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Medicina UPB ; 41(1): 3-11, mar. 2022. tab
Article in English | LILACS, COLNAL | ID: biblio-1362378

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Objetivo: este estudio busca describir los individuos evaluados por sobredosis de acetaminofén entre 2019 y 2020 en un centro de referencia de trasplante hepático en Colombia. Metodología: estudio derivado del análisis secundario de historias clínicas entre el 1.º de enero de 2019 y el 31 de diciembre de 2020. Los criterios de inclusión abarcan individuos con ingestión aguda y voluntaria de dosis tóxicas de acetaminofén (>4 g/día). Resultados: sesenta y tres casos, 68% mujeres, 67% menores de 18 años y 54% estudiantes. Reportó historia personal de enfermedad psiquiátrica el 60% y el 35% al menos un intento de suicidio previo. La mediana de dosis de acetaminofén fue 15g, 46% refirieron co-ingesta de otras sustancias y 13% estaba bajo efecto de sustancias psicoactivas. El 57% tenía la intención clara de suicidarse, así como 81% vomitó antes de acudir al servicio de urgencias, 22% recibió medidas de descontaminación y 10% no recibió N - acetilcisteína. Quince individuos desarrollaron lesión hepática aguda, nueve con criterios de severidad. Conclusiones: la población era predominantemente joven, la historia de enfermedad psiquiátrica fue muy prevalente y la mayoría refirieron un evento vital que explicara el comportamiento impulsivo de consumo. Ninguno desarrolló criterios para trasplante hepático, lo cual podría explicarse por la edad de los individuos, los episodios de vómito temprano, y la ausencia de enfermedad hepática crónica o de consumo de sustancias hepatotóxicas.


Objective: this study aims to describe patients with overdose intake of acetaminophen between 2019 and 2020 at a reference center for liver transplantation in Colombia. Methodology: study derived from a secondary analysis of the clinical records between January 1st, 2019, to December 31st, 2020. Inclusion criteria were individuals with voluntary acute ingestion of toxic doses of acetaminophen (>4 g/day). Results: sixty-three cases, 68% women, 67% <18-year-old, and 54% students. 60% had personal history of psychiatric illness and 35% reported at least one previous suicide attempt. The median dose of acetaminophen was 15g, 46% referred to co-ingestion with other substances and 13% were under the effect of any psychoactive substance. 57% had a clear intention of suicide. 81% vomited before the arrival to the emergency room, 22% received decontamination intervention with gastric lavage or activated charcoal, and 10% did not receive any dose of N-Acetylcysteine. Fifteen individuals developed an acute liver injury, nine with severity criteria. Conclusions: the population was predominantly young, the personal history of psychiatric disease was highly prevalent, and most of the cases referred a vital event that explains the impulsive behavior in acetaminophen consumption. None developed criteria for liver transplantation, and this could be explained by the young age of the individuals, the episodes of early vomiting, and the absence of chronic liver disease or hepatotoxic substance consumption.


Objetivo:este estudo busca descrever os indivíduos avaliados por sobredose de acetaminofen entre 2019 e 2020 num centro de referência de transplante hepático na Colômbia. Metodologia: estudo derivado da análise secundário de histórias clínicas entre o dia 1.º de janeiro de 2019 e 31 de dezembro de 2020. Os critérios de inclusão abrangem indivíduos com ingestão aguda e voluntária de dose tóxicas de acetaminofen (>4 g/dia).Resultados:sessenta e três casos, 68% mulheres, 67% menores de 18 anos e 54% estudantes. Reportou história pessoal de doença psiquiátrica, 60% e 35% pelo menos uma tentativa de suicídio prévio. A média de dose de acetaminofen foi de 15g, 46% referiram com ingestão de outras sustâncias e 13% estava sob efeito de sustâncias psicoativas. 57% tinham a intenção clara de suicidar-se, assim como 81% vomitou antes de acudir ao serviço de urgências, 22% receberam medidas de descontaminação e 10% não recebeu N - acetilcisteína. Quinze indivíduos desenvolveram lesão hepática aguda, nove com critérios de severidade. Conclusões: a população era predominantemente jovem, a história de doençapsiquiátrica foi muito prevalente e a maioria referiram um evento vital que explicasse o comportamento impulsivo de consumo. Nenhum desenvolveu critérios para transplantehepático, o qual se poderia explicar pela idade dos indivíduos, os episódios de vómito precoce, e a ausência de doença hepática crónica ou de consumo de sustâncias hepatotóxicas.


Subject(s)
Humans , Acetaminophen , Acetylcysteine , Suicide, Attempted , Vomiting, Anticipatory , Charcoal , Decontamination , Emergency Service, Hospital , Dosage , Gastric Lavage , Liver Diseases , Mental Disorders
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Braz. j. biol ; 81(3): 785-791, July-Sept. 2021. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-1153392

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Abstract Present study was conducted to study seasonal abundance and distribution of dragonflies in upper Siran valley district Mansehra Pakistan. To collect data, eleven localities were visited for three consecutive years (2016-2018). Results come up with a sum of 300 specimens identified under three families, eight genera and twenty species. Highest seasonal abundance recorded during summer and spring were 80.67% and 13.33% respectively while minimum 6.00% was recorded during early autumn. Dominant species observed were, Orthetrum chrysis (14.00%), followed by O. gluacum (12.00%), Palpoleura sexmaculata sexmaculata (11.33%) and O. cancellatum cancellatum (8.00%). However the highest population of dragonflies was found in Munda Gucha with a percentage of 11.33 followed by Jabbar (11.00%) and Sachan (9.67%). The lowest populations were recorded in Suham (6.00%), Dadar (7.67%) and Jabori (7.67%). The surveyed valley showed diverse Anisopterous fauna and thus further extensive surveys are recommended that can come up with more important species from the area.


Resumo O presente estudo foi realizado para verificar a abundância sazonal e a distribuição de libélulas no vale superior de Siran, distrito de Mansehra, Paquistão. Para a coleta de dados, 11 localidades foram visitadas por três anos consecutivos (2016-2018). Os resultados apresentaram uma soma de 300 espécimes identificados em três famílias, 8 gêneros e 20 espécies. A maior abundância sazonal registrada durante o verão e a primavera foi de 80,67% e 13,33%, respectivamente, enquanto o mínimo de 6% foi registrado no início do outono. As espécies dominantes observadas foram Orthetrum chrysis (14%), seguido por O. gluacum (12%), Palpoleura sexmaculata sexmaculata (11,33%) e O. cancellatum cancellatum (8%). No entanto, a maior população de libélulas foi encontrada em Munda Gucha (11,33%), seguida por Jabbar (11%) e Sachan (9,67%). As populações mais baixas foram registradas em Suham (6%), Dadar (7,67%) e Jabori (7,67%). O vale pesquisado mostrou fauna Anisopterous diversificada, e, portanto, recomenda-se a realização de mais pesquisas que possam apresentar mais espécies importantes da área.


