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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930860/long-term-real-time-in-vivo-drug-release-monitoring-with-aie-thermogelling-polymer
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Sing Shy Liow, Qingqing Dou, Dan Kai, Zibiao Li, Sigit Sugiarto, Chris Yee Yung Yu, Ryan Tsz Kin Kwok, Xiaohong Chen, Yun-Long Wu, Seow Theng Ong, Atish Kizhakeyil, Navin K Verma, Ben Zhong Tang, Xian Jun Loh
A new drug concentration meter is developed. In vivo drug release can be monitored precisely via a self-indicating drug delivery system consisting of a new aggregation-induced emission thermoresponsive hydrogel. By taking the advantage of a self-indicating system, one can easily detect the depletion of drugs, and reinject to maintain a dosage in the optimal therapeutic window.
December 8, 2016: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930858/inkjetting-plus-peroxidase-mediated-hydrogelation-produces-cell-laden-cell-sized-particles-with-suitable-characters-for-individual-applications
#2
Shinji Sakai, Yusuke Yamamoto, Gantumur Enkhtuul, Kohei Ueda, Kenichi Arai, Masahito Taya, Makoto Nakamura
The authors report a method to prepare cell-laden, cell-sized microparticles from various materials suitable for individual applications. The method includes a piezoelectric inkjetting technology and a horseradish peroxidase (HRP)-catalyzed crosslinking reaction. The piezoelectric inkjetting technology enables production of cell-laden, cell-sized (20-60 μm) droplets from a polymer aqueous solution. The HRP-catalyzed crosslinking of the polymer in the ejected solution enables production of spherical microparticles from various materials...
December 8, 2016: Macromolecular Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929523/single-cell-barcoding-and-sequencing-using-droplet-microfluidics
#3
Rapolas Zilionis, Juozas Nainys, Adrian Veres, Virginia Savova, David Zemmour, Allon M Klein, Linas Mazutis
Single-cell RNA sequencing has recently emerged as a powerful tool for mapping cellular heterogeneity in diseased and healthy tissues, yet high-throughput methods are needed for capturing the unbiased diversity of cells. Droplet microfluidics is among the most promising candidates for capturing and processing thousands of individual cells for whole-transcriptome or genomic analysis in a massively parallel manner with minimal reagent use. We recently established a method called inDrops, which has the capability to index >15,000 cells in an hour...
January 2017: Nature Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929366/in-vitro-gastrointestinal-resistant-pectin-hydrogel-particles-for-%C3%AE-glucuronidase-adsorption
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Sergey V Popov, Pavel A Markov, Olga A Patova, Fedor V Vityazev, Larisa A Bakutova, Mikhail F Borisenkov, Ekaterina A Martinson, Boris A Ananchenko, Eugene A Durnev, Andrey A Burkov, Sergey G Litvinets, Vladimir A Belyi, Elena A Ipatova
Pectin hydrogel particles (PHPs) were prepared by ionotropic gelation of low methylesterified pectin of Tanacetum vulgare L. with calcium ions. Wet PHPs prepared from TVF exhibited a smaller diameter and the lower weight as well as exhibited the best textural properties in terms of hardness and elasticity compared to the PHPs prepared from commercial low methylesterified pectin (CU701) used for comparison. Upon air drying, PHPs prepared from CU701 became small and dense microspheres whereas the dry PHPs prepared from TVF exhibited a drop-like shape...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Biomaterials Science. Polymer Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928031/multi-casting-approach-for-vascular-networks-in-cellularized-hydrogels
#5
Alexander W Justin, Roger A Brooks, Athina E Markaki
Vascularization is essential for living tissue and remains a major challenge in the field of tissue engineering. A lack of a perfusable channel network within a large and densely populated tissue engineered construct leads to necrotic core formation, preventing fabrication of functional tissues and organs. We report a new method for producing a hierarchical, three-dimensional (3D) and perfusable vasculature in a large, cellularized fibrin hydrogel. Bifurcating channels, varying in size from 1 mm to 200-250 µm, are formed using a novel process in which we convert a 3D printed thermoplastic material into a gelatin network template, by way of an intermediate alginate hydrogel...
