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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734151/magnetically-recyclable-reduced-graphene-oxide-nanosheets-magnetite-palladium-aerogel-with-superior-catalytic-activity-and-reusability
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Yan Feng, Hui Zhang, Baifu Xin, Jie Wu
A two-step method was employed to synthesize reduced graphene oxide nanosheets/magnetite-palladium (rGSs/Fe3O4-Pd) aerogel, with excellent catalytic activity and recyclability. Firstly, graphene oxide nanosheet (GS) hydrogels were formed by the self-assembly of GSs during the hydrothermal process. Meanwhile, hematite (α-Fe2O3) and Pd nanoparticles (NPs) were synthesized and anchored onto the surface of the hydrogel. During heat-treatment, GSs were reduced to rGSs, while nonmagnetic α-Fe2O3NPs were converted to magnetic Fe3O4 NPs...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732155/relating-redox-properties-of-polyvinylamine-g-tempo-laccase-hydrogel-complexes-to-cellulose-oxidation
#2
Qiang Fu, Alexander Sutherland, Emil Gustafsson, Md Monsur Ali, Leyla Soleymani, Robert H Pelton
The structure and electrochemical properties of adsorbed complexes based on mixtures of polyvinylamine-g-TEMPO (PVAm-T) and laccase were related to the ability of the adsorbed complexes to oxidize cellulose. PVAm-T10 with 10% of the amines bearing TEMPO moieties (i.e. DS= 10%), adsorbed onto gold-sulfonate EQCM-D sensor surfaces giving a hydrogel film, 7 nm thick, 89% water and encasing laccase (200 mM) and TEMPO moieties (33 mM). For DS values >10% all of the TEMPOs in the hydrogel film were redox-active, in that they could be oxidized by the electrode...
July 21, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732113/cover-image-volume-114-number-9-september-2017
#3
Scott C Pierobon, Jason Riordon, Brian Nguyen, Matthew D Ooms, David Sinton
Cover Legend The cover image, by Scott C. Pierobon et al., is based on the Article Periodic harvesting of microalgae from calcium alginate hydrogels for sustained high-density production, DOI: 10.1002/bit.26325.
September 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731675/sustained-release-of-a-peptide-based-matrix-metalloproteinase-2-inhibitor-to-attenuate-adverse-cardiac-remodeling-and-improve-cardiac-function-following-myocardial-infarction
#4
Zhaobo Fan, Minghuan Fu, Zhaobin Xu, Bo Zhang, Zhihong Li, Haichang Li, Xinyu Zhou, Xuanyou Liu, Yunyan Duan, Pei-Hui Lin, Pu Duann, Xiaoyun Xie, Jianjie Ma, Zhenguo Liu, Jianjun Guan
Following myocardial infarction (MI), degradation of extracellular matrix (ECM) by upregulated matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) especially MMP-2 decreases tissue mechanical properties, leading to cardiac function deterioration. Attenuation of cardiac ECM degradation at the early stage of MI has the potential to preserve tissue mechanical properties, resulting in cardiac function increase. Yet the strategy for efficiently preventing cardiac ECM degradation remains to be established. Current preclinical approaches have shown limited efficacy due to low drug dosage allocated to the heart tissue, dose-limiting side effects, and cardiac fibrosis...
July 21, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731220/mechanically-tunable-bioink-for-3d-bioprinting-of-human-cells
#5
Aurelien Forget, Andreas Blaeser, Florian Miessmer, Marius Köpf, Daniela F Duarte Campos, Nicolas H Voelcker, Anton Blencowe, Horst Fischer, V Prasad Shastri
This study introduces a thermogelling bioink based on carboxylated agarose (CA) for bioprinting of mechanically defined microenvironments mimicking natural tissues. In CA system, by adjusting the degree of carboxylation, the elastic modulus of printed gels can be tuned over several orders of magnitudes (5-230 Pa) while ensuring almost no change to the shear viscosity (10-17 mPa) of the bioink solution; thus enabling the fabrication of 3D structures made of different mechanical domains under identical printing parameters and low nozzle shear stress...
