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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340357/ruthenium-complexes-with-phenylterpyridine-derivatives-target-cell-membrane-and-trigger-death-receptors-mediated-apoptosis-in-cancer-cells
#1
Zhiqin Deng, Pan Gao, Lianling Yu, Bin Ma, Yuanyuan You, Leung Chan, Chaoming Mei, Tianfeng Chen
Elucidation of the communication between metal complexes and cell membrane may provide useful information for rational design of metal-based anticancer drugs. Herein we synthesized a novel class of ruthenium (Ru) complexes containing phtpy derivatives (phtpy = phenylterpyridine), analyzed their structure-activity relationship and revealed their action mechanisms. The result showed that, the increase in the planarity of hydrophobic Ru complexes significantly enhanced their lipophilicity and cellular uptake...
March 18, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329693/lanthanide-integrated-supramolecular-polymeric-nanoassembly-with-multiple-regulation-characteristics-for-multidrug-resistant-cancer-therapy
#2
Weihong Jin, Qiwen Wang, Min Wu, Yang Li, Guping Tang, Yuan Ping, Paul K Chu
Cancer treatment can in principle be enhanced by the synergistic effects of chemo- and nucleic acid-based combination therapies but the lack of efficient drug nanocarriers and occurrence of multidrug resistance (MDR) are major obstacles adversely affecting the effectiveness. Herein, a lanthanide-integrated supramolecular polymeric nanoassembly that delivers anticancer drugs and siRNA for more effective cancer therapy is described. This nanotherapeutic system is prepared by loading adamantane-modified doxorubicin (Dox) into polyethylenimine-crosslinked-γ-cyclodextrin (PC) through the supramolecular assembly to form the interior Dox-loaded PC (PCD) followed by electrostatically driven self-assembly of siRNA and PCD to produce the PCD/siRNA nanocomplexes...
March 16, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340358/lysosomal-rupture-induced-by-structurally-distinct-chitosans-either-promotes-a-type-1-ifn-response-or-activates-the-inflammasome-in-macrophages
#3
David Fong, Pascal Grégoire-Gélinas, Alexandre P Cheng, Tal Mezheritsky, Marc Lavertu, Sachiko Sato, Caroline D Hoemann
Chitosan is a family of glucosamine and N-acetyl glucosamine polysaccharides with poorly understood immune modulating properties. Here, functional U937 macrophage responses were analyzed in response to a novel library of twenty chitosans with controlled degree of deacetylation (DDA, 60-98%), molecular weight (1 to >100 kDa), and acetylation pattern (block vs. random). Specific chitosan preparations (10 or 190 kDa 80% block DDA and 3, 5, or 10 kDa 98% DDA) either induced macrophages to release CXCL10 and IL-1ra at 5-50 μg/mL, or activated the inflammasome to release IL-1β and PGE2 at 50-150 μg/mL...
March 15, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335993/biomaterials-innovation-for-next-generation-ex%C3%A2-vivo-immune-tissue-engineering
#4
REVIEW
Ankur Singh
Primary and secondary lymphoid organs are tissues that facilitate differentiation of B and T cells, leading to the induction of adaptive immune responses. These organs are present in the body from birth and are also recognized as locations where self-reactive B and T cells can be eliminated during the natural selection process. Many insights into the mechanisms that control the process of immune cell development and maturation in response to infection come from the analysis of various gene-deficient mice that lack some or all hallmark features of lymphoid tissues...
March 15, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324865/biomaterials-for-intervertebral-disc-regeneration-and-repair
#5
REVIEW
Robert D Bowles, Lori A Setton
The intervertebral disc contributes to motion, weight bearing, and flexibility of the spine, but is susceptible to damage and morphological changes that contribute to pathology with age and injury. Engineering strategies that rely upon synthetic materials or composite implants that do not interface with the biological components of the disc have not met with widespread use or desirable outcomes in the treatment of intervertebral disc pathology. Here we review bioengineering advances to treat disc disorders, using cell-supplemented materials, or acellular, biologically based materials, that provide opportunity for cell-material interactions and remodeling in the treatment of intervertebral disc disorders...
