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Naoki Mori, Kazuma Kuzuya, Hidenori Watanabe
Chamobtusin A, a unique diterpene alkaloid isolated from Chamaecyparis obtusa cv. tetragon, is considered to be biosynthesized from an abietane diterpenoid. On the basis of this biosynthetic hypothesis, ferruginol (15) was synthesized from (+)-dehydroabietylamine, and then biomimetically transformed into (-)-chamobtusin A in 6 steps (12 steps from (+)-dehydroabietylamine).
October 21, 2016: Journal of Organic Chemistry
Lisa A Sawicki, April M Kloxin
Click chemistries have been investigated for use in numerous biomaterials applications, including drug delivery, tissue engineering, and cell culture. In particular, light-mediated click reactions, such as photoinitiated thiol-ene and thiol-yne reactions, afford spatiotemporal control over material properties and allow the design of systems with a high degree of user-directed property control. Fabrication and modification of hydrogel-based biomaterials using the precision afforded by light and the versatility offered by these thiol-X photoclick chemistries are of growing interest, particularly for the culture of cells within well-defined, biomimetic microenvironments...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Hamid Reza Samadikhah, Maryam Nikkhah, Saman Hosseinkhani
Two quantum dots (QDs), a green emitter, CdSe and a red emitter, CdSe with ZnS shell are encapsulated into novel liposomes in two different formulations including cationic liposomes. Quantum dots have proven themselves as powerful inorganic fluorescent probes, especially for long-term, multiplexed imaging and detection. Upon delivery into a cell, in endocytic vesicles such as endosomes, their fluorescence is quenched. We have investigated the potential toxic effects, photophysical properties and cell internalization of QDs in new formulation of liposomes as an in vitro vesicle model...
October 21, 2016: Luminescence: the Journal of Biological and Chemical Luminescence
Akihiro Orita, Michael G Verde, Masanori Sakai, Ying Shirley Meng
The versatility in design of redox flow batteries makes them apt to efficiently store energy in large-scale applications at low cost. The discovery of inexpensive organic electroactive materials for use in aqueous flow battery electrolytes is highly attractive, but is thus far limited. Here we report on a flow battery using an aqueous electrolyte based on the sodium salt of flavin mononucleotide. Flavins are highly versatile electroactive molecules, which catalyse a multitude of redox reactions in biological systems...
October 21, 2016: Nature Communications
Xuan Zhou, Wei Zhu, Margaret Nowicki, Shida Miao, Haitao Cui, Benjamin Holmes, Robert I Glazer, Lijie Grace Zhang
Metastasis is one of the deadliest consequences of breast cancer, with bone being one of the primary sites of occurrence. Insufficient 3D biomimetic models currently exist to replicate this process in vitro. In this study, we developed a biomimetic bone matrix using 3D bioprinting technology to investigate the interaction between breast cancer (BrCa) cells and bone stromal cells (fetal osteoblasts and human bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs)). A tabletop stereolithography 3D bioprinter was employed to fabricate a series of bone matrices consisting of osteoblasts/MSCs encapsulated in gelatin methacrylate (GelMA) hydrogel with nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite (nHA)...
October 21, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Yong-An Feng, Hao Qiu, Sa-Sha Yang, Jiang Du, Tong-Lai Zhang
In order to obtain high-performance energetic materials, in this work, carbonyl groups (C[double bond, length as m-dash]O) have been newly introduced as sole bridging groups in the field of energetic materials. To this end, two tailored green methods for the synthesis of carbonyl-bridged energetic compounds have been developed for the first time. One is a biomimetic synthesis, in which the conversion route of heme to biliverdin has been used to obtain metal-containing energetic compounds. The other one is an organocatalysis, in which guanidinium serves as an energetic catalyst to afford other energetic compounds...
October 21, 2016: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Vikesh Chhabria, Steve Beeton
AIM: To produce mammalian biomimetic nanosponges from mammalian erythrocyte ghosts. Biomimetic nanosponges were studied in vitro as treatment platforms against exotoxin-related sepsis. METHODS: Ovine blood was treated with hypotonic buffer to create erythrocyte ghosts and then subjected to sonication to produce erythrocyte vesicles of nonuniform size. Vesicles were then serially extruded through 400-nm and 100-nm polycarbonate membranes. Nanosponges were prepared by fusing poly(d,l-lactic-co-glycolic acid) cores with ovine erythrocyte vesicles...
