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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532100/the-controlled-drug-release-by-ph-sensitive-molecularly-imprinted-nanospheres-for-enhanced-antibacterial-activity
#1
Congyang Mao, Xianzhou Xie, Xiangmei Liu, Zhenduo Cui, Xianjin Yang, K W K Yeung, Haobo Pan, Paul K Chu, Shuilin Wu
In this study, we prepared pH-sensitive hybrid nanospheres through the implementation of a facile molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) technique combined with a UV-initiated precipitation polymerization method using vancomycin (VA) for the templates. During the course of this investigation, both 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) and 2-(diethylamino) ethyl methacrylate (DEAEMA) were utilized as the functional monomers, while ethylene glycol dimethacrylate (EGDMA) was used as a cross-linker. The obtained MIP nanospheres exhibited well-controlled particle size, with a drug loading capacity of about 17%, much higher than that of the non-imprinted polymer (NIP) nanospheres (5%)...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532072/new-bioactive-bone-like-microspheres-with-intrinsic-magnetic-properties-obtained-by-bio-inspired-mineralisation-process
#2
Tatiana Marisa Fernandes Patrício, Silvia Panseri, Monica Sandri, Anna Tampieri, Simone Sprio
A bio-inspired mineralisation process was investigated and applied to develop novel hybrid magnetic materials by heterogeneous nucleation of Fe(2+)/Fe(3+)-doped hydroxyapatite nanocrystals onto a biopolymeric matrix made of a Type I collagen-based recombinant peptide (RCP). The effect of the synthesis temperature on the phase composition, crystallinity and magnetic properties of the nucleated inorganic phase was studied. The as-obtained magnetic materials were then engineered, by using a water-in-oil emulsification process, into hybrid magnetic microspheres, which were stabilized by de-hydrothermal treatment yielding cross-linking of the macromolecular matrix...
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
#3
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/28532060/design-and-characterization-of-biodegradable-macroporous-hybrid-inorganic-organic-polymer-for-orthopedic-applications
#4
Sunita PremVictor, Jibin Kunnumpurathu, M G Gayathri Devi, K Remya, Vineeth M Vijayan, Jayabalan Muthu
We have engineered hybrid polymer products based on a hybrid inorganic-organic comacromer consisting of hydroxyapatite (HA), carboxyl terminated polypropylene fumarate (CTPPF), PEG300 and ascorbic acid (AA) as a bone graft material. The integration and the spatial distribution of HA in the polymer backbone were facilitated by silanisation and 1-ethyl-3-(-3-dimethylaminopropyl) carbodiimide hydrochloride (EDC) coupling technique. These comacromers and crosslinked polymer products were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Raman mapping techniques...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532039/bioactivity-mechanical-properties-and-drug-delivery-ability-of-bioactive-glass-ceramic-scaffolds-coated-with-a-natural-derived-polymer
#5
M Araújo, R Viveiros, A Philippart, M Miola, S Doumett, G Baldi, J Perez, A R Boccaccini, A Aguiar-Ricardo, E Verné
In this work, hybrid melanin-coated bioactive glass-ceramic multifunctional scaffolds were developed and characterized in terms of mechanical strength, in vitro bioactivity in simulated body fluid (SBF) and ability to load ibuprofen. The coated scaffolds exhibited an accelerated bioactivity in comparison with the uncoated ones, being able of developing hydroxyapatite-like crystals after 7days soaking in simulated body fluid (SBF). Besides its positive influence on the scaffolds bioactivity, the melanin coating was able to enhance their mechanical properties, increasing the initial compressive strength by a factor of >2...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532035/honey-pva-hybrid-wound-dressings-with-controlled-release-of-antibiotics-structural-physico-mechanical-and-in-vitro-biomedical-studies
#6
Javad Tavakoli, Youhong Tang
