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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532109/lactoferrin-modified-graphene-oxide-iron-oxide-nanocomposite-for-glioma-targeted-drug-delivery
#1
Meng-Meng Song, Huai-Liang Xu, Jun-Xing Liang, Hui-Hui Xiang, Rui Liu, Yu-Xian Shen
Targeting delivery of drugs in a specific manner represents a potential powerful technology in gliomas. Herein, we prepared a multifunctional targeted delivery system based on graphene oxide (GO) that contains a molecular bio-targeting ligand and superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles on the surface of GO for magnetic targeting. Superparamagnetic Fe3O4 nanoparticles was loaded on the surface of GO via chemical precipitation method to form GO@Fe3O4 nanocomposites. Lactoferrin (Lf), an iron-transporting serum glycoprotein that binds to receptors overexpressed at the surface of glioma cells and vascular endothelial cell of the blood brain barrier, was chosen as the targeted ligand to construct the targeted delivery system Lf@GO@Fe3O4 through EDC/NHS chemistry...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532100/the-controlled-drug-release-by-ph-sensitive-molecularly-imprinted-nanospheres-for-enhanced-antibacterial-activity
#2
Congyang Mao, Xianzhou Xie, Xiangmei Liu, Zhenduo Cui, Xianjin Yang, K W K Yeung, Haobo Pan, Paul K Chu, Shuilin Wu
In this study, we prepared pH-sensitive hybrid nanospheres through the implementation of a facile molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) technique combined with a UV-initiated precipitation polymerization method using vancomycin (VA) for the templates. During the course of this investigation, both 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) and 2-(diethylamino) ethyl methacrylate (DEAEMA) were utilized as the functional monomers, while ethylene glycol dimethacrylate (EGDMA) was used as a cross-linker. The obtained MIP nanospheres exhibited well-controlled particle size, with a drug loading capacity of about 17%, much higher than that of the non-imprinted polymer (NIP) nanospheres (5%)...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532076/sustained-drug-release-from-surface-modified-uhmwpe-for-acetabular-cup-lining-in-total-hip-implant
#3
R Manoj Kumar, Pallavi Gupta, Sandan Kumar Sharma, Akshat Mittal, Manish Shekhar, Vijayesh Kumar, B V Manoj Kumar, Partha Roy, Debrupa Lahiri
Despite sterilization and aseptic procedure, bacterial infection remains a key challenge in total hip arthroplasties. This fact emphasizes the urgent need for development of new implant systems, which should releases the drug in a controlled manner without sparing its mechanical and tribological properties. In this study, the lining material of the acetabular cup, in total hip implant, has been modified for sustained release of drugs, which should be available throughout the site of implantation to fight the post-operation bacterial infection...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532075/can-pei-microgels-become-biocompatible-upon-betainization
#4
Nurettin Sahiner, Sahin Demirci
Polyethylene imine (PEI) microgels prepared via micro emulsion polymerization technique were treated with 1,3-propane sultone to obtained betainized PEI (b-PEI) microgels. The betainization reaction generated zwitterions on PEI microgel that are positive charges from quarternized amine groups of PEI, and the newly formed negative charges from SO3(-) groups from the modifying agent, 1,3-propane sultone offered interesting properties. The smaller size of b-PEI microgels that are obtained by simple filtration were increased with betainization from 512±14 to 1114±86nm...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532062/polylactide-and-polycaprolactone-based-substrates-enhance-angiogenic-potential-of-human-umbilical-cord-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-in-vitro-implications-for-cardiovascular-repair
#5
Małgorzata Sekuła, Patrycja Domalik-Pyzik, Anna Morawska-Chochół, Sylwia Bobis-Wozowicz, Elżbieta Karnas, Sylwia Noga, Dariusz Boruczkowski, Marta Adamiak, Zbigniew Madeja, Jan Chłopek, Ewa K Zuba-Surma
