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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107661/targeting-nf-kb-signaling-with-polymeric-hybrid-micelles-that-co-deliver-sirna-and-dexamethasone-for-arthritis-therapy
#1
Qin Wang, Hao Jiang, Yan Li, Wenfei Chen, Hanmei Li, Ke Peng, Zhirong Zhang, Xun Sun
The transcription factor NF-kB plays a pivotal role in the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis. Here we attempt to slow arthritis progression by co-delivering the glucocorticoid dexamethasone (Dex) and small-interfering RNA targeting NF-kB p65 using our previously developed polymeric hybrid micelle system. These micelles contain two similar amphiphilic copolymers: polycaprolactone-polyethylenimine (PCL-PEI) and polycaprolactone-polyethyleneglycol (PCL-PEG). The hybrid micelles loaded with Dex and siRNA effectively inhibited NF-kB signaling in murine macrophages more efficiently than micelles containing either Dex or siRNA on their own...
January 11, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106517/traditional-invasive-and-synchrotron-based-non-invasive-assessments-of-3d-printed-hybrid-cartilage-constructs
#2
Adeola Deborah Olubamiji, Ning Zhu, Tuanjie Chang, Chijioke Nwankwo, Zohreh Izadifar, Ali Honaramooz, Daniel Chen, B Frank Eames
Three-dimensional (3D)-printed constructs made of polycaprolactone (PCL) and chondrocyte-impregnated alginate hydrogel (hybrid cartilage constructs) mimic the biphasic nature of articular cartilage, offering promise for cartilage tissue engineering (CTE) applications. However, the regulatory pathway for medical device development requires validation of such constructs through in vitro bench tests and in vivo preclinical examinations premarket approval. Furthermore, non-invasive imaging techniques are required for effective evaluation of the progress of these cartilage constructs, especially when implanted in animal models or human subjects...
January 20, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part C, Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105768/supramolecular-polymer-network-mediated-self-assembly-of-semicrystalline-polymers-with-excellent-crystalline-performance
#3
Chih-Chia Cheng, Wei-Tsung Chuang, Duu-Jong Lee, Zhong Xin, Chih-Wei Chiu
A novel application of supramolecular interactions within semicrystalline polymers, capable of self-assembling into supramolecular polymer networks via self-complementary multiple hydrogen-bonded complexes, is demonstrated for efficient construction of highly controlled self-organizing hierarchical structures to offer a direct, efficient nucleation pathway resulting in superior crystallization performance. Herein, a novel functionalized poly(ε-caprolactone) containing self-complementary sextuple hydrogen-bonded uracil-diamidopyridine (U-DPy) moieties is successfully developed and demonstrated excellent thermal and viscoelastic properties as well as high dynamic structural stability in the bulk state due to physical cross-linking created by reversible sextuple hydrogen bonding between U-DPy units...
January 20, 2017: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104899/amino-acid-based-material-for-the-complementary-therapy-of-decubitus-ulcers
#4
Frederico Nogueira, Isabel C Gouveia
Chronic wounds, pressure sores, lesions and infections of microbial origin in bedridden, paralyzed or malnutrition patients remain the object of study of many researchers. There are several intrinsic and extrinsic factors involved in the development of these disorders, which are related to the patient's immune system, making it unable to respond effectively to the treatment of the wound. These factors can be properly controlled, giving particular importance to the ethiology and stage of the wound, as well as the time periods corresponding to the replacement of the dressings...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103515/strong-synergistic-effects-in-pla-pcl-blends-impact-of-pla-matrix-viscosity
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Aleksandra Ostafinska, Ivan Fortelný, Jiří Hodan, Sabina Krejčíková, Martina Nevoralová, Jana Kredatusová, Zdeněk Kruliš, Jiří Kotek, Miroslav Šlouf
Blends of two biodegradable polymers, poly(lactic acid) (PLA) and poly(ϵ-caprolactone) (PCL), with strong synergistic improvement in mechanical performance were prepared by melt-mixing using the optimized composition (80/20) and the optimized preparation procedure (a melt-mixing followed by a compression molding) according to our previous study. Three different PLA polymers were employed, whose viscosity decreased in the following order: PLC ≈ PLA1 > PLA2 > PLA3. The blends with the highest viscosity matrix (PLA1/PCL) exhibited the smallest PCL particles (d∼0...
