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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144589/-sphingosine-1-phosphate-immobilized-on-nanotopographical-scaffolds-improve-myogenic-differentiation
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Min Suk Lee, Hee Seok Yang
The skeletal muscle consists of highly aligned dense cables of collagen fibers with nanometer feature size to support muscle fibers. The skeletal myocyte can be greatly affected to differentiate by their surrounding topographical structure. To improve myogenic differentiation, we fabricated cell culture platform that sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) which regulated myocyte behavior was immobilized on a biomimetic nanopatterned polyurethaneacrylate (PUA) substrate using 3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (L-DOPA) for providing topographical and biological cues synergistically...
November 16, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143449/osteoinductivity-of-nanostructured-hydroxyapatite-functionalized-gelatin-modulated-by-human-and-endogenous-mesenchymal-stromal-cells
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E Della Bella, A Parrilli, A Bigi, S Panzavolta, S Amadori, G Giavaresi, L Martini, V Borsari, M Fini
The demand of new strategies for the induction of bone regeneration is continuously increasing. Biomimetic porous gelatin-nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite scaffolds with tailored properties were previously developed, showing a positive response in terms of cell adhesion, proliferation, and differentiation. In the present paper, we focused on their osteoinductive properties. The effect of scaffolds on osteogenic differentiation of human mesenchymal stromal cells (hMSCs) was investigated in vitro. hMSCs were seeded on GEL (type A gelatin) and GEL containing 10wt% hydroxyapatite (GEL-HA) and cultured in osteogenic medium...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143442/development-of-biomimetic-thermoplastic-polyurethane-fibroin-small-diameter-vascular-grafts-via-a-novel-electrospinning-approach
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Emily Yu, Hao-Yang Mi, Jue Zhang, James A Thomson, Lih-Sheng Turng
A new electrospinning approach for fabricating vascular grafts with a layered, circumferentially aligned, and micro-wavy fibrous structure similar to natural elastic tissues has been developed. The customized electrospinning collector was able to generate wavy fibers using the dynamic "jump rope" collecting process, which also solved the sample removal problem for mandrel-type collectors. In this study, natural silk fibroin and synthetic thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) were combined at different weight ratios to produce hybrid small-diameter vascular grafts...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140828/biomimetic-nanoparticles-for-transplantation-tolerance
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Silvia Minardi, Sahil Shah, Xunrong Luo
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The current review aims to provide a current landscape and future trends of biomimetic nanoparticles which have the potential to revolutionize the field of transplantation in the next decade. RECENT FINDINGS: Currently, the inability to safely induce robust donor-specific immunological tolerance makes it difficult to achieve immunosuppression-free graft survival. Despite progresses in the development of nanotherapeutics for antigen-specific immunomodulation in autoimmune diseases and in cancer treatments, few have been proposed and tested in transplantation with success...
November 14, 2017: Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140252/generation-of-genipin-cross-linked-fibrin-agarose-hydrogels-tissue-like-models-for-tissue-engineering-applications
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Fernando Campos, Ana Belen Bonhame-Espinosa, Gerson Vizcaino, Ismael Angel Rodriguez, Daniel Durand-Herrera, Modesto T Lopez-Lopez, Indalecio Sánchez-Montesinos, Miguel Alaminos, María Del Carmen Sánchez-Quevedo, Víctor Carriel
Generation of biomimetic and biocompatible artificial tissues is the basic research objective for tissue engineering (TE). In this sense, the biofabrication of scaffolds that resemble the tissues' extracellular matrix (ECM) is an essential aim in this field. Uncompressed and nanostructured fibrin-agarose hydrogels (FAH and NFAH respectively) emerged as promising scaffold in TE, but its structure and biomechanical properties must be improved in order to broad their TE applications. Here we generated and characterized novel membrane-like models with increased structural and biomechanical properties based on the chemical cross-linking of FAH and NFAH with genipin (GP at 0...
November 15, 2017: Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139597/time-resolved-interception-of-multiple-charge-accumulation-in-a-sensitizer-acceptor-dyad
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Stéphanie Mendes Marinho, Minh-Huong Ha-Thi, Van-Thai Pham, Annamaria Quaranta, Thomas Pino, Christophe Lefumeux, Thierry Chamaillé, Winfried Leibl, Ally Aukauloo
Biomimetic models that contain elements of photosynthesis are fundamental in the development of synthetic systems that can use sunlight to produce fuel. The critical task consists of running several rounds of light-induced charge separation, which is required to accumulate enough redox equivalents at the catalytic sites for the target chemistry to occur. Long-lived first charge-separated state and distinct electronic signatures for the sequential charge accumulated species are essential features to be able to track these events on a spectroscopic ground...
November 15, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139568/biomimetic-syntheses-of-racemic-natural-products
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REVIEW
Arie Zask, George Ellestad
Racemic natural products are rarely produced in plants and microorganisms and are thought to be the result of nonenzymatic, spontaneous reactions. These compounds are often highly complex with multiple contiguous chiral centers that present a challenge to organic synthesis. Formation of these racemates often occurs by cyclization reactions that can generate multiple stereocenters from achiral precursors. Biomimetic synthesis of these racemic natural products provides support for their proposed nonenzymatic spontaneous biosynthesis...
