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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221822/clinical-characteristics-and-spatial-distribution-of-visceral-leishmaniasis-in-children-in-s%C3%A3-o-paulo-state-an-emerging-focus-of-visceral-leishmaniasis-in-brazil
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Patricia Rodrigues Naufal Spir, Luiz Euribel Prestes-Carneiro, Elivelton Silva Fonseca, Aline Dayse, Rogério Giuffrida, Lourdes Aparecida Zampieri D'Andrea
BACKGROUND: Visceral leishmaniasis (VL) is an emerging zoonosis, and Brazil harbors about 90% of those infected in Latin America. Since 1998, the disease has been spreading quickly in São Paulo state, and the western region is considered an emerging focus of VL in Brazil. Our aim was to evaluate the clinical characteristics and spatial distribution of VL in children referred to a public tertiary hospital located in the western region of São Paulo state, Brazil. METHODS: Medical records of children up to 18 years of age who were diagnosed with VL between January 2006 and December 2010 were reviewed...
February 21, 2017: Pathogens and Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221378/characterization-of-drug-encapsulation-and-retention-in-archaea-inspired-tetraether-liposomes
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Geoffray Leriche, Jessica L Cifelli, Kevin C Sibucao, Joseph P Patterson, Takaoki Koyanagi, Nathan C Gianneschi, Jerry Yang
The passive leakage of small molecules across membranes is a major limitation of liposomal drug formulations. Here, we evaluate the leakage of 3 clinically used chemotherapeutic agents (cytarabine, methotrexate and vincristine) encapsulated in liposomes comprised of a synthetic, archaea-inspired, membrane-spanning tetraether lipid. Liposomes comprised of the pure tetraether lipid exhibited superior retention of both a neutrally and positively charged drug (up to an ∼9-fold decrease in the rate of drug leakage) compared to liposomes formed from a commercial diacyl lipid, while exhibiting a similar retention of a negatively charged drug that did not appreciably leak from either type of liposome...
February 21, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220110/inhaled-liposomal-ciprofloxacin-protects-against-a-lethal-infection-in-a-murine-model-of-pneumonic-plague
#3
Karleigh A Hamblin, Stuart J Armstrong, Kay B Barnes, Carwyn Davies, Thomas Laws, James D Blanchard, Sarah V Harding, Helen S Atkins
Inhalation of Yersinia pestis can lead to pneumonic plague, which without treatment is inevitably fatal. Two novel formulations of liposome-encapsulated ciprofloxacin, 'ciprofloxacin for inhalation' (CFI, Lipoquin(®)) and 'dual release ciprofloxacin for inhalation' (DRCFI, Pulmaquin(®)) containing CFI and ciprofloxacin solution, are in development. These were evaluated as potential therapies for infection with Y. pestis. In a murine model of pneumonic plague, human-like doses of aerosolized CFI, aerosolized DRCFI or intraperitoneal (i...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219330/empiric-treatment-against-invasive-fungal-diseases-in-febrile-neutropenic-patients-a-systematic-review-and-network-meta-analysis
#4
Ken Chen, Qi Wang, Roy A Pleasants, Long Ge, Wei Liu, Kangning Peng, Suodi Zhai
BACKGROUND: The most optimal antifungal agent for empiric treatment of invasive fungal diseases (IFDs) in febrile neutropenia is controversial. Our objective was evaluate the relative efficacy of antifungals for all-cause mortality, fungal infection-related mortality and treatment response in this population. METHODS: Pubmed, Embase and Cochrane Library were searched to identify randomized controlled trials (RCTs). Two reviewers performed the quality assessment and extracted data independently...
February 20, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218744/live-cell-imaging-to-compare-the-transfection-and-gene-silencing-efficiency-of-calcium-phosphate-nanoparticles-and-a-liposomal-transfection-agent
#5
S Chernousova, M Epple
The processing of DNA (for transfection) and siRNA (for gene silencing), introduced into HeLa cells by triple-shell calcium phosphate nanoparticles, was followed by live-cell imaging. For comparison, the commercial liposomal transfection agent Lipofectamine(TM) was used. The cells were incubated with these delivery systems, carrying either eGFP-encoding DNA or siRNA against eGFP. In the latter case, HeLa cells which stably expressed eGFP were used. The expression of eGFP started after 5 h in the case of nanoparticles and after 4 h in the case of Lipofectamine...
