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  1. Dynamic loading stimulates chondrocyte biosynthesis when encapsulated in charged hydrogels prepared from poly(ethylene glycol) and chondroitin sulfate

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    Villanueva, Idalis; Gladem, Sara K.; Kessler, Jeff; Bryant, Stephanie J.

    2009-01-01

    This study aimed to elucidate the role of charge in mediating chondrocyte response to loading by employing synthetic 3D hydrogels. Specifically, neutral poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) hydrogels were employed where negatively charged chondroitin sulfate (ChS), one of the main extracellular matrix components of cartilage, was systematically incorporated into the PEG network at 0%, 20% or 40% to control the fixed charge density. PEG hydrogels were employed as a control environment for extracellular events which occur as a result of loading, but which are not associated with a charged matrix (e.g., cell deformation and fluid flow). Freshly isolated bovine articular chondrocytes were embedded in the hydrogels and subject to dynamic mechanical stimulation (0.3 Hz, 15% amplitude strains, 6 hours) and assayed for nitric oxide production, cell proliferation, proteoglycan synthesis, and collagen deposition. In the absence of loading, incorporation of charge inhibited cell proliferation by ~75%, proteoglycan synthesis by ~22–50% depending on ChS content, but had no affect on collagen deposition. Dynamic loading had no effect on cellular responses in PEG hydrogels. However, dynamically loading 20% ChS gels inhibited nitrite production by 50%, cell proliferation by 40%, but stimulated proteoglycan and collagen deposition by 162% and 565%, respectively. Dynamic loading of 40% ChS hydrogels stimulated nitrite production by 62% and proteoglycan synthesis by 123%, but inhibited cell proliferation by 54% and collagen deposition by 52%. Upon removing the load and culturing under free swelling conditions for 36 hrs, the enhanced matrix synthesis observed in the 20% ChS gels was not maintained suggesting that loading is necessary to stimulate matrix production. In conclusion, extracellular events associated with a charged matrix has a dramatic affect on how chondrocytes respond to mechanical stimulation within these artificial 3D matrices suggesting that streaming potentials and

  2. Xanthan hydrogel films: molecular conformation, charge density and protein carriers.

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    Bueno, Vânia Blasques; Petri, Denise Freitas Siqueira

    2014-01-30

    In this article the molecular conformation of xanthan chains in hydrogel films was investigated by means of circular dichroism, showing substantial differences between xanthan hydrogel prepared in the absence (XNT) and in the presence of citric acid (XCA). The xanthan chains in XNT hydrogels films presented ordered conformation (helixes), while in XCA they were in the disordered conformation (coils), exposing a larger number of carboxylate groups than XNT. The large charge density in XCA hydrogels was evidenced by their behavior under variable ionic strength. Studies about the application of XNT and XCA for loading and delivering of bovine serum albumin (BSA) and lysozyme (LYZ) showed that both events are controlled by hydrogels and proteins net charge, which can be triggered by pH. The preservation of LYZ native conformation after hydrogel loading explained the substantial bactericidal activity of LYZ loaded hydrogels and enables their use as active wound dressings.

  3. Preparation and properties of regenerated cellulose hydrogels

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    Zhou, L.; Xie, F.; Li, H.; Li, W.; Li, W. J.; Li, Y. W.

    2017-02-01

    The regenerated cellulose (RCE) hydrogels were successfully prepared via an easy and green environmental method in N-methylmorpholine-N-oxide (NMMO) aqueous solution. The effect of cellulose content on the thermostability properties, swelling behavior and retention rate of hydrogels was investigated. The thermostability of RCE hydrogels was slightly enhanced with the addition of 8 wt% cellulose, the highest decomposition temperature rose from 335 °C to 352 °C, and the least heat loss is about 75.60%. The equilibrium swelling ratio increases from 394.12% for 3% cellulose hydrogels to 619.46% for 8% cellulose hydrogels. The retention ratio increases from 1.13% to 28.46%.

  4. Hydrogel: Preparation, characterization, and applications: A review.

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    Ahmed, Enas M

    2015-03-01

    Hydrogel products constitute a group of polymeric materials, the hydrophilic structure of which renders them capable of holding large amounts of water in their three-dimensional networks. Extensive employment of these products in a number of industrial and environmental areas of application is considered to be of prime importance. As expected, natural hydrogels were gradually replaced by synthetic types due to their higher water absorption capacity, long service life, and wide varieties of raw chemical resources. Literature on this subject was found to be expanding, especially in the scientific areas of research. However, a number of publications and technical reports dealing with hydrogel products from the engineering points of view were examined to overview technological aspects covering this growing multidisciplinary field of research. The primary objective of this article is to review the literature concerning classification of hydrogels on different bases, physical and chemical characteristics of these products, and technical feasibility of their utilization. It also involved technologies adopted for hydrogel production together with process design implications, block diagrams, and optimized conditions of the preparation process. An innovated category of recent generations of hydrogel materials was also presented in some details.

  5. Hydrogel: Preparation, characterization, and applications: A review

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    Ahmed, Enas M.

    2013-01-01

    Hydrogel products constitute a group of polymeric materials, the hydrophilic structure of which renders them capable of holding large amounts of water in their three-dimensional networks. Extensive employment of these products in a number of industrial and environmental areas of application is considered to be of prime importance. As expected, natural hydrogels were gradually replaced by synthetic types due to their higher water absorption capacity, long service life, and wide varieties of raw chemical resources. Literature on this subject was found to be expanding, especially in the scientific areas of research. However, a number of publications and technical reports dealing with hydrogel products from the engineering points of view were examined to overview technological aspects covering this growing multidisciplinary field of research. The primary objective of this article is to review the literature concerning classification of hydrogels on different bases, physical and chemical characteristics of these products, and technical feasibility of their utilization. It also involved technologies adopted for hydrogel production together with process design implications, block diagrams, and optimized conditions of the preparation process. An innovated category of recent generations of hydrogel materials was also presented in some details. PMID:25750745

  6. Magnetic hyaluronate hydrogels: preparation and characterization

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    Tóth, Ildikó Y.; Veress, Gábor; Szekeres, Márta; Illés, Erzsébet; Tombácz, Etelka

    2015-04-01

    A novel soft way of hyaluronate (HyA) based magnetic hydrogel preparation was revealed. Magnetite nanoparticles (MNPs) were prepared by co-precipitation. Since the naked MNPs cannot be dispersed homogenously in HyA-gel, their surface was modified with natural and biocompatible chondroitin-sulfate-A (CSA) to obtain CSA-coated MNPs (CSA@MNPs). The aggregation state of MNPs and that loaded with increasing amount of CSA up to 1 mmol/g was measured by dynamic light scattering at pH~6. Only CSA@MNP with ≥0.2 mmol/g CSA content was suitable for magnetic HyA-gel preparation. Rheological studies showed that the presence of CSA@MNP with up to 2 g/L did not affect the hydrogel's rheological behavior significantly. The results suggest that the HyA-based magnetic hydrogels may be promising formulations for future biomedical applications, e.g. as intra-articular injections in the treatment of osteoarthritis.

  7. Nanoparticle gel electrophoresis: bare charged spheres in polyelectrolyte hydrogels.

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    Li, Fei; Hill, Reghan J

    2013-03-15

    Nanoparticle gel electrophoresis has recently emerged as an attractive means of separating and characterizing nanoparticles. Consequently, a theory that accounts for electroosmotic flow in the gel, and coupling of the nanoparticle and hydrogel electrostatics and hydrodynamics, is required, particularly for gels in which the mesh size is comparable to or smaller than the particle radii. Here, we present an electrokinetic model for charged, spherical colloidal particles undergoing electrophoresis in charged (polyelectrolyte) hydrogels: the gel-electrophoresis analogue of Henry's theory for electrophoresis in Newtonian electrolytes. We compare numerically exact solutions of the model with several independent asymptotic approximations, identifying regions in the parameter space where these approximations are accurate or break down. As previously assumed in the literature, Henry's formula, modified by the addition of a constant electroosmotic flow mobility, is accurate only for nanoparticles that are small compared to the hydrogel mesh size. We derived an exact analytical solution of the full model by judiciously modifying the theory of Allison et al. for uncharged gels, drawing on the superposition methodology of Doane et al. to account for hydrogel charge. This furnishes accurate and economical mobility predictions for the entire parameter space. The present model suggests that nanoparticle size separations (with diameters ≲40 nm) are optimal at low ionic strength, with a gel mesh size that is selected according to the particle charging mechanism. For weakly charged particles, optimal size separation is achieved when the Brinkman screening length is matched to the mean particle size.

  8. Hyperbranched polyglycerol hydrogels prepared through biomimetic mineralization.

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    Postnova, Irina; Silant'ev, Vladimir; Kim, Min Hee; Song, Ga Young; Kim, Il; Ha, Chang-Sik; Shchipunov, Yury

    2013-03-01

    Hyperbranched polyglycerols find increasing usage in biomedicine owing to their excellent biocompatibility like polysaccharides. To prepare hydrogels, they are cross-linked mainly by treating with toxic epoxy reagents. Here we suggest a one-stage nontoxic procedure for the jellification of aqueous solutions that was previously developed for nongelable polysaccharides. It was carried out via the biomimicking mineralization. As the silica precursor, tetrakis(2-hydroxyethyl)orthosilicate containing ethylene glycol residues was employed. It could mineralize directly hydroxyl-containing macromolecules passing a stage of the sol formation. Jellification was performed in one stage in the neutral pH region at the ambient conditions. An organic solvent was not needed because of high hydrophilicity of both the precursor and polyglycerols. An as-prepared hydrogel is ready for applications because of the absence of toxic products. Its structure and mechanical properties were characterized by scanning and transmission electron microscopy as well as dynamic rheology. It was demonstrated that hyperbranched polyglycerols were encased into silica matrix that formed three-dimensional mesoporous network. A study of initial solutions of hyperbranched polyglycerols by the dynamic light scattering revealed their aggregation. This important result was confirmed by direct observations of aggregated macromolecules with high resolution scanning electron microscopy. Entrapped aggregates were also found in the silica matrix.

  9. Macroporous hydrogels based on 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate. Part 6: 3D hydrogels with positive and negative surface charges and polyelectrolyte complexes in spinal cord injury repair.

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    Hejcl, A; Lesný, P; Prádný, M; Sedý, J; Zámecník, J; Jendelová, P; Michálek, J; Syková, E

    2009-07-01

    Macroporous hydrogels are artificial biomaterials commonly used in tissue engineering, including central nervous system (CNS) repair. Their physical properties may be modified to improve their adhesion properties and promote tissue regeneration. We implanted four types of hydrogels based on 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) with different surface charges inside a spinal cord hemisection cavity at the Th8 level in rats. The spinal cords were processed 1 and 6 months after implantation and histologically evaluated. Connective tissue deposition was most abundant in the hydrogels with positively-charged functional groups. Axonal regeneration was promoted in hydrogels carrying charged functional groups; hydrogels with positively charged functional groups showed increased axonal ingrowth into the central parts of the implant. Few astrocytes grew into the hydrogels. Our study shows that HEMA-based hydrogels carrying charged functional groups improve axonal ingrowth inside the implants compared to implants without any charge. Further, positively charged functional groups promote connective tissue infiltration and extended axonal regeneration inside a hydrogel bridge.

  10. Radiation-chemical preparation of poly(vinyl alcohol) hydrogels

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    Duflot, Anastasia V.; Kitaeva, Natalia K.; Duflot, Vladimir R.

    2015-02-01

    This work reports the usage of method of radiation-chemical synthesis to prepare cross-linked hydrogels from poly(vinyl alcohol) modified with glycidyl methacrylate. Synthesis kinetics of modified poly(vinyl alcohol) and properties of hydrogels were studied. The gel fraction, swelling, mechanical properties, and water content of the hydrogels were measured. It was found that gel fraction increases with increasing radiation dose, concentration of modified poly(vinyl alcohol), and reaches 60%. It was established by differential scanning calorimetry that a fraction of the "bound" water in hydrogels is 50-70% and independent of gel fraction content. In addition to "bound" and "free" states, water in hydrogels is also present in the intermediate state.

  11. A Novel Domperidone Hydrogel: Preparation, Characterization, Pharmacokinetic, and Pharmacodynamic Properties

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    Zhang, Chun-Hui; Zhao, Bing-Xiang; Huang, Yue; Wang, Ying; Ke, Xi-Yu; Zhao, Bo-Jun; Zhang, Xuan; Zhang, Qiang

    2011-01-01

    The purpose of the present study was to prepare a novel domperidone hydrogel. The domperidone dispersion was prepared by the solvent evaporation method. The characteristics of domperidone dispersion were measured by dynamic light scattering (DLS), scanning electronic microscopy (SEM), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), X-ray diffractometry, and solubility test, respectively. Domperidone hydrogel was prepared by directly incorporating the domperidone dispersion in Carbopol hydrogel to increase its mucoadhesive properties to gastrointestinal tract (GIT). The in vivo pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic studies were investigated to evaluate the relative oral bioavailability and the propulsion efficacy of domperidone hydrogel as compared with market domperidone tablet (Motilium tablet). The particle size of domperidone dispersion in distilled water was 454.0 nm. The results of DSC and X-ray indicated that domperidone in dispersion was in amorphous state. The solubility of domperidone in the dispersion in distilled water, pH of 1, 5, and 7 buffer solution was 45.7-, 63.9-, 13.1-, and 3.7-fold higher than that of raw domperidone, respectively. The area under the plasma concentration curve (AUC0–24) in domperidone hydrogel was 2.2-fold higher than that of tablet. The prolonged propulsion efficacy in the domperidone hydrogel group compared to that in tablet group was observed in the pharmacodynamic test. PMID:21490756

  12. A novel domperidone hydrogel: preparation, characterization, pharmacokinetic, and pharmacodynamic properties.

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    Zhang, Chun-Hui; Zhao, Bing-Xiang; Huang, Yue; Wang, Ying; Ke, Xi-Yu; Zhao, Bo-Jun; Zhang, Xuan; Zhang, Qiang

    2011-01-01

    The purpose of the present study was to prepare a novel domperidone hydrogel. The domperidone dispersion was prepared by the solvent evaporation method. The characteristics of domperidone dispersion were measured by dynamic light scattering (DLS), scanning electronic microscopy (SEM), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), X-ray diffractometry, and solubility test, respectively. Domperidone hydrogel was prepared by directly incorporating the domperidone dispersion in Carbopol hydrogel to increase its mucoadhesive properties to gastrointestinal tract (GIT). The in vivo pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic studies were investigated to evaluate the relative oral bioavailability and the propulsion efficacy of domperidone hydrogel as compared with market domperidone tablet (Motilium tablet). The particle size of domperidone dispersion in distilled water was 454.0 nm. The results of DSC and X-ray indicated that domperidone in dispersion was in amorphous state. The solubility of domperidone in the dispersion in distilled water, pH of 1, 5, and 7 buffer solution was 45.7-, 63.9-, 13.1-, and 3.7-fold higher than that of raw domperidone, respectively. The area under the plasma concentration curve (AUC(0-24)) in domperidone hydrogel was 2.2-fold higher than that of tablet. The prolonged propulsion efficacy in the domperidone hydrogel group compared to that in tablet group was observed in the pharmacodynamic test.

  13. Robust Self-Standing Chitin Nanofiber/Nanowhisker Hydrogels with Designed Surface Charges and Ultralow Mass Content via Gas Phase Coagulation.

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    Liu, Liang; Wang, Rong; Yu, Juan; Jiang, Jie; Zheng, Ke; Hu, Lijiang; Wang, Zhiguo; Fan, Yimin

    2016-11-14

    Partially deacetylated α-chitin nanofibers/nanowhiskers mixtures (DEChNs) and TEMPO-oxidized α-chitin nanowhiskers (TOChNs) that had positive and negative charges, respectively, were transformed into hydrogels with mass concentrations of 0.2, 0.4, 0.6, 0.8, and 1.0% under ammonium hydroxide or hydrochloric acid "gas phase coagulation". To the best of our knowledge, 0.2% is the lowest mass content reported for the successful preparation of physical self-standing hydrogels based on chitin nanofibers/nanowhiskers. The even and uniform coagulation under "gas phase" is one of the key aspects of preparing hydrogels with quite low mass content. The storage modulus achieved the highest value of 8.35 and 3.73 KPa for DEChN and TOChN hydrogels, respectively, at the mass concentration of 1.0%, and these are known to be the highest values reported in the literature for hydrogels at the same mass concentration of chitin nanofibers/nanowhiskers. The equilibrium swelling ratio (ESR) of both DEChN and TOChN hydrogels decreased with increasing mass content at neutral pH. As the pH increased from 2 to 10, the swelling degree of DEChN hydrogels decreased from 268 to 130, whereas the swelling degree of TOChN hydrogels increased from 128 to 242. Additionally, due to the electrostatic attraction between the hydrogels and dyes, DEChN hydrogels had significant adsorption of Reactive Blue 19, while TOChN hydrogels had effective adsorption of Basic Green 4. The different pH-dependent swelling behavior and adsorption affinity of the DEChN and TOChN hydrogels were related to their designed opposite surface charges corresponding to the surface amino groups on the DEChNs and carboxyl groups on the TOChNs.

  14. Chitosan/agarose hydrogels: cooperative properties and microfluidic preparation.

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    Zamora-Mora, Vanessa; Velasco, Diego; Hernández, Rebeca; Mijangos, Carmen; Kumacheva, Eugenia

    2014-10-13

    The preparation of composite biopolymer hydrogels offers the capability to produce biocompatible and biodegradable materials with cooperative properties. In this paper, two natural polymers, namely, chitosan and agarose were employed to prepare composite hydrogels with dual pH and temperature properties. The elastic modulus of the composite hydrogels increased with agarose concentration reaching the value of 1 kPa for the chitosan/agarose gel with a 2% (w/v) concentration of agarose. In addition, composite gels exhibited a higher stability in acidic aqueous solutions, in comparison with agarose gels. The drug release properties of the composite hydrogels were tested by loading a model anticancer drug, 5-Fluorouracil, in the hydrogel interior. At pH=7.4, the cumulative release of 5-FU was ∼ 50% within 96 h and decreased to ∼ 33% at pH = 5.2, which was attributed to the different solubility of 5-FU as a function of pH. The preparation of composite microgels with controllable dimensions in the range from 42 to 18 μm and with narrow size distribution (polidispersity not exceeding 1.5%) was achieved by the microfluidic emulsification of an aqueous mixture of chitosan and agarose and subsequent gelation of the precursor droplets by cooling.

  15. Radiation preparation and swelling behavior of sodium carboxymethyl cellulose hydrogels

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    Liu, Pengfei; Zhai, Maolin; Li, Jiuqiang; Peng, Jing; Wu, Jilan

    2002-03-01

    Sodium carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) is a kind of degraded polymer under γ-irradiation. However, in this work, it has been found that CMC crosslinks partially to form hydrogel by radiation technique at more than 20% CMC aqueous solution. The gel fraction increases with the dose. The crosslinking reaction of CMC is promoted in the presence of N 2 or N 2O due to the increase of free radicals on CMC backbone, but gel fraction of CMC hydrogel is not high (<40%). Some important values related to this kind of new CMC hydrogel synthesized under different conditions, such as radiation yield of crosslinking G( x), gelation dose Rg, number average molecular weight of network Mc were calculated according to the Charlesby-Pinner equation. The results indicated that although crosslinked CMC hydrogel could be prepared by radiation method, the rate of radiation degradation of CMC was faster than that of radiation crosslinking due to the character of CMC itself. Swelling dynamics of CMC hydrogel and its swelling behavior at different conditions, such as acidic, basic, inorganic salt as well as temperature were also investigated. Strong acidity, strong basicity, small amount of inorganic salts and lower temperature can reduce swelling ratio.

  16. Nanostructurally Controlled Hydrogel Based on Small‐Diameter Native Chitin Nanofibers: Preparation, Structure, and Properties

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    Kochumalayil, Joby; Cervin, Nicholas Tchang; Zhou, Qi

    2016-01-01

    Abstract Chitin nanofibers of unique structure and properties can be obtained from crustacean and fishery waste. These chitin nanofibers have roughly 4 nm diameters, aspect ratios between 25–250, a high degree of acetylation and preserved crystallinity, and can be potentially applied in hydrogels. Hydrogels with a chitin nanofiber content of 0.4, 0.6, 0.8, 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0 wt % were successfully prepared. The methodology for preparation is new, environmentally friendly, and simple as gelation is induced by neutralization of the charged colloidal mixture, inducing precipitation and secondary bond interaction between nanofibers. Pore structure and pore size distributions of corresponding aerogels are characterized using auto‐porosimetry, revealing a substantial fraction of nanoscale pores. To the best of our knowledge, the values for storage (13 kPa at 3 wt %) and compression modulus (309 kPa at 2 wt %) are the highest reported for chitin nanofibers hydrogels. PMID:27061912

  17. Preparation of supramolecular hydrogel-enzyme hybrids exhibiting biomolecule-responsive gel degradation.

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    Shigemitsu, Hajime; Fujisaku, Takahiro; Onogi, Shoji; Yoshii, Tatsuyuki; Ikeda, Masato; Hamachi, Itaru

    2016-09-01

    Hydrogelators are small, self-assembling molecules that form supramolecular nanofiber networks that exhibit unique dynamic properties. Development of supramolecular hydrogels that degrade in response to various biomolecules could potentially be used for applications in areas such as drug delivery and diagnostics. Here we provide a synthetic procedure for preparing redox-responsive supramolecular hydrogelators that are used to create hydrogels that degrade in response to oxidizing or reducing conditions. The synthesis takes ∼2-4 d, and it can potentially be carried out in parallel to prepare multiple hydrogelator candidates. This described solid-phase peptide synthesis protocol can be used to produce previously described hydrogelators or to construct a focused molecular library to efficiently discover and optimize new hydrogelators. In addition, we describe the preparation of redox-responsive supramolecular hydrogel-enzyme hybrids that are created by mixing aqueous solutions of hydrogelators and enzymes, which requires 2 h for completion. The resultant supramolecular hydrogel-enzyme hybrids exhibit gel degradation in response to various biomolecules, and can be rationally designed by connecting the chemical reactions of the hydrogelators with enzymatic reactions. Gel degradation in response to biomolecules as triggers occurs within a few hours. We also describe the preparation of hydrogel-enzyme hybrids arrayed on flat glass slides, enabling high-throughput analysis of biomolecules such as glucose, uric acid, lactate and so on by gel degradation, which is detectable by the naked eye. The protocol requires ∼6 h to prepare the hydrogel-enzyme hybrid array and to complete the biomolecule assay.

  18. Alginate/polyoxyethylene and alginate/gelatin hydrogels: preparation, characterization, and application in tissue engineering.

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    Aroguz, Ayse Z; Baysal, Kemal; Adiguzel, Zelal; Baysal, Bahattin M

    2014-05-01

    Hydrogels are attractive biomaterials for three-dimensional cell culture and tissue engineering applications. The preparation of hydrogels using alginate and gelatin provides cross-linked hydrophilic polymers that can swell but do not dissolve in water. In this work, we first reinforced pure alginate by using polyoxyethylene as a supporting material. In an alginate/PEO sample that contains 20 % polyoxyethylene, we obtained a stable hydrogel for cell culture experiments. We also prepared a stable alginate/gelatin hydrogel by cross-linking a periodate-oxidized alginate with another functional component such as gelatin. The hydrogels were found to have a high fluid uptake. In this work, preparation, characterization, swelling, and surface properties of these scaffold materials were described. Lyophilized scaffolds obtained from hydrogels were used for cell viability experiments, and the results were presented in detail.

  19. Preparation and enhanced mechanical properties of hybrid hydrogels comprising ultralong hydroxyapatite nanowires and sodium alginate.

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    Jiang, Ying-Ying; Zhu, Ying-Jie; Li, Heng; Zhang, Yong-Gang; Shen, Yue-Qin; Sun, Tuan-Wei; Chen, Feng

    2017-07-01

    Hydrogels with 3-dimentional cross-linked structures are widely used in various biomedical fields such as bone repair scaffolds, drug carriers and biosensors. However, the applications of hydrogels are usually restricted because of their poor mechanical properties. Currently, nanocomposites, double network systems, hydrophobic association, macromolecules, and nanoparticles are commonly adopted as cross-linking agents to enhance mechanical properties of hydrogels. In this work, ultralong hydroxyapatite nanowires (HANWs) with lengths of several hundred microns are prepared and used to enhance the mechanical properties of sodium alginate (SA)-based hydrogels. Using divalent calcium ions as the cross-linking agent, the hybrid HANWs/SA hydrogels containing various percentages of HANWs are obtained. The as-prepared HANWs/SA hybrid hydrogels have a porous structure with pore sizes ranging from about 200 to 500μm. The mechanical properties of SA hydrogels can be significantly improved by incorporating HANWs. The maximum compressive modulus (E50%) and tensile Young's modulus of the hybrid hydrogel (HANWs/SA=2:1) are as high as 0.123MPa and 0.994MPa, which are about 162% and 614% those of the pure SA hydrogel, respectively. Due to the enhanced mechanical properties and high biocompatibility, the as-prepared HANWs/SA hybrid hydrogels have promising applications in various biomedical fields such as bone defect repair.

  20. Investigation of Salecan/poly(vinyl alcohol) hydrogels prepared by freeze/thaw method.

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    Qi, Xiaoliang; Hu, Xinyu; Wei, Wei; Yu, Hao; Li, Junjian; Zhang, Jianfa; Dong, Wei

    2015-03-15

    Salecan is a novel water-soluble extracellular-glucan produced by a new kind of salt-tolerant strain Agrobacterium sp. ZX09 and can be applied in food and medicine industries. In this work, Salecan (Sal) was incorporated into poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) to prepare novel Sal/PVA hybrid hydrogels by repeated freeze-thaw processing. Physicochemical and biological characteristics of the hydrogels were investigated to evaluate their potential as cell adhesion materials. By increasing the Salecan content in the hybrid hydrogels, their swelling capacity increased notably, while the compressive modulus decreased. Observed by SEM, Sal/PVA hydrogels had a homogeneous porous structure. The degradation rate of the hydrogels can be controlled by tailoring the composition ratio of Sal/PVA. Furthermore, cells could adhere well on the surface of Sal/PVA hydrogels. In conclusion, these results make Sal/PVA hydrogels attractive materials for biomedical applications.

  1. Preparation of Graphene Oxide-Based Hydrogels as Efficient Dye Adsorbents for Wastewater Treatment

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    Guo, Haiying; Jiao, Tifeng; Zhang, Qingrui; Guo, Wenfeng; Peng, Qiuming; Yan, Xuehai

    2015-06-01

    Graphene oxide (GO) sheets exhibit superior adsorption capacity for removing organic dye pollutants from an aqueous environment. In this paper, the facile preparation of GO/polyethylenimine (PEI) hydrogels as efficient dye adsorbents has been reported. The GO/PEI hydrogels were achieved through both hydrogen bonding and electrostatic interactions between amine-rich PEI and GO sheets. For both methylene blue (MB) and rhodamine B (RhB), the as-prepared hydrogels exhibit removal rates within about 4 h in accordance with the pseudo-second-order model. The dye adsorption capacity of the hydrogel is mainly attributed to the GO sheets, whereas the PEI was incorporated to facilitate the gelation process of GO sheets. More importantly, the dye-adsorbed hydrogels can be conveniently separated from an aqueous environment, suggesting potential large-scale applications of the GO-based hydrogels for organic dye removal and wastewater treatment.

  2. Preparation of Graphene Oxide-Based Hydrogels as Efficient Dye Adsorbents for Wastewater Treatment.

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    Guo, Haiying; Jiao, Tifeng; Zhang, Qingrui; Guo, Wenfeng; Peng, Qiuming; Yan, Xuehai

    2015-12-01

    Graphene oxide (GO) sheets exhibit superior adsorption capacity for removing organic dye pollutants from an aqueous environment. In this paper, the facile preparation of GO/polyethylenimine (PEI) hydrogels as efficient dye adsorbents has been reported. The GO/PEI hydrogels were achieved through both hydrogen bonding and electrostatic interactions between amine-rich PEI and GO sheets. For both methylene blue (MB) and rhodamine B (RhB), the as-prepared hydrogels exhibit removal rates within about 4 h in accordance with the pseudo-second-order model. The dye adsorption capacity of the hydrogel is mainly attributed to the GO sheets, whereas the PEI was incorporated to facilitate the gelation process of GO sheets. More importantly, the dye-adsorbed hydrogels can be conveniently separated from an aqueous environment, suggesting potential large-scale applications of the GO-based hydrogels for organic dye removal and wastewater treatment.

  3. Characterization and behavior of composite hydrogel prepared from bamboo shoot cellulose and β-cyclodextrin.

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    Liu, Shumin; Luo, Wenchao; Huang, Huihua

    2016-08-01

    Carboxymethyl cellulose was derived from bamboo shoot cellulose via chemical modification and was prepared into composite hydrogels by cross-linkage with β-cyclodextrin using epichlorohydrin as crossing agent. The structure of the prepared hydrogel was characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis and scanning electron microscopy. The results showed that the prepared composite hydrogel was sensitive to surrounding changes in pH value, temperature and ionic strength. Under the surroundings of low temperatures and high pH values, the prepared hydrogel had significant high swelling ratios (23338±988% at 15°C and 6937±112% at pH 8.0, respectively). In the solution of 0.1mol/L NaCl, the hydrogel showed the maximum water retention rate (48.73%). Sodium salicylate was used as the model drug to study the behaviors of hydrogel adsorption and release in simulated intestinal (at pH 7.4) and gastric liquid (at pH 1.8) surroundings. The prepared composite hydrogel exhibited higher drug release ratio in simulated intestinal liquid (63.09% after 380min) than in gastric liquid (22.09% after 400min). These pH responses of the prepared composite hydrogel showed its potential applications, especially as the drug carrier to attain control release of drugs under different surrounding conditions or organs in human body.

  4. Preparation and swelling behavior of chitosan-based superporous hydrogels for gastric retention application.

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    Park, Hyojin; Park, Kinam; Kim, Dukjoon

    2006-01-01

    Chitosan and glycol chitosan hydrogels were prepared, and their swelling behaviors in acidic solution were studied to investigate their application for gastric retention device. The optimum preparation condition of superporous hydrogels was obtained from the gelation and blowing kinetics measured at varying acidic conditions. Both the swelling rate and swelling ratio of glycol chitosan hydrogels were higher than those of chitosan hydrogels. Swelling behaviors were significantly affected by not only foaming/drying methods but also crosslinking density, as the sizes and structures of pores generated were highly dependent on those preparation conditions. The prepared superporous hydrogels were highly sensitive to pH of swelling media, and showed reversible swelling and de-swelling behaviors maintaining their mechanical stability. The degradation kinetics in simulated gastric fluid was also studied.

  5. Metal adsorption of carboxymethyl cellulose/carboxymethyl chitosan blend hydrogels prepared by Gamma irradiation

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    Hiroki, A.; Tran, H. T.; Nagasawa, N.; Yagi, T.; Tamada, M.

    2009-12-01

    Blend hydrogels based on the carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) and carboxymethyl chitosan (CMCts) were prepared by γ-irradiation of a high concentrated CMC/CMCts aqueous solution. Properties of the hydrogels, such as gel fraction, swelling ratio, gel strength, and metal adsorption for Pb and Au were investigated. The gel fraction increased with increasing dose, while the swelling ratio decreased with increasing it. The obtained blend hydrogels had high adsorption performance which was controlled by adjusting the composition of CMC/CMCts.

  6. Nonlinear effects on electrophoresis of a charged dielectric nanoparticle in a charged hydrogel medium

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    Bhattacharyya, S.; De, Simanta

    2016-09-01

    The impact of the solid polarization of a charged dielectric particle in gel electrophoresis is studied without imposing a weak-field or a thin Debye length assumption. The electric polarization of a dielectric particle due to an external electric field creates a non-uniform surface charge density, which in turn creates a non-uniform Debye layer at the solid-gel interface. The solid polarization of the particle, the polarization of the double layer, and the electro-osmosis of mobile ions within the hydrogel medium create a nonlinear effect on the electrophoresis. We have incorporated those nonlinear effects by considering the electrokinetics governed by the Stokes-Brinkman-Nernst-Planck-Poisson equations. We have computed the governing nonlinear coupled set of equations numerically by adopting a finite volume based iterative algorithm. Our numerical method is tested for accuracy by comparing with several existing results on free-solution electrophoresis as well as results based on the Debye-Hückel approximation. Our computed result shows that the electrophoretic velocity decreases with the rise of the particle dielectric permittivity constant and attains a saturation limit at large values of permittivity. A significant impact of the solid polarization is found in gel electrophoresis compared to the free-solution electrophoresis.

  7. Preparation of gelatin hydrogels incorporating low-molecular-weight heparin for anti-fibrotic therapy.

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    Saito, Takashi; Tabata, Yasuhiko

    2012-02-01

    The objective of this study is to design biodegradable hydrogels for the controlled release of low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH) and evaluate the biological activity. Gelatin was cationized by chemically introducing ethylene diamine into the carboxyl groups in different conditions to obtain cationized gelatins. The cationized gelatin was mixed with the LMWH in aqueous solution to form the complex. Gelatin, together with the complex of LMWH and cationized gelatin, was dehydrothermally cross-linked for different time periods to prepare the gelatin hydrogel-incorporating complex. The hydrogel-incorporating complex was neither degraded in phosphate-buffered saline solution (PBS) at 37 °C nor did it release the LMWH complex. When placed in PBS containing collagenase, the hydrogel was enzymatically degraded to release the LMWH complex. The time profile of hydrogel degradation and the LMWH release depended on the condition of hydrogel cross-linking. The longer the cross-linking time period, the slower the hydrogel degradation and the subsequent LMWH release. The half-life period of LMWH release was in good correspondence with that of hydrogel degradation. It is possible that the LMWH was released as the result of hydrogel degradation. When applied to the mouse model of abdominal membrane fibrosis, the hydrogel system of LMWH release showed a promising anti-fibrotic effect.

  8. Preparation of size tunable giant vesicles from cross-linked dextran(ethylene glycol) hydrogels.

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    López Mora, Néstor; Hansen, Jesper S; Gao, Yue; Ronald, Andrew A; Kieltyka, Roxanne; Malmstadt, Noah; Kros, Alexander

    2014-02-25

    We present a novel chemically cross-linked dextran-poly(ethylene glycol) hydrogel substrate for the preparation of dense vesicle suspensions under physiological ionic strength conditions. These vesicles can be easily diluted for individual study. Modulating the degree of cross-linking within the hydrogel network results in tuning of the vesicle size distribution.

  9. Controlled release of plasmid DNA from hydrogels prepared from gelatin cationized by different amine compounds.

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    Kushibiki, Toshihiro; Tomoshige, Ryuji; Iwanaga, Kazunori; Kakemi, Masawo; Tabata, Yasuhiko

    2006-05-15

    This paper is an investigation to compare the in vivo controlled release of a plasmid DNA from biodegradable hydrogels prepared from gelatin cationized by different amine compounds, ethylenediamine, putrescine, spermidine, and spermine and the consequent profile of gene expression. Cationized gelatin prepared through the chemical introduction of each amine compound was crosslinked by various concentrations of glutaraldehyde to obtain cationized gelatin hydrogels for the carrier of plasmid DNA release. When the cationized gelatin hydrogels incorporating 125I-labeled plasmid DNA were implanted into the femoral muscle of mice, the radioactivity remaining decreased with time and the retention period of radioactivity prolonged with a decrease in the water content of hydrogels. When 125I-labeled cationized gelatin hydrogels with the higher water content was implanted, the radioactivity remaining was decreased faster with time. The remaining time profile of plasmid DNA radioactivity was in good accordance with that of hydrogel radioactivity, irrespective of the type of cationized gelatin. Following intramuscular implantation, any cationized gelatin hydrogel incorporating plasmid DNA enhanced the expression level of plasmid DNA to a significantly higher extent than the free plasmid DNA injection. In addition, prolonged time period of gene expression was observed although there was no significant difference in the expressed period between the cationized gelatin hydrogels. It was concluded that plasmid DNA of biological activity was released from every cationized gelatin hydrogel accompanied with the in vivo degradation, resulting in enhanced and prolonged gene expression.

  10. PEO Hydrogels Prepared by End-linking with PAMAM Dendrimers

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    Unal, Burcu; Hedden, Ronald C.

    2006-03-01

    End-linking is a preferred synthetic technique for preparing polymer networks and gels for fundamental structure/property studies. End-functionalized telechelic linear polymers are joined to a multifunctional crosslinker to form a network in which the molar mass of the polymer chains between chemical crosslink points is known. Although end-linked elastomers prepared in bulk have been well-studied over the preceding decade, much remains to be learned about how the presence of a good solvent affects the equilibrium swelling and modulus of end-linked gels. We prepared well-defined hydrogels in a good solvent (water) by linking epoxide end-functionalized, linear poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) to the amine endgroups of poly(amidoamine) (PAMAM) dendrimers of generations 0, 2, and 4. Dendrimers can serve as well-defined macromolecular crosslink junctions because they can have nearly monodisperse numbers of reactive endgroups. We have characterized how reaction conditions such as junction functionality, polymer concentration at preparation, ratio of crosslinker endgroups to precursor endgroups, and precursor molar mass affect gelation and equilibrium swelling. We will discuss the somewhat surprising observation of ``superabsorbent'' behavior in selected PAMAM- PEO gels.

  11. Biodegradable DNA-enabled poly(ethylene glycol) hydrogels prepared by copper-free click chemistry.

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    Barker, Karolyn; Rastogi, Shiva K; Dominguez, Jose; Cantu, Travis; Brittain, William; Irvin, Jennifer; Betancourt, Tania

    2016-01-01

    Significant research has focused on investigating the potential of hydrogels in various applications and, in particular, in medicine. Specifically, hydrogels that are biodegradable lend promise to many therapeutic and biosensing applications. Endonucleases are critical for mechanisms of DNA repair. However, they are also known to be overexpressed in cancer and to be present in wounds with bacterial contamination. In this work, we set out to demonstrate the preparation of DNA-enabled hydrogels that could be degraded by nucleases. Specifically, hydrogels were prepared through the reaction of dibenzocyclooctyne-functionalized multi-arm poly(ethylene glycol) with azide-functionalized single-stranded DNA in aqueous solutions via copper-free click chemistry. Through the use of this method, biodegradable hydrogels were formed at room temperature in buffered saline solutions that mimic physiological conditions, avoiding possible harmful effects associated with other polymerization techniques that can be detrimental to cells or other bioactive molecules. The degradation of these DNA-cross-linked hydrogels upon exposure to the model endonucleases Benzonase(®) and DNase I was studied. In addition, the ability of the hydrogels to act as depots for encapsulation and nuclease-controlled release of a model protein was demonstrated. This model has the potential to be tailored and expanded upon for use in a variety of applications where mild hydrogel preparation techniques and controlled material degradation are necessary including in drug delivery and wound healing systems.

  12. Characterization of Network Structure of Polyacrylamide Based Hydrogels Prepared By Radiation Induced Polymerization

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    Mahmudi, Naim; Sen, Murat; Gueven, Olgun; Rendevski, Stojan

    2007-04-23

    In this study network structure of polyacrylamide based hydrogels prepared by radiation induced polymerization has been investigated. Polyacrylamide based hydrogels in the rod form were prepared by copolymerization of acrylamide(AAm) with hydroxyl ethyl methacrylate(HEMA) and methyl acrylamide(MAAm) in the presence of cross-linking agent and water by gamma rays at ambient temperature. Molecular weight between cross-links and effective cross-link density of hydrogels were calculated from swelling as well as shear modulus data obtained from compression tests. The results have shown that simple compression analyses can be used for the determination of effective cross-link density of hydrogels without any need to some polymer-solvent based parameters as in the case of swelling based determinations. Diffusion of water into hydrogels was examined by analyzing water absorption kinetics and the effect of network, structure on the diffusion type and coefficient was discussed.

  13. Nitrile Oxide-Norbornene Cycloaddition as a Bioorthogonal Crosslinking Reaction for the Preparation of Hydrogels.

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    Truong, Vinh X; Zhou, Kun; Simon, George P; Forsythe, John S

    2015-10-01

    This communication describes the first application of cycloaddition between an in situ generated nitrile oxide with norbornene leading to a polymer crosslinking reaction for the preparation of poly(ethylene glycol) hydrogels under physiological conditions. Hydrogels with high water content and robust physical strength are readily formed within 2-5 min by a simple two-solution mixing method which allows 3D encapsulation of neuronal cells. This bioorthogonal crosslinking reaction provides a simple yet highly effective method for preparation of hydrogels to be used in bioengineering.

  14. Preparation and characterization of oil palm frond based cellulose hydrogel and its swelling properties

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    Selvakumaran, Nesha; Lazim, Mohd Azwani Shah bin Mat

    2016-11-01

    Malaysia is one of the largest producer of palm oil thus the quantity of biomass each year from this industry is very large. The oil palm frond from palm oil industry can be used as a source of cellulose which can be incorporated into hydrogel to be used as adsorbent. This research reported how to disperse 2 % cellulose in a `green-solution' prepared by using urea and sodium hydroxide. Polymerization is carried out between the monomers polyacrylamide and cellulose using microwave to form hydrogel. Hydrogel with 2 % cellulose have a swelling index of 1814 %. Meanwhile, zero hydrogel which is made with only polyacrylamide has swelling index of 15 %. Scanning electron microscope shows that cellulose hydrogel have a rough surface compared with zero hydrogel. This might attribute to the high swelling index for cellulose hydrogel compared with zero hydrogel. Meanwhile, FTIR shows that successful polymerization has occurred between polyacrylamide and cellulose with the characteristic band at 1657.99 cm-1 which is for N-H bond.

  15. Preparation and properties of novel hydrogel based on chitosan modified by poly(amidoamine) dendrimer.

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    He, Guanghua; Zhu, Chao; Ye, Shengyang; Cai, Weiquan; Yin, Yihua; Zheng, Hua; Yi, Ying

    2016-10-01

    Currently, chitosan (CTS) or chitosan derivatives hydrogels are applied in different fields, such as biological materials, medical materials and hygiene materials. In this study, novel chitosan hydrogels were successfully prepared by chitosan and poly(amidoamine) (PAMAM) dendrimer with glutaraldehyde serving as a cross-linking agent. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), (1)H nuclear magnetic resonance ((1)H NMR) and gel permeation chromatography (GPC) were performed to characterize PAMAM. The structure and morphology of hydrogels were characterized by FTIR, thermo gravimetry analysis (TGA), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The swelling properties of the hydrogels were investigated in solutions of pH 1.0 and 7.4. The hydrogels showed good swelling capacities and pH-sensitive swelling properties. Besides, the antibacterial activities of the hydrogels against Gram-negative Escherichia coli (E. coli) and Gram-positive Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) were tested by optical density. Compared with the pure chitosan hydrogel, their antibacterial activities were significantly improved with the increase in the blending ratio of PAMAM. And with the increase in cross-linking agent and concentration of CTS, the antibacterial activities increased firstly and then slightly decreased. The hydrogel was expected to be a novel antibacterial material.

  16. Preparation of collagen/hydroxyapatite/alendronate hybrid hydrogels as potential scaffolds for bone regeneration.

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    Ma, Xin; He, Zhiwei; Han, Fengxuan; Zhong, Zhiyuan; Chen, Liang; Li, Bin

    2016-07-01

    Development of biomimetic scaffolds represents a promising direction in bone tissue engineering. In this study, we designed a two-step process to prepare a type of biomimetic hybrid hydrogels that were composed of collagen, hydroxyapatite (HAP) and alendronate (ALN), an anti-osteoporosis drug. First, water-soluble ALN-conjugated HAP (HAP-ALN) containing 4.0wt.% of ALN was synthesized by treating HAP particles with ALN. Hydrogels were then formed from HAP-ALN conjugate and collagen under physiological conditions using genipin (GNP) as the crosslinker. Depending on the ALN/collagen molar ratio and GNP concentration, the gelation time of hydrogels ranged from 5 to 37min. Notably, these hybrid hydrogels exhibited markedly improved mechanical property (storage modulus G'=38-187kPa), higher gel contents, and lower swelling ratios compared to the hydrogels prepared from collagen alone under similar conditions. Moreover, they showed tunable degradation behaviors against collagenase. The collagen/HAP-ALN hybrid hydrogels supported the adhesion and growth of murine MC3T3-E1 osteoblastic cells well. Such tough yet enzymatically degradable hybrid hydrogels hold potential as scaffolds for bone tissue engineering.

  17. Polyelectrolyte Complex Hydrogels: Self-assembly and the Influence of Charged and Neutral Blocks

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    Srivastava, Samanvaya; Goldfeld, David; Levi, Adam; Mao, Jun; Chen, Wei; Tirrell, Matthew

    Polyelectrolyte complexes (PEC) form when oppositely charged polyelectrolyte chains spontaneously associate and phase separate in aqueous mediums. Bulk phase separation of the PECs can be evaded by combining one or both of the polyelectrolytes with a neutral polymer, thus engineering pathways for self-assembled PEC micelles and hydrogels. The PEC domains in these assemblies can encapsulate therapeutics as well as genetic materials and thus have tremendous potential in drug delivery and tissue engineering applications. We will present insights on the equilibrium structure and self-assembly kinetics of PEC hydrogels with large-scale ordering of the nanoscale PEC domains through detailed structure characterization and rheology studies of self-assembled materials comprising of functionalized polyallyl glycidyl ethers (PAGE) connected to either single poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) chain to form diblock copolymers or as functionalized end-groups on a triblock copolymer with a PEG midblock. The effect of key parameters such as polymer concentration, polymer block lengths, salt, ionic strength, and degree of charge mismatch on the equilibrium materials properties will be discussed, with a special emphasis on the structure-defining role of the charged blocks and the structure-directing role of neutral blocks. Additionally, interesting similarities, and differences between structures and dynamics of hydrogels comprising diblock and corresponding triblock polyelectrolytes, respectively, will be discussed.

  18. An Injectable Hydrogel Prepared Using a PEG/Vitamin E Copolymer Facilitating Aqueous-Driven Gelation.

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    Zhang, Jianfeng; Muirhead, Ben; Dodd, Megan; Liu, Lina; Xu, Fei; Mangiacotte, Nicole; Hoare, Todd; Sheardown, Heather

    2016-11-14

    Hydrogels have been widely explored for biomedical applications, with injectable hydrogels being of particular interest for their ability to precisely deliver drugs and cells to targets. Although these hydrogels have demonstrated satisfactory properties in many cases, challenges still remain for commercialization. In this paper, we describe a simple injectable hydrogel based on poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) and a vitamin E (Ve) methacrylate copolymer prepared via simple free radical polymerization and delivered in a solution of low molecular weight PEG and Ve as the solvent instead of water. The hydrogel formed immediately in an aqueous environment with a controllable gelation time. The driving force for gelation is attributed to the self-assembly of hydrophobic Ve residues upon exposure to water to form a physically cross-linked polymer network via polymer chain rearrangement and subsequent phase separation, a spontaneous process with water uptake. The hydrogels can be customized to give the desired water content, mechanical strength, and drug release kinetics simply by formulating the PEGMA-co-Ve polymer with an appropriate solvent mixture or by varying the molecular weight of the polymer. The hydrogels exhibited no significant cytotoxicity in vitro using fibroblasts and good tissue compatibility in the eye and when injected subcutaneously. These polymers thus have the potential to be used in a variety of applications where injection of a drug or cell containing depot would be desirable.

  19. Preparation and physico-chemical properties of hydrogels from carboxymethyl cassava starch crosslinked with citric acid

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    Boonkham, Sasikan; Sangseethong, Kunruedee; Chatakanon, Pathama; Niamnuy, Chalida; Nakasaki, Kiyohiko; Sriroth, Klanarong

    2014-06-01

    Recently, environmentally friendly hydrogels prepared from renewable bio-based resources have drawn significant attention from both industrial and academic sectors. In this study, chemically crosslinked hydrogels have been developed from cassava starch which is a bio-based polymer using a non-toxic citric acid as a crosslinking agent. Cassava starch was first modified by carboxymethylation to improve its water absorbency property. The carboxymethyl cassava starch (CMCS) obtained was then crosslinked with citric acid at different concentrations and reaction times. The gel fraction of hydrogels increased progressively with increasing citric acid concentration. Free swelling capacity of hydrogels in de-ionized water, saline solution and buffers at various pHs as well as absorption under load were investigated. The results revealed that swelling behavior and mechanical characteristic of hydrogels depended on the citric acid concentration used in reaction. Increasing citric acid concentration resulted in hydrogels with stronger network but lower swelling and absorption capacity. The cassava starch hydrogels developed were sensitive to ionic strength and pH of surrounding medium, showing much reduced swelling capacity in saline salt solution and acidic buffers.

  20. Preparation of biointeractive glycoprotein-conjugated hydrogels through metabolic oligosacchalide engineering.

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    Iwasaki, Yasuhiko; Matsunaga, Aki; Fujii, Shuetsu

    2014-09-17

    In the current study, synthetic hydrogels containing metabolically engineered glycoproteins of mammalian cells were prepared for the first time and selectin-mediated cell adhesion on the hydrogel was demonstrated. A culture of HL-60 cells was supplemented with an appropriate volume of aqueous solution of N-methacryloyl mannosamine (ManMA) to give a final concentration of 5 mM. The cells were then incubated for 3 days to deliver methacryloyl groups to the glycoproteins of the cells. A transparent hydrogel was formed via redox radical polymerization of methacryloyl functionalized glycoproteins with 2-methacryloyloxyethyl phosphorylcholine and a cross-linker. Conjugation of the glycoproteins into the hydrogel was determined using Coomassie brilliant blue (CBB) and periodic acid-Schiff (PAS) staining. The surface density of P-selectin glycoprotein ligand-1 (PSGL-1) on the hydrogels was also detected using gold-colloid-labeled immunoassay. Finally, selectin-mediated cell adhesion on hydrogels containing glycoproteins was demonstrated. Selectin-mediated cell adhesion is considered an essential step in the progression of various diseases; therefore, hydrogels having glycoproteins could be useful in therapeutic and diagnostic applications.

  1. Preparation and antibacterial properties of O-carboxymethyl chitosan/lincomycin hydrogels.

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    He, Guanghua; Chen, Xiang; Yin, Yihua; Cai, Weiquan; Ke, Wanwan; Kong, Yahui; Zheng, Hua

    2016-01-01

    In this study, O-carboxymethyl chitosan (O-CMCS) was synthesized from chitosan and monochloroacetic acid. Then O-CMCS hydrogel was prepared by 1-(3-dimethylaminopropyl)-3-ethylcarbodiimide hydrochloride (EDC) and N-hydroxysuccinimide (NHS) in which the lincomycin was packaged. The Fourier transform infrared spectrum and scanning electron microscopy were adopted to characterize the structure and morphology of the product. The influences of dosage of EDC/NHS and concentration of O-CMCS on the swelling properties of the hydrogels were investigated. The hydrogels performed good swelling capacities and obvious pH-sensitive properties. The antibacterial activities of the hydrogels were tested against Gram-negative Escherichia coli (E. coli) and Gram-positive Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus). Compared with pure O-CMCS hydrogels, the antibacterial activities of O-CMCS/lincomycin hydrogels were significantly improved with the increase in the concentration of lincomycin against E. coli and S. aureus. With the increase in dosage of crosslinking agent or concentration of O-CMCS, the antibacterial activities both decreased gradually against the two bacteria. O-CMCS/lincomycin hydrogel was expected to be used for antibacterial material in view of its significant antibacterial activities.

  2. Preparation of monodisperse and size-controlled poly(ethylene glycol) hydrogel nanoparticles using liposome templates.

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    An, Se Yong; Bui, Minh-Phuong Ngoc; Nam, Yun Jung; Han, Kwi Nam; Li, Cheng Ai; Choo, Jaebum; Lee, Eun Kyu; Katoh, Shigeo; Kumada, Yoichi; Seong, Gi Hun

    2009-03-01

    Liposomes were used as templates to prepare size-controlled and monodisperse poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) hydrogel nanoparticles. The procedure for the preparation of PEG nanoparticles using liposomes consists of encapsulation of photopolymerizable PEG hydrogel solution into the cavity of the liposomes, extrusion through a membrane with a specific pore size, and photopolymerization of the contents inside the liposomes by UV irradiation. The size distributions of the prepared particles were 1.32+/-0.16 microm (12%), 450+/-62 nm (14%), and 94+/-12 nm (13%) after extrusion through membrane filters with pore sizes of 1 microm, 400 nm, and 100 nm, respectively. With this approach, it is also possible to modify the surface of the hydrogel nanoparticles with various functional groups in a one-step procedure. To functionalize the surface of a PEG nanoparticle, methoxy poly(ethylene glycol)-aldehyde was added as copolymer to the hydrogel-forming components and aldehyde-functionalized PEG nanoparticles could be obtained easily by UV-induced photopolymerization, following conjugation with poly-L-lysine-FITC through amine-aldehyde coupling. The prepared PEG particles showed strong fluorescence from FITC on the edge of the particles using confocal microscopy. The immobilization of biomaterials such as enzymes in hydrogel particles could be performed with loading beta-galactosidases during the hydration step for liposome preparation without additional procedures. The resorufin produced by applying resorufin beta-D-galactopyranoside as the substrate showed the fluorescence under the confocal microscopy.

  3. First report of charge-transfer induced heat-set hydrogel. Structural insights and remarkable properties

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    Bhattacharjee, Subham; Maiti, Bappa; Bhattacharya, Santanu

    2016-05-01

    The remarkable ability of a charge-transfer (CT) complex prepared from a pyrene-based donor (Py-D) and a naphthalenediimide-based acceptor (NDI-A) led to the formation of a deep-violet in color, transparent hydrogel at room temperature (RT-gel). Simultaneously, the RT-gel was diluted beyond its critical gelator concentration (CGC) to obtain a transparent sol. Very interestingly, the resultant sol, on heating above 70 °C, transformed into a heat-set gel instantaneously with a hitherto unknown CGC value. Detailed studies revealed the smaller globular aggregates of the RT-gels fuse to form giant globules upon heating, which, in turn, resulted in heat-set gelation through further aggregation. The thermoresponsive property of Py-D alone and 1 : 1 Py-D : NDI-A CT complex was investigated in detail which revealed the hydrophobic collapse of the oxyethylene chains of the CT complex upon heating was mainly responsible for heat-set gelation. Thixotropy, injectability, as well as stimuli responsiveness of the RT-gels were also addressed. In contrast, heat-set gel did not show thixotropic behavior. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns of the xerogel depicted lamellar packing of the CT stacks in the gel phase. Single crystal XRD studies further evidenced the 1 : 1 mixed CT stack formation in the lamellae and also ruled out orthogonal hydrogen bonding possibilities among the hydrazide unit in the CT gel although such interaction was observed in a single crystal of NDI-A alone. In addition, a Ag+-ion triggered metallogelation of NDI-A and nematic liquid-crystalline property of Py-D were also observed.The remarkable ability of a charge-transfer (CT) complex prepared from a pyrene-based donor (Py-D) and a naphthalenediimide-based acceptor (NDI-A) led to the formation of a deep-violet in color, transparent hydrogel at room temperature (RT-gel). Simultaneously, the RT-gel was diluted beyond its critical gelator concentration (CGC) to obtain a transparent sol. Very interestingly, the

  4. Preparation, fabrication and biocompatibility of novel injectable temperature-sensitive chitosan/glycerophosphate/collagen hydrogels.

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    Song, Kedong; Qiao, Mo; Liu, Tianqing; Jiang, Bo; Macedo, Hugo M; Ma, Xuehu; Cui, Zhanfeng

    2010-10-01

    This paper introduces a novel type of injectable temperature-sensitive chitosan/glycerophosphate/collagen (C/GP/Co) hydrogel that possesses great biocompatibility for the culture of adipose tissue-derived stem cells. The C/GP/Co hydrogel is prepared by mixing 2.2% (v/v) chitosan with 50% (w/w) β-glycerophosphate at different proportions and afterwards adding 2 mg/ml of collagen. The gelation time of the prepared solution at 37°C was found to be of around 12 min. The inner structure of the hydrogel presented a porous spongy structure, as observed by scanning electron microscopy. Moreover, the osmolality of the medium in contact with the hydrogel was in the range of 310-330 mmol kg(-1). These analyses have shown that the C/GP/Co hydrogels are structurally feasible for cell culture, while their biocompatibility was further examined. Human adipose tissue-derived stem cells (ADSCs) were seeded into the developed C/GP and C/GP/Co hydrogels (The ratios of C/GP and C/GP/Co were 5:1 and 5:1:6, respectively), and the cellular growth was periodically observed under an inverted microscope. The proliferation of ADSCs was detected using cck-8 kits, while cell apoptosis was determined by a Live/Dead Viability/Cytotoxicity kit. After 7 days of culture, cells within the C/GP/Co hydrogels displayed a typical adherent cell morphology and good proliferation with very high cellular viability. It was thus demonstrated that the novel C/GP/Co hydrogel herein described possess excellent cellular compatibility, representing a new alternative as a scaffold for tissue engineering, with the added advantage of being a gel at the body's temperature that turns liquid at room temperature.

  5. Dynamic Peptide Library for the Discovery of Charge Transfer Hydrogels.

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    Berdugo, Cristina; Nalluri, Siva Krishna Mohan; Javid, Nadeem; Escuder, Beatriu; Miravet, Juan F; Ulijn, Rein V

    2015-11-25

    Coupling of peptide self-assembly to dynamic sequence exchange provides a useful approach for the discovery of self-assembling materials. In here, we demonstrate the discovery and optimization of aqueous, gel-phase nanostructures based on dynamically exchanging peptide sequences that self-select to maximize charge transfer of n-type semiconducting naphthalenediimide (NDI)-dipeptide bioconjugates with various π-electron-rich donors (dialkoxy/hydroxy/amino-naphthalene or pyrene derivatives). These gel-phase peptide libraries are characterized by spectroscopy (UV-vis and fluorescence), microscopy (TEM), HPLC, and oscillatory rheology and it is found that, of the various peptide sequences explored (tyrosine Y-NDI with tyrosine Y, phenylalanine F, leucine L, valine V, alanine A or glycine G-NH2), the optimum sequence is tyrosine-phenylalanine in each case; however, both its absolute and relative yield amplification is dictated by the properties of the donor component, indicating cooperativity of peptide sequence and donor/acceptor pairs in assembly. The methodology provides an in situ discovery tool for nanostructures that enable dynamic interfacing of supramolecular electronics with aqueous (biological) systems.

  6. Semiconductor nanoparticle-based hydrogels prepared via self-initiated polymerization under sunlight, even visible light

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    Zhang, Da; Yang, Jinhu; Bao, Song; Wu, Qingsheng; Wang, Qigang

    2013-01-01

    Since ancient times, people have used photosynthesized wood, bamboo, and cotton as building and clothing materials. The advantages of photo polymerization include the mild and easy process. However, the direct use of available sunlight for the preparation of materials is still a challenge due to its rather dilute intensity. Here, we show that semiconductor nanoparticles can be used for initiating monomer polymerization under sunlight and for cross-linking to form nanocomposite hydrogels with the aid of clay nanosheets. Hydrogels are an emerging multifunctional platform because they can be easily prepared using solar energy, retain semiconductor nanoparticle properties after immobilization, exhibit excellent mechanical strength (maximum compressive strength of 4.153 MPa and tensile strength 1.535 MPa) and high elasticity (maximum elongation of 2784%), and enable recyclable photodegradation of pollutants. This work suggests that functional nanoparticles can be immobilized in hydrogels for their collective application after combining their mechanical and physiochemical properties. PMID:23466566

  7. Enzymatically prepared redox-responsive hydrogels as potent matrices for hepatocellular carcinoma cell spheroid formation.

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    Moriyama, Kousuke; Naito, Shono; Wakabayashi, Rie; Goto, Masahiro; Kamiya, Noriho

    2016-11-01

    Cellular spheroids have been received much attention in the biological and biomedical fields, especially as a base material for drug assays, regenerative medicine, and tissue engineering. Hydrogels have potential for scalable preparation of spheroids because they provide a spatial environment suitable for three-dimensional cell cultivation. Herein, the potential use of a redox-responsive hydrogel as a scaffold for preparation and recovery of spheroids is reported. A hydrogel composed of poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG), which can be degraded using cysteine as a reducing agent under mild conditions, is prepared by mixing an octa-thiolated PEG derivative (8-arm PEG-SH), horseradish peroxidase and a small phenolic compound (Glycyl-L-tyrosine). Human hepatocellular carcinoma cells (HepG2) are encapsulated in the hydrogel and cellular spheroids formed by proliferation within the scaffolds. After seven days of cultivation, the size of the HepG2 spheroids reached a diameter between ≈40 and 60 μm, depending on the 8-arm PEG-SH concentration. Liver-specific functions of the HepG2 spheroids such as albumin secretion and urea production are retained at higher levels than those of cells prepared from traditional two-dimensional mono layers. These results suggest that the system presented here has potential for preparation of cellular spheroids for tissue engineering applications.

  8. Preparation and properties of photo-crosslinkable hydrogel based on photopolymerizable chitosan derivative.

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    Qi, Zaiqian; Xu, Juan; Wang, Zhiliang; Nie, Jun; Ma, Guiping

    2013-02-01

    Photopolymerizable chitosan derivative was synthesized by chitosan and methyl acroloyl glycine (MAG). The chemical structures and physical properties were characterized by FT-IR, (1)H NMR, XRD and TGA. The thermal stability of chitosan derivative was lower than chitosan. The chitosan derivative was amorphous compared with the high degree crystallization of chitosan. The hydrogels were prepared based on chitosan derivative via photopolymerization with different concentrations of photoinitiator 2959. The surface of hydrogel showed porous network and the pore size distribution tended to become homogeneous with the increase of the concentration of 2959, while the swelling property decreased due to more crosslinking.

  9. Glow discharge electrolysis plasma initiated preparation of temperature/pH dual sensitivity reed hemicellulose-based hydrogels.

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    Zhang, Wenming; Zhu, Sha; Bai, Yunping; Xi, Ning; Wang, Shaoyang; Bian, Yang; Li, Xiaowei; Zhang, Yucang

    2015-05-20

    The temperature/pH dual sensitivity reed hemicellulose-based hydrogels have been prepared through glow discharge electrolysis plasma (GDEP). The effect of different discharge voltages on the temperature and pH response performance of reed hemicellulose-based hydrogels was inspected, and the formation mechanism, deswelling behaviors of reed hemicellulose-based hydrogels were also discussed. At the same time, infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), scanning differential thermal analysis (DSC) and scanning electron microscope (SEM) were adopted to characterize the structure, phase transformation behaviors and microstructure of hydrogels. It turned out to be that all reed hemicellulose-based hydrogels had a double sensitivity to temperature and pH, and their phase transition temperatures were all approximately 33 °C, as well as the deswelling dynamics met the first model. In addition, the hydrogel (TPRH-3), under discharge voltage 600 V, was more sensitive to temperature and pH and had higher deswelling ratio.

  10. Swelling and thermodynamic studies of temperature responsive 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate/itaconic acid copolymeric hydrogels prepared via gamma radiation

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    Tomić, Simonida L. J.; Mićić, Maja M.; Filipović, Jovanka M.; Suljovrujić, Edin H.

    2007-08-01

    The copolymeric hydrogels based on 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) and itaconic acid (IA) were synthesized by gamma radiation induced radical polymerization. Swelling and thermodynamic properties of PHEMA and copolymeric P(HEMA/IA) hydrogels with different IA contents (2, 3.5 and 5 mol%) were studied in a wide pH and temperature range. Initial studies of so-prepared hydrogels show interesting pH and temperature sensitivity in swelling and drug release behavior. Special attention was devoted to temperature investigations around physiological temperature (37 °C), where small changes in temperature significantly influence swelling and drug release of these hydrogels. Due to maximum swelling of hydrogels around 40 °C, the P(HEMA/IA) hydrogel containing 5 mol% of IA without and with drug-antibiotic (gentamicin) were investigated at pH 7.40 and in the temperature range 25-42 °C, in order to evaluate their potential for medical applications.

  11. Chitosan-based hydrogel for dye removal from aqueous solutions: Optimization of the preparation procedure

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    Gioiella, Lucia; Altobelli, Rosaria; de Luna, Martina Salzano; Filippone, Giovanni

    2016-05-01

    The efficacy of chitosan-based hydrogels in the removal of dyes from aqueous solutions has been investigated as a function of different parameters. Hydrogels were obtained by gelation of chitosan with a non-toxic gelling agent based on an aqueous basic solution. The preparation procedure has been optimized in terms of chitosan concentration in the starting solution, gelling agent concentration and chitosan-to-gelling agent ratio. The goal is to properly select the material- and process-related parameters in order to optimize the performances of the chitosan-based dye adsorbent. First, the influence of such factors on the gelling process has been studied from a kinetic point of view. Then, the effects on the adsorption capacity and kinetics of the chitosan hydrogels obtained in different conditions have been investigated. A common food dye (Indigo Carmine) has been used for this purpose. Noticeably, although the disk-shaped hydrogels are in the bulk form, their adsorption capacity is comparable to that reported in the literature for films and beads. In addition, the bulk samples can be easily separated from the liquid phase after the adsorption process, which is highly attractive from a practical point of view. Compression tests reveal that the samples do not breakup even after relatively large compressive strains. The obtained results suggest that the fine tuning of the process parameters allows the production of mechanical resistant and highly adsorbing chitosan-based hydrogels.

  12. Photoclick Hydrogels Prepared from Functionalized Cyclodextrin and Poly(ethylene glycol) for Drug Delivery and in Situ Cell Encapsulation.

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    Shih, Han; Lin, Chien-Chi

    2015-07-13

    Polymers or hydrogels containing modified cyclodextrin (CD) are highly useful in drug delivery applications, as CD is a cytocompatible amphiphilic molecule that can complex with a variety of hydrophobic drugs. Here, we designed modular photoclick thiol-ene hydrogels from derivatives of βCD and poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG), including βCD-allylether (βCD-AE), βCD-thiol (βCD-SH), PEG-thiol (PEGSH), and PEG-norbornene (PEGNB). Two types of CD-PEG hybrid hydrogels were prepared using radical-mediated thiol-ene photoclick reactions. Specifically, thiol-allylether hydrogels were formed by reacting multiarm PEGSH and βCD-AE, and thiol-norbornene hydrogels were formed by cross-linking βCD-SH and multiarm PEGNB. We characterized the properties of these two types of thiol-ene hydrogels, including gelation kinetics, gel fractions, hydrolytic stability, and cytocompatibility. Compared with thiol-allylether hydrogels, thiol-norbornene photoclick reaction formed hydrogels with faster gelation kinetics at equivalent macromer contents. Using curcumin, an anti-inflammatory and anticancer hydrophobic molecule, we demonstrated that CD-cross-linked PEG-based hydrogels, when compared with pure PEG-based hydrogels, afforded higher drug loading efficiency and prolonged delivery in vitro. Cytocompatibility of these CD-cross-linked hydrogels were evaluated by in situ encapsulation of radical sensitive pancreatic MIN6 β-cells. All formulations and cross-linking conditions tested were cytocompatible for cell encapsulation. Furthermore, hydrogels cross-linked by βCD-SH showed enhanced cell proliferation and insulin secretion as compared to gels cross-linked by either dithiothreitol (DTT) or βCD-AE, suggesting the profound impact of both macromer compositions and gelation chemistry on cell fate in chemically cross-linked hydrogels.

  13. Preparation, characterization, and biocompatibility evaluation of poly(Nɛ-acryloyl-L-lysine)/hyaluronic acid interpenetrating network hydrogels.

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    Cui, Ning; Qian, Junmin; Xu, Weijun; Xu, Minghui; Zhao, Na; Liu, Ting; Wang, Hongjie

    2016-01-20

    In the present study, poly(Nɛ-acryloyl-L-lysine)/hyaluronic acid (pLysAAm/HA) interpenetrating network (IPN) hydrogels were successfully fabricated through the combination of hydrazone bond crosslinking and photo-crosslinking reactions. The HA hydrogel network was first synthesized from 3,3'-dithiodipropionate hydrazide-modified HA and polyethylene glycol dilevulinate by hydrazone bond crosslinking. The pLysAAm hydrogel network was prepared from Nɛ-acryloyl-L-lysine and N,N'-bis(acryloyl)-(L)-cystine by photo-crosslinking. The resultant pLysAAm/HA hydrogels had a good shape recovery property after loading and unloading for 1.5 cycles (up to 90%) and displayed a highly porous microstructure. Their compressive moduli were at least 5 times higher than that of HA hydrogels. The pLysAAm/HA hydrogels had an equilibrium swelling ratio of up to 37.9 and displayed a glutathione-responsive degradation behavior. The results from in vitro biocompatibility evaluation with pre-osteoblasts MC3T3-E1 cells revealed that the pLysAAm/HA hydrogels could support cell viability and proliferation. Hematoxylin and eosin staining indicated that the pLysAAm/HA hydrogels allowed cell and tissue infiltration, confirming their good in vivo biocompatibility. Therefore, the novel pLysAAm/HA IPN hydrogels have great potential for bone tissue engineering applications.

  14. Preparation of graphene oxide/polyacrylamide composite hydrogel and its effect on Schwann cells attachment and proliferation.

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    Li, Guicai; Zhao, Yinxin; Zhang, Luzhong; Gao, Ming; Kong, Yan; Yang, Yumin

    2016-07-01

    Various hydrogel materials have been developed for improving the regeneration of peripheral nerve. Among which the graphene related hydrogels with excellent mechanical properties have attracted great attention. However, the effect of these hydrogels on peripheral nerve regeneration is still unclear. In the present study, the graphene oxide/polyacrylamide (GO/PAM) composite hydrogels were fabricated by in-situ free radical polymerization. The morphology, wettability, composition, swelling ratio, mechanical property and degradation behavior of the prepared GO/PAM composite hydrogels were separately characterized. The effect of GO/PAM hydrogel on the attachment and proliferation of Schwann cells was evaluated. Moreover, the release of biofactors by Schwann cells and adsorption of matrix proteins were further measured. The results showed that the color of the hydrogel became darker with the increased GO concentration, while the surface pore structure also displayed large variation when GO concentration was increased. The hydrophobicity and mechanical properties of hydrogel were increased with the ascending GO concentration. In addition, the variation of GO concentration displayed no obvious influence on the degradation of the composite hydrogel in different medium. The GO/PAM composite hydrogel with 0.4% GO (G0.4) could effectively enhance the attachment and proliferation of Schwann cells. Furthermore, the cells on G0.4 hydrogel displayed higher biofactors release and larger matrix adsorption than other samples. The results demonstrated that GO with suitable concentration in PAM hydrogel could effectively promote Schwann cell growth. The study may provide an important experimental basis for the design and development of new nerve grafts with potential application for peripheral nerve regeneration.

  15. Microscale solution manipulation using photopolymerized hydrogel membranes and induced charge electroosmosis micropumps

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    Paustian, Joel Scott

    Microfluidic technology is playing an ever-expanding role in advanced chemical and biological devices, with diverse applications including medical diagnostics, high throughput research tools, chemical or biological detection, separations, and controlled particle fabrication. Even so, local (microscale) modification of solution properties within microchannels, such as pressure, solute concentration, and voltage remains a challenge, and improved spatiotemporal control would greatly enhance the capabilities of microfluidics. This thesis demonstrates and characterizes two microfluidic tools to enhance local solution control. I first describe a microfluidic pump that uses an electrokinetic effect, Induced-Charge Electroosmosis (ICEO), to generate pressure on-chip. In ICEO, steady flows are driven by AC fields along metal-electrolyte interfaces. I design and microfabricate a pump that exploits this effect to generate on-chip pressures. The ICEO pump is used to drive flow along a microchannel, and the pressure is measured as a function of voltage, frequency, and electrolyte composition. This is the first demonstration of chip-scale flows driven by ICEO, which opens the possibility for ICEO pumping in self-contained microfluidic devices. Next, I demonstrate a method to create thin local membranes between microchannels, which enables local diffusive delivery of solute. These ``Hydrogel Membrane Microwindows'' are made by photopolymerizing a hydrogel which serves as a local ``window'' for solute diffusion and electromigration between channels, but remains a barrier to flow. I demonstrate three novel experimental capabilities enabled by the hydrogel membranes: local concentration gradients, local electric currents, and rapid diffusive composition changes. I conclude by applying the hydrogel membranes to study solvophoresis, the migration of particles in solvent gradients. Solvent gradients are present in many chemical processes, but migration of particles within these

  16. Combined Skin Moisturization of Liposomal Serine Incorporated in Hydrogels Prepared with Carbopol ETD 2020, Rhesperse RM 100 and Hyaluronic Acid

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    Kim, Hyeongmin; Ro, Jieun; Barua, Sonia; Hwang, Deuk Sun; Na, Seon-Jeong; Lee, Ho Sung; Jeong, Ji Hoon; Woo, Seulki; Kim, Hyewon; Hong, Bomi; Yun, Gyiae; Kim, Joong-Hark; Yoon, Young-Ho; Park, Myung-Gyu; Kim, Jia; Sohn, Uy Dong

    2015-01-01

    We investigated the combined moisturizing effect of liposomal serine and a cosmeceutical base selected in this study. Serine is a major amino acid consisting of natural moisturizing factors and keratin, and the hydroxyl group of serine can actively interact with water molecules. Therefore, we hypothesized that serine efficiently delivered to the stratum corneum (SC) of the skin would enhance the moisturizing capability of the skin. We prepared four different cosmeceutical bases (hydrogel, oil-in-water (O/W) essence, O/W cream, and water-in-oil (W/O) cream); their moisturizing abilities were then assessed using a Corneometer®. The hydrogel was selected as the optimum base for skin moisturization based on the area under the moisture content change-time curves (AUMCC) values used as a parameter for the water hold capacity of the skin. Liposomal serine prepared by a reverse-phase evaporation method was then incorporated in the hydrogel. The liposomal serine-incorporated hydrogel (serine level=1%) showed an approximately 1.62~1.77 times greater moisturizing effect on the skin than those of hydrogel, hydrogel with serine (1%), and hydrogel with blank liposome. However, the AUMCC values were not dependent on the level of serine in liposomal serine-loaded hydrogels. Together, the delivery of serine to the SC of the skin is a promising strategy for moisturizing the skin. This study is expected to be an important step in developing highly effective moisturizing cosmeceutical products. PMID:26557021

  17. Preparation and multiple antitumor properties of AuNRs/spinach extract/PEGDA composite hydrogel.

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    Wang, Yunlong; Zhang, Buchang; Zhu, Lin; Li, Yanjie; Huang, Fangzhi; Li, Shikuo; Shen, Yuhua; Xie, Anjian

    2014-09-10

    In this study, a novel composite hydrogel that contains spinach extract (SE), gold nanorods (AuNRs), and poly(ethylene glycol) double acrylates (PEGDA) is prepared through a one-step in situ photopolymerization under noninvasive 660 nm laser irradiation for localized antitumor activity. SE plays a role as a photoinitiator for initiating the formation of the PEGDA hydrogel and as an excellent photosensitizer for generating cytotoxic singlet oxygen ((1)O2) with oxygen to kill tumor cells. AuNRs can be used as a photoabsorbing agent to generate heat from optical energy. Moreover, the introduction of AuNRs is conducive to the formation of the hydrogel and accelerates the rate of (1)O2 generation. The composite hydrogel shell, which has good biocompatibility on tumor cells, can prevent the photosensitizer from migrating to normal tissue and maintains a high concentration on lesions, thereby enhancing the curative effect. The combination of NIR light-triggered mild photothermal heating of AuNRs, the photodynamic treatment using SE, and localized gelation by photopolymerization exhibits a synergistic effect for the destruction of cancer cells.

