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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934372/antibacterial-effects-of-the-artificial-surface-of-nanoimprinted-moth-eye-film
#1
Kiyoshi Minoura, Miho Yamada, Takashi Mizoguchi, Toshihiro Kaneko, Kyoko Nishiyama, Mari Ozminskyj, Tetsuo Koshizuka, Ikuo Wada, Tatsuo Suzutani
The antibacterial effect of a nanostructured film, known as "moth-eye film," was investigated. The moth-eye film has artificially formed nano-pillars, consisting of hydrophilic resin with urethane acrylate and polyethylene glycol (PEG) derivatives, all over its surface that replicates a moth's eye. Experiments were performed to compare the moth-eye film with a flat-surfaced film produced from the same materials. The JIS Z2801 film-covering method revealed that the two films produced a decrease in Staphylococcus aureus and Esherichia coli titers of over 5 and 3 logs, respectively...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933351/dosimetric-effects-of-polyethylene-glycol-surface-coatings-on-gold-nanoparticle-radiosensitization
#2
Brandon Koger, Charles Kirkby
One of the main appeals of using gold nanoparticles (GNPs) as radiosensitizers is that their surface coatings can be altered to manipulate their pharmacokinetic properties. However, Monte Carlo studies of GNP dosimetry tend to neglect these coatings, potentially changing the dosimetric results. This study quantifies the dosimetric effects of including a polyethylene glycol (PEG) surface coating on GNPs over both nanoscopic and microscopic ranges. Two dosimetric scales were explored using PENELOPE Monte Carlo simulations...
September 21, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932978/biobutanol-production-from-apple-pomace-the-importance-of-pretreatment-methods-on-the-fermentability-of-lignocellulosic-agro-food-wastes
#3
María Hijosa-Valsero, Ana I Paniagua-García, Rebeca Díez-Antolínez
Apple pomace was studied as a possible raw material for biobutanol production. Five different soft physicochemical pretreatments (autohydrolysis, acids, alkalis, organic solvents and surfactants) were compared in a high-pressure reactor, whose working parameters (temperature, time and reagent concentration) were optimised to maximise the amount of simple sugars released and to minimise inhibitor generation. The pretreated biomass was subsequently subjected to a conventional enzymatic treatment to complete the hydrolysis...
September 20, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932820/reduced-arterial-elasticity-due-to-surgical-skeletonization-is-ameliorated-by-abluminal-peg-hydrogel
#4
Karyn G Robinson, Rebecca A Scott, Anne M Hesek, Edward J Woodford, Wafa Amir, Thomas A Planchon, Kristi L Kiick, Robert E Akins
Arteries for bypass grafting are harvested either with neighboring tissue attached or as skeletonized vessels that are free of surrounding tissue. There are significant benefits to skeletonization, but reports suggest that skeletonized vessels may develop structural defects and are at risk for atherosclerosis. We investigated the specific short-term effects of skeletonization on carotid artery biomechanics and microanatomy in a rabbit model. Six carotid arteries were surgically skeletonized. To support healing, three of these received polyethylene glycol hydrogel injected along their exterior surfaces...
