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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106535/viscoelastic-behaviour-of-hydrogel-based-composites-for-tissue-engineering-under-mechanical-load
#1
Rok Kocen, M Gasik, Ana Gantar, Sasa Novak
Along with biocompatibility, bioinductivity and appropriate biodegradation, mechanical properties are also of crucial importance for tissue engineering scaffolds. Hydrogels, such as gellan gum, are usually soft materials, which may benefit from the incorporation of inorganic particles, e.g. bioactive glass, not only due to the acquired bioactivity, but also due to improved mechanical properties. They exhibit complex viscoelastic properties, which can be evaluated in various ways. In this work, to reliably evaluate the effect of the bioactive glass addition on viscoelastic properties of the composite hydrogel, we employed and compared three most commonly used techniques, analyzing their advantages and limitations: monotonic uniaxial unconfined compression, small amplitude oscillatory shear (SAOS) rheology and dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA)...
January 20, 2017: Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106378/cell-selective-apoptosis-induced-by-polymorphic-alteration-of-self-assembled-silica-nano-webs
#2
Meysam Keshavarz, Bo Tan, Krishnan Venkatakrishnan
The biocompatibility of silicon-based nanomaterial makes it suitable for biophysical and biomedical applications. However, the application of silicon-based nanomaterials has been mainly restricted to nanoparticles (NPs) as a potential drug carrier and the extracellular matrix (ECM) as a platform for cell adhesion and proliferation. Here, we introduced silica NPs self-assembled into a 3D nano-web architecture that was shown to inherit the therapeutic and proliferative attributes of both NPs and ECMs. The self-assembled silica nano-web (SNW) has, therefore, not only shown targeted drug-like behavior in HeLa cells without the use of bio-markers but also has shown ECM characteristics...
January 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103529/improving-osteogenesis-of-three-dimensional-porous-scaffold-based-on-mineralized-recombinant-human-like-collagen-via-mussel-inspired-polydopamine-and-effective-immobilization-of-bmp-2-derived-peptide
#3
Jing Zhou, Xiaodong Guo, Qixin Zheng, Yongchao Wu, Fuzai Cui, Bin Wu
An ideal bone substitute should be biocompatible, biodegradable, osteoinductive and osteoconductive. In our previous work, we fabricated a three-dimensional porous scaffold based on mineralized recombinant human-like collagen, nano-hydroxyapatite/recombinant human-like collagen/poly(lactic acid) (nHA/RHLC/PLA). Like other HA/collagen scaffolds, the nHA/RHLC/PLA scaffold lacked osteoinductive bioactivity. The purpose of the present study was to develop a polydopamine (pDA)-assisted BMP-2-derived peptide (designated as P24) surface modification strategy for improving the osteogenesis of the nHA/RHLC/PLA scaffold...
January 4, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098511/hemodynamic-effects-of-hpma-copolymer-based-doxorubicin-conjugate-a-randomized-controlled-and-comparative-spectral-study-in-conscious-rats
#4
Hoay Yan Cheah, Olivera Šarenac, Juan J Arroyo, Marko Vasić, Maja Lozić, Sofija Glumac, See Ziau Hoe, Charles Colin Thomas Hindmarch, David Murphy, Lik Voon Kiew, Hong Boon Lee, Marίa J Vicent, Lip Yong Chung, Nina Japundžić-Žigon
Conjugation of Doxorubicin (DOX) to N-(2-Hydroxypropyl) methylacrylamide copolymer (HPMA) has significantly reduced the DOX-associated cardiotoxicity. However, the reports on the impact of HPMA-DOX conjugates on the cardiovascular system such as blood pressure (BP) and heart rate (HR) were in restrained animals using tail cuff and/or other methods that lacked the resolution and sensitivity. Herein, we employed radiotelemetric-spectral-echocardiography approach to further understand the in vivo cardiovascular hemodynamics and variability post administration of free DOX and HPMA-DOX...
