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Molecular Pharmaceutics

Xiao-Bin Fang, Ying-Qi Xu, Hon-Fai Chan, Chun-Ming Wang, Qing Zheng, Fei Xiao, Mei-Wan Chen
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is an aggressive malignancy and the second leading cause of cancer death worldwide. Most current therapeutic agents lack the tumor-targeting efficiency and result in a nonselective biodistribution in the body. In our previous study, we identified a peptide Ala-Pro-Asp-Thr-Lys-Thr-Gln (APDTKTQ) that can selectively bind to the receptor of advanced glycation end-products (RAGE), an immunoglobulin superfamily cell surface molecule overexpressed during HCC malignant progression. Here, we report the design of a mixed micelles system modified with this peptide to target HCC cells...
October 21, 2016: Molecular Pharmaceutics
Naveen Kumar Thakral, Robert J Behme, Aktham Aburub, Jeffrey A Peterson, Timothy A Woods, Benjamin A Diseroad, Raj Suryanarayanan, Gregory A Stephenson
Disproportionation propensity of salts (HCl, HBr, hemi-napadisylate) and adipic acid co-crystal of corticotropin releasing hormone receptor-1 antagonist, was studied using model free kinetics. Using thermogravimetic weight loss profile or heat flow curves from differential scanning calorimetry, an activation energy plot for salts and co-crystal was generated based on model free kinetics. This activation energy of disproportionation provided qualitative information about the solid state salt stability. To ensure the stability throughout the shelf life, "prototype" formulations of salts and co-crystal in tablet form, were stored at 40 °C and several water vapor pressures...
October 21, 2016: Molecular Pharmaceutics
Chunfeng Lu, Wenxuan Xu, Feng Zhang, Jiangjuan Shao, Shizhong Zheng
It has emerged that hepatocyte necroptosis plays a critical role in chronic alcoholic liver disease (ALD). Our previous study has identified that the beneficial therapeutic effect of curcumin on alcohol-caused liver injury might be attributed to activation of nuclear factor (erythroid-derived 2)-like 2 (Nrf2), whereas the role of curcumin in regulating necroptosis and the underlying mechanism remain to be determined. We firstly found that chronic alcohol consumption triggered obvious hepatocyte necroptosis, leading to increased expression of receptor-interacting protein 1, receptor-interacting protein 3, high-mobility group box 1, and phosphorylated mixed lineage kinase domain-like in murine livers...
October 20, 2016: Molecular Pharmaceutics
Haisheng He, Jian Zhang, Yunchang Xie, Yi Lu, Jianping Qi, Ejaj Ahmad, Xiaochun Dong, Weili Zhao, Wei Wu
One of the biggest challenges in bioimaging of nanoparticles is how to identify integral particles from bulk signals of probes. Signals of free probes are always mistakenly counted into total signals of particles. In this study, in vivo fate of intravenous polymeric micelles (PMs, mPEG2.5k-PDLLA2.5k) was explored using a highly sensitive near-infrared environment-responsive fluorescent probe. This probe is able to emit fluorescence when embedded in nanocarriers but quench spontaneously and absolutely upon release into water, based on the aggregation-caused quenching effect, which means that the interference generated by free probes can be completely diminished...
October 19, 2016: Molecular Pharmaceutics
R Onnainty, E M Schenfeld, J P Petiti, M R Longhi, A Torres, M A Quevedo, G E Granero
Here, a novel drug delivery system was developed for the hydrochlorothiazide (HCT):ß-cyclodextrin (ßCD) inclusion complex loaded into chitosan (CS) nanoparticles (NPs)[CS/HCT:ßCD NPs]. It was found, for the first time, that exposure of the intestinal mucosa to free HCT resulted in an increased and abnormal intestinal permeability associated with several injuries to the intestinal epithelium. Nevertheless, the HCT delivery system obtained ameliorated the damage of the intestinal epithelium induced by HCT...
