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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337848/designing-smart-materials-with-recombinant-proteins
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REVIEW
Sydney Hollingshead, Charng-Yu Lin, Julie C Liu
Recombinant protein design allows modular protein domains with different functionalities and responsive behaviors to be easily combined. Inclusion of these protein domains can enable recombinant proteins to have complex responses to their environment (e.g., temperature-triggered aggregation followed by enzyme-mediated cleavage for drug delivery or pH-triggered conformational change and self-assembly leading to structural stabilization by adjacent complementary residues). These "smart" behaviors can be tuned by amino acid identity and sequence, chemical modifications, and addition of other components...
March 24, 2017: Macromolecular Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336375/tumortropic-adipose-derived-stem-cells-carrying-smart-nanotherapeutics-for-targeted-delivery-and-dual-modality-therapy-of-orthotopic-glioblastoma
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Wen-Chia Huang, I-Lin Lu, Wen-Hsuan Chiang, Yi-Wen Lin, Yuan-Chung Tsai, Hsin-Hung Chen, Chien-Wen Chang, Chi-Shiun Chiang, Hsin-Cheng Chiu
Chemotherapy is typically used to treat malignant brain tumors, especially for the tumors in surgically inaccessible areas. However, owing to the existence of blood-brain barrier (BBB), the tumor accumulation and therapeutic efficacy of clinical therapeutics is still of great concerns. To this end, we present herein a prominent therapeutic strategy adopting adipose-derived stem cells (ADSCs) capable of carrying nanotherapeutic payloads selectively toward brain tumors for thermo/chemotherapy. The nanoparticle (NP) payload was obtained from co-assembly of poly(γ-glutamic acid-co-distearyl γ-glutamate) with poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid), paclitaxel (PTX), and oleic acid-coated superparamagnetic iron oxide NPs in aqueous solution...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335253/soft-interaction-in-liposome-nanocarriers-for-therapeutic-drug-delivery
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REVIEW
Domenico Lombardo, Pietro Calandra, Davide Barreca, Salvatore Magazù, Mikhail A Kiselev
The development of smart nanocarriers for the delivery of therapeutic drugs has experienced considerable expansion in recent decades, with the development of new medicines devoted to cancer treatment. In this respect a wide range of strategies can be developed by employing liposome nanocarriers with desired physico-chemical properties that, by exploiting a combination of a number of suitable soft interactions, can facilitate the transit through the biological barriers from the point of administration up to the site of drug action...
June 25, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332942/a-statewide-screening-brief-intervention-and-referral-to-treatment-sbirt-curriculum-for-medical-residents-differential-implementation-strategies-in-heterogeneous-medical-residency-programs
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Janice L Pringle, Shannon M Kearney, Sherry Rickard-Aasen, Melinda M Campopiano, Adam J Gordon
BACKGROUND: Many screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) training curricula have been implemented within graduate medical residency training programs, with varying degrees of success. The authors examined the implementation of a uniform, but adaptable, statewide SBIRT curriculum in 7 diverse residency training programs and whether it could improve resident knowledge, skills, and attitudes regarding SBIRT and unhealthy alcohol and other drug (AOD) use. METHODS: The authors assessed the implementation of the Pennsylvania SBIRT Medical and Residency Training (SMaRT) curriculum at 7 residency sites training a variety of disciplines...
February 8, 2017: Substance Abuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328176/glucose-responsive-supramolecular-vesicles-based-on-water-soluble-pillar-5-arene-and-pyridylboronic-acid-derivative-for-controlled-insulin-delivery
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Lei Gao, Tingting Wang, Keke Jia, Xuan Wu, Chenhao Yao, Wei Shao, Dongmei Zhang, Xiao-Yu Hu, Leyong Wang
The stimuli-responsive behavior of supramolecular nanocarriers is crucial for their potential applications as smart drug delivery systems. We hereby constructed a glucose-responsive supramolecular drug delivery system constructed by the host-guest interaction between a water-soluble pillar[5]arene (WP5) and a pyridylboronic acid derivative (G) for insulin delivery and controlled release at physiological condition, which represents the ideal treatment of diabetes mellitus. The drug loading and in vitro drug release experiments demonstrated that large molecular weight insulin could be successfully encapsulated into the vesicles with high loading efficiency, which to the best of our knowledge, is the first example of small size supramolecular vesicles with excellent encapsulation capacity of large protein molecule...
