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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441604/digital-quantitative-analysis-of-microrna-in-single-cell-based-on-ligation-depended-polymerase-colony-polony
#1
Hui Wang, Honghong Wang, Xinrui Duan, Chenghui Liu, Zhengping Li
The ability to dissect cell-to-cell variations of microRNA (miRNA) expression with single-cell resolution has become a powerful tool to investigate the regulatory function of miRNAs in biological processes and the pathogenesis of miRNA-related diseases. Herein, we have developed a novel scheme for digital detection of miRNA in single cell by using the ligation-depended DNA polymerase colony (polony). Firstly, two simply designed target-specific DNA probes were ligated by using individual miRNA as the template...
April 7, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441501/hooked-on-cryogels-a-carbamate-linker-based-depot-for-slow-drug-release
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Duygu Aydin, Mehmet Arslan, Amitav Sanyal, Rana Sanyal
Poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) based bulk hydrogels and cryogels containing activated carbonate groups as amine reactive handles to facilitate drug conjugations through carbamate linkages were fabricated and evaluated as slow releasing drug reservoirs. As an initial approach, photopolymerization of N-hydroxysuccinimide (NHS)-activated carbonate functional group containing monomer and PEG-methacrylate in the presence of a crosslinker was utilized to obtain bulk hydrogels with high gel conversions. The resultant hydrogels possessed moderate water uptake (170-340 %) which was dependent on the monomer ratios...
April 25, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441086/hematopoietic-to-mesenchymal-transition-of-adipose-tissue-macrophages-is-regulated-by-integrin-%C3%AE-1-and-fabricated-fibrin-matrices
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Kathleen M Gavin, Susan M Majka, Wendy M Kohrt, Heidi L Miller, Timothy M Sullivan, Dwight J Klemm
Some bona fide adult adipocytes arise de novo from a bone marrow-derived myeloid lineage. These studies further demonstrate that adipose tissue stroma contains a resident population of myeloid cells capable of adipocyte and multilineage mesenchymal differentiation. These resident myeloid cells lack hematopoietic markers and express mesenchymal and progenitor cell markers. Because bone marrow mesenchymal progenitor cells have not been shown to enter the circulation, we hypothesized that myeloid cells acquire mesenchymal differentiation capacity in adipose tissue...
April 3, 2017: Adipocyte
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440631/elastic-and-ph-responsive-hybrid-interfaces-created-with-engineered-resilin-and-nanocellulose
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Wenwen Fang, Arja Paananen, Marika Vitikainen, Salla Koskela, Ann Westerholm-Parvinen, Jussi Joensuu, Christopher Landowski, Merja Penttilä, Markus B Linder, Päivi Laaksonen
We investigated how a genetically engineered resilin fusion protein modifies cellulose surfaces. We characterized the pH responsive behavior of a resilin like peptide (RLP) having terminal cellulose binding modules (CBM) and showed its binding to cellulose nanofibrils (CNF). Characterization of the resilin fusion protein at different pHs revealed substantial conformational changes of the protein, which were observed as swelling and contraction of the protein layer bound to the nanocellulose surface. In addition, we showed that employment of the modified resilin in cellulose hydrogel and nanopaper increased their modulus of stiffness through a cross-linking effect...
April 25, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440619/collagen-membranes-with-ribonuclease-inhibitors-for-long-term-stability-of-electrochemical-aptamer-based-sensors-employing-rna
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Mirelis Santos-Cancel, Ryan J White
Electrochemical aptamer-based (E-AB) sensors offer advantageous analytical detection abilities on account of their rapid response time (sec to min), specificity to a target, and selectivity to function in complex media. Ribonucleic acid (RNA) aptamers employed in this class of sensor offer favorable binding characteristics resulting from the ability of RNA to form stable tertiary folds aided by long-range intermolecular interactions. As a result, RNA aptamers can fold into more complex three-dimensional structures than their DNA counterparts, and consequently, exhibit better binding ability to target analytes...
