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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437699/structure-and-dynamics-of-cetyltrimethylammonium-chloride-sodium-dodecylsulfate-ctac-sds-catanionic-vesicles-high-value-nano-vehicles-from-low-cost-surfactants
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Irene Russo Krauss, Riccardo Imperatore, Augusta De Santis, Alessandra Luchini, Luigi Paduano, Gerardino D'Errico
HYPOTHESIS: Catanionic vesicles based on large-scale produced surfactants represent a promising platform for the design of innovative, effective and relatively inexpensive nano-vehicles for a variety of actives. Structural, dynamic and functional behavior of these aggregates is finely tuned by the molecular features of their components and can be opportunely tailored for their applications as drug carriers. EXPERIMENTS: Here we investigate the aggregates formed by CTAC and SDS, two of the most diffused surfactants, by means of Dynamic Light Scattering, Small Angle Neutron Scattering and Electron Paramagnetic Resonance spectroscopy (EPR)...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437626/recent-advances-in-co2-bubble-generating-carrier-systems-for-localized-controlled-release
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REVIEW
Yu-Jung Lin, Chieh-Cheng Huang, Wei-Lin Wan, Ching-Hua Chiang, Yen Chang, Hsing-Wen Sung
This article reviews recent progress in the development of carbon dioxide (CO2) bubble-generating drug carriers, including their designs and operating mechanisms; these carriers constitute an advanced class of stimuli-responsive delivery systems with considerable potential. The drug carriers contain stimuli-responsive agents, which are stable before they reach the target location, but enable rapid drug release that is triggered by the generation of CO2 bubbles, which are chemically inert, under certain stimuli...
April 12, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437610/long-acting-release-formulation-of-exendin-4-based-on-biomimetic-mineralization-for-type-2-diabetes-therapy
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Wei Chen, Guohao Wang, Bryant C Yung, Gang Liu, Zhiyong Qian, Xiaoyuan Chen
Exendin-4 has been clinically exploited for treating type 2 diabetes, but the short circulation half-life and multiple daily injections limit its widespread application with respect to poor patient compliance, low efficacy, and high treatment cost. In this study, a potent long-acting release system based on biomimetic mineralization was constructed for biocompatible and sustained exendin-4 delivery. Similar to natural biomineralization, exendin-4 can be mineralized to form nano-sized mineral solids by means of the reaction between acidic amino acid residues and calcium ions in a supersaturated environment with negligible influence on peptide bioactivity...
April 24, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437091/speeding-up-early-drug-discovery-in-antiviral-research-a-fragment-based-in-silico-approach-for-the-design-of-virtual-anti-hepatitis-c-leads
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Alejandro Speck-Planche, M Natalia Dias Soeiro Cordeiro
Hepatitis C constitutes an unresolved global health problem. This infectious disease is caused by the hepatotropic hepatitis C virus (HCV), and it can lead to the occurrence of life-threatening medical conditions such as cirrhosis and liver cancer. Nowadays, major clinical concerns have arisen due to the appearance of multidrug resistance (MDR), and the side effects especially associated with long-term treatments. In this work, we report the first multitasking model for quantitative structure-biological effect relationships (mtk-QSBER), focused on the simultaneous exploration of anti-HCV activity and in vitro safety profiles related to the absorption, distribution, metabolism, elimination, and toxicity (ADMET)...
April 24, 2017: ACS Combinatorial Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436630/-clinical-investigation-on-transarterial-chemoembolization-with-indigenous-drug-eluting-beads-in-treatment-of-unresectable-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Gang Chen, Ding Zhang, Yacao Ying, Zhifeng Wang, Wei Tao, Hao Zhu, Jingfeng Zhang, Zhiyi Peng
Objective: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of drug-eluding beads transarterial chemoembolization (DEB-TACE) in treatment of unrecectable hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Methods: The clinical data of 42 consecutive HCC patients undergoing TACE were retrospectively analyzed, including 20 cases received conventional TACE (cTACE group) and 22 cases received TACE with epirubicine-loaded microspheres (CalliSpheres (®)) (DEB-TACE group). MRI scans were performed 1 week before and 1, 3 and 6 months after initial therapy...
