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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197734/non-canonical-amino-acids-bearing-thiophene-and-bithiophene-synthesis-by-an-ugi-multicomponent-reaction-and-studies-on-ion-recognition-ability
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Cátia I C Esteves, M Manuela M Raposo, Susana P G Costa
Novel thienyl and bithienyl amino acids with different substituents were obtained by a multicomponent Ugi reaction between a heterocyclic aldehyde, an amine, an acid and an isocyanide. Due to the presence of the sulphur heterocycle at the side chain, these unnatural amino acids are highly emissive and bear extra electron donating atoms so they were tested for their ability to act as fluorescent probes and chemosensors in the recognition of biomedically relevant ions in acetonitrile and acetonitrile/water solutions...
February 14, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195832/four-dimensional-printing-hierarchy-scaffolds-with-highly-biocompatible-smart-polymers-for-tissue-engineering-applications
#2
Shida Miao, Wei Zhu, Nathan J Castro, Jinsong Leng, Lijie Grace Zhang
The objective of this study was to four-dimensional (4D) print novel biomimetic gradient tissue scaffolds with highly biocompatible naturally derived smart polymers. The term "4D printing" refers to the inherent smart shape transformation of fabricated constructs when implanted minimally invasively for seamless and dynamic integration. For this purpose, a series of novel shape memory polymers with excellent biocompatibility and tunable shape changing effects were synthesized and cured in the presence of three-dimensional printed sacrificial molds, which were subsequently dissolved to create controllable and graded porosity within the scaffold...
October 2016: Tissue Engineering. Part C, Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192959/a-spatial-dependent-fluorescent-probe-for-detecting-different-situations-of-mitochondrial-membrane-potential-conveniently-and-efficiently
#3
Xuechen Li, Minggang Tian, Ge Zhang, Ruoyao Zhang, Ruiqing Feng, Lifang Guo, Xiaoqiang Yu, Ning Zhao, Xiuquan He
The feedback from mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP) in different situations (normal, decreasing, and vanishing) can reflect different cellular status, which can be applied in biomedical research and diagnosis of the related diseases. Thus, the efficient and convenient detection for MMP in different situations is particularly important yet the operations of current fluorescent probes are complex. In order to address this concern, we presented herein a spatial-dependent fluorescent probe composed of organic cationic salt...
February 14, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190471/plant-lectins-conbr-and-cfl-modulate-expression-toll-like-receptors-pro-inflammatory-cytokines-and-reduce-the-bacterial-burden-in-macrophages-infected-with-salmonella-enterica-serovar-typhimurium
#4
Jec Batista, M T Ralph, R V Vaz, Pfc Souza, A B Silva, Dco Nascimento, L T Souza, M V Ramos, P Mastroeni, J V Lima-Filho
BACKGROUND: Plant lectins have long been used in biomedical research as immunomodulators against tumor cells and microbial infections. PURPOSE: To test the ability of plant lectins ConBr (Canavalia brasiliensis) and CFL (Cratylia argentea) to activate antimicrobial and immunomodulatory activities of murine peritoneal macrophages (pMØ) infected with a virulent strain of Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium (STm). METHODS: We incubated pMØ with non-toxic amounts of ConBr and CFL either before (preventive schedule) or after (curative schedule) exposure to STm...
February 15, 2017: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187512/a-review-of-gradient-stiffness-hydrogels-used-in-tissue-engineering-and-regenerative-medicine
#5
REVIEW
Xia Tingting, Liu Wanqian, Yang Li
Substrate stiffness is known to impact characteristics including cell differentiation, proliferation, migration and apoptosis. Hydrogels are polymeric materials distinguished by high water content and diverse physical properties. Gradient stiffness hydrogels are designed by the need to develop biologically friendly materials as extracellular matrix (ECM) alternatives to replace the separated and narrow-ranged hydrogel substrates. Important new discoveries in cell behaviors have been realized with model gradient stiffness hydrogel systems from the two-dimensional (2D) to three-dimensional (3D) scale...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186890/3-d-solid-texture-classification-using-locally-oriented-wavelet-transforms
#6
Yashin Dicente Cid, Henning Muller, Alexandra Platon, Pierre Poletti, Adrien Depeursinge
Many image acquisition techniques used in biomedical imaging, material analysis, and structural geology are capable of acquiring 3-D solid images. Computational analysis of these images is complex but necessary since it is difficult for humans to visualize and quantify their detailed 3-D content. One of the most common methods to analyze 3-D data is to characterize the volumetric texture patterns. Texture analysis generally consists of encoding the local organization of image scales and directions, which can be extremely diverse in 3-D...