March 15, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324866/long-term-bioavailability-of-redox-nanoparticles-effectively-reduces-organ-dysfunctions-and-death-in-whole-body-irradiated-mice
#6
Chitho P Feliciano, Koji Tsuboi, Kenshi Suzuki, Hiroyuki Kimura, Yukio Nagasaki
Radioprotective agents have been developed to protect patients against the damaging and lethal effects of ionizing radiation. However, in addition to the intrinsic ability to target reactive oxygen species (ROS), the ability to retain a significant level of bioavailability is desirable in radioprotective agents because that would increase and prolong their radioprotective efficacy and improve its safety. Here, we report the development of a novel nanoparticle-based radioprotective agent with improved bioavailability, which suppressed the adverse effects typically associated with low-molecular-weight (LMW) antioxidants...
March 14, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314136/platelet-microparticle-inspired-clot-responsive-nanomedicine-for-targeted-fibrinolysis
#7
Christa L Pawlowski, Wei Li, Michael Sun, Kavya Ravichandran, DaShawn Hickman, Clarissa Kos, Gurbani Kaur, Anirban Sen Gupta
Intravascular administration of plasminogen activators is a clinically important thrombolytic strategy to treat occlusive vascular conditions. A major issue with this strategy is the systemic off-target drug action, which affects hemostatic capabilities and causes substantial hemorrhagic risks. This issue can be potentially resolved by designing technologies that allow thrombus-targeted delivery and site-specific action of thrombolytic drugs. To this end, leveraging a liposomal platform, we have developed platelet microparticle (PMP)-inspired nanovesicles (PMINs), that can protect encapsulated thrombolytic drugs in circulation to prevent off-target uptake and action, anchor actively onto thrombus via PMP-relevant molecular mechanisms and allow drug release via thrombus-relevant enzymatic trigger...
March 14, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324863/croconaine-nanoparticles-with-enhanced-tumor-accumulation-for-multimodality-cancer-theranostics
#8
Longguang Tang, Fuwu Zhang, Fei Yu, Wenjing Sun, Menglin Song, Xiaoyuan Chen, Xianzhong Zhang, Xiaolian Sun
A novel nanoparticle self-assembled by polyethylene glycol (PEG) modified croconaine dye (CR780) is presented for photoacoustic (PA)/near-infrared (NIR) fluorescence imaging-guided photothermal therapy (PTT). The simple PEGylation made CR780 amphiphilic, and led to their self-assembly into well-defined and uniform nanostructures with size tunable by controlling the assembly conditions. The CR780-PEG5K not only displayed the strength of small molecules (including rapid distribution to different organs, fast renal clearance and minimal accumulation to normal tissues), but also demonstrated the advantages of nanomaterials (including high physiological stability, multimodal theranostic ability, high tumor accumulation and retention)...
March 13, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319779/supramolecular-biofunctional-materials
#9
REVIEW
Jie Zhou, Jie Li, Xuewen Du, Bing Xu
This review discusses supramolecular biofunctional materials, a novel class of biomaterials formed by small molecules that are held together via noncovalent interactions. The complexity of biology and relevant biomedical problems not only inspire, but also demand effective molecular design for functional materials. Supramolecular biofunctional materials offer (almost) unlimited possibilities and opportunities to address challenging biomedical problems. Rational molecular design of supramolecular biofunctional materials exploit powerful and versatile noncovalent interactions, which offer many advantages, such as responsiveness, reversibility, tunability, biomimicry, modularity, predictability, and, most importantly, adaptiveness...
March 12, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334641/humanized-mouse-model-for-assessing-the-human-immune-response-to-xenogeneic-and-allogeneic-decellularized-biomaterials
#10
Raymond M Wang, Todd D Johnson, Jingjin He, Zhili Rong, Michelle Wong, Vishal Nigam, Atta Behfar, Yang Xu, Karen L Christman
Current assessment of biomaterial biocompatibility is typically implemented in wild type rodent models. Unfortunately, different characteristics of the immune systems in rodents versus humans limit the capability of these models to mimic the human immune response to naturally derived biomaterials. Here we investigated the utility of humanized mice as an improved model for testing naturally derived biomaterials. Two injectable hydrogels derived from decellularized porcine or human cadaveric myocardium were compared...