January 25, 2017: Zhejiang da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Zhejiang University. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436601/management-of-skin-adverse-events-associated-with-immune-checkpoint-inhibitors-in-patients-with-melanoma-a-nursing-perspective
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Melissa Thebeau, Krista Rubin, Matthias Hofmann, Julia Grimm, Alyona Weinstein, Jennifer N Choi
PURPOSE: Immune checkpoint inhibitors are associated with a unique immune-related side effect profile that requires prompt recognition and management. Skin toxicities are the most common, and often earliest occurring, drug-related adverse events (AEs) of any grade observed upon treatment with these agents. The purpose of this review is to provide practical guidance on the identification and treatment of skin AEs associated with the immune checkpoint inhibitors (ipilimumab, nivolumab, and pembrolizumab) from a nursing perspective, and demonstrate hands-on application of the guidance using relevant patient case studies...
April 24, 2017: Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436279/treatment-of-painful-radiculopathies-with-capsaicin-8-cutaneous-patch
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R Baron, R D Treede, F Birklein, T Cegla, R Freynhagen, M L Heskamp, K U Kern, C Maier, R Rolke, S Seddigh, C Sommer, S Ständer, C Maihöfner
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: The treatment of neuropathic pain due to low-back (lumbosacral) radiculopathies, a common source of neuropathic pain, is challenging and often requires a multimodal therapeutic approach. The capsaicin 8% patch is the first topical analgesic licensed for peripheral neuropathic pain. To evaluate this treatment, a subset of patients with painful radiculopathy (lumbar and cervical, including ventral and dorsal rami) enrolled into the multicenter, non-interventional QUEPP study (Qutenza™ - safety and effectiveness in peripheral neuropathic pain) was analyzed...
April 22, 2017: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435985/elucidating-the-a%C3%AE-42-anti-aggregation-mechanism-of-action-of-tramiprosate-in-alzheimer-s-disease-integrating-molecular-analytical-methods-pharmacokinetic-and-clinical-data
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Petr Kocis, Martin Tolar, Jeremy Yu, William Sinko, Soumya Ray, Kaj Blennow, Howard Fillit, John A Hey
BACKGROUND: Amyloid beta (Aβ) oligomers play a critical role in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and represent a promising target for drug development. Tramiprosate is a small-molecule Aβ anti-aggregation agent that was evaluated in phase III clinical trials for AD but did not meet the primary efficacy endpoints; however, a pre-specified subgroup analysis revealed robust, sustained, and clinically meaningful cognitive and functional effects in patients with AD homozygous for the ε4 allele of apolipoprotein E4 (APOE4/4 homozygotes), who carry an increased risk for the disease...
April 24, 2017: CNS Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435473/downregulation-of-mitochondrial-cyclooxygenase-2-inhibits-the-stemness-of-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma-by-decreasing-the-activity-of-dynamin-related-protein-1
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Teng-Jian Zhou, Shi-Li Zhang, Cheng-Yong He, Qun-Ying Zhuang, Pei-Yu Han, Sheng-Wei Jiang, Huan Yao, Yi-Jun Huang, Wen-Hua Ling, Yu-Chun Lin, Zhong-Ning Lin
Cancer stem cells (CSCs) are a small subset of malignant cells, possessing stemness, with strong tumorigenic capability, conferring resistance to therapy and leading to the relapse of nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). Our previous study suggested that cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) would be a novel target for the CSCs-like side population (SP) cells in NPC. In the present study, we further found that COX-2 maintained the stemness of NPC by enhancing the activity of mitochondrial dynamin-related protein 1 (Drp1), a mitochondrial fission mediator, by studying both sorted SP cells from NPC cell lines and gene expression analyses in NPC tissues...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435471/nucleolin-targeted-extracellular-vesicles-as-a-versatile-platform-for-biologics-delivery-to-breast-cancer
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Yayu Wang, Xiaojia Chen, Baoqing Tian, Jiafan Liu, Li Yang, Lilan Zeng, Tianfen Chen, An Hong, Xiaogang Wang
