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Acta Biomaterialia

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336153/quantification-and-comparison-of-the-mechanical-properties-of-four-human-cardiac-valves
#1
Thuy Pham, Fatiesa Sulejmani, Erica Shin, Di Wang, Wei Sun
OBJECTIVE: Although having the same ability to permit unidirectional flow within the heart, the four main valves-the mitral valve (MV), aortic (AV), tricuspid (TV) and pulmonary (PV) valves-experience different loading conditions; thus, they exhibit different structural integrity from one another. Most research on heart valve mechanics have been conducted mainly on MV and AV or an individual valve, but none quantify and compare the mechanical and structural properties among the four valves from the same aged patient population whose death was unrelated to cardiovascular disease...
March 20, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323178/study-on-the-deformations-of-the-lamina-cribrosa-during-glaucoma
#2
Hanjing Tian, Long Li, Fan Song
The lamina cribrosa is the primary site of optic nerve injury during glaucoma, and its deformations induced by elevated intraocular pressure are associated directly with the optic nerve injury and visual field defect. However, the deformations in a living body have been poorly understood yet so far. It is because that integral observation and precise measurement of the deformations in vivo are now almost impossible in the clinical diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma. In the present study, a new mechanical model of the lamina cribrosa is presented by using Reissner's thin plate theory...
March 18, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323177/biodegradable-cationic-poly-carbonates-effect-of-varying-side-chain-hydrophobicity-on-key-aspects-of-gene-transfection
#3
Zhan Yuin Ong, Chuan Yang, Wei Cheng, Zhi Xiang Voo, Willy Chin, James L Hedrick, Yi Yan Yang
The degree of hydrophobicity in cationic polymers plays an important but often underappreciated role in the safety and efficacy of gene delivery processes. In order to further elucidate structure-activity relationships of biodegradable cationic poly(carbonate) gene carriers, we synthesized a series of narrowly dispersed homo-polymers via metal-free organocatalytic living ring-opening polymerization (ROP) of cyclic carbonate monomers bearing either alkyl (propyl, hexyl or nonyl) or 4-methyl benzyl halide side chains...
March 17, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323176/fascicles-and-the-interfascicular-matrix-show-decreased-fatigue-life-with-ageing-in-energy-storing-tendons
#4
Chavaunne T Thorpe, Graham P Riley, Helen L Birch, Peter D Clegg, Hazel Rc Screen
Tendon is composed of rope-like fascicles bound together by interfascicular matrix (IFM). The IFM is critical for the function of energy storing tendons, facilitating sliding between fascicles to allow these tendons to cyclically stretch and recoil. This capacity is required to a lesser degree in positional tendons. We have previously demonstrated that both fascicles and IFM in energy storing tendons have superior fatigue resistance compared with positional tendons, but the effect of ageing on the fatigue properties of these different tendon subunits has not been determined...
March 16, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323175/a-comparative-study-of-bio-inspired-protective-scales-using-3d-printing-and-mechanical-testing
#5
Roberto Martini, Yanis Balit, Francois Barthelat
Flexible natural armors from fish, alligators or armadillo are attracting an increasing amount of attention for their unique combinations of hardness, flexibility and light weight. The extreme contrast of stiffness between hard scales and surrounding soft tissues gives rise to unusual and attractive mechanisms, which now serve as models for the design of bio-inspired armors. Despite this growing interest, there is little guideline for the choice of materials, optimum thickness, size, shape and arrangement for the protective scales...
March 16, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315815/self-assembled-photoadditives-in-polyester-films-allow-stop-and-go-chemical-release
#6
Ting Cheng, Richard O'Rorke, Raphael Francois Ortiz, Tay Yee Yan, Eva Hemmer, Fiorenzo Vetrone, Robert S Marks, Terry W J Steele
Near-infrared (NIR) triggered chemical delivery allows on-demand release with the advantage of external tissue stimulation. Bioresorbable polyester poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) was compounded with photoadditives of neat zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles and 980 → 365 nm LiYF4:Tm(3+), Yb(3+) upconverting nanoparticles (UCNP). Subsequently, neat ZnO and UCNP blended PLLA films of sub-50 μm thickness were knife casted with a hydrophobic small molecule drug mimic, fluorescein diacetate. The PLLA films displayed a 500 times increase in fluorescein diacetate release from the 50 mW NIR irradiated PLLA/photoadditive film compared to non-irradiated PLLA control films...
