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Journal of Nanobiotechnology

Neill J Liptrott, Marco Giardiello, Tom O McDonald, Steve P Rannard, Andrew Owen
BACKGROUND: Recent work has developed solid drug nanoparticles (SDNs) of efavirenz that have been demonstrated, preclinically, improved oral bioavailability and the potential to enable up to a 50% dose reduction, and is currently being studied in a healthy volunteer clinical trial. Other SDN formulations are being studied for parenteral administration, either as intramuscular long-acting formulations, or for direct administration intravenously. The interaction of nanoparticles with the immunological and haematological systems can be a major barrier to successful translation but has been understudied for SDN formulations...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Nanobiotechnology
Jlenia Brunetti, Giulia Riolo, Mariangela Gentile, Andrea Bernini, Eugenio Paccagnini, Chiara Falciani, Luisa Lozzi, Silvia Scali, Lorenzo Depau, Alessandro Pini, Pietro Lupetti, Luisa Bracci
BACKGROUND: Near-infrared quantum dots (NIR QDs) are a new class of fluorescent labels with excellent bioimaging features, such as high fluorescence intensity, good fluorescence stability, sufficient electron density, and strong tissue-penetrating ability. For all such features, NIR QDs have great potential for early cancer diagnosis, in vivo tumor imaging and high resolution electron microscopy studies on cancer cells. RESULTS: In the present study we constructed NIR QDs functionalized with the NT4 cancer-selective tetrabranched peptides (NT4-QDs)...
March 3, 2018: Journal of Nanobiotechnology
Songmei Wu, Flavia Zuber, Katharina Maniura-Weber, Juergen Brugger, Qun Ren
BACKGROUND: Due to the increased emergence of antimicrobial resistance, alternatives to minimize the usage of antibiotics become attractive solutions. Biophysical manipulation of material surface topography to prevent bacterial adhesion is one promising approach. To this end, it is essential to understand the relationship between surface topographical features and bactericidal properties in order to develop antibacterial surfaces. RESULTS: In this work a systematic study of topographical effects on bactericidal activity of nanostructured surfaces is presented...
February 28, 2018: Journal of Nanobiotechnology
Prakhar Sengar, Patricia Juárez, Andrea Verdugo-Meza, Danna L Arellano, Akhil Jain, Kanchan Chauhan, Gustavo A Hirata, Pierrick G J Fournier
BACKGROUND: Photodynamic therapy is a promising cancer therapy modality but its application for deep-seated tumor is mainly hindered by the shallow penetration of visible light. X-ray-mediated photodynamic therapy (PDT) has gained a major attention owing to the limitless penetration of X-rays. However, substantial outcomes have still not been achieved due to the low luminescence efficiency of scintillating nanoparticles and weak energy transfer to the photosensitizer. The present work describes the development of Y2...
February 27, 2018: Journal of Nanobiotechnology
Christophe Alric, Katel Hervé-Aubert, Nicolas Aubrey, Souad Melouk, Laurie Lajoie, William Même, Sandra Même, Yann Courbebaisse, Anastasia A Ignatova, Alexey V Feofanov, Igor Chourpa, Emilie Allard-Vannier
BACKGROUND: Recent advances in nanomedicine have shown the great interest of active targeting associated to nanoparticles. Single chain variable fragments (scFv) of disease-specific antibodies are very promising targeting entities because they are small, not immunogenic and able to bind their specific antigens. The present paper is devoted to biological properties in vitro and in vivo of fluorescent and pegylated iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs-Cy-PEG-scFv) functionalized with scFv targeting Human Epithelial growth Receptor 2 (HER2)...
February 21, 2018: Journal of Nanobiotechnology
Kanchan Chauhan, Juan M Hernandez-Meza, Ana G Rodríguez-Hernández, Karla Juarez-Moreno, Prakhar Sengar, Rafael Vazquez-Duhalt
BACKGROUND: Tamoxifen is the standard endocrine therapy for breast cancers, which require metabolic activation by cytochrome P450 enzymes (CYP). However, the lower and variable concentrations of CYP activity at the tumor remain major bottlenecks for the efficient treatment, causing severe side-effects. Combination nanotherapy has gained much recent attention for cancer treatment as it reduces the drug-associated toxicity without affecting the therapeutic response. RESULTS: Here we show the modular design of P22 bacteriophage virus-like particles for nanoscale integration of virus-driven enzyme prodrug therapy and photodynamic therapy...
