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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727443/plasmonic-thermal-decomposition-digestion-of-proteins-a-rapid-on-surface-protein-digestion-technique-for-mass-spectrometry-imaging
#1
Rong Zhou, Franco Basile
A method based on plasmon surface resonance absorption and heating was developed to perform a rapid on-surface protein thermal decomposition and digestion suitable for imaging MS and/or profiling. This photo-thermal process or plasmonic thermal decomposition/digestion (plasmonic-TDD) method incorporates a continuous wave (CW) laser excitation and gold nanoparticles (Au-NPs) to induce known thermal decomposition reactions that cleave peptides and proteins specifically at the C-terminus of aspartic acid and at the N-terminus of cysteine...
July 20, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725934/-scaffold-based-bone-tissue-engineering
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REVIEW
B M Holzapfel, M Rudert, D W Hutmacher
Tissue engineering provides the possibility of regenerating damaged or lost osseous structures without the need for permanent implants. Within this context, biodegradable and bioresorbable scaffolds can provide structural and biomechanical stability until the body's own tissue can take over their function. Additive biomanufacturing makes it possible to design the scaffold's architectural characteristics to specifically guide tissue formation and regeneration. Its nano-, micro-, and macro-architectural properties can be tailored to ensure vascularization, oxygenation, nutrient supply, waste exchange, and eventually ossification not only in its periphery but also in its center, which is not in direct contact with osteogenic elements of the surrounding healthy tissue...
July 19, 2017: Der Orthopäde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725006/diffusive-displacive-deformations-and-local-phase-transformation-govern-the-mechanics-of-layered-crystals-the-case-study-of-tobermorite
#3
Lei Tao, Rouzbeh Shahsavari
Understanding the deformation mechanisms underlying the mechanical behavior of materials is the key to fundamental and engineering advances in materials' performance. Herein, we focus on crystalline calcium-silicate-hydrates (C-S-H) as a model system with applications in cementitious materials, bone-tissue engineering, drug delivery and refractory materials, and use molecular dynamics simulation to investigate its loading geometry dependent mechanical properties. By comparing various conventional (e.g. shear, compression and tension) and nano-indentation loading geometries, our findings demonstrate that the former loading leads to size-independent mechanical properties while the latter results in size-dependent mechanical properties at the nanometer scales...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724999/x-ray-phase-contrast-tomography-reveals-early-vascular-alterations-and-neuronal-loss-in-a-multiple-sclerosis-model
#4
A Cedola, A Bravin, I Bukreeva, M Fratini, A Pacureanu, A Mittone, L Massimi, P Cloetens, P Coan, G Campi, R Spanò, F Brun, V Grigoryev, V Petrosino, C Venturi, M Mastrogiacomo, Nicole Kerlero de Rosbo, A Uccelli
The degenerative effects of multiple sclerosis at the level of the vascular and neuronal networks in the central nervous system are currently the object of intensive investigation. Preclinical studies have demonstrated the efficacy of mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) therapy in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), the animal model for multiple sclerosis, but the neuropathology of specific lesions in EAE and the effects of MSC treatment are under debate. Because conventional imaging techniques entail protocols that alter the tissues, limiting the reliability of the results, we have used non-invasive X-ray phase-contrast tomography to obtain an unprecedented direct 3D characterization of EAE lesions at micro-to-nano scales, with simultaneous imaging of the vascular and neuronal networks...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723615/nanoformulations-of-curcumin-an-emerging-paradigm-for-improved-remedial-application
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REVIEW
Meeta Gera, Neelesh Sharma, Mrinmoy Ghosh, Do Luong Huynh, Sung Jin Lee, Taesun Min, Taeho Kwon, Dong Kee Jeong
Curcumin is a natural polyphenol and essential curcuminoid derived from the rhizome of the medicinal plant Curcuma longa (L.) is universally acknowledged as "Wonder drug of life". It is a vital consumable and restorative herb, commonly keened for several ailments such as cancer, arthritis, pain, bruises, gastrointestinal quandaries, swelling and much more. Despite its enormous curative potential, the poor aqueous solubility and consequently, minimal systemic bioavailability with rapid degradation are some of the major factors which restrict the utilization of curcumin at medical perspective...
