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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641238/water-soluble-fraction-of-petroleum-induces-genotoxicity-and-morphological-effects-in-fat-snook-centropomus-parallelus
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Laila Carine Campos Medeiros, Frederico Augusto Cariello Delunardo, Larissa Novaes Simões, Marcelo Gustavo Paulino, Thais Souza Vargas, Marisa Narciso Fernandes, Rodrigo Scherer, Adriana Regina Chippari-Gomes
Petroleum hydrocarbons are one of the primary organic chemicals found in water bodies, and the water-soluble fraction of petroleum (WSFP) may be responsible for much of the toxic effects. In the present study, genotoxicity assays and histopathological analysis of the gills were analyzed for two experimental protocols: 1) Juvenile Centropomus parallelus were exposed to different concentrations of WFSP (0%, 25%, 50% and 75%) for 96h; 2) A second fish group was exposed to 50% WFSP for 168h followed by a post-exposure period for 168h in clean water (recovery)...
June 19, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637023/cationic-liquid-crystalline-nanoparticles-for-the-delivery-of-synthetic-rnai-based-therapeutics
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Emanuela Gentile, Taro Oba, Jing Lin, Ruping Shao, Feng Meng, Xiaobo Cao, Heather Y Lin, Majidi Mourad, Apar Pataer, Veerabhadran Baladandayuthapani, Dong Cai, Jack A Roth, Lin Ji
RNA interference (RNAi)-based therapeutics have been used to silence the expression of targeted pathological genes. Small interfering RNA (siRNAs) and microRNA (miRNAs) inhibitor have performed this function. However, short half-life, poor cellular uptake, and nonspecific distribution of small RNAs call for the development of novel delivery systems to facilitate the use of RNAi. We developed a novel cationic liquid crystalline nanoparticle (CLCN) to efficiently deliver synthetic siRNAs and miRNAs. CLCNs were prepared by using high-speed homogenization and assembled with synthetic siRNA or miRNA molecules in nuclease-free water to create CLCN/siRNA or miRNA complexes...
June 9, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635550/peptide-grafted-and-self-assembled-poly-%C3%AE-glutamic-acid-phenylalanine-nanoparticles-targeting-camptothecin-to-glioma
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Hitesh Kulhari, Srinivasa R Telukutla, Deep Pooja, Ravi Shukla, Ramakrishna Sistla, Vipul Bansal, David J Adams
AIM: To synthesize cRGDfK peptide conjugated poly(γ-glutamic acid)-phenylalanine nanoparticles to improve the therapeutic efficacy of camptothecin (CPT) against glioblastoma multiforme. METHODS: Peptide-conjugated, drug-loaded nanoparticles (cRGDfK-conjugated camptothecin-loaded PGA-PA nanoparticles [RCPN]) were prepared and physico-chemically characterized using different techniques. Nanoparticles were evaluated for in vitro anticancer activity, cellular uptake, induction of apoptosis and wound healing cell migration against U87MG human glioblastoma cells...
June 21, 2017: Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635259/a-delivery-system-targeting-haemagglutinin-of-influenza-virus-a-to-facilitate-antisense-based-anti-h1n1-therapy
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Xiaoran Ding, Jing Yang, Dandan Lu, Qingjun Li, Zhaoyan Zhang, Zhe Zhou, Shengqi Wang
Antisense oligonucleotides (ODNs) are therapeutic molecules that hybridize to complementary target mRNA sequences. To further overcome the poor cellular uptake of ODNs, we proposed a novel strategy to deliver ODNs by conjugating the anti-influenza A virus (IAV) ODN with a peptide showing high affinity to the haemagglutinin (HA) on the surface of IAV particles or the IAV infected host cells. The HA-specific binding peptides were selected by phage display and the individual binding clones are characterized by DNA sequencing, and the selected phage was further assayed by ELISA...