February 20, 2017: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217966/pathogenesis-of-diffuse-alveolar-hemorrhage-in-murine-lupus
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Haoyang Zhuang, Shuhong Han, Pui Y Lee, Ravil Khaybullin, Stepan Shumyak, Li Lu, Amina Chatha, Anan Afaneh, Yuan Zhang, Chao Xie, Dina Nacionales, Lyle Moldawer, Xin Qi, Li-Jun Yang, Westley H Reeves
OBJECTIVE: Diffuse alveolar hemorrhage (DAH) in lupus patients is >50% fatal. The cause is unknown. The pathogenesis of DAH in C57BL/6 mice with pristane-induced lupus, a model of human lupus-associated DAH, was examined. METHODS: Clinical/pathological and immunological manifestations DAH in pristane-lupus were compared with human DAH. Tissue distribution of pristane was examined by mass spectrometry. Cell types responsible for disease were determined by in vivo depletion using clodronate liposomes (CloLip) and anti-neutrophil monoclonal antibodies (GR1)...
February 19, 2017: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216467/nmr-and-esr-study-of-amphotericin-b-interactions-with-various-binary-phosphatidylcholine-phosphatidylglycerol-membranes
#7
J C Debouzy, L Mehenni, D Crouzier, M Lahiani-Skiba, G Nugue, M Skiba
Several biologically relevant phospholipids are considered as potential excipients for IV administration liposome's formulation of AMB (Biopharmaceututics Classification System Class IV). On the basis of in vivo bioavaibility studies, DMPC and DMPG were ranked as the first potent encapsulation enhancers for this model drug, especially if one expects to target DMPG rich systems as pulmonary surfactant. Subsequently, dispersions (multilayers) of DMPC, DMPG or in binary systems with various molar ratios were prepared with or without AMB (molar ratios AMB/lipid) and further investigated using the (1)H-,(31)P-NMR methods...
February 16, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216150/novel-biodegradable-poly-gamma-glutamic-acid-amphotericin-b-complexes-show-promise-as-improved-amphotericin-b-formulations
#8
T Dinh, Q Zia, S Zubair, P Stapleton, R Singh, M Owais, S Somavarapu
Commercially available amphotericin B (AmB) formulations are limited either by cytotoxicities, lower efficacies, shelf-life related issues or high production costs. AmB complexes based on poly(gamma-glutamic acid) (PGGA) have been prepared and evaluated for their efficacies against AmB-deoxycholate (Fungizone®) and liposomal AmB (AmBisome®). Physical characterizations showed that AmB/PGGA complexes are nanoscopic (20-40nm) with a negative zetapotential (-51.0mV), water-soluble, stable in solution (up to 4weeks, at 4 °C and 25 °C), and have a theoretical drug loading (up to 76...
February 16, 2017: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216002/stealth-nanocarriers-based-sterosomes-using-peg-post-insertion-process
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Anna Cieślak, Nathalie Wauthoz, Alejandro Nieto Orellana, Nolwenn Lautram, Jérôme Béjaud, José Hureaux, Michel Lafleur, Jean-Pierre Benoit, Claudio J Salomon, Guillaume Bastiat
Sterosomes (STEs), a new and promising non-phospholipidic liposome platform based on palmitic acid (PA) and cholesterol (Chol) mixtures, need to have polyethylene glycol (PEG) chains grafted to their surface in order to obtain long-circulating nanocarriers in the blood stream. A post-insertion method was chosen to achieve this modification. The post-insertion process of PEG-modified distearoylphosphoethanolamine (DSPE-PEG) was monitored using the zeta potential value of STEs. Various conditions including PEG chain length and the DSPE-PEG/PA-Chol ratio, were explored...