December 2016: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926509/photo-crosslinked-hama-hydrogel-with-cordycepin-encapsulated-chitosan-microspheres-for-osteoarthritis-treatment
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Chen Xia, Pengfei Chen, Sheng Mei, Lei Ning, Chenyang Lei, Jiying Wang, Jianfeng Zhang, Jianjun Ma, Shunwu Fan
Autophagy is a protective mechanism in normal cartilage. The present study aimed to investigate the synergistic therapeutic effect of promotion of chondrocyte autophagy via exposure to cordycepin encapsulated by chitosan microspheres (CM-cordycepin) and photo-crosslinked hyaluronic acid methacrylate (HAMA) hydrogel, with the goal of evaluating CM-cordycepin as a treatment for patients with osteoarthritis. First, we developed and evaluated the characteristics of HAMA hydrogels and chitosan microspheres. Next, we measured the effect of cordycepin on cartilage matrix degradation induced by IL1-β in chondrocytes and an ex vivo model...
December 1, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925384/co-micellized-pluronic-mixture-with-thermo-sensitivity-and-residence-stability-as-an-injectable-tissue-adhesion-barrier-hydrogel
#7
Se Heang Oh, Jun Goo Kang, Jin Ho Lee
Although the tissue adhesion which leads to various complications frequently occurs after surgery, the development of an ideal tissue adhesion barrier is still a challenge. In this study, a thermo-sensitive hydrogel, which can fulfill the essential requirements of tissue adhesion barrier (that is, ease of handling for surgeon, flowing down prevention after application, stable residence on the injury during wound healing, and no use of toxic additives), was developed using biocompatible polyethylene glycol-polypropylene glycol copolymers (Pluronic F127/F68/P123 mixture)...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924631/cardioprotective-effects-of-curcumin-loaded-magnetic-hydrogel-nanocomposite-nanocurcumin-against-doxorubicin-induced-cardiac-toxicity-in-rat-cardiomyocyte-cell-lines
#8
Mehrdad Namdari, Ali Eatemadi
Curcumin, is a yellow substance extracted from Curcuma longa rhizomes, it is a crystalline compound that has been traditionally applied in culinary practices and medicines in India. The aim of our study is to demonstrate the efficacy of curcumin-loaded magnetic hydrogel nanocomposite in the treatment of heart hypertrophy. 10 rats weighing 150-200 g each were induced with heart failure using 2.5 mg/kg doxorubicin for 2 weeks. The test groups were treated with curcumin-loaded magnetic hydrogel nanocomposite while the control was treated with curcumin alone...
December 7, 2016: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924469/a-methylcellulose-and-collagen-based-temperature-responsive-hydrogel-promotes-encapsulated-stem-cell-viability-and-proliferation-in-vitro
#9
Christina Payne, Eimear B Dolan, Janice O'Sullivan, Sally-Ann Cryan, Helena M Kelly
With the number of stem cell-based therapies emerging on the increase, the need for novel and efficient delivery technologies to enable therapies to remain in damaged tissue and exert their therapeutic benefit for extended periods, has become a key requirement for their translation. Hydrogels, and in particular, thermoresponsive hydrogels, have the potential to act as such delivery systems. Thermoresponsive hydrogels, which are polymer solutions that transform into a gel upon a temperature increase, have a number of applications in the biomedical field due to their tendency to maintain a liquid state at room temperature, thereby enabling minimally invasive administration and a subsequent ability to form a robust gel upon heating to physiological temperature...
December 6, 2016: Drug Delivery and Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924309/engineering-the-dynamic-properties-of-protein-networks-through-sequence-variation
#10
Lawrence J Dooling, David A Tirrell
The dynamic behavior of macromolecular networks dominates the mechanical properties of soft materials and influences biological processes at multiple length scales. In hydrogels prepared from self-assembling artificial proteins, stress relaxation and energy dissipation arise from the transient character of physical network junctions. Here we show that subtle changes in sequence can be used to program the relaxation behavior of end-linked networks of engineered coiled-coil proteins. Single-site substitutions in the coiled-coil domains caused shifts in relaxation time over 5 orders of magnitude as demonstrated by dynamic oscillatory shear rheometry and stress relaxation measurements...
