Opiate Antagonists

Opiate Antagonists

Opiate antagonists have no agonist properties. They are utilized to reverse opiate induced respiratory depression and to prevent drug abuse.

A. Naloxone

 Pure opiate antagonist , Short duration of action,  Only 1/50th as potent orally as parenterally

B. Naltrexone

Pure opiate antagonist, Long duration of action, Better oral efficacy


Acute suppurative osteomyelitis

Acute suppurative osteomyelitis

  • Serious sequela of periapical infection.
  • Leads to spread of pus through the medullary cavities of bone.
  • Depending upon the main site of involvement of bone, can be of two types-
  1. Acute intramedullary
  2. Acute subperiosteal

Acute Intramedullary Osteomyelitis


  • Patient experiences dull , continuous pain , indurated swelling forms over the affected region of jaw involving the cheek , febrile.
  • When mandible involved, loss of sensation occurs on lower lip on affected side due to involvement of inferior alveolar nerve.
  • Teeth become loose later along with tender on percussion
  • Pus discharge , trismus , foul smell , regional lymphadenopathy , weakness


  • Earliest radiographic change is that trabeculae in involved area are thin, of poor density & slightly blurred.
  • Subsequently multiple radiolucencies appear which become apparent on radiograph.
  • In some cases there is saucer shaped area of destruction with irregular margins.
  • Loss of continuity of lamina dura, seen in more than one tooth.


  • Dense infiltration of marrow by polymorphonuclear leukocytes.
  • Bone trabeculae in involved site (sequestrum) are devoid of cells in the lacunae.
  • separation of considerable portions of devitalized bone.


Acute Subperiosteal Osteomyelitis


  • Pain , febrile condition , i/o and e/o swelling , parasthesia
  • Bone involvement limited to localized areas of cortex.
  • Pus ruptures rapidly through the overlying cortex, tracks along the surface of mandible under the periosteal sheath.
  • Elevation of periosteum from cortex is followed eventually by minute cortical sequestration.



Two methods are known for genetic variation in bacteria: mutation and gene transfer.

Mutation : Any change in the sequence of bases of DNA, irrespective of detectable changes in the cell phenotype. Mutations may be spontaneous or induced by various agents which are known as mutagens. 

Spontaneous Mutations: Arise from enzymatic imperfections during DNA replications or with transient insertions of transposable elements.

Induced Mutations: Mutation by physical and chemical mutagens.

Physical mutagens  ultraviolet rays and high-energy ionizing radiations. The primary effect of UV rays on DNA is the production of pyrmidine dimers whereas ionizing radiations cause single_stranded breaks the DNA molecules.

Chemical mutagens :Affecting nucleotide sequence

(i) Agents which cause error in base pairing (e.g. nitrous acid and alkylating agents).
(ii) Agents which cause errors in DNA replication (e.g. acridine dyes such as acridine orange and profiavine).
(iii) Base analogs which are incorporated into DNA and cause replication errors (e.g. 5-bromouracil)

Gene Transfer

Transformation: Uptake of naked DNA

Transduction    : Infection by a nonlethal bacteriophage

Conjugation    : Mating between cells in contact

Protoplast fusion

Transformation: Gene transfer by soluble DNA is called as transformation. it requires that DNA be absorbed by the cell, gain entrance to the cytoplasm and undergo recombination with the host genome. 

Artificial Transformation(transfection) :Some of the bacteria (such as Escherichia coli) resist transformation until they are subjected to some special treatment such as CaCl2 to make the bacterium more permeable to DNA. Such modified cells can also take up intact double stranded DNA extracted from viruses or in the shape of plasmids. Though the process is same as transformation, it is 9 as transfection because it results in infection by an abnormal route

Transduction :The type of gene transfer in which the DNA of one bacterial cell is introduced into another bacterial cell by viral infection is known as transduction. This introduces only a small fragment of DNA. Because the DNA is protected from damage by the surrounding phage coat, transduction is an easier to perform and more reproducible process than transduction. ,

Two types of transduction are known.

- Generalized transduction When a bacteriophage picks up fragments of host DNA at random and can transfer any genes

-  Specialised transduction: phage DNA that has been integrated into the host chromosome is excised along with a few adjacent genes, which the phage can then transfer.

After entry into the host cell, the phage DNA gets incorporated into the host chromosome in such a way that the two genomes are linearly contiguous (lysogeny). The phage genome in this stage is known as prophage, The host cell acquires a significant new property as a consequence of lysogeny because it becomes immune to infection by homologous phage. This is hence called as lysogenic conversion and endow toxigenicity to Corynebacterium diphtheriae

Abortive Transduction :phage DNA fails to integrated into the host chromosome, the process is called as abortive transduction The phage DNA does not replicate and along with binary fission Of the host it goes into one of the daughter cells.

