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Liposomes characterization

Keren Turjeman, Yechezkel Barenholz
BACKGROUND: Steroids are the most efficacious anti-inflammatory agents. However, their toxicities and side-effects compromise their clinical application. Various strategies and major efforts were dedicated for formulating viable liposomal glucocorticosteroids (GCs), so far none of these were approved. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate these approaches for formulating GC-delivery systems, especially liposomes, and with focus on the Barenholz Lab experience. METHODS: We developed PEGylated nano-liposomes (NSSL) remotely loaded with water-soluble amphipathic weak acid GC-prodrugs...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Drug Targeting
Ruixue Miao, Zhiling Wang, Qin Guo, Yang Wen, Qiong Liao, Yu Zhu, Min Shu, Chaomin Wan
BACKGROUND: Visceral Leishmaniasis (VL) is a life-threatening parasitic infection transmitted by phlebotomine sandflies. We undertook this study to analyze the clinical features of pediatric VL in a population of Chinese children. METHODS: A retrospective study was performed with pediatric patients (≤14years) diagnosed with VL based on bone-marrow biopsy, serology and diagnosis based on clinical manifestation and the improvement after the experimental drug when negative bone marrow and serology results were shown...
September 30, 2016: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Xiao-Qing Wang, Zhou-Na Li, Qi-Ming Wang, Zhonggao Gao, Zhe-Hu Jin
Keloids were characterized by excessive growth of fibrous tissues, and shared several pathological characteristics with cancer. They did put physical and emotional stress on patients in that keloids could badly change appearance of patients. N-(4-hydroxyphenyl) retinamide (4HPR) showed cytotoxic activity on a wide variety of invasive-growth cells. Our work was aim to prepare N-(4-hydroxyphenyl) retinamide-loaded lipid microbubbles (4HPR-LM) combined with ultrasound for anti-keloid therapy. 4HPR-loaded liposomes (4HPR-L) were first prepared by film evaporation method, and then 4HPR-LM were manufactured by mixing 4HPR-L and perfluoropentane (PFP) with ultrasonic cavitation method...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Liposome Research
F Varenne, J Botton, C Merlet, H Hillaireau, F-X Legrand, G Barratt, C Vauthier
In vivo fate of nanomaterials is influenced by the size particles among other parameters. Thus, Health Agencies have identified the size of nanomaterial as an essential physicochemical property to characterize. This parameter can be explored by dynamic light scattering (DLS) that is described in the ISO standard 22412:2008(E) and is one of the methods recognized by Health Agencies. However, no protocol of DLS size measurement has been validated over a large range of size so far. In this work, we propose an extension of validation of a protocol of size measurement by DLS previously validated with certified reference materials (CRM) at 60 and 203nm...
October 7, 2016: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
Tomáš Kroupa, Hana Langerová, Michal Doležal, Jan Prchal, Vojtěch Spiwok, Eric Hunter, Michaela Rumlová, Richard Hrabal, Tomáš Ruml
Matrix proteins play a key role in the transport of retroviral proteins inside infected cells and in the interaction with cellular membranes. In most retroviruses, retroviral matrix proteins are N-terminally myristoylated. This modification serves as a membrane targeting signal and also as an anchor for the membrane interaction. The aim of this work was to characterize interactions anchoring retroviral matrix protein at the plasma membrane of infected cell. To address this issue, we compared the structures and membrane affinity of the Mason-Pfizer monkey virus (M-PMV) wild-type matrix protein with its two budding deficient double mutants, i...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Molecular Biology
Riham Gharib, Lizette Auezova, Catherine Charcosset, Hélène Greige-Gerges
A combined approach based on cyclodextrin/drug inclusion complex formation and loading into liposomes was applied to improve the effectiveness of liposome loading with essential oils. Hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin/ANE (HP-β-CD/ANE) inclusion complexes were prepared and encapsulated into liposomes (ACL). ANE-double-loaded liposomes (ACL2) were obtained with the HP-β-CD/ANE complex in the aqueous phase and ANE in the organic phase. Liposomes were prepared from saturated (Phospholipon 90H) or unsaturated (Lipoid S100) phospholipids and characterized for size, polydispersity index, zeta potential, morphology, loading rate (LR) and photo- and storage stabilities...
