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Oral Chemotherapy: Safe Handling In The Home, Cynthia Huff 2020 The University of San Francisco

Oral Chemotherapy: Safe Handling In The Home, Cynthia Huff

DNP Qualifying Manuscripts

Background: According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (2016), oral anticancer agents (OAC) are hazardous drugs (HD) and require the same safe handling interventions in the home setting as in controlled health care environments. The use of a safe handling checklist for OAC administration is a way nurses can provide safe handling education to patients and caregivers and assess for understanding and competency for critical tasks. Effective home management strategies outlining caregiver protections, proper storage, administration of OACs, spill clean-up, and waste disposal could reduce exposure risks to toxic agents.

Objective: To present a safe-handling checklist and ...


Click-Free Synthesis Of A Multivalent Tricyclic Peptide As A Molecular Transporter, Sumit Kumar, Dindyal Mandal, Shaima Ahmed El-Mowafi, Saghar Mozaffari, Rakesh Kumar Tiwari, Keykavous Parang 2020 Chapman University

Click-Free Synthesis Of A Multivalent Tricyclic Peptide As A Molecular Transporter, Sumit Kumar, Dindyal Mandal, Shaima Ahmed El-Mowafi, Saghar Mozaffari, Rakesh Kumar Tiwari, Keykavous Parang

Pharmacy Faculty Articles and Research

The cellular delivery of cell-impermeable and water-insoluble molecules remains an ongoing challenge to overcome. Previously, we reported amphipathic cyclic peptides c[WR]4 and c[WR]5 consisting of alternate arginine and tryptophan residues as nuclear-targeting molecular transporters. These peptides contain an optimal balance of positive charge and hydrophobicity, which is required for interactions with the phospholipid bilayer to facilitate their application as a drug delivery system. To further optimize them, we synthesized and evaluated a multivalent tricyclic peptide as an efficient molecular transporter. The monomeric cyclic peptide building blocks were synthesized using Fmoc/tBu solid-phase chemistry and cyclization in ...


Effect Of High Glucose On Ocular Surface Epithelial Cell Barrier And Tight Junction Proteins, Saleh M. Alfuraih, Ashley Barbarino, Christopher Ross, Kiumars Shamloo, Vishal Jhanji, Miao Zhang, Ajay Sharma 2020 Chapman University

Effect Of High Glucose On Ocular Surface Epithelial Cell Barrier And Tight Junction Proteins, Saleh M. Alfuraih, Ashley Barbarino, Christopher Ross, Kiumars Shamloo, Vishal Jhanji, Miao Zhang, Ajay Sharma

Pharmacy Faculty Articles and Research

PURPOSE. Patients with diabetes mellitus are reported to have ocular surface defects, impaired ocular surface barrier function, and a higher incidence of corneal and conjunctival infections. Tight junctions are critical for ocular surface barrier function. The present study was designed to investigate the effect of high glucose exposure on human corneal and conjunctival epithelial cell barrier function and tight junction proteins.

METHODS. Human corneal and conjunctival epithelial cells were exposed to 15 mM and 30 mM glucose for 24 and 72 hours. The barrier function was measured using transepithelial electrical resistance (TEER). The cell migration was quantified using scratch assay ...


The Bromodomains Of The Mammalian Swi/Snf (Mswi/Snf) Atpases Brahma (Brm) And Brahma Related Gene 1 (Brg1) Promote Chromatin Interaction And Are Critical For Skeletal Muscle Differentiation, Anthony N. Imbalzano, Hanna Witwicka, Tapan Sharma 2020 University of Massachusetts Medical School

The Bromodomains Of The Mammalian Swi/Snf (Mswi/Snf) Atpases Brahma (Brm) And Brahma Related Gene 1 (Brg1) Promote Chromatin Interaction And Are Critical For Skeletal Muscle Differentiation, Anthony N. Imbalzano, Hanna Witwicka, Tapan Sharma

