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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334152/dynamic-coordination-of-eu-iminodiacetate-to-control-fluorochromic-response-of-polymer-hydrogels-to-multistimuli
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Gengsheng Weng, Srinivas Thanneeru, Jie He
New fluorochromic materials that reversibly change their emission properties in response to their environment are of interest for the development of sensors and light-emitting materials. A new design of Eu-containing polymer hydrogels showing fast self-healing and tunable fluorochromic properties in response to five different stimuli, including pH, temperature, metal ions, sonication, and force, is reported. The polymer hydrogels are fabricated using Eu-iminodiacetate (IDA) coordination in a hydrophilic poly(N,N-dimethylacrylamide) matrix...
January 15, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334109/a-multifunctional-supramolecular-hydrogel-preparation-properties-and-molecular-assembly
#2
Lin Wang, Xuefeng Shi, Yaqian Wu, Jian Zhang, Yuejun Zhu, Jinben Wang
A novel supramolecular hydrogel was designed and constructed by molecular self-assembly of a cationic gemini surfactant, 1,3-bis(N,N-dimethyl-N-cetylammonium)-2-propylacrylate dibromide (AGC16), and an anionic aromatic compound, trisodium 1,3,6-naphthalenetrisulfonate (NTS). Owing to its unique structure, the hydrogel (abbreviated as AGC16/NTS) has the potential to be used as a multifunctional drug delivery system. The structure and properties of AGC16/NTS were characterized by rheological measurements, differential scanning calorimetry, variable-temperature 1H nuclear magnetic resonance, ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy, variable-temperature fluorescence emission spectroscopy, cryogenic scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction methods...
January 15, 2018: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333657/gelatin-methacryloyl-hydrogels-in-the-absence-of-a-crosslinker-as-3d-glioblastoma-multiforme-gbm-mimetic-microenvironment
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Pelin Erkoc, Fidan Seker, Tugba Bagci-Onder, Seda Kizilel
3D platforms are important for monitoring tumor progression and screening drug candidates to eradicate tumors such as glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), a malignant type of human brain tumor. Here, a new strategy is reported that exploits visible-light-induced crosslinking of gelatin where the reaction is carried out in the absence of an additional crosslinker. Visible light-induced crosslinking promotes the design of cancer microenvironment-mimetic system without compromising the cell viability during the process and absence of crosslinker facilitates the synthesis of the unique construct...
January 15, 2018: Macromolecular Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331807/clay-nanoparticles-for-regenerative-medicine-and-biomaterial-design-a-review-of-clay-bioactivity
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Mohamed Mousa, Nicholas D Evans, Richard O C Oreffo, Jonathan I Dawson
Clay nanoparticles, composites and hydrogels are emerging as a new class of biomaterial with exciting potential for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine applications. Clay particles have been extensively explored in polymeric nanocomposites for self-assembly and enhanced mechanical properties as well as for their potential as drug delivery modifiers. In recent years, a cluster of studies have explored cellular interactions with clay nanoparticles alone or in combination with polymeric matrices. These pioneering studies have suggested new and unforeseen utility for certain clays as bioactive additives able to enhance cellular functions including adhesion, proliferation and differentiation, most notably for osteogenesis...
January 3, 2018: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330502/targeting-insulin-like-growth-factor-i-and-extracellular-matrix-interactions-in-melanoma-progression
#5
Berline Murekatete, Ali Shokoohmand, Jacqui McGovern, Lipsa Mohanty, Christoph Meinert, Brett G Hollier, Alfred Zippelius, Zee Upton, Abhishek S Kashyap
Insulin-like growth factor (IGF)-I binds to the ECM protein vitronectin (VN) through IGF binding proteins (IGFBPs) to enhance proliferation and migration of skin keratinocytes and fibroblasts. Although evidence exists for the role of individual components of the complex (IGF-I, IGFBP-3 and VN), the cellular functions stimulated by these proteins together as a complex remains un-investigated in melanoma cells. We report here that the IGF-I:IGFBP-3:VN trimeric complex stimulates a dose-dependent increase in the proliferation and migration of WM35 and Sk-MEL28 melanoma cells...
