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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532144/physically-targeted-intravenous-polyurethane-nanoparticles-for-controlled-release-of-atorvastatin-calcium
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Behnaz Sadat Eftekhari, Akbar Karkhaneh, Ali Alizadeh
Background: Intravenous drug delivery is an advantageous choice for rapid administration, immediate drug effect, and avoidance of first-pass metabolism in oral drug delivery. In this study, the synthesis, formulation, and characterization of atorvastatin-loaded polyurethane (PU) nanoparticles were investigated for intravenous route of administration. Methods: First, PU was synthesized and characterized. Second, nanoparticles were prepared in four different ratios of drug to polymer through two different techniques including emulsion-diffusion and single-emulsion...
May 23, 2017: Iranian Biomedical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532131/investigation-into-the-anomalous-temperature-characteristics-of-ingan-double-quantum-well-blue-laser-diodes-using-numerical-simulation
#2
Han-Youl Ryu
GaN-based blue laser diodes (LDs) may exhibit anomalous temperature characteristics such as a very high characteristic temperature (T 0) or even negative T 0. In this work, temperature-dependent characteristics of GaN-based blue LDs with InGaN double quantum well (QW) structures were investigated using numerical simulations. The temperature-dependent threshold current is found to become increasingly anomalous as the thickness or doping concentration of the barrier layer between QWs increases. For a properly chosen barrier thickness and doping concentration, very high T 0 of >10,000 K can be obtained...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532128/band-offset-measurements-in-atomic-layer-deposited-al2o3-zn0-8al0-2o-heterojunction-studied-by-x-ray-photoelectron-spectroscopy
#3
Baojun Yan, Shulin Liu, Yuekun Heng, Yuzhen Yang, Yang Yu, Kaile Wen
Pure aluminum oxide (Al2O3) and zinc aluminum oxide (Zn x Al1-x O) thin films were deposited by atomic layer deposition (ALD). The microstructure and optical band gaps (E g ) of the Zn x Al1-x O (0.2 ≤ x ≤ 1) films were studied by X-ray diffractometer and Tauc method. The band offsets and alignment of atomic-layer-deposited Al2O3/Zn0.8Al0.2O heterojunction were investigated in detail using charge-corrected X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. In this work, different methodologies were adopted to recover the actual position of the core levels in insulator materials which were easily affected by differential charging phenomena...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532127/investigation-of-free-standing-plasmonic-mesoporous-ag-cmk-8-nafion-composite-membrane-for-the-removal-of-organic-pollutants-with-254-nm-uv-irradiation
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Chuan Ming Tseng, Hsin Liang Chen, Sz Nian Lai, Ming Shiung Chen, Chien Jung Peng, Chia Jui Li, Wei Hsuan Hung
"Carbon-based material" has demonstrated a great potential on water purification due to its strong physical adsorption to organic pollutants in the water. Three-dimensional cubic ordered mesoporous carbon (CMK-8), one of the well-known ordered mesoporous carbons, was prepared by using nanocasting method with mesoporous silica (KIT-6) as the template. In this study, CMK-8 blended with Nafion polymer to form a free-standing mesoporous CMK-8-Nafion composite membrane. The synthesis of high crystallinity CMK-8 was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM)...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532124/side-flow-effect-on-surface-generation-in-nano-cutting
#5
Feifei Xu, Fengzhou Fang, Xiaodong Zhang
The side flow of material in nano cutting is one of the most important factors that deteriorate the machined surface quality. The effects of the crystallographic orientation, feed, and the cutting tool geometry, including tool edge radius, rake angle and inclination angle, on the side flow are investigated employing molecular dynamics simulation. The results show that the stagnation region is formed in front of tool edge and it is characterized by the stagnation radius R s and stagnation height h s . The side flow is formed because the material at or under the stagnation region is extruded by the tool edge to flow to the side of the tool edge...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532123/origin-of-dislocation-luminescence-centers-and-their-reorganization-in-p-type-silicon-crystal-subjected-to-plastic-deformation-and-high-temperature-annealing
