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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922950/a-prospective-randomized-comparative-trial-of-targeted-steroid-injection-via-epidural-catheter-versus-standard-c7-t1-interlaminar-approach-for-the-treatment-of-unilateral-cervical-radicular-pain
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Zachary L McCormick, Ariana Nelson, Meghan Bhave, Mikhail Zhukalin, Mark Kendall, Robert J McCarthy, Dost Khan, Geeta Nagpal, David R Walega
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: No study has compared cervical interlaminar epidural steroid injection (CIESI) with epidural catheter advancement to the side and level of pathology versus standard C7-T1 CIESI. This study investigated whether cervical radicular pain is more effectively treated by CIESI with a targeted epidural catheter versus a standard C7-T1 approach. METHODS: Prospective, randomized, single-blinded trial. PRIMARY OUTCOME: Numerical Rating Scale (NRS) pain at 1 month...
December 5, 2016: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922731/pronounced-effects-of-a-triazine-core-on-photovoltaic-performance-efficient-organic-solar-cells-enabled-by-a-pdi-trimer-based-small-molecular-acceptor
#2
Yuwei Duan, Xiaopeng Xu, He Yan, Wenlin Wu, Zuojia Li, Qiang Peng
A novel small molecular acceptor with electron-deficient 1,3,5-triazine as the core and perylene diimides as the arms is developed as the acceptor material for efficient bulk heterojunction organic solar cells with an efficiency of 9.15%.
December 6, 2016: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918476/antenatal-dexamethasone-exposure-in-preterm-infants-is-associated-with-allergic-diseases-and-the-mental-development-index-in-children
#3
Wan-Ning Tseng, Chih-Cheng Chen, Hong-Ren Yu, Li-Tung Huang, Ho-Chang Kuo
Background: Antenatal steroid administration may benefit fetal lung maturity in preterm infants. Although some studies have shown that this treatment may increase asthma in childhood, the correlation between antenatal dexamethasone exposure and allergic diseases remains unclear. The purpose of this study is to investigate the association between antenatal dexamethasone and T cell expression in childhood allergic diseases. Methods: We recruited a cohort of preterm infants born at Kaohsiung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital between 2007 and 2010 with a gestational age of less than 35 weeks and body weight at birth of less than 1500 g...
December 3, 2016: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917280/antifungal-activity-of-zataria-multiflora-essential-oil-loaded-solid-lipid-nanoparticles-in-vitro-condition
#4
Mahboobeh Nasseri, Shiva Golmohammadzadeh, Hossein Arouiee, Mahmoud Reza Jaafari, Hossein Neamati
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the present study was to prepare, characterize, and evaluate solid lipid nanoparticles (SLNs) containing Zataria multiflora essential oil (ZEO). MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this study, Z. multiflora essential oil-loaded solid lipid nanoparticles (ZE-SLNs) were prepared to improve its efficiency in controlling some fungal pathogens. SLNs containing Z. multiflora essential oil were prepared by high shear homogenization and ultra sound technique...
November 2016: Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914250/chitosan-nanoparticles-as-carrier-systems-for-the-plant-growth-hormone-gibberellic-acid
#5
Anderson Espirito Santo Pereira, Paula Mayara Silva, Jhones Luis Oliveira, Halley Caixeta Oliveira, Leonardo Fernandes Fraceto
This work concerns the development of nanocarriers composed of alginate/chitosan (ALG/CS) and chitosan/tripolyphosphate (CS/TPP) for the plant growth regulator gibberellic acid (GA3). ALG/CS nanoparticles with and without GA3 presented mean size of 450±10nm, polydispersity index (PDI) of 0.3, zeta potential of -29±0.5mV, concentrations of 1.52×10(11) and 1.92×10(11) nanoparticles mL(-1), respectively, and 100% encapsulation efficiency. CS/TPP nanoparticles with and without GA3 presented mean size of 195±1nm, PDI of 0...
