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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149720/a-robust-strategy-for-preparation-of-sequential-stimuli-responsive-block-copolymer-prodrugs-via-thiolactone-chemistry-to-overcome-multiple-anticancer-drug-delivery-barriers
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Wendong Ke, Wei Yin, Zengshi Zha, Jean Felix Mukerabigwi, Weijian Chen, Yuheng Wang, Chuanxin He, Zhishen Ge
Block copolymer prodrugs (BCPs) have attracted considerable attentions in clinical translation of nanomedicine owing to their self-assembly into well-defined core-shell nanoparticles for improved pharmacokinetics, stability in blood circulation without drug leakage, and optimized biodistribution. However, a cascade of physiological barriers against specific delivery of drugs into tumor cells limit the final therapeutic efficacy. Herein, we report a robust and facile strategy based on thiolactone chemistry to fabricate well-defined BCPs with sequential tumor pH-promoted cellular internalization and intracellular stimuli-responsive drug release...
November 9, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120815/3d-neural-tissue-models-from-spheroids-to-bioprinting
#2
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Pei Zhuang, Alfred Xuyang Sun, Jia An, Chee Kai Chua, Sing Yian Chew
Three-dimensional (3D) in vitro neural tissue models provide a better recapitulation of in vivo cell-cell and cell-extracellular matrix interactions than conventional two-dimensional (2D) cultures. Therefore, the former is believed to have great potential for both mechanistic and translational studies. In this paper, we review the recent developments in 3D in vitro neural tissue models, with a particular focus on the emerging bioprinted tissue structures. We draw on specific examples to describe the merits and limitations of each model, in terms of different applications...
November 7, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132046/stress-relaxing-hyaluronic-acid-collagen-hydrogels-promote-cell-spreading-fiber-remodeling-and-focal-adhesion-formation-in-3d-cell-culture
#3
Junzhe Lou, Ryan Stowers, Sungmin Nam, Yan Xia, Ovijit Chaudhuri
The physical and architectural cues of the extracellular matrix (ECM) play a critical role in regulating important cellular functions such as spreading, migration, proliferation, and differentiation. Natural ECM is a complex viscoelastic scaffold composed of various distinct components that are often organized into a fibrillar microstructure. Hydrogels are frequently used as synthetic ECMs for 3D cell culture, but are typically elastic, due to covalent crosslinking, and non-fibrillar. Recent work has revealed the importance of stress relaxation in viscoelastic hydrogels in regulating biological processes such as spreading and differentiation, but these studies all utilize synthetic ECM hydrogels that are non-fibrillar...
November 6, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132047/in-situ-label-free-monitoring-of-human-adipose-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cell-differentiation-into-multiple-lineages
#4
Intan Rosalina Suhito, Yoojoong Han, Junhong Min, Hyungbin Son, Tae-Hyung Kim
Precise characterizations of stem cell differentiation into specific lineages, especially in non-destructive and non-invasive manner, are extremely important for generating patient-specific cells without mass loss of differentiated cells. Here, we report a new method capable of in situ label-free quantification of stem cell differentiation into multiple lineages, even at a single cell level. The human adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells (hADMSCs) were first differentiated into two different types of cells (osteoblasts and adipocytes) and these differentiated cells were then intensively analyzed by micro-Raman spectroscopy...
November 5, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144982/bone-mesenchymal-stem-cell-secretion-of-srankl-opg-m-csf-in-response-to-macrophage-mediated-inflammatory-response-influences-osteogenesis-on-nanostructured-ti-surfaces
#5
Qian-Li Ma, Liang Fang, Nan Jiang, Liang Zhang, Ying Wang, Yu-Mei Zhang, Li-Hua Chen
Although it has been well established that osteogenic differentiation of bone mesenchymal stem cells (bMSCs) as well as osteoclastic differentiation of macrophages can be manipulated by the nanostructure of biomaterial surfaces, the interactions among the effects of the surface on immune cells and bMSCs remained unknown. Therefore, in this study, the osteogenic behaviors and secretion of osteoclastogenesis-related cytokines of human bMSCs on TiO2 nanotubular (NT) surfaces in conditioned medium (CM) generated by macrophages cultured on the respective NT surfaces (NT-CM) were analyzed...