January 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329667/gel-forming-mucin-interactome-drives-mucus-viscoelasticity
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REVIEW
Bastien Demouveaux, Valérie Gouyer, Frédéric Gottrand, Tetsuharu Narita, Jean-Luc Desseyn
Mucus is a hydrogel that constitutes the first innate defense in all mammals. The main organic component of mucus, gel-forming mucins, forms a complex network through both reversible and irreversible interactions that drive mucus gel formation. Significant advances in the understanding of irreversible gel-forming mucins assembly have been made using recombinant protein approaches. However, little is known about the reversible interactions that may finely modulate mucus viscoelasticity, which can be characterized using rheology...
December 28, 2017: Advances in Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326991/a-facile-one-pot-synthesis-of-acrylated-hyaluronic-acid
#7
Sigen A, Qian Xu, Peter McMichael, Yongsheng Gao, Xiaolin Li, Xi Wang, Udo Greiser, Dezhong Zhou, Wenxin Wang
The synthesis of acrylated hyaluronic acid (HA-A) normally requires 2 to 3 steps of modification, needs laborious purification and also increases the risks of HA degradation. Here, we report that the conjugation of acrylate groups to hyaluronic acid can be successfully achieved via a new facile one-pot approach. Two types of new HA-A hydrogels (via chemical or UV crosslinking) were developed and applied for 3D cell encapsulation.
January 12, 2018: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326065/hydrogen-sulfide-supplement-attenuates-the-apoptosis-of-retinal-ganglion-cells-in-experimental-glaucoma
#8
Shouyue Huang, Ping Huang, Zhongjing Lin, Xiaohong Liu, Xing Xu, Lei Guo, Xi Shen, Changwei Li, Yisheng Zhong
Glaucoma is a group of neurodegenerative eye diseases characterized by progressive impairment of visual function due to loss of retinal ganglion cells (RGC). As hydrogen sulfide (H2S) was reported to play a role in the process of glaucomatous neuropathy and improve RGC survival in experimental glaucoma, the authors aimed to investigate the anti-apoptosis effect of H2S supplement in a rat glaucoma model, and further tried to explore the involved factors in the neuroprotection. A chronic ocular hypertension (COH) rat model induced by intracameral injection of cross-linking hydrogel was employed to simulate glaucoma and 288 rats were subjected to experimental procedures in the present study...
January 8, 2018: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325202/interfacial-mineral-fusion-and-tubule-entanglement-as-a-means-to-harden-a-bone-augmentation-material
#9
Erik A B Hughes, Sophie C Cox, Megan E Cooke, Owen G Davies, Richard L Williams, Thomas J Hall, Liam M Grover
A new bone augmenting material is reported, which is formed from calcium-loaded hydrogel-based spheres. On immersion of these spheres in a physiological medium, they become surrounded with a sheath of precipitate, which ruptures due to a build-up in osmotic pressure. This results in the formation of mineral tubes that protrude from the sphere surface. When brought into close contact with one another, these spheres become fused through the entanglement and subsequent interstitial mineralization of the mineral tubules...
January 11, 2018: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317683/polyaniline-cryogels-biocompatibility-of-novel-conducting-macroporous-material
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Petr Humpolíček, Katarzyna Anna Radaszkiewicz, Zdenka Capáková, Jiří Pacherník, Patrycja Bober, Věra Kašpárková, Petra Rejmontová, Marián Lehocký, Petr Ponížil, Jaroslav Stejskal
Polyaniline cryogel is a new unique form of polyaniline combining intrinsic electrical conductivity and the material properties of hydrogels. It is prepared by the polymerization of aniline in frozen poly(vinyl alcohol) solutions. The biocompatibility of macroporous polyaniline cryogel was demonstrated by testing its cytotoxicity on mouse embryonic fibroblasts and via the test of embryotoxicity based on the formation of beating foci within spontaneous differentiating embryonic stem cells. Good biocompatibility was related to low contents of low-molecular-weight impurities in polyaniline cryogel, which was confirmed by liquid chromatography...
