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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927009/efficacy-and-safety-of-guardcel-nasal-packing-after-endoscopic-sinus-surgery-a-prospective-single-blind-randomized-controlled-study
#1
Byungjin Kang, Jeong-Rok Kim, Jae-Min Shin, Il-Ho Park, Heung-Man Lee
Objectives: Nasal packing after endoscopic sinus surgery is frequently used to control postoperative bleeding, enhance the wound healing process, and prevent lateralization of the middle turbinate, which causes insufficient ventilation. Many biodegradable materials have been developed to reduce pain and mucosal damage during packing removal. The purpose of this study was to compare the efficacy of Guardcel (Genewel Co.) middle meatal packing with a traditional nonabsorbable middle meatal packing, Merocel (Medtronic Xomed), on wound healing and patient satisfaction...
November 17, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926514/novel-amphiphilic-folic-acid-cholesterol-chitosan-micelles-for-paclitaxel-delivery
#2
Li-Chun Cheng, Yan Jiang, Yu Xie, Lu-Lu Qiu, Qing Yang, Hui-Yi Lu
In order to decrease the toxicity of paclitaxel (PTX) and increase the efficiency, we developed an amphiphilic PTX injection system using a biodegradable and biocompatible polymer synthesized by folic acid, cholesterol, and chitosan (FACC). This FACC-based polymer had a low critical concentration (64.13μg/ml) and could self-assemble in aqueous condition to form nanoscale micelles. The particle sizes of FACC-PTX micelles were 253.2±0.56 nm, the encapsulation efficiency and loading capacity of these FACC-PTX micelles were 65...
December 1, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924627/expression-of-a-drosophila-glutathione-transferase-in-arabidopsis-confers-the-ability-to-detoxify-the-environmental-pollutant-and-explosive-2-4-6-trinitrotoluene
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Kyriakos Tzafestas, Maria M Razalan, Ivan Gyulev, Aslam M A Mazari, Bengt Mannervik, Elizabeth L Rylott, Neil C Bruce
The explosive 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT) is a significant, global environmental pollutant that is both toxic and recalcitrant to degradation. Given the sheer scale and inaccessible nature of contaminated areas, phytoremediation may be a viable clean-up approach. Here, we have characterized a Drosophila melanogaster glutathione transferase (DmGSTE6) which has activity towards TNT. Recombinantly expressed, purified DmGSTE6 produces predominantly 2-glutathionyl-4,6-dinitrotoluene, and has a 2.5-fold higher Maximal Velocity (Vmax ), and five-fold lower Michaelis Constant (Km ) than previously characterized TNT-active Arabidopsis thaliana (Arabidopsis) GSTs...
December 6, 2016: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924498/isolation-and-characterization-of-acrylamidase-from-arthrobacter-sp-dbv1-and-its-ability-to-biodegrade-acrylamide
#4
Dattatray K Bedade, Rekha S Singhal
Although acrylamide finds diverse industrial applications, its presence in the environment is hazardous due to its carcinogenic, neurotoxic, and teratogenic properties. In spite of the general toxicity of acrylamide in the monomer form, some microorganisms are able to use it as a source of energy by catabolizing it to ammonia and acrylic acid by means of acrylamidase (EC 3.5.1.4). The present work reports on a novel soil isolate as an acrylamide-degrading bacteria. Based on biochemical characterization and 16S ribosomal RNA (rRNA) gene sequence, the bacterial strain was identified as Gram-positive Arthrobacter sp...
December 6, 2016: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924157/biodegradable-nitrogen-doped-carbon-nanodots-for-non-invasive-photoacoustic-imaging-and-photothermal-therapy
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Changho Lee, Woosung Kwon, Songeun Beack, Donghyun Lee, Yoonsang Park, Hyemin Kim, Sei Kwang Hahn, Shi-Woo Rhee, Chulhong Kim
Multifunctional nanoparticles have been widely investigated for biomedical applications, such as imaging, therapy, and drug delivery. Especially, photoactive nanoparticles have received great attention as theranostic agents because of their heat-generating abilities after exposure to laser irradiation. However, photostability and safety issues have been the technical hurdles for further clinical applications. Here, we designed nitrogen (N)-doped carbon nanodots (N-CNDs) that have strong absorption in the near-infrared region, high photostability, and excellent biodegradability...
