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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725018/morphology-transition-engineering-of-zno-nanorods-to-nanoplatelets-grafted-mo8o23-moo2-by-polyoxometalates-mechanism-and-possible-applicability-to-other-oxides
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Ahmed H Abdelmohsen, Waleed M A El Rouby, Nahla Ismail, Ahmed A Farghali
A new fundamental mechanism for reliable engineering of zinc oxide (ZnO) nanorods to nanoplatelets grafted Mo8O23-MoO2 mixed oxide with controlled morphology, composition and precise understanding of the nanoscale reaction mechanism was developed. These hybrid nanomaterials are gaining interest due to their potential use for energy, catalysis, biomedical and other applications. As an introductory section, we demonstrate a new expansion for the concept 'materials engineering' by discussing the fabrication of metal oxides nanostructures by bottom-up approach and carbon nanoparticles by top-down approach...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724811/quantitative-physiological-measurements-to-evaluate-the-response-of-antivascular-endothelial-growth-factor-treatment-in-patients-with-neovascular-diseases
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REVIEW
In Hwan Hong, Sung Pyo Park
Antivascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) treatment is still used intravitreally worldwide for various neovascular diseases, despite other available, approved treatments. We performed a systematic search of the literature focused on visual physiology studies. We used the online biomedical search engine PubMed and searched key words including "M-chart," "Preferential Hyperacuity Perimetry," "microperimetry," (MP) "electroretinography," and "contrast sensitivity" to estimate treatment efficacy of anti-VEGF treatments in a quantitative manner...
July 2017: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722038/promises-facts-and-challenges-for-graphene-in-biomedical-applications
#3
Giacomo Reina, José Miguel González-Domínguez, Alejandro Criado, Ester Vázquez, Alberto Bianco, Maurizio Prato
The graphene family has captured the interest and the imagination of an increasing number of scientists working in different fields, ranging from composites to flexible electronics. In the area of biomedical applications, graphene is especially involved in drug delivery, biosensing and tissue engineering, with strong contributions to the whole nanomedicine area. Besides the interesting results obtained so far and the evident success, there are still many problems to solve, on the way to the manufacturing of biomedical devices, including the lack of standardization in the production of the graphene family members...
July 19, 2017: Chemical Society Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721731/self-assembled-injectable-peptide-hydrogels-capable-of-triggering-antitumor-immune-response
#4
Ruirui Xing, Shukun Li, Ning Zhang, Guizhi Shen, Helmuth Möhwald, Xuehai Yan
Self-assembled peptide hydrogels are particularly appealing for drug delivery, tissue engineering, and anti-tumor therapy due to various advantageous features including excellent biocompatibility and biodegradability, defined molecular and higher organized structures and easy availability. However, the poor mechanical and rheological properties of assembled peptide hydrogels cause difficulties in injection, thus limiting further applications. Herein, injectable peptide-based hydrogels with tunable mechanical and rheological properties were obtained by combination with a positively charged poly-peptide (poly-L-lysine, PLL)...
July 19, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721663/influence-of-direct-or-indirect-contact-for-the-cytotoxicity-and-blood-compatibility-of-spider-silk
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J W Kuhbier, V Coger, J Mueller, C Liebsch, F Schlottmann, V Bucan, P M Vogt, S Strauss
Spider silk became one of the most-researched biomaterials in the last years due to its unique mechanical strength and most favourable chemical composition for tissue engineering purposes. However, standardized analysis of cytocompatibility is missing. Therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate hemolysis, cytotoxicity of native spider silk as well as influences on the cell culture medium. Changes of cell culture medium composition, osmolarity as well as glucose and lactate content were determined via ELISA measurement...
August 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721573/exposure-to-silver-nanoparticles-affects-viability-and-function-of-natural-killer-cells-mostly-via-the-release-of-ions
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Loretta Müller, Selina K Steiner, Laura Rodriguez-Lorenzo, Alke Petri-Fink, Barbara Rothen-Rutishauser, Philipp Latzin
Natural killer (NK) cells play a crucial role in linking innate and adaptive immune responses, especially during viral infections and tumor surveillance. They have two major effector functions: the killing of stressed/abnormal cells and the release of cytokines. Their activity is regulated via inhibitory and activating surface receptors. At the same time that the production and use of engineered nanoparticles is steadily increasing, the risk for exposure to silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) from consumer products or biomedical applications is growing...
July 18, 2017: Cell Biology and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720438/on-the-utility-of-3d-hand-cursors-to-explore-medical-volume-datasets-with-a-touchless-interface
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Daniel Simões Lopes, Pedro Duarte de Figueiredo Parreira, Soraia Figueiredo Paulo, Vitor Nunes, Paulo Amaral Rego, Manuel Cassiano Neves, Pedro Silva Rodrigues, Joaquim Armando Jorge
Analyzing medical volume datasets requires interactive visualization so that users can extract anatomo-physiological information in real-time. Conventional volume rendering systems rely on 2D input devices, such as mice and keyboards, which are known to hamper 3D analysis as users often struggle to obtain the desired orientation that is only achieved after several attempts. In this paper, we address which 3D analysis tools are better performed with 3D hand cursors operating on a touchless interface comparatively to a 2D input devices running on a conventional WIMP interface...
