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A Long Term Culture Model for Primary Hepatocytes from Cynomolgus Monkeys
Simon Aoyama, Sara Lambirth, Chitra Kanchagar and Salman R. Khetani

The Macaca fascicularis or cynomolgus monkey is a non-human primate often used in pre-clinical animal studies. In this study, we applied microtechnology and tissue engineering techniques to cynomologus monkey hepatocytes in order to determine if these cells could be stabilized in micropatterned co-cultures similar to their human and rat counterparts.

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Live Cell Beating Assay Using Human iPSC-derived Cardiomyocytes for Evaluation of Drug Efficacy and Toxicity
Oksana Sirenko, Carole Crittenden, Blake Anson, Jayne Hesley, Yen-Wen Chen, Nick Callamaras and Evan F. Cromwell

A large percentage of new drugs fail in clinical studies due to cardiac toxicity. Development of highly predictive in vitro assays suitable for screening, safety assessment or other environments is therefore extremely important for drug development. Human cardiomyocytes derived from stem cell sources can greatly accelerate the discovery of cardiac drugs and improve drug safety by offering more clinically relevant cell-based models than those presently available.

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Quantification of cytokines on the SpectraMax® Paradigm® Multi-Mode Microplate Detection Platform using Alpha Technology
Caroline Cardonnel, Cathleen Salomo, Michael Katzlinger, Yvonne Fitzgerald, Cathy Olsen and Harald Hundsberger

Inflammation is accompanied by increased endothelial chemokine production and adhesion molecule expression, which may result in an extensive neutrophil infiltration. As such, the search for novel anti-inflammatory substances able to downregulate these parameters, as well as tissue damage, holds therapeutic promise.

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GALAS Modeling Methodology Applications In The Prediction Of Drug Metabolism Related Properties
Remigijus Didziapetris, Justas Dapkunas, Andrius Sazonovas and Pranas Japertas

Analytical identification of metabolites for a drug candidate is usually a time consuming and low-throughput task and is performed only at the later phases of drug development. Therefore the possibility to predict possible sites of human liver microsomal (HLM) metabolism using in silico techniques would be a very attractive feature for any medicinal chemist.

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Effective Use of In-Silico Tools in Lead Optimization
Pranas Japertas, Andrius Sazonovas and Kiril Lanevskij

Of all the challenges facing medicinal chemists in general, one of the most significant must be transforming an active molecule into a viable drug. Lead optimization efforts are guided by a combination of factors, such as potency, ease of synthesis, patentability concerns, specific synthetic constrains of the interaction with the target, as well as the lead’s toxicity and ADME properties.

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A Weight-of-Evidence Approach to Prioritisation based on Consensus across Multiple Sources of Information
Roman Affentranger (1), Barry Hardy (1), Glenn Myatt (2), Nina Jeliazkova (3), Matthew Clark (4), Jeffrey Wiseman (4)

We present the results of initial work carried out within the OpenToxLink Virtual Organization, applying a Weight-of-Evidence (WoE) approach based on consensus across multiple sources of information for the prediction of adverse effects of a large set of potential antimalarial compounds. The work was carried out as part of the EU FP7 project SYNERGY, evaluating the support of decision dashboards and event-driven collaborative research of software developed within SYNERGY.

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Three-dimensional quantitative structure-activity relationship analysis and ADME predictions of guanylhydrazone coactivator binding inhibitors of estrogen receptors
Sergey Shityakov, Thomas Dandekar

The estrogen receptors (ER) refer to a group of the nuclear hormone receptor superfamily of ligand-mediated transcriptional factors. Over expression of this type of receptors leads to a breast cancer progression. Hormone-responsive breast cancer develops resistance to conventional anti-cancer therapy, and this becomes a major problem in a breast cancer therapy.

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New Approach for In Silico Genotoxicity Testing of Impurities and Degradants
Kiril Lanevskij, Liutauras Juska, Remigijus Didziapetris and Pranas Japertas

This study presents a novel approach to aid this assessment based on probabilistic predictors of mutagenicity in Ames test and binding to Estrogen Receptor, supplemented by a knowledge-based system of structural alerts.

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In silico Identification of Metabolic Soft Spots: Case Study Using ACD/ADME Suite Software
Justas Dapkunas, Andrius Sazonovas, Remigijus Didziapetris and Pranas Japertas

Metabolic stability, determined in liver microsomes, is one of the primary assays used in early drug discovery. A key factor limiting compound half-life is the cytochrome P450 mediated metabolism. High clearance by these enzymes implies a higher and more frequent dosing as well as poses a risk for individual variations in exposure.

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3-D Engineered Bone Marrow Makes Functioning Platelets
Scalable model supports patient-specific treatments, advanced study of blood disorders.
Single-Cell, 42-plexed Protein Analysis Achieved with a New Microchip Technology
A novel microdevice capable of detecting 42 unique immune effector proteins has been developed.
Mini Synthetic Organism Instead Of Test Animals
Using a compact multi-organ chip, and those of three separate microcircuits, researchers can study the regeneration of certain kidney cells.
Novel Organoid Matrix Enables Long-Term Culture of Human Hepatocytes
Organoid growth matrix to enable long-term culture of genome-stable bipotent stem cells from adult human liver.
First Contracting Human Muscle Grown in Laboratory
Researchers at Duke University report the first lab-grown, contracting human muscle, which could revolutionize drug discovery and personalized medicine.
Antriabio Announces Completion Of PK/PD Studies Of AB101
AB101 positioned to be the first once-weekly basal insulin for diabetes patients.
Anti-Diabetic Drug Springs New Hope for Tuberculosis Patients
Drug for treating diabetes can double up as adjunct treatment for tuberculosis.
A Poisonous Cure
Toxic fungi may hold the secrets to tackling deadly diseases.
Antibiotic Resistance Threatens Future of Modern Medicine
Overuse and misuse of antibiotics, one of the key contributors to antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
Bacterial Toxin Targets Discovered
Understanding how bacterial toxins target human cells is set to have major implications for the development of novel drugs.
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