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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110321/recent-advances-in-arsenic-trioxide-encapsulated-nanoparticles-as-drug-delivery-agents-to-solid-cancers
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Akhtar Anam, Wang Scarlet Xiaoyan, Ghali Lucy, Bell Celia, Wen Xuesong
Since arsenic trioxide was first approved as the front line therapy for acute promyelocytic leukemia 25 years ago, its anti-cancer properties for various malignancies have been under intense investigation. However, the clinical successes of arsenic trioxide in treating hematological cancers have not been translated to solid cancers. This is due to arsenic's rapid clearance by the body's immune system before reaching the tumor site. Several attempts have henceforth been made to increase its bioavailability toward solid cancers without increasing its dosage albeit without much success...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110184/structural-analysis-of-binding-functionality-of-folic-acid-peg-dendrimers-against-folate-receptor
#2
Diana Sampogna-Mireles, Ingrid D Araya-Durán, Valeria Márquez-Miranda, Jesús A Valencia-Gallegos, Fernando D González-Nilo
Dendrimers functionalized with folic acid (FA) are drug delivery systems that can selectively target cancer cells with folate receptors (FR-α) overexpression. Incorporation of polyethylene glycol (PEG) can enhance dendrimers solubility and pharmacokinetics, but ligand-receptor binding must not be affected. In this work we characterized, at atomic level, the binding functionality of conventional site-specific dendrimers conjugated with FA with PEG 750 or PEG 3350 as a linker. After Molecular Dynamics simulation, we observed that both PEG's did not interfere over ligand-receptor binding functionality...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110183/noncovalent-interaction-assisted-fullerene-for-the-transportation-of-some-brain-anticancer-drugs-a-theoretical-study
#3
Pabitra Narayan Samanta, Kalyan Kumar Das
The treatment of brain cancer like glioblastoma multiforme often uses chemotherapeutic drugs like temozolomide, procarbazine, carmustine, and lomustine. Fullerene loaded with these drugs help to cross the blood brain barriers. The adsorptions of the four drug molecules on the surface of the fullerene are studied mostly by using density functional theory (DFT) based method at the M06-2X/6-31G(d) level of calculations. In all four cases, the estimated interactions are noncovalent type and the average adsorption energy lies in between -5 and -11kcal/mol in the gas phase...
January 8, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110173/tuning-physical-properties-and-bmp-2-release-rates-of-injectable-hydrogel-systems-for-an-optimal-bone-regeneration-effect
#4
Bo-Bae Seo, Jeong-Tae Koh, Soo-Chang Song
For a substance to be used as a drug delivery carrier and tissue inducible material for a target disease, its drug release rate and physical properties should be optimized to facilitate the healing process. We developed multi-tunable hydrogel systems with various physical properties and release behaviors to determine the optimal conditions for bone regeneration. Five injectable poly(phosphazene) hydrogels were developed with different types and amounts of anionic side-chains. The five polymer hydrogels showed considerably different in vitro and in vivo performances for sol-gel phase transition, dissolution/degradation, water uptake, and pore size...
January 12, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110170/tailoring-polymeric-hybrid-micelles-with-lymph-node-targeting-ability-to-improve-the-potency-of-cancer-vaccines
#5
Qin Zeng, Hanmei Li, Hao Jiang, Jiao Yu, Ying Wang, Huan Ke, Tao Gong, Zhirong Zhang, Xun Sun
It has been widely accepted that lymph nodes (LNs) are critical targets of cancer vaccines and particles sized between 10 and 100 nm with a neutral or negative surface charge are preferred for lymphatic transfer after subcutaneous or intradermal injection. However their limited uptake by antigen presenting cells (APCs) and inadequate retention within LNs undoubtedly restrains their strength on activating T cell immunity. Here, we address this issue by tailoring the physicochemical properties of polymeric hybrid micelles (HMs), which are self-assembled from two amphiphilic diblock copolymers, poly-(ethylene glycol) phosphorethanolamine (PEG-PE) and polyethylenimine-stearic acid conjugate (PSA) via hydrophobic and electrostatic interactions...