  18. Performance of fuel cell using calcium phosphate hydrogel membrane prepared from waste incineration fly ash and chicken bone powder.

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    Fukui, Kunihiro; Arimitsu, Naoki; Jikihara, Kenji; Yamamoto, Tetsuya; Yoshida, Hideto

    2009-09-15

    Waste incineration fly ash and bone powder could be successfully recycled to calcium phosphate hydrogel, a type of fast proton conductor. The electric conductivity of the crystallized hydrogel from them was compared with that from calcium carbonate reagent. It was found that the conductivity of the hydrogel from bone powder is almost equal to that from calcium carbonate reagent, which is higher than that from incineration fly ash. Because the crystallized hydrogel from incineration ash has a lower crystallinity than that from bone powder and calcium carbonate reagent. However, the difference of the conductivity among them can be hardly observed above 100 degrees C. The fuel cell with membrane electrode assembly (MEA) using the calcium phosphate hydrogel membrane prepared from incineration fly ash and bone powder was observed to generate electricity. The performance of fuel cells having the hydrogel membrane obtained from all raw materials increases with the cell temperature, and the fuel cell containing the hydrogel membrane from incineration fly ash has the highest dependence of the fuel cell performance. For this reason, the difference in the cell performance among them can be hardly observed above 120 degrees C. This tendency agrees with the change in the electric conductivity with the temperature. Further, the performance of all fuel cells with the hydrogel membrane is superior to that of the fuel cell with perfluorosulfonic polymer membrane at temperatures greater than approximately 85 degrees C.

  19. Preparation and properties of graphene oxide-regenerated cellulose/polyvinyl alcohol hydrogel with pH-sensitive behavior.

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    Rui-Hong, Xie; Peng-Gang, Ren; Jian, Hui; Fang, Ren; Lian-Zhen, Ren; Zhen-Feng, Sun

    2016-03-15

    In this study, graphene oxide reinforced regenerated cellulose/polyvinyl alcohol (GO-RCE/PVA) ternary hydrogels were successfully prepared via a repeated freezing and thawing method in NaOH/urea aqueous solution. The effect of GO content on the mechanical properties, swelling behavior, water content of composite hydrogels was investigated. It was found that the mechanical properties of GO-RCE/PVA ternary hydrogels were largely enhanced relative to RCE/PVA hydrogels. With the addition of 1.0wt% GO, the tensile strength was increased by 40.4% from 0.52MPa to 0.73MPa, accompanied by the increase of the elongation at break (from 103% to 238%). Meanwhile, GO-RCE/PVA ternary hydrogels performed the excellent pH-sensitivity, and the higher pH leaded to higher swelling ratio. With 0.8wt% GO loading, the swelling ratio of GO-RCE/PVA ternary hydrogel was improved from 150% (pH=2) to 310% (pH=14). In addition, a slight increase in the water content of the ternary hydrogel was achieved with increasing concentrations of GO. It is believed that this novel ternary hydrogels is a promising material in the application of biomedical engineering and intelligent devices.

  20. Low viscosity hydrogel of guar gum: preparation and physicochemical characterization.

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    Cunha, Pablyana L R; Castro, Rondinelle R; Rocha, Francisco A C; de Paula, Regina C M; Feitosa, Judith P A

    2005-10-30

    Guar gum was cross-linked with glutaraldehyde and characterized by GPC, rheology, WADX, SEM and TGA. This guar gum is a galactomannan polysaccharide, that contains small amount of arabinose, glucose and uronic acid, besides galactose and mannose. The polymer has high molar mass, with Mw, Mn and Mv values of 2.0x10(6), 1.2x10(6) and 1.9x10(6)g/mol, respectively. The reticulation follows a slow process and lead to a viscosity increase of 40 times compared with the original gum solution. The final viscosity was similar to that of Hylan G-F 20, a hyaluronate derivative, commercially used in viscosupplementation treatment. The gel contains 95.6% of water and the amount of residual glutaraldehyde is much lower than the LD-50. Porous structure was detected by SEM and thermal stability was improved by the cross-linking. The low viscosity, the small amount of remained glutaraldehyde, and the thermal stability indicates that the guar hydrogel has potential to be applied as biomaterial with specific rheological requirements.

  1. Smart poly(oligo(propylene glycol) methacrylate) hydrogel prepared by gamma radiation

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    Suljovrujic, E.; Micic, M.

    2015-01-01

    The synthesis of poly(oligo(propylene glycol) methacrylate) (POPGMA) from functionalised oligo(propylene glycol) methacrylate (OPGMA) monomers by gamma radiation-induced radical polymerisation is reported for the first time; POPGMA homopolymeric hydrogel with oligo(propylene glycol) (OPG) pendant chains, as a non-linear PPGMA-analogue, was synthesised from an monomer-solvent (OPGMA375-water/ethanol) mixture at different irradiation doses (5, 10, 25, and 40 kGy). Determination of the gel fraction was conducted after synthesis. The swelling properties of the POPGMA hydrogel were preliminarily investigated over wide pH (2.2-9.0) and temperature (4-70 °C) ranges. Additional characterisation of structure and properties was conducted by UV-vis and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy as well as by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). In order to evaluate the potential for biomedical applications, biocompatibility (cytocompatibility and haemolytic activity) studies were performed as well. Sol-gel conversion was relatively high for all irradiation doses, indicating radiation-induced synthesis as a good method for fabricating this hydrogel. Thermoresponsiveness and variations in swelling capacity as a result of thermosensitive OPG pendant chains with a lower critical solution temperature (LCST) were mainly observed below room temperature; thus, the volume phase transition temperature (VPTT) of POPGMA homopolymeric hydrogel is about 15 °C. Furthermore, POPGMA has satisfactory biocompatibility. The results indicate that the hydrogels with propylene glycol pendant chains can be easily prepared by gamma radiation and have potential for different applications as smart and biocompatible polymers.

  2. Polyvinyl pyrrolidone/carrageenan blend hydrogels with nanosilver prepared by gamma radiation for use as an antimicrobial wound dressing.

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    Singh, Durgeshwer; Singh, Antaryami; Singh, Rita

    2015-01-01

    Hydrogels were prepared using polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) blended with carrageenan by gamma irradiation at different doses of 25 and 40 kGy. Gel fraction of hydrogels prepared using 10 and 15% PVP in combination with 0.25 and 0.5% carrageenan was evaluated. Based on gel fraction, 15% PVP in combination with 0.25% carrageenan and radiation dose of 25 kGy was selected for the preparation of hydrogels with nanosilver. Radiolytic synthesis of silver nanoparticles within the PVP hydrogel was carried out. The hydrogels with silver nanoparticles were assessed for antimicrobial effectiveness and physical properties of relevance to clinical performance. Fluid handling capacity (FHC) for PVP/carrageenan was 2.35 ± 0.39-6.63 ± 0.63 g/10 cm(2) in 2-24 h. No counts for Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, and Candida albicans were observed in the presence of hydrogels containing 100 ppm nanosilver after 3-6 h. The release of silver from hydrogels containing 100 ppm nanosilver was 20.42 ± 1.98 ppm/100 cm(2) in 24 h. Hydrogels containing 100 ppm nanosilver with efficient FHC demonstrated potential microbicidal activity (≥3 log10 decrease in CFU/ml) against wound pathogens, P. aeruginosa, S. aureus, E. coli, and C. albicans. PVP/carrageenan hydrogels containing silver nanoparticles can be used as wound dressings to control infection and facilitate the healing process for burns and other skin injuries.

  3. Facile preparation of nitrogen/sulfur co-doped and hierarchical porous graphene hydrogel for high-performance electrochemical capacitor

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    Li, Jinhui; Zhang, Guoping; Fu, Chaopeng; Deng, Libo; Sun, Rong; Wong, Ching-Ping

    2017-03-01

    Nitrogen/sulfur co-doped and hierarchical porous graphene hydrogels (DHGHs) are prepared by facile self-assembly process. The results show that the pH values of preparation process significantly affect the microstructures and electrochemical properties of DHGHs and the mechanism has been discussed. The as-prepared DHGHs can be directly used as binder-free electrodes to assemble full-cell supercapacitor devices. It is surprising that the DHGHs prepared at basic condition (DHGH-12) delivers a specific capacitance of 251 F g-1 (0.5 A g-1). Moreover, the DHGH-12 shows rectangular cyclic voltammetry shape at a high scan rate of 3000 mV s-1 and symmetrical galvanostatic charge/discharge curves at 100 A g-1 which exhibits a specific capacitance of 136.5 F g-1, a high energy density of 4.74 Wh kg-1 and high power density of 25.47 kW kg-1. Additionally, DHGH-12 presents superior cycling stability (96.8% retention after 2000 cycles at 20 A g-1) in 6 M KOH solution. Therefore, the novel DHGHs can be considered as promising candidate for high energy density supercapacitors at high rates.

  4. Preparation of hydrogels for atopic dermatitis containing natural herbal extracts by gamma-ray irradiation

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    Lim, Youn-Mook; An, Sung-Jun; Kim, Hae-Kyoung; Kim, Yun-Hye; Youn, Min-Ho; Gwon, Hui-Jeong; Shin, Junhwa; Nho, Young-Chang

    2009-07-01

    Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a familial and chronic inflammatory pruritic skin disease that affects a large number of children and adults in industrialized countries. It is known that one of the prominent features of AD and chronic pruritus is partially due to the histamine released from mast cell. In this work, hydrogel patches with natural herbal extracts were prepared by "freezing and thawing", and a gamma irradiation. It showed eminent healing results as a consequence of long-term moisturizing effects and natural herbal extracts on atopic wounds. Besides its non-toxicity and human harmlessness, it can be easily attached to or detached from the skin without any trace and help patients to feel refreshment when attached. Based on this work, the hydrogel patches we made can be potentially used as an alternative remedy for not only pruritus in AD, but other dermatitis.

  5. In situ forming chitosan hydrogels prepared via ionic/covalent co-cross-linking.

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    Moura, M José; Faneca, H; Lima, M Pedroso; Gil, M Helena; Figueiredo, M Margarida

    2011-09-12

    In situ forming chitosan hydrogels have been prepared via coupled ionic and covalent cross-linking. Thus, different amounts of genipin (0.05, 0.10, 0.15, and 0.20% (w/w)), used as a chemical cross-linker, were added to a solution of chitosan that was previously neutralized with a glycerol-phosphate complex (ionic cross-linker). In this way, it was possible to overcome the pH barrier of the chitosan solution, to preserve its thermosensitive character, and to enhance the extent of cross-linking in the matrix simultaneously. To investigate the contributions of the ionic cross-linking and the chemical cross-linking, separately, we prepared the hydrogels without the addition of either genipin or the glycerol-phosphate complex. The addition of genipin to the neutralized solution disturbs the ionic cross-linking process and the chemical cross-linking becomes the dominant process. Moreover, the genipin concentration was used to modulate the network structure and performance. The more promising formulations were fully characterized, in a hydrated state, with respect to any equilibrium swelling, the development of internal structure, the occurrence of in vitro degradability and cytotoxicity, and the creation of in vivo injectability. Each of the hydrogel systems exhibited a notably high equilibrium water content, arising from the fact that their internal structure (examined by conventional SEM, and environmental SEM) was highly porous with interconnecting pores. The porosity and the pore size distribution were quantified by mercury intrusion porosimetry. Although all gels became degraded in the presence of lysozyme, their degradation rate greatly depended on the genipin load. Through in vitro viability tests, the hydrogel-based formulations were shown to be nontoxic. The in vivo injection of a co-cross-linking formulation revealed that the gel was rapidly formed and localized at the injection site, remaining in position for at least 1 week.

  6. Preparation of fucoidan-chitosan hydrogel and its application as burn healing accelerator on rabbits.

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    Sezer, Ali Demir; Cevher, Erdal; Hatipoğlu, Fatih; Oğurtan, Zeki; Baş, Ahmet Levent; Akbuğa, Jülide

    2008-12-01

    Treatment of dermal wounds with macromolecular agents such as natural polymers is one of the research areas of the biomaterial science. Fucoidan is a sulphated polysaccharide which is commonly obtained from seaweeds. The great number of studies on the different pharmacological properties of fucoidan is present, but there is limited information about using of fucoidan in the treatment of dermal burns. The aim of this study was to prepare fucoidan-chitosan hydrogels and to investigate their treatment efficiency on dermal burns. Hydrogels were prepared by swelling the polymers in acidic solution and their swelling, mechanical (hardness, cohesiveness and adhesiveness) and bioadhesive properties were investigated. The viscosity and water absorption capacity of formulations increased with increase in the polymer concentration. In contrast to the cohesiveness results, the adhesiveness of hydrogels increased with the polymer concentration. The bioadhesion was changed between 0.012-0.142 mJ x cm(-2) and enhanced with addition of fucoidan into gel formulations. It was formed dermal burns on seven adult male New Zealand white rabbits and the optimum gel formulation applied on the wounds. Control and treatment group biopsy samples were taken on days 7, 14 and 21 and each burn wound site was evaluated histopathologically. No edema was seen in tested groups except control after 3 d treatment. After 7 d treatment, fibroplasia and scar were fixed on wounds treated with fucoidan-chitosan gel and fucoidan solution. The best regeneration on dermal papillary formation and the fastest closure of the wounds were observed in fucoidan-chitosan hydrogels after 14 d treatment.

  7. Characterization of pH-Responsive Hydrogels of Poly(Itaconic acid-g-Ethylene Glycol) Prepared by UV-Initiated Free Radical Polymerization as Biomaterials for Oral Delivery of Bioactive Agents

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    Betancourt, Tania; Pardo, Juan; Soo, Ken; Peppas, Nicholas A.

    2009-01-01

    Effective oral delivery of proteins is impeded by steep pH gradients and proteolytic enzymes in the gastrointestinal tract, as well as low absorption of the proteins into the bloodstream due to their size, charge or solubility. In the present work, pH-responsive complexation hydrogels of poly(itaconic acid) with poly(ethylene glycol) grafts were synthesized for applications in oral drug delivery. These hydrogels were expected to be in collapsed configuration at low pH due to hydrogen bonding between poly(itaconic acid) carboxyl groups and poly(ethylene glycol), and to swell with increasing pH because of charge repulsion between deprotonated carboxylic acid groups. Hydrogels were prepared by UV-initiated free radical polymerization using tetraethylene glycol as the crosslinking agent and Irgacure® 2959 as the initiator. The effect of monomer ratios, crosslinking ratio and solvent amount on the properties of the hydrogels were investigated. The composition of the hydrogels was confirmed by FTIR. Equilibrium swelling studies in the pH range of 1.2 to 7 revealed that the extent of swelling increased with increasing pH up to a pH of about 6, when no further carboxylic acid deprotonation occurred. Studies in Caco-2 colorectal carcinoma cells confirmed the cytocompatibility of these materials at concentrations of up to 5 mg/ml. PMID:19536838

  8. Preparation of alginate hydrogels through solution extrusion and the release behavior of different drugs.

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    Liu, Guiting; Zhou, Hongxun; Wu, Hong; Chen, Rong; Guo, Shaoyun

    2016-10-07

    Homogeneous alginate hydrogels were facilely fabricated through solution extrusion process. CaCO3 and D-glucono-δ-lactone (GDL) were used as the gelation agents. The slow gelation of alginate was realized by the in-situ release of Ca(2+) from CaCO3 particles induced by hydrolysis of GDL to reduce pH. Slight gelation during the extrusion caused the enhanced strength of the alginate solutions, leading to the extrudability of the blends. This method enables to produce alginate hydrogels in a single step via extrusion, which is economically advantageous to conventional lab-scale preparation for mass production. Three different drugs, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and methylthionine chloride, were used as model drugs to evaluate the drug release behavior of the alginate hydrogels. It was demonstrated that the drug release behavior was significantly adjusted by both the drug solubility and the ionic interaction between alginate and the drug molecule. It was shown that solution extrusion process is a feasible method to produce alginate-based drug delivery systems.

  9. Electrostatics effects on normal load capacity of two like-charge hydrogels

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    Erbas, Aykut; Zwanikken, Jos; Olvera de La Cruz, Monica; Olvera de la Cruz Team

    2015-03-01

    In mammalian joints, an effective lubrication mechanism is maintained under extremely high pressures due to charged polymeric structures coating the surfaces of the relatively moving tissues. Equally low frictional forces are also observed experimentally in the shear motion of polyelectrolyte gel and brush bilayers. The lubrication capabilities of these systems are attributed to either a polymer-free zone, separating the bilayers or hydration layers that can dissolve polymeric segments. Previous hypothesis have stated that the separation zone should decrease the polymer-polymer physical contact, and hence, result in only viscous friction of the liquid filling this layer. In this study, using extensive Molecular Dynamics simulations and analytical tools, we investigate the separation zone under compression at high electrostatic strengths. We show that Coulombic interactions significantly change the thickness of the separation zone as well as the normal pressure that a hydrogel bilayer can support upon strain-control deformations. We observe that under high pressures the separation zone completely disappears. As a result, the number of polymer-polymer contacts increases. We speculate that the frictional forces between polymer segments can reduce the efficiency of the lubrication

  10. Preparation of stripe-patterned heterogeneous hydrogel sheets using microfluidic devices for high-density coculture of hepatocytes and fibroblasts.

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    Kobayashi, Aoi; Yamakoshi, Kenta; Yajima, Yuya; Utoh, Rie; Yamada, Masumi; Seki, Minoru

    2013-12-01

    Here we demonstrate the production of stripe-patterned heterogeneous hydrogel sheets for the high-density 3D coculture of multiple cell types, by using microchannel-combined micronozzle devices. The prepared hydrogel sheet, composed of multiple regions with varying physical stiffness, regulates the direction of proliferation of encapsulated cells and enables the formation of arrays of rod-like heterotypic organoids inside the hydrogel matrix. We successfully prepared stripe-patterned hydrogel sheets with a uniform thickness of ~100 μm and a width of several millimeters. Hepatoma cells (HepG2) and fibroblasts (Swiss 3T3) were embedded inside the hydrogel matrix and cocultured, to form heterotypic micro-organoids mimicking in vivo hepatic cord structures. The upregulation of hepatic functions by the 3D coculture was confirmed by analyzing liver-specific functions. The presented heterogeneous hydrogel sheet could be useful, as it provides relatively large, but precisely-controlled, 3-dimensional microenvironments for the high-density coculture of multiple types of cells.

  11. Preparation and properties of a novel thermo-sensitive hydrogel based on chitosan/hydroxypropyl methylcellulose/glycerol.

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    Wang, Tao; Chen, Liman; Shen, Tingting; Wu, Dayang

    2016-12-01

    Chitosan-based thermosensitive hydrogels are known as injectable in situ gelling thermosensitive polymer solutions which are suitable for biomaterials. In this study, a novel thermosensitive hydrogel gelling under physiological conditions was prepared using chitosan together with hydroxypropyl methylcellulose and glycerol. Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose is to facilitate the thermogelation through large amounts of hydrophobic interactions. Glycerol in heavy concentration destroys the polymer water sheaths promoting the formation of the hydrophobic regions, and lowering the phase transition temperature. The thermosensitive hydrogels showed a physiological pH ranging from 6.8 to 6.9 and gelation time within 15min at 37°C. The prepared hydrogels were characterized by FT-IR, XRD, SEM, and rheological studies, mechanical studies and contact angle studies. The properties of degradability, cytotoxicity and protein release behaviors of the hydrogels were investigated. The results indicate this thermosensitive hydrogel possess good fluidity, thermosensitivity and biodegradability, as well as low-cytotoxicity and controlled release, showing the potential use in biomedical applications.

  12. Preparation of γ-aminopropyltriethoxysilane cross-linked poly(aspartic acid) superabsorbent hydrogels without organic solvent.

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    Meng, Hongyu; Zhang, Xin; Sun, Shenyu; Tan, Tianwei; Cao, Hui

    2016-01-01

    Poly(aspartic acid) (PASP) hydrogel is a type of biodegradable and biocompatible polymer with high water absorbing ability. Traditionally, the production of PASP hydrogel is expensive, complex, environmentally unfriendly, and consumes a large amount of organic solvents, e.g. dimethylformamide or dimethylsulfoxide. This study introduces a one-step synthesis of PASP resin, in which the organic phase was replaced by distilled water and γ-aminopropyltriethoxysilane was used as the cross-linker. Absorbent ability and characteristics were determined by swelling ratio, FTIR, (13)C SSNMR, and SEM. In vitro cytotoxicity evaluation and animal skin irritation tests showed the hydrogel has body-friendly properties. Preparing PASP hydrogel in aqueous solution is promising and finds its use in many applications.

  13. Preparation of poly(polyethylene glycol methacrylate-co-acrylic acid) hydrogels by radiation and their physical properties

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    Park, Sung-Eun; Nho, Young-Chang; Kim, Hyung-Il

    2004-02-01

    The pH-responsive copolymer hydrogels were prepared with the monomers of polyethylene glycol methacrylate and acrylic acid based on γ-ray irradiation technique. The gel content of these copolymer hydrogels varied depending on both the composition of monomers and the radiation dose. Maximum gel percent and degree of crosslinking were obtained at the composition of equal amount of comonomers. These copolymer hydrogels did not show any noticeable change in swelling at lower pH range. However they showed an abrupt increase in swelling at higher pH range due to the ionization of carboxyl groups. This pH-responsive swelling behavior was applied for the insulin carrier via oral delivery. Insulin-loaded copolymer hydrogels released most of their insulin in the simulated intestinal fluid which had a pH of 6.8 but not in the simulated gastric fluid which had a pH of 1.2.

  14. Hydrothermal preparation of fluorinated graphene hydrogel for high-performance supercapacitors

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    An, Haoran; Li, Yu; Long, Peng; Gao, Yi; Qin, Chengqun; Cao, Chen; Feng, Yiyu; Feng, Wei

    2016-04-01

    Fluorinated graphene hydrogels (FGHs) are synthesized through a one-step hydrothermal process and applied as the binder/additive-free electrode materials for supercapacitors. Along with the reduction of graphene oxide (GO), fluorine atoms incorporate into the graphene framework through the substitution process with the residual phenol, ether or carbonyl groups, forming different fluorine species subsequently. The fluorine content and the Csbnd F bond configuration are easily adjusted by the hydrothermal temperature. X-ray photo electron spectroscopy (XPS) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectra indicate the mainly existent of semi-ionic Csbnd F bonds in the prepared FGHs. The semi-ionic Csbnd F bonds in FGHs facilitate the ion transport, enhance the electrical conductivity and provide active sites for the faradic reaction. Therefore, the electrochemical performances of FGHs are better than the fluorine-free graphene hydrogel prepared by the same hydrothermal process. FGH prepared at the hydrothermal temperature of 150 °C exhibit the highest specific capacitance (227 F g-1) and the best rate capability. The corresponding symmetric supercapacitor delivers the power density as high as 50.05 kW kg-1 at the current density of 50 A g-1. These results indicate the FGHs are the ideal electrode materials with the great potential in the field of high-power supercapacitors.

  15. A method for preparation of hydrogel microcapsules for stem cell bioprocessing and stem cell therapy.

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    Goldshmid, Revital; Mironi-Harpaz, Iris; Shachaf, Yonatan; Seliktar, Dror

    2015-08-01

    A method for the preparation of suspension culture microcapsules used in the bioprocessing of human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) is reported. The microcapsules are prepared from a semi-synthetic hydrogel comprising Pluronic®F127 conjugated to denatured fibrinogen. The Pluronic-fibrinogen adducts display a lower critical solubility temperature (LCST) at ∼30 °C, thus enabling mild, cell-compatible physical crosslinking of the microcapsules in a warm gelation bath. Cell-laden microgels were prepared from a solution of Pluronic-fibrinogen hydrogel precursor and hMSCs; these were cultivated for up to 15 days in laboratory-scale suspension bioreactors and harvested by reducing the temperature of the microcapsules to disassemble the physical polymer network. The viability, proliferation and cell recovery yields of the hMSCs were shown to be better than photo-chemically crosslinked microcapsules made from a similar material. The cell culture yields, which exceeded 300% after 15 days in suspension culture, were comparable to other microcarrier systems used for the mass production of hMSCs. The simplicity of this methodology, both in terms of the cell inoculation and mild recovery conditions, represent distinct advantages for stem cell bioprocessing with suspension culture bioreactors.

  16. Charge regulation and energy dissipation while compressing and sliding a cross-linked chitosan hydrogel layer.

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    Liu, Chao; Thormann, Esben; Tyrode, Eric; Claesson, Per M

    2015-04-01

    Interactions between a silica surface and a surface coated with a grafted cross-linked hydrogel made from chitosan/PAA multilayers are investigated, utilizing colloidal probe atomic force microscopy. Attractive double-layer forces are found to dominate the long-range interaction over a broad range of pH and ionic strength conditions. The deduced potential at the hydrogel/aqueous interface is found to be very low. This situation is maintained in the whole pH-range investigated, even though the degree of protonation of chitosan changes significantly. This demonstrates that pH-variations change the concentration of counterions within the hydrogel to keep the interior close to uncharged, which is similar to what has been observed for polyelectrolyte brushes. Changes in pH and ionic strength affect the adhesion force and the friction force between the silica surface and the hydrogel layer, but not the friction coefficient. This suggests that the main energy dissipation mechanism arises from processes occurring within the hydrogel layer, rather than at the silica/hydrogel interface, and we suggest that it is related to stretching of polymer chains between the cross-linking points. We also find that an increased cross-linking density, from 40% to 100%, in the hydrogel reduces the friction coefficient.

  17. Preparation and characterization of a novel pH-sensitive hydrogel obtained from UV light-induced polymerization

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    Tian, R. Q.; Zhao, Y. G.; Cui, Y. Q.; Zhang, X. Y.; Zhang, J.; Liang, X. Y.; Shang, Q.

    2015-05-01

    The main aim of this study was to develop a novel pH-sensitive hydrogel prepared via an UV light-induced polymerization. Single-factor experiments were performed to acquire the optimum formula of final poly(MAA-co-PEGMA) hydrogel. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) spectra were employed to confirm the successful preparation of the designed copolymers. Inner morphologies of the polymeric hydrogels were observed via an S-4800 scanning electron microscope (SEM). Swelling and reversible swelling-shrinking studies were carried out in different phosphate buffer solution (PBS) with various pH values. Drug-loading tests were performed with bovine serum albumin (BSA) as a model drug. The in vitro release profile was also investigated in PBS with the pH values of 1.2 and 7.4. FTIR spectra confirmed the preparation of the poly(MAA-co-PEGMA) copolymers without any residual monomers. The typical space grid structures were observed from the SEM photographs of hydrogels. The obtained hydrogel showed an excellent pH-sensibility and reversible swelling-shrinking property. The maximum drug-loading (40.9 %) was gained from the BSA concentration of 50.0 mg/mL. During the releasing process, only 5.8 ± 0.9 % of BSA was released at pH 1.2, but 82.1 ± 6.2 % was diffused at pH 7.4. These data suggested that such medicated hydrogel could deliver BSA to alkaline conditions (e.g., intestinal environments) site-specifically, which protected BSA from destroying by gastric acid or pepsase. Therefore, such hydrogel had a significant meaning in theoretical research and practical application.

  18. In Situ-Forming Polyamidoamine Dendrimer Hydrogels with Tunable Properties Prepared via Aza-Michael Addition Reaction.

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    Wang, Juan; He, Hongliang; Cooper, Remy C; Yang, Hu

    2017-03-29

    In this work, we describe synthesis and characterization of novel in situ-forming polyamidoamine (PAMAM) dendrimer hydrogels (DHs) with tunable properties prepared via highly efficient aza-Michael addition reaction. PAMAM dendrimer G5 was chosen as the underlying core and functionalized with various degrees of acetylation using acetic anhydride. The nucleophilic amines on the dendrimer surface reacted with α, β-unsaturated ester in acrylate groups of polyethylene glycol diacrylate (PEG-DA, Mn = 575 g/mol) via aza-Michael addition reaction to form dendrimer hydrogels without the use of any catalyst. The solidification time, rheological behavior, network structure, swelling, and degradation properties of the hydrogel were tuned by adjusting the dendrimer surface acetylation degree and dendrimer concentration. The DHs were shown to be highly cytocompatible and support cell adhesion and proliferation. We also prepared an injectable dendrimer hydrogel formulation to deliver the anticancer drug 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) and demonstrated that the injectable formulation efficiently inhibited tumor growth following intratumoral injection. Taken together, this new class of dendrimer hydrogel prepared by aza-Michael addition reaction can serve as a safe tunable platform for drug delivery and tissue engineering.

  19. A Biocompatible and Biodegradable Protein Hydrogel with Green and Red Autofluorescence: Preparation, Characterization and In Vivo Biodegradation Tracking and Modeling

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    Ma, Xiaoyu; Sun, Xiangcheng; Hargrove, Derek; Chen, Jun; Song, Donghui; Dong, Qiuchen; Lu, Xiuling; Fan, Tai-Hsi; Fu, Youjun; Lei, Yu

    2016-01-01

    Because of its good biocompatibility and biodegradability, albumins such as bovine serum albumin (BSA) and human serum albumin (HSA) have found a wide range of biomedical applications. Herein, we report that glutaraldehyde cross-linked BSA (or HSA) forms a novel fluorescent biological hydrogel, exhibiting new green and red autofluorescence in vitro and in vivo without the use of any additional fluorescent labels. UV-vis spectra studies, in conjunction with the fluorescence spectra studies including emission, excitation and synchronous scans, indicated that three classes of fluorescent compounds are presumably formed during the gelation process. SEM, FTIR and mechanical tests were further employed to investigate the morphology, the specific chemical structures and the mechanical strength of the as-prepared autofluorescent hydrogel, respectively. Its biocompatibility and biodegradability were also demonstrated through extensive in vitro and in vivo studies. More interestingly, the strong red autofluorescence of the as-prepared hydrogel allows for conveniently and non-invasively tracking and modeling its in vivo degradation based on the time-dependent fluorescent images of mice. A mathematical model was proposed and was in good agreement with the experimental results. The developed facile strategy to prepare novel biocompatible and biodegradable autofluorescent protein hydrogels could significantly expand the scope of protein hydrogels in biomedical applications.

  20. A Biocompatible and Biodegradable Protein Hydrogel with Green and Red Autofluorescence: Preparation, Characterization and In Vivo Biodegradation Tracking and Modeling.

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    Ma, Xiaoyu; Sun, Xiangcheng; Hargrove, Derek; Chen, Jun; Song, Donghui; Dong, Qiuchen; Lu, Xiuling; Fan, Tai-Hsi; Fu, Youjun; Lei, Yu

    2016-01-27

    Because of its good biocompatibility and biodegradability, albumins such as bovine serum albumin (BSA) and human serum albumin (HSA) have found a wide range of biomedical applications. Herein, we report that glutaraldehyde cross-linked BSA (or HSA) forms a novel fluorescent biological hydrogel, exhibiting new green and red autofluorescence in vitro and in vivo without the use of any additional fluorescent labels. UV-vis spectra studies, in conjunction with the fluorescence spectra studies including emission, excitation and synchronous scans, indicated that three classes of fluorescent compounds are presumably formed during the gelation process. SEM, FTIR and mechanical tests were further employed to investigate the morphology, the specific chemical structures and the mechanical strength of the as-prepared autofluorescent hydrogel, respectively. Its biocompatibility and biodegradability were also demonstrated through extensive in vitro and in vivo studies. More interestingly, the strong red autofluorescence of the as-prepared hydrogel allows for conveniently and non-invasively tracking and modeling its in vivo degradation based on the time-dependent fluorescent images of mice. A mathematical model was proposed and was in good agreement with the experimental results. The developed facile strategy to prepare novel biocompatible and biodegradable autofluorescent protein hydrogels could significantly expand the scope of protein hydrogels in biomedical applications.

  1. Preparation and characterization of irradiated carboxymethyl sago starch-acid hydrogel and its application as metal scavenger in aqueous solution.

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    Basri, Sri Norleha; Zainuddin, Norhazlin; Hashim, Kamaruddin; Yusof, Nor Azah

    2016-03-15

    Carboxymethyl sago starch-acid hydrogel was prepared via irradiation technique to remove divalent metal ions (Pb, Cu and Cd) from their aqueous solution. The hydrogel was characterized by using Fourier Transform Infrared (FT-IR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The removal of these metal ions was analyzed by using inductively coupled plasma-optic emission spectra (ICP-OES) to study the amount of metal uptake by the hydrogel. Parameters of study include effect of pH, amount of sample, contact time, initial concentration of metal solution and reaction temperature. FTIR spectroscopy shows the CMSS hydrogel absorption peaks at 1741cm(-1), 1605cm(-1) and 1430cm(-1) which indicates the substitution of carboxymethyl group of modified sago starch. The degradation temperature of CMSS hydrogel is higher compared to CMSS due to the crosslinking by electron beam radiation and formed a porous hydrogel. From the data obtained, about 93.5%, 88.4% and 85.5% of Pb, Cu and Cd ions has been respectively removed from their solution under optimum condition.

  2. Poly(acrylic acid)-grafted poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide) networks: preparation, characterization and hydrogel behavior.

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    Yu, Rentong; Zheng, Sixun

    2011-01-01

    Poly(acrylic acid)-grafted poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) co-polymer networks (PNIPAAm-g-PAA) were prepared via the reversible addition-fragmentation transfer (RAFT) polymerization of N-isopropyl- acrylamide (NIPAAm) with trithiocarbonate-terminated PAA as a macromolecular chain-transfer agent in the presence of N,N-methylenebisacrylamide. The PNIPAAm-g-PAA co-polymer networks were characterized by means of Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry and small-angle X-ray scattering. It is found that the PNIPAAm-g-PAA co-polymer networks were microphase-separated, in which the microdomains of PNIPAAm-PAA interpolymer complexes were dispersed into the PNIPAAm matrix. The PNIPAAm-g-PAA hydrogels displayed a dual response to temperature and pH values. The thermoresponsive properties of PNIPAAm-g-PAA networks were investigated. Below the volume phase transition temperatures, the PNIPAAm-g-PAA hydrogels possessed much higher swelling ratios than control PNIPAAm hydrogel. In terms of swelling, deswelling and reswelling tests, it is judged that the PNIPAAm-g-PAA hydrogels displayed faster response to the external temperature changes than control PNIPAAm hydrogel. The improved thermoresponsive properties of hydrogels are ascribed to the formation of PAA-grafted PNIPAAm networks, in which the water-soluble PAA chains behave as the hydrophiphilic tunnels and allow water molecules to go through and, thus, to accelerate the diffusion of water molecules.

  3. Theory of Hydrostatic Lubrication for Like Charge Polymer Hydrogel Coated and Cartilage Coated Surfaces

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    Sokoloff, Jeffrey

    2011-03-01

    Polysaccharides hydrogels provide excellent lubrication of tissues and organs in humans and animals. It is argued on the basis of a solution of the Poisson-Boltzmann equation and scaling arguments that most asperities in ``contact'' at the interface between two hydrogel coated surfaces should be separated by a thin fluid layer, which is held in place by ion osmotic pressure. It is likely to be responsible for the excellent lubricating of these hydrogels. Although it appears that the same mechanism should operate in cartilage coated surfaces, it turns out that the friction coefficient is two orders of magnitude larger once equilibrium is established. A model will be provided which combines the biphasic model, traditionally used to explain the time dependence of the friction coefficient for two cartilage surfaces in contact , and the ion osmotic pressure mechanism used to explain the very low equilibrium friction coefficient for hydrogel interfaces.

  4. Control superstructure of rigid polyelectrolytes in oppositely charged hydrogels via programmed internal stress.

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    Takahashi, Riku; Wu, Zi Liang; Arifuzzaman, Md; Nonoyama, Takayuki; Nakajima, Tasuku; Kurokawa, Takayuki; Gong, Jian Ping

    2014-08-08

    Biomacromolecules usually form complex superstructures in natural biotissues, such as different alignments of collagen fibres in articular cartilages, for multifunctionalities. Inspired by nature, there are efforts towards developing multiscale ordered structures in hydrogels (recognized as one of the best candidates of soft biotissues). However, creating complex superstructures in gels are hardly realized because of the absence of effective approaches to control the localized molecular orientation. Here we introduce a method to create various superstructures of rigid polyanions in polycationic hydrogels. The control of localized orientation of rigid molecules, which are sensitive to the internal stress field of the gel, is achieved by tuning the swelling mismatch between masked and unmasked regions of the photolithographic patterned gel. Furthermore, we develop a double network structure to toughen the hydrogels with programmed superstructures, which deform reversibly under large strain. This work presents a promising pathway to develop superstructures in hydrogels and should shed light on designing biomimetic materials with intricate molecular alignments.

  5. Alginate Hydrogel: A Shapeable and Versatile Platform for in Situ Preparation of Metal-Organic Framework-Polymer Composites.

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    Zhu, He; Zhang, Qi; Zhu, Shiping

    2016-07-13

    This work reports a novel in situ growth approach for incorporating metal-organic framework (MOF) materials into an alginate substrate, which overcomes the challenges of processing MOF particles into specially shaped structures for real industrial applications. The MOF-alginate composites are prepared through the post-treatment of a metal ion cross-linked alginate hydrogel with a MOF ligand solution. MOF particles are well distributed and embedded in and on the surface of the composites. The macroscopic shape of the composite can be designed by controlling the shape of the corresponding hydrogel; thus MOF-alginate beads, fibers, and membranes are obtained. In addition, four different MOF-alginate composites, including HKUST-1-, ZIF-8-, MIL-100(Fe)-, and ZIF-67-alginate, were successfully prepared using different metal ion cross-linked alginate hydrogels. The mechanism of formation is revealed, and the composite is demonstrated to be an effective absorbent for water purification.

  6. Injectable biodegradable thermosensitive hydrogel composite for orthopedic tissue engineering. 1. Preparation and characterization of nanohydroxyapatite/poly(ethylene glycol)-poly(epsilon-caprolactone)-poly(ethylene glycol) hydrogel nanocomposites.

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    Fu, Shaozhi; Guo, Gang; Gong, Changyang; Zeng, Shi; Liang, Hang; Luo, Feng; Zhang, Xiaoning; Zhao, Xia; Wei, Yuquan; Qian, Zhiyong

    2009-12-31

    In this study, we synthesized a biodegradable triblock copolymer poly(ethylene glycol)-poly(epsilon-caprolactone)-poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG-PCL-PEG, PECE) by ring-opening copolymerization, and nanohydroxyapatite (n-HA) powder was prepared by a hydrothermal precipitation method. The obtained n-HA was incorporated into the PECE matrix to prepare injectable thermosensitive hydrogel nanocomposites. (1)H NMR, FT-IR, XRD, DSC, and TEM were used to investigate the properties of PECE copolymer and n-HA/PECE nanocomposites. The rheological measurements for n-HA/PECE nanocomposites revealed that the gelation temperature was approximately 36 degrees C. The sol-gel-sol transition behavior and phase transition diagrams were recorded through a test tube inverting method. The results showed that n-HA/PECE nanocomposites still had thermoresponsivity like that of PECE thermosensitive hydrogel. The morphology of the nanocomposites was observed by SEM; the results showed that the nanocomposites had a 3D network structure. In addition, the effects of n-HA contents on the properties of n-HA/PECE nanocomposites are also discussed in the paper. From the results, n-HA/PECE hydrogel is believed to be promising for injectable orthopedic tissue engineering due to its good thermosensitivity and injectability.

  7. Preparation and properties of EDC/NHS mediated crosslinking poly (gamma-glutamic acid)/epsilon-polylysine hydrogels.

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    Hua, Jiachuan; Li, Zheng; Xia, Wen; Yang, Ning; Gong, Jixian; Zhang, Jianfei; Qiao, Changsheng

    2016-04-01

    In this paper, a novel pH-sensitive poly (amino acid) hydrogel based on poly γ-glutamic acid (γ-PGA) and ε-polylysine (ε-PL) was prepared by carbodiimide (EDC) and N-hydroxysuccinimide (NHS) mediated polymerization. The influence of PGA/PL molar ratio and EDC/NHS concentration on the structure and properties was studied. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) proved that hydrogels were crosslinked through amide bond linkage, and the conversion rate of a carboxyl group could reach 96%. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) results showed a regularly porous structure with 20 μm pore size in average. The gelation time in the crosslink process of PGA/PL hydrogels was within less than 5 min. PGA/PL hydrogels had excellent optical performance that was evaluated by a novel optotype method. Furthermore, PGA/PL hydrogels were found to be pH-sensitive, which could be adjusted to the pH of swelling media intelligently. The terminal pH of swelling medium could be controlled at 5 ± 1 after equilibrium when the initial pH was within 3-11. The swelling kinetics was found to follow a Voigt model in deionized water but a pseudo-second-order model in normal saline and phosphate buffer solution, respectively. The differential swelling degrees were attributed to the swelling theory based on the different ratio of -COOH/-NH2 and pore size in hydrogels. The results of mechanical property indicated that PGA/PL hydrogels were soft and elastic. Moreover, PGA/PL hydrogels exhibited excellent biocompatibility by cell proliferation experiment. PGA/PL hydrogels could be degraded in PBS solution and the degradation rate was decreased with the increase of the molar ratio of PL. Considering the simple preparation process and pH-sensitive property, these PGA/PL hydrogels might have high potential for use in medical and clinical fields.

  8. PVA/CM-chitosan/honey hydrogels prepared by using the combined technique of irradiation followed by freeze-thawing

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    Afshari, M. J.; Sheikh, N.; Afarideh, H.

    2015-08-01

    Hydrogels with three components, poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA), carboxymethylate chitosan (CM-chitosan) and honey have been prepared by using radiation method and radiation followed by freeze-thawing cycles technique (combinational method). The solid concentration of the polymer solution is 15 wt% and the ratios of PVA/CM-chitosan/honey are 10/1.5/3.5, 10/2/3, 10/3/2, and 10/3.5/1.5. The applied irradiation doses are 25, 30 and 40 kGy. Various tests have been done to evaluate the hydrogel properties to produce materials to be used as wound dressing. The results show that combinational method improves the mechanical strength of hydrogels while it has no significant effect on the water evaporation rate of gels. The combinational method decreases the swelling of hydrogels significantly, albeit this parameter is still acceptable for wound dressing. Microbiological analyses show that the hydrogel prepared by both methods can protect the wound from Escherichia coli bacterial infection. The wound healing test shows the good performance of the gels in mice.

  9. Strong composite films with layered structures prepared by casting silk fibroin-graphene oxide hydrogels

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    Huang, Liang; Li, Chun; Yuan, Wenjing; Shi, Gaoquan

    2013-04-01

    Composite films of graphene oxide (GO) sheets and silk fibroin (SF) with layered structures have been prepared by facile solution casting of SF-GO hydrogels. The as-prepared composite film containing 15% (by weight, wt%) of SF shows a high tensile strength of 221 +/- 16 MPa and a failure strain of 1.8 +/- 0.4%, which partially surpass those of natural nacre. Particularly, this composite film also has a high modulus of 17.2 +/- 1.9 GPa. The high mechanical properties of this composite film can be attributed to its high content of GO (85 wt%), compact layered structure and the strong hydrogen bonding interaction between SF chains and GO sheets.Composite films of graphene oxide (GO) sheets and silk fibroin (SF) with layered structures have been prepared by facile solution casting of SF-GO hydrogels. The as-prepared composite film containing 15% (by weight, wt%) of SF shows a high tensile strength of 221 +/- 16 MPa and a failure strain of 1.8 +/- 0.4%, which partially surpass those of natural nacre. Particularly, this composite film also has a high modulus of 17.2 +/- 1.9 GPa. The high mechanical properties of this composite film can be attributed to its high content of GO (85 wt%), compact layered structure and the strong hydrogen bonding interaction between SF chains and GO sheets. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: XPS spectrum of the SF-GO hybrid film, SEM images of lyophilized GO dispersion and the failure surface of GO film. See DOI: 10.1039/c3nr00196b

  10. Who Is in Charge of Teacher Preparation?

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    DeMonte, Jenny

    2013-01-01

    Having a good teacher can improve the life of a student far beyond school. How can we ensure that every student has a good teacher and receives high-quality instruction? The challenge is that, for the most part, the institutions governing teacher-training organizations are not governed by the bodies charged with overseeing K-12 public education.…

  11. Swelling equilibria for temperature-sensitive ampholytic hydrogels

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    Baker, J.P.; Stephens, D.R.; Blanch, H.W.; Prausnitz, J.M.

    1992-09-01

    Temperature-sensitive N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPA)-based ampho-lytic hydrogels were synthesized by copolymerizing NIPA with the cationic monomer methacrylamidopropyl trimethylammonium chloride (MAPTAC) and the anionic monomer sodium styrene sulfonate (SSS). The total nominal charge density of the hydrogels was held constant at 8 mol % (dry basis), while the molar ratio of anionic to cationic moieties within the hydrogels was varied. Swelling equilibria were measured in water at 6C, and in aqueous sodium chloride solutions ranging in concentration from 10{sup {minus}5}to 5 M and temperature ranging from 6 to 56C. Consistent with expectations, the swelling behavior of the hydrogels was found to be controlled by temperature at low salt concentrations; as the sodium chloride concentration increased, temperature control of hydrogel swelling decreased. Slight antipolyelectrolyte behavior was observed for the hydrogel prepared with equal molar amounts of MAPTAC and SSS.

  12. Feather keratin hydrogel for wound repair: Preparation, healing effect and biocompatibility evaluation.

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    Wang, Ju; Hao, Shilei; Luo, Tiantian; Cheng, Zhongjun; Li, Wenfeng; Gao, Feiyan; Guo, Tingwang; Gong, Yuhua; Wang, Bochu

    2017-01-01

    Keratins are highly attractive for wound healing due to their inherent bioactivity, biocompatibility and physical properties. However, nearly all wound healing studies have focused on human hair keratins, and the wound-repair effects and in vivo biocompatibilities of feather keratins are not clear. Feather keratins are derived from chicken feathers, which are considered to be the major waste in the poultry industry, and the quality of feather keratin is easier to control than that of human hair keratin due to human hair perming and colouring-dyeing. Thus, we extracted keratins from chicken feathers, and a feather keratin hydrogel was then prepared and used to test the in vivo wound-healing properties and biocompatibility. The results indicated that feather keratins displayed wound-healing and biodegradation properties similar to those of human hair keratins and were also highly compatible with those of the tissue and devoid of immunogenicity and systematic toxicity. Collectively, these results suggested that feather keratin hydrogel could be used for biomedical applications, particularly effective wound healing.

  13. Topical treatment of the buccal mucosa and wounded skin in rats with a triamcinolone acetonide-loaded hydrogel prepared using an electron beam.

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    Choi, Soon Gil; Baek, Eun Jung; Davaa, Enkhzaya; Nho, Young-Chang; Lim, Youn-Mook; Park, Jong-Seok; Gwon, Hui-Jeong; Huh, Kang Moo; Park, Jeong-Sook

    2013-04-15

    In this study, a triamcinolone acetonide-loaded hydrogel was prepared by electron beam irradiation and evaluated for use as a buccal mucoadhesive drug delivery system. A poloxamer was modified to have vinyl end groups for preparation of the hydrogel via an irradiation cross-linking reaction. Carbopol was introduced to improve the mucoadhesive properties of the hydrogel. The in vitro release of triamcinolone acetonide from the hydrogel was examined at 37 °C. To investigate the topical therapeutic effect of triamcinolone acetonide on wounded rat skin and buccal mucosa, the appearance and histological changes were evaluated for 15 days after treatment with saline, triamcinolone acetonide solution, triamcinolone acetonide hydrogel, and blank hydrogel, respectively. Triamcinolone acetonide was released constantly from the gel formulation at 37 °C and reach 100% at about 48 h. After 15 days, in the skin of the group treated with the triamcinolone acetonide-loaded hydrogel, the wound was almost completely free of crust and a number of skin appendages, including hair follicles, had formed at the margins of the tissue. Moreover, the inflammatory response in the buccal mucosa was milder than that in the other groups, and the wound surface was completely covered with regenerating, hyperkeratotic, thickened epithelial cells. Our results indicate that the triamcinolone-acetonide hydrogel showed sustained drug release behavior, while causing no significant histopathological changes in buccal and skin tissues. Therefore, this hydrogel system may be a powerful means of drug delivery for buccal administration with controlled release and no tissue irritation.

  14. Preparation and properties of GO-PVA composite hydrogel with oriented structure

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    Liu, Huanqing; Zhang, Gongzheng; Li, Huanjun

    2017-03-01

    We fabricated GO-PVA composite hydrogels with oriented structure by directional freezing and repeated freeze-thawing, which owned superior mechanical property and thermostability than PVA hydrogel. Due to physical interactions such as hydrogen bonding between surface of GO and PVA chains, GO-PVA composite hydrogel possessed higher crosslinking density and smaller pore size and can resist higher temperature and stronger force from outside than PVA hydrogel. These unique properties will endow GO-PVA hydrogel with greater potential application in biomedical materials.

  15. Swelling properties of cassava starch grafted with poly (potassium acrylate-co-acrylamide) superabsorbent hydrogel prepared by ionizing radiation

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    Barleany, Dhena Ria Ulfiyani, Fida; Istiqomah, Shafina; Rahmayetty; Heriyanto, Heri; Erizal

    2015-12-29

    Natural and synthetic hydrophylic polymers can be phisically or chemically cross-linked in order to produce hydrogels. Starch based hydrogels grafted with copolymers from acrylic acid or acrylamide have become very popular for water absorbent application. Superabsorbent hydrogels made from Cassava starch grafted with poly (potassium acrylate-co-acrylamide) were prepared by using of ϒ-irradiation method. Various important parameters such as irradiation doses, monomer to Cassava starch ratio and acrylamide content were investigated. The addition of 7,5 % w w{sup −1} acrylamide into the reaction mixture generated a starch graft copolymer with a water absorption in distilled water as high as 460 g g{sup −1} of its dried weight. The effectivity of hydrogel as superabsorbent for aqueous solutions of NaCl and urea was evaluated. The obtained hydrogel showed the maximum absorptions of 317 g g{sup −1} and 523 g g{sup −1} for NaCl and urea solution, respectively (relative to its own dry weight). The structure of the graft copolymer was analyzed by using Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) and Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)

  16. Swelling properties of cassava starch grafted with poly (potassium acrylate-co-acrylamide) superabsorbent hydrogel prepared by ionizing radiation

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    Barleany, Dhena Ria; Ulfiyani, Fida; Istiqomah, Shafina; Heriyanto, Heri; Rahmayetty, Erizal

    2015-12-01

    Natural and synthetic hydrophylic polymers can be phisically or chemically cross-linked in order to produce hydrogels. Starch based hydrogels grafted with copolymers from acrylic acid or acrylamide have become very popular for water absorbent application. Superabsorbent hydrogels made from Cassava starch grafted with poly (potassium acrylate-co-acrylamide) were prepared by using of ϒ-irradiation method. Various important parameters such as irradiation doses, monomer to Cassava starch ratio and acrylamide content were investigated. The addition of 7,5 % w w-1 acrylamide into the reaction mixture generated a starch graft copolymer with a water absorption in distilled water as high as 460 g g-1 of its dried weight. The effectivity of hydrogel as superabsorbent for aqueous solutions of NaCl and urea was evaluated. The obtained hydrogel showed the maximum absorptions of 317 g g-1 and 523 g g-1 for NaCl and urea solution, respectively (relative to its own dry weight). The structure of the graft copolymer was analyzed by using Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) and Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM).

  17. Preparation of morphology-controllable polyaniline and polyaniline/graphene hydrogels for high performance binder-free supercapacitor electrodes

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    Luo, Jinwei; Zhong, Wenbin; Zou, Yubo; Xiong, Changlun; Yang, Wantai

    2016-07-01

    Polyaniline (PANI) and its composite hydrogels have been considered as a unique supercapacitor electrode material due to their three dimensional (3D) porous structures, formed conducting networks, high specific surface areas and fast electron/ion transfer. Herein, dendritic and long fibrous PANI nanostructure hydrogels (PDH and PFH), dendritic PNAI nanofiber/graphene and long PANI nanofibers/Nitrogen-doped graphene composite hydrogels (PGH and PNGH) were prepared by integration polymerization of aniline and hydrothermal process. It was found that the addition of p-Phenylenediamine (PPD) not only controlled the morphologies of PANI from dendritic to long fibrous, but also facilitated the graphene oxide (GO) into nitrogen-doped graphene. Furthermore, after freeze-drying, PDH and PGH exhibited a max compressive strength of 9.5 and 9.6 KPa, respectively; while the max compressive strength of PFH and PNGH constructed with long PANI nanofiber is 79.9 and 75.8 KPa, respectively. Directly using these prepared hydrogels as electrodes for supercapacitors, it was found that PDH, PFH, PGH and PNGH exhibited high specific capacitances of 448.6, 470, 540.9 and 610 F g-1, respectively, at the current density of 1 A g-1. It is expected that the prepared PDH, PFH, PGH and PNGH can be directly applied in the field of high performance energy storage devices.

  18. Preparation and application of abietic acid-derived optically active helical polymers and their chiral hydrogels.

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    Yao, Fei; Zhang, Dongyue; Zhang, Chaohong; Yang, Wantai; Deng, Jianping

    2013-02-01

    A novel chiral monomer N-propargyl abietamide, M1, was synthesized from abietic acid and catalytically polymerized with (nbd)Rh+B-(C6H5)4 (nbd=norbornadiene), providing polymer [poly(1)] with a molecular weight of 13,000-36,000 at a yield of 59-84%. Poly(1) did not form stable helices in tetrahydrofuran at room temperature whereas copolymerization of M1 and the achiral N-propargylamide monomer, M2, led to the formation of helical optically active copolymers as indicated by circular dichroism studies, UV-vis spectroscopy, and specific optical rotation measurements. Hydrogels were prepared based on an optically active helical copolymer, poly(M1(0.32)-co-M2(0.68)) that exhibited enantioselective recognition toward l-alanine. The novel chiral polymers derived from abietic acid are expected to find applications in such areas as chiral recognition, chiral resolution, and chiral catalysis.

  19. Preparation and characterization of pH-sensitive methyl methacrylate-g-starch/hydroxypropylated starch hydrogels: in vitro and in vivo study on release of esomeprazole magnesium.

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    Kumar, Pankaj; Ganure, Ashok Laxmanrao; Subudhi, Bharat Bhushan; Shukla, Shubhanjali

    2015-06-01

    In the present study, novel hydrogels were prepared through graft copolymerization of methyl methacrylate onto starch and hydroxypropylated starch for intestinal drug delivery. The successful grafting has been confirmed by FTIR, NMR spectroscopy, and elemental analysis. Morphological examination of copolymeric hydrogels by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) confirms the macroporous nature of the copolymers. The high decomposition temperature was observed in thermograms indicating the thermal stability of the hydrogels. To attain a hydrogel with maximum percent graft yield, the impact of reaction variables like concentration of ceric ammonium nitrate as initiator and methyl methacrylate as monomer were consistently optimized. X-ray powder diffraction and differential scanning calorimetric analysis supported the successful entrapment of the drug moiety (esomeprazole magnesium; proton pump inhibitor) within the hydrogel network. Drug encapsulation efficiency of optimized hydrogels was found to be >78%. Furthermore, swelling capacity of copolymeric hydrogels exhibited a pH-responsive behavior which makes the synthesized hydrogels potential candidates for controlled delivery of medicinal agents. In vitro drug release was found to be sustained up to 14 h with 80-90% drug release in pH 6.8 solution; however, the cumulative release was 40-45% in pH 1.2. The gastrointestinal transit behavior of optimized hydrogel was determined by gamma scintigraphy, using (99m)Tc as marker. The amount of radioactive tracer released from the labeled hydrogel was minimal when the hydrogel was in the stomach, whereas it increased as hydrogel reached in intestine. Well-correlated results of in vitro and in vivo analysis proved their controlled release behavior with preferential delivery into alkaline pH environment.

  20. Topical oleo-hydrogel preparation of ketoprofen with enhanced skin permeability.

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    Rhee, G J; Woo, J S; Hwang, S J; Lee, Y W; Lee, C H

    1999-06-01

    In an attempt to improve the skin penetration of ketoprofen, various transdermal formulations were prepared, and their in vitro skin permeability and in vivo percutaneous absorption were evaluated. In vitro permeation studies were performed using a modified Franz cell diffusion system in which permeation parameters such as cumulative amount at 8 hr Q8hr, steady-state flux Jss, or lag time tL were determined. In the in vivo percutaneous absorption study using the hairless mouse, maximum concentration Cmax and area under the curve at 24 hr AUC24h were measured. The optimal transdermal formulation (oleo-hydrogel formulation) of ketoprofen showed a Q8hr value of 227.20 micrograms/cm2, a Jss value of 29.61 micrograms/cm2/hr, and a tL value of 0.46 hr. The Q8hr and Jss values were about 10-fold (p < .01) higher than those (Q8hr = 19.61 micrograms/cm2; Jss = 2.66 micrograms/cm2/hr) from the K-gel and about 3.5-fold (p < .01) than those (Q8hr = 60.00 micrograms/cm2; Jss = 7.99 micrograms/cm2/hr) of the K-plaster. In the in vivo percutaneous absorption, the Cmax (6.82 micrograms/ml) and AUC24h (55.74 micrograms.hr/ml) values of the optimal formulation were significantly (p < .01) higher than those of K-gel and K-plaster. The relative bioavailability of the oleo-hydrogel following transdermal administration in reference to oral administration was about 37%, and the Cmax value (4.73 micrograms/cm2) in the hypodermis following topical administration was much higher than those from the conventional products (Cmax of K-gel and K-plaster were 0.92 +/- 0.19 microgram/cm2 and 1.27 +/- 0.37 microgram/cm2, respectively). These data demonstrate that the oleo-hydrogel formulation of ketoprofen was more beneficial than conventional products (K-gel and K-plaster) in enhancing transdermal permeation and skin absorption of ketoprofen. Furthermore, there was a good correlation between in vitro permeation parameters and in vivo percutaneous absorption parameters.

  1. Gelatin-Pectin Composite Films from Polyion Complex Hydrogels

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    Composite films from gelatin and low-methoxyl pectin were prepared by either ionic complexation or covalent cross-linking. The ionic interactions between positively charged gelatin and negatively charged pectin produced physically reversible hydrogels. The resultant homogeneous gels had improved mec...

  2. Preparation and characterization of poly(propylene fumarate-co-ethylene glycol) hydrogels.

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    Suggs, L J; Kao, E Y; Palombo, L L; Krishnan, R S; Widmer, M S; Mikos, A G

    1998-01-01

    We describe the preparation and bulk characterization of a cross-linked poly(propylene fumarate-co-ethylene glycol), p(PF-co-EG), hydrogel. Eight block copolymer formulations were made varying four different design parameters including: poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) molecular weight, poly(propylene fumarate) (PPF) molecular weight, copolymer molecular weight, and ratio of PEG to PPF. Two different cross-linking formulations were also tested, one with a cross-linking monomer and one without. The extent of the cross-linking reaction and the degree of swelling in aqueous solution were determined on copolymer formulations made without a cross-linking monomer. The values of molecular weight between cross-links, Mc ranged from 300 +/- 120 to 1190 +/- 320 as determined from swelling data (n = 3). The equilibrium volume swelling ratios, Q, varied from 1.5 +/- 0.1 to 3.0 +/- 0.1. This ratio was found to increase with increasing PEG content in the copolymer and decrease with increasing PPF molecular weight. The values for complex dynamic elastic moduli magnitudes of E*, ranged from 0.9 +/- 0.2 to 13.1 +/- 1.1 MPa for the formulations with the cross-linking monomer, N-vinyl pyrrolidinone (VP) (n = 3). The ultimate tensile stresses on the formulations made with VP ranged from 0.15 +/- 0.03 to 1.44 +/- 1.06 MPa, and tensile moduli ranged from 1.11 +/- 0.20 to 20.66 +/- 2.42 MPa (n = 5). All of the mechanical properties increased with increasing PPF molecular weight and decreased with increasing PEG content in the copolymer. These data show that the physical properties of p(PF-co-EG) hydrogels can be tailored for specific applications by altering the material composition.

  3. Enhanced Release of Molecules upon Ultraviolet (UV) Light Irradiation from Photoresponsive Hydrogels Prepared from Bifunctional Azobenzene and Four-Arm Poly(ethylene glycol).

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    Rastogi, Shiva K; Anderson, Hailee E; Lamas, Joseph; Barret, Scott; Cantu, Travis; Zauscher, Stefan; Brittain, William J; Betancourt, Tania

    2017-03-07

    Advances in biosensors and drug delivery are dependent on hydrogels that respond to external stimuli. In this work, we describe the preparation and characterization of photoresponsive hydrogels prepared by cross-linking of di-NHS ester of azobenzoic acid and four-armed, amine-terminated poly(ethylene glycol). The porous structure and composition of the hydrogels were confirmed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. The reversible photoisomerization of the azobenzene-containing hydrogel cross-linkers in the gels was confirmed by absorption spectroscopy. Specifically, the photoisomerization of the cross-linkers between their trans and cis configurations was observed by monitoring the absorbance of the hydrogels at the two characteristic peaks of azobenzene (π-π* at 330 nm and n-π* at 435 nm). The effect of photoisomerization on the hydrogel structure was investigated by microscopy. Ultraviolet (UV) irradiation-induced reduction in hydrogel size was observed, which may be a result of the inherently smaller footprint of the cis azobenzene conformation, as well as dipole-dipole interactions between the polar cis azobenzene and the polymer network. The UV-triggered reduction in hydrogel size was accompanied by enhanced release of the near-infrared fluorescent dye Alexa Fluor 750 (AF750). Enhanced release of AF750 was observed in samples irradiated with UV versus dark control. Together, these data demonstrate the potential of these systems as reversible photoresponsive biomaterials.

  4. Solid lipid nanoparticles (SLN)--based hydrogels as potential carriers for oral transmucosal delivery of risperidone: preparation and characterization studies.

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    Silva, A C; Amaral, M H; González-Mira, E; Santos, D; Ferreira, D

    2012-05-01

    Two different solid lipid nanoparticles (SLN)-based hydrogels (HGs) formulations were developed as potential mucoadhesive systems for risperidone (RISP) oral transmucosal delivery. The suitability of the prepared semi-solid formulations for application on oral mucosa was assessed by means of rheological and textural analysis, during 30 days. Plastic flows with thixotropy and high adhesiveness were obtained for all the tested systems, which predict their success for the oral transmucosal application proposed. The SLN remained within the colloidal range after HGs preparation. However, after 30 days of storage, a particle size increase was detected in one type of the HGs formulations. In vitro drug release studies revealed a more pronounced RISP release after SLN hydrogel entrapment, when compared to the dispersions alone. In addition, a pH-dependent release was observed as well. The predicted in vivo RISP release mechanism was Fickian diffusion alone or combined with erosion.

  5. Preparation and characterization of novel P(HEA/IA) hydrogels for Cd2+ ion removal from aqueous solution

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    Antić, Katarina M.; Babić, Marija M.; Vuković, Jovana J. Jovašević; Vasiljević-Radović, Dana G.; Onjia, Antonije E.; Filipović, Jovanka M.; Tomić, Simonida Lj.

    2015-05-01

    Series of novel hydrogels based on 2-hydroxyethyl acrylate (HEA) and itaconic acid (IA), P(HEA/IA) copolymers, were prepared by free radical cross-linking copolymerization and investigated as potential adsorbents for Cd2+ removal from aqueous solution. The hydrogels before and after Cd2+ adsorption were characterized using FTIR, DSC, SEM/EDX, AFM and DMA analysis. The swelling results showed that these hydrogels are pH and temperature sensitive. In order to evaluate adsorption behavior of samples various factors affecting the Cd2+ uptake behavior, such as: contact time, temperature, pH, ionic strength, adsorbent weight, competitive ions and initial concentration of the metal ions were investigated. Five adsorption isotherms and two kinetic models were studied. The adsorption behavior can be very well described by the pseudo-second order kinetic model and Langmuir isotherm. Multicomponent adsorption studies revealed that adsorption of cadmium depends on the type of metal ions present in the system. Desorption studies showed that hydrogel can be reused three times with only 15% loss of adsorption capacity. All results indicate that the sample with the highest IA content is the most promising adsorbent for Cd2+ removal.

  6. Preparation and characterization of poly(2-acrylamido-2-methylpropane-sulfonic acid)/Chitosan hydrogel using gamma irradiation and its application in wastewater treatment

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    Gad, Y. H.

    2008-09-01

    Radiation grafting of chitosan with 2-acrylamido-2-methyl propane sulfonic acid (AMPS) has been successfully performed. The effect of absorbed dose (kGy) and the chitosan:AMPS ratio on graft hydrogelization was studied. The structure of the prepared hydrogel was confirmed using infrared spectroscopy (IR). Thermal properties were simultaneously studied by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The effect of the polymerization variables on the swelling % of the prepared hydrogel was investigated. The highest equilibrium degree of swelling (38.6 g/g) and gel % (94.7%) of the prepared chitosan-AMPS hydrogel was at 40% AMPS and absorbed dose of 10 kGy. The removal of methylene blue, acid red dye, Cd (II) and Cr (III) from composed wastewater was also investigated. The effect of pH, the chitosan:AMPS ratio and the concentration of the pollutant on the adsorption process were studied.

  7. Rheological properties of a biological thermo-responsive hydrogel prepared from vegetable oil

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    Hydrogel is a colloidal gel in which water is the dispersion medium. The unique properties of hydrogels make this kind of materials have many utilization potentials, such as drug delivery, gene therapy, wound care products, breast implant materials, cosmetic products, and tissue engineering. Hydroge...

  8. Metallization of DNA hydrogel: application of soft matter host for preparation and nesting of catalytic nanoparticles

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    Zinchenko, Anatoly; Che, Yuxin; Taniguchi, Shota; Lopatina, Larisa I.; G. Sergeyev, Vladimir; Murata, Shizuaki

    2016-07-01

    Nanoparticles (NPs) of Au, Ag, Pt, Pd, Cu and Ni of 2-3 nm average-size and narrow-size distributions were synthesized in DNA cross-linked hydrogels by reducing corresponding metal precursors by sodium borohydride. DNA hydrogel plays a role of a universal reactor in which the reduction of metal precursor results in the formation of 2-3 nm ultrafine metal NPs regardless of metal used. Hydrogels metallized with various metals showed catalytic activity in the reduction of nitroaromatic compounds, and the catalytic activity of metallized hydrogels changed as follows: Pd > Ag ≈ Au ≈ Cu > Ni > Pt. DNA hydrogel-based "soft catalysts" elaborated in this study are promising for green organic synthesis in aqueous media as well as for biomedical in vivo applications.

  9. Preparation, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of ophthalmic thermosensitive in situ hydrogel of betaxolol hydrochloride.

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    Huang, Weiwei; Zhang, Nan; Hua, Haiying; Liu, Tuanbing; Tang, Yafang; Fu, Lingling; Yang, Yanan; Ma, Xiujie; Zhao, Yongxing

    2016-10-01

    Conventional ophthalmic formulations often eliminate rapidly after administration and cannot provide and maintain an adequate concentration of the drug in the precorneal area. To solve those problems, a thermosensitive in situ gelling and mucoadhesive ophthalmic drug delivery system was prepared and evaluated, the system was composed of poloxamer analogs and polycarbophil (PCP) and betaxolol hydrochloride (BH) was selected as model drug. The concentrations of poloxamer 407 (P407) (22% (w/v)) and poloxamer 188 (P188) (3.5% (w/v)) were identified through central composite design-response surface methodology (CCD-RSM). The BH in situ hydrogel (BH-HG) was liquid solution at low temperature and turned to semisolid at eye temperature. BH-HG showed good stability and biocompatibility, which fulfilled the requirements of ocular application. In vitro studies indicated that addition of PCP enhanced the viscosity of BH-HG and the release results of BH from BH-HG demonstrated a sustained release behavior of BH because of the gel dissolution. In vivo pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics studies indicated that the BH-HG formulation resulted in an improved bioavailability and a significantly lower intraocular pressure (IOP). The results suggested BH-HG could be potentially used as an in situ gelling system for ophthalmic delivery to enhance the bioavailability and efficacy.

  10. Biomimetic Hydrogel Materials

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    Bertozzi, Carolyn , Mukkamala, Ravindranath , Chen, Oing , Hu, Hopin , Baude, Dominique

    2003-04-22

    Novel biomimetic hydrogel materials and methods for their preparation. Hydrogels containing acrylamide-functionalized carbohydrate, sulfoxide, sulfide or sulfone copolymerized with a hydrophilic or hydrophobic copolymerizing material selected from the group consisting of an acrylamide, methacrylamide, acrylate, methacrylate, vinyl and a derivative thereof present in concentration from about 1 to about 99 wt %. and methods for their preparation. The method of use of the new hydrogels for fabrication of soft contact lenses and biomedical implants.

  11. Biomimetic hydrogel materials

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    Bertozzi, Carolyn; Mukkamala, Ravindranath; Chen, Qing; Hu, Hopin; Baude, Dominique

    2000-01-01

    Novel biomimetic hydrogel materials and methods for their preparation. Hydrogels containing acrylamide-functionalized carbohydrate, sulfoxide, sulfide or sulfone copolymerized with a hydrophilic or hydrophobic copolymerizing material selected from the group consisting of an acrylamide, methacrylamide, acrylate, methacrylate, vinyl and a derivative thereof present in concentration from about 1 to about 99 wt %. and methods for their preparation. The method of use of the new hydrogels for fabrication of soft contact lenses and biomedical implants.

  12. Dextran-based hydrogel microspheres obtained in w/o emulsion: preparation, characterisation and in vivo studies.

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    Casadei, Maria Antonietta; Cesa, Stefania; Pacelli, Settimio; Paolicelli, Patrizia; Tita, Beatrice; Vitali, Federica

    2014-01-01

    The cross-linking reaction in w/o emulsions of dextran (DEX) functionalised with methacrylic groups, having or not acid residues in side chain, can be used to easily prepare polysaccharide hydrogel microspheres with properties suitable for drug delivery applications. The formation of a chemical network within the obtained particles was evaluated with FT-IR spectroscopy, whereas morphology and dimensions of the microspheres were investigated with optical and scanning electron microscopy. At the same time, swelling measurements were carried out on freeze-dried particles in different aqueous media simulating biological fluids. Preliminary release experiments performed with ibuprofen, betamethasone and vitamin B12 chosen as model drugs, showed that these microspheres could be suitable as modified drug delivery systems in oral formulations. Finally, in vivo writhing experiments were carried out in mice in order to verify the antinociceptive activity of betamethasone loaded into the new polysaccharide hydrogel microspheres.

  13. Preparation and characterization of gatifloxacin-loaded sodium alginate hydrogel membranes supplemented with hydroxypropyl methylcellulose and hydroxypropyl cellulose polymers for wound dressing

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    Prabu, Durai; Majdalawieh, Amin F.; Abu-Yousef, Imad A.; Inbasekaran, Kadambari; Balasubramaniam, Tharani; Nallaperumal, Narayanan; Gunasekar, Conjeevaram J.

    2016-01-01

    Introduction: The aim of this study is to evaluate gatifloxacin-loaded sodium alginate hydrogel membranes, supplemented with glycerol (a plasticizer), glutaraldehyde (a cross-linking agent), and hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) or hydroxypropyl cellulose (HPC) polymers, as potential wound dressing materials based on their physicochemical properties and the sustain-release phenomenon. Materials and Methods: The physicochemical properties of the prepared hydrogel membranes were evaluated by several methods including Fourier transform infrared and differential scanning calorimetry. Different techniques were used to assess the swelling behavior, tensile strength and elongation, % moisture absorption, % moisture loss, water vapor transmission rate (WVTR), and microbial penetration for the hydrogel membranes. In vitro gatifloxacin release from the hydrogel membranes was examined using the United States Pharmacopeia XXIII dissolution apparatus. Four kinetics models (zero-order, first-order, Higuchi equation, and Korsmeyer-Peppas equation) were applied to study drug release kinetics. Results: The addition of glycerol, glutaraldehyde, HPMC, and HPC polymers resulted in a considerable increase in the tensile strength and flexibility/elasticity of the hydrogel membranes. WVTR results suggest that hydrated hydrogel membranes can facilitate water vapor transfer. None of the hydrogel membranes supported microbial growth. HPMC-treated and HPC-treated hydrogel membranes allow slow, but sustained, release of gatifloxacin for 48 h. Drug release kinetics revealed that both diffusion and dissolution play an important role in gatifloxacin release. Conclusions: Given their physicochemical properties and gatifloxacin release pattern, HPMC-treated and HPC-treated hydrogel membranes exhibit effective and sustained drug release. Furthermore, HPMC-treated and HPC-treated hydrogel membranes possess physiochemical properties that make them effective and safe wound dressing materials. PMID

  14. Novel Hydrogels from Renewable Resources

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    Karaaslan, Muzafer Ahmet

    2011-12-01

    The cell wall of most plant biomass from forest and agricultural resources consists of three major polymers, cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin. Of these, hemicelluloses have gained increasing attention as sustainable raw materials. In the first part of this study, novel pH-sensitive semi-IPN hydrogels based on hemicelluloses and chitosan were prepared using glutaraldehyde as the crosslinking agent. The hemicellulose isolated from aspen was analyzed for sugar content by HPLC, and its molecular weight distribution was determined by high performance size exclusion chromatography. Results revealed that hemicellulose had a broad molecular weight distribution with a fair amount of polymeric units, together with xylose, arabinose and glucose. The effect of hemicellulose content on mechanical properties and swelling behavior of hydrogels were investigated. The semi-IPNs hydrogel structure was confirmed by FT-IR, X-ray study and ninhydrin assay method. X-ray analysis showed that higher hemicellulose contents yielded higher crystallinity. Mechanical properties were mainly dependent on the crosslink density and average molecular weight between crosslinks. Swelling ratios increased with increasing hemicellulose content and were high at low pH values due to repulsion between similarly charged groups. In vitro release study of a model drug showed that these semi-IPN hydrogels could be used for controlled drug delivery into gastric fluid. The aim of the second part of this study was to control the crosslink density and the mechanical properties of hemicellulose/chitosan semi-IPN hydrogels by changing the crosslinking sequence. It has been hypothesized that by performing the crosslinking step before introducing hemicellulose, covalent crosslinking of chitosan would not be hindered and therefore more and/or shorter crosslinks could be formed. Furthermore, additional secondary interactions and crystalline domains introduced through hemicellulose could be favorable in terms of

  15. Preparation of Panel and Charged Particles for Electrophoretic Display

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    Choi, Hyung Suk; Park, Jin Woo; Park, Lee Soon; Lee, Jung Kyung; Han, Yoon Soo; Kwon, Younghwan

    Studies on the formulation of photosensitive paste for transparent soft mold press (TSMP) method have been performed. With the optimum formulation of the photosensitive paste the box-type barrier rib with good flexibility and high solvent resistance was fabricated, suitable for the panel material of the electrophoretic display. Cationically-charged white particles were prepared by using TiO2 nanoparticles, silane coupling agent with amino groups, dispersant and acetic acid. The cationically charged TiO2 particles exhibited 74.09 mV of zeta potential and 3.11 × 10-5 cm2/Vs of mobility. Electrophoretic display fabricated with the charged TiO2 particles exhibited 10 V of low driving voltage and maximum contrast ratio (5.3/1) at 30 V.

  16. Preparation, characterization, and in vitro enzymatic degradation of chitosan-gelatine hydrogel scaffolds as potential biomaterials.

