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Biochemical and Molecular Approaches 304411 Protein detection methods

Changes in the abundance and specific modifications of proteins can provide useful information in two key areas assessment of target modulation and characterization of the downstream effects of target activity or pharmacological modulation thereof. Target modulation is most readily characterized when pharmacological antagonism (or agonism) of a protein's activity results in changes in modifications of the protein itself for example, in cases of receptor tyrosine kinase that exhibit autophosphorylation activity, where inhibition results in reduction in the amount of phosphorylated amino acid residues.5,16-18 Alternatively or in addition, assessment of target modulation can be made via the analysis of proteins that are part of the signaling pathway affected by the target protein (hence, 'downstream' of the point of intervention). In general, in order for a downstream molecule to be a reliable biomarker, its linkage to the target protein of interest should be solidly established, at...

Testing Methodologies

A multitude of methods are available to aid in the detection of drug use in humans. The most common drug testing technologies are listed in Table 4.1. The most popular initial test screen is an enzyme immunoassay (EIA) analysis of a urine sample. If this is positive, a confirmatory gas chromatography-mass spectroscopy (GC-MS) test is performed on the split sample. Given the greater sensitivity of GC-MS over EIA, the cutoff levels are reduced. The most commonly used analytic technique for a comprehensive drug screen, thin-layer chromatography (TLC), is the least expensive test available. TLC utilizes the differences in polarity and chemical interaction with developing solvents to produce different visualizations on a thin-layer coating. The visualizations are highlighted using ultraviolet (UV) or fluorescent lighting, or by color reactions created after being sprayed with chemical dyes. Identical molecules cluster in the same area, yielding specific color reactions. Unfortunately, TLC...

Evasion of True Positive Results

For obvious reasons, drug users are highly motivated to produce a clean sample. In response to this need, a black market has emerged to provide products with the sole purpose of creating a false-negative test result. These products include pretested and certified drug-free urine substitution kits, and a variety of adulterants. These include the Whizzinator (an artificial penis used to deliver a known drug-free urine under direct observation conditions) and passingpisstest.com, which provides a nontechnical description of how blood and urine drug tests work. Those who interpret test results should be aware that addicts can be highly creative in their efforts to thwart detection and monitoring. As an example, adulterants are substances placed in a sample to alter the results of a drug test. They accomplish this by physically altering the characteristics of the sample, such as temperature, pH, and specific gravity, which disrupts the mechanisms of the assay. Adulterants range from...

Testing Programs in Occupational Settings

There are two types of workplace testing regulated and nonregulated. Regulated testing refers to programs conducted under the Federal Testing Guidelines and includes industries working with the Department of Transportation (DOT), Federal employees, and companies with Federal contracts over 25,000 per year. Nonregulated programs are typically private sector employers who are not federally required to have a DFW program but voluntarily choose to drug-test employees. These programs are not required to have an MRO and are not federally regulated. Drug testing in the workplace has seen dramatic growth since 1988. Former President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the need for a drug-free workplace in America during his years in office. This initiative resulted in the Drug-Free Workplace (DFW) Act signed into law in November 1988. This legislation (HR-5210-124 Section 5152) laid the groundwork for the existing regulations (49-CFR-40) for virtually all of the drug-testing policies and protocols...

Interventions Aimed at Reducing the Likelihood of Involvement with the Corrections System

As noted earlier, the War on Drugs and the War on Crime have had an enormous impact on increasing rates of incarceration in the United States (Mauer, 1999 Golembeski and Fullilove, 2005). The length of incarceration as a result of violation of drug laws and the likelihood that an offender will go to jail vary significantly by state and municipality. The type of drug, the amount possessed and or sold, and a host of other factors are often weighed in sentencing and parole decisions. Truth in Sentencing laws also determine how much of a mandatory sentence will be served. All of these factors affect how many people are sent to prison and the number who remain there for a given period of time (Sentencing Project, 2006b). Reducing the length of time served for a first offense, using drug courts'' as a means of dealing with first offenders, and repealing laws, such as syringe possession laws, that add people to the jails and years onto their sentenced are appropriate targets for legislative...

Any additional data needed for IND

Figure 1 National Institutes of Health classical cytotoxic preclinical drug screening process. *Cellular screens are usually performed on permanent cell lines using some type of growth inhibition or cytotoxicity assay (e.g., methylthiazolidiphenyl tetrazolium (MTT), sulforhodamine B (SRB)). **In vivo models can include xenografts immuno-suppressed mice, murine tumors mice, other species (e.g., rats) with syngeneic or spontaneous tumors in companion animals (e.g., dogs), hollow fiber assays, etc. w Aspects of mechanism of action, metabolism, PK PD, and toxicology can be addressed at any point or concurrently with earlier testing. (Source http dtp.nci.nih.gov.)

