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G MuŽíková, R Laga
Vaccines have helped considerably in eliminating some life-threatening infectious diseases in past two hundred years. Recently, human medicine has focused on vaccination against some of the world's most common infectious diseases (AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, etc.), and vaccination is also gaining popularity in the treatment of cancer or autoimmune diseases. The major limitation of current vaccines lies in their poor ability to generate a sufficient level of protective antibodies and T cell responses against diseases such as HIV, malaria, tuberculosis and cancers...
October 20, 2016: Physiological Research
Qiang Zhao, Zhen Lian, Xuedong Gao, Yun Yan, Jianbin Huang
The ability to modulate the amphiphilic aggregation reversibly with external stimuli, especially by light trigger, is of great importance. It makes great contribution to the development of applications by self-assembly. However, most previously described systems are based on specific molecular design and difficultly applied in light-inert aggregations. Here we develop a general and effective approach to control the morphology of amphiphilic aggregates by light, which is suitable for different assemblies such as micelle, vesicle and helix...
October 20, 2016: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Qin Yun, Si Song Wang, Shan Xu, Jin Ping Yang, Juan Fan, Ling Lin Yang, Yue Chen, Shao Zhi Fu, Jing Bo Wu
Colorectal peritoneal carcinomatosis (CRPC) is a common systemic metastasis of intra-abdominal cancers. Intraperitoneal chemotherapy against CRPC is at present the preferred treatment. The aim of this study is to develop a novel hydrogel drug delivery system through the combination of 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) loaded polymeric micelles and cisplatin (DDP) in biodegradable thermosensitive chitosan (CS) hydrogel. The prepared CS hydrogel drug is a free-flowing solution at room temperature and forms a stationary gel at body temperature...
October 20, 2016: Macromolecular Bioscience
Hamid Reza Rahimi, Amir Hooshang Mohammadpour, Mostafa Dastani, Mahmoud Reza Jaafari, Khalil Abnous, Majid Ghayour Mobarhan, Reza Kazemi Oskuee
OBJECTIVE: Diabetes mellitus is defined as a group of metabolic diseases characterized by hyperglycemia resulting from defects in insulin secretion, insulin action, or both or insulin resistance. Curcumin inhibits NF-κB signaling pathway. The aim of this study is evaluation of the effect of Nano-curcumin on HbA1C, fast blood glucose and lipid profile in diabetic patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Seventy type-2 diabetic patients (fasting blood glucose (FBG) ≥ 126 mg/dL or 2-hr postprandial blood glucose ≥200 mg/dl) randomly receivedeither Curcumin (as nano-micelle 80 mg/day) or placebo for 3 months in a double blind randomized clinical trial...
September 2016: Avicenna Journal of Phytomedicine
Nir Kampf, Chunxian Wu, Yilin Wang, Jacob Klein
The surface structure of the trimeric surfactant tri(dodecyldimethylammonioacetoxy)-diethyltriamine trichloride (DTAD) on mica, and the interactions between two such DTAD-coated surfaces were determined using atomic force microscopy and a surface force balance. In an aqueous solution of 3 mM, five times the critical aggregation concentration (CAC), the surfaces are coated with worm-like micelles or hemi-micelles and larger (ca. 80 nm) bilayer vesicles. Repulsive normal interactions between the surfaces indicate a net surface charge and a solution concentration of ions close to that expected from the CAC...
October 19, 2016: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Yann Desfougères, Jean-Michel Poitou, Henri Wróblewski, Laure Béven
Spiralin is the most abundant protein of several species of spiroplasmas, helical, motile bacteria pathogenic for arthropods and plants. This amphiphilic protein is anchored to the outer face of the plasma membrane by a lipoylated N-terminal cysteine. Although spiroplasma pathogenicity in mammals is controversial, it was shown that spiralin is highly immunogenic and endowed with immunomodulatory activity. In this paper, we describe a high performance method for the purification of Spiroplasma melliferum spiralin under non-denaturing conditions...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
Haisheng He, Jian Zhang, Yunchang Xie, Yi Lu, Jianping Qi, Ejaj Ahmad, Xiaochun Dong, Weili Zhao, Wei Wu
One of the biggest challenges in bioimaging of nanoparticles is how to identify integral particles from bulk signals of probes. Signals of free probes are always mistakenly counted into total signals of particles. In this study, in vivo fate of intravenous polymeric micelles (PMs, mPEG2.5k-PDLLA2.5k) was explored using a highly sensitive near-infrared environment-responsive fluorescent probe. This probe is able to emit fluorescence when embedded in nanocarriers but quench spontaneously and absolutely upon release into water, based on the aggregation-caused quenching effect, which means that the interference generated by free probes can be completely diminished...