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    Gorgieva, Selestina; Kokol, Vanja

    2012-07-01

    The crosslinking of chitosan (CHT) and gelatin (GEL) accomplished with N-(3-dimethylaminopropyl)-N'-ethylcarbodiimide hydrochloride (EDC) and N-hydroxysuccinimide (NHS) was investigated and optimized in relation to hydrogels stability by varying the CHT/GEL mass ratio and the EDC/NHS molar ratio at different and constant EDC concentrations. Hydrogels were also fabricated in the presence of α-tocopherol to assess the release mechanism of a lipophilic drug from a highly-hydrophilic CHT/GEL hydrogel network. Alterations in the physico-chemical properties of hydrogels were characterized by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and their biostability was studied within a simulated body-fluid solution (PBS of pH 7.4) at 37 °C for 24 h by evaluating the degree of swelling, followed by topography and morphology characterization using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The analysis confirmed the formation of a modulated hydrogels porosity using different freezing temperatures prior to lyophilization. The in vitro degradation behaviors of the hydrogels were investigated for up to 5 weeks using collagenase, lysozyme, and N-acetyl-β-D-glucosaminidase by monitoring the weight-losses of hydrogels and their degradation products, being identified by UV-Vis spectroscopy and high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) as well as the pH monitoring of degraded solutions. It was observed that an inner morphological hydrogel structure influences their swelling and degradation behavior, which is additionally reduced by in-gel-embedded α-tocopherol because of hydrophobic interactions with their constituents, and hindering the effect on collagenase activity.

  17. Porous Agarose-Based Semi-IPN Hydrogels: Characterization and Cell Affinity Studies.

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    Vardar, E; Vert, Michel; Coudane, Jean; Hasirci, V; Hasirci, N

    2012-01-01

    Hydrogels are frequently considered for medical applications due to the ease of preparation in different forms and high water content that makes them comparable to natural tissues. However, these general properties are not sufficient to make any hydrogel suitable for cell attachment and growth which are necessary for their use in tissue regeneration. Besides, the high water content makes the hydrogels mechanically weak. The formation of semi-interpenetrating networks (semi-IPNs) can be used in attempts to enhance physical, mechanical and thermal properties. In this study, semi-IPNs of agarose were prepared with chitosan and alginate, two polyelectrolytes that are positively and negatively charged under physiological conditions, respectively. Zeta potential was used to confirm the formation of charged hydrogels. All hydrogels had ultimate compression strengths in the range of 91-210 Pa where the value for pure agarose was about 103 Pa. Chitosan increased the compressive strength about two folds whereas the alginate had opposite effects. The amount of strongly bound water present in the hydrogels were estimated from TGA and DSC analysis and the highest value was found for alginate-agarose hydrogels as about 15%. The attachment and the migration of L929 fibroblasts were monitored in vitro using the MTS assay and confocal microscopy. The highest cell proliferation and penetration were observed for positively charged chitosan-agarose semi-IPN hydrogels.

  18. One-step preparation of magnetic recyclable quinary graphene hydrogels with high catalytic activity.

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    Zhang, Junshuai; Yao, Tongjie; Guan, Chenchen; Zhang, Nanxi; Huang, Xin; Cui, Tieyu; Wu, Jie; Zhang, Xiao

    2017-04-01

    Metal nanoparticles (NPs) displayed overwhelming superiority in catalysis towards the corresponding bulk-phase materials; nevertheless, how to further improve catalytic activity was still an ongoing subject. Herein, we have combined one-step redox reaction and following freeze-dried technology to construct the quinary reduced graphene oxide nanosheets (rGS)/Fe2O3-PdPt/polypyrrole (PPy) hydrogels. Compared with traditional catalysts, their catalytic property was improved via two ways: construction of three-dimensional (3D) rGS hydrogels instead of two-dimensional rGS and synthesis of bimetallic alloys instead of monometallic NPs. The highly dispersed PdPt with diameter as small as 3.2nm uniformly loaded on hydrogel surface. Due to special interconnected and porous structure, the reactants were easily adsorbed in hydrogels and contacted with PdPt alloys. To explain the contributions of bimetallic alloys and 3D rGS structure on enhanced catalytic activity, the catalytic property of quinary hydrogels was compared with reference samples. Besides superior activity, they also displayed good reusability, since hydrogels could be magnetically recycled owing to the existence of Fe2O3 NPs.

  19. Magnetic nanocomposite hydrogel prepared by ZnO-initiated photopolymerization for La (III) adsorption.

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    Zheng, Xiangning; Wu, Dongbei; Su, Teng; Bao, Song; Liao, Chuanan; Wang, Qigang

    2014-11-26

    Here, we provide an effective method to fabricate magnetic ZnO clay nanocomposite hydrogel via the photopolymerization. The inorganic components endow the hydrogel with high mechanical strength, while the organic copolymers exhibit good adsorption capacity and separation selectivity to La (III) ions. An optimized hydrogel has the maximum compressive stress of 316.60±15.83 kPa, which still exhibits 138.98±7.32 kPa compressive strength after swelling. The maximum adsorption capacity of La ion is 58.8 mg/g. The adsorption matches the pseudo-second-order kinetics model. La (III) ions can be effectively separated from the mixtures of La/Ni, La/Co, La/Cu, and La/Nd in a broad pH range (2.0 to 8.0). After six adsorption-desorption cycles, the hydrogel can maintain its adsorption capacity. This work not only provides a new approach to the synthesis of tough hydrogels under irradiation, but also opens up enormous opportunities to make full use of magnetic nanocomposite hydrogels in environmental fields.

  20. Gelation of charged catanionic vesicles prepared by a semispontaneous process.

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    Huang, Zheng-Lin; Hong, Jhen-Yi; Chang, Chien-Hsiang; Yang, Yu-Min

    2010-02-16

    Various stable charged catanionic vesicles with mean zeta-potential values from +59 mV to -96 mV were successfully prepared from an ion-pair amphiphile (dodecyltrimethylammonium-dodecylsulfate, DTMA-DS) and different amounts of the component ionic surfactants (dodecyltrimethylammonium bromide and sodium dodecyl sulfate) by using a simple semispontaneous process with the aid of cosolvent (1-propanol) addition in water. With the ensuring positively and negatively charged catanionic vesicles, gelation of them by four water-soluble polymers with various charge and hydrophobic characteristics was systematically studied by the tube inversion and rheological characteristic analyses. Four phase maps, which show regions of phase separation, viscous solution, and gel by varying the vesicle composition and polymer content, were thereby constructed. Furthermore, the experimental results of the relaxation time and the storage modulus at 1 Hz for the viscous solutions and gel samples revealed that the interactions at play between charged catanionic vesicles and the water-soluble polymers are of electrostatic and hydrophobic origin. The phase maps and the rheological properties obtained for mixtures of charged catanionic vesicles and polymers may provide useful information for the potential application of catanionic vesicles in mucosal or transdermal delivery of drugs.

  1. Self-Adjustable Adhesion of Polyampholyte Hydrogels.

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    Roy, Chanchal Kumar; Guo, Hong Lei; Sun, Tao Lin; Ihsan, Abu Bin; Kurokawa, Takayuki; Takahata, Masakazu; Nonoyama, Takayuki; Nakajima, Tasuku; Gong, Jian Ping

    2015-12-02

    Developing nonspecific, fast, and strong adhesives that can glue hydrogels and biotissues substantially promotes the application of hydrogels as biomaterials. Inspired by the ubiquitous adhesiveness of bacteria, it is reported that neutral polyampholyte hydrogels, through their self-adjustable surface, can show rapid, strong, and reversible adhesion to charged hydrogels and biological tissues through the Coulombic interaction.

  2. Covalent and ionic co-cross-linking--an original way to prepare chitosan-gelatin hydrogels for biomedical applications.

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    Jătariu Cadinoiu, Anca N; Popa, Marcel; Curteanu, Silvia; Peptu, Cătălina A

    2011-09-01

    The first goal of this work was to develop a method for obtaining interpenetrating gelatin (G)-chitosan (CS) networks prepared by double cross-linking (covalent followed by ionic) that exhibit hydrogel character. The second goal was to modulate their properties as a function of the preparation parameters by using neural network models. This study was therefore carried out by experiment and simulation. The covalent cross-linking resulted from the reaction between the carbonyl groups of glutaraldehyde with amino groups belonging to both polymers; the ionic cross-linking is based on the interaction between tripolyphosphate anions and protonated amine groups (ammonium ions) of the polymers. The total cross-linking density (indirectly assessed by estimating the water swelling capacity) and the ability to include hydrosoluble bioactive principles are influenced by the following process parameters: the CS/G ratio, the amount of ionic cross-linker, and the ionic cross-linking time. The prepared hydrogels were characterized with respect to their structural, morphological, and some physical properties. The hydrogels ability to load high amounts of water-soluble drugs indicates their potential use as carriers for biologically active principles in the human body. A neural network methodology was applied to model the swelling degree and caffeine loading/release capacity depending on reaction conditions; in addition, applying this method, the optimal preparation conditions have been determined, targeting pre-established values for swelling degree or maximum caffeine value. The accuracy of the results obtained through this technique proves that the neural networks are suitable tools for modeling cross-linking processes taking place complex nonlinear polymers.

  3. Synthesis and characterization of enzymatically biodegradable PEG and peptide-based hydrogels prepared by click chemistry.

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    van Dijk, Maarten; van Nostrum, Cornelus F; Hennink, Wim E; Rijkers, Dirk T S; Liskamp, Rob M J

    2010-06-14

    Herein we describe the synthesis and rheological characterization of a series of enzymatically sensitive PEG and peptide-based hydrogels by the Cu(I)-catalyzed 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition reaction. The hydrogels were synthesized by a combination of alkyne-functionalized star-shaped PEG molecules (two 4-armed PEGs with M(w) 10 and 20 kDa, respectively, and one 8-armed PEG of 20 kDa) and the protease-sensitive bis-azido peptide, N(alpha)-(azido)-D-alanyl-phenylalanyl-lysyl-(2-azidoethyl)-amide (6) in the presence of CuSO(4) and sodium ascorbate in aqueous solution. The swelling ratio and the storage modulus (G') of the hydrogels could be tailored by several parameters, for example, the initial solid content of the hydrogel, the molecular weight of the PEG derivative, and by the architecture of the PEG molecule (4- versus 8-armed PEG derivative). The peptide sequence, D-Ala-Phe-Lys, was sensitive toward the proteases plasmin and trypsin to render the hydrogels biodegradable.

  4. Novel zinc alginate hydrogels prepared by internal setting method with intrinsic antibacterial activity.

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    Straccia, Maria Cristina; d'Ayala, Giovanna Gomez; Romano, Ida; Laurienzo, Paola

    2015-07-10

    In this paper, a controlled gelation of alginate was performed for the first time using ZnCO3 and GDL. Uniform and transparent gels were obtained and investigated as potential wound dressings. Homogeneity, water content, swelling capability, water evaporation rate, stability in normal saline solution, mechanical properties and antibacterial activity were assessed as a function of zinc concentration. Gelation rate increased at increasing zinc content, while a decrease in water uptake and an improvement of stability were found. Release of zinc in physiological environments showed that concentration of zinc released in solution lies below the cytotoxicity level. Hydrogels showed antimicrobial activity against Escherichia coli. The hydrogel with highest zinc content was stabilized with calcium by immersion in a calcium chloride solution. The resulting hydrogel preserved homogeneity and antibacterial activity. Furthermore, it showed even an improvement of stability and mechanical properties, which makes it suitable as long-lasting wound dressing.

  5. Contemporary issues in hydrogels research

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    Peppas, N.A.

    1993-12-31

    The last ten years has seen an explosion in hydrogels research, the result of improved understanding of the structure and behavior of these water-swollen, crosslinked polymers. After the early developments of Flory And Katchalsky in the 1940s, the great Czechoslovakian researchers of the 1960s and Andrade, Hoffman, Ratner and Merrill of the early 1970s, hydrogels have again attracted significant research interest, especially through the imaginative research of Tanaka in the 1980s and others. Eight general areas of contemporary research in hydrogels are identified: (i) kinetic analysis of the copolymerization/crosslinking reactions used in hydrogel preparation; (ii) gelation and percolation theories; (iii) novel methods for tailor-made copolymers with desirable functional groups, or biodegradable chains; (iv) biomimetic hydrogels; (V) hydrogels of controlled porous structure; (vi) ultrapure hydrogels devoid of crosslinking agents, emulsifiers, etc.; (vii) critical phenomena in hydrogels; and (viii) behavior of anionic, cationic and amphiphilic hydrogels.

  6. Polyimide Nanocomposites Prepared from High-Temperature, Reduced Charge Organoclays

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    Delozier, D. M.; Orwoll, R. A.; Cahoon, J. F.; Ladislaw, J. S.; Smith, J. G., Jr.; Connell, J. W.

    2003-01-01

    Montmorillonite clays modified with the dihydrochloride salt of 1,3-bis(3-aminophenoxy)benzene (APB) were used in the preparation of polyimide/organoclay hybrid films. Organoclays with varying surface charge based upon APB were prepared and examined for their dispersion behavior in the polymer matrix. High molecular weight poly(amide acid) solutions were prepared in the presence of the organoclays. Films were cast and subsequently heated to 300C to cause imidization. The resulting nanocomposite films, containing 3 wt% of organoclay, were characterized by transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. The clay's cation exchange capacity (CEC) played a key role in determining the extent of dispersion in the polyimide matrix. Considerable dispersion was observed in some of the nanocomposite films. The most effective organoclay was found to have a CEC of 0.70 meq/g. Nanocomposite films prepared with 3-8 wt% of this organoclay were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and thin-film tensile testing. High levels of clay dispersion could be achieved even at the higher clay loadings. Results from mechanical testing revealed that while the moduli of the nanocomposites increased with increasing clay loadings, both strength and elongation decreased.

  7. Effect of sample preparation on charged impurities in graphene substrates

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    Burson, K. M.; Dean, C. R.; Watanabe, K.; Taniguchi, T.; Hone, J.; Kim, P.; Cullen, W. G.; Fuhrer, M. S.

    2013-03-01

    The mobility of graphene as fabricated on SiO2 has been found to vary widely depending on sample preparation conditions. Additionally, graphene mobility on SiO2 appears to be limited to ~20,000 cm2/Vs, likely due to charged impurities in the substrate. Here we present a study of the effect of fabrication procedures on substrate charged impurity density (nimp) utilizing ultrahigh-vacuum Kelvin probe force microscopy. We conclude that even minimal SEM exposure, as from e-beam lithography, induces an increased impurity density, while heating reduces the number of charges for sample substrates which already exhibit a higher impurity density. We measure both SiO2 and h-BN and find that all nimp values observed for SiO2 are higher than those observed for h-BN; this is consistent with the observed improvement in mobility for graphene devices fabricated on h-BN over those fabricated on SiO2 substrates. This work was supported by the US ONR MURI program, and the University of Maryland NSF-MRSEC under Grant No. DMR 05-20471.

  8. Cyclodextrin/dextran based hydrogels prepared by cross-linking with sodium trimetaphosphate.

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    Wintgens, Véronique; Lorthioir, Cédric; Dubot, Pierre; Sébille, Bernard; Amiel, Catherine

    2015-11-05

    Novel βCD-based hydrogels have been synthesized using sodium trimetaphosphate (STMP) as non-toxic reagent. Straightforward mixing of βCD with dextran and STMP in basic aqueous media led to hydrogels incorporating dextran chains, phosphate groups and βCD units. The hydrogels have been characterized by swelling measurements, XPS and (31)P NMR. The swelling ratio was correlated to the content in phosphated groups, which give a polyelectrolyte character to these hydrogels. The significant rise of the swelling ratio with the βCD content increase has been attributed to a decrease of the number of phosphate-based crosslinks, the βCD units playing the role of dangling ends in the tridimensional network. Their loading capacity and their release properties have been investigated for methylene blue and benzophenone in order to demonstrate their potentiality for drug delivery. Through different interaction mechanisms, electrostatic and inclusion complex interactions, these compounds are loaded with different efficiencies. The release involves deswelling, diffusion mechanisms and partition equilibrium.

  9. Preparation of biodegradable xanthan-glycerol hydrogel, foam, film, aerogel and xerogel at room temperature.

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    Bilanovic, Dragoljub; Starosvetsky, Jeanna; Armon, Robert H

    2016-09-05

    Polymers, hence hydrogels, pollute waters and soils accelerating environmental degradation. Environmentally benign hydrogels were made in water from biodegradable xanthan (X) and glycerol (G) at 22.5±2.5°C. Molar ratio [G]/[X]<3.0 was used to maximize crosslinking by mono-glycerol instead by poly-glycerol. XG-hydrogels were transformed into: XG-foams, XG-films, and XG-aerogel. Anionic character of XG-materials changes with changing [G]/[X] ratio. XG-films made from XG-hydrogels absorb up to 40 times more water than XG-films made from XG-foams. The films made from XG-foams and HCl do not dissolve in water during 48h. Making XG-materials is a no-waste process which decreases pollution, eliminates waste disposal costs, and minimizes energy expenses. XG-materials are suitable for both industrial and environmental applications including slow release and concentration of cations. XG-materials, made of xanthan, microbial polysaccharide, could also be used in applications targeting populations that do not consume meat or meat based products.

  10. Desmosine-Inspired Cross-Linkers for Hyaluronan Hydrogels

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    Hagel, Valentin; Mateescu, Markus; Southan, Alexander; Wegner, Seraphine V.; Nuss, Isabell; Haraszti, Tamás; Kleinhans, Claudia; Schuh, Christian; Spatz, Joachim P.; Kluger, Petra J.; Bach, Monika; Tussetschläger, Stefan; Tovar, Günter E. M.; Laschat, Sabine; Boehm, Heike

    2013-06-01

    We designed bioinspired cross-linkers based on desmosine, the cross-linker in natural elastin, to prepare hydrogels with thiolated hyaluronic acid. These short, rigid cross-linkers are based on pyridinium salts (as in desmosine) and can connect two polymer backbones. Generally, the obtained semi-synthetic hydrogels are form-stable, can withstand repeated stress, have a large linear-elastic range, and show strain stiffening behavior typical for biopolymer networks. In addition, it is possible to introduce a positive charge to the core of the cross-linker without affecting the gelation efficiency, or consequently the network connectivity. However, the mechanical properties strongly depend on the charge of the cross-linker. The properties of the presented hydrogels can thus be tuned in a range important for engineering of soft tissues by controlling the cross-linking density and the charge of the cross-linker.

  11. Preparation and adsorption of bovine serum albumin-imprinted polyacrylamide hydrogel membrane grafted on non-woven polypropylene.

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    Zhao, Kongyin; Lin, Beibei; Cui, Wenkui; Feng, Lingzhi; Chen, Tian; Wei, Junfu

    2014-04-01

    Bovine serum albumin (BSA) imprinted polypropylene (PP) fiber-grafted polyacrylamide (PAM) hydrogel membrane (PP-g-PAM MIP) was prepared using non-woven PP fiber as matrix, BSA as template molecule, and acrylamide (AM) as functional monomer via UV radiation-reduced polymerization in an aqueous phase. SEM, FT-IR, DSC and TG were used to characterize the PP grafted PAM hydrogel. Influence factors on the adsorption capacity of PP-g-PAM MIP were investigated, such as monomer concentration, cross-linker concentration, template molecule amount and pH values in BSA solution. The adsorption and recognition properties of PP-g-PAM MIP were evaluated and the results showed that the PP-g-PAM MIP exhibited an obvious improvement in terms of adsorption capacity for BSA as compared with non-imprinted ones. PP-g-PAM MIPs could recognize the template protein using Lys, Ova, BHb, and Glo as control proteins, and the selectivity factor (β) was above 2.0. The imprinting efficiency of PP-g-PAM MIP tended to be stable after three cycles and maintained 76% of the initial value of the imprinting efficiency even after five repetitions, which was more excellent than that of PAM microsphere. The PP-g-PAM MIP is low cost and easy to be prepared, which would show its potential applications in the fields of extracting and testing required proteins from cells or particulate samples.

  12. Enzyme-mediated in situ preparation of biocompatible hydrogel composites from chitosan derivative and biphasic calcium phosphate nanoparticles for bone regeneration

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    Phuong Nguyen, Thi; Hai Phuong Doan, Bach; Dang, Dinh Vu; Khoa Nguyen, Cuu; Quyen Tran, Ngoc

    2014-03-01

    Injectable chitosan-based hydrogels have been widely studied toward biomedical applications because of their potential performance in drug/cell delivery and tissue regeneration. In this study we introduce tetronic-grafted chitosan containing tyramine moieties which have been utilized for in situ enzyme-mediated hydrogel preparation. The hydrogel can be used to load nanoparticles (NPs) of biphasic calcium phosphate (BCP), mixture of hydroxyapatite (HAp) and tricalcium phosphate (TCP), forming injectable biocomposites. The grafted copolymers were well-characterized by 1H NMR. BCP nanoparticles were prepared by precipitation method under ultrasonic irradiation and then characterized by using x-ray powder diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The suspension of the copolymer and BCP nanoparticles rapidly formed hydrogel biocomposite within a few seconds of the presence of horseradish peroxidase (HRP) and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). The compressive stress failure of the wet hydrogel was at 591 ± 20 KPa with the composite 10 wt% BCP loading. In vitro study using mesenchymal stem cells showed that the composites were biocompatible and cells are well-attached on the surfaces.

  13. Preparation of monodisperse PEG hydrogel composite microspheres via microfluidic chip with rounded channels

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    Yu, Bing; Cong, Hailin; Liu, Xuesong; Ren, Yumin; Wang, Jilei; Zhang, Lixin; Tang, Jianguo; Ma, Yurong; Akasaka, Takeshi

    2013-09-01

    An effective microfluidic method to fabricate monodisperse polyethylene glycol (PEG) hydrogel composite microspheres with tunable dimensions and properties is reported in this paper. A T-junction microfluidic chip equipped with rounded channels and online photopolymerization system is applied for the microsphere microfabrication. The shape and size of the microspheres are well controlled by the rounded channels and PEG prepolymer/silicon oil flow rate ratios. The obtained PEG/aspirin composite microspheres exhibit a sustained release of aspirin for a wide time range; the obtained PEG/Fe3O4 nanocomposite microspheres exhibit excellent magnetic properties; and the obtained binary PEG/dye composite microspheres show the ability to synchronously load two functional components in the same peanut-shaped or Janus hydrogel particles.

  14. Preparation of hydrogel by radiation for the healing of diabetic ulcer

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    Nho, Young-Chang; Park, Jong-Seok; Lim, Youn-Mook

    2014-01-01

    Honey has been used in wound care for thousands of years. The major advantage of honey in wound care is the high osmotic activity, which accelerates the debridement of necrotic tissue and procures an antibacterial effect. It has been reported that the ancient Greeks and Romans used honey as a topical antiseptic for sores and skin ulcers. The aims of this study were to evaluate the antibacterial activities and the healing effect for diabetic ulcers from carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) hydrogel involving honey.

  15. A cotton fabric modified with a hydrogel containing ZnO nanoparticles. Preparation and properties study

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    Staneva, Desislava; Atanasova, Daniela; Vasileva-Tonkova, Evgenia; Lukanova, Varbina; Grabchev, Ivo

    2015-08-01

    Two different methods were used to obtain composite materials based on a ZnO nanoparticles-hydrogel-cotton fabric. The hydrogels, synthesized by photopolymerization, were utilized to provide uniform distribution and binding of the nanoparticles to the fiber surface and to prevent their agglomeration. N-methyldiethanolamine (MDEA) was used as a co-initiator in hydrogel photopolymerization and as an alkaline agent in the synthesis of ZnO nanoparticles. Due to the difference in size, shape and morphology of the nanoparticles, examined by a TEM and SEM, it was found that the materials have distinct photoluminescence properties, e.g. in the entire visible or UV range. The composite materials with small size nanoparticles and photoluminescence in near UV range were investigated for antibiotic activity against the bacterial strains Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Acinetobacter johnsonii known as important pathogens in clinical infections. Significantly high antibacterial effect on the bacteria tested was achieved, especially on A. johnsonii. This suggests potential application of the new formulations as effective wound dressings to control the spread of infections.

  16. Facile preparation of mussel-inspired polyurethane hydrogel and its rapid curing behavior.

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    Sun, Peiyu; Wang, Jing; Yao, Xiong; Peng, Ying; Tu, Xiaoxiong; Du, Pengfei; Zheng, Zhen; Wang, Xinling

    2014-08-13

    A facile method was found to incorporate a mussel-inspired adhesive moiety into synthetic polymers, and mussel mimetic polyurethanes were developed as adhesive hydrogels. In these polymers, a urethane backbone was substituted for the polyamide chain of mussel adhesive proteins, and dopamine was appended to mimic the adhesive moiety of adhesive proteins. A series of mussel mimetic polyurethanes were created through a step-growth polymerization based on hexamethylene diisocyanate as a hard segment, PEG having different molecular weights as a soft segment, and lysine-dopamine as a chain extender. Upon a treatment with Fe(3+), the aqueous mussel mimetic polyurethane solutions can be triggered by pH adjustment to form adhesive hydrogels instantaneously; these materials can be used as injectable adhesive hydrogels. Upon a treatment with NaIO4, the mussel mimetic polyurethane solutions can be cured in a controllable period of time. The successful combination of the unique mussel-inspired adhesive moiety with a tunable polyurethane structure can result in a new kind of mussel-inspired adhesive polymers.

  17. Preparation of quercetin and rutin-loaded ceramide liposomes and drug-releasing effect in liposome-in-hydrogel complex system.

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    Park, Soo Nam; Lee, Min Hye; Kim, Su Ji; Yu, Eun Ryeong

    2013-06-07

    In this study, we developed a 2-step delivery system to enhance transdermal permeation of quercetin and its glycoside rutin, an antioxidant. Liposome-in-hydrogel complex systems were prepared by incorporating ceramide liposomes, which consist of biocompatible lipid membranes, into cellulose hydrogel. We evaluated the encapsulation efficiency, in vitro release behavior, and skin permeability of formulations that remained stable for over 3 weeks. Rutin had greater encapsulation efficiency and better in vitro release properties than quercetin. However, quercetin demonstrated greater skin permeability than rutin. We also found that liposome-in-hydrogel complex systems (quercetin, 67.42%; rutin 59.82%) improved skin permeability of quercetin and rutin compared to control (phosphate buffer, pH 7.4) (quercetin, 2.48%; rutin, 1.89%) or single systems of hydrogel (quercetin, 31.77%; rutin, 26.35%) or liposome (quercetin, 48.35%; rutin, 37.41%). These results indicate that liposome-in-hydrogel systems can function as potential drug delivery systems to enhance transdermal permeation of the water-insoluble antioxidants quercetin and rutin.

  18. Preparation of fast response superabsorbent hydrogels by radiation polymerization and crosslinking of N-isopropylacrylamide in solution

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    Abd El-Mohdy, H. L.; Safrany, Agnes

    2008-03-01

    Macroporous temperature-responsive poly( N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAAm) hydrogels with high equilibrium swelling and fast response rates were obtained by a 60Co γ- and electron beam (EB) irradiation of aqueous N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAAm) monomer solutions. The effect of irradiation temperatures, the dose, the addition of a pore-forming agent on the swelling ratio, and the kinetics of swelling and shrinking of the PNIPAAm gels was studied. The gels synthesized above the LCST exhibited the highest equilibrium swelling (300-400) and fastest response rate measured by minutes. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) pictures revealed that the gels synthesized above the LCST have larger pores than those prepared at temperatures below the LCST. The gels showed a reversible response to cyclical changes in temperature and might be used in a pulsed drug delivery device. The gels synthesized above the LCST exhibited the highest testosterone propionate release.

  19. Cationic cellulose hydrogels cross-linked by poly(ethylene glycol): Preparation, molecular dynamics, and adsorption of anionic dyes.

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    Kono, Hiroyuki; Ogasawara, Kota; Kusumoto, Ryo; Oshima, Kazuhiro; Hashimoto, Hisaho; Shimizu, Yuuichi

    2016-11-05

    Cationic cellulose hydrogels (CCGs) were prepared from quaternized celluloses with degrees of substitution (DS) of 0.56, 0.84, and 1.33, by the cross-linking reaction with poly(ethylene glycol) diglycidyl ether as a cross-linker. The CCGs exhibited swelling behavior in aqueous solutions, which was not affected by pH and temperature of the solution because of the presence of quaternary ammonium groups in their structures. The CCGs showed adsorption ability toward anionic dyes in aqueous solution, which increased with increasing DS. The dye adsorption was found to follow the pseudo-second order kinetic model and the equilibrium isotherm data can be described by the Langmuir adsorption model. In addition, the CCGs could be regenerated and proved to be recyclable adsorbents for wastewater treatment.

  20. Organic hydrogels as potential sorbent materials for water purification

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    Linardatos, George; Bekiari, Vlasoula; Bokias, George

    2014-05-01

    Hydrogels are three-dimensional, hydrophilic, polymeric networks capable to adsorb large amounts of water or biological fluids. The networks are composed of homopolymers or copolymers and are insoluble due to the presence of chemical or physical cross-links. Depending on the nature of the structural units, swelling or shrinking of these gels can be activated by several external stimuli, such as solvent, heat, pH, electric stimuli. As a consequence, these materials are attractive for several applications in a variety of fields: drug delivery, muscle mimetic soft linear actuators, hosts of nanoparticles and semiconductors, regenerative medicine etc. Of special interest is the application of hydrogels for water purification, since they can effectively adsorb several water soluble pollutants such as metal ions, inorganic or organic anions, organic dyestaff, etc. In the present work, anionic hydrogels bearing negatively charged -COO- groups were prepared and investigated. These are based on the anionic monomer sodium acrylate (ANa) and the nonionic one N,N-dimethylacrylamide (DMAM). A series of copolymeric hydrogels (P(DMAM-co-ANax) were synthesized. The molar content x of ANa units (expressing the molar charged content of the hydrogel) varies from 0 (nonionic poly(N,N-dimethylacrylamide), PDMAM, hydrogel) up to 1 (fully charged poly(sodium acrylate), PANa, hydrogel). The hydrogels were used to extract organic or inorganic solutes from water. Cationic and anionic model dyes, as well as multivalent inorganic ions, have been studied. It is found that cationic dyes are strongly adsorbed and retained by the hydrogels, while adsorbance of anionic dyes was negligible. Both maximum adsorption and equilibrium binding constant depend on the chemical structure of the dye, the presence of functional chemical groups and the hydrophobic-hydrophilic balance. In the case of metal cations, adsorption depends mostly on the charge of the cation. In addition, crucial factors controlling

  1. Alternating-current electrophoretic adhesion of biodegradable hydrogel utilizing intermediate polymers.

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    Asoh, Taka-Aki; Kawai, Wataru; Kikuchi, Akihiko

    2014-11-01

    The adhesion of anionic charged biodegradable hydrogels each other utilizing oppositely charged water-soluble polymers as a binder has been achieved by applying alternating-current (AC) electric fields. The two gelatin based dextran sulfate gels (DS gels) were molecularly sutured together by AC electrophoretic adhesion when cationic charged quaternary ammonium chitosan (TMC) was applied between and held in contact with the two DS gels. The adhesive strength of the gels increased with increasing periodicity when a square wave was applied. Hydrogel constructs composed of DS microgels were prepared simply by AC electrophoretic adhesion utilizing intermediate TMC.

  2. Preparation and in vitro characterization of thermosensitive and mucoadhesive hydrogels for nasal delivery of phenylephrine hydrochloride.

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    Xu, Xiaofeng; Shen, Yan; Wang, Wei; Sun, Chunmeng; Li, Chang; Xiong, Yerong; Tu, Jiasheng

    2014-11-01

    The aim of the present work was to develop a nasal delivery system of phenylephrine hydrochloride (PE) in spray form to make prolonged remedy of nasal congestion. The formulations contain the thermosensitive hydrogel, i.e., Poloxamer 407 (P407) and Poloxamer 188 (P188) mixtures, and mucoadhesives, i.e., ε-polylysine (ε-PL) and low molecular weight sodium hyaluronate (MW 11,000Da). The in vitro characterizations of formulations including rheology studies, texture profiles and in vitro mucoadhesion potential were investigated after gelation temperatures measurements. The results showed that the concentration of P407 or P188 had significant influence on gelation temperature and texture profiles. The addition of mucoadhesives, though lowered the gel strength of formulations, increased interaction with mucin. After screening, two formulations (i.e., 1.0% PE/0.5% ε-PL/17% P407/0.5% P188 or Formulation A; and 1.0% PE/0.5% HA/17% P407/0.8% P188 or Formulation B) presenting suitable gelation temperatures (∼32°C) were used for further studies on in vitro release behaviors and mucosa ciliotoxicity. Both formulations showed sustained release of PE for up to 8h and similar toxicity to saline, the negative control. Thus, the thermosensitive and mucoadhesive PE-containing hydrogels are promising to achieve prolonged decongestion in nasal cavity.

  3. Physical properties of artificial extracellular matrix protein hydrogels prepared by thiol-maleimide chemistry

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    Zhang, Wenbin; Tirrell, David

    2013-03-01

    Using genetic engineering methods, telechelic proteins were designed from elastin- and fibronectin-derived repeating units and biosynthesized in E. coli. The telechelic proteins bear terminal thiols could either undergo chain-extension with bis-maleimide-functionalized poly(ethylene glycol) (MAL-PEG-MAL) or crosslinking with tetrakis-maleimide-functionalized 4-arm star PEG (star-PEG-MAL). The latter leads to protein-based hydrogels that are transparent, uniform, and highly extensible. The reaction kinetics ranges from several minutes to a few hours depending on the free-thiol content and the protein weight percentage. The mechanical properties of the gel depend on the protein content and the cross-linker concentration. It is also possible to further tune the mechanical properties by using a mixture of MAL-PEG-MAL and star-PEG-MAL for crosslinking. The water contents of the hydrogels are high, especially after swelling. The results suggest its promising application for cell encapsulation and 3D cell culture in tissue engineering.

  4. Influence of clay particles on microfluidic-based preparation of hydrogel composite microsphere

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    Hong, Joung Sook

    2016-05-01

    For the successful fabrication of a hydrogel composite microsphere, this study aimed to investigate the influence of clay particles on microsphere formation in a microfluidic device which has flow focusing and a 4.5:1 contraction channel. A poly alginic acid solution (2.0 wt.%) with clay particles was used as the dispersed phase to generate drops in an oil medium, which then merged with drops of a CaCl2 solution for gelation. Drop generations were observed with different flow rates and particles types. When the flow rate increased, drop generation was enhanced and drop size decreased by the build-up of more favorable hydrodynamic flow conditions to detach the droplets. The addition of a small amount of particles insignificantly changed the drop generation behavior even though it reduced interfacial tension and increased the viscosity of the solution. Instead, clays particles significantly affected hydro-gelation depending on the hydrophobicity of particles, which produced further heterogeneity in the shape and size of microsphere.

  5. High Temperature Thermosetting Polyimide Nanocomposites Prepared with Reduced Charge Organoclay

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    Campbell, Sandi; Liang, Margaret I.

    2005-01-01

    The naturally occurring sodium and calcium cations found in bentonite clay galleries were exchanged with lithium cations. Following the cation exchange, a series of reduced charge clays were prepared by heat treatment of the lithium bentonite at 130 C, 150 C, or 170 C. Inductively coupled plasma (ICP) analysis showed that heating the lithium clay at elevated temperatures reduced its cation exchange capacity. Ion exchange of heat-treated clays with either a protonated alkyl amine or a protonated aromatic diamine resulted in decreasing amounts of the organic modifier incorporated into the lithium clay. The level of silicate dispersion in a thermosetting polyimide matrix was dependent upon the temperature of Li-clay heat treatment as well as the organic modification. In general, clays treated at 150 C or 170 C, and exchanged with protonated octadcylamine or protonated 2,2'-dimethlybenzidine (DMBZ) showed a higher degree of dispersion than clays treated at 130 C, or exchanged with protonated dodecylamine. Dynamic mechanical analysis showed little change in the storage modulus or T(sub g) of the nanocomposites compared to the base resin. However, long term isothermal aging of the samples showed a significant decrease in the resin oxidative weight loss. Nanocomposite samples aged in air for 1000 hours at 288 C showed of to a decrease in weight loss compared to that of the base resin. This again was dependent on the temperature at which the Li-clay was heated and the choice of organic modification.

  6. Enhanced ALP activity of MG63 cells cultured on hydroxyapatite-poly(ethylene glycol) hydrogel composites prepared using EDTA-OH.

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    Ito, Temmei; Sasaki, Makoto; Taguchi, Tetsushi

    2015-03-02

    In order to obtain a hydroxyapatite (HAp)-poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) composite, tetra amine-terminated PEG was crosslinked using disuccinimidyl tartrate to obtain a PEG hydrogel. Using two kinds of chelators with different stability constants for Ca ion (N-(2-hydroxyethyl) ethylenediamine-N,N',N'-triacetic acid (EDTA-OH, 8.14), and ethylenediamine-N,N,N',N'-tetraacetic acid (EDTA, 10.96)), calcium phosphate was deposited within PEG hydrogels by heating the chelator-containing calcium phosphate solution at 90 °C. X-ray diffraction analysis showed that the deposited calcium phosphate was HAp. The crystallinity of the HAp deposited using EDTA-OH was low compared with that obtained using EDTA, but the amount of HAp deposited within the PEG hydrogel using EDTA-OH was higher than that deposited using EDTA. Significantly more human osteoblast-like MG-63 cells adhered on the HAp-PEG composite prepared using EDTA-OH than on the HAp-PEG composites prepared using EDTA. Furthermore, the alkaline phosphatase activity of MG-63 cultured on the HAp-PEG composite prepared using EDTA-OH was four times higher than that on the HAp-PEG composite prepared using EDTA. Therefore, the HAp-PEG composite prepared using EDTA-OH has potential as a bone substitute material.

  7. Nata de coco (NDC) hydrogel as nanoreactors for preparation iron nanoparticles (FeNps) from ferrocenium reduction

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    Andarini, Mellissa; Lazim, Azwan

    2014-09-01

    This study focuses on hydrogel as nano template to produce iron nanoparticles (FeNps). Radical polymerization was used to synthesize the hydrogel from nata de coco (NDC-g-PAA). Ferrocenium (FcCL) with 1 × 10-4 g/ml has successfully incorporated with NDC-g-PAA hydrogel system and reduce using sodium hydroxide (NaOH) at different concentrations. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) result demonstrates that the size of FeNps produced was about 5 - 20 nm. Morphological analysis of hydrogel is carried out by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), SEM-EDEX is used to determine percentage of iron (Fe) in hydrogel. The results offer a wide range of application in various areas, especially the use of hydrogel system as a responsive template.

  8. Nata de coco (NDC) hydrogel as nanoreactors for preparation iron nanoparticles (FeNps) from ferrocenium reduction

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    Andarini, Mellissa; Lazim, Azwan

    2014-09-03

    This study focuses on hydrogel as nano template to produce iron nanoparticles (FeNps). Radical polymerization was used to synthesize the hydrogel from nata de coco (NDC-g-PAA). Ferrocenium (FcCL) with 1 × 10{sup −4} g/ml has successfully incorporated with NDC-g-PAA hydrogel system and reduce using sodium hydroxide (NaOH) at different concentrations. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) result demonstrates that the size of FeNps produced was about 5 – 20 nm. Morphological analysis of hydrogel is carried out by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), SEM-EDEX is used to determine percentage of iron (Fe) in hydrogel. The results offer a wide range of application in various areas, especially the use of hydrogel system as a responsive template.

  9. Preparation of chitosan/mesoporous silica nanoparticle composite hydrogels for sustained co-delivery of biomacromolecules and small chemical drugs

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    Zhu, Min; Zhu, Yufang; Zhang, Lingxia; Shi, Jianlin

    2013-08-01

    We have developed composite hydrogels of chitosan (CS) and mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) in this study. The gelation rate, gel strength, drug delivery behavior and chondrocyte proliferation properties were investigated. The introduction of MSNs into CS accelerated the gelation process at body temperature and also increased the elastic modulus G‧ from 1000 to 1800 Pa. When we used gentamicin (GS) and bovine serum albumin (BSA) as model small chemical drugs and biomacromolecules, respectively, the CS/MSN hydrogels released GS and BSA in a sustained manner simultaneously, but the CS hydrogels only showed sustained BSA release. Furthermore, in vitro chondrocyte culture showed that the CS/MSN composite hydrogels indeed performed much better in supporting chondrocyte growth and maintaining chondrocytic phenotype compared to the CS hydrogels. Therefore, the results suggest that the CS/MSN composite hydrogels can be potentially very useful for cartilage regeneration.

  10. Preparation of a magnetic-field-sensitive hydrogel and preliminary study of its drug release behavior.

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    Namdeo, Mini; Bajpai, S K; Kakkar, S

    2009-01-01

    The study describes the in situ formation of magnetite nanoparticles within a swollen polyacrylamide hydrogel. The average diameter of nanoparticles, as determined by TEM analysis, was found to be nearly 12.5 nm. In XRD analysis the characteristic peaks, observed at d = 3.07, 2.78, 2.64, 2.53, 2.32 and 2.03, also confirmed the formation of magnetite within the polymer network. The percent swelling of magnetite-loaded gel in physiological fluid was observed to decrease with increasing amount of magnetite in the gel. Moreover, the percent swelling increased from 140 to 254% as the strength of the applied magnetic field increased from 500 to 2500 Oe. Finally, the model drug, vitamin B(2), loaded magnetic gels showed relatively slower release in the presence of an applied magnetic field.

  11. Preparation and biological characteristics of recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2-loaded dextran-co-gelatin hydrogel microspheres, in vitro and in vivo studies.

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    Chen, Faming; Wu, Zhifen; Wang, Qintao; Wu, Hong; Zhang, Yongjie; Nie, Xin; Jin, Yan

    2005-11-01

    Hydrogels are based on hydrophilic polymers which are cross-linked to prevent dissolution in water. Because hydrogels can contain large amounts of water, they are interesting devices for the delivery of protein drugs. In this contribution, biodegradable dextran-co-gelatin hydrogel microspheres (DG-MPs) are described which are based on physical interactions and are particularly suitable for the controlled delivery of pharmaceutically active proteins. The unique feature of this preparation system is that the hydrogel microsphere formation takes place in an all-aqueous solution, by which the use of organic solvents is avoided. We investigated the preparation and biological activities of recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 (rhBMP2)-loaded dextran-co-gelatin hydrogel microspheres (rhBMP2-DG-MPs), which aimed to keep rhBMP2's biological activity and to achieve a long-term sustained release of rhBMP2. The microspheres' average diameter was about 20-40 microm and rhBMP2 release in vitro could be maintained for >10 days. Cytology studies showed that using rhBMP2-DG-MPs could promote the proliferation and osteoblastic differentiation of periodontal ligament cells better than using rhBMP2 aqueous solution. By a freeze-drying method, rhBMP2-DG-MPs could be adhered in chitosan membranes for guided tissue regeneration use, namely functionalized membranes. To evaluate bone regeneration induced by rhBMP2-DG-MPs, an animal experiment with canine class III furcation defects was adopted and the results indicated that using rhBMP2-DG-MPs incorporating scaffolds and functionalized membranes could gain more periodontal tissue regeneration than using scaffolds and general membranes soaked with concentrated rhBMP2 aqueous solution. Therefore, those studies demonstrate the potential of DG-MPs in the sustained delivery of low dosages of rhBMP2 to periodontal defects.

  12. Synthesis of modified gum tragacanth/graphene oxide composite hydrogel for heavy metal ions removal and preparation of silver nanocomposite for antibacterial activity.

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    Sahraei, Razieh; Ghaemy, Mousa

    2017-02-10

    New composite hydrogels were synthesized based on gum tragacanth (GT) carbohydrate and graphene oxide (GO). GT was sulfonic acid-functionalized and cross-linked by using 2-acrylamido-2-methylpropanesulfonic acid (AMPS) and N,N'-methylenebisacrylamide (MBA) monomers and ceric ammonium nitrate (CAN) as an initiator. The prepared hydrogels were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectrum (FT-IR), field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). Adsorption process for removal of heavy metal ions has followed the pseudo-first-order kinetic model and fitted well with the Langmuir model. The maximum adsorption capacity (Qm) was 142.50, 112.50 and 132.12mgg(-1) for Pb(II), Cd(II), and Ag(I), respectively. The removal percentage decreased slightly after several adsorption/desorption cycles. The adsorbed Ag(I) ions in hydrogel were transformed to Ag(0) nanoparticles (with a narrow distribution and mean size of 13.0nm) by using Achillea millefolium flower extract. The antibacterial performance of the Ag(0) nanocomposite hydrogel was also investigated.

  13. Chitosan-based thermosensitive hydrogel as a promising ocular drug delivery system: preparation, characterization, and in vivo evaluation.

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    Chen, Xingwei; Li, Xinru; Zhou, Yanxia; Wang, Xiaoning; Zhang, Yanhui; Fan, Yating; Huang, Yanqing; Liu, Yan

    2012-11-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of in situ thermosensitive hydrogel based on chitosan in combination with disodium α-d-Glucose 1-phosphate (DGP) for ocular drug delivery system. Aqueous solution of chitosan/DGP underwent sol-gel transition as temperature increased which was flowing sol at room temperature and then turned into non-flowing hydrogel at physiological temperature. The properties of gels were characterized regarding gelation time, gelation temperature, and morphology. The sol-to-gel phase transition behaviors were affected by the concentrations of chitosan, DGP and the model drug levocetirizine dihydrochloride (LD). The developed hydrogel presented a characteristic of a rapid release at the initial period followed by a sustained release and remarkably enhanced the cornea penetration of LD. The results of ocular irritation demonstrated the excellent ocular tolerance of the hydrogel. The ocular residence time for the hydrogel was significantly prolonged compared with eye drops. The drug-loaded hydrogel produced more effective anti-allergic conjunctivitis effects compared with LD aqueous solution. These results showed that the chitosan/DGP thermosensitive hydrogel could be used as an ideal ocular drug delivery system in terms of the suitable sol-gel transition temperature, mild pH environment in the hydrogel as well as the organic solvent free.

  14. Preparation and optimization of superabsorbent hydrogel micromatrices based on poly(acrylic acid), partly sodium salt-g-poly(ethylene oxide) for modified release of indomethacin.

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    Yuksel, Nilufer; Beba, Leyla

    2009-06-01

    The purpose of this study was to prepare modified-release dosage of indomethacin (IND) in the form of micromatrices based on a superabsorbent hydrogel (SAH), poly(acrylic acid), partly sodium salt-g-poly(ethylene oxide) (PAAc-Na-g-PEO). A soaking procedure was used for the preparation of drug-loaded hydrogel micromatrices. The amount of IND, volume of drug-loading solution, and amount of PAAc-Na-g-PEO granules used for preparing micromatrices were the independent factors. The dependent factors were the measured responses from micromatrices, that is, percent recovery, percent entrapment efficiency, and the time at which 63.2% of the drug was released (T(d), minutes). A three-factor, three-level full factorial design (33) was created to optimize formulations. Nonlinear regression analysis indicated a good correlation between the measured responses and the independent factors. Optimum responses were obtained from medium levels of IND and SAH and low level of drug-loading solution. Differential scanning calorimetry, X-ray diffraction analysis, and scanning electron micrography indicated that IND crystals are physically adsorbed into the pores and irregular spaces of the hydrogel.

  15. Highly porous regenerated cellulose hydrogel and aerogel prepared from hydrothermal synthesized cellulose carbamate

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    Gan, Sinyee; Chia, Chin Hua; Chen, Ruey Shan; Ellis, Amanda V.; Kaco, Hatika

    2017-01-01

    Here, a stable derivative of cellulose, called cellulose carbamate (CC), was produced from Kenaf (Hibiscus cannabinus) core pulp (KCP) and urea with the aid of a hydrothermal method. Further investigation was carried out for the amount of nitrogen yielded in CC as different urea concentrations were applied to react with cellulose. The effect of nitrogen concentration of CC on its solubility in a urea-alkaline system was also studied. Regenerated cellulose products (hydrogels and aerogels) were fabricated through the rapid dissolution of CC in a urea-alkaline system. The morphology of the regenerated cellulose products was viewed under Field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM). The transformation of allomorphs in regenerated cellulose products was examined by X-ray diffraction (XRD). The transparency of regenerated cellulose products was determined by Ultraviolet–visible (UV–Vis) spectrophotometer. The degree of swelling (DS) of regenerated cellulose products was also evaluated. This investigation provides a simple and efficient procedure of CC determination which is useful in producing regenerated CC products. PMID:28296977

  16. Biocompatibility of hyaluronic acid hydrogels prepared by porous hyaluronic acid microbeads

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    Kim, Jin-Tae; Lee, Deuk Yong; Kim, Tae-Hyung; Song, Yo-Seung; Cho, Nam-Ihn

    2014-05-01

    Hyaluronic acid hydrogels (HAHs) were synthesized by immersing HA microbeads crosslinked with divinyl sulfone in a phosphate buffered saline solution to evaluate the biocompatibility of the gels by means of cytotoxicity, genotoxicity ( in vitro chromosome aberration test, reverse mutation assay, and in vivo micronucleus test), skin sensitization, and intradermal reactivity. The HAHs induced no cytotoxicity or genotoxicity. In guinea pigs treated with grafts and prostheses, no animals died and there were no abnormal clinical signs. The sensitization scores were zero in all guinea pigs after 24 h and 48 h challenge, suggesting that the HAHs had no contact allergic sensitization in the guinea pig maximization test. No abnormal signs were found in New Zealand White rabbits during the 72 h observation period after the injection. There was no difference between the HAHs and negative control mean scores because skin reaction such as erythema or oedema was not observed after injection. Experimental results suggest that the HAHs would be suitable for soft tissue augmentation due to the absence of cytotoxicity, genotoxicity, skin sensitization, and intradermal reactivity.

  17. Characterization of a polyvinyl alcohol-hydrogel artificial articular cartilage prepared by injection molding.

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    Kobayashi, Masanori; Oka, Masanori

    2004-01-01

    We have developed a hip hemi-arthroplasty using polyvinyl alcohol-hydrogel (PVA-H) as the treatment for hip joint disorders in which the lesion is limited to the joint surface. In previous studies, we characterized the biocompatibility and the mechanical properties of PVA-H as an arthroplasty material. To fix PVA-H firmly to the bone, we have devised an implant composed of PVA-H and porous titanium fiber mesh (TFM). However, because of poor infiltration of the PVA solution into the pores of the TFM when using the low temperature crystallization method, the strength of the PVA-H-TFM interface was insufficient. Consequently, the infiltration method was improved by adopting high-pressure injection molding. With this improved method, the bonding strength of the interface increased remarkably. However, as this injection molding requires high temperature, various mechanical properties of the PVA-H might change with this treatment in comparison with the previous method. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of high temperature treatment on the mechanical properties of PVA-H as artificial articular cartilage, the tensile test and friction test were performed about new PVA-H. The results showed no significant mechanical deterioration of the PVA-H. This certified that the injection-molding method did not induce the change of the mechanical properties of PVA-H and indicated the potential of hemi-arthroplasty using PVA-H by this method in the future.

  18. Highly porous regenerated cellulose hydrogel and aerogel prepared from hydrothermal synthesized cellulose carbamate.

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    Gan, Sinyee; Zakaria, Sarani; Chia, Chin Hua; Chen, Ruey Shan; Ellis, Amanda V; Kaco, Hatika

    2017-01-01

    Here, a stable derivative of cellulose, called cellulose carbamate (CC), was produced from Kenaf (Hibiscus cannabinus) core pulp (KCP) and urea with the aid of a hydrothermal method. Further investigation was carried out for the amount of nitrogen yielded in CC as different urea concentrations were applied to react with cellulose. The effect of nitrogen concentration of CC on its solubility in a urea-alkaline system was also studied. Regenerated cellulose products (hydrogels and aerogels) were fabricated through the rapid dissolution of CC in a urea-alkaline system. The morphology of the regenerated cellulose products was viewed under Field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM). The transformation of allomorphs in regenerated cellulose products was examined by X-ray diffraction (XRD). The transparency of regenerated cellulose products was determined by Ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) spectrophotometer. The degree of swelling (DS) of regenerated cellulose products was also evaluated. This investigation provides a simple and efficient procedure of CC determination which is useful in producing regenerated CC products.

  19. Green chitosan-carbon dots nanocomposite hydrogel film with superior properties.

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    Konwar, Achyut; Gogoi, Neelam; Majumdar, Gitanjali; Chowdhury, Devasish

    2015-01-22

    In this work we report novel chitosan-carbon dots nanocomposite hydrogel films. A new green source "tea" was used as precursor for carbon dots (CDs). The electrostatic interaction of positive charge on chitosan and negative charge on CDs prepared from tea was used for the successful preparation of a stable and robust chitosan-carbon dots nanocomposite hydrogel film. The hydrogel films were characterized by UV-visible spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transformed infra-red spectroscopy (FTIR), scanning electron microscope (SEM), fluorescent microscopy, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and contact angle analysis. It was observed that chitosan-carbon dots hydrogel films are soft but tough with superior UV-visible blocking, swelling, thermal and mechanical properties in comparison to chitosan hydrogel film. Moreover chitosan-carbon dots films are more water repellent (hydrophobic) as indicated by their high contact angle values. Thus, fabrication of such green soft but tough biocompatible chitosan-carbon dots nanocomposite hydrogel films offers tremendous bio-medical and industrial applications.

  20. Cyclodextrin Inclusion Polymers Forming Hydrogels

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    Li, Jun

    This chapter reviews the advances in the developments of supramolecular hydrogels based on the polypseudorotaxanes and polyrotaxanes formed by inclusion complexes of cyclodextrins threading onto polymer chains. Both physical and chemical supramolecular hydrogels of many different types are discussed with respect to their preparation, structure, property, and gelation mechanism. A large number of physical supramolecular hydrogels were formed induced by self-assembly of densely packed cyclodextrin rings threaded on polymer or copolymer chains acting as physical crosslinking points. The thermo-reversible and thixotropic properties of these physical supramolecular hydrogels have inspired their applications as injectable drug delivery systems. Chemical supramolecular hydrogels synthesized from polypseudorotaxanes and polyrotaxanes were based on the chemical crosslinking of either the cyclodextrin molecules or the included polymer chains. The chemical supramolecular hydrogels were often made biodegradable through incorporation of hydrolyzable threading polymers, end caps, or crosslinkers, for their potential applications as biomaterials.

  1. The crosslinking of polysaccharides with polyamines and dextran-polyallylamine antibacterial hydrogels.

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    O'Connor, Naphtali A; Abugharbieh, Ahmad; Yasmeen, Farzana; Buabeng, Emmanuel; Mathew, Steve; Samaroo, Diana; Cheng, Hai-Ping

    2015-01-01

    A facile modular approach to rapidly prepare pH-responsive hydrogels by crosslinking polysaccharides with polyamines is demonstrated. Hydrogels are prepared by first reacting the less reactive polysaccharides with the cross-linker epichlorohydrin and completed by the addition of polyamines. The crosslinking of polysaccharides with polyamines provides a facile method for incorporating functionality into polysaccharide based hydrogels. This process is demonstrated with the polysaccharides dextran, pullulan and carboxymethyl cellulose and with the polyamines polyallylamine and polyethylene imine. The hydrogels were characterized by FTIR and swelling studies, which showed pH-dependent swelling due to the presence of the polyamine. The hydrogels can also be tailored by varying the mass ratio between the polysaccharide and polyamine. Absorption studies of organic analytes showed the polyamine content affecting the uptake of a charged substrate (methylene blue) and no effect on a neutral substrate (6-methyl coumarin). This synthetic method was also used to prepare hydrogels with antibacterial activity against E. coli and S. aureus by utilizing an amphiphilic polyallylamine.

  2. Preparation and characterization of a novel sodium alginate incorporated self-assembled Fmoc-FF composite hydrogel.

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    Gong, Xiao; Branford-White, Christopher; Tao, Lei; Li, Shubai; Quan, Jing; Nie, Huali; Zhu, Limin

    2016-01-01

    Dipeptides and their derivatives have attracted tremendous attention owning to their excellent abilities of self-assemble assembling into various structures which have great potentials for applications in biology and/or nanotechnology. In the present study, we dedicate to fabricate a rigid and structure controllable Fmoc-FF/SA composite hydrogel. We found that the modified dipeptide, fluorenyl-9-methoxycarbonyl (Fmoc)-diphenylalanine (Phe-Phe) can self-assemble into rigid hydrogels with structures of nanowires, layered thin films or honeycombs as the change of sodium alginate (SA) concentration. Meanwhile, CD-spectroscopy demonstrated that SA appeared to control the process, but it did not change the arrangement of the Fmoc-FF peptide. Our results demonstrated that the formed hydrogel showed physical and chemical stability as well as possessing good biocompatibility. Rheological measurements showed that the addition of SA could improve the stability of the hydrogel. Cell viability assay revealed that the Fmoc-FF and Fmoc-FF/SA hydrogels are both beneficial for cell proliferation in-vitro. Our results indicated that the fabricated Fmoc-FF/SA composite hydrogels could be used in tissue engineering and drug delivery in the future.

  3. Preparation and characterization of a novel micro- and nanocomposite hydrogels containing cellulosic fibrils

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    In recent years, the preparation of cellulosic composites and nanocomposites has become an important approach because of the wide abundance of cellulose, its biodegradability, renewability, and the ability to effectively reinforce a polymer matrix in an environmentally benign nature. The main object...

  4. Nanostructure controlled sustained delivery of human growth hormone using injectable, biodegradable, pH/temperature responsive nanobiohybrid hydrogel

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    Singh, Narendra K.; Nguyen, Quang Vinh; Kim, Bong Sup; Lee, Doo Sung

    2015-02-01

    The clinical efficacy of a therapeutic protein, the human growth hormone (hGH), is limited by its short plasma half-life and premature degradation. To overcome this limitation, we proposed a new protein delivery system by the self-assembly and intercalation of a negatively charged hGH onto a positively charged 2D-layered double hydroxide nanoparticle (LDH). The LDH-hGH ionic complex, with an average particle size of approximately 100 nm, retards hGH diffusion. Nanobiohybrid hydrogels (PAEU/LDH-hGH) were prepared by dispersing the LDH-hGH complex into a cationic pH- and temperature-sensitive injectable PAEU copolymer hydrogel to enhance sustained hGH release by dual ionic interactions. Biodegradable copolymer hydrogels comprising poly(β-amino ester urethane) and triblock poly(ε-caprolactone-lactide)-poly(ethylene glycol)-poly-(ε-caprolactone-lactide) (PCLA-PEG-PCLA) were synthesized and characterized. hGH was self-assembled and intercalated onto layered LDH nanoparticles through an anion exchange technique. X-ray diffraction and zeta potential results showed that the LDH-hGH complex was prepared successfully and that the PAEU/LDH-hGH nanobiohybrid hydrogel had a disordered intercalated nanostructure. The biocompatibility of the nanobiohybrid hydrogel was confirmed by an in vitro cytotoxicity test. The in vivo degradation of pure PAEU and its nanobiohybrid hydrogels was investigated and it showed a controlled degradation of the PAEU/LDH nanobiohybrids compared with the pristine PAEU copolymer hydrogel. The LDH-hGH loaded injectable hydrogels suppressed the initial burst release of hGH and extended the release period for 13 days in vitro and 5 days in vivo. The developed nanohybrid hydrogel has the potential for application as a protein carrier to improve patient compliance.The clinical efficacy of a therapeutic protein, the human growth hormone (hGH), is limited by its short plasma half-life and premature degradation. To overcome this limitation, we proposed a new

  5. Preparing side charging of PCM storage: theoretical and experimental investigation

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    Tesfay, A. H.; Hagos, F. Y.; Yohannes, K. G.; Nydal, O. J.; Kahsay, M. B.

    2015-12-01

    In Ethiopia, there is an abundant source of solar energy that is estimated to 5.3 kWh/m2/day. However, more than 90% of the society uses biomass as a main source of energy for cooking due to lack of technologies to convert this energy. Replacing these cooking activities by using renewable energy resources decreases pollution and reduces deforestation significantly. Using the solar energy in day time has no problem. For night time however, the system needs some kind of back-up system to make the daytime solar energy available. This back-up should have high-density energy storage and constant working temperature to perform a specific application. Latent heat storage using phase change materials (PCM) is one way of storing thermal energy. In the current study, a latent heat storage that uses a PCM material is used to store the solar energy aimed at utilizing solar energy for cooking Injera, main staple bread in Ethiopia. The PCM is a mixture of 60% NaNO3 and 40% KNO3 that are known as solar salts. The storage has a welded parallel aluminum fins with a gap of 40 mm in between to enhance the thermal conductivity during the charging-discharging process of the storage. The fins are extruded outside of the storage container to enable a side charging technique for the PCM. A prototype was developed with a solar salt of 17.5 kg and is tested for charging-discharging. The numerical simulation done on ANSYS and experimental results show an agreement and the system registered a 41.6% efficiency.

  6. Hydrogel-Forming Microneedles Prepared from “Super Swelling” Polymers Combined with Lyophilised Wafers for Transdermal Drug Delivery

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    Donnelly, Ryan F.; McCrudden, Maelíosa T. C.; Zaid Alkilani, Ahlam; Larrañeta, Eneko; McAlister, Emma; Courtenay, Aaron J.; Kearney, Mary-Carmel; Singh, Thakur Raghu Raj; McCarthy, Helen O.; Kett, Victoria L.; Caffarel-Salvador, Ester; Al-Zahrani, Sharifa; Woolfson, A. David

    2014-01-01

    We describe, for the first time, hydrogel-forming microneedle arrays prepared from “super swelling” polymeric compositions. We produced a microneedle formulation with enhanced swelling capabilities from aqueous blends containing 20% w/w Gantrez S-97, 7.5% w/w PEG 10,000 and 3% w/w Na2CO3 and utilised a drug reservoir of a lyophilised wafer-like design. These microneedle-lyophilised wafer compositions were robust and effectively penetrated skin, swelling extensively, but being removed intact. In in vitro delivery experiments across excised neonatal porcine skin, approximately 44 mg of the model high dose small molecule drug ibuprofen sodium was delivered in 24 h, equating to 37% of the loading in the lyophilised reservoir. The super swelling microneedles delivered approximately 1.24 mg of the model protein ovalbumin over 24 h, equivalent to a delivery efficiency of approximately 49%. The integrated microneedle-lyophilised wafer delivery system produced a progressive increase in plasma concentrations of ibuprofen sodium in rats over 6 h, with a maximal concentration of approximately 179 µg/ml achieved in this time. The plasma concentration had fallen to 71±6.7 µg/ml by 24 h. Ovalbumin levels peaked in rat plasma after only 1 hour at 42.36±17.01 ng/ml. Ovalbumin plasma levels then remained almost constant up to 6 h, dropping somewhat at 24 h, when 23.61±4.84 ng/ml was detected. This work represents a significant advancement on conventional microneedle systems, which are presently only suitable for bolus delivery of very potent drugs and vaccines. Once fully developed, such technology may greatly expand the range of drugs that can be delivered transdermally, to the benefit of patients and industry. Accordingly, we are currently progressing towards clinical evaluations with a range of candidate molecules. PMID:25360806

  7. Macroporous chitosan hydrogels: Effects of sulfur on the loading and release behaviour of amino acid-based compounds.

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    Elviri, Lisa; Asadzadeh, Maliheh; Cucinelli, Roberta; Bianchera, Annalisa; Bettini, Ruggero

    2015-11-05

    Chitosan is a biodegradable, biocompatible polymer of natural origin widely applied to the preparation of functional hydrogels suitable for controlled release of drugs, peptides and proteins. Non-covalent interactions, expecially ionic interactions, are the main driver of the loading and release behaviour of amino acids or peptides from chitosan hydrogels. With the aim to improve the understanding of the mechanisms governing the behaviour of chitosan hydrogels on peptide uptake and delivery, in this paper the attention was focused on the role played by sulfur on the interactions of chitosan hydrogels with sulfur-containing amino acids (AA) and peptides. Hence, loading and release experiments on cysteine, cystine and glutathione (SH containing amino acid, dipeptide and tripeptide, respectively) as well as on glycine and valine as apolar amino acids were carried out. For these puroses, chitosan hydrogels were prepared in an easy and reproducible manner by a freeze-gelation process on a poly-L-lysine coated support. The hydrogel surface pore size, uniformity and distribution were tested. Optimal results (D50 = 26 ± 4 μm) were obtained by using the poly-L-lysine positively-charged surface. The loading results gathered evidenced that the sulfur-containing molecules presented an increased absorption both in terms of rate and extent by chitosan hydrogels with respect to nonpolar amino acids, mainly due to ionic and hydrogen bond interactions. ATR-FTIR analysis carried out on chitosan hydrogels, with and without the AA related compounds to study putative interactions, supported these apparent sulfur-dependent results. Finally, chitosan hydrogels displayed excellent retention capabilities (AA release <5%) for all AA, strongly supporting the use of chitosan hydrogels as matrix for controlled drug release.

  8. Swelling, diffusion, network parameters and adsorption properties of IPN hydrogel of chitosan and acrylic copolymer.

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    Mandal, Bidyadhar; Ray, Samit Kumar

    2014-11-01

    Interpenetrating network (IPN) type hydrogels of a biopolymer and a synthetic polymer were prepared from chitosan and crosslink copolymer of acrylic acid, sodium acrylate and hydroxyethyl methacrylate. Acrylic acid, sodium acrylate, hydroxyethyl methacrylate and N'N'-methylenebisacrylamide (MBA) monomers were free radically copolymerized and crosslinked in aqueous solution of chitosan. Several IPN hydrogels were prepared by varying concentrations of initiator, crosslinker (MBA) and weight% of chitosan . These hydrogels were characterized by free acid content, pH at point of zero charge (PZC), FTIR, DTA-TGA, SEM and XRD. The swelling and diffusion characteristics, network parameters and adsorption of cationic methyl violet (MV) and anionic congo red (CR) dyes by these hydrogels were studied. The hydrogels showed high adsorption (9.5-119 mg/g for CR and 9.2-98 mg/g for MV) and removal% (98-73% for CR and 94-66% for MV) over the feed concentration of 10-140 mg/l dye in water. The isotherms and kinetics of dye adsorption by the hydrogels were also studied.

  9. Preparation and characterization of a new gellan gum and sulphated hyaluronic acid hydrogel designed for epidural scar prevention.

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    Cencetti, Claudia; Bellini, Davide; Longinotti, Cristina; Martinelli, Andrea; Matricardi, Pietro

    2011-02-01

    Postsurgical adhesions are a common problem in clinical practice, causing nerve compression, pain and discomfort. A new hydrogel based on gellan gum and sulphated hyaluronic acid was synthesized, with the aim to create an effective barrier for epidural scar formation. Physico-chemical properties of the gel were analyzed, and preliminary biocompatibility data (i.e. cytotoxicity) have been collected in view of its potential clinical use. The characterization of the new material demonstrated that the hydrogel, due to its high-viscosity, could effectively act as a barrier with a long in situ residence time. In addition, the hydrogel can be easily extruded from a syringe and its structure exhibits excellent stabilizing properties. Furthermore, biological assays showed that this gel is suitable for further preclinical development.

  10. Multi-Hierarchical Self-Assembly of Collagen Mimetic Peptides into AAB Type Heterotrimers, Nanofibers and Hydrogels Driven by Charged Pair Interactions

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    O'Leary, Lesley Russell

    2011-12-01

    Replicating the multi-hierarchical self-assembly of collagen (peptide chain to triple helix to nanofiber and, finally, to a hydrogel) has long attracted scientists, both from the fundamental science perspective of supramolecular chemistry and for the potential biomedical applications perceived in tissue engineering. In terms of triple helical formation, collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body with at least 28 types, yet research involving collagen mimetic systems has only recently began to consider the innate ability of collagen to control helix composition and register. Collagen triple helices can be homotrimeric or heterotrimeric and while some types of natural collagen form only one specific composition of helix, others can form multiple. It is critical to fully understand and, if possible, reproduce the control that native collagen has on helix composition and register. In terms of nanofiber formation, many approaches to drive the self-assembly of synthetic systems through the same steps as natural collagen have been partially successful, but none have simultaneously demonstrated all levels of structural assembly. In this work, advancements in the ability to control helix composition and replicate the multi-hierarchical assembly of collagen are described. Both positive and negative design for the assembly of AAB type collagen heterotrimers were utilized by promoting heterotrimer formation though the use of charged amino acids to form intra-helix electrostatic interactions, while simultaneously discouraging homotrimers, resulting in the identification of multiple peptide systems with full control over the composition of the resulting triple helix. Similar salt-bridged hydrogen bonds between charged residues were incorporated into nanofiber forming peptides, one of which successfully assembled into sticky-ended triple helices, nanofibers with characteristic triple helical packing visible in the solution state, and strong hydrogels that are

  11. Preparation and characterization of structured hydrogel microparticles based on cross-linked hyperbranched polyglycerol.

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    Oudshoorn, Marion H M; Penterman, Roel; Rissmann, Robert; Bouwstra, Joke A; Broer, Dirk J; Hennink, Wim E

    2007-11-06

    The aim of this work was to obtain well-defined HyPG-MA (methacrylated hyperbranched polyglycerol) microparticles with uniform sizes. Therefore, three different preparation methods were evaluated. First, we assessed a micromolding technique using rigid SU-8 (a photoresist based on epoxies) grids. Independent of the surface treatment of the SU-8 grid or the type of polymer used, approximately 50% of the microgels remained attached to the SU-8 grid or broke into smaller particles during the release process in which drying of the gels was followed by a sonication process. Although 90% methacrylate conversion could be obtained, this method has some additional drawbacks as the obtained dried microgels did not rehydrate completely after the drying step. Second, a soft micromolding technique was evaluated using elastomeric PDMS (poly(dimethyl siloxane)) grids. The use of these flexible grids resulted in a high yield (80-90% yield; >90% methacrylate conversion) of microgels with a well-defined size and shape (squares 100 microm x 100 microm x 50 microm or hexagons with Ø 30 microm and a thickness of 20 microm) without the occurrence of water evaporation. However, a number of particles showed a less-defined shape as not all grids could be filled well. The microgels showed restricted swelling, implying that these gels are dimensionally stable. Third, an alternative method referred to as photolithography was evaluated. This method was suitable to tailor accurately the size and shape of HyPG-MA microgels and additionally gained 100% yield. Well-defined HyPG-MA microgels in the size range of 200-1400 microm (thickness of 6, 20, or 50 microm), with a methacrylate conversion of >90%, could easily be prepared by adding an inhibitor (e.g., 1% (w/v) of vitamin C) to the polymer solution to inhibit dark polymerization. Microgels in the size range of 30-100 microm (>90% conversion) could only be obtained when applying the photomask in direct contact with the polymer solution and

  12. Preparation and characterization of silver nanoparticle loaded amorphous hydrogel of carboxymethylcellulose for infected wounds.

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    Das, Anup; Kumar, Ajay; Patil, Niranjan B; Viswanathan, Chandra; Ghosh, Deepa

    2015-10-05

    There is a growing demand for an appropriate and safe antimicrobial dressing to treat infected deep wounds. An amorphous gel formulation (SNP-CMC), containing silver nanoparticles (SNPs) and carboxymethylcellulose (CMC), was prepared in one step by the reduction of silver nitrate in situ. Spectrophotometric and microscopic analysis revealed that the SNPs were 7-21 nm in diameter. In simulated wound experiments, SNP-CMC gel was found to absorb 80.48 ± 4.69% w/w of saline and donate 17.43 ± 0.76% w/w of moisture within 24h indicating its dual fluid affinity. Cytocompatibility of the gel was assessed by proliferation studies with primary human skin cells. The antimicrobial activity studies showed that SNP-CMC containing 50 ppm of SNPs was effective against the growth of both Gram negative and Gram positive strains including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). These results indicate that SNP-CMC could be ideal for the treatment of deep infected wounds.

  13. A green approach to prepare silver nanoparticles loaded gum acacia/poly(acrylate) hydrogels.

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    Bajpai, S K; Kumari, Mamta

    2015-09-01

    In this work, gum acacia (GA)/poly(sodium acrylate) semi-interpenetrating polymer networks (Semi-IPN) have been fabricated via free radical initiated aqueous polymerization of monomer sodium acrylate (SA) in the presence of dissolved Gum acacia (GA), using N,N'-methylenebisacrylamide (MB) as cross-linker and potassium persulphate (KPS) as initiator. The semi-IPNs, synthesized, were characterized by various techniques such as X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermo gravimetric analysis (TGA) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. The dynamic water uptake behavior of semi-IPNs was investigated and the data were interpreted by various kinetic models. The equilibrium swelling data were used to evaluate various network parameters. The semi-IPNs were used as template for the in situ preparation of silver nanoparticles using extract of Syzygium aromaticum (clove). The formation of silver nanoparticles was confirmed by surface plasmon resonance (SPR), XRD and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Finally, the antibacterial activity of GA/poly(SA)/silver nanocomposites was tested against E. coli.

  14. Bioresorbable and nonresorbable macroporous thermosensitive hydrogels prepared by cryopolymerization. Role of the cross-linking agent.

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    Perez, Paloma; Plieva, Fatima; Gallardo, Alberto; San Roman, Julio; Aguilar, Maria Rosa; Morfin, Isabelle; Ehrburger-Dolle, Françoise; Bley, Francoise; Mikhalovsky, Sergey; Galaev, Igor Yu; Mattiasson, Bo

    2008-01-01

    Macroporous poly( N-isopropylacrylamide) (pNIPA) gels (so-called cryogels), cross-linked with different bis-acrylic compounds, N,N'-methylenebisacrylamide (MBAAm) and dimethacrylate-tyrosine-lysine-tyrosine (DMTLT), were prepared through free-radical polymerization at subzero temperature in dioxane/water media. DMTLT is a hydrolytically degradable cross-linker with relatively hydrophobic character. The effects of different synthesis conditions, namely the concentration of monomers, the cross-linker, and the initiator in the reaction mixture, on the structure of the pNIPA-cryogels have been studied. The equilibrium swelling ratio of the DMTLT cross-linked pNIPA cryogels at temperatures below lower critical solution temperature (LCST) of pNIPA, was over ten times higher than that of the gels synthesized at room temperature from the same feed composition. The MBAAm cross-linked pNIPA cryogels synthesized in water exhibited the highest equilibrium swelling and the fastest response. The critical transition temperature, T c, was lower ( T c approximately 31 degrees C) for pNIPA-cryogels synthesized in dioxane/water media or cross-linked with DMTLT as compared to MBAAm cross-linked pNIPA cryogels synthesized in water (T c approximately 33 degrees C). Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) revealed different porous structure and pore surface morphology depending on the cross-linker (MBAAm or DMTLT) and the solvent (water or dioxane/water) used. Gels and cryogels were also characterized by SAXS, showing that the nanostructure of the samples is related to swelling.

  15. Preparation and characterization of electrospun PLCL/Poloxamer nanofibers and dextran/gelatin hydrogels for skin tissue engineering.

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    Pan, Jian-feng; Liu, Ning-hua; Sun, Hui; Xu, Feng

    2014-01-01

    In this study, two different biomaterials were fabricated and their potential use as a bilayer scaffold for skin tissue engineering applications was assessed. The upper layer biomaterial was a Poly(ε-caprolactone-co-lactide)/Poloxamer (PLCL/Poloxamer) nanofiber membrane fabricated using electrospinning technology. The PLCL/Poloxamer nanofibers (PLCL/Poloxamer, 9/1) exhibited strong mechanical properties (stress/strain values of 9.37 ± 0.38 MPa/187.43 ± 10.66%) and good biocompatibility to support adipose-derived stem cells proliferation. The lower layer biomaterial was a hydrogel composed of 10% dextran and 20% gelatin without the addition of a chemical crosslinking agent. The 5/5 dextran/gelatin hydrogel displayed high swelling property, good compressive strength, capacity to present more than 3 weeks and was able to support cells proliferation. A bilayer scaffold was fabricated using these two materials by underlaying the nanofibers and casting hydrogel to mimic the structure and biological function of native skin tissue. The upper layer membrane provided mechanical support in the scaffold and the lower layer hydrogel provided adequate space to allow cells to proliferate and generate extracellular matrix. The biocompatibility of bilayer scaffold was preliminarily investigated to assess the potential cytotoxicity. The results show that cell viability had not been affected when cocultured with bilayer scaffold. As a consequence, the bilayer scaffold composed of PLCL/Poloxamer nanofibers and dextran/gelatin hydrogels is biocompatible and possesses its potentially high application prospect in the field of skin tissue engineering.