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

Skeletal muscle differentiation induces changes in the epigenome of myoblasts as they proceed towards a myogenic phenotype. mSWI/SNF chromatin remodeling enzymes coordinate with lineage-determining transcription factors and are key regulators of differentiation. Three mSWI/SNF proteins, the mutually exclusive ATPases, BRG1 and BRM, and the BAF180 protein (Polybromo1, PBRM1) contain bromodomains belonging to the same structural subfamily. Bromodomains bind to acetylated lysines on histone N-terminal tails and on other proteins. Pharmacological inhibition of mSWI/SNF bromodomain function using the selective inhibitor PFI-3 reduced differentiation, decreased expression of myogenic genes, and increased the expression of cell cycle-related genes and the ...


Antibacterial Properties Of Common Gap Plants From Monteverde, Costa Rica, Hannah Pletcher 2020 Purdue University

Antibacterial Properties Of Common Gap Plants From Monteverde, Costa Rica, Hannah Pletcher

The Journal of Purdue Undergraduate Research

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Nano-Vesicle (Mis)Communication In Senescence-Related Pathologies, Sherin Saheera, Ajay Godwin Potnuri, Prasanna Krishnamurthy 2020 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Nano-Vesicle (Mis)Communication In Senescence-Related Pathologies, Sherin Saheera, Ajay Godwin Potnuri, Prasanna Krishnamurthy

COVID-19 Publications by UMMS Authors

Extracellular vesicles are a heterogeneous group of cell-derived membranous structures comprising of exosomes, apoptotic bodies, and microvesicles. Of the extracellular vesicles, exosomes are the most widely sorted and extensively explored for their contents and function. The size of the nanovesicular structures (exosomes) range from 30 to 140 nm and are present in various biological fluids such as saliva, plasma, urine etc. These cargo-laden extracellular vesicles arise from endosome-derived multivesicular bodies and are known to carry proteins and nucleic acids. Exosomes are involved in multiple physiological and pathological processes, including cellular senescence. Exosomes mediate signaling crosstalk and play a critical role ...


Pfred: A Computational Platform For Sirna And Antisense Oligonucleotides Design, Simone Sciabola, Hualin Xi, Dario Cruz, Qing Cao, Christine Lawrence, Tianhong Zhang, Sergio Rotstein, Jason D. Hughes, Daniel R. Caffrey, Robert Stanton 2020 Biogen

Pfred: A Computational Platform For Sirna And Antisense Oligonucleotides Design, Simone Sciabola, Hualin Xi, Dario Cruz, Qing Cao, Christine Lawrence, Tianhong Zhang, Sergio Rotstein, Jason D. Hughes, Daniel R. Caffrey, Robert Stanton

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

PFRED a software application for the design, analysis, and visualization of antisense oligonucleotides and siRNA is described. The software provides an intuitive user-interface for scientists to design a library of siRNA or antisense oligonucleotides that target a specific gene of interest. Moreover, the tool facilitates the incorporation of various design criteria that have been shown to be important for stability and potency. PFRED has been made available as an open-source project so the code can be easily modified to address the future needs of the oligonucleotide research community. A compiled version is available for downloading at https://github.com/pfred ...


Opioid Dependency And Its Effects On Alcohol Consumption, Emily V. Flores 2020 University of Texas at Tyler

Opioid Dependency And Its Effects On Alcohol Consumption, Emily V. Flores

Psychology and Counseling Theses

Previous research has found dualistic effects on alcohol consumption with low doses of buprenorphine increasing alcohol and higher doses of buprenorphine reducing alcohol consumption in rats (Ciccocioppo et al., 2006). Other existing research on naloxone treatment and alcohol consumption in opioid use has demonstrated that alcohol consumption decreases after naloxone treatment in rats (Hyytia & Sinclair, 1993). Yet, no research has been conducted on either rats or humans on the effects of buprenorphine and naloxone medication combined. The effects of opioid maintenance therapy are controversial and the relationship between alcohol consumption and opioid dependency treatment is mainly based on literature review ...


