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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532144/physically-targeted-intravenous-polyurethane-nanoparticles-for-controlled-release-of-atorvastatin-calcium
#1
Behnaz Sadat Eftekhari, Akbar Karkhaneh, Ali Alizadeh
Background: Intravenous drug delivery is an advantageous choice for rapid administration, immediate drug effect, and avoidance of first-pass metabolism in oral drug delivery. In this study, the synthesis, formulation, and characterization of atorvastatin-loaded polyurethane (PU) nanoparticles were investigated for intravenous route of administration. Methods: First, PU was synthesized and characterized. Second, nanoparticles were prepared in four different ratios of drug to polymer through two different techniques including emulsion-diffusion and single-emulsion...
May 23, 2017: Iranian Biomedical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532129/-131-i-traced-plga-lipid-nanoparticles-as-drug-delivery-carriers-for-the-targeted-chemotherapeutic-treatment-of-melanoma
#2
Haiyan Wang, Weizhong Sheng
Herein, folic acid (FA) conjugated Poly(d,l-lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA)-lipid composites (FA-PL) were developed as nanocarriers for the targeted delivery of insoluble anti-cancer drug paclitaxel (PTX), resulting FA-PLP nanoparticles. Furthermore, (131)I, as a radioactive tracer, was used to label FA-PLP nanoparticles (FA-PLP-(131)I) to evaluate their cell uptake activity, in vivo blood circulation, and biodistribution. The FA-PLP-(131)I nanoparticles had a spherical morphology with great stability, a narrow size distribution (165...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532109/lactoferrin-modified-graphene-oxide-iron-oxide-nanocomposite-for-glioma-targeted-drug-delivery
#3
Meng-Meng Song, Huai-Liang Xu, Jun-Xing Liang, Hui-Hui Xiang, Rui Liu, Yu-Xian Shen
Targeting delivery of drugs in a specific manner represents a potential powerful technology in gliomas. Herein, we prepared a multifunctional targeted delivery system based on graphene oxide (GO) that contains a molecular bio-targeting ligand and superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles on the surface of GO for magnetic targeting. Superparamagnetic Fe3O4 nanoparticles was loaded on the surface of GO via chemical precipitation method to form GO@Fe3O4 nanocomposites. Lactoferrin (Lf), an iron-transporting serum glycoprotein that binds to receptors overexpressed at the surface of glioma cells and vascular endothelial cell of the blood brain barrier, was chosen as the targeted ligand to construct the targeted delivery system Lf@GO@Fe3O4 through EDC/NHS chemistry...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532100/the-controlled-drug-release-by-ph-sensitive-molecularly-imprinted-nanospheres-for-enhanced-antibacterial-activity
#4
Congyang Mao, Xianzhou Xie, Xiangmei Liu, Zhenduo Cui, Xianjin Yang, K W K Yeung, Haobo Pan, Paul K Chu, Shuilin Wu
In this study, we prepared pH-sensitive hybrid nanospheres through the implementation of a facile molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) technique combined with a UV-initiated precipitation polymerization method using vancomycin (VA) for the templates. During the course of this investigation, both 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) and 2-(diethylamino) ethyl methacrylate (DEAEMA) were utilized as the functional monomers, while ethylene glycol dimethacrylate (EGDMA) was used as a cross-linker. The obtained MIP nanospheres exhibited well-controlled particle size, with a drug loading capacity of about 17%, much higher than that of the non-imprinted polymer (NIP) nanospheres (5%)...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532051/chitosan-folate-decorated-carbon-nanotubes-for-site-specific-lung-cancer-delivery
#5
Rahul Pratap Singh, Gunjan Sharma, Sonali, Sanjay Singh, Shreekant Bharti, Bajarangprasad L Pandey, Biplob Koch, Madaswamy S Muthu
The aim of this work was to formulate chitosan-folate conjugated multi-walled carbon nanotubes for the lung cancer targeted delivery of docetaxel. The chitosan-folate conjugate was synthesized and the conjugation was confirmed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The multi-walled carbon nanotubes were characterized for their particle size, polydispersity, zeta potential, surface morphology, drug encapsulation efficiency and in vitro release study. The in vitro cellular uptake, cytotoxicity, and cell cycle analysis of the docetaxel/coumarin-6 loaded multi-walled carbon nanotubes were carried out to compare the effectiveness of the formulations...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532011/molecularly-imprinted-polymer-for-human-viral-pathogen-detection
