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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927027/cancer-associated-fibroblasts-an-essential-role-in-the-tumor-microenvironment
#1
Leilei Tao, Guichun Huang, Haizhu Song, Yitian Chen, Longbang Chen
Fibroblasts in the tumor stroma are well recognized as having an indispensable role in carcinogenesis, including in the initiation of epithelial tumor formation. The association between cancer cells and fibroblasts has been highlighted in several previous studies. Regulation factors released from cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs) into the tumor microenvironment have essential roles, including the support of tumor growth, angiogenesis, metastasis and therapy resistance. A mutual interaction between tumor-induced fibroblast activation, and fibroblast-induced tumor proliferation and metastasis occurs, thus CAFs act as tumor supporters...
September 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926732/multifunctional-mesoporous-zro2-encapsulated-upconversion-nanoparticles-for-mild-nir-light-activated-synergistic-cancer-therapy
#2
Lili Feng, Shili Gai, Fei He, Yunlu Dai, Chongna Zhong, Piaoping Yang, Jun Lin
Desirable nanosystem that could not only deliver drugs safely and effectively into tumor sites, but also be expected to serve as photosensitizer to realize the photodynamic therapeutic function, would be of great significance in the synergistic cancer therapy. To perform this task, a multifunctional nanosystem has been developed for markedly enhanced cancer therapeutic efficacy by loading chemotherapy agent (doxorubicin hydrochloride, DOX) and photosensitive drug chlorin e6 (Ce6) into the channels of mesoporous zirconium dioxide (ZrO2) layer which coats on Nd(3+)-doped upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs)...
September 13, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926716/broadband-acoustic-resonance-dissolution-spectroscopy-bards-a-novel-approach-to-investigate-the-wettability-of-pharmaceutical-powder-blends
#3
Raghu V G Peddapatla, M Rizwan Ahmed, Caroline A Blackshields, M J Sousa-Gallagher, Sean McSweeney, J Krüse, Abina M Crean, Dara Fitzpatrick
The ability of Broadband Acoustic Resonance Dissolution Spectroscopy (BARDS) to assess the wettability of powder blends is investigated. BARDS is a novel analytical technology developed based on the change in acoustic phenomenon observed when material is added into a solvent under resonance. Addition of solid material to the solvent results in the introduction of gas (air) into the solvent, changing the compressibility of the solvent system and reducing the velocity of sound in the solvent. As a material is wetted and dissolved, the gas is released from the solvent and resonance frequency is altered...
September 19, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926192/testing-of-a-bioactive-moldable-bone-graft-substitute-in-an-infected-critically-sized-segmental-defect-model
#4
Matt E Brown, Yuan Zou, Rebecca Peyyala, Sarandeep S Huja, Larry L Cunningham, Todd A Milbrandt, Thomas D Dziubla, David A Puleo
Large infected bone defects, often resulting from high energy traumas, are difficult to treat due to their variability in complexity and location. Standard treatment for infected bone defects begins with a protocol that includes a series of debridements in conjunction with an extended course of systemic antibiotics. Only after the infection has been eliminated will repair of the defect commence, typically with implantation of autologous bone. To address some of the shortcomings of the standard treatment methods, such as serial procedures, limited grafting material, and the need for a second surgical site for autologous bone, a sequential, dual drug-releasing, moldable, calcium sulfate-based bone graft substitute was developed previously...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925874/preclinical-assessment-of-steroidal-nanostructured-lipid-carriers-based-gels-for-atopic-dermatitis-optimization-and-product-development
#5
Upendra Nagaich, Neha Gulati
BACKGROUND: Betamethasone Valerate (BV) is potent topical corticosteroid. Preparation of nanostructured lipid carreirs (NLC) involves process parameters optimization and formulations were developed. It is available in several conventional formulations like creams and ointments which have well-known problems of frequent dosing and consequently additional side effects. The aim is to ascertain the probability of NLC as an exclusive carrier for betamethasone valerate topical application with regard to release modulation and improved therapeutic effect...
