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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535412/selective-separation-and-determination-of-glucocorticoids-in-cosmetics-using-dual-template-magnetic-molecularly-imprinted-polymers-and-hplc
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Min Liu, Xiaoyan Li, Junjie Li, Zongyuan Wu, Fang Wang, Li Liu, Xuecai Tan, Fuhou Lei
Molecularly imprinting polymers (MIPs) are typically prepared using a single template molecule, which allows selective separation and enrichment of only one target analyte. It is not suitable for determination of complex real samples containing multiple analytes. In order to expand the practical application of imprinted polymers, novel dual-template magnetic molecularly imprinted polymers (MMIPs) were synthesized by surface polymerization using hydrocortisone and dexamethasone as the dual-template molecules in this study...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534146/detection-of-glass-particles-on-bone-lesions-using-sem-eds
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Romain Montoriol, Céline Guilbeau-Frugier, Elodie Chantalat, Mathieu Roumiguié, Marie-Bernadette Delisle, Bruno Payré, Norbert Telmon, Frédéric Savall
The problem of identifying the wounding agent in forensic cases is recurrent. Moreover, when several tools are involved, distinguishing the origin of lesions can be difficult. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM)/energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDS) equipment is increasingly available to the scientific and medical community, and some studies have reported its use in forensic anthropology. However, at our knowledge, no study has reported the use of SEM-EDS in forensic cases involving glass tools, whether in case reports or experiments...
May 23, 2017: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532144/physically-targeted-intravenous-polyurethane-nanoparticles-for-controlled-release-of-atorvastatin-calcium
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Behnaz Sadat Eftekhari, Akbar Karkhaneh, Ali Alizadeh
Background: Intravenous drug delivery is an advantageous choice for rapid administration, immediate drug effect, and avoidance of first-pass metabolism in oral drug delivery. In this study, the synthesis, formulation, and characterization of atorvastatin-loaded polyurethane (PU) nanoparticles were investigated for intravenous route of administration. Methods: First, PU was synthesized and characterized. Second, nanoparticles were prepared in four different ratios of drug to polymer through two different techniques including emulsion-diffusion and single-emulsion...
May 23, 2017: Iranian Biomedical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532092/cytocompatibility-studies-of-titania-doped-calcium-borosilicate-bioactive-glasses-in-vitro
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Rajkumar Samudrala, Abdul Azeem P, Vasudevarao Penugurti, Bramanandam Manavathi
The present study aims to elucidate the applications of Titania (TiO2) doped calcium borosilicate glass as a biocompatible material in regenerative orthopedic applications. In this context, we have examined the bioactivity of various concentrations of TiO2 doped glasses with the help of simulated body fluid (SBF). Cytocompatibility, cell proliferation, and protein expression studies revealed the potential candidature of TiO2 doped glasses on osteoblast cell lines (MG-63). We hypothesized that TiO2 doped calcium borosilicate glasses are most cytocompatible material for bone implants...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532085/mesoporous-nano-bioglass-designed-for-the-release-of-imatinib-and-in-vitro-inhibitory-effects-on-cancer-cells
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Muhammad Shoaib, Aamer Saeed, Muhammad Saif Ur Rahman, Muhammad Moazzam Naseer
For treating bone cancer, controlled drug delivery is an important strategy. Bioactive scaffolds are widely used biomaterials due to their usefulness in localized drug delivery. The aim of this study was to develop mesoporous bioglass (MBG) with improved bioactivity and controllable drug delivery rate. By using pluronic 123 (P123) as a template, a facile sol-gel route was employed for the synthesis of MBG nanoparticles (NPs). The composition of the prepared sample was estimated by using energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX)...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532083/effects-for-rapid-conversion-from-abalone-shell-to-hydroxyapaptite-nanosheets-by-ionic-surfactants
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Shengnan Zhong, Zhenliang Wen, Jingdi Chen, Qian Li, Xuetao Shi, Shinnjyh Ding, Qiqing Zhang
