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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719551/annulus-fibrosus-repair-using-high-density-collagen-gel-an-in-vivo-ovine-model
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Brenton Pennicooke, Ibrahim Hussain, Connor Berlin, Stephen R Sloan, Brandon Borde, Yu Moriguchi, Gernot Lang, Rodrigo Navarro-Ramirez, Jonathan Cheetham, Lawrence J Bonassar, Roger Härtl
STUDY DESIGN: Ovine in vivo study. OBJECTIVE: To perform lateral approach lumbar surgery in an ovine model to administer an injectable riboflavin (RF) cross-linked high-density collagen (HDC) gel and to assess its ability to mitigate intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration after induced annulus fibrosus (AF) injury. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Biological-based injectable gels have shown efficacy in restoring biomechanical, radiographic, and histological parameters in IVD-injured animal models...
July 17, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717995/ovomucin-nanoparticles-promising-carriers-for-mucosal-delivery-of-drugs-and-bioactive-compounds
#2
Ali Akbari, Jianping Wu
Ovomucin, with a similar structure to mucin and gelation ability at room temperature, is a potential mucosal carrier. To evaluate this potential, the mucoadhesive property of ovomucin was studied by the tensile strength and rheology methods, and compared with three known mucoadhesive polymers, chitosan, polyacrylic acid (PAA), and alginate. Ovomucin particles were basically spherical in shape with an average size of ~572, 235 and 54 nm prepared at pH 5, 6.5, and 9, respectively. The absolute value of the zeta potential increased from ~ -51 mV at pH 5 to ~ -59 and -91 mV at pH 6...
August 2017: Drug Delivery and Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715781/effects-of-blue-or-violet-light-on-the-inactivation-of-staphylococcus-aureus-by-riboflavin-5-phosphate-photolysis
#3
Tak-Wah Wong, Chien-Wei Cheng, Zong-Jhe Hsieh, Ji-Yuan Liang
The light sensitive compound riboflavin-5'-phosphate (or flavin mononucleotide, FMN) generates reactive oxygen species (ROS) upon photo-irradiation. FMN is required by all flavoproteins because it is a cofactor of biological blue-light receptors. The photochemical effects of FMN after irradiation by blue or violet light on the inactivation of Staphylococcus aureus strains, including a methicillin-resistant strain (MRSA), were investigated in this study. Upon blue- or violet-light photo-treatment, FMN was shown to inactivate S...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715664/electron-transfer-mediators-accelerated-the-microbiologically-influence-corrosion-against-carbon-steel-by-nitrate-reducing-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-biofilm
#4
Ru Jia, Dongqing Yang, Dake Xu, Tingyue Gu
Electron transfer is a rate-limiting step in microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC) caused by microbes that utilize extracellular electrons. Cross-cell wall electron transfer is necessary to transport the electrons released from extracellular iron oxidation into the cytoplasm of cells. Electron transfer mediators were found to accelerate the MIC caused by sulfate reducing bacteria. However, there is no publication in the literature showing the effect of electron transfer mediators on MIC caused by nitrate reducing bacteria (NRB)...
June 29, 2017: Bioelectrochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715227/balancing-passive-and-active-targeting-to-different-tumor-compartments-using-riboflavin-functionalized-polymeric-nanocarriers
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Yoanna Tsvetkova, Nataliia Beztsinna, Maike Baues, Dionne Klein, Anne Rix, Susanne Katherina Golombek, Wa'el Al Rawashdeh, Felix Gremse, Matthias Barz, Kaloian Koynov, Srinivas Banala, Wiltrud Lederle, Twan Lammers, Fabian Kiessling
Riboflavin Transporters (RFTs) and the Riboflavin Carrier Protein (RCP) are highly upregulated in many tumor cells, tumor stem cells and tumor neovasculature, which makes them attractive targets for nanomedicines. Addressing cells in different tumor compartments requires drug carriers, which are not only able to accumulate via the EPR effect, but also to extravasate, target specific cell populations, and get internalized by cells. Reasoning that antibodies are among the most efficient targeting systems developed by nature, we consider their size (~10-15 nm) to be ideal for balancing passive and active tumor targeting...
