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Amado M Velázquez-Benítez, K Yanín Guerra-Santillán, Raúl Caudillo-Viurquez, J Enrique Antonio-López, Rodrigo Amezcua-Correa, Juan Hernández-Cordero
We demonstrate a simple approach based on a photonic lantern spatial-mode multiplexer and a few-mode fiber for optical and manipulation of multiple microspheres. Selective generation of linearly polarized (LP) fiber modes provides light patterns useful for trapping one or multiple microparticles. Furthermore, rotation of the particles can be achieved by switching between degenerate LP modes, as well as through polarization rotation of the input light. Our results show that emerging fiber optic devices such as photonic lanterns can provide a versatile and compact means for developing optical fiber traps...
March 15, 2018: Optics Letters
Qike Wang, Yidan Shang, Douglas S Hilton, Kiao Inthavong, Dong Zhang, Mark A Elgar
The elaborate bipectinate antennae of male moths are thought to increase their sensitivity to female sex pheromones, and so should be favoured by selection. Yet simple filamentous antennae are the most common structure among moths. The stereotypic arrangements of scales on the surface of antennae may resolve this paradox. We use computational fluid dynamics techniques to model how scales on the filamentous antennae of moths affect the passage of different particles in the airflow across the flagellum in both small and large moths...
March 14, 2018: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
An-Ci Shih, Chi-Jui Han, Tsung-Cheng Kuo, Yun-Chien Cheng
The deposition stability and homogeneity of microparticles improved with mask, lengthened nozzle and flow rate adjustment. The microparticles can be used to encapsulate monomers, before the monomers in the microparticles can be deposited onto a substrate for nanoscale self-assembly. For the uniformity of the synthesized nanofilm, the homogeneity of the deposited microparticles becomes an important issue. Based on the ANSYS simulation results, the effects of secondary flow were minimized with a lengthened nozzle...
March 14, 2018: Nanomaterials
Parker W Lee, Jonathan K Pokorski
Injectable or implantable poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) devices for the sustained delivery of proteins have been widely studied and utilized to overcome the necessity of repeated administrations for therapeutic proteins due to poor pharmacokinetic profiles of macromolecular therapies. These devices can come in the form of microparticles, implants, or patches depending on the disease state and route of administration. Furthermore, the release rate can be tuned from weeks to months by controlling the polymer composition, geometry of the device, or introducing additives during device fabrication...
March 13, 2018: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology
Carla Ribeiro, João Borges, Ana M S Costa, Vítor M Gaspar, Verónica de Zea Bermudez, João F Mano
Hollow multilayered capsules have shown massive potential for being used in the biomedical and biotechnology fields, in applications such as cellular internalization, intracellular trafficking, drug delivery, or tissue engineering. In particular, hollow microcapsules, developed by resorting to porous calcium carbonate sacrificial templates, natural-origin building blocks and the prominent Layer-by-Layer (LbL) technology, have attracted increasing attention owing to their key features. However, these microcapsules revealed a great tendency to aggregate, which represents a major hurdle when aiming for cellular internalization and intracellular therapeutics delivery...
March 10, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Frederieke Kroon, Cherie Motti, Sam Talbot, Paula Sobral, Marji Puotinen
Plastic pollution is ubiquitous throughout the marine environment, with microplastic (i.e. <5 mm) contamination a global issue of emerging concern. The lack of universally accepted methods for quantifying microplastic contamination, including consistent application of microscopy, photography, an spectroscopy and photography, may result in unrealistic contamination estimates. Here, we present and apply an analysis workflow tailored to quantifying microplastic contamination in marine waters, incorporating stereomicroscopic visual sorting, microscopic photography and attenuated total reflectance (ATR) Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy...
March 10, 2018: Environmental Pollution
Shuailong Zhang, Adele Nikitina, Yujie Chen, Yanfeng Zhang, Lin Liu, Andrew G Flood, Joan Juvert, M Dean Chamberlain, Nazir P Kherani, Steven L Neale, Aaron R Wheeler
Optoelectronic tweezers (OET) are a microsystem actuation technology capable of moving microparticles at mm s-1 velocities with nN forces. In this work, we analyze the behavior of particles manipulated by negative dielectrophoresis (DEP) forces in an OET trap. A user-friendly computer interface was developed to generate a circular rotating light pattern to control the movement of the particles, allowing their force profiles to be conveniently measured. Three-dimensional simulations were carried out to clarify the experimental results, and the DEP forces acting on the particles were simulated by integrating the Maxwell stress tensor...