Characterization Of Viral Insulins Reveals White Adipose Tissue Specific Effects In Mice, Martina Chrudinová, Francois Moreau, Hye Lim Noh, Terezie Páníková, Lenka Žáková, Randall H. Friedline, Francisco A. Valenzuela, Jason K. Kim, Czech Academy of Sciences, Harvard Medical School, Boston College 2020 Boston College

Characterization Of Viral Insulins Reveals White Adipose Tissue Specific Effects In Mice, Martina Chrudinová, Francois Moreau, Hye Lim Noh, Terezie Páníková, Lenka Žáková, Randall H. Friedline, Francisco A. Valenzuela, Jason K. Kim, Czech Academy Of Sciences, Harvard Medical School, Boston College

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

Members of the insulin/IGF superfamily are well conserved across the evolutionary tree. We recently showed that four viruses in the Iridoviridae family possess genes that encode proteins highly homologous to human insulin/IGF-1. Using chemically synthesized single chain (sc), i.e. IGF-1-like, forms of the viral insulin/IGF-1 like peptides (VILPs), we previously showed that they can stimulate human receptors. Because these peptides possess potential cleavage sites to form double chain (dc), i.e. more insulin-like, VILPs, in this study, we have characterized dc forms of VILPs for Grouper iridovirus (GIV), Singapore grouper iridovirus (SGIV) and Lymphocystis disease virus-1 ...


Cyclic Peptide-Gadolinium Nanoparticles For Enhanced Intracellular Delivery, Amir Nasrolahi Shirazi, Shang Eun Park, Shirin Rad, Luiza Baloyan, Dindyal Mandal, Muhammad Imran Sajid, Ryley Hall, Sandeep Lohan, Khalid Zoghebi, Keykavous Parang, Rakesh Tiwari 2020 Marshall B. Ketchum University

Cyclic Peptide-Gadolinium Nanoparticles For Enhanced Intracellular Delivery, Amir Nasrolahi Shirazi, Shang Eun Park, Shirin Rad, Luiza Baloyan, Dindyal Mandal, Muhammad Imran Sajid, Ryley Hall, Sandeep Lohan, Khalid Zoghebi, Keykavous Parang, Rakesh Tiwari

Pharmacy Faculty Articles and Research

A cyclic peptide containing one cysteine and five alternating tryptophan and arginine amino acids [(WR)5C] was synthesized using Fmoc/tBu solid-phase methodology. The ability of the synthesized cyclic peptide to produce gadolinium nanoparticles through an in situ one-pot mixing of an aqueous solution of GdCl3 with [(WR)5C] peptide solution was evaluated. Transmission electron microscopy showed the formed peptide-Gd nanoparticles in star-shape morphology with a size of ~250 nm. Flow cytometry investigation showed that the cellular uptake of a cell-impermeable fluorescence-labeled phosphopeptide (F′-GpYEEI, where F′ = fluorescein) was approximately six times higher in the presence of ...


Host Immunity Increases Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Reliance On Cytochrome Bd Oxidase, Yi Cai, Eleni Jaecklein, Jared Mackenzie, Kadamba Papavinasasundaram, Michigan State University, Xinchun Chen, Africa Health Research Institute, Christopher M. Sassetti 2020 Shenzhen University

Host Immunity Increases Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Reliance On Cytochrome Bd Oxidase, Yi Cai, Eleni Jaecklein, Jared Mackenzie, Kadamba Papavinasasundaram, Michigan State University, Xinchun Chen, Africa Health Research Institute, Christopher M. Sassetti

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

In order to sustain a persistent infection, Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) must adapt to a changing environment that is shaped by the developing immune response. This necessity to adapt is evident in the flexibility of many aspects of Mtb metabolism, including a respiratory chain that consists of two distinct terminal cytochrome oxidase complexes. Under the conditions tested thus far, the bc1/aa3 complex appears to play a dominant role, while the alternative bd oxidase is largely redundant. However, presence of two terminal oxidases in this obligate pathogen implies that respiratory requirements might change during infection. We report that the ...


