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Pharmacotherapy Of Gout

Gout results from the precipitation of urate crystals in the tissues and the subsequent inflammatory response. Acute gout usually causes an exquisitely painful distal monoarthritis, but it also can cause joint destruction, subcutaneous deposits (tophi), and renal calculi and damage. Gout affects -0.5-1 of the population of Western countries. The pathophysiology of gout is understood poorly. While a prerequisite, hyperuricemia does not inevitably lead to gout. Uric acid, the end product of purine metabolism, is relatively insoluble compared to its hypoxanthine and xanthine precursors, and normal serum urate levels approach the limit of solubility. In most patients with gout, hyperuricemia arises from underexcretion rather than overproduction of urate. Urate tends to crystallize in colder or more acidic conditions. Neutrophils ingesting urate crystals secrete inflammatory mediators that lower the local pH and lead to further urate precipitation. The aims of treatment are to decrease the...

Uric Acid Analogues

Uric acid and 5,6-diaminouracil have been A'-alkylated with long-chain alkyl groups to produce a series of derivatives such as 328 and 329, having a wide range of log P values (Fraisse et al., 1993). The compounds were investigated for antioxidant properties (TBARS formation in the presence of mitochondrial membranes) and the ability to scavenge the stable 1 ,l-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl radical (DPPH) as well as lipid radicals in homogeneous or liposomal systems. The diaminouracils (329) may be mono-jY-alkylated without loss of reactivity towards DPPH, but the 5-amino group seems necessary. The presence of two protons are essential in the urates (328), one on N-7 and one on N-3 or N-9, for maximal reducing capacity. Maximal protection of lipid peroxidation in mitochondrial membranes required urates (328) with log P> 3 (dodecyl and hexadecyl derivatives) and diaminouracils (329) with log P 3-6 (decyl and dodecyl (330) derivatives). The antioxidant properties appear to be highly...

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Small molecule antioxidants often act by scavenging, or quenching, free radicals. Glutathione and uric acid are important small molecule free radical quenchers found in plants and animals. In animals, the antioxidant vitamins (ascorbic acid, a-tocopherol and (3-carotene) are radical scavengers. In plants ascorbic acid is endogenous, and is the most important small molecule antioxidant (Foyer, 1993). In the blood, non-specific radical quenching by albumins and other proteins contributes to total antioxidant capacity.

Endogenous Sources of Superoxide and Superoxide Derived Reactive Oxygen Species

Endogenous sources of superoxide in addition to the mitochondrial respiratory chain include enzymatic reactions such as the reduction of oxygen at the expense of NADPH as catalyzed by NADPH oxidases or the oxidation of hypoxanthine and xanthine to form uric acid which is catalyzed by xanthine oxidase. Moreover, several xenobiotics, if taken up by cells, may foster redox cycling processes that generate superoxide based on the continuous production of a reduced form of the xenobiotic that is then oxidized by oxygen 10 .

Culinary Uses Of Sea Lettuces

Also been used as worm medicine and folk remedy for gout treatment in Pacific (Novaczek, 2002). Local name for sea lettuces in Philippines is gam gamet-IIokano which is the most popular and highly prized sea vegetables in the Ilocandia, Philippines (Novaczek, 2002). In Philippines, the most common food preparation of sea lettuces is salad. Sea lettuces collected from the sea were washed and then added to prepare salad or soup. The translucent, slightly bitter leaves make these seaweeds perfect as salad ingredients. After washing and blanching with lukewarm water, the sea lettuces are mixed with crushed ripe tomatoes, sliced green mango, and sliced onion, complemented with native fermented fish to taste. Similar in Philippines, the most common food preparation of sea lettuces in Indonesia is salad (Istini et al., 1998).

Methods For Evaluation Of Biological Reducing Power

Table 2 shows the major antioxidants found in blood plasma. Since the concentration of ascorbic acid in human blood plasma is relatively high compared to other anti-oxidants, it has been considered a potential blood buffer, and a variety of assays for blood ascorbic acid exist 33 . The most widely used method for measuring both uric acid and ascorbic acid is paired ion, reversed phase HPLC with an electrochemical detector 34 . Most other antioxidants in blood plasma are measured using HPLC as well, with either spectrophotometric, fluorescent, or electrochemical detectors. However, in contrast to GSH or NADH, ascorbic acid is an antioxidant supplied by a dietary source. Therefore, the BRP in blood, as measured by this method, will be influenced by dietary factors as well as by changes in redox active components.

Pharmacological Properties Pharmacodynamics

Uric acid, discovered in 1776 by Scheele, is the basis for the 2,500 barbiturates synthesized over the years with antimicrobial, antitumor, spasmolytic, anticonvulsant, hypnotic-sedative, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, diuretic, or herbicidal properties. Those with past or current clinical applications are displayed in Table 1.