July 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718812/therapeutic-efficacy-of-the-novel-stimuli-sensitive-nano-ferritins-containing-doxorubicin-in-a-head-and-neck-cancer-model
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Verena Damiani, Elisabetta Falvo, Giulio Fracasso, Luca Federici, Martina Pitea, Vincenzo De Laurenzi, Gianluca Sala, Pierpaolo Ceci
Doxorubicin is employed alone or in combination for the treatment of several hematological and solid malignancies; despite its efficacy, there are associated cardiotoxicity limits both in its application in patients with heart disease risk factors and also in its long-term use. HFt-MP-PAS40 is a genetically engineered human ferritin heavy chain (HFt)-based construct able to efficiently entrap and deliver doxorubicin to cancer cells. HF-MP-PAS contains a short motif sequence (defined as MP) responsive to proteolytic cleavage by tumor matrix metalloproteases (MMPs), located between each HFt subunit and a masking polypeptide sequence rich in proline (P), alanine (A), and serine (S) residues (PAS)...
July 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718025/reduction-of-individual-or-combined-toxicity-of-fumonisin-b1-and-zearalenone-via-dietary-inclusion-of-organo-modified-nano-montmorillonite-in-rats
#7
Aziza A El-Nekeety, Ahmed A El-Kady, Khaled G Abdel-Wahhab, Nabila S Hassan, Mosaad A Abdel-Wahhab
Fusarium mycotoxins are nature environmental contaminants worldwide in animal feed and human food resulting in a serious health risk. The present study aimed to evaluate the potential role of organo-modified nano-montmorillonite (OMNM) against the health risk and the oxidative stress resulted from the exposure of fumonisin (FB1) and zearalenone (ZEN) individually and in combination in rats. Eight groups of female Sprague Dawley rats were treated orally for 3 weeks including the control group, FB1 alone-treated group (50 mg/kg b...
July 17, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716550/co-deteriorations-of-anisotropic-extracellular-matrix-arrangement-and-intrinsic-mechanical-property-in-c-src-deficient-osteopetrotic-mouse-femur
#8
Takuya Ishimoto, Bunji Sato, Jee-Wook Lee, Takayoshi Nakano
Osteopetrotic bone shows dissociation between bone mineral density (BMD) and bone strength. In this study, volumetric BMD; preferential orientation of the extracellular matrix (ECM), which is composed of collagen fibers and apatite crystals as bone material quality; and mechanical properties of the src(-/-) osteopetrotic and normal mouse femoral cortical bone were analyzed and compared with each other at a bone tissue level. The degree of preferential orientation of ECM along the femoral long axis was significantly decreased in the src(-/-) mice femur, suggesting deteriorated bone quality...
July 14, 2017: Bone
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714577/direct-laser-interference-patterning-of-cocr-alloy-surfaces-to-control-endothelial-cell-and-platelet-response-for-cardiovascular-applications
#9
Romain Schieber, Federico Lasserre, Michael Hans, Marc Fernández-Yagüe, Maribel Díaz-Ricart, Ginés Escolar, Maria-Pau Ginebra, Frank Mücklich, Marta Pegueroles
The main drawbacks of cardiovascular bare-metal stents (BMS) are in-stent restenosis and stent thrombosis as a result of an incomplete endothelialization after stent implantation. Nano- and microscale modification of implant surfaces is a strategy to recover the functionality of the artery by stimulating and guiding molecular and biological processes at the implant/tissue interface. In this study, cobalt-chromium (CoCr) alloy surfaces are modified via direct laser interference patterning (DLIP) in order to create linear patterning onto CoCr surfaces with different periodicities (≈3, 10, 20, and 32 µm) and depths (≈20 and 800 nm)...
