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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532140/effective-treatment-of-cervical-lymph-node-metastasis-of-breast-cancer-by-low-voltage-high-frequency-electrochemotherapy
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Bahram Mofid, Zeinab Shankayi, Kambiz Novin, Sadegh Dehghani, Morteza Shankayi, Hamidreza Haghighatkhah, S Mohammad Firoozabadi
Electrochemotherapy (ECT) is a new local treatment method for solid and superficial tumors. During this new technique, patients experience an unpleasant sensation and slight edema. Most unpleasant and painful is mainly attributed to muscle contractions provoked by high amplitude and low repetition frequency pulses. Recently, we showed that electrochemotherapy using low voltage and higher repetition frequency (LVHF ECT) is an effective tool for inhibiting tumor growth and inducing cell permeabilization. Low voltage high-frequency electrochemotherapy was developed and optimized in vitro and in vivo which and can be used in the clinic...
April 2017: Acta Medica Iranica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532125/colorimetric-humidity-sensors-based-on-electrospun-polyamide-cocl2-nanofibrous-membranes
#2
Ming-Hao You, Xu Yan, Jun Zhang, Xiao-Xiong Wang, Xiao-Xiao He, Miao Yu, Xin Ning, Yun-Ze Long
Humidity indicators based on composite polyamide 66/cobalt chloride (PA66/CoCl2) nanofibrous membranes (NFMs) were successfully fabricated by electrospinning. A series of NFMs with various weight percentage of CoCl2 to PA66 were prepared, and their humidity sensitivity based on color changing and quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) were studied. Due to the color change property of cobalt chloride, the as-spun composite NFMs show obviously macroscopic color change from blue to pink as relative humidity (RH) increasing from 12...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532105/additive-manufacturing-with-polypropylene-microfibers
#3
Jodie N Haigh, Tim R Dargaville, Paul D Dalton
The additive manufacturing of small diameter polypropylene microfibers is described, achieved using a technique termed melt electrospinning writing. Sequential fiber layering, which is important for accurate three-dimensional fabrication, was achieved with the smallest fiber diameter of 16.4±0.2μm obtained. The collector speed, temperature and melt flow rate to the nozzle were optimized for quality and minimal fiber pulsing. Of particular importance to the success of this method is appropriate heating of the collector plate, so that the electrostatically drawn filament adheres during the direct-writing process...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532071/in-vitro-antibacterial-and-cytotoxic-activities-of-plasma-modified-polyethylene-terephthalate-nonwoven-dressing-with-aqueous-extract-of-rhizome-atractylodes-macrocephala
#4
Yi-Ting Shu, Kuo-Ting Kao, Ching-Sung Weng
In this study, a natural and non-cytotoxic antibacterial dressing containing aqueous extract of Rhizome Atractylodes macrocephala (RAM), which has been widely used in traditional herbal medicine and documented with antibacterial activities in literatures, was developed by aid of the extraction technique, nonwoven substrates and plasma-induced grafting technology. The effectiveness of these herbal antibacterial dressings with different treatment were investigated through the assays of grafting yield, SEM, FTIR, antibacterial activities and cytotoxicity...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532048/surface-grafting-of-eu-3-doped-luminescent-hydroxyapatite-nanomaterials-through-metal-free-light-initiated-atom-transfer-radical-polymerization-for-theranostic-applications
#5
Guangjian Zeng, Meiying Liu, Ruming Jiang, Chunning Heng, Qiang Huang, Liucheng Mao, Junfeng Hui, Fengjie Deng, Xiaoyong Zhang, Yen Wei
We reported a simple and efficient method to prepare the hydrophilic luminescent HAp polymer nanocomposites through the combination of ligand exchange and metal free light initiated surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (SI-ATRP) using 10-phenylphenothiazine (PTH) as organic catalyst and 2-methacryloyloxyethyl phosphorylcholine (MPC) and itaconic acid (IA) as monomers. The biological imaging and drug delivery performance of HAp-poly(MPC-IA) nanorods were examined to evaluate their potential for biomedical applications...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532045/electrochemically-reduced-graphene-oxide-poly-glycine-composite-modified-electrode-for-sensitive-determination-of-l-dopa
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Venkata Narayana Palakollu, Neeta Thapliyal, Tirivashe E Chiwunze, Rajshekhar Karpoormath, Sivanandhan Karunanidhi, Srinivasulu Cherukupalli
A facile preparation strategy based on electrochemical technique for the fabrication of glycine (Poly-Gly) and electrochemically reduced graphene oxide (ERGO) composite modified electrode was developed. The morphology of the developed composite (ERGO/Poly-Gly) was investigated using field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM). The composite modified glassy carbon electrode (GCE) was characterized using fourier transform-infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and cyclic voltammetry (CV)...
