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Understanding Elements Involved In Active Racial And Ethnic Minority Recruitment Practices For Biopharmaceutical-Sponsored Clinical Trials: A Socio-Ecological Qualitative Inquiry, Rebecca Rae Johnson 2020 Seton Hall University

Understanding Elements Involved In Active Racial And Ethnic Minority Recruitment Practices For Biopharmaceutical-Sponsored Clinical Trials: A Socio-Ecological Qualitative Inquiry, Rebecca Rae Johnson

Seton Hall University Dissertations and Theses (ETDs)

Inequitable participation in clinical trials continues to be a problem, and trial populations do not always reflect the demographics of the population that the investigational product will ultimately be treating. Because genetic differences between racial and ethnic groups affect the safety and efficacy of new treatments, it is important that standard of care decisions are made based on a representative population. The purpose of this study is to understand the socio-ecological elements that are involved in the active implementation of racial and ethnic minority recruitment practices for biopharmaceutical-funded trials in the United States. This general qualitative study was both descriptive ...


Proteoglycan-4 Regulates Fibroblast To Myofibroblast Transition And Expression Of Fibrotic Genes In The Synovium, Marwa Qadri, Gregory D. Jay, Ling X. Zhang, Holly Richendrfer, Tannin A. Schmidt, Khaled A. Elsaid 2020 Chapman University

Proteoglycan-4 Regulates Fibroblast To Myofibroblast Transition And Expression Of Fibrotic Genes In The Synovium, Marwa Qadri, Gregory D. Jay, Ling X. Zhang, Holly Richendrfer, Tannin A. Schmidt, Khaled A. Elsaid

Pharmacy Faculty Articles and Research

Background: Synovial tissue fibrosis is common in advanced OA with features including the presence of stress fiber-positive myofibroblasts and deposition of cross-linked collagen type-I. Proteoglycan-4 (PRG4) is a mucinous glycoprotein secreted by synovial fibroblasts and is a major component of synovial fluid. PRG4 is a ligand of the CD44 receptor. Our objective was to examine the role of PRG4-CD44 interaction in regulating synovial tissue fibrosis in vitro and in vivo.

Methods: OA synoviocytes were treated with TGF-β ± PRG4 for 24h and α-SMA content was determined using immunofluorescence. Rhodamine-labeled rhPRG4 was incubated with OA synoviocytes ± anti-CD44 or isotype control antibodies and ...


Ocular, Neural, And Cellular Biodistribution Of Multifunctional Antioxidants, Damian Daszynski 2020 University of Nebraska Medical Center

Ocular, Neural, And Cellular Biodistribution Of Multifunctional Antioxidants, Damian Daszynski

Theses & Dissertations

Aging is a complex biological process which stems from a growing imbalance between the regenerative capacity of an organism and endogenous as well as exogenous damaging factors. This imbalance leads to the slow deterioration of individual cells, organs, and eventually the entire organism. The free radical theory of aging combines the evolutionary and mechanistic aspects of aging, postulating that the innate process is caused by deleterious, irreversible, and inevitable changes in biological systems caused by oxidative damage that accumulates over the lifespan. Evidence of this phenomenon is supported by the pathogenesis of age-related diseases, such as age-related macular degeneration and ...


In-Vitro Assessment Of Cb1/Cb2 Receptor Binding And Function, Joey M. Davis 2020 University of Mississippi

In-Vitro Assessment Of Cb1/Cb2 Receptor Binding And Function, Joey M. Davis

Honors Theses

Cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2 are G protein-coupled receptors that have a variety of physiological effects on the human body. Many natural product agonists and antagonists are presumed to interact with the cannabinoid receptors and are therefore heavily studied in drug discovery. Assays are used to study the binding of compounds to these receptors. However, a limited number of these assays are efficient in determining the functional activity of ligands associated with CB1 and CB2. Of those, many use radioactivity which is both expensive and potentially dangerous to the researcher. In this study, we first validated the assays already found ...


