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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730440/cellular-delivery-of-sirnas-using-bolaamphiphiles
#1
Kshitij Gupta
Discovery of RNA interference (RNAi) has opened up a new arena of therapeutic intervention for the treatment of cancerous as well as noncancerous diseases. The RNAi pathway utilizes RNAi inducers such as small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) to target and silence disease causing genes. However, efficient delivery of siRNAs for eliciting efficacious RNAi has remained a daunting challenge. Nonviral vectors such as lipids have shown great promise in delivering siRNAs. Recently, a novel class of cationic lipid molecules "bolaamphiphile lipids" or "bola lipids" has been shown to deliver siRNAs to cause effective gene silencing in cells...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728943/production-and-biophysical-characterization-of-a-mini-membrane-protein-ost4v23d-a-functionally-important-mutant-of-yeast-oligosaccharyltransferase-subunit-ost4p
#2
Bharat Chaudhary, Suman Mazumder, Smita Mohanty
N-linked glycosylation of proteins is an essential and highly conserved co- and post-translational protein modification reaction that occurs in all eukaryotes. Oligosaccharyltransferase (OST), a multi-subunit membrane-associated enzyme complex, carries out this reaction. In the central reaction, a carbohydrate group is transferred to the side chain of a consensus asparagine residue in the newly synthesized protein. Genetic defects in humans cause a series of disorders known as congenital disorders of glycosylation (CDG) that include mental retardation, developmental delay, hypoglycemia etc...
July 17, 2017: Protein Expression and Purification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727890/surfactant-concentration-and-type-affects-the-removal-of-escherichia-coli-from-pig-skin-during-a-simulated-handwash
#3
Dane A Jensen, Michael A Rogers, Donald W Schaffner
The effect of surfactant type and concentration on a bland soap formulations ability to remove bacteria from hands remains largely unstudied. Several combinations of surfactants and water were combined to test bacterial removal efficacy using a handwashing device (two pieces of pig skin and a mechanical motor) to simulate a handwash. A nalidixic acid resistant, non-pathogenic strain of Escherichia coli (ATCC 11229) was used. Two anionic surfactants, sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium stearoyl lactylate, and two nonionic surfactants, poloxamer 407 and sorbitan monostearate, each in concentrations of 2%, 5%, and 10% were studied...
July 20, 2017: Letters in Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727321/micelle-directing-synthesis-of-the-ag-doped-wo3-and-moo3-composite-for-the-photocatalytic-water-oxidation-and-organic-dyes-adsorption
#4
Nasen Bate, Hongfei Shi, Li Chen, Jiabo Wang, Shasha Xu, Weilin Chen, Jianping Li, En-Bo Wang
In this paper, Ag-doped WO3 (MoO3) composite has been prepared by a simple micelle directed method and high temperature sintering route. The as-prepared samples were characterized by XRD, ICP, TEM, XPS, DRS, BET, PL and EIS techniques. The photocatalytic experiments reveal that their oxygen production rates are up to 95.43 μmol (75.45 μmol) for Ag-doped WO3 (MoO3), which is 9.5 (7.3) times higher than that of pure WO3: 9.012 μmol (MoO3: 9.00 μmol) under visible light illumination (λ ≥ 420 nm), respectively...
July 20, 2017: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726919/exploring-the-construction-of-multicompartmental-micelles-by-halogen-bonding-of-complementary-macromolecules
#5
Alan Vanderkooy, Mark S Taylor
An approach to the construction of multicompartmental micelles, using halogen bonding between complementary macromolecules, is described. The design involves a sequential assembly protocol, in which the initial compartments are formed by interpolymer halogen bonding, followed by the collapse of a second, hydrophobic compartment upon transfer to aqueous solvent. Triblock terpolymers incorporating a halogen bond accepting segment have been synthesized. Transmission electron microscopy was used to characterize multicompartmental assemblies generated from these terpolymers in the presence of a halogen bond donor-functionalized polystyrene derivative...
