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Huijie Zhang, Xiao-Dong Gao
Synthetic oligodeoxynucleotides containing immunostimulatory CpG motif mimic bacterial DNA and are potent activator of innate and adaptive immune responses. Therefore, CpG ODNs have significant potentials as immunotherapeutic agent for treatment of infectious diseases, allergy and cancer. Many clinical trials involving CpG ODNs either used alone or as adjuvant have been initiated. However, delivery of CpG ODNs to target sites still remains a great challenge due to their extreme susceptibility to nuclease degradation in serum and poor cellular uptake...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Guosheng Song, Chenghong Ji, Chao Liang, Xuejiao Song, Xuan Yi, Ziliang Dong, Kai Yang, Zhuang Liu
Cancer radiotherapy (RT) is a clinically used tumor treatment strategy applicable for a wide range of solid tumors. However, during RT treatment of tumors, only a small portion of applied ionizing irradiation energy is absorbed by the tumor, in which the largely hypoxic microenvironment also limits the anti-tumor efficacy of RT. In this work, we rationally fabricate polyethylene glycol (PEG) stabilized perfluorocarbon (PFC) nano-droplets decorated with TaOx nanoparticles (TaOx@PFC-PEG) as a multifunctional RT sensitizer...
October 11, 2016: Biomaterials
Petr Stadlbauer, Liuba Mazzanti, Tristan Cragnolini, David J Wales, Philippe Derreumaux, Samuela Pasquali, Jiri Sponer
G-quadruplexes are the most important non-canonical DNA architectures. Many quadruplex-forming sequences, including the human telomeric sequence d(GGGTTA)n, have been investigated due to their implications in cancer and other diseases, and because of their potential in DNA-based nanotechnology. Despite availability of atomistic structural studies of folded G-quadruplexes, their folding pathways remain mysterious, and mutually contradicting models of folding coexist in the literature. Recent experiments convincingly demonstrated that G-quadruplex folding often takes days to reach the thermodynamics equilibrium...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
Tetsushi Kubota, Shinji Kuroda, Toshiaki Morihiro, Hiroshi Tazawa, Shunsuke Kagawa, Toshiyoshi Fujiwara
Trastuzumab(Tmab)is a humanized monoclonalantibody that binds to the human epidermalgrowth factor receptor 2 (HER2). It is clinically used for HER2-positive breast and gastric cancers; however, the use of Tmab is restricted to tumors expressing high levels of HER2(accounting for only 20%of tumors), and Tmab cannot be used for tumors resistant to Tmab. Although novel HER2-targeted agents have been developed to treat Tmab-resistant tumors, none of these have shown clinical efficacy in gastric cancer patients...
October 2016: Gan to Kagaku Ryoho. Cancer & Chemotherapy
Justin Sapiezynski, Oleh Taratula, Lorna Rodriguez-Rodriguez, Tamara Minko
The review is aimed at describing modern approaches to detection as well as precision and personalized treatment of ovarian cancer. Modern methods and future directions of nanotechnology-based targeted and personalized therapy are discussed.
October 13, 2016: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
Graziella Anselmo Joanitti, Rayane Ganassin, Mosar Rodrigues Corrêa, João Paulo Figueiró Longo, Cheng-Shi Jiang, Jinsong Gu, Sandra Milena Leal Pinto, Maria de Fátima Menezes Almeida Dos Santos, Ricardo Bentes de Azevedo, Luis Alexandre Muehlmann
Nanotechnology has provided powerful tools to improve the chemotherapy of cancer. Different nanostructures have been developed which deliver the anticancer drugs more selectively to tumor than to healthy tissues. The result has generally been the increase in efficacy and safety of classical anticancer drugs. In recent years, several studies have focused not only on the delivery of anticancer drugs to tumors, but also on delivering the drugs to specific organelles of cancer cells. Endoplasmic reticulum, Golgi apparatus, lysosomes, mitochondria, and nucleus have been the targets of different nanostructured drug delivery systems developed with the goal of circumventing drug-resistance, increasing drug efficacy, and so on...
