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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437614/engineering-highly-interconnected-neuronal-networks-on-nanowire-scaffolds
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Vini Gautam, Shagufta Naureen, Naeem Shahid, Qian Gao, Yi Wang, David R Nisbet, Chennupati Jagadish, Vincent R Daria
Identifying the specific role of physical guidance cues in the growth of neurons is crucial for understanding the fundamental biology of brain development and for designing scaffolds for tissue engineering. Here, we investigate the structural significance of nanoscale topographies as physical cues for neurite outgrowth and circuit formation by growing neurons on semiconductor nanowires. We monitored neurite growth using optical and scanning electron microscopy, and evaluated the spontaneous neuronal network activity using functional calcium imaging...
April 24, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432032/neuronal-excitation-and-permeabilization-by-200-ns-pulsed-electric-field-an-optical-membrane-potential-study-with-fluovolt-dye
#2
Andrei G Pakhomov, Iurii Semenov, M Casciola, Shu Xiao
Electric field pulses of nano- and picosecond duration are a novel modality for neurostimulation, activation of Ca(2+) signaling, and tissue ablation. However it is not known how such brief pulses activate voltage-gated ion channels. We studied excitation and electroporation of hippocampal neurons by 200-ns pulsed electric field (nsPEF), by means of time-lapse imaging of the optical membrane potential (OMP) with FluoVolt dye. Electroporation abruptly shifted OMP to a more depolarized level, which was reached within <1ms...
April 18, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379687/kinetic-requirements-for-spatiotemporal-chemical-imaging-with-fluorescent-nanosensors
#3
Daniel Meyer, Annika Hagemann, Sebastian Kruss
Fluorescent nanosensors are powerful tools for basic research and bioanalytical applications. Individual nanosensors are able to detect single molecules, while ensembles of nanosensors can be used to measure the bulk concentration of an analyte. Collective imaging of multiple nanosensors could provide both spatial and temporal chemical information from the nano- to the microscale. This type of chemical imaging with nanosensors would be very attractive to study processes such as chemical signaling between cells (e...
April 10, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28356028/the-application-of-nanomaterials-in-stem-cell-therapy-for-some-neurological-diseases
#4
Guilong Zhang, Ahsan Ali Khan, Hao Wu, Lukui Chen, Yuchun Gu, Ning Gu
Stem cell therapy provides great promising therapeutic benefits for various neurological disorders. Cell transplantation has emerged as cell replacement application for nerve damage. Recently, nanomaterials obtain wide development in various industrial and medical fields, and nanoparticles have been applied to neuro-medical field for tracking and treating nervous system diseases. Combining stem cell with nanotechnology has raised more and more attentions; and it has demonstrated that it has huge effects on clinical diagnosis and therapeutics in multiple central nervous system diseases, meanwhile, improving prognosis...
March 28, 2017: Current Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335495/brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-loaded-ps80-pbca-nanocarrier-for-in-vitro-neural-differentiation-of-mouse-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
#5
Chiu-Yen Chung, Martin Hsiu-Chu Lin, I-Neng Lee, Tsong-Hai Lee, Ming-Hsueh Lee, Jen-Tsung Yang
Brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) can induce neural differentiation in stem cells and has the potential for repair of the nervous system. In this study, a polysorbate 80-coated polybutylcyanoacrylate nanocarrier (PS80 PBCA NC) was constructed to deliver plasmid DNAs (pDNAs) containing BDNF gene attached to a hypoxia-responsive element (HRE-cmvBDNF). The hypoxia-sensing mechanism of BDNF expression and inductiveness of the nano-formulation on mouse induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) to differentiate into neurons following hypoxia was tested in vitro with immunofluorescent staining and Western blotting...
