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Applied Drug Development And Combinatorial Strategies For Antimicrobial Treatment, Steven K. Lai Hing 2017 Texas A & M University - College Station

Applied Drug Development And Combinatorial Strategies For Antimicrobial Treatment, Steven K. Lai Hing

Andrews Research Conference

Streptococcus mutans JH1140 is a strain of bacteria which produces a lantibiotic product, named mutacin 1140. Mutacin 1140 has been shown to be effective at inhibiting Gram-positive bacterial infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pneumoniae. Mutacin 1140 is a ribosomally synthesized peptide antibiotic that undergoes extensive posttranslational modifications (PTM). We have found that Mutacin 1140 and an aminoglycoside, Kanamycin, when combined together, act synergistically against Staphylococcus aureus. This was determined by performing serial kill curve dilution overlays on solid media, followed up with kill curve by microdilution plate, and most recently confirmed with kill curve CFU count plates on ...


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 ...


Structure Activity Relationship Studies Of Novel Diarylpentanoid Analogs Targeting The Androgen Receptor In Prostate Cancer Cells, Haili Coffin, Marco Bisoffi 2017 Chapman University

Structure Activity Relationship Studies Of Novel Diarylpentanoid Analogs Targeting The Androgen Receptor In Prostate Cancer Cells, Haili Coffin, Marco Bisoffi

Student Research Day Abstracts and Posters

The development of prostate cancer (PCa) relies strongly on the activation of the androgen receptor (AR) signaling pathway by its natural ligand dihydrotestosterone. Furthermore, PCa progression to metastatic disease represents oncogene addiction to AR activity. Androgen ablation therapy is thus a mainstay therapy against this disease, but the development of ligand-independent AR activation and persisting AR expression eventually leads to castration resistant PCa (CRPC). Therefore, down-regulation of AR expression in PCa cells may be an effective therapeutic modality. The diarylpentanoid ca27 has previously been shown to down-regulate AR expression by an unknown mechanism of action. The present work represents a ...


School Of Pharmacy Class Of 2017 Hooding Ceremony, Cedarville University 2017 Cedarville University

School Of Pharmacy Class Of 2017 Hooding Ceremony, Cedarville University

Doctor of Pharmacy Hooding Ceremony

May 5, 2017


Design, Synthesis, And Evaluation Of Novel Positron Emission Tomography Radiotracers, Christopher Philip Surdock 2017 University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Design, Synthesis, And Evaluation Of Novel Positron Emission Tomography Radiotracers, Christopher Philip Surdock

Theses and Dissertations (ETD)

Neuroblastoma (NB) is the most common extracranial tumor in patients under 1 year of age and it constitutes about 8-10% of all childhood cancer. It originates from neural crest cells that normally differentiate to form the sympathetic ganglia, adrenal medulla and other paraspinal sites where sympathetic nervous system tissue is present. Even with an extensive treatment regimen that typically includes surgery, chemotherapy, total body irradiation and autologous stem cell transplantation, the 5-year event-free survival is <50% for high risk patients, and there are numerous long-term side effects associated with treatment. This body of work investigated two projects for improving patient outcomes through the development of positron emission tomography (PET) radiotracers that could be used for therapy planning. The goal of the first project was to design, synthesize, and evaluate PET radiotracers that could measure the enzymatic activation of Irinotecan (CPT-11), a potent chemotherapeutic used in the treatment of colon cancer and several pediatric solid tumors. CPT-11 itself is a prodrug which is converted in vivo to SN-38, via metabolism by carboxylesterase (CE) enzymes. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital researchers have designed a two-pronged protocol of tumor-targeted CPT-11 chemotherapy combining the complementary approaches of a) specific modulation of human CE in normal tissues to improve drug delivery, and b) tumor-targeted activation of prodrug using neural progenitor cells (NPC) transfected with a mutant human CE cDNA. The tumor-selective trafficking of NPC allows over-expression of CE within the tumor. This prodrug/activating enzyme therapeutic approach has shown extremely encouraging preclinical results in the treatment of NB (90% 1-year survival in mice). However, successful translation of this novel therapeutic approach into general clinical practice requires a better understanding of progenitor cell trafficking, duration and intensity of enzymatic activity and the ultimate biological fate of the therapeutic construct. Toward this end, PET radiotracers were developed based on extensive structure-activity relationship (SAR) studies of CE binding. The goal of the second project was to design, synthesize, and evaluate PET radiotracers that could identify the presence of the tropomyosin receptor kinase B (TrkB). TrkB is not normally found in sympathetic nervous tissue, which is the tissue NB develops from, and thus is a potential target for imaging and therapy. The presence of TrkB and its neurotrophin, brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), have been reported to protect neuroblastoma tumor cells from chemotherapy-induced apoptosis via a phosphatidylinositol 3’-kinase pathway. Radiotracers were synthesized and evaluated for their ability to identify TrkB both in vitro and in vivo. PET radiosynthetic procedures were optimized to synthesize novel radiotracers for imaging targets that could help clinicians monitor therapy or identify markers that would aid in therapy planning for NB patients. The method development could be applied to future compounds that show improved chemical characteristics for synthesis and selectivity.