March 1, 2017: Food Chemistry
Livia Brunner, Christophe Barnier-Quer, Nicolas Collin
QS-21, a saponin extracted from the tree Quillaja saponaria Molina, is a vaccine adjuvant which has been shown to elicit robust antibody and cell-mediated immune responses in a variety of preclinical and clinical studies [1]. Its purification from the natural source is a lengthy and difficult process. The commercially available saponin mixture Quil-A(®) is a fraction of the bark extract containing a variety of saponins, including QS-21. In order to facilitate access to QS-21 at laboratory-scale amounts, we propose here a method of purification of QS-21 starting from Quil-A(®)...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Yang Li, Chengcheng Tang, Enbo Zhang, Li Yang
The potential in vivo application of liposome for polycationic colistin has been hindered by the poor entrapment efficiency (EE) due to their phospholipid membrane permeability. The objective of this study is to investigate the loading mechanism and validity of applying electrostatic attraction for the colistin entrapment and delivery in liposomes. Anionic lipids with various structures were used for colistin entrapment, and the properties of resulting liposomes (i.e. zeta-potential, EE and release rate) were highly dependent on the structure of anionic lipids...
October 3, 2016: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
Hiroyuki Nakashima, Masahiro Nakashima, Manabu Kinoshita, Masami Ikarashi, Hiromi Miyazaki, Hiromi Hanaka, Junko Imaki, Shuhji Seki
We have recently reported that Kupffer cells consist of two subsets, radio-resistant resident CD68+ Kupffer cells and radio-sensitive recruited CD11b+ Kupffer cells/macrophages (Mφs). Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is characterized not only by hepatic steatosis but also chronic inflammation and fibrosis. In the present study, we investigated the immunological mechanism of diet-induced steatohepatitis in fibroblast growth factor 5 (FGF5) deficient mice. After consumption of a high fat diet (HFD) for 8 weeks, FGF5 null mice developed severe steatohepatitis and fibrosis resembling human NASH...
October 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
Kuan-Yi Lu, Chien-Sheng Chen, Johnathan Neiswinger, Heng Zhu
Studying lipid-protein interactions is central to understanding lipid signaling, a key regulatory system in cells. To better identify lipid-binding proteins, we developed a nonquenched fluorescent (NQF) liposome that is able to carry both fluorescent molecules and a lipid of interest. By combining the strength of NQF liposomes with protein microarray technology, the method presented here facilitates high-throughput screening of lipid-protein interactions. This protocol describes how to prepare NQF liposomes and apply the fabricated liposomes to yeast proteome microarrays...
October 3, 2016: Cold Spring Harbor Protocols
J T Sutton, K J Haworth, S K Shanmukhappa, M R Moody, M E Klegerman, J K Griffin, D M Patton, D D McPherson, C K Holland
Ultrasound is both a valuable diagnostic tool and a promoter of beneficial tissue bioeffects for the treatment of cardiovascular disease. Vascular effects can be mediated by mechanical oscillations of circulating microbubbles that may also encapsulate and shield therapeutic agents in the bloodstream. Here, the effect of color-Doppler ultrasound exposure on bevacizumab-loaded liposome delivery into the vascular bed was assessed in atheromatous porcine carotids. Bevacizumab, an anti-angiogenic antibody to vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF-A), was loaded into echogenic liposomes (BEV-ELIP) and confirmed to be immunoreactive...
September 30, 2016: Drug Delivery
Ana Eliza Zeraik, Margarita Staykova, Marina Gabriel Fontes, Indrė Nemuraitė, Roy Quinlan, Ana Paula Ulian Araújo, Ricardo DeMarco
Septins are GTP-binding proteins that are highly conserved among eukaryotes and which are usually membrane-associated. They have been linked to several critical cellular functions such as exocytosis and ciliogenesis, but little mechanistic detail is known. Their assembly into filaments and membrane binding properties are incompletely understood and that is specially so for non-human septins where such information would offer therapeutic potential. In this study we use Schistosoma mansoni, exhibiting just four septin genes, as a simpler model for characterizing the septin structure and organization...
September 26, 2016: Biochimie
Mihad Ibrahim, Rana Sabouni, Ghaleb A Husseini
Cancer is the uncontrolled growth of cells in the body and is considered as one of the major causes of death globally. There are several cytotoxic chemotherapeutic agents used to treat cancer including methotrexate, 5-fluorouracil, cisplatin, tamoxifen, doxorubicin and others. Although billions of dollars have been spent on cancer research to develop these chemotherapies, it still remains a major illness for mankind partly due to the shortcomings of these therapies. These shortcomings include low targeting specificity, severe side effects (due to high doses) and poor pharmacokinetics...
