Sample records for antitussive agents

  1. Evaluation of antitussive agents in man.

    Parvez, L; Vaidya, M; Sakhardande, A; Subburaj, S; Rajagopalan, T G


    Methodology to evaluate the efficacy of antitussive drugs rely largely on subjective methods and cough counts. There are few studies in cough due to natural disease especially using objective techniques. This paper presents data from a series of randomized, double blind, placebo controlled clinical trials in cough due to both chronic bronchopulmonary disease and acute upper respiratory tract infections. In these studies, cough was quantified using a standardized and validated computerized system for the acquisition and multidimensional analysis of the cough sound. Key objective parameters like cough counts, intensity, latency and total effort expended were studied. Guaiphenesin and bromhexine showed significant expectorant effects in patients with productive cough due to chronic bronchopulmonary disease. Differences were observed in speed of action, and objective and subjective measures, that probably indicate differences in drug action. More recently, three studies evaluated the antitussive drug dextromethorphan in non-productive cough due to uncomplicated upper respiratory tract infections. Reproducible cough suppressant effects were demonstrated after a single 30 mg dose using objective measures of cough counts, latency and total effort. These results establish the sensitivity and robustness of the cough quantitation methodology in the objective evaluation of cough treatments. PMID:9232667

  2. Efficacy and tolerability of glaucine as an antitussive agent.

    Gastpar, H; Criscuolo, D; Dieterich, H A


    One hundred and thirty out-patients, affected by acute and chronic cough caused by upper respiratory tract inflammation, took part in two clinical studies aimed at evaluating the efficacy and tolerability of glaucine , a new antitussive agent. The first study involved 90 patients in a double-blind comparative trial of glaucine and codeine: both treatments were administered as a syrup at a dosage of 30 mg 3-times daily for 7 days. The cough suppressant effect of the two treatments was checked by the physician and the patient using a 4-point scale (from absent to severe), and by the patient using a visual analogue scale. Mean scores of the physician's evaluation decreased from 3.0 to 1.10 after codeine and from 3.0 to 0.47 after glaucine (p less than 0.001 between treatments). Mean values of the patients' visual analogue scales decreased from 83 mm to 17 mm after codeine, and from 85 mm to 7 mm after glaucine (p less than 0.001 between treatments). Constipation and nausea were reported by 9 patients on codeine and by no patient on glaucine (p less than 0.01). One patient on codeine was withdrawn from the study after 3 days because of vomiting, constipation and nausea. The second study was an open trial in 40 patients who received glaucine capsules at a dosage of 30 mg 3-times daily for 28 days. The antitussive effect of the treatment was evaluated on the basis of the same criteria as in the first study. The mean score of the physician's evaluation decreased from 3.0 to 0.15 (p less than 0.001); the mean value of the patients' visual analogue scales decreased from 93 mm to 1 mm (p less than 0.001).(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:6373156

  3. Levocloperastine in the treatment of chronic nonproductive cough: comparative efficacy versus standard antitussive agents.

    Aliprandi, P; Castelli, C; Bernorio, S; Dell'Abate, E; Carrara, M


    The medical and social impact of cough is substantial. Current antitussive agents at effective doses have adverse events such as drowsiness, nausea and constipation that limit their use. There is also recent evidence that standard antitussive agents, such as codeine, may not reduce cough during upper respiratory infections. Therefore, there is a need for more effective and better-tolerated agents. The efficacy of levocloperastine, a novel antitussive, which acts both centrally on the cough center and on peripheral receptors in the tracheobronchial tree in treating chronic cough, was compared with that of other standard antitussive agents (codeine, levodropropizine and DL-cloperastine) in six open clinical trials. The studies enrolled patients of all ages with cough associated with various respiratory disorders including bronchitis, asthma, pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Levocloperastine significantly improved cough symptoms (intensity and frequency of cough) in all trials, and improvements were observed after the first day of treatment. In children, levocloperastine reduced nighttime awakenings and irritability, and in adults it was effective in treating cough induced by angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors. When compared with other antitussive agents, levocloperastine had improved or comparable efficacy, with a more rapid onset of action. Importantly, no evidence of central adverse events was recorded with levocloperastine, whereas drowsiness was reported by a significant number of patients receiving codeine. Levocloperastine is an effective antitussive agent for the treatment of cough in patients of all ages. It has a more rapid onset of action than standard agents with an improved tolerability profile. PMID:15553659

  4. Synthesis and antitussive evaluation of verticinone-cholic acid salt, a novel and potential cough therapeutic agent

    Fang-zhou XU; Chang CHEN; Yong-hui ZHANG; Han-li RUAN; Hui-fang PI; Pong ZHANG; Ji-zhou WU


    Aim: To seek a novel and potent antitussive drug based on Shedan-Chuanbei powder, a complex of traditional Chinese medicine preparation for cough therapy.Methods: Verticinone-cholic acid (Vet-CA) salt, a novel, salifying derivative of verticinone and cholic acid, both of which are the major bioactive components in Shedan-Chuanbei powder, was synthesized. We then evaluated the antitussive activity and the acute toxicity of the salt. Results: The new compound, with good solubility in water, has much more potent antitussive activity in comparison with the same dose of single verticinone and single cholic acid. The administration 3 mg/kg of Ver-CA could result in over 50% reduction of a citric acid-induced cough.Pretreatment with naloxone (0.8 mg/kg, ip) can only partially antagonize its anti-tussive effect. On the other hand, glybenclamide (3 mg/kg, ip), an ATP-sensitive K+ channel blocker, can also significantly reduce the antitussive effect of Ver-CA.A further acute toxicity study showed that the LD50 values of Ver-CA were 3 times that of verticinone. Conclusion: Based on the studies of pharmacology and acutetoxicity, the salt has a synergic and attenuated toxicity compared with single verticinone and cholic acid. Moreover, the present study also suggests that Ver-CA, a potential novel antitussive agent, may exert its antitussive effect via both the peripheral (modulated by ATP-sensitive K+ channels) and central mechanisms(modulated by the opioid receptor).

  5. A comparative randomized double-blind clinical trial of isoaminile citrate and chlophedianol hydrochloride as antitussive agents.

    Diwan, J; Dhand, R; Jindal, S K; Malik, S K; Sharma, P L


    The efficacy and safety of a new centrally acting antitussive agent, isoaminile citrate, was compared with that of chlophedianol hydrochloride in a double-blind, randomized interpatient study. A total of 66 patients participated, two and four patients were lost to follow-up with isoaminile and chlophedianol, respectively. In the experimentally induced cough in 12 normal human subjects, isoaminile (40 mg) was as effective as chlophedianol (20 mg), but its duration of action was somewhat longer. One subject developed allergic skin rash with chlophedianol and was withdrawn from the study. In 60 patients with cough associated with chest diseases, isoaminile (40 mg, 3 x daily) was as effective as chlophedianol (20 mg, 3 x daily) in suppressing cough as judged from the 3-h and 24-h cough counts. The increase in PEFR at day 7 of treatment was somewhat more marked with chlophedianol as compared with isoaminile. None of the drugs interfered with the expectoration process. The side effects observed were few, mild in nature, and did not require a decrease in dose or withdrawal of treatment in any of the patients. Isoaminile citrate was concluded to be an effective and relatively safe antitussive agent. Isoaminile citrate, alpha(isopropyl)-alpha-(beta-dimethylaminoproyl) phenylacetonitrile citrate, is a centrally acting antitussive agent. In animal experiments this drug was as efficacious as codeine but was devoid of any respiratory depressant effect [Krause 1958, Kuroda et al. 1971]. This controlled double-randomized interpatient study was designed to test the comparative efficacy and safety of isoaminile and chlophedianol, another centrally acting antitussive, in humans. PMID:6749701

  6. Currently available antitussives.

    Dicpinigaitis, Peter V


    Cough is among the most common complaints for which patients seek medical attention. Acute cough, usually due to a viral upper respiratory tract infection, generates a huge expenditure on prescription and over-the-counter cough and cold preparations worldwide. Most of these agents, however, have not been shown to be more effective than placebo in adequately performed clinical trials. The goal of management in chronic cough is treatment of its underlying cause. However, certain situations will necessitate cough suppressant therapy for symptomatic relief. Unfortunately, currently available antitussives, such as the opioids, are not consistently effective, or achieve therapeutic effect at the expense of unpleasant or intolerable side effects. Safer and more effective cough suppressants are desperately needed. Potential novel antitussives will need to be evaluated in properly formulated clinical trials, measuring relevant subjective and objective end points in appropriate subject populations. PMID:18771744

  7. [Evaluation of the safety of antitussive agents during respiratory rehabilitation. A clinical study of L-dropropizine].

    Bejor, M; Arrigo, A


    This study proves that L-dropropizine, a new peripheral antitussive drug, does not hinder the positive and useful effect of cough. This is particularly the case of physiokinesis in chronic obstructive lung disease patients. To quantify results, the respiratory voluntary muscles have been examined by surface electromyography and the peak expiratory flow has been registered by a computer-assisted device. By analysing the curves obtained relating the intensity of muscle contraction to expiratory flow, i.e. the muscle work exerted, no difference has been found after L-dropropizine and placebo. Statistical analysis evidenced increase in maximal peak expiratory flow and decrease in muscle work with both therapies. Both were significant (Student's test for paired data: p less than 0.01) in attaining functional improvement. Levodropropizine does not seem to impair the efficacy of cough elicited as part of respiratory clearance mechanisms. PMID:2147884

  8. Antitussive properties of levodropropizine.

    Malandrino, S; Melillo, G; Bestetti, A; Borsa, M; Giuliani, P; Tonon, G C


    The antitussive activity of levodropropizine (S(-)-3-(4-phenyl-piperazin-1-yl)-propane-1,2-diol, DF 526), was evaluated in anaesthetized guinea-pigs and rabbits and in unanaesthetized guinea-pigs. Levodropropizine was shown to have good antitussive activity. Intravenously, it was 1/10 to 1/20 as active as codeine and comparable to dropropizine, from which it is derived, on mechanically and electrically induced coughing in rabbits and guinea-pigs. After oral administration to the guinea-pig the antitussive activity of levodropropizine was comparable with those of both dropropizine and codeine against coughing induced by irritant aerosols. PMID:3196407

  9. Antitussives. Uses and abuses

    The paper tries about clarifying the use of the medications that they interrupt the reflective arch of the cough (antitussives), because when trying to suppress it or to attenuate, they can be used bad. These medications are for the non-specific handling of the symptom of the cough, without keeping in mind their etiology. The document includes its handling and it gives a classification of the antitussives

  10. Antitussive activity of ethanolic extract of Curcuma aromatica rhizomes on sulfur dioxide induced cough in mice

    Marina, G.D.; Kekuda, T.R Prashith; Sudarshan, S.J


    Ethanolic extract of rhizomes of Curcuma aromatica (Zingiberaceae) was investigated for its antitussive effect on Sulfur dioxide induced cough model in mice. The extract exhibited significant antitussive activity in a dose dependant manner. The activity was compared with the prototype antitussive agent codeine phosphate. The ethanolic extract at the dose of lOOmg. 200mg and 400mg/kg body weight, po, showed 68%, 74% and 79% of inhibition of cough with respect to control group. PMID:22557276

  11. Erdosteine: antitussive and anti-inflammatory effects.

    Dal Negro, Roberto W


    Erdosteine is a multifactorial drug currently used in COPD for its rheologic activity on bronchial secretions and its positive effects on bacterial adhesiveness. Erdosteine produces an active metabolite (Met 1) which was shown to produce antioxidant effects during the respiratory burst of human PMNs, due to the presence of an SH group. The substantial antitussive effects of erdosteine were first documented in clinical trials even though mucolytic agents are regarded as not consistently effective in ameliorating cough in patients with bronchitis, although they may be of benefit to this population in other ways. Actually, a mucolytic drug could exert antitussive effects if it also affects mucus consistency and enhances ciliary function. In the last decade, data from several studies on animal models pointed to the possible antitussive and anti-inflammatory properties of erdosteine and an indirect anti-inflammatory mechanism of action was suggested. Recently, data from some controlled versus placebo studies documented the antioxidant properties of erdosteine in humans and in current smokers with COPD. The mechanism of action was described as related to erdosteine's ability to inhibit some inflammatory mediators and some pro-inflammatory cytokines that are specifically involved in oxidative stress. As oxidative stress is also presumed to impair beta-adrenoceptor function and contribute to airway obstruction, specific controlled studies recently investigated the effect of antioxidant intervention on short-term airway response to salbutamol in nonreversible COPD, according to a double-blind design versus placebo and NAC. Only erdosteine consistently restored a significant short-term reversibility in COPD subjects, previously unresponsive to beta(2) adrenergics. This peculiar activity of erdosteine (to our knowledge never previously assessed) proved related to the ROS scavenging activity (which actually proved equal to that of N), and its significant inhibiting effect on

  12. Antitussive effect of nociceptin/orphanin FQ in experimental cough models.

    McLeod, Robbie L; Bolser, Donald C; Jia, Yanlin; Parra, Leonard E; Mutter, Jennifer C; Wang, Xin; Tulshian, Deen B; Egan, Robert W; Hey, John A


    Cough is an important defensive pulmonary reflex that removes irritants, fluids or foreign materials from the airways. However, often cough is non-productive and requires suppression. Opioid mu receptor agonists, such as codeine are commonly used as antitussive agents and are among the most widely administered drugs in the world. Codeine suppresses the responsiveness of one or more components of the central reflex pathway for cough and is an efficacious antitussive drug for cough due to diverse aetiologies. However, opioids produce side effects that include sedation, addiction potential and constipation. Therefore, novel cough suppressant therapies should maintain or improve upon the antitussive efficacy profile of opioids. Moreover, these novel therapies should have a safety profile significantly better than current antitussive therapies. Presently, we discuss preclinical findings showing that activation of the 'opioid-like' receptor (NOP(1)) inhibits cough in the guinea pig and cat. PMID:12099766

  13. Antitussive activity of sigma-1 receptor agonists in the guinea-pig

    Brown, Claire; Fezoui, Malika; Selig, William M; Schwartz, Carl E; Ellis, James L


    Current antitussive medications have limited efficacy and often contain the opiate-like agent dextromethorphan (DEX). The mechanism whereby DEX inhibits cough is ill defined. DEX displays affinity at both NMDA and sigma receptors, suggesting that the antitussive activity may involve central or peripheral activity at either of these receptors. This study examined and compared the antitussive activity of DEX and various putative sigma receptor agonists in the guinea-pig citric-acid cough model. Intraperitoneal (i.p.) administration of DEX (30 mg kg−1) and the sigma-1 agonists SKF-10,047 (1–5 mg kg−1), Pre-084 (5 mg kg−1), and carbetapentane (1–5 mg kg−1) inhibited citric-acid-induced cough in guinea-pigs. Intraperitoneal administration of a sigma-1 antagonist, BD 1047 (1–5 mg kg−1), reversed the inhibition of cough elicited by SKF-10,047. In addition, two structurally dissimilar sigma agonists SKF-10,047 (1 mg ml−1) and Pre-084 (1 mg ml−1) inhibited cough when administered by aerosol. Aerosolized BD 1047 (1 mg ml−1, 30 min) prevented the antitussive action of SKF-10,047 (5 mg kg−1) or DEX (30 mg kg−1) given by i.p. administration and, likewise, i.p. administration of BD 1047 (5 mg kg−1) prevented the antitussive action of SKF-10,047 given by aerosol (1 mg ml−1). These results therefore support the argument that antitussive effects of DEX may be mediated via sigma receptors, since both systemic and aerosol administration of sigma-1 receptor agonists inhibit citric-acid-induced cough in guinea-pigs. While significant systemic exposure is possible with aerosol administration, the very low doses administered (estimated <0.3 mg kg−1) suggest that there may be a peripheral component to the antitussive effect. PMID:14691051

  14. In-vivo Antitussive Activity of Cressa cretica Linn. using Cough Model in Rodents

    P Sunita


    Full Text Available Cressa cretica Linn. Voigt. (Convolulaceae, has also been extensively used to get relief from asthma and cough by the indigenous people of India. In the present study the antitussive effect of the plant was evaluated in two different experimental models. The antitussive effect of aerosols of two different concentrations (2.5%w/v, 5%w/vof methanolic extract of Cressa cretica Linn. (CME, codeine(0.03g/ml, and normal saline were tested by counting the numbers of coughs produced due to aerosols of citric acid 10 min after exposing the male guinea pigs to aerosols of different solutions (n=6. In another set of experiment CME was investigated for its therapeutic efficacy on a cough model induced by sulfur dioxide gas in mice. The results showed significant reduction of cough number obtained in the presence of both concentrations of CME and codeine. The antitussive effect on guinea pigs of higher concentration of CME was significantly (p< 0.01 greater than those of lower concentration and the prototype antitussive agent codeine phosphate (p< 0.01. It exhibited significant anti tussive activity as that of codeine phosphate, when compared with control in a dose dependent manner in sulfur dioxide gas induced cough model. The extract at 100, 200 and 400 mg/kg, p.o. showed inhibition of cough by 22.1, 34.35 and 55.44 % within 90 min of performing the experiment.

  15. Codeine: A Relook at the Old Antitussive.

    Vora, Agam; Nadkar, Milind Y


    Cough is the most frequent complaint of patients seeking medical attention in general and hospital practice. Cough is controlled by treating the cause, however, when no cause can be found, symptomatic relief of cough must be considered. Treatment of dry cough resulting from increased sensitivity of the cough reflex remains a challenge in some subjects. Codeine in combination with other medicines has been a mainstay for the effective short-term symptomatic relief of dry or nonproductive cough in clinical practice. This article focuses on the current status of codeine as an antitussive formulation in the treatment of dry cough. Codeine is one of the centrally acting narcotic opioids approved for use as an antitussive, a prodrug that is bioactivated by CYP2D6 into morphine in the liver. The opioid effects of codeine are related to plasma morphine concentrations. Codeine is one of the most frequently used antitussive in clinical practice and has been widely regarded as the standard cough suppressant against which newer drugs are being evaluated. Codeine has an advantage as an antitussive because of its multifaceted effect as an analgesic and sedative along with cough suppression. However, codeine may have efficacy to suppress cough in humans only in specific situations. Caution is also needed to limit its use only when and as long as it is clinically necessary, particularly in children. PMID:26591180

  16. Antitussive activity of Triclisia dictyophylla of the family Menispermecae

    Azikiwe CCA; Unekwe PC; Amazu LU; Chukwu C; Ezeani MC; Nwosu PJC; Ajugwo A


    Objective:To verify through a scientific mean the therapeutic use of the plant as an anti-tussive agent,by tra-ditional medicine healers and also aid in the search for new drugs developments from plants.Methods:The roots of Triclisia dictyophylla were investigated for their antitussive properties.The plant was uprooted in the month of June 2003 at Igbodo,Delta State,Nigeria and was taken to the University of Nigeria Nsukka for tax-onomy.The roots were chopped,ground and immersed in pure drinking water for 24 hours.After filtration, extraction was carried out using a Rotary evaporator.preliminary phytochemistry and acute toxicity studies were carried out.Antitussive study was carried out using a total of 42 young rats of average weight of 72.2 g.The rats were housed in standard animal house of the University and were allowed access to feeds and water but, were fasted for 12 hours prior to commencement of experiment.Specific and appropriate dosage of the crude ex-tract and Codeine re -dissolved in water were administered orally 30 minutes prior to induction of cough. Cough was induced by exposing the animals to Sulphure dioxide gas for 3-minutes.Coughing was taken as number of Head-nods per minute,Stethoscope aided audible sounds and,or tears secretion.Percentage cough inhibition for crude extract and,or Codeine treated rats were compared with reference to control animals.Re-sults were subjected to statistical analysis using SPSS 13.0.Results:A 10.2% extraction yield was got from a starting root initial weight of 320 g.The preliminary phytochemistry of the aqueous root extract revealed the presence of alkaloids,saponins,flavonoids,proteins,reducing sugars,steroids,resins fats/oils and glyco-sides.The Median lethal dose (LD5 0 )based on Lorke's 1983 method was 548 mg/kg The aqueous root extract at concentrations of 10 mg/kg,50 mg/kg,100 mg/kg and 200 mg/kg orally administered,inhibited cough in rats induced by sulphure dioxide gas by 16.67%,33.33%,50.00% and 83


    Nuzhat Sultana


    Full Text Available The aim of the current study is to evaluation of plant seed extract of Mucuna pruriens for its gross toxicities and antitussive activity. Anti-tussive effect was observed by inducing cough using sulfur dioxide gas and counts the number of cough before and after administration of extract and centrally acting cough suppressant (codeine phosphate given orally. Mucuna pruriens seed extract showed highly significant antitussive effect (**p<0.005 and compare to control and reference drug codeine phosphate and may act on opioid receptor that may located in airway passage and produces inhibitory effect. The results suggest that Mucuna pruriens seed may contains cough protective agent and have potential therapeutic value.

  18. Comparison Antitussive Activity Echinacea and Artemisia in Mice

    A. Esmailirad


    Full Text Available Regarding to some pharmacological effects of Echinacea and Artemisia, the aim of present study was comparison their potential antitussive effect. Four groups of mice were used and received normal saline, dextromethorphan, Echinacea extract and Artemisia extract respectively before cough induction. Cough was induced in a 1000 mL special glass chamber with ammonium hydroxide (1 mL of 5% solution cotton ball. The numbers of cough were counted when mouse was kept for 2 min into the chamber and 5 min out of it. The mean of cough was significantly decreased by dextromethorphan, Echinacea extract and Artemisia extract. But there was no difference between effects of these agents statistically.

  19. Antitussive Medicinal Herbs - An Update Review

    G. R. Saraswathy


    Full Text Available The cough is a protective reflex mechanism that removes foreign material and secretions from the bronchi and bronchioles of the airways; it is inappropriately stimulated in various situations like inflammation of the respiratory tract or neoplasia. In these cases, cough has a pathological character and it is necessary sometimes to use cough-suppressant drugs. The most frequently used antitussive drugs in clinical conditions produce adverse effects like depression of the respiratory centre, decreased secretion in the bronchioles and inhibition of ciliary activity, increased sputum viscosity, decreased expectoration, hypotension and constipation acts as limitation to the therapy. Use of herbal drugs is increasing all over the world for various ailments including antitussive activity as they are safe and devoid of adverse effects. Medicinal plants are an important source for the discovery of novel bioactive compounds, which have served and continue to serve as lead molecules for the development of new drugs. Thus this review may provide an insight into herbs possessing antitussive activity.

  20. Antitussive activity of Vasa Avaleha formulations on sulfur dioxide-induced coughing in mice

    Ankit M Paneliya


    Full Text Available Objective: Vasa Avaleha is a well-known Ayurvedic compound formulation, known for its usefulness in respiratory disorders like cough, cold, bronchitis, bronchial asthma, etc. Though Adhatoda vasica individually studied for antitussive activity in animals, no scientific evidence was available for Vasa Avaleha. This prompted us to initiate a comparative antitussive activity of Vasa Avaleha and granules of Vasa Avaleha in sulfur dioxide-induced coughing in mice. Materials and Methods: The test drugs were prepared as per classical guidelines and standards in the Departmental Laboratory of the Institute. The test drugs were administered orally at a dose of 1.56 g/kg and tested against sulfur dioxide-induced coughing in mice for 5 min. Results : Vasa Avaleha significantly (P < 0.001 inhibited the sulfur dioxide-induced cough reflexes in mice compared to control group. The effect was comparable to the standard drug Recodex, which contain codeine phosphate and chlorpheniramine maleate. Granules of Vasa Avaleha also produced significant (P < 0.001 decrease in cough reflexes compared to control group. The magnitude of the antitussive effect was more pronounced and significant in Vasa Avaleha treated group in comparison to granules of Vasa Avaleha. Conclusions: From the present study, it is concluded that Vasa Avaleha and granules of Vasa Avaleha may prove as useful and an effective antitussive agent which provides experimental evidence in support of the Ayurvedic ancient claim. Further, Avaleha form of test formulation can be converted to granule form and further evaluated in clinical studies for better human therapeutic uses.

  1. Antitussive activity of iodo-resiniferatoxin in guinea pigs

    Trevisani, M; Milan, A; Gatti, R; Zanasi, A; Harrison, S; Fontana, G; Morice, A; Geppetti, P


    Background: Iodo-resiniferatoxin (I-RTX) has recently been described as an ultra potent antagonist of the transient receptor potential vanilloid-1 (TRPV1). Methods: The ability of I-RTX to inhibit cough induced by inhalation of two putative TRPV1 stimulants (capsaicin and citric acid) was tested in non-anaesthetised guinea pigs. Results: Pretreatment with I-RTX either intraperitoneally (0.03–0.3 µmol/kg) or by aerosol (0.1–3 µM) reduced the number of coughs produced by inhalation of citric acid (0.25 M) and capsaicin (30 µM) in a dose dependent manner. Capsazepine (CPZ) also reduced citric acid and capsaicin induced cough, but the activity of I-RTX was 10–100 times more potent than CPZ in all the experimental conditions tested. Conclusions: I-RTX is a novel and potent antitussive drug which inhibits cough mediated by agents possibly acting via TRPV1 activation. PMID:15333853

  2. Evaluation of antitussive activity of formulations with herbal extracts in sulphur dioxide (SO2) induced cough model in mice.

    Gupta, Y K; Katyal, Jatinder; Kumar, Gajendra; Mehla, Jogender; Katiyar, C K; Sharma, Naveen; Yadav, Satpal


    Cough is the most common symptom of respiratory diseases. When cough becomes serious, opioids are effective, but they have side effects like sedation, constipation, some addiction liability and also compromise the respiratory function. Therefore, there is need to have effective anti-tussive agent which do not have respiratory suppressant activity. The present study was carried out to evaluate anti-tussive activity of combination of herbal drugs as formulations in sulphur dioxide (SO2)-induced cough model in mice. Albino mice of either sex, weighing 25-30 g were divided into eight groups, (n = 6). Group 1 served as normal control, group 2 mice were given distilled water, group 3 was positive control and received codeine sulphate (10 mg/kg, p.o.) and group 4, 5, 6, 7 received coded 1 formulations 1, 2, 3 and 4 respectively at a dose of 0.3 ml/mice, orally, while group VIII was the vehicle control. Thirty minutes later, the mice were exposed to sulphur dioxide again for 45 sec. The mice were then placed in an observation chamber for counting of cough bouts, by two independent observers, for five minutes. All the formulations used showed significant antitussive activity in sulphur dioxide induced cough model. Thus, these formulations can prove to be useful for alleviating cough. PMID:19810578


    Patel Hirenjal


    Full Text Available Cough is the most common symptom of respiratory diseases. When cough becomes serious, opioid drugs are effective, but they have side effects like sedation, delirium, constipation etc.. Therefore, there is a need to search out effective anti-tussive agents that are free from previously mentioned side effects. The present study was carried out to evaluate acute oral toxicity study and anti-tussive activity of Vasu Cough Syrup in sulphur dioxide (SO2-induced cough model in mice. Albino mice of either sex, weighing 25-30 g were divided into four groups (n = 6. Group I served as Disease control, Group II received standard drug i.e. Codeine phosphate (10 mg/kg, p.o., group III to IV were given Vasu Cough Syrup 0.25mL/kg and 0.5mL/kg body wt. p.o., dose. After 30 minutes, the mice were exposed to Sulphur dioxide for 30 sec. The mice were then placed in an observation chamber for counting of cough bouts for five minutes. Vasu Cough Syrup showed 63.91% and 70.64% inhibition in frequency of cough at 0.25mL/kg and 0.5mL/kg dose level respectively. It proves significant anti-tussive activity of Vasu Cough Syrup in Sulphur dioxide induced cough model. Thus, Vasu Cough Syrup can be useful as an alternative medicine for cough.

