spread of multi-drug resistant strains. The potential future failure of antibiotic therapy necessitates the development of novel control regimes, including new immunotherapeutic approaches. S. Read More

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December 2018

A Xenopus tadpole alternative model to study innate-like T cell-mediated anti-mycobacterial immunity.

Dev Comp Immunol 2018 Dec 3. Epub 2018 Dec 3.

Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Rochester Medical Center, United States. Electronic address:

Owing to the high incidence of multi-drug resistance and challenges posed by the complex and long duration of treatments, Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) infections remain a significant clinical burden, which would benefit from development of novel immuno-therapeutic-based treatment strategies. Among early immune effectors, invariant or innate-like (i)T cells are attracting attention because of their potential regulatory activity, which can shape anti-mycobacterial immune responses. Unlike conventional T cells, iT cells express a semi-invariant T cell receptor, and respond rapidly and robustly to molecular patterns presented by MHC class I-like molecules. Read More

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December 2018

Time-dependently slow-released multiple-drug eluting external sheath for efficient long-term inhibition of saphenous vein graft failure.

J Control Release 2018 Dec 3. Epub 2018 Dec 3.

Department of Cardiac Surgery, First Affiliated Hospital, China Medical University, Shenyang, PR China. Electronic address:

Coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG) is an effective therapeutic method for coronary artery disease. Great saphenous vein is the predominant graft due to the accessibility, sufficient length and suitable size matching with coronary artery. However, saphenous vein graft failure (SVGF) always restrict the long-term success of CABG. Read More

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December 2018
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Metabolome-wide association study of anti-epileptic drug treatment during pregnancy.

Toxicol Appl Pharmacol 2018 Dec 3. Epub 2018 Dec 3.

Department of Environmental Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, United States. Electronic address:

Pregnant women with epilepsy (PWWE) require continuous anti-epileptic drug (AED) treatment to avoid risk to themselves and fetal risks secondary to maternal seizures, resulting in prolonged AED exposure to the developing embryo and fetus. The objectives of this study were to determine whether high-resolution metabolomics is able to link the metabolite profile of PWWE receiving lamotrigine or levetiracetam for seizure control to associated pharmacodynamic (PD) biological responses. Untargeted metabolomic analysis of plasma obtained from 82 PWWE was completed using high-resolution mass spectrometry. Read More

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December 2018
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Design, synthesis and anti-tumor evaluation of novel steroidal glycoconjugate with furoxan derivatives.

Steroids 2018 Dec 3. Epub 2018 Dec 3.

Department of Medicinal Chemistry, School of Pharmacy, Fudan University, Shanghai, 201203, China. Electronic address:

In this study, eighteen novel steroidal-furoxan derivatives with 3-glycosyl or 3-methoxy moiety (12a-c, 13a-c, 17a-c, 26a-c, 27a-c and 28a-c) were synthesized and their anti-proliferative activity was evaluated against eight drug-sensitive and three drug-resistant cancer cell lines HeLa, A2780, LNCaP, PC-3, MDA-MB-231, MCF-7, SW480, A549, MCF-7/ADR, A2780/CDDP and A2780/T. Most of them displayed significant anti-cancer potency in vitro with IC values at the nanomole level. Among them, 3-methoxy steroidal-furoxan hybrids expressed much better activity than that of 3-glycosyl substitute ones, while estrane and 5α-H-androstane scaffold were slightly more favorable to the improvement of anti-proliferative activity. Read More

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December 2018
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A value proposition for trough level-based anti-TNFα drug dosing.

Clin Chim Acta 2018 Dec 3. Epub 2018 Dec 3.

Expert Center Clinical Chemistry Eindhoven, Eindhoven, the Netherlands; Clinical Laboratory, Máxima Medical Center, Veldhoven, the Netherlands.

Treatment of inflammatory bowel diseases and rheumatic disorders with anti-tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFα) drugs is expensive, while a significant proportion of patients does not show adequate clinical response. Therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) enables patient-specific anti-TNFα therapy. The role of laboratory tests in clinical care has recently been described in a value proposition framework. Read More

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December 2018
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CNB-001, a pleiotropic drug is efficacious in embolized agyrencephalic New Zealand white rabbits and ischemic gyrencephalic cynomolgus monkeys.