September 18, 2017: Current Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925709/effect-of-hydrophobic-chain-length-on-the-stability-and-guest-exchange-behavior-of-shell-sheddable-micelles-formed-by-disulfide-linked-diblock-copolymers
#6
Haiyan Fan, Yixia Li, Jinxian Yang, Xiaodong Ye
Reduction-responsive micelles hold enormous promise for the application as drug carriers due to the fast drug release triggered by reducing conditions and high anticancer activity. However, the effect of hydrophobic chain length on the stability and guest exchange of reduction-responsive micelles, especially for the micelles formed by diblock copolymers containing single disulfide group, are not fully understood. Here, shell-sheddable micelles formed by a series of disulfide-linked copolymer poly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly(-caprolactone) (PEG-SS-PCL) containing the same chain length of PEG but different chain lengths of hydrophobic block PCL were prepared and well characterized...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925576/is-there-an-increased-risk-of-cervical-neoplasia-in-atopic-dermatitis-patients-treated-with-oral-immunosuppressive-drugs
#7
F M Garritsen, R H M Verheijen, C G Gerestein, A D van Zuilen, J A F Oosterhaven, M van Dijk, C A F Bruijnzeel-Koomen, M L Schuttelaar, M S de Bruin-Weller
BACKGROUND: Oral immunosuppressive drugs are frequently prescribed in young women with atopic dermatitis (AD). Immunocompromised patients may have a higher risk of developing high risk HPV infections, CIN and cervical carcinoma. Most literature on patients using oral immunosuppressive drugs is available in organ transplant patients. Literature on the risk of developing cervical carcinoma in AD patients treated with oral immunosuppressive drugs is lacking. At this moment there is no clear guideline/consensus on this topic, but in daily practice, questions arise concerning whether this risk is increased and whether more intensive screening in women using immunosuppressive drugs should take place...
September 19, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924948/magnetic-nanoparticles-for-the-delivery-of-dapagliflozin-to-hypoxic-tumors-physicochemical-characterization-and-cell-studies
#8
Athina Angelopoulou, Efstathia Voulgari, Argiris Kolokithas-Ntoukas, Aristides Bakandritsos, Konstantinos Avgoustakis
In solid tumors, hypoxia (lack of oxygen) is developed, which leads to the development of resistance of tumor cells to chemotherapy and radiotherapy through various mechanisms. Nevertheless, hypoxic cells are particularly vulnerable when glycolysis is inhibited. For this reason, in this study, the development of magnetically targetable nanocarriers of the sodium-glucose transporter protein (SGLT2) inhibitor dapagliflozin (DAPA) was developed for the selective delivery of DAPA in tumors. This nanomedicine in combination with radiotherapy or chemotherapy should be useful for effective treatment of hypoxic tumors...
September 18, 2017: AAPS PharmSciTech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924630/role-of-in-vitro-release-methods-in-liposomal-formulation-development-challenges-and-regulatory-perspective
#9
Deepak Solomon, Nilesh Gupta, Nihal S Mulla, Snehal Shukla, Yadir A Guerrero, Vivek Gupta
In the past few years, measurement of drug release from pharmaceutical dosage forms has been a focus of extensive research because the release profile obtained in vitro can give an indication of the drug's performance in vivo. Currently, there are no compendial in vitro release methods designed for liposomes owing to a range of experimental challenges, which has created a major hurdle for both development and regulatory acceptance of liposome-based drug products. In this paper, we review the current techniques that are most often used to assess in vitro drug release from liposomal products; these include the membrane diffusion techniques (dialysis, reverse dialysis, fractional dialysis, and microdialysis), the sample-and-separate approach, the in situ method, the continuous flow, and the modified United States Pharmacopeia methods (USP I and USP IV)...
September 18, 2017: AAPS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924553/amino-functionalized-poloxamer-407-with-both-mucoadhesive-and-thermosensitive-properties-preparation-characterization-and-application-in-a-vaginal-drug-delivery-system
#10
Liqian Ci, Zhigang Huang, Yu Liu, Zhepeng Liu, Gang Wei, Weiyue Lu
Lack of mucoadhesive properties is the major drawback to poloxamer 407 (F127)-based in situ hydrogels for mucosal administration. The objective of the present study was to construct a novel mucoadhesive and thermosensitive in situ hydrogel drug delivery system based on an amino-functionalized poloxamer for vaginal administration. First, amino-functionalized poloxamer 407 (F127-NH2) was synthesized and characterized with respect to its micellization behavior and interaction with mucin. Then using acetate gossypol (AG) as model drug, AG-loaded F127-NH2-based in situ hydrogels (NFGs) were evaluated with respect to rheology, drug release, ex vivo vaginal mucosal adhesion, in vivo intravaginal retention and local irritation after vaginal administration to healthy female mice...
