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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819314/a-symbiotic-like-biologically-driven-regenerating-fabric
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Neta Raab, Joe Davis, Rachel Spokoini-Stern, Moran Kopel, Ehud Banin, Ido Bachelet
Living organisms constantly maintain their structural and biochemical integrity by the critical means of response, healing, and regeneration. Inanimate objects, on the other hand, are axiomatically considered incapable of responding to damage and healing it, leading to the profound negative environmental impact of their continuous manufacturing and trashing. Objects with such biological properties would be a significant step towards sustainable technology. In this work we present a feasible strategy for driving regeneration in fabric by means of integration with a bacterial biofilm to obtain a symbiotic-like hybrid - the fabric provides structural framework to the biofilm and supports its growth, whereas the biofilm responds to mechanical tear by synthesizing a silk protein engineered to self-assemble upon secretion from the cells...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817983/the-use-of-soft-robotics-in-cardiovascular-therapy
#2
Isaac Wamala, Ellen T Roche, Frank A Pigula
Robots have been employed in cardiovascular therapy as surgical tools and for automation of hospital systems. Soft robots are a new kind of robot made of soft deformable materials. They are uniquely suited for biomedical applications because they are inherently less likely to injure body tissues and more likely to adapt to biological environments. Awareness of the soft robotic systems under development will help promote clinician involvement in their successful translation for therapeutic use. Areas Covered: The soft robotic systems, across the size scale from nano to macro, that have shown the most promise for clinical application in cardiovascular therapy because they represent the most mature technology and also they offer solutions where a clear therapeutic need still exists...
August 18, 2017: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810820/quantitative-label-free-evaluation-of-tissue-engineered-skeletal-muscle-through-multiphoton-microscopy
#3
Brian C Syverud, Mary-Ann Mycek, Lisa Marie Larkin
The lack of tools for assessing engineered tissue viability and function in a non-invasive manner is a major regulatory and translational challenge facing tissue engineers. Label-free, nonlinear optical molecular imaging (OMI) has utilized endogenous nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH) and flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD) fluorescence to indicate metabolic activity. Similarly, second harmonic generation (SHG) signals from myosin and collagen can measure overall muscle structural integrity and function...
August 16, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part C, Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804984/3d-bioprinting-for-cartilage-and-osteochondral-tissue-engineering
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REVIEW
Andrew C Daly, Fiona E Freeman, Tomas Gonzalez-Fernandez, Susan E Critchley, Jessica Nulty, Daniel J Kelly
Significant progress has been made in the field of cartilage and bone tissue engineering over the last two decades. As a result, there is real promise that strategies to regenerate rather than replace damaged or diseased bones and joints will one day reach the clinic however, a number of major challenges must still be addressed before this becomes a reality. These include vascularization in the context of large bone defect repair, engineering complex gradients for bone-soft tissue interface regeneration and recapitulating the stratified zonal architecture present in many adult tissues such as articular cartilage...
August 14, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803246/biofunctional-ionic-doped-calcium-phosphates-silk-fibroin-composites-for-bone-tissue-engineering-scaffolding
#5
S Pina, R F Canadas, G Jiménez, M Perán, J A Marchal, R L Reis, J M Oliveira
The treatment and regeneration of bone defects caused by traumatism or diseases have not been completely addressed by current therapies. Lately, advanced tools and technologies have been successfully developed for bone tissue regeneration. Functional scaffolding materials such as biopolymers and bioresorbable fillers have gained particular attention, owing to their ability to promote cell adhesion, proliferation, and extracellular matrix production, which promote new bone growth. Here, we present novel biofunctional scaffolds for bone regeneration composed of silk fibroin (SF) and β-tricalcium phosphate (β-TCP) and incorporating Sr, Zn, and Mn, which were successfully developed using salt-leaching followed by a freeze-drying technique...
