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Median time to onset for relaxed criteria clinically important relief was 60 minutes for both fexofenadine treatment groups, and 100 minutes for placebo (P = .018). The proportion with relief was 82% at 60 mg, 85% at 120 mg, and 64% for placebo. Treated groups had reductions in symptom scores double that of placebo.
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The article presents the current pharmacology, chemical properties, pharmacokinetics and metabolism of levocetirizine. The article also reviews the clinical efficacy of levocetirizine for seasonal allergic and perennial rhinitis, as well as chronic urticaria. The article is formed through the review of all the published literature in English retrieved from the PubMed/MEDLINE database between 1966 and March 2011 using the search terms: levocetirizine, allergic rhinitis, chronic urticaria and antihistamine. Furthermore, the article also reviews data provided by the manufacturer in addition to reports from governmental agencies.
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To evaluate the effect of fexofenadine on driver behavior, decision-making, and reaction time in a blinded, randomized, parallel, placebo-controlled study.
Thymidylate synthase (TS) is an essential enzyme for DNA synthesis and repair and elevated levels of TS have been identified as an important prognostic biomarker for colorectal cancer and several other common human malignancies. In addition, TS gene expression has been linked with cell-cycle regulation and cell proliferation through the ability of retinoblastoma protein to repress the transcriptional activation of E2F target genes such as TS. Therefore, overproduction of TS could participate in the progression to a neoplastic phenotype. Consistent with this model, a recent study has suggested that ectopic TS expression can induce a transformed phenotype in mammalian cells. To investigate the role of deregulated TS activity in tumor development, we generated transgenic mice that express high levels of catalytically active human TS (hTS) exclusively in the pancreas and low levels of hTS in multiple other tissues. Analyses of pancreatic tissue in TS transgenic mice revealed abnormalities within the endocrine pancreas, ranging from pancreatic islet hyperplasia to the detection of islet cell tumors. Overexpression of hTS in murine islets provides a new model to study genetic alterations associated with the progression from normal cells to hyperplasia to islet cell tumors, and suggests that this mouse model may be useful for regulating TS activity in vivo for development of cancer prevention and new therapies.
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To assess the utilization of leukotriene modifiers (LM) relative to national guidelines and to investigate possible emergency room utilization differences for LMs as monotherapy versus inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) monotherapy or combination ICS and LM therapy.
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A rapid onset of action in alleviating seasonal allergic rhinitis (SAR) symptoms of subjects exposed to grass pollens in the VCC was observed after levocetirizine and fexofenadine. Levocetirizine was more effective than fexofenadine at and later than 22 h after drug intake, an indication of the longer-duration of action of levocetirizine.
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In vivo antihistaminic activity experiments consisted of measurement of: inhibition of increase in capillary permeability and reduction in microvascular extravasation and bronchospasm in rats and guinea pigs induced by histamine and other inflammatory mediators; and protection against lethality induced by histamine and other inflammatory mediators in rats. In vivo antiallergic activity experiments consisted of measurement of passive and active cutaneous anaphylactic reactions as well as type III and type IV allergic reactions in sensitised rodents.
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The present study aimed to develop the intranasal delivery system of fexofenadine for the prolonged drug release via the preparation of mucoadhesive liposome. By using thin layer film hydration method, liposome of fexofenadine was prepared with DPPC/DPPG, resulting in the small lipid vesicles (359 ± 5.5 nm) with narrow size distribution (PI<0.1). Subsequently, the surface of anionic liposome was coated by chitosan and in vitro characteristics of liposomes were evaluated along with the pharmacokinetic studies in rats. Chitosan coated liposomes were stable for 6-month storage at 4 °C without any significant size change and drug leakage. Furthermore, it exhibited strong mucoadhesive properties in mucin adsorption test, which was 3-fold higher than uncoated liposomes. Compared to the oral delivery of powder formulation, the intranasal delivery of fexofenadine significantly (p<0.05) increased systemic exposure of fexofenadine in rats. Particularly, the intranasal administration of chitosan coated liposome exhibited approximately 5 fold enhancement of AUC with more sustained drug release in rats compared to the oral delivery. In conclusion, intranasal administration of chitosan coated liposome appeared to be effective to enhance the bioavailability as well as prolonged exposure of fexofenadine in rats.