July 20, 2017: Faraday Discussions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726882/trimethylsilyl-hedgehogs-a-novel-class-of-super-efficient-hydrocarbon-surfactants
#6
Adam Czajka, Christopher Hill, Jocelyn Peach, Jonathan C Pegg, Isabelle Grillo, Frédéric Guittard, Sarah E Rogers, Masanobu Sagisaka, Julian Eastoe
Presented here are the results for a novel class of hydrocarbon surfactants, termed trimethylsilyl hedgehogs (TMS-hedgehogs), due to the presence of silicon in the tails. By comparing the surface properties of these hybrid hedgehogs to purely hydrocarbon equivalents, links between performance and the structure are made. Namely, by controlling the molecular volume of the surfactant fragments, improvements can be made in surface coverage, generating lower surface energy monolayers. Small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) data have been collected showing that these novel surfactants aggregate to form ellipsoidal micelles which grow with increasing concentration...
July 20, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722442/sensing-active-heparin-by-counting-aggregated-quantum-dots-at-single-particle-level
#7
Suli Dong, Xiaojun Liu, Qingquan Zhang, Wenfeng Zhao, Chenghua Zong, Aiye Liang, Hongwei Gai
Developing highly sensitive and highly selective assays for monitoring heparin levels in blood is required during and after surgery. In previous studies, electrostatic interactions are exploited to recognize heparin and changes in light signal intensity are used to sense heparin. In the present study, we developed a quantum dot (QD) aggregation-based detection strategy to quantify heparin. When cationic micelles and fluorescence QDs modified with anti-thrombin III (AT III) are added into heparin sample solution, the AT III-QDs, which specifically bind with heparin, aggregate around the micelles...
January 27, 2017: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722416/character-of-localization-and-microenvironment-of-the-solvatochromic-reichardt-s-betaine-dye-in-sds-and-ctab-micelles-md-simulation-study
#8
Vladimir S Farafonov, Alexander V Lebed, Nikolay O Mchedlov-Petrossyan
The problem of using the surfactant micellar aqueous solutions as reaction media centers on estimating the polarity of the micellar pseudophase. The most popular approach is the utilization of solvatochromic dyes. Among the last, the strongest ones are the dipolar pyridinium N-phenolate dyes. The complication of such approach, however, consists in the non-uniform character of the environment of the indicator fixed in the micellar pseudophase. The aim of this study is to reveal the character of localization and orientation of the standard solvatochromic pyridinium N-phenolate dye, 4-(2,4,6-triphenylpyridinium-1-yl)-2,6-diphenylphenolate, the so-called Reichardt's dye, within the micellar pseudophase of an anionic (sodium n-dodecyl sulfate, SDS) and cationic (cetyltrimethylammonium bromide, CTAB) surfactants using MD simulations...
July 19, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722342/green-micellar-hplc-analysis-of-three-angiotensin-converting-enzyme-inhibitors-in-their-mixtures-with-hydrochlorothiazide-and-modeling-of-their-retention-behavior-by-fitting-to-foley-s-model
#9
Manal Eid, Yasser El-Shabrawy, Rania El-Shaheny
We present an environmentally friendly method for the analysis of three angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors and hydrochlorothiazide simultaneously using a green micellar eluent for the first time. The chromatographic separation of enalapril maleate, lisinopril dihydrate, benazepril hydrochloride, and hydrochlorothiazide was implemented on an octadecyl silica column with a solution containing sodium dodecyl sulfate (0.12 M), 1-propyl alcohol (10% v/v), triethylamine (0.3% v/v) and H3 PO4 (0.02 M) at pH 3...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Separation Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722071/reversible-switching-of-a-supramolecular-morphology-driven-by-an-amphiphilic-bistable-2-rotaxane
#10
Zhan-Qi Cao, Yi-Chuan Wang, Ai-Hua Zou, Gábor London, Qi Zhang, Chuan Gao, Da-Hui Qu
An acid/base responsive amphiphilic [2]rotaxane switch containing a hydrophilic macrocycle component and a hydrophobic terminal bulky group was prepared and characterized. The morphology of the supramolecular assemblies formed by the rotaxanes could be switched between spherical vesicles and worm-like micelles using acid/base stimuli, as confirmed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM).