October 18, 2016: Molecular Pharmaceutics
Yuki Daimon, Noriyasu Kamei, Kohsaku Kawakami, Mariko Takeda-Morishita, Hironori Izawa, Yuki Takechi-Haraya, Hiroyuki Saito, Hideki Sakai, Masahiko Abe, Katsuhiko Ariga
The effect of carrier morphology on the intestinal absorption of insulin was investigated using a morphology-tunable polymeric carrier, β-cyclodextrin-grafted chitosan (BCC). The insulin-BCC complexes were prepared either in acetate and citrate buffer solutions, followed by dilution with phosphate buffer for the administration. The complex had a molecular network structure in the acetate buffer, whereas nanoparticles formed in the citrate buffer. The network structure in the acetate buffer was maintained even after dilution with a phosphate buffer, but the nanoparticles in the citrate buffer caused aggregation after dilution...
October 17, 2016: Molecular Pharmaceutics
Ghislain Djiokeng Paka, Charles Ramassamy
One major challenge in the field of nanotherapeutics is to increase the selective delivery of cargo to targeted cells. Using Poly Lactic-co-Glycolic Acid (PLGA), we recently highlighted the importance of polymer composition in the biological fate of the nanodrug delivery systems. However the route of internalisation of polymeric nanoparticles (NPs) is another key component to consider in the elaboration of modern and targeted devices. For that purpose, herein, we effectively synthesized and characterised glutathione- functionalized PLGA-nanoparticles (GSH-NPs) loaded with curcumin (GSH-NPs-Cur), using thiol-maleimide click reaction and determined their physicochemical properties...
October 15, 2016: Molecular Pharmaceutics
Yanping Yang, Xuedan Wang, Hui Yang, Hualong Fu, Jinming Zhang, Xiaojun Zhang, Jiapei Dai, Zhiyong Zhang, Chunping Lin, Yuzhi Guo, Mengchao Cui
This study describes an effective strategy to improve pharmacokinetics of Aβ imaging agents, offering a novel class of (R)- and (S)-18F-labeled 2-arylbenzoheterocyclic derivatives which bear an additional chiral hydroxyl group on the side chain. These ligands displayed binding abilities toward Aβ aggregates with Ki values varying from 3.2 to 195.6 nM. Chirality-related discrepancy was observed in biodistribution and (S)-2-phenylbenzoxazole enantiomers exhibited vastly improved brain clearance with washout ratios higher than 20...
October 15, 2016: Molecular Pharmaceutics
Yanping Li, Rui Li, Qinhui Liu, Wenyao Li, Ting Zhang, Min Zou, Hong Li, Tong Wu, Shihai Cheng, Zhiguang Su, Zhirong Zhang, Jinhan He
Tumor cells can acquire multidrug resistance (MDR) as a result of drug efflux mediated by P-glycoprotein (P-gp). Here we report a targeted delivery system to carry pirarubicin (THP) to MDR breast cancer both in vitro and in vivo. PEG-derivatized vitamin E (PAMV6) amphiphiles loaded with THP were self-assembled in a single step. The PAMV6 micelles showed unimodal size distribution and high drug loading efficiency. Cytotoxicity of PAMV6/THP was higher than that of free THP on MCF-7/ADR cells but comparable to that of THP on MCF-7 cells...
October 15, 2016: Molecular Pharmaceutics
Bhagyesh R Sarode, Karen Kover, Pei Y Tong, Chaoying Zhang, Simon H Friedman
In this work we demonstrate that blood glucose can be controlled remotely through light stimulated release of insulin from an injected cutaneous depot. Human insulin was tethered to an insoluble but injectable polymer via a linker, which was based on the light cleavable di-methoxy nitrophenyl ethyl (DMNPE) group. This material was injected into the skin of streptozotocin-treated diabetic rats. We observed insulin being released into the bloodstream after a 2 min trans-cutaneous irradiation of this site by a compact LED light source...