January 18, 2017: Nanotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097666/understanding-external-cervical-resorption-patterns-in-endodontically-treated-teeth
#5
M Mavridou, E Hauben, M Wevers, E Schepers, L Bergmans, P Lambrechts
AIM: To understand the pattern of external cervical resorption (ECR) in endodontically treated teeth. To compare characteristics and mechanisms of ECR in root filled teeth with those established in teeth with vital pulps. METHODOLOGY: Seven cases of endodontically treated permanent teeth displaying ECR were investigated. ECR diagnosis was based on clinical findings and radiographic examination with cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT). The extracted teeth were further analysed by a nano-focus computed tomographic (nano-CT) system, hard tissue histology and scanning electron microscopy (SEM)...
January 18, 2017: International Endodontic Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094528/noncontact-viscoelastic-measurement-of-polymer-thin-films-in-a-liquid-medium-using-a-long-needle-afm
#6
Dongshi Guan, Chloé Barraud, Elisabeth Charlaix, Penger Tong
We report noncontact measurement of the viscoelastic property of polymer thin films in a liquid medium using frequency-modulation atomic force microscopy (FM-AFM) with a newly developed long-needle probe. The probe contains a long vertical glass fiber with one end adhered to a cantilever beam and the other end with a sharp tip placed near the liquid-film interface. The nanoscale flow generated by the resonant oscillation of the needle tip provides a precise hydrodynamic force acting on the soft surface of the thin film...
January 17, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092502/capacity-evaluation-of-a-quantum-based-channel-in-a-biological-context
#7
Valeria Loscri, Anna Maria Vegni
Nanotechnology, as enabler of the miniaturization of devices in a scale ranging from 1 to few hundreds of nm , represents a viable solution for " alternative" communication paradigms that could be effective in complex networked systems, as body area networks. Traditional communication paradigms are not effective in the context of joint body and nano-networked systems, for several reasons, and then novel approaches have been investigated such as nanomechanical, electromagnetic, acoustic, molecular, etc. On the other hand, quantum phenomena represent a natural direction for developing nanotechnology, since it has to be considered as a new scale where new phenomena can occur and can be exploited for information purpose...
December 2016: IEEE Transactions on Nanobioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089786/3-carboxyphenylboronic-acid-modified-carboxymethyl-chitosan-nanoparticles-for-improved-tumor-targeting-and-inhibitory
#8
Xin Wang, Bing Wei, Xu Cheng, Jun Wang, Rupei Tang
Carboxymethyl chitosan-based nanoparticles (CM NPs) were prepared, and were further modified with a tumor-homing ligand (3-carboxyphenylboronic acid, 3-CPBA) to give tumor-targeting nanoparticles (CB NPs). Particle sizes were measured by dynamic light scattering, while the morphology was observed via transmission electron microscopy and scanning electronic microscope. The results show that CM and CB NPs are spherical-like, and kinetically stable in various conditions. Doxorubicin (DOX) as a model drug was successfully encapsulated to give CM-DOX and CB-DOX NPs...
January 12, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087448/fabrication-and-characterization-of-electrospun-cellulose-nano-hydroxyapatite-nanofibers-for-bone-tissue-engineering
#9
Chenghong Ao, Yan Niu, Ximu Zhang, Xu He, Wei Zhang, Canhui Lu
Nanofibrous scaffolds from cotton cellulose and nano-hydroxyapatite (nano-HA) were electrospun for bone tissue engineering. The solution properties of cellulose/nano-HA spinning dopes and their associated electrospinnability were characterized. Morphological, thermal and mechanical properties of the electrospun cellulose/nano-HA nanocomposite nanofibers (ECHNN) were measured and the biocompatibility of ECHNN with human dental follicle cells (HDFCs) was evaluated. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) images indicated that the average diameter of ECHNN increased with a higher nano-HA loading and the fiber diameter distributions were well within the range of natural ECM (extra cellular matrix) fibers (50-500nm)...
January 10, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078990/mass-spectrometry-imaging-in-nanomedicine-unraveling-the-potential-of-msi-for-the-detection-of-nanoparticles-in-neuroscience
#10
Florian Py Barré, Ron Ma Heeren, Nina Ogrinc Potočnik
Mass spectrometry imaging (MSI) can uniquely detect thousands of compounds allowing both their identification and localization within biological tissue samples. MSI is an interdisciplinary science that crosses the borders of physics, chemistry and biology, and enables local molecular analysis at a broad range of length scales: From the subcellular level to whole body tissue sections. The spatial resolution of some mass spectrometers now allows nano-scale research, crucial for studies in nanomedicine. Recent developments in MSI have enabled the optimization and localization of drug delivery with nanoparticles within the body and in specific organs such as kidney, liver and brain...
