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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817259/sub-20-nm-stable-micelles-based-on-a-mixture-of-coiled-coils-a-platform-for-controlled-ligand-presentation
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JooChuan Ang, Dan Ma, Benson Thomas Jung, Sinan Keten, Ting Xu
Ligand-functionalized, multivalent nanoparticles have been extensively studied for biomedical applications from imaging agents to drug delivery vehicles. However, the ligand cluster size is usually heterogeneous and the local valency is ill-defined. Here, we present a mixed micelle platform hierarchically self-assembled from a mixture of two amphiphilic 3-helix and 4-helix peptide-PEG-lipid hybrid conjugates. We demonstrate that the local multivalent ligand cluster size on the micelle surface can be controlled based on the coiled-coil oligomeric state...
August 17, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814310/modelling-the-benefits-of-long-acting-or-transmission-blocking-drugs-for-reducing-plasmodium-falciparum-transmission-by-case-management-or-by-mass-treatment
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Michael T Bretscher, Jamie T Griffin, Azra C Ghani, Lucy C Okell
BACKGROUND: Anti-malarial drugs are an important tool for malaria control and elimination. Alongside their direct benefit in the treatment of disease, drug use has a community-level effect, clearing the reservoir of infection and reducing onward transmission of the parasite. Different compounds potentially have different impacts on transmission-with some providing periods of prolonged chemoprophylaxis whilst others have greater transmission-blocking potential. The aim was to quantify the relative benefit of such properties for transmission reduction to inform target product profiles in the drug development process and choice of first-line anti-malarial treatment in different endemic settings...
August 16, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813473/the-availability-of-pharmacies-in-the-united-states-2007-2015
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Dima Mazen Qato, Shannon Zenk, Jocelyn Wilder, Rachel Harrington, Darrell Gaskin, G Caleb Alexander
IMPORTANCE: Despite their increasingly important role in health care delivery, little is known about the availability, and characteristics, of community pharmacies in the United States. OBJECTIVES: (1) To examine trends in the availability of community pharmacies and pharmacy characteristics (24-hour, drive-up, home delivery, e-prescribing, and multilingual staffing) associated with access to prescription medications in the U.S. between 2007 and 2015; and (2) to determine whether and how these patterns varied by pharmacy type (retail chains, independents, mass retailers, food stores, government and clinic-based) and across counties...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812207/the-vaginal-microbiome-and-its-potential-to-impact-efficacy-of-hiv-pre-exposure-prophylaxis-for-women
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REVIEW
Jennifer Velloza, Renee Heffron
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review describes existing evidence addressing the potential modulation of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) products, specifically 1% tenofovir (TFV) gel and oral tenofovir-based PrEP, by vaginal dysbiosis and discusses future considerations for delivering novel, long-acting PrEP products to women at high risk for vaginal dysbiosis and HIV. RECENT FINDINGS: We describe results from analyses investigating the modification of PrEP efficacy by vaginal dysbiosis and studies of biological mechanisms that could render PrEP ineffective in the presence of specific microbiota...
August 15, 2017: Current HIV/AIDS Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808608/intrathecal-catheter-associated-inflammatory-mass-in-a-neurofibromatosis-type-1-patient-receiving-fentanyl-and-bupivacaine
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Derek G Southwell, Joseph A Osorio, Christopher S Liverman, Lauren M Friedman, Ramana K Naidu, Lawrence R Poree, Melanie M Henry, Line Jacques
BACKGROUND: Catheter-associated inflammatory masses (CIMs) are a rare but serious complication of intrathecal drug delivery devices. CIM formation is influenced by local medication concentration, which is determined in part by flow dynamics at the catheter tip. Underlying spinal pathologies, such as neoplasms, may alter flow at the catheter tip, thereby contributing to CIM formation. Moreover, they may also complicate the clinical and radiologic diagnosis of a CIM. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 36-year-old man with neurofibromatosis type 1 presented to our emergency department with complaints of increased back pain and leg weakness...
