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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334691/dna-functionalized-photonic-crystal-microspheres-for-multiplex-detection-of-toxic-metal-ions
#1
Zhengyu Yan, Chunqing Tian, Xincheng Qu, Weiyang Shen, Baofen Ye
A novel type of suspension array for multiplex detection of heavy metal ions with photonic crystal hydrogel microspheres was reported. The photonic crystal hydrogel microspheres have close-packed photonic crystal particles as their encoding units and ssDNA-functionalized hydrogel as the sensing units. The developed microspheres were successfully applied in multiplex detection of heavy metal ions.
March 8, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334641/humanized-mouse-model-for-assessing-the-human-immune-response-to-xenogeneic-and-allogeneic-decellularized-biomaterials
#2
Raymond M Wang, Todd D Johnson, Jingjin He, Zhili Rong, Michelle Wong, Vishal Nigam, Atta Behfar, Yang Xu, Karen L Christman
Current assessment of biomaterial biocompatibility is typically implemented in wild type rodent models. Unfortunately, different characteristics of the immune systems in rodents versus humans limit the capability of these models to mimic the human immune response to naturally derived biomaterials. Here we investigated the utility of humanized mice as an improved model for testing naturally derived biomaterials. Two injectable hydrogels derived from decellularized porcine or human cadaveric myocardium were compared...
March 11, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334627/a-novel-versatile-microbiosensor-for-local-hydrogen-detection-by-means-of-scanning-photoelectrochemical-microscopy
#3
Fangyuan Zhao, Felipe Conzuelo, Volker Hartmann, Huaiguang Li, Stefanie Stapf, Marc M Nowaczyk, Matthias Rögner, Nicolas Plumeré, Wolfgang Lubitz, Wolfgang Schuhmann
The development of a versatile microbiosensor for hydrogen detection is reported. Carbon-based microelectrodes were modified with a [NiFe]-hydrogenase embedded in a viologen-modified redox hydrogel for the fabrication of a sensitive hydrogen biosensor By integrating the microbiosensor in a scanning photoelectrochemical microscope, it was capable of serving simultaneously as local light source to initiate photo(bio)electrochemical reactions while acting as sensitive biosensor for the detection of hydrogen. A hydrogen evolution biocatalyst based on photosystem 1-platinum nanoparticle biocomplexes embedded into a specifically designed redox polymer was used as a model for proving the capability of the developed hydrogen biosensor for the detection of hydrogen upon localized illumination...
March 18, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334520/new-approach-for-vertical-bone-regeneration-using-in-situ-gelling-and-sustained-bmp-2-releasing-poly-phosphazene-hydrogel-system-on-peri-implant-site-with-critical-defect-in-a-canine-model
#4
Bo-Bae Seo, Hae-Im Chang, Hyuck Choi, Jeong-Tae Koh, Kwi-Dug Yun, Jae-Yeol Lee, Soo-Chang Song
An injectable hydrogel system with sustained bone morphogenetic protein 2 (BMP-2) release ability was developed for vertical bone regeneration at peri-implant sites and enhanced osseointegration of dental implants. In three young male beagle dogs, a pair of defects was created on both sides of the mandibular bone. Next, two implants were transplanted into each defect. In situ gelling polymer solutions with or without BMP-2 were applied to cover the implants and mandibular defects. The effects of the in situ gelling and sustained BMP-2 releasing (IGSR) hydrogel system on peri-implant bone regeneration were evaluated by radiologic examination, micro-computed tomography, and histomorphometric analysis...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334501/unravelling-a-direct-role-for-polysaccharide-%C3%AE-strands-in-the-higher-order-structure-of-physical-hydrogels
#5
Anja Rüther, Aurelien Forget, Anjan Roy, Carolina Carballo, Florian Mießmer, Rina K Dukor, Laurence A Nafie, Christian Johannessen, V Prasad Shastri, Steffen Lüdeke
The mechanical properties of agarose-derived hydrogels depend on the scaffolding of the polysaccharide network. To identify and quantify such higher order structure, we applied Raman optical activity (ROA)-a spectroscopic technique that is highly sensitive toward carbohydrates-on native agarose and chemically modified agarose in the gel phase for the first time. By spectral global fitting, we isolated features that change as a function of backbone carboxylation (28, 40, 50, 60, 80, and 93 %) from other features that remain unchanged...