September 2017: Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924549/potassium-2-1-hydroxypentyl-benzoate-attenuates-neuronal-apoptosis-in-neuron-astrocyte-co-culture-system-through-neurotrophy-and-neuroinflammation-pathway
#11
Dongmei Liu, Man Zhang, Xianfang Rong, Jiang Li, Xiaoliang Wang
Potassium 2-(1-hydroxypentyl)-benzoate (d,l-PHPB), a new drug candidate for ischemic stroke at the phase II clinic trial, has been shown to protect neurons by inhibiting oxidative injury and reducing neuron apoptosis in previous studies. But the mechanisms of d,l-PHPB remain to be studied. In this study, a neuron-astrocytes co-culture system was used to elucidate the roles of astrocytes in neuroprotection of d,l-PHPB under oxygen-glucose deprivation/reoxygenation (OGD/R) condition. Our data showed that d,l-PHPB reduced neuronal apoptosis in mono-culture system and this effect was enhanced in neuron-astrocyte co-culture system under the OGD/R condition...
September 2017: Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924446/use-of-intravitreal-dexamethasone-in-a-case-of-anterior-ischemic-optic-neuropathy
#12
Raffaele Nuzzi, Francesca Monteu
Nowadays there is no unique and well-established treatment for nonarteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy, despite being the main acute pathology that affects the optic nerve in the elderly population and often resulting in a significant loss of visual acuity. The effectiveness of oral steroids is still under debate in the international literature, although many studies show that patients treated with high doses of systemic corticosteroids have a significantly higher chance of improved visual acuity and visual fields...
May 2017: Case Reports in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924419/surprises-during-intravitreal-drug-delivery-a-report-of-three-cases
#13
Pradeep Venkatesh, Rohan Chawla, Bhavin Shah, Sat Pal Garg
We describe 3 cases with unusual events during and after intravitreal injection of dexamethasone intravitreal implants and bevacizumab. In case 1, delayed release of the safety stop of a dexamethasone intravitreal implant injector led to impaction and retinal break formation. Timely recognition and laser treatment prevented further retinal complications. In case 2, reinjection of a second dexamethasone intravitreal implant from the same site as the first injection was noted to dislodge the remnant of the previous implant from the vitreous base...
2017: Digital Journal of Ophthalmology: DJO
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924348/single-walled-carbon-nanotubes-ciprofloxacin-nanoantibiotic-strategy-to-improve-ciprofloxacin-antibacterial-activity
#14
Mohyeddin Assali, Abdel Naser Zaid, Farah Abdallah, Motasem Almasri, Rasha Khayyat
As infectious diseases continue to be one of the greatest health challenges worldwide, the demand toward alternative agents is continuously increasing. Recent advancement in nanotechnology has expanded our ability to design and construct nanomaterials to treat bacterial infections. Carbon nanotubes are one among these nanomaterials. Herein, we describe the covalent functionalization of the single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) with multiple molecules of ciprofloxacin. The prepared nanoantibiotics were characterized using different techniques, including transmission electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and thermogravimetric analysis...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923914/new-ultrasound-techniques-promise-further-advances-in-aki-and-ckd
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Travis D Hull, Anupam Agarwal, Kenneth Hoyt
AKI and CKD are important clinical problems because they affect many patients and the associated diagnostic and treatment paradigms are imperfect. Ultrasound is a cost-effective, noninvasive, and simple imaging modality that offers a multitude of means to improve the diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment of both AKI and CKD, especially considering recent advances in this technique. Ultrasound alone can attenuate AKI and prevent CKD by stimulating the splenic cholinergic anti-inflammatory pathway. Additionally, microbubble contrast agents are improving the sensitivity and specificity of ultrasound for diagnosing kidney disease, especially when these agents are conjugated to ligand-specific mAbs or peptides, which make the dynamic assessment of disease progression and response to treatment possible...