#6
REVIEW
Aijaz Ahmad Malik, Chanin Nantasenamat, Theeraphon Piacham
Molecular imprinting has become an attractive synthetic approach for the fabrication of novel functional polymers with pre-designed molecular target selectivity. Such molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) have been applied in wide range of areas such as chemical and biological sensors, solid phase extraction and drug assays owing to their inherent robustness, reusability and reproducibility. Furthermore, MIPs can also be used as tools for studies concerning antibody/receptor binding site mimicry as well as being used as antibody substitutes for biomedical applications...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532009/exploring-recent-developments-to-improve-antioxidant-anti-inflammatory-and-antimicrobial-efficacy-of-curcumin-a-review-of-new-trends-and-future-perspectives
#7
REVIEW
Zahid Hussain, Hnin Ei Thu, Muhammad Wahab Amjad, Fahad Hussain, Tarek A Ahmed, Shahzeb Khan
Curcumin derivatives have been well-documented due to their natural antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory activities. Curcuminoids have also gained widespread recognition due to their wide range of other activities which include anti-infective, anti-mutagenic, anticancer, anti-coagulant, antiarthrititc, and wound healing potential. Despite of having a wide range of activities, the inherent physicochemical characteristics (poor water solubility, low bioavailability, chemical instability, photodegradation, rapid metabolism and short half-life) of curcumin derivatives limit their pharmaceutical significance...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532006/mitochondrial-targeted-fluorescent-probe-with-aie-characteristics-for-bioimaging
#8
Xiaodan Lu, Meirong Hou, Qi Xia, Chenggong Yan, Yikai Xu, Ruiyuan Liu
In this work, a new benzothiazole based mitochondrial tracker, Bth-Mito, is synthesized by with 2-benzothiazoleacetonitrile and 4-(diethylamino)-benzaldehyde. Bth-Mito is weakly fluorescent when dissolved in the good solvent but becomes highly emissive in poor solvents, showing a phenomenon of aggregation-induced emission. Bth-Mito shows the greatest potentials for bioimaging applications in view of low cytotoxicity and high photostability. Bth-Mito could penetrate cells to give stable green fluorescence, even after continuous irradiation, making it suitable candidate for time-lapse and long-term bioimaging application...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532005/non-viral-strategies-for-ocular-gene-delivery
#9
REVIEW
Ana V Oliveira, Ana M Rosa da Costa, Gabriela A Silva
The success of gene therapy relies on efficient gene transfer and stable transgene expression. The in vivo efficiency is determined by the delivery vector, route of administration, therapeutic gene, and target cells. While some requirements are common to several strategies, others depend on the target disease and transgene product. Consequently, it is unlikely that a single system is suitable for all applications. This review examines current gene therapy strategies, focusing on non-viral approaches and the use of natural polymers with the eye, and particularly the retina, as their gene delivery target...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531994/a-facile-one-step-method-for-preparation-of-fe3o4-cs-inh-nanoparticles-as-a-targeted-drug-delivery-for-tuberculosis
#10
Chili Zhao, Xun Liu, Xia Zhang, Hong Yan, Zhilei Qian, Xinghui Li, Zhenye Ma, Qiaorong Han, Chonghua Pei
In this paper, Fe3O4/chitosan/isoniazid magnetic nanoparticles (Fe3O4/CS/INH-MNPs) were prepared as an environmental stimuli-responsive drug-delivery system by automated in situ click technology, in which Fe3O4 magnetic nanoparticles, chitosan and isoniazid were simultaneously in situ crystallized by one-step method. The Fe3O4 magnetic nanoparticles and tripolyphosphate act as stable crosslinkers to produce numerous intermolecular crosslinkages for the mobility of the chitosan chains. Characterization results indicated that the multifunctional drug delivery system with optimized size, excellent loading capacity, well magnetic properties, nontoxicity and pH triggered drug release property is expected to be applied in tuberculosis treatment with excellent magnetic sensitivity and sustained release...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531991/multifunctional-polymer-drug-loading-system-with-ph-sensitive-fluorescent-and-targeting-property