An Exploratory Study Of The Utlization Of Evidence-Based Pharmacological Treatment On Heart Failure Patients In Mississippi And Its Impact On Readmission, Keri A. Barron 2017 University of Southern Mississippi

An Exploratory Study Of The Utlization Of Evidence-Based Pharmacological Treatment On Heart Failure Patients In Mississippi And Its Impact On Readmission, Keri A. Barron

Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship of adherence to evidence-based guidelines for pharmacologic management by select Mississippi hospitals and their hospital readmission rates. This was an exploratory study with a retrospective design. This design offered insight into the relationship between readmissions of heart failure patients and adherence to the national guidelines for the pharmacologic treatment of heart failure. The study took place in a hospital in the southeastern section of the United States. Data were collected from a database of patients with heart failure seen between January 2011 and June 2014.

The unit of analysis for ...


Treatment Of Vaso-Occlusive Pain Related To Sickle Cell Disease In Pediatric Patients: A Systematic Review, Rebecca L. Tourtellotte 2017 University of Rhode Island

Treatment Of Vaso-Occlusive Pain Related To Sickle Cell Disease In Pediatric Patients: A Systematic Review, Rebecca L. Tourtellotte

Senior Honors Projects

Sickle cell disease is a rare inherited disorder that affects the shape of red blood cells. Symptoms generally begin by three years of age. Complications of sickle cell disease include vaso-occlusive crises, acute chest syndrome, infections, pulmonary hypertension, priapism, stroke, as well as problems with various organ systems. Vaso-occlusive crises are the most common reason for hospitalization in patients with sickle cell disease. A vaso-occlusive crisis is an episode of pain, described as sharp, intense, and throbbing, most commonly occurring in the lower back, leg, hip, abdomen, or chest. It typically begins at night and lasts 3-14 days. No cure ...


The Pharmacognosy And Therapeutic Efficacy Of Turmeric (Curcuma Longa): A Systematic Review, Maghan Ballantyne 2017 University of Rhode Island

The Pharmacognosy And Therapeutic Efficacy Of Turmeric (Curcuma Longa): A Systematic Review, Maghan Ballantyne

Senior Honors Projects

Turmeric is a well-known natural product, native to Southeast Asia, commonly

used for a variety of cultural traditions and health benefits. Generally referred

to as curcumin, it is a member of the Zingiberaceae, or ginger family, utilized

for its roots and known for its vibrant yellow hue. Culturally, it is primarily

incorporated into cooking and as an integral part of religious rituals and

ceremonies. Chemically, turmeric is classified as a phenolic compound, made

up of many curcuminoids, each with varying levels of activity. Therapeutically,

its health benefits include anti-inflammatory, anti-hyperlipidemia, anti-oxidant

and anti-pruritic properties. The pharmacognosy of curcumin modulates

inflammatory ...


