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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629077/effects-of-the-surface-modification-of-polyurethane-substrates-on-genotoxicity-and-blood-activation-processes
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Roman Major, Hanna Plutecka, Anna Gruszczynska, Juergen M Lackner, Boguslaw Major
The aim of this study was to determine the mutagenic and thrombogenic potential of a material composed of a thin coating deposited on a polymeric substrate. In this work, a surface was modified in a manner that would mimic the function of cellular niches. Finally, the surfaces should actively capture and differentiate progenitor cells from the blood stream. Thin films with 10 to 500nm thicknesses were deposited by unbalanced, pulsed DC magnetron sputtering on smooth polyurethane. Such high energy conditions led to a stiffening of the polymer surface layers by pseudodiffusion during the initial stages of film growth...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603477/mesoporous-piezoelectric-polymer-composite-films-with-tunable-mechanical-modulus-for-harvesting-energy-from-liquid-pressure-fluctuation
#2
Zhiyi Zhang, Chunhua Yao, Yanhao Yu, Zhanglian Hong, Mingjia Zhi, Xudong Wang
Harvesting mechanical energy from biological systems possesses great potential for in vivo powering implantable electronic devices. In this paper, a development of flexible piezoelectric nanogenerator (NG) is reported based on mesoporous poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) films. Monolithic mesoporous PVDF is fabricated by a template-free sol-gel-based approach at room temperature. By filling the pores of PVDF network with poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) elastomer, the composite's modulus is effectively tuned over a wide range down to the same level of biological systems...
October 4, 2016: Advanced Functional Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597012/a-high-performance-enzyme-entrapment-platform-facilitated-by-a-cationic-polymer-for-the-efficient-electrochemical-sensing-of-ethanol
#3
Bal-Ram Adhikari, Heidi Schraft, Aicheng Chen
Entrapment is one of the major approaches for enzyme immobilization; however, it suffers a few critical drawbacks including leakage and high mass transfer resistance to substrates. To address these challenges, herein we report on a new facile and effective enzyme entrapment platform using a special cationic polymer, poly(2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate) (MADQUAT) on a single-wall carbon nanotube and reduced graphene oxide (SWCNT-rGO) nanohybrid thin film. To demonstrate this new approach, alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) is employed as a model enzyme for the entrapment toward the design of an efficient electrochemical biosensor for the detection of ethanol...
June 9, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594466/bleeding-is-not-the-main-clinical-issue-in-many-patients-with-inherited-thrombocytopaenias
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F Melazzini, C Zaninetti, C L Balduini
Bleeding diathesis has been considered for a long time the main clinical issue impacting the lives of patients affected by inherited thrombocytopaenias. However, the number of known inherited thrombocytopaenias greatly increased in recent years, and careful evaluation of hundreds of patients affected by these 'new' disorders revealed that most of them are at risk of developing additional life-threatening disorders during childhood or adult life. These additional disorders are usually more serious and dangerous than low platelet count...
June 8, 2017: Haemophilia: the Official Journal of the World Federation of Hemophilia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592843/pluronic-f127-and-d-%C3%AE-tocopheryl-polyethylene-glycol-succinate-tpgs-mixed-micelles-for-targeting-drug-delivery-across-the-blood-brain-barrier
#5
Xin Meng, Jiansheng Liu, Xiangrong Yu, Jiajia Li, Xiaotong Lu, Teng Shen
A novel polymeric mixed micelle composed of Pluronic F127 and D-α-tocopheryl polyethylene glycol succinate (TPGS) was developed to improve the delivery of fluorescent dyes and protein across the blood brain barrier (BBB). Rhodamine 123 (Rho123) and DiR loaded mixed micelles, composed of Pluronic F127 and TPGS with proportion of 4:1 (FT), were prepared by thin-film hydration, and β-galactosidase (β-Gal) loaded FT mixed micelles were prepared by self-assembly. The brain-targeted capability of FT mixed micelles were evaluated both in vitro and in vivo...
