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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092777/controlling-the-3d-architecture-of-self-lifting-auto-generated-tissue-equivalents-slates-for-optimized-corneal-graft-composition-and-stability
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Ricardo M Gouveia, Elena González-Andrades, Juan C Cardona, Carmen González-Gallardo, Ana M Ionescu, Ingrid Garzon, Miguel Alaminos, Miguel González-Andrades, Che J Connon
Ideally, biomaterials designed to play specific physical and physiological roles in vivo should comprise components and microarchitectures analogous to those of the native tissues they intend to replace. For that, implantable biomaterials need to be carefully designed to have the correct structural and compositional properties, which consequently impart their bio-function. In this study, we showed that the control of such properties can be defined from the bottom-up, using smart surface templates to modulate the structure, composition, and bio-mechanics of human transplantable tissues...
December 23, 2016: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092765/cytotoxic-genotoxic-and-mutagenic-evaluation-of-surface-waters-from-a-coal-exploration-region
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Cynthia Silva Porta, Débora Lemes Dos Santos, Hélio Vieira Bernardes, Bruno Corrêa Bellagamba, Anaí Duarte, Johnny Ferraz Dias, Fernanda Rabaioli da Silva, Mauricio Lehmann, Juliana da Silva, Rafael Rodrigues Dihl
Coal mining generates a considerable amount of waste, which is disposed of in piles or dams near mining sites. As a result, leachates may reach rivers and streams, promoting the wide dispersion of contaminants in solution and as particulate matter. The present study evaluated the cytotoxic, genotoxic, and mutagenic action of surface waters collected around a thermoelectric power plant and the largest mining area in Brazil (Candiota). Four sites in Candiota stream were selected, and samples were collected in winter and summer...
January 6, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090593/ultralm-and-minilm-locator-tools-for-smart-tracking-of-fluorescent-cells-in-correlative-light-and-electron-microscopy
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Elisabeth Brama, Christopher J Peddie, Gary Wilkes, Yan Gu, Lucy M Collinson, Martin L Jones
In-resin fluorescence (IRF) protocols preserve fluorescent proteins in resin-embedded cells and tissues for correlative light and electron microscopy, aiding interpretation of macromolecular function within the complex cellular landscape. Dual-contrast IRF samples can be imaged in separate fluorescence and electron microscopes, or in dual-modality integrated microscopes for high resolution correlation of fluorophore to organelle. IRF samples also offer a unique opportunity to automate correlative imaging workflows...
December 13, 2016: Wellcome Open Res
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089562/sequential-multiple-assignment-randomized-trials-an-opportunity-for-improved-design-of-stroke-reperfusion-trials
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William J Meurer, Nicholas J Seewald, Kelley Kidwell
BACKGROUND: Modern clinical trials in stroke reperfusion fall into 2 categories: alternative systemic pharmacological regimens to alteplase and "rescue" endovascular approaches using targeted thrombectomy devices and/or medications delivered directly for persistently occluded vessels. Clinical trials in stroke have not evaluated how initial pharmacological thrombolytic management might influence subsequent rescue strategy. A sequential multiple assignment randomized trial (SMART) is a novel trial design that can test these dynamic treatment regimens and lead to treatment guidelines that more closely mimic practice...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089145/effect-of-exercise-training-on-endothelial-function-in-heart-failure-patients-a-systematic-review-meta-analysis
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M J Pearson, N A Smart
OBJECTIVE: Endothelial dysfunction contributes to the development and progression of cardiovascular disease and heart failure (HF) and is associated with an increased risk of mortality. Flow-mediated dilation (FMD) is widely utilised to assess endothelial function and is improved with exercise training in heart failure patients. The aim of this meta-analysis is to quantify the effect of exercise training in patients with heart failure. BACKGROUND: A large number of studies now exist that have examined endothelial function in patients with heart failure...
