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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935541/a-novel-controlled-drug-delivery-system-based-on-alginate-hydrogel-chitosan-micelle-composites
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Zhaotong Cong, Yanbin Shi, Yang Wang, Yanhong Wang, Jing'e Niu, Nana Chen, Haoyue Xue
In this study, we present a novel cross-linked unimolecular micelle based on chitosan. For controlling drug delivery via oral administration, emodin (EMO) encapsulated micelles were loaded into sodium alginate hydrogel matrix to construct the pH-sensitive hydrogel/micelle composites. The optimized formulation of micelle that consists of 8.06% CaCl2, 1.71% chitosan and 26.52% β-GP was obtained by the combination of Box-Behnken experimental design and response surface methodology. The morphological analysis showed that the micelles exhibited a smaller diameter of about 80nm in aqueous solution, but dilated to 100-200nm in hydrogel owing to the formation of polyelectrolyte complexes...
September 18, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932674/propulsion-and-chemotaxis-in-bacteria-driven-microswimmers
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Jiang Zhuang, Byung-Wook Park, Metin Sitti
Despite the large body of experimental work recently on biohybrid microsystems, few studies have focused on theoretical modeling of such systems, which is essential to understand their underlying functioning mechanisms and hence design them optimally for a given application task. Therefore, this study focuses on developing a mathematical model to describe the 3D motion and chemotaxis of a type of widely studied biohybrid microswimmer, where spherical microbeads are driven by multiple attached bacteria. The model is developed based on the biophysical observations of the experimental system and is validated by comparing the model simulation with experimental 3D swimming trajectories and other motility characteristics, including mean squared displacement, speed, diffusivity, and turn angle...
September 2017: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932116/silk-fibroin-cartilage-extracellular-matrix-scaffolds-with-sequential-delivery-of-tgf-%C3%AE-3-for-chondrogenic-differentiation-of-adipose-derived-stem-cells
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Qiang Yang, Bin-Hong Teng, Li-Na Wang, Kun Li, Chen Xu, Xin-Long Ma, Yang Zhang, De-Ling Kong, Lian-Yong Wang, Yan-Hong Zhao
A 3-D scaffold that simulates the microenvironment in vivo for regenerating cartilage is ideal. In this study, we combined silk fibroin and decellularized cartilage extracellular matrix by temperature gradient-guided thermal-induced phase separation to produce composite scaffolds (S/D). Resulting scaffolds had remarkable mechanical properties and biomimeticstructure, for a suitable substrate for attachment and proliferation of adipose-derived stem cells (ADSCs). Moreover, transforming growth factor β3 (TGF-β3) loaded on scaffolds showed a controlled release profile and enhanced the chondrogenic differentiation of ADSCs during the 28-day culture...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930195/bioaccessibility-and-cellular-uptake-of-%C3%AE-carotene-encapsulated-in-model-o-w-emulsions-influence-of-initial-droplet-size-and-emulsifiers
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Wei Lu, Alan L Kelly, Song Miao
The effects of the initial emulsion structure (droplet size and emulsifier) on the properties of β-carotene-loaded emulsions and the bioavailability of β-carotene after passing through simulated gastrointestinal tract (GIT) digestion were investigated. Exposure to GIT significantly changed the droplet size, surface charge and composition of all emulsions, and these changes were dependent on their initial droplet size and the emulsifiers used. Whey protein isolate (WPI)-stabilized emulsion showed the highest β-carotene bioaccessibility, while sodium caseinate (SCN)-stabilized emulsion showed the highest cellular uptake of β-carotene...
September 20, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929796/a-coordinated-control-strategy-for-insulin-and-glucagon-delivery-in-type-1-diabetes
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Pau Herrero, Jorge Bondia, Nick Oliver, Pantelis Georgiou
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition characterised by a pancreatic insulin secretion deficit, resulting in high blood glucose concentrations, which can lead to micro- and macrovascular complications. Type 1 diabetes also leads to impaired glucagon production by the pancreatic α-cells, which acts as a counter-regulatory hormone to insulin. A closed-loop system for automatic insulin and glucagon delivery, also referred to as an artificial pancreas, has the potential to reduce the self-management burden of type 1 diabetes and reduce the risk of hypo- and hyperglycemia...
September 20, 2017: Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929032/use-of-simulation-in-canadian-neonatal-perinatal-medicine-training-programs
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Jonathan Wong, Emer Finan, Douglas Campbell
Introduction Simulation is used for the delivery of education and on occasion assessment. Before such a tool is used routinely in neonatal training programs across Canada, a need assessment is required to determine its current usage by accredited training programs. Our aim was to characterize the type of simulation modalities used and the perceived simulation-based training needs in Canadian neonatal-perinatal medicine (NPM) training programs. Methods A 22-item and 13-item online descriptive survey was sent to all NPM program directors and fellows in Canada, respectively...
