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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823088/electrical-signals-triggered-controllable-formation-of-calcium-alginate-film-for-wound-treatment
#1
Xiaoli Liu, Huan Liu, Xue Qu, Miao Lei, Chuchu Zhang, Hua Hong, Gregory F Payne, Changsheng Liu
Wound dressings play important roles in the management of wounds, and calcium cross-linked alginate (Ca(2+)-Alg) is a commonly used hydrogel that is adapted for wound treatment. However, conventional methods for fabricating Ca(2+)-Alg hydrogels can be tedious and difficult to control because of the rapid Ca(2+)-induced gelation of alginate. In this study, An electrodeposition method was used to rapidly and controllably fabricate Ca(2+)-Alg films for wound treatment. Several measures of film growth (e.g., thickness and mass) are shown to linearly correlate to the imposed charge transfer at the electrode...
August 19, 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821089/preparation-and-evaluation-of-chitosan-alginate-porous-microspheres-bletilla-striata-polysaccharide-composite-hemostatic-sponges
#2
Chao Wang, Wenfeng Luo, Puwang Li, Sidong Li, Ziming Yang, Zhang Hu, Yangyang Liu, Ningjian Ao
We prepared a novel hemostatic material using chitosan (CS), alginate, and Bletilla striata, which showed good biocompatibility and hemostatic properties. Alginate-calcium porous microspheres (Alg) were prepared by emulsification/cross-linking methods, and Bletilla striata polysaccharide (Bsp) was extracted from the tubers by water extraction and alcohol precipitation. To improve the water absorption and accelerate the blood coagulation, Alg and Bsp were mixed with chitosan solution to form CS/Alg and CS/Alg/Bsp composite sponges by lyophilization...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815373/autologous-nasal-chondrocytes-delivered-by-injectable-hydrogel-for-in-vivo-articular-cartilage-regeneration
#3
Wenliang Chen, Changhua Li, Maoxiu Peng, Bingju Xie, Lei Zhang, Xiaojun Tang
Cell based tissue engineering serves as a promising strategy for articular cartilage repair, which remains a challenge both for researchers and clinicians. The aim of this research was to assess the potential of autologous nasal chondrocytes (NCs) combined with alginate hydrogel as injectable constructs for rabbit articular cartilage repair. Autologous nasal chondrocytes were isolated from rabbit nasal septum, expanded either on monolayer or in 3D alginate hydrogel. In vitro, DNA quantification revealed that NCs can proliferate stable in 3D alginate matrix, but slower than that cultured in monolayer...
August 16, 2017: Cell and Tissue Banking
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812999/synthesis-and-evaluation-of-a-sodium-alginate-4-aminosalicylic-acid-based-microporous-hydrogel-for-potential-viscosupplementation-for-joint-injuries-and-arthritis-induced-conditions
#4
Dharmesh R Chejara, Mostafa Mabrouk, Pradeep Kumar, Yahya E Choonara, Pierre P D Kondiah, Ravindra V Badhe, Lisa C du Toit, Divya Bijukumar, Viness Pillay
A microporous hydrogel was developed using sodium alginate (alg) and 4-aminosalicylic acid (4-ASA). The synthesized hydrogel was characterized using various analytical techniques such as Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Carbon-13 nuclear magnetic resonance ((13)C-NMR), X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). Additonal carboxyl and hydroxyl functional groups of 4-ASA provided significant lubrication and stress-triggered sol-gel transition to the conjugated hydrogel...
August 16, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811263/the-role-of-escrt-during-development-and-functioning-of-the-nervous-system
#5
REVIEW
Rémy Sadoul, Marine H Laporte, Romain Chassefeyre, Yves Goldberg, Christine Chatellard, Fiona J Hemming, Sandrine Fraboulet
The endosomal sorting complex required for transport (ESCRT) is made of subcomplexes (ESCRT I-III), crucial to membrane remodelling at endosomes, nuclear envelope and cell surface. ESCRT-III shapes membranes and in most cases cooperates with the ATPase VPS4 to mediate fission of membrane necks from the inside. The first ESCRT complexes mainly serve to catalyse the formation of ESCRT-III but can be bypassed by accessory proteins like the Alg-2 interacting protein-X (ALIX). In the nervous system, ALIX/ESCRT controls the survival of embryonic neural progenitors and later on the outgrowth and pruning of axons and dendrites, all necessary steps to establish a functional brain...
