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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156290/understanding-hydration-effects-on-mechanical-and-impacting-properties-of-turtle-shell
#1
Xu Zhang, Zhen-Bing Cai, Wei Li, Min-Hao Zhu
Study of the properties of natural biomaterials provides a reliable experimental basis for the design of biomimetic materials. The mechanical properties and impact wear behaviors of turtle shell with different soaking time were investigated on a micro-amplitude impact wear tester. The damage behavior of turtle shells with different soaking time and impact cycles were systematically analyzed, also the impact dynamics behavior was inspected during the impact wear progress. The results showed that the energy absorption and impact contact force were significantly different with varied soaking time...
November 10, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156133/harnessing-sphingosine-1-phosphate-signaling-and-nanotopographical-cues-to-regulate-skeletal-muscle-maturation-and-vascularization
#2
Jonathan Hung Tsui, Kajohnkiart Janebodin, Nicholas Ieronimakis, David Michael Patrick Yama, Hee Seok Yang, Rakchanok Chavanachat, Aislinn L Hays, Haeshin Lee, Morayma Reyes, Deok-Ho Kim
Despite possessing substantial regenerative capacity, skeletal muscle can suffer from loss of function due to catastrophic traumatic injury or degenerative disease. In such cases, engineered tissue grafts hold the potential to restore function and improve patient quality of life. Requirements for successful integration of engineered tissue grafts with the host musculature include cell alignment that mimics host tissue architecture and directional functionality, as well as vascularization to ensure tissue survival...
November 20, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155396/biomimetic-synthesis-of-silver-nanoparticles-from-streptomyces-atrovirens-and-their-potential-anticancer-activity-against-human-breast-cancer-cells
#3
Ramasamy Subbaiya, Muthupandian Saravanan, Andavar Raja Priya, Konathala Ravi Shankar, Masilamani Selvam, Muhammad Ovais, Ramachandran Balajee, Hamed Barabadi
Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) have been undeniable for its antimicrobial activity while its antitumour potential is still limited. Therefore, the present study focused on determining cytotoxic effects of AgNPs on Michigan cancer foundation-7 (MCF-7) breast cancer cells and its corresponding mechanism of cell death. Herein, the authors developed a bio-reduction method for AgNPs synthesis using actinomycetes isolated from marine soil sample. The isolated strain was identified by 16s ribotyping method and it was found to be Streptomyces atrovirens...
December 2017: IET Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154537/tools-for-pathogen-proteomics-fishing-with-biomimetic-nanosponges
#4
Ute Distler, Stefan Tenzer
The identification of the major virulence factors that drive pathogenicity is critical for gaining insight into the underlying molecular mechanisms of diseases. Although genetic approaches combined with functional analyses have markedly increased the rate of virulence factor discovery, the divergence between genome and proteome can impair the identification of important markers, in particular, of those that act in concert or depend on specific environmental factors. Recently, membrane-coated nanomaterials mimicking source cells of interest have emerged as powerful tools that can be used for improved tumor targeting and as "nanotraps" to capture chemokines and bacterial toxins...
November 20, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154442/a-biomimetic-tumor-tissue-phantom-for-validating-diffusion-weighted-mri-measurements
#5
Damien J McHugh, Feng-Lei Zhou, Ian Wimpenny, Gowsihan Poologasundarampillai, Josephine H Naish, Penny L Hubbard Cristinacce, Geoffrey J M Parker
PURPOSE: To develop a biomimetic tumor tissue phantom which more closely reflects water diffusion in biological tissue than previously used phantoms, and to evaluate the stability of the phantom and its potential as a tool for validating diffusion-weighted (DW) MRI measurements. METHODS: Coaxial-electrospraying was used to generate micron-sized hollow polymer spheres, which mimic cells. The bulk structure was immersed in water, providing a DW-MRI phantom whose apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) and microstructural properties were evaluated over a period of 10 months...