April 25, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440618/design-of-antibacterial-polyethersulfone-membranes-via-covalently-attaching-hydrogel-thin-layers-loaded-with-ag-nanoparticles
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Min He, Qian Wang, Rui Wang, Yi Xie, Weifeng Zhao, Changsheng Zhao
In order to inhibit the bacteria attachment and the subsequent formation of bio-films on polyethersulfone (PES) membranes, poly(sulfobetaine methacrylate) (PSBMA)/poly(sodium acrylate) (PAANa) antibacterial hydrogel thin layers were covalently attached onto the membranes, followed by loading Ag nanoparticles. In our strategy, double bonds were firstly introduced onto PES membrane surfaces to provide anchoring sites, and then the hydrogel layers were synthesized on the membrane surfaces via UV light initiated cross-linking copolymerization...
April 25, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440513/optimization-of-antitumor-treatment-conditions-for-transcutaneous-co2-application-an-in-vivo-study
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Takeshi Ueha, Teruya Kawamoto, Yasuo Onishi, Risa Harada, Masaya Minoda, Mitsunori Toda, Hitomi Hara, Naomasa Fukase, Masahiro Kurosaka, Ryosuke Kuroda, Toshihiro Akisue, Yoshitada Sakai
Carbon dioxide (CO2) therapy can be applied to treat a variety of disorders. We previously found that transcutaneous application of CO2 with a hydrogel decreased the tumor volume of several types of tumors and induced apoptosis via the mitochondrial pathway. However, only one condition of treatment intensity has been tested. For widespread application in clinical antitumor therapy, the conditions must be optimized. In the present study, we investigated the relationship between the duration, frequency, and treatment interval of transcutaneous CO2 application and antitumor effects in murine xenograft models...
April 20, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440042/biodegradable-hydrogel-based-biomaterials-with-high-absorbent-properties-for-non-adherent-wound-dressing
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Alok Kumar, Xiang Wang, Krishna Chaitanya Nune, Rdk Misra
Dressing materials involve conventional gauzes and modern materials such as hydrogels and foam-based biomaterials. Although the choice of dressing material depends on the type of wound, a dressing material is expected to be non-cytotoxic. Additionally, moist dressing is considered appropriate to accelerate epithelialisation, while dry dressing may cause tissue damage during removal. An ideal dressing material is expected to provide a moist environment and degrade and release the drug for faster wound healing...
April 25, 2017: International Wound Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439986/coordinated-membrane-fusion-of-proteinosomes-by-contact-induced-hydrogel-self-healing
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Ping Wen, Xiaoman Liu, Lei Wang, Mei Li, Yudong Huang, Xin Huang, Stephen Mann
Controlled membrane fusion of proteinosome-based protocells is achieved via a hydrogel-mediated process involving dynamic covalent binding, self-healing, and membrane reconfiguration at the contact interface. The rate of proteinosome fusion is dependent on dynamic Schiff base covalent interchange, and is accelerated in the presence of encapsulated glucose oxidase and glucose, or inhibited with cinnamyl aldehyde due to enzyme-mediated decreases in pH or competitive covalent binding, respectively. The coordinated fusion of the proteinosomes leads to the concomitant transportation and redistribution of entrapped payloads such as DNA and dextran...
April 25, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439516/engineering-muscle-networks-in-3d-gelatin-methacryloyl-hydrogels-influence-of-mechanical-stiffness-and-geometrical-confinement
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Marco Costantini, Stefano Testa, Ersilia Fornetti, Andrea Barbetta, Marcella Trombetta, Stefano Maria Cannata, Cesare Gargioli, Alberto Rainer
In this work, the influence of mechanical stiffness and geometrical confinement on the 3D culture of myoblast-laden gelatin methacryloyl (GelMA) photo-crosslinkable hydrogels was evaluated in terms of in vitro myogenesis. We formulated a set of cell-laden GelMA hydrogels with a compressive modulus in the range 1 ÷ 17 kPa, obtained by varying GelMA concentration and degree of cross-linking. C2C12 myoblasts were chosen as the cell model to investigate the supportiveness of different GelMA hydrogels toward myotube formation up to 2 weeks...
