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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
Muyang Yang, Lixia Yu, Ruiwei Guo, Anjie Dong, Cunguo Lin, Jianhua Zhang
Synergistic combination therapy by integrating chemotherapeutics and chemosensitizers into nanoparticles has demonstrated great potential to reduce side effects, overcome multidrug resistance (MDR), and thus improve therapeutic efficacy. However, with regard to the nanocarriers for multidrug codelivery, it remains a strong challenge to maintain design simplicity, while incorporating the desirable multifunctionalities, such as coloaded high payloads, targeted delivery, hemodynamic stability, and also to ensure low drug leakage before reaching the tumor site, but simultaneously the corelease of drugs in the same cancer cell...
March 15, 2018: Nanomaterials
Mariana Matias, Samuel Silvestre, Amílcar Falcão, Gilberto Alves
Purpose - During the discovery and development of new drugs, compounds with low aqueous solubility pose special challenges in their pharmacological evaluation and, therefore, the selection of appropriate vehicles to administer the compounds of interest is determinant for the quality of the results generated during the in vivo non-clinical studies. This work aimed to evaluate the motor deficit (as a surrogate of neurotoxicity) of several administration/delivery vehicles through the rotarod performance test. Methods - Trained male CD-1 mice were intraperitoneally administered with the following vehicles: dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO), aqueous sodium chloride (NaCl) 0...
2018: Journal of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences: a Publication of the Canadian Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences
Yogesh Patil, Panayiotis Bilalis, Georgios Polymeropoulos, Sarah R Almahdali, Nikos Hadjichristidis, Valentin O Rodionov
A well-defined amphiphilic miktoarm polymer incorporating poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF), polystyrene (PS), and poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) blocks was synthesized via a combination of atom-transfer radical polymerization (ATRP), iodine transfer radical polymerization (ITP), and copper-catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition (CuAAC). Morphology and self-assembly of this star polymer were examined in organic solvents and in water. The aggregates formed in water were found to possess unusual frustrated topology due to immiscibility of PS and PVDF...
March 15, 2018: Molecular Pharmaceutics
Antonella Accardo, Carlo Diaferia, Nicole Balasco, Teresa Sibillano, Cinzia Giannini, Luigi Vitagliano, Giancarlo Morelli
Over the years, a large number of multidisciplinary investigations has unveiled that the self-assembly of short peptides and even of individual amino acids can generate a variety of different biomaterials. In this framework, we have recently reported that polyethylene glycol (PEG) conjugates of short homopeptides, containing aromatic amino acids such as phenylalanine (Phe, F) and naphthylalanine (Nal), are able to form elongated fibrillary aggregates having interesting chemical and physical properties. We here extend these analyses characterizing the self-assembling propensity of PEG6-W4, a PEG adduct of the tetra-tryptophan (W4) sequence...
March 15, 2018: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
Yancong Feng, Rui Tan, Yan Zhao, Rongtan Gao, Luyi Yang, Jinlong Yang, Hao Li, Guofu Zhou, Haibiao Chen, Feng Pan
A novel hybrid single Li-ion conductor (SLIC) for a Li-ion solid electrolyte was prepared by mixing aluminate complexes-polyethylene glycol (LiAl-PEG) and polyethylene oxide (PEO) for solid-state Li-ion batteries. The LiAl-PEG/PEO blend possesses high thermal stability and electrochemical stability with an oxidation decomposition voltage up to 4.8 V. Notably, this hybrid SLIC exhibits not only excellent Li-ion migration kinetics, but also good ionic conductivity as high as 4.0 × 10-5 and 2.6 × 10-4 S cm-1 at 30 and 100 °C, respectively, which is much higher than previously reported SLICs...
March 15, 2018: Nanoscale
Omkara Swami Muddineti, Preeti Kumari, Balaram Ghosh, Swati Biswas
PURPOSE: Transferrin receptor (TfR) is up-regulated in various malignant tumors not only to meet the iron requirement, but also to increase the cell survival via participation in various cellular signaling pathways. Here we explored transferrin as ligand for Poly(ethylene Glycol) (PEG)-ylated vitamin-E/lipid (PE) core micelles (VPM). METHODS: Transferrin modified polymer was synthesized and drug loaded micelles were evaluated in 2D Hela and HepG2 cancer cells for cellular uptake and cytotoxicity and in 3D Hela spheroids for growth inhibition, uptake and penetration studies...
