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Active Release Therapy

Honglin Jin, Chao Wan, Zhenwei Zou, Guifang Zhao, Lingling Zhang, Yuanyuan Geng, Tong Chen, Ai Huang, Fagang Jiang, Jue-Ping Feng, Jonathan F Lovell, Jing Chen, Gang Wu, Kunyu Yang
Immunosuppressive tumor microenvironments (TMEs) create tremendous obstacles for an effective cancer therapy. Herein, we developed a melittin-RADA32 hybrid peptide hydrogel loaded with doxorubicin (DOX) for a potent chemoimmunotherapy against melanoma through the active regulation of TMEs. The formed melittin-RADA32-DOX (MRD) hydrogel has an interweaving nanofiber structure and exhibits excellent biocompatibility, controlled drug release properties both in vitro and in vivo, and an enhanced killing effect to melanoma cells...
March 20, 2018: ACS Nano
Miran Brvar, Ming Yin Chan, Andrew H Dawson, Richard R Ribchester, Michael Eddleston
INTRODUCTION: Treatment of acute organophosphorus or carbamate insecticide self-poisoning is often ineffective, with tens of thousands of deaths occurring every year. Researchers have recommended the addition of magnesium sulfate or calcium channel blocking drugs to standard care to reduce acetylcholine release at cholinergic synapses. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to review systematically the evidence from preclinical studies in animals exposed to organophosphorus or carbamate insecticides concerning the efficacy of magnesium sulfate and calcium channel blocking drugs as therapy compared with placebo in reducing mortality or clinical features of poisoning...
March 20, 2018: Clinical Toxicology
Karin Kosulin, Elena Lam, Albert Heim, Thomas Dobner, Estefanía Rodríguez
BACKGROUND: Human adenoviral (HAdV) infections are usually mild and self-limited, however, some infections from species A, B, C, D and E, can cause severe illnesses, which have raised public health concerns over the past few years. Current available antiviral therapies have limited efficacy and severe toxicity; therefore, finding new targets for specific anti-adenoviral drug design is urgently needed. Our previous work showed that the small molecule compound, HBX, inhibits HAdV type 5 (species C, HAdV-C5) replication and oncogenic transformation through inhibition of the cellular pro-viral factor ubiquitin-specific protease 7 (USP7)...
March 20, 2018: Antiviral Therapy
Luminita Labusca, Florin Zugun-Eloae
Intra-articular adipose tissue deposits known as articular fat pads (AFPs) are described to exist within synovial joints. Their assumed role in normal joint biomechanics is increasingly objectivized by means of advanced methods of functional imaging. AFPs possess structural similarity with body subcutaneous white adipose tissue (WAT), however, seems to be regulated by independent metabolic loops. AFP dimension are conserved during extreme WAT states: obesity, metabolic syndrome, lipodystrophy, and cachexia...
2018: Frontiers in Veterinary Science
Pengxuan Zhao, Minsi Li, Yao Wang, Yan Chen, Chuanchuan He, Xiaojuan Zhang, Tan Yang, Yao Lu, Jia You, Robert J Lee, Guangya Xiang
Sorafenib is a first-line drug for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Autophagy has been shown to facilitate sorafenib resistance. miR-375 has been shown to be an inhibitor of autophagy. In this study, miR-375 and sorafenib were co-loaded into calcium carbonate nanoparticles with lipid coating (miR-375/Sf-LCC NPs). The nanoparticles had high loading efficiency and were ∼ 50 nm in diameter. Besides, the NPs could increase the stability and residence time of both drugs. Moreover, we demonstrated that autophagy was activated in HCC cells by sorafenib but not by miR-375/Sf-LCC NPs...
March 16, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
Michael C Milone, Vijay G Bhoj
Adoptive cellular therapy using T cells with tumor specificity derived from either natural T cell receptors (TCRs) or an artificial chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) has reached late phase clinical testing, with two CAR T cell therapies achieving regulatory approval within the United States in 2017. The effective use of these therapies depends upon an understanding of their pharmacology, which is quite divergent from traditional small molecule or biologic drugs. We review the different types of T cell therapy under clinical development, the factors affecting cellular kinetics following infusion, and the relationship between these cellular kinetics and anti-cancer activity...
March 16, 2018: Molecular Therapy. Methods & Clinical Development
François Jacques, Adrian Schembri, Avi Nativ, Chantal Paquette, Pawel Kalinowski
Background: Both prolonged-release fampridine (PRF) and enabling active motor training (EAMT) are beneficial in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. Their combined effect is, however, understudied. Objective: The objective of this paper is to determine if PRF augments the beneficial effect of EAMT in MS patients as opposed to placebo. Method: This is a pilot, randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind 14-week study. Participants were randomly assigned to receive PRF 10 mg BID ( n  = 21) or placebo ( n  = 20)...