Studies Of Salvinorin-Based Antagonists To Elucidate Pertinent Interactions For Kappa Opioid Receptor Antagonism, Madeline Keane 2020 University of Mississippi

Studies Of Salvinorin-Based Antagonists To Elucidate Pertinent Interactions For Kappa Opioid Receptor Antagonism, Madeline Keane

Honors Theses

Opioid abuse, leading to addiction and related deaths, has created a chronic epidemic in the United States for the past 30 years. This crisis has sprung from reliance on the prescription of opioid analgesics as the primary method for the management of pain in the 1990s. At that time, these drugs, specifically Purdue Pharma’s OxyContin, were marketed as non-addictive. Due to this systemic minimization of the addictive properties of opioid analgesics, as prescription rates increased, opioid-related mortality rates climbed. This epidemic continues to be pervasive, as opioid-related overdose resulted in 47,600 deaths in 2017. In addition to the ...


Gene Delivery To The Blood-Brain Barrier For Ischemic Stroke Therapy, Wanzhu Zhao 2020 Duquesne University

Gene Delivery To The Blood-Brain Barrier For Ischemic Stroke Therapy, Wanzhu Zhao

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Stroke is a major cause of death in the United States. We aim to develop safe and efficient approaches for the treatment of stroke. Regenerative therapies have been identified as the major need for curing stroke [1]. We explored two different carriers (poly (ethylene glycol)5k-poly (L-aspartate-diethylenetriamine)48 (PEG-DET) / Pluronic P84 (P84) and exosomes (EXOs) / microvesicles (MVs)) to deliver brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) plasmid DNA (pDNA), a functional gene encoding a neurotrophin. In the first project, our data showed that DNA nanoparticles (NPs) with 0.03% P84 was a promising formulation to deliver Luciferase pDNA into immortalized human cerebral ...


Role Of Protein Phosphatase-2a In Regulating Monocyte Activation By Soluble And Crystalline Uric Acid In Gout, Sandy ElSayed 2020 Chapman University

Role Of Protein Phosphatase-2a In Regulating Monocyte Activation By Soluble And Crystalline Uric Acid In Gout, Sandy Elsayed

Pharmaceutical Sciences (MS) Theses

Gout is a chronic inflammatory disease caused by the phagocytosis of monosodium urate monohydrate (MSU) crystals by monocytes/macrophages resulting in downstream expression and production of interleukin-1 beta (IL-1β) and chemokines. The activation of monocytes by MSU crystals involves the priming of monocytes with danger signals e.g. lipopolysaccharide (LPS) or soluble uric acid (UA), crystal phagocytosis and subsequent NLRP3 inflammasome activation and conversion of pro-IL-1β to active IL-1β. Protein-phosphatase-2A (PP2A) is a serine/threonine phosphatase that plays an important role in cell growth and inflammation. The prodrug Fingolimod (FTY720) and its phosphorylated active metabolite (p-FTY720) activate intracellular PP2A. We ...


Formulasi Gel Ekstrak Daun Kelor (Moringa Oleifera Lamk) Sebagai Sediaan Antiinflamasi, Nining Sugihartini, Syauqul Jannah, Tedjo Yuwono 2020 Fakultas Farmasi, Universitas Ahmad Dahlan, Jakarta, Indonesia

Formulasi Gel Ekstrak Daun Kelor (Moringa Oleifera Lamk) Sebagai Sediaan Antiinflamasi, Nining Sugihartini, Syauqul Jannah, Tedjo Yuwono

Pharmaceutical Sciences & Research

The development of anti-inflammatory gel of Moringa oleifera leaf extract has been performed. This study aimed to determine the physical properties, irritation index and anti-inflammatory activity of gel with various concentration of Moringa oleifera leaf extract. The extract was obtained by maceration method using ethanol 70%. The extracts were formulated in a gel with a concentration of 3%, 6%, 9% by using Carbopol 940 as gelling agent. The gel was evaluated for its physical properties (viscosity, pH, spreadability, adhesivity), irritation index with rabbit test animals and anti-inflammatory activity with mice test animals based on epidermal thickness parameters. The test results ...


Assessment Of Depression Among Older Adults Staying In Old Home Care In Klang, Malaysia, Muhammad Qamar, Nurul Zahirah, Sohail Ahmad 2020 Department of Clinical Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, MAHSA University, Bandar Saujana Putra, 42610 Jenjarom, Kuala Langat, Selangor, Malaysia

Assessment Of Depression Among Older Adults Staying In Old Home Care In Klang, Malaysia, Muhammad Qamar, Nurul Zahirah, Sohail Ahmad

Pharmaceutical Sciences & Research

Mental disorders such as depression are widespread, often underdiagnosed, and usually inappropriately treated. The early recognition of factors that may promote depression with the help of depression screening aid can help to plan better care for the patient. Therefore, this study aimed to determine the depression prevalence among the older adults staying in old home care, to explore any association and differences of depression across various socio-demographic variables, and to study the predictors of depression among study subjects. A cross-sectional study was conducted with a convenience sample of 141 elderly by using the validated tool. The study instrument was divided ...