ROS in Aerobic and Anaerobic Environments

Exercise-induced oxidative stress in skeletal muscle occurs in both anaerobic and aerobic environments. Anaerobic exercise is usually short term and high intensity. It includes activities such as short duration sprints and power movements that could be part of a more aerobic movement such as throwing or kicking an object after running at submaximal speed. The major portion of anaerobic exercise usually requires a large supply of ATP that is broken down to produce energy. When large amounts of ATP are rapidly degraded, ADP can continue in catabolic reactions to form xanthine and uric acid. Xanthine oxidase catalyzes these reactions and produces *02-. Anaerobic exercise is often

Kidney Stone Formation

Almost 75 of kidney stones are calcium oxalate, and a lesser number are uric acid (5 ). High doses of vitamin C may moderately increase urinary oxalic acid and urinary uric acid levels yet, an association between high intakes of vitamin C and the actual formation of kidney stones has never been demonstrated. In human subjects with hyperuricemia, an acute dose of vitamin C, 0.5 or 2.0 g, did not significantly alter urinary clearance of uric acid. However, a single 4.0-g dose of vitamin C significantly increased mean uric acid clearance by 71 in these subjects (27) it was unclear, however, whether this rise in uric acid clearance was associated with urinary uric acid concentrations above the normal range (1.5-4.4 mmol d). In three subjects ingesting 8 g of vitamin C daily for up to 7 d, urinary uric acid was elevated over the normal range in one subject (27). In subjects with and without gout, vitamin C infusion (2.5-10 mg min to achieve plasma levels from 3 to 12 mg 100 mL) raised...

Contact Sports and Oxidative Stress

Child et al. (1998) compared indices of antioxidant status, membrane permeability, and lipox in seventeen trained runners that completed a self-paced half-marathon run on a motorized treadmill. Their pace averaged approximately 77 of V02 max for about 87 min. After the race, increases were observed in serum MDA (11 ), total antioxidant capacity (18 ), uric acid (16 ), Cortisol (64 ), and CK (36 ). These represented increased oxidative stress, antioxidant protection, and muscle damage in trained runners that completed a half marathon. One again, the performance of very long distance exercise resulted in oxidative stress that appeared to overwhelm endogenous antioxidant and other protective defenses.

Clinical Trial Findings

Filgrastim has an excellent safety profile. The most consistently observed adverse event with Filgrastim is mild-to-moderate bone pain which is easily controlled with non-prescription analgesics. Filgrastim did not produce dose-limiting toxicities even when administered at a dose of 115 pg kg, a dose that can cause marked leukocytosis (50 x 109 L) (68). In some clinical trials, there have been reports of elevated alkaline phosphatase, lactate dehydrogenase, and uric acid and transient decreases in platelets at high doses as well as a few cases of Sweet's syndrome and general allergic-type reactions (69). Although there have been reports of possible pulmonary toxicity associated with bleomycin, a review of two controlled studies did not show an increased frequency of serious pulmonary toxicity in the setting of lymphoma (70). There are no published reports of formation of antibodies against Filgrastim (69)

Specific Signal Transduction Pathways 511 NO Signaling

Enhancement in P-adrenergic agonist-stimulated cAMP generation such results imply that interaction of cytoskeletal components with membrane rafts caveolae regulates activation of AC by GPCR (Head et al. 2006). Because stimulation of cAMP synthesis can reduce the expression of caveolin mRNA and protein (Yamamoto et al. 1999), a feedback loop may exist between cAMP levels and caveolin expression. The findings with the cytoskeletal inhibitors, some of which are used therapeutically (e.g., colchicine for gout and vinblastine for cancer chemotherapy), suggest that regulation of membrane rafts caveolae contributes to the therapeutic utility of such agents.

Nonenzymatic Antioxidants

The vitamins C (ascorbic acid, 200) and E (mainly (R,R,fl)-a-tocopherol, 201) are believed to be the major antioxidants in human plasma (Bendich etal., 1986 Halliwell and Gutteridge, 1989 Chow, 1991). Other extracellular defences in human plasma are transferrin (binds iron), lactoferrin (binds iron), ferritin (binds iron), caeruloplasmin (oxidizes Fen to Fern), haptoglobin (binds free haemoglobin), haemopexin (binds free haem), albumin (binds copper, traps HOC1), uric acid (202, binds iron and copper, scavenger), bilirubin (scavenger) and glucose (HO' scavenger). Several of the antioxidant proteins are acute-phase proteins related to inflammatory conditions. Further lipid-soluble antioxidants are 3-carotene (203), bilirubin

ROS Generation and Inflammation

Aerobic organisms would not have survived during evolution if they had not developed a highly efficient and adaptive antioxidant defense system (Halliwell and Gutteridge, 1989). Antioxidants can be generally classified into two categories. The enzymatic antioxidants include SOD, catalase (CAT), and glutathione peroxidase (GPX), supported by other auxiliary enzymes such as glutathione reductase (GR), glucose 6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PDH) and glutathione sulfur-transferase (GST). The non-enzymatic antioxidants include antioxidant vitamins (a-tocopherol, ascorbic acid and p-carotene), thiols (mainly GSH), and a variety of low molecular weight compounds such as lipoic acid, uric acid, and ubiquinone. Each of the antioxidants is located in specific cellular sites and specialized in removing certain ROS, although considerable overlap and cooperation are demonstrated between antioxidants (Halliwell and Gutteridge, 1989). An important feature of antioxidants is that their cellular...