June 2017: Bioengineering & Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932117/multifunctional-folate-receptor-targeting-and-ph-responsive-nanocarriers-loaded-with-methotrexate-for-treatment-of-rheumatoid-arthritis
#5
Jinlong Zhao, Menghui Zhao, Changhui Yu, Xueyan Zhang, Jiaxin Liu, Xinwei Cheng, Robert J Lee, Fengying Sun, Lesheng Teng, Youxin Li
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease characterized by progressive cartilage and bone destruction. Activated macrophages that overexpress folic acid (FA) receptors play an important role in RA, due to their abundance in inflamed synovial membrane and joints. In an effort to deliver drugs to the inflamed tissues, multifunctional FA receptor-targeting and pH-responsive nanocarriers were developed. They were composed of lipids, polyethylene glycol (PEG)-poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) forming a hydrophilic shell, FA around the hydrophilic shell as a targeting ligand, and poly(cyclohexane-1,4-diylacetone dimethylene ketal) (PCADK) and PLGA as a hydrophobic core...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932114/spermidine-mediated-poly-lactic-co-glycolic-acid-nanoparticles-containing-fluorofenidone-for-the-treatment-of-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis
#6
Jing Tang, Jianming Li, Guo Li, Haitao Zhang, Ling Wang, Dai Li, Jinsong Ding
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is a progressive, fatal lung disease with poor survival. The advances made in deciphering this disease have led to the approval of different antifibrotic molecules, such as pirfenidone and nintedanib. An increasing number of studies with particles (liposomes, nanoparticles [NPs], microspheres, nanopolymersomes, and nanoliposomes) modified with different functional groups have demonstrated improvement in lung-targeted drug delivery. In the present study, we prepared, characterized, and evaluated spermidine (Spd)-modified poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) NPs as carriers for fluorofenidone (AKF) to improve the antifibrotic efficacy of this drug in the lung...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932092/systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-colon-cleansing-preparations-in-patients-with-inflammatory-bowel-disease
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Sophie Restellini, Omar Kherad, Talat Bessissow, Charles Ménard, Myriam Martel, Maryam Taheri Tanjani, Peter L Lakatos, Alan N Barkun
AIM: To performed a systematic review and meta-analysis to determine any possible differences in terms of effectiveness, safety and tolerability between existing colon-cleansing products in patients with inflammatory bowel disease. METHODS: Systematic searches were performed (January 1980-September 2016) using MEDLINE, EMBASE, Scopus, CENTRAL and ISI Web of knowledge for randomized trials assessing preparations with or without adjuvants, given in split and non-split dosing, and in high (> 3 L) or low-volume (2 L or less) regimens...
August 28, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930358/fabrication-and-characterization-of-a-3d-bioprinted-nanoparticle-hydrogel-hybrid-device-for-biomimetic-detoxification
#8
Maggie S Chen, Yue Zhang, Liangfang Zhang
A biomimetic micro/nanodevice is 3D bioprinted using polyethylene glycol (PEG) hydrogel as the supporting platform, along with the red blood cell (RBC) membrane-coated nanoparticles (RBC-NPs) encapsulated in the hydrogel as the detoxification mechanism. RBC-NPs are prepared through a nanoprecipitation and coating method and then mixed into the poly(ethylene glycol) diacrylate (PEGDA) monomer solution for 3D bioprinting through photopolymerization. This resulting detoxification device is engineered with multiple inner channels for the RBC-NPs to nonspecifically soak up the various toxins flowing through the channels...
September 20, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929152/size-dependent-targeted-delivery-of-gold-nanoparticles-modified-with-the-il-6r-specific-aptamer-air-3a-to-il-6r-carrying-cells
#9
Lisa Prisner, Nadine Bohn, Ulrich Hahn, Alf Mews
The delivery of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) to specific cells strongly depends on the properties e.g. the size of the particles and is of great interest for a large variety of biomedical applications. Here we investigated the size dependence of the receptor-ligand mediated AuNP delivery to cells by comparing very small "molecular" Au-clusters of only 2 nm to larger 7 nm and 36 nm AuNPs with a distinct surface plasmon resonance. Since the molecular weight in this range changes by almost three orders of magnitude, we show how the amount of gold relates to the number of delivered AuNPs...
September 20, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928768/the-effectiveness-of-personalized-bowel-preparation-using-a-smartphone-camera-application-a-randomized-pilot-study
#10
Jae Won Jung, Jongha Park, Gi Jung Jeon, Young Soo Moon, Sung Yuon Yang, Tae Oh Kim, Eui Tay Jung, Hee-Cheol Kim
BACKGROUND: We aimed to investigate the effectiveness of a smartphone application that analyzes and judges the optimal dosage of polyethylene glycol (PEG) for bowel preparation. METHODS: Patients were assigned to use the smartphone camera application (app group) or written instructions (non-app group). The smartphone camera application was programmed to analyze the bowel preparation quality and automatically determine the dosage of PEG from an analysis of stool images...
