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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441796/role-of-dietary-crocin-in-in-vivo-melanoma-tumor-remission
#1
Hamid A Bakshi, Faruck Lukmanul Hakkim, Smitha Sam, Farideh Javid
Background: Melanoma is a deadly form of malignancy. Early diagnosis might pave the way to cure but its aggressive nature leads to rapid dissemination and colonization of distant organs. Dietary herbs may play a significant role in prevention of cancer. In this study, we tested anti-tumor efficacy of the Crocus sativus derived active constituent crocin, well established to have anti-cancer properties in different cancer models by our group and other groups and other groups. Notably, crocin is reported to exert anti-proliferative effect on melanoma cells (B16F10) in vitro...
March 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441076/a-novel-neuroprotective-small-molecule-for-glial-cell-derived-neurotrophic-factor-induction-and-photoreceptor-rescue
#2
Petr Baranov, Hong Lin, Kathryn McCabe, David Gale, Shenshen Cai, Burke Lieppman, Dwight Morrow, Phoebe Lei, Justin Liao, Michael Young
PURPOSE: Degenerative diseases of the retina, such as retinitis pigmentosa and age-related macular degeneration, are characterized by the irreversible loss of photoreceptors. Several growth factors, including glial cell derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF), have been shown to rescue retinal neurons. An alternative strategy to direct GDNF administration is its induction in host retina by small molecules. Here we studied the ability of a novel small molecule GSK812 to induce GDNF in vitro/in vivo and rescue photoreceptors...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440620/water-proton-nmr-a-tool-for-protein-aggregation-characterization
#3
Marc B Taraban, Roberto A DePaz, Brian Lobo, Yihua Bruce Yu
Formulation stability is a critical attribute of any protein-based biopharmaceutical drug due to a protein's inherent tendency to aggregate. Advanced analytical techniques currently used for characterization of protein aggregates are prone to a number of limitations, and usually require additional manipulations with the sample, such as dilution, separation, labeling and use of special cuvettes. In the present work, we compared conventional techniques for the analysis of protein aggregates with a novel approach that employs the water proton transverse relaxation rate R2(1H2O)...
April 25, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435440/core-column-prediction-for-protein-multiple-sequence-alignments
#4
Dan DeBlasio, John Kececioglu
BACKGROUND: In a computed protein multiple sequence alignment, the coreness of a column is the fraction of its substitutions that are in so-called core columns of the gold-standard reference alignment of its proteins. In benchmark suites of protein reference alignments, the core columns of the reference alignment are those that can be confidently labeled as correct, usually due to all residues in the column being sufficiently close in the spatial superposition of the known three-dimensional structures of the proteins...
2017: Algorithms for Molecular Biology: AMB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435263/neuroprotection-against-apoptosis-of-sk-n-mc-cells-using-rmp-7-and-lactoferrin-grafted-liposomes-carrying-quercetin
#5
Yung-Chih Kuo, Chien-Wei Tsao
A drug delivery system of quercetin (QU)-encapsulated liposomes (LS) grafted with RMP-7, a bradykinin analog, and lactoferrin (Lf) was developed to permeate the blood-brain barrier (BBB) and rescue degenerated neurons, acting as an Alzheimer's disease (AD) pharmacotherapy. This colloidal formulation of QU-encapsulated LS grafted with RMP-7 and Lf (RMP-7-Lf-QU-LS) was used to traverse human brain microvascular endothelial cells (HBMECs) regulated by human astrocytes (HAs) and to treat SK-N-MC cells after an insult with cytotoxic β-amyloid (Aβ) fibrils...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435148/plasma-mediated-protein-immobilisation-enhances-the-vascular-compatibility-of-polyurethane-with-tissue-matched-mechanical-properties
#6
Irina Kondyurina, Steven Wise, Alan Ngo, Elysse Filipe, Alexey Kondyurin, Anthony Weiss, Shisan Bao, Marcela Bilek
Polyurethanes are a diverse class of polymers, with independently tunable mechanical and biodegradation properties making them a versatile platform material for biomedical implants. Previous iterations have failed to adequately embody appropriate mechanical and biological properties, particularly for vascular medicine where strength, compliance and multifaceted biocompatibility are required. We have synthesized a new polyurethane formulation with finely tuned mechanical properties, combining high strength and extensibility with a low Young's modulus...
