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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375309/engineering-polyshell-spherical-microcapsules-for-optimal-localized-light-absorption
#1
Yuri E Geints, Alexander A Zemlyanov, Ekaterina K Panina
Optical radiation absorption in a polylayer spherical microparticle simulating an inorganic/organic polyshell absorbing microcapsule is considered. With the aim of the finite-difference time-domain technique, the spatial distribution of the absorbed light power in microcapsules of various sizes and internal structure is numerically calculated. For the purpose of light absorption enhancement, we have engineered the optimal structure of a capsule consisting of a strong-refracting transparent outer coating and an absorbing layer which covers a liquid core...
March 10, 2017: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373045/optimization-of-ziziphora-clinopodiodes-essential-oil-microencapsulation-by-whey-protein-isolate-and-pectin-a-comparative-study
#2
Mahmoud Hosseinnia, Mohammad Alizadeh Khaledabad, Hadi Almasi
The performance of whey protein isolate (WPI) and pectin as wall materials in encapsulation of Ziziphora clinopodiodes essential oil by ultrasonication method was compared. In this regard, using the response surface methodology, the influence of ultrasonication (US) power (50-150W) and core-coating ratio (10-100%) on the properties of microcapsules was evaluated. Increasing US power and core-coating ratio, caused to increase and decrease the particle size, respectively. The polydispersity index (PDI) of WPI coated microcapsules was increased by increasing of US power...
March 31, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28365287/properties-of-gelatin-based-films-incorporated-with-chitosan-coated-microparticles-charged-with-rutin
#3
Ilyes Dammak, Ana Mônica Quinta Barbosa Bittante, Rodrigo Vinicius Lourenço, Paulo José do Amaral Sobral
The aim of this study was development an active film based on gelatin incorporated with antioxidant, rutin carried into microparticles. The complexation between oppositely charged lecithin and chitosan was applied to prepare the chitosan-coated microparticles. The generated microparticles had an average size of 520±4nm and a span of 0.3 were formulated by a rotor-stator homogenize at the homogenization speed 10,000rpm. Composite films were prepared by incorporating chitosan-coated microparticles, at various concentrations (0...
March 30, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28356553/altering-the-coffee-ring-effect-by-adding-a-surfactant-like-viscous-polymer-solution
#4
Changdeok Seo, Daeho Jang, Jongjin Chae, Sehyun Shin
A uniform deposition of the suspended particles in an evaporating droplet is necessary in many research fields. Such deposition is difficult to achieve, because the coffee-ring effect dominates the internal flow in a droplet. The present study adopts a biocompatible, surfactant-like polymer (Polyethylene glycol, PEG) to break the coffee-ring effect and obtain a relatively uniform deposition of the microparticles with yielding multi-ring pattern over a droplet area. Movements of the suspended particles in evaporating droplets and deposition patterns of them on a glass substrate were analyzed with microscopic images and video files...
March 29, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298296/fabrication-of-synthetic-mesenchymal-stem-cells-for-the-treatment-of-acute-myocardial-infarction-in-mice
#5
Lan Luo, Junnan Tang, Kodai Nishi, Chen Yan, Phuong-Uyen Dinh, Jhon Cores, Takashi Kudo, Jinying Zhang, Tao-Sheng Li, Ke Cheng
Rationale: Stem cell therapy faces a number of challenges. It is difficult to grow, preserve, and transport stem cells before they are administered to the patient. Synthetic analogs for stem cells represent a new approach to overcome these hurdles and hold the potential to revolutionize regenerative medicine. Objective: We aim to fabricate synthetic analogs of stem cells and test their therapeutic potential for treatment of acute myocardial infarction in mice. Methods and Results: We packaged secreted factors from human bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) into Poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) PLGA microparticles and then coated them with MSC membranes...
March 15, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28262671/laser-irradiated-fluorescent-perfluorocarbon-microparticles-in-2-d-and-3-d-breast-cancer-cell-models
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Chengcheng Niu, Long Wang, Zhigang Wang, Yan Xu, Yihe Hu, Qinghai Peng
Perfluorocarbon (PFC) droplets were studied as new generation ultrasound contrast agents via acoustic or optical droplet vaporization (ADV or ODV). Little is known about the ODV irradiated vaporization mechanisms of PFC-microparticle complexs and the stability of the new bubbles produced. In this study, fluorescent perfluorohexane (PFH) poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) particles were used as a model to study the process of particle vaporization and bubble stability following excitation in two-dimensional (2-D) and three-dimensional (3-D) cell models...
