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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922618/an-electromagnetic-system-for-inducing-a-localized-force-gradient-in-an-ecm-and-its-influence-on-hmvec-sprouting
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Hian Hian See, Sahan C B Herath, Rerngchai Arayanarakool, Yue Du, Evan Tan, Ruowen Ge, Harry Asada, Peter C Y Chen
Mechanical properties of the extracellular matrix (ECM) have been observed to influence the behavior of cells. Investigations on such an influence commonly rely on using soluble cues to alter the global intrinsic ECM properties in order to study the subsequent response of cells. This article presents an electromagnetic system for inducing a localized force gradient in an ECM, and reports the experimentally observed effect of such a force gradient on in vitro angiogenic sprouting of human microvascular endothelial cells (HMVECs)...
September 1, 2017: SLAS Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921943/self-assembly-of-mesoscale-artificial-clathrin-mimics
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Yifan Kong, Mina-Elraheb S Hanna, Denys Zhuo, Katherine G Chang, Tara Bozorg-Grayeli, Nicholas A Melosh
Fluidic control and sampling in complex environments is an important process in biotechnology, materials synthesis, and microfluidics. An elegant solution to this problem has evolved in nature through cellular endocytosis, where the dynamic recruitment, self-assembly, and spherical budding of clathrin proteins allows cells to sample their external environment. Yet despite the importance and utility of endocytosis, artificial systems which can replicate this dynamic behavior have not been developed. Guided by clathrin's unusual structure, we created simplified metallic microparticles that capture the three-legged shape, particle curvature, and interfacial attachment characteristics of clathrin...
September 18, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921536/technical-note-a-simulation-study-on-the-feasibility-of-radiotherapy-dose-enhancement-with-calcium-tungstate-and-hafnium-oxide-nano-and-microparticles
#3
Nicholas J Sherck, You-Yeon Won
PURPOSE: To assess the radiotherapy dose enhancement (RDE) potential of calcium tungstate (CaWO4 ) and hafnium oxide (HfO2 ) nano- and microparticles (NPs). A Monte Carlo simulation study was conducted to gauge their respective RDE potentials relative to that of the broadly studied gold (Au) NP. The study was warranted due to the promising clinical and preclinical studies involving both CaWO4 and HfO2 NPs as RDE agents in the treatment of various types of cancers. The study provides a baseline RDE to which future experimental RDE trends can be compared to...
September 18, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919327/endothelial-microparticle-promoted-inhibition-of-vascular-remodeling-is-abrogated-under-hyperglycaemic-conditions
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Felix Jansen, Andreas Zietzer, Tobias Stumpf, Anna Flender, Theresa Schmitz, Georg Nickenig, Nikos Werner
BACKGROUND: Endothelial microparticles (EMPs) inhibit vascular remodeling by transferring functional microRNA (miRNA) into target vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs). Because EMPs are increased in diabetic patients and potentially linked to vascular complications in diabetes mellitus, we sought to determine whether effects of EMPs generated under high glucose concentration on vascular remodeling might differ from EMPs derived from untreated cells. METHODS AND RESULTS: EMPs were generated from human coronary endothelial cells (HCAEC) exposed to high glucose concentrations in order to mimic diabetic conditions...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917929/development-of-carboxymethyl-cellulose-chitosan-hybrid-micro-and-macroparticles-for-encapsulation-of-probiotic-bacteria
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P Singh, B Medronho, L Alves, G J da Silva, M G Miguel, B Lindman
Novel carboxymethyl cellulose-chitosan (CMC-Cht) hybrid micro- and macroparticles were successfully prepared in aqueous media either by drop-wise addition or via nozzle-spray methods. The systems were either physically or chemically crosslinked using genipin as the reticulation agent. The macroparticles (ca. 2mm) formed are found to be essentially of the core-shell type, while the microparticles (ca. 5μm) are apparently homogeneous. The crosslinked particles are robust, thermally resistant and less sensitive to pH changes...
