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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155411/porosity-effect-of-3d-printed-polycaprolactone-membranes-on-calvarial-defect-model-for-guided-bone-regeneration
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Jin-Hyung Shim, Jae-Hyang Jeong, Joo-Yun Won, Ji-Hyeon Bae, Geunseon Ahn, Hojun Jeon, Won-Soo Yun, Eun-Bin Bae, Jae-Won Choi, So-Hyoun Lee, Chang-Mo Jeong, Hoyun Chung, Jung-Bo Huh
The appropriate porosity and pore size of barrier membrane were associated with the transportation of biomolecules required for new bone formation and angiogenesis. In this study, we fabricated 3D-printed resorbable polycaprolactone (PCL) membranes with different porosities (30%, 50%, and 70%) to evaluate the effective pore size for guided bone regeneration (GBR) membranes. To analyze mechanical properties and cytocompatibility, PCL membranes prepared using extrusion-based 3D printing technology were compared in dry and wet conditions and tested in vitro...
November 20, 2017: Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152454/recent-advances-in-retinal-stem-cell-therapy
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Sujoy Bhattacharya, Rajashekhar Gangaraju, Edward Chaum
Purpose of review: Progress in stem cell research for blinding diseases over the past decade is now being applied to patients with retinal degenerative diseases and soon perhaps, glaucoma. However, the field still has much to learn about the conversion of stem cells into various retinal cell types, and the potential delivery methods that will be required to optimize the clinical efficacy of stem cells delivered into the eye. Recent findings: Recent groundbreaking human clinical trials have demonstrated both the opportunities and current limitations of stem cell transplantation for retinal diseases...
September 2017: Current Molecular Biology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144310/preparation-of-ureido-functionalized-pva-silica-mesoporous-fibre-membranes-via-electrospinning-for-adsorption-of-pb-2-and-cu-2-in-wastewater
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Meimei Zhou, Weizhen Tang, Pingping Luo, Jiqiang Lyu, Aixia Chen, Longkai Qiao, Daniel Nover
Ureido-functionalized mesoporous polyvinyl alcohol/silica composite nanofibre membranes were prepared by electrospinning technology and their application for removal of Pb(2+) and Cu(2+) from wastewater was discussed. The characteristics of the membranes were investigated by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and N2 adsorption-desorption analysis. Results show that the membranes have long fibrous shapes and worm-like mesoporous micromorphologies. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy confirmed the membranes were successfully functionalized with ureido groups...
November 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140901/-state-of-the-art-techniques-in-treating-peripheral-nerve-injury
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Carrie A Kubiak, Theodore A Kung, David L Brown, Paul S Cederna, Stephen W P Kemp
BACKGROUND -: Peripheral nerve injuries remain a major clinical concern as they often lead to chronic disability and significant health care expenditures. Despite advancements in microsurgical techniques to enhance nerve repair, biologic approaches are needed to augment nerve regeneration and improve functional outcomes after injury. METHODS -: Presented herein is a review of the current literature on state of the art techniques to enhance functional recovery for patients with nerve injury...
November 11, 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140111/purging-exhausted-virus-specific-cd8-t-cell-phenotypes-by-somatic-cell-reprogramming
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Joshua Chan, Patrick Y Kim, Emiko Kranz, Yoshiko Nagaoka, YooJin Lee, Jing Wen, Heidi J Elsaesser, Meng Qin, David G Brooks, Gene-Errol Ringpis, Irvin S Y Chen, Masakazu Kamata
Cytotoxic T cells are critical in controlling virus infections. However, continuous antigen stimulation and negative regulatory factors cause CD8 T cells to enter a dysfunctional state (T cell exhaustion), resulting in viral persistence. We hypothesized that the exhausted T cell state could be molecularly rejuvenated using a somatic cell reprogramming technology, which is technically able to convert any types of cells to induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), to regenerate functional T cells capable of purging chronic infection...
