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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532069/photothermal-conversion-efficiency-and-cytotoxic-effect-of-gold-nanorods-stabilized-with-chitosan-alginate-and-poly-vinyl-alcohol
#1
M Almada, B H Leal-Martínez, N Hassan, M J Kogan, M G Burboa, A Topete, M A Valdez, J Juárez
Gold nanorods (GNR) use has been proposed in medical applications because of their intrinsic photothermal properties. However, the presence of CTAB molecules adsorbed onto the surface of GNRs results in a highly cytotoxic GNR system. In this work we replace the CTAB molecules with a thiolated chitosan. Once chitosan coated GNRs (Chi-SH-GNR) were attained, a film of alginate (Alg-Chi-SH-GNR) or polyvinyl alcohol (PVA-Chi-SH-GNR) was deposited onto the surface of Chi-GNR by a layer-by-layer process. The photothermal conversion efficiency for the GNR systems was determined irradiating the GNRs suspended in aqua media with a CW 808nm diode laser (CNI, China)...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530576/efficient-delivery-of-quercetin-after-binding-to-beta-lactoglobulin-followed-by-formation-soft-condensed-core-shell-nanostructures
#2
Seyedeh Fatemeh Mirpoor, Seyed Mohammad Hashem Hosseini, Abdo-Reza Nekoei
Nature-made inherent transporting property of beta-lactoglobulin (BLG) was exploited to develop delivery systems for quercetin. After binding to BLG, quercetin was nanoencapsulated within soft-condensed nanostructures of BLG and sodium alginate (ALG). Fluorimetry results revealed that quercetin could bind to BLG even at acidic conditions. The amounts of stoichiometry binding (n) were 1.24 and 1.62 at pH values of 4 and 7, respectively. Formation of core-shell type nanostructures was confirmed by transmission electron microscopy...
October 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530091/3d-bioprinting-of-highly-thixotropic-alginate-methylcellulose-hydrogel-with-strong-interface-bonding
#3
Huijun Li, Yu Jun Tan, Kah Fai Leong, Lin Li
A robust alginate/methylcellulose (Alg/MC) blend hydrogel, with a strategy to improve adhesion between printed layers, has been fabricated for the first time for 3D bioprinting. The optimized Alg/MC blend hydrogel exhibits highly thixotropic property, great extrudability and stackability. With treatment by a trisodium citrate (TSC) solution, the interfacial bonding between printed layers is significantly improved. The TSC solution acts as a chelating agent to remove the superficial calcium ions at each layer...
May 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493103/cellulose-derivatives-enhanced-stability-of-alginate-based-beads-loaded-with-lactobacillus-plantarum-lab12-against-low-ph-high-temperature-and-prolonged-storage
#4
Ismail M Fareez, Siong Meng Lim, Nurul Aida Ashyqin Zulkefli, Rakesh K Mishra, Kalavathy Ramasamy
The susceptibility of probiotics to low pH and high temperature has limited their use as nutraceuticals. In this study, enhanced protection of probiotics via microencapsulation was achieved. Lactobacillus plantarum LAB12 were immobilised within polymeric matrix comprised of alginate (Alg) with supplementation of cellulose derivatives (methylcellulose (MC), sodium carboxymethyl cellulose (NaCMC) or hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC)). L. plantarum LAB12 encapsulated in Alg-HPMC(1.0) and Alg-MC(1.0) elicited improved survivability (91%) in simulated gastric conditions and facilitated maximal release (∼100%) in simulated intestinal condition...
May 10, 2017: Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487189/mucopenetrating-nanoparticles-for-enhancement-of-oral-bioavailability-of-furosemide-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-evaluation-sub-acute-toxicity-study
#5
Salma El-Sayed Radwan, Magda Samir Sokar, Doaa Ali Abdelmonsif, Amal Hassan El-Kamel
The aim of this study was to formulate and evaluate chitosan (CS)/alginate (ALG) nanoparticles (NPs) loaded with furosemide (FSM) in an attempt to enhance its release, permeability and bioavailability. Non-everted gut sac method was used to evaluate the ex vivo permeation of FSM from its suspension and the selected CS/ALG NPs formulation. The pharmacokinetic parameters of FSM subsequent to oral administration of the selected formulation were assessed in rats. In vivo subacute toxicity study of the prepared blank and FSM loaded formulations was evaluated in rats...
