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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532138/a-case-based-shared-teaching-approach-in-undergraduate-medical-curriculum-a-way-for-integration-in-basic-and-clinical-sciences
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Soheil Peiman, Azim Mirzazadeh, Maryam Alizadeh, Sara Mortaz Hejri, Mohammad-Taghi Najafi, Abbas Tafakhori, Farnoosh Larti, Besharat Rahimi, Babak Geraiely, Parichehr Pasbakhsh, Gholamreza Hassanzadeh, Fatemeh Nabavizadeh Rafsanjani, Mohammad Ansari, Seyed Farshad Allameh
To present a multiple-instructor, active-learning strategy in the undergraduate medical curriculum. This educational research is a descriptive one. Shared teaching sessions, were designed for undergraduate medical students in six organ-system based courses. Sessions that involved in-class discussions of integrated clinical cases were designed implemented and moderated by at least 3 faculties (clinicians and basic scientists). The participants in this study include the basic sciences medical students of The Tehran University of Medical Sciences...
April 2017: Acta Medica Iranica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532133/neutrophil-lymphocyte-ratio-in-different-stages-of-breast-cancer
#2
Fezzeh Elyasinia, Mohammad Reza Keramati, Farham Ahmadi, Susan Rezaei, Mohammad Ashouri, Reza Parsaei, Maryam Yaghoubi, Fahimeh Elyasinia, Armita Aboutorabi, Ahmad Kaviani
Despite many advances in the treatment of breast cancer, it is still the second most common cause of death in women in the United States. It has been shown that inflammation plays a major role in the treatment of these cancers and inflammatory factors enhance tumor growth, invasion, metastasis, and vascularization. In this study, we would like to analyze peripheral blood neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) in breast cancer patients and its correlation with disease staging. This cross-sectional analytic study was conducted in Imam Hospital, affiliated with Tehran University of Medical Sciences; a total of 195 female patients with breast cancer met the inclusion criteria...
April 2017: Acta Medica Iranica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532129/-131-i-traced-plga-lipid-nanoparticles-as-drug-delivery-carriers-for-the-targeted-chemotherapeutic-treatment-of-melanoma
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Haiyan Wang, Weizhong Sheng
Herein, folic acid (FA) conjugated Poly(d,l-lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA)-lipid composites (FA-PL) were developed as nanocarriers for the targeted delivery of insoluble anti-cancer drug paclitaxel (PTX), resulting FA-PLP nanoparticles. Furthermore, (131)I, as a radioactive tracer, was used to label FA-PLP nanoparticles (FA-PLP-(131)I) to evaluate their cell uptake activity, in vivo blood circulation, and biodistribution. The FA-PLP-(131)I nanoparticles had a spherical morphology with great stability, a narrow size distribution (165...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532126/poly-%C3%AE-glutamic-acid-coated-lipoplexes-loaded-with-doxorubicin-for-enhancing-the-antitumor-activity-against-liver-tumors
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Na Qi, Bo Tang, Guang Liu, Xingsi Liang
The study was to develop poly-γ-glutamic acid (γ-PGA)-coated Doxorubicin (Dox) lipoplexes that enhance the antitumor activity against liver tumors. γ-PGA-coated lipoplexes were performed by electrostatistically attracting to the surface of cationic charge liposomes with anionic γ-PGA. With the increasing of γ-PGA concentration, the particle size of γ-PGA-coated Dox lipoplexes slightly increased, the zeta potential from positive shifted to negative, and the entrapment efficiency (EE) were no significant change...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532123/origin-of-dislocation-luminescence-centers-and-their-reorganization-in-p-type-silicon-crystal-subjected-to-plastic-deformation-and-high-temperature-annealing
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Bohdan Pavlyk, Markiyan Kushlyk, Dmytro Slobodzyan
Changes of the defect structure of silicon p-type crystal surface layer under the influence of plastic deformation and high temperature annealing in oxygen atmosphere were investigated by deep-level capacitance-modulation spectroscopy (DLCMS) and IR spectroscopy of molecules and atom vibrational levels. Special role of dislocations in the surface layer of silicon during the formation of its energy spectrum and rebuilding the defective structure was established. It is shown that the concentration of linear defects (N ≥ 10(4) cm(-2)) enriches surface layer with electrically active complexes (dislocation-oxygen, dislocation-vacancy, and dislocation-interstitial atoms of silicon) which are an effective radiative recombination centers...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532122/mannan-endo-1-4-%C3%AE-mannosidase-from-kitasatospora-sp-isolated-in-indonesia-and-its-potential-for-production-of-mannooligosaccharides-from-mannan-polymers
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Nanik Rahmani, Norimasa Kashiwagi, JaeMin Lee, Satoko Niimi-Nakamura, Hana Matsumoto, Prihardi Kahar, Puspita Lisdiyanti, Yopi, Bambang Prasetya, Chiaki Ogino, Akihiko Kondo
Mannan endo-1,4-β-mannosidase (commonly known as β-mannanase) catalyzes a random cleavage of the β-D-1,4-mannopyranosyl linkage in mannan polymers. The enzyme has been utilized in biofuel production from lignocellulose biomass, as well as in production of mannooligosaccharides (MOS) for applications in feed and food industries. We aimed to obtain a β-mannanase, for such mannan polymer utilization, from actinomycetes strains isolated in Indonesia. Strains exhibiting high mannanase activity were screened, and one strain belonging to the genus Kitasatospora was selected...
