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  1. Human acid-labile subunit deficiency: clinical, endocrine and metabolic consequences.

    Domene, H.M.; Hwa, V.; Argente, J.; Wit, J.M.; Camacho-Hubner, C.; Jasper, H.G.; Pozo, J.; Duyvenvoorde, H.A. van; Yakar, S.; Fofanova-Gambetti, O.V.; Rosenfeld, R.G.; Hermus, A.R.M.M.; Twickler, T.B.; Kempers, M.J.E.

    2009-01-01

    The majority of insulin-like growth factor (IGF)-I and IGF-II circulate in the serum as a complex with the insulin-like growth factor binding protein (IGFBP)-3 or IGFBP-5, and an acid-labile subunit (ALS). The function of ALS is to prolong the half-life of the IGF-I-IGFBP-3/IGFBP-5 binary complexes.

  2. Acid-Labile Amphiphilic PEO-b-PPO-b-PEO Copolymers: Degradable Poloxamer Analogs.

    Worm, Matthias; Kang, Biao; Dingels, Carsten; Wurm, Frederik R; Frey, Holger

    2016-05-01

    Poly ((ethylene oxide)-b-(propylene oxide)-b-(ethylene oxide)) triblock copolymers commonly known as poloxamers or Pluronics constitute an important class of nonionic, biocompatible surfactants. Here, a method is reported to incorporate two acid-labile acetal moieties in the backbone of poloxamers to generate acid-cleavable nonionic surfactants. Poly(propylene oxide) is functionalized by means of an acetate-protected vinyl ether to introduce acetal units. Three cleavable PEO-PPO-PEO triblock copolymers (Mn,total = 6600, 8000, 9150 g·mol(-1) ; Mn,PEO = 2200, 3600, 4750 g·mol(-1) ) have been synthesized using anionic ring-opening polymerization. The amphiphilic copolymers exhibit narrow molecular weight distributions (Ð = 1.06-1.08). Surface tension measurements reveal surface-active behavior in aqueous solution comparable to established noncleavable poloxamers. Complete hydrolysis of the labile junctions after acidic treatment is verified by size exclusion chromatography. The block copolymers have been employed as surfactants in a miniemulsion polymerization to generate polystyrene (PS) nanoparticles with mean diameters of ≈200 nm and narrow size distribution, as determined by dynamic light scattering and scanning electron microscopy. Acid-triggered precipitation facilitates removal of surfactant fragments from the nanoparticles, which simplifies purification and enables nanoparticle precipitation "on demand." PMID:27000789

  3. The acid-labile subunit of human ternary insulin-like growth factor binding protein complex in serum

    Juul, A; Møller, S; Mosfeldt-Laursen, E; Rasmussen, M H; Scheike, Thomas Harder; Pedersen, S A; Kastrup, K W; Yu, Hao; Mistry, J; Rasmussen, S; Müller, J; Henriksen, J; Skakkebaek, N E

    1998-01-01

    not measurable by this approach or, alternatively, that the liver is not the primary source of circulating ALS, IGF-I, or IGFBP-3 in humans. In conclusion, we have provided extensive normal data for a novel ALS assay and found that circulating ALS levels exhibit minor diurnal variation. We suggest......Circulating insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) is predominantly bound in the trimeric complex comprised of IGF binding protein-3 (IGFBP-3) and acid-labile subunit (ALS). Circulating concentrations of IGF-I, IGFBP-3 and ALS are believed to reflect the GH secretory status, but the clinical use of...

  4. The acid-labile subunit of the ternary insulin-like growth factor complex in cirrhosis: relation to liver dysfunction

    Møller, S; Juul, A; Becker, U; Henriksen, Jens Henrik Sahl

    2000-01-01

    BACKGROUND/AIMS: In the circulation, insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) is bound in a trimeric complex of 150 kDa with IGF binding protein-3 (IGFBP-3) and the acid-labile subunit (ALS). Whereas circulating IGF-I and IGFBP-3 are reported to be low in patients with chronic liver failure, the leve...... significant relations to liver dysfunction and other components of the IGF complex. A small hepatic extraction was found in controls, which suggests extrahepatic production of ALS. Future studies should focus on organ-specific removal of ALS.......BACKGROUND/AIMS: In the circulation, insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) is bound in a trimeric complex of 150 kDa with IGF binding protein-3 (IGFBP-3) and the acid-labile subunit (ALS). Whereas circulating IGF-I and IGFBP-3 are reported to be low in patients with chronic liver failure, the level...... of ALS has not been described in relation to hepatic dysfunction. The aim of the present study was therefore to measure circulating and hepatic venous concentrations of ALS in relation to hepatic function and the IGF axis. METHODS: Twenty-five patients with cirrhosis (Child class A/B/C:5/10/10) and...

  5. The acid-labile subunit of human ternary insulin-like growth factor binding protein complex in serum

    Juul, A; Møller, S; Mosfeldt-Laursen, E;

    1998-01-01

    Circulating insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) is predominantly bound in the trimeric complex comprised of IGF binding protein-3 (IGFBP-3) and acid-labile subunit (ALS). Circulating concentrations of IGF-I, IGFBP-3 and ALS are believed to reflect the GH secretory status, but the clinical use of...... adults; and 4) ALS levels were below -2 SD in 57 of 79 GHD patients (sensitivity 72%) and above 2 SD in 22 of 29 patients with normal GH response (specificity 76%), which was similar, compared with the diagnostic utility of IGF-I and IGFBP-3. Finally, our findings indicate that hepatic ALS production is...... not measurable by this approach or, alternatively, that the liver is not the primary source of circulating ALS, IGF-I, or IGFBP-3 in humans. In conclusion, we have provided extensive normal data for a novel ALS assay and found that circulating ALS levels exhibit minor diurnal variation. We suggest...

  6. The ortho backbone amide linker (o-BAL) is an easily prepared and highly acid-labile handle for solid-phase synthesis

    Boas, Ulrik; Brask, Jesper; Christensen, J.B.;

    2002-01-01

    , followed by purification through steam distillation, Cleavage studies of Leu-enkephalin anchored to either o-BAL or p-BAL handles revealed that both handles were surprisingly acid-labile and released the peptide with dilute TFA (5% and even 1% TFA in CH2Cl2). This useful property allowed the synthesis of...

  7. Novel poly(ethylene oxide monomethyl ether)-b-poly(.epsilon.-caprolactone) diblock copolymers containing a pH-acid labile ketal group as a block linkage

    Petrova, Svetlana; Jäger, Eliezer; Konefal, Rafal; Jäger, Alessandro; Venturini, Cristina Garcia; Štěpánek, Petr

    Sofia : Institute of Polymers BAS, 2015. P2-25. [Challenges in Science and Technology of Polymer Materials. 19.05.2015-23.05.2015, Bansko] R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) LH14292 Institutional support: RVO:61389013 Keywords : acid-labile degradable linkage * MPEO-b-PCL diblock copolymers Subject RIV: CC - Organic Chemistry

  8. PEG-detachable and acid-labile cross-linked micelles based on orthoester linked graft copolymer for paclitaxel release

    Yuan, Zhefan; Huang, Jingyi; Liu, Jing; Cheng, Sixue; Zhuo, Renxi; Li, Feng

    2011-08-01

    Polyethylene glycol detachable graft copolymer, mPEG-g-p(NAS-co-BMA), was synthesized by grafting 2-(ω-methoxy)PEGyl-1,3-dioxan-5-ylamine onto poly(N-(acryloyloxy)succinimide-co-butyl methacrylate). Pseudo in situ cross-linking of the mPEG-g-p(NAS-co-BMA) was performed in dimethylformamide phosphate buffer (v/v = 1/1) by an acid-labile diamine cross-linker bearing two symmetrical cyclic orthoesters. The cross-linked (CL) micelles with different contents of mPEG segments represented different morphologies. The CL micelles containing approximately one mPEG segment exhibited 'echini' morphology whereas the CL micelle with approximately three mPEG segments formed nanowires. The hydrolysis rate of the CL micelles is highly pH-dependent and much more rapid at mild acid than physiological conditions. Hydrolyzates of the CL micelles formed vesicles because new amphiphilic copolymers were formed. Paclitaxel (PTX) was successfully loaded into the CL micelles and a controlled and pH-dependent release behavior was observed. No obvious cytotoxicity was found for the CL micelles at concentration as high as 800 mg l - 1.

  9. Interaction between acid-labile subunit and insulin-like growth factor binding protein 3 expressed in Xenopus oocytes.

    Choi, Kyung-Yi; Lee, Dong-Hee

    2002-03-31

    The acid-labile subunit (ALS) associates with the insulinlike growth factor (IGF)-I or II, and the IGF binding protein-3 (IGFBP-3) in order to form a 150-kD complex in the circulation. This complex may regulate the serum IGFs by restricting them in the vascular system and promoting their endocrine actions. Little is known about how ALS binds to IGFBP3, which connects the IGFs to ALS. Xenopus oocyte was utilized to study the function of ALS in assembling IGFs into the ternary complexes. Xenopus oocyte was shown to correctly translate in vitro transcribed mRNAs of ALS and IGFBP3. IGFBP3 and ALS mRNAs were injected in a mixture, and their products were immunoprecipitated by antisera against ALS and IGFBP3. Contrary to traditional reports that ALS interacts only with IGF-bound IGFBP3, this study shows that ALS is capable of forming a binary complex with IGFBP3 in the absence of IGF. When cross-linked by disuccinimidyl suberate, the band that represents the ALSIGFBP3 complex was evident on the PAGE. IGFBP3 movement was monitored according to the distribution between the hemispheres. Following a localized translation in the vegetal hemisphere, IGFBP3 remained in the vegetal half in the presence of ALS. However, the mutant IGFBP3 freely diffused into the animal half, despite the presence of ALS, which is different from the wild type IGFBP3. This study, therefore, suggests that ALS may play an important role in sequestering IGFBP3 polypeptides via the intermolecular aggregation. Studies using this heterologous model will lead to a better understanding of the IGFBP3 and ALS that assemble into the ternary structure and circulate the IGF system. PMID:12297028

  10. A simple and inexpensive enteric-coated capsule for delivery of acid-labile macromolecules to the small intestine*

    Miller, Darren S.; Parsons, Anne Michelle; Bresland, John; Herde, Paul; Pham, Duc Minh; Tan, Angel; Hsu, Hung-yao; Prestidge, Clive A.; Kuchel, Tim; Begg, Rezaul; Aziz, Syed Mahfuzul; Butler, Ross N.

    2015-01-01

    Understanding the ecology of the gastrointestinal tract and the impact of the contents on the host mucosa is emerging as an important area for defining both wellness and susceptibility to disease. Targeted delivery of drugs to treat specific small intestinal disorders such as small bowel bacterial overgrowth and targeting molecules to interrogate or to deliver vaccines to the remote regions of the small intestine has proven difficult. There is an unmet need for methodologies to release probes/drugs to remote regions of the gastrointestinal tract in furthering our understanding of gut health and pathogenesis. In order to address this concern, we need to know how the regional delivery of a surrogate labeled test compound is handled and in turn, if delivered locally as a liquid or powder, the dynamics of its subsequent handling and metabolism. In the studies we report on in this paper, we chose 13C sodium acetate (13C-acetate), which is a stable isotope probe that once absorbed in the small intestine can be readily measured non-invasively by collection and analysis of 13CO2 in the breath. This would provide information of gastric emptying rates and an indication of the site of release and absorptive capacity. In a series of in vitro and in vivo pig experiments, we assessed the enteric-protective properties of a commercially available polymer EUDRAGIT®L100-55 on gelatin capsules and also on DRcaps®. Test results demonstrated that DRcaps®coated with EUDRAGIT®L100-55 possessed enhanced enteric-protective properties, particularly in vivo. These studies add to the body of knowledge regarding gastric emptying in pigs and also begin the process of gathering specifications for the design of a simple and cost-effective enteric-coated capsule for delivery of acid-labile macromolecules to the small intestine. PMID:26160716

  11. Combination of acid labile detergent and C18 Empore™ disks for improved identification and sequence coverage of in-gel digested proteins.

    Koehn, Henning; Lau, Benjamin; Clerens, Stefan; Plowman, Jeffrey E; Dyer, Jolon M; Ramli, Umi Salamah; Deb-Choudhury, Santanu

    2011-04-01

    A protocol for improved extraction of peptides from in-gel protein digests, using a combination of the acid labile surfactant, sodium deoxycholate (SDC) and C18 Empore™ membranes, is presented. This approach results in better mass spectrum quality, higher numbers of identified peptide peaks and improved identification scores compared to standard tryptic digestion protocols, or protocols using only SDC or only C18 Empore™ disks. The advantages of the new protocol are demonstrated for two different types of samples: Merino wool intermediate filament proteins and Elaeis guineensis (oil palm) mesocarp proteins. PMID:21327873

  12. Total and free insulin-like growth factor I, insulin-like growth factor binding protein 3 and acid-labile subunit reflect clinical activity in acromegaly

    Sneppen, S B; Lange, Merete Wolder; Pedersen, L M; Kristensen L, L Ø; Main, K M; Juul, A; Skakkebaek, N E; Feldt-Rasmussen, U

    2001-01-01

    insulin-like growth factor binding protein-3 (IGFBP-3) with PV(pos) of 0.69 and 0.71 and PV(neg) of 0.91 and 0.92 respectively. We conclude that free IGF-I is more closely related than total IGF-I to perceived disease activity and is as such useful when evaluating previously treated acromegaly for disease...... the inactive and the active groups, we found that positive and negative predictive values (PV(pos), PV(neg)) for clinical disease activity of total and free insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) were 0.59, 0.90 and 1.00, 0.82 respectively. Acid-labile subunit (ALS) showed diagnostic merit similar to...... activity. Total IGF-I, IGFBP-3 and ALS possess a higher PV(neg) for the clinical disease activity. None of the parameters can at present be claimed to be superior to the others and thus all the measured parameters are recommended to be part of the evaluation of acromegalic patients....

  13. Application of nanoparticles for oral delivery of acid-labile lansoprazole in the treatment of gastric ulcer: in vitro and in vivo evaluations

    Alai M

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Milind Alai,1 Wen Jen Lin1,2 1Graduate Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Pharmacy, 2Drug Research Center, College of Medicine, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan Abstract: The aim of this study was to develop nanoparticles for oral delivery of an acid-labile drug, lansoprazole (LPZ, for gastric ulcer therapy. LPZ-loaded positively charged Eudragit® RS100 nanoparticles (ERSNPs-LPZ and negatively charged poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid nanoparticles (PLGANPs-LPZ were prepared. The effect of charge on nanoparticle deposition in ulcerated and non-ulcerated regions of the stomach was investigated. The cellular uptake of nanoparticles in the intestine was evaluated in a Caco-2 cell model. The pharmacokinetic performance and ulcer healing response of LPZ-loaded nanoparticles following oral administration were evaluated in Wistar rats with induced ulcers. The prepared drug-loaded ERSNPs-LPZ and PLGANPs-LPZ possessed opposite surface charge (+38.5±0.3 mV versus -27.3±0.3 mV, respectively and the particle size was around 200 nm with a narrow size distribution. The negatively charged PLGANPs adhered more readily to the ulcerated region (7.22%±1.21% per cm2, whereas the positively charged ERSNPs preferentially distributed in the non-ulcerated region (8.29%±0.35% per cm2. Both ERSNPs and PLGANPs were prominent uptake in Caco-2 cells, too. The nanoparticles sustained and prolonged LPZ concentrations up to 24 hours, and the half-life and mean residence time of LPZ were prolonged by 3.5-fold and 4.5-fold, respectively, as compared with LPZ solution. Oral administration of LPZ-loaded nanoparticles healed 92.6%–95.7% of gastric ulcers in Wistar rats within 7 days. Keywords: nanoparticles, lansoprazole, Eudragit® RS100, PLGA

  14. Application of nanoparticles for oral delivery of acid-labile lansoprazole in the treatment of gastric ulcer: in vitro and in vivo evaluations

    Alai, Milind; Lin, Wen Jen

    2015-01-01

    The aim of this study was to develop nanoparticles for oral delivery of an acid-labile drug, lansoprazole (LPZ), for gastric ulcer therapy. LPZ-loaded positively charged Eudragit® RS100 nanoparticles (ERSNPs-LPZ) and negatively charged poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) nanoparticles (PLGANPs-LPZ) were prepared. The effect of charge on nanoparticle deposition in ulcerated and non-ulcerated regions of the stomach was investigated. The cellular uptake of nanoparticles in the intestine was evaluated in a Caco-2 cell model. The pharmacokinetic performance and ulcer healing response of LPZ-loaded nanoparticles following oral administration were evaluated in Wistar rats with induced ulcers. The prepared drug-loaded ERSNPs-LPZ and PLGANPs-LPZ possessed opposite surface charge (+38.5±0.3 mV versus −27.3±0.3 mV, respectively) and the particle size was around 200 nm with a narrow size distribution. The negatively charged PLGANPs adhered more readily to the ulcerated region (7.22%±1.21% per cm2), whereas the positively charged ERSNPs preferentially distributed in the non-ulcerated region (8.29%±0.35% per cm2). Both ERSNPs and PLGANPs were prominent uptake in Caco-2 cells, too. The nanoparticles sustained and prolonged LPZ concentrations up to 24 hours, and the half-life and mean residence time of LPZ were prolonged by 3.5-fold and 4.5-fold, respectively, as compared with LPZ solution. Oral administration of LPZ-loaded nanoparticles healed 92.6%–95.7% of gastric ulcers in Wistar rats within 7 days. PMID:26124659

  15. Acid-labile protein-adducted heterocyclic aromatic amines in human blood are not viable biomarkers of dietary exposure: A systematic study.

    Cooper, Kevin M; Brennan, Sarah F; Woodside, Jayne V; Cantwell, Marie; Guo, Xiaoxiao; Mooney, Mark; Elliott, Christopher T; Cuskelly, Geraldine J

    2016-05-01

    Heterocyclic aromatic amines (HCA) are carcinogenic mutagens formed during cooking of protein-rich foods. HCA residues adducted to blood proteins have been postulated as biomarkers of HCA exposure. However, the viability of quantifying HCAs following hydrolytic release from adducts in vivo and correlation with dietary intake are unproven. To definitively assess the potential of labile HCA-protein adducts as biomarkers, a highly sensitive UPLC-MS/MS method was validated for four major HCAs: 2-amino-1-methyl-6-phenylimidazo[4,5-b]pyridine (PhIP), 2-amino-3,8-dimethylimidazo[4,5-f]quinoxaline (MeIQx), 2-amino-3,4,8-trimethylimidazo[4,5-f]quinoxaline (4,8-DiMeIQx) and 2-amino-3,7,8-trimethylimidazo[4,5-f]quinoxaline (7,8-DiMeIQx). Limits of detection were 1-5 pg/ml plasma and recoveries 91-115%. Efficacy of hydrolysis was demonstrated by HCA-protein adducts synthesised in vitro. Plasma and 7-day food diaries were collected from 122 fasting adults consuming their habitual diets. Estimated HCA intakes ranged from 0 to 2.5 mg/day. An extensive range of hydrolysis conditions was examined for release of adducted HCAs in plasma. HCA was detected in only one sample (PhIP, 9.7 pg/ml), demonstrating conclusively for the first time that acid-labile HCA adducts do not reflect dietary HCA intake and are present at such low concentrations that they are not feasible biomarkers of exposure. Identification of biomarkers remains important. The search should concentrate on stabilised HCA-peptide markers and use of untargeted proteomic and metabolomic approaches. PMID:26993956

  16. Monoclonal anti-acid-labile subunit oligopeptide antibodies and their use in a two-site immunoassay for ALS measurement in humans.

    Stadler, S; Wu, Z; Dressendörfer, R A; Morrison, K M; Khare, A; Lee, P D; Strasburger, C J

    2001-06-01

    Quantification of the acid-labile subunit (ALS) has to date been restricted to immunoassays utilizing polyclonal antibodies. By immunization with N-terminal and C-terminal specific ALS oligopeptides, we generated monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) that target ALS-specific sequences outside the nonspecific leucine-rich repeats in the ALS molecule. For mAb selection, a special screening method was developed. Monoclonal antibody 5C9, which targets the N-terminus of ALS, is immobilized and the anti-ALS mAb 7H3, directed against the C-terminus, is biotinylated and used as tracer Ab. Due to the extreme pH-lability of ALS, changes in immunorecognition of ALS were investigated after acidification for protein unfolding in different pH ranges and in a time-dependent manner. It was determined that acidification of the serum samples to pH 2.7 for 30 min, followed by neutralization and dilution to 1:100 was the optimal acid-neutralization method. For standardization purposes, a serum pool derived from healthy volunteers was assigned the value 1 U/ml ALS. The sandwich assay has a working range with a linear dose-response curve in a log/log system between 0.005 and 10 U/ml. ALS levels in seven acromegalic patients ranged from 2.0 to 4.2 U/ml, and in 12 untreated growth hormone deficient patients from 0.036 to 0.986 U/ml (mean=0.45 U/ml). After 12 months of growth hormone therapy, ALS levels increased significantly to 1.18+/-0.45 U/ml (mean+/-SD; p<0.0006). The increase ranged from 0.48 to 1.4 U/ml. The change in ALS with growth hormone (GH) therapy correlated closer with the change in IGF-I (r=0.798, p=0.0057; Spearman rank correlation) than with the change in insulin-like growth factor binding protein (IGFBP3; r=0.549, p=0.057). This specific sandwich assay for the measurement of ALS provides a potentially valuable indicator of growth hormone secretory status. With this mAb-based immunofluorometric assay, the nonspecific detection of other proteins containing leucine-rich repeat

  17. Effects of short-term caloric restriction on circulating free IGF-I, acid-labile subunit, IGF-binding proteins (IGFBPs)-1-4, and IGFBPs-1-3 protease activity in obese subjects

    Rasmussen, Michael Højby; Juul, Anders; Kjems, Lise Lund;

    2006-01-01

    Decreased levels of GH and total IGF-I have been reported in obesity. It has been hypothesized that increased free (biologically active) IGF-I levels generated from IGF-binding protein (IGFBP) protease activity could be the mechanism for the low GH release in dieting obese subjects. However, no...... published data exist on free IGF-I levels, acid labile subunit (ALS), or IGFBP protease activity in relation to GH release during a hypocaloric diet. The main purpose of this study was to determine free IGF-I, ALS, IGFBPs-1-4, and IGFBPs-1-3 protease activity in relation to 24-h GH release before and after...

  18. Effects of short-term caloric restriction on circulating free IGF-I, acid-labile subunit, IGF-binding proteins (IGFBPs)-1-4, and IGFBPs-1-3 protease activity in obese subjects

    Rasmussen, Michael Højby; Juul, Anders; Kjems, Lise Lund;

    2006-01-01

    Decreased levels of GH and total IGF-I have been reported in obesity. It has been hypothesized that increased free (biologically active) IGF-I levels generated from IGF-binding protein (IGFBP) protease activity could be the mechanism for the low GH release in dieting obese subjects. However, no...... published data exist on free IGF-I levels, acid labile subunit (ALS), or IGFBP protease activity in relation to GH release during a hypocaloric diet. The main purpose of this study was to determine free IGF-I, ALS, IGFBPs-1-4, and IGFBPs-1-3 protease activity in relation to 24-h GH release before and after...... a short-term very low-calorie diet (VLCD)....

