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Deepthi Alapati, Edward E Morrisey
While our understanding of the genetics and pathology of congenital lung diseases such as surfactant protein deficiency, cystic fibrosis and alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency is extensive, treatment options are lacking. Since the lung is a barrier organ in direct communication with the external environment, targeted delivery of gene corrective technologies to the respiratory system via intra-tracheal or intranasal routes is an attractive option for therapy. CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing technology is a promising approach to repair or inactivate disease causing mutations...
October 25, 2016: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
Jakarwan Yostawonkul, Suvimol Surassmo, Tawin Iempridee, Wittaya Pimtong, Kunat Suktham, Warayuth Sajomsang, Pattarapond Gonil, Uracha Rungsardthong Ruktanonchai
A nanostructure lipid carrier (NLC) composed of solid, and liquid lipid as a core has been developed as a delivery system for hydrophobic drug molecules. The aim of this research was to fabricate an oleoyl-quaternized-chitosan (CS)-coated NLC, where the mucoadhesive property of nanoparticles is enhanced for more efficient drug delivery. NLC loaded with alpha-mangostin (AP), a model hydrophobic drug, were fabricated using a high pressure homogenization process and subsequently coated with CS. The fabricated nanoparticles showed particle sizes in the range of 200-400nm, with low polydispersity, high physical stability and excellent encapsulation efficiency (EE>90%)...
September 29, 2016: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
E Ilett, T Kottke, J Thompson, K Rajani, S Zaidi, L Evgin, M Coffey, C Ralph, R Diaz, H Pandha, K Harrington, P Selby, R Bram, A Melcher, R Vile
The anti-tumor effects associated with oncolytic virus therapy are mediated significantly through immune-mediated mechanisms which depends both on the type of virus and the route of delivery. Here, we show that intra-tumoral (i.t.) oncolysis by Reovirus induced the priming of a CD8+, Th1-type anti-tumor response. In contrast, systemically delivered VSV expressing a cDNA library of melanoma antigens (VSV-ASMEL) promoted a potent anti-tumor CD4+ Th17 response. Therefore, we hypothesised that combining the Reovirus-induced CD8+ T cell response, with the VSV-ASMEL CD4+ Th17 helper response, would produce enhanced anti-tumor activity...
October 25, 2016: Gene Therapy
Egor Bobrov, Natalia Skobeleva, Diana Restifo, Natalya Beglyarova, Kathy Q Cai, Elizabeth Handorf, Kerry Campbell, David A Proia, Vladimir Khazak, Erica A Golemis, Igor Astsaturov
The lack of effective treatment modalities is a major problem in pancreatic cancer (PCa), a devastating malignancy that is nearly universally driven by the "undruggable" KRAS and TP53 cancer genes. Poor tumor tissue penetration is the major source of resistance in pancreatic cancer where chemotherapy is the mainstay of treatment. In this study we exploited the selective tumor-targeting properties of the heat shock 90 protein inhibitors as the vehicle for drug delivery to pancreatic tumor tissues. STA-12-8666 is a novel esterase-cleavable conjugate of an HSP90i and a topoisomerase I inhibitor, SN-38...
October 13, 2016: Oncotarget
Jessica A Nash, Albert L Kwansa, James Samuel Peerless, Ho Shin Kim, Yaroslava G Yingling
Nanoparticles (NPs) play increasingly important roles in nanotechnology and nanomedicine where nanoparticle surface chemistry allows for control over interactions with other nanoparticles and biomolecules. In particular, for applications in drug and gene delivery, a fundamental understanding of the NP-nucleic acid interface allows for development of more efficient and effective nanoparticle carriers. Computational modeling can provide insights of processes occurring at the inorganic NP-nucleic interface, in detail which is difficult to access by experimental methods...
October 24, 2016: Bioconjugate Chemistry
Jin Xu, Xia-Fei Wang, Peng Chen, Fang-Tao Liu, Shuai-Chao Zheng, Hui Ye, Ming-He Mo
The vast majority of lepidopterans, about 90%, are moths. Some moths, particularly their caterpillars, are major agricultural and forestry pests in many parts of the world. However, some other members of moths, such as the silkworm Bombyx mori, are famous for their economic value. Fire et al. in 1998 initially found that exogenous double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) can silence the homolog endogenous mRNA in organisms, which is called RNA interference (RNAi). Soon after, the RNAi technique proved to be very promising not only in gene function determination but also in pest control...