December 2017: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532121/antimicrobial-activity-of-puffball-bovistella-radicata-and-separation-of-bioactive-compounds
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Yong Ye, Kun Liu, Qinghua Zeng, Qingmei Zeng
BACKGROUND: To test the antimicrobial activity of different extracts and fermentation broth from puffball(Bovistella radicata), the different extracts and fermentation broth of puffball were prepared, the active fraction was investigated by UPLC-UV-MS and semi-preparative chromatograph. RESULTS: Through zones of inhibition (ZOI) and minimum inhibitory concentrations (MIC) tests, the supernatant of fermentation possessed best antimicrobial activity in all extracts whose MIC value is 31...
December 2017: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532120/ultra-small-silver-nanoparticles-induced-ros-activated-toll-pathway-against-staphylococcus-aureus-disease-in-silkworm-model
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Pala Rajasekharreddy, Pathipati Usha Rani, Saidulu Mattapally, Sanjay Kumar Banerjee
The present study investigated the therapeutic action of flavonoids loaded silver nanoparticles (FLV-Ag NPs) on a silkworm, Bombyx mori L., larvae infected by the S. aureus, where an in vivo model system was used. FLV-Ag NPs were synthesized using a Ricinus communis L. leaf extracted flavonoid mixture in various concentrations. The reduction reaction was performed under a simple sunlight exposure condition. In the reduction process, quercetin and kaempferol loadings were also found. They were confirmed by UV-visible, TEM, XRD, XPS, DLS and FTIR spectroscopic techniques...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532117/optimization-for-extracellular-biosynthesis-of-silver-nanoparticles-by-penicillium-aculeatum-su1-and-their-antimicrobial-activity-and-cytotoxic-effect-compared-with-silver-ions
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Liang Ma, Wei Su, Jian-Xin Liu, Xiao-Xi Zeng, Zhi Huang, Wen Li, Zheng-Chun Liu, Jian-Xin Tang
The present study addresses an eco-friendly and energy-saving method for extracellular biosynthesis of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) using a cell free filtrate of the fungus strain Penicillium aculeatum Su1 as a reducing agent. Parametric optimization of the biosynthesis process demonstrated different effects on the size, distribution, yield, and synthesis rate of biosynthesized AgNPs. The transmission electron microscopy (TEM) measurements demonstrated that AgNPs were spherical or approximately spherical, with a size between 4 and 55nm...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532101/sonochemical-synthesis-of-fructose-1-6-bisphosphate-dicalcium-porous-microspheres-and-their-application-in-promotion-of-osteogenic-differentiation
#10
Chao Qi, Ding Zhou, Ying-Jie Zhu, Tuan-Wei Sun, Feng Chen, Chang-Qing Zhang
Human bone mesenchymal stem cells (hBMSCs) have the ability to differentiate into bone and cartilage for clinical bone regeneration. Biomaterials with an innate ability to stimulate osteogenic differentiation of hBMSCs into bone and cartilage are considered attractive candidates for the applications in bone tissue engineering and regeneration. In this paper, we synthesized fructose 1,6-bisphosphate dicalcium (Ca2FBP) porous microspheres by the sonochemical method, and investigated the ability of Ca2FBP for the promotion of the osteogenic differentiation of hBMSCs...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532100/the-controlled-drug-release-by-ph-sensitive-molecularly-imprinted-nanospheres-for-enhanced-antibacterial-activity
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Congyang Mao, Xianzhou Xie, Xiangmei Liu, Zhenduo Cui, Xianjin Yang, K W K Yeung, Haobo Pan, Paul K Chu, Shuilin Wu
In this study, we prepared pH-sensitive hybrid nanospheres through the implementation of a facile molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) technique combined with a UV-initiated precipitation polymerization method using vancomycin (VA) for the templates. During the course of this investigation, both 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) and 2-(diethylamino) ethyl methacrylate (DEAEMA) were utilized as the functional monomers, while ethylene glycol dimethacrylate (EGDMA) was used as a cross-linker. The obtained MIP nanospheres exhibited well-controlled particle size, with a drug loading capacity of about 17%, much higher than that of the non-imprinted polymer (NIP) nanospheres (5%)...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532096/preparation-of-nanocrystalline-forsterite-by-combustion-of-different-fuels-and-their-comparative-in-vitro-bioactivity-dissolution-behaviour-and-antibacterial-studies