March 19, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300204/non-invasive-aerosol-delivery-and-transport-of-gold-nanoparticles-to-the-brain
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Ramesh Raliya, Debajit Saha, Tandeep S Chadha, Baranidharan Raman, Pratim Biswas
Targeted delivery of nanoscale carriers containing packaged payloads to the central nervous system has potential use in many diagnostic and therapeutic applications. Moreover, understanding of the bio-interactions of the engineered nanoparticles used for tissue-specific delivery by non-invasive delivery approaches are also of paramount interest. Here, we have examined this issue systematically in a relatively simple invertebrate model using insects. We synthesized 5 nm, positively charged gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) and targeted their delivery using the electrospray aerosol generator...
March 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299803/toxicity-of-inhaled-particulate-matter-on-the-central-nervous-system-neuroinflammation-neuropsychological-effects-and-neurodegenerative-disease
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REVIEW
Yan Wang, Lilin Xiong, Meng Tang
Particulate matter (PM) combined with meteorological factors cause the haze, which brings inconvenience to people's daily life and deeply endanger people's health. Accumulating literature, to date, reported that PM are closely related to cardiopulmonary disease. Outpatient visits and admissions as a result of asthma and heart attacks gradually increase with an elevated concentration of PM. Owing to its special physicochemical property, the brain could be a potential target beyond the cardiopulmonary system...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Applied Toxicology: JAT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269205/gelatin-methacrylamide-hydrogel-with-graphene-nanoplatelets-for-neural-cell-laden-3d-bioprinting
#8
Wei Zhu, Brent T Harris, Lijie Grace Zhang
Nervous system is extremely complex which leads to rare regrowth of nerves once injury or disease occurs. Advanced 3D bioprinting strategy, which could simultaneously deposit biocompatible materials, cells and supporting components in a layer-by-layer manner, may be a promising solution to address neural damages. Here we presented a printable nano-bioink composed of gelatin methacrylamide (GelMA), neural stem cells, and bioactive graphene nanoplatelets to target nerve tissue regeneration in the assist of stereolithography based 3D bioprinting technique...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227435/gelatin-methacrylamide-hydrogel-with-graphene-nanoplatelets-for-neural-cell-laden-3d-bioprinting
#9
Wei Zhu, Brent T Harris, Lijie Grace Zhang, Wei Zhu, Brent T Harris, Lijie Grace Zhang, Wei Zhu, Brent T Harris, Lijie Grace Zhang
Nervous system is extremely complex which leads to rare regrowth of nerves once injury or disease occurs. Advanced 3D bioprinting strategy, which could simultaneously deposit biocompatible materials, cells and supporting components in a layer-by-layer manner, may be a promising solution to address neural damages. Here we presented a printable nano-bioink composed of gelatin methacrylamide (GelMA), neural stem cells, and bioactive graphene nanoplatelets to target nerve tissue regeneration in the assist of stereolithography based 3D bioprinting technique...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195313/neuronal-sodium-channels-emerging-components-of-the-nano-machinery-of-cardiac-calcium-cycling
#10
Rengasayee Veeraraghavan, Sándor Györke, Przemysław B Radwański
Excitation-contraction coupling is the bridge between cardiac electrical activation and mechanical contraction. It is driven by the influx of Ca(2+) across the sarcolemma triggering Ca(2+) release from the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) - a process termed Ca(2+) -induced Ca(2+) release (CICR) - followed by re-sequestration of Ca(2+) into the SR. The Na(+) /Ca(2+) exchanger inextricably couples the cycling of Ca(2+) and Na(+) in cardiac myocytes. Thus, influx of Na(+) via voltage-gated Na(+) channels (NaV ) has emerged as an important regulator of CICR both in health and in disease...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183673/attenuation-of-the-in-vitro-neurotoxicity-of-316l-ss-by-graphene-oxide-surface-coating
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Nishat Tasnim, Alok Kumar, Binata Joddar
A persistent theme in biomaterials research comprises of surface engineering and modification of bare metallic substrates for improved cellular response and biocompatibility. Graphene Oxide (GO), a derivative of graphene, has outstanding chemical and mechanical properties; its large surface to volume ratio, ease of surface modification and processing make GO an attractive coating material. GO-coatings have been extensively studied as biosensors. Further owing to its surface nano-architecture, GO-coated surfaces promote cell adhesion and growth, making it suitable for tissue engineering applications...