Conjugation :This is defined as the transfer of DNA directly from on bacterial. .cell to another by a mechanism that requires cell-to-cell contact. 

The capacity to donate DNA depends upon the possession of the fertility (F) factor. The F pili  also retard male-male union. Concomitant with effective male-female pair formation, the circular DNA bearing the F factor is converted to a linear form that is transferred to the female cell in a sequential manner. DNA replication occurs in the male cell and the newly synthesized, semiconserved DNA molecule remains in the male. This ensures postmating characters of the male.

Conjugation in Different Bacteria: Unusual form of plasmid transfer, called phase mediated conjugation has  been reported to occur with some strains of Staphylococcus aureus.

Protoplast Fusion: Also called as genetic transfusion. Under osmotically buffered Conditions protoplast fusion takes place by joining of cell membrane and generation of cytoplasmic bridges through which genetic material can be exchanged.

Transposons: Transposons  Tn  are  DNA sequences which are incapable of autonomous existence and which transpose blocks of genetic material back and forth between cell Chromosome and smaller replicons such as plasmids. insertion sequences (IS ) are another similar group of nucleotides which can move from one chromosome to another

Genetic material. IS and  Tn are collectively also known as transposable elements or Jumping genes. These are now recognised to play an important role in bringing about vanous types of mutations.


Seizure classification

Seizure classification:

based on degree of CNS involvement, involves simple ( Jacksonian; sensory or motor cortex) or complex symptoms (involves temporal lobe)

1.    Generalized (whole brain involved): 

a.    Tonic-clonic:

Grand Mal; ~30% incidence; unconsiousness, tonic contractions (sustained contraction of muscle groups) followed by clonic contractions (alternating contraction/relaxation); happens for ~ 2-3 minutes and people don’t breathe during this time

Drugs: phenytoin, carbamazepine, Phenobarbital, lamotrigine, valproic acid

Status epilepticus: continuous seizures; use diazepam (short duration) or diazepam + phenytoin

b.    Absence:

Petit Mal; common in children; frequent, brief lapses of consciousness with or without clonic motor activity; see spike and wave EEg at 3 Hz (probably relates to thalamocorticoreverburating circuit)

Drugs: ethosuximide, lamotrigine, valproic acid

c.    Myoclonic: uncommon; isolated clinic jerks associated with bursts of EEG spikes; 

Drugs: lamotrigine, valproic acid

d.    Atonic/akinetic: drop seizures; uncommon; sudden, brief loss of postural muscle tone
Drugs: valproic acid and lamotrigine

2.    Partial:  focal

a.    Simple:  Jacksonian; remain conscious; involves motor or sensory seizures (hot, cold, tingling common)

Drugs: carbamazepine, phenytoin, Phenobarbital, lamotrigine, valproic acid, gabapentin

b.    Complex: temporal lobe or psychomotor; produced by abnormal electrical activity in temporal lobe (involves emotional functions)

Symptoms: abnormal psychic, cognitive, and behavioral function; seizures consist of confused/altered behavior with impaired consciousness (may be confused with psychoses like schizophrenia or dementia)

Drugs: carbamazepine, phenytoin, laotrigine, valproic acid, gabapentin

Generalizations: most seizures can’t be cured but can be controlled by regular administration of anticonvulsants (many types require treatment for years to decades); drug treatment can effectively control seizures in ~ 80% of patients



The elements of the innate (non-specific) immune system include anatomical barriers, secretory molecules and cellular components. 

Among the mechanical anatomical barriers are the skin and internal epithelial layers, the movement of the intestines and the oscillation of broncho-pulmonary cilia. 

Associated with these protective surfaces are chemical and biological agents.

A. Anatomical barriers to infections

1. Mechanical factors

The epithelial surfaces form a physical barrier that is very impermeable to most infectious agents. Thus, the skin acts as our first line of defense against invading organisms. The desquamation of skin epithelium also helps remove bacteria and other infectious agents that have adhered to the epithelial surfaces. 

2. Chemical factors

Fatty acids in sweat inhibit the growth of bacteria. Lysozyme and phospholipase found in tears, saliva and nasal secretions can breakdown the cell wall of bacteria and destabilize bacterial membranes. The low pH of sweat and gastric secretions prevents growth of bacteria. Defensins (low molecular weight proteins) found in the lung and gastrointestinal tract have antimicrobial activity. Surfactants in the lung act as opsonins (substances that promote phagocytosis of particles by phagocytic cells). 

