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Nano drug delivery

Mariana Medina-Sánchez, Haifeng Xu, Oliver G Schmidt
Micro- and nano-motors are emerging as novel drug delivery platforms, offering advantages such as rapid drug transport, high tissue penetration and motion controllability. They can be propelled and/or guided by endogenous (i.e., chemotaxis) or exogenous stimuli (e.g., ultrasound, magnetic fields, light) toward the area of interest. Moreover, such stimuli can be used to trigger the release of a therapeutic payload when the motor reaches certain location in order to improve the drug targeting. In this review article, we highlight medically oriented micro-/nano-motors, in particular the ones created for targeted drug delivery, and discuss their current limitations and possibilities toward in vivo applications...
March 1, 2018: Therapeutic Delivery
Dvora Izgelov, Irina Cherniakov, Gefen Aldouby Bier, Abraham J Domb, Amnon Hoffman
In recent years, Phase II metabolism, as a first pass metabolism process occurring to the parent drug, is gaining more and more attention. This is due to its acknowledged significance in drug development as well as drug-drug interactions. However, the predominant role of Phase I metabolism has always overshadowed Phase II metabolism, resulting in insufficient data regarding its mechanisms. In this paper, we investigate the effect of an advanced lipid based drug delivery system on Phase II metabolism at the intestinal level of the enterocytes monolayer...
March 14, 2018: Molecular Pharmaceutics
Katyayani Tatiparti, Samaresh Sau, Kaustubh A Gawde, Arun K Iyer
Triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) is a difficult to treat disease due to the absence of the three unique receptors estrogen, progesterone and herceptin-2 (HER-2). To improve the current therapy and overcome the resistance of TNBC, there is unmet need to develop an effective targeted therapy. In this regard, one of the logical and economical approaches is to develop a tumor hypoxia-targeting drug formulation platform for selective delivery of payload to the drug-resistant and invasive cell population of TNBC tumors...
March 13, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Rabab Kamel, Haidy Abbas, Mona El-Naa
Citalopram HCl (CH) is one of the few drugs which can be used safely in childhood psychiatric disorders. This study was focused on the preparation of interpenetrating polyelectrolytes nano-complexes (IPNC) to transform the hydrophilic carbohydrate polymers into an insoluble form. The IPNCs were loaded with CH to sustain its effect. The IPNC2 (composed of chitosan:pectin in a 3:1 ratio) showed the most extended drug release pattern (P < 0.05) and followed a Higuchi-order kinetics model. It was characterized using SEM, X-rays diffractometry, and FTIR...
March 12, 2018: Drug Delivery and Translational Research
Shota Ichimizu, Hiroshi Watanabe, Hitoshi Maeda, Keisuke Hamasaki, Yuka Nakamura, Victor Tuan Giam Chuang, Ryo Kinoshita, Kento Nishida, Ryota Tanaka, Yuki Enoki, Yu Ishima, Akihiko Kuniyasu, Yoshihiro Kobashigawa, Hiroshi Morioka, Shiro Futaki, Masaki Otagiri, Toru Maruyama
Human serum albumin (HSA) is a superior carrier for delivering extracellular drugs. However, the development of a cell-penetrating HSA remains a great challenge due to its low membrane permeability. We report herein on the design of a series of palmitoyl-poly-arginine peptides (CPPs) and an evaluation of their cell-penetrating effects after forming a complex with HSA for use in intracellular drug delivery. The palmitoyl CPPs forms a stable complex with HSA by anchoring itself to the high affinity palmitate binding sites of HSA...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
Jonathan Tersur Orasugh, Nayan Ranjan Saha, Gunjan Sarkar, Dipak Rana, Roshnara Mishra, Dibyendu Mondal, Swapan Kumar Ghosh, Dipankar Chattopadhyay
Non-toxic nanocomposites based bio-films obtained from methylcellulose (MC) can reduce environmental problems associated with synthetic polymers. A new facile route for the isolation of cellulose nano-crystals (CNC) from jute waste is successfully utilized here. The fabrication of CNC reinforced MC nanocomposites by film casting technique and the studies of the effect of CNC on the properties of the MC based nanocomposites have been reported. The synthesized nanocomposites have shown improved UV resistance, mechanical, barrier, and thermal properties...
May 15, 2018: Carbohydrate Polymers
May S Freag, Wedad M Saleh, Ossama Y Abdallah
In the current study, laminated chitosan (CS):hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) composite sponges were exploited as solid matrices for buccal delivery of tripterine phytosomes functionalized with novel mucopenetrating protamine layer (PRT-TRI-PHY). Tripterine (TRI) is a herbal drug widely investigated as a potential anticancer candidate against various types of cancers. However, clinical use of TRI is handicapped by its low oral bioavailability. To surmount TRI pharmaceutical obstacles, TRI phytosomes (TRI-PHY) were prepared using solvent evaporation technique then coated with a protamine layer via electrostatic assembly process...
