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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213972/promotion-of-cell-growth-and-adhesion-of-a-peptide-hydrogel-scaffold-via-mtor-cadherin-signaling
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Guojun Wei, Liping Wang, Daming Dong, Zhaowei Teng, Zuowei Shi, Kaifu Wang, Gang An, Ying Guan, Bo Han, Meng Yao, Cory J Xian
Understanding neurite outgrowth, orientation, and migration is important for the design of biomaterials that interface with the neural tissue. However, the molecular signaling alternations have not been well elucidated to explain the impact of hydrogels on cell morphology. In our previous studies, a silk fibroin peptide (SF16) hydrogel was found to be an effective matrix for the viability, morphology and proliferation of PC12 rat pheocrhomocytoma cells. We found that PC12 cells in the peptide hydrogel exhibited adhesive morphology compared to those cultured in agarose or collagen...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213276/engineering-approaches-in-sirna-delivery
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Anna Angela Barba, Sara Cascone, Diego Caccavo, Gaetano Lamberti, Gianluca Chiarappa, Michela Abrami, Gabriele Grassi, Mario Grassi, Giovanna Tomaiuolo, Stefano Guido, Valerio Brucato, Francesco Carfì Pavia, Giulio Ghersi, Vincenzo La Carrubba, Roberto Andrea Abbiati, Davide Manca
siRNAs are very potent drug molecules, able to silence genes involved in pathologies development. siRNAs have virtually an unlimited therapeutic potential, particularly for the treatment of inflammatory diseases. However, their use in clinical practice is limited because of their unfavorable properties to interact and not to degrade in physiological environments. In particular they are large macromolecules, negatively charged, which undergo rapid degradation by plasmatic enzymes, are subject to fast renal clearance/hepatic sequestration, and can hardly cross cellular membranes...
February 14, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212637/a-pectin-honey-hydrogel-prevents-postoperative-intraperitoneal-adhesions-in-a-rat-model
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Gessica Giusto, Cristina Vercelli, Selina Iussich, Andrea Audisio, Emanuela Morello, Rosangela Odore, Marco Gandini
BACKGROUND: Adhesions are a common postoperative surgical complication. Liquid honey has been used intraperitoneally to reduce the incidence of these adhesions. However, solid barriers are considered more effective than liquids in decreasing postoperative intra-abdominal adhesion formation; therefore, a new pectin-honey hydrogel (PHH) was produced and its effectiveness was evaluated in a rat cecal abrasion model. Standardized cecal/peritoneal abrasion was performed through laparotomy in 48 adult Sprague-Dawley rats to induce peritoneal adhesion formation...
February 17, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211933/enhanced-bone-tissue-regeneration-using-a-3d-printed-microstructure-incorporated-with-a-hybrid-nano-hydrogel
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Dong Nyoung Heo, Nathan J Castro, Se-Jun Lee, Hanaul Noh, Wei Zhu, Lijie Grace Zhang
Three-dimensional (3D) functional constructs with biomimetic mechanical and chemical properties are ideal for various regenerative medicine applications. These properties of 3D fabricated constructs mainly depend on the intrinsic characteristics of the materials and fabrication method. In this respect, the current use of hydrogels for musculoskeletal tissue repair is not ideal due to the lack of suitable mechanical properties, as well as the high biomimetic requirement for success. To overcome this limitation, we developed a novel functionalized hydrogel with bioactive gold nanoparticles (GNPs), reinforcing a 3D printed microstructure via fused deposition modeling (FDM) for bone tissue regeneration...
February 17, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211875/a-hyaluronan-hydrogel-scaffold-based-xeno-free-culture-system-for-ex-vivo-expansion-of-human-corneal-epithelial-stem-cells
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D Chen, Y Qu, X Hua, L Zhang, Z Liu, S C Pflugfelder, D-Q Li
PurposeTo develop a hyaluronan hydrogel scaffold-based xeno-free culture system for ex vivo cultivation of human corneal epithelial stem cells (CESCs).Patients and MethodsCESCs were cultivated from donor limbal explants on the HyStem-C Hydrogel bio-scaffold in 12-well plates for 3 weeks. Group A used the traditional supplemented hormonal epidermal medium (SHEM) and group B used the defined SHEM (without fetal bovine serum and toxin A, adding 20% serum replacement). The growth and morphology of the cultured cells were assessed by phase contrast microscope...
February 17, 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211358/a-prospective-interventional-study-to-examine-the-effect-of-a-silver-alloy-and-hydrogel-coated-catheter-on-the-incidence-of-catheter-associated-urinary-tract-infection
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P Hy Chung, C Wy Wong, C Kc Lai, H K Siu, D Nc Tsang, K Y Yeung, D Km Ip, P Kh Tam
INTRODUCTION: Catheter-associated urinary tract infection is a major hospital-acquired infection. This study aimed to analyse the effect of a silver alloy and hydrogel-coated catheter on the occurrence of catheter-associated urinary tract infection. METHODS: This was a 1-year prospective study conducted at a single centre in Hong Kong. Adult patients with an indwelling urinary catheter for longer than 24 hours were recruited. The incidence of catheter-associated urinary tract infection in patients with a conventional latex Foley catheter without hydrogel was compared with that in patients with a silver alloy and hydrogel-coated catheter...