March 15, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315814/a-closer-look-at-the-in-vitro-electrochemical-characterisation-of-titanium-alloys-for-biomedical-applications-using-in-situ-methods
#7
J-L Wang, R L Liu, T Majumdar, S A Mantri, V A Ravi, R Banerjee, N Birbilis
Titanium (Ti) and its alloys are widely used in several biomedical applications, particularly as permanent orthopaedic implants. Electrochemical testing provides a means to perform accelerated corrosion testing, however whilst results from polarisation testing for Ti and its alloys to date have been generally useful, they are also rather limited on the basis of several reasons. One reason is that the polarisation curves for Ti and its alloys in simulated body fluids all appear rather similar, and they do not present a classical 'breakdown' or pitting potential, making discrimination between alloys difficult...
March 15, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315813/the-case-for-applying-tissue-engineering-methodologies-to-instruct-human-organoid-morphogenesis
#8
REVIEW
Carlos R Marti-Figueroa, Randolph S Ashton
Three-dimensional organoids derived from human pluripotent stem cell (hPSC) derivatives have become widely used in vitro models for studying development and disease. Their ability to recapitulate facets of normal human development during in vitro morphogenesis produces tissue structures with unprecedented biomimicry. Current organoid derivation protocols primarily rely on spontaneous morphogenesis processes to occur within 3-D spherical cell aggregates with minimal to no exogenous control. This yields organoids containing microscale regions of biomimetic tissues, but at the macroscale (i...
March 15, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315495/legumain-cleavable-4-arm-poly-ethylene-glycol-doxorubicin-conjugate-for-tumor-specific-delivery-and-release
#9
Huicong Zhou, Huanjiao Sun, Shixian Lv, Dawei Zhang, Xuefei Zhang, Zhaohui Tang, Xuesi Chen
Traditional chemotherapy strategy exists undesirable toxic side-effects to normal tissues due to the low selectively to cancer cells of micromolecule cytotoxic drugs. One considered method to realizing the targeted delivery and increasing the specificity to tumor tissues of the cytotoxic drug is to transporting and discharging it through an environment-sensitive mechanism. In this study, a novel enzyme-sensitive polymer-doxorubicin conjugate was designed to delivery chemotherapeutic drug in a tumor-specific behavior and selectively activated in tumor tissue...
March 14, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315494/role-of-the-unfolded-protein-response-in-topography-induced-osteogenic-differentiation-in-rat-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cells
#10
Mengqi Shi, Wen Song, Tianxiao Han, Bei Chang, Guangwen Li, Jianfeng Jin, Yumei Zhang
The topography of biomaterials can significantly influence the osteogenic differentiation of cells. Understanding topographical signal transduction is critical for developing biofunctional surfaces, but the current knowledge is insufficient. Recently, numerous reports have suggested that the unfolded protein response (UPR) and osteogenic differentiation are inter-linked. Therefore, we hypothesize that the UPR pathway may be involved in the topography-induced osteogenesis. In the present study, different surface topographies were fabricated on pure titanium foils and the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress and UPR pathway were systematically investigated...
March 14, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315493/an-osteogenesis-angiogenesis-stimulation-artificial-ligament-for-anterior-cruciate-ligament-reconstruction
#11
Hong Li, Jinyan Li, Jia Jiang, Fang Lv, Jiang Chang, Shiyi Chen, Chengtie Wu
To solve the poor healing of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) artificial ligament in bone tunnel, copper-containing bioactive glass (Cu-BG) nanocoatings on PET artificial ligaments were successfully prepared by pulsed laser deposition (PLD). It was hypothesized that Cu-BG coated PET (Cu-BG/PET) grafts could enhance the in vitro osteogenic and angiogenic differentiation of rat bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (rBMSCs) and in vivo graft-bone healing after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction in a goat model...