November 23, 2016: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914041/paliperidone-loaded-nanolipomer-system-for-sustained-delivery-and-enhanced-intestinal-permeation-superiority-to-polymeric-and-solid-lipid-nanoparticles
#6
Hala Mahmoud Helal, Sana Mohamed Mortada, Marwa Ahmed Sallam
Paliperidone (PPD) is the most recent second-generation atypical antipsychotic approved for the treatment of schizophrenia. An immediate release dose causes extrapyramidal side effects. In this work, a novel nanolipomer carrier system for PPD with enhanced intestinal permeability and sustained release properties has been developed and optimized. PPD was successfully encapsulated into a lipomer consisting of a specific combination of biocompatible materials including poly-ε-caprolactone as a polymeric core, Lipoid S75, and Gelucire® 50/13 as a lipid shell and polyvinyl alcohol as a stabilizing agent...
December 2, 2016: AAPS PharmSciTech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908720/preparation-and-characterization-of-polymeric-nanoparticles-surface-modified-with-chitosan-for-target-treatment-of-colorectal-cancer
#7
Mohamed M Badran, Mohsen M Mady, Magdy M Ghannam, Faiyaz Shakeel
5-Fluorouracil (5-FU) loaded chitosan (C) coated polylactic-co-glycolic acid (PLGA) nanoparticles [NPs] (C-5-FU PLGA NPs) and polycaprolactone [PCL] (C-5-FU PCL NPs) were employed as the carriers for cancer treatment. The prepared NPs showed the spherical shape of NPs with the particle size in the range of 188.1-302.2nm with polydispersity index (PDI) of <0.30. C-coated NPs converted zeta potential from negative to positive value with small modification in particle size distribution. The entrapment efficiency of 5-FU was recorded in the range of 32-51%...
November 28, 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907859/near-infrared-mediated-quantum-dots-and-paclitaxel-co-loaded-nanostructured-lipid-carriers-for-cancer-theragnostic
#8
Livesey David Olerile, Yongjun Liu, Bo Zhang, Tianqi Wang, Shengjun Mu, Jing Zhang, Lesego Selotlegeng, Na Zhang
Timing is an important factor in cancer management. Theragnostic systems have benefit of improving patients' life-quality by expediting therapeutic decisions. The objective of this study was to explore the potential of co-loaded [quantum dots (CdTe/CdS/ZnS) and paclitaxel] NLC (nanostructured lipid carriers) as a parenteral multifunctional delivery system. The co-loaded NLC was prepared by emulsion-evaporation and low temperature-solidification method utilising glyceryl monostearate, oleic acid, and soya phosphatidylcholine as lipid matrix...
November 24, 2016: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904075/in-vitro-permeation-and-skin-retention-of-%C3%AE-mangostin-proniosome
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Gan Siaw Chin, Hiroaki Todo, Wesam Radhi Kadhum, Mariani Abdul Hamid, Kenji Sugibayashi
The current investigation evaluated the potential of proniosome as a carrier to enhance skin permeation and skin retention of a highly lipophilic compound, α-mangostin. α-Mangostin proniosomes were prepared using the coacervation phase seperation method. Upon hydration, α-mangostin loaded niosomes were characterized for size, polydispersity index (PDI), entrapment efficiency (EE) and ζ-potential. The in vitro permeation experiments with dermis-split Yucatan Micropig (YMP) skin revealed that proniosomes composed of Spans, soya lecithin and cholesterol were able to enhance the skin permeation of α-mangostin with a factor range from 1...
2016: Chemical & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897341/adaptive-self-assembly-behaviour-restrained-by-supramolecular-crystallization-and-molecular-recognition
#10
Seiji Shinkai, Bappaditya Roy, Takao Noguchi, Daisuke Yoshihara, Junji Sakamoto, Tatsuhiro Yamamoto
Recently, the supramolecular community is integrating different approaches to find converging ideas towards understanding the 'origin of life'. In this report, we have found an interesting adaptation trait, as like in Darwin's theory, in a bolaamphiphile molecule and established an environment friendly behaviour under non-covalent forces leading to evolve diverse assembly structures and interesting photo-physical properties. The perylene diimide (PDI)-based bolaamphiphile is used as a promising scaffold with great potential for the development of emerging supramolecular system...
