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    In vitro study: synthesis and evaluation of Fe3O4/CQD magnetic/fluorescent nanocomposites for targeted drug delivery, MRI, and cancer cell labeling applications

    , Article Langmuir ; Volume 38, Issue 12 , 2022 , Pages 3804-3816 ; 07437463 (ISSN) Fattahi Nafchi, R ; Ahmadi, R ; Heydari, M ; Rahimipour, M. R ; Molaei, M. J ; Unsworth, L ; Sharif University of Technology
    American Chemical Society  2022
    Abstract
    In the present study, first, Fe3O4nanoparticles were functionalized using glutaric acid and then composited with CQDs. Doxorubicin (DOX) drug was loaded to evaluate the performance of the nanocomposite for targeted drug delivery applications. The XRD pattern confirmed the presence of characteristic peaks of CQDs and Fe3O4. In the FTIR spectrum, the presence of carboxyl functional groups on Fe3O4/CQDs was observed; DOX (positive charge) is loaded onto Fe3O4/CQDs (negative charge) by electrostatic absorption. FESEM and AFM images showed that the particle sizes of Fe3O4and CQDs were 23-75 and 1-3 nm, respectively. The hysteresis curves showed superparamagnetic properties for Fe3O4and Fe3O4/CQDs... 

    Smart liposomal drug delivery for treatment of oxidative stress model in human embryonic stem cell-derived retinal pigment epithelial cells

    , Article International Journal of Pharmaceutics ; Volume 548, Issue 1 , 2018 , Pages 62-72 ; 03785173 (ISSN) Behroozi, F ; Abdkhodaie, M. J ; Sadeghi Abandansari, H ; Satarian, L ; Kazemi Ashtiani, M ; Jaafari, M. R ; Baharvand, H ; Sharif University of Technology
    Abstract
    Oxidative stress has been implicated in the progression of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Treatment with antioxidants seems to delay progression of AMD. In this study, we suggested an antioxidant delivery system based on redox-sensitive liposome composed of phospholipids and a diselenide centered alkyl chain. Dynamic light scattering assessment indicated that the liposomes had an average size of 140 nm with a polydispersity index below 0.2. The percentage of encapsulation efficiency of the liposomes was calculated by high-performance liquid chromatography. The carriers were loaded with N-acetyl cysteine as a model antioxidant drug. We demonstrated responsiveness of the nanocarrier... 

    Developing hyaluronic acid microgels for sustained delivery of platelet lysate for tissue engineering applications

    , Article International Journal of Biological Macromolecules ; Volume 144 , 2020 , Pages 837-846 Jooybar, E ; Abdekhodaie, M. J ; Karperien, M ; Mousavi, A ; Alvi, M ; Dijkstra, P. J ; Sharif University of Technology
    Elsevier B.V  2020
    Abstract
    Platelet lysate (PL), a blood product that contains high concentrations of growth factors (GFs), can be considered as a cost-effective source of multiple GFs. In this study, hyaluronic acid (HA) based microgels were developed for delivery of PL proteins. Spherical microgel were prepared using a water in oil emulsion method. First, hyaluronic acid was grafted with tyramine groups, after which prepared microdroplets were crosslinked via an enzymatic reaction in the presence of hydrogen peroxide and horseradish peroxidase. Because of electrostatic interactions, these microgels are promising carriers for positively charged proteins entrapment like most of the GFs. When microgels are incubated in... 

    Nanofibrillated chitosan coated highly ordered titania nanotubes array/graphene nanocomposite with improved biological characters

    , Article Carbohydrate Polymers ; Volume 254 , 2021 ; 01448617 (ISSN) Rahnamaee, S. Y ; Bagheri, R ; Heidarpour, H ; Vossoughi, M ; Golizadeh, M ; Samadikuchaksaraei, A ; Sharif University of Technology
    Elsevier Ltd  2021
    Abstract
    Designing multifunctional surfaces is key to develop advanced materials for orthopedic applications. In this study, we design a double-layer coating, assembled onto the completely regular titania nanotubes (cRTNT) array. Benefiting from the biological and topological characteristics of chitosan nanofibers (CH) and reduced graphene oxide (RGO) through a unique assembly, the designed material features promoted osteoblast cell viability, prolonged antibiotic release profile, as well as inhibited bacterial biofilm formation. The synergistic effect of RGO and CH on the biological performance of the surface is investigatSed. The unique morphology of the nanofibers leads to the partial coverage of... 

