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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923186/influence-of-surface-passivation-of-2-methoxyestradiol-loaded-plga-nanoparticles-on-cellular-interactions-pharmacokinetics-and-tumour-accumulation
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Gopikrishna J Pillai, Bindhu Paul-Prasanth, Shantikumar V Nair, Deepthy Menon
In the present work, 2-Methoxyestradiol [2ME2] loaded PLGA nanoparticles [NPs] were stabilized with Casein or poly(ethylene glycol) [PEG] and evaluated for its cellular interactions, pharmacokinetics and tumour accumulation. Surface stabilized PLGA nanoparticles prepared through a modified emulsion route possessed similar size, surface charge, drug loading and release characteristics. Particle-cell interactions as well as the anti-angiogenesis activity were similar for both nanoformulations in vitro. However, in vivo pharmacokinetics and tumour accumulation of the drug were substantially improved for the PEGylated nanoformulation...
November 29, 2016: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923139/plga-peg-plga-triblock-copolymeric-micelles-as-oral-drug-delivery-system-in-vitro-drug-release-and-in-vivo-pharmacokinetics-assessment
#2
Xiufen Chen, Jianzhong Chen, Bowen Li, Xiang Yang, Rongjie Zeng, Yajun Liu, Tao Li, Rodney J Y Ho, Jingwei Shao
Poly (d,l-lactide-co-glycolide)-poly (ethylene glycol)-poly (d,l-lactide-co-glycolide) triblock copolymers (PLGA-PEG-PLGA) has been proven to be desirable for anti-cancer drug delivery by intravenous administration. But till now there is no report of developing this micelle as a sustained oral formulation for cancer therapy. 3β-acetoxy-urs-12-en-28-oic acid hexamethylenediamine (US597), a derivative of natural product ursolic acid has been developed as a novel cancer metastasis chemopreventive agent by us...
November 26, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923118/cutting-out-the-middle-man-in-light-hormone-interactions
#3
Anna N Stepanova, Jose M Alonso
In this issue of Developmental Cell, Shi et al. (2016a) show that red-light-activated phytochrome B interacts with transcriptional regulators of ethylene signaling, EIN3/EIL1, triggering their degradation by bringing the F-box proteins EBF1 and 2 to the complex. These findings provide a paradigm for crosstalk between light and hormone signaling pathways.
December 5, 2016: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922209/unconventional-pretreatment-of-lignocellulose-with-low-temperature-plasma
#4
Jens Vanneste, Thijs Ennaert, Annick Vanhulsel, Bert F Sels
Lignocellulose represents a potential supply of sustainable feedstock for the production of biofuels and chemicals. There is, however, an important cost and efficiency challenge associated with the conversion of such lignocellulosics. Since its structure is complex and not prone to undergo chemical reactions very easily, chemical and mechanical pretreatments are usually necessary in order to be able to refine them into the compositional building blocks (carbohydrates and lignin), from which value-added platform molecules such as glucose, ethylene glycol, 5-hydroxymethylfurfural, levulinic acid, etc...
December 6, 2016: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921110/multifunctional-pei-entrapped-gold-nanoparticles-enable-efficient-delivery-of-therapeutic-sirna-into-glioblastoma-cells
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Lingdan Kong, Jieru Qiu, Wenjie Sun, Jia Yang, Mingwu Shen, Lu Wang, Xiangyang Shi
RNA interference (RNAi) has been considered as a promising strategy for effective treatment of cancer. However, the easy degradation of small interfering RNA (siRNA) limits its extensive applications in gene therapy. For safe and effective delivery of siRNA, a novel vector system possessing excellent biocompatibility, highly efficient transfection efficiency and specific targeting properties has to be considered. In this study, we report the use of polyethyleneimine (PEI)-entrapped gold nanoparticles (Au PENPs) modified with an arginine-glycine-aspartic (Arg-Gly-Asp, RGD) peptide via a poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) spacer as a vector for Bcl-2 (B-cell lymphoma-2) siRNA delivery to glioblastoma cells...
