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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742527/biotechnological-potential-of-insect-fatty-acid-modifying-enzymes
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Michal Tupec, Aleš Buček, Irena Valterová, Iva Pichová
There are more than one million described insect species. This species richness is reflected in the diversity of insect metabolic processes. In particular, biosynthesis of secondary metabolites, such as defensive compounds and chemical signals, encompasses an extraordinarily wide range of chemicals that are generally unparalleled among natural products from other organisms. Insect genomes, transcriptomes and proteomes thus offer a valuable resource for discovery of novel enzymes with potential for biotechnological applications...
July 25, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Naturforschung. C, A Journal of Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741893/when-epigenetics-meets-bioengineering-a-material-characteristics-and-surface-topography-perspective
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Lena Larsson, Sophia P Pilipchuk, William V Giannobile, Rogerio M Castilho
The field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine (TE/RM) involves regeneration of tissues and organs using implantable biomaterials. The term epigenetics refers to changes in gene expression that are not encoded in the DNA sequence, leading to remodeling of the chromatin and activation or inactivation of gene expression. Recently, studies have demonstrated that these modifications are influenced not only by biological cues but also by mechanical and topographical signals. This review highlights the current knowledge on emerging approaches in TE/RM with a focus on the effect of materials and topography on the epigenetic expression pattern in cells with potential impacts on modulating regenerative biology...
July 25, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741700/financial-aspects-of-organ-procurement-from-deceased-donors-in-the-usa-relevance-to-xenotransplantation
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Ryan J Saari, David K C Cooper
When clinical xenotransplantation is introduced, the costs associated with acquisition of a genetically engineered pig organ are as yet unknown. How will these costs compare with those currently associated with the acquisition of deceased human organs? An understanding of the financial aspects of deceased organ and tissue procurement in the USA is therefore worthwhile. We have therefore attempted to review certain economic aspects of non-profit and for-profit organizations that provide cadaveric organs and/or tissues for purposes of transplantation into patients with end-stage organ failure, cellular deficiencies, or in need of reconstructive procedures...
July 25, 2017: Xenotransplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741187/-sexuality-education-on-the-internet-from-dr-sommer-to-dr-google
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Nicola Döring
Female and male adolescents in Germany are increasingly using the Internet to find information about sexuality and sexual health. This review paper summarizes what we know about the status quo of online sexuality education in Germany.Based on a systematic literature review including 40 papers from international, peer-reviewed journals spanning 2010-2017, this paper first describes different aspects of the sexuality-related online search behavior of adolescents: its prevalence, predictors, topics and contexts...
July 24, 2017: Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740980/micro-engineered-perfusable-3d-vasculatures-for-cardiovascular-diseases
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Nishanth Venugopal Menon, Hui Min Tay, Soon Nan Wee, King Ho Holden Li, Han Wei Hou
Vessel geometries in microengineered in vitro vascular models are important to recapitulate a pathophysiological microenvironment for the study of flow-induced endothelial dysfunction and inflammation in cardiovascular diseases. Herein, we present a simple and novel extracellular matrix (ECM) hydrogel patterning method to create perfusable vascularized microchannels of different geometries based on the concept of capillary burst valve (CBV). No surface modification is necessary and the method is suitable for different ECM types including collagen, matrigel and fibrin...
July 25, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739506/glycosaminoglycans-from-marine-sources-as-therapeutic-agents
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Jesus Valcarcel, Ramón Novoa-Carballal, Ricardo Pérez-Martín, Rui L Reis, José Antonio Vázquez
Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) in marine animals are different to those of terrestrial organisms, mainly in terms of molecular weight and sulfation. The therapeutic properties of GAGs are related to their ability to interact with proteins, which is very much influenced by sulfation position and patterns. Since currently GAGs cannot be chemically synthesized, they are sourced from natural products, with high intra- but also inter-species variability, in terms of chain length, disaccharide composition and sulfation pattern...
July 21, 2017: Biotechnology Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738579/compositional-engineering-of-vopcpho-tio2-nano-composite-to-reduce-the-absolute-threshold-value-of-humidity-sensors
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Mohamad Izzat Azmer, Fakhra Aziz, Zubair Ahmad, Ehsan Raza, Mansoor Ani Najeeb, Noshin Fatima, Tahani M Bawazeer, Mohammad S Alsoufi, R A Shakoor, Khaulah Sulaiman
This research work demonstrates compositional engineering of an organic-inorganic hybrid nano-composites for modifying absolute threshold of humidity sensors. Vanadyl-2,9,16,23-tetraphenoxy-29H,31H-phthalocyanine (VOPcPhO), an organic semiconductor, doped with Titanium-dioxide nanoparticles (TiO2 NPs) has been employed to fabricate humidity sensors. The morphology of the VOPcPhO:TiO2 nano-composite films has been analyzed by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM)...