Oral Xanthine Oxidase Artificial Cells in a Patient with Lesch Nyhan Disease

This leads to overproduction of purine and accumulation of oxypurine intermediates and uric acid. It has been suggested that damage to the brain in Lesch-Nyhan disease may be secondary to the accumulation of oxypurines such as hypoxanthine (Lloyd et al., 1981). The enzyme HPRT is very complex and difficult to extract on a large scale. However, there is an enzyme, xanthine oxidase, produced by fermentation and can be easily purchased. We, therefore, look into giving xanthine oxidase (XOD) artificial cells orally (Chang, 1989a Palmour, Chang et al., 1989). As they move through the intestine, the XOD artificial cells act as a microscopic combined dialyser-enzyme reactor (Fig. 6.1). The enclosed XOD is protected from tryptic enzymes, but the ultrathin selectively permeable membranes allow passive entry of small substrate molecules like hypoxanthine. Hypoxanthine is highly lipid soluble, and can therefore equilibrate rapidly between the body fluid and the intestine. In this way,...

Mechanism Of Action

Colchicine exerts a variety of pharmacological effects, but how these occur or how they relate to its activity in gout is not well understood. It has antimitotic effects, arresting cell division in G1 by interfering with microtubule and spindle formation (an effect shared with vinca alkaloids). This

Drug Interactions

Allopurinol inhibits the enzymatic inactivation of mercaptopurine and its derivative azathio-prine by xanthine oxidase. Thus, when allopurinol is used concomitantly with oral mercaptopurine or azathioprine, dosage of the antineoplastic agent must be reduced by 25-33 (see Chapters 38 and 51). This is of importance when treating gout in the transplant recipient. The risk of bone marrow suppression also is increased when allopurinol is administered with cytotoxic agents that are not metabolized by xanthine oxidase, particularly cyclophosphamide.

Common Adverse Effects

THERAPEUTIC USE Gout Probenecid (benebmid, others) is marketed for oral administration. The starting dose is 250 mg twice daily, increasing over 1-2 weeks to 500-1000 mg twice daily. Probenecid increases urinary urate levels. Liberal fluid intake therefore should be maintained throughout therapy to minimize the risk of renal stones. Probenecid should not be used in gouty patients with nephrolithiasis or with overproduction of uric acid. Concomitant colchicine or NSAIDs are indicated early in the course of therapy to avoid precipitating an attack of gout, which may occur in up to 20 of gouty patients treated with probenecid alone. This potent uricosuric agent is used in Europe. It is a potent and reversible inhibitor of the urate-anion exchanger in the proximal tubule. As the micronized powder, it is effective in a single daily dose of 40-80 mg. It is effective in patients with renal insufficiency and may be useful clinically in patients who are either allergic or refractory to other...

Definitive Quantitative Assay of Small Molecule Analytes

Xanthine, Hypoxanthine, and Uric Acid Xanthine oxidase converts hypoxanthine (HX) to xanthine (X) and then to uric acid (UA). High circulating concentrations of UA (hyperuricemia) result in deposition of the urate crystal, which can lead to joint inflammation (gout) and renal impairment in the kidney. A high-performance liquid chromatographic (HPLC) method was developed to quantify X, HX, and UA in serum and urine as biomarkers to evaluate disease progression and drug pharmacodynamics. Because of the presence of a large number of interfering polar components in urine, a LC-MS-MS assay was developed and validated to provide better Table 4 Case Study Design of Xanthine, Hypoxanthine, and Uric Acid Standards and QC Samples

By No And Catecholamines

Although the DNA strand breakage caused by peroxynitrite is markedly inhibited by desferrioxamine and uric acid (27), these compounds were less effective against the strand breakage induced by NO and dopamine (Fig. 3A). These results suggest that, in addition to peroxynitrite, the reaction between catecholamines and NO may also yield other types of compound, which could cause DNA damage directly. We have recently studied the effects of 18 flavonoids and related phenolic compounds on DNA damage induced by nitric oxide (NO), per-oxynitrite, and nitroxyl anion (NO) (49). Similarly to the findings with catechol-amines as described above, DNA single-strand breakage was induced synergisti-cally when pBR322 plasmid was incubated in the presence of an NO-releasing compound (DEA-NO) and a flavonoid having an orho-trihydroxyl group in either the B ring (e.g., epigallocatechin gallate) or the A ring (e.g., quercetagetin). Neither NO or any of the above flavonoids alone induced significant strand...

Thiazides and related diuretics

In the management of hypertension a low dose of a thiazide, e.g. bendroflumethiazide 2.5 mg daily, produces a maximal or near-maximal blood pressure lowering effect, with very little biochemical disturbance. Higher doses cause more marked changes in plasma potassium, sodium, uric acid, glucose, and lipids, with little advantage in blood pressure control. For reference to the use of thiazides in chronic heart failure see section 2.5.5. Cautions See also section 2.2. Thiazides and related diuretics can exacerbate diabetes, gout, and systemic lupus erythematosus. Electrolytes should be monitored, particularly with high doses, long-term use, or in renal impairment. Thiazides and related diuretics should also be used with caution in nephrotic syndrome, hyperaldo-steronism, and malnourishment interactions Appendix 1 (diuretics) Side-effects Side-effects of thiazides and related diuretics include mild gastro-intestinal disturbances, postural hypotension, altered plasma-lipid concentrations,...

