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Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology

Fahmi Yakop, Siti Aisyah Abd Ghafar, Yoke Keong Yong, Latifah Saiful Yazan, Rohazila Mohamad Hanafiah, Vuanghao Lim, Zolkapli Eshak
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to investigate apoptotic activity of silver nanoparticle Clinacanthus nutans (AgNps-CN) towards HSC-4 cell lines (oral squamous cell carcinoma cell lines). METHODS: Methods involved were MTT assay (cytotoxic activity), morphological cells analysis, flow cytometry and cell cycle analysis and western blot. RESULTS: MTT assay revealed IC50 concentration was 1.61 µg/mL, 3T3-L1 cell lines were used to determine whether AgNps-CN is cytotoxic to normal cells...
March 21, 2018: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
Shuying He, Weihong Guo, Feihong Deng, Kequan Chen, Yonghong Jiang, Minyu Dong, Liang Peng, Xueqing Chen
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is one of the most common chronic liver diseases worldwide, and precision therapeutic will be a benefit for the NAFLD regression. In this study, we observed low microRNA 146 b (miR-146 b) expression in NAFLD mice model induced by methionine-choline-deficient diet (MCD) compared with control group. Furthermore, miR-146b-/- mice induced MCD exhibited severe liver steatosis and hepatitis. A bio-distribution study showed that novel Lactosylated PDMAEMA nanoparticles effectively targeted hepatocytes Lac-PDMAEMA...
March 21, 2018: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
Mahtab Alam, Abul Kalam Najmi, Iqbal Ahmad, Farhan Jalees Ahmad, Md Jawaid Akhtar, Syed Sarim Imam, Mohd Akhtar
The study performed molecular docking, formulated, characterized thymoquinone (TQ) loaded solid lipid nano particles (TQSLN) and exhibited comparative antidepressant activity. TQ loaded nano lipid formulations were prepared by solvent injection methods and characterize for different in-vitro parameters. The optimized formulation was evaluated for depression using unpredictable chronic mild stress (UCMS) model for a period of six weeks. TQSLN was assessed in modified forced swim test (MFST), tail suspension test (TST), locomotor activity followed by biochemical parameters such as monoaminesand brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF)...
March 21, 2018: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
Jinxiao Guo, Huaijuan Zhou, Jiaxing Wang, Wei Liu, Mengqi Cheng, Xiaochun Peng, Hui Qin, Jianfeng Wei, Ping Jin, Jinhua Li, Xianlong Zhang
Vanadium is a trace element in the human body, and vanadium compounds have a promising future in biological and medical applications due to their various biological activities and low toxicity. Herein, a novel pure vanadium dioxide (VO2 ) nanofilm was deposited on a substrate of biomedical titanium by magnetron sputtering. The antibacterial effect of VO2 against the methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) was validated in vitro and in vivo. Moreover, the biocompatibility of VO2 and its osteogenic effects were systematically illustrated...
March 21, 2018: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
Yu Ke, Caikun Liu, Yanting Wang, Meng Xiao, Jiachen Fan, Pengcheng Fu, Shuhao Wang, Gang Wu
Cell-loaded carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) microspheres were generated via a flow focusing microfluidic device, with a final aim to obtain viable ATDC5 aggregates with sustained proliferation capacity. We synthesized various CMC with phenolic groups (CMC-Ph) and demonstrated that high CMC-Ph molecular weight, high CMC-Ph concentration (>0.8 g/ml) or long culturing period had obvious inhibition effect on ATDC5 proliferation, but low horseradish peroxidase concentration (HRP, <0.4 mg/ml) did not. CMC-Ph gels being obtained through HRP/H2 O2 reaction showed an enhancing strength and decreasing break stain as the molecular weight of CMC-Ph increased, along with a decreasing gelation time...
March 20, 2018: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
Forouzan Mohamadi, Somayeh Ebrahimi-Barough, Mohammad Reza Nourani, Akbar Ahmadi, Jafar Ai
Regeneration of peripheral nerve defects remained a remarkable clinical challenge. Engineered nerve conduits represent a promising strategy to improve functional recovery in peripheral nerve injury repair. However, nerve conduits require additional factors such as neurotrophic factors to create a more conducive microenvironment for nerve regeneration. Neurotrophic factors have well-demonstrated abilities to improve neurite outgrowth, making them great candidates for repairing of defected nerves. To this end, we examined the beneficial effects of repairing the transected rat sciatic nerve by loading of nerve growth factor (NGF) in nerve conduits...
