Zhaohua Huang

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Metal chelation-ligand interactions, such as occur between nitrilotriacetic acid (NTA)-nickel and multihistidines, enable the noncovalent attachment of histidine-modified proteins to liposomes and other particles. We compared three lipids: a mono-NTA lipid (ca. 10 microM affinity) and two tris-NTA lipid derivatives (ca. 3 nM and 0.2 nM affinity) in their(More)
We evaluated gene transfer using PEGylated bioresponsive nanolipid particles (NLPs) containing plasmid DNA administered by convection-enhanced delivery (CED) into orthotopically implanted U87-MG tumors in rat brain. We hypothesized that attachment of the human immunodeficiency virus trans-acting transcriptional activator peptide (TATp) to pH-sensitive,(More)
The celB gene of Caldicellulosiruptor saccharolyticus was cloned and expressed in Escherichia coli to create a recombinant biocatalyst for hydrolyzing lignocellulosic biomass at high temperature. The GH5 domain of CelB hydrolyzed 4-nitrophenyl-β-D-cellobioside and carboxymethyl cellulose with optimum activity at pH 4.7-5.5 and 80°C. The recombinant GH5 and(More)
1,2-Di-stigma-steryl-hemi-succinoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DSHemsPC) is a new lipid in which two molecules of stigmasterol (an inexpensive plant sterol) are covalently linked via a succinic acid to glycerophosphocholine. Since amphotericin B (AmB) interacts with sterols, we postulated that DSHemsPC could be used in AmB liposome formulations.(More)
In order to better fuse the CT and MR images, based on the classical image fusion method, an image feature extraction and fusion algorithm based on K-SVD is presented. The images are sparse representation. The images are divided into blocks via the sliding window. The dictionary is compiled the column vectors. The redundant dictionary is learned by the(More)
BACKGROUND We have studied the effects of the poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) chain length and acyl chain composition on the pH-sensitivity of acid-labile PEG-diorthoester (POD) lipids. The optimal conditions are described for preparation of DNA plasmid encapsulated POD nanolipoparticles (NLPs) which mediate high gene delivery activity in vitro with moderate(More)
The effect of folate-targeted liposomal doxorubicin (FTL-Dox) has been well characterized in folate receptor (FR) overexpressing tumors in vitro, particularly in KB human carcinoma cells. However, there are few studies evaluating the in vivo efficacy of FTL-Dox in KB murine xenograft models. In this study, we investigated the antitumor activity of FTL-Dox(More)
High-affinity nitrilotriacetic acids (NTA) have great potential in the molecular manipulation of His-tagged proteins. We have developed a facile method to synthesize multivalent NTA and its conjugates. Starting with appropriately protected lysine, we synthesized the mono-NTA synthons functionalized with either an amino group or a carboxylic group. We then(More)
A series of thiocholesterol-based cationic lipids (TCL) has been designed and synthesized by the attachment of thiocholesterol to a cationic amine via a disulfide bond. TCL can be incorporated into liposomes and used to package DNA into a lipoplex, thereby protecting it from DNase digestion. DNA is rapidly released from the complex in the presence of low(More)
Nitrilotriacetic acid (NTA) has moderate affinity (10 μM) for hexahistidine (His6) and is widely used in the purification of His6-tagged proteins. The affinity can be increased significantly (10 nM) through multivalency such as using a tris-NTA. We show that the binding affinity of tris-NTA is dependent on the flexibility and length of the spacer between(More)