Recent approaches in tissue regeneration focus on combining innovative achievements of stem cell biology and biomaterial sciences to develop novel therapeutic strategies for patients. Growing recent evidence indicates that mesenchymal stem cells harvested from human umbilical cord Wharton's jelly (hUC-MSCs) are a new valuable source of cells for autologous as well as allogeneic therapies in humans. hUC-MSCs are multipotent, highly proliferating cells with prominent immunoregulatory activity. In this study, we evaluated the impact of widely used FDA approved poly(α-esters) including polylactide (PLA) and polycaprolactone (PCL) on selected biological properties of hUC-MSCs in vitro...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532020/ph-responsive-drug-release-and-real-time-fluorescence-detection-of-porous-silica-nanoparticles
#6
Xu Zhang, Yamin Wang, Yanbao Zhao, Lei Sun
In this work, pH-sensitive "dual-switch" porous silica (pSiO2) nanoparticles (NPs) were constructed for drug delivery. Poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) was grafting onto the internal and external surfaces of amino groups functionalized porous silica (pSiO2-NH2) NPs by the amidation between the amino groups and the carboxyl groups of PAA for pH triggered drug release. The resultant pSiO2/PAA NPs have an average diameter of 50-60nm and high specific surface area (914m(2)·g(-1)). To improve the loading capacity, ZnO quantum dots (QDs) were used to block the partial pores of pSiO2/PAA and the loading capacity reached to 28% for methotrexate (MTX) model drug...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532007/decellularized-tendon-as-a-prospective-scaffold-for-tendon-repair
#7
REVIEW
Shengyu Wang, Yiyun Wang, Liyang Song, Jiaxin Chen, Yujie Ma, Yunbin Chen, Shunwu Fan, Miaoshang Su, Xianfeng Lin
Tendon injuries impose significant clinical burdens on healthcare systems worldwide. At present, no therapeutic methods can cure tendon injuries in an ideal manner. With the development and improvement of decellularization technology, tendon extracellular matrix (ECM) can develop into novel scaffolds with potential for repairing injured tendons. Proper agents and decellularization protocols were developed to obtain tendon ECMs, and the method used to recellularize the tendon ECM was explored to create bio-functional neo-tendons for transplants...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531994/a-facile-one-step-method-for-preparation-of-fe3o4-cs-inh-nanoparticles-as-a-targeted-drug-delivery-for-tuberculosis
#8
Chili Zhao, Xun Liu, Xia Zhang, Hong Yan, Zhilei Qian, Xinghui Li, Zhenye Ma, Qiaorong Han, Chonghua Pei
In this paper, Fe3O4/chitosan/isoniazid magnetic nanoparticles (Fe3O4/CS/INH-MNPs) were prepared as an environmental stimuli-responsive drug-delivery system by automated in situ click technology, in which Fe3O4 magnetic nanoparticles, chitosan and isoniazid were simultaneously in situ crystallized by one-step method. The Fe3O4 magnetic nanoparticles and tripolyphosphate act as stable crosslinkers to produce numerous intermolecular crosslinkages for the mobility of the chitosan chains. Characterization results indicated that the multifunctional drug delivery system with optimized size, excellent loading capacity, well magnetic properties, nontoxicity and pH triggered drug release property is expected to be applied in tuberculosis treatment with excellent magnetic sensitivity and sustained release...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531984/bioactive-materials-driven-primary-stability-on-titanium-biocomposites
#9
T A Dantas, C S Abreu, M M Costa, G Miranda, F S Silva, N Dourado, J R Gomes
The Ti6Al4V alloy constitutes an alternative choice to the most common metal-polymer solutions for total hip arthroplasty (THA) due to good biocompatibility, optimal mechanical properties and high load bearing capacity. However, as Ti6Al4V is not bioactive in its conventional form, hydroxyapatite (HAp) and tricalcium phosphate (TCP) have been widely used as coatings of metal prostheses due to their osteogenic properties and ability to form strong bonds with bone tissue. A promising approach consists in creating a bioactive surface metal matrix composite Ti6Al4V+β-TCP or Ti6Al4V+HAp, obtained by hot pressing (HP) of powders...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531982/study-of-the-keratin-based-therapeutic-dermal-patches-for-the-delivery-of-bioactive-molecules-for-wound-treatment
#10
Kush Kumar Nayak, Pratima Gupta