#6
Bohdan Pavlyk, Markiyan Kushlyk, Dmytro Slobodzyan
Changes of the defect structure of silicon p-type crystal surface layer under the influence of plastic deformation and high temperature annealing in oxygen atmosphere were investigated by deep-level capacitance-modulation spectroscopy (DLCMS) and IR spectroscopy of molecules and atom vibrational levels. Special role of dislocations in the surface layer of silicon during the formation of its energy spectrum and rebuilding the defective structure was established. It is shown that the concentration of linear defects (N ≥ 10(4) cm(-2)) enriches surface layer with electrically active complexes (dislocation-oxygen, dislocation-vacancy, and dislocation-interstitial atoms of silicon) which are an effective radiative recombination centers...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532121/antimicrobial-activity-of-puffball-bovistella-radicata-and-separation-of-bioactive-compounds
#7
Yong Ye, Kun Liu, Qinghua Zeng, Qingmei Zeng
BACKGROUND: To test the antimicrobial activity of different extracts and fermentation broth from puffball(Bovistella radicata), the different extracts and fermentation broth of puffball were prepared, the active fraction was investigated by UPLC-UV-MS and semi-preparative chromatograph. RESULTS: Through zones of inhibition (ZOI) and minimum inhibitory concentrations (MIC) tests, the supernatant of fermentation possessed best antimicrobial activity in all extracts whose MIC value is 31...
December 2017: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532120/ultra-small-silver-nanoparticles-induced-ros-activated-toll-pathway-against-staphylococcus-aureus-disease-in-silkworm-model
#8
Pala Rajasekharreddy, Pathipati Usha Rani, Saidulu Mattapally, Sanjay Kumar Banerjee
The present study investigated the therapeutic action of flavonoids loaded silver nanoparticles (FLV-Ag NPs) on a silkworm, Bombyx mori L., larvae infected by the S. aureus, where an in vivo model system was used. FLV-Ag NPs were synthesized using a Ricinus communis L. leaf extracted flavonoid mixture in various concentrations. The reduction reaction was performed under a simple sunlight exposure condition. In the reduction process, quercetin and kaempferol loadings were also found. They were confirmed by UV-visible, TEM, XRD, XPS, DLS and FTIR spectroscopic techniques...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532113/nanofibers-of-human-tropoelastin-inspired-peptides-structural-characterization-and-biological-properties
#9
Valeria Secchi, Stefano Franchi, Marco Fioramonti, Giovanni Polzonetti, Giovanna Iucci, Brigida Bochicchio, Chiara Battocchio
Regenerative medicine is taking great advantage from the use of biomaterials in the treatments of a wide range of diseases and injuries. Among other biomaterials, self-assembling peptides are appealing systems due to their ability to spontaneously form nanostructured hydrogels that can be directly injected into lesions. Indeed, self-assembling peptide scaffolds are expected to behave as biomimetic matrices able to surround cells, to promote specific interactions, and to control and modify cell behavior by mimicking the native environment as well...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532111/surface-biofunctionalization-of-three-dimensional-porous-poly-lactic-acid-scaffold-using-chitosan-ogp-coating-for-bone-tissue-engineering
#10
Sen Zeng, Jianhua Ye, Zhixiang Cui, Junhui Si, Qianting Wang, Xiaofeng Wang, Kaiping Peng, Wenzhe Chen
As one of the stimulators on bone formation, osteogenic growth peptide (OGP) improves both proliferation and differentiation of the bone cells in vitro and in vivo. The aim of this work was the preparation of three dimensional porous poly(lactic acid) (PLA) scaffold with high porosity from PLA-dioxane-water ternary system with the use of vacuum-assisted solvent casting, phase separation, solvent extraction and particle leaching methods. Then, by surface coating of PLA scaffold with chitosan (CS)/OGP solution, biofunctionalization of PLA scaffold had been completed for application in bone regeneration...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532101/sonochemical-synthesis-of-fructose-1-6-bisphosphate-dicalcium-porous-microspheres-and-their-application-in-promotion-of-osteogenic-differentiation