March 22, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327735/reverse-micelle-based-water-soluble-nanoparticles-for-simultaneous-bioimaging-and-drug-delivery
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Ying Chen, Yong Liu, Yongchao Yao, Shiyong Zhang, Zhongwei Gu
With special confined water pools, reverse micelles (RMs) have shown potential for a wide range of applications. However, the inherent water-insolubility of RMs hinders their further application prospects, especially for applications related to biology. We recently reported the first successful transfer of RMs from organic media to an aqueous phase without changing the smart water pools by the hydrolysis of an arm-cleavable interfacial cross-linked reverse micelles. Herein, we employed another elaborate amphiphile 1 to construct new acrylamide-based cross-linked water-soluble nanoparticles (ACW-NPs) under much gentler conditions...
March 22, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327656/synthesis-of-norbornene-derived-helical-copolymer-by-simple-molecular-marriage-approach-to-produce-smart-nanocarrier
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Shivshankar R Mane, Ashlin Sathyan, Raja Shunmugam
A novel library of norbornene derived helical copolymer has been synthesized through the coupling of two homopolymers via Molecular Marriage Approach. The helicity is governed by the non-covalent interactions like hydrogen bonding, π-π stacking and the influence of hydrophobic and hydrophilic motifs. The detailed characterization of the copolymer (Copoly 1) has been provided and the super structures are confirmed through dynamic light scattering (DLS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM)...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324929/hyperthermia-by-electromagnetic-fields-to-enhanced-clinical-results-in-oncology
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Gerard C van Rhoon, Maarten M Paulides, Jeannette M L van Holthe, Martine Franckena
Confining treatment to the tumor to improve therapeutic outcome and reduce toxicity, is a hot issue in cancer research. Hyperthermia is recognized as a strong sensitizer for radiotherapy and chemotherapy enhancing tumor control without increasing toxicity. Today's electromagnetic hyperthermia systems heat large tissue volumes with limited ability to selectively heat the tumor. Fortunately, tremendous improvements in 3-dimensional electromagnetic & temperature modelling provide an exciting opportunity to design advanced multi-element electromagnetic applicator systems...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302858/reversion-of-antibiotic-resistance-in-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-by-spiroisoxazoline-smart-420
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Nicolas Blondiaux, Martin Moune, Matthieu Desroses, Rosangela Frita, Marion Flipo, Vanessa Mathys, Karine Soetaert, Mehdi Kiass, Vincent Delorme, Kamel Djaout, Vincent Trebosc, Christian Kemmer, René Wintjens, Alexandre Wohlkönig, Rudy Antoine, Ludovic Huot, David Hot, Mireia Coscolla, Julia Feldmann, Sebastien Gagneux, Camille Locht, Priscille Brodin, Marc Gitzinger, Benoit Déprez, Nicolas Willand, Alain R Baulard
Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to human health globally. Alarmingly, multidrug-resistant and extensively drug-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis have now spread worldwide. Some key antituberculosis antibiotics are prodrugs, for which resistance mechanisms are mainly driven by mutations in the bacterial enzymatic pathway required for their bioactivation. We have developed drug-like molecules that activate a cryptic alternative bioactivation pathway of ethionamide in M. tuberculosis, circumventing the classic activation pathway in which resistance mutations have now been observed...