November 20, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154132/dexmedetomidine-promotes-biomimetic-non-rapid-eye-movement-stage-3-sleep-in-humans-a-pilot-study
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Oluwaseun Akeju, Lauren E Hobbs, Lei Gao, Sara M Burns, Kara J Pavone, George S Plummer, Elisa C Walsh, Tim T Houle, Seong-Eun Kim, Matt T Bianchi, Jeffrey M Ellenbogen, Emery N Brown
OBJECTIVES: Sleep, which comprises of rapid eye movement (REM) and non-REM stages 1-3 (N1-N3), is a natural occurring state of decreased arousal that is crucial for normal cardiovascular, immune and cognitive function. The principal sedative drugs produce electroencephalogram beta oscillations, which have been associated with neurocognitive dysfunction. Pharmacological induction of altered arousal states that neurophysiologically approximate natural sleep, termed biomimetic sleep, may eliminate drug-induced neurocognitive dysfunction...
October 20, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152304/in-situ-protein-templated-porous-protein-hydroxylapatite-nanocomposite-microspheres-for-ph-dependent-sustained-anticancer-drug-release
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Yajun Shuai, Shuxu Yang, Chenlin Li, Liangjun Zhu, Chuanbin Mao, Mingying Yang
Silk sericin, a water-soluble glue-like protein, is extensively used as a biomaterial due to its biocompatibility, hydrophilicity, biodegradability, and adequate resource. In addition, hydroxyapatite-based drug carriers are functionally efficient for drug or gene delivery due to their biodegradability, biocompatibility and easy metabolism in vivo. Herein, for the first time, this study used sericin, from a wild silkworm called Antheraea pernyi (A. pernyi), as a template to nucleate hydroxylapatite (HAp) nano-needles and form porous sericin-HAp nanocomposite microspheres as an anticancer drug carrier...
June 7, 2017: Journal of Materials Chemistry. B, Materials for Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149388/problems-of-reconstructive-cranioplasty-after-traumatic-brain-injury-in-children
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Paolo Frassanito, Gianpiero Tamburrini, Luca Massimi, Simone Peraio, Massimo Caldarelli, Concezio Di Rocco
Cranial repair after traumatic brain injury in children is still burdened by unsolved problems and controversial issues, mainly due to the high rate of resorption of autologous bone as well as the absence of valid alternative material to replace the autologous bone. Indeed, inert biomaterials are associated to satisfactory results in the short period but bear the continuous risk of complications related to the lack of osteointegration capacity. Biomimetic materials claiming osteoconductive properties that could balance their mechanical limits seem to allow good cranial bone reconstruction...
October 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148818/dissociation-constants-of-cytochrome-p450-2c9-cytochrome-p450-reductase-complexes-in-a-lipid-bilayer-membrane-depend-on-nadph-a-single-protein-tracking-study
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Carlo Barnaba, Evan Taylor, James A Brozik
Cytochrome P450-Reductase (CPR) is a versatile NADPH-dependent electron donor located in the cytoplasmic side of the endoplasmic reticulum. It is an electron transferase that is able to deliver electrons to a variety of membrane-bound oxidative partners, including the drug-metabolizing enzymes of the cytochrome P450s (P450). CPR is also stoichiometrically limited compared to its oxidative counterparts and hypotheses have arisen about possible models that can overcome the stochiometric imbalance, including quaternary organization of P450 and diffusion-limited models...
November 17, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148746/keto-enol-tautomerization-triggers-an-electrophilic-aldehyde-deformylation-reaction-by-a-nonheme-manganese-iii-peroxo-complex
#10
Fabián G Cantú Reinhard, Prasenjit Barman, Gourab Mukherjee, Jitendra Kumar, Deep Kumar, Devesh Kumar, Chivukula V Sastri, Sam P de Visser
Oxygen atom transfer by high-valent enzymatic intermediates remains an enigma in chemical catalysis. In particular, manganese is an important first-row metal involved in key biochemical processes including the biosynthesis of mo-lecular oxygen (through the photosystem II complex) and biodegradation of toxic superoxide to hydrogen peroxide by superoxide dismutase. Biomimetic models of these biological systems have been developed to gain understanding on the structure and properties of short-lived intermediates but also with the aim to create environmentally benign oxidants...