October 15, 2016: Molecular Pharmaceutics
Tongkai Chen, Chuwen Li, Ye Li, Yi Xiang, Simon Ming Yuen Lee, Ying Zheng
Schisantherin A (SA) is a promising anti-Parkinsonism Chinese herbal medicine but with poor water solubility and challenges to be delivered to the brain. We formulated SA as nanocrystals (SA-NC), aiming to improve its solubility, pharmacokinetic profile and thus provide a potential therapeutic agent for the treatment of Parkinson's disease (PD). The rod-shaped SA-NC had a particle size of ~160 nm with 33.3% drug loading, and the nanocrystals exhibited a fast dissolution rate in vitro. The intact drug nanocrystals could be internalized into Madin-Darby canine kidney (MDCK) cells, which were followed by rapid intracellular release, and most of the drug was transported to the basolateral side in its soluble form...
October 14, 2016: Molecular Pharmaceutics
Amr S Abu Lila, Masakazu Fukushima, Cheng-Long Huang, Hiromi Wada, Tatsuhiro Ishida
Pemetrexed (PMX) is a key drug for the treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM). However, its therapeutic efficacy is cruelly restricted in many clinical settings by the over-expression of thymidylate synthase (TS) gene. Recently, we emphasized the efficacy of locally administered shRNA designed against TS gene in enhancing the cytotoxic effect of PMX against orthotopically implanted MPM cells in tumor xenograft tumor model. In the present study, we investigated the efficacy of systemic, rather than local, delivery of TS RNAi molecule in sensitizing MPM cells to the cytotoxic effect of PMX...
October 14, 2016: Molecular Pharmaceutics
Smita S Kale, Krishnacharya G Akamanchi
Protein aggregation is a major problem of therapeutic proteins because aggregation decreases their therapeutic activity, shelf life and induces immunogenicity. Stabilization against aggregation is commonly attained by addition of different excipients like sugars, surfactants, buffers, salts, amino acids, polymers etc. Generally these excipients are required in combination for stabilization. Sugars are required at a higher concentration and commonly used surfactants like polysorbates have shortcomings due to oxidative degradation...
October 11, 2016: Molecular Pharmaceutics
Guillaume Jacquot, Pascaline Lécorché, Jean-Daniel Malcor, Mathieu Laurencin, Maria Smirnova, Karine Varini, Cédric Malicet, Fanny Gassiot, Aude Faucon, Marion David, Nicolas Gaudin, Maxime Masse, Géraldine Ferracci, Vincent Dive, Salvatore Cisternino, Michel Khrestchatisky
Active targeting and delivery to pathophysiological organs of interest is of paramount importance to increase specific accumulation of therapeutic drugs or imaging agents while avoiding systemic side effects. We recently developed a family of new peptide ligands of the human and rodent LDL receptor (LDLR), an attractive cell-surface receptor with high uptake activity and local enrichment in several normal or pathological tissues (Malcor et al., J. Med. Chem. 2012, 55 (5), 2227). Initial chemical optimization of the 15-mer, all natural amino acid compound 1/VH411 (DSGL[CMPRLRGC]cDPR) and structure-activity relationship (SAR) investigation led to the cyclic 8 amino acid analogue compound 22/VH445 ([cMPRLRGC]c) which specifically binds hLDLR with a KD of 76 nM and has an in vitro blood half-life of ∼3 h...
October 11, 2016: Molecular Pharmaceutics
Weili Yu, Tao Hu
Protein-based vaccines are of potential to deal with the severe situations posed by Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb). Due to inherently poor immunogenicity of Mtb protein antigens, a potent immunostimulatory adjuvant is needed to enhance the cellular and humoral immune response to Mtb protein antigens. Inulin and chitosan (Cs) are polysaccharide adjuvants that can be used as achieve such an objective. The inulin-Cs conjugate (inulin-Cs) acted as a potent adjuvant through a synergistic interaction of inulin and Cs...