November 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737822/liquid-crystal-templating-as-an-approach-to-spatially-and-temporally-organise-soft-matter
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Pim van der Asdonk, Paul H J Kouwer
Chemistry quickly moves from a molecular science to a systems science. This requires spatial and temporal control over the organisation of molecules and molecular assemblies. Whilst Nature almost by default (transiently) organises her components at multiple different length scales, scientists struggle to realise even relatively straightforward patterns. In the past decades, supramolecular chemistry has taught us the rules to precisely engineer molecular assembly at the nanometre scale. At higher length scales, however, we are bound to top-down nanotechnology techniques to realise order...
July 24, 2017: Chemical Society Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737747/a-spatially-localized-architecture-for-fast-and-modular-dna-computing
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Gourab Chatterjee, Neil Dalchau, Richard A Muscat, Andrew Phillips, Georg Seelig
Cells use spatial constraints to control and accelerate the flow of information in enzyme cascades and signalling networks. Synthetic silicon-based circuitry similarly relies on spatial constraints to process information. Here, we show that spatial organization can be a similarly powerful design principle for overcoming limitations of speed and modularity in engineered molecular circuits. We create logic gates and signal transmission lines by spatially arranging reactive DNA hairpins on a DNA origami. Signal propagation is demonstrated across transmission lines of different lengths and orientations and logic gates are modularly combined into circuits that establish the universality of our approach...
July 24, 2017: Nature Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737701/application-of-extrusion-based-hydrogel-bioprinting-for-cartilage-tissue-engineering
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Fu You, B Frank Eames, Xiongbiao Chen
Extrusion-based bioprinting (EBB) is a rapidly developing technique that has made substantial progress in the fabrication of constructs for cartilage tissue engineering (CTE) over the past decade. With this technique, cell-laden hydrogels or bio-inks have been extruded onto printing stages, layer-by-layer, to form three-dimensional (3D) constructs with varying sizes, shapes, and resolutions. This paper reviews the cell sources and hydrogels that can be used for bio-ink formulations in CTE application. Additionally, this paper discusses the important properties of bio-inks to be applied in the EBB technique, including biocompatibility, printability, as well as mechanical properties...
July 23, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737465/the-effect-of-ozone-gas-sterilization-on-the-properties-and-cell-compatibility-of-electrospun-polycaprolactone-scaffolds
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Carolina Fracalossi Rediguieri, Paul A De Bank, Maria Helena Ambrosio Zanin, Patrícia Leo, Natalia Neto Pereira Cerize, Adriano Marim de Oliveira, Terezinha de Jesus Andreoli Pinto
The growing area of tissue engineering has the potential to alleviate the shortage of tissues and organs for transplantation, and electrospun biomaterial scaffolds are extremely promising devices for translating engineered tissues into a clinical setting. However, to be utilized in this capacity, these medical devices need to be sterile. Traditional methods of sterilization are not always suitable for biomaterials, especially as many commonly used biomedical polymers are sensitive to chemical-, thermal- or radiation-induced damage...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Biomaterials Science. Polymer Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736950/impact-of-interfacial-layers-in-perovskite-solar-cells
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An-Na Cho, Nam-Gyu Park
Perovskite solar cell (PCSs) is composed of organic-inorganic lead halide perovskite as light harvester. Since the first report on long-term durable 9.7% efficient solid-state perovskite solar cell in 2012, organic-inorganic halide perovskite received great attention because of its superb opto-electronic properties. As a result, a power conversion efficiency (PCE) exceeding 22% was certified. Controlling grain size and grain boundary of perovskite layer perovskite is important for attaining high efficiency...
July 23, 2017: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736221/scaffold-curvature-mediated-novel-biomineralization-process-originates-a-continuous-soft-tissue-to-bone-interface
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Michael Paris, Andreas Götz, Inga Hettrich, Cécile M Bidan, John W C Dunlop, Hajar Razi, Ivo Zizak, Dietmar W Hutmacher, Peter Fratzl, Georg N Duda, Wolfgang Wagermaier, Amaia Cipitria
A myriad of shapes are found in biological tissues, often naturally evolved to fulfill a particular function. In the field of tissue engineering, substrate geometry influences cell behavior and tissue formation in-vitro, yet little is known how this translates to an in-vivo scenario. Here we investigate scaffold curvature-induced tissue growth, without additional growth factors or cells, in an ovine animal model. We show that soft tissue formation follows a curvature-driven tissue growth model. The highly organized endogenous soft matrix, potentially under mechanical strain, leads to a non-standard form of biomineralization, whereby the pre-existing organic matrix is mineralized without collagen remodeling and without an intermediate cartilage ossification phase...
July 20, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736220/manufacturing-of-hydrogel-biomaterials-with-controlled-mechanical-properties-for-tissue-engineering-applications
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REVIEW
Armin Vedadghavami, Farnaz Minooei, Mohammad Hossein Mohammadi, Sultan Khetani, Ahmad Rezaei, Shohreh Mashayekhan, Amir Sanati-Nezhad
Hydrogels have been recognized as crucial biomaterials in the field of tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, and drug delivery applications due to their specific characteristics. These biomaterials benefit from retaining a large amount of water, effective mass transfer, similarity to natural tissues and the ability to form different shapes. However, having relatively poor mechanical properties is a limiting factor associated with hydrogel biomaterials. Controlling the biomechanical properties of hydrogels is of paramount importance...