2017: Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438549/poly-methyl-vinyl-ether-co-maleic-acid-pectin-based-hydrogel-forming-systems-gel-film-and-microneedles
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Yusuf Kemal Demir, Ayşegül Ülkü Metin, Betül Şatıroğlu, Mehmet Ertuğrul Solmaz, Veysel Kayser, Karsten Mäder
Cross-linking of natural and synthetic polymers is widely explored to achieve the desired material properties (mechanical strength, drug loading capacity, swelling and erosion rates). However, the potential of polymers produced by crosslinking poly (methyl vinyl ether-co-maleic acid) (PMVE/MA) and pectin (PE) in pharmaceutics is mainly unexplored so far. We have investigated the effect of various esterification conditions and pectin content on the physicochemical properties. Materials have been characterized by fourier transform infrared, differential scanning calorimetry and scanning electron microscopy...
April 21, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437179/mechanically-oriented-3d-collagen-hydrogel-for-directing-neurite-growth
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Merav Antman-Passig, Shahar Levy, Chaim Gartenberg, Hadas Schori, Orit Shefi
Recent studies in the field of neuro-tissue engineering have demonstrated the promising effects of aligned contact guidance cue scaffolds of enhancement and direction of neuronal growth. In-vivo, neurons grow and develop neurites in a complex 3-Dimensional (3D) extra cellular matrix (ECM) surrounding. Studies have utilized hydrogel scaffolds derived from ECM molecules to better simulate natural growth. While many efforts have been made to control neuronal growth on 2D surfaces, the development of 3D scaffolds with an elaborate oriented topography to direct neuronal growth still remains a challenge...
February 21, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437092/facile-quenching-and-spatial-patterning-of-cylooctynes-via-strain-promoted-alkyne-azide-cycloaddition-of-inorganic-azides
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Matthew Bjerknes, Hazel Cheng, Christopher D McNitt, Vladimir V Popik
Little is known about the reactivity of strain-promoted alkyne-azide cycloaddition (SPAAC) reagents with inorganic azides. We explore the reactions of a variety of popular SPAAC reagents with sodium azide and hydrozoic acid. We find that the reactions proceed in water at rates comparable to those with organic azides, yielding in all cases a triazole adduct. The azide ion's utility as a cyclooctyne quenching reagent is demonstrated by using it to spatially pattern uniformly-doped hydrogels. The facile quenching of cyclooctynes demonstrated here should be useful in other bioorthogonal ligation techniques in which cyclooctynes are employed, including SPANC, Diels-Alder, and thiol-yne...
April 24, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436920/hybrid-3d-printing-and-electrodeposition-approach-for-controllable-3d-alginate-hydrogel-formation
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Wanfeng Shang, Yanting Liu, Wenfeng Wan, Chengzhi Hu, Zeyang Liu, Chin To Wong, Toshio Fukuda, Yajing Shen
Calcium alginate hydrogel is one of the most widely used biocompatible materials in biomedical and tissue engineering. This paper reports a hybrid 3D printing and electrodeposition approach to form the 3D calcium alginate hydrogel in a controllable manner. Firstly, a specific 3D printing system is developed by combining a 3D printer and a customized ejection syringe. Then, the mixed solution (1% w/v sodium alginate and 0.25% w/v CaCO3 nano particles) is filled in the syringe and ejected out from the nozzle to the substrate continuously...