August 12, 2017: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791765/effects-of-gelling-bath-on-the-physical-properties-of-alginate-gel-beads-and-the-biological-characteristics-of-entrapped-hepg2-cells
#6
Dongsheng Sun, Yang Liu, Hao Wu, Ying Ren, Xiaojun Ma, Huijian Wu, Guangwei Sun
Optimizing alginate gel beads is necessary to support the survival, proliferation, and function of entrapped hepatocytes. In this study, gelling bath was modified by decreasing calcium ion concentration and increasing sodium ion concentration. Alginate gel beads (using 36% G sodium alginate) prepared in the modified gelling bath had more homogeneous structure and better mass transfer properties compared with the traditional gelling bath that contains only calcium ions. Moreover, Alginate gel beads generated in the modified gelling bath could significantly promote the HepG2 cell proliferation and the growth of cell spheroids, and maintain the albumin secretion ability similar to alginate gel beads prepared in the traditional gelling bath with only calcium ions...
August 9, 2017: Biotechnology and Applied Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776978/multilayered-polysaccharide-nanofilms-for-controlled-delivery-of-pentoxifylline-and-possible-treatment-of-chronic-venous-ulceration
#7
Jan Stana, Janja Stergar, Lidija Gradišnik, Vojko Flis, Rupert Johann Kargl, Eleonore Froehlich, Karin Stana Kleinschek, Tamilselvan Mohan, Uros Maver
Local drug delivery systems made from non-toxic polysaccharide nanofilms have an enormous potential in wound care. A detailed understanding of the structural, surface, physicochemical and cytotoxic properties of such systems is crucial to design clinically efficacious materials. Herein, we fabricated polysaccharide-based nanofilms onto either a 2D model (SiO2 and Au-sensors) or on non-woven alginate 3D substrates using an alternating assembly of N,N,N-trimethylchitosan (TMC) and alginic acid (ALG) prepared by a spin-assisted layer-by-layer (LbL) technique...
August 4, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771236/the-cubicon-method-for-concentrating-membrane-proteins-in-the-cubic-mesophase
#8
Pikyee Ma, Dietmar Weichert, Luba A Aleksandrov, Timothy J Jensen, John R Riordan, Xiangyu Liu, Brian K Kobilka, Martin Caffrey
The lipid cubic phase (in meso) method is an important approach for generating crystals and high-resolution X-ray structures of integral membrane proteins. However, as a consequence of instability, it can be impossible-using traditional methods-to concentrate certain membrane proteins and complexes to values suitable for in meso crystallization and structure determination. The cubicon method described here exploits the amphiphilic nature of membrane proteins and their natural tendency to partition preferentially into lipid bilayers from aqueous solution...
September 2017: Nature Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768763/a-solute-binding-protein-in-the-closed-conformation-induces-atp-hydrolysis-in-a-bacterial-atp-binding-cassette-transporter-involved-in-the-import-of-alginate
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Ai Kaneko, Kasumi Uenishi, Yukie Maruyama, Nobuhiro Mizuno, Seiki Baba, Takashi Kumasaka, Bunzo Mikami, Kousaku Murata, Wataru Hashimoto
The Gram-negative bacterium Sphingomonas sp. A1 incorporates alginate into cells via the cell-surface pit without prior depolymerization by extracellular enzymes. Alginate import across cytoplasmic membranes thereby depends on the ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporter AlgM1M2SS (a heterotetramer of AlgM1, AlgM2, and AlgS), which cooperates with the periplasmic solute-binding protein AlgQ1 or AlgQ2; however, several details of AlgM1M2SS-mediated alginate import are not well understood. Herein, we analyzed ATPase and transport activities of AlgM1M2SS after reconstitution into liposomes with AlgQ2 and alginate oligosaccharide substrates having different polymerization degrees (PDs)...
August 2, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742341/synthesis-strategies-to-extend-the-variety-of-alginate-based-hybrid-hydrogels-for-cell-microencapsulation
#10
Solène Passemard, Luca Szabó, François Noverraz, Elisa Montanari, Carmen Gonelle-Gispert, Léo Bühler, Christine Wandrey, Sandrine Gerber-Lemaire
The production of hydrogel microspheres (MS) for cell immobilization, maintaining the favorable properties of alginate gels but presenting enhanced performance in terms of in vivo durability and physical properties, is desirable to extend the therapeutic potential of cell transplantation. A novel type of hydrogel MS was produced by straightforward functionalization of sodium alginate (Na-alg) with heterotelechelic poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) derivatives equipped with either end thiol or 1,2-dithiolane moieties...
