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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/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/28532116/antibacterial-mechanical-and-surface-properties-of-ag-dlc-films-prepared-by-dual-pld-for-medical-applications
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P Písařík, M Jelínek, J Remsa, J Mikšovský, J Zemek, K Jurek, Š Kubinová, J Lukeš, J Šepitka
Silver doped diamond-like carbon layers were deposited by dual pulsed laser deposition using two KrF excimer lasers. The concentration of Ag, determined by XPS and WDS, moved from zero to ~10at%. We found that the sp(2)/sp(3) ratio, film roughness and the number of droplets (SEM and AFM) increased with increasing silver concentration. The sp(3) content measurement (XPS) was influenced by ion cluster surface sputtering and varied from 71.0% (undoped DLC) to 36.2% (for 9.3at% Ag). Transmission was measured on the scale from 200nm to 1100nm, and decreased with increasing silver content...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532104/in-situ-synthesis-and-characterization-of-hydroxyapatite-natural-rubber-composites-for-biomedical-applications
#4
T A Dick, L A Dos Santos
In this work, a biomimetic synthesis reaction for the production of hydroxyapatite (HA)/natural rubber (NR) composites is presented. HA was synthesized in the presence of solubilized NR in tetrahydrofuran (THF), which permits that negatively charged domains in proteins and lipids in NR work as nucleation sites for hydroxyapatite. The mechanical and physicochemical properties of composites containing 10, 20 and 30wt% HA were studied. NR influenced HA crystallite morphology, shape and size and was able to disperse the HA particles in THF...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532097/influence-of-telopeptides-on-the-structural-and-physical-properties-of-polymeric-and-monomeric-acid-soluble-type-i-collagen
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Róisín Holmes, Steve Kirk, Giuseppe Tronci, Xuebin Yang, David Wood
Currently two factors hinder the use of collagen as building block of regenerative devices: the limited mechanical strength in aqueous environment, and potential antigenicity. Polymeric collagen is naturally found in the cross-linked state and is mechanically tougher than the monomeric, acid-soluble collagen ex vivo. The antigenicity of collagen, on the other hand, is mainly ascribed to inter-species variations in amino acid sequences of the non-helical terminal telopeptides. These telopeptides can be removed through enzymatic treatment to produce atelocollagen, although the effect of this cleavage on triple helix organization, amino acidic composition and thermal properties is often disregarded...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532078/enhancement-of-fibroblast-growing-on-the-mannosylated-surface-of-cellulose-membranes
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Simone Birkheur, Paula Cristina de Sousa Faria-Tischer, Cesar A Tischer, Elisângela Flávia Pimentel, Marcio Fronza, Denise Coutinho Endringer, Anna Paola Butera, Renato Márcio Ribeiro-Viana
Bacterial cellulose membrane is a biomaterial with high value in the biomedical field. Many groups have been making efforts to promote chemical modifications of its structure and, consequently, add new characteristics. Recently, our group has developed a methodology to insert monoester succinic acid in bacterial cellulose membrane without disrupting the microfibril network and bind a protein on it. Considering the role of carbohydrates in the molecular recognition process in biological events, we continued these studies by inserting covalently multiples copies of aryl monosaccharide to bacterial cellulose succinylated and to study the in vitro tissue compatibility using fibroblasts...
