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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088718/highly-efficient-inactivation-of-bacteria-found-in-drinking-water-using-chitosan-bentonite-composites-modelling-and-breakthrough-curve-analysis
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Sarah C Motshekga, Suprakas Sinha Ray
Disinfection of bacterially-contaminated drinking water requires a robust and effective technique and can be achieved by using an appropriate disinfectant material. The advanced use of nanomaterials is observed as an alternative and effective way for the disinfection process and water treatment as a whole. Hence, the inactivation of Escherichia coli (E. coli) using chitosan-Bentonite (Cts-Bent) composites was studied in a fixed bed column. Cts-Bent composites were synthesized using in situ cross-linking method using Bent-supported silver and zinc oxide nanoparticles...
January 3, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088667/cell-laden-hydrogels-for-osteochondral-and-cartilage-tissue-engineering
#2
REVIEW
Jingzhou Yang, Yu Shrike Zhang, Kan Yue, Ali Khademhosseini
: Despite tremendous advances in the field of regenerative medicine, it still remains challenging to repair the osteochondral interface and full-thickness articular cartilage defects. This inefficiency largely originates from the lack of appropriate tissue engineered artificial matrices that can replace the damaged regions and promote tissue regeneration. Hydrogels are emerging as a promising class of biomaterials for both soft and hard tissue regeneration. Many critical properties of hydrogels, such as mechanical stiffness, elasticity, water content, bioactivity, and degradation, can be rationally designed and conveniently tuned by proper selection of the material and chemistry...
January 11, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088630/support-dependent-active-species-formation-for-cuo-catalysts-leading-to-efficient-pollutant-degradation-in-alkaline-conditions
#3
Yibing Li, Lianshuang Guo, Dekang Huang, Ali Jawad, Zhuqi Chen, Jiakuan Yang, Weidong Liu, Yan Shen, Mingkui Wang, Guochuan Yin
Redox metal ions play the crucial role in versatile advanced oxidation technologies, in which controlling the active species formation through catalyst design is one of the key challenges in oxidant utilization. This work describes an example of different active species formations in CuO-mediated degradation just because of supporting material differences. Although three CuO catalysts were prepared by similar procedures, it was found that CuO-MgO catalyst demonstrated high efficiency in phenol degradation with bicarbonate activated H2O2, in which the superoxide radical is crucial, while hydroxyl radical and singlet oxygen are ignorable...
December 31, 2016: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088101/sequenced-defined-biomolecules-for-nanomaterial-synthesis-functionalization-and-assembly
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REVIEW
Joseph M Slocik, Rajesh R Naik
Biomolecules represent an invaluable resource to nanotechnology by providing a large diversity of highly functional biomolecular templates. As a result, these have been extensively used for controlling the synthesis, functionalization, and assembly of nanomaterials, while also creating materials with new properties and structures. In the following, we focus on the use of peptides to achieve these goals and describe their general utility, sequence programmability, and use as templates. Also, we highlight several recent advances in the identification and selection of high affinity nanomaterial-binding peptides, provide a few examples of peptide functionalized surfaces and peptide templated materials, and describe how simple modifications to well characterized nanomaterial-binding peptides can be used to manipulate interactions and physiochemical properties...
January 11, 2017: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088060/life-cycle-analysis-of-mitigation-methodologies-for-railway-rolling-noise-and-groundbourne-vibration
#5
Mariana Valente Tuler, Sakdirat Kaewunruen
Negative outcomes such as noise and vibration generated by railways have become a challenge for both industry and academia in order to guarantee that the railway system can accomplish its purposes and at the same time provide comfort for users and people living in the neighbourhood along the railway corridor. The research interest on this field has been increasing and the advancement in noise and vibration mitigation methodologies can be observed using various engineering techniques that are constantly put into test to solve such effects...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087484/inhibition-of-bacterial-adhesion-and-biofilm-formation-by-dual-functional-textured-and-nitric-oxide-releasing-surfaces
#6
Li-Chong Xu, Yaqi Wo, Mark E Meyerhoff, Christopher A Siedlecki
: In separate prior studies, physical topographic surface modification or nitric oxide (NO) release has been demonstrated to each be an effective approach to inhibit and control bacterial adhesion and biofilm formation on polymeric surfaces. Such approaches can prevent biomaterial-associated infection without causing the antibiotic resistance of the strain. In this work, both techniques were successfully integrated and applied to a polyurethane (PU) biomaterial surface that bears ordered pillar topographies (400/400 nm and 500/500 nm patterns) at the top surface and a S-nitroso-N-acetylpenicillamine (SNAP, NO donor) doped sub-layer in the middle, via a soft lithography two-stage replication process...
January 10, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087353/thiolated-polymers-as-mucoadhesive-drug-delivery-systems
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REVIEW
Sarah Duggan, Wayne Cummins, Orla O' Donovan, Helen Hughes, Eleanor Owens
Mucoadhesion is the process of binding a material to the mucosal layer of the body. Utilising both natural and synthetic polymers, mucoadhesive drug delivery is a method of controlled drug release which allows for intimate contact between the polymer and a target tissue. It has the potential to increase bioavailability, decrease potential side effects and offer protection to more sensitive drugs such as proteins and peptide based drugs. The thiolation of polymers has, in the last number of years, come to the fore of mucoadhesive drug delivery, markedly improving mucoadhesion due to the introduction of free thiol groups onto the polymer backbone while also offering a more cohesive polymeric matrix for the slower and more controlled release of drug...
