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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925389/the-long-term-immunological-effects-of-alloferon-and-its-analogues-in-the-mealworm-tenebrio-molitor
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Elżbieta Czarniewska, Arkadiusz Urbański, Szymon Chowański, Mariola Kuczer
The subject of this paper is a search for the long-term immunological effects of alloferon and 3 structural analogues of alloferon, which were earlier characterised by the highest pro-apoptotic activity in Tenebrio molitor. The differences in the actions of these peptides on immune response were observed. Alloferon increased nodulation and significantly phenoloxidase activity in the haemolymph of experimentally infected T. molitor. However, [Phe(p-NH2 )(1) ]- and [Phe(p-OMe)(1) ]-alloferon strongly inhibited cellular and humoral defense of the mealworm against Staphylococcus aureus infection...
December 7, 2016: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924967/researchgate-is-no-longer-reliable-leniency-towards-ghost-journals-may-decrease-its-impact-on-the-scientific-community
#2
Aamir Raoof Memon
ResearchGate has been regarded as one of the most attractive academic social networking site for scientific community. It has been trying to improve user-centered interfaces to gain more attractiveness to scientists around the world. Display of journal related scietometric measures (such as impact factor, 5-year impact, cited half-life, eigenfactor) is an important feature in ResearchGate. Open access publishing has added more to increased visibility of research work and easy access to information related to research...
December 2016: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924069/retrograde-trafficking-of-vmat2-and-its-role-in-protein-stability-in-non-neuronal-cells
#3
Qiuzi Wu, Hongfei Xu, Wei Wang, Fei Chang, Yu Jiang, Yongjian Liu
Increasing evidence suggests that the impaired neuroprotection of vesicular monoamine transporter 2 (VMAT2) contributes to the pathogenesis of Parkinson's disease. That has been linked to aberrant subcellular retrograde trafficking as strongly indicated by recent genomic studies on familial Parkinson's diseases. However, whether VMAT2 function is regulated by retrograde trafficking is unknown. By using biochemistry and cell biology approaches, we have shown that VMAT2 was stringently localized to the trans-Golgi network and underwent retrograde trafficking in non-neuronal cells...
November 2016: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923197/single-chain-fc-dimer-human-growth-hormone-fusion-protein-for-improved-drug-delivery
#4
Li Zhou, Hsuan-Yao Wang, Shanshan Tong, Curtis T Okamoto, Wei-Chiang Shen, Jennica L Zaro
Fc fusion protein technology has been successfully used to generate long-acting forms of several protein therapeutics. In this study, a novel Fc-based drug carrier, single chain Fc-dimer (sc(Fc)2), was designed to contain two Fc domains recombinantly linked via a flexible linker. Since the Fc dimeric structure is maintained through the flexible linker, the hinge region was omitted to further stabilize it against proteolysis and reduce FcγR-related effector functions. The resultant sc(Fc)2 candidate preserved the neonatal Fc receptor (FcRn) binding...
November 27, 2016: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923186/influence-of-surface-passivation-of-2-methoxyestradiol-loaded-plga-nanoparticles-on-cellular-interactions-pharmacokinetics-and-tumour-accumulation
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Gopikrishna J Pillai, Bindhu Paul-Prasanth, Shantikumar V Nair, Deepthy Menon
In the present work, 2-Methoxyestradiol [2ME2] loaded PLGA nanoparticles [NPs] were stabilized with Casein or poly(ethylene glycol) [PEG] and evaluated for its cellular interactions, pharmacokinetics and tumour accumulation. Surface stabilized PLGA nanoparticles prepared through a modified emulsion route possessed similar size, surface charge, drug loading and release characteristics. Particle-cell interactions as well as the anti-angiogenesis activity were similar for both nanoformulations in vitro. However, in vivo pharmacokinetics and tumour accumulation of the drug were substantially improved for the PEGylated nanoformulation...
