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Zhang H.,Tsinghua University | Liu G.,Tsinghua University | Zeng X.,Tsinghua University | Wu Y.,Tsinghua University | And 5 more authors.
International Journal of Nanomedicine | Year: 2015

Genistein is one of the most studied isoflavonoids with potential antitumor efficacy, but its poor water solubility limits its clinical application. Nanoparticles (NPs), especially biodegradable NPs, entrapping hydrophobic drugs have promising applications to improve the water solubility of hydrophobic drugs. In this work, TPGS-b-PCL copolymer was synthesized from ε-caprolactone initiated by d-α-tocopheryl polyethylene glycol 1000 succinate (TPGS) through ring-opening polymerization and characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, proton nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, gel permeation chromatography, and thermogravimetric analysis. The genistein-loaded NPs were prepared by a modified nanoprecipitation method and characterized in the aspects of particle size, surface charge, morphology, drug loading and encapsulation efficiency, in vitro drug release, and physical state of the entrapped drug. The TPGS-b-PCL NPs were found to have higher cellular uptake efficiency than PCL NPs. MTT and colony formation experiments indicated that genistein-loaded TPGS-b-PCL NPs achieved the highest level of cytotoxicity and tumor cell growth inhibition compared with pristine genistein and genistein-loaded PCL NPs. Furthermore, compared with pristine genistein and genistein-loaded PCL NPs, the genistein-loaded TPGS-b-PCL NPs at the same dose were more effective in inhibiting tumor growth in the subcutaneous HeLa xenograft tumor model in BALB/c nude mice. In conclusion, the results suggested that genistein-loaded biodegradable TPGS-b-PCL nanoparticles could enhance the anticancer effect of genistein both in vitro and in vivo, and may serve as a potential candidate in treating cervical cancer. © 2015 Zhang et al. Source

Chen Y.,Guangdong Medical College | Chen Y.,University of Sichuan | Zhang H.,University of Sichuan | Li Y.-X.,Xili Hospital | And 7 more authors.
Fitoterapia | Year: 2010

The major components of gardenia fruits are geniposide and water soluble pigment crocins. In this study, we investigate crocins and geniposide profiles of gardenia fruits from different cultivars and at the various stages of maturation. DPPH scavenging activity of gardenia fruits from different cultivars and at the various stages of fruit maturation was also assayed. Quantitative determination of crocins in the gardenia at the various stages of maturation revealed a significant increase when ripening. However, geniposide content was negatively correlated with ripening stages. A significant difference was observed when comparing crocin content of different gardenia from various cultivars and geniposide content also showed marked variety. Current study indicated no relationship between crocin and geniposide content in gardenia fruits at the various stages of maturation and DPPH radical scavenging activity. Data showed that, although crocins feature markedly less DPPH scavenging activity than gardenia ethanol extract, total crocin content of gardenias collected in various cultivars correlate, to a certain degree, with radical scavenging effects of the Chinese traditional medicine (r = 0.75). © 2009. Source

Yang C.,Xili Hospital | Jiang L.,CAS Tianjin Institute of Biomedical Engineering | Bu S.,Xili Hospital | Zhang L.,Xili Hospital | And 4 more authors.
Journal of Biomedical Nanotechnology | Year: 2013

The purpose of this research was to investigate the possibility of dexamethasone (DEX)-loaded PLGA-TPGS nanoparticles (NPs) in rabbits after intravitreal administration for the treatment of posterior segment diseases. The DEX-loaded PLGA-TPGS NPs were fabricated and characterized in terms of surface morphology, particle size and size distribution, entrapment efficiency, and in vitro drug release. The animals were classified randomly into two groups: experimental group with thirty rabbits, and control group with eighteen rabbits. Rabbits in the experimental group received intravitreal injections of 0.1 mL of DEX-loaded PLGA-TPGS NPs suspension and the control rabbits received intravitreal injection of 0.1 mL DEX (20 g/L in saline). The DEX concentrations in plasma and the ocular tissues such as the cornea, aqueous humor, lens, iris, vitreous humor, and chorioretina were determined by HPLC. The DEX-loaded PLGA-TPGS nanoparticle suspension were transparent and maintained a sustained release of DEX for about 45 days in vitreous and provided relatively constant DEX levels for more than 30 days with a mean concentration of 3.93 mg/L. Based on the area-underthe-curve (AUC), the bioavailability of DEX in the experimental group was significantly higher than that in the control group administrated with regular DEX. These results suggest that intravitreal administration of DEX-loaded PLGA-TPGS NPs leads to a sustained release of DEX with a high bioavailability, providing a basis for a novel approach to treat posterior segment diseases. Copyright © 2013 American Scientific Publishers All rights reserved. Source

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