Hydroxyapatite (HAP) has been widely used for repairing or substituting human hard tissues. In this paper, two typical ionic surfactants, cation hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) and anion sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS), were used for rapid conversion of HAP from abalone shell. From field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), the prepared HAP is flake-like structure. From X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and thermal analysis, these samples contain a small amount of calcium carbonate whose content gradually increases by increasing the surfactants...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532050/full-in-vitro-analyses-of-new-generation-bulk-fill-dental-composites-cured-by-halogen-light
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Tuçe Hazal Tekin, Aysel Kantürk Figen, Pınar Yılmaz Atalı, Bilge Coşkuner Filiz, Mehmet Burçin Pişkin
The objective of this study was to investigate the full in-vitro analyses of new-generation bulk-fill dental composites cured by halogen light (HLG). Two types' four composites were studied: Surefill SDR (SDR) and Xtra Base (XB) as bulk-fill flowable materials; QuixFill (QF) and XtraFill (XF) as packable bulk-fill materials. Samples were prepared for each analysis and test by applying the same procedure, but with different diameters and thicknesses appropriate to the analysis and test requirements. Thermal properties were determined by thermogravimetric analysis (TG/DTG) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) analysis; the Vickers microhardness (VHN) was measured after 1, 7, 15 and 30days of storage in water...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532043/microarc-oxidation-discharge-types-and-bio-properties-of-the-coating-synthesized-on-zirconium
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Sezgin Cengiz, Yunus Azakli, Mehmet Tarakci, Lia Stanciu, Yucel Gencer
This study is an attempt for gaining a better understanding on relationship between microarc oxidation (MAO) coating discharge types and bioactivity of an oxide-based coating synthesized on a Zr substrate. The discharge types and the coating growth mechanism were identified by the examination of the real cross-section image of the coating microstructure. The coating was conducted by using MAO in an electrolyte containing Na2SiO3, Ca(CH3COO)2 and C3H7Na2O6P, for different durations of 2.5, 5, 15, and 30mins...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532015/effect-of-sintering-temperature-rise-from-870-to-920%C3%A2-c-on-physicomechanical-and-biological-quality-of-nano-hydroxyapatite-an-explorative-multi-phase-experimental-in-vitro-vivo-study
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Ahad Khoshzaban, Vahid Rakhshan, Farhood Najafi, Leila Aghajanpour, Seyed Jafar Hashemian, Saeed Heidari Keshel, Ikuya Watanabe, Alireza Valanezhad, Tahereh Sadat Jafarzadeh Kashi
Hydroxyapatite (HA) is a proper scaffold for bone repair, however, it is not of excellent mechanical properties. Most previous studies on the effect of temperature increases were in vitro and had assessed merely improvements of HA's physicomechanical quality. This in vitro/vivo study investigated the effect of temperature increases from 870 to 920°C on physicomechanical and biological quality of Nano-HA. Forty experimentally produced HA disks sintered at 870 to 920°C were prepared (n=20×2). Disks were subjected to Vickers microindentation test (1 disk from each group divided into 4 quarters), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (1 disk), X-ray diffraction (XRD) [1 disk together with non-sintered HA], field emission scanning electron microscopy (FSEM, 1 disk from each group together with non-sintered HA), cell seeding and SEM assessment (2 disks), MTT assay over 4 different time periods (16 quadrants of 4 disks from each group), 6 one-thirds of 2 disks from each group for immunocytochemical (ICC) assay, and 8 disks from each group [as well as non-sintered HA] for the animal study (implantation in 4 sockets in 8 rabbits [32 specimens], histomorphometry, and computerized tomography) over two time periods...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531092/effective-silicon-nanowire-arrays-wo3-core-shell-photoelectrode-for-neutral-ph-water-splitting
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Zhen Chen, Ning Minghui, Ge Ma, Qingguo Meng, Yongguang Zhang, Jinwei Gao, Mingliang Jin, Zhihong Chen, Mingzhe Yuan, Xin Wang, Junming Liu, Guofu Zhou
We report the first demonstration of a high-efficiency photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting reaction using a novel Si NWs/WO3 core/shell photoanode prepared by a mild and inexpensive metal-catalyzed electroless etching (MCEE) process followed by dip-coating, airing and annealing methods. The dense and vertically aligned Si NWs/WO3 core/shell nanostructure were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and X-ray diffraction (XRD). In comparison to planar n-Si, Si NWs and planar Si/WO3, the Si NWs/WO3 samples showed significantly enhanced photocurrent over the entire potential sweep range...
