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Emma Hathorn, Ahmed M Elsharkawy
Genotype 4 chronic hepatitis C (G4 HCV) accounts for 13% of worldwide HCV infections; with 10 million people infected with the virus across the world. Up to the end of 2013, the only treatment option for G4 HCV was treatment with pegylated interferon and ribavirin for 24-48 weeks. Since late 2013, treatment of G4 HCV has been transformed by the licensing of many directly acting antiviral agents (DAA). It is an exciting time to be involved in the management of HCV generally and G4 particularly. Interferon-free DAA regimens are now a reality for G4 HCV...
2016: BMJ Open Gastroenterology
Virginia Mela, Sara Jimenez, Alejandra Freire-Regatillo, Vicente Barrios, Eva-María Marco, Ana-Belén Lopez-Rodriguez, Jesús Argente, María-Paz Viveros, Julie A Chowen
The neonatal leptin surge, occurring from postnatal day (PND) 5 to 13 and peaking at PND9 in rodents, is important for the development of neuroendocrine circuits involved in metabolic control and reproductive function. We previously demonstrated that treatment with a leptin antagonist from PND 5 to 9, coincident with peak leptin levels in the neonatal surge, modified trophic factors and markers of cell turnover and neuronal maturation in the hypothalamus of peri-pubertal rats. The kisspeptin system and metabolic neuropeptide and hormone levels were also modified...
October 14, 2016: Peptides
Stephan Holzschuh, Kathrin Kaeß, Guilherme Volpe Bossa, Christiane Decker, Alfred Fahr, Sylvio May
Liposomal delivery constitutes a promising approach for i.v. administration of mTHPC because lipid membranes can host these drug molecules. This study investigates the transfer and release of temoporfin (mTHPC) to plasma proteins and stability of various liposomal formulations. To this end, we employed traces of radioactive markers and studied the effects of fatty acid chain length and the degree of saturation in the lipophilic tail, addition of cholesterol, and PEGylation of the membrane surface and different drug-to-lipid ratios...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Liposome Research
Keren Turjeman, Yechezkel Barenholz
BACKGROUND: Steroids are the most efficacious anti-inflammatory agents. However, their toxicities and side-effects compromise their clinical application. Various strategies and major efforts were dedicated for formulating viable liposomal glucocorticosteroids (GCs), so far none of these were approved. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate these approaches for formulating GC-delivery systems, especially liposomes, and with focus on the Barenholz Lab experience. METHODS: We developed PEGylated nano-liposomes (NSSL) remotely loaded with water-soluble amphipathic weak acid GC-prodrugs...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Drug Targeting
Kayo Sugimoto, Soo Ki Kim, Soo Ryang Kim, Mana Kobayashi, Airi Kato, Eri Morimoto, Susumu Imoto, Chi Wan Kim, Yasuhito Tanaka, Masatoshi Kudo, Yoshihiko Yano, Yoshitake Hayashi
OBJECTIVES: The efficacy of sofosbuvir plus ribavirin (RBV) treatment for hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 2 focusing on virological response was compared with that of pegylated interferon (peg-IFN) plus RBV treatment. Safety of the former focusing on the decline in hemoglobin levels was compared with that of the latter and assessed in terms of age and inosine triphosphatase (ITPA). METHODS: Patients (n = 17) receiving sofosbuvir plus RBV and those (n = 24) receiving peg-IFN plus RBV diagnosed with chronic HCV genotype 2 were enrolled in this study, and the efficacy and safety of both treatments were assessed...
2016: Digestive Diseases
Qing Zhang, Haoyu Zhao, Dong Li, Liping Liu, Shuhu Du
To achieve drug targeting and on-demand releasing, surface functionalization plays a critical role in fabricating potential mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) toward tumor chemotherapy. Here, we prepared a size-controllable ligand-functionalized MSNs delivery system via coordinate bonding, which can release doxorubicin (DOX) in response to pH and prolong the circulation time of drug in vivo. After modifying the external surface of MSNs with polyethylene glycol (PEG), iminodiacetic acid (IDA) as a ligand was mainly grafted on the surface of mesopores to chelate cupric iron and DOX in sequence via coordinate bonds...