March 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245111/simplifying-nucleic-acid-amplification-from-whole-blood-with-direct-polymerase-chain-reaction-on-chitosan-microparticles
#7
Imaly A Nanayakkara, Weidong Cao, Ian M White
Tremendous advances have been made in the development of portable nucleic acid amplification devices for near-patient use. However, the true limitation in the realization of nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs) for near-patient applications is not the amplification reaction, it is the complexity of the sample preparation. Conventional approaches require several precise intervention steps during the protocol. There are numerous reports in the literature that mimic the sample preparation procedure within a lab-on-a-chip device or cartridge, but these systems require a high number of integrated steps, making the devices and/or their supporting equipment too complex to meet the necessary cost targets and regulatory requirements for near-patient applications...
March 9, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231047/original-research-paper-characterization-and-taste-masking-evaluation-of-microparticles-with-cetirizine-dihydrochloride-and-methacrylate-based-copolymer-obtained-by-spray-drying
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Aleksandra Amelian, Marta Szekalska, Patrycja Ciosek, Anna Basa, Katarzyna Winnicka
Taste of a pharmaceutical formulation is an important parameter for the effectiveness of pharmacotherapy. Cetirizine dihydrochloride (CET) is a second-generation antihistamine that is commonly administered in allergy treatment. CET is characterized by extremely bitter taste and it is a great challenge to successfully mask its taste; therefore the goal of this work was to formulate and characterize the microparticles obtained by the spray drying method with CET and poly(butyl methacrylate-co-(2-dimethylaminoethyl) methacrylate-co-methyl methacrylate 1:2:1 copolymer (Eudragit E PO) as a barrier coating...
March 1, 2017: Acta Pharmaceutica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222020/high-dose-biotin-therapy-leading-to-false-biochemical-endocrine-profiles-validation-of-a-simple-method-to-overcome-biotin-interference
#9
Marie-Liesse Piketty, Dominique Prie, Frederic Sedel, Delphine Bernard, Claude Hercend, Philippe Chanson, Jean-Claude Souberbielle
BACKGROUND: High-dose biotin therapy is beneficial in progressive multiple sclerosis (MS) and is expected to be adopted by a large number of patients. Biotin therapy leads to analytical interference in many immunoassays that utilize streptavidin-biotin capture techniques, yielding skewed results that can mimic various endocrine disorders. We aimed at exploring this interference, to be able to remove biotin and avoid misleading results. METHODS: We measured free triiodothyronine (fT3), free thyroxine (fT4), thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), parathyroid homrone (PTH), 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25OHD), follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), luteinizing hormone (LH), prolactin, C-peptide, cortisol (Roche Diagnostics assays), biotin and its main metabolites (liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry) in 23 plasmas from MS patients and healthy volunteers receiving high-dose biotin, and in 39 biotin-unsupplemented patients, before and after a simple procedure (designated N5) designed to remove biotin by means of streptavidin-coated microparticles...
February 21, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211454/harnessing-catalytic-pumps-for-directional-delivery-of-microparticles-in-microchambers
#10
Sambeeta Das, Oleg E Shklyaev, Alicia Altemose, Henry Shum, Isamar Ortiz-Rivera, Lyanne Valdez, Thomas E Mallouk, Anna C Balazs, Ayusman Sen
The directed transport of microparticles in microfluidic devices is vital for efficient bioassays and fabrication of complex microstructures. There remains, however, a need for methods to propel and steer microscopic cargo that do not require modifying these particles. Using theory and experiments, we show that catalytic surface reactions can be used to deliver microparticle cargo to specified regions in microchambers. Here reagents diffuse from a gel reservoir and react with the catalyst-coated surface. Fluid density gradients due to the spatially varying reagent concentration induce a convective flow, which carries the suspended particles until the reagents are consumed...