June 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592222/the-feline-blood-film
#6
John W Harvey
Practical relevance: Many veterinary practices have invested in quality automated hematology instruments for use in-house. However, regardless of their specific choice of analyzer, there are important hematology findings that can only be determined by microscopic examination of stained blood films. For this reason, and also for the purpose of quality control for the analyzer, a quick blood film review should be performed alongside every automated complete blood count. Even those practices that submit their blood samples to outside diagnostic laboratories for evaluation, still require the capability to examine stained blood films in emergency situations...
July 2017: Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591391/evolving-story-trepanation-and-self-trepanation-to-enhance-brain-function
#7
Charles André
Trepanation has been performed by people interested in enhancing mental power and well-being since the early 1960s. The pioneers and main proponents of the procedure are described here. The phenomenon appeared in Europe after a Dutch former medical student published a psychoactive drug-friendly scroll suggesting trepanation as a form of permanently increasing cerebral blood volume and function. He trepanned himself in 1965. Three of his friends became enthusiasts. They also submitted themselves to the procedure and published films and books describing their experiences...
May 2017: Arquivos de Neuro-psiquiatria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590453/tyrosinase-based-biosensors-for-selective-dopamine-detection
#8
Monica Florescu, Melinda David
A novel tyrosinase-based biosensor was developed for the detection of dopamine (DA). For increased selectivity, gold electrodes were previously modified with cobalt (II)-porphyrin (CoP) film with electrocatalytic activity, to act both as an electrochemical mediator and an enzyme support, upon which the enzyme tyrosinase (Tyr) was cross-linked. Differential pulse voltammetry was used for electrochemical detection and the reduction current of dopamine-quinone was measured as a function of dopamine concentration...
June 7, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585801/microneedle-ph-sensor-direct-label-free-real-time-detection-of-cerebrospinal-fluid-and-bladder-ph
#9
Ganesh Kumar Mani, Kousei Miyakoda, Asuka Saito, Yutaka Yasoda, Kagemasa Kajiwara, Minoru Kimura, Kazuyoshi Tsuchiya
Acid-base homeostasis (body pH) inside the body is precisely controlled by the kidneys and lungs and buffer systems, such that even a minor pH change could severely affect many organs. Blood and urine pH tests are common in day-to-day clinical trials and require little effort for diagnosis. There is always a great demand for in vivo testing to understand more about body metabolism and to provide effective diagnosis and therapy. In this article, we report the simple fabrication of microneedle-based direct, label-free, and real-time pH sensors...
June 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579540/a-multi-defense-strategy-enhancing-bactericidal-activity-of-a-medical-grade-polymer-with-a-nitric-oxide-donor-and-surface-immobilized-quaternary-ammonium-compound
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Jitendra Pant, Jing Gao, Marcus J Goudie, Sean P Hopkins, Jason Locklin, Hitesh Handa
Although the use of biomedical devices in hospital-based care is inevitable, unfortunately, it is also one of the leading causes of the nosocomial infections, and thus demands development of novel antimicrobial materials for medical device fabrication. In the current study, a multi-defense mechanism against Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria is demonstrated by combining a nitric oxide (NO) releasing agent with a quaternary ammonium antimicrobial that can be covalently grafted to medical devices. Antibacterial polymeric composites were fabricated by incorporating an NO donor, S-nitroso-N-acetyl-penicillamine (SNAP) in CarboSil® polymer and top coated with surface immobilized benzophenone based quaternary ammonium antimicrobial (BPAM) small molecule...
