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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324642/cinnamon-reduces-inflammatory-response-in-intestinal-fibroblasts-in-vitro-and-in-colitis-in-vivo-leading-to-decreased-fibrosis
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Yvonne Hagenlocher, Sabrina Satzinger, Mehtap Civelek, Katharina Feilhauer, Jörg Köninger, Stephan C Bischoff, Axel Lorentz
Intestinal fibrosis, a complication of inflammatory bowel disease, is currently being addressed by surgery alone, with no adequate alternative therapy available for patients. We propose that anti-inflammatory plant substances like cinnamon extract (CE) or its main compound cinnamaldeyde (CA) could aid in therapy. We recently found CE reducing inflammation in murine colitis. Here, we analysed effects of CE on fibrosis in IL-10(-/-) colitis METHODS AND RESULTS: IL-10(-/-) and wild type (wt) mice were orally treated with/without vehicle or CE...
March 21, 2017: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324594/polymers-in-the-delivery-of-sirna-for-the-treatment-of-virus-infections
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REVIEW
Nicholas Reynolds, Megan Dearnley, Tracey M Hinton
Viral diseases remain a major cause of death worldwide. Despite advances in vaccine and antiviral drug technology, each year over three million people die from a range of viral infections. Predominant viruses include human immunodeficiency virus, hepatitis viruses, and gastrointestinal and respiratory viruses. Now more than ever, robust, easily mobilised and cost-effective antiviral strategies are needed to combat both known and emerging disease threats. RNA interference and small interfering (si)RNAs were initially hailed as a "magic bullet", due to their ability to inhibit the synthesis of any protein via the degradation of its complementary messenger RNA sequence...
April 2017: Topics in Current Chemistry (Journal)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320099/light-emitting-diode-led-therapy-improves-occipital-cortex-damage-by-decreasing-apoptosis-and-increasing-bdnf-expressing-cells-in-methanol-induced-toxicity-in-rats
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Amir Ghanbari, Majid Ghareghani, Kazem Zibara, Hamdallah Delaviz, Elham Ebadi, Mohammad Hossein Jahantab
Methanol-induced retinal toxicity, frequently associated with elevated free radicals and cell edema, is characterized by progressive retinal ganglion cell (RGC) death and vision loss. Previous studies investigated the effect of photomodulation on RGCs, but not the visual cortex. In this study, the effect of 670nm Light-Emitting Diode (LED) therapy on RGCs and visual cortex recovery was investigated in a seven-day methanol-induced retinal toxicity protocol in rats. Methanol administration showed a reduction in the number of RGCs, loss of neurons (neuronal nuclear antigen, NeuN+), activation of glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP+) expressing cells, suppression of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF+) positive cells, increase in apoptosis (caspase 3+) and enhancement of nitric oxide (NO) release in serum and brain...
March 17, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318914/systemic-and-network-functions-of-the-microtubule-associated-protein-tau-implications-for-tau-based-therapies
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Lidia Bakota, Abdala Ussif, Gunnar Jeserich, Roland Brandt
Tau is a microtubule-associated neuronal protein, whose primary role was long thought to regulate axonal microtubule assembly. Tau is subject to many posttranslational modifications and can aggregate into neurofibrillary tangles, which are considered to be a hallmark of several neurodegenerative diseases collectively called "tauopathies". The most common tauopathy is Alzheimer's disease, where tau pathology correlates with sites of neurodegeneration. Tau belongs to the class of intrinsically disordered proteins, which are known to interact with many partners and are considered to be involved in various signaling, regulation and recognition processes...
March 16, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318627/vascular-adhesion-protein-1-enhances-neutrophil-infiltration-by-generation-of-hydrogen-peroxide-in-renal-ischemia-reperfusion-injury
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Shinji Tanaka, Tetsuhiro Tanaka, Takahisa Kawakami, Hideki Takano, Mai Sugahara, Hisako Saito, Yoshiki Higashijima, Junna Yamaguchi, Reiko Inagi, Masaomi Nangaku
Vascular adhesion protein-1 (VAP-1) is a unique molecule since it acts as an adhesion molecule as well as an ectoenzyme catalyzing oxidative deamination of primary amines and generates hydrogen peroxide in the extracellular space. While VAP-1 is implicated in various inflammatory diseases, its role in acute kidney injury is less characterized. Here we studied VAP-1 expression in the kidney and the effect of its inhibition in a rat model of renal ischemia/reperfusion injury. VAP-1 was predominantly expressed in pericytes, which released enzymatically active enzyme...