Kinetic Studies Of Dna Repair Enzyme Alkbh2, Michael R. Vittori 2017 University of Rhode Island

Kinetic Studies Of Dna Repair Enzyme Alkbh2, Michael R. Vittori

Senior Honors Projects

The genomes of living organisms are under constant bombardment from various sources, including chemical modification stemming from processes within the organisms themselves or from exogenous agents, and from radiation. These sources of genomic damage may induce structural changes in the genome’s most basic functional units, the nucleotides that comprise DNA. Damage to an organism’s DNA may result in the production of dysfunctional or nonfunctional proteins. Failure to repair such damage may result in the compounding of successive mutations within the organism’s genome, the pathogenesis of cancer and various genetic disorders in humans. To ensure their viability, organisms ...


Evaluating The Safety And Efficacy Of Classical Greek And Roman Treatments Compared To Modern Treatment, Morgan A. Wynes 2017 University of Rhode Island

Evaluating The Safety And Efficacy Of Classical Greek And Roman Treatments Compared To Modern Treatment, Morgan A. Wynes

Senior Honors Projects

Classical Greek and Roman civilizations survived for centuries and have greatly influenced the civilizations that have succeeded them. The treatments of diseases of both civilizations changed over time as physicians and philosophers such as Hippocrates and Galen developed a better understanding of the human body. Some of the treatments for disease used in ancient Greece and Rome remain in use today.

This project was designed to assess the safety and efficacy of classical Greek and Roman medicinal treatments and compare them to modern day treatments. The first step of the project was to identify classical diseases with telltale symptoms that ...


Antiemetic Use Among Pregnant Women In The United States: The Escalating Use Of Ondansetron, Lockwood G. Taylor, Steven T. Bird, Leyla Sahin, Melissa S. Tassinari, Patty Greene, Marsha Reichman, Susan E. Andrade, Katherine Haffenreffer, Sengwee Toh 2017 US Food and Drug Administration

Antiemetic Use Among Pregnant Women In The United States: The Escalating Use Of Ondansetron, Lockwood G. Taylor, Steven T. Bird, Leyla Sahin, Melissa S. Tassinari, Patty Greene, Marsha Reichman, Susan E. Andrade, Katherine Haffenreffer, Sengwee Toh

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

PURPOSE: To examine ondansetron use in pregnancy in the context of other antiemetic use among a large insured United States population of women delivering live births. METHODS: We assessed ondansetron and other antiemetic use among pregnant women delivering live births between 2001 and 2015 in 15 data partners contributing data to the Mini-Sentinel Distributed Database. We identified live birth pregnancies using a validated algorithm, and all forms of ondansetron and other available antiemetics were identified using National Drug Codes or procedure codes. We assessed the prevalence of antiemetic use by trimester, calendar year, and formulation. RESULTS: In over 2.3 ...


The Bug-Bag: Consolidating Medications To Cut Costs, James Harrigan, PharmD, MS3, Erin Bange, MD, Jessica Caro, MD, Sarah Yeager, PharmD, David Manoff, MD 2017 Thomas Jefferson University

The Bug-Bag: Consolidating Medications To Cut Costs, James Harrigan, Pharmd, Ms3, Erin Bange, Md, Jessica Caro, Md, Sarah Yeager, Pharmd, David Manoff, Md

Jefferson College of Pharmacy Posters

Background

Founded in 1991, JeffHOPE is an organization of student run medical clinics providing care to the homeless and underserved populations of Philadelphia. JeffHOPE currently operates at 5 different sites

  • Eliza Shirley

Population served: Women and children

Serves as a transitional shelter and aims to help newly homeless women and children find more stable housing

  • Sunday Breakfast

Population served: Men older than 18

Serves as a transitional shelter offering housing for 30 days for homeless men

  • ACTS

Population served: Women and children

Provides long term housing for women and children who are homeless. The shelter is also located next to ...