March 23, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332587/bioreactor-mechanically-guided-3d-mesenchymal-stem-cell-chondrogenesis-using-a-biocompatible-novel-thermo-reversible-methylcellulose-based-hydrogel
#6
A Cochis, S Grad, M J Stoddart, S Farè, L Altomare, B Azzimonti, M Alini, L Rimondini
Autologous chondrocyte implantation for cartilage repair represents a challenge because strongly limited by chondrocytes' poor expansion capacity in vitro. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) can differentiate into chondrocytes, while mechanical loading has been proposed as alternative strategy to induce chondrogenesis excluding the use of exogenous factors. Moreover, MSC supporting material selection is fundamental to allow for an active interaction with cells. Here, we tested a novel thermo-reversible hydrogel composed of 8% w/v methylcellulose (MC) in a 0...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332572/xeno-free-culture-of-human-pluripotent-stem-cells-on-oligopeptide-grafted-hydrogels-with-various-molecular-designs
#7
Yen-Ming Chen, Li-Hua Chen, Meng-Pei Li, Hsing-Fen Li, Akon Higuchi, S Suresh Kumar, Qing-Dong Ling, Abdullah A Alarfaj, Murugan A Munusamy, Yung Chang, Giovanni Benelli, Kadarkarai Murugan, Akihiro Umezawa
Establishing cultures of human embryonic (ES) and induced pluripotent (iPS) stem cells in xeno-free conditions is essential for producing clinical-grade cells. Development of cell culture biomaterials for human ES and iPS cells is critical for this purpose. We designed several structures of oligopeptide-grafted poly (vinyl alcohol-co-itaconic acid) hydrogels with optimal elasticity, and prepared them in formations of single chain, single chain with joint segment, dual chain with joint segment, and branched-type chain...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331786/a-3d-chemically-modified-graphene-hydrogel-for-fast-highly-sensitive-and-selective-gas-sensor
#8
Jin Wu, Kai Tao, Yuanyuan Guo, Zhong Li, Xiaotian Wang, Zhongzhen Luo, Shuanglong Feng, Chunlei Du, Di Chen, Jianmin Miao, Leslie K Norford
Reduced graphene oxide (RGO) has proved to be a promising candidate in high-performance gas sensing in ambient conditions. However, trace detection of different kinds of gases with simultaneously high sensitivity and selectivity is challenging. Here, a chemiresistor-type sensor based on 3D sulfonated RGO hydrogel (S-RGOH) is reported, which can detect a variety of important gases with high sensitivity, boosted selectivity, fast response, and good reversibility. The NaHSO3 functionalized RGOH displays remarkable 118...
March 2017: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330754/injectable-nanoparticles-hydrogels-composite-as-sustained-release-system-with-stromal-cell-derived-factor-1%C3%AE-for-calvarial-bone-regeneration
#9
Lei Mi, Huaiqin Liu, Yu Gao, Hui Miao, Jianping Ruan
Repair of craniofacial bony defects remains a challenge for surgeons due to the delicate and complex anatomy of the craniofacial skeleton. Stromal cell-derived factor-1α (SDF-1α) is an important chemokine which plays a critical role in the homing of mesenchymal stem cells (MSC), while, the shortcomings including short half-life and easy degradation by enzymes made it in relatively low efficacy. In this work, SDF-1α/chitosan/carboxymeymethy-chitosan nanoparticles (SDF-1α/CS/CMCS NPs) were prepared and characterized for various parameters including morphology, particle size, zeta potential, loading efficiency and the release characteristics from thermosensitive chitosan/β-glycerol phosphate disodium salt (CS/GP) hydrogels...