January 2018: Multiple Sclerosis Journal—Experimental, Translational and Clinical
Fang Xu, Yingjie Zhu, Yuhong Lu, Zhi Yu, Jun Zhong, Yangqiu Li, Jingxuan Pan
Multiple myeloma (MM) is a malignancy of the bone marrow. The median survival time of patients with MM is only 5 years, with patients frequently experiencing relapse. Currently, there is no effective therapy for recurrent MM. The results of the present study indicated that pyrvinium pamoate (PP), a US Food and Drug Administration-approved oral anthelmintic drug, exhibited potent antitumor activity in MM cells in vitro . It is demonstrated that PP inhibited MM cell proliferation and mediated apoptosis. Notably, PP markedly promoted the degradation of β-catenin and abrogated its phosphorylation...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Meng Liu, Shiyang Shen, Di Wen, Mengru Li, Teng Li, Xiaojie Chen, Zhen Gu, Ran Mo
Protein therapeutics hold increasing interest with promise of revolutionizing the cancer treatment by virtue of potent specific activity and reduced adverse effect. Nonetheless, the therapeutic efficacy of anticancer proteins is highly compromised by multiple successive physiological barriers to protein delivery. Concurrent elimination of bulk tumor cells and highly-tumorigenic cancer stem-like cells (CSCs) has been evidenced as a promising strategy to improve cancer therapy. Here we show that a hierarchically-assembled nanocomposite can self-adaptively transform its particulate property in response to endogenous tumor-associated signals to overcome the sequential barriers and achieve enhanced antitumor efficacy by killing CSCs and bulk tumor cells synchronously...
March 16, 2018: Nano Letters
Leslee Sprague, Joel M Lee, Brian J Hutzen, Pin-Yi Wang, Chun-Yu Chen, Joe Conner, Lynne Braidwood, Kevin A Cassady, Timothy P Cripe
High Mobility Group Box 1 (HMGB1) is a multifunctional protein that plays various roles in the processes of inflammation, cancer, and other diseases. Many reports document abundant HMGB1 release following infection with oncolytic viruses (OVs). Further, other groups including previous reports from our laboratory highlight the synergistic effects of OVs with chemotherapy drugs. Here, we show that virus-free supernatants have varying cytotoxic potential, and HMGB1 is actively secreted by two established fibroblast cell lines (NIH 3T3 and 3T6-Swiss albino) following HSV1716 infection in vitro...
March 15, 2018: Viruses
Kuikun Yang, Yijing Liu, Yi Liu, Qian Zhang, Chuncai Kong, Chenglin Yi, Zijian Zhou, Zhantong Wang, Guofeng Zhang, Yang Zhang, Niveen M Khashab, Xiaoyuan Chen, Zhihong Nie
This article describes the fabrication of nanosized magneto-vesicles (MVs) comprising tunable layers of densely-packed superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs) in membranes via cooperative assembly of polymer-tethered SPIONs and free poly(styrene)-b-poly(acrylic acid) (PS-b-PAA). The membrane thickness of MVs could be well controlled from 9.8 to 93.2 nm by varying the weight ratio of PS-b-PAA to SPIONs. The increase in membrane thickness was accompanied with the transition from monolayer MVs, to double-layered MVs and to multilayered MVs (MuMVs)...
March 15, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Xiaoye Yang, Xiaoqun Shi, Jianbo Ji, Guangxi Zhai
The development of imaging-guided smart drug delivery systems for combinational photodynamic/chemotherapy of the tumor has become highly demanded in oncology. Herein, redox-responsive theranostic polymeric nanoparticles (NPs) were fabricated innovatively using low molecular weight heparin (LWMH) as the backbone. Chlorin e6 (Ce6) and alpha-tocopherol succinate (TOS) were conjugated to LMWH via cystamine as the redox-sensitive linker, forming amphiphilic Ce6-LMWH-TOS (CHT) polymer, which could self-assemble into NPs in water and encapsulate paclitaxel (PTX) inside the inner core (PTX/CHT NPs)...
November 2018: Drug Delivery
Shantisree Sandeepani Rayagiri, Daniele Ranaldi, Alexander Raven, Nur Izzah Farhana Mohamad Azhar, Olivier Lefebvre, Peter S Zammit, Anne-Gaëlle Borycki
A central question in stem cell biology is the relationship between stem cells and their niche. Although previous reports have uncovered how signaling molecules released by niche cells support stem cell function, the role of the extra-cellular matrix (ECM) within the niche is unclear. Here, we show that upon activation, skeletal muscle stem cells (satellite cells) induce local remodeling of the ECM and the deposition of laminin-α1 and laminin-α5 into the basal lamina of the satellite cell niche. Genetic ablation of laminin-α1, disruption of integrin-α6 signaling or blocking matrix metalloproteinase activity impairs satellite cell expansion and self-renewal...
