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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151202/nmr-of-macromolecular-assemblies-and-machines-at-1-ghz-and-beyond-new-transformative-opportunities-for-molecular-structural-biology
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Caitlin M Quinn, Mingzhang Wang, Tatyana Polenova
As a result of profound gains in sensitivity and resolution afforded by ultrahigh magnetic fields, transformative applications in the fields of structural biology and materials science are being realized. The development of dual low temperature superconducting (LTS)/high-temperature superconducting (HTS) magnets has enabled the achievement of magnetic fields above 1 GHz (23.5 T), which will open doors to an unprecedented new range of applications. In this contribution, we discuss the promise of ultrahigh field magnetic resonance...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150321/a-description-of-the-sequence-of-long-term-behavior-of-autogenous-boneblock-in-maxillary-sinus-augmentation-in-sheep-additional-morphologic-and-histomorphometric-evidence
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Sebastian Pohl, Robert Haas, Stefan Tangl, Christian Schuh, Georg Mailath-Pokorny, Veronika Pohl
OBJECTIVE: To document the behavior of autogenous bone block in sinus lift and surgical consequences. STUDY DESIGN: Twelve sinus lifts with autogenous hip bone blocks and simultaneous insertion of two implants in 6 adult female sheep. Polychrome sequential labelling and histologic and histomorphometric evaluation after 6, 16, and 26 weeks. RESULTS: Augmentation material in the apical third was almost fully resorbed after 26 weeks (P = ...
September 21, 2017: Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149762/interaction-of-biologically-relevant-ions-and-organic-molecules-with-titanium-oxide-rutile-surfaces-a-review-on-molecular-dynamics-studies
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REVIEW
Azade YazdanYar, Ulrich Aschauer, Paul Bowen
The surface of a biomaterial can play a major role in its biological fate since the surface is the primary pathway for its interaction with the body. As the natural response of the body to a foreign material is to encapsulate it with a fibrous material, the interactions between the body and the biomaterial are mediated by this fibrous layer. Initial interactions occur between the biomaterial surface, water, ionic species and organic molecules, which then mediate further interactions with body tissues. Surface engineering can influence these interactions and hence, improve the biocompatibility of the biomaterial...
November 7, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149388/problems-of-reconstructive-cranioplasty-after-traumatic-brain-injury-in-children
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Paolo Frassanito, Gianpiero Tamburrini, Luca Massimi, Simone Peraio, Massimo Caldarelli, Concezio Di Rocco
Cranial repair after traumatic brain injury in children is still burdened by unsolved problems and controversial issues, mainly due to the high rate of resorption of autologous bone as well as the absence of valid alternative material to replace the autologous bone. Indeed, inert biomaterials are associated to satisfactory results in the short period but bear the continuous risk of complications related to the lack of osteointegration capacity. Biomimetic materials claiming osteoconductive properties that could balance their mechanical limits seem to allow good cranial bone reconstruction...
October 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147717/the-role-of-hierarchical-design-and-morphology-in-the-mechanical-response-of-diatom-inspired-structures-via-simulation
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Alejandro Gutiérrez, Metin G Guney, Gary K Fedder, Lilian P Dávila
Diatoms are microscopic algae with intricate shell morphologies and features ranging from the nanometer to the micrometer scale, which have been proposed as templates for drug delivery carriers, optical devices, and metamaterials design. Several studies have found that diatom shells show unique mechanical properties such as high specific strength and resilience. One hypothesis is that these properties stem from the structural arrangement of the material at the nanometer and micrometer length scales, challenging the concept between what constitutes a "material" versus a "structure"...