March 5, 2018: Optics Express
Muxin Yu, Rujuan Xie, Yan Zhang, Hui Liang, Li Hou, Chengyuan Yu, Jinming Zhang, Zengxiang Dong, Ye Tian, Yayan Bi, Junjie Kou, Valerie A Novakovic, Jialan Shi
Background: Relatively little is known about the role of phosphatidylserine (PS) in procoagulant activity (PCA) in patients with diabetic kidney disease (DKD). This study was designed to evaluate whether exposed PS on microparticles (MPs) and MP-origin cells were involved in the hypercoagulability in DKD patients. Methods: DKD patients (n = 90) were divided into three groups based on urinary albumin excretion rate, defined as normoalbuminuria (No-A) (<30 mg/24 h), microalbuminuria (Mi-A) (30-299 mg/24 h) or macroalbuminuria (Ma-A) (>300 mg/24 h), and compared with healthy controls (n = 30)...
February 26, 2018: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
M Lascol, S Bourgeois, C Barratier, P Marote, P Lantéri, C Bordes
Having previously highlighted the gelation of pectin with chlorhexidine (CX), pectinate microparticles were prepared here by vibrational prilling using CX, not only as an active ingredient encapsulated but also as a cross-linking agent. CX amount required for pectin gelation was smaller than usual dications (Ca2+ , Zn2+ ) used as cross-linking agent for pectin ionotropic gelation: CX seemed to bind more easily to pectin chains that could be explained by its large molecular size. Three batches of CX microparticles with different mean size were prepared...
March 8, 2018: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
Lijun Yang, Min Yang, Siying Li, Zhongxi Zhao
Posaconazole is a broad-spectrum antibacterial drug for the treatment of invasive fungal infections. However, its clinical usage is limited by a lot of adverse reactions such as diarrhea. S-allylmercaptocysteine (SAMC), a garlic organosulfur compound, has a strong antioxidative and anti-inflammatory activity. This study aimed to examine the protective effects of SAMC on posaconazole-induced adverse effects. Mice were treated with the blank control, enteric coated posaconazole microparticles (POS group) and its combination with SAMC (Combination group)...
March 8, 2018: International Immunopharmacology
Sara Shahbazi, Ali Zamanian, Mohammad Pazouki, Yaser Jafari
A new total biomimetic technique based on both the water uptake and degradation processes is introduced in this study to provide an interesting procedure to fabricate a bioactive and biodegradable synthetic scaffold, which has a good mechanical and structural properties. The optimization of effective parameters to scaffold fabrication was done by response surface methodology/central composite design (CCD). With this method, a synthetic scaffold was fabricated which has a uniform and open-interconnected porous structure with the largest pore size of 100-200μm...
May 1, 2018: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Antonio Di Martino, Marina E Trusova, Pavel S Postnikov, Vladimir Sedlarik
An innovative microcarrier based on a carboxy-enriched and branched polylactic acid derivative was developed to enhance the in vitro phototoxicity of the photosensitizer and prodrug 5-aminolevulinic. Microparticles, prepared by double emulsion technique and loaded with the prodrug were carefully characterized and the effect of the polymer structure on the chemical, physical and biological properties of the final product was evaluated. Results showed that microparticles have a spherical shape and ability to allocate up to 30 μg of the photosensitizer per mg of carrier despite their difference in solubility...
March 3, 2018: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
Pierre Maudens, Christian Alexander Seemayer, François Pfefferlé, Olivier Jordan, Eric Allémann
This study aimed to formulate nanocrystal-polymer particles containing the potent p38α/β MAPK inhibitor PH-797804 (PH-NPPs) and to test their extended-release properties over months in comparison to those of conventional PH microparticles for the intra-articular treatment of inflammatory and mechanistic murine models mirroring aspects of human osteoarthritis (OA). The steps of the study were (i) to formulate PH nanocrystals (wet milling), (ii) to encapsulate a high payload of PH nanocrystals in fluorescent particles (spray drying), (iii) to assess in vitro drug release, (iv) to evaluate PH-NPP toxicity to human OA synoviocytes (MTT test), (v) to investigate the in vivo bioactivity of the particles in mice in an inflammatory antigen-induced arthritis (AIA) model (using histology and RT-qPCR) and (vi) to investigate the in vivo bioactivity of the particles in the OA model obtained by mechanistic surgical destabilization of the medial meniscus (DMM) (using histology, micro-CT, and multiplex ELISA)...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
Sandra M Londoño-Restrepo, Natalia Rincón-Londoño, Margarita Contreras-Padilla, Beatriz M Millan-Malo, Mario E Rodriguez-Garcia
This work is focused on the chemical, structural, morphological, thermal, IR vibrational, and pasting characterization of isolated white, yellow, and purple Arracacha starches from Colombia. Inductive couple plasma showed that these starches are rich in potassium. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) images show that the starch granules are formed by ovoid fully filled Lego-like starch microparticles, the circular cross-section has a diameter between 9 and 15 μm and mayor axis between 20 and 30 μm. Each one of these ovoids is formed by irregular wedge-shaped 6 to 10 isolated starch granules with an average size between 4 and 12 μm...
