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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351064/the-early-tech-development-course-experiential-commercialization-education-for-the-medical-academician
#1
Jonathan Servoss, Connie Chang, Jonathan Fay, Kevin Ward
PROBLEM: Research produced by medical academicians holds promise for developing into biomedical innovations in therapeutics, devices, diagnostics, and health care information technology; however, the road to biomedical innovation is fraught with risk, including the challenge of moving from basic research insight onto a viable commercialization path. Compounding this challenge is the growing demand on medical academicians to be more productive in their clinical, teaching, and research duties within a resource-constrained environment...
April 2017: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346403/near-infrared-optogenetic-pair-for-protein-regulation-and-spectral-multiplexing
#2
Taras A Redchuk, Evgeniya S Omelina, Konstantin G Chernov, Vladislav V Verkhusha
Multifunctional optogenetic systems are in high demand for use in basic and biomedical research. Near-infrared-light-inducible binding of bacterial phytochrome BphP1 to its natural PpsR2 partner is beneficial for simultaneous use with blue-light-activatable tools. However, applications of the BphP1-PpsR2 pair are limited by the large size, multidomain structure and oligomeric behavior of PpsR2. Here, we engineered a single-domain BphP1 binding partner, Q-PAS1, which is three-fold smaller and lacks oligomerization...
March 27, 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346381/multifaceted-applications-of-chitosan-in-cancer-drug-delivery-and-therapy
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REVIEW
Anish Babu, Rajagopal Ramesh
Chitosan is a versatile polysaccharide of biological origin. Due to the biocompatible and biodegradable nature of chitosan, it is intensively utilized in biomedical applications in scaffold engineering as an absorption enhancer, and for bioactive and controlled drug release. In cancer therapy, chitosan has multifaceted applications, such as assisting in gene delivery and chemotherapeutic delivery, and as an immunoadjuvant for vaccines. The present review highlights the recent applications of chitosan and chitosan derivatives in cancer therapy...
March 27, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345866/biocompatible-hydroxylated-boron-nitride-nanosheets-polyvinyl-alcohol-interpenetrating-hydrogels-with-enhanced-mechanical-and-thermal-responses
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Lin Jing, Hongling Li, Roland Yingjie Tay, Bo Sun, Siu Hon Tsang, Olivier Cometto, Jinjun Lin, Edwin Hang Tong Teo, Alfred Iing Yoong Tok
Polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) hydrogels with tissue-like viscoelasticity, excellent biocompatibility and high hydrophilicity have been considered as promising cartilage replacement materials. However, lack of sufficient mechanical properties is a critical barrier to their usage as load-bearing cartilage substitutes. Herein, we report hydroxylated boron nitride nanosheets (OH-BNNS)/PVA interpenetrating hydrogels by cyclically freezing/thawing the aqueous mixture of PVA and highly hydrophilic OH-BNNS (up to 0.6 mg/mL, two times the highest reported so far)...
March 27, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345352/metal-free-photoinduced-electron-transfer-atom-transfer-radical-polymerization-integrated-with-bio-inspired-polydopamine-chemistry-as-a-green-strategy-for-surface-engineering-of-magnetic-nanoparticles
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Yang Yang, Xuegang Liu, Gang Ye, Shan Zhu, Zhe Wang, Xiaomei Huo, Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, Yuexiang Lu, Jing Chen
Developing green and efficient technologies for surface modification of magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) is of crucial importance for their biomedical and environmental applications. This study reports, for the first time, a novel strategy by integrating metal-free photoinduced electron transfer-atom transfer radical polymerization (PET-ATRP) with the bio-inspired polydopamine (PDA) chemistry for controlled architecture of functional polymer brushes from MNPs. Conformal PDA encapsulation layers were initially generated on the surfaces of MNPs, which served as the protective shells while providing an ideal platform for tethering 2-bromo-2-phenylacetic acid (BPA), a highly efficient initiator...
March 27, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344902/isolation-and-characterization-of-human-articular-chondrocytes-from-surgical-waste-after-total-knee-arthroplasty-tka
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Jakob Naranda, Lidija Gradišnik, Mario Gorenjak, Matjaž Vogrin, Uroš Maver
BACKGROUND: Cartilage tissue engineering is a fast-evolving field of biomedical engineering, in which the chondrocytes represent the most commonly used cell type. Since research in tissue engineering always consumes a lot of cells, simple and cheap isolation methods could form a powerful basis to boost such studies and enable their faster progress to the clinics. Isolated chondrocytes can be used for autologous chondrocyte implantation in cartilage repair, and are the base for valuable models to investigate cartilage phenotype preservation, as well as enable studies of molecular features, nature and scales of cellular responses to alterations in the cartilage tissue...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339516/improving-a-full-text-search-engine-the-importance-of-negation-detection-and-family-history-context-to-identify-cases-in-a-biomedical-data-warehouse
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Nicolas Garcelon, Antoine Neuraz, Vincent Benoit, Rémi Salomon, Anita Burgun
Objective: The repurposing of electronic health records (EHRs) can improve clinical and genetic research for rare diseases. However, significant information in rare disease EHRs is embedded in the narrative reports, which contain many negated clinical signs and family medical history. This paper presents a method to detect family history and negation in narrative reports and evaluates its impact on selecting populations from a clinical data warehouse (CDW). Materials and Methods: We developed a pipeline to process 1...