February 16, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215671/dual-ligand-%C3%AE-5%C3%AE-1-and-%C3%AE-6%C3%AE-4-integrin-targeting-enhances-gene-delivery-and-selectivity-to-cancer-cells
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Rachel M Levine, Efrosini Kokkoli
Nanoparticles functionalized with cancer-targeting ligands have shown promise but are still limited by off-tumor binding to healthy tissues that express low levels of the molecular target. Targeting two cancer biomarkers using dual-targeted heteromultivalent nanoparticles presents a possible solution to this challenge by requiring overexpression of two separate ligands for localization. In order to guide experimental design, a kinetic model was built to explore how the affinity and valency of dual-ligand liposomes affect the binding and selectivity of delivery to cells with various receptor expression...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215670/therapeutic-efficacy-of-combined-pegylated-liposomal-doxorubicin-and-radiofrequency-ablation-comparing-single-and-combined-therapy-in-young-and-old-mice
#11
Alexander V Andriyanov, Emma Portnoy, Erez Koren, Sara Eyal, S Nahum Goldberg, Yechezkel Barenholz
Antitumor therapy in the elderly is particularly challenging due to multiple, often chronic diseases, poly-therapy, and age-related physiological changes that affect drug efficacy and safety. Furthermore, tumors may become more aggressive and drug-resistant with advanced age, leading to poor patient prognosis. In this study, we evaluated in mice bearing medulloblastoma xenografts the effect of age on tumor progression and tumor therapy. We focused on therapeutic efficacy of two treatment modalities alone radiofrequency ablation therapy (RFA), PEGylated liposomal doxorubicin (PLD) equivalent to Doxil, and their combination...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215669/new-drug-candidates-for-liposomal-delivery-identified-by-computer-modeling-of-liposomes-remote-loading-and-leakage
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Ahuva Cern, David Marcus, Alexander Tropsha, Yechezkel Barenholz, Amiram Goldblum
Remote drug loading into nano-liposomes is in most cases the best method for achieving high concentrations of active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) per nano-liposome that enable therapeutically viable API-loaded nano-liposomes, referred to as nano-drugs. This approach also enables controlled drug release. Recently, we constructed computational models to identify APIs that can achieve the desired high concentrations in nano-liposomes by remote loading. While those previous models included a broad spectrum of experimental conditions and dealt only with loading, here we reduced the scope to the molecular characteristics alone...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214630/ph-and-reduction-dual-responsive-dipeptide-cationic-lipids-with-%C3%AE-tocopherol-hydrophobic-tail-for-efficient-gene-delivery
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Qiang Liu, Rong-Chuan Su, Wen-Jing Yi, Li-Ting Zheng, Shan-Shan Lu, Zhi-Gang Zhao
A series of tocopherol-based cationic lipid 3a-3f bearing a pH-sensitive imidazole moiety in the dipeptide headgroup and a reduction-responsive disulfide linkage were designed and synthesized. Acid-base titration of these lipids showed good buffering capacities. The liposomes formed from 3 and co-lipid 1, 2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DOPC) could efficiently bind and condense DNA into nanoparticles. Gel binding and HPLC assays confirmed the encapsulated DNA could release from lipoplexes 3 upon addition of 10 mM glutathione (GSH)...
February 12, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214610/virosome-bound-antigen-enhances-dc-dependent-specific-cd4-t-cell-stimulation-inducing-a-th1-and-treg-profile-in-vitro
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Rebecca A M Blom, Mario Amacker, Christian Moser, R Maarten van Dijk, Raffaela Bonetti, Emilie Seydoux, Sean R R Hall, Christophe von Garnier, Fabian Blank
There is considerable interest to develop antigen-carriers for immune-modulatory clinical applications, but insufficient information is available on their effects on antigen-presenting cells. We employed virosomes coupled to ovalbumin (OVA) to study their interaction with murine bone marrow-derived dendritic cells (BMDCs) and modulation of downstream T cell responses. BMDCs were treated in vitro with virosomes or liposomes prior to determining BMDC phenotype, viability, and intra-cellular trafficking. Antigen-specific CD4(+) T cell activation was measured by co-culture of BMDCs with DO11...
