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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925678/two-dimensional-and-three-dimensional-ultrasound-of-artificial-skin
#1
Ximena Wortsman, Nelson Navarrete
Wound healing may be a difficult problem, and variable types of artificial skin prototypes have been developed for supporting this process. Using ultrasound, we studied 4 cellulose-derived artificial skin prototypes and assessed their two-dimensional and three-dimensional morphology. These prototypes were identified on ultrasound both on in vitro and in vivo studies. They allowed the sonographic observation of deeper layers on different types of surfaces of the body with good definition on the in vivo examinations performed on healthy skin and cutaneous ulcers...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925461/in-it-for-the-long-haul-the-cytocompatibility-of-aged-graphene-oxide-and-its-degradation-products
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Brian D Holt, Anne M Arnold, Stefanie A Sydlik
Synthetic biomaterials are poised to transform medicine; however, current synthetic options have yet to ideally recapitulate the desirable properties of native tissue. Thus, the development of new synthetic biomaterials remains an active challenge. Due to its excellent properties, including electrical conductivity, water dispersibility, and capacity for functionalization, graphene oxide (GO) holds potential for myriads of applications, including biological devices. While many studies have evaluated the compatibility of freshly prepared GO, understanding the compatibility of GO as it ages in an aqueous environment is crucial for its safe implementation in long-term biological applications...
December 2016: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924840/atmospheric-pressure-non-equilibrium-plasma-as-a-green-tool-to-crosslink-gelatin-nanofibers
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Anna Liguori, Adriana Bigi, Vittorio Colombo, Maria Letizia Focarete, Matteo Gherardi, Chiara Gualandi, Maria Chiara Oleari, Silvia Panzavolta
Electrospun gelatin nanofibers attract great interest as a natural biomaterial for cartilage and tendon repair despite their high solubility in aqueous solution, which makes them also difficult to crosslink by means of chemical agents. In this work, we explore the efficiency of non-equilibrium atmospheric pressure plasma in stabilizing gelatin nanofibers. We demonstrate that plasma represents an innovative, easy and environmentally friendly approach to successfully crosslink gelatin electrospun mats directly in the solid state...
December 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924445/growth-arrest-of-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-in-suspension-culture-using-low-acyl-gellan-gum
#4
Tomomi Natori, Masachika Fujiyoshi, Masashi Uchida, Natsuki Abe, Tatsuro Kanaki, Yasunori Fukumoto, Itsuko Ishii
The proliferation of vascular smooth muscle cells (SMCs) causes restenosis in biomaterial vascular grafts. The purposes of this study were to establish a suspension culture system for SMCs by using a novel substrate, low-acyl gellan gum (GG) and to maintain SMCs in a state of growth inhibition. When SMCs were cultured in suspension with GG, their proliferation was inhibited. Their viability was 70% at day 2, which was maintained at more than 50% until day 5. In contrast, the viability of cells cultured in suspension without GG was 5...
December 6, 2016: In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology. Animal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919809/effect-of-novel-bioactive-edible-coatings-based-on-jujube-gum-and-nettle-oil-loaded-nanoemulsions-on-the-shelf-life-of-beluga-sturgeon-fillets
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Seyed Mohammad Taghi Gharibzahedi, Sara Mohammadnabi
Effect of jujube gum (JG; 4, 8 and 12% wt)-based nanoemulsions (NEs) containing nettle essential oil (NEO; 2, 3.5 and 5% wt) as new edible coatings was investigated to preserve Beluga sturgeon fillets (BSFs) during 15 day-refrigerated storage at 4°C. Physical (weight loss, cooking loss, color and texture), chemical (pH, FFA, PV, TBARS and TVB-N), microbiological (total and psychrotrophic bacterial counts), and sensorial characteristics of BSFs were kinetically analyzed. Preliminary studies showed that the NEs formulated with NEO lower than 5% at all JG concentrations were able to form stable coating solutions owing to the highest short-term stability (>90%) and entrapment efficiency (94...