October 21, 2016: Nanomedicine
Zhi Zhao, Nasser Hamdan, Li Shen, Hanqing Nan, Abdullah Almajed, Edward Kavazanjian, Ximin He
We have developed a novel method to synthesize a hyper-branched bio-mimetic hydrogel network across a soil matrix to improve the mechanical strength of the loose soil and simultaneously mitigate potential contamination due to a harmful by-product. This method successfully yielded a hierarchical structure that possesses the water retention, ion absorption, and soil aggregation capabilities of plant root systems in a chemically controllable manner. Inspired by the robust organic-inorganic composites found in many living organisms, we have combined this hydrogel network with a calcite biomineralization process to stabilize soil...
October 20, 2016: Environmental Science & Technology
Mordjane Boukhet, Fabien Piguet, Hadjer Ouldali, Manuela Pastoriza-Gallego, Juan Pelta, Abdelghani Oukhaled
The transport of macromolecules through nanopores is involved in many biological functions and is today at the basis of promising technological applications. Nevertheless the interpretation of the dynamics of the macromolecule/nanopore interaction is still misunderstood and under debate. At the nanoscale, inside biomimetic channels under an external applied voltage, electrophoresis, which is the electric force acting on electrically charged molecules, and electroosmotic flow (EOF), which is the fluid transport associated with ions, contribute to the direction and magnitude of the molecular transport...
October 20, 2016: Nanoscale
Nirod Kumar Sarangi, K G Ayappa, Sandhya S Visweswariah, Jaydeep Kumar Basu
Cell membranes are believed to be highly complex dynamical systems having compositional heterogeneity involving several types of lipids and proteins as the major constituents. This dynamical and compositional heterogeneity is suggested to be critical to the maintenance of active functionality and response to chemical, mechanical, electrical and thermal stresses. However, delineating the various factors responsible for the spatio-temporal response of actual cell membranes to stresses can be quite challenging...
October 20, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Taehee Kang, Chulhun Park, Beom-Jin Lee
Cancer cells in the tumor microenvironment are affected by fluid shear stress generated by blood flow in the vascular microenvironment and interstitial flows in the tumor microenvironment. Thus, we investigated how fluidic shear stress affects cellular uptake as well as the endocytosis mechanism of nanoparticles using a biomimetic microfluidic system that mimics the human dynamic environment. Positively charged amino-modified polystyrene nanoparticles (PSNs) at 100 μg/mL were delivered to cancer cells under static and biomimetic dynamic conditions (0...
October 19, 2016: Archives of Pharmacal Research
Mingming Wang, Wei Zhan
The grand scale, ultimate efficiency, and sustainability of natural photosynthesis have inspired generations of researchers in biomimetic light energy utilization. As an essential and ubiquitous component in all photosynthetic machinery, lipids and their assemblies have long been recognized as powerful molecular scaffolds in building artificial photosynthetic systems. Model lipid bilayers, such as black lipid membranes and liposomes (vesicles), have been extensively used to host natural as well as synthetic photo- and redox-active species, thereby enabling key photosynthetic processes, such as energy transfer and photoinduced electron transfer, to be examined in well-defined, natural-like membrane settings...
October 19, 2016: Accounts of Chemical Research
Fengyang Xu, Jie Liu, Jian Tian, Lingfeng Gao, Xiaju Cheng, Yue Pan, Ziling Sun, Xinming Li
In this work, we reported the generation of a novel supramolecular hydrogelator from a peptide derivative which consisted of a structural motif (e.g., Fc-FF) for supramolecular self-assembly and a functional moiety (e.g., RGD) for integrin binding. Following self-assembly in water at neutral pH, this molecule firstly tended to form metastable spherical aggregates, which subsequently underwent a morphological transformation to form high-aspect-ratio nanostructures over 2 h when aged at room temperature. More importantly, because of the presence of nanoscale RGD clusters on the surface of nanostructures, the self-assembled nanomaterials (e...
October 19, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Federico Montagnani, Marco Controzzi, Christian Cipriani
The human hand is a complex integrated system with motor and sensory components that provides individuals with high functionality and elegant behaviour. In direct connection with the brain, the hand is capable of performing countless actions ranging from fine digit manipulation to the handling of heavy objects. However the question of which movements mostly contribute to the manipulation skills of the hand, and thus should be included in prosthetic hands, is yet to be answered. Building from our previous work, and assuming that a hand with independent long fingers allowed performance comparable to a hand with coupled fingers, here we explored the actual contribution of independent fingers while performing activities of daily living using custom built orthoses...
