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Yang A.,Nanchang University | Zhou M.,Jiangxi Institute of Occupational Disease Prevention | Zhang L.,Supervision and Test Center Nanchang for Quality and Safety of Agricultural Products | Xie G.,Jiangxi Institute of Occupational Disease Prevention | And 3 more authors.
Food and Chemical Toxicology | Year: 2012

The adverse effects of royal jelly on the reproductive system of puberty male rats were investigated. Royal jelly was daily administered by gavage to Sprague-Dawley rats at doses 200, 400, and 800. mg/kg for 4. weeks. The body weight and organ coefficients were determined. Sperm count, spermatozoa abnormality, and testicular histopathology were examined through light microscopy. Radioimmunoassay was used to detect serum hormones. The dietary exposure to royal jelly did not affect body weight, but the organ coefficients for the pituitary and testis in the high-dose group were decreased significantly compared with the control group, and significant changes in the microstructure of the testis were observed. No significant differences in sperm count were observed among all groups, however, the sperm deformity rate in the high-dose group increased significantly. Serum hormones in the high-dose group were significantly different from the control group. After royal jelly was stopped for 14. days, the adverse changes were partially reversed and returned to levels close to those in the control group. In conclusion, high-dose royal jelly oral administration for 4. weeks adversely affected the reproductive system of pubescent male rats, but the unfavorable effects are alleviated to some extent by cessation of administration. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.

PubMed | Nanchang University, Jiangxi Institute of Occupational Disease Prevention, Jiangxi Normal University and Jiangxi University of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Drug delivery | Year: 2016

Camptothecin (CPT) is an effective anticancer agent against various cancers but the clinical application is limited because of its poor water solubility, low bioavailability and severe toxic side effects. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the feasibility of using targeted NPs as a high-performance CPT delivery system that targets liver cancer cells through intravenous (i.v.) administration route. CPT was incorporated into biotin-F127-PLA or F127-PLA polymeric nanoparticles (NPs) by a dialysis method. The preparation of the targeting NPs was performed by conjugating biotin-F127-PLA NPs with anti-3A5 antibody. The antitumor effect of the CPT-loaded nanoparticles against H22 cells in vitro was determined using an MTT assay. Tissue distribution and tumor inhibition in vivo were also evaluated. Survivin mRNA expression was assessed by real-time polymerase chain reaction. Results showed that the targeted CPT NPs exhibited regular spherical shapes with a mean diameter of approximately 180nm. In vitro release of the targeted CPT NPs exhibited an initial burst (40%) within 12h, followed by a slow release. Cytotoxicity test against H22 cells indicated that the targeted CPT NPs exerted significant antitumor effects. Compared with free CPT and non-targeted CPT NPs, the targeted CPT NPs showed superior inhibition ratio against tumor in vivo, which may be associated with reduced survivin mRNA expression. The results suggested that the new targeted CPT NPs may be a promising injectable delivery system for cancer therapy.

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