March 14, 2018: Pharmaceutical Research
Swati M Surkar, Rashelle M Hoffman, Regina Harbourne, Max J Kurz
The primary aim of the study was to explore the prefrontal cortical (PFC) activation while performing a shape-matching motor task in children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy (HCP) as compared with typically developing (TD) children. Fifteen TD children ([Formula: see text]) and 12 children with HCP ([Formula: see text]) were included. We assessed the PFC activation while performing an ecologically valid upper extremity shape-matching task of different complexities by measuring the concentration of oxygenated hemoglobin (HbO) using functional near-infrared spectroscopy...
January 2018: Neurophotonics
Miltiadis Argyropoulos, Matthew Kent
Background: Open reduction internal fixation of displaced 3 and 4-part proximal humerus fractures is an effective treatment modality particularly for the younger age group, but it is not without complications. Fixed angled locking screw plates are the mainstay of fixation. The A.L.P.S. Proximal Humerus Plating System is a new implant that has smooth locking pegs in the place of humeral head screws to help reduce glenoid damage in the event of cut-out and is designed to sit low on the humerus in order to reduce the risk of subacromial impingement...
2018: Open Orthopaedics Journal
Cuimei Zhang, Shangli Shi
Drought severely limits global plant distribution and agricultural production. Elucidating the physiological and molecular mechanisms governing alfalfa stress responses will contribute to the improvement of drought tolerance in leguminous crops. In this study, the physiological and proteomic responses of two alfalfa ( Medicago sativa L.) varieties contrasting in drought tolerance, Longzhong (drought-tolerant) and Gannong No. 3 (drought-sensitive), were comparatively assayed when seedlings were exposed to -1...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
Bangari Haldipur, Prudhvi Lal Bhukya, Vidya Arankalle, Kavita Lole
Molecular mechanisms of liver pathology and clinical disease in HEV infection remain unclear. MicroRNAs are known to modulate viral pathogenesis either by directly altering viral gene expression or by enhancing cellular antiviral responses. Given the importance of microRNA-122 (miR-122) in liver pathobiology, we investigated possible role of miR-122 in HEV infection. In silico predictions using genotype 1, 2, 3 and 4 HEV sequences showed that majority of genomes (203/222) harbor at least one miR-122/miR-122* target site...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Virology
Wataru Sato, Takeshi Uchida, Tomohide Saio, Koichiro Ishimori
Cytochrome c (Cyt c) was rapidly oxidized by molecular oxygen in the presence, but not absence of PEG. The redox potential of heme c was determined by the potentiometric titration to be +236 ± 3 mV in the absence of PEG, which was negatively shifted to +200 ± 4 mV in the presence of PEG. The underlying the rapid oxidation was explored by examining the structural changes in Cyt c in the presence of PEG using UV-visible absorption, circular dichroism, resonance Raman, and fluorescence spectroscopies...
March 11, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Ya Xiao, Jiajia Huang, Jiajia Xu, Liuwei Zeng, Jiaran Tian, Yunru Lou, Yuxue Liu, Bo Hu, Fei Tong, Ruilin Shen
AIM: To synthesize a puerarin nanoparticle based on glycyrrhetinic acid (GA)-PEG-PBLA and evaluate it in vivo. MATERIALS & METHODS: In this study, drug nanoparticle was synthesized, characterized and assessed as puerarin delivery system. Nanoparticle GA-PEG-PBLA could combine with puerarin via hydrophobic interaction to form the compound. Puerarin could be quickly and efficiently loaded via the nanoparticle GA-PEG-PBLA at pH 7.4. Further, GA-PEG-PBLA-mediated puerarin delivery system could target for the liver that had GA receptor binding...
March 1, 2018: Therapeutic Delivery
Emanuele Rondonotti, Cristiano Spada, Samuel Adler, Andrea May, Edward J Despott, Anastasios Koulaouzidis, Simon Panter, Dirk Domagk, Ignacio Fernandez-Urien, Gabriel Rahmi, Maria Elena Riccioni, Jeanin E van Hooft, Cesare Hassan, Marco Pennazio
SMALL-BOWEL CAPSULE ENDOSCOPY (SBCE): 1: ESGE recommends that prior to SBCE patients ingest a purgative (2 L of polyethylene glycol [PEG]) for better visualization.Strong recommendation, high quality evidence.However, the optimal timing for taking purgatives is yet to be established. 2: ESGE recommends that SBCE should be performed as an outpatient procedure if possible, since completion rates are higher in outpatients than in inpatients.Strong recommendation, moderate quality evidence...
