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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
#2
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917821/optimizing-cell-sourcing-for-clinical-translation-of-tissue-engineered-ears
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Kerry A Morrison, Benjamin P Cohen, Ope Asanbe, Xue Dong, Alice Harper, Lawrence J Bonassar, Jason A Spector
: Background . Currently, the major impediment to clinical translation of our previously described platform for the fabrication of high fidelity, patient-specific tissue engineered ears is the development of a clinically optimal cell sourcing strategy. A limited autologous auricular chondrocyte (AuC) supply in conjunction with rapid chondrocyte de-differentiation during in vitro expansion currently makes clinical translation more challenging. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) offer significant promise due to their inherent chondrogenic potential, and large availability through minimally invasive procedures...
December 5, 2016: Biofabrication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917020/recent-approaches-in-designing-bioadhesive-materials-inspired-by-mussel-adhesive-protein
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REVIEW
Pegah Kord Forooshani, Bruce P Lee
Marine mussels secret protein-based adhesives, which enable them to anchor to various surfaces in a saline, intertidal zone. Mussel foot proteins (Mfps) contain a large abundance of a unique, catecholic amino acid, Dopa, in their protein sequences. Catechol offers robust and durable adhesion to various substrate surfaces and contributes to the curing of the adhesive plaques. In this article, we review the unique features and the key functionalities of Mfps, catechol chemistry, and strategies for preparing catechol-functionalized polymers...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Polymer Science. Part A, Polymer Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916535/unique-size-and-shape-dependent-uptake-behaviors-of-non-spherical-nanoparticles-by-endothelial-cells-due-to-a-shearing-flow
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Patrick Jurney, Rachit Agarwal, Vikramjit Singh, David Choi, Krishnendu Roy, S V Sreenivasan, Li Shi
The size and shape of nanoparticle (NP) drug carriers can potentially be manipulated to increase the drug delivery efficacy because of their effects on particle margination and interactions with various cells in vivo. It is found in this work that the presence of a physiologically relevant shearing flow rate results in very different size and shape-dependent uptake behavior of negatively charged, non-spherical polyethylene glycol (PEG) hydrogel NPs by endothelial cells (ECs) cultured in a microchannel compared to uptake of either identical NPs in static culture or spherical particles in a shear flow...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916135/integrating-chemical-imaging-of-cationic-trace-metal-solutes-and-ph-into-a-single-hydrogel-layer
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Christoph Hoefer, Jakob Santner, Sergey M Borisov, Walter W Wenzel, Markus Puschenreiter
Gel-based, two-dimensional (2D) chemical imaging techniques are versatile methods for investigating biogeochemically active environments at high spatial resolution (sub-mm). State-of-the-art solute imaging techniques, such as diffusive gradients in thin films (DGT) and planar optodes (PO), employ passive solute sampling or sensing. Combining these methods will provide powerful tools for studying the biogeochemistry of biological niches in soils and sediments. In this study we aimed at developing a combined single-layer gel for direct pH imaging using PO and sampling of anionic and cationic solutes by DGT, with subsequent analysis of the bound solutes by laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS)...
January 15, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915492/preparation-and-in-vitro-evaluation-of-melatonin-loaded-ha-pva-gelformulations
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Sakine Tuncay Tanrıverdi, Catalina Natalia Cheaburu-Yilmaz, Sonia Carbone, Özgen Özer
Melatonin loaded hyaluronic acid and poly(vinyl alcohol) gels were prepared by using freeze-thaw technique and an emulsion method followed by freeze-thaw technique to produce a new synergistic system for topical application. Freeze-thaw hydrogels and emulgels were characterized by means of Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy, rheology and swelling tests. The porous structure of the hydrogels was shown by scanning electron microscopy observations and thermal properties were tested by Differential Scanning Calorimetry measurements...
December 5, 2016: Pharmaceutical Development and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915402/an-easy-to-use-wound-dressing-gelatin-bioactive-nanoparticle-gel-and-its-preliminary-in-vivo-study
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Chen Wang, Feiyan Zhu, Yang Cui, Huihui Ren, Yue Xie, Ailing Li, Lijun Ji, Xiaozhong Qu, Dong Qiu, Zhenzhong Yang
Beyond promoting hard tissue repairing, bioactive glasses (BGs) have also been proved to be beneficial for wound healing. Nano-scale BGs prepared by sol-gel method were found to have a better performance as they have a larger specific surface area. In this work, bioactive nanoparticles (nBPs) with mean diameter of 12 nm (BP-12) instead of conventional BGs were mixed with gelatin to form an easy-to-use hydrogel as a dressing for skin wound. It was found that the composite of BP-12 and gelatin could form a hydrogel (BP-12/Gel) under 25 °C, which showed pronounced thixotropy at a practically accessible shear rate, therefore become easy to be used for wound cover...