October 11, 2016: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
Shouwen Zhang, Jie Wang, Jin Pan
CONTEXT: Baicalin has many pharmacological activities, including protective function against myocardial ischemia by antioxidant effects and free radical scavenging activity. However, its rapid elimination half-life in plasma and poor water solubility limits its clinical efficacy. OBJECTIVE: Novel baicalin-loaded PEGylated nanostructured lipid carriers (BN-PEG-NLC) were developed to improve bioavailability of BN, to prolong retention time in vivo and to enhance its protective effect...
October 17, 2016: Drug Delivery
Anna Polomska, Marc A Gauthier, Jean-Christophe Leroux
Drug nanocrystals (NCs) are colloidal dispersions composed almost entirely of drug. As such, there is substantial interest in targeting them to diseased tissues, where they can locally deliver high doses of the therapeutic. However, because of their uncontrolled dissolution characteristics in vivo and uptake by the monomolecular phagocyte system, achieving tumor accumulation is challenging. To address these issues, a layer-by-layer approach is adopted to coat paclitaxel NCs with alternating layers of oppositely charged polyelectrolytes, using a PEGylated copolymer as the top layer...
October 17, 2016: Small
Zobair M Younossi, Atsushi Tanaka, Yuichiro Eguchi, Young-Suk Lim, Ming-Lung Yu, Norifumi Kawada, Yock Young Dan, Craig Brooks-Rooney, Francesco Negro, Mario U Mondelli
Between 80 and 115 million people worldwide are chronically infected with hepatitis C virus, with 60-90% of these being undiagnosed. Untreated chronic hepatitis C (CHC) is associated with progressive liver disease, cirrhosis, hepatocellular carcinoma and liver-related mortality. A number of extrahepatic manifestations are also reported in CHC patients, further adding to the burden of the disease. CHC also impacts patients in terms of lower health-related quality of life, higher levels of fatigue and reduced productivity...
October 17, 2016: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
Nowlan Selvapatt, Ashley Brown
Objectives: To assess the uptake of pegylated interferon (PegIFN) plus ribavirin (RBV)-based regimens in patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) in a large, single-centre, real-world setting over 10 years. Methods: This was a single centre, retrospective analysis of data from patients who attended their first appointment for treatment of HCV genotype 1-3 between 2003 and 2013. Patients were stratified by HCV genotype. The total number of patients who attended their first appointment, incidence of patients who did not proceed to treatment and associated reasons, and incidence of patients treated were analysed...
2016: F1000Research
Kyoung-Ran Kim, Hyo Young Kim, Yong-Deok Lee, Jong Seong Ha, Ji Hee Kang, Hansaem Jeong, Duhee Bang, Young Tag Ko, Sehoon Kim, Hyukjin Lee, Dae-Ro Ahn
Nanoparticle delivery systems have been extensively investigated for targeted delivery of anticancer drugs over the past decades. However, it is still a great challenge to overcome the drawbacks of conventional nanoparticle systems such as liposomes and micelles. Various novel nanomaterials consist of natural polymers are proposed to enhance the therapeutic efficacy of anticancer drugs. Among them, deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) has received much attention as an emerging material for preparation of self-assembled nanostructures with precise control of size and shape for tailored uses...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
Jae Dong Kim, Youn Jae Jung, Chang Hee Woo, Young Chan Choi, Ji Suk Choi, Yong Woo Cho
Self-assembled nanoparticles based on PEGylated human α-elastin were prepared as a potential vehicle for sustained protein delivery. The α-elastin was extracted from human adipose tissue and modified with methoxypolyethyleneglycol (mPEG) to control particle size and enhance the colloidal stability. The PEGylated human α-elastin showed sol-to-particle transition with a lower critical solution temperature (LCST) of 25°C-40°C in aqueous media. The PEGylated human α-elastin nanoparticles (PhENPs) showed a narrow size distribution with an average diameter of 330±33nm and were able to encapsulate significant amounts of insulin and bovine serum albumin (BSA) upon simple mixing at low temperature in water and subsequent heating to physiological temperature...
October 7, 2016: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
V A Macht, M Vazquez, C Petyak, C A Grillo, K Kaigler, R T Enos, J L McClellan, T L Cranford, E A Murphy, J F Nyland, G Solomon, A Gertler, M A Wilson, L P Reagan
There is a growing appreciation that the complications of obesity extend to the central nervous system (CNS) and include increased risk for development of neuropsychiatric co-morbidities such as depressive illness. The neurological consequences of obesity may develop as a continuum and involve a progression of pathological features which is initiated by leptin resistance. Leptin resistance is a hallmark feature of obesity, but it is unknown whether leptin resistance or blockage of leptin action is casually linked to the neurological changes which underlie depressive-like phenotypes...