December 6, 2016: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921107/hollow-carbon-nanospheres-using-an-asymmetric-triblock-copolymer-structure-directing-agent
#6
Yunqi Li, Haibo Tan, Rahul R Salunkhe, Jing Tang, Lok Kumar Shrestha, Bishnu Prasad Bastakoti, Hongpan Rong, Toshiaki Takei, Joel Henzie, Yusuke Yamauchi, Katsuhiko Ariga
We introduce a simple method to prepare hollow carbon nanospheres (HCNs) by using triblock copolymer poly(styrene-b-2-vinylpyridine-b-ethylene oxide) (PS-b-P2VP-b-PEO) micelles as a new class of soft-templates. Simply by changing the solvent we can prepare ultra-small sized micelles of the triblock copolymer PS-b-P2VP-b-PEO soft template to obtain HCNs with ultra-small diameters (43 nm) and hollow cores (19 nm). Furthermore, we use these HCNs to make electric double-layer capacitors (EDLCs) that exhibit superior performance...
December 6, 2016: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921023/effects-of-hydrophilic-extract-of-nasturtium-officinale-on-prevention-of-ethylene-glycol-induced-renal-stone-in-male-wistar-rats
#7
Sadrollah Mehrabi, Eslam Askarpour, Farhad Mehrabi, Ramin Jannesar
BACKGROUND: Nasturtium officinale is a traditional herb that is used for diuresis. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study is to determine the effects of hydrophilic extract of Nasturtium officinale on ethylene glycol-induced renal stone in male Wistar rats. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this study 32 male Wistar rats were randomly divided in six groups and studied during 30 days. Two groups of negative and healthy control received 1% ethylene glycol in water respectively...
October 2016: Journal of Nephropathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919267/targeted-drug-delivery-of-near-ir-fluorescent-doxorubicin-conjugated-poly-ethylene-glycol-bisphosphonate-nanoparticles-for-diagnosis-and-therapy-of-primary-and-metastatic-bone-cancer-in-a-mouse-model
#8
S Rudnick-Glick, E Corem-Salkmon, I Grinberg, S Margel
BACKGROUND: Most primary and metastatic bone tumors demonstrate increased osteoclast activity and bone resorption. Current treatment is based on a combination of surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Severe side effects are associated with chemotherapy due to use of high dosage and nonspecific uptake. Bisphosphonates have a strong affinity to Ca(2+) ions and are widely used in the treatment of bone disorders. RESULTS: We have engineered a unique biodegradable bisphosphonate nanoparticle (NPs) bearing two functional surface groups: (1) primary amine groups for covalent attachment of a dye/drug (e...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918629/new-routes-for-plant-iron-mining
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Catherine Curie, Stéphane Mari
I. II. III. IV. References SUMMARY: Plant iron (Fe) uptake relies to a large extent on the capacity of cells to control and extract Fe pools safely conserved in extracytoplasmic environments such as the apoplast and vacuoles, at least as much as on the transport machinery nested in plasma membranes. Recent studies on root and embryo Fe nutrition support this assertion and show that the root Fe-deficiency response also includes the dynamic use of a large Fe reservoir bound to cell wall components in the root apoplast, secretion in the apoplast of phenolic compounds of the coumarin family, which solubilize Fe in calcareous soils, and inhibition of suberization of endodermal cells in order to allow apoplastic and transcellular radial transport of Fe...
December 5, 2016: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918628/phenotypic-and-genome-wide-association-analysis-of-spike-ethylene-in-diverse-wheat-genotypes-under-heat-stress
#10
Ravi Valluru, Matthew P Reynolds, William J Davies, Sivakumar Sukumaran
The gaseous phytohormone ethylene plays an important role in spike development in wheat (Triticum aestivum). However, the genotypic variation and the genomic regions governing spike ethylene (SET) production in wheat under long-term heat stress remain unexplored. We investigated genotypic variation in the production of SET and its relationship with spike dry weight (SDW) in 130 diverse wheat elite lines and landraces under heat-stressed field conditions. We employed an Illumina iSelect 90K single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) genotyping array to identify the genetic loci for SET and SDW through a genome-wide association study (GWAS) in a subset of the Wheat Association Mapping Initiative (WAMI) panel...
