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Najeeb Ur Rehman, Samia Ahmed Al-Riyami, Hidayat Hussain, Amjad Ali, Abdul Latif Khan and Ahmed Al-Harrasi

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Oxidative stress is often considered detrimental for cellular processes and damaging for the lipid bi-layer. Counteracting such stresses with the aid of nature-based chemical constituents can be an ideal therapeutic approach. The current study aimed to investigate the chemical constituents of resins derived from the well-known Aloe vera and less known Commiphora mukul trees and their effect in mitigating the lipid peroxidation (LPO) process. The bio-guided isolation of bio-active fractions from both resins afforded 20 chemical constituents (17 from A. vera and 3 from C. mukul). These compounds belonged to anthraquinones, anthraquinone glycosides, quinones, coumarins, polypodane-type terpenoids and benzene derivatives. Major chemical constituents of the resins of A. vera and C. mukul were from the classes of quinones and terpenoids. Feroxidin (4, from A. vera) showed slightly higher inhibition (IC 50 = 201.7 ± 0.9 µmol L−1) than myrrhanone C (18, from C. mukul: IC 50 = 210.7 ± 0.0 µmol L−1) and methyl 3-(4-hydroxyphenyl) propionate from A. vera (13, IC 50 = 232.9 ± 0.2 µmol L−1) compared to the other compounds. Structure-activity relationship showed that the existence of hydroxyl, methoxy and ether groups might play a major role in countering oxidative stress. To the best of our knowledge, anti-LPO activities of compounds 14, 14, 18 and 20 are reported for the first time. Such chemical constituents with high anti-lipid peroxidation activity could be helpful in synthesizing candidate drugs.

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Faisal Al-Otaibi

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There are several limited approaches to treat epilepsy in hospitals, for example, using medicines, surgery, electrical stimulation and dietary interventions. Despite the availability of all these new and old approaches, seizure is particularly difficult to manage. The quest for new antiepileptic molecules with more specificity and less CNS toxicity continues for medicinal chemists until a new and ideal drug arrives. This review covers new antiseizure molecules of different chemical classes, the exact mode of action of which is still unidentified. Newer agents include sulfonamides, thiadiazoles, semi- and thiosemicarbazones, pyrrolidine-2,5-diones, imidazoles, benzothiazoles and amino acid deriva tives. These new chemical entities can be useful for the design and development of forthcoming antiseizure agents.

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Karolina Słoczyńska, Agnieszka Gunia-Krzyżak, Paulina Koczurkiewicz, Katarzyna Wójcik-Pszczoła, Dorota Żelaszczyk, Justyna Popiół and Elżbieta Pękala

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Determination of metabolic profiles of new chemical entities is a key step in the process of drug discovery, since it influences pharmacokinetic characteristics of therapeutic compounds. One of the main challenges of medicinal chemistry is not only to design compounds demonstrating beneficial activity, but also molecules exhibiting favourable pharmacokinetic parameters. Chemical compounds can be divided into those which are metabolized relatively fast and those which undergo slow biotransformation. Rapid biotransformation reduces exposure to the maternal compound and may lead to the generation of active, non-active or toxic metabolites. In contrast, high metabolic stability may promote interactions between drugs and lead to parent compound toxicity. In the present paper, issues of compound metabolic stability will be discussed, with special emphasis on its significance, in vitro metabolic stability testing, dilemmas regarding in vitro-in vivo extrapolation of the results and some aspects relating to different preclinical species used in in vitro metabolic stability assessment of compounds.

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Rui Liu, Runze Yu, Yuxin Cui, Mengying Fan, Bo Wang and Yanmin Zhang

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The aim of this study was to investigate the inhibitory effect of TAD1822-7, a synthesized taspine derivative, on cancer through its effects on tumor cell growth and angiogenesis via suppression of EphrinB2. The obtained data showed that TAD1822-7 decreased Bel-7402 cell viability and colony formation ability and suppressed cell migration. TAD1822-7 effectively inhibited blood vessel formation in an aortic ring assay to examine angiogenesis. Moreover, it also down regulated the expression of VEGFR2, VEGFR3, CD34, PLCγ, Akt, MMP2, MMP9, and CXCR4, and suppressed the expression of EphrinB2 and its PDZ protein, PICK1, in Bel-7402 cells. These results indicate that TAD1822-7 is a potential anti-angiogenic agent that can inhibit the viability and migration of Bel-7402 cells via suppression of EphrinB2 and the related signaling pathways.

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Corina Bubueanu, Rasit Iuksel and Minerva Panteli

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Lamium album and Lamium purpureum are species belonging to the genus Lamium. Aerial parts of the two species and roots of Lamium album have applications in human and veterinary traditional medicine. Haemostatic properties of butanolic extracts of Lamium species were investigated by two experimental models in Wistar rats: haemostatic test by tail bleeding time determination and acenocoumarolcarrageenan test. Results of the haemostatic test by tail bleeding determination demonstrated haemostatic activity of both extracts. In the acenocoumarol-carrageenan test, only the Lamium album extract showed haemostatic activity, comparable to that of vitamin K. Based on the qualitative chemical data on iridoid glycosides (HPTLC), 8-acetylshanzhiside methyl ester might be assumed to be responsible for haemostatic activity. Based on the acute toxicity test, none of the extracts showed toxicity.

