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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222399/improved-yeast-delivery-of-fluconazole-with-a-nanostructured-lipid-carrier-system
#1
Hamid Reza Kelidari, Maryam Moazeni, Roghayeh Babaei, Majid Saeedi, Jafar Akbari, Parisa Islami Parkoohi, Mojtaba Nabili, Atefeh Abdollahi Gohar, Katayoun Morteza-Semnani, Ali Nokhodchi
Despite the growing trends in the number of patients at risk for invasive fungal infections, management with current antifungal agents results in complications due to changes in the epidemiology and drug susceptibility of invasive fungal infections. In the present research fluconazole-loaded nanostructured lipid carriers were prepared using probe ultrasonication techniques and investigated the efficacy of the optimal formulation on a large number of Candida species. The morphology of the obtained nanostructured lipid carriers was characterized by transmission-electron microscopy...
February 17, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222261/enhanced-release-of-molecules-upon-uv-light-irradiation-from-photoresponsive-hydrogels-prepared-from-bifunctional-azobenzene-and-four-arm-poly-ethylene-glycol
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Shiva Kumar Rastogi, Hailee E Anderson, Joseph Lamas, Scott L Barrett, Travis Cantu, Stefan Zauscher, William J Brittain, Tania Betancourt
Advances in biosensors and drug delivery depend on hydrogels that respond to external stimuli. In this work we de-scribe the preparation and characterization of photoresponsive hydrogels prepared by crosslinking of di-NHS ester of azobenzoic acid and four-armed, amine-terminated poly(ethylene glycol). The porous structure and composition of the hydrogels were confirmed by scanning electron microscopy and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. The reversible photoisomerization of the azobenzene-containing hydrogel crosslinkers in the gels was confirmed by ab-sorption spectroscopy...
February 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222100/development-of-topical-ophthalmic-in-situ-gel-forming-estradiol-delivery-system-intended-for-the-prevention-of-age-related-cataracts
#3
Udaya K Kotreka, Vicki L Davis, Moji C Adeyeye
The goal of this study was to develop and characterize an ion-activated in situ gel-forming estradiol (E2) solution eye drops intended for the prevention of age-related cataracts. Accordingly, in situ gelling eye drops were made using gellan gum as an ion-activated gel-forming polymer, polysorbate-80 as drug solubilizing agent, mannitol as tonicity agent, and combination of potassium sorbate and edetate disodium dihydrate (EDTA) as preservatives. The formulations were tested for the following characteristics: pH, clarity, osmolality, antimicrobial efficacy, rheological behavior, and in vitro drug release...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221800/self-associating-poly-ethylene-oxide-block-poly-%C3%AE%C2%B5-caprolactone-peo-b-pcl-drug-conjugates-for-the-delivery-of-stat3-inhibitor-jsi-124-potential-application-in-cancer-immunotherapy
#4
Shyam M Garg, Mohammad Reza Vakili, Ommoleila Molavi, Afsaneh Lavasanifar
Constitutive activation of signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) in tumor cells and tumor associated dendritic cells (DCs) plays a major role in the progression of cancer. JSI-124 (Cucurbitacin I) is a potent inhibitor of STAT3, however, its poor solubility and non-specificity limits its effectiveness in cancer immunotherapy. In order to achieve a nano-carrier for solubilisation and passive targeting of JSI-124 to tumor cells and tumor associated DCs, the drug was chemically conjugated to pendent COOH groups of self-associating poly(ethylene oxide)-block-poly(-carboxylate-ε-caprolactone) (PEO-b-PCCL)...
February 21, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221760/hydrogel-nanocomposites-with-independently-tunable-rheology-and-mechanics
#5
Shimon Unterman, Lyndon F Charles, Sara E Strecker, Denis Kramarenko, Dmitry Pivovarchik, Elazer Reuven Edelman, Natalie Artzi
Hydrogels are an attractive class of biomaterials for minimally invasive local drug delivery given their injectability, tunability, high water content, and biocompatibility. Broad applicability though is challenged: relatively modest mechanical properties restricts use to soft tissues, while flow properties necessary for injectability limit implantation to dried, enclosed tissues to minimize material migration during gelation. To address these dual concerns we designed an injectable nanocomposite hydrogel based on dextran aldehyde and poly(amido amine) dendrimer doped with phyllosilicate nanoplatelet fillers...