July 15, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715701/synthetic-biological-approaches-to-optogenetically-control-cell-signaling
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REVIEW
Katja Kolar, Wilfried Weber
Precise spatial and temporal control of cellular processes is in life sciences a highly sought-after capability. In the recent years, this goal has become progressively achievable through the field of optogenetics, which utilizes light as a non-invasive means to control genetically encoded light-responsive proteins. The latest optogenetic systems, such as those for control of subcellular localization or cellular decision-making and tissue morphogenesis provide us with insights to gain a deeper understanding of the cellular inner workings...
July 14, 2017: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714506/an-integrated-microwell-array-platform-for-cell-lasing-analysis
#9
Qiushu Chen, Yu-Cheng Chen, Zhizheng Zhang, Biming Wu, Rhima Coleman, Xudong Fan
Biological cell lasers are emerging as a novel technology in biological studies and biomedical engineering. The heterogeneity of cells, however, can result in various lasing behaviors from cell to cell. Thus, the capability to track individual cells during laser investigation is highly desired. In this work, a microwell array was integrated with high-quality Fabry-Pérot cavities for addressable and automated cell laser studies. Cells were captured in the microwells and the corresponding cell lasing was achieved and analyzed using SYTO9-stained Sf9 cells as a model system...
July 17, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713851/building-an-experimental-model-of-the-human-body-with-non-physiological-parameters
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Joseph M Labuz, Christopher Moraes, David R Mertz, Brendan M Leung, Shuichi Takayama
New advances in engineering and biomedical technology have enabled recent efforts to capture essential aspects of human physiology in microscale, in-vitro systems. The application of these advances to experimentally model complex processes in an integrated platform - commonly called a 'human-on-a-chip (HOC)' - requires that relevant compartments and parameters be sized correctly relative to each other and to the system as a whole. Empirical observation, theoretical treatments of resource distribution systems and natural experiments can all be used to inform rational design of such a system, but technical and fundamental challenges (e...
March 2017: Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712062/genome-editing-and-genetic-engineering-in-livestock-for-advancing-agricultural-and-biomedical-applications
#11
Bhanu P Telugu, Ki-Eun Park, Chi-Hun Park
Genetic modification of livestock has a longstanding and successful history, starting with domestication several thousand years ago. Modern animal breeding strategies predominantly based on marker-assisted and genomic selection, artificial insemination, and embryo transfer have led to significant improvement in the performance of domestic animals, and are the basis for regular supply of high quality animal derived food. However, the current strategy of breeding animals over multiple generations to introduce novel traits is not realistic in responding to the unprecedented challenges such as changing climate, pandemic diseases, and feeding an anticipated 3 billion increase in global population in the next three decades...
July 15, 2017: Mammalian Genome: Official Journal of the International Mammalian Genome Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705499/development-of-silver-nanoparticles-loaded-chitosan-alginate-constructs-with-biomedical-potentialities
#12
Muhammad Bilal, Tahir Rasheed, Hafiz M N Iqbal, Chuanlong Li, Hongbo Hu, Xuehong Zhang
Herein, a facile biosynthesis of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) and AgNPs-loaded chitosan-alginate constructs with biomedical potentialities is reported. The UV-vis spectroscopic profile confirmed the synthesis of AgNPs using methanolic leaves extract of Euphorbia helioscopia. The newly developed AgNPs were characterized using various analytical and imaging techniques including UV-vis and FT-IR spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM)...
July 10, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704794/genetic-engineering-as-a-tool-for-the-generation-of-mouse-models-to-understand-disease-phenotypes-and-gene-function
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REVIEW
Ann-Kathrin Baumgart, Marc Beyer
The usage of mouse models has been vital for biomedical research over the last decades, yet the generation of these models has been extremely difficult and labor-intensive. The identification and generation of nucleases able to introduce site-specific DNA double-strand breaks, particularly the CRIPSR/Cas system, is a major breakthrough for this field as the endogenous DNA repair machinery can be hijacked to specifically introduce genome modifications at these sites. This allows for the time-efficient and cost-efficient generation of mouse models by delivery of designer nucleases together with donor DNA into fertilized oocytes...
July 10, 2017: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703882/centrifugal-lithography-self-shaping-of-polymer-microstructures-encapsulating-biopharmaceutics-by-centrifuging-polymer-drops
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Huisuk Yang, Suyong Kim, Geonwoo Kang, Shayan F Lahiji, Mingyu Jang, Young Mi Kim, Jae-Myung Kim, Sang-Nae Cho, Hyungil Jung
Polymeric microstructures encapsulating biopharmaceutics must be fabricated in a controlled environment to preserve the biological activity. There is increasing demand for simple methods designed to preserve the biological activity by utilizing the natural properties of polymers. Here, the paper shows that centrifugal lithography (CL) can be used for the fabrication of such microstructures in a single centrifugation, by engineering the self-shaping properties of hyaluronic acid (HA). In this method, HA drops are self-shaped into hourglass-microstructures to produce two dissolving microneedles (DMN), which facilitate transdermal delivery via implantation on the skin...
