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Emily Wonder, Lorena Simón-Gracia, Pablo Scodeller, Ramsey N Majzoub, Venkata Ramana Kotamraju, Kai K Ewert, Tambet Teesalu, Cyrus R Safinya
Cationic liposome-nucleic acid (CL-NA) complexes, which form spontaneously, are a highly modular gene delivery system. These complexes can be sterically stabilized via PEGylation [PEG: poly (ethylene glycol)] into nanoparticles (NPs) and targeted to specific tissues and cell types via the conjugation of an affinity ligand. However, there are currently no guidelines on how to effectively navigate the large space of compositional parameters that modulate the specific and nonspecific binding interactions of peptide-targeted NPs with cells...
March 2, 2018: Biomaterials
Amani Abu-Shaheen, Shehu Yousef, Muhammad Riaz, Abdullah Nofal, Sarfaraz Khan, Humariya Heena
Diagnosis of neuropathic pain (NP) can be challenging. The ID Pain (ID-P) questionnaire, a screening tool for NP, has been used widely both in the original version and translated forms. The aim of this study was to develop an Arabic version of ID-P and assess its validity and reliability in detecting neuropathic pain. The original ID-P was translated in Arabic language and administered to the study population. Reliability of the Arabic version was evaluated by percentage observed agreement, and Cohen's kappa; and validity by sensitivity, specificity, correctly classified, and receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve...
2018: PloS One
Bárbara da Silva, Ryan K Mathew, Euan S Polson, Jennifer Williams, Heiko Wurdak
Organoid methodology provides a platform for the ex vivo investigation of the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying brain development and disease. The high-grade brain tumor glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is considered a cancer of unmet clinical need, in part due to GBM cell infiltration into healthy brain parenchyma, making complete surgical resection improbable. Modeling the process of GBM invasion in real time is challenging as it requires both tumor and neural tissue compartments. Here, we demonstrate that human GBM spheroids possess the ability to spontaneously infiltrate early-stage cerebral organoids (eCOs)...
March 1, 2018: SLAS Discovery
Jian Yin, Xudong Deng, Jie Zhang, Jun Lin
Adenosine triphosphate-binding cassette (ABC) transporters-mediated multidrug resistance (MDR) remains as a obstacle for effective cancer therapy. Nanoparticles (NPs)-based delivery systems are promising to overcome MDR, but only a few of them have been accepted for clinical treatment, due to characteristics such as insufficient transportation and potential toxicity. In this respect, mounting attention has been attracted towards interactions between NPs and ABC transporters, which hold a key role in the treatment of multidrug-resistant cancer and NP toxicity...
March 14, 2018: Current Medicinal Chemistry
W Weinrebe, S Käbe-Frisch, I Füsgen, M Karaman, E Johannsdottir, S Rupp
OBJECTIVE: To compare the efficacy of desmopressin and placebo in independent geriatric outpatients with nocturnal polyuria (NP). METHODS: A prospective, randomized, single-center, national, double blind, placebo-controlled, fixed-dose, parallel group comparative trial was carried out. The study included 110 geriatric outpatients, 55 patients per treatment group using desmopressin acetate nasal spray (strength: 0.1 mg/ml) once daily of 10 μg/spray blast or placebo...
March 14, 2018: Zeitschrift Für Gerontologie und Geriatrie
Xiaofeng Lai, Hu Zhao, Yong Zhang, Kai Guo, Yuqiao Xu, Suning Chen, Jian Zhang
Copper oxide nanoparticles (CuO NPs) are widely used as catalysts or semiconductors in material fields. Recent studies have suggested that CuO NPs have adverse genotoxicity and cytotoxicity effects on various cells. However, little is known about the toxicity of CuO NPs following exposure to murine lungs. The purpose of this fundamental research was to investigate whether CuO NPs could induce epithelial cell injury, pulmonary inflammation, and eventually fibrosis in C57BL/6 mice. Our studies showed that CuO NPs aggravated pulmonary inflammation in a dose-dependent manner...
March 14, 2018: Scientific Reports
Alicja Kalinowska-Łyszczarz, Mikołaj A Pawlak, Aleksandra Wyciszkiewicz, Katarzyna Pawlak-Buś, Piotr Leszczyński, Mariusz Puszczewicz, Włodzimierz Paprzycki, Wojciech Kozubski, Sławomir Michalak
OBJECTIVE: Central nervous system (CNS) involvement in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) remains poorly understood. Damage within the CNS is driven by the autoimmune response; however, immunopathophysiology of neuropsychiatric (NP) SLE is multifactorial. Immune cell neurotrophin production could be neuroprotective against autoimmunity-driven CNS damage, as has been shown in multiple sclerosis. The aim of this study was to establish whether immune cell neurotrophin production is associated with damage severity in NPSLE...
