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Shota Ichimizu, Hiroshi Watanabe, Hitoshi Maeda, Keisuke Hamasaki, Yuka Nakamura, Victor Tuan Giam Chuang, Ryo Kinoshita, Kento Nishida, Ryota Tanaka, Yuki Enoki, Yu Ishima, Akihiko Kuniyasu, Yoshihiro Kobashigawa, Hiroshi Morioka, Shiro Futaki, Masaki Otagiri, Toru Maruyama
Human serum albumin (HSA) is a superior carrier for delivering extracellular drugs. However, the development of a cell-penetrating HSA remains a great challenge due to its low membrane permeability. We report herein on the design of a series of palmitoyl-poly-arginine peptides (CPPs) and an evaluation of their cell-penetrating effects after forming a complex with HSA for use in intracellular drug delivery. The palmitoyl CPPs forms a stable complex with HSA by anchoring itself to the high affinity palmitate binding sites of HSA...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
Xiao Wang, Xiumin Wang, Da Teng, Ruoyu Mao, Ya Hao, Na Yang, Zhanzhan Li, Jianhua Wang
Treatment of Staphylococcus aureus infections remains very difficult due to its capacity to survive intracellularly and its multidrug resistance. In this study, the extracellular/intracellular activities of plectasin derivatives-MP1102/NZ2114 were investigated against three methicillin-susceptible/-resistant S. aureus (MSSA/MRSA) strains in RAW 264.7 macrophages and mice to overcome poor intracellular activity. Antibacterial activities decreased 4-16-fold under a mimic phagolysosomal environment. MP1102/NZ2114 were internalized into the cells via clathrin-mediated endocytosis and macropinocytosis and distributed in the cytoplasm; they regulated tumor necrosis factor-α, interleukin-1β and interleukin-10 levels...
March 9, 2018: Scientific Reports
Jing Sun, Chong Qiu, Yiping Diao, Wei Wei, Hongwei Jin, Yi Zheng, Jiancheng Wang, Lihe Zhang, Zhenjun Yang
Small interfering RNA (siRNA) has been continuously explored for clinical applications. However, neither nanocarriers nor conjugates have been able to remove the obstacles. In this study, we employed a combined nanochemistry strategy to optimize its delivery dilemma, where different interactions and assembly modes were cooperatively introduced into the forming process of siRNA/lipids nanoplexes. In the nanoplexes, the 3',3″-bis-peptide-siRNA conjugate (pp-siRNA) and gemini-like cationic lipids (CLDs) were employed as dual regulators to improve their bio-behavior...
March 2, 2018: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
Bo Yang, Xuefeng Qi, Hui Guo, Peilong Jia, Shuying Chen, Zhijie Chen, Ting Wang, Jingyu Wang, Qinghong Xue
Peste des petits ruminants virus (PPRV) causes an acute and highly contagious disease of sheep and goats and has spread with alarming speed around the world. The pathology of Peste des petits ruminants is linked to retrogressive changes and necrotic lesions in lymphoid tissues and epithelial cells. However, the process of PPRV entry into host epithelial cells remains largely unknown. Here, we performed a comprehensive study of the entry mechanism of PPRV into caprine endometrial epithelial cells (EECs). We clearly demonstrated that PPRV internalization was inhibited by chloroquine and ammonium chloride, which elevate the pH of various organelles...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Abdullah Alshehri, Anna Grabowska, Snow Stolnik
Design of an efficient delivery system is a generally recognised bottleneck in translation of siRNA technology into clinic. Despite research efforts, cellular processes that determine efficiency of siRNA silencing achieved by different delivery formulations remain unclear. Here, we investigated the mechanism(s) of cellular internalisation of a model siRNA-loaded liposome system in a correlation to the engagement of delivered siRNA with its target and consequent silencing by adopting siRNA molecular beacon technology...
February 28, 2018: Scientific Reports
Anita Verma, Miriam M Ngundi, Gregory A Price, Kazuyo Takeda, James Yu, Drusilla L Burns
Toxin neutralizing antibodies represent the major mode of protective immunity against a number of toxin-mediated bacterial diseases, including anthrax; however, the cellular mechanisms that lead to optimal neutralizing antibody responses remain ill defined. Here we show that the cellular binding pathway of anthrax protective antigen (PA), the binding component of anthrax toxin, determines the toxin neutralizing antibody response to this antigen. PA, which binds cellular receptors and efficiently enters antigen-presenting cells by receptor-mediated endocytosis, was found to elicit robust anti-PA IgG and toxin neutralizing antibody responses...
February 27, 2018: MBio
Ross Ferguson, Vasanta Subramanian
Angiogenin (ANG), a member of the RNase superfamily (also known as RNase 5) has neurotrophic, neuroprotective and angiogenic activities. Recently it has also been shown to be important in stem cell homeostasis. Mutations in ANG are associated with neurodegenerative diseases such as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and Fronto-temporal dementia (FTD). ANG is a secreted protein which is taken up by cells and translocated to the nucleus. However, the import pathway/s through which ANG is taken up is/are still largely unclear...
