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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645511/lamellae-spatial-distribution-modulates-fracture-behavior-and-toughness-of-african-pangolin-scales
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Michael J Chon, Matthew Daly, Bin Wang, Xianghui Xiao, Alireza Zaheri, Marc A Meyers, Horacio D Espinosa
Pangolin scales form a durable armor whose hierarchical structure offers an avenue towards high performance bio-inspired materials design. In this study, the fracture resistance of African pangolin scales is examined using single edge crack three-point bend fracture testing in order to understand toughening mechanisms arising from the structures of natural mammalian armors. In these mechanical tests, the influence of material orientation and hydration level are examined. The fracture experiments reveal an exceptional fracture resistance due to crack deflection induced by the internal spatial orientation of lamellae...
June 10, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644732/lipophilicity-and-biomimetic-properties-to-support-drug-discovery
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Fotios Tsopelas, Constantinos Giaginis, Anna Tsantili-Kakoulidou
Lipophilicity, expressed as the octanol-water partition coefficient, constitutes the most important property in drug action, influencing both pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics processes as well as drug toxicity. On the other hand, biomimetic properties defined as the retention outcome on HPLC columns containing a biological relevant agent, provide a considerable advance for rapid experimental -based estimation of ADME properties in early drug discovery stages. Areas covered: This review highlights the paramount importance of lipophilicity in almost all aspects of drug action and safety...
June 23, 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643512/quantitatively-intrinsic-biomimetic-catalytic-activity-of-nanocerias-as-radical-scavengers-and-their-ability-against-h2o2-and-doxorubicin-induced-oxidative-stress
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Zhimin Tian, Xuhui Li, Yuanyuan Ma, Tao Chen, Dehui Xu, Bingchuan Wang, Yuan Gao, Yongquan Qu
Artificial enzymes as radical scavengers show great potentials in treatments on various diseases induced by oxidative stress. Herein, the quantitative analysis indicates the intrinsic activity of nanocerias for degradation of radicals is de-termined by the concentration of surface defects as well as their morphological features. The surface Ce3+ fraction of the CeO2 nanozymes with the similar morphology can be used as a descriptor to index their catalytic activity as radical scavengers. Defect-abundant porous nanorods of ceria (PN-CeO2) with a large surface area (141 m2/g) and high surface Ce3+ fraction (32...
June 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642924/influence-of-niobium-pentoxide-addition-on-the-properties-of-glass-ionomer-cements
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Isadora Martini Garcia, Vicente Castelo Branco Leitune, Gabriela De Souza Balbinot, Susana Maria Werner Samuel, Fabrício Mezzomo Collares
Objective: To determine the influence of niobium pentoxide (Nb2O5) addition on the physical and chemical properties of glass ionomer cements (GICs). Materials and methods: Five, 10 or 20 wt.% of Nb2O5 were incorporated into commercial GICs (Maxxion R, Vitro Molar, Vitro Fil R) and one group of each GIC remained without Nb2O5 (control groups). The GICs were evaluated by Knoop hardness, compressive strength, acid erosion, particle size and radiopacity. Data were analyzed by two-way ANOVA followed by Tukey's test...
December 2016: Acta Biomaterialia Odontologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642488/biomimetic-molecular-signaling-using-dna-walkers-on-microparticles
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Tulsi Ram Damase, Adam Spencer, Bamidele Samuel, Peter B Allen
We report the release of catalytic DNA walkers from hydrogel microparticles and the detection of those walkers by substrate-coated microparticles. This might be considered a synthetic biology analog of molecular signal release and reception. One type of particles was coated with components of a DNA one-step strand displacement (OSD) reaction to release the walker. A second type of particle was coated with substrate (or "track") for the molecular walker. We distinguish these particle types using fluorescence barcoding: we synthesized and distinguished multiple particle types with multicolor fluorescence microscopy and automated image analysis software...
June 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640439/skin-inspired-multifunctional-autonomic-intrinsic-conductive-self-healing-hydrogels-with-pressure-sensitivity-stretchability-and-3d-printability
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Mohammad Ali Darabi, Ali Khosrozadeh, Rene Mbeleck, Yuqing Liu, Qiang Chang, Junzi Jiang, Jun Cai, Quan Wang, Gaoxing Luo, Malcolm Xing
The advent of conductive self-healing (CSH) hydrogels, a class of novel materials mimicking human skin, may change the trajectory of the industrial process because of their potential applications in soft robots, biomimetic prostheses, and health-monitoring systems. Here, the development of a mechanically and electrically self-healing hydrogel based on physically and chemically cross-linked networks is reported. The autonomous intrinsic self-healing of the hydrogel is attained through dynamic ionic interactions between carboxylic groups of poly(acrylic acid) and ferric ions...
June 22, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639435/bioinspired-microfibers-with-embedded-perfusable-helical-channels
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Peidi Xu, Ruoxiao Xie, Yupeng Liu, Guoan Luo, Mingyu Ding, Qionglin Liang
Materials with microchannels have attracted increasing attention due to their promising perfusability and biomimetic geometry. However, the fabrication of microfibers with more geometrically complex channels in the micro- or nanoscale remains a big challenge. Here, a novel method for generating scalable microfibers with consecutive embedded helical channels is presented using an easily made coaxial microfluidic device. The characteristics of the helical channel can be accurately controlled by simply adjusting the flow rate ratio of the fluids...