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/28532064/encapsulation-of-lactobacillus-kefiri-in-alginate-microbeads-using-a-double-novel-aerosol-technique
#8
Christian Demitri, Leonardo Lamanna, Egidio De Benedetto, Fabrizio Damiano, Maria Stella Cappello, Luisa Siculella, Alessandro Sannino
Alginate micro beads containing Lactobacillus kefiri (the principal bacteria present in the kefir probiotic drink) were produced by a novel technique based on dual aerosols spaying of alginate based solution and CaCl2 as cross linking agent. Carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) has been also added to the alginate in order to change the physic-chemical properties (viscosity and permeability) of the microbeads. Calcium alginate and CMC are biopolymers that can be used for developing oral drug-delivery systems. These biopolymers have been reported to show a pH-dependent swelling behaviour...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532063/biodegradable-galactitol-based-crosslinked-polyesters-for-controlled-release-and-bone-tissue-engineering
#9
Janeni Natarajan, Sahitya Movva, Giridhar Madras, Kaushik Chatterjee
Various classes of biodegradable polymers have been explored towards finding alternates for the existing treatments for bone disorders. In this framework, two families of polyesters using an array of crosslinkers were synthesized. One was based on galactiol/adipic acid and the other based on galactitol/dodecanedioic acid. The structures of the polymers were confirmed by FTIR and further confirmed by (1)H NMR. DSC showed that the polymers were amorphous and the glass transition temperature increased with increase in crosslinking...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532037/multifactor-analysis-on-the-effect-of-collagen-concentration-cross-linking-and-fiber-pore-orientation-on-chemical-microstructural-mechanical-and-biological-properties-of-collagen-type-i-scaffolds
#10
E Suesca, A M A Dias, M E M Braga, H C de Sousa, M R Fontanilla
This work evaluates the effect of processing variables on some physicochemical and mechanical properties of multi- and unidirectional laminar collagen type I scaffolds. The processing variables considered in this study included microstructure orientation (uni- and multidirectional fiber/pore controlled by freeze-drying methodology), cross-linking (chemical - using genipin and glutaraldehyde, and physical - using a dehydrothermal method), and collagen concentration (2, 5 and 8mg/ml). The biocompatibility of the scaffolds obtained in each of the evaluated manufacturing processes was also assessed...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532018/characterization-of-physical-and-biodegradation-properties-of-poly-3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate-sepiolite-nanocomposites
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Omer Shakil, Farha Masood, Tariq Yasin
The pristine sepiolite was treated with the 3-aminopropyl triethoxy silane (APTES). The APTES grafted sepiolite (APTES-G-SP) was used to develop the poly-3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate (PHBV)/sepiolite nanocomposite films by the solution-casting method. Scanning electron micrographs showed that the APTES-G-SP fibers were well embedded in the polymer matrix. Fourier transform Infrared spectroscopy attributed the formation of covalent bonds between the APTES-G-SP and PHBV in the nanocomposite film. Thermal and water-barrier properties of the nanocomposite films were significantly improved...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531973/properties-and-toughening-mechanisms-of-pva-pam-double-network-hydrogels-prepared-by-freeze-thawing-and-anneal-swelling
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Kangkang Ou, Xia Dong, Chengling Qin, Xinan Ji, Jinxin He
It is well known that preparation method of hydrogels has a significant effect on their properties. In this paper, freeze-thawing and anneal-swelling were applied to prepare poly(vinyl alcohol)/polyacrylamide (PVA/PAM) double-network hydrogels with covalently and physically cross-linked networks. The properties of these hydrogels were investigated and compared to control hydrogels. Results indicated that hydrogels fabricated by freeze-thawing show larger pores size and higher swelling capacity than those made by anneal-swelling and control hydrogels...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531951/identifying-and-quantifying-geochemical-and-mixing-processes-in-the-matanza-riachuelo-aquifer-system-argentina
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S Armengol, M Manzano, S A Bea, S Martínez
The Matanza-Riachuelo River Basin, in the Northeast of the Buenos Aires Province, is one of the most industrialized and populated region in Argentina and it is worldwide known for its alarming environmental degradation. In order to prevent further damages, the aquifer system, which consists of two overlaid aquifers, is being monitored from 2008 by the river basin authority, Autoridad de la Cuenca Matanza-Riachuelo. The groundwater chemical baseline has been established in a previous paper (Zabala et al., 2016), and this one is devoted to the identification of the main physical and hydrogeochemical processes that control groundwater chemistry and its areal distribution...
May 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531942/target-signalling-pathways-of-natural-plant-derived-radioprotective-agents-from-treatment-to-potential-candidates-a-reverse-thought-on-anti-tumour-drugs
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Ke-Li Yun, Zhen Yu Wang
Radiation damage can occur in nuclear power plant workers when physical protections fail, which results in nuclear leakage through the protective layers. Alternatively, workers may be unable to use physical protection in time (in the case of a sudden nuclear weapons attack). In addition, patients who receive local radiotherapy and are not allowed to adopt local physical protection may experience radiation damage. Thus, protection against chemical radiation has become indispensable. In view of the side effects caused by synthetic radioprotective agents (such as amisfostine), searching for radioprotective agents from plant sources is an alternative strategy...
May 17, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531896/gamma-knife-radiosurgery-for-vestibular-schwannomas-and-quality-of-life-evaluation
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Oren Berkowitz, Yueh-Ying Han, Evelyn O Talbott, Aditya K Iyer, Hideyuki Kano, Douglas Kondziolka, Mason A Brown, L Dade Lunsford
BACKGROUND: Further investigation is needed to look at the impact of vestibular schwannoma (VS) on the health-related quality of life (QOL) of participants who undergo Gamma Knife® radiosurgery (GKRS). OBJECTIVES: Investigators compared the QOL for VS participants to reported US population norms in order to evaluate disease burden and long-term QOL several years after GKRS. METHODS: This cross-sectional study surveyed participants to assess hearing status, tinnitus, imbalance, vertigo, as well as the Short-Form 36-item Health Questionnaire (SF-36)...
