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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549266/self-cascade-reaction-catalyzed-by-cuo-nanoparticle-based-dual-functional-enzyme-mimics
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Ai-Ling Hu, Hao-Hua Deng, Xiao-Qing Zheng, Yan-Yu Wu, Xiu-Ling Lin, Ai-Lin Liu, Xing-Hua Xia, Hua-Ping Peng, Wei Chen, Guo-Lin Hong
It is desirable but challenging to assemble various biomimetic properties into a functional catalytic cascade system. In this work, cupric oxide nanoparticles were investigated as oxidase mimics for the aerobic oxidation of cysteine to cystine with the generation of hydrogen peroxide. Coupling this property with the peroxidase-like activity of CuO nanoparticles, we constructed a self-organized cascade reaction system based on a single-component nanozyme, which includes the oxidation of cysteine to yield cystine and hydrogen peroxide and the hydrogen peroxide-mediated oxidation of terephthalic acid to produce a fluorescence change...
May 19, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548452/insulin-a-persistent-synthetic-challenge
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Luis Moroder, Hans-Jürgen Musiol
After a short historical overview from the discovery to production of insulin from animal sources, later via semi-synthesis and finally rDNA-based expression, the review focuses on the most recent advances of chemical synthesis that progressively sur-mounted all technical obstacles of assembling heterodimeric structures crosslinked by intra- and intermolecular disulfides via biomimetic insulin precursors in the search for analogues of improved therapeutic properties.
May 26, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546955/biofabrication-and-biomaterials-for-urinary-tract-reconstruction
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Moustafa M Elsawy, Achala de Mel
Reconstructive urologists are constantly facing diverse and complex pathologies that require structural and functional restoration of urinary organs. There is always a demand for a biocompatible material to repair or substitute the urinary tract instead of using patient's autologous tissues with its associated morbidity. Biomimetic approaches are tissue-engineering tactics aiming to tailor the material physical and biological properties to behave physiologically similar to the urinary system. This review highlights the different strategies to mimic urinary tissues including modifications in structure, surface chemistry, and cellular response of a range of biological and synthetic materials...
2017: Research and Reports in Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546916/liquid-metal-phagocytosis-intermetallic-wetting-induced-particle-internalization
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Jianbo Tang, Xi Zhao, Jing Li, Yuan Zhou, Jing Liu
A biomimetic cellular-eating phenomenon in gallium-based liquid metal to realize particle internalization in full-pH-range solutions is reported. The effect, which is called liquid metal phagocytosis, represents a wet-processing strategy to prepare various metallic liquid metal-particle mixtures through introducing excitations such as an electrical polarization, a dissolving medium, or a sacrificial metal. A nonwetting-to-wetting transition resulting from surface transition and the reactive nature of the intermetallic wetting between the two metallic phases are found to be primarily responsible for such particle-eating behavior...
May 2017: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545232/sensors-and-actuators-on-determining-parameters-for-being-considered-in-selection-of-elastomers-for-biomimetic-hands
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Vlad Cârlescu, Dumitru N Olaru, Gheorghe Prisăcaru, Cezar Oprişan, José Machado
In this paper, the authors present a new methodology to study the viscoelastic behaviour of the human finger. The methodology is based on experimental research consisting of a finger's indentation with a small steel cylindrical object for various indentation speeds. The tests were realized on a CETR UMT-2 Tribometer for indentation speed between 0.02 mm/s and 4 mm/s with a normal load of up to 22 N. Using the force-deformation diagrams recorded at the smallest indentation speed determined the elastic modulus of the human finger according to an adapted Hertzian model...
May 23, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544639/biomimetic-model-of-tumor-microenvironment-on-microfluidic-platform
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Minhwan Chung, Jungho Ahn, Kyungmin Son, Sudong Kim, Noo Li Jeon
The "Tumor microenvironment" (TME) is a complex, interacting system of the tumor and its surrounding environment. The TME has drawn more attention recently in attempts to overcome current drug resistance and the recurrence of cancer by understanding the cancer and its microenvironment systematically, beyond past reductionist approaches. However, a lack of experimental tools to dissect the intricate interactions has hampered in-depth research into the TME. Here, a biomimetic TME model using a microfluidic platform is presented, which enables the interaction between TME constituents to be studied in a comprehensive manner...
May 24, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544462/biomimetic-macroporous-pcl-scaffolds-for-ex-vivo-expansion-of-cord-blood-derived-cd34-cells-with-feeder-cells-support
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Xiuwei Pan, Qiong Sun, Yuanhao Zhang, Haibo Cai, Yun Gao, Yongjia Shen, Weian Zhang
Ex vivo expansion of hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) with most current methods can hardly satisfy clinical application requirement. While in vivo, HSCs efficiently self-renew in niche where they interact with 3D extracellular matrix and stromal cells. Therefore, co-cultures of CD34(+) cells and mesenchyme stem cells derived from human amniotic membrane (hAMSCs) on the basis of biomimetic macroporous three-dimensional (3D) poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) scaffolds are developed, where scaffolds and hAMSCs are applied to mimic structural and cellular microenvironment of HSCs...