    A dual functional chondro-inductive chitosan thermogel with high shear modulus and sustained drug release for cartilage tissue engineering

    , Article International Journal of Biological Macromolecules ; Volume 205 , 2022 , Pages 638-650 ; 01418130 (ISSN) Dehghan Baniani, D ; Mehrjou, B ; Wang, D ; Bagheri, R ; Solouk, A ; Chu, P. K ; Wu, H ; Sharif University of Technology
    Elsevier B.V  2022
    Abstract
    We report a chitosan-based nanocomposite thermogel with superior shear modulus resembling that of cartilage and dual pro-chondrogenic and anti-inflammatory functions. Two therapeutic agents, kartogenin (KGN) and diclofenac sodium (DS), are employed to promote chondrogenesis of stem cells and suppress inflammation, respectively. To extend the release time in a controlled manner, KGN is encapsulated in the uniform-sized starch microspheres and DS is loaded into the halloysite nanotubes. Both drug carriers are doped into the maleimide-modified chitosan hydrogel to produce a shear modulus of 167 ± 5 kPa that is comparable to that of articular cartilage (50–250 kPa). Owing to the hydrogel... 

    Doxorubicin hydrochloride - loaded electrospun chitosan/cobalt ferrite/titanium oxide nanofibers for hyperthermic tumor cell treatment and controlled drug release

    , Article International Journal of Biological Macromolecules ; Volume 116 , 2018 , Pages 378-384 ; 01418130 (ISSN) Radmansouri, M ; Bahmani, E ; Sarikhani, E ; Rahmani, K ; Sharifianjazi, F ; Irani, M ; Sharif University of Technology
    Abstract
    In the present study, the potential of doxorubicin hydrochloride (DOX)-loaded electrospun chitosan/cobalt ferrite/titanium oxide nanofibers was studied to investigate the simultaneous effect of hyperthermia and chemotherapy against melanoma cancer B16F10 cell lines. The cobalt ferrite nanoparticles were synthesized via microwave heating method. The titanium oxide nanoparticles were mixed with cobalt ferrite to control the temperature rise. The synthesized nanoparticles and nanofibers were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) analysis. The DOX loading efficiency and in vitro drug release of... 

    Preparation, physicochemical properties, in vitro evaluation and release behavior of cephalexin-loaded niosomes

    , Article International Journal of Pharmaceutics ; Volume 569 , 2019 ; 03785173 (ISSN) Ghafelehbashi, R ; Akbarzadeh, I ; Tavakkoli Yaraki, M ; Lajevardi, A ; Fatemizadeh, M ; Heidarpoor Saremi, L ; Sharif University of Technology
    Elsevier B.V  2019
    Abstract
    In this study, optimized cephalexin-loaded niosomal formulations based on span 60 and tween 60 were prepared as a promising drug carrier system. The niosomal formulations were characterized using a series of techniques such as scanning electron microscopy, Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy, dynamic light scattering, and zeta potential measurement. The size and drug encapsulation efficiency are determined by the type and composition of surfactant. The developed niosomal formulations showed great storage stability up to 30 days with low change in size and drug entrapment during the storage, making them potential candidates for real applications. Moreover, the prepared niosomes showed... 

    Synthesis and characterization of magnetic hybrid nanomaterials via RAFT polymerization: A pH sensitive drug delivery system

    , Article Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces ; Volume 174 , 2019 , Pages 153-160 ; 09277765 (ISSN) Pourjavadi, A ; Kohestanian, M ; Shirzad, M ; Sharif University of Technology
    Elsevier B.V  2019
    Abstract
    Herein, a facile and versatile method for the synthesis of a novel magnetic nanocarrier via surface- initiated reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization is introduced. At first, RAFT agent was successfully attached to the surface of Fe 3 O 4 nanoparticles and, then, poly (glycidyl methacrylate) (PGMA) chains were grown and anchored onto the surface of Fe 3 O 4 nanoparticles. At the end, hydrazine (Hy) groups were introduced to the PGMA chains via reaction between epoxy rings and hydrazine molecules. Doxorubicin (DOX) was covalently conjugated to the prepared nanocarrier (Fe 3 O 4 @PGMA@Hy) through a hydrazone linkage. The in vitro drug release of Fe 3 O 4... 