  4. 21 CFR 341.74 - Labeling of antitussive drug products.


    ... product as a “cough suppressant” or an “antitussive (cough suppressant).” (b) Indications. The labeling of... cough suppressant for the temporary” (select one of the following: “alleviation,” “control,” “decrease... of the signal words (“extremely flammable,” “flammable,” “combustible”) as described in 16 CFR...

  5. 21 CFR 341.14 - Antitussive active ingredients.


    ... and 21 CFR 1308.15(c). (i) Codeine. (ii) Codeine phosphate. (iii) Codeine sulfate. (3...) DRUGS FOR HUMAN USE COLD, COUGH, ALLERGY, BRONCHODILATOR, AND ANTIASTHMATIC DRUG PRODUCTS FOR OVER-THE... established for each ingredient in § 341.74(d): (a) Oral antitussives. (1) Chlophedianol hydrochloride....

  6. Antitussive activity and respiratory system effects of levodropropizine in man.

    Bossi, R; Braga, P C; Centanni, S; Legnani, D; Moavero, N E; Allegra, L


    Antitussive activity of the new antitussive drug, levodropropizine (S(-)-3-(4-phenyl-piperazin-1-yl)-propane-1,2-diol, DF 526), was evaluated in healthy volunteers by the classical method of citric acid-induced coughing. Levodropropizine dose-dependently reduced cough frequency. Maximal inhibition was observed at 6 h after administration. Cough intensity was also reduced, as shown by the analysis of cough noise. Levodropropizine, at the dosage of 60 mg t.i.d., had no adverse effects on respiratory function nor on airway clearance mechanisms: in fact, it did not affect spirometric parameters. Levodropropizine had no effects on the rheological properties of mucus nor on ciliary activity of airway epithelium. PMID:3196411

  7. Antitussive, expectorant activity of Marsilea minuta L., an Indian vegetable

    Raja Chakraborty


    Full Text Available Marsilea minuta L., an aquatic or sub-aquatic fern used as a vegetable, has wide applications in traditional/folk medicine in India and Bangladesh. In our study, we evaluated the antitussive, expectorant activity of M. minuta crude extracts. The antitussive activity of M. minuta methanol, ethyl acetate, and petroleum ether extracts was evaluated using ammonia and sulfur dioxide induced mice coughing. The expectorant activity was evaluated by the volume of phenol red in mice′s tracheas. Extracts significantly increased mice′s cough latent period and inhibited the frequency of cough induced by ammonia and sulfur dioxide, and improved tracheal phenol red output in expectorant evaluation. Methanol extract produced the highest activity in all tested models. Methanol extract at 500 mg/kg showed 59.5% and 55.8% inhibition in the number of coughing induced by ammonium liquor and SO 2 , respectively, while it showed 89.3% increase in phenol red secretion at the same dose, which showed superior activity compared to other extracts. The present study provided evidence for M. minuta to be used as an antitussive and expectorant in Indian folk medicine.

  8. Antitussive, expectorant activity of Marsilea minuta L., an Indian vegetable

    Chakraborty, Raja; De, Biplab; Devanna, N.; Sen, Saikat


    Marsilea minuta L., an aquatic or sub-aquatic fern used as a vegetable, has wide applications in traditional/folk medicine in India and Bangladesh. In our study, we evaluated the antitussive, expectorant activity of M. minuta crude extracts. The antitussive activity of M. minuta methanol, ethyl acetate, and petroleum ether extracts was evaluated using ammonia and sulfur dioxide induced mice coughing. The expectorant activity was evaluated by the volume of phenol red in mice's tracheas. Extracts significantly increased mice's cough latent period and inhibited the frequency of cough induced by ammonia and sulfur dioxide, and improved tracheal phenol red output in expectorant evaluation. Methanol extract produced the highest activity in all tested models. Methanol extract at 500 mg/kg showed 59.5% and 55.8% inhibition in the number of coughing induced by ammonium liquor and SO2, respectively, while it showed 89.3% increase in phenol red secretion at the same dose, which showed superior activity compared to other extracts. The present study provided evidence for M. minuta to be used as an antitussive and expectorant in Indian folk medicine. PMID:23662283

  9. Centrally acting non-narcotic antitussives prevent hyperactivity in mice: Involvement of GIRK channels.

    Soeda, Fumio; Fujieda, Yoshiko; Kinoshita, Mizue; Shirasaki, Tetsuya; Takahama, Kazuo


    We have previously reported that centrally acting non-narcotic antitussives inhibited G protein-coupled inwardly rectifying potassium (GIRK) channel-activated currents, and that the antitussives had multiple pharmacological actions on various models of intractable brain diseases in rodents. In this study, the question of whether these antitussives inhibit drug-induced hyperactivity in mice was investigated. Antitussives, such as cloperastine and tipepidine, at cough suppressant doses, inhibited an increase in ambulation of mice neonatally treated with 6-hydroxydopamine. In addition, all antitussives studied inhibited an increase in methamphetamine-induced hyperactivity in mice. Methylphenidate, which is used for treatment of ADHD, inhibited 6-hydroxydopamine-lesion-induced, but not methamphetamine-induced, hyperactivity in mice. By the rota-rod test, the drugs had little effect on motor coordination of the hyperactive mice. Significant correlation was found between the ameliorating effects of antitussives on methamphetamine-induced hyperactivity and their inhibitory actions on GIRK channel currents (coefficient factor, 0.998). Furthermore, tertiapin, a GIRK channel blocker, prevented an increase in methamphetamine-induced hyperactivity of mice. These results demonstrated that antitussive drugs (cloperastine, tipepidine and caramiphen) possessing inhibitory action on GIRK channels inhibit drug-induced hyperactivity in mice, suggesting that such antitussives may potentially be therapeutic for patients with ADHD. PMID:26892760

  10. Comprehensive evidence-based review on European antitussives.

    Morice, Alyn; Kardos, Peter


    Acute cough caused by viral respiratory tract infections is probably the most common illness to afflict mankind. Despite the widespread but ineffective prescribing of antibiotics, there is no specific therapy. Home remedies and over-the-counter medicines are the mainstay for treatment of this short-lived but debilitating condition where cough is a major troublesome symptom. Across Europe, there are large variations in the recommendations made by healthcare professionals for the treatment of acute cough. This has arisen through custom and practice based on the evidence of historical studies performed to standards well short of what would be considered legitimate today. Acute cough is particularly difficult to study in a controlled setting because of the high rate of spontaneous remission and a large placebo effect. Here we detail the validated modern methodology used to assess the efficacy of antitussives and review the drugs commonly used in Europe against these standards. PMID:27547407


    Nuzhat Sultana; Rafeeq Alam Khan; Iqbal Azhar


    The aim of the current study is to evaluation of plant seed extract of Mucuna pruriens for its gross toxicities and antitussive activity. Anti-tussive effect was observed by inducing cough using sulfur dioxide gas and counts the number of cough before and after administration of extract and centrally acting cough suppressant (codeine phosphate) given orally. Mucuna pruriens seed extract showed highly significant antitussive effect (**p

  12. Antitussive effect of naringin on experimentally induced cough in Guinea pigs.

    Gao, Sen; Li, Peibo; Yang, Hongliang; Fang, Siqi; Su, Weiwei


    The mechanism of action of naringin has been investigated in different models of experimentally induced cough in guinea pigs. In contrast to codeine phosphate (6 mg/kg, intravenous administration [i. v.]), naringin (15, 30, and 60 mg/kg, i. v.) had no central antitussive effect on cough elicited by electrical stimulation of the superior laryngeal nerve. Naringin (0.5, 1.0, and 2.0 µmol) could not prevent the cough reflex induced by stimulation of the trachea after intracerebroventricular injection (i. c. v.), while codeine phosphate (0.5 µmol) was highly effective. Further characterizing the peripheral mechanism of naringin, we found that its effect (50 mg/kg, i. v.) was not affected by the depletion of sensory neuropeptides, whereas levodropropizine (10 mg/kg, i. v.) lost its capacity to prevent cough in the capsaicin-desensitized guinea pig. Furthermore, pretreatment with glibenclamide (10 mg/kg, intraperitoneal [i. p.]) significantly reduced the antitussive effect of pinacidil (5 mg/kg, subcutaneous [s. c.]), but could not antagonize the antitussive effect of naringin (30 mg/kg, s. c.). Our present results suggest that naringin is not a central antitussive drug. And naringin does not exert its peripheral antitussive effect through either the sensory neuropeptides system or the modulation of ATP-sensitive K (+) channels. PMID:20645246

  13. A comparative study of the antitussive activity of levodropropizine and dropropizine in the citric acid-induced cough model in normal subjects.

    Fumagalli, G; Cordaro, C I; Vanasia, M; Balzarotti, C; Camusso, L; Caiazzo, G; Maghini, L; Mazzocchi, M; Zennaro, M


    Levodropropizine is the levo-rotatory (S)-enantiomer of dropropizine, a racemic non-opiate antitussive agent which has been used clinically for many years. Compared with the racemic drug, levodropropizine exhibits in animal models similar antitussive activity but considerably lower central nervous system (CNS) depressant effects. It is also less likely to cause sedation in treated patients. Since the comparative antitussive potency of the two drugs in clinical experimental models has not been evaluated, the authors performed a randomized, double blind, cross over investigation in which the effects of single oral doses (60 and 90 mg) of levodropropizine and dropropizine were assessed by using the citric acid-induced cough model in eight normal volunteers. Stimulation tests involved inhalation of individual cumulative doses of citric acid (6.3 to 53.3 mg) which at pre-study assessment had been found to induce reproducibly at least ten coughs over a 30 sec period. Each subject was studied by repeating the citric acid stimulation test four times (0 h, 1 h, 2 h and 6 h) on each of five different days separated by intervals of at least three days. In the absence of drug administration (control session), cough response to citric inhalation was remarkably reproducible throughout the 6 h period of observation. A marked and statistically significant reduction in cough response (to about one third--one sixth of the pre-drug values) was observed 1 h after intake for both compounds. At subsequent testing 2 h and 6 h after dosing, cough response was still depressed and did not differ significantly from that observed at 1 h.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:1295724

  14. Expectorant and Antitussive Effect of Hedera helix and Rhizoma coptidis Extracts Mixture

    Song, Kee Jae; Shin, Young-June; Lee, Kang Ro; Lee, Eun Jung; Suh, Yun Suk; Kim, Kyung-Su


    Purpose This study aims to investigate the additive effect of the Hedera helix (HH) and Rhizoma coptidis (RC) extracts mixture on antitussive and expectorant activities in animals. Materials and Methods The expectorant assay was performed with phenol red secretion in mice trachea. Mice or guinea pigs were randomly divided into groups of 8 each, including negative and positive control groups. After gastric administration of the test extracts in mice, 2.5% phenol red solution (0.2 mL) was intra...

  15. Identification of some benproperine metabolites in humans and investigation of their antitussive effect

    Yan LI; Da-fang ZHONG; Si-wei CHEN; Isamu MAEBA


    Aim: To identify 4 unknown metabolites of benproperine (BPP, 1) in human urine after a po dose, and to investigate the antitussive effect of monohydroxylate metabolites. Methods: The putative metabolite references were prepared using chemical synthesis. Their structures were identified using 1H and 13C nuclear magnetic resonance, and mass spectrometry. The metabolites in human urine were separated and assayed using liquid chromatography-ion trap mass spectrometry (LC/MS/MS), and further confirmed by comparison of their mass spectra and chromatographic retention times with those of synthesized reference substances. The antitussive effects of metabolites were evaluated on coughs induced by 7.5% citric acid in conscious guinea pigs. Results: 1-[1-Methyl-2-[2-(phenylmethyl)phenoxy] -ethyl] -4-piperidinol (2), 1- [ 1-methyl-2- [2-(phenylmethyl)phenoxy] ethyl]-3-piperidinol (3) and their glucuronides 4 and 5 were obtained from chemical synthesis. Four urinary metabolites in human urine showed peaks with the same chromatographic retention times and mass spectra in LC/MS/MS as synthetic substances 2, 3, 4 and 5. Phosphates of compounds 2 and 3 prolonged the latency of cough and reduced the number of coughs during the 3 min test using citric acid, but did not reduce the number of coughs during the 5 min immediately after the test in conscious guinea pigs. Conclusion: Compounds 2, 3, 4,and 5 were identified as the metabolites of BPP in human urine. Among them,compounds 2 and 3 are inactive in the antitussive effect.

  16. The antitussive effect of dextromethorphan in relation to CYP2D6 activity

    Abdul Manap, R; Wright, C E; Gregory, A; Rostami-Hodjegan, A; Meller, S T; Kelm, G R; Lennard, M S; Tucker, G T; Morice, A H


    Aims To test the hypothesis that inhibition of cytochrome P450 2D6 (CYP2D6) by quinidine increases the antitussive effect of dextromethorphan (DEX) in an induced cough model. Methods Twenty-two healthy extensive metaboliser phenotypes for CYP2D6 were studied according to a double-blind, randomised cross-over design after administration of: (1) Placebo antitussive preceded at 1 h by placebo inhibitor; (2) 30 mg oral DEX preceded at 1 h by placebo inhibitor (DEX30); (3) 60 mg oral DEX preceded at 1 h by placebo inhibitor (DEX60); (4) 30 mg oral DEX preceded at 1 h by 50 mg oral quinidine sulphate (QDEX30). Cough frequency following inhalation of 10% citric acid was measured at baseline and at intervals up to 12 h. Plasma concentrations of DEX and its metabolites were measured up to 96 h by h.p.l.c. Results Inhibition of CYP2D6 by quinidine caused a significant increase in the mean ratio of DEX to dextrorphan (DEX:DOR) plasma AUC(96) (0.04 vs 1.81, P < 0.001). The mean (±s.d.) decrements in cough frequency below baseline over 12 h (AUEC) were: 8% (11), 17% (14.5), 25% (16.2) and 25% (16.9) for placebo, DEX30, DEX60 and QDEX30 treatments, respectively. Statistically significant differences in antitussive effect were detected for the contrasts between DEX60/placebo (P < 0.001; 95% CI of difference +80, +327) and QDEX30/placebo (P < 0.001, +88, +336), but not for DEX30/placebo, DEX30/DEX60 or DEX30/QDEX30 (P = 0.071, −7, +241; P = 0.254, −37, +211; P = 0.187, −29, +219, respectively). Conclusions A significant antitussive effect was demonstrated after 60 mg dextromethorphan and 30 mg dextromethorphan preceded by 50 mg quinidine using an induced cough model. However, although the study was powered to detect a 10% difference in cough response, the observed differences for other contrasts were less than 10%, such that it was possible only to imply a dose effect (30 vs 60 mg) in the antitussive activity of DEX and enhancement of this effect by CYP2D6 inhibition. PMID

  17. Antidepressant-like effect of centrally acting non-narcotic antitussive caramiphen in a forced swimming test.

    Kawaura, Kazuaki; Miki, Risa; Shima, Eriko; Honda, Sokichi; Soeda, Fumio; Shirasaki, Tetsuya; Takahama, Kazuo


    Recently, we reported that a centrally acting non-narcotic antitussive (cough suppressant drug), tipepidine produces an antidepressant-like effect in the forced swimming test in rats. Because pharmacological properties of tipepidine apparently differ from those of typical antidepressants developed to date, we speculated that caramiphen, another centrally acting antitussive, has an antidepressant-like effect. That effect of caramiphen was studied in rats using the forced swimming test. Caramiphen at 20 and 40mg/kg i.p. significantly reduced immobility. At 40mg/kg i.p., it increased climbing behavior. Even at 40mg/kg, this drug had no effect on locomotor activity. Results suggest that a centrally acting antitussive possessing inhibition of GIRK channels has an antidepressant-like effect. PMID:20621160

  18. Morphological transformation of an established Syrian hamster dermal cell with the anti-tussive agent noscapine.

    Porter, R; Parry, E M; Parry, J M


    Following exposure to the alkaloid noscapine hydrochloride over a concentration range of 10-120 micrograms/ml immortal cultures of Syrian hamster dermal fibroblasts were shown to undergo morphological transformation. The resultant transformed foci produced cultures which were anchorage independent as confirmed by soft agar tests. Karyotype analysis of a noscapine transformed colony demonstrated an increase in chromosome number compared to the immortal culture and the non-random duplication of a translocated chromosome 9 previously identified in the immortal culture. These data indicate that noscapine, which has previously been shown to be a spindle inhibitor and inducer of polyploidy in cultured cells, is capable of inducing in vitro cell transformation. Such data indicate a carcinogenic potential for this widely used cough suppressant. PMID:1602976

  19. Clinical trials with the new antitussive levodropropizine in adult bronchitic patients.

    Allegra, L; Bossi, R


    The results of 6 clinical trials involving a total of 174 patients are reported. Levodropropizine (S(-)-3-(4-phenyl-piperazin-1-yl)-propane-1,2-diol, DF 526) was compared in double-blind manner with placebo, morclofone and cloperastine. The antitussive activity and therapeutic efficacy of the drug were shown to be greater than those of placebo and morclofone and similar to those of cloperastine. Levodropropizine was effective in about 80% of patients; in responders, cough frequency was reduced by an average of 33-51%. Levodropropizine was generally well tolerated and mild side-effects were reported for only 3% of patients. PMID:3058135

  20. Antitussive profile of the NOP agonist Ro-64-6198 in the guinea pig.

    McLeod, Robbie L; Jia, Yanlin; Fernandez, Xiomara; Parra, Leonard E; Wang, Xin; Tulshian, Deen B; Kiselgof, Eugenia J; Tan, Zheng; Fawzi, Ahmad B; Smith-Torhan, April; Zhang, Hongtao; Hey, John A


    We have previously shown that N/OFQ, the endogenous peptide ligand for the 'opioid-like' NOP receptor, inhibits cough in guinea pigs and cats. In the present study we sought to continue our characterization of the cough-suppressant effects of NOP stimulation by profiling the pulmonary and antitussive effects of a novel non-peptide NOP agonist, Ro-64-6198, in guinea pigs. In receptor-binding assays, we confirmed that Ro-64-6198 selectively binds to NOP receptors over other opioid receptors. The Ki values for Ro-64-6198 at NOP, MOP, KOP and DOP receptors was 0.3, 36, 214 and 3,787 nmol/l, respectively. In GTPgammaS-binding assays, Ro-64-6198 displayed >900-fold functional selectivity at NOP relative to MOP receptors. We evaluated the effects of Ro-64-6198 (3 and 10 micromol/l) in isolated guinea pig nodose ganglia cells on the increases in intracellular Ca2+ concentration evoked by capsaicin stimulation (1 x 10(-8)-1 x 10(-6) mol/l). Similar to previously reported data with N/OFQ, Ro-64-6198 (3 and 10 micromol/l) significantly attenuated Ca2+ responses in nodose ganglia cells produced by exposure to capsaicin. The effect of Ro-64-6198 (3 micromol/l) on capsaicin-induced intracellular Ca2+ responses was blocked by the NOP antagonist, J113397 (3 micromol/l). In guinea pig in vivo studies, aerosolized capsaicin (10-300 micromol/l) produced a dose-dependent increase in cough number. Ro-64-6198 given i.p. significantly inhibited cough due to capsaicin (300 micromol/l) exposure. In a duration study we found that the maximum antitussive effect (42 +/- 8% inhibition) of Ro-64-6198 (3 mg/kg) was observed at 1 h after i.p. administration. Also at 1 h after administration, Ro-64-6198 (0.003-3.0 mg/kg, i.p.) produced a dose-dependent inhibition of cough. The antitussive effect of Ro-64-6198 (3 mg/kg, i.p.) was blocked by J113397 (12 mg/kg, i.p.) but not by the classical opioid antagonist naltrexone (10 mg/kg, i.p.). Although the antitussive action of Ro-64-6198 may be mediated

  1. Eficácia antitussígena de duas formulações fitoterápicas Antitussive efficacy of two phytotherapics formulations

    F.B. Mello


    Full Text Available Avaliaram-se os efeitos antitussígenos-expectorantes de duas formulações fitoterápicas utilizando-se três modelos biológicos diferentes. Foram utilizados ratos Wistar no modelo da secreção das vias aéreas, cobaias no modelo de tosse induzido por ácido cítrico e codornas japonesas na determinação da velocidade de transporte mucociliar. Os animais foram distribuídos em grupos e tratados por via oral com as formulações, com doses equivalentes a 10 vezes a terapêutica recomendada, O grupo-controle negativo de cada espécie foi tratado com solução fisiológica, O grupo-controle positivo no modelo de tosse induzida pelo ácido cítrico foi tratado com morfina,, por via subcutânea. No modelo em que foram utilizados ratos e codornas, o grupo-controle positivo recebeu erdosteína por via oral, Os resultados mostraram que as duas formulações fitoterápicas foram eficazes no reflexo da tosse em cobaias, causando 36,4% e 27,3%, respectivamente, de redução. Nos modelos de secreção das vias aéreas e determinação da velocidade de transporte mucociliar, ambas as formulações não apresentaram eficácia significativa.The antitussive-expectorant effects of two phytotherapic formulations available in the Brazilian market were evaluated using three different biological models. Each phytotherapic formulation, with different composition, had the same batch number and fabrication date. The trade names of the phytotherapics were: Gripalplus Solução® and Melagrião®. Wistar rats were used in the airway secretion model, guinea pigs in the citric acid-induced cough model and japanese quails in the mucociliary transport rate determination. The animals (one group/formulation were divided in the two phytotherapic groups and orally treated with the equivalent to ten told the therapeutic recommended dose, which was Animals of negative control group of each specie were orally treated with 10ml

  2. Assessment of antitussive efficacy of dextromethorphan in smoking related cough: objective vs. subjective measures

    Ramsay, James; Wright, Caroline; Thompson, Rachel; Hull, David; Morice, Alyn H


    AIMS Using an established model of smokers cough we measured the antitussive effects of dextromethorphan compared with placebo. METHODS The study was a randomized, double-blind placebo controlled, crossover comparison of 22 mg 0.8 ml−1 dextromethorphan delivered pregastrically with matched placebo. Objective and subjective measurements of cough were recorded. Subjective measures included a daily diary record of cough symptoms and the Leicester quality of life questionnaire. Cough frequency was recorded using a manual cough counter. The objective measure of cough reflex sensitivity was the citric acid, dose–response cough challenge. RESULTS Dextromethorphan was significantly associated with an increase in the concentration of citric acid eliciting an average of two coughs/inhalation (C2) when compared with placebo, 1 h post dose by 0.49 mM (95% CI 0.05, 0.45, geometric mean 3.09) compared with placebo 0.24 mM (geometric mean 1.74) P , 0.43, geometric mean 3.75) compared with placebo 0.34 mM (geometric mean 2.19) P < 0.05). There was a highly significant improvement in the subjective data when compared with baseline. However, there was no significant difference between placebo and active treatment. No correlation was seen between cough sensitivity to citric acid and recorded cough counts or symptoms. When both subjective and objective data were compared with screening data there was evidence of a marked ‘placebo’ effect. CONCLUSIONS The objective measure of cough sensitivity demonstrates dextromethorphan effectively diminishes the cough reflex sensitivity. However, subjective measures do not support this. Other studies support these findings, which may represent a profound sensitivity of the cough reflex to higher influences. WHAT IS ALREADY KNOWN ABOUT THIS SUBJECT Dextromethorphan is widely used as a cough suppressant in over the counter medications. Its efficacy in altering cough reflex sensitivity has been shown in healthy volunteers. In contrast evidence

  3. The role of trigeminal nasal TRPM8-expressing afferent neurons in the antitussive effects of menthol.

    Plevkova, J; Kollarik, M; Poliacek, I; Brozmanova, M; Surdenikova, L; Tatar, M; Mori, N; Canning, B J


    The cold-sensitive cation channel TRPM8 is a target for menthol, which is used routinely as a cough suppressant and as an additive to tobacco and food products. Given that cold temperatures and menthol activate neurons through gating of TRPM8, it is unclear how menthol actively suppresses cough. In this study we describe the antitussive effects of (-)-menthol in conscious and anesthetized guinea pigs. In anesthetized guinea pigs, cough evoked by citric acid applied topically to the tracheal mucosa was suppressed by menthol only when it was selectively administered as vapors to the upper airways. Menthol applied topically to the tracheal mucosa prior to and during citric acid application or administered continuously as vapors or as an aerosol to the lower airways was without effect on cough. These actions of upper airway menthol treatment were mimicked by cold air delivered to the upper airways but not by (+)-menthol, the inactive isomer of menthol, or by the TRPM8/TRPA1 agonist icilin administered directly to the trachea. Subsequent molecular analyses confirmed the expression of TRPM8 in a subset of nasal trigeminal afferent neurons that do not coincidently express TRPA1 or TRPV1. We conclude that menthol suppresses cough evoked in the lower airways primarily through a reflex initiated from the nose. PMID:23640596

  4. Evaluation of Antitussive activity of Polyherbomineral formulation on cough reflex induced by different cough induced models in mice

    Gupta Reena


    Full Text Available Now day scientists focus the research to develop the novel cough suppressant therapies of herbomineral formulation because in respiratory disease cough is an important defensive pulmonary reflex. It removes fluids, irritants, or foreign substances. When cough becomes non-productive and require suppression and opioid receptor agonists which do not have respiratory suppressant activity but opoids produce side effects such as sedation, addiction potential and constipation, and also compromise the respiratory function. The present study was carried out to evaluate the antitussive activity of polyherbomineral formulation on cough reflex induced by different cough induced models in mice. Healthy albino mice of either sex, weighing 25-30 g were divided into seven groups, (n = 6. Group I considered as control, Group II and III received lab prepared herbomineral formulation (LPHF (250 and 500 mg/kg, p.o., Group VI and VII treated with marketed formulation (MF (250 and 500 mg/kg, p.o., Group IV and V were positive control and treated with standard (10 and 20 mg/kg, p.o. at a dose of 0.3 ml/mice, orally. Antitussive activity of LPHF and MF were studied by sulphur dioxide gas and Ammonium liquor induced cough in mice. All the formulations used showed significant antitussive activity in sulphur dioxide induced cough model. Thus, these formulations can prove to be useful for alleviating cough. Therefore, the poly herbomineral formulation contains a major piperine active constituent which induces a cough suppressant pharmacological effect and represents an attractive approach in phytotherapeutic managements.

