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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785613/neuroinfections-caused-by-fungi
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REVIEW
Katarzyna Góralska, Joanna Blaszkowska, Magdalena Dzikowiec
BACKGROUND: Fungal infections of the central nervous system (FIs-CNS) have become significantly more common over the past 2 decades. Invasion of the CNS largely depends on the immune status of the host and the virulence of the fungal strain. Infections with fungi cause a significant morbidity in immunocompromised hosts, and the involvement of the CNS may lead to fatal consequences. METHODS: One hundred and thirty-five articles on fungal neuroinfection in PubMed, Google Scholar, and Cochrane databases were selected for review using the following search words: "fungi and CNS mycoses", CNS fungal infections", "fungal brain infections", " fungal cerebritis", fungal meningitis", "diagnostics of fungal infections", and "treatment of CNS fungal infections"...
May 21, 2018: Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785318/role-of-nanotechnology-in-cosmeceuticals-a-review-of-recent-advances
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REVIEW
Shreya Kaul, Neha Gulati, Deepali Verma, Siddhartha Mukherjee, Upendra Nagaich
Nanotechnology manifests the progression in the arena of research and development, by increasing the efficacy of the product through delivery of innovative solutions. To overcome certain drawbacks associated with the traditional products, application of nanotechnology is escalating in the area of cosmeceuticals. Cosmeceuticals are regarded as the fastest growing segment of the personal care industry and the use has risen drastically over the years. Nanocosmeceuticals used for skin, hair, nail, and lip care, for conditions like wrinkles, photoaging, hyperpigmentation, dandruff, and hair damage, have come into widespread use...
2018: Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785106/sn38-loaded-100-nm-targeted-liposomes-for-improving-poor-solubility-and-minimizing-burst-release-and-toxicity-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-study
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Yi-Ping Fang, Chih-Hung Chuang, Yi-Jhun Wu, Hsin-Che Lin, Yun-Chi Lu
Background: SN38 (7-ethyl-10-hydroxycamptothecin) is a camptothecin derivative acts against various tumors. However, SN38 is hydrolyzed in the physiological environment (pH 7.4), and this instability interferes with its potential therapeutic effect. Our objective was to investigate SN38-loaded liposomes to overcome the poor solubility of SN38 and its biodistribution, which further diminish its toxicity. Materials and methods: The sub-100 nm targeted liposomes was employed to deliver SN-38 and evaluate the characterization, release behaviors, cytotoxicity, in vivo pharmacokinetics and biochemical assay...
2018: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785035/optimized-delivery-of-sirna-into-3d-tumor-spheroid-cultures-in-situ
#4
R G Morgan, A C Chambers, D N Legge, S J Coles, A Greenhough, A C Williams
3D tissue culture provides a physiologically relevant and genetically tractable system for studying normal and malignant human tissues. Despite this, gene-silencing studies using siRNA has proved difficult. In this study, we have identified a cause for why traditional siRNA transfection techniques are ineffective in eliciting gene silencing in situ within 3D cultures and proposed a simple method for significantly enhancing siRNA entry into spheroids/organoids. In 2D cell culture, the efficiency of gene silencing is significantly reduced when siRNA complexes are prepared in the presence of serum...
May 21, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784509/lactoferrin-modified-betulinic-acid-loaded-plga-nanoparticles-are-strong-anti-leishmanials
#5
Asim Halder, Divanshu Shukla, Suvadra Das, Partha Roy, Arup Mukherjee, Bhaskar Saha
Visceral Leishmaniasis (VL), caused by the protozoan parasite Leishmania donovani, is a potentially fatal disease. The only orally bioavailable drug miltefosine is toxic and the effective liposomal Amphotericin B (AmBisome) is limited by its prohibitive cost and requirement for parenteral administration. Therefore, finding a new potential drug candidate and an alternative delivery system is imperative. We report that Betulinic acid (BA), a pentacyclic triterpenoid from Betula alba bark, was loaded onto uniformly spherical PLGA nanoparticles (BANPs; diameter 187...