In the present study, dressing materials were fabricated in the form of dermal patches. The keratin based biocompatible materials, namely Keratin/Alginate, Keratin/Agar, and Keratin/Gellan were developed as therapeutic dermal patches. The patches were coated with green synthesized silver nanoparticles to prevent the microbial infection and were found to be antimicrobial against pathogens. Papain was used in the patches to acquire the enzymatic cell debridement and its activity was measured by reduction rate of benzoyl-l-arginine ethyl ester...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531973/properties-and-toughening-mechanisms-of-pva-pam-double-network-hydrogels-prepared-by-freeze-thawing-and-anneal-swelling
#11
Kangkang Ou, Xia Dong, Chengling Qin, Xinan Ji, Jinxin He
It is well known that preparation method of hydrogels has a significant effect on their properties. In this paper, freeze-thawing and anneal-swelling were applied to prepare poly(vinyl alcohol)/polyacrylamide (PVA/PAM) double-network hydrogels with covalently and physically cross-linked networks. The properties of these hydrogels were investigated and compared to control hydrogels. Results indicated that hydrogels fabricated by freeze-thawing show larger pores size and higher swelling capacity than those made by anneal-swelling and control hydrogels...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531968/retention-of-metal-and-sulphate-ions-from-acidic-mining-water-by-anionic-nanofibrillated-cellulose
#12
Salla H Venäläinen, Helinä Hartikainen
We carried out an adsorption experiment to investigate the ability of anionic nanofibrillated cellulose (NFC) to retain metal and SO4(2-) ions from authentic highly acidic (pH3.2) mining water. Anionic NFC gels of different consistencies (1.1-%, 1.4-% and 1.8-% w/w) were allowed to react for 10min with mining water, after which NFC-induced changes in the metal and SO4(2-) concentrations of the mining water were determined. The sorption capacities of the NFC gels were calculated as the difference between the element concentrations in the untreated and NFC-treated mining water samples...
May 18, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531956/sediment-microbes-mediate-the-impact-of-nutrient-loading-on-blue-carbon-sequestration-by-mixed-seagrass-meadows
#13
Songlin Liu, Zhijian Jiang, Jingping Zhang, Yunchao Wu, Xiaoping Huang, Peter I Macreadie
Recent studies have reported significant variability in sediment organic carbon (SOC) storage capacity among seagrass species, but the factors driving this variability are poorly understood, limiting our ability to make informed decisions about which seagrass types are optimal for carbon offsetting and why. Here we show that differences in SOC storage capacity among species within the same geomorphic environment can be explained (in part) by below-ground processes in response to nutrient load; specifically, differences in the activity of microbes harboured by morphologically-different seagrass species...
May 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531915/bone-marrow-stem-cells-anti-liver-fibrosis-potency-inhibition-of-hepatic-stellate-cells-activity-and-extracellular-matrix-deposition
#14
Ervina Julien Sitanggang, Radiana Dhewayani Antarianto, Sri Widia A Jusman, Jeanne Adiwinata Pawitan, Ahmad Aulia Jusuf
Transplantation of bone marrow derived stem cells (BMSCs) has been reported inhibits liver fibrosis. Several in vitro studies by co-culturing BMSCs and hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) indirectly or directly in 2D models showed inhibition of HSC as the key player in liver fibrosis. In this study, we investigated direct effect of BMSCs on HSCs by co-culturing BMSCs and HSCs in 3D model as it represents the liver microenvironment with intricate cell-cell and cell-matrix interactions. Primary isolated rat HSCs and BMSCs were directly co-cultured at 1:1 ratio with hanging drop method...
May 30, 2017: International Journal of Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531912/from-bench-to-market-preparing-human-pluripotent-stem-cells-derived-cardiomyocytes-for-various-applications
#15
REVIEW
Sung-Hwan Moon, Daekyeong Bae, Taek-Hee Jung, Eun-Bin Chung, Young-Hoon Jeong, Soon-Jung Park, Hyung-Min Chung
Human cardiomyocytes (CMs) cease to proliferate and remain terminally differentiated thereafter, when humans reach the mid-20s. Thus, any damages sustained by myocardium tissue are irreversible, and they require medical interventions to regain functionality. To date, new surgical procedures and drugs have been developed, albeit with limited success, to treat various heart diseases including myocardial infarction. Hence, there is a pressing need to develop more effective treatment methods to address the increasing mortality rate of the heart diseases...