June 22, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638781/bioinspired-mechano-sensitive-macroporous-ceramic-sponge-for-logical-drug-and-cell-delivery
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Changlu Xu, Zhihao Wei, Huajian Gao, Yanjie Bai, Huiling Liu, Huilin Yang, Yuekun Lai, Lei Yang
On-demand, ultrahigh precision delivery of molecules and cells assisted by scaffold is a pivotal theme in the field of controlled release, but it remains extremely challenging for ceramic-based macroporous scaffolds that are prevalently used in regenerative medicine. Sea sponges (Phylum Porifera), whose bodies possess hierarchical pores or channels and organic/inorganic composite structures, can delicately control water intake/circulation and therefore achieve high precision mass transportation of food, oxygen, and wastes...
June 2017: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637399/biomineralized-recombinant-collagen-based-scaffold-mimicking-native-bone-enhances-mesenchymal-stem-cell-interaction-and-differentiation
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Gloria Belén Ramirez-Rodríguez, Monica Montesi, Silvia Panseri, Simone Sprio, Anna Tampieri, Monica Sandri
The need of synthetic bone grafts that recreate from macro to nanoscale level the biochemical and biophysical cues of bone extracellular matrix (ECM) has been a major driving force for the development of new generation of biomaterials. In this study, synthetic bone substitutes have been synthesized via biomimetic mineralization of a recombinant collagen type I derived peptide (RCP), enriched in tri-amino acid sequence arginine-glycine-aspartate (RGD). 3D isotropic porous scaffolds of three different compositions are developed by freeze-drying: non-mineralized (RCP, as a control), mineralized (Ap/RCP) and mineralized scaffolds in presence of magnesium (MgAp/RCP) that closely imitate bone composition...
June 22, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636356/biomimetic-architectured-graphene-aerogel-with-exceptional-strength-and-resilience
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Miao Yang, Nifang Zhao, Ying Cui, Weiwei Gao, Qian Zhao, Chao Gao, Hao Bai, Tao Xie
Materials combining lightweight, robust mechanical performances, and multifunctionality are highly desirable for engineering applications. Graphene aerogels have emerged as attractive candidates. Despite recent progresses, the bottleneck remains how to simultaneously achieve both strength and resilience. While multiscale architecture designs may offer a possible route, the difficulty lies in the lack of design guidelines and how to experimentally achieve the necessary structure control over multiple length scales...
June 21, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635292/assembly-morphology-diffusivity-and-indentation-of-hydrogel-supported-lipid-bilayers
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Tooba Shoaib, Prathima Chandra Nalam, Yichen He, Yuting Chen, Rosa M Espinosa-Marzal
Recognizing the limitations of solid-supported lipid bilayers to reproduce the behavior of cell membranes, including bendability, transmembrane protein inclusion and virus entry, this study describes a novel biomimetic system for cell membranes with the potential to overcome these and other limitations. The developed strategy utilizes a hydrogel with tunable mechanical behavior that resembles those of living cells as the soft support for the phospholipid bilayer, while a polyelectrolyte multilayer film serves as an intermediate layer to facilitate the self-assembly of the lipid bilayer on the soft cushion...
June 21, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635177/engineering-human-bone-grafts-with-new-macroporous-calcium-phosphate-cement-scaffolds
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Martina Sladkova, Michael Palmer, Caroline Öhman, Jiayi Cheng, Shoug Al-Ansari, Munerah Saad, Håkan Engqvist, Giuseppe Maria de Peppo
Bone engineering opens the possibility to grow large amounts of tissue products by combining patient-specific cells with compliant biomaterials. Decellularized tissue matrices represent suitable biomaterials but availability, long processing time, excessive cost, and concerns on pathogen transmission have led to the development of biomimetic synthetic alternatives. We recently fabricated calcium phosphate cement (CPC) scaffolds with variable macroporosity using a facile synthesis method with minimal manufacturing steps, and demonstrated long-term biocompatibility in vitro...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633977/vascular-endothelial-cell-mechanosensing-new-insights-gained-from-biomimetic-microfluidic-models
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REVIEW
Kelsey M Gray, Kimberly M Stroka
In vivo, cells of the vascular system are subjected to various mechanical stimuli and have demonstrated the ability to adapt their behavior via mechanotransduction. Recent advances in microfluidic and "on-chip" techniques have provided the technology to study these alterations in cell behavior. Contrary to traditional in vitro assays such as transwell plates and parallel plate flow chambers, these microfluidic devices (MFDs) provide the opportunity to integrate multiple mechanical cues (e.g. shear stress, confinement, substrate stiffness, vessel geometry and topography) with in situ quantification capabilities...
