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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454482/effects-of-environmental-factors-and-metallic-electrodes-on-ac-electrical-conduction-through-dna-molecule
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S Abdalla, A Obaid, F M Al-Marzouki
BACKGROUND: Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is one of the best candidate materials for various device applications such as in electrodes for rechargeable batteries, biosensors, molecular electronics, medical- and biomedical-applications etc. Hence, it is worthwhile to examine the mechanism of charge transport in the DNA molecule, however, still a question without a clear answer is DNA a molecular conducting material (wire), semiconductor, or insulator? The answer, after the published data, is still ambiguous without any confirmed and clear scientific answer...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454166/fabrication-of-multipoint-side-firing-optical-fiber-by-laser-micro-ablation
#2
Hoang Nguyen, Md Masud Parvez Arnob, Aaron T Becker, John C Wolfe, Matthew K Hogan, Philip J Horner, Wei-Chuan Shih
A multipoint, side-firing design enables an optical fiber to output light at multiple desired locations along the fiber body. This provides advantages over traditional end-to-end fibers, especially in applications requiring fiber bundles such as brain stimulation or remote sensing. This Letter demonstrates that continuous wave (CW) laser micro-ablation can controllably create conical-shaped cavities, or side windows, for outputting light. The dimensions of these cavities determine the amount of firing light and their firing angle...
May 1, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453907/aggregation-behaviour-of-non-ionic-twinned-amphiphiles-and-their-application-as-biomedical-nanocarriers
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Abhishek K Singh, Bala N S Thota, Boris Schade, Katharina Achazi, Abdullah Khan, Christoph Böttcher, Sunil K Sharma, Rainer Haag
A new class of twinned amphiphiles was developed by conjugating a pair of hydrophilic head groups from mPEG chains (Mn: 350 or 1000) and a pair of hydrophobic segments from linear alkyl chains (C11 or C18) through a novel spacer synthesized from glycerol and p-hydroxybenzoic acid. The aggregation phenomena of the amphiphiles were proven by DLS and fluorescence experiments, whereas size and morphology of the aggregates were evaluated by cryo-TEM, the measurements proved the formation of globular, thread-like or rod-like micelles as well as planar double-layer assemblies, depending on the amphiphile's molecular structure...
April 28, 2017: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449541/nanoscale-observation-of-dehydration-process-in-phema-hydrogel-structure
#4
Kordian Chamerski, Witold Korzekwa, Jacek Filipecki, Olha Shpotyuk, Marcin Stopa, Piotr Jeleń, Maciej Sitarz
One of the most important field of interest in respect to hydrogel materials is their capability to water storage. The problem mentioned above plays an important role regarding to diffusion of fluid media containing nanoparticles, what is very useful in biomedical applications, such as artificial polymeric implants, drug delivery systems or tissue engineering.In presented work, dehydration process in hydrogels used in ophthalmology as intraocular lenses was observed. Before measurements studied materials were immersed in deionized water and saline solution to obtain equilibrium swelling state...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449074/fireprot-web-server-for-automated-design-of-thermostable-proteins
#5
Milos Musil, Jan Stourac, Jaroslav Bendl, Jan Brezovsky, Zbynek Prokop, Jaroslav Zendulka, Tomas Martinek, David Bednar, Jiri Damborsky
There is a continuous interest in increasing proteins stability to enhance their usability in numerous biomedical and biotechnological applications. A number of in silico tools for the prediction of the effect of mutations on protein stability have been developed recently. However, only single-point mutations with a small effect on protein stability are typically predicted with the existing tools and have to be followed by laborious protein expression, purification, and characterization. Here, we present FireProt, a web server for the automated design of multiple-point thermostable mutant proteins that combines structural and evolutionary information in its calculation core...
April 26, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448835/continuous-production-of-polymer-nanoparticles-using-a-membrane-based-flow-cell
#6
Zhengnan Yang, Dona Foster, Ali Dhinojwala
We demonstrate the surfactant-free production of polymer nanoparticles using a continuous membrane-based tangential flow cell. Co-current streams of water and polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA)/acetone/water solution were separated by a porous regenerated cellulose (RC) membrane. The water concentration in the PMMA solution was adjusted so that as additional water diffused through the RC membrane, the PMMA solution composition crossed the two phase boundary to precipitate PMMA nanoparticles. The size of these nanoparticles varied with the concentration of the PMMA feed and the amount of water diffusing across the membrane...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448117/eliminating-the-animal-species-constraints-in-antibody-selection-for-multicolor-immunoassays
#7
Yao Sun, Xiaohu Gao
Molecular profiling on the single-cell level helps unveil the mystery of gene expression patterns in individual cells at subcellular resolution, enabling discovery of small but meaningful variations that are often overlooked at the population level. Similar to other immunoassays, the most common and economical protocols are developed by combining primary antibodies (1'Abs) and fluorophore-labeled secondary antibodies (2'Abs). The selection of 1' and 2' Abs, however, has been limited by the availability of animal species, consequently resulting in low multiplexing capability...