March 17, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302022/glial-cell-a-potential-target-for-cellular-and-drug-based-therapy-in-various-cns-diseases
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Shakeeb Ahmed, Yasmin Sultana, Azka Gull, Tahir Khuroo, Mohd Aqil
Glial cells are integrated part of neurovascular unit of blood brain barrier (BBB). They undergo mitosis and mainly classified as astrocytes, oligodendrocytes, microglia, ependymal cells and nerve glial antigen 2 cells. Being a most versatile glial cell, astrocytes provide structural support to neurons, maintain brain homeostasis, take part in neuronal communication, and perform some housekeeping functions. Oligodendrocytes myelinate the neuronal axons for proper transmission of nerve impulse and microglia are brain immune cells...
March 16, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297991/solvent-free-molecular-level-modeling-of-self-assembling-amphiphiles-in-water
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Somajit Dey, Jayashree Saha
Aggregation mesophases of self-assembling amphiphiles in water are highly important in the context of biology (biomembranes), therapy (liposomes), industry (polymer surfactants), and condensed-matter physics (lyotropic liquid crystals). Besides helping to increase fundamental understanding of collective molecular behavior, simulations of these lyotropic phases are pivotal to technological and medical developments such as smart drug carriers for gene therapy. Implicit-solvent, coarse-grained, low resolution modeling with a simple pair potential is the key to realizing the larger length and time scales associated with such mesoscopic phenomena during a computer simulation...
February 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292673/bioresponsive-transcutaneous-patches
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REVIEW
Jicheng Yu, Yuqi Zhang, Anna R Kahkoska, Zhen Gu
Transdermal drug delivery systems that utilize transcutaneous patches of arrayed microneedles have attracted increasing interest in medical practice as an alternative method to hypodermic injection. Over the past ten years, research has focused on leveraging physiological signals associated with diseases or skin-specific tissues to create bioresponsive patches that release drug directly in response to an internally-generated stimulus. This review surveys the recent advances in the development and use of bioresponsive transcutaneous patches for on-demand smart and precise drug delivery, exploiting different physiological signals including pH, serum glucose levels, and enzyme activity...
March 11, 2017: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286821/smartphones-and-medical-applications-in-the-emergency-department-daily-practice
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Amirhosein Jahanshir, Ehsan Karimialavijeh, Hojjat Sheikh, Motahar Vahedi, Mehdi Momeni
INTRODUCTION: Medical applications help physicians to make more rapid and evidence based decisions that may provide better patient care. This study aimed to determine the extent to which smart phones and medical applications are integrated in the emergency department daily practice. METHOD: In a cross sectional study, a modified standard questionnaire (Payne et al.) consisting of demographic data and information regarding quality and quantity of smartphone and medical app utilization was sent to emergency-medicine residents and interns twice (two weeks apart), in January 2015...
2017: Emergency (Tehran, Iran)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284933/synthesis-of-a-smart-ph-responsive-magnetic-nanocomposite-as-high-loading-carrier-of-pharmaceutical-agents
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Razieh Berah, Mohsen Ghorbani, Ali Akbar Moghadamnia
To create facile external controlled drug delivery system, a magnetic porous carrier based on Tin oxide nanoparticles was synthesized by an inexpensive and versatile hydrothermal strategy and used for in-vitro process. Magnetic nanocomposites were qualified by Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), Vibrational Sample Magnetometer (VSM) and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). Results showed that nanoparticles were synthesized successfully with good dispersion of magnetic nanoparticles in cavity, uniform particle size distribution with average size of 65nm and high magnetization of 33...
March 8, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283907/nanoparticles-generated-from-a-tryptophan-derivative-physical-characterization-and-anti-cancer-drug-delivery
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Taru Dube, Saurabh Mandal, Jiban Jyoti Panda
Surging reports of peptide-based nanosystems and their growing potency in terms of biological utility demand for the search of newer and simpler peptide-based systems that could serve as smart templates for the development of self-assembled nanostructures. Use of simple amino acids as monomeric building blocks for synthesizing ensembles of nanostructures have gained momentum in this direction with some reports focusing on the development of nanosystems from single or modified single amino acids. In this work, we have demonstrated self-assembly and nanoparticle formation ability of a single amino acid derivative, N-alpha-(9-fluorenylmethyloxycarbonyl)-N(in)-tert-butyloxycarbonyl-L-tryptophan [Fmoc-Trp(Boc)-OH]...