January 11, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076887/in-vivo-bone-tunnel-evaluation-of-nanoparticle-grafts-using-an-acl-reconstruction-rabbit-model
#11
S A Grant, S E Smith, H Schmidt, F Pfeiffer, K Kuroki, S Sherman, R A White, D A Grant
Acellular human gracilis tendons conjugated with gold nanoparticles (AuNP) and hydroxyapatite nanoparticles (nano-HAp) were used as a graft in an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction rabbit model. The ACLs of 11 New Zealand rabbits were reconstructed using grafts conjugated without nanoparticles, with AuNP only, and with both AuNP and nano-HAp. Semi-quantitative histological scoring of bone tunnel portion of grafts was performed after 14 weeks. Bone tunnels were scored for graft degeneration, graft remodeling, percentage of new host fibrous connective, collateral connection, head-to-head connection, graft collagen fiber organization, new host fibrous connective tissue organization, and graft and interface vascularity...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074649/bio-based-artificial-nacre-with-excellent-mechanical-and-barrier-properties-realized-by-a-facile-in-situ-reduction-and-cross-linking-reaction
#12
Kiran Shahzadi, Imran Mohsin, Lin Wu, Xuesong Ge, Yijun Jiang, Hui Li, Xindong Mu
Demands for high strength integrated materials have substantially increased across various kinds of industries. Inspired by the relationship of excellent integration of mechanical properties and hierarchical nano/microscale structure of the natural nacre, a simple and facile method to fabricate high strength integrated artificial nacre based on sodium carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) and borate cross-linked graphene oxide (GO) sheets has been developed. The tensile strength and toughness of cellulose-based hybrid material reached 480...
January 11, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072427/calorimetric-studies-on-thermal-properties-of-nano-cryoprotectant-solutions-during-vitrification
#13
H F Xu, B T Hao, L J Liu, L L Tang, B L Liu
:   BACKGROUND: Vitrification, the ice-free cryopreservation, develops rapidly and can become an ideal method for long-term preservation of cells and tissues. But up to now it is not practical for samples with large size because of the ultra-rapid cooling rate required. It has been reported that nanoparticles improve heat conductivity of solutions. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this study, Hydroxyapatite (HA) nanoparticles(20, 40 or 60nm)at 0.1 %, 0.5 % or 1 % (w/w) were added into glycerol solutions...
November 2016: Cryo Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069509/controlling-the-morphology-and-outgrowth-of-nerve-and-neuroglial-cells-the-effect-of-surface-topography
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REVIEW
C Simitzi, A Ranella, E Stratakis
: Unlike other tissue types, like epithelial tissue, which consist of cells with a much more homogeneous structure and function, the nervous tissue spans in a complex multilayer environment whose topographical features display a large spectrum of morphologies and size scales. Traditional cell cultures, which are based on two-dimensional cell-adhesive culture dishes or coverslips, are lacking topographical cues and mainly simulate the biochemical microenvironment of the cells. With the emergence of micro- and nano-fabrication techniques new types of cell culture platforms are developed, where the effect of various topographical cues on cellular morphology, proliferation and differentiation, can be studied...
January 6, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069500/solution-blow-spinning-fibres-new-immunologically-inert-substrates-for-the-analysis-of-cell-adhesion-and-motility
#15
Rafaella T Paschoalin, Bruna Traldi, Gülcan Aydin, Juliano E Oliveira, Stephan Rütten, Luiz H C Mattoso, Martin Zenke, Antonio Sechi
The control of cell behaviour through material geometry is appealing as it avoids the requirement for complex chemical surface modifications. Significant advances in new technologies have been made to the development of polymeric biomaterials with controlled geometry and physico-chemical properties. Solution blow spinning technique has the advantage of ease of use allowing the production of nano or microfibres and the direct fibre deposition on any surface in situ. Yet, in spite of these advantages, very little is known about the influence of such fibres on biological functions such as immune response and cell migration...
