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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346833/phase-1b-trial-of-ficlatuzumab-a-humanized-hepatocyte-growth-factor-inhibitory-monoclonal-antibody-in-combination-with-gefitinib-in-asian-patients-with-nsclc
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Eng-Huat Tan, Wan-Teck Lim, Myung-Ju Ahn, Quan-Sing Ng, Jin Seok Ahn, Daniel Shao-Weng Tan, Jong-Mu Sun, May Han, Francis C Payumo, Krista McKee, Wei Yin, Marc Credi, Shefali Agarwal, Jaroslaw Jac, Keunchil Park
Hepatocyte growth factor (HGF)/c-Met pathway dysregulation is a mechanism for epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs). Ficlatuzumab (AV-299; SCH 900105), a humanized IgG1 κ HGF inhibitory monoclonal antibody, prevents HGF/c-Met pathway ligand-mediated activation. This phase 1b study assessed the safety/tolerability, pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics, and antitumor activity of ficlatuzumab plus gefitinib in Asian patients with previously treated advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)...
January 18, 2018: Clinical Pharmacology in Drug Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346731/direct-polymerization-of-the-arsenic-drug-penao-to-obtain-nanoparticles-with-high-thiol-reactivity-and-anti-cancer-efficiency
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Janina-Miriam Noy, Hongxu Lu, Philip Hogg, Jia-Lin Yang, Martina H Stenzel
PENAO (4-(N-(S-penicillaminylacetyl)amino) phenylarsonous acid), which is a mitochondria inhibitor that reacts with adenine nucleotide translocator (ANT), is currently being trialed in patients with solid tumors. To increase the stability of the drug, the formation of nanoparticles has been proposed. Herein, the direct synthesis of polymeric micelles based on the anti-cancer drug PENAO is presented. PENAO is readily available for amidation reaction to form PENAO MA (4-(N-(S-penicillaminylacetyl) amino) phenylarsonous acid methacrylamide) which undergoes RAFT (reversible addition fragmentation chin transfer) polymerization with poly(polyethylene glycol methyl ether methacrylate) (PEGMA) as comonomer and poly(methylmethacrylate) (pMMA) as chain transfer agent, resulting in p(MMA)-b-p(PEG-co-PENAO) block copolymers with 3-15 wt...
January 18, 2018: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346617/riboswitching-with-ciprofloxacin-development-and-characterization-of-a-novel-rna-regulator
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Florian Groher, Cristina Bofill-Bosch, Christopher Schneider, Johannes Braun, Sven Jager, Katharina Geißler, Kay Hamacher, Beatrix Suess
RNA molecules play important and diverse regulatory roles in the cell. Inspired by this natural versatility, RNA devices are increasingly important for many synthetic biology applications, e.g. optimizing engineered metabolic pathways, gene therapeutics or building up complex logical units. A major advantage of RNA is the possibility of de novo design of RNA-based sensing domains via an in vitro selection process (SELEX). Here, we describe development of a novel ciprofloxacin-responsive riboswitch by in vitro selection and next-generation sequencing-guided cellular screening...
January 13, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346330/formulation-of-poloxamers-for-drug-delivery
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Andrew M Bodratti, Paschalis Alexandridis
Poloxamers, also known as Pluronics®, are block copolymers of poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) and poly(propylene oxide) (PPO), which have an amphiphilic character and useful association and adsorption properties emanating from this. Poloxamers find use in many applications that require solubilization or stabilization of compounds and also have notable physiological properties, including low toxicity. Accordingly, poloxamers serve well as excipients for pharmaceuticals. Current challenges facing nanomedicine revolve around the transport of typically water-insoluble drugs throughout the body, followed by targeted delivery...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Functional Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346275/a-review-on-recent-advances-in-stabilizing-peptides-proteins-upon-fabrication-in-hydrogels-from-biodegradable-polymers
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REVIEW
Faisal Raza, Hajra Zafar, Ying Zhu, Yuan Ren, Aftab -Ullah, Asif Ullah Khan, Xinyi He, Han Han, Md Aquib, Kofi Oti Boakye-Yiadom, Liang Ge
Hydrogels evolved as an outstanding carrier material for local and controlled drug delivery that tend to overcome the shortcomings of old conventional dosage forms for small drugs (NSAIDS) and large peptides and proteins. The aqueous swellable and crosslinked polymeric network structure of hydrogels is composed of various natural, synthetic and semisynthetic biodegradable polymers. Hydrogels have remarkable properties of functionality, reversibility, sterilizability, and biocompatibility. All these dynamic properties of hydrogels have increased the interest in their use as a carrier for peptides and proteins to be released slowly in a sustained manner...