November 29, 2016: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922061/thermo-sensitive-hydrogels-combined-with-decellularised-matrix-deliver-bfgf-for-the-functional-recovery-of-rats-after-a-spinal-cord-injury
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He-Lin Xu, Fu-Rong Tian, Cui-Tao Lu, Jie Xu, Zi-Liang Fan, Jing-Jing Yang, Pian-Pian Chen, Ya-Dong Huang, Jian Xiao, Ying-Zheng Zhao
Because of the short half-life, either systemic or local administration of bFGF shows significant drawbacks to spinal injury. In this study, an acellular spinal cord scaffold (ASC) was encapsulated in a thermo-sensitive hydrogel to overcome these limitations. The ASC was firstly prepared from the spinal cord of healthy rats and characterized by scanning electronic microscopy and immunohistochemical staining. bFGF could specifically complex with the ASC scaffold via electrostatic or receptor-mediated interactions...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920802/the-role-of-drugs-in-bone-pain
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REVIEW
Francesco Marras, Paolo Tranquilli Leali
: Painful symptomatology in the skeletal system can be found in various pathological conditions and can be either localised or diffused. Bone tenderness is common in those who are of an elderly age. TREATMENT STRATEGY: Patients should be informed of the possible causes of their pain and the different therapies that could alleviate it; furthermore they should be encouraged to have an active role in their therapy. It is necessary to prevent the onset of the pain (by the clock) by considering the biological half-life, the bioavailability and the duration of action of the therapy...
May 2016: Clinical Cases in Mineral and Bone Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920563/assessing-parasite-clearance-during-uncomplicated-plasmodium-falciparum-infection-treated-with-artesunate-monotherapy-in-suriname
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Stephen Gs Vreden, Rakesh D Bansie, Jeetendra K Jitan, Malti R Adhin
BACKGROUND: Artemisinin resistance in Plasmodium falciparum is suspected when the day 3 parasitemia is >10% when treated with artemisinin-based combination therapy or if >10% of patients treated with artemisinin-based combination therapy or artesunate monotherapy harbored parasites with half-lives ≥5 hours. Hence, a single-arm prospective efficacy trial was conducted in Suriname for uncomplicated P. falciparum infection treated with artesunate-based monotherapy for 3 days assessing day 3 parasitemia, treatment outcome after 28 days, and parasite half-life...
2016: Infection and Drug Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920251/a-homeostatic-shift-facilitates-endoplasmic-reticulum-proteostasis-through-transcriptional-integration-of-proteostatic-stress-response-pathways
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Liam Baird, Tadayuki Tsujita, Eri Kobayashi, Ryo Funayama, Takeshi Nagashima, Keiko Nakayama, Masayuki Yamamoto
Eukaryotic cells maintain protein homeostasis through the activity of multiple basal and inducible systems, which function in concert to allow cells to adapt to a wide range of environmental conditions. Whilst the transcriptional programs regulating individual pathways have been studied in detail, it is not known how the different pathways are transcriptionally integrated such that a deficiency in one pathway can be compensated by a change in an auxiliary response. One such pathway that plays an essential role in many proteostasis responses is the ubiquitin-proteasome system (UPS), which functions to degrade damaged, unfolded or short half-life proteins...
December 5, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919901/safety-and-pharmacokinetics-of-cd101-iv-a-novel-echinocandin-in-healthy-adults
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Taylor Sandison, Voon Ong, Jonathan Lee, Dirk Thye
CD101 IV is a novel echinocandin with distinctive pharmacokinetic properties that is being developed as a once-weekly treatment for candidemia and invasive candidiasis. CD101 has potent in vitro activity and in vivo efficacy against a broad range of Candida and Aspergillus species. The primary objective of two randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, dose-escalation studies in healthy adults was to determine the safety and tolerability of CD101 IV. Sequential cohorts of 8 subjects (n=6, active; n=2, placebo) were administered single (50, 100, 200, 400 mg) or multiple once-weekly (100 mg ×2, 200 mg ×2, 400 mg ×3) doses of CD101 IV infused over 1 hour...
