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Chem Pharm Bull (Tokyo) ; 69(12): 1141-1159, 2021.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1546823


Considerable efforts have been made on the development of lipid nanoparticles (LNPs) for delivering of nucleic acids in LNP-based medicines, including a first-ever short interfering RNA (siRNA) medicine, Onpattro, and the mRNA vaccines against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), which have been approved and are currently in use worldwide. The successful rational design of ionizable cationic lipids was a major breakthrough that dramatically increased delivery efficiency in this field. The LNPs would be expected to be useful as a platform technology for the delivery of various therapeutic modalities for genome editing and even for undiscovered therapeutic mechanisms. In this review, the current progress of my research, including the molecular design of pH-sensitive cationic lipids, their applications for various tissues and cell types, and for delivering various macromolecules, including siRNA, antisense oligonucleotide, mRNA, and the clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)-associated (Cas) system will be described. Mechanistic studies regarding relationships between the physicochemical properties of LNPs, drug delivery, and biosafety are also summarized. Furthermore, current issues that need to be addressed for next generation drug delivery systems are discussed.

Drug Carriers/chemistry , Lipids/chemistry , Liposomes/chemistry , Nanoparticles/chemistry , COVID-19/immunology , COVID-19/prevention & control , COVID-19/virology , Cations/chemistry , Hydrogen-Ion Concentration , RNA, Guide/chemistry , RNA, Guide/metabolism , RNA, Small Interfering/chemistry , RNA, Small Interfering/metabolism , SARS-CoV-2/isolation & purification , /metabolism
J Chem Theory Comput ; 17(10): 6483-6490, 2021 Oct 12.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1404872


SARS-CoV-2 that caused COVID-19 has spread since the end of 2019. Its major effects resulted in over four million deaths around the whole world by August 2021. Therefore, understanding virulence mechanisms is important to prevent future outbreaks and for COVID-19 drug development. The envelope (E) protein is an important structural protein, affecting virus assembly and budding. The E protein pentamer is a viroporin, serving as an ion transferring channel in cells. In this work, we applied molecular dynamic simulations and topological and electrostatic analyses to study the effects of palmitoylation on the E protein pentamer. The results indicate that the cation transferring direction is more from the lumen to the cytosol. The structure of the palmitoylated E protein pentamer is more stable while the loss of palmitoylation caused the pore radius to reduce and even collapse. The electrostatic forces on the two sides of the palmitoylated E protein pentamer are more beneficial to attract cations in the lumen and to release cations into the cytosol. The results indicate the importance of palmitoylation, which can help the drug design for the treatment of COVID-19.

Coronavirus Envelope Proteins/chemistry , Lipoylation , Antiviral Agents/chemistry , Antiviral Agents/pharmacology , Cations/chemistry , Computational Biology , Cytosol/chemistry , Drug Design , Humans , Models, Molecular , Molecular Dynamics Simulation , Molecular Structure , Principal Component Analysis , Protons , Static Electricity
Molecules ; 26(5)2021 Mar 04.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1129755


A novel, simple, low-cost, and user-friendly potentiometric surfactant sensor based on the new 1,3-dihexadecyl-1H-benzo[d]imidazol-3-ium-tetraphenylborate (DHBI-TPB) ion-pair for the detection of cationic surfactants in personal care products and disinfectants is presented here. The new cationic surfactant DHBI-Br was successfully synthesized and characterized by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrometry, liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) and elemental analysis and was further employed for DHBI-TPB ion-pair preparation. The sensor gave excellent response characteristics for CTAB, CPC and Hyamine with a Nernstian slope (57.1 to 59.1 mV/decade) whereas the lowest limit of detection (LOD) value was measured for CTAB (0.3 × 10-6 M). The sensor exhibited a fast dynamic response to dodecyl sulfate (DDS) and TPB. High sensor performances stayed intact regardless of the employment of inorganic and organic cations and in a broad pH range (2-11). Titration of cationic and etoxylated (EO)-nonionic surfactant (NSs) (in Ba2+) mixtures with TPB revealed the first inflexion point for a cationic surfactant and the second for an EO-nonionic surfactant. The increased concentration of EO-nonionic surfactants and the number of EO groups had a negative influence on titration curves and signal change. The sensor was successfully applied for the quantification of technical-grade cationic surfactants and in 12 personal care products and disinfectants. The results showed good agreement with the measurements obtained by a commercial surfactant sensor and by a two-phase titration. A good recovery for the standard addition method (98-102%) was observed.

Biosensing Techniques/methods , Cations/chemistry , Cosmetics/analysis , Disinfectants/analysis , Imidazoles/chemistry , Potentiometry/methods , Surface-Active Agents/chemistry , Hydrogen-Ion Concentration