Professional Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy, National Chung Cheng University (2009)
  • Master of Science, Kakatiya University (2002)
  • Bachelor of Science, Kakatiya University (2000)

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Journal Articles

  • Ultrasound-guided delivery of microRNA loaded nanoparticles into cancer JOURNAL OF CONTROLLED RELEASE Wang, T., Choe, J. W., Pu, K., Devulapally, R., Bachawal, S., Machtaler, S., Chowdhury, S. M., Luong, R., Tian, L., Khuri-Yakub, B., Rao, J., Paulmurugan, R., Willmann, J. K. 2015; 203: 99-108


    Ultrasound induced microbubble cavitation can cause enhanced permeability across natural barriers of tumors such as vessel walls or cellular membranes, allowing for enhanced therapeutic delivery into the target tissues. While enhanced delivery of small (<1nm) molecules has been shown at acoustic pressures below 1MPa both in vitro and in vivo, the delivery efficiency of larger (>100nm) therapeutic carriers into cancer remains unclear and may require a higher pressure for sufficient delivery. Enhanced delivery of larger therapeutic carriers such as FDA approved pegylated poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) nanoparticles (PLGA-PEG-NP) has significant clinical value because these nanoparticles have been shown to protect encapsulated drugs from degradation in the blood circulation and allow for slow and prolonged release of encapsulated drugs at the target location. In this study, various acoustic parameters were investigated to facilitate the successful delivery of two nanocarriers, a fluorescent semiconducting polymer model drug nanoparticle as well as PLGA-PEG-NP into human colon cancer xenografts in mice. We first measured the cavitation dose produced by various acoustic parameters (pressure, pulse length, and pulse repetition frequency) and microbubble concentration in a tissue mimicking phantom. Next, in vivo studies were performed to evaluate the penetration depth of nanocarriers using various acoustic pressures, ranging between 1.7 and 6.9MPa. Finally, a therapeutic microRNA, miR-122, was loaded into PLGA-PEG-NP and the amount of delivered miR-122 was assessed using quantitative RT-PCR. Our results show that acoustic pressures had the strongest effect on cavitation. An increase of the pressure from 0.8 to 6.9MPa resulted in a nearly 50-fold increase in cavitation in phantom experiments. In vivo, as the pressures increased from 1.7 to 6.9MPa, the amount of nanoparticles deposited in cancer xenografts was increased from 4- to 14-fold, and the median penetration depth of extravasated nanoparticles was increased from 1.3-fold to 3-fold, compared to control conditions without ultrasound, as examined on 3D confocal microscopy. When delivering miR-122 loaded PLGA-PEG-NP using optimal acoustic settings with minimum tissue damage, miR-122 delivery into tumors with ultrasound and microbubbles was 7.9-fold higher compared to treatment without ultrasound. This study demonstrates that ultrasound induced microbubble cavitation can be a useful tool for delivery of therapeutic miR loaded nanocarriers into cancer in vivo.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.jconrel.2015.02.018

    View details for Web of Science ID 000351696600011

    View details for PubMedID 25687306

  • Polymer Nanoparticles Mediated Codelivery of AntimiR-10b and AntimiR-21 for Achieving Triple Negative Breast Cancer Therapy ACS NANO Devulapally, R., Sekar, N. M., Sekar, T. V., Foygel, K., Massoud, T. F., Willmann, J. K., Paulmurugan, R. 2015; 9 (3): 2290-2302


    The current study shows the therapeutic outcome achieved in triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) by simultaneously antagonizing miR-21-induced antiapoptosis and miR-10b-induced metastasis, using antisense-miR-21-PS and antisense-miR-10b-PS delivered by polymer nanoparticles (NPs). We synthesized the antisense-miR-21 and antisense-miR-10b loaded PLGA-b-PEG polymer NPs and evaluated their cellular uptake, serum stability, release profile, and the subsequent synchronous blocking of endogenous miR-21 and miR-10b function in TNBC cells in culture, and tumor xenografts in living animals using molecular imaging. Results show that multitarget antagonization of endogenous miRNAs could be an efficient strategy for targeting metastasis and antiapoptosis in the treatment of metastatic cancer. Targeted delivery of antisense-miR-21 and antisense-miR-10b coloaded urokinase plasminogen activator receptor (uPAR) targeted polymer NPs treated mice showed substantial reduction in tumor growth at very low dose of 0.15 mg/kg, compared to the control NPs treated mice and 40% reduction in tumor growth compared to scramble peptide conjugated NPs treated mice, thus demonstrating a potential new therapeutic option for TNBC.