Pharmacodynamic Activity Of Fosfomycin Simulating Urinary Concentrations Achieved After A Single 3 Gram Oral Dose Versus Escherichia Coli Using An In Vitro Model, George G. Zhanel, Kate Parkinson, Sean Higgins, Andrew Denisuik, Heather Adam, Johann Pitout, Ayman Noreddin, James A. Karlowsky 2017 University of Manitoba

Pharmacodynamic Activity Of Fosfomycin Simulating Urinary Concentrations Achieved After A Single 3 Gram Oral Dose Versus Escherichia Coli Using An In Vitro Model, George G. Zhanel, Kate Parkinson, Sean Higgins, Andrew Denisuik, Heather Adam, Johann Pitout, Ayman Noreddin, James A. Karlowsky

Pharmacy Faculty Articles and Research

We assessed the activity of fosfomycin simulating urinary concentrations achieved after a single 3 gram oral dose against Escherichia coli using an in vitro pharmacodynamic model. Eleven urinary isolates of E. coli were studied. Isolates were ESBL-producing or carbapenemase-producing. The in vitro pharmacodynamic model was inoculated with an inoculum of (~1 × 106 cfu/mL). Fosfomycin was administered to simulate maximum free (ƒ) urine (U) concentrations and a t1/2 obtained after a standard single 3 gram oral dose in healthy volunteers (ƒUmax, 4000 mg/L; t1/2, 6 h). Sampling was performed over 48 h to ...


Do You Have Any Questions For The Pharmacist?, Rachel Mays 2017 Butler University

Do You Have Any Questions For The Pharmacist?, Rachel Mays

BU Well

As perhaps the single-most common inquiry in modern healthcare, the question, “Do you have any questions for the pharmacist?” represents not only an integral step in pharmacy workflow, but also an excellent opportunity for healthcare consumer education. Pharmacy counseling serves as arguably the most convenient, accessible avenue for the public to gain medication-related information in an ever-busying and demanding American healthcare culture. Unfortunately, no “one size fits all” approach to pharmacy counseling exists, and delivering meaningful, effective education requires acknowledgement of a variety of patient-specific factors. This article ex­plores the utilization of Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test results to determine ...


Crispr: The Last Piece Of The Genetic Puzzle, Brad Broyles 2017 Butler University

Crispr: The Last Piece Of The Genetic Puzzle, Brad Broyles

BU Well

CRISPR/Cas9 is an emerging gene editing tool. This technology, which evolved naturally as a defense mechanism for bacteria and other prokaryotes, has been repurposed to edit genes in a wide array of cells, including human cells. This paper outlines the discovery, mechanism, and potential applications of CRISPR/Cas9.


Mobile Application To Promote Adherence To Oral Chemotherapy And Symptom Management: A Protocol For Design And Development, Joel N. Fishbein, Lauren E. Nisotel, James J. MacDonald, Nicole Amoyal Pensak, Jamie M. Jacobs, Clare Flanagan, Kamal Jethwani, Joseph A. Greer 2017 University of Colorado Boulder

Mobile Application To Promote Adherence To Oral Chemotherapy And Symptom Management: A Protocol For Design And Development, Joel N. Fishbein, Lauren E. Nisotel, James J. Macdonald, Nicole Amoyal Pensak, Jamie M. Jacobs, Clare Flanagan, Kamal Jethwani, Joseph A. Greer

Psychology and Neuroscience Graduate Contributions

Background: Oral chemotherapy is increasingly used in place of traditional intravenous chemotherapy to treat patients with cancer. While oral chemotherapy includes benefits such as ease of administration, convenience, and minimization of invasive infusions, patients receive less oversight, support, and symptom monitoring from clinicians. Additionally, adherence is a well-documented challenge for patients with cancer prescribed oral chemotherapy regimens. With the ever-growing presence of smartphones and potential for efficacious behavioral intervention technology, we created a mobile health intervention for medication and symptom management.

Objective: The objective of this study was to develop and evaluate the usability and acceptability of a smartphone app ...


