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Modified Pamam Dendrimers In Tunable Drug-Delivery Systems: A Sustained-Release Dendrimer Hydrogel For Anti-Glaucoma Drugs And Surface-Engineered Macrophages As Nanoparticle Carriers For Targeted Anti-Cancer Therapy, Christopher A. Holden Jan 2017

Modified Pamam Dendrimers In Tunable Drug-Delivery Systems: A Sustained-Release Dendrimer Hydrogel For Anti-Glaucoma Drugs And Surface-Engineered Macrophages As Nanoparticle Carriers For Targeted Anti-Cancer Therapy, Christopher A. Holden

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Two specific drug-delivery applications were sought in this work using polyamidoamine (PAMAM) dendrimers. One drug-delivery system used a novel dendrimer hydrogel (DH) for sustained delivery of anti-glaucoma drugs. In this work, PAMAM G3.0 dendrimers were covalently bonded with poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG­12000) molecules which were subsequently acrylated, resulting in photocurable DH conjugates. For pharmacological studies, DH were loaded with a solution of intraocular pressure lowering drugs, brimonidine and timolol maleate, and were characterized for in vitro release and ex vivo transport and uptake. DH formulations were shown to increase the loading of drug molecules, increase transcorneal drug delivery ...


Characterizing Targeted Drug Delivery And Endothelial Cell Dynamics Using In Vitro Blood Vessel Models, Antony Thomas Jan 2015

Characterizing Targeted Drug Delivery And Endothelial Cell Dynamics Using In Vitro Blood Vessel Models, Antony Thomas

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Endothelial cells form the inner lining of blood vessels and regulate key blood vessel functions including host defense reactions, vascular smooth muscle tone, angiogenesis, and tissue fluid homeostasis. The occurrence of a pathological condition can lead to inflammation, a protective and tightly regulated response involving host cells, blood vessels and proteins. This process is promoted by circulating cytokines and other chemical mediators such as tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α), interleukins, thrombin, a few examples. Inflammation can be acute or chronic in nature and is characterized by specific cell receptor expression patterns on the endothelial layer and an increase in endothelial cell-cell ...