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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156109/a-microfabricated-96-well-wound-healing-assay
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Shaoliang Luan, Rui Hao, Yuanchen Wei, Deyong Chen, Beiyuan Fan, Fengliang Dong, Wei Guo, Junbo Wang, Jian Chen
This article presents a microfabricated 96-well wound-healing assay enabling high-throughput measurement of cellular migration capabilities. Within each well, the middle area is the wound region, made of microfabricated gold surface with self-assembled PEG repellent for cell seeding. After the formation of a cellular confluent monolayer around the wound region, collagen solution was applied to form three-dimensional matrix to cover the PEG surface, initiating the wound-healing process. By interpreting the numbers of migrated cells into the wound regions as a function of specific stimuli with different concentrations, EC50 (half-maximal effective concentration) was obtained...
November 20, 2017: Cytometry. Part A: the Journal of the International Society for Analytical Cytology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154892/reflection-on-the-role-of-the-spirit-in-finding-meaning-and-healing-as-clincians
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Carolyn Jacobs
Reflections on the Role of the Spirit in Finding Meaning and Healing as Clinicians is based on a presentation for the George Washington Spirituality and Health Summer Institute July 13, 2017. The presentation invited health care professionals to explore contemplative practices as ways to invite the Spirit into strengthening their resilience in caring for themselves and others. As clinicians there is often a longing to be grounded in a regular contemplative practice centering one's inner life and to acknowledge the creative energy of the Spirit in relationships...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147558/discovery-and-design-of-self-assembling-peptides
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REVIEW
Shuguang Zhang
Peptides are ubiquitous in nature and useful in many fields, from agriculture as pesticides, in medicine as antibacterial and antifungal drugs founded in the innate immune systems, to medicinal chemistry as hormones. However, the concept of peptides as materials was not recognized until 1990 when a self-assembling peptide as a repeating segment in a yeast protein was serendipitously discovered. Peptide materials are so called because they have bona fide materials property and are made from simple amino acids with well-ordered nanostructures under physiological conditions...
December 6, 2017: Interface Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147163/self-care-based-treatment-using-ordinary-elastic-bandages-for-venous-leg-ulcers
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Kotaro Suehiro, Noriyasu Morikage, Takasuke Harada, Makoto Samura, Yuriko Takeuchi, Takahiro Mizoguchi, Kimikazu Hamano
Objective: We aimed to study venous leg ulcer (VLU) healing and recurrence rates of VLU using a self-care-based treatment strategy. Methods: The study included 36 patients (43 legs) who visited our clinic between April 2009 and June 2015 because of non-healing VLUs and who had been treated by us for more than a year (until June 2016). Patients or their caregivers were first provided instructions for performing the "no-intentional-stretch" bandaging technique using ordinary elastic bandages. Wounds were cleansed with tepid water daily, and bandages were re-applied by patients or their caregivers; this was continued until VLUs were healed...
September 25, 2017: Annals of Vascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146895/atomic-level-molybdenum-oxide-nanorings-with-full-spectrum-absorption-and-photoresponsive-properties
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Yong Yang, Yang Yang, Shuangming Chen, Qichen Lu, Li Song, Yen Wei, Xun Wang
Superthin nanostructures, particularly with atomic-level thicknesses, typically display unique optical properties because of their exceptional light-matter interactions. Here, we report a facile strategy for the synthesis of sulfur-doped molybdenum oxide nanorings with an atomic-level size (thickness of 0.5 nm) and a tunable ring-in-ring architecture. These atomic-level nanorings displayed strong photo-absorption in both the visible and infrared-light ranges and acted as a photothermal agent. Under irradiation with an 808 nm laser with an intensity of 1 W/cm(2), a composite of the nanorings embedded in polydimethylsiloxane showed an ultrafast photothermal effect, delivering a local temperature of up to 400 °C within 20 s, which to the best of our knowledge is the highest temperature by light irradiation reported to date...
