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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448264/use-of-ovine-based-collagen-extracellular-matrix-and-gentian-violet-methylene-blue-antibacterial-foam-dressings-to-help-improve-clinical-outcomes-in-lower-extremity-wounds-a-retrospective-cohort-study
#1
Eric L Lullove
Dressings that provide broad spectrum metalloprotease reduction along with inherent aspects of an extracellular matrix may contribute to improved wound healing outcomes and shorter treatment times. OBJECTIVE: The author performed a retrospective case series analysis to determine the clinical outcomes of regular debridement with the use of ovine-based collagen extracellular matrix dressings and gentian violet/methylene blue polyurethane antibacterial foam dressings in treating 53 patients with 53 chronic lower extremity wounds (diabetic foot ulcers [DFUs], venous leg ulcers, and heel pressure ulcers)...
April 2017: Wounds: a Compendium of Clinical Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448030/synthesis-of-biocompatible-liquid-crystal-elastomer-foams-as-cell-scaffolds-for-3d-spatial-cell-cultures
#2
Marianne E Prévôt, Senay Ustunel, Leah E Bergquist, Richard Cukelj, Yunxiang Gao, Taizo Mori, Lindsay Pauline, Robert J Clements, Elda Hegmann
Here, we present a step-by-step preparation of a 3D, biodegradable, foam-like cell scaffold. These scaffolds were prepared by cross-linking star block co-polymers featuring cholesterol units as side-chain pendant groups, resulting in smectic-A (SmA) liquid crystal elastomers (LCEs). Foam-like scaffolds, prepared using metal templates, feature interconnected microchannels, making them suitable as 3D cell culture scaffolds. The combined properties of the regular structure of the metal foam and of the elastomer result in a 3D cell scaffold that promotes not only higher cell proliferation compared to conventional porous templated films, but also better management of mass transport (i...
April 11, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447989/fabrication-of-extracellular-matrix-derived-foams-and-microcarriers-as-tissue-specific-cell-culture-and-delivery-platforms
#3
Anna Kornmuller, Cody F C Brown, Claire Yu, Lauren E Flynn
Cell function is mediated by interactions with the extracellular matrix (ECM), which has complex tissue-specific composition and architecture. The focus of this article is on the methods for fabricating ECM-derived porous foams and microcarriers for use as biologically-relevant substrates in advanced 3D in vitro cell culture models or as pro-regenerative scaffolds and cell delivery systems for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Using decellularized tissues or purified insoluble collagen as a starting material, the techniques can be applied to synthesize a broad array of tissue-specific bioscaffolds with customizable geometries...
April 11, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447232/distribution-seasonal-variation-and-inhalation-risks-of-polychlorinated-dibenzo-p-dioxins-and-dibenzofurans-polychlorinated-biphenyls-and-polybrominated-diphenyl-ethers-in-the-atmosphere-of-beijing-china
#4
Yanfen Hao, Yingming Li, Thanh Wang, Yongbiao Hu, Huizhong Sun, Julius Matsiko, Shucheng Zheng, Pu Wang, Qinghua Zhang
Spatial distribution, seasonal variation and potential inhalation risks of polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and dibenzofurans (PCDD/Fs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) were investigated in the atmosphere of Beijing, using passive air samplers equipped with polyurethane foam disks. Concentrations of ΣPCDD/Fs, ΣPCBs and ΣPBDEs ranged from 8.4 to 179 fg WHO2005-TEQ/m(3), 38.6-139 and 1.5-176 pg/m(3), respectively. PCDFs showed higher air concentrations than those of PCDDs, indicating the influence of industrial activities and other combustion processes...
April 26, 2017: Environmental Geochemistry and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444107/apelin-13-inhibits-lipoprotein-lipase-expression-via-the-apj-pkc%C3%AE-mir-361-5p-signaling-pathway-in-thp-1-macrophage-derived-foam-cells
#5
Xin Zhang, Qiong Ye, Duo Gong, Yuan Lv, Haipeng Cheng, Chong Huang, Lingyan Chen, Zhenwang Zhao, Liang Li, Xie Wei, Min Zhang, Xiaodan Xia, Xiaohua Yu, Xilong Zheng, Shuzhi Wang, Zongbao Wang, Chaoke Tang
Atherosclerotic lesions are characterized by the accumulation of abundant lipids and chronic inflammation. Previous researches have indicated that macrophage-derived lipoprotein lipase (LPL) promotes atherosclerosis progression by accelerating lipid accumulation and pro-inflammatory cytokine secretion. Although apelin-13 has been regarded as an atheroprotective factor, it remains unclear whether it can regulate the expression of LPL. The aim of this study was to explore the effects of apelin-13 on the expression of LPL and the underlying mechanism in THP-1 macrophage-derived foam cells...