December 2, 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919386/donor-s-support-tool-enabling-informed-secondary-use-of-patient-s-biomaterial-and-personal-data
#6
Haridimos Kondylakis, Lefteris Koumakis, Stephanie Hänold, Iheanyi Nwankwo, Nikolaus Forgó, Kostas Marias, Manolis Tsiknakis, Norbert Graf
PURPOSE: Biomedical research is being catalyzed by the vast amount of data rapidly collected through the application of information technologies (IT). Despite IT advances, the methods for involving patients and citizens in biomedical research remain static, paper-based and organized around national boundaries and anachronistic legal frameworks. The purpose of this paper is to study the current practices for obtaining consent for biobanking and the legal requirements for reusing the available biomaterial and data in EU and finally to present a novel tool to this direction enabling the secondary use of data and biomaterial...
January 2017: International Journal of Medical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919214/hydrogel-based-drug-delivery-systems-a-review-with-special-emphasis-on-challenges-associated-with-decontamination-of-hydrogels-and-biomaterials
#7
Irene Satiko Kikuchi, Raquel Galante, Kamal Dua, Daniela Dal Molim Ghisleni, Terezinha de Jesus Andreoli Pinto, Venkata Ramana Malipeddi, Rajendra Awasthi
Many researches involving the development of new techniques and biomaterials to formulate a suitable drug delivery systems and tissue engineering have been conducted. The majority of published literature from these researches emphasizes the production and materials characterization. However there is very limited information regarding their sterilization methods. The present review article has summarized various different literatures that encompasses the difficulties encountered with sterilization methods in the preparations of hydrogels for biological applications...
December 5, 2016: Current Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919066/designed-proteins-induce-the-formation-of-nanocage-containing-extracellular-vesicles
#8
Jörg Votteler, Cassandra Ogohara, Sue Yi, Yang Hsia, Una Nattermann, David M Belnap, Neil P King, Wesley I Sundquist
Complex biological processes are often performed by self-organizing nanostructures comprising multiple classes of macromolecules, such as ribosomes (proteins and RNA) or enveloped viruses (proteins, nucleic acids and lipids). Approaches have been developed for designing self-assembling structures consisting of either nucleic acids or proteins, but strategies for engineering hybrid biological materials are only beginning to emerge. Here we describe the design of self-assembling protein nanocages that direct their own release from human cells inside small vesicles in a manner that resembles some viruses...
November 30, 2016: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918986/hybrid-chitosan-polyaniline-polypyrrole-biomaterial-for-enhanced-adsorption-and-antimicrobial-activity
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Rajeev Kumar, Mohammad Oves, Talla Ameelbi, Naief H Al-Makishah, M A Barakat
In this work, chitosan (CS) functionalized polyaniline-polypyrrole (Pani-Ppy) copolymer (CS/Pani-Ppy) was synthesized applying a facile one pot method for the enhanced adsorption of Zn(II) and antimicrobial activity for E. coli and E. agglomerans. The synthesized materials were characterized using scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, Fourier transform inferred spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The adsorption of the Zn(II) on the synthesized materials was highly dependent on the pH of the solution, the initial metal ion concentration, and temperature...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918936/promoting-angiogenesis-with-mesoporous-microcarriers-through-a-synergistic-action-of-delivered-silicon-ion-and-vegf
#10
Khandmaa Dashnyam, Guang-Zhen Jin, Joong-Hyun Kim, Roman Perez, Jun-Hyeog Jang, Hae-Won Kim
Angiogenic capacity of biomaterials is a key asset to drive vascular ingrowth during tissue repair and regeneration. Here we design a unique angiogenic microcarrier based on sol-gel derived mesoporous silica. The microspheres offer a potential angiogenic stimulator, Si ion, 'intrinsically' within the chemical structure. Furthermore, the highly mesoporous nature allows the loading and release of angiogenic growth factor 'extrinsically'. The Si ion is released from the microcarriers at therapeutic ranges (over a few ppm per day), which indeed up-regulates the expression of hypoxia inducing factor 1α (HIF1α) and stabilizes it by blocking HIF-prolyl hydroxylase 2 (PHD2) in HUVECs...