June 1, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576331/rapid-preparation-and-single-cell-analysis-of-concentrated-blood-smears-using-a-high-throughput-blood-cell-separator-and-a-microfabricated-grid-film
#11
Dongwon You, Sein Oh, Byeongyeon Kim, Young Ki Hahn, Sungyoung Choi
Cytological examination of peripheral white blood cells inhomogeneously distributed on a blood smear is currently limited by the low abundance and random sampling of the target cells. To address the challenges, we present a new approach to prepare and analyze concentrated blood smears by rapidly enriching white blood cells up to 32-fold with 92% recovery on average at a high throughput (1mL/min) using a deterministic migration-based separator and by systematically analyzing a large number of the cells distributed over a blood slide using a microfabricated grid film...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28575987/y-shaped-methoxy-poly-ethylene-glycol-block-poly-epsilon-caprolactone-based-micelles-for-skin-delivery-of-ketoconazole-in-vitro-study-and-in-vivo-evaluation
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Peizong Deng, Fangfang Teng, Feilong Zhou, Zhimei Song, Ning Meng, Na Liu, Runliang Feng
Ketoconazole is a hydrophobic broad-spectrum antifungal agent for skin infection therapy. In order to develop topical formulation of ketoconazole for improving its selective skin deposition and water-solubility, ketoconazole-loaded Y-shaped monomethoxy poly(ethylene glycol)-block-poly(ɛ-caprolactone) micelles were prepared through thin-film hydration method with high entrapment efficiency (96.1±0.76%) and small particle (about 58.66nm). The drug-loaded micelles showed comparative in vitro antimicrobial activity with KET cream...
September 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555954/prevalence-and-effect-of-theileria-orientalis-infection-in-homebred-calves-in-the-gloucester-region-of-new-south-wales-australia
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E Swilks, C Jenkins, A Poynting, D Collins, G L Krebs
OBJECTIVES: To examine the prevalence of Theileria orientalis in the Gloucester area of New South Wales and its effect on individual animals. METHODS: Blood samples (EDTA and clotted blood) were collected from a total of 55 calves and their dams from 6 properties over a 16-week period. A total of 202 and 190 blood samples were collected from the calves and dams, respectively, and were examined via blood film for the presence of intraerythrocytic T. orientalis piroplasms...
June 2017: Australian Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549617/hematopathological-alterations-of-major-tumor-suppressor-cascade-vital-cell-cycle-inhibitors-and-hematopoietic-niche-components-in-experimental-myelodysplasia
#14
Ritam Chatterjee, Shubhangi Gupta, Sujata Law
Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) is a poorly understood dreadful hematopoietic disorder that involves maturational defect and abnormalities in blood cell production leading to dysplastic changes and peripheral blood pancytopenia. The present work aims in establishing the mechanistic relationship of the expressional alterations of major tumor suppressor cascade, vital cell cycle inhibitors and hematopoietic microenvironmental components with the disease pathophysiologies. The study involves the development of N-N' Ethylnitrosourea (ENU) induced mouse model of MDS, characterization of the disease with blood film and bone marrow smear studies, scanning electron microscopic observation, mitochondrial membrane potential determination, flowcytometric analysis of osteoblastic and vascular niche components along with the expressional study of cleaved caspase-3, PCNA, Chk-2, p53, Ndn, Gfi-1, Tie-2, Sdf-1, Gsk-3β, p18 and Myt-1 in the bone marrow compartment...
May 23, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542123/malaria-surveillance-united-states-2014
#15
Kimberly E Mace, Paul M Arguin
PROBLEM/CONDITION: Malaria in humans is caused by intraerythrocytic protozoa of the genus Plasmodium. These parasites are transmitted by the bite of an infective female Anopheles mosquito. The majority of malaria infections in the United States occur among persons who have traveled to regions with ongoing malaria transmission. However, malaria is occasionally acquired by persons who have not traveled out of the country through exposure to infected blood products, congenital transmission, laboratory exposure, or local mosquitoborne transmission...
