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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432019/feasibility-of-mini-tablets-as-a-flexible-drug-delivery-tool
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Biplob Mitra, Jessica Chang, Sy-Juen Wu, Chad N Wolfe, Robert L Ternik, Thomas Z Gunter, Michael C Victor
Mini-tablets have potential applications as a flexible drug delivery tool in addition to their generally perceived use as multi-particulates. That is, mini-tablets could provide flexibility in dose finding studies and/or allow for combination therapies in the clinic. Moreover, mini-tablets with well controlled quality attributes could be a prudent choice for administering solid dosage forms as a single unit or composite of multiple mini-tablets in patient populations with swallowing difficulties (e.g., pediatric and geriatric populations)...
April 18, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427886/identification-of-excipients-for-stabilizing-fiberless-adenovirus-as-biopharmaceuticals
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Grit Kupgan, Shyamal P Choudhari, Nicholas H Flynn, Adane Nigatu, Sravanthi Vupputuri, William D Picking, Wendy L Picking, Joshua D Ramsey
Reducing the promiscuous tropism of native adenovirus by using fiberless adenovirus is advantageous towards its use as a gene therapy vector or vaccine component. The removal of the fiber protein on native adenovirus abrogates several undesirable interactions; however, this approach decreases the particle's physical stability. In order to create stable fiberless adenovirus for pharmaceutical use, the effects of temperature and pH on the particle's stability profile must be addressed. Our results indicate that the stability of fiberless adenovirus is increased when it is stored in mildly acidic conditions around pH 6...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427443/benserazide-a-dopadecarboxylase-inhibitor-suppresses-tumor-growth-by-targeting-hexokinase-2
#3
Wei Li, Mengzhu Zheng, Shuangping Wu, Suyu Gao, Mei Yang, Zhimei Li, Qiuxia Min, Weiguang Sun, Lixia Chen, Guangya Xiang, Hua Li
BACKGROUND: Hexokinase (HK) is the rate-limiting enzyme in the first reaction of glycolysis. And Hexokinase 2 (HK2) is most closely related to malignant tumor which expresses at higher level compared with normal cells. HK2 plays a pivotal role in tumor initiation and maintenance, which provides a new target for cancer therapy. METHODS: Structure-based virtual ligand screening was used in hit identification from ZINC Drug Database. Microscale thermophoresis assay was performed to evaluate the binding affinity...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427436/a-3d-in-vitro-model-of-the-human-breast-duct-a-method-to-unravel-myoepithelial-luminal-interactions-in-the-progression-of-breast-cancer
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Edward P Carter, James A Gopsill, Jennifer J Gomm, J Louise Jones, Richard P Grose
BACKGROUND: 3D modelling fulfils a critical role in research, allowing for complex cell behaviour and interactions to be studied in physiomimetic conditions. With tissue banks becoming established for a number of cancers, researchers now have access to primary patient cells, providing the perfect building blocks to recreate and interrogate intricate cellular systems in the laboratory. The ducts of the human breast are composed of an inner layer of luminal cells supported by an outer layer of myoepithelial cells...
April 21, 2017: Breast Cancer Research: BCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427153/comparison-between-proton-boron-fusion-therapy-pbft-and-boron-neutron-capture-therapy-bnct-a-monte-carlo-study
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Joo-Young Jung, Do-Kun Yoon, Brendan Barraclough, Heui Chang Lee, Tae Suk Suh, Bo Lu
The aim of this study is to compare between proton boron fusion therapy (PBFT) and boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) and to analyze dose escalation using a Monte Carlo simulation. We simulated a proton beam passing through the water with a boron uptake region (BUR) in MCNPX. To estimate the interaction between neutrons/protons and borons by the alpha particle, the simulation yielded with a variation of the center of the BUR location and proton energies. The variation and influence about the alpha particle were observed from the percent depth dose (PDD) and cross-plane dose profile of both the neutron and proton beams...