May 22, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528636/correlative-two-photon-and-serial-block-face-scanning-electron-microscopy-in-neuronal-tissue-using-3d-near-infrared-branding-maps
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Robert M Lees, Christopher J Peddie, Lucy M Collinson, Michael C Ashby, Paul Verkade
Linking cellular structure and function has always been a key goal of microscopy, but obtaining high resolution spatial and temporal information from the same specimen is a fundamental challenge. Two-photon (2P) microscopy allows imaging deep inside intact tissue, bringing great insight into the structural and functional dynamics of cells in their physiological environment. At the nanoscale, the complex ultrastructure of a cell's environment in tissue can be reconstructed in three dimensions (3D) using serial block face scanning electron microscopy (SBF-SEM)...
2017: Methods in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528635/relocation-is-the-key-to-successful-correlative-fluorescence-and-scanning-electron-microscopy
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Delfine Cheng, Gerald Shami, Marco Morsch, Minh Huynh, Patrick Trimby, Filip Braet
In this chapter the authors report on an automated hardware and software solution enabling swift correlative sample array mapping of fluorescently stained molecules within cells and tissues across length scales. Samples are first observed utilizing wide-field optical and fluorescence microscopy, followed by scanning electron microscopy, using calibration points on a dedicated sample-relocation holder. We investigated HeLa cells in vitro, fluorescently labeled for monosialoganglioside one (GM-1), across both imaging platforms within tens of minutes of initial sample preparation...
2017: Methods in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527187/quantitative-stereological-analysis-of-the-highly-porous-hydroxyapatite-scaffolds-using-x-ray-cm-and-sem
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Justyna Zygmuntowicz, Aneta Zima, Joanna Czechowska, Karol Szlazak, Anna Ślosarczyk, Katarzyna Konopka
BACKGROUND: Material properties of the scaffolds as well as their microstructure are vital in determining in vivo cellular response. Three-dimensional (3D), highly porous scaffolds are used in tissue engineering to provide a suitable microenvironment and to support regeneration of bone. Both pore sizes and their architecture, in particular interconnection density, impact functionality of scaffold during its biomedical applications. OBJECTIVE: In this paper a comparative study of the microstructure of highly porous hydroxyapatite scaffolds produced via gelcasting of foamed slurries and replication of polyurethane sponge were carried out...
2017: Bio-medical Materials and Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526629/the-ultra-structural-organization-of-the-elastic-network-in-the-intra-and-inter-lamellar-matrix-of-the-intervertebral-disc
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J Tavakoli, D M Elliott, J J Costi
The inter-lamellar matrix (ILM) -located between adjacent lamellae of the annulus fibrosus- consists of a complex structure of elastic fibres, while elastic fibers of the intra-lamellar region are aligned predominantly parallel to the collagen fibers. The organization of elastic fibres under low magnification, in both inter- and intra-lamellar regions, was studied by light microscopic analysis of histologically prepared samples; however, little is known about their ultrastructure. An ultrastructural visualization of elastic fibres in the inter-lamellar matrix is crucial for describing their contribution to structural integrity, as well as mechanical properties of the annulus fibrosus...
May 16, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521978/influences-of-metal-ions-crosslinked-alginate-based-coatings-on-thermal-stability-and-fire-resistance-of-cotton-fabrics
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Ying Pan, Wei Wang, Longxiang Liu, Hua Ge, Lei Song, Yuan Hu
Bio-based and phosphorus-free coating was fabricated by layer-by-layer assembly method to obtain the flame retardant cotton fabric. For the first time, the modified cotton fabrics were prepared by utilizing positively charged polyethylenimine and negatively charged alginate together with subsequent crosslinking of barium, nickel and cobalt ions. Scanning electron microscopy and energy-dispersive X-ray demonstrated that the metal ions crosslinked coating was successfully constructed on the substrate. The thermal stability and flame retardancy were investigated by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and horizontal flame tests...