October 19, 2016: Molecular Pharmaceutics
Ying Wei, Jun Lu, Tong Lu, Feihong Meng, Jia Xu, Li Wang, Yang Li, Liping Wang, Fei Li
Prefibrillar amyloid aggregates of proteins are known as cytotoxic species and a common pathogenic factor for many degenerative diseases. The mechanism underlying the formation and cytotoxicity of prefibrillar aggregates is believed to be independent of the actual nature of the amyloid protein. In this study, we monitored the formation of the peptide oligomers and examined the disruptive effects of the oligomers on liposomes using the human islet amyloid polypeptide fragment hIAPP18-27 as a model peptide. We observed various morphologies of oligomers formed at different aggregation stages that precede the formation of mature amyloid fibrils...
October 19, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Shan Zhang, Jianbin Xu, Heng Chen, Zhangfa Song, Yalan Wu, Xingyi Dai, Jie Kong
In this contribution, amphiphilic star copolymers (H40-star-PCL-a-PEG) with an H40 hyperbranched polyester core and poly(ε-caprolactone)-a-poly(ethylene glycol) copolymer arms linked with acetal groups are synthesized using ring-opening polymerization and a copper (I)-catalyzed alkyne-azide cycloaddition click reaction. The acid-cleavable acetal groups between the hydrophilic and hydrophobic segments of the arms endow the amphiphilic star copolymers with pH responsiveness. In aqueous solution, unimolecular micelles can be formed with good stability and a unique acid degradability, as is desirable for anticancer drug carriers...
October 19, 2016: Macromolecular Bioscience
Jing Li, Tengfei Fan, Yong Xu, Xuemin Wu
Emulsifiers for pesticide microemulsions contain a part of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and ionic liquids (ILs) are becoming potential substitutes. In order to apply ILs in pesticide microemulsions, the study of interaction between ILs and surfactants is necessary. Therefore, the surface properties and aggregation of anionic surfactant sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) in ILs, including N-hexyl-N-methylmorpholinyl bromide ([C6mm][Br]), N-hexyl-N-methylpiperidyl bromide ([C6mp][Br]), N-hexyl-N-methylpyrrolidyl bromide ([C6mpyr][Br]), N-octyl-N-methylpyrrolidyl bromide ([C8mpyr][Br]), N-dodecyl-N-methylpyrrolidyl bromide ([C12mpyr][Br]) and N-hexadecyl-N-methylpyrrolidyl bromide ([C16mpyr][Br]), were investigated in terms of surface tension, conductivity, dynamic light scattering (DLS), viscosity, fluorescence, pseudo-ternary phase diagram and (1)H NMR measurements...
October 19, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Xiang-Jun Tang, Kuan-Ming Huang, Hui Gui, Jun-Jie Wang, Jun-Ti Lu, Long-Jun Dai, Li Zhang, Gang Wang
As one of the natural herbal flavonoids, myricetin has attracted much research interest, mainly owing to its remarkable anticancer properties and negligible side effects. It holds great potential to be developed as an ideal anticancer drug through improving its bioavailability. This study was performed to investigate the effects of Pluronic-based micelle encapsulation on myricetin-induced cytotoxicity and the mechanisms underlying its anticancer properties in human glioblastoma cells. Cell viability was assessed using a methylthiazol tetrazolium assay and a real-time cell analyzer...
2016: International Journal of Nanomedicine
Hamid Reza Kheiri Manjili, Parisa Ghasemi, Hojjat Malvandi, Mir Sajjad Mousavi, Elahe Attari, Hossein Danafar
Curcumin(CUR) has been associated with anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-amyloid, and antitumor effects, but its application is limited because of its low aqueous solubility and poor oral bioavailability.To progress thebioavailabilityand water solubility ofCUR, we synthesized five series of mono methoxy poly(ethylene glycol)-poly (ε-caprolactone) (mPEG-PCL)diblock copolymers. The structureof thecopolymerswas characterized by HNMR, FTIR, DSC and GPC techniques. In this study, CUR was encapsulated within micelles through a single-step nano-precipitation method, leading to formation of CUR-loaded mPEG-PCL (CUR/mPEG-PCL) micelles...
October 15, 2016: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
Mirela Enache, Ana Maria Toader, Madalin Iancu Enache
Mitoxantrone is a synthetic anticancer drug used clinically in the treatment of different types of cancer. It was developed as a doxorubicin analogue in a program to find drugs with improved antitumor activity and decreased cardiotoxicity compared with the anthracyclines. As the cell membrane is the first barrier encountered by anticancer drugs before reaching the DNA sites inside the cells and as surfactant micelles are known as simple model systems for biological membranes, the drugs-surfactant interaction has been the subject of great research interest...
October 13, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Amineh Aghabali, Sharon Jun, Marilyn M Olmstead, Alan L Balch
The photochemical reaction of piperazine with C70 produces a mono adduct (N(CH2CH2)2NC70) in high yield (67%) and three bis-adducts. These adducts combine with Lewis acids to form crystalline aggregates suitable for X-ray diffraction. The structure of (N(CH2CH2)2NC70) was determined from the adduct that formed by reaction of N(CH2CH2)2NC70 with I2. Crystals of polymeric {Rh2(O2CCF3)4N(CH2CH2)2NC70}n*nC6H6 from reaction of the mono adduct with Rh2(O2CCF3)4 contain a sinusoidal strand of alternating molecules of N(CH2CH2)2NC70 and Rh2(O2CCF3)4 connected through Rh-N bonds...
