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Masoud Ramezanzadehkoldeh, Bjørn Skallerud
Nanoindentation test results in the axial direction of mouse femurs were the basis for the current study. Although the majority of the nanoindentation curves showed a reasonable consistency, some curves showed a significantly softer response. Detailed investigation, using focused ion beam-scanning electron microscopy, provided that the softer response is due to subsurface cavities such as lacunae. Finite element models were developed to simulate the nanoindentation of mice femur cortical bone samples with and without the incorporation of a single lacuna underneath the bone surface...
April 19, 2017: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
Costantino Del Gaudio, Valentina Crognale, Gianpaolo Serino, Pierluca Galloni, Alberto Audenino, Domenico Ribatti, Umberto Morbiducci
Microspheres can be regarded as a suitable platform for the development of ad hoc drug delivery systems, since the targeted release of a therapeutic agent can effectively contribute to support and improve a pharmacological protocol. However, several crucial factors related to the selection of materials, drugs and fabrication techniques should be critically analyzed in order to enhance the expected performance. Dealing with highly compatible materials, e.g. naturally-derived polymers and "green" reagents, can be a valid approach...
June 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Anu Mohandas, Amit G Krishnan, Raja Biswas, Deepthy Menon, Manitha B Nair
Nanosurface modification of Titanium (Ti) implants and prosthesis is proved to enhance osseointegration at the tissue-implant interface. However, many of these products lack adequate antibacterial capability, which leads to implant loosening. As a curative strategy, in this study, nanotextured Ti substrates embedded with silver nanoparticles were developed through a single step hydrothermal processing in an alkaline medium containing silver nitrate at different concentrations (15, 30 and 75μM). Scanning electron micrographs revealed a non-periodically oriented nanoleafy structure on Ti (TNL) decorated with Ag nanoparticles (nanoAg), which was verified by XPS, XRD and EDS analysis...
June 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
M Cruel, M Granke, C Bosser, M Audran, T Hoc
OBJECTIVE OF THE STUDY: Alcohol-induced secondary osteoporosis in men has been characterized by higher fracture prevalence and a modification of bone microarchitecture. Chronic alcohol consumption impairs bone cell activity and results in an increased fragility. A few studies highlighted effects of heavy alcohol consumption on some microarchitectural parameters of trabecular bone. But to date and to our knowledge, micro- and macro-mechanical properties of bone of alcoholic subjects have not been investigated...
April 11, 2017: Morphologie: Bulletin de L'Association des Anatomistes
Michele Casanova, Anna Balmelli, Davide Carnelli, Diana Courty, Philipp Schneider, Ralph Müller
Studies investigating micromechanical properties in mouse cortical bone often solely focus on the mechanical behaviour along the long axis of the bone. Therefore, data on the anisotropy of mouse cortical bone is scarce. The aim of this study is the first-time evaluation of the anisotropy ratio between the longitudinal and transverse directions of reduced modulus and hardness in mouse femurs by using the nanoindentation technique. For this purpose, nine 22-week-old mice (C57BL/6) were sacrificed and all femurs extracted...
February 2017: Royal Society Open Science
Izabela Cieszykowska, Tomasz Janiak, Tadeusz Barcikowski, Mieczysław Mielcarski, Renata Mikołajczak, Jarosław Choiński, Marek Barlak, Łukasz Kurpaska
The method of (100)Mo metallic target preparation for production of (99m)Tc by proton irradiation in (100)Mo(p,2n)(99m)Tc reaction was demonstrated. For this purpose, pressing of molybdenum powder into pellets and their subsequent sintering in reductive atmosphere were applied. The influence of parameters such as molybdenum mass and time of both pressing and sintering on the (100)Mo target durability was investigated. Under the optimized conditions, (100)Mo metallic pellet targets with density of 9.95±0.06g/cm(3) were obtained...
March 10, 2017: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
Joost Snijder, Kerstin Radtke, Fenja Anderson, Luella Scholtes, Eleonora Corradini, Joel Baines, Albert J R Heck, Gijs J L Wuite, Beate Sodeik, Wouter H Roos
Using atomic force microscopy imaging and nanoindentation measurements, we investigated the effect of the minor capsid proteins pUL17 and pUL25 on the structural stability of the icosahedral Herpes Simplex Virus capsids. pUL17 and pUL25 that form the capsid vertex-specific component (CVSC) particularly contributed to the capsid resilience along the 5-fold and 2-fold, but not along the 3-fold icosahedral axes. Our detailed analyses, including quantitative mass spectrometry on the protein composition of the capsids, revealed that pUL17 and pUL25 are both required to stabilize the capsid shells at the vertices...