Subject(s)
Animals , Odonata , Pakistan , Acetylcysteine , Seasons , Surveys and Questionnaires
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Rev. bras. anal. clin ; 53(2): 131-137, 20210630. ilus
Article in Portuguese | LILACS | ID: biblio-1348668

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Introdução: Diversos alvos farmacológicos têm sido estudados com o objetivo de minimizar as consequências da infecção causada pelo vírus da COVID-19. A hiperinflamação pulmonar foi associada ao estresse oxidativo embasando a administração de antioxidantes, especialmente N-acetilcisteína, que vem sendo proposta como terapia de suporte e investigada em estudos clínicos. Objetivo: Realizar uma análise crítica do uso da N-acetilcísteina em pacientes com COVID-19 com base em suas propriedades fármaco-toxicológicas. Material e métodos: Análise crítica a partir de revisão bibliográfica de artigos originais e de revisão de dados epidemiológico, clínicos e estudos de caso. Os dados farmacológicose toxicológicos foram comparados para avaliar potenciais riscos e benefícios da adoção desta terapia. Resultado: A fisiopatologia da COVID-19 está associada à hiperinflamação causada pela liberação de citocinas e quimiocinas, denominada tempestade de citocinas que agrava a infecção respiratória, podendo levar ao quadro de Síndrome de Angústia Respiratória Aguda (SARA). Esse conjunto de fatores pode ser responsável pelo aumento do estresse oxidativo que está relacionado com a gravidade da infecção. A N-acetilcisteína parece atenuar o quadro inflamatório pela atividade antioxidante e anti-inflamatória e apresenta baixa toxicidade, sendo bem tolerada em doses de até 500 mg/kg. Conclusão: A N-acetilcisteína possui potencial no tratamento de pacientes com COVID-19 em estágios iniciais da doença para diminuir o estresse oxidativo.


Introduction: Focusing the efforts to minimizing the injury caused by COVID-19 virus, many pharmacological targets have been studied. The lung hyper inflammation was referred as a consequence of the oxidative stress and supports the antioxidant therapy, especially the N-acetylcysteine administration that has been proposed in some clinical studies. Aims: In order to make a critical analysis of COVID-19 clinical management with N-acetylcysteine, the physiopathology of the infection was compared with the pharmacological and toxicological properties of the N-acetylcsteine. Methodology: A literature review was made and the peer-reviewed articles, epidemiologic data, clinical studies and case reports were consulted. The pharmacological and toxicological data were compared to evaluate the potential risks and benefits of the N-acetylcysteine therapy. Results: The COVID-19 physiopathology is based on the hyper inflammation that is a consequence of the cytokines storm (release of a large amount of pro-inflammatory cytokines and chemokines). The hyper inflammation can result in the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The cytokines storm was associated with the oxidative stress and the severity of the infection. N-acetylcysteine seems to improve the inflammation by its antioxidant and anti inflammatory properties. Furthermore, N-acetylcysteine shows high tolerability hate in doses until 500 mg/kg. Conclusion: N-acetylcysteine shows high therapeutic potential to decrease the oxidative stress in early stages of the infection in COVID-19 patients.


Subject(s)
Acetylcysteine , Oxidative Stress , COVID-19 , Antioxidants
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Rev. colomb. gastroenterol ; 36(1): 39-50, ene.-mar. 2021. tab, graf
Article in Spanish | LILACS | ID: biblio-1251520

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Resumen Los parámetros de calidad para endoscopia digestiva alta han introducido indicadores intraprocedimiento, dentro de los cuales la adecuada visibilidad de la mucosa, libre de saliva, moco o burbujas, puede aumentar la posibilidad de detección de lesiones en fase temprana. Sin embargo, el uso de mucolíticos y antiburbujas ha mostrado gran variabilidad de eficiencia según las soluciones, concentraciones, tiempos de exposición y escala de visibilidad aplicados. Objetivos: determinar la efectividad de diferentes soluciones de premedicación para la limpieza de la mucosa digestiva; validar, mediante una prueba de concordancia interobservador, una nueva escala de adecuada visualización de la mucosa (TVMS) para el esófago, estómago y duodeno; y reportar eventos adversos o complicaciones relacionadas con las soluciones utilizadas y los procedimientos realizados. Material y métodos: estudio de cohortes prospectivas comparativas. Se incluyeron 412 pacientes adultos, ASA I y ASA II, para endoscopia diagnóstica bajo sedación consciente, distribuidos en 6 cohortes similares, divididas en dos grupos: no premedicación, 2 cohortes C1 (ayuno de 6 a 8 horas)y C2 (agua 100 mL); premedicación, 4 cohortes C3 a C6 (C3: agua 100 m L + simeticona 1000 mg; C4: agua 100 mL + simeticona 200 mg + N-acetilcisteína 600 mg; C5: agua 100 mL + simeticona 200 mg + N-acetilcisteína 1000 mg; C6: agua 100 mL + simeticona 200 mg + Hedera helix 70 mg). Se ingirió la solución 15 a 30 minutos antes del paso por cricofaríngeo. Se realizó la prueba de Kappa para medir la concordancia interobservador de la escala TVMS. Resultados: De 412 pacientes, 58% fueron de sexo femenino; 23% (136) fue de cohortes C1 y C2 y 67% (276) fue de cohortes C3 a C6. El tiempo medio de exposición a cada solución fue de 24,4 minutos. El volumen de lavado para lograr una adecuada visualización fue significativamente diferente entre ambos grupos: en los pacientes con premedicación se utilizaron 75,6 mL, mientras que en los pacientes sin premedicación se utilizaron 124 mL (p = 0,000), con una calidad de TVMS excelente de 88,7% frente al 41,4%, respectivamente. La cohorte C4 (agua 100 mL + simeticona 200 mg + N-acetilcisteína 600 mg) mostró ser la más efectiva con una diferencia significativa (p = 0,001) frente a C1 (ayuno) y C2 (placebo con agua 100 mL), y también tuvo una eficiencia superior frente a C3, C5 y C6 en su orden. No se presentaron eventos adversos o complicaciones en relación con la endoscopia, la sedación y los productos usados en la premedicación. Conclusiones: la solución más efectiva como premedicación para lograr una excelente visibilidad de la mucosa digestiva correspondió a la cohorte C4 (SIM 200 + NAC 600 + H2O 100 mL). La escala TVMS propuesta es una herramienta muy completa y fácil de aplicar por más de un observador. La premedicación ingerida, con antiburbuja, mucolítico y agua hasta 100 mL, entre 15 y 30 minutos previos a endoscopia, es segura en las condiciones descritas en este estudio.