May 6, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486755/mechanical-stimulations-on-human-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cells-enhance-cells-differentiation-in-a-3d-layered-scaffold
#6
Jessica Schiavi, Loïc Reppel, Naceur Charif, Natalia de Isla, Didier Mainard, Nadia Benkirane-Jessel, Jean-François Stoltz, Rachid Rahouadj, Céline Huselstein
Scaffolds laden with stem cells are a promising approach for articular cartilage repair. Investigations have shown that implantation of artificial matrices, growth factors or chondrocytes can stimulate cartilage formation; but no existing strategy apply mechanical stimulation on stratified scaffolds to mimic the cartilage environment. The purpose of this study was to adapt a spraying method for stratified cartilage engineering and to stimulate the bio-substitute. Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells from Bone Marrow (BM-MSCs) were seeded in an Alginate/Hyaluronic Acid (Alg/HA) or Alg/Hydroxyapatite (Alg/Hap) gel to direct cartilage and hypertrophic cartilage/sub-chondral bone differentiation, respectively, in different layers linked with polyelectrolyte multilayer films, in a single scaffold...
May 9, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482594/a-bridging-sf-alg-composite-scaffold-loaded-ngf-for-spinal-cord-injury-repair
#7
Genlong Jiao, Yongqin Pan, Cunchuang Wang, ZhaoXia Li, Zhizhong Li, Rui Guo
Neurons loss and axons degeneration after spinal cord injury (SCI) gradually give rise to result in functional motor and sensory impairment. A bridging biomaterial scaffold that allows the axons to grow through has been investigated for the repair of injured spinal cord. In this study, we introduced a silk fibroin (SF)-based neurobridge as scaffold enriched with/without nerve growth factor (NGF) that can be utilized as a therapeutic approach for spinal cord repair. NGF released from alginate (Alg) microspheres on SF scaffold (SF/Alg composites scaffolds) to the central lesion site of SCI significantly enhanced the sparing of spinal cord tissue and increased the number of surviving neurons...
July 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482588/neuronal-production-from-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-in-self-assembled-collagen-hyaluronic-acid-alginate-microgel-scaffolds-with-grafted-grgdsp-ln5-p4
#8
Yung-Chih Kuo, Cheng-Hong Hsueh
Self-assembled microgel functionalized with peptides was developed and applied to regenerate neurons from induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). Collagen (COL), hyaluronic acid (HA), and alginate (ALG) were modified with methacrylic anhydride (MA), photocrosslinked for patterned particles, grafted with GRGDSP and Ln5-P4, and self-assembled to integrate the microgel into three-dimensional scaffolds. Physicochemical assessments revealed that the ternary microgel scaffolds had an optimal chemical composition at COLMA:HAMA:ALGMA=1:2:1...
July 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482472/caffeine-a-novel-green-precursor-for-synthesis-of-magnetic-cofe2o4-nanoparticles-and-ph-sensitive-magnetic-alginate-beads-for-drug-delivery
#9
Mahnaz Amiri, Masoud Salavati-Niasari, Abbas Pardakhty, Meysam Ahmadi, Ahmad Akbari
Hydrogel beads are promising delivery systems for encapsulation and release of drugs due to the mild process of their fabrication from biopolymers. Magnetic CoFe2O4 nanoparticles (MCFO, 9.72nm in diameter) were synthesized via a co-precipitation method using caffeine as a new environmentally friendly material in order to alkalinize the medium. Drug-targeting Magnetic beads based on CoFe2O4 nanoparticles, sodium alginate and chlorpheniramine maleate (CPAM) were synthesized in the presence of Ca(2+) ions to obtain ionic cross-linked magnetic hydrogel beads...
July 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465853/novel-heterozygous-mutations-in-jag1-and-notch2-genes-in-a-neonatal-patient-with-alagille-syndrome
#10
Alisa Brennan, Anil Kesavan
Alagille Syndrome (ALGS) is a rare autosomal dominant disorder that affects multiple organ systems. Cholestasis as a result of a paucity of intrahepatic bile ducts and congenital heart defects are the two most common features of ALGS. We describe a case of ALGS with novel mutations of JAG1 and NOTCH2 genes in a newborn girl with complex congenital heart disease, bilateral dysplastic kidneys, and malrotation with volvulus.