Partial Tricarboxylic Acid Cycle Activity in the Light

A tricarboxylate (or citrate) carrier was purified from mitochondrial membranes and characterized by two different groups (McIntosh and Oliver, 1992b Genchi et al., 1999). It can exchange citrate with different TCA intermediates, including 2-OG, malate and OAA. The citrate carrier from pea was shown to be inactive with isocitrate (McIntosh and Oliver, 1992b), while the maize citrate carrier exhibited high capacity for isocitrate transport. In any case, citrate export from mitochondria may be more important than isocitrate export, since the equilibrium of the reaction catalysed by aconitase is displaced strongly towards citrate formation (Day and Wiskich, 1977). This is also supported by nC nuclear magnetic resonance studies using intact leaves, confirming that citrate is a major mitochondrial product in the light (Gout et al., 1993).

Materials and methods

Sodium chloride was obtained from Frutarom Ltd., Israel EDTA, salicylic acid, 2,3- and 2,5-DHBA, catechol, and ascorbic acid, ATP, ADP, AMP, GTP, GDP, adenosine, inosine-monophosphate, inosine, xanthine, hypoxanthine and uric acid were obtained from Sigma Chemical Company (St. Louis, MO) glucose, potassium chloride, magnesium sulfate, potassium dihydrogen phosphate and sodium hydrocarbonate were obtained from Merck Chemical Company (Darmstadt, Germany), and methanol hypersolv, HPLC-grade from BDH (Poole, England).

Contribution Of Amyloidp Peptide To Oxidative Stress And Neuronal Degeneration In Ad

Important antioxidant that can bind and detoxify 4-hydroxynonenal, and thereby protects neurons against the toxicities of AP, Fe2+, and hydroxynonenal (3,30). 4-Hydroxynonenal may play a particularly prominent role in a form of cell death called apoptosis in which a cell shrinks, and nuclear chromatin condensation and DNA fragmentation occurs (30). Accordingly, antioxidants that suppress membrane lipid peroxidation, including vitamin E, propyl gallate, 17P-estradiol, and uric acid, prevent Ap-induced apoptosis (3-7,10,25-31).

Impact Of Oxidative Stress On Mitochondria And The Endoplasmic Reticulum In Ad

Tivity of mitochondrial membrane-associated enzymes such as succinate dehydrogenase is also decreased following exposure of cells to Ap (48), which may be caused by oxidative stress and thereby play a role in the decreased ATP production that occurs in neurons exposed to Ap (5). Superoxide production in mitochondria appears to play a particularly important role in neuronal damage and death in AD. In addition to superoxide being critical for the increased levels of peroxynitrite and membrane lipid peroxidation, repeatedly demonstrated in AD brain tissue, experimental studies have shown the necessity of superoxide production and peroxynitrite formation for the neurotoxicity of Ap. Thus, overexpression of Mn-SOD in cultured neural cells results in resistance of these cells to death induced by Ap and nitric oxide donors (10), and induction of Mn-SOD expression in primary hippocampal neurons appears to be central to the neuropro-tective effect of tumor necrosis factor (9). Moreover, the...

D1 Cleavage Mechanism

Singlet oxygen was clearly detected by electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy in thylakoid membranes and PSII core complexes affected by acceptor-side photoinhibition, and hydroxyl radicals were present in the preparations submitted to donor-side photoinhibition 78,79 . Hydroxyl radicals are able to react directly with protein bonds, and singlet oxygen can generate alkoxyl radicals that can also react with the polypeptides 80,81 . Scavengers of oxygen radicals such as mannitol, propyl gallate, and uric acid as well as the scavengers of singlet oxygen, histidine and rutin, were shown to reduce the light-induced degradation of D1 82-84 . Exposure of PSII core complexes to artificially generated singlet oxygen increases the rate of D1 fragmentation 79,85 . It was verified in isolated PSII reaction center preparations that singlet oxygen generation correlated with the production of P680 triplet states during recombination between oxidized P680 and reduced pheophytin 86 . Singlet...

Special Considerations

Mineral oil, cholesterol-reducing drugs (such as cholestyramine and colestipol), the obesity drug Orlistat, Colchicine (used for treatment of gout), and regular use of plant sterol- or stanol-containing margarines have been shown to reduce carotenoid absorption from food sources and supplements. There is some evidence that alcohol may also inhibit ( -carotene conversion to retinol.

Antioxidants in Respiratory Tract Lining Fluids

Uric acid is the major low-molecular-weight antioxidant in upper respiratory tract fluids (Peden et al., 1993). It is co-secreted with lactoferrin Fig. 24.2. Distribution of antioxidants in the respiratory tract. GSH, glutathione UA, uric acid AH2, ascorbate EC-SOD, extracellular superoxide dismutase Mn SOD, manganese superoxide dismutase GPX, glutathione peroxidase GR, glutathione reductase CuZnSOD, copper zinc superoxide dismutase RBC, red blood cells. Fig. 24.2. Distribution of antioxidants in the respiratory tract. GSH, glutathione UA, uric acid AH2, ascorbate EC-SOD, extracellular superoxide dismutase Mn SOD, manganese superoxide dismutase GPX, glutathione peroxidase GR, glutathione reductase CuZnSOD, copper zinc superoxide dismutase RBC, red blood cells.