#11
Chao Qi, Ding Zhou, Ying-Jie Zhu, Tuan-Wei Sun, Feng Chen, Chang-Qing Zhang
Human bone mesenchymal stem cells (hBMSCs) have the ability to differentiate into bone and cartilage for clinical bone regeneration. Biomaterials with an innate ability to stimulate osteogenic differentiation of hBMSCs into bone and cartilage are considered attractive candidates for the applications in bone tissue engineering and regeneration. In this paper, we synthesized fructose 1,6-bisphosphate dicalcium (Ca2FBP) porous microspheres by the sonochemical method, and investigated the ability of Ca2FBP for the promotion of the osteogenic differentiation of hBMSCs...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532100/the-controlled-drug-release-by-ph-sensitive-molecularly-imprinted-nanospheres-for-enhanced-antibacterial-activity
#12
Congyang Mao, Xianzhou Xie, Xiangmei Liu, Zhenduo Cui, Xianjin Yang, K W K Yeung, Haobo Pan, Paul K Chu, Shuilin Wu
In this study, we prepared pH-sensitive hybrid nanospheres through the implementation of a facile molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) technique combined with a UV-initiated precipitation polymerization method using vancomycin (VA) for the templates. During the course of this investigation, both 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) and 2-(diethylamino) ethyl methacrylate (DEAEMA) were utilized as the functional monomers, while ethylene glycol dimethacrylate (EGDMA) was used as a cross-linker. The obtained MIP nanospheres exhibited well-controlled particle size, with a drug loading capacity of about 17%, much higher than that of the non-imprinted polymer (NIP) nanospheres (5%)...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532099/interaction-of-insulin-with-colloidal-zns-quantum-dots-functionalized-by-various-surface-capping-agents
#13
Ghader Hosseinzadeh, Ali Maghari, Seyed Morteza Famil Farniya, Amir Homayoun Keihan, Ali A Moosavi-Movahedi
Interaction of quantum dots (QDs) and proteins strongly influenced by the surface characteristics of the QDs at the protein-QD interface. For a precise control of these surface-related interactions, it is necessary to improve our understanding in this field. In this regard, in the present work, the interaction between the insulin and differently functionalized ZnS quantum dots (QDs) were studied. The ZnS QDs were functionalized with various functional groups of hydroxyl (OH), carboxyl (COOH), amine (NH2), and amino acid (COOH and NH2)...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532098/mechanical-behavior-of-yttria-stabilized-tetragonal-zirconia-polycrystalline-ceramic-after-different-zirconia-surface-treatments
#14
Joao Luiz Pozzobon, Gabriel Kalil Rocha Pereira, Vinicius Felipe Wandscher, Lucio Strazzabosco Dorneles, Luiz Felipe Valandro
This study investigated the effects of different zirconia surface conditioning methods on the biaxial flexure strength, surface characteristics and fractographic analysis of a Y-TZP ceramic. Disc-shaped specimens were manufactured according to ISO 6872-2008 for biaxial flexure strength testing, and then randomly assigned into seven groups (n=30). Control (CTRL): without treatment; Tribochemical silica coating (TBS): specimens were sandblasted with silica-coated aluminum oxide particles (CoJet-Sand) for 10s; Silica nanofilm (SNF): specimens were silica coated with a 5nm SiO2 nanofilm; and four protocols of low-fusing porcelain glaze (GLZ): etching with 10% hydrofluoric acid gel (HF) for 1min (GLZ1), 5min (GLZ5), 10min (GLZ10) and 15min (GLZ15)...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532081/the-hot-deformation-behavior-and-microstructure-evolution-of-ha-mg-3zn-0-8zr-composites-for-biomedical-application
#15
Debao Liu, Yichi Liu, Yue Zhao, Y Huang, Minfang Chen
The hot deformation behavior of nano-sized hydroxylapatite (HA) reinforced Mg-3Zn-0.8Zr composites were performed by means of Gleeble-1500D thermal simulation machine in a temperature range of 523-673K and a strain rate range of 0.001-1s(-1), and the microstructure evolution during hot compression deformation were also investigated. The results show that the flow stress increases increasing strain rates at a constant temperature, and decreases with increasing deforming temperatures at a constant strain rate...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532079/nerve-growth-factor-loaded-heparinized-cationic-solid-lipid-nanoparticles-for-regulating-membrane-charge-of-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-during-differentiation