Hydrogel/honey hybrids manifest an attractive design with an exclusive therapeutic property that promotes wound healing process. The greater the concentration of honey within the formulation, the better the biomedical properties that will be achieved. However, an increase in the percentage of honey can negatively affect the physico-chemical and mechanical properties of hybrid hydrogels. The need exists, therefore, to prepare wound dressings that contain high honey density with optimal biomedical, mechanical and physicochemical properties...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532021/nanosecond-laser-ablation-enhances-cellular-infiltration-in-a-hybrid-tissue-scaffold
#7
S Jahnavi, N Arthi, S Pallavi, C Selvaraju, G S Bhuvaneshwar, T V Kumary, R S Verma
Hybrid tissue engineered (HTE) scaffolds constituting polymeric nanofibers and biological tissues have attractive bio-mechanical properties. However, they suffer from small pore size due to dense overlapping nanofibers resulting in poor cellular infiltration. In this study, using nanosecond (ns) laser, we fabricated micro-scale features on Polycaprolactone (PCL)-Chitosan (CH) nanofiber layered bovine pericardium based Bio-Hybrid scaffold to achieve enhanced cellular adhesion and infiltration. The laser energy parameters such as fluence of 25J/cm(2), 0...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531647/multifunctional-plla-ceramic-fiber-membranes-for-bone-regeneration-applications
#8
Daniel Santos, Dina M Silva, Pedro S Gomes, Maria H Fernandes, José D Santos, Vitor Sencadas
A novel method to process electrospun poly(l-lactic acid) (PLLA) membranes incorporating glass reinforced hydroxyapatite granules (gHA) interspacially between the polymeric fibers is reported, thus increasing the surface area for cellular interactions. gHA granules (≤150μm) electrospun together with the polymer solution, lead to an average fiber diameter of 550±150nm for pristine PLLA and 440±170nm for the composite samples. An increase of the overall porosity was observed, from 79±3% for the PLLA up to 88±5% for the hybrid samples, keeping material's wettability and mechanical properties...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531350/embedded-metal-electrode-for-organic-inorganic-hybrid-nanowire-solar-cells
#9
Han-Don Um, Deokjae Choi, Ahreum Choi, Ji Hoon Seo, Kwanyong Seo
We demonstrate here an embedded metal electrode for highly efficient organic-inorganic hybrid nanowire solar cells. The electrode proposed here is an effective alternative to the conventional bus and finger electrode which leads to a localized short circuit at a direct Si/metal contact and has a poor collection efficiency due to a nonoptimized electrode design. In our design, an Ag/SiO2 electrode is embedded into a Si substrate while being positioned between Si nanowire (SiNW) arrays underneath poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS), facilitating suppressed recombination at the Si/Ag interface and notable improvements in the fabrication reproducibility...
May 22, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531199/mir-145-mediates-zebrafish-hepatic-outgrowth-through-progranulin-a-signaling
#10
Ya-Wen Li, Keng-Yu Chiang, Yen-Hsing Li, Sung-Yu Wu, Wangta Liu, Chia-Ray Lin, Jen-Leih Wu
MicroRNAs (miRs) are mRNA-regulatory molecules that fine-tune gene expression and modulate both processes of development and tumorigenesis. Our previous studies identified progranulin A (GrnA) as a growth factor which induces zebrafish hepatic outgrowth through MET signaling. We also found that miR-145 is one of potential fine-tuning regulators of GrnA involved in embryonic hepatic outgrowth. The low level of miR-145 seen in hepatocarinogenesis has been shown to promote pathological liver growth. However, little is known about the regulatory mechanism of miR-145 in embryonic liver development...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531196/co-inheritance-of-glucose-6-phosphate-dehydrogenase-deficiency-mutations-and-hemoglobin-e-in-a-kachin-population-in-a-malaria-endemic-region-of-southeast-asia
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Zeshuai Deng, Fang Yang, Yao Bai, Lijun He, Qing Li, Yanrui Wu, Lan Luo, Hong Li, Limei Ma, Zhaoqing Yang, Yongshu He, Liwang Cui
Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency and hemoglobin E (HbE, β26 Glu-Lys) are two common red cell disorders in Southeast Asia. G6PD deficiency produces hemolytic anemia, which can be triggered by certain drugs or infections. HbE is asymptomatic or is manifested as microcytic, minimally hemolytic anemia. The association between G6PD deficiency and HbE is little understood. This study aimed to investigate G6PD deficiency and HbE in a Kachin ethnic group in the China-Myanmar border area. G6PD enzyme activity was measured using a quantitative G6PD assay, G6PD variants genotyped by the SNaPshot assay, and an HbE gene mutation identified by an amplification refractory mutation system and subsequently confirmed by using a reverse dot blot hybridization assay from 100 unrelated individuals in the study area...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531159/a-family-of-aco-routing-protocols-for-mobile-ad-hoc-networks
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Delfín Rupérez Cañas, Ana Lucila Sandoval Orozco, Luis Javier García Villalba, Tai-Hoon Kim
In this work, an ACO routing protocol for mobile ad hoc networks based on AntHocNet is specified. As its predecessor, this new protocol, called AntOR, is hybrid in the sense that it contains elements from both reactive and proactive routing. Specifically, it combines a reactive route setup process with a proactive route maintenance and improvement process. Key aspects of the AntOR protocol are the disjoint-link and disjoint-node routes, separation between the regular pheromone and the virtual pheromone in the diffusion process and the exploration of routes, taking into consideration the number of hops in the best routes...
May 22, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531157/hybrid-aware-model-for-senior-wellness-service-in-smart-home
#13
Yuchae Jung
Smart home technology with situation-awareness is important for seniors to improve safety and security. With the development of context-aware computing, wearable sensor technology, and ubiquitous computing, it is easier for seniors to manage their health problem in smart home environment. For monitoring senior activity in smart home, wearable, and motion sensors-such as respiration rate (RR), electrocardiography (ECG), body temperature, and blood pressure (BP)-were used for monitoring movements of seniors. For context-awareness, environmental sensors-such as gas, fire, smoke, dust, temperature, and light sensors-were used for senior location data collection...
May 22, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531156/molecular-techniques-for-the-detection-of-organisms-in-aquatic-environments-with-emphasis-on-harmful-algal-bloom-species
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REVIEW
Linda K Medlin, Jahir Orozco
Molecular techniques to detect organisms in aquatic ecosystems are being gradually considered as an attractive alternative to standard laboratory methods. They offer faster and more accurate means of detecting and monitoring species, with respect to their traditional homologues based on culture and microscopic counting. Molecular techniques are particularly attractive when multiple species need to be detected and/or are in very low abundance. This paper reviews molecular techniques based on whole cells, such as microscope-based enumeration and Fluorescence In-Situ Hybridization (FISH) and molecular cell-free formats, such as sandwich hybridization assay (SHA), biosensors, microarrays, quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) and real time PCR (RT-PCR)...
May 22, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530806/photoluminescent-hybrids-of-cellulose-nanocrystals-and-carbon-quantum-dots-as-cytocompatible-probes-for-in-vitro-bio-imaging
#15
Jiaqi Guo, Dongfei Liu, Ilari Filpponen, Leena-Sisko Johansson, Jani-Markus Malho, Sakeena Quraishi, Falk Liebner, Hélder A Santos, Orlando J Rojas
We present an approach to construct biocompatible and photoluminescent hybrid materials comprised of carbon quantum dots (CQD) and TEMPO-oxidized cellulose nanocrystals (TO-CNC). First, the amino-functionalized carbon quantum dots (NH2-CQD) were synthesized using a simple microwave method and the TO-CNCs were prepared by hydrochloric acid (HCl) hydrolysis followed by TEMPO-mediated oxidation. The conjugation of NH2-CQD and TO-CNC was conducted via carbodiimide-assisted coupling chemistry. The synthesized TO-CNC@CQD hybrid nanomaterials were characterized using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, cryo-transmittance electron microscopy, confocal microscopy and fluorescence spectroscopy...