  5. Antitussive Activity of the Water-Extracted Carbohydrate Polymer from Terminalia chebula on Citric Acid-Induced Cough

    Chatterjee, Udipta Ranjan; Majee, Sujay Kumar; Ray, Bimalendu


    Terminalia chebula, a medicinal plant, is widely used in the management of various diseases. As the water extract of its dried ripe fruit is a frequently used preparation, we decided to look for bioactive polysaccharide in this extract. We demonstrate that the obtained polysaccharide fraction, CP, contained a highly branched arabinogalactan protein having a (1 → 3)-, (1 → 6)- and (1 → 3, 6)-linked β-D-Galp together with (1 → 5)- and (1 → 3)-linked α-L-Araf and nonreducing end units of α-L-Araf. This polymer possesses strong antitussive property. Our results showed that the number of citric acid-induced cough efforts decreased significantly after the oral application of polysaccharide fraction in a dose of 50 mg kg−1 body weight. Its antitussive efficacy was higher than cough suppressive effect of standard drug codeine. Therefore, traditional aqueous extraction method provides a major polysaccharide, which induces a pharmacological effect: this could represent an attractive approach in phytotherapeutic managements. PMID:23878602

  6. Antitussive Activity of Pseudostellaria heterophylla (Miq. Pax Extracts and Improvement in Lung Function via Adjustment of Multi-Cytokine Levels

    Juan Hu


    Full Text Available Pseudostellaria heterophylla (Miq. Pax is one of the most widespread herbal and healthcare products in China. Extensive clinical use has shown that it has functions which “strengthens qi and generates saliva, moistens the lung and relieves cough”. The ethyl acetate fraction extracted from the roots of the plant Pseudostellaria heterophylla exhibited a dose-dependent antitussive effect between 100 to 500 mg/kg. At a dose of 400 mg/kg, the ethyl acetate fraction treatment markedly prolonged the cough latent period and reduced the number of coughs in a guinea pig model induced by citric acid. Fall lung airway resistance, rise in dynamic lung compliance, decreased serum levels of IL-8, GM-CSF, TNF-α, and ET-1 in rat model of stable phase chronic obstructive pulmonary disease induced by cigarette smoke exposure were also observed. These results suggest that ethyl acetate fraction has antitussive activity related to its improvement in lung function via attenuation of airway inflammation by adjustment of multi-cytokine levels.

  7. Antitussive Activity of the Water-Extracted Carbohydrate Polymer from Terminalia chebula on Citric Acid-Induced Cough

    Gabriela Nosalova


    Full Text Available Terminalia chebula, a medicinal plant, is widely used in the management of various diseases. As the water extract of its dried ripe fruit is a frequently used preparation, we decided to look for bioactive polysaccharide in this extract. We demonstrate that the obtained polysaccharide fraction, CP, contained a highly branched arabinogalactan protein having a 1→3-, 1→6- and 1→3,6-linked β-D-Galp together with 1→5- and 1→3-linked α-L-Araf and nonreducing end units of α-L-Araf. This polymer possesses strong antitussive property. Our results showed that the number of citric acid-induced cough efforts decreased significantly after the oral application of polysaccharide fraction in a dose of 50 mg kg−1 body weight. Its antitussive efficacy was higher than cough suppressive effect of standard drug codeine. Therefore, traditional aqueous extraction method provides a major polysaccharide, which induces a pharmacological effect: this could represent an attractive approach in phytotherapeutic managements.

  8. Studies on the anti-asthmatic and antitussive properties of aqueous leaf extract of Bryophyllum pinnatum in rodent species

    Edward O Salami; Raymond I Ozolua; Stephen O Okpo; Gerald I Eze; Dickson O Uwaya


    Objective: To evaluate the antiasthmatic and antitussive properties of the aqueous leaf extract of Bryophyllum pinnatum (B. pinnatum) (BP) Lam. Methods: Ovalbumin-sensitized guinea pigs which were treated with BP for 21 consecutive days were exposed to 0.2% histamine aerosol in a glass chamber. Mucus viscosity, white blood cell and lymphocyte counts and tracheal wall morphometry were measured. Bouts of cough were counted pre and post acute exposure of extract-treated (×7 d) guinea pigs to 7.5% citric acid aerosol in a chamber. Phenol red expectoration was estimated in mice after 7 d of daily administration of BP. Results: Doses of 200 and 400 mg/kg/day (×21 d) BP significantly increased the time for guinea pigs to experience preconvulsive dyspnoea. BP and salbutamol (0.5 mg/kg/day × 21 d) reduced mucus viscosity in the sensitized group to values comparable with controls. White blood cell, lymphocyte counts and tracheal morphometry were not significantly altered. Both doses of BP also significantly reduced the bouts of cough but only 400 mg/kg/day significantly inhibited the amount of phenol red secreted. Conclusions: BP has demonstrated antiasthmatic and antitussive properties in these rodent models. These properties may underscore its use in Nigerian ethnomedicine.

  9. Anti-tussive, muco-suppressant and expectorant properties, and the safety profile of a hydro-ethanolic extract of Scoparia dulcis

    George A. Koffuor


    Conclusion: The results showed that S. dulcis extract has anti-tussive, muco-suppressant and, expectorant and/or mucolytic properties; making it a possible remedy for asthma, and obstructive pulmonary disease. [Int J Basic Clin Pharmacol 2014; 3(3.000: 447-453

  10. Antitussive, expectorant and analgesic effects of the ethanol seed extract of Picralima nitida (Stapf) Th. & H. Durand

    Dapaah, Gabriel; Koffuor, George Asumeng; Mante, Priscilla Kolibea; Ben, Inemesit Okon


    Picralima nitida is used traditionally for management of cough. This study, therefore, investigated the antitussive, expectorant, and analgesic properties of the ethanolic seed extract of Picralima nitida (PNE), and ascertained its safety for use. Presence of secondary metabolites, and safety of PNE (10-2000 mg/kg) were evaluated by preliminary phytochemical screening, and by Irwin's test respectively. Percentage reduction in cough count, percentage increase in latency of cough, and percentage protection offered by PNE were established by the citric acid-induced cough, acetylcholine- and Histamine-induced bronchoconstriction models. Dunkin-Hartley guinea pigs were treated with 100-500 mg/kg PNE or reference drugs, dihydrocodiene, atropine, mepyramine. Expectorant property of PNE (100-1000 mg/kg) was determined using the tracheal phenol red secretion; with ammonium chloride as a reference medication. Percentage maximal possible analgesic effect in the tail immersion test and the total nociceptive score in acetic acid-induced abdominal writhes, after treatment of BALB/c mice with PNE (100-500 mg/kg), diclofenac, and morphine were also estimated. Phytochemical screening revealed the presence of tannins, alkaloids, glycosides, saponins, steroids, terpenoids and anthraquinones. PNEdid not cause any extract-related physical, pharmacological and CNS toxicities or mortality; sedation was observed at doses 1000-2000 mg/kg. It showed significant dose-dependent reduction in cough count, and increased cough latency. PNE (1000 mg/kg) enhanced tracheal phenol red secretion. PNE (100–500 mg/kg) significantly and dose dependently increased tail withdrawal latencies, and nociceptive score. PNE has antitussive, expectorant, and analgesic properties, with an LD50>2000 mg/kg. PMID:27168749

  11. Antitussive, expectorant and analgesic effects of the ethanol seed extract of Picralima nitida (Stapf) Th. & H. Durand.

    Dapaah, Gabriel; Koffuor, George Asumeng; Mante, Priscilla Kolibea; Ben, Inemesit Okon


    Picralima nitida is used traditionally for management of cough. This study, therefore, investigated the antitussive, expectorant, and analgesic properties of the ethanolic seed extract of Picralima nitida (PNE), and ascertained its safety for use. Presence of secondary metabolites, and safety of PNE (10-2000 mg/kg) were evaluated by preliminary phytochemical screening, and by Irwin's test respectively. Percentage reduction in cough count, percentage increase in latency of cough, and percentage protection offered by PNE were established by the citric acid-induced cough, acetylcholine- and Histamine-induced bronchoconstriction models. Dunkin-Hartley guinea pigs were treated with 100-500 mg/kg PNE or reference drugs, dihydrocodiene, atropine, mepyramine. Expectorant property of PNE (100-1000 mg/kg) was determined using the tracheal phenol red secretion; with ammonium chloride as a reference medication. Percentage maximal possible analgesic effect in the tail immersion test and the total nociceptive score in acetic acid-induced abdominal writhes, after treatment of BALB/c mice with PNE (100-500 mg/kg), diclofenac, and morphine were also estimated. Phytochemical screening revealed the presence of tannins, alkaloids, glycosides, saponins, steroids, terpenoids and anthraquinones. PNEdid not cause any extract-related physical, pharmacological and CNS toxicities or mortality; sedation was observed at doses 1000-2000 mg/kg. It showed significant dose-dependent reduction in cough count, and increased cough latency. PNE (1000 mg/kg) enhanced tracheal phenol red secretion. PNE (100-500 mg/kg) significantly and dose dependently increased tail withdrawal latencies, and nociceptive score. PNE has antitussive, expectorant, and analgesic properties, with an LD50>2000 mg/kg. PMID:27168749

  12. Anti-tussive, muco-suppressant and expectorant properties, and the safety profile of a hydro-ethanolic extract of Scoparia dulcis

    George A. Koffuor; Jones Ofori-Amoah; Samuel Kyei; Stephen Antwi; Samuel Abokyi


    Background: Scoparia dulcis is used in Ghanaian folkloric medicine for the management of asthma and its related complications. This study was therefore aimed at evaluating the anti-tussive, muco-suppressant and expectorant properties of hydroethanolic extract of S. dulcis (SDE), and to ascertain its safety for use in asthma and obstructive pulmonary disease management. Methods: The number of coughs induced in guinea pigs using citric acid and the concentration of phenol red secreted in tr...

  13. Antipyretic, Anti-inflammatory and Antitussive Effects of Jinchai Kanggan Capsule%金柴抗感胶囊解热抗炎止咳作用研究

    邬姗; 何开勇; 潘望平; 吕晓君; 邹瑞; 刘赵云


    Objective To investigate the antipyretic, anti-inflammatory and antitussive effects of jinchai kanggan capsules. Methods The antipyretic, anti-inflammatory and antitussive activities of the preparation were observed in the yeast induced fever in rats, croton oil induced auricular edema in mice, and aqua ammoniae induced cough in mice, respectively. Results The jinchai kanggan capsules reduced body temperature elevation in rats between 3 ~ 6 h, alleviated auricular edema and prolonged cough incubation in mice. Conclusion The jinchai kanggan capsule has antipyretic, anti-inflammatory, and antitussive effects.%目的 观察金柴抗感胶囊的解热抗炎止咳作用.方法 通过大鼠干酵母致发热模型观察金柴抗感胶囊解热作用;通过小鼠巴豆油致耳廓肿胀模型观察金柴抗感胶囊抗炎作用;通过小鼠氨水引咳模型观察金柴抗感胶囊止咳作用.结果 金柴抗感胶囊能显著降低大鼠第3~6小时体温升高值;减轻小鼠耳廓肿胀度;延长小鼠咳嗽潜伏期.结论 金柴抗感胶囊具有解热抗炎止咳作用.

  14. 少毛北前胡水提取物镇咳作用的组效关系%Composition activity relationship for the antitussive effect of Peucedanum harrysmithii var.subglabrum

    梁建娣; 封德梅; 胡芳; 王珍; 梁瑾; 党子龙; 李文; 封士兰


    Objective To investigate the relationship between HPLC fingerprint of the water extract part of Peucedanum harrysmithii var. subglabrum (PHS) and its antitussive action and to characterize the material basis of antitussive effect for its active ingredients. Methods Ethyl acetate, ethanol and water as the extraction solvent were used in turn to extract PHS for preparing the samples of different extract parts. The antitussive experiment of the samples from different extract parts in mice was conducted to compare their different antitussive activity and to establish the correspondent HPLC fingerprint. And the grey relational analysis was used to study the spectrum-effect relationship. Results The water extract part of PHS had better antitussive action. The relationship between the HPLC fingerprint of the water extract part of PHS and its antitussive action was established. And the contribution order of antitussive action was (number of peaks) 10>5>7>1>8>9>2>4>3>6. Conclusion The water extract part of PHS resulting from its chemical compositions together, has strong antitussive action.%目的 研究少毛北前胡(PHS)水提取部位HPLC指纹图谱与其镇咳作用之间的相互关系,表征PHS水提取部位有效成分的镇咳药效物质基础.方法 依次用氯仿、乙酸乙酯、乙醇、水作为提取溶剂提取PHS,制备不同提取部位样品,对这些样品进行小鼠镇咳实验,比较各提取物镇咳活性,并建立相应的HPLC指纹图谱.用灰关联度分析方法研究药效指标与HPLC指纹图谱相关信息之间的关系.结果 PHS水提取部位的镇咳活性最好,建立了PHS水提取部位HPLC指纹图谱各特征峰的镇咳谱效关系,确定各成分对镇咳作用贡献的大小顺序为特征峰编号10>5>7>1>8>9>2>4>3>6.结论 PHS水提取部位具有较强的镇咳作用,是其所有化学成分共同作用的结果.

  15. Effective Part Screening of the Flower of Eriobotrya japonica on Antitussive Activities%枇杷花镇咳活性部位筛选

    梁慧; 陈晓芳; 刘春宇


    目的 探寻枇杷花95%乙醇提取物 (Flower of Eriobotrya japonica,FEJ) 的止咳活性部位.方法 枇杷花醇提物依次用石油醚、氯仿、乙酸乙酯及水层萃取,得4个部位.分别给予小鼠灌胃,采用氨水喷雾法记录小鼠3min咳嗽次数和咳嗽潜伏期.结果 FEJ氯仿萃取部位、乙酸乙酯萃取部位和水层高剂量组明显减少小鼠咳嗽次数和咳嗽潜伏期(P<0.01).结论 FEJ有镇咳作用,其氯仿和乙酸乙酯萃取部位及水层均有显著的镇咳作用,尤其是氯仿和水层高剂量组效果最好.%Objective To study the effective part screening of the ethanol extract from Flower of Eriobotrya japonica(FET) on the antitussive activities for clinical application. Methods The mice were administrated with four factions which were separated with petroleum ether,chloroform,ethyl acetate,water layer from FEJ.Using cough model induced Citric acid,the incubation period of cough time and 5 minutes cough in guinea-pig were recorded from beginning citric spray to presenting cough;With cough model induced ammonia water,the incubation period of cough time and 3 minutes cough in mice were recorded from beginning ammonia spray. Results FEJ extracted with chloroform,ethyl acetate,the high dose of water layer from FEJ significantly reduces the cough of guinea pigs and mice obviously(P<0.01). Conclusion FEJ has antitussive actions on animal experiments.Extracted chloroform,ethyl acetate,water layer from FEJ have significantly antitussive action,especially the antitussive effect is the best in the highest dosage of chloroform and water layer groups.

  16. Avaliação dos efeitos antitussígenos e expectorantes de duas formulações fitoterápicas existentes no mercado brasileiro

    Bastos de Mello, Fernanda; Braga de Mello, Joao Roberto


    Os modelos biológicos de determinação da velocidade de transporte mucociliar em codornas, secreção das vias aéreas em ratos e reflexo da tosse induzido no cobaio foram usados para avaliar os efeitos antitussígenos e expectorantes de duas formulações fitoterápicas. A primeira composta pelo extrato seco de hera (Hedera helix) (Abrilar®), e a segunda de extrato fluido de jucá (Caesalpinea ferrea), agrião (Nasturtium officinale), guaco (Mikania glomerata), cambará (Lantana camara), maracujá (Pass...

  17. Non-opioid antitussives and methadone differentially influence hippocampal long-term potentiation in freely moving rats.

    Krug, M; Matthies, R; Wagner, M; Brödemann, R


    Long-term potentiation (LTP) of monosynaptically evoked field potentials (MEFP) in the dentate gyrus of freely moving rats following tetanization of the perforant pathway was investigated after peripheral application of substances which have been shown to influence NMDA receptor-mediated effects (dextromethorphan, methadone) as well as structurally related substances with similar antitussive effects (codeine, normethadone). The noncompetitive NMDA receptor antagonist MK 801 was also tested for comparison. Whereas under control conditions the field e.p.s.p. (excitatory postsynaptic potential) and the population spike of the MEFP were largely uninfluenced by these substances, different effects were seen after the induction of LTP. MK 801 (0.2 mg/kg i.p.) suppressed the induction of LTP of both the field e.p.s.p. and the population spike. Dextromethorphan (40 mg/kg i.p.) also prevented the potentiation of the field e.p.s.p. and the population spike, thus resembling MK 801 in its effect. Codeine (20 mg/kg i.p.), the levorotatory structural analogue of dextromethorphan had no effect. Methadone and normethadone did not influence the potentiation of the field e.p.s.p. or interfere with the induction of potentiation of the population spike but depressed its maintenance. The results obtained with MK 801 confirm those reported by others. Comparison of the effects of dextromethorphan with those of MK 801, suggests that there is a direct interaction with the NMDA receptor-ionophore complex. The effects of methadone and normethadone appear not to be linked to an interaction with opioid receptors, since naloxone did not influence the suppression of LTP caused by methadone. The possibility of interference with the NMDA receptor-ionophore complex is discussed. PMID:8449228

  18. 止咳中成药的组方特点研究%Study on Prescription Characteristics of Chinese Patent Medicines for Antitussive Effect

    王张; 谭艺; 李雪; 卿玉玲; 秦少容; 黄静; 彭涛; 江道峰; 张艺; 孟宪丽; 赖先荣; 李亚梅; 王箐竹; 吴龙; 陈彦


    This study was aimed to reveal characteristics of functions, main indications and applications of Chinese patent medicines in order to provide references for development of new Chinese patent medicines for antitussive ef-fect. Chinese patent medicines recorded in the Pharmacopoeia of the People's Republic of China and the New Na-tional Chinese Patent Medicines were taken as research subjects. Chinese patent medicines classified in the function and indication with key words of "cough-relieving", "cough-suppressing", "cough" and "chronic cough" were col-lected. Analysis was made on the prescription characteristics, such as functions, main indications and applications. The results showed that there were 684 Chinese patent medicines and 462 terms, which were used for a total of 1533 times. The frequently-used terms are antitussive effect with expectorant, antitussive effect, expectorant, heat-clearing and exterior-releasing, antiasthmatic, wind-expelling and antipyretic, antitussive effect with antiasthmatic, purging lung heat, relieving exterior syndrome and moistening the lungs. All 684 Chinese patent medicines were used 48 ma-jor treatments for a total of 1107 times. The main indications include acute and chronic trachitis / bronchitis, exoge-nous wind-heat type of common cold, exogenous wind-cold type of common cold, cough with abundance of phlegm due to phlegm-heat obstructing the lung, acute upper respiratory tract infection, asthma, acute and chronic pharyngi-tis, lung heat cough, and etc. All 684 Chinese patent medicines used a total of 537 kinds of herbs and chemical medicines, including 441 kinds of herbal medicine, 36 kinds of animal medicine, 25 kinds of mineral medicine and 35 kinds of chemical medicine. The top ten herbs in terms of using frequency are Glycyrrhizae radix et rhizoma, Platycodonis radix, Armeniacae semen amarum, Menthae haplocalycis herba, Citri reticulatae pericarpium, Ephedrae herba, Scutellariae radix, Perilla frutescens (L.) Britt

  19. 百部-紫菀药对不同配比组方的药效作用研究%Effect of Stemona Tuberosa and Aster Tataricus with Different Proportions on Antitussive, Antiasthmatic and Expectorant Activities

    姜登钊; 肖欣戈; 唐进波


    分别采用小鼠呼吸道酚红排泄法,小鼠浓氨水喷雾法,乙酰胆碱-组胺引喘豚鼠平喘实验考察百部、紫菀配伍前后及不同配比的止咳、化痰、平喘药效作用。结果表明配伍能够增强药物的止咳、化痰、平喘药效作用,其中百部-紫菀(1:2)组祛痰作用最强,百部-紫菀(1:1)组止咳、平喘作用最强,而配伍比例对于药对的药效作用也具有重要影响。%In this study, the effects of Stemona tuberosa and Aster tataricus with different proportions on antitussive, antiasthmatic and expectorant activities were observed.The expectorant effects were observed on phenol red expectorant experiment, the antitussive effects were observed on ammonia water-induced cough model of mice and the antiasthmatic effects was observed by prolonging the latent period of asthma induced by histamine and acetylcholine mixture in guinea pigs.The results showed that the antitussive, antiasthmatic and expectorant activities were enhanced when compatibility of Stemona tuberosa and Aster tataricus.The effect of expectorant activity was the strongest when the compatibility ratio of Stemona tuberosa and Aster tataricus was 1:2 while antitussive and antiasthmatic activities were 1:1 which suggested that proportion had an important role in the pharmacodynamic function.

  20. Study on antitussive effects of eprazinone dihydrochloride on radiation induced inflammation of upper respiratory tract due to postoperative irradiation of breast cancer

    Discussion was made of antitussive effects of Eprazinone hydrochloride (Resplen) on radiation induced inflammation of the upper respiratory tract in 15 cases irradiated after an operation of breast cancer. Depth dose at 3 cm was 200 rads/day, and 5000 rad/25 times/5 weeks was irradiated with telecobalt. Mainly abnormal sensation and pain in the throat and cough appeared and patients complained of suffering from a common cold, because a part of irradiation field included the throat, trachea, and esophagus. At the same time as manifestation of symptoms, 120 mg/day of Eprazinone Dihydrochloride was administered. In 8 cases, other drugs were added to, or irradiation schedule was changed because the symptoms were not improved or were exaggerated. The symptoms disappeared up to 5000 rad irradiation in one case, up to 4000 - 5000 rad irradiation in 4 cases, and up to 4000 rad irradiation in 2 cases. It is impossible to decide effective rate of this drug because of shortage of clinical cases, but it is suggested that there is a significance to increase cases treated successively with this drug in future. (Tsunoda, M.)

  1. Spectrophotometric determination of some anti-tussive and anti-spasmodic drugs through ion-pair complex formation with thiocyanate and cobalt(II) or molybdenum(V)

    El-Shiekh, Ragaa; Zahran, Faten; El-Fetouh Gouda, Ayman Abou


    Two rapid, simple and sensitive extractive specrophotometric methods has been developed for the determination of anti-tussive drugs, e.g., dextromethorphan hydrobromide (DEX) and pipazethate hydrochloride (PiCl) and anti-spasmodic drugs, e.g., drotaverine hydrochloride (DvCl) and trimebutine maleate (TM) in bulk and in their pharmaceutical formulations. The proposed methods depend upon the reaction of cobalt(II)-thiocyanate (method A) and molybdenum(V)-thiocyanate ions (method B) with the cited drugs to form stable ion-pair complexes which extractable with an n-butnol-dichloromethane solvent mixture (3.5:6.5) and methylene chloride for methods A and B, respectively. The blue and orange red color complexes are determined either colorimetrically at λmax 625 nm (using method A) and 467 or 470 nm for (DEX and PiCl) or (DvCl and TM), respectively (using method B). The concentration range is 20-400 and 2.5-50 μg mL -1 for methods A and B, respectively. The proposed method was successfully applied for the determination of the studied drugs in pure and in pharmaceutical formulations applying the standard additions technique and the results obtained in good agreement well with those obtained by the official method.

  2. Agent engineering

    Liu, Jiming; Zhong, Ning; Wang, Patrick S P


    Agent engineering concerns the development of autonomous computational or physical entities capable of perceiving, reasoning, adapting, learning, cooperating and delegating in a dynamic environment. It is one of the most promising areas of research and development in information technology, computer science and engineering. This book addresses some of the key issues in agent engineering: What is meant by "autonomous agents"? How can we build agents with autonomy? What are the desirable capabilities of agents with respect to surviving (they will not die) and living (they will furthermore enjoy

  3. Experimental Research of Anti-Inflammation and Antitussive Effect of Xuedansu Tablet%雪胆素片抗炎镇咳作用的实验研究



    Objective:To explore anti-inflammation and antitussive effect of the active ingredient in Xuedansu Tablet.Methods:75 guinea pigs' toes swelled with 1% carageen glue,and 75 guinea pigs were averagely divided into five groups,Xuedansu Tablet high dose group,Xuedansu Tablet medium dose group,Xuedansu Tablet low dose group,dexamethasone group,normal saline group according to random number table method,and the degree of swelling were measured.75 guinea pigs gained otitis media of one ear with dimethylbenzene,and 75 guinea pigs were averagely divided into five groups,Xuedansu Tablet high dose group,Xuedansu Tablet medium dose group,Xuedansu Tablet low dose group,normal saline group,aspirin group,and the inhibition rate were measured according to random number table method.75 guinea pigs got cough with ammonia water spray,and 75 guinea pigs were averagely divided into five groups,Xuedansu Tablet high dose group,Xuedansu Tablet medium dose group,Xuedansu Tablet low dose group,normal saline group,carbetapentane group according to random number table method,and the cough times were observed.Results:Xuedansu Tablet has obvious effect on the swelling of outer ear and toes,and good inhibitory effect on cough caused by ammonia water.Conclusion:Xuedansu Tablet has obvious effect on anti-inflammation and antitussive,and it provides the reliable experimental data support for treatment of bronchitis and tonsillitis%目的:探讨雪胆素中有效成分的抗炎镇咳作用.方法:取75只豚鼠用1%角叉菜胶使足趾肿胀,按随机数字表法平均分为雪胆素片高剂量组、中剂量组、低剂量组,地塞米松组、生理盐水组,每组各15只.并测量肿胀度.取75只豚鼠用二甲苯使其中一耳致炎,按随机数字表法平均分为雪胆素片高剂量组、中剂量组、低剂量组,生理盐水组,阿司匹林组,每组各15只.并测量抑制率.取75只豚鼠使用氨水喷雾进行致咳,按随机数字表法平均分为雪胆素片高剂量组

  4. 金沸草散镇咳祛痰作用的研究%Study on the Antitussive and Expelling Phlegm Effects of Jinfeicao Powder

    丘振文; 黄晓其; 唐洪梅; 蔡庆群; 罗丹冬; 李得堂


    Objective:Studying on the antitussive and expelling phlegm effects of Jinfeicao Powder.Methods:The effect on alleviating cough was observed in mice with ammonia water or sulfur dioxide induced cough.The effect on eliminating phlegm was evaluated by application of the phenol red secretion test to mice and the tracheal cilia exercise test to pigeon.Results:In comparison with the control group,Jinfeicao Powder significantly prolonged the cough latency and decreased the cough frequency (p< 0.05 or 0.01) in mice with ammonia water or sulfur dioxide.Significantly,it increased the secretion of phenol red from mouse tracheas as well as increase the distance of ink moved in pigeon airway.The results were statistically significant.Conclusion:Jinfeicao Powder has significant effects of reliving cough and expelling phlegm.%目的:考察金沸草散的镇咳、祛痰作用.方法:采用小鼠氨水致咳试验、小鼠二氧化硫引咳试验,观察其镇咳作用;采用小鼠酚红分泌试验及家鸽气管纤毛运动试验,观察其祛痰作用.结果:与模型组相比,金沸草散可显著延长氨水或二氧化硫引发小鼠咳嗽的潜伏期,并减少咳嗽次数(p< 0.05或0.01);能增加小鼠呼吸道内酚红的排出量;并增加家鸽气管内墨水前进的距离.以上结果均具有统计学意义.结论:金沸草散具有明显的镇咳、祛痰作用.