January 18, 2018: Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345921/molecular-mechanisms-in-the-selectivity-of-non-steroidal-anti-inflammatory-drugs
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Yasmin Shamsudin Khan, Hugo Gutiérrez de Terán, Johan Åqvist
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) inhibit cyclooxygenase (COX) 1 and 2 with varying degrees of selectivity. A group of COX-2 selective inhibitors - coxibs - bind in a time-dependent manner through a three-step mechanism, utilizing a side-pocket in the binding site. Coxibs have been extensively probed to identify the structural features regulating the slow tight-binding mechanism responsible for COX-2 selectivity. In this study, we further probe a structurally and kinetically diverse data set of COX inhibitors in COX-2 by molecular dynamics and free energy simulations...
January 18, 2018: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345599/crystalline-ethylene-oxide-and-propylene-oxide-triblock-copolymer-solid-dispersion-enhance-solubility-stability-and-promoting-time-controllable-release-of-curcumin
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Thais Francine Ribeiro Alves, Franciely Lopes, Marcia Rebelo, Juliana Souza, Katiusca Pontes, Carolina Santos, Patricia Severino, Jose Junior, Daniel Komatsu, Marco Vinicius Chaud
AIMS AND BACKGROUND: The design and development of an effective medicine are however often faced with a number of challenges. One of them is the close relationship of drug's bioavailability with solubility, dissolution rate and permeability. The use of curcumin's (CUR) therapeutic potential is limited by its poor water solubility and low chemical stability. The purpose was to evaluate the effect of polymer and solid dispersion (SD) preparation techniques to enhance the aqueous solubility, dissolution rate and stability of the CUR...
January 17, 2018: Recent Patents on Drug Delivery & Formulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345211/developing-single-entity-theranostic-drug-based-fluorescent-nanoclusters-with-augmented-cytotoxicity
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Bandhan Chatterjee, Asif Raza, Siddhartha Sankar Ghosh
AIM: To develop methotrexate (MTX) templated luminescent gold nanoclusters (NCs) as a single unit nanotheranostic for cancer therapy and to assess its potential as an alternative to the parent drug, for drug delivery vehicles (DDVs). METHODS: Theranostics were synthesized and extensively characterized. The stability of the theranostic and its bioimaging aptitude were evaluated. The antiproliferative propensity of the theranostic was gauged with cell viability assays and was supplemented with cytometry-based assays...
January 18, 2018: Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345141/creating-hierarchical-pores-by-controlled-linker-thermolysis-in-multivariate-metal-organic-frameworks
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Liang Feng, Shuai Yuan, Liang-Liang Zhang, Kui Tan, Jia-Luo Li, Angelo Kirchon, Ling-Mei Liu, Peng Zhang, Yu Han, Yves J Chabal, Hong-Cai Zhou
Sufficient pore size, appropriate stability and hierarchical porosity are three prerequisites for open frameworks designed for drug delivery, enzyme immobilization and catalysis involving large molecules. Herein, we report a powerful and general strate-gy, linker thermolysis, to construct ultra-stable hierarchically porous metal-organic frameworks (HP-MOFs) with tunable pore size distribution. Linker instability, usually an undesirable trait of MOFs, was exploited to create mesopores by generating crystal defects throughout a microporous MOF crystal via thermolysis...
January 18, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345110/remarkable-similarity-in-plasmodium-falciparum-and-plasmodium-vivax-geranylgeranyl-diphosphate-synthase-ggpps-dynamics-and-its-implication-for-anti-malarial-drug-design
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Aishwarya Venkatramani, Clarisse G Ricci, Eric Oldfield, J Andrew McCammon
Malaria, mainly caused by Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium vivax, has been a growing cause of morbidity and mortality. P. falciparum is more lethal than is P. vivax, but there is a vital need for effective drugs against both species. Geranylgeranyl diphosphate synthase (GGPPS) is an enzyme involved in the biosynthesis of quinones and in protein prenylation, and has been proposed to be a malaria drug target. However, the structure of P. falciparum GGPPS (PfGGPPS) has not been determined, due to difficulties in crystallization...