October 19, 2016: Scientific Reports
Yang Ruan, Yudan Zhu, Yumeng Zhang, Qingwei Gao, Xiaohua Lu, Linghong Lu
Residual Mg2+ could reduce the performance of lithium-ion batteries, but separating Mg2+ and Li+ is difficult because of their similar ionic properties. Inspired by the high selectivity of biological Mg2+ channels, this work investigates the ability of graphene-based nanopores with different diameters (0.789, 1.024 and 1.501 nm) to separate Mg2+ and Li+ under a series of transmembrane voltages using atomistic simulations. We analyzed the spatial distribution of molecules in the pore vicinity, ionic hydration structure properties, and potential of mean force of ions traveling through the nanopores...
October 18, 2016: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Minglun Cheng, Mei Wang, Dehua Zheng, Licheng Sun
Three biomimetic models of the [FeFe]-hydrogenase active site, namely diiron dithiolates of [(μ-edt){Fe(CO)3}{Fe(CO)(κ(2)-PNP)}] (1, edt = ethane-1,2-dithiolate, PNP = Ph2PCH2N(nPr)CH2PPh2), [(μ-bdtMe){Fe(CO)3}{Fe(CO)(κ(2)-PNP)}] (2, bdtMe = 4-methylbenzene-1,2-dithiolate), and [(μ-adtBn){Fe(CO)3}{Fe(CO)(κ(2)-PNP)}] (3, adtBn = N-benzyl-2-azapropane-1,3-dithiolate), were prepared and structurally characterized. These complexes feature the same PNP ligand but different S-to-S bridges. Influence of the S-to-S bridge on the electrochemical properties and chemical oxidation reactivity of 1-3 was studied by cyclic voltammetry and by in situ IR spectroscopy...
October 18, 2016: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Jamal Mohammadi Ayenehdeh, Bahareh Niknam, Seyed Mahmoud Hashemi, Hossein Rahavi, Nima Rezaei, Masoud Soleimani, Nader Tajik
BACKGROUND: Islet transplantation could be an ideal alternative treatment to insulin therapy for type 1 diabetes Mellitus (T1DM). This clinical and experimental field requires a model that covers problems such as requiring a large number of functional and viable islets, the optimal transplantation site, and the prevention of islet dispersion. Hence, the methods of choice for isolation of functional islets and transplantation are crucial. METHODS: The present study has introduced an experimental model that overcomes some critical issues in islet transplantation, including in situ pancreas perfusion by digestive enzymes through common bile duct...
October 18, 2016: Iranian Biomedical Journal
Carla Ferreri, Bernard T Golding, Ullrich Jahn, Jean-Luc Ravanat
The COST Action CM1201 "Biomimetic Radical Chemistry" has been active since December 2012 for four years, developing research topics organized into four working groups: WG1 - Radical Enzymes, WG2 - Models of DNA damage and consequences, WG3 - Membrane stress, signalling and defences, WG4 - Bio-inspired synthetic strategies. International collaborations have been established among the participating 80 research groups with brilliant interdisciplinary achievements. Free radical research with a biomimetic approach has been realized in the COST Action and are summarized in this overview by the four WG leaders...
October 17, 2016: Free Radical Research
Morteza Amjadi, Metin Sitti
There is an increasing demand for soft actuators because of their importance in soft robotics, artificial muscles, biomimetic devices, and beyond. However, the development of soft actuators capable of low-voltage operation, powerful actuation, and programmable shape-changing is still challenging. In this work, we propose programmable bilayer actuators that operate based on the large hygroscopic contraction of the copy paper and simultaneously large thermal expansion of the polypropylene film upon increasing the temperature...
October 16, 2016: ACS Nano
Hwan D Kim, Hae Lin Jang, Hyo-Yong Ahn, Hye Kyoung Lee, Jungha Park, Eun-Seo Lee, Eunjee A Lee, Yong-Hoon Jeong, Do-Gyoon Kim, Ki Tae Nam, Nathaniel S Hwang
Bone remodeling process relies on complex signaling pathway between osteoblasts and osteoclasts and control mechanisms to achieve homeostasis of their growth and differentiation. Despite previous achievements in understanding complicated signaling pathways between cells and bone extracellular matrices during bone remodeling process, a role of local ionic concentration remains to be elucidated. Here, we demonstrate that synthetic whitlockite (WH: Ca18Mg2(HPO4)2(PO4)12) nanoparticles can recapitulate early-stage of bone regeneration through stimulating osteogenic differentiation, prohibiting osteoclastic activity, and transforming into mechanically enhanced hydroxyapatite (HAP)-neo bone tissues by continuous supply of PO4(3-) and Mg(2+) under physiological conditions...
October 11, 2016: Biomaterials
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