Profil Terapi Antihipertensi Dan Antihiperlipidemia Terhadap Fungsi Ginjal Pasien Diabetes Melitus Tipe 2 Dengan Komplikasi Penyakit Ginjal Kronis Di Rsup Dr. Hasan Sadikin, Fitri Rachmaini, Lia Amalia, Cherry Rahayu 2020 Fakultas Farmasi Universitas Andalas, Sumatera Barat, Indonesia

Profil Terapi Antihipertensi Dan Antihiperlipidemia Terhadap Fungsi Ginjal Pasien Diabetes Melitus Tipe 2 Dengan Komplikasi Penyakit Ginjal Kronis Di Rsup Dr. Hasan Sadikin, Fitri Rachmaini, Lia Amalia, Cherry Rahayu

Pharmaceutical Sciences & Research

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) complication increases the risk of morbidity and mortality in type 2 diabetes mellitus (DMT2) patients. The presence of hypertension and dyslipidemia as comorbidity increases the risk of macrovascular and microvascular complications and further adding to the list of drugs used. Management of this comorbidity is essential to prevent cardiovascular events and minimize kidney damage. This study aimed to evaluate therapeutic profile of antihypertensive and antihyperlipidemia drugs towards kidney function in DMT2 patients with CKD complication at Dr. Hasan Sadikin Hospital. Study was done by using a prospective single cohort design with consecutive sampling technique and obtained ...


Interaction Of Thymidine With Sodium Bis(2-Ethylhexyl) Sulfosuccinate In Alcohol And Water: Studies With Uv-Vis Technique, Indu M. Paudel, Ajaya Bhattarai 2020 Department of Chemistry, Central Campus of Technology, Tribhuvan University, Hattisar, Dharan, Nepal

Interaction Of Thymidine With Sodium Bis(2-Ethylhexyl) Sulfosuccinate In Alcohol And Water: Studies With Uv-Vis Technique, Indu M. Paudel, Ajaya Bhattarai

Pharmaceutical Sciences & Research

The accurate measurement of thymidine absorbance in the presence of sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (AOT) in ethanol and water systems at room temperature by UV-vis technique has been reported. The AOT concentrations varied from 0.0005 to 0.014 [mol/L] in ethanol whereas from 0.0002 to 0.042 [mol/L] in water. The concentration of thymidine was 0.0073 [mol/L] during UV-vis spectrum registration. The thymidine spectrum was examined in the presence of AOT concentration. Using a statistical method of non-linear regression (NLREG), thymidine binding and thymidine distribution constants were evaluated. A noticeable decrease in thymidine absorbance ...


An Exploration Of Electrospun Fibers Containing Drug-Cyclodextrin Inclusion Complexes, Fatimah Fatimah, Zeynep Aytac, Tamer Uyar, George Pasparakis, Gareth R. Williams 2020 UCL School of Pharmacy, 29-39 Brunswick Square, London WC1N 1AX, United Kingdom

An Exploration Of Electrospun Fibers Containing Drug-Cyclodextrin Inclusion Complexes, Fatimah Fatimah, Zeynep Aytac, Tamer Uyar, George Pasparakis, Gareth R. Williams

Pharmaceutical Sciences & Research

A series of new core-shell fibers were developed containing anticancer drugs (5-fluorouracil or ferulic acid) and their cyclodextrin inclusion complexes, with a gadolinium-based magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agent. These were prepared by electrospinning, a simple method for producing ultra-fine fibers through the application of a strong electrostatic force on a polymer solution. The shell of the fibers was formed from Eudragit S100, and the drugs were loaded in the core. Scanning electron microscopy images showed the formation of smooth ribbon-like fibers, with diameters ranging from 1.4 to 5.1 μm, and transmission electron microscopy reveals a transparent interface ...