February 21, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221732/facile-fabrication-of-aie-active-fluorescent-polymeric-nanoparticles-with-ultra-low-critical-micelle-concentration-based-on-ce-iv-redox-polymerization-for-biological-imaging-applications
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Qing Wan, Dazhuang Xu, Liucheng Mao, Ziyang He, Guangjian Zeng, Yingge Shi, Fengjie Deng, Meiying Liu, Xiaoyong Zhang, Yen Wei
Fluorescent polymeric nanoparticles (FPNs) with aggregation-induced emission (AIE) property have received increasing attention and possess promising biomedical application potential in the recent years. Many efforts have been devoted to the fabrication methodologies of FPNs and significant advance has been achieved. In this contribution, a novel strategy for the fabrication of AIE-active amphiphilic copolymers is reported for the first time based on the Ce(IV) redox polymerization. As an example, ene group containing AIE-active dye (named as Phe-alc) is directly grafted onto a water soluble polymer polyethylene glycol (PEG) in H2 O/THF system under low temperature...
February 21, 2017: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221378/characterization-of-drug-encapsulation-and-retention-in-archaea-inspired-tetraether-liposomes
#7
Geoffray Leriche, Jessica L Cifelli, Kevin C Sibucao, Joseph P Patterson, Takaoki Koyanagi, Nathan C Gianneschi, Jerry Yang
The passive leakage of small molecules across membranes is a major limitation of liposomal drug formulations. Here, we evaluate the leakage of 3 clinically used chemotherapeutic agents (cytarabine, methotrexate and vincristine) encapsulated in liposomes comprised of a synthetic, archaea-inspired, membrane-spanning tetraether lipid. Liposomes comprised of the pure tetraether lipid exhibited superior retention of both a neutrally and positively charged drug (up to an ∼9-fold decrease in the rate of drug leakage) compared to liposomes formed from a commercial diacyl lipid, while exhibiting a similar retention of a negatively charged drug that did not appreciably leak from either type of liposome...
February 21, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221040/magnetic-fullerene-dna-hyaluronic-acid-nanovehicles-with-magnetism-reduction-dual-responsive-triggered-release
#8
Ling Wang, Yitong Wang, Jingcheng Hao, Shuli Dong
We create the dual-responsive nanovehicle that can effectively combine and abundantly utilize magnetic and glutathione (GSH)-reductive triggers to control the drug delivery and achieve more intelligent and powerful targeting. In the nanovehicles, paramagnetic fullerene (C60@CTAF) was prepared via one-step modification of fullerene with magnetic surfactant CTAF by hydrophobic interaction for the first time. The perfect conjugation of C60 and CTAF increased the solubility or dispersity of fullerenes and qualify CTAF with more powerful assembly capability with DNA...
February 21, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221026/nanomechanics-of-ph-responsive-drug-loaded-bi-layered-polymer-grafts
#9
Prathima Chandra Nalam, Hyun-Su Lee, Nupur Bhatt, Robert W Carpick, David M Eckmann, Russell J Composto
Stimuli-responsive polymer films play an important role in the development of smart antibacterial coatings. In this study, we consider complementary architectures of polyelectrolyte films including a thin chitosan layer (CH), poly (acrylic acid) (PAA) brushes and a bilayer structure of CH grafted to PAA brushes (CH/PAA) as possible candidates for targeted drug delivery platforms. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) was employed to study the structure-mechanical property relationship for these mono- and bi- layered polymer grafts at pH 7...
February 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220863/engineering-botulinum-neurotoxin-c1-as-a-molecular-vehicle-for-intra-neuronal-drug-delivery
#10
Edwin J Vazquez-Cintron, Phillip H Beske, Luis Tenezaca, Bao Q Tran, Jonathan M Oyler, Elliot J Glotfelty, Christopher A Angeles, Aurelia Syngkon, Jean Mukherjee, Suzanne R Kalb, Philip A Band, Patrick M McNutt, Charles B Shoemaker, Konstantin Ichtchenko
Botulinum neurotoxin (BoNT) binds to and internalizes its light chain into presynaptic compartments with exquisite specificity. While the native toxin is extremely lethal, bioengineering of BoNT has the potential to eliminate toxicity without disrupting neuron-specific targeting, thereby creating a molecular vehicle capable of delivering therapeutic cargo into the neuronal cytosol. Building upon previous work, we have developed an atoxic derivative (ad) of BoNT/C1 through rationally designed amino acid substitutions in the metalloprotease domain of wild type (wt) BoNT/C1...