2017: Surgical Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806666/doxorubicin-loaded-environmentally-friendly-carbon-dots-as-a-novel-drug-delivery-system-for-nucleus-targeted-cancer-therapy
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Yifang Yuan, Bin Guo, Liying Hao, Na Liu, Yunfeng Lin, Wushuang Guo, Xiaoguang Li, Bin Gu
Chemotherapy is widely applied against various kinds of carcinoma. Generally, chemotherapeutic agents, such as Doxorubicin (DOX), Paclitaxel (PTX), 5-Fluorouracil (5-FU), Methotrexate (MTX), and Vinblastine (VLB) are combined with a view to maximizing their efficacy. Unfortunately, chemotherapeutics are indiscriminate and also kill normal healthy cells, resulting in serious side effects. This non-productive and destructive distribution of chemotherapeutics is regarded as one of the largest problems associated with chemotherapy...
July 10, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805147/a-comparison-of-transdermal-over-the-counter-lidocaine-3-6-menthol-1-25-rx-lidocaine-5-and-placebo-for-back-pain-and-arthritis
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Eric Castro, David Dent
AIM: Transdermal lidocaine therapy has become a gold standard as part of a treatment regimen for patients who suffer from localized pain. We compared transdermal patches: over-the-counter (OTC) lidocaine 3.6% combined with menthol 1.25%, prescription lidocaine 5% (Rx) and placebo. METHODS: In a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, 87 patients were randomized to: OTC, Rx or placebo. RESULTS: OTC met primary end points of noninferiority compared with Rx for efficacy, side effects and quality of life...
August 14, 2017: Pain Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804547/epha2-targeted-intratumoral-therapy-for-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-using-albumin-mesospheres
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Hung-Yen Lee, Kamal A Mohammed, Fredric Kaye, Brij M Moudgil, Najmunnisa Nasreen
Lung cancer, primarily non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), is the leading cause of cancer mortality and the prognosis of patients with advanced or metastatic NSCLC is poor. Despite significant advances in diagnosis and treatment, little improvement has been seen in NSCLC mortality. Recently, Intratumoral Chemotherapy, a direct local delivery of chemotherapeutic drugs, has shown promise in clinical studies. However, toxicity and high dosage of chemotherapeutic agents used for treatment are a limitation. Moreover, these drugs damage indiscriminately, cancerous as well as normal tissues...
2017: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804515/mmx-%C3%A2-technology-and-its-applications-in-gastrointestinal-diseases
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REVIEW
Silvia Nardelli, Laura Francesca Pisani, Gian Eugenio Tontini, Maurizio Vecchi, Luca Pastorelli
The Multimatrix(®) (MMX(®)) preparation MMX(®) is a recently obtained drug formulation developed to facilitate release of high concentrations of active drugs into the colon, with a homogeneous distribution along all colonic segments, particularly the most distal ones; the distal colonic tracts, indeed, are the most difficult to reach in significant amounts when a drug is given orally. The MMX(®) formulation is characterized by a lipophilic matrix dispersed in a hydrophilic structure. Indeed, in the last few years, MMX(®) technology has been widely used in the development of various drugs for the treatment of inflammatory and infectious gastrointestinal diseases localized in the colon...
July 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803939/bubble-generating-nano-lipid-carriers-for-ultrasound-ct-imaging-guided-efficient-tumor-therapy
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Nan Zhang, Jia Li, Ruirui Hou, Jiangnan Zhang, Pei Wang, Xinyang Liu, Zhenzhong Zhang
Ideal therapeutic effectiveness of chemotherapy is obtained only when tumor cells are exposed to a maximal drug concentration, which is often hindered by dose-limiting toxicity. We designed a bubble-generating liposomal delivery system by introducing ammonium bicarbonate and gold nanorods into folic acid-conjugated liposomes to allow both multimodal imaging and the local release of drug (doxorubicin) with hyperthermia. The key component, ammonium bicarbonate, allows a controlled, rapid release of doxorubicin to provide an effective drug concentration in the tumor microenvironment...
