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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409821/nano-curcumin-safely-prevents-streptozotocin-induced-inflammation-and-apoptosis-in-pancreatic-%C3%A3-cells-for-effective-management-of-type-1-diabetes-mellitus
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Raghu Ganugula, Meenakshi Arora, Patcharawalai Jaisamut, Ruedeekorn Wiwattanapatapee, Heather G Jørgensen, Vinod P Venkatpurwar, Beiyan Zhou, Aline Rodrigues Hoffmann, Rita Basu, Shaodong Guo, Majeti N V Ravi Kumar
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Approaches to prevent selective and progressive loss of insulin-producing ß-cells in Type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) will help conquer this prevalent and devastating disease. Curcumin (CUR), a natural anti-inflammatory, suppresses diabetes associated inflammation and cell death. However, very high doses have been tested owing to poor oral bioavailability, making it difficult to translate to the clinic. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: We recently prepared biodegradable nanosystems encapsulating curcumin (nCUR), resulting in at least 9-fold improvement in oral bioavailability...
April 13, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395139/next-generation-precision-polyesters-enabling-optimization-of-ligand-receptor-stoichiometry-for-modular-drug-delivery
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Raghu Ganugula, Meenakshi Arora, Prabhjot Saini, Melissa Guada, Majeti N V Ravi Kumar
The success of receptor-mediated drug delivery primarily depends on the ability to optimize ligand-receptor stoichiometry. Conventional polyesters such as polylactide (PLA) or its copolymer, polylactide-co-glycolide (PLGA), do not allow such optimization due to their terminal functionality. We herein report the synthesis of 12 variations of the PLA-poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) based precision-polyester (P2s) platform, permitting 5-12 periodically spaced carboxyl functional groups on the polymer backbone. These carboxyl groups were utilized to achieve variable degrees of gambogic acid (GA) conjugation to facilitate ligand-receptor stoichiometry optimization...
April 19, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298418/disrupting-the-cd47-sirp%C3%AE-anti-phagocytic-axis-by-a-humanized-anti-cd47-antibody-is-an-efficacious-treatment-for-malignant-pediatric-brain-tumors
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Sharareh Gholamin, Siddhartha S Mitra, Abdullah H Feroze, Jie Liu, Suzana A Kahn, Michael Zhang, Rogelio Esparza, Chase Richard, Vijay Ramaswamy, Marc Remke, Anne K Volkmer, Stephen Willingham, Anitha Ponnuswami, Aaron McCarty, Patricia Lovelace, Theresa A Storm, Simone Schubert, Gregor Hutter, Cyndhavi Narayanan, Pauline Chu, Eric H Raabe, Griffith Harsh, Michael D Taylor, Michelle Monje, Yoon-Jae Cho, Ravi Majeti, Jens P Volkmer, Paul G Fisher, Gerald Grant, Gary K Steinberg, Hannes Vogel, Michael Edwards, Irving L Weissman, Samuel H Cheshier
Morbidity and mortality associated with pediatric malignant primary brain tumors remain high in the absence of effective therapies. Macrophage-mediated phagocytosis of tumor cells via blockade of the anti-phagocytic CD47-SIRPα interaction using anti-CD47 antibodies has shown promise in preclinical xenografts of various human malignancies. We demonstrate the effect of a humanized anti-CD47 antibody, Hu5F9-G4, on five aggressive and etiologically distinct pediatric brain tumors: group 3 medulloblastoma (primary and metastatic), atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumor, primitive neuroectodermal tumor, pediatric glioblastoma, and diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma...
March 15, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27806325/inhibiting-glutaminase-in-acute-myeloid-leukemia-metabolic-dependency-of-selected-aml-subtypes
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Polina Matre, Juliana Velez, Rodrigo Jacamo, Yuan Qi, Xiaoping Su, Tianyu Cai, Steven M Chan, Alessia Lodi, Shannon R Sweeney, Helen Ma, Richard Eric Davis, Natalia Baran, Torsten Haferlach, Xiaohua Su, Elsa Renee Flores, Doriann Gonzalez, Sergej Konoplev, Ismael Samudio, Courtney DiNardo, Ravi Majeti, Aaron D Schimmer, Weiqun Li, Taotao Wang, Stefano Tiziani, Marina Konopleva
Metabolic reprogramming has been described as a hallmark of transformed cancer cells. In this study, we examined the role of the glutamine (Gln) utilization pathway in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) cell lines and primary AML samples. Our results indicate that a subset of AML cell lines is sensitive to Gln deprivation. Glutaminase (GLS) is a mitochondrial enzyme that catalyzes the conversion of Gln to glutamate. One of the two GLS isoenzymes, GLS1 is highly expressed in cancer and encodes two different isoforms: kidney (KGA) and glutaminase C (GAC)...
November 29, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27092773/anti-cd47-treatment-stimulates-phagocytosis-of-glioblastoma-by-m1-and-m2-polarized-macrophages-and-promotes-m1-polarized-macrophages-in-vivo
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Michael Zhang, Gregor Hutter, Suzana A Kahn, Tej D Azad, Sharareh Gholamin, Chelsea Y Xu, Jie Liu, Achal S Achrol, Chase Richard, Pia Sommerkamp, Matthew Kenneth Schoen, Melissa N McCracken, Ravi Majeti, Irving Weissman, Siddhartha S Mitra, Samuel H Cheshier
Tumor-associated macrophages (TAMs) represent an important cellular subset within the glioblastoma (WHO grade IV) microenvironment and are a potential therapeutic target. TAMs display a continuum of different polarization states between antitumorigenic M1 and protumorigenic M2 phenotypes, with a lower M1/M2 ratio correlating with worse prognosis. Here, we investigated the effect of macrophage polarization on anti-CD47 antibody-mediated phagocytosis of human glioblastoma cells in vitro, as well as the effect of anti-CD47 on the distribution of M1 versus M2 macrophages within human glioblastoma cells grown in mouse xenografts...
2016: PloS One
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