January 18, 2018: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344746/desvenlafaxine-induced-interstitial-pneumonitis-a-case-report
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Arjan Flora, Daniel Pipoly
A 52-year-old man developed interstitial pneumonitis during treatment with desvenlafaxine for major depressive disorder. The man received desvenlafaxine at 50 mg for symptoms of depression 4 years earlier. Six months after a dose increase to 100 mg, he developed bronchitic symptoms with mild, persistent dyspnea. Investigations revealed a restrictive pattern on pulmonary function testing, bilateral upper lobe reticular opacities with traction bronchiectasis on radiology imaging, and end-stage interstitial fibrosis with honeycomb changes consistent with chronic hypersensitivity pneumonitis on open lung biopsy...
January 17, 2018: Drug Safety—Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343729/drug-self-assembly-for-synthesis-of-highly-loaded-antimicrobial-drug-silica-particles
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Cameron A Stewart, Yoav Finer, Benjamin D Hatton
Antimicrobial drug release from biomaterials for orthopedic repair and dental restorations can prevent biofilm growth and caries formation. Carriers for drug incorporation would benefit from long-term drug storage, controlled release, and structural stability. Mesoporous silica, synthesized through a co-assembly of silica and surfactant template, is an ideal drug encapsulation scaffold that maintains structural integrity upon release. However, conventional loading of drug within meso-silica pores via concentration-gradient diffusion limits the overall payload, concentration uniformity, and drug release control...
January 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343691/use-of-nanoparticle-concentration-as-a-tool-to-understand-the-structural-properties-of-colloids
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Lígia Nunes de Morais Ribeiro, Verônica Muniz Couto, Leonardo Fernandes Fraceto, Eneida de Paula
Elucidation of the structural properties of colloids is paramount for a successful formulation. However, the intrinsic dynamism of colloidal systems makes their characterization a difficult task and, in particular, there is a lack of physicochemical techniques that can be correlated to their biological performance. Nanoparticle tracking analysis (NTA) allows measurements of size distribution and nanoparticle concentration in real time. Its analysis over time also enables the early detection of physical instability in the systems not assessed by subtle changes in size distribution...
January 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343553/molecular-mechanisms-of-biased-and-probe-dependent-signaling-at-cxcr3-induced-by-negative-allosteric-modulators
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Regine Brox, Lampros Milanos, Noureldin Saleh, Paul Baumeister, Armin Buschauer, Dagmar Hofmann, Markus R Heinrich, Timothy Clark, Nuska Tschammer
Our recent explorations of allosteric modulators (AMs) with improved properties resulted in the identification of two biased negative AMs, N-1-{[3-(4-Ethoxyphenyl)-4-oxo-3,4-dihydropyrido[2,3-d]pyrimi-din2yl]ethyl}-4-(4-fluorobutoxy)-N-[(1-methylpiperidin-4-yl)me-thyl}]butanamide (BD103) and {5-[(N-{1-[3-(4-ethoxyphenyl)-4-oxo-3,4-dihydropyrido[2,3-d]pyrimidin-2-yl]ethyl-2-[4-fluoro-3-(trifluoromethyl)phenyl]acetamido)methyl]-2-fluorophenyl}boronic acid (BD064), that exhibited probe-dependent inhibition of the chemokine receptor CXCR3 signaling...