August 12, 2017: Cells, Tissues, Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801460/multiplexed-silicon-photonic-sensor-arrays-enable-facile-characterization-of-coagulation-protein-binding-to-nanodiscs-with-variable-lipid-content
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Ellen M Muehl, Joshua M Gajsiewicz, Sara M Medfisch, Zachary S B Wiersma, James H Morrissey, Ryan C Bailey
Interactions of soluble proteins with the cell membrane are critical within the blood coagulation cascade. Of particular interest are the interactions of γ-carboxyglutamic acid-rich (GLA) domain-containing clotting proteins with lipids. Variability among conventional analytical methods presents challenges for comparing clotting protein-lipid interactions. Most previous studies have investigated only a single clotting protein and lipid composition and have yielded widely different binding constants. Herein, we demonstrate that a combination of lipid bilayer Nanodiscs and a multiplexed silicon photonic analysis technology enables high-throughput probing of many protein-lipid interactions among blood-clotting proteins...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798758/an-efficient-plant-regeneration-and-transformation-system-of-ma-bamboo-dendrocalamus-latiflorus-munro-started-from-young-shoot-as-explant
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Shanwen Ye, Changyang Cai, Huibo Ren, Wenjia Wang, Mengqi Xiang, Xiaoshan Tang, Caiping Zhu, Tengfei Yin, Li Zhang, Qiang Zhu
Genetic engineering technology has been successfully used in many plant species, but is limited in woody plants, especially in bamboos. Ma bamboo (Dendrocalamus latiflorus Munro) is one of the most important bamboo species in Asia, and its genetic improvement was largely restricted by the lack of an efficient regeneration and transformation method. Here we reported a plantlet regeneration and Agrobacterium-mediated transformation protocol by using Ma bamboo young shoots as explants. Under our optimized conditions, embryogenic calluses were successfully induced from the excised young shoots on callus induction medium and rapidly grew on callus multiplication medium...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796191/smart-carriers-and-nanohealers-a-nanomedical-insight-on-natural-polymers
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REVIEW
Sreejith Raveendran, Ankit K Rochani, Toru Maekawa, D Sakthi Kumar
Biodegradable polymers are popularly being used in an increasing number of fields in the past few decades. The popularity and favorability of these materials are due to their remarkable properties, enabling a wide range of applications and market requirements to be met. Polymer biodegradable systems are a promising arena of research for targeted and site-specific controlled drug delivery, for developing artificial limbs, 3D porous scaffolds for cellular regeneration or tissue engineering and biosensing applications...
August 10, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794455/low-temperature-difference-thermoacoustic-prime-mover-with-asymmetric-multi-stage-loop-configuration
#9
T Jin, R Yang, Y Wang, Y Feng, K Tang
Environmentally friendly and low-cost technologies to recover low-grade heat source into usable energy can contribute to ease the energy shortage. Thermoacoustic technology is expected as one promising approach in this ascendant field. In this work, the multi-stage looped thermoacoustic prime movers with asymmetric configuration, which can provide travelling-wave resonator and appropriate acoustic field for efficient regenerator, have been proposed and experimentally studied. The presented looped thermoacoustic prime movers can start to oscillate with quite low temperature difference along the regenerator...
August 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792740/selective-removal-of-nitrosamines-from-a-model-amine-carbon-capture-waterwash-using-low-cost-activated-carbon-sorbents
#10
Leland R Widger, Megan Combs, Amit R Lohe, Cameron A Lippert, Jesse G Thompson, Kunlei Liu
Nitrosamines generated in the amine solvent loop of post combustion carbon capture systems are potent carcinogens, and their emission could pose a serious threat to the environment or human health. Nitrosamine emission control strategies are critical for the success of amine-based carbon capture as the technology approaches industrial-scale deployment. Waterwash systems have been used to control volatile and aerosol emissions, including nitrosamines, from carbon capture plants, but it is still necessary to remove or destroy nitrosamines in the circulating waterwash to prevent their subsequent emission into the environment...