March 10, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277883/prucalopride-for-the-treatment-of-ileus
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Christopher J Smart, Kamran I Malik
Postoperative ileus (POI) is an impairment of coordinated gastrointestinal (GI) motility that develops as a consequence of abdominal surgery and is a major factor contributing to patient morbidity and prolonged hospitalisation. Despite the availability of various options its treatment is still under debate. This review will focus on effect of Prucalopride (5-HT4 receptor agonist) on postoperative ileus based on the existing literature. Areas covered: A literature search of MEDLINE, EMBASE and COCHRANE Library was performed concerning topics related to the treatment of ileus with prucalopride...
March 10, 2017: Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277248/electrochemical-biosensors-for-early-stage-zika-diagnostics
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REVIEW
Ajeet Kaushik, Sneham Tiwari, Rahul D Jayant, Arti Vashist, Roozbeh Nikkhah-Moshaie, Nazira El-Hage, Madhavan Nair
Health agencies have declared the recent Zika virus (ZIKV) infection an epidemic and a public health emergency of global concern due to its association with microcephaly and serious neurological disorders. The unavailability of effective drugs, vaccines, and diagnostic tools increases the demand for efficient analytical devices to detect ZIKV infection. However, high costs, longer diagnostic times, and stringent expertise requirements limit the utility of reverse transcriptase-PCR methods for rapid diagnostics...
October 26, 2016: Trends in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276967/near-infrared-biophotonics-based-nanodrug-release-systems-and-their-potential-application-for-neuro-disorders
#18
Vidya Sagar, Madhavan Nair
Near-infrared ray (NIR)-responsive 'smart' nanoagents allow spatial and temporal control over the drug delivery process, noninvasively, without affecting healthy tissues and therefore they possess high potential for on-demand, targeted drug/gene delivery. Various NIR-responsive drug/gene delivery techniques are under investigation for peripheral disorders (especially for cancer). Nonetheless, their potential not been extensively examined for brain biomedical application. Areas covered: This review focuses on NIR-responsive characteristics of different NIR-nanobiophotonics-based nanoagents and associated drug delivery strategies...
February 28, 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274136/assessment-of-the-mutagenic-recombinogenic-and-carcinogenic-potential-of-amphotericin-b-in-somatic-cells-of-drosophila-melanogaster
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Rosiane Soares Saturnino, Nayane Moreira Machado, Jeyson Cesary Lopes, Júlio César Nepomuceno
Amphotericin B (AmB) is an antifungal antibiotic extracted from Streptomyces nodosus. Its fungicidal activity depends primarily on its binding to the sterol group that is present in fungal membranes. In view of the toxicity of this drug, the purpose of this study was to evaluate its mutagenic, carcinogenic, and recombinogenic activity, based on the wing somatic mutation and recombination test (SMART) and the epithelial tumor detection test (wts) applied to Drosophila melanogaster. Larvae were chronically treated with different concentrations of AmB (0...
March 9, 2017: Drug and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264602/enhancement-of-the-bioavailability-of-an-antihypertensive-drug-by-transdermal-protransfersomal-system-formulation-and-in-vivo-study
#20
Nadia M Morsi, Ahmed A Aboelwafa, Marwa H S Dawoud
Timolol Maleate (TiM), a nonselective β-adrenergic blocker, is a potent highly effective agent for management of hypertension. The drug suffers from poor oral bioavailability (50%) due to its first pass effect and a short elimination half-life of 4 h; resulting in its frequent administration. Transdermal formulation may circumvent these problems in the form of protransfersomes. The aim of this study is to develop and optimize transdermal protransfersomal system of Timolol Maleate by film deposition on carrier method where protransfersomes were converted to transfersomes upon skin hydration following transdermal application under occlusive conditions...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Liposome Research
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