April 21, 2017: Acta Biochimica et Biophysica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443828/controlled-synthesis-of-mno2-nanosheets-vertically-covered-feco2o4-nanoflakes-as-binder-free-electrode-for-high-power-and-durable-asymmetric-supercapacitor
#6
Hongyan Gao, Junjie Xiang, Yan Cao
We developed a simple and controlled method to synthesize FeCo2O4@MnO2 core-sheath nanoarchitecture (CSN) grown on the Ni foam. Ultrathin FeCo2O4 nanoflakes with an average thickness of 10 nm served as the scaffold to deposit MnO2 nanosheets. The MnO2 nanosheets were able to vertically grow on FeCo2O4 nanoflakes to form a sheath via a hydrothermal reaction. The nanocomposites' thickness can be tailored from 80 nm to 550 nm by changing the reaction times. Electrochemical measurements demonstrated that FeCo2O4@MnO2 CSN with an optimal thickness about 400 nm achieved an areal capacitance of 3...
April 26, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442238/the-influence-of-small-scale-interlayer-heterogeneity-on-ddt-removal-efficiency-for-flushing-technology
#7
Xingwei Wang, Jiajun Chen
With an aim to investigate the influence of small-scale interlayer heterogeneity on DDT removal efficiency, batch test including surfactant-stabilized foam flushing and solution flushing were carried out. Two man-made heterogeneous patterns consisting of coarse and fine quartz sand were designed to reveal the influencing mechanism. Moreover, the removal mechanism and the corresponding contribution by foam flushing were quantitatively studied. Compared with surfactant solution flushing, the DDT removal efficiency by surfactant-stabilized foam flushing increased by 9...
April 5, 2017: Journal of Contaminant Hydrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440837/modelling-of-thermal-transport-through-a-nanocellular-polymer-foam-toward-the-generation-of-a-new-superinsulating-material
#8
Guilong Wang, Chongda Wang, Jinchuan Zhao, Guizhen Wang, Chul B Park, Guoqun Zhao
Superinsulating materials play a pivotal role in achieving the sustainable development of our modern world by improving energy efficiency, and reducing energy consumption and CO2 emission. Nanocellular polymer foams have been considered as a promising superinsulating material, but their development is yet to be achieved. The understanding of thermal transport through the nanocellular foam is crucial for developing this superinsulating material. Herein, we report an accurate mathematical model for the first time to quantitatively estimate thermal transport through the nanocellular polymer foam...
April 25, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440727/foam-sclerotherapy-of-the-great-saphenous-vein-in-association-with-pre-terminal-saphenous-junction-ligation-division-as-an-office-based-procedure-12-month-results
#9
Moro Leo, Ricci Stefano, Antonelli Incalzi Raffaele
Objective Ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy (UGFS) - one of the most frequently recommended methods for treating great saphenous vein incompetence - is easy and inexpensive. However, it achieves a lower occlusion rate compared to endovenous thermal ablation. The application of UGFS to pre-terminal great saphenous vein interruption, eliminating the saphenous stem wash out effect, enhances the short-term occlusion rate. This study explores the results of this technique at 12 months. Method Thirty great saphenous veins (28 patients) with junction incompetence, with calibres >6 mm and >30 cm reflux stem length were submitted to echo-guided pre-terminal great saphenous vein interruption and foam great saphenous vein occlusion...