Cigarette Smoking and Pulmonary Antioxidants

The role of ozone and activated leukocytes (PMN, polymorphonuclear leukocyte) in oxidative damage in the lung. GSH, glutathione UA, uric acid AH2, ascorbate MPO, myeloperoxidase. Fig. 24.3. The role of ozone and activated leukocytes (PMN, polymorphonuclear leukocyte) in oxidative damage in the lung. GSH, glutathione UA, uric acid AH2, ascorbate MPO, myeloperoxidase.

Cell Protection Mechanisms from Oxidation

The 6-carotins and the ubiquinones are lipophilic antioxidants 3-6 . The hy-drophilic agents are uric acid, glutathione and ceruloplasmin 7-10 . Uric acid is the final metabolic product of purines and it acts as a self-destructive antioxidant as well as a chelator of transition metals 7-9 . Uric acid binds to iron or copper and inhibits the oxidative reactions that are catalyzed by the metals without itself being oxidized 9 . The facile manner in which the transition metals act as oxidative reductive catalysts, makes them ideal components in many antioxidative enzymes where their position is functionally significant. Different members of the hyperoxide dismutase family use copper, zinc, or manganese as active position catalysts 11, 12 . Most glutathione peroxidases use selenium as an active position 'catalyst' 13 . Glutathione Uric acid

Free Radicals and the Antioxidant Defence System

The non-enzymatic antioxidant components - which may be equally important in the overall antioxidant defence system - consist of molecules that react with reactive oxygen species, preventing the propagation of lipid peroxidation. The most common non-enzymatic antioxidant molecules are glutathione, a-tocopherol (vitamin E), ascorbic acid (vitamin C), p-carotene, albumin, bilirubin and uric acid.

Evidence for Free Radicalmediated Pathology in Schizophrenia

A significant contribution to the total antioxidant capacity comes from antioxidant molecules in plasma, such as vitamins E and C, albumin and uric acid. Lower vitamin E cholesterol ratios have been found in chronic schizophrenic patients (McCreadie et al., 1995) as well decreased lipid-corrected vitamin E levels in schizophrenic patients with tardive dyskinesia (Brown et al., 1998). Lower plasma and urinary vitamin C levels were found decreased, relative to normal controls, even after controlling for diet (Suboticanec et al., 1990). We recently found significantly lower plasma total antioxidant capacity (TAS) in male schizophrenic patients compared to matched normal controls (Yao et al., 1998c). Further, we found reductions in bilirubin and albumin levels (Yao et al., 1998c) as well as reductions in plasma uric acid in schizophrenic patients (Yao et al., 1998d).

Injury Eff Ecrs on TLR Responses

The findings from studies demonstrating that necrotic tissue can stimulate cells to produce inflammatory cytokines or to act as efficient antigen-presenting cells supports the theory that tissue damage may directly trigger innate inflammatory reac-tions.8,56,57 This concept was hypothesized by Dr. Polly Matzinger, who referred to it as the danger response theory.58 Although the danger theory was originally based on little scientific evidence, there is now convincing data to indicate that cells do indeed respond to damaged tissues and cells. Some of these endogenous mediators related to the injury response that may play a role in stimulating the release of inflammatory cytokines following injury include several heat shock proteins (e.g., HSP60, HSP70, and GP96), components of the clotting cascade (fibronectin A and fibrinogen), chromatin-IgG complexes, and HMGB1.859-63 These endogenous mediators of inflammation are appropriately named damage-associated molecular patterns (DAMPs)...

Other antioxidant mechanisms

Another small water-soluble molecule that may have significance in providing antioxidant protection is uric acid which accumulates in human tissues as the end-product of purine metabolism and is present in plasma at concentrations between 0.25 and 0.45 mM. Ames et al. 49 showed in 1981 that urate is a powerful scavenger of singlet oxygen, peroxyl radicals and OH'. In view of the fact that man has lost the gene that encodes for the enzyme urate oxidase it was suggested that this genetic deficiency compared to other animals might be beneficial to the human species by providing an antioxidant mechanism unique to man. Uric acid is also a powerful scavenger of lipid hydroperoxides and of ozone 1 , and of hypochlorous acid produced by myeloperoxidase in phagocytes 50 .

Halogenation Of Amphetamine

More lipophilic than theophylline and reputedly achieves higher brain concentrations. The half-life of caffeine is 5 to 8 hours, and that of theophylline, about 3.5 hours. About 1 of each compound is excreted unchanged. The compounds are metabolized in the liver. The major metabolite of caffeine is 1-methyluric acid, and that of theophylline, 1,3-di-methyluric acid.10 Neither compound is metabolized to uric acid, and they are not contraindicated in gout.