June 17, 2017: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631861/renewable-molecular-flasks-with-nadh-models-combination-of-light-driven-proton-reduction-and-biomimetic-hydrogenation-of-benzoxazinones
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Liang Zhao, Jianwei Wei, Junhua Lu, Cheng He, Chunying Duan
Using small molecules with defined pockets to catalyze chemical transformations resulted in attractive catalytic syntheses that echo the remarkable properties of enzymes. By modulating the active site of a nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH) model in a redox-active molecular flask, we combined biomimetic hydrogenation with in situ regeneration of the active site in a one-pot transformation using light as a clean energy source. This molecular flask facilitates the encapsulation of benzoxazinones for biomimetic hydrogenation of the substrates within the inner space of the flask using the active sites of the NADH models...
June 20, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630162/real-time-dynamics-of-carbon-nanotube-porins-in-supported-lipid-membranes-visualized-by-high-speed-atomic-force-microscopy
#15
Yuliang Zhang, Ramya H Tunuguntla, Pyung-On Choi, Aleksandr Noy
In-plane mobility of proteins in lipid membranes is one of the fundamental mechanisms supporting biological functionality. Here we use high-speed atomic force microscopy (HS-AFM) to show that a novel type of biomimetic channel-carbon nanotube porins (CNTPs)-is also laterally mobile in supported lipid membranes, mimicking biological protein behaviour. HS-AFM can capture real-time dynamics of CNTP motion in the supported lipid bilayer membrane, build long-term trajectories of the CNTP motion and determine the diffusion coefficients associated with this motion...
August 5, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629894/enhanced-nutrient-transport-improves-the-depth-dependent-properties-of-tri-layered-engineered-cartilage-constructs-with-zonal-co-culture-of-chondrocytes-and-mscs
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Minwook Kim, Megan J Farrell, David R Steinberg, Jason A Burdick, Robert L Mauck
Biomimetic design in cartilage tissue engineering is a challenge given the complexity of the native tissue. While numerous studies have generated constructs with near-native bulk properties, recapitulating the depth-dependent features of native tissue remains a challenge. Furthermore, limitations in nutrient transport and matrix accumulation in engineered constructs hinders maturation within the central core of large constructs. To overcome these limitations, we fabricated tri-layered constructs that recapitulate the depth-dependent cellular organization and functional properties of native tissue using zonally derived chondrocytes co-cultured with MSCs...
June 16, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629892/engineered-myocardium-model-to-study-the-roles-of-hif-1%C3%AE-and-hif1a-as1-in-paracrine-only-signaling-under-pathological-level-oxidative-stress
#17
Aylin Acun, Pinar Zorlutuna
Studying heart tissue is critical for understanding and developing treatments for cardiovascular diseases. In this work, we fabricated precisely controlled and biomimetic engineered model tissues to study how cell-cell and cell-matrix interactions influence myocardial cell survival upon exposure to pathological level oxidative stress. Specifically, the interactions of endothelial cells (ECs) and cardiomyocytes (CMs), and the role of hypoxia inducible factor-1α (HIF-1α), with its novel alternative regulator, HIF-1α antisense RNA1 (HIF1A-AS1), in these interactions were investigated...
June 16, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629739/twisting-cracks-in-bouligand-structures
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Nobphadon Suksangpanya, Nicholas A Yaraghi, David Kisailus, Pablo Zavattieri
The Bouligand structure, which is found in many biological materials, is a hierarchical architecture that features uniaxial fiber layers assembled periodically into a helicoidal pattern. Many studies have highlighted the high damage-resistant performance of natural and biomimetic Bouligand structures. One particular species that utilizes the Bouligand structure to achieve outstanding mechanical performance is the smashing Mantis Shrimp, Odontodactylus Scyllarus (or stomatopod). The mantis shrimp generates high speed, high acceleration blows using its raptorial appendage to defeat highly armored preys...
June 10, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629069/evaluation-of-electrospun-biomimetic-substrate-surface-decorated-with-nanohydroxyapatite-precipitation-for-osteoblasts-behavior
#19
Sai Zhang, Guojun Jiang, Molamma P Prabhakaran, Xiaohong Qin, Seeram Ramakrishna
To engineer bone tissue, it is crucial to design scaffolds with micro- and nano-sized architecture imitating approximate hierarchical structure of native bone, and afford desirable biological properties by introducing biocompatible polymers and bioceramics into the scaffolds. Here, a novel scaffold consisting of poly-3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate (PHBV)/polyaspartic acid (PAA) was fabricated by electrospinning and nano-hydroxyapatite (nHA) was deposited by calcium-phosphate dipping process for bone tissue regeneration...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629051/novel-biomimetic-composite-material-for-potentiometric-screening-of-acetylcholine-a-neurotransmitter-in-alzheimer-s-disease
#20
Ana S Sacramento, Felismina T C Moreira, Joana L Guerreiro, Ana P Tavares, M Goreti F Sales
This work describes a novel approach to produce an antibody-like biomimetic material. It includes preparing composite imprinted material never presented before, with highly conductive support nanostructures and assembling a high conductivity polymeric layer at low temperature. Overall, such highly conductive material may enhance the final features of electrically-based devices. Acetylcholine (ACh) was selected as target analyte, a neurotransmitter of importance in Alzheimer's disease. Potentiometric transduction was preferred, allowing quick responses and future adaptation to point-of-care requirements...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
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