November 4, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128843/shape-controlled-magnetic-mesoporous-silica-nanoparticles-for-magnetically-mediated-suicide-gene-therapy-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#6
Zheng Wang, Zhimin Chang, Mengmeng Lu, Dan Shao, Juan Yue, Dian Yang, Xiao Zheng, Mingqiang Li, Kan He, Ming Zhang, Li Chen, Wen-Fei Dong
Magnetic nanoparticles (NPs) have emerged as a promising tool for suicide gene therapy. However, the separate delivery of the suicide gene and prodrug in current systems limits their clinical translation. Therefore, improving magnetically mediated suicide gene therapy by exploring higher performance magnetic NP-based hybrid nanoplatforms is an important challenge. In the current study, shape-controlled magnetic mesoporous silica nanoparticles (M-MSNs) were prepared, and their performance in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-guided, magnetically targeted and hyperthermia-enhanced suicide gene therapy of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) was investigated...
November 4, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128847/versatile-hyaluronic-acid-modified-aq4n-cu-ii-gossypol-infinite-coordination-polymer-nanoparticles-multiple-tumor-targeting-highly-efficient-synergistic-chemotherapy-and-real-time-self-monitoring
#7
Shihong Shen, Youshen Wu, Ke Li, Ya Wang, Jimin Wu, Yun Zeng, Daocheng Wu
A novel strategy for the preparation of infinite coordination polymer nanoparticles (ICPs) based nanomedicines was developed, with which hyaluronic acid modified AQ4N-Cu(II)-gossypol nanoparticles (HA@AQ4N-Cu(II)-gossypol NPs) were obtained. This is a highly efficient nanomedicine, in which gossypol serves as a chemotherapeutic agent and a self-carrier material; Cu(II) serves as the connecting point and anti-tumor enhancer; AQ4N not only serves as a chemotherapeutic agent and self-carrier material, but also as the self-monitor based on its inherent fluorescence...
November 3, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149721/biological-safety-and-tissue-distribution-of-16-mercaptohexadecyl-trimethylammonium-bromide-modified-cationic-gold-nanorods
#8
Monika Zarska, Michal Sramek, Filip Novotny, Filip Havel, Andrea Babelova, Blanka Mrazkova, Oldrich Benada, Milan Reinis, Ivan Stepanek, Kamil Musilek, Jiri Bartek, Monika Ursinyova, Ondrej Novak, Rastislav Dzijak, Kamil Kuca, Jan Proska, Zdenek Hodny
The exceptionally high cellular uptake of gold nanorods (GNRs) bearing cationic surfactants makes them a promising tool for biomedical applications. Given the known specific toxic and stress effects of some preparations of cationic nanoparticles, the purpose of this study was to evaluate, in an in vitro and in vivo in mouse, the potential harmful effects of GNRs coated with (16-mercaptohexadecyl)trimethylammonium bromide ((MTAB)GNRs). Interestingly, even after cellular accumulation of high amounts of (MTAB)GNRs sufficient for induction of photothermal effect, no genotoxicity (even after longer-term accumulation), induction of autophagy, destabilization of lysosomes (dominant organelles of their cellular destination), alterations of actin cytoskeleton, or in cell migration could be detected in vitro...
November 1, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128846/tissue-adhesive-fk506-loaded-polymeric-nanoparticles-for-multi-layered-nano-shielding-of-pancreatic-islets-to-enhance-xenograft-survival-in-a-diabetic-mouse-model
#9
Tung Thanh Pham, Tiep Tien Nguyen, Shiva Pathak, Shobha Regmi, Hanh Thuy Nguyen, Tuan Hiep Tran, Chul Soon Yong, Jong Oh Kim, Pil-Hoon Park, Min Hui Park, Young Kyung Bae, Jeong Uk Choi, Youngro Byun, Cheol-Hee Ahn, Simmyung Yook, Jee-Heon Jeong
This study aims to develop a novel surface modification technology to prolong the survival time of pancreatic islets in a xenogenic transplantation model, using 3,4-dihydroxyphenethylamine (DOPA) conjugated poly(lactide-co-glycolide)-poly(ethylene glycol) (PLGA-PEG) nanoparticles (DOPA-NPs) carrying immunosuppressant FK506 (FK506/DOPA-NPs). The functionalized DOPA-NPs formed a versatile coating layer for antigen camouflage without interfering the viability and functionality of islets. The coating layer effectively preserved the morphology and viability of islets in a co-culture condition with xenogenic lymphocytes for 7 days...