Cross Training Sports and Oxidative Stress

Cazzola et al. (2003) measured the following biomarkers in 20 professional soccer players plasma lipoperoxides, peroxidation, uric acid, vitamin C, vitamin E, bilirubin, SOD and GPx. Erythrocyte membrane rigidity was also measured as evidence of cell damage. Compared to sedentary controls, professional soccer players had improved antioxidant status together with a more fluid membrane status, which could contribute to improving many functional metabolic interchanges in the cellular membrane. Brites et al. (1999) found professional soccer players to have higher antioxidant levels and lower levels of low-density lipoprotein oxidation. Another study compared plasma MDA levels and erythrocyte SOD activity in 25 young male soccer players with 25 sedentary controls (Metin et al., 2003). In addition to lower lipox and higher SOD in the soccer players, they also showed a significant correlation (r 0.42) between V02 max and SOD, which supports a previous finding (Jenkins et al., 1990). Soccer...

Therapeutic Uses Of Ace Inhibitors And Clinical Summary

ADVERSE EFFECTS OF ACE INHIBITORS Serious untoward reactions to ACE inhibitors are rare, and they generally are well tolerated. Metabolic side effects are not encountered during long-term therapy with ACE inhibitors. The drugs do not alter plasma concentrations of uric acid or Ca2+ and actually may improve insulin sensitivity in patients with insulin resistance and decrease cholesterol and lipoprotein(a) levels in proteinuric renal disease.

Patient with Lesch Nyhan disease

Purines were measured by high-performance liquid chromatography and uric acid and creatinine were measured enzymatically and colorimetrically, respectively. After withdrawal of the allopurinol, uric acid excretion rose rapidly baseline uric acid creatinine ratios at 0900h ranged between 3.5 UA uric acid HX hypoxanthine INO inosine XAN Xanthine Fig. 6.7. Effect of oral XOD artificial cells on cerebral spinal fluid concentrations of uric acid, hypoxanthine, inosine and xanthine (modified from Palmour et a ., 1989). and 4.1. With the introduction of XOD artificial cells, the morning and afternoon ratios fell to normal within 3 days. During a febrile episode of otitis media the ratios rose transiently. Urinary hypoxanthine excretion also responded promptly to the XOD treatment, the pattern of transient escape during the febrile illness being repeated. The CSF hypoxanthine levels fell by 25 after 10 days of XOD artificial cell administration (Fig. 6.7) and the CSF inosine levels fell by 32...

Principles Of Diuretic Action

Diuretics alter the excretion of Na+ and also may modify renal handling of other cations (e.g., K+, H+, Ca2+, and Mg2+), anions (e.g., Cl-, HCO3-, and H2PO4-), and uric acid. In addition, diuretics may alter renal hemodynamics indirectly. Table 28-1 compares the general effects of diuretics classified according to mechanism of action.

The Treatment of Pain

The advent and advancement of pharmacological approaches to pain ultimately revolutionized the physician's capacity to provide a therapy that could yield direct relief. While pain-relieving drugs are alluded to in the writings of many ancient societies, the modern pharmacological treatment of pain has been mostly influenced by the cultivation of opioids. While it is not known precisely when in history the opium poppy was first cultivated, it is believed that the Sumerians isolated opium from its seed capsule by the end of the third millennium BCE and that its use spread along trade routes. Beginning in the 16th century, opioid abuse was identified in Turkey, Egypt, Germany, and England. Famously, Thomas Sydenham concocted the recipe for laudanum, consisting of opium, sherry, wine, and spices, in the mid-17th century, and it was quickly and widely employed to treat a broad range of ailments, from dysentery to hysteria and gout. In 1806, the active ingredient in opium was identified by...

Ocular Surface And Tear Film

The ocular epithelium is very different in structure and function from the rest of the dead epidermis covering the mammalian body, which serves as a primary barrier from the environment. This small area (compared to the rest of the body surface) is a combination of two unique tissues, the conjunctiva, covering more than 85 of the surface, and the cornea. These epithelia are relatively unprotected and constantly exposed to light radiation, atmospheric oxygen, environmental chemicals, and physical abrasion. Each one of these forms of stress has the potential to generate reactive oxygen species (ROS) that contribute to ocular damage and disease if left unchecked. While the eye as an organ contains natural protective components, viz. water-soluble antioxidants such as vitamin C, cysteine, GSH, uric acid, pyruvate, and tyrosine lipid-soluble antioxi-dants such as tocopherols and retinols and highly specialized enzymes such as superoxide dismutase, catalase, and glutathione peroxidase, the...

Modification of Biotransformations and Excretion of Salicylates

Drug Interactions Salicylates compete with a variety of drugs for plasma protein binding. This includes bilirubin, uric acid, phenytoin, sulfinpy-razone, and thyroxin among others. Possible consequences are changes in the pharmacokinetics of the free, active fraction of the compound. Salicy-

Example of Reducing Power Measured with IVV

Figure 8 Voltammograms obtained with electrically pretreated microelectrodes similar to the electrode shown in Figure 7A, but made with multiple carbon fibers. (A) The result of DPV scan (scan rate 20 mV s, pulse amplitude 50 mV, pulse width 50 ms, pulse period 200 ms) of ascorbic acid and uric acid solution (both 100 aM) in phosphate-buffered saline. (B) Two consecutive voltammograms recorded in vivo in the hippocampus of an anesthetized rat. In the second scan, which was performed 2 minutes following the first scan, the peak containing uric acid was diminished, indicating that uric acid was depleted around the probe. The peak returned to the initial size following a 20-minute interval. Figure 8 Voltammograms obtained with electrically pretreated microelectrodes similar to the electrode shown in Figure 7A, but made with multiple carbon fibers. (A) The result of DPV scan (scan rate 20 mV s, pulse amplitude 50 mV, pulse width 50 ms, pulse period 200 ms) of ascorbic acid and uric acid...

