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Leonardo Miziara Barboza Ferreira, Suzy Sayuri Sassamoto Kurokawa, Jovan Duran Alonso, Douglas Lopes Cassimiro, Ana Luiza Ribeiro de Souza, Mariana Fonseca, Victor Hugo Vitorino Sarmento, Luis Octavio Regasini, Clóvis Augusto Ribeiro
Supra-amphiphiles are a new class of building blocks that are fabricated by means of non-covalent forces. In this work, we studied the formation of supra-amphiphiles by combining hydrophilic meglumine (MEG) with hydrophobic maleated castor oils (MACO). Spectroscopic analysis demonstrated that ionic interactions are the main driving force in the fabrication of these materials. Subsequently, supra-amphiphile/water systems were examined for their structure and water behavior by polarized optical microscopy (POM), small angle x-ray scattering (SAXS), and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC)...
October 26, 2016: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Anders Lundgren, Björn Agnarsson, Ronald Zirbs, Vladimir P Zhdanov, Erik Reimhult, Fredrik Höök
Emerging biomedical applications such as molecular imaging and drug delivery often require directed binding of nanoparticles to cell-membrane receptors. The specific apparent affinity of such ligand-functionalized particles is size-dependent, an observation so far solely attributed to multivalent receptor-ligand interaction. We question the universality of this explanation by demonstrating that the binding kinetics also depends on weak, attractive colloidal-type interaction between nanoparticles and a lipid membrane...
October 26, 2016: ACS Nano
Chuanrui Chen, Emil Karshalev, Jinxing Li, Fernando Soto, Roxanne Castillo, Isaac Campos, Fangzhi Mou, Jianguo Guan, Joseph Wang
Transient self-destroyed micromotors that autonomously disappear in biological media at controlled rates upon completing their task, without leaving a toxic residue, are presented. The propulsion and degradation characteristics of the self-destroyed Mg/ZnO, Mg/Si, Zn/Fe Janus micromotors and single-component Zn micromotors are described. The degradation of the Janus micromotors relies on the different corrosion rates of their core-shell components. Inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICP) measurements are used to probe the time-dependent degradation of the different constituents of the micromotors...
October 26, 2016: ACS Nano
Swarupananda Pradhan
The three axis vector magnetic field measurement based on the interaction of a single elliptically polarized light beam with an atomic system is described. The magnetic field direction dependent atomic responses are extracted by the polarimetric detection in combination with laser frequency modulation and magnetic field modulation techniques. The magnetometer geometry offers additional critical requirements like compact size and large dynamic range for space application. Further, the three axis magnetic field is measured using only the reflected signal (one polarization component) from the polarimeter and thus can be easily expanded to make spatial array of detectors and/or high sensitivity field gradient measurement as required for biomedical application...
September 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
Clara Leigh Feider, Natalia Elizondo, Livia S Eberlin
Ambient ionization mass spectrometry imaging (MSI) has been increasingly used to investigate the molecular distribution of biological tissue samples. Here, we report the integration and optimization of desorption electrospray ionization (DESI) and liquid-microjunction surface sampling probe (LMJ-SSP), and a chip-based high-field asymmetric waveform ion mobility spectrometry (FAIMS) device to image metabolites, lipids, and proteins in biological tissue samples. Optimized FAIMS parameters for specific molecular classes enabled semi-targeted detection of multiply-charged molecular species at enhanced signal-to-noise ratios (S/N), improved visualization of spatial distributions, and most importantly, allowed detection of species which were otherwise unseen by ambient ionization MSI alone...
October 26, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Sepidar Sayyar, Miina Bjorninen, Suvi Haimi, Susanna Miettinen, Kerry Gilmore, Dirk W Grijpma, Gordon G Wallace
Conductive, flexible graphene/poly(trimethylene carbonate)(PTMC) composites (PTMC-CCG) were prepared. Addition of just 3 wt.% graphene to PTMC oligomers functionalized with methacrylate end-groups followed by UV-crosslinking results in more than 100% improvement in tensile strength and enhanced electrical conductivity by orders of magnitude without altering the processability of the host material. The addition of graphene also enhances mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) attachment and proliferation. When electrical stimulation via the composite material is applied, MSC viability is not compromised and osteogenic markers are upregulated...