October 19, 2016: Genes
Wenshu Luo, Hidenobu Mizuno, Ryohei Iwata, Shingo Nakazawa, Kosuke Yasuda, Shigeyoshi Itohara, Takuji Iwasato
Here we describe "Supernova" series of vector systems that enable single-cell labeling and labeled cell-specific gene manipulation, when introduced by in utero electroporation (IUE) or adeno-associated virus (AAV)-mediated gene delivery. In Supernova, sparse labeling relies on low TRE leakage. In a small population of cells with over-threshold leakage, initial tTA-independent weak expression is enhanced by tTA/TRE-positive feedback along with a site-specific recombination system (e.g., Cre/loxP, Flpe/FRT). Sparse and bright labeling by Supernova with little background enables the visualization of the morphological details of individual neurons in densely packed brain areas such as the cortex and hippocampus, both during development and in adulthood...
October 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
Hyun-Ji Park, Eun Je Jeon, Jung Seung Lee, Sang Hyeon Hong, Ann-Na Cho, Joan Lee, Jae-Su Moon, Kyeong-Eun Jung, Jong-Won Oh, Haeshin Lee, Seung-Woo Cho
Small interfering RNA (siRNA) delivery can provide an effective therapy for treating viral diseases by silencing genes involved in viral replication. In this study, a liver-targeting formulation of lipidoid nanoparticle for delivery of siRNA that targets protein kinase C-related kinase 2 (PRK2) to inhibit hepatitis C virus (HCV) replication is reported. The most effective, minimally cytotoxic lipidoid for siRNA delivery to hepatic cells is identified from a small library of alkyl epoxide-polyamine conjugates...
October 24, 2016: Advanced Healthcare Materials
Wanachat Chaiyasan, Sakonwun Praputbut, Uday B Kompella, Sangly P Srinivas, Waree Tiyaboonchai
Topical application of drugs to the eyes suffers from poor bioavailability at the ocular surface and in the anterior chamber. This is due to rapid clearance of the drug because of tear secretion and outflow. This study has investigated mucoadhesive and penetration characteristics of chitosan-dextran sulfate nanoparticles (CDNs), prepared by polyelectrolyte complexation technique, following topical administration to the ocular surface. Topical FITC-labeled CDNs (FCDNs; mean size of 400nm and a surface charge of +48mV) were retained on the porcine ocular surface for more than 4h...
October 17, 2016: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
Kui Wang, Forrest M Kievit, Miqin Zhang
Compared to conventional treatments, gene therapy offers a variety of advantages for cancer treatment including high potency and specificity, low off-target toxicity, and delivery of multiple genes that concurrently target cancer tumorigenesis, recurrence, and drug resistance. In the past decades, gene therapy has undergone remarkable progress, and is now poised to become a first line therapy for cancer. Among various gene delivery systems, nanoparticles have attracted much attention because of their desirable characteristics including low toxicity profiles, well-controlled and high gene delivery efficiency, and multi-functionalities...
October 19, 2016: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
Sterghios A Moschos, Louise Usher, Mark A Lindsay
The discovery of an ever-expanding plethora of coding and non-coding RNAs with nodal and causal roles in the regulation of lung physiology and disease is reinvigorating interest in the clinical utility of the oligonucleotide therapeutic class. This is strongly supported through recent advances in nucleic acids chemistry, synthetic oligonucleotide delivery and viral gene therapy that have succeeded in bringing to market at least three nucleic acid-based drugs. As a consequence, multiple new candidates such as RNA interference modulators, antisense, and splice switching compounds are now progressing through clinical evaluation...
October 19, 2016: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Elisa C Martinez, Ravendra Garg, Pratima Shrivastava, Susantha Gomis, Sylvia van Drunen Littel-van den Hurk
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is the leading cause of acute lower respiratory tract infections in infants and young children. There are no licensed RSV vaccines available, and the few treatment options for high-risk individuals are either extremely costly or cause severe side effects and toxicity. Immunomodulation mediated by a novel formulation consisting of the toll-like receptor 3 agonist poly(I:C), an innate defense regulator peptide and a polyphosphazene (P-I-P) was evaluated in the context of lethal infection with pneumonia virus of mice (PVM)...
October 19, 2016: Antiviral Research
Manjit Kaur, Raj K S Badhan
Clinical translation of BCRP inhibitors have failed due to neurotoxicity and novel approaches are required to identify suitable modulators of BCRP to enhance CNS drug delivery. In this study we examine 18 compounds, primarily phytochemicals, as potential novel modulators of AhR-mediated regulation of BCRP expression and function in immortalised and primary porcine brain microvascular endothelial cells as a mechanism to enhance CNS drug delivery. The majority of modulators possessed a cellular viability IC50 > 100µM in both cell systems...