February 20, 2018: Journal of Nanobiotechnology
Daniela Schwotzer, Monika Niehof, Dirk Schaudien, Heiko Kock, Tanja Hansen, Clemens Dasenbrock, Otto Creutzenberg
BACKGROUND: Understanding the molecular mechanisms of nanomaterial interacting with cellular systems is important for appropriate risk assessment. The identification of early biomarkers for potential (sub-)chronic effects of nanoparticles provides a promising approach towards cost-intensive and animal consuming long-term studies. As part of a 90-day inhalation toxicity study with CeO2 NM-212 and BaSO4 NM-220 the present investigations on gene expression and immunohistochemistry should reveal details on underlying mechanisms of pulmonary effects...
February 20, 2018: Journal of Nanobiotechnology
Markian S Bahniuk, Abdullah K Alshememry, Scott V Elgersma, Larry D Unsworth
BACKGROUND: Elastin-like polypeptides (ELPs) are a fascinating biomaterial that has undergone copious development for a variety of therapeutic applications including as a nanoscale drug delivery vehicle. A comprehensive understanding of ELP self-assembly is lacking and this knowledge gap impedes the advancement of ELP-based biomaterials into the clinical realm. The systematic examination of leucine-containing ELPs endeavors to expand existing knowledge about fundamental assembly-disassembly behaviours...
February 17, 2018: Journal of Nanobiotechnology
Khwaja Salahuddin Siddiqi, Azamal Husen, Rifaqat A K Rao
Use of silver and silver salts is as old as human civilization but the fabrication of silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) has only recently been recognized. They have been specifically used in agriculture and medicine as antibacterial, antifungal and antioxidants. It has been demonstrated that Ag NPs arrest the growth and multiplication of many bacteria such as Bacillus cereus, Staphylococcus aureus, Citrobacter koseri, Salmonella typhii, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumonia, Vibrio parahaemolyticus and fungus Candida albicans by binding Ag/Ag + with the biomolecules present in the microbial cells...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Nanobiotechnology
Yang Shen, Bin Cao, Noah R Snyder, Kevin M Woeppel, James R Eles, Xinyan Tracy Cui
BACKGROUND: Oxidative stress acts as a trigger in the course of neurodegenerative diseases and neural injuries. An antioxidant-based therapy can be effective to ameliorate the deleterious effects of oxidative stress. Resveratrol (RSV) has been shown to be effective at removing excess reactive oxygen species (ROS) or reactive nitrogen species generation in the central nervous system (CNS), but the delivery of RSV into the brain through systemic administration is inefficient. Here, we have developed a RSV delivery vehicle based on polylactic acid (PLA)-coated mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNPs), conjugated with a ligand peptide of low-density lipoprotein receptor (LDLR) to enhance their transcytosis across the blood-brain barrier (BBB)...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Nanobiotechnology
Andrew Gdowski, Kaitlyn Johnson, Sunil Shah, Ignacy Gryczynski, Jamboor Vishwanatha, Amalendu Ranjan
BACKGROUND: The process of optimization and fabrication of nanoparticle synthesis for preclinical studies can be challenging and time consuming. Traditional small scale laboratory synthesis techniques suffer from batch to batch variability. Additionally, the parameters used in the original formulation must be re-optimized due to differences in fabrication techniques for clinical production. Several low flow microfluidic synthesis processes have been reported in recent years for developing nanoparticles that are a hybrid between polymeric nanoparticles and liposomes...
February 12, 2018: Journal of Nanobiotechnology
Hui Chen, Jane P M Ng, Yi Tan, Kristine McGrath, David P Bishop, Brian Oliver, Yik Lung Chan, Michael B Cortie, Bruce K Milthorpe, Stella M Valenzuela
BACKGROUND: Obesity is a high risk for multiple metabolic disorders due to excessive influx of energy, glucose and lipid, often from a western based diet. Low-grade inflammation plays a key role in the progression of such metabolic disorders. The anti-inflammatory property of gold compounds has been used in treating rheumatoid arthritis in the clinic. Previously we found that pure gold nanoparticles (AuNPs, 21 nm) also possess anti-inflammatory effects on the retroperitoneal fat tissue following intraperitoneal injection, by downregulating tumor necrosis factor (TNF) α...
February 6, 2018: Journal of Nanobiotechnology
Wei Fan, Qing Sun, Yanyun Li, Franklin R Tay, Bing Fan
BACKGROUND: Ag+ and Zn2+ have already been used in combinations to obtain both enhanced antibacterial effect and low cytotoxicity. Despite this, it is still unclear how the Zn2+ co-works with Ag+ in the synergistic antibacterial activity. The main purposes of this study were to investigate the co-work pattern and optimum ratio between Ag+ and Zn2+ in their synergistic antibacterial activity against E. faecalis, the possible mechanisms behind this synergy and the primary application of optimum Ag+-Zn2+ co-work pattern against the E...