November 29, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892570/ortho-heterofluorene-perylenediimides-synthesis-photophysical-and-exciton-dynamic-properties
#11
Zhenyi Yu, Yi-Shi Wu, Jianwei Chen, Chunlin Sun, Hongbing Fu
Previous studies suggest the perylenediimide (PDI) triplet excited state (T1) have been accessible only through bimolecular sensitization, the internal heavy-atom effect or a sophisticated cascade of nonradiative processes. Here, we designed heavy-atom-free PDIs to prompt the Tn ← S1 intersystem crossing (ISC) by introducing electron donating heterofluorene groups at the head positions of the electron-deficient PDI core. We obtained relatively high ISC efficiency up to 92% yield. Furthermore, promptly generated PDI triplets can sensitize the molecular oxygen quantitatively to yield (1)O2, with singlet oxygen generation efficiencies (ΦΔ) near to unity...
November 28, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890573/pegylated-oleic-acid-a-promising-amphiphilic-polymer-for-nano-antibiotic-delivery
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Calvin A Omolo, Rahul S Kalhapure, Mahantesh Jadhav, Sanjeev Rambharose, Chunderika Mocktar, Valence M K Ndesendo, Thirumala Govender
Vancomycin (VM), a last resort to control methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) infections, is on the verge of becoming ineffective. Novel nano delivery systems of VM have the potential to combat MRSA. The search for novel materials for nanoantibiotic development is therefore an active research area. In this study, oleic acid (OA) was coupled with monomethoxy polyethylene glycol (mPEG) to obtain a novel bio-safe amphiphilic polymer, mPEG-OA. The critical micelle concentration of mPEG-OA, was found to be 4...
November 23, 2016: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889588/preparation-and-properties-evaluation-of-a-novel-ph-sensitive-liposomes-based-on-imidazole-modified-cholesterol-derivatives
#13
Liang Ju, Fang Cailin, Wu Wenlan, Yu Pinghua, Gao Jiayu, Li Junbo
As a new kind of drug carries, pH-sensitive liposomes have been widely studied in tumor therapy for their advantages of target ability and sustained-release. Here, we synthesized a pH-sensitive material, N-(3-Aminopropyl)imidazole-cholesterol (IM-Chol) and prepared a novel pH-sensitive liposomes using IM-Chol and phosphatidylcholine. IM-Chol was synthesized through amidation reaction between the amino group of N-(3-Aminopropyl)imidazole and acyl chloride group of cholesteryl chloroformate in a weak base solution...
November 23, 2016: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889386/protein-disulfide-isomerases-redox-connections-in-and-out-of-the-endoplasmic-reticulum
#14
Ana Iochabel Soares Moretti, Francisco Rafael Martins Laurindo
Protein disulfide isomerases are thiol oxidoreductase chaperones from thioredoxin superfamily. As redox folding catalysts from the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), their roles in ER-related redox homeostasis and signaling are well-studied. PDIA1 exerts thiol oxidation/reduction and isomerization, plus chaperone effects. Also, substantial evidence indicates that PDIs regulate thiol-disulfide switches in other cell locations such as cell surface and possibly cytosol. Subcellular PDI translocation routes remain unclear and seem Golgi-independent...
November 24, 2016: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888770/the-effect-of-the-disulfideisomerase-domain-containing-protein-in-the-defense-against-polyhexamethylene-biguanide-of-highly-tolerant-acanthamoeba-at-the-trophozoite-stage
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Fu-Chin Huang, Tao-Shen Liu, Sung-Chou Li, Min-Hsiu Shih, Jyh-Wei Shin, Wei-Chen Lin
Acanthamoeba castellanii is a free-living protozoan pathogen capable of causing a blinding keratitis and fatal granulomatous encephalitis. Current treatment generally involves an hourly application of polyhexamethylene biguanide (PHMB) over a period of several days but this is not entirely effective against all strains/isolates. The tolerance mechanisms of PHMB in Acanthamoeba cells remain unclear. In this study, we found that the mRNA expression level of disulfideisomerase domain containing protein (PDI) increased rapidly in surviving cells of the highly PHMB-tolerant Acanthamoeba castellanii strain, NCKH_D, during PHMB treatment, but not in the ATCC standard strain...
