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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821150/functionalized-alginate-with-liquid-like-behaviors-and-its-application-in-wet-spinning
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Zhen Sang, Wenqian Zhang, Zhiyuan Zhou, Huakang Fu, Yeqiang Tan, Kunyan Sui, Yanzhi Xia
Alginate is a kind of marine-derived plant polysaccharide with useful properties including inherent flame-retardancy and biocompatibility, yet poor flowability and low processing efficiency induced by high viscosity impede its further industrial applications. In this study, PEG-substituted tertiary amines were adapted to functionalize alginate with different molecular weight via acid-base reaction to improve the flowability. Based on alginate with low molecular weight, alginate fluids exhibited excellent flowability at room temperature in the absence of solvent...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821147/uv-crosslinkable-and-thermo-responsive-chitosan-hybrid-hydrogel-for-nir-triggered-localized-on-demand-drug-delivery
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Lei Wang, Baoqiang Li, Feng Xu, Zheheng Xu, Daqing Wei, Yujie Feng, Yaming Wang, Dechang Jia, Yu Zhou
Innovative drug delivery technologies based on smart hydrogels for localized on-demand drug delivery had aroused great interest. To acquire smart UV-crosslinkable chitosan hydrogel for NIR-triggered localized on-demanded drug release, a novel UV-crosslinkable and thermo-responsive chitosan was first designed and synthesized by grafting with poly N-isopropylacrylamide, acetylation of methacryloyl groups and embedding with photothermal carbon. The UV-crosslinkable unit (methacryloyl groups) endowed chitosan with gelation via UV irradiation...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821143/nmr-spectroscopic-structural-characterization-of-a-water-soluble-%C3%AE-1%C3%A2-3-1%C3%A2-6-glucan-from-aureobasidium-pullulans
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Hiroyuki Kono, Nobuhiro Kondo, Katsuki Hirabayashi, Makoto Ogata, Kazuhide Totani, Shinya Ikematsu, Mitsumasa Osada
An unambiguous structural characterization of the water-soluble Aureobasidium pullulans β-(1→3, 1→6)-glucan is yet to be achieved, although this β-(1→3, 1→6)-glucan is expected to exhibit excellent biofunctional properties. Thus, we herein report the elucidation of the primary structure of the A. pullulans β-(1→3, 1→6)-glucan using nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, followed by comparison of the obtained structure with that of schizophyllan (SPG). Structural characterization of the A. pullulans β-(1→3, 1→6)-glucan revealed that the structural units are a β-(1→3)-d-glucan backbone with four β-(1→6)-d-glucosyl side branching units every six residues...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821139/charge-functionalized-and-mechanically-durable-composite-cryogels-from-q-nfc-and-cs-for-highly-selective-removal-of-anionic-dyes
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Yufei Chen, Jing Ru, Biyao Geng, Haiying Wang, Congcong Tong, Chungui Du, Shengchun Wu, Hongzhi Liu
A composite cryogel was prepared from quaternized nanofibrillated cellulose (Q-NFC) and chitosan (CS) through a combination of freeze-drying and cross-linking with epichlorohydrin. The specific surface area of the composite cryogel was approximately two times that of Q-NFC cryogel. And the composite cryogel exhibited superior adsorption properties of anionic dyes than either the Q-NFC or CS cryogel controls. The adsorption isotherm well fitted the Langmuir model with the maximum theoretical adsorption capacity up to 473...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821134/graphene-cyclodextrin-based-nanocomposite-hydrogel-with-enhanced-strength-and-thermo-responsive-ability
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Pang Zhu, Yonghong Deng, Chaoyang Wang
Dual crosslinked system has been proved to be an efficient method to obtain tough and high strength hydrogels. Herein, we synthesized a novel graphene oxide/p(acrylamide-co-poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate)/α-cyclodextrin (GO/P(AM-co-PEGMA)/CD) physical dual crosslinked hydrogel via copolymerization of AM and PEGMA in the α-CD/GO solution. The polymer main chains adsorb onto the GO surface resulting in the first crosslinked system and multiple hydrogen bonds between α-CDs that thread on the PEGMA side chains establish the second crosslinked system...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821113/fabrication-of-thermo-responsive-cotton-fabrics-using-poly-vinyl-caprolactam-co-hydroxyethyl-acrylamide-copolymer