August 9, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792423/novel-%C3%AE-tcp-pva-bilayered-hydrogels-with-considerable-physical-and-bio-functional-properties-for-osteochondral-repair
#11
Hang Yao, Junpei Kang, Weichang Li, Jian Liu, Renjian Xie, Yingjun Wang, Sa Liu, Dong An Wang, Li Ren
Cartilage repairing graft had been widely studied and the osteochondral replacement hydrogels were proved to be an excellent method in research and clinical. However, it was difficult to solve three main issues in osteochondral replacement preparation at one time: surface lubrication, overall mechanical support and good simulations of cell regeneration. A novel integrated bilayered hydrogel osteochondral replacement was constructed by blending polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and β-tricalcium phosphate (β-TCP) in this study...
August 9, 2017: Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782725/the-bio-in-the-ink-cartilage-regeneration-with-bioprintable-hydrogels-and-articular-cartilage-derived-progenitor-cells
#12
Riccardo Levato, William R Webb, Iris A Otto, Anneloes Mensinga, Yadan Zhang, Mattie van Rijen, René van Weeren, Ilyas M Khan, Jos Malda
Cell-laden hydrogels are the primary building blocks for bioprinting, and, also termed bioinks, are the foundations for creating structures that can potentially recapitulate the architecture of articular cartilage. To be functional, hydrogel constructs need to unlock the regenerative capacity of encapsulated cells. The recent identification of multipotent articular cartilage-resident chondroprogenitor cells (ACPCs), which share important traits with adult stem cells, represents a new opportunity for cartilage regeneration...
August 4, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782570/nanomedicine-and-advanced-technologies-for-burns-preventing-infection-and-facilitating-wound-healing
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Mirza Ali Mofazzal Jahromi, Parham Sahandi Zangabad, Seyed Masoud Moosavi Basri, Keyvan Sahandi Zangabad, Ameneh Ghamarypour, Amir R Aref, Mahdi Karimi, Michael R Hamblin
According to the latest report from the World Health Organization, an estimated 265,000 deaths still occur every year as a direct result of burn injuries. A widespread range of these deaths induced by burn wound happens in low- and middle-income countries, where survivors face a lifetime of morbidity. Most of the deaths occur due to infections when a high percentage of the external regions of the body area is affected. Microbial nutrient availability, skin barrier disruption, and vascular supply destruction in burn injuries as well as systemic immunosuppression are important parameters that cause burns to be susceptible to infections...
August 3, 2017: Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782083/current-challenges-in-translating-tissue-engineered-heart-valves
#14
REVIEW
O M J A Stassen, D E P Muylaert, C V C Bouten, J Hjortnaes
Heart valve disease is a major health burden, treated by either valve repair or valve replacement, depending on the affected valve. Nearly 300,000 valve replacements are performed worldwide per year. Valve replacement is lifesaving, but not without complications. The in situ tissue-engineered heart valve is a promising alternative to current treatments, but the translation of this novel technology to the clinic still faces several challenges. These challenges originate from the variety encountered in the patient population, the conversion of an implant into a living tissue, the highly mechanical nature of the heart valve, the complex homeostatic tissue that has to be reached at the end stage of the regenerating heart valve, and all the biomaterial properties that can be controlled to obtain this tissue...
September 2017: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28773924/3d-bioprinting-technologies-for-hard-tissue-and-organ-engineering
#15
REVIEW
Xiaohong Wang, Qiang Ao, Xiaohong Tian, Jun Fan, Yujun Wei, Weijian Hou, Hao Tong, Shuling Bai
Hard tissues and organs, including the bones, teeth and cartilage, are the most extensively exploited and rapidly developed areas in regenerative medicine field. One prominent character of hard tissues and organs is that their extracellular matrices mineralize to withstand weight and pressure. Over the last two decades, a wide variety of 3D printing technologies have been adapted to hard tissue and organ engineering. These 3D printing technologies have been defined as 3D bioprinting. Especially for hard organ regeneration, a series of new theories, strategies and protocols have been proposed...