  19. A simple and inexpensive enteric-coated capsule for delivery of acid-labile macromolecules to the small intestine%题目:一种用于递送酸度敏感大分子到小肠的简易且廉价的肠溶胶囊

    Darren S MILLER; Rezaul BEGG; Syed Mahfuzul AZIZ; Ross N BUTLER; Anne Michelle PARSONS; John BRESLAND; Paul HERDE; Duc Minh PHAM; Angel TAN; Hung-yao HSU; Clive A PRESTIDGE; Tim KUCHEL

    2015-01-01

    enteric-protective properties of a commercialy available polymer EUDRAGIT® L100-55 on gelatin capsules and also on DRcaps®. Test results demonstrated that DRcaps® coated with EUDRAGIT® L100-55 possessed enhanced enteric-protective properties, particularlyin vivo. These studies add to the body of knowledge regarding gastric emptying in pigs and also begin the process of gathering specifications for the design of a simple and cost-effective enteric-coated capsule for delivery of acid-labile macromolecules to the smal intestine.

  20. Effective gene delivery using stimulus-responsive catiomer designed with redox-sensitive disulfide and acid-labile imine linkers.

    Cai, Xiaojun; Dong, Chunyan; Dong, Haiqing; Wang, Gangmin; Pauletti, Giovanni M; Pan, Xiaojing; Wen, Huiyun; Mehl, Isaac; Li, Yongyong; Shi, Donglu

    2012-04-01

    A dual stimulus-responsive mPEG-SS-PLL(15)-glutaraldehyde star (mPEG-SS-PLL(15)-star) catiomer is developed and biologically evaluated. The catiomer system combines redox-sensitive removal of an external PEG shell with acid-induced escape from the endosomal compartment. The design rationale for PEG shell removal is to augment intracellular uptake of mPEG-SS-PLL(15)-star/DNA complexes in the presence of tumor-relevant glutathione (GSH) concentration, while the acid-induced dissociation is to accelerate the release of genetic payload following successful internalization into targeted cells. Size alterations of complexes in the presence of 10 mM GSH suggest stimulus-induced shedding of external PEG layers under redox conditions that intracellularly present in the tumor microenvironment. Dynamic laser light scattering experiments under endosomal pH conditions show rapid destabilization of mPEG-SS-PLL(15)-star/DNA complexes that is followed by facilitating efficient release of encapsulated DNA, as demonstrated by agarose gel electrophoresis. Biological efficacy assessment using pEGFP-C1 plasmid DNA encoding green fluorescence protein and pGL-3 plasmid DNA encoding luciferase as reporter genes indicate comparable transfection efficiency of 293T cells of the catiomer with a conventional polyethyleneimine (bPEI-25k)-based gene delivery system. These experimental results show that mPEG-SS-PLL(15)-star represents a promising design for future nonviral gene delivery applications with high DNA binding ability, low cytotoxicity, and high transfection efficiency. PMID:22443494

  1. Removal of acid-labile protecting groups on carbohydrates using water-tolerant and recoverable vanadyl triflate catalyst.

    Yan, Ming-Chung; Chen, Yeng-Nan; Wu, Huan-Ting; Lin, Chang-Ching; Chen, Chien-Tien; Lin, Chun-Cheng

    2007-01-01

    Acetal, trityl, and TBDMS protecting groups on saccharides were subjected to alcoholysis using a catalytic amount of vanadyl triflate in an MeOH-CH2Cl2 solvent system. The configuration at the anomeric positions of saccharides was retained, and no glycosidic bond cleavage and oxidation of sulfides were observed. The presented method was easily implemented, compatible with diverse functional groups, and regioselective in some cases. PMID:17194117

  2. pH-sensitive micelles based on acid-labile pluronic F68-curcumin conjugates for improved tumor intracellular drug delivery.

    Fang, Xiao-Bin; Zhang, Jin-Ming; Xie, Xi; Liu, Di; He, Cheng-Wei; Wan, Jian-Bo; Chen, Mei-Wan

    2016-04-11

    Curcumin (Cur) is a highly pleiotropic anticancer agent that inhibits cell proliferation and induces apoptosis in cancer cells. A variety of nano-systems constituted by polymer-drug conjugates have been designed to overcome its shortages on water solubility, chemical instability, and poor bioavailability. However, most of them suffer from ineffective release of Cur in cancer cells in vivo. This work developed a novel flexible acid-responsive micelle formulation by covalently conjugating Cur on the hydrophilic terminals of pluronic F68 chains via cis-aconitic anhydride linkers. The synthesized F68-Cis-Cur conjugates can readily precipitate to form homogeneous micelles with average size about 100nm in aqueous solution. In acid environments, F68-Cis-Cur conjugates would break down and subsequently release Cur rapidly, for the reason of pH-sensitive cleavage of cis-aconitic anhydride linkers. In vitro anticancer activity tests demonstrated that F68-Cis-Cur micelles induced higher cytotoxicity against both A2780 and SMMC 7721 cells than free Cur. It provided a larger decrease of mitochondrion membrane potential and induced cellular apoptosis. F68-Cis-Cur micelles remarkably increased cellular uptake of Cur than free Cur through caveolae-mediated endocytosis in an energy-dependent manner. This study demonstrates F68-Cis-Cur conjugation as a promising tool for improving intracellular drug delivery in cancer therapy. PMID:26784981

  3. Novel poly(ethylene oxide monomethyl ether)-b-poly(.epsilon.-caprolactone) diblock copolymers containing a pH-acid labile ketal group as a block linkage

    Petrova, Svetlana; Jäger, Eliezer; Konefal, Rafal; Jäger, Alessandro; Venturini, Cristina Garcia; Spěváček, Jiří; Pavlova, Ewa; Štěpánek, Petr

    2014-01-01

    Roč. 5, č. 12 (2014), s. 3884-3893. ISSN 1759-9954 R&D Projects: GA ČR GAP208/10/1600; GA TA ČR TE01020118 Institutional support: RVO:61389013 Keywords : MPOE-b-PCL diblock copolymer s * ring-opening polymerization * "click" chemistry Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry Impact factor: 5.520, year: 2014

  4. Total and free insulin-like growth factor I, insulin-like growth factor binding protein 3 and acid-labile subunit reflect clinical activity in acromegaly

    Sneppen, S B; Lange, Merete Wolder; Pedersen, L M;

    2001-01-01

    insulin-like growth factor binding protein-3 (IGFBP-3) with PV(pos) of 0.69 and 0.71 and PV(neg) of 0.91 and 0.92 respectively. We conclude that free IGF-I is more closely related than total IGF-I to perceived disease activity and is as such useful when evaluating previously treated acromegaly for disease...... activity. Total IGF-I, IGFBP-3 and ALS possess a higher PV(neg) for the clinical disease activity. None of the parameters can at present be claimed to be superior to the others and thus all the measured parameters are recommended to be part of the evaluation of acromegalic patients....

  5. NCBI nr-aa BLAST: CBRC-AGAM-04-0012 [SEVENS

    Full Text Available CBRC-AGAM-04-0012 ref|NP_445781.2| insulin-like growth factor binding protein, acid labile subun ... it [Rattus norvegicus] sp|P35859|ALS _RAT Insulin-like growth factor-binding protein com ... plex acid labile chain precursor (ALS ) gb|AAB23770.2| insulin-like growth factor binding ...

  6. PEG-b-AGE Polymer Coated Magnetic Nanoparticle Probes with Facile Functionalization and Anti-fouling Properties for Reducing Non-specific Uptake and Improving Biomarker Targeting

    Li, Yuancheng; Lin, Run; Wang, Liya; Huang, Jing; Wu, Hui; Cheng, Guojun; Zhou, Zhengyang; MacDonald, Tobey; Yang, Lily; Mao, Hui

    2015-01-01

    Non-specific surface adsorption of bio-macromolecules (e.g. proteins) on nanoparticles, known as biofouling, and the uptake of nanoparticles by the mononuclear phagocyte system (MPS) and reticuloendothelial system (RES) lead to substantial reduction in the efficiency of target-directed imaging and delivery in biomedical applications of engineered nanomaterials in vitro and in vivo. In this work, a novel copolymer consisting of blocks of poly ethylene glycol and allyl glycidyl ether (PEG-b-AGE...

  7. Poly(Ethylene Glycol)-Cholesterol Inhibits L-Type Ca2+ Channel Currents and Augments Voltage-Dependent Inactivation in A7r5 Cells

    Ochi, Rikuo; Chettimada, Sukrutha; Gupte, Sachin A.

    2014-01-01

    Cholesterol distributes at a high density in the membrane lipid raft and modulates ion channel currents. Poly(ethylene glycol) cholesteryl ether (PEG-cholesterol) is a nonionic amphipathic lipid consisting of lipophilic cholesterol and covalently bound hydrophilic PEG. PEG-cholesterol is used to formulate lipoplexes to transfect cultured cells, and liposomes for encapsulated drug delivery. PEG-cholesterol is dissolved in the external leaflet of the lipid bilayer, and expands it to flatten the...

  8. A NOVEL THERMOSENSITIVE POLYMER WITH pH-DEPENDENT DEGRADATION FOR DRUG DELIVERY

    Garripelli, Vivek Kumar; Kim, Jin-Ki; Namgung, Ran; Kim, Won Jong; Repka, Michael A.; Jo, Seongbong

    2009-01-01

    A class of thermosensitive biodegradable multiblock copolymers with acid-labile acetal linkages were synthesized from Pluronic® triblock copolymers (Pluronic® P85 and P104) and di-(ethylene glycol) divinyl ether. The novel polymers were engineered to form thermogels at body temperature and degrade in acidic environment. The Pluronic®-based acid-labile polymers were characterized using nuclear magnetic resonance, gel permeation chromatography and differential scanning calorimetry. In vitro bio...

  9. Biodegradable containers from green waste materials

    Sartore, Luciana; Schettini, Evelia; Pandini, Stefano; Bignotti, Fabio; Vox, Giuliano; D'Amore, Alberto

    2016-05-01

    Novel biodegradable polymeric materials based on protein hydrolysate (PH), derived from waste products of the leather industry, and poly(ethylene glycol) diglycidyl ether (PEG) or epoxidized soybean oil (ESO) were obtained and their physico-chemical properties and mechanical behaviour were evaluated. Different processing conditions and the introduction of fillers of natural origin, as saw dust and wood flour, were used to tailor the mechanical properties and the environmental durability of the product. The biodegradable products, which are almost completely manufactured from renewable-based raw materials, look promising for several applications, particularly in agriculture for the additional fertilizing action of PH or in packaging.

  10. Steric effects in release of amides from linkers in solid-phase synthesis. Molecular mechanics modeling of key step in peptide and combinatorial chemistry

    Norrby, Per-Ola; Jensen, Knud Jørgen

    2006-01-01

    Acidolytic release of an amide from a solid support by C-N bond cleavage is all ubiquitous and crucial step in many solid-phase syntheses. We have used molecular modeling of a pseudo-equilibrium to explore substituent and steric effects in the release of peptides. The high acid-lability of the...... the lability of a linkage. In addition, predictions indicated that steric effects from the C-alpha-substituent in a BAL anchored amino acid residue should accelerate the acidolytic release. The finding that steric crowding leads to increased acid-lability will be important for further development and...

  11. NCBI nr-aa BLAST: CBRC-DMEL-03-0042 [SEVENS

    Full Text Available CBRC-DMEL-03-0042 sp|O02833|ALS _PAPHA Insulin-like growth factor-binding protein complex acid la ... bile chain precursor (ALS ) pir||JC5239 insulin-like growth factor acid-labil ...

  12. Efficient and Mild Microwave-Assisted Stepwise Functionalization of Naphthalenediimide with α-Amino Acids

    Pengo, Paolo; Pantoş, G. Dan; Otto, Sijbren; Sanders, Jeremy K.M.

    2006-01-01

    Microwave dielectric heating proved to be an efficient method for the one-pot and stepwise syntheses of symmetrical and unsymmetrical naphthalenediimide derivatives of α-amino acids. Acid-labile side chain protecting groups are stable under the reaction conditions; protection of the α-carboxylic gro

  13. Glucolipids of Zea mays and Pisum sativum

    Morohashi, Y.; Bandurski, R.S.

    1976-06-01

    The glucolipids formed upon feeding (U--/sup 14/C)glucose to embryos of Zea mays were partially characterized with respect to: (a) metabolic turnover, (b) acid lability, (c) phosphorus content, (d) chromatographic properties, and (e) hydrolysis products. The chloroform--methanol-soluble-assimilated radioactivity was examined specifically for occurrence of a glycosylated prenol phosphate. With the extraction conditions used, no evidence was found for formation of a glucosylated prenol phosphate. Several, as yet unidentified, acid-labile glucolipids undergoing metabolic turnover were observed. Four diglycerides were characterized as hydrolysis products of a fraction that contained /sup 14/C-glucose and phosphorus, and was subject to metabolic turnover. Examination of the 1-butanol-soluble glucolipids from pea (Pisum sativum) seedlings also demonstrated anionic glucolipids, evidencing metabolic turnover but none with the properties of glucosylated prenol phosphate.

  14. Metabolism of ammonium fluoride and sodium monofluoroacetate by experimental Acacia georginae

    Hall, R.J.

    1974-01-01

    Plants of Acacia georginae (one of numerous toxic tropical species now known to contain monofluoroacetate) were cultivated in nutrient-washed quartz, and in soil. Attempts were made to induce the formation of organic fluorine by treatment of the roots with a solution of ammonium fluoride. Only small amounts of carbon-fluorine material were measured in the leaves and roots, and examinations by physico-chemical methods failed to detect any evidence of the presence of monofluoroacetate in any of the plants. Similar plants were treated with sodium monofluoroacetate which underwent considerable degradation to an acid-labile form of fluorine (probably inorganic fluoride). The results of the analyses of the roots and leaves for fluorine revealed that the difference between acid-labile (diffusible) fluoride and total fluorine cannot be taken as a measure of the organic fluorine.

  15. One-pot multienzyme synthesis of Lewis x and sialyl Lewis x antigens

    Yu, Hai; Lau, Kam; Li, Yanhong; Sugiarto, Go; Chen, Xi

    2012-01-01

    L-Fucose has been found abundantly in human milk oligosaccharides, bacterial lipopolysaccharides, glycolipids, and many N- and O-linked glycans produced by mammalian cells. Fucose-containing carbohydrates have important biological functions. Alterations in the expression of fucosylated oligosaccharides have been observed in several pathological processes such as cancer and atherosclerosis. Chemical formation of fucosidic bonds is challenging due to its acid lability. Enzymatic construction of...

  16. The Ritter Reaction in Liquid Sulfur Dioxide

    Posevins, D

    2015-01-01

    Ritter reaction is associated with a one-pot process for amide bond formation, that involves nitrile and a group, capable of giving a relatively stable carbenium ion (originally - alcohol or alkene) in strongly ionizing acidic medium. The classical Ritter reaction involves use of at least stoichiometric amounts of a corrosive Brønsted acid (i.e., conc. H2SO4), thus often limiting its applicability to compounds containing acid labile functional groups. Nevertheless because of its atom economy ...

  17. Traceless Azido Linker for the Solid-Phase Synthesis of NH-1,2,3-Triazoles via Cu-Catalyzed Azide-Alkyne Cycloaddition Reactions

    Cohrt, Anders Emil; Jensen, Jakob Feldthusen; Nielsen, Thomas Eiland

    2010-01-01

    A broadly useful acid-labile traceless azido linker for the solid-phase synthesis of NH-1,2,3-triazoles is presented. A variety of alkynes were efficiently immobilized on a range of polymeric supports by Cu(I)-mediated azide-alkyne cycloadditions. Supported triazoles showed excellent compatibilit...... with subsequent peptide chemistry. Release of pure material (typically >95%) from the solid support was readily achieved by treatment with aqueous TFA....

  18. Duloxetine HCl Lipid Nanoparticles: Preparation, Characterization, and Dosage Form Design

    Patel, Ketan; Padhye, Sameer; Nagarsenker, Mangal

    2011-01-01

    Solid lipid nanoparticles (SLNs) of duloxetine hydrochloride (DLX) were prepared to circumvent the problems of DLX, which include acid labile nature, high first-pass metabolism, and high-dosing frequency. The DLX-SLNs were prepared by using two different techniques, viz. solvent diffusion method and ultrasound dispersion method, and evaluated for particle size, zeta potential, entrapment efficiency, physical characteristics, and chemical stability. Best results were obtained when SLNs were pr...

  19. Purification and characterization of the 3-chloro-4-hydroxy-phenylacetate reductive dehalogenase of Desulfitobacterium hafniense

    Christensen, Nina; Ahring, Birgitte Kiær; Wohlfarth, Gert; Diekert, Gabriele

    1998-01-01

    The membrane-bound 3-chloro-4-hydroxyphenylacetate (Cl-OHPA) reductive dehalogenase from the chlorophenol- educing anaerobe Desulfitobacterium hafniense was purified 11.3-fold to apparent homogeneity in the presence of the detergent CHAPS. The purified dehalogenase catalyzed the reductive dechlor.......0±0.7 mol acid-labile sulfur per mol subunit. The N-terminal amino acid sequence of the enzyme was determined and no significant similarity was found to any protein present in the gene bank....

  20. A Histochemical Study of the Origin Regions of the Triceps Muscle of the Sparrow (Passer domesticus)

    Fatime GEYİKOĞLU

    2000-01-01

    The muscle fibers in the origin regions of the triceps muscle of Passer domesticuswere characterized histochemically on the basis of their myofibrillar adenosine triphosphatase (mATPase) activity after acidic and alkaline preincubations. Muscle fibers were identified as type II (alkaline-stable/acid-labile mATPase activity) and type III (alkaline-stable/acid-stable mATPase activity). The number of type II fibers was higher in the muscle studied (83%) and this was found to be significant.

  1. Human immune interferon: induction in lymphoid cells by a calcium ionophore.

    Dianzani, F; Monahan, T. M.; Georgiades, J; Alperin, J B

    1980-01-01

    Human lymphocyte cultures produced interferon after treatment with the calcium ionophore A23187, but not after treatment with potassium ionophore nonactin. Interferon production was detectable between 3 and 6 h after ionophore treatment and reached the maximum level between 12 and 24 h. Ionophore-induced interferon appeared to be immune interferon on the basis of acid lability, lack of neutralization by antibody to leukocyte interferon, slow kinetics of activation of the antiviral state, and ...

  2. Fifty cases of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection: immunoultrastructural study of circulating lymphocytes.

    Feremans, W W; Huygen, K.; Menu, R; Farber, C M; de Caluwe, J P; van Vooren, J P; Marcelis, L; Andre, L; Brasseur, M; Bondue, H

    1988-01-01

    The peripheral lymphocytes of 50 cases of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection (13 of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), 17 of AIDS related complex (ARC), and 20 healthy carriers) were studied immunoultrastructurally. The prevalence of "tubuloreticular structures" and "tubular confronting cisternae" increased with the progression of the disease. Numerous tubular confronting cisternae were noted in patients presenting with a high serum acid labile alpha-interferon values. The ...

  3. B(C6F5)3 catalyzed one-pot three-component Biginelli reaction: An efficient and environmentally benign protocol for the synthesis of 3,4-dihydropyrimidin-2(1)-ones/thiones

    Santosh Kumar Prajapti; Keshav Kumar Gupta; Bathini Nagendra Babu

    2015-06-01

    Tris(pentafluorophenyl)borane catalyzed, one-pot, simple, efficient and environmentally benign protocol for the synthesis of dihydropyrimidinones/thiones via Biginelli reaction has been described. The main highlights of the present protocol is low catalyst loading, low toxicity, compatibility with acid-labile-protecting groups, short reaction time, consistently excellent yields and simple reaction/workup procedure. Moreover, the applicability of the present methodology for large-scale synthesis of monastrol highlights its potential for bulk synthesis.

  4. Efficient and Mild Microwave-Assisted Stepwise Functionalization of Naphthalenediimide with α-Amino Acids

    Pengo, Paolo; Pantoş, G. Dan; Otto, Sijbren; Sanders, Jeremy K. M.

    2006-01-01

    Microwave dielectric heating proved to be an efficient method for the one-pot and stepwise syntheses of symmetrical and unsymmetrical naphthalenediimide derivatives of α-amino acids. Acid-labile side chain protecting groups are stable under the reaction conditions; protection of the α-carboxylic group is not required. The stepwise condensation of different amino acids resulted in high yields of unsymmetrical naphthalenediimides. The reaction proceeds without racemization and is essentially qu...

  5. Matrix-induced fragmentation of P3′-N5′ phosphoramidate-containing DNA: high-throughput MALDI-TOF analysis of genomic sequence polymorphisms

    Shchepinov, Mikhail S.; Denissenko, Mikhail F.; Smylie, Kevin J.; Wörl, Ralf J.; Leppin, A. Lorieta; Cantor, Charles R.; Rodi, Charles P.

    2001-01-01

    Chemical and enzymatic approaches were used to produce polynucleotide fragments containing acid-labile internucleotide P3′-N5′ phosphoramidate bonds, either in a surface-bound form or in solution. The primer extension reaction utilizing 5′-amino-5′-deoxynucleoside 5′-triphosphates generates polynucleotides that can be fragmented into short, easy-to-analyze pieces simply by being premixed with the acidic matrices typically used for MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry of nuc...

  6. Shell-sheddable, pH-sensitive supramolecular nanoparticles based on ortho ester-modified cyclodextrin and adamantyl PEG.

    Ji, Ran; Cheng, Jing; Yang, Ting; Song, Cheng Cheng; Li, Lei; Du, Fu-Sheng; Li, Zi-Chen

    2014-10-13

    We report a new type of pH-sensitive supramolecular aggregates which possess a programmable character of sequential dePEGylation and degradation. As a platform of designing and building multifunctional supramolecular nanoparticles, a family of 6-OH ortho ester-modified β-cyclodextrin (β-CD) derivatives have been synthesized via the facile reaction between β-CD and cyclic ketene acetals with different alkyl lengths. These asymmetric acid-labile β-CD derivatives formed amphiphilic supramolecules with adamantane-modified PEG through host-guest interaction in polar solvents such as ethanol. The supramolecules can self-assemble in water to form acid-labile supramolecular aggregates. The results of TEM and light scattering measurements demonstrate that the size and morphology of the aggregates are influenced by the alkyl or PEG length and the host-guest feed ratio. By carefully balancing the alkyl and PEG lengths and adjusting the host-guest ratio, well-dispersed vesicles (50-100 nm) or sphere-like nanoparticles (200-500 nm) were obtained. Zeta potential measurements reveal that these supramolecular aggregates are capable of being surface-functionalized via dynamic host-guest interaction. The supramolecular aggregates were stable at pH 8.4 for at least 12 h as proven by the (1)H NMR and LLS measurements. However, rapid dePEGylation occurred at pH 7.4 due to the hydrolysis of the ortho ester linkages locating at the interface, which resulted in aggregation of the dePEGylated hydrophobic inner cores. Upon further decreasing the pH to 6.4, the hydrophobic cores were further degraded due to the acid-accelerated hydrolysis of the ortho esters. The incubation stability of the acid-labile supramolecular aggregates in neutral buffer could be improved by incorporating hydrophobic poly(ε-caprolactone) into the core of the aggregates. PMID:25144934

  7. シカヨウ セッチャク システム ノ カイハツ ニ モトメル モノ

    西谷, 佳浩; ニシタニ, ヨシヒロ; Nishitani, Yoshihiro

    2016-01-01

    Alan Boyde and his colleagues first described smear layers-covered dental hard tissues. Later, David Eick and his group examined smear layer-covered dentin and showed how acid-labile are smear layers. A superior bond strength has come to be provided for the resin-dentin interface in the current dental adhesive systems as a result that the acid-etching treatment for the enamel/dentin was examined to remove smear layers. Moreover, latest adhesive systems which gave top priority to convenience i...

