The chemistry and an extensive spectrum of biological activities of spirooxindole have been examined since several decades and this heterocyclic core has received emerging consensus. This content aims to summarize recent advances made towards the discovery of Antituberculosis activity, AChE and BChE inhibitory activity, Anti-tumor activity, Antibacterial and Antifungal activity and Miscellaneous Activity holding spirooxindole as a nucleus with the substitution of several types of nucleophiles, and molecular patterns associated with particular potency have been identified targeting several Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria and some fungal species, mycobacterium tuberculosis H37Rv, and drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB), Alzheimer's disease, HCT 116 (colon), MCF 7 (Brest) and HEPG 2 (liver) human tumor cell lines. The report will be of enormous interest to gain useful information for the furtherance of drug discovery with extended spirooxindole designs.
HIV&AIDS Counselling and Testing (HCT) services have for long been seen as an intervention towards HIV prevention. The major objective of this study is to establish the Knowledge and Attitudes of youth towards HCT services in Lira district, Uganda. The study tried to establish the knowledge of the youth on HIV&AIDS and HCT services, to identify the attitudes of the youth towards HCT services and to find out the strategies for improving HCT uptake among the youth. A cross section study design was used to collect quantitative and qualitative data from 112 youth. Quantitative data was collected by the use of semi-structure questionnaire on youth between 15-24 years while qualitative data was obtained using key informant interviews and focus group discussions. The findings show that most youth are knowledgeable about HIV&AIDS and HCT services because they can identify modes of HIV transmission and where to obtain HCT services. Youth in school were more likely to have heard about HIV and AIDS compared to the youth out of school. The study shows that youth have both positive and negative attitudes towards HCT services.
Worldwide, a number of research groups are functioning towards effective treatment of colon cancer using chemotherapeutic agents. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are among the most potent agents discovered for the inhibition of cancer. In spite of the approval of celecoxib for adjuvant therapy in patients with familial adenomatous polyposis and precancerous disease of colon, associations of larger intensity of side effects limit its usage in cancer therapy. Combination therapy provides advantages of reduction in dose and possible reduction in toxicity and acquired drug resistance. As a consequence, targeted drug delivery and targeted molecular therapy of single or combination of anticancer agents are necessary for efficient treatment of colon cancer with reduced toxicity. In our study, combination of celecoxib and AEE788 shows growth inhibition and apoptosis in HCT 15 cells. Further, nanocarrier mediated celecoxib delivery showed high entrapment efficiency, sustained release patterns, desirable hemocompatibility and enhanced cytotoxicity and apoptosis in vitro and in vivo.
Phytic acid is extensively known for its anti-nutritional properties. The wide notion about this compound is to be changed totally. Hence, the study is focused on bringing out its potential as a drug molecule. The knowledge gained by understanding the binding efficacy of phytic acid and its analogues can help in the development of a new lead molecule. The antibacterial studies and cell line studies using HCT-15 confirmed the drugability. The potency of cancer drug targets can also be screened using docking studies. The entire work can bring out an effective lead molecule which maybe subjected to clinical trials. It is hypothesized that phytic acid and its derivatives having one or more of the following chemical functional groups such as the number of phosphates, phospho-diesters, charged phosphates, halogens, heavy atoms, steriocentred atoms, hydoxyl groups, hydrogen donors and acceptors, have an effect on the binding affinity towards the selected targets. Although, there are few reports to suggest the anticancer activity of PA, there is no work on its structure-activity relationship.