May 24, 2017: Macromolecular Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544434/strain-stiffening-hydrogels-through-self-assembly-and-covalent-fixation-of-semi-flexible-fibers
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Rint P Sijbesma, Marcos Fernandez-Castano Romera, Clément Guibert, Ilja K Voets, Cornelis Storm
Biomimetic, strain-stiffening materials are reported, made through self-assembly and covalent fixation of small building blocks to form fibrous hydrogels able to stiffen by an order of magnitude in response to applied stress. The gels consist of semi-flexible rodlike micelles of bisurea bolaamphiphiles with oligo(ethylene oxide) (EO) outer blocks and a polydiacetylene (PDA) backbone. The micelles are fibers composed of 9-10 ribbons. A gelation method based on Cu-catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition (CuAAC) was developed that leads to strain-stiffening hydrogels with unusual yet universal linear and nonlinear stress-strain response...
May 24, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544383/self-assembled-biomimetic-chloroplast-coupled-photoenzymatic-reaction-for-sustainable-synthesis-of-fuel
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Xuehai Yan, Kai Liu, Chengqian Yuan, Qianli Zou, Zengchun Xie
Prototypes of biosystems provide good blueprints for the design and creation of biomimetic systems. However, mimicking both the sophisticated natural structures and their complex biological functions still remains a great challenge. Herein, biomimetic chloroplasts have been fabricated by one-step bio-inspired amino acid mineralization and simultaneous integration of catalytically active units. Hierarchically structured crystals are obtained by metal ion-directed self-assembly of cystine (the oxidized dimer form of the amino acid cysteine), with porous structure and stacking nanorods, which show similar architectural principles to chloroplasts...
May 22, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544087/a-tunable-ionic-diode-based-on-biomimetic-structure-tailorable-nanochannel
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Kai Xiao, Lu Chen, Zhen Zhang, Ganhua Xie, Pei Li, Xiang-Yu Kong, Liping Wen, Lei Jiang
In this work, we reported a tunable ionic diode based on biomimetic structure-tailorable nanochannels, with the precise ions transport characteristics from ohmic behaviour to bidirectional rectification as well as the gating properties. The forward/reverse directions of the ionic diode and the degree of rectification can be well regulated by combining the patterned surface charge and the sophisticated structure. This system creates an ideal platform for precise transportation of ions and molecules, and anticipates to have potential applications in analytical sciences...
May 22, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543992/surface-modification-of-two-dimensional-metal-organic-layers-creates-biomimetic-catalytic-microenvironments-for-selective-oxidation
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Wenjie Shi, Lingyun Cao, Hua Zhang, Xin Zhou, Bing An, Zekai Lin, Ruihan Dai, Jianfeng Li, Cheng Wang, Wenbin Lin
Microenvironments in enzymes play crucial roles in controlling the activities and selectivities of reaction centers. Herein we report the tuning of the catalytic microenvironments of metal-organic layers (MOLs), a two-dimensional version of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) with thickness down to a monolayer, to control product selectivities. By modifying the secondary building units (SBUs) of MOLs with monocarboxylic acids such as gluconic acid, we successfully changed the hydrophobicity/hydrophilicity around the active sites and fine-tuned the selectivity in photocatalytic oxidation of tetrahydrofuran (THF) to exclusively afford butyrolactone (BTL), likely via prolonging residence time of reaction intermediates in the hydrophilic microenvironment of catalytic centers...
May 23, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543403/decellularized-human-liver-is-too-heterogeneous-for-designing-a-generic-extracellular-matrix-mimic-hepatic-scaffold
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Giorgio Mattei, Chiara Magliaro, Andrea Pirone, Arti Ahluwalia
Decellularized human livers are considered the perfect extracellular matrix (ECM) surrogate because both three-dimensional architecture and biological features of the hepatic microenvironment are thought to be preserved. However, donor human livers are in chronically short supply, both for transplantation or as decellularized scaffolds, and will become even scarcer as life expectancy increases. It is hence of interest to determine the structural and biochemical properties of human hepatic ECM to derive design criteria for engineering biomimetic scaffolds...
May 23, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540581/streptococcus-mutans-adherence-and-biofilm-formation-on-experimental-composites-containing-dicalcium-phosphate-dihydrate-nanoparticles
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Andrei C Ionescu, Sebastian Hahnel, Gloria Cazzaniga, Marco Ottobelli, Roberto Ruggiero Braga, Marcela Charantola Rodrigues, Eugenio Brambilla
This study aimed at evaluating bacterial adhesion and biofilm formation on resin-based composites (RBC) including dicalcium phosphate dihydrate nanoparticles (nDCPD). METHODS: Specimens were prepared from experimental RBCs with BisGMA/TEGDMA resin matrix including 20 vol% of either nDCPD (nDCPD-RBC), TEGDMA-functionalized nDPCD (F-nDCPD-RBC) or silanized silica (SiO2-RBC). Neat resin blend (control-Resin), conventional nanohybrid RBC (control-RBC) and human enamel were used for reference...