#11
Xuening Fei, Shubei Li, Lingyun Cao, Baolian Zhang, Miaozhuo Yu
IA multifunctional drug loading system with pH-sensitive, fluorescent and targeting property was fabricated. Firstly, the amphipathic N-octyl-N'-(2-carboxyl-cyclohexamethenyl) chitosan (OCCC) was prepared by grafting hydrophobic octyl group and hydrophilic hexahydrophthalic anhydride onto chitosan, then it was modified with folic acid (FA) and thiazole orange (TO) using polyethylene glycol (PEG) as the link to fabricate a multifunctional drug loading system TO-PEG-OCCC-PEG-FA. Its chemical structure was determined by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), elemental analysis, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) analysis, UV-vis and fluorescence spectrometer, and the results showed that the substitution degree of hydrophobic/hydrophilic group onto chitosan were 41...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531964/non-electron-transfer-chain-mitochondrial-defects-differently-regulate-hif-1%C3%AE-degradation-and-transcription
#12
Antonina N Shvetsova, Daniela Mennerich, Juha M Kerätär, J Kalervo Hiltunen, Thomas Kietzmann
Mitochondria are the main consumers of molecular O2 in a cell as well as an abundant source of reactive oxygen species (ROS). Both, molecular oxygen and ROS are powerful regulators of the hypoxia-inducible factor-1α-subunit (HIF-α). While a number of mechanisms in the oxygen-dependent HIF-α regulation are quite well known, the view with respect to mitochondria is less clear. Several approaches using pharmacological or genetic tools targeting the mitochondrial electron transport chain (ETC) indicated that ROS, mainly formed at the Rieske cluster of complex III of the ETC, are drivers of HIF-1α activation...
May 8, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531963/mir-19b-and-mir-16-cooperatively-signaling-target-the-regulator-adra1a-in-hypertensive-heart-disease
#13
Liping He, Congxin Huang
BACKGROUND: Hypertensive heart disease (HHD) is one of the most important causes of disease-related deaths worldwide and brings great painful for patients. In recent years, increasingly evidences support the role of miRNAs in various physiology processes and human diseases. In the present study, we investigated whether ADRA1A regulated by miR-19b and miR-16 was involved in the pathogenic mechanism of HHD. METHODS: HHD mice models were established with injection of Deoxycorticosterone acetate (Doca)...
May 18, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531962/how-geostatistics-can-help-you-find-lead-and-galvanized-water-service-lines-the-case-of-flint-mi
#14
Pierre Goovaerts
In the aftermath of Flint drinking water crisis, most US cities have been scrambling to locate all lead service lines (LSLs) in their water supply systems. This information, which is most often inaccurate or lacking, is critical to assess compliance with the Lead and Copper Rule and to plan the replacement of lead and galvanized service lines (GSLs) as currently under way in Flint. This paper presents the first geospatial approach to predict the likelihood that a home has a LSL or GSL based on neighboring field data (i...
May 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531959/occurrence-and-removal-of-pharmaceuticals-hormones-personal-care-products-and-endocrine-disrupters-in-a-full-scale-water-reclamation-plant
#15
Ngoc Han Tran, Karina Yew-Hoong Gin
This study provided the first comprehensive data on the occurrence and removal of twenty-five target emerging contaminants (ECs) in a full-scale water reclamation plant (WRP) in the Southeast Asian region. Nineteen out of the twenty-five ECs were ubiquitously detected in raw influent samples. Concentrations of the detected ECs in raw influent samples ranged substantially from 44.3 to 124,966ng/L, depending upon the compound and sampling date. The elimination of ECs in full-scale conventional activated sludge (CAS) and membrane bioreactor (MBR) systems at a local WRP was evaluated and compared...