November 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917913/microparticle-embedded-fibroin-alginate-beads-for-prolonged-local-release-of-simvastatin-hydroxyacid-to-mesenchymal-stem-cells
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F Ungaro, O Catanzano, I d'Angelo, L Diaz-Gomez, A Concheiro, A Miro, C Alvarez-Lorenzo, F Quaglia
In the present work, we propose silk fibroin/alginate (SF/Alg) beads embedding simvastatin-loaded biodegradable microparticles as a versatile platform capable of tuning SVA release and in so doing osteogenic effects. In a first part of the study, microparticles of poly(lactic-co-glycolic) acid incorporating simvastatin either as lactone (SVL) or as hydroxyacid form (SVA) were prepared by spray-drying. While SVA-loaded microparticles released the drug in three days, long-term release of SVA could be obtained from SVL-loaded microparticles...
November 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917907/microencapsulation-of-eugenia-uniflora-l-juice-by-spray-drying-using-fructans-with-different-degrees-of-polymerisation
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R I Ortiz-Basurto, M E Rubio-Ibarra, J A Ragazzo-Sanchez, C I Beristain, M Jiménez-Fernández
The objective of this work was to microencapsulate pitanga (Eugenia uniflora L.) juice by spray drying, using High Performance Agave Fructans (HPAF) and High Degree of Polymerisation Agave Fructans (HDPAF) and maltodextrin (MD), respectively, as the wall materials. The physicochemical and antioxidant properties of the capsules during storage at various temperatures were evaluated. The microparticles developed using fructans HPAF and HDPAF, exhibited similar physicochemical and flow properties to those presented by the microparticles prepared with MD...
November 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917273/mechanisms-and-risk-factors-of-thrombosis-in-cancer
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REVIEW
Anna Falanga, Laura Russo, Viola Milesi, Alfonso Vignoli
The close relationship between cancer and thrombosis is known since more than a century. Venous thromboembolism (VTE) may be the first manifestation of an occult malignancy in an otherwise healthy individual. Cancer patients commonly present with abnormalities of laboratory coagulation tests, indicating an ongoing subclinical hypercoagulable condition. The results of laboratory tests demonstrate that a process of fibrin formation and removal parallels the development of malignancy, which is of particular interest since fibrin and other clotting products are important for both thrombogenesis and tumor progression...
October 2017: Critical Reviews in Oncology/hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915532/formation-mechanism-of-human-serum-albumin-monolayers-on-positively-charged-polymer-microparticles
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Małgorzata Nattich-Rak, Marta Sadowska, Zbigniew Adamczyk, Michał Cieśla, Małgorzata Kąkol
Human serum albumin (HSA) adsorption on positively and negatively charged polystyrene microparticles was studied at various pHs and NaCl concentrations. Thorough electrophoretic mobility measurements were carried out that enabled to monitor in situ the progress of protein adsorption. The maximum coverage of irreversibly adsorbed HSA on microparticles was determined by different concentration depletion methods, one of them involving AFM imaging of residual molecules. An anomalous adsorption of HSA on the positive microparticles was observed at pH 3...