January 10, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081367/ordered-mesoporous-titanium-nitride-as-a-promising-carbon-free-cathode-for-aprotic-lithium-oxygen-batteries
#8
Byung Gon Kim, Changshin Jo, Jaeho Shin, Yeongdong Mun, Jinwoo Lee, Jang Wook Choi
Despite the extraordinary gravimetric energy densities, Li-O2 batteries are still facing a technological challenge; limited round trip efficiency leading to insufficient cycle life. Recently, carbonaceous electrode materials were found to be one of the primary origins of the limited cycle life, as they produce irreversible side products during discharge. A few investigations based on non-carbonaceous materials have demonstrated largely suppressed accumulation of irreversible side products but such studies have focused mainly on the materials themselves rather than delicate morphology control...
January 12, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081208/optimizing-training-population-size-and-genotyping-strategy-for-genomic-prediction-using-association-study-results-and-pedigree-information-a-case-of-study-in-advanced-wheat-breeding-lines
#9
Fabio Cericola, Ahmed Jahoor, Jihad Orabi, Jeppe R Andersen, Luc L Janss, Just Jensen
Wheat breeding programs generate a large amount of variation which cannot be completely explored because of limited phenotyping throughput. Genomic prediction (GP) has been proposed as a new tool which provides breeding values estimations without the need of phenotyping all the material produced but only a subset of it named training population (TP). However, genotyping of all the accessions under analysis is needed and, therefore, optimizing TP dimension and genotyping strategy is pivotal to implement GP in commercial breeding schemes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079959/removal-of-multiple-contaminants-from-water-by-polyoxometalate-supported-ionic-liquid-phases-pom-silps
#10
Sven Herrmann, Laura De Matteis, Jesús M de la Fuente, Scott G Mitchell, Carsten Streb
The simultaneous removal of organic, inorganic, and microbial contaminants from water by one material offers significant advantages when fast, facile, and robust water purification is required. Herein, we present a supported ionic liquid phase (SILP) composite where each component targets a specific type of water contaminant: a polyoxometalate-ionic liquid (POM-IL) is immobilized on porous silica, giving the heterogeneous SILP. The water-insoluble POM-IL is composed of antimicrobial alkylammonium cations and lacunary polyoxometalate anions with heavy-metal binding sites...
January 12, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079901/the-clinical-utility-of-dna-based-screening-for-fetal-aneuploidy-by-primary-obstetrical-care-providers-in-the-general-pregnancy-population
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Glenn E Palomaki, Edward M Kloza, Barbara M O'Brien, Elizabeth E Eklund, Geralyn M Lambert-Messerlian
OBJECTIVE: To assess the clinical utility of cell-free DNA (cfDNA)-based screening for aneuploidies offered through primary obstetrical care providers to a general pregnancy population. METHODS: Patient educational materials were developed and validated and providers were trained. Serum was collected for reflexive testing of cfDNA failures. Providers and patients were surveyed concerning knowledge, decision making, and satisfaction. Pregnancy outcome was determined by active or passive ascertainment...
January 12, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079357/tetra-carboxylated-azobenzene-polymer-supramolecular-assemblies-as-high-performance-multiresponsive-actuators
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Chengqun Qin, Yiyu Feng, Haoran An, Junkai Han, Chen Cao, Wei Feng
Multistimuli-responsive polymers are materials of emerging interest, but synthetically challenging. In this work, supramolecular assembly was employed as a facile and effective approach for constructing 3,3',5,5'-azobenzenetetracarboxylic acid (H4abtc)/poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDAC) supramolecules. Structural transformations of H4abtc can be induced by light, mechanical force, and heat, and influenced by free volume. Thus, the fabricated freestanding H4abtc/PDAC film underwent bending/unbending movements upon treatment with light, humidity, or temperature, as asymmetric structural transformations on either side of the film generated asymmetric contraction/stretching forces...
January 12, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078952/recent-advances-in-green-nanoparticulate-systems-for-drug-delivery-efficient-delivery-and-safety-concern
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Pik-Ling Lam, Wai-Yeung Wong, Zhaoxiang Bian, Chung-Hin Chui, Roberto Gambari
Nanotechnology manipulates therapeutic agents at the nanoscale for the development of nanomedicines. However, there are current concerns over nanomedicines, mainly related to the possible toxicity of nanomaterials used for health medications. Due to their small size, they can enter the human body more readily than larger sized particles. Green chemistry encompasses the green synthesis of drug-loaded nanoparticles by reducing the use of hazardous materials in the synthesis process, thus reducing the adverse health impacts of pharmaceutics...