2016: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923461/impact-of-patient-and-lesion-complexity-on-long-term-outcomes-following-coronary-revascularization-with-new-generation-drug-eluting-stents
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Konstantinos C Koskinas, Masanori Taniwaki, Fabio Rigamonti, Dik Heg, Marco Roffi, David Tüller, Olivier Muller, Andre Vuillomenet, Stephane Cook, Daniel Weilenmann, Christopher Kaiser, Peiman Jamshidi, Peter Jüni, Stephan Windecker, Thomas Pilgrim
Long-term clinical outcomes of new-generation drug-eluting stents in complex anatomic and clinical settings are not well defined. This study assessed the impact of patient and lesion complexity on 2-year outcomes after coronary revascularization with ultrathin strut biodegradable-polymer (BP) sirolimus-eluting stents (SES) versus durable-polymer (DP) everolimus-eluting stents (EES). In a prespecified analysis of the BIOSCIENCE randomized trial (NCT01443104), complex patients (911 of 2,119; 43%) were defined by the presence of acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction (MI); left ventricular ejection fraction ≤30%; renal dysfunction; insulin-treated diabetes; treatment of ostial lesion, bypass graft, unprotected left main lesion; or 3-vessel intervention...
November 16, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923327/formation-of-nanofibrous-matrices-3d-scaffolds-and-microspheres-from-theory-to-practice
#7
Chi Ma, Xiaohua Liu
Nanofibrous architecture presents unique biophysical cues to facilitate cellular responses and is considered an indispensable feature of a biomimetic three-dimensional (3D) scaffold and cell carrier. While electrospinning is a widely used method to prepare natural extracellular matrix-like nanofibers, it faces significant challenges to incorporate nanofibrous architecture into well-defined macroporous 3D scaffolds or injectable microspheres. Here we report a non-electrospinning approach that is generally effective at generating nanofibers from a variety of synthetic and natural biodegradable polymers and integrating these nanofibers into (1) 3D scaffolds with constructive geometry and designed internal macropore structures; and (2) injectable microspheres...
December 6, 2016: Tissue Engineering. Part C, Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920506/polifeprosan-20-3-85-carmustine-slow-release-wafer-in-malignant-glioma-patient-selection-and-perspectives-on-a-low-burden-therapy
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REVIEW
Lawrence Kleinberg
Polifeprosan 20 with carmustine (GLIADEL(®)) polymer implant wafer is a biodegradable compound containing 3.85% carmustine (BCNU, bischloroethylnitrosourea) implanted in the brain at the time of planned tumor surgery, which then slowly degrades to release the BCNU chemotherapy directly into the brain thereby bypassing the blood-brain barrier. Carmustine implant wafers were demonstrated to improve survival in randomized placebo-controlled trials in patients undergoing a near total resection of newly diagnosed or recurrent malignant glioma...
2016: Patient Preference and Adherence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919818/plga-soya-lecithin-based-micelles-for-enhanced-delivery-of-methotrexate-cellular-uptake-cytotoxic-and-pharmacokinetic-evidences
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Anupama Singh, Nagarani Thotakura, Rajendra Kumar, Bhupinder Singh, Gajanand Sharma, Om Prakash Katare, Kaisar Raza
Biocompatible and biodegradable polymers like PLGA have revolutionized the drug delivery approaches. However, poor drug loading and substantially high lipophilicity, pave a path for further tailing of this promising agent. In this regard, PLGA was feathered with biocompatible phospholipid and polymeric micelles were developed for delivery of Methotrexate (MTX) to cancer cells. The nanocarriers (114.6nm±5.5nm) enhanced the cytotoxicity of MTX by 2.13 folds on MDA-MB-231 cells. Confocal laser scanning microscopy confirmed the increased intracellular delivery...
December 2, 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919545/the-effects-of-pre-aeration-and-inoculation-on-solid-state-anaerobic-digestion-of-rice-straw
#10
Ying Zhou, Chao Li, Ivo Achu Nges, Jing Liu
Pre-aeration was investigated for enhancing biodegradation of recalcitrant lignocellulosic structure of rice straw under various low temperatures regimes (25, 35 and 45°C) and aeration durations (0, 2, 4, 6 and 8days). It was demonstrated aerated rice straw for 2days at 35°C resulted in highest hydrolytic efficiency and biochemical methane potential (BMP) (355.3±18.7mlCH4/gVS). Furthermore, both methane yields and initiation speeds of the solid-state anaerobic digestion (SS-AD) were inversely proportional to substrate-to-inoculum ratios due to the accumulation of volatile fatty acids (VFAs) and poor mass transfer...