General autopsy considerations

Toxicologic analysis requires specimens to be obtained for drug screening, confirmation, and quantitation as well as tissue distribution and evaluation of drug metabolites. Thus, samples for alcohol determination should be obtained from peripheral blood (e.g., femoral vein), vitreous fluid, and central blood (e.g., aorta or pulmonary trunk) brain alcohol determinations are often useful as well. Urine is ideal for qualitative drug screening. Drugs such as tricyclic an-tidepressants and propoxyphene are best evaluated by analyzing liver for concentrations of the parent drug and its major metabolites.

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Epidural use causes analgesia at presynaptic and postjunctional al-pha-2-adrenergic receptors in the spinal cord due to prevention of pain signal transmission to the brain. tv2, distribution, epidural 19 min elimination 22 hr. Uses Oral, Transdermal Mild to moderate hypertension. A diuretic or other antihypertensive drugs, or both, are often used concomitantly. Non-FDA Approved Uses Alcohol withdrawal, atrial fibrillation, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, constitutional growth delay in children, cyclosporine-associated nephro-toxicity, diabetic diarrhea, Gilles de la Tourette's syndrome, hyperhidrosis, hypertensive emergencies, mania, menopausal flushing, opiate detoxification, diagnosis of pheochromocy-toma, postherpetic neuralgia, psychosis in schizophrenia, reduce allergen-induced inflammatory reactions in extrinsic asthma, restless leg syndrome, facilitate smoking cessation, ulcerative colitis.

Treatment And Management Of Substance Use Disorders

Methadone detoxification is the preferred method of managing opioid withdrawal. Schedules using bu-prenorphine and or clonidine for opioid detoxification are also available (NIH Consensus Development Conference, 1998). Detoxification from cocaine and stimulants is not done pharmacologically.

Psychosocial Treatments

Safety, efficacy, and long-term results of a modified version of rapid opiate detoxification under general anesthesia A prospective study in methadone, heroin, codeine, and morphine addicts. Acta Anaesthsiol Scand, 44(3), 326-333. O'Connor, P. G., Waugh, M. E., Carroll, K. M., Rounsaville, B. J., Diagkogiannis, I. A., & Schottenfeld, R. S. (1995). Primary care-based ambulatory opioid detoxification The results of a clinical trial. J Gen Intern Med, 10, 255-260. Rabinowitz, J., Cohen, H., & Atias, S. (2002). Outcome of naltrexone maintenance following ultra rapid opiate detoxification versus intensive inpatient detoxification. AmJ Addict, 11(1), 52-56.

Detection of Mitotic Cells

There are a number of potential applications for this methodology. It can be used to identify mitotic cells for the estimation of mitotic index (MI) in populations of cells growing exponentially or treated with drugs. It also can be used in stathmokinetic experiments in which the cells are arrested in mitosis and the rate of cell entrance to M (cell birth rate), emptying of the G1 compartment, and many other kinetic parameters can be estimated. Furthermore, the immunocytochemical detection of H3-P provides new opportunities for studying the role of H3 phosphorylation in chromatin condensation during mitosis. In particular, it may be helpful in identification of the kinase(s) and or protein phosphatase(s) involved in H3 phosphorylation and dephosphorylation. Since these enzymes are a potential target for development of new antitumor drugs designed to target the G2 to M transition, the possibility of immunocytochemical detection of the activity of one or more of them may be of great...

Multiparameter Sensor Chip

A very interesting approach includes the integration of several different sensor types on a single chip for monitoring not only the electrical cell activity, but also the temperature, the cell metabolism and the cell adhesion. Such a multiparameter sensor chip has been developed by the University of Rostock in cooperation with the semiconductor company Micronas (www. micronas.com) 80, 82 . The aim is to develop a sensor system, with which metabolic parameters as well as electrical signals can be measured with one sensor chip. The applications are in the field of basic research and drug screening.

In Vitro Surrogate Blood Brain Barrier Models

It shows upregulation of some BBB features, in particular tight junctional organization, generating TEER of typically 100-300 ohm cm _ 2.102 It has been used to screen BBB permeability of flavonoid compounds,103 and performed well in the recent study sponsored by the European Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods (ECVAM) comparing cell culture models as drug screening tools.96 Although it appears to express P-gp, it does so at lower levels than the BBB in vivo, so should be used with caution.

Applications in Target Identification and Validation

This strategy can be extended on any gene family with more success stories to be expected in the future. The choice of which screening approach to follow has an analogy in classical small-molecule drug screening, with the option of either conducting a medium- to low-throughput approach using targeted libraries, or entering a classical high-throughput screening (HTS) with millions of compounds.