Development Of Ethanolic Extract Of Pinang Masak Jambi (Areca Catechu L.) As A Modulator Of Doxorubicin Cytotoxic Effect In Breast Cancer Therapy, Fitrianingsih Fitrianingsih, Indri Maharini, Diah Tri Utami 2020 Pharmacy Study Program, Faculty of Science and Technology, Universitas Jambi, Jambi, Indonesia

Development Of Ethanolic Extract Of Pinang Masak Jambi (Areca Catechu L.) As A Modulator Of Doxorubicin Cytotoxic Effect In Breast Cancer Therapy, Fitrianingsih Fitrianingsih, Indri Maharini, Diah Tri Utami

Pharmaceutical Sciences & Research

Doxorubicin is one of the chemotherapy agents that is often used in breast cancer therapy. Phenomenon of breast cancer cell resistance to chemotherapy agents has been traced to the molecular level. The development of compounds that can overcome drug resistance chemotherapy needs to be continuously developed, especially agents with specific molecular targets, namely P-glycoprotein (Pgp), NFkB, cyclin, and cyclin-dependent kinase (CDK). Another alternative is the combination of chemotherapy agents with chemopreventive agents (co-chemotherapy) to reduce side effects and increase sensitivity of cancer cells. Doxorubicin is often used in breast cancer therapy. This study was performed to determine the effect of ...


Anti-Proliferative Effects Of A Coumarin Benjaminin On Four Human Cancer Cell Lines, Siau Hui Mah, Soek Sin Teh, Ahmad Azri Fitri Ismail, Gwendoline Cheng Lian Ee 2020 School of Biosciences, Taylor’s University, Lakeside Campus, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Anti-Proliferative Effects Of A Coumarin Benjaminin On Four Human Cancer Cell Lines, Siau Hui Mah, Soek Sin Teh, Ahmad Azri Fitri Ismail, Gwendoline Cheng Lian Ee

Pharmaceutical Sciences & Research

Cancer is a major health issue around the globe. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy are no longer the standard treatments for patients as these remedies lead to many adverse effects. Thus, the development of alternative effective drugs from lead compounds, especially natural products is necessary. This study aimed to isolate cytotoxic phytochemical constituents from a plant Calophyllum inophyllum, which has been used as traditional medicine since ancient time. The root of C. inophyllum was extracted and subjected for phytochemical constituent isolation. A coumarin, benjaminin (1) was isolated successfully from the chloroform extract and its structural elucidation was performed by spectroscopy analyses ...


Ace Inhibitory Activity And Functional Group Analysis Of Solvent- Partitioned Fractions Of Eleusine Indica, Jade Celon Cometa, Liahona Faith Roldan Mancol, Anthony Nalzaro Yen, Joanne Katherine Talens Manlusoc 2020 Adamson University – College of Pharmacy, 900 San Marcelino St. Ermita Manila 1000 Philippines

Ace Inhibitory Activity And Functional Group Analysis Of Solvent- Partitioned Fractions Of Eleusine Indica, Jade Celon Cometa, Liahona Faith Roldan Mancol, Anthony Nalzaro Yen, Joanne Katherine Talens Manlusoc

Pharmaceutical Sciences & Research

Eleusine indica Linn. Gaerth or Indian goose grass has been widely used as an alternative natural anti-hypertensive agent. However, the rationale behind this mechanism is still unknown. The purpose of this study is to confirm the presence of functional groups that may be responsible for its ACE inhibitory activity and its possible synergism. Each solvent-portioned fraction was analyzed by FTIR, individual ACE inhibitory activity, and combination of fractions. FTIR results of solvent- partitioned fractions revealed that O-H and C-H stretches were present in all fractions. In addition to this, C-O and C=O groups were also present in all fractions ...


Evaluation Of Potential Drug Interaction Of Analgesic In Cancer Patient Receiving Palliative Care In Dharmais Cancer Hospital, Eme Stepani Sitepu, Atika Wahyu Puspitasari, Nuriza Ulul Azmi, Lila Nilam Sari 2020 Faculty of Pharmacy, Universitas Indonesia, Depok, Indonesia

Evaluation Of Potential Drug Interaction Of Analgesic In Cancer Patient Receiving Palliative Care In Dharmais Cancer Hospital, Eme Stepani Sitepu, Atika Wahyu Puspitasari, Nuriza Ulul Azmi, Lila Nilam Sari

Pharmaceutical Sciences & Research

Analgesics are mostly used in cancer patients receiving palliative care to improve the quality of life of patients. Besides analgesics, cancer patients receiving palliative care were also given other drugs in combination to overcome other symptoms of cancer, and this combination could potentially cause drug interactions. This study was aimed to analyze the potential of drug interactions with analgesics in cancer patients. The study design was cross-sectional with a retrospective method and descriptive study. The sample of this study was cancer palliative care patient’s prescription at Dharmais Cancer Hospital in the period of January – December 2017. The sample analyzed ...