March 16, 2017: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315495/legumain-cleavable-4-arm-poly-ethylene-glycol-doxorubicin-conjugate-for-tumor-specific-delivery-and-release
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Huicong Zhou, Huanjiao Sun, Shixian Lv, Dawei Zhang, Xuefei Zhang, Zhaohui Tang, Xuesi Chen
Traditional chemotherapy strategy exists undesirable toxic side-effects to normal tissues due to the low selectively to cancer cells of micromolecule cytotoxic drugs. One considered method to realizing the targeted delivery and increasing the specificity to tumor tissues of the cytotoxic drug is to transporting and discharging it through an environment-sensitive mechanism. In this study, a novel enzyme-sensitive polymer-doxorubicin conjugate was designed to delivery chemotherapeutic drug in a tumor-specific behavior and selectively activated in tumor tissue...
March 14, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315303/neuroprotective-effect-of-2-hydroxy-arachidonic-acid-in-a-rat-model-of-transient-middle-cerebral-artery-occlusion
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I F Ugidos, M Santos-Galdiano, D Pérez-Rodríguez, B Anuncibay-Soto, E Font-Belmonte, D J López, M Ibarguren, X Busquets, A Fernández López
Stroke modifies the composition of cell membranes by eliciting the breakdown of membrane phospholipids whose products, such as arachidonic acid (AA), are released in the cytosol. The action of enzymes such as cyclooxygenases on AA leads to inflammatory stimuli and increases the cell oxidative stress. We report here the neuroprotective effect of 2-hydroxyarachidonic acid (2OAA), a cyclooxygenase inhibitor derived from AA, as a promising neuroprotective therapy against stroke. The effect of a single dose of 2OAA, administered intragastrically 1 hour after the ischaemic insult, in a rat model of transient middle cerebral artery occlusion (tMCAO) was tested after 24 hours of reperfusion...
March 14, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315072/direct-myosin-activation-by-omecamtiv-mecarbil-for-heart-failure-with-reduced-ejection-fraction
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Mitchell A Psotka, John R Teerlink
Myosin is the indispensable molecular motor that utilizes chemical energy to produce force for contraction within the cardiac myocyte. Myosin activity is gated by intracellular calcium levels which are regulated by multiple upstream signaling cascades that can be altered for clinical utility using inotropic medications. In contrast to clinically available cardiac inotropes, omecamtiv mecarbil is a novel direct myosin activator developed to augment left ventricular systolic function without the undesirable secondary effects of altered calcium homeostasis...
March 18, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314136/platelet-microparticle-inspired-clot-responsive-nanomedicine-for-targeted-fibrinolysis
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Christa L Pawlowski, Wei Li, Michael Sun, Kavya Ravichandran, DaShawn Hickman, Clarissa Kos, Gurbani Kaur, Anirban Sen Gupta
Intravascular administration of plasminogen activators is a clinically important thrombolytic strategy to treat occlusive vascular conditions. A major issue with this strategy is the systemic off-target drug action, which affects hemostatic capabilities and causes substantial hemorrhagic risks. This issue can be potentially resolved by designing technologies that allow thrombus-targeted delivery and site-specific action of thrombolytic drugs. To this end, leveraging a liposomal platform, we have developed platelet microparticle (PMP)-inspired nanovesicles (PMINs), that can protect encapsulated thrombolytic drugs in circulation to prevent off-target uptake and action, anchor actively onto thrombus via PMP-relevant molecular mechanisms and allow drug release via thrombus-relevant enzymatic trigger...
March 14, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301139/designing-hydrogels-for-on-demand-therapy
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Nuria Oliva, João Conde, Kui Wang, Natalie Artzi
Systemic administration of therapeutic agents has been the preferred approach to treat most pathological conditions, in particular for cancer therapy. This treatment modality is associated with side effects, off-target accumulation, toxicity, and rapid renal and hepatic clearance. Multiple efforts have focused on incorporating targeting moieties into systemic therapeutic vehicles to enhance retention and minimize clearance and side effects. However, only a small percentage of the nanoparticles administered systemically accumulate at the tumor site, leading to poor therapeutic efficacy...