Posterior and anterior arthroscopy of the ankle and hindfoot may have to be undertaken at the same surgical sitting. Standard arthroscopic practice does not allow to approach both compartments without changing the position of the patient. In the supine position, most intra-articular structures of posterior portion of the ankle joint can be accessed from anterior portals with judicious traction, but visualization of posterior extra-articular compartment and hindfoot are not possible. To avoid repositioning of the patient, we have developed a procedure that allows access to the posterior compartment of the ankle with the patient supine. We describe a 2 posteromedial ankle portals procedure, which allows to reach both the posterior side of the ankle joint and the hindfoot extra-articular compartments keeping the patient supine throughout the procedure. After treatment of anterior compartment disorders using standard anterior portals, 2 posteromedial entry portals permit to visualize and treat pathologies of the posterior ankle and of the hindfoot, without prolonging surgery.
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The antihistamines examined significantly suppressed the production of GM-CSF, Eotaxin, and RANTES from cells after OPN stimulation. LCT also exhibited the suppression of mRNA expression for chemokines and transcription factor, NF- κ B and AP-1, activation, which were increased by the stimulation of cells with OPN.
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We found no difference between oral diazepam and oral meclizine for the treatment of ED patients with acute peripheral vertigo.
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Our study clearly shows better duration of action and consistency of the antihistaminic activity of cetirizine compared with fexofenadine (120 and 180 mg) in the histamine-induced skin reaction during a 24-hour period.
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Thymus- and activation-regulated chemokine (TARC) and macrophage-derived chemokine (MDC) are accepted to be important molecules in the development and maintenance of allergic diseases. Although several types of histamine H(1) receptor antagonist (antihistamine) have been developed and used for the treatment of allergic diseases, the influence of antihistamines on TARC and MDC production is not well understood.
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Because aquatic insects use histamines as neurotransmitters, adverse impacts on aquatic insects living in aquatic environments that receive antihistamines with wastewater effluent are plausible. In this study, we exposed damselfly larvae to low concentrations of two commonly used antihistamines (Hydroxyzine and Fexofenadine, 360 ± 42 and 2,200 ± 43 ng l(-1), respectively), and recorded damselfly larvae behavior before and after exposure. Further, after the second set of behavioral assays was performed, we quantified bioconcentration of the antihistamines in the damselfly bodies. Our results showed significant changes in damselfly behavior following antihistamine exposure. After Hydroxyzine exposure, the damselfly larvae became less active, and they showed reduced fleeing response (i.e. increased boldness) after being exposed to Fexofenadine, the latter also being significantly different from the non-exposed (control) individuals. Further, we found high levels of bioconcentration in the damselflies; Hydroxyzine showed an average bioconcentration factor (BCF) of 2000. As such, our results indicate that low concentrations of antihistamines can have sub-lethal effects on aquatic insects manifested as behavioral changes, and that bioconcentration of these substances can be high. Therefore, the need to investigate the impact of emergent aquatic contaminants also on aquatic insects, and on behaviors that are of ecological importance, is further highlighted.