  5. Central antitussive activity of the NK1 and NK2 tachykinin receptor antagonists, CP-99,994 and SR 48968, in the guinea-pig and cat

    Bolser, Donald C; DeGennaro, Frances C; O'Reilly, Sandra; McLeod, Robbie L; Hey, John A


    The purpose of this study was to investigate the antitussive activity and sites of action of the NK1 and NK2 tachykinin receptor antagonists, CP-99,994, SR 48968, and the racemate of SR 48968, SR 48212A in the cat and guinea-pig. Guinea-pigs were dosed subcutaneously (s.c.) with CP-99,994, SR 48212A or SR 48968 one hour before exposure to aerosols of capsaicin (0.3 mM) to elicit coughing. Coughs were detected with a microphone and counted. Intracerebroventricular (i.c.v.) cannulae were placed in the lateral cerebral ventricles of anaesthetized guinea-pigs. Approximately one week later, the animals were dosed with CP-99,994 or SR 48212A (i.c.v.) and exposed to aerosols of capsaicin (0.3 mM) to elicit coughing. Cough was produced in anaesthetized cats by mechanical stimulation of the intrathoracic trachea and was monitored from electromyograms of respiratory muscle activity. Cannulae were placed for intravenous (i.v.) or, in separate groups of animals, intravertebral arterial (i.a.) administration of CP-99,994, SR 48212A or SR 48968. Dose-response relationships for i.v. and i.a. administration of each drug were generated to determine a ratio of i.v. ED50 to i.a. ED50, known as the effective dose ratio (EDR). The EDR will be 20 or greater for a centrally active drug and less than 20 for a peripherally active drug. In the guinea-pig, CP-99,994 (0.1–30 mg kg−1, s.c.), SR 48212A (1.0–30 mg kg−1, s.c.), and SR 48968 (0.3–3.0 mg kg−1, s.c.) inhibited capsaicin-induced cough in a dose-dependent manner. Capsaicin-induced cough was also inhibited by i.c.v. administration of CP-99,994 (10 and 100 μg) or SR 48212A (100 μg). In the cat, both CP-99,994 (0.0001–0.3 mg kg−1, i.a., n=5; 0.003–3.0 mg kg−1, i.v., n=5) and SR 48212A (0.003–1.0 mg kg−1, i.a., n=5; 0.01–3.0 mg kg−1, i.v., n=5) inhibited mechanically induced cough by either the i.v. or i.a. routes in a dose-dependent manner. SR 48968 (0.001–0.3

  6. Antibiotic Agents

    ... either as public health or as non-public health antimicrobial agents. What is the difference between bacteriostats, sanitizers, disinfectants ... bacteria, however, there is considerable controversy surrounding their health benefits. The ... producing agents (Table of Antibacterials) have been used for many ...

  7. Determination of Clenbuterol in Some Antitussive Traditional Chinese Medicines by HPLC%HPLC检测某些止咳中药制剂中的克伦特罗

    刘志勇; 程齐来; 李洪亮


    A HPLC method was established for the determination of Clenbuterol mixed illegally in some antitussive Traditional Chinese Medicines. The content of Clenbuterol was determined by HPLC on Agilent C18 (4.6 mm ×150 mm,5 μm)with methanol-0.Olmol/L potassium dihydrogen phosphate (phosphoric acid adjust pH to 3.5)=25:75(V/V) as a mobile phase. According to the detected compound retention time, compared with the reference substance, the chemical drug Clenbuterol mixed illegally into TCM preparation was identified. The conditions established could entirely separate the Clenbuterol from TCM preparation. Using this method, 20 kinds of preparations were detected and compared with the corresponding standard substances, Clenbuterol was undetected in the 20 samples. The method is high selective, sensitive and it could be used as an effective means to detect illegal TCM preparation.%建立HPLC法测定止咳中药制剂中非法掺入的化学止咳药物克伦特罗.选用Agilent C18(4.6 mm×150mm,5μm)柱,以甲醇∶0.01 mol/L磷酸二氢钾溶液(磷酸调节pH值为3.5)=25∶75(V/V)为流动相.根据所检测到化合物的色谱保留时间,并与对照品比较,鉴别中药制剂中非法掺入的克伦特罗.结果表明,试验建立的条件能够把中药制剂中添加的止咳化学药物(克伦特罗)完全分离出来;对20种制剂用建立的分析技术进行了检测,经与相应的标准物质比较,得到20种样品均未含克伦特罗.该方法选择性强,灵敏度高,可作为分析检测非法中药制剂的有效手段.

  8. 连花柴芩可溶性粉解热镇痛止咳祛痰作用的研究%Study on Antipyretic, Analgesic, Antitussive and Expectorant Effects of Lian-hua-chai-qin Soluble Powder

    王双双; 张俊; 杜芳芳; 李晓; 胡安君; 赵雅; 王学兵; 张红英


    To study the antipyretic, analgesic, antitussive and expectorant effects of Lian-hua-chai-qin Soluble Powder ( LHCQSP ) to provide reasonable experimental reference for clinical. The antipyretic activity was evidenced in fever rats induced by LPS. Analgesic activity was tested in mice induced by acetic acid. Antitussive effect was examined in mice induced by ammonia, the tracheal phenol red secretion test in mice was for expectorant activity. LHCQSP obviously depressed the temperature of fever rats ( P<0.05) , decreased twist times of mice by 34.81%, 32.59% and 27.31%, respectively (P<0.05), reduced cough times of mice by 36.82%, 31.48%and 20.37% , respectively (P<0.05), increased the amount of secreting phenol red (P<0.05). This experiment shows that LHCQSP possess antipyretic, analgesic, antitussive and expectorant effects in model animal.%为评价连花柴芩可溶性粉的解热、镇痛、止咳、祛痰作用,采用LP S致大鼠发热法、醋酸致小鼠扭体法、小鼠氨水引咳法、小鼠气管段酚红排泌法,观察连花柴芩可溶性粉的解热、镇痛、止咳、祛痰作用。结果显示,连花柴芩可溶性粉抑制大鼠发热效果显著( P<0.05);减少小鼠扭体反应次数( P<0.05),镇痛率分别为34.81%、32.59%和27.31%;减少小鼠咳嗽次数( P<0.05),抑制率分别为36.82%、31.48%和20.37%;能增强小鼠对酚红的排泌( P<0.05)。表明连花柴芩可溶性粉具有明显的解热、镇痛、止咳、祛痰的作用。

  9. Agent, autonomous

    Luciani, Annie


    The expression autonomous agents, widely used in virtual reality, computer graphics, artificial intelligence and artificial life, corresponds to the simulation of autonomous creatures, virtual (i.e. totally computed by a program), or embodied in a physical envelope, as done in autonomous robots.

  10. Antifungal agents.

    Ryder, N S


    At this year's ICAAC Meeting, new data on approximately 20 different antifungal agents were presented, while no new agents were disclosed. Drugs in late development include the triazoles, voriconazole (Pfizer Ltd) and Sch-56592 (Schering-Plough Corp), and the echinocandins, caspofungin (Merck & Co Inc) and FK-463 (Fujisawa Pharmaceutical Co Ltd). In contrast to previous years, presentations on these and earlier developmental compounds were relatively modest in scope, with few significant new data. Little new information appeared on the most recent novel class of agents, the sordarins (Glaxo Wellcome plc). Early clinical results were presented for FK-463, showing acceptable tolerability and dose-dependent efficacy in AIDS-associated esophageal candidiasis. A new liposomal formulation of nystatin (Nyotran; Aronex Pharmaceuticals Inc) was shown to be equivalent to conventional amphotericin B in empiric therapy of presumed fungal infection in neutropenic patients, but with reduced toxicity. Intravenous itraconazole (Janssen Pharmaceutica NV) was an effective prophylactic therapy in invasive pulmonary aspergillosis, while oral itraconazole was discussed as a treatment for fungal infection in heart and liver transplant patients. The allylamine compound, terbinafine (Novartis AG), showed good clinical efficacy against fungal mycetoma, a serious tropical infection. A major highlight was the first presentation of inhibitors of fungal efflux pumps as a strategy for overcoming resistance. MC-510027 (milbemycin alpha-9; Microcide Pharmaceuticals Inc) and its derivatives, potentiated the antifungal activity of triazoles and terbinafine in a number of Candida spp. Another pump inhibitor, MC-005172 (Microcide Pharmaceuticals Inc) showed in vivo potentiation of fluconazole in a mouse kidney infection model. Microcide Pharmaceuticals Inc also presented inhibitors of bacterial efflux pumps. PMID:16113946

  11. Trading Agents

    Wellman, Michael


    Automated trading in electronic markets is one of the most common and consequential applications of autonomous software agents. Design of effective trading strategies requires thorough understanding of how market mechanisms operate, and appreciation of strategic issues that commonly manifest in trading scenarios. Drawing on research in auction theory and artificial intelligence, this book presents core principles of strategic reasoning that apply to market situations. The author illustrates trading strategy choices through examples of concrete market environments, such as eBay, as well as abst

  12. Radioprotective Agents

    Ilker Kelle


    Full Text Available Since1949, a great deal of research has been carried out on the radioprotective activity of various chemical substances. Thiol compounds, compounds which contain –SH radical, different classes of pharmacological agents and other compounds such as vitamine C and WR-2721 have been shown to reduce mortality when administered prior to exposure to a lethal dose of radiation. Recently, honey bee venom as well as that of its components melittin and histamine have shown to be valuable in reduction of radiation-induced damage and also provide prophylactic alternative treatment for serious side effects related with radiotherapy. It has been suggested that the radioprotective activity of bee venom components is related with the stimulation of the hematopoetic system.

  13. An agent framework for dynamic agent retraining: Agent academy

    Mitkas, P.; A. Symeonidis; Kechagias, D.; Athanasiadis, I.N.; Laleci, G.; KURT, G.; Kabak, Y.; Acar, A.; Dogac, A.


    Agent Academy (AA) aims to develop a multi-agent society that can train new agents for specific or general tasks, while constantly retraining existing agents in a recursive mode. The system is based on collecting information both from the environment and the behaviors of the acting agents and their related successes/failures to generate a body of data, stored in the Agent Use Repository, which is mined by the Data Miner module, in order to generate useful knowledge about the application domai...

  14. Pharmacodynamic studies on antitussive and expectorant activities of cholic acid-verticinone ester%胆酸浙贝乙素醋的镇咳和祛痰药效学观察

    周庆; 皮慧芳; 张鹏; 吴继洲; 张久亮


    OBJECTIVE To study the antitussive and expectorant pharmacodynamic actions of cholic acid-verticinone ester (CA-Ver). METHODS The antitussive effect of CA-Ver was evaluated by capsaicin-induced cough in mice and citric acid-induced cough in guinea pigs. The expectorant effect was investigated by phenol red test in mice and capillary test in rats. RESULTS CA-Ver, 6 mg·kg-1 , significantly decreased the frequence of cough induced by capsaicin in mice; 3, 1.5, 0. 75 mg·kg- 1 dose-dependently decreased the number of cough induced by citric acid in guinea pigs; 3 - 6 mg· kg- 1 significantly increased the amount of phenol red (PR) secreted in mice; 1.5- 3 rng·kg-1 also significantly increased the phlegm exudation of rats. CONCLUSION CA-Ver could inhibit capsaicin-induced cough in mice and citric ecid-induced cough in guinea pigs. CAVer also increased phenol red secreted in mice and phlegm secretion in rat. CA-Ver deserves to pay much attention to its potent antitussive effects and has a good development perspective.%目的:研究胆酸浙贝乙素酯(CA-Ver)镇咳和祛痰的药效作用.方法:运用小鼠辣椒素引咳法、豚鼠枸橼酸引咳法、小鼠酚红排泌法和大鼠毛细管法来研究胆酸浙贝乙素酯在镇咳和祛痰方面的药理作用.结果:胆酸浙贝乙素酯能极其显著地减少小鼠咳嗽次数;3、1.5、剂量下均能剂圣依赖地减少枸橼酸诱发的豚鼠咳嗽次数;能极其显著地增加小鼠气管酚红的排泌量;能够极其显著地增加大鼠气管痰液的排泌.结论:胆酸浙贝乙素酯可有效对抗辣椒素致小鼠咳嗽和枸橼酸致豚鼠咳嗽,并明显促进小鼠气道酚红排泌和大鼠痰液分泌量,具有良好的镇咳、祛痰活性,有很好的开发前景.

  15. 参橘止咳滴丸止咳祛痰作用的药效学研究%Pharmacodynamic Study on Antitussive and Expectorant Effects of ShenJu ZhiKe Drippling Pills

    李娟; 李晓东; 封士兰; 胡芳弟


    Objective:To study antitussive and expectorant effects of ShenJu ZhiKe dripping pills. Methods:Antitussive and expectorant effects of ShenJu ZhiKe dripping pills were evaluated by the experiments of mice with cough induced by ammonia, guinea pig with cough induced by citric acid, guinea pig with cough induced by elec-tricity stimulated superior laryngeal nerve, tracheal phenol red excretion test of the mice, capillary glass-tube expec-toration method of the rats and other methods. Results:The difference indicated statistical meaning in the compari-son of prolonging cough incubation period of experimental animals, reducing cough times, shortening breathing re-covery time of guinea pig induced by electrical stimulation, increasing phenol red excretion amount and expectora-tion amount when different doses groups of ShenJu ZhiKe dripping pills were compared with normal control group (P<0.05). The difference demonstrated statistical meaning in the comparison of prolong incubation period of experi-mental animals, shortening breathing recovery time of guinea pig induced by electrical stimulation, increasing phe-nol red excretion amount and expectoration amount when moderate and high doses groups of ShenJu ZhiKe dripping pills were compared with positive control group (JiZhi syrup) (P<0.05). Conclusion:ShenJu ZhiKe dripping pills show obvious antitussive and expectorant effects, and high dose group is superior to JiZhi syrup group in clinical effects.%目的:研究参橘止咳滴丸的止咳祛痰作用。方法:采用小鼠氨水引咳、豚鼠枸橼酸引咳和电刺激豚鼠喉上神经引咳、小鼠气管段酚红排出法和大鼠气管毛细玻管排痰法等实验方法评价参橘止咳滴丸的止咳祛痰作用。结果:与正常对照组比较,参橘止咳滴丸各剂量组在延长实验动物的咳嗽潜伏期,减少其咳嗽次数,缩短豚鼠电刺激呼吸恢复时间,增加酚红排出量和排痰量等方面,差异有统计学意义(P<0

  16. Agent Chameleons: Virtual Agents Real Intelligence

    O'Hare, Gregory; Duffy, Brian; Schoen-Phelan, Bianca; Martin, Alan; Bradley, John


    Agent Chameleons provides virtual agents powered by real intelligence, delivering next generation autonomic entities that can seamlessly migrate, mutate and evolve on their journey between and within physical and digital information spaces.

  17. The antitussive,expectorant and anti-asthmatic activities of SQS%油茶皂苷止咳、祛痰、平喘功效学的实验研究



    目的:观察油茶皂苷(Sasanquasaponin,SQS)对小鼠的止咳、祛痰、平喘作用。方法止咳实验采用小鼠浓氨水引咳法和豚鼠枸橼酸引咳法,祛痰实验采用小鼠气管段酚红法和蛙上腭食道纤毛运动试验,平喘实验采用豚鼠喷雾致喘法和离体气管平滑肌螺旋条收缩实验。结果SQS(300、150、75mg·kg-1)和SQS(200、100、50mg·kg-1)分别可延长氨水引起小鼠与枸橼酸引起豚鼠的咳嗽潜伏期,高剂量组分别可减少两者的咳嗽次数;SQS(300、150、75mg·kg-1)均能增加小鼠气管酚红排泄量,SQS(终浓度16.0×10-4、8×10-4、4×10-4g·mL-1)能增加蛙食道纤毛运动速度;SQS(200、100、50mg·kg-1)无延长豚鼠气管痉挛所引起的哮喘潜伏期作用,SQS(终浓度为8.0×10-4、4.0×10-4、2.0×10-4g·mL-1)无抑制豚鼠离体气管平滑肌螺旋条收缩作用。结论SQS具有良好的镇咳、祛痰作用,但平喘作用不明显。%OBJECTIVE To study the antitussive , expectorant and anti-asthmatic effects of sasanquasaponin ( SQS).METHODS The effect of antitussive was observed by ammonia water in mice and acid citric in guinea pig.The effect of expectorant was observed by determine the excreting phenol red from mice trachea and the ciliary movement in the frog′s esophagus.The effect of Anti-asthmatic effect was observed by Spray with the mixture of hista-mine phosphate and acecolex and relax the vitro trachea both in the guinea pigs.RESULTS SQS(300、150、75mg · kg -1)and SQS(200、100、50mg· kg -1)can prolonged the cough latent period of mice and guinea pig ,The fre-quency of Cough was decreased both in the two high groups.SQS(300、150、75mg· kg -1 ) promoted phenolsulfonph-thalein excretion.SQS(16.0 ×10 -4、8 ×10 -4、4 ×10 -4 g· mL-1 ) increase the speed of the ciliary movement in the frog′s esophagus.SQS(200、100、50mg· kg -1)can not relax the vitro trachea of guinea pigs.SQS(8.0 ×10

  18. Comparison on Expectorant and Antitussive Actions ofPlatycodon grandilforum from Different Production Areas%不同产地桔梗镇咳祛痰作用比较研究*

    朱继孝; 曾金祥; 张亚梅; 钟国跃; 刘福青; 李洪泽; 韩风雨


    This study was aimed to compare the expectorant and antitussive actions ofPlatycodon grandilforum from different production areas in order to provide references for its cultivation and production. The antitussive activities ofP. grandilforum water extract from different areas were investigated through testing the cough times induced by ammonium hydroxide in mice. And the expectorant activities were studied by testing the amount of tracheal phenolsulfonphthalein excretion in mice. The results showed that the minimum effective dose ofP. grandiflorum fromChifeng of Inner Mongolia was 0.2 g·kg-1. Under this dosage,P. grandiflorum fromChifeng of Inner Mongolia can significantly reduce the cough frequency in mice (P < 0.01), and significantly prolong the cough incubation period in mice (P < 0.01).P. grandiflorum fromSichuan province,Shangzhou ofShaanxi province andChongqing can significantly decrease the cough frequency in mice (P < 0.05). P. grandiflorum from Sichuan province,Shangzhou ofShaanxi province andChifeng of Inner Mongolia can significantly increase the phenolsulfonphthalein excretion quantity in mice (P < 0.05). It was concluded thatP. grandilforum was effective for relieving cough and removing sputum. The effect ofP. grandilforum fromChifeng of Inner Mongolia was obviously stronger than that from other areas.%目的:比较全国桔梗主产区不同产地桔梗的镇咳祛痰作用,为客观评价桔梗质量和种植生产提供参考依据。方法:采用浓氨水喷雾致咳实验、小鼠气管酚红排泄实验,观察不同产地桔梗水提物对小鼠咳嗽和气管分泌物的影响。结果:内蒙赤峰产桔梗药材最低镇咳、祛痰有效剂量为0.2 g·kg-1,在此给药剂量下,内蒙赤峰产桔梗可显著减少小鼠咳嗽次数(P<0.01),并可显著延长小鼠咳嗽潜伏期(P<0.01),四川、陕西商州、重庆产桔梗可明显减少小鼠咳嗽次数(P<0.05),四川、陕西商州、内蒙赤峰产桔

  19. Acute Toxicity and Antitussive Expectorant Effects of p-hydroxyphenylacetonitrile%对羟基苯乙腈急性毒性及其镇咳祛痰作用研究

    王辉; 秦海宏; 张楠楠; 王惠国; 冯宝民


    目的:考察对羟基苯乙腈的急性毒性及其镇咳、祛痰作用.方法:从炒白芥子中分离纯化对羟基苯乙腈.采用改良寇氏法确定小鼠灌胃给药的LD50.以25%的浓氨水诱发实验动物咳、痰,以实验动物的咳嗽潜伏期、2min内咳嗽次数、气管酚红排痰量为评价指标,观察对羟基苯乙腈的镇咳、祛痰作用.结果:对羟基苯乙腈的半数致死量为288.3mg/kg.对羟基苯乙腈低、中、高剂量组实验动物的咳嗽潜伏期分别为(16.67±5.70)s、(20.17±4.93)s、(23.45±6.53)s,均长于阴性对照组实验动物的咳嗽潜伏期(14.53±3.86)s;与阳性对照组相比,组间差异不显著.对羟基苯乙腈低、中、高剂量组实验动物2min内咳嗽次数分别为(34.77±11.47)次、(24.95±7.46)次、(26.25±7.68)次,均少于阴性对照组(43.76±9.49)次,且与阳性对照组相比,组间差异不显著.低、中、高剂量对羟基苯乙腈均可提高痰液分泌量.结论:对羟基苯乙腈具有一定的毒性且镇咳、祛痰作用明显.%Objective:To study the acute toxicity, antitussive and expectorant effects of p-hydroxyphenylaceto-nitrile.Methods:Separate the p-hydroxyphenylacetonitrile from roasted seeds of sinapis alba.Determine the security administration scope of p-hydroxyphenylacetonitrile by median lethal dose test;evoke the experimen-tal animal cough and expectoration symptoms by 25%ammonia;measure the cough latent period and count the cough times within 2 minutes.Measure the expectorant effect of p-hydroxyphenylacetonitrile by phenol red secretion from trachea expectoration test.Results:The median lethal dose of p-hydroxyphenylacetonitrile was 288.3mg/kg.P-hydroxyphenylacetonitrile could prolong the cough latent period, decrease cough times within 2 minutes and increase phenol red secretion from trachea in cough models induced by ammonia.Conclusion:After taking lethal dose p-hydroxyphenylacetonitrile, experimental animals take on the acute toxicosis symp

  20. Determination of Nine Antitussive and Antiasthmatic Chemical Drugs Added Illegally in Traditional Chinese Medicines by HPLC-DAD%中成药中违禁添加化学止咳平喘药的HPLC-DAD法检测

    刘志杰; 李东辉; 饶金华; 张静; 封衍萍


    建立了HPLC-DAD法检查中药制剂违禁添加的9种化学止咳平喘药--富马酸酮替芬、硫酸特布他林、茶碱、乙羟茶碱、咖啡因、盐酸克伦特罗、愈创甘油醚、氢溴酸右美沙芬和盐酸氨溴索.采用C_18色谱柱,以0.75%磷酸-甲醇为流动相,梯度洗脱,检测波长254 nn.富马酸酮替芬和愈创甘油醚在0.6~6μg、其它7种药物在0.2~2μg范围内线性关系良好,回收率为98.3 %~99.6 %,RSD均小于1.2%.%An HPLC-DAD method was established for the determination of nine antitussive and antiasthmatic chemical drugs-ketotifen fumarate, terbutaline sulfate, theophylline, etofylline, caffeine, clenbuterol hydrochloride,guaifenesin, dextromethorphan hydrobromide and ambroxol hydrochloride, added illegally in traditional Chinese medicines. A C18 column was used with 0.75 % phosphoric acid-methanol as the mobile phase by gradient elution at the detection wavelength of 254 nm. The calibration curves of ketotifen fumarate and guaifenesin were both linear in the range of 0.6-6 μg, while those of the others were linear in the range of 0.2-2 μg. The recoveries were 98.3 %-99.6%, with RSDs less than 1.2 %.

  1. AgentChess : An Agent Chess Approach

    Fransson, Henric


    The game of chess has many times been discussed and used for test purpose by science departments of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Although the technique of agent and as well multi-agent systems is quite old, the use of these offspring of AI within chess is limited. This report describes the project performed applying the use of agents to a chess program. To measure the performance of the logic has tests between the developed program main parts been performed. Further tests against a tradition...

  2. Agents in domestic environments

    van Moergestel, Leo; Langerak, Wouter; Meerstra, Glenn; Nieuwenburg, Niels van; Pape, Franc; Telgen, Daniël; Puik, Erik; meyer, john-jules


    Athor supplied : "This paper describes an agent-based architecture for domotics. This architecture is based on requirements about expandability and hardware independence. The heart of the system is a multi-agent system. This system is distributed over several platforms to open the possibility to tie the agents directly to the actuators, sensors and devices involved. This way a level of abstraction is created and all intelligence of the system as a whole is related to the agents involved. A pr...

  3. Culturally Aware Agent Communication

    Rehm, Matthias; Nakano, Yukiko; Koda, Tomoko;


    Agent based interaction in the form of Embodied Conversational Agents (ECAs) has matured over the last decade and agents have become more and more sophisticated in terms of their verbal and nonverbal behavior like facial expressions or gestures. Having such “natural” communication channels...

  4. Riot Control Agents

    ... a person has been exposed to riot control agents. Long-term health effects of exposure to riot control agents Prolonged ... person is removed from exposure to riot control agents, long-term health effects are unlikely to occur. How you can ...

  5. Reasoning about emotional agents

    Meyer, J.-J.


