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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733283/osmotic-compounds-enhance-antibiotic-efficacy-against-acinetobacter-baumannii-biofilm-communities
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Azeza Falghoush, Haluk Beyenal, Thomas E Besser, Anders Omsland, Douglas R Call
Biofilm-associated infections are a clinical challenge in part because a hydrated matrix protects the bacterial community from antibiotics. Herein, we evaluated how different osmotic compounds [maltodextrin, sucrose and polyethylene glycol (PEG)] enhance antibiotic efficacy against Acinetobacter baumannii biofilm communities. Established test-tube biofilms (24 h, strain ATCC 17978) were treated with osmotic compounds in the presence or absence of 10X the minimum inhibitory concentration of different antibiotics (50 μg/ml tobramycin, 20 μg/ml ciprofloxacin, 300 μg/ml chloramphenicol, 30 μg/ml nalidixic acid or 100 μg/ml erythromycin)...
July 21, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730752/targeted-nanotherapeutics-encapsulating-liver-x-receptor-agonist-gw3965-enhance-antiatherogenic-effects-without-adverse-effects-on-hepatic-lipid-metabolism-in-ldlr-mice
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Mikyung Yu, Jaume Amengual, Arjun Menon, Nazila Kamaly, Felix Zhou, Xiaoding Xu, Phei Er Saw, Seung-Joo Lee, Kevin Si, Carleena Angelica Ortega, Won Il Choi, In-Hyun Lee, Yazan Bdour, Jinjun Shi, Morteza Mahmoudi, Sangyong Jon, Edward A Fisher, Omid C Farokhzad
The pharmacological manipulation of liver X receptors (LXRs) has been an attractive therapeutic strategy for atherosclerosis treatment as they control reverse cholesterol transport and inflammatory response. This study presents the development and efficacy of nanoparticles (NPs) incorporating the synthetic LXR agonist GW3965 (GW) in targeting atherosclerotic lesions. Collagen IV (Col IV) targeting ligands are employed to functionalize the NPs to improve targeting to the atherosclerotic plaque, and formulation parameters such as the length of the polyethylene glycol (PEG) coating molecules are systematically optimized...
July 21, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730725/targeting-nano-drug-delivery-to-cancer-cells-using-tunable-multi-layer-silver-decorated-gold-nanorods
#3
Zeid A Nima, Ahmed M Alwbari, Vijayalakshmi Dantuluri, Rabab N Hamzah, Natasha Sra, Pooja Motwani, Konstantinos Arnaoutakis, Rebecca A Levy, Amani F Bohliqa, Dmitry Nedosekin, Vladimir P Zharov, Issam Makhoul, Alexandru S Biris
Multifunctional nanoparticles have high potential as targeting delivery vehicles for cancer chemotherapy. In this study, silver-decorated gold nanorods (AuNR\Ag) have been successfully used to deliver specific, targeted chemotherapy against breast cancer (MCF7) and prostate carcinoma (PC3) cell lines. Doxorubicin, a commonly used chemotherapy, and anti-Epithelial cell adhesion molecule (anti-EpCAM) antibodies were covalently bonded to thiolated polyethylene glycol-coated AuNR\Ag, and the resultant system was used to deliver the drugs to cancer cells in vitro...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Applied Toxicology: JAT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729815/symposium-report-an-evidence-based-approach-to-ibs-and-cic-applying-new-advances-to-daily-practice-a-review-of-an-adjunct-clinical-symposium-of-the-american-college-of-gastroenterology-meeting-october-16-2016-%C3%A2-las-vegas-nevada
#4
William D Chey
Many nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic therapies are available to manage irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC). The American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) regularly publishes reviews on IBS and CIC therapies. The most recent of these reviews was published by the ACG Task Force on the Management of Functional Bowel Disorders in 2014. The key objective of this review was to evaluate the efficacy of therapies for IBS or CIC compared with placebo or no treatment in randomized controlled trials...