July 17, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714408/biomaterials-and-supercritical-fluid-technologies-which-perspectives-to-fabricate-artificial-extracellular-matrix
#10
Della Porta Giovanna, E Reverchon, N Maffulli
The foundation of tissue engineering for either therapeutic or diagnostic applications is the ability to exploit living cells. Tissue engineering utilizes living cells as engineering materials implanted, seeded or bio-plotted into an artificial structure capable of supporting three-dimensional tissue formation. These structures, typically called scaffolds, are critical, both ex vivo and in vivo, to influence their own microenvironments. Scaffolds can serve the following purposes: allow cell attachment and migration, deliver and retain cells and biochemical factors, enable diffusion of vital cell nutrients or expressed products, exert certain mechanical and biological influences to modify the behaviour of the cell phase...
July 13, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712299/evaluation-of-efficacy-and-toxicity-of-exfoliated-silicate-nanoclays-as-a-feed-additive-for-fumonisin-detoxification
#11
Chiao-Wei Yuan, Jie-Ting Huang, Ching-Chin Chen, Pin-Chi Tang, Jenn-Wen Huang, Jiang-Jen Lin, San-Yuan Huang, Shuen-Ei Chen
The efficacy of nano-silicate clay platelets (NSCP), exfoliated silicates from natural montmorillonites, as a feed additive for ameliorating fumonisin B1 (FB1) toxicosis was evaluated. Toxicological mechanisms by NSCP were examined through proteomic and biochemical analyses. Dietary supplementation with NSCP at a low level of 40 mg/kg feed improved growth performances in chickens with respect to FB1 toxicosis. Other issues of ameliorated symptoms including serum and/or hepatic AST activity, oxidative stress indicators, and sphinganine/sphingosine ratio, a hallmark of FB1 toxicosis were considered...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707574/recent-progress-of-nano-drug-delivery-system-for-liver-cancer-treatment
#12
Feilong Zhou, Fangfang Teng, Peizong Deng, Ning Meng, Zhimei Song, Runliang Feng
Liver cancer is one of serious diseases which threaten human life and health. Studies on the treatment of liver cancer have attracted widespread attention. Application of nano-drug delivery system (NDDS) can not only improve selective drug delivery to liver tissue and improve the bioavailability of drug, but also can reduce the side effects of drugs when it is specially modified in the respects of structure modification or specific target molecules decoration. This review will address the latest development of liver-targeted drug delivery system...
July 13, 2017: Anti-cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704517/zinc-oxide-nanoparticles-as-a-substitute-for-zinc-oxide-or-colistin-sulfate-effects-on-growth-serum-enzymes-zinc-deposition-intestinal-morphology-and-epithelial-barrier-in-weaned-piglets
#13
Chao Wang, Ligen Zhang, Weipeng Su, Zhixiong Ying, Jintian He, Lili Zhang, Xiang Zhong, Tian Wang
The objective of this study was to evaluate effects of zinc oxide nanoparticles (nano-ZnOs) as a substitute for colistin sulfate (CS) and/or zinc oxide (ZnO) on growth performance, serum enzymes, zinc deposition, intestinal morphology and epithelial barrier in weaned piglets. A total of 216 crossbred Duroc×(Landrace×Yorkshire) piglets weaned at 23 days were randomly assigned into 3 groups, which were fed with basal diets supplemented with 20 mg/kg CS (CS group), 20mg/kg CS+3000 mg/kg ZnO (CS+ZnO group), and 1200 mg/kg nano-ZnOs (nano-ZnO group) for 14 days...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702969/bi-layered-collagen-nano-structured-membrane-prototype-collagen-matrix-10826%C3%A2-for-soft-tissue-regeneration-in-rabbits-an-in-vivo-ultra-structural-study-of-the-early-healing-phase
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D De Santis, G B Menchini Fabris, J Lotti, C Palumbo, M Ferretti, R Castellani, T Lotti, G Zanotti, F Gelpi, C Covani, P F Nocini
Collagen Matrix (CM) 10826 is a nanostructured bi-layered collagen membrane obtained from type I and III porcine collagen, which in vitro has shown to have the potential to be a substitute and/or stimulant for soft oral tissue regeneration. The objective of this study was to evaluate the in vivo potential and safety of this membrane for soft tissue regeneration in the early stage of wound healing. Two soft tissue wounds (test and control) were created on the back skin of 5 rabbits (female New Zealand White Rabbits specific pathogen free)...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702635/the-mechanism-of-nanoparticle-mediated-enhanced-energy-transfer-during-high-intensity-focused-ultrasound-sonication
#15
Chandan Bera, Surendra B Devarakonda, Vishal Kumar, Ashok K Ganguli, Rupak K Banerjee
In this combined experimental and theoretical research, magnetic nano-particle (mNP) mediated energy transfer due to high intensity-focused ultrasound (HIFU) sonication has been evaluated. HIFU sonications have been performed on phantoms containing three different volume percentages (0%, 0.0047%, and 0.047%) of mNPs embedded in a tissue mimicking material (TMM). A theoretical model has been developed to calculate the temperature rise in the phantoms during HIFU sonication. It is observed from theoretical calculation that the phonon layer at the interface of the mNPs and TMM dominates the attenuation for higher (0...