January 11, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110069/peptide-and-nucleic-acid-directed-self-assembly-of-cationic-nanovehicles-through-giant-unilamellar-vesicle-modification-targetable-nanocomplexes-for-in-vivo-nucleic-acid-delivery
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A D Tagalakis, R Maeshima, C Yu-Wai-Man, J Meng, F Syed, L-P Wu, A M Aldossary, D McCarthy, S M Moghimi, S L Hart
: One of the greatest challenges for the development of genetic therapies is the efficient targeted delivery of therapeutic nucleic acids. Towards this goal, we have introduced a new engineering initiative in self-assembly of biologically safe and stable nanovesicle complexes (∼90-140 nm) derived from giant unilamellar vesicle (GUV) precursors and comprising plasmid DNA or siRNA and targeting peptide ligands. The biological performance of the engineered nanovesicle complexes were studied both in vitro and in vivo and compared with cationic liposome-based lipopolyplexes...
January 18, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110039/heat-induced-solubilization-of-curcumin-in-kinetically-stable-pluronic-p123-micelles-and-vesicles-an-exploit-of-slow-dynamics-of-the-micellar-restructuring-processes-in-the-aqueous-pluronic-system
#7
R Ganguly, A Kunwar, B Dutta, S Kumar, K C Barick, A Ballal, V K Aswal, P A Hassan
Wide therapeutic potential combined with low cost and negligible toxicity makes curcumin one of the most sought after drugs in recent times. Its poor aqueous solubility and low bioavailability are often overcome by using micelles and vesicles as its carriers. The substances that are commonly used for this purpose are a class of nonionic surfactants called pluronics. Solubilization of curcumin in aqueous systems of these surfactants is carried out by thin film hydration method presumably because slow dynamics of micellar restructuring processes in them creates hindrance for direct solubilization...
January 17, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109960/rna-nanoparticle-based-targeted-therapy-for-glioblastoma-through-inhibition-of-oncogenic-mir-21
#8
Tae Jin Lee, Ji Young Yoo, Dan Shu, Hui Li, Jianying Zhang, Jun-Ge Yu, Alena Cristina Jaime-Ramirez, Mario Acunzo, Giulia Romano, Ri Cui, Hui-Lung Sun, Zhenghua Luo, Matthew Old, Balveen Kaur, Peixuan Guo, Carlo M Croce
Targeted inhibition of oncogenic miRNA-21 has been proposed to treat glioblastoma by rescuing tumor suppressors, PTEN and PDCD4. However, systemic delivery of anti-miR-21 sequences requires a robust and efficient delivery platform to successfully inhibit this druggable target. Three-way-junction (3WJ)-based RNA nanoparticles (RNP), artificially derived from pRNA of bacteriophage phi29 DNA packaging motor, was recently shown to target glioblastoma. Here, we report that multi-valent folate (FA)-conjugated 3WJ RNP constructed to harbor anti-miR-21 LNA sequences (FA-3WJ-LNA-miR21) specifically targeted and delivered anti-miR-21 LNA and knocked down miR-21 expression in glioblastoma cells in vitro and in vivo with favorable biodistribution...
January 18, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109815/a-novel-biocompatible-drug-delivery-system-of-chitosan-temozolomide-nanoparticles-loaded-pcl-pu-nanofibers-for-sustained-delivery-of-temozolomide
#9
Mohammad Irani, Gity Mir Mohamad Sadeghi, Ismaeil Haririan
In the present study, the anticancer drug temozolomide (TMZ) was initially loaded into the chitosan (CS) nanoparticles and synthesized CS/TMZ nanoparticles were incorporated into the synthesized poly (ε-caprolactone diol) based polyurethane (PCL-Diol-b-PU) nanofibers. The synthesized nanoparticles and nanofibers were characterized using dynamic light scattering, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray powder diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. The obtained results revealed that the CS/TMZ nanoparticles were successfully embedded into the PCL-Diol-b-PU nanofibers...
January 18, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109420/improving-nutrition-by-increasing-supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-benefits
#10
Ann M Collins, Jacob A Klerman
The diets of Americans fall far short of recommended dietary guidelines, and those who live in low-income households have even poorer diets than higher-income households. Many low-income Americans rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The program's dual goals are to improve food security and nutrition. Among the possible strategies to address dietary shortfalls among low-income Americans is to increase the SNAP benefit. This article uses data from the random assignment evaluation of the Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer for Children demonstration to add new insights on the impact of SNAP on diet quality for households receiving SNAP who also received SNAP-like benefits through Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer for Children...
