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Tim Granath, Angela Sanchez-Sanchez, Aleksey Shmeliov, Valeria Nicolosi, Vanessa Fierro, Alain Celzard, Karl Mandel
Herein, the formation of hollow microballoons derived from superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles with silica patches is reported. Depending on the experimental conditions, single- or multi-shelled superparamagnetic microballoons as well as multivesicular structures were obtained. We show how such structural changes follow a life-like process which is based on self-directing Pickering emulsions. We further demonstrate that the key towards the formation of such complex architectures is the patchy nature of the nanoparticles...
October 26, 2016: ACS Nano
Andor F van den Hoven, Jip F Prince, Rutger C G Bruijnen, Helena M Verkooijen, Gerard C Krijger, Marnix G E H Lam, Maurice A A J van den Bosch
BACKGROUND: An anti-reflux catheter (ARC) may increase the tumor absorbed dose during radioembolization (RE) by elimination of particle reflux and its effects on hemodynamics. Since the catheter is fixed in a centro-luminal position, it may also increase the predictive accuracy of a scout dose administration before treatment. The purpose of the SIM trial is to compare the effects of ARC use during RE with holmium-166 ((166)Ho) microspheres in patients with colorectal liver metastases (CRLM), with the use of a standard end-hole microcatheter...
October 25, 2016: Trials
Jianting Yue, Thibault Mauxion, Diane K Reyes, Martin A Lodge, Robert F Hobbs, Xing Rong, Yinfeng Dong, Joseph M Herman, Richard L Wahl, Jean-François H Geschwind, Eric C Frey
PURPOSE: Radioembolization with yttrium-90 microspheres may be optimized with patient-specific pretherapy treatment planning. Dose verification and validation of treatment planning methods require quantitative imaging of the post-therapy distribution of yttrium-90 (Y-90). Methods for quantitative imaging of Y-90 using both bremsstrahlung SPECT and PET have previously been described. The purpose of this study was to compare the two modalities quantitatively in humans. METHODS: Calibration correction factors for both quantitative Y-90 bremsstrahlung SPECT and a non-time-of-flight PET system without compensation for prompt coincidences were developed by imaging three phantoms...
October 2016: Medical Physics
Jared Strydhorst, Thomas Carlier, Arnaud Dieudonné, Maurizio Conti, Irène Buvat
PURPOSE: Accurate reconstruction of the dose delivered by (90)Y microspheres using a postembolization PET scan would permit the establishment of more accurate dose-response relationships for treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma with (90)Y. However, the quality of the PET data obtained is compromised by several factors, including poor count statistics and a very high random fraction. This work uses Monte Carlo simulations to investigate what impact factors other than low count statistics have on the quantification of (90)Y PET...
October 2016: Medical Physics
Alexander W Peterson, Michael Halter, Anne L Plant, John T Elliott
Surface plasmon resonance (SPR) imaging allows real-time label-free imaging based on index of refraction and changes in index of refraction at an interface. Optical parameter analysis is achieved by application of the Fresnel model to SPR data typically taken by an instrument in a prism based figuration. We carry out SPR imaging on a microscope by launching light into a sample and collecting reflected light through a high numerical aperture microscope objective. The SPR microscope enables spatial resolution that approaches the diffraction limit and has a dynamic range that allows detection of subnanometer to submicrometer changes in thickness of biological material at a surface...
September 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
Fangfang Chen, Yunhong Dong, Yanxia Zhao
A dual responsive molecularly imprinted polymer sensitive to both photonic and magnetic stimuli was successfully prepared for the detection of four sulfonamides in aqueous media. The photoresponsive magnetic molecularly imprinted polymer was prepared by surface imprinted polymerization using superparamagnetic Fe3 O4 nanoparticles functionalized with a silica layer as a support, water-soluble 4-[(4-methacryloyloxy)phenylazo]benzenesulfonic acid as the functional monomer, and sulfadiazine as the template. The magnetic molecularly imprinted polymers showed specific affinity to sulfadiazine and its structural analogs in aqueous media...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Separation Science
Sofía Negro, Liudmilla Boeva, Karla Slowing, Ana Fernández-Carballido, Luis García-García, Emilia Barcia
A new controlled delivery system is developed for ropinirole (RP) for the treatment of Parkinson´s disease (PD) consisting in PLGA microparticles (MPs) which exhibited in vitro constant release of RP (78.23 µg/day/10 mg MPs) for 19 days. The neuroprotective effects of RP released from MPs are evaluated in SKN-AS cells after exposure to rotenone (20 μM). Cell apoptosis was significantly reduced by RP (100-120 μM). Daily doses of rotenone (2 mg/kg) given i.p. to rats induced neuronal and behavioral changes similar to those of PD...