Exp Neurol 2018 Dec 3. Epub 2018 Dec 3.

Cellular Neurobiology Laboratories, The Salk Institute, La Jolla, CA, USA.

Ischemic stroke is an acute neurodegenerative disease that is extremely devastating to patients, their families and society. Stroke is inadequately treated even with endovascular procedures and reperfusion therapy. Using an extensive translational screening process, we have developed a pleiotropic cytoprotective agent with the potential to positively impact a large population of brain ischemia patients and revolutionize the process used for the development of new drugs to treat complex brain disorders. Read More

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December 2018
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PEG-grafted phospholipids in vesicles: Effect of PEG chain length and concentration on mechanical properties.

Chem Phys Lipids 2018 Dec 3. Epub 2018 Dec 3.

Department of Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Powai, Mumbai 400076, India. Electronic address:

Incorporation of low molecular weight poly-ethylene glycol (PEG) - grafted phospholipids in vesicle bilayers is known to increase the circulation time of liposomal drug delivery vehicles. Mechanical properties of giant unilamellar DPPC vesicles containing varying concentrations of DSPE-PEG (PEG MW: 550, 1000 and 2000) were measured by micropipette aspiration assay or osmotic swelling. While the area compressibility modulus did not change significantly, the bending modulus and water permeability of the bilayer was found to increase with increasing mole fraction of DSPE-PEG. Read More

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December 2018

Cabazitaxel and Thymoquinone co-loaded Lipospheres as a Synergistic Combination for Breast Cancer.

Chem Phys Lipids 2018 Dec 3. Epub 2018 Dec 3.

Department of Pharmaceutics, National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education & Research (NIPER), Hyderabad, 500037, India. Electronic address:

Cabazitaxel as microtubule inhibitor and thymoquinone as HDAC inhibitor affects the important genes like p53, STAT3, Bax, BCL-2, p21 and down regulation of NF-κB are reported for potential activity against breast tumors. However, poor aqueous solubility and permeability hinders the delivery of these drugs to target site. To address the delivery challenges cabazitaxel and thymoquinone co-loaded lipospheres were developed. Read More

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December 2018

Solriamfetol for Excessive Sleepiness in Obstructive Sleep Apnea (TONES 3): A Randomized Controlled Trial.

Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2018 Dec 6. Epub 2018 Dec 6.

Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, United States.

Rationale: Primary treatment of obstructive sleep apnea can be accompanied by a persistence of excessive sleepiness despite adherence. Furthermore, effectiveness of sleep apnea treatment is limited by poor adherence. Currently available pharmacologic options for the treatment of sleepiness in this population are limited. Read More

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December 2018

Ligand density and linker length are critical factors for multivalent nanoparticle-receptor interactions.

ACS Appl Mater Interfaces 2018 Dec 6. Epub 2018 Dec 6.

Although there is a large number of studies available evaluating the therapeutic efficacy of targeted polymeric nanoparticles, little is known about the critical attributes that can further influence their uptake into target cells. In this study, varying cRGD ligand densities (0-100% surface functionalization) were combined with different PEG spacer lengths (2/3.5/5kDa) and the specific receptor binding of targeted core-shell structured PLGA/PLA-PEG nanoparticles was evaluated using αβ integrin overexpressing U87MG glioblastoma cells. Read More

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December 2018
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Discovery of affinity-based probes for Btk occupancy assay.

ChemMedChem 2018 Dec 6. Epub 2018 Dec 6.

SWITZERLAND.

Bruton's tyrosine kinase (Btk) is an attractive target for the treatment of a wide array of B-cell malignancies and autoimmune diseases. Small molecule covalent irreversible Btk inhibitors targeting Cys481 have been developed for the treatment of the aforementioned diseases. In clinical trials, probe molecules are required in occupancy studies to measure the level of engagement of the Btk protein by these Btk covalent irreversible inhibitors. Read More

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December 2018
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