October 10, 2016: Molecular Pharmaceutics
Aditya B Singaraju, Kyle Nguyen, Abhay Jain, Rahul V Haware, Lewis L Stevens
The tableting performance for p-aminobenzoic acid (PABA) and a series of its benzoate esters with increasing alkyl chain length (methyl-, ethyl- and n-butyl) was determined over a broad range of compaction pressures. The crystalline structure of methyl benzoate (Me-PABA) exhibits no slip systems and does not form viable compacts under any compaction pressure. The ethyl (Et-PABA) and n-butyl (Bu-PABA) esters each have a similar, corrugated-layer structure that displays a prominent slip plane and improves material plasticity at low compaction pressure...
October 10, 2016: Molecular Pharmaceutics
Atsushi Kimishima, Cody J Wenthur, Lisa M Eubanks, Shun Sato, Kim D Janda
Although cocaine abuse and addiction continue to cause serious health and societal problems, an FDA-approved medication to treat cocaine addiction has yet to be developed. Employing a pharmacokinetic strategy, an anti-cocaine vaccine, provides an attractive avenue to address these issues, however, current vaccines have shown varying degrees of efficacy, indicating that further formulation is necessary. As a means to improve vaccine efficacy, we examined the effects of varying anti-cocaine vaccine formulations by combining a Toll-like receptor 9 (TLR9) agonist with a TLR5 agonist in the presence of alum...
October 7, 2016: Molecular Pharmaceutics
Tomohiro Seki, Keigo Abe, Yuya Egawa, Ryotaro Miki, Kazuhiko Juni, Toshinobu Seki
A pseudopolyrotaxane (PPRX) comprising 3-carboxy-5-nitrophrnylboronic acid-modified γ-cyclodextrin (NPBA-γ-CyD) and naphthalene-modified polyethylene glycol (Naph-PEG) as a sugar-responsive supramolecular structure is prepared. The binding of sugar by the NPBA group induced disintegration of the Naph-PEG/NPBA-γ-CyD PPRX, allowing the components to be dissolved. The Naph-PEG/NPBA-γ-CyD PPRX exhibited better sensitivity compared to that of a PPRX based on 4-carboxyphenylboronic acid-modified γ-cyclodextrin (PBA-γ-CyD)...
October 7, 2016: Molecular Pharmaceutics
Xiaoxing Huang, Wei Huang, Li Li, Xihuan Sun, Siyang Song, Qingyan Xu, Lianru Zhang, Bang-Guo Wei, Xianming Deng
Marine natural products are served as attractive source of anticancer therapeutics, with the great success of "first-in-class" drugs, such as Yondelis, Halaven, and Brentuximab vendotin. Lagunamides A-C from marine cyanobacterium, Lyngbya majuscula, exhibit exquisite growth inhibitory activities against cancer cells. In this study, we have systematically investigated the structure-activity relationships (SAR) of a concise collection of lagunamide A and its analogs constructed by total chemical synthesis against a broad panel of cancer cells derived from various tissues or organs, including A549, HeLa, U2OS, HepG2, BEL-7404, BGC-823, HCT116, MCR-7, HL-60, and A375...
October 7, 2016: Molecular Pharmaceutics
Monique Culturato Padilha Mendonça, Edilene Siqueira Soares, Marcelo Bispo de Jesus, Helder José Ceragioli, Ângela Giovana Batista, Ádám Nyúl-Tóth, Judit Molnár, Imola Wilhelm, Mario Roberto Marostica Junior, Istvan Krizbai, Maria Alice da Cruz-Hofling
Polyethylene glycol (PEG) coating has been frequently used to improve the pharmacokinetic behavior of nanoparticles. Studies which contribute to better unravel the effects of PEGylation on the toxicity of nanoparticle formulation are therefore highly relevant. In the present study, reduced graphene oxide (rGO) was functionalized with PEG and its effects on key components of the blood-brain barrier, such as astrocytes and endothelial cells, were analyzed in culture and in an in vivo rat model. The in vitro studies demonstrated concentration-dependent toxicity...
October 6, 2016: Molecular Pharmaceutics
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