February 25, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425284/ph-triggered-size-increasing-gene-carrier-for-efficient-tumor-accumulation-and-excellent-anti-tumor-effect
#6
Zhaopei Guo, Jie Chen, Lin Lin, Xiuwen Guan, Pingjie Sun, Meiwan Chen, Huayu Tian, Xuesi Chen
High efficiency and well serum resistant capacity were very important for gene carrier in vivo usage. In this article, transfection efficiency and cell toxicity of polyethyleneimine (PEI) (branched, Mw=25K) was remarkably improved, when simply mixed polyanion (polyethylene glycol-polyglutamic acid (PEG-PLG) or polyglutamic acid (PLG)) with PEI. Different composites order of PEI, polyanion and gene (for example, PEI first complex with DNA, then complex with polyanion, or PEI first complex with polyanion, then complex with DNA) was studied and the result showed that only firstly forming polyanion/PEI complexes there would be some additional excellent properties, for example, pH decreasing induced particle size increasing, enhanced serum resistant ability and better tumor accumulation...
April 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424975/etv-2-activated-proliferation-of-endothelial-cells-and-attenuated-acute-hindlimb-ischemia-in-mice
#7
Phuc Van Pham, Ngoc Bich Vu, Hoa Trong Nguyen, Thuy Thi-Thanh Dao, Ha Thi-Ngan Le, Lan Thi Phi, Oanh Thi-Kieu Nguyen, Ngoc Kim Phan
Ischemia is the reduction of blood flow to tissues by injury of blood vessels. Depending on the sites of tissues and grade of ischemia, ischemia can cause many serious complications. This study aimed to evaluate the effects of the E-twenty six (ETS) factor Ets variant 2 (ETV2) gene expression in angiogenesis and the effect of ETV2 gene therapy in a mouse model of hindlimb ischemia. The role of ETV2 on endothelial cell proliferation was evaluated in vitro. Knockdown of ETV2 expression was done using short hairpin RNA (shRNA) lentiviral viral particles...
April 19, 2017: In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology. Animal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424536/rifapentine-linezolid-loaded-plga-microspheres-for-interventional-therapy-of-cavitary-pulmonary-tuberculosis-preparation-and-in-vitro-characterization
#8
Jieyun Huang, Zhi Chen, Ying Li, Li Li, Guangyu Zhang
In this study, we aimed to design controlled-release microspheres for the treatment of cavitary pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) for solving the issues of poor drug delivery and short duration maintained at effective drug concentration during bronchoscopic interventional therapy. We fabricated rifapentine-linezolid-loaded poly(lactic acid-co-glycolic acid) microspheres (RLPMs) using the oil-in-water emulsion solvent evaporation method and assessed their in vitro release as well as the bronchial mucosal retention characteristics...
2017: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424373/statins-pcsk9-inhibitors-and-cholesterol-homeostasis-a-view-from-within-the-hepatocyte
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Allan D Sniderman, Robert Scott Kiss, Thomas Reid, George Thanassoulis, Gerald F Watts
Statins and PCSK9 inhibitors dramatically lower plasma LDL levels and dramatically increase LDL receptor number within hepatocyte cell membranes. It seems self-evident that total clearance of LDL particles from plasma and total delivery of cholesterol to the liver must increase in consequence. However, based on the results of stable isotope tracer studies, this analysis demonstrates the contrary to be the case. Statins do not change the production rate of LDL particles. Accordingly, at steady state, the clearance rate cannot change...
May 1, 2017: Clinical Science (1979-)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423226/rvx-208-a-novel-bet-protein-inhibitor-role-as-an-inducer-of-apo-a-i-hdl-and-beyond
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Gopal C Ghosh, Rajarshi Bhadra, Raktim K Ghosh, Kinjal Banerjee, Anjan Gupta
Low density cholesterol (LDL) has been the prime target of currently available lipid-lowering therapies although current research is expanding the focus beyond LDL lowering and has included high density cholesterol (HDL) also as the target. Bromo and extra-terminal (BET) proteins are implicated in the regulation of transcription of several regulatory genes and regulation of pro-inflammatory pathways. As atherosclerosis is an inflammatory pathway and studies showed that BET inhibition has a role in inhibiting inflammation, the concept of BET inhibition came in the field of atherosclerosis...