  8. 歯科用接着システムの開発に求めるもの

    西谷, 佳浩; ニシタニ, ヨシヒロ; Nishitani, Yoshihiro

    2016-01-01

    Alan Boyde and his colleagues first described smear layers-covered dental hard tissues. Later, David Eick and his group examined smear layer-covered dentin and showed how acid-labile are smear layers. A superior bond strength has come to be provided for the resin-dentin interface in the current dental adhesive systems as a result that the acid-etching treatment for the enamel/dentin was examined to remove smear layers. Moreover, latest adhesive systems which gave top priority to convenience i...

  9. New 111In labeling of IgG: 111In-oxine mediated chelation

    Current methods of 111In chelate conjugation labeling of antibodies expose the protein to pH 5-6 during 111In chelation. These conditions could be detrimental if the antibody is acid labile. We have successfully labeled human IgG via the cyclic anhydride of DPTA and 111In-oxyquinoline(oxine). Chelation was achieved at pH 6.9-8.4 and was complete within 1 min at room temperature. The chelation was sensitive to trace metal contamination on labware and in some reagents (including commercial 111In-oxine). (author)

  10. 2-Phenyl-tetrahydropyrimidine-4(1H-ones – cyclic benzaldehyde aminals as precursors for functionalised β2-amino acids

    Markus Nahrwold

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available Novel procedures have been developed to condense benzaldehyde effectively with β-amino acid amides to cyclic benzyl aminals. Double carbamate protection of the heterocycle resulted in fully protected chiral β-alanine derivatives. These serve as universal precursors for the asymmetric synthesis of functionalised β2-amino acids containing acid-labile protected side chains. Diastereoselective alkylation of the tetrahydropyrimidinone is followed by a chemoselective two step degradation of the heterocycle to release the free β2-amino acid. In the course of this study, an L-asparagine derivative was condensed with benzaldehyde and subsequently converted to orthogonally protected (R-β2-homoaspartate.

  11. An Increase in Acid Resistance of Foot-and-Mouth Disease Virus Capsid Is Mediated by a Tyrosine Replacement of the VP2 Histidine Previously Associated with VP0 Cleavage

    Vázquez-Calvo, Ángela; Caridi, Flavia; Sobrino, Francisco; Martín-Acebes, Miguel Ángel

    2014-01-01

    The foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) capsid is highly acid labile, but introduction of amino acid replacements, including an N17D change in VP1, can increase its acid resistance. Using mutant VP1 N17D as a starting point, we isolated a virus with higher acid resistance carrying an additional replacement, VP2 H145Y, in a residue highly conserved among picornaviruses, which has been proposed to be responsible for VP0 cleavage. This mutant provides an example of the multifunctionality of pico...

  12. Preparation of composite poly(ether block amide) membrane for CO2 capture

    Lianjun Wang; Yang Li; Shuguang Li; Pengfei Ji; Chengzhang Jiang

    2014-01-01

    In this study, a poly(ether block amide) (Pebax 1657) composite membrane applied for CO2 capture was prepared by coating Pebax 1657 solution on polyacrylonitrile (PAN) ultrafiltration membrane. Ethanol/water mixture was used as the solvent of Pebax and the effects of ethanol/water mass ratios and Pebax concentration on the permeation properties of composite membrane were studied. To enhance the com-posite membrane permeance, the gutter layer, made from reactive amino silicone crosslinking with polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), was de-signed. The influence of crosslinking degree of the gutter layer on membrane performance was investigated. As a result, a Pebax/amino-PDMS/PAN multilayer membrane with hexane resistance was developed, showing CO2 permeance of 350 GPU and CO2/N2 selectivity over 50. The blend of polyethylene glycol dimethyl ether (PEG-DME) with Pebax as coating material was studied to further improve the membrane performance. After being combined with PEG-DME additive, CO2 permeance of the final Pebax-PEG-DME/amino-PDMS/PAN composite membrane reached 400 GPU above with CO2/N2 selectivity over 65.

  13. Protein-resistant polymer coatings obtained by matrix assisted pulsed laser evaporation

    Rusen, L. [National Institute for Lasers, Plasma and Radiation Physics, 409 Atomistilor Street, PO Box MG-16, 077125, Magurele, Bucharest (Romania); Mustaciosu, C. [Horia Hulubei National Institute of Physics and Nuclear Engineering - IFIN HH, Magurele, Bucharest (Romania); Mitu, B.; Filipescu, M.; Dinescu, M. [National Institute for Lasers, Plasma and Radiation Physics, 409 Atomistilor Street, PO Box MG-16, 077125, Magurele, Bucharest (Romania); Dinca, V., E-mail: dinali@nipne.ro [National Institute for Lasers, Plasma and Radiation Physics, 409 Atomistilor Street, PO Box MG-16, 077125, Magurele, Bucharest (Romania)

    2013-08-01

    Adsorption of proteins and polysaccharides is known to facilitate microbial attachment and subsequent formation of biofilm on surfaces that ultimately results in its biofouling. Therefore, protein repellent modified surfaces are necessary to block the irreversible attachment of microorganisms. Within this context, the feasibility of using the Poly(ethylene glycol)-block-poly(ε-caprolactone) methyl ether (PEG-block-PCL Me) copolymer as potential protein-resistant coating was explored in this work. The films were deposited using Matrix Assisted Pulsed Laser Evaporation (MAPLE), a technique that allows good control of composition, thickness and homogeneity. The chemical and morphological characteristics of the films were examined using Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), contact angle measurements and Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM). The FTIR data demonstrates that the functional groups in the MAPLE-deposited films remain intact, especially for fluences below 0.5 J cm{sup −2}. Optical Microscopy and AFM images show that the homogeneity and the roughness of the coatings are related to both laser parameters (fluence, number of pulses) and target composition. Protein adsorption tests were performed on the PEG-block-PCL Me copolymer coated glass and on bare glass surface as a control. The results show that the presence of copolymer as coating significantly reduces the adsorption of proteins.

  14. Miniaturizable Ion-Selective Arrays Based on Highly Stable Polymer Membranes for Biomedical Applications

    Mir, Mònica; Lugo, Roberto; Tahirbegi, Islam Bogachan; Samitier, Josep

    2014-01-01

    Poly(vinylchloride) (PVC) is the most common polymer matrix used in the fabrication of ion-selective electrodes (ISEs). However, the surfaces of PVC-based sensors have been reported to show membrane instability. In an attempt to overcome this limitation, here we developed two alternative methods for the preparation of highly stable and robust ion-selective sensors. These platforms are based on the selective electropolymerization of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT), where the sulfur atoms contained in the polymer covalently interact with the gold electrode, also permitting controlled selective attachment on a miniaturized electrode in an array format. This platform sensor was improved with the crosslinking of the membrane compounds with poly(ethyleneglycol) diglycidyl ether (PEG), thus also increasing the biocompatibility of the sensor. The resulting ISE membranes showed faster signal stabilization of the sensor response compared with that of the PVC matrix and also better reproducibility and stability, thus making these platforms highly suitable candidates for the manufacture of robust implantable sensors. PMID:24999717

  15. Multifunctional reduction-responsive SPIO&DOX-loaded PEGylated polymeric lipid vesicles for magnetic resonance imaging-guided drug delivery

    Wang, Sheng; Yang, Weitao; Du, Hongli; Guo, Fangfang; Wang, Hanjie; Chang, Jin; Gong, Xiaoqun; Zhang, Bingbo

    2016-04-01

    Multifunctional superparamagnetic iron-oxide (SPIO)-based nanoparticles have been emerging as candidate nanosystems for cancer diagnosis and therapy. Here, we report the use of reduction- responsive SPIO/doxorubicin (DOX)-loaded poly(ethylene glycol) monomethyl ether (PEG)ylated polymeric lipid vesicles (SPIO&DOX-PPLVs) as a novel theranostic system for tumor magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) diagnosis and controlled drug delivery. These SPIO&DOX-PPLVs are composed of SPIOs that function as MR contrast agents for tumor enhancement and PPLVs as polymer matrices for encapsulating SPIO and antitumor drugs. The in vitro characterizations show that the SPIO&DOX-PPLVs have nanosized structures (˜80 nm), excellent colloidal stability, good biocompatibility, as well as T 2-weighted MRI capability with a relatively high T 2 relaxivity (r 2 = 213.82 mM-1 s-1). In vitro drug release studies reveal that the release rate of DOX from the SPIO&DOX-PPLVs is accelerated in the reduction environment. An in vitro cellular uptake study and an antitumor study show that the SPIO&DOX-PPLVs have magnetic targeting properties and effective antitumor activity. In vivo studies show the SPIO&DOX-PPLVs have excellent T 2-weighted tumor targeted MRI capability, image-guided drug delivery capability, and high antitumor effects. These results suggest that the SPIO&DOX-PPLVs are promising nanocarriers for MRI diagnosis and cancer therapy applications.

  16. Tuneable drug-loading capability of chitosan hydrogels with varied network architectures

    Tronci, Giuseppe; Russell, Stephen J; Wood, David J; Akashi, Mitsuru

    2013-01-01

    Advanced bioactive systems with defined macroscopic properties and spatio-temporal sequestration of extracellular biomacromolecules are highly desirable for next generation therapeutics. Here, chitosan hydrogels were prepared with neutral or negatively-charged crosslinkers in order to promote selective electrostatic complexation with charged drugs. Chitosan (CT) was functionalised with varied dicarboxylic acids, such as tartaric acid (TA), poly(ethylene glycol) bis(carboxymethyl) ether (PEG), 1.4-Phenylenediacetic acid (4Ph) and 5-Sulfoisophthalic acid monosodium salt (PhS), whereby PhS was hypothesised to act as a simple mimetic of heparin. ATR FT-IR showed the presence of C=O amide I, N-H amide II and C=O ester bands, providing evidence of covalent network formation. The crosslinker content was reversely quantified by 1H-NMR on partially-degraded network oligomers, so that 18 mol% PhS was exemplarily determined. Swellability, compressability, material morphology, and drug-loading capability were successfull...

  17. Polymer and surfactant-templated synthesis of hollow and porous ZnS nano- and microspheres in a spray pyrolysis reactor.

    Sharma, Munish K; Rohani, Parham; Liu, Sha; Kaus, Mark; Swihart, Mark T

    2015-01-13

    Nanostructured zinc sulfide can provide unique photonic, electronic, and catalytic properties that are of interest for applications ranging from bioimaging to photocatalysis. Here we report an easily controllable continuous method to produce porous and hollow ZnS nano- and microspheres. We used poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether (PEG), polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), ethylene oxide/propylene oxide block copolymer (Pluronic F-38), and cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) as templates to synthesize ZnS nano- and microspheres with controlled internal morphology in a spray pyrolysis process, starting from an aqueous solution of chemical precursors and templating agents. Spherical particles were produced by droplet-to-particle conversion of droplets. Zinc acetate and thiourea, used here as precursors for ZnS, react in solution to form bis-thiourea zinc acetate (BTZA), which precipitates with the evaporation of solvent. Upon further heating, BTZA decomposes to yield ZnS. During solvent evaporation, PEG and Pluronic precipitate after BTZA, driving formation of a shell of ZnS and a hollow core. In contrast, PVP and CTAB interact strongly with BTZA and ZnS, such that the PVP and ZnS remain intermixed. After evaporation of solvent, the templating agents can be pyrolyzed at high temperature to leave behind porous or hollow ZnS microspheres composed of many much smaller nanocrystals. PMID:25547202

  18. Stimuli-Responsive Liposomes for Controlled Drug Delivery

    Li, Wengang

    2014-09-01

    Liposomes are promising drug delivery vesicles due to their biodegradibility, large volume and biocompatibility towards both hydrophilic and hydrophobic drugs. They suffer, however, from poor stability which limits their use in controlled delivery applications. Herein, a novel method was devised for modification of liposomes with small molecules, polymers or nanoparticles to afford stimuli responsive systems that release on demand and stay relatively stable in the absence of the trigger.. This dissertation discusses thermosensitive, pH sensitive, light sensitive and magnetically triggered liposomes that have been prepared for controlled drug delivery application. RAFT polymerization was utilized for the preparation of thermosensitive liposomes (Cholesterol-PNIPAm) and acid-labile liposomes (DOPE-PAA). With low Mw Cholesterol-PNIPAm, the thermosensitive liposomes proved to be effective for controlled release and decreased the cytotoxicity of PNIPAm by eliciting the polymer doses. By crosslinking the DOPE-PAA on liposome surface with acid-labile diamine linkers, DOPE-PAA liposomes were verified to be sensitive at low pH. The effects of polymer structures (linear or hyperbranched) have also been studied for the stability and release properties of liposomes. Finally, a dual-responsive Au@SPIO embedded liposome hybrid (ALHs) was prepared with light-induced “on-and-off” function by photo-thermal process (visible light) and instant release properties triggered by alternating magnetic field, respectively. The ALH system would be further applied into the cellular imaging field as MRI contrast agent.

  19. Golgi-mediated post-translational processing of secretory acid phosphatase by Leishmania donovani promastigotes.

    Bates, P A; Hermes, I; Dwyer, D M

    1990-03-01

    Monensin, an inhibitor of Golgi function, was used to investigate the role of this cell compartment in the glycosylation of Leishmania donovani promastigote secretory acid phosphatase (EC 3.1.3.2). Monensin-treated cells demonstrated morphological changes in the Golgi complex and secreted enzyme with an altered electrophoretic mobility: two discrete bands of approximately 95 and 110 kDa were found, as compared to the heterodisperse nature of the enzyme from untreated controls. Chemical deglycosylation by mild acid hydrolysis resulted in a similar effect on the electrophoretic mobility of purified extracellular enzyme. Acid phosphatase was also treated with N-glycosidase F (EC 3.5.1.52) to remove N-linked oligosaccharides. The altered lectin-binding properties of the enzyme after these two treatments demonstrated that an unusual type of galactose-containing acid-labile carbohydrate was present in secretory acid phosphatase in addition to the N-linked oligosaccharides. Further, experiments with 32P-labelled enzyme indicated that phosphodiester bonds were the structural component responsible for the sensitivity of this carbohydrate to mild acid hydrolysis. Cumulatively, these results demonstrated that a novel form of Golgi-mediated posttranslational modification had occurred to the secretory acid phosphatase presumably by the addition of an acid-labile phosphoglycan. PMID:2320058

  20. The distribution of phosphorus in the root systems of the Proteaceae and the identification of their rhizosphere and rhizoplane fungi

    The soil mycoflora of an acidic sandy soil at Pella in S.W. Cape, South Africa, was determined by the soil plate technique. The fungal populations of the rhizosphere and rhizoplane of root systems of Hakea sericea and Leucospermum parile, members of the Proteaceae growing in the soil were isolated by the serial root washing technique. The root systems of H. sericea and L. parile supported a more varied mycoflora than the non-rhizosphere soil. Members of the Ascomycotina were restricted to the rhizosphere and rhizoplane region and were absent from the non-rhizosphere soil. Different forms of phosphorus (P) containing compounds were extracted and fractionated from proteoid and non-proteoid roots of H. sericea seedlings grown in P amended Clovelly sand. The main P fractions of both proteoid and non-proteoid roots were lipid-P and orthophosphate. The phosphorus 32 uptake of the roots were also investigated. An acid labile trichloracetic acid soluble BaCl2 precipitate was present. Polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and paper chromatography of the phenol detergent extracts of the root systems of H. sericea and Leucadendron laureolum (Proteaceae) failed to detect polyphosphate. It is concluded that the acid labile trichloracetic acid soluble BaCl2 precipitate fraction extracted from the root systems of the Proteaceae is non-nucleotide ester-P

  1. Cytocompatibility of a silk fibroin tubular scaffold

    Wang, Jiannan, E-mail: wangjn@suda.edu.cn; Wei, Yali; Yi, Honggen; Liu, Zhiwu; Sun, Dan; Zhao, Huanrong

    2014-01-01

    Regenerated silk fibroin (SF) materials are increasingly used for tissue engineering applications. In order to explore the feasibility of a novel biomimetic silk fibroin tubular scaffold (SFTS) crosslinked by poly(ethylene glycol) diglycidyl ether (PEG-DE), biocompatibility with cells was evaluated. The novel biomimetic design of the SFTS consisted of three distinct layers: a regenerated SF intima, a silk braided media and a regenerated SF adventitia. The SFTS exhibited even silk fibroin penetration throughout the braid, forming a porous layered tube with superior mechanical, permeable and cell adhesion properties that are beneficial to vascular regeneration. Cytotoxicity and cell compatibility were tested on L929 cells and human umbilical vein endothelial cells (EA.hy926). DNA content analysis, scanning electron and confocal microscopies and MTT assay showed no inhibitory effects on DNA replication. Cell morphology, viability and proliferation were good for L929 cells, and satisfactory for EA.hy926 cells. Furthermore, the suture retention strength of the SFTS was about 23 N and the Young's modulus was 0.2–0.3 MPa. Collectively, these data demonstrate that PEG-DE crosslinked SFTS possesses the appropriate cytocompatibility and mechanical properties for use as vascular scaffolds as an alternative to vascular autografts. - Highlights: • A PEG-DE cross-linked small caliber porous silk fibroin tubular scaffold (SFTS) • PEG-DE cross-linked SF film had no inhibitory effect on DNA replication of cells. • Cells cultured on the SFTS showed good morphology, cell viability and proliferative activity. • SFTS would be beneficial to endothelialization. • SFTS had good suture retention strength and flexibility.

  2. Hmb(off/on) as a switchable thiol protecting group for native chemical ligation.

    Qi, Yun-Kun; Tang, Shan; Huang, Yi-Chao; Pan, Man; Zheng, Ji-Shen; Liu, Lei

    2016-05-01

    A new thiol protecting group Hmb(off/on) is described, which has a switchable activity that may be useful in the chemical synthesis of proteins. When placed on the side chain of Cys, Cys(Hmb(off)) is stable to trifluoroacetic acid (TFA) in the process of solid-phase peptide synthesis. When Cys(Hmb(off)) is treated with neutral aqueous buffers, it is cleanly converted to acid-labile Cys(Hmb(on)), which can later be fully deprotected by TFA to generate free Cys. The utility of Cys(Hmb(off/on)) is demonstrated by the chemical synthesis of an erythropoietin segment, EPO[Cys(98)-Arg(166)]-OH through native chemical ligation. PMID:27102373

  3. Preparation of covalently linked DNA-RNA hybrids and arabinocytidine containing DNA fragments.

    de Vroom, E; Roelen, H C; Saris, C P; Budding, T N; van der Marel, G A; van Boom, J H

    1988-01-01

    It will be demonstrated that 5'-O-DMT-N-acyl-deoxyribonucleosides, 5'-O-Lev-2'-O-MTHP-N-acyl-ribonucleosides and, also, 2'-O-MTHP-N-acyl-ara-cytidine can be coupled, via the hydroxybenzotriazole phosphotriester approach, to afford two types of DNA-RNA hybrids as well as ara-C containing DNA-fragments. The final removal of acid-labile DMT and MTHP groups could be effected by 1 h treatment with 80% acetic acid of the otherwise unprotected DNA-RNA hybrids. The same acidic hydrolysis did not result in complete removal of the 2'-O-MTHP group from the ara-C unit. Complete deblocking was accomplished after an additional 2 h aqueous HC1 (0.01 M; pH 2.00) treatment. PMID:2453027

  4. Evidence of histidine phosphorylation in isocitrate lyase from Escherichia coli

    Escherichia coli isocitrate lyase can be phosphorylated in vitro in an ATP-dependent reaction. Partially purified extracts were incubated with γ-32P-ATP and analyzed by two-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis followed by a Western blot and autoradiography. Radioactivity was associated with the lyase only when blotting was performed under alkaline conditions. This suggests that phosphate groups are attached to the lyase via an acid-labile P-N bond rather than a more stable P-O bond. Treatment of the lyase with diethyl pyrocarbonate, a histidine modifying agent, blocks incorporation of 32P-phosphate. Treatment with phosphoramidate, a histidine phosphorylating agent, alters the isoelectric point of the lyase suggesting that the enzyme can be phosphorylated at histidine residues. Loss of catalytic activity after treatment with potato acid phosphatase indicates that isocitrate lyase activity may be modulated by phosphorylation

  5. The structural elucidation of the capsular antigen of Klebsiella serotype K69

    The structure of the capsular polysaccharide (K antigen) of Klebsiella K69 has the pentasaccharide repeating unit. Methylation analysis,β-elimination and partial hydrolysis were the principle chemical techniques utilised. N.m.r. spectroscopy (1H- and 13C-) proved invaluable in the determination of the anomeric configurations and the sequence of the sugars making up the polysaccharide. The capsular polysaccharide isolated from Klebsiella K69 contains acid labile O-acetyl substituents which cannot be isolated, intact, with oligosaccharides derived by chemical methods. A bacteriophage, which infects Klebsiella K69 bacteria, was isolated from sewage, purified and used to depolymerise the K69 capsular antigen by means of its associated glycanase activity. Two acetylated oligosaccharides were isolated which correspond to the repeat unit (P1) and double repeat unit (P2), respectively. P1 and P2 were fully characterised by n.m.r. spectroscopy and methylation analysis

  6. Conjugation chemistry through acetals toward a dextran-based delivery system for controlled release of siRNA

    Cui, Lina

    2012-09-26

    New conjugation chemistry for polysaccharides, exemplified by dextran, was developed to enable the attachment of therapeutic or other functional moieties to the polysaccharide through cleavable acetal linkages. The acid-lability of the acetal groups allows the release of therapeutics under acidic conditions, such as that of the endocytic compartments of cells, regenerating the original free polysaccharide in the end. The physical and chemical behavior of these acetal groups can be adjusted by modifying their stereoelectronic and steric properties, thereby providing materials with tunable degradation and release rates. We have applied this conjugation chemistry in the development of water-soluble siRNA carriers, namely acetal-linked amino-dextrans, with various amine structures attached through either slow- or fast-degrading acetal linker. The carriers with the best combination of amine moieties and structural composition of acetals showed high in vitro transfection efficiency and low cytotoxicity in the delivery of siRNA. © 2012 American Chemical Society.

  7. Cadmium-sulfide crystallites in Cd-(. gamma. EC) sub n G peptide complexes from tomato. [Lycopersicon esculentum

    Reese, R.N.; White, C.A.; Winge, D.R. (South Dakota State Univ., Brookings (United States) Univ. of Utah, Salt Lake City (United States))

    1992-01-01

    Hydroponically grown tomato plants (Lycopersicon esculentum P. Mill cv Golden Boy) exposed to 100 micromolar cadmium sulfate produced metal-({gamma}EC){sub n}G peptide complexes containing acid-labile sulfur. The properties of the complexes resemble those of the cadmium-({gamma}EC){sub n}G peptide complexes from Schizo-saccharomyces pombe and Candida glabrata known to contain a cadmium sulfide crystallite core. The crystallite is stabilized by a sheath of peptides of general structure ({gamma}Glu-Cys){sub n}-Gly. The cadmium-peptide complexes of tomato contained predominantly peptides of n{sub 3}, n{sub 4}, and n{sub 5}. Spectroscopic analyses indicated that the tomato cadmium-sulfide-peptide complex contained CdS crystallite core particles smaller than 2.0 nanometers in diameter.

  8. An experimental design approach to the chemical characterisation of pectin polysaccharides extracted from Cucumis melo Inodorus.

