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Investigating A Modern Midwestern Crisis: The Economy And Opioid Overdose Death In Ohio, Anna M. Gagliardo 2017 George Washington University

Investigating A Modern Midwestern Crisis: The Economy And Opioid Overdose Death In Ohio, Anna M. Gagliardo

Undergraduate Economic Review

This paper examines the effect of local economic factors on the amount of opioid overdose deaths across counties in Ohio. Ohio leads the nation in opioid overdose deaths. The data examined spans all 88 counties of Ohio and compares 2009 and 2013 data, relying predominantly on Ohio Department of Health and US Census American Community Survey data. Using two linear regression models, I demonstrate that there is a significant correlation between insured rates and opioid overdose deaths in 2009 as well as a significant correlation between poverty rates and opioid overdose death rates in Ohio in 2013. Additionally, I show ...


Companion Diagnostics For Breast Cancer Chemotherapeutics, Monica Tawadros, Michael Morin, Peter Gaines, Abiche H. Dewilde 2017 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Companion Diagnostics For Breast Cancer Chemotherapeutics, Monica Tawadros, Michael Morin, Peter Gaines, Abiche H. Dewilde

UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Research Retreat

Chemotherapy plays a major role in breast cancer treatment. However, not every chemotherapeutics is appropriate for each cancer due to the person’s individual cancer characteristics and whether the patient has developed chemoresistance to a particular drug. In this research, the InVitro-Q is used to detect subtle differences in tumor cell proliferation post-treatment with four-breast cancer chemotherapeutics used: paclitaxel, docetaxel, nocodazole, and cytochalasin B. Our multi-well cell-based sensor that can monitor real-time biological changes in living cells, such as mass redistribution, and viscoelasticity. This system provides unique kinetic information regarding the phenotypic change in the cells post treatment. Each drug ...


Synthesis And Evaluation Of A Novel Carbohydrate Template And Analogs Thereof For Potential Cns-Active Drugs, Emi Hanawa-Romero 2017 Seton Hall University

Synthesis And Evaluation Of A Novel Carbohydrate Template And Analogs Thereof For Potential Cns-Active Drugs, Emi Hanawa-Romero

Seton Hall University Dissertations and Theses (ETDs)

Central nervous system (CNS) disorders are becoming a major societal problem. Examples of well-known CNS disorders are: neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson's, Huntington's and Alzheimer’s diseases, epilepsy/seizures, addiction, bipolar disorder, catalepsy, meningitis, migraines, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and multiple sclerosis. CNS disorders can be caused by various factors and therefore can affect ages, genders and races of all.

The population of patients with CNS disorders is increasing and a significant percentage of patients have symptoms that are not controlled by existing treatments. In addition, since CNS disorders are chronic disorder, there is no cure and ...


B7h6: A Cancer Biomarker For The Development Of Novel Immunotherapy Approaches, Mariana Phillips 2017 Seton Hall University

B7h6: A Cancer Biomarker For The Development Of Novel Immunotherapy Approaches, Mariana Phillips

Seton Hall University Dissertations and Theses (ETDs)

Cancer-based immunotherapy has led the evolution of biologics that can stimulate immune responses towards tumor eradication. The synthesis of small to intermediate size molecules with the targeting and effector functions of mAb may represent a novel class of immunotherapeutics that may overcome the limitations of their biological counterparts.Towards this objective, B7H6 has been identified as a protein ligand localized on the cell surface of transformed tumor cells. B7H6 binds specifically to the activating receptor NKp30, constitutively expressed on all resting and active NK cells. Upon ligand:receptor binding, B7H6 triggers NK cell activation and release of chemokines and pro-inflammatory ...