October 26, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Kathleen Gray, Fernando J Martin-Sanchez, Guillermo H Lopez-Campos, Manal Almalki, Mark Merolli
OBJECTIVES: The availability of internet-connected mobile, wearable and ambient consumer technologies, direct-to-consumer e-services and peer-to-peer social media sites far outstrips evidence about the efficiency, effectiveness and efficacy of using them in healthcare applications. The aim of this paper is to describe one approach to build a program of health informatics research, so as to generate rich and robust evidence about health data and information processing in self-quantification and associated healthcare and health outcomes...
October 26, 2016: Methods of Information in Medicine
Dong Woo Park, Young Bin Ji, Jehwan Hwang, Cheul-Ro Lee, Sang Jun Lee, Jun Oh Kim, Sam Kyu Noh, Seung Jae Oh, Sang-Hoon Kim, Tae-In Jeon, Kwang-Un Jeong, Jin Soo Kim
We report improvement of terahertz (THz) wave radiation for Si-based catalyst-free InAs nanowires (NWs) by simple dipping into tap water (DTW). In addition, the possibility of using InAs NWs as a cost-effective method for biomedical applications is discussed by comparison to bulk InAs. The peak-to-peak current signals (PPCSs) of InAs NWs measured from THz time-domain spectroscopy increased with increasing NW height. For example, the PPCS of 10 μm-long InAs NWs was 2.86 times stronger than that of 2.1 μm-long NWs...
October 26, 2016: Scientific Reports
Sze Ming Fu, Yan Kai Zhong, Ming Hsiang Tu, Bo Ruei Chen, Albert Lin
Broadband perfect metamaterial absorbers have been drawing significant attention in recent years. A close-to-unity absorption over a broad spectral range is established and this facilitates many photonic applications. A more challenging goal is to construct a broadband absorber with a tailored spectral absorption. The spectral absorption control and spectral shaping are very critical in many applications, such as thermal-photovoltaic, thermal emitters, spectrum imaging system, biomedical and extraterrestrial sensing, and refractive index sensor...
October 26, 2016: Scientific Reports
Younes Ellahioui, Sanjiv Prashar, Santiago Gómez-Ruiz
This article reviews the use of silica, alumina and calcium phosphate-based nanostructured materials with biomedical applications. A short introduction on the use of the materials in Science, Nanotechnology and Health is included followed by a revision of each of the selected materials. A description of the principal synthetic methods used in the preparation of the materials in nanostructured form is included. An explanation of the most widely used applications in biomedicine are reviewed including, for example drug-delivery, bone regeneration, imaging, sensoring amongst others...
October 24, 2016: Current Medicinal Chemistry
Mark Steinmann, Manfred Wagner, Frederik R Wurm
Degradable polymers are a currently growing field of research for biomedical and materials science applications. The majority of such compounds are based on polyesters and polyamides. In contrast, their phosphorus-containing counterparts are much less studied, in spite of their potential precise degradation profile and biocompatibility. Herein, the first library of poly(phosphorodiamidate)s (PPDAs) with two P-N bonds forming the polymer backbone and a pendant P-OR group is prepared through acyclic diene metathesis polymerization...
October 26, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
Patcharaporn Tippayawat, Nutthakritta Phromviyo, Parichart Boueroy, Apiwat Chompoosor
BACKGROUND: There is worldwide interest in silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) synthesized by various chemical reactions for use in applications exploiting their antibacterial activity, even though these processes exhibit a broad range of toxicity in vertebrates and invertebrates alike. To avoid the chemical toxicity, biosynthesis (green synthesis) of metal nanoparticles is proposed as a cost-effective and environmental friendly alternative. Aloe vera leaf extract is a medicinal agent with multiple properties including an antibacterial effect...
2016: PeerJ
Daniel Simeon-Dubach, Steffen M Zeisberger, Simon P Hoerstrup
It is estimated that not less than USD 28 billion are spent each year in the USA alone on irreproducible pre-clinical research, which is not only a fundamental loss of investment and resources but also a strong inhibitor of efficiency for upstream processes regarding the translation towards clinical applications and therapies. The issues and cost of irreproducibility has mainly been published on pre-clinical research. In contrast to pre-clinical research, test material is often being transferred into humans in clinical research...
September 2016: Transfusion Medicine and Hemotherapy
Fengbo Zhu, Libo Cheng, Jun Yin, Ziliang Wu, Jin Qian, Jianzhong Fu, Qiang Zheng
Polyion complex (PIC) hydrogels have been proposed as promising engineered soft materials due to their high toughness and good processibility. In this work, we reported manufacturing of complex structures with tough PIC hydrogels based on three-dimensional (3D) printing technology. The strategy relies on the distinct strength of ionic bonding in PIC hydrogels at different stages of printing. In concentrated saline solution, PIC forms viscous solution, which can be directly extruded out of a nozzle into water, where dialyzing out of salt and counterions results in sol-gel transition to form tough physical PIC gel with intricate structures...