January 10, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103415/predictors-of-ptsd-symptom-change-among-outpatients-in-the-u-s-department-of-veterans-affairs-health-care-system
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Rebecca K Sripada, Paul N Pfeiffer, Jessica Rampton, Dara Ganoczy, Sheila A M Rauch, Melissa A Polusny, Kipling M Bohnert
Although the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has prioritized care for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), many patients with PTSD remain symptomatic. Patterns of PTSD symptom change are not well understood. Thus, the current study was designed to categorize and investigate potential predictors of symptom trajectories in patients with PTSD. The sample comprised 2,237 VA patients who were diagnosed with PTSD in 2013 and completed at least 4 PTSD Checklist (PCL) assessments over 12 weeks. Latent trajectory analysis was used to identify latent classes of patients based on PCL scores...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Traumatic Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102556/structurally-stable-attractive-nanoscale-emulsions-with-dipole-dipole-interaction-driven-interdrop-percolation
#7
Kyounghee Shin, Gyeonghyeon Gong, Jonas Cuadrado, Serim Jeon, Mintae Seo, Hong Sung Choi, Jae Sung Hwang, Youngbok Lee, Alberto Fernandez-Nieves, Jin Woong Kim
This study introduces an extremely stable attractive nanoscale emulsion fluid, in which the amphiphilic block copolymer, poly(ethylene oxide)-block-poly(ε-caprolactone) (PEO-b-PCL), is tightly packed with lecithin, thereby forming a mechanically robust thin-film at the oil-water interface. The molecular association of PEO-b-PCL with lecithin is critical for formation of a tighter and denser molecular assembly at the interface, which is systematically confirmed by T2 relaxation and DSC analyses. Moreover, our suspension rheology studies also reflect the interdroplet attractions over a wide volume fraction range of the dispersed oil phase; this results in a percolated network of stable drops that exhibit no signs of coalescence or phase separation...
January 19, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098871/lectin-pcl-inhibits-the-warburg-effect-of-pc3-cells-by-combining-with-egfr-and-inhibiting-hk2
#8
Hong Zhang, Xia Du, Ting-Ting Sun, Chun-Liu Wang, Ye Li, Shou-Zhen Wu
Prostatic carcinoma is the most aggressive tumor in adult men. Warburg effect is an important characteristic of tumor cell metabolism including prostate cancer cells, in which hexokinase 2 (HK2), a major rate-limiting enzyme involved in Warburg effect, is selectively upregulated. The lectin PCL is a mannose binding lectin which induces tumor cell apoptosis and autophagy. In the present study, we report that PCL could lower glucose consumption and lactate production, shift the Warburg effect by inhibiting the expression of HK2 in PC3 cells and the suppression of HK2 by siRNA reversed the effect of PCL on glucose consumption and lactate production...
January 16, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094986/improving-internal-cell-colonization-of-porous-scaffolds-with-chemical-gradients-produced-by-plasma-assisted-approaches
#9
Eloisa Sardella, Rania A Salama, Gihan H Waly, A Nour Habib, Pietro Favia, Roberto Gristina
Cell colonization of the surrounding environment is a very significant process in both physiological and pathological events. In order to understand the tissue regeneration process and thereby provide guidance principles for designing new biomaterials, it is of paramount importance to study the cell colonization in the presence of physical, chemical and biological cues. Flat "gradient" materials are generally used with this purpose. Three dimensional (3D) gradient scaffolds mimicking more precisely the situation in vivo, are somewhat more complex to fabricate and characterize...
January 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094036/centriole-remodeling-during-spermiogenesis-in-drosophila
#10
Atul Khire, Kyoung H Jo, Dong Kong, Tara Akhshi, Stephanie Blachon, Anthony R Cekic, Sarah Hynek, Andrew Ha, Jadranka Loncarek, Vito Mennella, Tomer Avidor-Reiss
The first cell of an animal (zygote) requires centrosomes that are assembled from paternally inherited centrioles and maternally inherited pericentriolar material (PCM) [1]. In some animals, sperm centrioles with typical ultrastructure are the origin of the first centrosomes in the zygote [2-4]. In other animals, however, sperm centrioles lose their proteins and are thought to be degenerated and non-functional during spermiogenesis [5, 6]. Here, we show that the two sperm centrioles (the giant centriole [GC] and the proximal centriole-like structure [PCL]) in Drosophila melanogaster are remodeled during spermiogenesis through protein enrichment and ultrastructure modification in parallel to previously described centrosomal reduction [7]...