August 31, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912276/cavin-2-regulates-the-activity-and-stability-of-endothelial-nitric-oxide-synthase-enos-in-angiogenesis
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Gandhi T K Boopathy, Madhura Kulkarni, Sze Yuan Ho, Adrian Boey, Edmond Wei Min Chua, Veluchamy A Barathi, Tom J Carney, Xiaomeng Wang, Wanjin Hong
Angiogenesis is a highly regulated process for formation of new blood vessels from pre-existing ones. Angiogenesis is dysregulated in various pathologies, including age-related macular degeneration, arthritis, and cancer. Inhibiting pathological angiogenesis therefore represents a promising therapeutic strategy for treating these disorders, highlighting the need to study angiogenesis in more detail. To this end, identifying the genes essential for blood vessel formation and elucidating their function are crucial for a complete understanding of angiogenesis...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912242/fabrication-of-fillable-microparticles-and-other-complex-3d-microstructures
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Kevin J McHugh, Thanh D Nguyen, Allison R Linehan, David Yang, Adam M Behrens, Sviatlana Rose, Zachary L Tochka, Stephany Y Tzeng, James J Norman, Aaron C Anselmo, Xian Xu, Stephanie Tomasic, Matthew A Taylor, Jennifer Lu, Rohiverth Guarecuco, Robert Langer, Ana Jaklenec
Three-dimensional (3D) microstructures created by microfabrication and additive manufacturing have demonstrated value across a number of fields, ranging from biomedicine to microelectronics. However, the techniques used to create these devices each have their own characteristic set of advantages and limitations with regards to resolution, material compatibility, and geometrical constraints that determine the types of microstructures that can be formed. We describe a microfabrication method, termed StampEd Assembly of polymer Layers (SEAL), and create injectable pulsatile drug-delivery microparticles, pH sensors, and 3D microfluidic devices that we could not produce using traditional 3D printing...
September 15, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910922/-comparison-of-antibody-persistence-after-primary-immunization-with-5-%C3%AE-g-and-10-%C3%AE-g-recombinant-hepatitis-b-vaccine-among-newborns-with-normal-and-high-response-a-five-year-following-up
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L Zhang, W Zhang, J J Lyu, J J Zhang, J Y Liu, B Y Yan, Y Feng, X F Liang, F Q Cui, F Z Wang, G M Zhang, A Q Xu
Objective: To compare the antibody persistence 5 years after primary immunization with 5 μg and 10 μg recombinant hepatitis B vaccine (HepB) among newborns with normal and high response. Methods: Newborns who completed three doses of 5 μg HepB made by recombinant dexyribonucleic acid technique in Saccharomyces (HepB-SC) or 10 μg HepB made by recombinant dexyribonucleic acid technique in Hansenula polymorpha (HepB-HP) were recruited. Standardized questionnaire was used and blood samples were collected 1-6 months (T(0)) and five years (T(1)) after the third dose respectively...
September 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910921/-effectiveness-of-rapid-hepatitis-b-vaccination-with-different-vaccine-dosages-and-types-in-adults
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L Nie, X H Pang, Z Zhang, J X Ma, X Y Liu, Q Qiu, Y Liang, Q Li, W Zhang
Objective: To evaluate the effectiveness of rapid hepatitis B vaccination with different vaccine dosages and types in adults. Methods: Adults who were aged ≥20 years, negative in the detections of 5 HBV serum markers or only anti-HBc positive were selected from Chaoyang district of Beijing. They were divided into 4 community-based specific groups and given three doses of 10 μg HepB-SCY vaccine, 20 μg HepB-SCY vaccine, 20 μg HepB-CHO vaccine and 10 μg HepB-HPY vaccine respectively at month 0, 1, and 2...
September 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906481/insights-into-the-diagnostic-potential-of-extracellular-vesicles-and-their-mirna-signature-from-liquid-biopsy-as-early-biomarkers-of-diabetic-micro-macrovascular-complications
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REVIEW
Valeria La Marca, Alessandra Fierabracci
Extracellular vesicles (EVs) represent a heterogeneous population of small vesicles, consisting of a phospholipidic bilayer surrounding a soluble interior cargo. Almost all cell types release EVs, thus they are naturally present in all body fluids. Among the several potential applications, EVs could be used as drug delivery vehicles in disease treatment, in immune therapy because of their immunomodulatory properties and in regenerative medicine. In addition to general markers, EVs are characterized by the presence of specific biomarkers (proteins and miRNAs) that allow the identification of their cell or tissue origin...
September 14, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905392/cryopreserved-platelets-demonstrate-reduced-activation-responses-and-impaired-signaling-after-agonist-stimulation
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Lauren Waters, Matthew P Padula, Denese C Marks, Lacey Johnson
BACKGROUND: Room temperature-stored (20-24°C) platelets (PLTs) have a shelf life of 5 days, making it logistically challenging to supply remote medical centers with PLT products. Cryopreservation of PLTs in dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) and storage at -80°C enables an extended shelf life up to 2 years. Although cryopreserved PLTs have been widely characterized under resting conditions, their ability to undergo agonist-induced activation is yet to be fully explored. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: Buffy coat PLTs were cryopreserved at -80°C with 5% to 6% DMSO and sampled before freezing and after thawing...