Abstract Quality parameters for upper gastrointestinal endoscopy have introduced intraprocedural indicators, including adequate mucosal visualization free of saliva, mucus, or bubbles, which may increase the possibility of early-stage injury detection. The use of mucolytics and anti-foaming agents has shown great efficiency variability depending on the type of solution, concentrations, exposure times and visibility scale applied. Objectives: To determine the effectiveness of different premedication solutions for cleaning the digestive mucosa; to validate, by means of an interobserver concordance test, a new scale for the adequate visualization of the mucosa (TVMS) for the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum; and to report adverse events or complications associated with the solutions used and the procedures performed. Material and methods: Prospective, comparative cohort study. 412 adult patients, ASA I and ASA II, were included for diagnostic endoscopy under conscious sedation. They were distributed in 6 similar cohorts and divided into two groups: non-premedication, 2 in C1 (fasting 6 to 8 hours) and C2 (water 100 mL) cohorts; premedication, 4 C3 to C6 cohorts (C3: water 100 mL + simethicone 1000 mg; C4: water 100 ml + simethicone 200 mg + N-acetylcysteine 600 mg; C5: water 100 ml + simethicone 200 mg + N-acetylcysteine 1000 mg; C6: water 100 ml + simethicone 200 mg + Hedera helix 70 mg). The solution was swallowed 15 to 30 minutes passing through the cricopharyngeus muscle. The Kappa test was performed to measure interobserver concordance of the TVMS scale. Results: Of 412 patients, 58% were female; 23% (136) were included in the C1 and C2 cohorts; and 67% (276) were in the C3 to C6 cohorts. The average exposure time to each solution was 24.4 minutes. The wash volume for proper visualization was significantly different between the two groups. In premedicated patients, 75.6 mL of solution were used, while in patients without premedication, 124 mL were used (p = 0.000), with an excellent quality of TVMS of 88.7% versus 41.4%, respectively. The C4 cohort (water 100 mL + simethicone 200 mg + N-acetylcysteine 600 mg) was the most effective with a significant difference (p= 0.001) compared with the C1 (fasting) and C2 (placebo with water 100 mL) cohorts. It also had better efficiency compared to the C3, C5 and C6 cohorts in that order. There were no adverse events or complications associated with endoscopy, sedation, or premedication products. Conclusions: The most effective solution as a premedication to achieve excellent visibility of the digestive mucosa was that used in the C4 cohort (SIM 200 + NAC 600 + H2OR 100 mL). The proposed TVMS scale is a very complete and easy tool to apply by more than one observer. Premedication ingested, with anti-foam, mucolytic and water up to 100 mL, between 15 and 30 minutes before endoscopy, is safe under the conditions described in this study.


Subject(s)
Humans , Male , Female , Adult , Middle Aged , Premedication , Acetylcysteine , Simethicone , Hedera , Solutions , Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal
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Braz. j. med. biol. res ; 54(11): e9941, 2021. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-1339454

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Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a common complication in seriously ill patients, while renal ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) injury is the most frequent event in this oxidative renal injury. N-acetylcysteine (NAC) is a small molecule containing a thiol group that has antioxidant properties, promoting detoxification and acting directly as a free radical scavenger. In this study, the protective effect of NAC was investigated in short-term (30 min) and long-term (45 min) ischemic AKI. This was achieved via clamping of the renal artery for 30 or 45 min in Wistar rats to induce I/R injury. AKI worsened with a longer period of ischemia (45 compared to 30 min) due to probable irreversible damage. Preconditioning with NAC in short-term ischemia improved renal blood flow and increased creatinine clearance by reducing oxidative metabolites and increasing antioxidant capacity. Otherwise, NAC did not change these parameters in the long-term ischemia. Therefore, this study demonstrated that the period of ischemia determines the severity of the AKI, and NAC presented antioxidant effects in short-term ischemia but not in long-term ischemia, confirming that there is a possible therapeutic window for its renoprotective effect.


Subject(s)
Humans , Animals , Rats , Reperfusion Injury/prevention & control , Acute Kidney Injury/prevention & control , Acetylcysteine/therapeutic use , Rats, Wistar , Oxidative Stress , Kidney
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Clinics ; 76: e2513, 2021. graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-1249580

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OBJECTIVES: The current study compared the impact of pretreatment with melatonin and N-acetylcysteine (NAC) on the prevention of rat lung damage following intestinal ischemia-reperfusion (iIR). METHODS: Twenty-eight Wistar rats were subjected to intestinal ischemia induced by a 60 min occlusion of the superior mesenteric artery, followed by reperfusion for 120 min. Animals were divided into the following groups (n=7 per group): sham, only abdominal incision; SS+iIR, pretreated with saline solution and iIR; NAC+iIR, pretreated with NAC (20 mg/kg) and iIR; MEL+iIR, pretreated with melatonin (20 mg/kg) and iIR. Oxidative stress and inflammatory mediators were measured and histological analyses were performed in the lung tissues. RESULTS: Data showed a reduction in malondialdehyde (MDA), myeloperoxidase (MPO), and TNF-alpha in the animals pretreated with NAC or MEL when compared to those treated with SS+iIR (p<0.05). An increase in superoxide dismutase (SOD) levels in the NAC- and MEL-pretreated animals as compared to the SS+iIR group (34±8 U/g of tissue; p<0.05) was also observed. TNF-α levels were lower in the MEL+iIR group (91±5 pg/mL) than in the NAC+iIR group (101±6 pg/mL). Histological analysis demonstrated a higher lung lesion score in the SS+iIR group than in the pretreated groups. CONCLUSION: Both agents individually provided tissue protective effect against intestinal IR-induced lung injury, but melatonin was more effective in ameliorating the parameters analyzed in this study.


Subject(s)
Animals , Rats , Reperfusion Injury/prevention & control , Acute Lung Injury/etiology , Acute Lung Injury/prevention & control , Melatonin/therapeutic use , Acetylcysteine/therapeutic use , Reperfusion , Rats, Wistar , Ischemia
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Clin. biomed. res ; 41(1): 57-64, 2021. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-1255192

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Introduction: Several studies in the literature have evaluated the role of oxidative stress and adjuvant therapies for X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy (X-ALD). Here, we investigated whether n-acetyl-L-cysteine (NAC) and rosuvastatin (RSV) could influence the generation of reactive species, redox status and nitrative stress in fibroblasts from asymptomatic patients with X-ALD. Methods: Skin biopsy samples were cultured and treated for 2 hours (37 °C) with NAC and RSV. Results: X-ALD fibroblasts generated high levels of reactive oxygen species. These levels were significantly lower in fibroblasts treated with NAC and RSV relative to untreated samples. The X-ALD fibroblasts from asymptomatic patients also had higher catalase activity, and only NAC was able to increase enzyme activity in the samples. Conclusions: Our results indicated that NAC and RSV were able to improve oxidative stress parameters in fibroblasts from asymptomatic patients with X-ALD, showing that adjuvant antioxidant therapy may be a promising treatment strategy for asymptomatic patients with this disease. (AU)


