Christina Bagia

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The success of targeted cancer therapy largely relies upon the selection of target and the development of efficient therapeutic agents that specifically bind to the target. In the current study, we chose a cannabinoid CB2 receptor (CB2R) as a new target and used a CB2R-targeted photosensitizer, IR700DX-mbc94, for phototherapy treatment. IR700DX-mbc94 was(More)
Molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) for the recognition of enalapril and lisinopril were prepared using 4-vinylpyridine as the functional monomer. Following thermal polymerisation the resulting materials were crushed, ground and sieved. First generation MIPs were produced in protic polar porogenic solvents (mixture of methanol (MeOH) and acetonitrile(More)
Herein, we highlight the technical feasibility of generating a functional mini thymus with a novel hydrogel system, based on a peptide-based self-assembly platform that can induce the formation of 3-D thymic epithelial cell (TEC) clusters. Amphiphilic peptide EAK16-II co-assembled with its histidinylated analogue EAKIIH6 into beta-sheet fibrils. When(More)
We report herein application of an in situ material strategy to attenuate allograft T cell responses in a skin transplant mouse model. Functionalized peptidic membranes were used to impede trafficking of donor antigen-presenting cells (dAPCs) from skin allografts in recipient mice. Membranes formed by self-assembling peptides (SAPs) presenting antibodies(More)
Proton transfer reactions play a key role in the conversion of biomass derived sugars to chemicals. In this study, we employ high level ab initio theoretical methods, in tandem with solvation effects to calculate the proton affinities (PA) and acidity constants (pKa) of various d-glucose and d-fructose tautomers (protonation-deprotonation processes). In(More)
AIM Delivery of the natural anti-inflammatory compound resveratrol with nanoemulsions can dramatically improve its tissue targeting, bioavailability and efficacy. Current assessment of resveratrol delivery efficacy is limited to indirect pharmacological measures. Molecular imaging solves this problem. Results/methodology: Nanoemulsions containing two(More)
Solvent-induced frequency shifts (SIFS) of the carbonyl stretching vibration ν(C═O) of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural were measured in protic, polar aprotic, and nonpolar solvents. The Gutmann acceptor number (AN) was found to correlate with the measured frequency shifts. The SIFS in six solvents were investigated using ab initio electronic structure calculations,(More)
Optical imaging can be utilized for several pharmaceutical applications involving near-infrared fluorescent (NIRF) dyes or NIRF moiety-containing products. Especially during the early phases of product development, NIRF dyes can be used as surrogates for drugs and optical imaging methods can be utilized to optimize the pharmaceutical product properties(More)
This is the first report where PFPAE aromatic conjugates and perfluoro(polyethylene glycol dimethyl ether) are combined and formulated as nanoemulsions with droplet size below 100 nm. A perfluoropolyalkylether (PFPAE) aromatic conjugate, 2-(poly(hexafluoropropylene oxide)) perfluoropropyl benzene, was used as fluorophilic-hydrophilic diblock (FLD) aimed at(More)
Theranostic nanomedicines are a promising new technological advancement toward personalized medicine. Although much progress has been made in pre-clinical studies, their clinical utilization is still under development. A key ingredient for successful theranostic clinical translation is pharmaceutical process design for production on a sufficient scale for(More)