February 2017: Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729541/an-easy-gene-assembling-strategy-for-light-promoted-transfection-by-combining-host-guest-interaction-of-cucurbit-7-uril-and-gold-nanoparticles
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Jianwei Du, Peng Zhang, Xiao Zhao, Youxiang Wang
Cucurbit[7]uril (CB[7]), a representative member of the host family cucurbit[n]uril, can host-guest interact with many guest molecules such as adamantane, viologen and naphthalene derivatives. This host-guest interaction provides an easy strategy in gene vector assembling. Furthermore, CB[7] can self-assemble on gold nanospheres (AuNSs). Herein, the combination of CB[7] and AuNSs provides both advantages of host-guest interaction and photo-thermal effect of AuNSs. In this study, polyethyleneimine (PEI) and polyethylene glycol (PEG) were separately interacted with CB[7] via host-guest interaction...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726961/functional-single-walled-carbon-nanotubes-car-for-targeting-dopamine-delivery-into-the-brain-of-parkinsonian-mice
#6
Qing Guo, Huihui You, Xu Yang, Bencheng Lin, Zhihong Zhu, Zhisong Lu, Xiaoxiao Li, Yun Zhao, Lin Mao, Shiping Shen, Haoyan Cheng, Jiting Zhang, Lingfu Deng, Jianhua Fan, Zhuge Xi, Rui Li, Chang Ming Li
Current treatments for Parkinson's disease (PD) are limited, partly due to the difficulties posed by the blood brain barrier (BBB) when delivering drugs to the brain. Herein, we explore the feasibility and efficacy of functional single-walled carbon nanotubes 'CAR' (SWCNT-PEGs-Lf) which carry and target-deliver dopamine (DA) to the brain in PD mice for treatment. SWCNTs can penetrate the cell-membrane remarkably, with the characteristics including high drug-loading and pH-dependent therapeutic unloading capacities...
July 20, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726681/a-novel-cylindrical-microwell-featuring-inverted-pyramidal-opening-for-efficient-cell-spheroid-formation-without-cell-loss
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Jae Min Cha, HyungDal Park, Eun Kyoung Shin, Ji Hee Sung, Ockchul Kim, Woohyun Jung, Oh Young Bang, Jinseok Kim
Spheroid cultures have been often used to simulate and understand in situ biological occurrences with potential to be further applied to therapeutic approaches, such as cell transplantation. However, traditional lab-scale techniques hardly reached the needed large scale production of cell spheroids, thus limiting their versatility in many biomedical fields. Microscale technologies have rapidly improved in the last decade, and contributed to the large scale production of cell spheroids with high controllability and reproducibility...
July 20, 2017: Biofabrication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726576/recent-developments-in-thiolated-polymeric-hydrogels-for-tissue-engineering-applications
#8
Mani Gajendiran, Jae-Sung Rhee, Kyobum Kim
This review focuses on the recent strategy in the preparation of thiolated polymers and fabrication of their hydrogel matrices. The mechanism involved in the synthesis of thiolated polymers and fabrication of thiolated polymer hydrogels is exemplified with suitable schematic representations reported in the recent literature. The 2-iminothiolane namely "Traut's reagent" has been widely employed for effectively thiolating the natural polymers such as collagen and gelatin which contain free amino group in their back bone...
July 20, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part B, Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721592/construction-purification-and-characterization-of-a-homodimeric-granulocyte-colony-stimulating-factor
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Gitana Mickiene, Indre Dalgediene, Zilvinas Dapkunas, Gintautas Zvirblis, Henrikas Pesliakas, Algirdas Kaupinis, Mindaugas Valius, Edita Mistiniene, Milda Pleckaityte
Granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) has found widespread clinical application, and modified forms with improved biopharmaceutical properties have been marketed as well. PEGylation, the covalent modification of G-CSF with polyethylene glycol (PEG), has a beneficial effect on drug properties, but there are concerns connected to the immunogenicity of PEGylated compounds and bioaccumulation of the synthetic polymer. To overcome challenges connected with chemical modifications, we developed fusion proteins composed of two G-CSF molecules connected via different peptide linkers...