August 10, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803519/a-case-report-of-benzocaine-induced-methemoglobinemia
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Chaundra R Sewell, Michael P Rivey
Methemoglobinemia is a serious medical condition characterized by the disrupted binding of oxygen to iron on hemoglobin, with a consequent impaired oxygen delivery to body tissues. Various drugs including the local anesthetics such as benzocaine can cause acquired methemoglobinemia. The reported case describes methemoglobinemia that occurred in association with the use of topical benzocaine spray and lozenges in a previously healthy 51-year-old female who had undergone colon surgery to remove a bleeding polyp...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798204/imaging-igf-i-uptake-in-growth-plate-cartilage-using-in-vivo-multiphoton-microscopy
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Maria A Serrat, Gabriela Ion
Bones elongate through endochondral ossification in cartilaginous growth plates located at ends of primary long bones. Linear growth ensues from a cascade of biochemical signals initiated by actions of systemic and local regulators on growth plate chondrocytes. Although cellular processes are well defined, there is a fundamental gap in understanding how growth regulators are physically transported from surrounding blood vessels into and through dense, avascular cartilage matrix. Intravital imaging using in vivo multiphoton microscopy is one promising strategy to overcome this barrier by quantitatively tracking molecular delivery to cartilage from the vasculature in real time...
August 10, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797171/novel-composite-drug-delivery-system-as-a-novel-radio-sensitizer-for-the-local-treatment-of-cervical-carcinoma
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Shan Xu, Yu Ying Tang, Yan Xin Yu, Qin Yun, Jing Pin Yang, Heng Zhang, Qiuxia Peng, Xiaoyang Sun, Ling Lin Yang, ShaoZhi Fu, Jing Bo Wu
In this study, we investigated in vivo radiosensitizing effects of a gel-based dual drug delivery system (DDS) (PECE/DDP + mPEG-PCL/PTX, or PDMP) in a cervical cancer model, and determined its possible mechanisms of action. A xenograft cervical cancer model was used to investigate the radio sensitization effect of PDMP. Mice underwent paclitaxel (PTX) + cisplatin (DDP), PECE, or PDMP treatment followed by single radiation doses ranging from 0 Gy to 20 Gy. Radio sensitization was analyzed by tumor regrowth delay (TGD)...
November 2017: Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794647/cefazolin-potency-against-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-a-microbiologic-assessment-in-support-of-a-novel-drug-delivery-system-for-skin-and-skin-structure-infections
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David P Nicolau, Barry N Silberg
INTRODUCTION: Despite aggressive medical and surgical management, the resolution of skin and skin structure infections is often difficult due to insufficient host response, reduced drug penetration, and a high prevalence of resistance organisms such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). As a result of these factors, conventional management often consists of prolonged broad-spectrum systemic antimicrobials. An alternative therapy in development, ultrasonic drug dispersion (UDD), uses a subcutaneous injection followed by external trans-cutaneous ultrasound to deliver high tissue concentrations of cefazolin with limited systemic exposure...
2017: Infection and Drug Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792728/an-environment-activatable-nanoprodrug-two-step-surveillance-in-the-anticancer-drug-release
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Sandipan Biswas, Joyjyoti Das, Shrabani Barman, Bhaskara Rao Pinninti, Tapas K Maiti, N D Pradeep Singh
Remedial cancer therapy deals with a large number of theranostic applications. However, systems, so far known, are only capable of single surveillance for both diagnostic and therapeutic modes of actions. A nanosystem, which can be localized to the cancer and deliver the chemotherapeutic agent on demand, will provide effective therapeutic activity. Herein, we designed a single component nanoprodrug ANPD-X (Activatable Nano Pro-Drug-X) which indentified the tumor sites by fluorescent colour change (signal 1, blue to green fluorescence) using H2O2-mediated oxidation of boronate fluorophore...
