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In the present study, we evaluated polyethylenimine (PEI) of different molecular weights (MWs) as a DNA complexing agent for its efficiency in transfecting nondifferentiated COS-1 (green monkey fibroblasts) and well-differentiated human submucosal airway epithelial cells (Calu-3). Studying the effect of particle size, zeta potential, presence of serum(More)
The objectives of this study were to investigate the influence of physicochemical properties of lipid/plasmid complexes on in vivo gene transfer and biodistribution characteristics. Formulations based on 1,2-di-O-octadecenyl-3-trimethylammonium propane (DOTMA) and novel biodegradable cationic lipids, such as ethyl dioleoyl phosphatidylcholine (EDOPC), ethyl(More)
A physical map has been constructed of the 5-kb XbaI fragment encoding the promoter proximal of region the tcp gene cluster encoding the toxin-coregulated pilus (TCP) of Vibrio cholerae. This fragment contains the major regulatory regions for TCP. Comparison of the nucleotide (nt) sequences from strains of the classical and El Tor biotypes demonstrates that(More)
A cationic lipid-based gene delivery system composed of N-[(1-(2,3-dioleyloxy)propyl)]-N-N-N-trimethylammonium chloride and cholesterol, at a 4:1 molar ratio, was developed for systemic administration. Plasmid biodistribution and expression were characterized in syngeneic mouse tumor model squamous cell carcinoma VII cells. A reporter gene expression(More)
The molecular basis of common variable immunodeficiency (CVID) is undefined, and diagnosis requires exclusion of other diseases including X-linked lymphoproliferative disease (XLP). This rare disorder of immunedysregulation presents typically after Epstein-Barr virus infection and results from defects in the SAP (SLAM associated protein) gene. SAP mutations(More)
An alternative non-vascular extracellular material was obtained by decellularisation of porcine urinary bladder and examined for its potential as scaffold for vascular tissue engineering. Analysis using Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and Laser Scanning Microscopy (LSCM) showed a porous interconnective microarchitecture, an(More)
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