November 2017: AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138988/irreversible-electroporation-of-the-uterine-cervix-in-a-rabbit-model
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Wei Chai, Wenlong Zhang, Zhentong Wei, Ying Xu, Jian Shi, Xiaomei Luo, Jianying Zeng, Manhua Cui, Jiannan Li, Lizhi Niu
The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of irreversible electroporation (IRE) on the uterine cervix in a rabbit model. IRE ablation was performed in the cervices of 48 New Zealand rabbits, with one ablation lesion in each animal. Gross pathology, transmission electron microscopy, hematoxylin and eosin (H&E), Masson's trichrome (MT) stain, and terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase dUTP nick end labeling (TUNEL) assays were performed at pre-set time points (0 h, 12 h, 1 d, 2 d, 4 d, 7 d, 14 d, and 28 d post-IRE)...
November 14, 2017: Biomedical Microdevices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137814/biofabrication-a-guide-to-technology-and-terminology
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REVIEW
Lorenzo Moroni, Thomas Boland, Jason A Burdick, Carmelo De Maria, Brian Derby, Gabor Forgacs, Jürgen Groll, Qing Li, Jos Malda, Vladimir A Mironov, Carlos Mota, Makoto Nakamura, Wenmiao Shu, Shoji Takeuchi, Tim B F Woodfield, Tao Xu, James J Yoo, Giovanni Vozzi
Biofabrication holds the potential to generate constructs that more closely recapitulate the complexity and heterogeneity of tissues and organs than do currently available regenerative medicine therapies. Such constructs can be applied for tissue regeneration or as in vitro 3D models. Biofabrication is maturing and growing, and scientists with different backgrounds are joining this field, underscoring the need for unity regarding the use of terminology. We therefore believe that there is a compelling need to clarify the relationship between the different concepts, technologies, and descriptions of biofabrication that are often used interchangeably or inconsistently in the current literature...
November 11, 2017: Trends in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136894/si-traceable-calibration-free-analysis-for-the-active-concentration-of-g2-epsps-protein-using-surface-plasmon-resonance
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Ping Su, Zhangjing He, Liqing Wu, Liang Li, Kangle Zheng, Yi Yang
Active proteins play important roles in the function regulation of human bodies and attract much interest for use in pharmaceuticals and clinical diagnostics. However, the lack of primary methods to analyze active proteins means there is currently no metrology standard for active protein measurement. In recent years, calibration-free concentration analysis (CFCA), which is based on surface plasmon resonance (SPR) technology, has been proposed to determine the active concentration of proteins that have specific binding activity with a binding partner without any higher order standards...
February 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135453/analysis-of-subcellular-structural-tension-in-axonal-growth-of-neurons
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Yi Chen Guo, Yu Xuan Wang, Yan Ping Ge, Lu Jia Yu, Jun Guo
The growth and regeneration of axons are the core processes of nervous system development and functional recovery. They are also related to certain physiological and pathological conditions. For decades, it has been the consensus that a new axon is formed by adding new material at the growth cone. However, using the existing technology, we have studied the structural tension of the nerve cell, which led us to hypothesize that some subcellular structural tensions contribute synergistically to axonal growth and regeneration...
November 14, 2017: Reviews in the Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133969/treatment-of-chronic-lower-extremity-ulcers-with-a-new-er-yag-laser-technology
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J M Alcolea, E Hernández, P A Martínez-Carpio, M Vélez, V Khomchenko, A Sola, M A Trelles
Chronic lower extremity ulcers (CLEUs) have a high prevalence and are difficult to treat due to their various aetiologies. The aim of this study is to evaluate the results achieved in treating CLEUs using an Erbium: YAG (Er:YAG) laser with RecoSMA technology. This laser emits thousands of microbeams of energy causing superficial epidermal ablation and a separation of dermal fibres due to a mechanical-acoustic and resonance effect. The evaluation of the results achieved was carried out by questionnaires completed by 18 patients enrolled in the study...