Effectiveness Of Triple Therapy With Direct-Acting Antivirals For Hepatitis C Genotype 1 Infection: Application Of Propensity Score Matching In A National Hcv Treatment Registry., Emma Gray, David J. Pasta, Suzanne Norris, Aisling O'Leary, Irish Hepatitis C Outcomes and Research Network (ICORN) 2017 Trinity College Dublin

Effectiveness Of Triple Therapy With Direct-Acting Antivirals For Hepatitis C Genotype 1 Infection: Application Of Propensity Score Matching In A National Hcv Treatment Registry., Emma Gray, David J. Pasta, Suzanne Norris, Aisling O'Leary, Irish Hepatitis C Outcomes And Research Network (Icorn)

School of Pharmacy Articles

BACKGROUND: Observational studies are used to measure the effectiveness of an intervention in non-experimental, real world scenarios at the population level and are recognised as an important component of the evidence pyramid. Such data can be accrued through prospective cohort studies and a patient registry is a proven method for this type of study. The national hepatitis C (HCV) registry was established in Ireland in 2012 with the aim of monitoring the clinical and economic outcomes from new, high cost regimens for the treatment of HCV infection. A sustained virological response (SVR) 24 weeks following completion of therapy with interferon-containing ...


2017 Symposium Overview, Cedarville University 2017 Cedarville University

2017 Symposium Overview, Cedarville University

The Research and Scholarship Symposium

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Employing “Fdalabel” Database To Extract Pharmacogenomics Information From Fda Drug Labeling To Advance The Study Of Precision Medicine, Ryley B. Uber, Hong Fang, Zhichao Liu, Joshua Xu, Shraddha Thakkar, Shashi Amur, Padmaja Mummaneni, Minjun Chen, Baitang Ning, Steve Harris, Guangxu Zhou, Leihong Wu, Paul Howard, Weida Tong 2017 Cedarville University

Employing “Fdalabel” Database To Extract Pharmacogenomics Information From Fda Drug Labeling To Advance The Study Of Precision Medicine, Ryley B. Uber, Hong Fang, Zhichao Liu, Joshua Xu, Shraddha Thakkar, Shashi Amur, Padmaja Mummaneni, Minjun Chen, Baitang Ning, Steve Harris, Guangxu Zhou, Leihong Wu, Paul Howard, Weida Tong

The Research and Scholarship Symposium

Pharmacogenomics (PGx) focuses on how genomics and genetic variants (inherited and acquired) affect drug response. A better understanding of the association between genetic markers and individual phenotypes may improve therapy by enhancing drug efficacy, safety, and advance precision medicine. The FDALabel database (https://rm2.scinet.fda.gov/druglabel/#simsearch-0) was developed from the FDA's Structured Product Labeling (SPL) repository to allow users to perform full-text and customizable searches of the labeling section {e.g. Boxed Warning, Warning and Precautions, Adverse Reaction (AR) sections}. In this study, 48 known biomarkers were used to query PGx relevant contents from the FDALabel ...


Correlation Study: Student Success In Biochemistry As A Prerequisite For Integrated Pharmacology And Medicinal Chemistry, April Filter, Stacy Lin, Sydney Schultz, Rachel Anderson, Tori Twinem, Denise S. Simpson, Melissa J. Beck 2017 Cedarville University

Correlation Study: Student Success In Biochemistry As A Prerequisite For Integrated Pharmacology And Medicinal Chemistry, April Filter, Stacy Lin, Sydney Schultz, Rachel Anderson, Tori Twinem, Denise S. Simpson, Melissa J. Beck

The Research and Scholarship Symposium

Background

A rise in new schools of pharmacy has led to implementation of new curriculums. Pharmacy schools must adhere to standards set by the Accreditation Council of Pharmacy Education in order to provide knowledge of foundational sciences and prepare pharmacy students for the future. Prerequisites are typically foundational science courses taken early in the program so that students have the knowledge necessary to be excellent pharmacists. Within the Cedarville University School of Pharmacy, Biochemistry is a prerequisite course for Integrated Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacology (PCoMedChem).

Objectives

The goal of this study is to determine if Biochemistry should remain a prerequisite ...


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