May 23, 2017: Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531879/scaffold-requirements-for-periodontal-regeneration-with-enamel-matrix-derivative-proteins
#16
Alessandra Apicella, Peggy Heunemann, Laurent Dejace, Matteo Marascio, Christopher J G Plummer, Peter Fischer
Periodontitis affects the attachment of natural teeth, and infection or inflammation associated with periodontitis may affect peri-implant tissues. Enamel matrix derivative (EMD) proteins provide stimulation for self-regeneration of the damaged tissue when applied to wide intrabony defects as part of a mixture with bone graft material. As a first step of the process enhancing cell proliferation and ligament formation, we demonstrated that EMD protein precipitation depends strongly on the physical and chemical characteristics of the bone grafts used in the mixture...
May 9, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531876/photofunctionalization-of-dental-zirconia-oxide-surface-modification-to-improve-bio-integration-preserving-crystal-stability
#17
Marco Roy, Alfonso Pompella, Jerzy Kubacki, Adam Piosik, Bronisław Psiuk, Joanna Klimontko, Jacek Szade, Robert A Roy, Wieslaw Hedzelek
The use of zirconium oxide in dental implantology is rapidly increasing as it is regarded as being more aesthetical and biologically friendly than titanium oxide. The interaction of titanium oxide with cells and proteins has proven to be significantly affected by the inevitable atmospheric hydrocarbon contamination, defined as biological ageing. The latter has proven to be effectively reversed by UVC irradiation. Crystal structures of both Zr and Ti oxides are very similar, thus also ZrO2 is prone to contamination by hydrocarbons...
May 12, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531867/the-efficacy-of-steroids-for-postoperative-persistent-inflammatory-reaction-in-a-patient-with-barium-peritonitis-a-case-report
#18
Hirofumi Kojima, Shozo Hojo, Takahiro Manabe, Shiori Demura, Shinichi Sekine, Kazuto Shibuya, Isaya Hashimoto, Isaku Yoshioka, Tomoyuki Okumura, Takuya Nagata, Tsutomu Fujii
INTRODUCTION: Barium peritonitis is a serious and life-threatening disease requiring intensive care. Residual barium in the intraperitoneal cavity can cause persistent inflammation, postoperatively. PRESENTATION OF CASE: An 80-year-old woman was admitted to our hospital because of abdominal pain and vomiting after barium meal examination. Physical and radiographic examination showed sigmoid colon perforation. Barium sulfate extravasation was noted in the intraperitoneal cavity...
May 15, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531852/two-step-sequential-pretreatment-for-the-enhanced-enzymatic-hydrolysis-of-coffee-spent-waste
#19
Rajeev Ravindran, Swarna Jaiswal, Nissreen Abu-Ghannam, Amit K Jaiswal
In the present study, eight different pretreatments of varying nature (physical, chemical and physico-chemical) followed by a sequential, combinatorial pretreatment strategy was applied to spent coffee waste to attain maximum sugar yield. Pretreated samples were analysed for total reducing sugar, individual sugars and generation of inhibitory compounds such as furfural and hydroxymethyl furfural (HMF) which can hinder microbial growth and enzyme activity. Native spent coffee waste was high in hemicellulose content...
May 11, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531821/examining-the-physical-health-and-lifestyle-of-young-people-at-ultra-high-risk-for-psychosis-a-qualitative-study-involving-service-users-parents-and-clinicians
#20
Rebekah Carney, Jack Cotter, Tim Bradshaw, Alison R Yung
Emerging evidence suggests young people at ultra-high risk for psychosis (UHR) are also at-risk for poor physical health, and display high rates of modifiable cardiometabolic risk factors. However, before we can develop effective interventions there is a need to understand factors affecting lifestyle choices in the UHR group. We conducted semi-structured qualitative interviews with 20 UHR individuals (50% male; mean age 21.7), 5 parents (4 mothers, 1 father), and 6 clinicians from early intervention services in the Northwest of England to identify barriers and facilitators to living a healthy lifestyle, including achieving regular exercise, eating well and refraining from excessive substance use...
May 16, 2017: Psychiatry Research
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