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Applications of Inside-Out Vesicle Uptake Assay to Assess the Inhibitory Effects of Various Drugs on Human MRP2 and Rat Mrp2 Transporters
Vina Ketty, Eric Sands, Joanne Bourgea, Chris J. Patten, Charles L. Crespi, Ph.D., and Guangqing Xiao

Human MRP2 and rat Mrp2 inside-out vesicles were prepared from Spodoptera frugiperda (Sf9) insect cells expressing the corresponding transporters. MRP2 mediated and ATP dependent uptake of 3H-LTC4 was conducted using the rapid filtration system in the absence or presence of MgATP.

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Development of a High-Throughput Microarray for Evaluating CYP1A1 Induction
Megan Mason, XinXin Ding, Jonathan S. Dordick

The aim of this study is to produce a vector capable of expressing green fluorescent protein (GFP) when exposed to a CYP1A1 inducer.

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A Walk-Up ADME Testing System for Medicinal Chemists and Pharmacologists
Muhammad Alimuddina, Martin Peacock, Russell Dahl, Omar Jina, and Paul Oakley

VivADME was born with the fusion of a problem and a solution: recognition by a Medicinal Chemist that ADME data took too long to obtain, and, the realization that microfluidic tools could address the problem. The vivADME microfluidics solution means that ADME profiling can be performed in minutes with microgram-scale samples in a walk-up system with a very low cost per sample.

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Functional Evaluation of SLC Transporters in BD Gentest™ Cryopreserved Human Hepatocytes Using an Oil-Filtration Suspension Assay
1Eric Sands, 1Vina Ketty, 2Yong-Hae-Han, 1Joanne Bourgea, 1Chris J. Patten, 1Charles L. Crespi, and 1Guangqing Xiao

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the function of Sodium Taurocholate Co-transporting Polypeptide (NTCP), Organic Anion Transporting Polypeptide (OATP), and Organic Cation Transporter (OCT) in cryopreserved human hepatocytes, and to examine the impact of various drugs on hepatic transporter-mediated uptake. Cryopreserved human hepatocytes were prepared using the Percoll™ method.

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Bioluminescent Approaches for In Vitro ADMET
James J Cali, Mary Sobol, Dongping Ma, Michael Valley

Bioluminescent ADMET assays couple targets of interest to the photon emitting reaction of firefly luciferase. Multiplexed cell-based assays measure compound cytotoxicity and induction of P450 transcription and enzyme activity. Cell-free membrane assays measure P450 or monoamine oxidase enzyme activities and their inhibition by test compounds.

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Initiatives For The Sharing Of Toxicity Data
Katharine Briggs

Much high-quality toxicity information is held within organisations rather than being in the public domain. Organisations would benefit from sharing this data with each other in a reciprocal manner where commercial sensitivity issues allow.

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Proteomic Approach to Identify Stage Specific Biomarkers in Streptozotocin Induced Diabetic Nephropathy
Vikram Sharma and Kulbhushan Tikoo

The presence of albumin in the urine of healthy subjects presents a stumbling block in diagnostics putting a question mark on the validity of albumin test for the detection of diabetic nephropathy. Therefore there arises a dire need to hunt for the proteins in the pertinent bio- fluids which can serve as biomarkers.

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MS-Xelerator™: Advanced Algorithms for LC/MS Data Processing Applied to Biomarker Discovery, Differential Analysis and Quantitative Proteomics
M.M.A. Ruijken

LC-MS based proteomic experiments are used to compare complex biological samples across multiple conditions. Fast, powerful computational tools are needed to explore and detect differences in the areas of Expression Proteomics and Biomarker Discovery. In general, specialized steps are necessary to solve these difficult problems (binning, alignment & normalization, peak picking, relative quantitation, etc.). MS-Xelerator is a collection of software tools dedicated to all of the above tasks.

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A Robust High Throughput Physicochemical Screen for Phospholipidosis
Pavol Vitovic, Juha-Matti Alakoskela and Paavo K.J. Kinnunen

The poster presents a simple HT physicochemical screen, predicting PLD in real-time by surface activity profiling (using Kibron Delta-8 analyzer). The results are equal or better than derived from a cell based assay, throughput is up 450 compounds/24 hrs and drug consumption < 1 mg/compound.

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High Throughput Mass Spectrometry-Based Screening Assay Trends
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Non-Disease Proteins Kill Brain Cells
Scientists at the forefront of cutting-edge research into neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s have shown that the mere presence of protein aggregates may be as important as their form and identity in inducing cell death in brain tissue.
Potential Treatment for Life-Threatening Viral Infections Revealed
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Personalized Drug Screening for Multiple Myeloma Patients
A personalized method for testing the effectiveness of drugs that treat multiple myeloma may predict quickly and more accurately the best treatments for individual patients with the bone marrow cancer.
Nanocarriers May Carry New Hope for Brain Cancer Therapy
Berkeley lab researchers develop nanoparticles that can carry therapeutics across the brain blood barrier.
Cancer-Fighting Tomato Component Traced
The metabolic pathway associated with lycopene, the bioactive red pigment found in tomatoes, has been traced by researchers at the University of Illinois.
Batten Disease may Benefit from Gene Therapy
NIH-funded animal study suggests one-shot approach to injecting genes.
Shedding Light on “Dark” Cellular Receptors
UNC and UCSF labs create a new research tool to find homes for two orphan cell-surface receptors, a crucial step toward finding better therapeutics and causes of drug side effects.
Molecule Proves Key to Brain Repair After Stroke
Scientists found that a molecule known as growth and differentiation factor 10 (GDF10) plays a key role in repair mechanisms following stroke.

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