September 26, 2016: Current Medicinal Chemistry
Birgit Ploier, Anant K Menon
Scramblases translocate phospholipids across the membrane bilayer bidirectionally in an ATP-independent manner. The first scramblase to be identified and biochemically verified was opsin, the apoprotein of the photoreceptor rhodopsin. Rhodopsin is a G protein-coupled receptor localized in rod photoreceptor disc membranes of the retina where it is responsible for the perception of light. Rhodopsin's scramblase activity does not depend on its ligand 11-cis-retinal, i.e., the apoprotein opsin is also active as a scramblase...
2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Rita Teixeira-Santos, Elisabete Ricardo, Ricardo J Branco, Maria M Azevedo, Acácio G Rodrigues, Cidália Pina-Vaz
Patients with multiple comorbidities are often administered simultaneously or sequentially antifungals and antibacterial agents, without full knowledge of the consequences of drug interactions. Considering the clinical relevance of liposomal amphotericin B (L-AMB), the association between L-AMB and six antibacterial agents was evaluated against four clinical isolates and one type strain of Candida spp. and two clinical isolates and one type strain of Aspergillus fumigatus. In order to evaluate such combined effects, the minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC) of L-AMB was determined in the presence of 0...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
Sara Fernández-Lizarbe, Emilio Lecona, Angélica Santiago-Gómez, Nieves Olmo, M Antonia Lizarbe, Javier Turnay
Annexin A13 is the founder member of the vertebrate family of annexins, which are comprised of a tetrad of unique conserved domains responsible for calcium-dependent binding to membranes. Its expression is restricted to epithelial intestinal and kidney cells. Alternative splicing in the N-terminal region generates two isoforms, A13a and A13b, differing in a deletion of 41 residues in the former. We have confirmed the expression of both isoforms in human colon adenocarcinoma cells at the mRNA and protein levels...
September 27, 2016: Biological Chemistry
Kunat Suktham, Thongchai Koobkokkruad, Somsak Saesoo, Nattika Saengkrit, Suvimol Surassmo
Sericin protein (SP) is widely used as a nutrient biomaterial for biomedical and cosmeceutical applications although it shows low stability to heat and light. To overcome these problems and add value to wastewater from the silk industry, sericin protein was recovered as sericin-loaded copolymer-liposomes (SP-PVA-LP), prepared through thin film hydration. The size and morphology of the liposomes were investigated using dynamic light scattering (DLS), and electron microscopy (SEM and TEM). The particle size, liposome surface morphology and encapsulation efficiency of SP were dependent on PVA concentration...
September 21, 2016: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
Manish Jain, Matthieu Zellweger, Aurélien Frobert, Jérémy Valentin, Hubert van den Bergh, Georges Wagnières, Stéphane Cook, Marie-Noelle Giraud
UNLABELLED: Photodynamic therapy (PDT), which is based on the activation of photosensitizers with light, can be used to reduce plaque burden. We hypothesized that intra-arterial photosensitizer administration and photo-activation will lead to high and rapid accumulation within the plaque with reduced systemic adverse effects. Thus, this "intra-arterial" PDT would be expected to have less side effects and due to the short time involved would be compatible with percutaneous coronary interventions...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
Athira Rohit, Mark D P Willcox, Fiona Stapleton
PURPOSE: To establish the effect of lipid supplements on tear lipid biochemistry and their influence on lens wear comfort in habitual lens wearers. METHODS: Forty habitual soft contact lens wearers were recruited to a double-masked, randomized crossover trial. An emulsion drop containing phosphatidylglycerol (Systane Balance; Alcon) and a liposomal spray containing phosphatidylcholine (Tears again; BioRevive) along with saline placebos were used three times a day for 14 days with 48 hours of washout between each intervention...
October 2016: Optometry and Vision Science: Official Publication of the American Academy of Optometry
Robert P Sparks, Jermaine L Jenkins, Gregory E Miner, Yan Wang, Wayne C Guida, Charles E Sparks, Rutilio A Fratti, Janet D Sparks
Sortilin is a multi-ligand sorting receptor that interacts with B100-containing VLDL and LDL as well as other ligands including neurotensin (NT). The current study investigates the hypothesis that phosphatidylinositol (3,4,5)-trisphosphate (PIP3) generated downstream of insulin action can directly bind to sortilin. NT binds to sortilin at a well characterized site via its carboxy terminus (C-term). Using a crystal structure of human sortilin (hsortilin), PIP3 is predicted to bind at this C-term site. Binding of PIP3 to hsortilin is demonstrated using surface plasmon resonance (SPR) flowing PIP3 nanodiscs over immobilized hsortilin...
October 21, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
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