Small interfering RNAs (siRNA)/microRNAs (miRNA) have promising therapeutic potential, yet their clinical application has been hampered by the lack of appropriate delivery systems. Herein, we employed extracellular vesicles (EVs) as a targeted delivery system for small RNAs. EVs are cell-derived small vesicles that participate in cell-to-cell communication for protein and RNA delivery. We used the aptamer AS1411-modified EVs for targeted delivery of siRNA/microRNA to breast cancer tissues. Tumor targeting was facilitated via AS1411 binding to nucleolin, which is highly expressed on the surface membrane of breast cancer cells...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435448/inhibition-of-platelet-function-using-liposomal-nanoparticles-blocks-tumor-metastasis
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Yinlong Zhang, Jingyan Wei, Shaoli Liu, Jing Wang, Xuexiang Han, Hao Qin, Jiayan Lang, Keman Cheng, Yiye Li, Yingqiu Qi, Greg J Anderson, Saraswati Sukumar, Suping Li, Guangjun Nie
Extensive evidence has shown that platelets support tumor metastatic progression by inducing epithelial-mesenchymal transition of cancer cells and by shielding circulating tumor cells from immune-mediated elimination. Therefore, blocking platelet function represents a potential new avenue for therapy focused on eliminating metastasis. Here we show that liposomal nanoparticles bearing the tumor-homing pentapeptide CREKA (Cys-Arg-Glu-Lys-Ala) can deliver a platelet inhibitor, ticagrelor, into tumor tissues to specifically inhibit tumor-associated platelets...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435333/new-insights-into-therapeutic-activity-and-anticancer-properties-of-curcumin
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REVIEW
Abir Kumar Panda, Dwaipayan Chakraborty, Irene Sarkar, Tila Khan, Gaurisankar Sa
Natural compounds obtained from plants are capable of garnering considerable attention from the scientific community, primarily due to their ability to check and prevent the onset and progress of cancer. These natural compounds are primarily used due to their nontoxic nature and the fewer side effects they cause compared to chemotherapeutic drugs. Furthermore, such natural products perform even better when given as an adjuvant along with traditional chemotherapeutic drugs, thereby enhancing the potential of chemotherapeutics and simultaneously reducing their undesired side effects...
2017: Journal of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435277/role-of-pirfenidone-in-the-management-of-pulmonary-fibrosis
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REVIEW
Keith C Meyer, Catherine A Decker
Pulmonary fibrosis is associated with a number of specific forms of interstitial lung disease (ILD) and can lead to progressive decline in lung function, poor quality of life, and, ultimately, early death. Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), the most common fibrotic ILD, affects up to 1 in 200 elderly individuals and has a median survival that ranges from 3 to 5 years following initial diagnosis. IPF has not been shown to respond to immunomodulatory therapies, but recent trials with novel antifibrotic agents have demonstrated lessening of lung function decline over time...
2017: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435265/toxicity-studies-of-six-types-of-carbon-nanoparticles-in-a-chicken-embryo-model
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Natalia Kurantowicz, Ewa Sawosz, Gabriela Halik, Barbara Strojny, Anna Hotowy, Marta Grodzik, Radosław Piast, Wanvimol Pasanphan, André Chwalibog
In the present study, the toxicity of six different types of carbon nanoparticles (CNPs) was investigated using a chicken-embryo model. Fertilized chicken eggs were divided into the following treatment groups: placebo, diamond NPs, graphite NPs, pristine graphene, small graphene oxide, large graphene oxide, and reduced graphene oxide. Experimental solutions at a concentration of 500 μg/mL were administrated into the egg albumin. Gross pathology and the rate of survival were examined after 5, 10, 15, and 20 days of incubation...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434263/plant-protein-based-hydrophobic-fine-and-ultrafine-carrier-particles-in-drug-delivery-systems
#15
Hedieh Malekzad, Hamed Mirshekari, Parham Sahandi Zangabad, S M Moosavi Basri, Fazel Baniasadi, Maryam Sharifi Aghdam, Mahdi Karimi, Michael R Hamblin
For thousands of years, plants and their products have been used as the mainstay of medicinal therapy. In recent years, besides attempts to isolate the active ingredients of medicinal plants, other new applications of plant products, such as their use to prepare drug delivery vehicles, have been discovered. Nanobiotechnology is a branch of pharmacology that can provide new approaches for drug delivery by the preparation of biocompatible carrier nanoparticles (NPs). In this article, we review recent studies with four important plant proteins that have been used as carriers for targeted delivery of drugs and genes...