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Min Xiao, Edurne González, Alexis Martell Monterroza, Margaret Frey
A thermo-responsive polymer with hydrophilic to hydrophobic transition behavior, poly(vinyl caprolactam-co-hydroxyethyl acrylamide) P(VCL-co-HEAA), was prepared by copolymerization of vinyl caprolactam and N-hydroxyethyl acrylamide via free radical solution polymerization. The resulting copolymer was characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), (1)H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), gel permeation chromatography (GPC), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA)...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821088/microparticles-prepared-with-50-190kda-chitosan-as-promising-non-toxic-carriers-for-pulmonary-delivery-of-isoniazid
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Paula M Oliveira, Breno N Matos, Priscilla A T Pereira, Taís Gratieri, Lucia H Faccioli, Marcílio S S Cunha-Filho, Guilherme M Gelfuso
Chitosan biocompatibility and mucoadhesiveness make it an ideal polymer for antituberculotic drugs microcapsulation for pulmonary delivery. Yet, previous study indicated toxicity problems to J-774.1-cells treated with some medium molecular weight (190-310kDa) chitosan microparticles. As polymer molecular weight is a crucial factor to be considered, this paper describes the preparation and characterization of chitosan (50-190kDa) microparticles containing isoniazid (INH). Cytotoxicity assays were also performed on murine peritoneal (J-774...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821071/on-the-use-of-ion-crosslinked-nanocellulose-hydrogels-for-wound-healing-solutions-physicochemical-properties-and-application-oriented-biocompatibility-studies
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Alex Basu, Jonas Lindh, Eva Ålander, Maria Strømme, Natalia Ferraz
Calcium ion-crosslinked nanofibrillated cellulose (NFC) hydrogels were investigated as potential materials for wound healing dressings. The physicochemical properties of the hydrogels were examined by rheology and water retention tests. Skin cells and monocytes were selected for application-oriented biocompatibility studies. The NFC hydrogels presented entangled fibrous networks and solid-like behavior. Water retention tests showed the material´s potential to maintain a suitable moist environment for different type of wounds...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821068/radiation-synthesis-and-performance-of-novel-cellulose-based-microsphere-adsorbents-for-efficient-removal-of-boron-iii
#9
Siqi Liu, Min Xu, Tianlin Yu, Dong Han, Jing Peng, Jiuqiang Li, Maolin Zhai
A novel cellulose-based microsphere containing glucamine groups, referred as CVN, was successfully synthesized by radiation-induced graft polymerization of 4-vinylbenzyl chloride onto cellulose microspheres and subsequent functionalization with N-methyl-d-glucamine. The adsorption by CVN for boron (III) from aqueous solutions was evaluated systematically by batch adsorption technique. Langmuir models could fit well with the adsorption behavior of CVN. The CVN adsorbents exhibited a high adsorption capacity up to 12...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821059/characterization-of-alkali-treated-and-untreated-new-cellulosic-fiber-from-saharan-aloe-vera-cactus-leaves
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Balaji A N, Nagarajan K J
The aim of this study is to examine the use of new natural fibers, which are extracted from the Saharan aloe vera cactus plant leaves as reinforcement in polymer composites. The physicochemical, mechanical and thermal properties of the Saharan Aloe Vera Cactus Leaves (SACL) fibers are investigated, through the effect of alkali treatment. The contents of α-cellulose, hemicellulose, wax and moisture present in SACL fibers were characterized by standard test methods The mechanical properties of SACL fibers were measured through single fiber tensile test...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821056/fabrication-of-salecan-poly-amps-co-hmaa-semi-ipn-hydrogels-for-cell-adhesion