April 19, 2017: Cardiovascular Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420213/folate-decorated-nanomicelles-loaded-with-a-potent-curcumin-analogue-for-targeting-retinoblastoma
#11
Hashem Alsaab, Rami M Alzhrani, Prashant Kesharwani, Samaresh Sau, Sai Hs Boddu, Arun K Iyer
The aim of this study was to develop a novel folate receptor-targeted drug delivery system for retinoblastoma cells using a promising anticancer agent, curcumin-difluorinated (CDF), loaded in polymeric micelles. Folic acid was used as a targeting moiety to enhance the targeting and bioavailability of CDF. For this purpose, amphiphilic poly(styrene-co-maleic acid)-conjugated-folic acid (SMA-FA) was synthesized and utilized to improve the aqueous solubility of a highly hydrophobic, but very potent anticancer compound, CDF, and its targeted delivery to folate overexpressing cancers...
April 18, 2017: Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419319/influence-of-concentration-nanoparticle-size-beam-energy-and-material-on-dose-enhancement-in-radiation-therapy
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Chulhwan Hwang, Ja Mee Kim, JungHoon Kim
The purpose of this study was to analyse the effects of the type, concentration, and nanoparticle diameter of dose enhancement materials on the dose enhancement of low- and high-energy megavoltage (MV) X-rays acquired from a medical linear accelerator using Monte Carlo simulation. Monte Carlo simulation was performed with the Monte Carlo N-Particle Transport (MCNPX) code, using the energy spectrum of the linear accelerator and a mathematical Snyder head phantom. A 5-cm-diameter virtual tumour was defined in the centre of the phantom...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417903/an-assessment-of-the-potential-use-of-bnnts-for-boron-neutron-capture-therapy
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Tiago H Ferreira, Marcelo C Miranda, Zildete Rocha, Alexandre S Leal, Dawidson A Gomes, Edesia M B Sousa
Currently, nanostructured compounds have been standing out for their optical, mechanical, and chemical features and for the possibilities of manipulation and regulation of complex biological processes. One of these compounds is boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs), which are a nanostructured material analog to carbon nanotubes, but formed of nitrogen and boron atoms. BNNTs present high thermal stability along with high chemical inertia. Among biological applications, its biocompatibility, cellular uptake, and functionalization potential can be highlighted, in addition to its eased utilization due to its nanometric size and tumor cell internalization...
April 12, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415511/facile-synthesis-and-characterization-of-novel-rapid-setting-spherical-sub-micron-bioactive-glasses-cements-and-their-biocompatibility-in-vitro
#14
Yuli Li, Qiming Liang, Cai Lin, Xian Li, Xiaofeng Chen, Qing Hu
Dental pulp vitality is extremely important for the tooth viability, since it provides nutrition and forms the dentin. Bioactive glasses (BGs) may be promising materials for pulp repair due to their excellent abilities of rapidly bonding to bone and stimulating new bone growth. However, the unsatisfied handling property, low plasticity, and poor rapid-setting property of traditional BGs limit its application in vital pulp therapy. Spherical bioactive glasses (SBGs) exhibited higher osteogenesis and odontogenic differentiation than irregular BGs...
June 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415496/a-novel-long-acting-biodegradable-depot-formulation-of-anastrozole-for-breast-cancer-therapy
#15
Gopal Venkatesh Shavi, Usha Yogendra Nayak, Meka Sreenivasa Reddy, Kishore Ginjupalli, Praful Balavant Deshpande, Ranjith Kumar Averineni, Nayanabhirama Udupa, Satya Sai Sadhu, Cyril Danilenkoff, Ramesh Raghavendra
The purpose of the present study was to fabricate PLGA 50:50 and PLA microspheres for controlled delivery of anastrozole. The microspheres were prepared by oil-in-water (o/w) emulsion/solvent evaporation technique and evaluated for particle size and encapsulation. The optimised formulations were studied for solid state characterization, in vitro release and pharmacokinetic studies. The maximum encapsulation efficiency for PLGA 50:50 and PLA microspheres with 40:1 polymer - drug ratio was observed to be 78.4±2...