July 18, 2017: Molecular Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720201/exposure-to-buffer-solution-alters-tendon-hydration-and-mechanics
#10
Babak N Safa, Kyle D Meadows, Spencer E Szczesny, Dawn M Elliott
A buffer solution is often used to maintain tissue hydration during mechanical testing. The most commonly used buffer solution is a physiological concentration of phosphate buffered saline (PBS); however, PBS increases the tissue's water content and decreases its tensile stiffness. In addition, solutes from the buffer can diffuse into the tissue and interact with its structure and mechanics. These bathing solution effects can confound the outcome and interpretation of mechanical tests. Potential bathing solution artifacts, including solute diffusion, and their effect on mechanical properties, are not well understood...
July 6, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719145/preparation-of-carbon-dot-based-ratiometric-fluorescent-probes-for-cellular-imaging-from-curcuma-longa
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Zihnil Adha Islamy Mazrad, Eun Bi Kang, Insik In, Sung Young Park
This work derived biocompatible and stable probes based on fluorescent nanoparticles (FNPs) from a natural source, Curcuma longa. The multi-color fluorescence emissions from carbonized Curcuma longa (C-FNPs) obtained through defined dehydration conditions are soluble in water and have a small particle size (~17 nm). The surface passivation with polyethylene glycol (PEG) capped with amine groups in FNPs (P-FNPs) generated a probe with a higher quantum yield and longer fluorescence lifetime than obtained with C-FNPs...
July 18, 2017: Luminescence: the Journal of Biological and Chemical Luminescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717337/effect-of-surface-modification-on-the-in-vitro-protein-adsorption-and-cell-cytotoxicity-of-vinorelbine-nanoparticles
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Nandhakumar Sathyamoorthy, Dhanaraju Dasaratha Magharla, Sundar Devendaran Vankayalu
CONTEXT: Nanocarriers possessing long-circulating abilities could take advantage of the pathophysiology of tumor vasculature to achieve spatial placement. To attain such qualities, the drug carriers should possess suitable physicochemical properties such as size and surface hydrophilicity. AIM: The aim of this study was to prepare poly(ε-caprolactone) nanoparticles (NPs) loaded with vinorelbine bitartrate (VB) and to modify its steric properties using polyethylene glycol and poloxamer...
April 2017: Journal of Pharmacy & Bioallied Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715515/surgical-suture-releasing-macrophage-targeted-drug-loaded-nanoparticles-for-an-enhanced-anti-inflammatory-effect
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Hansol Kim, Byung Hwi Kim, Beom Kang Huh, Yeon Chun Yoo, Chan Yeong Heo, Young Bin Choy, Ji-Ho Park
A surgical suture is a medical device to close the wound site of skin and organs but excessive inflammation surrounding the suture can disrupt the wound healing process. Although post-operative prescription of anti-inflammatory drugs is used to manage the inflammation, the need for local drug delivery systems has been rising because of low bioavailability and fast clearance of drugs. In this work, we proposed a new strategy for a local anti-inflammatory device by incorporating macrophage-targeted anti-inflammatory nanoparticles into the suture...
July 17, 2017: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714574/a-humanised-tissue-engineered-bone-model-allows-species-specific-breast-cancer-related-bone-metastasis-in-vivo
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V M C Quent, A V Taubenberger, J C Reichert, L C Martine, J A Clements, D W Hutmacher, D Loessner
Bone metastases frequently occur in the advanced stages of breast cancer. At this stage, the disease is deemed incurable. To date, the mechanisms of breast cancer-related metastasis to bone are poorly understood. This may be attributed to the lack of appropriate animal models to investigate the complex cancer cell-bone interactions. In this study, two established tissue-engineered bone constructs (TEBCs) were applied to a breast cancer-related metastasis model. A cylindrical medical-grade polycaprolactone-tricalcium phosphate scaffold produced by fused deposition modelling (scaffold 1) was compared with a tubular calcium phosphate-coated polycaprolactone scaffold fabricated by solution electrospinning (scaffold 2) for their potential to generate ectopic humanised bone in NOD/SCID mice...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713172/poxylation-as-an-alternative-stealth-coating-for-biomedical-applications
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Herdis Bludau, Anna E Czapar, Andrzej S Pitek, Sourabh Shukla, Rainer Jordan, Nicole F Steinmetz
Polyethylene glycol (PEG) polymers are currently used in a variety of medical formulations to reduce toxicity, minimize immune interactions and improve pharmacokinetics. Despite its widespread use however, the presence of anti-PEG antibodies indicates that this polymer has the potential to be immunogenic and antigenic. Here we present an alternative polymer, poly(2-oxazoline) (POx) for stealth applications, specifically shielding of a proteinaceous nanoparticle from recognition by the immune system. Tobacco mosaic virus (TMV) was used as our testbed due to its potential for use as a nanocarrier for drug delivery and molecular imaging applications...
