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Transfer of plasmid DNA into mammalian cells has posed major challenges for gene therapy. Most non-viral vectors are known to internalize in the cells by endocytosis. Therefore, low transfection efficiency of non-viral vectors may be due to intracellular degradation of input DNA in the endosomes and/or lysosomes. DNA degradation can be inhibited either by(More)
The purpose of this study was to compare the combination (Paclitaxel + 5-FU microspheres) with a single drug chemotherapy (Paclitaxel and 5-FU microspheres) against metastatic breast cancer cell line (MDA-MB 435 S). The physicochemical characteristics of the microspheres (i.e. encapsulation efficiency, particle size distribution, in vitro release, thermal(More)
A variety of molecules including growth factors are involved in the metastasis of breast cancer cells to bone. We have investigated the effects of osteoblast derived growth factors, such as insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) and transforming growth factor beta-1 (TGF-beta1), on doxorubicin (adriamycin)-induced apoptosis and growth arrest of estrogen(More)
We have investigated the effects of chemotherapeutic agents such as adriamycin (ADR), camptothecin (CPT), mitomycin-C (MYC-C) and methotrexate (MTX) on the regulation of expression of the tumor susceptibility genes (BRCA1 and BRCA2), and the association of cell cycle progression in human breast cancer and normal breast epithelial cells. Results revealed(More)
A mutation of just one gene will cause abnormal cell behavior leading to the synthesis of a dysfunctional protein. This mutation will inevitably result in the cell functioning only marginally or not at all. Other genetic mutations interfere with the cell's normal life cycle, especially the cell-division cycle. The goal behind recombinant DNA technology is(More)
We have synthesized a hydrophilic cationic homopolymer of N-trimethylammonium ethyl methacrylate chloride (pTMAEM) and its copolymers with 1-vinyl-2-pyrrolidone (VP) and methyl methacrylate (MMA) at various monomer ratios and examined the physicochemical and biological characteristics of polymer/DNA complexes. All the (co)polymers were able to condense DNA(More)
The release of lithium carbonate incorporated into polymethylmethacrylate, poly vinyl chloride, hy-drogenated vegetable oil, and carbomer matrix tablets was studied in vitro. The formulation containing 10% carbomer showed a sustained-release profile comparable to that of a standard, commercially available, sustained-release preparation containing 400 mg(More)
The physicochemical properties and in vivo distribution of poly(L-lactide) (L-PLA) microspheres containing 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) prepared by a solvent evaporation method were evaluated for potential use in the treatment of liver cancers. Two different molecular weight polymers of L-PLA [L-PLA1 (152,500 Da) and L-PLA2 (52,000 Da)] were used to prepare(More)
The incidence of melanoma has been increasing at a faster rate than that of any other solid tumor. Due to limited efficacy of chemotherapy and radiation therapy, immunotherapy has become a major focus of investigational treatment of distant and regionally metastatic melanoma. This review article focuses on the recent advances in immunoand gene therapy(More)
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