    Denman, Laura J; Morris, Gordon A

    2015-03-01

    Extracted pectins have been utilised in a number of applications in both the food and pharmaceutical industries where they are generally used as gelling agents, thickeners and stabilisers, although a number of pectins have been shown to be bioactive. These functional properties will depend upon extraction conditions. A statistical experimental design approach was used to study the effects of extraction conditions pH, time and temperature on pectins extracted from Cucumis melo Inodorus. The results show that the chemical composition is very sensitive to these conditions and that this has a great influence on for example the degree of branching. Higher temperatures, lower pHs and longer extraction times lead to a loss of the more acid labile arabinofuranose residues present on the pectin side chain. The fitting of regression equations relating yield and composition to extraction conditions can therefore lead to tailor-made pectins for specific properties and/or applications. PMID:25498647

  9. Studies on flagellar shortening in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii

    Flagellar shortening of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii was promoted by sodium chloride, pyrophosphate (sodium, potassium and ammonium salts), EDTA and EGTA, succinate, citrate and oxalate (sodium salts), caffeine and aminophylline. Removal of calcium from the medium potentiated the effects of these agents in inducing shortening. Investigations of the release of phosphorylated compounds to the medium during pyrophosphate-induced flagellar shortening of cells pre-labelled with 32P, revealed an as yet unidentified 32P-labelled compound with distinct chromatographic properties. Chromatography and electrophoresis indicates that it is a small, highly polar molecule with a high charge to mass ratio, containing thermo- and acid-labile phosphate linkages. Investigations showed of the release of 35S-labelled protein to the medium from cells pre-labelled with 35S-sulfate showed that flagellated cells released two prominent polypeptides which comigrated with α- and β-flagellar tubulin on SDS polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, while deflagellated cells did not

  10. Peptide-Decorated Gold Nanoparticles as Functional Nano-Capping Agent of Mesoporous Silica Container for Targeting Drug Delivery.

    Chen, Ganchao; Xie, Yusheng; Peltier, Raoul; Lei, Haipeng; Wang, Ping; Chen, Jun; Hu, Yi; Wang, Feng; Yao, Xi; Sun, Hongyan

    2016-05-11

    A stimuli-responsive drug delivery system (DDS) with bioactive surface is constructed by end-capping mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) with functional peptide-coated gold nanoparticles (GNPs). MSNs are first functionalized with acid-labile α-amide-β-carboxyl groups to carry negative charges, and then capped with positively charged GNPs that are decorated with oligo-lysine-containing peptide. The resulting hybrid delivery system exhibits endo/lysosomal pH triggered drug release, and the incorporation of RGD peptide facilitates targeting delivery to αvβ3 integrin overexpressing cancer cells. The system can serve as a platform for preparing diversified multifunctional nanocomposites using various functional inorganic nanoparticles and bioactive peptides. PMID:27102225

  11. Formulation, Development and Evaluation of delayed release capsules of Duloxetine Hydrochloride made of different Enteric Polymers

    Pallavi Yerramsetty

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Delayed release systems have acquired a centre stage in the arena of pharmaceutical research and development. The present study involves formulation and evaluation of Duloxetine Hydrochloride delayed release capsules. Duloxetine Hydrochloride is an acid labile drug. It degrades in the acidic environment of the stomach thus leading to therapeutic inefficacy. Therefore it is necessary to bypass the acidic pH of the stomach which can be achieved by formulating delayed release dosage form by using different enteric polymers. Protection of drug from acidic environment is done by coating the drug with enteric polymers by using suspension layering technique in Fluidized bed processor (FBP with different enteric polymers like HPMCAS (Hydroxy Propyl Methyl Cellulose Acetate Succinate, Acryl EZE and HPMCP (Hydroxy propyl methyl cellulose phthalate.The formulation (E12 of delayed release capsules of Duloxetine Hydrochloride containing HPMCP (HP-55: HP- 50 as enteric polymer can be taken as optimized

  12. Self-assembly of dynamic orthoester cryptates.

    Brachvogel, René-Chris; Hampel, Frank; von Delius, Max

    2015-01-01

    The discovery of coronands and cryptands, organic compounds that can accommodate metal ions in a preorganized two- or three-dimensional environment, was a milestone in supramolecular chemistry, leading to countless applications from organic synthesis to metallurgy and medicine. These compounds are typically prepared via multistep organic synthesis and one of their characteristic features is the high stability of their covalent framework. Here we report the use of a dynamic covalent exchange reaction for the one-pot template synthesis of a new class of coronates and cryptates, in which acid-labile O,O,O-orthoesters serve as bridgeheads. In contrast to their classic analogues, the compounds described herein are constitutionally dynamic in the presence of acid and can be induced to release their guest via irreversible deconstruction of the cage. These properties open up a wide range of application opportunities, from systems chemistry to molecular sensing and drug delivery. PMID:25997913

  13. Further characterization of Mycobacterium ulcerans toxin.

    Hockmeyer, W T; Krieg, R E; Reich, M; Johnson, R D

    1978-07-01

    Mycobacterium ulcerans produces an exotoxin in culture which, when inoculated into guinea pig skin, causes inflammation, necrosis, edema, and other histopathological changes resembling those in infections of humans. The toxin was resistant to heat and to alkalies and was moderately acid labile. Toxic activity was destroyed by Pronase, phospholipase, lipase, amylase, and glucosidase but not by trypsin, collagenase, cellulase, lysozyme, hyaluronidase, or neuraminidase. Toxic activity was resistant to treatment with 2-mercaptoethanol, urea, guanidine hydrochloride, p-chloromercuribenzoate, ethylenediaminetetraacetate, and sodium deoxycholate but was destroyed by sodium m-periodate and sodium dodecyl sulfate. The toxin was precipitated by a wide range of ammonium sulfate concentrations. Extraction with chlorofrom-methanol or petroleum ether destroyed its activity. Isopycnic density gradient ultracentrifugation in KBr produced a high-density lipoprotein layer with a 24-fold increase in specific activity. The results indicate that this toxin is a high-molecular-weight phospholipoprotein-polysaccharide complex. PMID:30694

  14. Smart polymeric micelles as nanocarriers for oligonucleotides and siRNA delivery.

    Kataoka, Kazunori; Itaka, Keiji; Nishiyama, Nobuhiro; Yamasaki, Yuichi; Oishi, Motoi; Nagasaki, Yukio

    2005-01-01

    The development of in vivo delivery systems for oligonucleotides and siRNA is strongly desired to achieve their clinical applications. Recently, polyplex micelles, which are formed through an electrostatic interaction between nucleic acid compounds (DNA and RNA) and poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG)-polycation block copolymers, have received much attention due to their nanometric-scaled size and excellent biocompatibility. Here, three types of newly engineered block copolymers were developed to construct polyplex micelles useful for oligonucleotides and siRNA delivery: (1) PEG-polycation diblock copolymers possessing diamine side-chain with distinctive pKa for siRNA encapsulation into polyplex micelles with high endosomal escaping ability, (2) Lactosylated PEG-(oligonucleotide or siRNA) conjugate through acid-labile beta-thiopropionate linkage to construct pH-sensitive PIC micelles, and (3) PEG-poly(methacrylic acid) block copolymer for the construction of organic/inorganic hybrid nanoparticles encapsulating siRNA. PMID:17150611

  15. Purification, partial characterization and immunolocalization of a proteophosphoglycan secreted by Leishmania mexicana amastigotes.

    Ilg, T; Stierhof, Y D; McConville, M J; Overath, P

    1995-02-01

    The intracellular amastigote form of the parasitic protozoon Leishmania mexicana expresses a high-molecular weight phosphoglycan, which is antigenically related to the surface glycolipid lipophosphoglycan and the secreted enzyme acid phosphatase of Leishmania promastigotes. This antigen was purified from a cell-free homogenate of infected mouse tissue and from amastigotes. Compositional and immunological analysis of the purified components indicate a proteophosphoglycan structure consisting of serine-rich polypeptide chains and mild acid-labile phosphooligosaccharides capped by mannooligosaccharides. Immunofluorescence and immunoelectron microscopy of parasitized mouse peritoneal macrophages and infected mouse tissue suggest that the proteophosphoglycan is secreted in large amounts by amastigotes via their flagellar pockets into the parasitophorous vacuoles of host cells. In some infected macrophages proteophosphoglycan is also located in vesicles apparently originating from the parasitophorous vacuole, which demonstrates redistribution of a secreted amastigote antigen in parasitized host cells. PMID:7774606

  16. Blood-bound carbon disulfide: an indicator of carbon disulfide exposure, and its accumulation in repeatedly exposed rats.

    Lam, C W; DiStefano, V

    1983-09-30

    Carbon disulfide is present in exposed subjects in free and bound or acid-labile forms. Sensitivities of the blood acid-labile CS2 (AL CS2) concentration and the modified iodine-azide test (IAT) were compared as indicators of CS2 exposure. Rats were exposed to 15 (approximately 5 ppm), 30, 60, or 120 mg/m3 of CS2. Exposure to 15 or 30 mg/m3 of CS2 could not be detected by the modified IAT. However, a linear relationship between blood CS2 (free or AL CS2) concentrations and these exposure levels was observed. Free CS2 is eliminated rapidly, while AL CS2 is eliminated very slowly from the exposed subjects. Repetitive daily exposures (8 hr/day) to 120 mg/m3 of CS2 were carried out in rats. Blood AL CS2 concentrations in exposed rats increased with each successive exposure while the free CS2 level remained relatively constant. By the sixth or seventh daily exposure the blood AL CS2 concentration was about 2.5 times that of the first 8-hr exposure and about 3 times the level of free CS2. These results indicated an appreciable accumulation of CS2 in subjects repeatedly exposed to low concentrations of the solvent. Rats were also exposed to CS2 8 hr/day for 5 days. After a 2-day nonexposure period (Days 6 and 7), the animals were reexposed on Day 8. The blood AL CS2 concentration in animals exposed on Day 8 was substantially higher than in those that received a single 8-hr exposure (Day 1), despite the hiatus on Days 6 and 7. These results indicated that blood AL CS2 was not totally eliminated during the 2-day nonexposure period. In in vitro experiments, the binding profile of CS2 to human blood was remarkably similar to that of rats exposed to CS2 by inhalation. PMID:6636170

  17. Proteolysis of insulin-like growth factor-binding protein-3 in human immunodeficiency virus-positive children who fail to thrive.

    Frost, R A; Nachman, S A; Lang, C H; Gelato, M C

    1996-08-01

    Failure to thrive is a common manifestation of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection in children. Given the role of insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I) in stimulating postnatal growth, we have examined whether HIV-infected pediatric patients with growth failure have lower serum concentrations of IGF-I than age-matched control subjects. IGF-I was measured in 16 HIV-infected children and 13 HIV-negative controls. Ten of the HIV-infected children failed to thrive based on height and linear growth that was below the National Center for Health Statistics 10th percentile. IGF-I levels were significantly lower in children who failed to thrive compared to those in age-matched controls (20 vs. 60 micrograms/L; P < 0.001). Children who failed to thrive also displayed lower IGF-I levels than HIV-positive children, who exhibited normal growth velocity (20 vs. 91 micrograms/L; P < 0.001). Failure to thrive was associated with a significant reduction in circulating levels of IGF-binding protein-3 (IGFBP-3), as determined by ligand and Western blotting (P < 0.001), enhanced IGFBP-3 proteolysis (P < 0.001), and a decrease in the serum concentration of the acid-labile subunit of the IGFBP-3 ternary complex (P < 0.005). IGFBP-3 proteolysis was negatively correlated with IGF-I (r = 0.78) and IGFBP-3 levels (r = 0.70). Failure to thrive was associated with a reduction in the formation of the ternary complex, but the ternary complex could be restored by the addition of an excess of IGFBP-3 to serum. These results indicate that low levels of IGF-I, IGFBP-3, and acid-labile subunit are associated with a failure to thrive in HIV-infected children. PMID:8768858

  18. Rational Design of a Carrier Protein for the Production of Recombinant Toxic Peptides in Escherichia coli.

    Pane, Katia; Durante, Lorenzo; Pizzo, Elio; Varcamonti, Mario; Zanfardino, Anna; Sgambati, Valeria; Di Maro, Antimo; Carpentieri, Andrea; Izzo, Viviana; Di Donato, Alberto; Cafaro, Valeria; Notomista, Eugenio

    2016-01-01

    Commercial uses of bioactive peptides require low cost, effective methods for their production. We developed a new carrier protein for high yield production of recombinant peptides in Escherichia coli very well suited for the production of toxic peptides like antimicrobial peptides. GKY20, a short antimicrobial peptide derived from the C-terminus of human thrombin, was fused to the C-terminus of Onconase, a small ribonuclease (104 amino acids), which efficiently drove the peptide into inclusion bodies with very high expression levels (about 200-250 mg/L). After purification of the fusion protein by immobilized metal ion affinity chromatography, peptide was obtained by chemical cleavage in diluted acetic acid of an acid labile Asp-Pro sequence with more than 95% efficiency. To improve peptide purification, Onconase was mutated to eliminate all acid labile sequences thus reducing the release of unwanted peptides during the acid cleavage. Mutations were chosen to preserve the differential solubility of Onconase as function of pH, which allows its selective precipitation at neutral pH after the cleavage. The improved carrier allowed the production of 15-18 mg of recombinant peptide per liter of culture with 96-98% purity without the need of further chromatographic steps after the acid cleavage. The antimicrobial activity of the recombinant peptide, with an additional proline at the N-terminus, was tested on Gram-negative and Gram-positive strains and was found to be identical to that measured for synthetic GKY20. This finding suggests that N-terminal proline residue does not change the antimicrobial properties of recombinant (P)GKY20. The improved carrier, which does not contain cysteine and methionine residues, Asp-Pro and Asn-Gly sequences, is well suited for the production of peptides using any of the most popular chemical cleavage methods. PMID:26808536

  19. Dissolution/swelling behavior of cycloolefin polymers in aqueous base

    Ito, Hiroshi; Allen, Robert D.; Opitz, Juliann; Wallow, Thomas I.; Truong, Hoa D.; Hofer, Donald C.; Varanasi, Pushkara R.; Jordhamo, George M.; Jayaraman, Saikumar; Vicari, Richard

    2000-06-01

    Polycycloolefins prepared by addition polymerization of norbornene derivatives are quite different from hydroxystyrene-based polymers in terms of their interaction with aqueous base. Their dissolution kinetics monitored on a quartz crystal microbalance is not a smooth function of the ratio of the polar to nonpolar functionalities in polymer but abruptly changes from very fast dissolution to massive swelling within a narrow range of composition. The maximum swelling is a function of thickness and the entire film thickness can swell in a few seconds at > 3,000 angstroms/sec or at immeasurably fast rates. The initial concentration of a pendant carboxylic acid in polymer has to be selected to minimize swelling and the concentration of an acid-labile group to induce fast dissolution in the exposed area. Furthermore, swelling which occurs in the partially- exposed regions must be minimized by incorporating a third monomer unit or by adding a dissolution modifying agent (DMA) such as t-butyl cholate. However, the function of DMA which is also acid-labile is quite complex; depending on the matrix polymer composition and its dissolution/swelling behavior, DMA could function as a swelling suppressor or promoter and a carboxylic acid generated by acidolysis of DMA as a dissolution or swelling promoter. Photochemically generated sulfonic acid could also affect the dissolution/swelling behavior. Base hydrolysis of anhydride during development is controlled by the polarity (carboxylic acid concentration) in polymer film, which has been demonstrated in an unequivocal fashion by IR spectroscopy under the condition strongly mimicking the development process and thus could boost development contrast but could hurt performance as well. Thus, incorporation of carboxylic acid in the form of methacrylic acid, for example, in radical copolymerization of norbornene with maleic anhydride must be handled carefully as it would increase the susceptibility of the anhydride hydrolysis and could

  20. Doxorubicin conjugated functionalizable carbon dots for nucleus targeted delivery and enhanced therapeutic efficacy

    Yang, Lei; Wang, Zheran; Wang, Ju; Jiang, Weihua; Jiang, Xuewei; Bai, Zhaoshi; He, Yunpeng; Jiang, Jianqi; Wang, Dongkai; Yang, Li

    2016-03-01

    Carbon dots (CDs) have shown great potential in imaging and drug/gene delivery applications. In this work, CDs functionalized with a nuclear localization signal peptide (NLS-CDs) were employed to transport doxorubicin (DOX) into cancer cells for enhanced antitumor activity. DOX was coupled to NLS-CDs (DOX-CDs) through an acid-labile hydrazone bond, which was cleavable in the weakly acidic intracellular compartments. The cytotoxicity of DOX-CD complexes was evaluated by the MTT assay and the cellular uptake was monitored using flow cytometry and confocal laser scanning microscopy. Cell imaging confirmed that DOX-CDs were mainly located in the nucleus. Furthermore, the complexes could efficiently induce apoptosis in human lung adenocarcinoma A549 cells. The in vivo therapeutic efficacy of DOX-CDs was investigated in an A549 xenograft nude mice model and the complexes exhibited an enhanced ability to inhibit tumor growth compared with free DOX. Thus, the DOX-CD conjugates may be exploited as promising drug delivery vehicles in cancer therapy.Carbon dots (CDs) have shown great potential in imaging and drug/gene delivery applications. In this work, CDs functionalized with a nuclear localization signal peptide (NLS-CDs) were employed to transport doxorubicin (DOX) into cancer cells for enhanced antitumor activity. DOX was coupled to NLS-CDs (DOX-CDs) through an acid-labile hydrazone bond, which was cleavable in the weakly acidic intracellular compartments. The cytotoxicity of DOX-CD complexes was evaluated by the MTT assay and the cellular uptake was monitored using flow cytometry and confocal laser scanning microscopy. Cell imaging confirmed that DOX-CDs were mainly located in the nucleus. Furthermore, the complexes could efficiently induce apoptosis in human lung adenocarcinoma A549 cells. The in vivo therapeutic efficacy of DOX-CDs was investigated in an A549 xenograft nude mice model and the complexes exhibited an enhanced ability to inhibit tumor growth compared

  1. PEG-b-PCL copolymer micelles with the ability of pH-controlled negative-to-positive charge reversal for intracellular delivery of doxorubicin.

    Deng, Hongzhang; Liu, Jinjian; Zhao, Xuefei; Zhang, Yuming; Liu, Jianfeng; Xu, Shuxin; Deng, Liandong; Dong, Anjie; Zhang, Jianhua

    2014-11-10

    The application of PEG-b-PCL micelles was dampened by their inherent low drug-loading capability and relatively poor cell uptake efficiency. In this study, a series of novel PEG-b-PCL copolymers methoxy poly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly(ε-caprolactone-co-γ-dimethyl maleamidic acid -ε-caprolactone) (mPEG-b-P(CL-co-DCL)) bearing different amounts of acid-labile β-carboxylic amides on the polyester moiety were synthesized. The chain structure and chemical composition of copolymers were characterized by (1)H NMR, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), and gel permeation chromatography (GPC). mPEG-b-P(CL-co-DCL) with critical micellar concentrations (CMCs) of 3.2-6.3 μg/mL could self-assemble into stable micelles in water with diameters of 100 to 150 nm. Doxorubicin (DOX), a cationic hydrophobic drug, was successfully encapsulated into the polymer micelles, achieving a very high loading content due to electrostatic interaction. Then the stability, charge-conversional behavior, loading and release profiles, cellular uptake and in vitro cytotoxicity of free drug and drug-loaded micelles were evaluated. The β-carboxylic amides functionalized polymer micelles are negatively charged and stable in neutral solution but quickly become positively charged at pH 6.0, due to the hydrolysis of β-carboxylic amides in acidic conditions. The pH-triggered negative-to-positive charge reversal not only resulted in a very fast drug release in acidic conditions, but also effectively enhanced the cellular uptake by electrostatic absorptive endocytosis. The MTT assay demonstrated that mPEG-b-P(CL-co-DCL) micelles were biocompatible to HepG2 cells while DOX-loaded micelles showed significant cytotoxicity. In sum, the introduction of acid-labile β-carboxylic amides on the polyester block in mPEG-b-P(CL-co-DCL) exhibited great potentials for the modifications in the stability in blood circulation, drug solubilization, and release properties, as well as cell internalization and

  2. Asp1 from Schizosaccharomyces pombe binds a [2Fe-2S](2+) cluster which inhibits inositol pyrophosphate 1-phosphatase activity.

    Wang, Huanchen; Nair, Vasudha S; Holland, Ashley A; Capolicchio, Samanta; Jessen, Henning J; Johnson, Michael K; Shears, Stephen B

    2015-10-27

    Iron-sulfur (Fe-S) clusters are widely distributed protein cofactors that are vital to cellular biochemistry and the maintenance of bioenergetic homeostasis, but to our knowledge, they have never been identified in any phosphatase. Here, we describe an iron-sulfur cluster in Asp1, a dual-function kinase/phosphatase that regulates cell morphogenesis in Schizosaccharomyces pombe. Full-length Asp1, and its phosphatase domain (Asp1(371-920)), were each heterologously expressed in Escherichia coli. The phosphatase activity is exquisitely specific: it hydrolyzes the 1-diphosphate from just two members of the inositol pyrophosphate (PP-InsP) signaling family, namely, 1-InsP7 and 1,5-InsP8. We demonstrate that Asp1 does not hydrolyze either InsP6, 2-InsP7, 3-InsP7, 4-InsP7, 5-InsP7, 6-InsP7, or 3,5-InsP8. We also recorded 1-phosphatase activity in a human homologue of Asp1, hPPIP5K1, which was heterologously expressed in Drosophila S3 cells with a biotinylated N-terminal tag, and then isolated from cell lysates with avidin beads. Purified, recombinant Asp1(371-920) contained iron and acid-labile sulfide, but the stoichiometry (0.8 atoms of each per protein molecule) indicates incomplete iron-sulfur cluster assembly. We reconstituted the Fe-S cluster in vitro under anaerobic conditions, which increased the stoichiometry to approximately 2 atoms of iron and acid-labile sulfide per Asp1 molecule. The presence of a [2Fe-2S](2+) cluster in Asp1(371-920) was demonstrated by UV-visible absorption, resonance Raman spectroscopy, and electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy. We determined that this [2Fe-2S](2+) cluster is unlikely to participate in redox chemistry, since it rapidly degraded upon reduction by dithionite. Biochemical and mutagenic studies demonstrated that the [2Fe-2S](2+) cluster substantially inhibits the phosphatase activity of Asp1, thereby increasing its net kinase activity. PMID:26422458

  3. Controlled Multi-functionalization Facilitates Targeted Delivery of Nanoparticles to Cancer Cells.

    Hudlikar, Manish S; Li, Xiuru; Gagarinov, Ivan A; Kolishetti, Nagesh; Wolfert, Margreet A; Boons, Geert-Jan

    2016-01-22

    A major objective of nanomedicine is to combine in a controlled manner multiple functional entities into a single nanoscale device to target particles with great spatial precision, thereby increasing the selectivity and potency of therapeutic drugs. A multifunctional nanoparticle is described for controlled conjugation of a cytotoxic drug, a cancer cell targeting ligand, and an imaging moiety. The approach is based on the chemical synthesis of polyethylene glycol that at one end is modified by a thioctic acid for controlled attachment to a gold core. The other end of the PEG polymers is modified by a hydrazine, amine, or dibenzocyclooctynol moiety for conjugation with functional entities having a ketone, activated ester, or azide moiety, respectively. The conjugation approach allowed the controlled attachment of doxorubicin through an acid-labile hydrazone linkage, an Alexa Fluor dye through an amide bond, and a glycan-based ligand for the cell surface receptor CD22 of B-cells using strain promoted azide-alkyne cycloaddition. The incorporation of the ligand for CD22 led to rapid entry of the nanoparticle by receptor-mediated endocytosis. Covalent attachment of doxorubicin via hydrazone linkage caused pH-responsive intracellular release of doxorubicin and significantly enhanced the cytotoxicity of nanoparticles. A remarkable 60-fold enhancement in cytotoxicity of CD22 (+) lymphoma cells was observed compared to non- targeted nanoparticles. PMID:26683093

  4. Organic Carbon Features Identified in the Nakhla Martian Meteorite

    Mckay, D. S.; Thomas-Keprta, K. L.; Clemett, S. J.; Gibson, E. K., Jr.; Le, L.; Rahman, Z.; Wentworth, S. J.