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Tanja Rozman Peterka, Tina Trdan Lušin, Jure Bergles, Zoran Ham, Rok Grahek and Uroš Urleb

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An ultra-high performance liquid chromatography method for simultaneous determination of tacrolimus impurities in pharmaceutical dosage forms has been developed. Appropriate chromatographic separation was achieved on a BEH C18 column using gradient elution with a total run time of 14 min. The method was applied to analyses of commercial samples and was validated in terms of linearity, precision, accuracy, sensitivity and specificity. It was found to be linear, precise and accurate in the range of 0.05 to 0.6 % of the impurities level in pharmaceutical dosage forms. Stability indicating power of the method was demonstrated by the results of forced degradation studies. The forced degradation study in solution revealed tacrolimus instability under stress alkaline, thermal, light and photolytic conditions and in the presence of a radical initiator or metal ions. The drug was stable at pH 3–5. Solid-state degradation studies conducted on amorphous tacrolimus demonstrated its sensitivity to light, elevated temperature, humidity and oxidation.

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Amira A. Rashad, Sara Nageeb El-Helaly, Randa T. Abd El Rehim and Omaima N. El-Gazayerly

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Reduced bioavailability of azelnidipine is related to its poor aqueous solubility and extensive first-pass metabolism, which hinder its efficacy. These problems were addressed by implementing (1) a liquisol technique for promoting the dissolution rate in a controlled-release manner and (2) a core-in-cup bucco-adhesive drug delivery system as an alternative to the oral route. A 33 factorial design was used to study the effects of polymer type (sodium carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC Na), chitosan, or Carbomer P940) concentration (5, 10 or 15 %) and preparation technique (simple mix, liquisol or wet granulation) on the dissolution and mucoadhesion of core-in-cup azelnidipine buccoadhesive tablets. Tablet micromeritics, swelling index, mucoadhesive strength and in vitro release were characterized. Statistical analyses of these factors show ed significant effects on the studied responses, where F#16 prepared by the liquisol technique and containing 15 % CMC Na was chosen with an overall desirability of 0.953.

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Marcin Gackowski, Marcin Koba, Katarzyna Mądra-Gackowska and Stefan Kruszewski

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New methods for assaying trimetazidine dihydrochloride on the basis of thin layer chromatography and spectrophotometry are proposed and compared in the paper. In HPTLC/UV-densitometry, separation is achieved by using a mobile phase composed of ammonia-methanol (30:70, V/V) on silica gel HPTLC plates F254. Quantification using a non-linear calibration curve is accomplished by densito-metric detection at 230 nm. Derivative spectrophotometric determination of trimetazidine dihydrochloride is carried out from the fourth derivative of the absorbance at 233 nm in peak-zero mode. Statistical comparison led to the conclusion that there is no significant difference between the two studied methods and, moreover, that they demonstrate satisfactory accuracy and precision for routine applications.

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Jakub Vysloužil, Kateřina Kubová, Veronika Nováková Tkadlečková and David Vetchý

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The original purpose of vaginally applied microbicides was to slow down the HIV epidemic among the population until an effective vaccination was developed. Nowadays, antiretrovirals applied in the form of gels or vaginal rings are considered most prominent in this field and are tested via vaginal or, rarely, rectal applications in numerous clinical studies (9 different antiretroviral drugs in 33 clinical studies, especially in Africa). Only tenofovir (1 % gel) and dapivirine (25 mg in vaginal ring) progressed into the phase III clinical testing. Their efficiency depended on the user´s strict adherence to the application regimen (for tenofovir 54 %, for dapivirine 61 % in participants over 25 years of age). Despite this, they are expected to be important and effective tools of preventive medicine in the near future. This review summarizes the results obtained during long-term clinical testing (2005–2018) of antiretroviral drugs against vaginal and rectal transmission of HIV infection.

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Aleksandra Kapedanovska Nestorovska, Krume Jakjovski, Zorica Naumovska, Zoran Sterjev, Nadica Matevska Geskovska, Kristina Mladenovska, Ljubica Suturkova and Aleksandar Dimovski

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The relative contribution of CYP2C9 allelic variants to the pharmacokinetics (PK) of ibuprofen (IBP) enantiomers has been studied extensively, but the potential clinical benefit of pharmacogenetically guided IBP treatment is not evident yet. The role of AKR1D1*36C>T (rs 1872930) allelic variant in interindividual variability of CYP450 mediated drug metabolism was recently elucidated. A total of 27 healthy male subjects, volunteers in IBP single-dose two-way cross-over bioequivalence studies were genotyped for CYP2C9*2, CYP2C9*3 and AKR1D1*36 polymorphisms. The correlation between CYP2C9 and AKR1D1 genetic profile and the PK parameters for S-(+) and R-(−)-IBP was evaluated. Remarkable changes in the PK values pointing to reduced CYP2C9 enzyme activity were detected only in the CYP2C9*2 allelic variant carriers. Statistically significant association between the AKR1D1*36 allele and the increased IBP metabolism (low AUC 0-t and 0–∞, high Cl tot and short t max values for both enantiomers) was observed in subjects carrying the CYP2C9 *1/*3 or CYP2C9*1/*1 genotype. The clinical value of concomitant CYP2C9 and AKR1D1 genotyping has to be further verified.