July 21, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730534/tracheal-cartilage-isolation-and-decellularization
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Zachary Galliger, Angela Panoskaltsis-Mortari
Tissue decellularization allows isolation of tissue extracellular matrix components, enabling bioengineering of native tissue microenvironments with minimal antigenic components. Here we describe a method to harvest decellularized cartilage tissue from donor trachea using a series of chemical and enzymatic washes and incorporating the extracellular matrix in gelatin methacrylate hydrogels. This decellularized cartilage tissue is easily incorporated into a variety of hydrogels to create a cartilage tissue scaffold...
July 21, 2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730206/evaluation-of-dextran-ethylene-glycol-hydrogel-films-for-giant-unilamellar-lipid-vesicle-production-and-their-application-for-the-encapsulation-of-polymersomes
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Nestor Lopez Mora, Yue Gao, M Gertrude Gutierrez, Justin Peruzzi, Ivan Bakker, Ruud J R W Peters, Bianka Siewert, Sylvestre Bonnet, Roxanne E Kieltyka, Jan C M van Hest, Noah Malmstadt, Alexander Kros
Giant Unilamellar Vesicles (GUVs) prepared from phospholipids are becoming popular membrane model systems for use in biophysical studies. The quality, size and yield of GUVs depend on the preparation method used to obtain them. In this study, hydrogels consisting of dextran polymers crosslinked by poly(ethylene glycol) (DexPEG) were used as hydrophilic frameworks for the preparation of vesicle suspensions under physiological ionic strength conditions. A comparative study was conducted using hydrogels with varied physicochemical properties to evaluate their performance for GUV production...
July 21, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729818/a-cooperative-copper-metal-organic-framework-hydrogel-system-improves-wound-healing-in-diabetes
#8
Jisheng Xiao, Siyu Chen, Ji Yi, Hao Zhang, Guillermo A Ameer
Chronic non-healing wounds remain a major clinical challenge that would benefit from the development of advanced, regenerative dressings that promote wound closure within a clinically relevant time frame. The use of copper ions has shown promise in wound healing applications possibly by promoting angiogenesis. However, reported treatments that use copper ions require multiple applications of copper salts or oxides to the wound bed, exposing the patient to potentially toxic levels of copper ions and resulting in variable outcomes...
January 5, 2017: Advanced Functional Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729217/preventing-postoperative-tissue-adhesion-using-injectable-carboxymethyl-cellulose-pullulan-hydrogels
#9
Sumi Bang, Young-Gwang Ko, Won Il Kim, Donghwan Cho, Won Ho Park, Oh Hyeong Kwon
An injectable adhesive hydrogel composed of carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) and pullulan is developed and evaluated as a postoperative anti-adhesion barrier. CMC was modified with tyramine to introduce crosslinking via an EDC-NHS reaction. The in situ hydrogel was developed by an enzyme-mediated reaction of tyramine-immobilized CMC with horseradish peroxidase (HRP) and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). Pullulan was added to the hydrogel solution to improve adhesiveness to the wound area and accelerate biodegradation...
July 17, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728085/preparation-of-a-6-oh-quaternized-chitosan-derivative-through-click-reaction-and-its-application-to-novel-thermally-induced-polyelectrolyte-complex-hydrogels
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Yu Chen, Fengju Wang, Na Zhang, Yi Li, Bin Cheng, Yongfa Zheng
In the present study, a chitosan derivative with long chain quaternary ammonium locating grafted at 6-OH (CTS-6-QAS) was designed and prepared via a novel click reaction. The structure and thermal stability of the products of each step were determined with Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). Rheological tests indicate that CTS-6-QAS possesses excellent thermally induced hydrogel formation property in the presence of β-glycerophosphate (β-GP)...