October 17, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
Ahmad Bani-Jaber, Iyad Alshawabkeh, Samaa Abdullah, Imad Hamdan, Adel Ardakani, Maha Habash
Due to its unique properties, such as biodegradability, biocompatibility, high amphiphilic property, and micelle formation, casein (CS) has been increasingly studied for drug delivery. We used CS as a drug carrier in solid dispersions (SDs) and evaluated the effect of its degradation by trypsin on drug dissolution from the dispersions. SDs of CS and mefenamic acid (MA) were prepared by physical mixing, kneading, and coprecipitation methods. In comparison to pure MA, the dispersions were evaluated for drug-protein interaction, loss of drug crystalinity, and drug morphology by differential scanning calorimetry, X-ray diffractometry, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and scanning electron microscopy...
October 17, 2016: AAPS PharmSciTech
Andrea Träger, Samuel A Pendergraph, Torbjörn Pettersson, Tobias Halthur, Tommy Nylander, Anna Carlmark, Lars Wågberg
In this study the wet adhesion between Layer-by-Layer (LbL) assembled films of triblock copolymer micelles was investigated. Through the LbL assembly of triblock copolymer micelles with hydrophobic, low glass transition temperature (Tg) middle blocks and ionic outer blocks, a network of energy dissipating polymer chains with electrostatic interactions serving as crosslinks can be built. Four triblock copolymers were synthesized through Atom Transfer Radical Polymerisation (ATRP). One pair had a poly(2-ethyl-hexyl methacrylate) middle block with cationic or anionic outer blocks...
October 18, 2016: Nanoscale
Singkome Tima, Siriporn Okonogi, Chadarat Ampasavate, Chad Pickens, Cory Berkland, Songyot Anuchapreeda
This study aimed at developing a curcumin (CM) nanoparticle targeted to Feline McDonough Sarcoma (FMS)-like tyrosine kinase 3 (FLT3) protein on the surface of leukemic cells and at evaluating their properties, specificity, cytotoxicity, and inhibitory effect on FLT3 protein level in FLT3-overexpressing leukemic cells, EoL-1, and MV-4-11 cells. FLT3-specific peptides were conjugated onto modified poloxamer 407 using the copper-catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition reaction. The thin film hydration method was performed for FLT3-specific CM-loaded polymeric micelles (FLT3-CM-micelles) preparation...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Maximiliano L Agazzi, M Belén Ballatore, Eugenia Reynoso, Ezequiel D Quiroga, Edgardo N Durantini
Two cationic BODIPYs 3 and 4 were synthesized by acid-catalyzed condensation of the corresponding pyrrole and benzaldehyde, followed by complexation with boron and methylation. Compound 3 contains methyl at the 1,3,5 and 7 positions of the s-indacene ring and a N,N,N-trimethylamino group attached to the phenylene unit, while 4 is not substituted by methyl groups and the cationic group is bound by an aliphatic spacer. UV-visible absorption spectra of these BODIPYs show an intense band at ∼500 nm in solvents of different polarities and n-heptane/sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl)sulfosuccinate (AOT)/water reverse micelles...
October 3, 2016: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Xiao-Juan Wang, Yin-Ping Gao, Nan-Nan Lu, Wei-Shuo Li, Ji-Fang Xu, Xiao-Ying Ying, Gang Wu, Mei-Hua Liao, Chao Tan, Ling-Xiao Shao, Ying-Mei Lu, Chen Zhang, Kohji Fukunaga, Feng Han, Yong-Zhong Du
Clinical treatment for vascular dementia still remains a challenge mainly due to Blood-Brain Barrier (BBB). Here, a micelle based on polysialic acid (PSA) which is a hydrophilic and endogenous carbohydrate polymer, was designed to deliver calmodulin antagonist for therapy of vascular dementia. PSA was firstly chemically conjugated with octadecylamine (ODA), and the obtained PSA-ODA copolymer could self-assemble into micelle in aqueous solution with a 120.0 μg/mL critical micelle concentration. The calmodulin antagonist loaded PSA-ODA micelle, featuring sustained drug release behaviour over a period of 72 h with 3...
October 17, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Peng Wei Zhu, Luguang Chen
A persistence length is a key parameter for the quantitative interpretation of the flexibility of polymers. We have studied the complexes composed of spherical poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) brush and sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) micelle in efforts to characterize the flexibility of tethered PNIPAM below the lower critical solution temperature TLCST. An analytical mean-field model is utilized to describe the persistence length Lp in a broad range of ψ, the number of bound micelles per chain. The persistence length of the micelle-constrained PNIPAM is quantitatively correlated with the thermal energy kBT, electrostatic repulsion fC, and effective excluded volume parameter νeff...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
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