January 9, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316144/quantitative-comparison-of-enzyme-immobilization-strategies-for-glucose-biosensing-in-real-time-using-fast-scan-cyclic-voltammetry-coupled-with-carbon-fiber-microelectrodes
#11
Samantha K Smith, Leyda Z Lugo-Morales, Christina Tang, Saahj P Gosrani, Christie A Lee, James G Roberts, Stephen W Morton, Gregory S McCarty, Saad A Khan, Leslie A Sombers
Electrochemical monitoring of non-electroactive species requires a biosensor that is stable and selective, with sensitivity to physiological concentrations of targeted analytes. We have combined glucose oxidase-modified carbon-fiber microelectrodes with fast-scan cyclic voltammetry for real-time measurements of glucose fluctuations in brain tissue. Work presented herein quantitatively compares three approaches to enzyme immobilization on the microelectrode surface - physical adsorption, hydrogel entrapment, and entrapment in electrospun nanofibers...
January 9, 2018: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29311578/promoting-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-driven-biomineralization-and-periodontal-regeneration-in-rats-with-maxillary-molar-defects-using-injectable-bmp-6-hydrogel
#12
Ke-Hung Chien, Yuh-Lih Chang, Mong-Lien Wang, Jen-Hua Chuang, Ya-Chi Yang, Ming-Cheng Tai, Chien-Ying Wang, Yung-Yang Liu, Hsin-Yang Li, Jiang-Torng Chen, Shou-Yen Kao, Hen-Li Chen, Wen-Liang Lo
Periodontal disease may cause considerable destruction of alveolar bone, periodontal ligaments (PDLs) and cementum and even lead to progressive oral dysfunction. Periodontal tissue regeneration is the ultimate goal of periodontal disease treatment to reconstruct both structures and functions. However, the regenerative efficiency is low, possibly due to the lack of a proper periodontal microenvironment. In this study, we applied an injectable and thermosensitive chitosan/gelatin/glycerol phosphate hydrogel to provide a 3D environment for transplanted stem cells and to enhance stem cell delivery and engraftment...
January 8, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310320/in-situ-synthesized-and-embedded-silver-nanoclusters-into-poly-vinyl-alcohol-borax-hydrogel-as-a-novel-dual-mode-on-and-off-fluorescence-sensor-for-fe-iii-and-thiosulfate
#13
Nahid Pourreza, Matineh Ghomi
Herein, a novel method has been developed for in situ synthesis and embedding of silver nanoclusters (AgNCs) into polyvinyl alcohol and borax hydrogel (PBH) without adding any reducing agent. A three-dimensional network of polyvinyl alcohol and borax is formed, and at the same time the silver ions penetrate into the hydrogel, reduced to silver and trapped into the hydrogel bed. The characteristics of this hydrogel nanocomposite were investigated by energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy (TEM)...
March 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29308686/self-double-emulsifying-drug-delivery-system-incorporated-in-natural-hydrogels-a-new-way-for-topical-application-of-vitamin-c
#14
Qiang Wang, Hong Zhang, Juan Huang, Nan Xia, Tong Li, Qiang Xia
This study aimed at the in vitro evaluation of topical hydrogels containing vitamin C-loaded self-double-emulsifying drug delivery system (SDEDDS). The liquid SDEDDS was converted into suitable unmodified xanthan gum hydrogels formulation and the prepared semi-solid hydrogels provided appropriate gel characteristics like pH, viscosity, spreadability, etc. The 5 week storage test displayed that the prepared hydrogels possessed good physicochemical stability. In addition, no significant cytotoxicity to L929 cells was observed for the vitamin C-loaded SDEDDS-based hydrogels, and the prepared hydrogels depicted a sustained drug release over a 8 h period...
January 8, 2018: Journal of Microencapsulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29308249/new-composite-thixotropic-hydrogel-composed-of-a-polymer-hydrogelator-and-a-nanosheet
#15
Yutaka Ohsedo, Masashi Oono, Kowichiro Saruhashi, Hisayuki Watanabe, Nobuyoshi Miyamoto
A composite gel composed of a water-soluble aromatic polyamide hydrogelator and the nanosheet Laponite®, a synthetic layered silicate, was produced and found to exhibit thixotropic behaviour. Whereas the composite gel contains the gelator at the same concentration as the molecular gel made by the gelator only, the composite gel becomes a softer thixotropic gel compared to the molecular gel made by the gelator only. The reason for this could be that bundles of polymer gelator may be loosened and the density of the polymer network increased in the presence of Laponite...