January 12, 2017: Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078841/differential-expression-and-distribution-of-cytokeratins-and-vimentin-in-buccal-pouch-mucosal-cells-during-real-time-cell-proliferation-research-based-on-a-porcine-model
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A Bryja, M Dyszkiewicz-Konwińska, A Chachuła, S Ciesiółka, W Kranc, D Bukowska, P Antosik, M Bruska, M Nowicki, M Zabel, B Kempisty
In recent years, buccal pouch oral mucosa cells were used as a source of potential biological grafting material in advanced tissue engineering. However, there are several limitations in the process of graft fabrication: donor and recipient patient availability as well as an incomplete knowledge of in vitro procedures related to tissue surgical recovery, in vitro cell culture (IVC) and/or tissue processing in “human somatic cell therapy.” Therefore, the animal model for oral mucosa grafting is still recognized as a source for xenografts and a useful model for biomedical research...
October 2016: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076340/telomere-length-assessment-for-prediction-of-organ-transplantation-outcome-future-or-failure-a-review-of-the-literature
#15
Karolina Kłoda, Leszek Domański, Artur Mierzecki
Telomeres are located at each end of eukaryotic chromosomes. Their functional role is genomic stability maintenance. The protective role of telomeres depends on various factors, including number of nucleotides repeats, telomere-binding proteins, and telomerase activity. Organ transplantation is the preferred replacement therapy in the case of chronic kidney disease and the only possibility of sustaining recipients' life in the case of advanced liver failure. While the prevalence of acute rejection is constantly decreasing, prevention of transplanted organ long-term function loss is still challenging...
January 11, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075573/functional-graphene-nanomaterials-based-architectures-biointeractions-fabrications-and-emerging-biological-applications
#16
Chong Cheng, Shuang Li, Arne Thomas, Nicholas A Kotov, Rainer Haag
Functional graphene nanomaterials (FGNs) are fast emerging materials with extremely unique physical and chemical properties and physiological ability to interfere and/or interact with bioorganisms; as a result, FGNs present manifold possibilities for diverse biological applications. Beyond their use in drug/gene delivery, phototherapy, and bioimaging, recent studies have revealed that FGNs can significantly promote interfacial biointeractions, in particular, with proteins, mammalian cells/stem cells, and microbials...
January 11, 2017: Chemical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075558/immunological-principles-guiding-the-rational-design-of-particles-for-vaccine-delivery
#17
Katelyn T Gause, Adam K Wheatley, Jiwei Cui, Yan Yan, Stephen J Kent, Frank Caruso
Despite the immense public health successes of immunization over the past century, effective vaccines are still lacking for globally important pathogens such as human immunodeficiency virus, malaria, and tuberculosis. Exciting recent advances in immunology and biotechnology over the past few decades have facilitated a shift from empirical to rational vaccine design, opening possibilities for improved vaccines. Some of the most important advancements include (i) the purification of subunit antigens with high safety profiles, (ii) the identification of innate pattern recognition receptors (PRRs) and cognate agonists responsible for inducing immune responses, and (iii) developments in nano- and microparticle fabrication and characterization techniques...
January 11, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075553/double-layer-graphene-outperforming-monolayer-as-catalyst-on-silicon-photocathode-for-hydrogen-production
#18
Uk Sim, Joonhee Moon, Joohee Lee, JungHyun An, Hyo-Yong Ahn, Dong Jin Kim, Insu Jo, Cheolho Jeon, Seungwu Han, Byung Hee Hong, Ki Tae Nam
Photoelectrochemical cells are used to split hydrogen and oxygen from water molecules to generate chemical fuels to satisfy our ever-increasing energy demands. However, it is a major challenge to design efficient catalysts to use in the photoelectochemical process. Recently, research has focused on carbon-based catalysts, as they are non-precious and environmentally benign. Interesting advances have also been made in controlling nanostructure interfaces and in introducing new materials as catalysts in the photoelectrochemical cell...
January 11, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075059/photochemically-driven-polymeric-network-formation-synthesis-and-applications
#19
Eva Blasco, Martin Wegener, Christopher Barner-Kowollik
Polymeric networks have been intensely investigated and a large number of applications have been found in areas ranging from biomedicine to materials science. Network fabrication via light-induced reactions is a particularly powerful tool, since light provides ready access to temporal and spatial control, opening an array of synthetic access routes for structuring the network geometry as well as functionality. Herein, the most recent light-induced modular reactions and their use in the formation of precision polymeric networks are collated...
January 11, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074876/scale-up-of-nature-s-tissue-weaving-algorithms-to-engineer-advanced-functional-materials
#20
Joanna L Ng, Lillian E Knothe, Renee M Whan, Ulf Knothe, Melissa L Knothe Tate
We are literally the stuff from which our tissue fabrics and their fibers are woven and spun. The arrangement of collagen, elastin and other structural proteins in space and time embodies our tissues and organs with amazing resilience and multifunctional smart properties. For example, the periosteum, a soft tissue sleeve that envelops all nonarticular bony surfaces of the body, comprises an inherently "smart" material that gives hard bones added strength under high impact loads. Yet a paucity of scalable bottom-up approaches stymies the harnessing of smart tissues' biological, mechanical and organizational detail to create advanced functional materials...
January 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
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