February 6, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185877/female-rats-display-fewer-optimistic-responses-in-a-judgment-bias-test-in-the-absence-of-a-physiological-stress-response
#7
T H Barker, L Bobrovskaya, G S Howarth, A L Whittaker
Metabolic cages are a type of housing used in biomedical research. Metabolic cage housing has been demonstrated to elicit behavioural and physiological changes in rodents housed within them. The nature of this effect has been characterized as anxiogenic. However, few studies have evaluated positive affect in response to metabolic cage housing and the interaction between this, sex and traditional physiological measures of stress. Cognitive biasing, as measured through a judgment bias paradigm has proven a reliable measure of animal affective state, particularly through its ability to measure positive affect...
February 7, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185547/a-novel-scan-statistics-approach-for-clustering-identification-and-comparison-in-binary-genomic-data
#8
Danilo Pellin, Clelia Di Serio
BACKGROUND: In biomedical research a relevant issue is to identify time intervals or portions of a n-dimensional support where a particular event of interest is more likely to occur than expected. Algorithms that require to specify a-priori number/dimension/length of clusters assumed for the data suffer from a high degree of arbitrariness whenever no precise information are available, and this may strongly affect final estimation on parameters. Within this framework, spatial scan-statistics have been proposed in the literature, representing a valid non-parametric alternative...
September 22, 2016: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185466/-analytical-interference-leading-to-a-diagnosis-of-lymphoproliferative-disorder
#9
I Kurfürstová, T Šálek, E Kadlčková, M Pšenčík
BACKGROUND: Monoclonal immunoglobulins (paraproteins) are produced by B lymphocytes in lymphoproliferative disorders. A single monoclonal immunoglobulin is homogeneous in terms of its structure, and it can occur in human serum at high concentration and cause significant interference in laboratory assays. CASE: We present a case of an 84-year-old man who was admitted to the hospital for progression of dyspnea. Basic laboratory tests showed a serum concentration of conjugated bilirubin, measured using the diazo spectrophotometric method, which was much higher than that of total bilirubin...
2017: Klinická Onkologie: Casopis Ceské a Slovenské Onkologické Spolecnosti
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185460/-daratumumab-hope-for-myeloma-patients-a-challenge-for-clinical-laboratories
#10
T Jelínek, M Kořístka, Z Čermáková, R Hájek
Monoclonal antibodies represent a standard part in the treatment of oncologic patients, but their efficacy in multiple myeloma used to be unsatisfactory. Daratumumab monotherapy was approved by the American FDA in 2015, after unprecedented results were obtained in a heavily pre-treated group of patients. In 2016 daratumumab was approved in combination with lenalidomide and dexamethasone, or bortezomib and dexamethasone, for the treatment of myeloma patients who have received at least one prior therapy.The toxicity of the drug is low, and is dominated by infusion-related reactions in more or less half of patients...