Nitric Oxide Bioavailability In Diabetic Cardiomyocytes: The Role Of Propofol In Superoxide Scavenging, Kayla N. Hamdan, Spencer R. Andrei, Derek S. Damron 2017 Kent State University

Nitric Oxide Bioavailability In Diabetic Cardiomyocytes: The Role Of Propofol In Superoxide Scavenging, Kayla N. Hamdan, Spencer R. Andrei, Derek S. Damron

Undergraduate Research Symposium

Background: The reaction of NO with superoxide anion to form peroxynitrite has been implicated as a potential mechanism contributing to the limited NO bioavailability observed in diabetes. Furthermore, there is little evidence outlining the effects of intravenous anesthetic, propofol, on NO bioavailability in cardiomyocytes (CMs) isolated from diabetic mice. We hypothesized that propofol would act as a superoxide scavenger, thereby increasing NO bioavailability.

Methods: For NO, superoxide and peroxynitrite measurements, freshly isolated control and diabetic CMs were incubated in the presence or absence of propofol with NO, superoxide (DHE) or peroxynitrite (HKG) fluorescent probes. Fluorescence was measured using either fluorescence ...


Krill Oil-In-Water Emulsion Protects Against Lipopolysaccharide-Induced Proinflammatory Activation Of Macrophages In Vitro, Gabriel A. Bonaterra, David F. Driscoll, Hans Schwarzbach, Ralf Kinscherf 2017 Philipps-University Marburg

Krill Oil-In-Water Emulsion Protects Against Lipopolysaccharide-Induced Proinflammatory Activation Of Macrophages In Vitro, Gabriel A. Bonaterra, David F. Driscoll, Hans Schwarzbach, Ralf Kinscherf

Open Access Articles

BACKGROUND: Parenteral nutrition is often a mandatory therapeutic strategy for cases of septicemia. Likewise, therapeutic application of anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatory therapy, and endotoxin lowering, by removal or inactivation, might be beneficial to ameliorate the systemic inflammatory response during the acute phases of critical illness. Concerning anti-inflammatory properties in this setting, omega-3 fatty acids of marine origin have been frequently described. This study investigated the anti-inflammatory and LPS-inactivating properties of krill oil (KO)-in-water emulsion in human macrophages in vitro.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: Differentiated THP-1 macrophages were activated using specific ultrapure-LPS that binds only on the toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) in order ...


Pulmonary Surfactant Fortified With Cath-2 As A Novel Therapy For Bacterial Pneumonia, Brandon J. Baer 2017 University of Western Ontario

Pulmonary Surfactant Fortified With Cath-2 As A Novel Therapy For Bacterial Pneumonia, Brandon J. Baer

Western Research Forum

Background: Bacterial pneumonia is a leading cause of death worldwide, with high mortality rates persisting even after antibiotic treatment. Current treatments for pneumonia involve administration of antibiotics, however after the bacteria are killed they release toxic substances that induce inflammation and lung dysfunction. Host defense peptides represent a potential solution to this problem through their ability to down regulate inflammation. However, effective delivery to the lung is difficult because of the complex branching structure of the airways. My study addresses this delivery problem by using exogenous surfactant, a pulmonary delivery vehicle capable of improving spreading of these peptides throughout the ...


Neurotensin Nts1 And Nts2 Receptor Agonists Produce Anxiolytic-Like Effects In The 22-Khz Ultrasonic Vocalization Model In Rats, Floyd F. Steele III, Shannon C. Whitehouse, Jacob S. Aday, Adam J. Prus 2017 Virginia Commonwealth University

Neurotensin Nts1 And Nts2 Receptor Agonists Produce Anxiolytic-Like Effects In The 22-Khz Ultrasonic Vocalization Model In Rats, Floyd F. Steele Iii, Shannon C. Whitehouse, Jacob S. Aday, Adam J. Prus

Journal Articles

Neurotensin is a neuropeptide neurotransmitter that interacts with multiple neurotransmitter systems, including those regulating amygdalar function, via NTS1 and NTS2 receptors. Both receptors are expressed in the amygdala and agonists for NTS1 or NTS2 receptors have exhibited anxiolytic effects in animal models. Systemic adminstration of NTS1 receptor agonist PD149163 was recently shown to reduce footshock conditioned 22-kHz ultrasonic vocalizations in rats, suggesting that PD149163 produced an anxiolytic effect. The effects that neurotensin may have or a selective NTS2receptor agonist may have on 22-kHz vocalizations has yet to be examined. The current study evaluated ...