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Humans , Male , Female , Acetylcysteine , Oxidative Stress , Adrenoleukodystrophy/therapy , Rosuvastatin Calcium , Fibroblasts
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Brasília; s.n; 28 jul. 2020.
Non-conventional in Portuguese | PIE, LILACS, BRISA, PIE | ID: biblio-1117726

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O Informe Diário de Evidências é uma produção do Ministério da Saúde que tem como objetivo acompanhar diariamente as publicações científicas sobre tratamento farmacológico e vacinas para a COVID-19. Dessa forma, são realizadas buscas estruturadas em bases de dados biomédicas, referentes ao dia anterior desse informe. Não são incluídos estudos pré-clínicos (in vitro, in vivo, in silico). A frequência dos estudos é demonstrada de acordo com a sua classificação metodológica (revisões sistemáticas, ensaios clínicos randomizados, coortes, entre outros). Para cada estudo é apresentado um resumo com avaliação da qualidade metodológica. Essa avaliação tem por finalidade identificar o grau de certeza/confiança ou o risco de viés de cada estudo. Para tal, são utilizadas ferramentas já validadas e consagradas na literatura científica, na área de saúde baseada em evidências. Cabe ressaltar que o documento tem caráter informativo e não representa uma recomendação oficial do Ministério da Saúde sobre a temática. Foram encontrados 18 artigos e 3 protocolos.


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Humans , Pneumonia, Viral/drug therapy , Coronavirus Infections/drug therapy , Betacoronavirus/drug effects , Acetylcysteine/therapeutic use , Ascorbic Acid/therapeutic use , Ribavirin/therapeutic use , Technology Assessment, Biomedical , Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibitors/therapeutic use , BCG Vaccine/therapeutic use , Colchicine/therapeutic use , Cohort Studies , Adrenal Cortex Hormones/therapeutic use , Rho(D) Immune Globulin/therapeutic use , Azithromycin/therapeutic use , Hydroxymethylglutaryl-CoA Reductase Inhibitors/therapeutic use , Infliximab/therapeutic use , Alemtuzumab/therapeutic use , Interferon alpha-2/therapeutic use , Hydroxychloroquine/therapeutic use
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Brasília; s.n; 8 jun. 2020.
Non-conventional in Portuguese | PIE, LILACS, BRISA, PIE | ID: biblio-1100298

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O Informe Diário de Evidências é uma produção do Ministério da Saúde que tem como objetivo acompanhar diariamente as publicações científicas sobre tratamento farmacológico e vacinas para a COVID-19. Dessa forma, são realizadas buscas estruturadas em bases de dados biomédicas, referente ao dia anterior desse informe. Não são incluídos estudos pré-clínicos (in vitro, in vivo, in silico). A frequência dos estudos é demonstrada de acordo com a sua classificação metodológica (revisões sistemáticas, ensaios clínicos randomizados, coortes, entre outros). Para cada estudo é apresentado um resumo com avaliação da qualidade metodológica. Essa avaliação tem por finalidade identificar o grau de certeza/confiança ou o risco de viés de cada estudo. Para tal, são utilizadas ferramentas já validadas e consagradas na literatura científica, na área de saúde baseada em evidências. Cabe ressaltar que o documento tem caráter informativo e não representa uma recomendação oficial do Ministério da Saúde sobre a temática. Foram encontrados 13 artigos.


Subject(s)
Humans , Pneumonia, Viral/drug therapy , Coronavirus Infections/drug therapy , Betacoronavirus/drug effects , Acetylcysteine/therapeutic use , Technology Assessment, Biomedical , gamma-Globulins/therapeutic use , Immunoglobulins/therapeutic use , Methylprednisolone/therapeutic use , BCG Vaccine , Influenza Vaccines , Famotidine/therapeutic use , Autohemotherapy , Chloroquine/therapeutic use , Colchicine/therapeutic use , Interferon-alpha/therapeutic use , Ritonavir/therapeutic use , Pneumococcal Vaccines , Lopinavir/therapeutic use , Observational Study , Nitric Oxide/therapeutic use
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CorSalud ; 12(2): 214-218,
Article in Spanish | LILACS | ID: biblio-1133612

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RESUMEN La N-acetilcisteína es conocida en varias especialidades médicas. Su empleo en cardiología se ha incrementado desde hace décadas, por su potencial para disminuir el impacto del daño por reperfusión en el infarto miocárdico agudo. Pero el espectro de sus efectos es aún mayor, tiene acciones sobre los radicales de oxígeno, con un papel protector, por la vía de los grupos sulfhidrilos de regiones importantes de la membrana celular, los cuales interfieren y tienen efecto en la función endotelial y en los procesos complejos de adhesión como efectos secundarios; así como otros fenómenos del compartimento extravascular. Estos procesos están estrechamente relacionados con el aparato cardiovascular.


ABSTRACT N-acetylcysteine is known in a number of medical specialties and its ability to decrease the impact of reperfusion injury in acute myocardial infarction has boosted its use in cardiology over the past decades. N-acetylcysteine has a far-reaching range of effects since it functions as a protective agent against oxygen radicals through sulfhydryl groups in important regions of the cell membrane that interfere and affect endothelial functioning and complex adhesion processes as side effects; as well as other phenomena of the extravascular compartment. These processes are closely related to the cardiovascular system.


Subject(s)
Acetylcysteine , Myocardial Reperfusion Injury , Reperfusion Injury , Oxidative Stress
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Int. arch. otorhinolaryngol. (Impr.) ; 24(1): 47-52, Jan.-Mar. 2020. graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-1090559

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Abstract Introduction Cisplatin damages the auditory system and is related to the generation of free radicals. Glutathione peroxidase is an endogenous free radicals remover. Objective To investigate the mechanisms involved in otoprotection by N-acetylcys- teine through the expression of glutathione peroxidase in outer hair cells from rats treated with cisplatin. Methods Male Wistar rats were intraperitoneally injected with cisplatin (8 mg/Kg) and/or received oral administration by gavage of N-acetylcysteine (300 mg/Kg) for 3 consecutive days. On the 4th day, the animals were euthanized and beheaded. The tympanic bullae were removed and prepared for scanning electron microscopy and Results Among the groups exposed to ototoxic doses of cisplatin, there was an increase in glutathione peroxidase immunostaining in two groups, the one exposed to cisplatin alone, and the group exposed to both cisplatin and N-acetylcysteine. Conclusion The expression of glutathione peroxidase in the outer hair cells of rats exposed to cisplatin showed the synthesis of this enzyme under cellular toxicity conditions.