November 17, 2017: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147681/crimped-nanofibrous-biomaterials-mimic-microstructure-and-mechanics-of-native-tissue-and-alter-strain-transfer-to-cells
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Spencer E Szczesny, Tristan P Driscoll, Hsiao-Yun Tseng, Pang-Ching Liu, Su-Jin Heo, Robert L Mauck, Pen-Hsiu G Chao
To fully recapitulate tissue microstructure and mechanics, fiber crimping must exist within biomaterials used for tendon/ligament engineering. Existing crimped nanofibrous scaffolds produced via electrospinning are dense materials that prevent cellular infiltration into the scaffold interior. In this study, we used a sacrificial fiber population to increase the scaffold porosity and evaluated the effect on fiber crimping. We found that increasing scaffold porosity increased fiber crimping and ensured that the fibers properly uncrimped as the scaffolds were stretched by minimizing fiber-fiber interactions...
November 13, 2017: ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147553/crafting-of-functional-biomaterials-by-directed-molecular-self-assembly-of-triple-helical-peptide-building-blocks
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REVIEW
Jayati Banerjee, Helena S Azevedo
Collagen is the most abundant extracellular matrix protein in the body and has widespread use in biomedical research, as well as in clinics. In addition to difficulties in the production of recombinant collagen due to its high non-natural imino acid content, animal-derived collagen imposes several major drawbacks-variability in composition, immunogenicity, pathogenicity and difficulty in sequence modification-that may limit its use in the practical scenario. However, in recent years, scientists have shifted their attention towards developing synthetic collagen-like materials from simple collagen model triple helical peptides to eliminate the potential drawbacks...
December 6, 2017: Interface Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143443/multiscale-characterisation-of-cortical-bone-composition-microstructure-and-nanomechanical-properties-in-experimentally-induced-osteoporosis
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Furqan A Shah, Adrian Stoica, Carina Cardemil, Anders Palmquist
Cortical bone plays a vital role in determining overall bone strength. We investigate the structural, compositional, and nanomechanical properties of cortical bone following ovariectomy (OVX) of 12 week old Sprague Dawley rats, since this animal model is frequently employed to evaluate the performance of implantable biomaterials in compromised bone healing conditions. Morphological parameters and material properties of bone in the geometrical centre of the femoral cortex were investigated four and eight weeks post-OVX and in unoperated controls (Ctrl), using X-ray micro-computed tomography, backscattered electron scanning electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and nanoindentation...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142619/the-formation-of-extragraft-bone-bridging-after-anterior-cervical-discectomy-and-fusion-a-finite-element-analysis
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Shin Won Kwon, Chi Heon Kim, Chun Kee Chung, Tae Hyun Park, Su Heon Woo, Sung-Jae Lee, Seung Heon Yang
Objective: In addition to bone bridging inside a cage or graft (intragraft bone bridging, InGBB), extragraft bone bridging (ExGBB) is commonly observed after anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) with a stand-alone cage. However, solid bony fusion without the formation of ExGBB might be a desirable condition. We hypothesized that an insufficient contact area for InGBB might be a causative factor for ExGBB. The objective was to determine the minimal area of InGBB by finite element analysis...
November 2017: Journal of Korean Neurosurgical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140592/a-versatile-strategy-to-main-chain-sulfur-selenium-functionalized-polycarbonates-via-macro-ring-closure-of-diols-and-subsequent-ring-opening-polymerization
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Chao Wei, Yan Zhang, Bingkun Yan, Yue Xu, Zhengzhen Du, Meidong Lang
Sulfur/selenium containing cyclic carbonate monomers (MR) are designed and synthesized by enzyme catalyzed intermolecular macro-ring closure of related diols. The proposed synthetic strategy is tolerant of other functionalities such as N-substituted groups. The ring opening polymerization (ROP) of MR occurs readily as a versatile route to generate a new family of main chain sulfur/selenium substituted aliphatic polycarbonates (PR) with predictable molecular weights (MW), narrow molecular-weight distribution and controlled copolymer composition...