  16. Tough photoluminescent hydrogels doped with lanthanide.

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    Wang, Mei Xiang; Yang, Can Hui; Liu, Zhen Qi; Zhou, Jinxiong; Xu, Feng; Suo, Zhigang; Yang, Jian Hai; Chen, Yong Mei

    2015-03-01

    Photoluminescent hydrogels have emerged as novel soft materials with potential applications in many fields. Although many photoluminescent hydrogels have been fabricated, their scope of usage has been severely limited by their poor mechanical performance. Here, a facile strategy is reported for preparing lanthanide (Ln)-alginate/polyacrylamide (PAAm) hydrogels with both high toughness and photoluminescence, which has been achieved by doping Ln(3+) ions (Ln = Eu, Tb, Eu/Tb) into alginate/PAAm hydrogel networks, where Ln(3+) ions serve as both photoluminescent emitters and physical cross-linkers. The resulting hydrogels exhibit versatile advantages including excellent mechanical properties (∼ MPa strength, ≈ 20 tensile strains, ≈ 10(4) kJ m(-3) energy dissipation), good photoluminescent performance, tunable emission color, excellent processability, and cytocompatibility. The developed tough photoluminescent hydrogels hold great promises for expanding the usage scope of hydrogels.

  17. Morphological effect on swelling behaviour of hydrogel

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    Yacob, Norzita; Hashim, Kamaruddin

    2014-02-12

    Hydrogels are hydrophilic polymer networks that are capable of imbibing large amounts of water. In this work, hydrogels prepared from natural and synthetic polymers were irradiated by using electron beam irradiation. The morphology of hydrogel inter-polymeric network (IPN) was investigated using Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). The studies reveal correlations between pore sizes of IPN with degree of cross-linking. This relation also has an effect on swelling properties of the hydrogel. The results indicated that hydrogel with smaller pore size, as a result of much dense IPN, would decrease water uptake capacity. Combination of natural and synthetic polymers to form hydrogel affects the pore size and swelling property of the hydrogel as compared to each component of polymer.

  18. Preparation of a self-supporting cell architecture mimic by water channel confined photocrosslinking within a lamellar structured hydrogel.

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    Grubjesic, S.; Lee, B.; Seifert, S.; Firestone, M. A.

    2011-01-01

    A self-supporting biomimetic chemical hydrogel that can be reversibly swollen in water is described. An aqueous dispersion of a diacrylate end-derivatized PEO-PPO-PEO macromer, a saturated phospholipid, and a zwitterionic co-surfactant self-assembles into a multilamellar-structured physical gel at room temperature as determined by SAXS. The addition of a water soluble PEGDA co-monomer and photoinitiator within the water layers does not alter the self-assembled structure. ATR/FT-IR spectroscopy reveals that photoirradiation initiates the crosslinking between the acrylate end groups on the macromer with the PEGDA, forming a polymeric network within the aqueous domains. The primitive cytoskeleton mimic serves to stabilize the amphiphile bilayer, converting the physical gel into an elastic self-supporting chemical gel. Storage under ambient conditions causes dehydration of the hydrogel to 5 wt % water which can be reversed by swelling in water. The fully water swollen gel (85 wt % water) remains self-supporting but converts to a non-lamellar structure. As water is lost the chemical gel regains its lamellar structure. Incubation of the hydrogel in nonpolar organic solvents that do not dissolve the uncrosslinked lipid component (hexane) allow for swelling without loss of structural integrity. Chloroform, which readily solubilizes the lipid, causes irreversible loss of the lamellar structure.

  19. Preparation and Self-Assembly Mechanism of Bovine Serum Albumin-Citrus Peel Pectin Conjugated Hydrogel: A Potential Delivery System for Vitamin C.

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    Peng, Hailong; Chen, Sha; Luo, Mei; Ning, Fangjian; Zhu, Xuemei; Xiong, Hua

    2016-10-05

    In this study, a novel hydrogel (BSA-pectin hydrogel, BPH) was prepared via a self-assembly method by using the natural polymers of bovine serum albumin (BSA) and citrus peel pectin (pectin). The rheological properties and gel conformational structures were determined and showed that electrostatic and covalent interactions between BSA and pectin were the main mechanisms for the formation of BPH. The morphological characteristics of BPH included a stable and solid three-dimensional network structure with a narrow size distribution (polydispersity index <0.06). BPH was used as a delivery system to load the functional agent vitamin C (Vc). The encapsulation efficiency (EE) and release properties of Vc from BPH were also investigated. The results revealed that the EE of Vc into BPH was approximately 65.31%, and the in vitro Vc release from BPH was governed by two distinct stages (i.e., burst release and sustained release) in different pH solutions, with release mechanisms involving diffusion, swelling, and erosion. Meanwhile, the stability results showed that BPH was a stable system with an enhanced Vc retention (73.95%) after 10 weeks of storage. Thus, this three-dimensional network system of BPH may be a potential delivery system to improve the stability and bioavailability of functional agents in both food and non-food fields.

  20. A Hydrogel Derived From Decellularized Dermal Extracellular Matrix

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    Wolf, Matthew T.; Daly, Kerry A.; Brennan-Pierce, Ellen P.; Johnson, Scott A.; Carruthers, Christopher; D’Amore, Antonio; Nagarkar, Shailesh P.; Velankar, Sachin S.; Badylak, Stephen F.

    2012-01-01

    The ECM of mammalian tissues has been used as a scaffold to facilitate the repair and reconstruction of numerous tissues. Such scaffolds are prepared in many forms including sheets, powders, and hydrogels. ECM hydrogels provide advantages such as injectability, the ability to fill an irregularly shaped space, and the inherent bioactivity of native matrix. However, material properties of ECM hydrogels and the effect of these properties upon cell behavior are neither well understood nor controlled. The objective of this study was to prepare and determine the structure, mechanics, and the cell response in vitro and in vivo of ECM hydrogels prepared from decellularized porcine dermis and urinary bladder tissues. Dermal ECM hydrogels were characterized by a more dense fiber architecture and greater mechanical integrity than urinary bladder ECM hydrogels, and showed a dose dependent increase in mechanical properties with ECM concentration. In vitro, dermal ECM hydrogels supported greater C2C12 myoblast fusion, and less fibroblast infiltration and less fibroblast mediated hydrogel contraction than urinary bladder ECM hydrogels. Both hydrogels were rapidly infiltrated by host cells, primarily macrophages, when implanted in a rat abdominal wall defect. Both ECM hydrogels degraded by 35 days in vivo, but UBM hydrogels degraded more quickly, and with greater amounts of myogenesis than dermal ECM. These results show that ECM hydrogel properties can be varied and partially controlled by the scaffold tissue source, and that these properties can markedly affect cell behavior. PMID:22789723

  1. Preparation and swelling properties of pH-sensitive composite hydrogel beads based on chitosan-g-poly (acrylic acid)/vermiculite and sodium alginate for diclofenac controlled release.

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    Wang, Qin; Xie, Xiaoling; Zhang, Xiaowei; Zhang, Junping; Wang, Aiqin

    2010-04-01

    A series of pH-sensitive composite hydrogel beads, chitosan-g-poly (acrylic acid)/vermiculite/sodium alginate (CTS-g-PAA/VMT/SA), was prepared using CTS-g-PAA/VMT composite and SA by Ca(2+) as the crosslinking agent. The structure and morphologies of the developed composite hydrogel beads were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The swelling properties and pH-sensitivity of the beads were investigated. In addition, the drug loading and controlled release behaviors of the beads were also evaluated using diclofenac sodium (DS) as the model drug in stimulated gastric fluids (pH 2.1) and intestinal fluids (pH 6.8). The results indicate that the composite hydrogel beads showed good pH-sensitivity. The release rate of the drug from the composite hydrogel beads is remarkably slowed down, which indicated that incorporating VMT into the composite hydrogel beads can improve the burst release effect of the drug.

  2. Preparation and characterization of infection-resistant antibiotics-releasing hydrogels rods of poly[hydroxyethyl methacrylate-co-(poly(ethylene glycol)-methacrylate]: biomedical application in a novel rabbit penile prosthesis model.

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    Arica, M Yakup; Tuğlu, Devrim; Başar, M Murad; Kiliç, Dilek; Bayramoğlu, Gülay; Batislam, Ertan

    2008-07-01

    In this work, preparation and characterization of novel three different antibiotic loaded penile prosthesis in the rod form were investigated by copolymerization of 2-hydroxyethylmethacrylate (HEMA) with poly(ethylene glycol)-methacrylate, (PEG-MA). To achieve this goal, a series of novel copolymer hydrogels were prepared in rod form using HEMA and PEG-MA monomers via UV initiated photopolymerization. The thermal stability of the copolymer was found to be lowered by increase in the ratio of PEG-MA in the rod structure. Contact angle measurements on the surface of copolymer hydrogel demonstrated that the copolymer gave rise to a significant hydrophilic surface compared with pure poly(HEMA). The blood protein adsorption and platelet adhesion were significantly reduced on the surface of the copolymer hydrogels compared with control pure poly(HEMA). Poly(HEMA:PEG-MA;1:1)-1 formulation containing different antibiotics (20 mg antibiotic/g polymer) released about 90, 91, and 55% of the total loaded cephtriaxon, vancomycin, and gentamicin in 48 h at pH 7.4, respectively. Finally, antibiotics loaded biocompatible poly(HEMA:PEG-MA;1:1)-1 hydrogel compositions was used as a penile prosthesis in preventing cavernous tissue infections in a rabbit prosthesis model. The efficacy of the three different antibiotics loaded hydrogel system was evaluated in four different groups of rabbits, in which various infectious agents were inoculated. The animals were sacrificed after predetermined time periods, and clinical, histological and microbiological assessment on the implant side were carried out to detect infections. Eventually, we concluded that three different antibiotic loaded penile prostheses (i.e. poly(HEMA:PEG-MA;1:1)-1 hydrogel systems) were as effective as parenteral antibiotics applications.

  3. Rapidly recovering hydrogel scaffolds from self-assembling diblock copolypeptide amphiphiles

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    Nowak, Andrew P.; Breedveld, Victor; Pakstis, Lisa; Ozbas, Bulent; Pine, David J.; Pochan, Darrin; Deming, Timothy J.

    2002-05-01

    Protein-based hydrogels are used for many applications, ranging from food and cosmetic thickeners to support matrices for drug delivery and tissue replacement. These materials are usually prepared using proteins extracted from natural sources, which can give rise to inconsistent properties unsuitable for medical applications. Recent developments have utilized recombinant DNA methods to prepare artificial protein hydrogels with specific association mechanisms and responsiveness to various stimuli. Here we synthesize diblock copolypeptide amphiphiles containing charged and hydrophobic segments. Dilute solutions of these copolypeptides would be expected to form micelles; instead, they form hydrogels that retain their mechanical strength up to temperatures of about 90°C and recover rapidly after stress. The use of synthetic materials permits adjustment of copolymer chain length and composition, which we varied to study their effect on hydrogel formation and properties. We find that gelation depends not only on the amphiphilic nature of the polypeptides, but also on chain conformations-α-helix, β-strand or random coil. Indeed, shape-specific supramolecular assembly is integral to the gelation process, and provides a new class of peptide-based hydrogels with potential for applications in biotechnology.

  4. Local charge transport properties of hydrazine reduced monolayer graphene oxide sheets prepared under pressure condition

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    Ryuzaki, Sou Meyer, Jakob A. S.; Petersen, Søren; Nørgaard, Kasper; Hassenkam, Tue; Laursen, Bo W.

    2014-09-01

    Charge transport properties of chemically reduced graphene oxide (RGO) sheets prepared by treatment with hydrazine were examined using conductive atomic force microscopy. The current-voltage (I-V) characteristics of monolayer RGO sheets prepared under atmospheric pressure followed an exponentially increase due to 2D variable-range hopping conduction through small graphene domains in an RGO sheet containing defect regions of residual sp{sup 3} carbon clusters bonded to oxygen groups, whereas RGO sheets prepared in a closed container under moderate pressure showed linear I-V characteristics with a conductivity of 267.2−537.5 S/m. It was found that the chemical reduction under pressure results in larger graphene domains (sp{sup 2} networks) in the RGO sheets when compared to that prepared under atmospheric pressure, indicating that the present reduction of GO sheets under the pressure is one of the effective methods to make well-reduced GO sheets.

  5. Charge Retention by Gold Clusters on Surfaces Prepared Using Soft Landing of Mass Selected Ions

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    Johnson, Grant E.; Priest, Thomas A.; Laskin, Julia

    2012-01-24

    Monodisperse gold clusters have been prepared on surfaces in different charge states through soft landing of mass-selected ions. Ligand-stabilized gold clusters were prepared in methanol solution by reduction of chloro(triphenylphosphine)gold(I) with borane tert-butylamine complex in the presence of 1,3-bis(diphenylphosphino)propane. Electrospray ionization was used to introduce the clusters into the gas-phase and mass-selection was employed to isolate a single ionic cluster species (Au11L53+, L = 1,3-bis(diphenylphosphino)propane) which was delivered to surfaces at well controlled kinetic energies. Using in-situ time of flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (TOF-SIMS) it is demonstrated that the Au11L53+ cluster retains its 3+ charge state when soft landed onto the surface of a 1H,1H,2H,2H-

  6. Hemostatic potential of natural/synthetic polymer based hydrogels crosslinked by gamma radiation

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    Barba, Bin Jeremiah D.; Tranquilan-Aranilla, Charito; Abad, Lucille V.

    2016-01-01

    Various raw materials and hydrogels prepared from their combination were assessed for hemostatic capability using swine whole blood clotting analysis. Initial screening showed efficient coagulative properties from κ-carrageenan and its carboxymethylated form, and α-chitosan, even compared to commercial products like QuikClot Zeolite Powder. Blending natural and synthetic polymers formed into hydrogels using gamma radiation produced materials with improved properties. KC and CMKC hydrogels were found to have the lowest blood clotting index in granulated form and had the higher capacity for platelet adhesion in foamed form compared to GelFoam. Possible mechanisms involved in the evident thrombogenicity of the materials include adsorption of platelets and related proteins that aid in platelet activation (primary hemostasis), absorption of water to concentrate protein factors that control the coagulation cascade, contact activation by its negatively charged surface and the formation of gel-blood clots.

  7. Charge retention by gold clusters on surfaces prepared using soft landing of mass selected ions.

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    Johnson, Grant E; Priest, Thomas; Laskin, Julia

    2012-01-24

    Monodisperse gold clusters have been prepared on surfaces in different charge states through soft landing of mass-selected ions. Ligand-stabilized gold clusters were prepared in methanol solution by reduction of chloro(triphenylphosphine)gold(I) with borane tert-butylamine complex in the presence of 1,3-bis(diphenylphosphino)propane. Electrospray ionization was used to introduce the clusters into the gas phase, and mass selection was employed to isolate a single ionic cluster species (Au(11)L(5)(3+), L = 1,3-bis(diphenylphosphino)propane), which was delivered to surfaces at well-controlled kinetic energies. Using in situ time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (TOF-SIMS), it is demonstrated that the Au(11)L(5)(3+) cluster retains its 3+ charge state when soft landed onto the surface of a 1H,1H,2H,2H-perfluorodecanethiol self-assembled monolayer (FSAM) on gold. In contrast, when deposited onto 16-mercaptohexadecanoic acid (COOH-SAM) and 1-dodecanethiol (HSAM) surfaces on gold, the clusters exhibit larger relative abundances of the 2+ and 1+ charge states, respectively. The kinetics of charge reduction on the FSAM and HSAM surfaces are investigated using in situ Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance (FT-ICR) SIMS. It is shown that an extremely slow interfacial charge reduction occurs on the FSAM surface while an almost instantaneous neutralization takes place on the surface of the HSAM. Our results demonstrate that the size and charge state of small gold clusters on surfaces, both of which exert a dramatic influence on their chemical and physical properties, may be tuned through soft landing of mass-selected ions onto carefully selected substrates.

  8. Soy-based Hydrogels for Biomedical Applications

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    Soy based hydrogels were prepared by ring-opening polymerization of epoxidized soybean oil, following hydrolysis of formed polymers. The hydrogels were evaluated loading and releasing water-soluble anticancer drug doxorubin (Dox). The results suggest that this new system offers a great potential t...

  9. Soy-Based Hydrogels for Biomedical Applications

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    Soy based hydrogels were prepared by ring-opening polymerization of epoxidized soybean oil, flowing hydrolysis of formed polymer. The hydrogels were evaluated loading and release water-soluble anticancer drug doxorubin (Dox). The results suggested that this new system may offer great potential to ...

  10. Preparation and in vitro characterization of dexamethasone-loaded poly(D,L-lactic acid) microspheres embedded in poly(ethylene glycol)-poly({varepsilon}-caprolactone)-poly(ethylene glycol) hydrogel for orthopedic tissue engineering.

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    Fan, Min; Guo, QingFa; Luo, JingCong; Luo, Feng; Xie, Ping; Tang, XiaoHai; Qian, ZhiYong

    2013-08-01

    The corium is decreased to about half of its thickness in skin defects and wrinkles due to gravity and environment. In this study, dexamethasone/poly(d,l-lactic acid) (Mn = 160,000) microspheres were incorporated into poly(ethylene glycol)-poly(ε-caprolactone)-poly(ethylene glycol) (Mn = 3300) hydrogel to prepare an injectable hydrogel composite. The composite was designed to increase the thickness of the corium. Dexamethasone/poly(d,l-lactic acid) microspheres were prepared by oil-in-water emulsion/solvent evaporation technique. The properties of microspheres were investigated by size distribution measurement, scanning electron microscope and x-ray diffraction. Drug loading, encapsulation efficiency, and drug delivery behavior of microspheres were also studied in detail. Cell adhesion of microspheres was investigated by NIH3T3 cell in vitro. The properties of hydrogel composite were investigated by scanning electron microscope, rheological measurements and methyl thiazolyl tetrazolium assay. Drug release from composite was determined by HPLC-UV analysis. These results suggested that poly(d,l-lactic acid) microspheres encapsulating dexamethasone embedded in poly(ethylene glycol)-poly(ε-caprolactone)-poly(ethylene glycol) hydrogel might have prospective application in orthopedic tissue engineering field.

  11. Conductive hydrogel containing 3-ionene

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    Rembaum, Alan (Inventor); Yen, Shiao-Ping Siao (Inventor)

    1977-01-01

    Cationic polyelectrolytes formed by the polymerization in absence of oxygen of a monomer of the general formula: dispersed ##STR1## where x is 3 or more than 6 and Z is I, Br or Cl to form high charge density linear polymers are dispered in a water-soluble polymer such as polyvinyl alcohol to form a conductive hydrogel.

  12. Dual ionic interaction system based on polyelectrolyte complex and ionic, injectable, and thermosensitive hydrogel for sustained release of human growth hormone.

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    Park, Mi-Ran; Seo, Bo-Bae; Song, Soo-Chang

    2013-01-01

    A dual ionic interaction system composed of a positively charged polyelectrolyte complex (PEC) containing human growth hormone (hGH) and anionic thermosensitive hydrogel has been suggested for sustained delivery of bioactive hGH. The PEC was prepared by ionic interaction between negatively charged hGH and positively charged protamine sulfate (PS) to suppress diffusion of hGH. Moreover, we loaded the positively charged PEC into an anionic, injectable, and thermosensitive poly(organophosphazene) hydrogel to enhance sustained release of hGH by dual ionic interactions. PS formed a spherical complex with hGH, and their ionic interaction grew stronger with increasing amounts of PS. From a weight ratio of 0.5, the PS/hGH complex had a size and zeta-potential that were constantly maintained around 500 nm and +8 mV, respectively, in 0.9% NaCl. The PEC-loaded hydrogels suppressed the initial burst release of hGH and extended the release period in vitro and in vivo. In a pharmacokinetic study in rats, the PEC-loaded anionic hydrogel extended half-life 13-fold with similar area under the curve (AUC) compared to hGH solution. Furthermore, single injection of PEC-loaded anionic hydrogel showed a more increased growth rate than daily injection of hGH solution for 7 days in hypophysectomized rats, demonstrating its potential as an injectable, sustained delivery system that can release bioactive hGH.

  13. Poly(ethylene glycol) grafted polylactide based copolymers for the preparation of PLA-based nanocarriers and hybrid hydrogels.

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    Riva, Raphaël; Schmeits, Stéphanie; Croisier, Florence; Lecomte, Philippe; Jérôme, Christine

    2015-01-01

    In previous works, poly(D,L-lactide-co-ɛCL-poly(ethylene glycol) (poly(D,L-La-co-αPEGɛCL) amphiphilic graft-copolymers were successfully synthesized according to a copper azide-alkyne cycloaddition (CuAAC) strategy. This paper aims at reporting on the behavior of this amphiphilic copolymer in water, which was not studied in the previous paper. Moreover, the ability of the copolymer to stabilize a PLA nanoparticles aqueous suspension is presented. For this purpose, dynamic light scattering (DLS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) are proposed to characterize the nanoparticles in solution. Otherwise, the strategy developed for the synthesis of the amphiphilic copolymers was adapted and extended to the synthesis of PLA-based degradable hydrogel, potentially applicable as drug-loaded degradable polymer implant.

  14. Preparation and properties of a hydrogel of maleated poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVAM) grafted with cassava starch.

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    Riyajan, Sa-Ad; Sukhlaaied, Wattana; Keawmang, Woranut

    2015-05-20

    A novel pH-sensitive graft copolymer (PVAM-g-CSt) was synthesized from maleated poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVAM) and cassava starch (CSt) through a grafting reaction using potassium persulfate as a thermal initiator. The chemical structure of the PVAM-g-CSt was revealed by FTIR and ether linkage of the graft copolymer was observed at 1089 cm(-1). The degree of grafting of the copolymer was found to range between 40 and 82%, depending on the PVAM/CSt ratio. The highest tensile strength was found at a ratio of 9:1 PVAM/CSt. In addition, the swelling ratio in water increased with increasing proportions of CSt in the PVAM-g-CSt due to the decrease in the degree of grafting. The resulting hydrogel exhibits good pH sensitivity in different pH mediums. The graft copolymer easily degraded in natural soil, especially at high proportions of CSt in the blend.

  15. A thermosensitive chitosan-based hydrogel for controlled release of insulin

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    Gao, Ting-Ting; Kong, Ming; Cheng, Xiao-Jie; Xia, Gui-Xue; Gao, Yuan-Yuan; Chen, Xi-Guang; Cha, Dong Su; Park, Hyun Jin

    2014-06-01

    Present study aims at synthesizing a thermosensitive hydrogel for controlled release of insulin. According to a modified method, hydroxybutyl chitosan (HBC) hydrogel possessed thermal sensitivity is prepared which can form hydrogel at over 25°C. The HBC hydrogel is non-cytotoxic to mice fibroblasts cells (L929). Insulin is 100% entrapped in the hydrogel, 38% of which is released in vitro from the concentration of 5% hydrogel after 48 h, whereas by enzymolysis with lysozyme, 80% of the total insulin is released after 48 h. This study suggests that HBC hydrogel could be utilized for controlled release of insulin in a non-invasive manner.

  16. Novel stereocomplexed sol-gel transition hydrogels prepared from physical packing of self-assembled PEO-PPO-PEO and PPO-PEO-PPO copolymer nanoscale micelles.

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    Lee, Yuhan; Park, Sung Young; Park, Tae Gwan

    2008-10-01

    A new class of stereocomplex-induced hydrogels was synthesized based on self-assembled PEO-PPO-PEO and PPO-PEO-PPO copolymers having multiple hydroxyl groups in the PPO segment. The copolymers were grafted with enantiomeric oligo(L-lactic acid) or oligo(D-lactic acid) chains using ring opening polymerization onto the PPO segment. WAXS and DSC analysis were used to investigate the stereocomplex formation of the equimolar mixture of the copolymers. The copolymer hydrogels having stereocomplexed crystalline domains as crosslinking loci exhibited significantly altered temperature-sensitive sol-gel transition behaviors, and showed more delayed erosion and sustained protein release behaviors, compared to Pluronic F127 copolymer hydrogels. The current hydrogels are expected to be used as useful injectable hydrogel materials for macromolecular drug delivery.

  17. Preparation, Modification, and Characterization of Alginate Hydrogel with Nano-/Microfibers: A New Perspective for Tissue Engineering

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    Palma Santana, Bianca; Piva, Evandro; Varella de Carvalho, Rodrigo; Fernando Demarco, Flávio; Lenin Villarreal Carreño, Neftali

    2013-01-01

    We aimed to develop an alginate hydrogel (AH) modified with nano-/microfibers of titanium dioxide (nfTD) and hydroxyapatite (nfHY) and evaluated its biological and chemical properties. Nano-/microfibers of nfTD and nfHY were combined with AH, and its chemical properties were evaluated by FTIR spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, energy dispersive X-Ray analysis, and the cytocompatibility by the WST-1 assay. The results demonstrate that the association of nfTD and nfHY nano-/microfibers to AH did not modified the chemical characteristics of the scaffold and that the association was not cytotoxic. In the first 3 h of culture with NIH/3T3 cells nfHY AH scaffolds showed a slight increase in cell viability when compared to AH alone or associated with nfTD. However, an increase in cell viability was observed in 24 h when nfTD was associated with AH scaffold. In conclusion our study demonstrates that the combination of nfHY and nfTD nano-/microfibers in AH scaffold maintains the chemical characteristics of alginate and that this association is cytocompatible. Additionally the combination of nfHY with AH favored cell viability in a short term, and the addition of nfTD increased cell viability in a long term. PMID:23862142

  18. Magnetic hydrogel with high coercivity

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    Sözeri, H.; Alveroğlu, E.; Kurtan, U.; Şenel, M.; Baykal, A.

    2013-08-01

    Highlights: • Polyacrylamide (PAAm) hydrogels containing magnetic BaFe{sub 12}O{sub 19} nanoparticles have been prepared. • Magnetization measurements reveal that hydrogels have hard magnetic properties with high coercivity. • Magnetic nanoparticles makes the gel more homogeneous and do not diffuse out of the gel during water intake. • These gels are useful in applications as wastewater treatment once gels are magnetized before its usage. - Abstract: This study investigates the synthesis and characterization of polyacrylamide (PAAm) hydrogels containing magnetic BaFe{sub 12}O{sub 19} nanoparticles. Structural, electrical, and magnetic characterization of the gels have been performed with X-ray powder diffractometry, scanning electron microscopy, DC conductivity, magnetization and fluorescence spectroscopy techniques. The preparation and characterization of polyacrylamide (PAAm) hydrogels that contain 5 and 10 mg BaFe{sub 12}O{sub 19} (16 and 21 nm diameter) nanoparticles are described herein. It is seen from the fluorescence spectra that, nanoparticles surrounded to pyranine molecules so that some of pyranine molecules could not bound to the polymer strands. Electrical measurements show that presence of nanoparticles make the gel more homogeneous. Magnetization measurements reveal that hydrogels have hard magnetic properties with quite high coercivity of 4.2 kOe, which does not change with swelling. This feature makes these gels useful in applications as wastewater treatment if they are magnetized before use.

  19. Film electrode prepared from oppositely charged silicate submicroparticles and carbon nanoparticles for selective dopamine sensing.

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    Celebanska, Anna; Tomaszewska, Dorota; Lesniewski, Adam; Opallo, Marcin

    2011-07-15

    Film electrodes prepared from oppositely charged silicate submicroparticles and carbon nanoparticles was applied for selective dopamine sensing. Mesoporous silicate submicroparticles with tetraalkylammonium functionalities were prepared by sol-gel method. They were immobilised on an indium tin oxide film surface together with phenylsulphonated carbon nanoparticles by layer-by-layer method: alternative immersion into their suspensions. As it is shown by scanning electron microscopy the obtained film is composed of silicate submicroparticles covered by carbon nanoparticles. The nanoparticulate film is stable and its electroactive surface is significantly larger than substrate. Accumulation of redox active cations indicates that only fraction charged functionalities of carbon nanoparticles are employed in film formation. The obtained electrode exhibits catalytic properties towards dopamine oxidation and its interferences as ascorbic acid, uric acid and acetaminophen. This allows for selective determination of tenth micromolar concentration of dopamine in the presence of these interferences at milimolar level. The detection limit and linear range were determined to 0.1 × 10⁻⁶ mol dm⁻³ and 0.3-18 × 10⁻⁶ mol dm⁻³ respectively.

  20. Preparation, characterization and in vivo evaluation of a combination delivery system based on hyaluronic acid/jeffamine hydrogel loaded with PHBV/PLGA blend nanoparticles for prolonged delivery of Teriparatide.

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    Bahari Javan, Nika; Montazeri, Hamed; Rezaie Shirmard, Leila; Jafary Omid, Nersi; Barbari, Ghullam Reza; Amini, Mohsen; Ghahremani, Mohammad Hossein; Rafiee-Tehrani, Morteza; Abedin Dorkoosh, Farid

    2017-04-01

    In the current study, biodegradable PHBV/PLGA blend nanoparticles (NPs) containing Teriparatide were loaded in hyaluronic acid/jeffamine (HA-JEF ED-600) hydrogel to prepare a combination delivery system (CDS) for prolonged delivery of Teriparatide. The principal purpose of the present study was to formulate an effective and prolonged Teriparatide delivery system in order to reduce the frequency of injection and thus enhance patient's compliance. Morphological properties, swelling behaviour, crosslinking efficiency and rheological characterization of HA-JEF ED-600 hydrogel were evaluated. The CDS was acquired by adding PHBV/PLGA NPs to HA-JEF ED-600 hydrogel simultaneously with crosslinking reaction. The percentage of NPs incorporation within the hydrogel as well as the loading capacity and morphology of Teriparatide loaded CDS were examined. Intrinsic fluorescence and circular dichroism spectroscopy proved that Teriparatide remains stable after processing. The release profile represented 63% Teriparatide release from CDS within 50days with lower burst release compared to NPs and hydrogel. MTT assay was conducted by using NIH3T3 cell line and no sign of reduction in cell viability was observed. Based on Miller and Tainter method, LD50 of Teriparatide loaded CDS was 131.8mg/kg. In vivo studies demonstrated that Teriparatide loaded CDS could effectively increase serum calcium level after subcutaneous injection in mice. Favourable results in the current study introduced CDS as a promising candidate for controlled delivery of Teriparatide and pave the way for future investigations in the field of designing prolonged delivery systems for other peptides and proteins.

  1. Anionic and cationic dextran hydrogels for post-loading and release of proteins.

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    Schillemans, Joris P; Verheyen, Ellen; Barendregt, Arjan; Hennink, Wim E; Van Nostrum, Cornelus F

    2011-03-30

    In this study, post-loading of proteins in and release from chemically crosslinked dextran hydrogels exploiting reversible electrostatic interactions was investigated. Methacrylated dextran (Dex-MA) was co-polymerized with methacrylic acid (MA) or dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate (DMAEMA) to form negatively and positively charged hydrogels, respectively. Incubation of negatively charged hydrogels in a low ionic strength (10 mM HEPES, pH 7.4) solution of cytochrome C (isoelectric point (pI) 10.2) led to quantitative absorption of the protein in the hydrogel. BSA (pI 4.8) and myoglobin (pI 7.2) were post-loaded into positively charged gels at neutral pH and negatively charged gels at pH 5, respectively. Loading efficiency and protein distribution in the gels were dependent on network charge (maximum loading efficiency at 100-150 μmol charged monomer/g gel) and crosslink density (higher and more homogenous loading at lower crosslink density) and on the ionic strength during loading (lower but more homogenous loading at higher ionic strength). Diffusion controlled release of the loaded protein was triggered by incubation of the hydrogel in HEPES buffered saline (HBS) pH 7.4. The amount of released cytochrome C in HBS varied from 94% to 70% from gels containing 60 and 150 MA/g, respectively. Importantly, quantitative release was obtained in 1 M NaCl, indicating that post-loading led to neither the formation of insoluble protein aggregates nor irreversible immobilization of the protein in the matrix. ESI-MS analysis of the released cytochrome C revealed that post-loading did not result in oxidation of the protein, as opposed to loading during preparation of the gels. In conclusion, this paper shows that post-loading of proteins in dextran hydrogels and release exploiting reversible charge interactions can be applied for efficient loading of proteins that are negative, positive or neutral at physiological pH. Importantly, our data demonstrate that using this loading

  2. Hydrogels: a journey from diapers to gene delivery.

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    Chawla, Pooja; Srivastava, Alok Ranjan; Pandey, Priyanka; Chawla, Viney

    2014-02-01

    Hydrogels are the biomaterials comprising network of natural or synthetic polymers capable of absorbing large amount of water. Hydrogels are "Smart Gels" or "Intelligent Gels" which can be made to respond to the various environmental conditions like temperature, pH, magnetic/electric field, ionic strength, inflammation, external stress etc. There are numerous potential applications of hydrogels in modern day life ranging from a diaper to gene delivery. This review succinctly describes the classification, properties and preparation methods along with numerous diverse applications of hydrogels like agricultural hydrogels, hydrogel for drug delivery, sensing, dental adhesives, wound healing and tissue regeneration, diet aid and gastric retention and in tissue engineering etc. Hydrogels can be regarded as highly valuable biomaterials for human-beings.

  3. State of water, molecular structure, and cytotoxicity of silk hydrogels.

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    Numata, Keiji; Katashima, Takuya; Sakai, Takamasa

    2011-06-13

    A novel technique was developed to regulate the bulk water content of silk hydrogels by adjusting the concentrations of silk proteins, which is helpful to investigate the effects of the state of water in polymeric hydrogel on its biological functions, such as cytotoxicity. Gelation of the silk hydrogel was induced with ethanol and its gelation behavior was analyzed by rheometry. The silk hydrogels prepared at various silk concentrations were characterized with respect to their water content, molecular and network structures, state of water, mechanical properties, and cytotoxicity to human mesenchymal stem cells. The network structure of silk hydrogel was heterogeneous with β-sheet and fibrillar structures. The influence of the state of water in the silk hydrogel on the cytotoxicity was recognized by means of differential scanning calorimetry and cell proliferation assay, which revealed that the bound water will support cell-adhesion proteins in the cellular matrix to interact with the surface of the silk hydrogels.

  4. Reduction of postsurgical adhesion formation with hydrogels synthesized by radiation

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    Nho, Young-Chang; Lee, Joon-Ho

    2005-07-01

    Biocompatible and biodegradable hydrogels based on carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) and polyethyleneglycol (PEG) were prepared as physical barriers for preventing surgical adhesions. These interpolymeric hydrogels were synthesized by gamma irradiation crosslinking technique. A 1.5 cm × 1.5 cm of cecal serosa and an adjacent abdominal wall were abraded with bone burr until the serosal surface was disrupted and hemorrhagic but not perforated. The denuded cecum was covered with either CMC/PEG hydrogels or a solution from a CMC/PEG hydrogel. Control rat serosa was not covered. Two weeks later, the rats were sacrificed and the adhesion was scored on a 0-5 scale. Control rat showed a significantly higher incidence of adhesions than either the CMC/PEG hydrogels or a solution from the CMC/PEG hydrogel. In conclusion, these studies demonstrate that CMC/PEG hydrogels have a function of the prevention for an intra abdominal adhesion in a rat model.

  5. Spectrophotometric determination of bisoprolol in pharmaceutical preparations by charge transfer reactions

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    Ulu, Sevgi Tatar; Kel, Elif

    2012-06-01

    A simple, rapid and sensitive method for the spectrophotometric determination, of bisoprolol was developed. The proposed methods were based on the charge-transfer reactions of bisoprolol, as n-electron donor, with 7,7,8,8-tetracyanoqumodimethane (TCNQ) and 2,3-dichloro-5,6-dicyano-1,4-benzoquinone (DDQ) as π-acceptors to give highly colored complexes. The proposed methods were validated according to the ICH guidelines with respect to linearity, limit of detection, limit of quantification, accuracy, precision, recovery and specificity. Beer's law is obeyed over the concentration ranges of 10-60 and 10-80 μg/mL bisoprolol with TCNQ and DDQ, respectively. The proposed methods were successfully applied to the assay of bisoprolol in pharmaceutical preparations.

  6. Thermally Tunable Hydrogels Displaying Angle‐Independent Structural Colors

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    Ohtsuka, Yumiko; Seki, Takahiro

    2015-01-01

    Abstract We report the preparation of thermally tunable hydrogels displaying angle‐independent structural colors. The porous structures were formed with short‐range order using colloidal amorphous array templates and a small amount of carbon black (CB). The resultant porous hydrogels prepared using colloidal amorphous arrays without CB appeared white, whereas the hydrogels with CB revealed bright structural colors. The brightly colored hydrogels rapidly changed hues in a reversible manner, and the hues varied widely depending on the water temperature. Moreover, the structural colors were angle‐independent under diffusive lighting because of the isotropic nanostructure generated from the colloidal amorphous arrays. PMID:26503915

  7. Negatively charged silver nanoparticles with potent antibacterial activity and reduced toxicity for pharmaceutical preparations

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    Salvioni, Lucia; Galbiati, Elisabetta; Collico, Veronica; Alessio, Giulia; Avvakumova, Svetlana; Corsi, Fabio; Tortora, Paolo; Prosperi, Davide; Colombo, Miriam

    2017-01-01

    Background The discovery of new solutions with antibacterial activity as efficient and safe alternatives to common preservatives (such as parabens) and to combat emerging infections and drug-resistant bacterial pathogens is highly expected in cosmetics and pharmaceutics. Colloidal silver nanoparticles (NPs) are attracting interest as novel effective antimicrobial agents for the prevention of several infectious diseases. Methods Water-soluble, negatively charged silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) were synthesized by reduction with citric and tannic acid and characterized by transmission electron microscopy, dynamic light scattering, zeta potential, differential centrifuge sedimentation, and ultraviolet–visible spectroscopy. AgNPs were tested with model Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria in comparison to two different kinds of commercially available AgNPs. Results In this work, AgNPs with higher antibacterial activity compared to the commercially available colloidal silver solutions were prepared and investigated. Bacteria were plated and the antibacterial activity was tested at the same concentration of silver ions in all samples. The AgNPs did not show any significant reduction in the antibacterial activity for an acceptable time period. In addition, AgNPs were transferred to organic phase and retained their antibacterial efficacy in both aqueous and nonaqueous media and exhibited no toxicity in eukaryotic cells. Conclusion We developed AgNPs with a 20 nm diameter and negative zeta potential with powerful antibacterial activity and low toxicity compared to currently available colloidal silver, suitable for cosmetic preservatives and pharmaceutical preparations administrable to humans and/or animals as needed.

  8. The synthesis and study of telechelic polyelectrolytes for hydrogel formation

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    Hunt, Jasmine N.

    Polymeric hydrogels comprised of oppositely charged ABA triblock copolymer polyelectrolytes based upon poly(allyl glycidyl ether-b-ethylene glycol-ballyl glycidyl ether), P(AGE-b-EG-b-AGE), with functionalized ionic 'A'-endblocks and a neutral, hydrophilic 'B'-block were synthesized. Aqueous solutions of poly-cations and -anions were mixed at room temperature, producing hydrogels through co-assembly driven by electrostatic interactions between the endblocks. Due the ease and modular nature of the synthesis and hydrogel formation, polymeric libraries differing in relative block lengths and ionic functionalization were created and the affects of polymer composition on the hydrogel's mechanical and structural properties were examined.

  9. An abiotic analogue of the nuclear pore complex hydrogel.

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    Bird, Sean P; Baker, Lane A

    2011-09-12

    We describe an abiotic hydrogel that mimics selectivity of the nuclear pore complex. Copolymerization of peptide tetramers (phenylalanine-serine-phenylalanine-glycine, FSFG) with acrylamide results in hydrophobic interactions significant enough to allow the formation of freestanding hydrogel structures. Incorporation of FSFG motifs also renders the hydrogels selective. Selective binding of importins and nuclear transport receptor-cargo complexes is qualitatively demonstrated and compared with polyacrylamide, hydrogels prepared from a control peptide, and hydrogels prepared from the nuclear pore complex protein Nsp1. These abiotic hydrogels will enable further studies of the unique transport mechanisms of the nuclear pore complex and provide an interesting paradigm for the future development of synthetic platforms for separations and selective interfaces.

  10. Conducting polymer electrodes printed on hydrogel.

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    Sekine, Soichiro; Ido, Yuichiro; Miyake, Takeo; Nagamine, Kuniaki; Nishizawa, Matsuhiko

    2010-09-29

    We report herein the micropatterning of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) on a hydrogel, agarose, to provide a fully organic, moist, and flexible electrode. The PEDOT/agarose electrodes were prepared through two electrochemical processes: electropolymerization of PEDOT into the hydrogel and electrochemical-actuation-assisted peeling. We also present a typical application of the PEDOT/agarose electrode to the cultivation of contractile myotubes.

  11. [Preparation of recombinant serpins B3 and B4 and investigation of their specific interactions with antibodies using hydrogel-based microarrays].

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    Butvilovskaya, V I; Tsybulskaya, M V; Tikhonov, A A; Talibov, V O; Belousov, P V; Sazykin, A Yu; Schwartz, A M; Putlyaeva, L V; Surzhikov, S A; Stomakhin, A A; Solopova, O N; Rubina, A Yu

    2015-01-01

    The objective of this work was to obtain preparations of recombinant squamous-cell carcinoma antigens (serpins B3 and B4) and to investigate their interactions with different monoclonal antibodies using hydrogel-based microarrays (biochips). Two genetic constructs encoding full-length serpin B3 and serpin B4 molecules were created to produce recombinant SPB3 and SPB4 proteins carrying a N-terminal His6-tag. Monoclonal antibodies against serpin B3 (H3, C5, H5, H81, and G9) were also obtained. An experimental gel-based biological microchip was designed to contain gel elements that carry immobilized antibodies against SPB3, immobilized commercial monoclonal SCC107 and SCC140 antibodies against squamous-cell carcinoma antigen (SCCA), and gel elements with immobilized SPB3 or SPB4. Judging by the specificity of recombinant SPB3 and SPB4, which bind to monoclonal antibodies against SCCA and, according to the manufacturer's data, can recognize conformational epitopes of both SPB3 and SPB4, it was concluded that the obtained recombinant serpins had the correct tertiary structure. A biochip-based direct immunoassay showed that SPB4 could bind effectively only to SCC107 and SCC140 antibodies, while SPB3 interacted specifically not only with these antibodies, but also with H3 and C5 monoclonal antibodies. Using biochip-based sandwich immunoassay, a pair of monoclonal antibodies SCC107/C5 that interacted specifically with serpin B3 but did not interact with serpin B4 was identified. Thus, it has been demonstrated that serpin B3 can be selectively determined in the presence of highly homologous serpin B4 using a biochip-based assay.

  12. Orientation in multi-layer chitosan hydrogel: morphology, mechanism, and design principle

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    Nie, Jingyi; Lu, Wentao; Ma, Jianjun; Yang, Ling; Wang, Zhengke; Qin, An; Hu, Qiaoling

    2015-01-01

    Hydrogels with organized structure have attracted remarkable attentions for bio-related applications. Among the preparation of hierarchical hydrogel materials, fabrication of hydrogel with multi-layers is an important branch. Although the generation mechanism of layers had been fully discussed, sub-layer structure was not sufficiently studied. In this research, multi-layered chitosan hydrogel with oriented structure was constructed, and the formation mechanism of orientation was proposed, based on gelation behavior and entanglement of polymer chains in the hydrogel-solution system. Employing the layered-oriented characteristic, chitosan hydrogel materials with various shapes and structure can be designed and fabricated. PMID:25559867

  13. Bioinspired Smart Actuator Based on Graphene Oxide-Polymer Hybrid Hydrogels.

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    Wang, Tao; Huang, Jiahe; Yang, Yiqing; Zhang, Enzhong; Sun, Weixiang; Tong, Zhen

    2015-10-28

    Rapid response and strong mechanical properties are desired for smart materials used in soft actuators. A bioinspired hybrid hydrogel actuator was designed and prepared by series combination of three trunks of tough polymer-clay hydrogels to accomplish the comprehensive actuation of "extension-grasp-retraction" like a fishing rod. The hydrogels with thermo-creep and thermo-shrinking features were successively irradiated by near-infrared (NIR) to execute extension and retraction, respectively. The GO in the hydrogels absorbed the NIR energy and transformed it into thermo-energy rapidly and effectively. The hydrogel with adhesion or magnetic force was adopted as the "hook" of the hybrid hydrogel actuator for grasping object. The hook of the hybrid hydrogel actuator was replaceable according to applications, even with functional materials other than hydrogels. This study provides an innovative concept to explore new soft actuators through combining response hydrogels and programming the same stimulus.

  14. Temperature, pH and redox responsive cellulose based hydrogels for protein delivery.

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    Dutta, Sujan; Samanta, Pousali; Dhara, Dibakar

    2016-06-01

    Cellulose based hydrogels are important due to their biocompatibility, non-toxicity and natural origin. In this work, a new set of pH, temperature and redox responsive hydrogels were prepared from carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) and poly(N-isopropylacrylamide). Copolymeric (CP) hydrogels were synthesized by copolymerizing N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPA) and methacrylated carboxymethylcellulose, semi-interpenetrating network (SIPN) hydrogels were prepared by polymerizing NIPA in presence of CMC. Two types of cross-linkers were used viz. N,N'-methylenebisacrylamide (BIS) and N,N'-bis(acryloyl)cystamine (CBA), a redox sensitive cross-linker. The structures of the hydrogels were characterized by FTIR and SEM studies. The CP hydrogels were found to be more porous than corresponding SIPNs which resulted in higher swelling for the CP hydrogels. Swelling for both the hydrogels were found to increase with CMC content. While the swelling of SIPN hydrogels showed discontinuous temperature dependency, CP hydrogels showed gradual decrease in water retention values with increase in temperature. CBA cross-linked hydrogels showed higher swelling in comparison to BIS cross-linked hydrogels. Additionally, lysozyme was loaded in the hydrogels and its in vitro release was studied in various pH, temperature and in presence of a reducing agent, glutathione (GSH). The release rate was found to be maximum at lower temperature, lower pH and in presence of GSH.

  15. Preparation of comb-type N-isopropylacrylamide hydrogel beads and their application for size-selective separation media.

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    Annaka, Masahiko; Matsuura, Toyoaki; Kasai, Masaki; Nakahira, Takayuki; Hara, Yoshiaki; Okano, Teruo

    2003-01-01

    A series of the comb-type poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (NIPAM) gel beads were prepared by inverse suspension polymerization techniques. The comb-type NIPAM gel beads exhibited large volume change at 30 degrees C, and their deswelling rate, defined as the time required for half-shrinking, was 10 times faster than that of the normal-type NIPAM gel beads. The gel beads were utilized to concentrate dilute aqueous solutions of albumin, gamma-globulin, and vitamin B(12). The separation efficiencies of albumin and gamma -globulin with the comb-type NIPAM gel were 80% and 85%, respectively. Whereas those with normal-type NIPAM gel were 55% and 60%, respectively. The incorporation of grafted chains into gel makes the effective mesh size smaller. Therefore it induces the additional obstruction effects between the solutes and network and excludes the high molecular weight solutes. After they have extracted water, their rapid deswelling property makes the gel regenerate effectively by warming to release the absorbed water.

  16. Designing degradable hydrogels for orthogonal control of cell microenvironments

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    Kharkar, Prathamesh M.

    2013-01-01

    Degradable and cell-compatible hydrogels can be designed to mimic the physical and biochemical characteristics of native extracellular matrices and provide tunability of degradation rates and related properties under physiological conditions. Hence, such hydrogels are finding widespread application in many bioengineering fields, including controlled bioactive molecule delivery, cell encapsulation for controlled three-dimensional culture, and tissue engineering. Cellular processes, such as adhesion, proliferation, spreading, migration, and differentiation, can be controlled within degradable, cell-compatible hydrogels with temporal tuning of biochemical or biophysical cues, such as growth factor presentation or hydrogel stiffness. However, thoughtful selection of hydrogel base materials, formation chemistries, and degradable moieties is necessary to achieve the appropriate level of property control and desired cellular response. In this review, hydrogel design considerations and materials for hydrogel preparation, ranging from natural polymers to synthetic polymers, are overviewed. Recent advances in chemical and physical methods to crosslink hydrogels are highlighted, as well as recent developments in controlling hydrogel degradation rates and modes of degradation. Special attention is given to spatial or temporal presentation of various biochemical and biophysical cues to modulate cell response in static (i.e., non-degradable) or dynamic (i.e., degradable) microenvironments. This review provides insight into the design of new cell-compatible, degradable hydrogels to understand and modulate cellular processes for various biomedical applications. PMID:23609001

  17. The synthesis of hydrogels with controlled distribution of polymer brushes in hydrogel network

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    Sun, YuWei; Zhou, Chao; Zhang, AoKai; Xu, LiQun; Yao, Fang; Cen, Lian; Fu, Guo-Dong

    2014-11-01

    Poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) hydrogels with 3-dimensionally controlled well-defined poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (poly(NIPAAm)) brushes were prepared by combined copper(I)-catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition ("Click Chemistry") and atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP). The resulting hydrogels were presented as representatives with their detailed synthesis routes and characterization. HPEG-S-poly(NIPAAm) is a hydrogel with poly(NIPAAm) brushes mainly grafted on surface, whereas HPEG-G-poly(NIPAAm) has a gradiently decreased poly(NIPAAm) brushes in their chain length from surface to inside. On the other hand, poly(NIPAAm) brushes in HPEG-U-poly(NIPAAm) are uniformly dispersed throughout the whole hydrogel network. Successful preparation of HPEG-S-poly(NIPAAm), HPEG-G-poly(NIPAAm) and HPEG-U-poly(NIPAAm) were ascertained by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and water contact angle measurement. Optical properties and thermal behaviors of these hydrogels were evaluated by UV-visible transmittance spectra and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). Hence, the flexibility and controllability of the synthetic strategy in varying the distribution of polymer brushes and hydrogel properties was demonstrated. Hydrogels with tunable and well-defined 3-dimensional poly(NIPAAm) polymer brushes could be tailor-designed to find potential applications in smart devices or skin dressing, such as for diabetics as they have special optical and thermal behaviors.

  18. Hydrogel microspheres from biodegradable polymers as drug delivery systems

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    A series of hydrogel microspheres were prepared from pectin, a hydrophilic biopolymer, and zein, a hydrophobic biopolymer, at varying weight ratios. The hydrogel formulation was conducted in the presence of calcium or other divalent metal ions at room temperature under mild conditions. Studies of ...

  19. Functionalized graphene hydrogel-based high-performance supercapacitors.

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    Xu, Yuxi; Lin, Zhaoyang; Huang, Xiaoqing; Wang, Yang; Huang, Yu; Duan, Xiangfeng

    2013-10-25

    Functionalized graphene hydrogels are prepared by a one-step low-temperature reduction process and exhibit ultrahigh specific capacitances and excellent cycling stability in the aqueous electrolyte. Flexible solid-state supercapacitors based on functionalized graphene hydrogels are demonstrated with superior capacitive performances and extraordinary mechanical flexibility.

  20. Polyvinyl alcohol hydrogels for iontohporesis

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    Bera, Prasanta; Alam, Asif Ali; Arora, Neha; Tibarewala, Dewaki Nandan; Basak, Piyali

    2013-06-01

    Transdermal therapeutic systems propound controlled release of active ingredients through the skin into the systemic circulation in a predictive manner. Drugs administered through these systems escape first-pass metabolism and maintain a steady state scenario similar to a continuous intravenous infusion for up to several days. The iontophoresis deal with the systemic delivery of the bioactive agents (drug) by applying an electric current. It is basically an injection without the needle. The iontophoretic system requires a gel-based matrix to accommodate the bioactive agent. Hydrogels have been used by many investigators in controlled-release drug delivery systems because of their good tissue compatibility and easy manipulation of swelling level and, thereby, solute permeability. In this work we have prepared polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) hydrogel. We have cross linked polyvinyl alcohol chemically with Glutaraldehyde with different wt%. FTIR study reveals the chemical changes during cross linking. Swelling in water, is done to have an idea about drug loading and drug release from the membrane. After drug loading to the hydrogels, we have studied the drug release property of the hydrogels using salicylic acid as a model drug.

  1. Thermoresponsive Nanocomposite Hydrogels: Transparency, Rapid Deswelling and Cell Release

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    Hou, Yaping; Fei, Ruochong; Burkes, Jonathan C.; Lee, Shin Duk; Munoz-Pinto, Dany; Hahn, Mariah S.; Grunlan, Melissa A.

    2013-01-01

    Thermal modulation reversibly switches poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAAm) hydrogels between a water-swollen and a deswollen state which is useful for a variety of biomedical applications. The utility and efficiency of PNIPAAm hydrogels requires tailoring their rate of deswelling/reswelling, mechanical properties and/or optical clarity. In the current work, we prepared novel thermoresponsive nanocomposite hydrogels comprised of a PNIPAAm hydrogel matrix and polysiloxane colloidal nanoparticles (~54 nm ave. diameter) via in situ photopolymerization of aqueous solutions of NIPAAm monomer, N,N′-methylenebisacrylamide (BIS, crosslinker), photoinitiator and 0.5–4.0 wt% polysiloxane nanoparticles (wt% solids of nanoparticles with respect to NIPAAm weight) at ~7 °C. At these nanoparticle concentrations, the nanocomposite hydrogels were more optically transparent versus those prepared with analogous larger nanoparticles (~219 nm ave. diameter). The volume phase transition temperature (VPTT) of the nanocomposite hydrogels was conveniently unaltered versus that of the pure PNIPAAm hydrogel. Incorporation of nanoparticles caused enhancement in modulus as well as the extent and rate of deswelling. When cooled from 37 °C to 25 °C, mouse smooth muscle precursor cells (10T1/2) were effectively detached from nanocomposite hydrogel surfaces due to hydrogel swelling. PMID:24377059

  2. Controlled Thermoresponsive Hydrogels by Stereocomplexed PLA-PEG-PLA Prepared via Hybrid Micelles of Pre-Mixed Copolymers with Different PEG Lengths

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    Abebe, Daniel G.; Fujiwara, Tomoko

    2012-09-05

    The stereocomplexed hydrogels derived from the micelle mixture of two enantiomeric triblock copolymers, PLLA-PEG-PLLA and PDLA-PEG-PDLA, reported in 2001 exhibited sol-to-gel transition at approximately body temperature upon heating. However, the showed poor storage modulus (ca. 1000 Pa) determined their insufficiency as injectable implant biomaterials for many applications. In this study, the mechanical property of these hydrogels was significantly improved by the modifications of molecular weights and micelle structure. Co-micelles composed of block copolymers with two sizes of PEG block length were shown to possess unique and dissimilar properties from the micelles composed of single-sized block copolymers. The stereomixture of PLA-PEG-PLA comicelles showed a controllable sol-to-gel transition at a wide temperature range of 4 and 80 C. The sol-gel phase diagram displays a linear relationship of temperature versus copolymer composition; hence, a transition at body temperature can be readily achieved by adjusting the mixed copolymer ratio. The resulting thermoresponsive hydrogels exhibit a storage modulus notably higher (ca. 6000 Pa) than that of previously reported hydrogels. As a physical network solely governed by self-reorganization of micelles, followed by stereocomplexation, this unique system offers practical, safe, and simple implantable biomaterials.

  3. Preparation and characterization of a hydrogel carrier to deliver gatifloxacin and its application as a therapeutic contact lens for bacterial keratitis therapy.

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    Shi, Yunfeng; Lv, Hongling; Fu, Yeyun; Lu, Qingjun; Zhong, Jingxiang; Ma, Dong; Huang, Yuexin; Xue, Wei

    2013-10-01

    A soft and biocompatible hydrogel exhibiting a higher loading and the sustained release of gatifloxacin (GFLX) was developed as the potential matrix to fabricate a therapeutic contact lens for curing bacterial keratitis. 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) and five other kinds of vinyl monomers with different side groups were used as co-monomers. Copolymerization took place in a cornea shaped mould via the gradient temperature-elevating method. The results of drug loading and in vitro release experiments showed that P(HEMA-co-MAA) achieved the highest drug loading of 11.78±0.77 µg mg(-1) among the obtained hydrogels, as well as a slow release. In addition, its physical properties and cytocompatibility were also proved suitable and safe for wearing on the eye surface. In animal experiments, a rat model of bacterial keratitis was established and employed to evaluate the clinical results of certain treatments employing obtained hydrogels; saline and GFLX eye drops were used as negative and positive controls, respectively. Corneal abscess and opacity caused by epithelial erosion and stromal ulceration were almost healed after wearing the drug loaded P(HEMA-co-MAA) hydrogel for 48 h. Its excellent antibacterial effect was also confirmed by testing the bacterial activity in tear extraction via the streak line method.

  4. Tough and multi-responsive hydrogel based on the hemicellulose from the spent liquor of viscose process.

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    Du, Jian; Li, Bin; Li, Chao; Zhang, Yuedong; Yu, Guang; Wang, Haisong; Mu, Xindong

    2016-07-01

    The hemicellulose isolated from the spent liquor of a viscose process was successfully utilized to prepare hydrogels by the graft copolymerization of acrylic acid (AA) with hemicellulose. The hemicellulose and prepared hydrogel were characterized by Fourier-transform infrared (FT-IR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance ((13)C NMR). Under the optimum preparation conditions, the highest compressive strength and strain at break of the resultant hydrogel were 105.1±12.9kPa and 34.8%, respectively. Furthermore, the maximum equilibrium swelling degree of prepared hydrogel was 192. Also, the hydrogel could rapidly respond to pH, salt and ethanol. Taken together, the prepared hydrogels had great mechanical and multi-responsive properties. Thus, the prepared hydrogels had a great potential application in drug release, water treatment and cell immobilization. In addition, the utilization of alkaline extracted hemicellulose from the viscose fiber factory has huge market potential and economic benefits.

  5. Tunable Drug-loading Capability of Chitosan Hydrogels with Varied Network Architectures

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    Tronci, Giuseppe; Ajiro, Hiroharu; Russell, Stephen J.; Wood, David J.; Akashi, Mitsuru

    2016-01-01

    Advanced bioactive systems with defined macroscopic properties and spatio-temporal sequestration of extracellular biomacromolecules are highly desirable for next generation therapeutics. Here, chitosan hydrogels were prepared with neutral or negatively-charged crosslinkers in order to promote selective electrostatic complexation with charged drugs. Chitosan (CT) was functionalized with varied dicarboxylic acids, such as tartaric acid (TA), poly(ethylene glycol) bis(carboxymethyl) ether (PEG), 1.4-Phenylenediacetic acid (4Ph) and 5-Sulfoisophthalic acid monosodium salt (PhS), whereby PhS was hypothesized to act as a simple mimetic of heparin. ATR FT-IR showed the presence of C=O amide I, N-H amide II and C=O ester bands, providing evidence of covalent network formation. The crosslinker content was reversely quantified by 1H-NMR on partially-degraded network oligomers, so that 18 mol.-% PhS was exemplarily determined. Swellability (SR: 299±65–1054±121 wt.-%), compressability (E: 2.1±0.9–9.2±2.3 kPa), material morphology, and drug-loading capability were successfully adjusted based on the selected network architecture. Here, hydrogel incubation with model drugs of varied electrostatic charge, i.e. allura red (AR, --), methyl orange (MO, -) or methylene blue (MB, +), resulted in direct hydrogel-dye electrostatic complexation. Importantly, the cationic compound, MB, showed different incorporation behaviours, depending on the electrostatic character of the selected crosslinker. In light of this tuneable drug-loading capability, these CT hydrogels would be highly attractive as drug reservoirs towards e.g. the fabrication of tissue models in vitro. PMID:24157693

  6. Preparation, assessment, and comparison of α-chitin nano-fiber films with different surface charges

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    Zhang, Yan; Jiang, Jie; Liu, Liang; Zheng, Ke; Yu, Shiyuan; Fan, Yimin

    2015-05-01

    Chitin nano-fibers with positive and negative charges have been, respectively, produced from partially deacetylated and 2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidine-1-oxyl radical (TEMPO)-mediated oxidized α-chitin. The average diameters and lengths of the TEMPO-oxidized chitin nano-fibers (TOChN) were 14 ± 4.3 and 190 ± 140 nm, respectively, and the average diameters and lengths of the partially deacetylated chitin nano-fibers (DEChN) were 6 ± 1.7 and 320 ± 105 nm, respectively. A partially deacetylated chitin nano-fiber film (DEChN-F), a TEMPO-mediated and oxidized chitin nano-fiber film (TOChN-F), and a composite film (DE-TO-ChN-F) consisting of a combination of the two were prepared by drying the dispersions at 40 °C. The DEChN-F, TOChN-F, and DE-TO-ChN-F all have similar tensile strengths of approximately 90 MPa; however, the chitosan film (Chitosan-F) had a tensile strength of approximately 30 MPa. In addition, TOChN-F and DE-TO-ChN-F have a thermal weight loss at 210 °C, and DEChN-F has a thermal weight loss at 280 °C. DEChN-F was found to have antimicrobial activity with regards to Escherichia coli. Finally, the chitin nano-fiber films could be slightly degraded by cellulase, which provided a novel biological performance of the chitin nano-material.

  7. Preparation, assessment, and comparison of α-chitin nano-fiber films with different surface charges.

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    Zhang, Yan; Jiang, Jie; Liu, Liang; Zheng, Ke; Yu, Shiyuan; Fan, Yimin

    2015-01-01

    Chitin nano-fibers with positive and negative charges have been, respectively, produced from partially deacetylated and 2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidine-1-oxyl radical (TEMPO)-mediated oxidized α-chitin. The average diameters and lengths of the TEMPO-oxidized chitin nano-fibers (TOChN) were 14 ± 4.3 and 190 ± 140 nm, respectively, and the average diameters and lengths of the partially deacetylated chitin nano-fibers (DEChN) were 6 ± 1.7 and 320 ± 105 nm, respectively. A partially deacetylated chitin nano-fiber film (DEChN-F), a TEMPO-mediated and oxidized chitin nano-fiber film (TOChN-F), and a composite film (DE-TO-ChN-F) consisting of a combination of the two were prepared by drying the dispersions at 40 °C. The DEChN-F, TOChN-F, and DE-TO-ChN-F all have similar tensile strengths of approximately 90 MPa; however, the chitosan film (Chitosan-F) had a tensile strength of approximately 30 MPa. In addition, TOChN-F and DE-TO-ChN-F have a thermal weight loss at 210 °C, and DEChN-F has a thermal weight loss at 280 °C. DEChN-F was found to have antimicrobial activity with regards to Escherichia coli. Finally, the chitin nano-fiber films could be slightly degraded by cellulase, which provided a novel biological performance of the chitin nano-material.

  8. Understanding the structure, dynamics, and mass transport properties of self assembling peptide hydrogels for injectable, drug delivery applications

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    Branco, Monica Cristina

    Advances in biotechnology have led to the rapid development of small protein and antibody therapeutics. However, several limitations remain in the preparation and delivery of these drugs due to the susceptibility of proteins to degrade during storage and upon administration. To address this problem, hydrogels have been used as delivery devices for these protein drugs. We have designed a class of self-assembling peptides, MAX1 and MAX8, that undergo triggered hydrogelation in response to physiological pH and salt conditions (pH 7.4, 150 mM NaCl). These peptides adopt a random coil conformation in aqueous pH 7.4 solutions and are freely soluble. However, when a physiological relevant concentration of NaCl (150 mM) is added, the peptides fold into a beta-hairpin confirmation, and subsequently, self-assemble to form a rigid hydrogel stabilized by non-covalent cross-links. For these peptides, it is possible to control the folding and assembly kinetics to form hydrogels with different mechanical rigidities. These changes affect the porous morphology (i.e., mesh size) within the hydrogel system, and subsequently influence the rate of macromolecular diffusion within the peptide fibrillar network. Another unique characteristic of these hydrogels is that under applied shear, the hydrogel will shear-thin into a low-viscosity gel; however, the gel quickly resets and recovers its initial mechanical rigidity after the applied shear is removed. This property allows hydrogels encapsulating therapeutics to be administered via syringe to target sites for eventual delivery. The objective of this thesis work is to investigate the potential of MAX1 and MAX8 hydrogels as controlled release, drug delivery vehicles for macromolecular therapeutics. First, the differences in the folding and self assembly kinetics, as well as the resultant material properties, of MAX1 and MAX8 are assessed to yield a physical model of the nanoscale topology and dynamics of the self-assembled peptide

  9. Processing Techniques and Applications of Silk Hydrogels in Bioengineering

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    Floren, Michael; Migliaresi, Claudio; Motta, Antonella

    2016-01-01

    Hydrogels are an attractive class of tunable material platforms that, combined with their structural and functional likeness to biological environments, have a diversity of applications in bioengineering. Several polymers, natural and synthetic, can be used, the material selection being based on the required functional characteristics of the prepared hydrogels. Silk fibroin (SF) is an attractive natural polymer for its excellent processability, biocompatibility, controlled degradation, mechanical properties and tunable formats and a good candidate for the fabrication of hydrogels. Tremendous effort has been made to control the structural and functional characteristic of silk hydrogels, integrating novel biological features with advanced processing techniques, to develop the next generation of functional SF hydrogels. Here, we review the several processing methods developed to prepare advanced SF hydrogel formats, emphasizing a bottom-up approach beginning with critical structural characteristics of silk proteins and their behavior under specific gelation environments. Additionally, the preparation of SF hydrogel blends and other advanced formats will also be discussed. We conclude with a brief description of the attractive utility of SF hydrogels in relevant bioengineering applications. PMID:27649251

  10. Photothermally driven fast responding photo-actuators fabricated with comb-type hydrogels and magnetite nanoparticles

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    Lee, Eunsu; Kim, Dowan; Kim, Haneul; Yoon, Jinhwan

    2015-01-01

    To overcome the slow kinetics of the volume phase transition of stimuli-responsive hydrogels as platforms for soft actuators, thermally responsive comb-type hydrogels were prepared using synthesized poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) macromonomers bearing graft chains. Fast responding light-responsive hydrogels were fabricated by combining a comb-type hydrogel matrix with photothermal magnetite nanoparticles (MNP). The MNPs dispersed in the matrix provide heat to stimulate the volume change of the hydrogel matrix by converting absorbed visible light to thermal energy. In this process, the comb-type hydrogel matrix exhibited a rapid response due to the free, mobile grafted chains. The comb-type hydrogel exhibited significantly enhanced light-induced volume shrinkage and rapid recovery. The comb-type hydrogels containing MNP were successfully used to fabricate a bilayer-type photo-actuator with fast bending motion. PMID:26459918

  11. Determination of Gentamicin Sulphate Composition and Related Substances in Pharmaceutical Preparations by LC with Charged Aerosol Detection.

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    Stypulkowska, Karolina; Blazewicz, Agata; Fijalek, Zbigniew; Sarna, Katarzyna

    2010-12-01

    A new, simple and repeatable liquid chromatography method with charged aerosol detection (LC-CAD) for the determination of gentamicin sulphate composition and related substances has been developed. Gentamicin lacks of chromophores, therefore its determination is quite problematic. Using a universal CAD enables to achieve good separation without sample derivatization. Mass spectrometry was employed to confirm the LC-CAD peak profile. The proposed method was validated and applied for the determination of gentamicin sulphate composition and related substances in pharmaceutical preparations.

  12. Preparation of Schrödinger cat states of a cavity field via coupling to a superconducting charge qubit

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    Freitas, Dagoberto S.; Nemes, M. C.

    2014-05-01

    We extend the approach in Ref. 5 [Y.-X. Liu, L. F. Wei and F. Nori, Phys. Rev. A 71 (2005) 063820] for preparing superposition states of a cavity field interacting with a superconducting charge qubit. We study effects of the nonlinearity on the creation of such states. We show that the main contribution of nonlinear effects is to shorten the time necessary to build the superposition.

  13. Preparation of porous bioceramics using reverse thermo-responsive hydrogels in combination with rhBMP-2 carriers: in vitro and in vivo evaluation.

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    Fu, Yin-Chih; Chen, Chung-Hwan; Wang, Chau-Zen; Wang, Yan-Hsiung; Chang, Je-Ken; Wang, Gwo-Jaw; Ho, Mei-Ling; Wang, Chih-Kuang

    2013-11-01

    Porous biphasic calcium phosphates (BCP) were fabricated using reverse thermo-responsive hydrogels with hydroxyapatite (HAp) and β-tricalcium (β-TCP) powder and planetary centrifugal mixer. This hydrogel mixture slurry will shrink and compress the HAp powder during the sintering process. The porous bioceramics are expected to have good mechanical properties after sintering at 1200°C. Reverse thermo-responsive hydrogels of poly[(N-isopropylacrylamide)-co-(methacrylic acid)] p(NiPAAm-MAA) were synthesized by free-radical cross-linking copolymerization, and their chemical properties were evaluated by nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy, and electrospray-ionization mass spectrometry. The lower critical solution temperature (LCST) of the hydrogel was determined using turbidity measurements. A thermogravimetric analysis was used to examine the thermal properties. The porous bioceramic properties were analyzed by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, bulk density, compressive strength testing and cytotoxicity. The compressive strength and average porosity of the porous bioceramics were examined at approximately 6.8MPa and 66% under 10wt% p(NiPAAm-MAA)=99:1 condition. The ratio of HAp/β-TCP can adjust two different compositional behaviors during the 1200°C sintering process without resulting in cell toxicity. The (rhBMP-2)-HAp-PLGA carriers were fabricated as in our previous study of the double emulsion and drop-coating technique. Results of animal study included histological micrographs of the 1-mm defect in the femurs, with the rhBMP-2 carrier group, the bioceramic spacer group and the bioceramic spacer with rhBMP-2 carriers group showing better callus formation around the femur defect site than the control group. The optimal dual effects of the bone growth factors from osteoconductive bioceramics and osteoinductive rhBMP-2 carriers produced better bone formation.

  14. Polyelectrolyte hydrogel instabilities in ionic solutions

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    English, Anthony E.; Tanaka, Toyoichi; Edelman, Elazer R.

    1996-12-01

    The phase behavior of polyelectrolyte hydrogels has been examined as a function of relative charge composition, bath salt concentration, and solvent quality. Nonlinear swelling instabilities of 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) and methacrylic acid (MAAc) copolymer hydrogels manifested themselves as discontinuous first order swelling transitions as a function of bath salt concentration. A modified Flory-Huggins model was used to describe the regions of instability when bath salt concentration and solvent quality are considered as control variables. The role of ion dissociation equilibrium in the change from local or smooth transitions to nonlocal or discontinuous swelling transitions is illustrated within the framework of our model.

  15. Physically crosslinked-sacran hydrogel films for wound dressing application.

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    Wathoni, Nasrul; Motoyama, Keiichi; Higashi, Taishi; Okajima, Maiko; Kaneko, Tatsuo; Arima, Hidetoshi

    2016-08-01

    The thin hydrogel films consisting of water-swollen polymer networks can potentially be applied for biomedical fields. Recently, natural polysaccharides have great attentions to be developed as wound healing and protection. In the present study, we newly prepared and characterized a physically crosslinked-hydrogel film composed of a novel megamolecular polysaccharide sacran for wound dressing application. We successfully fabricated a physically crosslinked-sacran hydrogel film by a solvent-casting method. The thickness of a sacran hydrogel film was lower than that of a sodium alginate (Na-alginate) film. Importantly, the swollen ratio of a sacran hydrogel film in water at 24h was 19-fold, compared to initial weight. Meanwhile, a Na-alginate hydrogel film was completely broken apart after rehydration. Moreover, a sacran hydrogel film did not show any cytotoxicity on NIH3T3 cells, a murine fibroblast cell line. The in vivo skin hydration study revealed that a sacran hydrogel film significantly increased the moisture content on hairless mice skin and considerably improved wound healing ability, compared to control (non-treated), probably due to not only the moisturing effect but also the anti-inflammatory effect of sacran. These results suggest that sacran has the potential properties as a basic biomaterial in a hydrogel film for wound dressing application.

  16. "One-step" preparation of thiol-ene clickable PEG-based thermoresponsive hyperbranched copolymer for in situ crosslinking hybrid hydrogel.

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    Dong, Yixiao; Saeed, Aram Omer; Hassan, Waqar; Keigher, Catherine; Zheng, Yu; Tai, Hongyun; Pandit, Abhay; Wang, Wenxin

    2012-01-01

    A well-defined poly(ethylene glycol) based hyperbranched thermoresponsive copolymer with high content of acrylate vinyl groups was synthesized via a "one-pot and one-step" deactivation enhanced atom transfer radical polymerization approach, which provided an injectable and in situ crosslinkable system via Michael-type thiol-ene reaction with a thiol-modified hyaluronan biopolymer. The hyperbranched structure, molecular weight, and percentage of vinyl content of the copolymer were characterized by gel permeation chromatography and (1)H NMR. The lower critical solution temperature of this copolymer is close to body temperature, which can result in a rapid thermal gelation at 37 °C. The scanning electron microscopy analysis of crosslinked hydrogel showed the network formation with porous structure, and 3D cell culture study demonstrated the good cell viability after the cells were embedded inside the hydrogel. This injectable and in situ crosslinking hybrid hydrogel system offers great promise as a new class of hybrid biomaterials for tissue engineering.

  17. The effects of fixed electrical charge on chondrocyte behavior.

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    Dadsetan, Mahrokh; Pumberger, Matthias; Casper, Michelle E; Shogren, Kristin; Giuliani, Melissa; Ruesink, Terry; Hefferan, Theresa E; Currier, Bradford L; Yaszemski, Michael J

    2011-05-01

    In this study we have compared the effects of negative and positive fixed charges on chondrocyte behavior in vitro. Electrical charges have been incorporated into oligo(poly(ethylene glycol) fumarate) (OPF) using small charged monomers such as sodium methacrylate (SMA) and (2-(methacryloyloxy) ethyl)-trimethyl ammonium chloride (MAETAC) to produce negatively and positively charged hydrogels, respectively. The physical and electrical properties of the hydrogels were characterized by measuring and calculating the swelling ratio and zeta potential, respectively. Our results revealed that the properties of these OPF modified hydrogels varied according to the concentration of charged monomers. Zeta potential measurements demonstrated that the electrical properties of the OPF hydrogel surfaces changed on incorporation of SMA and MAETAC and that these changes in electrical properties were dose-dependent. Attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy was used to determine the hydrogel surface composition. To assess the effects of surface properties on chondrocyte behavior primary chondrocytes isolated from rabbit ears were seeded as a monolayer on top of the hydrogels. We demonstrated that the cells remained viable over 7 days and began to proliferate while seeded on top of the hydrogels. Collagen type II staining was positive in all samples, however, the staining intensity was higher on negatively charged hydrogels. Similarly, glycosaminoglycan production was significantly higher on negatively charged hydrogels compared with a neutral hydrogel. Reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction showed up-regulation of collagen type II and down-regulation of collagen type I on the negatively charged hydrogels. These findings indicate that charge plays an important role in establishing an appropriate environment for chondrocytes and, hence, in the engineering of cartilage. Thus, further investigations into charged hydrogels for cartilage tissue

  18. Non-fouling hydrogels of 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate and zwitterionic carboxybetaine (meth)acrylamides.

