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Advanced Healthcare Materials

Yi Jae Lee, Han-Jun Kim, Ji Yoon Kang, Sun Hee Do, Soo Hyun Lee
Peripheral nerve cuff electrodes with roughened Pt black (BPt) are coated with polyethylene glycol (PEG) and Nafion (NF). Although the influence of coated PEG and Nafion on roughened BPt on the electrical properties is weak, the cuff electrode with BPt/PEG and BPt/Nafion exhibits some very important properties. For example, it markedly decreases interfacial impedance, increases charge storage capacity (CSC) due to retaining the BPt surface structure, good stability without exfoliation in repetitive cyclic voltammetry scanning because it is protected by PEG or Nafion coating...
January 16, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
Sibu P Kuruvilla, Gopinath Tiruchinapally, Mahmoud ElAzzouny, Mohamed E H ElSayed
This study describes the development of targeted, doxorubicin (DOX)-loaded generation 5 (G5) polyamidoamine dendrimers able to achieve cell-specific DOX delivery and release into the cytoplasm of hepatic cancer cells. G5 is functionalized with poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) brushes displaying N-acetylgalactosamine (NAcGal) ligands to target hepatic cancer cells. DOX is attached to G5 through one of two aromatic azo-linkages, L3 or L4, achieving either P1 ((NAcGalβ -PEGc)16.6 -G5-(L3-DOX)11.6 ) or P2 ((NAcGalβ -PEGc)16...
January 13, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
Jeong Oen Lee, Vinayak Narasimhan, Juan Du, Blaise Ndjamen, David Sretavan, Hyuck Choo
Multifunctional black-silicon (b-Si) integrated on the surface of an implantable intraocular pressure sensor significantly improves sensor performance and reliability in six-month in vivo studies. The antireflective properties of b-Si triples the signal-to-noise ratio and increases the optical readout distance to a clinically viable 12 cm. Tissue growth and inflammation response on the sensor is suppressed demonstrating desirable anti-biofouling properties.
January 12, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
Emilia S Olson, Inanc Ortac, Christopher Malone, Sadik Esener, Robert Mattrey
Oxidative stress is a powerful tool that is critical to immune mediated responses in healthy individuals, yet additionally plays a crucial role in development of cancer, inflammatory pathologies, and tissue ischemia. Despite this, there remain relatively few molecular tools to study oxidative stress, particularly in living mammals. To develop an intravenously injectable probe capable of labeling sites of oxidative stress in vivo, 200 nm catalase synthetic hollow enzyme loaded nanospheres (catSHELS) are designed and fabricated using a versatile enzyme nanoencapsulation method...
January 12, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
Seokwon Pok, Igor V Stupin, Christopher Tsao, Robia G Pautler, Yang Gao, Raymond M Nieto, Ze-Wei Tao, Charles D Fraser, Ananth V Annapragada, Jeffrey G Jacot
In a rat model of right free wall replacement, the transplantation of an engineered multilayered myocardial patch fabricated from a polycaprolactone membrane supporting a chitosan/heart matrix hydrogel induces significant muscular and vascular remodeling and results in a significantly higher right ventricular ejection fraction compared to use of a commercially available pericardium patch.
January 12, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
Hong Wu, Shaoqiong Liu, Nikken Wiradharma, Zhan Yuin Ong, Yan Li, Yi Yan Yang, Jackie Y Ying
The emergence of fungal keratitis is on the rise globally. However, current antifungal therapeutics are ineffective in severe keratomycosis. Previously reported α-helical peptides comprising 8-14 amino acids demonstrate broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity both in vitro and in vivo. Here, α-helical peptides of the optimized sequences are investigated for antifungal biofilm in vitro and in vivo using a fungal biofilm-caused mouse keratitis model. The peptides with the optimal composition demonstrate higher α-helical propensity and improve antifungal activity in dispersing Candida albicans biofilm in vitro...
January 12, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
Hui Li, Jingjing Sun, Jie Li, Hefeng Yang, Xiangyou Luo, Jinlong Chen, Li Xie, Fangjun Huo, Tian Zhu, Weihua Guo, Weidong Tian
Tissue or organ regeneration using xenogeneic matrices is a promising approach to address the shortage of donor matrices for allotransplantation. Success of such approach has been demonstrated to correlate with macrophage-mediated fibrotic homeostasis and tissue remodeling. The previous studies have demonstrated that treated dentin matrix (TDM) could be a suitable bioactive substrate for allogeneic tooth root regeneration. This study constructed xenogeneic bioengineered tooth root (bio-root) via a combination of porcine TDM (pTDM) with allogeneic dental follicle cells (DFCs)...
