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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636356/biomimetic-architectured-graphene-aerogel-with-exceptional-strength-and-resilience
#1
Miao Yang, Nifang Zhao, Ying Cui, Weiwei Gao, Qian Zhao, Chao Gao, Hao Bai, Tao Xie
Materials combining lightweight, robust mechanical performances, and multifunctionality are highly desirable for engineering applications. Graphene aerogels have emerged as attractive candidates. Despite recent progresses, the bottleneck remains how to simultaneously achieve both strength and resilience. While multiscale architecture designs may offer a possible route, the difficulty lies in the lack of design guidelines and how to experimentally achieve the necessary structure control over multiple length scales...
June 21, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635292/assembly-morphology-diffusivity-and-indentation-of-hydrogel-supported-lipid-bilayers
#2
Tooba Shoaib, Prathima Chandra Nalam, Yichen He, Yuting Chen, Rosa M Espinosa-Marzal
Recognizing the limitations of solid-supported lipid bilayers to reproduce the behavior of cell membranes, including bendability, transmembrane protein inclusion and virus entry, this study describes a novel biomimetic system for cell membranes with the potential to overcome these and other limitations. The developed strategy utilizes a hydrogel with tunable mechanical behavior that resembles those of living cells as the soft support for the phospholipid bilayer, while a polyelectrolyte multilayer film serves as an intermediate layer to facilitate the self-assembly of the lipid bilayer on the soft cushion...
June 21, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635177/engineering-human-bone-grafts-with-new-macroporous-calcium-phosphate-cement-scaffolds
#3
Martina Sladkova, Michael Palmer, Caroline Öhman, Jiayi Cheng, Shoug Al-Ansari, Munerah Saad, Håkan Engqvist, Giuseppe Maria de Peppo
Bone engineering opens the possibility to grow large amounts of tissue products by combining patient-specific cells with compliant biomaterials. Decellularized tissue matrices represent suitable biomaterials but availability, long processing time, excessive cost, and concerns on pathogen transmission have led to the development of biomimetic synthetic alternatives. We recently fabricated calcium phosphate cement (CPC) scaffolds with variable macroporosity using a facile synthesis method with minimal manufacturing steps, and demonstrated long-term biocompatibility in vitro...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633977/vascular-endothelial-cell-mechanosensing-new-insights-gained-from-biomimetic-microfluidic-models
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REVIEW
Kelsey M Gray, Kimberly M Stroka
In vivo, cells of the vascular system are subjected to various mechanical stimuli and have demonstrated the ability to adapt their behavior via mechanotransduction. Recent advances in microfluidic and "on-chip" techniques have provided the technology to study these alterations in cell behavior. Contrary to traditional in vitro assays such as transwell plates and parallel plate flow chambers, these microfluidic devices (MFDs) provide the opportunity to integrate multiple mechanical cues (e.g. shear stress, confinement, substrate stiffness, vessel geometry and topography) with in situ quantification capabilities...
June 17, 2017: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631861/renewable-molecular-flasks-with-nadh-models-combination-of-light-driven-proton-reduction-and-biomimetic-hydrogenation-of-benzoxazinones
#5
Liang Zhao, Jianwei Wei, Junhua Lu, Cheng He, Chunying Duan
Using small molecules with defined pockets to catalyze chemical transformations resulted in attractive catalytic syntheses that echo the remarkable properties of enzymes. By modulating the active site of a nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH) model in a redox-active molecular flask, we combined biomimetic hydrogenation with in situ regeneration of the active site in a one-pot transformation using light as a clean energy source. This molecular flask facilitates the encapsulation of benzoxazinones for biomimetic hydrogenation of the substrates within the inner space of the flask using the active sites of the NADH models...
June 20, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630162/real-time-dynamics-of-carbon-nanotube-porins-in-supported-lipid-membranes-visualized-by-high-speed-atomic-force-microscopy
#6
Yuliang Zhang, Ramya H Tunuguntla, Pyung-On Choi, Aleksandr Noy
In-plane mobility of proteins in lipid membranes is one of the fundamental mechanisms supporting biological functionality. Here we use high-speed atomic force microscopy (HS-AFM) to show that a novel type of biomimetic channel-carbon nanotube porins (CNTPs)-is also laterally mobile in supported lipid membranes, mimicking biological protein behaviour. HS-AFM can capture real-time dynamics of CNTP motion in the supported lipid bilayer membrane, build long-term trajectories of the CNTP motion and determine the diffusion coefficients associated with this motion...
August 5, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629894/enhanced-nutrient-transport-improves-the-depth-dependent-properties-of-tri-layered-engineered-cartilage-constructs-with-zonal-co-culture-of-chondrocytes-and-mscs
#7
Minwook Kim, Megan J Farrell, David R Steinberg, Jason A Burdick, Robert L Mauck
Biomimetic design in cartilage tissue engineering is a challenge given the complexity of the native tissue. While numerous studies have generated constructs with near-native bulk properties, recapitulating the depth-dependent features of native tissue remains a challenge. Furthermore, limitations in nutrient transport and matrix accumulation in engineered constructs hinders maturation within the central core of large constructs. To overcome these limitations, we fabricated tri-layered constructs that recapitulate the depth-dependent cellular organization and functional properties of native tissue using zonally derived chondrocytes co-cultured with MSCs...