March 16, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301098/pharmacokinetics-of-a-novel-anagrelide-extended-release-formulation-in-healthy-subjects-food-intake-and-comparison-with-a-reference-product
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Petro E Petrides, Christian Schoergenhofer, Rudolf Widmann, Bernd Jilma, Christoph S Klade
Anagrelide is an established therapy for essential thrombocythemia. Common adverse effects have been linked to peak plasma concentrations of anagrelide and its 3OH metabolite. Our study was performed to investigate the pharmacokinetics (PK) of a novel anagrelide extended-release (AER) formulation and its active metabolites. Thirty healthy volunteers were randomized to receive either 2 mg AER (under fasting and fed conditions) or 2 mg commercially available reference product (CARP) in an open-label, 3-way crossover trial with washout periods of 6 days...
March 16, 2017: Clinical Pharmacology in Drug Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300426/soluplus%C3%A2-tpgs-mixed-micelles-for-dioscin-delivery-in-cancer-therapy
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Jing Zhao, Youwei Xv, Changyuan Wang, Yanfang Ding, Manyu Chen, Yifei Wang, Jinyong Peng, Lei Li, Li Lv
BACKGROUND: Dioscin has shown cytotoxicity against cancer cells, but its poor solubility and stability have limited its clinical application. In this study, we designed mixed micelles composed of TPGS and Soluplus(®) copolymers entrapping the poorly soluble anticancer drug dioscin. METHOD: In order to improve the aqueous solubility and bioactivity of dioscin, TPGS/Soluplus® mixed micelles with an optimal ratio were prepared using a thin-film hydration method, and their physicochemical properties were characterized...
March 16, 2017: Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300268/rgo-aunr-ha-5fu-nanocomposite-with-multi-stage-release-behavior-and-efficient-antitumor-activity-for-synergistic-therapy
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Ying Yang, Yunlong Wang, Manzhou Zhu, Yan Chen, Yazhong Xiao, Yuhua Shen, Anjian Xie
A reduced graphene oxide (RGO)/gold nanorod (AuNR)/hydroxyapatite (HA) nanocomposite was designed and successfully synthesized for the first time. An anticancer drug, 5-fluorouracil (5FU), was chosen as a model drug to be loaded in RGO/AuNR/HA. The fabricated RGO/AuNR/HA-5FU showed robust, selective targeting and penetrating efficiency against HeLa cells due to the good compatibility and nontoxicity of HA, and showed excellent synergetic antitumor effects through combined chemotherapy (CT) by 5FU and photothermal therapy (PTT) by both RGO and AuNRs under near-infrared (NIR) laser irradiation...
March 16, 2017: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299757/nanoparticle-delivered-chemotherapy-old-drugs-in-new-packages
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REVIEW
Michael S Lee, E Claire Dees, Andrew Z Wang
Cytotoxic chemotherapies have a narrow therapeutic window, with high peaks and troughs of plasma concentration. Novel nanoparticle formulations of cytotoxic chemotherapy drugs can enhance pharmacokinetic characteristics and facilitate passive targeting of drugs to tumors via the enhanced permeability and retention effect, thus mitigating toxicity. Nanoparticle vehicles currently in clinical use or undergoing clinical investigation for anticancer therapies include liposomes, polymeric micelles, protein-drug nanoparticles, and dendrimers...
March 15, 2017: Oncology (Williston Park, NY)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298856/applications-of-polymers-in-intraocular-drug-delivery-systems
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REVIEW
Ali Mohammed Alhalafi
We are entering a new era of ophthalmic pharmacology where new drugs are rapidly being developed for the treatment of anterior and posterior segment of the eye disease. The pharmacokinetics of drug delivery to the eye remains a very active area of ophthalmic research. Intraocular drug delivery systems allow the release of the drug, bypassing the blood-ocular barrier. The main advantage of these preparations is that they can release the drug over a long time with one single administration. These pharmaceutical systems are of great important in the treatment of the posterior segment diseases, and they can be prepared from biodegradable or nonbiodegradable polymers...