November 17, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148520/an-in-vitro-prototype-of-a-porcine-biomimetic-testis-like-cell-culture-system-a-novel-tool-for-the-study-of-reassembled-sertoli-and-leydig-cells
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Iva Arato, Giovanni Luca, Francesca Mancuso, Catia Bellucci, Cinzia Lilli, Mario Calvitti, Barbara C Hansen, Domenico Milardi, Giuseppe Grande, Riccardo Calafiore
At present, there is no reliable in vitro assembled prepubertal testis-like biomimetic organ culture system designed to assess the functional effects of human gonadotropins on Sertoli and Leydig cells. Spermatogenesis is regulated by endocrine, paracrine, and juxtacrine factors (testicular cross-talk), mainly orchestrated by gonadotropins such as luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) that play a pivotal role by stimulating Leydig and Sertoli cells, respectively. The aim of our study was to set up an in vitro prepubertal porcine bioengineered construct as a new model for experimental studies on reassembled Sertoli and Leydig cells...
November 10, 2017: Asian Journal of Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147947/biocompatibility-of-vertically-aligned-multi-walled-carbon-nanotube-scaffolds-for-human-breast-cancer-cell-line-mda-mb-231
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E M Akinoglu, K Ozbilgin, P Kilicaslan Sonmez, M M Ozkut, M Giersig, S Inan, E Gumustepe, C Kurtman
The aim of the current study was to determine whether the MWCNT-based scaffold has a suitable structure for cell growth and provides a biocompatible environment for human MDA-MB-231 cell lines. MWCNT-based nanostructured scaffolds were produced by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) technique. MDA-MB-231 cells were seeded on MWCNTs-textured silicon scaffolds and on pristine silicon surfaces. After 1 week of culturing, the scaffolds were prepared for SEM analysis and immunocytochemical staining was performed for the two groups (MWCNT scaffold and pristine silicon surface), using MMP-2, MMP-9, PI3K, AKT and NF-κB primary antibodies...
November 16, 2017: Progress in biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146943/cryopreservation-of-human-mesenchymal-stem-cells-in-an-allogeneic-bioscaffold-based-on-platelet-rich-plasma-and-synovial-fluid
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Haritz Gurruchaga, Laura Saenz Del Burgo, Ane Garate, Diego Delgado, Pello Sanchez, Gorka Orive, Jesús Ciriza, Mikel Sanchez, Jose Luis Pedraz
Transplantation of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) has emerged as an alternative strategy to treat knee osteoarthritis. In this context, MSCs derived from synovial fluid could provide higher chondrogenic and cartilage regeneration, presenting synovial fluid as an appropriate MSCs source. An allogeneic and biomimetic bioscaffold composed of Platelet Rich Plasma and synovial fluid that preserve and mimics the natural environment of MSCs isolated from knee has also been developed. We have optimized the cryopreservation of knee-isolated MSCs embedded within the aforementioned biomimetic scaffold, in order to create a reserve of young autologous embedded knee MSCs for future clinical applications...
November 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144589/-sphingosine-1-phosphate-immobilized-on-nanotopographical-scaffolds-improve-myogenic-differentiation
#14
Min Suk Lee, Hee Seok Yang
The skeletal muscle consists of highly aligned dense cables of collagen fibers with nanometer feature size to support muscle fibers. The skeletal myocyte can be greatly affected to differentiate by their surrounding topographical structure. To improve myogenic differentiation, we fabricated cell culture platform that sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) which regulated myocyte behavior was immobilized on a biomimetic nanopatterned polyurethaneacrylate (PUA) substrate using 3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (L-DOPA) for providing topographical and biological cues synergistically...