    In this paper we discuss the role of emotions in artificial agent design, and the use of logic in reasoning about the emotional or affective states an agent can reside in. We do so by extending the KARO framework for reasoning about rational agents appropriately. In particular we formalize in this f

  6. Agents modeling agents in information economies

    Vidal, J.M.; Durfee, E.H. [Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (United States)


    Our goal is to design and build agents that act intelligently when placed in an agent-based information economy, where agents buy and sell services (e.g. thesaurus, search, task planning services, etc.). The economy we are working in is the University of Michigan Digital Library (UMDL), a large scale multidisciplinary effort to build an infrastructure for the delivery of library services. In contrast with a typical economy, an information economy deals in goods and services that are often derived from unique sources (authors, analysts, etc.), so that many goods and services are not interchangeable. Also, the cost of replicating and transporting goods is usually negligible, and the quality of goods and services is difficult to measure objectively: even two sources with essentially the same information might appeal to different audiences. Thus, each agent has its own assessment of the quality of goods and services delivered.

  7. 对叶百部生品及蜜炙品不同极性部位止咳化痰作用比较%The Difference in Antitussive and Expectorant Activity between the Different Polar Franctions of Crude and Processed Stemona tuberose

    陈晓霞; 鞠成国; 夏林波; 魏熙婷; 贾天柱


    Objective: To comprave the difference in antitussive and expectorant activity between the different polar fractions of crude and processed Stemona tuberose Lour to support the traditional theory of honey-stir-baked S. Tuberose. Method: The antitussive activity and the expectorant activity of different polar fractions of crude and processed S. Tuberose, including water solution, total alkaloids and non-alkaloids were observed, the antitussive activity can be drawn by ammonia inducing cough and the expectorant activity be depended on detecting the quantity of phenolsulfonphthalein excretion in rat. Result; Compared with the black group, the different polar fractions of crude and honey-stir-baked Baibu showed distinct antitussive action ( P < 0. 05, P < 0. 01 or P < 0. 001 ) , except for the low and middle dose of the non-alkaloids. Otherwise, the high and middle dose of water solution, the middle and low dose of total alkaloids, the high dose of non-alkaloid in crude and processed S. Tuberose, showed distinct difference ( P < 0. 05 ) . The antitussive activity of processed Baibu was more significant than the crude one. However, the result of expectorant experiment showed only the high dose of water solution of crude Baibu and the high dose of processed one had expectorant activity. Conclusion: The main position which strengthen antitussive activity after honey-stir-baked is the water solution and total alkaloids, neither crude nor processed S. Tuberose showed strong expectorant activity, the conclusion can be drawn that the antitussive efficacy of 5. Tuberose is not in reducing the adhesiveness airway secretions.%目的:比较对叶百部生、炙品不同极性部位止咳化痰作用差异性,为百部作为止咳类药物发挥传统功效时生熟用药提供实验支持,为进一步揭示百部蜜炙原理奠定基础.方法:清洁级昆明种小鼠200只,随机分为20组,10只/组,雌雄各半.第1组为空白对照组,ig给予生理盐水;第2组为

  8. Chemical crowd control agents.

    Menezes, Ritesh G; Hussain, Syed Ather; Rameez, Mansoor Ali Merchant; Kharoshah, Magdy A; Madadin, Mohammed; Anwar, Naureen; Senthilkumaran, Subramanian


    Chemical crowd control agents are also referred to as riot control agents and are mainly used by civil authorities and government agencies to curtail civil disobedience gatherings or processions by large crowds. Common riot control agents used to disperse large numbers of individuals into smaller, less destructive, and more easily controllable numbers include chloroacetophenone, chlorobenzylidenemalononitrile, dibenzoxazepine, diphenylaminearsine, and oleoresin capsicum. In this paper, we discuss the emergency medical care needed by sufferers of acute chemical agent contamination and raise important issues concerning toxicology, safety and health. PMID:26658556

  9. Decontamination Data - Blister Agents

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — Decontamination efficacy data for blister agents on various building materials using various decontamination solutions This dataset is associated with the following...

  10. Addictive evaluation of cholic acid-verticinone ester, a potential cough therapeutic agent with agonist action of opioid receptor

    Jiu-liang ZHANG; Hui WANG; Chang CHEN; Hui-fang PI; Han-li RUAN; Peng ZHANG; Ji-zhou WU


    Aim: The purpose of this work was to search for potential drugs with potent antitussive and expectorant activities as well as a low toxicity, but without addictive properties. Cholic acid-verticinone ester (CA-Ver) was synthesized based on the clearly elucidated antitussive and expectorant activities of verticinone in bulbs of Fritillaria and different bile acids in Snake Bile. In our previous study, CA-Vet showed a much more potent activity than codeine phosphate. This study was carried out to investigate the central antitussive mechanism and the addictive evaluation of CA-Ver.Methods: Testing on a capsaicin-induced cough model of mice pretreated with naloxone, a non-selective opioid receptor antagonist, was performed for the observation of CA-Ver's central antitussive mechanism. We then took naloxone-induced withdrawal tests of mice for the judgment of CA-Ver's addiction. Lastly, we determined the opioid dependence of CA-Ver in the guinea pig ileum. Results: The test on the capsaicin-induced cough model showed that naloxone could block the antitussive effect of CA-Ver,suggesting the antitussive mechanism of CA-Ver was related to the central opioid receptors. The naloxone-urged withdrawal tests of the mice showed that CA-Ver was not addictive, and the test of the opioid dependence in the guinea pig ileum showed that CA-Ver had no withdrawal response.Conclusion: These findings suggested that CA-Ver deserved attention for its potent antitussive effects related to the central opioid receptors, but without addiction, and had a good development perspective.

  11. Agent Development Toolkits

    Singh, Aarti; Sharma, A K


    Development of agents as well as their wide usage requires good underlying infrastructure. Literature indicates scarcity of agent development tools in initial years of research which limited the exploitation of this beneficial technology. However, today a wide variety of tools are available, for developing robust infrastructure. This technical note provides a deep overview of such tools and contrasts features provided by them.

  12. Radiographic scintiscanning agent

    A new technetium-based scintiscanning agent has been prepared comprising a water soluble sup(99m)Tc-methanehydroxydiphosphonate in combination with a reducing agent selected from stannous, ferrous, chromous and titanous salts. As an additional stabilizer salts and esters of gentisic or ascorbic acids have been used. (E.G.)

  13. Asimovian Adaptive Agents

    Gordon, D F


    The goal of this research is to develop agents that are adaptive and predictable and timely. At first blush, these three requirements seem contradictory. For example, adaptation risks introducing undesirable side effects, thereby making agents' behavior less predictable. Furthermore, although formal verification can assist in ensuring behavioral predictability, it is known to be time-consuming. Our solution to the challenge of satisfying all three requirements is the following. Agents have finite-state automaton plans, which are adapted online via evolutionary learning (perturbation) operators. To ensure that critical behavioral constraints are always satisfied, agents' plans are first formally verified. They are then reverified after every adaptation. If reverification concludes that constraints are violated, the plans are repaired. The main objective of this paper is to improve the efficiency of reverification after learning, so that agents have a sufficiently rapid response time. We present two solutions: ...

  14. How do agents represent?

    Ryan, Alex

    Representation is inherent to the concept of an agent, but its importance in complex systems has not yet been widely recognised. In this paper I introduce Peirce's theory of signs, which facilitates a definition of representation in general. In summary, representation means that for some agent, a model is used to stand in for another entity in a way that shapes the behaviour of the agent with respect to that entity. Representation in general is then related to the theories of representation that have developed within different disciplines. I compare theories of representation from metaphysics, military theory and systems theory. Additional complications arise in explaining the special case of mental representations, which is the focus of cognitive science. I consider the dominant theory of cognition — that the brain is a representational device — as well as the sceptical anti-representational response. Finally, I argue that representation distinguishes agents from non-representational objects: agents are objects capable of representation.

  15. Hyperthermia and chemotherapy agent

    The use of chemotherapeutic agents for the treatment of cancer dates back to the late 19th century, but the modern era of chemotherapy drugs was ushered in during the 1940's with the development of the polyfunctional alkylating agent. Since then, numerous classes of drugs have evolved and the combined use of antineoplastic agents with other treatment modalities such as radiation or heat, remains a large relatively unexplored area. This approach, combining local hyperthermia with chemotherapy agents affords a measure of targeting and selective toxicity not previously available for drugs. In this paper, the effects of adriamycin, bleomycin and cis-platinum are examined. The adjuvant use of heat may also reverse the resistance of hypoxic cells noted for some chemotherapy agents

  16. Users, Bystanders and Agents

    Krummheuer, Antonia Lina


    Human-agent interaction (HAI), especially in the field of embodied conversational agents (ECA), is mainly construed as dyadic communication between a human user and a virtual agent. This is despite the fact that many application scenarios for future ECAs involve the presence of others. This paper...... the construction of the agent’s identity, and (3) how HAI, as a mediated interaction, is framed by an asymmetric participation framework. The paper concludes by suggesting various participation roles, which may inform development of ECAs....

  17. Agent-Based Optimization

    Jędrzejowicz, Piotr; Kacprzyk, Janusz


    This volume presents a collection of original research works by leading specialists focusing on novel and promising approaches in which the multi-agent system paradigm is used to support, enhance or replace traditional approaches to solving difficult optimization problems. The editors have invited several well-known specialists to present their solutions, tools, and models falling under the common denominator of the agent-based optimization. The book consists of eight chapters covering examples of application of the multi-agent paradigm and respective customized tools to solve  difficult optimization problems arising in different areas such as machine learning, scheduling, transportation and, more generally, distributed and cooperative problem solving.

  18. Agent Standards Project

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The innovation of the work herein proposed is the development of standards for software autonomous agents. These standards are essential to achieve software...

  19. Programming Service Oriented Agents

    Hirsch, Benjamin; Konnerth, Thomas; Burkhardt, Michael; Albayrak, Sahin


    This paper introduces a programming language for service-oriented agents. JADL++ combines the ease of use of scripting-languages with a state-of-the-art service oriented approach which allows the seamless integration of web-services. Furthermore, the language includes OWL-based ontologies for semantic descriptions of data and services, thus allowing agents to make intelligent decisions about service calls.

  20. Adrenal imaging agents

    The goals of this proposal are the development of selenium-containing analogs of the aromatic amino acids as imaging agents for the pancreas and of the adrenal cortex enzyme inhibitors as imaging agents for adrenal pathology. The objects for this year include (a) the synthesis of methylseleno derivatives of phenylalanine and tryptophan, and (b) the preparation and evaluation of radiolabeled iodobenzoyl derivatives of the selenazole and thiazole analogs of metyrapone and SU-9055

  1. Agent amplified communication

    Kautz, H.; Selman, B.; Milewski, A. [AT& T Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ (United States)


    We propose an agent-based framework for assisting and simplifying person-to-person communication for information gathering tasks. As an example, we focus on locating experts for any specified topic. In our approach, the informal person-to-person networks that exist within an organization are used to {open_quotes}referral chain{close_quotes} requests for expertise. User-agents help automate this process. The agents generate referrals by analyzing records of e-mail communication patterns. Simulation results show that the higher responsiveness of an agent-based system can be effectively traded for the higher accuracy of a completely manual approach. Furthermore, preliminary experience with a group of users on a prototype system has shown that useful automatic referrals can be found in practice. Our experience with actual users has also shown that privacy concerns are central to the successful deployment of personal agents: an advanced agent-based system will therefore need to reason about issues involving trust and authority.

  2. Agent Oriented Programming进展%Advances in Agent Oriented Programming

    王一川; 石纯一


    Agent-oriented programming (AOP) is a framework to develop agents, and it aims to link the gap betweentheory and practical in agent research. The core of an AOP framework is its language and semantics. In this paper,we propose the necessary properties which agents should have, and then give a summary and analysis about differentAOP languages based on these properties.

  3. Agents unleashed a public domain look at agent technology

    Wayner, Peter


    Agents Unleashed: A Public Domain Look at Agent Technology covers details of building a secure agent realm. The book discusses the technology for creating seamlessly integrated networks that allow programs to move from machine to machine without leaving a trail of havoc; as well as the technical details of how an agent will move through the network, prove its identity, and execute its code without endangering the host. The text also describes the organization of the host's work processing an agent; error messages, bad agent expulsion, and errors in XLISP-agents; and the simulators of errors, f

  4. El agente encubierto

    Anaya Marcos, María del Carmen


    [ES] El trabajo versa sobre la figura del agente encubierto. Debemos enmarcar tal medida de investigación dentro del ámbito de la criminalidad organizada. Actualmente, estamos asistiendo a una proliferación de la delincuencia organizada. La sociedad ha evolucionado, y con ella la delincuencia. Fruto de tal evolución fue necesario incluir en nuestra Ley de Enjuiciamiento Criminal medidas extraordinarias de investigación, y una de ellas es el agente encubierto. Se trata de una medida muy polémi...

  5. The PLS agent : agent behavior validation by partial least squares

    Lorscheid, Iris; Meyer, Matthias; Pakur, Sandra; Ringle, Christian


    Agent-based modeling is widely applied in the social sciences. However, the validation of agent behavior is challenging and identified as one of the shortcomings in the field. Methods are required to establish empirical links and support the implementation of valid agent models. This paper contributes to this, by introducing the PLS agent concept. This approach shows a way to transfer results about causalities and decision criteria from empirical surveys into an agent-based decision model, th...

  6. Trading Agents for Roaming Users

    Boman, Magnus; Bylund, Markus; Espinoza, Fredrik; Danielson, Mats; Lyback, David


    Some roaming users need services to manipulate autonomous processes. Trading agents running on agent trade servers are used as a case in point. We present a solution that provides the agent owners with means to upkeeping their desktop environment, and maintaining their agent trade server processes, via a briefcase service.

  7. Software Agent Techniques in Design

    Hartvig, Susanne C


    This paper briefly presents studies of software agent techniques and outline aspects of these which can be applied in design agents in integrated civil engineering design environments.......This paper briefly presents studies of software agent techniques and outline aspects of these which can be applied in design agents in integrated civil engineering design environments....

  8. 13 CFR 107.1620 - Functions of agents, including Central Registration Agent, Selling Agent and Fiscal Agent.


    ... 13 Business Credit and Assistance 1 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Functions of agents, including Central Registration Agent, Selling Agent and Fiscal Agent. 107.1620 Section 107.1620 Business Credit and Assistance SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION SMALL BUSINESS INVESTMENT COMPANIES SBA Financial Assistance...

  9. Programming multi-agent systems

    Dastani, Mehdi


    With the significant advances in the area of autonomous agents and multi-agent systems in the last decade, promising technologies for the development and engineering of multi-agent systems have emerged. The result is a variety of agent-oriented programming languages, development frameworks, executio




    Last year the buying agent LOGITRADE started operations on the CERN site, processing purchasing requests for well-defined families of products up to a certain value. It was planned from the outset that a second buying agent would be brought in to handle the remaining product families. So, according to that plan, the company CHARLES KENDALL will be commencing operations at CERN on 8 May 2000 in Building 73, 1st floor, offices 31 and 35 (phone and fax numbers to be announced).Each buying agent will have its own specific list of product families and will handle purchasing requests up to 10'000 CHF.Whenever possible they will provide the requested supplies at a price (including the cost of their own services) which must be equivalent to or lower than the price mentioned on the purchasing request, changing the supplier if necessary. If a lower price cannot be obtained, agents will provide the necessary administrative support free of charge.To ensure that all orders are processed in the best possible conditions, us...

  11. Radioactive diagnostic agent

    A dispersion of denatured aggregates of serum albumin to which tin is attached is prepared and lyophilized. A mixture of polycarboxylic acid and a disaccharide or monosaccharide is included in the dispersion in sufficient amount to reduce degradation during lyophilization and aging. The dispersion is suitable for radioactive labelling and use as a diagnostic agent

  12. Developing Enculturated Agents

    Rehm, Matthias

    Embodied Conversational Agents (ECAs) are complex multimodal systems with rich verbal and nonverbal repertoires. There human-like appearance raises severe expectations regarding natural communicative behaviors on the side of the user. But what is regarded as “natural” is to a large degree dependent...

  13. Biomimetic Emotional Learning Agents

    Kenyon, Samuel H.


    This extended abstract proposes a type of AI agent comprised of: an autonomous real-time control system, low-level emotional learning (including a simple knowledge base that links homeostatic/innate drives to sensory perception states), and a novel sliding-priority drive motivation mechanism. Learning occurs in both phylogenetic and ontogenetic training.

  14. Agents of Change

    Hansen, Jens Aage; Lehmann, Martin


    at large, it emphasises universities as key change agents and providers in new learning, including tools such as project based and problem oriented learning (PBL) as well as information and communication technology (ICT); as providers of competent and motivated graduates to fill key positions in society...

  15. The need for agents

    Abolfazlian, Ali Reza Kian


    I denne artikel arbejder vi med begrebet Intelligent Software Agents (ISAs), som autonomous, social, reactive, proactive og subservient computer systemer. Baseret på socialt psykologiske argumenter viser jeg endvidere, hvordan både den menneskelige natur og det teknologiske stadium, som mennesket...

  16. Build Autonomic Agents with ABLE



    The IBM Agent Building and Learning Environment(ABLE) provides a lightweight Java~(TM) agent frame- work,a comprehensive JavaBeansTM library of intelligent software components,a set of development and test tools, and an agent platform.After the introduction to ABLE,classes and interfaces in the ABLE agent framework were put forward.At last an autonomic agent that is an ABLE-based architecture for incrementally building autonomic systems was discussed.

  17. Actions and Agents

    Alonso, E.


    In this chapter the notion of agency in AI is presented..It has been argued that in order to behave rationally in prevalent software applications artificial entities would have to be autonomous and adaptive. Besides, rather than working with single, isolated systems the new trend in AI would need to focus on inherently social entities in the form of multi-agent systems. The chapter begins by introducing the notion of action in traditional AI systems, deliberative and reactive. Next, the i...

  18. Towards Soft Computing Agents

    Neruda, Roman; Krušina, Pavel; Petrová, Zuzana


    Roč. 10, č. 5 (2000), s. 859-868. ISSN 1210-0552. [SOFSEM 2000 Workshop on Soft Computing. Milovy, 27.11.2000-28.11.2000] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA201/00/1489; GA ČR GA201/99/P057 Institutional research plan: AV0Z1030915 Keywords : hybrid systems * intelligent agents Subject RIV: BA - General Mathematics

  19. Sunscreening Agents: A Review

    Latha, M. S.; Martis, Jacintha; Shobha, V; Sham Shinde, Rutuja; Bangera, Sudhakar; Krishnankutty, Binny; Bellary, Shantala; Varughese, Sunoj; Rao, Prabhakar; B R Naveen Kumar


    The increasing incidence of skin cancers and photodamaging effects caused by ultraviolet radiation has increased the use of sunscreening agents, which have shown beneficial effects in reducing the symptoms and reoccurrence of these problems. Many sunscreen compounds are in use, but their safety and efficacy are still in question. Efficacy is measured through indices, such as sun protection factor, persistent pigment darkening protection factor, and COLIPA guidelines. The United States Food an...

  20. Perioperative allergy: uncommon agents.

    Caimmi, S; Caimmi, D; Cardinale, F; Indinnimeo, L; Crisafulli, G; Peroni, D G; Marseglia, G L


    Anesthesia may often be considered as a high-risk procedure and anaphylaxis remains a major cause of concern for anesthetists who routinely administer many potentially allergenic agents. Neuromuscular blocking agents, latex and antibiotics are the substances involved in most of the reported reactions. Besides these three agents, a wide variety of substances may cause an anaphylactic reaction during anesthesia. Basically all the administered drugs or substances may be potential causes of anaphylaxis. Among them, those reported the most in literature include hypnotics, opioids, local anesthetics, colloids, dye, Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs), Iodinated Contrast Media (ICM), antiseptics, aprotinin, ethylene oxyde and formaldehyde, and protamine and heparins. No premedication can effectively prevent an allergic reaction and a systematic preoperative screening is not justified for all patients; nevertheless, an allergy specialist should evaluate those patients with a history of anesthesia-related allergy. Patients must be fully informed of investigation results, and advised to provide a detailed report prior to future anesthesia. PMID:22014927

  1. Advanced scale conditioning agents

    A technical description of Advanced Scale Conditioning Agents (ASCA) technology was published in the May-June 2003 edition of the Nuclear Plant Journal. That article described the development of programs of advanced scale conditioning agents and specific types to maintain the secondary side of steam generators within a pressurized water reactor free of deposited corrosion products and corrosion-inducing contaminants to ensure their long-term operation. This article describes the first two plant applications of advanced scale conditioning agents implemented at Southern Nuclear Operating Company's Vogtle Units 1 and 2 during their 2002 scheduled outages to minimize tube degradation and maintain full power operation using the most effective techniques while minimizing outage costs. The goal was to remove three to four fuel cycles of deposits from each steam generator so that after future chemical cleaning activities, ASCAs could be used to maintain the cleanliness of the steam generators without the need for additional chemical cleaning efforts. The goal was achieved as well as several other benefits that resulted in cost savings to the plant

  2. SAM : Semantic Agent Model for SWRL rule-based agents

    Subercaze, Julien; Maret, Pierre


    International audience SemanticWeb technologies are part of multi-agent engineering, especially regarding knowledge base support. Recent advances in the field of logic for the semantic web enable a new range of applications. Among them, programming agents based on semantic rules is a promising field. In this paper we present a semantic agent model that allows SWRL programming of agents. Our approach, based on the extended finite state machine concept, results in a three layers architecture...

  3. Peripheral Neuropathy and Agent Orange

    ... Enter ZIP code here Peripheral Neuropathy and Agent Orange VA presumes Veterans' early-onset peripheral neuropathy is related to their exposure to Agent Orange or other herbicides during service when the disease ...

  4. Agents Play Mix-game

    Gou, C


    In mix-game which is an extension of minority game, there are two groups of agents; group1 plays the majority game, but the group2 plays the minority game. This paper studies the change of the average winnings of agents and volatilities vs. the change of mixture of agents in mix-game model. It finds that the correlations between the average winnings of agents and the mean of local volatilities are different with different combinations of agent memory length when the proportion of agents in group 1 increases. This study result suggests that memory length of agents in group1 be smaller than that of agent in group2 when mix-game model is used to simulate the financial markets.

  5. The Power Trading Agent Competition

    Ketter, W.; Collins, J.; REDDY, P; Flath, C.


    This is the specification for the Power Trading Agent Competition for 2011 (Power TAC 2011). Agents are simulations of electrical power brokers, who must compete with each other for both power production and consumption, and manage their portfolios.

  6. Mediating Performance Through Virtual Agents

    Giannachi, Gabriella; Gillies, Marco; Kaye, Nick; Swapp, David


    This paper presents the process of creation of virtual agents used in a virtual reality performance. The performance aimed to investigate how drama and performance could inform the creation of virtual agents and also how virtual reality could raise questions for drama and performance. The virtual agents were based on the performance of 2 actors. This paper describes the process of preparing the actors, capturing their performances and transferring them to the virtual agents. A second set of a...

  7. Erythropoietic Agents and the Elderly

    Agarwal, Neeraj; Prchal, Josef T.


    Erythropoietin is a peptide hormone that stimulates erythropoiesis. There are several agents in clinical use and in development, which either act as ligands for the cell surface receptors of erythropoietin or promote erythropoietin production that stimulates erythropoiesis. These are known as erythropoietic agents. The agents already in use include epoetin alfa, epoetin beta, and darbepoetin alfa. Newer agents stimulating erythropoiesis (such as continuous erythropoietin receptor activator (C...

  8. Cultural Differentiation of Negotiating Agents

    Hofstede, G.J.; Jonker, C.M.; Verwaart, D.


    Negotiations proceed differently across cultures. For realistic modeling of agents in multicultural negotiations, the agents must display culturally differentiated behavior. This paper presents an agent-based simulation model that tackles these challenges, based on Hofstede’s model of national cultu

  9. Cultural differentiation of negotiating agents

    Hofstede, G.J.; Jonker, C.M.; Verwaart, T.


    Negotiations proceed differently across cultures. For realistic modeling of agents in multicultural negotiations, the agents must display culturally differentiated behavior. This paper presents an agent-based simulation model that tackles these challenges, based on Hofstede’s model of national cultu

  10. Collaborating with Autonomous Agents

    Trujillo, Anna C.; Cross, Charles D.; Fan, Henry; Hempley, Lucas E.; Motter, Mark A.; Neilan, James H.; Qualls, Garry D.; Rothhaar, Paul M.; Tran, Loc D.; Allen, B. Danette


    With the anticipated increase of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) entering into the National Airspace System, it is highly likely that vehicle operators will be teaming with fleets of small autonomous vehicles. The small vehicles may consist of sUAS, which are 55 pounds or less that typically will y at altitudes 400 feet and below, and small ground vehicles typically operating in buildings or defined small campuses. Typically, the vehicle operators are not concerned with manual control of the vehicle; instead they are concerned with the overall mission. In order for this vision of high-level mission operators working with fleets of vehicles to come to fruition, many human factors related challenges must be investigated and solved. First, the interface between the human operator and the autonomous agent must be at a level that the operator needs and the agents can understand. This paper details the natural language human factors e orts that NASA Langley's Autonomy Incubator is focusing on. In particular these e orts focus on allowing the operator to interact with the system using speech and gestures rather than a mouse and keyboard. With this ability of the system to understand both speech and gestures, operators not familiar with the vehicle dynamics will be able to easily plan, initiate, and change missions using a language familiar to them rather than having to learn and converse in the vehicle's language. This will foster better teaming between the operator and the autonomous agent which will help lower workload, increase situation awareness, and improve performance of the system as a whole.

  11. Agentes de información Information Agents

    Alfonso López Yepes


    Full Text Available Este artículo realiza un repaso sobre las tipologías de agentes de información y describe aspectos como movilidad, racionalidad y adaptatividad, y el ajuste final de estos conceptos a entornos distribuidos como Internet, donde este tipo de agentes tienen un amplio grado de aplicación. Asimismo, se propone una arquitectura de agentes para un sistema multiagente de recuperación de información donde se aplica un paradigma documental basado en el concepto de ciclo documental.This article summarizes the main information agent types reflecting on issues such as mobility, rationality, adaptability and the final adjustment of this concepts to distributed environments such as the Internet, where this kind of agents has wide range application. Likewise, an information agent architecture is proposed to create a multi-agent information retrieval system in which a documentary paradigm based on the documentary cycle is developed.

  12. Secure Mobile Trade Agent

    Musbah M. Aqe


    Full Text Available E-commerce on the internet has the ability to produce millions of transactions and a great number of merchants whose supply merchandise over the internet. As a result, it is difficult for entities to roam over every site on the internet and choose the best merchandise to trade. So, in this paper we introduced a mobile trade agent that visit the sites to gather and evaluate the information from merchant servers and decide to trade goods on behalf of the user. We observed that the combination of public key cryptosystem with distributed object technology make this proposed scheme more secure and efficient than the already existed schemes.