November 28, 2016: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918020/effects-of-ovalbumin-protein-nanoparticle-vaccine-size-and-coating-on-dendritic-cell-processing
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Timothy Z Chang, Samantha S Stadmiller, Erika Staskevicius, Julie A Champion
Nanoparticle vaccine delivery platforms are a promising technology for enhancing vaccine immunogenicity. Protein nanoparticles (PNPs), made entirely from antigen, have been shown to induce protective immune responses against influenza. However, the fundamental mechanisms by which PNPs enhance component protein immunogenicity are not understood. Here, we investigate the role of size and coating of model ovalbumin (OVA) PNPs on particle uptake and trafficking, as well as on inflammation and maturation factor expression in dendritic cells (DCs) in vitro...
December 5, 2016: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917703/principles-of-the-kenzan-method-for-robotic-cell-spheroid-based-3d-bioprinting
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Nicanor I Moldovan, Narutoshi Hibino, Koichi Nakayama
Bioprinting is a technology with the prospect to change the way many diseases are treated, by replacing the damaged tissues with live, de novo created bio-similar constructs. However, after more than a decade of incubation and many proofs-of-concept, the field is still in its infancy. The current stagnation is the consequence of its early success: the first bioprinters, and most of those which followed, were modified versions of the 3D printers used in additive manufacturing, redesigned for layer-by-layer dispersion of biomaterials...
December 4, 2016: Tissue Engineering. Part B, Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917250/in-plane-microvortices-micromixer-based-ac-electrothermal-for-testing-drug-induced-death-of-tumor-cells
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Qi Lang, Yukun Ren, Divia Hobson, Ye Tao, Likai Hou, Yankai Jia, Qingming Hu, Jiangwei Liu, Xin Zhao, Hongyuan Jiang
Herein, we first describe a perfusion chip integrated with an AC electrothermal (ACET) micromixer to supply a uniform drug concentration to tumor cells. The in-plane fluid microvortices for mixing were generated by six pairs of reconstructed novel ACET asymmetric electrodes. To enhance the mixing efficiency, the novel ACET electrodes with rotating angles of 0°, 30°, and 60° were investigated. The asymmetric electrodes with a rotating angle of 60° exhibited the highest mixing efficiency by both simulated and experimental results...
November 2016: Biomicrofluidics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917179/evaluation-of-relationships-between-growth-rate-tree-size-lignocellulose-composition-and-enzymatic-saccharification-in-interspecific-corymbia-hybrids-and-parental-taxa
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Adam L Healey, David J Lee, Jason S Lupoi, Gabriella Papa, Joel M Guenther, Luca Corno, Fabrizio Adani, Seema Singh, Blake A Simmons, Robert J Henry
In order for a lignocellulosic bioenergy feedstock to be considered sustainable, it must possess a high rate of growth to supply biomass for conversion. Despite the desirability of a fast growth rate for industrial application, it is unclear what effect growth rate has on biomass composition or saccharification. We characterized Klason lignin, glucan, and xylan content with response to growth in Corymbia interspecific F1 hybrid families (HF) and parental species Corymbia torelliana and C. citriodora subspecies variegata and measured the effects on enzymatic hydrolysis from hydrothermally pretreated biomass...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917111/scale-invariant-disordered-nanotopography-promotes-hippocampal-neuron-development-and-maturation-with-involvement-of-mechanotransductive-pathways
#15
Carsten Schulte, Maddalena Ripamonti, Elisa Maffioli, Martino A Cappelluti, Simona Nonnis, Luca Puricelli, Jacopo Lamanna, Claudio Piazzoni, Alessandro Podestà, Cristina Lenardi, Gabriella Tedeschi, Antonio Malgaroli, Paolo Milani
The identification of biomaterials which promote neuronal maturation up to the generation of integrated neural circuits is fundamental for modern neuroscience. The development of neural circuits arises from complex maturative processes regulated by poorly understood signaling events, often guided by the extracellular matrix (ECM). Here we report that nanostructured zirconia surfaces, produced by supersonic cluster beam deposition of zirconia nanoparticles and characterized by ECM-like nanotopographical features, can direct the maturation of neural networks...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916946/natural-non-mulberry-silk-nanoparticles-for-potential-controlled-drug-release
#16
Juan Wang, Zhuping Yin, Xiang Xue, Subhas C Kundu, Xiumei Mo, Shenzhou Lu
Natural silk protein nanoparticles are a promising biomaterial for drug delivery due to their pleiotropic properties, including biocompatibility, high bioavailability, and biodegradability. Chinese oak tasar Antheraea pernyi silk fibroin (ApF) nanoparticles are easily obtained using cations as reagents under mild conditions. The mild conditions are potentially advantageous for the encapsulation of sensitive drugs and therapeutic molecules. In the present study, silk fibroin protein nanoparticles are loaded with differently-charged small-molecule drugs, such as doxorubicin hydrochloride, ibuprofen, and ibuprofen-Na, by simple absorption based on electrostatic interactions...