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Xinyu Hu, Yongmei Wang, Liangliang Zhang, Man Xu, Wei Dong, Jianfa Zhang
Salecan is a novel water-soluble extracellular β-glucan and has excellent physicochemical and biological properties. A series of hydrogels were fabricated from Salecan and poly(2-acrylamido-2-methylpropanesulfonic acid-co-N-hydroxymethyl acrylamide) (poly(AMPS-co-HMAA), PAH) by semi-IPN technique. The introduction of Salecan into the PAH network endows the system with enhanced cell adhesion properties. These semi-IPN hydrogels with open interconnected pores had pH and salt-sensitive swelling behavior. The increase in the content of hydrophilic Salecan could enhance the water uptake of the hydrogels...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821051/a-novel-self-assembly-lentinan-tetraphenylethylene%C3%A2-composite-with-strong-blue%C3%A2-fluorescence-in-water-and-its-properties
#12
Mengxia Li, Pan Chen, Min Xu, Xiaojuan Xu
We report a unique self-assembly of lentinan, a triple helical β-(1→3)-glucan (t-LNT), in water. By molecular dynamics simulation, it was found that t-LNT aggregated preferentially along the chain direction to form long chains, accompanied by side-direction linkage to form branches. Transmission electron microscopy images demonstrated that t-LNT formed dendrite-like fibers, which further formed fishnet-like porous/mesoporous aggregates with increasing concentration. The meshes in the fishnet were ascribed to the intersection of branches...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821046/water-sorption-in-microfibrillated-cellulose-mfc-the-effect-of-temperature-and-pretreatment
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Çağlar Meriçer, Matteo Minelli, Marco Giacinti Baschetti, Tom Lindström
Water sorption behavior of two different microfibrillated cellulose (MFC) films, produced by delamination of cellulose pulp after different pretreatment methods, is examined at various temperatures (16-65°C) and up to 70% RH. The effect of drying temperature of MFC films on the water uptake is also investigated. The obtained solubility isotherms showed the typical downward curvature at moderate RH, while no upturn is observed at higher RH; the uptakes are in line with characteristic values for cellulose fibers...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821023/preparation-and-crystallization-behavior-of-poly-ethylene-2-5-furandicarboxylate-cellulose-composites-by-twin-screw-extrusion
#14
Amandine Codou, Nathanaël Guigo, Jesper Gabriël van Berkel, Ed de Jong, Nicolas Sbirrazzuoli
Poly(ethylene 2,5-furandicarboxylate) (PEF), an emerging biobased polyester, was compounded with cellulose via twin-screw extrusion. Different extrusion parameters such as mixing time, screw speed and temperature were employed. Composite thin films containing 1, 2 and 4% cellulose w/w were prepared and compared with neat PEF films. The morphology of PEF/cellulose composites was examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and the molecular weight after extrusion was controlled by means of size exclusion chromatography (SEC)...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821007/measurement-tools-for-mental-health-problems-and-mental-well-being-in-people-with-severe-or-profound-intellectual-disabilities-a-systematic-review
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Samantha Flynn, Leen Vereenooghe, Richard P Hastings, Dawn Adams, Sally-Ann Cooper, Nick Gore, Chris Hatton, Kerry Hood, Andrew Jahoda, Peter E Langdon, Rachel McNamara, Chris Oliver, Ashok Roy, Vasiliki Totsika, Jane Waite
Mental health problems affect people with intellectual disabilities (ID) at rates similar to or in excess of the non-ID population. People with severe ID are likely to have persistent mental health problems. In this systematic review (PROSPERO 2015:CRD42015024469), we identify and evaluate the methodological quality of available measures of mental health problems or well-being in individuals with severe or profound ID. Electronic searches of ten databases identified relevant publications. Two reviewers independently reviewed titles and abstracts of retrieved records (n=41,232) and full-text articles (n=573)...