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    Kostina, Nina Yu; Rodriguez-Emmenegger, Cesar; Houska, Milan; Brynda, Eduard; Michálek, Jiří

    2012-12-10

    Five poly(betaine) brushes were prepared, and their resistance to blood plasma fouling was studied. Two carboxybetaines monomers were copolymerized with 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) to prepare novel hydrogels. By increasing the content of the zwitterionic comonomer, a 4-fold increase in the water content could be achieved while retaining mechanical properties close to the widely used poly(HEMA) hydrogels. All hydrogels showed an unprecedentedly low fouling from blood plasma. Remarkably, by copolymerization with 10 mol % of carboxybetaine acrylamide, hydrogels fully resistant to blood plasma were prepared.

  19. New in situ crosslinking chemistries for hydrogelation

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    Roberts, Meredith Colleen

    Over the last half century, hydrogels have found immense value as biomaterials in a vast number of biomedical and pharmaceutical applications. One subset of hydrogels receiving increased attention is in situ forming gels. Gelling by either bioresponsive self-assembly or mixing of binary crosslinking systems, these technologies are useful in minimally invasive applications as well as drug delivery systems in which the sol-to-gel transition aids the formulation's performance. Thus far, the field of in situ crosslinking hydrogels has received limited attention in the development of new crosslinking chemistries. Moreover, not only does the chemical nature of the crosslinking moieties allow these systems to perform in situ, but they contribute dramatically to the mechanical properties of the hydrogel networks. For example, reversible crosslinks with finite lifetimes generate dynamic viscoelastic gels with time-dependent properties, whereas irreversible crosslinks form highly elastic networks. The aim of this dissertation is to explore two new covalent chemistries for their ability to crosslink hydrogels in situ under physiological conditions. First, reversible phenylboronate-salicylhydroxamate crosslinking was implemented in a binary, multivalent polymeric system. These gels formed rapidly and generated hydrogel networks with frequency-dependent dynamic rheological properties. Analysis of the composition-structure-property relationships of these hydrogels---specifically considering the effects of pH, degree of polymer functionality, charge of the polymer backbone and polymer concentration on dynamic theological properties---was performed. These gels demonstrate diverse mechanical properties, due to adjustments in the binding equilibrium of the pH-sensitive crosslinks, and thus have the potential to perform in a range of dynamic or bioresponsive applications. Second, irreversible catalyst-free "click" chemistry was employed in the hydrogelation of multivalent azide

  20. Preparation and characterization of microporous layers on titanium by anodization in sulfuric acid with and without hydrogen charging.

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    Tanaka, Shin-ichi; Fukushima, Yuriko; Nakamura, Isao; Tanaki, Toshiyuki; Jerkiewicz, Gregory

    2013-04-24

    The formation of microporous oxide layers on titanium (Ti) by anodization in sulfuric acid (H2SO4) solution and the influence of prior hydrogen charging on their properties are examined using electrochemical techniques, scanning electron microscopy, grazing incident X-ray diffraction, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. When Ti is anodized in 1 M aqueous H2SO4 solution at a high direct current (DC) potential (>150 V) for 1 min, a porous surface layer develops, and the process takes place with spark-discharge. Under these conditions, oxygen evolution at the Ti electrode proceeds vigorously and concurrently with the formation of anodic oxide. The oxygen gas layer adjacent to the Ti surface acts as an insulator and triggers spark-discharge; the latter stimulates the development of pores. In the absence of spark-discharge, the oxide layer has extended surface roughness but low porosity. A porous oxide layer can be prepared by applying a lower DC voltage (130 V) and without spark-discharge, but Ti requires prior hydrogen charging by cathodic polarization in 1 M aqueous H2SO4 solution. Mott-Schottky measurements indicate that the oxide layers are n-type semiconductors and that the charge carrier density in the anodic oxide layer on the hydrogen-charged Ti is lower than in the case of untreated Ti. The hydrogen charging also affects the flat band potential of the anodic oxide layers on Ti by increasing its value. The reduced charge carrier density brought about by hydrogen charging decreases the oxide layer conductivity and creates favorable conditions for its electrical breakdown that stimulates the development of pores. The porous layer on the hydrogen-charged Ti consists of anatase and rutile phases of TiO2; it has the same chemical composition as the porous layer obtained on untreated Ti. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy measurements show that prior hydrogen charging does not affect the thickness of anodic oxides on Ti. The porous oxide layer on Ti enables the

  1. Glucose-responsive hydrogel electrode for biocompatible glucose transistor.

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    Kajisa, Taira; Sakata, Toshiya

    2017-01-01

    In this paper, we propose a highly sensitive and biocompatible glucose sensor using a semiconductor-based field effect transistor (FET) with a functionalized hydrogel. The principle of the FET device contributes to the easy detection of ionic charges with high sensitivity, and the hydrogel coated on the electrode enables the specific detection of glucose with biocompatibility. The copolymerized hydrogel on the Au gate electrode of the FET device is optimized by controlling the mixture ratio of biocompatible 2-hydroxyethylmethacrylate (HEMA) as the main monomer and vinylphenylboronic acid (VPBA) as a glucose-responsive monomer. The gate surface potential of the hydrogel FETs shifts in the negative direction with increasing glucose concentration from 10 μM to 40 mM, which results from the increase in the negative charges on the basis of the diol-binding of PBA derivatives with glucose molecules in the hydrogel. Moreover, the hydrogel coated on the gate suppresses the signal noise caused by the nonspecific adsorption of proteins such as albumin. The hydrogel FET can serve as a highly sensitive and biocompatible glucose sensor in in vivo or ex vivo applications such as eye contact lenses and sheets adhering to the skin.

  2. Glucose-responsive hydrogel electrode for biocompatible glucose transistor

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    Kajisa, Taira; Sakata, Toshiya

    2017-01-01

    Abstract In this paper, we propose a highly sensitive and biocompatible glucose sensor using a semiconductor-based field effect transistor (FET) with a functionalized hydrogel. The principle of the FET device contributes to the easy detection of ionic charges with high sensitivity, and the hydrogel coated on the electrode enables the specific detection of glucose with biocompatibility. The copolymerized hydrogel on the Au gate electrode of the FET device is optimized by controlling the mixture ratio of biocompatible 2-hydroxyethylmethacrylate (HEMA) as the main monomer and vinylphenylboronic acid (VPBA) as a glucose-responsive monomer. The gate surface potential of the hydrogel FETs shifts in the negative direction with increasing glucose concentration from 10 μM to 40 mM, which results from the increase in the negative charges on the basis of the diol-binding of PBA derivatives with glucose molecules in the hydrogel. Moreover, the hydrogel coated on the gate suppresses the signal noise caused by the nonspecific adsorption of proteins such as albumin. The hydrogel FET can serve as a highly sensitive and biocompatible glucose sensor in in vivo or ex vivo applications such as eye contact lenses and sheets adhering to the skin. PMID:28179956

  3. Charge density modification of carboxylated cellulose nanocrystals for stable silver nanoparticles suspension preparation

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    Hoeng, Fanny; Denneulin, Aurore; Neuman, Charles; Bras, Julien

    2015-06-01

    Synthesis of silver nanoparticles using cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) has been found to be a great method for producing metallic particles in a sustainable way. In this work, we propose to evaluate the influence of the charge density of 2,2,6,6-tetramethyl-1-piperidinyloxy (TEMPO)-oxidized CNC on the morphology and the stability of synthetized silver nanoparticles. Silver nanoparticles were obtained by sol-gel reaction using borohydride reduction, and charge density of TEMPO-oxidized CNC was tuned by an amine grafting. The grafting was performed at room temperature and neutral pH. Crystallinity and morphology were kept intact during the peptidic reaction on CNC allowing knowing the exact impact of the charge density. Charge density has been found to have a strong impact on shape, organization, and suspension stability of resulting silver particles. Results show an easy way to tune the charge density of CNC and propose a sustainable way to control the morphology and stability of silver nanoparticles in aqueous suspension.

  4. Antifouling properties of hydrogels

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    Murosaki, Takayuki; Ahmed, Nafees; Gong, Jian Ping

    2011-12-01

    Marine sessile organisms easily adhere to submerged solids such as rocks, metals and plastics, but not to seaweeds and fishes, which are covered with soft and wet 'hydrogel'. Inspired by this fact, we have studied long-term antifouling properties of hydrogels against marine sessile organisms. Hydrogels, especially those containing hydroxy group and sulfonic group, show excellent antifouling activity against barnacles both in laboratory assays and in the marine environment. The extreme low settlement on hydrogels in vitro and in vivo is mainly caused by antifouling properties against the barnacle cypris.

  5. A highly sensitive and stable glucose biosensor using thymine-based polycations into laponite hydrogel films.

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    Paz Zanini, Veronica I; Gavilán, Maximiliano; López de Mishima, Beatriz A; Martino, Débora M; Borsarelli, Claudio D

    2016-04-01

    A series of glucose bioelectrodes were prepared by glucose oxidase (GOx) immobilization into laponite hydrogel films containing DNA bioinspired polycations made of vinylbenzyl thymine (VBT) and vinylbenzyl triethylammonium chloride (VBA) with general formulae (VBT)m(VBA)n](n+)≈25 with m=0, 1 and n=2, 4, 8, deposited onto glassy carbon electrode. The bioelectrodes were characterized by chronoamperometry, cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. Results indicated that the electrochemical properties of the laponite hydrogel films were largely improved by the incorporation of thymine-based polycations, being proportional to the positive charge density of the polycation molecule. After incorporation of glucose oxidase, the sensitivity of the bioelectrode to glucose increased with the positive charge density of the polycation. Additionally, the presence of the vinylbenzyl thymine moiety played a role in the long-term stability and reproducibility of the bioelectrode signal. As a consequence, the [(VBT)(VBA)8](8+)≈25 was the most appropriate polycation for bioelectrode preparation and glucose sensing, with a specific sensitivity of se=176 mA mmol(-1)Lcm(-2)U(-1), almost two-order of magnitude larger than other laponite immobilized GOx bioelectrodes reported elsewhere. These features were confirmed by testing the bioelectrode for a selective determination of glucose in powder milk and blood serum samples without interference of either ascorbic or uric acids under the experimental conditions. The present study demonstrates the suitability of DNA bioinspired water-soluble polycations [(VBT)m(VBA)n](n+)≈25 for enzyme immobilization like GOx into laponite hydrogels, and the preparation of highly sensitive and stable bioelectrodes on glassy carbon surface.

  6. One-step synthesis of interpenetrating network hydrogels: Environment sensitivities and drug delivery properties

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    Lu, Jingqiong; Li, Yinhui; Hu, Deng; Chen, Xiaoling; Liu, Yongmei; Wang, Liping; Ashraf, Muhammmad Aqeel; Zhao, Yansheng

    2015-01-01

    A novel interpenetrating network hydrogel for drug controlled release, composed of modified poly(aspartic acid) (KPAsp) and carboxymethyl chitosan (CMCTS), was prepared in aqueous system. The surface morphology and composition of hydrogels were characterized by SEM and FTIR. The swelling properties of KPAsp, KPAsp/CMCTS semi-IPN and KPAsp/CMCTS IPN hydrogels were investigated and the swelling dynamics of the hydrogels was analyzed based on the Fickian equation. The pH, temperature and salt sensitivities of hydrogels were further studied, and the prepared hydrogels showed extremely sensitive properties to pH, temperature, the ionic salts kinds and concentration. The results of controlled drug release behaviors of the hydrogels revealed that the introduction of IPN observably improved the drug release properties of hydrogels, the release rate of drug from hydrogels can be controlled by the structure of the hydrogels and pH value of the external environment, a relative large amount of drug released was preferred under simulated intestinal fluid. These results illustrated high potential of the KPAsp/CMCTS IPN hydrogels for application as drug carriers. PMID:26858562

  7. Stimuli responsive deswelling of radiation synthesized collagen hydrogel in simulated physiological environment.

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    Zhang, Xiangmei; Xu, Ling; Wei, Shicheng; Zhai, Maolin; Li, Jiuqiang

    2013-08-01

    Collagen hydrogels were prepared via radiation crosslinking. The simulated physiological environmental effects related to their biomedical applications on the volume phase transition of collagen hydrogel were studied, that is stimuli response to ions, temperature, and pH. The deswelling behavior of collagen hydrogel depends on the salt concentration, temperature, pH, and the hydrogel preparation procedure. Meanwhile, hydrogel structure related to the volume phase transition was investigated by FTIR, fluorescence spectrum, and HR-MAS NMR. Deswelling in salt solution caused little change on collagen conformation, and a denser network led to more significant tyrosine-derived fluorescence quenching. Hydrogen bonding between hydrated water and collagen polypeptide chain was dissociated and the activity of hydrophobic side chain increased, inducing a higher extent of contraction with the increasing of salt concentration. Moreover, salt solution treatments weakened the electrostatic interactions, side chains interactions, and hydrogen bonding of collagen hydrogel, which reduced the thermal stability of collagen hydrogel. Comparing with cell-free collagen hydrogel contraction, fibroblasts did not aggravate contraction of collagen hydrogel significantly. This study elucidated the deswelling mechanism of radiation crosslinked collagen hydrogel in simulated physiological environment and provides strategies for controlling the stimuli response of collagen hydrogel in biomedical application.

  8. Hydrogel Actuation by Electric Field Driven Effects

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    Morales, Daniel Humphrey

    Hydrogels are networks of crosslinked, hydrophilic polymers capable of absorbing and releasing large amounts of water while maintaining their structural integrity. Polyelectrolyte hydrogels are a subset of hydrogels that contain ionizable moieties, which render the network sensitive to the pH and the ionic strength of the media and provide mobile counterions, which impart conductivity. These networks are part of a class of "smart" material systems that can sense and adjust their shape in response to the external environment. Hence, the ability to program and modulate hydrogel shape change has great potential for novel biomaterial and soft robotics applications. We utilized electric field driven effects to manipulate the interaction of ions within polyelectrolyte hydrogels in order to induce controlled deformation and patterning. Additionally, electric fields can be used to promote the interactions of separate gel networks, as modular components, and particle assemblies within gel networks to develop new types of soft composite systems. First, we present and analyze a walking gel actuator comprised of cationic and anionic gel legs attached by electric field-promoted polyion complexation. We characterize the electro-osmotic response of the hydrogels as a function of charge density and external salt concentration. The gel walkers achieve unidirectional motion on flat elastomer substrates and exemplify a simple way to move and manipulate soft matter devices in aqueous solutions. An 'ionoprinting' technique is presented with the capability to topographically structure and actuate hydrated gels in two and three dimensions by locally patterning ions induced by electric fields. The bound charges change the local mechanical properties of the gel to induce relief patterns and evoke localized stress, causing rapid folding in air. The ionically patterned hydrogels exhibit programmable temporal and spatial shape transitions which can be tuned by the duration and/or strength of

  9. Extracellular matrix hydrogels from decellularized tissues: Structure and function.

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    Saldin, Lindsey T; Cramer, Madeline C; Velankar, Sachin S; White, Lisa J; Badylak, Stephen F

    2017-02-01

    Extracellular matrix (ECM) bioscaffolds prepared from decellularized tissues have been used to facilitate constructive and functional tissue remodeling in a variety of clinical applications. The discovery that these ECM materials could be solubilized and subsequently manipulated to form hydrogels expanded their potential in vitro and in vivo utility; i.e. as culture substrates comparable to collagen or Matrigel, and as injectable materials that fill irregularly-shaped defects. The mechanisms by which ECM hydrogels direct cell behavior and influence remodeling outcomes are only partially understood, but likely include structural and biological signals retained from the native source tissue. The present review describes the utility, formation, and physical and biological characterization of ECM hydrogels. Two examples of clinical application are presented to demonstrate in vivo utility of ECM hydrogels in different organ systems. Finally, new research directions and clinical translation of ECM hydrogels are discussed.

  10. Glycerophosphate-based chitosan thermosensitive hydrogels and their biomedical applications.

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    Zhou, Hui Yun; Jiang, Ling Juan; Cao, Pei Pei; Li, Jun Bo; Chen, Xi Guang

    2015-03-06

    Chitosan is non-toxic, biocompatible and biodegradable polysaccharide composed of glucosamine and derived by deacetylation of chitin. Chitosan thermosensitive hydrogel has been developed to form a gel in situ, precluding the need for surgical implantation. In this review, the recent advances in chitosan thermosensitive hydrogels based on different glycerophosphate are summarized. The hydrogel is prepared with chitosan and β-glycerophosphate or αβ-glycerophosphate which is liquid at room temperature and transits into gel as temperature increases. The gelation mechanism may involve multiple interactions between chitosan, glycerophosphate, and water. The solution behavior, rheological and physicochemical properties, and gelation process of the hydrogel are affected not only by the molecule weight, deacetylation degree, and concentration of chitosan, but also by the kind and concentration of glycerophosphate. The properties and the three-dimensional networks of the hydrogel offer them wide applications in biomedical field including local drug delivery and tissue engineering.

  11. Dextran/Albumin hydrogel sealant for Dacron(R) vascular prosthesis.

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    Lisman, Anna; Butruk, Beata; Wasiak, Iga; Ciach, Tomasz

    2014-05-01

    In this paper, the authors describe a novel type of hydrogel coating prepared from the copolymer of human serum albumin and oxidized dextran. The material was designed as a hydrogel sealant for polyester (Dacron®)-based vascular grafts. Dextran was chosen as a coating material due to its anti-thrombogenic properties. Prepared hydrogels were compared with similar, already known biomaterial made from gelatine with the same cross-linking agent. Obtained hydrogels, prepared from various ratios of oxidized dextran/albumin or oxidized dextran/gelatine, showed different cross-linking densities, which caused differences in swelling, degradation rate and mechanical properties. Permeability tests confirmed the complete tightness of the hydrogel-modified prosthesis. Results showed that application of the hydrogel coating provided leakage-free prosthesis and eliminated the need of pre-clotting.

  12. Enzymatic regulation of functional vascular networks using gelatin hydrogels

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    Chuang, Chia-Hui; Lin, Ruei-Zeng; Tien, Han-Wen; Chu, Ya-Chun; Li, Yen-Cheng; Melero-Martin, Juan M.; Chen, Ying-Chieh

    2015-01-01

    To manufacture tissue engineering-based functional tissues, scaffold materials that can be sufficiently vascularized to mimic the functionality and complexity of native tissues are needed. Currently, vascular network bioengineering is largely carried out using natural hydrogels as embedding scaffolds, but most natural hydrogels have poor mechanical stability and durability, factors that critically limit their widespread use. In this study, we examined the suitability of gelatin-phenolic hydroxyl (gelatin-Ph) hydrogels that can be enzymatically crosslinked, allowing tuning of the storage modulus and the proteolytic degradation rate, for use as injectable hydrogels to support the human progenitor cell-based formation of a stable and mature vascular network. Porcine gelatin-Ph hydrogels were found to be cytocompatible with human blood-derived endothelial colony-forming cells and white adipose tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cells, resulting in >87% viability, and cell proliferation and spreading could be modulated by using hydrogels with different proteolytic degradability and stiffness. In addition, gelatin was extracted from mouse dermis and murine gelatin-Ph hydrogels were prepared. Importantly, implantation of human cell-laden porcine or murine gelatin-Ph hydrogels into immunodeficient mice resulted in the rapid formation of functional anastomoses between the bioengineered human vascular network and the mouse vasculature. Furthermore, the degree of enzymatic crosslinking of the gelatin-Ph hydrogels could be used to modulate cell behavior and the extent of vascular network formation in vivo. Our report details a technique for the synthesis of gelatin-Ph hydrogels from allogeneic or xenogeneic dermal skin and suggests that these hydrogels can be used for biomedical applications that require the formation of microvascular networks, including the development of complex engineered tissues. PMID:25749296

  13. Enzymatic regulation of functional vascular networks using gelatin hydrogels.

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    Chuang, Chia-Hui; Lin, Ruei-Zeng; Tien, Han-Wen; Chu, Ya-Chun; Li, Yen-Cheng; Melero-Martin, Juan M; Chen, Ying-Chieh

    2015-06-01

    To manufacture tissue engineering-based functional tissues, scaffold materials that can be sufficiently vascularized to mimic the functionality and complexity of native tissues are needed. Currently, vascular network bioengineering is largely carried out using natural hydrogels as embedding scaffolds, but most natural hydrogels have poor mechanical stability and durability, factors that critically limit their widespread use. In this study, we examined the suitability of gelatin-phenolic hydroxyl (gelatin-Ph) hydrogels that can be enzymatically crosslinked, allowing tuning of the storage modulus and the proteolytic degradation rate, for use as injectable hydrogels to support the human progenitor cell-based formation of a stable and mature vascular network. Porcine gelatin-Ph hydrogels were found to be cytocompatible with human blood-derived endothelial colony-forming cells and white adipose tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cells, resulting in >87% viability, and cell proliferation and spreading could be modulated by using hydrogels with different proteolytic degradability and stiffness. In addition, gelatin was extracted from mouse dermis and murine gelatin-Ph hydrogels were prepared. Importantly, implantation of human cell-laden porcine or murine gelatin-Ph hydrogels into immunodeficient mice resulted in the rapid formation of functional anastomoses between the bioengineered human vascular network and the mouse vasculature. Furthermore, the degree of enzymatic crosslinking of the gelatin-Ph hydrogels could be used to modulate cell behavior and the extent of vascular network formation in vivo. Our report details a technique for the synthesis of gelatin-Ph hydrogels from allogeneic or xenogeneic dermal skin and suggests that these hydrogels can be used for biomedical applications that require the formation of microvascular networks, including the development of complex engineered tissues.

  14. Photo-cross-linkable and thermo-responsive hydrogels containing chitosan and Pluronic for sustained release of human growth hormone (hGH).

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    Yoo, Hyuk Sang

    2007-01-01

    A Pluronic/chitosan hydrogel was prepared by employing di-acrylated Pluronic and acrylated chitosan for thermo-responsive and photo-cross-linkable in situ gelation. Mixtures of diacrylated Pluronic and acrylated chitosan were transformed to physical gels at elevated temperatures and the gelation temperature of the hydrogels gradually increased by increasing chitosan content in the hydrogels from 0% to 15%. Photo-cross-linked Pluronic/chitosan hydrogels were prepared by UV irradiation of the physical gels above their gelation temperatures. Hydrogels with a long photo-cross-linking time showed low degradation rates and chitosan contents in the hydrogels also impeded the degradation rates of the hydrogels, which was caused by a high degree of inter-connected polymer networks between acrylated Pluronic and acrylated chitosan. Human growth hormone (hGH), mixed with the mixture of Pluronic and chitosan, was photo-cross-linked to prepare biodegradable hGH hydrogels. The hydrogels containing hGH showed sustained release profiles for those with long photo-cross-linking times and high chitosan contents in the hydrogel. The hydrogels with a long cross-linking time showed impeded release of the protein and high content of chitosan in the hydrogels also decreased burst release of hGH from the hydrogels while hGH was rapidly released out for the hydrogels with low content of chitosan.

  15. Biocompatible cellulose-based superabsorbent hydrogels with antimicrobial activity.

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    Peng, Na; Wang, Yanfeng; Ye, Qifa; Liang, Lei; An, Yuxing; Li, Qiwei; Chang, Chunyu

    2016-02-10

    Current superabsorbent hydrogels commercially applied in the disposable diapers have disadvantages such as weak mechanical strength, poor biocompatibility, and lack of antimicrobial activity, which may induce skin allergy of body. To overcome these hassles, we have developed novel cellulose based hydrogels via simple chemical cross-linking of quaternized cellulose (QC) and native cellulose in NaOH/urea aqueous solution. The prepared hydrogel showed superabsorbent property, high mechanical strength, good biocompatibility, and excellent antimicrobial efficacy against Saccharomyces cerevisiae. The presence of QC in the hydrogel networks not only improved their swelling ratio via electrostatic repulsion of quaternary ammonium groups, but also endowed their antimicrobial activity by attraction of sections of anionic microbial membrane into internal pores of poly cationic hydrogel leading to the disruption of microbial membrane. Moreover, the swelling properties, mechanical strength, and antibacterial activity of hydrogels strongly depended on the contents of quaternary ammonium groups in hydrogel networks. The obtained data encouraged the use of these hydrogels for hygienic application such as disposable diapers.

  16. Difference between Chitosan Hydrogels via Alkaline and Acidic Solvent Systems

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    Nie, Jingyi; Wang, Zhengke; Hu, Qiaoling

    2016-01-01

    Chitosan (CS) has generated considerable interest for its desirable properties and wide applications. Hydrogel has been proven to be a major and vital form in the applications of CS materials. Among various types of CS hydrogels, physical cross-linked CS hydrogels are popular, because they avoided the potential toxicity and sacrifice of intrinsic properties caused by cross-linking or reinforcements. Alkaline solvent system and acidic solvent system are two important solvent systems for the preparation of physical cross-linked CS hydrogels, and also lay the foundations of CS hydrogel-based materials in many aspects. As members of physical cross-linked CS hydrogels, gel material via alkaline solvent system showed significant differences from that via acidic solvent system, but the reasons behind are still unexplored. In the present work, we studied the difference between CS hydrogel via alkaline system and acidic system, in terms of gelation process, hydrogel structure and mechanical property. In-situ/pseudo in-situ studies were carried out, including fluorescent imaging of gelation process, which provided dynamic visualization. Finally, the reasons behind the differences were explained, accompanied by the discussion about design strategy based on gelation behavior of the two systems. PMID:27786262

  17. Synthesis and characterization of a chitosan based nanocomposite injectable hydrogel.

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    Wang, Qianqian; Chen, Dajun

    2016-01-20

    The aim of the current study was to enhance the mechanical property of chitosan/β-glycerophosphate disodium salt (CS/GP) injectable hydrogels. A novel nanocomposite injectable hydrogel was prepared by introducing attapulgite (ATP) nano particles into the CS/GP hydrogels. The mechanical properties of the composite hydrogels with two different water contents were characterized by tensile test, the results shown that the tensile strength and elongation at break of composite hydrogels both increased obviously with increasing of ATP content. And, in our testing range, the maximum values of tensile strength and elongation at break were both more than 5 times larger than that of neat CS/GP hydrogel. We discussed this enhancement effect in detail by Scanning electron microscope observations (SEM) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy testing (FT-IR). The SEM images of composite hydrogels shown quite different from the neat CS/GP hydrogel, where the pores were more tightly and with some uniform and smaller holes dispersed on the wall. FT-IR test results revealed that the introduction of ATP increased the cross-link density because of the hydrogen bonds formation between ATP nanoparticles and CS molecules. Also, we studied the impact of ATP introduction on gelation speed through tracking the dynamic process of the sol-gel transition by means of rheological measurement, and the results shown that the reaction rate increased significantly with the increase of ATP concentration.

  18. Difference between Chitosan Hydrogels via Alkaline and Acidic Solvent Systems

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    Nie, Jingyi; Wang, Zhengke; Hu, Qiaoling

    2016-10-01

    Chitosan (CS) has generated considerable interest for its desirable properties and wide applications. Hydrogel has been proven to be a major and vital form in the applications of CS materials. Among various types of CS hydrogels, physical cross-linked CS hydrogels are popular, because they avoided the potential toxicity and sacrifice of intrinsic properties caused by cross-linking or reinforcements. Alkaline solvent system and acidic solvent system are two important solvent systems for the preparation of physical cross-linked CS hydrogels, and also lay the foundations of CS hydrogel-based materials in many aspects. As members of physical cross-linked CS hydrogels, gel material via alkaline solvent system showed significant differences from that via acidic solvent system, but the reasons behind are still unexplored. In the present work, we studied the difference between CS hydrogel via alkaline system and acidic system, in terms of gelation process, hydrogel structure and mechanical property. In-situ/pseudo in-situ studies were carried out, including fluorescent imaging of gelation process, which provided dynamic visualization. Finally, the reasons behind the differences were explained, accompanied by the discussion about design strategy based on gelation behavior of the two systems.

  19. Development of microbial resistant thermosensitive Ag nanocomposite (gelatin) hydrogels via green process.

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    Manjula, Bandla; Varaprasad, Kokkarachedu; Sadiku, Rotimi; Ramam, Koduri; Reddy, G Venkata Subba; Raju, Konduru Mohana

    2014-04-01

    In this investigation, an ecofriendly method for the synthesis of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) using biodegradable gelatin as a stabilizing agent is reported. Here, we prepared thermosensitive silver nanocomposite hydrogels composed of gelatin and N-isopropylacrylamide. In this green process AgNPs were formed from Ag(+) ions and reduced with leaf [Azadirachta indica (neem leaf)] extracts, resulting in a hydrogel network. The Ag(0) nanoparticles affect the hydrogel strength and improved the biological activity (inactivation effect of bacteria) of the biodegradable hydrogels. The resulted hydrogel structure, morphology, thermal, swelling behavior, degradation, and antibacterial properties were systematically investigated. The biodegradable thermosensitive silver nanocomposite hydrogels developed were tested for antibacterial activities. The results indicate that these biodegradable silver nanocomposite hydrogels are suitable potential candidates for antibacterial applications.

  20. Fabrication of patterned calcium cross-linked alginate hydrogel films and coatings through reductive cation exchange.

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    Bruchet, Marion; Melman, Artem

    2015-10-20

    Calcium cross-linked alginate hydrogels are widely used in targeted drug delivery, tissue engineering, wound treatment, and other biomedical applications. We developed a method for preparing homogeneous alginate hydrogels cross-linked with Ca(2+) cations using reductive cation exchange in homogeneous iron(III) cross-linked alginate hydrogels. Treatment of iron(III) cross-linked alginate hydrogels with calcium salts and sodium ascorbate results in reduction of iron(III) cations to iron(II) that are instantaneously replaced with Ca(2+) cations, producing homogeneous ionically cross-linking hydrogels. Alternatively, the cation exchange can be performed by photochemical reduction in the presence of calcium chloride using a sacrificial photoreductant. This approach allows fabrication of patterned calcium alginate hydrogels through photochemical patterning of iron(III) cross-linked alginate hydrogel followed by the photochemical reductive exchange of iron cations to calcium.

  1. Behaviors of acrylamide/itaconic acid hydrogels in uptake of uranyl ions from aqueous solutions

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    Karadag, E.; Saraydin, D.; Gueven, O.

    1995-12-01

    In this study, adsorptions of uranyl ions from two different aqueous uranyl solutions by acrylamide-itaconic acid hydrogels were investigated by a spectroscopic method. The hydrogels were prepared by irradiating with {gamma}-radiation. In the experiment of uranyl ions adsorption, Type II adsorption was found. One gram of acrylamide-itaconic acid hydrogels sorbed 178-219 mg uranyl ions from the solutions of uranyl acetate, 42-76 mg uranyl ions from the aqueous solutions of uranyl nitrate, while acrylamide hydrogel did not sorb any uranyl ion. For the hydrogel containing 40 mg of itaconic acid and irradiated to 3.73 kGy, swelling of the hydrogels was observed in water (1660%), in the aqueous solution of uranyl acetate (730%), and in the aqueous solution of uranyl nitrate (580%). Diffusions of water onto hydrogels were a non-Fickian type of diffusion, whereas diffusions of uranyl ions were a Fickian type of diffusion.

  2. Carboxyl-modified poly(vinyl alcohol)-crosslinked chitosan hydrogel films for potential wound dressing.

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    Zhang, Di; Zhou, Wei; Wei, Bing; Wang, Xin; Tang, Rupei; Nie, Jiemin; Wang, Jun

    2015-07-10

    The objective of this study was to develop a novel carboxyl-modified poly(vinyl alcohol)-crosslinked chitosan hydrogel films for potential wound dressing. To prepare the crosslinked hydrogels, poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) was grafted with succinate acid to yield carboxyl-modified poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA-COOH). Hydrogel films based on PVA-COOH and chitosan (CS) at different concentrations were crosslinked through the formation of amide linkages. The mechanical properties of these crosslinked hydrogel films in dry and swollen state were greatly improved with high swelling ratio. Water vapor and oxygen permeability evaluations indicated that crosslinked hydrogel films could maintain a moist environment over wound bed. Biocompatibility test showed the crosslinked hydrogels had no cytotoxicity and hemolytic potential. Gentamicin sulfate-loaded crosslinked hydrogel films showed sustained drug release profile, and could effectively suppress bacterial proliferation and protect wound from infection.

  3. Facile synthesis of antibacterial chitosan/CuO bio-nanocomposite hydrogel beads.

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    Farhoudian, Sana; Yadollahi, Mehdi; Namazi, Hassan

    2016-01-01

    CuO nanoparticles were synthesized in situ during the formation of physically cross-linked chitosan hydrogel beads using sodium tripolyphosphate as the cross-linker. The aim of the study was to investigate whether these nanocomposite beads have the potential to be used in drug delivery applications. The formation of CuO nanoparticles (CuONPs) in the hydrogels was confirmed by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy studies. SEM micrographs revealed the formation of CuONPs with size range of 10-25 nm within the hydrogel matrix. Furthermore, the antibacterial and swelling properties of the beads were studied. The prepared nanocomposite hydrogels showed a pH sensitive swelling behavior. The CuO nanocomposite hydrogels have rather higher swelling in different aqueous solutions in comparison with neat hydrogel. The nanocomposite hydrogels demonstrated good antibacterial effects against Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus bacteria.

  4. Nanocellulose-alginate hydrogel for cell encapsulation.

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    Park, Minsung; Lee, Dajung; Hyun, Jinho

    2015-02-13

    TEMPO-oxidized bacterial cellulose (TOBC)-sodium alginate (SA) composites were prepared to improve the properties of hydrogel for cell encapsulation. TOBC fibers were obtained using a TEMPO/NaBr/NaClO system at pH 10 and room temperature. The fibrillated TOBCs mixed with SA were cross-linked in the presence of Ca(2+) solution to form hydrogel composites. The compression strength and chemical stability of the TOBC/SA composites were increased compared with the SA hydrogel, which indicated that TOBC performed an important function in enhancing the structural, mechanical and chemical stability of the composites. Cells were successfully encapsulated in the TOBC/SA composites, and the viability of cells was investigated. TOBC/SA composites can be a potential candidate for cell encapsulation engineering.

  5. Hydrogels Constructed from Engineered Proteins.

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    Li, Hongbin; Kong, Na; Laver, Bryce; Liu, Junqiu

    2016-02-24

    Due to their various potential biomedical applications, hydrogels based on engineered proteins have attracted considerable interest. Benefitting from significant progress in recombinant DNA technology and protein engineering/design techniques, the field of protein hydrogels has made amazing progress. The latest progress of hydrogels constructed from engineered recombinant proteins are presented, mainly focused on biorecognition-driven physical hydrogels as well as chemically crosslinked hydrogels. The various bio-recognition based physical crosslinking strategies are discussed, as well as chemical crosslinking chemistries used to engineer protein hydrogels, and protein hydrogels' various biomedical applications. The future perspectives of this fast evolving field of biomaterials are also discussed.

  6. Hydrogel microparticles for biosensing

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    Le Goff, Gaelle C.; Srinivas, Rathi L.; Hill, W. Adam; Doyle, Patrick S.

    2015-01-01

    Due to their hydrophilic, biocompatible, and highly tunable nature, hydrogel materials have attracted strong interest in the recent years for numerous biotechnological applications. In particular, their solution-like environment and non-fouling nature in complex biological samples render hydrogels as ideal substrates for biosensing applications. Hydrogel coatings, and later, gel dot surface microarrays, were successfully used in sensitive nucleic acid assays and immunoassays. More recently, new microfabrication techniques for synthesizing encoded particles from hydrogel materials have enabled the development of hydrogel-based suspension arrays. Lithography processes and droplet-based microfluidic techniques enable generation of libraries of particles with unique spectral or graphical codes, for multiplexed sensing in biological samples. In this review, we discuss the key questions arising when designing hydrogel particles dedicated to biosensing. How can the hydrogel material be engineered in order to tune its properties and immobilize bioprobes inside? What are the strategies to fabricate and encode gel particles, and how can particles be processed and decoded after the assay? Finally, we review the bioassays reported so far in the literature that have used hydrogel particle arrays and give an outlook of further developments of the field. PMID:26594056

  7. A study on chitosan-based hydrogels: Towards the development of an artificial muscle

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    Sun, Shan

    The short-term purpose of this research is to prepare and characterize a chitosan-based hydrogel for its potential application as a prosthetic actuator. Such hydrogels in the form of fiber and membrane were prepared and characterized. Under the stimulation of electric fields, their electrochemomechanical (ECM) behaviors and associated mechanisms were systematically investigated in various aqueous environments. The reversibility of the ECM behaviors was also studied in response to cyclic external stimuli. A theoretical model based on the triphasic theory for a fully hydrated polyelectrolyte matrix was applied to simulate the bending behaviors of the chitosan/PEG hydrogel. The parameters necessary to drive the model were assessed experimentally. Experimental results showed that the deformation of the chitosan/PEG hydrogel depended significantly on its composition, geometric size, crosslink density as well as other external factors, such as the applied electric potential, the pH and ionic strength of the bath medium. While maintaining adequate mechanical properties, the rate of deformation could be improved by adjusting the above factors. Within the range of parameters studied, the bending curvature was found to be proportional to the intensity of the applied electric potential. These experimental observations were interpreted in terms of fiber stiffness, fixed charge density and osmotic swelling, which depended on the equilibrium states in different pH and ionic environments. Electrochemical kinetics was involved in the transient processes. Within the ranges of crosslink density, pH and ionic strength examined in this dissertation research, an optimal condition was obtained for reversible bending behavior under an applied alternating electric field. The experimental results suggest that 0.02 M epichlorohydrin (ECH), 0.015 M Na2SO4 and 0.05% HCl may offer an optimal condition for these ECM responses and for the mechanical properties of these chitosan/PEG fibers. The

  8. Hypoxia-Inducible Hydrogels

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    Park, Kyung Min; Gerecht, Sharon

    2014-01-01

    Oxygen is vital for the existence of all multicellular organisms, acting as a signaling molecule regulating cellular activities. Specifically, hypoxia, which occurs when the partial pressure of oxygen falls below 5%, plays a pivotal role during development, regeneration, and cancer. Here we report a novel hypoxia-inducible (HI) hydrogel composed of gelatin and ferulic acid that can form hydrogel networks via oxygen consumption in a laccase-mediated reaction. Oxygen levels and gradients within the hydrogels can be accurately controlled and precisely predicted. We demonstrate that HI hydrogels guide vascular morphogenesis in vitro via hypoxia-inducible factors activation of matrix metalloproteinases and promote rapid neovascularization from the host tissue during subcutaneous wound healing. The HI hydrogel is a new class of biomaterials that may prove useful in many applications, ranging from fundamental studies of developmental, regenerative and disease processes through the engineering of healthy and diseased tissue models towards the treatment of hypoxia-regulated disorders. PMID:24909742

  9. Improvement in transdermal drug delivery performance by graphite oxide/temperature-responsive hydrogel composites with micro heater.

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    Yun, Jumi; Lee, Dae Hoon; Im, Ji Sun; Kim, Hyung-Il

    2012-08-01

    Transdermal drug delivery system (TDDS) was prepared with temperature-responsive hydrogel. The graphite was oxidized and incorporated into hydrogel matrix to improve the thermal response of hydrogel. The micro heater was fabricated to control the temperature precisely by adopting a joule heating method. The drug in hydrogel was delivered through a hairless mouse skin by controlling temperature. The efficiency of drug delivery was improved obviously by incorporation of graphite oxide due to the excellent thermal conductivity and the increased interfacial affinity between graphite oxide and hydrogel matrix. The fabricated micro heater was effective in controlling the temperature over lower critical solution temperature of hydrogel precisely with a small voltage less than 1 V. The cell viability test on graphite oxide composite hydrogel showed enough safety for using as a transdermal drug delivery patch. The performance of TDDS could be improved noticeably based on temperature-responsive hydrogel, thermally conductive graphite oxide, and efficient micro heater.

  10. Process for preparing negative plates for use in a dry charge battery

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    Wegner, P.C.

    1986-02-11

    This patent describes a process for the production of lead-containing negative plates for use in a dry charge battery. The process cnsists of drying wet negative plates while protecting them from oxidation. This improvement is accomplished by treating the wet negative plates prior to the drying operation with an aqueous soluton of an oxidation inhibiting agent selected from salicylic acid, and 2-naphtol. The plates are then protected against oxidation during drying; and dry negative plates are obtained which are resistant to the absorption of water from the atmosphere on storage but are wet immediately by battery acid in use.

  11. Development of Hydrogels and Biomimetic Regulators as Tissue Engineering Scaffolds

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    Shi, Junbin; Xing, Malcolm M. Q.; Zhong, Wen

    2012-01-01

    This paper reviews major research and development issues relating to hydrogels as scaffolds for tissue engineering, the article starts with a brief introduction of tissue engineering and hydrogels as extracellular matrix mimics, followed by a description of the various types of hydrogels and preparation methods, before a discussion of the physical and chemical properties that are important to their application. There follows a short comment on the trends of future research and development. Throughout the discussion there is an emphasis on the genetic understanding of bone tissue engineering application. PMID:24957963

  12. An injectable, calcium responsive composite hydrogel for the treatment of acute spinal cord injury.

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    McKay, Christopher A; Pomrenke, Rebecca D; McLane, Joshua S; Schaub, Nicholas J; DeSimone, Elise K; Ligon, Lee A; Gilbert, Ryan J

    2014-02-12

    Immediately following spinal cord injury, further injury can occur through several secondary injury cascades. As a consequence of cell lysis, an increase in extracellular Ca(2+) results in additional neuronal loss by inducing apoptosis. Thus, hydrogels that reduce extracellular Ca(2+) concentration may reduce secondary injury severity. The goal of this study was to develop composite hydrogels consisting of alginate, chitosan, and genipin that interact with extracellular Ca(2+) to enable in situ gelation while maintaining an elastic modulus similar to native spinal cord (∼1000 Pa). It was hypothesized that incorporation of genipin and chitosan would regulate hydrogel electrostatic characteristics and influence hydrogel porosity, degradation, and astrocyte behavior. Hydrogel composition was varied to create hydrogels with statistically similar mechanical properties (∼1000 Pa) that demonstrated tunable charge characteristics (6-fold range in free amine concentration) and degradation rate (complete degradation between 7 and 28 days; some blends persist after 28 days). Hydrogels demonstrate high sensitivity to Ca(2+) concentration, as a 1 mM change during fabrication induced a significant change in elastic modulus. Additionally, hydrogels incubated in a Ca(2+)-containing solution exhibited an increased linear viscoelastic limit (LVE) and an increased elastic modulus above the LVE limit in a time dependent manner. An extension of the LVE limit implies a change in hydrogel cross-linking structure. Attachment assays demonstrated that addition of chitosan/genipin to alginate hydrogels induced up to a 4-fold increase in the number of attached astrocytes and facilitated astrocyte clustering on the hydrogel surface in a composition dependent manner. Furthermore, Western blots demonstrated tunable glial fibrillary acid protein (GFAP) expression in astrocytes cultured on hydrogel blends, with some hydrogel compositions demonstrating no significant increase in GFAP expression

  13. An Injectable, Calcium Responsive Composite Hydrogel for the Treatment of Acute Spinal Cord Injury

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    2015-01-01

    Immediately following spinal cord injury, further injury can occur through several secondary injury cascades. As a consequence of cell lysis, an increase in extracellular Ca2+ results in additional neuronal loss by inducing apoptosis. Thus, hydrogels that reduce extracellular Ca2+ concentration may reduce secondary injury severity. The goal of this study was to develop composite hydrogels consisting of alginate, chitosan, and genipin that interact with extracellular Ca2+ to enable in situ gelation while maintaining an elastic modulus similar to native spinal cord (∼1000 Pa). It was hypothesized that incorporation of genipin and chitosan would regulate hydrogel electrostatic characteristics and influence hydrogel porosity, degradation, and astrocyte behavior. Hydrogel composition was varied to create hydrogels with statistically similar mechanical properties (∼1000 Pa) that demonstrated tunable charge characteristics (6-fold range in free amine concentration) and degradation rate (complete degradation between 7 and 28 days; some blends persist after 28 days). Hydrogels demonstrate high sensitivity to Ca2+ concentration, as a 1 mM change during fabrication induced a significant change in elastic modulus. Additionally, hydrogels incubated in a Ca2+-containing solution exhibited an increased linear viscoelastic limit (LVE) and an increased elastic modulus above the LVE limit in a time dependent manner. An extension of the LVE limit implies a change in hydrogel cross-linking structure. Attachment assays demonstrated that addition of chitosan/genipin to alginate hydrogels induced up to a 4-fold increase in the number of attached astrocytes and facilitated astrocyte clustering on the hydrogel surface in a composition dependent manner. Furthermore, Western blots demonstrated tunable glial fibrillary acid protein (GFAP) expression in astrocytes cultured on hydrogel blends, with some hydrogel compositions demonstrating no significant increase in GFAP expression compared

  14. Substrate-Independent Robust and Heparin-Mimetic Hydrogel Thin Film Coating via Combined LbL Self-Assembly and Mussel-Inspired Post-Cross-linking.

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    Ma, Lang; Cheng, Chong; He, Chao; Nie, Chuanxiong; Deng, Jie; Sun, Shudong; Zhao, Changsheng

    2015-12-02

    In this work, we designed a robust and heparin-mimetic hydrogel thin film coating via combined layer-by-layer (LbL) self-assembly and mussel-inspired post-cross-linking. Dopamine-grafted heparin-like/-mimetic polymers (DA-g-HepLP) with abundant carboxylic and sulfonic groups were synthesized by the conjugation of adhesive molecule, DA, which exhibited substrate-independent adhesive affinity to various solid surfaces because of the formation of irreversible covalent bonds. The hydrogel thin film coated substrates were prepared by a three-step reaction: First, the substrates were coated with DA-g-HepLP to generate negatively charged surfaces. Then, multilayers were obtained via LbL coating of chitosan and the DA-g-HepLP. Finally, the noncovalent multilayers were oxidatively cross-linked by NaIO4. Surface ATR-FTIR and XPS spectra confirmed the successful fabrication of the hydrogel thin film coatings onto membrane substrates; SEM images revealed that the substrate-independent coatings owned 3D porous morphology. The soaking tests in highly alkaline, acid, and concentrated salt solutions indicated that the cross-linked hydrogel thin film coatings owned high chemical resistance. In comparison, the soaking tests in physiological solution indicated that the cross-linked hydrogel coatings owned excellent long-term stability. The live/dead cell staining and morphology observations of the adhered cells revealed that the heparin-mimetic hydrogel thin film coated substrates had low cell toxicity and high promotion ability for cell proliferation. Furthermore, systematic in vitro investigations of protein adsorption, platelet adhesion, blood clotting, and blood-related complement activation confirmed that the hydrogel film coated substrates showed excellent hemocompatibility. Both the results of inhibition zone and bactericidal activity indicated that the gentamycin sulfate loaded hydrogel thin films had significant inhibition capability toward both Escherichia coli and

  15. Degradation prediction model and stem cell growth of gelatin-PEG composite hydrogel.

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    Zhou, Nan; Liu, Chang; Lv, Shijie; Sun, Dongsheng; Qiao, Qinglong; Zhang, Rui; Liu, Yang; Xiao, Jing; Sun, Guangwei

    2016-12-01

    Gelatin hydrogel has great potential in regenerative medicine. The degradation of gelatin hydrogel is important to control the release profile of encapsulated biomolecules and regulate in vivo tissue repair process. As a plasticizer, PEG can significantly improve the mechanical property of gelatin hydrogel. However, how preparation parameters affect the degradation rate of gelatin-PEG composite hydrogel is still not clear. In this study, the significant effect factor, glutaraldehyde (GA) concentration, was confirmed by means of Plackett-Burman method. Then a mathematical model was built to predict the degradation rate of composite hydrogels under different preparation conditions using the response surface method (RSM), which was helpful to prepare the certain composite hydrogel with desired degradation rate. In addition, it was found that gelatin-PEG composite hydrogel surface well supported the adhesion and growth of human mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). Moreover, PEG concentration not only could adjust hydrogel degradation more subtly, but also might increase the cross-linking degree and affect the cell migration. Therefore, these results would be useful to optimize the preparation of gelatin-PEG composite hydrogel for drug delivery or tissue engineering. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Biomed Mater Res Part A: 104A: 3149-3156, 2016.

  16. Designing the mechanical properties of peptide-based supramolecular hydrogels for biomedical applications

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    Li, Ying; Qin, Meng; Cao, Yi; Wang, Wei

    2014-05-01

    Hydrogels are a class of special materials that contain a large amount of water and behave like rubber. These materials have found broad applications in tissue engineering, cell culturing, regenerative medicine etc. Recently, the exploration of peptide-based supramolecular hydrogels has greatly expanded the repertoire of hydrogels suitable for biomedical applications. However, the mechanical properties of peptide-based hydrogels are intrinsically weak. Therefore, it is crucial to develop methods that can improve the mechanical stability of such peptide-based hydrogels. In this review, we explore the factors that determine or influence the mechanical stability of peptide-based hydrogels and summarize several key elements that may guide scientists to achieve mechanically improved hydrogels. In addition, we exemplified several methods that have been successfully developed to prepare hydrogels with enhanced mechanical stability. These mechanically strong peptide-based hydrogels may find broad applications as novel biomaterials. It is still challenging to engineer hydrogels in order to mimic the mechanical properties of biological tissues. More hydrogel materials with optimal mechanical properties suitable for various types of biological applications will be available in the near future.

  17. Effects of halloysite nanotubes on physical properties and cytocompatibility of alginate composite hydrogels.

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    Huang, Biao; Liu, Mingxian; Long, Zheru; Shen, Yan; Zhou, Changren

    2017-01-01

    Sodium alginate (SA)/halloysite nanotubes (HNTs) composite hydrogels were successfully prepared by solution blending and cross-linking with calcium ions. HNTs can improve the physical properties and cytocompatibility of composite hydrogels. The static and shear viscosity of SA/HNTs solution increase by the addition of HNTs. FTIR suggests the presence of hydrogen bond interactions between HNTs and SA. The crystal structure of HNTs is retained in the composites as showed by the X-ray diffraction result. A porous structure with pore size of 100-250μm is found in the hydrogels, which can provide a space for cell growth and migration. The compressive mechanical properties of composite hydrogels significantly increase compared to the pure SA hydrogel. The SA/HNTs composite hydrogels with 80% HNTs loading exhibit the compressive stress at 80% strain of 2.99MPa, while the stress at 80% strain of pure SA hydrogel is only 0.8MPa. The dynamic storage modulus of composite hydrogels also markedly increases with HNTs concentration. The differential scanning calorimetry endothermic peak area and swelling ratios in NaCl solution of the composite hydrogels decrease by the addition of HNTs. Preosteoblast (MC3T3-E1) culture results reveal that the SA/HNTs composites especially at relatively low HNTs loading show a significant increase in cells adhesion and proliferation compared to the pure SA hydrogel. All the results demonstrate that the SA/HNTs composite hydrogels show a promising application in bone tissue engineering.

  18. Thermosensitive hydrogel containing dexamethasone micelles for preventing postsurgical adhesion in a repeated-injury model.

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    Wu, Qinjie; Wang, Ning; He, Tao; Shang, Jinfeng; Li, Ling; Song, Linjiang; Yang, Xi; Li, Xia; Luo, Na; Zhang, Wenli; Gong, Changyang

    2015-09-01

    Tissue adhesion is a common complication after surgery. In this work, a dexamethasone loaded polymeric micelles in thermosensitive hydrogel composite (Dex hydrogel) was prepared, which combined the anti-adhesion barrier with controlled release of anti-adhesion drug. Dexamethasone (Dex) was encapsulated in polymeric micelles (Dex micelles), and then the Dex micelles were loaded into biodegradable and thermosensitive hydrogel. The obtained Dex hydrogel showed a temperature-dependent sol-gel-sol phase transition behavior. The Dex hydrogel could form a non-flowing gel in situ upon subcutaneous injection and gradually degrade in about 20 days. In addition, Dex hydrogel was assigned for anti-adhesion studies in a more rigorous recurrent adhesion animal model. Compared with normal saline (NS) and Dex micelles group, tissue adhesions in hydrogel and Dex hydrogel group were significantly alleviated. In Dex hydrogel group, the media adhesion score is 0, which was dramatically lower than that in blank hydrogel group (2.50, P < 0.001). In histopathological examination and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analysis, an integral neo-mesothelial cell layer with microvilli on their surface was observed, which revealed that the injured parietal and visceral peritoneum were fully recovered without the concerns of adhesion formation. Our results suggested that Dex hydrogel may serve as a potential anti-adhesion candidate.

  19. Synthesis and characterization of an in situ forming hydrogel using tyramine conjugated high methoxyl gum tragacanth.

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    Tavakol, Moslem; Vasheghani-Farahani, Ebrahim; Mohammadifar, Mohammad Amin; Soleimani, Masoud; Hashemi-Najafabadi, Sameereh

    2016-02-01

    In this study, an enzyme catalyzed in situ forming hydrogel based on tyramine conjugated high methoxyl content gum tragacanth (TA-HMGT) was prepared and characterized. TA-HMGT was synthesized via heterogeneous ammonolysis of methyl ester groups of HMGT. Then, the hydrogel was prepared via horseradish peroxidase catalyzed coupling reaction in the presence of hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogel properties, such as gelation time, swelling/degradation behavior and rheological properties could be adjusted by tuning the gelation parameters and extent of tyramine conjugation. This system was a soft elastic hydrogel with appropriate biocompatibility. The fast gelation of the hydrogel is desirable for clinical applications. Also, in vitro bovine serum albumin release from the synthesized hydrogel showed good release profile with limited burst release.

  20. Radiation synthesis of superabsorbent poly(acrylic acid)-carrageenan hydrogels

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    Francis, Sanju; Kumar, Manmohan; Varshney, Lalit

    2004-04-01

    A series of superabsorbent hydrogels were prepared from carrageenan and partially neutralized acrylic acid by gamma irradiation at room temperature. The gel fraction, swelling kinetics and the equilibrium degree of swelling (EDS) of the hydrogels were studied. It was found that the incorporation of even 1% carrageenan (sodium salt) increases the EDS of the hydrogels from ˜320 to ˜800 g/g. Thermal analysis were carried out to determine the amount of free water and bound water in the hydrogels. Under optimum conditions, poly(acrylic acid)-carrageenan hydrogels with high gel fraction (˜80%) and very high EDS (˜800 g/g) were prepared gamma radiolytically from aqueous solution containing 15% partially neutralized acrylic acid and 1-5% carrageenan. The hydrogels were also found to be sensitive to the pH and the ionic strength of the medium.

  1. [Antineoplastic effect of hydrogel prospidin on Seidel ascites hepatoma used as a model].

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    Bychkovskiĭ, P M; Iurkshtovich, T L; Kladiev, A A; Revtovich, M Iu

    2012-01-01

    Antineoplastic effect of hydrogel dextran phosphate, hydrogel prospidin, and prospidin in an injectable preparation has been assessed using Seidel ascites hepatoma as a model. Injectable and hydrogel prospidin in doses from 250, 500 to 1000 mg/kg and hydrogel phosphate dextran in doses of 500 and 1000 mg/kg were administered to rats intraperitoneally in a single dose in a volume of 1 or 2 ml per each 100 g of animal body weight. The study has shown that irrespective of rats with Seidel ascites hepatoma and significantly increase in the dosage of prospidin preparations and hydrogel dextran phosphate results in a longer average life expectancy of rats Compared with its injectable variant, hydrogel prospidin appears to produce more than twice as high antineoplastic effect, and is found to provide prolonged therapeutic effects, as well as cure of animals in more than 60 % of cases.

  2. Development of CMC hydrogels loaded with silver nano-particles for medical applications.

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    Hebeish, Ali; Hashem, M; El-Hady, M M Abd; Sharaf, S

    2013-01-30

    Innovative CMC-based hydrogels with great potentials for usage in medical area were principally synthesized as per two strategies .The first involved reaction of epichlorohydrin in alkaline medium containing silver nitrate to yield silver nano-particles (AgNPs)-loaded CMC hydrogel. While CMC acted as stabilizing for AgNPs, trisodium citrate was added to the reaction medium to assist CMC in establishing reduction of Ag(+) to AgNPs. The second strategy entailed preparation of CMC hydrogel which assists the in situ preparation of AgNPs under the same conditions. In both strategies, factors affecting the characterization of AgNPs-loaded CMC hydrogels were studied. Analysis and characterization of the so obtained hydrogels were performed through monitoring swelling behavior, FTIR spectroscopy, SEM, EDX, UV-vis spectrophotometer and TEM. Antimicrobial activity of the hydrogels was examined and mechanisms involved in their synthesis were reported.

  3. Cellulose fibers extracted from rice and oat husks and their application in hydrogel.

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    Oliveira, Jean Paulo de; Bruni, Graziella Pinheiro; Lima, Karina Oliveira; Halal, Shanise Lisie Mello El; Rosa, Gabriela Silveira da; Dias, Alvaro Renato Guerra; Zavareze, Elessandra da Rosa

    2017-04-15

    The commercial cellulose fibers and cellulose fibers extracted from rice and oat husks were analyzed by chemical composition, morphology, functional groups, crystallinity and thermal properties. The cellulose fibers from rice and oat husks were used to produce hydrogels with poly (vinyl alcohol). The fibers presented different structural, crystallinity, and thermal properties, depending on the cellulose source. The hydrogel from rice cellulose fibers had a network structure with a similar agglomeration sponge, with more homogeneous pores compared to the hydrogel from oat cellulose fibers. The hydrogels prepared from the cellulose extracted from rice and oat husks showed water absorption capacity of 141.6-392.1% and high opacity. The highest water absorption capacity and maximum stress the compression were presented by rice cellulose hydrogel at 25°C. These results show that the use of agro-industrial residues is promising for the biomaterial field, especially in the preparation of hydrogels.

  4. Free radical scavenging injectable hydrogels for regenerative therapy.

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    Komeri, Remya; Thankam, Finosh Gnanaprakasam; Muthu, Jayabalan

    2017-02-01

    Pathological free radicals generated from inflamed and infarcted cardiac tissues interferes natural tissue repair mechanisms. Hypoxic microenvironment at the injured zone of non-regenerating cardiac tissues hinders the therapeutic attempts including cell therapy. Here we report an injectable, cytocompatible, free radical scavenging synthetic hydrogel formulation for regenerative therapy. New hydrogel (PEAX-P) is prepared with D-xylitol-co-fumarate-co-poly ethylene adipate-co-PEG comaromer (PEAX) and PEGDiacrylate. PEAX-P hydrogel swells 4.9 times the initial weight and retains 100.07kPa Young modulus at equilibrium swelling, which is suitable for cardiac applications. PEAX-P hydrogel retains elastic nature even at 60% compressive strain, which is favorable to fit with the dynamic and elastic natural tissue counterparts. PEAX-P hydrogel scavenges 51% DPPH radical, 40% hydroxyl radicals 41% nitrate radicals with 31% reducing power. The presence of hydrogel protects 62% cardiomyoblast cells treated with stress inducing media at LD 50 concentration. The free hydroxyl groups in sugar alcohols of the comacromer influence the free radical scavenging. Comparatively, PEAX-P hydrogel based on xylitol evinces slightly lower scavenging characteristics than with previously reported PEAM-P hydrogel containing mannitol having more hydroxyl groups. The possible free radical scavenging mechanism of the present hydrogel relies on the free π electrons associated with uncrosslinked fumarate bonds, hydrogen atoms associated with sugar alcohols/PEG and radical dilution by free water in the matrix. Briefly, the present PEAX-P hydrogel is a potential injectable system for combined antioxidant and regenerative therapy.

  5. Morphology, absorptivity and viscoelastic properties of mineralized PVP-CMC hydrogel

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    Saha, Nabanita; Shah, Rushita; Vyroubal, Radek; Kitano, Takeshi; Saha, Petr

    2013-04-01

    A simple liquid diffusion mineralization technique was applied for the incorporation of calcium carbonate (CaCO3) in PVP-CMC hydrogel. The hydrogel was prepared 6.5 mm thick to achieve around 1 mm thick sample after mineralization of hydrogel matrix with calcite. The calcite crystals were round shaped and organized as building blocks inside the porous three dimensional cross linked structure of the PVP-CMC hydrogel. The present study was designed to evaluate the properties of mineralized (calcite) hydrogel with respect to freshly prepared hydrogel and those swelled in water (H2O) after drying. The viscoelastic properties of swelled and mineralized samples were reported though the dry PVP-CMC hydrogel were swelled and mineralized with calcite until 150 min. It is observed that there is not much difference in elastic property of fresh and 60 min mineralized hydrogels but the values of elastic property are decreased in the case of swelled hydrogels. It is interesting that in case of swelled samples the values of complex viscosity (η*) are increased with the increase of swelling time after 90 min but in case of calcite hydrogel the values (η*) are gradually decreased with the increase of time.

  6. Electroactive SWNT/PEGDA hybrid hydrogel coating for bio-electrode interface.

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    He, Lei; Lin, Demeng; Wang, Yanping; Xiao, Yinghong; Che, Jianfei

    2011-10-15

    Electric interface between neural tissue and electrode plays a significant role in the development of implanted devices for continuous monitoring and functional stimulation of central nervous system in terms of electroactivity, biocompatibility and long-term stability. To engineer an interface that possesses these merits, a polymeric hydrogel based on poly(ethylene glycol) diacrylate (PEGDA) and single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) were employed to fabricate a hybrid hydrogel via covalent anchoring strategy, i.e., self-assembly of cysteamine (Cys) followed by Michael addition between Cys and PEGDA. XPS characterization proves that the Cys molecules are linked to gold surface via the strong S-Au bond and that the PEGDA macromers are covalently bonded to Cys. FTIR spectra indicate the formation of hybrid hydrogel coating during photopolymerization. Electrochemical measurements using cyclic voltammetry (CV) and impedance spectrum clearly show the enhancement of electric properties to the hydrogel by the SWNTs. The charge transfer of the hybrid hydrogel-based electrode is quasi-reversible and charge transfer resistance decreases to the tenth of that of the pure hydrogel due to electron hopping along the SWNTs. Additionally, this hybrid hydrogel provides a favorable biomimetic microenvironment for cell attachment and growth due to its inherent biocompatibility. Combination of these merits yields hybrid hydrogels that can be good candidates for application to biosensors and biomedical devices. More importantly, the hybrid hydrogel coatings fabricated via the current strategy have good adhesion to the electrode substrate which is highly desired for chronically implantable devices.

  7. Nanostructured conducting polymer hydrogels for energy storage applications.

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    Shi, Ye; Peng, Lele; Yu, Guihua

    2015-08-14

    Conducting polymer hydrogels are emerging as a promising class of polymeric materials for various technological applications, especially for energy storage devices due to their unique combination of advantageous features of conventional polymers and organic conductors. To overcome the drawbacks of conventional synthesis, new synthetic routes in which acid molecules are adopted as both crosslinkers and dopants have been developed for conducting polymer hydrogels with unique 3D hierarchical porous nanostructures, resulting in high electrical conductivity, large surface area, structural tunability and hierarchical porosity for rapid mass/charge transport. The newly developed conducting polymer hydrogels exhibit high performance when applied as active electrode materials for electrochemical capacitors or as functional binder materials for high-energy lithium-ion batteries. This feature article summarizes the synthesis of conducting polymer hydrogels, presents their applications in energy storage, and discusses further opportunities and challenges.

  8. Nanostructured conducting polymer hydrogels for energy storage applications

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    Shi, Ye; Peng, Lele; Yu, Guihua

    2015-07-01

    Conducting polymer hydrogels are emerging as a promising class of polymeric materials for various technological applications, especially for energy storage devices due to their unique combination of advantageous features of conventional polymers and organic conductors. To overcome the drawbacks of conventional synthesis, new synthetic routes in which acid molecules are adopted as both crosslinkers and dopants have been developed for conducting polymer hydrogels with unique 3D hierarchical porous nanostructures, resulting in high electrical conductivity, large surface area, structural tunability and hierarchical porosity for rapid mass/charge transport. The newly developed conducting polymer hydrogels exhibit high performance when applied as active electrode materials for electrochemical capacitors or as functional binder materials for high-energy lithium-ion batteries. This feature article summarizes the synthesis of conducting polymer hydrogels, presents their applications in energy storage, and discusses further opportunities and challenges.

  9. Antibacterial carboxymethyl cellulose/Ag nanocomposite hydrogels cross-linked with layered double hydroxides.

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    Yadollahi, Mehdi; Namazi, Hassan; Aghazadeh, Mohammad

    2015-08-01

    This paper deals with the preparation of antibacterial nanocomposite hydrogels through the combination of carboxy methyl cellulose (CMC), layered double hydroxides (LDH), and silver nanoparticles (AgNPs). CMC-LDH hydrogels were prepared by intercalating CMC into different LDHs. Then, Ag/CMC-LDH nanocomposite hydrogels were prepared through in situ formation of AgNPs within the CMC-LDHs. XRD analysis confirmed the intercalating CMC into the LDH sheets and formation of intercalated structures, as well as formation of AgNPs within the CMC-LDHs. SEM and TEM micrographs indicated well distribution of AgNPs within the Ag/CMC-LDHs. The prepared hydrogels showed a pH sensitive swelling behavior. The Ag/CMC-LDH nanocomposite hydrogels have rather higher swelling in different aqueous solutions in comparison with CMC-LDHs. The antibacterial activity of CMC-LDHs increased considerably after formation of AgNPs and was stable for more than one month.

  10. Characterizing pore sizes and water structure in stimuli-responsive hydrogels

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    Hoffman, A.S.; Antonsen, K.P.; Ashida, T.; Bohnert, J.L.; Dong, L.C.; Nabeshima, Y.; Nagamatsu, S.; Park, T.G.; Sheu, M.S.; Wu, X.S.; Yan, Q.

    1993-12-31

    Hydrogels have been extensively investigated as potential matrices for drug delivery. In particular, hydrogels responsive to pH and temperature changes have been of greatest interest most recently. Proteins and peptide drugs are especially relevant for delivery from such hydrogel matrices due to the relatively {open_quotes}passive{close_quotes} and biocompatible microenvironment which should exist within the hydrogel aqueous pores. The large molecular size of many proteins requires an interconnected large pore structure. Furthermore, the gel pore {open_quotes}walls{close_quotes} should not provide hydrophobic sites for strong interactions with proteins. In the special case of ion exchange release the protein would be attracted by opposite charges on the polymer backbones. Therefore, it is important both to control and to characterize the pore structure and the water character within a hydrogel to be used or protein or peptide drug delivery. This talk will critically review techniques for estimating these two key parameters in hydrogels.

  11. Influence of polyelectrolyte on the thermosensitive property of PNIPAAm-based copolymer hydrogels.

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    Zhang, Xian-Zheng; Chu, Chih-Chang

    2007-09-01

    A new family of poly(NIPAAm-co-2-acrylamido-2-methyl-1-propanesulfonic acid) [P(NIPAAm-co-AMPSA)] hydrogels was synthesized by incorporating negative charged AMPSA to the backbone of the PNIPAAm-based hydrogel. The effect of polyelectrolyte (i.e., PAMPSA) on the thermosensitive property of PNIPAAm hydrogels was investigated. It was found that P(NIPAAm-co-AMPSA) hydrogels exhibited unique honey-comb-like 3D porous structure having rigid cell wall as well as enhanced mechanical property. The incorporation of AMPSA into PNIPAAm backbones also led to a significant increase in swelling capability at room temperature when comparing to pure PNIPAAm hydrogels. In addition, the shrinking rate upon heating was significantly improved if the AMPSA content in P(NIPAAm-co-AMPSA) hydrogels was less than 10 wt%.

  12. Antifouling properties of hydrogels

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    Murosaki, Takayuki; Ahmed, Nafees; Ping Gong, Jian

    2011-01-01

    Marine sessile organisms easily adhere to submerged solids such as rocks, metals and plastics, but not to seaweeds and fishes, which are covered with soft and wet ‘hydrogel’. Inspired by this fact, we have studied long-term antifouling properties of hydrogels against marine sessile organisms. Hydrogels, especially those containing hydroxy group and sulfonic group, show excellent antifouling activity against barnacles both in laboratory assays and in the marine environment. The extreme low settlement on hydrogels in vitro and in vivo is mainly caused by antifouling properties against the barnacle cypris. PMID:27877456

  13. In vitro and in vivo evaluation of polymer hydrogels for hemorrhage control.

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    Casey, Brendan J; Behrens, Adam M; Tsinas, Zois I; Hess, John R; Wu, Zhongjun J; Griffith, Bartley P; Kofinas, Peter

    2013-01-01

    In vitro and in vivo experimentation of various synthetic polymer hydrogels was conducted to establish some of the integral material properties that influence hemostasis. In vitro swelling experiments suggested that positive electrostatic charge was a key determinant of the ability of a polymer hydrogel to absorb physiological fluids, e.g. human plasma and blood. In vitro testing using unadulterated sheep blood suggested positive electrostatic charge and crosslink density were key determinants of the ability of a material to induce or enhance clot formation. Hydrogel formulations composed of higher amounts of positive electrostatic charge and lower crosslink density were able to effectively induce and enhance clot formation in the presence of a coagulation cascade activator. In vivo experimentation confirmed that hydrogels containing higher electrostatic charge and low crosslink density are more effective at fostering the formation of a robust hemostatic plug to control blood loss.

  14. Spectrophotometric determination of lamotrigine in pharmaceutical preparations and urine by charge-transfer complexation.

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    Alizadeh, N; Khakinahad, R; Jabbari, A

    2008-11-01

    Rapid and sensitive spectrophotometric methods are developed for the determination of lamotrigine (LTG) in pharmaceutical dosage forms and urine samples, based on the formation of the charge-transfer (CT) complexes between LTG as an n-donor and the acceptors: bromocresol green (BCG), bromocresol purple (BCP), and chlorophenol red (CPR). These complexes are studied spectrophotometrically in chloroform solution in order to obtain some information about their stoichiometry and stability of complexation. The analytical parameters and their effects on the extraction of drug from urine samples are investigated. The reactions were extremely rapid at room temperature, and the absorbance values remained unchanged after 24 h for all reactions. Beer's law was obeyed in the concentration ranges 0.15-19.8, 0.15-19.8 and 0.05-34.1 microg x ml(-1) for CPR, BCP and BCG, respectively. The proposed methods were applied successfully for the determination of LTG in pharmaceutical formulations, and human urine samples in the presence of other antiepileptic drugs such as carbamazepine, oxcarbazepine and phenobarbital, with good accuracy and precision.

  15. Preparation and Charge Density in (Co, Fe)-Doped La-Ca-Based Chromite

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    Saravanan, R.; Thenmozhi, N.; Fu, Yen-Pei

    2016-08-01

    Transition metal-doped lanthanum chromites (La0.8Ca0.2)(Cr0.9- x Co0.1Fe x )O3 ( x = 0.03, 0.06, 0.09, 0.12) have been synthesized by solid state reaction method. The synthesized samples were characterized for their structural properties using powder x-ray diffraction analysis, which shows that the grown samples are orthorhombic in structure with single phase. The nature of bonding and the charge distribution of the grown samples have been analyzed by maximum entropy method. Further, the samples were characterized for their optical and magnetic properties using ultraviolet-visible spectra and vibrating sample magnetometry. The microstructural studies were carried by scanning electron microscopy/electron dispersive x-ray spectroscopy techniques. From the optical absorption spectra, it was found that the energy band gap of the samples ranges from 2.135 eV to 2.405 eV. From vibrating sample magnetometer measurements, ferromagnetic like behaviour with large coercive field was observed for Fe doping concentration of x = 0.12. Since the doped lanthanum chromites have good mechanical properties and electrical conductivity at high temperature, these materials are used in solid oxide fuel cells.

  16. Properties of radiation-synthesized polyvinylpyrrolidone/chitosan hydrogel blends

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    Mahmud, Maznah; Daik, Rusli; Adam, Zainah

    2015-09-01

    Poly(vinylpyrrolidone) (PVP)-crosslinked chitosan hydrogels were prepared by gamma radiation at various doses; 1, 3 5, 7, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30kGy. Gamma radiation was used as a crosslinking tool which requires no chemical initiator, no heating process and need no purification step on the end products obtained. The hydrogel formulations were composed of 6% chitosan with average molecular weight (Mw) = 48 800 g/mol and 14% PVP with Mw = 10 000 g/mol in 2% lactic acid. Physical properties of hydrogels such as gel fraction and swelling property at pH 5.5 and pH 7.0 as well as syneresis activity were determined. It was found that different radiation dose induces different effect on hydrogels' network formed. Morphological study of hydrogels has been carried out by scanning electron microscope (SEM). From these preliminary evaluations, it can be concluded that gamma radiation is an effective tool for network development of hydrogels and it also induces enhancement on characteristics of hydrogels synthesized.

  17. Polymer hydrogels: Chaperoning vaccines

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    Staats, Herman F.; Leong, Kam W.

    2010-07-01

    A cationic nanosized hydrogel (nanogel) shows controlled antigen delivery in vivo following intranasal administration and hence holds promise for a clinically effective adjuvant-free and needle-free vaccine system.

  18. Spectrophotometric determination of terfenadine in pharmaceutical preparations by charge-transfer reactions.

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    Khaled, Elmorsy

    2008-06-15

    A simple, rapid and accurate method for the spectrophotometric determination of terfenadine has been developed. The proposed method based on the charge-transfer reactions of terfenadine, as n-electron donor, with 7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ), tetracyanoethylene (TCNE), 2,3-dichloro-5,6-dicyano-1,4-benzoquinone (DDQ) or 2,5-dichloro-3,6-dihydroxy-1,4-benzoquinone (chloranilic acid, p-CLA) as pi-acceptors to give highly colored complexes. The experimental conditions such as reagent concentration, reaction solvent and time have been carefully optimized to achieve the highest sensitivity. Beer's law is obeyed over the concentration ranges of 3-72, 3-96, 12-168 and 24-240 microg mL(-1) terfenadine using TCNQ, TCNE, DDQ and p-CLA, respectively, with correlation coefficients 0.9999, 0.9974, 0.9997 and 0.9979 and detection limits 0.3, 0.4, 2.6 and 12.3 microg mL(-1), for the reagents in the same order. DDQ and p-CLA react spontaneously with terfenadine to give colored complexes that can be applied for the flow injection analysis of terfenadine in the concentration ranges 2.4-120 and 24-240 microg with correlation coefficients 0.9990 and 0.9985 and detection limits 0.8 and 2.7 microg for DDQ and p-CLA, respectively, in addition to the high sampling through output of 40 sample h(-1).