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
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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/28532036/facile-fabrication-of-pan-pdms-core-shell-nanofibers-from-synchronous-photopolymerization
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Qijian Niu, Xiaolei Zhu, Yunhui Tang, Jun Nie, Guiping Ma
Different from the traditional method for fabricating core-shell structure nanofiber, the PAN/PDMS nanofibers with core-shell structure (PAN as the core layer and PDMS as the shell layer) have been illustrated, which combines with the synchronous photopolymerization during emulsion electrospinning process. The morphology and structure of as-fabricated PAN/PDMS nanofibers are characterized by SEM and TEM. The composition of PAN/PDMS nanofibers is characterized by FTIR, XPS, TG, and DTG, successfully. The photopolymerization process is characterized by UV-vis spectroscopy indirectly...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532033/synthesis-of-nano-sized-timolol-imprinted-polymer-via-ultrasonication-assisted-suspension-polymerization-in-silicon-oil-and-its-use-for-the-fabrication-of-timolol-voltammetric-sensor
#9
Taher Alizadeh, Mohammad Reza Ganjali, Faride Rafiei, Maedeh Akhoundian
A novel timolol voltammetric sensor based on the nano-sized molecularly imprinted polymer (nano-MIP)-modified carbon paste electrode was introduced. Timolol-imprinted polymers (MIP) were synthesized by the ultrasonic assisted suspension polymerization in silicon oil. The MIP nanoparticles were then embedded in a carbon paste (CP) electrode in order to prepare the nano-MIP-CP electrode. Timolol was extracted in the electrode for a definite time and then it was analyzed by square wave voltammetry, found to be an effective determination method...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532005/non-viral-strategies-for-ocular-gene-delivery
#10
REVIEW
Ana V Oliveira, Ana M Rosa da Costa, Gabriela A Silva
The success of gene therapy relies on efficient gene transfer and stable transgene expression. The in vivo efficiency is determined by the delivery vector, route of administration, therapeutic gene, and target cells. While some requirements are common to several strategies, others depend on the target disease and transgene product. Consequently, it is unlikely that a single system is suitable for all applications. This review examines current gene therapy strategies, focusing on non-viral approaches and the use of natural polymers with the eye, and particularly the retina, as their gene delivery target...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531998/reline-assisted-green-and-facile-synthesis-of-fluorapatite-nanoparticles
#11
Mohammad Karimi, Majid Rastegar Ramsheh, Seyed Mohammad Ahmadi, Mohammad Reza Madani, Mehdi Shamsi, Reyhaneh Reshadi, Farahnaz Lotfi
A fast, simple and sustainable method based on choline chloride-urea deep eutectic solvent (known as Reline) was employed to synthesize nanosized fluorapatite (FA) particles. Using XRD, FESEM, TEM, EDS, and FTIR, the formation of FA nanoparticles with average crystal size of ~34nm, percent crystallinity of 93%, particle size of ~45nm, and high crystal, elemental, and structural purity was confirmed. The MTT cytotoxicity assay endorsed the non-toxicity of as-synthesized FA nanoparticles. The good biocompatibility, osteogenity and mineralization ability of as-synthesized FA nanoparticles were confirmed by Alizarin red staining, Acridine orange staining and ALP activity tests...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531991/multifunctional-polymer-drug-loading-system-with-ph-sensitive-fluorescent-and-targeting-property