April 5, 2017: Journal of Virology
Xiangchao Pang, Lijun Lin, Bin Tang
Collagen, the dominating material in the extracellular matrix, provides the strength, elasticity and mechanical stability to the organisms. The mechanical property of collagen is mainly dominated by its surrounding environments. However, the variation and origin of the mechanics of collagen fibril under different concentrations of calcium ions (χCa) remains unknown. By using the atomic force microscopy based nanoindentation, the mechanics and structure of individual type II collagen fibril were first investigated under different χCa in this study...
April 5, 2017: Scientific Reports
E P Paschalis, S Gamsjaeger, K Klaushofer
Although musculoskeletal diseases such as osteoporosis are diagnosed and treatment outcome is evaluated based mainly on routine clinical outcomes of bone mineral density (BMD) by DXA and biochemical markers, it is recognized that these two indicators, as valuable as they have proven to be in the everyday clinical practice, do not fully account for manifested bone strength. Thus, the term bone quality was introduced, to complement considerations based on bone turnover rates and BMD. Bone quality is an "umbrella" term that incorporates the structural and material/compositional characteristics of bone tissue...
April 5, 2017: Osteoporosis International
Manuel Toledano, Raquel Osorio, Modesto T López-López, Fátima S Aguilera, Franklin García-Godoy, Manuel Toledano-Osorio, Estrella Osorio
The aim of this study was to evaluate the changes in the mechanical behavior and bonding capability of Zn-doped resin-infiltrated caries-affected dentin interfaces. Dentin surfaces were treated with 37% phosphoric acid (PA) followed by application of a dentin adhesive, single bond (SB) (PA+SB) or by 0.5 M ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) followed by SB (EDTA+SB). ZnO microparticles of 10 wt. % or 2 wt. % ZnCl2 was added into SB, resulting in the following groups: PA+SB, PA+SB-ZnO, PA+SB-ZnCl2, EDTA+SB, EDTA+SB-ZnO, EDTA+SB-ZnCl2...
April 4, 2017: Biointerphases
Katarzyna E Malek-Zietek, Marta Targosz-Korecka, Marek Szymonski
The impact of hyperglycemia on adhesion between lung carcinoma cells (A549) and pulmonary human aorta endothelial cells (PHAEC) was studied using the single-cell force spectroscopy. Cancer cells were immobilized on a tipless Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) cantilever and a single layer of endothelial cells was prepared on a glass slide. The measured force-distance curves provided information about the detachment force and about the frequency of specific ligand-receptor rupture events. Measurements were performed for different times of short term (up to 2 h) and prolonged hyperglycemia (3 h - 24 h)...
April 4, 2017: Journal of Molecular Recognition: JMR
Z Li, S Gao, U Brand, K Hiller, N Wollschläger, F Pohlenz
The quantitative nanomechanical characterization of soft materials using the nanoindentation tech-nique requires further improvements in the performances of instruments, including their force resolution in particular. A micro-machined silicon nanoforce transducer based upon electrostatic comb drives featuring the force and depth resolutions down to ∼1 nN and 0.2 nm, respectively, is described. At the end of the MEMS transducer's main shaft, a pyramidal tip is fabricated using a focused ion beam facility. A proof-of-principle setup with this MEMS nanoindenter has been established to measure the mechanical properties of soft polydimethylsiloxane...
March 2017: Review of Scientific Instruments
A Ajetunmobi, D McAllister, Namrata Jain, Owen Brazil, A Corvin, Y Volkov, D Tropea, A Prina-Mello
The physical properties of substrates can have profound effects on the structure and function of cultured cells. In this study we aimed to examine the viability, adherence and morphological and functional variations between SH-SY5Y human neuroblastoma cells cultured on SU-8 surfaces compared to control surfaces composed of borosilicate glass, which are routinely used for cell culture. The SU-8 polymer has been extensively studied for its biocompatibility but there has been little investigation into the characteristic differences between cells cultured on SU-8 when compared to glass...
