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UNLABELLED Asialoglycoprotein receptor (ASGPR)-mediated endocytosis has been used to target genes to hepatocytes in vivo. However, the level and duration of transgene expression have been low because of lysosomal translocation and degradation of the DNA and lack of its integration into the host genome. In this study we packaged the DNA of interest in(More)
Curcumin, because of its distinguishing ability to inhibit activation of transcription factor linked to chemoresistance and drug transporters, is now being co-administered with various potent anti-cancer drugs. In the present study, we report on such potentiating capabilities of curcumin in anti-angiogenic cancer therapy. With a view to simultaneously(More)
A major limiting factor retarding the clinical success of dendritic cell (DC)-based genetic immunizations (DNA vaccination) is the scarcity of biologically safe and effective carrier systems for targeting the antigen-encoded DNA vaccines to DCs under in vivo settings. Herein, we report on a potent, mannose receptor selective in vivo DC-targeting liposomes(More)
The clinical success of gene therapy is critically dependent on the development of efficient and safe gene delivery reagents, popularly known as "transfection vectors." The transfection vectors commonly used in gene therapy are mainly of two types: viral and non-viral. The efficiencies of viral transfection vectors are, in general, superior to their(More)
The clinical success of gene therapy is critically dependent on the development of efficient and safe gene delivery reagents, popularly known as "Transfection Vectors". The transfection vectors commonly used in gene therapy are mainly of two types: viral and non-viral. The efficiencies of viral transfection vectors are, in general, superior to their(More)
Toward probing an hitherto unexplored structure-activity issue namely, the relative in vitro and in vivo efficacies of cationic glycolipids with cyclic and acyclic sugar heads for targeting of genes to liver, we have designed and synthesized two novel series of cationic glycolipids with cyclic (lipids 1-5) and open d-galactose heads (lipids 6-10) containing(More)
The barrier properties of the skin pose a significant but not insurmountable obstacle for development of new effective anti-inflammatory therapies. The objective of this study was to design and evaluate therapeutic efficacy of anti-nociception agent Capsaicin (Cap) and anti-TNFα siRNA (siTNFα) encapsulated cyclic cationic head lipid-polymer hybrid(More)
Dendritic cells (DCs) pulsed/transduced with tumor-associated or viral antigens have shown promise in combating cancer and infectious diseases. Despite significant progresses, development of a biologically safe DC-based genetic immunization (DNA vaccination) system capable of providing truly long-lasting protective immunity remains a significant scientific(More)
The design of efficacious cationic transfection lipids with guanidinium headgroups is an actively pursued area of research in nonviral gene delivery. Herein, we report on the design, syntheses, and gene transfection properties of six novel non-cholesterol-based cationic amphiphiles (1-6) with a single guanidinium headgroup in transfecting CHO, COS-1, MCF-7,(More)
In an effort to probe the importance of endosomal protonation in pH-sensitive, cationic, lipid-mediated, non-viral gene delivery, we have designed and synthesized a novel cholesterol-based, endosomal pH-sensitive, histidylated, cationic amphiphile (lipid 1), its less pH-sensitive counterpart with an electron-deficient, tosylated histidine head group (lipid(More)