2018: PloS One
Lei Tan, Yuqiang Zhang, Changtao Qiao, Yanmei Yuan, Yingjie Sun, Xusheng Qiu, Chunchun Meng, Cuiping Song, Ying Liao, Muhammad Munir, Venugopal Nair, Zhuang Ding, Xiufan Liu, Chan Ding
Newcastle disease virus (NDV) causes major economic losses in the poultry industry. Previous studies have shown that NDV utilizes different pathways to infect various cells, including dendritic cells (DCs). Here, we demonstrate that NDV gains entry into DCs mainly via macropinocytosis and clathrin-mediated endocytosis. The detection of cytokines interferon-γ (IFN-γ), tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), interleukin-12 (IL-12), interleukin-4 (IL-4) and interleukin-10 (IL-10) indicates that NDV significantly induces Th1 responses and lowers Th2 responses...
February 23, 2018: Virology
Caterina Rizzi, Alexia Tiberi, Michela Giustizieri, Maria Cristina Marrone, Francesco Gobbo, Nicola Maria Carucci, Giovanni Meli, Ivan Arisi, Mara D'Onofrio, Silvia Marinelli, Simona Capsoni, Antonino Cattaneo
Microglia are the sentinels of the brain but a clear understanding of the factors that modulate their activation in physiological and pathological conditions is still lacking. Here we demonstrate that Nerve Growth Factor (NGF) acts on microglia by steering them toward a neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory phenotype. We show that microglial cells express functional NGF receptors in vitro and ex vivo. Our transcriptomic analysis reveals how, in primary microglia, NGF treatment leads to a modulation of motility, phagocytosis and degradation pathways...
February 23, 2018: Glia
Robert R Kay, Thomas D Williams, Peggy Paschke
In a role distinct from and perhaps more ancient than that in signal transduction, PIP3 and Ras help to spatially organize the actin cytoskeleton into macropinocytic cups. These large endocytic structures are extended by actin polymerization from the cell surface and have at their core an intense patch of active Ras and PIP3, around which actin polymerizes, creating cup-shaped projections. We hypothesize that active Ras and PIP3 self-amplify within macropinocytic cups, in a way that depends on the structural integrity of the cup...
February 14, 2018: Biochemical Journal
Bo Zhang, Xin Wang, Yan Li, Min Wu, Shu-Yan Wang, Shao Li
Comprehensively understanding pharmacological functions of natural products is a key issue to be addressed for the discovery of new drugs. Unlike some single-target drugs, natural products always exert diverse therapeutic effects through acting on a "network" that consists of multiple targets, making it necessary to develop a systematic approach, e.g., network pharmacology, to reveal pharmacological functions of natural products and infer their mechanisms of action. In this work, to identify the "network target" of a natural product, we perform a functional analysis of matrine, a marketed drug in China extracted from a medical herb Ku-Shen (Radix Sophorae Flavescentis)...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Pranali Deshpande, Aditi Jhaveri, Bhushan Pattni, Swati Biswas, Vladimir Torchilin
Off-target effects of drugs severely limit cancer therapy. Targeted nanocarriers are promising to enhance the delivery of therapeutics to tumors. Among many approaches for active tumor-targeting, arginine-rich cell penetrating peptides (AR-CPP) and ligands specific to target over-expressed receptors on cancer-cell surfaces, are popular. Earlier, we showed that the attachment of an AR-CPP octaarginine (R8) to the surface of DOXIL® (Doxorubicin encapsulated PEGylated liposomes) improved cytoplasmic and nuclear DOX delivery that enhanced the cytotoxic effect in vitro and improved therapeutic efficacy in vivo...
November 2018: Drug Delivery
Takahiro Tomino, Hirotada Tajiri, Takaaki Tatsuguchi, Takahiro Shirai, Kounosuke Oisaki, Shigeki Matsunaga, Fumiyuki Sanematsu, Daiji Sakata, Tomoharu Yoshizumi, Yoshihiko Maehara, Motomu Kanai, Jean-François Cote, Yoshinori Fukui, Takehito Uruno
Rac1 is a member of the Rho family of small GTPases that regulates cytoskeletal reorganization, membrane polarization, cell migration and proliferation. Recently, a self-activating mutation of Rac1, Rac1P29S, has been identified as a recurrent somatic mutation frequently found in sun-exposed melanomas, which possesses increased inherent GDP/GTP exchange activity and cell transforming ability. However, the role of cellular Rac1-interacting proteins in the transforming potential of Rac1P29S remains unclear. We found that the catalytic domain of DOCK1, a Rac-specific guanine nucleotide exchange factor (GEF) implicated in malignancy of a variety of cancers, can greatly accelerate the GDP/GTP exchange of Rac1P29S...
