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Weidan Na, Qing Liu, Bowen Sui, Tianyu Hu, Xingguang Su
A novel and effective fluorescence strategy was developed for sensitive and selective detection of acid phosphatase (ACP). A förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) biosensor was established by attaching nile red (NR) to graphene quantum dots (GQDs) via lecithin/β-Cyclodextrin (lecithin/β-CD) complex as the linker. The introduction of lecithin/β-CD would brought GQDs-NR pair close enough through both electrostatic interaction and hydrophobic interaction, thereby making the FRET occur and thus resulting in the fluorescence quenching of GQDs (donor) and meanwhile the fluorescence enhancement of NR (acceptor)...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Amal A Sultan, Sanaa A El-Gizawy, Mohamed A Osman, Gamal M El Maghraby
Mixed micelles provide promising strategy for enhancing dissolution and permeability of drugs. However, their fluid nature limited the stability of the loaded drug and hindered the development of stable oral dosage form. Accordingly, the objective was to develop solid self dispersing mixed micelle forming systems (MMFS) for enhanced dissolution and intestinal permeability of hydrochlorothiazide. Pseudoternary phase diagrams were constructed using sodium cholate, lecithin with either poloxamer 407 or PEG 4000 to determine the composition of MMFS...
October 13, 2016: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
N Gopalakrishnan, R Arul, J Dhanapriya, T Dinesh Kumar, R Sakthirajan, T Balasubramaniyan
Familial lecithin-cholesterol acyltransferase (LCAT) deficiency is a rare autosomal recessive (AR) disease caused by mutation in the LCAT gene. LCAT enzyme esterifies cholesterol molecules in high-density lipoprotein(HDL) and low density-lipoprotein (LDL) particles. This enzyme deficiency is characterised by progressive corneal opacification, glomerulopathy, mild - moderate haemolytic anaemia and very low plasma levels of HDL. We here report a 34 year-old lady who presented with hypertension, nephrotic proteinuria, renal failure, corneal ring opacities, anemia and dyslipidemia...
October 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Farhad Jahanfar, Akbar Hasani, Dariush Shanebandi, Mohammad Rahmati, Hamed Hamishehkar
Purpose: In this study the effectiveness of encapsulating of 5-azacytidine into the lipid nanoparticles was investigated and in vitro effect of encapsulated 5-azacytidine studied on MCF-7 cell lines Methods: 5-azacytidine -loaded solid lipid nanoparticles were produced by double emulsification (w/o/w) method by using stearic acid as lipid matrix, soy lecithin and poloxamer 407 as surfactant and co-surfactant respectively. Particle size, zeta potential, surface morphology, entrapment efficiency and kinetic of drug release were studied...
September 2016: Advanced Pharmaceutical Bulletin
Antonella Riva, Paolo Morazzoni, Christian Artaria, Pietro Allegrini, Jürgen Meins, Daniele Savio, Giovanni Appendino, Manfred Schubert-Zsilavecz, Mona Abdel-Tawab
BACKGROUND: The oral administration of the gum resin extracts of Indian frankincense (Boswellia serrata Roxb. ex Colebr) results in very low plasma concentrations of boswellic acids (BAs), being far below the pharmacologically active concentrations required in vitro for anti-inflammatory activity. For that reason the use of Indian frankincense in clinical practice and pharmaceutical development has substantially lagged behind. Recently the application of new formulation technologies resulted in a formulation of frankincense extract with lecithin, which revealed improved absorption and tissue penetration of BAs in a rodent study, leading for the first time to plasma concentrations of BAs in the range of their anti-inflammatory activity...
November 15, 2016: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
Xiang Zi Li, Byung Ki Park, Byuong Chon Hong, Jun Sang Ahn, Jong Suh Shin
This study aims to investigate the effect of soy lecithin on the total cholesterol content, the fatty acid composition and carcass characteristics in the Longissimus dorsi in Hanwoo steers. Hanwoo steers (24 head) were fed two diets: Control (CON) (concentrate + alcohol-fermented feed (AFF)) and soy lecithin treatment (CON + soy lecithin at 0.5% of the AFF). Soy lecithin treatment increased average daily gain, serum concentrations of triglyceride, total cholesterol and high-density lipoprotein-cholesterol in the blood...
October 18, 2016: Animal Science Journal, Nihon Chikusan Gakkaihō
Sun-Hyung Kim, Yeun-Sun Ji, Eui-Seok Lee, Soon-Taek Hong
Curcumin is a flavonoid found in the rhizome of the turmeric plant (Curcuma longa L.) and has recently attracted interest because it has numerous biological functions and therapeutic properties. In the present study, we attempted to incorporate curcumin into medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) nanoemulsions (0.15 wt% curcumin, 10 wt% MCT oil, and 10 wt% emulsifiers) with various emulsifiers [polyoxyethylene (20) sorbitan monolaurate (Tween-20), sorbitan monooleate (SM), and soy lecithin (SL)]. The physicochemical properties of the nanoemulsions including the Ostwald ripening stability were investigated...