April 24, 2017: Biofabrication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436656/cellulose-anionic-hydrogels-based-on-cellulose-nanofibers-as-natural-stimulants-for-seed-germination-and-seedling-growth
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Hao Zhang, Minmin Yang, Qian Luan, Hu Tang, Fenghong Huang, Xia Xiang, Chen Yang, Yuping Bao
Cellulose anionic hydrogels were successfully prepared from dissolving Tempo-oxidized cellulose nanofibers in NaOH/urea aqueous solution and then crosslinked with epichlorohydrin. The hydrogels exhibit microporous structure and high hydrophilicity, contribute to the excellent water absorption property. The growth indexes including the germination rate, root length, shoot length, fresh weight and dry weight of seedlings were investigated and the cellulose anionic hydrogel showed no significant difference compared with soil medium...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436646/filaments-with-affinity-binding-and-wet-strength-can-be-achieved-by-spinning-bifunctional-cellulose-nanofibrils
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Maija Vuoriluoto, Hannes Orelma, Meri Johanna Lundahl, Maryam Borghei, Orlando J Rojas
We demonstrate benzophenone (BP) conjugation via amine-reactive esters onto oxidized cellulosic fibers that were used as precursors, after microfluidization, of photo-active cellulose nanofibrils (CNF). From these fibrils, cellulose I filaments were synthesized by hydrogel spinning in an anti-solvent followed by fast bi-radical UV crosslinking. As a result, the BP-CNF filaments developed a wet tensile strength of up to ~105 MPa (a remarkable retention of ~80% of the dry strength). Thus, the principal limitation of these emerging materials was resolved (< 0...
April 24, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436503/stimuli-responsive-hydrogel-microfibers-with-controlled-anisotropic-shrinkage-and-cross-sectional-geometries
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Shunsuke Nakajima, Ryuji Kawano, Hiroaki Onoe
Stimuli-responsive microfibers are fabricated by extruding mixed solutions of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide-co-acrylic acid) (pNIPAM-AAc) and sodium alginate (Na-alginate) using a microfluidic spinning system. The fabricated microfibers shrink and swell with temperature and/or pH. By controlling the extruded laminar flow, microfibers capable of anisotropic shrinkage are fabricated. Cross-sectional microscale geometries of microfibers, including double layering and hollowness, are successfully controlled by patterning the laminar flow during microfiber formation, resulting in hydrogels capable of folding/unfolding motions and fluid pumping...
April 24, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436224/multi-functional-hydrogels-prepared-by-dual-ion-crosslinking-for-chronic-wound-healing
#18
Yonghui Li, Yan Han, Xiaoya Wang, Jinliang Peng, Yuhong Xu, Jiang Chang
The creation of moist environment and promotion of blood vessel formation are critical for wound healing. Sodium alginate (SA) hydrogel, which has good biocompatibility and is able to provide moist environment, has been widely used as wound dressing. However, it lacks antibacterial and bio-activities, which would facilitate chronic wound healing. On the basis of gelation characteristics of SA and the bioactive hardystonite (HS) bioceramic, we designed a unique bioactive injectable composite hydrogel through double ion-crosslinking, in which divalent ions such as Ca2+ and Zn2+ function as crosslinkers, Zn2+ also functions as antibacterial component and nutrition for wound healing, and Si ions play the key role in determining the bioactivity of the hydrogel...
April 24, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436002/characterization-of-the-chondrocyte-secretome-in-photoclickable-poly-ethylene-glycol-hydrogels
#19
Margaret C Schneider, Christopher A Barnes, Stephanie J Bryant
Poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) hydrogels are highly tunable platforms that are promising cell delivery vehicles for chondrocytes and cartilage tissue engineering. In addition to characterizing the type of extracellular matrix (ECM) that forms, understanding the types of proteins that are secreted by encapsulated cells may be important. Thus, the objectives for this study were to characterize the secretome of chondrocytes encapsulated in PEG hydrogels and determine whether the secretome varies as a function of hydrogel stiffness and culture condition...
April 24, 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435879/fast-moving-soft-electronic-fish
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Tiefeng Li, Guorui Li, Yiming Liang, Tingyu Cheng, Jing Dai, Xuxu Yang, Bangyuan Liu, Zedong Zeng, Zhilong Huang, Yingwu Luo, Tao Xie, Wei Yang
Soft robots driven by stimuli-responsive materials have unique advantages over conventional rigid robots, especially in their high adaptability for field exploration and seamless interaction with humans. The grand challenge lies in achieving self-powered soft robots with high mobility, environmental tolerance, and long endurance. We are able to advance a soft electronic fish with a fully integrated onboard system for power and remote control. Without any motor, the fish is driven solely by a soft electroactive structure made of dielectric elastomer and ionically conductive hydrogel...
April 2017: Science Advances
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