2017: Klinická Onkologie: Casopis Ceské a Slovenské Onkologické Spolecnosti
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28184401/biodegradable-vascular-stents-with-high-tensile-and-compressive-strength-a-novel-strategy-for-applying-monofilaments-via-solid-state-drawing-and-shaped-annealing-processes
#11
Seung Hyuk Im, Chang Yong Kim, Youngmee Jung, Yangsoo Jang, Soo Hyun Kim
Monofilaments such as those consisting of polyamide (PA), polydioxanone (PDS), and poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF), have been commonly used in various industries. However, most are non-biodegradable, which is unfavorable for many biomedical applications. Although biodegradable polymers offer significant benefits, they are still limited by their weak mechanical properties, which is an obstacle for use as a biomaterial that requires high strength. To overcome the current limitations of biodegradable monofilaments, a novel solid-state drawing (SSD) process was designed to significantly improve the mechanical properties of both PA and poly(l-lactic acid) (PLLA) monofilaments in this study...
February 10, 2017: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183675/mechanistic-investigation-on-microbial-toxicity-of-nano-hydroxyapatite-on-implant-associated-pathogens
#12
K Baskar, T Anusuya, G Devanand Venkatasubbu
The use of atomic scale inorganic nanoparticles (NPs) to fight against pathogenic microorganisms is a recent trend in biomedical area which overcomes the limitations of organic compounds in terms of stability, shelf life and bioactivity. One such Calcium phosphate based biomaterial is hydroxyapatite (HA), considered as potential bioactive compound with excellent biocompatibility, osteointegrity and biodegradability. Osteomyelitis, the implant associated infection, is the major problem worldwide responsible for the majority of implant failure cases...
April 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183663/using-gold-nanostars-modified-pencil-graphite-electrode-as-a-novel-substrate-for-design-a-sensitive-and-selective-dopamine-aptasensor
#13
Rasoul Pourtaghavi Talemi, Seyed Mehdi Mousavi, Hossein Afruzi
For the first time, gold nanostars (GNS) were applied for electrostatic and covalent immobilizing a thiol modified Dopamine aptamer on the pencil graphite electrode and signal amplification. Dopamine aptamer was immobilized on the gold nanostars through electrostatic interaction between negatively charged phosphate groups of aptamer and positively charged gold nanostars and AuS well known covalent interaction. In the presence of Dopamine in the test solution, the charge transfer resistance (RCT) on the electrode surface increased with the increase of the Dopamine concentration due to specific interaction between Dopamine aptamer and Dopamine molecules, which made a barrier for electrons and inhibited the electron-transfer...
April 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183633/a-cytotoxicity-study-of-silicon-oxycarbide-nanowires-as-cell-scaffold-for-biomedical-applications
#14
P Lagonegro, F Rossi, C Galli, A Smerieri, R Alinovi, S Pinelli, T Rimoldi, G Attolini, G Macaluso, C Macaluso, S E Saddow, G Salviati
GOAL: Nanowires are promising biomaterials in multiple clinical applications. The goal of this study was to investigate the cytotoxicity of carbon-doped silica nanowires (SiOxCy NWs) on a fibroblastic cell line in vitro. MATERIALS AND METHODS: SiOxCy NWs were grown on Si substrates by CVD process. Murine L929 fibroblasts were cultured in complete DMEM and indirect and direct cytotoxicity tests were performed in agreement with ISO 19003-5, by quantitating cell viability at MTT and chemiluminescent assay...
April 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183629/mechanical-properties-and-in-vivo-study-of-modified-hydroxyapatite-polyetheretherketone-biocomposites
#15
Rui Ma, Qiankuan Li, Lin Wang, Xianghua Zhang, Lin Fang, Zhongkuan Luo, Bai Xue, Lei Ma
Polyether ether ketone (PEEK) has received much attention for its excellent mechanical properties and biocompatibility. Here, the silane coupling agent KH560 [γ-(2,3-epoxypropoxy)propyltrimethoxysilane] is used for graft modification of bioactive HA (hydroxyapatite) particles and for preparing HA/PEEK composites via a hot-press molding method. The prepared HA/PEEK composites were tested for their mechanical properties with SEM (scanning electron microscopy), infrared spectroscopy, and thermo-analysis. The results show that silane coupling KH-560 modifies HA successfully and that the tensile strengths of HA/PEEK and m-HA/PEEK composites indicate an increasing and then a decreasing tendency with increasing HA contents...