January 6, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069370/surface-coating-changes-the-physiological-and-biochemical-impacts-of-nano-tio2-in-basil-ocimum-basilicum-plants
#16
Wenjuan Tan, Wenchao Du, Ana C Barrios, Raul Armendariz, Nubia Zuverza-Mena, Zhaoxia Ji, Chong Hyun Chang, Jeffrey I Zink, Jose A Hernandez-Viezcas, Jose R Peralta-Videa, Jorge L Gardea-Torresdey
Little is known about the effects of surface coating on the interaction of engineered nanoparticles (ENPs) with plants. In this study, basil (Ocimum basilicum) was cultivated for 65 days in soil amended with unmodified, hydrophobic (coated with aluminum oxide and dimethicone), and hydrophilic (coated with aluminum oxide and glycerol) titanium dioxide nanoparticles (nano-TiO2) at 125, 250, 500, and 750 mg nano-TiO2 kg(-1) soil. ICP-OES/MS, SPAD meter, and UV/Vis spectrometry were used to determine Ti and essential elements in tissues, relative chlorophyll content, carbohydrates, and antioxidant response, respectively...
January 6, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069010/nanoparticle-exposure-reactivates-latent-herpesvirus-and-restores-a-signature-of-acute-infection
#17
Christine Sattler, Franco Moritz, Shanze Chen, Beatrix Steer, David Kutschke, Martin Irmler, Johannes Beckers, Oliver Eickelberg, Philippe Schmitt-Kopplin, Heiko Adler, Tobias Stoeger
BACKGROUND: Inhalation of environmental (nano) particles (NP) as well as persistent herpesvirus-infection are potentially associated with chronic lung disease and as both are omnipresent in human society a coincidence of these two factors is highly likely. We hypothesized that NP-exposure of persistently herpesvirus-infected cells as a second hit might disrupt immune control of viral latency, provoke reactivation of latent virus and eventually lead to an inflammatory response and tissue damage...
January 10, 2017: Particle and Fibre Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068855/iron-oxide-nanoparticles-in-modern-microbiology-and-biotechnology
#18
Ranmadugala Dinali, Alireza Ebrahiminezhad, Merilyn Manley-Harris, Younes Ghasemi, Aydin Berenjian
Iron oxide nanoparticles (IONs) are one of the most developed and used nanomaterials in biotechnology and microbiology. These particles have unique physicochemical properties, which make them unique among nanomaterials. Therefore, many experiments have been conducted to develop facile synthesis methods for these particles and to make them biocompatible. Various effects of IONs on microorganisms have been reported. Depending on the microbial strain and nanoparticle (NP) concentration, IONs can stimulate or inhibit microbial growth...
January 10, 2017: Critical Reviews in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068637/assembling-of-multifunctional-latex-based-hybrid-nanocarriers-from-calotropis-gigantea-for-sustained-doxorubicin-dox-releases
#19
Periyakaruppan Pradeepkumar, Dharman Govindaraj, Murugaraj Jeyaraj, Murugan A Munusamy, Mariappan Rajan
Natural rubber Latex (Lax) is a colloidal dispersion of polymer particles in liquid and shows good biodegradable, biocompatibility, and non-toxicity. Natural polymers are the most important materials used in food packaging, micro/nano-drug delivery, tissue engineering, agriculture, and coating. In the present study, natural compounds extracted from plant Lax were designed to function as drug carriers using various surfactants via emulation and solvent evaporation method. Calotropis gigantea belongs to the family Apocynaceae and has received considerable attention in modern medicine, ayurvedeic, siddha, and traditional medicine...
January 6, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068081/peptide-decorated-nanofibrous-niche-augments-in-vitro-directed-osteogenic-conversion-of-human-pluripotent-stem-cells
#20
Yi Deng, Yuanyi Yang, Shicheng Wei
Realization of clinical potential of human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) in bone regenerative medicine requires development of simple and safe biomaterials for expansion of hPSCs followed by directing their lineage commitment to osteoblasts. In the present study, a chemically defined peptide-decorated polycaprolactone (PCL) nanofibrous microenvironment was prepared through electrospinning technology and subsequent conjugation with vitronectin peptide to promote the culture and osteogenic potential of hPSCs in vitro...
January 9, 2017: Biomacromolecules
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