February 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220149/chemical-characterization-of-mainstream-smoke-from-spectrum-variable-nicotine-research-cigarettes
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Yan S Ding, Patricia Richter, Bryan Hearn, Liqin Zhang, Roberto Bravo, Xizheng Yan, Jose J Perez, Michele Chan, Jared Hughes, Patrick Chen, Wayne Chen, Joshua Wong, Sydney Holmberg, Shakia Smith, Morgan Larango, Liza Valentín-Blasini, Clifford H Watson
OBJECTIVE: Our objective was to characterize mainstream smoke constituent deliveries from SPECTRUM variable nicotine research cigarettes under 2 machine smoking regimens. SPECTRUM cigarettes are manufactured by the 22nd Century company for the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health to contain varying (including reduced) levels of nicotine. METHODS: Mainstream smoke constituent deliveries of "tar," nicotine, carbon monoxide, tobacco-specific nitrosamines (N'-nitrosonornicotine (NNN) and 4-(methylnitrosamino)-1-(3-pyridyl)-1-butanone (NNK)), benzo[a]pyrene, aromatic amines, and carbonyls were analyzed in 23 varieties of SPECTRUM cigarettes using ISO 17025 accredited methods...
December 1, 2017: Tobacco Regulatory Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219852/linear-correlation-between-rheological-mechanical-and-mucoadhesive-properties-of-polycarbophil-polymer-blends-for-biomedical-applications
#12
Sabrina Barbosa De Souza Ferreira, Jéssica Bassi Da Silva, Fernanda Belincanta Borghi-Pangoni, Mariana Volpato Junqueira, Marcos Luciano Bruschi
Polycarbophil is widely used in a variety of pharmaceutical formulations, mainly for their strong ability to adhere to the epithelial and mucous barriers (bio/mucoadhesion). On the other hand, its association with the thermoresponsive polymer (poloxamer 407) has been poorly explored. This work investigates the rheological, mechanical and mucoadhesive properties of polymer blends containing polycarbophil and poloxamer 407, in order to select the best formulations for biomedical and pharmaceutical applications...
February 14, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219721/magnetic-nanoparticles-a-multifunctional-vehicle-for-modern-theranostics
#13
REVIEW
M Angelakeris
Magnetic nanoparticles provide a unique multifunctional vehicle for modern theranostics since they can be remotely and non-invasively employed as imaging probes, carrier vectors and smart actuators. Additionally, special delivery schemes beyond the typical drug delivery such as heat or mechanical stress may be magnetically triggered to promote certain cellular pathways. To start with, we need magnetic nanoparticles with several well-defined and reproducible structural, physical, and chemical features, while bio-magnetic nanoparticle design imposes several additional constraints...
February 17, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219689/in-vitro-drug-release-profiles-of-ph-sensitive-hydroxyethylacryl-chitosan-sodium-alginate-hydrogels-using-paracetamol-as-a-soluble-model-drug
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Pitchaya Treenate, Pathavuth Monvisade
The aim of this study is to investigate in vitro drug release profiles of pH-sensitive hydrogels composed of hydroxyethylacryl chitosan (HC) and sodium alginate (SA). The hydrogels were crosslinked by dipping method using different ionic crosslinkers (e.g., Ca(2+), Zn(2+) and Cu(2+)). The crosslinking reaction was confirmed by FT-IR. Swelling behavior and stability of the hydrogels in simulated digestive media were investigated. The result indicated that the combination between HC and SA could delay the degradation time of the hydrogels...
February 17, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219412/moving-from-control-to-elimination-of-schistosomiasis-in-sub-saharan-africa-time-to-change-and-adapt-strategies
#15
REVIEW
Louis-Albert Tchuem Tchuenté, David Rollinson, J Russell Stothard, David Molyneux
Schistosomiasis is a water borne parasitic disease of global importance and with ongoing control the disease endemic landscape is changing. In sub-Saharan Africa, for example, the landscape is becoming ever more heterogeneous as there are several species of Schistosoma that respond in different ways to ongoing preventive chemotherapy and the inter-sectoral interventions currently applied. The major focus of preventive chemotherapy is delivery of praziquantel by mass drug administration to those shown to be, or presumed to be, at-risk of infection and disease...