Three Dimensional Homology Modeling Of Organic Cation Transporter 3 To Identify Structural Elements Mediating Transporter-Substrate Interactions, Hebing Liu 2017 Virginia Commonwealth University

Three Dimensional Homology Modeling Of Organic Cation Transporter 3 To Identify Structural Elements Mediating Transporter-Substrate Interactions, Hebing Liu

Theses and Dissertations

Organic cation transporters (OCTs) play a pivotal role in the absorption, tissue distribution, and excretion of a diverse array of substances, and currently the nature of the biochemical interactions between substrate and OCTs are unknown. Therefore, identifying which amino acid residues are critical for OCT-substrate interactions is of central importance to understanding and predicting interactions between drugs and OCTs. A three-dimensional (3-D) homology model of human OCT3 was generated using the crystal structure of a high affinity phosphate transporter from Piriformospora indica (PiPT) as template, and putative binding pocket for the prototypical hOCT3 ligand 1-methyl-4-phenylpyridinium (MPP+) was identified through docking ...


Transferrin Receptor Targeted Delivery Of Sirna For Gene Therapy, Yuran Xie 2017 Wayne State University

Transferrin Receptor Targeted Delivery Of Sirna For Gene Therapy, Yuran Xie

Wayne State University Dissertations

Gene therapy is thought to be a solution for various difficult to treat diseases such as cancer. Small interfering RNA (siRNA) as a promising anti-sense molecule can specifically silence disease related gene have been exploit in different diseases. However, lack of safe and efficient siRNA delivery systems limits the application of siRNA therapy in clinic. Transferrin receptor (TfR) is an essential transmembrane receptor involved in iron uptake. TfR universally express in most cells/ tissues but upregulated in certain cells, for example, many cancer cells and activated T cells (ATCs). To overcome the biological barriers and increase siRNA delivery efficiency, in ...


Network Inference Driven Drug Discovery, Gergely Zahoránszky-Kőhalmi, Tudor I. Oprea MD, PhD, Cristian G. Bologa PhD, Subramani Mani MD, PhD, Oleg Ursu PhD 2016 University of New Mexico School of Medicine

Network Inference Driven Drug Discovery, Gergely Zahoránszky-Kőhalmi, Tudor I. Oprea Md, Phd, Cristian G. Bologa Phd, Subramani Mani Md, Phd, Oleg Ursu Phd

Biomedical Sciences ETDs

The application of rational drug design principles in the era of network-pharmacology requires the investigation of drug-target and target-target interactions in order to design new drugs. The presented research was aimed at developing novel computational methods that enable the efficient analysis of complex biomedical data and to promote the hypothesis generation in the context of translational research. The three chapters of the Dissertation relate to various segments of drug discovery and development process.

The first chapter introduces the integrated predictive drug discovery platform „SmartGraph”. The novel collaborative-filtering based algorithm „Target Based Recommender (TBR)” was developed in the framework of this ...


Implementation Of Universal Hplc Analysis For Counterfeit Medication: A Partnership Of Purdue University And The Kilimanjaro School Of Pharmacy, Jordyn McCord, Michael Mavity, David Wintczak 2016 Purdue University

Implementation Of Universal Hplc Analysis For Counterfeit Medication: A Partnership Of Purdue University And The Kilimanjaro School Of Pharmacy, Jordyn Mccord, Michael Mavity, David Wintczak

Purdue Journal of Service-Learning and International Engagement

Jordyn McCord and Michael Mavity are 2016 graduates of both biological engineering and pharmaceutical sciences. David Wintczak is a third-year pharmacy doctoral candidate. Here, in their second article published in PJSL, they describe a weeklong study abroad course at the Kilimanjaro School of Pharmacy in Tanzania, designed to engage students in the implementation of methods for detecting counterfeit medications.