September 28, 2016: Current Pharmaceutical Design
Haibo Yang, Yujie Hao, Qiming Liu, Zhanhu Mi, Zhibin Wang, Lei Zhu, Qingling Feng, Ningmin Hu
HNV-loaded PLGA microspheres (HNV-PLGA MSs) were prepared by water-in-oil-in-water (w/o/w) double emulsion solvent evaporation technique. The surface of prepared HNV-PLGA MSs is smooth and nonporous with an average diameter of 69.9 μm. The drug-loading rate and encapsulation rate of HNV-PLGA MSs are 4.40 ± 0.26% and 48.51 ± 14.83%, respectively. Additionally, 43.36% of HNV was released from PLGA MSs after seven days of incubation. The antibacterial effects of HNV released from PLGA were as good as the pure HNV...
October 24, 2016: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
Bhuvnesh Bharti, David Rutkowski, Koohee Han, Aakash Umesh Kumar, Carol K Hall, Orlin D Velev
Janus and patchy particles are emerging as models for studying complex directed assembly patterns and as precursors of new structured materials and composites. Here we show how lipid induced capillary bridging could serve as a new and non conventional method of assembling patchy particles into ordered structures. Iron oxide surface patches on latex microspheres were selectively wetted with liquid lipids, driving the particle assembly into 2D and 3D clusters via interparticle capillary bridge formation. The liquid phase of the bridges allows local reorganization of the particles within the clusters and assists in forming true equilibrium configurations...
October 24, 2016: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Bo Li, Zhongning Liu, Jingwen Yang, Zhongchao Yi, Wenqian Xiao, Xue Liu, Xiaoling Yang, Wenfeng Xu, Xiaoling Liao
In this study, β-tricalcium phosphate (Ca3PO4, β-TCP) microspheres with different diameters were fabricated via a solid-in-oil-in-water (S/O/W) emulsion method. After soaking in simulated body fluid (SBF), the fabricated β-TCP microspheres were fully covered with a new bone-like apatite layer; subsequent analysis suggested that the microspheres have excellent bioactivity properties, specifically in inducing apatite deposition. The calcium release profiles of the microspheres were tested in pH7.4 Tris-HCl buffer, and results demonstrated that the Ca(2+) continually released from microspheres during the two-week test period...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Sarthok Sircar, Giang Nguyen, Andrei Kotousov, Anthony J Roberts
A self-consistent model is developed to investigate attachment/detachment kinetics of two static, deformable microspheres with irregular surface and coated with flexible binding ligands. The model highlights how the microscale binding kinetics of these ligands as well as the attractive/repulsive potential of the charged surface affects the macroscale static deformed configuration of the spheres. It is shown that in the limit of smooth, neutrally charged surface (i.e., the dimensionless inverse Debye length, [Formula: see text]), interacting via elastic binders (i...
October 2016: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
Kimia Khoshroo, Tahereh S Jafarzadeh Kashi, Fathollah Moztarzadeh, Mohammadreza Tahriri, Hossein E Jazayeri, Lobat Tayebi
In this research, the three dimensional porous scaffolds made of a polycaprolactone (PCL) microsphere/TiO2 nanotube (TNT) composite was fabricated and evaluated for potential bone substitute applications. We used a microsphere sintering method to produce three dimensional PCL microsphere/TNT composite scaffolds. The mechanical properties of composite scaffolds were regulated by varying parameters, such as sintering time, microsphere diameter range size and PCL/TNT ratio. The obtained results ascertained that the PCL/TNT (0...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Ming Zhang, Ai-Juan Wang, Jun-Ming Li, Na Song, Yang Song, Rui He
Hydroxyapatite (HAp) nanoparticle stabilized Pickering emulsion was fabricated with poly(l-lactic acid) dissolved in dichloromethane (CH2Cl2) solution as oil phase and HAp aqueous dispersion as aqueous phase. Pickering emulsion was cured via in situ solvent evaporation method. Effect of PLLA concentrations, pH value, HAp concentrations, oil-water ratio, emulsification rates and times were studied on emulsion stability and emulsion type, etc. The results indicated emulsion stability increased with the increase of HAp concentration, emulsification rate and time; it is very stable when pH value of aqueous phase was adjusted to 10...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Huinan Chen, Xiaodong Xing, Huaping Tan, Yang Jia, Tianle Zhou, Yong Chen, Zhonghua Ling, Xiaohong Hu
An antibacterial and biodegradable composite hydrogel dressing integrated with microspheres is developed for drug delivery and wound healing. The mechanism of gelation is attributed to the Schiff-base reaction between aldehyde and amino groups of oxidized alginate (OAlg) and carboxymethyl chitosan (CMCS). To enhance antibacterial and mechanical properties, tetracycline hydrochloride (TH) loaded gelatin microspheres (GMs) were fabricated by an emulsion cross-linking method, followed by integrating into the OAlg-CMCS hydrogel to produce a composite gel dressing...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Adenike Okunlola, Amusa Sarafadeen Adebayo, Moji Christianah Adeyeye
Tropical starches from Dioscorea dumetorum (bitter) and Dioscorea oppositifolia (Chinese) yams were acetylated with acetic anhydride in pyridine medium and utilized as polymers for the delivery of repaglinide in microsphere formulations in comparison to ethyl cellulose. Acetylated starches of bitter and Chinese yams with degrees of substitution of 2.56 and 2.70 respectively were obtained. Acetylation was confirmed by FTIR, (1)H NMR spectroscopy. A 3(2) factorial experimental design was performed using polymer type and drug-polymer ratio as independent variables...