November 23, 2016: ACS Central Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922061/thermo-sensitive-hydrogels-combined-with-decellularised-matrix-deliver-bfgf-for-the-functional-recovery-of-rats-after-a-spinal-cord-injury
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He-Lin Xu, Fu-Rong Tian, Cui-Tao Lu, Jie Xu, Zi-Liang Fan, Jing-Jing Yang, Pian-Pian Chen, Ya-Dong Huang, Jian Xiao, Ying-Zheng Zhao
Because of the short half-life, either systemic or local administration of bFGF shows significant drawbacks to spinal injury. In this study, an acellular spinal cord scaffold (ASC) was encapsulated in a thermo-sensitive hydrogel to overcome these limitations. The ASC was firstly prepared from the spinal cord of healthy rats and characterized by scanning electronic microscopy and immunohistochemical staining. bFGF could specifically complex with the ASC scaffold via electrostatic or receptor-mediated interactions...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921382/core-shell-silk-hydrogels-with-spatially-tuned-conformations-as-drug-delivery-system
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Le-Ping Yan, Joaquim M Oliveira, Ana L Oliveira, Rui L Reis
Hydrogels of spatially controlled physicochemical properties are appealing platforms for tissue engineering and drug delivery. In this study, core-shell silk fibroin (SF) hydrogels of spatially controlled conformation were developed. The core-shell structure in the hydrogels was formed by means of soaking the preformed (enzymatically crosslinked) random coil SF hydrogels in methanol. When increasing the methanol treatment time from 1 to 10 min, the thickness of the shell layer can be tuned from about 200 to about 850 μm as measured in wet status...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921099/thermoresponsive-microgels-containing-trehalose-as-soft-matrices-for-3d-cell-culture
#13
Małgorzata Burek, Sylwia Waśkiewicz, Anna Lalik, Sebastian Student, Tadeusz Bieg, Ilona Wandzik
A series of thermoresponsive glycomicrogels with trehalose in the cross-links or with trehalose in the cross-links and as pending moieties was synthesized. These materials were obtained by surfactant-free precipitation copolymerization of N-isopropylacrylamide and various amounts of trehalose monomers. The resultant particles showed a spherical shape and a submicrometer hydrodynamic size with a narrow size distribution. At 25 °C, glycomicrogels in solutions with physiological ionic strength formed stable colloids, which further gelled upon heating to physiological temperature forming a macroscopic hydrogel with an interconnected porous structure...
December 6, 2016: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920897/impact-of-biopolymer-matrices-on-relaxometric-properties-of-contrast-agents
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Alfonso Maria Ponsiglione, Maria Russo, Paolo Antonio Netti, Enza Torino
Properties of water molecules at the interface between contrast agents (CAs) for magnetic resonance imaging and macromolecules could have a valuable impact on the effectiveness of metal chelates. Recent studies, indeed, demonstrated that polymer architectures could influence CAs' relaxivity by modifying the correlation times of the metal chelate. However, an understanding of the physico-chemical properties of polymer/CA systems is necessary to improve the efficiency of clinically used CAs, still exhibiting low relaxivity...
December 6, 2016: Interface Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920430/biomimetic-antimicrobial-cloak-by-graphene-oxide-agar-hydrogel
#15
Massimiliano Papi, Valentina Palmieri, Francesca Bugli, Marco De Spirito, Maurizio Sanguinetti, Carlotta Ciancico, Maria Chiara Braidotti, Silvia Gentilini, Luca Angelani, Claudio Conti
Antibacterial surfaces have an enormous economic and social impact on the worldwide technological fight against diseases. However, bacteria develop resistance and coatings are often not uniform and not stable in time. The challenge is finding an antibacterial coating that is biocompatible, cost-effective, not toxic, and spreadable over large and irregular surfaces. Here we demonstrate an antibacterial cloak by laser printing of graphene oxide hydrogels mimicking the Cancer Pagurus carapace. We observe up to 90% reduction of bacteria cells...