July 19, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722044/tripartite-polyionic-complex-pic-micelles-as-non-viral-vectors-for-mesenchymal-stem-cell-sirna-transfection
#11
Sophie Raisin, Marie Morille, Claire Bony, Danièle Noël, Jean-Marie Devoisselle, Emmanuel Belamie
In the context of regenerative medicine, the use of RNA interference mechanisms has already proven its efficiency in targeting specific gene expression with the aim of enhancing, accelerating or, more generally, directing stem cell differentiation. However, achievement of good transfection levels requires the use of a gene vector. For in vivo applications, synthetic vectors are an interesting option to avoid possible issues associated with viral vectors (safety, production costs, etc.). Herein, we report on the design of tripartite polyionic complex micelles as original non-viral polymeric vectors suited for mesenchymal stem cell transfection with siRNA...
July 19, 2017: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721737/a-new-water-soluble-nano-micelle-through-self-assembly-pectin-curcumin-conjugates-preparation-characterization-and-anti-cancer-activity-evaluation
#12
Feng Bai, Jiajing Diao, Ying Wang, Shixin Sun, Hongmei Zhang, Yunyun Liu, Yanqing Wang, Jian Cao
Curcumin is a dominating active component of curcuma longa and has been studied widely because of its prominent biological activities. Extremely low aqueous solubility, stability and bioavailability of curcumin limits its application in the field of medicine. In this study, we developed pectin-curcumin (PEC-CCM) conjugates which could self-assemble water-soluble nano-micelles in aqueous solution. The structure of PEC-CCM conjugates was characterized by ultraviolet and visible spectra (UV-Vis), fluorescence spectra, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and 1H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719220/egfr-targeted-cationic-polymeric-mixed-micelles-for-co-delivery-of-gemcitabine-and-mir-205-for-treating-advanced-pancreatic-cancer
#13
Goutam Mondal, Saud Almawash, Amit Kumar Chaudhary, Ram I Mahato
Gemcitabine (GEM), a first-line chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer undergoes rapid metabolism and develops chemoresistance after repeated administration. We previously demonstrated that the combination of GEM and miR-205 provides an effective therapeutic strategy to sensitize GEM-resistant pancreatic cancer cells. Since epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) is overexpressed in pancreatic cancer cells, in this study, we aimed to deliver mixed micelles containing GEM and miR-205 decorated with EGFR-targeting cetuximab (C225) monoclonal antibody for targeted therapy...
July 18, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719071/mesoporous-silica-thin-membranes-with-large-vertical-mesochannels-for-nanosize-based-separation
#14
Yupu Liu, Dengke Shen, Gang Chen, Ahmed A Elzatahry, Manas Pal, Hongwei Zhu, Longlong Wu, Jianjian Lin, Daifallah Al-Dahyan, Wei Li, Dongyuan Zhao
Membrane separation technologies are of great interest in industrial processes such as water purification, gas separation, and materials synthesis. However, commercial filtration membranes have broad pore size distributions, leading to poor size cutoff properties. In this work, mesoporous silica thin membranes with uniform and large vertical mesochannels are synthesized via a simple biphase stratification growth method, which possess an intact structure over centimeter size, ultrathin thickness (≤50 nm), high surface areas (up to 1420 m(2) g(-1) ), and tunable pore sizes from ≈2...
July 18, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718278/matrix-stiffness-differentially-regulates-cellular-uptake-behavior-of-nanoparticles-in-two-breast-cancer-cell-lines
#15
Yu Wang, Tao Gong, Zhirong Zhang, Yao Fu
Matrix stiffness regulates cell behavior in various biological contexts. In breast tumors, the deposition of extracellular matrix (ECM) correlates with increasing matrix stiffness and poor survival. Nanoparticulate carriers represent a promising therapeutic vehicle for disease diagnosis and efficient anticancer drug delivery. However, how matrix stiffness influences cellular uptake of nanoparticle remains largely unexplored. Here, we selected photopolymerized polyacrylamide gels with varying stiffness as model substrates, and studied the impact of matrix stiffness on cell morphology, nanoparticle uptake efficiency in two representative breast cancer cell lines with varying invasiveness, i...