September 18, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923769/reconstitutable-spray-dried-ultra-fine-dispersion-as-a-robust-platform-for-effective-oral-delivery-of-an-antihyperlipidemic-drug
#16
Mona Basha, Alaa H Salama, Sally El Awdan
The current article highlights the application of spray drying technique to produce an ultra-fine powder encapsulating the antihyperlipidemic drug, atorvastatin calcium (ATV). First, ATV was dissolved in an emulsion formulation, and different carriers (pectin, alginate, chitosan HCl and hydroxypropylmethyl cellulose) in two concentrations (1.5 and 3%) were added. Then, these carrier-containing formulations were subjected to spray drying, whereby ultra-fine ATV-loaded spray dried emulsions were produced (ATV-SDE)...
September 15, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923768/applicability-of-low-melting-point-microcrystalline-wax-to-develop-temperature-sensitive-formulations
#17
Kohei Matsumoto, Shin-Ichiro Kimura, Yasunori Iwao, Shigeru Itai
Low-melting-point substances are widely used to develop temperature-sensitive formulations. In this study, we focused on microcrystalline wax (MCW) as a low-melting-point substance. We evaluated the drug release behavior of wax matrix (WM) particles using various MCW under various temperature conditions. WM particles containing acetaminophen were prepared using a spray congealing technique. In the dissolution test at 37°C, WM particles containing low-melting-point MCWs whose melting was starting at approx...
September 15, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923765/preparation-and-investigation-of-p28gst-loaded-plga-microparticles-for-immunomodulation-of-experimental-colitis
#18
T H Hoang Thi, P A Priemel, Y Karrout, V Driss, M Delbeke, A Dendooven, M P Flament, M Capron, J Siepmann
The aim of this work was to prepare and characterize (in vitro and in vivo) PLGA-based microparticles loaded with an enzymatic protein derived from the helminth parasite Schistosoma haematobium: glutathione S-transferase P28GST (P28GST). This protein is not only a promising candidate vaccine against schistosomiasis, it also exhibits interesting immunomodulating effects, which can be helpful for the regulation of inflammatory diseases. Helminths express a regulatory role on intestinal inflammation, and immunization by P28GST has recently been shown to be as efficient as infection to reduce inflammation in a murine colitis model...
September 15, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923735/pegylated-magnetic-prussian-blue-nanoparticles-asa-multifunctional-therapeutic-agent-for-combined-targeted-photothermal-ablation-and-ph-triggered-chemotherapy-of-tumour-cells
#19
Peng Xue, Lihong Sun, Qian Li, Lei Zhang, Zhigang Xu, Chang Ming Li, Yuejun Kang
Multifunctional nanoagents have become popular and valuable pharmaceuticals for effective cancer treatment. Moreover, there is an increasing tendency to develop therapeutic agents with excellent biocompatibility, high efficiency, specific targeting and combinatorial treatment effects. In this study, we proposed a facile technique to synthesize PEGylated (polyethylene glycol modified) magnetic Prussian blue (PB) nanoparticles with encapsulated doxorubicin (DOX), abbreviated as Fe3O4@PB/PEG/DOX NPs, for combined targeted photothermal ablation and pH-triggered chemotherapy of tumour cells...
September 8, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923402/synergistic-chemo-photodynamic-therapy-by-big-small-combo-nanoparticles-sequential-release-system
#20
Li Fan, Saisai Zhao, Xin Jin, Yongsheng Zhang, Chaojun Song, Hong Wu
Chemo-photodynamic combination has been manifested great potential for synergistic cancer therapy. Moreover, the synergistic efficacy could be significantly enhanced by well designed sequential release manner of photosensitizers (PSs). Here we propose a "Big & small combo nanoparticles (NPbig&small)" system for double loading PSs methylene blue (MB) and single absorbing chemotherapeutics drug Gemcitabine hydrochloride (GM(.)HCl). The "grown-in" MB from NPbig&small show two-peak sequential release profile, significantly improve the absorbed chemo therapeutic efficacy of GM(...
September 15, 2017: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
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