October 25, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Seah Ling Kuan, Tao Wang, Tanja Weil
The synthetic transformation of polypeptides with molecular accuracy holds great promise for providing functional and structural diversity beyond the proteome. Consequently, the last decade has seen an exponential growth of site-directed chemistry to install additional features into peptides and proteins even inside living cells. The disulfide rebridging strategy has emerged as a powerful tool for site-selective modifications since most proteins contain disulfide bonds. In this Review, we present the chemical design, advantages and limitations of the disulfide rebridging reagents, while summarizing their relevance for synthetic customization of functional protein bioconjugates, as well as the resultant impact and advancement for biomedical applications...
October 25, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
Ali A Alshatwi, Jegan Athinarayanan, Vaiyapuri Subbarayan Periasamy, Khalid A Alatiah
Nanographene- and graphene-based nanohybrids have garnered attention in the biomedical community owing to their biocompatibility, excellent aqueous processability, ease of cellular uptake, facile surface functionalization, and thermal and electrical conductivities. NiO nanoparticle-graphene nanohybrid (G-NiO) was synthesized by first depositing Ni(OH)2 onto the surface of graphene oxide (GO) sheets. The Ni(OH)2-GO hybrids were then reduced to G-NiO using date palm syrup at 85 °C. The prepared G-NiO nanohybrids were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX)...
October 24, 2016: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Zilong Wu, Glen Kelp, Maruthi Nagavalli Yogeesh, Wei Li, Kyle M McNicholas, Andrew Briggs, Bharath Bangalore Rajeeva, Deji Akinwande, Seth R Bank, Gennady Shvets, Yuebing Zheng
There has been strong interest in developing multi-band plasmonic metasurfaces for multiple optical functions on single platforms. Herein, we developed Au moiré metasurface patches (AMMP), which leverage the tunable multi-band responses of Au moiré metasurfaces and the additional field enhancements of the metal-insulator-metal configuration to achieve dual-band plasmon resonance modes in near-infrared and mid-infrared regimes with high field enhancement. Furthermore, we demonstrate the multifunctional applications of AMMP, including surface-enhanced infrared spectroscopy, optical capture and patterning of bacteria, and photothermal denaturation of proteins...
October 25, 2016: Nanoscale
Guangming Xing, Guo-Qiang Zhang, Licong Cui
BACKGROUND: Redundant hierarchical relations refer to such patterns as two paths from one concept to another, one with length one (direct) and the other with length greater than one (indirect). Each redundant relation represents a possibly unintended defect that needs to be corrected in the ontology quality assurance process. Detecting and eliminating redundant relations would help improve the results of all methods relying on the relevant ontological systems as knowledge source, such as the computation of semantic distance between concepts and for ontology matching and alignment...
2016: BioData Mining
Nial J Wheate, Kristie-Ann Dickson, Ryung Rae Kim, Alireza Nematollahi, René B Macquart, Veysel Kayser, Guocan Yu, W Bret Church, Deborah J Marsh
Pillar[n]arenes are a new family of nanocapsules that have shown application in a number of areas, but because of their poor water solubility their biomedical applications are limited. Recently, a method of synthesizing water-soluble pillar[n]arenes was developed. In this study, carboxylated pillar[n]arenes (WP[n], n = 6 or 7) have been examined for their ability to form host-guest complexes with compounds relevant to drug delivery and biodiagnostic applications. Both pillar[n]arenes form host-guest complexes with memantine, chlorhexidine hydrochloride, and proflavine by (1)H nuclear magnetic resonance and modeling...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Paul S Sheeran, Naomi Matsuura, Mark A Borden, Ross Williams, Terry O Matsunaga, Peter N Burns, Paul A Dayton
Continued advances in the field of ultrasound and ultrasound contrast agents have created new approaches to imaging and medical intervention. Phase-shift perfluorocarbon droplets, which can be vaporized by ultrasound energy to transition from the liquid to the vapor state, are one of the most highly researched alternatives to clinical ultrasound contrast agents (i.e. microbubbles). In this review, part of a special issue on methods in biomedical ultrasonics, we survey current techniques to prepare ultrasound-activated nanoscale phase-shift perfluorocarbon droplets, including sonication, extrusion, homogenization, microfluidics, and microbubble condensation...
October 20, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
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