September 2016: Preventive Nutrition and Food Science
David A Riehm, David J Rokke, Prakash G Paul, Han Seung Lee, Brent S Vizanko, Alon V McCormick
Lecithin-rich mixtures of the nontoxic surfactants lecithin and Tween 80 are effective marine oil spill dispersants, but produce much higher oil-water interfacial tension than other, comparably effective dispersants. This suggests interfacial phenomena other than interfacial tension influence lecithin-Tween 80 dispersants' effectiveness. The interface between seawater and dispersant-crude oil mixtures was studied using light microscopy, cryogenic scanning electron microscopy, and droplet coalescence tests. Lecithin:Tween 80 ratio was varied from 100:0 to 0:100 and wt% dispersant in the oil was varied from 1...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Pingnan Shan, Zhiyong Lu, Lihong Ye, Yaqin Fang, Suhong Tan, Guohong Xuan, Jincheng Ru, Liming Mao
BACKGROUND Prostatitis is a common and refractory urological disease with complicated etiology. Ureaplasma urealyticum (UU) has a close relationship with human urinary tract infection that can induce nonbacterial prostatitis. Tripterygium wilfordii polyglycoside (TWP) is a non-steroidal immune inhibitor that causes significant immune suppression and anti-inflammatory effects. Its role in prostatitis caused by UU has not yet been established. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of TWP on UU-infected prostatitis in a rat model...
October 15, 2016: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Meizhen Xie, Nurhan Turgut Dunford
This study investigated the polar lipid composition and emulsifying properties of canola lecithin from enzymatic degumming (CLED). Phospholipase A1 was used for enzymatic degumming of crude canola oil to collect lecithin sample. Canola lecithin from water degumming (CLWD) was also collected and served as the control. The results showed that the contents of phosphatidylethanolamine (PE) (2.99%) and phosphatidylcholine (PC) (6.59%) in CLED were significantly lower than that in CLWD (PE 15.55% and PC 21.93%); while the content of lysophosphatidylcholine (LPC) (19...
March 1, 2017: Food Chemistry
Jae Hoon Cha, Sun Rim Kim, Hyun Joong Kang, Myung Hwan Kim, Ae Wha Ha, Woo Kyoung Kim
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Corn silk (CS) extract contains large amounts of maysin, which is a major flavonoid in CS. However, studies regarding the effect of CS extract on cholesterol metabolism is limited. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to determine the effect of CS extract on cholesterol metabolism in C57BL/6J mouse fed high-fat diets. MATERIALS/METHODS: Normal-fat group fed 7% fat diet, high-fat (HF) group fed 25% fat diet, and high-fat with corn silk (HFCS) group were orally administered CS extract (100 mg/kg body weight) daily...
October 2016: Nutrition Research and Practice
Xinrong Pan, Huanhuan Liu, Jiao Liu, Cheng Wang, Jianping Wen
In order to relieve the toxicity of furfural on Rhizopus oryzae fermentation, the molecular mechanism of R. oryzae responding to furfural stress for fumaric acid-production was investigated by omics-based approaches. In metabolomics analysis, 29 metabolites including amino acid, sugars, polyols and fatty acids showed significant changes for maintaining the basic cell metabolism at the cost of lowering fumaric acid production. To further uncover the survival mechanism, lipidomics was carried out, revealing that phosphatidylcholine, phosphatidylglycerol, phosphatidylinositol and polyunsaturated acyl chains might be closely correlated with R...
September 30, 2016: Bioresource Technology
Ken-Ichiro Tanaka, Fumiya Tamura, Toshifumi Sugizaki, Masahiro Kawahara, Keiji Kuba, Yumiko Imai, Tohru Mizushima
RATIONALE: For acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), mechanical ventilation (MV) is a life-saving intervention without alternative, however, MV can cause ventilator-induced lung injury (VILI). Reactive oxygen species (ROS) play important roles in the pathogenesis of both ARDS and VILI. Lecithinized superoxide dismutase (PC-SOD) has overcome limitations of SOD such as low tissue affinity and low stability in plasma. OBJECTIVES: In this study, we have examined the effect of PC-SOD on tissue injury, edema and inflammation in the lung and other organs of mice subjected to cecal ligation and puncture (CLP), lipopolysaccharide (LPS) administration or MV...