May 15, 2018: Carbohydrate Polymers
Yanxue Liu, Kefeng Liu, Xiaomin Li, Shangzhen Xiao, Dan Zheng, Pengbo Zhu, Chunxiao Li, Jing Liu, Jing He, Jiandu Lei, Luying Wang
The application of non-toxic carriers to increase drug loading, multi-drug delivery, and extremely small size of nano-drugs to construct a tremendous transmission system is the goal for all researchers to be pursued. The proposal of natural pectin nano-platform for delivery of multiple drugs is critical for biomedical research, especially a particle size of below 100nm with high yield. Here we design a new core-shell structure pectin-eight-arm polyethylene glycol-ursolic acid/hydrooxycampothecin nanoparticle (Pec-8PUH NPs) through a special self-assembly method for stabilizing and dispersing particles, improving water-solubility, and achieving drug controlled release...
May 1, 2018: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Raul-Augustin Mitran, Cristian Matei, Daniela Berger, Laura Băjenaru, Mihaela G Moisescu
Mesoporous silica materials are promising nano-carriers for drug delivery systems. Even though there are many strategies for controlling the drug release kinetics, these must be adapted through trial and error on a case-by-case basis. Here we explore the possibility of tailoring the release kinetics of hydrophilic, water soluble therapeutic agents from mesoporous silica through addition of a hydrophobic excipient, 1-tetradecanol. In vitro drug release experiments performed at 37 °C, in phosphate buffer solution (pH 7...
March 7, 2018: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
Arunima Pramanik, Rudra Narayan Sahoo, Ashirbad Nanda, Rajaram Mohapatra, Ranveer Singh, Subrata Mallick
PURPOSE: Kaolin can adhere to the mucosa and protect it by absorbing toxins, bacteria, and viruses. Ocular delivery and anti-inflammatory activity of dexamethasone hydrogel system could be advantageous after kaolin incorporation. METHODS: Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) films of dexamethasone have been prepared without and with kaolin by solvent casting method. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), X-ray diffractometry (XRD), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) were utilized for evaluating thermal property, crystallinity, and morphology of the film preparations respectively...
March 9, 2018: Current Eye Research
Peiqi Zhao, Lanfang Li, Shiyong Zhou, Lihua Qiu, Zhengzi Qian, Xianming Liu, Xuchen Cao, Huilai Zhang
Multidrug resistance (MDR) has become a very serious problem in cancer therapy. To effectively reverse MDR in tumor treatments, a new pH-sensitive nano drug delivery system (NDDS) composed of mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) and d-a-tocopheryl poly-ethylene glycol 1000 succinate (TPGS) copolymers was synthesized to deliver doxorubicin (DOX) into drug-resistant breast cancer cell line (MCF-7/ADR). DOX@MSNs-TPGS were characterized to have a single peak size distribution, high DOX loading efficiency and a pH-dependent drug release profile...
March 1, 2018: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Zhen Li, Yonghui Zhang, Chun Chan, Chunyi Zhi, Xiaolin Cheng, Jun Fan
Two-dimensional (2D) materials can mechanically insert into cell membranes and extract lipids out, thus leading to the destruction of cell integrity. On the one hand, the cytotoxicity of 2D materials can be harnessed in surface engineering to resist biofouling; on the other hand, it causes great concern on in vivo biomedical applications ranging from drug delivery to nano-imaging. To understand the nature of this cytotoxic behavior and find strategies to control it, we performed molecular dynamics (MD) simulations on the lipid extraction of hexagonal boron nitride (BN) nanosheets from lipid membranes...
March 8, 2018: ACS Nano
Saša Kajdič, Franc Vrečer, Petra Kocbek
Polymer nanofibers have become increasingly important for improvement of dissolution and bioavailability of poorly soluble drugs, representing a great challenge in pharmaceutical development. Here, we introduced a new concept of using amphiphilic polymers as fundamental excipients in electrospun nanofibers, which would improve drug solubilization and accelerate its release. Hydrophilic poloxamer-based nanofibers were developed as a novel drug delivery system for carvedilol. These nanofibers were electrospun from different liquid carvedilol dispersions, as carvedilol (nano)suspensions or ethanol solution...