2017: Case Reports in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461238/functional-analysis-of-microrna-pathway-genes-in-the-somatic-gonad-and-germ-cells-during-ovulation-in-c-elegans
#11
Carmela Rios, David Warren, Benjamin Olson, Allison L Abbott
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are post-transcriptional regulators of gene expression that play critical roles in animal development and physiology, though functions for most miRNAs remain unknown. Worms with reduced miRNA biogenesis due to loss of Drosha or Pasha/DGCR8 activity are sterile and fail to ovulate, indicating that miRNAs are required for the process of oocyte maturation and ovulation. Starting with this penetrant sterile phenotype and using new strains created to perform tissue specific RNAi, we characterized the roles of the C...
April 28, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438703/multilayered-membranes-with-tuned-well-arrays-to-be-used-as-regenerative-patches
#12
Nádia I Martins, Maria P Sousa, Catarina A Custódio, Vânia C Pinto, Paulo J Sousa, Graça Minas, Franck Cleymand, João F Mano
Membranes have been explored as patches in tissue repair and regeneration, most of them presenting a flat geometry or a patterned texture at the nano/micrometer scale. Herein, a new concept of a flexible membrane featuring well arrays forming pore-like environments to accommodate cell culture is proposed. The processing of such membranes using polysaccharides is based on the production of multilayers using the layer-by-layer methodology over a patterned PDMS substrate. The detached multilayered membrane exhibits a layer of open pores at one side and a total thickness of 38 ± 2...
April 21, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438682/production-immobilization-and-thermodynamic-studies-of-free-and-immobilized-aspergillus-awamori-amylase
#13
Eman A Karam, Walaa A Abdel Wahab, Shireen A A Saleh, Mohamed E Hassan, Amany L Kansoh, Mona A Esawy
Enzyme cost, stability and its thermodynamic characteristics are the main criteria for industrial use. In this study, Aspergillus awamori amylase was constitutively produced using various agro-industrial wastes. Olive oil cake gave the highest activity (230U/g). The amylase was partially purified to 2.81-fold purification. Immobilization was achieved using different carriers by covalent binding. The novel carrier Ca(+2) alginate (Alg) starch (St)/polyethyleneimine (PEI)/glutaraldehyde (GA), showed the highest operational stability and was selected for further studies...
April 21, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424550/doxorubicin-loaded-poly-lactic-co-glycolic-acid-nanoparticles-coated-with-chitosan-alginate-by-layer-by-layer-technology-for-antitumor-applications
#14
Fujuan Chai, Linlin Sun, Xinyi He, Jieli Li, Yuanfen Liu, Fei Xiong, Liang Ge, Thomas J Webster, Chunli Zheng
Natural polyelectrolyte multilayers of chitosan (CHI) and alginate (ALG) were alternately deposited on doxorubicin (DOX)-loaded poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) nanoparticles (NPs) with layer by layer self-assembly to control drug release for antitumor activity. Numerous factors which influenced the multilayer growth on nano-colloidal particles were studied: polyelectrolyte concentration, NaCl concentration and temperature. Then the growth regime of the CHI/ALG multilayers was elucidated. The coated NPs were characterized by transmission electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, X-ray diffraction and a zeta potential analyzer...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421389/preparation-and-biocompatibility-of-demineralized-bone-matrix-sodium-alginate-putty
#15
Yumin Zhang, Jianru Wang, Yanmiao Ma, Xiaojun Niu, Jianchun Liu, Lan Gao, Xiaoyan Zhai, Kaibo Chu, Bo Han, Liwang Yang, Jue Wang
Demineralized bone matrix (DBM) powder is widely used for bone regeneration due to its osteoinductivity and osteoconductivity. However, difficulties with handling, tendency to migrate from graft sites and lack of stability after surgery sometimes limit the clinical utility of this material. In this work, the possibility of using sodium alginate (ALG) carrier to deliver DBM powder was assessed. DBM-ALG putty with the DBM:ALG weight ratio of 5:5, 6:4, 7:3, 8:2 were prepared, respectively. The properties of the formed composite, including discrete degree, washout property, pH, equilibrium swelling as well as cytotoxicity in vivo, were adopted to ascertain the optimal ratio of DBM and ALG...