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Animals , Male , Acetylcysteine/therapeutic use , Free Radical Scavengers/therapeutic use , Cisplatin/toxicity , Oxidative Stress/drug effects , Antineoplastic Agents/toxicity , Acetylcysteine/metabolism , Acetylcysteine/pharmacology , Microscopy, Electron, Scanning , Evoked Potentials, Auditory, Brain Stem , Free Radical Scavengers/metabolism , Free Radical Scavengers/pharmacology , Fluorescent Antibody Technique , Cisplatin/therapeutic use , Rats, Wistar , Cochlea/anatomy & histology , Cochlea/drug effects , Free Radicals , Glutathione Peroxidase/metabolism , Hearing Loss, Sensorineural/prevention & control
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Rev. bras. ter. intensiva ; 32(1): 108-114, jan.-mar. 2020. tab, graf
Article in English, Portuguese | LILACS | ID: biblio-1138452

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RESUMO Objetivo: Avaliar a efetividade da estratificação para identificar e escolher alvos para terapia antioxidante em um modelo de sepse letal em animais e pacientes que desenvolveram hipotensão prolongada. Métodos: Submeteu-se um grupo de ratos à sepse induzida por ligadura e punção do ceco. Os animais foram divididos em dois grupos: os com níveis plasmáticos altos e os com níveis plasmáticos baixos de interleucina-6. Após a estratificação, administrou-se aos animais N-acetilcisteína mais desferroxamina ou soro fisiológico a partir de 3 e 12 horas após a cirurgia. Em pacientes hipotensos, N-acetilcisteína mais desferroxamina ou placebo foram administrados dentro de 12 horas após o cumprimento dos critérios para inclusão. Resultados: O uso de N-acetilcisteína mais desferroxamina aumentou a sobrevivência no modelo com ligadura mais punção do ceco quando a administração ocorreu 3 e 12 horas após indução da sepse. Ao utilizar os níveis de interleucina-6 para separar os animais que receberam antioxidantes, o efeito protetor só foi observado nos animais que tinham níveis elevados de interleucina-6. O efeito antioxidante de N-acetilcisteína mais desferroxamina foi similar nos dois grupos, porém observou-se diminuição significante dos níveis plasmáticos de interleucina-6 no grupo que apresentava elevado nível de interleucina-6. Em comparação com pacientes tratados com antioxidantes no subgrupo que tinha baixos níveis plasmáticos de interleucina-6, aqueles que tinham níveis elevados de interleucina-6 tiveram menor incidência de lesão renal aguda, porém não foram diferentes em termos de severidade da lesão renal aguda ou da mortalidade na unidade de terapia intensiva. Conclusão: Direcionar a terapia antioxidante para um elevado fenótipo inflamatório selecionaria uma população responsiva.


ABSTRACT Objective: To examine the effectiveness of stratification to identify and target antioxidant therapy for animal models of lethal sepsis and in patients who develop sustained hypotension. Methods: Rats were subjected to sepsis induced by cecal ligation and puncture. Animals were divided into two groups: those with high and low plasma levels of interleukin-6. Following stratification, N-acetylcysteine plus deferoxamine or saline was administered to animals starting 3 and 12 hours after surgery. N-Acetylcysteine plus deferoxamine or placebo was administered within 12 hours of meeting the inclusion criteria in hypotensive patients. Results: N-Acetylcysteine plus deferoxamine increased survival in the cecal ligation and puncture model when administered 3 and 12 hours after sepsis induction. When dividing animals that received antioxidants using plasma interleukin-6 levels, the protective effect was observed only in those animals with high IL-6 levels. The antioxidant effect of N-acetylcysteine + deferoxamine was similar in the two groups, but a significant decrease in plasma interleukin-6 levels was observed in the high-interleukin-6-level group. Compared with patients treated with antioxidants in the low-interleukin-6 subgroup, those in the high-interleukin-6 subgroup had a lower incidence of acute kidney injury but were not different in terms of acute kidney injury severity or intensive care unit mortality. Conclusion: Targeting antioxidant therapy to a high inflammatory phenotype would select a responsive population.


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Humans , Animals , Male , Adult , Middle Aged , Aged , Rats , Acetylcysteine/therapeutic use , Sepsis/drug therapy , Deferoxamine/therapeutic use , Antioxidants/therapeutic use , Prognosis , Retrospective Studies , Treatment Outcome , Rats, Wistar
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Braz. j. otorhinolaryngol. (Impr.) ; 86(1): 30-37, Jan.-Feb. 2020. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-1089360

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Abstract Introduction Ototoxicity is a health problem appearing after powerful treatments in serious health conditions. It is sometimes inevitable when treatment of the serious disease is required. Cisplatin is an antineoplastic agent which was investigated previously to reveal increased nitrogen and reactive oxygen radicals that damages hair cells, resulting in ototoxicity. N-acetylcysteine, previously shown to decrease ototoxicity caused by different agents, is known to be a powerful in vitro antioxidant. Probably N-acetylcysteine, in addition to its antioxidant effect, blocks a cascade where reactive oxygen species result in apoptosis in the cochlea. Objectives The possible preventive effect of N-acetylcysteine in cisplatin ototoxicity was studied with auditory brain stem responses, otoacoustic emissions, and histopathological investigation of the cochlea in a scanning electron microscopy. Methods This study was conducted on 21 Wistar Albino rats in four groups. 1 mL/kg/day three times in total intraperitoneal (i.p.) Saline (n = 5), 500 mg/kg/day i.p. three times in total N-acetylcysteine (n = 5), i.p. 15 mg/kg cisplatin alone (single dose) (n = 5) and i.p. 15 mg/kg cisplatin plus 500 mg/kg/day N-acetylcysteine (n = 6) were administered. The rats were anesthetized to study the hearing tests before and after the experiment. The rats were sacrificed to investigate the cochleas by scanning electron microscopy. Results Auditory brain stem responses and otoacoustic emissions values were attenuated in the cisplatin group. The group that received N-acetylcysteine in addition to cisplatin had better auditory brain stem responses thresholds and otoacoustic emissions. The samples obtained from the cisplatin group showed surface irregularities, degeneration areas, and total or partial severe stereocilia losses. The changes were milder in the cisplatin + N-acetylcysteine group. Conclusion Cisplatin ototoxicity can be detected by auditory brain stem responses and otoacoustic emissions testing in rats. N-acetylcysteine may protect the cochlear cells from histopathological changes. We concluded that N-acetylcysteine given 4 h after cisplatin injection has a potential otoprotective effect against cisplatin ototoxicity. which suggests it could be used in clinical trials.