July 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715030/a-chiral-binol-based-gemini-amphiphilic-gelator-and-its-specific-discrimination-of-native-arginine-by-gelation-in-water
#16
Lihua Jia, Jianxin Yin, Xiangfeng Guo, Guangzhou Cao, Xuhua Tian, Bo Zhu, Lin Pu
A novel axially chiral cationic Gemini amphiphile gelator (S1) derived from (S)-BINOL has been synthesized and characterized by (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR, ESI-MS and FT-IR analyses. The critical micelle concentration (CMC) of S1 was determined to be 0.21 mM in water at room temperature. A transparent hydrogel with S1 at 43 mM was obtained at room temperature and characterized using various methods including SEM, CD, fluorescence, (1)H NMR, FT-IR, and XRD. The results indicate that the hydrophobic effect of long alkyl chains, π-π stacking of naphthalene rings, and intermolecular hydrogen-bonding of the amide groups of S1 should be responsible for the hydrogel formation...
July 17, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714224/codelivery-for-paclitaxel-and-bcl-2-conversion-gene-by-phb-pdmaema-amphiphilic-cationic-copolymer-for-effective-drug-resistant-cancer-therapy
#17
Xiaoyuan Wang, Sing Shy Liow, Qiaoqiong Wu, Chuang Li, Cally Owh, Zibiao Li, Xian Jun Loh, Yun-Long Wu
Antiapoptotic Bcl-2 protein's upregulated expression is a key reason for drug resistance leading to failure of chemotherapy. In this report, a series of biocompatible amphiphilic cationic poly[(R)-3-hydroxybutyrate] (PHB)-b-poly(2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate) (PDMAEMA) copolymer, comprising hydrophobic PHB block and cationic PDMAEMA block, is designed to codeliver hydrophobic chemotherapeutic paclitaxel and Bcl-2 converting gene Nur77/ΔDBD with enhanced stability, due to the micelle formation by hydrophobic PHB segment...
July 17, 2017: Macromolecular Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713159/co-delivery-of-docetaxel-and-silibinin-using-ph-sensitive-micelles-improves-therapy-of-metastatic-breast-cancer
#18
Xin-Yue Dong, Tian-Qun Lang, Qi Yin, Peng-Cheng Zhang, Ya-Ping Li
Breast cancer is the most vicious killer for women, and tumor metastasis is one of the leading causes of breast cancer therapy failure. In this study, a new pH-sensitive polymer (polyethylene glycol-block-poly[(1,4-butanediol)-diacrylate-β-N,N-diisopropylethylenediamine], BDP) was synthesized. Based on BDP, docetaxel/silibinin co-delivery micelles (DSMs) was constructed. DSM had a well-defined spherical shape under the transmission electron microscope with average hydrodynamic diameter of 85.3±0.4 nm, and were stable in the bloodstream but could dissociate to release the chemotherapeutic agents in the low pH environment of the endo/lysosomes in the tumor cells...
July 17, 2017: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713015/folate-conjugated-and-ph-responsive-polymeric-micelles-for-target-cell-specific-anticancer-drug-delivery
#19
Jiao Guan, Zun-Qiang Zhou, Mao-Hua Chen, Hui-Yan Li, Da-Nian Tong, Jun Yang, Jing Yao, Zheng-Yun Zhang
In this study, we developed a folate (FA)-conjugated and pH-responsive active targeting micellar system for anti-cancer drug delivery. In this system, FA was attached to the terminal of the hydrophilic segment of poly(lactic acid)-poly(L-lysine) (PLA-PLL), and PLL was modified by a citric acid group. The FA receptor-mediated active targeting and electrostatic interaction between micelles and cell membrane due to a negative-to-positive charge reversal was combined in one micellar anti-cancer drug delivery system to enhance the tumour targeting and cellular internalisation of micelles...
July 14, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712055/potential-of-casein-as-a-carrier-for-biologically-active-agents
#20
REVIEW
Tomasz Konrad Głąb, Janusz Boratyński
Casein is the collective name for a family of milk proteins. In bovine milk, casein comprises four peptides: αS1, αS2, β, and κ, differing in their amino acid, phosphorus and carbohydrate content but similar in their amphiphilic character. Hydrophilic and hydrophobic regions of casein show block distribution in the protein chain. Casein peptides carry negative charge on their surface as a result of phosphorylation and tend to bind nanoclusters of amorphous calcium phosphate. Due to these properties, in suitable conditions, casein molecules agglomerate into spherical micelles...
August 2017: Topics in Current Chemistry (Journal)
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