    Bilayered heparinized vascular graft fabricated by combining electrospinning and freeze drying methods

    , Article Materials Science and Engineering C ; Volume 94 , 2019 , Pages 1067-1076 ; 09284931 (ISSN) Khayat Norouzi, S ; Shamloo, A ; Sharif University of Technology
    Elsevier Ltd  2019
    Abstract
    Small diameter vascular grafts (<6 mm) are highly demanded for patients suffering from severe occluded arteries to be used as a bypass or substituted conduit. Fabricating a graft with appropriate structural, mechanical and cell growth properties which has simultaneously anti-thrombogenic trait is a challenge nowadays. Here, we proposed a bilayer heparinized vascular graft that can mimic the structural and mechanical characteristics close to those of the native coronary artery by combining electrospinning and freeze drying methods. In this study, the inner layer was made by co-electrospinning of synthetic polymer, poly-caprolactone (PCL) and the natural polymer, gelatin (Gel). Also, heparin... 

    Bilayered heparinized vascular graft fabricated by combining electrospinning and freeze drying methods

    , Article Materials Science and Engineering C ; Volume 94 , 2019 , Pages 1067-1076 ; 09284931 (ISSN) Khayat Norouzi, S ; Shamloo, A ; Sharif University of Technology
    Elsevier Ltd  2019
    Abstract
    Small diameter vascular grafts (<6 mm) are highly demanded for patients suffering from severe occluded arteries to be used as a bypass or substituted conduit. Fabricating a graft with appropriate structural, mechanical and cell growth properties which has simultaneously anti-thrombogenic trait is a challenge nowadays. Here, we proposed a bilayer heparinized vascular graft that can mimic the structural and mechanical characteristics close to those of the native coronary artery by combining electrospinning and freeze drying methods. In this study, the inner layer was made by co-electrospinning of synthetic polymer, poly-caprolactone (PCL) and the natural polymer, gelatin (Gel). Also, heparin... 

    Graphene aerogel nanoparticles for in-situ loading/pH sensitive releasing anticancer drugs

    , Article Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces ; Volume 186 , 2020 Ayazi, H ; Akhavan, O ; Raoufi, M ; Varshochian, R ; Hosseini Motlagh, N. S ; Atyabi, F ; Sharif University of Technology
    Elsevier B.V  2020
    Abstract
    Free polymer graphene aerogel nanoparticles (GA NPs) were synthesized by using reduction/aggregation of graphene oxide (GO) sheets in the presence of vitamin C (as a biocompatible reductant agent) at a low temperature (40 °C), followed by an effective sonication. Synthesis of GA NPs in doxorubicin hydrochloride (DOX)-containing solution results in the simultaneous synthesis and drug loading with higher performance (than that of the separately synthesized and loaded samples). To investigate the mechanism of loading and the capability of GA NPs in the loading of other drug structures, two groups of ionized (DOX, Amikacin sulfate and, D-glucosamine hydrochloride) and non-ionized (Paclitaxel... 

    Fabrication of carboxymethyl chitosan/poly(ε-caprolactone)/doxorubicin/nickel ferrite core-shell fibers for controlled release of doxorubicin against breast cancer

    , Article Carbohydrate Polymers ; Volume 257 , 2021 ; 01448617 (ISSN) Abasalta, M ; Asefnejad, A ; Khorasani, M. T ; Saadatabadi, A. R ; Sharif University of Technology
    Elsevier Ltd  2021
    Abstract
    The coaxial electrospinning for producing core-shell nanofibers due to control the release profile of drug by the shell layer has been developed. N-carboxymethyl chitosan (CMC)-polyvinyl alcohol (core)/poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) (shell) nanofibers were produced via coaxial electrospinning. Doxorubicin (DOX) and nickel ferrite nanoparticles were incorporated into the nanofibers for controlled release of DOX against MCF-7 breast cancer. The minimum CMC/PCL fiber diameter was found to be 300 nm by optimizing of three variables including voltage to distance ratio (1.5–2.5 kV/cm), CMC concentration (4−6 wt.%) and PCL concentration (8−12 wt.%). The synthesized core-shell fibers were characterized... 