February 17, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179159/in-vivo-osteogenic-differentiation-of-stem-cells-inside-compartmentalized-capsules-loaded-with-co-cultured-endothelial-cells
#11
Clara R Correia, Tírcia C Santos, Rogério P Pirraco, Mariana T Cerqueira, Alexandra P Marques, Rui L Reis, João F Mano
Capsules coated with polyelectrolytes and co-encapsulating adipose stem (ASCs) and endothelial (ECs) cells with surface modified microparticles are developed. Microparticles and cells are freely dispersed in a liquified core, responsible to maximize the diffusion of essential molecules and allowing the geometrical freedom for the autonomous three-dimensional (3D) organization of cells. While the membrane wraps all the instructive cargo elements within a single structure, the microparticles provide a solid 3D substrate for the encapsulated cells...
February 6, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138910/spray-dried-thiolated-chitosan-coated-sodium-alginate-multilayer-microparticles-for-vaginal-hiv-microbicide-delivery
#12
Jianing Meng, Vivek Agrahari, Miezan J Ezoulin, Sudhaunshu S Purohit, Tao Zhang, Agostino Molteni, Daniel Dim, Nathan A Oyler, Bi-Botti C Youan
It is hypothesized that novel thiolated chitosan-coated multilayer microparticles (MPs) with enhanced drug loading are more mucoadhesive than uncoated MPs and safe in vivo for vaginal delivery of topical anti-HIV microbicide. Formulation optimization is achieved through a custom experimental design and the alginate (AG) MPs cores are prepared using the spray drying method. The optimal MPs are then coated with the thiolated chitosan (TCS) using a layer-by-layer method. The morphological analysis, in situ drug payload, in vitro drug release profile, and mucoadhesion potential of the MPs are carried out using scanning electron microscopy, solid-state (31)P NMR spectroscopy, UV spectroscopy, fluorescence imaging and periodic acid Schiff method, respectively...
January 30, 2017: AAPS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28134392/chitosan-based-water-propelled-micromotors-with-strong-antibacterial-activity
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Jorge A M Delezuk, Doris E Ramírez-Herrera, Berta Esteban-Fernández de Ávila, Joseph Wang
A rapid and efficient micromotor-based bacteria killing strategy is described. The new antibacterial approach couples the attractive antibacterial properties of chitosan with the efficient water-powered propulsion of magnesium (Mg) micromotors. These Janus micromotors consist of Mg microparticles coated with the biodegradable and biocompatible polymers poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA), alginate (Alg) and chitosan (Chi), with the latter responsible for the antibacterial properties of the micromotor. The distinct speed and efficiency advantages of the new micromotor-based environmentally friendly antibacterial approach have been demonstrated in various control experiments by treating drinking water contaminated with model Escherichia coli (E...
January 30, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28112416/isomotive-dielectrophoresis-isodep-for-parallel-analysis-of-individual-particles
#14
Daniel J Allen, Robert P Accolla, Stuart J Williams
Two dielectrophoresis systems are introduced where the induced dielectrophoretic force is constant throughout the experimental region, resulting in uniform (isomotive) microparticle translation. Isomotive dielectrophoresis (isoDEP) is accomplished through a unique geometry where the gradient of the field-squared (∇Erms2) is constant, a characteristic that is otherwise highly non-uniform in traditional DEP platforms. The governing isoDEP equations were derived herein and applied to two different isoDEP prototypes: (i) one fabricated from deep reactive ion etching (DRIE) of a conductive silicon wafer (1-10 Ω-cm) whose patterned features served as electrodes and microchannel sidewalls simultaneously; (ii) a second where the electric field is applied lengthwise through a PDMS microchannel whose geometry follows a specific curvature...