February 15, 2017: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214606/payload-release-by-liposome-burst-thermal-collapse-of-microgels-induces-satellite-destruction
#15
Alexander Yaroslavov, Irina Panova, Andrey Sybachin, Vasiliy Spiridonov, Alexander Zezin, Olga Mergel, Arjan Gelissen, Rahul Tiwari, Felix Plamper, Walter Richtering, Fredric Menger
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 15, 2017: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212859/docosahexaenoic-acid-phospholipid-differentially-modulates-the-conformation-of-g90v-and-n55k-rhodopsin-mutants-associated-with-retinitis-pigmentosa
#16
Xiaoyun Dong, María Guadalupe Herrera-Hernández, Eva Ramon, Pere Garriga
Rhodopsin is the visual photoreceptor of the retinal rod cells that mediates dim light vision and a prototypical member of the G protein-coupled receptor superfamily. The structural stability and functional performance of rhodopsin are modulated by membrane lipids. Docosahexaenoic acid has been shown to interact with native rhodopsin but no direct evidence has been established on the effect of such lipid on the stability and regeneration of rhodopsin mutants associated with retinal diseases. The stability and regeneration of two thermosensitive mutants G90V and N55K, associated with the retinal degenerative disease retinitis pigmentosa, have been analyzed in docosohexaenoic phospholipid (1,2-didocosa-hexaenoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine; DDHA-PC) liposomes...
February 14, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212339/adamantane-in-drug-delivery-systems-and-surface-recognition
#17
REVIEW
Adela Štimac, Marina Šekutor, Kata Mlinarić-Majerski, Leo Frkanec, Ruža Frkanec
The adamantane moiety is widely applied in design and synthesis of new drug delivery systems and in surface recognition studies. This review focuses on liposomes, cyclodextrins, and dendrimers based on or incorporating adamantane derivatives. Our recent concept of adamantane as an anchor in the lipid bilayer of liposomes has promising applications in the field of targeted drug delivery and surface recognition. The results reported here encourage the development of novel adamantane-based structures and self-assembled supramolecular systems for basic chemical investigations as well as for biomedical application...
February 16, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212005/stimuli-responsive-polymersomes-for-biomedical-applications
#18
Xiuli Hu, Yuqi Zhang, Zhigang Xie, Xiabin Jing, Adriano Bellotti, Zhen Gu
Polymersomes, the structural analogues of liposomes, are hollow structures enclosed by a bilayer membrane made from amphiphilic copolymers. Polymersomes have been proposed to mimic the structure and properties of cellular membranes and viral capsids. Excellent robustness and stability, chemical versatility for tunable membrane properties and surface functionalization make polymersomes attractive candidates for drug delivery, diagnostic imaging, nanoreactor vessels, and artificial organelles. In further biomimetic strategies, stimuli-responsive polymersomes that can recognize various external physical or internal biological environmental stimuli and conduct "on demand" release in dose-, spatial-, and temporal-controlled fashions have been widely developed...
February 17, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211204/evaluation-of-the-enhanced-permeability-and-retention-effect-in-the-early-stages-of-lymph-node-metastasis
#19
Mamoru Mikada, Ariunbuyan Sukhbaatar, Yoshinobu Miura, Sachiko Horie, Maya Sakamoto, Shiro Mori, Tetsuya Kodama
Most solid cancers spread to new sites via the lymphatics before hematogenous dissemination. However, only a small fraction of an intravenously administered anti-cancer drug enters the lymphatic system to reach metastatic lymph nodes (LNs). Here, we show that the enhanced permeability and retention (EPR) effect is not induced during the early stages of LN metastasis. Luciferase-expressing tumor cells were injected into the subiliac LN of the MXH10/Mo-lpr/lpr mouse to induce metastasis to the proper axillary LN (PALN)...
February 17, 2017: Cancer Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209238/corrigendum-to-the-enhancement-of-gene-silencing-efficiency-with-chitosan-coated-liposome-formulations-of-sirnas-targeting-hif-1%C3%AE-and-vegf-int-j-pharm-478-2015-147-154
#20
Emine Şalva, Suna Özbaş Turan, Fatih Eren, Jülide Akbuğa
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 10, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
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