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Xuening Fei, Shubei Li, Lingyun Cao, Baolian Zhang, Miaozhuo Yu
IA multifunctional drug loading system with pH-sensitive, fluorescent and targeting property was fabricated. Firstly, the amphipathic N-octyl-N'-(2-carboxyl-cyclohexamethenyl) chitosan (OCCC) was prepared by grafting hydrophobic octyl group and hydrophilic hexahydrophthalic anhydride onto chitosan, then it was modified with folic acid (FA) and thiazole orange (TO) using polyethylene glycol (PEG) as the link to fabricate a multifunctional drug loading system TO-PEG-OCCC-PEG-FA. Its chemical structure was determined by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), elemental analysis, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) analysis, UV-vis and fluorescence spectrometer, and the results showed that the substitution degree of hydrophobic/hydrophilic group onto chitosan were 41...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531981/carbon-nanotube-reinforced-mesoporous-hydroxyapatite-composites-with-excellent-mechanical-and-biological-properties-for-bone-replacement-material-application
#13
Haipeng Li, Xiaoqing Song, Baoe Li, Jianli Kang, Chunyong Liang, Hongshui Wang, Zhenyang Yu, Zhijun Qiao
Carbon nanotube (CNT)-reinforced mesoporous hydroxyapatite (HA) composites with excellent mechanical and biological properties were fabricated successfully by the in situ chemical deposition of mesoporous HA on homogeneously dispersed CNTs. The CNTs are first synthesized in situ on HA nanopowders by chemical vapor deposition, and then, the HA particles with mesoporous structures are deposited in situ onto the as-grown CNTs by using cetyl trimethyl ammonium bromide as templates to form mesoporous HA encapsulated CNTs (CNT@meso-HA)...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531966/how-do-disturbances-and-climate-effects-on-carbon-and-water-fluxes-differ-between-multi-aged-and-even-aged-coniferous-forests
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Xuguang Tang, Hengpeng Li, Mingguo Ma, Li Yao, Matthias Peichl, Altaf Arain, Xibao Xu, Michael Goulden
Disturbances and climatic changes significantly affect forest ecosystem productivity, water use efficiency (WUE) and carbon (C) flux dynamics. A deep understanding of terrestrial feedbacks to such effects and recovery mechanisms in forests across contrasting climatic regimes is essential to predict future regional/global C and water budgets, which are also closely related to the potential forest management decisions. However, the resilience of multi-aged and even-aged forests to disturbances has been debated for >60years because of technical measurement constraints...
May 18, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531912/from-bench-to-market-preparing-human-pluripotent-stem-cells-derived-cardiomyocytes-for-various-applications
#15
REVIEW
Sung-Hwan Moon, Daekyeong Bae, Taek-Hee Jung, Eun-Bin Chung, Young-Hoon Jeong, Soon-Jung Park, Hyung-Min Chung
Human cardiomyocytes (CMs) cease to proliferate and remain terminally differentiated thereafter, when humans reach the mid-20s. Thus, any damages sustained by myocardium tissue are irreversible, and they require medical interventions to regain functionality. To date, new surgical procedures and drugs have been developed, albeit with limited success, to treat various heart diseases including myocardial infarction. Hence, there is a pressing need to develop more effective treatment methods to address the increasing mortality rate of the heart diseases...