March 14, 2018: Nature Communications
Hiroto Kambara, Fei Liu, Xiaoyu Zhang, Peng Liu, Besnik Bajrami, Yan Teng, Li Zhao, Shiyi Zhou, Hongbo Yu, Weidong Zhou, Leslie E Silberstein, Tao Cheng, Mingzhe Han, Yuanfu Xu, Hongbo R Luo
Gasdermin D (GSDMD) is considered a proinflammatory factor that mediates pyroptosis in macrophages to protect hosts from intracellular bacteria. Here, we reveal that GSDMD deficiency paradoxically augmented host responses to extracellular Escherichia coli, mainly by delaying neutrophil death, which established GSDMD as a negative regulator of innate immunity. In contrast to its activation in macrophages, in which activated inflammatory caspases cleave GSDMD to produce an N-terminal fragment (GSDMD-cNT) to trigger pyroptosis, GSDMD cleavage and activation in neutrophils was caspase independent...
March 13, 2018: Cell Reports
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
Mei Zhang, Julian A Kim, Alex Yee-Chen Huang
Immunotherapy is revolutionizing cancer treatment. Recent clinical success with immune checkpoint inhibitors, chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy, and adoptive immune cellular therapies has generated excitement and new hopes for patients and investigators. However, clinically efficacious responses to cancer immunotherapy occur only in a minority of patients. One reason is the tumor microenvironment (TME), which potently inhibits the generation and delivery of optimal antitumor immune responses. As our understanding of TME continues to grow, strategies are being developed to change the TME toward one that augments the emergence of strong antitumor immunity...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Muhammad Naeem, Junhwan Bae, Murtada A Oshi, Min-Soo Kim, Hyung Ryong Moon, Bok Luel Lee, Eunok Im, Yunjin Jung, Jin-Wook Yoo
Background: Colon-targeted oral nanoparticles (NPs) have emerged as an ideal, safe, and effective therapy for ulcerative colitis (UC) owing to their ability to selectively accumulate in inflamed colonic mucosa. Cyclosporine A (CSA), an immunosuppressive agent, has long been used as rescue therapy in severe steroid-refractory UC. In this study, we developed CSA-loaded dual-functional polymeric NPs composed of Eudragit® FS30D as a pH-sensitive polymer for targeted delivery to the inflamed colon, and poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) as a sustained-release polymer...
2018: International Journal of Nanomedicine
Yuying Liu, Xiaoyu Liang, Wenqian Dong, Yi Fang, Jiadi Lv, Tianzhen Zhang, Roland Fiskesund, Jing Xie, Jinyan Liu, Xiaonan Yin, Xun Jin, Degao Chen, Ke Tang, Jingwei Ma, Huafeng Zhang, Jing Yu, Jun Yan, Huaping Liang, Siqi Mo, Feiran Cheng, Yabo Zhou, Haizeng Zhang, Jing Wang, Jingnan Li, Yang Chen, Bing Cui, Zhuo-Wei Hu, Xuetao Cao, F Xiao-Feng Qin, Bo Huang
Despite the clinical successes fostered by immune checkpoint inhibitors, mechanisms underlying PD-1 upregulation in tumor-infiltrating T cells remain an enigma. Here, we show that tumor-repopulating cells (TRCs) drive PD-1 upregulation in CD8+ T cells through a transcellular kynurenine (Kyn)-aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) pathway. Interferon-γ produced by CD8+ T cells stimulates release of high levels of Kyn produced by TRCs, which is transferred into adjacent CD8+ T cells via the transporters SLC7A8 and PAT4...
March 12, 2018: Cancer Cell
Xiaomeng Wan, Yuanzeng Min, Herdis Bludau, Andrew Keith, Sergei S Sheiko, Rainer Jordan, Andrew Z Wang, Marina Sokolsky-Papkov, Alexander V Kabanov
Nanoparticle-based systems for concurrent delivery of multiple drugs can improve outcomes of cancer treatments, but face challenges because of differential solubility and fairly low threshold for incorporation of many drugs. Here we demonstrate that this approach can be used to greatly improve the treatment outcomes of etoposide (ETO) and platinum drug combination ("EP/PE") therapy that is the backbone for treatment of prevalent and deadly small cell lung cancer (SCLC). A polymeric micelle system based on amphiphilic block copolymer poly(2-oxazoline)s (POx) poly(2-methyl-2-oxazoline-block-2-butyl-2-oxazoline-block-2-methyl-2-oxazoline) (P(MeOx-b-BuOx-b-MeOx) is used along with an alkylated cisplatin prodrug to enable co-formulation of EP/PE in a single high-capacity vehicle...
March 13, 2018: ACS Nano
Sean Doyle, Daniel Bloch Hansen, Jasmine Vella, Peter Bond, Glenn Harper, Christian Zammit, Mario Valentino, Robert Fern
The axon myelin sheath is prone to injury associated with N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA)-type glutamate receptor activation but the source of glutamate in this context is unknown. Myelin damage results in permanent action potential loss and severe functional deficit in the white matter of the CNS, for example in ischemic stroke. Here, we show that in rats and mice, ischemic conditions trigger activation of myelinic NMDA receptors incorporating GluN2C/D subunits following release of axonal vesicular glutamate into the peri-axonal space under the myelin sheath...
March 12, 2018: Nature Communications
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