    Fabrication of carboxymethyl chitosan/poly(ε-caprolactone)/doxorubicin/nickel ferrite core-shell fibers for controlled release of doxorubicin against breast cancer

    , Article Carbohydrate Polymers ; Volume 257 , 2021 ; 01448617 (ISSN) Abasalta, M ; Asefnejad, A ; Khorasani, M. T ; Saadatabadi, A. R ; Sharif University of Technology
    Elsevier Ltd  2021
    Abstract
    The coaxial electrospinning for producing core-shell nanofibers due to control the release profile of drug by the shell layer has been developed. N-carboxymethyl chitosan (CMC)-polyvinyl alcohol (core)/poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) (shell) nanofibers were produced via coaxial electrospinning. Doxorubicin (DOX) and nickel ferrite nanoparticles were incorporated into the nanofibers for controlled release of DOX against MCF-7 breast cancer. The minimum CMC/PCL fiber diameter was found to be 300 nm by optimizing of three variables including voltage to distance ratio (1.5–2.5 kV/cm), CMC concentration (4−6 wt.%) and PCL concentration (8−12 wt.%). The synthesized core-shell fibers were characterized... 

    Niosomal formulation for antibacterial applications

    , Article Journal of Drug Targeting ; Volume 30, Issue 5 , 2022 , Pages 476-493 ; 1061186X (ISSN) Mehrarya, M ; Gharehchelou, B ; Haghighi Poodeh, S ; Jamshidifar, E ; Karimifard, S ; Farasati Far, B ; Akbarzadeh, I ; Seifalian, A ; Sharif University of Technology
    Taylor and Francis Ltd  2022
    Abstract
    Infection is a disease that is mainly caused by different Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria. Treatment of infections requires a considerable amount of antibiotics, which can cause serious damage to the patient's body. Delivering the antibiotic only to the site of infection can prevent these destructive effects, such as the destruction of the normal intestinal flora. The drug delivery system through carriers will take antibiotics into a part of the body involved in the disease. Niosome nanoparticles, which have been made from non-ionic surfactants, have been emerging as ideal drug/antibiotics delivery vehicles. Recently, niosome formulations have been targeted to reduce toxicity and... 

    Simultaneous controlled release of 5-FU, DOX and PTX from chitosan/PLA/5-FU/g-C3N4-DOX/g-C3N4-PTX triaxial nanofibers for breast cancer treatment in vitro

    , Article Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces ; Volume 179 , 2019 , Pages 495-504 ; 09277765 (ISSN) Habibi Jouybari, M ; Hosseini, S ; Mahboobnia, K ; Boloursaz, L. A ; Moradi, M ; Irani, M ; Sharif University of Technology
    Elsevier B.V  2019
    Abstract
    In the present study, the tri-layer nanofibers were synthesized via triaxial electrospinning process to control the sustained delivery of Doxorubicin (DOX), Paclitaxel (PTX) and 5- fluorouracil (5-FU) anticancer drugs from nanofibers. The 5-FU molecules were incorporated into the core solution (chitosan/polyvinyl alcohol (CS/PVA)) to fabricate the CS/PVA/5-FU inner layer of nanofibers. The intermediate layer was prepared from poly(lactic acid)/chitosan (PLA/CS) nanofibers. The DOX and PTX molecules were initially loaded into the g-C3N4 nanosheets and following were incorporated into the PLA/CS solution to fabricate the outer layer of nanofibers. The synthesized nanosheets and nanofibers were... 