Medical Use And Abuse

Workplace drug testing is usually limited to identification of marijuana, cocaine, morphine-codeine, amphetamine-methamphetamine, and phencycli-dine (PCP). However, benzodiazepines and barbiturates may be added to the test panel. Laboratory positive test results for patients with legitimate prescriptions for benzodiazepines and barbiturates are reported to employers by medical review officers (MROs) as negative, as are other laboratory results that reflect appropriate medical treatment with other controlled substances (MacDonald, DuPont, & Ferguson, 2003).

Specimen Not Suitable

The reason I am speaking to you personally is because the results of your urine drug test have been received and it is a positive test. The purpose of this interview is to provide you with an opportunity to voluntarily share information with me that might explain a positive result, such as anything from your medical history, prescriptions, recent treatment or something in your diet. Before I ask you any further questions, I want to tell you that any information that you may disclose will be TREATED CONFIDENTIALLY and not be released unless a U.S. Department of Transportation regulation requires or permits such a disclosure. You have the option of not discussing the matter with me, if you choose. Do you have any questions at this point Non-contact positive test donor declines interview refuses medical interview report as positive drug test.

Bioluminescent and Chemiluminescent Assays Kinases Proteases Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assays

Bioluminescence and chemiluminescence in drug screening have been recently reviewed.33,34 Bioluminescence is characterized by exergonic reactions of molecular oxygen with different substrates (luciferins) and enzymes (luciferases) resulting in photons of visible light. Factors affecting the color of the emissions are (1) the amino acid composition of the luciferase (2) the structure of the luciferin (3) the presence of green fluorescent proteins (GFPs) and (4) mechanisms that control intensity and kinetics. Luciferases are the enzymes that catalyze the light-emitting reactions in organisms and in in vitro luciferase luciferin reactions. The spectrum of a bioluminescence often matches the fluorescence spectrum of the reaction product.

Biopharmaceutics Classification System in Drug Discovery and Preclinical Development

Pharmacokinetic (absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion - ADME) parameters are today considered to have a crucial role in the selection process of oral candidate drugs for product development.28-30 This understanding has also most probably contributed to significantly reduce the number of developmental failure due to pharmacokinetic factors during recent years.31 Fundamental BCS parameters, such as permeability, solubility, and fraction dose absorbed, are among those ADME parameters and therefore it has been suggested that these fundamental BCS parameters should be useful in both the discovery and early development process.1'32 For instance, it is clear that new compounds with a very low permeability and or solubility dissolution will certainly result in low and highly variable bioavailability, which may limit the possibilities that a clinically useful product can be developed. It is obvious that a selection of candidates that fulfil the BCS requirement of high...

Electrophysiology and Ion Fluxes

There are several other cell-based methods to study ion channel activity. Direct measurements of ion flux can be done using substitute labeled ions of similar size and charge to the natural ion. One example is the use of a rubidium isotope 86Rb to assess ion flux through potassium channels. In this method, cells are loaded with the isotope during an incubation step, washed, and potential candidate blockers are added. In the final step, cells are harvested via filtration and the remaining 86Rb radioactivity that has not flowed through the channel is counted. Potassium channel blockers will increase the radioactivity in the cell since the efflux of86Rb, like potassium, is prevented from flowing through the ion channel along its electrochemical gradient. However, due to the high levels of radioactivity present, this technique is considered a poor vehicle for drug screening. As an alternative, nonradioactive Rb can be used and quantified by atomic absorption. In this method, cells are...

Digoxin Succinylcholine and Insulin

Until the introduction of radioimmunoassay, death caused by insulin was extremely difficult to prove. Most deaths from insulin are accidental. Suicides are infrequent and homicides rare. Insulin, of course, is used for the treatment of diabetes. An overdose of insulin will cause hypoglycemia with irreversible injury to the brain. In one 6-month period, one of the authors (VJMD) saw five deaths caused by insulin a homicide, a suicide, and three accidents. The homicide involved a 43-year-old nondiabetic male who was found dead in bed by his wife. She summoned the police and told them he had been hospitalized for bleeding caused by liver disease, but refused to stay in the hospital. She also told them he had been drinking heavily since he had returned home. A physician at one of the hospitals he had been seen at was contacted and agreed to sign the death certificate. Subsequently, it turned out that this was not the deceased's treating physician. The body was transported to a funeral...

Cell Free Protein Expression

A unique characteristic of CF expression techniques is the possibility of quickly and easily introducing specific labels into a protein (Figure 2). Labeling of proteins with stable isotopes is indispensable for the structural and functional analysis by NMR techniques and for drug screening and ligand interaction studies. Labeling of proteins with spectrally enhanced amino acids can further be very helpful for the analysis of protein interaction studies.209 The composition and concentration of all low molecular weight substances in the CF reaction is fully defined and the operator has therefore complete control over the amino acid pool of the reaction. Any type of amino acid can thus easily be replaced by a labeled derivative and a 100 label incorporation into the recombinant protein is ensured. The kinetics and

Goldenseal

Representative Goldenseal is an herb frequently used as an astringent and to reputedly mask the presence of illicit drugs, especially marijuana, on urine screens. Goldenseal is, however, ineffective as an undetected adulterant and is easily detected by GC MS ( + drug test). Latin Hydrastis canadensis. Toxin Hydrastine. Antidote None.

