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See detailCurcumin-cyclodextrin complexes potentiate gemcitabine effects in an orthotopic mouse model of lung cancer.
Rocks, Natacha ULg; Bekaert, Sandrine ULg; Coia, I et al

in British Journal of Cancer (2012), 107(7), 1083-92

Background:Overall clinical outcome for advanced lung cancer remains very disappointing despite recent advances in treatment. Curcumin has been reported as potentially active against cancer.Methods:Owing ... [more ▼]

Background:Overall clinical outcome for advanced lung cancer remains very disappointing despite recent advances in treatment. Curcumin has been reported as potentially active against cancer.Methods:Owing to poor curcumin solubility, we have used cyclodextrins (CD) as an excipient allowing a considerable increase of aqueous solubility and bioavailability of curcumin. The effects of solubilised curcumin have been evaluated in cell cultures as well as in an in vivo orthotopic lung tumour mouse model.Results:Cell proliferation was reduced while apoptosis rates were increased when lung epithelial tumour cells were cultured in the presence of curcumin-CD complexes. For in vivo experiments, cells were grafted into lungs of C57Bl/6 mice treated by an oral administration of a non-soluble form of curcumin, CDs alone or curcumin-CD complexes, combined or not with gemcitabine. The size of orthotopically implanted lung tumours was reduced upon curcumin complex administration as compared with treatments with placebo or non-solubilised curcumin. Moreover, curcumin potentiated the gemcitabine-mediated antitumour effects.Conclusion:Our data demonstrate that curcumin, when given orally in a CD-solubilised form, reduces lung tumour size in vivo. In vitro experiments show impaired tumour cell proliferation and increased cell apoptosis. Moreover, our data underline a potential additive effect of curcumin with gemcitabine thus providing an efficient therapeutic option for antilung cancer therapy. [less ▲]

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See detailUNDERSTANDING THE INTERACTIONS BETWEEN ARTEMISININ AND CYCLODEXTRINS: SPECTROSCOPIC STUDIES AND MOLECULAR MODELING
Zime Diawara, Hermine; Dive, Georges ULg; Piel, Géraldine ULg et al

in Journal of Inclusion Phenomena and Molecular Recognition in Chemistry (2012), 74(1), 305-315

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See detailNUCLEAR DELIVERY OF A THERAPEUTIC PEPTIDE BY LONG CIRCULATING pH-SENSITIVE LIPOSOMES: BENEFITS OVER CLASSICAL VESICLES
Ducat, Emilie; Deprez, Juile; Noël, Agnès ULg et al

Poster (2011, December 06)

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See detailLiposome surface charge influence on skin penetration behaviour
Gillet, Aline ULg; Compère, Philippe ULg; Lecomte, Frédéric ULg et al

in International Journal of Pharmaceutics (2011), 411(1-2), 223-231

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See detailFrom the Clinics to the Bench and back to the Clinics: design of a medical treatment for Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia (CIN)
Jost, Maud; Frankenne, Francis; Maillard, Catherine ULg et al

Conference (2011, May 20)

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See detailLiposomes and parameters affecting their skin penetration behaviour
Gillet, Aline ULg; Evrard, Brigitte ULg; Piel, Géraldine ULg

in Journal of Drug Delivery Science and Technology [=JDDST] (2011), 21

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See detailNuclear delivery of a therapeutic peptide by long circulating pH-sensitive liposomes: Benefits over classical vesicles.
Ducat, Emilie ULg; Deprez, Julie ULg; Gillet, Aline ULg et al

in International Journal of Pharmaceutics (2011)

The purpose of this study is to propose a suitable vector combining increased circulation lifetime and intracellular delivery capacities for a therapeutic peptide. Long circulating classical liposomes ... [more ▼]