October 18, 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Hok Sum Sam Lai, Feifei Wang, Yi Li, Boliang Jia, Lianqing Liu, Wen Jung Li
Microsphere-assisted microscopy has received a lot of attention recently due to its simplicity and its capability to surpass the diffraction limit. However, to date, sub-diffraction-limit features have only been observed in virtual images formed through the microspheres. We show that it is possible to form real, super-resolution images using high-refractive index microspheres. Also, we report on how changes to a microsphere's refractive index and size affect image formation and planes. The relationship between the focus position and the additional magnification factor is also investigated using experimental and theoretical methods...
2016: PloS One
Qingwen Lin, Jiali Chang, Mengfan Gao, Hongzhu Ma
Epichlorohydrin cross-linked carboxymethyl cellulose microspheres (ECH/CMC) obtained by inverse suspension method and magnetic Fe3O4 nanoparticles encasing the ECH/CMC microspheres (M-ECH/CMC) obtained by two different methods were successfully prepared and compared. Their structures and morphologies were analyzed using polarizing microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction. The adsorption behaviors of M1-ECH/CMC for methylene blue (MB) in the single cationic dye wastewater, the cationic/anionic dye mixture in the absence or presence of co-existed additives (salt and surfactant) wastewater, were also investigated with UV-vis spectrometer...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part A, Toxic/hazardous Substances & Environmental Engineering
Vivian L Bishay, Derek M Biederman, Thomas J Ward, Imramsjah Martijn J van der Bom, Rahul S Patel, Edward Kim, Francis S Nowakowski, Robert A Lookstein, Aaron M Fischman
OBJECTIVE: The transradial approach (TRA) has been shown to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with arterial coronary interventions. Selective internal radiation therapy (SIRT) performed via the TRA can enhance patient comfort, compared with the traditional transfemoral approach (TFA), by allowing immediate ambulation and precluding potential complications associated with the TFA, such as closure device injury or retroperitoneal hematoma. We report our initial experience with and technique for using the TRA for SIRT...
November 2016: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
Juan P Cattalini, Judith Roether, Alexander Hoppe, Fatemeh Pishbin, Luis Haro Durand, Alejandro Gorustovich, Aldo R Boccaccini, Silvia Lucangioli, Viviana Mouriño
Novel multifunctional nanocomposite scaffolds made of nanobioactive glass and alginate crosslinked with therapeutic ions such as calcium and copper were developed for delivering therapeutic agents, in a highly controlled and sustainable manner, for bone tissue engineering. Alendronate, a well-known antiresorptive agent, was formulated into microspheres under optimized conditions and effectively loaded within the novel multifunctional scaffolds with a high encapsulation percentage. The size of the cation used for the alginate crosslinking impacted directly on porosity and viscoelastic properties, and thus, on the degradation rate and the release profile of copper, calcium and alendronate...
October 21, 2016: Biomedical Materials
I Bravo-Osuna, V Andrés-Guerrero, P Pastoriza Abal, I T Molina-Martínez, R Herrero-Vanrell
Efficient treatment of ocular diseases can be achieved thanks to the proper use of ophthalmic formulations based on emerging pharmaceutical approaches. Among them, microtechnology and nanotechnology strategies are of great interest in the development of novel drug delivery systems to be used for ocular therapy. The location of the target site in the eye as well as the ophthalmic disease will determine the route of administration (topical, intraocular, periocular, and suprachoroidal administration) and the most adequate device...
October 20, 2016: Drug Delivery and Translational Research
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