November 15, 2017: Chirality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137161/constructing-asymmetric-polyion-complex-vesicles-via-template-assembling-strategy-formulation-control-and-tunable-permeability
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Junbo Li, Lijuan Liang, Ju Liang, Wenlan Wu, Huiyun Zhou, Jinwu Guo
A strategy for constructing polyion complex vesicles (PICsomes) with asymmetric structure is described. Poly(methylacrylic acid)-block-poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) modified gold nanoparticles (PMAA-b-PNIPAm-@-Au NPs) were prepared and then assembled with poly(ethylene glycol)-block-poly[1-methyl-3-(2-methacryloyloxy propylimidazolium bromine)] (PEG-b-PMMPImB) via polyion complex of PMMA and PMMPImB. After removing the Au NPs template, asymmetric PICsomes composed of a PNIPAm inner-shell, PIC wall, and PEG outer-corona were obtained...
November 13, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137134/an-overview-of-the-bacterial-carbonic-anhydrases
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REVIEW
Claudiu T Supuran, Clemente Capasso
Bacteria encode carbonic anhydrases (CAs, EC 4.2.1.1) belonging to three different genetic families, the α-, β-, and γ-classes. By equilibrating CO₂ and bicarbonate, these metalloenzymes interfere with pH regulation and other crucial physiological processes of these organisms. The detailed investigations of many such enzymes from pathogenic and non-pathogenic bacteria afford the opportunity to design both novel therapeutic agents, as well as biomimetic processes, for example, for CO₂ capture. Investigation of bacterial CA inhibitors and activators may be relevant for finding antibiotics with a new mechanism of action...
November 11, 2017: Metabolites
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135248/biomimetics-of-nife-hydrogenase-nickel-or-iron-centered-proton-reduction-catalysis
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Hao Tang, Michael B Hall
The [NiFe] hydrogenase (H2ase) has been characterized in the Ni-R state with a hydride bridging between Fe and Ni but displaced toward the Ni. In nearly all of the synthetic Ni-R models reported so far, the hydride ligand is either displaced toward Fe, or terminally bound to Fe. Recently, a structural and functional [NiFe]-H2ase mimic (Nat. Chem. 2016, 8, 1054-1060) was reported to produce H2 catalytically via EECC mechanism through a Ni-centered hydride intermediate like the enzyme. Here, a comprehensive DFT study shows a much lower energy route via an E[ECEC] mechanism through an Fe-centered hydride intermediate...
November 14, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134692/water-rich-biomimetic-composites-with-abiotic-self-organizing-nanofiber-network
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Lizhi Xu, Xueli Zhao, Chuanlai Xu, Nicholas A Kotov
Load-bearing soft tissues, e.g., cartilage, ligaments, and blood vessels, are made predominantly from water (65-90%) which is essential for nutrient transport to cells. Yet, they display amazing stiffness, toughness, strength, and deformability attributed to the reconfigurable 3D network from stiff collagen nanofibers and flexible proteoglycans. Existing hydrogels and composites partially achieve some of the mechanical properties of natural soft tissues, but at the expense of water content. Concurrently, water-rich biomedical polymers are elastic but weak...
November 14, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131638/lipid-pore-filled-silica-thin-film-membranes-for-biomimetic-recovery-of-dilute-carbohydrates
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Shanshan Zhou, Daniel M Schlipf, Emma Caroline Guilfoil, Stephen E Rankin, Barbara Lynn Knutson
Selectively permeable biological membranes containing lipophilic barriers inspire the design of biomimetic carrier-mediated membranes for aqueous solute separation. The recovery of glucose, which can reversibly bind to boronic acid carriers, is examined in lipid pore-filled silica thin film composite membranes with accessible mesopores. The successful incorporation of lipids (1, 2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine, DPPC) and boronic acid carriers ((4-(N-Boc-amino)methyl) phenylboronic acid, BAMP-BA) in the pores of a mesoporous silica (~10 nm pore diameter) through evaporation deposition is verified by confocal microscopy and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC)...
November 13, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131585/antibody-templated-assembly-of-an-rna-mimic-of-green-fluorescent-protein
#13
Alessandro Bertucci, Alessandro Porchetta, Francesco Ricci
One of the most intriguing ways through which Nature achieves regulation of biological pathways encompasses the coordination of non-covalent interactions that bring biomolecules to be co-localized in a designated restricted space. This nano-confinement leads to a drastic increase in the effective local concentration of the species involved, which ultimately triggers reactions that would otherwise not occur at the low concentrations found in cells. Inspired by this mechanism, we have explored the possibility of using antibodies as bivalent biomolecular substrates for the templated assembly of a functional RNA structure...