March 14, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315492/long-term-in-vivo-corrosion-behavior-biocompatibility-and-bioresorption-mechanism-of-a-bioresorbable-nitrided-iron-scaffold
#12
Wenjiao Lin, Li Qin, Haiping Qi, Deyuan Zhang, Gui Zhang, Runlin Gao, Hong Qiu, Ying Xia, Ping Cao, Xiang Wang, Wei Zheng
Pure iron as a potential bioresorbable material for bioresorbable coronary scaffold has major disadvantages of slow corrosion and bioresorption. However, so far, there are neither quantitative data of long-term in vivo corrosion nor direct experimental evidence for bioresorption of pure iron and its alloys, which are fundamental and vital for developing novel Fe-based alloys overcoming the intrinsic drawbacks of pure iron. This work systemically investigated scaffold performance, long-term in vivo corrosion behavior and biocompatibility of a nitrided iron coronary scaffold and explored its bioresorption mechanism...
March 14, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300721/characterization-of-facet-joint-cartilage-properties-in-the-human-and-interspecies-comparisons
#13
Siobhan A O'Leary, Jarrett M Link, Eric O Klineberg, Jerry C Hu, Kyriacos A Athanasiou
The facet joint, a synovial joint located on the posterior-lateral spine, is highly susceptible to degenerative changes and plays a significant role in back-related morbidities. Despite its significance, the facet is rarely studied and thus current treatment strategies are lacking. This study aimed to characterize, for the first time, the properties of human, pig, monkey, and rabbit lumbar facet cartilage providing much-needed design criteria for tissue engineering approaches. In this study, where possible, the facet's morphological, histological, mechanical, and biochemical properties were evaluated...
March 11, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300720/effect-of-hydrogel-elasticity-and-ephrinb2-immobilized-manner-on-runx2-expression-of-human-mesenchymal-stem-cells
#14
Hiroyuki Toda, Masaya Yamamoto, Hiroshi Uyama, Yasuhiko Tabata
The objective of this study is to design the manner of ephrinB2 immobilized onto polyacrylamide (PAAm) hydrogels with varied elasticity and evaluate the effect of hydrogels elasticity and the immobilized manner of ephrinB2 on the Runx2 expression of human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSC). The PAAm hydrogels were prepared by the radical polymerization of acrylamide (AAm), and N,N'-methylenebisacrylamide (BIS). By changing the BIS concentration, the elasticity of PAAm hydrogels changed from 1 to 70 kPa. For the bio-specific immobilization of ephrinB2, a chimeric protein of ephrinB2 and Fc domain was immobilized onto protein A-conjugated PAAm hydrogels by making use of the bio-specific interaction between the Fc domain and protein A...
March 11, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288934/hydration-mechanism-of-partially-amorphized-%C3%AE-tricalcium-phosphate
#15
Katrin Hurle, Juergen Neubauer, Friedlinde Goetz-Neunhoeffer
Calcium phosphate cements (CPCs) are applied as bone cements due to their excellent biocompatibility. In the present study, the quantitative phase content development during hydration of partially amorphized β-tricalcium phosphate (β-TCP) within the first 24 h was investigated by in-situ X-ray diffraction (XRD) combined with the G-factor method, an external standard method. The quantity of amorphous phase (ATCP) in the powders was determined by the G-factor method. The hydration model established for partially amorphized β-TCP indicates that ATCP reacted first, followed by the hydration of a small fraction of crystalline β-TCP starting after some h...
