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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920499/smart-nanocrystals-of-artemether-fabrication-characterization-and-comparative-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-antimalarial-evaluation
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Syed Muhammad Hassan Shah, Farhat Ullah, Shahzeb Khan, Syed Muhammad Mukarram Shah, Marcel de Matas, Zahid Hussain, Muhammad Usman Minhas, Naser M AbdEl-Salam, Khaled Hafez Assi, Mohammad Isreb
Artemether (ARTM) is a very effective antimalarial drug with poor solubility and consequently low bioavailability. Smart nanocrystals of ARTM with particle size of 161±1.5 nm and polydispersity index of 0.172±0.01 were produced in <1 hour using a wet milling technology, Dena(®) DM-100. The crystallinity of the processed ARTM was confirmed using differential scanning calorimetry and powder X-ray diffraction. The saturation solubility of the ARTM nanocrystals was substantially increased to 900 µg/mL compared to the raw ARTM in water (145...
2016: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919698/the-use-of-partially-hydrolysed-polyvinyl-alcohol-for-the-production-of-high-drug-loaded-sustained-release-pellets-via-extrusion-spheronisation-and-coating-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-evaluation
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G Verstraete, W De Jaeghere, J Vercruysse, W Grymonpré, V Vanhoorne, F Stauffer, T De Beer, A Bezuijen, J P Remon, C Vervaet
Partially hydrolysed polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) was evaluated as a pelletisation aid for the production of pellets with a high acetaminophen and metformin hydrochloride concentration (>70%, w/w). Mixtures with varying drug concentration and PVA/microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) ratios were processed via extrusion-spheronisation, either after addition of PVA as a dry powder or as an aqueous solution. Finally, high drug- loaded metformin pellets were coated with a methacrylic acid copolymer (Eudragit™ NM 30D) and evaluated for their sustained release potency in vitro and in vivo...
December 2, 2016: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919160/kr12-peptide-associated-with-cyclodextrin-antimicrobial-and-antitumor-activities
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Karina I R Teixeira, Maria E Cortés, Robson A S Santos, Fábio de Oliveira, Ruben D Sinisterra
The aim of this study was to determine the physical properties and antimicrobial and antiproliferative effects of the KR12 peptide complexed with 2-hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin (Hp-βCd) in vitro. The KR12:Hp-βCd composition was evaluated for particle size and its zeta (ζ)-potential in the presence and absence of cells. Antimicrobial activity against Streptococcus mutans, Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans, and Porphyromonas gingivalis for the peptide alone or associated was evaluated by minimal inhibitory concentration...
December 1, 2016: Biointerphases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918990/effects-of-tripolyphosphate-on-cellular-uptake-and-rna-interference-efficiency-of-chitosan-based-nanoparticles-in-raw-264-7-macrophages
#4
Bo Xiao, Panpan Ma, Lijun Ma, Qiubing Chen, Xiaoying Si, Lewins Walter, Didier Merlin
Tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) is a major pro-inflammatory cytokine that is mainly secreted by macrophages during inflammation. Here, we synthesized a series of N-(2-hydroxy)propyl-3-trimethyl ammonium chitosan chlorides (HTCCs), and then used a complex coacervation technique or tripolyphosphate (TPP)-assisted ionotropic gelation strategy to complex the HTCCs with TNF-α siRNA (siTNF) to form nanoparticles (NPs). The resultant NPs had a desirable particle size (210-279nm), a slightly positive zeta potential (14-22mV), and negligible cytotoxicity against Raw 264...
November 26, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918922/removal-of-heavy-metals-from-acid-mine-drainage-using-chicken-eggshells-in-column-mode
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Ting Zhang, Zhihong Tu, Guining Lu, Xingchun Duan, Xiaoyun Yi, Chuling Guo, Zhi Dang
Chicken eggshells (ES) as alkaline sorbent were immobilized in a fixed bed to remove typical heavy metals from acid mine drainage (AMD). The obtained breakthrough curves showed that the breakthrough time increased with increasing bed height, but decreased with increasing flow rate and increasing particle size. The Thomas model and bed depth service time model could accurately predict the bed dynamic behavior. At a bed height of 10 cm, a flow rate of 10 mL/min, and with ES particle sizes of 0.18-0.425 mm, for a multi-component heavy metal solution containing Cd(2+), Pb(2+) and Cu(2+), the ES capacities were found to be 1...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918832/the-effect-of-ambient-titanium-dioxide-microparticle-exposure-to-the-ocular-surface-on-the-expression-of-inflammatory-cytokines-in-the-eye-and-cervical-lymph-nodes
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Youngsub Eom, Jong Suk Song, Hyun Kyu Lee, Boram Kang, Hyeon Chang Kim, Hyung Keun Lee, Hyo Myung Kim
Purpose: To investigate the ocular immune response following exposure to airborne titanium dioxide (TiO2) microparticles. Methods: Rats in the TiO2-exposed group (n = 10) were exposed to TiO2 particles for 2 hours twice daily for 5 days, while the controls (n = 10) were not. Corneal staining score and tear lactic dehydrogenase (LDH) activity were measured to evaluate ocular surface damage, serum immunoglobulin (Ig) G and E were assayed by using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, and the size of cervical lymph nodes was measured...