April 24, 2017: Critical Reviews in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433787/facile-encapsulation-of-hydroxycamptothecin-nanocrystals-into-zein-based-nanocomplexes-for-active-targeting-drug-delivery-and-cell-imaging
#16
Hongdi Wang, Wei Zhu, Yunna Huang, Zhixian Li, Yanbin Jiang, Qiuling Xie
Nano-drug delivery systems that integrate inorganic and organic or even bioactive components into a single nanoscale platform are playing a greatly important role in cancer treatment. Here, the fabrication of a versatile nanocarrier based on self-assembled structures of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs)-zein is reported, which displays high drug-loading efficiency for needle-shaped hydroxycamptothecin (HCPT) nanocrystals. The surface modification with folate-conjugated polydopamine (PFA) renders them stable and also facilitates their selective cellular internalization and enhancement of endocytosis...
April 19, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433619/lack-of-pathogenic-mutations-in-sos1-gene-in-phenytoin-induced-gingival-overgrowth-patients
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Katia Margiotti, Giulia Pascolini, Federica Consoli, Valentina Guida, Carlo Di Bonaventura, Anna Teresa Giallonardo, Antonio Pizzuti, Alessandro De Luca
OBJECTIVE: Gingival overgrowth is a side effect associated with some distinct classes of drugs, such as anticonvulsants, immunosuppressants, and calcium channel blockers. One of the main drugs associated with gingival overgrowth is the antiepileptic phenytoin, which affects gingival tissues by altering extracellular matrix metabolism. It has been shown that mutation of human SOS1 gene is responsible for a rare hereditary gingival fibromatosis type 1, a benign gingival overgrowth. The aim of the present study is to evaluate the possible contribution of SOS1 mutation to gingival overgrowth-related phenotype...
April 5, 2017: Archives of Oral Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433563/aryl-thiosemicarbazones-in-vitro-and-immunomodulatory-activities-against-l-amazonensis
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Aline Caroline da Silva, Thiago André Ramos Dos Santos, Isis Viviane Bezerra da Silva, Marcos Victor Gregório de Oliveira, Diogo Rodrigo Magalhães Moreira, Ana Cristina Lima Leite, Valéria Rêgo Alves Pereira
Leishmaniasis is an infection caused by different species of Leishmania genus. Currently, there is no vaccine available for Leishmania infections in humans and conventional treatments are limited due to side effects. Therefore, the development of new antileishmanial drugs is an urgent need. In present study, we evaluated the cytotoxicity in host cells, leishmanicidal activity and immunomodulatory potential of seven aryl thiosemicarbazones. Host cell cytotoxicity was determined in peritoneal macrophages of BALB/c mouse, antiparasitic activity was determined against promastigotes and amastigotes of WHOM/00LTB 0016 strain of L...
April 19, 2017: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432531/effectiveness-of-nanoencapsulated-methotrexate-against-osteosarcoma-cells-in-vitro-cytotoxicity-under-dynamic-conditions
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O Mitxelena-Iribarren, C L Hisey, M Errazquin-Irigoyen, Y González-Fernández, E Imbuluzqueta, M Mujika, M J Blanco-Prieto, S Arana
Cancer is a leading cause of mortality in the world, with osteosarcoma being one of the most common types among children between 1 and 14 years old. Current treatments including preoperative chemotherapy, surgery and postoperative chemotherapy produce several side effects with limited effectiveness. The use of lipid nanoparticles as biodegradable shells for controlled drug delivery shows promise as a more effective and targeted tumor treatment. However, in vitro validation of these vehicles is limited due to fluid stagnation in current techniques, in which nanoparticles sediment onto the bottom of the wells killing the cells by asphyxiation...
June 2017: Biomedical Microdevices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432472/anti-infective-and-anti-inflammatory-pharmacotherapies
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Mark I Rosenblatt
Ocular infection and inflammation are common and are associated with myriad ocular conditions ranging from mild disease to blinding conditions. There are numerous anti-invectives with spectra against inciting pathogens. Given the potential for ocular infections to rapidly progress initial broad spectrum therapy is usually required, with therapy tailored as microbiological identification and sensitivities become available. The emergence of antibiotic resistance has become a major health problem. Anti-inflammatory therapy can be institutes to prevent ocular symptoms and end-organ damage...
April 22, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
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