July 13, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697631/recent-advances-on-biomedical-applications-of-scaffolds-in-wound-healing-and-dermal-tissue-engineering
#15
Azizeh Rahmani Del Bakhshayesh, Nasim Annabi, Rovshan Khalilov, Abolfazl Akbarzadeh, Mohammad Samiei, Effat Alizadeh, Mohammadreza Alizadeh-Ghodsi, Soodabeh Davaran, Azadeh Montaseri
The tissue engineering field has developed in response to the shortcomings related to the replacement of the tissues lost to disease or trauma: donor tissue rejection, chronic inflammation and donor tissue shortages. The driving force behind the tissue engineering is to avoid the mentioned issues by creating the biological substitutes capable of replacing the damaged tissue. This is done by combining the scaffolds, cells and signals in order to create the living, physiological, three-dimensional tissues. A wide variety of skin substitutes are used in the treatment of full-thickness injuries...
July 12, 2017: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691369/comprehensive-examination-of-mechanical-and-diffusional-effects-on-cell-behavior-using-a-decoupled-3d-hydrogel-system
#16
Suntae Kim, Sung Bo Sim, Kangseok Lee, Chaenyung Cha
Hydrogels possess several physical and chemical properties suitable for engineering cellular environments for biomedical applications. Despite recent advances in hydrogel systems for cell culture, it is still a significant challenge to independently control the mechanical and diffusional properties of hydrogels, both of which are well known to influence various cell behaviors when using hydrogels as 3D cell culture systems. Controlling the crosslinking density of a hydrogel system to tune the mechanical properties inevitably affects their diffusional properties, as the crosslinking density and diffusion are often inversely correlated...
July 10, 2017: Macromolecular Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691252/peptide-backbone-circularization-enhances-antifreeze-protein-thermostability
#17
Corey A Stevens, Joanna Semrau, Dragos Chiriac, Morgan Litschko, Robert L Campbell, David N Langelaan, Steven P Smith, Peter L Davies, John S Allingham
Antifreeze proteins (AFPs) are a class of ice-binding proteins that promote survival of a variety of cold-adapted organisms by decreasing the freezing temperature of bodily fluids. A growing number of biomedical, agricultural and commercial products, such as organs, foods, and industrial fluids, have benefited from the ability of AFPs to control ice crystal growth and prevent ice recrystallization at subzero temperatures. One limitation of AFP use in these latter contexts is their tendency to denature and irreversibly lose activity at the elevated temperatures of certain industrial processing or large-scale AFP production...
July 10, 2017: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689336/v79-fibroblasts-are-protected-against-reactive-oxygen-species-by-flax-fabric
#18
Katarzyna Skórkowska-Telichowska, Anna Kulma, Tomasz Gębarowski, Wioleta Wojtasik, Kamil Kostyn, Helena Moreira, Anna Szyjka, Aleksandra Boba, Marta Preisner, Justyna Mierziak, Malgorzata Arendt, Anna Kostyn, Michał Szatkowski, Jan Szopa, Kazimierz Gąsiorowski
Chinese hamster pulmonary fibroblasts (V79 cells) pre-treated with flax fabrics derived from non-modified or genetically engineered flax fibres and treated with H2O2 revealed a markedly lower level of intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) than control, non-pre-treated cells. The fabrics were prepared from fibres derived from two kinds of transgenic plants: W92 plants, which overproduce flavonoids, and M type plants, which produce hydroxybutyrate polymer in their vascular bundles and thus in fibres. Incubating the V79 cells with the flax fabrics prior to H2O2 treatment also reduced the amount of DNA damage, as established using the comet assay (also known as alkaline single-cell gel electrophoresis) and pulsed-field electrophoresis of intact cellular DNA...
July 8, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686869/modeling-the-glomerular-filtration-barrier-are-you-kidney-ing-me
#19
Paola Romagnani, Laura Lasagni
Podocyte depletion drives kidney disease and kidney failure progression, but podocyte complexity at the glomerular filtration barrier is difficult to model in vitro. In Nature Biomedical Engineering, Musah et al. (2017) developed a multifluidic device with iPS-derived podocytes mimicking a functional glomerular filtration barrier that elevates standards for modeling glomerular diseases.
July 6, 2017: Cell Stem Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686242/keratin-dissolution-extraction-and-biomedical-application
#20
REVIEW
Amin Shavandi, Tiago H Silva, Adnan A Bekhit, Alaa El-Din A Bekhit
Keratinous materials such as wool, feathers and hooves are tough unique biological co-products that usually have high sulfur and protein contents. A high cystine content (7-13%) differentiates keratins from other structural proteins, such as collagen and elastin. Dissolution and extraction of keratin is a difficult process compared to other natural polymers, such as chitosan, starch, collagen, and a large-scale use of keratin depends on employing a relatively fast, cost-effective and time efficient extraction method...
July 7, 2017: Biomaterials Science
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