    2011-01-01

    We report, for the first time, the identification of specific carbonaceous phases, present within iddingsite alteration zones of the Nakhla meteorite that possess discrete, well defined, structurally coherent morphologies. These structures bear superficial similarity to the carbonaceous nanoglobules [1] found in primitive chondrites interplanetary dust particles, although they are an order-of-magnitude larger in size. Introduction: It has been known for many years that some members of the Martian meteorite clan contain organic matter [e.g., 2-4]. Based on both isotopic measurements [5] and circumstantial observations [4] (e.g., the similarity organic signatures present in both Antarctic finds and non-Antarctic falls) a credible argument has been made for a preterrestrial origin for the majority of these organics. The Nakhla meteorite is of particular interest in that it has been shown to contain both an acid-labile organic fraction as well as an acid-insoluble high molecular weight organic component [4]. Pyrolysis-gas chromatography-mass spectrometry of the latter component indicates it to be composed of aromatic and alkyl-aromatic functionalities bound into a macromolecule phase through ether linkages [4]. However, the spatial, textural and mineralogical associations of this carbonaceous macromolecular material have remained elusive [6].

  5. Proteomic analysis of the royal jelly and characterization of the functions of its derivation glands in the honeybee.

    Fujita, Toshiyuki; Kozuka-Hata, Hiroko; Ao-Kondo, Hiroko; Kunieda, Takekazu; Oyama, Masaaki; Kubo, Takeo

    2013-01-01

    To identify candidate royal jelly (RJ) proteins that might affect the physiologic status of honeybee colony members, we used shotgun proteomics to comprehensively identify the RJ proteome as well as proteomes of the hypopharyngeal gland (HpG), postcerebral gland (PcG), and thoracic gland (TG), from which RJ proteins are assumed to be derived. We identified a total of 38 nonredundant RJ proteins, including 22 putative secretory proteins and Insulin-like growth factor-binding protein complex acid labile subunit. Among them, 9 proteins were newly identified from RJ. Comparison of the RJ proteome with the HpG, PcG, and TG proteomes revealed that 17 of the 22 putative secretory RJ proteins were derived from some of these glands, suggesting that the RJ proteome is a cocktail of proteins from these three glands. Furthermore, pathway analysis suggested that the HpG proteome represents the molecular basis of the extremely high protein-synthesizing ability, whereas the PcG proteome suggests that the PcG functions as a reservoir for the volatile compounds and a primer pheromone. Finally, to further characterize the possible total RJ proteome, we identified putative secretory proteins in the proteomes of these three glands. This will be useful for predicting novel RJ protein components in future studies. PMID:23157659

  6. Purification and properties of an extremely thermostable membrane-bound sulfur-reducing complex from the hyperthermophilic Pyrodictium abyssi.

    Dirmeier, R; Keller, M; Frey, G; Huber, H; Stetter, K O

    1998-03-15

    The chemolithoautotrophic archaeon Pyrodictium abyssi isolate TAG 11 gains energy by reducing sulfur with H2 to H2S. From this hyperthermophile, a sulfur-reducing complex catalyzing this reaction was purified 13.5-fold. The native complex exhibited a brownish-yellow colour and showed an apparent molecular mass of 520 kDa. SDS/PAGE revealed the presence of nine different major polypeptides with apparent molecular masses of 82, 72, 65, 50, 47, 42, 40, 30 and 24 kDa. The native complex contained 50-55 mol acid-labile sulfur, 50-55 mol iron, 1.6 mol nickel, 1.2 mol copper, 2.8 mol cytochrome b and 0.3 mol cytochrome c (all per mol native complex). The temperature optimum of the H2:sulfur oxidoreductase complex was 100 degrees C, which is consistent with the physiological growth optimum of the native organism. The complex is extremely heat stable. During 5 h incubation at 100 degrees C, no decrease in H2S-forming activity could be observed. PMID:9546664

  7. Structure of the β-l-fucopyranosyl phosphate-containing O-specific polysaccharide of Escherichia coli O84.

    Knirel, Yuriy A; Qian, Chengqian; Senchenkova, Sofya N; Guo, Xi; Shashkov, Alexander S; Chizhov, Alexander O; Perepelov, Andrei V; Liu, Bin

    2016-07-01

    Fine structure of the O-polysaccharide chain of the lipopolysaccharide (O-antigen) defines the serospecificity of bacterial cells, which is the basis for O-serotyping of medically and agriculturally important gram-negative bacteria including Escherichia coli. In order to obtain the O-polysaccharide for structural analysis, the lipopolysaccharide was isolated from cells of E. coli O84a by phenol/water extraction and degraded with mild acid. However, the O-polysaccharide was cleaved at a highly acid-labile β-l-fucopyranosyl phosphate (β-l-Fucp-1-P) linkage to give mainly a pentasaccharide that corresponded to the O-polysaccharide repeat. Therefore, the lipopolysaccharide and the pentasaccharide as well as their O-deacylated derivatives were studied using sugar analysis, NMR spectroscopy, and (for oligosaccharides) ESI HR MS, and the O84-polysaccharide structure was established. The O-polysaccharide is distinguished by the presence of β-l-Fucp-1-P and randomly di-O-acetylated 6-deoxy-d-talose, which are found for the first time in natural carbohydrates. The gene cluster for the O84-antigen biosynthesis was analysed and its content was found to be consistent with the O-polysaccharide structure. PMID:27083849

  8. Effect of wine pH and bottle closure on tannins.

    McRae, Jacqui M; Kassara, Stella; Kennedy, James A; Waters, Elizabeth J; Smith, Paul A

    2013-11-27

    The impact of wine pH and closure type on color, tannin concentration, and composition was investigated. A single vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon wine was divided into three batches, the pH was adjusted to 3.2, 3.5 or 3.8, and the wines were bottled under screw caps with either SaranTin (ST) or Saranex (Sx) liners. After 24 months, the tannin concentration, tannin percent yield (relating to the proportion of acid-labile interflavan bonds), and the mean degree of polymerization (mDp) had decreased significantly, all of which can contribute to the softening of wine astringency with aging. The higher pH wines contained less percent (-)-epicatechin 3-O-gallate subunits, whereas the Sx pH 3.2 wines were significantly lower in percent yield and mDp than the other wines. Overall, the tannin structure and wine color of the lower pH wines (pH 3.2) bottled under Sx screw caps changed more rapidly with aging than those of the higher pH wines (pH 3.8) bottled under ST screw caps. PMID:24195587

  9. Understanding the physicochemical properties of mitragynine, a principal alkaloid of Mitragyna speciosa, for preclinical evaluation.

    Ramanathan, Surash; Parthasarathy, Suhanya; Murugaiyah, Vikneswaran; Magosso, Enrico; Tan, Soo Choon; Mansor, Sharif Mahsufi

    2015-01-01

    Varied pharmacological responses have been reported for mitragynine in the literature, but no supportive scientific explanations have been given for this. These studies have been undertaken without a sufficient understanding of the physicochemical properties of mitragynine. In this work a UV spectrophotometer approach and HPLC-UV method were employed to ascertain the physicochemical properties of mitragynine. The pKa of mitragynine measured by conventional UV (8.11 ± 0.11) was in agreement with the microplate reader determination (8.08 ± 0.04). Mitragynine is a lipophilic alkaloid, as indicated by a logP value of 1.73. Mitragynine had poor solubility in water and basic media, and conversely in acidic environments, but it is acid labile. In an in vitro dissolution the total drug release was higher for the simulated gastric fluid but was prolonged and incomplete for the simulated intestinal fluid. The hydrophobicity, poor water solubility, high variability of drug release in simulated biological fluids and acid degradable characteristics of mitragynine probably explain the large variability of its pharmacological responses reported in the literature. The determined physicochemical properties of mitragynine will provide a basis for developing a suitable formulation to further improve its solubility, stability and oral absorption for better assessment of this compound in preclinical studies. PMID:25793541

  10. Understanding the Physicochemical Properties of Mitragynine, a Principal Alkaloid of Mitragyna speciosa, for Preclinical Evaluation

    Surash Ramanathan

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Varied pharmacological responses have been reported for mitragynine in the literature, but no supportive scientific explanations have been given for this. These studies have been undertaken without a sufficient understanding of the physicochemical properties of mitragynine. In this work a UV spectrophotometer approach and HPLC-UV method were employed to ascertain the physicochemical properties of mitragynine. The pKa of mitragynine measured by conventional UV (8.11 ± 0.11 was in agreement with the microplate reader determination (8.08 ± 0.04. Mitragynine is a lipophilic alkaloid, as indicated by a logP value of 1.73. Mitragynine had poor solubility in water and basic media, and conversely in acidic environments, but it is acid labile. In an in vitro dissolution the total drug release was higher for the simulated gastric fluid but was prolonged and incomplete for the simulated intestinal fluid. The hydrophobicity, poor water solubility, high variability of drug release in simulated biological fluids and acid degradable characteristics of mitragynine probably explain the large variability of its pharmacological responses reported in the literature. The determined physicochemical properties of mitragynine will provide a basis for developing a suitable formulation to further improve its solubility, stability and oral absorption for better assessment of this compound in preclinical studies.

  11. Stimulated human neutrophils synthesize an ethanolamine plasmalogen analog of platelet-activating factor

    In addition to platelet-activating factor (PAF), human neutrophils stimulated by ionophore A23187 incorporate [3H] acetate into an additional product that migrates near phosphatidylethanolamine (PE) and accounts for approximately 25% of the labeled lipids. We have identified this product as 1-O-alk-1'-enyl-2-acetyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphoethanolamine based upon the following data. Acid lability of both the intact phospholipid and the diacetylglycerol derivates prepared by treatment of the intact product with phospholipase C followed by acetylation indicated approximately 80% of the unknown lipid is alk-1'-enyl-linked. Hydrogenation of the diacetyl derivative resulted in a product which no longer chromatographed by TLC with alk-1'-enyldiacetylglycerol, but rather with alkyldiacetylglycerol. The hydrogenated product was no longer sensitive to acid. Treatment with phospholipase A2 resulted in the release of 88% of the radiolabel into the acidified aqueous phase, indicating that the label remained as acetate. The head group was determined to be a primary amine based upon its complete conversion to the trinitrophenyl derivative by trinitrobenzenesulfonic acid. Investigations using a cell-free system indicate that neutrophils contain an acetyltransferase which, when stimulated, uses acetyl CoA and lysoPE plasmalogen to produce the ethanolamine plasmalogen analog of PAF

  12. Additive Driven Self Assembly and Photo-induced Ordering in Poly(ethylene glycol)monomethyl ether monomethacrylate-block-Poly(ethyl methacrylate) Copolymers

    Li, Cheng; Watkins, James

    2013-03-01

    Recent work in our labs has shown that blending of hydrogen-bond donating polymers, small molecules or nanoparticles with a block copolymer that contains poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) can enhance microphase segregation strength and yield well ordered morphologies. While PEO crystallization in these polymers is suppressed by strong interactions between the additive and the PEO segments at high additive loadings, crystallization of the PEO block in the absence of these interactions or at low additive loadings is highly undesirable for many applications. To remedy this issue, poly[poly(ethylene glycol) monomethyl ether monomethacrylate]-block-poly(ethyl methacrylate) was prepared using reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer polymerization(RAFT). This block copolymer is a phase mixed, non-crystallizable system at room temperature. We find that incorporation of organic additives with multiple carboxylic acid groups such as mellitic acid induces phase segregation in this system. Furthermore, the use of additives in which the hydrogen bond donating group is protected with an acid labile group in combination with a photo acid generator enables photo-induced microphase segregation of the composite to yield well ordered films.

  13. A pH-sensitive hyaluronic acid prodrug modified with lactoferrin for glioma dual-targeted treatment.

    Yin, Yatao; Fu, Chaoping; Li, Mei; Li, Xiangpen; Wang, Mengying; He, Lei; Zhang, Li-Ming; Peng, Ying

    2016-10-01

    Gliomas are the most common and lethal type of primary malignant brain tumor. But the existence of blood brain barrier (BBB) and blood-tumor barrier (BTB) hinder drug from reaching the tumor site. To address this problem, we developed a novel prodrug (Lf-HA-DOX) by conjugating hyaluronic acid with doxorubicin (HA-DOX) by an acid-labile hydrazone linkage, which is released in an acidic environment and accumulates in tumor tissues. Lactoferrin (Lf) was coupled for transporting across the BBB. In vitro, the release of DOX from Lf-HA-DOX was pH-dependent. At lower pH (5.0 and 6.0), the release of DOX was much quicker than that at pH7.4. In the cellular uptake studies, flow cytometry analyses and confocal laser scanning microscopy results showed significantly enhanced cellular uptake of Lf-HA-DOX and HA-DOX in C6 cells compared to DOX. In BALB/C mice bearing C6 glioma, enhanced accumulation of Lf-HA-DOX in the glioma was observed by real time fluorescence image. Correspondingly, glioma-bearing mice treated with Lf-HA-DOX displayed the longest median survival time, which was 2-fold longer than that of saline group. In conclusion, Lf-HA-DOX was able to significantly increase drug delivery to the glioma, which might provide a promising strategy for antiglioma therapy. PMID:27287110

  14. Effect of weight loss on free insulin-like growth factor-I in obese women with hyposomatotropism

    Rasmussen, Michael H; Juul, Anders; Hilsted, J

    2007-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: It has been hypothesized that increased free insulin-like growth factor (IGF)-I levels generated from an increase in IGF-binding protein (IGFBP) protease activity could be the inhibitory mechanism for the decreased growth hormone (GH) secretion observed in obese subjects. RESEARCH...... METHODS AND PROCEDURES: In this study, we determined basal and 24-hour levels of free IGF-I and -II, total IGF-I and -II, IGFBP-1, as well as basal IGFBP-2, -3, and -4, acid-labile subunit (ALS), IGFBP-1, -2, and -3 protease activity, and 24-hour GH release in obese women before and after a diet...... obese and non-obese women. Eight of the 16 obese women achieved an average weight loss of 30+/-5 kg during 26 to 60 weeks of dieting. After the considerable weight loss, significant differences in free IGF-I, GH release, and IGFBP-1 and -2 levels were no longer present between previously obese and non...

  15. Assessment of pathogenicity of natural IGFALS gene variants by in silico bioinformatics tools and in vitro functional studies.

    Martucci, Lucía C; Gutiérrez, Mariana L; Karabatas, Liliana M; Scaglia, Paula A; Rey, Rodolfo A; Domené, Horacio M; Jasper, Héctor G; Domené, Sabina

    2016-07-01

    Acid-labile subunit (ALS) is essential for stabilization of IGF-I and IGFBP-3 in ternary complexes within the vascular system. ALS deficient (ALS-D) patients and a subset of children with idiopathic short stature (ISS), presenting IGFALS gene variants, show variable degree of growth retardation associated to IGF-I and IGFBP-3 deficiencies. The aim of this study was to evaluate the potential pathogenicity of eleven IGFALS variants identified in ALS-D and ISS children using in silico and in vitro approaches. We were able to classify seven of these variants as pathogenic since they present impaired synthesis (p.Glu35Lysfs*87, p.Glu35Glyfs*17, p.Asn276Ser, p.Leu409Phe, p.Ser490Trp and p.Cys540Arg), or partial impairment of synthesis and lack of secretion (p.Leu213Phe). We also observed significant reduction of secreted protein for variants p.Ala330Asp, Ala475Val and p.Arg548Trp, while still retaining their ability to form ternary complexes. These findings provide an approach to test the pathogenicity of IGFALS gene variants. PMID:27018247

  16. Histidine kinase activity in nuclei of Physarum polycephalum

    Nuclei of the true slime mold Physarum polycephalum, contain a kinase that specifically phosphorylates the 1-nitrogen of histidine-75 of histone H4, in vitro. Phosphohistidine is alkali stable and acid labile. Similar alkali stable phosphorylation has been observed with beef heart extracts and S-100 extracts from S. cerevisiae. The activity may be similar to that previously reported by R.A. Smith and his colleagues in several mammalian tissues. They have begun a search for nuclear proteins that contain phosphohistidine. Cultures of Physarum were grown in the presence of 32P-phosphate using several different labeling protocols. Labeled nuclear proteins were fractionated on a Superose-12 column. Alkali stable phosphate label eluted close to the position of histone H1, although it was not on H1 itself. No alkali stable phosphate eluted at the position of histone H4, which was obtained in high yield by this procedure. The absence of alkali-stable phosphorylation of histone H4 was confirmed by gel electrophoresis of the crude nuclear proteins. The fraction containing alkali-stable phosphate was shown to contain phosphohistidine by amino acid analysis of a total alkaline hydrolysate. They conclude that Physarum nuclei possess at least one protein that contains phosphohistidine in vivo and that histone H4 does not contain phosphohistidine in this system

  17. Environmental quality in sediments of Cadiz and Algeciras Bays based on a weight of evidence approach (southern Spanish coast).

    Usero, José Antonio; Rosado, Daniel; Usero, José; Morillo, José

    2016-09-15

    This research applies an integrated sediment quality assessment method using a weight of evidence approach to Cadiz and Algeciras Bays (southern Spain). The method is composed of several analyses (particle size profile, aqua regia extractable metals, acid labile metals, total organic carbon, toxicity bioassay with Photobacterium phosphoreum and macrobenthic community alteration). The proposed method provides a single result, the environmental degradation index (EDI). EDI defined samples as low degraded (outer areas of both bays) and moderately degraded (Inner Bay of Cadiz Bay, the surroundings of Algeciras port and the northern part of Algeciras Bay). These samples showed the highest concentration of aqua regia extractable metals, which exceeded effects range-low (ERL) for Zn (51-176mg/l), Cu (11-54mg/l), As (4.3-9.5mg/l), Hg (0.17-0.28mg/l), Ni (23-82mg/l), and. Cr (37-134mg/l). They also exceeded some quality criteria for total organic carbon (4.0-6.5%) and toxicity (120-240TU/g) and showed poor results for macrobenthic community. PMID:27371957

  18. Dioxin-like activity in sediments from Tai Lake, China determined by use of the H4IIE-luc bioassay and quantification of individual AhR agonists.

    Xia, Jie; Su, Guanyong; Zhang, Xiaowei; Shi, Wei; Giesy, John P; Yu, Hongxia

    2014-01-01

    Deterioration of the general ecosystem and specifically quality of the water in Tai Lake (Ch: Taihu), the third largest freshwater in China, is of great concern. However, knowledge on status and trends of dioxin-like compounds in Tai Lake was limited. This study investigated AhR-mediated potency and quantified potential aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) agonists in sediments from four regions (Meiliang Bay, Zhushan Lake, Lake Center, Corner of Zhushan Lake, and Meiliang Bay) of Tai Lake by use of the in vitro H4IIE-luc, cell-based, transactivation, reporter gene assay, and instrumental analysis. Concentrations of 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin equivalents (Bio-TEQs) in sediments ranged from less than the limit of detection to 114.5 pg/g, dry weight, which indicated that organic extracts of sediments exhibited significant AhR-mediated potencies. Results of the potency balance analysis demonstrated that acid-labile, dioxin-like compounds represented a greater proportion of concentrations of Bio-TEQs in sediments from Tai Lake. Concentrations of 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin equivalents calculated as the sum of the product of concentrations of individual congeners and their respective relative potencies (Chem-TEQs) based on polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and/or polychlorinated biphenyls represented no more than 10% of the total concentrations of Bio-TEQs. PMID:23925657

  19. Samarium-153 and lutetium-177 chelation properties of selected macrocyclic and acyclic ligands

    We describe a simple in vitro characterization of chelation that is useful when choosing an appropriate ligand-metal combination for clinical applications. These properties include the effect of concentration on chelation efficiency, time to maximum chelation, and stability in acidic and serum environments. The macrocyclic ligands nitro-DOTA and nitro-PADOTA, the acyclic ligands nitro-CHX-A-DTPA, nitro-MX-DTPA, DTPA, and a novel terpyridine ligand, TMT-amine, were evaluated as chelate complexes of both intermediate energy β-emitting lanthanides lutetium-177 and samarium-153. The data were compared to results obtained in a previously published study with yttrium-90. Acid lability, time to achieve maximum chelation, and stability in human serum are properties unique to each ligand-metal combination and should be evaluated prior to choosing an appropriate combination for therapeutic applications. Concentration dependence and duration of chelation are general properties of lanthanide and yttrium chelation that can be applied to an appropriate ligand-metal combination to achieve optimum chelation efficiencies

  20. Mutations in pregnancy-associated plasma protein A2 cause short stature due to low IGF-I availability.

    Dauber, Andrew; Muñoz-Calvo, María T; Barrios, Vicente; Domené, Horacio M; Kloverpris, Soren; Serra-Juhé, Clara; Desikan, Vardhini; Pozo, Jesús; Muzumdar, Radhika; Martos-Moreno, Gabriel Á; Hawkins, Federico; Jasper, Héctor G; Conover, Cheryl A; Frystyk, Jan; Yakar, Shoshana; Hwa, Vivian; Chowen, Julie A; Oxvig, Claus; Rosenfeld, Ron G; Pérez-Jurado, Luis A; Argente, Jesús

    2016-01-01

    Mutations in multiple genes of the growth hormone/IGF-I axis have been identified in syndromes marked by growth failure. However, no pathogenic human mutations have been reported in the six high-affinity IGF-binding proteins (IGFBPs) or their regulators, such as the metalloproteinase pregnancy-associated plasma protein A2 (PAPP-A2) that is hypothesized to increase IGF-I bioactivity by specific proteolytic cleavage of IGFBP-3 and -5. Multiple members of two unrelated families presented with progressive growth failure, moderate microcephaly, thin long bones, mildly decreased bone density and elevated circulating total IGF-I, IGFBP-3, and -5, acid labile subunit, and IGF-II concentrations. Two different homozygous mutations in PAPPA2, p.D643fs25* and p.Ala1033Val, were associated with this novel syndrome of growth failure. In vitro analysis of IGFBP cleavage demonstrated that both mutations cause a complete absence of PAPP-A2 proteolytic activity. Size-exclusion chromatography showed a significant increase in IGF-I bound in its ternary complex. Free IGF-I concentrations were decreased. These patients provide important insights into the regulation of longitudinal growth in humans, documenting the critical role of PAPP-A2 in releasing IGF-I from its BPs. PMID:26902202

  1. Stimulation of the 150-kilodalton insulin-like growth factor-binding protein-3 ternary complex by continuous and pulsatile patterns of growth hormone (GH) administration in GH-deficient patients

    Laursen, Torben; Flyvbjerg, Allan; Jørgensen, Jens Otto Lunde;

    2000-01-01

    Abstract In the circulation insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I), IGF-binding protein 3 (IGFBP-3), and the acid-labile subunit (ALS) form a 150-kDa ternary complex that is of importance for the regulation of IGF-I bioactivity. GH administration is known to increase each of the single components of...... GH dose (2 IU/m2-24 h) was administered iv randomly as 1) continuous infusion or 2) eight bolus injections to five GH-deficient patients over a period of 24 h. GH administration significantly increased serum IGF-I and IGFBP-3 levels and the IGF-I/IGFBP-3 ratio. IGF-I levels increased most......, formation of the ternary complex was unaffected by the pattern of GH delivery. In conclusion, short-term GH administration increased all components of the 150-kDa ternary complex. Higher levels of IGF-I after constant GH exposure could indicate an increased bound fraction. However, the GH pattern did not...

  2. pH- and Thiol-Responsive BODIPY-Based Photosensitizers for Targeted Photodynamic Therapy.