January 2017: Oman Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297576/chitosan-wound-dressings-incorporating-exosomes-derived-from-microrna-126-overexpressing-synovium-mesenchymal-stem-cells-provide-sustained-release-of-exosomes-and-heal-full-thickness-skin-defects-in-a-diabetic-rat-model
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Shi-Cong Tao, Shang-Chun Guo, Min Li, Qin-Fei Ke, Ya-Ping Guo, Chang-Qing Zhang
There is a need to find better strategies to promote wound healing, especially of chronic wounds, which remain a challenge. We found that synovium mesenchymal stem cells (SMSCs) have the ability to strongly promote cell proliferation of fibroblasts; however, they are ineffective at promoting angiogenesis. Using gene overexpression technology, we overexpressed microRNA-126-3p (miR-126-3p) and transferred the angiogenic ability of endothelial progenitor cells to SMSCs, promoting angiogenesis. We tested a therapeutic strategy involving controlled-release exosomes derived from miR-126-3p-overexpressing SMSCs combined with chitosan...
March 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295319/preparation-pharmacokinetics-and-tumour-suppressive-activity-of-berberine-liposomes
#17
Xinghui Wang, Qiong Wang, Zhihui Liu, Xiao Zheng
OBJECTIVES: Berberine (BBR) has shown promising antitumour effects in vitro. However, intravenous administration of BBR solution is complicated by lethal adverse cardiovascular effects. The aim of this study was to prepare common and polyethylene glycol (PEG)-modified long-circulating BBR liposomes and evaluate their efficacy and safety as potential antitumour agents. METHODS: Physiochemical properties of common and long-circulating BBR liposomes were characterized including particle size, Zeta potential and thermal stability...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294970/krill-oil-in-water-emulsion-protects-against-lipopolysaccharide-induced-proinflammatory-activation-of-macrophages-in-vitro
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Gabriel A Bonaterra, David Driscoll, Hans Schwarzbach, Ralf Kinscherf
BACKGROUND: Parenteral nutrition is often a mandatory therapeutic strategy for cases of septicemia. Likewise, therapeutic application of anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatory therapy, and endotoxin lowering, by removal or inactivation, might be beneficial to ameliorate the systemic inflammatory response during the acute phases of critical illness. Concerning anti-inflammatory properties in this setting, omega-3 fatty acids of marine origin have been frequently described. This study investigated the anti-inflammatory and LPS-inactivating properties of krill oil (KO)-in-water emulsion in human macrophages in vitro...
March 15, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291267/a-win-win-nanoplatform-tio2-yb-ho-f-for-nir-light-induced-synergistic-therapy-and-imaging
#19
Jie Zhou, Pei Luo, Chong Sun, Lingchang Meng, Weiran Ye, Shanshan Chen, Bin Du
To avoid the defect of low energy transfer efficiency in core-shell UCNP-TiO2 NPs, doping rare earth into TiO2 and improving the photocatalytic activity of TiO2 itself under Vis-NIR light might be a more direct and efficient strategy for high (1)O2 production. Here, we designed a TiO2:Yb,Ho,F-β-CD@DTX/HA nanoplatform using TiO2:Yb,Ho,F as the core, β-CD as the drug carrier, hyaluronic acid (HA) as the capping agent and target, and then applied it for 808 nm induced photodynamic-chemotherapy and 980 nm upconversion fluorescence/MR imaging...
March 14, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289716/muscular-dystrophy-in-ptfr-cavin-1-null-mice
#20
Shi-Ying Ding, Libin Liu, Paul F Pilch
ice and humans lacking the caveolae component polymerase I transcription release factor (PTRF, also known as cavin-1) exhibit lipo- and muscular dystrophy. Here we describe the molecular features underlying the muscle phenotype for PTRF/cavin-1 null mice. These animals had a decreased ability to exercise, and exhibited muscle hypertrophy with increased muscle fiber size and muscle mass due, in part, to constitutive activation of the Akt pathway. Their muscles were fibrotic and exhibited impaired membrane integrity accompanied by an apparent compensatory activation of the dystrophin-glycoprotein complex along with elevated expression of proteins involved in muscle repair function...
March 9, 2017: JCI Insight
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