December 1, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916868/characterization-and-schwann-cell-seeding-of-up-to-15-0-cm-long-spider-silk-nerve-conduits-for-reconstruction-of-peripheral-nerve-defects
#17
Tim Kornfeld, Peter M Vogt, Vesna Bucan, Claas-Tido Peck, Kerstin Reimers, Christine Radtke
Nerve reconstruction of extended nerve defect injuries still remains challenging with respect to therapeutic options. The gold standard in nerve surgery is the autologous nerve graft. Due to the limitation of adequate donor nerves, surgical alternatives are needed. Nerve grafts made out of either natural or artificial materials represent this alternative. Several biomaterials are being explored and preclinical and clinical applications are ongoing. Unfortunately, nerve conduits with successful enhancement of axonal regeneration for nerve defects measuring over 4...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Functional Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916801/macromolecular-interactions-control-structural-and-thermal-properties-of-regenerated-tri-component-blended-films
#18
Ashley Lewis, Joshua C Waters, John Stanton, Joseph Hess, David Salas-de la Cruz
With a growing need for sustainable resources research has become highly interested in investigating the structure and physical properties of biomaterials composed of natural macromolecules. In this study, we assessed the structural, morphological, and thermal properties of blended, regenerated films comprised of cellulose, lignin, and hemicellulose (xylan) using the ionic liquid 1-allyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride (AMIMCl). Attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) analysis, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), X-ray scattering, and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) were used to qualitatively and quantitatively measure bonding interactions, morphology, and thermal stability of the regenerated films...
November 28, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916738/a-review-of-the-recent-advances-in-antimicrobial-coatings-for-urinary-catheters
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Priyadarshini Singha, Jason Locklin, Hitesh Handa
: More than 75% of hospital-acquired or nosocomial urinary tract infections are initiated by urinary catheters, which are used during the treatment of 15-25% of hospitalized patients. Among other purposes, urinary catheters are primarily used for draining urine after surgeries and for urinary incontinence. During catheter-associated urinary tract infections, bacteria travel up to the bladder and cause infection. A major cause of catheter-associated urinary tract infection is attributed to the use of non-ideal materials in the fabrication of urinary catheters...
December 1, 2016: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916691/therapeutic-effects-of-gold-nanoparticles-synthesized-using-musa-paradisiaca-peel-extract-against-multiple-antibiotic-resistant-enterococcus-faecalis-biofilms-and-human-lung-cancer-cells-a549
#20
S Vijayakumar, B Vaseeharan, B Malaikozhundan, N Gopi, P Ekambaram, R Pachaiappan, P Velusamy, K Murugan, G Benelli, R Suresh Kumar, M Suriyanarayanamoorthy
Botanical-mediated synthesis of nanomaterials is currently emerging as a cheap and eco-friendly nanotechnology, since it does not involve the use of toxic chemicals. In the present study, we focused on the synthesis of gold nanoparticles using the aqueous peel extract of Musa paradisiaca (MPPE-AuNPs) by green approach following a facile and cheap fabrication process. The green synthesized MPPE-AuNPs were bio-physically characterized by UV-Vis spectroscopy, FTIR, XRD, TEM, Zeta potential and EDX. MPPE-AuNPs were crystalline in nature, spherical to triangular in shape, with particle size ranged within 50 nm...
December 1, 2016: Microbial Pathogenesis
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