November 1, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127860/human-embryonic-stem-cell-derived-cardiovascular-progenitor-cells-efficiently-colonize-in-bfgf-tethered-natural-matrix-to-construct-contracting-humanized-rat-hearts
#10
Sarah Rajabi, Sara Pahlavan, Mohammad Kazemi Ashtiani, Hassan Ansari, Saeed Abbasalizadeh, Forough Azam Sayahpour, Fahimeh Varzideh, Sawa Kostin, Nasser Aghdami, Thomas Braun, Hossein Baharvand
Bioengineering of whole hearts using human embryonic stem cells (hESCs)-derived cardiovascular progenitor cells (CPCs) and natural matrices is a promising approach to overcome organ donor shortage threatening millions of patients awaiting for heart transplantation. Here, we developed a novel strategy for generation of heart constructs by repopulating engineered decellularized rat hearts using hESCs-derived CPCs. Careful expansion of CPCs in a scalable stirred-suspension bioreactor combined with step-wise seeding (60 million cells in 3 steps of 20 million per 1...
November 1, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120821/an-injectable-electrostatically-interacting-drug-depot-for-the-treatment-of-rheumatoid-arthritis
#11
Ji Hoon Park, Seung Hun Park, Hye Yun Lee, Jin Woo Lee, Bo Keun Lee, Bun Yeoul Lee, Jae Ho Kim, Moon Suk Kim
To the best of our knowledge, no studies have yet examined the electrostatic interaction of polyelectrolytes with electrolyte drugs for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Here, an injectable, electrostatically interacting drug depot is described. We prepared methoxy polyethylene glycol-b-poly(ε-caprolactone)-ran-poly(l-lactic acid) (MC) diblock copolymers with a carboxylic acid group (MC-C) at the pendant position. MC-C was polyelectrolytes that exhibited negative zeta potentials. Sulfasalazine [Sul(-)] and minocycline [Min(+)], electrolyte RA drugs, exhibited negative and positive zeta potentials, respectively...
November 1, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128844/a-biodegradable-scaffold-enhances-differentiation-of-embryonic-stem-cells-into-a-thick-sheet-of-retinal-cells
#12
Deepti Singh, Shao-Bin Wang, Tina Xia, Laurel Tainsh, Maryam Ghiassi-Nejad, Tao Xu, Shaomin Peng, Ron A Adelman, Lawrence J Rizzolo
Retinal degeneration is a leading cause of blindness in developed countries. Stem cells can be differentiated into retinal organoids to study mechanisms of retinal degeneration, develop therapeutic agents, and potentially serve as replacement tissues. The spherical nature of these retinoids limits their utility, because the investigator lacks ready access to both sides of the neo-tissue. For tissue-replacement, spherical retinoids are unable to interact simultaneously with the host retinal pigment epithelium and remaining neurosensory retina...
October 31, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120820/development-of-pegylated-aspartic-acid-modified-liposome-as-a-bone-targeting-carrier-for-the-delivery-of-paclitaxel-and-treatment-of-bone-metastasis
#13
Shugo Yamashita, Hidemasa Katsumi, Nozomi Hibino, Yugo Isobe, Yumiko Yagi, Yuka Tanaka, Saki Yamada, Chihiro Naito, Akira Yamamoto
To prevent bone metastasis, we developed polyethylene glycol (PEG)-conjugated aspartic acid (Asp)-modified liposomes (PEG-Asp-Lipo) as a bone-targeting carrier of paclitaxel (PTX) by using Asp-modified 1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphoethanolamine (DPPE-Asp). The affinity of Asp-modified liposomes to hydroxyapatite increased as the concentration of DPPE-Asp increased. The bone accumulation of [(3)H]-labeled PEG(2)-Asp(33)-Lipo was approximately 24.6% 360 min after intravenous injection in mice, in contrast to 5...
October 31, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120817/guiding-morphogenesis-in-cell-instructive-microgels-for-therapeutic-angiogenesis
#14
A L Torres, S J Bidarra, M T Pinto, P C Aguiar, E A Silva, C C Barrias
Efficient cell delivery strategies are urgently needed to improve the outcome of cell-based pro-angiogenic therapies. This study describes the design of an injectable cell delivery platform, based on biomaterial-guided morphogenesis principles. Soft high-mannuronic acid alginate microgels, oxidized and functionalized with integrin-binding peptides, provided adequate biochemical/biomechanical cues for the co-assembly of mesenchymal stem cells and outgrowth endothelial cells (OEC) into pre-vascularized microtissues...
October 31, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29117575/self-assembling-peptide-hydrogel-enables-instant-epicardial-coating-of-the-heart-with-mesenchymal-stromal-cells-for-the-treatment-of-heart-failure
#15
Yuki Ichihara, Masahiro Kaneko, Kenichi Yamahara, Marinos Koulouroudias, Nobuhiko Sato, Rakesh Uppal, Kenji Yamazaki, Satoshi Saito, Ken Suzuki
Transplantation of mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) is an emerging therapy for the treatment of heart failure. However, the delivery method of MSC is currently suboptimal. The use of self-assembling peptide hydrogels, including PuraMatrix(®) (PM; 3-D Matrix, Ltd), has been reported for clinical hemostasis and in research models. This study demonstrates the feasibility and efficacy of an advanced approach for MSC-therapy, that is coating of the epicardium with the instantly-produced PM hydrogel incorporating MSCs (epicardial PM-MSC therapy)...