    Jiang, Xiong-Jie; Lau, Janet T F; Wang, Qiong; Ng, Dennis K P; Lo, Pui-Chi

    2016-06-01

    A diiodo distyryl boron dipyrromethene (BODIPY) core was conjugated to two ferrocenyl quenchers through acid-labile ketal and/or thiol-cleavable disulfide linkers, of which the fluorescence and photosensitizing properties were significantly quenched through a photoinduced electron-transfer process. The two symmetrical analogues that contained either the ketal or disulfide linkers could only be activated by a single stimulus, whereas the unsymmetrical analogue was responsive to dual stimuli. Upon interaction with acid and/or dithiothreitol (DTT), these linkers were cleaved selectively. The separation of the BODIPY core and the ferrocenyl moieties restored the photoactivities of the former in phosphate buffered saline and inside the MCF-7 breast cancer cells, rendering these compounds as potential activable photosensitizers for targeted photodynamic therapy. The dual activable analogue exhibited the greatest enhancement in intracellular fluorescence intensity in both an acidic environment (pH 5) and the presence of DTT (4 mm). Its photocytotoxicity against MCF-7 cells also increased by about twofold upon preincubation with 4 mm of DTT. The activation of this compound was also demonstrated in nude mice bearing a HT29 human colorectal carcinoma. A significant increase in fluorescence intensity in the tumor was observed over 9 h after intratumoral injection. PMID:27139139

  3. Analusis by 252Cf plasma desorption mass spectrometry of Bordetella pertussis endotoxin after nitrous deamination

    Deprun, C.; Karibian, D.; Caroff, M.

    1993-07-01

    Endotoxic lipopolysaccharides (LPSs) are the major components of Gram-negative bacterial outer membrane. Like many amphipathic molecules, they pose problems of heterogeneity, purity, solubility, and aggregation. Nevertheless, PDMS has recently have been applied to unmodified endotoxins composed of LPS having uip to five sugar units in their saccharide chain. The B. Pertussis LPSs, most of which have a dodecasaccharide domain, ahve been analysed by classical methods and the masses of the separate lipid and saccharide domains determined after rupture of the bond linking them. However, the acid treatment employed for these and most chemical analyses can also modify structures in the vicinity of the bond. In order to investigate this biologically-important region, the endotoxin was treated to nitrous deamination, which shortens the saccharide chain to five sugars, but preserves the acid-labile region of the LPS. The PDM spectrum of this derivative, which required new conditions for its desorption, confirmed the structure analysis and demonstrated the presence of at least four molecular species.

  4. Tailor-Made pH-Responsive Poly(choline phosphate) Prodrug as a Drug Delivery System for Rapid Cellular Internalization.

    Wang, Wenliang; Wang, Bo; Ma, Xiaojing; Liu, Sanrong; Shang, Xudong; Yu, Xifei

    2016-06-13

    Rapid cellular uptake and efficient drug release in tumor cells are two of the major challenges for cancer therapy. Herein, we designed and synthesized a novel pH-responsive polymer-drug conjugate system poly(2-(methacryloyloxy)ethyl choline phosphate)-b-poly(2-methoxy-2-oxoethyl methacrylate-hydrazide-doxorubicin) (PCP-Dox) to overcome these two challenges simultaneously. It has been proved that PCP-Dox can be easily and rapidly internalized by various cancer cells due to the strong interaction between multivalent choline phosphate (CP) groups and cell membranes. Furthermore, Dox, linked to the polymer carrier via acid-labile hydrazone bond, can be released from carriers due to the increased acidity in lysosome/endosome (pH 5.0-5.5) after the polymer prodrug was internalized into the cancer cells. The cell viability assay demonstrated that this novel polymer prodrug has shown enhanced cytotoxicity in various cancer cells, indicating its great potential as a new drug delivery system for cancer therapy. PMID:27151282

  5. Formulation and evaluation of sustained release matrix tablet of rabeprazole using wet granulation technique

    Ruqaiyah Khan

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Rabeprazole, a member of substituted benzimidazoles, inhibits the final step in gastric acid secretions. This drug claims to cause fastest acid separation (due to higher pKa, and more rapidly converts to the active species to aid gastric mucin synthesis. The most significant pharmacological action of Rabeprazole is dose dependent suppression of gastric acid secretion; without anticholinergic or H2-blocking action. It completely abolishes the hydrochloric acid secretion as it is powerful inhibitor of gastric acid. Rabeprazole is acid labile and hence commonly formulated as an enteric coated tablet. The absorption of rabeprazole occurs rapidly as soon as tablet leaves the stomach. Aim: In the present study an attempt was made to formulate and evaluate Rabeprazole sustained release matrix tablet using wet granulation technique incorporating various polymers like HPMC-E15, Carbopol934, and sodium carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC. Materials and Methods: The Formulated tablets were evaluated for different physicochemical properties like rheological properties, weight variation, thickness, hardness, % friability, in vitro release studies and drug content. Results: Studies revealed that all the physicochemical parameters comply with the official standards. The in vitro release studies exhibits the release up to 90%, over a prolonged period of time which confirms the extended release profile of formulation, having better bioavailability as well as decreased dosing frequency with reduced doses. Conclusion: The sustained release matrix tablets of rabiprazole shown better bioavailability, efficacy and potency, when compared with official standards.

  6. Functional roles and clinical values of insulin-like growth factor-binding protein-5 in different types of cancers

    G(o)k(c)e Güllü; Sevgi Karabulut; Mustafa Akkiprik

    2012-01-01

    Insulin-like growth factor-binding proteins (IGFBPs) are critical regulators of the mitogenic activity of insulin-like growth factors (IGFs).IGFBP5,one of these IGFBPs,has special structural features,including a nuclear transport domain,heparin-binding motif,and IGF/extracellular matrix/acid-labile subunit-binding sites.Furthermore,IGFBP5 has several functional effects on carcinogenesis and even normal cell processes,such as cell growth,death,motility,and tissue remodeling.These biological effects are sometimes related with IGF (IGF-dependent effects) and sometimes not (IGF-independent effects).The functional role of IGFBP5 is most likely determined in a cell-type and tissue-type specific manner but also depends on cell context,especially in terms of the diversity of interacting proteins and the potential for nuclear localization.Clinical findings show that IGFBP5 has the potential to be a useful clinical biomarker for predicting response to therapy and clinical outcome of cancer patients.In this review,we summarize the functional diversity and clinical importance of IGFBP5 in different types of cancers.

  7. Fluorescent polymeric assemblies as stimuli-responsive vehicles for drug controlled release and cell/tissue imaging

    Polymer assemblies with good biocompatibility, stimuli-responsive properties and clinical imaging capability are desirable carriers for future biomedical applications. Herein, we report on the synthesis of a novel anthracenecarboxaldehyde-decorated poly(N-(4-aminophenyl) methacryl amide-oligoethyleneglycolmonomethylether methacrylate) (P(MAAPAC-MAAP-MAPEG)) copolymer, comprising fluorescent chromophore and acid-labile moiety. This copolymer can assemble into micelles in aqueous solution and shows a spherical shape with well-defined particle size and narrow particle size distribution. The pH-responsive property of the micelles has been evaluated by the change of particle size and the controlled release of guest molecules. The intrinsic fluorescence property endows the micelles with excellent cell/tissue imaging capability. Cell viability evaluation with human hepatocellular carcinoma BEL-7402 cells demonstrates that the micelles are nontoxic. The cellular uptake of the micelles indicates a time-dependent behavior. The H22-tumor bearing mice treated with the micelles clearly exhibits the tumor accumulation. These multi-functional nanocarriers may be of great interest in the application of drug delivery. (paper)

  8. Significance of abnormal serum binding of insulin-like growth factor II in the development of hypoglycemia in patients with non-islet-cell tumors

    The authors reported that serum and tumor from a hypoglycemic patient with a fibrosarcoma contained insulin-like growth factor II (IGF-II), mostly in a large molecular form designated big IGF-II. They now describe two additional patients with non-islet-cell tumor with hypoglycemia (NICTH) whose sera contained big IGF-II. Removal of the tumor eliminated most of the big IGF-II from the sera of two patients. Because specific IGF-binding proteins modify the bioactivity of IGFs, the sizes of the endogenous IGF-binding protein complexes were determined after neutral gel filtration through Sephadex G-200. Normally about 75% of IGFs are carried as a ternary complex of 150 kDa consisting of IGF, a growth hormone (GH)-dependent IGF-binding protein, and an acid-labile complexing component. The three patients with NICTH completely lacked the 150-kDa complex. IGF-II was present as a 60-kDa complex with variable contributions of smaller complexes. In the immediate postoperative period, a 110-kDa complex appeared rather than the expected 150-kDa complex. Abnormal IGF-II binding may be important in NICTH because the 150-kDa complexes cross the capillary membrane poorly. The smaller complexes present in our patients' sera would be expected to enter interstitial fluid readily, and a 4- to 5-fold increase in the fraction of IGFs reaching the target cells would result

  9. Significance of abnormal serum binding of insulin-like growth factor II in the development of hypoglycemia in patients with non-islet-cell tumors

    Daughaday, W.H.; Kapadia, M. (Washington Univ. School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO (USA))

    1989-09-01

    The authors reported that serum and tumor from a hypoglycemic patient with a fibrosarcoma contained insulin-like growth factor II (IGF-II), mostly in a large molecular form designated big IGF-II. They now describe two additional patients with non-islet-cell tumor with hypoglycemia (NICTH) whose sera contained big IGF-II. Removal of the tumor eliminated most of the big IGF-II from the sera of two patients. Because specific IGF-binding proteins modify the bioactivity of IGFs, the sizes of the endogenous IGF-binding protein complexes were determined after neutral gel filtration through Sephadex G-200. Normally about 75% of IGFs are carried as a ternary complex of 150 kDa consisting of IGF, a growth hormone (GH)-dependent IGF-binding protein, and an acid-labile complexing component. The three patients with NICTH completely lacked the 150-kDa complex. IGF-II was present as a 60-kDa complex with variable contributions of smaller complexes. In the immediate postoperative period, a 110-kDa complex appeared rather than the expected 150-kDa complex. Abnormal IGF-II binding may be important in NICTH because the 150-kDa complexes cross the capillary membrane poorly. The smaller complexes present in our patients' sera would be expected to enter interstitial fluid readily, and a 4- to 5-fold increase in the fraction of IGFs reaching the target cells would result.

  10. Surface patterned pH-sensitive fluorescence using β-cyclodextrin functionalized poly(ethylene glycol).

    Kim, Sung Han; Sharker, Shazid Md; In, Insik; Park, Sung Young

    2016-08-20

    This paper reports the development of a pH-responsive molecular pattern that shows specific and selective affinity for particular host-guest interactions, and its use as a pH fluorescent sensor. The pH-responsive boronate ester is formed via interactions between the diol group of β-cyclodextrin (CD) and phenylboronic acid of poly(ethylene glycol), and is strategically designed to allow reversible formation of a molecular lining pattern. Printing on a versatile substrate provides a method to monitor the positioning of different molecules by using a pH-responsive boronate ester, allowing specific host-guest interactions on any surface. Confocal laser scanning microscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy, and (1)H NMR results indicate that the assembled CD monolayer can be removed by washing with an acidic pH buffer, demonstrating the presence of a boronate ester connective bridge, which is acid labile. Therefore, visualization of the pH-responsive fluorescence sensor using a rhodamine-CD complex allows straightforward discrimination between different molecules on any substrate, thus facilitating application of this sensor in clinical diagnostics and environmental monitoring. PMID:27178950

  11. Polysomnographic sleep, growth hormone insulin-like growth factor-I axis, leptin, and weight loss

    Rasmussen, Michael; Wildschiødtz, Gordon; Juul, Anders;

    2008-01-01

    Short sleep appears to be strongly associated with obesity and altered metabolic function, and sleep and growth hormone (GH) secretion seems interlinked. In obesity, both the GH-insulin-like-growth-factor-I (GH-IGF-I) axis and sleep have been reported to be abnormal, however, no studies have...... investigated sleep in relation to the GH-IGF-I axis and weight loss in obese subjects. In this study polygraphic sleep recordings, 24-h GH release, 24-h leptin levels, free-IGF-I, total-IGF-I, IGF-binding protein-3 (IGFBP-3), acid-labile subunit (ALS), cortisol and insulin sensitivity were determined in six...... severely obese subjects (BMI: 41+/-1 kg/m(2), 32+/-2 years of age), cross-sectional at baseline, and longitudinal after a dramatically diet-induced weight loss (36+/-7 kg). Ten age- and gender-matched nonobese subjects served as controls. Sleep duration (360+/-17 vs. 448+/-15 min/night; P<0.01), 24-h GH...

  12. Microwave-assisted solid-phase peptide synthesis of the 60-110 domain of human pleiotrophin on 2-chlorotrityl resin.

    Friligou, Irene; Papadimitriou, Evangelia; Gatos, Dimitrios; Matsoukas, John; Tselios, Theodore

    2011-05-01

    A fast and efficient microwave-assisted solid phase peptide synthesis (MW-SPPS) of a 51mer peptide, the main heparin-binding site (60-110) of human pleiotrophin (hPTN), using 2-chlorotrityl chloride resin (CLTR-Cl) following the 9-fluorenylmethyloxycarbonyl/tert-butyl (Fmoc/tBu) methodology and with the standard N,N'-diisopropylcarbodiimide/1-hydroxybenzotriazole (DIC/HOBt) coupling reagents, is described. An MW-SPPS protocol was for the first time successfully applied to the acid labile CLTR-Cl for the faster synthesis of long peptides (51mer peptide) and with an enhanced purity in comparison to conventional SPPS protocols. The synthesis of such long peptides is not trivial and it is generally achieved by recombinant techniques. The desired linear peptide was obtained in only 30 h of total processing time and in 51% crude yield, in which 60% was the purified product obtained with 99.4% purity. The synthesized peptide was purified by reversed phase high performance liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC) and identified by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS). Then, the regioselective formation of the two disulfide bridges of hPTN 60-110 was successfully achieved by a two-step procedure, involving an oxidative folding step in dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) to form the Cys(77)-Cys(109) bond, followed by iodine oxidation to form the Cys(67)-Cys(99) bond. PMID:20872260

  13. Cloning, expression, and purification of a highly immunogenic recombinant gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) chimeric peptide.

    Xu, Jinshu; Zhu, Zheng; Duan, Peng; Li, Wenjia; Zhang, Yin; Wu, Jie; Hu, Zhuoyi; Roque, Rouel S; Liu, Jingjing

    2006-12-01

    To design an anti-gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) vaccine capable of eliciting strong immunogenicity, a gene fragment encoding a chimeric peptide was constructed using polymerase chain reaction and ligated into a novel expression vector for recombinant expression in a T7 RNA polymerase-based expression system. The chimeric peptide called GnRH3-hinge-MVP contained three linear repeats of GnRH (GnRH3), a fragment of the human IgG1 hinge region, and a T-cell epitope of measles virus protein (MVP). The expression plasmid contained the GnRH3-hinge-MVP construct ligated to its fusion partner (AnsB-C) via an unique acid labile Asp-Pro linker. The recombinant fusion protein was expressed in an inclusion body in Escherichia coli under IPTG or lactose induction and the target peptide was easily purified using washing of urea and ethanol precipitation. The target chimeric peptide was isolated from the fusion partner following acid hydrolysis and purified using DEAE-Sephacel chromatography. The purified GnRH3-hinge-MVP was determined to be highly homogeneous by IEF analysis and the N-terminal sequencing. Further, immunization of female mice with the recombinant chimeric peptide resulted in generation of high-titer antibodies specific for GnRH. The results showed that GnRH3-hinge-MVP could be considered as a candidate anti-GnRH vaccine. PMID:17064933

  14. Unbound (bioavailable IGF1 enhances somatic growth

    Sebastien Elis

    2011-09-01

    Understanding insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF1 biology is of particular importance because, apart from its role in mediating growth, it plays key roles in cellular transformation, organ regeneration, immune function, development of the musculoskeletal system and aging. IGF1 bioactivity is modulated by its binding to IGF-binding proteins (IGFBPs and the acid labile subunit (ALS, which are present in serum and tissues. To determine whether IGF1 binding to IGFBPs is necessary to facilitate normal growth and development, we used a gene-targeting approach and generated two novel knock-in mouse models of mutated IGF1, in which the native Igf1 gene was replaced by Des-Igf1 (KID mice or R3-Igf1 (KIR mice. The KID and KIR mutant proteins have reduced affinity for the IGFBPs, and therefore present as unbound IGF1, or ‘free IGF1’. We found that both KID and KIR mice have reduced serum IGF1 levels and a concomitant increase in serum growth hormone levels. Ternary complex formation of IGF1 with the IGFBPs and the ALS was markedly reduced in sera from KID and KIR mice compared with wild type. Both mutant mice showed increased body weight, body and bone lengths, and relative lean mass. We found selective organomegaly of the spleen, kidneys and uterus, enhanced mammary gland complexity, and increased skeletal acquisition. The KID and KIR models show unequivocally that IGF1-complex formation with the IGFBPs is fundamental for establishing normal body and organ size, and that uncontrolled IGF bioactivity could lead to pathological conditions.

  15. Light scattering by coccoliths detached from Emiliania huxleyi.

    Gordon, Howard R; Smyth, Timothy J; Balch, William M; Boynton, G Chris; Tarran, Glen A

    2009-11-01

    We used in situ radiance/irradiance profiles to retrieve profiles of the spectral backscattering coefficient for all particles in an E. huxleyi coccolithophore bloom off the coast of Plymouth, UK. At high detached coccolith concentrations the spectra of backscattering all showed a minimum near approximately 550 to 600 nm. Using flow cytometry estimates of the detached coccolith concentration, and assuming all of the backscattering (over and above the backscattering by the water itself) was due to detached coccoliths, we determined the upper limit of the backscattering cross section (sigma(b)) of individual coccoliths to be 0.123+/-0.039 microm(2)/coccolith at 500 nm. Physical models of detached coccoliths were then developed and the discrete dipole approximation was used to compute their average backscattering cross section in random orientation. The result was 0.092 microm(2) at 500 nm, with the computed sigma(b) displaying a spectral shape similar to the measurements, but with less apparent increase in backscattering toward the red. When sigma(b) is computed on a per mole of calcite, rather than a per coccolith basis, it agreed reasonably well with that determined for acid-labile backscattering at 632 nm averaged over several species of cultured calcifying algae. Intact coccolithophore cells were taken into account by arguing that coccoliths attached to coccolithophore cells (forming a "coccosphere") backscatter in a manner similar to free coccoliths in random orientation. Estimating the number of coccoliths per coccosphere and using the observed number of coccolithophore cells resulted is an apparent backscattering cross section at 500 nm of 0.114+/-0.013 microm(2)/coccolith, in satisfactory agreement with the measured backscattering. PMID:19881674

  16. Analysis of Bacterial Lipooligosaccharides by MALDI-TOF MS with Traveling Wave Ion Mobility

    Phillips, Nancy J.; John, Constance M.; Jarvis, Gary A.

    2016-07-01

    Lipooligosaccharides (LOS) are major microbial virulence factors displayed on the outer membrane of rough-type Gram-negative bacteria. These amphipathic glycolipids are comprised of two domains, a core oligosaccharide linked to a lipid A moiety. Isolated LOS samples are generally heterogeneous mixtures of glycoforms, with structural variability in both domains. Traditionally, the oligosaccharide and lipid A components of LOS have been analyzed separately following mild acid hydrolysis, although important acid-labile moieties can be cleaved. Recently, an improved method was introduced for analysis of intact LOS by MALDI-TOF MS using a thin layer matrix composed of 2,4,6-trihydroxyacetophenone (THAP) and nitrocellulose. In addition to molecular ions, the spectra show in-source "prompt" fragments arising from regiospecific cleavage between the lipid A and oligosaccharide domains. Here, we demonstrate the use of traveling wave ion mobility spectrometry (TWIMS) for IMS-MS and IMS-MS/MS analyses of intact LOS from Neisseria spp. ionized by MALDI. Using IMS, the singly charged prompt fragments for the oligosaccharide and lipid A domains of LOS were readily separated into resolved ion plumes, permitting the extraction of specific subspectra, which led to increased confidence in assigning compositions and improved detection of less abundant ions. Moreover, IMS separation of precursor ions prior to collision-induced dissociation (CID) generated time-aligned, clean MS/MS spectra devoid of fragments from interfering species. Incorporating IMS into the profiling of intact LOS by MALDI-TOF MS exploits the unique domain structure of the molecule and offers a new means of extracting more detailed information from the analysis.

  17. Analysis of Bacterial Lipooligosaccharides by MALDI-TOF MS with Traveling Wave Ion Mobility

    Phillips, Nancy J.; John, Constance M.; Jarvis, Gary A.

    2016-04-01

    Lipooligosaccharides (LOS) are major microbial virulence factors displayed on the outer membrane of rough-type Gram-negative bacteria. These amphipathic glycolipids are comprised of two domains, a core oligosaccharide linked to a lipid A moiety. Isolated LOS samples are generally heterogeneous mixtures of glycoforms, with structural variability in both domains. Traditionally, the oligosaccharide and lipid A components of LOS have been analyzed separately following mild acid hydrolysis, although important acid-labile moieties can be cleaved. Recently, an improved method was introduced for analysis of intact LOS by MALDI-TOF MS using a thin layer matrix composed of 2,4,6-trihydroxyacetophenone (THAP) and nitrocellulose. In addition to molecular ions, the spectra show in-source "prompt" fragments arising from regiospecific cleavage between the lipid A and oligosaccharide domains. Here, we demonstrate the use of traveling wave ion mobility spectrometry (TWIMS) for IMS-MS and IMS-MS/MS analyses of intact LOS from Neisseria spp. ionized by MALDI. Using IMS, the singly charged prompt fragments for the oligosaccharide and lipid A domains of LOS were readily separated into resolved ion plumes, permitting the extraction of specific subspectra, which led to increased confidence in assigning compositions and improved detection of less abundant ions. Moreover, IMS separation of precursor ions prior to collision-induced dissociation (CID) generated time-aligned, clean MS/MS spectra devoid of fragments from interfering species. Incorporating IMS into the profiling of intact LOS by MALDI-TOF MS exploits the unique domain structure of the molecule and offers a new means of extracting more detailed information from the analysis.

  18. Structure of an Odorant-Vinding Protein form the Mosquito Aedes aegypti Suggests a Binding Pocket Covered by a pH-Sensitive

    N Leite; R Krogh; W Xu; Y Ishida; J Iulek; W Leal; G Oliva

    2011-12-31

    The yellow fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti, is the primary vector for the viruses that cause yellow fever, mostly in tropical regions of Africa and in parts of South America, and human dengue, which infects 100 million people yearly in the tropics and subtropics. A better understanding of the structural biology of olfactory proteins may pave the way for the development of environmentally-friendly mosquito attractants and repellents, which may ultimately contribute to reduction of mosquito biting and disease transmission. Previously, we isolated and cloned a major, female-enriched odorant-binding protein (OBP) from the yellow fever mosquito, AaegOBP1, which was later inadvertently renamed AaegOBP39. We prepared recombinant samples of AaegOBP1 by using an expression system that allows proper formation of disulfide bridges and generates functional OBPs, which are indistinguishable from native OBPs. We crystallized AaegOBP1 and determined its three-dimensional structure at 1.85 {angstrom} resolution by molecular replacement based on the structure of the malaria mosquito OBP, AgamOBP1, the only mosquito OBP structure known to date. The structure of AaegOBP1 (= AaegOBP39) shares the common fold of insect OBPs with six {alpha}-helices knitted by three disulfide bonds. A long molecule of polyethylene glycol (PEG) was built into the electron-density maps identified in a long tunnel formed by a crystallographic dimer of AaegOBP1. Circular dichroism analysis indicated that delipidated AaegOBP1 undergoes a pH-dependent conformational change, which may lead to release of odorant at low pH (as in the environment in the vicinity of odorant receptors). A C-terminal loop covers the binding cavity and this 'lid' may be opened by disruption of an array of acid-labile hydrogen bonds thus explaining reduced or no binding affinity at low pH.