December 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918445/docetaxel-loaded-self-assembly-stearic-acid-modified-bletilla-striata-polysaccharide-micelles-and-their-anticancer-effect-preparation-characterization-cellular-uptake-and-in-vitro-evaluation
#7
Qingxiang Guan, Dandan Sun, Guangyuan Zhang, Cheng Sun, Miao Wang, Danyang Ji, Wei Yang
Poorly soluble drugs have low bioavailability after oral administration, thereby hindering effective drug delivery. A novel drug-delivery system of docetaxel (DTX)-based stearic acid (SA)-modified Bletilla striata polysaccharides (BSPs) copolymers was successfully developed. Particle size, zeta potential, encapsulation efficiency (EE), and loading capacity (LC) were determined. The DTX release percentage in vitro was determined using high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). The hemolysis and in vitro anticancer activity were studied...
December 2, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918020/effects-of-ovalbumin-protein-nanoparticle-vaccine-size-and-coating-on-dendritic-cell-processing
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Timothy Z Chang, Samantha S Stadmiller, Erika Staskevicius, Julie A Champion
Nanoparticle vaccine delivery platforms are a promising technology for enhancing vaccine immunogenicity. Protein nanoparticles (PNPs), made entirely from antigen, have been shown to induce protective immune responses against influenza. However, the fundamental mechanisms by which PNPs enhance component protein immunogenicity are not understood. Here, we investigate the role of size and coating of model ovalbumin (OVA) PNPs on particle uptake and trafficking, as well as on inflammation and maturation factor expression in dendritic cells (DCs) in vitro...
December 5, 2016: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918012/effect-of-ferrous-ion-concentration-on-the-kinetics-of-radiation-induced-iron-oxide-nanoparticle-formation-and-growth
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T I Sutherland, C J Sparks, J M Joseph, Z Wang, G Whitaker, T K Sham, J C Wren
Magnetite nanoparticles were formed by γ-radiolysis of solutions containing different initial concentrations of FeSO4 without any other chemical additives. The particles formed in a given [Fe(2+)]0 had a narrow size distribution and the average size increased with [Fe(2+)]0. Five hour irradiation at 0.8 Gy s(-1) produced an average size ranging from 23 ± 2 nm to 300 ± 40 nm in 0.1 mM or 10 mM [Fe(2+)]0 solutions, respectively. To ascertain the size-determining mechanism, the kinetics of γ-radiation-induced particle formation and growth were investigated by simultaneously analyzing the [H2(g)] in the headspace, the [Fe(II)] and [Fe(III)] dispersed in solution, UV-Vis absorbances at 304 nm and 380 nm, and the pH of the solution...
December 5, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917871/delivery-of-acetylthevetin-b-an-antitumor-cardiac-glycoside-using-polymeric-micelles-for-enhanced-therapeutic-efficacy-against-lung-cancer-cells
#10
Jing-Jing Zhu, Xin-Xin Zhang, Yun-Qiu Miao, Shu-Fang He, Dan-Mei Tian, Xin-Sheng Yao, Jin-Shan Tang, Yong Gan
Acetylthevetin B (ATB), a cardiac glycoside from the seed of Thevetia peruviana (Pers) K Schum (yellow oleander), exhibits not only antitumor activity but also potential cardiac toxicity. In the present study, we attempted to enhance its antitumor action and decrease its adverse effects via chitosan-Pluronic P123 (CP) micelle encapsulation. Two ATB-loaded CP micelles (ATB-CP1, ATB-CP2) were prepared using an emulsion/solvent evaporation technique. They were spherical in shape with a particle size of 40-50 nm, showed a neutral zeta potential, and had acceptable encapsulation efficiency (>90%)...