January 1, 2017: Phlebology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440421/allicin-induces-the-upregulation-of-abca1-expression-via-ppar%C3%AE-lxr%C3%AE-signaling-in-thp-1-macrophage-derived-foam-cells
#10
Xiao-Long Lin, Hui-Jun Hu, Yuan-Bo Liu, Xue-Mei Hu, Xiao-Juan Fan, Wei-Wen Zou, Yong-Quan Pan, Wen-Quan Zhou, Min-Wen Peng, Cai-Hong Gu
Allicin is considered anti-atherosclerotic due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, which makes it an important drug for the prevention and treatment of atherosclerosis. However, the effects of allicin on foam cells are unclear. Thus, in this study, we examined the effects of allicin on lipid accumulation via peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ (PPARγ)/liver X receptor α (LXRα) in THP‑1 macrophage-derived foam cells. THP‑1 cells were exposed to 100 nM phorbol myristate acetate (PMA) for 24 h, and then to oxydized low-density lipoprotein (ox-LDL; 50 mg/ml) to induce foam cell formation...
April 11, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440042/biodegradable-hydrogel-based-biomaterials-with-high-absorbent-properties-for-non-adherent-wound-dressing
#11
Alok Kumar, Xiang Wang, Krishna Chaitanya Nune, Rdk Misra
Dressing materials involve conventional gauzes and modern materials such as hydrogels and foam-based biomaterials. Although the choice of dressing material depends on the type of wound, a dressing material is expected to be non-cytotoxic. Additionally, moist dressing is considered appropriate to accelerate epithelialisation, while dry dressing may cause tissue damage during removal. An ideal dressing material is expected to provide a moist environment and degrade and release the drug for faster wound healing...
April 25, 2017: International Wound Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437698/coupled-elasticity-in-soft-solid-foams
#12
F Gorlier, Y Khidas, O Pitois
Elasticity of soft materials can be greatly influenced by the presence of air bubbles. Such a capillary effect is expected for a wide range of materials, from polymer gels to concentrated emulsions and colloidal suspensions. Whereas experimental results and theory exist for describing the elasto-capillary behavior of bubbly materials (i.e. with moderate gas volume fractions), foamy systems still require a dedicated study in order to increase our understanding of elasticity in aerated materials over the full range of gas volume fractions...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434935/solid-nanofoams-based-on-cellulose-nanofibers-and-indomethacin-the-effect-of-processing-parameters-and-drug-content-on-material-structure
#13
J Bannow, J-W Benjamins, J Wohlert, K Löbmann, A J Svagan
The unique colloidal properties of cellulose nanofibers (CNF), makes it a very interesting new excipient in pharmaceutical formulations, as CNF in combination with some poorly-soluble drug can create nanofoams with closed cells. Previous nanofoams, created with the model drug indomethacin, demonstrated a prolonged release compared to films, owing to the tortuous diffusion path that the drug needs to take around the intact air-bubbles. However, the nanofoam was only obtained at a relatively low drug content of 21wt% using fixed processing parameters...
April 20, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431321/atherogenicity-of-amino-acids-in-the-lipid-laden-macrophage-model-system-in-vitro-and-in-atherosclerotic-mice-a-key-role-for-triglyceride-metabolism
#14
Oren Rom, Claudia Grajeda-Iglesias, Mahmoud Najjar, Niroz Abu-Saleh, Nina Volkova, Dalit Esther Dar, Tony Hayek, Michael Aviram
Atherosclerosis-related research has focused mainly on the effects of lipids on macrophage foam cell formation and atherogenesis, whereas the role of amino acids (AAs) was understudied. The current study aimed to identify anti- or pro-atherogenic AA in the macrophage model system and to elucidate the underlying metabolic and molecular mechanisms. J774A.1 cultured macrophages were treated with increasing concentrations of each 1 of the 20 AAs. Macrophage atherogenicity was assessed in terms of cellular toxicity, generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and cellular cholesterol or triglyceride content...