May 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531945/spp1-analyzed-by-bioinformatics-methods-promotes-the-metastasis-in-colorectal-cancer-by-activating-emt-pathway
#16
Chunjie Xu, Longci Sun, Chunhui Jiang, Hong Zhou, Lei Gu, Ye Liu, Qing Xu
OBJECTIVE: Tumor metastasis is still a great challenge for the prognosis of colorectal cancer (CRC). Although secreted phosphoprotein 1 (SPP1) over-expression is confirmed to associate with invasion, metastasis of CRC, the underlying mechanism by which modulates the CRC metastasis is still not fully explained. METHOD: GDS4382 was obtained from GEO database and differentially expressed genes (DEGs) were analyzed by bioinformatics methods 55 paired samples of CRC and adjacent non-cancerous tissues were collected to detect the expression of SPP1 by q-PCR and western blot...
May 17, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531944/upregulation-of-ccat2-promotes-cell-proliferation-by-repressing-the-p15-in-breast-cancer
#17
Xin Deng, Yi Zhao, Xin Wu, Guoqing Song
BACKGROUND: Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) are demonstrated to function as modulators of both transcriptional and post-transcriptional regulation in various types of tumors progression. The objective of the study is to investigate the clinical significance and underlying mechanism of Colon cancer associated transcript 2 (CCAT2) involved in breast cancer. METHODS: QT-PCR was performed to examine the relative expression levels of CCAT2 in breast cancer tissues and adjacent normal tissues...
May 17, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531942/target-signalling-pathways-of-natural-plant-derived-radioprotective-agents-from-treatment-to-potential-candidates-a-reverse-thought-on-anti-tumour-drugs
#18
REVIEW
Ke-Li Yun, Zhen Yu Wang
Radiation damage can occur in nuclear power plant workers when physical protections fail, which results in nuclear leakage through the protective layers. Alternatively, workers may be unable to use physical protection in time (in the case of a sudden nuclear weapons attack). In addition, patients who receive local radiotherapy and are not allowed to adopt local physical protection may experience radiation damage. Thus, protection against chemical radiation has become indispensable. In view of the side effects caused by synthetic radioprotective agents (such as amisfostine), searching for radioprotective agents from plant sources is an alternative strategy...
May 17, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531914/lineage-specific-expression-of-mir-200-family-in-human-embryonic-stem-cells-during-in-vitro-differentiation
#19
Yeji Kim, Nury Kim, Sang-Wook Park, Hyemin Kim, Han-Jin Park, Yong-Mahn Han
Although microRNAs have emerged as key regulators in diverse cellular processes, the roles of microRNAs are poorly understood in human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) during differentiation into specialized cell types. In this study, we used a microRNA array with 799 human microRNA probes to examine the expression profiles of microRNAs in hESCs during differentiation into endodermal and mesodermal lineages in vitro. Among the microRNAs analyzed, 7 and 20 microRNAs were enriched in the developmental process of hESCs into mesodermal and endodermal lineages, respectively...
May 30, 2017: International Journal of Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531902/evaluation-of-prostate-imaging-reporting-and-data-system-classification-in-the-prediction-of-tumor-aggressiveness-in-targeted-magnetic-resonance-imaging-ultrasound-fusion-biopsy
#20
Angelika Borkowetz, Ivan Platzek, Marieta Toma, Theresa Renner, Roman Herout, Martin Baunacke, Michael Laniado, Gustavo B Baretton, Michael Froehner, Stefan Zastrow, Manfred P Wirth
OBJECTIVES: The study aimed to evaluate the prediction of Prostate Imaging Reporting and Data System (PI-RADS) with respect to the prostate cancer (PCa) detection rate and tumor aggressiveness in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)/ultrasound-fusion-biopsy (fusPbx) and in systematic biopsy (sysPbx). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Six hundred and twenty five patients undergoing multiparametric MRI were investigated. MRI findings were classified using PI-RADS v1 or v2. All patients underwent fusPbx combined with sysPbx (comPbx)...
May 23, 2017: Urologia Internationalis
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