May 30, 2017: International Journal of Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531880/controlled-release-of-moxifloxacin-from-intraocular-lenses-modified-by-ar-plasma-assisted-grafting-with-amps-or-sbma-an-in-vitro-study
#16
A F R Pimenta, A P Vieira, R Colaço, B Saramago, M H Gil, P Coimbra, P Alves, D Bozukova, T R Correia, I J Correia, A J Guiomar, A P Serro
Intraocular lenses (IOLs) present an alternative for extended, local drug delivery in the prevention of post-operative acute endophthalmitis. In the present work, we modified the surface of a hydrophilic acrylic material, used for manufacturing of IOLs, through plasma-assisted grafting copolymerization of 2-acrylamido-2-methylpropane sulfonic acid (AMPS) or [2-(methacryloyloxy)ethyl]dimethyl-(3-sulfopropyl)ammonium hydroxide (SBMA), with the aim of achieving a controlled and effective drug release. The material was loaded with moxifloxacin (MFX), a commonly used antibiotic for endophthalmitis prevention...
May 1, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531791/an-innovative-brioche-enriched-in-protein-and-energy-improves-the-nutritional-status-of-malnourished-nursing-home-residents-compared-to-oral-nutritional-supplement-and-usual-breakfast-farine-project
#17
Virginie Van Wymelbeke, Laurent Brondel, Francis Bon, Isabelle Martin-Pfitzenmeyer, Patrick Manckoundia
BACKGROUND & AIMS: To compare the effects of a 12-week nutritional intervention, in which an innovative protein-and-energy-enriched brioche, an oral nutritional supplement or a usual breakfast were eaten, on food intake and nutritional status in nursing home residents. DESIGN: Three-armed, multicentre, controlled trial. SETTING: Eight nursing homes in Burgundy, France. PARTICIPANTS: Sixty-eight malnourished participants aged between 70 and 99 years old...
October 2016: Clinical Nutrition ESPEN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531651/synthesis-and-characterization-of-au-nps-supported-on-carbon-nanotubes-application-for-the-ultrasound-assisted-removal-of-radioactive-uo2-2-ions-following-complexation-with-arsenazo-iii-spectrophotometric-detection-optimization-isotherm-and-kinetic-study
#18
Mohammad Hassan Omidi, Farshid Nasiri Azad, Mehrorang Ghaedi, Arash Asfaram, Mohammad Hossein Ahmadi Azqhandi, Lobat Tayebi
The present study devoted to description of efficient removal of radioactive UO2(2+) ions (U(IV)) via complexation with Arsenazo III (ARS III) accelerated by ultrasound-assisted adsorption onto the Au-NPs supported on carbon nanotubes (Au-NPs-CNTs), which were characterized by conventional techniques such as FESEM, EDS and XRD. Central composite design (CCD) employed to model contribution of parameters viz. pH (2.5-8.5), adsorbent mass (5-25mg), UO2(2+) concentration (5-25mgL(-1)) and sonication time (1-5min) onto response...
May 13, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531645/judgment-of-moral-and-social-transgression-in-schizophrenia
#19
Jonathan McGuire, Martin Brüne, Robyn Langdon
INTRODUCTION: Despite evidence of pervasive social-cognitive deficits in schizophrenia, little is known of moral cognition in this population. While recent research indicates that impairment of explicit moral reasoning is explained by these individuals' other cognitive deficits, their capacities for basic moral judgment are unknown. METHODS: 45 people with schizophrenia and 27 healthy controls completed the Moral-Conventional Distinction Task: a classic task that assesses judgment of violations of moral or social convention on permissibility, severity, and authority-contingence...
May 4, 2017: Comprehensive Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531353/comprehensive-thermodynamic-profiling-for-the-binding-of-a-g-quadruplex-selective-indoloquinoline
#20
Andrea Funke, Klaus Weisz
Binding of a positively charged indoloquinoline derivative to a G-quadruplex formed by the G-rich promoter element of the c-MYC oncogene was subjected to a rigorous isothermal calorimetric analysis. Binding of the indoloquinoline is primarily enthalpy-driven but is also promoted by a favorable entropy term. Both binding enthalpy ΔH° and binding entropy ΔS° exhibit a noticeable temperature dependence with almost complete enthalpy-entropy compensation as a result of a negative change in heat capacity ΔCp°...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
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