December 5, 2016: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917441/size-selective-harvesting-of-extracellular-vesicles-for-strategic-analyses-towards-tumor-diagnoses
#11
Chihiro Manri, Takahide Yokoi, Hirokazu Nishida
Extracellular vesicles (EV), typified by exosomes or microvesicles, are expected to be effective diagnostic markers for cancers. The sizes of the vesicles range from 20 to 1000 nm, but the size-dependent variations of the contents of EVs are still poorly understood. We succeeded in the size-selective harvesting of the vesicles by utilizing the molecular weight-dependent characteristics of a variety of polyethylene glycols (PEG) as precipitating reagents and analyzed the antigens displayed on the surfaces of the vesicles and the miRNAs included in the vesicles from each size group...
December 5, 2016: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916692/the-effects-of-bacteria-nanoparticles-interface-on-the-antibacterial-activity-of-green-synthesized-silver-nanoparticles
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Aftab Ahmad, Yun Wei, Fatima Syed, Kamran Tahir, Aziz Ur Rehman, Arifullah Khan, Sadeeq Ullah, Qipeng Yuan
Neutralization of bacterial cell surface potential using nanoscale materials is an effective strategy to alter membrane permeability, cytoplasmic leakage, and ultimate cell death. In the present study, an attempt was made to prepare biogenic silver nanoparticles using biomolecules from the aqueous rhizome extract of Coptis Chinensis. The biosynthesized silver nanoparticles were surface modified with chitosan biopolymer. The prepared silver nanoparticles and chitosan modified silver nanoparticles were cubic crystalline structures (XRD) with an average particle size of 15 and 20 nm respectively (TEM, DLS)...
December 1, 2016: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916691/therapeutic-effects-of-gold-nanoparticles-synthesized-using-musa-paradisiaca-peel-extract-against-multiple-antibiotic-resistant-enterococcus-faecalis-biofilms-and-human-lung-cancer-cells-a549
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S Vijayakumar, B Vaseeharan, B Malaikozhundan, N Gopi, P Ekambaram, R Pachaiappan, P Velusamy, K Murugan, G Benelli, R Suresh Kumar, M Suriyanarayanamoorthy
Botanical-mediated synthesis of nanomaterials is currently emerging as a cheap and eco-friendly nanotechnology, since it does not involve the use of toxic chemicals. In the present study, we focused on the synthesis of gold nanoparticles using the aqueous peel extract of Musa paradisiaca (MPPE-AuNPs) by green approach following a facile and cheap fabrication process. The green synthesized MPPE-AuNPs were bio-physically characterized by UV-Vis spectroscopy, FTIR, XRD, TEM, Zeta potential and EDX. MPPE-AuNPs were crystalline in nature, spherical to triangular in shape, with particle size ranged within 50 nm...
December 1, 2016: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916535/unique-size-and-shape-dependent-uptake-behaviors-of-non-spherical-nanoparticles-by-endothelial-cells-due-to-a-shearing-flow
#14
Patrick Jurney, Rachit Agarwal, Vikramjit Singh, David Choi, Krishnendu Roy, S V Sreenivasan, Li Shi
The size and shape of nanoparticle (NP) drug carriers can potentially be manipulated to increase the drug delivery efficacy because of their effects on particle margination and interactions with various cells in vivo. It is found in this work that the presence of a physiologically relevant shearing flow rate results in very different size and shape-dependent uptake behavior of negatively charged, non-spherical polyethylene glycol (PEG) hydrogel NPs by endothelial cells (ECs) cultured in a microchannel compared to uptake of either identical NPs in static culture or spherical particles in a shear flow...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916516/local-dose-enhancement-of-proton-therapy-by-ceramic-oxide-nanoparticles-investigated-with-geant4-simulations
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Sally McKinnon, Susanna Guatelli, Sebastien Incerti, Vladimir Ivanchenko, Konstantin Konstantinov, Stéphanie Corde, Michael Lerch, Moeava Tehei, Anatoly Rosenfeld
Nanoparticles (NPs) have been shown to enhance X-ray radiotherapy and proton therapy of cancer. The effectiveness of radiation damage is enhanced in the presence of high atomic number (high-Z) NPs due to increased production of low energy, higher linear energy transfer (LET) secondary electrons when NPs are selectively internalized by tumour cells. This work quantifies the local dose enhancement produced by the high-Z ceramic oxide NPs Ta2O5 and CeO2, in the target tumour, for the first time in proton therapy, by means of Geant4 simulations...