March 20, 2018: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
Hyojin Eom, Neha Kaushik, Ki-Chun Yoo, Jin-Kyoung Shim, Munjin Kwon, Mi-Young Choi, Taeyoung Yoon, Seok-Gu Kang, Su-Jae Lee
Receptor tyrosine kinase Mer (MerTK) has been shown to be highly expressed in Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) in comparison to its healthy counterpart and is implicated in brain tumorigenesis. Clarifying the underlying mechanism of MerTK induced invasiveness would result in novel strategies to improve patient's response to chemotherapeutics. In vitro and in vivo assays were performed to examine the functional role of cancer stem sell (CSC) maintenance in MerTK associated invasiveness. In this article, we demonstrate that apart from GBM cells, MerTK is also upregulated in GBM stem-like cells and associated with an increased infiltrative potential of brain tumors in vivo...
March 19, 2018: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
Mahmood Ahmad Khan, Mohd Jahir Khan
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune inflammatory disease, affecting almost 1% of world population. Although the exact cause of RA is not known but the complex interaction between inflammatory mediators like tumour necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), interleukin-1β (IL-1β), cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) and nitric oxide (NO) is accountable for cartilage destruction in joints. Gold is used for arthritis treatment since long without knowing its mechanism of action. Hence, the present study was designed to assess antiarthritic activity of nanogold (AuNGs) in collagen-induced arthritic (CIA) rat model by virtue of decreasing inflammatory mediators and oxidative stress...
March 19, 2018: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
Arezoo Mohammadi Gazestani, Samideh Khoei, Sepideh Khoee, Soraya Emamgholizadeh Minaei, Manijeh Motevalian
Magnetite nanographene oxide has exhibited great potential in drug delivery and photothermal therapy (PTT) for cancer treatment. Here we developed 5-fluorouracil-loaded poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid)-coated magnetite nanographene oxide (NGO-SPION-PLGA-5-Fu) to simplify combined PTT and chemotherapy in one complex. The nanocarrier was synthesized using a modified O1 /W1 /O2 /W2 multiple emulsion solvent evaporation method and was characterized for size, zeta potential, drug loading, in vitro and in vivo release...
March 15, 2018: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
Heerak Chugh, Damini Sood, Ishita Chandra, Vartika Tomar, Gagan Dhawan, Ramesh Chandra
Development of nanoparticles (NPs) as a part of cancer therapeutics has given rise to a new field of research - cancer nanomedicine. In comparison to traditional anti-cancer drugs, NPs provide a targeted approach which prevents undesirable effects. In this communication, we have reviewed the role of gold and silver NPs (AgNPs) in the cancer nanomedicine. The preparation of gold NPs (AuNPs) and AgNPs can be grouped into three categories - physical, chemical and biological. Among the three approaches, the biological approach is growing and receiving more attention due to its safe and effective production...
March 13, 2018: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
Donglai Qi, Qian Li, Chen Chen, Xiang Wang
During the development of artificial red blood cell (RBC) substitutes, oxidation side reaction is one of the major factors that hinder the application of haemoglobin (Hb)-based oxygen carriers (HBOCs). In order to avoid oxidation toxicity, we designed and prepared natural Hb conjugated with ferulic acid (FA) via simple chemical modification. In addition, the thiol groups on Hb surface were increased via the reaction of Hb with 2-iminothiolane (2-IT) and then modified with FA for the study of anti-oxidant ability...
March 13, 2018: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
Yuesheng Shen, Wenjin Zhu, Mengye Zhao, Guige Zhao, Geng Niu, Yuwei Bai, Bo Yang, Chao Chen, Hongli Zhu
Polymerized porcine hemoglobin (pPolyHb), a kind of glutaraldehyde-polymerized haemoglobin-based oxygen carrier, was developed as a potential red blood substitute for clinical applications. Assessment of its absorption, distribution, and metabolism is a major determinant of its safety and efficacy. In this study, a series of pharmacokinetic parameters of pPolyHb were measured and calculated in different animal models, such as the top-load model, the 50% exchange transfusion model and the haemorrhagic shock model...
March 11, 2018: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
Yalan Rui, Bo Pang, Jinnan Zhang, Yuxi Liu, Huixin Hu, Zicun Liu, Sarah Ama Baidoo, Chang Liu, Yu Zhao, Siwen Li
A polyelectrolyte microcapsule-based layer-by-layer (LbL) technique has been widely used as a multifunctional vehicle for combined tumor therapy. Meanwhile, with the rapid development of combined tumour therapy, the challenge for designing multifunctional drug delivery system has attracted much more attention. Herein, we developed a new type of microcapsule (MC) system called MPA@siRNA@DOX@MC, which conjugated with siRNA and DOX as well as ICG-Der-02 (MPA) by electrostatic absorption. MPA as indocyanine green (ICG) fluorescence dye, exhibiting high fluorescence emission and photothermal conversion ability under NIR laser irradiation, was uploaded onto this drug system for realizing the controllable drug release and cancer theranostics...