December 5, 2016: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093635/different-intraoperative-kinematics-stability-and-range-of-motion-between-cruciate-substituting-ultracongruent-and-posterior-stabilized-total-knee-arthroplasty
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Hagen Fritzsche, Franziska Beyer, Anne Postler, Jörg Lützner
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was the comparison of intraoperative kinematics, stability, and range of motion (ROM) between the native osteoarthritic knee and cruciate-substituting fixed-bearing total knee arthroplasty (TKA) using both an ultracongruent (UC) and a posterior-stabilized (PS) insert design in the same patient. We hypothesized less knee flexion and less antero-posterior stability in the UC TKA. METHODS: Intraoperative measurements of kinematics, stability, and ROM were performed in 40 patients before soft-tissue release and bone cuts, and after implantation of the final femoral and tibial implants with both a UC insert and a PS insert...
January 16, 2017: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy: Official Journal of the ESSKA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092844/enhanced-effect-in-combination-of-curcumin-and-ketoconazole-loaded-methoxy-poly-ethylene-glycol-poly-%C3%AE%C2%B5-caprolactone-micelles
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Fangfang Teng, Peizong Deng, Zhimei Song, Feilong Zhou, Runliang Feng
In order to enhance water-solubility and realize controlled release while keeping synergistic effects of ketoconazole and curcumin, drug-loaded methoxy poly (ethylene glycol)-b-poly (ε-caprolactone) micelles were prepared through thin membrane hydration method. Transmission electric microscopy and dynamitic light scattering characterization revealed the formation of ketoconazole- and curcumin-loaded micelles with an average size of 44.70nm and 39.56nm, respectively. The drug-loaded micelles endowed the two drugs' slow controlled release with water-solubility enhanced to 85 and 82000 folds higher than the corresponding raw drugs, respectively...
January 13, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092055/differentiating-emotional-processing-and-attention-in-psychopathy-with-functional-neuroimaging
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Nathaniel E Anderson, Vaughn R Steele, J Michael Maurer, Vikram Rao, Michael R Koenigs, Jean Decety, David S Kosson, Vince D Calhoun, Kent A Kiehl
Individuals with psychopathy are often characterized by emotional processing deficits, and recent research has examined the specific contexts and cognitive mechanisms that underlie these abnormalities. Some evidence suggests that abnormal features of attention are fundamental to emotional deficits in persons with psychopathy, but few studies have demonstrated the neural underpinnings responsible for such effects. Here, we use functional neuroimaging to examine attention-emotion interactions among incarcerated individuals (n = 120) evaluated for psychopathic traits using the Hare Psychopathy Checklist-Revised (PCL-R)...
January 16, 2017: Cognitive, Affective & Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079370/substituted-polyesters-by-thiol-ene-modification-rapid-diversification-for-therapeutic-protein-stabilization
#14
Emma M Pelegri-O'Day, Samantha J Paluck, Heather D Maynard
Many proteins, especially those used as therapeutics, are unstable to storage and shipping temperatures, leading to increased costs in research and industry. Therefore, the design and synthesis of novel stabilizers is an important area of investigation. Herein we report new degradable polymers that stabilize proteins to environmental stressors such as refrigeration and elevated temperature. Specifically, polycaprolactones with different pendant groups were synthesized and surveyed for their ability to stabilize an important therapeutic protein to storage and shipping conditions...
January 12, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077395/the-effects-of-posterior-cruciate-ligament-deficiency-on-posterolateral-corner-structures-under-gait-and-squat-loading-conditions-a-computational-knee-model
#15
K-T Kang, Y-G Koh, M Jung, J-H Nam, J Son, Y H Lee, S-J Kim, S-H Kim
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the current study was to analyse the effects of posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) deficiency on forces of the posterolateral corner structure and on tibiofemoral (TF) and patellofemoral (PF) contact force under dynamic-loading conditions. METHODS: A subject-specific knee model was validated using a passive flexion experiment, electromyography data, muscle activation, and previous experimental studies. The simulation was performed on the musculoskeletal models with and without PCL deficiency using a novel force-dependent kinematics method under gait- and squat-loading conditions, followed by probabilistic analysis for material uncertain to be considered...