    View details for DOI 10.1021/nn507465d

    View details for Web of Science ID 000351791800007

    View details for PubMedID 25652012

  • Degron protease blockade sensor to image epigenetic histone protein methylation in cells and living animals. ACS chemical biology Sekar, T. V., Foygel, K., Devulapally, R., Paulmurugan, R. 2015; 10 (1): 165-174


    Lysine methylation of histone H3 and H4 has been identified as a promising therapeutic target in treating various cellular diseases. The availability of an in vivo assay that enables rapid screening and preclinical evaluation of drugs that potentially target this cellular process will significantly expedite the pace of drug development. This study is the first to report the development of a real-time molecular imaging biosensor (a fusion protein, [FLuc2]-[Suv39h1]-[(G4S)3]-[H3-K9]-[cODC]) that can detect and monitor the methylation status of a specific histone lysine methylation mark (H3-K9) in live animals. The sensitivity of this sensor was assessed in various cell lines, in response to down-regulation of methyltransferase EHMT2 by specific siRNA, and in nude mice with lysine replacement mutants. In vivo imaging in response to a combination of methyltransferase inhibitors BIX01294 and Chaetocin in mice reveals the potential of this sensor for preclinical drug evaluation. This biosensor thus has demonstrated its utility in the detection of H3-K9 methylations in vivo and potential value in preclinical drug development.

    View details for DOI 10.1021/cb5008037

    View details for PubMedID 25489787

  • Polymer nanoparticles for drug and small silencing RNA delivery to treat cancers of different phenotypes WILEY INTERDISCIPLINARY REVIEWS-NANOMEDICINE AND NANOBIOTECHNOLOGY Devulapally, R., Paulmurugan, R. 2014; 6 (1): 40-60


    Advances in nanotechnology have provided powerful and efficient tools in the development of cancer diagnosis and therapy. There are numerous nanocarriers that are currently approved for clinical use in cancer therapy. In recent years, biodegradable polymer nanoparticles have attracted a considerable attention for their ability to function as a possible carrier for target-specific delivery of various drugs, genes, proteins, peptides, vaccines, and other biomolecules in humans without much toxicity. This review will specifically focus on the recent advances in polymer-based nanocarriers for various drugs and small silencing RNA's loading and delivery to treat different types of cancer.

    View details for DOI 10.1002/wnan.1242

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    View details for PubMedID 23996830

  • Suzuki-Miyaura Cross-Coupling of Potassium Trifluoro(N-methylheteroaryl)borates with Aryl and Heteroaryl Halides. The Journal of organic chemistry Molander, G. A., Ryu, D., Hosseini-Sarvari, M., Devulapally, R., Seapy, D. G. 2013; 78 (13): 6648-56


    The synthesis of potassium trifluoro(N-methylheteroaryl)borates and their use in cross-coupling reactions with various aryl and heteroaryl halides to construct N-methyl heteroaryl-substituted aromatic and heteroaromatic compounds are reported.

    View details for PubMedID 23826939

  • Synthesis and cross-coupling reactions of imidomethyltrifluoroborates with aryl chlorides. Tetrahedron letters Devulapally, R., Fleury-BrĂ©geot, N., Molander, G. A., Seapy, D. G. 2012; 53 (9): 1051-1055


    Potassium imidomethyltrifluoroborate salts were efficiently synthesized. Potassium phthalimidomethyl-trifluoroborate was successfully used in Suzuki-Miyaura-like cross-coupling reactions with a variety of aryl chlorides.

    View details for PubMedID 22350554

  • The first total synthesis of (+/-)-zenkequinone B TETRAHEDRON LETTERS Devulapally, R., Hon, Y. 2011; 52 (25): 3183-3185
  • Efficient syntheses of 3H-azuleno[8,1-cd]pyridazines and their thermal and photochemical reactions TETRAHEDRON LETTERS Wu, C., Devulapally, R., Li, T., Ku, C., Chung, H. 2010; 51 (37): 4819-4822
  • A concise method for the synthesis of 2-tetralone by titanium tetrachloride-promoted cyclization of 4-aryl-2-hydroxybutanal diethyl acetal TETRAHEDRON LETTERS Hon, Y., Devulapally, R. 2009; 50 (41): 5713-5715
  • TiCl4-promoted intramolecular cyclization of 4-methoxy-5-aryiethyl-1,3-dioxolan-2-ones: an expedient method to prepare 2-tetralones TETRAHEDRON LETTERS Hon, Y., Devulapally, R. 2009; 50 (23): 2831-2834

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