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We examined the cytotoxicity, biochemical effects and metabolism of 4-methoxy-8-(beta-D-ribofuranosylamino)pyrimido[5,4-d]pyrimidine (MRPP), a synthetic nucleoside inhibitor of phosphoribosylpyrophosphate synthetase, in HCT 116 human colorectal cancer cells. A 4-hr exposure to 1 and 10 microM MRPP inhibited cell growth over a 72-hr period by 76 and 89%, and inhibited clonogenic capacity by 36 and 65%, respectively. MRPP was avidly metabolized to the 5'-monophosphate derivative (MRPP-MP), and MRPP-MP formation increased with increasing MRPP exposure (microM.hr). MRPP-MP was stable, and the intracellular half-life was in excess of 48 hr. A 4-hr exposure to 10 microM MRPP resulted in significant decreases in ATP, UTP, GTP, CTP, dATP, dTTP, and PRPP pools. Near maximal ribonucleotide triphosphate depletion was achieved with > or = 24 microM.hr MRPP, and growth inhibition as a function of MRPP microM.hr closely reflected the biochemical effects. Ribonucleotide triphosphate pools remained depleted for up to 48 hr after drug removal, apparently as a consequence of the prolonged retention of MRPP-MP. MRPP (10 microM) inhibited the salvage of [3H]guanine, [3H]adenine and [3H]guanosine, and concurrent exposure to MRPP and either 100 microM adenine, hypoxanthine, or guanine did not reverse ATP or GTP depletion. Concurrent exposure to 10 microM MRPP and either 10 microM adenosine, uridine or thymidine was accompanied by repletion of ATP, UTP, and dTTP pools, respectively, but depletion of other nucleotide pools was not corrected. In contrast, 10 microM guanosine did not correct GTP depletion in the presence of MRPP. The combination of 10 microM each of thymidine, uridine, adenosine and guanosine during and following a 24-hr exposure to MRPP provided partial protection against 0.1 or 1 microM MRPP, but did not affect the cytotoxicity associated with 10 microM MRPP. MRPP is a novel antimetabolite that inhibits both de novo and salvage pathways for purine synthesis and de novo pyrimidine synthesis.
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Used in combination with antiretroviral therapy, subcutaneous recombinant interleukin-2 raises CD4+ cell counts more than does antiretroviral therapy alone. The clinical implication of these increases is not known.
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Fexofenadine is a selective, nonsedating H(1)-receptor antagonist approved for symptoms of allergic conditions, which is mainly excreted into feces via biliary excretion. The purpose of this study is to investigate its pharmacokinetics in mice and rats to determine the role of P-glycoprotein (P-gp) in its biliary excretion. In mice, biliary excretion clearance (17 ml/min/kg) accounted for almost 60% of the total body clearance (30 ml/min/kg). Comparing the pharmacokinetics after intravenous and oral administration indicated that the bioavailability of fexofenadine was at most 2% in mice. Knockout of Mdr1a/1b P-gp did not affect the biliary excretion clearance with regard to both plasma and liver concentrations, whereas the absence of P-gp caused a 6-fold increase in the plasma concentration after oral administration. In addition, the steady-state brain-to-plasma concentration ratio of fexofenadine was approximately 3-fold higher in Mdr1a/1b P-gp knockout mice than in wild-type mice. Together, these results show that P-glycoprotein plays an important role in efflux transport in the brain and small intestine but only a limited role in biliary excretion in mice. In addition, there was no difference in the biliary excretion between normal and hereditarily multidrug resistance-associated protein 2 (Mrp2)-deficient mutant rats (Eisai hyperbilirubinemic rats) and between wild-type and breast cancer resistance protein (Bcrp) knockout mice. These results suggest that the biliary excretion of fexofenadine is mediated by unknown transporters distinct from P-gp, Mrp2, and Bcrp.