December 5, 2016: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919891/structure-activity-relationships-of-a-series-of-echinocandins-and-the-discovery-of-cd101-a-highly-stable-and-soluble-echinocandin-with-distinctive-pharmacokinetic-properties
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Kenneth D James, Christopher P Laudeman, Navdeep B Malkar, Radha Krishnan, Karen Polowy
Echinocandins are first-line therapy for candidemia and invasive candidiasis. They are generally safe with few drug interactions, but the stability and pharmacokinetic properties of currently approved echinocandins are such that each was developed for daily intravenous infusion. We sought to discover a novel echinocandin with properties that would enable more flexible dosing regimens, alternate routes of delivery, and expanded utility. Derivatives of known echinocandin scaffolds were generated, and an iterative process of design and screening led to the discovery of CD101, a novel echinocandin that has since demonstrated improved chemical stability and pharmacokinetics...
December 5, 2016: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919823/nerve-growth-factor-carbon-nanotube-complex-exerts-prolonged-protective-effects-in-an-in-vitro-model-of-ischemic-stroke
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Parichehr Hassanzadeh, Elham Arbabi, Fatemeh Atyabi, Rassoul Dinarvand
AIMS: The therapeutic potential of nerve growth factor (NGF) against the neurological disorders may be negatively affected by its short half-life. Based on the superior properties of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) for controlled drug delivery, we aimed to prepare CNT-NGF complex and evaluate its effect in an in vitro model of ischemic stroke. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Multi-walled CNTs (MWCNTs)-NGF complex was prepared using amino-functionalized COOH-MWCNTs and characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy...
December 2, 2016: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919267/targeted-drug-delivery-of-near-ir-fluorescent-doxorubicin-conjugated-poly-ethylene-glycol-bisphosphonate-nanoparticles-for-diagnosis-and-therapy-of-primary-and-metastatic-bone-cancer-in-a-mouse-model
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S Rudnick-Glick, E Corem-Salkmon, I Grinberg, S Margel
BACKGROUND: Most primary and metastatic bone tumors demonstrate increased osteoclast activity and bone resorption. Current treatment is based on a combination of surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Severe side effects are associated with chemotherapy due to use of high dosage and nonspecific uptake. Bisphosphonates have a strong affinity to Ca(2+) ions and are widely used in the treatment of bone disorders. RESULTS: We have engineered a unique biodegradable bisphosphonate nanoparticle (NPs) bearing two functional surface groups: (1) primary amine groups for covalent attachment of a dye/drug (e...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918995/phenylthiazole-antibiotics-a-metabolism-guided-approach-to-overcome-short-duration-of-action
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Eman Yahia, Haroon Mohammad, Tamer M Abdelghany, Eman Fayed, Mohamed N Seleem, Abdelrahman S Mayhoub
Antibacterial resistance is a pressing global health challenge that necessitates the development of new therapeutic agents. Phenylthiazole antibacterial agents have been extensively studied, by our group, as a potential novel class of antibiotics to circumvent the scourge of antibacterial resistance. Previously, the phenylthiazole lead compound 1 was shown to possess potent activity against clinical isolates of methicillin- and vancomycin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA and VRSA). The promising activity of this novel class of antibiotics is hampered by their short half-life due to rapid hepatic metabolism...
November 22, 2016: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918967/nanoencapsulation-an-efficient-and-promising-approach-to-maximize-wound-healing-efficacy-of-curcumin-a-review-of-new-trends-and-state-of-the-art
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REVIEW
Zahid Hussain, Hnin Ei Thu, Shiow-Fern Ng, Shahzeb Khan, Haliza Katas
Wound healing is a multifarious and vibrant process of replacing devitalized and damaged cellular structures, leading to restoration of the skin's barrier function, re-establishment of tissue integrity, and maintenance of the internal homeostasis. Curcumin (CUR) and its analogs have gained widespread recognition due to their remarkable anti-inflammatory, anti-infective, anticancer, immunomodulatory, antioxidant, and wound healing activities. However, their pharmaceutical significance is limited due to inherent hydrophobic nature, poor water solubility, low bioavailability, chemical instability, rapid metabolism and short half-life...