June 2017: Cell and Tissue Banking
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415545/engineering-bone-regeneration-with-novel-cell-laden-hydrogel-microfiber-injectable-calcium-phosphate-scaffold
#16
Yang Song, Chi Zhang, Ping Wang, Lin Wang, Chunyun Bao, Michael D Weir, Mark A Reynolds, Ke Ren, Liang Zhao, Hockin H K Xu
Cell-based tissue engineering is promising to create living functional tissues for bone regeneration. The implanted cells should be evenly distributed in the scaffold, be fast-released to the defect and maintain high viability in order to actively participate in the regenerative process. Herein, we report an injectable calcium phosphate cement (CPC) scaffold containing cell-encapsulating hydrogel microfibers with desirable degradability that could deliver cells in a timely manner and maintain cell viability...
June 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415414/bionanocomposite-systems-based-on-montmorillonite-and-biopolymers-for-the-controlled-release-of-olanzapine
#17
Artur S Oliveira, Ana C S Alcântara, Sibele B C Pergher
Olanzapine (OLZ) is a drug that is used in the treatment of schizophrenia and other psychoses, and it belongs to the thienobenzodiazepine class. The OLZ molecule has low solubility decreasing bioavailability, but has high permeability in membrane biological being classified as a Class II drug substance according to the Biopharmaceutics Classification System. It was reported many side effects of administering OLZ orally. So, in order to increase the bioavailability of drug and possibly reducing some of side effects, this paper proposes a new material able to controllably release the drug in the body...
June 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414151/targeted-antigen-delivery-to-dendritic-cell-via-functionalized-alginate-nanoparticles-for-cancer-immunotherapy
#18
Chuangnian Zhang, Gaona Shi, Ju Zhang, Huijuan Song, Jinfeng Niu, Shengbin Shi, Pingsheng Huang, Yanming Wang, Weiwei Wang, Chen Li, Deling Kong
The purpose of the present study was to identify an "easy-to-adopt" strategy to enhance immune responses using functionalized alginate (ALG) nanoparticles (MAN-ALG/ALG=OVA NPs), which were prepared by CaCl2 cross-linking of two different types of ALG. The mannose (MAN) modified ALG (MAN-ALG) was used for dendritic cell targeting. The other component, composed of ovalbumin (OVA), a model antigen, is conjugated to ALG (ALG=OVA) via pH sensitive Schiff base bond. Grafting of alginate was demonstrated by FT-IR and (1)H NMR, while the morphological structure, particle size, Zeta potential of MAN-ALG/ALG=OVA NPs were measured using TEM and DLS...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398222/preparation-characterization-and-properties-of-alginate-poly-%C3%AE-glutamic-acid-composite-microparticles
#19
Zongrui Tong, Yu Chen, Yang Liu, Li Tong, Jiamian Chu, Kecen Xiao, Zhiyu Zhou, Wenbo Dong, Xingwu Chu
Alginate (Alg) is a renewable polymer with excellent hemostatic properties and biocapability and is widely used for hemostatic wound dressing. However, the swelling properties of alginate-based wound dressings need to be promoted to meet the requirements of wider application. Poly(γ-glutamic acid) (PGA) is a natural polymer with high hydrophility. In the current study, novel Alg/PGA composite microparticles with double network structure were prepared by the emulsification/internal gelation method. It was found from the structure characterization that a double network structure was formed in the composite microparticles due to the ion chelation interaction between Ca(2+) and the carboxylate groups of Alg and PGA and the electrostatic interaction between the secondary amine group of PGA and the carboxylate groups of Alg and PGA...
April 11, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397862/a-robust-salt-tolerant-superoleophobic-alginate-graphene-oxide-aerogel-for-efficient-oil-water-separation-in-marine-environments
#20
Yuqi Li, Hui Zhang, Mizi Fan, Peitao Zheng, Jiandong Zhuang, Lihui Chen
Marine pollution caused by frequent oil spill accidents has brought about tremendous damages to marine ecological environment. Therefore, the facile large-scale preparation of three-dimensional (3D) porous functional materials with special wettability is in urgent demand. In this study, we report a low-cost and salt-tolerant superoleophobic aerogel for efficient oil/seawater separation. The aerogel is prepared through incorporating graphene oxide (GO) into alginate (ALG) matrix by using a facile combined freeze-drying and ionic cross-linking method...
April 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
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