December 28, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088880/recent-advances-in-light-responsive-on-demand-drug-delivery-systems
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Chase S Linsley, Benjamin M Wu
The convergence of wearable sensors and personalized medicine enhance the ability to sense and control the drug composition and dosage, as well as location and timing of administration. To date, numerous stimuli-triggered smart drug-delivery systems have been developed to detect changes in light, pH, temperature, biomolecules, electric field, magnetic field, ultrasound and mechanical forces. This review examines the major advances within the last 5 years for the three most common light-responsive drug delivery-on-demand strategies: photochemical, photoisomerization and photothermal...
February 2017: Therapeutic Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081368/smart-metal-organic-framework-coatings-triggered-anti-biofilm-compound-release
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Birgit Claes, Tom Boudewijns, Laurens Muchez, Geert Hooyberghs, Erik V Van der Eycken, Jozef Vanderleyden, Hans P Steenackers, Dirk E De Vos
Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) have a large potential for delivery of active molecules. Here, a MOF coating is investigated as a smart host matrix for triggered release of anti-biofilm compounds. Besides a coating consisting of the regular Fe-terephthalate MIL-88B(Fe), a new hydrophobic MIL-88B(Fe) coating is synthesized in hydrothermal conditions using palmitic acid as a lattice terminating group. These porous materials are used as a host matrix for the anti-biofilm compound 5-(4-chlorophenyl)-N-(2-isobutyl)-2-aminoimidazole, which has a specific biofilm inhibiting effect at concentrations at which no activity against planktonic cells is detected...
January 12, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080026/ionic-strength-responsive-sulfonated-polystyrene-opals
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Luca Nucara, Vincenzo Piazza, Francesco Greco, Valentina Robbiano, Valentina Cappello, Mauro Gemmi, Franco Cacialli, Virgilio Mattoli
Stimuli-responsive photonic crystals (PCs) represent an intriguing class of smart materials very promising for sensing applications. Here, selective ionic strength responsive polymeric PCs are reported. They are easily fabricated by partial sulfonation of polystyrene opals, without using toxic or expensive monomers and etching steps. The color of the resulting hydrogel-like ordered structures can be continuously shifted over the entire visible range (405-760 nm) by changing the content of ions over an extremely wide range of concentration (from about 70 M to 4 M)...
January 12, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080020/biocatalytic-self-assembly-using-reversible-and-irreversible-enzyme-immobilization
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Maria Paola Conte, King Hang Aaron Lau, Rein V Ulijn
Biocatalytic control of molecular self-assembly provides an effective approach for developing smart biomaterials, allowing versatile enzyme-mediated tuning of material structure and properties as well as biomedical applications. We functionalized surfaces with bioinspired polydopamine and polyphenol coatings to study the effects of enzyme surface localization and surface release on the self-assembly process. We show how these coatings could be conveniently used to release enzymes for bulk gelation as well as to irreversibly immobilize enzymes for localizing the self-assembly to the surface...
January 12, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079384/hypoxia-and-h2o2-dual-sensitive-vesicles-for-enhanced-glucose-responsive-insulin-delivery
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Jicheng Yu, Chenggen Qian, Yuqi Zhang, Zheng Cui, Yong Zhu, Qundong Shen, Frances S Ligler, John B Buse, Zhen Gu
A glucose-responsive closed-loop insulin delivery system mimicking pancreas activity without long-term side effect has the potential to improve diabetic patients' health and quality of life. Here, we developed a novel glucose-responsive insulin delivery device using a painless microneedle-array patch containing insulin-loaded vesicles. Formed by self-assembly of hypoxia and H2O2 dual-sensitive diblock copolymer, the glucose-responsive polymersome-based vesicles (d-GRPs) can disassociate and subsequently release insulin triggered by H2O2 and hypoxia generated during glucose oxidation catalyzed by glucose specific enzyme...