February 2017: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109215/interplay-between-alkyl-chain-asymmetry-and-cholesterol-addition-in-the-rigid-ion-pair-amphiphile-bilayer-systems
#11
Fong-Yin Huang, Chi-Cheng Chiu
Ion pair amphiphile (IPA), a molecular complex composed of a pair of cationic and anionic surfactants, has been proposed as a novel phospholipid substitute. Controlling the physical stability of IPA vesicles is important for its application developments such as cosmetic and drug deliveries. To investigate the effects of IPA alkyl chain combinations and the cholesterol additive on the structural and mechanical properties of IPA vesicular bilayers, we conducted a series of molecular dynamics studies on the hexadecyltrimethylammonium-dodecylsulfate (HTMA-DS) and dodecyltrimethylammonium-hexadecylsulfate (DTMA-HS) IPA bilayers with cholesterol...
January 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109169/maternal-psychiatric-symptoms-during-pregnancy-and-risk-of-childhood-atopic-diseases
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Niels J Elbert, Liesbeth Duijts, Herman T den Dekker, Nicolette W de Jong, Tamar E C Nijsten, Vincent W V Jaddoe, Johan C de Jongste, Roy Gerth van Wijk, Henning Tiemeier, Suzanne G M A Pasmans
BACKGROUND: Maternal psychiatric symptoms during pregnancy might affect the developing immune system and subsequent risk of childhood atopic diseases. OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to examine the associations of maternal psychiatric symptoms during pregnancy with allergic sensitization, allergy and eczema in children until age 10 years. METHODS: This study among 5,205 children was performed in a population-based prospective cohort from fetal life onwards...
January 21, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Allergy: Journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108530/use-of-performance-metrics-for-the-measurement-of-universal-coverage-for-maternal-care-in-mexico
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Edson Serván-Mori, David Contreras-Loya, Octavio Gomez-Dantés, Gustavo Nigenda, Sandra G Sosa-Rubí, Rafael Lozano
This study provides evidence for those working in the maternal health metrics and health system performance fields, as well as those interested in achieving universal and effective health care coverage. Based on the perspective of continuity of health care and applying quasi-experimental methods to analyse the cross-sectional 2009 National Demographic Dynamics Survey (n = 14 414 women), we estimated the middle-term effects of Mexico's new public health insurance scheme, Seguro Popular de Salud (SPS) (vs women without health insurance) on seven indicators related to maternal health care (according to official guidelines): (a) access to skilled antenatal care (ANC); (b) timely ANC; (c) frequent ANC; (d) adequate content of ANC; (e) institutional delivery; (f) postnatal consultation and (g) access to standardized comprehensive antenatal and postnatal care (or the intersection of the seven process indicators)...
January 20, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108361/development-and-characterization-of-new-functionalized-polyurethanes-for-sustained-and-site-specific-drug-release-in-the-gastrointestinal-tract
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María Dolores Campiñez, Elena Benito, Lucía Romero-Azogil, Ángela Aguilar-de-Leyva, María de Gracia García-Martín, Juan Antonio Galbis, Isidoro Caraballo
The main objective of the present paper has been the development and study of two new biodegradable polyurethanes, PU(dithiodiethanol-DTDI) and PU[((i)Pr)Man-DTDI], to be used as sustained matrix forming excipients. Furthermore, their capacity to act as excipient for colon drug delivery systems has been evaluated. Thus, SeDeM diagrams have been obtained to investigate their suitability to be processed through a direct compression process. Matrices containing 10-30% w/w of the polymers and theophylline anhydrous as model drug have been manufactured...
January 17, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108360/archaeal-lipids-in-oral-delivery-of-therapeutic-peptides
#15
Ann-Christin Jacobsen, Sara M Jensen, Gert Fricker, Martin Brandl, Alexander Treusch
Archaea contain membrane lipids that differ from those found in the other domains of life (Eukarya and Bacteria). These lipids consist of isoprenoid chains attached via ether bonds to the glycerol carbons at the sn-2,3 positions. Two types of ether lipids are known, polar diether lipids and bipolar tetraether lipids. The inherent chemical stability and unique membrane-spanning characteristics of tetraether lipids render them interesting for oral drug delivery purposes. Archaeal lipids form liposomes spontaneously (archaeosomes) and may be incorporated in conventional liposomes (mixed vesicles)...