September 30, 2017: Laser Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131308/glycosyltransferase-cascades-made-fit-for-chemical-production-integrated-biocatalytic-process-for-the-natural-polyphenol-c-glucoside-nothofagin
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Katharina Schmölzer, Martin Lemmerer, Bernd Nidetzky
Glycosyltransferase cascades are promising tools of biocatalysis for natural product glycosylation, but their suitability for actual production remains to be shown. Here, we demonstrate at a scale of 100 g isolated product the integrated biocatalytic production of nothofagin, the natural 3'-C-β-D-glucoside of the polyphenol phloretin. A parallel reaction cascade involving coupled C-glucosyltransferase and sucrose synthase was optimized for the one-pot glucosylation of phloretin from sucrose via an UDP/UDP-glucose shuttle...
November 13, 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131300/engineered-scaffolds-and-cell-based-therapy-for-periodontal-regeneration
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Daniela Carmagnola, Mihai Tarce, Claudia Dellavia, Lia Rimondini, Elena M Varoni
BACKGROUND: The main objective of regenerative periodontal therapy is to completely restore the periodontal tissues lost. This review summarizes the most recent evidence in support of scaffold- and cell-based tissue engineering, which are expected to play a relevant role in next-generation periodontal regenerative therapy. METHODS: A literature search (PubMed database) was performed to analyze more recently updated articles regarding periodontal regeneration, scaffolds and cell-based technologies...
November 10, 2017: Journal of Applied Biomaterials & Functional Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131159/enhancing-the-precision-of-genetic-lineage-tracing-using-dual-recombinases
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Lingjuan He, Yan Li, Yi Li, Wenjuan Pu, Xiuzhen Huang, Xueying Tian, Yue Wang, Hui Zhang, Qiaozhen Liu, Libo Zhang, Huan Zhao, Juan Tang, Hongbin Ji, Dongqing Cai, Zhibo Han, Zhongchao Han, Yu Nie, Shengshou Hu, Qing-Dong Wang, Ruilin Sun, Jian Fei, Fengchao Wang, Ting Chen, Yan Yan, Hefeng Huang, William T Pu, Bin Zhou
The Cre-loxP recombination system is the most widely used technology for in vivo tracing of stem or progenitor cell lineages. The precision of this genetic system largely depends on the specificity of Cre recombinase expression in targeted stem or progenitor cells. However, Cre expression in nontargeted cell types can complicate the interpretation of lineage-tracing studies and has caused controversy in many previous studies. Here we describe a new genetic lineage tracing system that incorporates the Dre-rox recombination system to enhance the precision of conventional Cre-loxP-mediated lineage tracing...
November 13, 2017: Nature Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128537/biomaterials-for-articular-cartilage-tissue-engineering-learning-from-biology
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REVIEW
A R Armiento, M J Stoddart, M Alini, D Eglin
Articular cartilage is commonly described as a tissue made of up to 80% water, devoid of blood vessels, nerves and lymphatics, and populated by only one cell type: at first glance, an easy tissue for clinicians to repair and for scientists to reproduce in a laboratory. Yet, chondral and osteochondral defects currently remain an open challenge in orthopedics and tissue engineering of the musculoskeletal system, without considering osteoarthritis. Why do we fail in repairing and regenerating articular cartilage? Behind its simple and homogenous appearance articular cartilage hides a heterogeneous composition, a high level of organisation and specific biomechanical properties that taken together make articular cartilage a unique material that we are not able yet to repair or reproduce with high fidelity...
November 8, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127045/the-myogenic-regulatory-factors-determinants-of-muscle-development-cell-identity-and-regeneration
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REVIEW
J Manuel Hernández-Hernández, Estela G García-González, Caroline E Brun, Michael A Rudnicki
The Myogenic Regulatory Factors (MRFs) Myf5, MyoD, myogenin and MRF4 are members of the basic helix-loop-helix family of transcription factors that control the determination and differentiation of skeletal muscle cells during embryogenesis and postnatal myogenesis. The dynamics of their temporal and spatial expression as well as their biochemical properties have allowed the identification of a precise and hierarchical relationship between the four MRFs. This relationship establishes the myogenic lineage as well as the maintenance of the terminal myogenic phenotype...
