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Macromolecular Bioscience

Lamees Nayef, Rafael Castiello, Maryam Tabrizian
Aggregation is frequently encountered during coating nanoparticles, especially when the core is not solid and the coating polyelectrolytes are weak. Here, the coating of a nanoliposome with two weak polyelectrolytes, alginate and chitosan, is investigated. First, quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation, atomic force microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and energy dispersive spectroscopy analyses confirm the feasibility of firm adsorption of up to 16 layers of weak polyelectrolytes to the liposomal surface...
February 22, 2017: Macromolecular Bioscience
Aaron R Short, Catherine Czeisler, Benjamin Stocker, Sara Cole, José Javier Otero, Jessica O Winter
3D hydrogels better replicate in vivo conditions, and yield different results from 2D substrates. However, imaging interactions between cells and the hydrogel microenvironment is challenging because of light diffraction and poor focal depth. Here, cryosectioning and vibrating microtomy methods and fixation protocols are compared. Collagen I/III hydrogel sections (20-100 µm) are fixed with paraformaldehyde (2%-4%) and structurally evaluated. Cryosectioning damaged hydrogels, and vibrating microtomy (100 µm, 2%) yielded the best preservation of microstructure and cell integrity...
February 21, 2017: Macromolecular Bioscience
Daniel E Backman, Bauer L LeSavage, Shivem B Shah, Joyce Y Wong
In arterial tissue engineering, mimicking native structure and mechanical properties is essential because compliance mismatch can lead to graft failure and further disease. With bottom-up tissue engineering approaches, designing tissue components with proper microscale mechanical properties is crucial to achieve the necessary macroscale properties in the final implant. This study develops a thermoresponsive cell culture platform for growing aligned vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) sheets by photografting N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAAm) onto micropatterned poly(dimethysiloxane) (PDMS)...
February 16, 2017: Macromolecular Bioscience
Regina Holm, Benjamin Weber, Philipp Heller, Kristina Klinker, Dana Westmeier, Dominic Docter, Roland H Stauber, Matthias Barz
Star-like polymers are one of the smallest systems in the class of core crosslinked polymeric nanoparticles. This article reports on a versatile, straightforward synthesis of three-arm star-like polypept(o)ide (polysarcosine-block-polylysine) polymers, which are designed to be either stable or degradable at elevated levels of glutathione. Polypept(o)ides are a recently introduced class of polymers combining the stealth-like properties of the polypeptoid polysarcosine with the functionality of polypeptides, thus enabling the synthesis of materials completely based on endogenous amino acids...
February 15, 2017: Macromolecular Bioscience
Pritesh Mistry, Ahmed Aied, Morgan Alexander, Kevin Shakesheff, Andrew Bennett, Jing Yang
The strand material in extrusion-based bioprinting determines the microenvironments of the embedded cells and the initial mechanical properties of the constructs. One unmet challenge is the combination of optimal biological and mechanical properties in bioprinted constructs. Here, a novel bioprinting method that utilizes core-shell cell-laden strands with a mechanically robust shell and an extracellular matrix-like core has been developed. Cells encapsulated in the strands demonstrate high cell viability and tissue-like functions during cultivation...
February 3, 2017: Macromolecular Bioscience
Daniel Nisakar Meenakshi Sundaram, Cezary Kucharski, Manoj B Parmar, Remant Bahadur Kc, Hasan Uludağ
Cell surface integrins, which play important roles in the survival, proliferation, migration, and invasion of cancer cells, are a viable target for treatment of metastatic breast cancer. This line of therapy still remains challenging due to the lack of proper identification and validation of effective targets as well as the lack of suitable therapeutic agents for treatment. The focus is on one such molecular target for this purpose, namely integrin-β1, and effective lowering of integrin-β1 levels on a breast cancer model (MDA-MB-231 cells) is achieved by delivering a dicer-substrate short interfering RNA (siRNA) targeting integrin-β1 with lipid-modified low molecular weight polyethylenimine polymers...
February 3, 2017: Macromolecular Bioscience
Ahmed I Marwan, Sarah M Williams, James R Bardill, Jane Gralla, Noraishah M Abdul-Aziz, Daewon Park
Current state-of-the-art management of open spina bifida defects entails an open fetal surgery approach associated with significant morbidities. In an attempt to reduce these risks and provide for an earlier minimally invasive repair, it is aimed to develop and characterize an innovative alternative using a unique reverse thermal gel. This study focuses on characterization of the physical and biological properties of the polymer and its in vivo applicability. Based on the knowledge and benchmarking, the "ideal" biomaterial should have the following characteristics: stability in amniotic fluid, limited permeability, biocompatibility, biologically functional, nontoxic, ability to support cellular functions, and in vivo applicability...