January 17, 2018: Molecular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343185/exploring-protein-protein-intermolecular-recognition-between-meprin-%C3%AE-and-endogenous-protease-regulator-cystatinc-coupled-with-pharmacophore-elucidation
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Ankur Chaudhuri, Sampa Biswas, Sibani Chakraborty
Meprins are a group of zinc metalloproteases of the astacin family which play pivotal role in several physiological and pathologocal diseases. The inhibition of the meprins by various inhibitors; macromolecular and small molecules are crucial in the control of several diseases. Human cystatinC, an amyloidogenic protein is reported to be an endogenous inhibitor of meprin-α. In this computational study, we elucidate a rational model for meprinα-cystatinC complex by using protein-protein docking. The complex model as well as the unbound form was evaluated by molecular dynamics simulation...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341922/sustained-release-timolol-maleate-loaded-ocusert-based-on-biopolymer-composite
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Revathy V Nair, Shefrin S, Akhil Suresh, Anoop K R, Sreeja C Nair
In the present investigation, the effect of timolol maleate loaded ocuserts was studied as an alternative for conventional anti-glaucoma formulation. Ocuserts were prepared using natural polymer sodium alginate and ethyl cellulose. Physico-chemical properties along with drug entrapment efficiency (94-98%), content uniformity (93.1% ± 0.264-98.00% ± 0.321), in vitro drug release (83.42% ± 0.35 at end of 12 hours), ex vivo permeation all showed satisfactory results, which was found to follow zero order kinetics...
January 13, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341920/effect-of-structural-factors-on-release-profiles-of-camptothecin-from-block-copolymer-conjugates-with-high-load-of-drug
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Andrzej Plichta, Sebastian Kowalczyk, Ewa Olędzka, Marcin Sobczak, Marcin Strawski
The aim of the present work was the synthesis and study the kinetics and profiles of camptothecin (CPT) release form block co- and ter-polymer conjugates comprising polylactide (PLA) segments and CPT moieties, structurally diverse by degrees of branching, content of D-PLA units and poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate (PEGMA). Six PLA, non-toxic macroinitiators (MIs), terminated with α-bromoester were synthesized. MIs were subjected to polymerization of CPT methacrylic derivative (CPTMA) with PEGMA at various ratios...
January 13, 2018: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341908/induction-of-au-methotrexate-conjugates-by-sugar-molecules-production-assembly-mechanism-and-bioassay-studies
#18
Wei-Yuan Wang, Xiu-Fen Zhao, Xiao-Han Ju, Ping Liu, Jing Li, Ya-Wen Tang, Shu-Ping Li, Xiao-Dong Li, Fu-Gui Song
Au-methotrexate (Au-MTX) conjugates induced by sugar molecules were produced by a simple, one-pot, hydrothermal growth method. Herein, the Au(III)-MTX complexes were used as the precursors to form Au-MTX conjugates. Addition of different types of sugar molecules with abundant hydroxyl groups resulted in the formation of Au-MTX conjugates featuring distinct characteristics that could be explained by the diverse capping mechanisms of sugar molecules. That is, the instant-capping mechanism of glucose favored the generation of peanut-like Au-MTX conjugates with high colloidal stability while the post-capping mechanism of dextran and sucrose resulted in the production of Au-MTX conjugates featuring excellent near-infrared (NIR) optical properties with a long-wavelength plasmon resonance near 630-760 nm...
January 13, 2018: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341886/regulation-of-hsf1-protein-stabilization-an-updated-review
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REVIEW
Chao Huang, Jingjing Wu, Li Xu, Jili Wang, Zhuo Chen, Rongrong Yang
Heat shock factor 1 (HSF1) is a transcriptional factor that determines the efficiency of heat shock responses (HSRs) in the cell. Given its function has been extensively studied in recent years, HSF1 is considered a potential target for the treatment of disorders associated with protein aggregation. The activity of HSF1 is traditionally regulated at the transcriptional level in which the transactivation domain of HSF1 is modified by extensive array of pos-translational modifications, such as phosphorylation, sumoylation, and acetylation...
January 13, 2018: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341876/probing-and-characterizing-the-high-specific-sequences-of-ssdna-aptamer-against-sgiv-infected-cells
#20
Pengfei Li, Qing Yu, Lingli Zhou, Dexin Dong, Shina Wei, Hanzheng Ya, Bo Chen, Qiwei Qin
As the major viral pathogen of grouper aquaculture, Singapore grouper iridovirus (SGIV) has caused great economic losses in China and Southeast Asia. In the previous study, we have generated highly specific ssDNA aptamers against SGIV-infected grouper spleen cells (GS) by Systematic Evolution of Ligands by Exponential Enrichment technology (SELEX), in which Q2 had the highest binding affinity of 16.43 nM. In this study, we would try to identify the specific sequences in the aptamer Q2 that exhibited the high binding affinity to SGIV-infected cells by truncating the original Q2 into some different specific segments...
January 13, 2018: Virus Research
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