Press Release | Coenzyme Q10 supplementation on metabolic profiles of patients with chronic kidney disease


Chronic Kidney disease (CKD) is highly associated with all-cause mortality, Diabetic Nephropathy (DN), cardiovascular events and hospitalization whether the patient has an existing risk or current cardiovascular disease or not. CKD can increase the chances of cardiovascular disease by two to fifty times and 50% mortality of patients with end stage renal disease (ESRD) on dialysis attributed to CVD and its complications. In this review, Co-enzyme Q10 (CoQ10) was tested as a potential treatment for CKD. The systemic review and meta-analysis of randomized control trials (RCTs) was conducted to evaluate the effects of CoQ10 supplementation on metabolic profiles of patients diagnosed with CKD.

CoQ10 is a potent lipophilic antioxidant that couple’s electron transport to oxidative phosphorylation in mitochondria. It is generally used as an alternative and complementary therapy for diseases with metabolic disorders. The supplementary protein has shown beneficial effects during the treatment of heart failure. It was found that the circulating concentration in patients with CKD had been decreased. This suggested that the CoQ10 antioxidant treatment would be an ideal solution for the disease. The results accumulated during meta-analysis proved that the CoQ10 supplementation significantly reduced total-cholesterol, malondialdehyde, and creatinine levels in patients diagnosed with CKD. It did not affect Triglycerides, HDL-cholesterol, fasting glucose, insulin, homeostasis model assessment of insulin resistance (HOMA-IR), and C-reactive protein (CRP) concentrations. Read full press release to find out more at:



The article by Dr. Zatollah Asemi et al. is published in Current Pharmaceutical Design, Volume 24, Issue 31, 2018. To obtain the article, please visit:

MOST ACCESSED ARTICLE – The Efficacy and Safety of Pharmacological Treatments for Post-stroke Aphasia

Journal Name: CNS & Neurological Disorders – Drug Targets

Author(s): Xiaoyan Zhang, Bohui Shu, Dongdong Zhang, Lina Huang, Qizhi Fu, Ganqin Du*.




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Background: Aphasia is a common complication after stroke, and traditional speech and language therapy (SLT) has a limited effect on post-stroke aphasia (PSA). While there has been an increasing number of controlled clinical trials on the efficacy of drugs in the treatment of PSA, there have been very few systematic reviews on the efficacy and safety of pharmacological treatments in people with PSA.

Objective: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of pharmacological interventions for PSA.

Methods: The Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRA), PubMed, Embase, Chinese Journal Full-text Database (CJFD), China Biology Medicine disc (CBMdisc), Wanfang Data and VIP Information System were searched for randomized controlled trials about pharmacological treatments for PSA. Literature screening using the inclusion and exclusion criteria, data extraction and methodological quality assessment of the included studies were completed by two independent reviewers. Methodological quality was considered high for modified Jadad quality scale scores of 4 to 7. RevMan 5.3 software was used to conduct a meta-analysis of high-quality studies.

Results: Fifteen studies (578 participants) satisfied the eligibility criteria for this systematic review. Five trials (277 participants) assessed donepezil, four studies (124 participants) assessed memantine, three studies (72 participants) assessed bromocriptine, one trial (45 patients) evaluated galantamine, one study (21 patients) evaluated amphetamine, and one trial (39 patients) evaluated levodopa. The systematic review showed that donepezil achieved remarkable results in terms of the aphasia quotient (AQ) (SMD 0.82, 95% CI 0.48-1.17, P < 0.00001), repetition ability (SMD 0. 81, 95% CI 0.57-1.06, P < 0.00001), naming ability (SMD 0.56, 95% CI 0.29-0. 84, P < 0.00001), auditory comprehension (SMD 0.85, 95% CI 0.58-1. 13, P< 0.00001) and oral expression (SMD 0.90, 95% CI 0.54-1.26, P < 0.00001). Memantine showed no pronounced improvement in auditory comprehension (SMD 0.35, 95% CI -0.05-0.74, P = 0.09) but did improve the AQ (SMD 0.57, 95% CI 0.09-1.06, P = 0. 02), naming ability (SMD 0.81, 95% CI 0.38-1.25, P = 0.0002), spontaneous speech (SMD 0.76, 95% CI 0. 39- 1.13, P < 0.0001), and repetition ability (SMD 0.37, 95% CI 0.01-0.73, P = 0.04). Bromocriptine showed pronounced improvement in naming ability (SMD -0.20, 95% CI- 0.67-0.26, P = 0.39), verbal fluency (SMD 0.02, 95% CI 0.53-0.56, P = 0.95), and repetition ability (SMD 0.29, 95% CI -0.23-0. 81, P = 0.28). There is limited and inconclusive evidence for galantamine, amphetamine and levodopa.

Conclusion: Current evidence suggests that drugs, such as donepezil and memantine, can improve the prognosis of PSA. Donepezil has a significant effect in improving the ability of auditory comprehension, naming, repetition and oral expression. Memantine has a significant effect in improving the ability of naming, spontaneous speech and repetition. Bromocriptine showed no significant improvements in the treatment of aphasia after stroke. Data regarding galantamine, amphetamine and levodopa in the treatment of aphasia after stroke are limited and inconclusive.



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Highlighted Article – Ginseng for Treating Hypertension – Current Vascular Pharmacology

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Testimonial by Dr. Ali Reza Rahbar!

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Contributed Article:  Effect of conjugated linoleic acid as a supplement or enrichment in foods on blood glucose and waist circumference in humans: A meta-analysis

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