May 30, 2017: International Journal of Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531883/conventional-versus-ultrasound-guided-transbronchial-needle-aspiration-for-the-diagnosis-of-hilar-mediastinal-lymph-adenopathies-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#16
Martina Bonifazi, Irene Tramacere, Lina Zuccatosta, Federico Mei, Michele Sediari, Maria Cristina Paonessa, Stefano Gasparini
BACKGROUND: Conventional transbronchial needle aspiration (c-TBNA) and endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle aspiration (EBUS-TBNA) are both valuable diagnostic techniques for the diagnosis of hilar/mediastinal lesions. Although a superiority of EBUS-TBNA over c-TBNA may be expected, evidence-based data on a direct comparison between these 2 procedures are still lacking. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to test the superiority of EBUS-TBNA over c-TBNA in a randomized trial and to evaluate the cost-effectiveness profile of a staged strategy, including c-TBNA as initial test followed by EBUS-TBNA, in case of inconclusive results at rapid on-site evaluation...
May 23, 2017: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531876/photofunctionalization-of-dental-zirconia-oxide-surface-modification-to-improve-bio-integration-preserving-crystal-stability
#17
Marco Roy, Alfonso Pompella, Jerzy Kubacki, Adam Piosik, Bronisław Psiuk, Joanna Klimontko, Jacek Szade, Robert A Roy, Wieslaw Hedzelek
The use of zirconium oxide in dental implantology is rapidly increasing as it is regarded as being more aesthetical and biologically friendly than titanium oxide. The interaction of titanium oxide with cells and proteins has proven to be significantly affected by the inevitable atmospheric hydrocarbon contamination, defined as biological ageing. The latter has proven to be effectively reversed by UVC irradiation. Crystal structures of both Zr and Ti oxides are very similar, thus also ZrO2 is prone to contamination by hydrocarbons...
May 12, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531868/a-case-of-traumatic-cardiopulmonary-arrest-with-good-neurological-outcome-predicted-by-amplitude-integrated-electroencephalogram
#18
Ko Harada, Kohei Tsukahara, Tetsuya Yumoto, Yasuaki Yamakawa, Atsuyoshi Iida, Hiromichi Naito, Atsunori Nakao
INTRODUCTION: Traumatic cardiopulmonary arrest has a very high mortality, and survival of patients with this condition without neurological disability is rare. PRESENTATION OF CASE: We herein report a case of traumatic cardiopulmonary arrest secondary to accidental amputation of the left lower leg that was successfully treated without any higher brain dysfunction. Although the long duration of cardiopulmonary arrest in this patient suggested hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, amplitude-integrated electroencephalogram showed normal findings...
May 15, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531847/colorimetric-detection-of-biothiols-based-on-aggregation-of-chitosan-stabilized-silver-nanoparticles
#19
Somayeh Mohammadi, Gholamreza Khayatian
We have described a simple and reliable colorimetric method for the sensing of biothiols such as cysteine, homocysteine, and glutathione in biological samples. The selective binding of chitosan capped silver nanoparticles to biothiols induced aggregation of the chitosan-Ag NPs. But the other amino acids that do not have thiol group cannot aggregate the chitosan-Ag NPs. Aggregation of chitosan-Ag NPs has been confirmed with UV-vis absorption spectra, zeta potential and transmission electron microscopy images...
May 17, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531843/rapid-ic-ms-ms-determination-of-methylphosphonic-acid-in-urine-of-rats-exposed-to-organophosphorus-nerve-agents
#20
Timur Baygildiev, Alexandra Zatirakha, Igor Rodin, Arkady Braun, Andrey Stavrianidi, Nadezhda Koryagina, Igor Rybalchenko, Oleg Shpigun
A direct approach for the determination of a specific hydrolysis product of organophosphorus nerve agents such as methylphosphonic acid (MPA) in urine by ion chromatography and tandem mass spectrometry (IC-MS/MS) has been developed. The first advantage of the proposed approach is a rapid and simple sample preparation, which does not require a large sample volume, complicated and laborious preconcentration and derivatization steps, and takes less than 7min per sample. The second advantage is the fast and selective IC determination of MPA carried out on a noncommercial anion exchanger based on a poly(styrene-co-divinylbenzene) (PS-DVB) substrate with a high degree of crosslinking and a covalently-bonded branched functional layer, which enables complete resolution of MPA from major urine matrix components and allows one to overcome matrix effects...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
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