July 25, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732851/nanoparticle-assisted-solvent-selective-transdermal-combination-therapy-of-curcumin-and-5-flurouracil-for-efficient-cancer-treatment
#11
T S Anirudhan, Anoop S Nair, Sabari J Bino
Skin cancer is one among the many prominent diseases of the modern world and millions of people are suffering due to the lack of proper medication. Even though transdermal drug delivery systems (TDDS) provide an efficient route of drug administration, the advantages of combination chemotherapy have rarely been extended into TDDS. In the present work, a polymer capable of simultaneously encapsulating two anti-cancer drugs: 5-flurouracil (5-FU) and curcumin (CUR), and releasing them with varying kinetics as a function of the leaching solvent was developed...
October 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731207/polyclonal-and-monoclonal-antibodies-for-treating-acute-rejection-episodes-in-kidney-transplant-recipients
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REVIEW
Angela C Webster, Sunny Wu, Krishna Tallapragada, Min Young Park, Jeremy R Chapman, Sue J Carr
BACKGROUND: Registry data shows that the incidence of acute rejection has been steadily falling. Approximately 10% to 35% of kidney recipients will undergo treatment for at least one episode of acute rejection within the first post-transplant year. Treatment options include pulsed steroid therapy, the use of an antibody preparation, the alteration of background immunosuppression, or combinations of these options. Over recent years, new treatment strategies have evolved, and in many parts of the world there has been an increase in use of tacrolimus and mycophenolate and a reduction in the use of cyclosporin and azathioprine use as baseline immunosuppression to prevent acute rejection...
July 20, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721091/comparison-of-single-injection-ultrasound-guided-approach-versus-multilevel-landmark-based-approach-for-thoracic-paravertebral-blockade-for-breast-tumor-resection-a-retrospective-analysis-at-a-tertiary-care-teaching-institution
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Jagroop Singh Saran, Amie L Hoefnagel, Kristin A Skinner, Changyong Feng, Daryl Irving Smith
BACKGROUND: The role of thoracic paravertebral blockade (TPVB) in decreasing opioid requirements in breast cancer surgery is well documented, and there is mounting evidence that this may improve survival and reduce the rate of malignancy recurrence following cancer-related mastectomy. We compared the two techniques currently in use at our institution, the anatomic landmark-guided (ALG) multilevel versus an ultrasound-guided (USG) single injection, to determine an optimal technique. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed records of patients who received TPVB from January 2013 to December 2014...
2017: Journal of Pain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720077/hemolytic-uremic-syndrome-as-the-presenting-manifestation-of-wt1-mutation-and-denys-drash-syndrome-a-case-report
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Joseph L Alge, Scott E Wenderfer, John Hicks, Mir Reza Bekheirnia, Deborah A Schady, Jamey S Kain, Michael C Braun
BACKGROUND: Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) can occur as a primary process due to mutations in complement genes or secondary to another underlying disease. HUS sometimes occurs in the setting of glomerular diseases, and it has been described in association with Denys-Drash syndrome (DDS), which is characterized by the triad of abnormal genitourinary development; a pathognomonic glomerulopathy, diffuse mesangial sclerosis; and the development of Wilms tumor. CASE PRESENTATION: We report the case of a 46, XX female infant who presented with HUS and biopsy-proven thrombotic microangiopathy...
July 18, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714139/simple-radical-polymerization-of-poly-alginate-graft-n-isopropylacrylamide-injectable-thermoresponsive-hydrogel-with-the-potential-for-localized-and-sustained-delivery-of-stem-cells-and-bioactive-molecules
#15
Sreekanth Pentlavalli, Philip Chambers, Binulal N Sathy, Michelle O'Doherty, Marine Chalanqui, Daniel J Kelly, Tammy Haut-Donahue, Helen O McCarthy, Nicholas J Dunne
In this study, thermoresponsive copolymers that are fully injectable, biocompatible, and biodegradable and are synthesized via graft copolymerization of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) onto alginate using a free-radical reaction are presented. This new synthesis method does not involve multisteps or associated toxicity issues, and has the potential to reduce scale-up difficulties. Chemical and physical analyses verify the resultant graft copolymer structure. The lower critical solution temperature, which is a characteristic of sol-gel transition, is observed at 32 °C...