September 26, 2016: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
Xiao-Yan Liu, Xin Niu, Qian-Jin Feng, Xue-Zhi Yang, Dan-Wei Wang, Tong Zhao, Lei Li, Hong DU
The purpose of this study was to design and prepare a biocompatible microemulsion of Andrographis paniculata (BMAP) containing both fat-soluble and water-soluble constituents. We determined the contents of active constituents of BMAP and evaluated its bioavailability. The biocompatible microemulsion (BM), containing lecithin and bile salts, was optimized in the present study, showing a good physical stability. The mean droplet size was 19.12 nm, and the average polydispersity index (PDI) was 0.153. The contents of andrographolide and dehydroandrographolide in BMAP, as determined by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), were higher than that in ethanol extraction...
September 2016: Chinese Journal of Natural Medicines
Eugeny P Lukashev, Petr P Knox, Vladimir V Gorokhov, Nadezda P Grishanova, Nuranija Kh Seifullina, Maria Krikunova, Heiko Lokstein, Vladimir Z Paschenko
Quantum dots (QDs) absorb ultraviolet and long-wavelength visible light energy much more efficiently than natural bacterial light-harvesting proteins and can transfer the excitation energy to photosynthetic reaction centers (RCs). Inclusion of RCs combined with QDs as antennae into liposomes opens new opportunities for using such hybrid systems as a basis for artificial energy-transforming devices that potentially can operate with greater efficiency and stability than devices based only on biological components or inorganic components alone...
September 12, 2016: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
Dariusz Man, Ryszard Olchawa
The effect of the surface layer of model membranes on their physical properties was discussed in this paper. The research involved a physical ESR experiment with the use of spin probes and computer simulation based on the Monte Carlo technique. Liposomes formed during the process of sonication of lecithin were scanned in an ESR spectrometer. The membrane surface layer model, represented by the system of electric dipoles arranged in rectangular or hexagonal matrices, was studied. The final states of computer simulations were presented as textures...
September 17, 2016: European Biophysics Journal: EBJ
Chia-Wei Su, Ching-Shu Yen, Chih-Sheng Chiang, Chin-Hao Hsu, San-Yuan Chen
A DOX-loaded polysaccharide-lecithin reverse micelles triglyceride-based oral delivery nanocarrier (D-PL/TG NPs) conjugated with (i) RGD peptide for targeting to β1 integrin of M cells and (ii) Lyp-1 peptide for targeting to the p32 receptor of MDA-MB-231 cells is used to investigate the multistage continuous targeting capabilities of these peptide-conjugated nanocarriers (GLD-PL/TG NPs) for tumor therapy. Variations in the targeting efficacy and pharmacokinetic properties are investigated by quantitatively controlling the surface density of different peptides on the nanoparticles...
September 16, 2016: Macromolecular Bioscience
V Jayanthi, S Sarika, Joy Varghese, V Vaithiswaran, Malay Sharma, Mettu Srinivas Reddy, Vijaya Srinivasan, G M M Reddy, Mohamed Rela, S Kalkura
BACKGROUND: Gallstones (GS) in south India (SI) are predominantly pure pigment or mixed, while in North India (NI), these are either pure cholesterol or mixed. While cholesterol rich gallbladder (GB) bile predicts cholesterol GS, constituent of bile in primary pigment GS is not known. We compared the composition of GB bile from healthy liver donors and patients with GS from north and south India. METHODS: Gallbladder bile from healthy liver donors from north (10) and south India (8) served as controls...
September 2016: Indian Journal of Gastroenterology: Official Journal of the Indian Society of Gastroenterology
Trond M Kortner, Michael H Penn, Ingemar Bjӧrkhem, Kjell Måsøval, Åshild Krogdahl
BACKGROUND: The present study was undertaken to gain knowledge on the role of bile components and lecithin on development of aberrations in digestive functions which seemingly have increased in Atlantic salmon in parallel with the increased use of plant ingredients in fish feed. Post smolt Atlantic salmon were fed for 77 days one of three basal diets: a high fish meal diet (HFM), a low fishmeal diet (LFM), or a diet with high protein soybean meal (HPS). Five additional diets were made from the LFM diet by supplementing with: purified taurocholate (1...
2016: BMC Veterinary Research
Anita Umerska, Viviane Cassisa, Nada Matougui, Marie-Laure Joly-Guillou, Matthieu Eveillard, Patrick Saulnier
Lipid nanocapsules (LNCs) are a new generation of biomimetic nanocarriers obtained via a phase inversion temperature method and have an oily core of medium-chain triglycerides that is surrounded by a shelf containing a lipophilic surfactant (lecithin) and a hydrophilic surfactant macrogol 15-hydroxystearate. The aim of the present study was to produce LNCs with antibacterial activity by replacing lecithin with other lipophilic surface active compounds, namely medium-chain fatty acids and their 1-monoglycerides, which are known to have antimicrobial properties...
September 2, 2016: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
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