June 16, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629892/engineered-myocardium-model-to-study-the-roles-of-hif-1%C3%AE-and-hif1a-as1-in-paracrine-only-signaling-under-pathological-level-oxidative-stress
#8
Aylin Acun, Pinar Zorlutuna
Studying heart tissue is critical for understanding and developing treatments for cardiovascular diseases. In this work, we fabricated precisely controlled and biomimetic engineered model tissues to study how cell-cell and cell-matrix interactions influence myocardial cell survival upon exposure to pathological level oxidative stress. Specifically, the interactions of endothelial cells (ECs) and cardiomyocytes (CMs), and the role of hypoxia inducible factor-1α (HIF-1α), with its novel alternative regulator, HIF-1α antisense RNA1 (HIF1A-AS1), in these interactions were investigated...
June 16, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629739/twisting-cracks-in-bouligand-structures
#9
Nobphadon Suksangpanya, Nicholas A Yaraghi, David Kisailus, Pablo Zavattieri
The Bouligand structure, which is found in many biological materials, is a hierarchical architecture that features uniaxial fiber layers assembled periodically into a helicoidal pattern. Many studies have highlighted the high damage-resistant performance of natural and biomimetic Bouligand structures. One particular species that utilizes the Bouligand structure to achieve outstanding mechanical performance is the smashing Mantis Shrimp, Odontodactylus Scyllarus (or stomatopod). The mantis shrimp generates high speed, high acceleration blows using its raptorial appendage to defeat highly armored preys...
June 10, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629069/evaluation-of-electrospun-biomimetic-substrate-surface-decorated-with-nanohydroxyapatite-precipitation-for-osteoblasts-behavior
#10
Sai Zhang, Guojun Jiang, Molamma P Prabhakaran, Xiaohong Qin, Seeram Ramakrishna
To engineer bone tissue, it is crucial to design scaffolds with micro- and nano-sized architecture imitating approximate hierarchical structure of native bone, and afford desirable biological properties by introducing biocompatible polymers and bioceramics into the scaffolds. Here, a novel scaffold consisting of poly-3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate (PHBV)/polyaspartic acid (PAA) was fabricated by electrospinning and nano-hydroxyapatite (nHA) was deposited by calcium-phosphate dipping process for bone tissue regeneration...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629051/novel-biomimetic-composite-material-for-potentiometric-screening-of-acetylcholine-a-neurotransmitter-in-alzheimer-s-disease
#11
Ana S Sacramento, Felismina T C Moreira, Joana L Guerreiro, Ana P Tavares, M Goreti F Sales
This work describes a novel approach to produce an antibody-like biomimetic material. It includes preparing composite imprinted material never presented before, with highly conductive support nanostructures and assembling a high conductivity polymeric layer at low temperature. Overall, such highly conductive material may enhance the final features of electrically-based devices. Acetylcholine (ACh) was selected as target analyte, a neurotransmitter of importance in Alzheimer's disease. Potentiometric transduction was preferred, allowing quick responses and future adaptation to point-of-care requirements...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629041/biomimetic-synthesis-of-calcium-carbonate-with-different-morphologies-and-polymorphs-in-the-presence-of-bovine-serum-albumin-and-soluble-starch
#12
Yuxi Liu, Yuping Chen, Xuechen Huang, Gang Wu
Calcium carbonate has been synthesized by the reaction of Na2CO3 and CaCl2 in the presence of bovine serum albumin (BSA) and soluble starch. Effects of various bovine serum albumin (BSA) and soluble starch on the polymorph and morphology of CaCO3 crystals were investigated. Crystallization of vaterite is favored in the presence of BSA and soluble starch, respectively, while calcite is favored in the presence of a mixture of BSA and soluble starch. The morphologies of CaCO3 particles in the presence of mixture of BSA and soluble starch are mainly rod-like, suggesting that the BSA, soluble and their assemblies play key roles in stabilizing and directing the CaCO3 crystal growth...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629001/biomimetic-electrospun-scaffolds-from-main-extracellular-matrix-components-for-skin-tissue-engineering-application-the-role-of-chondroitin-sulfate-and-sulfated-hyaluronan
#13
Sirsendu Bhowmick, Sandra Rother, Heike Zimmermann, Poh S Lee, Stephanie Moeller, Matthias Schnabelrauch, Veena Koul, Rainer Jordan, Vera Hintze, Dieter Scharnweber
Incorporation of bioactive components like glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) into tissue engineering scaffolds, is a promising approach towards developing new generation functional biomaterial. Here, we have designed electrospun nanofibrous scaffolds made of gelatin and different concentrations of chemically sulfated or non-sulfated hyaluronan (sHA or HA) and chondroitin sulfate (CS). Evenly distributed fiber morphology was observed with no differences between varying concentrations and types of GAGs. In vitro release kinetics revealed that GAGs release is driven by diffusion...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628172/trichomes-as-a-natural-biophysical-barrier-for-plants-and-their-bioinspired-applications
#14
Han Liu, Shaobao Liu, Jiaojiao Jiao, Tian Jian Lu, Feng Xu
Nature has inspired mankind to create novel inventions with biomimetic structures and materials, where plants provide a significant source of inspiration. Plants have evolved a range of effective appendages, among which trichomes have attracted extensive research interest due to their enormous functions. It is important to understand trichome functions and corresponding mechanisms for their bioinspired applications. In this review, we provide a comprehensive overview of the diverse functions of trichomes, with emphasis placed upon their roles as biophysical barriers that can create a complex three-dimensional (3D) network to help the plant adapt to severe environments...