July 17, 2017: Macromolecular Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711612/exemestane-loaded-alginate-nanoparticles-for-cancer-treatment-formulation-and-in-vitro-evaluation
#16
Jayapal John Joseph, Dhanaraj Sangeetha
Alginate, a biopolymer is most useful for anticancer drug delivery, because of it is biocompatible, nontoxic, biodegradable and exploiting ligand-receptor interaction. Breast cancer is spreading very fast due to the changing food habits and environmental causes. Exemestane (EXE) an oral chemotherapeutic drug was used to treat breast cancer, while loading EXE in alginate nanoparticles, the side effects which was faced during administration are expected to be reduced and control the release of exemestane. Thus, in the present study, an anticancer drug EXE was loaded into the Alginate nanoparticles (ALG-NPs) through simple controlled gelation method and evaluated in vitro to study the performance of ALG-NPs in delivering the anticancer drug EXE...
July 12, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711017/alginate-gelatin-scaffolds-incorporated-with-silibinin-loaded-chitosan-nanoparticles-for-bone-formation-in-vitro
#17
R S Leena, M Vairamani, N Selvamurugan
Silibinin is a plant derived flavonolignan known for its multiple biological properties, but its role in the promotion of bone formation has not yet been well studied. Moreover, the delivery of Silibinin is hindered by its complex hydrophobic nature, which limits its bioavailability. Hence, in this study, we fabricated a drug delivery system using chitosan nanoparticles loaded with Silibinin at different concentrations (20μM, 50μM, and 100μM). They were then incorporated into scaffolds containing Alginate and Gelatin (Alg/Gel) for the sustained and prolonged release of Silibinin...
July 12, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710680/development-of-a-novel-tool-to-assess-the-impact-of-itching-in-pediatric-cholestasis
#18
Binita M Kamath, Linda Abetz-Webb, Ciara Kennedy, Bonnie Hepburn, Martha Gauthier, Nathan Johnson, Sharon Medendorp, Alejandro Dorenbaum, Lora Todorova, Benjamin L Shneider
OBJECTIVES: The aim was to develop a clinical outcome assessment (COA) for itching in children with cholestatic pruritus. METHODS: This prospective study aimed to enroll patients aged 4-30 years with Alagille syndrome (ALGS) or progressive familial intrahepatic cholestasis type 1 and caregivers of patients aged 5 months to 14 years. Eligible patients experienced itching during ≥3 of the 7 days before enrollment and had not undergone liver transplant or surgical interruption of the enterohepatic circulation...
July 14, 2017: Patient
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704904/development-of-a-spirulina-extract-alginate-imbedded-pcl-nanofibrous-cosmetic-patch
#19
Seon Yeong Byeon, Myung Kwon Cho, Kyou Hee Shim, Hye Jin Kim, Hyeon Gi Song, Hwa Sung Shin
Cosmetic patches have recently been developed as skin products for personal care due to rapid advances in the technology of delivery of active ingredients, moisture and adhesiveness to skin. Alginate and Spirulina are typical marine resources used in cosmetic products. This research involved the development of a Spirulina extract-impregnated alginate nanofiber cosmetic patch supported by a polycaprolactone (PCL) nanofiber cover (Spi/Alg-PCL NF patch). In addition to the ability of alginate to affect moisture and adhesiveness to skin, the impregnation of Spirulina extract strengthened those abilities as well as its own bioactive effectiveness...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698077/examination-of-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-biocompatibility-of-alginate-hyaluronic-acid-microbeads-as-a-promising-method-in-cell-delivery-for-kidney-regeneration
#20
Jhaleh Amirian, Tran Thi Tuong Van, Sang-Ho Bae, Hae-Il Jung, Hwan-Jun Choi, Hyun-Deuk Cho, Byong-Taek Lee
In this study, alginate (ALG) and alginate-hyaluronic acid (ALG-HA) injectable microbeads, with the purpose of delivering stem cells for tissue engineering, were prepared by a spraying method into a CaCl2 solution that shows high porosity for the exchange of nutrition and waste. In addition, the size distribution and surface morphology was investigated using optical and scanning electron microscopy, respectively. The chemical structural properties of the ALG-HA microbeads were examined by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy...
July 8, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
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