April 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120428/influence-of-random-and-oriented-electrospun-fibrous-poly-lactic-co-glycolic-acid-scaffolds-on-neural-differentiation-of-mouse-embryonic-stem-cells
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Laura E Sperling, Karina P Reis, Laura G Pozzobon, Carolina S Girardi, Patricia Pranke
Engineering neural tissue by combining biodegradable materials, cells and growth factors is a promising strategy for the treatment of central and peripheral nervous system injuries. In this study, neural differentiation of mouse embryonic stem cells (mESCs) was investigated in combination with three dimensional (3D) electrospun nanofibers as a substitute for the extracellular matrix (ECM). Nano/microfibrous poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) 3D scaffolds were fabricated through electrospinning and characterized...
May 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073939/nanoscale-molecular-reorganization-of-the-inhibitory-postsynaptic-density-is-a-determinant-of-gabaergic-synaptic-potentiation
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Francesca Pennacchietti, Sebastiano Vascon, Thierry Nieus, Christian Rosillo, Sabyasachi Das, Shiva Tyagarajan, Alberto Diaspro, Alessio Del Bue, Enrica Maria Petrini, Andrea Barberis, Francesca Cella Zanacchi
Gephyrin is a key scaffold protein mediating the anchoring of GABAA receptors at inhibitory synapses. Here we exploited super-resolution techniques combined with proximity-based clustering analysis and model simulations to investigate the single molecule gephyrin reorganization during plasticity of inhibitory synapses in mouse hippocampal cultured neurons. This approach revealed that during the expression of inhibitory long-term potentiation the increase of gephyrin density at postsynaptic sites is associated with the promoted formation of gephyrin nano-domains...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069509/controlling-the-morphology-and-outgrowth-of-nerve-and-neuroglial-cells-the-effect-of-surface-topography
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REVIEW
C Simitzi, A Ranella, E Stratakis
Unlike other tissue types, like epithelial tissue, which consist of cells with a much more homogeneous structure and function, the nervous tissue spans in a complex multilayer environment whose topographical features display a large spectrum of morphologies and size scales. Traditional cell cultures, which are based on two-dimensional cell-adhesive culture dishes or coverslips, are lacking topographical cues and mainly simulate the biochemical microenvironment of the cells. With the emergence of micro- and nano-fabrication techniques new types of cell culture platforms are developed, where the effect of various topographical cues on cellular morphology, proliferation and differentiation can be studied...
January 7, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042339/inhibition-by-multifunctional-magnetic-nanoparticles-loaded-with-alpha-synuclein-rnai-plasmid-in-a-parkinson-s-disease-model
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Shuiqin Niu, Ling-Kun Zhang, Li Zhang, Siyi Zhuang, Xiuyu Zhan, Wu-Ya Chen, Shiwei Du, Liang Yin, Rong You, Chu-Hua Li, Yan-Qing Guan
Lewy bodies are considered as the main pathological characteristics of Parkinson's disease (PD). The major component of Lewy bodies is α-synuclein (α-syn). The use of gene therapy that targeting and effectively interfere with the expression of α-syn in neurons has received tremendous attention. In this study, we used magnetic Fe3O4 nanoparticles coated with oleic acid molecules as a nano-carrier. N-isopropylacrylamide derivative (NIPAm-AA) was photo-immobilized onto the oleic acid molecules, and shRNA (short hairpin RNA) was absorbed...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28036254/targeted-delivery-of-nano-ptx-to-the-brain-tumor-associated-macrophages
#16
Lei Zou, Youhua Tao, Gregory Payne, Linh Do, Tima Thomas, Juan Rodriguez, Huanyu Dou
Nanoparticles containing mixed lipid monolayer shell, biodegradable polymer core and rabies virus glycoprotein (RVG) peptide as brain targeting ligand, were developed for brain targeted delivery of paclitaxel (PTX) to treat malignant glioma. RVG conjugated PTX loaded NPs (RVG-PTX-NPs) had the desirable size (~140 nm), narrow size distribution and spherical shape. RVG-PTX-NPs showed poor uptake by neurons and selective targeting to the brain tumor associated macrophages (TAMs) with controlled release and tumor specific toxicity...