May 18, 2018: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783687/impact-of-particle-size-and-polydispersity-index-on-the-clinical-applications-of-lipidic-nanocarrier-systems
#6
REVIEW
M Danaei, M Dehghankhold, S Ataei, F Hasanzadeh Davarani, R Javanmard, A Dokhani, S Khorasani, M R Mozafari
Lipid-based drug delivery systems, or lipidic carriers, are being extensively employed to enhance the bioavailability of poorly-soluble drugs. They have the ability to incorporate both lipophilic and hydrophilic molecules and protecting them against degradation in vitro and in vivo. There is a number of physical attributes of lipid-based nanocarriers that determine their safety, stability, efficacy, as well as their in vitro and in vivo behaviour. These include average particle size/diameter and the polydispersity index (PDI), which is an indication of their quality with respect to the size distribution...
May 18, 2018: Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783206/-experimental-evaluation-of-the-therapeutic-potential-of-liposome-mediated-apoe3-gene-transfection-for-cerebral-atherosclerosis
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Vadym V Biloshytskyi, Alisa V Pachevska, Alina V Biloshytska, Valerii M Istoshyn, Maryna V Biloshytska, Olha B Shevnia
OBJECTIVE: Introduction: In recent years, a stroke has been the cause of high lethality, long-term and sustained disability, the problem of which is still far from being resolved. The root cause of stroke is atherosclerosis. The aim: Study of neurotrophic and neuroprotective functions of apoE in rat brain tissue in experimental atherosclerosis. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Materials and methods: The study included 60 sexually mature rats. The model of experimental atherosclerosis was created by Anichkov method...
2018: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782675/hierarchical-micro-nanostructures-from-human-hair-for-biomedical-applications
#8
Di-Wei Zheng, Sheng Hong, Lu Xu, Chu-Xin Li, Ke Li, Si-Xue Cheng, Xian-Zheng Zhang
With the prominent progress of biomedical engineering, materials with high biocompatibility and versatile functions are urgently needed. So far, hierarchical structures in nature have shed some light on the design of high performance materials both in concept and implementation. Inspired by these, the hierarchical micro-/nanostructures of human hair are explored and human hair is further broken into hierarchical microparticles (HMP) and hierarchical nanoparticles (HNP) with top-down procedures. Compared with commercialized carriers, such as liposomes or albumin nanoparticles, the obtained particles exhibit high hemocompatibility and negligible immunogenicity...
May 21, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782671/enhanced-performance-of-a-molecular-photoacoustic-imaging-agent-by-encapsulation-in-mesoporous-silicon-nanoparticles
#9
Jinyoung Kang, Dokyoung Kim, Junxin Wang, Yunho Han, Jonathan M Zuidema, Ali Hariri, Ji-Ho Park, Jesse V Jokerst, Michael J Sailor
Photoacoustic (PA) imaging allows visualization of the physiology and pathology of tissues with good spatial resolution and relatively deep tissue penetration. The method converts near-infrared (NIR) laser excitation into thermal expansion, generating pressure transients that are detected with an acoustic transducer. Here, we find that the response of the PA contrast agent indocyanine green (ICG) can be enhanced 17-fold when it is sealed within a rigid nanoparticle. ICG encapsulated in particles composed of porous silicon (pSiNP), porous silica, or calcium silicate all show greater PA contrast relative to equivalent quantities of free ICG, with the pSiNPs showing the strongest enhancement...
May 21, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782022/practical-use-of-rna-interference-oral-delivery-of-double-stranded-rna-in-liposome-carriers-for-cockroaches
#10
Jia-Hsin Huang, Yun Liu, Yu-Hsien Lin, Xavier Belles, How-Jing Lee
RNA interference (RNAi) has been widely applied for uncovering the biological functions of numerous genes, and has been envisaged as a pest control tool operating by disruption of essential gene expression. Although different methods, such as injection, feeding, and soaking, have been reported for successful delivery of double-stranded RNA (dsRNA), the efficiency of RNAi through oral delivery of dsRNA is highly variable among different insect groups. The German cockroach, Blattella germanica, is highly sensitive to the injection of dsRNA, as shown by many studies published previously...