October 20, 2016: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337020/delivery-technologies-for-genome-editing
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REVIEW
Hao Yin, Kevin J Kauffman, Daniel G Anderson
With the recent development of CRISPR technology, it is becoming increasingly easy to engineer the genome. Genome-editing systems based on CRISPR, as well as transcription activator-like effector nucleases (TALENs) and zinc-finger nucleases (ZFNs), are becoming valuable tools for biomedical research, drug discovery and development, and even gene therapy. However, for each of these systems to effectively enter cells of interest and perform their function, efficient and safe delivery technologies are needed. This Review discusses the principles of biomacromolecule delivery and gene editing, examines recent advances and challenges in non-viral and viral delivery methods, and highlights the status of related clinical trials...
March 24, 2017: Nature Reviews. Drug Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336874/electrospun-nanofibres-containing-antimicrobial-plant-extracts
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REVIEW
Wanwei Zhang, Sara Ronca, Elisa Mele
Over the last 10 years great research interest has been directed toward nanofibrous architectures produced by electrospinning bioactive plant extracts. The resulting structures possess antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidant activity, which are attractive for biomedical applications and food industry. This review describes the diverse approaches that have been developed to produce electrospun nanofibres that are able to deliver naturally-derived chemical compounds in a controlled way and to prevent their degradation...
February 15, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335253/soft-interaction-in-liposome-nanocarriers-for-therapeutic-drug-delivery
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REVIEW
Domenico Lombardo, Pietro Calandra, Davide Barreca, Salvatore Magazù, Mikhail A Kiselev
The development of smart nanocarriers for the delivery of therapeutic drugs has experienced considerable expansion in recent decades, with the development of new medicines devoted to cancer treatment. In this respect a wide range of strategies can be developed by employing liposome nanocarriers with desired physico-chemical properties that, by exploiting a combination of a number of suitable soft interactions, can facilitate the transit through the biological barriers from the point of administration up to the site of drug action...
June 25, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334019/cell-survival-and-differentiation-with-nanocrystalline-glass-like-carbon-using-substantia-nigra-dopaminergic-cells-derived-from-transgenic-mouse-embryos
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Noela Rodriguez-Losada, Pablo Romero, Guillermo Estivill-Torrús, Roberto Guzmán de Villoria, Jose A Aguirre
Regenerative medicine requires, in many cases, physical supports to facilitate appropriate cellular architecture, cell polarization and the improvement of the correct differentiation processes of embryonic stem cells, induced pluripotent cells or adult cells. Because the interest in carbon nanomaterials has grown within the last decade in light of a wide variety of applications, the aim of this study was to test and evaluate the suitability and cytocompatibility of a particular nanometer-thin nanocrystalline glass-like carbon film (NGLC) composed of curved graphene flakes joined by an amorphous carbon matrix...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332447/the-effect-of-native-silk-fibroin-powder-on-the-physical-properties-and-biocompatibility-of-biomedical-polyurethane-membrane
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Yan Zhuang, Qian Zhang, Jinqi Feng, Na Wang, Weilin Xu, Hongjun Yang
Naturally derived fibers such as silk fibroin can potentially enhance the biocompatibility of currently used biomaterials. This study investigated the physical properties of native silk fibroin powder and its effect on the biocompatibility of biomedical polyurethane. Native silk fibroin powder with an average diameter of 3 µm was prepared on a purpose-built machine. A simple method of phase inversion was used to produce biomedical polyurethane/native silk fibroin powder hybrid membranes at different blend ratios by immersing a biomedical polyurethane/native silk fibroin powder solution in deionized water at room temperature...
April 2017: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Part H, Journal of Engineering in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328976/high-school-science-fair-and-research-integrity
#13
Frederick Grinnell, Simon Dalley, Karen Shepherd, Joan Reisch
Research misconduct has become an important matter of concern in the scientific community. The extent to which such behavior occurs early in science education has received little attention. In the current study, using the web-based data collection program REDCap, we obtained responses to an anonymous and voluntary survey about science fair from 65 high school students who recently competed in the Dallas Regional Science and Engineering Fair and from 237 STEM-track, post-high school students (undergraduates, 1st year medical students, and 1st year biomedical graduate students) doing research at UT Southwestern Medical Center...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328495/the-modern-cochlear-implant-a-triumph-of-biomedical-engineering-and-the-first-substantial-restoration-of-human-sense-using-a-medical-intervention
#14
Blake S Wilson
Even as recently as the mid-1980s, many experts in otology and auditory science thought that restoration of useful hearing with crude and pervasive electrical stimulation of the cochlea was a fool's dream. The esteemed Prof. Rainer Klinke from Frankfurt (Figure 1) was among the chorus of critics, asserting in 1978 that "from a physiological point of view, cochlear implants will not work." Many others made similar categorical statements.