March 2017: European Polymer Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713159/co-delivery-of-docetaxel-and-silibinin-using-ph-sensitive-micelles-improves-therapy-of-metastatic-breast-cancer
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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/28712958/enhancing-oxidative-stress-resistance-in-bifidobacterium-thermophilum-using-a-novel-overexpression-vector-and-transformation-protocol
#17
Marc J A Stevens, Adriano Venturini, Christophe Lacroix, Leo Meile
Bifidobacterium thermophilum is encountered in the GI-tract of pigs and infants. Here we provide a transformation protocol for B. thermophilum and a novel expression vector for this species. The protocol resulted in transformation rates of 1×10(3) transformed cells per μg DNA. Transformation was shown to be dependent on the presence of fructo-oligosaccharides during growth, polyethylene glycol in the electroporation buffer, and on methylation of the vector. The Escherichia coli - B. thermophilum shuttle vector pLFB1012 for heterologous gene expression was constructed harbouring the glyceraldehyde 3-phosphate dehydrogenase promoter from Bifidobacterium longum (Pgap)...
July 13, 2017: Plasmid
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712551/facile-synthesis-of-thiol-polyethylene-glycol-functionalized-magnetic-titania-nanomaterials-for-highly-efficient-enrichment-of-n-linked-glycopeptides
#18
Jiawen Wang, Jizong Yao, Nianrong Sun, Chunhui Deng
As protein N-glycosylation involved in generation and development of various cancers and diseases, it is vital to capture glycopeptides from complex biological samples for biomarker discovery. In this work, by taking advantages of the interaction between titania and thiol groups, thiol-polyethylene glycol functionalized magnetic titania nanomaterials (denoted as Fe3O4@TiO2@PEG) were firstly fabricated as an excellent hydrophilic adsorbent of N-linked glycopeptides. On one hand, the special interaction of titanium-thiol makes the synthetic manipulation simple and provides a new idea for design and synthesis of novel nanomaterials; on the other hand, strong magnetic response could realize rapid separation and the outstanding hydrophilicity of polyethylene glycol makes Fe3O4@TiO2@PEG nanomaterials show superior performance for glycopeptides enrichment with ultralow limit of detection (0...
July 8, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711780/localised-delivery-of-doxorubicin-to-prostate-cancer-cells-through-a-psma-targeted-hyperbranched-polymer-theranostic
#19
Amanda K Pearce, Joshua D Simpson, Nicholas L Fletcher, Zachary H Houston, Adrian V Fuchs, Pamela J Russell, Andrew K Whittaker, Kristofer J Thurecht
The therapeutic potential of hyperbranched polymers targeted to prostate cancer and loaded with doxorubicin was investigated. Polyethylene glycol hyperbranched polymers were synthesised via RAFT polymerisation to feature glutamate urea targeting ligands for PSMA on the periphery. The chemotherapeutic, doxorubicin, was attached to the hyperbranched polymers through hydrazone formation, which allowed controlled release of the drug from the polymers in vitro endosomal conditions, with 90% release of the drug over 36 h...
July 5, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711640/recent-advances-in-tpgs-based-nanoparticles-of-docetaxel-for-improved-chemotherapy
#20
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Hira Choudhury, Bapi Gorain, Manisha Pandey, Santosh Ashok Kumbhar, Rakesh Kumar Tekade, Arun K Iyer, Prashant Kesharwani
Docetaxel (DTX) is one of the important antitumor drugs, being used in several common chemotherapies to control leading cancer types. Severe toxicities of the DTX are prominent due to sudden parenteral exposure of desired loading dose to maintain the therapeutic concentration. Field of nanotechnology is leading to resist sudden systemic exposure of DTX with more specific delivery to the site of cancer. Further nanometric size range of the formulation aid for prolonged circulation, thereby extensive exposure results better efficacy...
July 12, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
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