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Rajan Choudhary, Prasanth Manohar, Jana Vecstaudza, Maria Josefa Yáñez-Gascón, Horacio Pérez Sánchez, Ramesh Nachimuthu, Janis Locs, Sasikumar Swamiappan
This study presents different fuels (Glycine and Urea) that can be used to synthesize nanocrystalline forsterite by the sol-gel combustion method. The weight change of precursor during thermal treatment was studied by thermo-gravimetric analysis (TGA). Pure forsterite was characterized by heating microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray Diffraction, Brunauer-Emmett-Teller, Scanning Electron Microscopy, and Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The HAP (hydroxyapatite) deposition ability, degradation and dissolution behaviour of forsterite was examined in simulated body fluid (SBF)...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532095/antitumor-activity-and-safety-evaluation-of-nanaparticle-based-delivery-of-quercetin-through-intravenous-administration-in-mice
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Jian Li, Ming Shi, Baoling Ma, Ruixu Niu, Haizhao Zhang, Li Kun
The present study focused on the inhibition effects and the safety evaluation of the quercetin when it was loaded into the nanoliposomes on cervical cancer in vitro and in vivo. Quercetin loaded nanoliposomes (Que-NLs) were first prepared by thin film hydration method and the characterizations of Que-NLs were measured with TEM and dynamic light scattering (DLS) techniques. Then the anti-cervical cancer efficiencies were evaluated by MTT and U14 tumor-bearing mice models in vitro and in vivo respectively. The body changes, organ index, biochemical criterions and histopathological of livers and kidneys in tumor-bearing mice were further assayed to evaluate the safety of Que-NLs...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532093/electrophoretic-deposition-of-organic-inorganic-composite-coatings-containing-zno-nanoparticles-exhibiting-antibacterial-properties
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Joanna Karbowniczek, Luis Cordero-Arias, Sannakaisa Virtanen, Superb K Misra, Eugenia Valsami-Jones, Lorena Tuchscherr, Bogdan Rutkowski, Kamil Górecki, Piotr Bała, Aleksandra Czyrska-Filemonowicz, Aldo R Boccaccini
To address one of the serious problems associated with permanent implants, namely bacterial infections, novel organic/inorganic coatings containing zinc oxide nanoparticles (nZnO) are proposed. Coatings were obtained by electrophoretic deposition (EPD) on stainless steel 316L. Different deposition conditions namely: deposition times in the range 60-300s and applied voltage in the range 5-30V as well as developing a layered coating approach were studied. Antibacterial tests against gram-positive Staphylococcus aureus and gram-negative Salmonella enteric bacteria confirmed the activity of nZnO to prevent bacterial growth...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532082/ultrasonic-nanotherapy-of-breast-cancer-using-novel-ultrasound-responsive-alginate-shelled-perfluorohexane-nanodroplets-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-evaluation
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Fatemeh Baghbani, Mahdieh Chegeni, Fathollah Moztarzadeh, Jamshid Aghazadeh Mohandesi, Manijhe Mokhtari-Dizaji
Development of a new class of multifunctional ultrasound-responsive smart nanocarriers that combine therapeutic properties with diagnostic imaging has gained great attention in recent years. Here, we describe the results of ultrasonic nanotherapy of breast cancer using novel alginate-stabilized perfluorohexane nanodroplets. Doxorubicin (Dox)-loaded multifunctional nanodroplets (Dox-NDs) were synthesized via nanoemulsion process and evaluated in vitro and in vivo with focus on cytotoxicity, hemolytic activity, biodistribution, biosafety, and antitumor activity...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532081/the-hot-deformation-behavior-and-microstructure-evolution-of-ha-mg-3zn-0-8zr-composites-for-biomedical-application
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Debao Liu, Yichi Liu, Yue Zhao, Y Huang, Minfang Chen
The hot deformation behavior of nano-sized hydroxylapatite (HA) reinforced Mg-3Zn-0.8Zr composites were performed by means of Gleeble-1500D thermal simulation machine in a temperature range of 523-673K and a strain rate range of 0.001-1s(-1), and the microstructure evolution during hot compression deformation were also investigated. The results show that the flow stress increases increasing strain rates at a constant temperature, and decreases with increasing deforming temperatures at a constant strain rate...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532080/antibiotic-loaded-microspheres-as-antimicrobial-delivery-systems-for-medical-applications
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J Szczeblinska, K Fijalkowski, J Kohn, M El Fray
In this paper, we present the preparation and antibiotic loading of polymeric microspheres, composed of copolymers derived from fatty acid/amino acid components, as new polymeric platforms for antibiotic delivery systems. New polymeric materials were used to prepare microspheres with and without immobilized model antibiotics (streptomycin, chloramphenicol and amphotericin B) by a W/O/W double-emulsion/solvent evaporation method, in which chloroform and poly(vinyl alcohol) are used as the solvent and emulsifier, respectively...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532077/preparation-of-robust-braid-reinforced-poly-vinyl-chloride-ultrafiltration-hollow-fiber-membrane-with-antifouling-surface-and-application-to-filtration-of-activated-sludge-solution
#18
Zhuang Zhou, Saeid Rajabzadeh, Lifeng Fang, Taro Miyoshi, Yuriko Kakihana, Hideto Matsuyama
Braid-reinforced hollow fiber membranes with high mechanical properties and considerable antifouling surface were prepared by blending poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) with poly(vinyl chloride-co-poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate) (poly(VC-co-PEGMA)) copolymer via non-solvent induced phase separation (NIPS). The tensile strength of the braid-reinforced PVC hollow fiber membranes were significantly larger than those of previously reported various types of PVC hollow fiber membranes. The high interfacial bonding strength indicated the good compatibility between the coating materials and the surface of polyethylene terephthalate (PET)-braid...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532074/highly-effective-cu-zn-carbon-micro-nanofiber-polymer-nanocomposite-based-wound-dressing-biomaterial-against-the-p-aeruginosa-multi-and-extensively-drug-resistant-strains
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Mohammad Ashfaq, Nishith Verma, Suphiya Khan
Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa) is the most prevalent bacteria in the infections caused by burn, surgery, and traumatic injuries. Emergence of the P. aeruginosa bacterial resistance against various clinical drugs for wound treatment is the major concern nowadays. The present study describes the synthesis of the polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and cellulose acetate phthalate (CAP) polymeric composite film (~0.2mm thickness) reinforced with the Cu/Zn bimetal-dispersed activated carbon micro/nanofiber (ACF/CNF), as a wound dressing material...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532072/new-bioactive-bone-like-microspheres-with-intrinsic-magnetic-properties-obtained-by-bio-inspired-mineralisation-process
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Tatiana Marisa Fernandes Patrício, Silvia Panseri, Monica Sandri, Anna Tampieri, Simone Sprio
A bio-inspired mineralisation process was investigated and applied to develop novel hybrid magnetic materials by heterogeneous nucleation of Fe(2+)/Fe(3+)-doped hydroxyapatite nanocrystals onto a biopolymeric matrix made of a Type I collagen-based recombinant peptide (RCP). The effect of the synthesis temperature on the phase composition, crystallinity and magnetic properties of the nucleated inorganic phase was studied. The as-obtained magnetic materials were then engineered, by using a water-in-oil emulsification process, into hybrid magnetic microspheres, which were stabilized by de-hydrothermal treatment yielding cross-linking of the macromolecular matrix...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
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