March 11, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325685/a-positive-feedback-strategy-for-enhanced-chemotherapy-based-on-ros-triggered-self-accelerating-drug-release-nanosystem
#11
Jing-Jing Hu, Qi Lei, Meng-Yun Peng, Di-Wei Zheng, Yi-Xuan Chen, Xian-Zheng Zhang
Here, a positive feedback strategy was utilized to amplify the concentration of intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) and a ROS-triggered self-accelerating drug release nanosystem (defined as T/D@RSMSNs) was demonstrated for enhanced tumor chemotherapy. The mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) based nanocarriers were gated by β-cyclodextrin (β-CD) through the ROS-cleavable thioketal (TK) linker to encapsulate the anticancer drug doxorubicin hydrochloride (DOX) and ROS producing agent α-tocopheryl succinate (α-TOS), whose surface was further anchored with adamantane conjugated poly(ethylene glycol) chain (AD-PEG) via host-guest interaction...
March 11, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301803/injectable-and-thermally-contractible-hydroxypropyl-methyl-cellulose-fe3o4-for-magnetic-hyperthermia-ablation-of-tumors
#12
Fengjuan Wang, Yang Yang, Yi Ling, Jianxin Liu, Xiaojun Cai, Xiaohan Zhou, Xiuzhen Tang, Bing Liang, Yini Chen, Hangrong Chen, Dengming Chen, Chunhong Li, Zhigang Wang, Bing Hu, Yuanyi Zheng
The development of efficient strategies for the magnetic hyperthermia ablation of tumors remains challenging. To overcome the significant safety limitations, we developed a thermally contractible, injectable and biodegradable material for the minimally invasive and highly efficient magnetic hyperthermia ablation of tumors. This material was composed of hydroxypropyl methyl cellulose (HPMC), polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and Fe3O4. The thermal contractibility of HPMC/Fe3O4 was designed to avoid damaging the surrounding normal tissue upon heating, which was confirmed by visual inspection, ultrasound imaging and computed tomography (CT)...
March 8, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327460/comprehensive-proteomic-characterization-of-stem-cell-derived-extracellular-matrices
#13
Héloïse Ragelle, Alexandra Naba, Benjamin L Larson, Fangheng Zhou, Miralem Prijić, Charles A Whittaker, Amanda Del Rosario, Robert Langer, Richard O Hynes, Daniel G Anderson
In the stem-cell niche, the extracellular matrix (ECM) serves as a structural support that additionally provides stem cells with signals that contribute to the regulation of stem-cell function, via reciprocal interactions between cells and components of the ECM. Recently, cell-derived ECMs have emerged as in vitro cell culture substrates to better recapitulate the native stem-cell microenvironment outside the body. Significant changes in cell number, morphology and function have been observed when mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) were cultured on ECM substrates as compared to standard tissue-culture polystyrene (TCPS)...
March 7, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285195/engineering-intravaginal-vaccines-to-overcome-mucosal-and-epithelial-barriers
#14
Zhonghua Ji, Zhaolu Xie, Zhirong Zhang, Tao Gong, Xun Sun
The mucosal surface of the vagina is a primary human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) entry portal, making it an attractive site for HIV vaccination. However, HIV vaccines based on recombinant adenovirus (rAd) do not efficiently cross the mucus layers or underlying epithelium of the vagina. Here we designed nanocomplexes of rAd particles coated with (1) the polyethylene glycol derivative APS to provide a hydrophilic surface that would prevent entrapment in the hydrophobic mucus, and (2) the cell-penetrating peptide TAT to improve transduction efficiency...
March 7, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288348/a-microengineered-collagen-scaffold-for-generating-a-polarized-crypt-villus-architecture-of-human-small-intestinal-epithelium
#15
Yuli Wang, Dulan B Gunasekara, Mark I Reed, Matthew DiSalvo, Scott J Bultman, Christopher E Sims, Scott T Magness, Nancy L Allbritton
The human small intestinal epithelium possesses a distinct crypt-villus architecture and tissue polarity in which proliferative cells reside inside crypts while differentiated cells are localized to the villi. Indirect evidence has shown that the processes of differentiation and migration are driven in part by biochemical gradients of factors that specify the polarity of these cellular compartments; however, direct evidence for gradient-driven patterning of this in vivo architecture has been hampered by limitations of the in vitro systems available...
