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Ultrasound targeted microbubble destruction (UTMD) was one of the most promising strategies to enhance drug delivery in cancer therapy. Microbubbles (MBs) serve as a vehicle to carry anti-tumor drugs and locally release them when exposed to therapeutic ultrasound, resulting in drug accumulation in tumor tissues and enhanced anti-tumor effect. However the(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to explore the feasibility of therapeutic angiogenesis in myocardial infarction induced by hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) mediated by ultrasound-targeted microbubble destruction. METHODS Forty Wistar rats were divided into 4 groups after the models of myocardial infarction were prepared: (1) HGF, ultrasound, and(More)
Cell-permeable peptides (CPPs) and ultrasound-targeted microbubble destruction (UTMD) have tremendous potential for gene delivery. However, their applications are limited due to nonspecificity of CPPs and low transfection efficiency of UTMD. Here, we developed a 'smart' gene delivery system by encapsulating TAT peptide (TATp) and hepatocyte growth factor(More)
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES Ultrasound-targeted microbubble destruction is a promising technology for the targeted gene delivery. The purpose of the present study is to prepare a novel lipid ultrasound microbubble-carrying gene and transactivating transcriptional activator (Tat) peptide and to investigate its transfection effect in vivo. METHODS AND(More)
OBJECTIVE The angiotensinogen (AGT) gene has been shown to be involved in the development of coronary heart disease (CHD). However, the results have been inconsistent. In this study, the authors performed a meta-analysis to clarify the associations between AGT polymorphisms and CHD risk among the Chinese population. METHODS Published literature from(More)
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES To investigate the expression levels of green fluorescence protein (GFP) into retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) in vitro by ultrasound-mediated microbubble destruction (UMMD) and assess the effect of bcl-xl gene on N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA)-induced apoptosis in the cultured RGCs by UMMD. MATERIALS AND METHODS pEGFP-N1 was(More)
Targeted and high efficient gene delivery is a main issue in gene treatment. Taking advantage of ischemic memory target P-selectin and our previous study-synergistic effects of ultrasound-targeted microbubble destruction (UTMD) and TAT peptide on gene transfection, which were characterized by targeted aggregation and high efficient gene transfection, we set(More)
BACKGROUND HIFU has been shown to be a more suitable alternative for the treatment of primary solid tumors and metastatic diseases than other focal heat ablation techniques due to its noninvasive and extracorporeal nature. However, similar to other focal heat ablation techniques, HIFU is still in need of refinements due to tumor recurrence. METHODS In(More)
The commonly used ultrasound (US) molecular probes, such as targeted microbubbles and perfluorocarbon emulsions, present a number of inherent problems including the conflict between US visualization and particle penetration. This study describes the successful fabrication of phase changeable folate-targeted perfluoropentane nanodroplets (termed FA-NDs), a(More)
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