Synthetic And Biological Exploration Of (+)-Boldine - Identification Of Potential Cns Receptor Ligands, Sujay Joseph 2016 CUNY Hunter College

Synthetic And Biological Exploration Of (+)-Boldine - Identification Of Potential Cns Receptor Ligands, Sujay Joseph

School of Arts & Sciences Theses

(+)-Boldine, an aporphine alkaloid, is reported to be biologically active at various Central Nervous System(CNS) receptors. However, only a few Structure Activity Relationship(SAR) studies have been conducted using boldine’s aporphine scaffold. A library of novel analogs was synthesized from boldine to understand the effect of bisbenzylation at C2 and C9 positions on the affinity and selectivity at the serotonin receptors.


Determination Of Isotopic Abundance Of 13c/12c Or 2h/1h And 18o/16o In Biofield Energy Treated 1-Chloro-3-Nitrobenzene (3-Cnb) Using Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry, Mahendra Kumar Trivedi 2016 Selected Works

Determination Of Isotopic Abundance Of 13c/12c Or 2h/1h And 18o/16o In Biofield Energy Treated 1-Chloro-3-Nitrobenzene (3-Cnb) Using Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry, Mahendra Kumar Trivedi

Mahendra Kumar Trivedi

1-Chloro-3-nitrobenzene (3-CNB) is an aromatic halo-amine compound used as chemical intermediate for the production of several fine chemicals like pharmaceuticals, dyes, agricultural chemicals, etc. The stable isotope ratio analysis has drawn attention in numerous fields such as agricultural, food authenticity, biochemistry, etc. The objective of the current research was to investigate the impact of the biofield energy treatment on the isotopic abundance ratios of PM+1/PM, PM+2/PM and PM+3/PM in 3-CNB using gas chromatography - mass spectrometry (GC-MS). The sample, 3-CNB was divided into two parts - one part was denoted as control and another part was ...


Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometric Analysis Of Isotopic Abundance Of 13c, 2h, And 18o In Biofield Energy Treated P-Tertiary Butylphenol (Ptbp), Mahendra Kumar Trivedi 2016 Selected Works

Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometric Analysis Of Isotopic Abundance Of 13c, 2h, And 18o In Biofield Energy Treated P-Tertiary Butylphenol (Ptbp), Mahendra Kumar Trivedi

Mahendra Kumar Trivedi

p-tert-Butyphenol (PTBP) is a phenolic monomer used in the synthesis of numerous industrially useful chemicals. The current research work aimed to evaluate the effect of the biofield energy treatment on the isotopic abundance ratios of PM+1/PM and PM+2/PM in PTBP using gas chromatography - mass spectrometry (GC-MS). The sample, PTBP was distributed into two parts - one part was designated as control PTBP and another part was considered as biofield energy treated PTBP. The biofield energy treatment was achieved through unique biofield energy transmission process by Mr. Trivedi (also known as The Trivedi Effect®). T1, T2, T3, and ...


Spectroscopic Studies Of Anthracyclines: Structural Characterization And In Vitro Tracking, Zeineb Farhane, Hugh Byrne, Malgorzata Baranska 2016 Dublin Institute of Technology

Spectroscopic Studies Of Anthracyclines: Structural Characterization And In Vitro Tracking, Zeineb Farhane, Hugh Byrne, Malgorzata Baranska

Articles

A broad spectroscopic characterization, using ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) and Fourier transform infrared absorption as well as Raman scattering, of two commonly used anthracyclines antibiotics (DOX) daunorubicin (DNR), their epimers (EDOX, EDNR) and ten selected analogs is presented. The paper serves as a comprehensive spectral library of UV-vis, IR and Raman spectra of anthracyclines in the solid state and in solution. The particular advantage of Raman spectroscopy for the measurement and analysis of individual antibiotics is demonstrated. Raman spectroscopy can be used to monitor the in vitro uptake and distribution of the drug in cells, using both 488 nm and 785 nm ...