3. Biological factors

The normal flora of the skin and in the gastrointestinal tract can prevent the colonization of pathogenic bacteria by secreting toxic substances or by competing with pathogenic bacteria for nutrients or attachment to cell surfaces.

B. Humoral barriers to infection

Humoral factors play an important role in inflammation, which is characterized by edema and the recruitment of phagocytic cells. These humoral factors are found in serum or they are formed at the site of infection.

1. Complement system – The complement system is the major humoral non-specific defense mechanism (see complement chapter). Once activated complement can lead to increased vascular permeability, recruitment of phagocytic cells, and lysis and opsonization of bacteria. 

2. Coagulation system – Depending on the severity of the tissue injury, the coagulation system may or may not be activated. Some products of the coagulation system can contribute to the non-specific defenses because of their ability to increase vascular permeability and act as chemotactic agents for phagocytic cells. In addition, some of the products of the coagulation system are directly antimicrobial. For example, beta-lysin, a protein produced by platelets during coagulation can lyse many Gram positive bacteria by acting as a cationic detergent.

3. Lactoferrin and transferrin – By binding iron, an essential nutrient for bacteria, these proteins limit bacterial growth.

4. Interferons – Interferons are proteins that can limit virus replication in cells.

5. Lysozyme – Lysozyme breaks down the cell wall of bacteria. 

6. Interleukin -1 – Il-1 induces fever and the production of acute phase proteins, some of which are antimicrobial because they can opsonize bacteria.

C. Cellular barriers to infection

Part of the inflammatory response is the recruitment of polymorphonuclear eosinophiles and macrophages to sites of infection. These cells are the main line of defense in the non-specific immune system.

1. Neutrophils – Polymorphonuclear cells  are recruited to the site of infection where they phagocytose invading organisms and kill them intracellularly. In addition, PMNs contribute to collateral tissue damage that occurs during inflammation.

2. Macrophages – Tissue macrophages  and newly recruited monocytes , which differentiate into macrophages, also function in phagocytosis and intracellular killing of microorganisms. In addition, macrophages are capable of extracellular killing of infected or altered self target cells. Furthermore, macrophages contribute to tissue repair and act as antigen-presenting cells, which are required for the induction of specific immune responses.

3. Natural killer (NK) and lymphokine activated killer (LAK) cells – NK and LAK cells can nonspecifically kill virus infected and tumor cells. These cells are not part of the inflammatory response but they are important in nonspecific immunity to viral infections and tumor surveillance. 

4. Eosinophils – Eosinophils  have proteins in granules that are effective in killing certain parasites.



Cell parts:

Mitochondrion – double MB structure responsible for cellular metabolism – powerhouse of the cell

Nucleus – controls synthetic activities and stores genetic information

Ribosome – site of mRNA attachment and amino acid assembly, protein synthesis

Endoplasmic reticulum – functions in intracellular transportation

Gogli apparatus/complex – composed of membranous sacs – involved in production of large CHO molecules & lysosomes

Lysosome – organelle contains hydrolytic enzymes necessary for intracellular digestion

Membrane bag containing digestive enzymes

Cellular food digestion – lysosome MB fuses w/ MB of food vacuole & squirts the enzymes inside. Digested food diffuses through the vacuole MB to enter the cell to be used for energy or growth. Lysosome MB keeps the cell iself from being digested 

-Involved mostly in cells that like to phagocytose
-Involved in autolytic and digestive processes
-Formed when the Golgi complex packages up an especially large vesicle of digestive enzyme proteins

– vesicle that forms around a particle (bacterial or other) w/in the phagocyte that engulfed it
- Then separates from the cell membrane bag & fuses w/ lysozome to receive contents
- This coupling forms phagolysosomes in which digestion of the engulfed particle occurs

- Contain catalase
- Bounded by a single membrane bag
-  Compartments specialized for specific metabolic pathways
-  Similar in function to lysosomes, but are smaller & isolate metabolic reactions involving H2O2

-  Two general families:
·        Peroxisomes: transfer H2 to O2, producing H2O2 – generally not found in plants
·        Glyoxysomes: common in fat-storing tissues of the germinating seeds of plants
¨      Contain enzymes that convert fats to sugar to make the energy stored in the oils of the seed available


– transitory, non-living metabolic byproducts found in the cytoplasm of the cell
- May appear as fat droplets, CHO accumulations, or engulfed foreign matter.