October 31, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122279/stem-cell-based-bone-regeneration-in-diseased-microenvironments-challenges-and-solutions
#16
Bing-Dong Sui, Cheng-Hu Hu, An-Qi Liu, Chen-Xi Zheng, Kun Xuan, Yan Jin
Restoration of extensive bone loss and defects remain as an unfulfilled challenge in modern medicine. Given the critical contributions to bone homeostasis and diseases, mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have shown great promise to jumpstart and facilitate bone healing, with immense regenerative potential in both pharmacology-based endogenous MSC rescue/mobilization in skeletal diseases and emerging application of MSC transplantation in bone tissue engineering and cytotherapy. However, efficacy of MSC-based bone regeneration was not always achieved; particularly, fulfillment of MSC-mediated bone healing in diseased microenvironments of host comorbidities remains as a major challenge...
October 30, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120816/tumor-targeted-stealthy-and-degradable-bismuth-nanoparticles-for-enhanced-x-ray-radiation-therapy-of-breast-cancer
#17
Junjie Deng, Shandong Xu, Weike Hu, Xiaojie Xun, Liyuan Zheng, Ming Su
Nanoparticles of heavy elements can be used as radiosensitizers to enhance X-ray radiation therapy, but a major roadblock in translating nanoparticle radiosensitizers into clinical practice of cancer treatment is related to the non-degradable nature of the nanoparticles, which can cause accumulation inside body and long-term toxicity. This paper reports the use of a folate-inserted, red blood cell membrane-modified bismuth (i.e., F-RBC bismuth) nanoparticles in X-ray radiation therapy for breast cancer, where cell membrane coating provides long blood circulation time, folate acts as tumor targeting agent, X-ray and bismuth nanoparticles interaction generates more free radicals for cancer cells damage, and physiological condition helps dissolve bismuth nanoparticles after treatment...
October 30, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29117574/an-astrocyte-derived-extracellular-matrix-coating-reduces-astrogliosis-surrounding-chronically-implanted-microelectrode-arrays-in-rat-cortex
#18
Robert S Oakes, Michael D Polei, John L Skousen, Patrick A Tresco
Available evidence suggests that the magnitude of the foreign body response (FBR) to implants placed in cortical brain tissue is affected by the extent of vasculature damage following device insertion and the magnitude of the ensuing macrophage response. Since the extracellular matrix (ECM) serves as a natural hemostatic and immunomodulatory agent, we examined the ability of an FDA-approved neurosurgical hemostatic coating and an ECM coating derived from primary rat astrocytes to reduce the FBR surrounding a penetrating microelectrode array chronically implanted in rat cortex...
October 29, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120818/near-infrared-dye-conjugated-oxidative-stress-amplifying-polymer-micelles-for-dual-imaging-and-synergistic-anticancer-phototherapy
#19
Wonseok Yang, Joungyoun Noh, Hoyeon Park, Sian Gwon, Berwin Singh, Chulgyu Song, Dongwon Lee
The recent advances in nanotechnology have led to the development of smart nanomaterials that combine diagnostic and therapeutic functions and provide synergistic anticancer effects through the combination of different treatment modalities. Here, we report a promising theranostic nanoconstruct that can translate into multiple functionalities: fluorescence/photoacoustic imaging, acid-triggered generation of ROS (reactive oxygen species), heat and singlet oxygen production under near infrared (NIR) laser irradiation, and coupling oxidative anticancer therapy to dual imaging-guided photothermal/photodynamic therapy...
October 27, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29102745/gold-nanostar-mediated-neural-activity-control-using-plasmonic-photothermal-effects
#20
Jee Woong Lee, Hyunjun Jung, Hui Hun Cho, Jung Heon Lee, Yoonkey Nam
Nanomaterials have emerged as an essential tool for the understanding of cellular level mechanism in the fields of biology and medical science. Recently, researchers have been studying the regulation of neuronal activity using plasmonic nanoparticles and light, and it has been reported that photothermal effects could lead to both excitation and inhibition of neuronal cells. So far, only a few photothermal transducers have been applied to modulate neural activity. In this paper, we synthesized biocompatible gold nanostars (AuNSs) which generate heat by absorbing near-infrared (NIR) light...
October 27, 2017: Biomaterials
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