November 15, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140371/biofunctionalization-of-titanium-granules-with-simvastatin-for-improving-osteogenic-activity-and-antibacterial-properties-ex-vivo-study
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Zahra Gorgin Karaji, Behzad Houshmand, Shahsanam Abbasi, Sara Shafiei, Shahab Faghihi
PURPOSE: Titanium-based biomaterials present good biocompatibility, while their osseointegration and antibacterial properties need to be improved. This study aimed to enhance the bone-bonding ability of titanium-based granules, which are intended to be used as bone graft. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The titanium granules were anodized in ethylene glycol-based electrolyte and subsequently annealed to be loaded separately with simvastatin. The samples were then inspected with attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR) for drug loading...
November 2017: International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138940/silk-fibroin-pellethane%C3%A2-cardiovascular-patches-effect-of-silk-fibroin-concentration-on-vascular-remodeling-in-rat-model
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Pinkarn Chantawong, Takashi Tanaka, Akiko Uemura, Kazumi Shimada, Akira Higuchi, Hirokazu Tajiri, Kohta Sakura, Tomoaki Murakami, Yasumoto Nakazawa, Ryou Tanaka
Life-threatening cardiovascular anomalies require surgery for structural repair with cardiovascular patches. The biomaterial patch, derived from Bombyx mori silk fibroin (SF), is used as an alternative material due to its excellent tissue affinity and biocompatibility. However, SF lacks the elastomeric characteristics required for a cardiovascular patch. In order to overcome this shortcoming, we combined the thermoplastic polyurethane, Pellethane® (PU) with SF to develop an elastic biocompatible patch. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to investigate the feasibility of the blended SF/PU patch in a vascular model...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135222/engineering-the-mechanical-properties-of-polymer-networks-with-precise-doping-of-primary-defects
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Doreen Chan, Yichuan Ding, Reinhold Dauskardt, Eric A Appel
Polymer networks are extensively utilized across numerous applications ranging from commodity super-absorbent polymers and coatings to high performance microelectronics and biomaterials. For many applications, desirable properties are known, however, achieving them has been challenging. Additionally, the accurate prediction of elastic modulus has been a longstanding difficulty due to the presence of loops. By tuning the pre-polymer formulation through precise doping of monomers, specific primary network defects can be programmed into an elastomeric scaffold, without alteration of their resulting chemistry...
November 14, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133959/a-novel-cytotherapy-device-for-rapid-screening-enriching-and-combining-mesenchymal-stem-cells-into-a-biomaterial-for-promoting-bone-regeneration
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Yifu Zhuang, Yaokai Gan, Dingwei Shi, Jie Zhao, Tingting Tang, Kerong Dai
Bone defects are a common challenge in clinic, usually warranting bone grafts. However, current strategies to obtain effective graft materials have many drawbacks. Mesenchymal stem cell (MSC)-based therapy is a promising alternative. We designed an innovative appliance named the stem cell screen-enrich-combine(-biomaterials) circulating system (SECCS). In this study, 42 patients who required bone graft underwent SECCS-based treatment. Their bone marrow samples and beta-tricalcium phosphate (β-TCP) granules were processed in the SECCS for 10-15 minutes, to produce MSC/β-TCP composites...
November 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133624/histopathological-histomorphometrical-and-radiological-evaluations-of-hydroxyapatite-bioactive-glass-and-fluorapatite-bioactive-glass-nanocomposite-foams-as-cell-scaffolds-in-rat-tibia-an-in-vivo-study
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Maryam Seyedmajidi, Sina Haghanifar, Karimollah Hajian-Tilaki, Seyedali Seyedmajidi
Bone defects are common and persistent problems in clinical orthopedics and dentistry. The development of synthetic reconstruction materials is essential owing to the restricted access to natural bone grafts, disease transmission risks, surgical costs, donor-site morbidity, infections, and immune response-related complications. Accordingly, the aim of the present study was to evaluate the histopathological, histomorphometrical, and radiological characteristics of composite foams containing hydroxyapatite/bioactive glass (HA/BG) and fluorapatite/bioactive glass (FA/BG) as cell scaffolds in rat tibia reconstruction...
November 14, 2017: Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131929/insights-on-the-structure-molecular-weight-and-activity-of-an-antibacterial-protein-polymer-hybrid
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Yanxiong Pan, Sunanda Neupane, Jasmin Farmakes, Myungkeun Oh, Kylie Bentz, Yongki Choi, Zhongyu Yang
Protein-polymer conjugates are attractive biomaterials which combine the functions of both proteins and polymers. The bioactivity of these hybrid materials, however, is often reduced upon the conjugation. It is important to determine and monitor the protein structure and active site availability, in order to optimize the polymer composition, attachment point, and abundance. The challenges in probing these insights are the large size and high complexity in the conjugates. Here, we overcome the challenges by combining Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) spectroscopy and Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and characterize the structural insights of antibacterial hybrids formed by polyethylene glycol (PEG) and an antibacterial protein...
November 13, 2017: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131587/cell-migration-and-bone-formation-from-mesenchymal-stem-cell-spheroids-in-alginate-hydrogels-are-regulated-by-adhesive-ligand-density
#17
Steve S Ho, Andrew T Keown, Bennett Addison, J Kent Leach
The adhesion and migration of cells entrapped in engineered materials is regulated by available adhesive ligands. Although mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) spheroids injected into damaged tissues promote repair, their transplantation in biomaterials which regulate cell migration from the aggregate may further enhance their therapeutic potential. Alginate hydrogels were modified with Arginine-Glycine-Aspartic acid (RGD) at increasing concentrations, and osteogenically induced human MSC spheroids were entrapped to assess cell migration, survival, and differentiation...
November 13, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130804/is-metal-particle-release-associated-with-peri-implant-bone-destruction-an-emerging-concept
#18
T Fretwurst, K Nelson, D P Tarnow, H-L Wang, W V Giannobile
Peri-implant diseases affecting the surrounding structures of endosseous dental implants include peri-implant mucositis and peri-implantitis. The prevalence of peri-implantitis ranges between 15% and 20% after 10 y, highlighting the major challenge in clinical practice in the rehabilitation of dental implant patients. The widespread nature of peri-implant bone loss poses difficulties in the management of biological complications affecting the long-term success of osseointegrated implant reconstructions. Metal and titanium particles have been detected in peri-implant supporting tissues...
November 1, 2017: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129026/micromechanical-study-of-the-load-transfer-in-a-polycaprolactone-collagen-hybrid-scaffold-when-subjected-to-unconfined-and-confined-compression
#19
A P G Castro, D Lacroix
Scaffolds are used in diverse tissue engineering applications as hosts for cell proliferation and extracellular matrix formation. One of the most used tissue engineering materials is collagen, which is well known to be a natural biomaterial, also frequently used as cell substrate, given its natural abundance and intrinsic biocompatibility. This study aims to evaluate how the macroscopic biomechanical stimuli applied on a construct made of polycaprolactone scaffold embedded in a collagen substrate translate into microscopic stimuli at the cell level...
November 11, 2017: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128663/chirality-dependent-cell-adhesion-and-enrichment-in-janus-nanocomposite-hydrogels
#20
Andisheh Motealleh, Hendrik Hermes, Joachim Jose, Nermin Seda Kehr
To assess chirality-dependent cell adhesion and cell enrichment in an extracellular matrix (ECM)-like model, in this study we created 3D nanocomposite (NC) hydrogels composed of periodic mesoporous organosilica (PMO) functionalized with chiral molecules [NC "homo-hydrogels" (NC hydrogels with one kind of functionalized PMO)]. Additionally, we prepared Janus NC hydrogel by connecting two enantiomorphous NC hydrogels, producing an advanced material that can be used to investigate the effect of opposite enantiomers on the behaviors of healthy and cancer cells in a single biomaterial at the same time and under the same reaction conditions...
November 8, 2017: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
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