October 13, 2016: Mini Reviews in Medicinal Chemistry
Louis T Curtis, Hermann B Frieboes
Although extensive research effort and resources have been dedicated to the development of nanotherapeutics to treat cancer, few formulations have reached clinical application. A major reason is that the large number of parameters available to tune nanotherapy characteristics coupled with the variability in tumor tissue precludes evaluation of complex interactions through experimentation alone. In order to optimize the nanotechnology design and gain further insight into these phenomena, mathematical modeling and computational simulation have been applied to complement empirical work...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Bhabatosh Banik, Brett W Askins, Shanta Dhar
The field of intracellular organelle targeting using nanoparticle (NP) is mushrooming rapidly. Thus, the area of nanotechnology-enabled targeting of mitochondrion, the cellular powerhouse, for diseases characterized by mitochondrial dysfunctions such as cancer, diseases of the central nervous system, and cardiovascular diseases is also growing at a rapid pace. Optimization of a NP's ability to target the mitochondria requires quantification of the particles in this subcellular organelle and isolation of mitochondria from the cells...
October 13, 2016: Nanoscale
Peng Wang, Hong Tang, Peng Zhang
Photodynamic therapy combining nanotechnology has shown great potential with improved therapeutic efficacy and fewer side effects. Ideal photosensitizers for cancer treatment should both have good singlet oxygen production capability and be excitable by light illuminations with deep tissue penetration. Here we report a type of hybrid photosensitizers consisting of plasmonic silver nanoparticles and photosensitizing molecules, where strong resonance coupling between the two leads to a broadened excitation profile and exceptionally high singlet oxygen production under both visible light and infrared light excitations...
October 11, 2016: Scientific Reports
Zijian Zhou, Jibin Song, Liming Nie, Xiaoyuan Chen
The reactive oxygen species (ROS)-mediated mechanism is the major cause underlying the efficacy of photodynamic therapy (PDT). The PDT procedure is based on the cascade of synergistic effects between light, a photosensitizer (PS) and oxygen, which greatly favors the spatiotemporal control of the treatment. This procedure has also evoked several unresolved challenges at different levels including (i) the limited penetration depth of light, which restricts traditional PDT to superficial tumours; (ii) oxygen reliance does not allow PDT treatment of hypoxic tumours; (iii) light can complicate the phototherapeutic outcomes because of the concurrent heat generation; (iv) specific delivery of PSs to sub-cellular organelles for exerting effective toxicity remains an issue; and (v) side effects from undesirable white-light activation and self-catalysation of traditional PSs...
October 5, 2016: Chemical Society Reviews
C Fasolato, S Giantulli, I Silvestri, F Mazzarda, Y Toumia, F Ripanti, F Mura, F Luongo, F Costantini, F Bordi, P Postorino, F Domenici
Recent progress in nanotechnology and its application to biomedical settings have generated great advantages in dealing with early cancer diagnosis. The identification of the specific properties of cancer cells, such as the expression of particular plasma membrane molecular receptors, has become crucial in revealing the presence and in assessing the stage of development of the disease. Here we report a single cell screening approach based on Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) microimaging. We fabricated a SERS-labelled nanovector based on the biofunctionalization of gold nanoparticles with folic acid...
October 6, 2016: Nanoscale
Jaimie Marie Stewart, Mathias Viard, Hari K K Subramanian, Brandon K Roark, Kirill A Afonin, Elisa Franco
RNA is a natural multifunctional polymer, and is an essential component in both complex pathways and structures within the cellular environment. For this reason, artificial self-assembling RNA nanostructures are emerging as a powerful tool with broad applications in drug delivery and metabolic pathway regulation. To date, coordinated delivery of functional molecules via programmable RNA assemblies has been primarily done using nanosize RNA scaffolds. However, larger scaffolds could expand existing capabilities for spatial arrangement of ligands, and enable the controlled delivery of highly concentrated molecular loads...
October 14, 2016: Nanoscale
Alberto Garcia, Jose F Rodriguez Matas, Manuela T Raimondi
Recent evidence suggests that mechanical deformation of the cell nucleus regulates the nuclear import of the transcriptional activators of genes involved in primary physiological cell responses such as stem cell differentiation. In addition, this nuclear mechanosensing response is de-regulated in pathological states, such as cancer and neurodegeneration. One hypothesis that could greatly advance the field is that the deformation of the nuclear envelope activates nuclear pore complexes through a direct mechanical link...