October 19, 2016: Brain Research
Haiying Chen, Hongli Yang, Hongmei Yue, Pádraig Michael Strappe, Peng Xia, Li Pan, Yingxin Zhang, Shoudong Chai, Shuangfeng Chen, Longle Ma, Lexin Wang
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to investigate the effect of bone marrow derived mesenchymal stem cells (rBMSCs) transduced with lentiviral vectors expressing endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) and/or a mutant caveolin-1(F92A-Cav1), on the pulmonary haemodynamics and structure in a rat model of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). METHODS: Pulmonary arterial hypertension was induced with monocrotaline (MCT) in 60 adult male Wistar rats prior to delivery of lentiviral vector transduced rBMSCs expressing Cav1, eNOS and/or F92A-Cav1...
September 9, 2016: Heart, Lung & Circulation
J Gourlay, A P Morokoff, R B Luwor, H-J Zhu, A H Kaye, S S Stylli
Extracellular vesicles (EVs) are known mediators of intercellular communication for both normal and tumour cells. With the capability to transfer nucleic acids, proteins and lipids, EVs are able to influence numerous functional and pathological aspects of both donor and recipient cells. The tumour microenvironment possesses a high level of complex heterogeneity, particularly within the most prominent brain malignancy, glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). This complexity relies on a network-based communication between many different components of the local niche, including the various cell types, stroma, blood vessels, secreted factors and surrounding matrix...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
Yu-Sheng Hsueh, Sadhasivam Subramaniam, Yi-Cheng Tseng, Te-Ming Chiang, Ondrej Mestak, Teng-Kuei Cheng, Tzong-Fu Kuo, Savitha Sivasubramanian, Feng-Huei Lin, Ming-Jium Shieh
Chitosan nanoparticles modified with 10 and 30% urocanic acid (CUA) via carbodiimide crosslinking were examined for an efficient gene delivery carrier. The CUA gene carrier was characterized by FTIR, TEM, SEM and the in vitro transfection efficiency CUA polyplex was tested with HeLa and 3T3 cells. The loading efficiency of CUA complexes with DNA was assessed at different N/P ratio of 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10. The DNA loading efficiency was found be to >85% for chitosan, CUA10 and CUA30% and the DNA protection ability of CUA10 and CUA30 nanoparticle complexes was confirmed upon incubation with NheI and HindIII...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Yaming Gu, Yizhen Guo, Changyong Wang, Jiake Xu, Jianping Wu, Thomas Brett Kirk, Dong Ma, Wei Xue
It is a promising way to treat the multi drug resistance (MDR) of tumor cells in both of drug and gene methods. A polyamidoamne dendrimer functionalized graphene oxide (GO-PAMAM) was designed, which could load doxorubicin (DOX) and MMP-9 shRNA plasmid at the same time in order to achieve effective treatment to breast cancer. GO-PAMAM has a high loading capacity to DOX and pH-controlled DOX release. Besides, it has efficient gene transfer ability, the transfection efficiency is significantly better than PEI-25k in the presence of serum, and it can significantly inhibit the expression of MMP-9 protein in MCF-7 cells...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Loan Bui, Adham Aleid, Ahmad Alassaf, Otto C Wilson, Christopher B Raub, Victor Frenkel
In vitro investigations of ultrasound mediated, intracellular drug and gene delivery (i.e. sonoporation) are typically carried out in cells cultured in standard plastic well plates. This creates conditions that poorly resemble in vivo conditions, as well as generating unwanted ultrasound phenomena that may confound the interpretation of results. Here, we present our results in the development of a biological scaffold for sonoporation studies. The scaffolds were comprised of cellulose fibers coated with chitosan and gelatin...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Lili Chen, Fangling Ji, Yongming Bao, Jing Xia, Lianying Guo, Jingyun Wang, Yachen Li
The greatest crux in the combination of chemotherapy and gene therapy is the construction of a feasible and biocompatible carrier for loading the therapeutic drug and gene simultaneously. Here, a new amphiphilic bifunctional pullulan derivative (named as PDP) synthesized by grafting lipophilic desoxycholic acid and low-molecular weight (1kDa) branched polyethylenimine onto the backbone of pullulan was evaluated as a nano-carrier for the co-delivery of drug and gene for potential cancer therapy. PDP exhibited good blood compatibility and low cytotoxicity in the hemolysis and 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) assays, respectively...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Olga Krupkova, Stephen J Ferguson, Karin Wuertz-Kozak
(-)-Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) has become a popular disease-preventive supplement worldwide because it may aid in slowing down the onset of age-related diseases such as cancer, diabetes and tissue degeneration. As largely demonstrated in cell culture studies, EGCG possesses antioxidant properties and exhibits favorable effects on gene expression, signal transduction and other cell functions. However, only limited effects have been observed in experimental animals and human epidemiological studies. The inconsistency between the biological activity of EGCG in cell cultures and in vivo can be attributed to its low stability, which not only decreases its bioavailability but also leads to the formation of degradation products and prooxidant molecules with possible side-effects...
November 2016: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
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