March 10, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286038/multi-stimuli-responsive-biohybrid-nanoparticles-with-cross-linked-albumin-coronae-self-assembled-by-a-polymer-protein-biodynamer
#16
Lin Wang, Li Liu, Bingyang Dong, Hanying Zhao, Mingming Zhang, Wenjuan Chen, Yanhang Hong
A thermoresponsive polymer-protein biodynamer was prepared via the bioconjugation of an aliphatic aldehyde-functionalized copolymer to hydrazine-modified bovine serum albumin (BSA) through reversible pyridylhydrazone linkages. Sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) and size exclusion chromatography (SEC) results indicated that the pyridylhydrazone linkages cleaved in an intracellular-mimicking acidic milieu, thus leading to the release of BSA. The dynamic character of the protein biodynamer was demonstrated by exchange reactions with aldehyde-containing molecules...
March 8, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285078/biodegradable-inorganic-organic-hybrids-of-methacrylate-star-polymers-for-bone-regeneration
#17
Justin J Chung, Yuki Fujita, Siwei Li, Molly M Stevens, Toshihiro Kasuga, Theoni K Georgiou, Julian R Jones
Hybrids that are molecular scale co-networks of organic and inorganic components are promising biomaterials, improving the brittleness of bioactive glass and the strength of polymers. Methacrylate polymers have high potential as the organic source for hybrids since they can be produced, through controlled polymerization, with sophisticated polymer architectures that can bond to silicate networks. Previous studies showed the mechanical properties of hybrids can be modified by polymer architecture and molar mass (MM)...
March 8, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285077/multilayer-photodynamic-therapy-for-highly-effective-and-safe-cancer-treatment
#18
Ling Yang, Shaojuan Zhang, Xiaoxi Ling, Pin Shao, Ningyang Jia, Mingfeng Bai
Recent efforts to develop tumor-targeted photodynamic therapy (PDT) photosensitizers (PSs) have greatly advanced the potential of PDT in cancer therapy, although complete eradication of tumor cells by PDT alone remains challenging. As a way to improve PDT efficacy, we report a new combinatory PDT therapy technique that specifically targets multilayers of cells. Simply mixing different PDT PSs, even those that target distinct receptors (this may still lead to similar cell-killing pathways), may not achieve ideal therapeutic outcomes...
March 8, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285076/functional-poly-%C3%AE%C2%B5-caprolactone-chitosan-dressings-with-nitric-oxide-releasing-property-improve-wound-healing
#19
Xin Zhou, He Wang, Jimin Zhang, Xuemei Li, Yifan Wu, Yongzhen Wei, Ji Shenglu, Deling Kong, Qiang Zhao
Wound healing dressings are increasingly needed clinically due to the large number of skin damage annually. Nitric oxide (NO) plays a key role in promoting wound healing, thus biomaterials with NO-releasing property receive increasing attention as ideal wound dressing. In present study, we prepared a novel functional wound dressing by combining electrospun poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) nonwoven mat with chitosan-based NO-releasing biomaterials (CS-NO). As-prepared PCL/CS-NO dressing released NO sustainably under the physiological conditions, which was controlled by the catalysis of β-galactosidase...
March 8, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285075/thermally-triggered-hydrogel-injection-into-bovine-intervertebral-disc-tissue-explants-induces-differentiation-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-and-restores-mechanical-function
#20
A A Thorpe, G Dougill, L Vickers, N D Reeves, C Sammon, G Cooper, C L Le Maitre
We previously reported a synthetic Laponite® crosslinked pNIPAM-co-DMAc (L-pNIPAM-co-DMAc) hydrogel which promotes differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) to nucleus pulposus (NP) cells without additional growth factors. The clinical success of this hydrogel is dependent on: integration with surrounding tissue; the capacity to restore mechanical function; as well as supporting the viability and differentiation of delivered MSCs. Bovine NP tissue explants were injected with media (control), human MSCs (hMSCs) alone, acellular L-pNIPAM-co-DMAc hydrogel or hMSCs incorporated within the L-pNIPAM-co-DMAc hydrogel and maintained at 5% O2 for 6 weeks...
March 8, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
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