November 13, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131232/homogenous-graphene-oxide-peptide-nanofiber-hybrid-hydrogel-as-biomimetic-polysaccharide-hydrolase
#14
Xingxing He, Fuyuan Zhang, Jifeng Liu, Guozhen Fang, Shuo Wang
Cellulose, an impressive potential sustainable fuel, is difficult to hydrolyze because of the protection of β-1,4-glycosidic bonds through the tight hydrogen bonding network. In this study, homogenous graphene oxide (GO)-peptide nanofiber hybrid hydrogels (GO-PNFs) were designed as a β-glycosyl hydrolase mimetic to achieve efficient degradation of cellobiose and cellopentaose. For comparison, free peptides, graphene oxide mixed with free peptides (GO-peptdies) and self-assembled peptide nanofibers (PNFs) were also studied for their activity as a hydrolase mimetics for degradation of cellobiose...
November 13, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130885/animal-thermoregulation-a-review-of-insulation-physiology-and-behaviour-relevant-to-temperature-control-in-buildings
#15
Dominic McCafferty, Guillaume Pandraud, Jérôme Gilles, Maria Fabra-Puchol, Pierre-Yves Henry
Birds and mammals have evolved many thermal adaptations that are relevant for bioinspired design of temperature control systems and energy management in buildings. Similar to many buildings, endothermic animals generate internal metabolic heat, are well insulated, regulate their temperature within set limits, modify microclimate and adjust thermal exchange with their environment. Here, we review the major components of animal thermoregulation in endothermic birds and mammals that are pertinent for building engineering, in a world where climate is changing and reduction in energy use is needed...
November 13, 2017: Bioinspiration & Biomimetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130776/new-insights-into-effects-of-aromatic-amino-acids-on-hydroxyapatite
#16
Y R Guo, X Yang, X W Feng, Y Sa, M Wang, P Li, T Jiang
Biomimetics inspired by superstructures and extraordinary properties of teeth have resulted in tooth repair and the generation of novel materials. However, little attention has been paid to tooth color, whose origin remains unknown. Based on recent studies, fluorophores-mainly aromatic amino acids (AAAs) in proteins-might be responsible for tooth color. We synthesized carbonated hydroxyapatite (HA; the mineral phase of teeth) in the presence of different amino acids (AAs; the basic units of protein matrix of teeth) as a simplified model of teeth to explore the color source at the AA level...
November 1, 2017: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128717/in-vivo-bioelectronic-nose-using-transgenic-mice-for-specific-odor-detection
#17
Keqiang Gao, Songmin Li, Liujing Zhuang, Zhen Qin, Bin Zhang, Liquan Huang, Ping Wang
The olfactory system is a natural biosensor since its peripheral olfactory sensory neurons (OSNs) respond to the external stimuli and transmit the signals to the olfactory bulb (OB) where they are integrated and processed. The axonal connections from the OSNs expressing about 1000 different types of odorant receptors are precisely organized and sorted out onto 1800 glomeruli in the OB, from which the olfactory information is delivered to and perceived by the central nervous system. This process is carried out with particularly high sensitivity, specificity and rapidity, which can be used for explosive detection...
October 10, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128540/electrospun-thermosensitive-hydrogel-scaffold-for-enhanced-chondrogenesis-of-human-mesenchymal-stem-cells
#18
Alexander R Brunelle, Christopher B Horner, Karen Low, Gerardo Ico, Jin Nam
Hydrogels have shown great potential for cartilage tissue engineering applications due to their capability to encapsulate cells within biomimetic, 3-dimensional (3D) microenvironments. However, the multi-step fabrication process that is necessary to produce cell/scaffold constructs with defined dimensions, limits their off-the-shelf translational usage. In this study, we have developed a hybrid scaffolding system which combines a thermosensitive hydrogel, poly(ethylene glycol)-poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PEG-PNIPAAm), with a biodegradable polymer, poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL), into a composite, electrospun microfibrous structure...
November 8, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128535/branched-peptides-integrate-into-self-assembled-nanostructures-and-enhance-biomechanics-of-peptidic-hydrogels
#19
Raffaele Pugliese, Federico Fontana, Amanda Marchini, Fabrizio Gelain
Self-assembling peptides (SAP) have drawn an increasing interest in the tissue engineering community. They display unquestionable biomimetic properties, tailorability and promising biocompatibility. However their use has been hampered by poor mechanical properties making them fragile soft scaffolds. To increase SAP hydrogel stiffness we introduced a novel strategy based on multiple ramifications of (LDLK)3, a well-known linear SAP, connected with one or multiple "lysine knots". Differently branched SAPs were tested by increasing the number of (LDLK)3-like branches and by adding the neuro-regenerative functional motif BMHP1 as a single branch...
November 8, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127461/bioinspired-recognition-elements-for-mycotoxin-sensors
#20
REVIEW
Riikka Peltomaa, Elena Benito-Peña, María C Moreno-Bondi
Mycotoxins are low molecular weight molecules produced as secondary metabolites by filamentous fungi that can be found as natural contaminants in many foods and feeds. These toxins have been shown to have adverse effects on both human and animal health, and are the cause of significant economic losses worldwide. Sensors for mycotoxin analysis have traditionally applied elements of biological origin for the selective recognition purposes. However, since the 1970s there has been an exponential growth in the use of genetically engineered or synthetic biomimetic recognition elements that allow some of the limitations associated with the use of natural receptors for the analyses of these toxins to be circumvented...
November 10, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
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