November 16, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145397/post-kala-azar-dermal-leishmaniasis-in-the-indian-subcontinent-a-threat-to-the-south-east-asia-region-kala-azar-elimination-programme
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Eduard E Zijlstra, Fabiana Alves, Suman Rijal, Byron Arana, Jorge Alvar
BACKGROUND: The South-East Asia Region Kala-azar Elimination Programme (KAEP) is expected to enter the consolidation phase in 2017, which focuses on case detection, vector control, and identifying potential sources of infection. Post-kala-azar dermal leishmaniasis (PKDL) is thought to play a role in the recurrence of visceral leishmaniasis (VL)/kala-azar outbreaks, and control of PKDL is among the priorities of the KAEP. METHODOLOGY AND PRINCIPAL FINDING: We reviewed the literature with regard to PKDL in Asia and interpreted the findings in relation to current intervention methods in the KAEP in order to make recommendations...
November 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142785/role-of-cord-blood-and-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cells-in-recent-deep-burn-a-case-control-prospective-study
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Wael Abo-Elkheir, Fawzy Hamza, Ahmed M Elmofty, Atef Emam, Magdy Abdl-Moktader, Sameh Elsherefy, Hala Gabr
RATIONALE: Burn injuries represent one of the major worldwide public health problems causing more severe physiological stress than other traumas. Effective treatment of burn injuries is mandatory to prevent the numerous life-threatening complications and possible disabilities. Stem cells, a population of multipotent cells retaining the properties of self-renewal and differentiation, are the main player in tissue regeneration after major trauma. Thus, they are thought to play a key role in wound healing inducing efficient and physiological skin regeneration...
2017: American Journal of Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142312/understanding-the-anticorrosive-protective-mechanisms-of-modified-epoxy-coatings-with-improved-barrier-active-and-self-healing-functionalities-eis-and-spectroscopic-techniques
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Demian I Njoku, Miaomiao Cui, Haigang Xiao, Baihui Shang, Ying Li
The present investigation adopted long-term in-situ electrochemical and spectroscopic approaches to study the combined active, self-healing and passive protective mechanisms of a new class of innovative anti-corrosive coatings based on epoxy doped with clay nanotubes impregnated with active species for the protection of carbon steel in 3.5% NaCl solution. The suitability of the as-received clay nanotubes to encapsulate the active agents was confirmed by different spectroscopic measurements. Tube end stopper with Ferric ion and polymer encapsulation with chitosan cross-linked with glutaraldehyde were adopted to tunnel the release of the active agents loaded into the nanotubes...
November 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138908/amine-modified-magnetic-iron-oxide-nanoparticle-as-a-promising-carrier-for-application-in-bio-self-healing-concrete
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Mostafa Seifan, Alireza Ebrahiminezhad, Younes Ghasemi, Ali Khajeh Samani, Aydin Berenjian
Self-healing mechanisms are a promising solution to address the concrete cracking issue. Among the investigated self-healing strategies, the biotechnological approach is distinguished itself by inducing the most compatible material with concrete composition. In this method, the potent bacteria and nutrients are incorporated into the concrete matrix. Once cracking occurs, the bacteria will be activated, and the induced CaCO3 crystals will seal the concrete cracks. However, the effectiveness of a bio self-healing concrete strictly depends on the viability of bacteria...
November 14, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138312/correlating-cell-shape-and-cellular-stress-in-motile-confluent-tissues
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Xingbo Yang, Dapeng Bi, Michael Czajkowski, Matthias Merkel, M Lisa Manning, M Cristina Marchetti
Collective cell migration is a highly regulated process involved in wound healing, cancer metastasis, and morphogenesis. Mechanical interactions among cells provide an important regulatory mechanism to coordinate such collective motion. Using a self-propelled Voronoi (SPV) model that links cell mechanics to cell shape and cell motility, we formulate a generalized mechanical inference method to obtain the spatiotemporal distribution of cellular stresses from measured traction forces in motile tissues and show that such traction-based stresses match those calculated from instantaneous cell shapes...