March 11, 2018: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
Ramin Mohammadi-Aloucheh, Aziz Habibi-Yangjeh, Abolfazl Bayrami, Saeid Latifi-Navid, Asadollah Asadi
A green synthesis route was developed for preparation of the ZnO nanoparticles and ZnO/CuO nanocomposites by using Vaccinium arctostaphylos L. fruit extract, and their anti-bacterial activities against two pathogenic bacteria, Escherichia coli (Gram negative) and Staphylococcus aureus (Gram positive), were investigated. The fabricated nanomaterials were characterized by XRD, EDX, FESEM, TEM, TGA, FT-IR, UV-vis DRS and BET instruments. The results showed that the sizes of ZnO and CuO nanoparticles in the ZnO/CuO (10%) nanocomposite were 12 and 8 nm, respectively...
March 11, 2018: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
Aliseydi Bozkurt, Harun Budak, Huseyin Serkan Erol, Serpil Can, Tolga Mercantepe, Yigit Akin, Isa Ozbey, Murat Cankaya, Mesut Bunyamin Halici, T Abdulkadir Coban
Cystitis is defined as an inflammation of the bladder caused by a bacterial infection, and it can be dangerous and painful when it spreads through the internal organs. In this study, antioxidant effects of hydroxylfasudil (HF) at the enzymatic and molecular level on kidney and liver tissues in cystitis rat model, which is caused by inflammation of the rat bladder with a protamine sulphate (PS), was examined. Quantitative changes of reduced glutathione (GSH) and lipid peroxidation (LPO) levels, which are a marker for oxidative stress, were determined in rat kidney and liver tissues for each groups...
March 9, 2018: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
Meghdad Abdollahpour-Alitappeh, Seyed Masoud Hashemi Karouei, Majid Lotfinia, Amir Amanzadeh, Mahdi Habibi-Anbouhi
Rituximab is a chimeric monoclonal antibody directed against B-lymphocyte specific antigen CD20, which is used for the treatment of B-cell malignancies. However, the effectiveness of rituximab is limited partly due to treatment resistance. The aim of this study was to develop rituximab-based antibody drug conjugate (ADC) to enhance rituximab activity. In this study, monomethyl auristatin E (MMAE) was covalently conjugated to dithiothreitol -reduced rituximab via a valine-citrulline peptide linker (rituximab-vcMMAE)...
March 9, 2018: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
Yeonho Jo, Nakwon Choi, Hong Nam Kim, Jonghoon Choi
In this study, we demonstrate cell culture platforms that can provide a microenvironment similar to in vivo conditions so that in vivo-compatible drug testing results can be obtained from the in vitro experiments. To realize such in vivo microenvironment-mimetic platforms, different culture platforms such as a three-dimensional (3D) cell aggregate film, fluidic environment within a microfluidic system or extracellular matrix (ECM) coating were established. The tumor cell growth rate and sensitivity to doxorubicin (DOX) were studied using the glioblastoma cell line T98G...
March 8, 2018: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
Rui-Jun Ju, Li-Min Mu, Xue-Tao Li, Cui-Qing Li, Zhan-Jie Cheng, Wan-Liang Lu
The efficacy of anticancer drugs is rather limited in the treatment of brain glioma due to the hindrance of the blood-brain barrier (BBB). Herein, we reported an easy formulation of functional docetaxel nanomicelles for the treatment of brain glioma using a graft copolymer soluplus as basic material through dual-modifications with a glucose-lipid derivative and a dequalinium-lipid derivative. The studies were performed on brain glioma U87MG cells, in vitro BBB models and brain glioma-bearing nude mice. The functional docetaxel nanomicelles were approximately 100 nm...
March 8, 2018: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
Mona Alibolandi, Khalil Abnous, Sajjad Anvari, Marzieh Mohammadi, Mohammad Ramezani, Seyed Mohammad Taghdisi
Poor aqueous solubility of chemotherapeutics such as SN38 (7-ethyl-10-hydroxycamptothecin) and the associated systemic adverse effects are serious limitations of their clinical use. To improve the drug delivery efficiency of such compounds, they were covalently conjugated to hydrophilic macromolecular carriers that specifically deliver the drug moiety to the tumour cells. In the current study, we developed a PEGylated acetylated carboxymethylcellulose conjugate of SN38 which was covalently attached to an aptamer against a cancer stem cell marker, CD133...
March 8, 2018: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
Ranran Zhang, Xujie Liu, Zhiyuan Xiong, Qianli Huang, Xing Yang, Hao Yan, Jing Ma, Qingling Feng, Zhijian Shen
Micro/nanostructured TiO2 /ZnO coating has been shown to possess multiple functions, including antibacterial activity and bioactivity. Osteoblast-like SaOS-2 cells were employed for evaluating the in vitro osteogenic capacity of this coating and positive results were obtained. However, traditional principles of osseointegration focus only on the osteogenic differentiation alone. The effects of immunomodulation on the osteogenic activity have been largely ignored. In this study, the inflammatory responses of macrophages on the micro/nanostructured TiO2 /ZnO coating were investigated...
March 8, 2018: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
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