Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology (CURR PHARM BIOTECHNO)

Publisher: Bentham Science Publishers

Journal description

Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology aims to cover all the latest and outstanding developments in pharmaceutical biotechnology. Each issue of the journal contains a series of timely in-depth reviews written by leaders in the field covering a range of current topics in both pre-clinical and clinical areas of pharmaceutical biotechnology. Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology is an essential journal for academic, clinical, government and pharmaceutical scientists who wish to be kept informed and up-to-date with the latest and most important developments.

Current impact factor: 2.51

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2013 / 2014 Impact Factor 2.511
2012 Impact Factor 2.69
2011 Impact Factor 2.805
2010 Impact Factor 3.455
2009 Impact Factor 3.404
2008 Impact Factor 2.649
2007 Impact Factor 2.308
2006 Impact Factor 2.753

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 3.09
Cited half-life 3.30
Immediacy index 0.74
Eigenfactor 0.01
Article influence 0.90
Website Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology website
Other titles Current pharmaceutical biotechnology (Online)
ISSN 1389-2010
OCLC 55201370
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

Publisher details

Bentham Science Publishers

  • Pre-print
    • Author can archive a pre-print version
  • Post-print
    • Author cannot archive a post-print version
  • Restrictions
    • 12 months embargo
  • Conditions
    • Author's pre-print on author's personal website, institutional repository and open access repository
    • Author's post-print on author's personal website, institutional repository, open access repository, PubMed Central and arXiv
    • Non-Commercial
    • Published source must be acknowledged
    • Must link to journal home page with DOI
    • Publisher's version/PDF cannot be used
  • Classification
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Publications in this journal

  • Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology 04/2015; 16(7). DOI:10.2174/138920101607150427111433
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    ABSTRACT: In the last few years several technologies are being developed for eventually repairing or replacing damaged or injured tissues and even organs. Some of these emerging technologies include the design and development of new biomaterials, the optimization of nano- and micro-technologies for drug and cell delivery, the use of autologous proteins or the application of stem cells as therapeutics. Thus, several types of stem cells, e.g. ESCs, iPSCs, MSCs, CD133+ stem cells are being evaluated for tissue regeneration purposes. The present review describes some of these emerging technologies and discusses their potential benefits and challenges.
    Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology 04/2015; 16(7). DOI:10.2174/138920101607150427112457
  • Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology 04/2015; 16(7). DOI:10.2174/138920101607150427111226
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    ABSTRACT: “There is a growing body of evidence suggesting that wound healing in chronic diabetic foot ulcers is growth factor dependent, and that the therapeutic delivery of these growth factors to wounds topically, has the potential ability to accelerate wound healing in conjunction with conventional wound care”. There is, however, confusion about the utility of platelet rich plasma because the studies that have evaluated them use a wide range of products (different platelet and leukocyte concentrations, different techniques and frequencies of application, very heterogeneous simple, and different endpoints) making almost impossible to compare data and draw conclusions. In this study, we have analyzed the different platelet rich plasma products from a new perspective: cost-efficiency. According to our data, we observe that platelet rich plasma is a cost-effective option that allows faster healing of ulcers, and that should be taken into account in patients with long evolution ulcers.
    Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology 04/2015; 16(7). DOI:10.2174/138920101607150427111926
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    ABSTRACT: Gene therapy is a promising strategy to deliver growth factors of interest locally in a sustained fashion and has the potential to overcome barriers to using recombinant protein therapy such as sustainability and cost. Recent studies demonstrate the safety and efficacy of non-viral delivery of plasmid DNA (pDNA) encoding a single growth factor to enhance bone healing. This pilot study is aimed at testing a non-viral gene delivery system that can deliver two different plasmids encoding two different growth factors. Polyethylenimine (PEI), a cationic polymer, was utilized as a gene delivery vector and collagen scaffold was used as a carrier to deliver the PEI-pDNA complexes encoding platelet derived growth factor B (PDGF-B) and/or vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). Calvarial defects in rats were implanted with scaffolds containing PEI-pPDGF-B complexes, PEI-pVEGF complexes or containing both PEIpPDGF- B and PEI-pVEGF complexes in a 1:1 ratio of plasmids. The results indicated that bone regeneration as measured using micro-CT and histological assessments was inferior in groups treated with PEI-(pPDGF-B + pVEGF) complexes, compared to defects treated with PEI-pPDGF-B complexes. This pilot study that explores the feasibility and efficacy of combinatorial non-viral gene delivery system for bone regeneration appears to provide a rationale for investigation of sequential delivery of growth factors at specific time points during the healing phases and this will be explored further in future studies.
    Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology 04/2015; 16(7). DOI:10.2174/138920101607150427112753
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    ABSTRACT: Glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) is a short peptide that can significantly reduce blood glucose level. Recombination oral long-acting glucagon-like peptide-1 (rolGLP-1), is a GLP-1 analog generated from site-specific mutation of GLP-1. CTB is a non-toxic portion of the cholera toxin and an ideal protein antigen carrier. In this study, we firstly constructed a vector pET-22b (+)-CTB-10×rolGLP-1 to express a fusion protein composed of CTB and ten tandem repeated rolGLP-1 in BL21 (DE3) line of E.coli. The CTB-10×rolGLP-1 was expressed efficiently in the inclusion bodies. The expression product was analyzed by SDS-PAGE electrophoresis and Western blotting. The inclusion bodies were then denatured, refolded and purified by ion exchange chromatography to obtain a high-purity CTB- 10×rolGLP-1. The therapeutic effect of CTB-10×rolGLP-1 was assessed in comparison with 10×rolGLP-1 alone by daily oral-gavage administration up to 10 days in streptozotocin-induced type 2 diabetic mice. The results showed that the level of blood glucose was reduced more effectively and the oral glucose tolerance of mice was improved more significantly with the administration of CTB-10×rolGLP-1. Our results provided a potentially promising oral biological drug for the treatment of type 2 diabetes.
    Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology 04/2015; 16(6). DOI:10.2174/138920101606150407114815
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    ABSTRACT: Sildenafil ameliorates aortic relaxations in apolipoprotein E knockout (apoE) mice. Now, we tested the hypothesis that endothelial dysfunction (ED) in this model is characterized by contractile hyperresponsiveness to phenylephrine (PE) and that this abnormality may be repaired using sildenafil. The aortic rings were evaluated in apoE mice treated with sildenafil (apoE-sil, 40 mg/kg/day) and compared with apoE and wild-type (WT) mice administered with vehicle (veh). The apoE-veh mice exhibited an imbalance of nitric oxide and reactive oxygen species (NO/ROS) levels and an increased maximum response (Rmax, 20%) and sensitivity (7%) to PE, which were not modified by endothelial removal. Under the prostanoids blockade, vasocontraction was decreased more in apoE-veh (-37%) than in WT (-27%) and apoE-sil (-30%) mice. NADPH-oxidase blockade abolished the enhanced contractile responsiveness in apoE-veh (-33%), without effects in WT and apoE-sil groups. The atherosclerotic lesions and the imbalance of NO/ROS were reduced (40%) in apoE-sil mice. In conclusion, ED in apoE mice was characterized by decreased NO-bioavailability and contractile hyperresponsiveness, due to thromboxane and oxidative stress, and was normalized by sildenafil. The beneficial effects of this phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitor on ED and lipid deposition provide new insights for its use as adjuvant in the treatment of atherosclerosis.
    Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology 04/2015; 16(6). DOI:10.2174/138920101606150407113458
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    ABSTRACT: Gymnema sylvestre R. Br. is one of the most important medicinal plants that grows in tropical forests in India and South East Asia. Its active ingredients and extracts of leaves and roots are used in traditional medicine to treat various ailments and they are present in the market for pharmaceutical and parapharmaceutical products. Commercial products based on substances of plant origin that are generally connoted as natural have to be subjected to monitoring and evaluation by health authorities for their potential impacts on public health. The monitoring and evaluation of these products are critical because the boundary between a therapeutic action and a functional or healthy activity has not yet been defined in a clear and unambiguous way. Therefore, these products are considered borderline products, and they require careful and rigorous studies, in order to use them as complement and/or even replacement of synthetic drugs that are characterized by side effects and high economic costs. This review explores the traditional uses, chemical composition and biological activity of G. sylvestre extracts, providing a general framework on the most interesting extracts and what are the necessary studies for a complete definition of the range of activities.
    Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology 04/2015; 16(6). DOI:10.2174/138920101606150407112903
  • Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology 04/2015; 16(6):573-578. DOI:10.2174/138920101606150407115258
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    ABSTRACT: Active or passive immunotherapy is expected to slow or stop the pathological process of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Immunotherapy for AD has demonstrated that targeting beta-amyloid (Aβ) or tau protein with vaccines or antibodies can reduce AD pathologies. Active anti-Aβ immunization for AD includes using AN1792 and second generation vaccines such as ACC-001, CAD106 and AFFITOPE vaccines, while antibodies for passive immunization include monoclonal antibodies and intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG). Preclinical trials have shown powerful evidence of significant advances for more than a decade; however, there are still issues that need to be addressed in clinical trials. In the phase IIa AN1792 trial, 6% of patients who received the vaccination were diagnosed with meningoencephalitis as an adverse effect. There was a high incidence of amyloid-related imaging abnormalities (ARIA) in patients treated with some monoclonal antibodies. Moreover, several phase 3 clinical trial findings of immunization targeting Aβ were negative. These issues require attention in order to improve the safety and efficacy of immunization strategies in AD. Prevention studies and other novel immunization strategies have the potential to dramatically impact AD care. Herein we review the recent advances in clinical trials involving immunotherapy for AD.
    Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology 04/2015; 16(6). DOI:10.2174/138920101606150407112319
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    ABSTRACT: Regeneration in the central nervous system (CNS) of adult mammalian after traumatic injury is limited, which often causes permanent functional motor and sensory loss. After spinal cord injury (SCI), the lack of regeneration is mainly attributed to the presence of a hostile microenvironment, glial scarring, and cavitation. Besides, inflammation has also been proved to play a crucial role in secondary degeneration following SCI. The more prominent treatment strategies in experimental models focus mainly on drugs and cell therapies, however, only a few strategies applied in clinical studies and therapies still have only limited effects on the repair of SCI. Recently, the interests in immunotherapy strategies for CNS are increasing in number and breadth. Immunotherapy strategies have made good progresses in treating many CNS degenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease (AD), Parkinson’s disease (PD), stroke, and multiple sclerosis (MS). However, the strategies begin to be considered to the treatment of SCI and other neurological disorders in recent years. Besides anti-inflamatory therapy, immunization with protein vaccines and DNA vaccines has emerged as a novel therapy strategy because of the simplicity of preparation and application. An inflammatory response followed by spinal cord injury, and is controled by specific signaling molecules, such as some cytokines playing a crucial role. As a result, appropriate immunoregulation, the expression of pro-inflammatory cytokines and anti-inflammatory cytokines may be an effective therapy strategy for earlier injury of spinal cord. In addition, myelinassociated inhibitors (MAIs) in the injured spinal cord, such as Nogo, myelin-associated glycoprotein (MAG) and oligodendrocyte- myelin glycoprotein (OMgp) are known to prevent axonal regeneration through their co-receptors, and to trigger demyelinating autoimmunity through T cell-mediated harmful autoimmune response. The antagonism of the MAIs through vaccinating with protein or DNA vaccines targeting Nogo, MAG, OMgp, and their co-receptors, may be an effective strategy for the treatment of SCI. However, immunotherapy such as anti-inflammtory therapy or vaccine targeting MAIs or their receptors, accompanied with the potential in risking autoimmune diseases. As a result, in order to optimize the anti-inflammtory therapy and design of protein or DNA vaccines for their use in the future clinical application, we need to further understand the possible mechanisms of neuroprotective immunity. This review presents recent advances in the development of immunotherapy strategies for the treatment of axonal degeneration and demyelination, and improvement of motor function after SCI.
    Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology 04/2015; 16(6). DOI:10.2174/138920101606150407112646
  • Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology 04/2015; 16(6). DOI:10.2174/138920101606150407112138
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