November 7, 2017: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121452/3d-maskless-micropatterning-for-regeneration-of-highly-organized-tubular-tissues
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Chi Ma, Tiejun Qu, Bei Chang, Yan Jing, Jerry Q Feng, Xiaohua Liu
Micropatterning is a widely used powerful tool to create highly ordered microstructures on material surfaces. However, due to technical limitations, the integration of micropatterned microstructures into bioinspired 3D scaffolds to successfully regenerate well-organized functional tissues is not achieved. In this work, a unique maskless micropatterning technology is reported to create 3D nanofibrous matrices with highly organized tubular architecture for tissue regeneration. This micropatterning method is a laser-guided, noncontact, high-precision, flexible computer programming of machining process that can create highly ordered tubules with the density ranged from 1000 to 60 000 mm(-2) and the size varied from 300 nm to 30 µm in the bioinspired 3D matrix...
November 9, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119841/a-state-of-art-review-of-low-intensity-extracorporeal-shock-wave-therapy-and-lithotripter-machines-for-the-treatment-of-erectile-dysfunction
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Eric Chung, Juan Wang
Introduction Current treatment for erectile dysfunction (ED) mostly attempts to improve erectile function with limited impact on altering the underlying pathophysiology of ED. Recent animal experiments have supported the notion that low intensity extracorporeal shockwave therapy (LIESWT) significantly improves penile hemodynamics and might induce structural changes that regenerate penile tissue. Areas covered This review article provides an overview of the basic mechanics and clinical studies pertaining to LIESWT and its use in the field of ED...
November 9, 2017: Expert Review of Medical Devices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114196/phenylketonuria-a-new-look-at-an-old-topic-advances-in-laboratory-diagnosis-and-therapeutic-strategies
#18
REVIEW
Khalid M Sumaily, Ahmed H Mujamammi
Disorders of protein metabolism are the most common diseases among discovered inherited metabolic disorders. Phenylketonuria (PKU), a relatively common disorder that is responsive to treatment, is an inherited autosomal recessive disorder caused by a deficiency in phenylalanine hydroxylase (PAH) or one of several enzymes mediating biosynthesis or regeneration of the PAH cofactor tetrahydrobiopterin. The objective of this review is to discuss therapeutic strategies that have recently emerged for curing patients with PKU, which have demonstrated promising improvements in managing these patients...
November 2017: International Journal of Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29111157/sequential-delivery-of-vegf-fgf-2-and-pdgf-from-the-polymeric-system-enhance-huvecs-angiogenesis-in-vitro-and-cam-angiogenesis
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Yan Bai, Lijuan Bai, Jing Zhou, Huali Chen, Liangke Zhang
Angiogenesis is an organized series of events, beginning with vessel destabilization, followed by endothelial cell re-organization, and ending with vessel maturation. The formation of a mature vascular network requires precise spatial and temporal regulation of a large number of angiogenic factors, including vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), basic fibroblast growth factor-2 (FGF-2) and platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF). VEGF aids in vascular permeability and endothelial cell recruitment, FGF-2 activates endothelial cell proliferation and migration while PDGF stimulates vascular stability...
October 23, 2017: Cellular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29111107/mind-the-gap-current-challenges-and-future-state-of-heart-failure-care
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REVIEW
Michael A McDonald, Euan A Ashley, Paul W M Fedak, Nathaniel Hawkins, James L Januzzi, John J V McMurray, Victoria N Parikh, Vivek Rao, Daniyil Svystonyuk, John R Teerlink, Sean Virani
The past decade has seen many advances in the management of heart failure (HF) that have improved survival and quality of life for patients living with this condition. A number of gaps remain in our understanding of the pathophysiology of HF, and the application of emerging treatment strategies is an exciting but daunting challenge. It is possible that advances in genetic evaluation of cardiomyopathy will provide a more refined approach to characterizing HF syndromes, whereas large-scale clinical trials on the horizon should further clarify the role of novel pharmacologic agents and invasive therapies...
November 2017: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
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