January 23, 2017: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28111317/transplantation-of-adipose-derived-stem-cells-combined-with-neuregulin-microparticles-promotes-efficient-cardiac-repair-in-a-rat-myocardial-infarction-model
#15
Paula Díaz-Herráez, Laura Saludas, Simón Pascual-Gil, Teresa Simón-Yarza, Gloria Abizanda, Felipe Prósper, Elisa Garbayo, María José Blanco-Prieto
Tissue engineering is a promising strategy to promote heart regeneration after a myocardial infarction (MI). In this study, we investigated the reparative potential of a system that combines adipose-derived stem cells (ADSCs) with microparticles (MPs) loaded with neuregulin (NRG), named ADSC-NRG-MPs, on a rat MI model. First, cells were attached to the surface of MPs encapsulating NRG and coated with a 1:1 mixture of collagen and poly-d-lysine. One week after in vivo administration, the system favored the shift of macrophage expression from a pro-inflammatory to a regenerative phenotype...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28111281/aerosolizable-gold-nano-in-micro-dry-powder-formulations-for-theragnosis-and-lung-delivery
#16
A Sofia Silva, Ana M Sousa, Renato P Cabral, Marta C Silva, Clarinda Costa, Sónia P Miguel, Vasco D B Bonifácio, Teresa Casimiro, Ilídio J Correia, Ana Aguiar-Ricardo
Functionalized gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) have been widely investigated as promising multifunctional nanosystems for the theragnosis of lung cancer, the most common and prominent cause of cancer death worldwide. Nevertheless, nanoparticles are not in appropriate sizes for an accurate deep lung delivery and the lack of locally and effective delivery of therapeutic biomolecules to the deep lungs is, in fact, the major cause of low therapeutic outcome. Herein we incorporate, for the first time, AuNPs into respirable microparticles...
March 15, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071591/high-throughput-micropatterning-of-interspersed-cell-arrays-using-capillary-assembly
#17
François-Damien Delapierre, Guillaume Mottet, Vélan Taniga, Julie Boisselier, Jean-Louis Viovy, Laurent Malaquin
A novel technology is reported to immobilize different types of particles or cells on a surface at predefined positions with a micrometric precision. The process uses capillary assembly on arrays of crescent-shaped structures with different orientations. Sequential assemblies in different substrate orientations with different types of particles allow for the creation of imbricated and multiplexed arrays. In this work up to four different types of particles were deterministically localized on a surface. Using this process, antibody coated microparticles were assembled on substrates and used as capture patterns for the creation of complex cell networks...
February 6, 2017: Biofabrication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063041/particle-bombardment-of-ex-vivo-skin-to-deliver-dna-and-express-proteins
#18
Ena Sokol, Miranda Nijenhuis, Klaas A Sjollema, Marcel F Jonkman, Hendri H Pas, Ben N G Giepmans
Particle bombardment of gold microparticles coated with plasmids, which are accelerated to high velocity, is used for transfection of cells within tissue. Using this method, cDNA encoding proteins of interest introduced into ex vivo living human skin enables studying of proteins of interest in real time. Here, technical aspects of particle bombardment of ex vivo skin are described using green fluorescent protein (GFP) as readout for efficiency. This method can be applied on numerous tissues, including in living model animals...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054333/bmp-2-coated-mineral-coated-microparticles-improve-bone-repair-in-atrophic-non-unions
#19
M Orth, N J Kruse, B J Braun, C Scheuer, J H Holstein, A Khalil, X Yu, W L Murphy, T Pohlemann, M W Laschke, M D Menger
Atrophic non-unions are a major clinical problem. Mineral coated microparticles (MCM) are electrolyte-coated hydroxyapatite particles that have been shown in vitro to bind growth factors electrostatically and enable a tuneable sustained release. Herein, we studied whether MCM can be used in vivo to apply Bone Morphogenetic Protein-2 (BMP-2) to improve bone repair of atrophic non-unions. For this purpose, atrophic non-unions were induced in femurs of CD-1 mice (n = 48). Animals either received BMP-2-coated MCM (MCM + BMP; n = 16), uncoated MCM (MCM; n = 16) or no MCM (NONE; n = 16)...
January 2, 2017: European Cells & Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28034735/hydrophilic-drug-encapsulation-in-shell-core-microcarriers-by-two-stage-polyelectrolyte-complexation-method
#20
Annalisa Dalmoro, Alexander Y Sitenkov, Sara Cascone, Gaetano Lamberti, Anna Angela Barba, Rouslan I Moustafine
In this study a protocol exploiting the combination of the ultrasonic atomization and the complexation between polyelectrolytes was developed to efficiently encapsulate a hydrophilic chemotherapeutic agent essentially used in the treatment of colon cancer, 5-fluorouracil, in enteric shell-core alginate-based microcarriers. The atomization assisted by ultrasound allowed to obtain small droplets by supplying low energy and avoiding drug degradation. In particular microcarriers were produced in a home-made apparatus where both the core (composed of alginate, drug, and Pluronic F127) and shell (composed of only alginate) feed were separately sent to the coaxial ultrasonic atomizer where they were nebulized and placed in contact with the complexation bulk...
December 26, 2016: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
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