  19. Development of phenylboronic acid-functionalized nanoparticles for emodin delivery

    Wang, Bo; Chen, Limin; Sun, Yingjuan; Zhu, Youliang; Sun, Zhaoyan; An, Tiezhu; Li, Yuhua; Lin, Yuan; Fan, Daping; Wang, Qian

    2015-01-01

    Stable and monodisperse phenylboronic acid-functionalized nanoparticles (PBA-NPs) were fabricated using 3-((acrylamido)methyl)phenylboronic acid homopolymer (PBAH) via solvent displacement technique. The effect of operating parameters, including stirring time, initial polymer concentration and the proportion of methanol on the self-assembly process were systematically investigated. The diameters of the PBA-NPs were increased as increasing the initial PBAH concentration and the proportion of methanol. Likewise, there was a linear dependence between the size of self-assembled nanoparticles and the polymer concentration. Moreover, the dissipative particle dynamics (DPD) simulation technique was used to investigate the mechanism of self-assembly behavior of PBAH, which indicated that the interior of PBA-NPs was hydrophobic and compact, and the boronic acid groups were displayed on both the outermost and interior of PBA-NPs. The resulting PBA-NPs could successfully encapsulate emodin through PBA-diol interaction and the encapsulation efficiency (EE%) and drug loading content (DLC%) of drug-loaded PBA-NPs were 78% and 2.1%, respectively. Owing to the acid-labile feature of the boronate linkage, a reduction in environmental pH from pH 7.4 to 5.0 could trigger the disassociation of the boronate ester bonds, which could accelerate the drug release from PBA-Emodin-NPs. Besides, PBA-Emodin-NPs showed a much higher cytotoxicity to HepG2 cells (cancer cells) than that to MC-3T3-E1 cells (normal cells). These results imply that PBA-NPs would be a promising scaffold for the delivery of polyphenolic drugs. PMID:25960874

  20. Modulation of macrophage Ia expression by lipopolysaccharide: Stem cell requirements, accessory lymphocyte involvement, and IA-inducing factor production

    The mechanism of induction of murine macrophage Ia expression by lipopolysaccharide (LPS) was studied. Intraperitoneal injection of 1 microgram of LPS resulted in a 3- to 10-fold increase in the number of IA-positive peritoneal macrophages (flow cytometry and immunofluorescence) and a 6-to 16-fold increase by radioimmunoassay. The isolated lipid A moiety of LPS was a potent inducer of macrophage Ia expression. Ia induction required a functional myelopoietic system as indicated by the finding that the response to LPS was eliminated in irradiated (900 rads) mice and reinstated by reconstitution with bone marrow cells. Comparison of LPS-induced Ia expression in normal and LPS-primed mice revealed a faster secondary response to LPS. The memory response could be adoptively transferred to normal mice with nonadherent spleen cells prepared 60 days after LPS injection. Spleen cells prepared 5 days after LPS injection caused Ia induction in LPS-nonresponder mice; such induction was not observed in irradiated (900 rads) recipients. The cell responsible for this phenomenon was identified as a Thy-1+, immunoglobulin-negative nonadherent cell. The biosynthesis and expression of Ia were not increased by direct exposure of macrophages to LPS in vitro. Small amounts of LPS inhibited Ia induction by gamma interferon. LPS showed positive regulatory effects on Ia expression by delaying the loss of Ia expression on cultured macrophages and by stimulating the production of Ia-inducing factors. Supernatants from cultured spleen cells stimulated with LPS in vitro contained antiviral and Ia-inducing activity that was acid labile, indicating that the active factor is gamma interferon. We conclude that induction of Ia expression by LPS in vivo is a bone-marrow-dependent, radiation-sensitive process which involves the stimulation of a gamma interferon-producing accessory lymphocyte and a delay in Ia turnover

  1. AS1411 aptamer and folic acid functionalized pH-responsive ATRP fabricated pPEGMA-PCL-pPEGMA polymeric nanoparticles for targeted drug delivery in cancer therapy.

    Lale, Shantanu V; R G, Aswathy; Aravind, Athulya; Kumar, D Sakthi; Koul, Veena

    2014-05-12

    Nonspecificity and cardiotoxicity are the primary limitations of current doxorubicin chemotherapy. To minimize side effects and to enhance bioavailability of doxorubicin to cancer cells, a dual-targeted pH-sensitive biocompatible polymeric nanosystem was designed and developed. An ATRP-based biodegradable triblock copolymer, poly(poly(ethylene glycol) methacrylate)-poly(caprolactone)-poly(poly(ethylene glycol) methacrylate) (pPEGMA-PCL-pPEGMA), conjugated with doxorubicin via an acid-labile hydrazone bond was synthesized and characterized. Dual targeting was achieved by attaching folic acid and the AS1411 aptamer through EDC-NHS coupling. Nanoparticles of the functionalized triblock copolymer were prepared using the nanoprecipitation method, resulting in an average particle size of ∼140 nm. The biocompatibility of the nanoparticles was evaluated using MTT cytotoxicity assays, blood compatibility studies, and protein adsorption studies. In vitro drug release studies showed a higher cumulative doxorubicin release at pH 5.0 (∼70%) compared to pH 7.4 (∼25%) owing to the presence of the acid-sensitive hydrazone linkage. Dual targeting with folate and the AS1411 aptamer increased the cancer-targeting efficiency of the nanoparticles, resulting in enhanced cellular uptake (10- and 100-fold increase in uptake compared to single-targeted NPs and non-targeted NPs, respectively) and a higher payload of doxorubicin in epithelial cancer cell lines (MCF-7 and PANC-1), with subsequent higher apoptosis, whereas a normal (noncancerous) cell line (L929) was spared from the adverse effects of doxorubicin. The results indicate that the dual-targeted pH-sensitive biocompatible polymeric nanosystem can act as a potential drug delivery vehicle against various epithelial cancers such as those of the breast, ovary, pancreas, lung, and others. PMID:24689987

  2. The effect of thermal processing on the behaviour of peanut allergen peptide targets used in multiple reaction monitoring mass spectrometry experiments.

    Sayers, R L; Johnson, P E; Marsh, J T; Barran, P; Brown, H; Mills, E N C

    2016-06-20

    Mass spectrometry-based methods offer an alternative means of determining allergens in foods. Whilst targeted methods are likely to offer the most robust approach for detection and quantification, little is known about how food processing may affect the behaviour of peptide targets. A systematic study has been undertaken to investigate the effects of thermal processing (boiling, roasting, frying) on the behaviour of a suite of peanut peptide targets representing the major clinically-relevant allergens. Initially the effect of thermal processing on protein extractability was investigated and a mass spectrometry-compatible buffer identified comprising 50 mM Tris-HCl, pH 8.8 containing 50 mM dithiothreitol and 0.04% (w/v) acid labile detergent which was able to extract 45-100% of protein from raw, boiled, roasted and fried peanuts using sonication at 60 °C. Eight peptide targets were identified including two peptides from each cupin allergen, Ara h1 and Ara h3 and four peptides from the prolamin superfamily allergens Ara h2, 6 and 7. AQUA peptide standards were synthesised and used to undertake multiple-reaction monitoring experiments, giving assay sensitivities of 0.1-30 amoles of peptide on-column (3 : 1 signal : noise), calculated limits of quantification between 96-1343 amoles of peptide on-column and a linear dynamic range of 4-5 orders of magnitude. Absolute quantification of individual peanut allergens in thermally processed samples showed that peptide targets in the cupin allergens were more prone to processing-induced effects than those from Ara h2, 6 and 7. Targets flanked by arginine residues showed greater thermostability. Identification of processing-stable targets, coupled with more efficient extraction procedures and a wide dynamic range, shows that targeted mass spectrometry methods have great potential as an additional method for quantifying peanut allergens in complex food matrices. PMID:27113917

  3. Polyglycerol-coated nanodiamond as a macrophage-evading platform for selective drug delivery in cancer cells.

    Zhao, Li; Xu, Yong-Hong; Akasaka, Tsukasa; Abe, Shigeaki; Komatsu, Naoki; Watari, Fumio; Chen, Xiao

    2014-07-01

    A successful targeted drug delivery device for cancer chemotherapy should ideally be able to avoid non-specific uptake by nonmalignant cells, particularly the scavenging monocyte-macrophage system as well as targeting efficacy to bring the drug preferentially into tumor cells. To this purpose, we developed a platform based on detonation nanodiamond (dND) with hyperbranched polyglycerol (PG) coating (dND-PG). dND-PG was first demonstrated to evade non-specific cell uptake, particularly by macrophages (U937). RGD targeting peptide was then conjugated to dND-PG through multistep organic transformations to yield dND-PG-RGD that still evaded macrophage uptake but was preferentially taken up by targeted A549 cancer cells (expressing RGD peptide receptors). dND-PG and dND-PG-RGD showed good aqueous solubility and cytocompatibitlity. Subsequently, the anticancer agent doxorubicin (DOX) was loaded through acid-labile hydrazone linkage to yield dND-PG-DOX and dND-PG-RGD-DOX. Their cellular uptake and cytotoxicity were compared against DOX in A549 cells and U937 macrophages. It was found that dND-PG-DOX uptake was substantially reduced, displaying little toxicity in either type of cells by virtue of PG coating, whereas dND-PG-RGD-DOX exerted selective toxicity to A549 cells over U937 macrophages that are otherwise highly sensitive to DOX. Finally, dND-PG was demonstrated to have little influence on U937 macrophage cell functions, except for a slight increase of TNF-α production in resting U937 macrophages. dND-PG is a promising drug carrier for realization of highly selective drug delivery in tumor cells through specific uptake mechanisms, with minimum uptake in and influence on macrophages. PMID:24720879

  4. Transcellular metabolism of neutrophil-derived leukotriene A4 by human platelets. A potential cellular source of leukotriene C4

    Transformation of leukotriene (LT) A4 into leukotriene C4 has been found to be carried out by human platelets in a rather efficient manner. LTC4 was characterized by a combination of high performance liquid chromatography, UV spectrophotometry, use of labeled precursor, guinea pig ileum bioassay, and enzyme immunoassay. LTA4 metabolism was found to be substrate-dependent, time-dependent, and proportional to platelet concentration even at sub- or supraphysiological levels (0.0019-1 X 10(9) platelets/ml). Neither plasma alone nor the supernatant of resting or activated platelets was found to catalyze the production of LTC4 in the presence or in the absence of reduced glutathione. These data suggest that platelets contain a glutathione S-transferase specific for LTC4 biosynthesis. The formation of LTC4 was greatly enhanced when LTA4 was incubated with platelets in the presence of albumin. Low concentrations of albumin (2-4 g/liter) stabilized LTA4 to an extent that conversion into LTC4 by the platelets could be detected after 1 h of incubation. The possible intercellular transfer of LTA4 between neutrophils and platelets was tested. The production of LTC4 by neutrophils was greatly enhanced in the presence of platelets. Furthermore, the supernatant of neutrophils stimulated with the calcium ionophore contained a short-lived acid-labile substance which was converted by the platelets into LTC4. When platelets were prelabeled with [35S]cysteine to allow intracellular synthesis of [35S]glutathione, the coincubation of both cell types challenged with the calcium ionophore resulted in the production of [35S] LTC4

  5. Study of the Lactobacillus rhamnosus Lcr35® properties after compression and proposition of a model to predict tablet stability.

    Muller, Claudia; Mazel, Vincent; Dausset, Caroline; Busignies, Virginie; Bornes, Stéphanie; Nivoliez, Adrien; Tchoreloff, Pierre

    2014-11-01

    The beneficial effects of probiotic bacteria on human health are now widely acknowledged, and this has prompted growing interest in research and development in the pharmaceutical field. However, to be viable when they reach their target, the bacteria must be able to survive during the manufacturing process and the biological pathway. Tablet form best meets the requirements for protecting acid labile drugs, but the tableting process could be an additional stress for the bacteria. This study evaluated the initial effect of compression pressure on the Lcr35® strain in a vaginal (Lcr regenerans®) and an intestinal (Lcr restituo®) formulation. A stability study was also performed on the tablets and revealed a beneficial effect of this form. The obtained destruction rates (k) demonstrated that the bacterial stability was greater in tablets than in powders (kpowders>ktablets). A new mathematical model was developed combining compression and temperature parameters to predict the bacterial viability at any pressure and time. Moreover, the genetic profile of Lcr35® (Rep-PCR, microarrays), its resistance to acidity and its ability to inhibit Candidaalbicans growth, after compression, were determined to evaluate the target product profile (TPP) in a Quality by Design (QbD) approach. The Rep-PCR analysis validated the strain identity and the microarrays demonstrated the genetic stability of Lcr35® strain after compaction. Additionally, ability to inhibit the C. albicans growth was maintained and the resistance to gastric conditions of Lcr35® was even improved by tableting. As a dosage form, tablets containing probiotic can guarantee that an adequate amount of bacteria reaches the therapeutic target (intestinal or vaginal) and that the product remains stable until the time of consumption. PMID:25128853

  6. The environmental behavior and chemical fate of energetic compounds (TNT, RDX, tetryl) in soil and plant systems

    Cataldo, D.A.; Harvey, S.D.; Fellows, R.J.

    1993-06-01

    Munitions materials can accumulate or cycle in terrestrial environs at production and manufacturing facilities and thus pose potential heath and environmental concerns. To address questions related to food chain accumulation, the environmental behavior of energetic compounds (2,4,6-trinitrotoluene,TNT; hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5-triazine, RDX; 2,4,6-trinitrophenylmethylnitramine, tetryl) was evaluated. Emphasis was placed on determining the potential for soil/plant transfer of munitions residues, translocation and distribution within the plant, the extent to which compounds were metabolized following accumulation, and the chemical nature and form of accumulated residues. Both TNT and tetryl undergo extensive chemical transformation in soil, forming aminodinitrotoluene isomers and N-methyl-2,4,6-trinitroaniline residues, respectively, along with a series of unknowns. After 60 days, only 30% of the amended TNT and 8% of the amended tetryl remained unchanged in the soil. In contrast, 78% of the soil-amended RDX remained unchanged after 60 days. After 60 days, plants grown in soils containing 10 ppm residues contained from 5 {mu}g TNT/g to 600 {mu}g RDX/G fresh wt. tissue. TNT and tetryl residues were primarily accumulated in roots (75%), while RDX was concentrated in leaves and seed. The principal transport form for TNT (root to shoot) was an acid labile conjugate of aminodinitrotoluene; RDX was transported unchanged. On accumulation in roots and leaves, highly polar and non-extractable TNT metabolites dominated, with the aminodinitrotoluene isomers accounting for less than 20% of the residues present. Only a few percent were present as the parent TNT. RDX was partitioned similarly to TNT, with 8 to 30% of the RDX appearing as polar metabolites, 20--50% as parent RDX, and the balance as non-extractable residues. Tetryl was metabolized to N-methyl-2,4,6-trinitroaniline and a variety of polar metabolites.

  7. The environmental behavior and chemical fate of energetic compounds (TNT, RDX, tetryl) in soil and plant systems

    Munitions materials can accumulate or cycle in terrestrial environs at production and manufacturing facilities and thus pose potential heath and environmental concerns. To address questions related to food chain accumulation, the environmental behavior of energetic compounds (2,4,6-trinitrotoluene,TNT; hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5-triazine, RDX; 2,4,6-trinitrophenylmethylnitramine, tetryl) was evaluated. Emphasis was placed on determining the potential for soil/plant transfer of munitions residues, translocation and distribution within the plant, the extent to which compounds were metabolized following accumulation, and the chemical nature and form of accumulated residues. Both TNT and tetryl undergo extensive chemical transformation in soil, forming aminodinitrotoluene isomers and N-methyl-2,4,6-trinitroaniline residues, respectively, along with a series of unknowns. After 60 days, only 30% of the amended TNT and 8% of the amended tetryl remained unchanged in the soil. In contrast, 78% of the soil-amended RDX remained unchanged after 60 days. After 60 days, plants grown in soils containing 10 ppm residues contained from 5 μg TNT/g to 600 μg RDX/G fresh wt. tissue. TNT and tetryl residues were primarily accumulated in roots (75%), while RDX was concentrated in leaves and seed. The principal transport form for TNT (root to shoot) was an acid labile conjugate of aminodinitrotoluene; RDX was transported unchanged. On accumulation in roots and leaves, highly polar and non-extractable TNT metabolites dominated, with the aminodinitrotoluene isomers accounting for less than 20% of the residues present. Only a few percent were present as the parent TNT. RDX was partitioned similarly to TNT, with 8 to 30% of the RDX appearing as polar metabolites, 20--50% as parent RDX, and the balance as non-extractable residues. Tetryl was metabolized to N-methyl-2,4,6-trinitroaniline and a variety of polar metabolites

  8. Sunflower metallothionein family characterisation. Study of the Zn(II)- and Cd(II)-binding abilities of the HaMT1 and HaMT2 isoforms.

    Tomas, M; Pagani, M A; Andreo, C S; Capdevila, M; Atrian, S; Bofill, R

    2015-07-01

    Plant metallothioneins (MTs) constitute a family of small Cys-rich proteins capable of coordinating metal ions, significantly differing from microbial and animal MTs. They are divided into four subfamilies depending on the Cys pattern in their sequence. In this work, the MT system of the sunflower plant (Helianthus annuus) has been defined, with ten genes coding for MTs (HaMT) belonging to the four plant MT subfamilies; three HaMT1, four HaMT2, one HaMT3 and two HaMT4 isoforms. The gene expression pattern and capacity to confer metal resistance to yeast cells have been analysed for at least one member of each subfamily. The divalent metal ion-binding abilities of HaMT1-2 and HaMT2-1 (the isoforms encoded by the most abundantly expressed HaMT1 and HaMT2 isogenes) have been characterised, as HaMT3 and HaMT4 were previously studied. Those isoforms constitute an optimum material to study the effect of Cys number variability on their coordination abilities, as they exhibit additional Cys residues regarding the canonical Cys pattern of each subfamily. Our results show that the variation in the number of Cys does not drastically modify their M(II)-binding abilities, but instead modulates the degree of heterogeneity of the corresponding recombinant syntheses. Significantly, the Zn(II)-HaMT1 complexes were highly susceptible to proteolytic cleavage. The recombinant Cd-MT preparations of both isoforms exhibit significant acid-labile sulphide content-Cd6S8 or Cd7S7 species. Overall results suggest that HaMT2-1 is probably associated with Cd(II) detoxification, in contrast to HaMT1-2, which may be more related to physiological functions, such as metal ion transport and delivery. PMID:25770010

  9. cvhA Gene of Streptomyces hygroscopicus 10-22 Encodes a Negative Regulator for Mycelia Development

    Heng-An WANG; Lei QIN; Ping LU; Zhi-Xuan PANG; Zi-Xin DENG; Guo-Ping ZHAO

    2006-01-01

    A five-gene cluster cvhABCDE was identified from Streptomyces hygroscopicus 10-22. As the first gene of this cluster, cvhA encoded a putative sensor histidine kinase with a predicted sensor domain consisting of two trans-membrane segments at the N-terminus and a conserved HATPase_c domain at the Cterminus. The C-terminus polypeptide of CvhA expressed in Escherichia coli was purified and shown to be autophosphorylated with [γ-32p]ATP in vitro. The phosphoryl group was acid-labile and basic-stable, which supported histidine as the phosphorylation residue. No obvious difference of mycelia development was observed between the null mutant of cvhA generated by targeted gene replacement and the wild-type parental strain 10-22 grown on solid soya flour medium with 2%-8% glucose or sucrose, but the cvhA mutant could form much more abundant aerial mycelia and spores than the wild-type strain on solid soya flour medium supplemented with 6%-8% mannitol, 6%-8% sorbitol, 4%-6% mannose, or 4%-6% fructose. This phenotype was complemented by the cloned wild-type cvhA gene, and no difference was observed for growth curves of the cvhA mutant and the wild strain in liquid minimal medium with the tested sugars at a concentration of 4%, 6% and 8%. We thus propose that CvhA is likely a sensor histidine kinase and negatively regulates the morphological differentiation in a sugar-dependent manner in S. hygroscopicus 10-22.

  10. Type I and III IFNs Produced by Plasmacytoid Dendritic Cells in Response to a Member of the Flaviviridae Suppress Cellular Immune Responses.