  13. Configuring Computational Agents

    Beuster, G.; Neruda, Roman

    Halifax : Saint Mary's University, 2004 - (Zhuge, H.; Cheung, W.; Liu, J.), s. 57-62 ISBN 0-9734039-8-5. [International Workshop on Knowledge Grid and Grid Intelligence /2./. Beijing (CN), 20.09.2004] R&D Projects: GA AV ČR 1ET100300419 Grant ostatní: CZ-DE project(XX) CZE-03/023 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z1030915 Keywords : Bang 3 * multi-agent systems * computational intelligence models Subject RIV: BA - General Mathematics

  14. Holograms as Teaching Agents

    Walker, Robin A.


    Hungarian physicist Dennis Gabor won the Pulitzer Prize for his 1947 introduction of basic holographic principles, but it was not until the invention of the laser in 1960 that research scientists, physicians, technologists and the general public began to seriously consider the interdisciplinary potentiality of holography. Questions around whether and when Three-Dimensional (3-D) images and systems would impact American entertainment and the arts would be answered before educators, instructional designers and students would discover how much Three-Dimensional Hologram Technology (3DHT) would affect teaching practices and learning environments. In the following International Symposium on Display Holograms (ISDH) poster presentation, the author features a traditional board game as well as a reflection hologram to illustrate conventional and evolving Three-Dimensional representations and technology for education. Using elements from the American children's toy Operation® (Hasbro, 2005) as well as a reflection hologram of a human brain (Ko, 1998), this poster design highlights the pedagogical effects of 3-D images, games and systems on learning science. As teaching agents, holograms can be considered substitutes for real objects, (human beings, organs, and animated characters) as well as agents (pedagogical, avatars, reflective) in various learning environments using many systems (direct, emergent, augmented reality) and electronic tools (cellphones, computers, tablets, television). In order to understand the particular importance of utilizing holography in school, clinical and public settings, the author identifies advantages and benefits of using 3-D images and technology as instructional tools.

  15. Amphoteric surface active agents

    Eissa, A.M. F.


    Full Text Available 2-[trimethyl ammonium, triethyl ammonium, pyridinium and 2-amino pyridinium] alkanoates, four series of surface active agents containing carbon chain C12, C14, C16 and C18carbon atoms, were prepared. Their structures were characterized by microanalysis, infrared (IR and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR. Surface and interfacial tension, Krafft point, wetting time, emulsification power, foaming height and critical micelle concentration (cmc were determined and a comparative study was made between their chemical structure and surface active properties. Antimicrobial activity of these surfactants was also determined.

    Se prepararon cuatro series de agentes tensioactivos del tipo 2-[trimetil amonio, trietil amonio, piridinio y 2-amino piridinio] alcanoatos, que contienen cadenas carbonadas con C12, C14, C16 y C18 átomos de carbono.
    Se determinaron la tensión superficial e interfacial, el punto de Krafft, el tiempo humectante, el poder de emulsionamiento, la altura espumante y la concentración critica de miscela (cmc y se hizo un estudio comparativo entre la estructura química y sus propiedades tensioactivas. Se determinó también la actividad antimicrobiana de estos tensioactivos. Estas estructuras se caracterizaron por microanálisis, infrarrojo (IR y resonancia magnética nuclear (RMN.

  16. Contrast agents for MRI

    Contrast agents are divided into two categories. The first one is paramagnetic compounds, including lanthanides like gadolinium, which mainly reduce the longitudinal (T1) relaxation property and result in a brighter signal. The second class consists of super-paramagnetic magnetic nanoparticles (SPMNPs) such as iron oxides, which have a strong effect on the transversal (T2) relaxation properties. SPMNPs have the potential to be utilized as excellent probes for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). For instance, clinically benign iron oxide and engineered ferrite nanoparticles provide a good MRI probing capability for clinical applications. Furthermore, the limited magnetic property and inability to escape from the reticuloendothelial system (RES) of the used nanoparticles impede their further advancement. Therefore, it is necessary to develop the engineered magnetic nanoparticle probes for the next-generation molecular MRI. Considering the importance of MRI in diagnosing diseases, this paper presents an overview of recent scientific achievements in the development of new synthetic SPMNP probes whereby the sensitive and target-specific observation of biological events at the molecular and cellular levels is feasible. - Highlights: • This paper studies the contrast agents for MRI. • Fe―Co alloys and Mn-ferrites exhibit suitable contrast enhancement. • Nonhydrolytic thermal-decomposition synthetic method is suitable to produce MNPs. • This method allows controlling the size, magnetic dopants, magneto-crystalline anisotropy. • The increase in the superparamagnetic size leads to the contrast-enhancement

  17. Agent-oriented Software Engineering

    GUAN Xu; CHENG Ming; LIU Bao


    An increasing number of computer systems are being viewed in terms of autonomous agents.Most people believe that agent-oriented approach is well suited to design and build complex systems. Yet. todate, little effort had been devoted to discuss the advantages of agent-oriented approach as a mainstreamsoftware engineering paradigm. Here both of this issues and the relation between object-oriented and agent-oriented will be argued. we describe an agent-oriented methodology and provide a quote for designing anauction system.

  18. Learning models of intelligent agents

    Carmel, D.; Markovitch, S. [Computer Science Dept., Haifa (Israel)


    Agents that operate in a multi-agent system need an efficient strategy to handle their encounters with other agents involved. Searching for an optimal interactive strategy is a hard problem because it depends mostly on the behavior of the others. In this work, interaction among agents is represented as a repeated two-player game, where the agents` objective is to look for a strategy that maximizes their expected sum of rewards in the game. We assume that agents` strategies can be modeled as finite automata. A model-based approach is presented as a possible method for learning an effective interactive strategy. First, we describe how an agent should find an optimal strategy against a given model. Second, we present an unsupervised algorithm that infers a model of the opponent`s automaton from its input/output behavior. A set of experiments that show the potential merit of the algorithm is reported as well.

  19. Flexible, secure agent development framework

    Goldsmith; Steven Y.


    While an agent generator is generating an intelligent agent, it can also evaluate the data processing platform on which it is executing, in order to assess a risk factor associated with operation of the agent generator on the data processing platform. The agent generator can retrieve from a location external to the data processing platform an open site that is configurable by the user, and load the open site into an agent substrate, thereby creating a development agent with code development capabilities. While an intelligent agent is executing a functional program on a data processing platform, it can also evaluate the data processing platform to assess a risk factor associated with performing the data processing function on the data processing platform.

  20. UTBot: A Virtual Agent Platform for Teaching Agent System Design

    In-Cheol Kim


    Full Text Available We introduce UTBot, a virtual agent platform for teaching agent system design. UTBot implements a client for the Unreal Tournament game server and Gamebots system. It provides students with the basic functionality required to start developing their own intelligent virtual agents to play autonomously UT games. UTBot includes a generic agent architecture, CAA (Context-sensitive Agent Architecture, a domain-specific world model, a visualization tool, several basic strategies (represented by internal modes and internal behaviors, and skills (represented by external behaviors. The CAA architecture can support complex long-term behaviors as well as reactive short-term behaviors. It also realizes high context-sensitivity of behaviors. We also discuss our experience using UTBot as a pedagogical tool for teaching agent system design in undergraduate Artificial Intelligence course.

  1. Mushrooms as therapeutic agents

    Sushila Rathee


    Full Text Available Mushrooms have been known for their nutritional and culinary values and used as medicines and tonics by humans for ages. In modern terms, they can be considered as functional foods which can provide health benefits beyond the traditional nutrients. There are monographs that cover the medicinal and healing properties of some individual traditional mushrooms. There has been a recent upsurge of interest in mushrooms not only as a health food which is rich in protein but also as a source of biologically active compounds of medicinal value which include complementary medicine/dietary supplements for anticancer, antiviral, hepatoprotective, immunopotentiating and hypocholesterolemic agents. However the mechanisms of the various health benefits of mushrooms to humans still require intensive investigation, especially given the emergence of new evidence of their health benefits. In the present paper the medicinal potential of mushrooms is being discussed.

  2. Microencapsulation of chemotherapeutic agents

    Mixing various amounts of chemotherapeutic agents such as cisplatinum, 5-fluorouracil, mitomycin-C, and adriamycin with polymers such as poly-d, 1-lactide, ethylhydroxyethylcellulose, and polycaprolactone, several kinds of microcapsules were made. Among them, microcapsule made from ethylhydroxyethylcellulose showed best yield. Under light microscopy, the capsules were observed as particles with refractive properties. For the basic toxicity test, intraarterial administration of cisplatinum was done in 6 adult mongrel dogs. Follow-up angiography was accomplished in 2 wk intervals for 6 wks. Despite no significant difference in the histopathological examination between the embolized and normal kidneys, follow-up angiogram showed atrophy of renal cortex and diminished numbers of arterial branches in the embolized kidneys. In order to identify the structural properties of microcapsules, and to determine the drug content and the rate of release, further experiment is thought to be necessary. (Author)

  3. Hepatocytes as Immunological Agents.

    Crispe, Ian N


    Hepatocytes are targeted for infection by a number of major human pathogens, including hepatitis B virus, hepatitis C virus, and malaria. However, hepatocytes are also immunological agents in their own right. In systemic immunity, they are central in the acute-phase response, which floods the circulation with defensive proteins during diverse stresses, including ischemia, physical trauma, and sepsis. Hepatocytes express a variety of innate immune receptors and, when challenged with pathogen- or damage-associated molecular patterns, can deliver cell-autonomous innate immune responses that may result in host defense or in immunopathology. Important human pathogens have evolved mechanisms to subvert these responses. Finally, hepatocytes talk directly to T cells, resulting in a bias toward immune tolerance. PMID:26685314


    Shrivastava Neelesh


    Full Text Available This paper discuss on clinical representation of morbid jealousy which often termed delusional jealousy or ‘Othello Syndrome’ is a psychiatric condition where a lover believes against all reason and their beloved is being sexually unfaithful. Patients will be preoccupied with their partner’s perceived lack of sexual fidelity and will often behave in an unacceptable or extreme way as they endeavor to prove their ideas. Misuse of any psychomotor is an important association cause morbidity jealousy agents, like CNS stimulants that release the catecholamine, particularly dopamine, from pre synaptic terminals substance should be treated as a priority. Where higher levels of violence are reported Sildenafil may be useful as a diagnostic as well as therapeutic test in such cases .Many studies have shown an association between high alcohol consumption and developing morbid jealousy. Amphetamine-induced psychosis has been extensively studied because of its close resemblance to schizophrenia.

  5. Agent Assignment for Process Management: Pattern Based Agent Performance Evaluation

    Jablonski, Stefan; Talib, Ramzan

    In almost all workflow management system the role concept is determined once at the introduction of workflow application and is not reevaluated to observe how successfully certain processes are performed by the authorized agents. This paper describes an approach which evaluates how agents are working successfully and feed this information back for future agent assignment to achieve maximum business benefit for the enterprise. The approach is called Pattern based Agent Performance Evaluation (PAPE) and is based on machine learning technique combined with post processing technique. We report on the result of our experiments and discuss issues and improvement of our approach.

  6. Odor Classification using Agent Technology

    Sigeru OMATU


    Full Text Available In order to measure and classify odors, Quartz Crystal Microbalance (QCM can be used. In the present study, seven QCM sensors and three different odors are used. The system has been developed as a virtual organization of agents using an agent platform called PANGEA (Platform for Automatic coNstruction of orGanizations of intElligent Agents. This is a platform for developing open multi-agent systems, specifically those including organizational aspects. The main reason for the use of agents is the scalability of the platform, i.e. the way in which it models the services. The system models functionalities as services inside the agents, or as Service Oriented Approach (SOA architecture compliant services using Web Services. This way the adaptation of the odor classification systems with new algorithms, tools and classification techniques is allowed.

  7. Stability of Evolving Agent Populations

    Briscoe, G


    Stability is perhaps the most desired feature in the systems that we design. It is important for us to be able to predict the response of a Multi-Agent System (MAS) to various environmental conditions prior to its actual deployment. The Chli-DeWilde agent stability measure views a MAS as a discrete time Markov chain with a potentially unknown transition probabilities. A MAS is considered to be stable when its state, a stochastic process, has converged to an equilibrium distribution. We investigate an extension of their agent stability definition to include MASs with evolutionary dynamics, focusing on evolving agent populations. Additionally, using our extended agent stability measure, we construct an entropy-based definition for the degree of instability. An example system, the Digital Ecosystem, is considered in detail to investigate the stability of an evolving agent population through simulations. The results are consistent with the original Chli-DeWilde measure.

  8. Agent-based enterprise integration

    N. M. Berry; C. M. Pancerella


    The authors are developing and deploying software agents in an enterprise information architecture such that the agents manage enterprise resources and facilitate user interaction with these resources. The enterprise agents are built on top of a robust software architecture for data exchange and tool integration across heterogeneous hardware and software. The resulting distributed multi-agent system serves as a method of enhancing enterprises in the following ways: providing users with knowledge about enterprise resources and applications; accessing the dynamically changing enterprise; locating enterprise applications and services; and improving search capabilities for applications and data. Furthermore, agents can access non-agents (i.e., databases and tools) through the enterprise framework. The ultimate target of the effort is the user; they are attempting to increase user productivity in the enterprise. This paper describes their design and early implementation and discusses the planned future work.

  9. Mobile Agents for Digital Signage

    SATOH, Ichiro


    International audience This paper presents an agent-based framework for building and operating context-aware multimedia content on digital signage in public/private spaces. It enables active and multimedia content to be composed from mobile agents, which can travel from computer to computer and provide multimedia content for advertising or user-assistant services to users. The framework automatically deploys their agents at computers near to their current positions to provide advertising o...

  10. An agent for ecological deliberation

    Debenham, John; Sierra, Carles


    An agent architecture supports the two forms of deliberation used by human agents. Cartesian, constructivist rationalism leads to game theory, decision theory and logical models. Ecological rationalism leads to deliberative actions that are derived from agents’ prior interactions and are not designed; i.e., they are strictly emergent. This paper aims to address the scant attention paid by the agent community to the predominant form of deliberation used by mankind.

  11. Agent factory: towards social robots

    O'Hare, G. M. P.; Duffy, Brian R.; Collier, Rem; Rooney, Colm, (Thesis); O'Donoghue, Ruadhan


    This paper advocates the application of multi-agent techniques in the realisation of social robotic behaviour. We present the Social Robot Architecture, which integrates the key elements of agent-hood and robotics in a coherent and systematic manner. This architecture seamlessly integrates, real world robots, multi-agent development tools, and VRML visualisation tools into a coherent whole. Using these elements, we deliver a development environment, which facilitates rapid prototyping of soci...

  12. Agent Systems in Software Engineering

    Lazarou, Vasilios S.; Gardikiotis, Spyridon K.; Malevris, Nicos


    In this chapter, the application of multi-agent systems to tackle the software engineering task was outlined. The concentration was on the employment of agent technology in order to deal with distributed software systems and mainly distributed database applications and web applications. The rationale behind utilizing agent technology has to do with the multi-tier architecture and the associated inherent complication of distributed applications and the required interoperability of software res...

  13. Research on Negotiating Agent Development

    WEI Ding-guo; PENG Hong


    The paper presents a flexible and effective method of development of negotiating agents.A strategy specification, which is specified by a state chart and defeasible rules, can be dynamically inserted into an agent shell incorporating a state chart interpreter and a defeasible logic inference engine, in order to yield a desirable agent.The set of desirable criteria and rules is required to be justified with different context of the application.

  14. Extending Agent Languages for Autonomy

    Meneguzzi, Felipe Rech


    BDI agent languages provide a useful abstraction for complex systems comprised of interactive autonomous entities, but they have been used mostly in the context of single agents with a static plan library of behaviours invoked reactively. These languages provide a theoretically sound basis for agent design but are very limited in providing direct support for autonomy and societal cooperation needed for large scale systems. Some techniques for autonomy and cooperation have been explored in the...

  15. Radioactive scanning agents with stabilizer

    Stable compositions useful as technetium 99-based scintigraphic agents comprise gentisyl alcohol or a pharmaceutically-acceptable salt or ester thereof in combination with a pertechnetate reducing agent or dissolved in pertechnetate-99m (sup(99m)TcOsub(4)sup(-)) solution. The compositions are especially useful in combination with a phosphate or phosphonate material that carries the radionuclide to bone, thus providing a skeletal imaging agent

  16. Technetium diagnostic agent and carrier

    A stable sup(99m)Tc-labelled radioactive diagnostic agent is produced by contacting sup(99m)Tc-containing pertechnetate with a non-radioactive carrier comprising a chelating agent, a water-soluble reducing agent and a stabilizer. The stabilizer is chosen from ascorbic acid and erythorbic acid and their pharmaceutically acceptable salts and esters. A mole ratio of more than 100 moles ascorbic or erythorbic acid to 1 mole of reducing agent provides a stable composition at high levels of radioactivity

  17. Relational agents: A critical review

    Campbell, Robert H.; Grimshaw, Mark Nicholas; Green, Gill


    and non-player characters that can actively participate in such relationships. The focus of this review is relational agents, agents that can build long term socioemotional relationships with users. In virtual worlds, such agents are just starting to emerge; they are more common in other environments...... but remain few and far between. This review critically assesses the progress of relational agent development and research since their inception in 2005, proposes new areas of research and considers the potential for their exploitation in virtual worlds....

  18. Saffron as an antidote or a protective agent against natural or chemical toxicities

    Razavi, Bibi Marjan; Hosseinzadeh, Hossein


    Saffron (Crocus sativus) is an extensively used food additive for its color and taste. Since ancient times this plant has been introduced as a marvelous medicine throughout the world. The wide spectrum of saffron pharmacological activities is related to its major constituents including crocin, crocetin and safranal. Based on several studies, saffron and its active ingredients have been used as an antioxidant, antiinflammatory and antinociceptive, antidepressant, antitussive, anticonvulsant, m...

  19. Incorporating BDI Agents into Human-Agent Decision Making Research

    Kamphorst, Bart; van Wissen, Arlette; Dignum, Virginia

    Artificial agents, people, institutes and societies all have the ability to make decisions. Decision making as a research area therefore involves a broad spectrum of sciences, ranging from Artificial Intelligence to economics to psychology. The Colored Trails (CT) framework is designed to aid researchers in all fields in examining decision making processes. It is developed both to study interaction between multiple actors (humans or software agents) in a dynamic environment, and to study and model the decision making of these actors. However, agents in the current implementation of CT lack the explanatory power to help understand the reasoning processes involved in decision making. The BDI paradigm that has been proposed in the agent research area to describe rational agents, enables the specification of agents that reason in abstract concepts such as beliefs, goals, plans and events. In this paper, we present CTAPL: an extension to CT that allows BDI software agents that are written in the practical agent programming language 2APL to reason about and interact with a CT environment.

  20. Plasmids encoding therapeutic agents

    Keener, William K.


    Plasmids encoding anti-HIV and anti-anthrax therapeutic agents are disclosed. Plasmid pWKK-500 encodes a fusion protein containing DP178 as a targeting moiety, the ricin A chain, an HIV protease cleavable linker, and a truncated ricin B chain. N-terminal extensions of the fusion protein include the maltose binding protein and a Factor Xa protease site. C-terminal extensions include a hydrophobic linker, an L domain motif peptide, a KDEL ER retention signal, another Factor Xa protease site, an out-of-frame buforin II coding sequence, the lacZ.alpha. peptide, and a polyhistidine tag. More than twenty derivatives of plasmid pWKK-500 are described. Plasmids pWKK-700 and pWKK-800 are similar to pWKK-500 wherein the DP178-encoding sequence is substituted by RANTES- and SDF-1-encoding sequences, respectively. Plasmid pWKK-900 is similar to pWKK-500 wherein the HIV protease cleavable linker is substituted by a lethal factor (LF) peptide-cleavable linker.

  1. Gastrointestinal scanning agent

    An easily prepared radiolabeled gastrointestinal scanning agent is described. Technetium-99m has ideal characteristics for imaging the upper and lower GI tract and determining stomach emptying and intestinal transit time when used with an insoluble particulate material. For example, crystalline and amorphous calcium phosphate particles can be effectively labeled in a one-step process using sup(99m)TcO4 and SnCl2. These labeled particles have insignificant mass and when administered orally pass through the GI tract unchanged, without affecting the handling and density of the intestinal contents. Visualization of the esophageal entry into the stomach, the greater and lesser curvatures of the stomach, ejection into the duodenum, and rates of passage through the upper and lower GI tract are obtained. The slurry of sup(99m)TC particulate can be given rectally by enema. Good images of the cecum and the ascending, transverse, and descending colon are obtained. Mucosal folds and the splenic and hepatic flexures are visualized. The resilience of the large intestine is also readily visualized by pneumocolonographic techniques. (author)

  2. 2012 Survey of clothing agents


    Clothing agents take part in China International Clothing and Accessories Fairs ( CHIC ) year by year. In order to attracting investment, they compared with each other at improving their originality and service levels. At the exhibition brands manufacturers and agents had a face-to-face communication,

  3. Topical agents in burn care

    Momčilović Dragan


    Full Text Available Introduction Understanding of fluid shifts and recognition of the importance of early and appropriate fluid replacement therapy have significantly reduced mortality in the early post burn period. After the bum patient successfully passes the resuscitation period, the burn wound represents the greatest threat to survival. History Since the dawn of civilization, man has been trying to find an agent which would help burn wounds heal, and at the same time, not harm general condition of the injured. It was not until the XX century, after the discovery of antibiotics, when this condition was fulfilled. In 1968, combining silver and sulfadiazine, fox made silver-sulfadiazine, which is a 1% hydro-soluble cream and a superior agent in topical treatment of burns today. Current topical agents None of the topical antimicrobial agents available today, alone or combined, have the characteristics of ideal prophylactic agents, but they eliminate colonization of burn wound, and invasive infections are infrequent. With an excellent spectrum of activity, low toxicity, and ease of application with minimal pain, silver-sulfadiazine is still the most frequently used topical agent. Conclusion The incidence of invasive infections and overall mortality have been significantly reduced after introduction of topical burn wound antimicrobial agents into practice. In most burn patients the drug of choice for prophylaxis is silver sulfadiazine. Other agents may be useful in certain clinical situations.

  4. Agent Roles in Human Teams

    Lewis, M.; Sycara, K.; Payne, T.R.


    In this paper, we describe results of a series of experiments investigating the effects of agent aiding on human teams. The role an agent played, its task, and the ease with which it communicated with its human teammates all influenced team behavior. Team supporting tasks such as relaying and reminding seemed particularly effective.

  5. Intelligent Agents in Physics Education

    Sánchez-Guzmán, D.; Mora, César


    Intelligent Agents are being applied in a wide range of processes and everyday applications. Their development is not new, in recent years they have had an increased attention and design; like learning and mentoring tools. In this work we discuss the definition of what an intelligent agent is; how they are applied; how they look like; recent implementations of agents; agents as support in the learning process, more precisely intelligent tutors; their state in Latin-American countries and future developments and trends that will permit a better communication between people and agents. Also we present an Intelligent Tutor applied as a tool for improving high-school students' skills and reasoning for the first five topics of Mechanics curricula.

  6. Markov Tracking for Agent Coordination

    Washington, Richard; Lau, Sonie (Technical Monitor)


    Partially observable Markov decision processes (POMDPs) axe an attractive representation for representing agent behavior, since they capture uncertainty in both the agent's state and its actions. However, finding an optimal policy for POMDPs in general is computationally difficult. In this paper we present Markov Tracking, a restricted problem of coordinating actions with an agent or process represented as a POMDP Because the actions coordinate with the agent rather than influence its behavior, the optimal solution to this problem can be computed locally and quickly. We also demonstrate the use of the technique on sequential POMDPs, which can be used to model a behavior that follows a linear, acyclic trajectory through a series of states. By imposing a "windowing" restriction that restricts the number of possible alternatives considered at any moment to a fixed size, a coordinating action can be calculated in constant time, making this amenable to coordination with complex agents.

  7. Agent Communications using Distributed Metaobjects

    Goldsmith, Steven Y.; Spires, Shannon V.


    There are currently two proposed standards for agent communication languages, namely, KQML (Finin, Lobrou, and Mayfield 1994) and the FIPA ACL. Neither standard has yet achieved primacy, and neither has been evaluated extensively in an open environment such as the Internet. It seems prudent therefore to design a general-purpose agent communications facility for new agent architectures that is flexible yet provides an architecture that accepts many different specializations. In this paper we exhibit the salient features of an agent communications architecture based on distributed metaobjects. This architecture captures design commitments at a metaobject level, leaving the base-level design and implementation up to the agent developer. The scope of the metamodel is broad enough to accommodate many different communication protocols, interaction protocols, and knowledge sharing regimes through extensions to the metaobject framework. We conclude that with a powerful distributed object substrate that supports metaobject communications, a general framework can be developed that will effectively enable different approaches to agent communications in the same agent system. We have implemented a KQML-based communications protocol and have several special-purpose interaction protocols under development.

  8. Mobile agent driven by aspect

    Youssef Hannad


    Full Text Available Domain application of mobile agents is quite large. They are used for network management and the monitoring of complex architecture. Mobile agent is also essential into specific software architecture such that adaptable grid architecture. Even if the concept of mobile agent seems to be obvious, the development is always complex because it needs to understand network features but also security features and negotiation algorithms. We present a work about an application of aspects dedicated to mobile agent development over a local network. At this level, the underlying protocol is called jini and allows managing several essential concepts such that short transaction and permission management. Three subsets of aspects are defined in this work. A part is for the description of agent host and its security level, accessible resource, etc. A second part is about mobile agent and their collaboration. This means how they can operate on an agent host with the respect of the execution context. All the results are illustrated through a distributed monitoring application called DMA. Its main objective is the observation of component servers.

  9. Intelligent Farmer Agent for Multi-Agent Ecological Simulations Optimization

    Filipe Cruz; António Pereira; Pedro Valente; Pedro Duarte; Luis Paulo Reis


    This paper presents the development of a bivalve farmer agent interacting with a realistic ecological simulation system. The purpose of the farmer agent is to determine the best combinations of bivalve seeding areas in a large region, maximizing the production without exceeding the total allowed seeding area. A system based on simulated annealing, tabu search, genetic algorithms and reinforcement learning, was developed to minimize the number of iterations required to unravel a semi-optimum s...