April 6, 2017: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431216/synthesis-and-loading-dependent-characteristics-of-nitrogen-doped-graphene-foam-carbon-nanotube-manganese-oxide-ternary-composite-electrodes-for-high-performance-supercapacitors
#15
Tao Cheng, Baozhi Yu, Linli Cao, Huiyun Tan, Xinghua Li, Xinliang Zheng, Weilong Li, Zhaoyu Ren, Jinbo Bai
The ternary composite electrodes, nitrogen-doped graphene foam/carbon nanotube/manganese dioxide (NGF/CNT/MnO2), have been successfully fabricated via chemical vapor deposition (CVD) and facile hydrothermal method. The morphologies of the MnO2 nanoflakes presented the loading-dependent characteristics and the nanoflake thickness could also be tuned by MnO2 mass loading in the fabrication process. The correlation between their morphology and electrochemical performance was systematically investigated by controlling MnO2 mass loading in the ternary composite electrodes...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429831/one-step-fabrication-of-monolithic-electrodes-comprising-co9s8-particles-supported-on-cobalt-foam-for-efficient-and-durable-oxygen-evolution-reaction
#16
Dehua Xiong, Qingqing Zhang, Sitaramanjaneya Mouli Thalluri, Junyuan Xu, Wei Li, Xiuli Fu, Lifeng Liu
We report a very easy and cost-effective approach to the fabrication of monolithic Co9S8 water oxidation electrodes (Co@Co9S8), which is fabricated by one-step hydrothermal treatment of commercially available cobalt foam in the presence of thiourea. The morphology, crystal structure, microstructure, and composition of as-fabricated Co@Co9S8 electrodes are examined using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscope (TEM), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and their electrochemical properties are investigated by cyclic voltammetry (CV), chronopotentiometry (CP), chronoamperometry (CA), and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS)...
April 21, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429805/bio-inspired-large-scale-highly-scattering-films-for-nanoparticle-alternative-white-surfaces
#17
Julia Syurik, Radwanul Hasan Siddique, Antje Dollmann, Guillaume Gomard, Marc Schneider, Matthias Worgull, Gabriele Wiegand, Hendrik Hölscher
Inspired by the white beetle of the genus Cyphochilus, we fabricate ultra-thin, porous PMMA films by foaming with CO2 saturation. Optimising pore diameter and fraction in terms of broad-band reflectance results in very thin films with exceptional whiteness. Already films with 60 µm-thick scattering layer feature a whiteness with a reflectance of 90%. Even 9 µm thin scattering layers appear white with a reflectance above 57%. The transport mean free path in the artificial films is between 3.5 µm and 4 µm being close to the evolutionary optimised natural prototype...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429001/structure-property-relationships-of-cell-clusters-in-biotissues-2d-analysis
#18
Xiaohua Zhou, Erhu Zhang, Minggang Xia, Lei Zhang, Zhiqi Tian, Jianlin Liu, Shengli Zhang
Gaining insight into the relationships between the self-organized cell structures and the properties of biotissues is helpful for revealing the function of biomaterials and its designing principle. However, the traditionally used random foam model neglects several important details of the frameworks of cell clusters resulting in incomplete conclusions. Herein, we use a more complete model, the cell adhesion model, to investigate the mechanical and morphological properties of the two-dimensional (2D) dry cell foams...
April 21, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428482/triglyceride-rich-lipoprotein-lpl-vldl-receptor-and-lp-a-vldl-receptor-pathways-for-macrophage-foam-cell-formation
#19
Sadao Takahashi
Very low-density lipoprotein (VLDL) receptor is a member of the low-density lipoprotein (LDL) receptor family. It binds triglyceride rich lipoprotein (TGRL) but not LDL, because it recognizes apolipoprotein (apo)E only but not apoB. The VLDL receptor functions as a peripheral lipoprotein receptor in concert with lipoprotein lipase (LPL) in heart, muscle, adipose tissue and macrophages. In contrast to the LDL receptor, VLDL receptor binds apo E2/2 VLDL and apoE3/3 VLDL particles, and its expression is not down-regulated by intracellular lipoproteins...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428217/microrna-33-regulates-macrophage-autophagy-in-atherosclerosis
#20
Mireille Ouimet, Hasini Ediriweera, Milessa Silva Afonso, Bhama Ramkhelawon, Ragunath Singaravelu, Xianghai Liao, Rachel C Bandler, Karishma Rahman, Edward A Fisher, Katey J Rayner, John P Pezacki, Ira Tabas, Kathryn J Moore
OBJECTIVE: Defective autophagy in macrophages leads to pathological processes that contribute to atherosclerosis, including impaired cholesterol metabolism and defective efferocytosis. Autophagy promotes the degradation of cytoplasmic components in lysosomes and plays a key role in the catabolism of stored lipids to maintain cellular homeostasis. microRNA-33 (miR-33) is a post-transcriptional regulator of genes involved in cholesterol homeostasis, yet the complete mechanisms by which miR-33 controls lipid metabolism are unknown...
April 20, 2017: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
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