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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822864/tailoring-the-wettability-and-mechanical-properties-of-electrospun-poly-l-lactic-acid-poly-glycerol-sebacate-core-shell-membranes-for-biomedical-applications
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Yi Yan, Vitor Sencadas, Tiantian Jin, Xufeng Huang, Jun Chen, Dongbin Wei, Zhengyi Jiang
Tissue and biomedical engineering fields are in constant mutation and in searching for innovative processing techniques capable to tailor the material properties. In this work, poly(l-lactic acid) (PLLA) and elastomeric poly(glycerol sebacate) (PGS) were dissolved in the same solvents and electrospun together, in a single needle system. A core-shell structure where the hydrophilic PGS was placed onto the surface of the hydrophobic PLLA fibre was obtained for elastomeric concentrations up to 25wt%. It was found that the PLLA:PGS blends are immiscible and the blends present the melting temperatures of the individual polymers...
August 12, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822595/microbiological-assessment-of-honey-in-m%C3%A3-xico
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Carlos Ramón Vázquez-Quiñones, Rúben Moreno-Terrazas, Iván Natividad-Bonifacio, Elsa Irma Quiñones-Ramírez, Carlos Vázquez-Salinas
Honey is a product used as a natural sweetener and in several regions of Mexico and other countries it is also used as a therapeutic agent. Microbiological contamination of honey can occur during its extraction and handling. Due to the use and consumption of honey we highlighted here the importance of the assessment of its microbiological quality. One thousand nine hundred twenty samples obtained from 8 honey-producing states from Mexico were analyzed. From these samples, 40.5% (777/1920) did not comply with the NMX-036-NORMEX-2006 specification...
August 16, 2017: Revista Argentina de Microbiología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822582/antibiofilm-properties-of-model-composites-containing-quaternary-ammonium-methacrylates-after-surface-texture-modification
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Guilherme Ferreira Rego, Marina Lermen Vidal, Gil Mendes Viana, Lucio Mendes Cabral, Luis Felipe Jochims Schneider, Maristela Barbosa Portela, Larissa Maria Cavalcante
OBJECTIVE: Investigate antimicrobial properties and surface texture of model composites with different concentration and alkyl chain length of quaternary ammonium monomers (QAS). METHODS: Monomers derived from QAS salts with alkyl chain lengths of 12 carbons ((dimethylaminododecyl methacrylate) DMADDM) and 16 carbons (dimethylaminohexadecyl methacrylate-DMAHDM) were obtained from the reactions of their respective organo-halides with the tertiary amine 2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate (DMAEMA)...
August 16, 2017: Dental Materials: Official Publication of the Academy of Dental Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821752/hybrid-nitric-oxide-donor-and-its-carrier-for-the-treatment-of-peripheral-arterial-diseases
#4
Duong Q Le, Aneetta E Kuriakose, Dat X Nguyen, Kytai T Nguyen, Suchismita Acharya
Nitric oxide (NO) has been known to promote physiological angiogenesis to treat peripheral arterial diseases (PAD) by increasing the vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) level in endothelial cells (ECs) and preventing platelet adherence and leukocyte chemotaxis. However, the ongoing ischemic event during peripheral ischemia produces superoxide and diminishes the NO bioavailability by forming toxic peroxynitrite anion. Here we disclose an efficacious hybrid molecule 4-(5-Amino-1,2,3-oxadiazol-3-yl)-2,2,6,6-tetramethyl-1-piperidinol (SA-2) containing both antioxidant and NO donor functionalities that provide a therapeutic level of NO necessary to promote angiogenesis and to protect ECs against hydrogen peroxide-induced oxidative stress...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821149/solution-blow-spun-nanocomposites-of-poly-lactic-acid-cellulose-nanocrystals-from-eucalyptus-kraft-pulp
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Delne Domingos da Silva Parize, Juliano Elvis de Oliveira, Tina Williams, Delilah Wood, Roberto de Jesús Avena-Bustillos, Artur Piotr Klamczynski, Gregory Melvin Glenn, José Manoel Marconcini, Luiz Henrique Capparelli Mattoso
Cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) were extracted from Eucalyptus kraft pulp by sulfuric acid hydrolysis, and esterified with maleic anhydride (CNCMA). The incorporation of sulfate ester groups on the cellulose surface resulted in higher stability of the nanoparticles in aqueous suspensions and lower thermal stability. Then, PLA/CNC and PLA/CNCMA nanocomposites were successfully obtained by solution blow spinning (SBS) using dimethyl carbonate (DMC) as solvent. CNC and CNCMA indicated to be acting both as nucleating agents or growth inhibitors of PLA crystal and tends to favor the formation of PLA crystals of higher stability...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821128/biomimetic-composite-scaffolds-based-on-surface-modification-of-polydopamine-on-electrospun-poly-lactic-acid-cellulose-nanofibrils
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Zhangqiang Yang, Junhui Si, Zhixiang Cui, Jianhua Ye, Xiaofeng Wang, Qianting Wang, Kaiping Peng, Wenzhe Chen, Shia-Chung Chen
An appropriate surface chemical property is crucial in tissue engineering scaffolds, which promotes cell attachment and proliferation. A biomimetic composite scaffold with a polydopamine (PDA) coating layer on electrospun poly(lactic acid) (PLA)/cellulose nanofibrils (CNF) composite nanofiber was developed in this study. PLA/CNF composite nanofibers were fabricated and then coated via treatment with a dopamine solution. The PDA coating layer was successfully formed on the surface of the PLA/CNF composite nanofiber by using a simple, environment-friendly, and effective procedure...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821115/rheology-and-bioactivity-of-high-molecular-weight-dextrans-synthesised-by-lactic-acid-bacteria
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Kenza Zarour, Mª Goretti Llamas, Alicia Prieto, Patricia Rúas-Madiedo, María Teresa Dueñas, Pilar Fernández de Palencia, Rosa Aznar, Mebrouk Kihal, Paloma López
Dextrans synthesised by three Leuconostoc mesenteroides strains, isolated from mammalian milks, were studied and compared with dextrans produced by Lc. mesenteroides and Lactobacillus sakei strains isolated from meat products. Size exclusion chromatography coupled with multiangle laser light scattering detection analysis demonstrated that the dextrans have molecular masses between 1.74×10(8)Da and 4.41×10(8)Da. Rheological analysis of aqueous solutions of the polymer revealed that all had a pseudoplastic behaviour under shear conditions and a random, and flexible, coil structure...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819629/mixed-lactobacillus-plantarum-strains-inhibit-staphylococcus-aureus-induced-inflammation-and-ameliorate-intestinal-microflora-in-mice
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Dayong Ren, Shengjie Gong, Jingyan Shu, Jianwei Zhu, Fengjun Rong, Zhenye Zhang, Di Wang, Liangfeng Gao, Tianming Qu, Hongyan Liu, Ping Chen
Objective. Staphylococcus aureus is an important pathogen that causes intestinal infection. We examined the immunomodulatory function of single and mixed Lactobacillus plantarum strains, as well as their impacts on the structure of the microbiome in mice infected with Staphylococcus aureus. The experiment was divided into three groups: protection, treatment, and control. Serum IFN-γ and IL-4 levels, as well as intestinal sIgA levels, were measured during and 1 week after infection with Staphylococcus aureus with and without Lactobacillus plantarum treatment...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819566/development-of-poly-lactic-glycolic-acid-plga-microspheres-for-controlled-release-of-rho-associated-kinase-inhibitor
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Sho Koda, Naoki Okumura, Junji Kitano, Noriko Koizumi, Yasuhiko Tabata
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to investigate the feasibility of poly lactic/glycolic acid (PLGA) as a drug delivery carrier of Rho kinase (ROCK) inhibitor for the treatment of corneal endothelial disease. METHOD: ROCK inhibitor Y-27632 and PLGA were dissolved in water with or without gelatin (W1), and a double emulsion [(W1/O)/W2] was formed with dichloromethane (O) and polyvinyl alcohol (W2). Drug release curve was obtained by evaluating the released Y-27632 by using high performance liquid chromatography...