February 17, 2017: Hong Kong Medical Journal, Xianggang Yi Xue za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210793/a-national-population-based-cohort-study-of-urethral-injection-therapy-for-female-stress-and-mixed-urinary-incontinence-the-danish-urogynaecological-database-2007-2011
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Margrethe Foss Hansen, Gunnar Lose, Ulrik Schiøler Kesmodel, Kim Oren Gradel
INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: Urethral injection therapy (UIT) has been performed since the early 20th century and a variety of agents have been launched. In 2006, polyacrylamide hydrogel (PAGH) was introduced and is now widely used as an agent. The objective was to evaluate the efficacy of PAGH based on a national population over a 5-year period (2007-2011) and the influence of patient-related factors, surgeon experience, and department volume. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was carried out based on data from the Danish Urogynaecological Database (DugaBase)...
February 16, 2017: International Urogynecology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210623/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-evaluation-of-commercially-available-fibrin-gel-as-a-carrier-of-alendronate-for-bone-tissue-engineering
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Beom Su Kim, Feride Shkembi, Jun Lee
Alendronate (ALN) is a bisphosphonate drug that is widely used for the treatment of osteoporosis. Furthermore, local delivery of ALN has the potential to improve the bone regeneration. This study was designed to investigate an ALN-containing fibrin (fibrin/ALN) gel and evaluate the effect of this gel on both in vitro cellular behavior using human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) and in vivo bone regenerative capacity. Fibrin hydrogels were fabricated using various ALN concentrations (10(-7)-10(-4 )M) with fibrin glue and the morphology, mechanical properties, and ALN release kinetics were characterized...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210386/ionic-hydrogel-monotherapy-and-in-combination-with-antiviral-antibiotic-prophylaxis-in-the-post-procedure-management-of-fractional-laser-treated-patients
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Francesca Romana Grippaudo
Objective: The pre- and postoperative care for fractionated laser resurfacing is still controversial, especially in regard to the use of antibiotics to prevent bacterial infection and potential consequences. Recently, an ionic hydrogel has shown to be useful in the postoperative treatment of minor burns. The aim of this study is to evaluate the use of this hydrogel after fractional laser treatments targeting photoaging and chronoaging damage to skin. Design: A randomized prospective study. Setting: one plastic surgeon private practice...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209892/a-less-structured-way-to-better-hydrogels
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Marc S Lavine
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 17, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209525/stromal-vascular-fraction-shows-robust-wound-healing-through-high-chemotactic-and-epithelialization-property
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Dong-Sic Chae, Seongho Han, Mina Son, Sung-Whan Kim
BACKGROUND: Although human stromal vascular fraction (SVF) has been regarded as an attractive stem cell source, its therapeutic mechanism in wound healing has not been fully elucidated. AIMS: In this study, we investigated the molecular characteristics and therapeutic property of SVF for wound healing. METHODS: Microarray data showed that SVF cells are enriched with a higher level of wound healing or epithelium development-related genes and micro RNA...
February 13, 2017: Cytotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209443/continued-benefit-to-rectal-separation-for-prostate-radiation-therapy-final-results-of%C3%A2-a%C3%A2-phase-iii-trial
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Daniel A Hamstra, Neil Mariados, John Sylvester, Dhiren Shah, Lawrence Karsh, Richard Hudes, David Beyer, Steven Kurtzman, Jeffrey Bogart, R Alex Hsi, Michael Kos, Rodney Ellis, Mark Logsdon, Shawn Zimberg, Kevin Forsythe, Hong Zhang, Edward Soffen, Patrick Francke, Constantine Mantz, Peter Rossi, Theodore DeWeese, Stephanie Daignault-Newton, Benjamin W Fischer-Valuck, Anupama Chundury, Hiram Gay, Walter Bosch, Jeff Michalski
PURPOSE: SpaceOAR, a Food and Drug Administration-approved hydrogel intended to create a rectal-prostate space, was evaluated in a single-blind phase III trial of image guided intensity modulated radiation therapy. A total of 222 men were randomized 2:1 to the spacer or control group and received 79.2 Gy in 1.8-Gy fractions to the prostate with or without the seminal vesicles. The present study reports the final results with a median follow-up period of 3 years. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Cumulative (Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events, version 4...
December 23, 2016: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208061/dual-drug-release-from-hydrogels-covalently-containing-polymeric-micelles-that-possess-different-drug-release-properties
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Mari Murata, Yusuke Uchida, Taku Takami, Tomoki Ito, Ryosuke Anzai, Seiichi Sonotaki, Yoshihiko Murakami
In the present study, we designed hydrogels for dual drug release: the hydrogels that covalently contained the polymeric micelles that possess different drug release properties. The hydrogels that were formed from polymeric micelles possessing a tightly packed (i.e., well-entangled) inner core exhibited a higher storage modulus than the hydrogels that were formed from the polymeric micelles possessing a loosely packed structure. Furthermore, we conducted release experiments and fluorescent observations to evaluate the profiles depicting the release of two compounds, rhodamine B and auramine O, from either polymeric micelles or hydrogels...