March 19, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328228/reversible-morphological-control-of-cholecystokinin-tetrapeptide-amyloid-assemblies-as-a-function-of-ph
#10
Frédéric Gobeaux, Florence Porcher, Rajeev Dattani
Most amyloid assemblies are seen as irreversible and exhibit polymorphism because their assembly is kinetically controlled and different structures are trapped during the aggregation process. However, in the specific case of peptide hormones, formation of amyloid assemblies for storage purposes has been reported. This suggests a strict control of assembly and the ability to disassemble upon hormone secretion. In the present work, we have sought to test these assertions with a short peptide, the cholecystokinin (or gastrin) tetrapeptide (CCK-4), that has been found in both gastrointestinal tract and central nervous system, and whose sequence is shared by a large number of hormones...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328084/control-of-nanoparticle-release-kinetics-from-3d-printed-hydrogel-scaffolds
#11
Bernhard Baumann, Tomasz Jungst, Simone Stichler, Susanne Feineis, Oliver Wiltschka, Matthias Kuhlmann, Mika Lindén, Jürgen Groll
The convergence of biofabrication with nanotechnology is largely unexplored but enables geometrical control of cell-biomaterial arrangement combined with controlled drug delivery and release. As a step towards integration of these two fields of research, this study demonstrates that modulation of electrostatic nanoparticle-polymer and nanoparticle-nanoparticle interactions can be used for tuning nanoparticle release kinetics from 3D printed hydrogel scaffolds. This generic strategy can be used for spatiotemporal control of the release kinetics of nanoparticulate drug vectors in biofabricated constructs...
March 22, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327730/tough-rapid-recovery-composite-hydrogels-fabricated-via-synergistic-core-shell-microgel-covalent-bonding-and-fe-3-coordination-cross-linking
#12
Xuechen Liang, Yukun Deng, Xiaopeng Pei, Kankan Zhai, Kun Xu, Ying Tan, Xinyuan Gong, Pixin Wang
We developed tough, rapid-recovery composite hydrogels that are fabricated via core-shell microgel covalent bonding and Fe(3+) dynamic metal coordination cross-linking. First, core-shell microgels are used as cross-linking agents and initiators to prepare homogeneous hydrogel networks with rapid recovery in the absence of an organic cross-linking agent. The toughness and recoverability of the composite hydrogels can be improved by adding the dynamic reversibility of ionic cross-linking. Owing to the synergistic effect of microgel covalent bonding, Fe(3+) coordination cross-linking, and H-bond cross-linking, the multi-cross-linked composite hydrogels exhibit excellent toughness and a fast recovery rate...
March 22, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327660/quantitative-volumetric-raman-imaging-of-three-dimensional-cell-cultures
#13
Charalambos Kallepitis, Mads S Bergholt, Manuel M Mazo, Vincent Leonardo, Stacey C Skaalure, Stephanie A Maynard, Molly M Stevens
The ability to simultaneously image multiple biomolecules in biologically relevant three-dimensional (3D) cell culture environments would contribute greatly to the understanding of complex cellular mechanisms and cell-material interactions. Here, we present a computational framework for label-free quantitative volumetric Raman imaging (qVRI). We apply qVRI to a selection of biological systems: human pluripotent stem cells with their cardiac derivatives, monocytes and monocyte-derived macrophages in conventional cell culture systems and mesenchymal stem cells inside biomimetic hydrogels that supplied a 3D cell culture environment...
March 22, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326790/nerve-cells-decide-to-orient-inside-an-injectable-hydrogel-with-minimal-structural-guidance
#14
Jonas C Rose, María Cámara-Torres, Khosrow Rahimi, Jens Köhler, Martin Möller, Laura De Laporte
Injectable biomaterials provide the advantage of a minimally invasive application but mostly lack the required structural complexity to regenerate aligned tissues. Here, we report a new class of tissue regenerative materials that can be injected and form an anisotropic matrix with controlled dimensions using rod-shaped, magnetoceptive microgel objects. Microgels are doped with small quantities of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (0.0046 vol %), allowing alignment by external magnetic fields in the millitesla order...
March 24, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326657/ring-shuttling-controls-macroscopic-motion-in-a-three-dimensional-printed-polyrotaxane-monolith
#15
Qianming Lin, Xisen Hou, Chenfeng Ke
Amplification of molecular motions into the macroscopic world has great potential in the development of smart materials. Demonstrated here is an approach that integrates mechanically interlocked molecules into complex three-dimensional (3D) architectures by direct-write 3D printing. The design and synthesis of polypseudorotaxane hydrogels, which are composed of α-cyclodextrins and poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(propylene oxide)-poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO-PPO-PEO) triblock copolymers, and their subsequent fabrication into polyrotaxane-based lattice cubes by 3D printing followed by post-printing polymerization are reported...