January 17, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108325/mononuclear-phagocytes-as-a-target-not-a-barrier-for-drug-delivery
#16
Seok-Beom Yong, Yoonsung Song, Hyung Jin Kim, Qurrat Ul Ain, Yong-Hee Kim
Mononuclear phagocytes have been generally recognized as a barrier to drug delivery. Recently, a new understanding of mononuclear phagocytes (MPS) ontogeny has surfaced and their functions in disease have been unveiled, demonstrating the need for re-evaluation of perspectives on mononuclear phagocytes in drug delivery. In this review, we described mononuclear phagocyte biology and focus on their accumulation mechanisms in disease sites with explanations of monocyte heterogeneity. In the 'MPS as a barrier' section, we summarized recent studies on mechanisms to avoid phagocytosis based on two different biological principles: protein adsorption and self-recognition...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108319/how-the-changes-in-the-system-affect-trauma-care-provision-the-assessment-of-and-implications-for-lithuanian-trauma-service-performance-in-2007-2012
#17
Žilvinas Dambrauskas, Vytautas Aukštakalnis, Aurika Karbonskienė, Dmitrijus Kačiurinas, Jolanta Vokietienė, Robertas Lapka, Algimantas Pamerneckas, Narūnas Porvaneckas, Kęstutis Stašaitis, Nedas Jasinskas, Paulius Dobožinskas, Dinas Vaitkaitis, Raimundas Lunevičius
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to identify and assess the effects of changes in the Lithuanian trauma service from 2007 to 2012. We postulate that the implications derived from this study will be of importance to trauma policy planners and makers in Lithuania and throughout other countries of Eastern and Central Europe. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Out of 10,390 trauma admissions to four trauma centers in 2007, 294 patients (2.8%) were randomly selected for the first arm of a representative study sample...
January 6, 2017: Medicina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108316/crispr-cas9-in-insects-applications-best-practices-and-biosafety-concerns
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REVIEW
Clauvis Nji Tizi Taning, Benigna Van Eynde, Na Yu, Sanyuan Ma, Guy Smagghe
Discovered as a bacterial adaptive immune system, CRISPR/Cas9 (clustered, regularly interspaced, short palindromic repeat/CRISPR associated) is being developed as an attractive tool in genome editing. Due to its high specificity and applicability, CRISPR/Cas9-mediated gene editing has been employed in a multitude of organisms and cells, including insects, for not only fundamental research such as gene function studies, but also applied research such as modification of organisms of economic importance. Despite the rapid increase in the use of CRISPR in insect genome editing, results still differ from each study, principally due to existing differences in experimental parameters, such as the Cas9 and guide RNA form, the delivery method, the target gene and off-target effects...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108154/collaborative-design-of-a-health-care-experience-survey-for-persons-with-disability
#19
Lisa I Iezzoni, Holly Matulewicz, Sarah A Marsella, Kimberley S Warsett, Dennis Heaphy, Karen Donelan
BACKGROUND: When assessing results of health care delivery system reforms targeting persons with disability, quality metrics must reflect the experiences and perspectives of this population. OBJECTIVE: For persons with disability and researchers to develop collaboratively a survey that addresses critical quality questions about a new Massachusetts health care program for persons with disability dually-eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. METHODS: Persons with significant physical disability or serious mental health diagnoses participated fully in all research activities, including co-directing the study, co-moderating focus groups, performing qualitative analyses, specifying survey topics, cognitive interviewing, and refining survey language...
January 8, 2017: Disability and Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107705/incorporation-of-antimicrobial-peptides-in-nanostructured-lipid-membrane-mimetic-bilayer-cubosomes
#20
Thomas G Meikle, Alexandru Zabara, Lynne J Waddington, Frances Separovic, Calum J Drummond, Charlotte E Conn
The inverse bicontinuous lipidic cubic phase offers a simple and robust membrane mimetic with the ability to encapsulate peptides, potentially increasing bioavailability, while also offering a platform from which functionalized, targeted nanoparticles can be developed. Herein we have investigated the use of a number of cubic phase nanoparticle systems with encapsulated antimicrobial peptides gramicidin A', melittin, and alamethicin. The optimal peptide loading ranges, over which cubic symmetry was retained, were determined using small angle X-ray scattering...
January 8, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
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