July 12, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699518/nano-sized-ultrasound-contrast-agents-for-cancer-therapy-and-theranostics
#16
Hao Li, Shenglong Gan, Shi-Ting Feng, Guofu Zhou, Zhi Dong, Rongqin Zheng, Zi-Ping Li
Ultrasound contrast agents (UCA) represented by gas-filled microbubble, can provide simultaneous and co-localized enhancement on image contrast to help disease diagnosis by highlighting tissue borders. Nowadays, Some UCAs (e.g. Levovist®, Optison®, Definity®, and Sonovue®) are commercially available, and have been clinically utilized for enhanced ultrasonography in the US, Canada, Europe, Asia and so on. However, their large diameters (1~10 μm) mainly hinder more precise and deeper applications in the imaging of capillary-abundant organs or tissues (e...
July 10, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691477/surface-modification-of-titanium-alloys-for-biomedical-application-from-macro-to-nano-scale
#17
D Pedreira De Oliveira, L Ottria, M Gargari, V Candotto, F J Silvestre, D Lauritano
Bone is a complexly structured tissue and hierarchically organized from macro to nano levels of dimensions. Biomaterial devices developed to replace and interact with bone tissues have been designed from the macro to nano perspective to provide suitable performance in acquiring primary and biological stability. Macro level designed features provide mechanical interlock and primary stability to implants inside the bone. Surface micro and nano structures influence cells behavior to promote the secondary or biological stability, reaching successful osseointegration...
April 2017: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690429/3d-printer-generated-tissue-imolds-for-cleared-tissue-using-single-and-multi-photon-microscopy-for-deep-tissue-evaluation
#18
Sean J Miller, Jeffrey D Rothstein
BACKGROUND: Pathological analyses and methodology has recently undergone a dramatic revolution. With the creation of tissue clearing methods such as CLARITY and CUBIC, groups can now achieve complete transparency in tissue samples in nano-porous hydrogels. Cleared tissue is then imagined in a semi-aqueous medium that matches the refractive index of the objective being used. However, one major challenge is the ability to control tissue movement during imaging and to relocate precise locations post sequential clearing and re-staining...
2017: Biological Procedures Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690200/functional-electrospun-fibers-for-the-treatment-of-human-skin-wounds
#19
REVIEW
Jing Wang, Maike Windbergs
Wounds are trauma induced defects of the human skin involving a multitude of endogenous biochemical events and cellular reactions of the immune system. The healing process is extremely complex and affected by the patient́s physiological conditions, potential implications like infectious pathogens and inflammation as well as external factors. Due to increasing incidence of chronic wounds and proceeding resistance of infection pathogens, there is a strong need for effective therapeutic wound care. In this context, electrospun fibers with diameters in the nano- to micrometer range gain increasing interest...
July 6, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690099/electrospun-polymeric-nanofibers-new-horizons-in-drug-delivery
#20
REVIEW
Shreya Thakkar, Manju Misra
Nanofibers obtained using electrospinning technique are being used since ages especially in fields of textile industry, sensors, filters, protective clothing and tissue engineering. Their use as drug delivery system is an emerging platform in the field of pharmaceuticals and now-a-days formulation scientists are paying great attention to the technology due to several advantages prime being easy modulation of drug release profile depending upon the properties of polymer/polymeric blends/other materials used...
July 8, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
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