2017: Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819120/dual-delivery-of-fgf-2-ctgf-from-silk-fibroin-plcl-peo-coaxial-fibers-enhances-msc-proliferation-and-fibrogenesis
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Ruodan Xu, Huiling Zhao, Hanif Muhammad, Mingdong Dong, Flemming Besenbacher, Menglin Chen
The success of mesenchymal stem cell transplantation is highly dependent on their survival and controlled fate regulation. This study demonstrates that dual-delivery of connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) and fibroblast growth factor 2 (FGF-2) from a core-shell fiber of Silk Fibroin/poly(L-lactic acid-co-ε-caprolactone)-polyethylene oxide (SF/PLCL-PEO) enhanced fibrogenic lineage differentiation of MSCs. The core-shell structure was confirmed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), fluorescence microscopy and attenuated total reflection (ATR) Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817096/time-resolved-study-of-nanomorphology-and-nanomechanic-change-of-early-stage-mineralized-electrospun-poly-lactic-acid-fiber-by-scanning-electron-microscopy-raman-spectroscopy-and-atomic-force-microscopy
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Mengmeng Wang, Yin Cai, Bo Zhao, Peizhi Zhu
In this study, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Raman spectroscopy and high-resolution atomic force microscopy (AFM) were used to reveal the early-stage change of nanomorphology and nanomechanical properties of poly(lactic acid) (PLA) fibers in a time-resolved manner during the mineralization process. Electrospun PLA nanofibers were soaked in simulated body fluid (SBF) for different periods of time (0, 1, 3, 5, 7 and 21 days) at 10 °C, much lower than the conventional 37 °C, to simulate the slow biomineralization process...
August 17, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816097/meltblown-polymer-fabrics-as-candidate-scaffolds-for-rotator-cuff-tendon-tissue-engineering
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Thomas Jenkins, Sean Meehan, Behnam Pourdeyhimi, Dianne Little
Various biomaterial technologies are promising for tissue engineering, including electrospinning, but commercial scale-up of throughput is difficult. The goal of the study was to evaluate meltblown fabrics as candidate scaffolds for rotator cuff tendon tissue engineering. Meltblown poly(lactic acid) fabrics were produced with several polymer crystallinities and airflow velocities (500(low), 900(medium) or 1400(high) m<sup>3</sup>air/hour/m fabric). Fiber diameter, alignment, and baseline bi-directional tensile mechanical properties were evaluated...
August 17, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815626/preliminary-quantification-of-the-permeability-solubility-and-diffusion-coefficients-of-major-aroma-compounds-present-in-herbs-through-various-plastic-packaging-materials
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Pattarin Leelaphiwat, Rafael A Auras, Gary Burgess, Janice B Harte, Vanee Chonhenchob
BACKGROUND: Aroma permeation through packaging material is an important factor when designing a package for food products. The masses of aroma compounds permeating through films over time were measured at 25 °C using a quasi-isostatic system. A model was proposed for estimating the permeability coefficients (P) of key aroma compounds present in fresh herbs (i.e., eucalyptol, estragole, linalool and citral) through major plastic films used by the food industry (i.e., low-density polyethylene (LDPE), polypropylene (PP), nylon (Nylon), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), metalized-polyethylene terephthalate (MPET) and poly(lactic acid) (PLA))...
August 16, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814868/nano-sized-cytochrome-p450-3a4-inhibitors-to-block-hepatic-metabolism-of-docetaxel
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Marion Paolini, Laurence Poul, Céline Berjaud, Matthieu Germain, Audrey Darmon, Maxime Bergère, Agnès Pottier, Laurent Levy, Eric Vibert
Most drugs are metabolized by hepatic cytochrome P450 3A4 (CYP3A4), resulting in their reduced bioavailability. In this study, we present the design and evaluation of bio-compatible nanocarriers trapping a natural CYP3A4-inhibiting compound. Our aim in using nanocarriers was to target the natural CYP3A4-inhibiting agent to hepatic CYP3A4 and leave drug-metabolizing enzymes in other organs undisturbed. In the design of such nanocarriers, we took advantage of the nonspecific accumulation of small nanoparticles in the liver...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814864/controlled-release-of-lovastatin-from-poly-lactic-co-glycolic-acid-nanoparticles-for-direct-pulp-capping-in-rat-teeth
#15
Hung-Pin Lin, Han-Ping Tu, Yu-Ping Hsieh, Bor-Shiunn Lee
Statin at appropriate concentrations has been shown to induce odontoblastic differentiation, dentinogenesis, and angiogenesis. However, using a carrier to control statin release might reduce toxicity and enhance its therapeutic effects. The aim of this study was to prepare poly(d,l-lactide-co-glycolide acid) (PLGA) nanoparticles that contain lovastatin for application in direct pulp capping. The PLGA-lovastatin particle size was determined using dynamic light scattering measurements and transmission electron microscopy...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814832/combinatorial-and-sequential-delivery-of-gemcitabine-and-oseltamivir-phosphate-from-implantable-poly-d-l-lactic-co-glycolic-acid-cylinders-disables-human-pancreatic-cancer-cell-survival
#16
Stephanie Allison Logan, Amanda J Brissenden, Myron R Szewczuk, Ronald J Neufeld
Combination therapies against multiple targets are currently being developed to prevent resistance to a single chemotherapeutic agent and to extirpate pre-existing resistance in heterogeneous cancer cells in tumors due to selective pressure from the single agent. Gemcitabine (GEM), a chemotherapeutic agent, is the current standard of care for patients with pancreatic cancer. Patients with pancreatic cancer receiving GEM have a low progression-free survival. Given the poor response rate to GEM, cancer cells are known to develop rapid resistance to this drug...