#16
Yung-Chih Kuo, Rajendiran Rajesh
Nerve growth factor (NGF)-loaded heparinized cationic solid lipid nanoparticles (NGF-loaded HCSLNs) were developed using heparin-stearic acid conjugate, cacao butter, cholesterol, stearylamine (SA), and esterquat 1 (EQ 1). The effect of cationic lipids and lipid matrix composition on the particle size, particle structure, surface molecular composition, chemical structure, electrophoretic mobility, and zeta potential of HCSLNs was investigated. The effect of HCSLNs on the membrane charge of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) was also studied...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532072/new-bioactive-bone-like-microspheres-with-intrinsic-magnetic-properties-obtained-by-bio-inspired-mineralisation-process
#17
Tatiana Marisa Fernandes Patrício, Silvia Panseri, Monica Sandri, Anna Tampieri, Simone Sprio
A bio-inspired mineralisation process was investigated and applied to develop novel hybrid magnetic materials by heterogeneous nucleation of Fe(2+)/Fe(3+)-doped hydroxyapatite nanocrystals onto a biopolymeric matrix made of a Type I collagen-based recombinant peptide (RCP). The effect of the synthesis temperature on the phase composition, crystallinity and magnetic properties of the nucleated inorganic phase was studied. The as-obtained magnetic materials were then engineered, by using a water-in-oil emulsification process, into hybrid magnetic microspheres, which were stabilized by de-hydrothermal treatment yielding cross-linking of the macromolecular matrix...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532071/in-vitro-antibacterial-and-cytotoxic-activities-of-plasma-modified-polyethylene-terephthalate-nonwoven-dressing-with-aqueous-extract-of-rhizome-atractylodes-macrocephala
#18
Yi-Ting Shu, Kuo-Ting Kao, Ching-Sung Weng
In this study, a natural and non-cytotoxic antibacterial dressing containing aqueous extract of Rhizome Atractylodes macrocephala (RAM), which has been widely used in traditional herbal medicine and documented with antibacterial activities in literatures, was developed by aid of the extraction technique, nonwoven substrates and plasma-induced grafting technology. The effectiveness of these herbal antibacterial dressings with different treatment were investigated through the assays of grafting yield, SEM, FTIR, antibacterial activities and cytotoxicity...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532070/ribose-mediated-crosslinking-of-collagen-hydroxyapatite-hybrid-scaffolds-for-bone-tissue-regeneration-using-biomimetic-strategies
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Gopal Shankar Krishnakumar, Natalia Gostynska, Elisabetta Campodoni, Massimiliano Dapporto, Monica Montesi, Silvia Panseri, Anna Tampieri, Elizaveta Kon, Maurilio Marcacci, Simone Sprio, Monica Sandri
This study explores for the first time the application of ribose as a highly biocompatible agent for the crosslinking of hybrid mineralized constructs, obtained by bio-inspired mineralization of self-assembling Type I collagen matrix with magnesium-doped-hydroxyapatite nanophase, towards a biomimetic mineralized 3D scaffolds (MgHA/Coll) with excellent compositional and structural mimicry of bone tissue. To this aim, two different crosslinking mechanisms in terms of pre-ribose glycation (before freeze drying) and post-ribose glycation (after freeze drying) were investigated...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532066/design-and-characterization-of-a-novel-nickel-free-cobalt-base-alloy-for-intravascular-stents
#20
Qiang Wang, Yibin Ren, M Babar Shahzad, Wei Zhang, Xumeng Pan, Song Zhang, Dan Zhang
Co-Cr-W-Ni alloy (L605) with high tensile strength is used in coronary stents. The thickness of individual strut of the stent is reduced which can decrease the stent restenosis rate. However, about 10% Ni element content in L605 is found to cause allergic reactions and pulmonary embolism, similar to the traditional 316L stainless steel. In this study, a novel nickel-free cobalt-base alloy Co-20Cr-12Fe-18Mn-2Mo-4W-N (wt%) was designed and fabricated in order to efficiently avoid the potential hazards of Ni element...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
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