  10. MDE and Mobile Agents : another reflexion on the agent migration

    Gherbi, Tahar; Borne, Isabelle; Meslati, Djamel


    International audience Model Driven Engineering (MDE) is a software development approach family based on the use of models in the software construction. It allows the exploitation of models to simulate, estimate, understand, communicate and produce code. Mobile agents are a very interesting technology to develop applications for mobile and distributed environments. A mobile agent is essentially a computer program that acts autonomously on behalf of a user and travels through a network of h...

  11. Knowledge mining using intelligent agents

    Dehuri, Satchidananda


    ""Knowledge Mining Using Intelligent Agents"" explores the concept of knowledge discovery processes and enhances decision-making capability through the use of intelligent agents like ants, termites and honey bees. In order to provide readers with an integrated set of concepts and techniques for understanding knowledge discovery and its practical utility, this book blends two distinct disciplines - data mining and knowledge discovery process, and intelligent agents-based computing (swarm intelligence and computational intelligence). For the more advanced reader, researchers, and decision/policy

  12. Agent-oriented Software Engineering

    MingCheng; XuGuan; BaoLiu


    An increasing number of computer systems are being viewed in terms of autonomous agents.Most people believe that agent-oriented approach is well suited to designing and building complex systems. Yet, to date, little effort had been devoted to discussing the advantages of agent-oriented approach as a mainstream software engineering paradiam.Here both of this issues and the relation between object-oriented and agentoriented will be argued.We describe an agent-oriented methodology and provide a quote for designing a auction system.

  13. Drug: D04338 [KEGG MEDICUS

    Full Text Available idual organs 22 Respiratory organ agents 224 Antitussives a...onium chloride [DR:D01139] Therapeutic category: 2249 Therapeutic category of drugs in Japan [BR:br08301] 2 Agents affecting indiv

  14. Optimistic Agents are Asymptotically Optimal

    Sunehag, Peter; Hutter, Marcus


    We use optimism to introduce generic asymptotically optimal reinforcement learning agents. They achieve, with an arbitrary finite or compact class of environments, asymptotically optimal behavior. Furthermore, in the finite deterministic case we provide finite error bounds.

  15. Agents containing chlorhexidine in dentistry

    Lebedeva S.N.; Zemlyanichenko М.К.


    Aclinical definition of the efficacy of chlorhexidine-containing means for reducing the risk of dental caries and gingivitis with plastic caps. Chlorhexidine is an effective antimicrobial agent for the formation of individual programs for the prevention of dental caries

  16. Chemical Agents: Facts about Evacuation

    ... Health Emergency Response Guide Reaching At-Risk Populations Chemical Agents: Facts About Evacuation Format: Select one PDF [ ... on Facebook Tweet Share Compartir Some kinds of chemical accidents or attacks, such as a train derailment ...


    Sharma Ganesh N.; Sanadya Jyotsana; Kaushik Avinash; Dwivedi Abha


    Many current therapeutic agents like antibiotics, ionizable and peptide drugs are impermeable or do not possess the requisite physicochemical properties for efficient transport through outer tissue barrier to attain therapeutic blood level. For this reason the delivery of such drugs through barriers is currently one of the major interests in pharmaceutical research. Penetration enhancers or promoters are agents that have no therapeutic properties of their own but can transport the sorption of...

  18. Agents in E-learning

    S. Mencke; Dumke, R


    This paper presents a framework to describe thecrossover domain of e-learning and agent technology.Furthermore it is used to classify existing work and possiblestarting points for the future development of agenttechniques and technologies order to enhance theperformance and the effectiveness of several aspects of elearningsystems. Agents are not a new concept but their usein the field of e-learning constitutes a basis for consequentialadvances.

  19. Handling of injectable antineoplastic agents.

    Knowles, R S; Virden, J E


    Although the clinical toxicity of antineoplastic drugs has been well documented there is little or no information on the problems that may arise on the handling and mishandling of such agents. This paper attempts to highlight the importance of taking precautions to prevent adverse effects resulting from contact with cytotoxic drugs during handling and to suggest a practical guide for the handling of such agents.

  20. Biocontrol agents in signalling resistance

    Loon, L C; Pieterse, C.M.J.


    The mechanisms by which biological control agents suppress disease comprise competition for nutrients, notably iron, production of antibiotics, and secretion of lytic enzymes, as well as inducing resistance in the plant. The former three mechanisms act primarily on the pathogen by decreasing its activity, growth, and/or survival and require the biocontrol agent and the pathogen to be in close proximity. Because microorganisms with biocontrol properties and soilborne pathogens are both attract...

  1. Epidemic Spreading with External Agents

    Banerjee, Siddhartha; Gopalan, Aditya; Das, Abhik Kumar; Shakkottai, Sanjay


    We study epidemic spreading processes in large networks, when the spread is assisted by a small number of external agents: infection sources with bounded spreading power, but whose movement is unrestricted vis-\\`a-vis the underlying network topology. For networks which are `spatially constrained', we show that the spread of infection can be significantly speeded up even by a few such external agents infecting randomly. Moreover, for general networks, we derive upper-bounds on the order of the...

  2. Locating Agents in RFID Architectures

    Abdel-Naby, Sameh; Giorgini, Paolo


    The use of software agents can create an “intelligent” interface between users’ preferences and the back‐end systems. Agents are now able to interact and communicate with each other, forming a virtual community and feeding back the user with suggestions. Innovative systems related to Asset Tracking, Inventory and Shelving architectures are more often involving advanced communication techniques (e.g., RFID); these systems are responsible for user authentication and objects verification. RFID s...

  3. Towards Building Computational Agent Schemes

    Beuster, Gerd; Krušina, Pavel; Neruda, Roman; Rydvan, Pavel

    Wien : SpringerVerlag, 2003 - (Pearson, D.; Steele, N.; Albrecht, R.), s. 210-215 ISBN 3-211-00743-1. [ICANNGA'2003 /6./. Roanne (FR), 23.04.2003-25.04.2003] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA201/02/0428 Institutional research plan: AV0Z1030915 Keywords : multi agent system s * intelligent agent s * hybrid models Subject RIV: BA - General Mathematics

  4. Cooperation of Computational Intelligence Agents

    Neruda, Roman

    Los Alamitos : IEEE Computer Society, 2006 - (Smari, W.; McQuay, W.), s. 256-263 ISBN 0-9785699-0-3. [International Symposium on Collaborative Technologies and System s. Las Vegas (US), 14.05.2006-17.05.2006] R&D Projects: GA AV ČR(CZ) 1ET100300419 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10300504 Keywords : multi - agent system s * cooperative agent s * computational intelligence * ontologies Subject RIV: IN - Informatics, Computer Science

  5. Bacteriocins as potential anticancer agents

    Sukhraj eKaur; Sumanpreet eKaur


    Cancer remains one of the leading causes of deaths worldwide, despite advances in its treatment and detection. The conventional chemotherapeutic agents used for the treatment of cancer have nonspecific toxicity towards normal body cells that cause various side effects. Secondly, cancer cells are known to develop chemotherapy resistance in due course of treatment. Thus, the demand for novel anti-cancer agents is increasing day by day. Some of the experimental studies have reported the therapeu...

  6. Bacteriocins as Potential Anticancer Agents

    Kaur, Sumanpreet; Kaur, Sukhraj


    Cancer remains one of the leading causes of deaths worldwide, despite advances in its treatment and detection. The conventional chemotherapeutic agents used for the treatment of cancer have non-specific toxicity toward normal body cells that cause various side effects. Secondly, cancer cells are known to develop chemotherapy resistance in due course of treatment. Thus, the demand for novel anti-cancer agents is increasing day by day. Some of the experimental studies have reported the therapeu...

  7. Business Intelligence using Software Agents

    Ana-Ramona BOLOGA; Razvan BOLOGA


    This paper presents some ideas about business intelligence today and the importance of developing real time business solutions. The authors make an exploration of links between business intelligence and artificial intelligence and focuses specifically on the implementation of software agents-based systems in business intelligence. There are briefly presented some of the few solutions proposed so far that use software agents properties for the benefit of business intelligence. The authors then...

  8. What makes virtual agents believable?

    Bogdanovych, Anton; Trescak, Tomas; Simoff, Simeon


    In this paper we investigate the concept of believability and make an attempt to isolate individual characteristics (features) that contribute to making virtual characters believable. As the result of this investigation we have produced a formalisation of believability and based on this formalisation built a computational framework focused on simulation of believable virtual agents that possess the identified features. In order to test whether the identified features are, in fact, responsible for agents being perceived as more believable, we have conducted a user study. In this study we tested user reactions towards the virtual characters that were created for a simulation of aboriginal inhabitants of a particular area of Sydney, Australia in 1770 A.D. The participants of our user study were exposed to short simulated scenes, in which virtual agents performed some behaviour in two different ways (while possessing a certain aspect of believability vs. not possessing it). The results of the study indicate that virtual agents that appear resource bounded, are aware of their environment, own interaction capabilities and their state in the world, agents that can adapt to changes in the environment and exist in correct social context are those that are being perceived as more believable. Further in the paper we discuss these and other believability features and provide a quantitative analysis of the level of contribution for each such feature to the overall perceived believability of a virtual agent.

  9. 46 CFR Sec. 2 - General Agents' authority.


    ... RESPONSIBILITY OF GENERAL AGENTS TO UNDERTAKE EMERGENCY REPAIRS IN FOREIGN PORTS Sec. 2 General Agents' authority. The General Agents are hereby delegated authority to undertake for the account of the...

  10. Interactions of ionic and nonionic contrast agents with thrombolytic agents

    Both the ionic and nonionic intravascular contrast media have been used before and after the administration of thrombolytic agents to evaluate clot lysis during angioplasty and the treatment of myocardial infarction. In experimental animal models, the authors found that the clot lytic efficacy of streptokinase, streptokinase-plasminogen complex, and tissue plasminogen activator (t-PA) is markedly augmented if these agents are administered within 1 hour after the angiographic producers. Furthermore, contrast agents injected after the administration of t-Pa exhibit a synergistic action. In stimulated models administration of one ionic contrast medium (Angiovist, Berlex, Wayne, NJ) and two nonionic contrast agents (Isovue-370, Squibb Diagnostics, New Brunswick, NJ; Omnipaque-350, Winthrop, NY) 15 minutes before the administration of t-PA resulted in marked enhancement of the lytic activity. Although the mechanism of this interaction is unknown at this time, it should be taken into consideration in the treatment of patients with myocardial infarction, in whom contrast agents are continually used to evaluate the therapeutic lysis. Furthermore, this interaction may be partly related to the therapeutic efficacy and/or hemorrhagic actions observed

  11. Geo-Agents: Design and Implement


    Geo-Agents, a multi-agent system that processes distr ib utedgeospatial information and geospatial service was presented. Firstly, the requirement for distributed geographical information process was discussed, and the architecture of Geo-Agents was introduced. Then in-depth discussions were r aised on agent system implementation, such as the basic agent, agent advertising , message passing, and collaborating. An example was also given to explain the p roblem solving process.

  12. Special issue about advances in Physical Agents

    Cazorla Quevedo, Miguel Ángel; Matellán Olivera, Vicente


    Nowadays, there are a lot of Spanish groups which are doing research in areas related with physical agents: they use agent-based technologies concepts, especially industrial applications, robotics and domotics (physical agents) and applications related to the information society, (software agents) highlighting the similarities and synergies among physical and software agents. In this special issue we will show several works from those groups, focusing on the recent advances in Physical Agents.

  13. Learning by Observation of Agent Software Images

    Costa, Paulo Roberto; Botelho, Luís Miguel


    Learning by observation can be of key importance whenever agents sharing similar features want to learn from each other. This paper presents an agent architecture that enables software agents to learn by direct observation of the actions executed by expert agents while they are performing a task. This is possible because the proposed architecture displays information that is essential for observation, making it possible for software agents to observe each other. The agent architecture support...

  14. Colitis associated with biological agents

    Hugh James Freeman


    Full Text Available In the past, there has been considerable focus on a host of drugs and chemicals that may produce colonic toxicity. Now, a variety of new biological monoclonal antibody agents, usually administered by infusion, have appeared in the clinical realm over the last decade or so to treat different chronic inflammatory or malignant disorders.For some of these agents, adverse effects have been documented, including apparently new forms of immune-mediated inflammatory bowel disease. In some, only limited symptoms have been recorded, but in others, severe colitis with serious complications, such as bowel perforation has been recorded. In others, adverse effects may have a direct vascular or ischemic basis, while other intestinal effects may be related to a superimposed infection. Some new onset cases of ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease may also be attributed to the same agents used to treat these diseases, or be responsible for disease exacerbation. Dramatic and well documented side effects have been observed with ipilimumab, a humanized monoclonal antibody developed to reduce and overcome cytotoxic T-lymphocyte antigen 4, a key negative feedback regulator of the T-cell anti-tumor response. This agent has frequently been used in the treatment of different malignancies, notably, malignant melanoma. Side effects with this agent occur in up to 40% and these are believed to be largely immune-mediated. One of these is a form of enterocolitis that may be severe, and occasionally, fatal. Other agents include rituximab (an anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody, bevacizumab (a monoclonal antibody against the vascular endothelial growth factor and anti-tumor necrosis factor agents, including infliximab, adalimumab and etanercept.

  15. A multi-agent architecture for geosimulation of moving agents

    Vahidnia, Mohammad H.; Alesheikh, Ali A.; Alavipanah, Seyed Kazem


    In this paper, a novel architecture is proposed in which an axiomatic derivation system in the form of first-order logic facilitates declarative explanation and spatial reasoning. Simulation of environmental perception and interaction between autonomous agents is designed with a geographic belief-desire-intention and a request-inform-query model. The architecture has a complementary quantitative component that supports collaborative planning based on the concept of equilibrium and game theory. This new architecture presents a departure from current best practices geographic agent-based modelling. Implementation tasks are discussed in some detail, as well as scenarios for fleet management and disaster management.

  16. Sensors for detecting biological agents

    Kim E. Sapsford


    Full Text Available Biological agents including viruses, bacteria, and other naturally occurring pathogenic organisms, along with the toxins they produce, are considered far harder to detect and defend against than chemical agents. Here we provide an overview of the predominant molecular sensing technologies for the detection of these agents. This includes biosensing strategies based upon use of antibodies, genomic analysis, biochemical testing, other recognition interactions, and cellular-based responses. We survey some popular sensing approaches, illustrate them with current examples showing how they have been applied, and discuss their intrinsic benefits and potential liabilities. Lastly, within the context of security applications, some approaches for integrating sensing technologies into field-portable devices are discussed.

  17. Agent review phase one report.

    Zubelewicz, Alex Tadeusz; Davis, Christopher Edward; Bauer, Travis LaDell


    This report summarizes the findings for phase one of the agent review and discusses the review methods and results. The phase one review identified a short list of agent systems that would prove most useful in the service architecture of an information management, analysis, and retrieval system. Reviewers evaluated open-source and commercial multi-agent systems and scored them based upon viability, uniqueness, ease of development, ease of deployment, and ease of integration with other products. Based on these criteria, reviewers identified the ten most appropriate systems. The report also mentions several systems that reviewers deemed noteworthy for the ideas they implement, even if those systems are not the best choices for information management purposes.

  18. Dopamine agents for hepatic encephalopathy

    Junker, Anders Ellekær; Als-Nielsen, Bodil; Gluud, Christian;


    BACKGROUND: Patients with hepatic encephalopathy may present with extrapyramidal symptoms and changes in basal ganglia. These changes are similar to those seen in patients with Parkinson's disease. Dopamine agents (such as bromocriptine and levodopa, used for patients with Parkinson's disease) have...... therefore been assessed as a potential treatment for patients with hepatic encephalopathy. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the beneficial and harmful effects of dopamine agents versus placebo or no intervention for patients with hepatic encephalopathy. SEARCH METHODS: Trials were identified through the Cochrane...... the trials followed participants after the end of treatment. Only one trial reported adequate bias control; the remaining four trials were considered to have high risk of bias. Random-effects model meta-analyses showed that dopamine agents had no beneficial or detrimental effect on hepatic...

  19. Multi-Agent Software Engineering

    This paper proposed an alarm-monitoring system for people based on multi-agent using maps. The system monitors the users physical context using their mobile phone. The agents on the mobile phones are responsible for collecting, processing and sending data to the server. They can determine the parameters of their environment by sensors. The data are processed and sent to the server. On the other side, a set of agents on server can store this data and check the preconditions of the restrictions associated with the user, in order to trigger the appropriate alarms. These alarms are sent not only to the user who is alarmed to avoid the appeared restriction, but also to his supervisor. The proposed system is a general purpose alarm system that can be used in different critical application areas. It has been applied for monitoring the workers of radiation sites. However, these workers can do their activity tasks in the radiation environments safely

  20. Monitoring presence of chemical agents

    The specification describes a case for use with a hand-portable chemical agent detector for continuously monitoring an atmosphere for the presence of predetermined chemical agents. The detector having means for ionizing air samples and providing at an output terminal electrical signals representative of the mobility spectrum of ionized chemical vapours produced by the ionizing means. The case comprises means for defining a chamber in the case for supporting and removably enclosing the detector, means for communicating ambient atmosphere to the chamber, electrical circuit means in the case, the circuit means being adapted to be detachably connected to the detector output terminal when the detector is positioned in the chamber and being responsive to the electrical signals for producing an alarm signal when the signals detect a chemical agent concentration in the atmosphere exceeding a predetermined concentration level, and alarm means responsive to the alarm signal. (author)

  1. Erythropoietic agents and the elderly.

    Agarwal, Neeraj; Prchal, Josef T


    Erythropoietin (Epo) is a peptide hormone that stimulates erythropoiesis. There are several agents in clinical use and in development that either act as ligands for the cell surface receptors of Epo or promote Epo production, which stimulates erythropoiesis. These are known as erythropoietic agents. The agents already in use include epoetin alfa, epoetin beta, and darbepoetin alfa. Newer agents under active investigation include continuous erythropoietin receptor activator (CERA) or proline hydroxylase inhibitors that increase hypoxia-inducible factor-1 (HIF-1), thereby stimulating Epo production and iron availability and supply. Erythropoietic agents have been shown to promote neuronal regeneration and to decrease post-stroke infarct size in mouse models. They have also been reported to shorten survival when used to treat anemia in many cancer patients and to increase thromboembolism. In contrast, rapid decrease of Epo levels as observed in astronauts and high-altitude dwellers upon rapid descent to sea level leads to the decrease of erythroid mass, a phenomenon known as "neocytolysis." The relative decrease in the serum Epo level is known to occur in some subjects with otherwise unexplained anemia of aging. Anemia by itself is a predictor of poor physical function in the elderly and is a significant economic burden on society. One out of every five persons in the United States will be elderly by 2050. Erythropoietic agents, by preventing and treating otherwise unexplained anemias of the elderly and anemia associated with other disease conditions of the elderly, have the potential to improve the functional capacity and to decrease the morbidity and mortality in the elderly, thereby alleviating the overall burden of medical care in society. PMID:18809098

  2. Autonomous sensor manager agents (ASMA)

    Osadciw, Lisa A.


    Autonomous sensor manager agents are presented as an algorithm to perform sensor management within a multisensor fusion network. The design of the hybrid ant system/particle swarm agents is described in detail with some insight into their performance. Although the algorithm is designed for the general sensor management problem, a simulation example involving 2 radar systems is presented. Algorithmic parameters are determined by the size of the region covered by the sensor network, the number of sensors, and the number of parameters to be selected. With straight forward modifications, this algorithm can be adapted for most sensor management problems.

  3. An overview of inotropic agents.

    Vroom, Margreeth B


    The use of inotropic agents has been surrounded by many controversies. Recent guidelines for the treatment of patients with chronic and acute heart failure have elucidated some of the issues, but many remain. As a result, a substantial variability in the use of agents between institutions and caregivers remains, which mainly results from the lack of uniform data in the literature. Prospective randomized trials with a long-term follow-up and sufficient power are clearly needed, and a number of trials are currently in progress. PMID:16959760

  4. Building Multi-Agent Systems Using Jason

    Boss, Niklas Skamriis; Jensen, Andreas Schmidt; Villadsen, Jørgen


    Technical University of Denmark (DTU). A part of this course was a short introduction to the multi-agent framework Jason, which is an interpreter for AgentSpeak, an agent-oriented programming language. As the final project in this course a solution to the Multi-Agent Programming Contest from 2007, the Gold...

  5. Using Agent to Coordinate Web Services

    Liu, C H; Chen, Jason J Y


    Traditionally, agent and web service are two separate research areas. We figure that, through agent communication, agent is suitable to coordinate web services. However, there exist agent communication problems due to the lack of uniform, cross-platform vocabulary. Fortunately, ontology defines a vocabulary. We thus propose a new agent communication layer and present the web ontology language (OWL)-based operational ontologies that provides a declarative description. It can be accessed by various engines to facilitate agent communication. Further, in our operational ontologies, we define the mental attitudes of agents that can be shared among other agents. Our architecture enhanced the 3APL agent platform, and it is implemented as an agent communication framework. Finally, we extended the framework to be compatible with the web ontology language for service (OWL-S), and then develop a movie recommendation system with four OWL-S semantic web services on the framework. The benefits of this work are: 1) dynamic ...

  6. Tc-99m imaging agents

    A wide range of pharmaceuticals for labeling with Tc-99m, developed by the Soreq Radiopharmaceuticals Department, is described. Details of the production and quality control of 13 kits are given, as well as the range of results required for consistently high quality imaging agents

  7. Antibacterial activities of antineoplastic agents.

    Bodet, C A; Jorgensen, J H; Drutz, D J


    Fourteen antineoplastic agents were examined for in vitro antibacterial activity against 101 aerobic and anaerobic bacterial isolates representing indigenous human microflora and selected opportunistic pathogens. Only 5-fluorouracil, mitomycin, and etoposide demonstrated inhibitory effects at achievable plasma concentrations, while the remaining drugs lacked appreciable antibacterial activities.

  8. Raspberry Pi for secret agents

    Sjogelid, Stefan


    This book is an easy-to-follow guide with practical examples in each chapter. Suitable for the novice and expert alike, each topic provides a fast and easy way to get started with exciting applications and also guides you through setting up the Raspberry Pi as a secret agent toolbox.

  9. Identity Management in Agent Systems

    Brazier, F.M.T.; Groot, de D.R.A.


    If agent-based applications are to be used in large scale, open environments, security is a main issue; digital identity management (DIDM) an essential element. DIDM is needed to be able to determine the rights and obligations of the four main

  10. Kriitikute lemmikfilm on "Agent Sinikael"


    Eesti Filmiajakirjanike Ühing andis kümnendat korda välja auhinda Aasta film 2002. Parimaks filmiks tunnistati mängufilm "Agent Sinikael" : režissöör Marko Raat. Viimane sai preemiaks Neitsi Maali kuju ja 12 000 krooni

  11. Improving agents using reliable communication

    Zheng, Jinbin


    Recent advances in introspective modalities and linear time symmetries do not necessarily obviate the need for web browsers [1]. In our research, we disprove the exploration of agents, which embodies the appropriate principles of electrical engineering. Here we demonstrate that even though semaphores and XML [1] are mostly incompatible, randomized algorithms and write-back caches are mostly incompatible.

  12. Foodborne illness and microbial agents

    Foodborne illnesses result from the consumption of food containing microbial agents such as bacteria, viruses, parasites or food contaminated by poisonous chemicals or bio-toxins. Pathogen proliferation is due to nutrient composition of foods, which are capable of supporting the growth of microorgan...

  13. Bridging humans via agent networks

    Recent drastic advance in telecommunication networks enabled the human organization of new class, teleorganization, which differ from any existing organization in that the organization which is easy to create by using telecommunication networks is virtual and remote, that people can join multiple organizations simultaneously, and that the organization can involve people who may not know each other. In order to enjoy the recent advance in telecommunication, the agent networks to help people organize themselves are needed. In this paper, an architecture of agent networks, in which each agent learns the preference or the utility functioin of the owner, and acts on behalf of the owner in maintaining the organization, is proposed. When an agent networks supports a human organization, the conventional human interface is divided into personal and social interfaces. The functionalities of the social interface in teleconferencing and telelearning were investigated. In both cases, the existence of B-ISDN is assumed, and the extension to the business meeting scheduling using personal handy phone (PHS) networks with personal digital assistant (PDA) terminals is expected. These circumstances are described. Mutual selection protocols (MSP) and their dynamic properties are explained. (K.I.)

  14. Anchor Toolkit - a secure mobile agent system

    Mudumbai, Srilekha S.; Johnston, William; Essiari, Abdelilah


    Mobile agent technology facilitates intelligent operation in software systems with less human interaction. Major challenge to deployment of mobile agents include secure transmission of agents and preventing unauthorized access to resources between interacting systems, as either hosts, or agents, or both can act maliciously. The Anchor toolkit, designed by LBNL, handles the transmission and secure management of mobile agents in a heterogeneous distributed computing environment. It provide...

  15. Providing Reliable Agents for Electronic Commerce

    Straßer, Markus; Rothermel, Kurt; Maihöfer, Christian


    It is widely agreed that mobile agents in conjunction with WWW technology will provide the technical foundation for future electronic commerce. A prerequisite for the use of mobile agents in a commercial environment is, that agents have to be executed reliable, independent of communication and node failure. In this paper, we first present a recently proposed fault-tolerant protocol to ensure the exactly-once execution of an agent by monitoring the agents execut...

  16. Halide test agent replacement study

    Banks, E.M.; Freeman, W.P.; Kovach, B.J. [and others


    The intended phaseout of the chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) from commercial use required the evaluation of substitute materials for the testing for leak paths through both individual adsorbers and installed adsorbent banks. The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Committee on Nuclear Air and Gas Treatment (CONAGT) is in charge of maintaining the standards and codes specifying adsorbent leak test methods for the nuclear safety related air cleaning systems. The currently published standards and codes cite the use of R-11, R-12 and R-112 for leak path test agents. All of these compounds are CFCs. There are other agencies and organizations (USDOE, USDOD and USNRC) also specifying testing for leak paths or in some cases for special life tests using the above compounds. The CONAGT has recently developed criteria for the suitability evaluation of substitute test agents. On the basis of these criteria, several compounds were evaluated for their acceptability as adsorbent bed leak and life test agents. The ASME CONAGT Test Agent Qualification Criteria. The test agent qualification is based on the following parameters: (1) Similar retention times on activated carbons at the same concentration levels as one of the following: R-11, R-12, R-112 or R-112a. (2) Similar lower detection limit sensitivity and precision in the concentration range of use as R-11, R-12, R-112 and R-112a. (3) Gives the same in-place leak test results as R-11, R-12, R-112, or R-112a. (4) Chemical and radiological stability under the use conditions. (5) Causes no degradation of the carbon and its impregnant or of the other NATS components under the use conditions. (6) Is listed in the USEPA Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) inventory for commercial use.