Encapsulation Of Temulawak Extract By Using Nanocrystalline Cassava And Sago Starches And Maltodextrin, Titi Candra Sunarti, Fatimah J. Pasaribu, Christina Winarti 2020 Department of Agroindustrial Technology, Bogor Agricultural University (IPB University), Indonesia

Encapsulation Of Temulawak Extract By Using Nanocrystalline Cassava And Sago Starches And Maltodextrin, Titi Candra Sunarti, Fatimah J. Pasaribu, Christina Winarti

Pharmaceutical Sciences & Research

This study was conducted to evaluate the performance of Curcuma zanthorrhiza crude extract after encapsulated in nanocrystalline starch, and to investigate the effect of the ratio of nanocrystalline starches and maltodextrin; and the effect of concentration of temulawak extract on nanocapsule characteristics, as well as encapsulation effect on the stability of antioxidant activity. Preparation of nanocrystalline starch was conducted by using lintnerization and ethanol precipitation of cassava and sago starches. Nanocrystalline starch and maltodextrin were used as matrices with the ratio varied from 25:75, 50:50, and 75:25. The mixture of temulawak extract and matrices were homogenized and ...


Evaluation Of A Tiered Opioid Prescribing Guideline For Inpatient Colorectal Operations, David C. Meyer 2020 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Evaluation Of A Tiered Opioid Prescribing Guideline For Inpatient Colorectal Operations, David C. Meyer

GSBS Dissertations and Theses

Background:

In light of the opioid epidemic, reducing excess prescription quantities while tailoring to patient need is key. We previously created an opioid prescribing guideline using retrospective institutional data to satisfy the majority of patients’ opioid needs following inpatient colorectal surgery.

Objective:

This study sought to prospectively validate an institutional prescribing guideline based on previously-defined opioid consumption patterns following inpatient colorectal operations.

Methods:

We carried out a cohort study comparing opioid prescribing and consumption patterns before (7/18 – 1/19) and after (9/19 – 2/20) adoption of a tiered opioid prescribing guideline for inpatient elective colorectal operations (colectomies, proctectomies ...


The Urban/Rural Divide In Access To Medication-Assisted Treatment For Opioid Use Disorder In Utah, Debasree DasGupta, Erin Fanning Madden, Sandra H. Sulzer, Timothy Light, Michelle Chapoose, Suzanne Prevedel 2020 Utah State University

The Urban/Rural Divide In Access To Medication-Assisted Treatment For Opioid Use Disorder In Utah, Debasree Dasgupta, Erin Fanning Madden, Sandra H. Sulzer, Timothy Light, Michelle Chapoose, Suzanne Prevedel

All Current Publications

Death by drug poisoning is the leading cause of death due to injury in the state of Utah (UDOH, 2014). From 2013-2015, Utah ranked seventh in the nation for drug overdose deaths, the majority of which were opioid-related (CDC, 2018a). In 2017, the age-adjusted mortality rate from drug overdose in Utah was 15.5 per 100,000, putting the state above the national average of 14.9 per 100,000 (CDC, 2018b). Opioid overdose death rates in most of rural Utah far exceeds rates across the urban counties of the state. The higher rates of deaths in rural Utah is ...


The Pediatric Anti-Viral Immune Response Impairs Neural Stem/Progenitor Cell Activity, Yashika Kamte, Manisha N. Chandwani, Lauren A. O'Donnell 2020 Duquesne University

The Pediatric Anti-Viral Immune Response Impairs Neural Stem/Progenitor Cell Activity, Yashika Kamte, Manisha N. Chandwani, Lauren A. O'Donnell

Graduate Student Research Symposium

The neuropathological outcomes of a viral infection in the brain are often age-dependent. Infection of the immature CNS can lead to impairment of neural/stem progenitor cell (NSPCs) activity. NSPCs are multi-potent progenitor cells of the CNS and are responsible for populating the brain with neurons, astrocytes, and oligodendrocytes during development. Viral infections may alter NSPC activity via two mechanisms; directly by infection of the NSPC or indirectly due to the anti-viral immune response. Here, we examined the impact of a neurotropic infection on NSPC activity in pediatric mice (postnatal day 10), where brain and immune system development is ongoing ...


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