August 11, 2017: Clinical Psychology Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820957/the-association-between-pregnancy-intention-and-breastfeeding
#16
Shimrit Keddem, Rosemary Frasso, Melissa Dichter, Alexandra Hanlon
BACKGROUND: Although breastfeeding is associated with proven benefits to both mother and child, there are many factors that influence a mother's decision to breastfeed. Pregnancy intentionality at the time of conception is associated with postpartum maternal behavior including breastfeeding. Research aim: We sought to understand how maternal and paternal pregnancy intentions were associated with breastfeeding initiation and duration in a nationally representative sample. METHODS: We used a cross-sectional, retrospective study of the CDC National Survey of Family Growth data to examine the link between pregnancy intentionality and breastfeeding initiation and duration among women ages 15 to 44 years...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Human Lactation: Official Journal of International Lactation Consultant Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820943/the-active-site-flexibility-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-isocitrate-lyase-in-dimer-form
#17
Yie-Vern Lee, Sybing Choi, Habibah Wahab, Yee Siew Choong
Tuberculosis (TB) still remains as global threat due to the emerging of drug resistant strain. Instead of focus on drug target of active stage TB, we are highlighting the isocitrate lyase (ICL) at the dormant stage TB. ICL is one of the persistent factors for Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) to survive during dormant phase. In addition, the absent of ICL in human has made ICL a potential drug target for TB therapy. However, the dynamics details of ICL which could give insights to the ICL-ligand interaction is yet to be solved...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820910/impaired-dendritic-growth-and-positioning-of-cortical-pyramidal-neurons-by-activation-of-aryl-hydrocarbon-receptor-signaling-in-the-developing-mouse
#18
Eiki Kimura, Ken-Ichiro Kubo, Toshihiro Endo, Wenting Ling, Kazunori Nakajima, Masaki Kakeyama, Chiharu Tohyama
The basic helix-loop-helix (bHLH) transcription factors exert multiple functions in mammalian cerebral cortex development. The aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR), a member of the bHLH-Per-Arnt-Sim subfamily, is a ligand-activated transcription factor reported to regulate nervous system development in both invertebrates and vertebrates, but the functions that AhR signaling pathway may have for mammalian cerebral cortex development remains elusive. Although the endogenous ligand involved in brain developmental process has not been identified, the environmental pollutant dioxin potently binds AhR and induces abnormalities in higher brain function of laboratory animals...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820908/ribosomopathy-like-properties-of-murine-and-human-cancers
#19
Sucheta Kulkarni, James M Dolezal, Huabo Wang, Laura Jackson, Jie Lu, Brian P Frodey, Atinuke Dosunmu-Ogunbi, Youjun Li, Marc Fromherz, Audry Kang, Lucas Santana-Santos, Panayiotis V Benos, Edward V Prochownik
Ribosomopathies comprise a heterogeneous group of hematologic and developmental disorders, often characterized by bone marrow failure, skeletal and other developmental abnormalities and cancer predisposition. They are associated with mutations and/or haplo-insufficiencies of ribosomal proteins (RPs) and inefficient ribosomal RNA (rRNA) processing. The resulting ribosomal stress induces the canonical p19ARF/Mdm2/p53 tumor suppressor pathway leading to proliferative arrest and/or apoptosis. It has been proposed that this pathway is then inactivated during subsequent neoplastic evolution...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820904/parametric-studies-of-metabolic-cooperativity-in-escherichia-coli-colonies-strain-and-geometric-confinement-effects
#20
Joseph R Peterson, John A Cole, Zaida Luthey-Schulten
Characterizing the complex spatial and temporal interactions among cells in a biological system (i.e. bacterial colony, microbiome, tissue, etc.) remains a challenge. Metabolic cooperativity in these systems can arise due to the subtle interplay between microenvironmental conditions and the cells' regulatory machinery, often involving cascades of intra- and extracellular signalling molecules. In the simplest of cases, as demonstrated in a recent study of the model organism Escherichia coli, metabolic cross-feeding can arise in monoclonal colonies of bacteria driven merely by spatial heterogeneity in the availability of growth substrates; namely, acetate, glucose and oxygen...
2017: PloS One
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