Conclusion

Despite the legitimate concern with false-positive and false-negative test results, the weakest link in the chain of drug testing is chain-of-custody violations. Regardless of the sophistication of laboratory technology, human error in completing the requisite paperwork at the drug-testing site remains the single most important inconsistent aspect of the testing process. Given the variety of available methods to cheat, it is likely that drug testing will not catch all drug users. As is the case in all aspects of clinical medicine, an accurate diagnosis of substance abuse is based on a comprehensive clinical workup drug testing is only one, albeit important, component of the process. Workplace drug testing hopefully will not only deter drug use by employees while on the job (eliminating costly accidents and errors) but may also assist in initially identifying individuals with drug use disorders. In the world of sports, drug testing is intended to create a level playing field for all...

Table of contents

Much of what is known about the pathology of drug abuse has been derived from thorough and carefully performed autopsies. It should therefore be expected that much of this section deals with the autopsy and is therefore of particular interest to the pathologist. However, far from this being an academic exercise, it is hoped that the reader will discern applications to clinical situations. This, in fact, has been accomplished over the years as clinicians have better appreciated the pathophysiology of diseases resulting from drug abuse. What is lacking currently, however, is the proper toxicologic evaluation of the drug abuse victim at the time of admission to a hospital. Except for ethanol, reliance is too often made on a urine drug screen. Blood specimens for toxicologic testing, if obtained at all, are too often

Specificity

The same UV spectrum as the parent compound. Therefore, specificity testing should be confirmed by analyzing accuracy samples with a selective analysis mode such as LC. If the capsule shell interferes with the bulk drug detection, the USP allows for a correction for the capsule shell interference. Corrections greater than 25 of labeled content are unacceptable 18 .

Treatment

The clinician is confronted with a wider range of marijuana users. At one end is the individual who uses the drug only rarely, but whose use is detected on a routine drug screen and brought to the clinician's attention, perhaps for an evaluation. Brief assessment, to make sure the problem is not more serious than it appears, is always necessary in this case. Subsequent follow-up, to ensure that the initial impression was correct, is part of a thorough assessment. In this instance, the user is usually embarrassed and repentant, and has no objection to future monitoring. Users who do not have a problem with marijuana do not have a problem giving it up. They may be able to use it in the future, once they have demonstrated the capacity for voluntary nonuse.

Binding Affinities

Interactions between molecules can be studied by NMR spectroscopy in a large variety of binding constants. Although NMR was used for a long time just as a tool to determine the structure, the unique ability of NMR to detect molecular interactions has recently established its importance in the field of drug screening and optimization.87 For example, the complex between calmodulin (CaM) and its cognate peptide from the Ca-ATPase (C20W) is a tight complex with a binding constant in the nM range (see below). However, much weaker binding in the mM range can also easily be detected by NMR.

Anthropologist

The toxicologist evaluates organs and fluids from an autopsy and a scene for the presence or absence of drugs and chemicals. The types of pills or powders found on suspects can also be determined. Most common drugs of abuse and poisons can be readily discovered and quantitated. However, not every drug and chemical appears in a routine drug screen. The pathologist and investigator must consult with a toxicologist if any unusual drugs or poisons are suspected. They should also let the toxicologist know what prescribed or illegal drugs a dece

Marijuana

The Metabolite Thc

Metabolism is the major route of elimination of THC from the body as little is excreted unchanged. In humans, over 20 metabolites have been identified in urine and feces.15 Metabolism in humans involves allylic oxidation, epoxidation, aliphatic oxidation, decarboxylation and conjugation. The two monohydroxy metabolites (Figure 3.6.11) 11-hydroxy (OH)-THC and 8-beta-hydroxy THC are active, with the former exhibiting similar activity and disposition to THC, while the latter is less potent. Plasma concentrations of 11-OH-THC are typically < 10 of the THC concentration after marijuana smoking. Two additional hydroxy compounds have been identified, namely, 8-alpha-hydroxy-THC and 8,11-dihydroxy-THC and are believed to be devoid of THC-like activity. Further oxidation of 11-OH-THC produces the inactive metabolite, 11-nor-9-carboxy-THC, or THC-COOH. This metabolite may be conjugated with glucuronic acid and is excreted in substantial amounts in the urine. Approximately 70 of a dose of THC...