January 30, 2017: Macromolecular Bioscience
Rossella Dorati, Antonella De Trizio, Stefania Marconi, Anna Ferrara, Ferdinando Auricchio, Ida Genta, Tiziana Modena, Marco Benazzo, Alberto Benazzo, Gino Volpato, Bice Conti
A gold standard for esophagus reconstruction is not still available. The present work aims to design a polymer patch combining synthetic polylactide-co-polycaprolacton and chitosan biopolymers, tailoring patch properties to esophageal tissue characteristics by a temperature-induced precipitation method, to get multilayered patches (1L, 2L, and 3L). Characterization shows stable multilayered patches (1L and 2L) by selection of copolymer type, and their M w . In vitro investigation of the functional patch properties in simulated physiologic and pathologic conditions demonstrates that the chitosan layer (patch 3L) decreases patch stability and cell adhesion, while improves cell proliferation...
January 27, 2017: Macromolecular Bioscience
See-Tong Pang, Feng-Wei Lin, Cheng-Keng Chuang, Hung-Wei Yang
How to overcome the low accumulation of chemotherapeutic agent in tumor tissue and exhibit multitherapeutics remains an ongoing challenge for cancer treatment. Here, a simple method is demonstrated that used to prepare prostate-specific membrane antigen antibody (PSMAab )-conjugated fluorescent bovine serum albumin (BSA)-branched polyethylenimine layer-by-layer nanoparticles (BSA-PEILBL NPs) for co-delivery of docetaxel (DTX) and p44/42 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) small interfering RNA (p44/42 MAPK siRNA) as synergistic and selective inhibition of cancer cell proliferation platform...
January 27, 2017: Macromolecular Bioscience
Duo Wu, Eva Bäckström, Minna Hakkarainen
A fully starch-derived bioactive 3D porous scaffold is developed. The bioactivity is introduced through nanosized graphene oxide (nGO) derived from starch by microwave-assisted degradation to carbon spheres and further oxidation to GO nanodots. nGO is covalently attached to starch to prepare functionalized starch (SNGO) via an esterification reaction. nGO and SNGO exhibit no cytotoxicity to MG63 at least up to 1000 µg mL(-1) under (3-(4,5-Dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide) assay. Porous scaffolds consisting of starch and SNGO (S/SNGO) or nGO (S/nGO) are prepared by freeze drying...
January 25, 2017: Macromolecular Bioscience
Mohammed A Yassin, Kamal Mustafa, Zhe Xing, Yang Sun, Kristine Eldevik Fasmer, Thilo Waag, Anke Krueger, Doris Steinmüller-Nethl, Anna Finne-Wistrand, Knut N Leknes
Functionalizing polymer scaffolds with nanodiamond particles (nDPs) has pronounced effect on the surface properties, such as improved wettability, an increased active area and binding sites for cellular attachment and adhesion, and increased ability to immobilize biomolecules by physical adsorption. This study aims to evaluate the effect of poly(l-lactide-co-ε-caprolactone) (poly(LLA-co-CL)) scaffolds, functionalized with nDPs, on bone regeneration in a rat calvarial critical size defect. Poly(LLA-co-CL) scaffolds functionalized with nDPs are also compared with pristine scaffolds with reference to albumin adsorption and seeding efficiency of bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs)...
January 24, 2017: Macromolecular Bioscience
Mónica Echeverry-Rendon, Lisa M Reece, Fernando Pastrana, Sandra L Arias, Akshath R Shetty, Juan Jose Pavón, Jean Paul Allain
Current treatments for brain aneurysms are invasive, traumatic, and not suitable in most patients with increased risks. A new alternative method is using scaffold stents to create a local and focal attraction force of cells for an in situ reconstruction of the tunica media. For this purpose, a nanostructured bioactive coating is designed to render an asymmetric region of the stent scaffold magnetic and biomimetic, which utilizes bacterial nanocellulose (BNC) as a platform for both magnetic and cell attraction as well as proliferation...
January 24, 2017: Macromolecular Bioscience
Caroline Ceccaldi, Elias Assaad, Eve Hui, Medeine Buccionyte, Atma Adoungotchodo, Sophie Lerouge
Strong injectable chitosan thermosensitive hydrogels can be created, without chemical modification, by combining sodium hydrogen carbonate with another weak base, namely, beta-glycerophosphate (BGP) or phosphate buffer (PB). Here the influence of gelling agent concentration on the mechanical properties, gelation kinetics, osmolality, swelling, and compatibility for cell encapsulation, is studied in order to find the most optimal formulations and demonstrate their potential for cell therapy and tissue engineering...