July 11, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728029/peroxidase-mimetic-activity-of-fe3o4-nanoparticle-prepared-based-on-magnetic-hydrogels-for-hydrogen-peroxide-and-glucose-detection
#11
Shasha Song, Yang Liu, Aixin Song, Zengdian Zhao, Hongsheng Lu, Jingcheng Hao
Stimuli-response magnetic hydrogels were prepared in the mixtures of magnetic surfactants, (CnTAFB(C), n=12, 14, 16), and chiral amphiphiles, sodium cholate (SC). The gelation behavior of CnTAFB(C)/SC were studied in detail. The results proved that the hydrophobicity of surfactants and the hydration radius (Rh) of anions played a vital role in the gelation process. The microstructure of the hydrogels were determined to be three-dimensional network of fibrous aggregates. The formation of the hydrogel fibrils was considered to be mainly driven by a delicate balance of multiple non-covalent interactions including hydrophobic interaction, electrostatic interaction, hydrogen bonding, van der Waals force, and the steric effect of SC molecule...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728006/an-electrochemical-impedance-biosensor-for-hg-2-detection-based-on-dna-hydrogel-by-coupling-with-dnazyme-assisted-target-recycling-and-hybridization-chain-reaction
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Wei Cai, Shunbi Xie, Jin Zhang, Dianyong Tang, Ying Tang
In this work, an electrochemical impedance biosensor for high sensitive detection of Hg(2+) was presented by coupling with Hg(2+)-induced activation of Mg(2+)-specific DNAzyme (Mg(2+)-DNAzyme) for target cycling and hybridization chain reaction (HCR) assembled DNA hydrogel for signal amplification. Firstly, we synthesized two different copolymer chains P1 and P2 by modifying hairpin DNA H3 and H4 with acrylamide polymer, respectively. Subsequently, Hg(2+) was served as trigger to activate the Mg(2+)-DNAzyme for selectively cleavage ribonucleobase-modified substrate in the presence of Mg(2+)...
July 11, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727998/enrichment-of-endogenous-fractalkine-and-anti-inflammatory-cells-via-aptamer-functionalized-hydrogels
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Syed Faaiz Enam, Jack R Krieger, Tarun Saxena, Brian E Watts, Claire E Olingy, Edward A Botchwey, Ravi V Bellamkonda
Early recruitment of non-classical monocytes and their macrophage derivatives is associated with augmented tissue repair and improved integration of biomaterial constructs. A promising therapeutic approach to recruit these subpopulations is by elevating local concentrations of chemoattractants such as fractalkine (FKN, CX3CL1). However, delivering recombinant or purified proteins is not ideal due to their short half-lives, suboptimal efficacy, immunogenic potential, batch variabilities, and cost. Here we report an approach to enrich endogenous FKN, obviating the need for delivery of exogenous proteins...
July 10, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727605/in-vitro-compatibility-of-contact-lenses-with-corneal-epithelial-cells
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Ajay K Vijay, Zohra Fadli, Carol Lakkis, Chantal Coles-Brennan, Mark D P Willcox
PURPOSE: To determine the interaction of contact lenses of different materials with corneal epithelial cells grown in tissue culture. METHODS: Two different corneal epithelial cell lines were grown to confluence in culture media. Two hydrogel contact lenses with and without polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) {1-DAY ACUVUE MOIST (1-Day ACUVUE [hydrogel lenses]) and a silicone hydrogel contact lens, AIR OPTIX NIGHT & DAY} were removed from their blister packs, washed in phosphate-buffered saline, and applied to the cells...
July 18, 2017: Eye & Contact Lens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726916/a-novel-3-d-bio-microfluidic-system-mimicking-in-vivo-heterogeneous-tumour-microstructures-reveals-complex-tumour-stroma-interactions
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Qihui Fan, Ruchuan Liu, Yang Jiao, Chunxiu Tian, James D Farrell, Wenwen Diao, Xiaochen Wang, Fengrong Zhang, Wei Yuan, Haibo Han, Jinfeng Chen, Yue Yang, Xixiang Zhang, Fangfu Ye, Ming Li, Zhongcan Ouyang, Liyu Liu
A 3-D microfluidic system consisting of microchamber arrays embedded in a collagen hydrogel with tuneable biochemical gradients that mimics the tumour microenvironment of mammary glands was constructed for the investigation on the interactions between invasive breast cancer cells and stromal cells. The hollow microchambers in collagen provide a very similar 3-D environment to that in vivo that regulates collective cellular dynamics and behaviour, while the microfluidic channels surrounding the collagen microchamber arrays allow one to impose complex concentration gradients of specific biological molecules or drugs...