January 12, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079361/controllable-synthesis-of-smart-multifunctional-nanoscal-metal-organic-framework-for-magnetic-resonance-optical-imaging-and-targeted-drug-delivery
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Xuechuan Gao, Manjue Zhai, Weihua Guan, Jingjuan Liu, Zhiliang Liu, Alatangaole Damirin
As a result of their extraordinarily large surfaces and well-defined pores, the design of multifunctional metal-organic framework (MOF) is crucial for drug delivery while has been rarely reported. In this paper, a novel drug delivery system (DDS) based on nanoscale metal-organic framework (MOF) was developed for using in cancer diagnosis and therapy. This MOF based tumour targeting DDS was fabricated by a simple post-synthetic surface modification process. Firstly, magnetic mesoporous nanomaterial Fe-MIL-53-NH2 was devoted for encapsulating the drug and served as a magnetic resonance (MR) contrast agent...
January 12, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078659/summer-research-training-provides-effective-tools-for-underrepresented-minorities-to-obtain-doctoral-level-degrees
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Oluwatoyin A Asojo, Ashish Damania, Teri L Turner, Gayle Slaughter, Kendal D Hirschi
The ethnic, racial, and cultural diversity of the USA is not reflected in its healthcare and biomedical workforce. Undergraduate research programs are used to encourage underrepresented minorities to pursue training for biomedical careers, but there is limited published data on doctoral degree completion rates by participants in these programs. This study evaluates the attainment of doctoral degrees by a NIH-funded cohort of undergraduates from the 1998-2002 Baylor College of Medicine's Summer Medical Research Training (SMART) program...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077647/sensitive-next-generation-sequencing-method-reveals-deep-genetic-diversity-of-hiv-1-in-the-democratic-republic-of-the-congo
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M A Rodgers, E Wilkerson, A Vallari, C McArthur, L Sthreshley, C A Brennan, G Cloherty, T de Oliveira
: As the epidemiological epicentre of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) pandemic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is a reservoir of circulating HIV strains exhibiting high levels of diversity and recombination. In this study, we characterized HIV specimens collected in two rural areas of the DRC between 2001 and 2003 to identify rare strains of HIV. The env gp41 region was sequenced and characterized for 172 HIV-positive specimens. The env sequences were predominantly subtype A (43...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077345/tips-and-traps-lessons-from-codesigning-a-clinician-e-monitoring-tool-for-computerized-cognitive-behavioral-therapy
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Frederick Sundram, Susan J Hawken, Karolina Stasiak, Mathijs Fg Lucassen, Theresa Fleming, Matthew Shepherd, Andrea Greenwood, Raechel Osborne, Sally N Merry
BACKGROUND: Computerized cognitive behavioral therapy (cCBT) is an acceptable and promising treatment modality for adolescents with mild-to-moderate depression. Many cCBT programs are standalone packages with no way for clinicians to monitor progress or outcomes. We sought to develop an electronic monitoring (e-monitoring) tool in consultation with clinicians and adolescents to allow clinicians to monitor mood, risk, and treatment adherence of adolescents completing a cCBT program called SPARX (Smart, Positive, Active, Realistic, X-factor thoughts)...
January 11, 2017: JMIR Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077265/a-smart-aminoglycoside-hydrogel-with-tunable-gel-degradation-on-demand-drug-release-and-high-antibacterial-activity
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Jingjing Hu, Yanchun Quan, Yuping Lai, Zhao Zheng, Zhiqi Hu, Xinyu Wang, Tianjiao Dai, Qiang Zhang, Yiyun Cheng
Aminoglycosides are a family of critically important antibiotics for the treatment of serious infections including multidrug-resistant pathogens. However, clinical use of aminoglycoside antibiotics is compromised by bacterial biofilm formation at subinhibitory concentrations or adverse side effects such as ototoxicity and nephrotoxicity at high antibiotic doses. Preparation of aminoglycoside formulation that allows on-demand drug delivery is a solution to this sticky issue. Here, we designed a new type of aminoglycoside hydrogels by cross-linking oxidized polysaccharides such as dextran, carboxymethyl cellulose, alginate, and chondroitin using aminoglycosides as cross-linkers...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076861/potential-applications-of-smart-multifunctional-wearable-materials-to-gerontology
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David G Armstrong, Bijan Najafi, Mohsen Shahinpoor
Smart multifunctional materials can play a constructive role in addressing some very important aging-related issues. Aging affects the ability of older adults to continue to live safely and economically in their own residences for as long as possible. Thus, there will be a greater need for preventive, acute, rehabilitative, and long-term health care services for older adults as well as a need for tools to enable them to function independently during daily activities. The objective of this paper is, thus, to present a comprehensive review of some potential smart materials and their areas of applications to gerontology...