March 28, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
Partheban Manoharan, Narayan Chandra Das, Kinsuk Naskar
Rising ecological concerns and depletion of the potentially harmful environmental impacts caused by rubber products, are of prime importance in the industry. Therefore, implementation of sustainable greener materials is required to minimize the detrimental influences. In this research, we investigated the beneficial influence of naturally derived bio-resin towards the effects of association with Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles in highly dispersible silica (HDS) reinforced Natural rubber (NR)/Epoxidized Natural Rubber (ENR) based composites...
March 31, 2017: Biopolymers
Masahiro Iijima, Kyotaro Kawaguchi, Naohiko Kawamura, Shuichi Ito, Takashi Saito, Itaru Mizoguchi
We investigated single application of pastes containing a surface reaction-type pre-reacted glass-ionomer (S-PRG) filler on enamel demineralization. Human enamel blocks were polished using pastes containing S-PRG filler (0, 5, and 30%) and immersed in demineralizing solution for 5 days with daily change of solutions. The pH measurement and nanoindentation testing was carried out during the immersion period, and the enamel surfaces were examined using scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy...
March 29, 2017: Dental Materials Journal
Zhuolong Zhou, Chaoxu Zheng, Su Li, Xiaofeng Zhou, Zhonghua Liu, Qianting He, Ningning Zhang, Alfonso Ngan, Bin Tang, Anxun Wang
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March 28, 2017: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
Dongwei Hou, Guoping Zhang, Rohit Raj Pant, Zhongxin Wei, Shuilong Shen
Clay-based nanostructured multilayers, such as clay-polymer multilayers and clay-oxide multilayers, have attracted growing attention owing to their remarkable mechanical properties and promising application in various fields. In this paper, synthesis of a new kind of nanostructured clay-oxide multilayers by layer-by-layer self-assembly was explored. Nano-mechanical characterization of 18 clay-based multilayer samples, prepared under as-deposited (i.e., air-dried) and annealing conditions at 400 °C/600 °C with different precursor cations and multilayer structure, were carried out using nanoindentation testing, atomic force microscopy (AFM), and X-ray diffraction (XRD)...
November 8, 2016: Nanomaterials
Amadou Ouattara, Diana Cooke, Raj Gopalakrishnan, Tsang-Hai Huang, Gene P Ables
Methionine restriction (MR) extends the lifespan of a wide variety of species, including rodents, drosophila, nematodes, and yeasts. MR has also been demonstrated to affect the overall growth of mice and rats. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of MR on bone structure in young and aged male and female C57BL/6J mice. This study indicated that MR affected the growth rates of males and young females, but not aged females. MR reduced volumetric bone mass density (vBMD) and bone mineral content (BMC), while bone microarchitecture parameters were decreased in males and young females, but not in aged females compared to control-fed (CF) mice...
December 2016: Bone Reports
Jingzu Hao, Ying Li, Baoe Li, Xiaolin Wang, Haipeng Li, Shimin Liu, Chunyong Liang, Hongshui Wang
Hybrid micro-nanostructure implant surface was produced on titanium (Ti) surface by acid etching and anodic oxidation to improve the biological and mechanical properties. The biological properties of the micro-nanostructure were investigated by simulated body fluid (SBF) soaking test and MC3T3-E1 cell co-culture experiment. The cell proliferation, spreading, and bone sialoprotein (BSP) gene expression were examined by MTT, SEM, and reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), respectively. In addition, the mechanical properties were evaluated by instrumented nanoindentation test and friction-wear test...
March 20, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Chung-Chuan Lai, Cecilia Goyenola, Esteban Broitman, Lars-Åke Näslund, Hans Högberg, Lars Hultman, Gueorgui K Gueorguiev, Johanna Rosen
A theoretical and experimental study on the growth and properties of a ternary carbon-based material, CS x F y , synthesized from SF6 and C as primary precursors is reported. The synthetic growth concept was applied to model the possible species resulting from the fragmentation of SF6 molecules and the recombination of S-F fragments with atomic C. The possible species were further evaluated for their contribution to the film growth. Corresponding solid CS x F y thin films were deposited by reactive direct current magnetron sputtering from a C target in a mixed Ar/SF6 discharge with different SF6 partial pressures ([Formula: see text])...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
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