January 31, 2018: Journal of Nanobiotechnology
Mayara Simonelly Costa Dos Santos, Ana Luisa Gouvêa, Ludmilla David de Moura, Leonardo Giordano Paterno, Paulo Eduardo Narcizo de Souza, Ana Paula Bastos, Emanuel Adelino Medeiros Damasceno, Fabiane Hiratsuka Veiga-Souza, Ricardo Bentes de Azevedo, Sônia Nair Báo
BACKGROUND: In the photodynamic therapy (PDT), the photosensitizer absorbs light and transfers the energy of the excited state to the oxygen in the cell environment producing reactive oxygen species (ROS), that in its turn, may cause cell damage. In the photothermal therapy (PTT), light also is responsible for activating the photothermal agent, which converts the absorbed energy in heat. Graphene oxide is a carbon-based material that presents photothermal activity. Its physical properties allow the association with the photosensitizer methylene blue and consequently the production of ROS when submitted to light irradiation...
January 30, 2018: Journal of Nanobiotechnology
Yong Han, Yanli An, Gang Jia, Xihui Wang, Chen He, Yinan Ding, Qiusha Tang
BACKGROUND: Pancreatic cancer remains the leading cause of cancer-related deaths, the existence of cancer stem cells and lack of highly efficient early detection may account for the poor survival rate. Gadolinium ion-doped upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) provide opportunities for combining fluorescent with magnetic resonance imaging, and they can improve the diagnostic efficacy of early pancreatic cancer. In addition, as one transmembrane glycoprotein overexpressed on the pancreatic cancer stem cells, CD326 may act as a promising target...
January 29, 2018: Journal of Nanobiotechnology
Ting Huang, Xuhao Song, Jie Jing, Kelei Zhao, Yongmei Shen, Xiuyue Zhang, Bisong Yue
BACKGROUND: Trueperella pyogenes is a commensal and opportunistic pathogen that normally causes mastitis, liver abscesses and pneumonia of economically important livestock. To develop efficacious and potent vaccine against T. pyogenes, chimeric gene DNA vaccines were constructed and encapsulated in chitosan nanoparticles (pPCFN-CpG-CS-NPs). RESULTS: The pPCFN-CpG-CS-NPs consists of the plo, cbpA, fimA, and nanH gene of T. pyogenes and CpG ODN1826. It was produced with good morphology, high stability, a mean diameter of 93...
January 29, 2018: Journal of Nanobiotechnology
Ayaz Anwar, Sadia Khalid, Samina Perveen, Shakil Ahmed, Ruqaiyyah Siddiqui, Naveed Ahmed Khan, Muhammad Raza Shah
BACKGROUND: Gold nanoparticles are useful candidate for drug delivery applications and are associated with enhancement in the bioavailability of coated drugs and/or therapeutic agent. Since, heterocyclic compounds are known to exhibit antimicrobial potential against variety of pathogens, we designed this study to evaluate the antibacterial effects of gold nanoparticles conjugation with new synthesized cationic ligand; 4-Dimethyl aminopyridinium propylthioacetate (DMAP-PTA) in comparison with pure compound and antibiotic drug Pefloxacin...
January 29, 2018: Journal of Nanobiotechnology
S Centi, F Ratto, F Tatini, S Lai, R Pini
BACKGROUND: Gold nanorods (GNRs) display unique capacity to absorb and scatter near infrared light, which arises from their peculiar composition of surface plasmon resonances. For this reason, GNRs have become an innovative material of great hope in nanomedicine, in particular for imaging and therapy of cancer, as well as in photonic sensing of biological agents and toxic compounds for e.g. biomedical diagnostics, forensic analysis and environmental monitoring. As the use of GNRs is becoming more and more popular, in all these contexts, there is emerging a latent need for simple and versatile protocols for their modification with targeting units that may convey high specificity for any analyte of interest of an end-user...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Nanobiotechnology
Ai-Wei Lee, Fu-Xiang Lin, Po-Li Wei, Guo Jian-Wei, Jem-Kun Chen
BACKGROUND: In addition to conventional approaches, detecting and characterizing CTCs in patient blood allows for early diagnosis of cancer metastasis. METHODS: We blended poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) into nylon-6 through electrospinning to generate a fibrous matbased circulating tumour cells (CTCs) assay. The contents of nylon-6 and PEO in the electrospun blend fibrous mats (EBFMs) were optimized to facilitate high cell-substrate affinity and low leukocyte adsorption...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Nanobiotechnology
Roberto Di Gesù, Maria Luisa Bondì, Antonina Azzolina, Emanuela Fabiola Craparo, Chiara Botto, Erika Amore, Gaetano Giammona, Melchiorre Cervello
Following publication of our article [1], we became aware that Roberto Di Gesù had been omitted from the list of authors. The corrected author list and authors' contribution statement appear below. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.
January 13, 2018: Journal of Nanobiotechnology
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