December 2017: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29308095/cationic-disulfide-functionalized-worm-gels
#16
L P D Ratcliffe, K J Bentley, R Wehr, N J Warren, B R Saunders, S P Armes
The recent development of polymerization-induced self-assembly (PISA) has facilitated the rational synthesis of a range of diblock copolymer worms, which hitherto could only be prepared via traditional post-polymerization processing in dilute solution. Herein we explore a new synthetic route to aqueous dispersions of cationic disulfide-functionalized worm gels. This is achieved via the PISA synthesis of poly[(glycerol monomethacrylate-stat-glycidyl methacrylate)]-block-poly(2-hydroxypropyl methacrylate) (P(GMA-stat-GlyMA)-PHPMA) block copolymer worms via reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) aqueous dispersion polymerization of HPMA...
October 14, 2017: Polymer Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29308094/stimulus-responsive-block-copolymer-nano-objects-and-hydrogels-via-dynamic-covalent-chemistry
#17
Renhua Deng, Yin Ning, Elizabeth R Jones, Victoria J Cunningham, Nicholas J W Penfold, Steven P Armes
Herein we demonstrate that dynamic covalent chemistry can be used to induce reversible morphological transitions in block copolymer nano-objects and hydrogels. Poly(glycerol monomethacrylate)-poly(2-hydroxypropyl methacrylate) (PGMA-PHPMA) diblock copolymer nano-objects (vesicles or worms) were prepared via polymerization-induced self-assembly. Addition of 4-carboxyphenylboronic acid (CPBA) leads to the formation of phenylboronate ester bonds with the 1,2-diol pendent groups on the hydrophilic PGMA stabilizer chains; such binding causes a subtle reduction in the packing parameter, which in turn induces either vesicle-to-worm or worm-to-sphere transitions...
September 21, 2017: Polymer Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29304023/insulin-inclusion-into-a-tragacanth-hydrogel-an-oral-delivery-system-for-insulin
#18
Mokhamad Nur, Todor Vasiljevic
Nanoparticles or microparticles created by physical complexation between two polyelectrolytes may have a prospective use as an excipient for oral insulin administration. Natural polymers such as tragacanth, alginate, dextran, pullulan, hyaluronic acid, gelatin and chitosan can be potential candidates for this purpose. In this research, insulin particles were prepared by the inclusion of insulin into a tragacanth hydrogel. The effect of the pH and concentration relationship involving polyelectrolytes offering individual particle size and zeta potential was assessed by zetasizer and scanning electron microscopy (SEM)...
January 5, 2018: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29302630/synthesis-and-characterization-of-thermoresponsive-hydrogels-based-on-n-isopropylacrylamide-crosslinked-with-4-4-dihydroxybiphenyl-diacrylate
#19
Shuo Tang, Martha Floy, Rohit Bhandari, Manjula Sunkara, Andrew J Morris, Thomas D Dziubla, J Zach Hilt
A novel crosslinker [4,4'-dihydroxybiphenyl diacrylate (44BDA)] was developed, and a series of temperature-responsive hydrogels were synthesized through free radical polymerization of N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAAm) with 44BDA. The temperature-responsive behavior of the resulting gels was characterized by swelling studies, and the lower critical solution temperature (LCST) of the hydrogels was characterized through differential scanning calorimetry. Increased content of 44BDA led to a decreased swelling ratio and shifted the LCST to lower temperatures...
December 31, 2017: ACS Omega
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29298406/a-miniature-swine-model-for-stem-cell-based-de-novo-regeneration-of-dental-pulp-and-dentin-like-tissue
#20
Xiaofei Zhu, Jie Liu, Zongdong Yu, Chao-An Chen, Hacer Aksel, Adham A Azim, George T-J Huang
The goal of this study was to establish mini-swine as a large animal model for stem cell-based pulp regeneration studies. Swine dental pulp stem cells (sDPSCs) were isolated from mini-swine and characterized in vitro. For in vivo studies, we first employed both ectopic and semi-orthotopic study models using severe combined immunodeficiency mice. One is hydroxyapatite-tricalcium phosphate (HA/TCP) model for pulp-dentin complex formation, and the other is tooth fragment model for complete pulp regeneration with new dentin depositing along the canal walls...
January 3, 2018: Tissue Engineering. Part C, Methods
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