July 8, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928794/mechanistic-model-for-cancer-growth-and-response-to-chemotherapy
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Eman Simbawa
Cancer treatment has developed over the years; however not all patients respond to this treatment, and therefore further research is needed. In this paper, we employ mathematical modeling to understand the behavior of cancer and its interaction with therapy. We study a drug delivery and drug-cell interaction model along with cell proliferation. Due to the fact that cancer cells grow when there are enough nutrients and oxygen, proliferation can be a barrier against a response to therapy. To understand the effect of this factor, we perform numerical simulations of the model for different values of the parameters with a continuous delivery of the drug...
2017: Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928290/enhancing-patient-safety-through-the-use-of-a-pharmaceutical-glass-designed-to-prevent-cracked-containers
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Robert A Schaut, Kyle C Hoff, Steven E DeMartino, William K Denson, Ronald L Verkleeren
An essential role of packaging material for the storage and delivery of drug products is to provide adequate protection against contamination and loss of sterility. This is especially important for parenteral containers, as lack of sterility or contamination can result in serious adverse events including death. Nonetheless, cracked parenteral containers are an important source of container integrity failures for injectable drugs and pose a serious risk for patients. Despite significant investments in inspection technology, each year many injectable drugs are investigated and recalled for sterility risks associated with cracked borosilicate containers...
September 19, 2017: PDA Journal of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927928/discerning-the-composition-of-penetratin-for-safe-penetration-from-cornea-to-retina
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Kuan Jiang, Xin Gao, Qing Shen, Changyou Zhan, Yanyu Zhang, Cao Xie, Gang Wei, Weiyue Lu
Delivery of biomacromolecules into the eye is greatly hindered by several protective barriers. The cell-penetrating peptide, penetratin, has been found to be an effective absorption enhancer for noninvasive intraocular gene delivery. To discern the composition of penetratin for safe penetration from cornea to retina, we designed a series of penetratin derivatives by varying the hydrophobicity and evaluated their potency for retina-targeted delivery. The hydrophilic amino acids of penetratin, excluding the conserved basic amino acid residues, were respectively replaced with tryptophan...
September 16, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927657/endoscopic-training-a-nationwide-survey-of-french-fellows-in-gastroenterology
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Aurélien Amiot, Guillaume Conroy, Yann Le Baleur, Jérôme Winkler, Maxime Palazzo, Xavier Treton
BACKGROUND: During their 4 years of training, French fellows in gastroenterology should acquire theoretical and practical competency in gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy. AIMS: To evaluate the delivery of endoscopy training to French GI fellows and perception of learning. METHODS: A nationwide electronic survey was carried out of French GI fellows using an anonymous, 17-item electronic questionnaire. RESULTS: A total of 291 out of 484 (60%) GI fellows responded to the survey...
September 15, 2017: Clinics and Research in Hepatology and Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919709/puerarin-transport-across-rat-nasal-epithelial-cells-and-the-influence-of-compatibility-with-peoniflorin-and-menthol
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Lin Zhang, Shou-Ying Du, Yang Lu, Chang Liu, Hui-Chao Wu, Zhi-Hao Tian, Min Wang, Chang Yang
Nose-to-brain transport can provide an excellent pathway for drugs of the central nervous system. Consequently, how to make full use of this pathway in practical applications has become a focus of drug design. However, many aspects affecting drug delivery from the nose to the brain remain unclear. This study aimed to more deeply investigate the transport of puerarin and to explore the mechanism underlying the influence of compatible drugs on puerarin permeability in a primary cell model simulating the nasal mucosa...
2017: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919234/effects-of-periplasmic-chaperones-and-membrane-thickness-on-bama-catalysed-outer-membrane-protein-folding
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Bob Schiffrin, Antonio N Calabrese, Anna J Higgins, Julia R Humes, Alison E Ashcroft, Antreas C Kalli, David J Brockwell, Sheena E Radford
The biogenesis of outer membrane proteins (OMPs) in Gram-negative bacteria involves delivery by periplasmic chaperones to the β-barrel assembly machinery (BAM) which catalyses OMP insertion into the outer membrane (OM). Here, we examine the effects of membrane thickness, the E. coli periplasmic chaperones Skp and SurA, and BamA, the central subunit of the BAM complex, on the folding kinetics of a model OMP (tOmpA) using fluorescence spectroscopy, native mass spectrometry, and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918686/sensitivity-of-post-treatment-positron-emission-tomography-computed-tomography-to-detect-inter-fractional-range-variations-in-scanned-ion-beam-therapy
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Josefine Handrack, Thomas Tessonnier, Wenjing Chen, Jakob Liebl, Jürgen Debus, Julia Bauer, Katia Parodi
BACKGROUND: Ion therapy, especially with modern scanning beam delivery, offers very sharp dose gradients for highly conformal cancer treatment. However, it is very sensitive to uncertainties of tissue stopping properties as well as to anatomical changes and setup errors, making range verification highly desirable. To this end, positron emission tomography (PET) can be used to measure decay products of β(+)-emitters created in interactions inside the patient. This work investigates the sensitivity of post treatment PET/CT (computed tomography) to detect inter-fractional range variations...