    Reid, Elizabeth; Juleff, Nicholas; Windsor, Miriam; Gubbins, Simon; Roberts, Lisa; Morgan, Sophie; Meyers, Gregor; Perez-Martin, Eva; Tchilian, Elma; Charleston, Bryan; Seago, Julian

    2016-05-15

    The pestivirus noncytopathic bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV) can suppress IFN production in the majority of cell types in vitro. However, IFN is detectable in serum during acute infection in vivo for ∼5-7 d, which correlates with a period of leucopoenia and immunosuppression. In this study, we demonstrate that a highly enriched population of bovine plasmacytoid dendritic cells (DCs) produced IFN in response to BVDV in vitro. We further show that the majority of the IFN produced in response to infection both in vitro and in vivo is type III IFN and acid labile. Further, we show IL-28B (IFN-λ3) mRNA is induced in this cell population in vitro. Supernatant from plasmacytoid DCs harvested postinfection with BVDV or recombinant bovine IFN-α or human IL-28B significantly reduced CD4(+) T cell proliferation induced by tubercle bacillus Ag 85-stimulated monocyte-derived DCs. Furthermore, these IFNs induced IFN-stimulated gene expression predominantly in monocyte-derived DCs. IFN-treated immature DCs derived from murine bone marrow also had a reduced capacity to stimulate T cell proliferative responses to tubercle bacillus Ag 85. Immature DCs derived from either source had a reduced capacity for Ag uptake following IFN treatment that is dose dependent. Immunosuppression is a feature of a number of pestivirus infections; our studies suggest type III IFN production plays a key role in the pathogenesis of this family of viruses. Overall, in a natural host, we have demonstrated a link between the induction of type I and III IFN after acute viral infection and transient immunosuppression. PMID:27053760

  11. Cloning, expression, and purification of a recombinant Tat-HA-NR2B9c peptide.

    Zhou, Hai-Hui; Zhang, Ai-Xia; Zhang, Yu; Zhu, Dong-Ya

    2012-10-01

    To design a peptide disrupting the interaction between N-methyl-d-aspartate receptors-2B (NR2B) and postsynaptic density protein-95 (PSD-95), a gene fragment encoding a chimeric peptide was constructed using polymerase chain reaction and ligated into a novel expression vector for recombinant expression in a T7 RNA polymerase-based expression system. The chimeric peptide contained a fragment of the cell membrane transduction domain of the human immunodeficiency virus type1 (HIV-1) Tat, a influenza virus hemagglutinin (HA) epitope-tag, and the C-terminal 9 amino acids of NR2B (NR2B9c). We named the chimeric peptide Tat-HA-NR2B9c. The expression plasmid contained a gene fragment encoding the Tat-HA-NR2B9c was ligated to the C-terminal fragment of l-asparaginase (AnsB-C) via a unique acid labile Asp-Pro linker. The recombinant fusion protein was expressed in inclusion body in Escherichia coli under isopropyl β-d-1-thiogalactopyranoside (IPTG) and purified by washing with 2M urea, solubilizing in 4M urea, and then ethanol precipitation. The target chimeric peptide Tat-HA-NR2B9c was released from the fusion partner following acid hydrolysis and purified by isoelectric point precipitation and ultrafiltration. SDS-PAGE analysis and MALDI-TOF-MS analysis showed that the purified Tat-HA-NR2B9c was highly homogeneous. Furthermore, we investigated the effects of Tat-HA-NR2B9c on ischemia-induced cerebral injury in the rats subjected to middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) and reperfusion, and found that the peptide reduced infarct size and improved neurological functions. PMID:22944204

  12. Biological evaluation of protein nanocapsules containing doxorubicin

    Toita R

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available Riki Toita,1,2 Masaharu Murata,1–3 Kana Abe,3 Sayoko Narahara,1 Jing Shu Piao,2 Jeong-Hun Kang,4 Kenoki Ohuchida,2,5 Makoto Hashizume1–31Innovation Center for Medical Redox Navigation, Kyushu University, 2Department of Advanced Medical Initiatives, Kyushu University, 3Center for Advanced Medical Innovation, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, 4Department of Biomedical Engineering, National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center Research Institutes, Suita, 5Department of Surgery and Oncology, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, JapanAbstract: This study describes the applications of a naturally occurring small heat shock protein (Hsp that forms a cage-like structure to act as a drug carrier. Mutant Hsp cages (HspG41C were expressed in Escherichia coli by substituting glycine 41 located inside the cage with a cysteine residue to allow conjugation with a fluorophore or a drug. The HspG41C cages were taken up by various cancer cell lines, mainly through clathrin-mediated endocytosis. The cages were detected in acidic organelles (endosomes/lysosomes for at least 48 hours, but none were detected in the mitochondria or nuclei. To generate HspG41C cages carrying doxorubicin (DOX, an anticancer agent, the HspG41C cages and DOX were conjugated using acid-labile hydrazone linkers. The release of DOX from HspG41C cages was accelerated at pH 5.0, but was negligible at pH 7.2. The cytotoxic effects of HspG41C–DOX against Suit-2 and HepG2 cells were slightly weaker than those of free DOX, but the effects were almost identical in Huh-7 cells. Considering the relatively low release of DOX from HspG41C–DOX, HspG41C–DOX exhibited comparable activity towards HepG2 and Suit-2 cells and slightly stronger cytotoxicity towards Huh-7 cells than free DOX. Hsp cages offer good biocompatibility, are easy to prepare, and are easy to modify; these properties facilitate their use as nanoplatforms in drug delivery systems and in other biomedical applications.Keywords: anticancer

  13. An alternative and expedient synthesis of radioiodinated 4-iodophenylalanine

    Radiolabeled amino acids have been used extensively in oncology both as diagnostic and therapeutic agents. In our pursuit to develop radiopharmaceuticals to target breast cancer, we were interested in determining the uptake of radioiodinated 4-iodophenylalanine, among other labeled amino acids, in breast cancer cells. In this work, we have developed an alternative method for the synthesis of this agent. The novel tin precursor, (S)-tert-butyl 2-(tert-butoxycarbonylamino)-3-(4-(tributylstannyl)phenyl)propanoate (3) was synthesized from the known, corresponding iodo derivative. Initially, the labeled 4-iodophenylalanine was synthesized from the above tin precursor in two steps with radiochemical yields of 91.6±2.7% and 83.7±1.7% (n=5), for the radioiodination (first) and deprotection (second) step, respectively. Subsequently, it was synthesized in a single step with an average radiochemical yield of 94.8±3.4% (n=5). After incubation with MCF-7 breast cancer cells for 60 min, an uptake of up to 49.0±0.7% of the input dose was seen; in comparison, the uptake of [14C]phenylalanine under the same conditions was 55.9±0.5%. Furthermore, the uptake of both tracers was inhibited to a similar degree in a concentration-dependent manner by both unlabeled phenylalanine and 4-iodophenylalanine. With [14C]phenylalanine as the tracer, IC50 values of 1.45 and 2.50 mM were obtained for Phe and I-Phe, respectively, and these values for [125I]I-Phe inhibition were 1.3 and 1.0 mM. In conclusion, an improved and convenient method for the synthesis of no-carrier-added 4-[*I]phenylalanine was developed and the radiotracer prepared by this route demonstrated an amino acid transporter-mediated uptake in MCF-7 breast cancer cells in vitro that was comparable to that of [14C]phenylalanine. - Highlights: → A new method to synthesize radioiodinated 4-iodophenylalanine. → Acid-labile protecting groups containing tin precursor. → Efficient removal of both protecting groups in a single

  14. 差别性释放两种药物的层层组装聚合物膜%Layer-by-layer Assembled Polymeric Films for Differential Release of Dual Drugs

    陈栋栋; 陈杰; 田华雨; 陈学思; 孙俊奇

    2015-01-01

    基于层层组装技术制备了能够差别性释放2种药物的聚合物复合膜.通过大分子前体药物透明质酸-阿霉素( HA-DOX)与壳聚糖( HACC)的层层组装以及膜内后扩散负载甲氨喋呤二钠盐( MTX)的方法,实现了DOX和MTX 2种药物分子在聚合物膜中的负载. DOX和MTX在癌变组织的酸性环境下具有差别性的释放动力学, MTX在24 h内快速释放,而DOX长效缓释达10 d.细胞实验结果表明,差别性释放的DOX和MTX可有效地抑制癌细胞的增殖.%Layer-by-layer( LbL)-assembled polymeric films capable of differentially releasing dual anticancer drugs to achieve synergetic therapeutic effects were fabricated. Doxorubicin ( DOX ) was first conjugated to hyaluronic sodium( HA) via acid labile hydrazone bonds to produce HA-DOX prodrugs. Then HA-DOX was alternately deposited with 2-hydroxypropyltrimethyl ammonium chloride chitosan( HACC) to produce ( HACC/HA-DOX) n ( n is the number of deposition cycle ) film. Methotrexate ( MTX ) was then loaded into ( HACC/HA-DOX) 20 film by a post-diffusion process. MTX was quickly released due to the breakage of its electrostatic interaction with film component HACC. Meanwhile, DOX was released in a sustained manner because of the slow hydrolysis of hydrazine bonds. The synergetic therapeutic effects can be achieved by fast release of cell cycle specific drug MTX to effectively inhibit the proliferation of cancer cells and by sustained release of cell cycle non-specific drug DOX to kill cancer cells. The present study provides a new way for designing polymeric films for controlled release of multiple therapeutic agents.

  15. Doxorubicin-loaded aromatic imine-contained amphiphilic branched star polymer micelles: synthesis, self-assembly, and drug delivery

    Qiu L

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Liang Qiu, Chun-Yan Hong, Cai-Yuan Pan Chinese Academy of Sciences Key Laboratory of Soft Matter Chemistry, Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui, People’s Republic of China Abstract: Redox- and pH-sensitive branched star polymers (BSPs, BP(DMAEMA-co-MAEBA-co-DTDMA(PMAIGPns, have been successively prepared by two steps of reversible addition–fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT polymerization. The first step is RAFT polymerization of 2-(N,N-dimethylaminoethylmethacrylate (DMAEMA and p-(methacryloxyethoxybenzaldehyde (MAEBA in the presence of divinyl monomer, 2,2'-dithiodiethoxyl dimethacrylate (DTDMA. The resultant branched polymers were used as a macro-RAFT agent in the subsequent RAFT polymerization. After hydrolysis of the BSPs to form BP(DMAEMA-co-MAEBA-co-DTDMA(PMAGPns (BSP-H, the anticancer drug doxorubicin (DOX was covalently linked to branched polymer chains by reaction of primary amine of DOX and aldehyde groups in the polymer chains. Their compositions, structures, molecular weights, and molecular weight distributions were respectively characterized by nuclear magnetic resonance spectra and gel permeation chromatography measurements. The DOX-loaded micelles were fabricated by self-assembly of DOX-containing BSPs in water, which were characterized by transmission electron microscopy and dynamic light scattering. Aromatic imine linkage is stable in neutral water, but is acid-labile; controlled release of DOX from the BSP-H-DOX micelles was realized at pH values of 5 and 6, and at higher acidic solution, fast release of DOX was observed. In vitro cytotoxicity experiment results revealed low cytotoxicity of the BSPs and release of DOX from micelles in HepG2 and HeLa cells. Confocal laser fluorescence microscopy observations showed that DOX-loaded micelles have specific interaction with HepG2 cells. Thus, this type of BSP micelle is an efficient drug delivery system

  16. An alternative and expedient synthesis of radioiodinated 4-iodophenylalanine

    Vaidyanathan, Ganesan, E-mail: ganesan.v@duke.edu [Department of Radiology, Box 3808, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC 27710 (United States); McDougald, Darryl; Grasfeder, Linda; Zalutsky, Michael R.; Chin, Bennett [Department of Radiology, Box 3808, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC 27710 (United States)

    2011-10-15

    Radiolabeled amino acids have been used extensively in oncology both as diagnostic and therapeutic agents. In our pursuit to develop radiopharmaceuticals to target breast cancer, we were interested in determining the uptake of radioiodinated 4-iodophenylalanine, among other labeled amino acids, in breast cancer cells. In this work, we have developed an alternative method for the synthesis of this agent. The novel tin precursor, (S)-tert-butyl 2-(tert-butoxycarbonylamino)-3-(4-(tributylstannyl)phenyl)propanoate (3) was synthesized from the known, corresponding iodo derivative. Initially, the labeled 4-iodophenylalanine was synthesized from the above tin precursor in two steps with radiochemical yields of 91.6{+-}2.7% and 83.7{+-}1.7% (n=5), for the radioiodination (first) and deprotection (second) step, respectively. Subsequently, it was synthesized in a single step with an average radiochemical yield of 94.8{+-}3.4% (n=5). After incubation with MCF-7 breast cancer cells for 60 min, an uptake of up to 49.0{+-}0.7% of the input dose was seen; in comparison, the uptake of [{sup 14}C]phenylalanine under the same conditions was 55.9{+-}0.5%. Furthermore, the uptake of both tracers was inhibited to a similar degree in a concentration-dependent manner by both unlabeled phenylalanine and 4-iodophenylalanine. With [{sup 14}C]phenylalanine as the tracer, IC{sub 50} values of 1.45 and 2.50 mM were obtained for Phe and I-Phe, respectively, and these values for [{sup 125}I]I-Phe inhibition were 1.3 and 1.0 mM. In conclusion, an improved and convenient method for the synthesis of no-carrier-added 4-[{sup *}I]phenylalanine was developed and the radiotracer prepared by this route demonstrated an amino acid transporter-mediated uptake in MCF-7 breast cancer cells in vitro that was comparable to that of [{sup 14}C]phenylalanine. - Highlights: > A new method to synthesize radioiodinated 4-iodophenylalanine. > Acid-labile protecting groups containing tin precursor. > Efficient removal

  17. Engineering novel targeted nanoparticle formulations to increase the therapeutic efficacy of conventional chemotherapeutics against multiple myeloma

    Ashley, Jonathan D.

    Multiple myeloma (MM) is a hematological malignancy which results from the uncontrolled clonal expansion of plasma cells within the body. Despite recent medical advances, this disease remains largely incurable, with a median survival of ˜7 years, owing to the development of drug resistance. This dissertation will explore new advances in nanotechnology that will combine the cytotoxic effects of small molecule chemotherapeutics with the tumor targeting capabilities of nanoparticles to create novel nanoparticle formulations that exhibit enhanced therapeutic indices in the treatment of MM. First, doxorubicin was surfaced conjugated onto micellar nanoparticles via an acid labile hydrazone bond to increase the drug accumulation at the tumor. The cell surface receptor Very Late Antigen-4 (VLA-4; alpha4beta1) is expressed on cancers of hematopoietic origin and plays a vital role in the cell adhesion mediated drug resistance (CAM-DR) in MM. Therefore, VLA-4 antagonist peptides were conjugated onto the nanoparticles via a multifaceted procedure to actively target MM cells and simultaneously inhibit CAM-DR. The micellar doxorubicin nanoparticles were able to overcome CAM-DR and demonstrated improved therapeutic index relative to free doxorubicin. In addition to doxorubicin, other classes of therapeutic agents, such as proteasome inhibitors, can be incorporated in nanoparticles for improved therapeutic outcomes. Utilizing boronic acid chemistry, bortezomib prodrugs were synthesized using a reversible boronic ester bond and then incorporated into liposomes. The different boronic ester bonds that could be potentially used in the synthesis of bortezomib prodrugs were screened based on stability using isobutylboronic acid. The liposomal bortezomib nanoparticles demonstrated significant proteasome inhibition and cytotoxicity in MM cells in vitro, and dramatically reduced the non-specific toxicities associated with free bortezomib while maintaining significant tumor growth

  18. Formulation of Acid-Sensitive Micelles for Delivery of Cabazitaxel into Prostate Cancer Cells.

    Aydin, Omer; Youssef, Ibrahim; Yuksel Durmaz, Yasemin; Tiruchinapally, Gopinath; ElSayed, Mohamed E H

    2016-04-01

    We report the synthesis of an amphiphilic triblock copolymer composed of a hydrophilic poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) block, a central poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) block, and a hydrophobic poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) block using atom transfer radical polymerization technique. We examined the self-assembly of PEG-b-PAA-b-PMMA copolymers in aqueous solutions forming nanosized micelles and their ability to encapsulate hydrophobic guest molecules such as Nile Red (NR) dye and cabazitaxel (CTX, an anticancer drug). We used 2,2β'-(propane-2,2-diylbis(oxy))-diethanamine to react with the carboxylic acid groups of the central PAA block forming acid-labile, shell cross-linked micelles (SCLM). We investigated the loading efficiency and release of different guest molecules from non-cross-linked micelles (NSCLM) and shell cross-linked micelles (SCLM) prepared by reacting 50% (SCLM-50) and 100% (SCLM-100) of the carboxylic acid groups in the PAA in physiologic (pH 7.4) and acidic (pH 5.0) buffer solutions as a function of time. We examined the uptake of NR-loaded NSCLM, SCLM-50, and SCLM-100 micelles into PC-3 and C4-2B prostate cancer cells and the effect of different micelle compositions on membrane fluidity of both cell lines. We also investigated the effect of CTX-loaded NSCLM, SCLM-50, and SCLM-100 micelles on the viability of PC-3 and C4-2B cancer cells compared to free CTX as a function of drug concentration. Results show that PEG-b-PAA-b-PMMA polymers form micelles at concentrations ≥11 μg/mL with an average size of 40-50 nm. CTX was encapsulated in PEG-b-PAA-b-PMMA micelles with 55% loading efficiency in NSCLM. In vitro release studies showed that 30% and 85% of the loaded CTX was released from SCLM-50 micelles in physiologic (pH 7.4) and acidic (pH 5.0) buffer solutions over 30 h, confirming micelles' sensitivity to solution pH. Results show uptake of NSCLM and SCLM into prostate cancer cells delivering their chemotherapeutic cargo, which triggered efficient cancer

  19. Regulation of the insulin-like growth factor system by insulin in burn patients.

    Lang, C H; Fan, J; Frost, R A; Gelato, M C; Sakurai, Y; Herndon, D N; Wolfe, R R

    1996-07-01

    The aim of the present investigation was to determine whether there is a net uptake of insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I) or IGF-binding proteins (IGFBPs) by the leg after burn injury and to elucidate the regulatory role of insulin exerted on this system under in vivo conditions in burn patients. Studies were performed on nine patients after burn injury (approximately 60% body surface area). Each patient was studied twice during a continuous infusion of a carbohydrate-rich enteral diet. Blood was collected simultaneously from the femoral artery and vein for the measurement of various elements of the IGF system after 7 days of enteral diet alone (basal period) and after 7 days of the enteral diet plus the infusion of insulin (insulin period). Data from these patients were compared to values in age-matched fed healthy volunteers. During the basal period, burn patients demonstrated a significant reduction in the venous concentration of IGF-I and an increase in both IGFBP-1 and -2 compared to control values. Insulin produced a significant 15% increase in the IGF-I concentration in burn patients, but decreased the circulating levels of IGFBP-1 by 50%. The IGF-I and IGFBP-1 concentrations at the end of the insulin period were still significantly different from those in control subjects. Burn patients also exhibited a marked reduction in intact IGFBP-3 and the acid-labile subunit under basal conditions, and these alterations were not reversed by insulin. Under basal conditions, all burn patients had a positive arterio-venous (A-V) difference for IGF-I across the leg. The A-V difference was increased 50% in response to insulin. The net uptake of IGF-I by the leg was 2.4 micrograms/min under basal conditions, and as leg blood flow also tended to increase in response to insulin, IGF-I uptake was elevated more than 3-fold during the insulin period. No A-V difference across the leg was detected for IGFBP-1, -2, or -3 in burn patients. In conclusion, burn injury in humans

  20. Proton pump inhibitor-associated pneumonia: Not a breath of fresh air after all?

    Alexander L Fohl

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Over the past two decades, proton pump inhibitors (PPIs have emerged as highly effective and relatively safe agents for the treatment of a variety of gastrointestinal disorders. Unfortunately, this desirable pharmacological profile has also contributed to superfluous and widespread use in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. While generally well-tolerated, research published over the last decade has associated these agents with increased risks of Clostridium difficile disease, fractures likely due to calcium malabsorption and both community-acquired (CAP and hospital-acquired pneumonias (HAP. The mechanism behind PPI-associated pneumonia may be multifactorial but is thought to stem from compromising the stomach’s “acid mantle” against gastric colonization of acid-labile pathogenic bacteria which then may be aspirated. A secondary postulate is that PPIs, through their inhibition of extra-gastric H+/K+-ATPase enzymes, may reduce the acidity of the upper aerodigestive tract, thus resulting in increased bacterial colonization of the larynx, esophagus and lungs. To date, several retrospective case control studies have been published looking at the association between PPI use and CAP. Some studies found a temporal relationship between PPI exposure and the incidence of pneumonia but only two could define a dose-response relationship. Furthermore, other studies found an inverse correlation between duration of PPI use and risk of CAP. In terms of HAP, we reviewed two retrospective cohort studies and one prospective study. One retrospective study in a medical ICU found no increased association of HAP in PPI-exposed patients compared to no acid-lowering therapy, while the other in cardiothoracic surgery patients showed a markedly increased risk compared to those receiving H2RAs. The one prospective study in ICU patients showed an increased risk of HAP with PPIs but not with H2RAs. In conclusion, the current literature shows a slight trend

  1. 重组人源胰岛素原C肽在大肠杆菌中的克隆、表达与纯化%Cloning,expression and purification of recombinant human proinsulin C-peptide in E.coli

    王学军; 顾凯; 曹荣月; 林洁; 吴洁; 刘景晶

    2006-01-01

    目的:构建一种新型表达载体(pEDCC),表达并纯化得到人源胰岛素原C肽.方法:将编码截短的门冬酰胺酶突变体(ansB-C),天然C肽,人IgG1铰链区(hinge),额外的酸敏感二肽(DP)以及富含碱性氨基酸的8肽(KRKRKKSR)的核苷酸序列依次分别插入pET28a载体中,构建表达载体pEDCC.在乳糖的诱导下,融合蛋白ansB-C-hinge-DPKRKRKKSRNGSGR-C-peptide以包涵体形式高效表达.融合蛋白经洗涤和乙醇分级沉淀纯化后,通过酸水解将PKRKRKKSRNGSGR-C-peptide释放出来.C肽N端14肽用胰蛋白酶切割,通过DE52柱与C-peptide分离.结果:构建的表达载体pEDCC序列正确,融合蛋白经分离纯化得到了高纯度的重组人源胰岛素原C肽.结论:以截短的门冬酰胺酶作为融合伙伴,并以富含碱性氨基酸的8肽调节等电点是一种生产重组人源胰岛素原C肽的有效方法.%Aim:To obtain recombinant human proinsulin C-peptide,a novel expression vector pEDCC was constructed to facilitate the expression and purification of C-peptide. Methods:Gene fragments encoding a truncated asparaginase fragment mutant,native C-peptide,a hinge fragment of human IgG1,an extra acid-labile dipeptide and a basic-amino-acid-riched octopeptide were introduced in turn into plasmid pET28a. The fusion protein ansB-C-hinge-DPKRKRKKSRNGSGR-C-peptide was expressed effectively as inclusion bodies after induced by lactose and partially purified by means of washing and ethanol fractionation. After being hydrolyzed,the polypeptide PKRKRKKSRNGSGR-C-peptide was liberated from the fusion partner. The N-terminal tetradecapeptide extension of C-peptide was subsequently cleaved by trypsin and removed by DE52 column. Results:The nucleotides sequence of plasmid pEDCC was confirmed to be identical with that of designed fusion protein. Recombinant human proinsulin C-peptide was obtained with high purity after purification. Conclusion:Employing truncated asparaginase as the fusion partner and basic

  2. Rapid, Efficient and Versatile Strategies for Functionally Sophisticated Polymers and Nanoparticles: Degradable Polyphosphoesters and Anisotropic Distribution of Chemical Functionalities

    Zhang, Shiyi

    conjugate by densely attaching the polyphosphoester block with azide-functionalized Paclitaxel by azide-alkyne Huisgen cycloaddition. This Paclitaxel drug conjugate provides a powerful platform for combinational cancer therapy and bioimaging due to its ultra-high Paclitaxel loading (> 65 wt%), high water solubility (>6.2 mg/mL for PTX) and easy functionalization. Another polyphosphoester-based nanoparticle system has been developed by a programmable process for the rapid and facile preparation of a family of nanoparticles with different surface charges and functionalities. The non-ionic, anionic, cationic and zwitterionic nanoparticles with hydrodynamic diameters between 13 nm to 21 nm and great size uniformity could be rapidly prepared from small molecules in 6 h or 2 days. The anionic and zwitterionic nanoparticles were designed to load silver ions to treat pulmonary infections, while the cationic nanoparticles are being applied to regulate lung injuries by serving as a degradable iNOS inhibitor conjugates. In addition, a direct synthesis of acid-labile polyphosphoramidate by organobase-catalyzed ring-opening polymerization and an improved two-step preparation of polyphosphoester ionomer by acid-assisted cleavage of phosphoramidate bonds on polyphosphoramidate were developed. Polyphosphoramidate and polyphosphoester ionomers may be applied to many applications, due to their unique chemical and physical properties.

  3. lnteracciones de la respuesta del eje somatotrófco en la amenorrea hipotalámica funcional relacionada con la desnutrición The activity of the somatotrophic function in Functional Hypothalamic Amenorrhea (FHA related to undernourishmant

    L Fiszlejder

    2011-03-01

    ólisis que aporta glucosa. No obstante, el aumento de los ácidos grasos libres y eventualmente la aparición de cuerpos cetónicos cuando la alimentación es muy restringida, sugieren la presencia de acidosis metabólica. Este estadio clínico implica un aumento del riesgo cardiovascular y la posibilidad de muerte prematura o súbita, una eventualidad latente en las pacientes con AHF y desnutridas. El autor declara no poseer conflictos de intereses.The activity of the somatotropic function in Functional Hypothalamic Amenorrhea (FHA is increased at the central level, and paradoxically, the peripheral hormonal behaviour, intermediate metabolism and several clinical aspects may be similar to those observed in somatotropic axis deficiency. Baseline and daily GH secretion levels are high, but its pulsatile profile is irregular. This results in resistance to GH, i.e., downregulation of hormone receptors, which, together with the decrease in GH binding protein (GHBP, impair GH ability to stimulate the synthesis of IGF-I, IGFBP-3 and the acid-labile subunit in the liver. This causes a decrease in the availability of free IGF-I in tissues. In addition, IGFBP-1 and IGF-BP2 significantly increase. Even if these peptides are regulated by GH, their inverse correlation with insulin activity (which is decreased in these patients and the low protein diet, respectively, appear to be more important factors. The increase in the serum levels of these peptides also contributes to the decrease in free IGF-I. Alterations in secretory patterns lead to a decrease in leptin concentration (an adipokine and to an increase in Ghrelin, which, in turn, facilitates GH secretion and has a remarkable incidence in intermediate metabolism in these undernourished patients. These hormonal changes can be interpreted as a mechanism of homeostatic adaptation tending to preserve availability of energetic nutrients. Thus, there is an initial predominance of lypolisis followed by proteolysis at muscle level. If