October 12, 2016: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
Kendall R Beck, Nicole Kim, Mandana Khalili
BACKGROUND: Vulnerable populations are disproportionately affected by hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection and experience high rates of health disparity. There are no data on real-world experience with highly efficacious direct-acting anti-HCV treatment in this population. AIMS: We aimed to evaluate the real-world experience with sofosbuvir-based regimens among a vulnerable HCV-infected population. METHODS: HCV treatment response was assessed among 204 patients who completed 12-24 weeks of sofosbuvir-based regimens (in combination with pegylated interferon and ribavirin, simeprevir, ledipasvir, or daclatasvir) at the San Francisco safety-net healthcare system liver specialty clinic between January 2014 and December 2015...
October 14, 2016: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
Monica A Konerman, Anna S Lok
Chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection has a significant public health impact. There are currently 7 approved therapies for chronic HBV, including standard and pegylated interferon (IFN)-α, and 5 nucleos(t)ide analogs (NUCs). IFN offers benefits over NUCs, including a finite duration of therapy and a higher rate of clearance of hepatitis Be antigen and surface antigen. These benefits need to be weighed against the potential adverse effects of IFN therapy. Some patients should not receive IFN because of advanced liver disease or comorbidities...
November 2016: Clinics in Liver Disease
Poonam Verma, Surabhi Dayal, V K Jain, Ashish Amrani
Pegylated interferon α and ribavirin therapy is associated with increased incidence of various systemic and cutaneous side effects. Among the side effects of this therapy, alopecia universalis is a rarely reported side effect which causes significant cosmetic concern to the patient. We report a rare case of alopecia universalis which developed eight weeks after discontinuation of this antiviral combination therapy. This gains importance because it is essential to sensitize the treating gastroenterologist and the dermatologist regarding this rare side effect...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Chemotherapy
Zobair M Younossi, Haesuk Park, Douglas Dieterich, Sammy Saab, Aijaz Ahmed, Stuart C Gordon
BACKGROUND: New direct-acting antiviral (DAA) therapy has dramatically increased cure rates for patients infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV), but has also substantially raised treatment costs. AIM: The aim of this analysis was to evaluate the therapeutic benefit and net costs (i.e. efficiency frontier) and the quality-adjusted cost of care associated with the evolution of treatment regimens for patients with HCV genotype 1 in the United States. DESIGN: A decision-analytic Markov model...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
M H Jazayeri, H Amani, A A Pourfatollah, A Avan, G A Ferns, H Pazoki-Toroudi
Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) is used to screen for prostate disease, although it has several limitations in its application as an organ-specific or cancer-specific marker. Furthermore, a highly specific/sensitive and/or label-free identification of PSA still remains a challenge in the diagnosis of prostate anomalies. We aimed to develop a gold nanoparticle (GNP)-conjugated anti-PSA antibody-based localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) as a novel approach to detect prostatic disease. A total of 25 nm colloidal gold particles were prepared followed by conjugation with anti-PSA pAb (GNPs-PSA pAb)...
October 14, 2016: Cancer Gene Therapy
Wei Hui, Linlin Wei, Zhuo Li, Xinhui Guo
Hepatitis E virus (HEV) infections are the most common cause of acute hepatitis, but they can also take a chronic course. There is no specific therapy for acute hepatitis, and current treatment is supportive. Choosing ribavirin as the first-line therapy for chronic HEV is advisable, especially in solid organ transplant patients. Pegylated interferon-α has been used successfully for treatment of hepatitis E but is associated with major side effects. Cholestasis is one of the most common, but devastating, manifestations in hepatitis E...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Vincent Levet, Rémi Rosière, Romain Merlos, Luca Fusaro, Gilles Berger, Karim Amighi, Nathalie Wauthoz
The present study focuses on the development of dry powders for inhalation as adjuvant chemotherapy in lung cancer treatment. Cisplatin was chosen as a potential candidate for a local treatment as it remains the main platinum component used in conventional chemotherapies, despite its high and cumulative systemic toxicities. Bulk cisplatin was reduced to submicron sizes using high-pressure homogenization, mixed with a solubilized lipid and/or PEGylated component and then spray-dried to produce controlled-release dry powder formulations...
October 10, 2016: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
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