March 4, 2018: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Man Ao, Xu Xiao, Yazhou Ao
In the present study, we successfully developed a docetaxel (DTX) and thalidomide (TDD) co-delivery system based on low density lipoprotein (LDL) modified silica nanoparticles (LDL/SLN/DTX/TDD). By employing the tumor homing property of LDL and the drug-loading capability of silica nanoparticles, the prepared LDL/SLN/DTX/TDD was expected to locate and specifically deliver the loaded drugs (DTX and TDD) to achieve effective chemotherapy of liver cancer. In vitro analysis revealed that nano-sized LDL/SLN/DTX/TDD with decent drug loading capabilities was able to increase the delivery efficiency by targeting the low density lipoprotein receptors, which were overexpressed on HepG2 human hepatocellular liver carcinoma cell line, which exerted better cytotoxicity than unmodified silica nanoparticles and free drugs...
January 23, 2018: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas Médicas e Biológicas
Zhi-Bin Zhao, Jie Long, Yang-Yang Zhao, Jing-Bo Yang, Wei Jiang, Qing-Zhi Liu, Kai Yan, Liang Li, Yu-Cai Wang, Zhe-Xiong Lian
Sorafenib is a kinase inhibitor approved for the treatment of primary kidney cancer, advanced primary liver cancer, and radioactive iodine resistant advanced thyroid carcinoma. However, sorafenib usually causes serious side effects, which limit its antitumor effect. Nanoparticle based drug delivery systems have been widely used to enhance the therapeutic effects and reduce the side effects of this drug by the enhanced permeability and retention (EPR) effect. Herein, to improve the therapeutic effect of sorafenib, we developed poly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly(lactic acid-co-glycolic acid) (PEG-PLGA) based nanoparticles by a dialysis method for sorafenib encapsulation...
March 7, 2018: Biomaterials Science
Dandan Zheng, Jinglong Wang, Shengrong Guo, Zhongxi Zhao, Feihu Wang
BACKGROUND: Nanoparticles play an important role in the area of drug delivery and have been applied in lung cancer treatments for the purposes of controlled release and cancer cell targeting. METHOD: A review covering various nanoparticle formulations for lung cancer therapy is presented. The pharmacodynamic models for evaluating anti-lung cancer drugs are summarized upon drug administration routes. Moreover, the current clinical applications of nano-drugs for lung cancer treatments are also reviewed, including the administration routes, dose forms, and clinical trials...
March 5, 2018: Current Drug Metabolism
Fang Chen, Ghanim Hableel, Eric Ruike Zhao, Jesse V Jokerst
The idea of multifunctional nanomedicine that enters the human body to diagnose and treat disease without major surgery is a long-standing dream of nanomaterials scientists. Nanomaterials show incredible properties that are not found in bulk materials, but achieving multi-functionality on a single material remains challenging. Integrating several types of materials at the nano-scale is critical to the success of multifunctional nanomedicine device. Here, we describe the advantages of silica nanoparticles as a tool for multifunctional nano-devices...
February 20, 2018: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Bengang Xing, Xiangzhao Ai, Ming Hu, Zhimin Wang, Wenmin Zhang, Juan Li, Jun Lin, Huang-Hao Yang
In terms of the extremely small size and large specific surface area, nanomaterials often exhibit unusual physical and chemical properties, which have recently attracted considerable attention in bionanotechnology and nanomedicine. Currently, the extensive usage of nanotechnology in medicine holds the great potential for precise diagnosis and effective therapeutics of various human diseases in clinical practice in past decades. However, a detailed understanding regarding how nanomedicines interact with the intricate environment in complex living systems remains a pressing and challenging goal...
March 6, 2018: Bioconjugate Chemistry
Antonella Obinu, Elisabetta Gavini, Giovanna Rassu, Marcello Maestri, Maria Cristina Bonferoni, Paolo Giunchedi
Lymphatic vessels are the preferential route of most solid tumors to spread their metastases in the body. The onset of metastatic nests in draining lymph nodes (LNs) are a significant indicator of cancer progression and a dismaying sign of worsen staging. Therefore, the individuation and elimination of cancer cells within the lymphatic system (LS) are an important goal. Nevertheless, the targeting of the LS with traditional contrast agents and/or chemotherapeutics is difficult, due to its anatomical structure...
March 5, 2018: Expert Opinion on Drug Delivery
Irhan Ibrahim Abu Hashim, Noha Fawzy Abo El-Magd, Ahmed Ramadan El-Sheakh, Mohammed Fawzy Hamed, Abd El-Gawad Helmy Abd El-Gawad
The goal of the current study was to explore the potential benefits of Acitretin (Act) nanovesicular gel as a prospective antipsoriatic topical delivery system counteracting the drug challenges in terms of its extremely low aqueous solubility, instability, skin irritation, and serious systemic adverse effects. Act-loaded niosomes were successfully developed, entirely characterized, and optimized. Further evaluation of the optimized formula was conducted regarding its stability and ex vivo cytotoxicity on different cell lines...
2018: International Journal of Nanomedicine
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