A Cross-Reactive Human Iga Monoclonal Antibody Blocks Sars-Cov-2 Spike-Ace2 Interaction, Ejemel Monir, Qi Li, Shurong Hou, Zachary Schiller, Aaron Wallace, Alla Amcheslavsky, Nese Kurt Yilmaz, Jacqueline R. Toomey, Ryan Schneider, Anudeep S. Ramchetty, Chandrashekar Ganesa, Lisa Cavacini, Mark S. Klempner, Celia A. Schiffer, Yan Wang 2020 University of Massachusetts Medical School

A Cross-Reactive Human Iga Monoclonal Antibody Blocks Sars-Cov-2 Spike-Ace2 Interaction, Ejemel Monir, Qi Li, Shurong Hou, Zachary Schiller, Aaron Wallace, Alla Amcheslavsky, Nese Kurt Yilmaz, Jacqueline R. Toomey, Ryan Schneider, Anudeep S. Ramchetty, Chandrashekar Ganesa, Lisa Cavacini, Mark S. Klempner, Celia A. Schiffer, Yan Wang

COVID-19 Publications by UMMS Authors

COVID-19 caused by SARS-CoV-2 has become a global pandemic requiring the development of interventions for the prevention or treatment to curtail mortality and morbidity. No vaccine to boost mucosal immunity, or as a therapeutic, has yet been developed to SARS-CoV-2. In this study, we discover and characterize a cross-reactive human IgA monoclonal antibody, MAb362. MAb362 binds to both SARS-CoV and SARS-CoV-2 spike proteins and competitively blocks ACE2 receptor binding, by overlapping the ACE2 structural binding epitope. Furthermore, MAb362 IgA neutralizes both pseudotyped SARS-CoV and SARS-CoV-2 in 293 cells expressing ACE2. When converted to secretory IgA, MAb326 also neutralizes authentic SARS-CoV-2 ...


Broad Host Range Of Sars-Cov-2 Predicted By Comparative And Structural Analysis Of Ace2 In Vertebrates, Joana Damas, Elinor K. Karlsson, Harris A. Lewin 2020 University of California, Davis

Broad Host Range Of Sars-Cov-2 Predicted By Comparative And Structural Analysis Of Ace2 In Vertebrates, Joana Damas, Elinor K. Karlsson, Harris A. Lewin

COVID-19 Publications by UMMS Authors

The novel coronavirus severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is the cause of COVID-19. The main receptor of SARS-CoV-2, angiotensin I converting enzyme 2 (ACE2), is now undergoing extensive scrutiny to understand the routes of transmission and sensitivity in different species. Here, we utilized a unique dataset of ACE2 sequences from 410 vertebrate species, including 252 mammals, to study the conservation of ACE2 and its potential to be used as a receptor by SARS-CoV-2. We designed a five-category binding score based on the conservation properties of 25 amino acids important for the binding between ACE2 and the SARS-CoV-2 spike ...


Reduced Neurog3 Gene Dosage Shifts Enteroendocrine Progenitor Toward Goblet Cell Lineage In The Mouse Intestine, Joyce H. Li, Subir Ray, Alper Kucukural, Gerard Gradwohl, Andrew B. Leiter 2020 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Reduced Neurog3 Gene Dosage Shifts Enteroendocrine Progenitor Toward Goblet Cell Lineage In The Mouse Intestine, Joyce H. Li, Subir Ray, Alper Kucukural, Gerard Gradwohl, Andrew B. Leiter

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

BACKGROUND and AIMS: Transient expression of Neurog3 commits intestinal secretory progenitors to become enteroendocrine-biased progenitors and hence drive enteroendocrine differentiation. Loss of Neurog3 in mouse resulted in the depletion of intestinal enteroendocrine cells (EECs) and an increase in goblet cells. Earlier studies in developing mouse pancreas showed Neurog3 gene dosage in endocrine and exocrine cell fate allocation. We aimed to determine whether Neurog3 gene dosage controls fate choice of enteroendocrine progenitors.