February 20, 2017: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219375/state-of-the-art-in-anti-cancer-mabs
#16
REVIEW
S M Chiavenna, J P Jaworski, A Vendrell
Following Milstein's discovery, the monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) became a basic tool for biomedical science. In cancer field, since the first mAb was approved by the FDA a great improvement took place making of them a therapeutic option for many cancer types in the current clinical practice. Today, mAbs are being developed to target different molecules with different mechanisms of action and its target potential is unlimited. However, this huge and fast growing new field needs to be organized to better understand the treatment options we have to confront different cancer diseases...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219253/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-evaluation-of-macromolecular-prodrug-gc-fua-based-nanoparticle-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma-chemotherapy
#17
Can Huang, Na-Mei Li, Pei Gao, Sa Yang, Qian Ning, Wen Huang, Zhi-Ping Li, Peng-Ju Ye, Li Xiang, Dong-Xiu He, Xiang-Wen Tan, Cui-Yun Yu
A novel type of macromolecular prodrug delivery system is reported in this research. The N-galactosylated-chitosan-5-fluorouracil acetic acid conjugate (GC-FUA) based nanoparticle delivery system was evaluated in vitro and in vivo. Biocompatibility of GC-FUA-NPs was screened by BSA adsorption test and hemolysis activity examination in vitro. Cytotoxicity and cellular uptake study in HepG2 and A549 cells demonstrated that compared to free 5-Fu, the GC-FUA-NPs play great function in killing cancer cells for the cell endocytosis mediated by asialoglycoprotein receptor (ASGPR), which overexpresses on the cell surface...
November 2017: Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218828/a-simple-and-facile-approach-to-create-charge-reversible-pores-via-hydrophobic-anchoring-of-ionic-amphiphiles
#18
Sonu Kizhakeppura, B V V S Pavan Kumar, Subi J George, Muthusamy Eswaramoorthy
Mesoporous silica based charge reversal systems have gained significant attention in the recent years due to a variety of applications such as drug delivery, dye adsorption, catalysis, chromatography etc. Such systems often use covalent strategies to immobilize functional groups on the silica scaffold. However, lack of dynamism, modularity and post-synthetic flexibility associated with covalent routes limit their wider applicability. Alternatively, supramolecular routes are gaining increased attention owing to their ability to overcome these limitations...
February 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218823/review-of-the-development-of-methods-for-characterization-of-microspheres-for-use-in-embolotherapy-translating-bench-to-cathlab
#19
REVIEW
Marcus Caine, Dario Carugo, Xunli Zhang, Martyn Hill, Matthew R Dreher, Andrew L Lewis
Therapeutic embolotherapy is the deliberate occlusion of a blood vessel within the body, which can be for the prevention of internal bleeding, stemming of flow through an arteriovenous malformation, or occlusion of blood vessels feeding a tumor. This is achieved using a wide selection of embolic devices such as balloons, coils, gels, glues, and particles. Particulate embolization is often favored for blocking smaller vessels, particularly within hypervascularized tumors, as they are available in calibrated sizes and can be delivered distally via microcatheters for precise occlusion with associated locoregional drug delivery...
February 20, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218512/the-performance-of-doxorubicin-conjugated-gold-nanoparticles-regulation-of-drug-location
#20
Teng Cui, Juan-Juan Liang, Huan Chen, Dong-Dong Geng, Lei Jiao, Jian-Yong Yang, Hai Qian, Can Zhang, Ya Ding
Drug-conjugated gold nanoparticles (GNPs), which are generally constructed with many molecules of thiol-terminated polyethylene glycol (PEG)-drug decorated on their surfaces via a thiol-Au covalent bond, are promising and efficient nanoprodrugs. However, due to the exposure of the hydrophobic drug molecules on the surface of the conjugate, in vivo stability, opsonization, and subsequent inefficient therapy become the main issues of this system. To solve these problems without complicating the structures of gold conjugates, herein we propose a method to change the relative position of PEG and the drug...
February 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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