April 27, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447989/fabrication-of-extracellular-matrix-derived-foams-and-microcarriers-as-tissue-specific-cell-culture-and-delivery-platforms
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Anna Kornmuller, Cody F C Brown, Claire Yu, Lauren E Flynn
Cell function is mediated by interactions with the extracellular matrix (ECM), which has complex tissue-specific composition and architecture. The focus of this article is on the methods for fabricating ECM-derived porous foams and microcarriers for use as biologically-relevant substrates in advanced 3D in vitro cell culture models or as pro-regenerative scaffolds and cell delivery systems for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Using decellularized tissues or purified insoluble collagen as a starting material, the techniques can be applied to synthesize a broad array of tissue-specific bioscaffolds with customizable geometries...
April 11, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446765/three-dimensional-modeling-of-single-stranded-dna-hairpins-for-aptamer-based-biosensors
#9
Iman Jeddi, Leonor Saiz
Aptamers consist of short oligonucleotides that bind specific targets. They provide advantages over antibodies, including robustness, low cost, and reusability. Their chemical structure allows the insertion of reporter molecules and surface-binding agents in specific locations, which have been recently exploited for the development of aptamer-based biosensors and direct detection strategies. Mainstream use of these devices, however, still requires significant improvements in optimization for consistency and reproducibility...
April 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446009/applications-of-microfluidic-devices-for-urology
#10
REVIEW
Se Jik Han, Hun-Kuk Park, Kyung Sook Kim
Microfluidics is considered an important technology that is suitable for numerous biomedical applications, including cancer diagnosis, metastasis, drug delivery, and tissue engineering. Although microfluidics is still considered to be a new approach in urological research, several pioneering studies have been reported in recent years. In this paper, we reviewed urological research works using microfluidic devices. Microfluidic devices were used for the detection of prostate and bladder cancer and the characterization of cancer microenvironments...
April 2017: International Neurourology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445804/nanoencapsulation-of-individual-mammalian-cells-with-cytoprotective-polymer-shell
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Jianmin Yang, Jingchao Li, Xiaomeng Li, Xinlong Wang, Yingjun Yang, Naoki Kawazoe, Guoping Chen
Nanoencapsulation of individual mammalian cells has great potential in biomedical, biotechnological and bioelectronic applications. However, existing techniques for cell nanoencapsulation generally yield short sustaining period and loose structure of encapsulation shell, which fails to meet the long-term cytoprotection and immunosuppression requirements. Here, we report a mild method to realize the nanoencapsulation of individual mammalian cells by layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly of gelatin inner layer and cross-linking of poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) outer layer through thiol-click chemistry...
April 18, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445606/structural-and-biological-properties-of-thermosensitive-chitosan-graphene-hybrid-hydrogels-for-sustained-drug-delivery-applications
#12
Leyla Saeednia, Li Yao, Marcus Berndt, Kim Cluff, Ramazan Asmatulu
Chitosan has the ability to make injectable thermosensitive hydrogels which has been highly investigated for drug delivery applications. The addition of nanoparticles is one way to increase the mechanical strength of thermosensitive chitosan hydrogel and subsequently and control the burst release of drug. Graphene nanoparticles have shown unique mechanical, optical and electrical properties which can be exploited for biomedical applications, especially in drug delivery. This study, have focused on the mechanical properties of a thermosensitive and injectable hybrid chitosan hydrogel incorporated with graphene nanoparticles...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445488/a-versatile-method-for-dynamically-controlled-patterning-of-small-populations-of-epithelial-cells-on-substrates-via-non-contact-piezoelectric-inkjet-printing
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Kristen B Lee, Laimonas Kelbauskas, Alan Brunner, Deirdre R Meldrum
Intercellular interactions play a central role at the tissue and whole organism level modulating key cellular functions in normal and disease states. Studies of cell-cell communications are challenging due to ensemble averaging effects brought about by intrinsic heterogeneity in cellular function which requires such studies to be conducted with small populations of cells. Most of the current methods for producing and studying such small cell populations are complex to implement and require skilled personnel limiting their widespread utility in biomedical research labs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444193/quantitative-assessment-of-timing-efficiency-specificity-and-genetic-mosaicism-of-crispr-cas9-mediated-gene-editing-of-hemoglobin-beta-gene-in-rhesus-monkey-embryos
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Uros Midic, Pei-Hsuan Hung, Kailey A Vincent, Benjamin Goheen, Patrick G Schupp, Diane D Chen, Daniel E Bauer, Catherine A VandeVoort, Keith E Latham
Gene editing technologies offer new options for developing novel biomedical research models and for gene and stem cell based therapies. However, applications in many species demand high efficiencies, specificity, and a thorough understanding of likely editing outcomes. To date, overall efficiencies, rates of off-targeting, and degree of genetic mosaicism have not been well-characterized for most species, limiting our ability to optimize methods. As a model gene for measuring these parameters of CRISPR/Cas9 application in a primate species (rhesus monkey), we selected the β-hemoglobin gene (HBB), which also has high relevance to potential application of gene editing and stem-cell technologies for treating human disease...