2017: Gastroenterology Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928753/peg-induces-high-expression-of-the-cell-cycle-checkpoint-gene-wee1-in-embryogenic-callus-of-medicago-truncatula-potential-link-between-cell-cycle-checkpoint-regulation-and-osmotic-stress
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Adel M Elmaghrabi, Hilary J Rogers, Dennis Francis, Sergio J Ochatt
Polyethylene glycol (PEG) can be used to mimic osmotic stress in plant tissue cultures to study mechanisms of tolerance. The aim of this experiment was to investigate the effects of PEG (M.W. 6000) on embryogenic callus of Medicago truncatula. Leaf explants were cultured on MS medium with 2 mg L(-1) NAA and 0.5 mg L(-1) BAP for 5 months. Then, calli were transferred to the same medium further supplemented with 10% (w/v) 6000 PEG for 6 months in order to study physiological and putative molecular markers of water stress...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926228/facile-synthesis-of-unique-cellulose-triacetate-based-flexible-and-high-performance-gel-polymer-electrolyte-for-lithium-ion-batteries
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Trupti Nirmale, Indrapal Karbhal, Ramchandra S Kalubarme, Manjusha V Shelke, Anjani J Varma, Bharat Bhanudas Kale
Lithium ion batteries (LIBs) with polymer based electrolytes have attracted huge attention due to the possibility of fabricating intrinsically safer and flexible devices. However, economical and eco-friendly sustainable technology is an oncoming challenge to fulfill the ever increasing demand. To circumvent this issue, we have developed gel polymer electrolyte (GPE) based on renewable polymers like cellulose triacetate (CTA) and poly (polyethylene glycol methacrylate) p(PEGMA) by using a photo polymerization technique...
September 19, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925678/dual-functionalized-graphene-oxide-based-sirna-delivery-system-for-implant-surface-bio-modification-with-enhanced-osteogenesis
#13
Li Zhang, Qing Zhou, Wen Song, Kaimin Wu, Yumei Zhang, Yimin Zhao
Surface functionalization by siRNA is a novel strategy for improved implant osseointegration. Gene delivery system with safety and high transfection activity is a crucial factor for siRNA-functionalized implant to exert its biological function. To this end, polyethylene glycol (PEG) and polyethylenimine (PEI) dual-functionalized graphene oxide (GO) (nGO-PEG-PEI) may present a promising siRNA vector. In this study, nano-sized nGO-PEG-PEI was prepared and optimized for siRNA delivery. Titania nanotubes (NT) fabricated by anodic oxidation were bio-modified with nGO-PEG-PEI/siRNA by cathodic electrodeposition, designated as NT-GPP/siRNA...
September 19, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924083/characterization-of-o-w-emulsions-prepared-by-peg-diisostearate-amphiphilic-random-copolymer
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Megumi Kaji, Sari Fujiwara, Kenichi Sakai, Hideki Sakai
We have characterized an emulsion system stabilized by an amphiphilic random copolymer, methoxy polyethylene glycol-23 methacrylate/glyceryl diisostearate methacrylate copolymer (MPM-GDM). The combined results of the static surface tension and transmission electron microscopy with freeze-fracture technique (FF-TEM) suggested that this copolymer forms aggregates in aqueous solutions. The membrane emulsification method produced an oil-in-water (O/W) emulsion in the mixture of squalane, water, and MPM-GDM, where the squalane concentration was set at 10 - 60 wt% and the MPM-GDM concentration was either 1 or 5 wt%...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Oleo Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924078/partial-hydrogenation-of-sunflower-oil-derived-fames-catalyzed-by-the-efficient-and-recyclable-palladium-nanoparticles-in-polyethylene-glycol
#15
Wei Liu, Guanghui Lu
One approach to improve the oxidative stability of biodiesel is the partial hydrogenation of carbon-carbon double bonds. In the current work, an efficient catalytic system using Pd(OAc)2 dissolved in polyethylene glycol (PEG) which in situ generates palladium nanoparticles was developed in order to promote a selective partial hydrogenation reaction of sunflower oil FAMEs into mono-hydrogenated products avoiding the formation of saturated compounds or trans-isomers. High content of methyl oleate (85.0±1.4%) was obtained by hydrogenation of sunflower oil biodiesel with only 7...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Oleo Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923735/pegylated-magnetic-prussian-blue-nanoparticles-asa-multifunctional-therapeutic-agent-for-combined-targeted-photothermal-ablation-and-ph-triggered-chemotherapy-of-tumour-cells
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Peng Xue, Lihong Sun, Qian Li, Lei Zhang, Zhigang Xu, Chang Ming Li, Yuejun Kang
Multifunctional nanoagents have become popular and valuable pharmaceuticals for effective cancer treatment. Moreover, there is an increasing tendency to develop therapeutic agents with excellent biocompatibility, high efficiency, specific targeting and combinatorial treatment effects. In this study, we proposed a facile technique to synthesize PEGylated (polyethylene glycol modified) magnetic Prussian blue (PB) nanoparticles with encapsulated doxorubicin (DOX), abbreviated as Fe3O4@PB/PEG/DOX NPs, for combined targeted photothermal ablation and pH-triggered chemotherapy of tumour cells...