January 24, 2017: Macromolecular Bioscience
Urszula Bazylińska, Jadwiga Pietkiewicz, Joanna Rossowska, Grzegorz Chodaczek, Andrzej Gamian, Kazimiera A Wilk
The authors examine properties of daunorubicin (DNR)-loaded oil-core multilayer nanocapsules prepared via layer-by-layer approach with different polyelectrolyte (PE) coatings such as a standard one (containing polysodium 4-styrenesulphonate/poly(diallyldimethyl-ammonium) chloride) and a polysaccharide-based shell (dextran/chitosan), in regard to the outer layer of poly-l-glutamic acid (PGA) grafted with polyethylene glycol (PGA-g-PEG). The nanocarriers are obtained on a cationic nanoemulsion template (stabilized by dicephalic-type surfactant, N,N-bis[3,30-(trimethylammonio)propyl]-dodecanamide dimethylsulfate) and layered with the PE shell of different thicknesses resulting in average size of 150 nm in diameter (as shown by dynamic light scattering, scanning electron microscopy and cryogenic-transmission electron microscopy, and atomic force microscopy)...
January 17, 2017: Macromolecular Bioscience
Fraz Anjum, Andrew Carroll, Stuart A Young, Lauren E Flynn, Brian G Amsden
Cell-based therapies have great potential to regenerate and repair injured articular cartilage, and a range of synthetic and natural polymer-based hydrogels have been used in combination with stem cells and growth factors for this purpose. Although the hydrogel scaffolds developed to date possess many favorable characteristics, achieving the required mechanical properties has remained a challenge. A hydrogel system with tunable mechanical properties, composed of a mixture of natural and synthetic polymers, and its use for the encapsulation of adipose derived stem/stromal cells (ASCs) is described...
January 13, 2017: Macromolecular Bioscience
Inga Lilge, Siyu Jiang, Holger Schönherr
The fabrication of 3D cell microenvironments exploiting versatile, long-term stable passivating poly(acryl amide) brushes in a microwell format and the study of the behavior of fibroblast and pancreatic tumor cells in wells of systematically varied shape and size is reported. The microwells, which are obtained by combining micromolding in capillaries with microcontact printing of initiator monolayers for subsequent surface-initiated polymerization of acrylamide and controlled functionalization with fibronectin (FN), expose cell adhesive areas inside the wells and protein and cell resistant brushes on the topside plateaus...
January 3, 2017: Macromolecular Bioscience
Giuseppe Vitola, Dominic Büning, Jens Schumacher, Rosalinda Mazzei, Lidietta Giorno, Mathias Ulbricht
Using colloidal polyacrylamide (PAAm) microgels as carriers, a novel strategy for covalent immobilization of enzymes maintained in hydrated microenvironment on/in a macroporous surface-functionalized hydrophobic polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) membrane is developed. The PAAm microgels are synthesized by inverse miniemulsion polymerization, and first the parameters are investigated which are suited to obtain particles in the desired size range, 100-200 nm, with narrow size distribution. Amino functions are then imparted to the microgels applying the Hofmann reaction...
December 27, 2016: Macromolecular Bioscience
Ruoyu Zhan, Yutong Pan, Purnima Naresh Manghnani, Bin Liu
Aggregation-caused quenching (ACQ) is a general phenomenon that is faced by traditional fluorescent polymers. Aggregation-induced emission (AIE) is exactly opposite to ACQ. AIE molecules are almost nonemissive in their molecularly dissolved state, but they can be induced to show high fluorescence in the aggregated or solid state. Incorporation of AIE phenomenon into polymer design has yielded various polymers with AIE characteristics. In this review, the recent progress of AIE polymers for biological applications is summarized...
December 20, 2016: Macromolecular Bioscience
Ida Franiak-Pietryga, Kinga Ostrowska, Henryk Maciejewski, Dietmar Appelhans, Małgorzata Misiewicz, Barbara Ziemba, Michał Bednarek, Maria Bryszewska, Maciej Borowiec
Although chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is the most common adult leukemia in Western world, it remains incurable with conventional chemotherapeutic agents. Tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) is an antitumor candidate in cancer therapy. This study examines the proapoptotic effects of poly(propylene imine) (PPI) glycodendrimers modified with the maltotriose residues (PPI-G4-OS-Mal-III and PPI-G4-DS-Mal-III) on the TNF family in CLL cells. The combination of an understanding of the signaling pathways associated with CLL and the development of a molecular profiling is a key issue for the design of personalized approaches to therapy...
December 20, 2016: Macromolecular Bioscience
Catarina Oliveira, Andreia S Ferreira, Ramon Novoa-Carballal, Cláudia Nunes, Iva Pashkuleva, Nuno M Neves, Manuel A Coimbra, Rui L Reis, Albino Martins, Tiago H Silva
There is an urgent need for antitumor bioactive agents with minimal or no side effects over normal adjacent cells. Fucoidan is a marine-origin polymer with known antitumor activity. However, there are still some concerns about its application due to the inconsistent experimental results, specifically its toxicity over normal cells and the mechanism behind its action. Herein, three fucoidan extracts (FEs) have been tested over normal and breast cancer cell lines. From cytotoxicity results, only one of the extracts shows selective antitumor behavior (at 0...
December 20, 2016: Macromolecular Bioscience
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