Resumo Introdução A ototoxicidade é um problema que pode ocorrer após certos tipos de tratamentos para condições graves de saúde. Às vezes é inevitável quando o tratamento da doença é necessário. A cisplatina é um agente antineoplásico cujo uso em pesquisas anteriores demonstrou aumentar os radicais livres de nitrogênio e espécies reativas de oxigênio que danificam as células ciliadas e resultam em ototoxicidade. Por outro lado, a N-acetilcisteína, que já demonstrou diminuir a ototoxicidade causada por diferentes agentes, é conhecida por ser um potente antioxidante in vitro. Provavelmente a N-acetilcisteína, além de seu efeito antioxidante, bloqueia uma cascata onde espécies reativas de oxigênio resultam em apoptose na cóclea. Objetivos Estudar o possível efeito preventivo da N-acetilcisteína na ototoxicidade por cisplatina por meio de potencial evocado auditivo de tronco encefálico, emissões otoacústicas e investigação histopatológica da cóclea por microscopia eletrônica de varredura. Método Este estudo foi realizado em 21 ratos albinos Wistar, separados em quatro grupos. Foram administrados: 1 mL/kg/dia intraperitoneal (i.p.) de solução salina (n = 5), três vezes no total; 500 mg/kg/dia i.p. de N-acetilcisteína (n = 5), três vezes no total; 15 mg/kg i.p. (dose única) somente de cisplatina (n = 5) e 15 mg/kg i.p. de cisplatina e 500 mg/kg/dia i.p. de N-acetilcisteína (n = 6). Os ratos foram anestesiados para estudo dos testes auditivos antes e depois do experimento. Os ratos foram sacrificados para investigação da cóclea por microscopia eletrônica de varredura. Resultados Os potenciais evocados auditivos de tronco encefálico e os valores das emissões otoacústicas estavam atenuados no grupo cisplatina. O grupo que recebeu N-acetilcisteína além da cisplatina apresentou melhores limiares de respostas auditivas do tronco encefálico e emissões otoacústicas. As amostras obtidas do grupo cisplatina apresentaram irregularidades de superfície, áreas de degeneração, com perdas graves totais ou parciais de estereocílios. As alterações foram mais leves no grupo cisplatina + N-acetilcisteína. Conclusão A ototoxicidade por cisplatina pode ser detectada por meio de potenciais evocados auditivos de tronco encefálico e pelo teste de emissões otoacústicas em ratos. A N-acetilcisteína pode proteger as células cocleares contra alterações histopatológicas. Concluímos que a N-acetilcisteína administrada 4 horas após a injeção de cisplatina tem potencial efeito otoprotetor contra a ototoxicidade por cisplatina e pode ser utilizada em ensaios clínicos.


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Animals , Male , Acetylcysteine/administration & dosage , Cisplatin/adverse effects , Protective Agents/administration & dosage , Ototoxicity/etiology , Antineoplastic Agents/adverse effects , Antioxidants/administration & dosage , Acetylcysteine/pharmacology , Microscopy, Electron, Scanning , Evoked Potentials, Auditory, Brain Stem , Rats, Wistar , Cochlea/pathology , Apoptosis , Hair Cells, Auditory, Outer/drug effects , Hair Cells, Auditory, Outer/pathology , Protective Agents/pharmacology , Disease Models, Animal , Stereocilia/drug effects , Stereocilia/pathology , Ototoxicity/prevention & control , Hearing Tests , Antioxidants/pharmacology
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Einstein (Säo Paulo) ; 18: eAO5022, 2020. graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-1090060

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ABSTRACT Objective To evaluate the effects of oxidative stress on insulin signaling in cardiac tissue of obese mice. Methods Thirty Swiss mice were equally divided (n=10) into three groups: Control Group, Obese Group, and Obese Group Treated with N-acetylcysteine. After obesity and insulin resistance were established, the obese mice were treated with N-acetylcysteine at a dose of 50mg/kg daily for 15 days via oral gavage. Results Higher blood glucose levels and nitrite and carbonyl contents, and lower protein levels of glutathione peroxidase and phosphorylated protein kinase B were observed in the obese group when compared with their respective control. On the other hand, treatment with N-acetylcysteine was effective in reducing blood glucose levels and nitrite and carbonyl contents, and significantly increased protein levels of glutathione peroxidase and phosphorylated protein kinase B compared to the Obese Group. Conclusion Obesity and/or a high-lipid diet may result in oxidative stress and insulin resistance in the heart tissue of obese mice, and the use of N-acetylcysteine as a methodological and therapeutic strategy suggested there is a relation between them.


RESUMO Objetivo Avaliar os efeitos do estresse oxidativo sobre a sinalização da insulina em tecido cardíaco de camundongos obesos. Métodos Utilizaram-se 30 camundongos Swiss subdivididos igualmente (n=10) em três grupos: Grupo Controle, Grupo Obeso e Grupo Obeso Tratado com N-acetilcisteína. Após estabelecidas a obesidade e a resistência à insulina, os camundongos obesos foram tratados diariamente, durante 15 dias, via gavagem oral, com N-acetilcisteína na dose de 50mg/kg. Resultados Observaram-se maiores níveis de glicose sanguínea, conteúdos de nitrito e carbonil, e menores níveis proteicos de glutationa peroxidase e proteína quinase B fosforilada no Grupo Obeso quando comparado a seu respectivo controle. Por outro lado, o tratamento com N-acetilcisteína se mostrou eficiente em diminuir os níveis glicêmicos, os conteúdos de nitrito e carbonil, e aumentar significativamente os níveis proteicos de glutationa peroxidase e proteína quinase B fosforilada, quando comparados ao Grupo Obeso. Conclusão Obesidade e/ou dieta hiperlipídica levam a estresse oxidativo e à resistência à insulina no tecido cardíaco de camundongos obesos, e o uso da N-acetilcisteína como estratégia metodológica e terapêutica sugeriu haver relação entre ambos.


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Humans , Animals , Male , Mice , Acetylcysteine/pharmacology , Insulin Resistance/physiology , Free Radical Scavengers/pharmacology , Oxidative Stress/physiology , Diet, High-Fat , Myocardium/metabolism , Reference Values , Spectrophotometry , Blood Glucose/analysis , Body Weight , Blotting, Western , Reactive Oxygen Species/analysis , Oxidative Stress/drug effects , Protein Carbonylation , Fluoresceins/analysis
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J. bras. pneumol ; 46(2): e20190423, 2020. tab
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-1090804

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ABSTRACT Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a form of chronic interstitial lung disease of unknown cause, which predominantly affects elderly men who are current or former smokers. Even though it is an uncommon disease, it is of great importance because of its severity and poor prognosis. In recent decades, several pharmacological treatment modalities have been investigated for the treatment of this disease, and the classic concepts have therefore been revised. The purpose of these guidelines was to define evidence-based recommendations regarding the use of pharmacological agents in the treatment of IPF in Brazil. We sought to provide guidance on the practical issues faced by clinicians in their daily lives. Patients of interest, Intervention to be studied, Comparison of intervention and Outcome of interest (PICO)-style questions were formulated to address aspects related to the use of corticosteroids, N-acetylcysteine, gastroesophageal reflux medications, endothelin-receptor antagonists, phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors, pirfenidone, and nintedanib. To formulate the PICO questions, a group of Brazilian specialists working in the area was assembled and an extensive review of the literature on the subject was carried out. Previously published systematic reviews with meta-analyses were analyzed for the strength of the compiled evidence, and, on that basis, recommendations were developed by employing the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation approach. The authors believe that the present document represents an important advance to be incorporated in the approach to patients with IPF, aiming mainly to improve its management, and can become an auxiliary tool for defining public policies related to IPF.