Half‐life of 45 hrs. Once‐daily dosing. Delay onset of  action.

High doses inhibits PMN migration, decrease oxygen  radical production, inhibits lymphocyte function. 

used to relieve the symptoms of  arthritis, primary dysmenorrhoea, pyrexia; and as an analgesic,non-selective  cyclooxygenase (COX) inhibitor

The risk of adverse side efects is nearly ten times higher than with other NSAIDs. Peptic ulcer (9.5 higher)

Wuchereria bancrofti

Wuchereria bancrofti, Brugia malayi (Filariasis)
 - the microfilaria of Wuchereria bancrofti or Brugia malayi (nematodes) are transmitted to man by the bite of infected mosquitoes (Anophele, Aedes, Culex).
 - microfilaria characteristically circulate in the bloodstream at night and enter into the lymphatics, where they mature and produce an inflammatory reaction resulting in lymphedema (elephantiasis) of the legs, scrotum, etc. 



Asthma is

(1) An obstructive lung disease characterized by narrowing of the airways.

Inflammation of the airways is a major component of asthma.

(2) Common symptoms are dyspnea, wheezing on expiration, and coughing.

(3) Two types:

(a) Extrinsic (allergic, atopic) asthma

(i) An atopic allergy caused by a type I immediate hypersensitivity immune reaction to an allergen.

(ii) Seen in children, adults.

(b) Intrinsic (nonallergic) asthma

(i) Not caused by an allergic reaction.

(ii) Mostly seen in adults.

The disorder is a chronic inflammatory condition in which the airways develop increased responsiveness to various stimuli, characterized by bronchial hyper-responsiveness, inflammation, increased mucus production, and intermittent airway obstruction.

Signs and symptoms

  • The clinical hallmarks of an attack are shortness of breath (dyspnea) and wheezing
  • A cough—sometimes producing clear sputum—may also be present
  • The onset is often sudden; there is a "sense of constriction" in the chest, breathing becomes difficult, and wheezing occurs
  • Signs of an asthmatic episode are wheezing, rapid breathing (tachypnea), prolonged expiration, a rapid heart rate (tachycardia), rhonchous lung sounds (audible through a stethoscope), and over-inflation of the chest.
  • During very severe attacks asthma sufferer can turn blue due to lack of oxygen , can experience chest pain or even loss of consciousness, may lead to respiratory arrest and death



Bronchoconstriction : asthma is the result of an abnormal immune response in the bronchial airways. The airways of asthmatics are "hypersensitive" to certain triggers, also known as stimuli, these stimuli include allergens, medications , air pollution, early child hood infection, exercise, emotional stress

Bronchial inflammation asthma resulting from an immune response to inhaled allergens—are the best understood of the causal factors. In both asthmatics and non-asthmatics, inhaled allergens that find their way to the inner airways are ingested by a type of cell known as antigen presenting cells These activate an humoral immune response. The humoral immune system produces antibodies against the inhaled allergen. Later, when an asthmatic inhales the same allergen, these antibodies "recognize" it and activate a humoral response. Inflammation results: chemicals are produced that cause the airways to constrict and release more mucus, and the cell-mediated arm of the immune system is activated. The inflammatory response is responsible for the clinical manifestations of an asthma attack

Symptomatic Treatment

Episodes of wheeze and shortness of breath generally respond to inhaled  bronchodilators which work by relaxing the smooth muscle in the walls of the bronchi., More severe episodes may need short courses of inhaled, oral, or intravenous steroids which suppress  inflammation and reduce the swelling of the lining of the airway.

Bronchodilators (usually inhaled)

Short-acting selective  beta2-adrenoceptor agonists(salbutamol, terbutaline)

less selective adrenergic agonists, such as inhaled epinephrine and ephedrine tablets


Systemic steroids

Oxygen to alleviate the hypoxia that is the result of extreme asthma attacks.

If chronic acid indigestion ( GERD) is part of the attack, it is necessary to treat it as well or it will restart the inflammatory process

Preventive Treatment

most effective preventive medication are

Inhaled  corticosteroids

Long-acting beta2-adrenoceptor agonists

Leukotriene modifiers

Mast cell stabilizers

Methylxanthines (theophylline and aminophylline),

Antihistamines, often used to treat allergic symptoms

Classification of Local anesthetics


I) Esters

 1. Formed from an aromatic acid and an amino alcohol.

 2. Examples of ester type local anesthetics:





Benzocaine- topical applications only

2) Amides

 1. Formed from an aromatic amine and an amino acid.

 2. Examples of amide type local anesthetics: