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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449541/nanoscale-observation-of-dehydration-process-in-phema-hydrogel-structure
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Kordian Chamerski, Witold Korzekwa, Jacek Filipecki, Olha Shpotyuk, Marcin Stopa, Piotr Jeleń, Maciej Sitarz
One of the most important field of interest in respect to hydrogel materials is their capability to water storage. The problem mentioned above plays an important role regarding to diffusion of fluid media containing nanoparticles, what is very useful in biomedical applications, such as artificial polymeric implants, drug delivery systems or tissue engineering.In presented work, dehydration process in hydrogels used in ophthalmology as intraocular lenses was observed. Before measurements studied materials were immersed in deionized water and saline solution to obtain equilibrium swelling state...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448875/bioengineered-mannan-sulphate-capped-silver-nanoparticles-for-accelerated-and-targeted-wound-healing-physicochemical-and-biological-investigations
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Megha Mugade, Milind Patole, Varsha Pokharkar
In the present study, surface functionalized mannan sulphate silver nanoparticles (MS-AgNPs) were prepared and assessed for their wound healing potential. 20nm sized, spherical MS-AgNPs were prepared by one pot synthesis approach wherein the sulphated polysaccharide mannan sulphate (MS) played dual role of reducing as well as capping agent. The crystalline MS-AgNPs exhibited surface plasmon resonance centered at 400nm along with -32.40mV zeta potential. These stable MS-AgNPs showed enhanced cytocompatibility, targeting potential and cellular uptake in murine macrophages, human skin fibroblasts and human keratinocytes as compared to citrate reduced silver nanoparticles (C-AgNPs)...
April 24, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448789/development-of-pre-implantation-porcine-blastocysts-cultured-within-alginate-hydrogel-systems-either-supplemented-with-secreted-phosphoprotein-1-or-conjugated-with-arg-gly-asp-peptide
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Taylor D Laughlin, Jeremy R Miles, Elane C Wright-Johnson, Lea A Rempel, Clay A Lents, Angela K Pannier
Although deficiencies in porcine blastocyst elongation play a significant role in early embryonic mortality and establishment of within-litter developmental variation, the exact mechanisms of elongation are poorly understood. Secreted phosphoprotein 1 (SPP1) is increased within the uterine milieu during early porcine pregnancy and contains an Arg-Gly-Asp (RGD) peptide sequence that binds to cell surface integrins on the uterine endometrium and trophectoderm, promoting cell adhesion and migration. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the development of preimplantation porcine blastocysts encapsulated and cultured within alginate hydrogels either supplemented with SPP1 or conjugated with RGD...
April 28, 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448131/silk-resin-with-hydrated-dual-chemical-physical-crosslinks-achieves-high-strength-and-toughness
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Keiji Numata, Nao Ifuku, Hiroyasu Masunaga, Takaaki Hikima, Takamasa Sakai
Native silk fibers are known to demonstrate excellent mechanical properties such as high strength and ductility. However, regenerated silk material has not yet been used as a tough structural material in our everyday life. To recreate the mechanical properties with regenerated silk material, the network structure and hydration state of silk materials are studied and optimized in this study. This is the first to demosntrate the effect of chemial and physical crosslinks in hydrated and dehydrated silk materials, namely, silk hydrogels and resins...
April 27, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448124/bioinspired-engineering-of-poly-ethylene-glycol-hydrogels-and-natural-protein-fibers-for-layered-heart-valve-constructs
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Qian Li, Yun Bai, Tao Jin, Shuo Wang, Wei Cui, Ilinca Stanciulescu, Rui Yang, Hemin Nie, Linshan Wang, Xing Zhang
Layered constructs from poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) hydrogels and chicken eggshell membranes (ESMs) are fabricated, which can be further crosslinked by glutaraldehyde (GA) to form GA-PEG-ESM composites. Our results indicate that ESMs composed of protein fibrous networks show elastic moduli ~3.3-5.0 MPa and elongation percentages ~47-56%, close to human heart valve leaflets. Finite element simulations reveal obvious stress concentration on a partial number of fibers in the GA-crosslinked ESM (GA-ESM) samples, which can be alleviated by efficient stress distribution among multiple layers of ESMs embedded in PEG hydrogels...
April 27, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448024/synthesis-of-hydrogels-with-antifouling-properties-as-membranes-for-water-purification
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Thien N Tran, Sankara N Ramanan, Haiqing Lin
Hydrogels have been widely utilized to enhance the surface hydrophilicity of membranes for water purification, increasing the antifouling properties and thus achieving stable water permeability through membranes over time. Here, we report a facile method to prepare hydrogels based on zwitterions for membrane applications. Freestanding films can be prepared from sulfobetaine methacrylate (SBMA) with a crosslinker of poly(ethylene glycol) diacrylate (PEGDA) via photopolymerization. The hydrogels can also be prepared by impregnation into hydrophobic porous supports to enhance the mechanical strength...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447974/3d-whole-heart-myocardial-tissue-analysis
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Hans Thijs Van den Broek, Leon De Jong, Pieter A Doevendans, Steven A J Chamuleau, Frebus J Van Slochteren, René Van Es
Cardiac regenerative therapies aim to protect and repair the injured heart in patients with ischemic heart disease. By injecting stem cells or other biologicals that enhance angio- or vasculogenesis into the infarct border zone (IBZ), tissue perfusion is improved, and the myocardium can be protected from further damage. For maximum therapeutic effect, it is hypothesized that the regenerative substance is best delivered to the IBZ. This requires accurate injections and has led to the development of new injection techniques...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447570/peptide-modified-chitosan-hydrogel-accelerates-skin-wound-healing-by-promoting-fibroblast-proliferation-migration-and-secretion
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Xionglin Chen, Min Zhang, Shixuan Chen, Xueer Wang, Zhihui Tian, Yinghua Chen, Pengcheng Xu, Lei Zhang, Lu Zhang, Lin Zhang
Skin wound healing is a complicated process that involves a variety of cells and cytokines. Fibroblasts play an important role in this process and participate in transformation into myofibroblasts, the synthesis of extracellular matrix and fibers, and the secretion of a variety of growth factors. This study assessed the effects of peptide SIKVAV (Ser-Ile-Lys-Val-Ala-Val)-modified chitosan hydrogels on skin wound healing. We investigated the capability of peptide SIKVAV to promote cell proliferation and migration, the synthesis of collagen and the secretion of a variety of growth factors using fibroblasts in vitro...
April 26, 2017: Cell Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447547/urinary-bladder-extracellular-matrix-hydrogels-and-matrix-bound-vesicles-differentially-regulate-central-nervous-system-neuron-viability-and-axon-growth-and-branching
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Anne Faust, Apoorva Kandakatla, Yolandi van der Merwe, Tanchen Ren, Luai Huleihel, George Hussey, Juan Diego Naranjo, Scott Johnson, Stephen Badylak, Michael Steketee
Central nervous system neurons often degenerate after trauma due to the inflammatory innate immune response to injury, which can lead to neuronal cell death, scarring, and permanently lost neurologic function. Extracellular matrix bioscaffolds, derived by decellularizing healthy tissues, have been widely used in both preclinical and clinical studies to promote positive tissue remodeling, including neurogenesis, in numerous tissues, with extracellular matrix from homologous tissues often inducing more positive responses...
April 2017: Journal of Biomaterials Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447546/application-of-an-indicator-immobilized-gel-sheet-for-measuring-the-ph-surrounding-a-calcium-phosphate-based-biomaterial
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Taisuke Masuda, Hisataka Maruyama, Fumihito Arai, Takahisa Anada, Kaori Tsuchiya, Toshio Fukuda, Osamu Suzuki
The present study was designed to investigate the local microenvironment of octacalcium phosphate in a granule form upon biomolecules adsorption utilizing an indicator-immobilized-gel-sheet for measuring pH. We previously showed that octacalcium phosphate enhances bone regeneration during its progressive hydrolysis into hydroxyapatite if implanted in bone defects. The gel-sheet was made from a photocrosslinkable prepolymer solution, which can easily immobilize a pH indicator (bromothymol blue; BTB) in the hydrogel...
April 2017: Journal of Biomaterials Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447448/lanthanide-organic-gels-logs-as-a-multifunctional-supramolecular-smart-platform
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José Yago Rodrigues Silva, Leonis Lourenço da Luz, Filipe Gabriel Martinez Mauricio, Iane Bezerra Vasconcelos Alves, Jamylle Nunes de Souza Ferro, Emiliano Barreto, Ingrid Tavora Weber, Walter Mendes de Azevedo, Severino Alves Júnior
A multifunctional smart supramolecular platform based on a lanthanide-organic hydrogel is presented. This platform, which provides unique biocompatibility and tunable optical properties, is synthesized by a simple, fast and reproducible eco-friendly microwave-assisted route. Photoluminescent properties enable the production of coated light-emitting diodes (LED), unique luminescent barcodes dependent on the excitation wavelength and thin-films for use in tamper seals. Moreover, piroxicam entrapped in hydrogel acts as a transdermal drug release device efficient in inhibiting edemas compared to a commercial reference...
April 27, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447299/vancomycin-loaded-hpmc-microparticles-embedded-within-injectable-thermosensitive-chitosan-hydrogels
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M Mahmoudian, F Ganji
Antibiotic use is an essential method for the treatment of bacterial infections. In certain cases, antibiotics are not effective because of the distribution problems caused by physiological barriers in the body. Such problems are thought to be minimized by development of sustained release systems which involve implantation of antibiotic loaded polymeric systems directly to the site of infection. In this work, a new composite vancomycin hydrochloride release system based on HPMC microparticles and chitosan/glycerophosphate (Ch/Gp) thermosensitive hydrogel was designed for the aim of local treatment of osteomyelitis...
April 26, 2017: Progress in biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447088/determination-of-the-diffusion-coefficient-of-hydrogen-ion-in-hydrogels
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Gábor Schuszter, Tünde Gehér-Herczegh, Árpád Szűcs, Ágota Tóth, Dezső Horváth
The role of diffusion in chemical pattern formation has been widely studied due to the great diversity of patterns emerging in reaction-diffusion systems, particularly in H(+)-autocatalytic reactions where hydrogels are applied to avoid convection. A custom-made conductometric cell is designed to measure the effective diffusion coefficient of a pair of strong electrolytes containing sodium ions or hydrogen ions with a common anion. This together with the individual diffusion coefficient for sodium ions, obtained from PFGSE-NMR spectroscopy, allows the determination of the diffusion coefficient of hydrogen ions in hydrogels...
April 27, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446682/smartphone-controlled-optogenetically-engineered-cells-enable-semiautomatic-glucose-homeostasis-in-diabetic-mice
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REVIEW
Jiawei Shao, Shuai Xue, Guiling Yu, Yuanhuan Yu, Xueping Yang, Yu Bai, Sucheng Zhu, Linfeng Yang, Jianli Yin, Yidan Wang, Shuyong Liao, Sanwei Guo, Mingqi Xie, Martin Fussenegger, Haifeng Ye
With the increasingly dominant role of smartphones in our lives, mobile health care systems integrating advanced point-of-care technologies to manage chronic diseases are gaining attention. Using a multidisciplinary design principle coupling electrical engineering, software development, and synthetic biology, we have engineered a technological infrastructure enabling the smartphone-assisted semiautomatic treatment of diabetes in mice. A custom-designed home server SmartController was programmed to process wireless signals, enabling a smartphone to regulate hormone production by optically engineered cells implanted in diabetic mice via a far-red light (FRL)-responsive optogenetic interface...
April 26, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446017/dexmedetomidine-oral-mucosa-patch-for-sedation-suppresses-apoptosis-in-hippocampus-of-normal-rats
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Je Hoon Park, Il Gyu Ko, Sung Eun Kim, Jun Jang Jin, Lakkyong Hwang, Chang Ju Kim, Soo Hwan Yoon, Jongki Hong, Jun Young Chung, Deok Won Lee
PURPOSE: Dexmedetomidine, an α2-adrenergic agonist, provides sedative and analgesic effects without significant respiratory depression. Dexmedetomidine has been suggested to have an antiapoptotic effect in response to various brain insults. We developed an oral mucosa patch using dexmedetomidine for sedation. The effects of the dexmedetomidine oral mucosa patch on cell proliferation and apoptosis in the hippocampus were evaluated. METHODS: A hydrogel oral mucosa patch was adhered onto the oral cavity of physiologically normal rats, and was attached for 2 hours, 6 hours, 12 hours, or 24 hours...
April 2017: International Neurourology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445606/structural-and-biological-properties-of-thermosensitive-chitosan-graphene-hybrid-hydrogels-for-sustained-drug-delivery-applications
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Leyla Saeednia, Li Yao, Marcus Berndt, Kim Cluff, Ramazan Asmatulu
Chitosan has the ability to make injectable thermosensitive hydrogels which has been highly investigated for drug delivery applications. The addition of nanoparticles is one way to increase the mechanical strength of thermosensitive chitosan hydrogel and subsequently and control the burst release of drug. Graphene nanoparticles have shown unique mechanical, optical and electrical properties which can be exploited for biomedical applications, especially in drug delivery. This study, have focused on the mechanical properties of a thermosensitive and injectable hybrid chitosan hydrogel incorporated with graphene nanoparticles...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444822/triplex-dna-nanostructures-from-basic-properties-to-applications
#17
Yuwei Hu, Alessandro Cecconello, Andrea Idili, Francesco Ricci, Itamar Willner
Triplex nucleic acids attract recent interest as part of the rich "tool-box" of structures used to develop DNA-based nanostructures and materials. This review addresses the use of DNA triplexes to assemble sensing platforms and molecular switches. Furthermore, the pH-induced, switchable assembly and dissociation of triplex DNA-bridged nanostructures are presented. Specifically, the aggregation/deaggregation of nanoparticles and the reversible oligomerization of "origami" tiles or DNA circles are described. Also, the use of triplex-DNA structures as functional units to assemble pH-responsive systems and materials are presented...
April 26, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444689/the-young-s-modulus-fracture-stress-and-fracture-strain-of-gellan-hydrogels-filled-with-whey-protein-microparticles
#18
Cherry Wing Yu Lam, Shinya Ikeda
Texture modifying abilities of whey protein microparticles are expected to be dependent on pH during heat-induced aggregation of whey protein in the microparticulation process. Therefore, whey protein microparticles were prepared at either pH 5.5 or 6.8 and their effects on small and large deformation properties of gellan gels containing whey protein microparticles as fillers were investigated. The majority of whey protein microparticles had diameters around 2 μm. Atomic force microscopy images showed that whey protein microparticles prepared at pH 6...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444582/corr-insights-%C3%A2-hyaluronic-acid-based-hydrogel-coating-does-not-affect-bone-apposition-at-the-implant-surface-in-a-rabbit-model
#19
Ryan McLemore
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 25, 2017: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443922/friction-lubrication-and-in-situ-mechanics-of-poroelastic-cellulose-hydrogels
#20
G K Dolan, G E Yakubov, M R Bonilla, P Lopez-Sanchez, J R Stokes
The tribology between biphasic materials is challenging to predict and interpret due to the interrelationship between mechanical properties, microstructure and movement of the fluid phase contained within. A new approach is presented to deconvolute these effects for cellulose hydrogels, which have a fibrous network that is akin to the microstructure of articular cartilage and plant cell walls. This is achieved by developing a tribo-rheological technique that uniquely incorporates in situ mechanical characterisation (compression-relaxation and small amplitude oscillatory shear) immediately prior to measuring the tribological response between pairs of hydrogels...
April 26, 2017: Soft Matter
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