September 27, 2016: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28773000/influence-of-controlled-cooling-in-bimodal-scaffold-fabrication-using-polymers-with-different-melting-temperatures
#16
Hernan Lara-Padilla, Christian Mendoza-Buenrostro, Diego Cardenas, Aida Rodriguez-Garcia, Ciro A Rodriguez
The combination of different materials and capabilities to manufacture at several scales open new possibilities in scaffold design for bone regeneration. This work is focused on bimodal scaffolds that combine polylactic acid (PLA) melt extruded strands with polycaprolactone (PCL) electrospun fibers. This type of bimodal scaffold offers better mechanical properties, compared to the use of PCL for the extruded strands, and provides potential a means for controlled drug and/or growth factor delivery through the electrospun fibers...
June 11, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28772780/comparative-efficacies-of-collagen-based-3d-printed-pcl-plga-%C3%AE-tcp-composite-block-bone-grafts-and-biphasic-calcium-phosphate-bone-substitute-for-bone-regeneration
#17
Kyoung-Sub Hwang, Jae-Won Choi, Jae-Hun Kim, Ho Yun Chung, Songwan Jin, Jin-Hyung Shim, Won-Soo Yun, Chang-Mo Jeong, Jung-Bo Huh
The purpose of this study was to compare bone regeneration and space maintaining ability of three-dimensional (3D) printed bone grafts with conventional biphasic calcium phosphate (BCP). After mixing polycaprolactone (PCL), poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA), and β-tricalcium phosphate (β-TCP) in a 4:4:2 ratio, PCL/PLGA/β-TCP particulate bone grafts were fabricated using 3D printing technology. Fabricated particulate bone grafts were mixed with atelocollagen to produce collagen-based PCL/PLGA/β-TCP composite block bone grafts...
April 17, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28772697/calcium-phosphate-bioceramics-a-review-of-their-history-structure-properties-coating-technologies-and-biomedical-applications
#18
REVIEW
Noam Eliaz, Noah Metoki
Calcium phosphate (CaP) bioceramics are widely used in the field of bone regeneration, both in orthopedics and in dentistry, due to their good biocompatibility, osseointegration and osteoconduction. The aim of this article is to review the history, structure, properties and clinical applications of these materials, whether they are in the form of bone cements, paste, scaffolds, or coatings. Major analytical techniques for characterization of CaPs, in vitro and in vivo tests, and the requirements of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and international standards from CaP coatings on orthopedic and dental endosseous implants, are also summarized, along with the possible effect of sterilization on these materials...
March 24, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28772628/characterizing-adsorption-performance-of-granular-activated-carbon-with-permittivity
#19
Yang Yang, Chao Shi, Yi Zhang, Jinghua Ye, Huacheng Zhu, Kama Huang
A number of studies have achieved the consensus that microwave thermal technology can regenerate the granular activated carbon (GAC) more efficiently and energy-conservatively than other technologies. In particular, in the microwave heating industry, permittivity is a crucial parameter. This paper developed two equivalent models to establish the relationship between effective complex permittivity and pore volume of the GAC. It is generally based on Maxwell-Garnett approximation (MGA) theory. With two different assumptions in the model, two quantificational expressions were derived, respectively...
March 7, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766845/neural-stem-cell-therapy-aiming-at-better-functional-recovery-after-spinal-cord-injury
#20
REVIEW
Yicheng Zhu, Naohiro Uezono, Tetsuro Yasui, Kinichi Nakashima
Injury to the spinal cord causes transection of axon fibers and neural cell death, resulting in disruption of the neural network and severe functional loss. Reconstruction of the damaged neural circuits was once considered to be hopeless as the adult mammalian central nervous system has very poor ability to regenerate. For this reason, there is currently no effective therapeutic treatment for spinal cord injury (SCI). However, with recent developments in stem cell research and cell culture technology, regenerative therapy using neural stem cell (NSC) transplantation has rapidly been developed, and this therapeutic strategy makes it possible to rebuild the destroyed neural circuits...
August 2, 2017: Developmental Dynamics: An Official Publication of the American Association of Anatomists
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