June 21, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635172/doxorubicin-kinetics-and-effects-on-lung-cancer-cell-lines-using-in-vitro-raman-micro-spectroscopy-binding-signatures-drug-resistance-and-dna-repair
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Zeineb Farhane, Franck Bonnier, Orla Howe, Alan Casey, Hugh J Byrne
Raman micro-spectroscopy is a non-invasive analytical tool, whose potential in cellular analysis and monitoring drug mechanisms of action has already been demonstrated, and which can potentially be used in pre-clinical and clinical applications for the prediction of chemotherapeutic efficacy. To further investigate such potential clinical application, it is important to demonstrate its capability to differentiate drug mechanisms of action and cellular resistances. Using the example of Doxorubicin (DOX), in this study, it was used to probe the cellular uptake, signatures of chemical binding and subsequent cellular responses, of the chemotherapeutic drug in two lung cancer cell lines, A549 and Calu-1...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Biophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634393/a-small-molecule-ds44170716-inhibits-ca-2-induced-mitochondrial-permeability-transition
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Naohiro Kon, Atsushi Satoh, Naoki Miyoshi
Mitochondria are involved in a variety of physiological and pathological processes. Ca(2+) uptake is one of the important functions of the organelle for maintenance of cellular Ca(2+) homeostasis. In pathological conditions such as ischemia reperfusion injury, Ca(2+) overload into mitochondria induces mitochondrial permeability transition (MPT), a critical step for cell death. Because inhibition of MPT is a promising approach to protecting cells and organs, it is important for drug discovery to identify novel chemicals or mechanisms to inhibit MPT...
June 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634191/cd36-knockout-mice-are-protected-against-lithogenic-diet-induced-gallstones
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Yan Xie, Vincenza Cifarelli, Terri Pietka, Elizabeth P Newberry, Susan M Kennedy, Amin Khalifeh-Soltani, Robin Clugston, Kamran Atabai, Nada A Abumrad, Nicholas O Davidson
The scavenger receptor and multiligand transporter CD36 functions to promote cellular free fatty acid uptake and regulates aspects of both hepatic and intestinal cholesterol metabolism. However, the role of CD36 in regulating canalicular and biliary cholesterol transport and secretion is unknown. Here we show that germline Cd36 knockout mice are protected against lithogenic diet (LD) induced gallstones compared to congenic (C57BL6/J) controls. Cd36 knockout mice crossed into congenic L-Fabp knockout mice (DKO mice) demonstrated protection against LD induced gallstones, reversing the susceptibility phenotype observed in L-Fabp knockout mice...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Lipid Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634138/intracellular-and-transdermal-protein-delivery-mediated-by-non-covalent-interactions-with-a-synthetic-guanidine-rich-molecular-carrier
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Jungkyun Im, Sanket Das, Dongjun Jeong, Chang-Jin Kim, Hyun-Suk Lim, Ki Hean Kim, Sung-Kee Chung
The impermeability of the cell plasma membrane is one of the major barriers for protein transduction into mammalian cells, and it also limits the use of proteins as therapeutic agents. Protein transduction has usually been achieved based on certain invasive processes or cell penetrating peptides (CPP). Herein we report our study in which a synthetic guanidine-rich molecular carrier is used as a delivery vector for intracellular and transdermal delivery of proteins. First a sorbitol-based molecular carrier having 8 guanidine units (Sor-G8) was synthesized, and then was simply mixed with a cargo protein of varying sizes to form the non-covalent complex of carrier-cargo proteins...
June 17, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633547/lipid-based-nanosystem-of-edaravone-development-optimization-characterization-and-in-vitro-in-vivo-evaluation
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Ankit Parikh, Krishna Kathawala, Chun Chuan Tan, Sanjay Garg, Xin-Fu Zhou
Edaravone (EDR) is a well-recognized lipophilic free radical scavenger for diseases including neurodegenerative disease, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. However, its oral use is restricted due to poor oral bioavailability (BA). The aim of present research was to enable its oral use by developing a lipid-based nanosystem (LNS). The components of LNS including oil, surfactants, and co-surfactants were selected based on their potential to maximize the solubilization in gastrointestinal (GI) fluids, reduce its glucuronidation and improve transmembrane permeability...