May 26, 2017: MMWR. Surveillance Summaries: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Surveillance Summaries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536343/-successful-prophylactic-minocycline-treatment-for-recurrent-helicobacter-cinaedi-sepsis-during-chemotherapy-in-a-patient-with-follicular-lymphoma
#16
Yasuo Aota, Akihiko Gotoh, Itaru Nakamura, Kazuki Motoya, Yuko Okuda, Naofumi Hanyu, Toshihiro Honma, Ryutaro Udou, Tomohisa Yokoyama, Naoyuki Kitagawa, Norio Komatsu
A 63-year-old man with follicular lymphoma was administered standard R-CHOP chemotherapy. Six days after the second course of chemotherapy, the patient developed fever and chills. Blood cultures yielded rod-shaped gram-negative bacteria, but no further identification was obtained. High fever and chills returned on the fifth and sixth days after the third and fourth courses of R-CHOP, respectively. These blood cultures were also positive. Since we detected spiral-shaped gram-negative rods, we performed a prolonged culture during the febrile period after the fourth course of R-CHOP...
May 2017: Gan to Kagaku Ryoho. Cancer & Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535884/development-of-surface-imprinted-nanospheres-using-the-inverse-suspension-polymerization-method-for-electrochemical-ultra-sensing-of-dacarbazine
#17
Bhim Bali Prasad, Purnendu Kumar Pathak
A new ultra sensing molecularly imprinted polymer beads modified pencil graphite electrode was fabricated, with the help of the inverse suspension polymerization technique, for ascertaining the adequate supplementation of dacarbazine in the cancer treatment. The inverse suspension polymerization technique was beneficial in obtaining surface imprinted polymer-based electrocatalytic nanospheres with narrow size distribution. These nanospheres were found to be superior to the corresponding microspheres and planar films, in terms of electrode kinetics and sensitivity, with the differential pulse anodic stripping voltammetric transduction...
June 29, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532094/electrochemical-sensing-of-doxorubicin-in-unprocessed-whole-blood-cell-lysate-and-human-plasma-samples-using-thin-film-of-poly-arginine-modified-glassy-carbon-electrode
#18
Jafar Soleymani, Mohammad Hasanzadeh, Morteza Eskandani, Maryam Khoubnasabjafari, Nasrin Shadjou, Abolghasem Jouyban
A thin film of poly-arginine fabricated on glassy carbon electrode by one step electrodeposition method is applied for detection of doxorubicin hydrochloride in whole blood, cell lysate, and untreated-plasma samples. Cyclic voltammetry results indicated that the doxorubicin is oxidized via two electrons and two protons at physiological pH (pH=7.4) using poly-arginine thin film modified glassy carbon. More importantly, electrostatic repulsion takes place between the prepared polymer film-modified electrode and selected drug resulting in the signal amplification on oxidation of doxorubicin and lowering its over potential and thereby selective detection of doxorubicin in real samples...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532074/highly-effective-cu-zn-carbon-micro-nanofiber-polymer-nanocomposite-based-wound-dressing-biomaterial-against-the-p-aeruginosa-multi-and-extensively-drug-resistant-strains
#19
Mohammad Ashfaq, Nishith Verma, Suphiya Khan
Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa) is the most prevalent bacteria in the infections caused by burn, surgery, and traumatic injuries. Emergence of the P. aeruginosa bacterial resistance against various clinical drugs for wound treatment is the major concern nowadays. The present study describes the synthesis of the polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and cellulose acetate phthalate (CAP) polymeric composite film (~0.2mm thickness) reinforced with the Cu/Zn bimetal-dispersed activated carbon micro/nanofiber (ACF/CNF), as a wound dressing material...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532052/poly-%C3%AE%C2%B5-caprolactone-modification-via-surface-initiated-atom-transfer-radical-polymerization-with-bio-inspired-phosphorylcholine
#20
Liu He, Lei Huang, Songbai Zhang, Yuanwei Chen, Xianglin Luo
Bio-inspired phosphorylcholine modification on material surface has shown great promise in constructing biocompatible materials. In this study, poly(2-methacryloyloxyethyl phosphorylcholine) (PMPC) was grown on poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) surface in order to suppress protein adsorption and cells adhesion and to improve blood compatibility. The initiator for surface initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (SI-ATRP) was covalently tethered on PCL surface and then PMPC brushes with diverse graft amounts were grafted to PCL film...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
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