The history of lithium therapeutics

Garrod described the medical use of lithium in 1859 for the treatment of rheumatic conditions and gout - and in particular 'brain gout'. The hypothesis behind the use of lithium at this point was based on its ability to dissolve nitrogen-containing compounds, called urates or uric acid, which were thought to build up in the body giving rise to many illnesses. This is certainly true for gout, but the idea was extended to include many other human physical disorders. By the 1880s, Carl Lange and others7 were using lithium for the treatment of BD, and lithium carbonate and citrate were described in the British Pharmacopoeia of 1885.

Ischemia Reperfusion

Ischemia stimulates the production of hypoxanthine. Under normal conditions, xanthine dehydrogenase reduces purines to uric acid. During ischemia, this enzyme is converted into the xanthine oxidase form at a rate proportional to the duration of ischemia. When the tissue is again perfused with oxygen, reperfusion, xanthine oxidase converts hypoxanthine into superoxide. Via several mechanisms, superoxide results in the formation of oxygen radicals that can cause tissue injury. The enzymes in red blood cells help to prevent this to a limited extent. Thus, SOD converts superoxide into hydrogen peroxide that is in turn converted by CAT into water and oxygen. However, in severe and prolonged ischemia the normal amounts of these enzymes in the red blood cells are not enough to prevent ischemia-reperfusion injury. We have, therefore, prepared a PolyHb-CAT-SOD complex (PolyHb-CAT-SOD) with more CAT and SOD than are normally present in red blood cells. The idea is to have an oxygen carrier with...


We inquire about a family history of hyperlipidemia, hypercholesteremia, and renal stones, as well as the child's seizure type(s) and frequency and his or her epilepsy syndrome. Laboratory studies include a comprehensive metabolic panel (liver function tests, albumin, CO2), complete blood count, fasting lipid panel, serum pyruvate and lactate, magnesium, zinc, ammonia, uric acid, free and total carnitine, selenium, serum ketone levels, anticonvulsant levels, and a urinalysis. Computed tomographic or magnetic resonance images of the head are obtained if recent images are not available.

B Burst Amplitudes

Limitations The colored product is unstable, and the color-yield depends on protein concentration. Interference has been reported for Lowry assays conducted in the presence of calcium ion-containing salts, carbohydrates, detergents, disulfides (including oxidized DTT), EDTA, glycerol, magnesium ion-containing salts, phenols, potassium ion-containing salts, purines (especially guanine, uric acid, caffeine, and xanthine), as well as Tricine and Tris buffers.

Uricosuric Agents

Uricosuric agents increase the rate of excretion of uric acid. In humans, urate is filtered, secreted, and reabsorbed by the kidneys. Reabsorption predominates, and the amount excreted usually is -10 of that filtered. This process is mediated by a specific transporter, which can be inhibited (see Chapter 2). The first step in urate reabsorption is its uptake from tubular fluid by a transporter that exchanges urate for either an organic or an inorganic anion. Uricosuric drugs compete with urate for the brush-border transporter, thereby inhibiting its reabsorption via the urate-anion exchanger system. However, transport is bidirectional, and depending on dosage, a drug may either decrease or increase the excretion of uric acid. Decreased excretion usually occurs at a low dosage, while increased excretion is observed at a higher dosage. Not all agents show this phenomenon, and one uricosuric drug may either add to or inhibit the action of another. The biphasic effect may be seen within...

Renal Calculi

Kidney stones have been reported in 3-7 of children on the KD (7,17-22). This is significantly greater than the overall rate of urolithiasis in children. The average time on the diet prior to development of stones is approx 18 mo (19,20), but stones have been reported within the first month on the diet. The few studies that have looked more carefully at the composition of the stones (20,21) have reported uric acid stones, (approx 50 of the stones analyzed), calcium oxalate, calcium phosphate, and mixed calcium uric acid stones. The high rate of uric acid stones in KD patients is notable because uric acid stones account for only 1.3-7.6 of stones in children (19). It seems that the KD particularly predisposes to the formation of these stones. Kielb (20) and Herzberg (19) and their colleagues hypothesized that the KD results in low urinary pH, which facilitates the formation of uric acid crystals because the solubility of uric acid decreases greatly as pH falls. In addition, the KD has...

Loop diuretics

Cautions Hypovolaemia and hypotension should be corrected before initiation of treatment with loop diuretics electrolytes should be monitored during treatment (see also Potassium Loss, section 2.2). Loop diuretics can exacerbate diabetes (but hyperglycaemia is less likely than with thiazides) and gout. If there is an enlarged prostate, urinary retention can occur, although this is less likely if small doses and less potent diuretics are used initially an adequate urinary output should be established before initiating treatment interactions Appendix 1 (diuretics).