January 12, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
Jung Seung Lee, Kyuri Kim, Joseph P Park, Seung-Woo Cho, Haeshin Lee
Titanium is the most biocompatible inorganic biomaterial with a long history of use in orthopedic and dental implants. However, promoting rapid and effective bone formation and integration onto etched, rough TiO2 surfaces has been a challenging topic. Here, 21 commercially available molecules are examined that met the following criteria: (1) contain phosphonic acid for stable immobilization onto TiO2 surfaces and (2) have a molecular weight less than 500 Da for negligible coating thickness. Of these molecules, the surface immobilization of pyridoxal 5'-phosphate (PLP), an active form of vitamin B6 , dramatically increases the hemophilic property of the surface and accelerated osteointegration in vivo...
January 12, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
Ilaria Rea, Monica Terracciano, Luca De Stefano
Nanostructured porous materials promise a next generation of innovative devices for healthcare and biomedical applications. The fabrication of such materials generally requires complex synthesis procedures, not always available in laboratories or sustainable in industries, and has adverse environmental impact. Nanosized porous materials can also be obtained from natural resources, which are an attractive alternative approach to man-made fabrication. Biogenic nanoporous silica from diatoms, and diatomaceous earths, constitutes largely available, low-cost reservoir of mesoporous nanodevices that can be engineered for theranostic applications, ranging from subcellular imaging to drug delivery...
December 27, 2016: Advanced Healthcare Materials
Wei Zhang, Jialin Chen, Ludvig J Backman, Adam D Malm, Patrik Danielson
The optimal functionality of the native corneal stroma is mainly dependent on the well-ordered arrangement of extracellular matrix (ECM) and the pressurized structure. In order to develop an in vitro corneal model, it is crucial to mimic the in vivo microenvironment of the cornea. In this study, the influence of surface topography and mechanical strain on keratocyte phenotype and ECM formation within a biomimetic 3D corneal model is studied. By modifying the surface topography of materials, it is found that patterned silk fibroin film with 600 grooves mm(-1) optimally supports cell alignment and ECM arrangement...
December 27, 2016: Advanced Healthcare Materials
Qi Xin, Qian Liu, Lingling Geng, Qiaojun Fang, Jian Ru Gong
d-type functionalized nanoparticles (NPs) can bind to MurD ligase with high affinity and inhibit its peptidoglycan synthetic enzyme activity, and finally cause bacterial killing. In contrast, its L-type counterpart displays a negligible effect, indicating that the chiral structure of the functionalized NPs plays an essential role in their binding interaction with MurD and therefore the antibacterial activity.
December 27, 2016: Advanced Healthcare Materials
Dharmesh Patel, Sadhana Sharma, Stephanie J Bryant, Hazel R C Screen
A fiber composite system is presented which recapitulates the fiber-composite-like nature of tissues and generates similar modes of shear and tension. The shear/tension ratio can be customized during composite manufacture and incorporates viable cells. The system is a valuable tool for mechanotransduction research, providing a platform with physiologically relevant conditions for investigating cell behavior in different tissue types.
December 27, 2016: Advanced Healthcare Materials
Erving Clayton Ximendes, Uéslen Rocha, Blanca Del Rosal, Alberto Vaquero, Francisco Sanz-Rodríguez, Luis Monge, Fuqiang Ren, Fiorenzo Vetrone, Dongling Ma, José García-Solé, Carlos Jacinto, Daniel Jaque, Nuria Fernández
There is an urgent need to develop new diagnosis tools for real in vivo detection of first stages of ischemia for the early treatment of cardiovascular diseases and accidents. However, traditional approaches show low sensitivity and a limited penetration into tissues, so they are only applicable for the detection of surface lesions. Here, it is shown how the superior thermal sensing capabilities of near infrared-emitting quantum dots (NIR-QDs) can be efficiently used for in vivo detection of subcutaneous ischemic tissues...
December 23, 2016: Advanced Healthcare Materials
Bingbo Zhang, Weitao Yang, Jiani Yu, Weisheng Guo, Jun Wang, Shiyuan Liu, Yi Xiao, Donglu Shi
Gadolinium (Gd)-based nanoparticles are known for their high potential in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). However, further MRI applications of these nanoparticles are hampered by their relatively large sizes resulting in poor organ/tumor targeting. In this study, ultrafine sub-10 nm and biocompatible Gd-based nanoparticles are synthesized in a bioinspired, environmentally benign, and straightforward fashion. This novel green synthetic strategy is developed for growing dextran-coated Gd-based nanoparticles (GdNPs@Dex)...