November 2017: Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633516/synthesis-of-curcumin-glycosides-with-enhanced-anti-cancer-properties-using-one-pot-multi-enzyme-glycosylation-technique
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Rit Bahadur Gurung, So Youn Gong, Tuoi Thi Le, Dipesh Dhakal, Narae Jung, Hye Jin Jung, Tae Jin Oh, Jae Kyung Sohng
Curcumin is a natural polyphenolic compound, widely acclaimed for its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and anti-cancerous properties. However, its use has been limited due to low-aqueous solubility and poor bioavailability, rapid clearance and low cellular uptake. In order to assess the effect of glycosylation on pharmacological properties of curcumin, the one-pot multi-enzyme (OPME) chemoenzymatic glycosylation reactions with UDP-α-D-glucose or UDP-α-D-2-deoxyglucose as donor substrate were employed...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633407/exploring-fungus-plant-n-transfer-in-a-tripartite-ant-plant-fungus-mutualism
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Céline Leroy, Alain Jauneau, Yves Martinez, Armelle Cabin-Flaman, David Gibouin, Jérôme Orivel, Nathalie Séjalon-Delmas
Background and Aims: The plant Hirtella physophora , the ant Allomerus decemarticulatus and a fungus, Trimmatostroma sp., form a tripartite association. The ants manipulate both the plant trichomes and the fungus to build galleries under the stems of their host plant used to capture prey. In addition to its structural role, the fungus also improves nutrient uptake by the host plant. But it still remains unclear whether the fungus plays an indirect or a direct role in transferring nutrients to the plant...
June 13, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632263/fabrication-of-a-graphene-c60-nanohybrid-via-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin-host-guest-chemistry-for-photodynamic-and-photothermal-therapy
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Zhen Hu, Cheng Wang, Feng Zhao, Xirong Xu, Shuhong Wang, Long Yu, Dayu Zhang, Yudong Huang
The wonderful chemical structures and characteristics of low-dimensional carbon materials have exciting applications in life sciences. In the present study, we developed a facile strategy to conjugate C60 with graphene via host-guest chemistry for targeted phototherapy. A versatile carrier based on folic acid-functionalized graphene (GO-FA) and comprising γ-cyclodextrin (γ-CD) at its surface was assembled via π-π interaction, creating hybrid structures with drug storage and tumor targeting properties. This γ-CD-modified graphene (GO-FA/Py-γ-CD) is capable of hosting pristine C60 molecules for the fabrication of a GO-FA/Py-γ-CD/C60 nanohybrid...
June 20, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632260/visualization-of-the-protein-corona-towards-a-biomolecular-understanding-of-nanoparticle-cell-interactions
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Maria Kokkinopoulou, Johanna Simon, Katharina Landfester, Volker Mailänder, Ingo Lieberwirth
The use of nanocarriers in biology and medicine is complicated by the current need to understand how nanoparticles interact in complex biological surroundings. When nanocarriers come into contact with serum, proteins immediately adsorb onto their surface, forming a protein corona which defines their biological identity. Although the composition of the protein corona has been widely determined by proteomics, its morphology still remains unclear. In this study we show for the first time the morphology of the protein corona using transmission electron microscopy...
June 20, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630667/evaluation-of-radical-scavenging-system-in-amoeba-chaos-carolinense-during-nutrient-deprivation
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Yuru Deng, Edlyn Li-Hui Lee, Ketpin Chong, Zakaria A Almsherqi
The frequent appearance of non-lamellar membrane arrangements such as cubic membranes (CMs) in cells under stressed or pathological conditions points to an intrinsic cellular response mechanism. CM represents highly curved, three-dimensional nano-periodic structures that correspond to mathematically well-defined triply periodic minimal surfaces. Specifically, cellular membrane may transform into CM organization in response to pathological, inflammatory and oxidative stress conditions. CM organization, thus, may provide an advantage to cope with various types of stress...
August 6, 2017: Interface Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630477/the-effect-of-shape-on-cellular-uptake-of-gold-nanoparticles-in-the-forms-of-stars-rods-and-triangles
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Xueping Xie, Jinfeng Liao, Xiaoru Shao, Qianshun Li, Yunfeng Lin
Gold nanomaterials have attracted considerable interest as vehicles for intracellular drug delivery. In our study, we synthesized three different shapes of methylpolyethylene glycol coated-anisotropic gold nanoparticles: stars, rods, and triangles. The cellular internalization of these nanoparticles by RAW264.7 cells was analyzed, providing a parametric evaluation of the effect of shape. The efficiency of cellular uptake of the gold nanoparticles was found to rank in the following order from lowest to highest: stars, rods, and triangles...