November 14, 2016: International Journal for Parasitology, Drugs and Drug Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886514/sugar-based-novel-niosomal-nanocarrier-system-for-enhanced-oral-bioavailability-of-levofloxacin
#16
Muhammad Imran, Muhammad Raza Shah, Farhat Ullah, Shafi Ullah, Abdelbary M A Elhissi, Waqas Nawaz, Farid Ahmad, Abdul Sadiq, Imdad Ali
CONTEXT: Vesicular systems have attracted great attention in drug delivery because of their amphiphilicity, biodegradability, non-toxicity and potential for increasing drug bioavailability. OBJECTIVE: A novel sugar-based double-tailed surfactant containing renewable block was synthesized for preparing niosomal vesicles that could be exploited for Levofloxacin encapsulation, aiming to increase its oral bioavailability. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The surfactant was characterized by (1)H NMR, mass spectroscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR)...
November 2016: Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885848/conveying-a-newly-designed-hydrophilic-anti-human-thymidylate-synthase-peptide-to-cisplatin-resistant-cancer-cells-are-ph-sensitive-liposomes-more-effective-than-conventional-ones
#17
Francesca Sacchetti, Domenico D'Arca, Filippo Genovese, Salvatore Pacifico, Eleonora Maretti, Miriam Hanuskova, Valentina Iannuccelli, Maria Paola Costi, Eliana Leo
Context LR-peptide, a novel hydrophilic peptide synthetized and characterized in previous work, is able to reduce the multi-drug resistance response in cisplatin (cDPP) resistant cancer cells by inhibiting human thymidylate synthase overexpressed in several tumors, including ovarian and colon-rectal cancers, but it is unable to enter the cells spontaneously. Objective The aim of this work was to design and characterize liposomal vesicles as drug delivery systems for the LR peptide, evaluating the possible benefits of the pH-responsive feature in improving intracellular delivery...
November 25, 2016: Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878384/direct-consumptive-interactions-between-mammalian-herbivores-and-plant-dwelling-invertebrates-prevalence-significance-and-prospectus
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Moshe Gish, Matan Ben-Ari, Moshe Inbar
Mammalian herbivores induce changes in the chemical composition, phenology, distribution, and abundance of the plants they feed on. Consequently, invertebrate herbivores (predominantly insects) that depend on those plants, and the predators and parasitoids that are associated with them, may be affected. This plant-mediated indirect interaction between mammals and invertebrates has been extensively studied, but mammalian herbivores may also directly affect plant-dwelling invertebrates (PDI) by incidentally ingesting them while feeding...
November 23, 2016: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875014/a-viologen-perylenediimide-conjugate-as-an-efficient-base-sensor-with-solvochromic-property
#19
Debapratim Das, Bapan Pramanik, Julfikar Hassan Mondal, Nilotpal Singha, Sahnawaz Ahmed, Jyotirmayee Mohanty
A viologen-perylenediimide conjugate, termed as PDEV, is prepared for efficient base sensing. The conjugate is showing solvatochromic behavior as well. The base-sensitivity of viologen is purposefully coupled with the emission property of perylenediimide (PDI) in order to lower the detection limit. PDEV has shown base sensing ability in the ppb level which is at least three orders of magnitude lower than the previously reported sensors. The probe is sensitive toward solvent polarity and generates different shades of colors based on the polarity of the medium (solvent)...
November 22, 2016: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867275/improved-oral-bioavailability-of-total-flavonoids-of-dracocephalum-moldavica-via-composite-phospholipid-liposomes-preparation-in-vitro-drug-release-and-pharmacokinetics-in-rats
#20
Cheng Zeng, Wen Jiang, Meie Tan, Jianguo Xing, Chenghui He
BACKGROUND: Dracocephalum moldavica L is a traditional Uygur medicine for centuries, total flavonoids extracted from Dracocephalum moldavica are the major active ingredients of herbs, which possesses significant medicinal values to treat coronart disease and hypertension, due to the glycosyl group on the ring, total flavonoids of Dracocephalum moldavica has low hydrophilic and poorly absorbed after oral administration, so one way is the formulation of poorly water soluble and permeabledrugs with lipids containing formulations such as Composite phospholipid liposomes to improve the absorption profile of drug...
October 2016: Pharmacognosy Magazine
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