May 22, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530789/insight-into-charge-separation-in-wo3-bivo4-heterojunction-for-solar-water-splitting
#16
Sang Youn Chae, Chang Soo Lee, Hyejin Jung, Oh-Shim Joo, Byoung Koun Min, Jong Hak Kim, Yun Jeong Hwang
The WO3/BiVO4 heterojunction has shown promising photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting activity based on its charge transfer and light absorption capability, and notable enhancement of the photocurrent has been achieved via morphological modification of WO3. We developed a graft copolymer-assisted protocol for the synthesis of WO3 mesoporous thin films on a transparent conducting electrode, wherein the particle size, particle shape, and thickness of the WO3 layer were controlled by tuning the interactions in the polymer/sol-gel hybrid...
May 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530759/a-dual-emission-probe-to-detect-moisture-and-water-in-organic-solvents-based-on-green-tb-3-post-coordinated-metal-organic-frameworks-with-red-carbon-dots
#17
Jing-Xing Wu, Bing Yan
Using p-phenylenediamine as a precursor, p-carbon dots (p-CDs) with strong red-light emission were encapsulated into a metal-organic framework (MOF) followed by introduction of green light-emitting Tb(3+) to form a two-color light-emitting hybrid (Tb(3+)@p-CDs/MOF). The as-prepared fluorescent-functionalized MOF not only maintained the excellent optical properties of p-CDs and Tb(3+) to give strong emission, but also had good chemical and physical properties. The chosen p-CDs were aggregated readily in water, which led to only very weak photoluminescence, whereas the opposite effect was noted in the organic solvents ethanol, dimethylformamide and cyclopropane...
May 22, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530741/thionine-graphene-oxide-covalent-hybrid-and-its-interaction-with-light
#18
Ewelina Krzyszkowska, Justyna Walkowiak-Kulikowska, Sven Stienen, Aleksandra Wojcik
Graphene oxide sheets (GO) were covalently functionalized with thionine molecules. The obtained hybrid material, Th-GO, was characterized by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Auger electron spectroscopy (AES), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and Raman spectroscopy. Subsequently, the interaction of light with the free dye molecules and with dye molecules bound to the graphene oxide sheets was probed via UV-Vis spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy and femtosecond pump-probe spectroscopy...
May 22, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530583/microencapsulation-structures-based-on-protein-coated-liposomes-obtained-through-electrospraying-for-the-stabilization-and-improved-bioaccessibility-of-curcumin
#19
Laura G Gómez-Mascaraque, Caroline Casagrande Sipoli, Lucimara Gaziola de La Torre, Amparo López-Rubio
Novel food-grade hybrid encapsulation structures based on the entrapment of phosphatidylcholine liposomes, within a WPC matrix through electrospraying, were developed and used as delivery vehicles for curcumin. The loading capacity and encapsulation efficiency of the proposed system was studied, and the suitability of the approach to stabilize curcumin and increase its bioaccessibility was assessed. Results showed that the maximum loading capacity of the liposomes was around 1.5% of curcumin, although the loading capacity of the hybrid microencapsulation structures increased with the curcumin content by incorporation of curcumin microcrystals upon electrospraying...
October 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530545/synthesis-and-biological-evaluation-of-curcumin-nitroxide-based-molecular-hybrids-as-antioxidant-and-anti-proliferative-agents
#20
Balázs Bognár, Muthulakshmi Kuppusamy, Esha Madan, Tamás Kálai, Mária Balog, József Jekő, Periannan Kuppusamy, Kálmán Hideg
BACKGROUND: Natural products and their derivatives are widely used to treat cancer and other diseases associated with ROS- and RNS-induced damages. METHODS: A series of paramagnetic modified curcumin analogues and 3,5-diarylidene-piperidones (DAP) have been designed, synthesized, and characterized on their anti-proliferative and antioxidant activity. RESULTS: Biological characterization of the new compounds supported the earlier results that incorporation of a nitroxide moiety or its precursor into curcumin or diarylidenylpiperidone (DAP) scaffolds resulted in anti-proliferative effect toward cancerous cell-lines in case of aryl hydroxy and/or methoxy substituent containing derivatives suggesting their potential for targeted therapeutic applications...
May 22, 2017: Medicinal Chemistry
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