February 9, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Koki Sakagami, Toshihiro Masuda, Kenichi Kawano, Shiroh Futaki
All-hydrocarbon stapled peptides are a promising class of protein-protein interaction regulators; their potential therapeutic benefit arises because they have high binding affinity and specificity to intracellular molecules. The cell permeation efficacy of these peptides is a critical determinant of their bioactivity. However, the factors that determine their cellular uptake remain an active area of research. In this study, we evaluated the effect of stapled (or cross-linked) formation on the cellular uptake of six known all-hydrocarbon stapled peptides...
February 8, 2018: Molecular Pharmaceutics
Wen Song, Chuanxu Yang, Dang Quang Svend Le, Yumei Zhang, Jørgen Kjems
Controlling mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) differentiation by RNA interference (RNAi) is a promising approach for next-generation regenerative medicine. However, efficient delivery of RNAi therapeutics is still a limiting factor. In this study, we have developed a simple, biocompatible and highly effective delivery method of small RNA therapeutics into hMSCs from an implant surface by calcium ions. First, we demonstrated that simple Ca/siGFP nanocomplexes were able to efficiently silence GFP in GFP-expressing hMSCs with adequate Ca2+ concentration (>5 mM)...
February 8, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Xianbing Zhu, Xiaoyuan Ji, Na Kong, Yunhan Chen, Morteza Mahmoudi, Xiaoding Xu, Li Ding, Wei Tao, Ting Cai, Yujing Li, Tian Gan, Austin Barrett, Zameer Bharwani, Hongbo Chen, Omid C Farokhzad
Emerging two-dimensional (2D) nanomaterials, such as transition-metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) nanosheets (NSs), have shown tremendous potential for use in a wide variety of fields including cancer nanomedicine. The interaction of nanomaterials with biosystems is of critical importance for their safe and efficient application. However, a cellular-level understanding of the nano-bio interactions of these emerging 2D nanomaterials (i.e., intracellular mechanisms) remains elusive. Here we chose molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) NSs as representative 2D nanomaterials to gain a better understanding of their intracellular mechanisms of action in cancer cells, which play a significant role in both their fate and efficacy...
February 6, 2018: ACS Nano
Michael C Nicastri, Vito W Rebecca, Ravi K Amaravadi, Jeffrey D Winkler
DQ661 is a novel dimeric quinacrine that affects multiple lysosomal functions (autophagy and macropinocytosis) and mTORC1 (mechanistic target of rapamycin) activity by specifically targeting protein-palmitoyl thioesterase 1 (PPT1). DQ661 has in vivo activity in immunocompetent mouse models of cancer, and constitutes a new tool compound for the study of lysosomal function in cancer and therapeutic resistance.
2018: Molecular & Cellular Oncology
Liping Zhang, Yuan Xu, Wenjuan Cao, Shibao Xie, Lu Wen, Gang Chen
Background: The round window membrane (RWM) functions as the primary biological barrier for therapeutic agents in the inner ear via local application. Previous studies on inner ear nano-drug delivery systems mostly focused on their pharmacokinetics and distribution in the inner ear, but seldom on the interaction with the RWM. Clarifying the transport mechanism of nanoparticulate carriers across RWM will shed more light on the optimum design of nano-drug delivery systems intended for meeting demands for their clinical application...
2018: International Journal of Nanomedicine
Jie Zhou, Xuewen Du, Cristina Berciu, Steven J Del Signore, Xiaoyi Chen, Natsuko Yamagata, Avital A Rodal, Daniela Nicastro, Bing Xu
Most of the peptides used for promoting cellular uptake bear positive charges. In our previous study, we reported an example of taurine (bearing negative charges in physiological conditions) promoting cellular uptake of D-peptides. Taurine, conjugated to a small D-peptide via an ester bond, promotes the cellular uptake of this D-peptide. Particularly, intracellular carboxylesterase (CES) instructs the D-peptide to self-assemble and to form nanofibers, which largely disfavors efflux and further enhances the intracellular accumulation of the D-peptide, as supported by that the addition of CES inhibitors partially impaired cellular uptake of this molecule in mammalian cell lines...
January 6, 2018: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
Li-Li Huang, Li-Li Wu, Xue Li, Kejiang Liu, Dongxu Zhao, Hai-Yan Xie
Entry is the first and critical step of viral infection, while the entry mechanisms of many viruses are still unclear due to the lack of efficient technology. In this report, by taking advantage of the single-virion fluorescence tracking technique and simultaneous dual-labeling methods for viruses, we developed; the entry pathway of vaccinia virus from tiantan strain (VACV-TT) was studied in real-time. By combining with the technologies of virology and cell biology, we found that VACV-TT moved toward the Vero cell body along the filopodia induced by the virions interaction, and then, they were internalized through macropinocytosis, which was an actin-, ATP-dependent but clathrin-, caveolin-independent endocytosis...
February 2, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
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