March 14, 2018: Neuroimmunomodulation
Vanessa Koehlé-Divo, Carole Cossu-Leguille, Sandrine Pain-Devin, Cécile Simonin, Carole Bertrand, Bénédicte Sohm, Catherine Mouneyrac, Simon Devin, Laure Giambérini
The rapid development of nanotechnology and the increased use of nanomaterials in products used in everyday life have raised the question of the potential release of nanoparticles into the aquatic environment. Their fate and effects in natural ecosystems are not currently well understood but harmful effects of nanoparticles have been demonstrated at low concentrations on some freshwater and marine species. Cerium dioxide nanoparticles (CeO2 NPs) are produced in large quantities and used in products in many different fields, such as automotives or optics...
February 27, 2018: Aquatic Toxicology
Negin Sabziparvar, Yosra Saeedi, Mina Nouri, Atefeh Sadat Najafi Bozorgi, Elahe Alizadeh, Farnoosh Attar, Keivan Akhtari, Seyyedeh Elaheh Mousavi, Mojtaba Falahati
NPs have received a great attention in biological and medical applications due to their unique features. However, their induced adverse effects on the biological system are not well explored. Herein, the interaction of silicon dioxide nanoparticle (SiO2 NP) with human hemoglobin (Hb) and lymphocyte cell line was evaluated under physiological conditions by multi spectroscopic (intrinsic and synchronous fluorescence spectroscopy, and circular dichrosim (CD)), molecular docking, and cellular (3-[4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl]-2,5-diphenyl-tetrazolium bromide (MTT) and acridine orange/ethidium bromide (AO/EB) staining) methods...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
M P De Cesaro, J T Dos Santos, J G Ferst, J E Nóbrega, Pra Rosa, M T Rovani, G F Ilha, R C Bohrer, R Ferreira, B G Gasperin, V Bordignon, Pbd Gonçalves
Natriuretic peptides (NPs) are known to regulate reproductive events in polyovulatory species, but their function and regulation in monovulatory species remain to be fully characterized. Using a well-established in vivo model, we found that bovine granulosa cells from follicles near the deviation stage express mRNA for the three NP receptors (NPR1, NPR2 and NPR3), but not for NP precursors (NPPA, NPPB and NPPC). The abundance of NPR3 mRNA was higher in dominant compared to subordinate follicles at the expected time of follicular deviation...
March 14, 2018: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
Heng-Pan Yang, Qing Lin, Han-Wen Zhang, Guo-Dong Li, Liang-Dong Fan, Xiao-Yan Chai, Qian-Ling Zhang, Jian-Hong Liu, Chuan-Xin He
A novel Pt-NP@NCNF@CC composite was prepared by the electrospinning technique. It is a highly efficient and binder-free catalyst for the direct reduction and carboxylation of CO2 with halides. Formate with 91% Faradaic efficiency and 2-phenylpropionic acid with 99% yield could be obtained, respectively. Moreover, this catalyst has excellent stability and reusability.
March 14, 2018: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
Vahid Serpooshan, Sara Sheibani, Pooja Pushparaj, Michal Wojcik, Albert Y Jang, Michelle R Santoso, Joyce H Jang, Haina Huang, Reihaneh Safavi-Sohi, Niloofar Haghjoo, Hossein Nejadnik, Haniyeh Aghaverdi, Hojatollah Vali, Joseph Matthew Kinsella, John Presley, Ke Xu, Phillip Chung-Ming Yang, Morteza Mahmoudi
Cellular uptake of nanoparticles (NPs) depends on the nature of the nanobio system including the solid nanocomponents ( e. g., physicochemical properties of NPs), nanobio interfaces ( e. g., protein corona composition), and the cellular characteristics ( e. g., cell type). In this study, we document the role of sex in cellular uptake of NPs as an "overlooked" factor in nanobio interface investigations. We demonstrate that cell sex leads to differences in NP uptake between male and female human amniotic stem cells (hAMSCs), with greater uptake by female cells...
March 14, 2018: ACS Nano
Muhammad Naeem, Junhwan Bae, Murtada A Oshi, Min-Soo Kim, Hyung Ryong Moon, Bok Luel Lee, Eunok Im, Yunjin Jung, Jin-Wook Yoo
Background: Colon-targeted oral nanoparticles (NPs) have emerged as an ideal, safe, and effective therapy for ulcerative colitis (UC) owing to their ability to selectively accumulate in inflamed colonic mucosa. Cyclosporine A (CSA), an immunosuppressive agent, has long been used as rescue therapy in severe steroid-refractory UC. In this study, we developed CSA-loaded dual-functional polymeric NPs composed of Eudragit® FS30D as a pH-sensitive polymer for targeted delivery to the inflamed colon, and poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) as a sustained-release polymer...
2018: International Journal of Nanomedicine
Yasuhiro Kinugawa, Takeshi Uehara, Kazuyuki Matsuda, Yukihiro Kobayashi, Tomoyuki Nakajima, Hideaki Hamano, Shigeyuki Kawa, Kayoko Higuchi, Noriko Hosaka, Satoshi Shiozawa, Hiroki Ishigame, Toshitsugu Nakamura, Yasuhiro Maruyama, Koh Nakazawa, Masato Nakaguro, Kenji Sano, Hiroyoshi Ota
The relationship between methylation abnormality and autoimmune pancreatitis (AIP)-a representative IgG4-related disease-has not yet been elucidated. We identified SKI might have a significant methylation abnormality in AIP through methylation array analysis using the Illumina Infinium Human Methylation 450K BeadChip array, and investigated the relationship of SKI with AIP clinicopathological features. The methylation rate of SKI was assessed by quantitative SYBR green methylation-specific PCR, and the degree of SKI expression in tissue specimens was assessed by immunohistochemistry in 10 AIP cases, 14 cases of obstructive pancreatitis area in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDA) without a history of AIP, and 9 normal pancreas (NP) cases...