November 30, 2016: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918129/photo-modulated-therapeutic-protein-release-from-a-hydrogel-depot-using-visible-light
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Johan S Basuki, Fengxiang Qie, Xavier Mulet, Randy Suryadinata, Aditya V Vashi, Yong Y Peng, Lingli Li, Xiaojuan Hao, Tianwei Tan, Timothy C Hughes
The use of biomacromolecular therapeutics has revolutionized disease treatment, but frequent injections are required owing to their short half-life in vivo. Thus there is a need for a drug delivery system that acts as a reservoir and releases the drug remotely "on demand". Here we demonstrate a simple light-triggered local drug delivery system through photo-thermal interactions of polymer-coated gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) inside an agarose hydrogel as therapeutic depot. Localized temperature increase induced by the visible light exposure caused reversible softening of the hydrogel matrix to release the pre-loaded therapeutics...
December 5, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917453/phase-i-study-of-mrx34-a-liposomal-mir-34a-mimic-administered-twice-weekly-in-patients-with-advanced-solid-tumors
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Muhammad S Beg, Andrew J Brenner, Jasgit Sachdev, Mitesh Borad, Yoon-Koo Kang, Jay Stoudemire, Susan Smith, Andreas G Bader, Sinil Kim, David S Hong
Purpose Naturally occurring tumor suppressor microRNA-34a (miR-34a) downregulates the expression of >30 oncogenes across multiple oncogenic pathways, as well as genes involved in tumor immune evasion, but is lost or under-expressed in many malignancies. This first-in-human, phase I study assessed the maximum tolerated dose (MTD), safety, pharmacokinetics, and clinical activity of MRX34, a liposomal miR-34a mimic, in patients with advanced solid tumors. Patients and Methods Adult patients with solid tumors refractory to standard treatment were enrolled in a standard 3 + 3 dose escalation trial...
December 5, 2016: Investigational New Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916566/extracellular-vesicle-mimetics-novel-alternatives-to-extracellular-vesicle-based-theranostics-drug-delivery-and-vaccines
#18
REVIEW
Oh Youn Kim, Jaewook Lee, Yong Song Gho
Extracellular vesicles are nano-sized spherical bilayered proteolipids encasing various components. Cells of all domains of life actively release these vesicles to the surroundings including various biological fluids. These extracellular vesicles are known to play pivotal roles in numerous pathophysiological functions. Extracellular vesicles have distinct characteristics, like high biocompatibility, safety, and nano-sized diameters that allow efficient drug loading capacity and long blood circulation half-life...
December 1, 2016: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916542/the-role-of-the-ubiquitin-proteasome-system-in-the-memory-process
#19
REVIEW
Philomena Z Y Lip, Marilene Demasi, Diego Bonatto
Quite intuitive is the notion that memory formation and consolidation is orchestrated by protein synthesis because of the synaptic plasticity necessary for those processes. Nevertheless, recent advances have begun accumulating evidences of a high requirement for protein degradation on the molecular mechanisms of the memory process in the mammalian brain. Because degradation determines protein half-life, degradation has been increasingly recognized as an important intracellular regulatory mechanism. The proteasome is the main player in the degradation of intracellular proteins...
December 1, 2016: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915165/re-assessing-gallium-67-as-a-therapeutic-radionuclide
#20
Muhamad F Bin Othman, Nabil R Mitry, Valerie J Lewington, Philip J Blower, Samantha Y A Terry
INTRODUCTION: Despite its desirable half-life and low energy Auger electrons that travel further than for other radionuclides, (67)Ga has been neglected as a therapeutic radionuclide. Here, (67)Ga is compared with Auger electron emitter (111)In as a potential therapeutic radionuclide. METHODS: Plasmid pBR322 studies allowed direct comparison between (67)Ga and (111)In (1MBq) in causing DNA damage, including the effect of chelators (EDTA and DTPA) and the effects of a free radical scavenger (DMSO)...
October 29, 2016: Nuclear Medicine and Biology
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