April 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183616/development-and-characterization-of-tripolymeric-and-bipolymeric-composite-films-using-glyoxal-as-a-potent-crosslinker-for-biomedical-application
#16
Ashwini Kumar, Awanish Kumar
For various biomedical applications, biopolymeric films are often crosslinked using chemical crosslinker such as glutaraldehyde, which is considered as a toxic chemical. In this report, we have prepared and characterized biopolymeric films using different combinations of chitosan, CMC, alginate and PVA using glyoxal as the crosslinker. The prepared films were subjected to various physico-chemical and mechanical characterizations such as swelling index, surface pH, surface morphology analysis using SEM, interact ion study using XRD, flexibility study using tensile testing and hardness testing...
April 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183604/wear-behaviour-of-uhmwpe-reinforced-by-carbon-nanofiller-and-paraffin-oil-for-joint-replacement
#17
Samy Yousef, Annamaria Visco, Giovanna Galtieri, Davide Nocita, Claudia Espro
The majority of artificial joints incorporate biomedical grade Ultra High Molecular Weight Poly Ethylene (UHMWPE), whose wear is considered most important in controlling service time of the whole joint. The aim of this work was to improve wear resistance of UHMWPE through the addition of 0.5-2.0wt% of Carbon Nano Filler (CNF) and 2% wt of Paraffin Oil (PO) using ball milling (BM) and extrusion techniques (EX). The wear tests on these nanocomposites were conducted by a pin on disc in dry (air) and wet media (simulated synovial fluid or artificial lubricant, and bovine synovial fluid or natural lubricant)...
April 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181828/synthesis-of-sericin-based-conjugates-by-click-chemistry-enhancement-of-sunitinib-bioavailability-and-cell-membrane-permeation
#18
Luca Scrivano, Domenico Iacopetta, Maria Stefania Sinicropi, Carmela Saturnino, Pasquale Longo, Ortensia Ilaria Parisi, Francesco Puoci
Sericin is a natural protein that has been used in biomedical and pharmaceutical fields as raw material for polypeptide-based drug delivery systems (DDSs). In this paper, it has been employed as pharmaceutical biopolymer for the production of sunitinib-polypeptide conjugate. The synthesis has been carried out by simple click reaction in water, using the redox couple l-ascorbic acid/hydrogen peroxide as a free radical grafting initiator. The bioconjugate molecular weight (50 kDa < Mw < 75 kDa) was obtained by SDS-PAGE, while the spectroscopic characteristics have been studied in order to reveal the presence of grafted sunitinib...
November 2017: Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176799/tunability-and-sensing-properties-of-plasmonic-1d-photonic-crystal
#19
Mohamed Shaban, Ashour M Ahmed, Ehab Abdel-Rahman, Hany Hamdy
Gold/one-dimensional photonic crystal (Au/1D-PC) is fabricated and applied for sensitive sensing of glucose and different chemical molecules of various refractive indices. The Au layer thickness is optimized to produce surface plasmon resonance (SPR) at the right edge of the photonic band gap (PBG). As the Au deposition time increased to 60 sec, the PBG width is increased from 46 to 86 nm in correlation with the behavior of the SPR. The selectivity of the optimized Au/1D-PC sensor is tested upon the increase of the environmental refractive index of the detected molecules...
February 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28171811/diametral-compression-behavior-of-biomedical-titanium-scaffolds-with-open-interconnected-pores-prepared-with-the-space-holder-method
#20
B Arifvianto, M A Leeflang, J Zhou
Scaffolds with open, interconnected pores and appropriate mechanical properties are required to provide mechanical support and to guide the formation and development of new tissue in bone tissue engineering. Since the mechanical properties of the scaffold tend to decrease with increasing porosity, a balance must be sought in order to meet these two conflicting requirements. In this research, open, interconnected pores and mechanical properties of biomedical titanium scaffolds prepared by using the space holder method were characterized...
January 31, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
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