January 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915024/extracellular-matrix-hydrogels-from-decellularized-tissues-structure-and-function
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REVIEW
Lindsey T Saldin, Madeline C Cramer, Sachin S Velankar, Lisa J White, Stephen F Badylak
: Extracellular matrix (ECM) bioscaffolds prepared from decellularized tissues have been used to facilitate constructive and functional tissue remodeling in a variety of clinical applications. The discovery that these ECM materials could be solubilized and subsequently manipulated to form hydrogels expanded their potential in vitro and in vivo utility; i.e. as culture substrates comparable to collagen or Matrigel, and as injectable materials that fill irregularly-shaped defects. The mechanisms by which ECM hydrogels direct cell behavior and influence remodeling outcomes are only partially understood, but likely include structural and biological signals retained from the native source tissue...
November 30, 2016: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915022/concentration-dependent-survival-and-neural-differentiation-of-murine-embryonic-stem-cells-cultured-on-polyethylene-glycol-dimethacrylate-hydrogels-possessing-a-continuous-concentration-gradient-of-n-cadherin-derived-peptide-his-ala-val-asp-lle
#18
Hyun Ju Lim, Matthew C Mosley, Yuki Kurosu, Laura A Smith Callahan
: N-cadherin cell-cell signaling plays a key role in the structure and function of the nervous system. However, few studies have incorporated bioactive signaling from n-cadherin into tissue engineering matrices. The present study uses a continuous gradient approach in polyethylene glycol dimethacrylate hydrogels to identify concentration dependent effects of n-cadherin peptide, His-Ala-Val-Asp-Lle (HAVDI), on murine embryonic stem cell survival and neural differentiation. The n-cadherin peptide was found to affect the expression of pluripotency marker, alkaline phosphatase, in murine embryonic stem cells cultured on n-cadherin peptide containing hydrogels in a concentration dependent manner...
November 30, 2016: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915016/injectable-supramolecular-hydrogel-formed-from-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin-and-peglated-arginine-functionalized-poly-l-lysine-dendron-for-sustained-mmp-9-shrna-plasmid-delivery
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Qianming Lin, Yumeng Yang, Qian Hu, Zhong Guo, Tao Liu, Jiake Xu, Jianping Wu, Thomas Brett Kirk, Dong Ma, Wei Xue
: Hydrogels have attracted much attention in cancer therapy and tissue engineering due to their sustained gene delivery ability. To obtain an injectable and high-efficiency gene delivery hydrogel, methoxypolyethylene glycol (MPEG) was used to conjugate with the arginine-functionalized poly(L-lysine) dendron (PLLD-Arg) by click reaction, and then the synthesized MPEG-PLLD-Arg interacted with α-cyclodextrin (α-CD) to form the supramolecular hydrogel by the host-guest interaction. The gelation dynamics, hydrogel strength and shear viscosity could be modulated by α-CD content in the hydrogel...
November 30, 2016: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914964/antioxidant-and-hemolytic-activities-and-effects-in-rat-cutaneous-wound-healing-of-a-novel-polysaccharide-from-fenugreek-trigonella-foenum-graecum-seeds
#20
Naourez Ktari, Imen Trabelsi, Sana Bardaa, Mehdi Triki, Intidhar Bkhairia, Rabab Ben Slama-Ben Salem, Moncef Nasri, Riadh Ben Salah
The aim of this work was to evaluate the antioxidant and hemolytic activities as well as the in vivo wound healing performance of a novel polysaccharide (FWEP) extracted from fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) seeds. The antioxidant activity was evaluated in vivo and in vitro using various assays. Results showed that FWEP exhibited strong antioxidant activities but no hemolytic activity was observed towards bovine erythrocytes. The application of FWEP hydrogel on the wound site in a rat model enhanced significantly wound healing activity and accelerated the wound closure after 14days of wound induction...
November 30, 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
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