Navigation Links
New data obtained on liposomes employed in drug encapsulation and gene therapies

This release is available in Spanish.

University of Granada scientists and the Spanish Higher Institute for Scientific Research (CSIC) have made significant progress in understanding lipid membranes, which are extensively employed in the development of cosmetic and drug products, and which have potential application in the field of nanotechnology.

Phospholipid vesicles (liposomes) are colloidal systems that arise considerable interest from the pharmaceutical, cosmetic and food industry, since they are biocompatible in protein, nucleic acid, drug, etc encapsulation. Further, from a scientific perspective, liposomes are considered a model system of cell membranes that have been implemented in the study of biological transport processes through cell membranes, as well as in the study of aggregation processes induced by biological substances, etc.

To develop products of biotechnological interest, understanding thoroughly the electrostatic properties of these membranes is necessary. This was the purpose of Alberto Martn Molina and Csar Rodrguez Beas, from the Department of Applied Physics of the University of Granada, and Jordi Faraudo from the Instituto de Ciencias de Materiales in Barcelona (CSIC), authors of a study recently published in the journal Physical Review Letters (Vol. 104; pp 168103 (2010). 104, pp 168103 (2010)).

Inverting its Electrostatic Charge

This study discloses why certain lipid membranes can invert their surface electrostatic charge, that is, why these membranes have negative charge, but they can function as positive charge material in specific circumstances. This type of membranes are extensively employed in gene therapies.

Such behaviour is due to the fact that the interphase of these membranes in water is soft, permeable and highly hydrated. "Such environment attracts small objects with significant electric charge. These membranes tend to gather in large groups acquiring electric charge", researchers state. For the purpose of this study, electrophoresis experiments and computer-based simulations were conducted. Such trials were made using a supercomputer belonging to the Spanish Supercomputing Centre, since these trials required a long time and high calculation performance.

After a sustained period of several months, researchers obtained revealing results from simulations, which allowed them to prepare a new inversion mechanism for their experimental system. This mechanism is as follows: phospholipid membranes have the ability to absorb lanthanum cations, which go from being associated to the solution water molecules to associating to the membrane atoms.


Contact: Alberto Martn Molina
University of Granada

Related medicine news :

1. New clue in leukemia mystery: Researchers identify poison employed by deadly enzyme mutations
2. Immigrants with disabilities more frequently employed than US-born persons with disabilities
3. CED Solutions Offers Free 3-Day Technical Windows 7 Certification Course for Unemployed Individuals
4. Generic drug may improve the effectiveness of cancer nanotherapies
5. New Therapies Offer Insight Into Battling Deadly Melanomas
6. Many U.S. Hospices Provide Alternative Therapies: Report
7. Link between signaling molecules could point way to therapies for epilepsy, stroke, other diseases
8. Many Brain Tumor Patients Turn to Alternative Therapies
9. John Theurer Cancer Center presents studies on promising therapies for aggressive blood cancers
10. New therapies and gene target advance the treatment and understanding of hard-to-treat leukemias
11. Alternative therapies may leave asthmatics gasping
Post Your Comments:
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... 26, 2016 , ... On June 10-11, 2016, A Forever Recovery, a holistic ... World’s Longest Breakfast Table in Battle Creek, MI, where the rehabilitation facility is located. ... some of the world’s leading providers of cereal and other breakfast foods. Its residents ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 26, 2016 , ... PawPaws ... a new product that was developed to enhance the health of felines. The formula ... , The two main herbs in the PawPaws Cat Kidney Support Supplement ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... Birmingham, Lake Orion, Clarkston, Michigan (PRWEB) , ... ... ... their direction with respect to fertility once they have been diagnosed with endometriosis. ... for tolerable intercourse but they also require a comprehensive approach that can help ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... Austin residents seeking Mohs surgery ... of Mohs Surgery and to Dr. Russell Peckham for medical and surgical dermatology. , ... for skin cancer. The selective fellowship in Mohs Micrographic Surgery completed by Dr. Dorsey ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... "With 30 hand-drawn hand gesture animations, ... Christina Austin - CEO of Pixel Film Studios. , ProHand Cartoon’s package transforms ... Final Cut Pro X . Simply select a ProHand generator and drag it above ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016 Research ... World Market for Companion Diagnostic Tests" report to their ... Market for Companion Diagnostics The World Market ... and personalized medicine diagnostics. Market analysis in the report includes ... Test Market (In Vitro Diagnostic Kits) by Region (N. America, ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... -- MedSource announced today that it has selected Datatrial,s ... choice.  This latest decision demonstrates MedSource,s commitment to ... by offering a state-of-the-art electronic data capture (EDC) ... the EDC platform of choice in exchange for ... long been a preferred EDC platform by our ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) announced ... BRAHMS PCT (procalcitonin) assay as a dedicated testing solution ... this clearance, Roche is the first IVD company in ... sepsis risk assessment and management. PCT is ... levels in blood can aid clinicians in assessing the ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: