Dimitrios Ntountaniotis

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The present work describes the drug:membrane interactions and a drug delivery system of the novel potent AT1 blocker BV6. This designed analog has most of the pharmacological segments of losartan and an additional biphenyltetrazole moiety resulting in increased lipophilicity. We found that BV6:membrane interactions lead to compact bilayers that may in part(More)
OBJECTIVE 25-Hydroxyvitamin D (25-OH-D) is the marker, which indicates vitamin D levels. The aim of this study was to investigate the possible factors, which contribute to serum 25-OH-D levels in bedridden mothers and their preterm neonates. METHODS Twenty-six preterm neonates born during the period of 24-33 weeks of gestational age and 20 mothers (who(More)
The interactions of irbesartan (IRB) and irbesartan-2-hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin (HP-β-CD) complex with dipalmitoyl phosphatidylcholine (DPPC) bilayers have been explored utilizing an array of biophysical techniques ranging from differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), ESI mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) and solid state(More)
Aliskiren is the first orally active, direct renin inhibitor to be approved for the treatment of hypertension. Its structure elucidation and conformational analysis were explored using 1D and 2D NMR spectroscopy, as well as random search and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. For the first time, MD calculations have also been performed for aliskiren at(More)
ΑΤ1 receptor (AT1R) antagonists exert their antihypertensive effects by preventing the vasoconstrictive hormone AngII to bind to the AT1 receptor. It has been proposed that these biological effects are mediated through a two-step mechanism reaction. In the first step, they are incorporated in the core of the lipid bilayers and in the second step they reach(More)
Due to the time and effort requirements for the development of a new drug, and the high attrition rates associated with this developmental process, there is an intense effort by academic and industrial researchers to find novel ways for more effective drug development schemes. The first step in the discovery process of a new drug is the identification of(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate Greek pharmacists' willingness to use a new Web-based software program to detect drug-food interactions, to assess the experience of those pharmacists opting to use the program, and to estimate the public benefit associated with use of the program. PRACTICE INNOVATION AND RESULTS The Nutrition-Drug Interaction program was developed(More)
It is proposed that AT1 antagonists (ARBs) exert their biological action by inserting into the lipid membrane and then diffuse to the active site of AT1 receptor. Thus, lipid bilayers are expected to be actively involved and play a critical role in drug action. For this reason, the thermal, dynamic and structural effects of olmesartan alone and together(More)
PURPOSE Increasing evidence suggests that Mediterranean Diet (MD) is correlated with reduced risk of breast cancer (BC) and cancer mortality, since it modifies patients' serum antioxidant capacity, body composition and biochemical parameters. The aim of the study was to investigate whether a dietary intervention based on MD has a beneficial effect on these(More)
Drug-membrane interactions of the candesartan cilexetil (TCV-116) have been studied on molecular basis by applying various complementary biophysical techniques namely differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), Raman spectroscopy, small and wide angle X-ray scattering (SAXS and WAXS), solution ¹H and ¹³C nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and solid state ¹³C and(More)