November 14, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138264/comprehensive-investigation-of-cytokine-and-immune-related-gene-variants-in-hbv-associated-hepatocellular-carcinoma-patients
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Fengxue Yu, Xiaolin Zhang, Suzhai Tian, Lianxia Geng, Weili Xu, Ning Ma, Mingbang Wang, Yuan Jia, Xuechen Liu, Junji Ma, Yuan Quan, Chaojun Zhang, Lina Guo, Wenting An, Dianwu Liu
Background & Aims: Host genotype may be closely related to the different outcomes of Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. To identify the association of variants and HBV infection, we comprehensively investigated the cytokine and immune related gene mutations in patients with HBV associated hepatocellular carcinoma (HBV-HCC). Methods: Fifty-three HBV-HCC patients, 53 self-healing cases (SH) with HBV infection history and 53 healthy controls (HC) were recruited, the whole exon region of 404 genes were sequenced at > 900x depth...
November 14, 2017: Bioscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137495/development-of-chondrocyte-seeded-electrosprayed-nanoparticles-for-repair-of-articular-cartilage-defects-in-rabbits
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Shan-Wei Yang, Kai-Chi Ku, Shu-Ying Chen, Shyh-Ming Kuo, I-Fen Chen, Ting-Yi Wang, Shwu-Jen Chang
Due to limited self-healing capacity in cartilages, there is a rising demand for an innovative therapy that promotes chondrocyte proliferation while maintaining its biofunctionality for transplantation. Chondrocyte transplantation has received notable attention; however, the tendencies of cell de-differentiation and de-activation of biofunctionality have been major hurdles in its development, delaying this therapy from reaching the clinic. We believe it is due to the non-stimulative environment in the injured cartilage, which is unable to provide sustainable physical and biological supports to the newly grafted chondrocytes...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Biomaterials Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136009/early-resumption-of-sexual-activity-following-voluntary-medical-male-circumcision-in-botswana-a-qualitative-study
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Jenny H Ledikwe, Nankie M Ramabu, Lisa P Spees, Scott Barnhart, Conrad Ntsuape, Bazghina-Werq Semo, Kathleen E Wirth
Unprotected sexual intercourse after undergoing voluntary medical male circumcision but prior to complete wound healing can lead to major adverse events including HIV acquisition. To better understand perceptions related to early resumption of sex prior to wound healing, 27 focus group discussions were conducted among 238 adult men, women, and community leaders in Botswana. Median age among all participants was 31 years of whom 60% were male and 51% were either employed and receiving salary or self-employed...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134859/an-injectable-and-self-healing-hydrogel-for-spatiotemporal-protein-release-via-fragmentation-after-passing-through-needles
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Ik Sung Cho, Tooru Ooya
A dynamic hydrogel formulated by mixing a glycol chitosan (GC) and an oxidized dextran (Odex) were studied for protein-controlled release in conjunction with the hydrogel fragmentation. A series of injectable dynamic hydrogels were derived from GC and Odex upon simple mixing without the addition of chemical crosslinking agents. The gelation readily took place at physiological pH and temperature. The influence of the concentration of GC and Odex on the gelation time, mechanical properties, water content, in vitro degradation were investigated...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Biomaterials Science. Polymer Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131641/qcm-d-investigation-of-swelling-behavior-of-layer-by-layer-thin-films-upon-exposure-to-monovalent-ions
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Joshua T O'Neal, Ethan Y Dai, Yanpu Zhang, Kyle B Clark, Kathryn G Wilcox, Ian M George, Nandha E Ramasamy, Daisy Enriquez, Piotr Batys, Maria Sammalkorpi, Jodie L Lutkenhaus
Polyelectrolyte multilayers and layer-by-layer assemblies are susceptible to structural changes in response to ionic environment. By altering the salt type and ionic strength, structural changes can be induced by disruption of intrinsically bound ion pairs within the multilayer network via electrostatic screening. Notably, high salt concentrations have been used for the purposes of salt-annealing and self-healing of LbL assemblies with KBr, in particular, yielding a remarkably rapid response. However, to date, the structural and swelling effects of various monovalent ion species on the behavior of LbL assemblies remain unclear, including a quantitative view of ion content in the LbL assembly and thickness changes over a wide concentration window...