April 21, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443929/construction-of-protein-assemblies-by-host-guest-interactions-with-cucurbiturils
#15
REVIEW
Chunxi Hou, Zupeng Huang, Yu Fang, Junqiu Liu
Protein assemblies are extremely interesting in chemistry and supramolecular chemistry. How to design protein assemblies with dimensional structures is important for applications. To address this challenge, cucurbituril (CB[n]s)-based strategies have been explored owing to their high affinity toward small peptide motifs, organic cations and amines. By incorporation of a small molecule guest and a peptide motif guest into N-terminals of oligomeric proteins, CB[n]s could recognize and bind to the N-terminal guests, leading to dimensional protein assemblies...
April 26, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443186/general-guidelines-for-biomedical-software-development
#16
REVIEW
Luis Bastiao Silva, Rafael C Jimenez, Niklas Blomberg, José Luis Oliveira
Most bioinformatics tools available today were not written by professional software developers, but by people that wanted to solve their own problems, using computational solutions and spending the minimum time and effort possible, since these were just the means to an end. Consequently, a vast number of software applications are currently available, hindering the task of identifying the utility and quality of each. At the same time, this situation has hindered regular adoption of these tools in clinical practice...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443132/disease-resistance-and-the-definition-of-genetic-enhancement
#17
Derek So, Erika Kleiderman, Seydina B Touré, Yann Joly
Recent gene editing experiments carried out in human embryos have raised the question of whether interventions like the introduction of a CCR5-Δ32 deletion, which could provide heritable resistance to HIV infection, ought to be considered enhancements. Many authors have used the term "enhancement" in different ways, some based on patients' biomedical outcomes and others on their social context. These classifications are often considered overly imprecise. Nevertheless, the concept of "enhancement" could affect the ways in which these applications are regulated in different jurisdictions, the availability of coverage by insurers or public health care, and the force of public opinion in shaping future policy on gene editing...
2017: Frontiers in Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442904/anti-fgfr1-aptamer-tagged-superparamagnetic-conjugates-for-anticancer-hyperthermia-therapy
#18
Przemysław M Jurek, Konrad Zabłocki, Urszula Waśko, Maciej P Mazurek, Jacek Otlewski, Filip Jeleń
Compounds that recognize and strongly bind to molecular targets are one of the cornerstones of modern pharmaceutics. Work has been ongoing for the past 25 years on the therapeutic use of aptamers, nucleic acid molecules, whose three-dimensional structure is the result of interactions between complementary base pairs. The aptamers selection methods allow the oligonucleotides which bind the molecular target in its native environment to be quickly isolated from a large library of random oligonucleotides. The possibilities presented for aptamers in the field of targeted therapy require the application of effective carriers to counter the renal clearance effect and/or functional cargo to exert therapeutic action if the aptamer is only used as a targeting moiety...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442744/biomimetic-antimicrobial-cloak-by-graphene-oxide-agar-hydrogel
#19
Massimiliano Papi, Valentina Palmieri, Francesca Bugli, Marco De Spirito, Maurizio Sanguinetti, Carlotta Ciancico, Maria Chiara Braidotti, Silvia Gentilini, Luca Angelani, Claudio Conti
Antibacterial surfaces have an enormous economic and social impact on the worldwide technological fight against diseases. However, bacteria develop resistance and coatings are often not uniform and not stable in time. The challenge is finding an antibacterial coating that is biocompatible, cost-effective, not toxic, and spreadable over large and irregular surfaces. Here we demonstrate an antibacterial cloak by laser printing of graphene oxide hydrogels mimicking the Cancer Pagurus carapace. We observe up to 90% reduction of bacteria cells...
December 5, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441616/core-shell-hierarchical-mesostructured-silica-nanoparticles-for-gene-chemo-synergetic-stepwise-therapy-of-multidrug-resistant-cancer
#20
Lijun Sun, Dangge Wang, Yu Chen, Liying Wang, Ping Huang, Yaping Li, Ziwei Liu, Heliang Yao, Jianlin Shi
The design and synthesis of hierarchically nanoporous structures for the co-encapsulation and sequential releases of different cargos are still great challenges in biomedical applications. In this work, we report on the elaborate design and controlled synthesis of a unique core-shell hierarchical mesoporous silica/organosilica nanosystem, in which there are large and small mesopores separately present in the shell and core, facilitating the independent encapsulations of large (siRNA) and small (doxorubicin) molecules, respectively...
April 18, 2017: Biomaterials
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