The purpose of this study is to propose a suitable vector combining increased circulation lifetime and intracellular delivery capacities for a therapeutic peptide. Long circulating classical liposomes [SPC:CHOL:PEG-750-DSPE (47:47:6 molar% ratio)] or pH-sensitive stealth liposomes [DOPE:CHEMS:CHOL:PEG(750)-DSPE (43:21:30:6 molar% ratio)] were used to deliver a therapeutic peptide to its nuclear site of action. The benefit of using stealth pH-sensitive liposomes was investigated and formulations were compared to classical liposomes in terms of size, shape, charge, encapsulation efficiency, stability and, most importantly, in terms of cellular uptake. Confocal microscopy and flow cytometry were used to evaluate the intracellular fate of liposomes themselves and of their hydrophilic encapsulated material. Cellular uptake of peptide-loaded liposomes was also investigated in three cell lines: Hs578t human epithelial cells from breast carcinoma, MDA-MB-231 human breast carcinoma cells and WI-26 human diploid lung fibroblast cells. The difference between formulations in terms of peptide delivery from the endosome to the cytoplasm and even to the nucleus was investigated as a function of time. Characterization studies showed that both formulations possess acceptable size, shape and encapsulation efficiency but cellular uptake studies showed the important benefit of the pH-sensitive formulation over the classical one, in spite of liposome PEGylation. Indeed, stealth pH-sensitive liposomes were able to deliver hydrophilic materials strongly to the cytoplasm. Most importantly, when encapsulated in pH-sensitive stealth liposomes, the peptide was able to reach the nucleus of tumorigenic and non tumorigenic breast cancer cells. [less ▲]

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See detailValidation, transfer and measurement uncertainty estimation of an HPLC-UV method for the quantification of artemisinin in hydro alcoholic extracts of Artemisia annua L.
ZIME DIAWARA, H.; GBAGUIDI, F.; Evrard, Brigitte ULg et al

in Journal of Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Analysis (2011), 56

Malaria is the world’s most important parasitic infection with 500 millions cases annually and almost 2 millions death per year. This disease is more present in Sub-Saharan Africa where 90% of the ... [more ▼]

Malaria is the world’s most important parasitic infection with 500 millions cases annually and almost 2 millions death per year. This disease is more present in Sub-Saharan Africa where 90% of the infections are found. Artemisinin and its semi synthetic derivatives (artemether, artesunate) have actually the most powerful activity on malaria, even in its complicated forms and resistance cases. Various methods have been proposed for detection and quantification of artemisinin in Artemisia annua L. by HPLC-UV, but the plant extracts used for this quantification were extracts obtained with organic solvents (toluene, petroleum ether, hexane …). To be able to use crude A. annua extracts prepared at low cost to formulate antipaludic drugs, we chose the use of a mixture of water and ethanol as solvent of extraction, but no adequate analytical method for this kind of extracts is published. The main objectives of this work were first to develop an analytical method for artemisinin quantification in hydro alcoholic extracts of A. annua. Second, this method had to be thoroughly validated by the research and development laboratory and, third, the transfer of this method to the routine laboratory had to be demonstrated. The final aim was to compare the estimation of measurement uncertainty obtained during the method validation with validation standards to measurement uncertainty estimates obtained during the method transfer study with real samples. The method was validated following the accuracy profile methodology and was found to be accurate in the concentration range of 10.0 to 54.0 µg/ml with CV <8%. Limit of detection and of quantification were 2.73 and 10.0 µg/ml, respectively. The method was then successfully transferred to a laboratory in Benin by showing that the quality of the results that it will generate during routine application of the method is sufficient. Finally, the measurement uncertainty of the method was estimated from the validation experiments as well as from the transfer study with authentic unspiked samples of A. annua. The comparison of these measurement uncertainty estimations showed that they were coherent. It confirmed thus that the estimation of measurement uncertainty from validation experiments predicts well the measurement uncertainty of real routine samples. This analytical method was thus shown to be convenient for routine analysis of hydro alcoholic extracts of A. annua in Benin. [less ▲]

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See detailIn vivo biocompatibility of three potential intraperitoneal implants
Defrère, Sylvie; Mestdagt, Mélanie ULg; Riva, Raphaël ULg et al

in Macromolecular Bioscience (2011), 11(10), 1335-45

The intraperitoneal biocompatibility of PDMS, polyHEMA and pEVA was investigated in rats, rabbits and rhesus monkeys. No inflammation was evidenced by hematological analyses and measurement of ... [more ▼]

The intraperitoneal biocompatibility of PDMS, polyHEMA and pEVA was investigated in rats, rabbits and rhesus monkeys. No inflammation was evidenced by hematological analyses and measurement of inflammatory markers throughout the experiment and by post-mortem examination of the pelvic cavity. After 3 or 6 months, histological analysis revealed fibrous tissue encapsulating PDMS and PEVA implants in all species and polyHEMA implants in rabbits and monkeys. Calcium deposits were observed inside polyHEMA implants. The intraperitoneal biocompatibility of all 3 polymers makes them suitable for the design of drug delivery systems, which may be of great interest for pathologies confined to the pelvic cavity. [less ▲]

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