August 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516278/molecularly-imprinted-polymers-based-stir-bar-sorptive-extraction-for-determination-of-cefaclor-and-cefalexin-in-environmental-water
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Jun Peng, Donghao Liu, Tian Shi, Huairu Tian, Xuanhong Hui, Hua He
Although stir bar sportive extraction was thought to be a highly efficiency and simple pretreatment approach, its wide application was limited by low selectivity, short service life, and relatively high cost. In order to improve the performance of the stir bar, molecular imprinted polymers and magnetic carbon nanotubes were combined in the present study. In addition, two monomers were utilized to intensify the selectivity of molecularly imprinted polymers. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and selectivity experiments showed that the molecularly imprinted polymeric stir bar was successfully prepared...
May 18, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512484/scanning-electron-microscopy-and-energy-dispersive-x-ray-microanalysis-of-set-cem-cement-after-application-of-different-bleaching-agents
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Mohammad Samiei, Maryam Janani, Amin Vahdati, Yalda Alemzadeh, Mahmoud Bahari
INTRODUCTION: The present study evaluated the element distribution in completely set calcium-enriched mixture (CEM) cement after application of 35% carbamide peroxide, 40% hydrogen peroxide and sodium perborate as commercial bleaching agents using an energy-dispersive x-ray microanalysis (EDX) system. The surface structure was also observed using the scanning electron microscope (SEM). METHODS AND MATERIALS: Twenty completely set CEM cement samples, measuring 4×4 mm(2), were prepared in the present in vitro study and randomly divided into 4 groups based on the preparation technique as follows: the control group; 35% carbamide peroxide group in contact for 30-60 min for 4 times; 40% hydrogen peroxide group with contact time of 15-20 min for 3 times; and sodium perborate group, where the powder and liquid were mixed and placed on CEM cement surface 4 times...
2017: Iranian Endodontic Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511007/thicker-lamellae-and-higher-crystallinity-of-poly-lactic-acid-via-applying-shear-flow-and-pressure-and-adding-poly-ethylene-glycol
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Jia-Feng Ru, Shu-Gui Yang, Jun Lei, Zhong-Ming Li
In this work, we explored the crystallization of Poly(lactic acid) (PLA) blended with poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) under two inevitable processing fields (i.e., flow and pressure) that coexist in almost all processing for the first time. Here, the PEG was incorporated into PLA as a molecular chain activity promoter to induce PLA crystallization. A home-made pressuring and shearing device (PSD) was utilized to prepare samples and necessary characterization methods, such as differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and synchrotron radiation, were used to investigated the joint effects of PEG, pressure and shear flow on the crystallization behaviors and morphologies of PLA/PEG samples...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505132/preparation-and-characterization-of-chitosan-obtained-from-shells-of-shrimp-litopenaeus-vannamei-boone
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Rayane Santa Cruz Martins de Queiroz Antonino, Bianca Rosa Paschoal Lia Fook, Vítor Alexandre de Oliveira Lima, Raid Ícaro de Farias Rached, Eunice Paloma Nascimento Lima, Rodrigo José da Silva Lima, Carlos Andrés Peniche Covas, Marcus Vinícius Lia Fook
The main source of commercial chitosan is the extensive deacetylation of its parent polymer chitin. It is present in green algae, the cell walls or fungi and in the exoskeleton of crustaceans. A novel procedure for preparing chitosan from shrimp shells was developed. The procedure involves two 10-minutes bleaching steps with ethanol after the usual demineralization and deproteinization processes. Before deacetylation, chitin was immersed in 12.5 M NaOH, cooled down and kept frozen for 24 h. The obtained chitosan was characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), UV, X-ray diffraction (XRD) and viscosimetry...
May 15, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503475/the-use-of-auxiliary-devices-during-irrigation-to-increase-the-cleaning-ability-of-a-chelating-agent
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Marina Carvalho Prado, Fernanda Leal, Renata Antoun Simão, Heloisa Gusman, Maíra do Prado
OBJECTIVES: This study investigated the cleaning ability of ultrasonically activated irrigation (UAI) and a novel activation system with reciprocating motion (EC, EasyClean, Easy Equipamentos Odontológicos) when used with a relatively new chelating agent (QMix, Dentsply). In addition, the effect of QMix solution when used for a shorter (1 minute) and a longer application time (3 minutes) was investigated. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fifty permanent human teeth were prepared with K3 rotary system and 6% sodium hypochlorite...
May 2017: Restorative Dentistry & Endodontics
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