  17. Biologic agents in juvenile spondyloarthropathies.

    Katsicas, María Martha; Russo, Ricardo


    The juvenile spondyloarthropathies (JSpA) are a group of related rheumatic diseases characterized by involvement of peripheral large joints, axial joints, and entheses (enthesitis) that begin in the early years of life (prior to 16(th) birthday).The nomenclature and concept of spondyloarthropathies has changed during the last few decades. Although there is not any specific classification of JSpA, diseases under the spondyloarthropathy nomenclature umbrella in the younger patients include: the seronegative enthesitis and arthropathy (SEA) syndrome, juvenile ankylosing spondylitis, reactive arthritis, and inflammatory bowel disease-associated arthritis. Moreover, the ILAR criteria for Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis includes two categories closely related to spondyloarthritis: Enthesitis-related arthritis and psoriatic arthritis.We review the pathophysiology and the use of biological agents in JSpA. JSpA are idiopathic inflammatory diseases driven by an altered balance in the proinflammatory cytokines. There is ample evidence on the role of tumor necrosis factor (TNF) and interleukin-17 in the physiopathology of these entities. Several non-biologic and biologic agents have been used with conflicting results in the treatment of these complex diseases. The efficacy and safety of anti-TNF agents, such as etanercept, infliximab and adalimumab, have been analysed in controlled and uncontrolled trials, usually showing satisfactory outcomes. Other biologic agents, such as abatacept, tocilizumab and rituximab, have been insufficiently studied and their role in the therapy of SpA is uncertain. Interleukin-17-blocking agents are promising alternatives for the treatment of JSpA patients in the near future. Recommendations for the treatment of patients with JSpA have recently been proposed and are discussed in the present review. PMID:26968522

  18. Migration Dynamics in Artificial Agent Societies

    Harjot Kaur


    Full Text Available An Artificial Agent Society can be defined as a collection of agents interacting with each other for some purpose and/or inhabiting a specific locality, possibly in accordance to some common norms/rules. These societies are analogous to human and ecological societies, and are an expanding and emerging field in research about social systems. Social networks, electronic markets and disaster management organizations can be viewed as such artificial (open agent societies and can be best understood as computational societies. Members of such artificial agent societies are heterogeneous intelligent software agents which are operating locally and cooperating and coordinating with each other in order to achieve goals of an agent society. These artificial agent societies have some kind of dynamics existing in them in terms of dynamics of Agent Migration, Role-Assignment, Norm- Emergence, Security and Agent-Interaction. In this paper, we have described the dynamics of agent migration process, starting from the various types of agent migration, causes or reasons for agent migration, consequences of agent migration, and an agent migration framework to model the its behavior for migration of agents between societies.

  19. Laser interrogation of surface agents (LISA) for chemical agent reconnaissance

    Higdon, N. S.; Chyba, Thomas H.; Richter, Dale A.; Ponsardin, Patrick L.; Armstrong, Wayne T.; Lobb, C. T.; Kelly, Brian T.; Babnick, Robert D.; Sedlacek, Arthur J., III


    Laser Interrogation of Surface Agents (LISA) is a new technique which exploits Raman scattering to provide standoff detection and identification of surface-deposited chemical agents. ITT Industries, Advanced Engineering and Sciences Division is developing the LISA technology under a cost-sharing arrangement with the US Army Soldier and Biological Chemical Command for incorporation on the Army's future reconnaissance vehicles. A field-engineered prototype LISA-Recon system is being designed to demonstrate on-the- move measurements of chemical contaminants. In this article, we will describe the LISA technique, data form proof-of- concept measurements, the LISA-Recon design, and some of the future realizations envisioned for military sensing applications.

  20. The New Agent: A Qualitative Study to Strategically Adapt New Agent Professional Development

    Baker, Lauri M.; Hadley, Gregg


    The qualitative study reported here assessed the needs of agents related to new agent professional development to improve the current model. Agents who participated in new agent professional development within the last 5 years were selected to participate in focus groups to determine concerns and continued needs. Agents enjoyed networking and…

  1. CATS-based Agents That Err

    Callantine, Todd J.


    This report describes preliminary research on intelligent agents that make errors. Such agents are crucial to the development of novel agent-based techniques for assessing system safety. The agents extend an agent architecture derived from the Crew Activity Tracking System that has been used as the basis for air traffic controller agents. The report first reviews several error taxonomies. Next, it presents an overview of the air traffic controller agents, then details several mechanisms for causing the agents to err in realistic ways. The report presents a performance assessment of the error-generating agents, and identifies directions for further research. The research was supported by the System-Wide Accident Prevention element of the FAA/NASA Aviation Safety Program.

  2. Biological effects of mutagenic agents

    There is an increasing body of evidence that mutagenic agents (biological, chemical and physical) play an important role in the etiology of human diseases. Mutations may occur in the germinal as well as in the somatic cells. Mutations of the germ cells may result on infertility or fertilization of damaged cells, the later leading to abortion or birth of a malformed fetus. Somatic-cells mutations may have various biological effects, depending on the period of the human life at which the mutation occurs. If it occurs during the prenatal life, a teratogenic or carcinogenic effect will be observed. If the somatic cell is damaged during the postnatal life, this will lead to neoplastic transformation. Therefore it is extremely important to know the mutagenic, teratogenic and carcinogenic effects of various biological, chemical and physical agents in order to eliminate them from our environment. (author). 13 refs, 4 figs, 1 tab

  3. Extension agents and conflict narratives

    Bond, Jennifer Lauren


    Purpose: This work investigated the narratives of development extensionists in relation to natural resource conflict, in order to understand the competing discourses surrounding the wicked problems of natural resource management in Laikipia County, Kenya. Methodology: Q methodology was used to...... professionals from government, non-government, faith-based and private organizations. Findings: Four factors were elicited from the data, labelled—A: ‘Improved Leadership’; B: ‘Resource-centred conflict’; C: ‘Improved Governance’; and D: ‘Improved Management’. Practical Implications: Narratives of neo...... resource conflict. Originality: This work contributes to a growing body of literature interested in the role of extension agents in conflict management. By applying Q methodology, this work has shown that while extension agents are involved in conflict management, their perceptions of these conflicts are...

  4. Agent Based Individual Traffic Guidance

    Wanscher, Jørgen

    This thesis investigates the possibilities in applying Operations Research (OR) to autonomous vehicular traffic. The explicit difference to most other research today is that we presume that an agent is present in every vehicle - hence Agent Based Individual Traffic guidance (ABIT). The next...... that the system can be divided into two separate constituents. The immediate dispersion, which is used for small areas and quick response, and the individual alleviation, which considers the longer distance decision support. Both of these require intrinsicate models and cost functions which at the...... beginning of the project were not previously considered. We define a special inseparable cost function and develop a solution complex capable of using this cost function. In relation to calibration and estimation of statistical models used for dynamic route guidance we worked with generating random number...

  5. [Infectious agents and autoimmune diseases].

    Riebeling-Navarro, C; Madrid-Marina, V; Camarena-Medellín, B E; Peralta-Zaragoza, O; Barrera, R


    In this paper the molecular aspects of the relationships between infectious agents and autoimmune diseases, the mechanisms of immune response to infectious agents, and the more recent hypotheses regarding the cause of autoimmune diseases are discussed. The antigens are processed and selected by their immunogenicity, and presented by HLA molecules to the T cell receptor. These events initiate the immune response with the activation and proliferation of T-lymphocytes. Although there are several hypotheses regarding the cause of autoimmune diseases and too many findings against and in favor of them, there is still no conclusive data. All these hypothesis and findings are discussed in the context of the more recent advances. PMID:1615352

  6. Oral agents in multiple sclerosis.

    Lorefice, L; Fenu, G; Frau, J; Coghe, G C; Marrosu, M G; Cocco, E


    Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a complex autoimmune disease of the central nervous system. Disease-modifying drugs licensed for MS treatment have been developed to reduce relapse rates and halt disease progression. The majority of current MS drugs involve regular, parenteral administration, affecting long-term adherence and thus reducing treatment efficacy. Over the last two decades great progress has been made towards developing new MS therapies with different modes of action and biologic effects. In particular, oral drugs have generated much interest because of their convenience and positive impact on medication adherence. Fingolimod was the first launched oral treatment for relapsing-remitting MS; recently, Teriflunomide and Dimethyl fumarate have also been approved as oral disease-modifying agents. In this review, we summarize and discuss the history, pharmacodynamics, efficacy, and safety of oral agents that have been approved or are under development for the selective treatment of MS. PMID:25924620

  7. Logical Theories for Agent Introspection

    Bolander, Thomas


    Artificial intelligence systems (agents) generally have models of the environments they inhabit which they use for representing facts, for reasoning about these facts and for planning actions. Much intelligent behaviour seems to involve an ability to model not only one's external environment but...... self-reference. In the standard approach taken in artificial intelligence, the model that an agent has of its environment is represented as a set of beliefs. These beliefs are expressed as logical formulas within a formal, logical theory. When the logical theory is expressive enough to allow...... introspective reasoning, the presence of self-reference causes the theory to be prone to inconsistency. The challenge therefore becomes to construct logical theories supporting introspective reasoning while at the same time ensuring that consistency is retained. In the thesis, we meet this challenge by devising...

  8. Injectable agents affecting subcutaneous fats.

    Chen, David Lk; Cohen, Joel L; Green, Jeremy B


    Mesotherapy is an intradermal or subcutaneous injection of therapeutic agents to induce local effects, and was pioneered in Europe during the 1950s. For the past 2 decades, there has been significant interest in the use of mesotherapy for minimally invasive local fat contouring. Based on the theorized lipolytic effects of the agent phosphatidylcholine, initial attempts involved its injection into subcutaneous tissue. With further studies, however, it became apparent that the activity attributed to phosphatidylcholine mesotherapy was due to the adipolytic effects of deoxycholate, a detergent used to solubilize phosphatidylcholine. Since then, clinical trials have surfaced that demonstrate the efficacy of a proprietary formulation of deoxycholate for local fat contouring. Current trials on mesotherapy with salmeterol, a b-adrenergic agonist and lipolysis stimulator, are underway-with promising preliminary results as well. PMID:26566569

  9. Topical agents in burn care

    Momčilović Dragan


    Introduction Understanding of fluid shifts and recognition of the importance of early and appropriate fluid replacement therapy have significantly reduced mortality in the early post burn period. After the bum patient successfully passes the resuscitation period, the burn wound represents the greatest threat to survival. History Since the dawn of civilization, man has been trying to find an agent which would help burn wounds heal, and at the same time, not harm general condition of the injure...

  10. Building Hybrid Soft Computing Agents

    Neruda, Roman

    Anheim : ACTA Press, 2003 - (Castillo, O.), s. 7-11 ISBN 0-88986-347-4. [IASTED International Conference on Neural Networks and Computational Intelligence. Cancun (MX), 19.05.2003-21.05.2003] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GP201/03/P163 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z1030915 Keywords : evolutionary algorithms * multi - agent system s * hybrid methods Subject RIV: BA - General Mathematics


    Aruna Rani; A. K. Gautam


    The MSA Agent is the software developed to design rectangular and U slotted micro strip antenna.It is applied for the various applications such as satellite communications, UHF applications. Within the multimedia frequency range the developed software is tested and analyzed for various results. The software is developed using genetic algorithm. This provides extra flexibility and new capability to design rectangular and U slotted micro strip antenna for multimedia application also. The result...

  12. Provably Bounded-Optimal Agents

    Russell, S J; Subramanian, D.


    Since its inception, artificial intelligence has relied upon a theoretical foundation centered around perfect rationality as the desired property of intelligent systems. We argue, as others have done, that this foundation is inadequate because it imposes fundamentally unsatisfiable requirements. As a result, there has arisen a wide gap between theory and practice in AI, hindering progress in the field. We propose instead a property called bounded optimality. Roughly speaking, an agent is boun...

  13. Autonomous Behavior of Computational Agents

    Vaculín, Roman; Neruda, Roman

    Wien : Springer-Verlag, 2005 - (Ribiero, B.; Albrecht, R.; Dobnikar, A.; Pearson, D.; Steele, N.), s. 514-517 ISBN 3-211-24934-6. [ICANNGA'2005 /7./. Coimbra (PT), 21.03.2005-23.03.2005] R&D Projects: GA AV ČR 1ET100300419 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10300504 Keywords : computational agents * autonomous behavior * reasoning Subject RIV: BA - General Mathematics

  14. Agent Simulation of Chain Bankruptcy

    Yuichi Ikeda; Yoshi Fujiwara; Wataru Souma; Hideaki Aoyama; Hiroshi Iyetomi


    We have conducted an agent-based simulation of chain bankruptcy. The propagation of credit risk on a network, i.e., chain bankruptcy, is the key to nderstanding largesized bankruptcies. In our model, decrease of revenue by the loss of accounts payable is modeled by an interaction term, and bankruptcy is defined as a capital deficit. Model parameters were estimated using financial data for 1,077 listed Japanese firms. Simulations of chain bankruptcy on the real transaction network consisting o...

  15. Crimen organizado y agente encubierto

    Herrero Reus, Ignacio


    Uno de los objetivos de la justicia penal actual es la lucha contra la criminalidad organizada, bien por su propia naturaleza de “crimen organizado”, bien porque presenta elementos trasnacionales que impiden su investigación a fondo. Todo ello exige la creación de recursos que permitan la investigación de dichos delitos, recursos como el de infiltración de los agentes policiales, objeto del trabajo.

  16. Dimensions and Issues of Mobile Agent Technology

    Yashpal Singh


    Full Text Available Mobile Agent is a type of software system which acts “intelligently” on one’s behalf with the feature of autonomy, learning ability and most importantly mobility. Now mobile agents are gaining interest in the research community. In this article mobile agents will be addressed as tools for mobile computing. Mobile agents have been used in applications ranging from network management to information management. We present mobile agent concept, characteristics, classification, need, applications and technical constraints in the mobile technology. We also provide a brief case study about how mobile agent is used for information retrieval.

  17. Antagonistic formation motion of cooperative agents

    卢婉婷; 代明香; 薛方正


    This paper investigates a new formation motion problem of a class of first-order multi-agent systems with antagonis-tic interactions. A distributed formation control algorithm is proposed for each agent to realize the antagonistic formation motion. A sufficient condition is derived to ensure that all agents make an antagonistic formation motion in a distributed manner. It is shown that all agents can be spontaneously divided into several groups, and agents in the same group collab-orate while agents in different groups compete. Finally, a numerical simulation is included to demonstrate our theoretical results.

  18. Agent planning in AgScala

    Tošić, Saša; Mitrović, Dejan; Ivanović, Mirjana


    Agent-oriented programming languages are designed to simplify the development of software agents, especially those that exhibit complex, intelligent behavior. This paper presents recent improvements of AgScala, an agent-oriented programming language based on Scala. AgScala includes declarative constructs for managing beliefs, actions and goals of intelligent agents. Combined with object-oriented and functional programming paradigms offered by Scala, it aims to be an efficient framework for developing both purely reactive, and more complex, deliberate agents. Instead of the Prolog back-end used initially, the new version of AgScala relies on Agent Planning Package, a more advanced system for automated planning and reasoning.

  19. A++: An Agent Oriented Programming Language

    Deyi Xue


    Full Text Available A new Agent-Oriented Programming (AOP language called A++ is introduced in this research for developing agent-based distributed systems. In this work, agent-oriented programming is defined as a programming method with characteristics of distribution, autonomy, concurrency, and mobility. Both agents and objects can be modeled in A++. In addition to data and methods that can be defined in objects including classes and instances, each agent is also associated with an independent computing process in agent-oriented programming.

  20. Pharmacologic Agents for Chronic Diarrhea.

    Lee, Kwang Jae


    Chronic diarrhea is usually associated with a number of non-infectious causes. When definitive treatment is unavailable, symptomatic drug therapy is indicated. Pharmacologic agents for chronic diarrhea include loperamide, 5-hydroxytryptamine type 3 (5-HT3) receptor antagonists, diosmectite, cholestyramine, probiotics, antispasmodics, rifaximin, and anti-inflammatory agents. Loperamide, a synthetic opiate agonist, decreases peristaltic activity and inhibits secretion, resulting in the reduction of fluid and electrolyte loss and an increase in stool consistency. Cholestyramine is a bile acid sequestrant that is generally considered as the first-line treatment for bile acid diarrhea. 5-HT3 receptor antagonists have significant benefits in patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) with diarrhea. Ramosetron improves stool consistency as well as global IBS symptoms. Probiotics may have a role in the prevention of antibiotic-associated diarrhea. However, data on the role of probiotics in the treatment of chronic diarrhea are lacking. Diosmectite, an absorbent, can be used for the treatment of chronic functional diarrhea, radiation-induced diarrhea, and chemotherapy-induced diarrhea. Antispasmodics including alverine citrate, mebeverine, otilonium bromide, and pinaverium bromide are used for relieving diarrheal symptoms and abdominal pain. Rifaximin can be effective for chronic diarrhea associated with IBS and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. Budesonide is effective in both lymphocytic colitis and collagenous colitis. The efficacy of mesalazine in microscopic colitis is weak or remains uncertain. Considering their mechanisms of action, these agents should be prescribed properly. PMID:26576135

  1. Multi-agent autonomous system

    Fink, Wolfgang (Inventor); Dohm, James (Inventor); Tarbell, Mark A. (Inventor)


    A multi-agent autonomous system for exploration of hazardous or inaccessible locations. The multi-agent autonomous system includes simple surface-based agents or craft controlled by an airborne tracking and command system. The airborne tracking and command system includes an instrument suite used to image an operational area and any craft deployed within the operational area. The image data is used to identify the craft, targets for exploration, and obstacles in the operational area. The tracking and command system determines paths for the surface-based craft using the identified targets and obstacles and commands the craft using simple movement commands to move through the operational area to the targets while avoiding the obstacles. Each craft includes its own instrument suite to collect information about the operational area that is transmitted back to the tracking and command system. The tracking and command system may be further coupled to a satellite system to provide additional image information about the operational area and provide operational and location commands to the tracking and command system.

  2. An Agent Based Classification Model

    Gu, Feng; Greensmith, Julie


    The major function of this model is to access the UCI Wisconsin Breast Can- cer data-set[1] and classify the data items into two categories, which are normal and anomalous. This kind of classifi cation can be referred as anomaly detection, which discriminates anomalous behaviour from normal behaviour in computer systems. One popular solution for anomaly detection is Artifi cial Immune Sys- tems (AIS). AIS are adaptive systems inspired by theoretical immunology and observed immune functions, principles and models which are applied to prob- lem solving. The Dendritic Cell Algorithm (DCA)[2] is an AIS algorithm that is developed specifi cally for anomaly detection. It has been successfully applied to intrusion detection in computer security. It is believed that agent-based mod- elling is an ideal approach for implementing AIS, as intelligent agents could be the perfect representations of immune entities in AIS. This model evaluates the feasibility of re-implementing the DCA in an agent-based simulation environ- ...

  3. 14th International Conference on Practical Applications of Agents and Multi-Agent Systems : Special Sessions

    Escalona, María; Corchuelo, Rafael; Mathieu, Philippe; Vale, Zita; Campbell, Andrew; Rossi, Silvia; Adam, Emmanuel; Jiménez-López, María; Navarro, Elena; Moreno, María


    PAAMS, the International Conference on Practical Applications of Agents and Multi-Agent Systems is an evolution of the International Workshop on Practical Applications of Agents and Multi-Agent Systems. PAAMS is an international yearly tribune to present, to discuss, and to disseminate the latest developments and the most important outcomes related to real-world applications. It provides a unique opportunity to bring multi-disciplinary experts, academics and practitioners together to exchange their experience in the development of Agents and Multi-Agent Systems. This volume presents the papers that have been accepted for the 2016 in the special sessions: Agents Behaviours and Artificial Markets (ABAM); Advances on Demand Response and Renewable Energy Sources in Agent Based Smart Grids (ADRESS); Agents and Mobile Devices (AM); Agent Methodologies for Intelligent Robotics Applications (AMIRA); Learning, Agents and Formal Languages (LAFLang); Multi-Agent Systems and Ambient Intelligence (MASMAI); Web Mining and ...

  4. Borrelioses, agentes e vetores Borrelioses, agents and vectors: a review

    Cleber O. Soares


    Full Text Available As borrelioses são enfermidades infecciosas determinadas por espiroquetas do gênero Borrelia, agentes transmissíveis, principalmente, por carrapatos aos animais e/ou ao homem. Nesta revisão são apresentadas e discutidas as enfermidades determinadas por borrélias, bem como as características gerais das espiroquetas, os aspectos relacionados a transmissão por artrópodes, as enfermidades nos animais domésticos e silvestres, quanto aos aspectos biológicos e patológicos, a doença de Lyme como principal zoonose do grupo, a associação de borrélia com outros agentes hematozoários e os métodos diagnósticos e a epidemiologia comparativa entre dados obtidos no Brasil com os de outros países. Estas borrelioses possuem características patológicas, clínicas e epidemiológicas variadas de acordo à região fisiográfica, devido à existência de distintas espécies, genoespécies e cepas; estes aspectos variam ainda em função dos artrópodes vetores, da interação vetor-patógeno e dos ecossistemas distintos.Borrelioses are infectous diseases caused by spirochaetes of the genus Borrelia. They are born mainly through ticks at animals and/or human beings. In this review are shown and discussed five groups of diseases determined by borrelia, general characteristics of the spirochaetes, aspects related to transmission by arthropods, biological and pathological aspects of the diseases in domestic and wild animals, Lyme disease as an important zoonosis, the association of borrelia with other hematozoa agents, the diagnostic methods and the comparative epidemiology with data obtained from Brazil and other countries. The borrelioses have pathological, clinical and epidemiological characteristics which vary according to physiographic regions due to the existence of different species, genospecies and strains of borrelia, of arthropod vectors, vector-agent relationship and of different ecocystems.

  5. Important drugs for cough in advanced cancer.

    Homsi, J; Walsh, D; Nelson, K A


    Cough is a defense mechanism that prevents the entry of noxious materials into the respiratory system and clears foreign materials and excess secretions from the lungs and respiratory tract. In advanced cancer, it is a common symptom that interferes with the patient's daily activity and quality of life. Empiric treatment with antitussive agents is often needed. Two classes of antitussive drugs are available: (1) centrally acting: (a) opioids and (b) non-opioids; (2) peripherally acting: (a) directly and (b) indirectly. Antitussive availability varies widely around the world. Many antitussives, such as benzonatate, codeine, hydrocodone, and dextromethorphan, were extensively studied in the acute and chronic cough settings and showed relatively high efficacy and safety profiles. Benzonatate, clobutinol, dihydrocodeine, hydrocodone, and levodropropizine were the only antitussives specifically studied in cancer and advanced cancer cough. They all have shown to be effective and safe in recommended daily dose for cough. In advanced cancer the patient's current medications, previous antitussive use, the availability of routes of administration, any history of drug abuse, the presence of other symptoms and other factors, all have a role in the selection of antitussives for prescription. A good knowledge of the pharmacokinetics, dosage, efficacy, and side effects of the available antitussives provides for better management. PMID:11762966

  6. Learning other agents` preferences in multiagent negotiation

    Bui, H.H.; Kieronska, D.; Venkatesh, S. [Curtin Univ. of Technology, Perth, WA (Australia)


    In multiagent systems, an agent does not usually have complete information about the preferences and decision making processes of other agents. This might prevent the agents from making coordinated choices, purely due to their ignorance of what others want. This paper describes the integration of a learning module into a communication-intensive negotiating agent architecture. The learning module gives the agents the ability to learn about other agents` preferences via past interactions. Over time, the agents can incrementally update their models of other agents` preferences and use them to make better coordinated decisions. Combining both communication and learning, as two complement knowledge acquisition methods, helps to reduce the amount of communication needed on average, and is justified in situations where communication is computationally costly or simply not desirable (e.g. to preserve the individual privacy).

  7. Agent Communication Channel Based on BACnet

    Jiang Wen-bin; Zhou Man-li


    We analyze the common shortcoming in the existing agent MTPs (message transport protocols). With employing the File object and related service AtomicWriteFile of BACnet (a data communication protocol building automation and control networks), a new method of agent message transport is proposed and implemented. Every agent platform (AP) has one specified File object and agents in another AP can communicate with agents in the AP by using AtomicWriteFile service. Agent messages can be in a variety of formats. In implementation, BACnet/IP and Ethernet are applied as the BACnet data link layers respectively. The experiment results show that the BACnet can provide perfect support for agent communication like other conventional protocols such as hypertext transfer protocol(HTTP), remote method invocation (RMI) etc. and has broken through the restriction of TCP/IP. By this approach, the agent technology is introduced into the building automation control network system.

  8. Analysis and Optimization for Mobile Agent Communication

    YANGBo; LIUDayou


    Communication performance is one of the most important factors affecting the efficiency of mobile agent system. Only traditional optimization techniques for communication performance are not enough, especially in large-scale intelligent mobile agent system, so more intelligent optimization techniques are needed. In the background, the paper studies communication of mobile agent system from the viewpoint of performance. The paper makes qualitative and quantitative analysis of four important factors that will affect the communication performance of mobile agent system and presents the communication performance optimization model. The model hasthree primary functions. First, the model provides a formalism method to describe the communication task and process of mobile agent. Second, the model provides a means to make quantitative analysis of the performance of mobile agent system. Third, the model can plan out an optimal communication scheme for mobile agent to minimize the cost of whole communication. The model could thus be a building block for the optimization of the communication behavior of mobile agent.

  9. Comparison of Communication Models for Mobile Agents

    Xining Li


    Full Text Available An agent is a self-contained process being acting on behalf of a user. A Mobile Agent is an agent roaming the internet to access data and services, and carry out its assigned task remotely. This paper will focus on the communication models for Mobile Agents. Generally speaking, communication models concern with problems of how to name Mobile Agents, how to establish communication relationships, how to trace moving agents, and how to guarantee reliable communication. Some existing MA systems are purely based on RPC-style communication, whereas some adopts asynchronous message passing, or event registration/handling. Different communication concepts suitable for Mobile Agents are well discussed in [1]. However, we will investigate these concepts and existing models from a different point view: how to track down agents and deliver messages in a dynamic, changing world.

  10. A Framework for Multi-Agent Planning

    Bos, A; Tonino, J.F.M.; De Weerdt, M.M.; Witteveen, C.


    We introduce a computational framework, consisting of resources, skills, goals and services to represent the plans of individual agents and to develop models and algorithms for cooperation processes between a collection of agents.