March 6, 2018: Pathology, Research and Practice
Tina D Hunter, Adam S DeConde, R Peter Manes
AIMS: The objective of this study was to quantify the treatment costs and revision surgery rates in chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) patients, with and without nasal polyposis (CRSwNP and CRSsNP), who require treatment with endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS). The additive contributions of nasal polyposis (NP) and revision surgery to 1-year costs were a primary focus. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Adults (age 18-64) undergoing ESS for CRS in 2012-2015 were identified within the Blue Health Intelligence database and used to estimate revision rates...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Medical Economics
Zhi Ruan, Hui Ma, Jing Li, Huiyong Liu, Haoruo Jia, Feng Li
Intervertebral disc degeneration is a complex disease involving genetic and environmental factors and multiple cellular processes. The role and expression of the lncRNA NEAT1 were assessed in intervertebral disc degeneration. NEAT1 expression was assessed in degenerative and control nucleus pulposus using RT-PCR. Western blotting and RT-PCR were also used to investigate p53 and p21 levels in nucleus pulposus tissues. NEAT1 function in degenerative nucleus pulposus cells was assessed with gain- and loss-of-function experiments...
January 1, 2018: Experimental Biology and Medicine
Poonam Parashar, Meena Rathor, Monika Dwivedi, Shubhini A Saraf
Lung carcinoma is the most common cancer in men and second in women (preceded by breast cancer) worldwide. Around 1 in 10 of all cancers diagnosed in men, lung cancer contributed to a total fraction of 20% cancer deaths. Naringenin (NAR) is well known for its chemopreventive properties since ancient times but lacks an appropriate delivery carrier. The objective of present study was to expand the functionality of naringenin loaded poly caprolactone (PCL) nanoparticles in terms of release, chemoprevention and therapeutics...
March 12, 2018: Pharmaceutics
Ilzira A Minigalieva, Boris A Katsnelson, Larisa I Privalova, Marina P Sutunkova, Vladimir B Gurvich, Vladimir Y Shur, Ekaterina V Shishkina, Irene E Valamina, Oleg H Makeyev, Vladimir G Panov, Anatoly N Varaksin, Tatiana V Bushueva, Renata R Sakhautdinova, Svetlana V Klinova, Svetlana N Solovyeva, Ekaterina Y Meshtcheryakova
Stable suspensions of metal/metalloid oxide nanoparticles (MeO-NPs) obtained by laser ablation of 99.99% pure elemental aluminum, titanium or silicon under a layer of deionized water were used separately, or in three binary combinations, or in a ternary combination to induce subchronic intoxications in rats. To this end, the MeO-NPs were repeatedly injected intraperitoneally (i.p.) 18 times during 6 weeks before measuring a large number of functional, biochemical, morphological and cytological indices for the organism's status...
March 13, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Kyle T Householder, Danielle M DiPerna, Eugene P Chung, Anne Rosa Luning, Duong T Nguyen, Sarah E Stabenfeldt, Shwetal Mehta, Rachael W Sirianni
Histone deacetylases (HDACs) are known to be key enzymes in cancer development and progression through their modulation of chromatin structure and the expression and post-translational modification of numerous proteins. Aggressive dedifferentiated tumors, like glioblastoma, frequently overexpress HDACs, while HDAC inhibition can lead to cell cycle arrest, promote cellular differentiation and induce apoptosis. Although multiple HDAC inhibitors, such as quisinostat, are of interest in oncology due to their potent in vitro efficacy, their failure in the clinic as monotherapies against solid tumors has been attributed to poor delivery...
February 24, 2018: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
Eunpi Cho, Qian Wu, Lena Rubinstein, Hannah Linden, Julie Gralow, Jennifer Specht, Vijayakrishna Gadi, Georgiana Ellis
Many studies have sought to optimize the dosing schedule of adjuvant chemotherapy in early-stage breast cancer. Here, we assessed the use of continuous metronomic weekly doxorubicin plus daily oral cyclophosphamide (AC) with continuous G-CSF growth factor support for 12 weeks followed by weekly nab-paclitaxel (nP) for 12 weeks. A nonrandomized phase II clinical trial was designed to assess (1) DFS at 2 years, (2) dose delivered, (3) use of nP in the adjuvant setting, and (4) toxicities. The dosing of A was 24 mg/m2 IV weekly and C was 60 mg/m2 oral daily (with scheduled filgrastim 5mcg/kg 6 days/week); nP, 100 mg/m2 IV weekly...
March 13, 2018: Breast Journal
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