April 24, 2017: Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434749/short-communication-muscle-protein-synthetic-response-to-microparticulated-whey-protein-in-middle-aged-men
#7
C J Mitchell, R F D'Souza, A C Fanning, S D Poppitt, D Cameron-Smith
Whey protein concentrate (WPC) is a high-quality dairy ingredient that is often included in formulated food products designed to stimulate muscle anabolism. Whey protein concentrate can be affected by UHT processing, and its sensory properties are not compatible with some formulated food products. Microparticulated WPC (mWPC) is a novel ingredient that is resistant to heat treatment and has enhanced sensory properties. When 16 healthy middle-aged men consumed 20 g of either WPC or mWPC, both proteins increased plasma essential AA and leucine concentrations with no detectable difference in curve kinetics...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434720/short-and-longer-term-effects-of-feeding-increased-metwabolizable-protein-with-or-without-an-altered-amino-acid-profile-to-dairy-cows-immediately-postpartum
#8
E G Carder, W P Weiss
The first few weeks after parturition is marked by low, but increasing feed intake and sharply increasing milk production by dairy cows. Because of low intake, the nutrient density of the diet may need to be higher during this period to support increasing milk yields. We hypothesized that feeding higher levels of metabolizable protein (MP) or a protein supplement with rumen-protected lysine and methionine during the immediate postpartum period would increase yields of milk and milk components. Fifty-six Holstein cows (21 primiparous and 35 multiparous) starting at 3 d in milk were used in a randomized block design...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433944/evaluation-of-vaccinal-effectiveness-of-preparations-containing-membrane-antigens-of-leishmania-l-amazonensis-in-experimental-cutaneous-leishmaniasis-model
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João G Ribeiro, Amália S Ferreira, Sharon R A Macedo, Norton R D L P Rossi, Mayara C P da Silva, Rosane N M Guerra, Neuza B de Barros, Roberto Nicolete
American tegumentary leishmaniasis (ATL) is considered a neglected disease, for which an effective vaccine or an efficient diagnosis is not yet available and whose chemotherapeutic arsenal is threatened by the emergence of resistance by etiological agents such as Leishmania amazonensis. ATL is endemic in poor countries and has a high incidence in Brazil. Vaccines developed from native parasite fractions have led to the identification of defined antigenic subunits and the development of vaccine adjuvant technology...
April 20, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433941/self-assembled-dual-responsive-micelles-stabilized-with-protein-for-co-delivery-of-drug-and-sirna-in-cancer-therapy
#10
M R Aji Alex, Chetan Nehate, Srivani Veeranarayanan, D Sakthi Kumar, Ritu Kulshreshtha, Veena Koul
Design of safe and efficient vehicles for the combinatorial delivery of drugs and genetic agents is an emerging requisite for achieving enhanced therapeutic effect in cancer. Even though several nanoplatforms have been explored for the co-delivery of drugs and genetic materials the translation of these systems to clinical phase is still a challenge, mainly due to tedious synthesis procedures, lack of serum stability, inefficient scalability etc. Here in, we report development of reduction and pH sensitive polymeric graft of low molecular weight poly (styrene -alt -maleic anhydride) and evaluation of its efficacy in co-delivering drug and siRNA...
April 17, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431209/drug-delivery-systems-based-on-hydroxyethyl-starch
#11
Constantinos M Paleos, Zili Sideratou, Dimitris Tsiourvas
Τhe advantageous biological properties of hydroxyethyl starch (HES) triggered research interest towards design and synthesis of Drug Delivery Systems (DDSs) based on this polysaccharide. Convenient reaction schemes, including one-step reactions, led to the synthesis of HES conjugates with selected anticancer molecules or therapeutic proteins. Nanocapsules and hydrogels based on HES were also prepared and studied as prospective drug delivery systems. Formulations originating from these drug conjugates and also from nanocapsules and hydrogels loaded with drugs were characterized, highlighting on the extension of their half-life in plasma which is a critical property as far as their efficacy is concerned...