November 13, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131415/superior-toughness-and-fast-self-healing-at-room-temperature-engineered-by-transparent-elastomers
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Seon-Mi Kim, Hyeonyeol Jeon, Sung-Ho Shin, Seul-A Park, Jonggeon Jegal, Sung Yeon Hwang, Dongyeop X Oh, Jeyoung Park
The most important properties of self-healing polymers are efficient recovery at room temperature and prolonged durability. However, these two characteristics are contradictory, making it difficult to optimize them simultaneously. Herein, a transparent and easily processable thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) with the highest reported tensile strength and toughness (6.8 MPa and 26.9 MJ m(-3) , respectively) is prepared. This TPU is superior to reported contemporary room-temperature self-healable materials and conveniently heals within 2 h through facile aromatic disulfide metathesis engineered by hard segment embedded aromatic disulfides...
November 13, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130095/an-efficient-supramolecular-adsorbent-for-co-adsorption-of-dyes-and-metal-ions-from-wastewater-and-its-application-in-self-healing-materials
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Liwei Yan, Mingqian Lv, Chunjiao Su, Leihao Zheng, Jialing Li, Zhongbin Ye
Herein, a novel type of two-component supramolecular adsorbent, 2-OA, was developed based on non-covalent interactions using tetrazolyl derivative with octadecylamine (OA) and fully characterized using a number of structural and spectral techniques. The self-assembled 2-OA gels displayed remarkable stimuli-responsiveness as well as shape-persistent and self-healing properties. In addition, it was found that the adsorbent 2-OA was able to remove dyes (10 kinds of cationic and anionic dyes) and metal ions (Cu(2+) and Fe(2+)) simultaneously from wastewater owing to synergistic electrostatic attraction, hydrogen-bonding, and hydrophobic and coordination interactions...
November 13, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129524/urban-flood-mitigation-planning-for-guwahati-a-case-of-bharalu-basin
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Tanaya Sarmah, Sutapa Das
Guwahati, the capital city of Assam and the gateway to the seven north-eastern Indian states, is located in the Brahmaputra valley-one of the most flood prone regions of the world. The city receives an average annual rainfall of 1688 mm and is highly vulnerable towards frequent urban floods because of uncontrolled dumping of solid waste and siltation have choked the natural water channels. This coupled with the absence of an integrated drainage network and rapid urbanisation causes floods in many parts of the city, after a quick downpour...
November 10, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128761/inborn-errors-of-immunity-underlying-fungal-diseases-in-otherwise-healthy-individuals
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REVIEW
Juan Li, Donald C Vinh, Jean-Laurent Casanova, Anne Puel
It has been estimated that there are at least 1.5 million fungal species, mostly present in the environment, but only a few of these fungi cause human disease. Most fungal diseases are self-healing and benign, but some are chronic or life-threatening. Acquired and inherited defects of immunity, including breaches of mucocutaneous barriers and circulating leukocyte deficiencies, account for most severe modern-day mycoses. Other types of infection typically accompany these fungal infections. More rarely, severe fungal diseases can strike otherwise healthy individuals...
November 9, 2017: Current Opinion in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128532/laponite-nanoparticle-associated-silated-hydroxypropylmethyl-cellulose-as-an-injectable-reinforced-interpenetrating-network-hydrogel-for-cartilage-tissue-engineering
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Cécile Boyer, Lara Figueiredo, Richard Pace, Julie Lesoeur, Thierry Rouillon, Catherine Le Visage, Jean-François Tassin, Pierre Weiss, Jérôme Guicheux, Gildas Rethore
Articular cartilage is a connective tissue which does not spontaneously heal. To address this issue, biomaterial-assisted cell therapy has been researched with promising advances. The lack of strong mechanical properties is still a concern despite significant progress in three-dimensional scaffolds. This article's objective was to develop a composite hydrogel using a small amount of nano-reinforcement clay known as laponites. These laponites were capable of self-setting within the gel structure of the silated hydroxylpropylmethyl cellulose (Si-HPMC) hydrogel...
November 8, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
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