July 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537604/multiscale-simulations-for-understanding-the-evolution-and-mechanism-of-hierarchical-peptide-self-assembly
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Chengqian Yuan, Shukun Li, Qianli Zou, Ying Ren, Xuehai Yan
Hierarchical self-assembly, abundant in biological systems, has been explored as an effective bottom-up method to fabricate highly ordered functional superstructures from elemental building units. Biomolecules, especially short peptides consisting of several amino acids, are a type of elegant building blocks due to their advantages of structural, mechanical, and functional diversity as well as high biocompatibility and biodegradability. The hierarchical self-assembly of peptides is a spontaneous process spanning multiple time and length scales under certain thermodynamics and kinetics conditions...
May 24, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537598/structural-and-functional-synthetic-model-of-mono-iron-hydrogenase-featuring-an-anthracene-scaffold
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Junhyeok Seo, Taylor A Manes, Michael J Rose
Mono-iron hydrogenase was the third type of hydrogenase discovered. Its Lewis acidic iron(II) centre promotes the heterolytic cleavage of the H-H bond and this non-redox H2 activation distinguishes it from the well-studied dinuclear [FeFe] and [NiFe] hydrogenases. Cleavage of the H-H bond is followed by hydride transfer to the enzyme's organic substrate, H4MPT(+), which serves as a CO2 'carrier' in methanogenic pathways. Here we report a scaffold-based synthetic approach by which to model mono-iron hydrogenase using an anthracene framework, which supports a biomimetic fac-C,N,S coordination motif to an iron(II) centre...
June 2017: Nature Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537400/xylopiana-a-a-dimeric-guaiane-with-a-case-shaped-core-from-xylopia-vielana-structural-elucidation-and-biomimetic-conversion
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Ya-Long Zhang, Xu-Wei Zhou, Xiao-Bing Wang, Lin Wu, Ming-Hua Yang, Jun Luo, Yong Yin, Jian-Guang Luo, Ling-Yi Kong
Xylopiana A (1), a dimeric guaiane with an unprecedented pentacyclo[5.2.1.0(1,2).0(4,5').0(5,4')]decane-3,2'-dione core, and three biosynthetically related intermediates, compounds 2-4, were isolated from the leaves of Xylopia vielana. Their structures and absolute configurations were determined by a combination of spectroscopic data, X-ray crystallography, electronic circular dichroism calculations, and chemical conversion. The structure of known vielanin A was revised to be compound 3. Compound 4 exerted a 3...
May 24, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537381/collagen-gels-with-different-fibrillar-microarchitectures-elicit-different-cellular-responses
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Jing Xie, Min Bao, Stephanie M C Bruekers, Wilhelm T S Huck
The extracellular matrix consists of a complex mixture of fibrillar proteins, where the architecture and mechanical properties of the protein fibrils vary considerably in various tissues. Here, we systematically polymerized collagen gels at different temperatures, providing substrates with tunable mechanics and defined local micro-architecture. We studied the dependence of spreading dynamics, proliferation, migration and differentiation of human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) on the fibrillar properties as compared to the bulk properties of the matrix...
May 24, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535031/tunichrome-inspired-gold-enrichment-dispersion-matrix-and-its-application-in-water-treatment-a-proof-of-concept-investigation
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Amarendra Dhar Dwivedi, Rega Permana, Jitendra Pal Singh, Hakwon Yoon, Keun Hwa Chae, Yoon-Seok Chang, Dong Soo Hwang
Tunicate, a filter-feeder in seawater, is able to accumulate high amount of metals using intracellular polymer matrices. The woven pyrogallol structures of tunichrome, a small peptide contained in tunicate's blood cells, is believed to be responsible for selective metal sequestration in tunicates from seawater. However, the intriguing tunichrome matrix is difficult to harvest from the tunicate nor to synthesize massively due to the extreme oxidation sensitivity of the pyrogallol moiety which limits the study scope...
May 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534872/a-light-driven-artificial-flytrap
#19
Owies M Wani, Hao Zeng, Arri Priimagi
The sophistication, complexity and intelligence of biological systems is a continuous source of inspiration for mankind. Mimicking the natural intelligence to devise tiny systems that are capable of self-regulated, autonomous action to, for example, distinguish different targets, remains among the grand challenges in biomimetic micro-robotics. Herein, we demonstrate an autonomous soft device, a light-driven flytrap, that uses optical feedback to trigger photomechanical actuation. The design is based on light-responsive liquid-crystal elastomer, fabricated onto the tip of an optical fibre, which acts as a power source and serves as a contactless probe that senses the environment...
May 23, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533451/animal-coloration-research-why-it-matters
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Tim Caro, Mary Caswell Stoddard, Devi Stuart-Fox
While basic research on animal coloration is the theme of this special edition, here we highlight its applied significance for industry, innovation and society. Both the nanophotonic structures producing stunning optical effects and the colour perception mechanisms in animals are extremely diverse, having been honed over millions of years of evolution for many different purposes. Consequently, there is a wealth of opportunity for biomimetic and bioinspired applications of animal coloration research, spanning colour production, perception and function...
July 5, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
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