December 1, 2016: Physica Medica: PM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915198/a-new-approach-to-the-rapid-separation-of-isomeric-compounds-in-a-silybum-marianum-extract-using-uhplc-core-shell-column-with-f5-stationary-phase
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Jakub Fibigr, Dalibor Šatínský, Petr Solich
In this paper, a new ultra-high performance liquid chromatography (UHPLC) method using a core-shell column with a pentafluorophenyl stationary phase for separation of seven active compounds of a Silybum marianum extract was developed and validated. Silymarin, an extract of Silybum marianum, is known for its abilities to protect the liver from toxic substances, hepatitis therapy, and anti-tumour activity. Silymarin is currently being widely used in commercial preparations and herbal teas. Separation of seven compounds contained in the Silybum marianum extract (taxifolin, silychristin, silydianin, silybin A, silybin B, isosilybin A, isosilybin B) and other substances occurring in real samples was performed on the Kinetex 1...
November 27, 2016: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914648/atomization-method-for-verifying-size-effects-of-inhalable-particles-on-lung-damage-of-mice
#17
Chen Tao, Yue Tang, Lan Zhang, Yonggang Tian, Yingmei Zhang
To explore the size effects of inhalable particles on lung damage, aqueous aerosol containing cadmium was studied as a model to design a new type of two-stage atomization device that was composed of two adjustable parts with electronic ultrasonic atomization and pneumatic atomization. The working parameters and effectiveness of this device were tested with H2O atomization and CdCl2 inhalation, respectively. By gravimetrically detecting the mass concentrations of PM2.5 and PM10 and analysing the particle size with a laser sensor, we confirmed the particle size distribution of the aqueous aerosol produced by the new device under different working conditions...
December 1, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914608/evaluation-of-size-exclusion-chromatography-columns-packed-with-sub-3%C3%AE-m-particles-for-the-analysis-of-biopharmaceutical-proteins
#18
Alexandre Goyon, Alain Beck, Olivier Colas, Koen Sandra, Davy Guillarme, Szabolcs Fekete
The aim of this study was to evaluate the practical possibilities and limitations of several recently introduced size exclusion chromatographic (SEC) columns of 150×4.6mm, sub-3μm (Agilent AdvanceBioSEC 2.7μm, Tosoh TSKgel UP-SW3000 2.0μm, Phenomenex Yarra SEC X-150 1.8μm and Waters Acquity BEH200 1.7μm) for the separation of biopharmaceutical proteins. For this purpose, some model proteins were tested, as well as several commercial therapeutic monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) and antibody-drug-conjugates (ADCs)...
November 27, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914355/characterisation-of-fine-grained-tailings-from-a-marble-processing-plant-and-their-acute-effects-on-the-copepod-calanus-finmarchicus
#19
Julia Farkas, Dag Altin, Karen M Hammer, Kaja C Hellstrøm, Andy M Booth, Bjørn Henrik Hansen
Submarine tailing disposal (STD) of mining waste is practiced as an alternative to land fill disposal in several countries. Knowledge regarding the environmental implications of STD on fjord and other marine ecosystems, including the pelagic environment, is scarce. In this study, we characterised the particle shape, size and metal content of the fine-grained fraction of tailings (FGT) from a Norwegian marble processing plant and investigated their acute toxicity and impact on feeding rate in adult Calanus finmarchicus...
November 30, 2016: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914339/burstable-nanostructured-micro-raspberries-towards-redispersible-nanoparticles-from-dry-powders
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Claudia Stauch, Thomas Ballweg, Werner Stracke, Robert Luxenhofer, Karl Mandel
Despite immense progress in nanoscience and technology, one of the yet unsolved challenges is the redispersion of nanoparticles from dry powders back to the individual, primary particles. Herein, an easy to handle powder consisting of nanostructured micron sized raspberry-like particles is presented. These nanostructured micro-raspberries are composed of individual nanoparticles which are equipped with molecules that introduce a separating effect or "spring" functionality. Thereby, a powder system is obtained that allows for an easy and complete redispersibility of the agglomerates down to the level of individual nanoparticles in solvents and polymers...
November 17, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
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