November 16, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143449/osteoinductivity-of-nanostructured-hydroxyapatite-functionalized-gelatin-modulated-by-human-and-endogenous-mesenchymal-stromal-cells
#15
E Della Bella, A Parrilli, A Bigi, S Panzavolta, S Amadori, G Giavaresi, L Martini, V Borsari, M Fini
The demand of new strategies for the induction of bone regeneration is continuously increasing. Biomimetic porous gelatin-nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite scaffolds with tailored properties were previously developed, showing a positive response in terms of cell adhesion, proliferation, and differentiation. In the present paper, we focused on their osteoinductive properties. The effect of scaffolds on osteogenic differentiation of human mesenchymal stromal cells (hMSCs) was investigated in vitro. hMSCs were seeded on GEL (type A gelatin) and GEL containing 10wt% hydroxyapatite (GEL-HA) and cultured in osteogenic medium...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143442/development-of-biomimetic-thermoplastic-polyurethane-fibroin-small-diameter-vascular-grafts-via-a-novel-electrospinning-approach
#16
Emily Yu, Hao-Yang Mi, Jue Zhang, James A Thomson, Lih-Sheng Turng
A new electrospinning approach for fabricating vascular grafts with a layered, circumferentially aligned, and micro-wavy fibrous structure similar to natural elastic tissues has been developed. The customized electrospinning collector was able to generate wavy fibers using the dynamic "jump rope" collecting process, which also solved the sample removal problem for mandrel-type collectors. In this study, natural silk fibroin and synthetic thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) were combined at different weight ratios to produce hybrid small-diameter vascular grafts...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140828/biomimetic-nanoparticles-for-transplantation-tolerance
#17
Silvia Minardi, Sahil Shah, Xunrong Luo
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The current review aims to provide a current landscape and future trends of biomimetic nanoparticles which have the potential to revolutionize the field of transplantation in the next decade. RECENT FINDINGS: Currently, the inability to safely induce robust donor-specific immunological tolerance makes it difficult to achieve immunosuppression-free graft survival. Despite progresses in the development of nanotherapeutics for antigen-specific immunomodulation in autoimmune diseases and in cancer treatments, few have been proposed and tested in transplantation with success...
November 14, 2017: Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140252/generation-of-genipin-cross-linked-fibrin-agarose-hydrogels-tissue-like-models-for-tissue-engineering-applications
#18
Fernando Campos, Ana Belen Bonhame-Espinosa, Gerson Vizcaino, Ismael Angel Rodriguez, Daniel Durand-Herrera, Modesto T Lopez-Lopez, Indalecio Sánchez-Montesinos, Miguel Alaminos, María Del Carmen Sánchez-Quevedo, Víctor Carriel
Generation of biomimetic and biocompatible artificial tissues is the basic research objective for tissue engineering (TE). In this sense, the biofabrication of scaffolds that resemble the tissues' extracellular matrix (ECM) is an essential aim in this field. Uncompressed and nanostructured fibrin-agarose hydrogels (FAH and NFAH respectively) emerged as promising scaffold in TE, but its structure and biomechanical properties must be improved in order to broad their TE applications. Here we generated and characterized novel membrane-like models with increased structural and biomechanical properties based on the chemical cross-linking of FAH and NFAH with genipin (GP at 0...
November 15, 2017: Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139597/time-resolved-interception-of-multiple-charge-accumulation-in-a-sensitizer-acceptor-dyad
#19
Stéphanie Mendes Marinho, Minh-Huong Ha-Thi, Van-Thai Pham, Annamaria Quaranta, Thomas Pino, Christophe Lefumeux, Thierry Chamaillé, Winfried Leibl, Ally Aukauloo
Biomimetic models that contain elements of photosynthesis are fundamental in the development of synthetic systems that can use sunlight to produce fuel. The critical task consists of running several rounds of light-induced charge separation, which is required to accumulate enough redox equivalents at the catalytic sites for the target chemistry to occur. Long-lived first charge-separated state and distinct electronic signatures for the sequential charge accumulated species are essential features to be able to track these events on a spectroscopic ground...
November 15, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139568/biomimetic-syntheses-of-racemic-natural-products
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REVIEW
Arie Zask, George Ellestad
Racemic natural products are rarely produced in plants and microorganisms and are thought to be the result of nonenzymatic, spontaneous reactions. These compounds are often highly complex with multiple contiguous chiral centers that present a challenge to organic synthesis. Formation of these racemates often occurs by cyclization reactions that can generate multiple stereocenters from achiral precursors. Biomimetic synthesis of these racemic natural products provides support for their proposed nonenzymatic spontaneous biosynthesis...
November 15, 2017: Chirality
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