August 9, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791550/drug-delivery-nanoparticles-with-locally-tunable-toxicity-made-entirely-from-a-light-activatable-prodrug-of-doxorubicin
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Carolyn Schutt, Stuart Ibsen, Eran Zahavy, Santosh Aryal, Stacey Kuo, Selin Esener, Michael Berns, Sadik Esener
PURPOSE: A major challenge facing nanoparticle-based delivery of chemotherapy agents is the natural and unavoidable accumulation of these particles in healthy tissue resulting in local toxicity and dose-limiting side effects. To address this issue, we have designed and characterized a new prodrug nanoparticle with controllable toxicity allowing a locally-delivered light trigger to convert the payload of the particle from a low to a high toxicity state. METHODS: The nanoparticles are created entirely from light-activatable prodrug molecules using a nanoprecipitation process...
August 8, 2017: Pharmaceutical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790818/peptide-modified-nanoparticles-inhibit-formation-of-porphyromonas-gingivalis-biofilms-with-streptococcus-gordonii
#17
Paridhi Kalia, Ankita Jain, Ranjith Radha Krishnan, Donald R Demuth, Jill M Steinbach-Rankins
PURPOSE: The interaction of Porphyromonas gingivalis with commensal streptococci promotes P. gingivalis colonization of the oral cavity. We previously showed that a synthetic peptide (BAR) derived from Streptococcus gordonii potently inhibited the formation of P. gingivalis/S. gordonii biofilms (IC50 =1.3 µM) and reduced P. gingivalis virulence in a mouse model of periodontitis. Thus, BAR represents a novel therapeutic to control periodontitis by limiting P. gingivalis colonization of the oral cavity...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782721/engineering-cell-aggregates-through-incorporated-polymeric-microparticles
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REVIEW
Caroline C Ahrens, Ziye Dong, Wei Li
Ex vivo cell aggregates must overcome significant limitations in the transport of nutrients, drugs, and signaling proteins compared to vascularized native tissue. Further, engineered extracellular environments often fail to sufficiently replicate tethered signaling cues and the complex architecture of native tissue. Co-cultures of cells with microparticles (MPs) is a growing field directed towards overcoming many of these challenges by providing local and controlled presentation of both soluble and tethered proteins and small molecules...
August 4, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780368/atlanto-occipital-catheterization-of-young-rats-for-long-term-drug-delivery-into-the-lumbar-subarachnoid-space-combined-with-in-vivo-testing-and-electrophysiology-in-situ
#19
Olga Kopach, Volodymyr Krotov, Nana Voitenko
BACKGROUND: Catheterization has been widely used in neuroscience and pain research for local drug delivery. Though different modifications were developed, the use of young animals for spinal catheterization remains limited because of a little success rate. A reliable technique is needed to catheterize young animals aimed for in vivo testing combined with spinal cord electrophysiology, often limited by animal age, to facilitate pain research. NEW METHODS: We describe intrathecal catheterization of young rats (3-week-old) through atlanto-occipical approach for long-lasting drug delivery into the lumbar subarachnoid space...
August 2, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28779982/redox-sensitive-cationic-pullulan-for-efficient-gene-transfection-and-drug-retention-in-c6-glioma-cells
#20
Priya S S, Rekha M R
Thiolated cationic pullulan was synthesized by conjugating pullulan with polyethyleneimine (PEI) and mercaptosuccinic acid (MSA). The formed conjugate was oxidized to obtain disulfide linked cationic pullulan (PPMSS). PPMSS exhibited good buffering capacity and nanoplexes formulated were of size less than 150nm. Nanoplexes formed with PPMSS are redox sensitive and susceptible to reductive cleavage by dithiothreitol (DTT) ensuring the intracellular release of DNA. In vitro, cytotoxic evaluation studies of polymers in C6 cell lines established its non-toxic nature...
August 2, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
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