  19. Reversible Polymer Hydrogels

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    2008-12-01

    glucosamine hydrochloride was dissolved in 100 mL of de- ionized water and placed in an ice bath at >5oC and purged with N2 gas for 20 minutes; 3.25...Temperature sensitive hydrogels based on N-isopropyl acrylamide (NIPA) and acryloyl glucosamine (AG) were synthesized using ammonium persulfate (APS) as...hydrogels by copolymerization of poly (N-isopropylacrylamide) (NIPA), and acryloyl glucosamine (AG) a derivative of chi- tosan, a biopolymer from

  20. Non-coalescence of oppositely charged droplets in pH-sensitive emulsions

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    Liu, Tingting; Seiffert, Sebastian; Thiele, Julian; Abate, Adam R.; Weitz, David A.; Richtering, Walter

    2012-01-01

    Like charges stabilize emulsions, whereas opposite charges break emulsions. This is the fundamental principle for many industrial and practical processes. Using micrometer-sized pH-sensitive polymeric hydrogel particles as emulsion stabilizers, we prepare emulsions that consist of oppositely charged droplets, which do not coalesce. We observe noncoalescence of oppositely charged droplets in bulk emulsification as well as in microfluidic devices, where oppositely charged droplets are forced to collide within channel junctions. The results demonstrate that electrostatic interactions between droplets do not determine their stability and reveal the unique pH-dependent properties of emulsions stabilized by soft microgel particles. The noncoalescence can be switched to coalescence by neutralizing the microgels, and the emulsion can be broken on demand. This unusual feature of the microgel-stabilized emulsions offers fascinating opportunities for future applications of these systems. PMID:22203968

  1. Charge transfer in crystalline germanium/monolayer MoS2 heterostructures prepared by chemical vapor deposition.

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    Lin, Yung-Chen; Bilgin, Ismail; Ahmed, Towfiq; Chen, Renjie; Pete, Doug; Kar, Swastik; Zhu, Jian-Xin; Gupta, Gautam; Mohite, Aditya; Yoo, Jinkyoung

    2016-11-10

    Heterostructuring provides novel opportunities for exploring emergent phenomena and applications by developing designed properties beyond those of homogeneous materials. Advances in nanoscience enable the preparation of heterostructures formed incommensurate materials. Two-dimensional (2D) materials, such as graphene and transition metal dichalcogenides, are of particular interest due to their distinct physical characteristics. Recently, 2D/2D heterostructures have opened up new research areas. However, other heterostructures such as 2D/three-dimensional (3D) materials have not been thoroughly studied yet although the growth of 3D materials on 2D materials creating 2D/3D heterostructures with exceptional carrier transport properties has been reported. Here we report a novel heterostructure composed of Ge and monolayer MoS2, prepared by chemical vapor deposition. A single crystalline Ge (110) thin film was grown on monolayer MoS2. The electrical characteristics of Ge and MoS2 in the Ge/MoS2 heterostructure were remarkably different from those of isolated Ge and MoS2. The field-effect conductivity type of the monolayer MoS2 is converted from n-type to p-type by growth of the Ge thin film on top of it. Undoped Ge on MoS2 is highly conducting. The observations can be explained by charge transfer in the heterostructure as opposed to chemical doping via the incorporation of impurities, based on our first-principles calculations.

  2. Studies of in situ-forming hydrogels by blending PLA-PEG-PLA copolymer with silk fibroin solution.

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    Zhong, Tianyi; Deng, Chunmin; Gao, Yanfei; Chen, Mei; Zuo, Baoqi

    2012-08-01

    Hydrogels had been prepared by blending PLA-PEG-PLA copolymer with Bombyx mori silk fibroin (SF) solution. Copolymers were synthesized by ring opening polymerization of L-lactide in the presence of dihydroxyl PEG with molar mass of 400 and 1000, and characterized by using (1)H NMR and DSC. Hydrogels formed leaf-like lamellar structures with many nanoglobules which may reserve drugs or growth factors more effectively. Rheological measurements indicated that the adding of copolymer significantly accelerated the hydrogelation of silk fibroin solution which leads to orders-of-magnitude increase in the complex shear modulus to form rigid hydrogel. Hydrogelation kinetics could be controlled easily by changing the concentration ratio, kinds of copolymer and hydrogelation temperature, suggesting the hydrogels could be formed in situ under physiological conditions with suitable mechanical properties. Furthermore, Fourier transform infrared, X-ray diffraction, and differential thermal analysis were employed to study the structure of hydrogels. The copolymer and SF in blend hydrogels were phase separation. There was an increase of β-sheet content and formation of silk II structure during hydrogelation. These results may indicate that copolymer/SF hydrogels could be a valuable candidate scaffold as in situ-forming hydrogels for drug/growth factor release in tissue engineering.

  3. Composite hydrogel scaffolds with controlled pore opening via biodegradable hydrogel porogen degradation.

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    Hawkins, Ashley M; Milbrandt, Todd A; Puleo, David A; Hilt, J Zach

    2014-02-01

    Poly(β-amino ester) (PBAE) biodegradable hydrogel systems have garnered much attention in recent years due to their appealing properties for biomedical applications. These hydrogel systems exhibit properties similar to natural soft tissue, degrade in aqueous environments, and have easily tunable properties that have been well studied and understood. In most cases, tissue engineering scaffolds must possess a three-dimensional interconnected porous network for tissue ingrowth and construct vascularization. Here, PBAE properties were explored and systems were selected to serve as both the pore-forming agent and the outer matrix of a scaffold that exhibits controlled pore opening upon degradation. To our knowledge, this is the first demonstration of a biodegradable hydrogel porogen system entrapped in a degradable hydrogel outer matrix. Scaffolds were prepared, and the degradation, compressive moduli, and porosity were analyzed. An added advantage of a degradable porogen is the potential for controlled drug release, and a model protein was released from the porogen particles to demonstrate this application. Finally, pluripotent cells seeded onto predegraded scaffolds were viable during the first 24 h of exposure, and furthermore, cell tracking confirmed the presence of cells within the pores of the scaffold. Overall, these present studies demonstrate the possibility of using these biodegradable hydrogel porogen-matrix systems as tissue engineering scaffolding materials.

  4. Processing and characterisation of a novel electropolymerized silk fibroin hydrogel membrane.

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    Wang, Hai-Yan; Zhang, Yu-Qing

    2014-08-26

    Silk fibroin can be made into various forms of biocompatible medical materials, including hydrogel due to its excellent properties. Here, we report a novel method for the preparation of electropolymerized silk fibroin hydrogel membrane (ESFHM), which is formed on a nanoporous film as a barrier using a homemade device at a higher DC voltage. Regenerated silk fibroin solution in Tris buffer (pH 6.55-7.55) was added into a reservoir with a negative charge, and the silk molecules migrated toward the positive charge at 80VDC, resulting in the formation of the ESFHM on the barrier film. Barrier film with a MWCO of 10 kDa is favourable to the formation of the ESFHM. Semi-transparent ESFHM with a swelling ratio of 1056.4% predominantly consisted of a mixture of β-sheets and α-helix crystalline structures. SEM studies revealed that the ESFHM consisted of a 3D mesh structure woven by a chain of silk fibroin nanoparticles with a size of approximately 30 nanometres, similar to a pearl necklace. In vitro studies indicated that the ESFHM was degradable and was sufficient for cell adhesion and growth. Thus, ESFHM is a promising candidate for loading bioactive protein and appropriate cells, as artificial skin or for use in transplantation.

  5. Composites of Quasi-Colloidal Layered Double Hydroxide Nanoparticles and Agarose Hydrogels for Chromate Removal

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    Gwak, Gyeong-Hyeon; Kim, Min-Kyu; Oh, Jae-Min

    2016-01-01

    Composite hydrogels were prepared that consisted of quasi-colloidal layered double hydroxide (LDH) nanoparticles and agarose via the electrophoretic method, starting from three different agarose concentrations of 0.5, 1, and 2 wt/v%. The composite hydrogel was identified to have a uniform distribution of LDH nanoparticles in agarose matrix. Microscopic studies revealed that the composite hydrogel had a homogeneous quasi-colloidal state of LDHs, while the simple mixture of LDH powder and agarose hydrogels did not. It was determined that agarose concentration of the starting hydrogel did not significantly influence the amount of LDH that developed in the composite. The chromate scavenging efficiency of the composite hydrogel and corresponding agarose or mixture hydrogel was evaluated with respect to time, and chromate concentration. In general, the composite hydrogels exhibited much higher chromate removal efficacy compared with agarose or mixture hydrogels. Through estimating chromate adsorption by LDH moiety in the composite or mixture hydrogel, it was suggested that the agarose component facilitated the stability and dispersibility of the quasi-colloidal state of LDH nanoparticles in the composite resulting in high adsorption efficacy. From Freundlich isotherm adsorption fitting, composites were determined to possess beneficial cooperative adsorption behavior with a high adsorption coefficient. PMID:28344282

  6. Nanocomposite hydrogels for biomedical applications

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    Gaharwar, Akhilesh K.

    2014-01-01

    Hydrogels mimic native tissue microenvironment due to their porous and hydrated molecular structure. An emerging approach to reinforce polymeric hydrogels and to include multiple functionalities focuses on incorporating nanoparticles within the hydrogel network. A wide range of nanoparticles, such as carbon-based, polymeric, ceramic, and metallic nanomaterials can be integrated within the hydrogel networks to obtain nanocomposites with superior properties and tailored functionality. Nanocomposite hydrogels can be engineered to possess superior physical, chemical, electrical, and biological properties. This review focuses on the most recent developments in the field of nanocomposite hydrogels with emphasis on biomedical and pharmaceutical applications. In particular, we discuss synthesis and fabrication of nanocomposite hydrogels, examine their current limitations and conclude with future directions in designing more advanced nanocomposite hydrogels for biomedical and biotechnological applications. PMID:24264728

  7. Hydrogels for osteochondral repair based on photocrosslinkable carbamate dendrimers.

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    Degoricija, Lovorka; Bansal, Prashant N; Söntjens, Serge H M; Joshi, Neel S; Takahashi, Masaya; Snyder, Brian; Grinstaff, Mark W

    2008-10-01

    First generation, photocrosslinkable dendrimers consisting of natural metabolites (i.e., succinic acid, glycerol, and beta-alanine) and nonimmunogenic poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) were synthesized divergently in high yields using ester and carbamate forming reactions. Aqueous solutions of these dendrimers were photocrosslinked with an eosin-based photoinitiator to afford hydrogels. The hydrogels displayed a range of mechanical properties based on their structure, generation size, and concentration in solution. All of the hydrogels showed minimal swelling characteristics. The dendrimer solutions were then photocrosslinked in situ in an ex vivo rabbit osteochondral defect (3 mm diameter and 10 mm depth), and the resulting hydrogels were subjected to physiologically relevant dynamic loads. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed the hydrogels to be fixated in the defect site after the repetitive loading regimen. The ([G1]-PGLBA-MA) 2-PEG hydrogel was chosen for the 6 month pilot in vivo rabbit study because this hydrogel scaffold could be prepared at low polymer weight (10 wt %) and possessed the largest compressive modulus of the 10% formulations, a low swelling ratio, and contained carbamate linkages, which are more hydrolytically stable than the ester linkages. The hydrogel-treated osteochondral defects showed good attachment in the defect site and histological analysis showed the presence of collagen II and glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) in the treated defects. By contrast, the contralateral unfilled defects showed poor healing and negligible GAG or collagen II production. Good mechanical properties, low swelling, good attachment to the defect site, and positive in vivo results illustrate the potential of these dendrimer-based hydrogels as scaffolds for osteochondral defect repair.

  8. Using hydrogels in microscopy: A tutorial.

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    Flood, Peter; Page, Henry; Reynaud, Emmanuel G

    2016-05-01

    Sample preparation for microscopy is a crucial step to ensure the best experimental outcome. It often requires the use of specific mounting media that have to be tailored to not just the sample but the chosen microscopy technique. The media must not damage the sample or impair the optical path, and may also have to support the correct physiological function/development of the sample. For decades, researchers have used embedding media such as hydrogels to maintain samples in place. Their ease of use and transparency has promoted them as mainstream mounting media. However, they are not as straightforward to implement as assumed. They can contain contaminants, generate forces on the sample, have complex diffusion and structural properties that are influenced by multiple factors and are generally not designed for microscopy in mind. This short review will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using hydrogels for microscopy sample preparation and highlight some of the less obvious problems associated with the area.

  9. Viscoelastic Properties and Morphology of Mumio-based Medicated Hydrogels

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    Zandraa, Oyunchimeg; Jelínková, Lenka; Roy, Niladri; Sáha, Tomáš; Kitano, Takeshi; Saha, Nabanita

    2011-07-01

    Novel medicated hydrogels were prepared (by moist heat treatment) with PVA, agar, mumio, mare's milk (MM), seabuckthorn oil (SB oil) and salicylic acid (SA) for wound dressing/healing application. Scanning electron micrographs (SEM) show highly porous structure of these hydrogels. The swelling behaviour of the hydrogels in physiological solution displays remarkable liquid absorption property. The knowledge obtained from rheological investigations of these-systems may be highly useful for the characterization of the newly developed topical formulations. In the present study, an oscillation frequency sweep test was used for the evaluation of storage modulus (G'), loss modulus (G″), and complex viscosity (η*) of five different formulations, over an angular frequency range from 0.1 to 100 rad.s-1. The influence of healing agents and swelling effect on the rheological properties of mumio-based medicated hydrogels was investigated to judge its application on uneven surface of body.

  10. Critical review of radiation processing of hydrogel and polysaccharide

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    Makuuchi, K.

    2010-03-01

    Radiation processing of an aqueous solution of polymer initiated by rad OH radicals formed by radiolysis of water is applied for preparation of hydrogel wound dressing and plant growth promoter. Recently, Fenton reagent that generates rad OH radicals was successfully applied to synthesize PVP hydrogel. The Fenton reaction also can be applied to the depolymerization of chitosan. These progresses in the syntheses of hydrogel and oligo-chitosan by radiation and non-radiation methods such as hydrolysis, oxidative degradation, photolysis, sonolysis and degradation by microwave are reviewed to survey a possibility to reduce the costs of production. Radiation synthesized hydrogel should target value-added medical products because only radiation can crosslink and sterilize simultaneously. Oligo-chitosan can be produced economically by irradiation of solid chitin by Fenton reagent, if necessary.

  11. Development of novel biodegradable Au nanocomposite hydrogels based on wheat: for inactivation of bacteria.

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    Jayaramudu, Tippabattini; Raghavendra, Gownolla Malegowd; Varaprasad, Kokkarachedu; Sadiku, Rotimi; Raju, Konduru Mohana

    2013-02-15

    The design and fabrication of novel biodegradable gold nanocomposites hydrogels were developed as antibacterial agent. Biodegradable gold nanocomposite hydrogels were developed by using acrylamide (AM) and wheat protein isolate (WPI). The gold nanoparticles were prepared as a gold colloid by reducing HAuCl(4)·XH(2)O with leaf extracts of Azadirachta indica (neem leaf) that formed hydrogel network. The characterization of developed biodegradable hydrogels were studied using fourier transforms infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermo-gravimetric analysis (TGA), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), scanning electron microscopy-energy dispersive spectroscopy (SEM-EDS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The biodegradable gold nanoparticle composite hydrogels developed were tested for antibacterial properties. The results indicate that these biodegradable gold nanocomposite hydrogels can be used as potential candidates for antibacterial applications.

  12. Efficient inhibition of colorectal peritoneal carcinomatosis by drug loaded micelles in thermosensitive hydrogel composites

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    Gong, Changyang; Wang, Cheng; Wang, Yujun; Wu, Qinjie; Zhang, Doudou; Luo, Feng; Qian, Zhiyong

    2012-05-01

    In this work, we aim to develop a dual drug delivery system (DDDS) of self-assembled micelles in thermosensitive hydrogel composite to deliver hydrophilic and hydrophobic drugs simultaneously for colorectal peritoneal carcinomatosis (CRPC) therapy. In our previous studies, we found that poly(ε-caprolactone)-poly(ethylene glycol)-poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCEC) copolymers with different molecular weight and PEG/PCL ratio could be administered to form micelles or thermosensitive hydrogels, respectively. Therefore, the DDDS was constructed from paclitaxel (PTX) encapsulated PCEC micelles (PTX-micelles) and a fluorouracil (Fu) loaded thermosensitive PCEC hydrogel (Fu-hydrogel). PTX-micelles were prepared by self-assembly of biodegradable PCEC copolymer (Mn = 3700) and PTX without using any surfactants or excipients. Meanwhile, biodegradable and injectable thermosensitive Fu-hydrogel (Mn = 3000) with a lower sol-gel transition temperature at around physiological temperature was also prepared. The obtained PTX-micelles in thermosensitive Fu-hydrogel (PTX-micelles-Fu-hydrogel) composite is a free-flowing sol at ambient temperature and rapidly turned into a non-flowing gel at physiological temperature. In addition, the results of cytotoxicity, hemolytic study, and acute toxicity evaluation suggested that the PTX-micelles-Fu-hydrogel was non-toxic and biocompatible. In vitro release behaviors of PTX-micelles-Fu-hydrogel indicated that both PTX and Fu have a sustained release behavior. Furthermore, intraperitoneal application of PTX-micelles-Fu-hydrogel effectively inhibited growth and metastasis of CT26 peritoneal carcinomatosis in vivo (p < 0.001), and induced a stronger antitumor effect than that of Taxol® plus Fu (p < 0.001). The pharmacokinetic study indicated that PTX-micelles-Fu-hydrogel significantly increased PTX and Fu concentration and residence time in peritoneal fluids compared with Taxol® plus Fu group. Thus, the results suggested the micelles-hydrogel DDDS may

  13. Injectable Hydrogel Composite Based Gelatin-PEG and Biphasic Calcium Phosphate Nanoparticles for Bone Regeneration

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    Van, Thuy Duong; Tran, Ngoc Quyen; Nguyen, Dai Hai; Nguyen, Cuu Khoa; Tran, Dai Lam; Nguyen, Phuong Thi

    2016-05-01

    Gelatin hydrogels have recently attracted much attention for tissue regeneration because of their biocompatibility. In this study, we introduce poly-ethylene glycol (PEG)—grafted gelatin containing tyramine moieties which have been utilized for in situ enzyme-mediated hydrogel preparation. The hydrogel can be used to load nanoparticles of biphasic calcium phosphate, a mixture of hydroxyapatite and β-tricalcium phosphate, and forming injectable bio-composites. Proton nuclear magnetic resonance (1H NMR) spectra indicated that tyramine-functionalized polyethylene glycol-nitrophenyl carbonate ester was conjugated to the gelatin. The hydrogel composite was rapidly formed in situ (within a few seconds) in the presence of horseradish peroxidase and hydrogen peroxide. In vitro experiments with bio-mineralization on the hydrogel composite surfaces was well-observed after 2 weeks soaking in simulated body fluid solution. The obtained results indicated that the hydrogel composite could be a potential injectable material for bone regeneration.

  14. Iota-Carrageenan-based biodegradable Ag0 nanocomposite hydrogels for the inactivation of bacteria.

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    Jayaramudu, Tippabattini; Raghavendra, Gownolla Malegowd; Varaprasad, Kokkarachedu; Sadiku, Rotimi; Ramam, Koduri; Raju, Konduru Mohana

    2013-06-05

    In this paper, we report the synthesis and characterization of Iota-Carrageenan based on a novel biodegradable silver nanocomposite hydrogels. The aim of study was to investigate whether these hydrogels have the potential to be used in bacterial inactivation applications. Biodegradable silver nanocomposite hydrogels were prepared by a green process using acrylamide (AM) with I-Carrageenan (IC). The silver nanoparticles were prepared as silver colloid by reducing AgNO3 with leaf extracts of Azadirachta indica (neem leaf) that (Ag(0)) formed the hydrogel network. The formation of biodegradable silver nanoparticles in the hydrogels was characterized using UV-vis spectroscopy, thermo gravimetrical analysis, X-ray diffractometry studies, scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy studies. In addition, swelling behavior and degradation properties were systematically investigated. Furthermore, the biodegradable silver nanoparticle composite hydrogels developed were tested for antibacterial activities. The antibacterial activity of the biodegradable silver nanocomposite hydrogels was studied by inhibition zone method against Bacillus and Escherichia coli, which suggested that the silver nanocomposite hydrogels developed were effective as potential candidates for antimicrobial applications. Therefore, the inorganic biodegradable hydrogels developed can be used effectively for biomedical application.

  15. Tuning PEG-DA hydrogel properties via solvent-induced phase separation (SIPS)†

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    Bailey, Brennan Margaret; Hui, Vivian; Fei, Ruochong

    2012-01-01

    Poly(ethylene glycol) diacrylate (PEG-DA) hydrogels are widely utilized to probe cell-material interactions and ultimately for a material-guided approach to tissue regeneration. In this study, PEG-DA hydrogels were fabricated via solvent-induced phase separation (SIPS) to obtain hydrogels with a broader range of tunable physical properties including morphology (e.g. porosity), swelling and modulus (G′). In contrast to conventional PEG-DA hydrogels prepared from an aqueous precursor solution, the reported SIPS protocol utilized a dichloromethane (DCM) precursor solution which was sequentially photopolymerized, dried and hydrated. Physical properties were further tailored by varying the PEG-DA wt% concentration (5 wt%–25 wt%) and Mn (3.4k and 6k g mol −1). SIPS produced PEG-DA hydrogels with a macroporous morphology as well as increased G′ values versus the corresponding conventional PEG-DA hydrogels. Notably, since the total swelling was not significantly changed versus the corresponding conventional PEG-DA hydrogels, pairs or series of hydrogels represent scaffolds in which morphology and hydration or G′ and hydration are uncoupled. In addition, PEG-DA hydrogels prepared via SIPS exhibited enhanced degradation rates. PMID:22956857

  16. Thermo-responsive methylcellulose hydrogels as temporary substrate for cell sheet biofabrication.

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    Altomare, Lina; Cochis, Andrea; Carletta, Andrea; Rimondini, Lia; Farè, Silvia

    2016-05-01

    Methylcellulose (MC), a water-soluble polymer derived from cellulose, was investigated as a possible temporary substrate having thermo-responsive properties favorable for cell culturing. MC-based hydrogels were prepared by a dispersion technique, mixing MC powder (2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 % w/v) with selected salts (sodium sulphate, Na2SO4), sodium phosphate, calcium chloride, or phosphate buffered saline, to evaluate the influence of different compositions on the thermo-responsive behavior. The inversion test was used to determine the gelation temperatures of the different hydrogel compositions; thermo-mechanical properties and thermo-reversibility of the MC hydrogels were investigated by rheological analysis. Gelation temperatures and rheological behavior depended on the MC concentration and type and concentration of salt used in hydrogel preparation. In vitro cytotoxicity tests, performed using L929 mouse fibroblasts, showed no toxic release from all the tested hydrogels. Among the investigated compositions, the hydrogel composed of 8 % w/v MC with 0.05 M Na2SO4 had a thermo-reversibility temperature at 37 °C. For that reason, this formulation was thus considered to verify the possibility of inducing in vitro spontaneous detachment of cells previously seeded on the hydrogel surface. A continuous cell layer (cell sheet) was allowed to grow and then detached from the hydrogel surface without the use of enzymes, thanks to the thermo-responsive behavior of the MC hydrogel. Immunofluorescence observation confirmed that the detached cell sheet was composed of closely interacting cells.

  17. Water-Soluble Polyphosphazenes and Their Hydrogels

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    1994-05-18

    T IC 7. PERFORMING ORGANIZATION NAME(S) AND ADORESS(E E L L 87. PERFORMING ORGANIZATION Department of Chemistry MAY 3 119M4. REPORT NUMBER The...THEIR HYDROGELS by Harry R. Allcock Prepared for Publication in ACS Symposium Series Department of Chemistry The Pennsylvania State University...Polyphophaunes Chart I shows six different polyphosphazenes that are soluble in water. All of them were synthesized in our labomory via variants of the chemistry

  18. Characterization of blend hydrogels based on plasticized starch/cellulose acetate/carboxymethyl cellulose synthesized by electron beam irradiation

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    Senna, Magdy M.; Mostafa, Abo El-Khair B.; Mahdy, Sanna R.; El-Naggar, Abdel Wahab M.

    2016-11-01

    Blend hydrogels based on aqueous solutions of plasticized starch and different ratios of cellulose acetate (CA) and carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) were prepared by electron beam irradiation (EB). The blends before and after EB irradiation were characterized by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The physico-chemical properties of blend hydrogels prepared by electron beam irradiation were improved compared to unirradiated blends.

  19. The effect of lipid composition and liposome size on the release properties of liposomes-in-hydrogel.

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    Hurler, Julia; Žakelj, Simon; Mravljak, Janez; Pajk, Stane; Kristl, Albin; Schubert, Rolf; Škalko-Basnet, Nataša

    2013-11-01

    To study the release of liposome-associated drugs into hydrogels, we designed and synthesized two pH-sensitive rhodamine derivatives to use as model compounds of different lipophilicities. The dyes were fluorescent when in the free form released from liposomes into the chitosan hydrogel, but not when incorporated within liposomes. The effect of liposomal composition, surface charge and vesicle size on the release of those incorporated dyes was evaluated. The lipophilicity of the rhodamine derivatives affected both the amount and rate of release. While liposome size had only a minor effect on the release of dyes into the hydrogel, the surface charge affected the release to a greater extent. By optimizing the characteristics of liposomes we could develop a liposomes-in-hydrogel system for application in wound therapy. We further characterized liposomes-in-hydrogel for their rheological properties, textures and moisture handling, as well as their potential to achieve a controlled release of the dye. The polymer-dependent changes in the hydrogel properties were observed upon addition of liposomes. The charged liposomes exhibited stronger effects on the textures of the chitosan hydrogels than the neutral ones. In respect to the ability of the system to handle wound exudates, chitosan-based hydrogels were found to be superior to Carbopol-based hydrogels.

  20. Surface chemistry and size influence the release of model therapeutic nanoparticles from poly(ethylene glycol) hydrogels

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    Hume, Stephanie L.; Jeerage, Kavita M.

    2013-05-01

    Nanoparticles have emerged as promising therapeutic and diagnostic tools, due to their unique physicochemical properties. The specific core and surface chemistries, as well as nanoparticle size, play critical roles in particle transport and interaction with biological tissue. Localized delivery of therapeutics from hydrogels is well established, but these systems generally release molecules with hydrodynamic radii less than 5 nm. Here, model nanoparticles with biologically relevant surface chemistries and diameters between 10 and 35 nm are analyzed for their release from well-characterized hydrogels. Functionalized gold nanoparticles or quantum dots were encapsulated in three-dimensional poly(ethylene glycol) hydrogels with varying mesh size. Nanoparticle size, surface chemistry, and hydrogel mesh size all influenced the release of particles from the hydrogel matrix. Size influenced nanoparticle release as expected, with larger particles releasing at a slower rate. However, citrate-stabilized gold nanoparticles were not released from hydrogels. Negatively charged carboxyl or positively charged amine-functionalized quantum dots were released from hydrogels at slower rates than neutrally charged PEGylated nanoparticles of similar size. Transmission electron microscopy images of gold nanoparticles embedded within hydrogel sections demonstrated uniform particle distribution and negligible aggregation, independent of surface chemistry. The nanoparticle-hydrogel interactions observed in this work will aid in the development of localized nanoparticle delivery systems.

  1. Iodixanol as a Contrast Agent in a Fibrin Hydrogel for Endodontic Applications

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    Hertig, Gabriel; Zehnder, Matthias; Woloszyk, Anna; Mitsiadis, Thimios A.; Ivica, Anja; Weber, Franz E.

    2017-01-01

    The application of biomaterials used in regenerative endodontics should be traceable. In this study, we checked some basic effects of rendering a fibrin hydrogel radiopaque using an iodine-based contrast agent (iodixanol) approved for systemic application. Fibrin hydrogels were prepared from a fibrin sealant (Tisseel) using either an isotonic iodixanol solution (Visipaque 320, test) or Tris buffer (control) as a diluent. Gelation kinetics, radiopacity, and swelling of lyophilized hydrogels were tested using standard methods. Hydrogel structure was evaluated using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Furthermore, iodixanol release from the test gels was assessed using spectrophotometry, and tissue compatibility was compared between test and control hydrogels using the chick chorioallantoic membrane (CAM) assay. Results were compared using pairwise t-test, p < 0.05. Iodixanol caused a 70-fold delay in gelation to 26 min in the test compared to the control hydrogels (22 ± 1 s). Radiopacity of the test gels was 1.9 ± 0.2 mm Al/mm, compared to zero in the control hydrogels. Lyophilized hydrogel swelling was strongly reduced when iodixanol was added to the hydrogel (p < 0.05). Test hydrogels had an altered SEM appearance compared to controls, and exhibited a reduced porosity. Iodixanol release from the test hydrogels reached 14.5 ± 0.5% after 120 h and then ceased. This release did not have any apparent toxic effect and neither affected the viability, nor the physiology or vascularization of the CAM of fertilized chicken eggs. Iodixanol can render a fibrin hydrogel radiopaque and maintains its tissue compatibility, yet impacts gelation kinetics and hydrogel porosity. PMID:28360862

  2. Repairable, nanostructured biomimetic hydrogels

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    Firestone, M.; Brombosz, S.; Grubjesic, S.

    2013-03-01

    Proteins facilitate many key cellular processes, including signal recognition and energy transduction. The ability to harness this evolutionarily-optimized functionality could lead to the development of protein-based systems useful for advancing alternative energy storage and conversion. The future of protein-based, however, requires the development of materials that will stabilize, order and control the activity of the proteins. Recently we have developed a synthetic approach for the preparation of a durable biomimetic chemical hydrogel that can be reversibly swollen in water. The matrix has proven ideal for the stable encapsulation of both water- and membrane-soluble proteins. The material is composed of an aqueous dispersion of a diacrylate end-derivatized PEO-PPO-PEO macromer, a saturated phospholipid and a zwitterionic co-surfactant that self-assembles into a nanostructured physical gel at room temperature as determined by X-ray scattering. The addition of a water soluble PEGDA co-monomer and photoinitator does not alter the self-assembled structure and UV irradiation serves to crosslink the acrylate end groups on the macromer with the PEGDA forming a network within the aqueous domains as determined by FT-IR. More recently we have begun to incorporate reversible crosslinks employing Diels-Alder chemistry, allowing for the extraction and replacement of inactive proteins. The ability to replenish the materials with active, non-denatured forms of protein is an important step in advancing these materials for use in nanostructured devices This work was supported by the Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Materials Sciences, USDoE under Contract No. DE-AC02-06CH11357.

  3. Effect of Chemical Charging/Discharging on Plasmonic Behavior of Silver Metal Nanoparticles Prepared using Citrate-Stabilized Cadmium Selenide Quantum Dots.

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    Ingole, Pravin P; Bhat, Mohsin A

    2016-10-18

    The thermodynamics and kinetics of the chemical and electrochemical charging of a catalyst surface are very important to understand its applicability as a catalyst material, particularly in redox catalysis. Through the present study, we hereby communicate the results obtained from our detailed investigations related to the effect of chemical charging on the plasmonic behavior of silver metal nanoparticles (Ag MNPs) as redox catalysts. Two different batches of Ag MNPs were prepared through thermally assisted chemical reduction of silver ions. The difference in these batches was the use or not of citrate-capped cadmium selenide quantum dots (Q-CdSe) for the reduction of solution-phase silver ions to their colloidal plasmonic phase. The charge on the surfaces of the Ag MNPs was varied by the chemical electron injection method by using BH4(-) ions from a NaBH4 solution. The processes of charging and discharging were monitored by using UV/Vis absorption spectroscopy. The impact of the concentration of the reductant on the charging and discharging processes was also investigated. The Ag MNPs were also tested for their voltammetric response, wherein it was observed that it was more difficult to oxidize the Ag MNPs prepared with Q-CdSe seeds than to oxidize Ag MNPs prepared without Q-CdSe particles. Our results demonstrate that Q-CdSe seeds not only enhance the redox catalytic activity of Ag MNPs but also provide stability towards polarization of their plasmonic behavior.

  4. Asymmetric hydrogel membranes for biohybrid artificial organs and bioseparations

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    Dai, Weihua Sonya

    1999-11-01

    Homogeneous hydrogel membranes were prepared by crosslinking poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) with glutaraldehyde. These membranes were then modified to create asymmetry by establishing a glutaraldehyde concentration gradient across the hydrogel thickness. Creatinine (MW: 113), goat Fab (MW: 50 kD) and human IgG (MW: 150 kD) were used to simulate the molecular size of nutrients, therapeutic proteins, and immunological molecules, respectively, involved in cell encapsulation. Permeation experiments were performed in a stirred diffusion cell through homogeneous and asymmetric PVA hydrogels. At a given value of IgG rejection, the asymmetric membranes had higher creatinine and Fab permeabilities than the corresponding homogeneous membranes, indicating that creating mesh size asymmetry in a hydrogel can result in a high-flux, high-selectivity membrane for bioartificial organs and bioseparations. The hydrogel membranes with mesh size asymmetry were characterized with laser scanning confocal fluorescence microscopy. A fluorescent label, DTAF (5-{[4,6-dichlorotriazin-2-yl] amino}-fluorescein) was attached to poly(vinyl alcohol), which then was used to prepare homogeneous and asymmetric hydrogel membranes. Structural asymmetry was clearly present in the gradient-modified membranes from the intensity as a function of membrane depth. From the relationships between fluorescence intensity and water content and between solute permeability and water content for homogeneous membranes, the permeabilities of creatinine, Fab and IgG for the asymmetric membranes were predicted from a sum-of-resistances model. The predicted solute permeabilities compared well to experimental values. The hydrogel membranes were mechanically supported with flat-sheet microfiltration membranes by impregnating the pores with a PVA solution, which was crosslinked with glutaraldehyde and then modified under a glutaraldehyde gradient to produce mesh size asymmetry. The supported, PVA hydrogel membranes with mesh size

  5. Layered Ni(OH)2-Co(OH)2 films prepared by electrodeposition as charge storage electrodes for hybrid supercapacitors

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    Nguyen, Tuyen; Boudard, Michel; Carmezim, M. João; Montemor, M. Fátima

    2017-01-01

    Consecutive layers of Ni(OH)2 and Co(OH)2 were electrodeposited on stainless steel current collectors for preparing charge storage electrodes of high specific capacity with potential application in hybrid supercapacitors. Different electrodes were prepared consisting on films of Ni(OH)2, Co(OH)2, Ni1/2Co1/2(OH)2 and layered films of Ni(OH)2 on Co(OH)2 and Co(OH)2 on Ni(OH)2 to highlight the advantages of the new architecture. The microscopy studies revealed the formation of nanosheets in the Co(OH)2 films and of particles agglomerates in the Ni(OH)2 films. Important morphological changes were observed in the double hydroxides films and layered films. Film growth by electrodeposition was governed by instantaneous nucleation mechanism. The new architecture composed of Ni(OH)2 on Co(OH)2 displayed a redox response characterized by the presence of two peaks in the cyclic voltammograms, arising from redox reactions of the metallic species present in the layered film. These electrodes revealed a specific capacity of 762 C g−1 at the specific current of 1 A g−1. The hybrid cell using Ni(OH)2 on Co(OH)2 as positive electrode and carbon nanofoam paper as negative electrode display specific energies of 101.3 W h g−1 and 37.8 W h g−1 at specific powers of 0.2 W g−1 and 2.45 W g−1, respectively. PMID:28051143

  6. Layered Ni(OH)2-Co(OH)2 films prepared by electrodeposition as charge storage electrodes for hybrid supercapacitors

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    Nguyen, Tuyen; Boudard, Michel; Carmezim, M. João; Montemor, M. Fátima

    2017-01-01

    Consecutive layers of Ni(OH)2 and Co(OH)2 were electrodeposited on stainless steel current collectors for preparing charge storage electrodes of high specific capacity with potential application in hybrid supercapacitors. Different electrodes were prepared consisting on films of Ni(OH)2, Co(OH)2, Ni1/2Co1/2(OH)2 and layered films of Ni(OH)2 on Co(OH)2 and Co(OH)2 on Ni(OH)2 to highlight the advantages of the new architecture. The microscopy studies revealed the formation of nanosheets in the Co(OH)2 films and of particles agglomerates in the Ni(OH)2 films. Important morphological changes were observed in the double hydroxides films and layered films. Film growth by electrodeposition was governed by instantaneous nucleation mechanism. The new architecture composed of Ni(OH)2 on Co(OH)2 displayed a redox response characterized by the presence of two peaks in the cyclic voltammograms, arising from redox reactions of the metallic species present in the layered film. These electrodes revealed a specific capacity of 762 C g‑1 at the specific current of 1 A g‑1. The hybrid cell using Ni(OH)2 on Co(OH)2 as positive electrode and carbon nanofoam paper as negative electrode display specific energies of 101.3 W h g‑1 and 37.8 W h g‑1 at specific powers of 0.2 W g‑1 and 2.45 W g‑1, respectively.

  7. Hydrophobic charge-induction resin with 5-aminobenzimidazol as the functional ligand: preparation, protein adsorption and immunoglobulin G purification.

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    Yan, Jun; Zhang, Qi-Lei; Tong, Hong-Fei; Lin, Dong-Qiang; Yao, Shan-Jing

    2015-07-01

    A new hydrophobic charge-induction chromatography resin was prepared with 5-aminobenzimidazol as functional ligand and polyacrylic ester beads as matrix. Adsorption isotherms and adsorption in columns were investigated using human immunoglobulin G and bovine serum albumin as model proteins, and the influence of pH and NaCl concentration was discussed. Results showed that the ligand density was 195 μmol/mL gel, and protein selectivity can be improved by controlling pH and salt addition. An optimized purification process (sample loading at pH 8.0 with 0.2 M NaCl and elution at pH 5.0) was performed to purify human immunoglobulin G from bovine serum albumin containing feedstock, which resulted in human immunoglobulin G purity of 99.7% and recovery of 94.6%. A similar process was applied for the purification of monoclonal antibody from cell culture supernatant, which showed antibody purity of 94.9% and recovery of 92.5%. The results indicated that the new resin developed had comparable performance as Protein A chromatography and would be suitable for antibody purification from complex feedstock.

  8. Microfluidic hydrogels for tissue engineering.

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    Huang, Guo You; Zhou, Li Hong; Zhang, Qian Cheng; Chen, Yong Mei; Sun, Wei; Xu, Feng; Lu, Tian Jian

    2011-03-01

    With advanced properties similar to the native extracellular matrix, hydrogels have found widespread applications in tissue engineering. Hydrogel-based cellular constructs have been successfully developed to engineer different tissues such as skin, cartilage and bladder. Whilst significant advances have been made, it is still challenging to fabricate large and complex functional tissues due mainly to the limited diffusion capability of hydrogels. The integration of microfluidic networks and hydrogels can greatly enhance mass transport in hydrogels and spatiotemporally control the chemical microenvironment of cells, mimicking the function of native microvessels. In this review, we present and discuss recent advances in the fabrication of microfluidic hydrogels from the viewpoint of tissue engineering. Further development of new hydrogels and microengineering technologies will have a great impact on tissue engineering.

  9. Hydrogels in Regenerative Medicine

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    Slaughter, Brandon V.; Khurshid, Shahana S.; Fisher, Omar Z.; Khademhosseini, Ali

    2015-01-01

    Hydrogels, due to their unique biocompatibility, flexible methods of synthesis, range of constituents, and desirable physical characteristics, have been the material of choice for many applications in regenerative medicine. They can serve as scaffolds that provide structural integrity to tissue constructs, control drug and protein delivery to tissues and cultures, and serve as adhesives or barriers between tissue and material surfaces. In this work, the properties of hydrogels that are important for tissue engineering applications and the inherent material design constraints and challenges are discussed. Recent research involving several different hydrogels polymerized from a variety of synthetic and natural monomers using typical and novel synthetic methods are highlighted. Finally, special attention is given to the microfabrication techniques that are currently resulting in important advances in the field. PMID:20882499

  10. Enhanced mechanical performance of biocompatible hemicelluloses-based hydrogel via chain extension

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    Qi, Xian-Ming; Chen, Ge-Gu; Gong, Xiao-Dong; Fu, Gen-Que; Niu, Ya-Shuai; Bian, Jing; Peng, Feng; Sun, Run-Cang

    2016-01-01

    Hemicelluloses are widely used to prepare gel materials because of their renewability, biodegradability, and biocompatibility. Here, molecular chain extension of hemicelluloses was obtained in a two-step process. Composite hydrogels were prepared via free radical graft copolymerization of crosslinked quaternized hemicelluloses (CQH) and acrylic acid (AA) in the presence of crosslinking agent N,N’-methylenebisacrylamide (MBA). This chain extension strategy significantly improved the mechanical performance of the resulting hydrogels. The crosslinking density, compression modulus, and swelling capacities of hydrogels were tuned by changing the AA/CQH and MBA/CQH contents. Moreover, the biocompatibility test suggests that the hemicelluloses-based hydrogels exhibited no toxicity to cells and allowed cell growth. Taken together, these properties demonstrated that the composite hydrogels have potential applications in the fields of water absorbents, cell culture, and other functional biomaterials. PMID:27634095

  11. PIXE investigation of in vitro release of chloramphenicol across polyvinyl alcohol/acrylamide hydrogel

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    Rihawy, M. S.; Alzier, A.; Allaf, A. W.

    2011-09-01

    Hydrogels based on polyvinyl alcohol and different amounts of acrylamide monomer were prepared by thermal cross-linking in the solid state. The hydrogels were investigated for drug delivery system applications. Chloramphenicol was adopted as a model drug to study its release behavior. Particle induced X-ray emission was utilized to study the drug release behavior across the hydrogels and a comparison study with ultraviolet measurements was performed. Fourier Transform Infrared measurements were carried out for molecular characterization. The releasing behavior of the drug exhibits a decrease and a subsequent increase in the release rate, as the acrylamide monomer increases. Characterization of the hydrogels has shown a competitive behavior between crosslinking with AAm acrylamide monomer or oligomerized version, depending on the amount added to prepare the hydrogels.

  12. Light-Switchable Self-Healing Hydrogel Based on Host-Guest Macro-Crosslinking.

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    Yang, Qiaofeng; Wang, Ping; Zhao, Chuanzhuang; Wang, Wenqin; Yang, Jingfa; Liu, Qiao

    2017-03-01

    A self-healing hydrogel is prepared by crosslinking acrylamide with a host-guest macro-crosslinker assembled from poly(β-cyclodextrin) nanogel and azobenzeneacrylamide. The photoisomerizable azobenzene moiety can change its binding affinity with β-cyclodextrin, therefore the crosslinking density and rheology property of the hydrogel can be tuned with light stimulus. The hydrogel can repair its wound autonomously through the dynamic host-guest interaction. In addition, the wounded hydrogel will lose its ability of self-healing when exposed to ultraviolet light, and the self-healing behavior can be recovered upon the irradiation of visible light. The utilizing of host-guest macro-crosslinking approach manifests the as-prepared hydrogel reversible and light-switchable self-healing property, which would broaden the potential applications of self-healing polymers.

  13. Defining cisplatin incorporation properties in thermosensitive injectable biodegradable hydrogel for sustained delivery and enhanced cytotoxicity.

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    Abdel-Bar, Hend Mohamed; Abdel-Reheem, Amal Youssef; Osman, Rihab; Awad, Gehanne A S; Mortada, Nahed

    2014-12-30

    Injectable thermoreversible chitosan (CS)/β-glycerophosphate (β-GP) hydrogels were developed for prolonged localized delivery of cisplatin (Cis). The effects of formulation variables on the thermoreversible hydrogels preparation as well as the impact of drug incorporation method on Cis release were studied. Antitumor activity of Cis CS/β-GP thermoreversible hydrogels were evaluated against HCT-116 human colorectal cancer cells and MCF-7 human breast cancer cells. Incorporation of Cis to CS solution adjusted at pH 6.2 prior to hydrogel preparation deemed necessary to achieve a sustained release up to 4 days. Cis loaded CS/β-GP thermoreversible hydrogels showed enhanced antitumor activity with about 1.2 fold and 2.05 fold that of Cis solution against HCT-116 cancer cells and MCF-7 cancer cells respectively. The obtained enhanced antitumor activity elected this delivery system for further in vivo and toxicological investigations.

  14. Starch nanocrystals based hydrogel: Construction, characterizations and transdermal application.

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    Bakrudeen, Haja Bava; Sudarvizhi, C; Reddy, B S R

    2016-11-01

    Bio-based nanocomposites were prepared using starch nanocrystals obtained by acid hydrolysis of native starches using different acid sources. In recent times, focuses on starch nanocrystals (SNCs) have been increasing in number of research works dedicated to the development of bio-nanocomposites by blending with different biopolymeric matrices. The work mainly deals with the preparation of starch nanocrystals using different native starches by acid hydrolysis using hydrochloric acid and trifluroacetic acid. The as-prepared starch nanocrystals are having high crystallinity and more platelet morphologies, and used as a drug carrying filler material in the hydrogel formulations with the care of different polymer matrices. The condensed work also concentrates on the dispersion of antiviral drug in the hydrogels, which are applied onto biocompatible bio-membrane to be formulating a complete transdermal patch. The acid hydrolysed starch nanocrystals were thoroughly characterized using TEM, SEM, particle size analysis and zeta potential. Their thermal stability and the crystalline properties were also characterized using TG-DSC and XRD respectively. The physiochemical interaction and compatibility between the drug and the SNCs filler in the polymeric hydrogels were evaluated using FT-IR analysis. The formulated hydrogels were subjected to evaluation of in vitro permeation studies using Franz diffusion studies. The in vitro study was indicated substantial guarantee for the fabrication of drug dispersed in polymeric hydrogels using SNCs as filler matrices for a successful transdermal drug delivery.

  15. Improving the stability of chitosan-gelatin-based hydrogels for cell delivery using transglutaminase and controlled release of doxycycline.

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    Tormos, Christian J; Abraham, Carol; Madihally, Sundararajan V

    2015-12-01

    Although local cell delivery is an option to repair tissues, particularly using chitosan-based hydrogels, significant attrition of injected cells prior to engraftment has been a problem. To address this problem, we explored the possibility of stabilizing the chitosan-gelatin (CG) injectable hydrogels using (1) controlled release of doxycycline (DOX) to prevent premature degradation due to increased gelatinase activity (MMP-2 and MMP-9), and (2) transglutaminase (TG) to in situ cross-link gelatin to improve the mechanical stability. We prepared DOX-loaded PLGA nanoparticles, loaded into the CG hydrogels, measured DOX release for 5 days, and modeled using a single-compartmental assumption. Next, we assessed the influence of TG and DOX on hydrogel compression properties by incubating hydrogels for 7 days in PBS. We evaluated the effect of these changes on retention of fibroblasts and alterations in MMP-2/MMP-9 activity by seeding 500,000 fibroblasts for 5 days. These results showed that 90 % of DOX released from cross-linked CG hydrogels after 4 days, unlike CG hydrogels where 90 % of DOX was released within the first day. Addition of TG enhanced the CG hydrogel stability significantly. More than 60 % of seeded fibroblasts were recovered from the CG-TG hydrogels at day 5, unlike 40 % recovered from CG-hydrogels. Inhibition of MMP-2/MMP-9 were observed. In summary, controlled release of DOX from CG hydrogels cross-linked with TG shows a significant potential as a carrier for cell delivery.

  16. A novel injectable temperature-sensitive zinc doped chitosan/β-glycerophosphate hydrogel for bone tissue engineering.

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    Niranjan, Ramesh; Koushik, Chandru; Saravanan, Sekaran; Moorthi, Ambigapathi; Vairamani, Mariappanadar; Selvamurugan, Nagarajan

    2013-03-01

    Hydrogels are hydrophilic polymers that have a wide range of biomedical applications including bone tissue engineering. In this study we report preparation and characterization of a thermosensitive hydrogel (Zn-CS/β-GP) containing zinc (Zn), chitosan (CS) and beta-glycerophosphate (β-GP) for bone tissue engineering. The prepared hydrogel exhibited a liquid state at room temperature and turned into a gel at body temperature. The hydrogel was characterized by SEM, EDX, XRD, FT-IR and swelling studies. The hydrogel enhanced antibacterial activity and promoted osteoblast differentiation. Thus, we suggest that the Zn-CS/β-GP hydrogel could have potential impact as an injectable in situ forming scaffold for bone tissue engineering applications.

  17. Hyaluronic Acid Based Hydrogels for Regenerative Medicine Applications

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    Borzacchiello, Assunta; Russo, Luisa; Malle, Birgitte M.; Schwach-Abdellaoui, Khadija; Ambrosio, Luigi

    2015-01-01

    Hyaluronic acid (HA) hydrogels, obtained by cross-linking HA molecules with divinyl sulfone (DVS) based on a simple, reproducible, and safe process that does not employ any organic solvents, were developed. Owing to an innovative preparation method the resulting homogeneous hydrogels do not contain any detectable residual cross-linking agent and are easier to inject through a fine needle. HA hydrogels were characterized in terms of degradation and biological properties, viscoelasticity, injectability, and network structural parameters. They exhibit a rheological behaviour typical of strong gels and show improved viscoelastic properties by increasing HA concentration and decreasing HA/DVS weight ratio. Furthermore, it was demonstrated that processes such as sterilization and extrusion through clinical needles do not imply significant alteration of viscoelastic properties. Both SANS and rheological tests indicated that the cross-links appear to compact the network, resulting in a reduction of the mesh size by increasing the cross-linker amount. In vitro degradation tests of the HA hydrogels demonstrated that these new hydrogels show a good stability against enzymatic degradation, which increases by increasing HA concentration and decreasing HA/DVS weight ratio. Finally, the hydrogels show a good biocompatibility confirmed by in vitro tests. PMID:26090451

  18. Dynamic mechanical and swelling properties of maleated hyaluronic acid hydrogels.

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    Lin, Hai; Liu, Jun; Zhang, Kai; Fan, Yujiang; Zhang, Xingdong

    2015-06-05

    A series of maleated hyaluronan (MaHA) are developed by modification with maleic anhydride. The degrees of substitution (DS) of MaHA vary between 7% and 75%. The DS of MaHA is both higher and wider than methacrylated HA derivatives (MeHA) reported in the literature. MaHA hydrogels are then prepared by photopolymerization and their dynamic mechanical and swelling properties of the hydrogels are investigated. The results showed that MaHA hydrogels with moderate DS (25%, 50% and 65%) have higher storage modulus and lower equilibrium swelling ratios than those with either low or high DS (7%, 15% and 75%). Theoretical analyses also suggest a similar pattern among hydrogels with different DS. The results confirm that the increased cross-linking density enhances the strength of hydrogels. Meanwhile, the hydrophilicity of introduced groups during modification and the degree of incomplete crosslinking reaction might have negative impact on the mechanical and swelling properties of MaHA hydrogels.

  19. Properties of radiation-synthesized polyvinylpyrrolidone/chitosan hydrogel blends

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    Mahmud, Maznah; Daik, Rusli; Adam, Zainah

    2015-09-25

    Poly(vinylpyrrolidone) (PVP)-crosslinked chitosan hydrogels were prepared by gamma radiation at various doses; 1, 3 5, 7, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30kGy. Gamma radiation was used as a crosslinking tool which requires no chemical initiator, no heating process and need no purification step on the end products obtained. The hydrogel formulations were composed of 6% chitosan with average molecular weight (Mw) = 48 800 g/mol and 14% PVP with Mw = 10 000 g/mol in 2% lactic acid. Physical properties of hydrogels such as gel fraction and swelling property at pH 5.5 and pH 7.0 as well as syneresis activity were determined. It was found that different radiation dose induces different effect on hydrogels’ network formed. Morphological study of hydrogels has been carried out by scanning electron microscope (SEM). From these preliminary evaluations, it can be concluded that gamma radiation is an effective tool for network development of hydrogels and it also induces enhancement on characteristics of hydrogels synthesized.

  20. Injectable hyaluronic acid hydrogel for 19F magnetic resonance imaging.

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    Yang, Xia; Sun, Yi; Kootala, Sujit; Hilborn, Jöns; Heerschap, Arend; Ossipov, Dmitri

    2014-09-22

    We report on a 19F labeled injectable hyaluronic acid (HA) hydrogel that can be monitored by both 1H and 19F MR imaging. The HA based hydrogel formed via carbazone reaction can be obtained within a minute by simple mixing of HA-carbazate and HA-aldehyde derivatized polymers. 19F contrast agent was linked to with carbazate and thiol dually functionalized HA via orthogonal Michael addition reaction which afforded cross-linkable and 19F labeled HA. The 19F labeling of HA polymer did not affect the mechanical properties of the formed hydrogel. As a result, the shape of a hydrogel sample could be imaged very well by both 1H MRI and high resolution 19F MRI. This hydrogel has high potential in clinical applications since it is injectable, biocompatible, and can be tracked in a minimally invasive manner. The present approach can be applied in preparation of injectable 19F labeled hydrogel biomaterials from other natural biomacromolecules.

  1. Microfluidic hydrogel arrays for direct genotyping of clinical samples.

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    Jung, Yun Kyung; Kim, Jungkyu; Mathies, Richard A

    2016-05-15

    A microfluidic hydrogel DNA microarray is developed to overcome the limitations of conventional planar microarrays such as low sensitivity, long overnight hybridization time, lack of a melting verification of proper hybrid, and complicated sample preparation process for genotyping of clinical samples. Unlike our previous prototype hydrogel array which can analyze only single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) targets, the device is the first of its type to allow direct multiplexed single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) detection of human clinical samples comprising double-stranded DNA (dsDNA). This advance is made possible by incorporating a streptavidin (SA) hydrogel capture/purification element in a double T-junction at the start of the linear hydrogel array structure and fabricating ten different probe DNAs-entrapped hydrogels in microfluidic channels. The purified or unpurified polymerase chain reaction (PCR) products labeled with a fluorophore and a biotin are electrophoresed through the SA hydrogel for binding and purification. After electrophoretic washing, the fluorophore-labeled DNA strand is then thermally released for hybridization capture by its complementary probe gel element. We demonstrate the precise and rapid discrimination of the genotypes of five different clinical targets by melting curve analysis based on temperature-gradient electrophoresis within 3h, which is at least 3-fold decrease in incubation time compared to conventional microarrays. In addition, a 1.7 pg (0.024 femtomoles) limit of detection for clinical samples is achieved which is ~100-fold better sensitivity than planar microarrays.

  2. Fabrication of multilayered vascular tissues using microfluidic agarose hydrogel platforms.

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    Kinoshita, Keita; Iwase, Masaki; Yamada, Masumi; Yajima, Yuya; Seki, Minoru

    2016-11-01

    Vascular tissues fabricated in vitro are useful tools for studying blood vessel-related cellular physiologies and for constructing relatively large 3D tissues. An efficient strategy for fabricating vascular tissue models with multilayered, branched, and thick structures through the in situ hydrogel formation in fluidic channels is proposed. First, an aqueous solution of RGD-alginate containing smooth muscle cells (SMCs) is introduced into channel structures made of agarose hydrogel, forming a cell-embedding Ca-alginate hydrogel layer with a thickness of several hundred micrometers on the channel surface because of the Ca(2+) ions diffused from the agarose hydrogel matrix. Next, endothelial cells (ECs) are introduced and cultured for up to seven days to form hierarchically organized, multilayered vascular tissues. The factors affecting the thickness of the Ca-alginate hydrogel layer, and prepared several types of microchannels with different morphologies are examined. The fabricated vascular tissue models are easily recovered from the channel by simply detaching the agarose hydrogel plates. In addition, the effect of O2 tension (20 or 80%) on the viability and elastin production of SMCs during the perfusion culture is evaluated. This technique would pave a new way for vascular tissue engineering because it enables the facile production of morphologically in vivo vascular tissue-like structures that can be employed for various biomedical applications.

  3. Oxidatively Responsive Chain Extension to Entangle Engineered Protein Hydrogels

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    Tang, Shengchang; Glassman, Matthew J.; Li, Shuaili; Socrate, Simona; Olsen, Bradley D.

    2014-01-01

    Engineering artificial protein hydrogels for medical applications requires precise control over their mechanical properties, including stiffness, toughness, extensibility and stability in the physiological environment. Here we demonstrate topological entanglement as an effective strategy to robustly increase the mechanical tunability of a transient hydrogel network based on coiled-coil interactions. Chain extension and entanglement are achieved by coupling the cysteine residues near the N- and C- termini, and the resulting chain distribution is found to agree with the Jacobson-Stockmayer theory. By exploiting the reversible nature of the disulfide bonds, the entanglement effect can be switched on and off by redox stimuli. With the presence of entanglements, hydrogels exhibit a 7.2-fold enhanced creep resistance and a suppressed erosion rate by a factor of 5.8, making the gels more mechanically stable in a physiologically relevant open system. While hardly affecting material stiffness (only resulting in a 1.5-fold increase in the plateau modulus), the entanglements remarkably lead to hydrogels with a toughness of 65,000 J m-3 and extensibility to approximately 3,000% engineering strain, which enables the preparation of tough yet soft tissue simulants. This improvement in mechanical properties resembles that from double-network hydrogels, but is achieved with the use of a single associating network and topological entanglement. Therefore, redox-triggered chain entanglement offers an effective approach for constructing mechanically enhanced and responsive injectable hydrogels. PMID:24910474

  4. Recent advances in clay mineral-containing nanocomposite hydrogels.

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    Zhao, Li Zhi; Zhou, Chun Hui; Wang, Jing; Tong, Dong Shen; Yu, Wei Hua; Wang, Hao

    2015-12-28

    Clay mineral-containing nanocomposite hydrogels have been proven to have exceptional composition, properties, and applications, and consequently have attracted a significant amount of research effort over the past few years. The objective of this paper is to summarize and evaluate scientific advances in clay mineral-containing nanocomposite hydrogels in terms of their specific preparation, formation mechanisms, properties, and applications, and to identify the prevailing challenges and future directions in the field. The state-of-the-art of existing technologies and insights into the exfoliation of layered clay minerals, in particular montmorillonite and LAPONITE®, are discussed first. The formation and structural characteristics of polymer/clay nanocomposite hydrogels made from in situ free radical polymerization, supramolecular assembly, and freezing-thawing cycles are then examined. Studies indicate that additional hydrogen bonding, electrostatic interactions, coordination bonds, hydrophobic interaction, and even covalent bonds could occur between the clay mineral nanoplatelets and polymer chains, thereby leading to the formation of unique three-dimensional networks. Accordingly, the hydrogels exhibit exceptional optical and mechanical properties, swelling-deswelling behavior, and stimuli-responsiveness, reflecting the remarkable effects of clay minerals. With the pivotal roles of clay minerals in clay mineral-containing nanocomposite hydrogels, the nanocomposite hydrogels possess great potential as superabsorbents, drug vehicles, tissue scaffolds, wound dressing, and biosensors. Future studies should lay emphasis on the formation mechanisms with in-depth insights into interfacial interactions, the tactical functionalization of clay minerals and polymers for desired properties, and expanding of their applications.

  5. Adhesion in hydrogel contacts.

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    Torres, J R; Jay, G D; Kim, K-S; Bothun, G D

    2016-05-01

    A generalized thermomechanical model for adhesion was developed to elucidate the mechanisms of dissipation within the viscoelastic bulk of a hyperelastic hydrogel. Results show that in addition to the expected energy release rate of interface formation, as well as the viscous flow dissipation, the bulk composition exhibits dissipation due to phase inhomogeneity morphological changes. The mixing thermodynamics of the matrix and solvent determines the dynamics of the phase inhomogeneities, which can enhance or disrupt adhesion. The model also accounts for the time-dependent behaviour. A parameter is proposed to discern the dominant dissipation mechanism in hydrogel contact detachment.

  6. Adhesion in hydrogel contacts

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    Torres, J. R.; Jay, G. D.; Kim, K.-S.; Bothun, G. D.

    2016-05-01

    A generalized thermomechanical model for adhesion was developed to elucidate the mechanisms of dissipation within the viscoelastic bulk of a hyperelastic hydrogel. Results show that in addition to the expected energy release rate of interface formation, as well as the viscous flow dissipation, the bulk composition exhibits dissipation due to phase inhomogeneity morphological changes. The mixing thermodynamics of the matrix and solvent determines the dynamics of the phase inhomogeneities, which can enhance or disrupt adhesion. The model also accounts for the time-dependent behaviour. A parameter is proposed to discern the dominant dissipation mechanism in hydrogel contact detachment.

  7. Supramolecular Hydrogelators and Hydrogels: From Soft Matter to Molecular Biomaterials

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    2015-01-01

    In this review we intend to provide a relatively comprehensive summary of the work of supramolecular hydrogelators after 2004 and to put emphasis particularly on the applications of supramolecular hydrogels/hydrogelators as molecular biomaterials. After a brief introduction of methods for generating supramolecular hydrogels, we discuss supramolecular hydrogelators on the basis of their categories, such as small organic molecules, coordination complexes, peptides, nucleobases, and saccharides. Following molecular design, we focus on various potential applications of supramolecular hydrogels as molecular biomaterials, classified by their applications in cell cultures, tissue engineering, cell behavior, imaging, and unique applications of hydrogelators. Particularly, we discuss the applications of supramolecular hydrogelators after they form supramolecular assemblies but prior to reaching the critical gelation concentration because this subject is less explored but may hold equally great promise for helping address fundamental questions about the mechanisms or the consequences of the self-assembly of molecules, including low molecular weight ones. Finally, we provide a perspective on supramolecular hydrogelators. We hope that this review will serve as an updated introduction and reference for researchers who are interested in exploring supramolecular hydrogelators as molecular biomaterials for addressing the societal needs at various frontiers. PMID:26646318

  8. Sustained-release hydrogels of topotecan for retinoblastoma.

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    Taich, Paula; Moretton, Marcela A; Del Sole, María Jose; Winter, Ursula; Bernabeu, Ezequiel; Croxatto, Juan O; Oppezzo, Javier; Williams, Gustavo; Chantada, Guillermo L; Chiappetta, Diego A; Schaiquevich, Paula

    2016-10-01

    Treatment of retinoblastoma, the most common primary ocular malignancy in children, has greatly improved over the last decade. Still, new devices for chemotherapy are needed to achieve better tumor control. The aim of this project was to develop an ocular drug delivery system for topotecan (TPT) loaded in biocompatible hydrogels of poly(ε-caprolactone)-poly(ethyleneglycol)-poly(ε-caprolactone) block copolymers (PCL-PEG-PCL) for sustained TPT release in the vitreous humor. Hydrogels were prepared from TPT and synthesized PCL-PEG-PCL copolymers. Rheological properties and in vitro and in vivo TPT release were studied. Hydrogel cytotoxicity was evaluated in retinoblastoma cells as a surrogate for efficacy and TPT vitreous pharmacokinetics and systemic as well as ocular toxicity were evaluated in rabbits. The pseudoplastic behavior of the hydrogels makes them suitable for intraocular administration. In vitro release profiles showed a sustained release of TPT from PCL-PEG-PCL up to 7days and drug loading did not affect the release pattern. Blank hydrogels did not affect retinoblastoma cell viability but 0.4% (w/w) TPT-loaded hydrogel was highly cytotoxic for at least 7days. After intravitreal injection, TPT vitreous concentrations were sustained above the pharmacologically active concentration. One month after injection, animals with blank or TPT-loaded hydrogels showed no systemic toxicity or retinal impairment on fundus examination, electroretinographic, and histopathological assessments. These novel TPT-hydrogels can deliver sustained concentrations of active drug into the vitreous with excellent biocompatibility in vivo and pronounced cytotoxic activity in retinoblastoma cells and may become an additional strategy for intraocular retinoblastoma treatment.

  9. Design of biomimetic super-lubricants by hydrogel-biopolymer aggregates

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    Seekell, Raymond; Dever, Rachel; Zhu, Yingxi

    2013-03-01

    Inspired by the superb lubricity of natural synovial fluids for moving articular cartilage joints, we investigate a biomimetic artificial lubricant based on a hydrogel-biopolymer mixture with optimized rheological properties at a microscopic level. Specifically, we examine the structure and rheological relationship of stimuli-responsive poly (N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) hydrogel added with hyaluronic acid (HA) to simulate the complexes of HA with a globule protein, lubricin, which are credited as the two key lubricious constituents in natural synovial fluids. By combined microscopic structural characterization and rheology measurement, we tune the rheological and frictional behaviors of HA solutions by optimizing the content of added micron-sized PNIPAM hydrogel particles to form stable PNIPAM-HA network. In a recent work on using zwitterionic hydrogel particles instead of negatively charged PNIPAM, comparable structure and rheological properties of hydrogel-HA aggregates are observed, which may give insight to design new biocompatible lubricants and lubricious coatings for medical ramification.

  10. Functional elastic hydrogel as recyclable membrane for the adsorption and degradation of methylene blue.

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    Bao, Song; Wu, Dongbei; Wang, Qigang; Su, Teng

    2014-01-01

    Developing the application of high-strength hydrogels has gained much attention in the fields of medical, pharmacy, and pollutant removal due to their versatility and stimulus-responsive properties. In this presentation, a high-strength freestanding elastic hydrogel membrane was constructed by clay nanosheets, N, N-dimethylacrylamide and 2-acrylamide-2-methylpropanesulfonic acid for adsorption of methylene blue and heavy metal ions. The maximum values of elongation and Young's modulus for 0.5% AMPSNa hydrogel were 1901% and 949.4 kPa, respectively, much higher than those of traditional hydrogels. The adsorptions were confirmed to follow pseudo-second kinetic equation and Langmuir isotherm model fits the data well. The maximum adsorption capacity of hydrogel towards methylene blue was 434.8 mg g(-1). The hydrogel also exhibited higher separation selectivity to Pb(2+) than Cu(2+). The methylene blue adsorbed onto the hydrogel membrane can be photocatalytically degraded by Fenton agent and the hydrogel membrane could be recycled at least five times without obvious loss in mechanical properties. In conclusion, this presentation demonstrates a convenient strategy to prepare tough and elastic clay nanocomposite hydrogel, which can not only be applied as recyclable membrane for the photocatalytic degradation of organic dye, but also for the recovery of valuables.

  11. Horseradish peroxidase-catalysed in situ-forming hydrogels for tissue-engineering applications.

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    Bae, Jin Woo; Choi, Jong Hoon; Lee, Yunki; Park, Ki Dong

    2015-11-01

    In situ-forming hydrogels are an attractive class of implantable biomaterials that are used for biomedical applications. These injectable hydrogels are versatile and provide a convenient platform for delivering cells and drugs via minimally invasive surgery. Although several crosslinking methods for preparing in situ forming hydrogels have been developed over the past two decades, most hydrogels are not sufficiently versatile for use in a wide variety of tissue-engineering applications. In recent years, enzyme-catalysed crosslinking approaches have been emerged as a new approach for developing in situ-forming hydrogels. In particular, the horseradish peroxidase (HRP)-catalysed crosslinking approach has received increasing interest, due to its highly improved and tunable capacity to obtain hydrogels with desirable properties. The HRP-catalysed crosslinking reaction immediately occurs upon mixing phenol-rich polymers with HRP and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) in aqueous media. Based on this unique gel-forming feature, recent studies have shown that various properties of formed hydrogels, such as gelation time, stiffness and degradation rate, can be easily manipulated by varying the concentrations of HRP and H2O2. In this review, we outline the versatile properties of HRP-catalysed in situ-forming hydrogels, with a brief introduction to the crosslinking mechanisms involved. In addition, the recent biomedical applications of HRP-catalysed in situ-forming hydrogels for tissue regeneration are described.

  12. The physical and chemical properties of the polyvinylalcohol/polyvinylpyrrolidone/hydroxyapatite composite hydrogel.

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    Ma, Yahui; Bai, Tongchun; Wang, Fei

    2016-02-01

    A hydrogel of polyvinylalcohol (PVA)/polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP)/hydroxyapatite (HA) was prepared by a repeated freezing and thawing technique. The effect of HA on the hydrogel was evaluated by comparing the physical and chemical properties of PVA/PVP/HA and PVA/PVP hydrogels. By using theoretical models, the information about the swelling kinetics and the dehydration kinetics have been obtained. From the analysis of structure, mechanical properties, and molecular interaction, the application of PVA/PVP/HA hydrogel as a biomaterial has been evaluated. Relative to PVA/PVP, the PVA/PVP/HA hydrogel is of denser network structure, lower water content, larger storage modulus, and higher dehydration activation energy. These results reveal that, as HA fills in the hydrogel, the molecular interaction is enhanced, the free space of network is compressed, and the diffusion activation energy of water is increased. In spite of its water content being decreased, it is still in the range of meeting the requirement of bio-application. When the hydrogel is subjected to external forces, the matrix will transfer the load to the HA powder, thus enhance the strength of the hydrogel. For application in bio-materials, HA will still have osteoinductivity because its crystalline structure is not interrupted in PVA/PVP/HA hydrogel environment.

  13. Biocompatible and biodegradable poly(Tannic Acid) hydrogel with antimicrobial and antioxidant properties.

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    Sahiner, Nurettin; Sagbas, Selin; Sahiner, Mehtap; Silan, Coskun; Aktas, Nahit; Turk, Mustafa

    2016-01-01

    A novel resourceful bulk poly(Tannic Acid) (p(TA)) hydrogel was prepared by crosslinking TA molecules with an epoxy crosslinker, trimethylolpropane triglycidyl ether (TMPGDE), in an autoclave at 90°C for 2h. The obtained p(TA) hydrogels were in disk form and have highly porous morphology. The swelling characteristics of p(TA) hydrogels were investigated in wound healing pH conditions of pH 5.4, 7.4, and 9 at 37.5°C, and the hydrogels showed good swelling and moisture content behavior. Especially, p(TA) hydrogels were found to be sensitive to pH 9 with 1669% maximum swelling. P(TA) hydrogels were completely degraded at pH 9 hydrolytically in 9 days. Total phenol contents and the effects of scavenging ABTS(+) radicals of degraded p(TA) hydrogels at pH 5.4, 7.4, and 9 were evaluated and calculated in terms of gallic acid equivalent and trolox equivalent antioxidant capacity, respectively, and found to be very effective. Moreover, degraded p(TA) hydrogels display strong antimicrobial behavior against gram positive Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus subtilis, gram negative Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria strains and Candida albicans fungus strain. The WST-1 results indicated that bulk p(TA) hydrogels have no cyctotoxicity to the L929 fibroblast cell line in vitro.

  14. Injectable in situ forming xylitol-PEG-based hydrogels for cell encapsulation and delivery.

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    Selvam, Shivaram; Pithapuram, Madhav V; Victor, Sunita P; Muthu, Jayabalan

    2015-02-01

    Injectable in situ crosslinking hydrogels offer unique advantages over conventional prefabricated hydrogel methodologies. Herein, we synthesize poly(xylitol-co-maleate-co-PEG) (pXMP) macromers and evaluate their performance as injectable cell carriers for tissue engineering applications. The designed pXMP elastomers were non-toxic and water-soluble with viscosity values permissible for subcutaneous injectable systems. pXMP-based hydrogels prepared via free radical polymerization with acrylic acid as crosslinker possessed high crosslink density and exhibited a broad range of compressive moduli that could match the natural mechanical environment of various native tissues. The hydrogels displayed controlled degradability and exhibited gradual increase in matrix porosity upon degradation. The hydrophobic hydrogel surfaces preferentially adsorbed albumin and promoted cell adhesion and growth in vitro. Actin staining on cells cultured on thin hydrogel films revealed subconfluent cell monolayers composed of strong, adherent cells. Furthermore, fabricated 3D pXMP cell-hydrogel constructs promoted cell survival and proliferation in vitro. Cumulatively, our results demonstrate that injectable xylitol-PEG-based hydrogels possess excellent physical characteristics and exhibit exceptional cytocompatibility in vitro. Consequently, they show great promise as injectable hydrogel systems for in situ tissue repair and regeneration.

  15. The relationship between oxygen permeability and phase separation morphology of the multicomponent silicone hydrogels.

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    Zhao, Zhengbai; Xie, Haijiao; An, Shuangshuang; Jiang, Yong

    2014-12-18

    In this article, the multicomponent copolymers were prepared by the copolymerization of two hydrophobic silicon-containing monomers bis(trimethylsilyloxy) methylsilylpropyl glycerol methacrylate (SiMA) and tris(trimethylsiloxy)-3-methacryloxypropylsilane (TRIS) with three hydrophilic monomers 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate, N-vinylpyrrolidone, and N,N-dimethyl acrylamide. The copolymers were hydrated to form transparent silicone hydrogels. The oxygen permeability coefficients (Dk) of hydrogels were measured, and their relationships with the equilibrium water contents (EWC) and the types and contents of silicon containing monomers as well as the phase separation structures of silicone hydrogels were analyzed in detail. The results showed that the EWC decreased as the increase of SiMA content. The relationship between Dk and SiMA content, as well as that between Dk and EWC, showed inverted bell curve distributions, which meant two main factors, i.e., silicon-oxygen bond in silicone and water in hydrogel, contributed to oxygen permeation and followed a mutual inhibition competition mechanism. The internal morphologies of the hydrogels were observed by transmission electron microscope, and the results showed that the hydrogels presented two different phase separation structures depending on the types of the silicon-containing monomers. The silicone phase in SiMA containing hydrogel presented to be a granular texture, while the silicone phase in TRIS containing hydrogel formed a fibrous texture which resulted in a higher Dk value. These results could help to design a silicone hydrogel with better properties and wider application.

  16. Superabsorbent polysaccharide hydrogels based on pullulan derivate as antibacterial release wound dressing.

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    Li, Huanan; Yang, Jing; Hu, Xiaona; Liang, Jie; Fan, Yujiang; Zhang, Xingdong

    2011-07-01

    To accomplish ideal wound dressing, hydrogels based on a natural polysaccharide, pullulan were synthesized by chemical cross-linking. The tensile strengths of the hydrogel films (1 mm thick) were determined to range from 0.663 to 1.097 MPa in proportion to cross-linking degrees and water contents. The swelling study of the hydrogels in water showed remarkable water absorption property with swelling ratio up to 4000%, which provided the hydrogel with quick hemostatic ability and prevent the wound bed from accumulation of exudates. The water vapor transmission rate and water retention of the hydrogels were found to be in the range of 2213-3498 g/m²/day and 34.74-45.81% (after 6 days), indicating that the hydrogel can maintain a moist environment over wound bed, which could prevent the dehydration of the wound bed and prevent the scab formation. Biocompatibility test revealed that the hydrogels were not cytotoxic. The hydrogel could load antimicrobial agents and effectively suppress bacterial proliferation to protect the wound from bacterial invasion. These results suggest that the pullulan hydrogels prepared in this study may have high potential as new ideal wound-dressing materials.

  17. Periodontal tissue regeneration using enzymatically solidified chitosan hydrogels with or without cell loading.

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    Yan, Xiang-Zhen; van den Beucken, Jeroen J J P; Cai, Xinjie; Yu, Na; Jansen, John A; Yang, Fang

    2015-03-01

    This study is aimed to evaluate the in vivo biocompatibility and periodontal regenerative potential of enzymatically solidified chitosan hydrogels with or without incorporated periodontal ligament cells (PDLCs). To this end, chitosan hydrogels, with (n=8; CHIT+CELL) or without (n=8; CHIT) fluorescently labeled PDLCs, were prepared and transplanted into rat intrabony periodontal defects; untreated defects were used as empty controls (n=8; EMPTY). After 4 weeks, maxillae were harvested, decalcified, and used for histological, histomorphometrical, and immunohistochemical assessments. The results showed that PDLCs remained viable upon encapsulation within chitosan hydrogels before transplantation. Histological analysis demonstrated that the chitosan hydrogels were largely degraded after 4 weeks of implantation, without any adverse reaction in the surrounding tissue. In terms of periodontal regeneration, alveolar bone height, alveolar bone area, and epithelial downgrowth were comparable for CHIT, CHIT+CELL, as well as EMPTY groups. In contrast, both CHIT and CHIT+CELL showed a significant increase in functional ligament length compared with EMPTY. From a cellular perspective, the contribution of chitosan hydrogel-incorporated cells to the periodontal regeneration could not be ascertained, as no signal from transplanted PDLCs could be detected at 4 weeks posttransplantation. The results demonstrated that enzymatically solidified chitosan hydrogels are highly biocompatible and biodegradable. Moreover, chitosan hydrogels without cell loading can improve periodontal regeneration in terms of functional ligament length, indicating the great potential of this hydrogel in clinical applications. Further work on the use of chitosan hydrogels as cell carriers is required.