Structural Activity Relationship Study On Dual Plk1 /Brd4 Inhibitor, Bi- 2536, Hailemichael Yosief, Shuai Liu, Dennis L. Buckley, Justin M. Roberts, Alex M. Muthengi, Francesca M. Corsini, James E. Bradner, Wei Zhang 2016 University of Massachusetts Boston

Structural Activity Relationship Study On Dual Plk1 /Brd4 Inhibitor, Bi- 2536, Hailemichael Yosief, Shuai Liu, Dennis L. Buckley, Justin M. Roberts, Alex M. Muthengi, Francesca M. Corsini, James E. Bradner, Wei Zhang

UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Research Retreat

Polo-like kinase 1 (PLK1) and BRD4 are two different therapeutic targets in cancer drug discovery. Recently it has been reported that PLK1 inhibitor, BI-2536, is also a potent inhibitor of BRD4. The simultaneous inhibition of PLK1 and BRD4 by a single drug molecule is interesting because this could lead to the development of effective therapeutic strategy for different types of disease conditions in which PLK1 and BRD4 are implicated. Structural activity relationship studies has been carried out on BI-2536 to generate analogs with enhanced dual inhibitory activity against BRD4 and PLK1 as well as to render the molecule selective to ...


Anthelminthic Screening For Parasitic Nematodes, Elfawal A. Mostafa, Dan Lawler, Dirk Albrecht, Raffi V. Aroian 2016 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Anthelminthic Screening For Parasitic Nematodes, Elfawal A. Mostafa, Dan Lawler, Dirk Albrecht, Raffi V. Aroian

UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Research Retreat

For many parasitic diseases, high-throughput phenotypic screening is an important tool in finding new drugs. Some of the most important parasitic diseases are caused by nematodes. However, these parasitic nematodes are not typically amenable to high throughput screening. Due to the ease of its maintenance and suitability for high throughput assay, the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans is instead used. To address whether C. elegans is a good model for nematode drug discovery, we compared the drug susceptibility of C. elegans relative to the human hookworm nematode parasite Ancylostoma ceylanicum at several developmental stages using a library of FDA approved drugs. I ...


Hiv Vaccines: Progress, Limitations And A Crispr/Cas9 Vaccine, Omar A. Garcia Martinez 2016 Augustana College, Rock Island Illinois

Hiv Vaccines: Progress, Limitations And A Crispr/Cas9 Vaccine, Omar A. Garcia Martinez

Biology: Student Scholarship & Creative Works

ABSTRACT: The HIV-1 pandemic continues to thrive due to ineffective HIV-1 vaccines. Historically, the world’s most infectious diseases, such as polio and smallpox, have been eradicated or have come close to eradication due to the advent of effective vaccines. Highly active antiretroviral therapy is able to delay the onset of AIDS but can neither rid the body of HIV-1 proviral DNA nor prevent further transmission. A prophylactic vaccine that prevents the various mechanisms HIV-1 has to evade and attack our immune system is needed to end the HIV-1 pandemic. Recent advances in engineered nuclease systems, like the CRISPR/Cas9 ...


Pioneering A Novel Class Of Tetrahydroimidazopyridines With Anti-Proliferative Property Study Against Prostate Cancer, Napoleon D'Cunha 2016 Clark Atlanta University

Pioneering A Novel Class Of Tetrahydroimidazopyridines With Anti-Proliferative Property Study Against Prostate Cancer, Napoleon D'Cunha

Electronic Theses & Dissertations Collection for Atlanta University & Clark Atlanta University

The synthesis of tetrahydroimidazo[1,5-a]pyridine (rIMP) through the transfer hydrogenation of imidazo[1,5-a]pyridine (IMP) was successfully developed. The simple two-step procedure is the most viable and efficient method that results in a unique conjugated system with pyridine at the 1-position and functionalized phenyl group at the 3-position.

In the synthesis of imidazo[1,5-a]pyridine, the reaction between di-2-pyridil ketone, substituted benzaldehyde and ammonium acetate in acetic acid under N2 was highly successful, resulting in yields ranging from 35-95%. Highest yields were obtained for compounds that had electron withdrawing group on them.

The transfer hydrogenation ...


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