September 8, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923682/co-coating-of-receptor-targeted-drug-nanocarriers-with-anti-phagocytic-moieties-enhances-specific-tissue-uptake-versus-non-specific-phagocytic-clearance
#17
Joshua Kim, Sauradeep Sinha, Melani Solomon, Edgar Perez-Herrero, Janet Hsu, Zois Tsinas, Silvia Muro
Nanocarriers (NCs) help improve the performance of therapeutics, but their removal by phagocytes in the liver, spleen, tissues, etc. diminishes this potential. Although NC functionalization with polyethylene glycol (PEG) lowers interaction with phagocytes, it also reduces interactions with tissue cells. Coating NCs with CD47, a protein expressed by body cells to avoid phagocytic removal, offers an alternative. Previous studies showed that coating CD47 on non-targeted NCs reduces phagocytosis, but whether this alters binding and endocytosis of actively-targeted NCs remains unknown...
September 6, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923681/molecular-insights-for-the-biological-interactions-between-polyethylene-glycol-and-cells
#18
Li Xu, Jiapei Yang, Bai Xue, Chuan Zhang, Leilei Shi, Chenwei Wu, Yue Su, Xin Jin, Yumin Liu, Xinyuan Zhu
As the gold standard polymer for drug delivery system, polyethylene glycol (PEG) has excellent biocompatibility. It's reported that the low nonspecific interactions between PEG and body contribute to its biocompatibility. However, here we discover dynamic biological interactions exist between PEG and cells on the molecular level. PEG (2 kD) can induce metabolism modulations and survival autophagy by creating an intracellular hypoxic environment, which act as cellular survival strategies in response to the hypoxia...
September 6, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923324/regenerating-heart-using-a-novel-compound-and-human-wharton-jelly-mesenchymal-stem-cells
#19
Shahram Rabbani, Masoud Soleimani, Mohammad Imani, Mohammad Sahebjam, Ali Ghiaseddin, Seyed Mahdi Nassiri, Jalil Majd Ardakani, Maryam Tajik Rostami, Arash Jalali, Bahmanshir Mousanassab, Mahsa Kheradmandi, Seyed Hossein Ahmadi Tafti
BACKGROUND: Myocardial infarction is a major problem in health system and most conventional therapy is not led to restoration of the health. Stem cell therapy is a method to regenerate the heart but today appropriate cell source and scaffold selection as extracellular matrix to achieve the best effect is disputing. AIM OF THE STUDY: In this study a combination of human Wharton jelly mesenchymal stem cells (HWJMSCs) with a novel compound consisting polyethylene glycol (PEG), hyaluronic acid and chitosan is presented to heart regeneration...
April 2017: Archives of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921566/pegylation-of-cationic-liposomes-encapsulating-soluble-leishmania-antigens-sla-reduces-the-adjuvant-efficacy-of-liposomes-in-murine-model
#20
Hadi Naseri, Faezeh Eskandari, Mahmoud Reza Jaafari, Ali Khamesipour, Azam Abbasi, Ali Badiee
Although there have been several attempts to develop a vaccine against leishmaniasis; no vaccine in human has been developed yet. Liposomes consisting of 1, 2-dioleoyl-3-trimethylammonium-propane (DOTAP) encapsulating soluble Leishmania antigens (SLA) enhance protective immunity of SLA against L. major infection in mice. However, they immobilized at the injection site because of their positive charge. To overcome the problem, shielding the surface charge with polyethylene glycol (PEGylation) was chosen in this study...
September 16, 2017: Parasite Immunology
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