June 19, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628167/a-theoretical-study-on-the-morphological-phase-diagram-of-supported-lipid-bilayers
#15
Xian Kong, Diannan Lu, Jianzhong Wu, Zheng Liu
Supported lipid bilayers (SLBs) have been widely used in drug delivery, biosensors and biomimetic membranes. The microscopic mechanism of SLB formation and stability depends on a number of factors underlying solvent-mediated lipid-lipid and lipid-substrate interactions. Whereas recent years have witnessed remarkable progress in understanding the kinetics of SLB formation, relatively little is known about the lipid phase behavior controlling the SLB stability under diverse solution conditions. In this work, we examine the structure of SLBs using classical density functional theory (CDFT) in the context of a coarse-grained model that accounts for ion-explicit electrostatic interactions, surface hydrophobicity, as well as the molecular characteristics of the lipid tails...
June 19, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625731/antibacterial-neolignans-from-the-leaves-of-melaleuca-bracteata
#16
Can Li, Hongxin Liu, Liyun Zhao, Weimin Zhang, Shengxiang Qiu, Xiaoyun Yang, Haibo Tan
Phytochemical study on the leaves of Melaleuca bracteata resulted in the isolation of ten compounds including three new neolignans, named melaleucins A-C (1-3). Among them, melaleucin B shares a rarely occurring nor-neolignan skeleton, and both melaleucins B and C bear a novel aldehyde moiety, which might also be response for the delicate fragrance of M. bracteata. Their structures were extensively assigned by spectral data interpretation and biomimetic total synthesis. Moreover, their biosynthetic pathway with oxidative radical coupling and Michael addition as critical reaction was also confirmed...
June 15, 2017: Fitoterapia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625065/physical-texturing-for-superhydrophobic-polymeric-surfaces-a-design-perspective
#17
Jing Yang Quek, Christopher L Magee, Hong Yee Low
Surface wetting on textured surface is classically explained by Cassie-Baxter or Wenzel's theories. However, in recent years, an increasing number of complex surface topographies with super-hydrophobic properties were achieved without prediction or simulation using these theories. One example is biomimetic surfaces. In many instances, theories were used to explain surface properties found in nature but have not led to or predicted the complex topographies. Although new wetting theories continue to emerge, there is not yet a set of design rules to guide the selection of surface topographies to achieve super-hydrophobicity...
June 18, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624377/evaluation-of-a-biomimetic-3d-substrate-based-on-the-human-elastin-like-polypeptides-helps-model-system-for-elastolytic-activity-detection
#18
Lucia Corich, Marina Busetti, Vincenzo Petix, Sabina Passamonti, Antonella Bandiera
Elastin is a fibrous protein that confers elasticity to tissues such as skin, arteries and lung. It is extensively cross-linked, highly hydrophobic and insoluble. Nevertheless, elastin can be hydrolysed by bacterial proteases in infectious diseases, resulting in more or less severe tissue damage. Thus, development of substrates able to reliably and specifically detect pathogen-secreted elastolytic activity is needed to improve the in vitro evaluation of the injury that bacterial proteases may provoke. In this work, two human biomimetic elastin polypeptides, HELP and HELP1, as well as the matrices derived from HELP, have been probed as substrates for elastolytic activity detection...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621979/model-of-cell-crawling-controlled-by-mechanosensitive-adhesion
#19
M Leoni, P Sens
We study the motility of model cells and biomimetic soft objects crawling over a substrate covered with adhesive linkers. The cell exerts traction forces on the substrate through the active periodic motion of molecular complexes to which the linkers bind and unbind stochastically. We first show that the diffusion coefficient of a force dipole (unable by symmetry to perform directed motion) is maximal for a finite ratio of the unbinding to binding rates, highlighting the role of adhesion kinetics on cell translocation...
June 2, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621514/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-analysis-of-mineralized-collagen-based-sponges-prepared-by-a-plasma-and-precursor-assisted-biomimetic-process
#20
A Joseph Nathanael, Ayako Oyane, Maki Nakamura, Ikuko Sakamaki, Erika Nishida, Yukimi Kanemoto, Hirofumi Miyaji
Three-dimensional (3D) porous scaffolds for supporting cell adhesion and growth play a vital role in tissue engineering applications. In the present study, three different collagen-based 3D sponges were functionalized by apatite coating. The sponges were coated with apatite on their outer and inner surfaces while retaining their interconnecting pores. To achieve this, we employed a vacuum degassing system in our plasma- and precursor-assisted biomimetic process, using a supersaturated calcium phosphate solution...
June 16, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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