March 22, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325334/citric-acid-crosslinked-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin-carboxymethylcellulose-hydrogel-films-for-controlled-delivery-of-poorly-soluble-drugs
#16
Vishwajeet Sampatrao Ghorpade, Adhikrao Vyankatrao Yadav, Remeth Jacky Dias
Citric acid crosslinked β-cyclodextrin-carboxymethylcellulose (βCD-CMC) hydrogel films were prepared by esterification-crosslinking method for the controlled release of ketoconazole (model drug). The hydrogel films were evaluated for active βCD content, carboxyl content, swelling ratio, drug loading and release, and hemolytic activity. The structural characterization was carried out using solid state (13)C NMR, ATR-FTIR, TGA and DSC analysis. The βCD-CMC hydrogel films showed increase in active βCD content swelling ratio and drug loading with increase in the concentration of βCD in the feed...
May 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325316/removal-of-dye-by-carboxymethyl-cellulose-acrylamide-and-graphene-oxide-via-a-free-radical-polymerization-process
#17
Kokkarachedu Varaprasad, Tippabattini Jayaramudu, Emmanuel Rotimi Sadiku
Carboxymethyl cellulose has been used for the design of novel engineered hydrogels in order to obtain effective three-dimensional structures for industrial applications. In this work, dye removal carboxymethyl cellulose-acrylamide-graphene oxide (CMC-AM-GO) hydrogels were prepared by a free-radical polymerization method. The GO was developed by the modified Hummers method. The CMC-AM-GO and GO were characterized by FTIR, XRD and SEM. The swelling and swelling kinetics were calculated using gravimetric process...
May 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324709/improvement-of-virus-removal-using-ultrafiltration-membranes-modified-with-grafted-zwitterionic-polymer-hydrogels
#18
Ruiqing Lu, Chang Zhang, Maria Piatkovsky, Mathias Ulbricht, Moshe Herzberg, Thanh H Nguyen
Potable water reuse has been adopted by cities suffering water scarcity in recent years. The microbial safety in water reuse, especially with respect to pathogenic viruses, is still a concern for water consumers. Membrane filtration can achieve sufficient removal of pathogenic viruses without disinfection byproducts, but the required energy is intensive. In this study, we graft-polymerized zwitterionic SPP ([3-(methacryloylamino) propyl] dimethyl (3-sulfopropyl) ammonium hydroxide) on a 150 kDa ultrafiltration polyethersulfone membrane to achieve a significantly higher virus removal...
March 9, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324618/thermogelling-chitosan-lactate-hydrogel-improves-functional-recovery-after-a-c2-spinal-cord-hemisection-in-rat
#19
Katarzyna Nawrotek, Tanguy Marqueste, Zofia Modrzejewska, Roman Zarzycki, Agnieszka Rusak, Patrick Decherchi
The present study was designed to provide an appropriate micro-environment for regenerating axotomized neurons and proliferating/migrating cells. Because of its intrinsic permissive properties, biocompatibility and biodegradability, we chose to evaluate the therapeutic effectiveness of a chitosan-based biopolymer. The biomaterial toxicity was measured through in vitro test based on fibroblast cell survival on thermogelling chitosan lactate hydrogel substrate and then polymer was implanted into a C2 hemisection of the rat spinal cord...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323415/facile-access-to-multi-sensitive-and-self-healing-hydrogels-with-reversible-and-dynamic-boronic-ester-and-disulfide-linkages
#20
Ruiwei Guo, Qian Su, Jinwei Zhang, Anjie Dong, Cunguo Lin, Jianhua Zhang
Multifunctional and multi-responsive hydrogels have presented a promising platform to design and fabricate smart devices for application in a wide variety of fields. However, their preparations often involve multistep preparation of multi-responsive polymer precursors, tedious reactions to introduce functional groups or sophisticated molecular designs. In this work, a multifunctional boronic acid-based crosslinker bis(phenylboronic acid carbamoyl) cystamine (BPBAC) was readily prepared from inexpensive commercially available 3-carboxylphenylboronic acid (CPBA) and cystamine dihydrochloride, which has the ability to crosslink the cis-diols and catechol-containing hydrophilic polymers to form hydrogels...
March 21, 2017: Biomacromolecules
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