METHODS: We acquired mutant Neurog3 reporter mice carrying 2, 1, or null Neurog3 alleles to study Neurog3 gene dosage effect by lineage tracing. Cell types arising from Neurog3+ progenitors ...


Cancer-Targeting Immunostimulatory Peptides As An Immunotherapeutic Approach To Cancer, Rachel Montel 2020 Seton Hall University

Cancer-Targeting Immunostimulatory Peptides As An Immunotherapeutic Approach To Cancer, Rachel Montel

Seton Hall University Dissertations and Theses (ETDs)

This dissertation reports the synthesis and biological applications of bifunctional trimeric peptides with B7H6-derived NKp30 binding motifs that serve to activate an immunocytotoxic response in natural killer cells and a GRP78-binding motif that can target tumors that express surface GRP78. In this manner the cancer-targeting immunostimulatory peptides are anticipated to directly bind and activate effector NK92-MI cells while also recognizing and binding to target A549 tumor cells to facilitate NK cell-dependent immunocytotoxicity of the targeted tumors. The NKp30 binding peptide motifs are derived from the tumor associated B7H6 antigen that is often downregulated or shed from the surface of tumors ...


Seroprevalence Of Sars-Cov-2-Specific Igg Antibodies Among Adults Living In Connecticut Between March 1 And June 1, 2020: Post-Infection Prevalence (Pip) Study, Shiwani Mahajan, Lokinendi V. Rao, Harlan M. Krumholz 2020 Yale University

Seroprevalence Of Sars-Cov-2-Specific Igg Antibodies Among Adults Living In Connecticut Between March 1 And June 1, 2020: Post-Infection Prevalence (Pip) Study, Shiwani Mahajan, Lokinendi V. Rao, Harlan M. Krumholz

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

Importance: A seroprevalence study can estimate the percentage of people with SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in the general population. Most existing reports have used a convenience sample, which may bias their estimates.

Objective: To estimate the seroprevalence of antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 based on a random sample of adults living in Connecticut between March 1 and June 1, 2020.

Design: Cross-sectional. Setting: We sought a representative sample of Connecticut residents who completed a survey between June 4 and June 23, 2020 and underwent serology testing for SARS-CoV-2-specific IgG antibodies between June 10 and July 6, 2020.

Participants: 505 respondents, aged ≥18 years, residing ...


Upregulating Beta-Hexosaminidase Activity In Rodents Prevents Alpha-Synuclein Lipid Associations And Protects Dopaminergic Neurons From Alpha-Synuclein-Mediated Neurotoxicity, Oeystein R. Brekk, Joanna A. Korecka, Cecile C. Crapart, Mylene Huebecker, Zachary K. MacBain, Sara Ann Rosenthal, Miguel Sena-Esteves, David A. Priestman, Frances M. Platt, Ole Isacson, Penelope J. Hallett 2020 Harvard Medical School

Upregulating Beta-Hexosaminidase Activity In Rodents Prevents Alpha-Synuclein Lipid Associations And Protects Dopaminergic Neurons From Alpha-Synuclein-Mediated Neurotoxicity, Oeystein R. Brekk, Joanna A. Korecka, Cecile C. Crapart, Mylene Huebecker, Zachary K. Macbain, Sara Ann Rosenthal, Miguel Sena-Esteves, David A. Priestman, Frances M. Platt, Ole Isacson, Penelope J. Hallett

Open Access Articles

Sandhoff disease (SD) is a lysosomal storage disease, caused by loss of beta-hexosaminidase (HEX) activity resulting in the accumulation of ganglioside GM2. There are shared features between SD and Parkinson's disease (PD). alpha-synuclein (aSYN) inclusions, the diagnostic hallmark sign of PD, are frequently found in the brain in SD patients and HEX knockout mice, and HEX activity is reduced in the substantia nigra in PD. In this study, we biochemically demonstrate that HEX deficiency in mice causes formation of high-molecular weight (HMW) aSYN and ubiquitin in the brain. As expected from HEX enzymatic function requirements, overexpression in vivo of ...