November 29, 2016: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919444/mechanistic-genomic-and-proteomic-study-on-the-effects-of-bisgma-derived-biodegradation-product-on-cariogenic-bacteria
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Lida Sadeghinejad, Dennis G Cvitkovitch, Walter L Siqueira, Justin Merritt, J Paul Santerre, Yoav Finer
OBJECTIVES: Investigate the effects of a Bis-phenyl-glycidyl-dimethacrylate (BisGMA) biodegradation product, bishydroxypropoxyphenyl-propane (BisHPPP), on gene expression and protein synthesis of cariogenic bacteria. METHODS: Quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction was used to investigate the effects of BisHPPP on the expression of specific virulence-associated genes, i.e. gtfB, gtfC, gbpB, comC, comD, comE and atpH in Streptococcus mutans UA159. Possible mechanisms for bacterial response to BisHPPP were explored using gene knock-out and associated complemented strains of the signal peptide encoding gene, comC...
December 2, 2016: Dental Materials: Official Publication of the Academy of Dental Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919267/targeted-drug-delivery-of-near-ir-fluorescent-doxorubicin-conjugated-poly-ethylene-glycol-bisphosphonate-nanoparticles-for-diagnosis-and-therapy-of-primary-and-metastatic-bone-cancer-in-a-mouse-model
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S Rudnick-Glick, E Corem-Salkmon, I Grinberg, S Margel
BACKGROUND: Most primary and metastatic bone tumors demonstrate increased osteoclast activity and bone resorption. Current treatment is based on a combination of surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Severe side effects are associated with chemotherapy due to use of high dosage and nonspecific uptake. Bisphosphonates have a strong affinity to Ca(2+) ions and are widely used in the treatment of bone disorders. RESULTS: We have engineered a unique biodegradable bisphosphonate nanoparticle (NPs) bearing two functional surface groups: (1) primary amine groups for covalent attachment of a dye/drug (e...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918965/saponaria-officinalis-l-extract-surface-active-properties-and-impact-on-environmental-bacterial-strains
#13
Wojciech Smułek, Agata Zdarta, Amanda Pacholak, Agnieszka Zgoła-Grześkowiak, Łukasz Marczak, Maciej Jarzębski, Ewa Kaczorek
Plant-derived surfactants are characterised by low toxicity, high biodegradability and environmental compatibility. They therefore have many applications; for instance, they can be used in bioremediation to accelerate biodegradation processes, especially of hydrophobic pollutants. This paper analyses the properties of an extract from Saponaria officinalis L. containing saponins and its impact on bacterial strains isolated from soil, as well as its potential for application in hydrocarbon bioremediation. The tested extract from Saponaria officinalis L...
November 27, 2016: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918924/biodegradable-sizing-agents-from-soy-protein-via-controlled-hydrolysis-and-dis-entanglement-for-remediation-of-textile-effluents
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Maiping Yang, Helan Xu, Xiuliang Hou, Jie Zhang, Yiqi Yang
Fully biodegradable textile sizes with satisfactory performance properties were developed from soy protein with controlled hydrolysis and dis-entanglement to tackle the intractable environmental issues associated with the non-biodegradable polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) in textile effluents. PVA derived from petroleum is the primary sizing agent due to its excellent sizing performance on polyester-containing yarns, especially in increasingly prevailing high-speed weaving. However, due to the poor biodegradability, PVA causes serious environmental pollution, and thus, should be substituted with more environmentally friendly polymers...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918420/synthetic-biodegradable-microparticle-and-nanoparticle-vaccines-against-the-respiratory-syncytial-virus
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REVIEW
Patricia A Jorquera, Ralph A Tripp
Synthetic biodegradable microparticle and nanoparticle platform technology provides the opportunity to design particles varying in composition, size, shape and surface properties for application in vaccine development. The use of particle vaccine formulations allows improvement of antigen stability and immunogenicity while allowing targeted delivery and slow release. This technology has been design to develop novel vaccines against the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), the leading cause of lower respiratory tract infection in infants...