March 6, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288347/exploration-of-the-metal-coordination-region-of-concanavalin-a-for-its-interaction-with-human-norovirus
#16
Duwoon Kim, Hee-Min Lee, Kyung-Seo Oh, Ah Young Ki, Rachael A Protzman, Dongkyun Kim, Jong-Soon Choi, Min Ji Kim, Sung Hyun Kim, Bipin Vaidya, Seung Jae Lee, Joseph Kwon
Rapid methods for the detection and clinical treatment of human norovirus (HuNoV) are needed to control foodborne disease outbreaks, but reliable techniques that are fast and sensitive enough to detect small amounts of HuNoV in food and aquatic environments are not yet available. We explore the interactions between HuNoV and concanavalin A (Con A), which could facilitate the development of a sensitive detection tool for HuNoV. Biophysical studies including hydrogen/deuterium exchange (HDX) mass spectrometry and surface plasmon resonance (SPR) revealed that when the metal coordinated region of Con A, which spans Asp16 to His24, is converted to nine alanine residues (mCon A(MCR)), the affinity for HuNoV (GII...
March 6, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285194/islet-encapsulation-with-polyphenol-coatings-decreases-pro-inflammatory-chemokine-synthesis-and-t-cell-trafficking
#17
Dana Pham-Hua, Lindsey E Padgett, Bing Xue, Brian Anderson, Michael Zeiger, Jessie M Barra, Maigen Bethea, Chad S Hunter, Veronika Kozlovskaya, Eugenia Kharlampieva, Hubert M Tse
Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) is a chronic pro-inflammatory autoimmune disease consisting of islet-infiltrating leukocytes involved in pancreatic β-cell lysis. One promising treatment for T1D is islet transplantation; however, clinical application is constrained due to limited islet availability, adverse effects of immunosuppressants, and declining graft survival. Islet encapsulation may provide an immunoprotective barrier to preserve islet function and prevent immune-mediated rejection after transplantation. We previously demonstrated that a novel cytoprotective nanothin multilayer coating for islet encapsulation consisting of tannic acid (TA), an immunomodulatory antioxidant, and poly(N-vinylpyrrolidone) (PVPON), was efficacious in dampening in vitro immune responses involved in transplant rejection and preserving in vitro islet function...
March 6, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284105/surface-engineering-of-semiconducting-polymer-nanoparticles-for-amplified-photoacoustic-imaging
#18
Xu Zhen, Xiaohua Feng, Chen Xie, Yuanjin Zheng, Kanyi Pu
Despite the deeper tissue penetration of photoacoustic (PA) imaging, its sensitivity is generally lower than optical imaging. This fact partially restricts the applications of PA imaging and greatly stimulates the development of sensitive PA imaging agents. We herein report that the surface coating of semiconducting polymer nanoparticles (SPNs) with the silica layer can simultaneously amplify fluorescence and PA brightness while maintaining their photothermal conversion efficiency nearly unchanged. As compared with the bare SPNs, the silica-coated SPNs (SPNs-SiO2) have higher photothermal heating rate in the initial stage of laser irradiation due to the higher interfacial thermal conductance between the silica layer and water relative to that between the SP and water...
March 6, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273498/personalized-medicine-and-follow-up-of-therapeutic-delivery-through-exploitation-of-quantum-dot-toxicity
#19
Bella B Manshian, Julio Jiménez, Uwe Himmelreich, Stefaan J Soenen
Tumor therapy using nanoparticles (NPs) is mainly aimed at using the NPs as carriers for therapeutic drugs or as mediators for external stimuli to generate heat. Recent studies have shown that the toxicity of NPs can also be specifically exploited to kill cancer cells. In the present work, we employ core-only CdTe quantum dots and study their cytotoxicity using a validated high-content screening approach. The data revealed a clear correlation between toxicity and quantum dot degradation, which could be monitored through loss of fluorescence intensity...
March 5, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268018/elastin-like-protein-hyaluronic-acid-elp-ha-hydrogels-with-decoupled-mechanical-and-biochemical-cues-for-cartilage-regeneration
#20
Danqing Zhu, Huiyuan Wang, Pavin Trinh, Sarah C Heilshorn, Fan Yang
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a major component of cartilage extracellular matrix and is an attractive material for use as 3D injectable matrices for cartilage regeneration. While previous studies have shown the promise of HA-based hydrogels to support cell-based cartilage formation, varying HA concentration generally led to simultaneous changes in both biochemical cues and stiffness. How cells respond to the change of biochemical content of HA remains largely unknown. Here we report an adaptable elastin-like protein-hyaluronic acid (ELP-HA) hydrogel platform using dynamic covalent chemistry, which allows variation of HA concentration without affecting matrix stiffness...
March 3, 2017: Biomaterials
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