January 24, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28026782/a-hybrid-cmos-memristor-neuromorphic-synapse
#17
Mostafa Rahimi Azghadi, Bernabe Linares-Barranco, Derek Abbott, Philip H W Leong
Although data processing technology continues to advance at an astonishing rate, computers with brain-like processing capabilities still elude us. It is envisioned that such computers may be achieved by the fusion of neuroscience and nano-electronics to realize a brain-inspired platform. This paper proposes a high-performance nano-scale Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS)-memristive circuit, which mimics a number of essential learning properties of biological synapses. The proposed synaptic circuit that is composed of memristors and CMOS transistors, alters its memristance in response to timing differences among its pre- and post-synaptic action potentials, giving rise to a family of Spike Timing Dependent Plasticity (STDP)...
April 2017: IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924726/neurodegenerative-disease-a-perspective-on-cell-based-therapy-in-the-new-era-of-cell-free-nano-therapy
#18
Su M Metcalfe, Sean Bickerton, Tarek Fahmy
Neurodegenerative diseases (NDD) result in irreversible loss of neurons. Dementia develops when disease-induced neuronal loss becomes sufficient to impair both memory and cognitive functioning and, globally, dementia is increasing to epidemic proportions as populations age. In the current era of regenerative medicine intense activity is asking, can loss of endogenous neurons be compensated by replacement with exogenously derived cells that have either direct, or indirect, neurogenic capacity? But, more recently, excitement is growing around an emerging alternative to the cell-based approach - here nanotechnology for targeted delivery of growth factor aims to support and expand resident central nervous system (CNS) stem cells for endogenous repair...
December 6, 2016: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27860458/in-vitro-evaluation-of-gelatin-and-chitosan-electrospun-fibers-as-artificial-guide-in-peripheral-nerve-repair-a-comparative-study
#19
S Gnavi, B E Fornasari, C Tonda-Turo, R Laurano, M Zanetti, G Ciardelli, S Geuna
Random and aligned gelatin and chitosan nano-fibers have been prepared by electrospinning tuning the collector rotation speed. The effect of fiber alignment on cell adhesion and proliferation was assessed in vitro by using different Schwann cell and neuronal models. Moreover, actin cytoskeleton organization, lamellipodia and filipodia formation and axon outgrowth were evaluated. Gelatin and chitosan fibers induced similar adhesion and proliferation rate. Gelatin and chitosan random fibers promoted higher adhesion and proliferation rate induction in comparisons to the aligned ones...
November 12, 2016: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27771430/neuronal-protection-against-oxidative-insult-by-polyanhydride-nanoparticle-based-mitochondria-targeted-antioxidant-therapy
#20
Timothy M Brenza, Shivani Ghaisas, Julia E Vela Ramirez, Dilshan Harischandra, Vellareddy Anantharam, Balaraman Kalyanaraman, Anumantha G Kanthasamy, Balaji Narasimhan
A progressive loss of neuronal structure and function is a signature of many neurodegenerative conditions including chronic traumatic encephalopathy, Parkinson's, Huntington's and Alzheimer's diseases. Mitochondrial dysfunction and oxidative and nitrative stress have been implicated as key pathological mechanisms underlying the neurodegenerative processes. However, current therapeutic approaches targeting oxidative damage are ineffective in preventing the progression of neurodegeneration. Mitochondria-targeted antioxidants were recently shown to alleviate oxidative damage...
April 2017: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
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