May 1, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781114/potential-of-continuous-manufacturing-for-liposomal-drug-products
#11
REVIEW
Robert D Worsham, Vaughan Thomas, Suzanne S Farid
Over the last several years, continuous manufacturing of pharmaceuticals has evolved from bulk APIs and solid oral dosages into the more complex realm of biologics. The development of continuous downstream processing techniques has allowed biologics manufacturing to realize the benefits (e.g. improved economics, more consistent quality) that come with continuous processing. If relevant processing techniques and principles are selected, the opportunity arises to develop continuous manufacturing designs for additional pharmaceutical products including liposomal drug formulations...
May 21, 2018: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780609/serum-heat-shock-protein-70-levels-as-a-biomarker-for-inflammatory-processes-in-multiple-sclerosis
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Patricia Lechner, Dorothea Buck, Lisa Sick, Bernhard Hemmer, Gabriele Multhoff
Background: Inflammatory and neurodegenerative processes are hallmarks of multiple sclerosis (MS). The synthesis of the major stress-inducible heat shock protein 70 (Hsp70) is induced by inflammation. Objective: The purpose of this study is to determine whether Hsp70 in serum can serve as a potential biomarker to distinguish inflammatory and neurodegenerative processes in MS. Methods: Serum was obtained from 94 patients: 26 clinically isolated syndrome (CIS), 40 relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS), 19 secondary progressive MS (SPMS), and nine primary progressive MS (PPMS)...
April 2018: Multiple Sclerosis Journal—Experimental, Translational and Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780521/translating-molecular-detections-into-a-simple-temperature-test-using-a-target-responsive-smart-thermometer
#13
Jingjing Zhang, Hang Xing, Yi Lu
While it has been well recognized that affordable and pocket-size devices play a major role in environmental monitoring, food safety and medical diagnostics, it often takes a tremendous amount of resources to develop such devices. Devices that have been developed are often dedicated devices that can detect only one or a few targets. To overcome these limitations, we herein report a novel target-responsive smart thermometer for translating molecular detection into a temperature test. The sensor system consists of a functional DNA-phospholipase A2 (PLA2 ) enzyme conjugate, a liposome-encapsulated NIR dye, and a thermometer interfaced with a NIR-laser device...
April 28, 2018: Chemical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780479/pentacyclic-adenine-a-versatile-and-exceptionally-bright-fluorescent-dna-base-analogue
#14
Mattias Bood, Anders F Füchtbauer, Moa S Wranne, Jong Jin Ro, Sangamesh Sarangamath, Afaf H El-Sagheer, Déborah L M Rupert, Rachel S Fisher, Steven W Magennis, Anita C Jones, Fredrik Höök, Tom Brown, Byeang Hyean Kim, Anders Dahlén, L Marcus Wilhelmsson, Morten Grøtli
Emissive base analogs are powerful tools for probing nucleic acids at the molecular level. Herein we describe the development and thorough characterization of pentacyclic adenine (pA), a versatile base analog with exceptional fluorescence properties. When incorporated into DNA, pA pairs selectively with thymine without perturbing the B-form structure and is among the brightest nucleobase analogs reported so far. Together with the recently established base analog acceptor qAnitro , pA allows accurate distance and orientation determination via Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) measurements...
April 14, 2018: Chemical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779479/optimizing-antitumor-efficacy-and-adverse-effects-of-pegylated-liposomal-doxorubicin-by-scheduled-plasmapheresis-impact-of-timing-and-dosing
#15
Romeo Ngoune, Christine Contini, Michael Marcus Hoffmann, Dominik Elverfeldt, Karl Winkler, Gerhard Putz
BACKGROUND: Nanoscale drug delivery systems accumulate in solid tumors preferentially by the enhanced permeation and retention effect (EPR-effect). Nevertheless, only a miniscule fraction of a given dosage reaches the tumor, while >90% of the given drug ends up in otherwise healthy tissues, leading to the severe toxic reactions observed during chemotherapy. Once accumulation in tumor has reached its maximum, extracorporeal elimination of circulating nanoparticles by plasmapheresis can diminish toxicities...