RESUMO A fibrose pulmonar idiopática (FPI) é uma forma de pneumopatia intersticial crônica fibrosante de causa desconhecida, que acomete preferencialmente homens idosos, com história atual ou pregressa de tabagismo. Mesmo sendo uma doença incomum, ela assume grande importância devido a sua gravidade e prognóstico reservado. Nas últimas décadas, diversas modalidades terapêuticas farmacológicas foram investigadas para o tratamento dessa doença, de tal modo que conceitos clássicos vêm sendo revisados. O objetivo destas diretrizes foi definir recomendações brasileiras baseadas em evidências em relação ao emprego de agentes farmacológicos no tratamento da FPI. Procurou-se fornecer orientações a questões de ordem prática, enfrentadas pelos clínicos no seu cotidiano. As perguntas PICO (acrônimo baseado em perguntas referentes aos Pacientes de interesse, Intervenção a ser estudada, Comparação da intervenção e Outcome [desfecho] de interesse) abordaram aspectos relativos ao uso de corticosteroides, N-acetilcisteína, tratamento medicamentoso do refluxo gastroesofágico, inibidores dos receptores da endotelina, inibidores da fosfodiesterase-5, pirfenidona e nintedanibe. Para a formulação das perguntas PICO, um grupo de especialistas brasileiros atuantes na área foi reunido, sendo realizada uma extensa revisão bibliográfica sobre o tema. As revisões sistemáticas com meta-análises previamente publicadas foram analisadas quanto à força das evidências compiladas e, a partir daí, foram concebidas recomendações seguindo a metodologia Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation. Os autores acreditam que o presente documento represente um importante avanço a ser incorporado na abordagem de pacientes com FPI, objetivando principalmente favorecer seu manejo, e pode se tornar uma ferramenta auxiliar na definição de políticas públicas relacionadas à FPI.


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Humans , Male , Aged , Practice Guidelines as Topic , Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis/drug therapy , Acetylcysteine/therapeutic use , Pyridones/therapeutic use , Brazil , Indoles/therapeutic use , Anti-Inflammatory Agents/therapeutic use
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Rev. Inst. Nac. Hig ; 50(1-2): 14-21, Diciembre 2019. tab
Article in Spanish | LILACS, LIVECS | ID: biblio-1118362

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El Paraquat (PQ) es un herbicida de contacto bipiridilico ampliamente utilizado en agricultura. La intoxicación en humanos por este agente ocasiona fibrosis pulmonar. Evaluamos los cambios histológicos pulmonares de ratas intoxicadas con PQ y tratadas con N-aceticisteina (NAC) administrada vía inhalatoria. Realizamos un estudio experimental descriptivo con 25 ratas adultas, machos cepa Wistar, divididas en cinco grupos. Al grupo I no se les administro ni PQ ni NAC. Grupo II, recibió NAC inhalada a 15mg/kg diaria c/12 horas. Grupo III, PQ vía oral (VO) 15mg/kg. Grupo IV, PQ a 15mg/kg, por VO y a la hora NAC 150mg/kg. Grupo V, PQ a 15mg/kg, por VO y a las seis horas NAC dosis de 150mg/kg. Los pulmones fueron extraídos y se evaluaron mediante cortes histológicos. Resultados: Los grupos I y II (supervivencia del 100%, n=10) no desarrollaron sintomatología de intoxicación. Grupos III, IV y V predominaron síntomas respiratorios, diversos grados de edema pulmonar, enfisema, congestión vascular y hemorragia intra-alveolar focal. La eficacia de la NAC sobre la intoxicación por PQ en términos de sobrevivencia al primer día, fue del 100% y al segundo día, fue del 80% (p= 0,005; prueba Chi-cuadrado). El PQ indujo un proceso inflamatorio (agudo-crónico) por infiltrado de segmentados neutrófilos y linfocitos, lo cual fue revertido parcialmente por la administración inhalada de NAC. Conclusión: Los cambios histopatológicos observados a nivel pulmonar fueron aminorados por el tratamiento con NAC, lo que sugiere un posible efecto protector de este fármaco sobre el daño oxidativo inducido por el herbicida


Paraquat (PQ) is a bipyridyl contact herbicide widely used in agriculture. Intoxication in humans by this agent causes pulmonary fibrosis. We evaluated pulmonary histological changes of rats intoxicated with PQ and treated with N-acetycysteine (NAC) administered via inhalation. We conducted a descriptive experimental study with 25 adult rats, male Wistar strain, divided into five groups. Group I was not administered PQ or NAC. Group II, received NAC inhaled at 15mg/kg daily c/12 hours. Group III, PQ orally (VO) 15mg/ kg. Group IV, PQ at 15mg/kg, by VO and at hour NAC 150mg/ kg. Group V, PQ at 15mg/kg, by VO and at six hours NAC dose of 150mg/kg. The lungs were extracted and evaluated by histological sections. Results: Groups I and II (100% survival, n=10) did not develop intoxication symptoms. Groups III, IV and V predominantly respiratory symptoms, various degrees of pulmonary edema, emphysema, vascular congestion and focal intra-alveolar hemorrhage. The efficacy of NAC on PQ poisoning in terms of survival on the first day was 100% and on the second day it was 80% (p = 0.005, Chi-square test). The PQ induced an inflammatory process (acute-chronic) by infiltration of segmented neutrophils and lymphocytes, which was partially reversed by the inhaled administration of NAC. Conclusion: The histopathological changes observed at the pulmonary level were reduced by the treatment with NAC, which suggests a possible protective effect of this drug on the oxidative damage induced by the herbicide.