Carbon monoxide is a product of haem degradation by haem oxygenase (HO), activated by inflammatory cytokines and oxidants. This study examined whether allergen challenge can increase exhaled CO levels, as a reflection of HO activation. Exhaled CO and nitric oxide, an expired gas also thought to reflect cytokine-induced airway inflammation, were measured in 15 atopic steroid-naive nonsmoking patients with asthma (13 males, aged 30+/-2 yrs) before and for up to 20 h after allergen challenge. Baseline CO (4.4+/-0.3 parts per million (ppm)) and NO (20.6+/-1.2 parts per billion (ppb)) levels were elevated in asthmatic as compared with nonsmoking normal volunteers (n = 37, 2.1+/-0.2 ppm and 7.0+/-0.1 ppb, respectively, p<0.05). In 10 patients with a dual response in the forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1) there was a maximal increase in exhaled CO at 1 h (343+/-7.1%) and at 6 h (69+/-12%, p<0.01), followed by a maximal fall in FEV1 (28+/-9%, p<0.05) at 9 h, whereas the maximal NO increase was observed at 10 h (50.2+/-11.8%). The maximal increase in exhaled CO in single response patients (n = 5) was 30+/-2% during the early asthmatic reaction and 46.3+/-9.2% between 4 and 10 h, followed by a fall in FEV1 (9+/-3%, p>0.05) at 9 h, whereas exhaled NO was not significantly changed. In five patients exhaled CO was not attenuated by inhalation of increasing concentrations of histamine causing a 20% fall in FEV1 (PC20) or its subsequent relief by beta2-agonists. In conclusion, exhaled carbon monoxide is increased during the early and late asthmatic reactions independently of the change in airway calibre, while exhaled nitric oxide is increased only during the late reaction and follows the increase in carbon monoxide and fall in the forced expiratory volume in one second in time.
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Salmeterol/fluticasone improves FEV1% in mild and moderate more than in severe COPD patients. The study confirmed the difference in response between early and advanced stage. Starting FEV1/FVC and MEF50 were significant predictors in mild and moderate stages, and starting DLCO/VA% resulted a significant predictor in moderate and severe stages.
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Pre-compression studies confirmed FXD dispersion in vehicles, conversion to amorphous form and formation of liquisolid powders. CR-based liquisolid powders showed acceptable-to-good flow properties suitable for compaction. CR-based LSTs had appropriate physicochemical properties and short disintegration times. Release profile of LST-18 showed a complete drug release within 5 min.
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We studied the cytotoxicity of arabinosyl-5-azacytosine (Ara-AC), a dCyd antagonist which inhibits DNA synthesis, in combination with 5-fluorouracil (FUra) in two human colon cancer cell lines, HCT 116 and SNU-C4. Clonogenic assays done following sequential or concurrent 24-hr exposures to Ara-AC and FUra showed that the sequence Ara-AC followed by FUra resulted in more than additive lethality in the HCT 116 cell lines and additive lethality in the SNU-C4 cells. In contrast, the reverse sequence, FUra followed by Ara-AC, was antagonistic in both cell lines. A similar interaction between FUra and 1-beta-D-arabinofuranosylcytosine (Ara-C) was evident in HCT 116 cells; at concentrations which individually diminished viability by 34 and 62%, respectively, the sequence Ara-C followed by FUra decreased viability by 97%. Pulse-labeling with [3H]dUrd showed profound inhibition of DNA synthesis by the sequence Ara-AC followed by FUra, with over 90% inhibition lasting for up to 48 hr following Ara-AC exposure. When FUra preceded Ara-AC, however, earlier recovery from inhibition of DNA synthesis occurred. FUra pretreatment did not appreciably alter the quantity or distribution of [3H]Ara-AC or [3H]Ara-C nucleotides after a 4- to 6-hr exposure. Pre-exposure to FUra decreased Ara-AC incorporation into DNA by 37 and 73% at 6 hr in HCT 116 and SNU-C4, respectively. FUra pretreatment also inhibited Ara-C incorporation into DNA by over 50% at 6 and 24 hr. The antagonism of Ara-AC and Ara-C cytotoxicity by FUra pretreatment can thus be explained by diminished incorporation of the dCyd analogs into DNA resulting from inhibition of DNA synthesis by FUra-induced dTTP and dCTP depletion. In contrast, when Ara-AC or Ara-C preceded FUra, their incorporation into DNA was not disturbed, and prolonged inhibition of DNA synthesis was observed.
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