December 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919839/heparin-hyaluronic-acid-hydrogel-for-efficient-cellular-activities-of-3d-encapsulated-adipose-derived-stem-cells
#16
Kihak Gwon, Eunsol Kim, Giyoong Tae
We have developed stem cell-responsive, heparin-hyaluronic acid (Hep-HA) hydrogel, crosslinked by thiolated heparin (Hep-SH) and methacrylated hyaluronic acid (HA-MA) via visible light mediated, thiol-ene reaction. Physical properties of the hydrogel (gelation time, storage modulus, and swelling ratio) were tunable by adjusting light intensity, initiator/polymer concentration, and precursor pH. Culture of human adipose derived mesenchymal stem cells (ADSCs) using this hydrogel was characterized and compared with the control hydrogels including Hep-PEG hydrogel, PEG-HA hydrogel...
December 2, 2016: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919214/hydrogel-based-drug-delivery-systems-a-review-with-special-emphasis-on-challenges-associated-with-decontamination-of-hydrogels-and-biomaterials
#17
Irene Satiko Kikuchi, Raquel Galante, Kamal Dua, Daniela Dal Molim Ghisleni, Terezinha de Jesus Andreoli Pinto, Venkata Ramana Malipeddi, Rajendra Awasthi
Many researches involving the development of new techniques and biomaterials to formulate a suitable drug delivery systems and tissue engineering have been conducted. The majority of published literature from these researches emphasizes the production and materials characterization. However there is very limited information regarding their sterilization methods. The present review article has summarized various different literatures that encompasses the difficulties encountered with sterilization methods in the preparations of hydrogels for biological applications...
December 5, 2016: Current Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918967/nanoencapsulation-an-efficient-and-promising-approach-to-maximize-wound-healing-efficacy-of-curcumin-a-review-of-new-trends-and-state-of-the-art
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REVIEW
Zahid Hussain, Hnin Ei Thu, Shiow-Fern Ng, Shahzeb Khan, Haliza Katas
Wound healing is a multifarious and vibrant process of replacing devitalized and damaged cellular structures, leading to restoration of the skin's barrier function, re-establishment of tissue integrity, and maintenance of the internal homeostasis. Curcumin (CUR) and its analogs have gained widespread recognition due to their remarkable anti-inflammatory, anti-infective, anticancer, immunomodulatory, antioxidant, and wound healing activities. However, their pharmaceutical significance is limited due to inherent hydrophobic nature, poor water solubility, low bioavailability, chemical instability, rapid metabolism and short half-life...
November 30, 2016: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918734/protocols-for-management-of-oral-complications-of-chemotherapy-and-or-radiotherapy-for-oral-cancer-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-current
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J-N Carneiro-Neto, J-D-S de-Menezes, L-B Moura, E-M-S Massucato, C-R de-Andrade
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Considering the high possibility of dentist consult a patient with oral complications of chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy for oral cancer because of the advances in this area, this study aims to systematically review the literature to identify and suggest effective and safe protocols for the managements of oral complications in oncology patients. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The systematic review was designed by PICO and PRISMA including eligibility and exclusion criteria; the source of information and search strategy in PubMed according MeSH: "Mouth Neoplasms and Radiotherapy" and "Mouth Neoplasms and Drug Therapy" the period from 2010 to 2015; selection and data collection of study was carried form blind and independently by two researchers; risk of bias and methodological quality: ensured by the PEDro scale; synthesis of data: of oral complications were evaluated by adapted version of associative direction classification proposed by Costigan and collaborators; and data analysis was performed by the meta-analysis of BioEstat program (5...
December 6, 2016: Medicina Oral, Patología Oral y Cirugía Bucal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918129/photo-modulated-therapeutic-protein-release-from-a-hydrogel-depot-using-visible-light
#20
Johan S Basuki, Fengxiang Qie, Xavier Mulet, Randy Suryadinata, Aditya V Vashi, Yong Y Peng, Lingli Li, Xiaojuan Hao, Tianwei Tan, Timothy C Hughes
The use of biomacromolecular therapeutics has revolutionized disease treatment, but frequent injections are required owing to their short half-life in vivo. Thus there is a need for a drug delivery system that acts as a reservoir and releases the drug remotely "on demand". Here we demonstrate a simple light-triggered local drug delivery system through photo-thermal interactions of polymer-coated gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) inside an agarose hydrogel as therapeutic depot. Localized temperature increase induced by the visible light exposure caused reversible softening of the hydrogel matrix to release the pre-loaded therapeutics...
December 5, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
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