October 10, 2016: Integrative Biology: Quantitative Biosciences From Nano to Macro
Yizhong Shen, Adam J Shuhendler, Deju Ye, Jing-Juan Xu, Hong-Yuan Chen
Two-photon excitation (TPE) nanoparticle-based photosensitizers (PSs) that combine the advantages of TPE and nanotechnology have emerged as attractive therapeutic agents for near-infrared red (NIR) light excited photodynamic therapy (PDT) for cancer treatment. TPE PDT is characterized by nonlinear absorption of two relatively low-energy photons of NIR light with the resulting emission of high-energy visible light. This high-energy light can sensitize oxygen to produce cytotoxic reactive oxygen species (ROS) and singlet oxygen ((1)O2) which can kill cancer cells...
October 5, 2016: Chemical Society Reviews
Niels-Christian Reichardt, Manuel Martín-Lomas, Soledad Penadés
In this feature article we discuss the particular relevance of glycans as components or targets of functionalized nanoparticles (NPs) for potential applications in personalized medicine but we will not enter into descriptions for their preparation. For a more general view covering the preparation and applications of glyconanomaterials the reader is referred to a number of recent reviews. The combination of glyco- and nanotechnology is already providing promising new tools for more personalized solutions to diagnostics and therapy...
September 14, 2016: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
Lili He, Jian Gu, Lee Y Lim, Zhi-Xiang Yuan, Jingxin Mo
Accumulating evidences have suggested the existence of breast cancer stem cells (BCSCs), which possess the potential of both self-renewal and differentiation. The origin of BCSCs might have relationship to the development of normal mammary stem cells. BCSCs are believed to play a key role in the initiation, recurrence and chemo-/radiotherapy resistances of breast cancer. Therefore, elimination of BCSCs is crucial for breast cancer therapy. However, conventional chemo and radiation therapies cannot eradicate BCSCs effectively...
2016: Frontiers in Pharmacology
M J Eblan, J H Myung, J M Caster, K Wang, R Green, T M Zagar, R C Chen, G P Gupta, E L Jones, M A Varia, B S Chera, S Hong, A Z Wang
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 1, 2016: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
Mayurbhai R Patel, Stephen D Kozuch, Christopher N Cultrara, Reeta Yadav, Suiying Huang, Uri Samuni, John Koren, Gabriela Chiosis, David Sabatino
The emerging field of RNA nanotechnology has been used to design well-programmed, self-assembled nanostructures for applications in chemistry, biology, and medicine. At the forefront of its utility in cancer is the unrestricted ability to self-assemble multiple siRNAs within a single nanostructure formulation for the RNAi screening of a wide range of oncogenes while potentiating the gene therapy of malignant tumors. In our RNAi nanotechnology approach, V- and Y-shape RNA templates were designed and constructed for the self-assembly of discrete, higher-ordered siRNA nanostructures targeting the oncogenic glucose regulated chaperones...
October 3, 2016: Nano Letters
Moumita Roy Chowdhury, Canan Schumann, Dipita Bhakta-Guha, Gunjan Guha
Cancer has remained one of the most indomitable conundrums for scientists over centuries due to its multifarious etiology. While improved therapeutic and diagnostic approaches have commendably augmented the rate of survival of cancer patients, a holistic riddance from the ailment is still implausible. Hence, further explorations to scout for novel strategies of cancer therapy and diagnosis are necessary. Theranostics (amalgamation of therapy and diagnostics) has emerged as one of the avant-garde strategies, which provides a two-pronged advantage in cancer management...
September 22, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Mohamad S Alsalhi, Sandhanasamy Devanesan, Akram A Alfuraydi, Radhakrishnan Vishnubalaji, Murugan A Munusamy, Kadarkarai Murugan, Marcello Nicoletti, Giovanni Benelli
BACKGROUND: The present study focused on a simple and eco-friendly method for the synthesis of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) with multipurpose anticancer and antimicrobial activities. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We studied a green synthesis route to produce AgNPs by using an aqueous extract of Pimpinella anisum seeds (3 mM). Their antimicrobial activity and cytotoxicity on human neonatal skin stromal cells (hSSCs) and colon cancer cells (HT115) were assessed. RESULTS: A biophysical characterization of the synthesized AgNPs was realized: the morphology of AgNPs was determined by transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectroscopy, X-ray powder diffraction, and ultraviolet-vis absorption spectroscopy...
2016: International Journal of Nanomedicine
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