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Animals , Male , Rats , Paraquat/poisoning , Pulmonary Fibrosis/chemically induced , Pulmonary Fibrosis/drug therapy , Acetylcysteine/therapeutic use , Free Radical Scavengers/therapeutic use , Herbicides/poisoning , Paraquat/administration & dosage , Acetylcysteine/administration & dosage , Time Factors , Administration, Inhalation , Survival Analysis , Free Radical Scavengers/administration & dosage , Treatment Outcome , Rats, Wistar , Models, Animal , Herbicides/administration & dosage
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Prensa méd. argent ; 105(10): 667-677, oct 2019. fig, graf
Article in Spanish | LILACS, BINACIS | ID: biblio-1025940

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The authors present a clinical and farmacological evaluation of the effect and safety of N-acetylcysteine in chronic obstructive diseases. The N-actylcysteine (NAC) is a sulphorated amino acid employed as an mucolytic agent. The efficacy and tolerability of oral NAC as compared with other agents was determined, in the mucolytic treatment on mucus hypersecretion and in the management of respiratory tract fluids and sputums from cigarette smokers, and also as a bronchial mucus fluidifying agent. A sistematic review and analysis of the effect of NAC and its effectiveness. In the treatment of acute respiratory disorders in children was determined


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Humans , Acetylcysteine/therapeutic use , Acetylcysteine/pharmacology , Bromhexine/pharmacology , Respiratory Mucosa/physiopathology , Mucus/drug effects
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Arq. gastroenterol ; 56(2): 184-190, Apr.-June 2019. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-1019457

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ABSTRACT BACKGROUND: Nowadays, pharmacological treatment of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is still limited and it is based on the treatment of conditions associated comorbities. Oxidative stress and insulin resistance are the mechanisms that seem to be mostly involved in its pathogenesis. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy of N-acetylcysteine (NAC) in combination with metformin (MTF) and/or ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) for treatment of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). METHODS: Open-label multicenter randomized trial was conducted for 48 weeks. It included patients with biopsy-proven NASH. The patients were randomized into three groups: NAC (1.2 g) + UDCA (15 mg/kg) + MTF (850-1500 mg/day) (n=26); UDCA (20 mg/kg) + MTF (850-1500 mg/day) (n=13); NAC (1.2g) + MTF (850-1500 mg/day) (n=14) for 48 weeks. Clinical, laboratory and the second liver biopsies were performed after 48 weeks. RESULTS: A total of 53 patients were evaluated; 17 (32.1%) were males; median age ±54 (IQR=15, 21-71) years. In the baseline, no difference was seen between groups according clinical and histological parameters. The groups differed only in cholesterol, LDL and triglycerides. No significant differences in biochemical and histologic parameters were found between these the three groups after 48 weeks of treatment. In the intragroup analysis (intention-to-treat) comparing histological and biochemical features, there were significant improvements in the steatosis degree (P=0.014), ballooning (0.027) and, consequently, in the NAFLD Activity Score (NAS) (P=0.005), and in the ALT levels at the end of the treatment only in the NAC + MTF group. No significant evidence of modification in the liver fibrosis could be observed in any of the groups. CONCLUSION: This multicenter study suggests that the association of NAC + MTF could reduce the liver disease activity in patients with NASH. These data stimulate further controlled studies with this therapy for these patients.


RESUMO CONTEXTO: Atualmente, o tratamento farmacológico da doença hepática gordurosa não alcoólica (DHGNA) ainda é limitado e baseia-se no tratamento de condições associadas às comorbidades. O estresse oxidativo e a resistência à insulina são os mecanismos que parecem estar mais envolvidos em sua patogênese. OBJETIVO: Avaliar a eficácia da N-acetilcisteína (NAC) em associação à metformina (MTF) e/ou ácido ursodesoxicólico (UDCA) no tratamento da EHNA. MÉTODOS: Estudo randomizado, multicêntrico e aberto, conduzido por 48 semanas. Incluiu pacientes com esteato-hepatite não alcoólica (EHNA) comprovada por biópsia. Os pacientes foram distribuídos aleatoriamente em três grupos: NAC (1,2 g) + UDCA (15 mg/kg) + MTF (850-1500 mg/dia) (n=26); UDCA (20 mg/kg) + MTF (850-1500 mg/dia) (n=13); NAC (1,2 g) + MTF (850-1500 mg/dia) (n=14) durante 48 semanas. Os dados clínicos, laboratoriais e as segundas biópsias hepáticas foram realizados após 48 semanas. RESULTADOS - Um total de 53 pacientes foram avaliados; 17 (32,1%) eram do sexo masculino; idade mediana de ±54 (IQR=15, 21-71) anos. No baseline, nenhuma diferença foi observada entre os grupos de acordo com parâmetros clínicos e histológicos. Os grupos diferiram apenas em colesterol, LDL e triglicerídeos. Não foram encontradas diferenças significativas nos parâmetros bioquímicos e histológicos entre os três grupos após 48 semanas de tratamento. Contudo, na análise intragrupos (intenção de tratar) comparando características histológicas e bioquímicas, houve melhora significativa no grau de esteatose (P=0,014), balonização (P=0,027) e, consequentemente, no NAFLD Activity Score (NAS) (P=0,005), e nos níveis de ALT no final do tratamento apenas no grupo NAC+MTF. Nenhuma evidência significativa de modificaçãona fibrose hepática pôde ser observada em nenhum dos grupos. CONCLUSÃO: - Este estudo multicêntrico sugere que a associação de NAC+MTF poderia reduzir a atividade da doença hepática em pacientes com EHNA. Esses dados estimulam estudos adicionais controlados com essa terapia para esses pacientes.


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Humans , Male , Female , Adolescent , Adult , Aged , Young Adult , Acetylcysteine/administration & dosage , Ursodeoxycholic Acid/administration & dosage , Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease/drug therapy , Metformin/administration & dosage , Treatment Outcome , Drug Therapy, Combination , Middle Aged
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Rev. bras. psiquiatr ; 41(2): 168-178, Mar.-Apr. 2019. tab
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-990820

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Objective: Anxiety disorders are highly prevalent and the efficacy of the available anxiolytic drugs is less than desired. Adverse effects also compromise patient quality of life and adherence to treatment. Accumulating evidence shows that the pathophysiology of anxiety and related disorders is multifactorial, involving oxidative stress, neuroinflammation, and glutamatergic dysfunction. The aim of this review was to evaluate data from animal studies and clinical trials showing the anxiolytic effects of agents whose mechanisms of action target these multiple domains. Methods: The PubMed database was searched for multitarget agents that had been evaluated in animal models of anxiety, as well as randomized double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trials of anxiety and/or anxiety related disorders. Results: The main multitarget agents that have shown consistent anxiolytic effects in various animal models of anxiety, as well in clinical trials, are agomelatine, N-acetylcysteine (NAC), and omega-3 fatty acids. Data from clinical trials are preliminary at best, but reveal good safety profiles and tolerance to adverse effects. Conclusion: Agomelatine, NAC and omega-3 fatty acids show beneficial effects in clinical conditions where mainstream treatments are ineffective. These three multitarget agents are considered promising candidates for innovative, effective, and better-tolerated anxiolytics.


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Humans , Animals , Anxiety Disorders/drug therapy , Acetylcysteine/pharmacology , Anti-Anxiety Agents/pharmacology , Fatty Acids, Omega-3/pharmacology , Hypnotics and Sedatives/pharmacology , Acetamides/pharmacology , Neuroimmunomodulation/drug effects , Oxidative Stress/drug effects , Disease Models, Animal , Glutamine/drug effects
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