March 2017: IEEE Pulse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328201/double-fueled-janus-swimmers-with-magnetotactic-behaviour
#15
Philipp Sebastian Schattling, Miguel Alexandre Ramos-Docampo, Veronica Salgueiriño, Brigitte Städler
Self-propelled particles attract a great deal of attention due to the auspicious range of application nanobots can be used for. In a biomedical context, self-propelled swimmers hold promise to autonomously navigate to a desired location in an attempt to counteract cell/tissue defects either by releasing drugs or performing surgical tasks. The vast majority of prior reports deal with single engine assemblies, often utilizing fuel molecules which are considered as highly cytotoxic. Herein, we introduce two engines: 1) a motor which couples enzymes i...
March 22, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325007/building-a-more-diverse-biomedical-engineering-workforce-biomedical-engineering-at-the-university-of-the-district-of-columbia-a-historically-black-college-university
#16
Lara A Thompson, A Segun Adebayo, Nian Zhang, Sasan Haghani, Kathleen Dowell, Devdas Shetty
Biomedical Engineering (BME) is a new, multidisciplinary, and rapidly growing field, however, the BME Workforce suffers from limited ethnic and gender diversity. Despite the demand and growth of this new field due to its public health importance, only 4 out of the 107 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) nationwide offers a Bachelor's of Science (B.S.) in Bio-Engineering related fields. In order to contribute to a growing BME Workforce, HBCUs need to react and offer more degree-programs relevant to BME...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322140/applications-and-risks-of-nanomaterials-used-in-regenerative-medicine-delivery-systems-theranostics-and-therapy
#17
REVIEW
Estefany I Medina-Reyes, Danae Garcia-Viacobo, Franklin A Carrero-Martinez, Yolanda Irasema Chirino
Recent advances in nanotechnology have transformed the biomedicine field, in which the use of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) has provided the foundation for novel applications. For this reason, the number of ENMs has increased rapidly, and here we provide a classification of ENMs based on chemical composition and biomedical applications, which include regenerative medicine, delivery systems, theranostics, and therapy. These have been identified as the most advanced and promising areas for further studies with humans...
2017: Critical Reviews in Therapeutic Drug Carrier Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319779/supramolecular-biofunctional-materials
#18
REVIEW
Jie Zhou, Jie Li, Xuewen Du, Bing Xu
This review discusses supramolecular biofunctional materials, a novel class of biomaterials formed by small molecules that are held together via noncovalent interactions. The complexity of biology and relevant biomedical problems not only inspire, but also demand effective molecular design for functional materials. Supramolecular biofunctional materials offer (almost) unlimited possibilities and opportunities to address challenging biomedical problems. Rational molecular design of supramolecular biofunctional materials exploit powerful and versatile noncovalent interactions, which offer many advantages, such as responsiveness, reversibility, tunability, biomimicry, modularity, predictability, and, most importantly, adaptiveness...
March 12, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315813/the-case-for-applying-tissue-engineering-methodologies-to-instruct-human-organoid-morphogenesis
#19
REVIEW
Carlos R Marti-Figueroa, Randolph S Ashton
Three-dimensional organoids derived from human pluripotent stem cell (hPSC) derivatives have become widely used in vitro models for studying development and disease. Their ability to recapitulate facets of normal human development during in vitro morphogenesis produces tissue structures with unprecedented biomimicry. Current organoid derivation protocols primarily rely on spontaneous morphogenesis processes to occur within 3-D spherical cell aggregates with minimal to no exogenous control. This yields organoids containing microscale regions of biomimetic tissues, but at the macroscale (i...
March 15, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315745/production-of-low-expressing-recombinant-cationic-biopolymers-with-high-purity
#20
Xuguang Chen, Alireza Nomani, Niket Patel, Arash Hatefi
The growing complexity of recombinant biopolymers for delivery of bioactive agents requires the ability to control the biomaterial structure with high degree of precision. Genetic engineering techniques have provided this opportunity to synthesize biomaterials in an organism such as E. coli with full control over their lengths and sequences. One class of such biopolymers is recombinant cationic biopolymers with applications in gene delivery, regenerative medicine and variety of other biomedical applications...
March 16, 2017: Protein Expression and Purification
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