March 14, 2018: Endoscopy
Amirhossein Mafi, Srinivas Abbina, Manu Thomas Kalathottukaren, James H Morrissey, Charles Haynes, Jayachandran N Kizhakkedathu, Jim Pfaendtner, Keng C Chou
Inorganic polyphosphate (polyP) released by human platelets has recently been shown to activate blood clotting and identified as a potential target for the development of novel antithrombotics. Recent studies have shown that polymers with cationic binding groups (CBGs) inhibit polyP and attenuate thrombosis. However, a good molecular-level understanding of the binding mechanism is lacking for further drug development. While molecular dynamics (MD) simulation can provide molecule-level information, the time scale required to simulate these large biomacromolecules makes classical MD simulation impractical...
March 14, 2018: Biomacromolecules
Eden E L Tanner, Stanislav V Sokolov, Kamonwad Ngamchuea, Robert G Palgrave, Richard G Compton
X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy was used to characterise silver nanoparticles capped with poly(ethylene) glycol in a room temperature ionic liquid (RTIL), 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate ([Bmim][BF4]). The amounts of oxygen and silver present in nanoparticles capped with different molecular weight thiolated PEG chains were monitored, and the number of thiolated PEG chains per nanoparticle was calculated, an in situ characterisation not previously possible.
March 14, 2018: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
Ting Zhang, Songlei Zhou, Ling Hu, Bo Peng, Yang Liu, Xiang Luo, Xinrong Liu, Yanzhi Song, Yihui Deng
Polysialic acid (PSA) is a nonimmunogenic and biodegradable polysaccharide. In recent years, PSA has shown its potential applications to cancer treatment. In this study, PSA-polyethylene glycol (PEG) conjugate was synthesized for the decoration of epirubicin (EPI)-loaded liposomes. The study aimed to evaluate the PSA-PEG conjugated modified liposomes (EPI-PSL) in vitro and in vivo to investigate the role of PSA on physicochemical characteristics and antitumor activity in PEGylated liposomes. EPI-PSL showed a particle size of 116...
March 13, 2018: Drug Delivery and Translational Research
Y V Khramtsov, A V Ulasov, A A Rosenkranz, G P Georgiev, A S Sobolev
The distribution of modular nanotransporters (MNTs) that are used to deliver drugs into melanoma cell nuclei after their intravenous administration into mice with Cloudman S91 melanoma was studied. The modification of MNTs with polyethylene glycol (PEG) of different length and their administration during the treatment with docetaxel, nitroglycerin, and excess of nonspecific MNTs leads to an improved accumulation of MNTs in the tummor. Among the variants studied, the MNT with attached PEG with Mr 40 kDa exhibited the best properties...
January 2018: Doklady. Biochemistry and Biophysics
Marta Vilalta, Jourdan Brune, Marjan Rafat, Luis Soto, Edward E Graves
Recently it has been observed in preclinical models that that radiation enhances the recruitment of circulating tumor cells to primary tumors, and results in tumor regrowth after treatment. This process may have implications for clinical radiotherapy, which improves control of a number of tumor types but which, despite continued dose escalation and aggressive fractionation, is unable to fully prevent local recurrences. By irradiating a single tumor within an animal bearing multiple lesions, we observed an increase in tumor cell migration to irradiated and unirradiated sites, suggesting a systemic component to this process...
March 13, 2018: Clinical & Experimental Metastasis
Lu Huang, Yin Chen, Wei Huang, Hongkai Wu
Here a convenient and effective strategy of two-step centrifugation-assisted single-cell trapping (CAScT) based on an addressable truncated cone-shaped microwell array (TCMA) chip is developed for cell pairing. We describe the operation principles of the method and demonstrate its compatibility with polyethylene glycol (PEG)-mediated cell fusion. Compared with other methods, most of which rely on sophisticated devices and bulky subsidiary equipment, our method is more convenient and exhibits better or comparable performance...
March 14, 2018: Lab on a Chip
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