December 5, 2016: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918246/rice-leaf-transcriptional-profiling-suggests-a-functional-interplay-between-xanthomonas-oryzae-pv-oryzae-lipopolysaccharide-and-extracellular-polysaccharide-in-modulation-of-defense-responses-during-infection
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Anil Madhusoodana Girija, Bipin Kumar Kumar, Madhavi B Mylavarapu, Palaparthi Ramesh, Sridivya Vungarala, Hitendra Kumar Patel, Ramesh Sonti
Treatment of rice leaves with isolated Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae lipopolysaccharide (LPS) induces the production of callose deposits, reactive oxygen species and enhanced resistance against subsequent bacterial infection. Expression profiling of X. oryzae pv. oryzae LPS treated rice (Oryza sativa ssp. indica) leaves showed that genes involved in the biosynthetic pathways for lignins, phenylpropanoids, chorismate, phenylalanine, salicylic acid and ethylene as well as a number of pathogenesis related proteins are up regulated...
December 5, 2016: Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions: MPMI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917409/gadolinium-functionalized-peptide-amphiphile-micelles-for-multimodal-imaging-of-atherosclerotic-lesions
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Sang Pil Yoo, Federico Pineda, John C Barrett, Christopher Poon, Matthew Tirrell, Eun Ji Chung
The leading causes of morbidity and mortality globally are cardiovascular diseases, and nanomedicine can provide many improvements including disease-specific targeting, early detection, and local delivery of diagnostic agents. To this end, we designed fibrin-binding, peptide amphiphile micelles (PAMs), achieved by incorporating the targeting peptide cysteine-arginine-glutamic acid-lysine-alanine (CREKA), with two types of amphiphilic molecules containing the gadoliniuim (Gd) chelator diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid (DTPA), DTPA-bis(stearylamide)(Gd), and 1,2-distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphoethanolamine-N-[(poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG))-2000]-DTPA(Gd) (DSPE-PEG2000-DTPA(Gd))...
November 30, 2016: ACS Omega
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917194/a-network-approach-of-gene-co-expression-in-the-zea-mays-aspergillus-flavus-pathosystem-to-map-host-pathogen-interaction-pathways
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Bryan M Musungu, Deepak Bhatnagar, Robert L Brown, Gary A Payne, Greg OBrian, Ahmad M Fakhoury, Matt Geisler
A gene co-expression network (GEN) was generated using a dual RNA-seq study with the fungal pathogen Aspergillus flavus and its plant host Zea mays during the initial 3 days of infection. The analysis deciphered novel pathways and mapped genes of interest in both organisms during the infection. This network revealed a high degree of connectivity in many of the previously recognized pathways in Z. mays such as jasmonic acid, ethylene, and reactive oxygen species (ROS). For the pathogen A. flavus, a link between aflatoxin production and vesicular transport was identified within the network...
2016: Frontiers in Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916924/divergent-expression-patterns-in-two-vernicia-species-revealed-the-potential-role-of-the-hub-gene-vmap2-erf036-in-resistance-to-fusarium-oxysporum-in-vernicia-montana
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Qiyan Zhang, Ming Gao, Liwen Wu, Yangdong Wang, Yicun Chen
Tung oil tree (Vernicia fordii) is a promising industrial oil crop; however, this tree is highly susceptible to Fusarium wilt disease. Conversely, Vernicia montana is resistant to the pathogen. The APETALA2/ethylene-responsive element binding factor (AP2/ERF) transcription factor superfamily has been reported to play a significant role in resistance to Fusarium oxysporum. In this study, comprehensive analysis identified 75 and 81 putative Vf/VmAP2/ERF transcription factor-encoding genes in V. fordii and V. montana, respectively, which were divided into AP2, ERF, related to ABI3 and VP1 (RAV) and Soloist families...
December 1, 2016: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916905/drug-release-by-direct-jump-from-poly-ethylene-glycol-b-%C3%AE%C2%B5-caprolactone-nano-vector-to-cell-membrane
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Ugo Till, Laure Gibot, Anne-Françoise Mingotaud, Jérôme Ehrhart, Luc Wasungu, Christophe Mingotaud, Jean-Pierre Souchard, Alix Poinso, Marie-Pierre Rols, Frédéric Violleau, Patricia Vicendo
Drug delivery by nanovectors involves numerous processes, one of the most important being its release from the carrier. This point still remains unclear. The current work focuses on this point using poly(ethyleneglycol-b-ε-caprolactone) micelles containing either pheophorbide-a (Pheo-a) as a fluorescent probe and a phototoxic agent or fluorescent copolymers. This study showed that the cellular uptake and the phototoxicity of loaded Pheo-a are ten times higher than those of the free drug and revealed a very low cellular penetration of the fluorescence-labeled micelles...