February 9, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208029/l1-peptide-conjugated-fibrin-hydrogels-promote-salivary-gland-regeneration
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K Nam, C-S Wang, C L M Maruyama, P Lei, S T Andreadis, O J Baker
Hyposalivation contributes to dental caries, periodontitis, and microbial infections. Additionally, it impairs activities of daily living (e.g., speaking, chewing, and swallowing). Treatments for hyposalivation are currently limited to medications (e.g., the muscarinic receptor agonists pilocarpine and cevimeline) that induce saliva secretion from residual acinar cells and the use of saliva substitutes. However, given that these therapies provide only temporary relief, the development of alternative treatments to restore gland function is essential...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207269/a-biocompatible-injectable-hydrogel-with-potent-wound-healing-and-antibacterial-properties
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Jiaul Hoque, Relekar G Prakash, Krishnamoorthy Paramanandham, Bibek R Shome, Jayanta Haldar
Two component injectable hydrogels that cross-link in-situ have been used as non-invasive wound-filling devices, i.e., sealants. These materials carry a variety of functions at the wound sites such as seal leaks, cease unwanted bleeding, bind tissues together, and assist in wound healing process. However, commonly used sealants typically lack antibacterial properties. Since bacterial infection at the wound site is very common, bioadhesive materials with intrinsic antibacterial properties are urgently required...
February 16, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207179/self-assembled-liquid-crystalline-membranes-form-supramolecular-hydrogels-via-hydrogen-bonding
#16
Youfeng Yue
Developing simple methods to organize nanoscale building blocks into ordered superstructures is a crucial step toward the practical development of nanotechnology. Bottom-up nanotechnology using self-assembly bridges the molecular and macroscopic, and can provide unique material properties, different from the isotropic characteristics of common substances. In this study, a new class of supramolecular hydrogels comprising 40 nm thick linear polymer layers sandwiched between nanolayers of self-assembled amphiphilic molecules are prepared and studied by nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, scanning electronic microscopy, small angle X-ray diffraction, and rheometry...
February 16, 2017: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202725/stretchable-living-materials-and-devices-with-hydrogel-elastomer-hybrids-hosting-programmed-cells
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Xinyue Liu, Tzu-Chieh Tang, Eléonore Tham, Hyunwoo Yuk, Shaoting Lin, Timothy K Lu, Xuanhe Zhao
Living systems, such as bacteria, yeasts, and mammalian cells, can be genetically programmed with synthetic circuits that execute sensing, computing, memory, and response functions. Integrating these functional living components into materials and devices will provide powerful tools for scientific research and enable new technological applications. However, it has been a grand challenge to maintain the viability, functionality, and safety of living components in freestanding materials and devices, which frequently undergo deformations during applications...
February 15, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202590/advances-in-multicellular-spheroids-formation
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REVIEW
X Cui, Y Hartanto, H Zhang
Three-dimensional multicellular spheroids (MCSs) have a complex architectural structure, dynamic cell-cell/cell-matrix interactions and bio-mimicking in vivo microenvironment. As a fundamental building block for tissue reconstruction, MCSs have emerged as a powerful tool to narrow down the gap between the in vitro and in vivo model. In this review paper, we discussed the structure and biology of MCSs and detailed fabricating methods. Among these methods, the approach in microfluidics with hydrogel support for MCS formation is promising because it allows essential cell-cell/cell-matrix interactions in a confined space...
February 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199952/biopolymer-gold-nanoparticles-composite-plasmonic-thermal-history-indicator-to-monitor-quality-and-safety-of-perishable-bioproducts
#19
Yi-Cheng Wang, Lin Lu, Sundaram Gunasekaran
Quality and safety of perishable products such as foods, pharmaceutics, and biologicals is a constant concern. We have developed a plasmonic thermal history indicator (THI) taking advantage of the localized surface plasmon resonance of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) synthesized in situ in alginate, a natural polysaccharide. The color of the THIs becomes more intense with increased storage temperature and/or duration, with the color changing from grey to red with time of exposure at high temperature (40°C). The results suggest that decreasing viscosity with increasing number of AuNPs being synthesized in the system, along with aggregation of newly synthesized AuNPs onto larger ones and their settling are potentially responsible for the distinct color change observed...
January 26, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199083/shape-memory-hydrogels-evolution-of-structural-principles-to-enable-shape-switching-of-hydrophilic-polymer-networks
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Candy Löwenberg, Maria Balk, Christian Wischke, Marc Behl, Andreas Lendlein
The ability of hydrophilic chain segments in polymer networks to strongly interact with water allows the volumetric expansion of the material and formation of a hydrogel. When polymer chain segments undergo reversible hydration depending on environmental conditions, smart hydrogels can be realized, which are able to shrink/swell and thus alter their volume on demand. In contrast, implementing the capacity of hydrogels to switch their shape rather than volume demands more sophisticated chemical approaches and structural concepts...
February 15, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
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