April 21, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430821/dietary-dha-epa-ratio-affected-tissue-fatty-acid-profiles-antioxidant-capacity-hematological-characteristics-and-expression-of-lipid-related-genes-but-not-growth-in-juvenile-black-seabream-acanthopagrus-schlegelii
#12
Min Jin, Óscar Monroig, You Lu, Ye Yuan, Yi Li, Liyun Ding, Douglas R Tocher, Qicun Zhou
An 8-week feeding trial was conducted to investigate the effects of dietary docosahexaenoic to eicosapentaenoic acid ratio (DHA/EPA) on growth performance, fatty acid profiles, antioxidant capacity, hematological characteristics and expression of some lipid metabolism related genes of juvenile black seabream (Acanthopagrus schlegelii) of initial weight 9.47 ± 0.03 g. Five isonitrogenous and isolipidic diets (45% crude protein and 14% crude lipid) were formulated to contain graded DHA/EPA ratios of 0.65, 1...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430673/antimicrobial-resistant-streptococcus-pneumoniae-prevalence-mechanisms-and-clinical-implications
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Regine Cherazard, Marcia Epstein, Thien-Ly Doan, Tanzila Salim, Sheena Bharti, Miriam A Smith
BACKGROUND: Streptococcus pneumoniae is a major cause of pneumonia, meningitis, sepsis, bacteremia, and otitis media. S. pneumoniae has developed increased resistance to multiple classes of antibiotics. STUDY DESIGN: Systematic literature review of prevalence, mechanisms, and clinical implications in S. pneumoniae resistance. AREAS OF UNCERTAINTY: Since S. pneumoniae resistance to penicillin was first reported with subsequent development of resistance to other classes of drugs, selection of appropriate antibiotic treatment is challenging...
April 19, 2017: American Journal of Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429276/enhancing-thermal-stability-of-a-highly-concentrated-insulin-formulation-with-pluronic-f-127-for-long-term-use-in-microfabricated-implantable-devices
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Jason Li, Michael K Chu, Brian Lu, Sako Mirzaie, Kuan Chen, Claudia R Gordijo, Oliver Plettenburg, Adria Giacca, Xiao Yu Wu
Development of highly concentrated formulations of protein and peptide drugs is a major challenge due to increased susceptibility to aggregation and precipitation. Numerous drug delivery systems including implantable and wearable controlled-release devices require thermally stable formulations with high concentrations due to limited device sizes and long-term use. Herein we report a highly concentrated insulin gel formulation (up to 80 mg/mL, corresponding to 2200 IU/mL), stabilized with a non-ionic amphiphilic triblock copolymer (i...
April 20, 2017: Drug Delivery and Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428090/preparation-and-characterization-of-lipid-nanoparticle-pdna-complexes-for-stat3-downregulation-and-overcoming-chemotherapy-resistance-in-lung-cancer-cells
#15
Mustafa Kotmakçı, Vildan Bozok Çetintaş, A Gülten Kantarcı
Developments in the field of molecular oncology have revealed that resistance to chemotherapeutics is acqured through several mechanisms including overexpression of common oncogenic proteins. Signal Transducer and Activator of Transcription 3 (STAT3) is one of these oncogenes that is overexpressed in many cancer types. RNA interference (RNAi) is proven powerful tool for downregulating STAT3, allowing re-sensitization of resistant cancer cells. However, delivery of RNA interference-mediating molecules for STAT3 downregulation in lung cancer cells is limited to a small number of studies most of which employ commercially available transfection kits...
April 18, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427956/curcumin-poly-2-methyl-2-oxazoline-b-tetrahydrofuran-b-2-methyl-2-oxazoline-formulation-an-improved-penetration-and-biological-effect-of-curcumin-in-f508del-cftr-cell-lines
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Cristine Gonçalves, Jean-Pierre Gomez, William Même, Bazoly Rasolonjatovo, David Gosset, Steven Nedellec, Philippe Hulin, Cécile Huin, Tony Le Gall, Tristan Montier, Pierre Lehn, Chantal Pichon, Philippe Guégan, Hervé Cheradame, Patrick Midoux
Neutral amphiphilic triblock ABA copolymers are of great interest to solubilize hydrophobic drugs. We reported that a triblock ABA copolymer consisting of methyl-2-oxazoline (MeOx) and tetrahydrofuran (THF) (MeOx6-THF19-MeOx6) (TBCP2) can solubilize curcumin (Cur) a very hydrophobic molecule exhibiting multiple therapeutic effects but whose insolubility and low stability in water is a major drawback for clinical applications. Here, we provide evidences by flow cytometry and confocal microscopy that Cur penetration in normal and ΔF508-CFTR human airway epithelial cell lines is facilitated by TBCP2...