May 18, 2018: Current Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778824/-gel-in-core-carbosomes-as-novel-ophthalmic-vehicles-with-enhanced-corneal-permeation-and-residence
#16
Mona A Moustafa, Wessam M El-Refaie, Yosra S R Elnaggar, Ossama Y Abdallah
Carbopol is a good bio-adhesive polymer that increases the residence time in the eye. However, the effect of blinking and lacrimation still reduce the amount of polymer and the incorporated drug available for bioadhesion. Gel-core liposomes are advanced systems offering benefits making it a good tool for improved ocular drug delivery and residence time. Incorporation of carbopol in gel-core liposomes and their potential in ocular delivery have not so far been investigated. Fluconazole (FLZ) was selected as a challenging important ocular antifungal suffering from poor corneal permeation and short residence time...
May 17, 2018: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777906/reduced-rar-%C3%AE-gene-expression-in-benzo-a-pyrene-induced-lung-cancer-mice-is-upregulated-by-dotap-lipo-atra-treatment
#17
S Viswanathan, V M Berlin Grace
Molecular targeted therapy for specific genes is an emerging research. Retinoic Acid Receptor (RAR-β) is a key tumor suppressor which is found to be lost drastically during much cancer progression. We hence, analyzed the expression level of RAR-β gene during B(a)P induced lung cancer development in mice and studied the lung cancer targeted action of All Trans Retinoic Acid (ATRA) in DOTAP liposomal formulation. The effect of its treatment on lung cancer was determined by histopathological analysis. RAR-β gene expression was assessed by RT-PCR and qPCR...
May 16, 2018: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777855/polymer-lipid-hybrid-nanoparticles-as-enhanced-indomethacin-delivery-systems
#18
Annalisa Dalmoro, Sabrina Bochicchio, Shamil F Nasibullin, Paolo Bertoncin, Gaetano Lamberti, Anna Angela Barba, Rouslan I Moustafine
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), i.e. indomethacin used for rheumatoid arthritis and non-rheumatoid inflammatory diseases, are known for their injurious actions on the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Mucosal damage can be avoided by using nanoscale systems composed by a combination of liposomes and biodegradable natural polymer, i.e. chitosan, for enhancing drug activity. Aim of this study was to prepare chitosan-lipid hybrid delivery systems for indomethacin dosage through a novel continuous method based on microfluidic principles...
May 16, 2018: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776311/phospholipid-block-copolymer-hybrid-vesicles-with-lysosomal-escape-ability
#19
Wei Zong, Bo Thingholm, Fabian Itel, Philipp Sebastian Schattling, Edit Brodszkij, Daniel Mayer, Steffen Stenger, Kenneth N Goldie, Xiaojun Han, Brigitte Städler
The success of nanoparticulate formulations in drug delivery depends on various aspects including their toxicity, internalization and intracellular location. Vesicular assemblies consisting of phospholipid and amphiphilic block copolymers are an emerging platform, which combines the benefits from liposomes and polymersomes while overcoming their challenges. We report the synthesis of poly(cholesteryl methacrylate)-block-poly(2-(dimethylamino) ethyl methacrylate) (pCMA-b-pDMAEMA) block copolymers and their assembly with phospholipids into hybrid vesicles...
May 18, 2018: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775190/phosphonium-carbosilane-dendrimers-interaction-with-a-simple-biological-membrane-model
#20
Dominika Wrobel, Radka Kubikova, Monika Müllerová, Tomas Strašák, Květoslav RůŽička, Michal Fulem, Jan Maly
The influence of three generations of five different phosphonium carbosilane dendrimers and one ammonium carbosilane dendrimer as a reference (PMe3, PBu3, P(Et2)2(CH2)3OH, PPh3, P(MeOPh)3 and NMe3, peripheral functional groups) on dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine (DMPC) or a lipid mixture dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine/dimyristoylphosphatidylglycerol (DMPC/DMPG) of liposomes was studied by fluorescence polarization measurements and differential scanning calorimetry. All types of dendrimers interacted with neutral as well as negatively charged liposomes, but the strength and observed influence were different...
May 18, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
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