  18. Effect of discarded keratin-based biocomposite hydrogels on the wound healing process in vivo.

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    Park, Mira; Shin, Hye Kyoung; Kim, Byoung-Suhk; Kim, Myung Jin; Kim, In-Shik; Park, Byung-Yong; Kim, Hak-Yong

    2015-10-01

    Biocompatible keratin-based hydrogels prepared by electron beam irradiation (EBI) were examined in wound healing. As the EBI dose increased to 60 kGy, the tensile strength of the hydrogels increased, while the percentage of elongation of the hydrogels decreased. After 7 days, the dehydrated wool-based hydrogels show the highest mechanical properties (the % elongation of 1341 and the tensile strength of 6030 g/cm(2) at an EBI dose of 30 kGy). Excision wound models were used to evaluate the effects of human hair-based hydrogels and wool-based hydrogels on various phases of healing. On post-wounding days 7 and 14, wounds treated with either human hair-based or wool-based hydrogels were greatly reduced in size compared to wounds that received other treatments, although the hydrocolloid wound dressing-treated wound also showed a pronounced reduction in size compared to an open wound as measured by a histological assay. On the 14th postoperative day, the cellular appearances were similar in the hydrocolloid wound dressing and wool-based hydrogel-treated wounds, and collagen fibers were substituted with fibroblasts and mixed with fibroblasts in the dermis. Furthermore, the wound treated with a human hair-based hydrogel showed almost complete epithelial regeneration, with the maturation of immature connective tissue and hair follicles and formation of a sebaceous gland.

  19. Cytocompatible injectable carboxymethyl chitosan/N-isopropylacrylamide hydrogels for localized drug delivery.

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    Zhang, Lin; Wang, Ling; Guo, Baolin; Ma, Peter X

    2014-03-15

    Cytocompatible injectable hydrogels with pH and temperature sensitivity based on carboxymethyl chitosan-graft-poly (N-isopropyl acrylamide)-glycidyl methacrylate (CMCS-PNIPAm-GMA) were prepared by UV crosslinking, and these hydrogels as localized drug carriers for anticancer drug and anti-inflammatory drug were also investigated. The chemical structure of CMCS-PNIPAm-GMA and of their hydrogels was characterized by FT-IR and NMR. The effect of PNIPAm grafting percentage, pH and temperature on the swelling ratio of the hydrogels was studied, demonstrating the pH/temperature-responsive nature of the hydrogels. The morphology of the hydrogels before and after swelling was observed by scanning electron microscope. 5-Fluorouracil and diclofenac sodium as model drugs were encapsulated into the hydrogels in situ. Moreover, the effect of pH and temperature on the release of these drugs was discussed. The cytocompatibility of the macromonomer CMCS-PNIPAm-GMA and their hydrogels was studied with dog bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells by using Alamar blue measurement and Live/Dead assay kit. All the results indicated that these degradable injectable hydrogels are good candidates for localized delivery systems of drugs.

  20. Functional Elastic Hydrogel as Recyclable Membrane for the Adsorption and Degradation of Methylene Blue

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    Bao, Song; Wu, Dongbei; Wang, Qigang; Su, Teng

    2014-01-01

    Developing the application of high-strength hydrogels has gained much attention in the fields of medical, pharmacy, and pollutant removal due to their versatility and stimulus-responsive properties. In this presentation, a high-strength freestanding elastic hydrogel membrane was constructed by clay nanosheets, N, N-dimethylacrylamide and 2-acrylamide-2-methylpropanesulfonic acid for adsorption of methylene blue and heavy metal ions. The maximum values of elongation and Young’s modulus for 0.5% AMPSNa hydrogel were 1901% and 949.4 kPa, respectively, much higher than those of traditional hydrogels. The adsorptions were confirmed to follow pseudo-second kinetic equation and Langmuir isotherm model fits the data well. The maximum adsorption capacity of hydrogel towards methylene blue was 434.8 mg g−1. The hydrogel also exhibited higher separation selectivity to Pb2+ than Cu2+. The methylene blue adsorbed onto the hydrogel membrane can be photocatalytically degraded by Fenton agent and the hydrogel membrane could be recycled at least five times without obvious loss in mechanical properties. In conclusion, this presentation demonstrates a convenient strategy to prepare tough and elastic clay nanocomposite hydrogel, which can not only be applied as recyclable membrane for the photocatalytic degradation of organic dye, but also for the recovery of valuables. PMID:24586396

  1. Electron beam crosslinked PEO and PEO/PVA hydrogels for wound dressing

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    Yoshii, F.; Zhanshan, Y.; Isobe, K.; Shinozaki, K.; Makuuchi, K.

    1999-06-01

    In order to prepare polyethylene oxide (PEO) hydrogel for wound dressing, different molecular weight PEO and PEO/poly(vinyl alcohol), PVA blend hydrogels were obtained with electron beam irradiation. Gel formation of PEO in aqueous solution was saturated at 40 kGy and the achieved gel fraction was 60-70%. The PEO hydrogel obtained was very fragile, hence PVA was added at 10-30% to give toughness to the PEO hydrogel. The PEO/PVA hydrogel blend showed satisfactory properties for wound dressing. To evaluate the healing effect of PEO/PVA hydrogel blend for dressing, the hydrogel covered a wound formed on the back of marmots. Healing under the wet environment of the hydrogel dressing had some advantages compared with that of gauze dressing which gives a dry environment: (1) the healing rate is faster, (2) easier to change the dressing, i.e. the hydrogel can be peeled off without any damage to the regenerated surface, and (3) no dressing material remains on the wound.

  2. Evaluation of genipin-crosslinked chitosan hydrogels as a potential carrier for silver sulfadiazine nanocrystals.

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    Gao, Lei; Gan, Hui; Meng, Zhiyun; Gu, Ruolan; Wu, Zhuona; Zhu, Xiaoxia; Sun, Wenzhong; Li, Jian; Zheng, Ying; Sun, Tao; Dou, Guifang

    2016-12-01

    In the present study genipin crosslinked chitosan (CHI) hydrogels, which had been constructed and reported in our previous studies (Gao et al., 2014 [22]), were further evaluated for their advantage as a carrier for silver sulfadiazine (AgSD) nanocrystal systems. Firstly, AgSD nanocrystals with a mean particle size of 289nm were prepared by wet milling method and encapsulated into genipin crosslinked CHI hydrogels. AgSD nanocrystals displayed a uniform distribution and very good physical stability in the hydrogel network. Swelling-dependent release pattern was found for AgSD nanocrystals from hydrogels and the release profile could be well fitted with Peppas equation. When AgSD nanocrystals were encapsulated in hydrogels their fibroblast cytotoxicity decreased markedly, and their antibacterial effects against Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa were still comparable to unencapsulated AgSD nanocrystals. In vivo evaluation in excision and burn cutaneous wound models in mice showed that AgSD nanocrystal hydrogels markedly decreased the expression of inflammatory cytokine IL-6, but increased the levels of growth factors VEGF-A and TGF-β1. Histopathologically, the wounds treated by hydrogels containing AgSD nanocrystals showed the best healing state compared with commercial AgSD cream, hydrogels containing AgSD bulk powders and blank hydrogels. The wounds treated by AgSD nanocrystal hydrogels were dominated by marked fibroblast proliferation, new blood vessels and thick regenerated epithelial layer. Sirius Red staining assay indicated that AgSD nanocrystal hydrogels resulted in more collagen deposition characterized by a large proportion of type I fibers. Our study suggested that genipin-crosslinked CHI hydrogel was a potential carrier for local antibacterial nanomedicines.

  3. Designing injectable beta-hairpin peptide hydrogels for cartilage tissue engineering application

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    Sinthuvanich, Chomdao

    In this work, it was demonstrated that peptide-based gels having different electrostatic network character but similar mechanical properties can be designed by modulating the primary sequence of the peptides used for self-assembly. As a result, HLT2 and HET1 peptides, having formal charge states of +5 per monomer, were designed using MAX8, a peptide with a charge state of +7 per monomer, as a template. Using gels prepared from all three peptides (MAX8, HLT2, and HET1), it was shown that the electropositive character of the network influences chondrocyte behavior. Specifically, the less electropositive gel (HLT2) is able to maintain chondrocyte viability and phenotype. In contrast, chondrocytes encapsulated in the more positively charged gel (MAX8) are more prone to dedifferentiation, resulting in tissue constructs with inferior mechanical properties. Gels prepared from peptides having the same net charge but differing only in their primary sequences (HLT2 and HET1) were also shown to influence cell behavior, but only during the early period of culturing. If constructs derived from these two different peptide gels are allowed to culture for extended times, their mechanical properties become similar. This suggests that the amino acid composition and sequence of the peptides used to make the gels also influences cell behavior, but perhaps not to the extent that network electrostatics plays. Supplementation of bioactive factors in the culturing media, as opposed to being encapsulated directly in the network, was shown to adversely affect the cellular response resulting in tissue constructs where extracellular matrix (ECM) components are non-uniformly distributed. When bioactive factors were encapsulated and co-delivered with cells, positive results were observed, particularly when cells were co-encapsulated with the growth factor, TGF-β1. The effect of TGF-β1 on cellular response and the mechanical properties of the tissue-engineered constructs is largely governed by

  4. Swelling/deswelling of Toroidal Hydrogels

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    Chang, Ya-Wen; Dimitriyev, Michael; Marquez, Samantha; Goldbart, Paul; Fernandez-Nieves, Alberto

    2014-03-01

    Swelling/deswelling of hydrogel spheres proceeds with the increase/decrease of particle radius that corresponds to the change in overall volume. When the hydrogel has a toroidal geometry, which is characterized by two principal radii -radius from the center of the donut hole to the center of the tube, and the tube radius, it is not obvious how swelling proceeds. We prepare thermo-sensitive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) pNIPAM toroidal gel particles of different aspect ratios. At equilibrium deswelling, i.e., slow heating rate, we find that the aspect ratio remains constant for both fat and thin tori. This is explained by linear elasticity. On the other hand, when the heating rate is sufficiently high, the toroid buckles due to the presence of a water-impermeable skin layer that develops in the initial deswelling stages. Acknowledgement: We thank Dr. Manuel Marquez, YNano LLC for financial support

  5. Metal nanoparticles triggered persistent negative photoconductivity in silk protein hydrogels

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    Gogurla, Narendar; Sinha, Arun K.; Naskar, Deboki; Kundu, Subhas C.; Ray, Samit K.

    2016-03-01

    Silk protein is a natural biopolymer with intriguing properties, which are attractive for next generation bio-integrated electronic and photonic devices. Here, we demonstrate the negative photoconductive response of Bombyx mori silk protein fibroin hydrogels, triggered by Au nanoparticles. The room temperature electrical conductivity of Au-silk hydrogels is found to be enhanced with the incorporation of Au nanoparticles over the control sample, due to the increased charge transporting networks within the hydrogel. Au-silk lateral photoconductor devices show a unique negative photoconductive response under an illumination of 325 nm, with excitation energy higher than the characteristic metal plasmon resonance band. The enhanced photoconductance yield in the hydrogels over the silk protein is attributed to the photo-oxidation of amino groups in the β-pleated sheets of the silk around the Au nanoparticles followed by the breaking of charge transport networks. The Au-silk nanocomposite does not show any photoresponse under visible illumination because of the localization of excited charges in Au nanoparticles. The negative photoconductive response of hybrid Au-silk under UV illumination may pave the way towards the utilization of silk for future bio-photonic devices using metal nanoparticle platforms.

  6. Metal nanoparticles triggered persistent negative photoconductivity in silk protein hydrogels.

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    Gogurla, Narendar; Sinha, Arun K; Naskar, Deboki; Kundu, Subhas C; Ray, Samit K

    2016-04-14

    Silk protein is a natural biopolymer with intriguing properties, which are attractive for next generation bio-integrated electronic and photonic devices. Here, we demonstrate the negative photoconductive response of Bombyx mori silk protein fibroin hydrogels, triggered by Au nanoparticles. The room temperature electrical conductivity of Au-silk hydrogels is found to be enhanced with the incorporation of Au nanoparticles over the control sample, due to the increased charge transporting networks within the hydrogel. Au-silk lateral photoconductor devices show a unique negative photoconductive response under an illumination of 325 nm, with excitation energy higher than the characteristic metal plasmon resonance band. The enhanced photoconductance yield in the hydrogels over the silk protein is attributed to the photo-oxidation of amino groups in the β-pleated sheets of the silk around the Au nanoparticles followed by the breaking of charge transport networks. The Au-silk nanocomposite does not show any photoresponse under visible illumination because of the localization of excited charges in Au nanoparticles. The negative photoconductive response of hybrid Au-silk under UV illumination may pave the way towards the utilization of silk for future bio-photonic devices using metal nanoparticle platforms.

  7. Alginate based hybrid copolymer hydrogels--influence of pore morphology on cell-material interaction.

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    Gnanaprakasam Thankam, Finosh; Muthu, Jayabalan

    2014-11-04

    Alginate based hybrid copolymer hydrogels with unidirectional pore morphology were prepared to achieve synergistic biological performance for cardiac tissue engineering applications. Alginate based hybrid copolymer (ALGP) were prepared using alginate and poly(propylene fumarate) (HT-PPF) units. Different hybrid bimodal hydrogels were prepared by covalent crosslinking using poly(ethylene glycol diacrylate) and vinyl monomer viz acrylic acid, methyl methacrylate, butyl methacrylate and N-N'-methylene-bis-acrylamide and ionic crosslinking with calcium. The morphologically modified hydrogels (MM-hydrogels) with unidirectional elongated pores and high aspect ratio were prepared. MM-hydrogels favour better mechanical properties; it also enhances cell viability and infiltration due to unidirectional pores. However, the crosslinkers influence the fibroblast infiltration of these hydrogels. Synthesis of collagen and fibroblast infiltration was greater for alginate copolymer crosslinked with poly(ethylene glycol diacrylate-acrylic acid (ALGP-PA) even after one month (288%). This hybrid MM-hydrogel promoted cardiomyoblast growth on to their interstices signifying its potent applications in cardiac tissue engineering.

  8. Intelligent hydrogels for drug delivery system.

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    He, Liumin; Zuo, Qinhua; Xie, Shasha; Huang, Yuexin; Xue, Wei

    2011-09-01

    Intelligent hydrogel, also known as smart hydrogels, are materials with great potential for development in drug delivery system. Intelligent hydrogel also has the ability to perceive as a signal structure change and stimulation. The review introduces the temperature-, pH-, electric signal-, biochemical molecule-, light- and pressure- sensitive hydrogels. Finally, we described the application of intelligent hydrogel in drug delivery system and the recent patents involved for hydrogel in drug delivery.

  9. Insitu grafting silica nanoparticles reinforced nanocomposite hydrogels

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    Yang, Jun; Han, Chun-Rui; Duan, Jiu-Fang; Xu, Feng; Sun, Run-Cang

    2013-10-01

    Highly flexible nanocomposite hydrogels were prepared by using silica nanoparticles (SNPs) as fillers and multi-functional cross-links to graft hydrophilic poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) by free radical polymerization from an aqueous solution. The SNPs were collected by neighboring polymer chains and dispersed uniformly within a PAA matrix. The mechanical properties of the nanocomposite hydrogels were tailored by the concentration of SNPs according to the percolation model. It was proposed that covalent bonds of adsorbed chains on the filler surface resulted in the formation of a shell of an immobilized glassy layer and trapped entanglements, where the glassy polymer layer greatly enhanced the elastic modulus and the release of trapped entanglements at deformation contributed to the viscoelastic properties.Highly flexible nanocomposite hydrogels were prepared by using silica nanoparticles (SNPs) as fillers and multi-functional cross-links to graft hydrophilic poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) by free radical polymerization from an aqueous solution. The SNPs were collected by neighboring polymer chains and dispersed uniformly within a PAA matrix. The mechanical properties of the nanocomposite hydrogels were tailored by the concentration of SNPs according to the percolation model. It was proposed that covalent bonds of adsorbed chains on the filler surface resulted in the formation of a shell of an immobilized glassy layer and trapped entanglements, where the glassy polymer layer greatly enhanced the elastic modulus and the release of trapped entanglements at deformation contributed to the viscoelastic properties. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: FTIR spectra of SNP after silane treatment, dynamic oscillatory shear measurements as a function of frequency, constrained polymer chain analysis by a change in the peak height in loss factor spectra, molecular weight of grafted chains at different stages of gelation, prediction of the SNP reinforcing mechanism in the

  10. Ciprofloxacin-imprinted hydrogels for drug sustained release in aqueous media.

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    Kioomars, Sajedeh; Heidari, Somayeh; Malaekeh-Nikouei, Bizhan; Shayani Rad, Maryam; Khameneh, Bahman; Mohajeri, Seyed Ahmad

    2017-02-01

    In this study several ciprofloxacin (CFX) imprinted and non-imprinted hydrogels were prepared and evaluated as ocular drug delivery systems in aqueous media. 2-Hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) was used as a solvent and backbone monomer, ethylene glycol dimethacrylate (EGDMA) as a cross-linker, methacrylic acid (MAA) as a functional monomer and CFX as the template molecule. CFX-imprinted hydrogels (MIPs) were prepared applying different CFX:MAA molar ratios (1:16, 1:20 and 1:32) in feed composition of monomer solutions. Thermal polymerization was applied and hydrogels were synthesized in a polypropylene mold (0.4 mm thickness). Swelling and binding properties of hydrogels were evaluated in water. Release profile of the MIPs was evaluated in NaCl (0.9%) and artificial tears. The data showed that enhancing the MAA concentration, as a co-monomer, and using molecular imprinting improved binding properties of the synthesized hydrogels. The optimized MIPs with 400 mM MAA and CFX: MAA molar ratio of 1:20 and 1:16 showed the greatest affinity for CFX and the highest ability to control drug release. In vitro antibacterial activity of hydrogels was studied and demonstrated the effect of CFX-loaded hydrogels against Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa) and Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) isolated from patients' eyes. This study indicated antibacterial efficacy of CFX-loaded MIP hydrogels.

  11. Temperature responsive hydrogel magnetic nanocomposites for hyperthermia and metal extraction applications

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    Reddy, N. Narayana; Ravindra, S.; Reddy, N. Madhava; Rajinikanth, V.; Raju, K. Mohana; Vallabhapurapu, Vijaya Srinivasu

    2015-11-01

    The present work deals with the development of temperature and magnetic responsive hydrogel networks based on poly (N-isopropylacrylamide)/acrylamido propane sulfonic acid. The hydrogel matrices are synthesized by polymerizing N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAM) monomer in the presence of acrylamido propane sulphonicacid (AMPS) using a cross-linker (N,N-methylenebisacrylamide, MBA) and redox initiating system [ammonium persulphate (APS)/tetramethylethylenediamine (TMEDA)]. The magnetic nanoparticles are generated throughout the hydrogel networks using in situ method by incorporating iron ions and subsequent treatment with ammonia. A series of hydrogel-magnetic nanocomposites (HGMNC) are developed by varying AMPS composition. The synthesized hydrogel magnetic nanocomposites (HGMNC) are characterized by using Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) Spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), Thermal Analyses and Electron Microscopy analysis (Scanning and Transmission Electron Microscope). The metal extraction capacities of the prepared hydrogel (HG) and hydrogel magnetic nanocomposites (HGMNC) were studied at different temperatures. The results suggest that HGMNCs have higher extraction capacity compared to HG and HG loaded iron ions. This data also reveals that the extraction of metals by hydrogel magnetic nanocomposites (HGMNCs) is higher at higher temperatures than room temperature. The prepared HGMNCs are also subjected to hyperthermia (cancer therapy) studies.

  12. Towards temperature driven forward osmosis desalination using Semi-IPN hydrogels as reversible draw agents.

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    Cai, Yufeng; Shen, Wenming; Loo, Siew Leng; Krantz, William B; Wang, Rong; Fane, Anthony G; Hu, Xiao

    2013-07-01

    We report a study to explore new materials and a new concept for temperature driven quasi-continuous desalination using hydrogels as draw agents in forward osmosis (FO). This concept is enabled by the design and preparation of thermally responsive hydrogels having a semi-interpenetrating network (semi-IPN) structure. Thermally responsive semi-IPN hydrogels were synthesized by polymerization of N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAm) in the presence of polysodium acrylate (PSA) or polyvinyl alcohol (PVA). Their functions as draw agents in FO were systematically studied and compared with hydrogels prepared from the PNIPAm homopolymer or the NIPAM-SA copolymer. While the semi-IPN hydrogels displayed the desirable balanced thermally responsive swelling and dewatering behavior, the NIPAm-SA copolymer hydrogels were found to have poor dewatering behavior, making them unsuitable for a continuous temperature driven desalination process. At 40 °C, the semi-IPN hydrogels rapidly release nearly 100% of the water absorbed during the FO drawing process carried out at room temperature. Results clearly indicate the potential of semi-IPN hydrogels as semi-solid draw agents in the FO process, in which quasi-continuous desalination could be achieved by cyclic heating and cooling within a moderate temperature change.

  13. Comparison of a hydrogel model to the Poisson-Boltzmann cell model

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    Claudio, Gil C.; Kremer, Kurt; Holm, Christian

    2009-09-01

    We have investigated a single charged microgel in aqueous solution with a combined simulational model and Poisson-Boltzmann theory. In the simulations we use a coarse-grained charged bead-spring model in a dielectric continuum, with explicit counterions and full electrostatic interactions under periodic and nonperiodic boundary conditions. The Poisson-Boltzmann hydrogel model is that of a single charged colloid confined to a spherical cell where the counterions are allowed to enter the uniformly charged sphere. In order to investigate the origin of the differences these two models may give, we performed a variety of simulations of different hydrogel models which were designed to test for the influence of charge correlations, excluded volume interactions, arrangement of charges along the polymer chains, and thermal fluctuations in the chains of the gel. These intermediate models systematically allow us to connect the Poisson-Boltzmann cell model to the bead-spring model hydrogel model in a stepwise manner thereby testing various approximations. Overall, the simulational results of all these hydrogel models are in good agreement, especially for the number of confined counterions within the gel. Our results support the applicability of the Poisson-Boltzmann cell model to study ionic properties of hydrogels under dilute conditions.

  14. Chirality-Mediated Mechanical and Structural Properties of Oligopeptide Hydrogels

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    Taraban, Marc B.; Feng, Yue; Hammouda, Boualem; Hyland, Laura L.; Yu, Y. Bruce

    2012-10-29

    The origin and the effects of homochirality in the biological world continuously stimulate numerous hypotheses and much debate. This work attempts to look at the biohomochirality issue from a different angle - the mechanical properties of the bulk biomaterial and their relation to nanoscale structures. Using a pair of oppositely charged peptides that co-assemble into hydrogels, we systematically investigated the effect of chirality on the mechanical properties of these hydrogels through different combinations of syndiotactic and isotactic peptides. It was found that homochirality confers mechanical advantage, resulting in a higher elastic modulus and strain yield value. Yet, heterochirality confers kinetic advantage, resulting in faster gelation. Structurally, both homochiral and heterochiral hydrogels are made of fibers interconnected by lappet-like webs, but the homochiral peptide fibers are thicker and denser. These results highlight the possible role of biohomochirality in the evolution and/or natural selection of biomaterials.

  15. Mediating conducting polymer growth within hydrogels by controlling nucleation

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    Patton, A. J.; Green, R. A.; Poole-Warren, L. A.

    2015-01-01

    This study examines the efficacy of primary and secondary nucleation for electrochemical polymerisation of conductive polymers within poly(vinyl alcohol) methacrylate hydrogels. The two methods of nucleation investigated were a primary heterogeneous mechanism via introduction of conductive bulk metallic glass (Mg64Zn30Ca5Na1) particles and a secondary mechanism via introduction of "pre-polymerised" conducting polymer within the hydrogel (PEDOT:PSS). Evidence of nucleation was not seen in the bulk metallic glass loaded gels, however, the PEDOT:PSS loaded gels produced charge storage capacities over 15 mC/cm2 when sufficient polymer was loaded. These studies support the hypothesis that secondary nucleation is an efficient approach to producing stand-alone conducting hydrogels.

  16. Design, Optimization, and Evaluation of a Novel Metronidazole-Loaded Gastro-Retentive pH-Sensitive Hydrogel.

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    El-Mahrouk, Galal M; Aboul-Einien, Mona H; Makhlouf, Amal I

    2016-12-01

    Floating pH-sensitive chitosan hydrogels containing metronidazole were developed for the eradication of Helicobacter pylori from the stomach. Hydrogels were prepared by crosslinking medium or high molecular weight chitosan in lyophilized solutions containing metronidazole using either citrate or tripolyphosphate (TPP) salts at 1% or 2% concentration. A 2(3) factorial design was developed to study the influence of formulation parameters on the physical characteristics of the prepared hydrogels. The interaction between hydrogel components was investigated. The morphology of the prepared hydrogels was inspected and their percentage swelling, release pattern, and moisture content were evaluated. The results revealed the absence of interaction between hydrogel components and their highly porous structure. Percentage swelling of the hydrogels was much higher, and drug release was faster in gastric pH compared with intestinal pH. The formula prepared using 2% high molecular weight chitosan and 2% TPP significantly swelled (700%) within the first 4 h and released the loaded drug over a period of 24 h. Its moisture content was not affected by storage at high relative humidity. Therefore, this formula was selected to be tested in dogs for its gastric retention (using X-ray radiography) and efficacy in the eradication of H. pylori (using histopathological and microbiological examination). The results revealed that the prepared hydrogel formula was retained in dog stomach for at least 48 h, and it was more effective against H. pylori than the commercially available oral metronidazole tablets (Flagyl®).

  17. Tunable bioadhesive copolymer hydrogels of thermoresponsive poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide) containing zwitterionic polysulfobetaine.

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    Chang, Yung; Yandi, Wetra; Chen, Wen-Yih; Shih, Yu-Ju; Yang, Chang-Chung; Chang, Yu; Ling, Qing-Dong; Higuchi, Akon

    2010-04-12

    This work describes a novel tunable bioadhesive hydrogel of thermoresponsive N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAAm) containing zwitterionic sulfobetaine methacrylate (SBMA). This novel hydrogel highly regulates general bioadhesive foulants through the adsorption of plasma proteins, the adhesion of human platelets and cells, and the attachment of bacteria. In this investigation, nonionic hydrogels of polyNIPAAm, zwitterionic hydrogels of polySBMA, and three copolymeric hydrogels of NIPAAm and SBMA (poly(NIPAAm-co-SBMA)) were prepared. The copolymeric hydrogels exhibited controllable temperature-dependent swelling behaviors and showed stimuli-responsive phase characteristics in the presence of salts. The interactions of these hydrogels with biomolecules and microorganisms were demonstrated by protein adsorption, cell adhesion, and bacterial attachment, which allowed us to evaluate their bioadhesive properties. An enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) with monoclonal antibodies was used to measure different plasma protein adsorptions on the prepared hydrogel surfaces. At a physiological temperature, the high content of the nonionic polyNIPAAm in poly(NIPAAm-co-SBMA) hydrogel exhibits a high protein adsorption due to the interfacial exposure of polyNIPAAm-rich hydrophobic domains. A relatively high content of polySBMA in poly(NIPAAm-co-SBMA) hydrogel exhibits reduced amounts of protein adsorption due to the interfacial hydration of polySBMA-rich hydrophilic segments. The attachment of platelets and the spreading of cells were only observed on polyNIPAAm-rich hydrogel surfaces. Interestingly, the incorporation of zwitterionic SBMA units into the polyNIPAAm gels was found to accelerate the hydration of the cell-cultured surfaces and resulted in more rapid cell detachment. Such copolymer gel surface was shown to be potentially useful for triggered cell detachment. In addition, the interactions of hydrogels with bacteria were also evaluated. The polySBMA-rich hydrogels

  18. Effects of Chitin Whiskers on Physical Properties and Osteoblast Culture of Alginate Based Nanocomposite Hydrogels.

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    Huang, Yao; Yao, Mengyu; Zheng, Xing; Liang, Xichao; Su, Xiaojuan; Zhang, Yu; Lu, Ang; Zhang, Lina

    2015-11-09

    Novel nanocomposite hydrogels composed of polyelectrolytes alginate and chitin whiskers with biocompatibility were successfully fabricated based on the pH-induced charge shifting behavior of chitin whiskers. The chitin whiskers with mean length and width of 300 and 20 nm were uniformly dispersed in negatively charged sodium alginate aqueous solution, leading to the formation of the homogeneous nanocomposite hydrogels. The experimental results indicated that their mechanical properties were significantly improved compared to alginate hydrogel and the swelling trends were inhibited as a result of the strong electrostatic interactions between the chitin whiskers and alginate. The nanocomposite hydrogels exhibited certain crystallinity and hierarchical structure with nanoscale chitin whiskers, similar to the structure of the native extracellular matrix. Moreover, the nanocomposite hydrogels were successfully applied as bone scaffolds for MC3T3-E1 osteoblast cells, showing their excellent biocompatibility and low cytotoxicity. The results of fluorescent micrographs and scanning electronic microscope (SEM) images revealed that the addition of chitin whiskers into the nanocomposite hydrogels markedly promoted the cell adhesion and proliferation of the osteoblast cells. The biocompatible nanocomposite hydrogels have potential application in bone tissue engineering.

  19. Thermally Responsive Hydrogel Blends: A General Drug Carrier Model for Controlled Drug Release.

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    Ma, Chongbo; Shi, Ye; Pena, Danilo A; Peng, Lele; Yu, Guihua

    2015-06-15

    Thermally responsive hydrogels have drawn significant research attention recently because of their simple use as drug carrier at human body temperature. Here we design a hybrid hydrogel that incorporates a hydrophilic polymer, polyethyleneimine (PEI), into the thermally responsive hydrogel poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAm), as a general drug carrier model for controlled drug release. In this work, on one hand, PEI modifies the structure and the size of the pores in the PNIPAm hydrogel. On the other hand, PEI plays an important role in tuning the water content in the hydrogel and controls the water release rate of the hydrogel below the lower critical solution temperature (LCST), resulting in a tunable release rate of the drugs at human body temperature (37 °C). Different release rates are shown as different amounts of PEI are incorporated. PEI controls the release rate, dependent on the charge characteristics of the drugs. The hydrogel blends described in this work extend the concept of a general drug carrier for loading both positively and negatively charged drugs, as well as the controlled release effect.

  20. Optimization of charge carrier transport balance for performance improvement of PDPP3T-based polymer solar cells prepared using a hot solution.

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    Wang, Jian; Zhang, Fujun; Zhang, Miao; Wang, Wenbin; An, Qiaoshi; Li, Lingliang; Sun, Qianqian; Tang, Weihua; Zhang, Jian

    2015-04-21

    Polymer solar cells (PSCs), with poly(diketopyrrolopyrrole-terthiophene) (PDPP3T):[6,6]-phenyl-C71-butyric acid methyl ester (PC71BM) as the active layers, were fabricated using solutions of different temperatures. The best power conversion efficiency (PCE) of the PSCs prepared using a hot solution was about 6.22%, which is better than 5.54% for PSCs prepared using cool (room temperature) solutions and 5.85% for PSCs prepared using cool solutions with a 1,8-diiodooctane (DIO) solvent additive. The underlying reasons for the improved PCE of the PSCs prepared using a hot solution could be attributed to the more dispersive donor and acceptor distribution in the active layer, resulting in a better bi-continuous interpenetrating network for exciton dissociation and charge carrier transport. An enhanced and more balanced charge carrier transport in the active layer is obtained for the PSCs prepared using a hot solution, which can be determined from the J-V curves of the related hole-only and electron-only devices.

  1. Bimodal self-assembly of an amphiphilic gelator into a hydrogel-nanocatalyst and an organogel with different morphologies and photophysical properties.

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    Sutar, Papri; Maji, Tapas Kumar

    2016-11-18

    We design a flexible, amphiphilic LMWG consisting of donor and acceptor π-chromophores which self-assembles into a hydrogel and an organogel with different nano-morphologies. Different mechanisms of self-assembly evolve charge transfer (CT) emission in the hydrogel and LMWG-based emission in the organogel. Moreover, the hydrogel-nanostructure with surface exposed amide groups is explored for catalyzing Knoevenagel condensation reaction.

  2. Hydroxyethyl starch-based polymers for the controlled release of biomacromolecules from hydrogel microspheres.

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    Wöhl-Bruhn, Stefanie; Bertz, Andreas; Harling, Steffen; Menzel, Henning; Bunjes, Heike

    2012-08-01

    Hydrogels are promising delivery systems for the controlled release of biomacromolecules. Based on previous studies, hydrogels were prepared from crosslinkable hydroxyethyl starch with new linker groups to improve mechanical and release properties of the resulting hydrogels. Polyethylene glycol methacrylate with two different spacer lengths was used to obtain polymers (HES-P(EG)(n)MA) with increased hydrophilicity and degradability, whereas a polymer with methacrylate linker directly at the starch backbone (HES-MA) resulted in a less degradable polymer. Hydrogel disks were obtained by UV crosslinking and characterized by swelling and rheological measurements. The hydrogel strength was strongly influenced by the polymer concentration. Using a water-in-water emulsion process, hydrogel microspheres were prepared. The influence of the type of the linker, the degree of substitution and the phase ratio in the production process on the properties of the microspheres was investigated. Depending on the preparation parameters, particles with narrow particle size distribution and encapsulation efficiencies of up to more than 80% for FITC-dextran 70 kDa (FD70) were obtained. Incorporated FITC-labeled IgG showed a faster release from hydrogel microspheres than FD70. The release rate of incorporated FD70 could be adjusted by using different polymers (HES-P(EG)(10)MA>HES-P(EG)(6)MA>HES-MA).

  3. Designing Visible Light-Cured Thiol-Acrylate Hydrogels for Studying the HIPPO Pathway Activation in Hepatocellular Carcinoma Cells.

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    Lin, Tsai-Yu; Bragg, John C; Lin, Chien-Chi

    2016-04-01

    Various polymerization mechanisms have been developed to prepare peptide-immobilized poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) hydrogels, a class of biomaterials suitable for studying cell biology in vitro. Here, a visible light mediated thiol-acrylate photopolymerization scheme is reported to synthesize dually degradable PEG-peptide hydrogels with controllable crosslinking and degradability. The influence of immobilized monothiol pendant peptide is systematically evaluated on the crosslinking of these hydrogels. Further, methods are proposed to modulate hydrogel crosslinking, including adjusting concentration of comonomer or altering the design of multifunctional peptide crosslinker. Due to the formation of thioether ester bonds, these hydrogels are hydrolytically degradable. If the dithiol peptide linkers used are susceptible to protease cleavage, these thiol-acrylate hydrogels can be designed to undergo partial proteolysis. The differences between linear and multiarm PEG-acrylate (i.e., PEGDA vs PEG4A) are also evaluated. Finally, the use of the mixed-mode thiol-acrylate PEG4A-peptide hydrogels is explored for in situ encapsulation of hepatocellular carcinoma cells (Huh7). The effects of matrix stiffness and integrin binding motif (e.g., RGDS) on Huh7 cell growth and HIPPO pathway activation are studied using PEG4A-peptide hydrogels. This visible light poly-merized thiol-acrylate hydrogel system represents an alternative to existing light-cured hydrogel platforms and shall be useful in many biomedical applications.

  4. Biosynthetic hydrogels--studies on chemical and physical characteristics on long-term cellular response for tissue engineering.

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    Thankam, Finosh Gnanaprakasam; Muthu, Jayabalan

    2014-07-01

    Biosynthetic hydrogels can meet the drawbacks caused by natural and synthetic ones for biomedical applications. In the current article we present a novel biosynthetic alginate-poly(propylene fumarate) copolymer based chemically crosslinked hydrogel scaffolds for cardiac tissue engineering applications. Partially crosslinked PA hydrogel and fully cross linked PA-A hydrogel scaffolds were prepared. The influence of chemical and physical (morphology and architecture of hydrogel) characteristics on the long term cellular response was studied. Both these hydrogels were cytocompatible and showed no genotoxicity upon contact with fibroblast cells. Both PA and PA-A were able to resist deleterious effects of reactive oxygen species and sustain the viability of L929 cells. The hydrogel incubated oxidative stress induced cells were capable of maintaining the intra cellular reduced glutathione (GSH) expression to the normal level confirmed their protective effect. Relatively the PA hydrogel was found to be unstable in the cell culture medium. The PA-A hydrogel was able to withstand appreciable cyclic stretching. The cyclic stretching introduced complex macro and microarchitectural features with interconnected pores and more structured bound water which would provide long-term viability of around 250% after the 24th day of culture. All these qualities make PA-A hydrogel form a potent candidate for cardiac tissue engineering.

  5. Biomineralization of calcium phosphate crystals on chitin nanofiber hydrogel for bone regeneration material.

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    Kawata, Mari; Azuma, Kazuo; Izawa, Hironori; Morimoto, Minoru; Saimoto, Hiroyuki; Ifuku, Shinsuke

    2016-01-20

    We previously reported a chitin nanofiber hydrogel from squid pen β-chitin by a simple NaOH treatment. In the present study, a calcium phosphate/chitin nanofiber hydrogel was prepared for bone tissue engineering. Calcium phosphate was mineralized on the hydrogel by incubation in a solution of diammonium hydrogen phosphate solution followed by calcium nitrate tetrahydrate. X-ray diffractometry and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy showed the formation of calcium phosphate crystals. The morphology of the calcium phosphate crystals changed depending on the calcification time. After mineralization, the mechanical properties of the hydrogel improved due to the reinforcement effect of calcium phosphate crystal. In an animal experiment, calcium phosphate/chitin nanofiber hydrogel accelerated mineralization in subcutaneous tissues. Morphological osteoblasts were observed.

  6. Synthesis and Characterization of Cellulose-Based Hydrogels to Be Used as Gel Electrolytes

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    Navarra, Maria Assunta; Dal Bosco, Chiara; Serra Moreno, Judith; Vitucci, Francesco Maria; Paolone, Annalisa; Panero, Stefania

    2015-01-01

    Cellulose-based hydrogels, obtained by tuned, low-cost synthetic routes, are proposed as convenient gel electrolyte membranes. Hydrogels have been prepared from different types of cellulose by optimized solubilization and crosslinking steps. The obtained gel membranes have been characterized by infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, and mechanical tests in order to investigate the crosslinking occurrence and modifications of cellulose resulting from the synthetic process, morphology of the hydrogels, their thermal stability, and viscoelastic-extensional properties, respectively. Hydrogels liquid uptake capability and ionic conductivity, derived from absorption of aqueous electrolytic solutions, have been evaluated, to assess the successful applicability of the proposed membranes as gel electrolytes for electrochemical devices. To this purpose, the redox behavior of electroactive species entrapped into the hydrogels has been investigated by cyclic voltammetry tests, revealing very high reversibility and ion diffusivity. PMID:26633528

  7. Effect of Phbv Content on the Transparency and Swelling Behavior of Polymer/hectorite Nanocomposite Hydrogel

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    Zhang, Qingsong; Zhao, Yiping; Chen, Li

    As a kind of novel biopolymer material with good biodegradability and biocompatibility, poly(β-hydroxybutyrate-co-valerate)(PHBV) was introduced into organic/inorganic network structure of nanocomposite hydrogels prepared by in-situ free-radical polymerization based on monomer N-isopropylacrylamide(NIPAM) and physical cross-linker hectorite. As viewed from appearance of the hydrogels, obvious change occurred from transparent to white with the increase of PHBV content, which reflects the structural shift from homogeneity to inhomogeneity. The swelling ratio and swelling kinetics of thermo-sensitive poly(NIPAM/PHBV/Hectorite) hydrogels with different PHBV content was investigated by gravimetric method. It was found that the incorporation of PHBV decreases the swelling ratio of pure poly(NIPAM/Hectorite) hydrogels on account of hydrophobicity of PHBV. Furthermore, in the case of swelling kinetics, the result of linear regression shows that relaxation of polymer chains of the hydrogels controls the swelling process.

  8. Controlled release of 5-aminosalicylicacid from chitosan based pH and temperature sensitive hydrogels.

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    Bostan, Muge Sennaroglu; Senol, Murat; Cig, Tugce; Peker, Ismail; Goren, Ahmet C; Ozturk, Turan; Eroglu, Mehmet S

    2013-01-01

    A series of temperature and pH responsive hydrogels based on chitosan and poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide) (PNIPA) was prepared by redox polymerization. Effect of the composition on swelling behavior of the hydrogels and the release of 5-aminosaylcilic acid (5-ASA) at different temperatures and pHs have been investigated. Ammonium persulphate and TEMED were used as a redox pair at room temperature. As a cross linker, methacrylated chitosan was synthesized through the reaction of chitosan with glycidyl methacrylate (GMA). Introduction of the cross-linker provided the hydrogels with pH and temperature sensitivities. The phase transition temperatures of the hydrogels were determined by derivative differential scanning calorimeter (DDSC). Their phase transition temperatures were increased by chitosan content. Swelling behaviors and the release of 5-ASA varied significantly with pH, temperature and the gel composition. The release of 5-ASA from the hydrogels was followed by UV-Vis and fluorescence spectroscopy.

  9. A thermo-degradable hydrogel with light-tunable degradation and drug release.

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    Hu, Jingjing; Chen, Yihua; Li, Yunqi; Zhou, Zhengjie; Cheng, Yiyun

    2017-01-01

    The development of thermo-degradable hydrogels is of great importance in drug delivery. However, it still remains a huge challenge to prepare thermo-degradable hydrogels with inherent degradation, reproducible, repeated and tunable dosing. Here, we reported a thermo-degradable hydrogel that is rapidly degraded above 44 °C by a facile chemistry. Besides thermo-degradability, the hydrogel also undergoes rapid photolysis with ultraviolet light. By embedding photothermal nanoparticles or upconversion nanoparticles into the gel, it can release the entrapped cargoes such as dyes, enzymes and anticancer drugs in an on-demand and dose-tunable fashion upon near-infrared light exposure. The smart hydrogel works well both in vitro and in vivo without involving sophisticated syntheses, and is well suited for clinical cancer therapy due to the high transparency and non-invasiveness features of near-infrared light.

  10. Synthesis and Characterization of Poly(hydroxyethyl methacrylate) Hydrogels Bearing Reversibly Associating Side Groups

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    Lewis, Christopher; Li, Jiahui; Anthamatten, Mitchell

    2012-02-01

    Poly(hydroxyethyl methacrylate) (poly(HEMA)) is a technologically important hydrogel that can be processed into different shapes and is best known for its role in contact lenses. However, applications of water swollen polyHEMA are limited by its poor mechanical properties. We are studying the influence of reversibly associating side groups on the behavior of poly(HEMA) hydrogels. In non-polar media, it is well known that ureidopyrimidinone (UPy) groups self-associate to form hydrogen bonded dimers (DDAA); however their behavior in water-swollen hydrogels is unclear. A series of poly(HEMA) linear polymers of controlled molecular weight with varying UPy content have been prepared using a reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization technique. UPy content significantly reduces water swelling and improves mechanical properties. The degree of hydrogen bonding within water swollen hydrogels is studied, and properties of functional hydrogel polymers and networks are compared to an unswollen hydrophobic analog.

  11. An organophosphate sensor based on photo-crosslinked hydrogel-entrapped E. coli.

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    Fleischauer, Valerie; Heo, Jinseok

    2014-01-01

    This paper describes a whole cell sensor using E. coli entrapped within photocrosslinked hydrogel beads. Hydrogel beads containing organophosphorus hydrolase (OPH)-expressed E. coli were prepared by adding a hydrogel precursor solution containing the E. coli to an oil phase using a precision syringe pump, forming droplets, and photopolymerizing them. The beads showed good monodispersity with an average size of 1.2 mm. We detected organophosphates (OPs) using the beads. The detection relied on a pH-sensitive fluorescence dye that responds to protons produced from the intracellular OPH reaction with the OPs. This sensor could detect up to 80 μM of paraoxon with a detection limit of 3 μM. The enzyme activity of E. coli entrapped within the hydrogel beads showed stable enzyme activity for at least two weeks. This whole cell sensor will be implemented in a microfluidic system by directly photopolymerizing the hydrogel precursor solution within microfluidic channels.

  12. A modified emulsion gelation technique to improve buoyancy of hydrogel tablets for floating drug delivery systems.

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    Yom-Tov, Ortal; Seliktar, Dror; Bianco-Peled, Havazelet

    2015-10-01

    The use of buoyant or floating hydrogel tablets is of particular interest in the sustained release of drugs to the stomach. They have an ability to slow the release rates of drugs by prolonging their absorption window in the upper part of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. In this study we synthesized bioactive hydrogels that have sustainable release rates for drugs in the stomach based on a hydrogel preparation technique that employs emulsifying surfactants. The emulsion gelation technique, which encapsulates oil droplets within the hydrogels during crosslinking, was used to decrease their specific gravity in aqueous environments, resulting in floating drug release depots. Properties such as swelling, buoyancy, density and drug release were manipulated by changing the polymer concentrations, surfactant percentages and the oil:polymer ratios. The relationship between these properties and the hydrogel's floating lag time was documented. The potential for this material to be used as a floating drug delivery system was demonstrated.

  13. Novel thermosensitive chitosan hydrogels: in vivo evaluation.

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    Patois, Emilie; Osorio-da Cruz, Suzanne; Tille, Jean-Christophe; Walpoth, Beat; Gurny, Robert; Jordan, Olivier

    2009-11-01

    Chitosan is an attractive biopolymer for the preparation of hydrogels. Its unique combination of biocompatibility, biodegradability, bioadhesivity, and tissue-promoting abilities allows pharmaceutical applications. We investigated novel thermosensitive hydrogels based on chitosan homogeneously reacetylated to a deacetylation degree of about 50%, combined with selected polyols or polyoses such as trehalose, a nontoxic polysaccharide. The latter, a gel-inducing and lyoprotective agent enabled the formulation to be lyophilized and rehydrated without affecting the thermosensitive behavior. This made possible long-term storage and promoted its use in a clinical setup. The thermally induced sol-gel transition allowed injectability and in situ setting. Rheological characterization revealed that storage moduli could be increased by one decade by increasing the chitosan concentration from 1.4 to 2.2% (w/w). Evaluation in vivo provided evidence of in situ implant formation in subcutaneous tissue of Sprague-Dawley rats and permanence for up to 3 months. Histopathological analysis demonstrated a mild, chronic, inflammatory reaction that disappeared with the complete absorption of the gel implant over a few months period. Such in situ forming hydrogels could be advantageous for specific applications in drug delivery and tissue engineering.

  14. Thermoresponsive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)/graphene/Au nanocomposite hydrogel for water treatment by a laser-assisted approach.

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    Cong, Huai-Ping; Qiu, Jia-Hua; Yu, Shu-Hong

    2015-03-01

    The thermoresponsive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)/graphene/Au multicomponent hydrogel is prepared by the simultaneous in-situ formation of Au nanoparticles and the reduction of graphene oxide, assisted by NIR laser irradiation of a prefabricated PNIPAM/GO hydrogel with auric acid precursor, showing great potential for water treatment owing to the excellent photothermal effect.

  15. Performance of an in situ formed bioactive hydrogel dressing from a PEG-based hyperbranched multifunctional copolymer.

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    Dong, Yixiao; Hassan, Waqar U; Kennedy, Robert; Greiser, Udo; Pandit, Abhay; Garcia, Yolanda; Wang, Wenxin

    2014-05-01

    Hydrogel dressings have been widely used for wound management due to their ability to maintain a hydrated wound environment, restore the skin's physical barrier and facilitate regular dressing replacement. However, the therapeutic functions of standard hydrogel dressings are restricted. In this study, an injectable hybrid hydrogel dressing system was prepared from a polyethylene glycol (PEG)-based thermoresponsive hyperbranched multiacrylate functional copolymer and thiol-modified hyaluronic acid in combination with adipose-derived stem cells (ADSCs). The cell viability, proliferation and metabolic activity of the encapsulated ADSCs were studied in vitro, and a rat dorsal full-thickness wound model was used to evaluate this bioactive hydrogel dressing in vivo. It was found that long-term cell viability could be achieved for both in vitro (21days) and in vivo (14days) studies. With ADSCs, this hydrogel system prevented wound contraction and enhanced angiogenesis, showing the potential of this system as a bioactive hydrogel dressing for wound healing.

  16. Influence of Cross-Linkers on the in Vitro Chondrogenesis of Mesenchymal Stem Cells in Hyaluronic Acid Hydrogels.

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    Maturavongsadit, Panita; Bi, Xiangdong; Metavarayuth, Kamolrat; Luckanagul, Jittima Amie; Wang, Qian

    2017-02-01

    This study aims to investigate the effect of the structures of cross-linkers on the in vitro chondrogenic differentiation of bone mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) in hyaluronic acid (HA)-based hydrogels. The hydrogels were prepared by the covalent cross-linking of methacrylated HA with different types of thiol-tailored molecules, including dithiothreitol (DTT), 4-arm poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG), and multiarm polyamidoamine (PAMAM) dendrimer using thiol-ene "click" chemistry. The microstructure, mechanical properties, diffusivity, and degradation rates of the resultant hydrogels were controlled by the structural feature of different cross-linkers. BMSCs were then encapsulated in the resulting hydrogels and cultured in chondrogenic conditions. Overall, chondrogenic differentiation was highly enhanced in the PEG-cross-linked HA hydrogels, as measured by glycosaminoglycan (GAG) and collagen accumulation. The physical properties of hydrogels, especially the mechanical property and microarchitecture, were resulted from the structures of different cross-linkers, which subsequently modulated the fate of BMSC differentiation.

  17. The influence of degree-of-branching and molecular mass on the interaction between dextran and Concanavalin A in hydrogel preparations intended for insulin release.

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    Benzeval, Ian; Bowyer, Adrian; Hubble, John

    2012-01-01

    The interactions of a number of commercially available dextran preparations with the lectin Concanavalin A (ConA) have been investigated. Dextrans over the molecular mass range 6 × 10³-2 × 10⁶ g mol⁻¹ were initially characterised in terms of their branching and hence terminal ligand density, using NMR. This showed a range of branching ratios between 3% and 5%, but no clear correlation with molecular mass. The bio-specific interaction of these materials with ConA was investigated using microcalorimetry. The data obtained were interpreted using a number of possible binding models reflecting the known structure of both dextran and the lectin. The results of this analysis suggest that the interaction is most appropriately described in terms of a two-site model. This offers the best compromise for the observed relationship between data and model predictions and the number of parameters used based on the chi-squared values obtained from a nonlinear least-squares fitting procedure. A two-site model is also supported by analysis of the respective sizes of the dextrans and the ConA tetramer. Using this model, the relationship between association constants, binding energy and molecular mass was determined.

  18. A composite hydrogels-based photonic crystal multi-sensor

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    Chen, Cheng; Zhu, Zhigang; Zhu, Xiangrong; Yu, Wei; Liu, Mingju; Ge, Qiaoqiao; Shih, Wei-Heng

    2015-04-01

    A facile route to prepare stimuli-sensitive poly(vinyl alcohol)/poly(acrylic acid) (PVA/PAA) gelated crystalline colloidal array photonic crystal material was developed. PVA was physically gelated by utilizing an ethanol-assisted method, the resulting hydrogel/crystal composite film was then functionalized with PAA to form an interpenetrating hydrogel film. This sensor film is able to efficiently diffract the visible light and rapidly respond to various environmental stimuli such as solvent, pH and strain, and the accompanying structural color shift can be repeatedly changed and easily distinguished by naked eye.

  19. Rheological behavior and Ibuprofen delivery applications of pH responsive composite alginate hydrogels.

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    Jabeen, Suraya; Maswal, Masrat; Chat, Oyais Ahmad; Rather, Ghulam Mohammad; Dar, Aijaz Ahmad

    2016-03-01

    Synthesis and structural characterization of hydrogels composed of sodium alginate, polyethylene oxide and acrylic acid with cyclodextrin as the hydrocolloid prepared at different pH values is presented. The hydrogels synthesized show significant variations in rheological properties, drug encapsulation capability and release kinetics. The hydrogels prepared at lower pH (pH 1) are more elastic, have high tensile strength and remain almost unaffected by varying temperature or frequency. Further, their Ibuprofen encapsulation capacity is low and releases it slowly. The hydrogel prepared at neutral pH (pH 7) is viscoelastic, thermo-reversible and also exhibits sol-gel transition on applying frequency and changing temperature. It shows highest Ibuprofen encapsulation capacity and also optimum drug release kinetics. The hydrogel prepared at higher pH (pH 12) is more viscous, has low tensile strength, is unstable to change in temperature and has fast drug release rate. The study highlights the pH responsiveness of three composite alginate hydrogels prepared under different conditions to be employed in drug delivery applications.

  20. Magnetically Aligned Supramolecular Hydrogels

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    Wallace, Matthew; Cardoso, Andre Zamith; Frith, William J; Iggo, Jonathan A; Adams, Dave J

    2014-01-01

    The magnetic-field-induced alignment of the fibrillar structures present in an aqueous solution of a dipeptide gelator, and the subsequent retention of this alignment upon transformation to a hydrogel upon the addition of CaCl2 or upon a reduction in solution pH is reported. Utilising the switchable nature of the magnetic field coupled with the slow diffusion of CaCl2, it is possible to precisely control the extent of anisotropy across a hydrogel, something that is generally very difficult to do using alternative methods. The approach is readily extended to other compounds that form viscous solutions at high pH. It is expected that this work will greatly expand the utility of such low-molecular-weight gelators (LMWG) in areas where alignment is key. PMID:25345918

  1. Enzyme actuated bioresponsive hydrogels

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    Wilson, Andrew Nolan

    Bioresponsive hydrogels are emerging with technological significance in targeted drug delivery, biosensors and regenerative medicine. Conferred with the ability to respond to specific biologically derived stimuli, the design challenge is in effectively linking the conferred biospecificity with an engineered response tailored to the needs of a particular application. Moreover, the fundamental phenomena governing the response must support an appropriate dynamic range and limit of detection. The design of these systems is inherently complicated due to the high interdependency of the governing phenomena that guide the sensing, transduction, and the actuation response of hydrogels. To investigate the dynamics of these materials, model systems may be used which seek to interrogate the system dynamics by uni-variable experimentation and limit confounding phenomena such as: polymer-solute interactions, polymer swelling dynamics and biomolecular reaction-diffusion concerns. To this end, a model system, alpha-chymotrypsin (Cht) (a protease) and a cleavable peptide-chromogen (pro-drug) covalently incorporated into a hydrogel, was investigated to understand the mechanisms of covalent loading and release by enzymatic cleavage in bio-responsive delivery systems. Using EDC and Sulfo-NHS, terminal carboxyl groups of N-succinyl-Ala-Ala-Pro-Phe p-nitroanilide, a cleavable chromogen, were conjugated to primary amines of a hydrated poly(HEMA)-based hydrogel. Hydrogel discs were incubated in buffered Cht causing enzyme-mediated cleavage of the peptide and concomitant release of the chromophore for monitoring. To investigate substrate loading and the effects of hydrogel morphology on the system, the concentration of the amino groups (5, 10, 20, and 30 mol%) and the cross-linked density (1, 5, 7, 9 and 12 mol%) were independently varied. Loading-Release Efficiency of the chromogen was shown to exhibit a positive relation to increasing amino groups (AEMA). The release rates demonstrated a

  2. Development of carboxymethyl cellulose-based hydrogel and nanosilver composite as antimicrobial agents for UTI pathogens.

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    Alshehri, Saad M; Aldalbahi, Ali; Al-Hajji, Abdullah Baker; Chaudhary, Anis Ahmad; Panhuis, Marc In Het; Alhokbany, Norah; Ahamad, Tansir

    2016-03-15

    Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) containing hydrogel composite were first synthesized by preparing a new hydrogel from carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC), polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), and the cross-linker ethylene glycol diglycidyl ether (EGDE), followed by the incorporation of AgNPs by microwave radiation. The resulting neat hydrogels and AgNPs-hydrogel composites were characterized using spectral, thermal, microscopic analysis and X-ray diffraction (XRD) analyses. The SEM and TEM results demonstrated that the synthesized AgNPs were spherical with diameters ranging from 8 to 14nm. In addition, the XRD analysis confirmed the nanocrystalline phase of silver with face-centered cubic (FCC) crystal structure. Energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) analysis of the AgNPs confirmed the presence of an elemental silver signal, and no peaks of any other impurities were detected. Additionally, the antibacterial activities of the neat hydrogel and AgNPs-hydrogel composites were measured by Kirby-Bauer method against urinary tract infection (UTI) pathogens. The rheology measurement revealed that the values of storage modulus (G') were higher than that of loss modulus (G″). The AgNPs-hydrogel composites exhibited higher antibacterial activity against Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Proteus vulgaris, Staphylococcus aureus and Proteus mirabilis compared to the corresponding neat hydrogel.

  3. Injectable dextran hydrogels fabricated by metal-free click chemistry for cartilage tissue engineering.

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    Wang, Xiaoyu; Li, Zihan; Shi, Ting; Zhao, Peng; An, Kangkang; Lin, Chao; Liu, Hongwei

    2017-04-01

    Injectable dextran-based hydrogels were prepared for the first time by bioorthogonal click chemistry for cartilage tissue engineering. Click-crosslinked injectable hydrogels based on cyto-compatible dextran (Mw=10kDa) were successfully fabricated under physiological conditions by metal-free alkyne-azide cycloaddition (click) reaction between azadibenzocyclooctyne-modified dextran (Dex-ADIBO) and azide-modified dextran (Dex-N3). Gelation time of these dextran hydrogels could be regulated in the range of approximately 1.1 to 10.2min, depending on the polymer concentrations (5% or 10%) and ADIBO substitution degree (DS, 5 or 10) of Dex-ADIBO. Rheological analysis indicated that the dextran hydrogels were elastic and had storage moduli from 2.1 to 6.0kPa with increasing DS of ADIBO from 5 to 10. The in vitro tests revealed that the dextran hydrogel crosslinked from Dex-ADIBO DS 10 and Dex-N3 DS 10 at a polymer concentration of 10% could support high viability of individual rabbit chondrocytes and the chondrocyte spheroids encapsulated in the hydrogel over 21days. Individual chondrocytes and chondrocyte spheroids in the hydrogel could produce cartilage matrices such as collagen and glycosaminoglycans. However, the chondrocyte spheroids produced a higher content of matrices than individual chondrocytes. This study indicates that metal-free click chemistry is effective to produce injectable dextran hydrogels for cartilage tissue engineering.

  4. Gelatin Effects on the Physicochemical and Hemocompatible Properties of Gelatin/PAAm/Laponite Nanocomposite Hydrogels.

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    Li, Changpeng; Mu, Changdao; Lin, Wei; Ngai, To

    2015-08-26

    In recent years, inorganic nanoparticles such as Laponite have frequently been incorporated into polymer matrixes to obtain nanocomposite hydrogels with hierarchical structures, ultrastrong tensibilities, and high transparencies. Despite their unique physical and chemical properties, only a few reports have evaluated Laponite-based nanocomposite hydrogels for biomedical applications. This article presents the synthesis and characterization of a novel, hemocompatible nanocomposite hydrogels by in situ polymerization of acrylamide (AAm) in a mixed suspension containing Laponite and gelatin. The compatibility, structure, thermal stability, and mechanical properties of the resulting NC gels with varied gel compositions were investigated. Our results show that the prepared nanocomposite hydrogels exhibit good thermal stability and mechanical properties. The introduction of a biocompatible polymer, gelatin, into the polymer matrix did not change the transparency and homogeneity of the resulting nanocomposite hydrogels, but it significantly decreased the hydrogel's pH-responsive properties. More importantly, gelatins that were incorporated into the PAAm network resisted nonspecific protein adsorption, improved the degree of hemolysis, and eventually prolonged the clotting time, indicating that the in vitro hemocompatibility of the resulting nanocomposite hydrogels had been substantially enhanced. Therefore, these nanocomposite hydrogels provide opportunities for potential use in various biomedical applications.

  5. Injectable oxidized hyaluronic acid/adipic acid dihydrazide hydrogel for nucleus pulposus regeneration.

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    Su, Wen-Yu; Chen, Yu-Chun; Lin, Feng-Huei

    2010-08-01

    Injectable hydrogel allows irregular surgical defects to be completely filled, lessens the risk of implant migration, and minimizes surgical defects due to the solution-gel state transformation. Here, we first propose a method for preparing oxidized hyaluronic acid/adipic acid dihydrazide (oxi-HA/ADH) injectable hydrogel by chemical cross-linking under physiological conditions. Fourier transform infrared spectrometry and trinitrobenzene sulfonate assay were used to confirm the oxidation of hyaluronic acid. Rheological properties were measured to evaluate the working ability of the hydrogel for further clinical application. The oxi-HA/ADH in situ forming hydrogel can transform from liquid form into a gel-like matrix within 3-8 min, depending on the operational temperature. Furthermore, hydrogel degradation and cell assessment is also a concern for clinical application. Injectable oxi-HA/ADH8 hydrogel can maintain its gel-like state for at least 5 weeks with a degradation percentage of 40%. Importantly, oxi-HA/ADH8 hydrogel can assist in nucleus pulposus cell synthesis of type II collagen and aggrecan mRNA gene expression according to the results of real-time PCR analysis, and shows good biocompatibility based on cell viability and cytotoxicity assays. Based on the results of the current study, oxi-HA/ADH hydrogel may possess several advantages for future application in nucleus pulposus regeneration.

  6. Comparison of two hydrogel formulations for drug release in ophthalmic lenses.

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    Paradiso, P; Galante, R; Santos, L; Alves de Matos, A P; Colaço, R; Serro, A P; Saramago, B

    2014-08-01

    In the present work two types of polymers were investigated as drug releasing contact lens materials: a poly-hydroxyethylmethacrylate (pHEMA) based hydrogel and a silicone hydrogel. The silicone hydrogel resulted from the addition of TRIS, a hydrophobic monomer containing silicon (3-tris(trimethylsilyloxy)silylpropyl 2-methylprop-2-enoate), to pHEMA. Both hydrogels were loaded with an antibiotic (levofloxacin) and an antiseptic (chlorhexidine) by soaking in the drug solutions. The hydrogel properties were determined to be within the range demanded for lens materials. The release profiles of both drugs from the hydrogels were obtained and eventual drug/polymer interactions were assessed with the help of Raman spectra. A mathematical model, developed to mimic the eye conditions, was applied to the experimental results in order to predict the in vivo efficacy of the studied systems. The release profiles were compared with those resulting from the application of commercial eyedrops. The pHEMA based hydrogel demonstrated to be the best material to achieve a controlled release of levofloxacin. In the case of chlorhexidine, the silicone hydrogel seems to lead to better results. In both cases, our results suggest that these materials are adequate for the preparation of daily disposable therapeutic contact lenses.

  7. The Relationship between the Hydrophilicity and Surface Chemical Composition Microphase Separation Structure of Multicomponent Silicone Hydrogels.

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    Zhao, Zheng-Bai; An, Shuang-Shuang; Xie, Hai-Jiao; Han, Xue-Lian; Wang, Fu-He; Jiang, Yong

    2015-07-30

    Three series of multicomponent silicone hydrogels were prepared by the copolymerization of two hydrophobic silicon monomers bis(trimethylsilyloxy) methylsilylpropyl glycerol methacrylate (SiMA) and tris(trimethylsiloxy) 3-methacryloxypropylsilane (TRIS) with three hydrophilic monomers. The surface hydrophilicity of the silicone hydrogels was characterized by contact angle measurements, and an interesting phenomenon was found that the silicone hydrogels made from less hydrophobic monomer SiMA possess more hydrophobic surfaces than those made from TRIS. The surface properties such as morphology and elemental composition of the silicone hydrogels were explored by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) imaging and energy dispersive spectrometry (EDS) analysis, and their relationships with the surface hydrophilicity were investigated in details. The results show neither the surface morphology nor the elemental composition has obvious impact on the surface hydrophilicity. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) imaging revealed that SiMA hydrogel had a more significant phase separation structure, which also made its surface uneven: a lot of tiny holes were observed on the surface. This surface phase separation structure made SiMA hydrogel more difficult to be wetted by water or PBS buffer, i.e., more hydrophobic than TRIS hydrogel. On the basis of these results, we propose that the phase separation structure as well as the nature of silicon monomers might be the fundamental reasons of surface hydrophilicity. These results could help to design a silicone hydrogel with better surface properties and wider application.

  8. Simultaneous interpenetrating silicone hydrogel based on radical/addition polymerization for extended release of ocular therapeutics.

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    Xu, Jinku; Zhang, Leilei; Zhang, Yongchun; Li, Tianduo; Huo, Guanghua

    2014-01-01

    Hydrogels with interpenetrating network (IPN) can overcome thermodynamic incompatibility and obtain transparent materials with limited phase separation. In this report, hydroxyl-grafting polysiloxane (HPSO) was synthesized and transparent silicone hydrogels with interpenetrating network were simultaneously prepared based on radical polymerization of methacrylic monomer of 3-methacryloxypropyl tris(trimethylsiloxy)silane/N,N-dimethylacrylamide and addition polymerization of HPSO/isophorone diisocyanate. The silicone hydrogels were characterized by dehydration kinetics, tensile tester, light transmittance, ion permeability, oxygen permeability, and lysozyme deposition. The results show that increasing the proportion of hydrophobic network of HPSO in the IPN silicone hydrogel decreases equilibrium swelling ratio, ion permeability, Young's modulus, and lysozyme deposition; on the contrary, increased tensile strength, elongation at break and oxygen permeability. Puerarin and ketoconazole were used as models to evaluate the drug loading and in vitro release behavior of the silicone hydrogels. It is revealed that the amount of loaded drugs in the hydrogel decreases with the increase of HPSO network in the hydrogels. All the silicone hydrogels exhibit extended release behavior, especially for ketoconazole, the in vitro release is divided into two phases corresponding to the rapid release at initial 24 h and relatively slow release from 125 to 360 h.

  9. Impact of RGD amount in dextran-based hydrogels for cell delivery.

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    Riahi, Nesrine; Liberelle, Benoît; Henry, Olivier; De Crescenzo, Gregory

    2017-04-01

    Dextran is one of the hydrophilic polymers that is used for hydrogel preparation. As any polysaccharide, it presents a high density of hydroxyl groups, which make possible several types of derivatization and crosslinking reactions. Furthermore, dextran is an excellent candidate for hydrogel fabrication with controlled cell/scaffold interactions as it is resistant to protein adsorption and cell adhesion. RGD peptide can be grafted to the dextran in order to promote selected cell adhesion and proliferation. Altogether, we have developed a novel strategy to graft the RGD peptide sequence to dextran-based hydrogel using divinyl sulfone as a linker. The resulting RGD functionalized dextran-based hydrogels were transparent, presented a smooth surface and were easy to handle. The impact of varying RGD peptide amounts, hydrogel porosity and topology upon human umbilical vein endothelial cell (HUVEC) adhesion, proliferation and infiltration was investigated. Our results demonstrated that 0.1% of RGD-modified dextran within the gel was sufficient to support HUVEC cells adhesion to the hydrogel surface. Sodium chloride was added (i) to the original hydrogel mix in order to form a macroporous structure presenting interconnected pores and (ii) to the hydrogel surface to create small orifices essential for cells migration inside the matrix.

  10. Non-cytotoxic, In Situ Gelable Hydrogels Composed of N-carboxyethyl Chitosan and Oxidized Dextran

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    Weng, Lihui; Romanov, Alexander; Rooney, Jean; Chen, Weiliam

    2008-01-01

    A series of in situ gelable hydrogels were prepared from oxidized dextran (Odex) and N-carboxyethyl chitosan (CEC) without any extraneous crosslinking agent. The gelation readily took place at physiological pH and body temperature. The gelation process was monitored rheologically, and the effect of the oxidation degree of dextran on the gelation process was investigated. The higher the oxidation degree of Odex, the faster the gelation. A highly porous hydrogel structure was revealed under scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Swelling and degradation of the Odex/CEC hydrogels in PBS showed that both swelling and degradation were related to the crosslinking density of the hydrogels. In particular, the hydrogels underwent fast mass loss in the first 2 weeks, followed by a more moderate degradation. The results of long-term cell viability tests revealed that the hydrogels were non-cytotoxic. Mouse fibroblasts were encapsulated in the hydrogels and cell viability was at least 95% within 3 days following encapsulation. Furthermore, cells entrapped inside the hydrogel assumed round shape initially but they gradually adapted to the new environment and spread out to assume more spiny shapes. Additionally, the results from applying the Odex/CEC system to mice full-thickness transcutaneous wound models suggested that it was capable of enhancing wound healing. PMID:18639926

  11. Synthesis and properties of waterborne polyurethane hydrogels for wound healing dressings.

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    Yoo, Hye-Jin; Kim, Han-Do

    2008-05-01

    To accomplish ideal wound healing dressing, a series of waterborne polyurethane (WBPU) hydrogels based on polyethylene glycol (PEG) were synthesized by polyaddition reaction in an emulsion system. The stable WBPU hydrogels which have remaining weight of above 85% were obtained. The effect of the soft segment (PEG) content on water absorbability of WBPU hydrogels was investigated. Water absorption % and equilibrium water content (%) of the WBPU hydrogel significantly increased in proportion to PEG content and the time of water-immersion. The maximum water absorption % and equilibrium water content (%) of WBPU hydrogels containing various PEG contents were in the range of 409-810% and 85-96%, respectively. The water vapor transmission rate of the WBPU hydrogels was found to be in the range of 1490-3118 g/m(2)/day. These results suggest that the WBPU hydrogels prepared in this study may have high potential as new wound dressing materials, which provide and maintain the adequate moist environment required to prevent scab formation and dehydration of the wound bed. By the wound healing evaluation using full-thickness rat model experiment, it was found that the wound covered with a typical WBPU hydrogel (HG-78 sample) was completely filled with new epithelium without any significant adverse reactions.

  12. Photoinduced graft polymerization of 2-methacryloyloxyethyl phosphorylcholine on silicone hydrogels for reducing protein adsorption.

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    Wang, Jing Jing; Liu, Fang

    2011-12-01

    The biomimetic synthetic methacrylate monomer containing a phosphorylcholine group, 2-methacryloyloxyethyl phosphorylcholine (MPC), has been widely used to improve the surface property of biomaterials. In the current report, both hydrophilic and antifouling surfaces were prepared on silicone hydrogels with MPC grafted by UV-induced free radical polymerization. The MPC-grafted silicone hydrogels were characterized by graft yield and static water contact angle (SCA) measurements. According to the results, the graft yield reached a maximum at 5 min of UV exposure time and 8 wt% MPC concentration. The modified silicone hydrogels possessed hydrophilic surfaces with the lowest water contact angle of 20º. The oxygen permeability of the MPC-grafted silicone hydrogels was as high as the unmodified silicone hydrogel. The mechanical property of silicone hydrogels was maintained at about 95% of the tensile strength and elastic modulus after the MPC grafting. The results of the in vitro single protein adsorption on the MPC-grafted silicone hydrogels were in agreement with the SCA measurements. The smaller the water contact angle, the greater was the protein repelling ability. The MPC-grafted silicone hydrogel is expected to be a novel biomaterial which possesses excellent surface hydrophilicity, antifouling property, oxygen permeability and mechanical property.

  13. Injectable hydrogel as stem cell scaffolds from the thermosensitive terpolymer of NIPAAm/AAc/HEMAPCL

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    Lian, Sheng; Xiao, Yan; Bian, Qingqing; Xia, Yu; Guo, Changfa; Wang, Shenguo; Lang, Meidong

    2012-01-01

    A series of biodegradable thermosensitive copolymers was synthesized by free radical polymerization with N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAAm), acrylic acid (AAc) and macromer 2-hydroxylethyl methacrylate-poly(ɛ-caprolactone) (HEMAPCL). The structure and composition of the obtained terpolymers were confirmed by proton nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, while their molecular weight was measured using gel permeation chromatography. The copolymers were dissolved in phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) solution (pH = 7.4) with different concentrations to prepare hydrogels. The lower critical solution temperature (LCST), cloud point, and rheological property of the hydrogels were determined by differential scanning calorimetry, ultraviolet-visible spectrometry, and rotational rheometry, respectively. It was found that LCST of the hydrogel increased significantly with the increasing NIPAAm content, and hydrogel with higher AAc/HEMAPCL ratio exhibited better storage modulus, water content, and injectability. The hydrogels were formed by maintaining the copolymer solution at 37°C. The degradation experiment on the formed hydrogels was conducted in PBS solution for 2 weeks and demonstrated a less than 20% weight loss. Scanning electron microscopy was also used to study the morphology of the hydrogel. The copolymer with NIPAAm/AAc/HEMAPCL ratio of 88:9.6:2.4 was bioconjugated with type I collagen for the purpose of biocompatibility enhancement. In-vitro cytotoxicity of the hydrogels both with and without collagen was also addressed. PMID:23028218

  14. Characterization and swelling-deswelling properties of wheat straw cellulose based semi-IPNs hydrogel.

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    Liu, Jia; Li, Qian; Su, Yuan; Yue, Qinyan; Gao, Baoyu

    2014-07-17

    A novel wheat straw cellulose-g-poly(potassium acrylate)/polyvinyl alcohol (WSC-g-PKA/PVA) semi-interpenetrating polymer networks (semi-IPNs) hydrogel was prepared by polymerizing wheat straw and an aqueous solution of acrylic acid (AA), and further semi-interpenetrating with PVA occurred during the chemosynthesis. The swelling and deswelling properties of WSC-g-PKA/PVA semi-IPNs hydrogel and WSC-g-PKA hydrogel were studied and compared in various pH solutions, salt solutions, temperatures, particle sizes and ionic strength. The results indicated that both hydrogels had the largest swelling capacity at pH=6, and the effect of ions on the swelling of hydrogels was in the order: Na(+)>K(+)>Mg(2+)>Ca(2+). The Schott's pseudo second order model can be effectively used to evaluate swelling kinetics of hydrogels. Moreover, the semi-IPNs hydrogel had improved swelling-deswelling properties compared with that of WSC-g-PKA hydrogel.

  15. Sulfoacetic acid modifying poly(vinyl alcohol) hydrogel and its electroresponsive behavior under DC electric field

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    Xiang, Yu; Liu, Genqi; Zhang, Cheng; Liao, Jiae

    2013-01-01

    A strong electrolyte hydrogel was prepared by modifying poly (vinyl alcohol) hydrogel with sulfoacetic acid (SA-PVA). Its swelling properties, mechanical properties, and electroresponsive behavior in Na2SO4 solutions were studied. The results indicated that the water take-up ability of the hydrogel decreased with the increasing ionic strength of Na2SO4 solution. The Young’s modulus, elongation at break and tensile strength of the hydrogel swollen in deionized water are 1.247 MPa, 187% and 2.2 MPa, respectively. The hydrogel swollen in a Na2SO4 solution bent towards the cathode under non-contact dc electric fields, and its bending speed and equilibrium strain increased with increasing applied voltage. There is a critical ionic strength of 0.03 at which the maximum equilibrium strain of the hydrogel occurs. Also the bending behavior of hydrogel was not affected by the pH changes. By altering the direction of the applied potential cyclically, the hydrogel exhibited good reversible bending behavior. On this basis, a gel-worm was designed. Under a cyclically varying electric field (the period was 8 s, and the voltage ranged from -10 to 10 V), the walking speed was up to 15 cm min-1 in Na2SO4 solution with an ionic strength of 0.03.

  16. Chitosan fibers enhanced gellan gum hydrogels with superior mechanical properties and water-holding capacity.

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    Liu, Limei; Wang, Binghao; Gao, Yuan; Bai, Tong-Chun

    2013-08-14

    New hydrogels based on acetylated gellan gum (A-gellan) and chitosan fibers (F-chitosan) are prepared and coded as F-chitosan/A-gellan. Compared to A-gellan hydrogel, F-chitosan/A-gellan hydrogels show higher storage moduli and water-holding capacity. Specifically, the storage modulus of 2.0 F-chitosan/A-gellan (mass ratio of chitosan fibers and gellan gum is 2:1) hydrogels at regular frequency of 1 rad/s is 2.2 kPa, approximately 4.6 times more than that of the A-gellan hydrogel. In addition, the fractural morphology analysis of A-gellan and 2.0 F-chitosan/A-gellan hydrogels treated by different dry methods indicates that the 2.0 F-chitosan/A-gellan hydrogel has more stable macrostructure. Moreover, compared to A-gellan gel, 2.0 F-chitosan/A-gellan gel shows higher activation energy and water-holding capacity during dehydration and higher dielectric constant after dehydration. These results can be attributed to the special advantages of chitosan fibers, which are full of polar and hydrophilic amino group and can transfer the load applied on the hydrogels in fiber form.