April 17, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421815/cross-protection-conferred-by-immunization-with-a-romph-based-intranasal-fowl-cholera-vaccine
#17
Thanya Varinrak, Pichayanut Poolperm, Takuo Sawada, Nattawooti Sthitmatee
A previous study demonstrated that a recombinant outer membrane protein H (rOmpH)-based intranasal fowl cholera vaccine elicited efficient homologous protection against Pasteurella multocida strain X-73 (A:1) in chickens. The present study aimed to determine the cross protectivity against heterologous P. multocida strains. The rOmpH was purified via electroelution and formulated with two kinds of adjuvants. The vaccine formulations in a total volume of 100 µl were 100 µg rOmpH with 3 µg of Escherichia coli enterotoxin B (LTB) or 10 µg of CpG ODN2007...
April 19, 2017: Avian Pathology: Journal of the W.V.P.A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421387/pharmacokinetics-of-monoclonal-antibodies-and-fc-fusion-proteins
#18
REVIEW
Liming Liu
There are many factors that can influence the pharmacokinetics (PK) of a mAb or Fc-fusion molecule with the primary determinant being FcRn-mediated recycling. Through Fab or Fc engineering, IgG-FcRn interaction can be used to generate a variety of therapeutic antibodies with significantly enhanced half-life or ability to remove unwanted antigen from circulation. Glycosylation of a mAb or Fc-fusion protein can have a significant impact on the PK of these molecules. mAb charge can be important and variants with pI values of 1-2 unit difference are likely to impact PK with lower pI values being favorable for a longer half-life...
April 19, 2017: Protein & Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421307/an-efficient-and-rapid-method-to-monitor-the-oxidative-degradation-of-protein-pharmaceuticals-probing-tyrosine-oxidation-with-fluorogenic-derivatization
#19
Rupesh Bommana, Olivier Mozziconacci, Y John Wang, Christian Schöneich
PURPOSE: The loss of potency of protein therapeutics can be linked to the oxidation of specific amino acid residues leading to a great variety of oxidative modifications. The comprehensive identification of these oxidative modifications requires high-resolution mass spectrometry analysis, which requires time and expensive resources. Here, we propose a fluorogenic derivatization method of oxidized Tyr and Phe yielding benzoxazole derivatives, as an orthogonal technique for the rapid screening of protein oxidation...
April 18, 2017: Pharmaceutical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418786/evaluation-in-mice-of-the-immunogenicity-of-a-tetravalent-subunit-vaccine-candidate-against-dengue-virus-using-mucosal-and-parenteral-immunization-routes
#20
Laura Lazo Vázquez, Lázaro Gil González, Ernesto Marcos López, Yusleidi Pérez Fuentes, Lázaro Cervetto de Armas, Enma Brown Richards, Iris Valdés Prado, Edith Suzarte Portal, Karem Cobas Acosta, Melyssa Yaugel Novoa, Yaremis Romero Fernández, Gerardo Guillén Nieto, Lisset Hermida Cruz
Our group has developed a subunit vaccine candidate against Dengue virus (DENV) based on two different viral regions, the domain III of the envelope protein and the capsid protein. The chimeric proteins for each serotype (DIIIC1-4), aggregated with the oligodeoxynucleotide 39 M, form the tetravalent formulation named Tetra DIIIC. Tetra DIIIC induces a protective immune response in mice when it is inoculated by intraperitoneal route. However, if children are the main targets for a DENV vaccine, then a needle-free route of administration should be attractive and advantageous...
April 18, 2017: Viral Immunology
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