July 20, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736205/developmental-and-extrahepatic-physiological-functions-of-srebp-pathway-genes-in-mice
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REVIEW
Luke J Engelking, Mary Jo Cantoria, Yanchao Xu, Guosheng Liang
Sterol regulatory element-binding proteins (SREBPs), master transcriptional regulators of cholesterol and fatty acid synthesis, have been found to contribute to a diverse array of cellular processes. In this review, we focus on genetically engineered mice in which the activities of six components of the SREBP gene pathway, namely SREBP-1, SREBP-2, Scap, Insig-1, Insig-2, or Site-1 protease have been altered through gene knockout or transgenic approaches. In addition to the expected impacts on lipid metabolism, manipulation of these genes in mice is found to affect a wide array of developmental and physiologic processes ranging from interferon signaling in macrophages to synaptic transmission in the brain...
July 20, 2017: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735544/facile-fabrication-of-composite-electrospun-nano-fibrous-matrices-of-poly-%C3%AE%C2%B5-caprolactone-silica-based-pickering-emulsion
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Archana Samanta, Sonam Takkar, Ritu Kulshreshtha, Bhanu Nandan, Rajiv K Srivastava
Functionalized matrices have been sought for their application in sensors, filtration, energy storage, catalysis and tissue engineering. We report formation of an inorganic-organic composite matrix based on poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) functionalized with hydrophobically modified silica (m-silica) fabricated with reduced organic solvent usage. The matrix was obtained via electrospinning of a water-in-oil emulsion of PCL that was stabilized by judicious choice of m-silica as a Pickering agent resulting into an emulsifier free matrix...
July 23, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735148/mechanically-competent-and-cytocompatible-polycaprolactone-borophosphosilicate-hybrid-biomaterials
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Dibakar Mondal, S Jeffrey Dixon, Kibret Mequanint, Amin S Rizkalla
Organic-inorganic class II hybrid materials have domain sizes at the molecular level and chemical bonding between the organic and inorganic phases. We have previously reported the synthesis of class II hybrid biomaterials from alkoxysilane-functionalized polycaprolactone (PCL) and borophosphosilicate (B2O3-P2O5-SiO2) glass (BPSG) through a non-aqueous sol-gel process. In the present study, the mechanical properties and degradability of these PCL/BPSG hybrid biomaterials were studied and compared to those of their conventional composite counterparts...
July 5, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735028/protein-only-antimicrobial-peptide-containing-recombinant-nanoparticles-with-inherent-built-in-antibacterial-activity
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Naroa Serna, Laura Sánchez-García, Alejandro Sánchez-Chardi, Ugutz Unzueta, Mónica Roldán, Ramón Mangues, Esther Vázquez, Antonio Villaverde
The emergence of bacterial antibiotic resistances is a serious concern in human and animal health. In this context, naturally occurring cationic antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) might play a main role in a next generation of drugs against bacterial infections. Taking an innovative approach to design self-organizing functional proteins, we have generated here protein-only nanoparticles with intrinsic AMP microbicide activity. Using a recombinant version of the GWH1 antimicrobial peptide as building block, these materials show a wide antibacterial activity spectrum in absence of detectable toxicity on mammalian cells...
July 19, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734346/hap-nanoparticle-and-substrate-surface-electrical-potential-towards-bone-cells-adhesion-recent-results-review
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REVIEW
Vladimir Bystrov, Anna Bystrova, Yuri Dekhtyar
Nanostructured hydroxyapatite (HAP) and its nanoparticles are widely used for implantation into the human organism. The biocompatibility of the implants depends very much on the interaction between the implant and the cells regenerating tissue to be connected to the implant. An implant surface electrical charged density plays an important role in these processes. Possible instruments managing the surface electrical potential of HAP are in the focus of this paper. Both theoretical and experimental results evidence that: - the surface electrical charge density of the nanoparticle depends on its size and shape; - the electrical charge density of HAP could be engineered by contact less technique because of deposition of the electrical charge from the external radiation source, surface couples reconstruction...
May 3, 2017: Advances in Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733285/transcriptional-modulation-of-transport-and-metabolism-associated-gene-clusters-leading-to-utilization-of-benzoate-in-preference-to-glucose-in-pseudomonas-putida-csv86
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Alpa Choudhary, Arnab Modak, Shree K Apte, Prashant S Phale
The effective elimination of xenobiotic pollutants from the environment can be achieved by efficient degradation by microorganisms even in the presence of sugars or organic acids. Pseudomonas putida CSV86 displays a unique property to utilize aromatic compounds prior to glucose. The draft genome and transcription analyses revealed that glucose uptake and benzoate transport and metabolism genes are clustered at glc and ben loci, respectively, as two distinct operons. When grown on glucose+benzoate, CSV86 displayed significantly higher expression of ben locus in the first- and glc locus in the second-log phase...
July 21, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
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