Xanthine oxidase in the small intestine and liver converts mercaptopurine to thiouric acid, which is inactive as an immunosuppressive. Inhibition of xanthine oxidase by allopurinol diverts mercaptopurine to more active metabolites such as 6-thioguanine and increases both immunosuppressive and potential toxic effects. Thus, patients on mercaptopurine should be warned about potentially serious interactions with medications used to treat gout or hyperuricemia, and the dose should be decreased to 25 of the standard dose in subjects who are already taking allopurinol.

Effect of Pollution

Therefore, the need for an adequate lung antioxidant barrier in the general population is clear. Differential utilization of water-soluble antioxidants in ELF upon contact with ozone and nitric oxide has been noted with uric acid proving the most potent, followed by ascorbic acid and finally glutathione. Exposure to ozone therefore leads to rapid depletion of urate in ELF however, little information is available with regard to the reactivity or metabolic fate of urate oxidation products and it is possible that these are harmful. Inter-subject variations in the concentrations of these antioxidants could present one possible explanation for the observed variation in symptomatic responsiveness to air pollutants (Kelly and Mudway, 1997). Antioxidant composition of ELF is therefore thought to be crucial in determining an individual's sensitivity to gaseous pollutants and therefore susceptibility to respiratory disease (Fig. 24.3).


Systemic ribavirin causes dose-related reversible anemia owing to extravascular hemolysis and bone marrow suppression. Elevations in reticulocyte counts and in serum bilirubin, iron, and uric acid concentrations therefore result. Bolus intravenous infusion may cause rigors. About 20 of chronic HCV infection patients receiving combination IFN-ribavirin therapy discontinue treatment because of side effects. In addition to IFN toxicities, oral ribavirin increases the risk of fatigue, cough, rash, pruritus, nausea, insomnia, dyspnea, depression, and particularly, anemia. Preclinical studies indicate that ribavirin is teratogenic, embryotoxic, oncogenic, and possibly gonadotoxic. To prevent possible teratogenic effects, up to 6 months is required for washout following cessation of long-term treatment.

Healthy Aging

Cessfully who appear to have increased vitamin E levels compared with other elderly subjects. A study with healthy centenarians revealed a characteristic profile of nonen-zymatic antioxidants with significantly higher plasma levels of vitamin E (55 .mol L) compared with elderly controls at age 81-99 y (42 mol L) and 61-80 y (47 .mol L). Although levels of vitamin A were also increased, other plasma antioxidants such as vitamin C, uric acid, thiols, and most carotenoids were decreased, and enzymatic activity of superoxide dismutase was also lower (205).

M Nicotinic Acid

Alone if statin not tolerated (see also p. 161) Cautions unstable angina, acute myocardial infarction, diabetes mellitus, gout, history of peptic ulceration interactions Appendix 1 (nicotinic acid) Contra-indications arterial bleeding active peptic ulcer disease Breast-feeding present in milk avoid Side-effects diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dyspepsia flushing pruritus, rash less commonly tachycardia, palpitation, shortness of breath, peripheral oedema, headache, dizziness, increase in uric acid, hypophosphataemia, prolonged prothrom-bin time, and reduced platelet count rarely hypotension, syncope, rhinitis, insomnia, reduced glucose tolerance, myalgia, myopathy, myasthenia very rarely anorexia, rhabdomyolysis, visual disturbance, and jaundice also reported


Niacin, in doses that range above the DRI but below that required for dyslipidemias, is unlikely to produce adverse effects. However, adverse effects of niacin are seen when this vitamin is used at pharmacological doses above 1 g day in the treatment of dyslipidemia. Notable adverse effects include flushing because of vasodilation dermatological effects including dry skin, pruritus and hyperkeratosis gastrointestinal effects including peptic ulcer, stomach pain, nausea, and diarrhea elevations in serum uric acid and glucose (in Type 2 diabetics) and rare hepatotoxic-ity.159-161 Traditionally, hepatotoxicity has been more associated with the sustained release as compared to the immediate release formulations however, recent analysis of niacin-ER adverse events suggests the opposite may be true for this formulation.162

Oral cavity

The submucosa is a relatively dense connective tissue with a few accessory salivary glands (mucus acinus).102 The saliva is secreted primarily by parotid, submandibular, and sublingual glands at a rate of 0.5 to 2 L day.94 Apart from water, saliva is composed of electrolytes, mucin (forms mucus with water), amylase, lysozyme (a bacte-riostatic enzyme), IgA antibodies, and metabolic wastes such as urea and uric acid.18 The pH of saliva varies between 6.8 and 7.2.96

Therapeutic Uses

Crystalline niacin tablets are available over the counter in a variety of strengths. To minimize the flushing and pruritus, it is best to start with a low dose (e.g., 100 mg twice daily taken after breakfast and supper). The dose may be increased stepwise every 7 days by 100-200 mg to a total daily dose of 1.5-2 g. After 2-4 weeks at this dose, transaminases, serum albumin, fasting glucose, and uric acid levels should be measured. Lipid levels should be checked and the dose increased further until the desired effect on plasma lipids is achieved. After a stable dose is attained, blood should be drawn every 3-6 months to monitor for the various toxicities.

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