July 20, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726849/o2-controllable-hydrogels-for-studying-cellular-responses-to-hypoxic-gradients-in-three-dimensions-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
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Daniel M Lewis, Michael R Blatchley, Kyung Min Park, Sharon Gerecht
Oxygen (O2) acts as a potent upstream regulator of cell function. In both physiological and pathophysiological microenvironments, the O2 concentration is not uniformly distributed but instead follows a gradient that depends on distance from oxygen-carrying blood vessels. Such gradients have a particularly important role in development, tissue regeneration, and tumor growth. In this protocol, we describe how to use our previously reported gelatin-based O2-controllable hydrogels that can provide hypoxic microenvironments in vitro...
August 2017: Nature Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726681/a-novel-cylindrical-microwell-featuring-inverted-pyramidal-opening-for-efficient-cell-spheroid-formation-without-cell-loss
#17
Jae Min Cha, HyungDal Park, Eun Kyoung Shin, Ji Hee Sung, Ockchul Kim, Woohyun Jung, Oh Young Bang, Jinseok Kim
Spheroid cultures have been often used to simulate and understand in situ biological occurrences with potential to be further applied to therapeutic approaches, such as cell transplantation. However, traditional lab-scale techniques hardly reached the needed large scale production of cell spheroids, thus limiting their versatility in many biomedical fields. Microscale technologies have rapidly improved in the last decade, and contributed to the large scale production of cell spheroids with high controllability and reproducibility...
July 20, 2017: Biofabrication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726576/recent-developments-in-thiolated-polymeric-hydrogels-for-tissue-engineering-applications
#18
Mani Gajendiran, Jae-Sung Rhee, Kyobum Kim
This review focuses on the recent strategy in the preparation of thiolated polymers and fabrication of their hydrogel matrices. The mechanism involved in the synthesis of thiolated polymers and fabrication of thiolated polymer hydrogels is exemplified with suitable schematic representations reported in the recent literature. The 2-iminothiolane namely "Traut's reagent" has been widely employed for effectively thiolating the natural polymers such as collagen and gelatin which contain free amino group in their back bone...
July 20, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part B, Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726575/bioprinting-pattern-dependent-electrical-mechanical-behavior-of-cardiac-alginate-implants-characterization-and-ex-vivo-phase-contrast-microtomography-assessment
#19
Mohammad Izadifar, Paul Babyn, Michael E Kelly, Dean Chapman, Xiongbiao Chen
Three-dimensional (3D)-bioprinting techniques may be used to modulate electrical/mechanical properties and porosity of hydrogel constructs for fabrication of suitable cardiac implants. Notably, characterization of these properties after implantation remains a challenge, raising the need for the development of novel quantitative imaging techniques for monitoring hydrogel implant behavior in-situ. This study aims to (i) assess the influence of hydrogel bioprinting patterns on electrical/mechanical behavior of cardiac implants based on a 3D-printing technique and (ii) investigate the potential of synchrotron X-ray phase contrast computed tomography (PCI-CT) for estimating elastic modulus/impedance/porosity and microstructural features of 3D-printed cardiac implants in-situ via an ex-vivo study...
July 20, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part C, Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726563/mechanically-strong-and-ph-responsive-carboxymethyl-chitosan-graphene-oxide-polyacrylamide-nanocomposite-hydrogels-with-fast-recoverability
#20
Yang Chen, Hongqiu Wang, Junrong Yu, Yan Wang, Jing Zhu, Zuming Hu
The biocompatible, quickly recoverable, mechanically strong and tough polymer hydrogels has great potential for biomedical applications. A novel carboxymethyl chitosan (CMCTs)/graphene oxide (GO)/polyacrylamide (PAM) nanocomposite (NC) hydrogel with excellent mechanical performance was synthesized through a facile, one-pot free radical polymerization, using GO nanosheets as the crosslink centers instead of toxic organic molecules. The content of GO nanosheets and CMCTs has great influence on the mechanical properties of CMCTs/GO/PAM NC hydrogels...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Biomaterials Science. Polymer Edition
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