March 6, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Muhammed Veli, Aydogan Ozcan
We present a cost-effective and portable platform based on contact lenses for non-invasively detecting Staphylococcus aureus, which is part of the human ocular microbiome and resides on the cornea and conjunctiva. Using Staphylococcus aureus-specific antibodies and a surface chemistry protocol that is compatible with human tear, contact lenses are designed to specifically capture Staphylococcus aureus. After the bacteria capture on the lens, and right before its imaging, the captured bacteria are tagged with surface-functionalized polystyrene microparticles...
March 9, 2018: ACS Nano
R Heitmar, P Nicholl, B Lee, Y C Lau, Gyh Lip
Background Hypercoagulability is a leading factor in diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Retinal vessel responses to flickering light are an important tool for assessing ocular function. We hypothesised a significant relationship between systemic markers of haemostasis and retinal vessel function. Methods Intra-ocular pressure and retinal microcirculation function were measured in 116 patients with diabetes and/or cardiovascular disease using unstimulated and stimulated arterial and venous retinal vessel responses to flickering light...
March 9, 2018: British Journal of Biomedical Science
Y Zhang, C Zhao, Y Wei, S Yang, C Cui, J Yang, J Zhang, R Qiao
INTRODUCTION: Preeclampsia (PE) is associated with hypercoagulability, endothelial dysfunction and inflammation, which generate microparticles (MPs). Therefore, MPs may be important for PE. METHODS: We established a verified MP measurement procedure to detect MPs in nonpregnant women (n = 25), healthy pregnant women (n = 29) and PE women (n = 73) and compared their MP levels. RESULTS: Microparticles prepared from platelets (PMPs), endothelial cells (EMPs) and leucocytes (LMPs) were confirmed by transmission electron microscopy and were analysed by our established flow cytofluorimetric approach, which showed good specificity for determining the cell origin and level of MPs...
March 9, 2018: International Journal of Laboratory Hematology
Sander Bekeschus, Jan-Wilm Lackmann, Denis Gümbel, Matthias Napp, Anke Schmidt, Kristian Wende
Non-healing wounds continue to be a clinical challenge for patients and medical staff. These wounds have a heterogeneous etiology, including diabetes and surgical trauma wounds. It is therefore important to decipher molecular signatures that reflect the macroscopic process of wound healing. To this end, we collected wound sponge dressings routinely used in vacuum assisted therapy after surgical trauma to generate wound-derived protein profiles via global mass spectrometry. We confidently identified 311 proteins in exudates...
March 7, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Raffaella Soleti, Ramaroson Andriantsitohaina, M Carmen Martinez
Polyphenols are found in plant-derived foods and beverages and display numerous protective effects against cancers, cardiovascular, metabolic and neurodegenerative diseases. Extracellular vesicles (EVs), microparticles, exosomes, and apoptotic bodies, originated by different cell types are emerging as a novel mean of cell-to-cell communication in physiology and pathology and represent a new way to convey fundamental information between cells. Polyphenols can act on signaling pathways that interfere with the biogenesis of EVs...
March 5, 2018: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Tian Hang, Hui-Jiuan Chen, Ji Wang, Di-An Lin, Jiangming Wu, Di Liu, Yuhong Cao, Chengduan Yang, Chenglin Liu, Shuai Xiao, Meilin Gu, Shuolin Pan, Mei X Wu, Xi Xie
Dispersion of hydrophilic particles in non-polar media has many important applications yet remains difficult. Surfactant or amphiphilic functionalization was conventionally applied to disperse particles but is highly dependent on the particle/solvent system and may induce unfavorable effects and impact particle hydrophilic nature. Recently 2 μm size polystyrene microbeads coated with ZnO nanospikes have been reported to display anomalous dispersity in phobic media without using surfactant or amphiphilic functionalization...
March 8, 2018: Nanotechnology
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