November 30, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915019/the-impact-of-cell-surface-pegylation-and-short-course-immunotherapy-on-islet-graft-survival-in-an-allogeneic-murine-model
#16
Jaime A Giraldo, R Damaris Molano, Hernán R Rengifo, Carmen Fotino, Kerim M Gattás-Asfura, Antonello Pileggi, Cherie L Stabler
: Islet transplantation is a promising therapy for Type 1 diabetes mellitus; however, host inflammatory and immune responses lead to islet dysfunction and destruction, despite potent systemic immunosuppression. Grafting of poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) to the periphery of cells or tissues can mitigate inflammation and immune recognition via generation of a steric barrier. Herein, we sought to evaluate the complementary impact of islet PEGylation with a short-course immunotherapy on the survival of fully-MHC mismatched islet allografts (DBA/2 islets into diabetic C57BL/6J recipients)...
November 30, 2016: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914985/combination-therapy-with-doxorubicin-loaded-galactosylated-poly-ethyleneglycol-lithocholic-acid-to-suppress-the-tumor-growth-in-an-orthotopic-mouse-model-of-liver-cancer
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Bijay Singh, Yoonjeong Jang, Sushila Maharjan, Hyeon-Jeong Kim, Ah Young Lee, Sanghwa Kim, Nomundelger Gankhuyag, Myeon-Sik Yang, Yun-Jaie Choi, Myung-Haing Cho, Chong-Su Cho
Despite advances in technology, neither conventional anti-cancer drugs nor current nanoparticle (NP) drugs have gained substantial success in cancer treatment. While conventional chemotherapy drugs have several limitations such as low potency, poor in vivo stability and limited bioavailability, non-specific targeting of NP drugs diminishes their potency at actual target sites. In addition, the development of drug resistance to anti-cancer drugs is another challenging problem. To overcome these limitations, we aimed to develop a polymer-drug conjugate, which functions as an active NP drug and drug carrier both, to deliver a chemotherapeutic drug for combination therapy...
November 24, 2016: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914607/ultra-high-performance-size-exclusion-chromatography-in-polar-solvents
#18
Gertjan Vancoillie, Maarten Vergaelen, Richard Hoogenboom
Size-exclusion chromatography (SEC) is amongst the most widely used polymer characterization methods in both academic and industrial polymer research allowing the determination of molecular weight and distribution parameters, i.e. the dispersity (Ɖ), of unknown polymers. The many advantages, including accuracy, reproducibility and low sample consumption, have contributed to the worldwide success of this analytical technique. The current generation of SEC systems have a stationary phase mostly containing highly porous, styrene-divinylbenzene particles allowing for a size-based separation of various polymers in solution but limiting the flow rate and solvent compatibility...
November 21, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914336/thermoresponsive-supramolecular-micellar-drug-delivery-system-based-on-star-linear-pseudo-block-polymer-consisting-of-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin-poly-n-isopropylacrylamide-and-adamantyl-poly-ethylene-glycol
#19
Xia Song, Jing-Ling Zhu, Yuting Wen, Feng Zhao, Zhong-Xing Zhang, Jun Li
Chemotherapy is facing several limitations such as low water solubility of anticancer drugs and multidrug resistance (MDR) in cancer cells. To overcome these limitations, a thermoresponsive micellar drug delivery system formed by a non-covalently connected supramolecular block polymer was developed. The system is based on the host-guest interaction between a well-defined β-cyclodextrin (β-CD) based poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) star host polymer and an adamantyl-containing poly(ethylene glycol) (Ad-PEG) guest polymer...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914016/ms-ms-assisted-design-of-sequence-controlled-synthetic-polymers-for-improved-reading-of-encoded-information
#20
Laurence Charles, Gianni Cavallo, Valérie Monnier, Laurence Oswald, Roza Szweda, Jean-François Lutz
In order to improve their MS/MS sequencing, structure of sequence-controlled synthetic polymers can be optimized based on considerations regarding their fragmentation behavior in collision-induced dissociation conditions, as demonstrated here for two digitally encoded polymer families. In poly(triazole amide)s, the main dissociation route proceeded via cleavage of the amide bond in each monomer, hence allowing the chains to be safely sequenced. However, a competitive cleavage of an ether bond in a tri(ethylene glycol) spacer placed between each coding moiety complicated MS/MS spectra while not bringing new structural information...
December 2, 2016: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
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