    Doxorubicin/cisplatin-loaded superparamagnetic nanoparticles as a stimuli-responsive Co-delivery system for chemo-photothermal therapy

    , Article International Journal of Nanomedicine ; Volume 14 , 2019 , Pages 8769-8786 ; 11769114 (ISSN) Khafaji, M ; Zamani, M ; Vossoughi, M ; Iraji zad, A ; Sharif University of Technology
    Dove Medical Press Ltd  2019
    Abstract
    Introduction: To date, numerous iron-based nanostructures have been designed for cancer therapy applications. Although some of them were promising for clinical applications, few efforts have been made to maximize the therapeutic index of these carriers. Herein, PEGylated silica-coated iron oxide nanoparticles (PS-IONs) were introduced as multipurpose stimuli-responsive co-delivery nanocarriers for a combination of dual-drug chemotherapy and photothermal therapy. Methods: Superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles were synthesized via the sonochemical method and coated by a thin layer of silica. The nanostructures were then further modified with a layer of di-carboxylate polyethylene glycol... 

    Doxorubicin/cisplatin-loaded superparamagnetic nanoparticles as a stimuli-responsive Co-delivery system for chemo-photothermal therapy

    , Article International Journal of Nanomedicine ; Volume 14 , 2019 , Pages 8769-8786 ; 11769114 (ISSN) Khafaji, M ; Zamani, M ; Vossoughi, M ; Iraji zad, A ; Sharif University of Technology
    Dove Medical Press Ltd  2019
    Abstract
    Introduction: To date, numerous iron-based nanostructures have been designed for cancer therapy applications. Although some of them were promising for clinical applications, few efforts have been made to maximize the therapeutic index of these carriers. Herein, PEGylated silica-coated iron oxide nanoparticles (PS-IONs) were introduced as multipurpose stimuli-responsive co-delivery nanocarriers for a combination of dual-drug chemotherapy and photothermal therapy. Methods: Superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles were synthesized via the sonochemical method and coated by a thin layer of silica. The nanostructures were then further modified with a layer of di-carboxylate polyethylene glycol... 

    Design of experiment, preparation, and in vitro biological assessment of human amniotic membrane extract loaded nanoparticles

    , Article Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology ; Volume 21, Issue 3 , 2020 , Pages 256-267 Shabani, A ; Atyabi, F ; Khoshayand, M. R ; Mahbod, R ; Cohan, R. A ; Akbarzadeh, I ; Bakhshandeh, H ; Sharif University of Technology
    Bentham Science Publishers  2020
    Abstract
    Background: Human amniotic membrane grafting could be potentially useful in ocular surface complications due to tissue similarity and the presence of factors that reduce inflammation, vascu-larization, and scarring. However, considerations like donor-derived infectious risk and the requirement of an invasive surgery limit the clinical application of such treatments. Moreover, the quick depletion of bioactive factors after grafting reduces the efficacy of treatments. Therefore, in the current study, the possibility of nano delivery of the bioactive factors extracted from the human amniotic membrane to the ocular surface was investigated. Materials and Methods: Nanoparticles were prepared... 

    Polymer-Coated NH2-UiO-66 for the codelivery of DOX/pCRISPR

    , Article ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces ; Volume 13, Issue 9 , 2021 , Pages 10796-10811 ; 19448244 (ISSN) Rabiee, N ; Bagherzadeh, M ; Heidarian Haris, M ; Ghadiri, A. M ; Matloubi Moghaddam, F ; Fatahi, Y ; Dinarvand, R ; Jarahiyan, A ; Ahmadi, S ; Shokouhimehr, M ; Sharif University of Technology
    American Chemical Society  2021
    Abstract
    Herein, the NH2-UiO-66 metal organic framework (MOF) has been green synthesized with the assistance of high gravity to provide a suitable and safe platform for drug loading. The NH2-UiO-66 MOF was characterized using a field-emission scanning electron microscope, transmission electron microscope (TEM), X-ray diffraction, and zeta potential analysis. Doxorubicin was then encapsulated physically on the porosity of the green MOF. Two different stimulus polymers, p(HEMA) and p(NIPAM), were used as the coating agents of the MOFs. Doxorubicin was loaded onto the polymer-coated MOFs as well, and a drug payload of more than 51% was obtained, which is a record by itself. In the next step, pCRISPR was...