September 14, 2017: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901307/a-retrospective-analysis-of-the-efficacy-of-microparticle-mediated-chemoembolization-in-liver-metastases-arising-from-gastrointestinal-tumors
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Chuang Li, Ying Liu, Jun Zhou, Yue-Wei Zhang
PURPOSE: We evaluated the clinical efficacy of gelatin sponge microparticle (GSM) -mediated chemoembolization for the treatment of patients with liver metastases following surgery for gastrointestinal tumors. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In a retrospective analysis of 37 patients who were treated at our hospital with GSM-mediated chemoembolization for liver metastases over 13 years, we evaluated outcomes using a modified response evaluation criteria in solid tumors system and also assessed liver function and adverse effects...
2017: Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899817/acute-oral-toxicity-study-of-magnesium-oxide-nanoparticles-and-microparticles-in-female-albino-wistar-rats
#17
Bhanuramya Mangalampalli, Naresh Dumala, Paramjit Grover
Advancements in nanotechnology have led to the development of the nanomedicine, which involves nanodevices for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. A key requirement for the successful use of the nanoparticles (NPs) in biomedical applications is their good dispensability, colloidal stability in biological media, internalization efficiency, and low toxicity. Therefore, toxicological profiling is necessary to understand the mechanism of NPs and microparticles (MPs). MgO NPs have attracted wide scientific interest due to ease of synthesis, chemical stability and unique properties...
September 9, 2017: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology: RTP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898732/poly-n-isopropylacrylamide-hydroxyapatite-nanocomposites-as-thermoresponsive-filling-materials-on-dentinal-surface-and-tubules
#18
Paolo Tempesti, Giovanni Simone Nicotera, Massimo Bonini, Emiliano Fratini, Piero Baglioni
HYPOTHESIS: Dental decay, asa consequence of exposure to acidic foods and drinks, represents one of the most important tooth pathologies. Recently, enamel and dentinal surface remineralization using hydroxyapatite nano- and microparticles has been proposed; however, commercial remineralizing toothpastes are quite expensive, mostly due to the high costs of hydroxyapatite. Hence, we propose a thermoresponsive hybrid nanocomposite material as filler for tooth defects. The use of thermoresponsive composite particles aims at filling exposed dentinal tubules in response to a change of temperature in the oral cavity...
September 9, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898068/protein-mediated-colloidal-assembly
#19
Maiko Obana, Bradley Ross Silverman, David A Tirrell
Programmable colloidal assembly enables the creation of mesoscale materials in a bottom-up manner. Although DNA oligonucleotides have been used extensively as the programmable units in this paradigm, proteins, which exhibit more diverse modes of association and function, have not been widely used to direct colloidal assembly. Here we use protein-protein interactions to drive controlled aggregation of polystyrene microparticles, either through reversible coiled-coil interactions or through intermolecular isopeptide linkages...
September 12, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894955/a-flexible-cell-concentrator-using-inertial-focusing
#20
Chunglong Tu, Jian Zhou, Yitao Liang, Bobo Huang, Yifeng Fang, Xiao Liang, Xuesong Ye
Cell concentration adjustment is intensively implemented routinely both in research and clinical laboratories. Centrifuge is the most prevalent technique for tuning biosample concentration. But it suffers from a number of drawbacks, such as requirement of experienced operator, high cost, low resolution, variable reproducibility and induced damage to sample. Herein we report on a cost-efficient alternative using inertial microfluidics. While the majority of existing literatures concentrate on inertial focusing itself, we identify the substantial role of the outlet system played in the device performance that has long been underestimated...
September 11, 2017: Biomedical Microdevices
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