January 12, 2017: Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075134/dynamic-optical-switching-of-polymer-plasmonic-nanoparticle-hybrids-with-sparse-loading
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Zhaoxia Qian, Kathryn N Guye, David J Masiello, David S Ginger
Responsive plasmonic nanomaterials composed of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) and temperature-responsive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) hydrogels offer the promise of designing smart materials that can change color in response to varying thermal, or photothermal stimuli. Typical AuNP/PNIPAM hybrids are heavily loaded with AuNPs. Here we demonstrate that PNIPAM spheres with small number AuNP loadings exhibit significant extinction shifts and a broad range of color changes with varying temperature. Hybrids with an average loading of 3 to 5 AuNPs per PNIPAM sphere exhibit peak extinction shifts of over 150 nm and color change from red to purple to gray, with very large extinction changes in the NIR, as the temperature increases from 25oC to 50oC...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074876/scale-up-of-nature-s-tissue-weaving-algorithms-to-engineer-advanced-functional-materials
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Joanna L Ng, Lillian E Knothe, Renee M Whan, Ulf Knothe, Melissa L Knothe Tate
We are literally the stuff from which our tissue fabrics and their fibers are woven and spun. The arrangement of collagen, elastin and other structural proteins in space and time embodies our tissues and organs with amazing resilience and multifunctional smart properties. For example, the periosteum, a soft tissue sleeve that envelops all nonarticular bony surfaces of the body, comprises an inherently "smart" material that gives hard bones added strength under high impact loads. Yet a paucity of scalable bottom-up approaches stymies the harnessing of smart tissues' biological, mechanical and organizational detail to create advanced functional materials...
January 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073247/tuning-for-visible-fluorescence-and-near-infrared-phosphorescence-on-a-unimolecular-mechanically-sensitive-platform-via-adjustable-ch-%C3%AF-interaction
#19
Hongwei Wu, Pei Zhao, Xin Li, Wenbo Chen, Hans Ågren, Qing Zhang, Liangliang Zhu
CH-π interaction assisted alignment of organic conjugated systems has played an important role to regulate molecular electronic and photophysical properties, whereas harnessing such a smart non-covalent interaction into the tuning of unimolecular complex emissive bands covering a wide spectral region remains a challenging research topic. Since the tuning for visible and near-infrared emissive properties in a single π-functional platform relates to its multi-color luminescent behaviors and potential superior application in analysis, imaging and sensing, we here report that a proportional control of the singlet and triplet emissions that cover visible and near-infrared spectral region, respectively, can be straightforwardly achieved by CH-π interaction assisted self-assembly at the unimolecular level...
January 11, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071929/effects-of-smartphone-based-memory-training-for-older-adults-with-subjective-memory-complaints-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#20
Seo Jin Oh, Sungmin Seo, Ji Hyun Lee, Myeong Ju Song, Min-Sup Shin
OBJECTIVES: We explored whether newly developed application (Smartphone-based brain Anti-aging and memory Reinforcement Training, SMART) improved memory performance in older adults with subjective memory complaints (SMC). METHOD: A total of 53 adults (range: 50-68 years; 52.8% female) were randomized into either one of two intervention groups [SMART (n = 18) vs. Fit Brains® (n = 19)] or a wait-list group (n = 16). Participants in the intervention groups underwent 15-20 minutes of training per day, five days per week for 8 weeks...
January 10, 2017: Aging & Mental Health
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