2017: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813780/microbial-diversity-of-commercial-makgeolli-and-its-influence-on-the-organoleptic-characteristics-of-korean-rice-sourdough-jeung-pyun
#17
Jaehyung Park, Ji Sun Seo, Seul-Ah Kim, So-Yeon Shin, Jong-Hyun Park, Nam Soo Han
Sourdough is made by fermentation of dough by lactic acid bacteria (LAB) and yeast to improve bread properties like volume, flavor, and texture. A Korean traditional sourdough was made by fermenting rice flour with rice wine (makgeolli) and used to make sponge-like bread (Jeung-pyun). The aim of this study was to investigate the microbial diversity of makgeolli products and their influence on the organoleptic quality of Jeung-pyun. Three commercial makgeolli were tested for Jeung-pyun production, with each product exhibiting varied dough swelling rates and organoleptic qualities, and among them, J-product was ranked highest in texture and taste...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813539/vectorization-by-nanoparticles-decreases-the-overall-toxicity-of-airborne-pollutants
#18
Rodolphe Carpentier, Anne Platel, Helena Maiz-Gregores, Fabrice Nesslany, Didier Betbeder
Atmospheric pollution is mainly composed of volatile pollutants and particulate matter that strongly interact. However, their specific roles in the induction of cellular toxicity, in particular the impact of the vectorization of atmospheric pollutants by ultrafine particles, remains to be fully elucidated. For this purpose, non-toxic poly-lactic co-glycolic acid (PLGA) nanoparticles were synthesized and three pollutants (benzo(a)pyrene, naphthalene and di-ethyl-hexyl-phthalate) were adsorbed on the surface of the nanoparticles in order to evaluate the toxicity (cytotoxicity, genotoxicity and ROS induction) of these complexes to a human airway epithelial cell line...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813445/transition-of-the-intestinal-microbiota-of-cats-with-age
#19
Hiroaki Masuoka, Kouya Shimada, Tomoyo Kiyosue-Yasuda, Masaharu Kiyosue, Yukie Oishi, Seiji Kimura, Yuji Ohashi, Tomohiko Fujisawa, Kozue Hotta, Akio Yamada, Kazuhiro Hirayama
The transition of intestinal microbiota with age has been well described in humans. However, the age-related changes in intestinal microbiota of cats have not been well studied. In the present study, we investigated the composition of intestinal microbiota of cats in 5 different age groups (pre-weanling, weanling, young, aged, senile) with a culture-based method. For lactobacilli and bifidobacteria, we also quantified with molecular-based method, real-time PCR. The results suggested that the composition of the feline intestinal microbiota changes with age, while the changes were different from those of humans and dogs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813002/application-of-surfactant-micelle-entrapped-eugenol-for-prevention-of-growth-of-the-shiga-toxin-producing-escherichia-coli-in-ground-beef
#20
Tamra N Tolen, Songsirin Ruengvisesh, Thomas M Taylor
Beef safety may be compromised by O157 and non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) contamination. The capacity of surfactant micelles loaded with the plant-derived antimicrobial eugenol to reduce STEC on beef trimmings that were later ground and refrigerated for five days at 5 ± 1 °C was tested to determine their utility for beef safety protection. STEC-inoculated trimmings were treated with free eugenol, micelle-encapsulated eugenol, 2% lactic acid (55 °C), sterile distilled water (25 °C), or left untreated (control)...
August 16, 2017: Foods (Basel, Switzerland)
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