July 17, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712316/disturbed-bovine-mitochondrial-lipid-metabolism-a-review
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J H van der Kolk, J J Gross, V Gerber, R M Bruckmaier
In mammals, excess energy is stored primarily as triglycerides, which are mobilized when energy demands arise and cannot be covered by feed intake. This review mainly focuses on the role of long chain fatty acids in disturbed energy metabolism of the bovine species. Long chain fatty acids regulate energy metabolism as ligands of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors. β-Oxidation is the process by which fatty acid molecules are broken down in the mitochondria or peroxisomes to generate acetyl-CoA. Carnitine acts as a carrier of fatty acyl groups as long-chain acyl-CoA derivatives do not penetrate the mitochondrial inner membrane...
July 17, 2017: Veterinary Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710484/colored-and-fluorescent-nanofibrous-silk-as-a-physically-transient-chemosensor-and-vitamin-deliverer
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Kyungtaek Min, Sookyoung Kim, Chang Gun Kim, Sunghwan Kim
Biodegradable and physically transient optics represent an emerging paradigm in healthcare devices by harnessing optically active system and obviating issues with chronic uses. Light emitting components that can efficiently interact with their environments have advantages of high sensitivity, visibility, and wireless operation. Here, we report a novel combination of silk biopolymer and optically active organic dyes resulting in versatile fluorescent silk nanofibers (FSNs). FSNs generated by the electrospinning method exhibit attractive functions of the doped organic dyes along with programming the system that physically disappear at prescribed time...
July 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710451/selection-of-complementary-foods-based-on-optimal-nutritional-values
#8
Partho Sen, Adil Mardinogulu, Jens Nielsen
Human milk is beneficial for growth and development of infants. Several factors result in mothers ceasing breastfeeding which leads to introduction of breast-milk substitutes (BMS). In some communities traditional foods are given as BMS, in others they are given as complementary foods during weaning. Improper food selection at this stage is associated with a high prevalence of malnutrition in children under 5 years. Here we listed the traditional foods from four continents and compared them with human milk based on their dietary contents...
July 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709990/in-vitro-development-of-an-effective-treatment-for-acanthamoeba-keratitis
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A Ortillés, J Belloc, E Rubio, M T Fernández, M Benito, J A Cristóbal, B Calvo, P Goñi
The aim of this study was to develop an in-vitro topical treatment for acanthamoeba keratitis (AK) effective against cysts and trophozoites. Qualitative assays were performed with voriconazole, chlorhexidine, propamidine, cellulase, tobramycin, ciprofloxacin and paromomycin as monotherapy and various combinations. Riboflavin with ultraviolet-A (R+UV-A) as monotherapy or combined with voriconazole and moxifloxacin was also tested. Quantitative assays to assess cyst viability after treatment were performed for the chemicals that showed the highest activity in the qualitative assays...
July 11, 2017: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689749/iontophoresis-assisted-accelerated-riboflavin-ultraviolet-a-scleral-cross-linking-a-potential-treatment-for-pathologic-myopia
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Shuo Rong, Chaoying Wang, Baoyan Han, Pengfei Feng, Weiwei Lan, Zhipeng Gao, Xiaona Li, Weiyi Chen
Scleral collagen cross-linking is one of the most promising treatments to control the pathologic process of myopia. However, the exact procedure and its impact on animal models of myopia are still to be explored. We modified the scleral riboflavin/ultraviolet A (UVA) cross-linking procedure with an iontophoresis-assisted drug delivery system and an accelerated UVA irradiation (10 mW/cm(2), 9 min) and applied this treatment to an animal model of myopia. Ninety-six New Zealand White rabbits developed relatively stable myopia by visual deprivation and then underwent the modified scleral cross-linking surgery...