June 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630128/identification-of-a-d-arabinose-5-phosphate-isomerase-in-the-gram-positive-clostridium-tetani
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David L Cech, Katherine Markin, Ronald W Woodard
d-Arabinose-5-phosphate isomerases (APIs) catalyze the interconversion of d-ribulose-5-phosphate and d-arabinose-5-phosphate. Various Gram-negative bacteria, such as the uropathogenic E. coli strain CFT073, contain multiple API paralogs (KdsD, GutQ, KpsF and c3406) that have been assigned various cellular functions. The d-arabinose-5-phosphate formed by these enzymes seems to play important roles in the biosynthesis of lipopolysaccharide and group 2 K-antigen capsules, as well as in the regulation of the cellular d-glucitol uptake and uropathogenic infectivity/virulence...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630039/low-level-internalization-of-cystatin-e-m-affects-legumain-activity-and-migration-of-melanoma-cells
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Hanna Wallin, Jenny Apelqvist, Freddi Andersson, Ulf Ekstr Oumlm, Magnus Abrahamson
The ratio between proteases and their inhibitors is unbalanced in cancer. The cysteine protease inhibitor cystatin C is internalized by some cancer cells and affect cellular properties. Here we aimed to investigate if uptake of cystatin C and the related inhibitor cystatin E/M occur in melanoma cell lines and to evaluate to what extent the uptake affects the legumain activity that is typically increased in melanoma. First we studied the basic expression, secretion and intracellular content of all type 2 cystatins, as well as expression and activity of their possible target enzymes legumain and cathepsin B, in MDA-MB-435S, A375 and C8161 melanoma cells...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629978/dual-roles-of-tpgs-based-microemulsion-for-tacrolimus-enhancing-the-percutaneous-delivery-and-anti-psoriatic-efficacy
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Tao Wan, Jingtong Pan, Yueming Long, Kaiyue Yu, Yixuan Wang, Wenhui Pan, Wenyi Ruan, Mengyao Qin, Chuanbin Wu, Yuehong Xu
In this study, we demonstrate for the first time the dual roles of Tocopheryl Polyethylene Glycol 1000 Succinate (TPGS) based microemulsion (ME) for tacrolimus (TAC) to enhance TAC percutaneous delivery and anti-psoriatic efficacy. The ME formulation was developed and optimized based on pseudo-ternary phase diagrams combined with in vitro permeation. The result of Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) demonstrated that TAC was completely solubilized in the TPGS-ME. In vitro permeation studies showed that TPGS-ME enhanced TAC permeation through and into the skin, and the enhanced deposition of TAC in the normal or psoriatic skin was further confirmed in vivo...
June 16, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629179/epidermal-growth-factor-enhances-cellular-uptake-of-polystyrene-nanoparticles-by-clathrin-mediated-endocytosis
#19
Le Thi Minh Phuc, Akiyoshi Taniguchi
The interaction between nanoparticles and cells has been studied extensively, but most research has focused on the effect of various nanoparticle characteristics, such as size, morphology, and surface charge, on the cellular uptake of nanoparticles. In contrast, there have been very few studies to assess the influence of cellular factors, such as growth factor responses, on the cellular uptake efficiency of nanoparticles. The aim of this study was to clarify the effects of epidermal growth factor (EGF) on the uptake efficiency of polystyrene nanoparticles (PS NPs) by A431 cells, a human carcinoma epithelial cell line...
June 19, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629086/enhancing-internalization-of-silica-particles-in-myocardial-cells-through-surface-modification
#20
Nancy Ornelas-Soto, Rodrigo Rubio-Govea, Carlos E Guerrero-Beltrán, Eduardo Vázquez-Garza, Judith Bernal-Ramírez, Alejandra García-García, Yuriana Oropeza-Almazán, Gerardo García-Rivas, Flavio F Contreras-Torres
Surface modification in nanostructured mesoporous silica particles (MSNs) can significantly increase the uptake in myocardial cells. Herein, MSNs particles were synthesized and chemically functionalized to further assess their biocompatibility in rat myocardial cell line H9c2. The surface modification resulted in particles with an enhanced cellular internallization (3-fold increase) with respect to pristine particles. Apoptosis events were not evident at all, while necrosis incidence was significant only at a higher doses (>500μg/mL)...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
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