June 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415422/synthesis-and-characterization-of-redox-sensitive-heparin-%C3%AE-sitosterol-micelles-their-application-as-carriers-for-the-pharmaceutical-agent-doxorubicin-and-investigation-of-their-antimetastatic-activities-in-vitro
#16
Tilahun Ayane Debele, Shewaye Lakew Mekuria, Hsieh-Chih Tsai
Although there are several clinical attempts to treat tumors at the primary site, only few therapies can inhibit the spread of metastatic cancers. In this study, we synthesized redox-sensitive heparin-β-sitosterol micelles that show antimetastatic activity. Proton nuclear magnetic resonance and Fourier transform infrared analyses confirmed the formation of bioreducible heparin-β-sitosterol (bHSC) conjugates, whereas dynamic light scattering was used to measure the particle size and zeta potential. Both 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide and flow cytometry assays confirmed the low toxicity of the synthesized micelles...
June 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415402/fattigation-platform-theranostic-nanoparticles-for-cancer-therapy
#17
Thao Truong-Dinh Tran, Phuong Ha-Lien Tran, Tae-Jong Yoon, Beom-Jin Lee
A new conceptual nanoparticle consisting of a silica-coated iron oxide magnetic core and a fattigation-based biocompatible shell with oleic acid and hydrophilic protein (gelatin). The prepared particle can be a useful theranostics platform material for diagnostic imaging and as a drug delivery system. Oleic acid and gelatin were conjugated on the silica-coated magnetic nanoparticle surface to provide three primary functionalities: 1) enhancing biocompatibility and solubility in aqueous solution and providing the ability to incorporate hydrophobic chemical drugs into the shell for delivery, 2) improving treatment-response magnetic monitoring as a diagnostic agent with low nanotoxicity, and 3) increasing anticancer efficacy owing to the controlled release of the incorporated drug in cells and in an animal model...
June 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415398/combinatorial-delivery-of-superparamagnetic-iron-oxide-nanoparticles-%C3%AE-fe2o3-and-doxorubicin-using-folate-conjugated-redox-sensitive-multiblock-polymeric-nanocarriers-for-enhancing-the-chemotherapeutic-efficacy-in-cancer-cells
#18
Chetan Nehate, M R Aji Alex, Arun Kumar, Veena Koul
Redox sensitive, folate conjugated multiblock polymeric system of (-PLGA-PEG-PLGA-urethane-ss-) demonstrated self-assembly into stable nanoplatforms. The polymeric nanocarriers were encapsulated with doxorubicin and highly crystalline γFe2O3 superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs), for co-delivery of the same to cancer cells, with average particle size of ~170nm and zeta potential of ~-33mV. Furthermore, the designed formulation was evaluated for protein adsorption, hemo-cytocompatibility and stability...
June 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415239/motility-of-escherichia-coli-in-a-quasi-two-dimensional-porous-medium
#19
Juan Eduardo Sosa-Hernández, Moisés Santillán, Jesús Santana-Solano
Bacterial migration through confined spaces is critical for several phenomena, such as biofilm formation, bacterial transport in soils, and bacterial therapy against cancer. In the present work, E. coli (strain K12-MG1655 WT) motility was characterized by recording and analyzing individual bacterium trajectories in a simulated quasi-two-dimensional porous medium. The porous medium was simulated by enclosing, between slide and cover slip, a bacterial-culture sample mixed with uniform 2.98-μm-diameter spherical latex particles...
March 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415019/recovery-of-infective-virus-particles-in-ion-exchange-and-hydrophobic-interaction-monolith-chromatography-is-influenced-by-particle-charge-and-total-to-infective-particle-ratio
#20
Dora Sviben, Dubravko Forcic, Jelena Ivancic-Jelecki, Beata Halassy, Marija Brgles
Viral particles are used in medical applications as vaccines or gene therapy vectors. In order to obtain product of high purity, potency and safety for medical use purification of virus particles is a prerequisite, and chromatography is gaining increased attention to meet this aim. Here, we report on the use of ion-exchange and hydrophobic interaction chromatography on monolithic columns for purification of mumps virus (MuV) and measles virus (MeV). Efficiency of the process was monitored by quantification of infective virus particles (by 50% cell culture infective dose assay) and total virus particles, and monitoring of their size (by Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis)...
April 8, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
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