July 6, 2017: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688841/how-mr1-presents-a-pathogen-metabolic-signature-to-mucosal-associated-invariant-t-mait-cells
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REVIEW
Hamish E G McWilliam, Jose A Villadangos
Mucosal-associated invariant T (MAIT) cells are innate-like lymphocytes restricted by the antigen (Ag)-presenting molecule MHC class I (MHC I)-related protein 1 (MR1). The Ags presented by MR1 are vitamin B-related Ags (VitBAgs), 'building-block' metabolites of riboflavin that are synthesized by a range of microbes. MR1 presentation is thus a unique mechanism for the immune detection of a pathogen metabolic signature. While the full picture of how MR1 accomplishes this remains incomplete, recent data show that, unlike other MHC molecules, MR1 operates by a presentation-on-demand mechanism...
July 5, 2017: Trends in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688287/riboflavin-containing-telodendrimer-nanocarriers-for-efficient-doxorubicin-delivery-high-loading-capacity-increased-stability-and-improved-anticancer-efficacy
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Dandan Guo, Changying Shi, Xu Wang, Lili Wang, Shengle Zhang, Juntao Luo
We have developed two linear-dendritic telodendrimers (TDs) with rational design using amphiphilic riboflavin (Rf) as building blocks for efficient doxorubicin (DOX) delivery. Micellar TD nanoparticles (NPs) are composed of a hydrophilic polyethylene glycol (PEG) shell and a Rf-containing affinitive core for DOX encapsulation. Strong DOX-Rf interactions and amphiphilic Rf structure render these nanocarriers with an ultra-high DOX loading capacity (>1/1, DOX/TD, w/w), ∼100% loading efficiency, the sustained drug release and the optimal particle sizes (20-40 nm) for efficient tumor-targeted drug delivery...
June 30, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687984/comparison-of-the-optoelectronic-performance-of-neutral-and-cationic-forms-of-riboflavin
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Gözde Murat Saltan, Deniz Aykut Kıymaz, Ceylan Zafer, Haluk Dinçalp
The riboflavin dye 2,3,4,5-tetra-O-acetyl-1-[3-(6-bromohexyl)-7,8-dimethyl-2,4-dioxo-3,4-dihydrobenzo[g]pteridin-10(2H)-yl]-1-deoxypentitol and its pyridinium salt were synthesized, and studied by absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy in solutions and on thin film states. The first absorption band of riboflavin-pyridinium salt derivative is red-shifted by 10 nm compared to neutral one on film. Cationic riboflavin derivative shows significant wavelength changes on its fluorescence emission spectrum in the excited state depending on the solvent polarity and the electronic environment...
July 7, 2017: Journal of Fluorescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677597/correlating-rheological-properties-and-printability-of-collagen-bioinks-the-effects-of-riboflavin-photocrosslinking-and-ph
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Nicole Diamantides, Louis Wang, Tylar Pruiksma, Joseph Siemiatkoski, Caroline Dugopolski, Sonya Shortkroff, Stephen Kennedy, Lawrence J Bonassar
Collagen has shown promise as a bioink for extrusion-based bioprinting, but further development of new collagen bioink formulations is necessary to improve their printability. Screening these formulations by measuring print accuracy is a costly and time consuming process. We hypothesized that rheological properties of the bioink before, during, and/or after gelation can be used to predict printability. In this study, we investigated the effects of riboflavin photocrosslinking and pH on type I collagen bioink rheology before, during, and after gelation and directly correlated these findings to the printability of each bioink formulation...
July 5, 2017: Biofabrication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676795/electricity-generation-by-shewanella-decolorationis-s12-without-cytochrome-c
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Yonggang Yang, Guannan Kong, Xingjuan Chen, Yingli Lian, Wenzong Liu, Meiying Xu
Bacterial extracellular electron transfer (EET) plays a key role in various natural and engineering processes. Outer membrane c-type cytochromes (OMCs) are considered to be essential in bacterial EET. However, most bacteria do not have OMCs but have redox proteins other than OMCs in their extracellular polymeric substances of biofilms. We hypothesized that these extracellular non-cytochrome c proteins (ENCP) could contribute to EET, especially with the facilitation of electron mediators. This study compared the electrode respiring capacity of wild type Shewanella decolorationis S12 and an OMC-deficient mutant...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669721/initial-investigation-of-individual-and-combined-annulus-fibrosus-and-nucleus-pulposus-repair-ex-vivo
#16
Stephen R Sloan, Devis Galesso, Cynthia Secchieri, Connor Berlin, Roger Hartl, Lawrence J Bonassar
Novel tissue engineered and biomaterial approaches to treat intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration focus on single aspects of the progressive disease and hence are insufficient repair strategies. In this study, annulus fibrosus (AF) and nucleus pulposus (NP) biomaterial repair strategies were used individually and combined to treat IVD degeneration modeled in ex vivo rat-tail motion segments by annulotomy and nucleotomy. An injectable riboflavin cross-linked high-density collagen gel patched defects in the AF, while NP repair consisted of injections of a modified hyaluronic acid (HA) hydrogel...