December 22, 2016: Advanced Healthcare Materials
María Godoy-Gallardo, Cédric Labay, Michelle M T Jansman, Pramod K Ek, Leticia Hosta-Rigau
The creation of artificial organelles is a new paradigm in medical therapy that aims to substitute for missing cellular function by replenishing a specific cellular task. Artificial organelles tackle the challenge of mimicking metabolism, which is the set of chemical reactions that occur within a cell, mainly catalyzed by enzymes. So far, the few reported carriers able to conduct enzymatic reactions intracellularly are based on single-compartment carriers. However, cell organelles outperform by conducting multiple reactions simultaneously within confined sub-compartments...
December 22, 2016: Advanced Healthcare Materials
Todd Galbraith, William P Clafshenkel, Fabien Kawecki, Camille Blanckaert, Benoit Labbé, Michel Fortin, François A Auger, Julie Fradette
Achieving optimal bone defect repair is a clinical challenge driving intensive research in the field of bone tissue engineering. Many strategies focus on seeding graft materials with progenitor cells prior to in vivo implantation. Given the benefits of closely mimicking tissue structure and function with natural materials, the authors hypothesize that under specific culture conditions, human adipose-derived stem/stromal cells (hASCs) can solely be used to engineer human reconstructed osseous tissues (hROTs) by undergoing osteoblastic differentiation with concomitant extracellular matrix production and mineralization...
December 22, 2016: Advanced Healthcare Materials
Sanli Movafaghi, Victoria Leszczak, Wei Wang, Jonathan A Sorkin, Lakshmi P Dasi, Ketul C Popat, Arun K Kota
The hemocompatibility of superhemophobic surfaces is investigated and compared with that of hemophobic surfaces and hemophilic surfaces. This analysis indicates that only those superhemophobic surfaces with a robust Cassie-Baxter state display significantly lower platelet adhesion and activation. It is envisioned that the understanding gained through this work will lead to the fabrication of improved hemocompatible, superhemophobic medical implants.
December 21, 2016: Advanced Healthcare Materials
Max Darnell, Simon Young, Luo Gu, Nisarg Shah, Evi Lippens, James Weaver, Georg Duda, David Mooney
The rate of stress relaxation of adhesion substrates potently regulates cell fate and function in vitro, and in this study the authors test whether it can regulate bone formation in vivo by implanting alginate gels with differing rates of stress-relaxation carrying human mesenchymal stem cells into rat calvarial defects. After three months, the rats that received fast-relaxing hydrogels (t1/2 ≈ 50 s) show significantly more new bone growth than those that received slow-relaxing, stiffness-matched hydrogels...
December 20, 2016: Advanced Healthcare Materials
Christophe Boss, Umberto De Marchi, Aurélie Hermant, Mouna Conrad, Federico Sizzano, Alessio Palini, Andreas Wiederkehr, Nicolas Bouche
The development of cell-based biosensors that give insight into cell and tissue function in vivo is an attractive technology for biomedical research. Here, the development of a cell line expressing a fluorescent calcium sensor for the study of beta-cell function in vivo is reported. The bioresponsive cell model is based on INS-1E pancreatic beta-cells, stably expressing the genetically encoded cameleon-based fluorescent sensor YC3.6cyto . Following single-cell selection and expansion, functional testing and in vitro encapsulation experiments are used to identify a suitable clone of INS-1E cells expressing the calcium sensor...
December 20, 2016: Advanced Healthcare Materials
Young-Hyeon An, Seung Jung Yu, In Seon Kim, Su-Hwan Kim, Jeong-Mi Moon, Seunghyun L Kim, Young Hwan Choi, Joon Sig Choi, Sung Gap Im, Kyung Eun Lee, Nathaniel S Hwang
In this study, a hydrogel functionalized Janus membrane is developed and its capacity is examined as a wound dressing biomaterial. A hydrophobic fluoropolymer, poly(3,3,4,4,5,5,6,6,7,7,8,8,9,9,10,10,10-heptadecafluorodecyl methacrylate) (PHFDMA), is uniformly coated onto macroporous polyester membrane through initiated chemical vapor deposition process on both sides. PHFDMA-coated macroporous membrane exhibits antibacterial property, allows air permeation, and inhibits water penetration. Janus membrane property is obtained by exposing one side of PHFDMA coated membrane with 1 m KOH solution, which allows PHFDMA cleavage resulting in carboxylic acid residue...
December 20, 2016: Advanced Healthcare Materials
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