The Rna Phosphatase Pir-1 Regulates Endogenous Small Rna Pathways In C. Elegans, Daniel A. Chaves, Hui Dai, Lichao Li, James J. Moresco, Myung Eun Oh, Darryl Conte Jr., John R. Yates III, Craig C. Mello, Weifeng Gu 2020 University of Massachusetts Medical School

The Rna Phosphatase Pir-1 Regulates Endogenous Small Rna Pathways In C. Elegans, Daniel A. Chaves, Hui Dai, Lichao Li, James J. Moresco, Myung Eun Oh, Darryl Conte Jr., John R. Yates Iii, Craig C. Mello, Weifeng Gu

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

Eukaryotic cells regulate 5' triphosphorylated (ppp-) RNAs to promote cellular functions and prevent recognition by antiviral RNA sensors. For example, RNA capping enzymes possess triphosphatase domains that remove the γ phosphates of ppp-RNAs during RNA capping. Members of the closely related PIR1 family of RNA polyphosphatases remove both the β and γ phosphates from ppp-RNAs. Here we show that C. elegans PIR-1 dephosphorylates ppp-RNAs made by cellular RdRPs and is required for the maturation of 26G-RNAs, Dicer-dependent small RNAs that regulate thousands of genes during spermatogenesis and embryogenesis. PIR-1 also regulates the CSR-1 22G-RNA pathway and has critical functions in ...


The Dhodh Inhibitor Ptc299 Arrests Sars-Cov-2 Replication And Suppresses Induction Of Inflammatory Cytokines, Jeremy Luban, Caterina Strambio De Castilla, Yetao Wang, Allan Jacobson, Stuart Peltz 2020 University of Massachusetts Medical School

The Dhodh Inhibitor Ptc299 Arrests Sars-Cov-2 Replication And Suppresses Induction Of Inflammatory Cytokines, Jeremy Luban, Caterina Strambio De Castilla, Yetao Wang, Allan Jacobson, Stuart Peltz

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has created an urgent need for therapeutics that inhibit the SARS-CoV-2 virus and suppress the fulminant inflammation characteristic of advanced illness. Here, we describe the anti-COVID-19 potential of PTC299, an orally available compound that is a potent inhibitor of dihydroorotate dehydrogenase (DHODH), the rate-limiting enzyme of the de novo pyrimidine biosynthesis pathway. In tissue culture, PTC299 manifests robust, dose-dependent, and DHODH-dependent inhibition of SARS CoV-2 replication (EC50 range, 2.0 to 31.6 nM) with a selectivity index >3,800. PTC299 also blocked replication of other RNA viruses, including Ebola virus. Consistent with known ...


Separation And Identification Of Permethylated Glycan Isomers By Reversed Phase Nanolc-Nsi-Msn, Simone Kurz, M. Osman Sheikh, Shan Lu, Lance Wells, Michael Tiemeyer 2020 University of Georgia

Separation And Identification Of Permethylated Glycan Isomers By Reversed Phase Nanolc-Nsi-Msn, Simone Kurz, M. Osman Sheikh, Shan Lu, Lance Wells, Michael Tiemeyer

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

High performance liquid chromatography has been employed for decades to enhance detection sensitivity and quantification of complex analytes within biological mixtures. Among these analytes, glycans released from glycoproteins and glycolipids have been characterized as underivatized or fluorescently tagged derivatives by HPLC coupled to various detection methods. These approaches have proven extremely useful for profiling the structural diversity of glycoprotein and glycolipid glycosylation but require the availability of glycan standards and secondary orthogonal degradation strategies to validate structural assignments. A robust method for HPLC separation of glycans as their permethylated derivatives, coupled with in-line MSn fragmentation to assign structural features independent ...


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