January 2017: Bone & Joint Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076641/cross-cultural-adaptation-of-the-posttraumatic-stress-disorder-checklist-5-pcl-5-and-life-events-checklist-5-lec-5-for-the-brazilian-context
#16
Eduardo de Paula Lima, Alina Gomide Vasconcelos, William Berger, Christian Haag Kristensen, Elizabeth do Nascimento, Ivan Figueira, Mauro Vitor Mendlowicz
Objective: To describe the process of cross-cultural adaptation of the Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Checklist 5 (PCL-5) and the Life Events Checklist 5 (LEC-5) for the Brazilian sociolinguistic context. Method: The adaptation process sought to establish conceptual, semantic, and operational equivalence between the original items of the questionnaire and their translated versions, following standardized protocols. Initially, two researchers translated the original version of the scale into Brazilian Portuguese...
October 2016: Trends in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076291/individual-construction-of-freeform-fabricated-polycaprolactone-scaffolds-for-osteogenesis
#17
Lu Liu, Guixin Shi, Ying Cui, Hui Li, Zhengchao Li, Qiangcheng Zeng, Yong Guo
The construction of engineered bone mostly focuses on simulating the extracellular matrix (ECM) for proper biological activity. However, the complexity of architecture and the variability of the mechanical properties of natural bones are related to individual differences in age, nutritional state, mechanical loading and disease status. Defect substitutions should be normed with the host natural bone, balancing architectural and mechanical adaption, as well as biological activity. Using a freeform fabrication (FFF) method, we prepared polycaprolactone (PCL) scaffolds with different architectures...
January 11, 2017: Biomedizinische Technik. Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071055/rapid-and-efficient-conversion-of-all-e-astaxanthin-to-9z-and-13z-isomers-and-assessment-of-their-stability-and-antioxidant-activities
#18
Cheng Yang, Lianfu Zhang, Hua Zhang, Qingrui Sun, Ronghua Liu, Jing Li, Leiyan Wu, Rong Tsao
An optimized isomerization method was developed by heating all-E-astaxanthin in ethyl acetate (70 °C) with I-TiO2 catalyst, yielding 22.7% and 16.9% of 9Z- and 13Z-astaxanthin, respectively, in 2 h, with 92-95% purity after semipreparative HPLC purification. 13Z-Astaxanthin had higher antioxidant activity than all-E- and 9Z-astaxanthins in oxygen radical absorbing capacity assay for lipophilic compounds, photochemiluminescence, and cellular antioxidant activity (CAA) assays, and 9Z-astaxanthin was higher in DPPH radical-scavenging activity assay and lower in CAA assay...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070691/biological-characteristic-effects-of-human-dental-pulp-stem-cells-on-poly-%C3%AE%C2%B5-caprolactone-biphasic-calcium-phosphate-fabricated-scaffolds-using-modified-melt-stretching-and-multilayer-deposition
#19
Natkrita Wongsupa, Thongchai Nuntanaranont, Suttatip Kamolmattayakul, Nuttawut Thuaksuban
Craniofacial bone defects such as alveolar cleft affect the esthetics and functions that need bone reconstruction. The advanced techniques of biomaterials combined with stem cells have been a challenging role for maxillofacial surgeons and scientists. PCL-coated biphasic calcium phosphate (PCL-BCP) scaffolds were created with the modified melt stretching and multilayer deposition (mMSMD) technique and merged with human dental pulp stem cells (hDPSCs) to fulfill the component of tissue engineering for bone substitution...
February 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069498/poly-glycerol-sebacate-poly-%C3%AE%C2%B5-caprolactone-blend-nanofibrous-scaffold-as-intrinsic-bio-and-immunocompatible-system-for-corneal-repair
#20
Sahar Salehi, Marta Czugala, Piotr Stafiej, Mohammadhossein Fathi, Thomas Bahners, Jochen S Gutmann, Bernhard B Singer, Thomas A Fuchsluger
: A major challenge in corneal tissue engineering and lamellar corneal transplantation is to develop synthetic scaffolds able to simulate the optical and mechanical properties of the native cornea. As a carrier, the graft scaffolds should provide the basis for anchorage, repair and regeneration. Although quite a number of scaffolds have been engineered to date, they have not been able to simultaneously recapitulate chemical, mechanical, and structural properties of the corneal extracellular matrix (ECM)...
January 6, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
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