December 2, 2016: Vaccines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917820/a-simple-method-for-producing-multiple-copies-of-controlled-release-small-molecule-microarrays-for-cell-based-screening
#16
Satoshi Fujita, Reiko Onuki-Nagasaki, Kenjiro Ikuta, Yusuke Hara
Traditional drug discovery involves the screening of lead compounds from a chemical library by using cell-based high throughput screening (HTS) procedures. This has created a demand for the development of cell-based microarray chips for HTS of compounds. Although several cell-based microarray devices and procedures for screening of chemical libraries have been reported, each has limitations in terms of simplicity, speed, and cost. Here, we sought to make a simple method for producing multiple copies of microarray chips for the controlled release of small molecules during cell-based screening...
December 5, 2016: Biofabrication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917435/analysis-of-the-ionic-interaction-between-the-hydrophobin-roda-and-two-cutinases-of-aspergillus-nidulans-obtained-via-an-aspergillus-oryzae-expression-system
#17
Takumi Tanaka, Mayumi Nakayama, Toru Takahashi, Kei Nanatani, Youhei Yamagata, Keietsu Abe
Hydrophobins are amphipathic secretory proteins with eight conserved cysteine residues and are ubiquitous among filamentous fungi. In the fungus Aspergillus oryzae, the hydrophobin RolA and the polyesterase CutL1 are co-expressed when the sole available carbon source is the biodegradable polyester polybutylene succinate-co-adipate (PBSA). RolA promotes the degradation of PBSA by attaching to the particle surface, changing its structure and interacting with CutL1 to concentrate CutL1 on the PBSA surface. We previously reported that positively charged residues in RolA and negatively charged residues in CutL1 are cooperatively involved in the ionic interaction between RolA and CutL1...
December 5, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917355/effect-of-climate-change-on-stormwater-runoff-characteristics-and-treatment-efficiencies-of-stormwater-retention-ponds-a-case-study-from-denmark-using-tss-and-cu-as-indicator-pollutants
#18
Anitha Kumari Sharma, Luca Vezzaro, Heidi Birch, Karsten Arnbjerg-Nielsen, Peter Steen Mikkelsen
This study investigated the potential effect of climate changes on stormwater pollution runoff characteristics and the treatment efficiency of a stormwater retention pond in a 95 ha catchment in Denmark. An integrated dynamic stormwater runoff quality and treatment model was used to simulate two scenarios: one representing the current climate and another representing a future climate scenario with increased intensity of extreme rainfall events and longer dry weather periods. 100-year long high-resolution rainfall time series downscaled from regional climate model projections were used as input...
2016: SpringerPlus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917281/gene-therapy-based-on-interleukin-12-loaded-chitosan-nanoparticles-in-a-mouse-model-of-fibrosarcoma
#19
Saiedeh Razi Soofiyani, Somayeh Hallaj-Nezhadi, Farzaneh Lotfipour, Akbar Mohammad Hosseini, Behzad Baradaran
OBJECTIVES: Interleukin-12 (IL-12) as a cytokine has been proved to have a critical role in stimulating the immune system and has been used as immunotherapeutic agents in cancer gene therapy. Chitosan as a polymer, with high ability of binding to nucleic acids is a good candidate for gene delivery since it is biodegradable, biocompatible and non-allergenic polysaccharide. The objective of the present study was to investigate the effects of cells transfected with IL-12 loaded chitosan nanoparticles on the regression of fibrosarcoma tumor cells (WEHI-164) in vivo...
November 2016: Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917161/the-interaction-between-plants-and-bacteria-in-the-remediation-of-petroleum-hydrocarbons-an-environmental-perspective
#20
REVIEW
Panagiotis Gkorezis, Matteo Daghio, Andrea Franzetti, Jonathan D Van Hamme, Wouter Sillen, Jaco Vangronsveld
Widespread pollution of terrestrial ecosystems with petroleum hydrocarbons (PHCs) has generated a need for remediation and, given that many PHCs are biodegradable, bio- and phyto-remediation are often viable approaches for active and passive remediation. This review focuses on phytoremediation with particular interest on the interactions between and use of plant-associated bacteria to restore PHC polluted sites. Plant-associated bacteria include endophytic, phyllospheric, and rhizospheric bacteria, and cooperation between these bacteria and their host plants allows for greater plant survivability and treatment outcomes in contaminated sites...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
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