September 18, 2017: Acta Oncologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918189/effects-of-temperature-and-peg-grafting-density-on-the-translocation-of-pegylated-nanoparticles-across-asymmetric-lipid-membrane
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Zuoheng Zhang, Xubo Lin, Ning Gu
Plasma membrane internalization of nanoparticles (NPs) is important for their biomedical applications such as drug-delivery carriers. On one hand, in order to improve their half-life in circulation, PEGylation has been widely used. However, it may hinder the NPs' membrane internalization ability. On the other hand, higher temperature could enhance the membrane permeability and may affect the NPs' ability to enter into or exit from cells. To make full use of their advantages, we systematically investigated the effects of temperature and PEG density on the translocation of PEGylated nanoparticles across the plasma asymmetric membrane of eukaryotic cells, using near-atom level coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulations...
September 6, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917534/modeling-the-modified-drug-release-from-curved-shape-drug-delivery-systems-dome-matrix-%C3%A2
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D Caccavo, A A Barba, M d'Amore, R De Piano, G Lamberti, A Rossi, P Colombo
The controlled drug release from hydrogel-based drug delivery systems is a topic of large interest for research in pharmacology. The mathematical modeling of the behavior of these systems is a tool of emerging relevance, since the simulations can be of use in the design of novel systems, in particular for complex shaped tablets. In this work a model, previously developed, was applied to complex-shaped oral drug delivery systems based on hydrogels (Dome Matrix®). Furthermore, the model was successfully adopted in the description of drug release from partially accessible Dome Matrix® systems (systems with some surfaces coated)...
September 13, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917119/a-mechanistic-model-for-drug-release-from-plga-based-drug-eluting-stent-a-computational-study
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Jahed Naghipoor, Timon Rabczuk
Atherosclerosis in the coronary artery is one of the leading causes of death in the world. The stenting as a minimally invasive technique was considered as an effective tool to reduce the severity of atherosclerotic stenosis. In-stent restenosis is the main drawback of the stenting in the coronary artery. Understanding the mechanism of drug release from drug-eluting stents and drug uptake in the arterial wall and obtaining more information about their functionality using mathematical modeling and numerical simulation, could be considered as a predictive tool to investigate in-stent restenosis growth which is experimentally expensive to study...
September 8, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916961/practical-computational-toolkits-for-dendrimers-and-dendrons-structure-design
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Nuno Martinho, Liana C Silva, Helena F Florindo, Steve Brocchini, Teresa Barata, Mire Zloh
Dendrimers and dendrons offer an excellent platform for developing novel drug delivery systems and medicines. The rational design and further development of these repetitively branched systems are restricted by difficulties in scalable synthesis and structural determination, which can be overcome by judicious use of molecular modelling and molecular simulations. A major difficulty to utilise in silico studies to design dendrimers lies in the laborious generation of their structures. Current modelling tools utilise automated assembly of simpler dendrimers or the inefficient manual assembly of monomer precursors to generate more complicated dendrimer structures...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Computer-aided Molecular Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916832/design-of-multivalent-inhibitors-for-preventing-cellular-uptake
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Veronika Schubertová, Francisco J Martinez-Veracoechea, Robert Vácha
Cellular entry, the first crucial step of viral infection, can be inhibited by molecules adsorbed on the virus surface. However, apart from using stronger affinity, little is known about the properties of such inhibitors that could increase their effectiveness. Our simulations showed that multivalent inhibitors can be designed to be much more efficient than their monovalent counterparts. For example, for our particular simulation model, a single multivalent inhibitor spanning 5 to 6 binding sites is enough to prevent the uptake compared to the required 1/3 of all the receptor binding sites needed to be blocked by monovalent inhibitors...
September 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915492/enhancement-of-5-aminolevulinic-acid-phototoxicity-by-encapsulation-in-polysaccharides-based-nanocomplexes-for-photodynamic-therapy-application
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Antonio Di Martino, Alena Pavelkova, Pavel S Postnikov, Vladimir Sedlarik
Polysaccharides based nanocomplexes have been developed for encapsulation, controlled delivery and to enhance the phototoxicity of the photosensitizer 5-aminolevulinic acid for application in photodynamic therapy. The nanocomplexes were prepared by coacervation in a solvent free environment using chitosan as polycation while alginic and polygalacturonic acid as polyanions. The complexes showed average dimension in the range 90-120nm, good stability in simulated physiological media and high drug encapsulation efficiency, up to 800μg per mg of carrier...
August 8, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914990/simulating-the-multi-disciplinary-care-team-approach-enhancing-student-understanding-of-anatomy-through-an-ultrasound-anchored-interprofessional-session
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Marianne T Luetmer, Beth A Cloud, James W Youdas, Wojciech Pawlina, Nirusha Lachman
Quality of healthcare delivery is dependent on collaboration between professional disciplines. Integrating opportunities for interprofessional learning in health science education programs prepares future clinicians to function as effective members of a multi-disciplinary care team. This study aimed to create a modified team-based learning (TBL) environment utilizing ultrasound technology during an interprofessional learning activity to enhance musculoskeletal anatomy knowledge of first year medical (MD) and physical therapy (PT) students...
September 15, 2017: Anatomical Sciences Education
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