June 29, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28665269/improving-the-safety-of-whole-blood-derived-transfusion-products-with-a-riboflavin-based-pathogen-reduction-technology
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REVIEW
Susan Yonemura, Suzann Doane, Shawn Keil, Raymond Goodrich, Heather Pidcoke, Marcia Cardoso
Worldwide safety of blood has been positively impacted by technological, economic and social improvements; nevertheless, growing socio-political changes of contemporary society together with environmental changes challenge the practice of blood transfusion with a continuous source of unforeseeable threats with the emergence and re-emergence of blood-borne pathogens. Pathogen reduction (PR) is a proactive strategy to mitigate the risk of transfusion-transmitted infections. PR technologies for the treatment of single plasma units and platelet concentrates are commercially available and have been successfully implemented in more than 2 dozen countries worldwide...
July 2017: Blood Transfusion, Trasfusione del Sangue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28665138/alternative-electron-transfer-channels-ensure-ultrafast-deactivation-of-light-induced-excited-states-in-riboflavin-binding-protein
#18
Laura Zanetti-Polzi, Massimiliano Aschi, Andrea Amadei, Isabella Daidone
Flavoproteins, containing flavin chromophores, are enzymes capable of transferring electrons at very high speeds. The ultrafast photoinduced electron-transfer (ET) kinetics of riboflavin binding protein to the excited riboflavin was studied by femtosecond spectroscopy and found to occur within a few hundred femtoseconds [ Zhong and Zewail, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 2001, 98, 11867-11872 ]. This ultrafast kinetics was attributed to the presence of two aromatic rings that could transfer the electron to riboflavin: the side chains of tryptophan 156 and tyrosine 75...
July 7, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28664956/multifunctional-optofluidic-lab-on-chip-platform-for-raman-and-fluorescence-spectroscopic-microfluidic-analysis
#19
G Persichetti, I A Grimaldi, G Testa, R Bernini
A multifunctional lab-on-a-chip platform for spectroscopic analysis of liquid samples based on an optofluidic jet waveguide is reported. The optofluidic detection scheme is achieved through the total internal reflection arising in a liquid jet of only 150 μm diameter, leading to highly efficient signal excitation and collection. This results in an optofluidic chip with an alignment-free spectroscopic detection scheme, which avoids any background from the sample container. This platform has been designed for multiwavelength fluorescence and Raman spectroscopy...
June 30, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655729/corneal-collagen-cross-linking-in-paediatric-patients-affected-by-keratoconus
#20
Karl Anders Knutsson, Giorgio Paganoni, Stanislav Matuska, Oriella Ambrosio, Giulio Ferrari, Arianna Zennato, Michela Caccia, Paolo Rama
BACKGROUND/AIMS: To evaluate the effectiveness of corneal collagen cross-linking (CXL) in paediatric patients. METHODS: Fifty-two eyes of 43 paediatric patients with progressive keratoconus were enrolled in a prospective cohort study. Corneal CXL was performed using a conventional technique with instillation of 0.1% riboflavin solution containing dextran 20% for 30 min during the soaking phase and during the 30 min ultraviolet A irradiation (3 mW/cm(2)). Visual outcomes, topographic keratometry, maximum keratometry (K-max), refractive astigmatism, demarcation line and endothelial cell density were measured postoperatively...
June 27, 2017: British Journal of Ophthalmology
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