  17. Mechanically tough biomacromolecular IPN hydrogel fibers by enzymatic and ionic crosslinking.

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    Hu, Xin; Lu, Lingling; Xu, Chen; Li, Xinsong

    2015-01-01

    In this report, biological macromolecular full IPN hydrogel fibers composed of gelatin and alginate with an interpenetrating network (IPN) structure were prepared by wet spinning using a combination of enzymatic and calcium ions crosslinking. In the full IPN hydrogel fibers, mTG catalyzed the formation of one network of gelatin while calcium ions crosslinked another network of alginate intertwining with the former. The mechanical strength of the full IPN hydrogel fibers was measured by an electronic single fiber strength tester. The results showed that gelatin-alginate full IPN hydrogel fibers had a significant improvement of mechanical strength over gelatin-alginate semi-IPN gel fibers crosslinked only by calcium ions. The full IPN fiber has the highest tension of 62 cN and elongation of 739%, which are much higher than those of alginate hydrogel. Furthermore, biological evaluation indicated that gelatin-alginate full IPN hydrogel fibers enhance cell adhesion and proliferation significantly, illustrating the cyto-compatibility. A preliminary trial of hand weaving showed the knittability of the mechanically tough full IPN hydrogel fibers. Because of their both excellent biocompatibility and mechanical strength, the biological macromolecular hydrogel fibers with full IPN structure may be desirable candidates for engineering tissue scaffolds.

  18. Self-healable hydrogel on tumor cell as drug delivery system for localized and effective therapy.

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    Chang, Guanru; Chen, Yan; Li, Yanjie; Li, Shikuo; Huang, Fangzhi; Shen, Yuhua; Xie, Anjian

    2015-05-20

    A self-healable chitosan(CS)/polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) hydrogel as an injectable drug carrier was first prepared in situ on tumor cells for effective and localized therapy. PVA molecules have a synergistic effect on the formation and maintenance of 3D network conformation of hydrogel. The hydrogel shows good biocompatibility and could be easily and rapidly formed. When loaded with fluorouracil (5-FU), the hydrogel possessed good drug retention ability at pH 7.4, which can prevent the loss of drug to normal cells and reduce the side effect. As well, the hydrogel shows continuous and controllable drug release, with the final cumulative releasing amount of 84.8% at pH 5.0. Therefore, the hydrogel not only could maintain a higher 5-FU concentration around tumor cells to enhance the antitumor effect, but also can achieve pH sensitive controllable drug release at the lesion site. Meantime, the attractive self-healing ability of the CS/PVA hydrogel is first revealed in this study, which contributes to the regeneration of its integral network from the broken fragments. The CS/PVA hydrogel may hold promise for better applications in anti-tumor therapy.

  19. Injectable Self-Healing Hydrogel with Antimicrobial and Antifouling Properties.

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    Li, Lin; Yan, Bin; Yang, Jingqi; Huang, Weijuan; Chen, Lingyun; Zeng, Hongbo

    2017-03-22

    Microbial adhesion, biofilm formation and associated microbial infection are common challenges faced by implanted biomaterials (e.g., hydrogels) in bioengineering applications. In this work, an injectable self-healing hydrogel with antimicrobial and antifouling properties was prepared through self-assembly of an ABA triblock copolymer employing catechol functionalized polyethylene glycol (PEG) as A block and poly{[2-(methacryloyloxy)-ethyl] trimethylammonium iodide}(PMETA) as B block. This hydrogel exhibits excellent thermosensitivity, and can effectively inhibit the growth of E. coli (>99.8% killing efficiency) and prevent cell attachment. It can also heal autonomously from repeated damage, through mussel-inspired catechol-mediated hydrogen bonding and aromatic interactions, exhibiting great potential in bioengineering applications.

  20. A novel photopolymerizable derivative of hyaluronan for designed hydrogel formation.

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    Bobula, Tomáš; Buffa, Radovan; Hermannová, Martina; Kohutová, Lenka; Procházková, Pavlína; Vágnerová, Hana; Čepa, Martin; Wolfová, Lucie; Židek, Ondřej; Velebný, Vladimír

    2017-04-01

    A new photopolymerizable derivative of hyaluronan (methacrylhydrazide-HA, MAHA) was prepared by carbodiimide chemistry. The reaction conditions were optimized for molecular weight (Mw), reaction time and amount of reagents with a degree of methacrylation (DM) ranging from 2% to 58%. Methacrylhydrazide-HA was hydrolytically stable (PBS, 7days, 37°C) in contrast to commonly used methacrylester analoque (23% hydrolyzed). MAHA readily photopolymerized into densely crosslinked hydrogels under physiological conditions. The varied DM, Mw, irradiation time (texp) and macromer concentration in photocrosslinking afforded hydrogels with different physical (swelling ratio, degradation rate) and mechanical properties (stiffness, toughness). Three-dimensional fabrication and surface patterning of MAHA hydrogels were demonstrated by photolithography and light mediated micromolding. A live-dead assay with skin fibroblasts showed convenient biocompatibility of MAHA (16%, 116kDa) for potential scaffolding applications in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.

  1. Photocrosslinked hyaluronic acid hydrogels: natural, biodegradable tissue engineering scaffolds.

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    Baier Leach, Jennie; Bivens, Kathryn A; Patrick, Charles W; Schmidt, Christine E

    2003-06-05

    Ideally, rationally designed tissue engineering scaffolds promote natural wound healing and regeneration. Therefore, we sought to synthesize a biomimetic hydrogel specifically designed to promote tissue repair and chose hyaluronic acid (HA; also called hyaluronan) as our initial material. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring polymer associated with various cellular processes involved in wound healing, such as angiogenesis. Hyaluronic acid also presents unique advantages: it is easy to produce and modify, hydrophilic and nonadhesive, and naturally biodegradable. We prepared a range of glycidyl methacrylate-HA (GMHA) conjugates, which were subsequently photopolymerized to form crosslinked GMHA hydrogels. A range of hydrogel degradation rates was achieved as well as a corresponding, modest range of material properties (e.g., swelling, mesh size). Increased amounts of conjugated methacrylate groups corresponded with increased crosslink densities and decreased degradation rates and yet had an insignificant effect on human aortic endothelial cell cytocompatibility and proliferation. Rat subcutaneous implants of the GMHA hydrogels showed good biocompatibility, little inflammatory response, and similar levels of vascularization at the implant edge compared with those of fibrin positive controls. Therefore, these novel GMHA hydrogels are suitable for modification with adhesive peptide sequences (e.g., RGD) and use in a variety of wound-healing applications.

  2. Double network hydrogels with extremely high toughness and their applications

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    Na, Yang Ho

    2013-11-01

    Polymer hydrogels attract attention as excellent soft and wet materials. However, common hydrogels are mechanically too soft and brittle to be used as load-bearing substances. By mimicking the structure of the articular cartilage, which is one of the native tough hydrogels, double network (DN) hydrogel with extremely high mechanical performance has been developed. Having high water content (about 90 wt%), DN gels consist of two types of polymer components with opposite physical natures: the minor component (the first network) abundantly cross-linked polyelectrolytes, and the major component (the second network) comprised of poorly cross-linked neutral polymers. Under suitable conditions, DN gels exhibit 0.1-1 MPa of elastic modulus, 20-60 MPa of compressive fracture stress, 1,000-2,000% of tensile strain, and 100-1,000 J m-2 of fracture energy. These excellent mechanical properties are comparable to those of rubber and natural bio-tissues. This paper reviews the main principle of DN gels, including their preparation method, mechanical feature, and toughening mechanism. The processability and the applicability of DN hydrogels as biomaterials and as conductive materials are also discussed.

  3. Coverage Dependent Charge Reduction of Cationic Gold Clusters on Surfaces Prepared Using Soft Landing of Mass-selected Ions

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    Johnson, Grant E.; Priest, Thomas A.; Laskin, Julia

    2012-11-29

    The ionic charge state of monodisperse cationic gold clusters on surfaces may be controlled by selecting the coverage of mass-selected ions soft landed onto a substrate. Polydisperse diphosphine-capped gold clusters were synthesized in solution by reduction of chloro(triphenylphosphine)gold(I) with borane tert-butylamine in the presence of 1,3-bis(diphenylphosphino)propane. The polydisperse gold clusters were introduced into the gas phase by electrospray ionization and mass selection was employed to select a multiply charged cationic cluster species (Au11L53+, m/z = 1409, L = 1,3-bis(diphenylphosphino)propane) which was delivered to the surfaces of four different self-assembled monolayers on gold (SAMs) at coverages of 1011 and 1012 clusters/mm2. Employing the spatial profiling capabilities of in-situ time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (TOF-SIMS) it is shown that, in addition to the chemical functionality of the monolayer (as demonstrated previously: ACS Nano, 2012, 6, 573) the coverage of cationic gold clusters on the surface may be used to control the distribution of ionic charge states of the soft-landed multiply charged clusters. In the case of a 1H,1H,2H,2H-perfluorodecanethiol SAM (FSAM) almost complete retention of charge by the deposited Au11L53+ clusters was observed at a lower coverage of 1011 clusters/mm2. In contrast, at a higher coverage of 1012 clusters/mm2, pronounced reduction of charge to Au11L52+ and Au11L5+ was observed on the FSAM. When soft landed onto 16- and 11-mercaptohexadecanoic acid surfaces on gold (16,11-COOH-SAMs), the mass-selected Au11L53+ clusters exhibited partial reduction of charge to Au11L52+ at lower coverage and additional reduction of charge to both Au11L52+ and Au11L5+ at higher coverage. The reduction of charge was found to be more pronounced on the surface of the shorter (thinner) C11 than the longer (thicker) C16-COOH-SAM. On the surface of the 1-dodecanethiol (HSAM) monolayer, the most abundant charge state

  4. Rapid self-healing hydrogels

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    Phadke, Ameya; Zhang, Chao; Arman, Bedri; Hsu, Cheng-Chih; Mashelkar, Raghunath A.; Lele, Ashish K.; Tauber, Michael J.; Arya, Gaurav; Varghese, Shyni

    2012-01-01

    Synthetic materials that are capable of autonomous healing upon damage are being developed at a rapid pace because of their many potential applications. Despite these advancements, achieving self-healing in permanently cross-linked hydrogels has remained elusive because of the presence of water and irreversible cross-links. Here, we demonstrate that permanently cross-linked hydrogels can be engineered to exhibit self-healing in an aqueous environment. We achieve this feature by arming the hydrogel network with flexible-pendant side chains carrying an optimal balance of hydrophilic and hydrophobic moieties that allows the side chains to mediate hydrogen bonds across the hydrogel interfaces with minimal steric hindrance and hydrophobic collapse. The self-healing reported here is rapid, occurring within seconds of the insertion of a crack into the hydrogel or juxtaposition of two separate hydrogel pieces. The healing is reversible and can be switched on and off via changes in pH, allowing external control over the healing process. Moreover, the hydrogels can sustain multiple cycles of healing and separation without compromising their mechanical properties and healing kinetics. Beyond revealing how secondary interactions could be harnessed to introduce new functions to chemically cross-linked polymeric systems, we also demonstrate various potential applications of such easy-to-synthesize, smart, self-healing hydrogels. PMID:22392977

  5. Injectable bioadhesive hydrogels with innate antibacterial properties

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    Giano, Michael C.; Ibrahim, Zuhaib; Medina, Scott H.; Sarhane, Karim A.; Christensen, Joani M.; Yamada, Yuji; Brandacher, Gerald; Schneider, Joel P.

    2014-06-01

    Surgical site infections cause significant postoperative morbidity and increased healthcare costs. Bioadhesives used to fill surgical voids and support wound healing are typically devoid of antibacterial activity. Here we report novel syringe-injectable bioadhesive hydrogels with inherent antibacterial properties prepared from mixing polydextran aldehyde and branched polyethylenimine. These adhesives kill both Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria, while sparing human erythrocytes. An optimal composition of 2.5 wt% oxidized dextran and 6.9 wt% polyethylenimine sets within seconds forming a mechanically rigid (~\

  6. Design of a shear-thinning recoverable peptide hydrogel from native sequences and application for influenza H1N1 vaccine adjuvant

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    Peptide hydrogels are considered injectable materials for drug delivery and tissue engineering applications. Most published hydrogel-forming sequences contain either alternating-charged and noncharged residues or amphiphilic blocks. Here, we report a self-assembling peptide, h9e (FLIVIGSIIGPGGDGPGGD...

  7. Smart hydrogel-functionalized textile system with moisture management property for skin application

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    Wang, Xiaowen; Hu, Huawen; Yang, Zongyue; He, Liang; Kong, Yeeyee; Fei, Bin; Xin, John H.

    2014-12-01

    In this study, a functional textile-based material for topical skin application was fabricated by coating a thermoresponsive hydrogel onto one side of absorbent nonwoven fabric. The thermoresponsive hydrogel was synthesized easily through coupling of poly (ethylene glycol) (PEG) and poly (ɛ-caprolactone) (PCL) with hexamethylene diisocyanate (HMDI) as a chemical linker. The chemical structure of the as-prepared triblock copolymer hydrogel was unraveled by FTIR and 1H NMR analysis. The hydrogel showed a temperature-triggered sol-gel transition behavior and high potential for use as drug controlled release. When the surrounding temperature was close to the skin temperature of around 34 °C, it became a moisture management system where the liquids including sweat, blood, and other body fluids can be transported unidirectionally from one fabric side with the hydrophobic hydrogel coating to the untreated opposite side. This thereby showed that the thermoresponsive hydrogel-coated textile materials had a function to keep topical skin area clean, breathable, and comfortable, thus suggesting a great potential and significance for long-term skin treatment application. The structure and surface morphology of the thermoresponsive hydrogel, in vitro drug release behavior, and the mechanism of unidirectional water transport were investigated in detail. Our success in preparation of the functional textile composites will pave the way for development of various polymer- or textile-based functional materials that are applicable in the real world.

  8. Tough and elastic hydrogel of hyaluronic acid and chondroitin sulfate as potential cell scaffold materials.

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    Ni, Yilu; Tang, Zhurong; Cao, Wanxu; Lin, Hai; Fan, Yujiang; Guo, Likun; Zhang, Xingdong

    2015-03-01

    Natural polysaccharides are extensively investigated as cell scaffold materials for cellular adhesion, proliferation, and differentiation due to their excellent biocompatibility, biodegradability, and biofunctions. However, their application is often severely limited by their mechanical behavior. In this study, a tough and elastic hydrogel scaffold was prepared with hyaluronic acid (HA) and chondroitin sulfate (CS). HA and CS were conjugated with tyramine (TA) and the degree of substitution (DS) was 10.7% and 11.3%, respectively, as calculated by (1)H NMR spectra. The hydrogel was prepared by mixing HA-TA and CS-TA in presence of H2O2 and HRP. The sectional morphology of hydrogels was observed by SEM, static and dynamic mechanical properties were analyzed by Shimadzu electromechanical testing machine and dynamic mechanical thermal analyzer Q800. All samples showed good ability to recover their appearances after deformation, the storage modulus (E') of hydrogels became higher as the testing frequency went up. Hydrogels also showed fatigue resistance to cyclic compression. Mesenchymal stem cells encapsulated in hydrogels showed good cell viability as detected by CLSM. This study suggests that the hydrogels have both good mechanical properties and biocompatibility, and may serve as model systems to explore mechanisms of deformation and energy dissipation or find some applications in tissue engineering.

  9. pH and redox sensitive albumin hydrogel: A self-derived biomaterial

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    Raja, S Thirupathi Kumara; Thiruselvi, T; Mandal, Asit Baran; Gnanamani, A

    2015-01-01

    Serum albumin can be transformed to a stimuli (pH and redox) responsive hydrogel using the reduction process followed by oxidative refolding. The preparation of albumin hydrogel involves a range of concentrations (75, 150, 300, 450, 600 and 750 μM) and pH (2.0–10.0) values and the gelation begins at a concentration of 150 μM and 4.5–8.0 pH value. The hydrogel shows maximum swelling at alkali pH (pH > 9.0). The increase in albumin concentration increases hydrogel stability, rheological property, compressive strength, proteolytic resistance and rate of in vivo biodegradation. Based on the observed physical and biological properties of albumin hydrogel, 450 μM was determined to be an optimum concentration for further experiments. In addition, the hemo- and cytocompatibility analyses revealed the biocompatibility nature of albumin hydrogel. The experiments on in vitro drug (Tetracycline) delivery were carried out under non reducing and reducing conditions that resulted in the sustained and fast release of the drug, respectively. The methodology used in the preparation of albumin hydrogel may lead to the development of autogenic tissue constructs. In addition, the methodology can have various applications in tissue engineering and drug delivery. PMID:26527296

  10. Synthesis, characterization and applications of N-quaternized chitosan/poly(vinyl alcohol) hydrogels.

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    Mohamed, Riham R; Abu Elella, Mahmoud H; Sabaa, Magdy W

    2015-09-01

    Hydrogels composed of N-quaternized chitosan (NQC) and poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) in different weight ratios (1:3), (1:1) and (3:1) chemically crosslinked by glutaraldehyde in different weight ratios – 1.0 and 5.0% – have been prepared. The prepared hydrogels were characterized via several analysis tools such as: Fourier transform IR (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). Different applications have been done on NQC/PVA hydrogels including; metal ions uptake, swellability in different buffer solutions (pH: 4, 7 and 9), swellability and degradation studies in simulated body fluid (SBF) solutions and antimicrobial activity towards bacteria and fungi. The results indicated that crosslinked NQC/PVA hydrogels with glutaraldehyde (GA) are more thermallystable than non crosslinked hydrogels, NQC/PVA hydrogels swell highly in different buffer solutions as PVA content increases and the antimicrobial activity of NQC/PVA hydrogels is higher than NQC itself.

  11. Recent advances in crosslinking chemistry of biomimetic poly(ethylene glycol) hydrogels

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    Lin, Chien-Chi

    2015-01-01

    The design and application of biomimetic hydrogels have become an important and integral part of modern tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Many of these hydrogels are prepared from synthetic macromers (e.g., poly(ethylene glycol) or PEG) as they provide high degrees of tunability for matrix crosslinking, degradation, and modification. For a hydrogel to be considered biomimetic, it has to recapitulate key features that are found in the native extracellular matrix, such as the appropriate matrix mechanics and permeability, the ability to sequester and deliver drugs, proteins, and or nucleic acids, as well as the ability to provide receptor-mediated cell-matrix interactions and protease-mediated matrix cleavage. A variety of chemistries have been employed to impart these biomimetic features into hydrogel crosslinking. These chemistries, such as radical-mediated polymerizations, enzyme-mediated crosslinking, bio-orthogonal click reactions, and supramolecular assembly, may be different in their crosslinking mechanisms but are required to be efficient for gel crosslinking and ligand bioconjugation under aqueous reaction conditions. The prepared biomimetic hydrogels should display a diverse array of functionalities and should also be cytocompatible for in vitro cell culture and/or in situ cell encapsulation. The focus of this article is to review recent progress in the crosslinking chemistries of biomimetic hydrogels with a special emphasis on hydrogels crosslinked from poly(ethylene glycol)-based macromers. PMID:26029357

  12. Self-assembled hydrogel nanoparticles composed of dextran and poly(ethylene glycol) macromer.

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    Kim, I S; Jeong, Y I; Kim, S H

    2000-09-15

    Biodegradable hydrogel nanoparticles were prepared from glycidyl methacrylate dextran (GMD) and dimethacrylate poly(ethylene glycol) (DMP). GMD was synthesized by coupling of glycidyl methacrylate to dextran in the presence of 4-(N,N-dimethylamino)pyridine (DMAP) using dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) as an aprotic solvent. DMP was synthesized from poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) and methacryloyl chloride. GMD/DMP (abbreviated as DP) hydrogel was prepared by radical polymerization of GMD and DMP using ammonium peroxydisulfate (APS) as an initiator and UV curing. DP hydrogel nanoparticles were obtained by diafiltration method using DMSO solution. The GMD and DMP were characterized by fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Fluorescence probe technique was used to investigate the self-assembly of DP in water using pyrene as a hydrophobic probe. The critical association concentration (CAC) was determined to be 5.6 x 10(-2) g/l. The shape of DP hydrogel nanoparticles was spherical when observed by transmission electron microscope (TEM). The size range of DP hydrogel nanoparticles was about 20 approximately 50 nm. The hydrodynamic size of DP hydrogel nanoparticles was measured by photon correlation spectroscopy (PCS) and gradually increased with time in PBS (0.1 M, pH 7.4). Drug release study was performed using clonazepam (CNZ) as a hydrophobic model drug. In vitro release rate of CNZ from the DP hydrogel nanoparticles was dependent on the existence of dextranase and the pH of the release medium.

  13. Synthesis and characterization of acrylamide-acrylic acid hydrogels and adsorption of some textile dyes

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    Duran, Sibel; Şolpan, Dilek; Güven, Olgun

    1999-05-01

    Acrylamide (AAm)-acrylic acid (AAc) hydrogels have been prepared at AAm initial compositions of 15%, 20% and 30%. AAm-AAc monomer mixtures have been irradiated in a 60Co-γ source at different doses and percent conversions have been determined gravimetrically. 100% conversion of monomers into hydrogels was achieved at 8 kGy dose. These hydrogels were swollen in distilled water at pH 3.03, 4.18, 4.68, 5.05, 5.30, 6.0, 7.0, 8.0. The results of swelling tests at pH 8.0 indicated that poly(AAm-AAc) hydrogels prepared from solution containing 15% (mol%) AAm showed maximum % swelling as 3000%. Poly(AAm-AAc) hydrogels have been considered for the removal of some textile dyes from aqueous solutions. Among the two common textile dyes tested, Janus Green B (JGB) has showed the highest adsorption capacity while Congo Red (CR) was not adsorbed by these hydrogels. Adsorption isotherms were constructed for JGB and poly(AAm/AAc) gel systems. It is concluded that cross-linked poly(AAm/AAc) hydrogels can be successfully used in the purification of waste water containing certain textile dyes.

  14. pH and redox sensitive albumin hydrogel: A self-derived biomaterial.

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    Raja, S Thirupathi Kumara; Thiruselvi, T; Mandal, Asit Baran; Gnanamani, A

    2015-11-03

    Serum albumin can be transformed to a stimuli (pH and redox) responsive hydrogel using the reduction process followed by oxidative refolding. The preparation of albumin hydrogel involves a range of concentrations (75, 150, 300, 450, 600 and 750 μM) and pH (2.0-10.0) values and the gelation begins at a concentration of 150 μM and 4.5-8.0 pH value. The hydrogel shows maximum swelling at alkali pH (pH > 9.0). The increase in albumin concentration increases hydrogel stability, rheological property, compressive strength, proteolytic resistance and rate of in vivo biodegradation. Based on the observed physical and biological properties of albumin hydrogel, 450 μM was determined to be an optimum concentration for further experiments. In addition, the hemo- and cytocompatibility analyses revealed the biocompatibility nature of albumin hydrogel. The experiments on in vitro drug (Tetracycline) delivery were carried out under non reducing and reducing conditions that resulted in the sustained and fast release of the drug, respectively. The methodology used in the preparation of albumin hydrogel may lead to the development of autogenic tissue constructs. In addition, the methodology can have various applications in tissue engineering and drug delivery.

  15. Self-assembling hydrogel scaffolds for photocatalytic hydrogen production

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    Weingarten, Adam S.; Kazantsev, Roman V.; Palmer, Liam C.; McClendon, Mark; Koltonow, Andrew R.; Samuel, Amanda P. S.; Kiebala, Derek J.; Wasielewski, Michael R.; Stupp, Samuel I.

    2014-11-01

    Integration into a soft material of all the molecular components necessary to generate storable fuels is an interesting target in supramolecular chemistry. The concept is inspired by the internal structure of photosynthetic organelles, such as plant chloroplasts, which colocalize molecules involved in light absorption, charge transport and catalysis to create chemical bonds using light energy. We report here on the light-driven production of hydrogen inside a hydrogel scaffold built by the supramolecular self-assembly of a perylene monoimide amphiphile. The charged ribbons formed can electrostatically attract a nickel-based catalyst, and electrolyte screening promotes gelation. We found the emergent phenomenon that screening by the catalyst or the electrolytes led to two-dimensional crystallization of the chromophore assemblies and enhanced the electronic coupling among the molecules. Photocatalytic production of hydrogen is observed in the three-dimensional environment of the hydrogel scaffold and the material is easily placed on surfaces or in the pores of solid supports.

  16. Micropatterning of hydrogels on locally hydrophilized regions on PDMS by stepwise solution dipping and in situ gelation.

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    Sugaya, Sari; Kakegawa, Shunta; Fukushima, Shizuka; Yamada, Masumi; Seki, Minoru

    2012-10-02

    This study presents a simple but highly versatile method of fabricating picoliter-volume hydrogel patterns on poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) substrates. Hydrophilic regions were prepared on hydrophobic PDMS plates by trapping and melting functional polymer particles and performing subsequent reactions with partially oxidized dextran. Small aliquots of a gelation solution were selectively trapped on the hydrophilic areas by a simple dipping process that was utilized to make thin hydrogel patterns by the in situ gelation of a sol solution. Using this process, we successfully formed calcium alginate, collagen I, and chitosan hydrogels with a thickness of several micrometers and shapes that followed the hydrophilized regions. In addition, alginate and collagen gel patterns were used to capture cells with different adhesion properties selectively on or off the hydrogel structures. The presented strategy could be applicable to the preparation of a variety of hydrogels for the development of functional biosensors, bioreactors, and cell cultivation platforms.

  17. Peritoneal adhesion prevention with a biodegradable and injectable N,O-carboxymethyl chitosan-aldehyde hyaluronic acid hydrogel in a rat repeated-injury model

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    Song, Linjiang; Li, Ling; He, Tao; Wang, Ning; Yang, Suleixin; Yang, Xi; Zeng, Yan; Zhang, Wenli; Yang, Li; Wu, Qinjie; Gong, Changyang

    2016-11-01

    Postoperative peritoneal adhesion is one of the serious issues because it induces severe clinical disorders. In this study, we prepared biodegradable and injectable hydrogel composed of N,O-carboxymethyl chitosan (NOCC) and aldehyde hyaluronic acid (AHA), and assessed its anti-adhesion effect in a rigorous and severe recurrent adhesion model which is closer to clinical conditions. The flexible hydrogel, which gelated in 66 seconds at 37 °C, was cross-linked by the schiff base derived from the amino groups of NOCC and aldehyde groups in AHA. In vitro cytotoxicity test showed the hydrogel was non-toxic. In vitro and in vivo degradation examinations demonstrated the biodegradable and biocompatibility properties of the hydrogel. The hydrogel discs could prevent the invasion of fibroblasts, whereas fibroblasts encapsulated in the porous 3-dimensional hydrogels could grow and proliferate well. Furthermore, the hydrogel was applied to evaluate the anti-adhesion efficacy in a more rigorous recurrent adhesion model. Compared with normal saline group and commercial hyaluronic acid (HA) hydrogel, the NOCC-AHA hydrogel exhibited significant reduction of peritoneal adhesion. Compared to control group, the blood and abdominal lavage level of tPA was increased in NOCC-AHA hydrogel group. These findings suggested that NOCC-AHA hydrogel had a great potential to serve as an anti-adhesion candidate.

  18. Peritoneal adhesion prevention with a biodegradable and injectable N,O-carboxymethyl chitosan-aldehyde hyaluronic acid hydrogel in a rat repeated-injury model

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    Song, Linjiang; Li, Ling; He, Tao; Wang, Ning; Yang, Suleixin; Yang, Xi; Zeng, Yan; Zhang, Wenli; Yang, Li; Wu, Qinjie; Gong, Changyang

    2016-01-01

    Postoperative peritoneal adhesion is one of the serious issues because it induces severe clinical disorders. In this study, we prepared biodegradable and injectable hydrogel composed of N,O-carboxymethyl chitosan (NOCC) and aldehyde hyaluronic acid (AHA), and assessed its anti-adhesion effect in a rigorous and severe recurrent adhesion model which is closer to clinical conditions. The flexible hydrogel, which gelated in 66 seconds at 37 °C, was cross-linked by the schiff base derived from the amino groups of NOCC and aldehyde groups in AHA. In vitro cytotoxicity test showed the hydrogel was non-toxic. In vitro and in vivo degradation examinations demonstrated the biodegradable and biocompatibility properties of the hydrogel. The hydrogel discs could prevent the invasion of fibroblasts, whereas fibroblasts encapsulated in the porous 3-dimensional hydrogels could grow and proliferate well. Furthermore, the hydrogel was applied to evaluate the anti-adhesion efficacy in a more rigorous recurrent adhesion model. Compared with normal saline group and commercial hyaluronic acid (HA) hydrogel, the NOCC-AHA hydrogel exhibited significant reduction of peritoneal adhesion. Compared to control group, the blood and abdominal lavage level of tPA was increased in NOCC-AHA hydrogel group. These findings suggested that NOCC-AHA hydrogel had a great potential to serve as an anti-adhesion candidate. PMID:27869192

  19. Hydrogel core flexible matrix composite (H-FMC) actuators: theory and preliminary modelling

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    Dicker, M. P. M.; Weaver, P. M.; Rossiter, J. M.; Bond, I. P.

    2014-09-01

    The underlying theory of a new actuator concept based on hydrogel core flexible matrix composites (H-FMC) is presented. The key principle that underlines the H-FMC actuator operation is that the three-dimensional swelling of a hydrogel is partially constrained in order to improve the amount of useful work done. The partial constraint is applied to the hydrogel by a flexible matrix composite (FMC) that minimizes the hydrogel's volume expansion while swelling. This constraint serves to maximize the fixed charge density and resulting osmotic pressure, the driving force behind actuation. In addition, for certain FMC fibre orientations the Poisson's ratio of the anisotropic FMC laminate converts previously unused hydrogel swelling in the radial and circumferential directions into useful axial strains. The potential benefit of the H-FMC concept to hydrogel actuator performance is shown through comparison of force-stroke curves and evaluation of improvements in useful actuation work. The model used to achieve this couples chemical and electrical components, represented with the Nernst-Plank and Poisson equations, as well as a linear elastic mechanical material model, encompassing limited geometric nonlinearities. It is found that improvements in useful actuation work in the order of 1500% over bare hydrogel performance are achieved by the H-FMC concept. A parametric study is also undertaken to determine the effect of various FMC design parameters on actuator free strain and blocking stress. A comparison to other actuator concepts is also included.

  20. Injectable Extracellular Matrix Hydrogels as Scaffolds for Spinal Cord Injury Repair.

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    Tukmachev, Dmitry; Forostyak, Serhiy; Koci, Zuzana; Zaviskova, Kristyna; Vackova, Irena; Vyborny, Karel; Sandvig, Ioanna; Sandvig, Axel; Medberry, Christopher J; Badylak, Stephen F; Sykova, Eva; Kubinova, Sarka

    2016-02-01

    Restoration of lost neuronal function after spinal cord injury (SCI) still remains a big challenge for current medicine. One important repair strategy is bridging the SCI lesion with a supportive and stimulatory milieu that would enable axonal rewiring. Injectable extracellular matrix (ECM)-derived hydrogels have been recently reported to have neurotrophic potential in vitro. In this study, we evaluated the presumed neuroregenerative properties of ECM hydrogels in vivo in the acute model of SCI. ECM hydrogels were prepared by decellularization of porcine spinal cord (SC) or porcine urinary bladder (UB), and injected into a spinal cord hemisection cavity. Histological analysis and real-time qPCR were performed at 2, 4, and 8 weeks postinjection. Both types of hydrogels integrated into the lesion and stimulated neovascularization and axonal ingrowth into the lesion. On the other hand, massive infiltration of macrophages into the lesion and rapid hydrogel degradation did not prevent cyst formation, which progressively developed over 8 weeks. No significant differences were found between SC-ECM and UB-ECM. Gene expression analysis revealed significant downregulation of genes related to immune response and inflammation in both hydrogel types at 2 weeks post SCI. A combination of human mesenchymal stem cells with SC-ECM did not further promote ingrowth of axons and blood vessels into the lesion, when compared with the SC-ECM hydrogel alone. In conclusion, both ECM hydrogels bridged the lesion cavity, modulated the innate immune response, and provided the benefit of a stimulatory substrate for in vivo neural tissue regeneration. However, fast hydrogel degradation might be a limiting factor for the use of native ECM hydrogels in the treatment of acute SCI.

  1. Injectable Extracellular Matrix Hydrogels as Scaffolds for Spinal Cord Injury Repair

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    Tukmachev, Dmitry; Forostyak, Serhiy; Koci, Zuzana; Zaviskova, Kristyna; Vackova, Irena; Vyborny, Karel; Sandvig, Ioanna; Sandvig, Axel; Medberry, Christopher J.; Badylak, Stephen F.; Sykova, Eva

    2016-01-01

    Restoration of lost neuronal function after spinal cord injury (SCI) still remains a big challenge for current medicine. One important repair strategy is bridging the SCI lesion with a supportive and stimulatory milieu that would enable axonal rewiring. Injectable extracellular matrix (ECM)-derived hydrogels have been recently reported to have neurotrophic potential in vitro. In this study, we evaluated the presumed neuroregenerative properties of ECM hydrogels in vivo in the acute model of SCI. ECM hydrogels were prepared by decellularization of porcine spinal cord (SC) or porcine urinary bladder (UB), and injected into a spinal cord hemisection cavity. Histological analysis and real-time qPCR were performed at 2, 4, and 8 weeks postinjection. Both types of hydrogels integrated into the lesion and stimulated neovascularization and axonal ingrowth into the lesion. On the other hand, massive infiltration of macrophages into the lesion and rapid hydrogel degradation did not prevent cyst formation, which progressively developed over 8 weeks. No significant differences were found between SC-ECM and UB-ECM. Gene expression analysis revealed significant downregulation of genes related to immune response and inflammation in both hydrogel types at 2 weeks post SCI. A combination of human mesenchymal stem cells with SC-ECM did not further promote ingrowth of axons and blood vessels into the lesion, when compared with the SC-ECM hydrogel alone. In conclusion, both ECM hydrogels bridged the lesion cavity, modulated the innate immune response, and provided the benefit of a stimulatory substrate for in vivo neural tissue regeneration. However, fast hydrogel degradation might be a limiting factor for the use of native ECM hydrogels in the treatment of acute SCI. PMID:26729284

  2. Elastic hydrogel substrate supports robust expansion of murine myoblasts and enhances their engraftment

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    Ding, Ke; Yang, Zhong; Xu, Jian-zhong; Liu, Wen-ying; Zeng, Qiang; Hou, Fang; Lin, Sen

    2015-09-10

    The application of satellite cell-derived myoblasts in regenerative medicine has been restricted by the rapid loss of stemness during in vitro cell expansion using traditional culture systems. However, studies published in the past decade have highlighted the influence of substrate elasticity on stem cell fate and revealed that culture on a soft hydrogel substrate can promote self-renewal and prolong the regenerative potential of muscle stem cells. Whether hydrogel substrates have similar effects after long-term robust expansion remains to be determined. Herein we prepared an elastic chitosan/beta-glycerophosphate/collagen hydrogel mimicking the soft microenvironment of muscle tissues for use as the substrate for satellite cell culture and investigated its influence on long-term cell expansion. After 20 passages in culture, satellite cell-derived myoblasts cultured on our hydrogel substrate exhibited significant improvements in proliferation capability, cell viability, colony forming frequency, and potential for myogenic differentiation compared to those cultured on a routine rigid culture surface. Immunochemical staining and western blot analysis both confirmed that myoblasts cultured on the hydrogel substrate expressed higher levels of several differentiation-related markers, including Pax7, Pax3, and SSEA-1, and a lower level of MyoD compared to myoblasts cultured on rigid culture plates (all p<0.05). After transplantation into the tibialis anterior of nude mice, myoblasts that had been cultured on the hydrogel substrate demonstrated a significantly greater engraftment efficacy than those cultured on the traditional surface. Collectively, these results indicate that the elastic hydrogel substrate supported robust expansion of murine myoblasts and enhanced their engraftment in vivo. - Highlights: • An elastic hydrogel was designed to mimic the pliable muscle tissue microenvironment. • Myoblasts retained their stemness in long-term culture on the elastic

  3. Electrochemical detection of nanomolar dopamine in the presence of neurophysiological concentration of ascorbic acid and uric acid using charge-coated carbon nanotubes via facile and green preparation.

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    Oh, Jeong-Wook; Yoon, Yeo Woon; Heo, Jihye; Yu, Joonhee; Kim, Hasuck; Kim, Tae Hyun

    2016-01-15

    Negatively charged multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) were prepared using simple sonication technique with non-toxic citric acid (CA) for the electrochemical detection of dopamine (DA). CA/MWCNTs were placed on glassy carbon (GC) electrodes by drop-casting method and then electrochemical determinations of DA were performed in the presence of highly concentrated ascorbic acid (AA). For the comparison of the charge effect on MWCNTs surface, positively charged polyethyleneimine (PEI)/MWCNT/GC electrode and pristine MWCNT/GC electrode were also prepared. Contrary to conventional GC electrode, all three types of MWCNT modified electrodes (CA/MWCNT/GC, PEI/MWCNT/GC, and pristine MWCNT/GC) can discriminate ~μM of DA from 1mM AA using cyclic voltammetry (CV) and differential pulse voltammetry (DPV) due to the inherent electrocatalytic effect of MWCNTs. Compared to positively charged PEI/MWCNT/GC and pristine MWCNT/GC electrodes, negatively charged CA/MWCNT/GC electrode remarkably enhanced the electrochemical sensitivity and selectivity of DA, showing the linear relationship between DPV signal and DA concentration in the range of 10-1000nM even in the presence of ~10(5) times concentrated AA, which is attributed to the synergistic effect of the electrostatic interaction between cationic DA molecules and negatively charged MWCNTs and the inherent electrocatalytic property of MWCNT. As a result, the limit of detection (LOD) of DA for CA/MWCNT/GC electrode was 4.2nM, which is 5.2 and 16.5 times better than those for MWCNT/GC electrode and PEI/MWCNT/GC electrode even in the presence of 1mM AA. This LOD value for DA at CA/MWCNT/GC electrode is one of the lowest values compared to the previous reports and is low enough for the early diagnosis of neurological disorder in the presence of physiological AA concentration (~0.5mM). In addition, the high selectivity and sensitivity of DA at CA/MWCNT/GC electrode were well kept even in the presence of both 1mM AA and 10μM uric acid

  4. Fabrication and characterization of graphene hydrogel via hydrothermal approach as a scaffold for preliminary study of cell growth

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    Lim, HN; Huang, NM; Lim, SS; Harrison, I; Chia, CH

    2011-01-01

    Background Three-dimensional assembly of graphene hydrogel is rapidly attracting the interest of researchers because of its wide range of applications in energy storage, electronics, electrochemistry, and waste water treatment. Information on the use of graphene hydrogel for biological purposes is lacking, so we conducted a preliminary study to determine the suitability of graphene hydrogel as a substrate for cell growth, which could potentially be used as building blocks for biomolecules and tissue engineering applications. Methods A three-dimensional structure of graphene hydrogel was prepared via a simple hydrothermal method using two-dimensional large-area graphene oxide nanosheets as a precursor. Results The concentration and lateral size of the graphene oxide nanosheets influenced the structure of the hydrogel. With larger-area graphene oxide nanosheets, the graphene hydrogel could be formed at a lower concentration. X-ray diffraction patterns revealed that the oxide functional groups on the graphene oxide nanosheets were reduced after hydrothermal treatment. The three-dimensional graphene hydrogel matrix was used as a scaffold for proliferation of a MG63 cell line. Conclusion Guided filopodia protrusions of MG63 on the hydrogel were observed on the third day of cell culture, demonstrating compatibility of the graphene hydrogel structure for bioapplications. PMID:21931479

  5. Hyperbranched poly(glycidol)/poly(ethylene oxide) crosslinked hydrogel for tissue engineering scaffold using e-beams.

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    Haryanto; Singh, Deepti; Huh, Pil Ho; Kim, Seong Cheol

    2016-01-01

    A microporous hydrogel scaffold was developed from hyperbranched poly(glycidol) (HPG) and poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) using electron beam (e-beam) induced cross-linking for tissue engineering applications. In this study, HPG was synthesized from glycidol using trimethylol propane as a core initiator and cross-linked hydrogels were made using 0, 10, 20, and 30% HPG with respect to PEO. The effects of %-HPG on the swelling ratio, cross-linking density, mechanical properties, morphology, degradation, and cytotoxicity of the hydrogel scaffolds were then investigated. Increasing the HPG content increased the pore size of the hydrogel scaffold, as well as the porosity, elongation at break, degree of degradation and swelling ratio. In contrast, the presence of HPG decreased the cross-linking density of the hydrogel. There was no significant difference in compressive modulus and tensile strength of all compositions. The pore size of hydrogel scaffolds could be easily tailored by controlling the content of HPG in the polymer blend. Evaluation of the cytotoxicity demonstrated that HPG/PEO hydrogel scaffold has potential for use as a matrix for cellular attachment and proliferation. These results indicate that cross-linked HPG/PEO hydrogel can function as a potential material for tissue engineering scaffolds. Moreover, a facile method to prepare hydrogel microporous scaffolds for tissue engineering by e-beam irradiation was developed.

  6. Gamma ray-induced synthesis of hyaluronic acid/chondroitin sulfate-based hydrogels for biomedical applications

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    Zhao, Linlin; Gwon, Hui-Jeong; Lim, Youn-Mook; Nho, Young-Chang; Kim, So Yeon

    2015-01-01

    Hyaluronic acid (HA)/chondroitin sulfate (CS)/poly(acrylic acid) (PAAc) hydrogel systems were synthesized by gamma-ray irradiation without the use of additional initiators or crosslinking agents to achieve a biocompatible hydrogel system for skin tissue engineering. HA and CS derivatives with polymerizable residues were synthesized. Then, the hydrogels composed of glycosaminoglycans, HA, CS, and a synthetic ionic polymer, PAAc, were prepared using gamma-ray irradiation through simultaneous free radical copolymerization and crosslinking. The physicochemical properties of the HA/CS/PAAc hydrogels having various compositions were investigated to evaluate their feasibility as artificial skin substitutes. The gel fractions of the HA/CS/PAAc hydrogels increased in absorbed doses up to 15 kGy, and they exhibited 91-93% gel fractions under 15 kGy radiation. All of the HA/CS/PAAc hydrogels exhibited relatively high water contents of over 90% and reached an equilibrium swelling state within 24 h. The enzymatic degradation kinetics of the HA/CS/PAAc hydrogels depended on both the concentration of the hyaluronidase solution and the ratio of HA/CS/PAAc. The in vitro drug release profiles of the HA/CS/PAAc hydrogels were significantly influenced by the interaction between the ionic groups in the hydrogels and the ionic drug molecules as well as the swelling of the hydrogels. From the cytotoxicity results of human keratinocyte (HaCaT) cells cultured with extracts of the HA/CS/PAAc hydrogels, all of the HA/CS/PAAc hydrogel samples tested showed relatively high cell viabilities of more than 82%, and did not induce any significant adverse effects on cell viability.

  7. Sundew adhesive: a naturally occurring hydrogel

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    Huang, Yujian; Wang, Yongzhong; Sun, Leming; Agrawal, Richa; Zhang, Mingjun

    2015-01-01

    Bioadhesives have drawn increasing interest in recent years, owing to their eco-friendly, biocompatible and biodegradable nature. As a typical bioadhesive, sticky exudate observed on the stalked glands of sundew plants aids in the capture of insects and this viscoelastic adhesive has triggered extensive interests in revealing the implied adhesion mechanisms. Despite the significant progress that has been made, the structural traits of the sundew adhesive, especially the morphological characteristics in nanoscale, which may give rise to the viscous and elastic properties of this mucilage, remain unclear. Here, we show that the sundew adhesive is a naturally occurring hydrogel, consisting of nano-network architectures assembled with polysaccharides. The assembly process of the polysaccharides in this hydrogel is proposed to be driven by electrostatic interactions mediated with divalent cations. Negatively charged nanoparticles, with an average diameter of 231.9 ± 14.8 nm, are also obtained from this hydrogel and these nanoparticles are presumed to exert vital roles in the assembly of the nano-networks. Further characterization via atomic force microscopy indicates that the stretching deformation of the sundew adhesive is associated with the flexibility of its fibrous architectures. It is also observed that the adhesion strength of the sundew adhesive is susceptible to low temperatures. Both elasticity and adhesion strength of the sundew adhesive reduce in response to lowering the ambient temperature. The feasibility of applying sundew adhesive for tissue engineering is subsequently explored in this study. Results show that the fibrous scaffolds obtained from sundew adhesive are capable of increasing the adhesion of multiple types of cells, including fibroblast cells and smooth muscle cells, a property that results from the enhanced adsorption of serum proteins. In addition, in light of the weak cytotoxic activity exhibited by these scaffolds towards a variety of

  8. Thiol-ene Clickable Poly(glycidol) Hydrogels for Biofabrication.

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    Stichler, Simone; Jungst, Tomasz; Schamel, Martha; Zilkowski, Ilona; Kuhlmann, Matthias; Böck, Thomas; Blunk, Torsten; Teßmar, Jörg; Groll, Jürgen

    2017-01-01

    In this study we introduce linear poly(glycidol) (PG), a structural analog of poly(ethylene glycol) bearing side chains at each repeating unit, as polymer basis for bioink development. We prepare allyl- and thiol-functional linear PG that can rapidly be polymerized to a three-dimensionally cross-linked hydrogel network via UV mediated thiol-ene click reaction. Influence of polymer concentration and UV irradiation on mechanical properties and swelling behavior was examined. Thiol-functional PG was synthesized in two structural variations, one containing ester groups that are susceptible to hydrolytic cleavage, and the other one ester-free and stable against hydrolysis. This allowed the preparation of degradable and non-degradable hydrogels. Cytocompatibility of the hydrogel was demonstrated by encapsulation of human bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (hBMSCs). Rheological properties of the hydrogels were adjusted for dispense plotting by addition of high molecular weight hyaluronic acid. The optimized formulation enabled highly reproducible plotting of constructs composed of 20 layers with an overall height of 3.90 mm.

  9. Modular Degradable Hydrogels Based on Thiol-Reactive Oxanorbornadiene Linkers

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    2016-01-01

    Oxanorbornadiene dicarboxylate (OND) reagents are potent Michael acceptors, the adducts of which undergo fragmentation by retro-Diels–Alder reaction at rates that vary with the substitution pattern on the OND moiety. Rapid conjugate addition between thiol-terminated tetravalent PEG and multivalent ONDs yielded self-supporting hydrogels within 1 min at physiological temperature and pH. Erosion of representative hydrogel formulations occurred with predictable and pH-independent rates on the order of minutes to weeks. These materials could be made non-degradable by epoxidation of the OND linkers without slowing gelation. Hydrogels prepared with OND linkers of equal valence had comparable physical properties, as determined by equilibrium swelling behavior, indicating similar internal network structure. Diffusion and release of entrained cargo varied with both the rate of degradation of PEG-OND hydrogels and the hydrodynamic radius of the entrained species. These results highlight the utility of OND linkers in the preparation of degradable network materials with potential applications in sustained release. PMID:25871459

  10. The self-crosslinking smart hyaluronic acid hydrogels as injectable three-dimensional scaffolds for cells culture.

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    Bian, Shaoquan; He, Mengmeng; Sui, Junhui; Cai, Hanxu; Sun, Yong; Liang, Jie; Fan, Yujiang; Zhang, Xingdong

    2016-04-01

    Although the disulfide bond crosslinked hyaluronic acid hydrogels have been reported by many research groups, the major researches were focused on effectively forming hydrogels. However, few researchers paid attention to the potential significance of controlling the hydrogel formation and degradation, improving biocompatibility, reducing the toxicity of exogenous and providing convenience to the clinical operations later on. In this research, the novel controllable self-crosslinking smart hydrogels with in-situ gelation property was prepared by a single component, the thiolated hyaluronic acid derivative (HA-SH), and applied as a three-dimensional scaffold to mimic native extracellular matrix (ECM) for the culture of fibroblasts cells (L929) and chondrocytes. A series of HA-SH hydrogels were prepared depending on different degrees of thiol substitution (ranging from 10 to 60%) and molecule weights of HA (0.1, 0.3 and 1.0 MDa). The gelation time, swelling property and smart degradation behavior of HA-SH hydrogel were evaluated. The results showed that the gelation and degradation time of hydrogels could be controlled by adjusting the component of HA-SH polymers. The storage modulus of HA-SH hydrogels obtained by dynamic modulus analysis (DMA) could be up to 44.6 kPa. In addition, HA-SH hydrogels were investigated as a three-dimensional scaffold for the culture of fibroblasts cells (L929) and chondrocytes cells in vitro and as an injectable hydrogel for delivering chondrocytes cells in vivo. These results illustrated that HA-SH hydrogels with controllable gelation process, intelligent degradation behavior, excellent biocompatibility and convenient operational characteristics supplied potential clinical application capacity for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.

  11. Covalent and injectable chitosan-chondroitin sulfate hydrogels embedded with chitosan microspheres for drug delivery and tissue engineering.

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    Fan, Ming; Ma, Ye; Tan, Huaping; Jia, Yang; Zou, Siyue; Guo, Shuxuan; Zhao, Meng; Huang, Hao; Ling, Zhonghua; Chen, Yong; Hu, Xiaohong

    2017-02-01

    Injectable hydrogels and microspheres derived from natural polysaccharides have been extensively investigated as drug delivery systems and cell scaffolds. In this study, we report a preparation of covalent hydrogels basing polysaccharides via the Schiff' base reaction. Water soluble carboxymethyl chitosan (CMC) and oxidized chondroitin sulfate (OCS) were prepared for cross-linking of hydrogels. The mechanism of cross-linking is attributed to the Schiff' base reaction between amino and aldehyde groups of polysaccharides. Furthermore, bovine serum albumin (BSA) loaded chitosan-based microspheres (CMs) with a diameter of 3.8-61.6μm were fabricated by an emulsion cross-linking method, followed by embedding into CMC-OCS hydrogels to produce a composite CMs/gel scaffold. In the current work, gelation rate, morphology, mechanical properties, swelling ratio, in vitro degradation and BSA release of the CMs/gel scaffolds were examined. The results show that mechanical and bioactive properties of gel scaffolds can be significantly improved by embedding CMs. The solid CMs can serve as a filler to toughen the soft CMC-OCS hydrogels. Compressive modulus of composite gel scaffolds containing 20mg/ml of microspheres was 13KPa, which was higher than the control hydrogel without CMs. Cumulative release of BSA during 2weeks from CMs embedded hydrogel was 30%, which was significantly lower than those of CMs and hydrogels. Moreover, the composite CMs/gel scaffolds exhibited lower swelling ratio and slower degradation rate than the control hydrogel without CMs. The potential of the composite hydrogel as an injectable scaffold was demonstrated by encapsulation of bovine articular chondrocytes in vitro. These results demonstrate the potential of CMs embedded CMC-OCS hydrogels as an injectable drug and cell delivery system in cartilage tissue engineering.

  12. The role of dialysis and freezing on structural conformation, thermal properties and morphology of silk fibroin hydrogels

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    Ribeiro, Marta; de Moraes, Mariana A; Beppu, Marisa M; Monteiro, Fernando J; Ferraz, Maria P

    2014-01-01

    Silk fibroin has been widely explored for many biomedical applications, due to its biocompatibility and biodegradability. The aim of this work was to study the role of dialysis and freezing on structural conformation, thermal properties and morphology of silk fibroin hydrogels. Hydrogels were prepared after 3 and 7 days of dialysis and the effect of freezing was analyzed. For that purpose, a part of the fibroin hydrogels underwent freezing at -20 °C for 24 h, followed by lyophilization and the rest of the hydrogels were kept at 8 °C for 24 h, with further lyophilization. The fibroin hydrogels were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Measurements by XRD and FTIR indicated that silk I and silk II structures were present in the fibroin hydrogels and that the secondary structure of fibroin is transformed mostly to β-sheet during the gelation process. Thermal analysis indicated that fibroin hydrogels are thermally stable with the degradation peak at around 330–340 °C. SEM micrographs showed porous structures and the fibroin hydrogels subjected to freezing presented a much larger pore size. Results indicate that the dialysis time and freezing did not alter the material crystallinity, conformation or thermal behavior; however, hydrogel microstructure was strongly affected by dialysis time and freezing, showing controlled pores size. This study provides fundamental knowledge on silk fibroin hydrogels preparation and properties and the studied hydrogels are promising to be used in the biomaterial field. PMID:24646905

  13. High-water-content mouldable polyvinyl alcohol-borax hydrogels reinforced by well-dispersed cellulose nanoparticles: dynamic rheological properties and hydrogel formation mechanism.

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    Han, Jingquan; Lei, Tingzhou; Wu, Qinglin

    2014-02-15

    Cellulose nanoparticle (CNP) reinforced polyvinyl alcohol-borax (PB) hydrogels were produced via a facile approach in an aqueous system. The effects of particle size, aspect ratio, crystal structure, and surface charge of CNPs on the rheological properties of the composite hydrogels were investigated. The rheological measurements confirmed the incorporation of well-dispersed CNPs to PB system significantly enhanced the viscoelasticity and stiffness of hydrogels. The obtained free-standing, high elasticity and mouldable hydrogels exhibited self-recovery under continuous step strain and thermo-reversibility under temperature sweep. With the addition of cellulose I nanofibers, a 19-fold increase in the high-frequency plateau of storage modulus was obtained compared with that of the pure PB. CNPs acted as multifunctional crosslinking agents and nanofillers to physically and chemically bridge the 3D network hydrogel. The plausible mechanism for the multi-complexation between CNPs, polyvinyl alcohol and borax was proposed to understand the relationship between the 3D network and hydrogel properties.

  14. Determination of atracurium, cisatracurium and mivacurium with their impurities in pharmaceutical preparations by liquid chromatography with charged aerosol detection.

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    Błazewicz, Agata; Fijałek, Zbigniew; Warowna-Grześkiewicz, Małgorzata; Jadach, Magdalena

    2010-02-19

    The Corona CAD (charged aerosol detection) is a new type of detector introduced for LC applications that has recently become widely applied in pharmaceutical analysis. The Corona CAD measures a physical property of analyte and responds to almost all non-volatile species, independently of their nature and spectral or physicochemical properties. The LC method with charged aerosol detection was developed for the determination of three isomers of atracurium, cisatracurium and also three isomers of mivacurium with their impurities. The limit of quantitation for laudanosine was 1 microg ml(-1). The elaborate method for the analysis of those active substances and laudanosine proved to be fast, precise, accurate and sensitive. All other impurities were identified using time-of-flight mass spectrometry with electrospray ionization.

  15. Tough and Thermosensitive Poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)/Graphene Oxide Hydrogels with Macroscopically Oriented Liquid Crystalline Structures.

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    Zhu, Zhongcheng; Li, Yang; Xu, Hui; Peng, Xin; Chen, Ya-Nan; Shang, Cong; Zhang, Qin; Liu, Jiaqi; Wang, Huiliang

    2016-06-22

    Bulk graphene oxide (GO) nanocomposite materials with macroscopically oriented GO liquid crystalline (LC) structures exhibit interesting anisotropic properties, but their facile preparations remain challenging. This work reports for the first time the facile preparation of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM)/GO nanocomposite hydrogels with macroscopically oriented LC structures with the assistance of a flow field induced by vacuum degassing and the in situ polymerization accelerated by GO. The hydrogel prepared with a GO concentration of 5.0 mg mL(-1) exhibits macroscopically aligned LC structures, which endow the gels with anisotropic optical, mechanical properties, and dimensional changes during the phase transition. The hydrogels show dramatically enhanced tensile mechanical properties and phase transition rates. The oriented LC structures are not damaged during the phase transition of the PNIPAM/GO hydrogels, and hence their LC behavior undergoes reversible change. Moreover, highly oriented LC structures can also be formed when the gels are elongated, even for the gels which do not have macroscopically oriented LC structures. Very impressively, the oriented LC structures in the hydrogels can be permanently maintained by drying the gel samples elongated to and then kept at a constant tensile strain. The thermosensitive nature of PNIPAM and the angle-dependent nature of the macroscopically aligned GO LC structures allow the practical applications of the PNIPAM/GO hydrogels as optical switches, soft sensors, and actuators and so on.

  16. Novel associated hydrogels for nucleus pulposus replacement.

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    Thomas, Jonathan; Lowman, Anthony; Marcolongo, Michele

    2003-12-15

    Hydrogels of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) and poly(vinyl pyrrolidone) (PVP) blends may provide a material suitable for replacement of the nucleus pulposus of the intervertebral disc. This research examined the stability of these hydrogels under simulated physiological conditions. Polymer dissolution and stability were characterized over 120 days immersion, chemical surface analysis over 56 days immersion, and tensile mechanical behavior over 56 days immersion. Rubber elasticity theory was used by combining mechanical results with swelling data to calculate network characteristics such as the molecular weight between physical crosslinks and density of crosslinks. Properties were examined as a function of PVA/PVP composition as well as PVA molecular weight and PVP molecular weight. Results indicated that PVA/PVP blends prepared with moderate amounts of PVP (0.5-5%) resulted in a polymer network stabilized through interchain hydrogen bonding between hydroxyl groups on PVA chains and carbonyl groups on PVP chains. Most notably, a significant decrease in percentage of polymer mass loss was seen for blends prepared with 143K molecular weight PVA. Surface chemical analysis revealed that PVP unincorporated in the network structure suffered significant dissolution out of the polymer network and into solution. The molecular weight of PVA and PVP were shown to have a significant influence on the blends' network properties. Gels prepared with lower molecular weight PVA resulted in a more stable blend containing a higher density of crosslinks. However, blends prepared with a higher molecular weight PVA showed superior polymer network stability in dissolution studies. The blend that had the best combination of network stability under physiological conditions and a relatively tight, stable, and crosslinked network was prepared with 99% PVA (143K) and 1% PVP (40K). This material is proposed as an implant material for replacement of the degenerated nucleus pulposus.

  17. Rational design of heat-set and specific-ion-responsive supramolecular hydrogels based on the Hofmeister effect.

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    Nebot, Vicent J; Ojeda-Flores, Juan J; Smets, Johan; Fernández-Prieto, Susana; Escuder, Beatriu; Miravet, Juan F

    2014-10-27

    Smart supramolecular hydrogels have been prepared from a bolaamphiphilic L-valine derivative in aqueous solutions of different salts. The hydrogels respond selectively to different ions and are either reinforced or weakened. In one case, in contrast to conventional systems, the hydrogels are formed upon heating of the system. The use of the hydrogels in the controlled release of an entrapped dye is described as a proof of the potential applications of these systems. The responsive hydrogels were rationally designed by taking into account the noticeable effect of different ions from the Hofmeister series in the solubility of the hydrogelator, which was assessed by using NMR experiments. On the one hand, kosmotropic anions such as sulfate produce a remarkable solubility decrease in the gelator, which is associated with gel reinforcement, as measured by rheological experiments. On the other hand, chaotropic species such as perchlorate weaken the gel. A dramatic effect was observed in the presence of guanidinium chloride, which boosted the solubility of the gelator, in accordance with its chaotropic behaviour reported in protein science. In this case, a direct interaction of the guanidinium species with the carbonyl groups of the hydrogelator is detected by (13) C NMR spectroscopy. The weakening of this interaction upon a temperature increase allows for the preparation of heat-set hydrogelating systems.

  18. Hydrogels Containing Nanocapsules and Nanoemulsions of Tea Tree Oil Provide Antiedematogenic Effect and Improved Skin Wound Healing.

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    Flores, Fernanda C; De Lima, Julia A; Da Silva, Cássia R; Benvegnú, Dalila; Ferreira, Juliano; Burger, Marilise E; Beck, Ruy C R; Rolim, Clarice M B; Rocha, Maria Isabel U M; Da Veiga, Marcelo L; Da Silva, Cristiane de B

    2015-01-01

    In previous works, we developed nanocapsules and nanoemulsions containing the tea tree oil. The aim of this work was to prepare and characterize hydrogels containing these nanocarriers, and to evaluate their in vivo efficacy in protecting skin damage induced by UVB and cutaneous wound healing. Hydrogels were prepared using Carbopol Ultrez and their physicochemical characteristics were evaluated: macroscopic analysis, pH, spreadability and rheological properties. The in vivo antiedematogenic effect was evaluated by ear thickness measurement after UVB-irradiation. In order to evaluate healing action of hydrogels, we investigated the regression of the cutaneous lesion in rats. Hydrogels showed homogeneous aspect and pH values between 5.6-5.8 and a non-Newtonian behavior. The presence of nanocapsules and nanoemulsions in hydrogels did not change their spreadability profile. The inclusion of tea tree oil in the nanocapsules and nanoemulsions allowed reducing the edema induced by UVB exposure. Hydrogel containing nanocapsules presented a higher reduction of the wound area compared to the hydrogel containing nanoemulsions and hydrogel containing allantoin. This study shows the feasibility of obtained dermatological formulations containing the tea tree oil associated in nanostructured systems. These formulations represent a promising approach to topical treatment of inflammatory disorders and wound healing.

  19. Different effect of hydrogelation on antifouling and circulation properties of dextran-iron oxide nanoparticles.

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    Karmali, Priya Prakash; Chao, Ying; Park, Ji-Ho; Sailor, Michael J; Ruoslahti, Erkki; Esener, Sadik C; Simberg, Dmitri

    2012-03-05

    Premature recognition and clearance of nanoparticulate imaging and therapeutic agents by macrophages in the tissues can dramatically reduce both the nanoparticle half-life and delivery to the diseased tissue. Grafting nanoparticles with hydrogels prevents nanoparticulate recognition by liver and spleen macrophages and greatly prolongs circulation times in vivo. Understanding the mechanisms by which hydrogels achieve this "stealth" effect has implications for the design of long-circulating nanoparticles. Thus, the role of plasma protein absorption in the hydrogel effect is not yet understood. Short-circulating dextran-coated iron oxide nanoparticles could be converted into stealth hydrogel nanoparticles by cross-linking with 1-chloro-2,3-epoxypropane. We show that hydrogelation did not affect the size, shape and zeta potential, but completely prevented the recognition and clearance by liver macrophages in vivo. Hydrogelation decreased the number of hydroxyl groups on the nanoparticle surface and reduced the binding of the anti-dextran antibody. At the same time, hydrogelation did not reduce the absorption of cationic proteins on the nanoparticle surface. Specifically, there was no effect on the binding of kininogen, histidine-rich glycoprotein, and protamine sulfate to the anionic nanoparticle surface. In addition, hydrogelation did not prevent activation of plasma kallikrein on the metal oxide surface. These data suggest that (a) a stealth hydrogel coating does not mask charge interactions with iron oxide surface and (b) the total blockade of plasma protein absorption is not required for maintaining iron oxide nanoparticles' long-circulating stealth properties. These data illustrate a novel, clinically promising property of long-circulating stealth nanoparticles.

  20. Injectable hydrogels derived from phosphorylated alginic acid calcium complexes.

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    Kim, Han-Sem; Song, Minsoo; Lee, Eun-Jung; Shin, Ueon Sang

    2015-06-01

    Phosphorylation of sodium alginate salt (NaAlg) was carried out using H3PO4/P2O5/Et3PO4 followed by acid-base reaction with Ca(OAc)2 to give phosphorylated alginic acid calcium complexes (CaPAlg), as a water dispersible alginic acid derivative. The modified alginate derivatives including phosphorylated alginic acid (PAlg) and CaPAlg were characterized by nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy for (1)H, and (31)P nuclei, high resolution inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and thermogravimetric analysis. CaPAlg hydrogels were prepared simply by mixing CaPAlg solution (2w/v%) with NaAlg solution (2w/v%) in various ratios (2:8, 4:6, 6:4, 8:2) of volume. No additional calcium salts such as CaSO4 or CaCl2 were added externally. The gelation was completed within about 3-40min indicating a high potential of hydrogel delivery by injection in vivo. Their mechanical properties were tested to be ≤6.7kPa for compressive strength at break and about 8.4kPa/mm for elastic modulus. SEM analysis of the CaPAlg hydrogels showed highly porous morphology with interconnected pores of width in the range of 100-800μm. Cell culture results showed that the injectable hydrogels exhibited comparable properties to the pure alginate hydrogel in terms of cytotoxicity and 3D encapsulation of cells for a short time period. The developed injectable hydrogels showed suitable physicochemical and mechanical properties for injection in vivo, and could therefore be beneficial for the field of soft tissue engineering.

  1. Coding for hydrogel organization through signal guided self-assembly.

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    Yan, Kun; Ding, Fuyuan; Bentley, William E; Deng, Hongbing; Du, Yumin; Payne, Gregory F; Shi, Xiao-Wen

    2014-01-21

    Complex structured soft matter may have important applications in the field of tissue engineering and biomedicine. However, the discovery of facile methods to exquisitely manipulate the structure of soft matter remains a challenge. In this report, a multilayer hydrogel is fabricated from the stimuli-responsive aminopolysaccharide chitosan by using spatially localized and temporally controlled sequences of electrical signals. By programming the imposed cathodic input signals, chitosan hydrogels with varying layer number and thickness can be fabricated. The inputs of electrical signals induce the formation of hydrogel layers while short interruptions create interfaces between each layer. The thickness of each layer is controlled by the charge transfer (Q = ∫idt) during the individual deposition step and the number of multilayers is controlled by the number of interruptions. Scanning electron micrographs (SEMs) reveal organized fibrous structures within each layer that are demarcated by compact orthogonal interlayer structures. This work demonstrates for the first time that an imposed sequence of electrical inputs can trigger the self-assembly of multilayered hydrogels and thus suggests the broader potential for creating an electrical "code" to generate complex structures in soft matter.

  2. Hydrogels dispersed by doped rare earth fluoride nanocrystals: ionic liquid dispersion and down/up-conversion luminescence.

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    Yan, Zhi-Yuan; Jia, Li-Ping; Yan, Bing

    2014-01-01

    Two typical kinds of rare earth fluoride nanocrystals codoped with rare earth ions (Eu(3+) and Tm(3+)/Er(3+),Yb(3+)) are synthesized and dispersed in ionic liquid compound (1-chlorohexane-3-methylimidazolium chloride, abbreviated as [C6mim][Cl]). Assisted by agarose, the luminescent hydrogels are prepared homogeneously. The down/up-conversion luminescence of these hydrogels can be realized for the dispersed rare earth fluoride nanocrystals. The results provide a strategy to prepare luminescent (especially up-conversion luminescent) hydrogels with ionic liquid to disperse rare earth fluoride nanocrystals.

  3. Development of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)/alginate copolymer hydrogel-grafted fabrics embedding of berberine nanosuspension for the infected wound treatment.

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    Xu, He; Yuan, Xu-Dong; Shen, Bao-De; Han, Jin; Lv, Qing-Yuan; Dai, Ling; Lin, Ming-Gui; Yu, Chao; Bai, Jin-Xia; Yuan, Hai-Long

    2014-05-01

    In the present study, a novel hydrogel-grafted fabrics embedding of berberine nanosuspension was developed for the treatment of infected wound. Hydrogel-grafted fabric was prepared by graft copolymerization of N-isopropylacrylamide and alginate using ceric ammonium nitrate as initiator. Berberine nanosuspension was prepared and embedded in the hydrogel-grafted fabrics to achieve sustained drug release. The prepared hydrogel-grafted fabrics embedding of berberine nanosuspension was characterized by FT-IR spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and swelling degree studies. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy revealed that berberine was embedded into the matrix of hydrogel-grafted fabrics, rather than on the surface. Scanning electron microscopy showed that a thin hydrogel layer was formed on the surface of nonwoven fibers. The swelling study showed that hydrogel-grafted fabric had water absorbing characteristic with reversible temperature sensitivity. The drug release study demonstrated that hydrogel-grafted fabrics can be used as a sustained drug delivery system of hydrophobic compounds. The berberine nanosuspension embedded hydrogel-grafted fabric was further investigated in an animal infected wound model and was found to be a very promising wound healing dressing for the treatment and healing of infected wounds.

  4. Structural transformation and physical properties of a hydrogel-forming peptide studied by NMR, transmission electron microscopy, and dynamic rheometer.

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    Huang, Hongzhou; Herrera, Alvaro I; Luo, Zhiping; Prakash, Om; Sun, Xiuzhi S

    2012-09-05

    Peptide-based hydrogels are attractive biological materials. Study of their self-assembly pathways from their monomer structures is important not only for undertaking the rational design of peptide-based materials, but also for understanding their biological functions and the mechanism of many human diseases relative to protein aggregation. In this work, we have monitored the conformation, morphological, and mechanical properties of a hydrogel-forming peptide during hydrogelation in different dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO)/H(2)O solutions. The peptide shows nanofiber morphologies in DMSO/H(2)O solution with a ratio lower than 4:1. Increased water percentage in the solution enhanced the hydrogelation rate and gel strength. One-dimensional and two-dimensional proton NMR and electron microscopy studies performed on the peptide in DMSO/H(2)O solution with different ratios indicate that the peptide monomer tends to adopt a more helical structure during the hydrogelation as the DMSO/H(2)O ratio is reduced. Interestingly, at the same DMSO/H(2)O ratio, adding Ca(2+) not only promotes peptide hydrogelation and gel strength, but also leads to special shear-thinning and recovery properties of the hydrogel. Without changing the peptide conformation, Ca(2+) binds to the charged Asp residues and induces the change of interfiber interactions that play an important role in hydrogel properties.

  5. Design of sterile mucoadhesive hydrogels for use in drug delivery: effect of radiation on network structure.

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    Singh, Baljit; Varshney, Lalit; Sharma, Vikrant

    2014-09-01

    Radiation induced graft copolymerization is pure, sterile and additive free method for the synthesis of hydrogels for biomedical applications. In the present work, attempt has been made to prepare the biocompatible, mucoadhesive hydrogels based on natural polysaccharide sterculia gum and polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) for use as drug delivery devices. The effect of gamma radiation on swelling and various network parameters of hydrogels such as the polymer volume fraction in the swollen state (ϕ), molecular weight of the polymer chain between two neighboring cross links (M¯c), crosslink density (ρ), and mesh size (ξ) have been studied. Hydrogels have been characterized with scanning electron micrographs (SEMs), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray diffraction study (XRD), thermo gravimetric analysis (TGA) and swelling studies. Swelling and mesh size decreased while gel strength and crosslink density increased with increase in radiation dose. The swelling of hydrogels and release of drug ciprofloxacin from drug loaded hydrogels occurred through non-Fickian diffusion mechanism. These hydrogels have been observed to have non-thrombogenic, haemo-compatible and mucoadhesive nature and could be used as mucoadhesive drug delivery system to deliver drug to gastro intestinal tract (GIT) in controlled manner.

  6. Click-crosslinkable and photodegradable gelatin hydrogels for cytocompatible optical cell manipulation in natural environment.

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    Tamura, Masato; Yanagawa, Fumiki; Sugiura, Shinji; Takagi, Toshiyuki; Sumaru, Kimio; Kanamori, Toshiyuki

    2015-10-09

    This paper describes the generation of "click-crosslinkable" and "photodegaradable" gelatin hydrogels from the reaction between dibenzocycloctyl-terminated photoclevable tetra-arm polyethylene glycol and azide-modified gelatin. The hydrogels were formed in 30 min through the click-crosslinking reaction. The micropatterned features in the hydrogels were created by micropatterned light irradiation; the minimum resolution of micropatterning was 10-μm widths for line patterns and 20-μm diameters for circle patterns. Cells were successfully encapsulated in the hydrogels without any loss of viability across a wide concentration range of crosslinker. In contrast, an activated-ester-type photocleavable crosslinker, which we previously used to prepare photodegradable gelatin hydrogels, induced a decrease in cell viability at crosslinker concentrations greater than 1.8 mM. We also observed morphology alteration and better growth of cancer cells in the click-crosslinked photodegradable gelatin hydrogels that included matrigel than in the absence of matrigel. We also demonstrated micropatterning of the hydrogels encapsulating cells and optical cell separation. Both of the cells that remained in the non-irradiated area and the cells collected from the irradiated area maintained their viability.

  7. Mechanically strong triple network hydrogels based on hyaluronan and poly(N,N-dimethylacrylamide).

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    Tavsanli, Burak; Can, Volkan; Okay, Oguz

    2015-11-21

    Hyaluronan (HA) is a natural polyelectrolyte with distinctive biological functions. Cross-linking of HA to generate less degradable hydrogels for use in biomedical applications has attracted interest over many years. One limitation of HA hydrogels is that they are very brittle and/or easily dissolve in physiological environments, which limit their use in load-bearing applications. Herein, we describe the preparation of triple-network (TN) hydrogels based on HA and poly(N,N-dimethylacrylamide) (PDMA) of high mechanical strength by sequential gelation reactions. TN hydrogels containing 81-91% water sustain compressive stresses above 20 MPa and exhibit Young's moduli of up to 1 MPa. HA of various degrees of methacrylation was used as a multifunctional macromer for the synthesis of the brittle first-network component, while loosely cross-linked PDMA was used as the ductile, second and third network components of TN hydrogels. By tuning the methacrylation degree of HA, double-network hydrogels with a fracture stress above 10 MPa and a fracture strain of 96% were obtained. Increasing the ratio of ductile-to-brittle components via the TN approach further increases the fracture stress above 20 MPa. Cyclic mechanical tests show that, although TN hydrogels internally fracture even under small strain, the ductile components hinder macroscopic crack propagation by keeping the macroscopic gel samples together.

  8. Mimicking of Chondrocyte Microenvironment Using In Situ Forming Dendritic Polyglycerol Sulfate-Based Synthetic Polyanionic Hydrogels.

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    Dey, Pradip; Schneider, Tobias; Chiappisi, Leonardo; Gradzielski, Michael; Schulze-Tanzil, Gundula; Haag, Rainer

    2016-04-01

    A stable polymeric network that mimics the highly polyanionic extracellular cartilage matrix still remains a great challenge. The main aim of this study is to present the synthesis of dendritic polyglycerol sulfate (dPGS)-based in situ forming hydrogels using strain promoted azide-alkyne cycloaddition reactions. A real time rheological study has been used to characterize the hydrogel properties. The viability of encapsulated human chondrocytes in the different hydrogels are monitored using live-dead staining. Furthermore, type I and II collagen gene have been analyzed. Hydrogels with elastic moduli ranging from 1 to 5 kPa have been prepared by varying the dPGS amount. The chondrocyte viability in dPGS hydrogels is found to be higher than in pure PEG and alginate-based hydrogels after 21 d. The higher cell viability in the dPGS engineered hydrogels can be explained by the fact that dPGS can interact with different proteins responsible for cell growth and proliferation.

  9. Technetium-99m-labeled nanofibrillar cellulose hydrogel for in vivo drug release.

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    Laurén, Patrick; Lou, Yan-Ru; Raki, Mari; Urtti, Arto; Bergström, Kim; Yliperttula, Marjo

    2014-12-18

    Nanoscale celluloses have recently gained an increasing interest in modern medicine. In this study, we investigated the properties of plant derived nanofibrillar cellulose (NFC) as an injectable drug releasing hydrogel in vivo. We demonstrated a reliable and efficient method of technetium-99m-NFC labeling, which enables us to trace the in vivo localization of the hydrogel. The release and distribution of study compounds from the NFC hydrogel after subcutaneous injection in the pelvic region of BALB/c mice were examined with a multimodality imaging device SPECT/CT. The drug release profiles were simulated by 1-compartmental models of Phoenix® WinNonlin®. The NFC hydrogel remained intact at the injection site during the study. The study compounds are more concentrated at the injection site